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Neisseria gonorrhea

Vikram Singh, Manju Bala, Aradhana Bhargava, Monika Kakran, Ravi Bhatnagar
BACKGROUND: Recent WHO guidelines recommend dual therapy with ceftriaxone or cefixime plus azithromycin for gonorrhea. Azithromycin in combination with gentamicin or spectinomycin has been recommended in treatment failure cases. Due to emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively-drug resistant (XDR) Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains, it is important to look for efficacy of these combinations and also of others that might be used in future. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate in vitro synergy of 21 dual combinations including current and alternative WHO recommended treatment regimens and other dual combinations...
2018: PloS One
Achilleas Tsoumanis, Niel Hens, Chris Richard Kenyon
BACKGROUND: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea) could become untreatable in the near future. Indeed, while the treatment of symptomatic gonorrhea in core groups, such men who have sex with men (MSM), is crucial for gonorrhea control programs, screening for and treating asymptomatic gonorrhea/Chlamydia trachomatis(chlamydia) in MSM may contribute to antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea. In this systematic review we aim to assess if there is evidence that screening MSM for gonorrhea/chlamydia is associated with a decline in the prevalence of these infections...
February 26, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Michelle M Butler, Samanthi L Waidyarachchi, Kristie L Connolly, Ann E Jerse, Weirui Chai, Richard E Lee, Stephan A Kohlhoff, Dean L Shinabarger, Terry L Bowlin
Bacterial sexually transmitted infections are widespread and common, with Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea) and Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) being the two most frequent causes. If left untreated, both infections can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and other sequelae. The recommended treatment for gonorrhea is ceftriaxone plus azithromycin (to empirically treat chlamydial co-infections). Antibiotic resistance to all existing therapies has developed in gonorrheal infections...
February 26, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Harrell W Chesson, Robert D Kirkcaldy, Thomas L Gift, Kwame Owusu-Edusei, Hillard S Weinstock
Preventing the emergence of ceftriaxone-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae can potentially avert hundreds of millions of dollars in direct medical costs of gonorrhea and gonorrhea-attributable HIV infections. In the illustrative scenario we examined, emerging ceftriaxone resistance could lead to 1.2 million additional N. gonorrhoeae infections over 10 years, costing $378.2 million.
September 22, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Emily J Weston, Robert D Kirkcaldy, Mark Stenger, Eloisa Llata, Brooke Hoots, Elizabeth A Torrone
To assess trends in Neisseria gonorrhoeae among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), we reviewed existing and published gonorrhea surveillance data in the United States (U.S.). Data identified in this review include: national gonorrhea case report data and data from three other surveillance programs, the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP), the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN), and National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS).Rates of reported cases of gonorrhea among men increased 54...
October 6, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Z Mike Chirenje, Nicholas Dhibi, H Hunter Handsfield, Elizabeth Gonese, Beth Tippett Barr, Lovemore Gwanzura, Ahmed S Latif, Dumisili Venessa Maseko, Ranmini S Kularatne, Mufuta Tshimanga, Peter H Kilmarx, Anna Machiha, Owen Mugurungi, Cornelis A Rietmeijer
INTRODUCTION: Symptomatic vaginal discharge is a common gynecological condition managed syndromically in most developing countries. In Zimbabwe, women presenting with symptomatic vaginal discharge are treated with empirical regimens that commonly cover both sexually transmitted infections (STI) and reproductive tract infections, typically including a combination of an intramuscular injection of kanamycin, and oral doxycycline and metronidazole regimens. This study was conducted to determine the current etiology of symptomatic vaginal discharge and assess adequacy of current syndromic management guidelines...
November 29, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
I Putu Yuda Hananta, Henry John Christiaan de Vries, Alje Pieter van Dam, Martijn Sebastiaan van Rooijen, Hardyanto Soebono, Maarten Franciscus Schim van der Loeff
INTRODUCTION: Pharyngeal Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections are mostly asymptomatic, yet sustain ongoing gonococcal transmission. We assessed the proportion of pharyngeal gonorrhea that spontaneously clears and identified determinants of clearance. METHODS: At the sexually transmitted infections clinic Amsterdam, at-risk females and men who have sex with men were routinely screened for pharyngeal N. gonorrhoeae using an RNA-based nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT; Aptima Combo 2®)...
