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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532074/highly-effective-cu-zn-carbon-micro-nanofiber-polymer-nanocomposite-based-wound-dressing-biomaterial-against-the-p-aeruginosa-multi-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains
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Mohammad Ashfaq, Nishith Verma, Suphiya Khan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most prevalent bacteria in the infections caused by burn, surgery, and traumatic injuries. Emergence of the P. aeruginosa bacterial resistance against various clinical drugs for wound treatment is the major concern nowadays. The present study describes the synthesis of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) polymeric composite film (~0.2mm thickness) reinforced with the Cu/Zn bimetal-dispersed activated carbon micro/nanofiber (ACF/CNF), as a wound dressing material...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529027/management-of-postneurosurgical-meningitis-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Khetam Hussein, Roni Bitterman, Ben Shofty, Mical Paul, Ami Neuberger
BACKGROUND: Infections complicating neurosurgery pose unacceptable mortality and morbidity. AIMS: To summarize what is known about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of post-neurosurgical meningitis (PNM). SOURCES: PubMed, references of identified studies and reviews, and personal experience when evidence was lacking. CONTENT: The incidence and pathogen distribution of PNM is highly variable. A shift towards Gram-negative bacteria has been observed with use of antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic-coated devices directed mainly against Gram-positive bacteria...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526792/environmental-spread-of-ndm-1-producing-multi-drug-resistant-bacteria-in-dhaka-bangladesh
#3
Mohammad Aminul Islam, Moydul Islam, Rashedul Hasan, M Iqbal Hossain, Ashikun Nabi, Mahdia Rahman, Wil H F Goessens, Hubert P Endtz, Alexandria B Boehm, Shah M Faruque
Resistance to carbapenem antibiotics through the production of New Delhi Metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) constitutes an emerging challenge in the treatment of bacterial infections. To monitor possible source of spread of these organisms in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we conducted comparative analysis of waste water samples from hospital adjacent areas (HAR) and from community areas (COM) as well as public tap water samples for the occurrence and characteristics of NDM-1 producing bacteria. Of 72 HAR samples tested 51 (71%) were positive for NDM-1-producing bacteria as evidenced by phenotypic tests and the presence of blaNDM-1 gene, compared to 5 of 41 (12...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516003/mode-of-action-of-the-2-phenylquinoline-efflux-inhibitor-pqq4r-against-escherichia-coli
#4
Diana Machado, Laura Fernandes, Sofia S Costa, Rolando Cannalire, Giuseppe Manfroni, Oriana Tabarrini, Isabel Couto, Stefano Sabatini, Miguel Viveiros
Efflux pump inhibitors are of great interest since their use as adjuvants of bacterial chemotherapy can increase the intracellular concentrations of the antibiotics and assist in the battle against the rising of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this work, we have described the mode of action of the 2-phenylquinoline efflux inhibitor (4-(2-(piperazin-1-yl)ethoxy)-2-(4-propoxyphenyl) quinolone - PQQ4R), against Escherichia coli, by studding its efflux inhibitory ability, its synergistic activity in combination with antibiotics, and compared its effects with the inhibitors phenyl-arginine-β-naphthylamide (PAβN) and chlorpromazine (CPZ)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511708/enzyme-mediated-formulation-of-stable-elliptical-silver-nanoparticles-tested-against-clinical-pathogens-and-mdr-bacteria-and-development-of-antimicrobial-surgical-thread
#5
Rupak Thapa, Chintan Bhagat, Pragya Shrestha, Suvash Awal, Pravin Dudhagara
BACKGROUND: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are believed to be emerging tool against various infectious diseases including multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. In the present study, in vitro synthesis of AgNPs was optimized using 1:50 ratio of macerozyme (25 μg/μl) and 1 mM AgNO3 incubated at 80 °C for 8 h. AgNPs were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
May 16, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505372/madumycin-ii-inhibits-peptide-bond-formation-by-forcing-the-peptidyl-transferase-center-into-an-inactive-state
#6
Ilya A Osterman, Nelli F Khabibullina, Ekaterina S Komarova, Pavel Kasatsky, Victor G Kartsev, Alexey A Bogdanov, Olga A Dontsova, Andrey L Konevega, Petr V Sergiev, Yury S Polikanov
The emergence of multi-drug resistant bacteria is limiting the effectiveness of commonly used antibiotics, which spurs a renewed interest in revisiting older and poorly studied drugs. Streptogramins A is a class of protein synthesis inhibitors that target the peptidyl transferase center (PTC) on the large subunit of the ribosome. In this work, we have revealed the mode of action of the PTC inhibitor madumycin II, an alanine-containing streptogramin A antibiotic, in the context of a functional 70S ribosome containing tRNA substrates...
