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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345637/rattusin-structure-reveals-a-novel-defensin-scaffold-formed-by-intermolecular-disulfide-exchanges
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Hye Jung Min, Hyosuk Yun, Sehyeon Ji, Ganesan Rajasekaran, Jae Il Kim, Jeong-Sun Kim, Song Yub Shin, Chul Won Lee
Defensin peptides are essential for innate immunity in humans and other living systems, as they provide protection against infectious pathogens and regulate the immune response. Here, we report the solution structure of rattusin (RTSN), an α-defensin-related peptide, which revealed a novel C2-symmetric disulfide-linked dimeric structure. RTSN was synthesized by solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) and refolded by air oxidation in vitro. Dimerization of the refolded RTSN (r-RTSN) resulted from five intermolecular disulfide (SS) bond exchanges formed by ten cysteines within two protomer chains...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343755/covalently-linked-kanamycin-ciprofloxacin-hybrid-antibiotics-as-a-tool-to-fight-bacterial-resistance
#2
Michal Shavit, Varvara Pokrovskaya, Valery Belakhov, Timor Baasov
To address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, a set of 12 hybrid compounds that covalently link fluoroquinolone (ciprofloxacin) and aminoglycoside (kanamycin A) antibiotics were synthesized, and their activity was determined against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including resistant strains. The hybrids were antagonistic relative to the ciprofloxacin, but were substantially more potent than the parent kanamycin against Gram-negative bacteria, and overcame most dominant resistance mechanisms to aminoglycosides...
March 16, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342819/ankylosis-of-the-knee-after-septic-arthritis-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-in-a-13-year-old-male
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Bastian Mester, Falk Ullerich, Tobias Ohmann, Martin Glombitza, Christian Schoepp
We present the case of an adolescent male developing anankylosis of the knee after septic arthritis following anterior cruciate ligamentreconstruction (ACLR).The patientwas shifted to our institutionwithpostoperative septic arthritis associated with a systemic septic condition. Before, repeated arthroscopic surgery had beenconductedwithoutany improvement. MRI showed a concomitant osteomyelitis. The infection (Gächter IV, S. aureus) was controlled by an open surgical approach and graft removal.An increasing joint stiffness wasdocumented...
March 22, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341385/imaging-of-intracranial-and-orbital-complications-of-sinusitis-and-atypical-sinus-infection-what-the-radiologist-needs-to-know
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REVIEW
Vinodkumar Velayudhan, Zeshan A Chaudhry, Wendy R K Smoker, Roman Shinder, Deborah L Reede
Sinusitis is a common disease. Complications, however, are less common and can be life threatening. Major complications occur from extension of disease into the orbit and intracranial compartment and often require emergent treatment with intravenous (IV) antibiotics or operative intervention. Immunocompromised patients with acute sinusitis are susceptible to atypical infections, such as invasive fungal sinusitis, which is a surgical emergency. Therefore, it is important to accurately and promptly identify potentional complications of acute sinusitis to ensure appropriate treatment and minimize negative outcomes...
January 18, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341068/clinical-characteristics-of-pyogenic-flexor-tenosynovitis-in-pediatric-patients
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Christopher M Brusalis, Stephanie Thibaudeau, Robert B Carrigan, Ines C Lin, Benjamin Chang, Apurva S Shah
PURPOSE: To characterize the clinical presentation, common pathogens, antimicrobial susceptibility, and treatment methods associated with pyogenic flexor tenosynovitis (PFT) in pediatric patients. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgical treatment for PFT at a large tertiary-care children's hospital between 2001 and 2015 were identified. Descriptive summary statistics were reported on patient demographics, presenting symptoms and clinical examination features, culture results, treatment strategies, and early complications...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336969/complete-genome-sequence-and-comparative-genomics-of-the-probiotic-yeast-saccharomyces-boulardii
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Indu Khatri, Rajul Tomar, K Ganesan, G S Prasad, Srikrishna Subramanian
The probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii (Sb) is known to be effective against many gastrointestinal disorders and antibiotic-associated diarrhea. To understand molecular basis of probiotic-properties ascribed to Sb we determined the complete genomes of two strains of Sb i.e. Biocodex and unique28 and the draft genomes for three other Sb strains that are marketed as probiotics in India. We compared these genomes with 145 strains of S. cerevisiae (Sc) to understand genome-level similarities and differences between these yeasts...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336328/bone-healing-is-achievable-despite-extensive-wound-dehiscence-and-wide-plate-and-screws-exposure-in-children
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Elias Melhem, Wael Bayoud, Ismat Ghanem
BACKGROUD: Extensive wound dehiscence and wide plate and screw exposure in the early weeks following orthopaedic surgery in children is usually managed either by extensive debridement, lavage and secondary closure or hardware removal and external fixation. PATIENTS: Three children with LCP plate and screws exposure were managed by simple repetitive debridement and local wound care without any IV antibiotics, nor secondary closure or hardware removal. All three cases occurred in the tibia, one following tibial osteotomy in lateral hemimelia with a long history of previous surgeries, one following wide excision of a tibial Ewing sarcoma with chemo and radiotherapy, and the third following wide excision of a 12cm necrotic tibial segment due to chronic osteomyelitis...
