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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100596/genomic-epidemiology-of-penicillin-non-susceptible-pneumococci-with-non-vaccine-serotypes-causing-invasive-disease-in-the-usa
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Cheryl P Andam, Patrick K Mitchell, Alanna Callendrello, Qiuzhi Chang, Jukka Corander, Chrispin Chaguza, Lesley McGee, Bernard W Beall, William P Hanage
Conjugate vaccination against seven pneumococcal serotypes (PCV7) reduced disease prevalence due to antibiotic resistant strains throughout the 2000s; however, disease caused by resistant non-vaccine type (NVT) strains increased. Some of these emerging strains were derived from vaccine types (VT) that had changed their capsule by recombination. The introduction of vaccine targeting 13 serotypes (PCV13) in 2010 has led to concern that this scenario will repeat itself. We generated high quality draft genomes from 265 isolates of NVT pneumococci not susceptible to penicillin (PNSP) in 2009 and compared them with 581 isolates from 2012-2013, collected by the Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096183/pneumococcal-neuraminidase-a-nana-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-synergizes-with-influenza-a-virus-in-nasal-colonization-and-middle-ear-infection
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John T Wren, Lance K Blevins, Bing Pang, Ankita Basu Roy, Melissa B Oliver, Jennifer L Reimche, Jessie E Wozniak, Martha A Alexander-Miller, W Edward Swords
Even in the vaccine era, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) remains a leading cause of otitis media, a significant public health burden, in large because of its high prevalence of nasal colonization in children. The primary pneumococcal neuraminidase NanA, which is a sialidase that catalyzes the cleavage of terminal sialic acids from host glycoconjugates, is involved in both of these processes. Coinfection with influenza A virus, which also expresses a neuraminidase, exacerbates nasal colonization and disease by S...
January 17, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056828/pneumococcal-carriage-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-patterns-from-two-cross-sectional-colonization-surveys-among-children-aged-5-years-prior-to-the-introduction-of-10-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-kenya-2009-2010
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Miwako Kobayashi, Laura M Conklin, Godfrey Bigogo, Geofrey Jagero, Lee Hampton, Katherine E Fleming-Dutra, Muthoni Junghae, Maria da Gloria Carvalho, Fabiana Pimenta, Bernard Beall, Thomas Taylor, Kayla F Laserson, John Vulule, Chris Van Beneden, Lindsay Kim, Daniel R Feikin, Cynthia G Whitney, Robert F Breiman
BACKGROUND: Pneumococci are spread by persons with nasopharyngeal colonization, a necessary precursor to invasive disease. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines can prevent colonization with vaccine serotype strains. In 2011, Kenya became one of the first African countries to introduce the 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV10) into its national immunization program. Serial cross-sectional colonization surveys were conducted to assess baseline pneumococcal colonization, antibiotic resistance patterns, and factors associated with resistance...
