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  1. Bacteremias por bacilos gram-negativos

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    Adrelírio J. R. Gonçalves

    1969-01-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados 31 casos de bacteremia por gram-negativos, assunto que vem merecendo muita atenção dos pesquisadores nos últimos anos. Os organismos etiológicos mais importantes que apareceram em igualdade de freqüência foram Escherichia coli e Klebsiella-Aerobacter, sendo responsáveis por 58% do total das infecções, seguidos por Pseudomonas. A porta de entrada mais freqüente foi o trato urinário em 61,3% dos casos. A infecção foi mais comum no sexo masculino e a faixa etária de 50 a 60 anos predominou. O uso prévio de antibióticos foi um fator predisponente muito importante, seguido pelo uso de esteróides e citostáticos. As principais doenças predisponentes foram diabetes mellitus e neoplasias malignas. Os principais fatores precipitantes foram a manipulação do aparelho urinário, com infecção prévia ou desencadeada, cirurgia do aparelho digestivo, uronatia obstrutiva e obstrução biliar. As principais manifestações clínicas foram a presença de febre, calafrios e hipotensão arterial. A complicação mais freqüente foi o choque bacteriano que incidiu em 58% dos casos, aproximadamente três vêzes aquela relatada na literatura. As outras foram a insuficiência renal aguda, superinfecção e infecção pulmonar metastática. Considerações terapêuticas gerais e esquemas de antibióticos são propostos para estes casos. A mortalidade da bacteremia simples foi de 30,7% e quando associada ao choque elevou-se para 72,2% . As infecções por Pseudomonas foram 100% fatais.

  2. Correlación de bacilos entéricos gram-negativos con parámetros clínicos y demográficos de pacientes con periodontitis crónica

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    C.M. Ardila Medina

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los bacilos entéricos gram-negativos presentes en placa subgingival de pacientes con periodontitis pueden representar una causa de fracaso en la terapia periodontal. Objetivo: investigar la correlación de bacilos entéricos gram-negativos con parámetros clínicos, edad, sexo y hábito de fumar de pacientes con periodontitis crónica. Materiales y métodos: se estudió la presencia de bacilos entéricos gram-negativos en 76 pacientes con periodontitis crónica. Las muestras subgingivales se procesaron mediante cultivo. Se utilizó la prueba de Spearman para determinar la correlación entre las variables clínicas, demográficas y hábito de fumar con la presencia de bacilos entéricos gram-negativos (p<0,05. Resultados y conclusiones: Se observaron bacilos entéricos gram-negativos en el 26,31% de los pacientes. Se encontró una correlación positiva estadísticamente significativa entre bacilos entéricos gram-negativos y los parámetros incremento de edad, sexo masculino, hábito de fumar, aumento en la profundidad de sondaje y pérdida de inserción clínica, presencia de placa y sangrado (r=0,107; 0,235; 0,106; 0.,165; 0,194; 0,123; 0,109; p<0,0001, respectivamente. Estos hallazgos tienen implicaciones terapéuticas importantes que deben tenerse en cuenta en el manejo de los pacientes con periodontitis que presentan entéricos en placa subgingival.

  3. Prevalência de bacilos Gram-negativos não fermentadores de pacientes internados em Porto Alegre-RS

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    Bruno Deliberali; Kendi Nishino Myiamoto; Carlos Hugo Del Priore Winckler Neto; Rafael Silvio Remus Pulcinelli; Alzira Resende do Carmo Aquino; Bruno Stefanello Vizzotto; Roberto Christ Vianna Santos

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: Os bacilos Gram-negativos não fermentadores (BGNNF) são frequentemente associados às infecções hospitalares. Além da alta incidência, esses microrganismos possuem resistência a diversos antimicrobianos. OBJETIVO: Analisar a prevalência e o perfil de resistência de BGNNF. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 14.971 laudos de pacientes em um hospital privado de Porto Alegre-RS, no período de maio de 2006 a março de 2008, sem distinção de sexo e idade. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÃO: Foram isoladas 326...

  4. Asociación de Prevotella intermedia/nigrescens, bacilos entéricos gram-negativos y parámetros clínicos en periodontitis crónica

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    C.M. Ardila Medina

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La relación entre Prevotella intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos presentes en placa subgingival de pacientes con periodontitis ha recibido muy poca atención en la literatura. Objetivo: Investigar la asociación de Prevotella intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos con parámetros clínicos de pacientes con periodontitis crónica. Materiales y métodos: Se estudió la prevalencia de P. intermedia/nigrescens y de bacilos entéricos gram-negativos en 76 pacientes con periodontitis crónica. Se utilizaron las pruebas de chi cuadrado y Mann-Whitney para evaluar las diferencias clínicas de los pacientes con presencia y ausencia de los microorganismos estudiados. También se usó la prueba no paramétrica de Spearman para determinar la correlación entre P. intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos con las variables clínicas (p<0,05. Resultados y conclusiones: El 46,7% y 26,31% de los pacientes presentaron P. intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos, respectivamente. En el 22% de los sujetos se observaron simultáneamente los microorganismos estudiados. Se encontró una correlación positiva estadísticamente significativa entre P. intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos (r=0,286, p<0,0001. La presencia de los microorganismos estuvo positivamente correlacionada con profundidad de sondaje (PS, nivel de inserción clínica y presencia de sangrado (r=0,362; 0,358; 0,079; p<0,0001, respectivamente. Igualmente, los pacientes que presentaron P. intermedia/nigrescens y bacilos entéricos gram-negativos mostraron un promedio de PS y de pérdida de inserción clínica significativamente mayor. Los parámetros clínicos adversos observados en presencia de estos microorganismos podrían tener implicaciones en la patogénesis de la periodontitis y un posible impacto en los resultados de la terapia periodontal.

  5. Prevalência de bacilos Gram-negativos não fermentadores de pacientes internados em Porto Alegre-RS

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    Bruno Deliberali

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os bacilos Gram-negativos não fermentadores (BGNNF são frequentemente associados às infecções hospitalares. Além da alta incidência, esses microrganismos possuem resistência a diversos antimicrobianos. OBJETIVO: Analisar a prevalência e o perfil de resistência de BGNNF. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 14.971 laudos de pacientes em um hospital privado de Porto Alegre-RS, no período de maio de 2006 a março de 2008, sem distinção de sexo e idade. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÃO: Foram isoladas 326 amostras de BGNNF. As espécies mais prevalentes foram: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (65,03%, Acinetobacter baumannii (16,56% e Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (9,5%. Outras espécies apresentaram índices inferiores a 5%. Os microrganismos foram isolados de diversos sítios infecciosos. Os materiais biológicos que apresentaram maior positividade para esses microrganismos foram o aspirado traqueal (38,34%, o escarro (18,71% e a urina (15,95%. A resistência bacteriana mostrou-se mais expressiva a tetraciclinas (89,57% e sulfametoxazol/trimetoprima (79,75%. Os antimicrobianos mais ativos foram polimixina B, com 100% de sensibilidade, e piperaciclina/tazobactam, com 75,2% de sensibilidade.

  6. Infection and colonization by Gram-negative bacilli in neonates hospitalized in High Risk Nursery at Uberlandia Federal University Hospital: etiology, resistant phenotypes and risk factors Infecção e colonização por bacilos Gram-negativos em neonatos internados em Berçário de Alto Risco do Hospital da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia: etiologia, fenótipos de resistência e fatores de risco

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    Renata Cristina Cezário

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to determine endemic and epidemic infection due to Gram-negative bacilli, risk factors associated with colonization and infection by these organisms and the resistance phenotypes (ESBL, AmpC in neonates admitted in a High Risk Nursery. The study was conducted during a 21 month period and included: a prospective study to evaluate the neonates with hospital infection and the use of third-generation cephalosporins; a case-control study to determine the risk factors associated with colonization/infection. Rectal and oropharynx cultures were also performed in four opportunities (September and November 2001, February and August 2002. The isolates for which the resistance of ceftazidime was 2 mg/mL were suspected of producing ESBL or AmpC b-lactamases. The incidence of infection by Gram-negative bacilli was 2.4% (89/3.708 neonates, and sepsis (35.9% and conjunctivitis (31.4% were the most common infections. The endemic infections were more prevalent (73.9% and usually associated with Enterobacteriaceae (95.5%, being these organisms also related to colonization, corresponding mainly to isolates of Enterobacter spp. and Klebsiella spp. Two outbreaks of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (n=10 and Acinetobacter baumannii (n=11 were identified during the survey. Univariate analysis showed that risk factors for Gram-negative bacilli infection considered significant included: the length of stay before infection/colonization, exposure to antimicrobial agents, mechanical ventilation, central venous catheters, parenteral nutrition and surgery. The majority of resistance to ceftazidime among Enterobacteriaceae isolates (80.9% was from ESBL phenotype. Administration of third-generation cephalosporins (ceftriaxone led to the emergence of these multiresistant Gram-negative bacilli in the neonatal unit.Os objetivos deste estudo foram determinar infecções endêmicas e epidêmicas por bacilos Gram-negativos, fatores de risco associados a coloniza

  7. Implicación de diversos mecanismos de resistencia a quinolonas en bacilos Gram-negativos: Diseño de una nueva fluoroquinolona

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    Sánchez Céspedes, Javier

    2008-01-01

    [spa] DE LA TESIS: Desde la aparición de las quinolonas, las resistencias bacterianas a las mismas han evolucionado de forma paralela. Conforme han ido apareciendo nuevas moléculas con mayor capacidad bactericida y mejores parámetros farmacodinámicos y farmacocinéticos, también se han ido identificando nuevos y más sofisticados mecanismos de resistencia, que se han ido adaptando a las necesidades de cada momento. Es por ello que se hace necesaria una nueva metodología para el diseño y la ...

  8. Actividad de cobre sobre bacilos gramnegativos multi-resistentes aislados en hospitales chilenos Copper activity against multiresistant Gram negative bacilli isolated from Chilean hospitals

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    Tomás Kappes; Mariana Domínguez; Helia Bello; Sergio Mella; Gisela Riedel; Gerardo González-Rocha

    2012-01-01

    Introducción: Los patógenos intrahospitalarios multi-resistentes constituyen un grave problema mundial de salud pública, especialmente los bacilos gramnegativos (BGN). El uso de cobre como antimicrobiano de superficie en hospitales se postula como una alternativa para el control de microorganismos en estos ambientes. Sin embargo, la multi-resistencia a antimicrobianos en BGN hospitalarios puede asociarse con la tolerancia a cobre, ya que existe evidencia que genes que codifican tolerancia a e...

  9. Prevalência de bastonetes Gram-negativos isolados da saliva de trabalhadores da saúde

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    Marinésia Aparecida Prado-Palos

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou determinar a prevalência de bastonetes Gram-negativos (BGN isolados da saliva de trabalhadores de saúde de um hospital universitário em Goiânia-Goiás e caracterizar o perfil dos colonizados. De agosto⁄2005 a julho⁄2006, participaram do estudo 278 trabalhadores de saúde responsáveis pelos cuidados assistenciais aos clientes atendidos na instituição. A taxa de portadores foi de 69,4%, destes 44% foram considerados portadores persistentes e 49,2% multicolonizados. Foram isolados 319 BGN, sendo 208 (65,2% enterobactérias e 111 (34,8% não-fermentadores. As principais espécies identificadas foram: Enterobacter aerogenes (17,9%, Klebsiella pneumoniae (16,3%, Enterobacter agglomerans (8,8%. No grupo dos BGN não-fermentadores, foram isoladas 25 (7,8% Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Elevada prevalência de trabalhadores colonizados por BGN foi observada. Os resultados obtidos neste estudo são de grande relevância, pois BGN assumem fundamental importância na etiologia e patogênese de infecções relacionadas à assistência à saúde de pacientes críticos, submetidos a procedimentos invasivos e com permanência prolongada no ambiente nosocomial.

  10. Estudo dos principais mecanismos de resistência aos antibióticos β-lactâmicos em bactérias patogénicas de gram negativo

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    Dias, Daniela Jones Antunes

    2009-01-01

    A resistência aos antibióticos é um problema global e emergente, sendo as β-lactamases o principal mecanismo de resistência bacteriana aos antibióticos β-lactâmicos em bactérias de Gram negativo. O principal objectivo deste trabalho consistiu em avaliar a diversidade das β-lactamases produzidas por um grupo de 126 bactérias de Gram negativo,isoladas no período de 2004 a 2008 em diversos ambientes clínicos, em particular as β-lactamases de espectro alargado (ESBL), AmpC e carbapenemases. ...

  11. Perfil de susceptibilidade a antimicrobianos em amostras de cocos Gram-positivos, catalase negativos, isoladas de mastite subclínica bubalina Profile of antimicrobial susceptibility in strains of Gram positive cocos, negative catalase, isolated from buffalo subclinical mastitis

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    Maria C.E. Vianni

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o perfil de susceptibilidade a antimicrobianos em cocos Gram-positivos catalase negativos (21 amostras de Lactococcus garvieae e 6 de Enterococcus gallinarum, isoladas do leite de fêmeas com mastite subclínica e pertencentes a uma população composta por seis rebanhos bubalinos localizados no Estado do Rio de Janeiro. O teste utilizado foi o da difusão de discos em agar Müller Hinton, segundo recomendações do National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards - NCCLS, tendo sido testados discos com ampicilina (10mg, cefalotina (30mg, cefotaxima (30mg, cefoxitina (30mg, cloranfenicol (30mg, eritromicina (15mg, gentamicina (10mg, nitrofurantoína (300mg, norfloxacina (10mg, penicilina (10 UI, tetraciclina (30mg e vancomicina (30mg. Os resultados evidenciaram que em se tratando de Lactococcus garvieae, o antimicrobiano mais eficiente foi o nitrofurantoína com 85,71% de sensibilidade, seguido da cefotaxima (61,90%, vancomicina (52,38%, norfloxacina (47,62% e cefalotina (47,62%. A maior resistência foi desenvolvida frente a penicilina e ampicilina, com 95,24% de resistênciapara os dois antimicrobianos testados. O perfil de susceptibilidade desenvolvido pelas amostras de Enterococcus gallinarum, mostrou baixa sensibilidade frente aos antimicrobianos testados, onde os maiores índices foram observados frente eritromicina e gentamicina, com 33,34% de sensibilidade para ambos; quanto à resistência desenvolvida, foi possível observar 100% de resistência com relação a vancomicina e tetraciclina, seguindo-se cloranfenicol, penicilina, ampicilina, cefoxitina, cefalotina, cefotaxima, norfloxacina e nitrofurantoína, todas evidenciando uma resistência de 83,33% das amostras testadas.The susceptibility of antimicrobials was studied in Gram positive and catalase negative cocci (21 samples of Lactococcus garvieae and 6 Enterococcus gallinarum, isolated from the milk of cows with subclinical mastitis, belonging to six buffalo herds in

  12. Integrones y su relación con el fenotipo de resistencia en bacilos gramnegativos aislados en el Hospital Torres Galdames de Iquique, Chile Integrons and their relationship with resistance phenotype in Gram negative bacilli isolated in the Hospital Torres Galdames, Iquique, Chile

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    Rubén Moraga M; Edgardo Santander P; Teresa Arias C; Fermín Méndez A

    2007-01-01

    La resistencia antimicrobiana es codificada por algunos elementos genéticos que generan un flujo horizontal, particularmente, en ambientes que están sometidos a una fuerte presión selectiva, como ocurre en el ambiente hospitalario. En tal sentido, los bacilos gramnegativos, en el último tiempo, han cobrado importancia como agentes de infección nosocomial. Objetivo. Investigar la presencia de integrones en aislados clínicos de bacilos gramnegativos y su relación con el fenotipo de resistencia,...

  13. Bactérias gram negativas resistentes a antimicrobianos em alimentos Gram-negative bacteria resistant to antibiotics in foods

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    José Cavalcante de Albuquerque Ribeiro Dias

    1985-12-01

    Full Text Available A partir de 154 espécimens de alimentos, representados por hortaliças (alface, leite e merenda escolar, obteve-se o isolamento e identificação de 400 amostras de bacilos Gram negativos. Esta amostragem se distribuiu em 339 enterobactérias (Escherichia, Shigella, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia e Proteus e 61 de gêneros afins (Acinetobacter, Flavobacterium, Aeromonas e Pseudomonas. Submetendo-se as culturas aos antimicrobianos: sulfadiazina (Su, estreptomicina (Sm, tetraciclina (Tc, cloranfenicol (Cm, canamicina (Km, ampicilina (Ap, ácido nalidíxico (Nal e gentamicina (Gm, observou-se apenas seis estirpes sensíveis a todas as drogas e sensibilidade absoluta à Gm. A predominância dos modelos Su (27,6% e Su-Ap (39,6% incidiu nas enterobactérias, enquanto que, 18,0% para Ap e 9,8% para Su-Ap foram detectados nos gêneros afins. Para caracterização da resistência foram realizados testes de conjugação e a totalidade das culturas não revelou transferência para o gene que confere resistência ao ácido nalidíxico. Relevantes são as taxas de amostras R+ observadas nos bacilos entéricos, oscilando em torno de 90% (leite e merenda escolar e alface, em torno de 70%From 154 food samples, including vegetables (lettuce, milk and meals served at school it was possible to isolate and identify 400 Gram negative bacilli distributed among 339 enteric bacteria (Escherichia, Shigella, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia and Proteus and other 61 non enteric bacilli (Acinetobacter, Flavobacterium, Aeromonas and Pseudomonas. Submitting this cultures to the drugs sulfadiazine (Su, streptomycin (Sm, tetracycline (Tc, chloramphenicol (Cm, kanamycin (Km, ampicillin (Ap, nalidixic acid (Nal and gentamycin (Gm it was observed only six stocks susceptible to all drugs and total sensibility to Gm. Among enteric bacteria the profiles Su (27,6% and Su-Ap (39,6% predominated, while for the non enteric bacilli percentages of 18.0 for

  14. Resultados negativos en terapia familiar .

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    José Navarro Góngora

    1991-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se analiza primero qué es lo que se entiende por "resultado negativo" en Terapia Familiar; en segundo lugar se aborda la sistemática del tema desde el punto de vista de la observación clínica y de la investigación empírica. Se concluye la necesidad de estandarización de criterios, el aumento de la calidad de los programas de Terapia Marital (habida cuenta de la alta tasa de recaídas) y la necesidad de esforzarse en este tipo de trabajo en la medida en que el análisis de...

  15. Gram Stain

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    ... the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea . Gram-positive bacilli— Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) can cause skin infections or pneumonia (also a bioterrorism agent ); Listeria monocytogenes can cause foodborne ... an AFB (acid-fast bacillus) smear and culture may be ordered on a ...

  16. Contraste sucesivo negativo consumatorio en un programa de economia cerrada

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    Mariana Bentosela

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta un experimento donde se estudia el efecto de contraste sucesivo negativo consumatorio (CSNC en un paradigma de economía cerrada. En estos diseños los animales no están privados de alimento, viven en las cajas de condicionamiento o en sus jaulas-vivienda y son expuestos al tratamiento experimental durante días. Un grupo de ratones recibió en sus jaulas vivienda agua azucarada al 32% las 24 horas durante trece días (fase precambio y al 4% dos días (fase post-cambio, G 32-4. El grupo control recibió siempre la solución al 4% (G 4-4. Como variable dependiente se registró el consumo (en mi diario. Para analizar los resultados se usó Análisis de Variancia (dos grupos independientes con medidas repetidas. Los animales del G 32-4 mostraron un descenso en su consumo cuando se devaluó la sustancia a 4% en comparación con un grupo que siempre recibió 4%. Este efecto se expresó a las 4 horas del cambio del reforzador y se mantuvo al menos hasta 6 horas posteriores al cambio. Este resultado indica que el efecto se presenta aún en presencia del agua y la comida, con animales saciados y en sus jaulas vivienda. Apoya el predominio de las asociaciones entre la representación interna del reforzador y el que se presenta y se minimiza el efecto de asociaciones entre el contexto y el reforzador. Por otra parte estos resultados su- gieren la potencia del fenómeno estudiado y aumenta su validez ecológica.

  17. El lado oscuro de las organizaciones: efectos negativos en el factor humano

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    Juana Patlán Pérez; Dolores Margarita Navarrete Zorrilla; María del Rosario García Velázquez

    2010-01-01

    El presente trabajo tiene como propósito determinar qué es el lado oscuro de las organizaciones y analizar cuáles son los efectos negativos que producen las organizaciones en el factor humano. Para tal propósito se efectuó una revisión a la literatura. El análisis de los efectos negativos que producen las organizaciones se realiza desde una perspectiva sistémica que sustenta que dichos efectos van desde provocar efectos derivados del trabajo tales como accidentes, enfermedades del trabajo, ha...

  18. Estrategias de futuros profesores de primaria en problemas aditivos con números negativos

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    Almeida, Rut; Bruno, Alicia

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo analiza las estrategias de resolución de problemas aditivos simples con números negativos por parte de futuros profesor de enseñanza primaria. Los resultados muestran seis estrategias diferentes que dependen de la dificultad del problema y en especial, de la posición de la incógnita. Los futuros profesores usan números negativos en los problemas que les resultan más sencillos y recurren a otras estrategias en los problemas más complejos. Las respuestas evidencian dificult...

  19. Joint fluid Gram stain

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    Gram stain of joint fluid ... A sample of joint fluid is needed. The fluid sample is sent to a lab where a small drop is placed in a ... on how to prepare for the removal of joint fluid, see joint fluid aspiration .

  20. Estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez en personas mayores de Latinoamérica

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    Viviana X. Lasagni Colombo

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los objetivos del estudio se centran en investigar la presencia de estereotipos hacia la vejez en adultos mayores de diez países de Latinoamérica. Comparar el nivel de estereotipos entre países y evaluar la influencia de variables socio-demográficas en la formación de estereotipos. Metodología: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal en adultos mayores de 60 a 70 años (N: 965 residentes en diez países de Latinoamérica. Se aplicó el Cuestionario de Estereotipos Negativos hacia la Vejez (CENVE y se estudió las posibles asociaciones entre variables socio demográficas y los factores del CENVE a través del análisis de varianzas (ANOVA. Los resultados demuestran que existen estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez en las personas mayores siendo más baja la presencia de estos en el factor motivacional. Se comprobó la relación significativa con variables “ocupación” y “nivel de escolaridad” y se corroboró la diferencia en la presencia de estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez entre los países que conforman este estudio. Conclusión: existen estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez en las personas mayores con diferencias entre grupos de países fundamentalmente por las condiciones sociosanitarias, educativas y económicas por las que atraviesan. El nivel de escolaridad y la situación socioeconómica influyen en la construcción de estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez.

  1. Think (Gram) negative!

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    2010-01-01

    The increasing prevalence of multiresistant Gram-negative bacteria of the Enterobacteriaceae family in Europe is a worrisome phenomenon. Extended spectrum betalactamase-producing Escherichia coli strains are widespread in the community and are frequently imported into the hospital. Of even more concern is the spread of carbapenem-resistant strains of Klebsiella spp. from regions where they are already endemic. Antibiotic use is a main driver of antibiotic resistance, which again increases broad spectrum antibiotic use, resulting in a vicious circle that is difficult to interrupt. The present commentary highlights important findings of a surveillance study of antimicrobial use and resistance in German ICUs over 8 years with a focus on Gram-negative resistance. PMID:20587087

  2. Gram stain of tissue biopsy

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    ... ency/article/003453.htm Gram stain of tissue biopsy To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Gram stain of tissue biopsy test involves using crystal violet stain to test ...

  3. Relações entre afetos positivos e negativos e os cinco fatores de personalidade

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    Ana Paula Porto Noronha

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ResumoA presente pesquisa tem como objetivo verificar a existência de associações entre afetos positivos e negativos e os fatores de personalidade, sob a perspectiva do modelo dos Cinco Grandes Fatores. Colaboraram para o desenvolvimento do estudo 529 estudantes do Ensino Médio de escolas públicas e particulares com idades entre 14 a 27 anos (M = 16,0; DP = 1,48. No que se refere ao sexo 223 (42,2% eram homens e 306 (57,8%, mulheres. Foram aplicadas a Escala de Afetos Zanon (EAZ e a Bateria Fatorial de Personalidade (BFP. Dentre os resultados, a relação entre o fator neuroticismo e os afetos negativos gerou o coeficiente mais forte (r = 0,62. Em relação aos afetos positivos, a maior correlação se deu com o fator extroversão (r = 0,42. Verificou-se que neuroticismo é o melhor preditor dos afetos negativos, enquanto que extroversão dos afetos positivos. Os achados são discutidos à luz da literatura.

  4. Four grams of glucose

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    Wasserman, David H.

    2008-01-01

    Four grams of glucose circulates in the blood of a person weighing 70 kg. This glucose is critical for normal function in many cell types. In accordance with the importance of these 4 g of glucose, a sophisticated control system is in place to maintain blood glucose constant. Our focus has been on the mechanisms by which the flux of glucose from liver to blood and from blood to skeletal muscle is regulated. The body has a remarkable capacity to satisfy the nutritional need for glucose, while ...

  5. Cultura cromogênica de um bacilo ácido-álcool resistente, isolado de mosquito (Culicínio capturado sôbre leproso, em plena natureza, com rétrocultura obtida de rato branco

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    Celso S. C. Rossell

    1946-09-01

    Full Text Available 1. Cultura cromogênica de um bacilo ácido-álcool-acetona resistente isolado de mosquito Culicíno, capturado em condições naturais, sôbre um enfêrmo lepromatoso L3. 2. Retro-cultura obtida em meio de Loewenstein do pus de abscesso dum rato branco, formado em 35 dias (ponto de inoculação, axila direita. O exame microscópico revelou abundantes globias e glóbulos brancos polinucleares fagocitando massas de bacilos ácido-álcool resistentes. 3. No próximo verão prosseguiremos nossos estudos, trabalhando em diferentes leprocômios do brasil, para confirmar o presente trabalho e poder chegar ás suas conclusões definitivas.

  6. Granulomas do pênis: uma complicação rara da terapia intravesical com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin Granulomas of the penis: a rare complication of intravesical therapy with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin

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    Sara Isabel Alcântara Lestre

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A imunoterapia com o Bacilo Calmette-Guérin é amplamente usada no tratamento e profilaxia da neoplasia urotelial superficial. As complicações associadas ao tratamento são comuns. Os autores relatam um caso de inflamação granulomatosa do pênis, associada à terapia intravesical com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin, com múltiplos nódulos eritematosos indolores localizados na glande. É também efetuada uma revisão da literatura. A balanopostite granulomatosa é uma complicação rara associada à imunoterapia com Bacilo Calmette-Guérin, com uma apresentação clinicamente heterogênea que pode dificultar o diagnóstico. O seu reconhecimento clínico é essencial para o início precoce de tuberculostáticos e interrupção de Bacilo Calmette-GuérinImmunotherapy with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin is widely used for treatment and prophylaxis of superficial urothelial cancer. Complications associated with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin treatment are common. The authors describe a case of granulomatous inflammation of the penis associated with intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin therapy, presenting with multiple erythematous and painless nodules located on the glans. A review of the literature is also performed. Granulomatous balanoposthitis is a rare complication of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin immunotherapy, with heterogeneous clinical presentation, which can make the diagnosis difficult. Its clinical recognition is essential for early start of therapy with antitubercular agents and interruption of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin

  7. La terapia cognitivo conductual y los síntomas negativos en la esquizofrenia

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    Tania Morales Vigil; Ana Fresán Orellana; Rebeca Robles García; Mariana Domínguez Correa

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    La esquizofrenia constituye un problema sanitario y social de grandes dimensiones que afecta no sólo al paciente sino a su entorno familiar y social. Dentro de las aproximaciones psicoterapéuticas dirigidas a pacientes con esquizofrenia, las terapias cognitivo conductuales (TCC) son las que cuentan con mayor evidencia de efectividad para diferentes propósitos y etapas del trastorno.ObjetivoAnalizar las técnicas y efectos específicos sobre síntomas negativos de las principales TCC para pacient...

  8. Estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez en personas mayores de Latinoamérica

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    Viviana X. Lasagni Colombo; Roberto Bernal Angarita; María del Rosario Tuzzo Gatto; María Soledad Rodríguez Bessolo; Dalila Heredia Calderón; Lenny M. Muñoz Miranda; Norma Palermo Guiñazu; Luynés M. Torrealba Gutiérrez; Elizabeth Crespo Tarifa; Gladys Gavira; Marcelina Palacios; Corina Inés Villarroel Campos; Walid Makin Fahmy; Ana Charamelo Baietti; Pura Díaz Veiga

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    Introducción: Los objetivos del estudio se centran en investigar la presencia de estereotipos hacia la vejez en adultos mayores de diez países de Latinoamérica. Comparar el nivel de estereotipos entre países y evaluar la influencia de variables socio-demográficas en la formación de estereotipos. Metodología: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal en adultos mayores de 60 a 70 años (N: 965) residentes en diez países de Latinoamérica. Se aplicó el Cuestionario de Estereotipos Negativos h...

