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Enterococcus faecalis

Maja Cindrić, Mihaela Perić, Marijeta Kralj, Irena Martin-Kleiner, Marie-Hélène David-Cordonnier, Hana Čipčić Paljetak, Mario Matijašić, Donatella Verbanac, Grace Karminski-Zamola, Marijana Hranjec
Novel nitro (3a-3f)- and amino (4a-4f and 5a-5f)-substituted 2-benzimidazolyl and 2-benzothiazolyl benzo[b]thieno-2-carboxamides were designed and synthesized as potential antibacterial agents. The antibacterial activity of these compounds has been evaluated against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis) and Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Moraxella catarrhalis). The most promising antibacterial activity was observed for the nitro- and amino-substituted benzimidazole derivatives 3a, 4a, 5a and 5b with MICs 2-8 [Formula: see text]...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Diversity
Yoshio Takesue, Shinya Kusachi, Hiroshige Mikamo, Junko Sato, Akira Watanabe, Hiroshi Kiyota, Satoshi Iwata, Mitsuo Kaku, Hideaki Hanaki, Yoshinobu Sumiyama, Yuko Kitagawa, Kazuhiko Nakajima, Takashi Ueda, Motoi Uchino, Toru Mizuguchi, Yoshiyasu Ambo, Masafumi Konosu, Keiichiro Ishibashi, Akihisa Matsuda, Kazuo Hase, Yasushi Harihara, Koji Okabayashi, Shiko Seki, Takuo Hara, Koshi Matsui, Yoichi Matsuo, Minako Kobayashi, Shoji Kubo, Kazuhisa Uchiyama, Junzo Shimizu, Ryohei Kawabata, Hiroki Ohge, Shinji Akagi, Masaaki Oka, Toshiro Wakatsuki, Katsunori Suzuki, Kohji Okamoto, Katsunori Yanagihara
The principle of empirical therapy for patients with intra-abdominal infections (IAI) should include antibiotics with activity against Enterobacteriaceae and Bacteroides fragilis group species. Coverage of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloacae, and Enterococcus faecalis is also recommended for hospital-associated IAI. A nationwide survey was conducted to investigate the antimicrobial susceptibility of pathogens isolated from postoperative IAI. All 504 isolates were collected at 26 institutions and referred to a central laboratory for susceptibility testing...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Sandra C Vega, Diana A Martínez, María Del S Chalá, Hernán A Vargas, Jaiver E Rosas
Multidrug resistance of pathogenic bacteria has become a public health crisis that requires the urgent design of new antibacterial drugs such as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Seeking to obtain new, lactoferricin B (LfcinB)-based synthetic peptides as viable early-stage candidates for future development as AMPs against clinically relevant bacteria, we designed, synthesized and screened three new cationic peptides derived from bovine LfcinB. These peptides contain at least one RRWQWR motif and differ by the copy number (monomeric, dimeric or tetrameric) and structure (linear or branched) of this motif...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Dongjia Lin, Yan Gao, Luodan Zhao, Yanhuo Chen, Shaofeng An, Zhixiang Peng
Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) infection is considered an important etiological factor for the development of persistent apical periodontitis (PAP), but the exact mechanisms of autophagy between E. faecalis and immune cells remain unknown. In this study, we elucidated how E. faecalis lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is associated with macrophages autophagy. We found that E. faecalis LTA apparently activated macrophage autophagy with significant increase of autophagosomes and autophagy relative protein. Meanwhile, we noticed significantly decreasing expression of p-Akt and p-mTOR...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Juliana S Novais, Caroline S Moreira, Ana Carolina J A Silva, Raquel S Loureiro, Agnes Marie Sá Figueiredo, Vitor F Ferreira, Helena C Castro, David R da Rocha
The aims of this study were the planning, synthesis and in vitro evaluation of 2-hydroxy-3-phenylsulfanylmethyl-[1,4]-naphthoquinones against Gram-negative and Gram-positive strains, searching for potential lead compounds against bacterial biofilm formation. A series of 12 new analogs of 2-hydroxy-3-phenylsulfanylmethyl-[1,4]-naphthoquinones were synthesized by adding a thiol and different substituents to a ο-quinone methide using microwave irradiation. The compounds were tested against Gram-positive (Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, S...
