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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110506/antibiotic-discovery-throughout-the-small-world-initiative-a-molecular-strategy-to-identify-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-involved-in-antagonistic-activity
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Elizabeth Davis, Tyler Sloan, Krista Aurelius, Angela Barbour, Elijah Bodey, Brigette Clark, Celeste Dennis, Rachel Drown, Megan Fleming, Allison Humbert, Elizabeth Glasgo, Trent Kerns, Kelly Lingro, MacKenzie McMillin, Aaron Meyer, Breanna Pope, April Stalevicz, Brittney Steffen, Austin Steindl, Carolyn Williams, Carmen Wimberley, Robert Zenas, Kristen Butela, Hans Wildschutte
The emergence of bacterial pathogens resistant to all known antibiotics is a global health crisis. Adding to this problem is that major pharmaceutical companies have shifted away from antibiotic discovery due to low profitability. As a result, the pipeline of new antibiotics is essentially dry and many bacteria now resist the effects of most commonly used drugs. To address this global health concern, citizen science through the Small World Initiative (SWI) was formed in 2012. As part of SWI, students isolate bacteria from their local environments, characterize the strains, and assay for antibiotic production...
January 22, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110148/ciprofloxacin-induces-oxidative-stress-in-duckweed-lemna-minor-l-implications-for-energy-metabolism-and-antibiotic-uptake-ability
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Marcelo Pedrosa Gomes, Cíntia Almeida Gonçalves, Júlio César Moreira de Brito, Amanda Miranda Souza, Fernanda Vieira da Silva Cruz, Elisa Monteze Bicalho, Cleber Cunha Figueredo, Queila Souza Garcia
We investigate the physiological responses and antibiotic-uptake capacity of Lemna minor exposed to ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) induced toxic effects and hormesis in plants by significantly modifying photosynthesis and respiration pathways. A toxic effect was induced by a concentration ≥1.05mg ciprofloxacin l(-1) while hormesis occurs at the lowest concentration studied (0.75mg ciprofloxacin l(-1)). By impairing normal electron flow in the respiratory electron transport chain, ciprofloxacin induces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110095/prophylaxis-for-stress-ulcers-with-proton-pump-inhibitors-is-not-associated-with-increased-risk-of-bloodstream-infections-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Margot E Cohen, Joanne M Hathway, Hojjat Salmasian, Jianfang Liu, Melissa Terry, Julian A Abrams, Daniel E Freedberg
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been associated with increased risk of infection, likely due to changes in intestinal epithelial permeability and the gastrointestinal microbiome. PPIs are frequently given to patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) to prevent stress ulcers. These patients are at risk for bloodstream infections (BSIs), so we investigated the relationship between PPI use and BSIs among patients in the ICU. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of adults (≥18 years) admitted to 1 of 14 ICUs within a hospital network of 3 large hospitals from 2008 through 2014...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110051/reliability-of-self-reported-recent-antibiotic-use-among-the-general-population-a-cross-sectional-study
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Béatrice Demore, Diane Le Govic, Nathalie Thilly, Jean-Marc Boivin, Céline Pulcini
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the reliability of self-reported recent antibiotic use, including ability to name the antibiotic, among pharmacy customers from the general population. METHODS: This cross-sectional observational study of adults took place in pharmacies in northeastern France from January to April 2016. Participants were asked if they had used any antibiotics in the preceding four months and if so, to name them. Their reports were compared with an electronic pharmacy dispensing record listing all of the medication dispensed to them in France...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109845/outbreak-of-nosocomial-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st1419-in-a-neonatal-unit
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Jing Yu, Yue Wang, Zhongju Chen, Xuhui Zhu, Lei Tian, Li Li, Ziyong Sun
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterise carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates recovered from neonatal clinical specimens over a 4-month period. METHODS: Seven carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae isolates were analysed. Antibiotic susceptibilities of the isolates were determined by the agar dilution method, and the drug resistance genes were evaluated by PCR. Clonal relatedness of the isolates was assessed using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109798/adverse-events-associated-with-surgical-antibiotic-prophylaxis-for-outpatient-circumcisions-at-us-children-s-hospitals
