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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545041/effect-of-early-measles-vaccine-on-pneumococcal-colonization-a-randomized-trial-from-guinea-bissau
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Nadja Skadkær Hansen, Stine Byberg, Lars Hervig Jacobsen, Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Aksel Karl Georg Jensen, Cesario Martins, Peter Aaby, Jørgen Skov Jensen, Christine Stabell Benn, Hilton Whittle
BACKGROUND: Measles vaccine (MV) may have non-specific beneficial effects for child health and particularly seems to prevent respiratory infections. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia among children worldwide, and nasopharyngeal colonization precedes infection. OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether providing early MV at 18 weeks of age reduced pneumococcal colonization and/or density up to 9 months of age. METHOD: The study was conducted in 2013-2014 in Guinea-Bissau...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544646/evaluating-the-accuracy-and-economic-value-of-a-new-test-in-the-absence-of-a-perfect-reference-test
#2
Xuanqian Xie, Alison Sinclair, Nandini Dendukuri
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) pneumonia is often treated empirically as diagnosis is challenging because of the lack of a perfect test. Using BinaxNOW-SP, a urinary antigen test, as an add-on to standard cultures may not only increase diagnostic yield but also increase costs. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the sensitivity and specificity of BinaxNOW-SP and subsequently estimate the cost-effectiveness of adding BinaxNOW-SP to the diagnostic work-up. DESIGN: We fit a Bayesian latent-class meta-analysis model to obtain estimates of BinaxNOW-SP accuracy that adjust for the imperfect accuracy of culture...
May 23, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543778/oral-flora-in-acute-stroke-patients-a-prospective-exploratory-observational-study
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Elizabeth Boaden, Mary Lyons, Sim K Singhrao, Hazel Dickinson, Michael Leathley, Catherine E Lightbody, Alison McLoughlin, Zarine Khan, Stjohn Crean, Craig Smith, Susan Higham, Caroline Watkins
OBJECTIVE: To describe the bacterial profile of the oral flora during the first 2 weeks following a stroke, examining changes in the condition of the oral cavity and infections. BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is common after a stroke and can lead to aspiration pneumonia. Oral flora changes associated with stroke have been implicated as a possible source of bacteria that can cause systemic infections. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven participants were recruited over a period of 9 months...
May 22, 2017: Gerodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542565/promiscuous-signaling-by-a-regulatory-system-unique-to-the-pandemic-pmen1-pneumococcal-lineage
#4
Anagha Kadam, Rory A Eutsey, Jason Rosch, Xinyu Miao, Mark Longwell, Wenjie Xu, Carol A Woolford, Todd Hillman, Anfal Shakir Motib, Hasan Yesilkaya, Aaron P Mitchell, N Luisa Hiller
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a leading cause of death and disease in children and elderly. Genetic variability among isolates from this species is high. These differences, often the product of gene loss or gene acquisition via horizontal gene transfer, can endow strains with new molecular pathways, diverse phenotypes, and ecological advantages. PMEN1 is a widespread and multidrug-resistant pneumococcal lineage. Using comparative genomics we have determined that a regulator-peptide signal transduction system, TprA2/PhrA2, was acquired by a PMEN1 ancestor and is encoded by the vast majority of strains in this lineage...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540860/validation-of-the-identification-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-oral-streptococci-by-maldi-tof-microflex-lt
#5
Erwan Trochu, Emilie Cardot, Pierre Cahen, Damien Mathonnet, Nathalie Donato, Marc Vasse, Eric Farfour
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540858/streptococcus-pneumoniae-urinary-tract-infection-in-pedeatrics
#6
Richard Pougnet, Jeanne Sapin, Loïc De Parscau, Laurence Pougnet
Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in children are most often lung infections or meningitis. Urinary tract infections are much rarer. We present the case of a urinary tract infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. The clinical picture was classical. The urine culture showed the presence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in urine (10(4) UFC/mL; with 2 × 10(4) leucocytes/mL). The literature mentions a few cases of such infections. In some studies, the prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in urine of children is less than 1%...
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538501/invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
#7
Pournima Navalkele, Bülent Özgönenel, Eric McGrath, Paul Lephart, Sharada Sarnaik
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk of fatal sepsis with encapsulated bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, because of the inherent autosplenectomy that occurs in SCD. This risk is thwarted with oral penicillin prophylaxis during the first 5 years of life, and with stringent vaccination against S. pneumoniae alongside routine childhood immunization. But compared with the general African American pediatric population, the rate of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in patients with SCD still remains high, resulting in hospitalization and fatality...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538097/biochemical-characterization-of-the-functional-roles-of-residues-in-the-active-site-of-the-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-bacillus-circulans-atcc-31382
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Huifang Yin, Tjaard Pijning, Xiangfeng Meng, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Sander Sebastiaan van Leeuwen
The β-galactosidase enzyme from Bacillus circulans ATCC 31382 BgaD is widely used in the food industry to produce prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS). Recently, the crystal structure of a C-terminally truncated version of the enzyme (BgaD-D) has been elucidated. The roles of active site amino acid residues in β-galactosidase enzyme reaction and product specificity have remained unknown. Based on a structural alignment of the β-galactosidase enzymes BgaD-D from Bacillus circulans and BgaA from Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the complex of BgaA with LacNAc, we identified 8 active site amino acid residues (Arg185, Asp481, Lys487, Tyr511, Trp570, Trp593, Glu601, and Phe616) in BgaD-D...
