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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102367/interspecies-cathelicidin-comparison-reveals-divergence-in-antimicrobial-activity-tlr-modulation-chemokine-induction-and-regulation-of-phagocytosis
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Maarten Coorens, Maaike R Scheenstra, Edwin J A Veldhuizen, Henk P Haagsman
Cathelicidins are short cationic peptides initially described as antimicrobial peptides, which can also modulate the immune system. Because most findings have been described in the context of human LL-37 or murine CRAMP, or have been investigated under varying conditions, it is unclear which functions are cathelicidin specific and which functions are general cathelicidin properties. This study compares 12 cathelicidins from 6 species under standardized conditions to better understand the conservation of cathelicidin functions...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101771/impact-of-relocation-and-environmental-cleaning-on-reducing-the-incidence-of-healthcare-associated-infection-in-nicu
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Qiu-Fang Li, Hong Xu, Xiao-Ping Ni, Rong Lin, Hui Jin, Ling-Ya Wei, Dan Liu, Lin-Hai Shen, Jie Zha, Xin-Fen Xu, Bo Wu
BACKGROUND: Hospital environment remains a risk for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This was a prospective study to evaluate the comprehensive impact of relocating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to a new facility and improved environmental cleaning practice on the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on inanimate surfaces and the incident rate of HAIs. METHODS: New environmental cleaning measures were adopted after the NICU was moved to a new and better-designed location...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101153/upregulated-effects-of-mir-7-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Hong Zhang, Haiqing Li, Yan Liu, Qingyan Li, Yufang Bi, Guiqing Fang
The aim of the study was to investigate the characteristic function of the upregulated effects of miR-7 in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). After separating the MRSA in clinic, the expression of miR-7 mRNA was tested by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The overexpression, inhibition of miR-7, and control group were established by plasmid in vitro. Following transfection of the bacterial strain, the effect of β-lactam antibiotics in minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was observed using the microporous dilution method, and antibacterial effects in vitro were observed using the dynamic growth curve method...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100179/exploring-surface-cleaning-strategies-in-hospital-to-prevent-contact-transmission-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Hao Lei, Rachael M Jones, Yuguo Li
BACKGROUND: Cleaning of environmental surfaces in hospitals is important for the control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections transmitted by the contact route. Guidance regarding the best approaches for cleaning, however, is limited. METHODS: In this study, a mathematical model based on ordinary differential equations was constructed to study MRSA concentration dynamics on high-touch and low-touch surfaces, and on the hands and noses of two patients (in two hospitals rooms) and a health care worker in a hypothetical hospital environment...
January 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096484/evolutionary-dynamics-of-pandemic-methicillin-sensitive-staphylococcus-aureus-st398-and-its-international-spread-via-routes-of-human-migration
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Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, Paul R McAdam, Sean B Sullivan, Justin R Knox, Hossein Khiabanian, Raul Rabadan, Peter R Davies, J Ross Fitzgerald, Franklin D Lowy
: Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) accounts for the majority of S. aureus infections globally, and yet surprisingly little is known about its clonal evolution. We applied comparative whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analyses to epidemiologically and geographically diverse ST398-MSSA, a pandemic lineage affecting both humans and livestock. Bayesian phylogenetic analysis predicted divergence of human-associated ST398-MSSA ~40 years ago. Isolates from Midwestern pigs and veterinarians differed substantially from those in New York City (NYC)...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095918/anti-staphylococcal-activity-resulting-from-epithelial-lining-fluid-elf-concentrations-of-amikacin-inhale-administered-via-the-pulmonary-drug-delivery-system
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Islam M Ghazi, Mordechai Grupper, David P Nicolau
BACKGROUND: Amikacin inhale (BAY41-6551), a unique drug-device combination of a specially formulated drug solution and a pulmonary drug delivery system device (AMK-I) is currently under phase III study as an adjunctive therapy to IV antibiotics for the treatment of Gram-negative pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients. While the epidemiology of nosocomial pneumonia is predominated by Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the Enterobacteriaceae, Staphylococcus aureus is increasingly recognized as a pathogen of concern for these pulmonary based infections...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094151/comparison-of-the-bd-max-mrsa-xt-to-the-cepheid%C3%A2-xpert%C3%A2-mrsa-assay-for-the-molecular-detection-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-from-nasal-swabs
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Sanjay R Mehta, Jasmine Estrada, Juan Ybarra, Joshua Fierer
INTRODUCTION: Variation in MRSA genotypes may affect the sensitivity of molecular assays to detect this organism. METHODS: We compared 2 commonly used screening assays, the Cepheid™ Xpert® MRSA and the BD MAX™ MRSA XT on consecutively obtained nasal swabs from 479 subjects. Specimens giving discordant results were subjected to additional microbiologic and molecular testing. RESULTS: Six hundred forty-two (97.6%) of the 658 test results were concordant...