March 14, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Dewi Yunita, Christine E R Dodd
A commercial blue-veined cheese made from unpasteurized milk was examined by conventional culturing and PCR denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis of the bacterial community 16S rRNA genes using 3 primer sets, V3, V4V5, and V6V8. Genomic DNA for amplification was extracted directly from raw milk, starter culture, cheese at different stages of production, fully ripened cheese, and from the cultured cells grown on various media. The outer rind was sampled separately from the inner white core and blue veins...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Yamaan S Saadeh, Luis E Savastano, Julian L Gendreau, Aditya S Pandey
Optimal management of patients with stroke due to symptomatic carotid artery disease coexistent with bacterial endocarditis is still not well established. We report the case of a patient who presented with multifocal left middle cerebral artery stroke in the setting of Enterococcus faecalis endocarditis and was found to have near-occlusive ipsilateral carotid artery stenosis in stroke workup. Carotid artery endarterectomy was performed, and atheroma material demonstrated complicated plaque with cultures positive for E...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Yuan Zhang, Vijai Kumar Reddy Tangadanchu, Yu Cheng, Ren-Guo Yang, Jian-Mei Lin, Cheng-He Zhou
A series of isopropanol-bridged carbazole azoles as potential antimicrobial agents were designed and synthesized from commercial carbazoles. Bioassay revealed that 3,6-dichlorocarbazolyl triazole 3f could effectively inhibit the growth of E. faecalis with minimal inhibitory concentration of 2 μg/mL. The active molecule 3f showed lower propensity to trigger the development of resistance in bacteria than norfloxacin and exerted rapidly bactericidal ability. Compound 3f also exhibited low cytotoxicity to normal mammalian RAW264...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Leron Khalifa, Daniel Gelman, Mor Shlezinger, Axel Lionel Dessal, Shunit Coppenhagen-Glazer, Nurit Beyth, Ronen Hazan
The deteriorating effectiveness of antibiotics is propelling researchers worldwide towards alternative techniques such as phage therapy: curing infectious diseases using viruses of bacteria called bacteriophages. In a previous paper, we isolated phage EFDG1, highly effective against both planktonic and biofilm cultures of one of the most challenging pathogenic species, the vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Thus, it is a promising phage to be used in phage therapy. Further experimentation revealed the emergence of a mutant resistant to EFDG1 phage: EFDG1r ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Md Shahadat Hossan, Hassan Jindal, Sarah Maisha, Chandramathi Samudi Raju, Shamala Devi Sekaran, Veeranoot Nissapatorn, Fatima Kaharudin, Lim Su Yi, Teng Jin Khoo, Mohammed Rahmatullah, Christophe Wiart
CONTEXT: The resistance of bacteria to antibiotics is raising serious concern globally. Asian medicinal plants could improve the current treatment strategies for bacterial infections. The antibacterial properties of medicinal plants used by the Khyang tribe in Bangladesh have not been investigated. OBJECTIVE: The present study examines the antibacterial properties of 18 medicinal plants used by the Khyang tribe in day-to-day practice against human pathogenic bacteria...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Fernanda B Campagnollo, Larissa P Margalho, Bruna A Kamimura, Marcelo D Feliciano, Luisa Freire, Letícia S Lopes, Verônica O Alvarenga, Vasco A P Cadavez, Ursula Gonzales-Barron, Donald W Schaffner, Anderson S Sant'Ana
Artisanal raw milk cheeses are highly appreciated dairy products in Brazil and ensuring their microbiological safety has been a great need. This study reports the isolation and characterization of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains with anti-listerial activity, and their effects on Listeria monocytogenes during refrigerated shelf-life of soft Minas cheese and ripening of semi-hard Minas cheese. LAB strains (n = 891) isolated from Minas artisanal cheeses (n = 244) were assessed for anti-listerial activity by deferred antagonism assay at 37 °C and 7 °C...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Gabriela Nogueira Viçosa, Cristian Botta, Ilario Ferrocino, Marta Bertolino, Marco Ventura, Luís Augusto Nero, Luca Cocolin
Previous studies have demonstrated the antagonistic potential of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) present in raw milk microbiota over Staphylococcus aureus, albeit the molecular mechanisms underlying this inhibitory effect are not fully understood. In this study, we compared the behavior of S. aureus ATCC 29213 alone and in the presence of a cheese-isolated LAB strain, Enterococcus faecalis 41FL1 in skimmed milk at 30 °C for 24 h using phenotypical and molecular approaches. Phenotypic analysis showed the absence of classical staphylococcal enterotoxins in co-culture with a 1...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Mary K Phillips-Jones, Stephen E Harding
In this review, we discuss mechanisms of resistance identified in bacterial agents Staphylococcus aureus and the enterococci towards two priority classes of antibiotics-the fluoroquinolones and the glycopeptides. Members of both classes interact with a number of components in the cells of these bacteria, so the cellular targets are also considered. Fluoroquinolone resistance mechanisms include efflux pumps (MepA, NorA, NorB, NorC, MdeA, LmrS or SdrM in S. aureus and EfmA or EfrAB in the enterococci) for removal of fluoroquinolone from the intracellular environment of bacterial cells and/or protection of the gyrase and topoisomerase IV target sites in Enterococcus faecalis by Qnr-like proteins...