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Katherine H Chan, Benjamin M Whittam, Elizabeth A S Moser, Mark P Cain, William E Bennett
INTRODUCTION: Doctors often use surgical antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP) despite limited evidence to support its efficacy. We sought to determine the association between SAP in children undergoing circumcision and the rate of perioperative adverse events. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of males >30 days old and <18 years old who underwent circumcision from 2004 to 2014 using the Pediatric Health Information System database. We excluded inpatients and those with any concomitant procedures...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109770/modulation-of-the-antibiotic-activity-against-multidrug-resistant-strains-of-coumarins-isolated-from-rutaceae-species
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Sara A L Madeiro, Nathalie H P B Borges, Augusto L Souto, Pedro T R de Figueiredo, José P Siqueira-Junior, Josean F Tavares
The first occurrences and dissemination of resistant microorganisms led to the inefficacy of many antibiotics, available in the market nowadays, therefore, the search for new substances with antimicrobial activity from natural sources has gained a great importance. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the antibacterial activity and modulation of drug resistance in Staphylococcus aureus by coumarins such as bergapten, xantotoxin, isopimpinellin and imperatorin obtained from two Rutaceae species (Metrodorea mollis and Pilocarpus spicatus)...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109583/detection-of-recombinant-human-lactoferrin-and-lysozyme-produced-in-a-bitransgenic-cow
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Germán G Kaiser, Nicolás C Mucci, Vega González, Lourdes Sánchez, José A Parrón, María D Pérez, Miguel Calvo, Juan F Aller, Federico A Hozbor, Adrián A Mutto
Lactoferrin and lysozyme are 2 glycoproteins with great antimicrobial activity, being part of the nonspecific defensive system of human milk, though their use in commercial products is difficult because human milk is a limited source. Therefore, many investigations have been carried out to produce those proteins in biological systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, or plants. Mammals seem to be more suitable as expression systems for human proteins, however, especially for those that are glycosylated. In the present study, a bicistronic commercial vector containing a goat β-casein promoter and an internal ribosome entry site fragment between the human lactoferrin and human lysozyme genes was developed to allow the introduction of both genes into bovine adult fibroblasts in a single transfection...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109552/-rapid-methods-for-detection-of-bacterial-resistance-to-antibiotics
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Gabriel Alberto March-Rosselló
The most widely used antibiotic susceptibility testing methods in Clinical Microbiology are based on the phenotypic detection of antibiotic resistance by measuring bacterial growth in the presence of the antibiotic being tested. These conventional methods take typically 24hours to obtain results. Here we review the main techniques for rapid determination of antibiotic susceptibility. Data obtained with different methods such as molecular techniques, microarrays, commercial methods used in work routine, immunochromatographic methods, colorimetric methods, image methods, nephelometry, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, chemiluminescence and bioluminescence, microfluids and methods based on cell disruption are analysed in detail...
January 18, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109160/antibiotics-for-infection-prevention-after-excision-of-the-cervical-transformation-zone
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Chumnan Kietpeerakool, Bandit Chumworathayi, Jadsada Thinkhamrop, Butsakorn Ussahgij, Pisake Lumbiganon
BACKGROUND: Excision of the transformation zone of the cervix is the most commonly used approach to treat cervical precancerous lesions (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)) to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer. As the excision of the transformation zone leaves a raw area on the cervix, there is a risk of infection following the procedure. The incidence of infection after cold knife conization (CKC) is 36%, whereas the incidence for large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ, also known as loop electrical excision procedure (LEEP)) is much lower (0...
