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Antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus

Carol Kelly, James D Chalmers, Iain Crossingham, Nicola Relph, Lambert M Felix, David J Evans, Stephen J Milan, Sally Spencer
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease characterised by abnormal and irreversible dilatation and distortion of the smaller airways. Bacterial colonisation of the damaged airways leads to chronic cough and sputum production, often with breathlessness and further structural damage to the airways. Long-term macrolide antibiotic therapy may suppress bacterial infection and reduce inflammation, leading to fewer exacerbations, fewer symptoms, improved lung function, and improved quality of life...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Olivier Poupel, Caroline Proux, Bernd Jagla, Tarek Msadek, Sarah Dubrac
The success of Staphylococcus aureus, as both a human and animal pathogen, stems from its ability to rapidly adapt to a wide spectrum of environmental conditions. Two-component systems (TCSs) play a crucial role in this process. Here, we describe a novel staphylococcal virulence factor, SpdC, an Abi-domain protein, involved in signal sensing and/or transduction. We have uncovered a functional link between the WalKR essential TCS and the SpdC Abi membrane protein. Expression of spdC is positively regulated by the WalKR system and, in turn, SpdC negatively controls WalKR regulon genes, effectively constituting a negative feedback loop...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Albert Boada, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Jordi Real, Elisabet Grezner, Bonventura Bolíbar, Carl Llor
INTRODUCTION: Commensal flora of healthy people is becoming an important reservoir of resistant bacteria. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship of previous antibiotic-dispensed and resistance pattern of strains of Staphylococcus aureus in primary care patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in seven primary care centres in Catalonia, Spain, from October 2010 to May 2011, as part of the APRES (The appropriateness of prescribing antibiotics in primary care in Europe concerning antibiotic resistance) study...
December 2018: European Journal of General Practice
Hui Ye
Antimicrobial peptides are derived from the viral fusion domain of influenza virus hemagglutinin based on rational analysis of the intermolecular interaction between peptides and bacterial outer membrane. It is revealed that the isolated viral fusion domain is a negatively charged peptide HAfp1-23 that cannot effectively interact with the anionic membrane. Conversion of the native HAfp1-23 to a positively charged peptide HAfp1-23 _KK by E11K/D19K mutation can promote the peptide-membrane interaction substantially; this confers to the peptide a moderate antibacterial potency against antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains...
March 2018: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
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
Luís Belo, Isa Serrano, Eva Cunha, Carla Carneiro, Luis Tavares, L Miguel Carreira, Manuela Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Most of surgical site infections (SSI) are caused by commensal and pathogenic agents from the patient's microbiota, which may include antibiotic resistant strains. Pre-surgical asepsis of the skin is one of the preventive measures performed to reduce SSI incidence and also antibiotic resistance dissemination. However, in veterinary medicine there is no agreement on which biocide is the most effective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two pre-surgical skin asepsis protocols in dogs...
March 14, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Ki Bum Ahn, Jung Eun Baik, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
A biofilm is an aggregate of microorganisms in which cells adhere to biological or non-biological surfaces and is responsible for various infectious diseases. Infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus , including pneumonia, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis, are often associated with colonization and biofilm formation. Although lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is involved in biofilm formation, the specific role of LTA is not clearly understood. In this study, we demonstrated that LTA released from Lactobacillus plantarum could inhibit S...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Kennedy Daniel Mwambete, Mathias Eulambius
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to determine the prevalence of otitis media (OM)-associated bacterial flora of asymptomatic people living with HIV (PLH) on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and assess antibiotic resistance profiles of the bacteria. METHODOLOGY: Ear secretion specimens were collected by syringe or cotton swabs. Isolated bacteria were subjected to antibiotic sensitivity tests. RESULTS: Of 290 recruited PLH, 81.7% were females and 18...