  9. Bacterial diversity in soil in response to different plans, phosphate fertilizers and liming Diversidade bacteriana do solo em resposta a diferentes plantas, fertilizantes fosfatados e calagem

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    Paulo da Silva

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The diversity of bacterial isolates from soil in response to different plants (control, Brachiaria ruziziensis and Cajanus cajan, fertilization (control, simple superphosphate and rock phosphate and liming (with and without lime was evaluated. Phenotypic and physiological characteristics of the isolates were recorded and organized in a file to identify the bacteria. Among the isolates, 95% were Gram-positive and 5% Gram-negative rods. Soil cultivated with B. ruziziensis favored the nonsporing Gram-positive and Gram-negative rods compared to soils with C. cajan or uncultivated. Number of spore-forming Gram-positive rods were higher in plots with superphosphate than in unfertilized soil or soil fertilized with rock phosphate. In unfertilized plots, larger number of Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative rods was obtained than in fertilized plots. Unlimed plots favored spore-forming Gram-positive rods, Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative rods, while with liming a larger proportion of nonsporing Gram-positive rods was found. From 7 to 86% of the total isolates utilized different carbohydrates. The recording data used in this experiment was effective in the isolates identification, and might be useful for diagnosis of soil bacteria. Bacillus, Cellulomonas, Rhodococcus, Enterobacter, Flavobacterium, Micrococcus and Arthrobacter were the genera more commonly found. Bacterial diversity was enhanced in limed, unfertilized and plant cultivated plots.Este estudo avaliou a diversidade de bactérias isoladas do solo em resposta a diferentes plantas (controle, Brachiaria ruziziensis e Cajanus cajan, fertilizantes (controle, superfosfato simples e fosfato de rocha e calagem (com e sem calcário. As características fenotípicas e fisiológicas dos isolados foram registradas e organizadas em um arquivo para identificar as bactérias. Entre os isolados, 95% foram de bactérias Gram positivas e 5% bacilos Gram negativos. B. ruziziensis favoreceu mais os bacilos

  10. La vieja batalla entre la especie humana y el bacilo de Koch: ¿Es posible soñar con erradicar la tuberculosis?

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    J. A. Caminero

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo trata de analizar la complejidad de la vieja batalla que lleva librando, desde hace millones de años, la especie humana contra Mycobacterium tuberculosis, intentando realizar un repaso de todos los conocimientos que se tienen sobre esta enfermedad y de lo más importante de lo que puede acontecer en el futuro, con el fin de llegar a la conclusión de si es posible acabar soñando con erradicar esta enfermedad que tanto daño ha causado a la humanidad. A pesar de que la especie humana tiene suficientes conocimientos para vencer la batalla a M. tuberculosis, importantes condicionantes, sobre todo sociales (pobreza, inmigración, VIH, MDR, están favoreciendo la guerra del lado del bacilo. Y que, incluso aplicando adecuadamente todos los buenos conocimientos adquiridos para el control de la TB (detección y curación de casos, quimioprofilaxis, vacunación BCG, etc., se tardaría aún varios siglos en poder conseguir la erradicación. Sólo la posibilidad de descubrir una vacuna 100% eficaz, o el descubrimiento de nuevas asociaciones antimicrobianas que pudiesen curar la enfermedad en un plazo no superior a 15 días, podría acelerar este ritmo hacia la erradicación. Pero, lamentablemente, no existen fundamentos que permitan soñar con que cualquiera de estas dos posibilidades pueda cumplirse en los próximos 10-20 años. Por lo tanto, el sueño de erradicar la TB es un sueño muy antiguo, pero, lamentablemente, aún muy lejano.

  11. Evaluación de bacilos aerobios formadores de endosporas (bafes) para el control biológico de Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn en el cultivo de papa criolla (solanum tuberosum Grupo Phureja)

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    Rhizoctonia solani es un hongo fitopatógeno que produce la enfermedad de la Rizoctoniasis en cultivos de papa (Solanun tuberosum) a nivel mundial causando reducción en el rendimiento y la producción entre el 10% y el 26% Los mecanismos de control que se utilizan en la actualidad no permiten un control efectivo de la enfermedad, demandan altos costos y generan problemas medioambientales que estimulan a la búsqueda de estrategias alternativas y/o adicionales como el uso de bacilos formadores de...

  12. MECANISMOS DE RESISTENCIA EN PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA: ENTENDIENDO A UN PELIGROSO ENEMIGO Resistance mechanisms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: understanding a dangerous enemy

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    Carlos Andrés Gómez Álvarez; Aura Lucía Leal Castro; María de Jesús Pérez de Gonzalez; Myriam Lucía Navarrete Jiménez

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    Pseudomonas aeruginosa es un bacilo Gram negativo no fermentador, ampliamente relacionado con la infección nosocomial. Este tipo de infecciones se presentan en pacientes severamente comprometidos, hospitalizados especialmente en unidades de cuidado intensivo, donde existe una alta presión de selección de resistencia por parte de los antibióticos. Estas infecciones nosocomiales tienen implicaciones en el pronóstico del paciente, los costos del tratamiento, la estancia hospitalaria, la morbilid...

  13. Yersínia Enterocolítica. Estudo da Seroprevalência e Apresentação de 3 Casos Clínicos

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    Maltez, F; Machado, J.; Rocha, MA; Pires Gonçalves; Morgado, A; Proença, R

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    A Yersínia enterocolítica é um bacilo gram negativo que emergiu na últimas duas décadas como importante patogénico entérico, associado a um largo espectro de manifestações clínicas. Os autores apresentam um estudo da sua seroprevalência em 200 doentes hospitalizados e descrevem 3 casos clínicos curiosos desta infecção, incluindo um caso grave de endocardite.

  14. Efeito do glicerol e do telurito de potássio sôbre os grânulos metacromáticos e a morfologia do bacilo diftérico

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    João F. Valeiro

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    Full Text Available Após ter-se salientado a importância da preservação da morfologia convencional do bacilo diftérico, para os propósitos do diagnóstico presuntivo de difteria, faz-se um estudo comparativo dos aspectos morfológicos de 10 amostras de Corynebacterium em quatro meios de uso mais comum para o isolamento dêsses germes, modificando êsses mesmos meios, em cada caso, pela inclusão de glicerol, de teluríto de potássio e de glicerol e telurito, em comparação com a fórmula original. Descreve-se uma técnica simples para a incorporação do telurito de potássio nos meios preparados por coagulação de proteínas animais (Loeffler e Pai. A apreciação da morfologia e da evidenciação de grânulos de volutina destacam o meio de Pai, com cêrca de 7 porcento de glicerol, entre 16 variações de meios de cultura estudadas, como o mais favorável para a demonstração da morfologia considerada típica no diagnóstico do bacilo diftérico.

  15. COMPORTAMENTO DE ESTAFILOCOCOS COAGULASE NEGATIVOS PAUCIPRODUTORES DE ENTEROTOXINAS, EM ALIMENTOS EXPERIMENTALMENTE INOCULADOS

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    PEREIRA Maria Lúcia

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    Full Text Available Linhagens de estafilococos coagulase negativos e pauciprodutores de enterotoxina de A a E, com capacidade de síntese variando de 1,4 a 16ng/mL oriundas de sítios anatômicos de cabras sadias, procedentes da Espanha, foram estudadas com o intuito de se avaliar a capacidade de desenvolvimento e produção de enterotoxina estafilocócica ("SE", em alimentos experimentalmente inoculados. Para tal, leite integral "tipo longa vida" e presunto cozido foram, de maneira isolada e em duplicata, inoculados com 14 linhagens teste, S.caprae, duas amostras; S.chromogenes; S.cohnii; S.epidermidis; S.haemolyticus, duas amostras; S.hyicus; S.lentus; S.sciuri; S.xylosus, duas amostras; e S.warneri, duas amostras; previamente caracterizadas bioquimicamente. Estes substratos alimentícios, uma vez inoculados, foram mantidos em estufa a 30°C, durante 24 e 48h de incubação e, neste período, submetidos à contagem de células estafilocócicas em ágar Baird Parker e à avaliação de presença de "SE", através do ensaio de "ELISA-SET-EIA, Enzyme Linked-Immunosorbent Assay," e "RPLA, Reversed Passive Latex Agglutination Assay". Os resultados obtidos evidenciaram, tanto em leite integral "tipo longa vida" como em presunto cozido, desenvolvimento mínimo estipulado em 10(6 e máximo de 10(9UFC/g ou mL do alimento, decorridas 48h de incubação.De acordo com as condições aplicadas neste experimento não apresentaram, contudo, em nenhuma ocasião produção de "SE" que pudesse ter sido detectada .

  16. La terapia cognitivo conductual y los síntomas negativos en la esquizofrenia

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    Tania Morales Vigil

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    Full Text Available La esquizofrenia constituye un problema sanitario y social de grandes dimensiones que afecta no sólo al paciente sino a su entorno familiar y social. Dentro de las aproximaciones psicoterapéuticas dirigidas a pacientes con esquizofrenia, las terapias cognitivo conductuales (TCC son las que cuentan con mayor evidencia de efectividad para diferentes propósitos y etapas del trastorno.ObjetivoAnalizar las técnicas y efectos específicos sobre síntomas negativos de las principales TCC para pacientes con esquizofrenia: Psicoeduca-ción, Entrenamiento en Habilidades Sociales, Rehabilitación Cogniti-va, TCC para Síntomas Positivos y TCC orientada a la Recuperación (TCC-R.MétodoSe llevó a cabo una búsqueda y análisis de literatura científica en PSYCLIT, MEDLINE, EBSCO-HOST y PROQUEST publicada entre 1990 y 2014 en revistas indexadas en inglés y español, utilizando como palabras clave los nombres de las diferentes TCC para la es-quizofrenia que se cruzaron en todos los casos con el diagnóstico. Se recopiló también la literatura relevante citada en estos artículos, sobre todo en las revisiones de literatura antecedentes.ResultadosA pesar de los avances que han presentado las TCC en la recupera-ción de pacientes con diagnóstico de esquizofrenia, los problemas generados por la sintomatología negativa no han sido resueltos por completo.Discusión y conclusiónLa TCC-R se considera un estilo terapéutico prometedor para alcanzar los objetivos de recuperación de los pacientes con bajo funcionamien-to psicosocial y predominio de sintomatología negativa.

  17. Lapsus de memoria y estados emocionales negativos: un estudio en una muestra de profesores

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    Alexandra Vaz

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    Full Text Available Normalmente se atribuyen los lapsus de memoria a las personas con edades avanzadas. La evidencia científica ha demostrado, sin embargo, que el olvido procede de factores múltiples y que estos están presentes en la población independientemente de la edad. La cuestión que nos proponemos estudiar es evaluar los lapsus de memoria en una población en edad activa y con titulación académica de nivel superior e identificar si existe asociación con la triada conceptual ansiedad, estrés y depresión. Pretendemos igualmente verificar la relación entre los lapsus de memoria y variables sociodemográficas. Este estudio está constituido por una muestra de 68 profesores que ejercen su actividad profesional en la Enseñanza Básica y 1º Ciclo de ESO. Los instrumentos utilizados para efectuar la recogida de los datos han sido el Cuestionario de lapsus de memoria (CLM, las Escalas de Ansiedad, Depresión y Estrés (EADS-21 y un cuestionario sociodemográfico de elaboración nuestra. Verificamos, en esta investigación, que se produce una asociación positiva entre lapsus de memoria y estados emocionales negativos (Ansiedad, Estrés y Depresión, ausencia de asociación entre los lapsus de memoria y la edad e inexistencia de diferencias significativas en los lapsus de memoria en razón del sexo.

  18. POLIFONIA EM ENUNCIADOS NEGATIVOS: VOZES QUE HABITAM O DIZER "NÃO" Polyphony in Negative Utterances

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    Décio Orlando Soares da Rocha

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo centra-se na análise de um questionário aplicado, por ocasião de um programa de treinamento, a um grupo de trabalhadores responsáveis pela supervisão das atividades de operários numa fábrica de produção de pneus situada no Brasil. O questionário deveria revelar o "estilo de liderança" exercido por cada chefe de equipe, sendo consideradas cinco diferentes possibilidades: os estilos autocrata, demagógico, demissionário, mediador e participativo. O perfil participativo é visto pelo autor do questionário como "o mais adequado", uma vez que promoveria a conciliação entre os objetivos pessoais dos operários e os objetivos industriais. Com base numa concepção polifônica dos enunciados negativos, a análise realizada permitiu concluir que, além dos cinco estilos previstos no questionário, um sexto perfil se deixa entrever, o qual parece coincidir com" a voz da empresa". A presença desse sexto perfil explicita a pluralidade e complexidade dos saberes que se atualizam no contexto das interações em situação de trabalho.This paper focuses on the analysis of a written questionnaire administered to a group of foremen working in a tyre factory in Brazil. The questionnaire is designed to reveal the" style of leadership" carried out by each member of the group, among five possible variants: autocratical, demagogical, resigning, mediative and participative. The participative profile is seen by the author of the questionnaire as "the adequate one", in as much as it harmonises workmen’s personal and organisational interests. On the basis of a polyphonic conception of negative utterances the case is made for a more complex view of the questionnaire: beyond the five profiles critically antecipated, a sixth one is contemplated, which seems to coincide clearly with what we call "the voice of the organisation", putting forward different kinds of knowledge in the context of interactions at work.

  19. Usefulness of urinal urinalysis and urine gram stain in the diagnosis of rinary tract infection in hospitalized patients Utilidad del citoquímico y la coloración de Gram en muestras de orina en el diagnóstico de las infecciones del tracto urinario en pacientes hospitalizados.

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    Sergio Jaramillo Velásquez

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    Gram de orina sin centrifugar, y en 8.008 orinas se hizo la coloración de Gram del sedimento urinario. En comparación con el urocultivo, el citoquímico de orina presentó sensibilidad del 99%, especificidad del 51%, valor predictivo positivo del 60%, y valor predictivo negativo del 98%. La coloración de Gram de la orina sin centrifugar tuvo sensibilidad, especificidad y valores predictivos positivo y negativo de 98%, 73%, 82% y 97%, respectivamente. Para la coloración de Gram del sedimento urinario los valores correspondientes a la sensibilidad, especificidad y valores predictivos positivo y negativo fueron 95%, 78%, 67%, y 97%. Conclusiones: el citoquímico de orina, bajo los criterios propuestos, y la coloración de Gram tienen un alto valor predictivo negativo, que permitiría utilizarlos como pruebas de tamización para determinar la necesidad de solicitar el urocultivo.

  20. Microstructure of Black, Green and Red Gram

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    Joseph, Enamuthu; Crites, Shelly G.; Swanson, Barry G.

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    The three most commonly consumed legumes (grams or pulses) in India, black gram (Vigna mungo (L.) Hepper), or urd , green gram (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek) or mung, and red gram (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) or tur, were examined by scanning electron microscopy . Seed coat and internal features were examined to differentiate these legumes from common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) , adzuki beans (Vigna angu/aris) and lentils (Lens culinaris). Cross-sections of the seed coats of black, green and re...

  1. Beyond Word N-Grams

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    Pereira, F C N; Tishby, N; Pereira, Fernando C. N.; Singer, Yoram; Tishby, Naftali

    1996-01-01

    We describe, analyze, and evaluate experimentally a new probabilistic model for word-sequence prediction in natural language based on prediction suffix trees (PSTs). By using efficient data structures, we extend the notion of PST to unbounded vocabularies. We also show how to use a Bayesian approach based on recursive priors over all possible PSTs to efficiently maintain tree mixtures. These mixtures have provably and practically better performance than almost any single model. We evaluate the model on several corpora. The low perplexity achieved by relatively small PST mixture models suggests that they may be an advantageous alternative, both theoretically and practically, to the widely used n-gram models.

  2. Modificación de estereotipos negativos en la vejez en estudiantes de enfermería

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    Carmen María Sarabia Cobo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue explorar la modificación de los estereotipos y mitos sobre la vejez en estudiantes de tercer curso del Grado en Enfermería antes y después de impartir la asignatura Enfermería del Envejecimiento. Método: se realizó un estudio descriptivo intrasujeto de medidas repetidas. Se empleó el Cuestionario de estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez (CENVE. Resultados: la prevalencia del estereotipo negativo global fue del 62,0% en la medida preintervención (M1 y del 12,3% en la postintervención (M2; para el factor salud, del 63,5% (M1 y del 9,2% (M2; para motivacional-social, del 43,1% (M1 y del 4,9% (M2, y para carácter-personalidad, del 58,3% (M1 y del 3,8% (M2. Se realiza la prueba de t de Student apareada que confirma que las diferencias son estadísticamente significativas. Conclusiones: existe una prevalencia alta de estereotipos negativos hacia la vejez entre los estudiantes de enfermería a pesar de haber realizado prácticas clínicas y estar en el tercer curso del Grado en Enfermería. La asignatura ha demostrado ser eficaz para la modificación de estos estereotipos. La adecuada formación de los futuros profesionales contribuirá de manera notoria a la dispensación de un cuidado adecuado, erradicando tendencias como el edadismo que siguen siendo prevalentes en el sistema sanitario.

  3. Gram staining apparatus for space station applications

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    Molina, T. C.; Brown, H. D.; Irbe, R. M.; Pierson, D. L.

    1990-01-01

    A self-contained, portable Gram staining apparatus (GSA) has been developed for use in the microgravity environment on board the Space Station Freedom. Accuracy and reproducibility of this apparatus compared with the conventional Gram staining method were evaluated by using gram-negative and gram-positive controls and different species of bacteria grown in pure cultures. A subsequent study was designed to assess the performance of the GSA with actual specimens. A set of 60 human and environmental specimens was evaluated with the GSA and the conventional Gram staining procedure. Data obtained from these studies indicated that the GSA will provide the Gram staining capability needed for the microgravity environment of space.

  4. Transformation of gram positive bacteria by sonoporation

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    Yang, Yunfeng; Li, Yongchao

    2014-03-11

    The present invention provides a sonoporation-based method that can be universally applied for delivery of compounds into Gram positive bacteria. Gram positive bacteria which can be transformed by sonoporation include, for example, Bacillus, Streptococcus, Acetobacterium, and Clostridium. Compounds which can be delivered into Gram positive bacteria via sonoporation include nucleic acids (DNA or RNA), proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, viruses, small organic and inorganic molecules, and nano-particles.

  5. q-gram analysis and urn models

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    Nicodème, Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Words of fixed size q are commonly referred to as q-grams. We consider the problem of q-gram filtration, a method commonly used to speed upsequence comparison. We are interested in the statistics of the number of q-grams common to two random texts (where multiplicities are not counted) in the non uniform Bernoulli model. In the exact and dependent model, when omitting border effects, a q-gramin a random sequence depends on the q-1 preceding q-grams. In an approximate and independent model, we...

  6. Flora microbiana en elaborados de aceitunas verdes en la región de Murcia. Evolución cualitativa durante la fermentación.

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    Guzmán Giménez, Ginés; Guevara, L. A.; Laencina Sánchez, José

    1983-01-01

    A lo largo del proceso normal de fermentación en salmuera se estudia en la región de Murcia la flora microbiana de cinco tipos de aceitunas (subvariedades Manzanilla Fina y Carrasqueña, Verdial, Hojiblanca y las variedades Cacereña) sometidas al tratamiento previo de «cocido». La flora heterogénea —que incluye bacterias Gram-negativas, bacterias lácticas y levaduras— con predominio de las poblaciones de bacilos Gram-negativos en los primeros días del proceso fermentati...

  7. Veillonella, Firmicutes: Microbes disguised as Gram negatives

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    Vesth, Tammi Camilla; Ozen, Asli; Andersen, Sandra Christine;

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    the exception of a shared LPS biosynthesis pathway. The clade within the class Negativicutes to which the genus Veillonella belongs exhibits unique properties, most of which are in common with Gram-positives and some with Gram negatives. They are only distantly related to Clostridia, but are even less...

  8. Cáncer de mama triple negativo: una enfermedad de difícil diagnóstico y tratamiento

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    Mayer Zaharia; Henry Gómez

    2013-01-01

    El cáncer de mama triple negativo (CMTN) es una neoplasia maligna caracterizada por la ausencia de la expresión de los receptores de estrógeno, de progesterona y HER2. Estudios recientes han señalado que el CMTN es un grupo heterogéneo de distintas neoplasias, con pronósticos diferentes. Sin embargo, debido a que la realización de perfiles genéticos no es una práctica estándar para el diagnóstico convencional del cáncer de mama, se dificulta la apropiada identificación de este subtipo de cánc...

  9. Multicenter Assessment of Gram Stain Error Rates.

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    Samuel, Linoj P; Balada-Llasat, Joan-Miquel; Harrington, Amanda; Cavagnolo, Robert

    2016-06-01

    Gram stains remain the cornerstone of diagnostic testing in the microbiology laboratory for the guidance of empirical treatment prior to availability of culture results. Incorrectly interpreted Gram stains may adversely impact patient care, and yet there are no comprehensive studies that have evaluated the reliability of the technique and there are no established standards for performance. In this study, clinical microbiology laboratories at four major tertiary medical care centers evaluated Gram stain error rates across all nonblood specimen types by using standardized criteria. The study focused on several factors that primarily contribute to errors in the process, including poor specimen quality, smear preparation, and interpretation of the smears. The number of specimens during the evaluation period ranged from 976 to 1,864 specimens per site, and there were a total of 6,115 specimens. Gram stain results were discrepant from culture for 5% of all specimens. Fifty-eight percent of discrepant results were specimens with no organisms reported on Gram stain but significant growth on culture, while 42% of discrepant results had reported organisms on Gram stain that were not recovered in culture. Upon review of available slides, 24% (63/263) of discrepant results were due to reader error, which varied significantly based on site (9% to 45%). The Gram stain error rate also varied between sites, ranging from 0.4% to 2.7%. The data demonstrate a significant variability between laboratories in Gram stain performance and affirm the need for ongoing quality assessment by laboratories. Standardized monitoring of Gram stains is an essential quality control tool for laboratories and is necessary for the establishment of a quality benchmark across laboratories. PMID:26888900

  10. Bakteri Gram-Positif dari Air Kemih

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    Anwar, Rosihan

    2010-01-01

    Gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria may cause urinary tract infection. Escherichia coli is the most common cause of UTI. However, recently gram-positive coccus is increase in number as an etiology of UTI. A culture study had been done to a total of 100 midstream urine specimens of patients with UTI, from January to December 2006 at Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara in Medan. The study was showed 40 strains of Staphylococcus aureus and 18 st...

  11. Efectos secundarios negativos de la inmersión con realidad virtual en poblaciones clínicas que padecen ansiedad

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    Quintana, Pamela; Bouchard, Stéphane; Serrano Zárate, Berenice; Cárdenas-López, Georgina

    2014-01-01

    Pocos estudios se han centrado en los efectos secundarios negativos generados por la inmersión con realidad virtual (RV) en poblaciones clínicas que padecen ansiedad. Estos efectos son conocidos como “cibermareos” o “cybersickness”. A partir d

  12. Revisiting the Gram-Negative Lipoprotein Paradigm

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    LoVullo, Eric D.; Wright, Lori F.; Isabella, Vincent; Huntley, Jason F.; Pavelka, Martin S.

    2015-01-01

    The processing of lipoproteins (Lpps) in Gram-negative bacteria is generally considered an essential pathway. Mature lipoproteins in these bacteria are triacylated, with the final fatty acid addition performed by Lnt, an apolipoprotein N-acyltransferase. The mature lipoproteins are then sorted by the Lol system, with most Lpps inserted into the outer membrane (OM). We demonstrate here that the lnt gene is not essential to the Gram-negative pathogen Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis str...

  13. BACILOS ÁCIDO ALCOHOLRESISTENTES EN BIOPSIAS EMBEBIDASEN PARAFINA EN CASOS DE INFLAMACIÓNGRANULOMATOSA CRÓNICA. Detection of Acid-Fast Bacilli in Formalin-Fixed,Paraffin-Embedded Tissues of Patientswith Chronic Granulomatous Inflammation.

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    Full Text Available La detección de bacilos ácido alcohol resistentes (BAAR en frotis resulta un aporte significativo al diagnóstico y tratamiento de individuos con inflamación granulomatosa crónica (IGC. Con el objetivo de evaluar la presencia de BAAR en diferentes tejidos de pa-cientes con IGC demostrada y comparar la frecuencia de los extendidos positivos para BAAR con el grado de formación de granulomas y necrosis, se diseño un estudio retrospectivo, en el que se seleccionaron 57 bloques embebidos en parafina que contenían biopsias de pleura, pulmón, pericardio, ganglio linfático y lóbulo cerebral, correspon-dientes a 30 pacientes (63,3% hombres, mayores de 18 años, con IGC demostrada y remitidos al departamento de patología del Hospital Universitario del Valle entre el 2002-2008. A cada muestra se le realizaron tres cortes y se sometieron a tinciones de H/E, Zielh Neelsen y Auramina. La detección de BAAR en frotis fue similar para ambas tinciones especiales en pacientes con IGC necrotizante, reflejando una excelente concordancia en el diagnóstico (kappa=0,89, IC95%(0,68-1,0. Sin embargo, la tinción con Auramina fue superior a la tinción Ziehl Neelsen para la detección de BAAR en pacientes con IGC no necrotizante (kappa=0,65, IC95%(0,23-1,0. No se encontraron diferencias signi-ficativas entre la presencia de BAAR y el tipo de inflamacion, sexo y localización anatómica comprometida. En general, fue buena la concordancia entre los métodos histológicos empleados. Además, se hizo evidente la importancia de implementar el uso de técnicas moleculares mínimamente afectadas por el escaso número de bacilos presentes en las muestras, que finalmente ayudan en el reconocimiento del microorganismo.Detection of acid fast bacilli (AFB in smears is a significant aid in diagnosis and treatment of individuals with chronic granulomatous inflammation (CGI. This study was designed in order to detect the presence of AFB in several tissues of patients with

  14. Afecto positivo y negativo: ¿Una dimensión bipolar o dos dimensiones unipolares independientes?

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    FERRAN PADRÓS BLÁZQUEZ

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde los trabajos pioneros de Bradburn (1969 el afecto positivo y el afecto negativo han sido concebidos como dos dimensiones unipolares independientes, aunque todavía se mantiene hoy en día la controversia teórica entre defensores de un modelo unidimensional bipolar y los de un modelo bidimensional unipolar. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar la problemática que rodea esta controversia tomando en consideración por un lado, los dos estados afectivos (el humor o tono afectivo y las emociones y por otro lado, revisando los estudios y modelos teóricos provenientes de distintas áreas tales como Psicometría, Psicología Básica, neurociencia, Psicología Clínica y Psicología de la Salud. Finalmente, se ofrece una posible explicación a los datos contradictorios obtenidos en los distintos estudios. Se sugiere la conveniencia de hacer estudios claramente diferenciados sobre el humor y las emociones. Sobre el humor existen pocos trabajos, pero éstos ofrecen mayor apoyo a un modelo unidimensional bipolar. Sin embargo, sobre las emociones hay mayor cantidad de estudios que ofrecen mayor apoyo a un modelo bidimensional unipolar.

  15. Gramática y norma

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    La gramática y la norma de corrección son conceptos diferentes. La gramática son esencialmente estructuras ajenas al prestigio social. En ella solo cabe hablar de “gramatical” y de “agramatical”. Esta última condición se basa en la conculcación de reglas (no de normas) gramaticales básicas. En efecto, lo agramatical se caracteriza por que normalmente nadie lo dice, o, si se dice, es algo esporádico, propio de un individuo concreto en circunstancias de despiste, d...

  16. Cáncer de mama triple negativo: una enfermedad de difícil diagnóstico y tratamiento

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    Mayer Zaharia

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    Full Text Available El cáncer de mama triple negativo (CMTN es una neoplasia maligna caracterizada por la ausencia de la expresión de los receptores de estrógeno, de progesterona y HER2. Estudios recientes han señalado que el CMTN es un grupo heterogéneo de distintas neoplasias, con pronósticos diferentes. Sin embargo, debido a que la realización de perfiles genéticos no es una práctica estándar para el diagnóstico convencional del cáncer de mama, se dificulta la apropiada identificación de este subtipo de cáncer de mama. El CMTN se caracteriza por tener patrones epidemiológicos de alta incidencia en poblaciones afroamericanas y latinas, y de menor incidencia en población caucásica y constituye un problema de salud pública por su elevada morbilidad y mortalidad. Ante la ausencia de blancos terapéuticos, la quimioterapia cumple un rol importante en el tratamiento, y muchos esfuerzos están destinándose a buscar otras combinaciones de quimioterapia y nuevas drogas, mientras que las actuales guías no especifican un tratamiento para este tipo de cánceres. En el presente documento se hace una revisión sobre las características epidemiológicas y clínicas, los posibles factores pronósticos y sobre algunas estrategias terapéuticas contra el CMTN.

  17. Cáncer de mama triple negativo: una enfermedad de difícil diagnóstico y tratamiento

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    Mayer Zaharia

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    Full Text Available El cáncer de mama triple negativo (CMTN es una neoplasia maligna caracterizada por la ausencia de la expresión de los receptores de estrógeno, de progesterona y HER2. Estudios recientes han señalado que el CMTN es un grupo heterogéneo de distintas neoplasias, con pronósticos diferentes. Sin embargo, debido a que la realización de perfiles genéticos no es una práctica estándar para el diagnóstico convencional del cáncer de mama, se dificulta la apropiada identificación de este subtipo de cáncer de mama. El CMTN se caracteriza por tener patrones epidemiológicos de alta incidencia en poblaciones afroamericanas y latinas, y de menor incidencia en población caucásica y constituye un problema de salud pública por su elevada morbilidad y mortalidad. Ante la ausencia de blancos terapéuticos, la quimioterapia cumple un rol importante en el tratamiento, y muchos esfuerzos están destinándose a buscar otras combinaciones de quimioterapia y nuevas drogas, mientras que las actuales guías no especifican un tratamiento para este tipo de cánceres. En el presente documento se hace una revisión sobre las características epidemiológicas y clínicas, los posibles factores pronósticos y sobre algunas estrategias terapéuticas contra el CMTN.

  18. CARACTERIZAÇÃO DO STAPHYLOCOCCUS COAGULASE NEGATIVO ISOLADOS DE QUARTOS MAMÁRIOS DE VACAS COM MASTITE SUBCLÍNICA

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    Full Text Available RESUMO O presente trabalho foi desenvolvido na Zona da Mata - MG, durante três meses. De quatro rebanhos utilizados, trabalhou-se com 16 animais mestiços e 19 holandeses. O objetivo foi caracterizar Staphylococcus coagulase negativos, isolados de quartos mamários de vacas, que inicialmente reagiam à prova do "Califórnia Mastitis Test" (CMT, em quatro testes consecutivos, a intervalo de uma semana. A caracterização das 116 amostras encontradas, correspondentes a Staphylococcus coagulase negativo, foram: S. epidermidis (71,55%, S. hyicus subsp. chromogenes (6,03%, S. simulans (6,03%, S. warneri (4,31%, S. hominis (3,45%, S. cohnii (3,45%, S. sciuri (3,45% e S. haemolyticus (1,73%.

