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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640920/pathogen-specific-mortality-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-with-primary-bloodstream-infection
#1
Brar C Piening, Christine Geffers, Petra Gastmeier, Frank Schwab
OBJECTIVE: Mortality in very low birth weight infants following microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections varies with the type of causative pathogen. Given evidence from other studies that infections with gram negative bacteria and fungi cause a higher case fatality risk. We tried to confirm this in a nation-wide multi-center trial. METHODS: A cohort of 55,465 very low birth weight infants from 242 neonatal departments participating in the German national neonatal infection surveillance system NEO-KISS was used to investigate differences in the case fatality risk of microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections according to individual pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
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Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636355/semisynthetic-flavone-derived-antimicrobials-with-therapeutic-potential-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa
#3
Shuimu Lin, Jun-Jie Koh, Thet Tun Aung, Wan Ling Wendy Sin, Fanghui Lim, Lin Wang, Rajamani Lakshminarayanan, Lei Zhou, Donald T H Tan, Derong Cao, Roger W Beuerman, Li Ren, Shouping Liu
A new series of semisynthetic flavone-based small molecules mimicking antimicrobial peptides has been designed from natural icaritin to combat drug-resistant Gram-positive bacterial infections. Compound 6 containing two arginine residues exhibited excellent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA, and very low toxicity to mammalian cells, resulting in a high selectivity of more than 511, comparable to that of several membrane-active antibiotics in clinical trials. Our data show for the first time that icaritin derivatives effectively kill bacteria...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635374/sepsis-favors-high-on-clopidogrel-platelet-reactivity
#4
Karolina Akinosoglou, Angelos Perperis, Spyridoula Theodoraki, Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Charalambos Gogos
High-on-treatment platelet reactivity (HPR) is associated with ischemic events in patients on antiplatelet therapy with a history of cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, recent data have associated sepsis with adverse cardiovascular events in patients admitted with bacteremia or respiratory infection. We aimed to assess P2Y12-mediated platelet reactivity (PR) during sepsis and recovery in patients under clopidogrel. This was a prospective observational study. Incoming patients presenting with signs/symptoms of sepsis already on a maintenance dose of clopidogrel of 75 mg qd for cardiovascular events were included in this study...
June 21, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635184/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-isothiosemicarbazones-with-antimycobacterial-activity
#5
Eva Novotná, Karel Waisser, Jiří Kuneš, Karel Palát, Lenka Skálová, Barbora Szotáková, Vladimír Buchta, Jiřina Stolaříková, Vít Ulmann, Marcela Pávová, Jan Weber, Jitka Komrsková, Pavlína Hašková, Ivan Vokřál, Vladimír Wsól
A series of benzaldehyde and salicylaldehyde-S-benzylisothiosemicarbazones was synthesized and tested against 12 different strains of mycobacteria, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and the significant selectivity toward mycobacteria was proved. Twenty-eight derivatives were evaluated for the inhibition of isocitrate lyase, which is a key enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle necessary for latent tuberculosis infection, and their iron-chelating properties were investigated. Two derivatives, 5-bromosalicylaldehyde-S-(4-fluorobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone and salicylaldehyde-S-(4-bromobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone, influenced the isocitrate lyase activity and caused a better inhibition at 10 μmol/L than 3-nitropropionic acid, a standard inhibitor...
June 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634639/the-curious-case-of-achromobacter-eurydice-a-gram-variable-pleomorphic-bacterium-associated-with-european-foulbrood-disease-in-honeybees
#6
REVIEW
Silvio Erler, Oleg Lewkowski, Anja Poehlein, Eva Forsgren
Honeybees are prone to parasite and pathogen infestations/infections due to their social colony life. Bacterial pathogens in particular lead to destructive infections of the brood. European foulbrood is caused by the bacterium Melissococcus plutonius in combination with several other Gram-positive bacteria (Achromobacter eurydice, Bacillus pumilus, Brevibacillus laterosporus, Enterococcus faecalis, Paenibacillus alvei, Paenibacillus dendritiformis) involved as secondary invaders following the initial infection...