May 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494359/impacts-of-solids-retention-time-on-trace-organic-compound-attenuation-and-bacterial-resistance-to-trimethoprim-and-sulfamethoxazole
#7
Majid Neyestani, Eric Dickenson, Jean McLain, Eduardo Robleto, Channah Rock, Daniel Gerrity
Bacteria can grow in the presence of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole by expressing antibiotic resistance genes or by acquiring thymine or thymidine from environmental reservoirs to facilitate DNA synthesis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether activated sludge serves as a reservoir for thymine or thymidine, potentially impacting the quantification of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This study also assessed the impacts of varying solids retention time (SRT) on trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole removal during wastewater treatment and single and multi-drug resistance...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490970/antibacterial-activities-of-the-methanol-extracts-of-albizia-adianthifolia-alchornea-laxiflora-laportea-ovalifolia-and-three-other-cameroonian-plants-against-multi-drug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria
#8
Cedric F Tchinda, Igor K Voukeng, Veronique P Beng, Victor Kuete
In the last 10 years, resistance in Gram-negative bacteria has been increasing. The present study was designed to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial activities of the methanol extracts of six Cameroonian medicinal plants Albizia adianthifolia, Alchornea laxiflora, Boerhavia diffusa, Combretum hispidum, Laportea ovalifolia and Scoparia dulcis against a panel of 15 multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacterial strains. The broth microdilution was used to determine the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the extracts...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490008/an-uncommon-st1224-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolated-from-the-bloodstream-of-a-leukemia-patient-in-china
#9
Xiaoxiao Zhang, Jia Du, Cui Zhou, Jianming Cao, Hong Lu, Haiyang Liu, Wenzi Bi, Tieli Zhou
AIMS: This study aimed to analyze the clinical data and characteristics of an NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1)-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from the bloodstream of a leukemia patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was used for the clinical data of the patient. The modified Hodge test (MHT) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-disk synergy test were used for detecting metallo-β-lactamase. Antibiotic resistance was determined using the agar dilution method...
May 11, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489819/predictive-compound-accumulation-rules-yield-a-broad-spectrum-antibiotic
#10
Michelle F Richter, Bryon S Drown, Andrew P Riley, Alfredo Garcia, Tomohiro Shirai, Riley L Svec, Paul J Hergenrother
Most small molecules are unable to rapidly traverse the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria and accumulate inside these cells, making the discovery of much-needed drugs against these pathogens challenging. Current understanding of the physicochemical properties that dictate small-molecule accumulation in Gram-negative bacteria is largely based on retrospective analyses of antibacterial agents, which suggest that polarity and molecular weight are key factors. Here we assess the ability of over 180 diverse compounds to accumulate in Escherichia coli...
