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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924140/linoleic-and-palmitoleic-acid-block-streptokinase-mediated-plasminogen-activation-and-reduce-severity-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcal-infection
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Katharina Rox, Rolf Jansen, Torsten G Loof, Christine M Gillen, Steffen Bernecker, Mark J Walker, Gursharan Singh Chhatwal, Rolf Müller
In contrast to mild infections of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) invasive infections of GAS still pose a serious health hazard: GAS disseminates from sterile sites into the blood stream or deep tissues and causes sepsis or necrotizing fasciitis. In this case antibiotics do not provide an effective cure as the bacteria are capable to hide from them very quickly. Therefore, new remedies are urgently needed. Starting from a myxobacterial natural products screening campaign, we identified two fatty acids isolated from myxobacteria, linoleic and palmitoleic acid, specifically blocking streptokinase-mediated activation of plasminogen and thereby preventing streptococci from hijacking the host's plasminogen/plasmin system...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923955/leaderless-secreted-peptide-signaling-molecule-alters-global-gene-expression-and-increases-virulence-of-a-human-bacterial-pathogen
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Hackwon Do, Nishanth Makthal, Arica R VanderWal, Mandy Rettel, Mikhail M Savitski, Nikolai Peschek, Kai Papenfort, Randall J Olsen, James M Musser, Muthiah Kumaraswami
Successful pathogens use complex signaling mechanisms to monitor their environment and reprogram global gene expression during specific stages of infection. Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a major human pathogen that causes significant disease burden worldwide. A secreted cysteine protease known as streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin B (SpeB) is a key virulence factor that is produced abundantly during infection and is critical for GAS pathogenesis. Although identified nearly a century ago, the molecular basis for growth phase control of speB gene expression remains unknown...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917068/group-a-streptococcal-bacteraemia-experience-at-king-fahad-medical-city-in-riyadh-saudi-arabia
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Fawzyh J Al-Khadidi, Mohammed A AlSheheri, Tariq S AlFawaz, Mushira A Enani, Abdulaziz A AlAqeel, Dayel A AlShahrani
To identify clinical presentation, predisposing factors, and the outcome in patients with Group A Streptococcal bacteremia. Methods: This is a retrospective study of 33 pediatric and adult patients with Streptococcus pyogenes bacteremia, admitted at King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2015. Results: Thirty-three patient records, documenting bacteremia with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus, were reviewed. Approximately 51.5% were pediatric and 48.5% were adult patients, with a male to female ratio of 2:1...
October 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895764/group-a-streptococcal-brain-abscess-in-children-two-case-reports-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Guy Hazan, Eyal Kristal, Michael Gideon, Vadim Tzudikov, Yuval Cavari, Yariv Fruchtman, Shalom Ben-Shimol, Eugene Leibovitz, Isaac Lazar, Rimma Melamed
Brain abscesses caused by group A Streptococcus (GAS) are infrequently encountered in children. We present two cases of brain abscess (one cerebellar and one located in the temporal lobe) due to GAS infection occurring in close temporal proximity in previously healthy young children living in different geographic areas of southern Israel. The relevant literature since 2000, in the context of recent epidemiological data reporting an increase in the incidence of invasive GAS infections, is reviewed.
September 12, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882582/group-b-streptococcal-infection-in-neonates-and-colonization-in-pregnant-women-an-epidemiological-retrospective-analysis
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Ching-Yi Cho, Yi-Hsuan Tang, Yu-Hsuan Chen, Szu-Yao Wang, Yi-Hsin Yang, Ting-Hao Wang, Chang-Ching Yeh, Keh-Gong Wu, Mei-Jy Jeng
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection is one of the major causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Universal GBS screening with intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) in pregnant women were initiated in 2012 in Taiwan. This study aimed to analyze the most recent maternal GBS colonization rate and the changes in neonatal GBS infection rate from 2011 to 2016. METHODS: All pregnant women and their live born neonates between January 2011 and June 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881007/delayed-antibiotic-prescriptions-for-respiratory-infections
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Geoffrey Kp Spurling, Chris B Del Mar, Liz Dooley, Ruth Foxlee, Rebecca Farley
BACKGROUND: Concerns exist regarding antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) owing to adverse reactions, cost, and antibacterial resistance. One proposed strategy to reduce antibiotic prescribing is to provide prescriptions, but to advise delay in antibiotic use with the expectation that symptoms will resolve first. This is an update of a Cochrane Review originally published in 2007, and updated in 2010 and 2013. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects on clinical outcomes, antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance, and patient satisfaction of advising a delayed prescription of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections...
September 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832916/reduced-incidence-of-neonatal-early-onset-group-b-streptococcal-infection-after-promulgation-of-guidelines-for-risk-based-intrapartum-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-sweden-analysis-of-a-national-population-based-cohort
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Stellan Håkansson, Maria Lilja, Bo Jacobsson, Karin Källén
INTRODUCTION: To investigate the incidence of neonatal early-onset group B streptococcal (GBS) infection in Sweden after promulgation of guidelines (2008) for risk factor-based intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis, and evaluate the presence of risk factors and obstetric management in mothers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: National registers were searched for infants with early-onset GBS infection during 2006-2011. Medical records of cases and case mothers were abstracted...
August 19, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832676/genome-wide-discovery-of-novel-m1t1-group-a-streptococcal-determinants-important-for-fitness-and-virulence-during-soft-tissue-infection
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Yoann Le Breton, Ashton T Belew, Jeffrey A Freiberg, Ganesh S Sundar, Emrul Islam, Joshua Lieberman, Mark E Shirtliff, Hervé Tettelin, Najib M El-Sayed, Kevin S McIver
The Group A Streptococcus remains a significant human pathogen causing a wide array of disease ranging from self-limiting to life-threatening invasive infections. Epithelium (skin or throat) colonization with progression to the subepithelial tissues is the common step in all GAS infections. Here, we used transposon-sequencing (Tn-seq) to define the GAS 5448 genetic requirements for in vivo fitness in subepithelial tissue. A near-saturation transposon library of the M1T1 GAS 5448 strain was injected subcutaneously into mice, producing suppurative inflammation at 24 h that progressed to prominent abscesses with tissue necrosis at 48 h...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830075/streptococcal-heme-binding-protein-shp-promotes-virulence-and-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-group-a-streptococcus-infection
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Xiaolan Zhang, Chunmei Lu, Fengmin Zhang, Yingli Song, Minghui Cai, Hui Zhu
Streptococcal heme binding protein (Shp) is involved in the process of heme acquisition in group A Streptococcus (GAS). However, no research thus far has examined the contribution of Shp to the virulence of GAS. To this end, we generated an isogenic strain lacking the shp gene (Δshp) and its complemented strain (Δshp-c) using the parent strain MGAS5005 (WT). Deletion of shp increased survival rates and neutrophil recruitment and reduced skin lesion sizes and GAS loads in the blood and the liver, lung, kidney and spleen in subcutaneous infections of mice...
September 29, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814443/antibiotic-use-by-pediatric-residents-identifying-opportunities-and-strategies-for-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Prateek J Shukla, Maria Behnam-Terneus, Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, Geovanny F Perez
OBJECTIVES: To determine the antibiotic prescribing practices of pediatric residents and assess how they acquire knowledge leading to prescribing behaviors. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional electronic survey of all pediatric residents at the Children's National Medical Center and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, assessing antibiotic prescribing patterns for common pediatric infections, use of antibiograms, and factors influencing antibiotic choice. RESULTS: Eighty-five surveys (45%) were returned complete and included in the analysis...
August 16, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
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
#15
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
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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
#18
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
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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
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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
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