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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228063/what-matters-in-chronic-burkholderia-cenocepacia-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis-insights-from-comparative-genomics
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Jaroslav Nunvar, Vaclav Capek, Karel Fiser, Libor Fila, Pavel Drevinek
Burkholderia cenocepacia causes severe pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Since the bacterium is virtually untreatable by antibiotics, chronic infections persist for years and might develop into fatal septic pneumonia (cepacia syndrome, CS). To devise new strategies to combat chronic B. cenocepacia infections, it is essential to obtain comprehensive knowledge about their pathogenesis. We conducted a comparative genomic analysis of 32 Czech isolates of epidemic clone B. cenocepacia ST32 isolated from various stages of chronic infection in 8 CF patients...
December 11, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227931/synthesis-and-antibacterial-evaluation-of-novel-cationic-chalcone-derivatives-possessing-broad-spectrum-antibacterial-activity
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Wen-Chao Chu, Peng-Yan Bai, Zhao-Qing Yang, De-Yun Cui, Yong-Gang Hua, Yi Yang, Qian-Qian Yang, En Zhang, Shangshang Qin
There is an urgent need to identify new antibiotics with novel mechanisms that combat antibiotic resistant bacteria. Herein, a series of chalcone derivatives that mimic the essential properties of cationic antimicrobial peptides were designed and synthesized. Antibacterial activities against drug-sensitive bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica, as well as clinical multiple drug resistant isolates of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), KPC-2-producing and NDM-1-producing Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae were evaluated...
December 5, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227741/new-subclass-b1-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-gene-from-a-clinical-pathogenic-myroides-odoratus-strain
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Su Xu, Yijian Chen, Zhuyingjie Fu, Ying Li, Guixiu Shi, Xiaogang Xu, Yang Liu, Minggui Wang
Myroides odoratus is a low-virulence opportunistic human pathogen. Infections caused by M. odoratus are not common, but reports are increasing in recent years. The biggest challenge for treatment is its resistance to most antibiotics. In 2015, we isolated a pathogenic multidrug-resistant strain of M. odoratus from a urinary tract infection (UTI) patient's urine sample. To report the experience in managing M. odoratus-related UTI and investigate the genetic mechanism of this carbapenem-resistant strain, we conducted a series of microbiological and molecular studies...
December 11, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227673/crystal-structure-of-cleaved-serp-1-a-myxomavirus-derived-immune-modulating-serpin-structural-design-of-serpin-reactive-center-loop-rcl-peptides-with-improved-therapeutic-function
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Brian P Mahon, Sriram Ambadapadi, Jordan R Yaron, Carrie L Lomelino, Melissa A Pinard, Shahar Keinan, Igor Kurnikov, Colin Macaulay, Liqiang Zhang, Westley Reeves, Grant McFadden, Scott Tibbetts, Robert McKenna, Alexandra Lucas
The Myxomavirus-derived protein Serp-1 has potent anti-inflammatory activity in models of vasculitis, lupus, viral sepsis, and transplant. Serp-1 has also been tested successfully in a Phase IIa clinical trial in unstable angina, representing a 'first-in-class' therapeutic. Recently, peptides derived from the reactive center loop (RCL) have been developed as stand-alone therapeutics for reducing vasculitis and improving survival in MHV68-infected mice. However, both Serp-1 and the RCL peptides lose activity in MHV68-infected mice after antibiotic suppression of intestinal microbiota...
December 11, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226698/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-manuka-honey-against-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st11
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Muhammad Usman Qamar, Sidrah Saleem, Mark Alexander Toleman, Muhammad Saqalein, Muhammad Waseem, Muhammad Atif Nisar, Mohsin Khurshid, Zeeshan Taj, Shah Jahan
AIM: To determine the therapeutic potential of Manuka honey against New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST11 in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS & METHODS: Carbapenamases and metallo-β-lactamases-producing K. pneumoniae ST11 isolated from blood culture was confirmed by VITEK-2® system, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight and multilocus sequence typing, followed by determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (μg/ml) using VITEK-2 system...
December 11, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226561/the-long-term-effects-of-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-gastrointestinal-symptoms-and-general-health-in-patients-with-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
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J Jalanka, A Hillamaa, R Satokari, E Mattila, V-J Anttila, P Arkkila
BACKGROUND: Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. In short-term the treatment has been shown to be safe, however, there are no large, long-term follow-up studies looking into the potential adverse effects. AIM: To analyse the long-term effect of FMT treatment in patients with recurrent C. difficile infection and to compare the outcome to antibiotic treated patients. METHODS: Altogether 84 patients of which 45 received a FMT treatment and 39 served as controls receiving antibiotics for the infection were followed on average for 3...
