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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735470/staged-reimplantation-of-a-total-hip-prosthesis-after-co-infection-with-candida-tropicalis-and-staphylococcus-haemolyticus-a-case-report
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Sujeesh Sebastian, Rajesh Malhotra, Ashish Pande, Deepak Gautam, Immaculata Xess, Benu Dhawan
Fungal prosthetic joint infection is a rare complication in total joint arthroplasty. There are no established guidelines for management of these infections. We present a case of a 53-year-old male with a hip joint prosthesis co-infected with Candida tropicalis and Staphylococcus haemolyticus. A two-stage exchange arthroplasty was performed. The patient underwent implant removal, debridement, irrigation with saline solution and application of cement spacer impregnated with vancomycin followed by aggressive antimicrobial treatment in first stage...
July 22, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735323/gas-gangrene-of-different-origin-associated-with-clostridium-perfringens-type-a-in-three-patients-simultaneously-hospitalized-in-a-single-department-of-orthopedics-and-traumatology-in-poland
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Monika Brzychczy-Włoch, Dorota Ochońska, Anna Piotrowska, Małgorzata Bulanda
The objective of the study was to perform a comparative analysis of phenotypic and genetic similarity, determination of resistance profiles, detection of toxin-encoding genes and molecular typing of Clostridium perfringens isolates originating from patients with gas gangrene. The study encompassed three patients with a clinical and microbiological diagnosis of gas gangrene who were hospitalized in one of the hospitals of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province in the same period of time between 8(th) April 2015 and 20(th) April 2015...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735241/a-new-integrated-approach-to-analyze-bulk-tank-milk-and-raw-milk-filters-for-the-presence-of-the-e-coli-serogroups-frequently-associated-with-vtec-status
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Francesca Albonico, Claudia Gusmara, Theo Gugliotta, Monica Loiacono, Michele Mortarino, Alfonso Zecconi
We optimized a combination of microbiological and molecular methods to quickly identify the presence of the O157 and the six non-O157 serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145) most frequently associated with VTEC status, at herd level. The lower detection limit of this methodology is 10(1)CFU/ml for each of the serogroups tested. We tested 67 bulk tank milk (BTM) and raw milk filters (RMF) derived from dairy herds located in Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. We identified 3 positive samples and 20 positive samples out of 67 respectively in the BTM and RMF...
July 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732304/outbreak-of-salmonella-enteritidis-pt14b-gastroenteritis-at-a-restaurant-in-england-the-use-of-molecular-typing-to-achieve-a-successful-prosecution
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C Chatt, D Nicholds-Trainor, A Scrivener, S Suleman, M Harvey, T Dallman, J Hawker, B Sibal
OBJECTIVES: To describe an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type (PT) 14b in people who had eaten at a restaurant, and the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the food business operator (FBO). STUDY DESIGN: The local health protection team and environmental health department formed an outbreak control team to investigate the outbreak. METHODS: Epidemiological, microbiological, and environmental investigations were undertaken...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729207/first-two-cases-of-severe-multifocal-infections-caused-by-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-switzerland-characterization-of-an-atypical-non-k1-k2-serotype-strain-causing-liver-abscess-and-endocarditis
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Baharak Babouee Flury, Valentina Donà, Niccolo Buetti, Hansjakob Furrer, Andrea Endimiani
BACKGROUND: We describe the first two multifocal invasive infections due to Klebsiella pneumoniae recently observed in Switzerland. METHODS: Phenotypic (MIC assays and string test) and molecular analyses (PCR/Sequencing for bla, virulence factor genes and whole genome sequencing for one strain) were performed to characterize the causative K. pneumoniae isolates. RESULTS: Both K. pneumoniae isolates (Kp1 and Kp2) were pan-susceptible to antibiotics and produced narrow-spectrum SHV β-lactamases...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727105/analysis-of-the-gut-bacterial-communities-in-beef-cattle-and-their-association-with-feed-intake-growth-and-efficiency
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P R Myer, H C Freetly, J E Wells, T P L Smith, L A Kuehn
The impetus behind the global food security challenge is direct, with the necessity to feed almost 10 billion people by 2050. Developing a food-secure world, where people have access to a safe and sustainable food supply, is the principal goal of this challenge. To achieve this end, beef production enterprises must develop methods to produce more pounds of animal protein with less. Selection for feed-efficient beef cattle using genetic improvement technologies has helped to understand and improve the stayability and longevity of such traits within the herd...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722566/molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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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/28715961/genetics-and-epigenetics-of-mating-type-determination-in-paramecium-and-tetrahymena
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Eduardo Orias, Deepankar Pratap Singh, Eric Meyer
While sex is an ancient and highly conserved eukaryotic invention, self-incompatibility systems such as mating types or sexes appear to be derived limitations that show considerable evolutionary plasticity. Within a single class of ciliates, Paramecium and Tetrahymena species have long been known to present a wide variety of mating type numbers and modes of inheritance, but only recently have the genes involved been identified. Although similar transmembrane proteins mediate self/nonself recognition in both ciliates, the mechanisms of mating type determination differ widely, ranging from Mendelian systems to developmental nuclear differentiation, either stochastic or maternally inherited...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715960/histone-methylation-by-set-domain-proteins-in-fungi