May 10, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484209/synergic-bactericidal-effects-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-and-silver-nanoparticles-against-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
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Karthika Prasad, G S Lekshmi, Kola Ostrikov, Vanessa Lussini, James Blinco, Mandhakini Mohandas, Krasimir Vasilev, Steven Bottle, Kateryna Bazaka, Kostya Ostrikov
Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) is a promising antibacterial material, the efficacy of which can be further enhanced by the addition of silver nanoparticles (nAg). In this study, the mechanisms of antibacterial activity of rGO-nAg nanocomposite against several important human pathogenic multi-drug resistant bacteria, namely Gram-positive coccal Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative rod-shaped Escherichia coli and Proteus mirabilis are investigated. At the same concentration (100 µg/ml), rGO-nAg nanocomposite was significantly more effective against all three pathogens than either rGO or nAg...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483816/a-pseudomonas-aeruginosa%C3%A2-tir-effector-mediates-immune-evasion-by-targeting%C3%A2-ubap1-and-tlr-adaptors
#12
Paul Rc Imbert, Arthur Louche, Jean-Baptiste Luizet, Teddy Grandjean, Sarah Bigot, Thomas E Wood, Stéphanie Gagné, Amandine Blanco, Lydia Wunderley, Laurent Terradot, Philip Woodman, Steve Garvis, Alain Filloux, Benoit Guery, Suzana P Salcedo
Bacterial pathogens often subvert the innate immune system to establish a successful infection. The direct inhibition of downstream components of innate immune pathways is particularly well documented but how bacteria interfere with receptor proximal events is far less well understood. Here, we describe a Toll/interleukin 1 receptor (TIR) domain-containing protein (PumA) of the multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA7 strain. We found that PumA is essential for virulence and inhibits NF-κB, a property transferable to non-PumA strain PA14, suggesting no additional factors are needed for PumA function...
May 8, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475585/acinetobacter-baumannii-strains-isolated-from-patients-in-intensive-care-units-in-goi%C3%A3-nia-brazil-molecular-and-drug-susceptibility-profiles
#13
Suellen Rocha Araújo Castilho, Cássia Silva de Miranda Godoy, Adriana Oliveira Guilarde, Juliana Lamaro Cardoso, Maria Cláudia Porfirio André, Ana Paula Junqueira-Kipnis, André Kipnis
Resistance to antimicrobial agents is increasing worldwide and imposes significant life-threatening risks to several different populations, especially those in intensive care units (ICUs). Bacteria can quickly develop or acquire resistance to antimicrobial drugs, and combined with their intrinsic potential to cause disease in humans, these bacteria can become deadly. Among Gram-negative bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii is notorious as a frequent opportunistic pathogen associated with critically ill patients, and understanding the genetic basis of A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475416/specific-clinical-profile-and-risk-factors-for-mortality-in-general-surgery-patients-with-infections-by-multi-drug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria
#14
Ines Rubio-Perez, Elena Martin-Perez, Diego Domingo-García, Damian Garcia-Olmo
BACKGROUND: The incidence of gram-negative multi-drug-resistant (MDR) infections is increasing worldwide. This study sought to determine the incidence, clinical profiles, risk factors, and mortality of these infections in general surgery patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All general surgery patients with a clinical infection by gram-negative MDR bacteria were studied prospectively for a period of five years (2007-2011). Clinical, surgical, and microbiologic parameters were recorded, with a focus on the identification of risk factors for MDR infection and mortality...
May 5, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470337/synergistic-activity-of-synthetic-n-terminal-peptide-of-human-lactoferrin-in-combination-with-various-antibiotics-against-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains
#15
P Morici, W Florio, C Rizzato, E Ghelardi, A Tavanti, G M Rossolini, A Lupetti
The spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae strains producing carbapenemases points to a pressing need for new antibacterial agents. To this end, the in-vitro antibacterial activity of a synthetic N-terminal peptide of human lactoferrin, further referred to as hLF1-11, was evaluated against K. pneumoniae strains harboring different carbapenemase genes (i.e. OXA-48, KPC-2, KPC-3, VIM-1), with different susceptibility to colistin and other antibiotics, alone or in combination with conventional antibiotics (gentamicin, tigecycline, rifampicin, clindamycin, and clarithromycin)...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457962/disruption-of-drug-resistant-biofilms-using-de-novo-designed-short-%C3%AE-helical-antimicrobial-peptides-with-idealized-facial-amphiphilicity
#16
Jasmeet Singh Khara, Sybil Obuobi, Ying Wang, Melissa Shea Hamilton, Brian D Robertson, Sandra M Newton, Yi Yan Yang, Paul R Langford, Pui Lai Rachel Ee
The escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance has increased pressure to develop novel therapeutic strategies to tackle drug-resistant infections. Antimicrobial peptides have emerged as a promising class of therapeutics for various systemic and topical clinical applications. In this study, the de novo design of α-helical peptides with idealized facial amphiphilicities, based on an understanding of the pertinent features of protein secondary structures, is presented. Synthetic amphiphiles composed of the backbone sequence (X1Y1Y2X2)n, where X1 and X2 are hydrophobic residues (Leu or Ile or Trp), Y1 and Y2 are cationic residues (Lys), and n is the number repeat units (2 or 2...