  19. Procedimiento para la gestión de los impactos ambientales negativos asociados a la recuperación de materias primas en Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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    David Javier Castro Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available El reciclaje constituye una actividad priorizada en Cuba. El objetivo fue implementar un procedimiento para la gestión de los impactos ambientales negativos asociados a los procesos operativos de la Empresa de Recuperación de Materias Primas de Cienfuegos. El procedimiento se construyó utilizando la propuesta del Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología para la gestión por procesos y los ocho pasos en la solución de problemas. Se combinaron herramientas de gestión bajo el principio de convergencia metodológica. Los impactos ambientales fueron evaluados mediante el software GAIA versión 1.0, utilizando los criterios propuestos por la Guía Metodológica de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental de Conesa. Se identificaron 97 impactos ambientales negativos, entre severos y moderados integraron el 80.41 % de ellos. El factor ambiental más impactado fue el físico-químico con el 50.52 %. El subproceso no metálico resultó el más impactante, con el 50 % de los impactos severos negativos totales y el 34 % de los moderados. Se identificaron las principales causas asociadas y se diseñó un plan de intervención de 35 medidas con base en los principios de Producción Más Limpia. Los resultados contribuyen a lograr la gestión de los impactos ambientales negativos de la entidad y a la sostenibilidad del reciclaje.

  20. Revisiting the gram-negative lipoprotein paradigm

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    The processing of lipoproteins (lpps) in Gram-negative bacteria is generally considered to be an essential pathway. Mature lipoproteins in these bacteria are triacylated, with the final fatty acid addition performed by Lnt, an apolipoprotein n-acyltransferase. The mature lipoproteins are then sorted...

  1. The Gram dimension of a graph

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    Laurent, M.; Varvitsiotis, A.; Mahjoub, A.R.; Markakis, V.; Millis, I.; Paschos, V.

    2012-01-01

    The Gram dimension gd(G) of a graph is the smallest integer k ≥ 1 such that, for every assignment of unit vectors to the nodes of the graph, there exists another assignment of unit vectors lying in Rk, having the same inner products on the edges of the graph. The class of graphs satisfying gd(G) ≤ k

  2. The Gram dimension of a graph

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    Laurent, M.; Varvitsiotis, A.

    2011-01-01

    The Gram dimension gd(G) of a graph is the smallest integer k ≥ 1 such that, for every assignment of unit vectors to the nodes of the graph, there exists another assignment of unit vectors lying in Rk, having the same inner products on the edges of the graph. The class of graphs satisfying gd(G) ≤ k

  3. Sensibilidade dos estafilococos coagulase positivos e negativos a certos antibióticos Sensibility of positive and negative Staphylococcus coagulase to some antibiotics

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    Almira Oliveira Moura

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    Full Text Available Estudou-se a sensibilidade de estafilococos coagulase positivos e negativos á ampicilina, à dicloxacilina, à feneticilina, hetacilina e á oxacilina. Fez-se também estudo comparativo dos diferentes graus de sensibilidade dos estafilococos coagulase positivos com os coagulase negativos. Conforme demonstram os QUADROS I e II, há diferença significativa de sensibilidade para alguns antibióticos. O QUADRO III, entretanto, não permite concluir com segurança se os estafilococos coagulase positivos são ou não mais sensíveis entre si, do que os coagulase negativos frente ás amostras testadas.We studied the sensibility of positive and negative Staphylococcus coagulase to ampicillin, dicloxacillin, feneticillin, hetacillin. A comparative study of the different degress of sensibility of positive and negative coagulase Staphylococcus was done too. As it is shown in table I and II, there is a significative difference of sensibility to some antibiotics. Table IIIalthough doesn't allow us to conclude with security if the positive coagulase Staphylococcus are more sensitive among, itselves, the negative ones or not, to the tested antibiotics.

  4. Microorganismos inusuales en surcos y bolsas periodontales.

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    Marisol Betancourth

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los microorganismos de la familia Enterobacteriaceae, los bacilos Gram negativos no fermentadores y ciertas especies de Candida se han considerado como inusuales en quienes sufren enfermedad periodontal, y en ellos el tratamiento mecánico o antimicrobiano puede ser poco efectivo para resolver o controlar la progresión de la enfermedad. Objetivos: Analizar los perfiles microbiológicos en individuos sanos y en pacientes con diagnóstico de periodontitis crónica y periodontitis agresiva, determinar la frecuencia de los microorganismos inusuales y las posibles asociaciones con algunos microorganismos periodontopáticos en la base de datos del laboratorio de microbiología oral y periodontal en Cali. Materiales y métodos: Se estudiaron los informes microbiológicos de 356 pacientes en un período de 41 meses. Las variables analizadas fueron: diagnóstico periodontal, recuento total de colonias, porcentaje de aislamiento de diez microorganismos periodontopáticos y de otros inusuales como miembros de la familia Enterobacteriaceae, bacilos Gram negativos no fermentadores y levaduras. Resultados: Se analizaron 202 (56.7% informes de pacientes con periodontitis crónica, 139 (39.1% de periodontitis agresiva y 15 (4.2% de individuos periodontalmente sanos. La presencia de microorganismos inusuales de tipo entérico fue 36% y la prevalencia de levaduras 7% en las personas con periodontitis. No se encontraron diferencias significantes entre los tres diagnósticos clínicos con respecto a la presencia de microorganismos entéricos y levaduras. La mayor prevalencia de organismos entéricos correspondió a los géneros Klebsiella, Enterobacter y a bacilos Gram negativos no fermentadores. Se encontraron asociaciones estadísticamente significativas entre la presencia o ausencia de microorganismos infrecuentes con la de algunos microorganismos periodontopáticos en los individuos con enfermedad periodontal. Discusión y conclusiones: La

  5. Valor do MALDI-TOF no diagnóstico bacteriológico na fibrose quística

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    Lobão, Francisco José Barros

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    A fibrose quística é a doença hereditária autossómica recessiva frequentemente associada à raça caucasiana. Atualmente, a principal causa de morbilidade e mortalidade é o declínio gradual da função pulmonar devido à colonização crónica por diversas bactérias e fungos, onde os bacilos Gram negativo não fermentadores têm um papel fundamental. O objetivo deste trabalho é comparar duas tecnologias diferentes de identificação bacteriana, na sua capacidade de fornecer uma identifi...

  6. Neumonía por Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

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    Verny Huertas-Franco; María Isabel Lacayo-Pallais

    2014-01-01

    La Stenotrophomonas maltophilia es un bacilo gram negativo ambiental emergente que ha venido posicionándose entre el grupo de microorganismos multirresistentes como causa de infección en diversos órganos en ambiente hospitalario y en la comunidad. Se reporta este caso de insuficiencia respiratoria con neumonía severa por S. maltophilia adquirida en la comunidad en una paciente inmunocompetente que tuvo una rápida respuesta a tratamiento con trimetoprim sulfametoxazol cuando se logró identific...

  7. Metalo-β-lactamasas: ¿el fin de los β-lactámicos?

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    Edgar Gonzales-Escalante

    2012-01-01

    Uno de los grupos de antibióticos más importantes, es el grupo de los β-lactámicos. Para ejercer su acción antimicrobiana los β-lactámicos requieren penetrar la pared celular y atacar las Proteínas Ligadoras de Penicilinas (Penicilin Binding Proteins: PBP). El mecanismo más utilizado por los bacilos Gram negativos para adquirir resistencia a β-lactámicos, es la inactivación de las drogas por las enzimas β-lactamasas. La producción de β-lactamasas tipo carbapenemasas es un mecanismo de resiste...

  8. Neumonía por Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

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    Verny Huertas-Franco

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available La Stenotrophomonas maltophilia es un bacilo gram negativo ambiental emergente que ha venido posicionándose entre el grupo de microorganismos multirresistentes como causa de infección en diversos órganos en ambiente hospitalario y en la comunidad. Se reporta este caso de insuficiencia respiratoria con neumonía severa por S. maltophilia adquirida en la comunidad en una paciente inmunocompetente que tuvo una rápida respuesta a tratamiento con trimetoprim sulfametoxazol cuando se logró identificar la bacteria.

  9. Valoración probabilística de un estadio ganglionar negativo tras cirugía de resección en el cáncer de colon. Repercusiones ante una alta probabilidad de error.

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    Martínez Ramos, David

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    RESUMEN INTRODUCCIÓN. El estudio ganglionar en el cáncer de colon puede considerarse como una prueba diagnóstica, en la cual se obtiene un resultado binario (ganglios positivos o negativos). Utilizando el teorema de Bayes (TB) puede calcularse la probabilidad de afectación ganglionar cuando el estudio anatomopatológico ha resultado negativo, es decir, puede calcularse la probabilidad final de error (PFE) ante un estadio ganglionar negativo. En función de la PFE que se considere aceptable y...

  10. Revisão de esfregaços cervicais negativos em pacientes com lesões intra-epiteliais de alto grau Review of previous negative smears from patients with high grade intraepithelial neoplasia

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    Janaína Erika Pittoli; Evandro Sobroza de Mello; Sonia Maria Miranda Pereira; Marina Yoshiê Sakamoto Maeda; Maria Lucia Utagawa; José Donizete Celestino; Celso Di Loreto

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    Entre as estratégias de controle de qualidade, a revisão de exames negativos anteriores em pacientes com exame atual positivo é considerada uma das mais eficientes para detecção de falsos negativos. No presente estudo foram revistos os esfregaços prévios negativos de pacientes com NIC 2 ou NIC 3 nos anos de 1998 e 1999. Durante este período o Instituto Adolfo Lutz realizou 113.619 exames colpocitológicos, sendo 233 casos diagnosticados como NIC 2 ou NIC 3. Entre estes casos apenas 36 tinham e...

  11. Inflamación Granulomatosa Crónica: Métodos de detección de bacilos ácido alcohol resistentes en biopsias embebidas en parafina

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    Bustamante Rengifo Javier Andres

    2010-08-01

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    La detección de bacilos ácido alcohol resistentes (BAAR en frotis resulta un aporte significativo al diagnóstico y tratamiento de individuos con inflamación granulomatosa crónica (IGC. Con el objetivo de evaluar la presencia de BAAR en diferentes tejidos de pacientes con IGC demostrada y comparar la frecuencia de los extendidos positivos para BAAR con el grado de formación de granulomas y necrosis, se diseño un estudio retrospectivo, en el que se seleccionaron 57 bloques embebidos en parafina que contenían biopsias de pleura, pulmón, pericardio, ganglio linfático y lóbulo cerebral, correspondientes a 30 pacientes (63.3% hombres, mayores de 18 años, con IGC demostrada y remitidos al departamento de patología del Hospital Universitario del Valle entre el 2002-2008, a cada muestra se le realizaron 3 cortes y se sometieron a tinciones de H/E, Zielh Neelsen y Auramina. La detección de BAAR en frotis fue similar para ambas tinciones especiales en

  12. Sonodynamic Excitation of Rose Bengal for Eradication of Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Faina Nakonechny; Michael Nisnevitch; Yeshayahu Nitzan; Marina Nisnevitch

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    Photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy based on photosensitizers activated by illumination is limited by poor penetration of visible light through skin and tissues. In order to overcome this problem, Rose Bengal was excited in the dark by 28 kHz ultrasound and was applied for inactivation of bacteria. It is demonstrated, for the first time, that the sonodynamic technique is effective for eradication of Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. The net sonodynami...

  13. Multiple responses of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria to mixture of hydrocarbons

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    Full Text Available Most of our knowledge about pollutants and the way they are biodegraded in the environment has previously been shaped by laboratory studies using hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial strains isolated from polluted sites. In present study Gram-positive (Mycobacterium sp. IBB Po1, Oerskovia sp. IBB Po2, Corynebacterium sp. IBB Po3 and Gram-negative (Chryseomonas sp. IBB Po7, Pseudomonas sp. IBB Po10, Burkholderia sp. IBB Po12 bacteria, isolated from oily sludge, were found to be able to tolerate pure and mixture of saturated hydrocarbons, as well as pure and mixture of monoaromatic and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Isolated Gram-negative bacteria were more tolerant to mixture of saturated (n-hexane, n-hexadecane, cyclohexane, monoaromatic (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and polyaromatic (naphthalene, 2-methylnaphthalene, fluorene hydrocarbons than Gram-positive bacteria. There were observed cellular and molecular modifications induced by mixture of saturated, monoaromatic and polyaromatic hydrocarbons to Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. These modifications differ from one strain to another and even for the same bacterial strain, according to the nature of hydrophobic substrate.

  14. The Gram dimension of a graph

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    Laurent, Monique

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    The Gram dimension $\\gd(G)$ of a graph is the smallest integer $k \\ge 1$ such that, for every assignment of unit vectors to the nodes of the graph, there exists another assignment of unit vectors lying in $\\oR^k$, having the same inner products on the edges of the graph. The class of graphs satisfying $\\gd(G) \\le k$ is minor closed for fixed $k$, so it can characterized by a finite list of forbidden minors. For $k\\le 3$, the only forbidden minor is $K_{k+1}$. We show that a graph has Gram dimension at most 4 if and only if it does not have $K_5$ and $K_{2,2,2}$ as minors. We also show some close connections to the notion of $d$-realizability of graphs. In particular, our result implies the characterization of 3-realizable graphs of Belk and Connelly \\cite{Belk,BC}.

  15. Numerical Stability of Gram-Schmidt Process

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    Rozložník, Miroslav; Giraud, L.; Langou, J.; van den Eshof, J.

    Ostrava : Institute of Geonics AS CR, 2005. s. 72-72. ISBN 80-86407-04-7. [SNA '05. Seminar on Numerical Analysis. 07.02.2005-11.02.2005, Ostrava] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1ET400300415 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : orthogonalization * Gram-Schmidt process * orthogonalization techniques * numerical stability Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  16. Prognostic factors and monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis: gram-positive versus gram-negative pathogens

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis is rapidly progressive and life-threatening. This study was undertaken to ascertain whether the clinical presentation and outcome for patients with this disease differ for those infected with a gram-positive as compared to gram-negative pathogen. Methods Forty-six patients with monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis were examined retrospectively from November 2002 to January 2008. All patients received adequate broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy, aggressive resuscitation, prompt radical debridement and adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Eleven patients were infected with a gram-positive pathogen (Group 1 and 35 patients with a gram-negative pathogen (Group 2. Results Group 2 was characterized by a higher incidence of hemorrhagic bullae and septic shock, higher APACHE II scores at 24 h post-admission, a higher rate of thrombocytopenia, and a higher prevalence of chronic liver dysfunction. Gouty arthritis was more prevalent in Group 1. For non-survivors, the incidences of chronic liver dysfunction, chronic renal failure and thrombocytopenia were higher in comparison with those for survivors. Lower level of serum albumin was also demonstrated in the non-survivors as compared to those in survivors. Conclusions Pre-existing chronic liver dysfunction, chronic renal failure, thrombocytopenia and hypoalbuminemia, and post-operative dependence on mechanical ventilation represent poor prognostic factors in monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis. Patients with gram-negative monobacterial necrotizing fasciitis present with more fulminant sepsis.

  17. Procedimiento para la gestión de los impactos ambientales negativos asociados a la recuperación de materias primas en Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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    David Javier Castro Rodríguez; Osmay Tejeda Sánchez; Omar Gutiérrez Benítez

    2016-01-01

    El reciclaje constituye una actividad priorizada en Cuba. El objetivo fue implementar un procedimiento para la gestión de los impactos ambientales negativos asociados a los procesos operativos de la Empresa de Recuperación de Materias Primas de Cienfuegos. El procedimiento se construyó utilizando la propuesta del Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología para la gestión por procesos y los ocho pasos en la solución de problemas. Se combinaron herramientas de gestión bajo el principio de convergencia met...

  18. Metodología de una investigación sobre métodos de enseñanza de problemas aditivos con números negativos

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    Bruno, Alicia

    2009-01-01

    Se presenta la metodología de una investigación de aula en la que se contrastan dos métodos de enseñanza de problemas aditivos con números negativos. Se estudian: el “método redactar”, en el que los alumnos redactan los problemas, aprenden a distinguir sus estructuras y resuelven problemas escritos por sus compañeros; y el “método resolver”, en el que los alumnos practican de forma sistemática problemas aditivos en una secuencia dada, marcada por el orden de dificultad de los problemas. El co...

  19. Determinantes celulares, plasmáticos y genéticos de riesgo de trombosis y hemorragia en pacientes con neoplasias mieloproliferativas crónicas filadelfia negativo

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    Moreno Belmonte, María José

    2010-01-01

    Las Neoplasias Mieloproliferativas Crónicas Filadelfia negativo clásicas comprenden la trombocitemia esencial, la policitemia vera y la mielofibrosis primaria y se caracterizan por la expansión clonal de la célula madre pluripotente, produciendo como resultado una hipercelularidad medular de predominio de una línea específica; la trombosis y el sangrado son parte de la historia natural de este grupo de enfermedades, constituyendo sus principales causas de morbimortalidad. Trabajos recientes h...

  20. Renda básica da cidadania versus imposto de renda negativo: o papel dos custos de focalização

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    Nelson Leitão Paes; Marcelo Lettieri Siqueira

    2008-01-01

    O presente artigo procura comparar duas políticas sociais alternativas de combate à pobreza e à desigualdade de renda no Brasil. A primeira é baseada na concessão de uma renda fixa universal, denominada Renda Básica da Cidadania (RBC), e a segunda, um Imposto de Renda Negativo (IRN), pago apenas às famílias com renda inferior a um determinado patamar. Para análise, adotou-se um modelo de equilíbrio geral computável. Os resultados mostraram que a RBC é melhor que o IRN quando o custo de focali...

  1. Cyberbullying: estudo da prevalência de comportamentos de cyberbullying e sua relação com vivências de vergonha e estados emocionais negativos

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    Pinto, Tânia Margarida Graça; Cunha, Marina

    2011-01-01

    Objectivos: O presente estudo tem como principal objectivo avaliar a prevalência dos comportamentos de cyberbullying, analisando a influência de variáveis sóciodemográficas, e, compreender a sua relação com as vivências de vergonha interna e externa e com os estados emocionais negativos, particularmente a depressão, a ansiedade e o stress. Método: Para a recolha de dados recorreu-se a uma mostra de adolescentes (N=131) a frequentar o 3º ciclo do ensino básico, com idades compreendidas entr...

  2. Quorum sensing in gram-negative bacteria

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    Wu, H.; Song, Z.J.; Høiby, N.; Givskov, Michael Christian

    2004-01-01

    Bacteria can communicate with each other by means of signal molecules to coordinate the behavior of the entire community, and the mechanism is referred to as quorum sensing (QS). Signal systems enable bacteria to sense the size of their densities by monitoring the concentration of the signal...... molecules. Among Gram-negative bacteria N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone (acyl-HSL)-dependent quorum sensing systems are particularly widespread. These systems are used to coordinate expression of phenotypes that are fundamental to the interaction of bacteria with each other and with their environment and...

  3. Amplifiable DNA from Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria by a low strength pulsed electric field method

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    Vitzthum, Frank; Geiger, Georg; Bisswanger, Hans; Elkine, Bentsian; Brunner, Herwig; Bernhagen, Jürgen

    2000-01-01

    An efficient electric field-based procedure for cell disruption and DNA isolation is described. Isoosmotic suspensions of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria were treated with pulsed electric fields of

  4. Raman Spectroscopy of Xylitol Uptake and Metabolism in Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria▿

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    Palchaudhuri, Sunil; Rehse, Steven J.; Hamasha, Khozima; Syed, Talha; Kurtovic, Eldar; Kurtovic, Emir; Stenger, James

    2010-01-01

    Visible-wavelength Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate the uptake and metabolism of the five-carbon sugar alcohol xylitol by Gram-positive viridans group streptococcus and the two extensively used strains of Gram-negative Escherichia coli, E. coli C and E. coli K-12. E. coli C, but not E. coli K-12, contains a complete xylitol operon, and the viridans group streptococcus contains an incomplete xylitol operon used to metabolize the xylitol. Raman spectra from xylitol-exposed viridans gr...

  5. Rapid method for the differentiation of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria on membrane filters.

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    Romero, S; Schell, R F; Pennell, D R

    1988-01-01

    Microfiltration has become a popular procedure for the concentration and enumeration of bacteria. We developed a rapid and sensitive method for the differentiation of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, utilizing a polycarbonate membrane filter, crystal violet, iodine, 95% ethanol, and 6% carbol fuchsin, that can be completed in 60 to 90 s. Gram reactions of 49 species belonging to 30 genera of bacteria were correctly determined by the filter-Gram stain. The sensitivities of the filter-...

  6. [New antimicrobials against Gram-positive organisms].

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    Montejo, M

    2008-01-01

    Glycopeptides have been the antimicrobials most commonly used for infections by Gram-positive organisms and methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA). In recent years, however, glycopeptide resistance and tolerance have become a serious problem. Thus, enterococci highly resistant to vancomycin, vancomycin-intermediate/ resistant S. aureus (VISA), and vancomycin tolerance in S. aureus are found, and increased therapeutic failure and mortality are clinically reported with vancomycin MIC for S. aureus > or = 1.5-2 microg/mL. When faced with these organisms, we therefore need potent bactericidal antimicrobials that may be empirically administered, effective against susceptible and resistant pathogens, easily dosed, with few adverse effects and no significant interaction with other drugs, and that can be administered in an outpatient setting. In bacteremia by methicillin-susceptible S. aureus, use of vancomycin is associated to a greater failure and mortality rate as compared to semisynthetic penicillins. New treatment options for MRSA infections include daptomycin, linezolid, tygecycline, and quinupristin/dalfopristin. New anti-MRSA drugs are also under development, including glycopeptides (dalbavancin, telavancin, and oritavancin), ceftobiprole, and iclaprim. This paper reviews the new antimicrobials against Gram-positive organisms. PMID:18957022

  7. Peptide conversations in Gram-positive bacteria.

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    Monnet, Véronique; Juillard, Vincent; Gardan, Rozenn

    2016-05-01

    Within Gram-positive bacteria, the expression of target genes is controlled at the population level via signaling peptides, also known as pheromones. Pheromones control a wide range of functions, including competence, virulence, and others that remain unknown. Until now, their role in bacterial gene regulation has probably been underestimated; indeed, bacteria are able to produce, by ribosomal synthesis or surface protein degradation, an extraordinary variety of peptides which are released outside bacteria and among which, some are pheromones that mediate cell-to-cell communication. The review aims at giving an updated overview of these peptide-dependant communication pathways. More specifically, it follows the whole peptide circuit from the peptide production and secretion in the extracellular medium to its interaction with sensors at bacterial surface or re-import into the bacteria where it plays its regulation role. In recent years, as we have accumulated more knowledge about these systems, it has become apparent that they are more complex than they first appeared. For this reason, more research on peptide-dependant pathways is needed to develop new strategies for controlling functions of interest in Gram-positive bacteria. In particular, such research could lead to alternatives to the use of antibiotics against pathogenic bacteria. In perspective, the review identifies new research questions that emerge in this field and that have to be addressed. PMID:25198780

  8. Aspectos negativos no modelo de reporte proposto pela GRI: a opinião das organizações que reportam

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    Thiago Ferreira-Quilice

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO O objetivo neste estudo foi identificar aspectos negativos no modelo de reporte proposto pelo Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, na opinião dos funcionários responsáveis pelo reporte. A importância deste estudo reside no fato de que poucos trabalhos investigam os relatórios de sustentabilidade a partir desse ponto de vista, e por oferecer ao GRI pontos específicos para serem melhorados. A pesquisa foi conduzida por meio da análise de conteúdo das respostas de 27 empresas à seguinte questão: que aspectos negativos você identifica no modelo de reporte proposto pelo GRI? Essa questão foi enviada a todas as empresas brasileiras que publicaram o relatório GRI, referente ao ano-base 2010, entre os anos 2011 e 2013. Como resultado, os respondentes consideraram que as empresas têm dificuldade em entender o modelo proposto pelo GRI, o qual foi considerado complexo, ambíguo e flexível demais, o que dificulta a padronização e a comparação entre os relatórios. Esse fato tem implicações para o GRI, que poderia propor uma metodologia mais simples e menos flexível.

  9. Social anxiety and negative early life events in university students Eventos negativos na infância e ansiedade social em estudantes universitários

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    Cynthia Binelli

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: There is substantial evidence regarding the impact of negative life events during childhood on the aetiology of psychiatric disorders. We examined the association between negative early life events and social anxiety in a sample of 571 Spanish University students. METHODS: In a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2007, we collected data through a semistructured questionnaire of sociodemographic variables, personal and family psychiatric history, and substance abuse. We assessed the five early negative life events: (i the loss of someone close, (ii emotional abuse, (iii physical abuse, (iv family violence, and (v sexual abuse. All participants completed the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. RESULTS: Mean (SD age was 21 (4.5, 75% female, LSAS score was 40 (DP = 22, 14.2% had a psychiatric family history and 50.6% had negative life events during childhood. Linear regression analyses, after controlling for age, gender, and family psychiatric history, showed a positive association between family violence and social score (p = 0.03. None of the remaining stressors produced a significant increase in LSAS score (p > 0.05. CONCLUSION: University students with high levels of social anxiety presented higher prevalence of negative early life events. Thus, childhood family violence could be a risk factor for social anxiety in such a population.INTRODUÇÃO: Existem evidências substanciais sobre o impacto de eventos negativos da vida durante a infância na etiologia dos transtornos psiquiátricos. Examinamos a associação entre os eventos negativos ocorridos na infância e a ansiedade social em uma amostra de 571 estudantes universitários espanhóis. MÉTODOS: Em um estudo transversal realizado em 2007, foram coletados os dados de variáveis sociodemográficas, história psiquiátrica pessoal e familiar e abuso de substâncias por meio de um questionário semiestruturado e avaliamos cinco eventos negativos ocorridos na infância: (i a perda de

  10. Mechanistic antimicrobial approach of extracellularly synthesized silver nanoparticles against gram positive and gram negative bacteria

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    Tamboli, Dhawal P.; Lee, Dae Sung, E-mail: daesung@knu.ac.kr

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • Bacterial extracelluar enzymes stabilized the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). • AgNPs formation was characterized by analytical techniques such as UV–vis, TEM, and FTIR. • AgNPs showed obvious antimicrobial activity against both gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. • A mechanism of AgNPs’ antimicrobial activity was proposed. -- Abstract: The development of eco-friendly and reliable processes for the synthesis of nanoparticles has attracted considerable interest in nanotechnology. In this study, an extracellular enzyme system of a newly isolated microorganism, Exiguobacterium sp. KNU1, was used for the reduction of AgNO{sub 3} solutions to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The extracellularly biosynthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The AgNPs were approximately 30 nm (range 5–50 nm) in size, well-dispersed and spherical. The AgNPs were evaluated for their antimicrobial effects on different gram negative and gram positive bacteria using the minimum inhibitory concentration method. Reasonable antimicrobial activity against Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus was observed. The morphological changes occurred in all the microorganisms tested. In particular, E. coli exhibited DNA fragmentation after being treated with the AgNPs. Finally, the mechanism for their bactericidal activity was proposed according to the results of scanning electron microscopy and single cell gel electrophoresis.

  11. Quorum sensing in Gram-negative bacteria

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    WU Hong; SONG Zhijun; Niels HФIBY; Michael GIVSKOV

    2004-01-01

    Bacteria can communicate with each other by means of signal molecules to coordinate the behavior of the entire community,and the mechanism is referred to as quorum sensing (QS).Signal systems enable bacteria to sense the size of their densities by monitoring the concentration of the signal molecules.Among Gram-negative bacteria N-acyl-L-homoserine lactone (acyl-HSL)-dependent quorum sensing systems are particularly widespread.These systems are used to coordinate expression of phenotypes that are fundamental to the interaction of bacteria with each other and with their environment and particularly higher organisms,covering a variety of functions ranging from pathogenic to symbiotic interactions.The detailed knowledge of these bacterial communication systems has opened completely new perspectives for controlling undesired microbial activities.

  12. Nutritive value of horse gram mutants

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    The gamma-rays induced mutation of seeds in horse gram Var. DPL-1 resulted in significant increase in crude protein and crude fibre content in grain. Fat and ash contents were also increased in some of the mutants. Induced mutation, however, did not show beneficial effect on methionine and tryptophan content of the grain. Both these limiting amino acids were deficient in all the genotypes. The mutant ACCK-304 and ACCL-302 appeared to be superior in respect of crude protein content (21.9% and 21.5%), grain yield (15.7 and 15.6 q/ha) and protein yield (3.4 and 3.3 q/ha), respectively. (author)

  13. Evaluation of post-antibiotic effect in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria

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    Elisa Tavella

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Although the postantibiotic effect (PAE is a well recognized phenomenon, the mechanism by which it is induced has not fully elucidated yet. It has been suggested that PAE is the time required by bacteria to synthesize proteins or mRNA characterized by a short half-life that are consumed during antibiotic treatment.This phenomenon is widely studied on Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative rods, while information about Gram-positive rods and Gram-negative cocci are scanty.To gain new insights on the PAE, this study was addressed to evaluated the time required by Moraxella catarrhalis and Lactobacillus planctarum to resume their physiological growth rate after exposure to various antibiotics. Methods PAE was estimated in accordance with the method of Craig and Gudmundsson using the following drugs: penicillin, piperacillin-tazobactam, cefalotin, ceftazidime, imipenem, ciprofloxacin, gentamycin and azithromycin. Log-phase bacteria were exposed to drug at a concentration corresponding to 4 times the MIC value for 1h.The drug was inactivated by 1:1000 dilution. Bacterial counts were determined at time zero, immediately after drug dilution, and at each hour after removal for 6 - 7h by a pour-plate technique. The PAE was defined as the difference in time required by test and control cultures to increase by 1 log in CFU number. Results All drugs tested induced a PAE on the strains studied. M. catarrhalis registered PAE values ranging between 0,5 (gentamycin and 2 (ceftazidime, imipenem and azithromycin.With respect to L. plantarum a PAE between 0,8 (cefalotin and 3 hours (ciprofloxacin were detected. Conclusion. These findings demonstrated that all the drugs tested were able to induce a PAE on the strains tested.This observation differs from that observed on Gram-negative rods characterised by negative PAE values induced by penicillins and cephalosporins.This results might reflect the different target of these compounds on these Gram-positive rods or the

  14. Sonodynamic Excitation of Rose Bengal for Eradication of Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Faina Nakonechny

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy based on photosensitizers activated by illumination is limited by poor penetration of visible light through skin and tissues. In order to overcome this problem, Rose Bengal was excited in the dark by 28 kHz ultrasound and was applied for inactivation of bacteria. It is demonstrated, for the first time, that the sonodynamic technique is effective for eradication of Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. The net sonodynamic effect was calculated as a 3-4 log10 reduction in bacteria concentration, depending on the cell and the Rose Bengal concentration and the treatment time. Sonodynamic treatment may become a novel and effective form of antimicrobial therapy and can be used for low-temperature sterilization of medical instruments and surgical accessories.