June 21, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634536/telavancin-a-novel-semisynthetic-lipoglycopeptide-agent-to-counter-the-challenge-of-resistant-gram-positive-pathogens
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REVIEW
Biswadeep Das, Chayna Sarkar, Debasmita Das, Amit Gupta, Arnav Kalra, Shubham Sahni
Telavancin (TD-6424), a semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide vancomycin-derivative, is a novel antimicrobial agent developed by Theravance for overcoming resistant Gram-positive bacterial infections, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had approved telavancin in 2009 for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs) caused by Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA (S. aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus anginosus group, or Enterococcus faecalis)...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634535/effectiveness-and-safety-of-daptomycin-in-patients-with-infective-endocarditis-undergoing-heart-valve-replacement-a-subgroup-analysis-from-real-world-data
#8
Achyut Guleri, Riccardo Utili, Pascal Dohmen, Kamal Hamed
BACKGROUND: European Cubicin(®) Outcomes Registry and Experience (EU-CORE) was a retrospective, non-interventional, multicenter registry that collected real-world clinical outcomes following daptomycin use for the treatment of Gram-positive infections. EU-CORE data from patients with infective endocarditis (IE) who underwent heart valve replacement were analysed. METHODS: Clinical outcomes were assessed as success (cured or improved), failure, or non-evaluable...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633864/perinatal-group-b-streptococcal-infections-virulence-factors-immunity-and-prevention-strategies
#9
REVIEW
Jay Vornhagen, Kristina M Adams Waldorf, Lakshmi Rajagopal
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae is a β-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacterium that is a leading cause of neonatal infections. GBS commonly colonizes the lower gastrointestinal and genital tracts and, during pregnancy, neonates are at risk of infection. Although intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis during labor and delivery has decreased the incidence of early-onset neonatal infection, these measures do not prevent ascending infection that can occur earlier in pregnancy leading to preterm births, stillbirths, or late-onset neonatal infections...
June 17, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632822/-strategies-to-reduce-infections-and-antibiotic-use-and-its-effects-in-a-neonatal-care-unit
#10
Soledad Urzúa, Marcela Ferrés, Patricia García, Amparo Sánchez, Matías Luco
INTRODUCTION: Late onset sepsis (LOS) remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The empirical use of vancomycin and other broad spectrum antibiotics is very frequent and is associated with the emergence of resistant agents, infection by gram-negative bacilli (GNB), fungal infections and increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of 5 intervention protocols designed to reduce infections and promote the rational use of antibiotics (AB) in a single NICU...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632575/clinical-profile-etiology-and-outcome-of-infantile-ocular-trauma-a-developing-country-perspective
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Vedang D Shah, Madhu Uddaraju, Amitabh Singh, Rashmi Ranjan Das
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article was to study the clinical profile, etiology, and outcome of infantile ocular trauma in a developing country setting. METHODS: A retrospective study on corneal trauma in infants (≤12 months old) was undertaken in a tertiary care hospital during a 2-year period. An analysis of clinical profile, etiology, microbiological profile, clinical course, and outcome was studied. RESULTS: Seventy-six infants were included...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631632/risk-of-cardiac-pacemaker-pocket-infection-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#12
Jaswinder Singh Gill, Navreet Singh, S P Khanna
BACKGROUND: The risk of pacemaker pocket infections (PPIs) is rare with good antisepsis techniques and use of advanced antibiotics. However, injudicious antibiotic usage leads to the rise of multidrug-resistant bacteria, which may cause PPI. Few reports exist about the microbial spectrum of the PPI from our country, prompting us to study the same. METHODS: We conducted this retrospective observational study for 3 years (January 2013-February 2016) from all the patients with PPI...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630688/prevalence-of-antimicrobial-resistant-pathogens-from-blood-cultures-results-from-a-laboratory-based-nationwide-surveillance-in-ghana
#13
Japheth Awuletey Opintan, Mercy Jemima Newman
BACKGROUND: Blood stream infections (BSI) are critical medical conditions with high morbidity and mortality. There is paucity of information on BSI from surveillance studies in Ghana. AIM: This study sought to demonstrate how useful BSI data can be gleaned from population-based surveillance, especially from resource-limited settings. METHODS: Data from a nationwide surveillance of antimicrobial drug resistance (AMR) in Ghana were extracted and analyzed...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630189/in-vitro-activity-of-delafloxacin-and-microbiological-response-against-fluoroquinolone-susceptible-and-non-susceptible-s-aureus-isolates-from-two-phase-3-studies-of-acute-bacterial-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-absssi
#14
S McCurdy, L Lawrence, M Quintas, L Woosley, R Flamm, C Tseng, S Cammarata
