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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723932/the-nucleoid-occlusion-factor-noc-controls-dna-replication-initiation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#1
Ting Pang, Xindan Wang, Hoong Chuin Lim, Thomas G Bernhardt, David Z Rudner
Successive division events in the spherically shaped bacterium Staphylococcus aureus are oriented in three alternating perpendicular planes. The mechanisms that underlie this relatively unique pattern of division and coordinate it with chromosome segregation remain largely unknown. Thus far, the only known spatial regulator of division in this organism is the nucleoid occlusion protein Noc that inhibits assembly of the cytokinetic ring over the chromosome. However, Noc is not essential in S. aureus, indicating that additional regulators are likely to exist...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723269/identification-of-antipneumococcal-molecules-effective-against-different-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotypes-using-a-resazurin-based-high-throughput-screen
#2
Hyung Jun Kim, Namyoul Kim, David Shum, Srigouri Huddar, Chul Min Park, Soojin Jang
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen, causing around 1.6 million deaths worldwide each year. By optimizing a resazurin-based assay to detect S. pneumoniae growth in 384-well microplates, we developed a new high-throughput screening (HTS) system for the discovery of antipneumococcal molecules, which was unsuccessful using conventional absorbance measurements. Before applying our protocol to a large-scale screen, we validated the system through a pilot screen targeting about 7,800 bioactive molecules using three different S...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722638/antibiotic-resistance-in-young-children-in-kilosa-district-tanzania-4-years-after-mass-distribution-of-azithromycin-for-trachoma-control
#3
Evan M Bloch, Sheila K West, Kasubi Mabula, Jerusha Weaver, Zakayo Mrango, Beatriz Munoz, Thomas Lietman, Christian Coles
Mass administration of azithromycin (MDA) is integral to trachoma control. Recent studies suggest that MDA may increase drug-resistant pathogens, yet findings from prior studies suggest little long-term impact on resistance. This disparity may be linked to differences in pre-MDA community-level resistance patterns. We describe carriage prevalence and antibiotic resistance patterns for Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) (nasopharyngeal swab collection), Staphylococcus aureus (SA) (nasopharyngeal swabs), and Escherichia coli (EC) (rectal swabs) in 1,047 children ages 1-59 months in a district with MDA cessation 4 years ago...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722595/multidrug-resistant-microorganisms-colonizing-lower-extremity-wounds-in-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-lima-peru
#4
Rafael Mendo-Lopez, Luis Jasso, Ximena Guevara, Aurora Lizeth Astocondor, Saul Alejos, Ana C Bardossy, Tyler Prentiss, Marcus J Zervos, Jan Jacobs, Coralith García
Multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infections cause high morbidity and mortality, and high costs to patients and hospitals. The study aims were to determine the frequency of MDRO colonization and associated factors in patients with lower-extremity wounds with colonization. A cross-sectional study was designed during November 2015 to July 2016 in a tertiary care hospital in Lima, Peru. A wound swab was obtained for culture and susceptibility testing. MDRO colonization was defined if the culture grew with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, and/or extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722566/molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
#5
Alicia D Yeap, Kate Woods, David A B Dance, Bruno Pichon, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Viengmon Davong, Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh, Paul N Newton, Nandini Shetty, Angela M Kearns
This is the first report of the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus from skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) in Laos. We selected a random sample of 96 S. aureus SSTI isolates received by the Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, between July 2012 and June 2014, including representation from seven referral hospitals. Isolates underwent susceptibility testing by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methods, spa typing and DNA microarray analysis, with whole genome sequencing for rare lineages...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722258/in-vitro-evaluation-of-chitosan-coated-liposome-containing-both-coenzyme-q10-and-alpha-lipoic-acid-cytotoxicity-antioxidant-activity-and-antimicrobial-activity
#6
Guodong Zhao, Caibiao Hu, Ying Xue
BACKGROUND: Chitosan-coated liposome containing both coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid (CCAL) was a novel multifunctional nano delivery system exhibited long-term stability at room temperature and high encapsulation efficiency. Which containing two kinds of antioxidants (coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid) and two antibacterial agents (chitosan and alpha-lipoic acid). However, the further biocompatibility, such as cytotoxicity and antioxidant activity, and antimicrobial activity of CCAL, has not been systematically evaluated...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722231/bacteria-antibiotic-resistance-new-challenges-and-opportunities-for-implant-associated-orthopaedic-infections
#7
Bingyun Li, Thomas J Webster
There has been a dramatic increase in the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains, which has made antibiotic choices for infection control increasingly limited and more expensive. In the U.S. alone, antibiotic resistant bacteria cause at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths a year resulting in a $55-70 billion per year economic impact. Antibiotics are critical to the success of surgical procedures including orthopaedic prosthetic surgeries, and antibiotic resistance is occurring in nearly all bacteria that infect people, including the most common bacteria that cause orthopaedic infections, such as Staphylococcus aureus (S...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721659/antimicrobial-activity-of-selected-polyphenols-and-capsaicinoids-identified-in-pepper-capsicum-annuum-l-and-their-possible-mode-of-interaction
#8
Meriem Mokhtar, Giovanna Ginestra, Fatma Youcefi, Angela Filocamo, Carlo Bisignano, Ali Riazi
Antimicrobial activity of pepper polyphenols and capsaicinoids (Coumarin, caffeic acid, narangin, kaempferol, rutin, quercetin, capsaicin, and dihydrocapsaicin) against 13 pathogen bacteria and three beneficial strains was studied using the disk diffusion and microdilution methods. In general, phenolic compounds had the most important activity with the highest inhibition zones obtained with caffeic acid (3.5-20.5 mm), quercetin (4.75-3.5 mm), and kaempferol (7-14 mm). In the determination of the minimal inhibitory concentrations, the effects of both quercetin and kaempferol were more important than caffeic acid...