  15. Raman Spectroscopy of Xylitol Uptake and Metabolism in Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria▿

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    Palchaudhuri, Sunil; Rehse, Steven J.; Hamasha, Khozima; Syed, Talha; Kurtovic, Eldar; Kurtovic, Emir; Stenger, James

    2011-01-01

    Visible-wavelength Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate the uptake and metabolism of the five-carbon sugar alcohol xylitol by Gram-positive viridans group streptococcus and the two extensively used strains of Gram-negative Escherichia coli, E. coli C and E. coli K-12. E. coli C, but not E. coli K-12, contains a complete xylitol operon, and the viridans group streptococcus contains an incomplete xylitol operon used to metabolize the xylitol. Raman spectra from xylitol-exposed viridans group streptococcus exhibited significant changes that persisted even in progeny grown from the xylitol-exposed mother cells in a xylitol-free medium for 24 h. This behavior was not observed in the E. coli K-12. In both viridans group streptococcus and the E. coli C derivative HF4714, the metabolic intermediates are stably formed to create an anomaly in bacterial normal survival. The uptake of xylitol by Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens occurs even in the presence of other high-calorie sugars, and its stable integration within the bacterial cell wall may discontinue bacterial multiplication. This could be a contributing factor for the known efficacy of xylitol when taken as a prophylactic measure to prevent or reduce occurrences of persistent infection. Specifically, these bacteria are causative agents for several important diseases of children such as pneumonia, otitis media, meningitis, and dental caries. If properly explored, such an inexpensive and harmless sugar-alcohol, alone or used in conjunction with fluoride, would pave the way to an alternative preventive therapy for these childhood diseases when the causative pathogens have become resistant to modern medicines such as antibiotics and vaccine immunotherapy. PMID:21037297

  16. Orbit Classification of Qutrit via the Gram Matrix

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    B. A. Tay; Hishamuddin Zainuddin

    2008-01-01

    We classify the orbits generated by unitary transformation on the density matrices of the three-state quantum systems (qutrits) via the Gram matrix. The Gram matrix is a real symmetric matrix formed from the Hilbert-Schmidt scalar products of the vectors lying in the tangent space to the orbits. The rank of the Gram matrix determines the dimensions of the orbits, which fall into three classes for qutrits.

  17. A ‘Magnetic’ Gram Stain for Bacterial Detection

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    Budin, Ghyslain; Chung, Hyun Jung; Lee, Hakho; Weissleder, Ralph

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic stain. Bacteria are often classified into Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains by their visual staining properties using crystal violet (CV), a triarylmethane dye. Here we show, that bioorthogonal modification of crystal violet with transcyclooctene (TCO) can be used to render Gram-positive bacteria magnetic with magneto-nanoparticles-Tetrazine (MNP-Tz). This allows for class specific automated magnetic detection, magnetic separation or other magnetic manipulations.

  18. Environmental Health and Gram Panchayat Members of Western Maharashtra, India

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    Kadam Yugantara R; Samant Anuradha J; Gore Alka D

    2012-01-01

    Background The purpose of environmental health is to create and maintain ecological conditions that will promote health and thus prevent disease. Gram Panchayat is a local government agency at village level. As community leaders, Gram Panchayat members (elected members of Gram Panchayat) have more responsibility towards maintaining environmental health. Their awareness, attitude and practices regarding environmental health will determine village environment. Method: It is a cross-sectional st...

  19. DISEÑO DE PÉPTIDOS BASADO EN LA SECUENCIA ANÁLOGA AL REPRESOR NEGATIVO icaR DE Staphylococcus sp.

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    Gladys Pinilla; Liliana C. Muñoz; Salazar, Luz M.; Jeannette Navarrete 0.; Alexander Guevara

    2015-01-01

    La biopelícula como un mecanismo de virulencia en Staphylococcus involucrada en infecciones intrahospitalarias es regulada por un represor negativo icaR, responsable de la transcripción completa del operón icaADBC. La búsqueda de dominios funcionales por modulación computacional de icaR permitió hallar las secuencias peptídicas con actividad biológica análoga a la proteína icaR. Mediante biología computacional se diseñaron péptidos empleando el programa de predicción AntiBP (http: //www. im...

  20. Fatores associados à agressão física em gestantes e os desfechos negativos no recém-nascido

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    Elaine Fernandes Viellas; Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama; Márcia Lazaro de Carvalho; Liana Wernersbach Pinto

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    OBJETIVO: Verificar os fatores socioeconômicos, demográficos e reprodutivos associados à agressão física na gestação e os desfechos negativos para o recém-nascido em dois grupos de mulheres: adolescentes e adultas jovens. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal com uma amostra de 8.961 puérperas que se hospitalizaram em maternidades do município do Rio de Janeiro por ocasião do parto. Para testar hipótese de homogeneidade de proporções foi utilizado o teste χ². A razão de chances e os intervalos de confia...

  1. Evidence that mycoplasmas, gram-negative bacteria, and certain gram-positive bacteria share a similar protein antigen.

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    Sasaki, T.

    1991-01-01

    It was demonstrated that mycoplasmas, gram-negative bacteria, and certain gram-positive bacteria share a similar protein antigen with a molecular weight ranging from 42,000 to 48,000. Western blotting (immunoblotting) with an antibody specific to a 43-kDa membrane protein of Mycoplasma fermentans showed the existence of this protein antigen in all Mycoplasma spp. tested (14 species), Acholeplasma laidlawii (1 strain), and gram-negative bacteria (8 species) but only in Staphylococcus aureus of...

  2. Materiales basados en aluminosilicatos de litio con coeficiente de expansión térmica negativos en un amplio intervalo de temperatura, procedimiento de preparación y uso

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    Torrecillas, Ramón; Fernández, Adolfo; García Moreno, Olga

    2008-01-01

    Materiales basados en aluminosilicatos de litio con coeficiente de expansión térmica negativos en un amplio intervalo de temperatura, procedimiento de preparación y uso. Nuevo procedimiento para la obtención de materiales cerámicos basados en aluminosilicatos de litio (LAS) con coeficiente de expansión térmica próximos a cero y negativos en el intervalo de temperatura (-150ºC a 450ºC). Estos materiales tienen su aplicación en la fabricación de componentes que requie...

  3. Antimicrobial Activity of Carbon Nanoparticles Isolated from Natural Sources against Pathogenic Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    This paper describes the isolation of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) from kitchen soot, characterization of the CNPs by UV/visible spectroscopy, SEM and XRD, and their antimicrobial action. The antibacterial activity of the isolated carbon nanoparticles was tested against various pathogenic bacterial strains such as Gram-negative Proteus refrigere and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus haemolyticus. The inhibition zones were measured, and it was found that the carbon nanoparticles isolated from natural sources are active against these Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial strains

  4. Antimicrobial Activity of Carbon Nanoparticles Isolated from Natural Sources against Pathogenic Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the isolation of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs from kitchen soot, characterization of the CNPs by UV/visible spectroscopy, SEM and XRD, and their antimicrobial action. The antibacterial activity of the isolated carbon nanoparticles was tested against various pathogenic bacterial strains such as Gram-negative Proteus refrigere and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus haemolyticus. The inhibition zones were measured, and it was found that the carbon nanoparticles isolated from natural sources are active against these Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial strains.

  5. Gram-positive bacteria persisting in the food production environment

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    Knøchel, Susanne; Harmsen, Morten; Knudsen, Bettina;

    2008-01-01

    Many gram-positive bacteria are able to form aggregates or biofilms and resist external stress factors and some gram-positive pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes and Bacillus cereus may persist in the food production environment for extended periods. Most research has focussed on the...

  6. Methods for targetted mutagenesis in gram-positive bacteria

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    Yang, Yunfeng

    2014-05-27

    The present invention provides a method of targeted mutagenesis in Gram-positive bacteria. In particular, the present invention provides a method that effectively integrates a suicide integrative vector into a target gene in the chromosome of a Gram-positive bacterium, resulting in inactivation of the target gene.

  7. Karbapenemaze gram-negativnih bakterija [Carbapenemases of gram-negative bacteria

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    Bedenić, Branka; Sardelić, Sanda; Vranić-Ladavac, Mirna; Barišić, Nada; Ladavac, Ranko

    2014-01-01

    Karbapenemi su često jedina terapijska opcija za liječenje teških infekcija. Stabilni su prema većini b-laktamaza gram-negativnih bakterija, ali neke b-laktamaze, koje se zovu karbapenemaze, mogu ih djelotvorno hidrolizirati. Nalazimo ih u izolatima enterobakterija i nefermentativnih bakterija kao što su Pseudomonas aeruginosa i Acinetobacter baumannii. Dijele se u klase A (KPC, SME, IMI, NMC), B (VIM, IMP, SPM, GIM, NDM, SIM, DIM, AIM) i D (OXA-23, OXA-24, OXA-48, OXA-58, OXA-143). Pravilna ...

  8. Gramicidin A Mutants with Antibiotic Activity against Both Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria.

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    Zerfas, Breanna L; Joo, Yechaan; Gao, Jianmin

    2016-03-17

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have shown potential as alternatives to traditional antibiotics for fighting infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One promising example of this is gramicidin A (gA). In its wild-type sequence, gA is active by permeating the plasma membrane of Gram-positive bacteria. However, gA is toxic to human red blood cells at similar concentrations to those required for it to exert its antimicrobial effects. Installing cationic side chains into gA has been shown to lower its hemolytic activity while maintaining the antimicrobial potency. In this study, we present the synthesis and the antibiotic activity of a new series of gA mutants that display cationic side chains. Specifically, by synthesizing alkylated lysine derivatives through reductive amination, we were able to create a broad selection of structures with varied activities towards Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Importantly, some of the new mutants were observed to have an unprecedented activity towards important Gram-negative pathogens, including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Psuedomonas aeruginosa. PMID:26918268

  9. Modelo tripartito sobre el afecto positivo y negativo, la depresión y la ansiedad : evidencia basada en la estructura de los síntomas y en diferencias sexuales

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    Joiner, Thomas E.; Salvatore J. Catanzaro; Laurent, Jeff; Sandín, Bonifacio; Blalock, Janice A.

    1996-01-01

    El modelo tripartito sobre la depresión y la ansiedad sugiere que la depresión y la ansiedad poseen componentes compartidos (afecto negativo generalizado) y específicos (anhedonia e hiperactivación fisiológica). En este artículo comentamos cinco est

  10. Defining a role for Hfq in Gram-positive bacteria

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    Nielsen, Jesper Sejrup; Lei, Lisbeth Kristensen; Ebersbach, Tine;

    2010-01-01

    Small trans-encoded RNAs (sRNAs) modulate the translation and decay of mRNAs in bacteria. In Gram-negative species, antisense regulation by trans-encoded sRNAs relies on the Sm-like protein Hfq. In contrast to this, Hfq is dispensable for sRNA-mediated riboregulation in the Gram-positive species...... mechanism, and that Hfq facilitates the binding of LhrA to its target. The work presented here provides the first experimental evidence for Hfq-dependent riboregulation in a Gram-positive bacterium. Our findings indicate that modulation of translation by trans-encoded sRNAs may occur by both Hfq...

  11. Significância clínica, epidemiologia e microbiologia das bacteremias por estafilococos coagulase-negativos em Hospital de Ensino

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    Góngora-Rubio F.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Os estafilococos coagulase-negativos (ECN são importantes agentes etiológicos das bacteremias hospitalares e freqüentemente considerados como contaminantes de hemoculturas. No período de outubro de 1990 a setembro de 1992, foram estudadas 300 hemoculturas positivas para ECN no Hospital São Paulo, sendo 141 bacteremias consideradas de origem hospitalar. Com o objetivo de diferenciar as bacteremias hospitalares verdadeiras das contaminantes por ECN, foram definidos critérios clínicos e microbiológicos. Apenas 20,6% das bacteremias hospitalares por ECN foram consideradas como verdadeiras. A maior freqüência de recém-nascidos internados na unidade de terapia intensiva neonatal, a presença de cateter intravascular e a utilização de nutrição parenteral foram achados significativos. Não houve diferença significante quanto a resistência a oxacilina e produção de SLIME entre os ECN isolados das bacteremias verdadeiras e contaminantes. O critério clínico e a positividade da hemocultura até 48 horas após a incubação, utilizados em nossa definição, foram úteis para caracterizar as bacteremias verdadeiras por ECN.

  12. Renda básica da cidadania versus imposto de renda negativo: o papel dos custos de focalização

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    Nelson Leitão Paes

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo procura comparar duas políticas sociais alternativas de combate à pobreza e à desigualdade de renda no Brasil. A primeira é baseada na concessão de uma renda fixa universal, denominada Renda Básica da Cidadania (RBC, e a segunda, um Imposto de Renda Negativo (IRN, pago apenas às famílias com renda inferior a um determinado patamar. Para análise, adotou-se um modelo de equilíbrio geral computável. Os resultados mostraram que a RBC é melhor que o IRN quando o custo de focalização deste é superior a 50%, e que para um custo menor que 50% o programa a ser adotado vai depender da estratégia de combate à pobreza escolhida.This paper compare two alternative social politics to reduce poverty and income inequality in Brazil. The first one is a payment of a universal fixed income, called Basic Income Grant (BIG, and the second one is a Negative Income Tax (NIT, pay only to the families with low incomes. For analysis, we use a Computable General Equilibrium Model. The results had shown that the BIG is better that NIT when the costs of administration associated with the NIT is higher than 50%, and that for a cost between 0 and 50% the adopted program goes to depend on the strategy of poverty reduction.

  13. MetaLocGramN: A meta-predictor of protein subcellular localization for Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Magnus, Marcin; Pawlowski, Marcin; Bujnicki, Janusz M

    2012-12-01

    Subcellular localization is a key functional characteristic of proteins. It is determined by signals encoded in the protein sequence. The experimental determination of subcellular localization is laborious. Thus, a number of computational methods have been developed to predict the protein location from sequence. However predictions made by different methods often disagree with each other and it is not always clear which algorithm performs best for the given cellular compartment. We benchmarked primary subcellular localization predictors for proteins from Gram-negative bacteria, PSORTb3, PSLpred, CELLO, and SOSUI-GramN, on a common dataset that included 1056 proteins. We found that PSORTb3 performs best on the average, but is outperformed by other methods in predictions of extracellular proteins. This motivated us to develop a meta-predictor, which combines the primary methods by using the logistic regression models, to take advantage of their combined strengths, and to eliminate their individual weaknesses. MetaLocGramN runs the primary methods, and based on their output classifies protein sequences into one of five major localizations of the Gram-negative bacterial cell: cytoplasm, plasma membrane, periplasm, outer membrane, and extracellular space. MetaLocGramN achieves the average Matthews correlation coefficient of 0.806, i.e. 12% better than the best individual primary method. MetaLocGramN is a meta-predictor specialized in predicting subcellular localization for proteins from Gram-negative bacteria. According to our benchmark, it performs better than all other tools run independently. MetaLocGramN is a web and SOAP server available for free use by all academic users at the URL http://iimcb.genesilico.pl/MetaLocGramN. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Computational Methods for Protein Interaction and Structural Prediction. PMID:22705560

  14. Scanpath Based N-Gram Models for Predicting Reading Behavior

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    Mishra, Abhijit; Bhattacharyya, Pushpak; Carl, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Predicting reading behavior is a difficult task. Reading behavior depends on various linguistic factors (e.g. sentence length, structural complexity etc.) and other factors (e.g individual's reading style, age etc.). Ideally, a reading model should be similar to a language model where the model...... is built upon a fixed number of overlapping word sequences (n-grams). But it would be difficult to decide what kind of representation of gaze data (unit of n-grams) would correlate more with cognitive effort associated with reading. Moreover, the randomness associated with gaze data also accounts for data...... sparsity, making it difficult for gaze based n-gram models to handle real test scenarios. It has already been seen that some important eye-movement phenomena are captured better by scanpaths than considering individual fixations, saccades and pauses. In this talk, we propose and validate an n-gram based...

  15. Volatile metabolites from some gram-negative bacteria

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    Schöller, Charlotte; Molin, Søren; Wilkins, Ken

    1997-01-01

    A survey of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) excreted from various Gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas spp., Serratia spp. and Enterobacter spp.) was carried out. Compounds were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. VOCs identified included dimethyl disulphide, dimethyl trisulphide...

  16. New antimicrobial approaches to gram positive respiratory infections.

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    Liapikou, Adamantia; Cilloniz, Catia; Mensa, Josep; Torres, Antonio

    2015-06-01

    Nowadays, we face growing resistance among gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens that cause respiratory infection in the hospital and in the community. The spread of penicillin- and macrolide-resistant pneumococci, Community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (Ca-MRSA), the emergence of glycopeptide-resistant staphylococci underline the need for underline the need for therapeutic alternatives. A number of new therapeutic agents, with activity against the above Gram (+) respiratory pathogens, as ceftaroline, ceftopibrole, telavancin, tedizolid have become available, either in clinical trials or have been approved for clinical use. Especially, the development of new oral antibiotics, as nemonaxacin, omadacyclin, cethromycin and solithromycin will give a solution to the lack of oral drugs for outpatient treatment. In the future the clinician needs to optimize the use of old and new antibiotics to treat gram (+) respiratory serious infections. PMID:24878422

  17. Chocolate agar, a differential medium for gram-positive cocci.

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    Gunn, B. A.

    1984-01-01

    Reactions incurred on chocolate agar by gram-positive cocci were correlated with species identity. Darkening and clearing of the medium was usually associated with the species Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus simulans, and Streptococcus faecalis. Yellowing of chocolate agar was associated with alpha-hemolytic species of Streptococcus. The study demonstrated that reactions occurring on chocolate agar are useful in identifying gram-positive cocci.

  18. Gender differences in negative mood states in secondary school students: health survey in Catalonia (Spain Diferencias en los estados de ánimo negativo en estudiantes de secundaria según sexo: encuesta de salud en Cataluña

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    Mónica Monteagudo

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    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the prevalence of negative mood states in adolescents according to gender, to analyze variability among schools, and to evaluate the associated factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study with a cluster design was carried out. We administered the High-school students health survey to a sample of 9,340 students (aged 14-16 years in the third and fourth year of Compulsory Secondary Education in Catalonia, Spain, during the 2005-6 academic year. The main outcome measure was evidence of a negative mood state. A multilevel logistic regression model stratified by gender was used to identify the factors associated with negative mood states and to determine variability among distinct schools. Results: Approximately 19% of adolescents reported evidence of a negative mood state, with a higher prevalence in girls (25%. The most significant factors associated with negative mood states were "use of tranquilizers" and "having eating disorders" in girls and "not exercising" and "poor self-perception of health status" in boys. In both genders, variability was found among schools in the prevalence of negative mood states (girls: variance = 0.078; p Objetivos: Determinar la prevalencia del estado de ánimo negativo entre alumnos adolescentes según sexo, analizar la variabilidad entre escuelas y evaluar los factores asociados. Métodos: Estudio transversal basado en un muestreo por conglomerados bietápico. Administramos una encuesta de salud a 9340 estudiantes de tercero y cuarto curso de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria de 14 a 16 años de edad, en Cataluña, durante el curso escolar 2005-06. La variable principal fue el estado de ánimo negativo. Se usó un modelo de regresión logística multinivel estratificado por sexo para identificar los factores asociados al estado de ánimo negativo y determinar la variabilidad entre las diferentes escuelas. Resultados: Aproximadamente el 19% de los adolescentes refirieron un estado de

  19. Environmental Health and Gram Panchayat Members of Western Maharashtra, India

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    Kadam Yugantara R

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background The purpose of environmental health is to create and maintain ecological conditions that will promote health and thus prevent disease. Gram Panchayat is a local government agency at village level. As community leaders, Gram Panchayat members (elected members of Gram Panchayat have more responsibility towards maintaining environmental health. Their awareness, attitude and practices regarding environmental health will determine village environment. Method: It is a cross-sectional study conducted in villages from talukas (administrative areas of Kolhapur District. All Gram Panchayat members of six villages from three talukas were administered Self designed questionnaire. Results In awareness 41.3% members scored above 75% and in attitude and practice 71.73% and 67.39% members scored above 50% respectively. Only 6 (13.04% members scored <50% in awareness. Awareness, attitude & practices were independent of age, sex, experience, post & distance from urban area. Members’ awareness improves attitude and practices regarding environmental health. Gram Swachhata Abhiyan (Rural Sanitation Drive that helps in improving awareness. Conclusion By improving environmental health awareness of Gram Panchayat members it is possible to improve attitude & practices.

  20. Aspectos positivos e negativos da assistênca pré-natal no município de Ribeirão Preto-SP Aspectos positivos y negativos en la asistencia prenatal del municipio de Ribeirão Preto-SP Positive and negative aspects of pre natal care in the municipality of Ribeirão Preto-SP

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    Maria das Dores do Vale Oba; Maria Solange Guarino Tavares

    2000-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar os aspectos positivos e negativos da assistência pré-natal na rede pública municipal de saúde de Ribeirão Preto-SP, na opinião de usuários e profissionais de saúde. Utiliza-se a abordagem qualitativa. Alguns avanços podem ser observados em relação à assistência pré-natal: a proximidade da Unidade de Saúde, ampliação da estrutura física, de recursos humanos e central de vagas na área da obstetrícia. Apesar destes aspectos positivos não foi possível ainda...

  1. Neoconstitucionalismo negativo y neoconstitucionalismo positivo

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    Giovanni Battista Ratti

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available La expresión “neoconstitucionalismo” es sumamente ambigua: la cultura contemporánea la usa para denotar cosas tan heterogéneas como una forma de estado, una política de activismo judicial, una reconstrucción teórica de los sistemas jurídicos contemporáneos, una metodología jurídica y una adhesión ideológica al derecho. Este trabajo se centra en los aspectos de política jurisprudencial, de teoría del derecho y de metodología jurídica, enfatizando dos posibles perspectivas del neoconstitucionalismo: una negativa que delinea dicha multifacética concepción del derecho como un conjunto de oposiciones a las tesis defendidas por las concepciones dominantes, y otra positiva que pretende haber identificado una serie de “nuevos descubrimientos” en los sistemas jurídicos contemporáneos. En esta versión positiva se examinan ocho tesis: (1 el derecho de los estados constitucionales es una combinación de reglas y principios, (2 reglas y principios son aptos para constituir un conjunto sistematico de normas, (3 las constituciones contemporáneas incorporan valores morales, de manera que habrían creado una conexión relevante entre derecho y moral, (4 tal incorporación implica un deber de interpretar las disposiciones constitucionales mediante una lectura moral, (5 toda norma jurídica es derrotable, (6 algunos estándares jurídicos requieren de un razonamiento ponderativo o de balance, opuesto al tradicional razonamiento subsutivo, (7 interpretando holísticamente las disposiciones jurídicas, los jueces pueden llegar a decidir cualquier controversia, y,  (8 las normas jurídicas no pueden tener cualquier contenido, porque su contenido es determinado en última instancia por juicios morales. El trabajo termina ilustrando aciertos y equivocaciones de cada versión del neoconstitucionalismo.

  2. Revisão de esfregaços cervicais negativos em pacientes com lesões intra-epiteliais de alto grau Review of previous negative smears from patients with high grade intraepithelial neoplasia

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    Janaína Erika Pittoli

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Entre as estratégias de controle de qualidade, a revisão de exames negativos anteriores em pacientes com exame atual positivo é considerada uma das mais eficientes para detecção de falsos negativos. No presente estudo foram revistos os esfregaços prévios negativos de pacientes com NIC 2 ou NIC 3 nos anos de 1998 e 1999. Durante este período o Instituto Adolfo Lutz realizou 113.619 exames colpocitológicos, sendo 233 casos diagnosticados como NIC 2 ou NIC 3. Entre estes casos apenas 36 tinham exames prévios no Instituto Adolfo Lutz no período de 36 meses antes do diagnóstico original. Obtivemos 22 casos de NIC (12 NIC 1, sete NIC 2 e três NIC 3 e 14 casos com diagnóstico negativo (normal ou inflamatório, os quais pertenciam a 12 pacientes. Após revisão destes esfregaços obtivemos os seguintes resultados: insatisfatório (dois casos, inflamatório (cinco casos, NIC 1 (três casos, NIC 2 (um caso. Concluindo, a revisão dos exames anteriores negativos é uma estratégia altamente eficiente para detectar os resultados falsos negativos. Sua prática pode ser útil para orientar diversas medidas de educação continuada.Within the strategies of internal quality control, the review of previous negative Papanicolaou smears from patients with diagnosis of CIN 2 or CIN 3 is considered one of the most efficient for detection of false negative results. In the present study we reviewed the previous negative smears of cases with diagnosis of CIN 2 or CIN 3 during the years of 1998 and 1999. During this period the Adolfo Lutz Institute has performed 113.619 Papanicolaou tests; 233 cases were diagnosed as CIN 2 or CIN 3. The cases diagnosed as unsatisfactory were excluded. Among the 36 cases from which there were previous smears in the period of 36 months before the original diagnosis, we found 22 cases of CIN (12 CIN 1, seven CIN 2 and three CIN 3 and 14 cases diagnosed as inflammatory or normal. When those 14 smears were reviewed, the

  3. Antibacterial effects of poly(2-(dimethylamino ethyl)methacrylate) against selected Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria

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    Rawlinson, Lee-Anne Betty; Ryan, Sinead M.; Mantovani, Giuseppe; Syrett, Jay A.; Haddleton, David M.; Brayden, David James

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    Antimicrobial coatings can reduce the occurrence of medical device-related bacterial infections. Poly(2-(dimethylamino ethyl)methacrylate)) (pDMAEMA) is one such polymer that is being researched in this regard. The aims of this study were to (1) elucidate pDMAEMA’s antimicrobial activity against a range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and (2) to investigate its antimicrobial mode of action. The methods used include determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values aga...

  4. Maternidade na adolescência: indicadores emocionais negativos e fatores associados em mães de 14 a 16 anos em Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil

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    Micheli Scolari Rossetto

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Verificou-se a prevalência de indicadores emocionais negativos e fatores associados em 430 mães adolescentes de 14 a 16 anos de Porto Alegre, RS. Foram estudadas variáveis sociodemográficas, relações sociais e familiares, aspectos reprodutivos, abuso e violência. As razões de prevalência (RP foram obtidas por regressão de Poisson mediante análise hierarquizada. A prevalência de sofrimento psíquico intenso foi 32,6%, estando associado à baixa classe social, à não repetência escolar, ao relacionamento ruim com a mãe, à não aceitação da gestação pelo parceiro e à falta de apoio da família frente à gestação. A prevalência de autovalorização negativa foi 15,4%, permanecendo associada ao relacionamento ruim com a mãe e a não possuir uma pessoa confidente. Pouca ou nenhuma expectativa em relação ao futuro foi encontrada em 7,5% das adolescentes, estando associada à repetência escolar, à criação pela mãe biológica, à idade precoce da primeira relação sexual e à ocorrência de abuso físico. A alta prevalência de sofrimento psíquico, encontrada nas mães adolescentes, merece atenção especial das políticas públicas de saúde para a inclusão de profissionais habilitados ao manejo dos aspectos emocionais no atendimento da maternidade precoce.

  5. DISEÑO DE PÉPTIDOS BASADO EN LA SECUENCIA ANÁLOGA AL REPRESOR NEGATIVO icaR DE Staphylococcus sp.

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    Gladys Pinilla

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    Full Text Available La biopelícula como un mecanismo de virulencia en Staphylococcus involucrada en infecciones intrahospitalarias es regulada por un represor negativo icaR, responsable de la transcripción completa del operón icaADBC. La búsqueda de dominios funcionales por modulación computacional de icaR permitió hallar las secuencias peptídicas con actividad biológica análoga a la proteína icaR. Mediante biología computacional se diseñaron péptidos empleando el programa de predicción AntiBP (http: //www. imtech.res.in/ raghava/antibp/; la síntesis química se hizo por Nα-Fmoc y se caracterizaron y purificaron tres moléculas por RP-HPLC y MALDI-TOF. Se evaluó su seguridad biológica mediante ensayo de actividad citotóxica realizada sobre macrófagos murinos de la línea J774 y la actividad hemolítica se determinó mediante el uso de glóbulos rojos. Los tres péptidos caracterizados IR1, IR2 e IR3, presentaron estructura secundaria predominantemente alfa helicoidal, alto grado de pureza y alto score antimicrobiano; además, mostraron baja toxicidad, evidenciada por la actividad citotóxica y hemolítica en las concentraciones ensayadas y en comparación con los controles usados, que permitiría su potencial uso como moléculas candidatas o principios activos con actividad análoga al represor nativo icaR, frente a la biopelícula de los Staphylococcus sp.

  6. Compact q-gram Profiling of Compressed Strings

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    Bille, Philip; Cording, Patrick Hagge; Gørtz, Inge Li

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    We consider the problem of computing the q-gram profile of a string T of size N compressed by a context-free grammar with n production rules. We present an algorithm that runs in O(N − α) expected time and uses O(n + k T , q ) space, where N − α ≤ qn is the exact number of characters decompressed...... by the algorithm and k T , q  ≤ N − α is the number of distinct q-grams in T . This simultaneously matches the current best known time bound and improves the best known space bound. Our space bound is asymptotically optimal in the sense that any algorithm storing the grammar and the q-gram profile...... must use Ω(n + k T , q ) space. To achieve this we introduce the q-gram graph that space-efficiently captures the structure of a string with respect to its q-grams, and show how to construct it from a grammar....

