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Bernadette U Ukah, Ogbonnaya Igwe, Peter Ameh
In Ajao Estate, it is believed that poor quality of its groundwater is unconnected to the dislodging of wastewater into the environment by food- and wine-producing industries operating in the area. To ascertain this claim, the impact of this wastewater on microbiological and physicochemical quality of the groundwater was evaluated. Microbiological result of water samples revealed decrease in Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium spp., Escherichia coli, etc. count from the industrial wastewater dislodging point...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Feng Su, Xin Chen, Xin Liu, Guanghui Liu, Yong Zhang
Bovine tuberculosis is a disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) that leads to great economic losses in cattle production. The discovery of a reasonable bioagent to reduce M. bovis infection risk and environment contamination becomes significant and urgent. Previous study reported that human β-defensin-3 (HBD3) participated in Mycobacterial immunity and was recognized as a suitable candidate reagent. However, its minimal inhibitory concentration to M. bovis is not yet reported. In this study, we first purified HBD3 protein by recombinant-DNA technology and prokaryotic expression system...
March 20, 2018: AMB Express
K Clesham, P Ryan, C Murphy
Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a devastating complication of arthroplasty. Numerous protocols reduce potential risk for PJI peri-operatively, but none exist for the management of theatre shoes. Our aim was to assess for bacteria known to cause prosthetic infection on theatre shoes. Forty theatre shoes were analysed; there were coagulase-negative staphylococci on 65% (N = 25), meticillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus on 40% (N = 16), and meticillin-resistant S. aureus on 25% (N = 10). Amount of blood spatter correlated poorly with microbial contamination...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Ersilia Alexa, Corina Danciu, Isidora Radulov, Diana Obistioiu, Renata Maria Sumalan, Adriana Morar, Cristina Adriana Dehelean
The present study aimed to investigate the phytochemical composition of Mentha  ×  piperita L. (MP) and Lavandula angustifolia Mill. (LA) extracts in terms of hydroxycinnamic acid (HCAs) content, in particular, caffeic (CA), p-cumaric (CU), ferulic (FE), and rosmarinic (RS) acids using LC-MS. Also, the in vitro antimicrobial effect against Staphylococcus aureus and the antiproliferative activity against two cancerous cell lines (A375 and MDA-MB-231) using the MTT assay were tested. The extracts were prepared using aromatic water which resulted from the extraction of oils from plants as extraction medium, with/without acid...
2018: Analytical Cellular Pathology (Amsterdam)
Badrul Haidar, Mahbuba Ferdous, Babry Fatema, Ahlan Sabah Ferdous, Mohammad Riazul Islam, Haseena Khan
Endophytes are bacterial or fungal organisms associated with plants in an obligate or facultative manner. In order to maintain a stable symbiosis, many of the endophytes produce compounds that promote plant growth and help them adapt better to the environment. This study was conducted to explore the potential of jute bacterial endophytes for their growth promotion ability in direct and indirect ways. A total of 27 different bacterial species were identified from different varieties of a jute plant (Corchorus olitorius) and different parts of the plant (leaf, root, seed, and seedling) based on 16S rRNA gene sequence...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
J Chen, J N Tang, K L Hu, Y Y Zhao, C Tang
In our previous research, 3-methyl-butanal and 3-methyl-butanoic acid were identified as representative and specific volatile organic compounds released by Staphylococcus aureus in broth. In this study, we explored the production of the 2 volatiles and their correlation to Staph. aureus growth in milk under different conditions. We found significant correlations between the production of 3-methyl-butanoic acid and cell counts of 5 Staph. aureus strains in sterile milk, and there were no obvious differences for its production among 5 tested strains...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Hassan Al Moussawi, Michael Krzyzak, Zainab Awada, Jean M Chalhoub
A brain abscess is defined as a focal intracerebral infection consisting of an encapsulated collection of pus, which can be a life-threatening complication of infections, trauma, or surgery. While immunocompromised patients can have a wide array of causative organisms, bacterial species represent the most common etiology in immunocompetent individuals. The incidence of brain abscesses ranges from 0.4 to 0.9 per 100,000, with a high predisposition among immunocompromised patients and in those with disruption of the blood-brain barrier...
