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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226419/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Tonya L Scardina, Elena Kang Martinez, Neelam Balasubramanian, Mary Fox-Geiman, Scott E Smith, Jorge P Parada
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine the impact of hematologic malignancies and/or conditioning regimens on the risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Secondary objectives were to determine if traditional CDI risk factors applied to patients undergoing HSCT and to determine the presence of CDI markers of severity of illness among this patient population. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective, case-control study...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223733/impact-of-humic-acids-on-the-colonic-microbiome-in-healthy-volunteers
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Alexander Swidsinski, Yvonne Dörffel, Vera Loening-Baucke, Christoph Gille, Anne Reißhauer, Onder Göktas, Monika Krüger, Jürgen Neuhaus, Wieland Schrödl
AIM: To test the effects of humic acids on innate microbial communities of the colon. METHODS: We followed the effects of oral supplementation with humic acids (Activomin(®)) on concentrations and composition of colonic microbiome in 14 healthy volunteers for 45 d. 3 × 800 mg Activomin(®) were taken orally for 10 d followed by 3 × 400 mg for 35 d. Colonic microbiota were investigated using multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of Carnoy fixated and paraffin embedded stool cylinders...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223256/role-of-the-leukocyte-response-in-normal-and-immunocompromised-host-after-clostridium-difficile-infection
#3
Edwin Vargas, Senu Apewokin, Rajat Madan
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of healthcare-associated infections in the United States. Clinically, C. difficile-associated disease can present as asymptomatic colonization, self-limited diarrheal illness or severe colitis (that may result in death). This variability in disease course and outcomes suggests that host factors play an important role as key determinants of disease severity. Currently, there are several scoring indices to estimate severity of C. difficile-associated disease. Leukocytosis and renal failure are considered to be the most important predictors of C...
February 18, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223147/comparative-performance-study-of-six-commercial-molecular-assays-for-rapid-detection-of-toxigenic-clostridium-difficile
#4
Yossi Paitan, Tamar Miller Roll, Amos Adler
OBJECTIVES: Rapid and accurate detection of C. difficile in stool impacts patient treatment and containment efforts. Detection of C. difficile toxin genes using nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAAT) is part of a multistep algorithm. Our objective was to directly compare the diagnostic accuracy and applicability of 6 commercial C. difficile NAAT assays. METHODS: In this study, 210 specimens were analysed in parallel by 6 commercial NAAT. Toxigenic culture was used as a reference method...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221931/thermal-resistance-of-clostridium-difficile-spores-in-peptone-water-and-pork-meat
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Mauricio Redondo-Solano, Dennis E Burson, Harshavardhan Thippareddi
The thermal resistance of four strains of Clostridium difficile spores (three hypervirulent and one nonhypervirulent) in peptone water (PW) and pork meat was evaluated individually at 70, 75, 80, 85, and 90°C using two recovery methods (taurocholate and lysozyme). PW or meat was inoculated with C. difficile spores and mixed to obtain ca. 5.0 log CFU/ml or 4.0 log CFU/g, respectively. The D-values of C. difficile spores in PW ranged from 7.07 to 22.14 h, 1.42 to 3.82 h, 0.35 to 0.59 h, 4.93 to 5.95 min, and 1...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221246/predictors-of-hospital-readmissions-for-ulcerative-colitis-in-the-united-states-a-national-database-study
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Priti Poojary, Aparna Saha, Kinsuk Chauhan, Priya Simoes, Bruce E Sands, Judy Cho, Thomas Ullman, Girish Nadkarni, Ryan Ungaro
BACKGROUND: Early readmissions are important indicators of quality of care. Limited data exist describing hospital readmissions in ulcerative colitis (UC). The aim of this study was to describe unplanned, 30-day readmissions among adult UC patients and to assess readmission predictors. METHODS: We analyzed the 2013 United States National Readmission Database and identified UC admissions using administrative codes in patients from 18 to 80 years of age. Our primary outcome was a 30-day, unplanned readmission rate...
March 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219893/toxin-positive-clostridium-difficile-latently-infect-mouse-colonies-and-protect-against-highly-pathogenic-c-difficile
#7
Lucie Etienne-Mesmin, Benoit Chassaing, Oluwaseyi Adekunle, Lisa M Mattei, Frederic D Bushman, Andrew T Gewirtz
OBJECTIVE: Clostridium difficile is a toxin-producing bacterium and a leading cause of antibiotic-associated disease. The ability of C. difficile to form spores and infect antibiotic-treated persons at low multiplicity of infection (MOI) underlies its large disease burden. However, C. difficile-induced disease might also result from long-harboured C. difficile that blooms in individuals administered antibiotics. DESIGN: Mice purchased from multiple vendors and repeatedly testing negative for this pathogen by quantitative PCR bloomed C...
