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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096488/novel-superspreader-bacteriophages-promote-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transformation
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Eric C Keen, Valery V Bliskovsky, Francisco Malagon, James D Baker, Jeffrey S Prince, James S Klaus, Sankar L Adhya
: Bacteriophages infect an estimated 10(23) to 10(25) bacterial cells each second, many of which carry physiologically relevant plasmids (e.g., those encoding antibiotic resistance). However, even though phage-plasmid interactions occur on a massive scale and have potentially significant evolutionary, ecological, and biomedical implications, plasmid fate upon phage infection and lysis has not been investigated to date. Here we show that a subset of the natural lytic phage population, which we dub "superspreaders," releases substantial amounts of intact, transformable plasmid DNA upon lysis, thereby promoting horizontal gene transfer by transformation...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081169/assessment-of-a-96-well-plate-assay-of-quantitative-drug-susceptibility-testing-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-china
#2
Hui Xia, Yang Zheng, Bing Zhao, Susan van den Hof, Frank Cobelens, YanLin Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the Sensitire MYCOTB MIC Plate (MYCOTB) which could measure the twelve anti-tuberculosis drugs susceptibility on one 96-wells plate. METHODS: A total of 140 MDR-TB strains and 60 non-MDR strains were sub-cultured and 193 strains were finally tested for drug resistance using MYCOTB and agar proportion method (APM) and another 7 strains failed of subculture. The drugs included ofloxacin (Ofx), moxifloxacin (Mfx), rifampin (RFP), amikacin (Am), rifabutin (Rfb), para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS), ethionamide (Eth), isoniazid (INH), kanamycin (Km), ethambutol (EMB), streptomycin (Sm), and cycloserine(Cs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072422/the-fitness-costs-and-trade-off-shapes-associated-with-the-exclusion-of-nine-antibiotics-by-ompf-porin-channels
#3
Katherine Phan, Thomas Ferenci
The trade-off relationship between antibiotic exclusion and nutrient access across the Gram-negative outer membrane is determined by structural constraints in porin channels. The precise nutritional cost of exclusion is unknown for different antibiotics, as are the shapes of the nutrition-susceptibility trade-off. Using a library of 10 engineered isogenic Escherichia coli strains with structural modifications of OmpF porin expressed at a constant level, susceptibilities were measured for nine antibiotics and the nutritional fitness costs estimated by competitions in chemostats...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069654/reduced-chance-of-hearing-loss-associated-with-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-aminoglycosides-in-the-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
#4
R van Altena, J A Dijkstra, M E van der Meer, J F Borjas Howard, J G W Kosterink, D van Soolingen, T S van der Werf, J W C Alffenaar
Hearing loss and nephrotoxicity are associated with prolonged treatment duration and higher dosage of amikacin and kanamycin. In our Tuberculosis Center, we have employed therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) targeting pre-set pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) surrogate endpoints in an attempt to maintain efficacy while preventing (oto-)toxicity. To evaluate this strategy, we retrospectively evaluated medical charts of TB patients treated with amikacin or kanamycin in the period 2000 - 2012.Patients with culture-confirmed multi- or extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR/XDR-TB) receiving amikacin or kanamycin as part of their TB treatment for at least 3 days were eligible for inclusion in this retrospective study...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062386/rna-expression-analysis-of-efflux-pump-genes-in-clinical-isolates-of-multidrug-resistant-and-extensively-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-south-korea
#5
Tae Sang Oh, Young Jin Kim, Hee Yoon Kang, Chang-Ki Kim, Sun Young Cho, Hee Joo Lee
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is an important communicable disease. Various mechanisms of resistance to antituberculosis drugs have been reported; these are principally mutations in target genes. However, not all M. tuberculosis resistance can be explained by mutations in such genes. Other resistance mechanisms associated with drug transport, such as efflux pumps, have also been reported. In this study, we investigated the expression levels of three putative efflux pumps and mutations in target genes associated with injectable agents and fluoroquinolones with clinical MDR and XDR-TB isolates...
