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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933401/improvement-of-abnormal-vaginal-flora-in-ugandan-women-by-self-testing-and-short-use-of-intravaginal-antimicrobials
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G Donders, G Bellen, F Donders, J Pinget, I Vandevelde, T Michiels, J Byamughisa
The vaginal composition of African women is more often lactobacillus-deficient compared to that of women from other areas around the world. Lactobacillus-deficient microflora is a known risk factor for serious health problems, such as preterm birth, cervix cancer, and entrapment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The aim of this study was to assess the effect of local vaginal antibiotic or antiseptic treatment on abnormal vaginal flora (AVF), aerobic vaginitis (AV), and bacterial vaginosis (BV) among women in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas in Uganda, as compared to placebo...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933141/emergence-of-serotype-k1-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st23-strains-co-producing-the-plasmid-mediated-ampc-beta-lactamase-dha-1-and-an-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-in-korea
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Hae Suk Cheong, Doo Ryeon Chung, Chaeyoeng Lee, So Hyun Kim, Cheol-In Kang, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae-Hoon Song
BACKGROUND: Serotype K1 Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as an important community pathogen causing various infections, including liver abscesses. Although serotype K1 K. pneumoniae community isolates have been reported as susceptible to most classes of antimicrobial agents, a few cases of infection caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing serotype K1 K. pneumoniae have recently been reported in Asian countries. We identified three ESBL-producing strains of serotype K1 K...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933043/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-flavobacterium-psychrophilum-from-chilean-salmon-farms-and-their-epidemiological-cut-off-values-using-agar-dilution-and-disk-diffusion-methods
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Claudio D Miranda, Peter Smith, Rodrigo Rojas, Sergio Contreras-Lynch, J M Alonso Vega
Flavobacterium psychrophilum is the most important bacterial pathogen for freshwater farmed salmonids in Chile. The aims of this study were to determine the susceptibility to antimicrobials used in fish farming of Chilean isolates and to calculate their epidemiological cut-off (COWT) values. A number of 125 Chilean isolates of F. psychrophilum were isolated from reared salmonids presenting clinical symptoms indicative of flavobacteriosis and their identities were confirmed by 16S rRNA polymerase chain reaction...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932939/plant-defense-and-herbivore-counter-defense-benzoxazinoids-and-insect-herbivores
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REVIEW
Felipe C Wouters, Blair Blanchette, Jonathan Gershenzon, Daniel G Vassão
Benzoxazinoids are a class of indole-derived plant chemical defenses comprising compounds with a 2-hydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one skeleton and their derivatives. These phytochemicals are widespread in grasses, including important cereal crops such as maize, wheat and rye, as well as a few dicot species, and display a wide range of antifeedant, insecticidal, antimicrobial, and allelopathic activities. Although their overall effects against insect herbivores are frequently reported, much less is known about how their modes of action specifically influence insect physiology...
2016: Phytochemistry Reviews: Proceedings of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932936/riboflavin-along-with-antibiotics-balances-reactive-oxygen-species-and-inflammatory-cytokines-and-controls-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-by-boosting-murine-macrophage-function-and-regulates-inflammation
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Somrita Dey, Biswadev Bishayi
BACKGROUND: Macrophages serve as intracellular reservoirs of S. aureus. Recent in vitro studies have confirmed high level resistance by S. aureus to macrophage mediated killing and the intracellular persistence of Staphylococci may play an important role in the pathogenesis. Since this localization protects them from both cell-mediated and humoral immune responses, therefore, a successful anti-staphylococcal therapy should include the elimination of intracellular bacteria, further protecting the host cells from staphylococci-induced cell death...
