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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933936/value-of-public-health-funding-in-preventing-hospital-bloodstream-infections-in-the-united-states
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Melanie D Whittington, Cathy J Bradley, Adam J Atherly, Jonathan D Campbell, Richard C Lindrooth
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the association of 1 activity of the Prevention and Public Health Fund with hospital bloodstream infections and calculate the return on investment (ROI). METHODS: The activity was funded for 1 year (2013). A difference-in-differences specification evaluated hospital standardized infection ratios (SIRs) before funding allocation (years 2011 and 2012) and after funding allocation (years 2013 and 2014) in the 15 US states that received the funding compared with hospital SIRs in states that did not receive the funding...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933214/magnetic-enhancement-of-stem-cell-targeted-delivery-into-the-brain-following-mr-guided-focused-ultrasound-for-opening-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Wei-Bin Shen, Pavlos Anastasiadis, Ben Nguyen, Deborah Yarnell, Paul J Yarowsky, Victor Frenkel, Paul S Fishman
Focused ultrasound (FUS)-mediated blood-brain barrier disruption (BBBD) can enable even large therapeutics such as stem cells to enter the brain from the bloodstream. However, the efficiency is relatively low. Our previous study showed that human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in culture were attracted by an external magnetic field. In vivo, enhanced brain retention was observed near a magnet mounted on the skull in a rat model of traumatic brain injury, where BBBD also occurs...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932346/insights-from-the-draft-genome-into-the-pathogenicity-of-a-clinical-isolate-of-elizabethkingia-meningoseptica-em3
#3
Shicheng Chen, Marty Soehnlen, Frances P Downes, Edward D Walker
Elizabethkingia meningoseptica is an emerging, healthcare-associated pathogen causing a high mortality rate in immunocompromised patients. We report the draft genome sequence of E. meningoseptica Em3, isolated from sputum from a patient with multiple underlying diseases. The genome has a length of 4,037,922 bp, a GC-content 36.4%, and 3673 predicted protein-coding sequences. Average nucleotide identity analysis (>95%) assigned the bacterium to the species E. meningoseptica. Genome analysis showed presence of the curli formation and assembly operon and a gene encoding hemagglutinins, indicating ability to form biofilm...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929959/-in-vitro-effect-of-vancomycin-and-daptomycin-on-biofilm-formation-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-strains
#4
Duygu Nilüfer Öcal, İştar Dolapçı, Zeynep Gençtürk, Alper Tekeli
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are one of the primer agents of blood stream infections (BSI) and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI) which are associated mostly with the usage of central venous catheters and, important causes of morbidity and mortality despite the usage of antibacterial and supportive treatment. It is important to determine the properties of these causative microorganisms in order to make appropriate treatment of such infections. The aims of our study were to evaluate the biofilm formation of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) which were causative agents of bloodstream (BSI) and catheter related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI), to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of planktonic forms and minimal biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) of sessile forms for vancomycin and daptomycin and to evaluate the efficacy of these antibiotics in infections with biofilm-forming isolates in vitro...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928213/cell-cycle-inhibition-to-treat-sleeping-sickness
#5
Conrad L Epting, Brian T Emmer, Nga Y Du, Joann M Taylor, Ming Y Makanji, Cheryl L Olson, David M Engman
African trypanosomiasis is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei During infection, this pathogen divides rapidly to high density in the bloodstream of its mammalian host in a manner similar to that of leukemia. Like all eukaryotes, T. brucei has a cell cycle involving the de novo synthesis of DNA regulated by ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which catalyzes the conversion of ribonucleotides into their deoxy form. As an essential enzyme for the cell cycle, RNR is a common target for cancer chemotherapy...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927452/vancomycin-heteroresistance-in-coagulase-negative-staphylococcus-blood-stream-infections-from-patients-of-intensive-care-units-in-mansoura-university-hospitals-egypt
#6
Ghada El-Saeed Mashaly, Rasha Hassan El-Mahdy
BACKGROUND: Vancomycin heteroresistance in coagulase negative Staphylococci (CoNS) is a recent health concern especially in serious infections like bloodstream infections as it may lead to failure of therapy. Little information is available about the prevalence vancomycin heteroresistance in CoNS causing bloodstream infections in intensive care units (ICUs) patients of Mansoura University Hospitals (MUHs). METHODS: This prospective study enrolled 743 blood samples collected from ICUs patients presented with clinical manifestations of bloodstream infections over the period extending from January 2014 to March 2016...