January 3, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054670/ultra-sensitive-detection-of-kanamycin-for-food-safety-using-a-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-fluorescent-aptasensor
#6
Na-Reum Ha, In-Pil Jung, Im-Joung La, Ho-Sup Jung, Moon-Young Yoon
Overuse of antibiotics has caused serious problems, such as appearance of super bacteria, whose accumulation in the human body through the food chain is a concern. Kanamycin is a common antibiotic used to treat diverse infections; however, residual kanamycin can cause many side effects in humans. Thus, development of an ultra-sensitive, precise, and simple detection system for residual kanamycin in food products is urgently needed for food safety. In this study, we identified kanamycin-binding aptamers via a new screening method, and truncated variants were analyzed for optimization of the minimal sequence required for target binding...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053573/antibiotic-resistance-profiling-and-phenotyping-of-aeromonas-species-isolated-from-aquatic-sources
#7
Olumide A Odeyemi, Asmat Ahmad
This study aimed to investigate antibiotics resistance pattern and phenotyping of Aeromonas species isolated from different aquatic sources in Melaka, Malaysia. A total of 53 Aeromonas species were isolated from the following sources: sediment (n = 13), bivalve (n = 10), sea cucumber (n = 16) and sea water (n = 14) and resistance to 12 antibiotics - Tetracycline (30 μg), Kanamycin (30 μg), Oxytetracycline (30 μg), Ampicillin (10 μg), Streptomycin (10 μg), Gentamicin (10 μg), Sulphamethoxazole (25 μg), Nalixidic acid (30 μg), Trimethoprim (1...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043603/individualized-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-using-therapeutic-drug-monitoring
#8
Mathieu S Bolhuis, Onno W Akkerman, Marieke G G Sturkenboom, Wiel C M de Lange, Tjip S van der Werf, Jan-Willem C Alffenaar
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Globally, approximately 50% of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) experience treatment failure. MDR-TB treatment is hindered by adverse events, toxicity of the second-line anti-TB drugs, logistics and costs, especially in low-income countries, and problems with medication adherence. Pharmacokinetic variability is also attributed as one of the reasons contributing to treatment failure. In our reference Tuberculosis Center Beatrixoord (University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands), we strive to individualize treatment of all MDR-TB patients based on drug-susceptibility testing using minimal inhibitory concentrations and pharmacokinetic parameters...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043565/drug-susceptibility-testing-of-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-avium-isolates-from-naturally-infected-domestic-pigeons-to-avian-tuberculosis
#9
Kaveh Parvandar, Mansour Mayahi, Nader Mosavari, Reza Aref Pajoohi
OBJECTIVE: Avian tuberculosis is one of the most important infections affecting most species of birds. Several mycobacterial species have been identified causing avian tuberculosis, and the organisms confirmed most frequently are Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium genavense. Any species of birds can be infected with M. avium. Generally, domesticated fowl or captive wild birds are affected more frequently than those living in the wild. M. avium can not only infect all species of birds, but can also infect some domesticated mammals to cause disease, usually with localized lesion...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043563/molecular-drug-susceptibility-testing-against-the-first-line-rifampin-and-isoniazid-and-second-line-ciprofloxacin-amikacin-and-kanamycin-treatment-in-different-subtypes-of-mycobacterium-simiae
#10
Parissa Farnia, Donya Malekshahian, Payam Tabarsi, Shima Seif, Ali Akbar Velayati