February 13, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Laura Ryan, Padraig Daly, Ivor Cullen, Maeve Doyle
Epididymo-orchitis is a common urological condition in men of all ages, causing a unilateral or bilateral swelling of the epididymis and/or testis. It is frequently caused by sexually transmitted infections, Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrheae, as well as common enteric organisms implicated in urinary tract infections. Men over 35 years old may develop epididymo-orchitis associated with enteric organisms, often associated with functional bladder outlet problems such as benign prostatic hyperplasia or urethral stricture disease...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Jessica Leigh Ritter, Caroline Attardo Genco
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the human obligate pathogen responsible for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, has evolved several mechanisms to evade the host immune response. One such mechanism is the modulation of host cell death pathways. In this study, we defined cell death pathways induced by N gonorrhoeae in human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs). In a dose-dependent manner, N gonorrhoeae stimulation of MDMs resulted in caspase 1 and 4-dependent cell deaths, indicative of canonical and noncanonical pyroptosis, respectively...
2018: Journal of Cell Death
Yue-Ping Yin, Yan Han, Xiu-Qin Dai, He-Ping Zheng, Shao-Chun Chen, Bang-Yong Zhu, Gang Yong, Na Zhong, Li-Hua Hu, Wen-Ling Cao, Zhong-Jie Zheng, Feng Wang, Qi Zhi, Xiao-Yu Zhu, Xiang-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Gonorrhea remains one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. Successful treatment has been hampered by emerging resistance to each of the antibiotics recommended as first-line therapies. We retrospectively analyzed the susceptibility of gonorrhea to azithromycin and ceftriaxone using data from the China Gonococcal Resistance Surveillance Programme (China-GRSP) in order to provide evidence for updating the treatment recommendations in China. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In this study, we included 3,849 isolates collected from patients with a confirmed positive Neisseria gonorrhoeae (N...
February 2018: PLoS Medicine
Yingru Liu, Julianny Perez, Laura A Hammer, Heather C Gallagher, Magdia De Jesus, Nejat K Egilmez, Michael W Russell
It has previously been shown that genital tract infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae in mice does not induce a state of protective immunity against reinfection but instead suppresses the development of adaptive immune responses against N. gonorrhoeae dependent on transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and interleukin 10 (IL-10). Intravaginal administration during gonococcal infection of IL-12 encapsulated in biodegradable microspheres (IL-12/ms) reverses the immunosuppression and promotes the production of gamma interferon (IFN-γ) and of specific antibodies in serum and genital secretions and accelerates clearance of the infection...
January 2018: MSphere
Jonas Rodrigues de Menezes Filho, José Carlos Gomes Sardinha, Enrique Galbán, Valéria Saraceni, Carolina Talhari
BACKGROUND: Urethral discharge syndrome (UDS) is characterized by the presence of purulent or mucopurulent urethral discharge.The main etiological agents of this syndrome are Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of the syndromic management to resolve symptoms in male urethral discharge syndrome cases in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. METHODS: Retrospective cohort of male cases of urethral discharge syndrome observed at a clinic for sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2013...
November 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
I Putu Yuda Hananta, Alje Pieter van Dam, Maarten Franciscus Schim van der Loeff, Mirjam Dierdorp, Carolien Marleen Wind, Hardyanto Soebono, Henry John Christiaan de Vries, Sylvia Maria Bruisten
BACKGROUND: Control of gonorrhea in resource-limited countries, such as Indonesia, is mostly unsuccessful. Examining Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ng) transmission networks using strain typing might help prioritizing public health interventions. METHODS: In 2014, urogenital Ng strains were isolated from clients of sexually transmitted infection clinics in three Indonesian cities. Strains were typed using Multiple-Locus Variable Number Tandem Repeat (VNTR) Analysis (MLVA) and Ng Multi-Antigen Sequence Typing (NG-MAST) at the Public Health Service, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and compared to Dutch strains collected from 2012 to 2015...