March 20, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335753/leuconostoc-mesenteroides-periprosthetic-knee-infection-an-unusual-fastidious-gram-positive-bacteria-a-case-report
#8
Rafael Franco-Cendejas, Claudia A Colín-Castro, Melissa Hernández-Durán, Luis E López-Jácome, Silvestre Ortega-Peña, Guillermo Cerón-González, Samuel Vanegas-Rodríguez, Jaime A Mondragón-Eguiluz, Eduardo Acosta-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infections are mainly caused by Gram-positive cocci. Leuconostoc mesenteroides is a rare microorganism mainly causing bloodstream infections. At times, it might be confused with another type of cocci and give rise to misdiagnosed infections. Molecular diagnosis and biofilm production comprise important techniques to guide antibiotic treatment. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old Hispanic female with a previous history of bilateral knee arthroplasty presented with acute right-knee inflammation and gait impairment...
March 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333759/the-absence-of-fever-is-associated-with-higher-mortality-and-decreased-antibiotic-and-iv-fluid-administration-in-emergency-department-patients-with-suspected-septic-shock
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Daniel J Henning, Jeremy R Carey, Kimie Oedorf, Danielle E Day, Colby S Redfield, Colin J Huguenel, Jonathan C Roberts, Leon D Sanchez, Richard E Wolfe, Nathan I Shapiro
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates whether emergency department septic shock patients without a fever (reported or measured) receive less IV fluids, have decreased antibiotic administration, and suffer increased in-hospital mortality. DESIGN: This was a secondary analysis of a prospective, observational study of patients with shock. SETTING: The study was conducted in an urban, academic emergency department. PATIENTS: The original study enrolled consecutive adult (aged 18 yr or older) emergency department patients from November 11, 2012, to September 23, 2013, who met one of the following shock criteria: 1) systolic blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg after at least 1L IV fluids, 2) new vasopressor requirement, or 3) systolic blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg and IV fluids held for concern of fluid overload...
March 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324670/relationship-of-antibiotic-treatment-to-recovery-after-acute-fev1-decline-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Wayne J Morgan, Jeffrey S Wagener, David J Pasta, Stefanie J Millar, Donald R VanDevanter, Michael W Konstan
RATIONALE: Children with cystic fibrosis often suffer acute declines in lung function. We previously showed that such declines are not always treated with antibiotics, but did not assess whether treatment improves the likelihood of recovery. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether new antibiotic treatment was associated with recovery from acute FEV1 decline. METHODS: We studied episodes of FEV1 decline (≥10% from baseline) from the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis...
March 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323799/a-prospective-randomized-trial-to-assess-oral-versus-intravenous-antibiotics-for-the-treatment-of-postoperative-wound-infection-after-extremity-fractures-poviv-study
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William T Obremskey, Andrew H Schmidt, Robert V OʼToole, Jennifer DeSanto, Saam Morshed, Paul Tornetta, Clinton K Murray, Clifford B Jones, Daniel O Scharfstein, Tara J Taylor, Anthony R Carlini, Renan C Castillo
Patients surgically treated for infection after extremity fractures are typically discharged with a 6- to 12-week antibiotic regimen. Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are associated with significant cost and potential complications of deep vein thrombosis, line clotting, and sepsis. Many of the pathogens that cause musculoskeletal infection have both oral (PO) and IV antibiotic options with adequate bioavailability and antibacterial effect, yet IV antibiotics remain the standard of care absent evidence that PO options are clinically as efficacious...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321533/perioperative-antibiotic-use-in-vagus-nerve-stimulator-implantation-a-clinical-series
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Jeffrey S Raskin, Daniel Hansen, Arvind Mohan, I-Wen Pan, Daniel J Curry, Sandi Lam
PURPOSE: Preoperative antibiosis contributes up to one third of total antibiotic use in major hospitals. Choice of antibiotic is not uniformly standardized, and polypharmacy regimens may be used without knowing the effect on rates of surgical site infection, nonsurgical infections, or antibiotic resistance. Careful examination of trends in surgical prophylaxis is warranted. In this study, we aimed to examine our institution's experience with vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) implantation, focusing on association between perioperative antibiotic practices and postoperative infectious outcomes...
March 20, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303214/evidence-based-management-and-controversies-in-blunt-splenic-trauma
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REVIEW
D C Olthof, C H van der Vlies, J C Goslings
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The study aims to describe the evidence-based management and controversies in blunt splenic trauma. RECENT FINDINGS: A shift from operative management to non-operative management (NOM) has occurred over the past decades where NOM has now become the standard of care in haemodynamically stable patients with blunt splenic injury. Splenic artery embolisation (SAE) is generally believed to increase the success rate of NOM. Not all the available evidence is that optimistic about SAE however...