OBJECTIVE BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium simiae has been identified as the most prevalent slow growing mycobacteria that has been isolated among Iranian patients. Due to an importance of molecular approaches in the treatment of nontuberculosis mycobacteria, this study aimed to evaluate molecular drug susceptibility testing against the first-line (rifampin and isoniazid) and second-line (ciprofloxacin-amikacin and kanamycin) treatment in different subtypes of M. simiae. METHODS: The study involved all patients presenting to our referral tuberculosis center from March 2014 to August 2016, with confirmation of M...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043550/predominance-of-beijing-lineage-among-pre-extensively-drug-resistant-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-a-tertiary-care-center-experience
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Syed Beenish Rufai, Manimuthu Mani Sankar, Jitendra Singh, Sarman Singh
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Increasing resistance to various first-line and second-line drugs has become a major concern in India. However, it is not known if some genotypes are more associated with second-line drug resistance. Thus, the main aim of this study was to find out the predominant genotype associated with second-line drug resistance. METHODS: During the study, a total of 234 multidrug resistant (MDR) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, isolated between 2008 and 2015, were randomly selected and screened for pre-extensively drug-resistant (XDR) and XDR patterns using second-drug susceptibility testing with BACTEC MGIT 960...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043525/molecular-genetics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-resistant-to-aminoglycosides-and-cyclic-peptide-testing-by-mtbdrsl-in-armenia
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Hasmik Margaryan, Parissa Farnia, Armen Hayrapetyan, Alvard Mirzoyan
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The GenoType MTBDRsl test rapidly detects resistance to ethambutol, fluoroquinolones, second-line aminoglycosides (amikacin [AMK] and kanamycin [KAN]), and cyclic peptides (capreomycin [CAP]) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. According to data from Global Drug Resistance Surveillance Report (2007), Armenia is counted as a high-burden country for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The estimated burden of MDR-TB in 2012 was 9.4 (7-12) and 43 (38-49) among retreatment TB cases...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043519/increased-expression-of-efflux-pump-genes-in-extensively-drug-resistant-isolates-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Akbar Kanji, Rumina Hasan, Ying Zhang, Wanliang Shi, Kehkashan Imtiaz, Kiran Iqbal, Samreen Shafiq, Zahra Hasan
INTRODUCTION: Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is defined as tuberculosis (TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains that are multidrug resistant (MDR) and also resistant to a fluoroquinolone and to one injectable aminoglycoside or capreomycin. Whilst resistance in MTB has been associated with single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), efflux pumps are thought to play a role in conferring resistance to MTB but little is known about them. METHODS: We studied XDR MTB (n=10) strains characterized by whole genome sequencing (WGS; http://www...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039867/symbiotic-bacterial-communities-in-ants-are-modified-by-invasion-pathway-bottlenecks-and-alter-host-behavior
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Philip J Lester, Alexandra Sébastien, Andrew V Suarez, Rafael F Barbieri, Monica A M Gruber
Biological invasions are a threat to global biodiversity and provide unique opportunities to study ecological processes. Population bottlenecks are a common feature of biological invasions and the severity of these bottlenecks is likely to be compounded as an invasive species spreads from initial invasion sites to additional locations. Despite extensive work on the genetic consequences of bottlenecks, we know little about how they influence microbial communities of the invaders themselves. Due to serial bottlenecks, invasive species may lose microbial symbionts including pathogenic taxa (the enemy release hypothesis) and/or may accumulate natural enemies with increasing time after invasion (the pathogen accumulation and invasive decline hypothesis)...
