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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821080/investigation-of-chitosan-s-antibacterial-activity-against-vancomycin-resistant-microorganisms-and-their-biofilms
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Eduardo M Costa, Sara Silva, Mariana Veiga, Sandra Vicente, Freni K Tavaria, Manuela E Pintado
Vancomycin-resistant microorganisms are a hurdle that traditional antibiotics struggle to overcome. These difficulties have led to search for new solutions based on natural products. Chitosan has been recognized as an effective antibacterial agent against a vast array of microorganisms including antibiotic resistant ones. As such, this work aimed to evaluate chitosan as an alternative to traditional antibiotics in the management/control of two vancomycin-resistant microorganisms, VRSA and VREF, in planktonic and sessile settings...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821026/ultrahigh-antibacterial-efficacy-of-meropenem-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-a-septic-animal-model
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Ayat Abdelkader, Mohamed A El-Mokhtar, Ola Abdelkader, Mostafa A Hamad, Mahmoud Elsabahy, Omaima N El-Gazayerly
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most significant health challenges worldwide. Meropenem is a broad spectrum beta-lactam antibiotic that possesses high activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. However, it has a short plasma half-life, and thus requiring frequent administration of high doses. For the first time, meropenem-loaded chitosan nanoparticles were prepared and evaluated as a potential tool to overcome antimicrobial resistance and to improve pharmacokinetics of the drug. Spherical nanosized particles were prepared and demonstrated ultrahigh encapsulation efficiency of meropenem (i...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820687/identification-of-subsets-of-enteroaggregative-escherichia-coli-associated-with-diarrheal-disease-among-under-5-year-old-children-from-rural-gambia
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Usman N Ikumapayi, Nadia Boisen, Mohammad J Hossain, Modupeh Betts, Modou Lamin, Debasish Saha, Brenda Kwambana-Adams, Michel Dione, Richard A Adegbola, Anna Roca, James P Nataro, Martin Antonio
Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) cause acute and persistent diarrhea, mostly in children worldwide. Outbreaks of diarrhea caused by EAEC have been described, including a large outbreak caused by a Shiga toxin expressing strain. This study investigated the association of EAEC virulence factors with diarrhea in children less than 5 years. We characterized 428 EAEC strains isolated from stool samples obtained from moderate-to-severe diarrhea cases (157) and healthy controls (217) children aged 0-59 months recruited over 3 years as part of the Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) in The Gambia...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820574/thiol-containing-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-resensitize-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-to-meropenem
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Kamaleddin Haj Mohammad Ebrahim Tehrani, Nathaniel I Martin
The prevalence of infections caused by metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) expressing Gram-negative bacteria has grown at an alarming rate in recent years. Despite the fact that MBLs can deactivate virtually all β-lactams antibiotics, there are as of yet no approved drugs available that inhibit their activity. We here examine the ability of previously reported thiol-based MBL inhibitors to synergize with meropenem against a panel of Gram-negative carbapenem-resistant isolates expressing different β-lactamases. Among the compounds tested, thiomandelic acid 3 and 2-merpto-3-phenylpropionic acid 4 were found to efficiently potentiate the activity of meropenem, especially against an IMP producing strain of K...
August 18, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820293/lacrimal-gland-abscess-in-children-two-case-reports-and-literature-review
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Tracy Hiu Ting Lai, Frank Hiu Ping Lai, Tommy Chung Yan Chan, Alvin Lerrmann Young, Kelvin Kam Lung Chong
Acute suppurative bacterial dacryoadenitis (ASBD) with abscess formation is rarely seen in clinical practice. A retrospective review of medical records in the past 8 years identified two unilateral cases in children, one developed presumably after methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) conjunctivitis and the other due to community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infection. Computerized tomography scans showed globe indentation by the enlarged lacrimal glands with rim-enhancing lesions...