July 18, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721638/contribution-of-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-definitive-infective-endocarditis-the-infectious-disease-specialist-s-point-of-view
#9
B Davido, A Moussiegt, A Dinh, O Senard, L Deconinck, O Auzel, X Repesse, M Sirol, M Morgan, J Salomon
In 1994, the original Duke criteria introduced the usefulness of echocardiography for the diagnosis of definitive infective endocarditis (IE). Recently, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) highlighted the need of complementary imaging to support the diagnosis of embolic events and cardiac involvement when echocardiography findings are negative or doubtful. We decided to study the usefulness of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (TTE/TEE) for the diagnosis of definitive IE in patients who already benefited from complementary investigations...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721083/effect-of-a-lotion-containing-the-heat-treated-probiotic-strain-lactobacillus-johnsonii-ncc-533-on-staphylococcus-aureus-colonization-in-atopic-dermatitis
#10
Sandrine Blanchet-Réthoré, Valérie Bourdès, Annick Mercenier, Cyrille H Haddar, Paul O Verhoeven, Philippe Andres
OBJECTIVE: Staphylococcus aureus dominates the skin microbiota in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), with bacterial loads correlating with disease severity. The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate the effect of a cosmetic lotion containing heat-treated Lactobacillus johnsonii NCC 533 (HT La1) on S. aureus colonization in AD patients. METHODS: This open-label, multicenter study was performed in AD patients in Germany. First, detection of S. aureus was performed in all patients using the swab or scrub-wash method of sampling, followed by quantitative culture or quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721044/stimulated-phase-shift-acoustic-nanodroplets-enhance-vancomycin-efficacy-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#11
Hao Guo, Ziming Wang, Quanyin Du, Pan Li, Zhigang Wang, Aimin Wang
PURPOSE: Bacterial biofilms on the surface of prostheses are becoming a rising concern in managing prosthetic joint infections. The inherent resistant features of biofilms render traditional antimicrobial therapy unproductive and revision surgery outcomes uncertain. This situation has prompted the exploration of novel antimicrobial strategies. The synergy of ultrasound microbubbles and vancomycin has been proposed as an efficient alternative for biofilm eradication. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anti-biofilm effect of stimulated phase-shift acoustic nanodroplets (NDs) combined with vancomycin...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721014/determining-optimal-dosing-regimen-of-oral-administration-of-dicloxacillin-using-monte-carlo-simulation
#12
Wei Yu, Jinru Ji, Tingting Xiao, Chaoqun Ying, Jiaheng Fang, Ping Shen, Yonghong Xiao
BACKGROUND: Dicloxacillin, a semisynthetic isoxazolyl penicillin, exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide variety of Gram-positive bacteria, as well as stability against penicillinases and low level of toxicity. The objective of this study was to obtain optimal dosing regimen of oral administration of dicloxacillin by analyzing the pharmacokinetic (PK) index in healthy volunteers and in vitro antibacterial activity by using Monte Carlo simulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 867 clinical isolates from community-onset infections were collected from 31 secondary hospitals in People's Republic of China...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720951/isolation-and-characterization-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-from-traditional-pickles-of-himachal-pradesh-india
#13
Monika, Savitri, Vijay Kumar, Anila Kumari, Kunzes Angmo, Tek Chand Bhalla
A total of 15 isolates of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from traditional pickles of rural and urban areas of Himachal Pradesh. These isolates were identified as Enterococcus faecalis (7), Lactobacillus plantarum (3), Pediococcus pentosaceus (2), Leuconostoc mesenteroides (1), Lactococcus lactis (1) and Enterococcus sp. (1) on the basis of morphological, biochemical and 16S rDNA sequence analysis. All the LABs produced exopolysaccharides, have antibiotic susceptibility, and possess activity of β-galactosidase, β-glucosidase, protease and amylase, while none of the isolates showed haemolytic activity...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720732/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-alters-staphylococcus-aureus-sensitivity-to-vancomycin-in-a-biofilm-model-of-cystic-fibrosis-infection
#14
Giulia Orazi, George A O'Toole
The airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients have thick mucus, which fosters chronic, polymicrobial infections. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are two of the most prevalent respiratory pathogens in CF patients. In this study, we tested whether P. aeruginosa influences the susceptibility of S. aureus to frontline antibiotics used to treat CF lung infections. Using our in vitro coculture model, we observed that addition of P. aeruginosa supernatants to S. aureus biofilms grown either on epithelial cells or on plastic significantly decreased the susceptibility of S...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720045/neonatal-acute-paronychia
#15
Luke Grome, Gregory Borah
BACKGROUND: Paronychia is defined as infection afflicting the eponychial nail folds of the hand or foot. Such infections are rarely reported in the perinatal age group, and not previously described in a neonate younger than 2 weeks. Trauma resulting in inoculation of the nail fold is the most common predisposing factor to paronychia. Oral trauma in the pediatric population from finger sucking predisposes this population to a different set of bacterial pathogens than adults. Contamination can progress to infection and abscess formation within the nail fold with the most prevalent vector in adult infections being Staphylococcus aureus...