February 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219462/the-use-of-a-computerized-provider-order-entry-alert-to-decrease-rates-of-clostridium-difficile-testing-in-young-pediatric-patients
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Maribeth R Nicholson, Peter N Freswick, M Cecilia Di Pentima, Li Wang, Kathryn M Edwards, Gregory J Wilson, Thomas R Talbot
BACKGROUND Infants and young children are frequently colonized with C. difficile but rarely have symptomatic disease. However, C. difficile testing remains prevalent in this age group. OBJECTIVE To design a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) alert to decrease testing for C. difficile in young children and infants. DESIGN An interventional age-targeted before-after trial with comparison group SETTING Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. PATIENTS All children seen in the inpatient or emergency room settings from July 2012 through July 2013 (pre-CPOE alert) and September 2013 through September 2014 (post-CPOE alert) INTERVENTION In August of 2013, we implemented a CPOE alert advising against testing in infants and young children based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations with an optional override...
February 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217823/novel-insight-from-computational-virtual-screening-depict-the-binding-potential-of-selected-phytotherapeutics-against-probable-drug-targets-of-clostridium-difficile
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Suman Kamath, Sinosh Skariyachan
This study explores computational screening and molecular docking approaches to screen novel herbal therapeutics against probable drug targets of Clostridium difficile. The essential genes were predicted by comparative genome analysis of C. difficile and best homologous organisms using BLAST search at database of essential genes (DEG). The functions of these genes in various metabolic pathways were predicted and some of these genes were considered as potential targets. Three major proteins were selected as putative targets, namely permease IIC component, ABC transporter and histidine kinase...
February 20, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217763/impact-of-tigecycline-versus-other-antibiotics-on-the-fecal-metabolome-and-on-colonization-resistance-to-clostridium-difficile-in-mice
#10
Robin L P Jump, David Kraft, Kelly Hurless, Alex Polinkovsky, Curtis J Donskey
BACKGROUND: The glycylcycline antibiotic tigecycline may have a relatively low propensity to promote Clostridium difficile infection in part because it causes less disruption of the indigenous intestinal microbiota than other broad-spectrum antibiotics. We used a mouse model to compare the effects of tigecycline versus other commonly used antibiotics on colonization resistance to C. difficile and on the metabolic functions of the intestinal microbiota. METHODS: To assess in vivo colonization resistance to C...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217744/effect-of-tcdr-mutation-on-sporulation-in-the-epidemic-clostridium-difficile-strain-r20291
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Brintha P Girinathan, Marc Monot, Daniel Boyle, Kathleen N McAllister, Joseph A Sorg, Bruno Dupuy, Revathi Govind
Clostridium difficile is an important nosocomial pathogen and the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea. Antibiotic use is the primary risk factor for the development of C. difficile-associated disease because it disrupts normally protective gut flora and enables C. difficile to colonize the colon. C. difficile damages host tissue by secreting toxins and disseminates by forming spores. The toxin-encoding genes, tcdA and tcdB, are part of a pathogenicity locus, which also includes the tcdR gene that codes for TcdR, an alternate sigma factor that initiates transcription of tcdA and tcdB genes...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216103/a-clostridioides-difficile-bacteriophage-genome-encodes-functional-binary-toxin-associated-genes
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Thomas Riedel, Johannes Wittmann, Boyke Bunk, Isabel Schober, Cathrin Spröer, Sabine Gronow, Jörg Overmann
Pathogenic clostridia typically produce toxins as virulence factors which cause severe diseases in both humans and animals. Whereas many clostridia like e.g., Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium botulinum or Clostridium tetani were shown to contain toxin-encoding plasmids, only toxin genes located on the chromosome were detected in Clostridioides difficile so far. In this study, we determined, annotated, and analyzed the complete genome of the bacteriophage phiSemix9P1 using single-molecule real-time sequencing technology (SMRT)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216085/occurrence-of-clostridium-difficile-ribotype-027-in-hospitals-of-silesia-poland
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Małgorzata Aptekorz, Anna Szczegielniak, Barbara Wiechuła, Celine Harmanus, Ed Kuijper, Gayane Martirosian
Clostridium difficile is an important healthcare-associated pathogen, responsible for a broad spectrum of diarrheal diseases. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the occurrence of C. difficile infection (CDI), to characterize cultured C. difficile strains and to investigate the association of fecal lactoferrin with CDI. Between January 2013 and June 2014, 148 stool samples were obtained from adult diarrheal patients (C. difficile as a suspected pathogen) hospitalized in different healthcare facilities of 15 Silesian hospitals...
February 12, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215789/a-ten-year-review-of-total-hospital-onset-intensive-care-unit-bloodstream-infections-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Anna M Civitarese, Eric Ruggieri, J Matthias Walz, Deborah Ann Mack, Stephen O Heard, Michael Mitchell, Craig M Lilly, Karen E Landry, Richard T Ellison
OBJECTIVE: The rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in United States intensive care units (ICU) have decreased significantly, and a parallel reduction in the rates of total hospital onset bacteremias in these units should also be expected. We report 10-year trends for total hospital onset ICU-associated bacteremias at a tertiary care academic medical center. DESIGN: This was a retrospective analysis of all positive blood cultures among patients admitted to seven adult ICUs for the period FY2005 through FY2014 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network definitions...