December 16, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093655/antibacterial-efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-of-low-intensity-direct-current-activated-silver-titanium-implant-system-prototype
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Zhuo Tan, Edward A Havell, Paul E Orndorff, Rohan A Shirwaiker
Silver-based devices activated by electric current are of interest in biomedicine because of their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. This study investigates the in vitro antibacterial efficacy and cytotoxicity of a low intensity direct current (LIDC)-activated silver-titanium implant system prototype designed for localized generation and delivery of silver ions at the implantation site. First, the antibacterial efficacy of the system was assessed against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over 48 h at current levels of 3 and 6 µA in Mueller-Hinton broth...
January 16, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091797/mass-spectrometric-identification-of-phenol-soluble-modulins-in-the-atcc%C3%A2-43300-standard-strain-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-harboring-two-distinct-phenotypes
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K S Jang, M Park, J Y Lee, J S Kim
Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus Rosenbach (ATCC® 43300™) is a representative methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strain that is used as a quality control strain for testing the methicillin susceptibility of clinical isolates. It has been consistently observed that colonies with two different colors (golden yellow and white) grow from the ATCC stock on blood agar plates. In this study, staphylococcal peptide and protein profiling was performed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry...
January 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091338/molecular-epidemiological-analysis-to-assess-the-influence-of-pet-ownership-in-the-biodiversity-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-mrsa-in-dog-and-non-dog-owning-healthy-households
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J C VAN Balen, T Landers, E Nutt, A Dent, A E Hoet
It has been suggested that zoonotic transmission of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) can occur between owners and their pets within the same household. However, the influence that pet-ownership could have in the biodiversity of SA/MRSA strains circulating among owners is not fully understood. The objective of this study was to perform a molecular epidemiological analysis to evaluate and compare the biodiversity of SA/MRSA strains in dog-owning and non-dog-owning healthy households within the same community...
January 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089736/antibacterial-activity-of-limonium-brasiliense-baicuru-against-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-using-a-statistical-mixture-design
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Andressa Blainski, Barbara Gionco, Admilton G Oliveira, Galdino Andrade, Ieda S Scarminio, Denise B Silva, Norberto P Lopes, João C P Mello
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Limonium brasiliense (Boiss.) Kuntze (Plumbaginaceae) is commonly known as "baicuru" or "guaicuru" and preparations of its dried rhizomes have been populary used in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and menstrual disorder, and as an antiseptic in genito-urinary infections. This study evaluated the potential antibacterial activity of rhizome extracts against multidrug-resistant bacterial strains using statistical mixture design. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The statistical design of four components (water, methanol, acetone and ethanol) produced 15 different extracts and also a confirmatory experiment, which was performed using water:acetone (3:7, v/v)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088766/staphylococcus-aureus-cc395-harbours-a-novel-composite-staphylococcal-cassette-chromosome-mec-element
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Jesper Larsen, Paal S Andersen, Volker Winstel, Andreas Peschel
BACKGROUND: CoNS species are likely reservoirs of the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) in Staphylococcus aureus S aureus CC395 is unique as it is capable of exchanging DNA with CoNS via bacteriophages, which are also known to mediate transfer of SCCmec OBJECTIVES: To analyse the structure and putative origin of the SCCmec element in S aureus CC395. METHODS: The only MRSA CC395 strain described in the literature, JS395, was subjected to WGS, and its SCCmec element was compared with those found in CoNS species and other S...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087612/biofilm-formation-and-antimicrobial-resistance-genes-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-cows-with-mastitis-in-argentina
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Mariela E Srednik, Yannick D N Tremblay, Josée Labrie, Marie Archambault, Mario Jacques, Fernández Cirelli Alicia, Elida R Gentilini
Mastitis affects the health and welfare of dairy cows worldwide. Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are known to form biofilms and are increasingly recognized as a cause of persistent bovine intramammary infections. A total of 90 CNS isolated from cows with clinical and subclinical mastitis in Argentina from 2008-2014 were identified by PCR-RFLP using the gap gene. Standard microtiter plate assays were used to assess CNS biofilm formation and Staphylococcus haemolyticus species formed the strongest biofilms...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087406/erythrocyte-membrane-coated-nanogel-for-combinatorial-antivirulence-and-responsive-antimicrobial-delivery-against-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Yue Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Wangsong Chen, Pavimol Angsantikul, Kevin A Spiekermann, Ronnie H Fang, Weiwei Gao, Liangfang Zhang
