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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346714/discrepant-serological-assays-for-pneumococcus-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#1
Jay A Fishman, David N Iklé, Robert A Wilkinson
Vaccine immunoprotection for Streptococcus pneumoniae is mediated by opsonizing antibodies targeting serotype-specific capsular polysaccharides. Quantitative antibody levels (ELISA) and antibody-mediated opsonophagcytic assays (OPA) measure vaccine-induced protection; correlation of these assays in transplantation requires investigation. This study examines the laboratory assessment of antibody titers in vaccinated renal recipients. Streptococcus pneumoniae 19A is common in immunocompromised hosts and is represented in protein-conjugate vaccines (PCV) and polysaccharide vaccines (PSV)...
March 27, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346512/bacterial-and-viral-pathogen-spectra-of-acute-respiratory-infections-in-under-5-children-in-hospital-settings-in-dhaka-city
#2
Golam Sarower Bhuyan, Mohammad Amir Hossain, Suprovath Kumar Sarker, Asifuzzaman Rahat, Md Tarikul Islam, Tanjina Noor Haque, Noorjahan Begum, Syeda Kashfi Qadri, A K M Muraduzzaman, Nafisa Nawal Islam, Mohammad Sazzadul Islam, Nusrat Sultana, Manjur Hossain Khan Jony, Farhana Khanam, Golam Mowla, Abdul Matin, Firoza Begum, Tahmina Shirin, Dilruba Ahmed, Narayan Saha, Firdausi Qadri, Kaiissar Mannoor
The study aimed to examine for the first time the spectra of viral and bacterial pathogens along with the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolated bacteria in under-5 children with acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in hospital settings of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nasal swabs were collected from 200 under-five children hospitalized with clinical signs of ARIs. Nasal swabs from 30 asymptomatic children were also collected. Screening of viral pathogens targeted ten respiratory viruses using RT-qPCR. Bacterial pathogens were identified by bacteriological culture methods and antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolates was determined following CLSI guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344783/retrospective-report-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-observed-in-bacterial-pathogens-isolated-from-ocular-samples-at-mount-sinai-hospital-2010-to-2015
#3
Marko Oydanich, Tanis C Dingle, Camille L Hamula, Claudia Ghisa, Penny Asbell
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as a major threat to global public health. Thus, the surveillance of changes in antimicrobial resistance in local and global settings is a paramount necessity. While many studies have tracked antimicrobial resistance, only a small percentage surveyed ocular isolates. The purpose of this study was to report the in vitro susceptibility of bacterial pathogens isolated from ocular samples in New York, NY from 2010 to 2015. METHODS: A retrospective review of ocular isolates was conducted...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344408/potential-antibacterial-activity-of-some-saudi-arabia-honey
#4
Ahmed G Hegazi, Faiz M Al Guthami, Ahmed F M Al Gethami, Fyrouz M Abd Allah, Ashraf A Saleh, Ehab A Fouad
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential antibacterial activity of some Saudi Arabia honey against selected bacterial strains of medical importance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 10 Saudi Arabia honey used to evaluate their antimicrobial activity against some antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacterial strains. The bacterial strains were Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342711/epidemiological-profile-and-vaccination-coverage-in-splenectomy-patients-in-a-health-area-of-murcia-1993-2012
#5
Yolanda Molina-Salas, Francisco José Romera-Guirado, Jaime Jesús Pérez-Martín, María Nieves Peregrín-González, David Góngora-Soria
OBJECTIVE: Splenectomy patients have a high risk of suffering severe infections, many of them preventable by vaccination. The aim of the study was to analyse the clinical epidemiological characteristics and vaccine coverage of these patients in Health Area III of the Region of Murcia. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a population of patients that were splenectomised during the period 1993-2012, according to the Register of the Basic Minimum Data Set...