January 13, 2018: Curēus
Hannah Y P Phoon, Hazilawati Hussin, Baizurah Mohd Hussain, Shu Yong Lim, Jia Jie Woon, Yi Xian Er, Kwai Lin Thong
OBJECTIVES: Hospital environments are potential reservoirs of bacteria associated with nosocomial infections. Here, we determined the distribution of cultivable environmental bacteria of clinical importance from a Malaysian tertiary hospital and to investigate their resistotypes and genotypes. METHODS: Swab and fluid samples (n=358) from healthcare workers' hands, frequently touched surfaces, medical equipment, patients' immediate surroundings, ward sinks and toilets and solutions or fluids of 12 selected wards were collected...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Esther Solomon Mshelia, Lawan Adamu, Yakaka Wakil, Usman Aliyu Turaki, Isa Adamu Gulani, Jasini Musa
The equine gut harbours complex microbial populations which influence physiology, metabolism, nutrition and immune functions, while disruption to the gut microbiota has been linked with conditions such as lameness, diabetes and obesity. Therefore, the present study was conducted to determine the association between microbial dysbiosis, sex, age and body condition scores (BCS) of horses (Equus equus caballus) in Maiduguri and its environs. Forty horses were assessed by convenient sampling, while faecal samples were collected and analyzed to determine the microbiomes in the various age groups with variable BSC in stallions and mares...
March 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Chia-Ying Liu, Chih-Cheng Lai, Hsiu-Tzy Chiang, Min-Chi Lu, Ling-Fang Wang, Tsai-Ling Tsai, Mei-Yu Kang, Yi-Ni Jan, Yi-Ting Lo, Wen-Chien Ko, Shu-Hui Tseng, Chun-Ming Lee, Po-Ren Hsueh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: This study investigated the distribution and persistence of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) in six long-term care facilities (LTCFs). METHODS: We investigated the distribution of MDROs in residents of six LTCFs and their environments from January to December 2016 (intervention period)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Ahmed Siddiqi, Nicole E George, Peter B White, Bartlomiej W Szczech, John V Thompson, Jennifer I Etcheson, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Alexander T Caughran, Ronald E Delanois, James Nace
INTRODUCTION: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) following primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a challenging complication for surgeons and patients alike. Although two-stage revision arthroplasty remains the gold standard PJI management in the United States, one-stage revision has had success in many parts of Europe. The aim of this study was to retrospectively review: 1) ultimate treatment success; 2) necessary antibiotic duration; 3) change in knee range of motion (ROM); and 4) final Knee Society Scores (KSS) in a case series of patients managed with retention of articulating antibiotic spacers following PJI...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Mary K Phillips-Jones, Stephen E Harding
In this review, we discuss mechanisms of resistance identified in bacterial agents Staphylococcus aureus and the enterococci towards two priority classes of antibiotics-the fluoroquinolones and the glycopeptides. Members of both classes interact with a number of components in the cells of these bacteria, so the cellular targets are also considered. Fluoroquinolone resistance mechanisms include efflux pumps (MepA, NorA, NorB, NorC, MdeA, LmrS or SdrM in S. aureus and EfmA or EfrAB in the enterococci) for removal of fluoroquinolone from the intracellular environment of bacterial cells and/or protection of the gyrase and topoisomerase IV target sites in Enterococcus faecalis by Qnr-like proteins...