2016: Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932160/successful-short-term-intravenous-treatment-of-disseminated-nocardia-farcinica-infection-with-severe-hyponatremia-after-kidney-transplantation-a-case-report
#6
A L Herzog, C Wanner, K Lopau
BACKGROUND: Nocardia is a genus of gram-positive Actinomycetes that are ubiquitous in decaying organic material, soil, and water. Some Nocardia species can infect humans, mainly by airborne transmission. Several reports describe disseminated infections, which are rare and mostly affect strongly immunocompromised patients because intact T-cell-mediated immunity is the major protective mechanism. CASE REPORT: We report a case of disseminated pulmonary, cerebral, and cutaneous infection with Nocardia farcinica in a 66-year-old kidney transplant recipient treated with low-dose triple immunosuppression...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932085/development-of-a-sensitive-and-false-positive-free-pma-qpcr-viability-assay-to-quantify-vbnc-escherichia-coli-and-evaluate-disinfection-performance-in-wastewater-effluent
#7
Richard Kibbee, Banu Örmeci
The detection and quantification of viable Escherichia coli cells in wastewater treatment plant effluent is very important as it is the main disinfection efficacy parameter for assessing its public health risk and environmental impact. The aim of this study was to develop a sensitive and false-positive free propidium monoazide-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PMA-qPCR) assay to quantify the viable but non-culturable (VBNC) E. coli present in secondary wastewater effluent after chlorine disinfection. The qPCR target was the E...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932084/a-novel-method-for-the-rapid-detection-of-microbes-in-blood-using-pleurocidin-antimicrobial-peptide-functionalized-piezoelectric-sensor
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Xiaohong Shi, Xiaoqing Zhang, Qiongqiong Yao, Fengjiao He
The rapid detection of microbes is critical in clinical diagnosis and food safety. Culture-dependent assays are the most widely used microbial detection methods, but these assays are time-consuming. In this study, a rapid microbial detection method was proposed using a pleurocidin/single-walled carbon nanotubes/interdigital electrode-multichannel series piezoelectric quartz crystal (pleurocidin/SWCNT/IDE-MSPQC) sensor. The selected pleurocidin antimicrobial peptide served as a recognition probe that exhibits broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and the SWCNT acted as the electronic transducer and cross-linker for the immobilization of pleurocidin on the IDE...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931875/efficacy-of-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-disinfection-of-acrylic-denture-surfaces-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sergio Varela Kellesarian, Tariq Abduljabbar, Fahim Vohra, Hans Malmstrom, Michael Yunker, Tammy Varela Kellesarian, Georgios E Romanos, Fawad Javed
BACKGROUND: the aim of the present systematic review was to assess the efficacy of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) in the disinfection of acrylic denture surfaces. METHODS: in order to address the focused question: "Is aPDT more effective in decontaminating denture surfaces compared with traditional denture-disinfection techniques?" an electronic search without time or language restrictions was conducted up to November 2016 in indexed databases using different key words...
December 5, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931683/in-silico-pass-analysis-and-determination-of-antimycobacterial-antifungal-and-antioxidant-efficacies-of-maslinic-acid-in-an-extract-rich-in-pentacyclic-triterpenoids
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Prasad G Jamkhande, Shahbaz K Pathan, Shailesh J Wadher
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Microbial infections such as tuberculosis is a major cause of mortality worldwide. Plant-derived phytochemicals have a long history of providing much-needed novel therapeutics. Triterpenoids are among the prominent phytochemicals that possess numerous biological activities. Among them is maslinic acid (MA), a biologically active olean-type pentacyclic triterpenoid. In search of a novel antimicrobial agent, we aimed to evaluate the antimicrobial potential of MA. METHODS: Antibacterial and antifungal activity was evaluated through the agar well diffusion method...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931396/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-environment
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Maggie R Williams, Robert D Stedtfeld, Xueping Guo, Syed A Hashsham
This review summarizes important publications from 2015 pertaining to the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment. Emphasis is placed on sources of antibiotic resistance in the aquatic environment including wastewater treatment plants, hospitals, and agriculture, treatment and mitigation techniques, and surveillance and analysis methodologies for characterizing abundance data. As such, this review is organized into the following sections: i) occurrence of AMR in the environment, including surface waters, aquaculture, and wastewater ii) treatment technologies, and iii) technologies for rapid surveillance of AMR, iv) transmission between matrices, v) databases and analysis methods, and vi) gaps in AMR understanding...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931333/implication-of-vitamin-d-associated-factors-in-patients-with-non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-lung-disease
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S-Y Kim, B Chang, B-H Jeong, H Y Park, K Jeon, S J Shin, W-J Koh
BACKGROUND: Little information is available regarding vitamin D-associated factors in patients with non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease. OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between vitamin D-related factors and susceptibility to NTM lung disease. DESIGN: The relative gene expression levels of cathelicidin (CAMP), defensin (DEFB4), vitamin D receptor (VDR) and 1-hydroxylase (CYP27B1), as well as the serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D), cathelicidin (LL-37), defensin (hBD-2) and vitamin D-binding protein (DBP) from 82 patients with NTM lung disease and 28 control subjects were analysed...
December 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931178/chemical-composition-and-cytotoxic-properties-of-clinacanthus-nutans-root-extracts
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Peik Lin Teoh, Angelina Ying Fang Cheng, Monica Liau, Fui Fui Lem, Grace P Kaling, Fern Nie Chua, Bo Eng Cheong
CONTEXT: Clinacanthus nutans Lindau (Acanthaceae) is a medicinal plant that has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial and antivenom activities. In Malaysia, it has been widely claimed to be effective in various cancer treatments but scientific evidence is lacking. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the chemical constituents, anti-proliferative, and apoptotic properties of C. nutans root extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The roots were subjected to solvent extraction using methanol and ethyl acetate...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931094/human-lysozyme-peptidase-resistance-is-perturbed-by-the-anionic-glycolipid-biosurfactant-rhamnolipid-produced-by-the-opportunistic-pathogen-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Kell K Andersen, Brian Stougaard Vad, Carsten Scavenius, Jan Johannes Enghild, Daniel Erik Otzen
Infection by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is accompanied by the secretion of virulence factors such as the secondary metabolite rhamnolipid (RL) as well as an array of bacterial enzymes, including the protease elastase. The human immune system tries to counter this via defensive proteins such as human lysozyme (HLZ). HLZ targets the bacterial cell wall but may also have other antimicrobial activities. The enzyme contains four disulfide bonds and shows high thermodynamic stability and resistance to proteolytic attack...