March 22, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342288/the-role-of-acute-and-chronic-respiratory-colonization-and-infections-in-the-pathogenesis-of-copd
#6
REVIEW
Janice M Leung, Pei Yee Tiew, Micheál Mac Aogáin, Kurtis F Budden, Valerie Fei Lee Yong, Sangeeta S Thomas, Kevin Pethe, Philip M Hansbro, Sanjay H Chotirmall
COPD is a major global concern, increasingly so in the context of ageing populations. The role of infections in disease pathogenesis and progression is known to be important, yet the mechanisms involved remain to be fully elucidated. While COPD pathogens such as Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis and Streptococcus pneumoniae are strongly associated with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD), the clinical relevance of these pathogens in stable COPD patients remains unclear. Immune responses in stable and colonized COPD patients are comparable to those detected in AECOPD, supporting a role for chronic colonization in COPD pathogenesis through perpetuation of deleterious immune responses...
March 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341101/crucial-residue-trp158-of-lipoprotein-piaa-stabilizes-the-ferrichrome-piaa-complex-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#7
Liang Zhang, Nan Li, Kun Cao, Xiao-Yan Yang, Guandi Zeng, Xuesong Sun, Qing-Yu He
The pathogenic Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) has evolved a special mechanism such as pneumococcal iron acquisition ATP binding cassette (PiaABC) to take up siderophore-iron from its host. The cell-surface lipoprotein PiaA, a key component of PiaABC, is the primary receptor to bind ferrichrome (Fc). To study the structure-function relationship of PiaA, three conservative amino-acid residues, Trp63, Trp158 and Phe255, in the hydrophobic barrel of the metal binding site of PiaA, were individually and collectively mutated to alanine; and the resulted single-point mutants, W63A, W158A and F255A, and triple mutant W63A/W158A/F255A were characterized by using biochemical and biophysical methods...
February 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337428/niacin-mediated-gene-expression-and-role-of-niar-as-a-transcriptional-repressor-of-niax-nadc-and-pnuc-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#8
Muhammad Afzal, Oscar P Kuipers, Sulman Shafeeq
NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) biosynthesis is vital for bacterial physiology and plays an important role in cellular metabolism. A naturally occurring vitamin B complex, niacin (nicotinic acid), is a precursor of coenzymes NAD and NADP. Here, we study the impact of niacin on global gene expression of Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 and elucidate the role of NiaR as a transcriptional regulator of niaX, nadC, and pnuC. Transcriptome comparison of the D39 wild-type grown in chemically defined medium (CDM) with 0 to 10 mM niacin revealed elevated expression of various genes, including niaX, nadC, pnuC, fba, rex, gapN, pncB, gap, adhE, and adhB2 that are putatively involved in the transport and utilization of niacin...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335406/factors-that-negatively-affect-the-prognosis-of-pediatric-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-district-hospital-in-tanzania
#9
Serena Caggiano, Nicola Ullmann, Elisa De Vitis, Marzia Trivelli, Chiara Mariani, Maria Podagrosi, Fabiana Ursitti, Chiara Bertolaso, Carolina Putotto, Marta Unolt, Andrea Pietravalle, Paola Pansa, Kajoro Mphayokulela, Maria Incoronata Lemmo, Michael Mkwambe, Joseph Kazaura, Marzia Duse, Francesco Nieddu, Chiara Azzari, Renato Cutrera
