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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453386/collateral-damage-during-antibiotic-treatment-of-c-difficile-infection-in-the-aged-host-insights-into-why-recurrent-disease-happens
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Jae Hyun Shin, Cirle A Warren
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most common causes of healthcare-associated infections but an even bigger problem for the aging population. Advanced age leads to higher incidence, higher mortality, and higher recurrences. In our study, recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, we investigated the effect of aging on CDI using a mouse model. We were able to demonstrate that aging leads to worse clinical outcomes, as well as lead to changes in microbiota composition and lower antibody production against C...
April 28, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444166/the-effect-of-a-piperacillin-tazobactam-shortage-on-antimicrobial-prescribing-and-clostridium-difficile-risk-in-88-u-s-medical-centers
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Alan E Gross, Richard S Johannes, Vikas Gupta, Ying P Tabak, Arjun Srinivasan, Susan C Bleasdale
Background: Anti-infective shortages are a pervasive problem in the U.S. The objective of this study was to identify any associations between changes in antibiotic prescribing during a piperacillin/tazobactam (PIP/TAZO) shortage and hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (HO-CDI) risk in 88 U.S medical centers. Methods: We analyzed electronically captured microbiology and antibiotic use data from a network of U.S. hospitals from July 2014 through June 2015...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441827/-colonization-rate-of-clostridium-difficile-in-healthy-children
#3
Y Wang, S Guo, C N Zhao, X W Xu
Objective: To learn the colonization of Clostridium difficile in local healthy children and to investigate the colonization rate and toxin types of Clostridium difficile at different ages. Method: From September 2014 to January 2015 in a case observational study, healthy children's fecal specimens from the health care department of Beijing Children's Hospital were collected. The children were divided into four groups according to age: <1 year old(n=53), 1-<3 years old(n=50), 3-<6 years old(n=50) and 6-<14 years old(n=50) respectively...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435086/toxigenic-clostridium-difficile-colonization-among-hospitalised-adults-risk-factors-and-impact-on-survival
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Laura Behar, David Chadwick, Angela Dunne, Christopher I Jones, Clare Procter, Chakravathi Rajkumar, Paula Sharratt, Philip Stanley, Angela Whiley, Mark Wilks, Martin J Llewelyn
OBJECTIVES: To establish risk factors for Clostridium difficile colonization among hospitalized patients in England. METHODS: Patients admitted to elderly medicine wards at three acute hospitals in England were recruited to a prospective observational study. Participants were asked to provide a stool sample as soon as possible after enrolment and then weekly during their hospital stay. Samples were cultured for C. difficile before ribotyping and toxin detection by PCR...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435010/ribotypes-associated-with-clostridium-difficile-outbreaks-in-brazil-display-distinct-surface-protein-profiles
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Thais Gonçalves Ferreira, Hercules Moura, John R Barr, Regina M C Pilotto Domingues, Eliane de Oliveira Ferreira
Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming anaerobic intestinal pathogen that causes Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile is the leading cause of toxin-mediated nosocomial antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The pathogenesis of CDI is attributed to two major virulence factors, TcdA and TcdB toxins, that cause the symptomatic infection. C. difficile also expresses a number of key proteins, including cell wall proteins (CWPs). S-layer proteins (SLPs) are CWPs that form a paracrystalline surface array that coats the surface of the bacterium...
April 20, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433497/clostridium-difficile-toxin-glucosyltransferase-domains-in-complex-with-a-non-hydrolyzable-udp-glucose-analogue
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Joseph W Alvin, D Borden Lacy
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis worldwide. The organism produces two homologous toxins, TcdA and TcdB, which enter and disrupt host cell function by glucosylating and thereby inactivating key signalling molecules within the host. As a toxin-mediated disease, there has been a significant interest in identifying small molecule inhibitors of the toxins' glucosyltransferase activities. This study was initiated as part of an effort to identify the mode of inhibition for a small molecule inhibitor of glucosyltransferase activity called apigenin...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431238/reducing-recurrence-of-c-difficile-infection
#7
Michael G Dieterle, Vincent B Young
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is facilitated by alteration of the microbiome following antibiotic administration. Antimicrobial therapy directed against the pathogen can treat CDI. Unfortunately, ∼20% of successfully treated patients will suffer recurrence. Bezlotoxumab, a human monoclonal antibody, binds to C. difficile toxin B (TcdB), reducing recurrence presumably by limiting epithelial damage and facilitating microbiome recovery.
