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Víctor Manuel Luna-Pineda, Sara Ochoa, Ariadnna Cruz-Córdova, Vicenta Cázares-Domínguez, Fernanda Vélez-González, Rigoberto Hernández-Castro, Juan Xicohtencatl-Cortes
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are considered one of the main causes of morbidity worldwide, and uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the etiological agent associated with these infections. The high morbidity produced by the UTI and the limitation of antibiotic treatments promotes the search for new alternatives against these infections. The knowledge that has been generated regarding the immune response in the urinary tract is important for the development of effective strategies in the UTI prevention, treatment, and control...
2018: Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México
Rabaab Zahra, Saba Javeed, Bibi Malala, Dmitriy Babenko, Mark A Toleman
Objectives: To discover the Escherichia coli STs and associated resistance mechanisms in the community in Islamabad, Pakistan by analysis of E. coli isolates in sewage. Methods: One hundred and ten E. coli were isolated from sewage across the city of Islamabad without antibiotic bias and confirmed as E. coli by MALDI-TOF MS. Isolates were characterized by fumC/fimH (CH) typing and core-genome MLST. Resistance mechanisms, virulence genes, phylotypes and plasmid incompatibility types were determined in a subset of isolates by in silico analysis...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Agnieszka Kaczmarek, Krzysztof Skowron, Anna Budzyńska, Eugenia Gospodarek-Komkowska
Vaginal and/or rectal Escherichia coli colonization of pregnant women is sometimes associated with neonatal infections. Despite the relevance of these strains, they have been rarely described before. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare vaginal (VEC) and rectal E. coli (REC) isolates in respect of antimicrobial susceptibility and the frequency of virulence-associated genes (VAGs). The antimicrobial susceptibility of 50 VEC and 50 REC isolates was performed by using the disc diffusion method, and VAGs were detected by PCR...
April 12, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
Surendra H Mahadevegowda, Shuai Hou, Jielin Ma, Damien Keogh, Jianhua Zhang, Asadulla Mallick, Xue-Wei Liu, Hongwei Duan, Mary B Chan-Park
Glycan recognition plays key roles in cell-cell and host-pathogen interactions, stimulating widespread interest in developing multivalent glycoconjugates with superior binding affinity for biological and medical uses. Here, we explore the use of Raman-encoded silver coated gold nanorods (GNRs) as scaffolds to form multivalent glycoconjugates. The plasmonic scaffolds afford high-loading of glycan density and their optical properties offer the possibilities of monitoring and quantitative analysis of glycan recognition...
April 12, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Edward M Schaeffer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Journal of Urology
Christoph P Sager, Brigitte Fiege, Pascal Zihlmann, Raghu Vannam, Said Rabbani, Roman P Jakob, Roland C Preston, Adam Zalewski, Timm Maier, Mark W Peczuh, Beat Ernst
Seven-membered ring mimetics of mannose were studied as ligands for the mannose-specific bacterial lectin FimH, which plays an essential role in the first step of urinary tract infections (UTI). A competitive binding assay and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) experiments indicated an approximately ten-fold lower affinity for the seven-membered ring mannose mimetic 2- O-n -heptyl-1,6-anhydro-d- glycero -d-galactitol ( 7 ) compared to n -heptyl α-d-mannopyranoside ( 2 ), resulting exclusively from a loss of conformational entropy...
January 21, 2018: Chemical Science
Young-Jo Kim, Jin-San Moon, Deog-Hwan Oh, Jung-Whan Chon, Bo-Ra Song, Jong-Su Lim, Eun-Jeong Heo, Hyun-Jung Park, Sung-Hwan Wee, Kidon Sung
Twenty extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing E. coli strains were isolated from imported meat in South Korea. ESBL strains of E. coli were detected in chicken (14/20) more often than in pork (6/20) and beef (0/20); the highest number (12/20) was detected in Brazilian meats. The blaCTX-M genes were predominant in meats from many countries. E. coli from pork imported from France produced the blaCTX-M-58 enzyme, which has never been documented previously in ESBL-producing bacteria from clinical or environmental sources...