September 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927276/alkoxycarbonate-ester-prodrugs-of-preclinical-drug-candidate-elq-300-for-prophylaxis-and-treatment-of-malaria
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Lisa Frueh, Yuexin Li, Michael Mather, Qigui Li, Sovitj Pou, Aaron Nilsen, Rolf W Winter, Isaac Forquer, April Pershing, Lisa H Xie, Martin J Smilkstein, Diana Caridha, Robert F Campbell, Richard J Sciotti, Mara Kreishman-Deitrick, Jane X Kelly, Brian Andrew Vesely, Akhil Vaidya, Michael K Riscoe
ELQ-300 is a preclinical antimalarial drug candidate that is active against liver, blood, and transmission stages of Plasmodium falciparum. While ELQ-300 is highly effective when administered in a low multi-dose regimen, poor aqueous solubility and high crystallinity have hindered its clinical development. To overcome its challenging physiochemical properties, a number of bioreversible alkoxycarbonate ester prodrugs of ELQ-300 were synthesized. These bioreversible prodrugs are converted to ELQ-300 by host and parasite esterase action in the liver and bloodstream of the host...
September 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924146/apols-with-low-ph-dependence-can-kill-all-african-trypanosomes
#8
Frédéric Fontaine, Laurence Lecordier, Gilles Vanwalleghem, Pierrick Uzureau, Nick Van Reet, Martina Fontaine, Patricia Tebabi, Benoit Vanhollebeke, Philippe Büscher, David Pérez-Morga, Etienne Pays
The primate-specific serum protein apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) is the only secreted member of a family of cell death promoting proteins (1-4) . APOL1 kills the bloodstream parasite Trypanosoma brucei brucei, but not the human sleeping sickness agents T.b. rhodesiense and T.b. gambiense (3) . We considered the possibility that intracellular members of the APOL1 family, against which extracellular trypanosomes could not have evolved resistance, could kill pathogenic T. brucei subspecies. Here we show that recombinant APOL3 (rAPOL3) kills all African trypanosomes, including T...
September 18, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923877/interplay-among-resistance-profiles-high-risk-clones-and-virulence-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-model
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Irina Sánchez-Diener, Laura Zamorano, Carla López-Causapé, Gabriel Cabot, Xavier Mulet, Carmen Peña, Rosa Del Campo, Rafael Cantón, Antonio Doménech-Sánchez, Luis Martínez-Martínez, Susana C Arcos, Alfonso Navas, Antonio Oliver
The increasing prevalence of nosocomial infections produced by multidrug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa is frequently linked to widespread international strains designated as high-risk clones. In this work we attempted to decipher the interplay between resistance profiles, high-risk clones and virulence, testing a large (n=140) collection of well characterized P. aeruginosa isolates from different sources (bloodstream infections, nosocomial outbreaks, cystic fibrosis and environment) in a Caenorhabditis elegans infection model...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920169/diagnostic-value-of-strem-1-il-8-pct-and-crp-in-febrile-neutropenia-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation
#10
C S Michel, D Teschner, E M Wagner, M Theobald, Markus P Radsak
Infections and infectious complications are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in febrile neutropenic patients after autologous stem cell transplantation. Laboratory biomarkers are helpful for early identification of critically ill patients and optimal therapy management. Several studies in adult non-neutropenic patients proposed sTREM-1 as a superior biomarker for identification of septic patients as well as a predictor for survival in these patients compared with procalcitonin (PCT), C-reactive protein (CRP), or interleukin-8 (IL-8)...
