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Amanda C Carroll, Alex Wong
Plasmids are extrachromosomal DNA elements that can be found throughout bacteria, as well as in other domains of life. Nonetheless, the evolutionary processes underlying the persistence of plasmids are incompletely understood. Bacterial plasmids may encode genes for traits which are sometimes beneficial to their hosts, such as antimicrobial resistance, virulence, heavy metal tolerance, and the catabolism of unique nutrient sources. In the absence of selection for these traits, however, plasmids generally impose a fitness cost on their hosts...
March 21, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Paulo Roberto Lerias de Almeida, Gabriel Stefani Leão, Charlles David Gonçalves Gonçalves, Rafael Veiga Picon, Cristiane Valle Tovo
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is a serious complication in cirrhotic patients, and changes in the microbiological characteristics reported in the last years are impacting the choice of antibiotic used for treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the changes in the epidemiology and bacterial resistance of the germs causing spontaneous bacterial peritonitis over three different periods over 17 years. METHODS: All cirrhotic patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and positive culture of ascites fluid were retrospectively studied in a reference Hospital in Southern Brazil...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Jinxiao Guo, Huaijuan Zhou, Jiaxing Wang, Wei Liu, Mengqi Cheng, Xiaochun Peng, Hui Qin, Jianfeng Wei, Ping Jin, Jinhua Li, Xianlong Zhang
Vanadium is a trace element in the human body, and vanadium compounds have a promising future in biological and medical applications due to their various biological activities and low toxicity. Herein, a novel pure vanadium dioxide (VO2 ) nanofilm was deposited on a substrate of biomedical titanium by magnetron sputtering. The antibacterial effect of VO2 against the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was validated in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the biocompatibility of VO2 and its osteogenic effects were systematically illustrated...
March 21, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Takeshi Yamada, Miu Yagita, Yutaka Kobayashi, Goh Sennari, Hiroyuki Shimamura, Hidehito Matsui, Yuki Horimatsu, Hideaki Hanaki, Tomoyasu Hirose, Satoshi Omura, Toshiaki Sunazuka
Total synthesis of bottromycin A2 can be accomplished through a diastereoselective Mannich reaction of a chiral sulfinamide, mercury-mediated intermolecular amidination, and cyclization of a constrained tetracyclic peptide. Exploitation of this process allowed the synthesis of several novel bottromycin analogs. The antimicrobial activity of these analogs was evaluated in vitro against Gram-positive bacteria, such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Sen Zheng, Kenji Sonomoto
Bacteriocins are ribosomally synthesised small antimicrobial peptides produced from a wide range of bacteria, and also rich sources for potential alternatives to traditional antibiotics. Many bacteriocins have highly specific antibacterial activity against target pathogens, even including drug-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. As the final and essential step during biosynthesis, the leader sequence removal and exportation of matured bacteriocin are lacking of research and therefore the last to be understood...
March 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
N Laube, F Bernsmann, C Fisang
Urological implants in the urinary tract are routinely used to ensure urine flow. However, the morbidities are numerous concerning long-term derivations. Especially with the ureteral stents, failure can have considerable consequences. Since the surfaces of all urological implants are more or less ideal substrates for microorganisms, the formation of bacterial biofilms is a regularly observed and often serious complication, which in many cases forces early implant replacement. The burden on the patient and the health system are enormous...
March 20, 2018: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Mohit Kumar Jolly, Prakash Kulkarni, Keith Weninger, John Orban, Herbert Levine
It is well known that genetic mutations can drive drug resistance and lead to tumor relapse. Here, we focus on alternate mechanisms-those without mutations, such as phenotypic plasticity and stochastic cell-to-cell variability that can also evade drug attacks by giving rise to drug-tolerant persisters. The phenomenon of persistence has been well-studied in bacteria and has also recently garnered attention in cancer. We draw a parallel between bacterial persistence and resistance against androgen deprivation therapy in prostate cancer (PCa), the primary standard care for metastatic disease...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Pei-Chun Wu, Chien-Chih Wu
Tigecycline, a glycylcycline-derived antibacterial that has been approved for the treatment of various infections, is widely used for multi-drug resistant bacteria. Coagulopathy is an uncommon side effect during tigecycline treatment and is easily overlooked when it occurs. We reported the effect of tigecycline (50 mg every twelve hours) treatment in an 87-year-old man, with Gram negative bacillary pneumonia and respiratory failure. After 7 days of tigecycline treatment, a significant drop of hemoglobin and patchy ecchymosis over both thighs were suddenly observed despite stable clinical condition...