  7. Compact q-gram profiling of compressed strings

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    Bille, Philip; Cording, Patrick Hagge; Gørtz, Inge Li

    2014-01-01

    We consider the problem of computing the q-gram profile of a string T of size N compressed by a context-free grammar with n production rules. We present an algorithm that runs in O(N−α) expected time and uses O(n+q+kT,q) space, where N−α≤qnN−α≤qn is the exact number of characters decompressed by...... the algorithm and kT,q≤N−α is the number of distinct q-grams in T . This simultaneously matches the current best known time bound and improves the best known space bound. Our space bound is asymptotically optimal in the sense that any algorithm storing the grammar and the q-gram profile must use Ω(n+q+kT,q......) space. To achieve this we introduce the q-gram graph that space-efficiently captures the structure of a string with respect to its q-grams, and show how to construct it from a grammar....

  8. Pilins in gram-positive bacteria: A structural perspective.

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    Krishnan, Vengadesan

    2015-07-01

    Pilins or fimbrilins are a class of proteins found in bacterial surface pilus, a hair-like surface appendage. Both the Gram-negative and -positive bacteria produce pilins to assemble pili on their cell-surface for different purposes including adherence, twitching motility, conjugation, immunomodulation, biofilm formation, and electron transfer. Immunogenic properties of the pilins make them attractive vaccine candidates. The polymerized pilins play a key role in the initiation of host adhesion, which is a critical step for bacterial colonization and infection. Because of their key role in adhesion and exposure on the cell surface, targeting the pilins-mediated adhesion (anti-adhesion therapy) is also seen as a promising alternative approach for preventing and treating bacterial infections, one that may overcome their ever-increasing repertoires of resistance mechanisms. Individual pilins interact with each other non-covalently to assemble the pilus fiber with the help of associated proteins like chaperones and Usher in Gram-negative bacteria. In contrast, the pilins in Gram-positive bacteria often connect with each other covalently, with the help of sortases. Certain unique structural features present on the pilins distinguish them from one another across different bacterial strains, and these dictate their cellular targets and functions. While the structure of pilins has been extensively studied in Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria, the pilins in Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria have been in only during the last decade. Recently, the discovery of pilins in non-pathogenic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, has received great attention, though traditionally the attention was on pathogenic bacteria. This review summarizes and discusses the current structural knowledge of pilins in Gram-positive bacteria with emphasis on those pilins which are sortase substrates. PMID:26178080

  9. The COHERENT Methodology in FunGramKB

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    Carlos Periñán-Pascual

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Recent research has been done synergistically between FunGramKB, a lexical-conceptual knowledge base, and the Lexical Constructional Model, a linguistic meaning construction model. since concepts are claimed to play an important role in the design of the cognitive-linguistic interface, this paper discusses the methodology adopted in structuring the basic conceptual level in the FunGramKB Core Ontology. more particularly, we describe our four-phase COHERENT methodology (i.e. COnceptualization + HiErarchization + REmodelling + refinemeNT, which guided the cognitive mapping of the defining vocabulary in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

  10. Cellular reprogramming by gram-positive bacterial components: a review.

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    Buckley, Julliette M

    2012-02-03

    LPS tolerance has been the focus of extensive scientific and clinical research over the last several decades in an attempt to elucidate the sequence of changes that occur at a molecular level in tolerized cells. Tolerance to components of gram-positive bacterial cell walls such as bacterial lipoprotein and lipoteichoic acid is a much lesser studied, although equally important, phenomenon. This review will focus on cellular reprogramming by gram-positive bacterial components and examines the alterations in cell surface receptor expression, changes in intracellular signaling, gene expression and cytokine production, and the phenomenon of cross-tolerance.

  11. Contaminação do solo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro pelo Clostridíum tetani: Estudo preliminar das relações entre a composição química do solo e a presença do bacilo

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    Walter Tavares

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    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam os resultados preliminares da relação entre o grau de contaminação pelo C. tetani e a composição química de 82 amostras da camada superficial do solo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, colhidas ao acaso. Não encontram relação importante entre a presença do bacilo e a concentração de potássio, magnésio, fósforo, alumínio, carbono e o pH do solo. As amostras ricas em cálcio, porém, apresentaram maior positividade. Devido à heterogeneidade das amostras, possibilitando a influência de outros fatores nos resultados, os autores pretendem estudar o assunto em amostras mais selecionadas.The authors made a initial study about the relationship between the soil contamination by C. tetani and the chemical composition of 82 soil samples from the Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil. C. tetani was found in 29.2 % of the samples. No relationship could be demonstrated between the presence of the bacillus and the amount of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, aluminium and carbon (organic material, as well as the pH of the soil. The microbe was or was not found either in rich soils or in poor ones, as well as in acid, neutral or basic soils. It was found a correlation between the amount of calcium and the positivity of the bacillus. Since many factors may have influenced the results, the authors will study this subject more deeply.

  12. Pensamentos negativos automáticos em pacientes com transtorno do pânico (Automatic Negative Thought in Patients with Panic Disorder

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    José Maria Montiel

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: O transtorno do pânico (TP é caracterizado por ataques de pânico, os quais surgem acompanhados por uma série de pensamentos inadequados ao contexto. Objetivo: identificar e sistematizar a distorção cognitiva e os tipos de pensamentos negativos automáticos (PNA presentes em pacientes com TP. Participantes: 20 indivíduos na faixa etária de 32 anos e com diagnóstico de TP. Instrumentos: Anamnese e entrevista semi-estruturada, Inventário Beck de Ansiedade e Escala para Pânico e Agorafobia. Resultados: os dados apontaram níveis de ansiedade significativos, corroborando o diagnóstico de transtorno do pânico nos sujeitos. Já os PNA - como «Estou com dor de cabeça. Será que é uma crise?» - e os padrões de distorções cognitivas identificados, incluindo suposição, catastrofização, generalização e subestimação/ superestimação, estão em acordo com a literatura apresentada e são condizentes com a prática clínica. ABSTARCT: Panic disorder (PD is characterized by attacks of panic, which are accompanied by a series of thoughts, inappropriate to the context. Objective: to identify and systematize the cognitive distortion and the types of automatic negative thoughts (ANT present in patients with (PD. Participants: 20 individuals in the age of 32 years and with a diagnosis of PD. Instruments: Anamnesis and semi-structured interview, Beck anxiety inventory and scale of panic and agoraphobia. Results: data showed significant levels of anxiety, corroborating the diagnosis of disorders of panic in the subjects. Already the ANT - as «I have a headache. Is it a crisis?» - and the standards identified cognitive distortions, including assumptions, pessimism, generalization and under-estimation / over-estimation, they are subject to the presented literature and they are suitable for clinical practice.

  13. Fatores associados à agressão física em gestantes e os desfechos negativos no recém-nascido

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    Elaine Fernandes Viellas

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar os fatores socioeconômicos, demográficos e reprodutivos associados à agressão física na gestação e os desfechos negativos para o recém-nascido em dois grupos de mulheres: adolescentes e adultas jovens. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal com uma amostra de 8.961 puérperas que se hospitalizaram em maternidades do município do Rio de Janeiro por ocasião do parto. Para testar hipótese de homogeneidade de proporções foi utilizado o teste χ². A razão de chances e os intervalos de confiança foram estimados através de regressão logística. RESULTADOS: Foi apontado que 5% das adolescentes e 2,5% das adultas jovens sofreram agressão física na gravidez. Em ambos os grupos, as variáveis associadas com o abuso físico foram: menor nível de escolaridade, menor apoio do pai da criança e maior tentativa de interrupção da gestação. O aumento no consumo de bebida alcoólica mostrou associação com o abuso físico apenas no grupo de adolescentes, e o uso de drogas ilícitas somente entre as adultas jovens. Os filhos das puérperas agredidas tiveram duas vezes mais chances de óbito neonatal, e três vezes mais de óbito pós-neonatal. Por outro lado, a assistência pré-natal de boa qualidade reduziu a chance de agressão física durante a gestação. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados alertam para o aumento da chance de óbito neonatal e pós-neonatal entre os filhos das vítimas de agressão física durante a gestação e apontam para a importância do pré-natal na identificação de mulheres sob maior risco de episódios violentos, momento oportuno para o desenvolvimento de ações de proteção e cuidado à mãe e ao bebê.

  14. Probing interaction of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial cells with ZnO nanorods

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    Jain, Aanchal; Bhargava, Richa; Poddar, Pankaj, E-mail: p.poddar@ncl.res.in

    2013-04-01

    In the present work, the physiological effects of the ZnO nanorods on the Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Aerobacter aerogenes) bacterial cells have been studied. The analysis of bacterial growth curves for various concentrations of ZnO nanorods indicates that Gram positive and Gram negative bacterial cells show inhibition at concentrations of ∼ 64 and ∼ 256 μg/mL respectively. The marked difference in susceptibility towards nanorods was also validated by spread plate and disk diffusion methods. In addition, the scanning electron micrographs show a clear damage to the cells via changed morphology of the cells from rod to coccoid etc. The confocal optical microscopy images of these cells also demonstrate the reduction in live cell count in the presence of ZnO nanorods. These, results clearly indicate that the antibacterial activity of ZnO nanorods is higher towards Gram positive bacterium than Gram negative bacterium which indicates that the structure of the cell wall might play a major role in the interaction with nanostructured materials and shows high sensitivity to the particle concentration. Highlights: ► Effect of ZnO nanorods on the growth cycles of four bacterial strains. ► A relation has been established between growth rate of bacteria and concentration. ► Serious damage in the morphology of bacterial cells in the presence of ZnO nanorods. ► Microscopic studies to see the time dependent effect on bacterial cells.

  15. Glutathione-independent maleylacetoacetate isomerase in gram-positive bacteria.

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    Hagedorn, S R; Chapman, P. J.

    1985-01-01

    Nocardia globerula CL1 produced a glutathione-independent maleylacetoacetate isomerase after growth on L-tyrosine. Partial purification of this isomerase demonstrated its independence of low-molecular-weight cofactors such as glutathione. Similar glutathione-independent maleylacetoacetate isomerases were present in three other gram-positive bacteria grown on tyrosine.

  16. Estimation of pico gram levels of plutonium in sodium metal

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    A procedure is described for the estimation of pico gram levels of plutonium in the sodium metal coolant of a fast reactor. Plutonium is passed through an ion exchange column after removing the matrix by distillation and then electrodeposited from ammonium oxalate-HCl medium. (author). 9 refs., 1 tab

  17. Kinase Activity Profiling of Gram-Negative Pneumonia

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    Hoogendijk, Arie J.; Diks, Sander H.; Peppelenbosch, Maikel P.; van der Poll, Tom; Wieland, Catharina W.

    2011-01-01

    Pneumonia is a severe disease with high morbidity and mortality. A major causative pathogen is the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella (K.) pneumoniae Kinases play an integral role in the transduction of intracellular signaling cascades and regulate a diverse array of biological processes essential t

  18. Kinase activity profiling of gram-negative pneumonia

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    A.J. Hoogendijk (Arie); S.H. Diks (Sander); M.P. Peppelenbosch (Maikel); T. van der Poll (Tom); C.W. Wieland (Catharina )

    2011-01-01

    textabstractPneumonia is a severe disease with high morbidity and mortality. A major causative pathogen is the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella (K.) pneumoniae. Kinases play an integral role in the transduction of intracellular signaling cascades and regulate a diverse array of biological processe

  19. Kinase activity profiling of gram-negative pneumonia

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    A.J. Hoogendijk; S.H. Diks; M.P. Peppelenbosch; T. van der Poll; C.W. Wieland

    2011-01-01

    Pneumonia is a severe disease with high morbidity and mortality. A major causative pathogen is the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella (K.) pneumoniae. Kinases play an integral role in the transduction of intracellular signaling cascades and regulate a diverse array of biological processes essential

  20. V-antigen homologs in pathogenic gram-negative bacteria.

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    Sawa, Teiji; Katoh, Hideya; Yasumoto, Hiroaki

    2014-05-01

    Gram-negative bacteria cause many types of infections in animals from fish and shrimps to humans. Bacteria use Type III secretion systems (TTSSs) to translocate their toxins directly into eukaryotic cells. The V-antigen is a multifunctional protein required for the TTSS in Yersinia and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. V-antigen vaccines and anti-V-antigen antisera confer protection against Yersinia or P. aeruginosa infections in animal models. The V-antigen forms a pentameric cap structure at the tip of the Type III secretory needle; this structure, which has evolved from the bacterial flagellar cap structure, is indispensable for toxin translocation. Various pathogenic gram-negative bacteria such as Photorhabdus luminescens, Vibrio spp., and Aeromonas spp. encode homologs of the V-antigen. Because the V-antigens of pathogenic gram-negative bacteria play a key role in toxin translocation, they are potential therapeutic targets for combatting bacterial virulence. In the USA and Europe, these vaccines and specific antibodies against V-antigens are in clinical trials investigating the treatment of Yersinia or P. aeruginosa infections. Pathogenic gram-negative bacteria are of great interest because of their ability to infect fish and shrimp farms, their potential for exploitation in biological terrorism attacks, and their ability to cause opportunistic infections in humans. Thus, elucidation of the roles of the V-antigen in the TTSS and mechanisms by which these functions can be blocked is critical to facilitating the development of improved anti-V-antigen strategies. PMID:24641673

  1. Horse gram- an underutilized nutraceutical pulse crop: a review.

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    Prasad, Saroj Kumar; Singh, Manoj Kumar

    2015-05-01

    Horse gram is an underutilized pulse crop grown in wide range of adverse climatic conditions. It occupies an important place in human nutrition and has rich source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Besides nutritional importance, it has been linked to reduced risk of various diseases due to presence of non-nutritive bioactive substances. These bioactive substances such as phytic acid, phenolic acid, fiber, enzymatic/proteinase inhibitors have significant metabolic and/or physiological effects. The importance of horse gram was well recognized by the folk/alternative/traditional medicine as a potential therapeutic agent to treat kidney stones, urinary diseases, piles, common cold, throat infection, fever etc. The inception of nutraceutical concept and increasing health consciousness the demand of nutraceutical and functional food is increased. In recent years, isolation and utilization of potential antioxidants from legumes including horse gram are increased as it decreases the risk of intestinal diseases, diabetes, coronary heart disease, prevention of dental caries etc. Keeping in view the increasing demand of food having nutraceutical values, the present review ascribed with recent scientific knowledge towards the possibilities of exploring the horse gram, as a source of food and nutraceuticals compounds. PMID:25892749

  2. Application of DNA comet assay for detection of radiation treatment of grams and pulses

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    Khan, Hasan M.; Ashfaq A Khan; Khan, Sanaullah

    2010-01-01

    Several types of whole pulses (green lentils, red lentils, yellow lentils, chickpeas, green peas, cowpeas and yellow peas) and grams (black grams, red grams and white grams) have been investigated for the identification of radiation treatment using microgel electrophoresis of single cells (DNA comet assay). Pulses and grams were exposed to the radiation doses of 0.5, 1.0 and 5 kGy covering the legalized commercial dose range for protection from insect/pest infestations. All irradiated samples...

  3. GRAPHENE OXIDE AS ANTIMICROBIAL AGAINST TWO GRAM-POSITIVE AND TWO GRAM-NEGATIVE BACTERIA IN ADDITION TO ONE FUNGUS

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    Roda F. Al-Thani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene based materials have wide potential applications in biology, biomedical, agriculture environmental and biotechnology. Graphene Oxide (GO is one of those materials and has a promising substance as antimicrobial agents. GO in this study was prepared by a modified Hummers method and was characterized by different techniques for confirmation of formation of GO. To study the antimicrobial activities of GO, it was tested against these microorganisms, one eukaryotic fungus (Candida albicans, C. albicans two Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli (E. coli ATCC 41570 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa ATCC 25619 and two Gram positive bacteria (Streptococcus faecalis (S. faecalis ATCC 19433 and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus ATCC 11632. Anti-microbial activity of GO was detected by spectrophotometer as indirect method to measure the growth and viable cell count as direct method. Readings were taken at successive incubated times. Results revealed that GO has antibacterial and anti-fungal activity against microorganisms used in this study. In conculosion the developed GO exhibit excellent antimicrobial property and GO affects more on Gram positive bacteria than Gram negative bacteria and fungi.

  4. Um protótipo de gramática gerativa portuguesa: a gramática de Soares Barbosa

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    Edward Lopes

    2001-01-01

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    Este trabalho estuda os aspectos doutrinários da Grammatica Philosophica da Lingua Portugueza, de Jerônimo Soares Barbosa, elaborada com base na doutrina da Grammaire générale et raisonnée de Port-Royal, para mostrar que ela é o protótipo iluminista de uma gramática gerativa da língua portuguesa. Essa gramática é a expressão das idéias iluministas no domínio da ciência da linguagem. Insere-se assim no embate ideológico que se travava, nessa época, entre as idéias absolutistas e a filosofia das Luzes. Essas posições manifestam-se, no nível dos estudos lingüísticos, pela gramática normativa, que estabelece um saber fazer, e pela gramática filosófica, que constrói um fazer.

  5. Nanoemulsion Therapy for Burn Wounds Is Effective as a Topical Antimicrobial Against Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria.

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    Dolgachev, Vladislav A; Ciotti, Susan M; Eisma, Rone; Gracon, Stephen; Wilkinson, J Erby; Baker, James R; Hemmila, Mark R

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the antimicrobial efficacy of two different nanoemulsion (NE) formulations against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in an in vivo rodent scald burn model. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized and received a partial-thickness scald burn. Eight hours after burn injury, the wound was inoculated with 1 × 10(8) colony-forming units of Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Staphylococcus aureus. Treatment groups consisted of two different NE formulations (NB-201 and NB-402), NE vehicle, or saline. Topical application of the treatment was performed at 16 and 24 hours after burn injury. Animals were killed 32 hours after burn injury, and skin samples were obtained for quantitative wound culture and determination of dermal inflammation markers. In a separate set of experiments, burn wound progression was measured histologically after 72 hours of treatment. Both NE formulations (NB-201 and NB-402) significantly reduced burn wound infections with either P. aeruginosa or S. aureus and decreased median bacterial counts at least three logs when compared with animals with saline applications (p wound as measured by myeloperoxidase (MPO) assay and histopathology (p wound progression 72 hours after injury. Topically applied NB-201 and NB-402 are effective in decreasing Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria growth in burn wounds, reducing inflammation, and abrogating burn wound progression. PMID:26182074

  6. Bovine mastitis caused by gram negative bacteria in Mosul

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    S. Y. A. Al-Dabbagh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A total of 90 milk samples were collected from cows with clinical and subclinical mastitis from different areas in Mosul city, in a period from October 2009 to June 2010, for the detection of gram negative bacteriological causative agents. The bacteria were identified using morphological, cultural and biochemical characteristics. thirty tow (35.3% gram negative bacterial isolates were obtained from the total count which included 14 isolates (15.5% for Escherichia coli, 7 isolates (7.7% for Klebsiella spp, 4 isolates (4.4% for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, 3 isolates (3.3% for Enterobacter aerogenes ,2 isolates for Serratia marcescens and one isolates (1.1% for each of Aeromonas hydrophila and Pasteurella multocida. Results of antibiotic sensitivity test indicated that most of these isolates were sensitive to Ciprofloxacin following by Gentamycin and Cotrimoxazole, while most of these organisms were resistant to Ampicillin, the isolates showed different percentages of sensitivity to Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Neomycin and Chloramphenicol.

  7. Statistical Analysis of the Indus Script Using n-Grams

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    Yadav, Nisha; Joglekar, Hrishikesh; Rao, Rajesh P. N.; Vahia, Mayank N.; Adhikari, Ronojoy; Mahadevan, Iravatham

    2010-01-01

    The Indus script is one of the major undeciphered scripts of the ancient world. The small size of the corpus, the absence of bilingual texts, and the lack of definite knowledge of the underlying language has frustrated efforts at decipherment since the discovery of the remains of the Indus civilization. Building on previous statistical approaches, we apply the tools of statistical language processing, specifically n-gram Markov chains, to analyze the syntax of the Indus script. We find that u...

  8. Poplar Lignin Decomposition by Gram-Negative Aerobic Bacteria

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    Odier, E.; Janin, G.; Monties, B

    1981-01-01

    Eleven gram-negative aerobic bacteria (Pseudomonadaceae and Neisseriaceae) out of 122 soil isolates were selected for their ability to assimilate poplar dioxane lignin without a cosubstrate. Dioxane lignin and milled wood lignin degradation rates ranged between 20 and 40% of initial content after 7 days in mineral medium, as determined by a loss of absorbance at 280 nm; 10 strains could degrade in situ lignin, as evidenced by the decrease of the acetyl bromide lignin content of microtome wood...

  9. Horse gram- an underutilized nutraceutical pulse crop: a review

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    Prasad, Saroj Kumar; Singh, Manoj Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Horse gram is an underutilized pulse crop grown in wide range of adverse climatic conditions. It occupies an important place in human nutrition and has rich source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Besides nutritional importance, it has been linked to reduced risk of various diseases due to presence of non-nutritive bioactive substances. These bioactive substances such as phytic acid, phenolic acid, fiber, enzymatic/proteinase inhibitors have significant metabolic and/or physiological effec...

  10. Conjugative type IV secretion systems in Gram-positive bacteria

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    Goessweiner-Mohr, Nikolaus; Arends, Karsten; Keller, Walter; Grohmann, Elisabeth

    2013-01-01

    Bacterial conjugation presents the most important means to spread antibiotic resistance and virulence factors among closely and distantly related bacteria. Conjugative plasmids are the mobile genetic elements mainly responsible for this task. All the genetic information required for the horizontal transmission is encoded on the conjugative plasmids themselves. Two distinct concepts for horizontal plasmid transfer in Gram-positive bacteria exist, the most prominent one transports single strand...

  11. Conjugative Plasmid Transfer in Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    Grohmann, Elisabeth; Muth, Günther; Espinosa, Manuel

    2003-01-01

    Conjugative transfer of bacterial plasmids is the most efficient way of horizontal gene spread, and it is therefore considered one of the major reasons for the increase in the number of bacteria exhibiting multiple-antibiotic resistance. Thus, conjugation and spread of antibiotic resistance represents a severe problem in antibiotic treatment, especially of immunosuppressed patients and in intensive care units. While conjugation in gram-negative bacteria has been studied in great detail over t...

  12. Multivariate Generalized Gram-Charlier Series in Vector Notations

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    C, Dharmani Bhaveshkumar

    2015-01-01

    The article derives multivariate Generalized Gram-Charlier (GGC) series that expands an unknown joint probability density function (\\textit{pdf}) of a random vector in terms of the differentiations of the joint \\textit{pdf} of a reference random vector. Conventionally, the higher order differentiations of a multivariate \\textit{pdf} in GGC series will require multi-element array or tensor representations. But, the current article derives the GGC series in vector notations. The required higher...

  13. The Gram Matrix of a PT-symmetric Quantum System

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    Weigert, S

    2003-01-01

    The eigenstates of a diagonalizable PT-symmetric Hamiltonian satisfy unconventional completeness and orthonormality relations. These relations reflect the properties of a pair of bi-orthonormal bases associated with non-hermitean diagonalizable operators. In a similar vein, such a dual pair of bases is shown to possess, in the presence of PT symmetry, a Gram matrix of a particular structure: its inverse is obtained by simply swapping the signs of some its matrix elements.

  14. Current Epidemiology and Growing Resistance of Gram-Negative Pathogens

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    Livermore, David M.

    2012-01-01

    In the 1980s, Gram-negative pathogens appeared to have been beaten by oxyimino-cephalosporins, carbapenems, and fluoroquinolones. Yet these pathogens have fought back, aided by their membrane organization, which promotes the exclusion and efflux of antibiotics, and by a remarkable propensity to recruit, transfer, and modify the expression of resistance genes, including those for extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), carbapenemases, aminoglycoside-blocking 16S rRNA methylases, and even a qui...

  15. Aminoglycoside resistance in clinical Gram-negative isolates from Norway

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    Haldorsen, Bjørg Christina

    2011-01-01

    Aminoglycosides represent an important class of antimicrobial agents. The prevalence of aminoglycoside resistance among Gram-negative bacteria in Norway is low, but an increased prevalence among clinical isolates of Escherichia coli has been observed during the last years. The most prevalent resistance mechanism is aminoglycoside modifying enzymes. In addition, resistance may occur when bacteria produces 16S rRNA methylases, which causes high level and broad-spectrum aminoglycoside resistance...

  16. Caracterização, classificação e discriminação de doentes atendidos no serviço de urgência devido a Resultados Clínicos Negativos da Farmacoterapia

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    Cavaco, M.; Dias, L.S.; Fernández-Llimós, F.

    2013-01-01

    Resultados Clínicos Negativos da Farmacoterapia (RCNF) como motivo de atendimento em Serviços de Urgência foram investigados através de um questionário semi-fechado. As respostas foram analisadas por análise das correspondências e classificação hierárquica. Identificaram-se três grupos de doentes com RCNF, um essencialmente de sobrerrepresentação de necessidade de medicamentos, outro essencialmente com sobrerrepresentação de inefectividade de medicamentos, o terceiro com representação equitat...

  17. Evaluación neurológica y neurosicológica de niños VIH positivos y VIH negativos, en Medellín, Colombia, 2007

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: este estudio describe algunas características cognitivas y físicas de un grupo de 23 niños infectados con el VIH y uno de 25 niños no infectados con dicho virus, pareados por edad y sexo, en Medellín, Colombia. Se hicieron examen neurológico y pruebas neurosicológicas como WISC III, McCarthy, Wisconsin, Stroop, TMT y curva de memoria visual. OBJETIVO: describir las características neurológicas y neurosicológicas de un grupo de niños con VIH y compararlas con las de un grupo de niños VIH negativos. MÉTODO: se realizo un estudio descriptivo de corte tranversal. RESULTADOS: el desempeño cognitivo de los niños mayores de 6 años y VIH positivos tuvo una media de 88,58 y el del grupo VIH negativo de 88,36 (p = 0,973. Once de 17 pacientes (67,4% mayores de 6 años VIH positivos tuvieron desempeño cognitivo promedio (90-109. La media del perímetro cefálico del grupo de niños VIH positivos fue 51 cm y la de los niños VIH negativos, 51,12 cm (p = 0,878; no se encontró microcefalia en los niños VIH positivos. Las demás pruebas tampoco mostraron diferencias significativas entre ambos grupos. CONCLUSIONES: en comparación con los niños VIH negativos, los VIH positivos estudiados no presentan microcefalia, disminución del desempeño cognitivo ni otras alteraciones neurosicológicas, lo que puede explicarse por un tratamiento farmacológico adecuado y continuo, pero es ideal hacerles seguimiento para conocer mejor el impacto de la enfermedad.

  18. El desempeño de los estudiantes en un problema cuya solución debería ser un número negativo: la influencia del contexto, del lenguaje y del dato sobrante

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    Hernández, Lidia Aurora; Slisko, Josip; Benítez, Luis David

    2012-01-01

    Presentamos los resultados de un instrumento diseñado para estudiar el desempeño de estudiantes del primer año de una facultad de ciencias físico matemáticas ante un problema que involucra números con signo. En este instrumento se planteó un problema de un libro de texto de educación media básica y se encontró que más del cincuenta por ciento no utiliza un signo negativo como se espera que lo hagan. Con el instrumento y las respuestas de los estudiantes analizamos la pertinencia del contexto,...

  19. Alterações ultra-sonográficas na gravidez Rh negativo sensibilizada avaliada pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico e pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média

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    Nardozza Luciano Marcondes Machado; Camano Luiz; Moron Antonio Fernandes; Pares David Baptista da Silva; Chinen Paulo Alexandre; Lobo Guilherme Antonio Rago

    2006-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Avaliar e confrontar a presença de alterações ultra-sonográficas nas gestações Rh negativo sensibilizadas, quando a anemia fetal foi determinada ou pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico, ou pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Observacional descritivo com grupo de comparação. Nosso grupo de estudo foi constituído por 99 pacientes, avaliadas no período de janeiro de 1995 a janeiro de 2004. Foram analisados e comparados dois grupos: 74 gestan...

