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Maria Pardos de la Gandara, Vitor Borges, Marilyn Chung, Catarina Milheiriço, João Paulo Gomes, Herminia de Lencastre, Alexander Tomasz
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains carry either a mecA - or a mecC -mediated mechanism of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics and the phenotypic expression of resistance shows extensive strain-to-strain variation. In recent communications we identified genetic determinants associated with the stringent stress response that play a major role in the antibiotic resistant phenotype of the historically earliest "archaic" clone of MRSA and in the mecC carrying MRSA strain LGA251...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Vladimír Kmeť, Anna Čuvalová, Michal Stanko
A total of 39 coagulase-negative staphylococci and seven Staphylococcus aureus strains were isolated from small mammal feces, i.e., the striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) and the yellow-necked mouse (A. flavicollis) in two sampling areas, deciduous forest and karst plains. MALDI-TOF analysis revealed five species of coagulase-negative staphylococci: S. sciuri, S. hominis, S. warneri, S. haemolyticus, and S. xylosus. All strains were susceptible to tetracycline, linezolid, vancomycin, and teicoplanin. Three MRSA strains with the mecA gene were detected...
March 9, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
Hannu Kokki, Martin Maaroos, Sten Ellam, Jari Halonen, Ilkka Ojanperä, Merja Ranta, Veli-Pekka Ranta, Aleksandra Tolonen, Oscar Lindberg, Matias Viitala, Juha Hartikainen
PURPOSE: Cardiac surgery and conventional extracorporeal circulation (CECC) impair the bioavailability of drugs administered by mouth. It is not known whether miniaturized ECC (MECC) or off-pump surgery (OPCAB) affect the bioavailability in similar manner. We evaluated the metoprolol bioavailability in patients undergoing CABG surgery with CECC, MECC, or having OPCAB. METHODS: Thirty patients, ten in each group, aged 44-79 years, scheduled for CABG surgery were administered 50 mg metoprolol by mouth on the preoperative day at 8-10 a...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Hülya Kaya, Henrik Hasman, Jesper Larsen, Marc Stegger, Thor Bech Johannesen, Rosa Lundbye Allesøe, Camilla Koldbæk Lemvigh, Frank Møller Aarestrup, Ole Lund, Anders Rhod Larsen
Typing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is important in infection control and surveillance. The current nomenclature of MRSA includes the genetic background of the S. aureus strain determined by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) or equivalent methods like spa typing and typing of the mobile genetic element staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCC mec ), which carries the mecA or mecC gene. Whereas MLST and spa typing are relatively simple, typing of SCC mec is less trivial because of its heterogeneity...
January 2018: MSphere
B Schauer, R Krametter-Frötscher, F Knauer, R Ehricht, S Monecke, A T Feßler, S Schwarz, T Grunert, J Spergser, I Loncaric
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, the antimicrobial resistance patterns and the genetic diversity of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Austrian ruminants and New World camelids that were treated at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Between April 2014 and January 2017, 723 nasal swabs originating from ruminants and New World camelids were examined. MRSA isolates were characterized by mecA/mecA1/mecC PCRs and by DNA microarray analysis. They were genotyped by spa typing, dru typing, MLST and MLVA...
February 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Dennis Knaack, Evgeny A Idelevich, Barbara Körber-Irrgang, Michael Kresken, Karsten Becker
Valid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a precondition for MRSA prevention measures. Most of the available MRSA screening tests are based either on the identification of colony material grown on solid agar media or on direct molecular approaches. The HB&L MRSA KIT (Alifax, Polverara, Italy) is designed to screen for MRSA in liquid cultures applying the light scattering technology. Here, the assay was evaluated with pure culture isolates from solid agar media on a representative subset of 29 MRSA and 171 methicillin-susceptible S...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Sunil K Ravi, Balenahalli Narasingappa Ramesh, Ravi Mundugaru, Bruno Vincent
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and mainly affects cognitive function of the aged populations. Aluminium, a neurotoxic metal, has been suggested as a contributing factor of AD. Caesalpinia crista is a medicinal plant known for its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The present study was conducted in order to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of methanolic extracts of C. crista (MECC) on aluminium-induced neurodegeneration in rats. Co-administration with MECC significantly and dose dependently ameliorated the aluminium-dependent cognitive impairment, AChE hyperactivity and oxidative stress in the hippocampus and in the frontal cortex of rat brain...