2018: IDCases
Christoph Jans, Eleonora Sarno, Lucie Collineau, Leo Meile, Katharina D C Stärk, Roger Stephan
Background: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria is an increasing health concern. The spread of AMR bacteria (AMRB) between animals and humans via the food chain and the exchange of AMR genes requires holistic approaches for risk mitigation. The AMRB exposure of humans via food is currently only poorly understood leaving an important gap for intervention design. Method: This study aimed to assess AMRB prevalence in retail food and subsequent exposure of Swiss consumers in a systematic literature review of data published between 1996 and 2016 covering the Swiss agriculture sector and relevant imported food...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Nadège Bossuet-Greif, Julien Vignard, Frédéric Taieb, Gladys Mirey, Damien Dubois, Claude Petit, Eric Oswald, Jean-Philippe Nougayrède
Colibactins are hybrid polyketide-nonribosomal peptides produced by Escherichia coli , Klebsiella pneumoniae , and other Enterobacteriaceae harboring the pks genomic island. These genotoxic metabolites are produced by pks -encoded peptide-polyketide synthases as inactive prodrugs called precolibactins, which are then converted to colibactins by deacylation for DNA-damaging effects. Colibactins are bona fide virulence factors and are suspected of promoting colorectal carcinogenesis when produced by intestinal E...
March 20, 2018: MBio
Maarten G K Ghequire, Toon Swings, Jan Michiels, Susan K Buchanan, René De Mot
Lectin-like bacteriocins (LlpAs) are secreted by proteobacteria and selectively kill strains of their own or related species, and they are composed of two B-lectin domains with divergent sequences. In Pseudomonas spp., initial binding of these antibacterial proteins to cells is mediated by the carboxy-terminal domain through d-rhamnose residues present in the common polysaccharide antigen of their lipopolysaccharide, whereas the amino-terminal domain accounts for strain selectivity of killing. Here, we show that spontaneous LlpA-resistant mutants carry mutations in one of three surface-exposed moieties of the essential β-barrel outer membrane protein insertase BamA, the core component of the BAM complex...
March 20, 2018: MBio
A Gramegna, B C Millar, F Blasi, J S Elborn, D G Downey, J E Moore
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary exacerbations in people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), with chronic Gram-negative pathogens, are associated with reduced survival. These pathogens are usually treated with repeated courses of systemic antibiotics. However there is a linked emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens. Ceftolozane/tazobactam is a new cephalosporin/beta-lactamase inhibitor combination that has been demonstrated to have good activity against MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa. MATERIAL & METHODS: In this study ceftolozane/tazobactam was compared to other commonly used intravenous antibiotics against 193 non-fermenting Gram-negative bacteria isolated from CF sputum specimens, including P...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Guojun Zhang, Guanghui Zheng, Yan Zhang, Ruimin Ma, Xixiong Kang
Post-neurosurgical meningitis (PNM) is one of the most severe hospital-acquired infections (HAI) worldwide, and a large number of pathogens, especially those possessing multi-resistance genes, are related to these infections. Existing methods for detecting bacteria and measuring their response to antibiotics lack sensitivity and stability, and laboratory-based detection methods are inconvenient, which require at least 24h to complete. Rapid identification of bacteria and the determination of their susceptibility to antibiotics are urgently needed, in order to combat the emergence of multi-resistant bacterial strains...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Jacqueline M Zaengle-Barone, Abigail C Jackson, David M Besse, Bradford Becken, Mehreen Arshad, Patrick C Seed, Katherine J Franz
The unabated rise in bacterial resistance to conventional antibiotics, coupled with collateral damage to normal flora incurred by overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics, necessitates the development of new antimicrobials targeted against pathogenic organisms. Here, we explore the antibacterial outcomes and mode of action of a prochelator that exploits the production of β-lactamase enzymes by drug-resistant bacteria to convert a non-toxic compound into a metal-binding antimicrobial agent directly within the microenvironment of pathogenic organisms...