December 11, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226254/empirical-treatment-of-bacterial-keratitis-an-international-survey-of-corneal-specialists
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Ariana Austin, Julie Schallhorn, Mike Geske, Mark Mannis, Tom Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Background/aims: New antibiotic agents and changing susceptibility patterns may have changed the empirical treatment of bacterial keratitis. Our objective in this study was to survey cornea specialists' practice patterns in the initial treatment of bacterial ulcers. Methods: This study consisted of a short online survey emailed to members of the Cornea Society listserv for an international sample of cornea specialists. Data collection began July 2014 and ended October 2014...
August 2017: BMJ Open Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226063/advances-in-antimicrobial-photodynamic-inactivation-at-the-nanoscale
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Nasim Kashef, Ying-Ying Huang, Michael R Hamblin
The alarming worldwide increase in antibiotic resistance amongst microbial pathogens necessitates a search for new antimicrobial techniques, which will not be affected by, or indeed cause resistance themselves. Light-mediated photoinactivation is one such technique that takes advantage of the whole spectrum of light to destroy a broad spectrum of pathogens. Many of these photoinactivation techniques rely on the participation of a diverse range of nanoparticles and nanostructures that have dimensions very similar to the wavelength of light...
August 2017: Nanophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225790/update-on-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Jean-Francois Timsit, Wafa Esaied, Mathilde Neuville, Lila Bouadma, Bruno Mourvllier
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent life-threatening nosocomial infection in intensive care units. The diagnostic is difficult because radiological and clinical signs are inaccurate and could be associated with various respiratory diseases. The concept of infection-related ventilator-associated complication has been proposed as a surrogate of VAP to be used as a benchmark indicator of quality of care. Indeed, bundles of prevention measures are effective in decreasing the VAP rate. In case of VAP suspicion, respiratory secretions must be collected for bacteriological secretions before any new antimicrobials...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225733/colorectal-surgeon-consensus-with-diverticulitis-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Javariah Siddiqui, Assad Zahid, Jonathan Hong, Christopher John Young
AIM: To determine the application of clinical practice guidelines for the current management of diverticulitis and colorectal surgeon specialist consensus in Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: A survey was distributed to 205 colorectal surgeons in Australia and New Zealand, using 22 hypothetical clinical scenarios. RESULTS: The response rate was 102 (50%). For 19 guideline-based scenarios, only 11 (58%) reached consensus (defined as > 70% majority opinion) and agreed with guidelines; while 3 (16%) reached consensus and did not agree with guidelines...
November 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223465/biomedical-applications-of-genome-scale-metabolic-network-reconstructions-of-human-pathogens
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REVIEW
Laura J Dunphy, Jason A Papin
The growing global threat of antibiotic resistant human pathogens has coincided with improved methods for developing and using genome-scale metabolic network reconstructions. Consequently, there has been an increase in the number of high-quality reconstructions of relevant human and zoonotic pathogens. Novel biomedical applications of pathogen reconstructions focus on three key aspects of pathogen behavior: the evolution of antibiotic resistance, virulence factor production, and host-pathogen interactions. New methods using these reconstructions aim to improve understanding of microbe pathogenicity and guide the development of new therapeutic strategies...
December 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222103/a-novel-non-antibiotic-lgt-based-selection-system-for-stable-maintenance-of-expression-vectors-in-escherichia-coli-and-vibrio-cholerae
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Manuela Terrinoni, Stefan L Nordqvist, Susanne Källgård, Jan Holmgren, Michael Lebens
Antibiotic selection for maintenance of expression plasmids is discouraged in production of recombinant proteins for pharmaceutical or other human uses due to the risks of antibiotic residue contamination of the final products and release of DNA encoding antibiotic resistance into the environment. We describe the construction of expression plasmids that are instead maintained by complementation of the lgt gene encoding a (pro)lipoprotein glyceryl transferase essential for biosynthesis of bacterial lipoprotein...
December 8, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220155/superchiral-plasmonic-phase-sensitivity-for-fingerprinting-of-protein-interface-structure
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Ryan Tullius, Geoffrey W Platt, Larousse Khosravi Khorashad, Nikolaj Gadegaard, Adrian J Lapthorn, Vincent M Rotello, Graeme Cooke, Laurence D Barron, Alexander O Govorov, Affar Shahid Karimullah, Malcolm Kadodwala
The structure adopted by biomaterials, such as proteins, at interfaces is a crucial parameter in a range of important biological problems. It is a critical property in defining the functionality of cell / bacterial membranes, biofilms (i.e. in antibiotic resistant infections) and the exploitation of immobilised enzymes in biocatalysis. The intrinsically small quantities of materials at interfaces precludes the application of conventional spectroscopic phenomena routinely used for (bio)structural analysis due to a lack of sensitivity...