March 10, 2018: Biophysical Reviews
Xiao Wang, Xiumin Wang, Da Teng, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Na Yang, Zhanzhan Li, Jianhua Wang
Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus infections remains very difficult due to its capacity to survive intracellularly and its multidrug resistance. In this study, the extracellular/intracellular activities of plectasin derivatives-MP1102/NZ2114 were investigated against three methicillin-susceptible/-resistant S. aureus (MSSA/MRSA) strains in RAW 264.7 macrophages and mice to overcome poor intracellular activity. Antibacterial activities decreased 4-16-fold under a mimic phagolysosomal environment. MP1102/NZ2114 were internalized into the cells via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and macropinocytosis and distributed in the cytoplasm; they regulated tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β and interleukin-10 levels...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
S D Sara Diani
Chronic diseases are defined diseases whose symptoms last for at least six months and tend to worsen over time. In Europe, they cause at least 86% of deaths. In this speculative unifying model I set a new hypothesis for the etiology of the majority of chronic diseases. The main aim is to put order and observe our organism in a systemic way, connecting pathologies we now see as disconnected phenomena, with the conceptual frameworks of complex systems and network medicine. Chronic diseases could be caused by a first unsolved acute infection...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Joanne Purves, Jamie Thomas, Gustavo Pelicoli Riboldi, Marta Zapotoczna, Emma Tarrant, Peter W Andrew, Alejandra Londoño, Paul J Planet, Joan A Geoghegan, Kevin J Waldron, Julie A Morrissey
Excess copper is highly toxic and forms part of the host innate immune system's antibacterial arsenal, accumulating at sites of infection and acting within macrophages to kill engulfed pathogens. We show for the first time that a novel, horizontally gene transferred copper resistance locus (copXL), uniquely associated with the SCCmec elements of the highly virulent, epidemic, community acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) USA300, confers copper hyper-resistance. These genes are additional to existing core genome copper resistance mechanisms, and are not found in typical S...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Fatemeh Askarian, John D Lapek, Mitesh Dongre, Chih-Ming Tsai, Monika Kumaraswamy, Armin Kousha, J Andrés Valderrama, Judith A Ludviksen, Jorunn P Cavanagh, Satoshi Uchiyama, Tom E Mollnes, David J Gonzalez, Sun N Wai, Victor Nizet, Mona Johannessen
Staphylococcus aureus produces membrane-derived vesicles (MVs), which share functional properties to outer membrane vesicles. Atomic force microscopy revealed that S. aureus -derived MVs are associated with the bacterial surface or released into the surrounding environment depending on bacterial growth conditions. By using a comparative proteomic approach, a total of 131 and 617 proteins were identified in MVs isolated from S. aureus grown in Luria-Bertani and brain-heart infusion broth, respectively. Purified S...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Isaac P Thomsen, George Y Liu
The emergence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus during the past decade along with an impending shortage of effective antistaphylococcal antibiotics have fueled impressive advances in our understanding of how S. aureus overcomes the host environment to establish infection. Backed by recent technologic advances, studies have uncovered elaborate metabolic, nutritional, and virulence strategies deployed by S. aureus to survive the restrictive and hostile environment imposed by the host, leading to a plethora of promising antimicrobial approaches that have potential to remedy the antibiotic resistance crisis...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Izabela Steinka, Anita Kukułowicz
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to many antibiotics, creates a serious problem for human health if present in food. This study aimed to assess the quality of commercially-available fresh and frozen strawberries and to compare the behavior of staphylococci in these fruits as affected by the temperature of freezing. METHODS: The research material included different species of fresh strawberries and strawberries frozen with the fluidization method to –40°C and packaged in an industrial environment...
January 2018: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
Shirley Wen-Yu Chiu, Ho-Wen Cheng, Zhi-Xin Chen, Huai-Hsien Wang, Ming-Yu Lai, Juen-Kai Wang, Yuh-Lin Wang
Recently, specific biomarkers in the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of bacteria have been successfully exploited for rapid bacterial antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) - dubbed SERS-AST. The biomolecules responsible for these bacterial SERS biomarkers have been identified as several purine derivative metabolites involved in bacterial purine salvage pathways (W. R. Premasiri, J. C. Lee, A. Sauer-Budge, R. Theberge, C. E. Costello and L. D. Ziegler, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2016, 408, 4631)...
March 7, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ai Ting Vong, Hui Wen Chong, Vuanghao Lim
Environment hygiene is important for preventing infection and promoting a healthier environment in which to live or work. The goal of this study was to examine the antimicrobial effects of Citrus aurantifolia (key lime) juice and aqueous extracts of Cinnamomum iners (cinnamon) bark and Citrus hystrix (kaffir lime) leaves on the kinetic growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ). Antimicrobial activity was quantitatively evaluated using spectrophotometry and viable cell counts versus bacterial growth time...
March 6, 2018: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
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