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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922566/streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-chronic-endobronchial-infections-in-childhood
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Kim M Hare, Amanda J Leach, Heidi C Smith-Vaughan, Anne B Chang, Keith Grimwood
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is the main cause of bacterial pneumonia worldwide and has been studied extensively in this context. However, its role in chronic endobronchial infections and accompanying lower airway neutrophilic infiltration has received little attention. Severe and recurrent pneumonia are risk factors for chronic suppurative lung disease (CSLD) and bronchiectasis; the latter causes considerable morbidity and, in some populations, premature death in children and adults. Protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) is another chronic endobronchial infection associated with substantial morbidity...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870173/children-with-respiratory-tract-infections-in-swedish-primary-care-prevalence-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-common-respiratory-tract-pathogens-and-relation-to-antibiotic-consumption
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Mia Tyrstrup, Eva Melander, Katarina Hedin, Anders Beckman, Sigvard Mölstad
BACKGROUND: The majority of antibiotics consumed in developed countries are prescribed in primary care. However, little is known about resistance levels in the primary care population. METHOD: Nasopharyngeal cultures were obtained from children, 0-10 years of age, seeking care at their Primary Health Care Centre with symptoms of respiratory tract infection. Parental questionnaires were used to retrieve information about the child's previous antibiotic consumption...
September 4, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830943/capsule-type-and-amount-affect-shedding-and-transmission-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#3
M Ammar Zafar, Shigeto Hamaguchi, Tonia Zangari, Michael Cammer, Jeffrey N Weiser
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) of Streptococcus pneumoniae is characterized by its diversity, as it has over 95 known serotypes, and the variation in its thickness as it surrounds an organism. While within-host effects of CPS have been studied in detail, there is no information about its contribution to host-to-host transmission. In this study, we used an infant mouse model of intralitter transmission, together with isogenic capsule switch and cps promoter switch constructs, to explore the effects of CPS type and amount...
August 22, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818574/antimicrobial-resistance-determinants-and-susceptibility-profiles-of-pneumococcal-isolates-recovered-in-trinidad-and-tobago
#4
Paulina A Hawkins, Patrick E Akpaka, Michele Nurse-Lucas, Rebecca Gladstone, Stephen D Bentley, Robert F Breiman, Lesley McGee, William H Swanston
INTRODUCTION: In Latin America and the Caribbean, pneumococcal infections were estimated to account for 12,000-18,000 deaths, 327,000 cases of pneumonia, 4,000 cases of meningitis and 1,229 cases of sepsis each year in children under five years old. Resistance of pneumococci to antimicrobial agents has evolved into a worldwide health problem in the last few decades. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of 98 pneumococcal isolates collected in Trinidad and Tobago and associated genetic determinants...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780980/impact-of-the-hajj-on-pneumococcal-carriage-and-the-effect-of-various-pneumococcal-vaccines
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REVIEW
Sophie Edouard, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Ziad A Memish, Saber Yezli, Philippe Gautret
BACKGROUND: The Islamic Hajj pilgrimage is the largest annual mass gathering in the world. The overcrowding of people promotes the acquisition, spread and transmission of respiratory pathogens, including Streptococcus pneumoniae. It is estimated that about 33% of pilgrims are at risk of invasive pneumococcal disease. METHODS: We conducted a methodological review according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and meta-Analysis guidelines. The objective was to summarize the available data regarding the prevalence of pneumococcal carriage among Hajj pilgrims and about carriage acquisition and circulation of S...
August 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776337/changes-in-the-serotype-distribution-among-antibiotic-resistant-carriage-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolates-in-children-after-the-introduction-of-the-extended-valency-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine
#6
Joon Kee Lee, Ki Wook Yun, Eun Hwa Choi, Sun Jung Kim, Seong Yeon Lee, Hoan Jong Lee
This study investigated the serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance of 3,820 nasopharyngeal Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from infants and children who presented with respiratory symptoms at Seoul National University Children's Hospital from July 2010 to June 2015 after the introduction of the extended-valency pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs). Serotypes and antimicrobial susceptibility were determined using the Quellung reaction and E-test, respectively. S. pneumoniae was isolated from 397 (10...
September 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770121/necrotizing-pneumonia-an-emerging-problem-in-children
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REVIEW
I Brent Masters, Alan F Isles, Keith Grimwood
BACKGROUND: In children, necrotizing pneumonia (NP) is an uncommon, severe complication of pneumonia. It is characterized by destruction of the underlying lung parenchyma resulting in multiple small, thin-walled cavities and is often accompanied by empyema and bronchopleural fistulae. REVIEW: NP in children was first reported in children in 1994, and since then there has been a gradual increase in cases, which is partially explained by greater physician awareness and use of contrast computed tomography (CT) scans, and by temporal changes in circulating respiratory pathogens and antibiotic prescribing...