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Michael Freitag
Histone-modifying enzymes are responsible for regulating transcription, recombination, DNA repair, DNA replication, chromatid cohesion, and chromosome segregation. Fungi are ideally suited for comparative chromatin biology because sequencing of numerous genomes from many clades is coupled to existing rich methodology that allows truly holistic approaches, integrating evolutionary biology with mechanistic molecular biology and ecology, promising applications in medicine or plant pathology. While genome information is rich, mechanistic studies on histone modifications are largely restricted to two yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and one filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa-three species that arguably are not representative of this diverse kingdom...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713353/functional-characterization-of-novel-faecalibacterium-prausnitzii-strains-isolated-from-healthy-volunteers-a-step-forward-in-the-use-of-f-prausnitzii-as-a-next-generation-probiotic
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Rebeca Martín, Sylvie Miquel, Leandro Benevides, Chantal Bridonneau, Véronique Robert, Sylvie Hudault, Florian Chain, Olivier Berteau, Vasco Azevedo, Jean M Chatel, Harry Sokol, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Muriel Thomas, Philippe Langella
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is a major member of the Firmicutes phylum and one of the most abundant bacteria in the healthy human microbiota. F. prausnitzii depletion has been reported in several intestinal disorders, and more consistently in Crohn's disease (CD) patients. Despite its importance in human health, only few microbiological studies have been performed to isolate novel F. prausnitzii strains in order to better understand the biodiversity and physiological diversity of this beneficial commensal species...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711981/universal-direct-pcr-amplification-system-a-time-and-cost-effective-tool-for-high-throughput-applications
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Anis Ben-Amar, Souheib Oueslati, Ahmed Mliki
Taking into account the limits of current genotyping methodologies, we have established a versatile direct PCR method on intact microtissue samples without prior DNA isolation. A simple and standard protocol was developed and validated on a wide range of living organisms including bacterial and fungal strains, plant species and human samples. This allows reliable amplification of target genomic DNA fragment directly from source material using minimal amount of tissue which makes DNA purification irrelevant for a number of biological applications...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711782/the-human-microbiome
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REVIEW
Hubert E Blum
Until recently, human microbiology was based on the identification of single microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, frequently isolated from patients with acute or chronic infections. Novel culture-independent molecular biochemical analyses (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) allow today to detect and classify the diverse microorganisms in a given ecosystem (microbiota), such as the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, the airway system, the urogenital tract and others, and to assess all genomes in these ecosystems (microbiome) as well as their gene products...
July 13, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711440/prevalence-of-cervical-colonization-by-ureaplasma-parvum-ureaplasma-urealyticum-mycoplasma-hominis-and-mycoplasma-genitalium-in-childbearing-age-women-by-a-commercially-available-multiplex-real-time-pcr-an-italian-observational-multicentre-study
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Christian Leli, Antonella Mencacci, Maria Agnese Latino, Pierangelo Clerici, Mario Rassu, Stefano Perito, Roberto Castronari, Eleonora Pistoni, Eugenio Luciano, Daniela De Maria, Cristina Morazzoni, Michela Pascarella, Silvia Bozza, Alessandra Sensini
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasmas are frequently isolated from the genital tract. New molecular PCR-based methods for the detection of mycoplasmas can better define the real epidemiology of these microorganisms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of mycoplasmas in a population of childbearing age women by means of PCR. METHODS: This 21-month multicentre observational study was conducted at four Italian clinical microbiology laboratories. Women reporting symptoms of vaginitis/cervicitis, or with history of infertility, pregnancy, miscarriage or preterm birth were included...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710617/steroid-bioconversions
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Marina V Donova
Steroid modifications by selected wild-type and engineered strains of microorganisms became an effective tool for the production of high-valued steroidal drugs and their precursors for the pharmaceutical industry. Some microorganisms are effective at the performance of sterol side-chain degradation, oxyfunctionalization of steroid core, and redox reactions at different positions of the steroid molecule. A number of bioprocesses using steroid-transforming microbial strains are well established on an industrial level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707243/research-trends-and-hotspots-related-to-ammonia-oxidation-based-on-bibliometric-analysis
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Maosheng Zheng, Hui-Zhen Fu, Yuh-Shan Ho
Ammonia oxidation is the rate-limiting and central step in global biogeochemistry cycle of nitrogen. A bibliometric analysis based on 4314 articles extracted from Science Citation Index Expanded database was carried out to provide insights into publication performances and research trends of ammonia oxidation in the period 1991-2014. These articles were originated from a wide range of 602 journals and 95 Web of Science Categories, among which Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Sciences took the leading position, respectively...