Delafloxacin is an investigational anionic fluoroquinolone antibiotic with broad spectrum in vitro activity, including Gram-positive organisms, Gram-negative organisms, atypical organisms, and anaerobes. The in vitro activity of delafloxacin and percent microbiological response in subjects infected with fluoroquinolone susceptible and non-susceptible S. aureus isolates was determined from two global Phase 3 studies of delafloxacin versus vancomycin plus aztreonam in ABSSSI. Patients were enrolled in 23 countries predominately in the US but also Eastern Europe, South America and Asia...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630160/listeriolysin-o-from-bazooka-to-swiss-army-knife
#15
REVIEW
Suzanne E Osborne, John H Brumell
Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is a Gram-positive facultative intracellular pathogen. Infections in humans can lead to listeriosis, a systemic disease with a high mortality rate. One important mechanism of Lm dissemination involves cell-to-cell spread after bacteria have entered the cytosol of host cells. Listeriolysin O (LLO; encoded by the hly gene) is a virulence factor present in Lm that plays a central role in the cell-to-cell spread process. LLO is a member of the cholesterol-dependent cytolysin (CDC) family of toxins that were initially thought to promote disease largely by inducing cell death and tissue destruction-essentially acting like a 'bazooka'...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630128/identification-of-a-d-arabinose-5-phosphate-isomerase-in-the-gram-positive-clostridium-tetani
#16
David L Cech, Katherine Markin, Ronald W Woodard
d-Arabinose-5-phosphate isomerases (APIs) catalyze the interconversion of d-ribulose-5-phosphate and d-arabinose-5-phosphate. Various Gram-negative bacteria, such as the uropathogenic E. coli strain CFT073, contain multiple API paralogs (KdsD, GutQ, KpsF and c3406) that have been assigned various cellular functions. The d-arabinose-5-phosphate formed by these enzymes seems to play important roles in the biosynthesis of lipopolysaccharide and group 2 K-antigen capsules, as well as in the regulation of the cellular d-glucitol uptake and uropathogenic infectivity/virulence...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629317/surface-hypothermia-predicts-murine-mortality-in-the-intragastric-vibrio-vulnificus-infection-model
#17
Hannah E Gavin, Karla J F Satchell
BACKGROUND: The Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio vulnificus can cause severe disease in humans who consume undercooked, contaminated seafood. To study food-borne V. vulnificus disease in the laboratory, mouse virulence studies predominantly use death as the primary experimental endpoint because behaviorally based moribund status does not consistently predict lethality. This study assessed ventral surface temperature (VST) and its association with mouse survival during V. vulnificus virulence studies as an efficacious, humane alternative...
June 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628930/-rational-use-of-antibiotics-data-form-a-survey-from-2014-within-the-mrdo-network-compared-to-nationwide-data-from-2009
#18
Luba Lendowski, Peter Walger, Christoph Hoeser, Martin Exner, Claudia Roesing, Steffen Engelhart
Introduction To combat multi-resistant gram-negative bacteria as the cause of life-threatening infections, antibiotic stewardship activities are of great importance. Objective To detect weaknesses when prescribing antibiotics in hospitals and compare the situation between 2009 and 2014. Methods In 2014, a questionnaire was sent to all 380 physicians employed in 7 hospitals. Primary, secondary and tertiary care hospitals were included. Investigated were: demographic data, position, certified specialization, presence of antibiotic prescription rules and behavior to follow them...
June 19, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626172/pulmonary-nocardiosis-a-clinical-analysis-of-30-cases
#19
Yasuo Takiguchi, Shunsuke Ishizaki, Takayuki Kobayashi, Shun Sato, Yaeko Hashimoto, Yosuke Suruga, Yoko Akiba
Objective Pulmonary nocardiosis frequently develops as an opportunistic infection in patients with malignant tumor and is treated with steroids. This study was performed to clarify the clinical features of pulmonary nocardiosis in Japan. Methods The patients definitively diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis at our hospital between January 1995 and December 2015 were retrospectively investigated. Results Nineteen men and 11 women (30 in total) were diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis. Almost all patients were complicated by a non-pulmonary underlying disease, such as malignant tumor or collagen vascular disease, or pulmonary disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or interstitial pneumonia, and 13 patients (43...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625706/utility-of-acridine-orange-staining-for-detection-of-bacteria-from-positive-blood-cultures
#20
M Neeraja, V Lakshmi, C Padmasri, K Padmaja
The diagnostic performance of AO stain was evaluated for the detection of bacteria and or fungi from positive blood cultures. The sensitivity of Gram stain (GS) was 98.26% while Acridine Orange (AO) stain proved to be more sensitive (100%) with a Positive and Negative Predictive Value of 100% each. The specificity of both the stains was 100%. Overall agreement between the two stains was 98.23% (688/700). The organisms that were missed by GS and positive by AO were Candida species (Sutton, 2006) and Gram negative bacilli (GNB) (Sutton, 2006)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
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