December 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219885/displaced-clavicle-fractures-in-cyclists-return-to-athletic-activity-after-anteroinferior-plate-fixation
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Ven Denise J C van der, Tim K Timmers, Ivo A M J Broeders, Olden G D J van
BACKGROUND: One of the most commonly observed injuries in cycling is fracture of the clavicle. Nevertheless, there is limited literature available on clinical outcomes after plate fixation of clavicle fractures in cyclists, rehabilitation protocols, and the time to return to sports. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the functional outcome, complications, and return to athletic activity at short-term follow-up after surgical repair. STUDY DESIGN: Case series...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219279/use-of-photodynamic-inactivation-for-in-vitro-reduction-of-prevalent-bacteria-in-fournier-s-gangrene
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Nalisson Marques Pereira, Luciano Santos Feitosa, Ricardo Scarparo Navarro, Dora Inés Kozusny-Andreani, Naacia Marques Pereira Carvalho
Fournier's Gangrene (FG) is an infectious disease caused by several synergic microbes, with high morbidity and mortality rates; therefore, the search for new less invasive and mutilating treatments, with faster recovery, has been proposed. Surgical intervention, the use of several systemic and topic antibiotics, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are currently the best approach for the treatment of these patients. The use of Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI) aims to lower morbidity and mortality, by reducing bacterial microbiota and speeding wound healing...
December 11, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219055/the-role-of-nanoparticles-in-the-inhibition-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-biofilms
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Manaf AlMatar, Essam A Makky, Isil Var, Fatih Koksal
BACKGROUND: Until recently, one of the main reasons for mortality has been infectious diseases, and bacteria that are drug-resistant have emerged as a result of the wide application, as well as the misuse, of antibacterial medications. Having multidrug-resistance, bacteria present a great problem for the efficient management of bacterial infections and this challenge has resulted in the creation of other means of dealing with bacterial diseases. Of late, metallic nanoparticles (NPs), employed as antibacterial agents, have the potential for use against resistance to bacterial drugs...
December 7, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218793/anti-proliferation-effect-of-blue-light-emitting-diodes-against-antibiotic-resistant-helicobacter-pylori
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Jianwei Ma, Takahiro Hiratsuka, Tsuyoshi Etoh, Junko Akada, Hajime Fujishima, Norio Shiraishi, Yoshio Yamaoka, Masafumi Inomata
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Infection by Helicobacter pylori is implicated in a wide range of upper gastrointestinal diseases. Owing to the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori, the development of novel treatment modalities for antibiotic-resistant H. pylori infection is a key priority. Blue light-emitting diodes (LED) may represent a unique option owing to their antimicrobial effect. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the anti-proliferative effect of blue LED against antibiotic-resistant H...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218583/promising-antibacterial-effects-of-silver-nanoparticle-loaded-tea-tree-oil-nanoemulsion-a-synergistic-combination-against-resistance-threat
#18
Roqya Najafi-Taher, Behnaz Ghaemi, Sharmin Kharazi, Samira Rasoulikoohi, Amir Amani
Highly resistant pathogens may be developed in patients with immune disorders after prolonged exposure to antibiotics, a growing threat worldwide. In order to overcome these problems, this study introduces a new class of engineered nanosystems comprising of tea tree oil nanoemulsion (TTO NE) loaded with Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Silver shows a strong toxicity towards a wide range of microorganisms. Also, TTO NE could be employed as a promising and safe antimicrobial agent for local therapies of bacterial infections...
December 7, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218506/in-silico-discovery-of-novel-ligands-for-antimicrobial-lipopeptides-for-computer-aided-drug-design
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REVIEW
Satya Eswari Jujjavarapu, Swasti Dhagat
The increase in antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens has created havoc worldwide. These antibiotic-resistant pathogens require potent drugs for their inhibition. Lipopeptides, which are produced as secondary metabolites by many microorganisms, have the ability to act as potent safe drugs. Lipopeptides are amphiphilic molecules containing a lipid chain bound to the peptide. They exhibit broad-spectrum activities against both bacteria and fungi. Other than their antimicrobial properties, they have displayed anti-cancer properties as well, but their mechanism of action is not understood...
December 7, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218501/evaluating-safety-reporting-in-paediatric-antibiotic-trials-2000-2016-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Paola Pansa, Yingfen Hsia, Julia Bielicki, Irja Lutsar, A Sarah Walker, Mike Sharland, Laura Folgori
BACKGROUND: There are very few options to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in children. A major barrier is the duration and complexity of regulatory trials of new antibiotics. Extrapolation of safety data from adult trials could facilitate drug development for children. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review on the safety of antibiotic clinical trials (CTs) in children (0-18 years) to evaluate the overall quality of safety trials conducted in children and to determine if age-specific adverse events (AEs) could be identified for specific antibiotic classes...
December 7, 2017: Drugs
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