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Waleed K Mohammed, Natalio Krasnogor, Nicholas S Jakubovics
The ability of microorganisms to regulate gene expression is thought to be critical for survival and growth during the development of polymicrobial biofilms such as dental plaque. The commensal dental plaque colonizer, Streptococcus gordonii, responds to cell-cell contact (coaggregation) with Actinomyces oris by regulating > 20 genes, including those involved in arginine biosynthesis. We hypothesized that an S. gordonii extracellular protease is critical for sensing by providing amino acids that modulate gene expression...
March 14, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Luciana Souza Jorge, Patrícia Silva Fucuta, Maria Gabriele L Oliveira, Marcelo Arruda Nakazone, Juliana Arruda de Matos, Alceu Gomes Chueire, Mauro José Costa Salles
Background: We hypothesized that polymicrobial posttraumatic osteomyelitis (PTO) may be associated with worse outcomes when compared to monomicrobial PTO. We therefore attempted to show the outcomes and predisposing factors associated with polymicrobial PTO. Methods: A single-center case-control study was carried out from 2007 to 2012. The outcome variables analyzed were: the need for additional surgical and antibiotic treatments, rates of amputation, and mortality associated with the infection. Univariate and multivariable analyses using multiple logistic regression were performed to identify risk factors associated with polymicrobial PTO, and p < 0...
2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Infection
David J Tennent, Stefanie M Shiels, Jessica A Jennings, Warren O Haggard, Joseph C Wenke
BACKGROUND: Contaminated traumatic open orthopedic wounds are frequently complicated by polymicrobial contamination and infection. In high-risk wounds, the standard of care comprises debridement and irrigation combined with antibiotics which can be applied directly or combined with systemic antibiotics. Recently, bioabsorbable chitosan sponges have been shown to be an effective single-agent delivery device for local antibiotics with and without negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). Severely contaminated orthopedic wounds, however, are often complicated by polymicrobial infections, necessitating multiple antibiotic agents...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
M G J de Vos, J A G M de Visser, J W A Rossen, B J Zwaan
Bacteria often live together in complex communities. Insight into these microbial ecosystems is essential to make it possible to intervene when these ecosystems lead to disease. Bacteria do not only respond to their host, but they also affect each other, which may have far-reaching consequences for the course of the disease. In this article we describe that clinical isolates in a polymicrobial infection can be seen as ecosystems. These ecosystems often have properties that separate isolates do not have; they may, for example, be more virulent or more resistant to antibiotics...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Nicole M Bzdyl, Nadezda Urosevic, Ben Payne, Ray Brockenshire, Michael McIntyre, Michael J Leung, Graham Weaire-Buchanan, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Timothy J J Inglis
PURPOSE: In this field trial of rapid blood culture identification (BCID), we aimed to determine whether the improved speed and accuracy of specific BCID predicted in our earlier pilot study could be obtained in regional hospitals by deploying a multiplex PCR FilmArray (Biomerieux, France) capability in their laboratories. METHODS: We trained local hospital laboratory staff to operate the FilmArray equipment and act on the results. To do this, we integrated the multiplex PCR into the standard laboratory blood culture workflow and reporting procedure...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Arata Hibi, Yoshinobu Amakusa
Intracranial abscess is one of the most serious complications of frontal sinusitis, particularly among adolescents, even in the absence of odontogenic infection. Polymicrobial infections due to anaerobes are common. Because antibiotic therapy alone is usually ineffective, early endoscopic sinus surgery is the key for infection control and good clinical outcomes.
March 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Annie W T Lee, Johnson K S Lam, Ricky K W Lam, Wan H Ng, Ella N L Lee, Vicky T Y Lee, Po P Sze, Rahim Rajwani, Kitty S C Fung, Wing K To, Rodney A Lee, Dominic N C Tsang, Gilman K H Siu
Objective: This study evaluated the capability of a MALDI Biotyper system equipped with the newly introduced MBT STAR-BL module to simultaneously perform species identification and β-lactamase-mediated resistance detection in bacteremia -causing bacteria isolated from cultured isolates and patient-derived blood cultures (BCs). Methods: Two hundred retrospective cultured isolates and 153 prospective BCs containing Gram-negative rods (GNR) were collected and subjected to direct bacterial identification, followed by the measurement of β-lactamase activities against ampicillin, piperacillin, cefotaxime, ceftazidime, and meropenem using the MBT STAR-BL module...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Udhaya Sankar R, Rakhi Biswas, S Raja, Sujatha Sistla, M S Gopalakrishnan, Sunil Kumar Saxena
Paraclostridium bifermentans (current nomenclature of Clostridium bifermentans since 2016) is a gram-positive, spore-forming anaerobic bacterium. Here, we describe two cases associated with this organism. The first, primarily a case of tubercular brain abscess where P. bifermentans was isolated as part of a polymicrobial flora, following a neurosurgical procedure for the same and the second, a case of cervical lymphadenitis from which it was isolated as the sole causative agent. There are only a few reported cases of P...
