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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339831/detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-genes-associated-with-the-international-space-station-environmental-surfaces
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C Urbaniak, A Checinska Sielaff, K G Frey, J E Allen, N Singh, C Jaing, K Wheeler, K Venkateswaran
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health issue. In an effort to minimize this threat to astronauts, who may be immunocompromised and thus at a greater risk of infection from antimicrobial resistant pathogens, a comprehensive study of the ISS "resistome' was conducted. Using whole genome sequencing (WGS) and disc diffusion antibiotic resistance assays, 9 biosafety level 2 organisms isolated from the ISS were assessed for their antibiotic resistance. Molecular analysis of AMR genes from 24 surface samples collected from the ISS during 3 different sampling events over a span of a year were analyzed with Ion AmpliSeq™ and metagenomics...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335005/in-depth-resistome-analysis-by-targeted-metagenomics
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Val F Lanza, Fernando Baquero, José Luís Martínez, Ricardo Ramos-Ruíz, Bruno González-Zorn, Antoine Andremont, Antonio Sánchez-Valenzuela, Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich, Sean Kennedy, Etienne Ruppé, Willem van Schaik, Rob J Willems, Fernando de la Cruz, Teresa M Coque
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a major global health challenge. Metagenomics allows analyzing the presence and dynamics of "resistomes" (the ensemble of genes encoding antimicrobial resistance in a given microbiome) in disparate microbial ecosystems. However, the low sensitivity and specificity of available metagenomic methods preclude the detection of minority populations (often present below their detection threshold) and/or the identification of allelic variants that differ in the resulting phenotype...
January 15, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331890/deep-sequence-analysis-reveals-the-ovine-rumen-as-a-reservoir-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes
#3
Thomas C A Hitch, Ben J Thomas, Jessica C A Friedersdorff, Helen Ougham, Christopher J Creevey
Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly important environmental pollutant with direct consequences for human health. Identification of environmental sources of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) makes it possible to follow their evolution and prevent their entry into the clinical setting. ARGs have been found in environmental sources exogenous to the original source and previous studies have shown that these genes are capable of being transferred from livestock to humans. Due to the nature of farming and the slaughter of ruminants for food, humans interact with these animals in close proximity, and for this reason it is important to consider the risks to human health...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326268/mapping-the-malaria-parasite-druggable-genome-by-using-in-vitro-evolution-and-chemogenomics
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Annie N Cowell, Eva S Istvan, Amanda K Lukens, Maria G Gomez-Lorenzo, Manu Vanaerschot, Tomoyo Sakata-Kato, Erika L Flannery, Pamela Magistrado, Edward Owen, Matthew Abraham, Gregory LaMonte, Heather J Painter, Roy M Williams, Virginia Franco, Maria Linares, Ignacio Arriaga, Selina Bopp, Victoria C Corey, Nina F Gnädig, Olivia Coburn-Flynn, Christin Reimer, Purva Gupta, James M Murithi, Pedro A Moura, Olivia Fuchs, Erika Sasaki, Sang W Kim, Christine H Teng, Lawrence T Wang, Aslı Akidil, Sophie Adjalley, Paul A Willis, Dionicio Siegel, Olga Tanaseichuk, Yang Zhong, Yingyao Zhou, Manuel Llinás, Sabine Ottilie, Francisco-Javier Gamo, Marcus C S Lee, Daniel E Goldberg, David A Fidock, Dyann F Wirth, Elizabeth A Winzeler
Chemogenetic characterization through in vitro evolution combined with whole-genome analysis can identify antimalarial drug targets and drug-resistance genes. We performed a genome analysis of 262 Plasmodium falciparum parasites resistant to 37 diverse compounds. We found 159 gene amplifications and 148 nonsynonymous changes in 83 genes associated with drug-resistance acquisition, where gene amplifications contributed to one-third of resistance acquisition events. Beyond confirming previously identified multidrug-resistance mechanisms, we discovered hitherto unrecognized drug target-inhibitor pairs, including thymidylate synthase and a benzoquinazolinone, farnesyltransferase and a pyrimidinedione, and a dipeptidylpeptidase and an arylurea...