  20. Antimicrobial activity of metal oxide nanoparticles against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria: a comparative study

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    Full Text Available Ameer Azam,1,2 Arham S Ahmed,2 Mohammad Oves,3 Mohammad S Khan,3 Sami S Habib,1 Adnan Memic11Centre of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 2Centre of Excellence in Materials Science (Nanomaterials, 3Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, IndiaBackground: Nanomaterials have unique properties compared to their bulk counterparts. For this reason, nanotechnology has attracted a great deal of attention from the scientific community. Metal oxide nanomaterials like ZnO and CuO have been used industrially for several purposes, including cosmetics, paints, plastics, and textiles. A common feature that these nanoparticles exhibit is their antimicrobial behavior against pathogenic bacteria. In this report, we demonstrate the antimicrobial activity of ZnO, CuO, and Fe2O3 nanoparticles against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.Methods and results: Nanosized particles of three metal oxides (ZnO, CuO, and Fe2O3 were synthesized by a sol–gel combustion route and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. X-ray diffraction results confirmed the single-phase formation of all three nanomaterials. The particle sizes were observed to be 18, 22, and 28 nm for ZnO, CuO, and Fe2O3, respectively. We used these nanomaterials to evaluate their antibacterial activity against both Gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis bacteria.Conclusion: Among the three metal oxide nanomaterials, ZnO showed greatest antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria used in this study. It was observed that ZnO nanoparticles have excellent bactericidal potential, while Fe2O3 nanoparticles exhibited the least bactericidal activity. The order of antibacterial activity was demonstrated to be the following: ZnO > CuO > Fe2O3

  1. The talking language in some major Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Banerjee, Goutam; Ray, Arun Kumar

    2016-08-01

    Cell-cell interaction or quorum sensing (QS) is a vital biochemical/physiological process in bacteria that is required for various physiological functions, including nutrient uptake, competence development, biofilm formation, sporulation, as well as for toxin secretion. In natural environment, bacteria live in close association with other bacteria and interaction among them is crucial for survival. The QS-regulated gene expression in bacteria is a cell density-dependent process and the initiation process depends on the threshold level of the signaling molecule, N-acyl-homoserine lactone (AHL). The present review summarizes the QS signal and its respective circuit in Gram-negative bacteria. Most of the human pathogens belong to Gram-negative group, and only a few of them cause disease through QS system. Thus, inhibition of pathogenic bacteria is important. Use of antibiotics creates a selective pressure (antibiotics act as natural selection factor to promote one group of bacteria over another group) for emerging multidrug-resistant bacteria and will not be suitable for long-term use. The alternative process of inhibition of QS in bacteria using different natural and synthetic molecules is called quorum quenching. However, in the long run, QS inhibitors or blockers may also develop resistance, but obviously it will solve some sort of problems. In this review, we also have stated the mode of action of quorum-quenching molecule. The understanding of QS network in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria will help us to solve many health-related problems in future. PMID:27062655

  2. Identification of gram positive cocci isolated from urine.

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    Mathai, E; Margaret, A; George, V; Brahmadathan, K N

    1994-07-01

    A total of 195 strains of Gram positive cocci isolated from urine, in pure culture and in counts of > 10(3) colony forming units/ml, during January-September 1992, were speciated using schema recently described by Facklam and Washington, and Kloos and Lambe. Seventy three (85%) of the 86 enterococci were identified as Enterococcus faecalis while 11 (13%) were E. faecium. Eighteen (29%) of the 62 staphylococcal isolates were Staphylococcus aureus; 20 (45%) of the 44 coagulase negative staphylococci were speciated as Staph. haemolyticus. Of the 47 strains of beta haemolytic streptococci isolated, 45 (96%) were group B; one was group G and the other group F. Our results show the diverse species of Gram positive cocci associated with bacteriuria and the need to speciate them in a diagnostic laboratory. In the context of a larger number of tests required for the speciation of Gram positive cocci, we recommend a simplified scheme which we found feasible on a routine basis. PMID:7927545

  3. Keywords in Context (Using n-grams with Python

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Like in Output Data as HTML File, this lesson takes the frequency pairs collected in Counting Frequencies and outputs them in HTML. This time the focus is on keywords in context (KWIC which creates n-grams from the original document content – in this case a trial transcript from the Old Bailey Online. You can use your program to select a keyword and the computer will output all instances of that keyword, along with the words to the left and right of it, making it easy to see at a glance how the keyword is used. Once the KWICs have been created, they are then wrapped in HTML and sent to the browser where they can be viewed. This reinforces what was learned in Output Data as HTML File, opting for a slightly different output. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to extract all possible n-grams from the text. In the next lesson, you will be learn how to output all of the n-grams of a given keyword in a document downloaded from the Internet, and display them clearly in your browser window.

  4. Antibiotic Resistance Pattern of Gram-Negative Bacteria in Gorgan

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: The excessive use of broad-spectrum antibiotics will lead to drug resistance of microorganism and specially nosocomial organisms. Because of high incidence of antibiotic resistance in hospitals, we aimed to study antibiotic resistance to gram negative bacteria. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on the data of biological samples (2006-2008, with positive culture result. Using antibiogram, microbial resistance to isolated microorganism was determined, and after culturing the samples, bacteria were identified by using differential media and antiserum. Then, antibiotic resistance was performed by disk diffusion. Results: The most common gram-negative microorganism obtained from all cultures was E.coli with the lowest drug resistance to Nitrofurantoin. Conclusion: Based on the results, antimicrobial resistance pattern is not the same in different places and furthermore it is ever changing. Therefore, further research is needed to be done to have an accurate pattern of antibiotic resistance to provide effective treatment regimens. Key words: Antibiotic Resistance; Disk Diffusion; Gram Negative Bacteria; Gorgan

  5. Kaulath, a new fungal fermented food from horse gram.

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    Dwivedi, Minakshee; Vasantha, K Y; Sreerama, Y N; Haware, Devendra J; Singh, R P; Sattur, A P

    2015-12-01

    Horse gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum) is used in the traditional method for treatmentof several health complications. It is also known that fermentation of such substrates yields a number of compounds that enhance the overall activities against several disease states. Solid state fermentation of horse gram using Penicillium camemberti showed an inhibition of pancreatic lipase and alpha glucosidase activities. The fermented material, termed Kaulath, showed 60 % increase in fat content. A reduction in sodium and increased levels of potassium and calcium was observed in Kaulath. In addition, a higher free radical scavenging activity was noted in this product compared to unfermented horse gram. Anti-nutritional factors, such as phytic acid and trypsin inhibitors showed a reduction in Kaulath. Furthermore, Kaulath, upto 1 g per kg body weight, did not exhibit any mortality or toxic effects in experimental rats after 14 days of administration. The hematological and clinical parameters were within safe limits between the groups, supported by the histopathology of liver and kidney. These results indicate potential food use of Kaulath in diets and as functional ingredients in formulated foods. PMID:26604417

  6. Assessment of genetic diversity in Horse gram (Dolichos uniflorus

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    V Sandeep Varma, K Kanaka Durga and R Ankaiah

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Twenty three horse gram accessions were studied during spring seasons of 2008-09 and 2010-11. The results indicated significant differences among the 23 accessions for all characters studied, indicating the presence of sufficient genetic variation. Mahalanobis D2 statistics grouped all the 23 cultivars of horse gram into seven clusters. Cluster I had 11 genotypes, Cluster II had 7 genotypes while clusters III, IV, V, VI and VII contributed as solitary germplasms. Among the seed yield components, test weight (8.7 % followed by seed yield per plant (5.5 % and pod length (2.4 % contributed maximum towards the divergence. Among seed quality parameters, seedling dry weight (50.99 % contributed the maximum to the genetic divergence. The maximum intra cluster distance ranged from 0 (clusters III, IV, V, VI and VII to 8.15 (cluster IІ. The maximum inter cluster distance (24.89 was noticed between cluster V (HG 18 and cluster VII (AK 38 indicating that the genotypes included in these clusters had maximum divergence and may be used as promising parents for hybridization programme to obtain better segregants in hose gram.

  7. Arginine Patch Predicts the RNA Annealing Activity of Hfq from Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria.

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    Zheng, Amy; Panja, Subrata; Woodson, Sarah A

    2016-06-01

    The Sm-protein Hfq facilitates interactions between small non-coding RNA (sRNA) and target mRNAs. In enteric Gram-negative bacteria, Hfq is required for sRNA regulation, and hfq deletion results in stress intolerance and reduced virulence. By contrast, the role of Hfq in Gram-positive is less established and varies among species. The RNA binding and RNA annealing activity of Hfq from Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus subtilis, and Staphylococcus aureus were compared using minimal RNAs and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results show that RNA annealing activity increases with the number of arginines in a semi-conserved patch on the rim of the Hfq hexamer and correlates with the previously reported requirement for Hfq in sRNA regulation. Thus, the amino acid sequence of the arginine patch can predict the chaperone function of Hfq in sRNA regulation in different organisms. PMID:27049793

  8. Prevalência e prognóstico dos pacientes com pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica em um hospital universitário Prevalence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a university hospital and prognosis for the patients affected

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    Márcio Martins de Queiroz Guimarães; José Rodolfo Rocco

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    OBJETIVO: Determinar prevalência de pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica em unidade de terapia intensiva, fatores associados e evolução. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 278 pacientes sob ventilação mecânica por mais de 24 horas prospectivamente em hospital universitário. RESULTADOS: Desenvolveram a doença 38,1% dos pacientes, 35,7 casos/1.000 dias de ventilação mecânica: 45,3% por bacilos gram negativos, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (22%) o mais comum e 43,4% por germes multi-resistentes. O grupo com...

  9. Uma revisão sobre metalo-β-lactamases A review on metallo-β-lactamases

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    Claudia de Mello Bertoncheli; Rosmari Hörner

    2008-01-01

    A emergência e disseminação da resistência aos antimicrobianos são problemas de grande importância mundial, particularmente entre patógenos nosocomiais de importância clínica como os bacilos Gram negativos não fermentadores e membros da família Enterobacteriaceae. O principal mecanismo de resistência desses patógenos é a produção de β-lactamases, que são enzimas que hidrolisam o anel β-lactâmico impedindo assim a ação dos antimicrobianos β-lactâmicos. As β-lactamases foram...

  10. A study of in vitro activity of daptomycin against 2679 Gram-positive cocci

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    张菲菲

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the in vitro activity of daptomycin against 2679 Gram-positive cocci.Methods A total of 2679 non-duplicate Gram-positive cocci isolates were collected from 17 teaching hospitals during January,

  11. Antimicrobial activity of cationic gemini surfactant containing an oxycarbonyl group in the lipophilic portion against gram-positive and gram-negative microorganisms.

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    Tatsumi, Taiga; Imai, Yoshitane; Kawaguchi, Kakuhiro; Miyano, Naoko; Ikeda, Isao

    2014-01-01

    We evaluated the antimicrobial activities of a cationic Gemini surfactant, trans-1,4-bis[2-(alkanoyloxy)ethyldimethylammonio]-2-butene dichloride [II-m-2(t-butene)] and its derivatives against Gram-positive and Gram-negative microorganisms. The II-m-2(t-butene) compound was previously shown to have good surface activity and biodegradability. A dodecanoyloxy derivative (m = 12) of II-m-2(t-butene) showed excellent antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive Streptococcus aureus [minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC): 7.8 μg/mL] and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (MIC: 31.2 μg/mL). PMID:24420061

  12. Rapid discrimination of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in liquid samples by using NaOH-sodium dodecyl sulfate solution and flow cytometry.

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    Atsushi Wada

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: For precise diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTI, and selection of the appropriate prescriptions for their treatment, we explored a simple and rapid method of discriminating gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in liquid samples. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We employed the NaOH-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS solution conventionally used for plasmid extraction from Escherichia coli and the automated urine particle analyzer UF-1000i (Sysmex Corporation for our novel method. The NaOH-SDS solution was used to determine differences in the cell wall structures between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, since the tolerance to such chemicals reflects the thickness and structural differences of bacterial cell walls. The UF-1000i instrument was used as a quantitative bacterial counter. We found that gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli, in liquid culture could easily be lysed by direct addition of equal volumes of NaOH-SDS solution. In contrast, Enterococcus faecalis, which is a gram-positive bacterium, could not be completely lysed by the solution. We then optimized the reaction time of the NaOH-SDS treatment at room temperature by using 3 gram-positive and 4 gram-negative bacterial strains and determined that the optimum reaction time was 5 min. Finally, in order to evaluate the generalizability of this method, we treated 8 gram-positive strains and 8 gram-negative strains, or 4 gram-positive and 4 gram-negative strains incubated in voluntary urine from healthy volunteers in the same way and demonstrated that all the gram-positive bacteria were discriminated quantitatively from gram negative bacteria using this method. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Using our new method, we could easily discriminate gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in liquid culture media within 10 min. This simple and rapid method may be useful for determining the treatment course of patients with UTIs, especially for those without a prior history

  13. Associations of Europium(III) with gram-negative bacteria

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    Full text of publication follows: Migration of radionuclides in the environment is greatly affected by bacteria. Gram-negative bacteria are ubiquitous in the environment and can preferentially bind radionuclides because of the presence of the cell envelop consisting of two membrane bilayers with an intervening thin peptidoglycan layer, where carboxyl and phosphate functional groups are mainly involved in metal cation adsorption. In this study, we investigated the association of Eu(III) with four Gram-negative bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens, Alcaligenes faecalis, Shewanella putrefaciens, and Paracoccus denitrificans. Europium(III) is a good analogue of Am(III) and Cm(III). The association of Eu(III) with the bacteria were determined by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). The kinetics study showed that the Eu(III) adsorption on the bacteria proceeded rapidly. The Eu(III) adsorption on P. fluorescens at pH 3, A. faecalis and P. denitrificans at pHs 3, 4, and 5, and S. putrefaciens at pHs 4 and 5 reached a maximum within 5 minutes after contact. For P. denitrificans, the percent adsorption of Eu(III) decreased after the maximum percent adsorption was attained, which suggests the existence of exudates with an affinity with Eu(III). TRLFS showed that the coordination of Eu(III) on these bacteria is multi-dentate through an inner-spherical process. The ligand field of Eu(III) on P. denitrificans was as strong as the ones observed for halo-philic microorganisms, while that of P. fluorescens, A. faecalis, and S. putrefaciens was the typical one observed for non-halo-philic microorganisms. The coordination environment of Eu(III) on the bacteria differed from each other, though they are categorized as Gram-negative bacteria with the similar cell wall components. (authors)

  14. Novel pharmaceutical molecules against emerging resistant gram-positive cocci

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    Roberto Manfredi

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: methicillin- and also vancomycin (glycopeptide-resistant Gram-positive organisms have emerged as an increasingly problematic cause of hospital-acquired infections, also spreading into the community. Vancomycin (glycopeptide resistance has emerged primarily among Enterococci, but the MIC values of vancomycin for the entire Staphylococcus species are also increasing worldwide. MATERIAL AND METHODS: the aim of our review is to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of newer antibiotics with activity against methicillin-resistant and glycopeptide-resistant Gram-positive cocci, on the ground of our experience at a tertiary care metropolitan Hospital, and the most recent literature evidences in this field. RESULTS: Quinupristin-dalfopristin, linezolid, daptomycin, and tigecycline show an excellent in vitro activity, comparable to the activity of vancomycin and teicoplanin for methicillin-resistant staphylococci, and superior to the one that vancomycin for vancomycin-resistant isolates. Dalbavancin, televancin, and oritavancin are new lipoglycopeptide agents with excellent activity against Gram-positive cocci, and have superior pharmacodynamics properties compared to vancomycin. We review the bacterial spectrum, clinical indications and practical use, pharmacologic properties, and expected adverse events and contraindications associated with each of these novel antimicrobial agents, compared with the present standard of care. DISCUSSION: linezolid activity is substantially comparable to that of vancomycin in patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA pneumonia, although its penetration into the respiratory tract is exceptionally elevated. Tigecycline has activity against both Enterococus species and MRSA; it is also active against a broad spectrum of Enterobacteriaceae and anaerobes, which allows for use intraabdominal, diabetic foot and surgical infections. Daptomycin has a rapid bactericidal activity for

  15. An eight-step gram-scale synthesis of (-)-jiadifenolide

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    Lu, Hai-Hua; Martinez, Michael D.; Shenvi, Ryan A.

    2015-07-01

    Development of a biologically active secondary metabolite into a useful medicine requires continuous access to meaningful quantities of material. Although any chemical synthesis is broadly useful for its versatility, identification of a synthesis route that can be economically scaled represents a greater challenge. Here we report a concise synthesis of the neurotrophic trace metabolite (-)-jiadifenolide and its production on a gram-scale. The brevity of the route and the structural similarity of a key intermediate to many potent Illicium terpenes make chemical synthesis the unquestionable method for accessing and modifying these potential therapeutics.

  16. Prediction of lipoprotein signal peptides in Gram-negative bacteria

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    Juncker, Agnieszka; Willenbrock, Hanni; Von Heijne, G.; Brunak, Søren; Nielsen, Henrik; Krogh, Anders Stærmose

    2003-01-01

    A method to predict lipoprotein signal peptides in Gram-negative Eubacteria, LipoP, has been developed. The hidden Markov model (HMM) was able to distinguish between lipoproteins (SPaseII-cleaved proteins), SPaseI-cleaved proteins, cytoplasmic proteins, and transmembrane proteins. This predictor...... predictions by the HMM agree well with the experimentally verified lipoproteins. A neural network-based predictor was developed for comparison, and it gave very similar results. LipoP is available as a Web server at www.cbs.dtu.dk/services/LipoP/....

  17. Synergistic interaction of eugenol with antibiotics against Gram negative bacteria.

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    Hemaiswarya, S; Doble, M

    2009-11-01

    Eugenol, the principal chemical component of clove oil from Eugenia aromatica has been long known for its analgesic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. The interaction of the eugenol with ten different hydrophobic and hydrophilic antibiotics was studied against five different Gram negative bacteria. The MIC of the combination was found to decrease by a factor of 5-1000 with respect to their individual MIC. This synergy is because of the membrane damaging nature of eugenol, where 1mM of its concentration is able to damage nearly 50% of the bacterial membrane. Eugenol was also able to enhance the activities of lysozyme, Triton X-100 and SDS in damaging the bacterial cell membrane. The hydrophilic antibiotics such as vancomycin and beta-lactam antibiotics which have a marginal activity on these gram negative bacteria exhibit an enhanced antibacterial activity when pretreated with eugenol. Reduced usage of antibiotics could be employed as a treatment strategy to slow down the onset of antibiotic resistance as well as decrease its toxicity. Experiments performed with human blood cells indicated that the concentration of eugenol used for the combination studies were below its cytotoxic values. Pharmacodynamic studies of the combinations need to be performed to decide on the effective dosage. PMID:19540744

  18. Inhaled Antibiotics for Gram-Negative Respiratory Infections.

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    Wenzler, Eric; Fraidenburg, Dustin R; Scardina, Tonya; Danziger, Larry H

    2016-07-01

    Gram-negative organisms comprise a large portion of the pathogens responsible for lower respiratory tract infections, especially those that are nosocomially acquired, and the rate of antibiotic resistance among these organisms continues to rise. Systemically administered antibiotics used to treat these infections often have poor penetration into the lung parenchyma and narrow therapeutic windows between efficacy and toxicity. The use of inhaled antibiotics allows for maximization of target site concentrations and optimization of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic indices while minimizing systemic exposure and toxicity. This review is a comprehensive discussion of formulation and drug delivery aspects, in vitro and microbiological considerations, pharmacokinetics, and clinical outcomes with inhaled antibiotics as they apply to disease states other than cystic fibrosis. In reviewing the literature surrounding the use of inhaled antibiotics, we also highlight the complexities related to this route of administration and the shortcomings in the available evidence. The lack of novel anti-Gram-negative antibiotics in the developmental pipeline will encourage the innovative use of our existing agents, and the inhaled route is one that deserves to be further studied and adopted in the clinical arena. PMID:27226088

  19. Current epidemiology and growing resistance of gram-negative pathogens.

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    Livermore, David M

    2012-06-01

    In the 1980s, gram-negative pathogens appeared to have been beaten by oxyimino-cephalosporins, carbapenems, and fluoroquinolones. Yet these pathogens have fought back, aided by their membrane organization, which promotes the exclusion and efflux of antibiotics, and by a remarkable propensity to recruit, transfer, and modify the expression of resistance genes, including those for extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), carbapenemases, aminoglycoside-blocking 16S rRNA methylases, and even a quinolone-modifying variant of an aminoglycoside-modifying enzyme. Gram-negative isolates--both fermenters and non-fermenters--susceptible only to colistin and, more variably, fosfomycin and tigecycline, are encountered with increasing frequency, including in Korea. Some ESBLs and carbapenemases have become associated with strains that have great epidemic potential, spreading across countries and continents; examples include Escherichia coli sequence type (ST)131 with CTX-M-15 ESBL and Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 with KPC carbapenemases. Both of these high-risk lineages have reached Korea. In other cases, notably New Delhi Metallo carbapenemase, the relevant gene is carried by promiscuous plasmids that readily transfer among strains and species. Unless antibiotic stewardship is reinforced, microbiological diagnosis accelerated, and antibiotic development reinvigorated, there is a real prospect that the antibiotic revolution of the 20th century will crumble. PMID:22707882

  20. Performance comparison between broilers positive and negative for antibodies against the chicken anemia virus Comparação de desempenho entre frangos positivos e negativos para anticorpos contra o vírus da anemia das galinhas

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    Lauricio Librelotto Rubin

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available The chicken anemia virus (CAV is present in virtually every country investigated, Brazil including. The aim of this study was to determine what the difference in performance is between positive (progeny of breeders vaccinated or with natural infection and negative broilers to the presence of antibodies against the CAV in currently intensive raising systems. As a result, it was observed that negative broilers were significantly heavier than positive broilers. Negative males had a final weight 5.43% higher than positive males. There was no significant difference among different treatments in relation to parameters as mortality and feeding conversion. These study indicated that the presence of antibodies against CAV in broilers - may it be through vaccination or natural infection of breeders - did not generate progeny with superior performance under the tested raising conditions.O vírus da anemia das galinhas (CAV - "chicken anemia virus" está presente em praticamente todos os países investigados, inclusive no Brasil. O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar qual a diferença de desempenho, comparando frangos positivos (progênie de matrizes vacinadas ou com infecção natural com frangos negativos para a presença de anticorpos contra o CAV, no sistema atual de criação intensiva. Como resultado, foi observado que os frangos negativos foram significativamente mais pesados que os frangos positivos. Os machos negativos tiveram um peso final 5,43% superior ao dos machos positivos. Não houve diferença significativa entre os tratamentos em relação aos parâmetros de mortalidade e conversão alimentar. Este estudo indicou que a presença de anticorpos contra o CAV em frangos de corte, seja através da vacinação ou infecção natural das matrizes, não gerou uma progênie com melhor desempenho nas condições de criação testadas.

  1. La «Escala de Balance Afectivo»: Propiedades psicométricas de un instrumento para la medida del afecto positivo y negativo en población española

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    D. Godoy-Izquierdo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El Balance Afectivo se ha propuesto como uno de los componentes, junto con la Satisfacción Vital, del Bienestar Subjetivo. El Balance Afectivo se refiere a las respuestas emocionales de la persona cuando hace juicios valorativos sobre su vida, y es el resultado de la consideración de las emociones tanto positivas como negativas experimentadas a lo largo de un período de tiempo determinado. Este estudio presenta las características de la Escala de Balance Afectivo (EBA (versión española de la escala de Afecto Positivo y Negativo de Warr et al., 1983 en una muestra española adulta obtenida de la población general. METODOLOGÍA: Participaron voluntariamente en este estudio 219 personas con edades comprendidas entre los 18 y 64 años (M= 30.54; dt= 10.79; 62.1% mujeres procedentes de diferentes contextos comunitarios. Los participantes respondieron 4 medidas sobre balance afectivo, competencia personal inespecífica, salud general y satisfacción vital en una única administración. RESULTADOS: Respecto a las propiedades psicométricas de la EBA, las subescalas de Afecto Positivo y Afecto Negativo muestran una elevada consistencia interna, con valores de alfa de Cronbach de 0.82 y 0.75 respectivamente. Sus elementos muestran un adecuado comportamiento que refleja su pertinencia y relevancia para la medida del Balance Afectivo. La estructura factorial arroja un modelo bifactorial perfectamente ajustado a la propuesta teórica. No obstante, dos ítems necesitarían ser reformulados. El análisis de la posible relación entre el afecto positivo y el afecto negativo realizado utilizando un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales apoya la estrecha relación inversa entre ambas dimensiones de la afectividad. La escala muestra una adecuada validez convergente con medidas de competencia personal inespecífica o global, de salud física y mental y de satisfacción vital. CONCLUSIONES: Los resultados de este estudio nos permiten confirmar la EBA como una

  2. [Supplementary methods for the determination of the Gram reaction of anaerobic pathogens].

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    Höhne, C; Sandow, D

    1987-01-01

    Anaerobic microorganisms (364 gram-negatives and 154 gram-positives) were investigated with respect to their behaviour against aqueous solutions of potassium hydroxide as well as their sensitivity to polymyxin and vancomycin by means of the disk diffusion test. Whereas the gram-negative anaerobes showed a good correlation (97.5%) with a positive KOH test, only 88.3% of the gram-positive microorganisms exhibited a negative KOH reaction. Therefore, in cases of ambiguous gram-negative staining results, the KOH test alone cannot give sufficient informations about the exact gram reaction. It was shown, however, that together with the determination of resistance to polymyxin and vancomycin, this uncertainty remains only for microorganisms showing a positive KOH reaction, polymyxin resistance, and vancomycin sensitivity. Therefore, in combination with the polymyxin and vancomycin disk diffusion test, the KOH test is recommended as an additional means to determine the gram reaction of anaerobes. PMID:2448452

  3. Comparative activity of tigecycline and tetracycline on Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria revealed by a multicentre study in four North European countries

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    Nilsson, Lennart E; Frimodt-Møller, Niels; Vaara, Martti;

    2011-01-01

    This study involves a multicentre surveillance of tigecycline and tetracycline activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria from primary care centres (PCCs), general hospital wards (GHWs) and intensive care units (ICUs) in Denmark (n = 9), Finland (n = 10), Norway (n = 7) and Sweden (n...

  4. Silver-doped manganese dioxide and trioxide nanoparticles inhibit both gram positive and gram negative pathogenic bacteria.

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    Kunkalekar, R K; Prabhu, M S; Naik, M M; Salker, A V

    2014-01-01

    Palladium, ruthenium and silver-doped MnO2 and silver doped Mn2O3 nanoparticles were synthesized by simple co-precipitation technique. SEM-TEM analysis revealed the nano-size of these synthesized samples. XPS data illustrates that Mn is present in 4+ and 3+ oxidation states in MnO2 and Mn2O3 respectively. Thermal analysis gave significant evidence for the phase changes with increasing temperature. Antibacterial activity of these synthesized nanoparticles on three Gram positive bacterial cultures (Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538, Streptococcus epidermis ATCC 12228, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633) and three Gram negative cultures (Escherichia coli ATCC 8739, Salmonella abony NCTC 6017 and Klebsiella pneumoniae ATCC 1003) was investigated using a disc diffusion method and live/dead assay. Only Ag-doped MnO2 and Ag-doped Mn2O3 nanoparticles showed antibacterial property against all six-test bacteria but Ag-doped MnO2 was found to be more effective than Ag-doped Mn2O3. PMID:24140741

  5. Biocompatible Fe3O4 Increases the Efficacy of Amoxicillin Delivery against Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the synthesis and characterization of amoxicillin- functionalized magnetite nanostructures (Fe3O4@AMO, revealing and discussing several biomedical applications of these nanomaterials. Our results proved that 10 nm Fe3O4@AMO nanoparticles does not alter the normal cell cycle progression of cultured diploid cells, and an in vivo murine model confirms that the nanostructures disperse through the host body and tend to localize in particular sites and organs. The nanoparticles were found clustered especially in the lungs, kidneys and spleen, next to the blood vessels at this level, while being totally absent in the brain and liver, suggesting that they are circulated through the blood flow and have low toxicity. Fe3O4@AMO has the ability to be easily circulated through the body and optimizations may be done so these nanostructures cluster to a specific target region. Functionalized magnetite nanostructures proved a great antimicrobial effect, being active against both the Gram positive pathogen S. aureus and the Gram negative pathogen E. coli. The fabricated nanostructures significantly reduced the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of the active drug. This result has a great practical relevance, since the functionalized nanostructures may be used for decreasing the therapeutic doses which usually manifest great severe side effects, when administrated in high doses. Fe3O4@AMO represents also a suitable approach for the development of new alternative strategies for improving the activity of therapeutic agents by targeted delivery and controlled release.

  6. Uso do contraste oral negativo em exames de colangiografia por ressonância magnética Use of oral negative contrast agent in magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography examinations

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    Mário de Melo Galvão Filho

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizamos estudo prospectivo das vias biliares e pancreáticas através de colangiografia por ressonância magnética, com a utilização de meio de contraste oral negativo. Os nossos objetivos foram verificar se este novo meio de contraste melhora a visualização das vias biliar e pancreática, além de identificar a freqüência de efeitos colaterais ao contraste e sua aceitação pelo paciente. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Quinze voluntários (oito homens e sete mulheres com idades variando entre 18 e 54 anos (média de 29 anos, sem queixas ou cirurgias abdominais, foram submetidos a colangiografia por ressonância magnética. Foram realizadas duas seqüências colangiográficas em apnéia, antes e cinco minutos após a ingestão de 300 ml de contraste oral negativo. Os exames foram realizados em equipamento operando a 1,0 T. RESULTADOS: Setenta e três por cento dos voluntários consideraram o gosto ruim ou muito ruim, sugerindo uma aceitação discutível; 27% dos voluntários apresentaram náuseas; 20%, cólicas; 14%, azia ou parestesia labial; e 7%, diarréia. A visualização da via biliar extra-hepática foi considerada melhor após o contraste oral negativo em 9/15 voluntários (60% e do ducto pancreático principal em todos os cinco em que havia interposição de alças. CONCLUSÃO: O contraste oral negativo melhora a visualização dos ductos hepatocolédoco e pancreático principal em exames de colangiografia por ressonância magnética, apesar da baixa aceitação e dos seus efeitos colaterais.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the feasibility of using a negative oral contrast agent to null the bowel signal during magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Fifteen healthy volunteers with no previous history of pancreaticobiliary disease or surgery were imaged with a single-shot fast spin-echo pulse sequence, using a magnetic resonance imaging system operating at 1.0 T. Data

  7. La vieja batalla entre la especie humana y el bacilo de Koch: ¿Es posible soñar con erradicar la tuberculosis? The old battle between the human species and Koch’s bacillae: Can one dream of eradicating tuberculosis?