February 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719983/neonatal-lemierre-syndrome-youngest-reported-case-and-literature-review
#16
Blake S Raggio, Maria C Grant, Kimsey Rodriguez, Patrick J Cripe
A previously healthy 5-week-old female was admitted for sepsis secondary to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia. After several days of hospitalization, she experienced acute decompensation in mental status despite having received targeted antibiotic therapy. Imaging revealed left peritonsillar/parapharyngeal space abscess, left venous thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein, and septic emboli of the lungs and brain consistent with Lemierre syndrome. Bedside needle aspiration of the parapharyngeal abscess confirmed MRSA involvement...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719861/stabilized-cationic-dipeptide-capped-gold-silver-nanohybrids-towards-enhanced-antibacterial-and-antifungal-efficacy
#17
Manish Bajaj, Satish K Pandey, Tamanna Nain, Surinder K Brar, Prabhjot Singh, Shivakanksha Singh, Nishima Wangoo, Rohit K Sharma
The nanoparticles of silver/gold and cationic peptides have been recognized as potent antimicrobials for long, but their combined effect has so far not been explored. The present study reports the green synthesis of short cationic dipeptide stabilized AuNPs/AgNPs based nanohybrid materials. It thoroughly investigates the effect of conjugation of short cationic peptides on the antimicrobial properties of metallic nanoparticles. In the context of the antimicrobial evaluation of synthesized nanoconjugates, it was observed that peptide capped AgNPs exhibited higher antimicrobial activity as compared to peptide capped AuNPs as well as native peptides and unconjugated metallic nanoparticles...
July 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719790/disease-burden-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infection-in-hong-kong
#18
Joyce H S You, Kin-Wing Choi, Tin-Yau Wong, Margaret Ip, Wai-Kit Ming, Rity Yee-Kwan Wong, Sze-Ngai Chan, Hoi-Tung Tse, Carrie T S Chau, Nelson L S Lee
We aimed to describe disease burden, characteristics, and outcomes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection (BSI) in Hong Kong. A retrospective, observational study was conducted in 26 Hong Kong public hospitals between January 2010 and December 2012. The primary outcome measures were 30-day mortality rate and infection-related hospital cost. Of 1133 patients reviewed, 727 (64.17%) were male, 1075 (94.88%) had health care-associated community-onset and 44 (3.88%) had hospital-onset MRSA infection...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719657/isolation-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-bacteriophages-against-mdr-bacterial-isolates-from-septic-wound-infections
#19
Roja Rani Pallavali, Vijaya Lakshmi Degati, Dakshayani Lomada, Madhava C Reddy, Vijaya Raghava Prasad Durbaka
Multi-drug resistance has become a major problem for the treatment of pathogenic bacterial infections. The use of bacteriophages is an attractive approach to overcome the problem of drug resistance in several pathogens that cause fatal diseases. Our study aimed to isolate multi drug resistant bacteria from patients with septic wounds and then isolate and apply bacteriophages in vitro as alternative therapeutic agents. Pus samples were aseptically collected from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Kadapa, A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719350/characterization-of-candidate-probionts-isolated-from-human-breast-milk
#20
S Khalkhali, N Mojgani
This study was designed to isolate and identify the potential probionts present in 32 healthy mothers' breast milk. Microbial culture media and 16SrRNA sequencing were used to isolate and identify the bacteria and all isolates were analyzed for their antagonistic potential, resistance to acidic pH, bile salts and survival under simulated gastric and intestinal conditions. The colonization potential was further assessed based on adherence to human enterocyte-like Caco-2 cell lines. The breast milk samples harbored significant numbers of Gram positive and catalase negative (85%) bacteria...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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