January 12, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324382/spatial-and-temporal-distribution-of-antibiotic-resistomes-in-a-peri-urban-area-is-associated-significantly-with-anthropogenic-activities
#5
Qian Xiang, Qing-Lin Chen, Dong Zhu, Xin-Li An, Xiao-Ru Yang, Jian-Qiang Su, Min Qiao, Yong-Guan Zhu
With the rapid development of urbanization and industrialization, the peri-urban areas are often the sites for waste dumps, which may exacerbate the occurrence and spread of antibiotic resistance from waste to soil bacteria. However, the profiles of antibiotic resistomes and the associated factors influencing their dissemination in peri-urban areas have not been fully explored. Here, we characterized the antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in peri-urban arable and pristine soils in four seasons at the watershed scale, by using high-throughput qPCR...
January 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316517/functional-metagenomics-reveals-a-novel-carbapenem-hydrolyzing-mobile-beta-lactamase-from-indian-river-sediments-contaminated-with-antibiotic-production-waste
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Nachiket P Marathe, Anders Janzon, Stathis D Kotsakis, Carl-Fredrik Flach, Mohammad Razavi, Fanny Berglund, Erik Kristiansson, D G Joakim Larsson
Evolution has provided environmental bacteria with a plethora of genes that give resistance to antibiotic compounds. Under anthropogenic selection pressures, some of these genes are believed to be recruited over time into pathogens by horizontal gene transfer. River sediment polluted with fluoroquinolones and other drugs discharged from bulk drug production in India constitute an environment with unprecedented, long-term antibiotic selection pressures. It is therefore plausible that previously unknown resistance genes have evolved and/or are promoted here...
January 6, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259290/the-complex-resistomes-of-paenibacillaceae-reflect-diverse-antibiotic-chemical-ecologies
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Andrew C Pawlowski, Erin L Westman, Kalinka Koteva, Nicholas Waglechner, Gerard D Wright
The ecology of antibiotic resistance involves the interplay of a long natural history of antibiotic production in the environment, and the modern selection of resistance in pathogens through human use of these drugs. Important components of the resistome are intrinsic resistance genes of environmental bacteria, evolved and acquired over millennia, and their mobilization, which drives dissemination in pathogens. Understanding the dynamics and evolution of resistance across bacterial taxa is essential to address the current crisis in drug-resistant infections...
December 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229634/genomic-insights-into-colistin-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-from-a-tunisian-teaching-hospital
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Nadia Jaidane, Rémy A Bonnin, Wejdene Mansour, Delphine Girlich, Elodie Creton, Garance Colleton, Cherifa Chaouch, Noureddine Boujaafar, Olfa Bouallegue, Thierry Naas
The emergence of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CoRKp) is a public health concern since this antibiotic has become the last line of treatment for infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negatives. In this study, we have investigated the molecular basis of colistin-resistance in 13 MDR Kp isolated from 12 patients in a teaching hospital in Sousse, Tunisia. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was used to decipher the molecular mechanism of colistin-resistance and to identify the resistome of these CoRKp It revealed a genome of ca...
December 11, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228991/the-rumen-microbiome-as-a-reservoir-of-antimicrobial-resistance-and-pathogenicity-genes-is-directly-affected-by-diet-in-beef-cattle
#9
Marc D Auffret, Richard J Dewhurst, Carol-Anne Duthie, John A Rooke, R John Wallace, Tom C Freeman, Robert Stewart, Mick Watson, Rainer Roehe
BACKGROUND: The emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance is the most urgent current threat to human and animal health. An improved understanding of the abundance of antimicrobial resistance genes and genes associated with microbial colonisation and pathogenicity in the animal gut will have a major role in reducing the contribution of animal production to this problem. Here, the influence of diet on the ruminal resistome and abundance of pathogenicity genes was assessed in ruminal digesta samples taken from 50 antibiotic-free beef cattle, comprising four cattle breeds receiving two diets containing different proportions of concentrate...