September 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919885/trypanosoma-cruzi-evades-the-complement-system-as-an-efficient-strategy-to-survive-in-the-mammalian-host-the-specific-roles-of-host-parasite-molecules-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-calreticulin
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REVIEW
Galia Ramírez-Toloza, Arturo Ferreira
American Trypanosomiasis is an important neglected reemerging tropical parasitism, infecting about 8 million people worldwide. Its agent, Trypanosoma cruzi, exhibits multiple mechanisms to evade the host immune response and infect host cells. An important immune evasion strategy of T. cruzi infective stages is its capacity to inhibit the complement system activation on the parasite surface, avoiding opsonizing, immune stimulating and lytic effects. Epimastigotes, the non-infective form of the parasite, present in triatomine arthropod vectors, are highly susceptible to complement-mediated lysis while trypomastigotes, the infective form, present in host bloodstream, are resistant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919715/in-vitro-inhibitory-activities-of-magnolol-against-candida-spp
#12
Peiru Zhou, Jingya Fu, Hong Hua, Xiaosong Liu
Candida spp. cause various infections involving the skin, mucosa, deep tissues, and even life-threatening candidemia. They are regarded as an important pathogen of nosocomial bloodstream infection, with a high mortality rate. As a result of prolonged exposure to azoles, the therapeutic failure associated with azoles resistance has become a serious challenge in clinical situations. Therefore, novel, alternative antifungals are required urgently. In the present study, the CLSI M-27A broth microdilution method and the 2,3-Bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide (XTT) reduction assay were used to evaluate the antifungal effects of magnolol against various standard Candida strains in planktonic mode and biofilm formation, respectively...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919195/combination-versus-monotherapy-for-gram-negative-bloodstream-infections-matching-by-predicted-prognosis
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Julie Ann Justo, P Brandon Bookstaver, Joseph Kohn, Helmut Albrecht, Majdi N Al-Hasan
The utility of empirical combination antimicrobial therapy for gram-negative bloodstream infections (BSI) remains unclear. This retrospective, quasi-experimental matched cohort study examined the impact of empirical combination therapy on mortality in patients with gram-negative BSI. Hospitalized adults with gram-negative BSI from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2013 at Palmetto Health Hospitals in Columbia, SC, USA were identified. Patients receiving combination or beta-lactam monotherapy therapy were matched 1:1 based on age, sex and Bloodstream Infection Mortality Risk Score (BSIMRS)...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916373/methods-for-computational-disease-surveillance-in-infection-prevention-and-control-statistical-process-control-versus-twitter-s-anomaly-and-breakout-detection-algorithms
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Timothy L Wiemken, Stephen P Furmanek, William A Mattingly, Marc-Oliver Wright, Annuradha K Persaud, Brian E Guinn, Ruth M Carrico, Forest W Arnold, Julio A Ramirez
BACKGROUND: Although not all health care-associated infections (HAIs) are preventable, reducing HAIs through targeted intervention is key to a successful infection prevention program. To identify areas in need of targeted intervention, robust statistical methods must be used when analyzing surveillance data. The objective of this study was to compare and contrast statistical process control (SPC) charts with Twitter's anomaly and breakout detection algorithms. METHODS: SPC and anomaly/breakout detection (ABD) charts were created for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Acinetobacter baumannii, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and central line-associated bloodstream infection data...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912948/outbreak-of-fusarium-oxysporum-infections-in-children-with-cancer-an-experience-with-7-episodes-of-catheter-related-fungemia
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Fabianne Carlesse, Anna-Paula C Amaral, Sarah S Gonçalves, Hemilio Xafranski, Maria-Lucia M Lee, Victor Zecchin, Antonio S Petrilli, Abdullah M Al-Hatmi, Ferry Hagen, Jacques F Meis, Arnaldo L Colombo
BACKGROUND: Fusarium species are widely spread in nature as plant pathogens but are also able to cause opportunistic fungal infections in humans. We report a cluster of Fusarium oxysporum bloodstream infections in a single pediatric cancer center. METHODS: All clinical and epidemiological data related to an outbreak involving seven cases of fungemia by Fusarium oxysporum during October 2013 and February 2014 were analysed. All cultured isolates (n = 14) were identified to species level by sequencing of the TEF1 and RPB2 genes...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911341/rapid-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-related-species-isolated-from-food-environment-cosmetics-a-medical-device-and-clinical-samples-using-the-vitek-ms-microbial-identification-system
#16
Irshad M Sulaiman, Pratik Banerjee, Ying-Hsin Hsieh, Nancy Miranda, Steven Simpson, Khalil Kerdahi
Staphylococcus spp. is considered as one of the most common human-pathogenic bacteria, causing illnesses ranging from nonthreatening skin infections to lethal diseases, including sepsis, pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and food poisoning. The emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains has increased morbidity and mortality and resulted in a major healthcare burden worldwide. Single and multilocus sequence typing have been extensively used in the identification of Staphylococcus species...