May 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536430/aetiology-of-acute-meningoencephalitis-in-cambodian-children-2010-2013
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Paul F Horwood, Veasna Duong, Denis Laurent, Channa Mey, Heng Sothy, Ky Santy, Beat Richner, Seiha Heng, Sopheak Hem, Justine Cheval, Christopher Gorman, Philippe Dussart, Menno D de Jong, Alexandra Kerleguer, Bertrand Guillard, Bernadette Murgue, Marc Lecuit, Xavier de Lamballerie, Jeremy J Farrar, Arnaud Tarantola, Marc Eloit, Philippe Buchy
Acute meningoencephalitis (AME) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in children in developing countries. Clinical specimens were collected from children presenting with AME at two Cambodian paediatric hospitals to determine the major aetiologies associated with AME in the country. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood samples were screened by molecular and cell culture methods for a range of pathogens previously associated with AME in the region. CSF and serum (acute and convalescent) were screened for antibodies to arboviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), dengue virus (DENV), and chikungunya virus (CHIKV)...
May 24, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536249/bronchial-inflammation-and-bacterial-load-in-stable-copd-is-associated-with-tlr4-overexpression
#10
Antonino Di Stefano, Fabio L M Ricciardolo, Gaetano Caramori, Ian M Adcock, Kian Fan Chung, Peter J Barnes, Paola Brun, Andrea Leonardi, Filippo Andò, Davide Vallese, Isabella Gnemmi, Luisella Righi, Francesco Cappello, Bruno Balbi
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and nucleotide-binding oligomerisation domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs) are two major forms of innate immune sensors but their role in the immunopathology of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is incompletely studied. Our objective here was to investigate TLR and NLR signalling pathways in the bronchial mucosa in stable COPD.Using immunohistochemistry, the expression levels of TLR2, TLR4, TLR9, NOD1, NOD2, CD14, myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88), Toll-interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adaptor protein (TIRAP), and the interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinases phospho-IRAK1 and IRAK4 were measured in the bronchial mucosa of subjects with stable COPD of different severity (n=34), control smokers (n=12) and nonsmokers (n=12)...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531208/phylogenetic-analysis-of-emergent-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-22f-causing-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-using-whole-genome-sequencing
#11
Walter H B Demczuk, Irene Martin, Linda Hoang, Paul Van Caeseele, Brigitte Lefebvre, Greg Horsman, David Haldane, Jonathan Gubbay, Sam Ratnam, Gregory German, Jennifer Daley Bernier, Lori Strudwick, Allison McGeer, George G Zhanel, Gary Van Domselaar, Morag Graham, Michael R Mulvey
Since implementation of the 13-valent polyvalent conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in Canada during 2010, the proportion of PCV13 serotypes causing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) has declined from 55% (n = 1492) in 2010 to 31% (n = 764) in 2014. A concurrent increase of non-PCV13 serotypes has occurred and 22F has become the most prevalent serotype in Canada increasing from 7% (n = 183) to 11% (n = 283). Core single nucleotide variant phylogenetic analysis was performed on 137 Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 22F isolates collected across Canada from 2005-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530140/associations-of-nasopharyngeal-metabolome-and-microbiome-with-severity-among-infants-with-bronchiolitis-a-multi-omic-analysis
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Christopher J Stewart, Jonathan M Mansbach, Matthew C Wong, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Carlos A Camargo, Kohei Hasegawa
RATIONALE: Bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory infection in infants; however, it remains unclear which infants with bronchiolitis will develop severe illness. In addition, while emerging evidence indicates associations of the upper-airway microbiome with bronchiolitis severity, little is known about the mechanisms linking airway microbes and host response to disease severity. OBJECTIVES: To determine the relations among the nasopharyngeal airway metabolome profiles, microbiome profiles, and severity in infants with bronchiolitis...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529888/simultaneous-streptococcus-pneumoniae-empyema-in-fraternal-twins
#13
Alvaro E Galvis, Sana Kamboj, Craig Nakamura
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common bacterial cause of community acquired pneumonia. The current trend in Streptococcus pneumoniae infections has been the rise of multi-drug resistance in the last two decades. We present the case of a pair of 16-month old African-American fraternal twins who presented to the emergency room on the same day for symptoms consistent with pneumonia. Upon further examination, the twins showed remarkably similar symptoms, and cultures revealed penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in both twins...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529115/pneumococcal-infection-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Juliet Schurder, Tiphaine Goulenok, Romain Jouenne, Antoine Dossier, Damien Van Gysel, Thomas Papo, Karim Sacre
OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to analyze the risk factors associated with the occurrence and severity of pneumococcal infection (PI) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. METHODS: Medical records of all SLE patients admitted in our department from January 2005 to December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. SLE Patients were separated in 2 groups according to whether they had PI or not. Medical records of all consecutive patients (with and without SLE) admitted in our department for PI over the same period of time were also reviewed...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529026/the-use-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-maldi-tof-ms-for-rapid-bacterial-identification-in-patients-with-smear-positive-bacterial-meningitis
#15
Boaz Bishop, Yuval Geffen, Adi Plaut, Ola Kassis, Roni Bitterman, Mical Paul, Ami Neuberger
OBJECTIVES: To assess the potential of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) in rapid identification of bacteria from smear-positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in a cohort of patients with meningitis. METHODS: Single-center observational study, including adults and children with community-acquired or postneurosurgical bacterial meningitis. Meningitis was defined using established criteria. CSF samples that had a positive CSF Gram stain were directly examined by MALDI-TOF-MS...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528647/transition-metal-homeostasis-in-streptococcus-pyogenes-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#16
Andrew G Turner, Cheryl-Lynn Y Ong, Mark J Walker, Karrera Y Djoko, Alastair G McEwan
Trace metals such as Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu are essential for various biological functions including proper innate immune function. The host immune system has complicated and coordinated mechanisms in place to either starve and/or overload invading pathogens with various metals to combat the infection. Here, we discuss the roles of Fe, Mn and Zn in terms of nutritional immunity, and also the roles of Cu and Zn in metal overload in relation to the physiology and pathogenesis of two human streptococcal species, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523054/acute-bacterial-meningitis-in-children-presenting-to-the-children-s-hospital-lahore-before-and-after-pneumococcal-vaccine-in-pakistan-national-immunization-program-a-comparison
#17
Attia Bari, Fatima Zeeshan, Aizza Zafar, Hasan Ejaz, Uzma Jabeen, Ahsan Waheed Rathore
OBJECTIVE: To describe bacteriological profile, morbidity and mortality of acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) in children and to compare these parameters before and after the introduction of Pneumococcal vaccine in Pakistan National Immunization Program. METHODS: The present descriptive study was conducted at the Department of Paediatric Medicine of The Children's Hospital Lahore from January 2012 to December 2015. A total of 503 children one month to five years of age admitted with diagnosis of meningitis were included...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522729/draft-genome-sequences-of-two-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-19a-sequence-type-226-clinical-isolates-from-hungary-hu17-with-high-level-beta-lactam-resistance-and-hu15-of-a-penicillin-sensitive-phenotype
#18
Martin Rieger, Dalia Denapaite, Reinhold Brückner, Patrick Maurer, Regine Hakenbeck
The draft genome sequences of two multiple-antibiotic-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from Hungary, Hu15 and Hu17, are reported here. Strain Hu15 is penicillin susceptible, whereas Hu17 is a high-level-penicillin-resistant strain. Both isolates belong to the serotype 19A sequence type 226, a single-locus variant (in the ddl locus) of the Hungary(19A)-6 clone.
May 18, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516508/near-infrared-photodynamic-inactivation-of-s-pneumoniae-and-its-interaction-with-raw-264-7-macrophages
#19
Ilaiáli S Leite, Mariana C Geralde, Ana C G Salina, Alexandra I Medeiros, Lívia N Dovigo, Vanderlei S Bagnato, Natalia M Inada
Pneumonia is the main cause of children mortality worldwide, and its major treatment obstacle stems from the microorganisms increasing development of resistance to several antibiotics. Photodynamic therapy has been presenting, for the last decades, promising results for some subtypes of cancer and infections. In this work we aimed to develop a safe and efficient in vitro protocol for photodynamic inactivation of Streptococcus pneumoniae, one of the most commonly found bacteria in pneumonia cases, using two near-infrared light sources and indocyanine green, a FDA approved dye...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516200/respiratory-viral-infections-are-underdiagnosed-in-patients-with-suspected-sepsis
#20
L R Ljungström, G Jacobsson, B E B Claesson, R Andersson, H Enroth
The study aim was to investigate the prevalence and clinical relevance of viral findings by multiplex PCR from the nasopharynx of clinically septic patients during a winter season. During 11 weeks of the influenza epidemic period in January-March 2012, consecutive adult patients suspected to be septic (n = 432) were analyzed with cultures from blood and nasopharynx plus multiplex PCR for respiratory viruses on the nasopharyngeal specimen. The results were compared with those from microbiology analyses ordered as part of standard care...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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