January 2018: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Wonsik Lee, Truc Do, Ge Zhang, Daniel Kahne, Timothy C Meredith, Suzanne Walker
Targeted modification of bacterial chromosomes is necessary to understand new drug targets, investigate virulence factors, elucidate cell physiology, and validate results of -omics-based approaches. For some bacteria, reverse genetics remains a major bottleneck to progress in research. Here we describe a compound-centric strategy that combines new negative selection markers with known positive selection markers to achieve simple, efficient one-step genome engineering of bacterial chromosomes. The method was inspired by the observation that certain non-essential metabolic pathways contain essential late steps, suggesting that antibiotics targeting a late step can be used to select for the absence of genes that control flux into the pathway...
March 13, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
Ines Greco, Bernard D Hummel, Jaspreet Vasir, Jeffrey L Watts, Jason Koch, Johannes E Hansen, Hanne Mørck Nielsen, Peter Damborg, Paul R Hansen
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) hold promise as the next generation of antimicrobial agents, but often suffer from rapid degradation in vivo. Modifying AMPs with non-proteinogenic residues such as peptoids (oligomers of N -alkylglycines) provides the potential to improve stability. We have identified two novel peptoid-based compounds, B1 and D2 , which are effective against the canine skin pathogen Staphylococcus pseudintermedius , the main cause of antibiotic use in companion animals. We report on their potential to treat infections topically by characterizing their release from formulation and in vitro ADME properties...
March 10, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Pietro Speziale, Simonetta Rindi, Giampiero Pietrocola
Staphylococcus aureus is a human pathogen that can cause a wide spectrum of diseases, including sepsis, pneumonia, arthritis, and endocarditis. Ineffective treatment of a number of staphylococcal infections with antibiotics is due to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant strains following decades of antibiotic usage. This has generated renewed interest within the scientific community in alternative therapeutic agents, such as anti- S. aureus antibodies. Although the role of antibodies in the management of S...
March 13, 2018: Microorganisms
Thomas V Brogan, Cary Thurm, Adam L Hersh, Jeffrey S Gerber, Michael J Smith, Samir S Shah, Joshua D Courter, Sameer J Patel, Sarah K Parker, Matthew P Kronman, Brian R Lee, Jason G Newland
OBJECTIVES: To characterize and compare antibiotic prescribing across PICUs to evaluate the degree of variability. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis from 2010 through 2014 of the Pediatric Health Information System. SETTING: Forty-one freestanding children's hospital. SUBJECTS: Children aged 30 days to 18 years admitted to a PICU in children's hospitals contributing data to Pediatric Health Information System. INTERVENTIONS: To normalize for potential differences in disease severity and case mix across centers, a subanalysis was performed of children admitted with one of the 20 All Patient Refined-Diagnosis Related Groups and the seven All Patient Refined-Diagnosis Related Groups shared by all PICUs with the highest antibiotic use...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
John Pham, Talal Asif, Majdi S Hamarshi
Methicillin-resistant S taphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was previously considered a purely nosocomial pathogen. However, community-acquired MRSA has recently emerged as an important cause of severe necrotizing community-acquired pneumonia (CA-MRSA) in previously healthy individuals. This new pathogen exhibits antibiotic resistance and is linked to extended hospital stay and higher mortality. CA-MRSA has presented new therapeutic challenges due to high vancomycin treatment failure and lack of specificity of clinical findings...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Nafisatu Bello, Abubakar Tukur Dawakin Kudu, Azeezat Bolanle Adetokun, Dalha Wada Taura, Yusuf Dan'asabe Jobbi, Mustapha Umar, Ibrahim Yusuf
Background and Objectives: Bacterial infection in sickle cell anaemic patients is a major cause of mortality and requires proper treatment with appropriate antibiotics. However, continue defiant of these infections causing pathogens to many antibiotics and inadequate screening methods in overburden health care facilities such as our in Kano, Nigeria necessitates the conduct of this study. A research was therefore conducted to isolate, characterize and test for antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteraemia-causing pathogens from febrile children with and without sickle cell disease in Kano, Nigeria...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Eric Y Kok, Jesus G Vallejo, Lauren M Sommer, Louie Rosas, Sheldon L Kaplan, Kristina G Hulten, J Chase McNeil