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is still the most important cause of death in countries with scarce resources. All children (33 months ± 35 DS) discharged from the Pediatric Unit of Itigi Hospital, Tanzania, with a diagnosis of CAP from August 2014 to April 2015 were enrolled. Clinical data were gathered. Dried blood spot (DBS) samples for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for bacterial detection were collected in all 100 children included. Twenty-four percent of patients were identified with severe CAP and 11% died...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333320/cross-resistance-to-lincosamides-streptogramins-a-and-pleuromutilins-in-streptococcus-agalactiae-isolates-from-the-usa
#10
Paulina A Hawkins, Caitlin S Law, Benjamin J Metcalf, Sopio Chochua, Delois M Jackson, Lars F Westblade, Robert Jerris, Bernard W Beall, Lesley McGee
Background: Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococcus, GBS) is a leading cause of meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia in neonates in the United States. GBS also causes invasive disease in older infants, pregnant women, children and young adults with underlying medical conditions, and older adults. Resistance to lincosamides in the absence of erythromycin resistance is rare in GBS, but has been previously reported in clinical isolates, both on its own or in combination with resistance to streptogramins A and pleuromutilins (L/LSA/LSAP phenotypes)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333198/a-tetracycline-inducible-integrative-expression-system-for-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#11
Marina Meiers, Anke Laux, Daniela Eichinger, Anne Sexauer, Patrick Marx, Ralph Bertram, Reinhold Brückner
Inducible gene expression systems are very useful to analyze cellular processes. The ability to switch the expression state of genes of interest may even be crucial if essential traits or genetic instability are involved. An integrative plasmid, pTEX2, was designed using the (anhydro)tetracycline-inducible promoter Pxyl/tet from staphylococcal plasmid pRAB11 to control gene expression in Streptococcus pneumoniae. The system was evaluated by expressing genes of the two-component regulatory system ciaRH of S...
February 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330893/analysis-of-mic-and-disk-diffusion-testing-variables-for-gepotidacin-and-comparator-agents-against-select-bacterial-pathogens
#12
L K Koeth, J M DiFranco-Fisher, N E Scangarella-Oman, L A Miller
This study was conducted to determine the effect of testing parameters on the in vitro activity of gepotidacin, a new triazaacenaphthylene antibacterial agent for the treatment of conventional and biothreat pathogens. CLSI methods, and variations of these methods were used to test 10 Staphylococcus aureus, 10 Streptococcus pneumoniae, 10 Haemophilus influenzae, and 5 Escherichia coli by MIC and 30 S. aureus, 15 S. pneumoniae and 15 S. pyogenes by disk diffusion (DD) methods. Levofloxacin and linezolid were tested as comparator agents for MIC and DD methods, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330602/the-pneumococcal-alpha-glycerophosphate-oxidase-enhances-nasopharyngeal-colonization-through-binding-to-host-glycoconjugates
#13
Layla K Mahdi, Melanie A Higgins, Christopher J Day, Joe Tiralongo, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Michael P Jennings, David L Gordon, Adrienne W Paton, James C Paton, Abiodun D Ogunniyi
Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major human pathogen, causing a broad spectrum of diseases including otitis media, pneumonia, bacteraemia and meningitis. Here we examined the role of a potential pneumococcal meningitis vaccine antigen, alpha-glycerophosphate oxidase (SpGlpO), in nasopharyngeal colonization. We found that serotype 4 and serotype 6A strains deficient in SpGlpO have significantly reduced capacity to colonize the nasopharynx of mice, and were significantly defective in adherence to human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells in vitro...