We reported an erythrocyte membrane-coated nanogel (RBC-nanogel) system with combinatorial antivirulence and responsive antibiotic delivery for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. RBC membrane was coated onto the nanogel via a membrane vesicle templated in situ gelation process, whereas the redox-responsiveness was achieved by using a disulfide bond-based crosslinker. We demonstrated that the RBC-nanogels effectively neutralized MRSA-associated toxins in extracellular environment and the toxin neutralization in turn promoted bacterial uptake by macrophages...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081583/-early-results-of-adjuvant-topical-treatment-of-recurrent-osteomyelitis-with-absorbable-antibiotic-carriers
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Y Gramlich, G Walter, J Gils, R Hoffmann
Background Treatment of musculoskeletal infections principally consists of radical surgical debridement and systemic administration of antibiotics. Additional local antibiotic therapy is not yet generally established, and lacks evidence-based proof of efficacy. Nonetheless, there are a variety of practical approaches, as most specialised departments are unwilling to forego this option. The established polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) carrier system has a number of practical disadvantages. This has led to the increased use of absorbable carrier systems, and those based on calcium sulphate have given particularly encouraging results...
January 12, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081265/the-plasmin-sensitive-protein-pls-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-is-a-glycoprotein
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Isabelle Bleiziffer, Julian Eikmeier, Gottfried Pohlentz, Kathryn McAulay, Guoqing Xia, Muzaffar Hussain, Andreas Peschel, Simon Foster, Georg Peters, Christine Heilmann
Most bacterial glycoproteins identified to date are virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria, i.e. adhesins and invasins. However, the impact of protein glycosylation on the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus remains incompletely understood. To study protein glycosylation in staphylococci, we analyzed lysostaphin lysates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains by SDS-PAGE and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff's staining. We detected four (>300, ∼250, ∼165, and ∼120 kDa) and two (>300 and ∼175 kDa) glycosylated surface proteins with strain COL and strain 1061, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079631/the-role-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Matteo Bassetti, Alessia Carnelutti, Elda Righi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a major public health issue worldwide over the last years. MRSA is frequently implicated in the development of skin and soft tissue infections, leading to significant increases in morbidity, mortality and overall healthcare costs. RECENT FINDINGS: In order to face the threat of MRSA, major changes in clinical management of skin and soft tissue infections are required. The identification of populations at risk for the acquisition of infections due to MRSA, together with the improvement of the diagnostic techniques, is paramount...
January 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078661/role-of-cytokines-in-host-defense-against-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-infection
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REVIEW
Guosheng Wu, Banghui Zhu, Xudong Hong, Pengfei Luo, Zhaofan Xia
Wound infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a critical clinical problem due to long hospitalization times, significant morbidity and mortality, as well as considerable medical resource consumption. With the emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains, current antibiotic treatments are becoming ineffective in combatting S. aureus infection. Thus, a novel therapeutic strategy is required. Recent studies discovered that several cytokines in the infected wound area play protective roles against S...
January 12, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077615/treatment-decisions-for-mrsa-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-cf-when-is-enough-enough
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EDITORIAL
Scott C Bell, Patrick A Flume
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January 11, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077586/redeploying-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics-as-a-novel-antivirulence-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infections
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Elaine M Waters, Justine K Rudkin, Simone Coughlan, Geremy C Clair, Joshua N Adkins, Suzanna Gore, Guoqing Xia, Nikki S Black, Tim Downing, Eoghan O'Neill, Aras Kadioglu, James P O'Gara
Innovative approaches to the use of existing antibiotics is an important strategy in efforts to address the escalating antimicrobial resistance crisis. We report a new approach to the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections by demonstrating that oxacillin can be used to significantly attenuate the virulence of MRSA despite the pathogen being resistant to this drug. Using mechanistic in vitro assays and in vivo models of invasive pneumonia and sepsis, we show that oxacillin-treated MRSA strains are significantly attenuated in virulence...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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