February 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215602/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-flares-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-prospective-study
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Harry Sokol, Valérie Lalande, Cecilia Landman, Anne Bourrier, Isabelle Nion-Larmurier, Sylvie Rajca, Julien Kirchgesner, Philippe Seksik, Jacques Cosnes, Frédéric Barbut, Laurent Beaugerie
OBJECTIVES: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common complication in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and has been associated with poor IBD outcome. The aims of our study were to look for predictive factors of CDI in patients hospitalized for IBD flare and to evaluate a rapid testing strategy in this population. METHODS: Consecutive patients hospitalized for IBD flare in Saint-Antoine Hospital (Paris, France) were prospectively tested for CDI with a defined strategy involving rapid testing and reference methods...
January 30, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215073/identification-of-highly-specific-diversity-oriented-synthesis-derived-inhibitors-of-clostridium-difficile
#16
Jeremy R Duvall, Leanne Bedard, Adel M Naylor-Olsen, Abigail L Manson, Joshua A Bittker, Wenye Sun, Mark E Fitzgerald, Zhenmin He, Maurice Dupont Lee, Jean-Charles Marie, Giovanni Muncipinto, Diane Rush, Deming Xu, Huisheng Xu, Mingliang Zhang, Ashlee M Earl, Michelle A Palmer, Michael A Foley, Joseph P Vacca, Christina A Scherer
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control highlighted Clostridium difficile as an urgent threat for antibiotic resistant infections, in part due to the emergence of highly virulent fluoroquinolone resistant strains. Limited therapeutic options currently exist, many of which result in disease relapse. We sought to identify molecules specifically targeting C. difficile in high throughput screens of our diversity-oriented synthesis compound collection. We identified two scaffolds with apparently novel mechanisms of action that selectively target C...
February 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214753/structural-and-functional-insights-into-corrinoid-iron-sulfur-protein-from-human-pathogen-clostridium-difficile
#17
Yaozhu Wei, Xiaofei Zhu, Sixue Zhang, Xiangshi Tan
The human pathogen Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most important healthcare-associated infections. The Wood-Ljungdahl pathway, which is responsible for Acetyl-CoA biosynthesis, is essential for the survival of the pathogen and is absent in humans. The key proteins and enzymes involved in the pathway are attractive targets for the treatment of CDI. Corrinoid iron-sulfur protein (CoFeSP) is a key protein and acts as a methyl transformer in the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. In this study, CoFeSP from Clostridium difficile (CoFeSPCd) was cloned, expressed in E...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214735/rna-based-control-mechanisms-of-clostridium-difficile
#18
REVIEW
Olga Soutourina
Clostridium difficile (CD)-associated diarrhoea is currently the most prevalent nosocomial diarrhoea worldwide. Many characteristics of CD pathogenicity remain poorly understood. Recent data strongly indicate the importance of an RNA network for the control of gene expression in CD. More than 200 regulatory RNAs have been identified by deep sequencing and targeted approaches, including Hfq-dependent trans riboregulators, cis-antisense RNAs, CRISPR RNAs, and c-di-GMP-responsive riboswitches. These regulatory RNAs are involved in the control of major processes in the CD infection cycle, for example motility, biofilm formation, adhesion, sporulation, stress response, and defence against bacteriophages...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214181/-adult-immunisation-general-points-hot-topics-and-perspectives
#19
P Loubet, O Launay
Vaccination in immunocompetent adult mainly concerns booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and pertussis. Some chronic diseases may also require the achievement of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines. In addition, from the age of 65, annual influenza vaccination as well as one dose of a live attenuated shingles vaccine between 64 and 75 years are recommended. Immunocompromised adults, due to the increased risk of serious infections responsible of significant morbidity and mortality, are particularly concerned by vaccination...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213939/protective-antibodies-against-clostridium-difficile-are-present-in-intravenous-immunoglobulin-and-are-retained-in-humans-following-its-administration
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Ola H Negm, Brendon MacKenzie, Mohamed R Hamed, Omar Aj Ahmad, Clifford C Shone, David P Humphreys, K Ravi Acharya, Christine E Loscher, Izabela Marszalowska, Mark Lynch, Mark H Wilcox, Tanya M Monaghan
The prevalence of serum antibodies against C. difficile (CD) toxins A and B in healthy populations have prompted interest in evaluating the therapeutic activity of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) in individuals experiencing severe or recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI). Despite some promising case reports, a definitive clinical role for IVIg in CDI remains unclear. Contradictory results may be attributed to a lack of consensus regarding optimal dose, timing of administration and patient selection as well as variability in specific antibody content between commercial preparations...
February 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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