December 11, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220785/metagenomic-exploration-reveals-a-marked-change-in-the-river-resistome-and-mobilome-after-treated-wastewater-discharges
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Itziar Lekunberri, José Luis Balcázar, Carles M Borrego
Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) are key agents in the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) across environments. Here we used metagenomics to compare the river resistome (collection of all ARGs) and mobilome (e.g., integrases, transposases, integron integrases and insertion sequence common region "ISCR" elements) between samples collected upstream (n = 6) and downstream (n = 6) of an urban wastewater treatment plant (UWWTP). In comparison to upstream metagenomes, downstream metagenomes showed a drastic increase in the abundance of ARGs, as well as markers of MGEs, particularly integron integrases and ISCR elements...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220507/assessing-the-heterogeneity-of-in-silico-plasmid-predictions-based-on-whole-genome-sequenced-clinical-isolates
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Cedric C Laczny, Valentina Galata, Achim Plum, Andreas E Posch, Andreas Keller
High-throughput next-generation shotgun sequencing of pathogenic bacteria is growing in clinical relevance, especially for chromosomal DNA-based taxonomic identification and for antibiotic resistance prediction. Genetic exchange is facilitated for extrachromosomal DNA, e.g. plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance genes. Consequently, accurate identification of plasmids from whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data remains one of the major challenges for sequencing-based precision medicine in infectious diseases. Here, we assess the heterogeneity of four state-of-the-art tools (cBar, PlasmidFinder, plasmidSPAdes and Recycler) for the in silico prediction of plasmid-derived sequences from WGS data...
December 5, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201017/characterization-of-metagenomes-in-urban-aquatic-compartments-reveals-high-prevalence-of-clinically-relevant-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-wastewaters
#12
Charmaine Ng, Martin Tay, Boonfei Tan, Thai-Hoang Le, Laurence Haller, Hongjie Chen, Tse H Koh, Timothy M S Barkham, Karina Y-H Gin
The dissemination of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an escalating problem and a threat to public health. Comparative metagenomics was used to investigate the occurrence of antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) in wastewater and urban surface water environments in Singapore. Hospital and municipal wastewater (n = 6) were found to have higher diversity and average abundance of ARGs (303 ARG subtypes, 197,816 x/Gb) compared to treated wastewater effluent (n = 2, 58 ARG subtypes, 2,692 x/Gb) and surface water (n = 5, 35 subtypes, 7,985 x/Gb)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194931/antibiotic-resistome-in-a-large-scale-healthy-human-gut-microbiota-deciphered-by-metagenomic-and-network-analyses
#13
Jie Feng, Bing Li, Xiaotao Jiang, Ying Yang, George F Wells, Tong Zhang, Xiaoyan Li
The human gut microbiota is an important reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). A metagenomic approach and network analysis were used to establish a comprehensive antibiotic resistome catalog and to obtain co-occurrence patterns between ARGs and microbial taxa in fecal samples from 180 healthy individuals from 11 different countries. In total, 507 ARG subtypes belonging to 20 ARG types were detected with abundances ranging from 7.12 × 10-7 to 2.72 × 10-1 copy of ARG/copy of 16S-rRNA gene. Tetracycline, multidrug, macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin, bacitracin, vancomycin, beta-lactam and aminoglycoside resistance genes were the top seven most abundant ARG types...
December 1, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192087/draft-genome-sequence-of-a-clinical-enterococcus-faecium-sequence-type-18-strain-from-south-africa
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Nontombi Marylucy Mbelle, Nontuthuko Excellent Maningi, Vhudzani Tshisevhe, Lesedi Modipane, Daniel Gyamfi Amoako, John Osei Sekyere
We report the first draft genome sequence of an Enterococcus faecium sequence type 18 (ST18) strain isolated from a tuberculosis patient in Africa. The genome is comprised of 3,202,539 bp, 501 contigs, 37.70% GC content, 3,202 protein-encoding genes, and 61 RNA genes. The resistome and virulome of this important pathogen are presented herein.