March 8, 2018: Anaerobe
Marjan M Hashemi, Brett S Holden, Maddison F Taylor, John Wilson, Jordan Coburn, Brian Hilton, Tania Nance, Shawn Gubler, Carl Genberg, Shenglou Deng, Paul B Savage
Ceragenins were designed as non-peptide mimics of endogenous antimicrobial peptides, and they display broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activities, including the ability to eradicate established biofilms. These features of ceragenins make them attractive potential therapeutics for persistent infections in the lung, including those associated with cystic fibrosis. A characteristic of an optimal therapeutic for use in the lungs and trachea is the exertion of potent antimicrobial activities without damaging the cilia that play a critical role in these tissues...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Wenfang Dai, Weina Yu, Lixia Xuan, Zhen Tao, Jinbo Xiong
It is now recognized that some gut diseases attribute to polymicrobial pathogens infections. Thus, traditional isolation of single pathogen from disease subjects could bias the identification of causal agents. To fill this gap, using Illumina sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene, we explored the dynamics of gut bacterial communities over a shrimp disease progression. The results showed significant differences in the gut bacterial communities between healthy and diseased shrimp. Potential pathogens were inferred by a local pathogens database, of which two OTUs (affiliated with Vibrio tubiashii and Vibrio harveyi) exhibited significantly higher abundances in diseased shrimp as compared to healthy subjects...
March 7, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Stamatis Karakonstantis, Dimitra Kalemaki
PURPOSE: The practice of obtaining blood culture in febrile urinary tract infections is controversial, considering that blood cultures rarely provide additional useful information compared to urine cultures alone. Furthermore, whether a longer treatment duration is necessary in bacteremic patients is also controversial. Here, we aim to review to relevant studies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed and Scopus for studies providing information regarding the discordance between urine and blood cultures...
March 6, 2018: Infectious Diseases
Louise Djapgne, Subrata Panja, Luke Brewer, Jonathan Gans, Maureen A Kane, Sarah A Woodson, Amanda G Oglesby-Sherrouse
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic Gram-negative pathogen that requires iron for growth and virulence. In low iron conditions, P. aeruginosa transcribes two highly identical (95%) small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs), PrrF1 and PrrF2, which are required for virulence in acute murine lung infection models. The PrrF sRNAs promote the production of 2-akly-4(1 H )-quinolone metabolites (AQs) that mediate a range of biological activities, including quorum sensing and polymicrobial interactions. Here we show that the PrrF1 and PrrF2 sRNAs promote AQ production by redundantly inhibiting translation of antR , which encodes a transcriptional activator of the anthranilate degradation genes...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Willy Chin, Guansheng Zhong, Qinqin Pu, Chuan Yang, Weiyang Lou, Paola Florez De Sessions, Balamurugan Periaswamy, Ashlynn Lee, Zhen Chang Liang, Xin Ding, Shujun Gao, Collins Wenhan Chu, Simone Bianco, Chang Bao, Yen Wah Tong, Weimin Fan, Min Wu, James L Hedrick, Yi Yan Yang
Polymyxins remain the last line treatment for multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections. As polymyxins resistance emerges, there is an urgent need to develop effective antimicrobial agents capable of mitigating MDR. Here, we report biodegradable guanidinium-functionalized polycarbonates with a distinctive mechanism that does not induce drug resistance. Unlike conventional antibiotics, repeated use of the polymers does not lead to drug resistance. Transcriptomic analysis of bacteria further supports development of resistance to antibiotics but not to the macromolecules after 30 treatments...