January 5, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053228/diverse-evolutionary-patterns-of-pneumococcal-antigens-identified-by-pangenome-wide-immunological-screening
#4
Nicholas J Croucher, Joseph J Campo, Timothy Q Le, Xiaowu Liang, Stephen D Bentley, William P Hanage, Marc Lipsitch
Characterizing the immune response to pneumococcal proteins is critical in understanding this bacterium's epidemiology and vaccinology. Probing a custom-designed proteome microarray with sera from 35 healthy US adults revealed a continuous distribution of IgG affinities for 2,190 potential antigens from the species-wide pangenome. Reproducibly elevated IgG binding was elicited by 208 "antibody binding targets" (ABTs), which included 109 variants of the diverse pneumococcal surface proteins A and C (PspA and PspC) and zinc metalloprotease A and B (ZmpA and ZmpB) proteins...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053215/improved-differentiation-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-other-s-mitis-group-streptococci-by-maldi-biotyper-using-an-improved-maldi-biotyper-database-content-and-a-novel-result-interpretation-algorithm
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Inka Harju, Christoph Lange, Markus Kostrzewa, Thomas Maier, Kaisu Rantakokko-Jalava, Marjo Haanperä
Reliable distinction of Streptococcus pneumoniae and viridans group streptococci is important because of the different pathogenic properties of these organisms. Differentiation between S. pneumoniae and closely related S. mitis species group streptococci has always been challenging, even when using such modern methods as 16S rRNA gene sequencing or matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. In this study, a novel algorithm combined with an enhanced database was evaluated for the differentiation between S...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039377/detection-of-serotype-distribution-and-drug-resistance-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolated-from-pediatric-patients
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Junrong Wang, Fenqin Liu, Peiran Ao, Xianneng Li, Haixiao Zheng, Di Wu, Nina Zhang, Junping Yu, Junhui Yuan, Xiuying Wu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the serotype distribution and drug resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from pediatric patients in a Chinese hospital. METHODS: From October 2011 to May 2014, we collected 284 isolates (including 217 noninvasive and 67 invasive strains). We tested the antimicrobial susceptibility of these specimens using the Epsilomer test and disk diffusion method, and the expression of macrolide resistant genes ermB and mefA by polymerase chain reaction...
December 29, 2016: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035010/pneumococcal-protein-antigen-serology-varies-with-age-and-may-predict-antigenic-profile-of-colonizing-isolates
#7
T Azarian, L R Grant, M Georgieva, L L Hammitt, R Reid, S D Bentley, D Goldblatt, M Santosham, R Weatherholtz, P Burbidge, N Goklish, C M Thompson, W P Hanage, K L O'Brien, M Lipsitch
BACKGROUND: Several Streptococcus pneumoniae proteins play a role in pathogenesis and are being investigated as vaccine targets. It is largely unknown whether naturallyacquired antibodies reduce the risk of colonization with strains expressing a particular antigenic variant. METHODS: Serum IgG titers to 28 pneumococcal protein antigens were measured among 242 individuals, aged < 6 months - 78 years in Native American communities between 2007-2009. Nasopharyngeal swabs were collected at least 30 days after serum collection, and the protein antigen variant in each pneumococcal isolate was determined using genomic data...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031178/otitis-prone-children-produce-functional-antibodies-to-pneumolysin-and-pneumococcal-polysaccharides
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Lea-Ann S Kirkham, Selma P Wiertsema, Karli J Corscadden, Tulia Mateus, Gemma L Mullaney, Guicheng Zhang, Peter C Richmond, Ruth B Thornton
BACKGROUND: The pneumococcus is a major otitis media (OM) pathogen but data are conflicting on whether otitis-prone children have impaired humoral immunity to pneumococcal antigens. We and others have shown that otitis-prone and healthy children have similar antibody titres to pneumococcal proteins and polysaccharides (vaccine and non-vaccine type), however the quality of antibodies from otitis-prone children has not been investigated. Antibody function, rather than titre, is considered to better correlate with protection from pneumococcal disease...