November 30, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185915/antibiotic-resistance-gene-detection-in-the-microbiome-context
#15
Thi Thuy Do, Javier Tamames, Robert D Stedtfeld, Xueping Guo, Sinead Murphy, James M Tiedje, Fiona Walsh
Within the past decade, microbiologists have moved from detecting single antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) to detecting all known resistance genes within a sample due to advances in next generation sequencing. This has provided a wealth of data on the variation and relative abundances of ARGs present in a total bacterial population. However, to use these data in terms of therapy or risk to patients, they must be analyzed in the context of the background microbiome. Using a quantitative PCR ARG chip and 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing, we have sought to identify the ARGs and bacteria present in a fecal sample of a healthy adult using genomic tools...
November 29, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184022/interventions-on-metabolism-making-antibiotic-susceptible-bacteria
#16
Fernando Baquero, José-Luis Martínez
Antibiotics act on bacterial metabolism, and antibiotic resistance involves changes in this metabolism. Interventions on metabolism with drugs might therefore modify drug susceptibility and drug resistance. In their recent article, Martin Vestergaard et al. (mBio 8:e01114-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01114-17) illustrate the possibility of converting intrinsically resistant bacteria into susceptible ones. They reported that inhibition of a central metabolic enzyme, ATP synthase, allows otherwise ineffective polymyxin antibiotics to act on Staphylococcus aureus The study of the intrinsic resistome of bacterial pathogens has shown that several metabolic genes, including multigene transcriptional regulators, contribute to antibiotic resistance...
November 28, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179769/catalogue-of-antibiotic-resistome-and-host-tracking-in-drinking-water-deciphered-by-a-large-scale-survey
#17
Liping Ma, Bing Li, Xiao-Tao Jiang, Yu-Lin Wang, Yu Xia, An-Dong Li, Tong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Excesses of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), which are regarded as emerging environmental pollutants, have been observed in various environments. The incidence of ARGs in drinking water causes potential risks to human health and receives more attention from the public. However, ARGs harbored in drinking water remain largely unexplored. In this study, we aimed at establishing an antibiotic resistome catalogue in drinking water samples from a wide range of regions and to explore the potential hosts of ARGs...
November 28, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163399/minion-nanopore-sequencing-enables-correlation-between-resistome-phenotype-and-genotype-of-coliform-bacteria-in-municipal-sewage
#18
Yu Xia, An-Dong Li, Yu Deng, Xiao-Tao Jiang, Li-Guan Li, Tong Zhang
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) functioned as the intersection between the human society and nature environment, are receiving increasingly more attention on risk assessment of the acquisition of environmental antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) by pathogenetic populations during treatment. However, because of the general lack of robust resistome profiling methods, genotype, and resistance phenotype is still poorly correlated in human pathogens of sewage samples. Here we applied MinION sequencing to quantify the resistance genes of multiple antibiotic resistant (MAR) coliform bacteria, a common indicator for human enteric pathogens in sewage samples...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127051/genomic-analysis-of-in-vivo-acquired-resistance-to-colistin-and-rifampin-in-acinetobacter-baumannii
#19
Nadia Jaidane, Thierry Naas, Wejdene Mansour, Bechir Ben Radhia, Sofiene Jerbi, Noureddine Boujaafar, Olfa Bouallegue, Rémy A Bonnin
Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic pathogen in health-care facilities responsible for nosocomial infections mostly in immune-compromised patients. Colistin resistance is increasingly reported worldwide in that species. We describe here in vivo selection of colistin and rifampin resistance in a carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii (Ab). Antimicrobial susceptibility testing, plasmid analysis, and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) were performed to fully characterize the resistome of AbS1 and AbS2 clinical isolates...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123512/alternative-growth-promoters-modulate-broiler-gut-microbiome-and-enhance-body-weight-gain
#20
Serajus Salaheen, Seon-Woo Kim, Bradd J Haley, Jo Ann S Van Kessel, Debabrata Biswas
Antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) are frequently used to enhance weight-gain in poultry production. However, there has been increasing concern over the impact of AGP on the emergence of antibiotic resistance in zoonotic bacterial pathogens in the microbial community of the poultry gut. In this study, we adopted mass-spectrophotometric, phylogenetic, and shotgun-metagenomic approaches to evaluate bioactive phenolic extracts (BPE) from blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) pomaces as AGP alternatives in broilers...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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