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    J. A. Caminero

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo trata de analizar la complejidad de la vieja batalla que lleva librando, desde hace millones de años, la especie humana contra Mycobacterium tuberculosis, intentando realizar un repaso de todos los conocimientos que se tienen sobre esta enfermedad y de lo más importante de lo que puede acontecer en el futuro, con el fin de llegar a la conclusión de si es posible acabar soñando con erradicar esta enfermedad que tanto daño ha causado a la humanidad. A pesar de que la especie humana tiene suficientes conocimientos para vencer la batalla a M. tuberculosis, importantes condicionantes, sobre todo sociales (pobreza, inmigración, VIH, MDR, están favoreciendo la guerra del lado del bacilo. Y que, incluso aplicando adecuadamente todos los buenos conocimientos adquiridos para el control de la TB (detección y curación de casos, quimioprofilaxis, vacunación BCG, etc., se tardaría aún varios siglos en poder conseguir la erradicación. Sólo la posibilidad de descubrir una vacuna 100% eficaz, o el descubrimiento de nuevas asociaciones antimicrobianas que pudiesen curar la enfermedad en un plazo no superior a 15 días, podría acelerar este ritmo hacia la erradicación. Pero, lamentablemente, no existen fundamentos que permitan soñar con que cualquiera de estas dos posibilidades pueda cumplirse en los próximos 10-20 años. Por lo tanto, el sueño de erradicar la TB es un sueño muy antiguo, pero, lamentablemente, aún muy lejano.This article analyses the complexity of the age-old battle that the human species has been waging for millions of years against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We review all of the knowledge available about this disease, and the most important future developments, in order to reach the conclusion that it is indeed possible to dream of eradicating this disease that has caused such harm to humanity. In spite of the human species possessing sufficient knowledge to win the battle against Mycobacterium

  8. Lipopolysaccharide modification in Gram-negative bacteria during chronic infection.

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    Maldonado, Rita F; Sá-Correia, Isabel; Valvano, Miguel A

    2016-07-01

    The Gram-negative bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a major component of the outer membrane that plays a key role in host-pathogen interactions with the innate immune system. During infection, bacteria are exposed to a host environment that is typically dominated by inflammatory cells and soluble factors, including antibiotics, which provide cues about regulation of gene expression. Bacterial adaptive changes including modulation of LPS synthesis and structure are a conserved theme in infections, irrespective of the type or bacteria or the site of infection. In general, these changes result in immune system evasion, persisting inflammation and increased antimicrobial resistance. Here, we review the modifications of LPS structure and biosynthetic pathways that occur upon adaptation of model opportunistic pathogens (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria, Helicobacter pylori and Salmonella enterica) to chronic infection in respiratory and gastrointestinal sites. We also discuss the molecular mechanisms of these variations and their role in the host-pathogen interaction. PMID:27075488

  9. Statistical analysis of the Indus script using $n$-grams

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    Yadav, Nisha; Rao, Rajesh P N; Vahia, M N; Mahadevan, Iravatham; Adhikari, R

    2009-01-01

    The Indus script is one of the major undeciphered scripts of the ancient world. The small size of the corpus, the absence of bilingual texts, and the lack of definite knowledge of the underlying language has frustrated efforts at decipherment since the discovery of the remains of the Indus civilisation. Recently, some researchers have questioned the premise that the Indus script encodes spoken language. Building on previous statistical approaches, we apply the tools of statistical language processing, specifically $n$-gram Markov chains, to analyse the Indus script for syntax. Our main results are that the script has well-defined signs which begin and end texts, that there is directionality and strong correlations in the sign order, and that there are groups of signs which appear to have identical syntactic function. All these require no {\\it a priori} suppositions regarding the syntactic or semantic content of the signs, but follow directly from the statistical analysis. Using information theoretic measures,...

  10. Unitary Operators, Entanglement, and Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization

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    Hardy, Yorick; Steeb, Willi-Hans

    We consider finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces { H} with dim ({ H}) =n with n ≥ 2 and unitary operators. In particular, we consider the case n = 2m, where m ≥ 2 in order to study entanglement of states in these Hilbert spaces. Two normalized states ψ and ϕ in these Hilbert spaces { H} are connected by a unitary transformation (n×n unitary matrices), i.e. ψ = Uϕ, where U is a unitary operator UU* = I. Given the normalized states ψ and ϕ, we provide an algorithm to find this unitary operator U for finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces. The construction is based on a modified Gram-Schmidt orthonormalization technique. A number of applications important in quantum computing are given. Symbolic C++ is used to give a computer algebra implementation in C++.

  11. Detection of pathogenic gram negative bacteria using infrared thermography

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    Lahiri, B. B.; Divya, M. P.; Bagavathiappan, S.; Thomas, Sabu; Philip, John

    2012-11-01

    Detection of viable bacteria is of prime importance in all fields of microbiology and biotechnology. Conventional methods of enumerating bacteria are often time consuming and labor-intensive. All living organisms generate heat due to metabolic activities and hence, measurement of heat energy is a viable tool for detection and quantification of bacteria. In this article, we employ a non-contact and real time method - infrared thermography (IRT) for measurement of temperature variations in four clinically significant gram negative pathogenic bacteria, viz. Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio mimicus, Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We observe that, the energy content, defined as the ratio of heat generated by bacterial metabolic activities to the heat lost from the liquid medium to the surrounding, vary linearly with the bacterial concentration in all the four pathogenic bacteria. The amount of energy content observed in different species is attributed to their metabolisms and morphologies that affect the convection velocity and hence heat transport in the medium.

  12. TSTA loop operation with 100 grams-level of tritium

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    The first loop operation tests of Tritium Systems Test Assembly with 100 grams-level of tritium had been completed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in July, 1987. This test was the resumption of the previous milestone run halted on 26 June due to a mechanical failure of the refrigerator for the hydrogen isotope separation system. The objectives were (i) to operate the TSTA process loop for a week to demonstrate its major process systems such as the fuel cleanup system and the hydrogen isotope separation system, (ii) to demonstrate the safety systems such as the secondary containment system, tritium waste treatment system and tritium monitoring system, and to obtain handling experience with a large amount of tritium. This report describes characteristics of the safety systems observed during the milestone run. (author)

  13. Marine Compounds with Therapeutic Potential in Gram-Negative Sepsis

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    Irina Yermak

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper concerns the potential use of compounds, including lipid A, chitosan, and carrageenan, from marine sources as agents for treating endotoxemic complications from Gram-negative infections, such as sepsis and endotoxic shock. Lipid A, which can be isolated from various species of marine bacteria, is a potential antagonist of bacterial endotoxins (lipopolysaccharide (LPSs. Chitosan is a widespread marine polysaccharide that is derived from chitin, the major component of crustacean shells. The potential of chitosan as an LPS-binding and endotoxin-neutralizing agent is also examined in this paper, including a discussion on the generation of hydrophobic chitosan derivatives to increase the binding affinity of chitosan to LPS. In addition, the ability of carrageenan, which is the polysaccharide of red alga, to decrease the toxicity of LPS is discussed. We also review data obtained using animal models that demonstrate the potency of carrageenan and chitosan as antiendotoxin agents.

  14. Inhaled antibiotics for gram-negative respiratory infections.

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    Hudson, Ryan; Olson Blair, Brooke

    2011-10-01

    Several disease states create conditions that lead to opportunistic Gram-negative respiratory infections. Inhalation is the most direct and, until recently, underutilized means of antimicrobial drug targeting for respiratory tract infections. All approved antimicrobial agents for administration by inhalation are indicated for Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. These inhaled therapies have directly contributed to a significant reduction in exacerbations and hospitalizations in this patient population over the last few decades. The relentless adaptation of pathogenic organisms to current treatment options demands that the pharmaceutical industry continue designing next-generation antimicrobial agents over 70 years after they were first introduced. Recent technological advances in inhalation devices and drug formulation techniques have broadened the scope of antimicrobial structural classes that can be investigated by inhalation; however, there is an urgent need to discover novel compounds with improved resistance profiles relative to those drugs that are already marketed. PMID:21942255

  15. Gram-Negative Bacterial Sensors for Eukaryotic Signal Molecules

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    Olivier Lesouhaitier

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Ample evidence exists showing that eukaryotic signal molecules synthesized and released by the host can activate the virulence of opportunistic pathogens. The sensitivity of prokaryotes to host signal molecules requires the presence of bacterial sensors. These prokaryotic sensors, or receptors, have a double function: stereospecific recognition in a complex environment and transduction of the message in order to initiate bacterial physiological modifications. As messengers are generally unable to freely cross the bacterial membrane, they require either the presence of sensors anchored in the membrane or transporters allowing direct recognition inside the bacterial cytoplasm. Since the discovery of quorum sensing, it was established that the production of virulence factors by bacteria is tightly growth-phase regulated. It is now obvious that expression of bacterial virulence is also controlled by detection of the eukaryotic messengers released in the micro-environment as endocrine or neuro-endocrine modulators. In the presence of host physiological stress many eukaryotic factors are released and detected by Gram-negative bacteria which in return rapidly adapt their physiology. For instance, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can bind elements of the host immune system such as interferon-γ and dynorphin and then through quorum sensing circuitry enhance its virulence. Escherichia coli sensitivity to the neurohormones of the catecholamines family appears relayed by a recently identified bacterial adrenergic receptor. In the present review, we will describe the mechanisms by which various eukaryotic signal molecules produced by host may activate Gram-negative bacteria virulence. Particular attention will be paid to Pseudomonas, a genus whose representative species, P. aeruginosa, is a common opportunistic pathogen. The discussion will be particularly focused on the pivotal role played by these new types of pathogen sensors from the sensing to the transduction

  16. Distribution of Gram Negative Bacteria and Evaluation of Resistance Profiles

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    Serap Pamukcuoglu

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    Full Text Available Aim: In this study, we aimed to examine the distributon of Gram negative bacteria isolated from urine cultures of out-patients in Afyonkarahisar State Hospital and evaluate the antimicrobial resistance rates of these pathogens. Material and Method: Urine samples of out-patients which were sent to microbiology laboratory between 2012-2013 were retrospectively evaluated. The isolates were identified using conventional methods and/or automated Vitec 2.0 system. Antibiogram sensitivities were determined by Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method or automated system and interpreted on the basis of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CSI criteria. Double disc sinergy test (DDST or Vitec 2.0 system was used to detect extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL.When conventional methods could%u2019t be clarified according to their colony morphologies, gram staining patterns, biochemical test; automated system has been used. Results: A total of 671 isolates acquired from urine samples were studied. 427 Escherichia coli (63.6 %, 165 Klebsiella spp. (24.6 %, 22 Pseudomonas spp. (3.3 %, nine Acinetobacter spp. (1.3 %, 41 Proteus spp. (6.1 % and seven Serratia (1.0 % strains were identified among isolates. 97 E.coli (22.8 % and 41 Klebsiella (24.8 % isolates were ESBL positive. Most common bacteria were E.coli, 31.1 % of which were resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, 16 % to ciprofloxacin and 3.6 % to nitrofurantoin. Among Enterobacteriaceae, no resistance aganist carbapenems were detected. Moreover, aminoglicoside sensitivity rate was significantly high in this group. Discussion: Microorganisms that have progressively increasing antimicrobial resistance should be considered in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It is also important to use the most appropriate antibiotics to avoid unnecessary usage of these drugs in order to decrease drug resistance rates and ESBL production which may effect the success of the treatment.

  17. Acercamiento al fantástico mundo de las cantidades negativas. Una propuesta metodológica para conceptualizar la noción de número entero negativo y sus operaciones con estudiantes de grado séptimo

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    Acosta Muñoz, Guillermo Elías

    2014-01-01

    El propósito de este trabajo es diseñar una unidad didáctica para superar los obstáculos en el aprendizaje del concepto de número entero negativo y sus operaciones, dirigida a los estudiantes de grado séptimo de la Escuela Normal Superior Sagrado Corazón Aranzazu, Caldas. Para ello, se utilizó instrumentos como: pretest, unidad didáctica y postest entregados a los estudiantes. Este trabajo se centra en la construcción del número entero a partir de la significación del número negativo siend...

  18. Enhanced antibacterial and anti-biofilm activities of silver nanoparticles against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria

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    Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Han, Jae Woong; Kwon, Deug-Nam; Kim, Jin-Hoi

    2014-07-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been used as antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammtory, and antiangiogenic due to its unique properties such as physical, chemical, and biological properties. The present study was aimed to investigate antibacterial and anti-biofilm activities of silver nanoparticles alone and in combination with conventional antibiotics against various human pathogenic bacteria. Here, we show that a simple, reliable, cost effective and green method for the synthesis of AgNPs by treating silver ions with leaf extract of Allophylus cobbe. The A. cobbe-mediated synthesis of AgNPs (AgNPs) was characterized by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Furthermore, the antibacterial and anti-biofilm activity of antibiotics or AgNPs, or combinations of AgNPs with an antibiotic was evaluated using a series of assays: such as in vitro killing assay, disc diffusion assay, biofilm inhibition, and reactive oxygen species generation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella flexneri, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumonia. The results suggest that, in combination with antibiotics, there were significant antimicrobial and anti-biofilm effects at lowest concentration of AgNPs using a novel plant extract of A. cobbe, otherwise sublethal concentrations of the antibiotics. The significant enhancing effects were observed for ampicillin and vancomycin against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, respectively. These data suggest that combining antibiotics and biogenic AgNPs can be used therapeutically for the treatment of infectious diseases caused by bacteria. This study presented evidence of antibacterial and anti-biofilm effects of A. cobbe-mediated synthesis of AgNPs and their enhanced capacity against various human pathogenic bacteria. These results

  19. Distinctive Binding of Avibactam to Penicillin-Binding Proteins of Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria.

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    Asli, Abdelhamid; Brouillette, Eric; Krause, Kevin M; Nichols, Wright W; Malouin, François

    2016-02-01

    Avibactam is a novel non-β-lactam β-lactamase inhibitor that covalently acylates a variety of β-lactamases, causing inhibition. Although avibactam presents limited antibacterial activity, its acylation ability toward bacterial penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) was investigated. Staphylococcus aureus was of particular interest due to the reported β-lactamase activity of PBP4. The binding of avibactam to PBPs was measured by adding increasing concentrations to membrane preparations of a variety of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria prior to addition of the fluorescent reagent Bocillin FL. Relative binding (measured here as the 50% inhibitory concentration [IC50]) to PBPs was estimated by quantification of fluorescence after gel electrophoresis. Avibactam was found to selectively bind to some PBPs. In Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Haemophilus influenzae, and S. aureus, avibactam primarily bound to PBP2, with IC50s of 0.92, 1.1, 3.0, and 51 μg/ml, respectively, whereas binding to PBP3 was observed in Streptococcus pneumoniae (IC50, 8.1 μg/ml). Interestingly, avibactam was able to significantly enhance labeling of S. aureus PBP4 by Bocillin FL. In PBP competition assays with S. aureus, where avibactam was used at a fixed concentration in combination with varied amounts of ceftazidime, the apparent IC50 of ceftazidime was found to be very similar to that determined for ceftazidime when used alone. In conclusion, avibactam is able to covalently bind to some bacterial PBPs. Identification of those PBP targets may allow the development of new diazabicyclooctane derivatives with improved affinity for PBPs or new combination therapies that act on multiple PBP targets. PMID:26574008

  20. Flow cytometric evaluation of physico-chemical impact on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria

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    Antje eFröhling

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Since heat sensitivity of fruits and vegetables limits the application of thermal inactivation processes, new emerging inactivation technologies have to be established to fulfil the requirements of food safety without affecting the produce quality. The efficiency of inactivation treatments has to be ensured and monitored. Monitoring of inactivation effects is commonly performed using traditional cultivation methods which have the disadvantage of the time span needed to obtain results.The aim of this study was to compare the inactivation effects of peracetic acid (PAA, ozonated water (O3 and cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAPP on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria using flow cytometric methods. E. coli cells were completely depolarized after treatment (15 s with 0.25 % PAA at 10 °C, and after treatment (10 s with 3.8 mg l-1 O3 at 12°C. The membrane potential of CAPP treated cells remained almost constant at an operating power of 20 W over a time period of 3 min, and subsequently decreased within 30 s of further treatment. Complete membrane permeabilization was observed after 10 s O3 treatment, but treatment with PAA and CAPP did not completely permeabilize the cells within 2 min and 4 min, respectively. Similar results were obtained for esterase activity. O3 inactivates cellular esterase but esterase activity was detected after 4 min CAPP treatment and 2 min PAA treatment. L. innocua cells and P. carotovorum cells were also permeabilized instantaneously by O3 treatment at concentrations of 3.8 ± 1 mg l-1. However, higher membrane permeabilization of L. innocua and P. carotovorum than of E. coli was observed at CAPP treatment of 20 W. The degree of bacterial damage due to the inactivation processes is highly dependent on treatment parameters as well as on treated bacteria. Important information regarding the inactivation mechanisms can be obtained by flow cytometric measurements and this enables the definition of critical process

  1. Application of DNA comet assay for detection of radiation treatment of grams and pulses.

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    Khan, Hasan M; Khan, Ashfaq A; Khan, Sanaullah

    2011-12-01

    Several types of whole pulses (green lentils, red lentils, yellow lentils, chickpeas, green peas, cowpeas and yellow peas) and grams (black grams, red grams and white grams) have been investigated for the identification of radiation treatment using microgel electrophoresis of single cells (DNA comet assay). Pulses and grams were exposed to the radiation doses of 0.5, 1.0 and 5 kGy covering the legalized commercial dose range for protection from insect/pest infestations. All irradiated samples showed comet like stretching of fragmented DNA toward anode, which is expected for irradiated samples. Unirradiated samples showed many intact cells/nuclei in form of round stains or with short faint tails, which is typical for unirradiated food samples. The study shows that DNA comet assay can be used as a rapid, inexpensive and highly effective screening test for the detection of radiation treatment of foods, like pulses and grams. PMID:23572810

  2. Mechanisms To Assess Gram Stain Interpretation Proficiency of Technologists at Satellite Laboratories▿

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    Munson, Erik; Block, Timothy; Basile, Janice; Hryciuk, Jeanne E.; Schell, Ronald F.

    2007-01-01

    To address Gram stain interpretation proficiency in a satellite/centralized microbiology laboratory paradigm, two programs were devised. In quality assurance program 1, nonmicrobiology technologists at satellite laboratories were required to interpret standardized Gram-stained specimens of clinical material prepared by an experienced microbiologist at a central laboratory. In quality assurance program 2, clinical Gram stains prepared and read by the satellite laboratorians were reviewed by ex...

  3. Delays in Appropriate Antibiotic Therapy for Gram-Negative Bloodstream Infections: A Multicenter, Community Hospital Study

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    Moehring, Rebekah W.; Richard Sloane; Chen, Luke F.; Smathers, Emily C.; Schmader, Kenneth E.; Fowler, Vance G.; Weber, David J.; Sexton, Daniel J.; Anderson, Deverick J.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Gram-negative bacterial bloodstream infection (BSI) is a serious condition with estimated 30% mortality. Clinical outcomes for patients with severe infections improve when antibiotics are appropriately chosen and given early. The objective of this study was to estimate the association of prior healthcare exposure on time to appropriate antibiotic therapy in patients with gram-negative BSI. METHOD: We performed a multicenter cohort study of adult, hospitalized patients with gram-ne...

  4. Simultaneous Fluorescent Gram Staining and Activity Assessment of Activated Sludge Bacteria

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    Forster, Scott; Snape, Jason R.; Lappin-Scott, Hilary M.; Porter, Jonathan

    2002-01-01

    Wastewater treatment is one of the most important commercial biotechnological processes, and yet the component bacterial populations and their associated metabolic activities are poorly understood. The novel fluorescent dye hexidium iodide allows assessment of Gram status by differential absorption through bacterial cell walls. Differentiation between gram-positive and gram-negative wastewater bacteria was achieved after flow cytometric analysis. This study shows that the relative proportions...

  5. TRIF Licenses Caspase-11-Dependent NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation by Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Rathinam, Vijay A. K.; Vanaja, Sivapriya Kailasan; Waggoner, Lisa; Sokolovska, Anna; Becker, Christine; Stuart, Lynda M; Leong, John M.; Fitzgerald, Katherine A.

    2012-01-01

    Systemic infections with Gram-negative bacteria are characterized by high mortality rates due to the “sepsis syndrome,” a widespread and uncontrolled inflammatory response. Though it is well recognized that the immune response during Gram-negative bacterial infection is initiated after the recognition of endotoxin by Toll-like receptor 4, the molecular mechanisms underlying the detrimental inflammatory response during Gram-negative bacteremia remain poorly defined. Here, we identify a TRIF pa...

  6. Simple Method for Detection of Metallo – β–Lactamase Among Gram Negative Isolates

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    Agrawal R; Sumana MN; Kishore A; Kulkarni M

    2015-01-01

    Background: Carbapenem resistance due to the production of metallo-β -lactamase (MBL) in Gram-negative organism is an increasing public health problem. Aim: The purpose of this study is to detectMBL in Gram Negative bacterial isolates among Ventilator Associated Pneumonia patients. Materials and Methods: Phenotypic detection of MBL was done by three methods: 1.Modified Hodge Test (MHT) 2.Combined disc test (CDT) 3.Double Disc Synergy Test (DDST). Results: Out of 126 gram negative bacterial is...

  7. Vancomycin sensitivity and koh string test as an alternative to gram staining of bacteria

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    Arthi K; Appalaraju B; Parvathi S

    2003-01-01

    Two hundred and eighteen bacterial isolates obtained from various clinical samples were subjected to Gram stain by conventional method. For all the isolates potassium hydroxide (KOH) string test and sensitivity to vancomycin were done. Gram positive bacteria showed 100% sensitivity to vancomycin as also 100% negativity for string test. Of the gram negative bacteria, 99.42% were resistant to vancomycin while 98.85% were positive for the string test. KOH and vancomyc...

  8. One Small Step for the Gram Stain, One Giant Leap for Clinical Microbiology.

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    Thomson, Richard B

    2016-06-01

    The Gram stain is one of the most commonly performed tests in the clinical microbiology laboratory, yet it is poorly controlled and lacks standardization. It was once the best rapid test in microbiology, but it is no longer trusted by many clinicians. The publication by Samuel et al. (J. Clin. Microbiol. 54:1442-1447, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JCM.03066-15) is a start for those who want to evaluate and improve Gram stain performance. In an age of emerging rapid molecular results, is the Gram stain still relevant? How should clinical microbiologists respond to the call to reduce Gram stain error rates? PMID:27008876

  9. [Gram-negative bacteria resistant to antibiotics in foods].

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    Dias, J C; Hofer, E

    1985-01-01

    From 154 food samples, including vegetables (lettuce), milk and meals served at school it was possible to isolate and identify 400 Gram negative bacilli distributed among 339 enteric bacteria (Escherichia, Shigella, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia and Proteus) and other 61 non enteric bacilli (Acinetobacter, Flavobacterium, Aeromonas and Pseudomonas). Submitting this cultures to the drugs sulfadiazine (Su), streptomycin (Sm), tetracycline (Tc), chloramphenicol (Cm), kanamycin (Km), ampicillin (Ap), nalidixic acid (Nal) and gentamycin (Gm) it was observed only six stocks susceptible to all drugs and total sensibility to Gm. Among enteric bacteria the profiles Su (27,6%) and Su-Ap (39,6%) predominated, while for the non enteric bacilli percentages of 18.0 for Ap and 9.8 for Su-Ap were detected. Aiming to better characterization of resistance, experiments of conjugation were made with standard strains of Escherichia coli K 12. Great concern was raised by the recognition of these cultures due to the elevated R+ taxes for the enteric bacilli that were close to 90% (milk and food at school) and about 70% in relation to lettuce. PMID:3837834

  10. Time Efficient Face Recognition Using Stable Gram-Schmidt Orthonormalization

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    I. Sajid

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Most commonly used face recognition algorithms are based on extraction of global features using eigenvalue decomposition of some relational matrix of image intensity values. Real time face recognition applications require a computationally efficient algorithm for eigenvalues generation. Fast principal component analysis (FPCA is an algorithm for efficient generation of eigenvalues which improves the computational efficiency to O(n2 as compared to normal decomposition method which gives the solution in O(n3 time. In FPCA however, nonconvergence state can be resulted for high resolution images because in this case the number ofGrams-Schmidt (GS iterations for orthonormalization convergence may exceed the maximum limit. To overcome this problem we present a modified FPCA algorithm to generate eigenvalues for images including those at high resolution. An overall efficient face recognition scheme has also been proposed using the generated eigenvalues, which can work satisfactorily under varying image resolutions. The validity of the proposed system has been checked by varying thefeature vectors and the training sets. The developed technique provides an efficient and a low error rate solution for high speed image recognition systems.

  11. TSTA loop operation with 100 grams-level of tritium

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    The first loop operation tests of Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) with 100 grams-level of tritium were carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL) on June and July, 1987. The tests were one of the milestones for TSTA goal scheduled in June, 1987 through June, 1988. The objectives were (i) to operate TSTA process loop composed of tritium supply system, fuel gas purification system, hydrogen isotope separation system, etc, (ii) to demonstrate TSTA safety subsystems such as secondary containment system, tritium waste treatment system and tritium monitoring system, and (iii) to accumulate handling experience of a large amount of tritium. This report describes the plan and procedures of the milestone run done in June and the summary results especially on the safety aspects. Analysis of the emergency shutdown of the process loop, which happened in the June run, is also reported. A brief description of the process and safety subsystems as well as the summary of the TSTA safety analysis report is included. (author)

  12. High-level fluorescence labeling of gram-positive pathogens.

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    Simone Aymanns

    Full Text Available Fluorescence labeling of bacterial pathogens has a broad range of interesting applications including the observation of living bacteria within host cells. We constructed a novel vector based on the E. coli streptococcal shuttle plasmid pAT28 that can propagate in numerous bacterial species from different genera. The plasmid harbors a promoterless copy of the green fluorescent variant gene egfp under the control of the CAMP-factor gene (cfb promoter of Streptococcus agalactiae and was designated pBSU101. Upon transfer of the plasmid into streptococci, the bacteria show a distinct and easily detectable fluorescence using a standard fluorescence microscope and quantification by FACS-analysis demonstrated values that were 10-50 times increased over the respective controls. To assess the suitability of the construct for high efficiency fluorescence labeling in different gram-positive pathogens, numerous species were transformed. We successfully labeled Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus anginosus and Staphylococcus aureus strains utilizing the EGFP reporter plasmid pBSU101. In all of these species the presence of the cfb promoter construct resulted in high-level EGFP expression that could be further increased by growing the streptococcal and enterococcal cultures under high oxygen conditions through continuous aeration.

  13. Multidrug efflux pumps of Gram-positive bacteria.

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    Schindler, Bryan D; Kaatz, Glenn W

    2016-07-01

    Gram-positive organisms are responsible for some of the most serious of human infections. Resistance to front-line antimicrobial agents can complicate otherwise curative therapy. These organisms possess multiple drug resistance mechanisms, with drug efflux being a significant contributing factor. Efflux proteins belonging to all five transporter families are involved, and frequently can transport multiple structurally unrelated compounds resulting in a multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype. In addition to clinically relevant antimicrobial agents, MDR efflux proteins can transport environmental biocides and disinfectants which may allow persistence in the healthcare environment and subsequent acquisition by patients or staff. Intensive research on MDR efflux proteins and the regulation of expression of their genes is ongoing, providing some insight into the mechanisms of multidrug recognition and transport. Inhibitors of many of these proteins have been identified, including drugs currently being used for other indications. Structural modifications guided by structure-activity studies have resulted in the identification of potent compounds. However, lack of broad-spectrum pump inhibition combined with potential toxicity has hampered progress. Further work is required to gain a detailed understanding of the multidrug recognition process, followed by application of this knowledge in the design of safer and more highly potent inhibitors. PMID:27449594

  14. Biogenesis of outer membranes in Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Tokuda, Hajime

    2009-03-23

    The outer membrane, an essential organelle of Gram-negative bacteria, is composed of four major components: lipopolysaccharide, phospholipids, beta-barrel proteins, and lipoproteins. The mechanisms underlying the transport of these components to outer membranes are currently under extensive examination. Among them, the sorting of lipoproteins to the outer membrane of Escherichia coli has been clarified in detail. The Lol system, composed of five proteins, catalyzes outer membrane sorting of lipoproteins. Various Lpt proteins have recently been identified as factors involved in the transport of lipopolysaccharide to the outer membrane, although the mechanism remains largely unknown. Proteins with alpha-helical membrane spanning segments are found in the inner membrane, whereas amphipathic beta-barrel proteins span the outer membrane. These beta-barrel proteins are inserted into the outer membranes through a central core protein BamA (YaeT) with the help of four outer membrane lipoproteins. In contrast, little is known about how phospholipids are transported to the outer membrane. PMID:19270402

  15. Uptake of sulphur from different sources by green gram

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    In a pot culture experiment, green gram (var. PS 16) was grown in Typic Ustocrept soil with five sulphur sources viz. magnesium sulphate, ferrous sulphate, ammonium sulphate, gypsum and pyrite (of which first four were tagged with 35S), at five levels of application viz., 0,9,18,27 and 36 μS/g of soil. Plant sampling was carried out at three stages, i.e., pre-bloom, full-bloom and maturity. Dry matter (DM) yield increased with increasing dose of S application at all the three stages of growth. Amongst the sources, gypsum gave highest DM yield at pre-bloom and full-bloom stage (1.78 and 3.06 g/pot, respectively) but at maturity, ferrous sulphate was found to give the highest yield (9.60 g/pot). Significantly higher sulphur content was observed with advancement in growth stages, following the trend pre-bloom < full-bloom < maturity. Total uptake of sulphur significantly increased with increase in dose irrespective of the source. Among the sources, total uptake was highest with ferrous sulphate and lowest with pyrite and its was more in straw than in grain. Highest fertilizer S uptake as well as percent utilization were observed with an increase in application of gypsum as S source in grain and straw both. (author)

  16. Statistical analysis of the Indus script using n-grams.

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    Yadav, Nisha; Joglekar, Hrishikesh; Rao, Rajesh P N; Vahia, Mayank N; Adhikari, Ronojoy; Mahadevan, Iravatham

    2010-01-01

    The Indus script is one of the major undeciphered scripts of the ancient world. The small size of the corpus, the absence of bilingual texts, and the lack of definite knowledge of the underlying language has frustrated efforts at decipherment since the discovery of the remains of the Indus civilization. Building on previous statistical approaches, we apply the tools of statistical language processing, specifically n-gram Markov chains, to analyze the syntax of the Indus script. We find that unigrams follow a Zipf-Mandelbrot distribution. Text beginner and ender distributions are unequal, providing internal evidence for syntax. We see clear evidence of strong bigram correlations and extract significant pairs and triplets using a log-likelihood measure of association. Highly frequent pairs and triplets are not always highly significant. The model performance is evaluated using information-theoretic measures and cross-validation. The model can restore doubtfully read texts with an accuracy of about 75%. We find that a quadrigram Markov chain saturates information theoretic measures against a held-out corpus. Our work forms the basis for the development of a stochastic grammar which may be used to explore the syntax of the Indus script in greater detail. PMID:20333254

  17. Statistical analysis of the Indus script using n-grams.

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    Nisha Yadav

    Full Text Available The Indus script is one of the major undeciphered scripts of the ancient world. The small size of the corpus, the absence of bilingual texts, and the lack of definite knowledge of the underlying language has frustrated efforts at decipherment since the discovery of the remains of the Indus civilization. Building on previous statistical approaches, we apply the tools of statistical language processing, specifically n-gram Markov chains, to analyze the syntax of the Indus script. We find that unigrams follow a Zipf-Mandelbrot distribution. Text beginner and ender distributions are unequal, providing internal evidence for syntax. We see clear evidence of strong bigram correlations and extract significant pairs and triplets using a log-likelihood measure of association. Highly frequent pairs and triplets are not always highly significant. The model performance is evaluated using information-theoretic measures and cross-validation. The model can restore doubtfully read texts with an accuracy of about 75%. We find that a quadrigram Markov chain saturates information theoretic measures against a held-out corpus. Our work forms the basis for the development of a stochastic grammar which may be used to explore the syntax of the Indus script in greater detail.