December 28, 2016: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027306/collective-resistance-in-microbial-communities-by-intracellular-antibiotic-deactivation
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Robin A Sorg, Leo Lin, G Sander van Doorn, Moritz Sorg, Joshua Olson, Victor Nizet, Jan-Willem Veening
The structure and composition of bacterial communities can compromise antibiotic efficacy. For example, the secretion of β-lactamase by individual bacteria provides passive resistance for all residents within a polymicrobial environment. Here, we uncover that collective resistance can also develop via intracellular antibiotic deactivation. Real-time luminescence measurements and single-cell analysis demonstrate that the opportunistic human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae grows in medium supplemented with chloramphenicol (Cm) when resistant bacteria expressing Cm acetyltransferase (CAT) are present...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010044/the-gpsb-files-the-truth-is-out-there
#10
Richard J Lewis
Peptidoglycan (PG), an essential stress-bearing component of the bacterial cell wall, is synthesised by penicillin binding proteins (PBPs). PG synthesis at the cell division septum is necessary for constructing new poles of progeny cells, and cells cannot elongate without inserting new PG in the side-wall. The cell division regulator GpsB appears to co-ordinate PG synthesis at the septum during division and at the side-wall during elongation in rod-shaped and ovococcoid Gram-positive bacteria. How the control over PG synthesis is exerted is unknown...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998266/impact-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines-on-pneumococcal-meningitis-cases-in-france-between-2001-and-2014-a-time-series-analysis
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Anna Alari, Hélène Chaussade, Matthieu Domenech De Cellès, Lénaig Le Fouler, Emmanuelle Varon, Lulla Opatowski, Didier Guillemot, Laurence Watier
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal meningitis (PM) is a major invasive pneumococcal disease. Two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have been introduced in France: PCV7 was recommended in 2003 and replaced in 2010 by PCV13, which has six additional serotypes. The impact of introducing those vaccines on the evolution of PM case numbers and serotype distributions in France from 2001 to 2014 is assessed herein. METHODS: Data on 5166 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains isolated from cerebrospinal fluid between 2001 and 2014 in the 22 regions of France were obtained from the National Reference Center for Pneumococci...
December 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994923/microbiological-features-of-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-bulgarian-children-for-the-period-1998-2014
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Raina Tzvetanova Gergova, Guergana Petrova, Stefan Gergov, Petko Minchev, Ivan Mitov, Tanya Strateva
BACKGROUND: Across the globe, upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are the most prevalent cause of morbidity in childhood. AIMS: The aim of our study is to analyze the incidence and etiology of bacterial URTIs in Bulgarian children, as well as the increasing antimicrobial resistance to the most common etiologic agents over a period of 17 years. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: The study material comprised the data from 4768 patients (aged 1-16 years) with URTI during the period from 1998-2014...
November 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976346/killing-two-birds-with-one-stone-prenylated-flavonoids-disrupt-the-lethal-synergism-of-influenza-a-viruses-and-pneumococci
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U Grienke, M Richter, E Walther, A Hoffmann, J Kirchmair, V Makarov, S Nietzsche, M Schmidtke, J M Rollinger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959343/phage-inducible-islands-in-the-gram-positive-cocci
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Roser Martínez-Rubio, Nuria Quiles-Puchalt, Miguel Martí, Suzanne Humphrey, Geeta Ram, Davida Smyth, John Chen, Richard P Novick, José R Penadés
The SaPIs are a cohesive subfamily of extremely common phage-inducible chromosomal islands (PICIs) that reside quiescently at specific att sites in the staphylococcal chromosome and are induced by helper phages to excise and replicate. They are usually packaged in small capsids composed of phage virion proteins, giving rise to very high transfer frequencies, which they enhance by interfering with helper phage reproduction. As the SaPIs represent a highly successful biological strategy, with many natural Staphylococcus aureus strains containing two or more, we assumed that similar elements would be widespread in the Gram-positive cocci...
December 13, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957505/bacterial-colonization-and-antibiotic-resistance-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-newborn-infants-during-the-first-year-of-life
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Sharon B Meropol, Kurt C Stange, Michael R Jacobs, Judith K Weiss, Saralee Bajaksouzian, Robert A Bonomo
BACKGROUND: Infants are virtually sterile at birth and frequently use antibiotics; our objective was to (1) characterize the longitudinal colonization with bacterial pathogens and associated antibiotic resistance in a cohort of community-dwelling infants in Northeast Ohio and (2) describe longitudinal concurrent antibiotic and daycare exposures. METHODS: For 35 newborns, nasopharyngeal swabs were cultured for Streptococcus pneumoniae, anterior nasal for Staphylococcus aureus, and perirectal for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Gram-negative enteric bacteria, at 3-month intervals for 12 months...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956163/invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-children-aged-younger-than-5-years-in-india-a-surveillance-study
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Anand Manoharan, Vikas Manchanda, Sundaram Balasubramanian, Sanjay Lalwani, Meera Modak, Sushama Bai, Ajith Vijayan, Anita Shet, Savitha Nagaraj, Sunil Karande, Gita Nataraj, Vijay N Yewale, Shrikrishna A Joshi, Ranganathan N Iyer, Mathuram Santosham, Geoffrey D Kahn, Maria Deloria Knoll
BACKGROUND: Invasive pneumococcal disease continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality among children younger than 5 years of age in India. We aimed to provide nationally representative data for the pattern of disease due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, trends in the serotype of invasive pneumococci, and invasive pneumococci antimicrobial resistance patterns, in India. METHODS: In this prospective hospital-based and retrospective laboratory-based surveillance study, we prospectively enrolled children aged younger than 5 years with suspected or proven invasive pneumococcal disease from 18 hospitals or institutional centres and retrospectively included laboratory-confirmed pneumococcal isolates from ten sentinel laboratories, together representing 11 states in India...