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429164/detection-of-gastrointestinal-pathogens-in-oncology-patients-by-highly-multiplexed-molecular-panels
#8
C C Otto, L H Chen, T He, Y-W Tang, N E Babady
We compared the frequency of gastrointestinal (GI) pathogen detection in an oncology patient population by two multiplexed molecular assays, the Luminex xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP, which identifies 14 GI pathogens) and the BioFire Gastrointestinal Panel (BFGP, which identifies 22 GI pathogens). We additionally reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients tested with both panels. A total of 200 prospectively collected and 81 archived stool samples were tested by both panels. In the prospective cohort, the GPP and BFGP identified a pathogen in 33...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426451/quality-of-care-and-outcomes-among-hospitalized-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Geoffrey C Nguyen, Sanjay K Murthy, Brian Bressler, Mindy C W Lam, Ali Alali, Asmae Toumi, Jason Reinglas, Adam Rampersad, Adam V Weizman, Waqqas Afif
BACKGROUND: Half of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) require hospitalization. We sought to characterize inpatient quality indicators of care and outcomes during IBD-related hospitalizations at 4 major IBD referral centers in Canada. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients with IBD admitted from 2011 to 2013 to tertiary centers in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. We assessed the following inpatient indicators of care: pharmacological venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, Clostridium difficile testing, and medical rescue therapy for steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis (UC)...
May 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421185/changes-in-composition-of-the-gut-bacterial-microbiome-after-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-a-pediatric-heart-transplant-patient
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Kyle L Flannigan, Taylor Rajbar, Andrew Moffat, Leanna S McKenzie, Frank Dicke, Kevin Rioux, Matthew L Workentine, Thomas J Louie, Simon A Hirota, Steven C Greenway
The microbiome is increasingly recognized as an important influence on human health and many of the comorbidities that affect patients after solid organ transplantation (SOT) have been shown to involve changes in gut bacterial populations. Thus, microbiome changes in an individual patient may have important health implications after SOT but this area remains understudied. We describe changes in the composition of the fecal microbiome from a pediatric heart transplant recipient before and >2.5 years after he underwent repeated fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417271/antimicrobial-effects-of-manuka-honey-on-in-vitro-biofilm-formation-by-clostridium-difficile
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M Piotrowski, P Karpiński, H Pituch, A van Belkum, P Obuch-Woszczatyński
Clostridium difficile is the cause of the nosocomial C. difficile infection (CDI). The conventional antibiotics used in CDI therapy are often unsuccessful, and recurrent infections may occur. Biofilm formation by C. difficile is associated with chronic or recurrent infections; biofilms may contribute to virulence and impaired antimicrobial efficacy. Manuka honey, derived from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), is known to exhibit antimicrobial properties that are associated with its significant content of methylglyoxal, a natural antibiotic...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417069/clostridium-difficile-bacteremia-report-of-two-cases-in-french-hospitals-and-comprehensive-review-of-the-literature
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Mouna Doufair, Catherine Eckert, Laurence Drieux, Come Amani-Moibeni, Liliane Bodin, Michel Denis, Jean Didier Grange, Guillaume Arlet, Frédéric Barbut
We report two cases of bacteremia due to Clostridium difficile from two French hospitals. The first patient with previously diagnosed rectal carcinoma underwent courses of chemotherapy, and antimicrobial treatment, and survived the C. difficile bacteremia. The second patient with colon perforation and newly diagnosed lung cancer underwent antimicrobial treatment in an ICU but died shortly after the episode of C. difficile bacteremia. A review of the literature allowed the identification of 137 cases of bacteremia between July 1962 and November 2016...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412380/colonization-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-in-long-term-care-facilities-in-italy-a-point-prevalence-study
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Maria Giufrè, Enrico Ricchizzi, Marisa Accogli, Fabrizio Barbanti, Monica Monaco, Fernanda Pimentel de Araujo, Claudio Farina, Paolo Fazii, Romano Mattei, Mario Sarti, Agostino Barozzi, Rossella Buttazzi, Marina Cosentino, Maria Nardone, Vincenzo Savini, Patrizia Spigaglia, Annalisa Pantosti, Maria Luisa Moro, Marina Cerquetti
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine prevalence and risk factors for colonization by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in long-term care facility (LTCF) residents in Italy. Genotypes of MDRO isolates were investigated. METHODS: A point-prevalence study was conducted at 12 LTCFs located in 4 Italian cities (2 February-14 March 2015). Rectal swabs, faeces and nasal/auxiliary swabs were cultured for extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)- and/or carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae, Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), respectively...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411069/clostridium-difficile-and-cystic-fibrosis-management-strategies-and-the-role-of-faecal-transplantation
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Roisin Dunwoody, Alan Steel, J Landy, Nicholas Simmonds
Clostridium difficile is a bacterial infection that colonises the gut in susceptible hosts. It is associated with exposure to healthcare settings and antibiotic use. It could be assumed that cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are a high-risk group for C.difficile. However, despite high carriage rates, CF patients have low rates of active disease. There are guidelines for the treatment of C.difficile, however little is published specific to treating C.difficile in CF. This article provides an overview of the current management strategies for C...