August 18, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819794/in-vitro-selection-and-identification-of-potential-probiotics-isolated-from-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Rasha M Reda, Khaled M Selim, Hassanin M El-Sayed, M A El-Hady
Fish gut bacteria can be used as probiotics for aquaculture. The aim of this study is to screen and identify beneficial probiotic bacteria from the gut of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Nine out of one hundred thirty-five isolates were non-pathogenic through intraperitoneal injection and had antibacterial activities with at least a strain from the five isolated fish pathogens, Aeromonas sobria, Aeromonas hydrophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas putida, and Staphylococcus aureus. Further tests showed that such isolates can survive in the presence of high bile concentration (10%) and at different acidic pH values...
August 17, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819087/investigation-and-characterization-of-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-strains-isolated-from-bamboo-rats-rhizomys-sinensis-in-zhejiang-province-china
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Hui Zhang, Kun Li, Yajing Wang, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Yijiang Liu, Junjie Jin, Junping Peng, Fazul Nabi, Khalid Mehmood, Houqiang Luo, Jiaxiang Wang
This study was undertaken to investigate drug resistance in Escherichia coli (E. coli) strains isolated from bamboo rats in Zhejiang province of China. One hundred and fifty-four E. coli strains were isolated from dead bamboo rats. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect the representative genes encoding resistance to commonly used β-lactam antibiotics. Highest resistance was observed for cefradine (24.03%), followed by penicillin (20.78%) and ceftazidime (20.13%). The isolation rates of β-lactam resistance genes were 53...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818900/genome-sequence-of-an-australian-monophasic-salmonella-enterica-subsp-enterica-typhimurium-isolate-tw-stm6-carrying-a-large-plasmid-with-multiple-antimicrobial-resistance-genes
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Mike L Dyall-Smith, Yuhong Liu, Helen Billman-Jacobe
We report the genome sequence of a monophasic Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Typhimurium strain (TW-Stm6) isolated in Australia that is similar to epidemic multidrug-resistant strains from Europe and elsewhere. This strain carries additional antibiotic and heavy-metal resistance genes on a large (275-kb) IncHI2 plasmid.
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818804/an-on-spot-internal-standard-addition-approach-for-accurately-determining-colistin-a-and-colistin-b-in-dried-blood-spots-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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I-Lin Tsai, Ching-Hua Kuo, Hsin-Yun Sun, Yu-Chung Chuang, Divyabharathi Chepyala, Shu-Wen Lin, Yun-Jung Tsai
Outbreaks of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections have been reported worldwide. Colistin, an antibiotic with known nephrotoxicity and neurotoxicity, is now being used to treat multidrug-resistant Gram-negative strains. In this study, we applied an on-spot internal standard addition approach coupled with an ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to quantify colistin A and B from dried blood spots (DBSs). Only 15μL of whole blood was required for each sample...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818651/genomic-characterization-of-a-paediatric-mrsa-outbreak-by-next-generation-sequencing
#10
Elisabetta Ugolotti, Eddi Di Marco, Roberto Bandettini, Roberto Biassoni
INTRODUCTION: Twelve strains of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated during a suspected outbreak in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit were analyzed by Whole Genome Sequence (WGS). AIM: To define the clonality of MRSA strains to a high discriminative power and to evaluate the presence of genetic determinants responsible for antibiotic resistance and for virulence. RESULTS: Ten out of 12 strains belonged to the MLST ST2625, while the other two were ST8...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818628/a-prospective-multicentre-study-of-the-epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-bloodstream-infection-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Michele Bartoletti, Maddalena Giannella, Russell Lewis, Paolo Caraceni, Sara Tedeschi, Mical Paul, Christoph Schramm, Tony Bruns, Manuela Merli, Nazaret Cobos-Trigueros, Elena Seminari, Pilar Retamar, Patricia Muñoz, Mario Tumbarello, Patrizia Burra, Maria Torrani Cerenzia, Bruno Barsic, Ester Calbo, Alberto Enrico Maraolo, Nicola Petrosillo, Maria Angeles Galan-Ladero, Giampiero D'Offizi, Noa Bar Sinai, Jesus Rodríguez-Baño, Gabriella Verucchi, Mauro Bernardi, Pierluigi Viale