2017: Pneumonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769901/fluorescence-imaging-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-with-the-helix-pomatia-agglutinin-hpa-as-a-potential-rapid-diagnostic-tool
#8
Mirian Domenech, Ernesto García
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a common human pathogen and a major causal agent of life-threatening infections that can either be respiratory or non-respiratory. It is well known that the Helix pomatia (edible snail) agglutinin (HPA) lectin shows specificity for terminal αGalNAc residues present, among other locations, in the Forssman pentasaccharide (αGalNAc1→3βGalNAc1→3αGal1→4βGal1→4βGlc). Based on experiments involving choline-independent mutants and different growth conditions, we propose here that HPA recognizes the αGalNAc terminal residues of the cell wall teichoic and lipoteichoic acids of S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744663/serotypes-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-egyptian-children-are-they-covered-by-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines
#9
M Badawy, A El Kholy, M M Sherif, E A Rahman, E Ashour, H Sherif, H E Mahmoud, M Hamdy
In Egypt, pneumococcal vaccines have not yet been introduced as being compulsory. Identification of the circulating serotypes in Egypt is mandatory to determine whether or not the pneumococcal vaccines will be beneficial. The current study aims to identify the serotypes, vaccine coverage, and antimicrobial resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae colonizing the nasopharynx of Egyptian children younger than 5 years old. The study was conducted in two successive winter seasons (December 2012-February 2013 and December 2013-February 2014)...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743545/maternal-pneumococcal-nasopharyngeal-carriage-and-risk-factors-for-neonatal-carriage-following-the-introduction-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines-in-the-gambia
#10
Effua Usuf, Abdoulie Bojang, Bully Camara, Isatou Jagne, Claire Oluwalana, Christian Bottomley, Umberto D'Alessandro, Anna Roca
OBJECTIVES: Pneumococcal nasopharyngeal carriage occurs early in life. However, the role of vertical transmission is not well understood. The aims of the study are to describe carriage among mothers and their newborns, and assess for risk factors for neonatal carriage. METHODS: In a nested retrospective cohort study, we analysed data from the control arm of a randomized control trial conducted in The Gambia two to three years after PCV13 introduction. Nasopharyngeal swabs were collected from 374 women and their newborns on the day of delivery, and 3, 6, 14 and 28 days later...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739116/pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-induced-igg-and-nasopharyngeal-carriage-of-pneumococci-hyporesponsiveness-and-immune-correlates-of-protection-for-carriage
#11
John Ojal, Laura L Hammitt, John Gaitho, J Anthony G Scott, David Goldblatt
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have demonstrated hyporesponsiveness to pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) when administered in the presence of homologous carriage. This may be substantially more important in Africa where carriage prevalence is high. Deriving a correlate of protection (CoP) for carriage is important in guiding the future use of extended PCVs as population control of pneumococcal disease by vaccination is now focused principally on its indirect effect. We therefore explored the complex relationship between existing carriage and vaccine responsiveness, and between serum IgG levels and risk of acquisition...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736074/a-novel-genetic-variant-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-11a-discovered-in-fiji
#12
Sam Manna, Belinda Ortika, Eileen M Dunne, Kathryn E Holt, Mike Kama, Fiona M Russell, Jason Hinds, Catherine Satzke
OBJECTIVES: As part of annual cross-sectional Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage surveys in Fiji (2012-2015), we detected pneumococci in over 100 nasopharyngeal swabs that serotyped as '11F-like' by microarray. We examined the genetic basis of this divergence in the 11F-like capsular polysaccharide (cps) locus, compared to the reference 11F cps sequence. The impact of this diversity on capsule phenotype, as well as serotyping results using genetic and serological methods, was determined...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711510/serotyping-of-brunei-pneumococcal-clinical-strains-and-the-investigation-of-their-capability-to-adhere-and-invade-a-brain-endothelium-model
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Nurul Adhwa Rahman, Aishah Sharudin, Suwarni Diah, Siti Hanna Muharram
INTRODUCTION: Pneumococcal infections have caused morbidity and mortality globally. Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococci) are commensal bacteria that colonize the nasopharynx, asymptomatically. From there, pneumococci can spread in the lungs causing pneumonia and disseminate in the bloodstream causing bacteremia (sepsis) and reach the brain leading to meningitis. Endothelial cells are one of the most important components of the blood-brain barrier that separates the blood from the brain and plays the first protective role against pneumococcal entry...