January 5, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
More Mungati, Anna Machiha, Owen Mugurungi, Mufuta Tshimanga, Peter H Kilmarx, Justice Nyakura, Gerald Shambira, Vitalis Kupara, David A Lewis, Elizabeth Gonese, Beth A Tippett Barr, H Hunter Handsfield, Cornelis A Rietmeijer
BACKGROUND: In many countries, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are treated syndromically. Thus, patients diagnosed as having genital ulcer disease (GUD) in Zimbabwe receive a combination of antimicrobials to treat syphilis, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV), and genital herpes. Periodic studies are necessary to assess the current etiology of GUD and assure the appropriateness of current treatment guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selected 6 geographically diverse clinics in Zimbabwe serving high numbers of STI cases to enroll men and women with STI syndromes, including GUD...
January 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Aleksandra E Sikora, Igor H Wierzbicki, Ryszard A Zielke, Rachael F Ryner, Konstantin V Korotkov, Susan K Buchanan, Nicholas Noinaj
The β-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) is a conserved multicomponent protein complex responsible for the biogenesis of β-barrel outer membrane proteins (OMPs) in Gram-negative bacteria. Given its role in the production of OMPs for survival and pathogenesis, BAM represents an attractive target for the development of therapeutic interventions, including drugs and vaccines against multidrug-resistant bacteria such as Neisseria gonorrhoeae The first structure of BamA, the central component of BAM, was from N. gonorrhoeae , the etiological agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Mahmoud Nateghi Rostami, Batool Hossein Rashidi, Azam Habibi, Razieh Nazari, Masoumeh Dolati
Background: Trichomonas vaginalis ( T.vaginalis ) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae ( N.gonorrhoeae ) are two most common non-viral sexually transmitted infections in the world. No data are available regarding the epidemiology of genital infections in women of Qom, central Iran. Objective: Epidemiological investigation of sexually transmitted infections in genital specimens of women referred to the referral gynecology hospital in Qom, central Iran. Materials and Methods: Genital swab specimens were collected from women volunteers and used for identification of bacterial and protozoal infections by conventional microbial diagnostics, porA pseudo gene LightCycler® real-time PCR (for N...
June 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Laura Dize, Barbara Silver, Charlotte Gaydos
Self-collected rectal-swabs were tested for CT and NG on GeneXpert CT/NG as compared to APTIMA Combo2. Of 448 rectal-swabs, 22 were positive for CT; 7 for NG on both assays; two were discordant. Sensitivity and specificity of GeneXpert was 95.5% and 99.7% for chlamydia, respectively; for gonorrhea both were 100%.
February 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Emily J Weston, Teodora Wi, John Papp
Monitoring trends in antimicrobial drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a critical public health and global health security activity because the number of antimicrobial drugs available to treat gonorrhea effectively is rapidly diminishing. Current global surveillance methods for antimicrobial drug-resistant N. gonorrhoeae have many limitations, especially in countries with the greatest burden of disease. The Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Joanne Reekie, Basil Donovan, Rebecca Guy, Jane S Hocking, John M Kaldor, Donna B Mak, Sallie Pearson, David Preen, Louise Stewart, James Ward, Bette Liu
Background: There is uncertainty around whether the risks of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) differ following Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea) infection. We quantified the risk of PID associated with chlamydia and gonorrhea infection and subsequent repeat infections in a whole-population cohort. Methods: A cohort of 315123 Western Australian women, born during 1974-1995, was probabilistically linked to chlamydia and gonorrhea testing records and to hospitalizations and emergency department presentations for PID from 2002 to 2013...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Meenakshi Pathak, Allan G A Coombes, BoMi Ryu, Peter J Cabot, Mark S Turner, Cheryn Palmer, Dongjie Wang, Kathryn J Steadman
Poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) intravaginal matrices were produced for local delivery of a combination of antibacterials, by rapidly cooling a mixture of drug powders dispersed in PCL solution. Matrices loaded with different combinations of metronidazole (10%, 15%, and 20% w/w) and doxycycline (10% w/w) were evaluated in vitro for release behavior and antibacterial activity. Rapid "burst release" of 8%-15% of the doxycycline content and 31%-37% of the metronidazole content occurred within 24 h when matrices were immersed in simulated vaginal fluid at 37°C...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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