April 27, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454673/synthesis-of-octapeptin-c4-and-biological-profiling-against-ndm-1-and-polymyxin-resistant-bacteria
#17
Bernd Becker, Mark S Butler, Karl A Hansford, Alejandra Gallardo-Godoy, Alysha G Elliott, Johnny X Huang, David J Edwards, Mark A T Blaskovich, Matthew A Cooper
The first synthesis of octapeptin C4 was achieved using a combination of solid phase synthesis and off-resin cyclisation. Octapeptin C4 displayed antibiotic activity against multi-drug resistant, NDM-1 and polymyxin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, with moderate activity against Staphylococcus aureus. The linear analogue of octapeptin C4 was also prepared, which showed reduced activity.
June 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451184/combatting-amr-photoactivatable-ruthenium-ii-isoniazid-complex-exhibits-rapid-selective-antimycobacterial-activity
#18
Nichola A Smith, Pingyu Zhang, Simon E Greenough, Michael D Horbury, Guy J Clarkson, Daniel McFeely, Abraha Habtemariam, Luca Salassa, Vasilios G Stavros, Christopher G Dowson, Peter J Sadler
The novel photoactive ruthenium(ii) complex cis-[Ru(bpy)2(INH)2][PF6]2 (1·2PF6, INH = isoniazid) was designed to incorporate the anti-tuberculosis drug, isoniazid, that could be released from the Ru(ii) cage by photoactivation with visible light. In aqueous solution, 1 rapidly released two equivalents of isoniazid and formed the photoproduct cis-[Ru(bpy)2(H2O)2](2+) upon irradiation with 465 nm blue light. We screened for activity against bacteria containing the three major classes of cell envelope: Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis, Gram-negative Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium smegmatis in vitro using blue and multi-colored LED multi-well arrays...
January 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451037/colonisation-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-in-a-cohort-of-hiv-infected-children-in-ghana
#19
Eric Sampane-Donkor, Ebenezer Vincent Badoe, Jennifer Adoley Annan, Nicholas Nii-Trebi
Antibiotic use not only selects for resistance in pathogenic bacteria, but also in commensal flora of exposed individuals. Little is known epidemiologically about antibiotic resistance in relation to people with HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa. This study investigated the carriage of antibiotic resistant bacteria among HIV infected children at a tertiary hospital in Ghana. One hundred and eighteen HIV positive children were recruited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana and nasopharyngeal specimens were collected from them...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449040/toxin-antitoxin-systems-and-their-role-in-disseminating-and-maintaining-antimicrobial-resistance
#20
Qiu E Yang, Timothy R Walsh
Toxin-antitoxin systems (TAs) are ubiquitous among bacteria and play a crucial role in the dissemination and evolution of antibiotic resistance, such as maintaining multi-resistant plasmids and inducing persistence formation. Generally, activities of the toxins are neutralised by their conjugate antitoxins. In contrast, antitoxins are more liable to degrade under specific conditions such as stress, and free active toxins interfere with essential cellular processes including replication, translation and cell-wall synthesis...
May 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
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