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the current epidemiology of BSI in patients with cirrhosis, analyse predictors of 30-day mortality, and risk factors for antibiotic resistance. METHODS: Cirrhotic patients developing a BSI episode were prospectively included at 19 centres in five countries from September 2014 to December 2015. The discrimination of mortality risk scores for 30-day mortality were compared by area under the receiver operator-risk and Cox-regression models...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818575/beta-lactam-resistance-among-haemophilus-influenzae-isolates-in-poland
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Marlena Kiedrowska, Alicja Kuch, Dorota Żabicka, Izabela Waśko, Patrycja Ronkiewicz, Katarzyna Wasiak, Katarzyna Bojarska, Waleria Hryniewicz, Anna Skoczyńska
OBJECTIVES: Haemophilus influenzae is a human-specific Gram-negative coccobacillus responsible for a significant number of respiratory tract infections and severe invasive infections such as meningitis and sepsis. The purpose of the study was to characterize the mechanisms of β-lactam resistance among Polish H. influenzae isolates and to evaluate the methods applied. METHODS: The study was conducted on 117 Polish H. influenzae isolates collected in 2012. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were assessed by the broth microdilution method...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818544/trends-in-antimicrobial-resistance-in-bloodstream-infection-isolates-at-a-large-urban-hospital-in-malawi-1998-2016-a-surveillance-study
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Patrick Musicha, Jennifer E Cornick, Naor Bar-Zeev, Neil French, Clemens Masesa, Brigitte Denis, Neil Kennedy, Jane Mallewa, Melita A Gordon, Chisomo L Msefula, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas A Feasey
BACKGROUND: Bacterial bloodstream infection is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, yet few facilities are able to maintain long-term surveillance. The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme has done sentinel surveillance of bacteraemia since 1998. We report long-term trends in bloodstream infection and antimicrobial resistance from this surveillance. METHODS: In this surveillance study, we analysed blood cultures that were routinely taken from adult and paediatric patients with fever or suspicion of sepsis admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi from 1998 to 2016...
August 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818083/optimization-of-the-biotechnological-production-of-a-novel-class-of-anti-mrsa-antibiotics-from-chitinophaga-sancti
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Amelie Beckmann, Stephan Hüttel, Viktoria Schmitt, Rolf Müller, Marc Stadler
BACKGROUND: Recently, the discovery of the elansolids, a group of macrolides, was reported. The molecules show activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as well as other gram-positive organisms. This fact renders those substances a promising starting point for future chemical development. The active atropisomers A1/A2 are formed by macrolactonization of the biosynthesis product A3 but are prone to ring opening and subsequent formation of several unwanted side products...
August 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817787/evaluation-of-the-electron-transfer-flavoprotein-etf-as-an-antibacterial-target-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia
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Maria S Stietz, Christina Lopez, Osasumwen Osifo, Marcelo Tolmasky, Silvia T Cardona
There are hundreds of essential genes in multidrug resistant bacterial genomes, but only a few of their products are exploited as antibacterial targets. An example is the electron flavoprotein (ETF) which is required for growth and viability in <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i>. Here, we evaluated ETF as an antibiotic target for <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> complex (Bcc). Depletion of the bacterial ETF during infection of <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> significantly extended survival of the nematodes, proving that ETF is essential for survival of <i>B...