March 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
S Johler, G Macori, A Bellio, P L Acutis, S Gallina, L Decastelli
Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of food-borne intoxications. Several staphylococcal food poisoning outbreaks have been linked to consumption of raw milk cheeses and artisanal cheese production. However, information on Staph. aureus isolated from artisanal raw milk cheeses and small-scale dairy production environments is very limited. Therefore, we aimed to characterize Staph. aureus isolated along the artisanal raw milk production chain by determining (1) the population structure, and (2) the presence/absence of enterotoxin genes, mecA/C, and pvl...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Sultan Eser, Jenny Chang, Haris Charalambous, Barbara Silverman, Anna Demetriou, Cankut Yakut, Omar Nimri, Pavlos Pavlou, Suriye Özgür, Argyrious Ziogas, Lisa Stevens, Kevin Ward, Hoda Anton Culver
BACKGROUND/AIMS: There are wide variations in colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence across the world. Historically, the highest incidence rates have been reported historically in more developed countries; however, increasing trends have been seen in developing countries. Here, we present the CRC incidence pattern in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, and İzmir, Turkey, which are countries of the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 2005-2010 CRC data from population-based registries and calculated crude and age standardized rates for CRC, colon and rectum subsites, and annual percent changes (APCs) for trends...
January 2018: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Karsten Becker, Sarah van Alen, Evgeny A Idelevich, Nina Schleimer, Jochen Seggewiß, Alexander Mellmann, Ursula Kaspar, Georg Peters
During cefoxitin-based nasal screening, phenotypically categorized methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was isolated and tested negative for the presence of the mecA and mecC genes as well as for the SCCmec-orfX junction region. The isolate was found to carry a mecB gene previously described for Macrococcus caseolyticus but not for staphylococcal species. The gene is flanked by β-lactam regulatory genes similar to mecR, mecI, and blaZ and is part of an 84.6-kb multidrug-resistance plasmid that harbors genes encoding additional resistances to aminoglycosides (aacA-aphD, aphA, and aadK) as well as macrolides (ermB) and tetracyclines (tetS)...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Walid Saliba, Hedy S Rennert, Naomi Gronich, Stephen B Gruber, Gad Rennert
BACKGROUND: An association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and risk of cancer has been suggested in several studies, including prospective cohort studies. However, the magnitude and the temporal nature of this association remain unclear. METHODS: Data from two large prospective population-based case-control studies, the Molecular Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer (MECC, n = 8,383) and the Breast Cancer in Northern Israel Study (BCINIS, n = 11,608), were used to better understand the nature and temporality of a possible association between cancer diagnosis and AF events before and after cancer diagnosis...
2018: PloS One
Bradley A Ford
Previously there was scant data on the performance of laboratory testing to detect mecC-mediated beta-lactam resistance in Staphylococcus aureus Kriegeskorte and colleagues (J Clin Microbiol 56:e00826-17, 2018, report the performance of various clinical tests for the detection of mecC-harboring methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), which failed to identify from 0 to 41% of tested mecC-harboring MRSA isolates. Changes in practice and new test development are necessary to address the challenge of mecC-harboring MRSA...
January 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Roman Pantůček, Ivo Sedláček, Adéla Indráková, Veronika Vrbovská, Ivana Mašlaňová, Vojtěch Kovařovic, Pavel Švec, Stanislava Králová, Lucie Krištofová, Jana Kekláková, Petr Petráš, Jiří Doškař
Two Gram-stain-positive, coagulase-negative staphylococcal strains were isolated from abiotic sources, stone fragments and sandy soil in James Ross Island, Antarctica. Here we describe properties of novel species of the genus Staphylococcus that has near identical 16S rRNA gene sequence to Staphylococcus saprophyticus However, compared to S. saprophyticus and the next closest relatives, the new species demonstrates considerable phylogenetic distance at whole genome level, average nucleotide identity <85 %, and inferred DNA-DNA hybridization <30%...