March 14, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409518/colon-epithelial-injury-in-critically-ill-colectomized-patients-aberration-of-tight-junction-proteins-and-toll-like-receptors
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Seija Sipola, Tero I Ala-Kokko, Jouko J Laurila, Juha Saarnio, Pasi Ohtonen, Hannu Syrjälä, Tuomo J Karttunen
BACKGROUND: Abnormal permeability and extensive epithelial injury are characteristic of colon wall damage complicating critical illness, such as sepsis, and associated with mortality. To assess mechanisms of such colon epithelial disruption, we studied expression of markers of innate immunity and intercellular junctions in patients with critical illness. METHODS: Emergency colectomy samples from 38 intensive care unit patients with sepsis, fulminant C. difficile colitis, or colon ischemia were studied...
April 13, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404671/an-update-on-antimicrobial-resistance-in-clostridium-difficile-resistance-mechanisms-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing
#16
Zhong Peng, Dazhi Jin, Hyeun Bum Kim, Charles W Stratton, Bin Wu, Yi-Wei Tang, Xingmin Sun
Oral antibiotics such as metronidazole, vancomycin and fidaxomicin are therapies of choice for CDI. Several important mechanisms for C. difficile antibiotic resistance have been described; these include the acquisition of antibiotic resistance genes via transfer of mobile genetic elements, selective pressure in vivo resulting in gene mutations, altered expression of redox-active proteins, iron metabolism and DNA repair, as well as biofilm formation. This update summarizes new information published since 2010 on phenotypic and genotypic resistance mechanisms in C...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402634/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-bile-acid-analogues-inhibitory-to-clostridium-difficile-spore-germination
#17
Kristen L Stoltz, Raymond Erickson, Christopher Staley, Alexa R Weingarden, Erin Romens, Clifford J Steer, Alexander Khoruts, Michael J Sadowsky, Peter I Dosa
Standard antibiotic-based strategies for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infections disrupt indigenous microbiota and commonly fail to eradicate bacterial spores, two key factors that allow recurrence of infection. As an alternative approach to controlling C. difficile infection, a series of bile acid derivatives have been prepared that inhibit taurocholate-induced spore germination. These analogues have been evaluated in a highly virulent NAP1 strain using optical density and phase-contrast microscopy assays...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401147/toxinotyping-and-sequencing-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-from-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northern-india
#18
Meenakshi Singh, Chetana Vaishnavi, Safrun Mahmood, Rakesh Kochhar
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is an important cause of infectious colitis among hospitalized patients across the globe. The pathogenic potential of C. difficile in producing significant morbidity and mortality is mainly due to production of toxins A and B. The outbreaks of C. difficile infection (CDI) are due to changes in the genetic sequences of the organism. There is hardly any molecular study reported on the prevalent types of C. difficile strains in India. Toxinotyping and sequencing of locally circulating C...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401056/effect-of-metronidazole-in-infants-with-bowel-habit-change-irrelative-to-the-clostridium-difficile-colonization
#19
Eun Jin Kim, Sung Hyun Lee, Hann Tchah, Eell Ryoo
PURPOSE: Clinical symptoms associated with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) can vary widely. Carrier state without apparent symptoms is relatively common during infancy. The objective of this study was to determine the association of C. difficile colonization with bowel habit change and the effect of C. difficile colonization treatment on restoration of normal bowel habit. METHODS: Between 2006 and 2014, infants at 1 to 12 months of age with diarrhea for more than 2 weeks who did not improve with conservative care were recruited from Gachon University Gil Medical Center...
March 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400013/survival-of-clostridium-difficile-spores-at-low-water-activity
#20
Kai Deng, Prabhat K Talukdar, Mahfuzur R Sarker, Daniel Paredes-Sabja, J Antonio Torres
Clostridium difficile is frequently found in meat and meat products. Germination efficiency, defined as colony formation, was previously investigated at temperatures found in meat handling and processing for spores of strain M120 (animal isolate), R20291 (human isolate), and DK1 (beef isolate). In this study, germination efficiency of these spore strains was assessed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS, aw ∼1.00), commercial beef jerky (aw ∼0.82/0.72), and aw-adjusted PBS (aw ∼0.82/0.72). Surface hydrophobicity was followed for spores stored in PBS...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
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