July 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706515/more-pathogenicity-or-just-more-pathogens-on-the-interpretation-problem-of-multiple-pathogen-detections-with-diagnostic-multiplex-assays
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REVIEW
Andreas E Zautner, Uwe Groß, Matthias F Emele, Ralf M Hagen, Hagen Frickmann
Modern molecular diagnostic approaches in the diagnostic microbiological laboratory like real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) have led to a considerable increase of diagnostic sensitivity. They usually outperform the diagnostic sensitivity of culture-based approaches. Culture-based diagnostics were found to be insufficiently sensitive for the assessment of the composition of biofilms in chronic wounds and poorly standardized for screenings for enteric colonization with multi-drug resistant bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705265/comparison-of-histological-microbiological-and-molecular-methods-in-diagnosis-of-patients-with-tbln-having-different-anti-tb-treatment-background
#17
Nan Ying Che, Shao Jun Huang, Yan Ma, Yi Han, Zi Chen Liu, Chen Zhang, Jing Mu, Dan Zhao, Yang Qu, Hai Qing Zhang, Zhi Dong Liu, Shao Fa Xu
OBJECTIVE: The influence of anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment history on tuberculous lymphadenitis (TBLN) diagnosis is unclear. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the diagnostic methods, including histology, microbiology, and molecular tests, used for TBLN. METHODS: In this study, suspected patients with TBLN and having different anti-TB treatment background were enrolled. All the samples were tested simultaneously by histology, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining, mycobacterial culture (culture), Xpert MTB/RIF (xpert), real-time PCR, and high-resolution melting curve PCR (HRM)...
June 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701066/the-cell-wall-of-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-biosynthesis-organization-immune-response-and-virulence
#18
Jean-Paul Latgé, Anne Beauvais, Georgios Chamilos
More than 90% of the cell wall of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus comprises polysaccharides. Biosynthesis of the cell wall polysaccharides is under the control of three types of enzymes: transmembrane synthases, which are anchored to the plasma membrane and use nucleotide sugars as substrates, and cell wall-associated transglycosidases and glycosyl hydrolases, which are responsible for remodeling the de novo synthesized polysaccharides and establishing the three-dimensional structure of the cell wall...
July 12, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697665/variant-gene-expression-and-antigenic-variation-by-malaria-parasites
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Kirk W Deitsch, Ron Dzikowski
Malaria is a significant threat throughout the developing world. Among the most fascinating aspects of the protozoan parasites responsible for this disease are the methods they employ to avoid the immune system and perpetuate chronic infections. Key among these is antigenic variation: By systematically altering antigens that are displayed to the host's immune system, the parasite renders the adaptive immune response ineffective. For Plasmodium falciparum, the species responsible for the most severe form of human malaria, this process involves a complicated molecular mechanism that results in continuously changing patterns of variant-antigen-encoding gene expression...
July 11, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695213/extracellular-polymeric-substances-are-transient-media-for-microbial-extracellular-electron-transfer
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Yong Xiao, Enhua Zhang, Jingdong Zhang, Youfen Dai, Zhaohui Yang, Hans E M Christensen, Jens Ulstrup, Feng Zhao
Microorganisms exploit extracellular electron transfer (EET) in growth and information exchange with external environments or with other cells. Every microbial cell is surrounded by extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). Understanding the roles of three-dimensional (3D) EPS in EET is essential in microbiology and microbial exploitation for mineral bio-respiration, pollutant conversion, and bioenergy production. We have addressed these challenges by comparing pure and EPS-depleted samples of three representative electrochemically active strains viz Gram-negative Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, Gram-positive Bacillus sp...
July 2017: Science Advances
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