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Nadine Czekalski, Stefanie Imminger, Elisabeth Salhi, Marjan Veljkovic, Karolin Kleffel, David Drissner, Frederik Hammes, Helmut Bürgmann, Urs von Gunten
Ozone, a strong oxidant and disinfectant, seems ideal to cope with future challenges of water treatment, such as micropollutants, multiresistant bacteria (MRB) and even intracellular antibiotic resistance genes (ARG), but information on the latter is scarce. In ozonation experiments we simultaneously determined kinetics and dose-dependent inactivation of Escherichia coli and its plasmid-encoded sulfonamide resistance gene sul1 in different water matrixes. Effects in E. coli were compared to an autochthonous wastewater community...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Michael R Gillings, Ian T Paulsen, Sasha G Tetu
Antibiotic resistance arises as a consequence of complex interactions among genes, mobile elements, and their bacterial hosts, coupled with the intense selection pressures imposed by humans in an attempt to control bacterial growth. Understanding the evolution of resistance requires an understanding of interacting cellular and genetic components. Here, we review how DNA analysis has helped reconstruct the origins of the mosaic, multiresistant mobile elements that have spread through pathogens in the last 60 years...
October 21, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
E Espigares, E Moreno Roldan, M Espigares, R Abreu, B Castro, A L Dib, Á Arias
The aim of this research was to study the phenotypic resistances to disinfectants and antibiotics in strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) obtained from Canary black pigs. Analyses were performed on 54 strains of MRSA, isolated in Canary black pigs from the province of Tenerife (Spain); all of them carried the mecA gene. The strains were isolated by means of nasal swab samples of healthy pigs, collected under veterinarian supervision. Bactericidal activity of antiseptics and disinfectants was tested by means of the dilution-neutralization method...
October 20, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
I Klimiene, M Virgailis, A Pavilonis, R Siugzdiniene, R Mockeliunas, M Ruzauskas
The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) isolated from dairy cows with subclinical mastitis. Antimicrobial resistance in staphylococci were evaluated by breakpoint values specific to the species (EU-CAST). The presence of resistance-encoding genes was detected by multiplex PCR. A total of 191 CNS isolates were obtained. The CNS isolates were typically resistant to penicillin (67.4%), tetracyc-line (18.9%), and erythromycin (13...
September 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Juan Manuel Belardinelli, Amira Yazidi, Liang Yang, Lucien Fabre, Wei Li, Benoit Jacques, Shiva Kumar Angala, Isabelle Rouiller, Helen I Zgurskaya, Jurgen Sygusch, Mary Jackson
The MmpL family of proteins translocates complex (glyco)lipids and siderophores across the cell envelope of mycobacteria and closely related Corynebacteriaceae and plays important roles in the biogenesis of the outer membrane of these organisms. Despite their significance in the physiology and virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and from the perspective of developing novel antituberculosis agents, little is known about their structure and mechanism of translocation. In this study, the essential mycobacterial mycolic acid transporter, MmpL3, and its orthologue in Corynebacterium glutamicum, CmpL1, were investigated as prototypical MmpL proteins to gain insight into the transmembrane topology, tertiary and quaternary structures, and functional regions of this transporter family...
October 14, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Gabriela Bergiante Kraychete, Larissa Alvarenga Batista Botelho, Eloiza Helena Campana, Renata Cristina Picão, Raquel Regina Bonelli
Plasmid-mediated qnr genes have been reported in bacteria worldwide, widely associated to other relevant determinants of resistance in multiresistance plasmids. Here, we provide an update on a previously described multiplex PCR, in order to detect all six qnr families (including qnrA, qnrS, qnrB, qnrC, qnrD and qnrVC) described until now. The proposed method makes possible the screening of these genes reducing cost and time, and may demonstrate an underestimated prevalence of the latest variants described.