March 20, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
Brad J Gemmell, Hernando P Bacosa, Ben O Dickey, Colbi G Gemmell, Lama R Alqasemi, Edward J Buskey
Field data from the first several days after an oil spill is rare but crucial for our understanding of a spill's impact on marine microbiota given their short generation times. Field data collected within days of the Texas City "Y" oil spill showed that exposure to crude oil can rapidly imbalance populations of marine microbiota, which leads to the proliferation of more resistant organisms. Vibrionales bacteria were up to 48 times higher than background concentrations at the most impacted sites and populations of the dinoflagellate Prorocentrum texanum increased significantly as well...
March 19, 2018: Ecotoxicology
Martin Mielke
Clinically relevant infections are the primary indication for the use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine. Consequently, the prevention of infections is the fundament of all measures to rationally reduce the use of antibiotics. A prevented infection must not be treated. For the prevention of several community-acquired infections, vaccines are available. In addition, several infections may be prevented on the basis of knowledge and responsible behavior. However, the prevention of nosocomial infections depends mainly on the responsibility of third parties in the context of medical procedures...
March 19, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
B Yun, T Zhang, M A K Azad, J Wang, C J Nowell, P Kalitsis, T Velkov, D F Hudson, J Li
Increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria presents an imminent risk to global health. Polymyxins are 'last-resort' antibiotics against Gram-negative 'superbugs'; however, nephrotoxicity remains a key impediment in their clinical use. Molecular mechanisms underlying this nephrotoxicity remain poorly defined. Here, we examined the pathways which led to polymyxin B induced cell death in vitro and in vivo. Human proximal tubular cells were treated with polymyxin B (12.5-100 μM) for up to 24 h and showed a significant increase in micronuclei frequency, as well as abnormal mitotic events (over 40% in treated cells, p < 0...
March 20, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Tang Gao, Hongliang Zeng, Huan Xu, Feng Gao, Wei Li, Shengwang Zhang, Yi Liu, Guifang Luo, Mingdan Li, Dejian Jiang, Zhigao Chen, Yong Wu, Wei Wang, Wenbin Zeng
Background: Increasing bacterial infections as well as a rise in bacterial resistance call for the development of novel and safe antimicrobial agents without inducing bacterial resistance. Nanoparticles (NPs) present some advantages in treating bacterial infections and provide an alternative strategy to discover new antibiotics. Here, we report the development of novel self-assembled fluorescent organic nanoparticles ( FONs ) with excellent antibacterial efficacy and good biocompatibility. Methods: Self-assembly of 1-(12-(pyridin-1-ium-1-yl)dodecyl)-4-(1,4,5-triphenyl-1H-imidazol-2-yl)pyridin-1-ium (TPIP) in aqueous solution was investigated using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
2018: Theranostics
Vincent Lôme, Jean-Michel Brunel, Jean-Marie Pagès, Jean-Michel Bolla
Antibiotic resistance is now a worldwide therapeutic problem. Since the beginning of anti-infectious treatment bacteria have rapidly shown an incredible ability to develop and transfer resistance mechanisms. In the last decades, the design variation of pioneer bioactive molecules has strongly improved their activity and the pharmaceutical companies partly won the race against the clock. Since the 1980s, the new classes of antibiotics that emerged were mainly directed to Gram-positive bacteria. Thus, we are now facing to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, with no therapeutic options to deal with them...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Feng Yang, Yonggen Jiang, Lihua Yang, Juanxiu Qin, Mingquan Guo, Yuxia Lu, Hongyou Chen, Yuan Zhuang, Jinghao Zhang, Hong Zhang, Zhaoyun Dai, Min Li, Changqing Yang, Min Chen, Yanmei Zhang, Hu Zhao
Objective: To investigate prevalence of acute diarrhea in Shanghai and analyze virulence associated-genes and antibiotic resistance of major enteropathogens using combination of conventional and molecular epidemiology methods. Method: The 412 stool specimens were obtained by systematic sampling from diarrhea patients throughout entire year 2016. Bacterial and viral pathogens were identified and bacterial isolates were cultured and screened for antibiotic resistance profiles. Two most prevalent bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella were further typed by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and analyzed for presence of virulence-associated genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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