July 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711389/population-genetic-structure-antibiotic-resistance-capsule-switching-and-evolution-of-invasive-pneumococci-before-conjugate-vaccination-in-malawi
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Chrispin Chaguza, Jennifer E Cornick, Cheryl P Andam, Rebecca A Gladstone, Maaike Alaerts, Patrick Musicha, Chikondi Peno, Naor Bar-Zeev, Arox W Kamng'ona, Anmol M Kiran, Chisomo L Msefula, Lesley McGee, Robert F Breiman, Aras Kadioglu, Neil French, Robert S Heyderman, William P Hanage, Stephen D Bentley, Dean B Everett
INTRODUCTION: Pneumococcal infections cause a high death toll in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) but the recently rolled out pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) will reduce the disease burden. To better understand the population impact of these vaccines, comprehensive analysis of large collections of pneumococcal isolates sampled prior to vaccination is required. Here we present a population genomic study of the invasive pneumococcal isolates sampled before the implementation of PCV13 in Malawi...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702310/development-of-pcrseqtyping-a-novel-molecular-assay-for-typing-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#15
Geetha Nagaraj, Feroze Ganaie, Vandana Govindan, Kadahalli Lingegowda Ravikumar
BACKGROUND: Precise serotyping of pneumococci is essential for vaccine development, to better understand the pathogenicity and trends of drug resistance. Currently used conventional and molecular methods of serotyping are expensive and time-consuming, with limited coverage of serotypes. An accurate and rapid serotyping method with complete coverage of serotypes is an urgent necessity. This study describes the development and application of a novel technology that addresses this need. METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed, targeting 1061 bp cpsB region, and the amplicon was subjected to sequencing...
2017: Pneumonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690025/invasive-pneumococcal-disease-caused-by-ceftriaxone-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-taiwan
#16
Hao-Yuan Lee, Tsu-Lan Wu, Lin-Hui Su, Hsin-Chieh Li, Rajendra Prasad Janapatla, Chyi-Liang Chen, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
BACKGROUND: Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) was associated with mortality, but the risk factors associated with mortality remains controversial. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was designed. All patients with IPD from 2011 to 2013 admitted in a medical center were screened and collected for their clinical presentations and laboratory characteristics. RESULTS: Approximately half of the 134 IPD isolates derived from these patients belonged to three major serotypes (19A, 6A and 3), which are included in 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), but not in 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659923/subcutaneous-immunization-with-fusion-protein-dnaj-%C3%AE-a146ply-without-additional-adjuvants-induces-both-humoral-and-cellular-immunity-against-pneumococcal-infection-partially-depending-on-tlr4
#17
Yufeng Su, Dagen Li, Yan Xing, Hong Wang, Jian Wang, Jun Yuan, Xiaofang Wang, Fang Cui, Yibing Yin, Xuemei Zhang
Subunit vaccines that are poorly immunogenic are often combined with adjuvants for immunization. Our previous research identified a pneumolysin variant (ΔA146Ply), a Toll-like receptor 4 agonist, that was an effective adjuvant in the protection of fusion protein DnaJ-ΔA146Ply against mucosal Streptococcus pneumoniae infections. For pneumococcal vaccines, World Health Organization recommend injection as a regular vaccination approach. Subcutaneous immunization is a common and effective method of injection, so we explored the immunity mechanism of subcutaneous immunization with DnaJ-ΔA146Ply...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657670/mapping-the-recognition-domains-of-pneumococcal-fibronectin-binding-proteins-pava-and-pavb-demonstrates-a-common-pattern-of-molecular-interactions-with-fibronectin-type-iii-repeats
#18
Sajida Kanwal, Inga Jensch, Gottfried J Palm, Mark Brönstrup, Manfred Rohde, Thomas P Kohler, Daniela Somplatzki, Werner Tegge, Howard F Jenkinson, Sven Hammerschmidt
Colonization of mucosal respiratory surfaces is a prerequisite for the human pathobiont Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) to cause severe invasive infections. The arsenal of pneumococcal adhesins interacts with a multitude of extracellular matrix proteins. A paradigm for pneumococci is their interaction with the adhesive glycoprotein fibronectin, which facilitates bacterial adherence to host cells. Here, we deciphered the molecular interaction between fibronectin and pneumococcal fibronectin-binding proteins (FnBPs) PavA and PavB respectively...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638805/increased-zinc-availability-enhances-initial-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#19
Lindsey R Brown, Rachel C Caulkins, Tyler E Schartel, Jason W Rosch, Erin S Honsa, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Victoria A Meliopoulos, Sean Cherry, Justin A Thornton
Bacteria growing within biofilms are protected from antibiotics and the immune system. Within these structures, horizontal transfer of genes encoding virulence factors, and promoting antibiotic resistance occurs, making biofilms an extremely important aspect of pneumococcal colonization and persistence. Identifying environmental cues that contribute to the formation of biofilms is critical to understanding pneumococcal colonization and infection. Iron has been shown to be essential for the formation of pneumococcal biofilms; however, the role of other physiologically important metals such as copper, zinc, and manganese has been largely neglected...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626738/streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-prevalence-and-antibiotic-resistance-among-young-children-with-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-south-india
#20
Savitha Nagaraj, Bhuvanesh Sukhlal Kalal, Anand Manoharan, Anita Shet
INTRODUCTION: We performed a study to describe the clinical profile, antimicrobial susceptibility and prevalent serotypes of pneumococcal isolates from children with suspected invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) admitted to a tertiary care hospital in South India. METHODS: Hospitalized children, ≤ 5 years with fever (>38 °C); increased respiratory rate or neurological symptoms were recruited, (as part of the Alliance for Surveillance of Invasive Pneumococci - ASIP - project) from January 2011 to March 2013...
June 2017: Germs
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