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Nandini Chatterjee, Chandan Chatterjee, Sinjan Ghosh, Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Ramkrishna Brahmachari, Kartik Patar
BACKGROUND: Indiscriminate use of antibiotics in urinary tract infections have led to emergence of 'superbugs' worldwide. Periodical review of antibiograms is of utmost importance for optimum patient benefit. OBJECTIVE: To identify the spectrum of organisms responsible for urinary tract infection and evaluate the pattern of antibiotic sensitivity of the organisms. METHODS: Urine samples were collected from all consecutive patients getting admitted in the medicine indoor irrespective of symptomatology...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Lourdes Migura-Garcia, Raül Ramos, Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar
Wildlife is a natural reservoir of Salmonella and Campylobacter, the most important human foodborne pathogens worldwide. Free-living birds have the potential to transport, over large distances, such zoonotic bacteria that may harbor antimicrobial resistance traits. On the northeastern Iberian coast, we assessed the role of Yellow-legged Gulls ( Larus michahellis ) as reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella and thermophilic Campylobacter isolates recovered from gulls at three colonies, with varying degrees of dependence on refuse dumps as food sources...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Matías E Czerwonko, Pablo Huespe, Santiago Bertone, Pablo Pellegrini, Oscar Mazza, Juan Pekolj, Eduardo de Santibañes, Sung Ho Hyon, Martín de Santibañes
BACKGROUND: In times of modern surgery, transplantation and percutaneous techniques, pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) has essentially become a problem of biliary or iatrogenic origin. In the current scenario, diagnostic approach, clinical behavior and therapeutic outcomes have not been profoundly studied. This study analyzes the clinical and microbiological features, diagnostic methods, therapeutic management and predictive factors for recurrence and mortality of first episodes of PLA. METHODS: A retrospective single-center study was conducted including 142 patients admitted to the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, between 2005 and 2015 with first episodes of PLA...
October 3, 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Oscar Cirioni, Oriana Simonetti, Elisa Pierpaoli, Alessandra Barucca, Roberto Ghiselli, Fiorenza Orlando, Maria Pelloni, Maria Michela Cappelletti Trombettoni, Mario Guerrieri, Annamaria Offidani, Andrea Giacometti, Mauro Provinciali
We investigated the efficacy of colistin combined with teicoplanin or daptomycin in an experimental mouse model of multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii infection. Animal received intraperitoneally 1ml saline containing 2×10(10)CFU of A. baumannii. Colistin, daptomycin, teicoplanin, and colistin plus daptomycin or teicoplanin were given by intraperitoneal administration 2h after bacterial challenge. A control group received sodium chloride solution. In the in vitro study A. baumannii showed to be susceptible only to colistin with MIC of 2mg/l...
September 17, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Barbara Tóth, Erika Liktor-Busa, Edit Urbán, Attila Csorba, Gusztáv Jakab, Judit Hohmann, Andrea Vasas
The main objective of this project was to investigate the antibacterial activity of 19 species (Juncus acutus, J. alpinoarticulatus, J. articulatus, J. compressus, J. conglomeratus, J. effusus, J. filiformis, J. gerardii, J. inflexus, J. maritimus, J. monanthos, J. squarrosus, J. tenuis, J. trifidus, Luzula campestris, L. forsteri, L. luzuloides, L. sudetica and L. sylvatica) belonging to the family Juncaceae against methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing C. freundii, E...
October 1, 2016: Fitoterapia
Bulent Kantarcioglu, Huseyin Saffet Bekoz, Fatih Erkam Olgun, Beytullah Cakal, Burak Arkan, Halil Turkoglu, Ali Mert, Deniz Sargin
In chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), the occurrence of blastic transformation is rare. Treatment outcome is generally poor. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is the only potentially curative treatment option for advanced-phase CML. Infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) isolates are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, particularly in patients with haematological malignancies. Infection and colonization by these multiresistant bacteria may represent a challenge in SCT recipients for the management of post-transplantation complications, as well as for the eligibility to receive a transplant in patients who acquire the pathogen prior to the procedure...
October 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Vincenzo Papa, Anna Rita Blanco, Marcello Santocono
PURPOSE: To characterize the ocular flora in a consecutive group of patients having cataract surgery and to determine the antibiotic susceptibility profile of isolates to several ophthalmic antibiotics. SETTING: Hospital Di Stefano, Catania, Italy. DESIGN: Observational case series. METHODS: Conjunctival and eyelid cultures from patients were obtained 14 days before surgery and, if positive, repeated the day of the surgery...
September 2016: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Danilo Antonini Alves, Daisy Machado, Adriana Melo, Rafaella Fabiana Carneiro Pereira, Patrícia Severino, Luciana Maria de Hollanda, Daniele Ribeiro Araújo, Marcelo Lancellotti
Levofloxacin is a synthetic broad-spectrum antibacterial agent for oral or intravenous administration. Chemically, levofloxacin is the levorotatory isomer (L-isomer) of racemate ofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibacterial agent. Quinolone derivatives rapidly and specifically inhibit the synthesis of bacterial DNA. Levofloxacin has in vitro activity against a broad range of aerobic and anaerobic Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. However, formulation of combined poloxamers thermoregulated (as Pluronic® F127) and levofloxacin for use in multiresistant bacterial treatment were poorly described in the current literature...
