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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808160/incremental-contributions-of-fbaa-and-other-impetigo-associated-surface-proteins-to-fitness-and-virulence-of-a-classical-group-a-streptococcal-skin-strain
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Candace N Rouchon, Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Feng Luo, Sergio Lizano, Debra E Bessen
Group A streptococci (GAS) are highly prevalent human pathogens whose primary ecological niche is the superficial epithelial layers of the throat and/or skin. Many GAS strains having a strong tendency to cause pharyngitis are distinct from strains that tend to cause impetigo; thus, genetic differences between them may confer host tissue-specific virulence. In this study, the FbaA surface protein gene is found to be present in most skin specialist strains, but largely absent from a genetically-related subset of pharyngitis isolates...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807000/necrotizing-streptococcal-myositis-of-the-upper-extremity-a-case-report
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Johannes C Reichert, Götz Habild, Paul Simon, Ulrich Nöth, Jan B Krümpelmann
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing myositis is a rare but life-threatening soft-tissue infection characterized by rapidly spreading inflammation and subsequent necrosis of the affected tissue. The myositis is often caused by toxin-producing, virulent bacteria such as group A β-hemolytic streptococcus and associated with severe systemic toxicity. It is rapidly fatal unless diagnosed promptly and treated aggressively. However, necrotizing myositis is often initially misdiagnosed as a more benign soft-tissue infection as such fulminant, invasive muscle infections are rare with no more than 30 cases reported over the last century...
August 15, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806402/multi-functional-mechanisms-of-immune-evasion-by-the-streptococcal-complement-inhibitor-c5a-peptidase
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Nicola N Lynskey, Mark Reglinski, Damien Calay, Matthew K Siggins, Justin C Mason, Marina Botto, Shiranee Sriskandan
The complement cascade is crucial for clearance and control of invading pathogens, and as such is a key target for pathogen mediated host modulation. C3 is the central molecule of the complement cascade, and plays a vital role in opsonization of bacteria and recruitment of neutrophils to the site of infection. Streptococcal species have evolved multiple mechanisms to disrupt complement-mediated innate immunity, among which ScpA (C5a peptidase), a C5a inactivating enzyme, is widely conserved. Here we demonstrate for the first time that pyogenic streptococcal species are capable of cleaving C3, and identify C3 and C3a as novel substrates for the streptococcal ScpA, which are functionally inactivated as a result of cleavage 7 amino acids upstream of the natural C3 convertase...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805176/estimating-the-risk-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcus-infection-in-care-home-residents-in-england-2009-2010
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M Saavedra-Campos, B Simone, S Balasegaram, A Wright, M Usdin, T Lamagni
Invasive group A streptococcal (iGAS) infections cause severe disease and death, especially in residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs). In order to inform iGAS prevention, we compared the risk of iGAS in LTCF residents and community residents. We identified LTCF residents among cases of iGAS from national surveillance (2009-2010) using postcode matching, and cases of hospital-acquired infections via hospital admission records. We used Poisson regression to calculate incidence rate ratios (IRR) and logistic regression to explore factors associated with case fatality rate (CFR)...
August 14, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803736/an-aggressive-and-fatal-craniofacial-group-a-streptococcus-infection-resulting-from-a-minimally-displaced-orbital-floor-fracture
#5
R M Uhrich, M Sherban, C Valdez
While sharp, penetrating trauma is often associated with group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections and subsequent necrotizing fasciitis (NF) and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), there are scant reports in the oral and maxillofacial surgery literature regarding blunt, non-penetrating trauma in association with these conditions. With a clinical course that initially appears relatively benign following blunt trauma, NF can progress swiftly through the fascial planes and may quickly become life-threatening if the oral and maxillofacial surgeon fails to recognize some of the critical pathognomonic signs...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802354/a-novel-management-of-streptococcal-pharyngotonsillar-infections-by-laser-activated-silver-nanoparticles-and-methylene-blue-conjugate-in%C3%A2-vitro-study
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Ahmed Kassab, Ola Dabous, Mona Morsy
INTRODUCTION: Species of Streptococcus are classified based on their hemolytic properties into alpha and beta types. And, since antimicrobial drug resistance is an increasingly problematic issue, the efforts to develop modalities that would overcome this obstacle and avoid antibiotic side effects is an ongoing challenge. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 20 patients from both sexes were selected. The isolated organisms were identified according to standard laboratory methods...
September 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781106/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-acute-pharyngitis-is-there-any-benefit-on-ten-day-course-of-antibiotics
#7
Catarina Oliveira Pereira, Daniela Ramos, Patrícia Mação, Gustavo Januário, Luís Januário
INTRODUCTION: In group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis a ten-day course of amoxicillin is recommended. However, short-course treatments seem to be equally effective. The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate and compare the outcome of patients treated with 7-day course and 10-day course of amoxicillin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all GAS pharyngitis admitted to a paediatric emergency department in 2014. Demographic variables, the application and results of the rapid antigenic diagnostic test (RADT), treatment, complications and return in the next 30 days were analysed...