December 8, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931091/evaluation-of-altered-drug-pharmacokinetics-in-critically-ill-adults-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#15
Michael A Ha, Adam C Sieg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life-support modality used in patients with refractory cardiac and/or respiratory failure. A significant resurgence in the use ECMO has been seen in recent years due to substantial improvements in technology and survival benefit. With expanding ECMO use, a better understanding of how ECMO affects drug pharmacokinetics (PK) is necessary. The vast majority of PK studies in patients receiving ECMO have been conducted within neonatal or pediatric populations or within a controlled environment (e...
December 8, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930975/adaptogenic-herb-ginseng-panax-as-medical-food-status-quo-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Seema Patel, Abdur Rauf
Ginseng, an herbaceous plant, belonging to the family Araliaceae is a traditional medicinal herb. Also, it is emerging as a functional food and potent adjunct medicine. Saponin ginsenosides (protopanaxadiol and protopanaxatriol) are the signature phytochemicals of this plant. With the surfacing of scientific validations, ginseng is gaining unprecedented attention from consumers as well as researchers. As a number of drug-herb interaction-caused health issues have emerged, the medicinal relevance of this plant has been critically assessed here...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930849/searching-for-a-potential-antibacterial-lead-structure-against-bacterial-biofilms-among-new-naphthoquinone-compounds
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Caroline S Moreira, Ana Carolina J A Silva, Juliana S Novais, Agnes Marie Sá Figueiredo, Vítor F Ferreira, David R da Rocha, Helena C Castro
AIMS: The aims of this study were design, synthesis and the evaluation of 2-hydroxy-3-phenylsulfanylmethyl-[1,4]-naphthoquinones against gram-negative and Gram-positive strains, including MRSA and its biofilm, to probe for potential lead structures METHODS AND RESULTS: Thus, 36 new analogs were prepared with good yields using a simple, fast, operational three-procedure reaction and a thiol addition to an ο-quinone methide using microwave irradiation. All compounds were tested against Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Proteus mirabilis ATCC 15290, Serratia marcescens ATCC 14756, Klebsiella pneumoniae ATCC 4352, Enterobacter cloacae ATCC 23355, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, S...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930817/assessment-of-virulence-factors-antibiotic-resistance-and-amino-decarboxylase-activity-in-enterococcus-faecium-mxvk29-isolated-from-mexican-chorizo
#18
Yenizey M Alvarez-Cisneros, Francisco J Fernández, Teresita Del Rosario Sáinz Espuñes, Edith Ponce-Alquicira
Enterococcus faecium MXVK29 has the ability to produce an antimicrobial compound that belongs to Class IIa of the Klaenhammer classification, and could be used as part of a biopreservation technology through direct inoculation of the strain as a starter or protective culture. However, Enterococcus is considered an opportunistic pathogen, so the purpose of this work was to study the food safety determinants of Enterococcus faecium MXVK29. The strain was sensitive to all of the antibiotics tested (penicillin, tetracycline, vancomycin, erythromycin, chloramphenicol, gentamicin, neomycin, kanamycin and netilmicin) and did not demonstrate histamine, cadaverine, or putrescine formation...
December 8, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930540/invasive-bacterial-infections-in-gambians-with-sickle-cell-anemia-in-an-era-of-widespread-pneumococcal-and-hemophilus-influenzae-type-b-vaccination
#19
Germander Soothill, Saffiatou Darboe, Gibril Bah, Lawal Bolarinde, Aubrey Cunnington, Suzanne T Anderson
There is relatively little data on the etiology of bacterial infections in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) in West Africa, and no data from countries that have implemented conjugate vaccines against both Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).We conducted a retrospective analysis of SCA patients admitted to the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia, during a 5-year period when there was high coverage of Hib and Pneumococcal conjugate vaccination. We evaluated 161 admissions of 126 patients between April 2010 and April 2015...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930281/patients-with-risk-factors-for-complications-do-not-require-longer-antimicrobial-therapy-for-complicated-intra-abdominal-infection
#20
Rishi Rattan, Casey J Allen, Robert G Sawyer, John Mazuski, Therese M Duane, Reza Askari, Kaysie L Banton, Jeffrey A Claridge, Raul Coimbra, Joseph Cuschieri, E Patchen Dellinger, Heather L Evans, Christopher A Guidry, Preston R Miller, Patrick J ONeill, Ori D Rotstein, Michaela A West, Kimberley Popovsky, Nicholas Namias
A prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial found that four days of antibiotics for source-controlled complicated intra-abdominal infection resulted in similar outcomes when compared with a longer duration. We hypothesized that patients with specific risk factors for complications also had similar outcomes. Short-course patients with obesity, diabetes, or Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II 15 from the STOP-IT trial were compared with longer duration patients. Outcomes included incidence of and days to infectious complications, mortality, and length of stay...
September 2016: American Surgeon
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