2017: Current Trauma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302543/immunomodulatory-effects-of-pidotimod-in-adults-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-undergoing-standard-antibiotic-therapy
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D Trabattoni, M Clerici, S Centanni, M Mantero, M Garziano, F Blasi
The morbidity and mortality of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are still elevated and two aspects seem to contribute to a worse outcome: an uncontrolled inflammatory reaction and an inadequate immune response. Adjuvants, including corticosteroids and intravenous immunoglobulins, have been proposed to counterbalance these effects but their efficacy is only partial. We examined the immunomodulatory activity of Pidotimod (PDT), a synthetic dipeptide molecule in adult patients hospitalized for CAP. Sixteen patients with a diagnosis of CAP and a PSI score III or IV and/or a CURB-65 0-2 were randomized to receive either levofloxacin 500 mg b...
March 13, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299215/intra-abdominal-actinomycosis-mimicking-malignant-abdominal-disease
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Ali Ridha, Njideka Oguejiofor, Sarah Al-Abayechi, Emmanuel Njoku
Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare infectious disease, caused by gram positive anaerobic bacteria, that may appear as an abdominal mass and/or abscess (Wagenlehner et al. 2003). This paper presents an unusual case of a hemodynamically stable 80-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with 4 weeks of worsening abdominal pain and swelling. He also complains of a 20-bound weight loss in 2 months. A large tender palpable mass in the right upper quadrant was noted on physical exam. Laboratory studies showed a normal white blood cell count, slightly decreased hemoglobin and hematocrit, and mildly elevated total bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290008/three-dimensional-numerical-simulations-of-biofilm-dynamics-with-quorum-sensing-in-a-flow-cell
#16
Jia Zhao, Qi Wang
We develop a multiphasic hydrodynamic theory for biofilms taking into account interactions among various bacterial phenotypes, extracellular polymeric substance (EPS), quorum sensing (QS) molecules, solvent, and antibiotics. In the model, bacteria are classified into down-regulated QS, up-regulated QS, and non-QS cells based on their QS ability. The model is first benchmarked against an experiment yielding an excellent fit to experimental measurements on the concentration of QS molecules and the cell density during biofilm development...
March 13, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283978/enhanced-levofloxacin-removal-from-water-using-zirconium-iv-loaded-corn-bracts
#17
Ying Yu, Wei Wang, Jing Shi, Siyi Zhu, Yachen Yan
The presence of antibiotics in the environment has attracted considerable attention due to their toxicity. In this study, agricultural waste corn bracts (CBs) modified by zirconium cations were utilized to remove levofloxacin (LEV) from wastewater. Zr-modified CBs exhibited a strong adsorption capacity (Qmax = 73 mg/g), and their desorption rate could reach 89% by simply adjusting the pH to 11. FTIR and XPS analyses indicated that the mechanism of LEV adsorption included the complexation between the ketone/carboxyl groups of LEV and the Zr atoms and the π-π electron-donor-acceptor interaction...
March 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279152/the-altered-gut-microbiota-in-adults-with-cystic-fibrosis
#18
D G Burke, F Fouhy, M J Harrison, M C Rea, P D Cotter, O O'Sullivan, C Stanton, C Hill, F Shanahan, B J Plant, R P Ross
BACKGROUND: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease that affects the function of a number of organs, principally the lungs, but also the gastrointestinal tract. The manifestations of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) dysfunction in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as frequent antibiotic exposure, undoubtedly disrupts the gut microbiota. To analyse the effects of CF and its management on the microbiome, we compared the gut microbiota of 43 individuals with CF during a period of stability, to that of 69 non-CF controls using 454-pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene...
March 9, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277779/further-investigations-on-the-epidemiology-of-fowl-typhoid-in-brazil
#19
Anny Lucia Del Pilar Celis-Estupiñan, Diego Felipe Alves Batista, Marita Vedovelli Cardozo, Andrei Itajahy Secundo de Souza, Lucas Bocchini Rodrigues Alves, Adriana Maria de Almeida, Paul Andrew Barrow, Angelo Berchieri, Oliveiro Caetano de Freitas Neto
Salmonella Gallinarum (SG) causes fowl typhoid (FT), a disease responsible for economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. FT has been considered under control in Brazil; nevertheless, since 2012 it has frequently been identified in poultry farming of several Brazilian states. The present study was aimed at assessing: (i) the pathogenicity of a SG strain recently isolated from an FT outbreak affecting chickens of both white and brown layers; (ii) the transmission of SG through eggs and hatching; (iii) the effects of antibiotic therapy on SG persistence in poultry tissues and on its vertical transmission; (iv) the genetic profiles of strains isolated over 27 years by PFGE...
March 1, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277297/prevention-of-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-complications-after-intraperitoneal-urological-surgeries
#20
Takashi Ikeda, Sayaka Akiyama, Woo Jin Kim, Susumu Ito, Yuichiro Yamazaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate perioperative management for the prevention of postoperative shunt infection and malfunction after intraperitoneal urological surgery in patients with myelodysplasia and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. METHODS: From 2005 to 2015, 20 consecutive patients with myelodysplasia and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt who underwent intraperitoneal urological surgeries were managed with the same perioperative regimen. Intraperitoneal surgeries involved opening gastrointestinal tracts, including bladder augmentation by enterocystoplasty, creating continent catheterizable channels and Malone antegrade continent enema...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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