January 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109049/production-of-the-antibiotic-secondary-metabolite-solanapyrone-a-by-the-fungal-plant-pathogen-ascochyta-rabiei-during-fruiting-body-formation-in-saprobic-growth
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Wonyong Kim, Jeong-Jin Park, Frank M Dugan, Tobin L Peever, David R Gang, George Vandemark, Weidong Chen
Fungi are noted producers of a diverse array of secondary metabolites, many of which are of pharmacological importance. However, the biological roles of the vast majority of these molecules during the fungal life cycle in nature remain elusive. Solanapyrones are polyketide-derived secondary metabolites produced by diverse fungal species including the plant pathogen Ascochyta rabiei. This molecule was originally thought to function as a phytotoxin facilitating pathogenesis of A. rabiei. Chemical profiling and gene expression studies showed that solanapyrone A was specifically produced during saprobic, but not parasitic growth of A...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108796/a-clinical-decision-rule-for-the-use-of-ultrasound-in-children-presenting-with-acute-inflammatory-neck-masses
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Farahnaz Golriz, George S Bisset, Beth D'Amico, Andrea T Cruz, Kiyetta H Alade, Wei Zhang, Lane F Donnelly
OBJECTIVE: To identify the association between clinical and ultrasound findings and surgical drainage in children with inflammatory neck masses and to create a clinical decision rule that allows for reduction of unnecessary use of ultrasound in inflammatory neck masses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed data on patients ≤18 years who visited our emergency department between 2012 and 2014 with inflammatory neck swelling and who underwent ultrasound examinations of the neck...
January 21, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108794/maldi-tof-short-incubation-identification-from-blood-cultures-is-associated-with-reduced-length-of-hospitalization-and-a-decrease-in-bacteremia-associated-mortality
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J A Delport, A Strikwerda, A Armstrong, D Schaus, M John
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of MALDI-ToF identification and rapid short incubation MALDI-Tof identification protocol on patient care compared to conventional identification. By using a retrospective review we assessed the impact of a rapid Bruker MALDI-Tof identification protocol. Overall there was a 16.76-hour reduction in time to identification of the pathogen after the introduction of MALDI-TOF identification in 2013 (P<0.0001) and a further 15-hour reduction (P<9.37 E-05) after implementation of the short incubation MALDI-TOF identification protocol in 2014...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108666/antibiotic-induced-elevations-of-plasma-bile-acids-in-rats-independent-of-bsep-inhibition
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Yutai Li, Michael J Hafey, Hong Duong, Raymond Evers, Kyeongmi Cheon, Daniel J Holder, Alema Galijatovic-Idrizbegovic, Frank D Sistare, Warren E Glaab
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a common toxicity observed in drug development and can lead to withdrawal of approved drugs from the market. To better understand the numerous mechanisms of DILI, recent efforts have focused on transporter inhibition, specifically liver canalicular bile salt export pump (Bsep) as one mechanism of DILI, and on the potential use of plasma bile acids as monitorable mechanism-based biomarkers of Bsep inhibition. To explore alternative mechanisms of bile acid increases in plasma, six antibiotic and two non-antibiotic drugs unlikely to be Bsep inhibitors were evaluated in rat studies...
January 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108392/a-case-of-pyometrocolpos-with-bifidobacterium-species
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Maanasa M Bhaskar, Sujatha Sistla, S Kumaravel
Bifidobacterium species, a normal commensal of the human gastrointestinal tract, female genitourinary tract and vagina is usually considered non-pathogenic and is being used therapeutically as probiotic due to its beneficial effects. However, there are several case reports implicating Bifidobacteria as the causative agent in various infectious conditions. Infections with Bifidobacteria are often ignored or underreported as they are part of the normal gut microbiome. Here we discuss a case of pyometrocolpos with Bifidobacterium species...