December 31, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030622/effects-of-menthol-supplementation-in-feedlot-cattle-diets-on-the-fecal-prevalence-of-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli
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C C Aperce, R Amachawadi, C L Van Bibber-Krueger, T G Nagaraja, H M Scott, J Vinasco-Torre, J S Drouillard
The pool of antimicrobial resistance determinants in the environment and in the gut flora of cattle is a serious public health concern. In addition to being a source of human exposure, these bacteria can transfer antibiotic resistance determinants to pathogenic bacteria and endanger the future of antimicrobial therapy. The occurrence of antimicrobial resistance genes on mobile genetic elements, such as plasmids, facilitates spread of resistance. Recent work has shown in vitro anti-plasmid activity of menthol, a plant-based compound with the potential to be used as a feed additive to beneficially alter ruminal fermentation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018316/leveraging-the-attributes-of-mucor-hiemalis-derived-silver-nanoparticles-for-a-synergistic-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-platform
#16
Nafe Aziz, Rishikesh Pandey, Ishan Barman, Ram Prasad
Driven by the need to engineer robust surface coatings for medical devices to prevent infection and sepsis, incorporation of nanoparticles has surfaced as a promising avenue to enhance non-fouling efficacy. Microbial synthesis of such nanoscale metallic structures is of substantive interest as this can offer an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and sustainable route for further development. Here we present a Mucor hiemalis-derived fungal route for synthesis of silver nanoparticles, which display significant antimicrobial properties when tested against six pathological bacterial strains (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas brassicacearum, Aeromonas hydrophila, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, and Staphylococcus aureus) and three pathological fungal strains (Candida albicans, Fusarium oxysporum, and Aspergillus flavus)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013238/genetic-characterization-of-plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-gene-qnrs2-in-pseudoalteromonas-and-shewanella-isolates-from-seawater
#17
Jing-Yi Zhao, Shu-Mei Zhao, Xiao-Dong Mu, Zijun Xiao
Three qnrS2-containing isolates of Pseudoalteromonas and Shewanella were collected from the seawater samples of Qingdao in China during 2014. They displayed resistance to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, kanamycin, nalidixic acid and sulfamethoxazole. The qnrS2 genes were identified in the chromosomes of Pseudoalteromonas strain E8 and S16, and in a 140-kb plasmid in Shewanella strain S14, respectively. In addition, two copies of qnrS2 were identified in the strain E8. Sequence analyses revealed that there was an identical DNA segment located in the downstream of qnrS2 in strain S14 and E8, coding for a TetR transcriptional regulator, two putative integrases and a hypothetical protein...
December 23, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013021/kanamycin-detection-based-on-the-catalytic-ability-enhancement-of-gold-nanoparticles
#18
Chengke Wang, Dan Chen, Qingqing Wang, Rong Tan
In this paper, we demonstrated that kanamycin could enhance the peroxidase-like activity of citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) through two steps: the attachment of kanamycin onto AuNPs through -NH2 (on kanamycin) and -COOH (on AuNPs) interactions; and the specifically interaction between glucoside on kanamycin and AuNPs which changes the surface property of AuNPs, and produced •OH radicals and Au(3+) in the solution, and catalyzed the chromogenic reactions between 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and H2O2...
December 18, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011331/multi-drug-resistant-female-genital-tuberculosis-a-preliminary-report
#19
J B Sharma, Alka Kriplani, Eshani Sharma, Sangeeta Sharma, Sona Dharmendra, Sunesh Kumar, P Vanamail, S K Sharma
OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of 6 patients presenting with tubo-ovarian mass or infertility with multi drug resistant (MDR) female genital tuberculosis (FGTB). STUDY DESIGN: It was an observational study in a tertiary referral centre, India on subjects with MDR FGTB on clinical examination and investigations. All patients were given category IV drugs using kanamycin (intramuscular), levofloxacin, pyrazinamide, cycloserine, ethionamide and ethambutol (or para aminosalicylic acid [PAS] for ethambutol resistant cases) for 6 months intensive phase followed by oral levofloxacin, cycloserine, ethionamide and ethambutol (or PAS for ethambutol resistant cases) for 18 months continuation phase...
December 12, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999235/drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-naples-2008-2013
#20
Annalisa Del Giudice, Alessandro Mustazzolu, Angelo Iacobino, Rossella Perna, Riccardo Smeraglia, Rachele Marino, Lanfranco Fattorini, Giulia Santoro
BACKGROUND: Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is a serious threat in industrialized countries, but information from Southern Italy is lacking. Here, we present the results of a retrospective study of TB cases diagnosed in 2008-2013 in Naples, the largest city in Southern Italy. METHODS: Six hundred ninety Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains were isolated at the Ospedali dei Colli of Naples, and resistance to first-line and second-line drugs was determined. RESULTS: Multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB increased from 2008 to 2013, with 77...
October 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
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