December 9, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920569/does-calcium-channel-blockade-have-a-role-in-prevention-of-expression-of-sepsis-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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John A D'Elia, Ray E Gleason, Anthony P Monaco, Larry A Weinrauch
Many antihypertensive agents have been demonstrated to assist in preservation of kidney function, among them those that modulate calcium channels. Calcium channel blockers may also be of value in protecting hemodialysis patients from complications of sepsis. In diabetic recipients of kidney transplant allografts treated with cyclosporine, calcium channel blockade has been retrospectively linked to improved graft preservation and to fewer episodes of sepsis. This brief review outlines clinical and experimental publications on potential protection from sepsis by addition of calcium channel blockers to standard antibiotic therapy in individuals who may or may not have normal kidney function, or in the presence or absence of immunosuppression...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919900/n-acetyl-l-cysteine-and-cysteamine-new-strategies-against-mixed-biofilms-of-non-encapsulated-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae
#18
Mirian Domenech, Ernesto García
Acute otitis media, a polymicrobial disease of the middle ear cavity of children, is a significant public health problem worldwide. It is most frequently caused by encapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae and non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae, although the widespread use of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines is apparently producing an increase in carriage of non-encapsulated S. pneumoniae Frequently, pneumococci and H. influenzae live together in the human nasopharynx forming a self-produced biofilm. Biofilms represent a global medical challenge since the inherent antibiotic resistance of their producers demands the use of high doses of antibiotics over prolonged periods...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902435/overexpression-of-the-fratricide-immunity-protein-comm-leads-to-growth-inhibition-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#19
Daniel Straume, Gro Anita Stamsås, Zhian Salehian, Leiv Sigve Håvarstein
The important human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae is a naturally transformable species. When developing the competent state, it expresses proteins involved in DNA-uptake, DNA-processing and homologous recombination. In addition to the proteins required for the transformation process, competent pneumococci express proteins involved in a predatory DNA-acquisition-mechanism termed fratricide. This is a mechanism by which the competent pneumococci secrete a muralytic fratricin termed CbpD, which lyse susceptible sister cells or closely related streptococcal species...
November 28, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892961/host-derived-extracellular-rna-promotes-adhesion-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-to-endothelial-and-epithelial-cells
#20
Dariusz Zakrzewicz, Simone Bergmann, Miroslava Didiasova, Benedetto Daniele Giaimo, Tilman Borggrefe, Maren Mieth, Andreas C Hocke, Guenter Lochnit, Liliana Schaefer, Sven Hammerschmidt, Klaus T Preissner, Malgorzata Wygrecka
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most frequent cause of community-acquired pneumonia. The infection process involves bacterial cell surface receptors, which interact with host extracellular matrix components to facilitate colonization and dissemination of bacteria. Here, we investigated the role of host-derived extracellular RNA (eRNA) in the process of pneumococcal alveolar epithelial cell infection. Our study demonstrates that eRNA dose-dependently increased S. pneumoniae invasion of alveolar epithelial cells...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
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