September 15, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910912/-percutaneous-catheterization-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-retrospective-case-series
#17
X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, R Wang, C Y Zhang, S Q Wang, B Sun, Z H Tong
Objective: To review the experience of percutaneous catheterization for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by respiratory intensivists at a single institution. Methods: A retrospective review of 87 patients undergoing percutaneous catheterization for ECMO in Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from November 2009 to January 2017. Subject demographics, type of support, cannulation configuration, types of cannulas, use of imaging modalities, and complications were recorded and summarized...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904994/n-acetylglucosamine-metabolism-promotes-survival-of-candida-albicans-in-the-phagosome
#18
Elisa M Vesely, Robert B Williams, James B Konopka, Michael C Lorenz
Phagocytosis by innate immune cells is one of the most effective barriers against the multiplication and dissemination of microbes within the mammalian host. Candida albicans, a pathogenic yeast, has robust mechanisms that allow survival upon macrophage phagocytosis. C. albicans survives in part because it can utilize the alternative carbon sources available in the phagosome, including carboxylic acids and amino acids. Furthermore, metabolism of these compounds raises the pH of the extracellular environment, which combats the acidification and maturation of the phagolysosome...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904387/bacterial-distributions-and-prognosis-of-bloodstream-infections-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
#19
Yangxin Xie, Bo Tu, Zhe Xu, Xin Zhang, Jingfeng Bi, Min Zhao, Weiwei Chen, Lei Shi, Peng Zhao, Chunmei Bao, Enqiang Qin, Dongping Xu
Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are a frequently observed complication in liver cirrhosis patients. This study aimed to investigate the microbiological characteristics and outcomes of BSIs in patients with liver cirrhosis. We retrospectively studied 852 patients with liver cirrhosis who developed a BSI. Patient outcome was evaluated using 30-day mortality and assessed using multivariate stepwise logistic regression analysis. Antibiotic sensitivity of the pathogens was tested. Gram-negative bacteria were responsible for 59...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903536/an-alternative-strategy-for-trypanosome-survival-in-the-mammalian-bloodstream-revealed-through-genome-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-ubiquitous-bovine-parasite-trypanosoma-megatrypanum-theileri
#20
Steven Kelly, Alasdair Ivens, G Adam Mott, Ellis O'Neill, David Emms, Olivia Macleod, Paul Voorheis, Kevin Tyler, Matthew Clark, Jacqueline Matthews, Keith Matthews, Mark Carrington
There are hundreds of Trypanosoma species that live in the blood and tissue spaces of their vertebrate hosts. The vast majority of these do not have the ornate system of antigenic variation that has evolved in the small number of African trypanosome species, but can still maintain long-term infections in the face of the vertebrate adaptive immune system. Trypanosoma theileri is a typical example, has a restricted host range of cattle and other Bovinae, and is only occasionally reported to cause patent disease although no systematic survey of the effect of infection on agricultural productivity has been performed...
August 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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