August 3, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777783/is-a-short-course-antibiotic-treatment-effective-for-streptococcal-tonsillopharyngitis-in-children
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Camila Rojas-Ramírez, Tomás Kramer-Urrutia, Lorena Cifuentes
Acute bacterial tonsillopharyngitis in children has been classically treated with long courses of antibiotic, usually 10 days, with the intention to prevent the occurrence of complications. However, it has not been clarified whether a shortened treatment could be equally effective in fulfilling that purpose. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases. We identified five systematic reviews including 59 randomized trials overall. We extracted data, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
March 24, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769806/a-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-nanoparticle-counteracts-streptolysin-o-mediated-virulence-phenotypes-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcus
#9
Tamara Escajadillo, Joshua Olson, Brian T Luk, Liangfang Zhang, Victor Nizet
Group A Streptococcus (GAS), an important human-specific Gram-positive bacterial pathogen, is associated with a broad spectrum of disease, ranging from mild superficial infections such as pharyngitis and impetigo, to serious invasive infections including necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The GAS pore-forming streptolysin O (SLO) is a well characterized virulence factor produced by nearly all GAS clinical isolates. High level expression of SLO is epidemiologically linked to intercontinental dissemination of hypervirulent clonotypes and poor clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763075/-group-b-streptococcal-perinatal-infection-a-global-latin-american-and-mexican-overview
#10
Gerardo C Palacios-Saucedo, Talyha Itzel Hernández-Hernández, Lydia Guadalupe Rivera-Morales, Evangelina Briones-Lara, Amílcar Caballero-Trejo, José M Vázquez-Guillén, Gustavo I Amador-Patiño, Ricardo García-Cabello, Fortino Solórzano-Santos, Cristina Rodríguez-Padillacs
Group B streptococci (Streptococcus agalactiae) cause a number of infections in women during pregnancy and postpartum, such as urinary tract infection, chorioamnionitis and endometritis, consequently may affect the newborn. Group B streptococci is the most common cause of severe infections in newborns in developed countries. Studies on the epidemiology of group B streptococci infections in Latin America are still limited. This information is also unknown in Mexico, but studies carried out in the center of the country have found high rates of vaginal colonization in pregnant women and there are case series and case reports of newborns...
May 2017: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762570/streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-occurring-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy-a-case-report
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Mohamad Irani, Rodney McLaren, Richard H Savel, Oksana Bogatyryova, Fady Khoury-Collado
Group A streptococcal (GAS) toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare life-threatening illness. Most reported cases have occurred in the post-partum period. Here, we report a rare case of a primigravid who developed GAS TSS in the third trimester. We also review the potential preventive measures and treatment modalities for this syndrome. A 29-year-old primigravid presented at 36 weeks' gestation with diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and fetal bradycardia. She underwent an emergency cesarean section and was subsequently diagnosed with GAS TSS...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759625/combination-therapy-with-ampicillin-and-azithromycin-improved-outcomes-in-a-mouse-model-of-group-b-streptococcal-sepsis
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Kirtikumar Upadhyay, Basu Hiregoudar, Elizabeth Meals, Boyce Keith English, Ajay J Talati
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that β-lactam monotherapy of streptococcal infections may incite stronger inflammation and is inferior to combination therapy with macrolides. We hypothesized that use of macrolides alone or in combination with a β-lactam for group B streptococcal (GBS) sepsis would improve outcomes by reducing inflammation. METHODS: TNF-α was measured from supernatants of RAW 264.7 cells stimulated with GBS isolates, in presence of four treatment regimens: ampicillin alone, azithromycin alone, or combination of azithromycin plus ampicillin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757019/genomic-comparison-of-virulent-and-non-virulent-serotype-v-st1-streptococcus-agalactiae-in-fish
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Rui Wang, Li-Ping Li, Ting Huang, Ai-Ying Lei, Yan Huang, Fu-Guang Luo, Dong-Ying Wang, Wei-Yi Huang, Ming Chen, Jun Huang
Streptococcus agalactiae or Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the major pathogen causing pneumonia and meningitis in human, mastitis in dairy cows, and streptococcal disease in tilapia. Previous studies have shown that fish GBS strains are correlated with human GBS strains in evolution and might have cross-host infection ability. Although the invasive disease caused by ST1 GBS in non-pregnant adults and cows is increasing worldwide, infection of fish by ST1 GBS has not been reported. The aim of this study was to determine whether ST1 GBS was virulent in fish and to investigate the genomic characteristics of ST1 GBS strains with different pathogenicity in tilapia...
August 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750400/a-dopamine-hypothesis-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#14
Denis Pavăl
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social deficits and stereotyped behaviors. While several theories have emerged, the pathogenesis of ASD remains unknown. Although studies report dopamine signaling abnormalities in autistic patients, a coherent dopamine hypothesis which could link neurobiology to behavior in ASD is currently lacking. In this paper, we present such a hypothesis by proposing that autistic behavior arises from dysfunctions in the midbrain dopaminergic system...