October 27, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Mohammad M Obaidat, Alaa E Bani Salman, Amira A Roess
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of mecA and mecC methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in cattle, sheep, and goat dairy farms in Jordan. Milk samples were collected from bulk tanks at 117 dairy farms (44 cattle, 47 sheep, and 26 goat dairy farms) in each region of the country. MRSA were isolated on mecA and mecC chromogenic media and confirmed by PCR. The confirmed isolates were tested for resistance toward 15 antimicrobials by the disc diffusion method...
October 23, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Louise Haubert, Isabela Schneid Kroning, Mariana Almeida Iglesias, Wladimir Padilha da Silva
The aim of this work was to identify at the molecular level the species of coagulase-positive staphylococci isolates from clinical and subclinical bovine mastitis samples in Southern Brazil, and to evaluate the antimicrobial resistance profile, as well as the presence of resistance genes. According to the PCR assay, all 31 isolates were classified as Staphylococcus aureus. The isolates were tested for resistance to penicillin, ampicillin, oxacillin, cefoxitin, cephalothin, ceftiofur, streptomycin, tobramycin, teicoplanin, erythromycin, clindamycin, enrofloxacin, sulfonamide, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, and tetracycline by the disk diffusion method...
December 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
André Kriegeskorte, Evgeny A Idelevich, Andreas Schlattmann, Franziska Layer, Birgit Strommenger, Olivier Denis, Gavin K Paterson, Mark A Holmes, Guido Werner, Karsten Becker
Similar to mecA, mecC confers resistance against beta-lactams, leading to the phenotype of a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, mecC-harboring MRSA pose special difficulties in their detection. The aim of this study was to assess and compare different phenotypic systems for screening, identification, and susceptibility testing of mecC-positive MRSA isolates. A well-characterized collection of mecC-positive S. aureus isolates (n = 111) was used for evaluation. Routinely used approaches were studied to determine their suitability to correctly identify mecC-harboring MRSA including three (semi-)automated antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) systems and five selective chromogenic agar plates...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Daniel M Mrochen, Daniel Schulz, Stefan Fischer, Kathrin Jeske, Heba El Gohary, Daniela Reil, Christian Imholt, Patricia Trübe, Josef Suchomel, Emilie Tricaud, Jens Jacob, Marta Heroldová, Barbara M Bröker, Birgit Strommenger, Birgit Walther, Rainer G Ulrich, Silva Holtfreter
Laboratory mice are the most commonly used animal model for Staphylococcus aureus infection studies. We have previously shown that laboratory mice from global vendors are frequently colonized with S. aureus. Laboratory mice originate from wild house mice. Hence, we investigated whether wild rodents, including house mice, as well as shrews are naturally colonized with S. aureus and whether S. aureus adapts to the wild animal host. 295 animals of ten different species were caught in different locations over four years (2012-2015) in Germany, France and the Czech Republic...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Snezana Bulajic, Svetlana Colovic, Dusan Misic, Jasna Djordjevic, Radoslava Savic-Radovanovic, Jelena Asanin, Tijana Ledina
This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of coagulase positive staphylococci (CPS) by examining a total of 71 raw milk cheeses. Additionally, enterotoxigenicity, antimicrobial susceptibility and the presence of mecA and mecC genes in the staphylococcal isolates were investigated. The isolation and enumeration procedure of CPS followed the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard. The presumptive staphylococci were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) using the VITEK MS system...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Theofilos Papadopoulos, Apostolos S Angelidis, Evridiki Boukouvala, Antonios Zdragas, Anna Papa, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Daniel Sergelidis
The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the production chain of dairy products. Of 367 tested samples (36 bulk tank milk (BTM), 19 dairy products, 72 human, 185 animal, 55 equipment), 212 (57.8%) were found positive for S. aureus. Almost all isolates (99.6%) were resistant to at least one antimicrobial and 13.3% were multi-drug resistant (MDR), exhibiting resistance to three or more antibiotic classes. Eleven samples (3%) were found contaminated by MRSA carrying the mecA gene...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
Camille Kolenda, Céline Dupieux, Jean-Winoc Decousser, Anders Rhod Larsen, Bruno Pichon, Mark Holmes, Michèle Bès, Christopher Teale, Elizabeth Dickson, Robert Hill, Robert Skov, Angela Kearns, Frédéric Laurent
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December 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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