August 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817707/microbiome-mediated-neutrophil-recruitment-via-cxcr2-and-protection-from-amebic-colitis
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Koji Watanabe, Carol A Gilchrist, Md Jashim Uddin, Stacey L Burgess, Mayuresh M Abhyankar, Shannon N Moonah, Zannatun Noor, Jeffrey R Donowitz, Brittany N Schneider, Tuhinur Arju, Emtiaz Ahmed, Mamun Kabir, Masud Alam, Rashidul Haque, Patcharin Pramoonjago, Borna Mehrad, William A Petri
The disease severity of Entamoeba histolytica infection ranges from asymptomatic to life-threatening. Recent human and animal data implicate the gut microbiome as a modifier of E. histolytica virulence. Here we have explored the association of the microbiome with susceptibility to amebiasis in infants and in the mouse model of amebic colitis. Dysbiosis occurred symptomatic E. histolytica infection in children, as evidenced by a lower Shannon diversity index of the gut microbiota. To test if dysbiosis was a cause of susceptibility, wild type C57BL/6 mice (which are innately resistant to E...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817561/comparing-efficacies-of-moxifloxacin-levofloxacin-and-gatifloxacin-in-tuberculosis-granulomas-using-a-multi-scale-systems-pharmacology-approach
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Elsje Pienaar, Jansy Sarathy, Brendan Prideaux, Jillian Dietzold, Véronique Dartois, Denise E Kirschner, Jennifer J Linderman
Granulomas are complex lung lesions that are the hallmark of tuberculosis (TB). Understanding antibiotic dynamics within lung granulomas will be vital to improving and shortening the long course of TB treatment. Three fluoroquinolones (FQs) are commonly prescribed as part of multi-drug resistant TB therapy: moxifloxacin (MXF), levofloxacin (LVX) or gatifloxacin (GFX). To date, insufficient data are available to support selection of one FQ over another, or to show that these drugs are clinically equivalent. To predict the efficacy of MXF, LVX and GFX at a single granuloma level, we integrate computational modeling with experimental datasets into a single mechanistic framework, GranSim...
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816710/establishment-of-primary-cell-culture-from-ascitic-fluid-and-solid-tumor-obtained-from-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-patients
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Rajarshi Kar, Diwesh Chawla, Bindiya Gupta, Mohit Mehndiratta, Neelam Wadhwa, Rachna Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is the seventh leading cause of cancer death worldwide. This is mainly due to late diagnosis and high rate of relapse and resistance following chemotherapy. In the present study, we describe simple and cost-effective method to establish primary culture from ascitic fluid and solid tumor obtained from epithelial ovarian carcinoma patient, which may provide a better tool for in vitro testing of drug sensitivity and designing individualized treatment protocol. METHODS: Complete Dulbecco modified Eagle medium (DMEM) was prepared by supplementing DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum and antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and amphotericin B)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816520/emergence-of-two-distinct-subpopulations-from-klebsiella-pneumoniae-grown-in-the-stimulated-microgravity-environment
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Haili Wang, Wenliang Li, Lixiao Gu, Xiaofang Gao, Bin Ni, Haiteng Deng, Ruifu Yang, Yanping Han
AIM: To isolate and characterize the two phenotypically distinct subpopulations from Klebsiella pneumoniae clonal cultures grown in the simulate microgravity environment. MATERIALS & METHODS: Here clonal culture of K. pneumoniae strain ATCC BAA-1705 was grown within a vertically rotating wall vessel bioreactor. Microscopic, colony staining, biofilm assays and quantitative proteomics were used to define the features of subpopulations. RESULTS: Two subpopulations were isolated based on colony appearance and bacterial morphology and indicated the different capability of biofilm formation and antibiotics resistance...
August 17, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816443/characterization-of-ciprofloxacin-permeation-pathways-across-the-porin-ompc-using-metadynamics-and-a-string-method
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Jigneshkumar Dahyabhai Prajapati, Carlos José Fernández Solano, Mathias Winterhalter, Ulrich Kleinekathöfer
The rapid spreading of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria has become a major threat for humans as well as animals. As one of the main factors involved, the permeability of the outer membrane has attracted quite some attention recently. However, the knowledge regarding the translocation mechanisms for most available antibiotics is so far rather limited. Here, a theoretical study concerning the diffusion route of ciprofloxacin across the outer membrane porin OmpC from E. coli is presented. To this end, we establish a protocol to characterize meaningful permeation pathways by combining metadynamics with the zero-temperature string method...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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