May 2018: Food Research International
Xiu P Chen, Liaqat Ali, Li-Yun Wu, Can Liu, Chen X Gang, Qi F Huang, Jing H Ruan, Song Y Bao, Yun P Rao, DaoJin Yu
In this study, microcosms were established to determine the effect of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) on the multidrug resistance and biofilm-forming abilities of Escherichia coli . The expression of biofilm-formation-related genes was detected to establish correlations between genotype and phenotype. Different concentrations of N and P were added to make one control group and four treatment groups. The glass tube method was used to determine biofilm-forming capabilities. Real-time PCR was used to detect the mRNA abundance of six biofilm-formation-related genes in E ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Shuhong Zhang, Guangzhu Yang, Qinghua Ye, Qingping Wu, Jumei Zhang, Yuanbin Huang
Klebsiella pneumoniae is not only a major hospital-acquired pathogen but also an important food-borne pathogen that can cause septicaemia, liver abscesses, and diarrhea in humans. The phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of K. pneumoniae in retail foods have not been thoroughly investigated in China. The objective of this study was to characterize K. pneumoniae isolates through biotyping, serotyping, determination of virulence factors, antibiotic resistance testing, enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus-polymerase chain reaction (ERIC-PCR), and (GTG)5 -PCR molecular typing...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Xinfeng Zhang, Lei Wang, Renpeng Li, Peiqiang Hou, Yuanqing Zhang, Ming Fang, Bin Hu
The objective of this study was to investigate the presence and characterization of Klebsiella pneumoniae (KP) from the intestinal tract. 43 KP strains were isolated from 551 stool specimens from diarrhea patients from 2013 to 2016,with a carriage rate of 7.80%. All isolates were hypervirulent KP (hvKp) strains with hypermucoviscosity (HM) phenotype. The virulence factors and antibiotic resistance exhibited diverse distribution. 2.33% (1/43), 2.33% (1/43), 6.98% (3/43), 6.98% (3/43), 4.65% (2/43), 11.63% (5/43) and 18...
March 14, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Vasilios Kalas, Michael E Hibbing, Amarendar Reddy Maddirala, Ryan Chugani, Jerome S Pinkner, Laurel K Mydock-McGrane, Matt S Conover, James W Janetka, Scott J Hultgren
Treatment of bacterial infections is becoming a serious clinical challenge due to the global dissemination of multidrug antibiotic resistance, necessitating the search for alternative treatments to disarm the virulence mechanisms underlying these infections. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) employs multiple chaperone-usher pathway pili tipped with adhesins with diverse receptor specificities to colonize various host tissues and habitats. For example, UPEC F9 pili specifically bind galactose or N -acetylgalactosamine epitopes on the kidney and inflamed bladder...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hojjatolah Zamani, Ali Salehzadeh
Background/aim: Biofilm formation is a major determinant factor in the development of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC). Several adhesion factors are involved in attachment of bacterial cells to the urinary tract and biofilm development. Materials and methods: The possible relationship between different adhesion factor genes (AFGs) and biofilm formation among UPEC isolates was investigated. Prevalence of different AFGs including fimA, fimH, papAH, papC, papEF, sfa-S, foc/G, and bmaE and their association to biofilm formation were investigated...
February 23, 2018: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Leonardo Neves Andrade, Ângela Novais, Lenita Maria Marcato Stegani, Joseane Cristina Ferreira, Carla Rodrigues, Ana Lucia Costa Darini, Luisa Peixe
We performed a single-month snapshot study of the population diversity of multidrug resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates producing carbapenemases and/or extended-spectrum β-lactamases from four major hospitals in Brazil. Isolates produced diverse ESBL (CTX-M-2, -8, -15, SHV-2), KPC-2 or both (CTX-M-2 and KPC-2), linked to specific genetic backgrounds and plasmids from a few families (IncR, IncFIIk, IncL/M) that were shared among clonal lineages within and between hospitals. A high clonal diversity was identified, among isolates from the same ST (ST11, ST15, ST101 or ST340)...