Background : Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), particularly those belonging to the USA300 pulsotype, have been well described to cause severe osteoarticular infections (OAI). Vancomycin MIC ≥ 1.5 μg/ml has been demonstrated to contribute to disease severity in adults with MRSA and even MSSA bacteremia. Little data exists describing the outcomes of MSSA OAI in terms of molecular characteristics and vancomycin MIC. Methods : All patients/isolates were chosen from a surveillance study at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH)...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Jordan R Smith, Juwon Yim, Seth Rice, Kyle Stamper, Razie Kebriaei, Michael J Rybak
Background: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major pathogen responsible for healthcare-associated infections, and treatment options are limited. Tedizolid (TZD), is a novel, oxazolidinone antibiotic with activity against MRSA. Previously, daptomycin (DAP), has demonstrated synergy with other antibiotics against MRSA. We sought to determine the efficacy of the combination of TZD + DAP against MRSA in an in vitro model of simulated endocardial vegetations (SEVs). Methods: TZD simulations of 200 mg once daily and DAP simulations of 6-mg/kg and 10-mg/kg once daily were tested alone and in the combinations of TZD + DAP 6-mg/kg or DAP 10-mg/kg against two clinical strains of MRSA, 494 and 67...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Hiroshige Mikamo, Yoshio Takesue, Yuji Iwamoto, Takahiko Tanigawa, Masaharu Kato, Yoko Tanimura, Shigeru Kohno
The objective of this open-label, randomised (i.e. 2:1 ratio), Phase 3 study was to compare the efficacy and safety of tedizolid phosphate 200 mg, once-daily treatment with that of linezolid 600 mg, twice-daily treatment for 7-14 days in Japanese adult patients (N = 125) with skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) and/or for 7-21 days for those with SSTI-related bacteraemia, caused by confirmed or highly suspected methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Primary outcome was clinical cure rate at test-of-cure (TOC, in SSTI: 7-14 days, in bacteraemia: 4-6 weeks after end-of-therapy [EOT]) time point in the microbiologically evaluable MRSA (ME-MRSA) population (N = 39)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Xiaoying Xie, Xinlu Dai, Lijia Ni, Baiji Chen, Zhaofan Luo, Yandan Yao, Xiquan Wu, Hongyu Li, Songyin Huang
BACKGROUND: Medical laboratory staff are a high-risk population for colonization of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) due to direct and dense contact with the pathogens; however, there is limited information about this colonization. This study sought to determine the prevalence and molecular characteristics of nasal colonization by S. aureus in medical laboratory staff in Guangzhou, southern China, and to compare the differences between microbiological laboratory (MLS) and non-microbiological laboratory (NMLS) staff...
March 12, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
David D Walker, Michael Z David, Dominic Catalano, Robert Daum, Michael B Gluth
Objective Despite the rising incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) otologic infections, choice of treatment remains controversial. Only fluoroquinolone-containing ototopical preparations are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for middle ear application. Furthermore, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation guidelines advocate ototopical monotherapy for both tympanostomy tube otorrhea and acute otitis externa. Unfortunately, MRSA may be ciprofloxacin resistant...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Steven L Percival
A novel hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) foam dressing which is impregnated with silver chloride, Optifoam® Gentle (OG) Ag+ (Medline Industries Inc., Chicago, Illinois), was evaluated in this study. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of elution of silver from the foam dressing over a period of 168 hours into simulated wound fluid and an evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy using zone of inhibition (ZOI), direct kill, and time-kill viability. Thirty-two microorganisms associated with wounds including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), Acinetobacter baumannii, Candida albicans, and antibiotic-resistant strains (Methicillin-resistant S...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
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