March 3, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330238/isolation-of-antimicrobial-resistant-bacteria-in-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-of-patients
#14
Li-Min Wang, Xiao-Liang Qiao, Liang Ai, Jing-Jing Zhai, Xue-Xia Wang
Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae are usual cause of upper respiratory tract infection cases. The present study aims the isolation of bacterial strains which are resistant to the commonly prescribed antibiotics. In total, 900 throat swabs were obtained from the patients suffering from upper respiratory tract infections residing in three different localities. The maximum number of isolates (64 %) were obtained from locality-1 (L-1), whereas lowest isolates were found in second locality (L-2)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328284/non-encapsulated-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccination-as-a-measure-to-interfere-with-horizontal-gene-transfer
#15
J D Langereis, M I de Jonge
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326061/come-an-essential-response-regulator-negatively-regulates-the-expression-of-the-capsular-polysaccharide-locus-and-attenuates-the-bacterial-virulence-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#16
Yuqiang Zheng, Xuemei Zhang, Xiaofang Wang, Libin Wang, Jinghui Zhang, Yibing Yin
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) of Streptococcus pneumoniae is the main virulence factors required for effective colonization and invasive disease. The capacity to regulate CPS production at the transcriptional level is critical for the survival of S. pneumoniae in different host niches, but little is known about the transcription regulators of cps locus. In the present study, we isolated and identified the response regulator ComE, the master competence switch in transformation of S. pneumoniae, as a transcriptional regulator of cps locus by DNA affinity chromatography-pulldown, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) and electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325626/group-b-streptococcal-necrotizing-pneumonia-in-a-diabetic-adult-patient
#17
Andrea Pacha, Ramiro Luna Cian, Laura Bonofiglio, Melisa Solari, Virginia Strada, Mariana Suárez, Laura Vigliarolo, Carina Tersigni, Marta Mollerach, Horacio Lopardo
The aim of this report is to describe a rare case of necrotizing pneumonia due to group B Streptococcus serotype III in a relatively young male adult (48 years old) suffering from diabetes. The organism was isolated from his pleural fluid and was only resistant to tetracycline. The patient first received ceftazidime (2g/8h i.v.)+clindamycin (300mg/8h) for 18 days and then he was discharged home and orally treated with amoxicillin clavulanic acid (1g/12h) for 23 days with an uneventful evolution. As in the cases of invasive infection by Streptococcus pyogenes, clindamycin could prevent streptococcal toxic shock syndrome...
March 18, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324771/synthesis-and-conformational-analysis-of-a-simplified-inositol-model-of-the-streptococcus-pneumoniae-19f-capsular-polysaccharide-repeating-unit
#18
Giorgio Catelani, Felicia D'Andrea, Lorenzo Guazzelli, Alessio Griselli, Nicola Testi, Maria Assunta Chiacchio, Laura Legnani, Lucio Toma
Carbohydrate mimics have been studied for a long time as useful sugar substitutes, both in the investigation of biological events and in the treatment of sugar-related diseases. Here we report further evaluation of the capabilities of inositols as carbohydrate substitutes. The conformational features of an inositol-model of a simplified repeating unit corresponding to the capsular polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae 19F has been evaluated by computational analysis, and compared to the native repeating unit...
March 14, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323617/cryoem-structures-of-membrane-pore-and-prepore-complex-reveal-cytolytic-mechanism-of-pneumolysin
#19
Katharina van Pee, Alexander Neuhaus, Edoardo D'Imprima, Deryck J Mills, Werner Kühlbrandt, Özkan Yildiz
Many pathogenic bacteria produce pore-forming toxins to attack and kill human cells. We have determined the 4.5 Å structure of the ~2.2 MDa pore complex of pneumolysin, the main virulence factor of Streptococcus pneumoniae, by cryoEM. The pneumolysin pore is a 400 Å ring of 42 membrane-inserted monomers. Domain D3 of the soluble toxin refolds into two ~85 Å β-hairpins that traverse the lipid bilayer and assemble into a 168-strand β-barrel. The pore complex is stabilized by salt bridges between β-hairpins of adjacent subunits and an internal α-barrel...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322958/synthesis-characterization-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-biguanidinylated-chitosan-g-poly-r-3-hydroxybutyrate
#20
Hend E Salama, Gamal R Saad, Magdy W Sabaa
Chitosan biguanidine hydrochloride (ChG) and low molecular weight poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) were successfully prepared to overcome the solubility problem of chitosan and PHB and also to enhance antimicrobial activity of chitosan. The graft copolymers based on ChG and PHB (ChG-grafted PHB) were then prepared via condensation reaction of the carboxylic groups of PHB with the amino groups of ChG. These graft copolymers swell in water. The prepared graft copolymers were characterized by FTIR, (1)H NMR, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analyses (TGA and DSC)...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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