January 17, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108390/fatal-sepsis-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-bacteroides-fragilis-harboring-a-cfia-gene-and-an-upstream-insertion-sequence-element-in-japan
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Itaru Nakamura, Kotaro Aoki, Yuri Miura, Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Matsumoto
Here, we report a case of fatal sepsis resulting from an intra-abdominal infection caused by a Bacteroides fragilis strain containing a CfiA4 metallo-β-lactamase and an upstream insertion sequence (IS) element. Meropenem was used as empiric therapy for septic shock as a result of the intra-abdominal infection, although two rounds of carbapenem treatment had been administered previously. B. fragilis was isolated from two anaerobic blood culture bottles 4 days after the onset of septic shock. Susceptibility testing revealed that the isolate was non-susceptible to all tested agents except metronidazole and tigecycline...
January 17, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108098/comparative-efficacies-of-daptomycin-vancomycin-and-linezolid-in-experimental-enterococcal-peritonitis
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Toshiki Kajihara, Shigeki Nakamura, Naoki Iwanaga, Kazuhiro Oshima, Katsuji Hirano, Taiga Miyazaki, Koichi Izumikawa, Katsunori Yanagihara, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Noboru Hattori, Nobuoki Kohno, Shigeru Kohno, Hiroshi Mukae
Enterococci have become increasingly important pathogens for nosocomial infection (e.g. bacteremia, intra-abdominal infection, endocarditis, etc.), related to their intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics. Although the in vitro susceptibility of daptomycin (DAP) against Enterococci is well established, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved its use for complicated skin and skin structure infections induced by Enterococcus faecalis. In this study we evaluated the potential therapeutic application of DAP in a murine model of enterococcal experimental peritonitis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108091/implementation-of-a-simple-innovative-system-for-postprescription-antibiotic-review-based-on-computerized-tools-with-shared-access
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F Bouchand, A Dinh, A L Roux, B Davido, H Michelon, M Lepainteur, B Legendre, F El Sayed, I Pierre, J Salomon, C Lawrence, C Perronne, M Villart, A-C Crémieux
BACKGROUND: Controlling antibiotic use in healthcare establishments limits their consumption and the emergence of bacterial resistance. AIM: To evaluate the efficiency of an innovative antibiotic stewardship strategy implemented over three years in a university hospital. METHODS: An antimicrobial multi-disciplinary team (AMT) [pharmacist, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist (IDS)] conducted a postprescription review. Specific coding of targeted antibiotics (including broad-spectrum β-lactams, glycopeptides, lipopeptides, fluoroquinolones and carbapenems) in the computerized physician order entry allowed recording of all new prescriptions...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107695/antibacterial-activity-computational-analysis-and-host-toxicity-study-of-thymol-sulfonamide-conjugates
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Shasank S Swain, Sudhir K Paidesetty, Rabindra N Padhy
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE) are notorious pathogenic multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria in both hospital and community sectors, and today the first antibacterial drug sulfamethoxazole is ineffective. The monoterpene phenol, thymol was conjugated with seven sulfa drug derivatives individually, adopting the dye-azo synthesis protocol, and conjugates were characterized using spectral analysis techniques such as, UV, FTIR, MS, HPLC, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and SEM...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107434/anti-mrka-monoclonal-antibodies-reveal-distinct-structural-and-antigenic-features-of-mrka
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Qun Wang, Yan Chen, Romana Cvitkovic, Meghan E Pennini, Chew Shun Chang, Mark Pelletier, Jessica Bonnell, Adem C Koksal, Herren Wu, William F Dall'Acqua, C Kendall Stover, Xiaodong Xiao
Antibody therapy against antibiotics resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections represents a promising strategy, the success of which depends critically on the ability to identify appropriate antibody targets. Using a target-agnostic strategy, we recently discovered MrkA as a potential antibody target and vaccine antigen. Interestingly, the anti-MrkA monoclonal antibodies isolated through phage display and hybridoma platforms all recognize an overlapping epitope, which opens up important questions including whether monoclonal antibodies targeting different MrkA epitopes can be generated and if they possess different protective profiles...
2017: PloS One
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