January 12, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Li Fu, Mei Huang, XinZhou Zhang, XiaoYing Yang, Yao Liu, LuHua Zhang, ZhiKun Zhang, GuangXi Wang, YingShun Zhou
The aim of this study is to determine the frequency of virulence genes in high biofilm formation blaKPC-2 producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strains collected over a period of two years. A total of 43 non-repetitive high biofilm blaKPC-2 producing isolates were screened from 429 strains. The MIC of carbapenems (imipenem and meropenem) ranged from 4 to 32 μg/ml. The OD595 value of the biofilm ranged from 0.56 to 2.56. The K1, K2, K5, K20, K54, K57 genotypes, MLST and virulence factors, including entB, ybtS, mrkD, fimH, rmpA, allS, iutA, kfu, wcaG, aerobaction, fecIRA, shiF, magA and pagO gene, were determined by PCR...
January 19, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Caitlin N Spaulding, Henry Louis Schreiber, Weili Zheng, Karen W Dodson, Jennie E Hazen, Matt S Conover, Fengbin Wang, Pontus Svenmarker, Areli Luna-Rico, Olivera Francetic, Magnus Andersson, Scott Hultgren, Edward H Egelman
Uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC), which cause urinary tract infections (UTI), utilize type 1 pili, a chaperone usher pathway (CUP) pilus, to cause UTI and colonize the gut. The pilus rod, comprised of repeating FimA subunits, provides a structural scaffold for displaying the tip adhesin, FimH. We solved the 4.2 Å resolution structure of the type 1 pilus rod using cryo-electron microscopy. Residues forming the interactive surfaces that determine the mechanical properties of the rod were maintained by selection based on a global alignment of fimA sequences...
January 18, 2018: ELife
Colin W Russell, Brittany A Fleming, Courtney A Jost, Alexander Tran, Alan T Stenquist, Morgan A Wambaugh, Mary P Bronner, Matthew A Mulvey
Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) acts as a commensal within the mammalian gut but can induce pathology upon dissemination to other host environments such as the urinary tract and bloodstream. ExPEC genomes are likely shaped by evolutionary forces encountered within the gut, where the bacteria spend much of their time, provoking the question of how their extraintestinal virulence traits arose. The principle of coincidental evolution, in which a gene that evolved in one niche happens to be advantageous in another, has been used to argue that ExPEC virulence factors originated in response to selective pressures within the gut ecosystem...
March 2018: Infection and Immunity
Anthony Atala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Journal of Urology
Christoph P Sager, Deniz Eriş, Martin Smieško, Rachel Hevey, Beat Ernst
In general, carbohydrate-lectin interactions are characterized by high specificity but also low affinity. The main reason for the low affinities are desolvation costs, due to the numerous hydroxy groups present on the ligand, together with the typically polar surface of the binding sites. Nonetheless, nature has evolved strategies to overcome this hurdle, most prominently in relation to carbohydrate-lectin interactions of the innate immune system but also in bacterial adhesion, a process key for the bacterium's survival...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Jing Wu, Fangjun Lan, Yanfang Lu, Qingwen He, Bin Li
Objectives: Sequence type 1193 is emerging as a new, virulent and resistant lineage among fluoroquinolone resistant Escherichia coli (FQr E. coli ). In this study, we investigated the prevalence and molecular characteristics of this clone isolated from a Chinese university hospital. Methods: 73 phylogenetic group B2-FQr -non-ST131 isolates were collected from August 2014 and August 2015 at a Chinese university hospital. Isolates were screened for ST1193 by multilocus sequence typing. E. coli ST1193 then underwent lactose fermentation determination, susceptibility testing, virulence genotyping, PCR-based O typing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and FQr mechanism analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Akram Najafi, Mojtaba Hasanpour, Azam Askary, Masoud Aziemzadeh, Najmeh Hashemi
The present study was aimed at investigating the relationship between the new Clermont's phylogenetic groups, virulence factors, and pathogenicity island markers (PAIs) among uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) in Iran. This cross-sectional study was carried out on 140 UPEC isolates collected from patients with urinary tract infections in Bushehr, Iran. All isolates were subjected to phylogenetic typing using a new quadruplex-PCR method. The presence of PAI markers and virulence factors in UPEC strains was evaluated by multiplex PCR...
December 3, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
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