July 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747897/identification-of-emerging-human-mastitis-pathogens-by-maldi-tof-and-assessment-of-their-antibiotic-resistance-patterns
#15
María Marín, Rebeca Arroyo, Irene Espinosa-Martos, Leónides Fernández, Juan M Rodríguez
Lactational mastitis constitutes one of the main causes of undesired weaning, depriving the mother-infant pair from the benefits of breastfeeding; therefore, this condition should be considered a relevant public health issue. The role of specific microorganisms remains unclear since human milk cultures and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) are not routinely performed, despite the fact that this would be key to ensure an early and effective diagnosis and treatment. The objective of this study was to describe the culturable microbial diversity in 647 milk samples from breastfeeding women with clinical symptoms of mastitis by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) VITEK MS technology and to analyze the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of a collection of isolates from these samples by the VITEK 2 AST system...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730858/management-of-children-with-persistent-group-a-streptococcal-carriage
#16
Maria E Zacharioudaki, Emmanouil Galanakis
Chronic GAS carrier state is best defined as the prolonged presence of group A β-haemolytic Streptococcus (GAS) in the pharynx without evidence of infection or inflammation. Chronic GAS carriers have a low risk of immune mediated complications. Persistent pharyngeal carriage often raises management issues. In this study, we review the evidence on the management of persistent GAS carriage in children and propose a management algorithm. Areas covered: Chronic GAS pharyngeal carriage is quite common affecting 10-20% of school-aged children...
July 31, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729954/clinical-streptococcal-isolates-distinct-from-streptococcus-pneumoniae-but-containing-the-%C3%AE-glucosyltransferase-tts-gene-and-expressing-serotype-37-capsular-polysaccharide
#17
Carmen L Sheppard, Georgia Kapatai, Karen Broughton, Ulf Schaefer, Matthew Hannah, David J Litt, Norman K Fry
The major virulence factor of the pneumococcus, and target for conjugate vaccines, is the polysaccharide capsule, which is usually encoded by the highly variable cps locus. Serotype 37 is an unusual pneumococcal type in which the single β-glucosyltransferase gene responsible for serotype capsule production (tts) is located outside of the capsular operon region. Using a previously described automated whole genome sequence (WGS)-based serotyping bioinformatics tool, PneumoCaT, we identified and investigated seven clinical isolates (three from blood cultures) of non-pneumococcal streptococci containing a highly homologous tts and included them in a study panel of 20 isolates which included a 11 further clinical isolates of S...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729683/a-positive-feedback-loop-mediated-by-sigma-x-enhances-expression-of-the-streptococcal-regulator-comr
#18
Rabia Khan, Roger Junges, Heidi A Åmdal, Tsute Chen, Donald A Morrison, Fernanda C Petersen
Natural transformation is used by bacteria to take up DNA from their surroundings and incorporate it into their genomes. Streptococci do so during a transient period of competence, triggered by pheromones that they produce, secrete and sense under conditions influenced by the environment. In Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus suis, and species of the bovis, salivarius and pyogenic groups of streptococci, the pheromone XIP is sensed by the intra-cellular regulator ComR, that in turn activates the transcription of comS, encoding the XIP precursor, and of sigX, encoding the only known alternative sigma factor in streptococci...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727895/how-to-become-a-killer-or-is-it-all-accidental-virulence-strategies-in-oral-streptococci
#19
Izabela Sitkiewicz
Streptococci are a diverse group of gram positive microorganisms sharing common virulence traits and similar strategies to escape the oral niche and establish an infection in other parts of the host organism. Invasive infection with oral streptococci is "a perfect storm" that requires the concerted action of multiple biotic and abiotic factors. Our understanding of streptococcal pathogenicity and infectivity should probably be less mechanistic and driven not only by the identification of novel virulence factors...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725564/post-partum-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-associated-with-necrotizing-fasciitis
#20
Wei Chuan Chua, Mohd Zulfakar Mazlan, Saedah Ali, Sanihah Che Omar, Wan Mohd Nazaruddin Wan Hassan, S Praveena Seevaunnantum, Rhendra Hardy Mohd Zaini, Mohd Hasyizan Hassan, Alwi Muhd Besari, Zaidah Abd Rahman, Zeti Norfidiyati Salmuna Ayub, Sabrina Abd Ghani, Normalinda Yaacob, Wan Rosilawati Wan Rosli
We report a fatal case of post-partum streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in a patient who was previously healthy and had presented to the emergency department with an extensive blistering ecchymotic lesions over her right buttock and thigh associated with severe pain. The pregnancy had been uncomplicated, and the mode of delivery had been spontaneous vaginal delivery with an episiotomy. She was found to have septicemic shock requiring high inotropic support. Subsequently, she was treated for necrotizing fasciitis, complicated by septicemic shock and multiple organ failures...
2017: IDCases
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