2016: BioMed Research International
Run Fan, Dexi Li, Yang Wang, Tao He, Andrea T Feßler, Stefan Schwarz, Congming Wu
A total of 57 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates and 475 methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (MRCoNS) collected from pigs in the Guangdong province of China in 2014 were investigated for the presence of the novel oxazolidinone-phenicol resistance gene optrA The optrA gene was detected in 6.9% (n=33) of the MRCoNS, all of which were MR-Staphylococcus sciuri, but in none of the MRSA. Five optrA-carrying MR-S. sciuri also harbored the multiresistance gene cfr Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and dru typing of the 33 optrA-carrying MR-S...
September 26, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
K Schmidt, S Mwaigwisya, L C Crossman, M Doumith, D Munroe, C Pires, A M Khan, N Woodford, N J Saunders, J Wain, J O'Grady, D M Livermore
OBJECTIVES: The introduction of metagenomic sequencing to diagnostic microbiology has been hampered by slowness, cost and complexity. We explored whether MinION nanopore sequencing could accelerate diagnosis and resistance profiling, using complicated urinary tract infections as an exemplar. METHODS: Bacterial DNA was enriched from clinical urines (n = 10) and from healthy urines 'spiked' with multiresistant Escherichia coli (n = 5), then sequenced by MinION...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Caroline W H de Fijter, Lily Jakulj, Fariba Amiri, Anthe Zandvliet, Eric Franssen
With the current rise in multiresistant gram-negative bacteria, carbapenems are more frequently used. Surprisingly, limited data exist on the pharmacokinetics of meropenem in peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related peritonitis. We report on the pharmacokinetics of repeated intraperitoneal (IP) meropenem during 21 days as treatment for polymicrobial multiresistent PD-related peritonitis.Our current report supports daily doses of 125 mg/L intraperitoneal meropenem in all bags as an effective and safe modality in the treatment of PD-associated peritonitis with multiresistant microorganisms...
September 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Chiara Cattaneo, P Zappasodi, V Mancini, C Annaloro, F Pavesi, C Skert, A Ferrario, E Todisco, V Saccà, L Verga, A Passi, M Da Vià, S Ferrari, G Mometto, M Petullà, A Nosari, G Rossi
Multiresistant bacterial infections are a potentially life-threatening condition in acute leukaemia (AL) patients. We aimed to better define the very recent epidemiology and outcome of bloodstream infections (BSIs) in a real-life setting. We prospectively collected all consecutive febrile/infectious episodes occurring in AL patients admitted to 9 haematology units. In 293 AL patients, 433 BSIs were diagnosed. Gram-positive (GP) bacteria were isolated in 44.8 % BSI and Gram-negative (GN) in 38.3 %, while polymicrobial aetiology- or fungi-related events were identified in 15...
September 21, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Ana M N Botelho, Maiana O C Costa, Cristiana O Beltrame, Fabienne A Ferreira, Nicholas C B Lima, Bruno S S Costa, Guilherme L de Morais, Rangel C Souza, Luiz G P Almeida, Ana T R Vasconcelos, Marisa F Nicolás, Agnes M S Figueiredo
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is still one of the most important hospital pathogen globally. The multiresistant isolates of the ST239-SCCmecIII lineage are spread over large geographic regions, colonizing and infecting hospital patients in virtually all continents. The balance between fitness (adaptability) and virulence potential is likely to represent an important issue in the clonal shift dynamics leading the success of some specific MRSA clones over another. The accessory gene regulator (agr) is the master quorum sensing system of staphylococci playing a role in the global regulation of key virulence factors...
September 15, 2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
Vilhelm Müller, Nahid Karami, Lena K Nyberg, Christoffer Pichler, Paola C Torche Pedreschi, Saair Quaderi, Joachim Fritzsche, Tobias Ambjörnsson, Christina Åhrén, Fredrik Westerlund
Resistance to life-saving antibiotics increases rapidly worldwide, and multiresistant bacteria have become a global threat to human health. Presently, the most serious threat is the increasing spread of Enterobacteriaceae carrying genes coding for extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) and carbapenemases on highly mobile plasmids. We here demonstrate how optical DNA maps of single plasmids can be used as fingerprints to trace plasmids, for example, during resistance outbreaks. We use the assay to demonstrate a potential transmission route of an ESBL-carrying plasmid between bacterial strains/species and between patients, during a polyclonal outbreak at a neonatal ward at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Gothenburg, Sweden)...
May 13, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
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