March 10, 2018: Biophysical Reviews
Laura Marise de Freitas, Esteban Nicolás Lorenzón, Norival Alves Santos-Filho, Lucas Henrique de Paula Zago, Marciana Pierina Uliana, Kleber Thiago de Oliveira, Eduardo Maffud Cilli, Carla Raquel Fontana
In the past few years, the World Health Organization has been warning that the post-antibiotic era is an increasingly real threat. The rising and disseminated resistance to antibiotics made mandatory the search for new drugs and/or alternative therapies that are able to eliminate resistant microorganisms and impair the development of new forms of resistance. In this context, antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) and helical cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMP) are highlighted for the treatment of localized infections...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Monica Bortolin, Carlo L Romanò, Alessandro Bidossi, Elena De Vecchi, Roberto Mattina, Lorenzo Drago
AIM: To evaluate the suitability of bioactive glass (BAG)-S53P4 as a bone-graft extender for large bony defect filling in bone and joint infection. MATERIALS & METHODS: Antimicrobial activity of BAG-S53P4 against clinically relevant strains isolated from bone and joint infections was evaluated by means of time-kill curves in presence of bone graft. Furthermore, the susceptibility to BAG of strains resistant to vancomycin and gentamicin was assessed. RESULTS: Though attenuated, BAG maintains a good in vitro antimicrobial activity in presence of human body fluids and tissues contained in bone graft, with the exception of Enterococcus faecalis...
March 9, 2018: Future Microbiology
Katarzyna Talaga, Dalma Odrowąż-Konduracka, Beata Paradowska, Barbara Jagiencarz-Starzec, Zdzisław Wolak, Małgorzata Bulanda, Anna Szczypta
BACKGROUND: In the Małopolska province, the first case of vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) occurrence was an outbreak in 2001 caused by strains of the genus E. faecium carrying the vanA operon. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the antimicrobial resistance and the occurrence of virulence determinants among Enterococcus spp. in patients hospitalized in the Małopolska region in 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by disc diffusion and the E test...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Anno de Jong, Shabbir Simjee, Farid El Garch, Hilde Moyaert, Markus Rose, Myriam Youala, Magdalena Dry
The European Antimicrobial Susceptibility Surveillance in Animals (EASSA) program collects zoonotic and commensal bacteria from food-producing animals at slaughter and tracks their susceptibility to medically important antibiotics. Results of commensal enterococci species (2013-2014) are presented here. Intestinal content from cattle, pigs and chickens were randomly sampled (5-6 countries/host; ≥4 abattoirs/country; 1 sample/animal/farm) for isolation of enterococci, MICs of 9 antibiotics were assessed by CLSI agar dilution in a central laboratory...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Rikke Heidemann Olsen, Henrik Christensen, Susanne Kabell, Magne Bisgaard
Pododermatitis has been observed in several layer flocks in Denmark during 2015. The aetiology is complex including litter quality, nutrition, management etc. Bacterial pathogens associated with pododermatitis, however, have not received much attention. The aim of the present study was therefore to identify 106 bacterial isolates obtained from pododermatitis in table egg layers in addition to five isolates from spleen/bursa presternalis. Isolates were obtained from layers from six affected flocks. All isolates were identified by standard bacterial methods, species-specific PCRs, 16S rRNA sequencing or Matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization identification...
March 8, 2018: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
Josiane de Almeida, Andrea L Pimenta, Ulisses A Pereira, Luiz C A Barbosa, Michel A Hoogenkamp, Suzette V van der Waal, Wim Crielaard, Wilson T Felippe
This study evaluated the inhibitory effects of lactams on Streptococcus mutans, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida glabrata multispecies biofilm formation. γ-Alkylidene-γ-lactams 1, 2, and 3 [solubilized in 3.5% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)] were tested. Glass coverslips were conditioned with either the lactams or 3.5% DMSO (control) for 1 h, inoculated with microbial cultures, and incubated for 48 h. To assess the effect of the lactams on biofilm formation, the following parameters were determined: the biofilm biomass (by both crystal violet staining and protein determination); the amount of insoluble polysaccharides of the extracellular matrix; and the number of viable and total cells [by both colony-forming unit counting and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)]...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Marilize Le Roes-Hill, Kim Durrell, Alaric Prins, Paul R Meyers
The actinobacterium, strain M26T , was isolated from garden soil that was pre-treated with microwave radiation. The soil sample was collected in Roodepoort, Gauteng Province, South Africa as part of an antibiotic-screening programme. The isolate produced branched vegetative mycelium with sporangiophores bearing small sporangia ranging from 3 to 6 μm in diameter. Rapid genus identification revealed that the isolate belongs to the genus Streptosporangium. To confirm this result, the strain was subjected to polyphasic taxonomic characterisation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Antibiotics
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