March 2, 2018: Nature Communications
Vincenzo Pota, Maria Beatrice Passavanti, Pasquale Sansone, Maria Caterina Pace, Filomena Peluso, Alfonso Fiorelli, Caterina Aurilio
BACKGROUND: Descending necrotizing mediastinitis is a common and progressive polymicrobial infection involving the neck and chest with a high death rate (10 to 40%). From a microbiological point of view, descending necrotizing mediastinitis is sustained by Gram-positive bacteria (43-62%), anaerobes (46-78%), and, rarely, Gram-negative bacteria. Data collected during the Antibiotic Resistance-Istituto Superiore di Sanità project confirmed that Italy is positioned among the countries with the highest levels of resistance in most pathogenic species under surveillance...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Ann W Plum, Anthony J Mortelliti, Ronald E Walsh
Abscesses in the head and neck frequently have odontogenic sources. As bacterial pathogens and antibiotic resistance patterns may change over time and based on location, we describe the current common bacteria found in odontogenic abscesses, the prevalence of antibiotic resistance, and differences in each between pediatric and adult patients in Upstate New York. This is a retrospective review of patients who underwent drainage of odontogenic abscesses (n = 131) from 2002 to 2012 at an academic institution. The medical records were reviewed for results of abscess cultures, comorbidities, and drainage procedures...
January 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Mridu Sinha, Julietta Jupe, Hannah Mack, Todd P Coleman, Shelley M Lawrence, Stephanie I Fraley
Rapid and accurate profiling of infection-causing pathogens remains a significant challenge in modern health care. Despite advances in molecular diagnostic techniques, blood culture analysis remains the gold standard for diagnosing sepsis. However, this method is too slow and cumbersome to significantly influence the initial management of patients. The swift initiation of precise and targeted antibiotic therapies depends on the ability of a sepsis diagnostic test to capture clinically relevant organisms along with antimicrobial resistance within 1 to 3 h...
April 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
Maryam Pourhajibagher, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: It is essential to identify the root canal microbial diversity and count due to the polymicrobial nature of the primary endodontic infection that is associated with the microbial diversity and increased resistance to the antimicrobial agents. Photo-activated disinfection (PAD), also known as antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, is a new promising non-antibiotic approach, studied to prevent microbial resistance and treatment failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effect of PAD on reduction of microbial diversity and count, related with primary endodontic infections...
February 24, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Wayne Nishio Ayre, Genevieve Melling, Camille Cuveillier, Madhan Natarajan, Jessica L Roberts, Lucy L Marsh, Christopher D Lynch, Jean-Yves Maillard, Stephen P Denyer, Alastair J Sloan
This study investigated the host response to a polymicrobial pulpal infection consisting of Streptococcus anginosus and Enterococcus faecalis , bacteria commonly implicated in dental abscesses and endodontic failure, using a validated ex vivo rat tooth model. Tooth slices were inoculated with planktonic cultures of S. anginosus or E. faecalis alone or in co-culture at ratios of 50:50 and 90:10 S. anginosus to E. faecalis Attachment was semi-quantified by measuring area covered by fluorescently labelled bacteria...
February 26, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Elena Espejo, Marta Andrés, Rosa-Maria Borrallo, Emma Padilla, Enric Garcia-Restoy, Feliu Bella
The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical and microbiological characteristics of bacteremia associated with pressure ulcers (BAPU) and factors associated with mortality. This study was a prospective observational cohort study of patients with BAPU at a teaching hospital between January 1984 and December 2015. Fifty-six episodes were included. The incidence of BAPU decreased from 2.78 cases per 10,000 hospital discharges in the period from 1984 to 1999 to 1.05 cases per 10,000 hospital discharges in the period from 2000 to 2015 (p < 0...
February 26, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Andrew Kozlov, Lorenzo Bean, Emilie V Hill, Lisa Zhao, Eric Li, Gary P Wang
Background: Intra-abdominal abscesses are localized collections of pus, which generally arise from a breach in the normal mucosal defense barrier that allows bacteria from gastrointestinal tract, and less commonly from the gynecologic or urinary tract, to induce inflammation, resulting in an infection. The microbiology of these abscesses is usually polymicrobial, associated with the primary disease process. However, the microbial identity, diversity and richness in intra-abdominal abscesses have not been well characterized, due in part to the difficulty in cultivating commensal organisms using standard culture-based techniques...
February 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
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