  18. Circulating Inflammatory Mediators during Start of Fever in Differential Diagnosis of Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Infections in Leukopenic Rats

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    Tavares, Eva; Maldonado, Rosario; Ojeda, Maria L.; Francisco J Miñano

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    Gram-negative and gram-positive infections have been considered the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with leukopenia following chemotherapy. However, discrimination between bacterial infections and harmless fever episodes is difficult. Because classical inflammatory signs of infection are often absent and fever is frequently the only sign of infection, the aim of this study was to assess the significance of serum interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-10, macrophage inflammatory...

  19. Detection and Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Biofilm Producing Gram Positive and Gram Negative Bacteria Isolated From a Tertiary Care Hospital of Pakistan

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    Iqbal, M.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Microorganisms adhere to non-living material or living tissue, and form biofilms made up of extracellular polymers/slime. Biofilm-associated microorganisms behave differently from free-floating bacteria with respect to growth rates and ability to resist antimicrobial treatments and therefore pose a public health problem. The objective of this study is to detect the prevalence of biofilm producers among Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria isolated from clinical specimens, and to study their antimicrobial susceptibility pattern. The study was carried out from October 2009 to March 2010, at the Department of Microbiology, Army Medical College/ National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Clinical specimens were received from various wards of a tertiary care hospital. These were dealt by standard microbiological procedures. Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria isolated were subjected to biofilm detection by congo red agar method (CRA. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of those isolates, which showed positive results (slime production, was done according to the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion technique. A total of 150 isolates were tested for the production of biofilm/slime. Among them, 81 isolates showed positive results. From these 81, 51 were Gram positive and 30 were Gram negative. All the 81(54% slime producers showed reduced susceptibility to majority of antibiotics. Bacterial biofilms are an important virulence factor associated with chronic nosocomial infection. Detection of biofilm forming organisms can help in appropriate antibiotic choice.

  20. Notas sobre a experiência de vida num internato: aspectos positivos e negativos para o desenvolvimento dos internos Investigating the experience of living in a boarding school: positives and negatives aspects for the students development

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    Normanda Araujo de Morais

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho investiga os aspectos positivos e negativos da experiência de internato para o desenvolvimento de alunos de uma instituição de ensino técnico, a influência da vivência coletiva sobre o desempenho escolar e a concepção sobre um internato ideal. Foram realizadas cinco entrevistas com alunos das três séries do Ensino Médio, com idades entre 15 e 22 anos. Os dados foram analisados a partir da análise de conteúdo. Os aspectos positivos e os negativos da experiência de internato foram apontados a partir da categoria "convivência grupal" (possibilidade de fazer novos amigos x brigas e desentendimentos. As limitações estruturais do internato e a rotina estressante foram as principais implicações percebidas para o desempenho escolar, enquanto o internato ideal foi concebido a partir de mudanças estruturais e da qualidade das relações interpessoais. Os resultados são importantes para a compreensão de contextos educativos desse tipo, os quais são muito pouco referidos na literatura.This work investigates the positive and negative aspects of the experience of living in a boarding school to the psychological development of students, the influences of the collective experience on the school performance and the conception of an ideal boarding school. Five semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15-22 year-old students. Data was analyzed through content analysis. Both positive and negative aspects of the boarding school experience were pointed out from the group-gathering category (possibility of making new friends versus fights and arguments. The limitations of the boarding school concerning facilities and physical structure, as well as the stressful routine, were the main implications of the collective experience on the school performance. The interns' concept of an ideal boarding school depended on facilities and structure improvements, and on the quality of the relationships. The results are important to

  1. Avaliação da atividade in vitro dos novos antimicrobianos da classe das fluoroquinolonas, cefalosporinas e carbapenens contra 569 amostras clínicas de bactérias gram-negativas

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO. A proposta deste estudo foi a avaliação da atividade in vitro de novos antimicrobianos da classe das fluoroquinolonas, das cefalosporinas e dos carbapenens contra bactérias gram-negativas. MATERIAL E MÉTODO. Foram avaliadas 569 amostras clínicas isoladas no Hospital São Paulo - UNIFESP/EPM, no período compreendido entre junho e julho de 1992. A distribuição das espécies foi: Enterobacter sp. (62, Escherichia coli (308, Klebsiella pneumoniae (27, Klebsiella sp. (9, Proteus mirabilis (23, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (88, Pseudomonas sp. (4, Serratia sp. (30 e outros gram-negativos (7. Os testes de sensibilidade aos antimicrobianos avaliados (ciprofloxacina, ofloxacina, levofloxacina, grepafloxacina, DU 6859-a, ceftazidima, cefepima, FK 037, imipenem, meropenem e biapenem foram realizados pela técnica de microdiluição em caldo. RESULTADOS. A fluoroquinolona mais potente foi a DU 6859-a; em algumas amostras, apresentou potência duas a quatro vezes superior àquela apresentada pela ciprofloxacina. As novas cefalosporinas de 4ª geração apresentaram potência e espectro de ação semelhantes nas amostras de Enterobacteriaceae, com exceção das amostras de Enterobacter sp., para as quais a cefepima foi mais ativa, e das amostras de P. aeruginosa, para as quais a cefalosporina mais potente e com maior percentagem de suscetibilidade foi a ceftazidima. O meropenem foi o carbapenem mais potente e com maior percentagem de suscetibilidade nas amostras estudadas. CONCLUSÃO. As novas drogas apresentaram, em geral, melhor atividade in vitro do que drogas da mesma classe já utilizadas na prática clínica. Porém, mais estudos serão necessários para avaliar a atividade in vivo desses agentes e sua real utilidade clínica.

  2. A Comparison of Heat versus Methanol Fixation for Gram Staining Bacteria

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    Minnerath, Jeanne M.; Roland, Jenna M.; Rossi, Lucas C.; Weishalla, Steven R.; Wolf, Melissa M.

    2009-01-01

    Gram staining bacteria is a fundamental technique introduced in general biology and microbiology laboratory courses. Two common problems students encounter when Gram staining bacteria are (1) having a difficult time locating bacterial cells on the microscope slide and (2) over-decolorizing bacterial cells during the staining procedure such that…

  3. Tundmatud kohad ja asjade loomus / Katrine Gram Sloth, Johna Hansen ; intervjueerinud Laura Põld

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    Taani kunstnik Katrine Gram Sloth ja Rootsi arhitekt Johna Hansen räägivad oma lapsepõlvest, kunstnikuteest, loomingust. Johna Hanseni jaapanipärasest einelaua installatsioonist "Laud" (2015-2016), Katrine Gram Slothi Islandil loodud teosest "Vista Revisited" (2015)

  4. DMPD: Cellular reprogramming by gram-positive bacterial components: a review. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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  5. 40 CFR Table 1 to Subpart A of... - Detection Sensitivity Levels (grams per hour)

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Detection Sensitivity Levels (grams per hour) 1 Table 1 to Subpart A of Part 63 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Levels (grams per hour) Monitoring frequency per subpart a Detection sensitivity level Bi-Monthly 60...

  6. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart A of... - Detection Sensitivity Levels (grams per hour)

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  7. A classification system for plasmids from Enterococci and other Gram-positive bacteria

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    Jensen, Lars Bogø; Garcia-Migura, Lourdes; Valenzuela, Antonio Jesus Sanchez;

    2010-01-01

    A classification system for plasmids isolated from enterococci and other Gram-positive bacteria was developed based on 111 published plasmid sequences from enterococci and other Gram-positive bacteria; mostly staphylococci. Based on PCR amplification of conserved areas of the replication initiati...

  8. Extended-spectrum ß-lactamases in gram negative bacteria

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    Deepti Rawat

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Extended-spectrum ß-lactamases (ESBLs are a group of plasmid-mediated, diverse, complex and rapidly evolving enzymes that are posing a major therapeutic challenge today in the treatment of hospitalized and community-based patients. Infections due to ESBL producers range from uncomplicated urinary tract infections to life-threatening sepsis. Derived from the older TEM is derived from Temoniera, a patient from whom the strain was first isolated in Greece. ß-lactamases, these enzymes share the ability to hydrolyze third-generation cephalosporins and aztreonam and yet are inhibited by clavulanic acid. In addition, ESBL-producing organisms exhibit co-resistance to many other classes of antibiotics, resulting in limitation of therapeutic option. Because of inoculum effect and substrate specificity, their detection is also a major challenge. At present, however, organizations such as the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards provide guidelines for the detection of ESBLs in Klebsiella pneumoniae, K. oxytoca, Escherichia coli and Proteus mirabilis. In common to all ESBL-detection methods is the general principle that the activity of extended-spectrum cephalosporins against ESBL-producing organisms will be enhanced by the presence of clavulanic acid. Carbapenems are the treatment of choice for serious infections due to ESBL-producing organisms, yet carbapenem-resistant isolates have recently been reported. ESBLs represent an impressive example of the ability of gram-negative bacteria to develop new antibiotic-resistance mechanisms in the face of the introduction of new antimicrobial agents. Thus there is need for efficient infection-control practices for containment of outbreaks; and intervention strategies, e.g., antibiotic rotation to reduce further selection and spread of these increasingly resistant pathogens.

  9. Gram-scale fractionation of nanodiamonds by density gradient ultracentrifugation

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    Peng, Wei

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    Size is a defining characteristic of nanoparticles; it influences their optical and electronic properties as well as their interactions with molecules and macromolecules. Producing nanoparticles with narrow size distributions remains one of the main challenges to their utilization. At this time, the number of practical approaches to optimize the size distribution of nanoparticles in many interesting materials systems, including diamond nanocrystals, remains limited. Diamond nanocrystals synthesized by detonation protocols-so-called detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs)-are promising systems for drug delivery, photonics, and composites. DNDs are composed of primary particles with diameters mainly <10 nm and their aggregates (ca. 10-500 nm). Here, we introduce a large-scale approach to rate-zonal density gradient ultracentrifugation to obtain monodispersed fractions of nanoparticles in high yields. We use this method to fractionate a highly concentrated and stable aqueous solution of DNDs and to investigate the size distribution of various fractions by dynamic light scattering, analytical ultracentrifugation, transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. This fractionation method enabled us to separate gram-scale amounts of DNDs into several size ranges within a relatively short period of time. In addition, the high product yields obtained for each fraction allowed us to apply the fractionation method iteratively to a particular size range of particles and to collect various fractions of highly monodispersed primary particles. Our method paves the way for in-depth studies of the physical and optical properties, growth, and aggregation mechanism of DNDs. Applications requiring DNDs with specific particle or aggregate sizes are now within reach. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  10. Mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacilli.

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    Ruppé, Étienne; Woerther, Paul-Louis; Barbier, François

    2015-12-01

    The burden of multidrug resistance in Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) now represents a daily issue for the management of antimicrobial therapy in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. In Enterobacteriaceae, the dramatic increase in the rates of resistance to third-generation cephalosporins mainly results from the spread of plasmid-borne extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), especially those belonging to the CTX-M family. The efficacy of beta-lactam/beta-lactamase inhibitor associations for severe infections due to ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae has not been adequately evaluated in critically ill patients, and carbapenems still stands as the first-line choice in this situation. However, carbapenemase-producing strains have emerged worldwide over the past decade. VIM- and NDM-type metallo-beta-lactamases, OXA-48 and KPC appear as the most successful enzymes and may threaten the efficacy of carbapenems in the near future. ESBL- and carbapenemase-encoding plasmids frequently bear resistance determinants for other antimicrobial classes, including aminoglycosides (aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes or 16S rRNA methylases) and fluoroquinolones (Qnr, AAC(6')-Ib-cr or efflux pumps), a key feature that fosters the spread of multidrug resistance in Enterobacteriaceae. In non-fermenting GNB such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, multidrug resistance may emerge following the sole occurrence of sequential chromosomal mutations, which may lead to the overproduction of intrinsic beta-lactamases, hyper-expression of efflux pumps, target modifications and permeability alterations. P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii also have the ability to acquire mobile genetic elements encoding resistance determinants, including carbapenemases. Available options for the treatment of ICU-acquired infections due to carbapenem-resistant GNB are currently scarce, and recent reports emphasizing the spread of colistin resistance in environments with high

  11. Atividade antimicrobiana dos extratos de folhas e ramos da Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil., Aquifoliaceae Antimicrobial activity of extracts of the leaves and branches of Ilex paraguariensis (erva-mate

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    Bruno De Biasi

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Para avaliação da atividade antimicrobiana de Ilex paraguariensis foram utilizados seis microrganismos: Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus e Staphylococcus epidermidis. O método utilizado foi de difusão do disco. Foram adicionados em discos de papel filtro 10 µl de extratos hidro-alcoólicos das folhas e ramos coletados de dois ambientes distintos, com e sem exposição ao sol. As placas foram incubadas a 35- 37 ºC por 24 h. Os extratos inibiram levedura, bacilos gram-negativos e cocos gram-positivos, não mostrando atividade frente à Escherichia coli.For the evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of Ilex paraguariensis six microorganisms were used: Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. In disks of filter paper 10 µl of hydro-alcoholic extracts of the leaves and branches from two distinct environments were added, with and without sun exposure. The extracts have inhibited levedura, gram-negative bacillus and gram-positive cocos, with no activity to Escherichia coli.

  12. Antibiotic therapeutic options for infections caused by drug-resistant Gram-positive cocci.

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    Banwan, K; Senok, A C; Rotimi, V O

    2009-01-01

    Serious infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria are currently difficult to treat because many of these pathogens are now resistant to standard antimicrobial agents. As a result of the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens, new antimicrobial agents are urgently needed for clinical use. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of drugs that have activity against these Gram-positive pathogens. Daptomycin, tigecycline, linezolid, quinupristin/dalfopristin and dalbavancin are five antimicrobial agents that are useful for the treatment of infections due to drug-resistant Gram-positive cocci. This review focuses on their mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, spectrum of activity, clinical effectiveness, drug interaction and safety. These antimicrobial agents provide the clinician with additional treatment options among the limited therapies for resistant Gram-positive bacterial infection. PMID:20701863

  13. Labeling and Selective Inactivation of Gram-Positive Bacteria Employing Bimodal Photoprobes with Dual Readouts.

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    Galstyan, Anzhela; Block, Desiree; Niemann, Silke; Grüner, Malte C; Abbruzzetti, Stefania; Oneto, Michele; Daniliuc, Constantin G; Hermann, Sven; Viappiani, Cristiano; Schäfers, Michael; Löffler, Bettina; Strassert, Cristian A; Faust, Andreas

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    Carbohydrate-conjugated silicon(IV) phthalocyanines with bimodal photoactivity were developed as probes with both fluorescent labeling and photosensitizing capabilities, and the concomitant fluorescent labeling and photoinduced inactivation of Gram-positive and Gram-negative models was explored. The maltohexaose-conjugated photoprobe provides a dual readout to distinguish between both groups of pathogens, as only the Gram-positive species was inactivated, even though both appeared labeled with near-infrared luminescence. Antibiotic resistance did not hinder the phototoxic effect, as even the methicillin-resistant pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was completely photoinactivated. Time-resolved confocal fluorescence microscopy analysis suggests that the photoprobe sticks onto the outer rim of the microorganisms, explaining the resistance of Gram-negative species on the basis of their membrane constitution. The mannose-conjugated photoprobe yields a different readout because it is able to label and to inactivate only the Gram-positive strain. PMID:26929124

  14. Gram-negative folliculitis. A rare problem or is it underdiagnosed? Case report and literature review

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    Sierra-Téllez Daniela, Ponce-Olivera Rosa María, Tirado-Sánchez Andrés

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    Full Text Available AbstractGram-negative folliculitis may be the result of prolonged antibacterial treatments in patients with acne and rosacea. It is caused by alteration of facial skin flora and the nasal mucous, a decrease of Gram-positive bacteria and a proliferation of Gram-negative bacteria (for example Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella sp. and Proteus mirabilis. It should be considered in patients with acne who have not had a clinical improvement after 3-6 months of treatment with tetracyclines. The disease is underestimated, probably because bacteriological studies are rarely requested and the increased use of oral isotretinoin for acne management. One of the most effective treatments for Gram-negative folliculitis is oral isotretinoin (0.5-1 mg / kg / day for 4-5 months. We report the case of Gram negative folliculitis successfully treated with oral isotretinoin.

  15. Gram Negative Wound Infection in Hospitalised Adult Burn Patients-Systematic Review and Metanalysis-

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    Azzopardi, Ernest A.; Azzopardi, Elayne; Camilleri, Liberato; Villapalos, Jorge; Boyce, Dean E.; Dziewulski, Peter; Dickson, William A.; Whitaker, Iain S.

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    Background Gram negative infection is a major determinant of morbidity and survival. Traditional teaching suggests that burn wound infections in different centres are caused by differing sets of causative organisms. This study established whether Gram-negative burn wound isolates associated to clinical wound infection differ between burn centres. Methods Studies investigating adult hospitalised patients (2000–2010) were critically appraised and qualified to a levels of evidence hierarchy. The contribution of bacterial pathogen type, and burn centre to the variance in standardised incidence of Gram-negative burn wound infection was analysed using two-way analysis of variance. Primary Findings Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumanni, Enterobacter spp., Proteus spp. and Escherichia coli emerged as the commonest Gram-negative burn wound pathogens. Individual pathogens’ incidence did not differ significantly between burn centres (F (4, 20) = 1.1, p = 0.3797; r2 = 9.84). Interpretation Gram-negative infections predominate in burn surgery. This study is the first to establish that burn wound infections do not differ significantly between burn centres. It is the first study to report the pathogens responsible for the majority of Gram-negative infections in these patients. Whilst burn wound infection is not exclusive to these bacteria, it is hoped that reporting the presence of this group of common Gram-negative “target organisms” facilitate clinical practice and target research towards a defined clinical demand. PMID:24751699

  16. Utilizing Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM 2005) to Evaluate Entry Probe Mission Sites

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    Justh, Hilary L.; Justus, C. G.

    2008-01-01

    Engineering-level atmospheric model widely used for diverse mission applications. Mars-GRAM s perturbation modeling capability is commonly used, in a Monte-Carlo mode, to perform high fidelity engineering end-to-end simulations for entry, descent, and landing (EDL)1. Traditional Mars-GRAM options for representing the mean atmosphere along entry corridors include: a) TES Mapping Years 1 and 2, with Mars-GRAM data coming from MGCM model results driven by observed TES dust optical depth; and b) TES Mapping Year 0, with user-controlled dust optical depth and Mars-GRAM data interpolated from MGCM model results driven by selected values of globally-uniform dust optical depth. From the surface to 80 km altitude, Mars-GRAM is based on NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Model (MGCM). Mars-GRAM and MGCM use surface topography from Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), with altitudes referenced to the MOLA areoid, or constant potential surface. Mars-GRAM 2005 has been validated2 against Radio Science data, and both nadir and limb data from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES)

  17. The NASA/MSFC Global Reference Atmospheric Model: 1999 Version (GRAM-99)

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    Justus, C. G.; Johnson, D. L.

    1999-01-01

    The latest version of Global Reference Atmospheric Model (GRAM-99) is presented and discussed. GRAM-99 uses either (binary) Global Upper Air Climatic Atlas (GUACA) or (ASCII) Global Gridded Upper Air Statistics (GGUAS) CD-ROM data sets, for 0-27 km altitudes. As with earlier versions, GRAM-99 provides complete geographical and altitude coverage for each month of the year. GRAM-99 uses a specially-developed data set, based on Middle Atmosphere Program (MAP) data, for 20-120 km altitudes, and NASA's 1999 version Marshall Engineering Thermosphere (MET-99) model for heights above 90 km. Fairing techniques assure smooth transition in overlap height ranges (20-27 km and 90-120 km). GRAM-99 includes water vapor and 11 other atmospheric constituents (O3, N2O, CO, CH4, CO2, N2, O2, O, A, He and H). A variable-scale perturbation model provides both large-scale (wave) and small-scale (stochastic) deviations from mean values for thermodynamic variables and horizontal and vertical wind components. The small-scale perturbation model includes improvements in representing intermittency ("patchiness"). A major new feature is an option to substitute Range Reference Atmosphere (RRA) data for conventional GRAM climatology when a trajectory passes sufficiently near any RRA site. A complete user's guide for running the program, plus sample input and output, is provided. An example is provided for how to incorporate GRAM-99 as subroutines in other programs (e.g., trajectory codes).

  18. Species distribution and antimicrobial susceptibility of gram-negative aerobic bacteria in hospitalized cancer patients

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    El-Sharif Amany

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nosocomial infections pose significant threats to hospitalized patients, especially the immunocompromised ones, such as cancer patients. Methods This study examined the microbial spectrum of gram-negative bacteria in various infection sites in patients with leukemia and solid tumors. The antimicrobial resistance patterns of the isolated bacteria were studied. Results The most frequently isolated gram-negative bacteria were Klebsiella pneumonia (31.2% followed by Escherichia coli (22.2%. We report the isolation and identification of a number of less-frequent gram negative bacteria (Chromobacterium violacum, Burkholderia cepacia, Kluyvera ascorbata, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and Salmonella arizona. Most of the gram-negative isolates from Respiratory Tract Infections (RTI, Gastro-intestinal Tract Infections (GITI, Urinary Tract Infections (UTI, and Bloodstream Infections (BSI were obtained from leukemic patients. All gram-negative isolates from Skin Infections (SI were obtained from solid-tumor patients. In both leukemic and solid-tumor patients, gram-negative bacteria causing UTI were mainly Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, while gram-negative bacteria causing RTI were mainly Klebsiella pneumoniae. Escherichia coli was the main gram-negative pathogen causing BSI in solid-tumor patients and GITI in leukemic patients. Isolates of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas, and Acinetobacter species were resistant to most antibiotics tested. There was significant imipenem -resistance in Acinetobacter (40.9%, Pseudomonas (40%, and Enterobacter (22.2% species, and noticeable imipinem-resistance in Klebsiella (13.9% and Escherichia coli (8%. Conclusion This is the first study to report the evolution of imipenem-resistant gram-negative strains in Egypt. Mortality rates were higher in cancer patients with nosocomial Pseudomonas infections than any other bacterial infections

  19. Evaluation of the in vitro growth of urinary tract infection-causing gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria in a proposed synthetic human urine (SHU) medium.

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    Ipe, Deepak S; Ulett, Glen C

    2016-08-01

    Bacteriuria is a hallmark of urinary tract infection (UTI) and asymptomatic bacteriuria (ABU), which are among the most frequent infections in humans. A variety of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria are associated with these infections but Escherichia coli contributes up to 80% of cases. Multiple bacterial species including E. coli can grow in human urine as a means to maintain colonization during infections. In vitro bacteriuria studies aimed at modeling microbial growth in urine have utilized various compositions of synthetic human urine (SHU) and a Composite SHU formulation was recently proposed. In this study, we sought to validate the recently proposed Composite SHU as a medium that supports the growth of several bacterial species that are known to grow in normal human urine and/or artificial urine. Comparative growth assays of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Enterococcus faecalis were undertaken using viable bacterial count and optical density measurements over a 48h culture period. Three different SHU formulations were tested in various culture vessels, shaking conditions and volumes and showed that Composite SHU can support the robust growth of gram-negative bacteria but requires supplementation with 0.2% yeast extract to support the growth of gram-positive bacteria. Experiments are also presented that show an unexpected but major influence of P. mirabilis towards the ability to measure bacterial growth in generally accepted multiwell assays using absorbance readings, predicted to have a basis in the release of volatile organic compound(s) from P. mirabilis during growth in Composite SHU medium. This study represents an essential methodological validation of a more chemically defined type of synthetic urine that can be applied to study mechanisms of bacteriuria and we conclude will offer a useful in vitro model to investigate the

  20. negativos de la sequía

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    Enrique Cisneros Z.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La finalidad primordial de un Servicio de Asesoramiento al Regante (SAR es convertirse en una herramienta capaz de atender las demandas de los agricultores en todos los temas relacionados con el manejo del agua y sistemas de riego, contribuyendo así a una utilización más eficiente de la misma. En el presente trabajo se muestran los principales resultados de una serie de acciones dirigidas a la mejora en la explotación de los sistemas de riego en una empresa piloto de provincia La Habana, como son: publicación de dos instructivos técnicos, uso del programa PIVOT para la colocación correcta de las boquillas en las máquinas de pivote central, tablas en EXCEL para el cálculo de «Dosis de Riego» y programar el riego en función del tiempo disponible de electricidad, mediciones pluviométricas de campo para conocer el funcionamiento del sistema y capacitación en temas de riego y drenaje a los agricultores. En Cuba, este servicio se encuentra en su primera etapa por lo que está propiciando un flujo de información y conocimientos. El trabajo se basa fundamentalmente en la experiencia adquirida en su creación y se completa dicha información con el análisis de la campaña de riego 2004-2005 en el cultivo la papa.

  1. Aspectos positivos y negativos del conflicto

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    Fernández-Ríos, Manuel

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    La dinámica de las relaciones entre los grupos es la esencia de la vida social e, incluso, hay quienes piensan que no son las relaciones entre los grupos, sino los conflictos que se producen en ei marco de las relaciones grupaies los que nos dan las claves de la propia dinámica social. En este sentido, no es descabellado pensar que los conflictos grupaies aportan la energía necesaria para que tanto las organizaciones, como la propia sociedad muestren su actividad en...

  2. Mining for constructions in texts using N-gram and network analysis

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    Shibuya, Yoshikata; Jensen, Kim Ebensgaard

    2015-01-01

    N-gram analysis to Lewis Carroll's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Mark Twain's novelThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and extrapolate a number of likely constructional phenomena from recurring N-gram patterns in the two texts. In addition to simple N-gram analysis, the following will be......-styles, text-world construction and specification of narrative temporality. In this paper, our special interest lies in the relationship between constructions and the discourse of fiction. As the study reported in this article is exploratory, it serves just as much to test the methods mentioned above as to...

  3. Una gramática de dependencias basada en patrones de etiquetas

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    Gamallo Otero, Pablo; González Sánchez, Isaac

    2009-01-01

    Este artículo describe un formalismo gramatical, DepPattern, concebido para escribir gramáticas de dependencias a partir de patrones de PoS tags enriquecidos con información léxica y morfológica. El formalismo retoma ideas de Sinclair y de la Gramática de Patrones. A partir de las gramáticas escritas con este formalismo, un compilador genera analizadores sintácticos robustos basados en expresiones regulares para 5 lenguas: español, inglés, gallego, portugués y francés. Los analizadores así ge...

  4. Gram negative shuttle BAC vector for heterologous expression of metagenomic libraries

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    Kakirde, Kavita S.; Wild, Jadwiga; Godiska, Ronald; Mead, David A.; Wiggins, Andrew G.; Goodman, Robert M.; Szybalski, Waclaw; Liles, Mark R.

    2010-01-01

    Bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) vectors enable stable cloning of large DNA fragments from single genomes or microbial assemblages. A novel shuttle BAC vector was constructed that permits replication of BAC clones in diverse Gram-negative species. The “Gram-negative shuttle BAC” vector (pGNS-BAC) uses the F replicon for stable single-copy replication in E. coli and the broad-host-range RK2 mini-replicon for high-copy replication in diverse Gram-negative bacteria. As with other BAC vector...

  5. Physico-Chemical-Managed Killing of Penicillin-Resistant Static and Growing Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Vegetative Bacteria

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    Richmond, Robert Chaffee (Inventor); Schramm, Jr., Harry F. (Inventor); Defalco, Francis G. (Inventor); Farris, III, Alex F. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Systems and methods for the use of compounds from the Hofmeister series coupled with specific pH and temperature to provide rapid physico-chemical-managed killing of penicillin-resistant static and growing Gram-positive and Gram-negative vegetative bacteria. The systems and methods represent the more general physico-chemical enhancement of susceptibility for a wide range of pathological macromolecular targets to clinical management by establishing the reactivity of those targets to topically applied drugs or anti-toxins.

  6. Consumo diario de tabaco en la adolescencia, estados de ánimo negativos y rol de la comunicación familiar Adolescent daily smoking, negative mood-states and the role of family communication

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    Ángel Martínez-Hernáez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar si los estados de ánimo negativos son un factor de riesgo de consumo diario de tabaco en la adolescencia y el papel de los factores familiares en esta asociación. Método: Estudio transversal de una muestra representativa de adolescentes (edad 14-18 años de Cataluña (Segunda Oleada del Panel de Familias e Infancia. Se realizan seis modelos de regresión logística para mujeres (n = 1442 y hombres (n = 1100, con el fin de estimar si los estados de ánimo negativos son un factor de riesgo de consumo diario de cigarrillos. Se estima en qué medida esos efectos son atribuibles a factores familiares. Resultados: La prevalencia de fumadores diarios a los 17/18 años es del 3,8% para las mujeres y del 3,6% para los hombres. El sentimiento de tristeza entre las adolescentes es un factor de riesgo de consumo diario de cigarrillos (odds ratio [OR] = 1,663 y la comunicación con el padre anula este efecto. Sentirse presionados por los progenitores es un factor de riesgo de consumo diario para ambos sexos (mujeres, OR = 2,064; hombres, OR = 1,784, pero al controlar por la variable «comunicación parental» comprobamos que el efecto se reduce, aunque no se anula. Vivir en una familia reconstituida es un factor de riesgo de consumo diario entre los chicos (OR = 2,988. Conclusiones: A igualdad de estados de ánimo, la comunicación intergeneracional atenúa el riesgo de consumo diario de tabaco entre los/las adolescentes. Las intervenciones de prevención y deshabituación tabáquica que incluyan este tipo de factores pueden ser más efectivas.Objective: To determine whether negative mood states constitute a risk factor for daily smoking during adolescence, and to specify the role of familial factors in the association between the two variables. Methods: Cross-sectional study of a representative sample (second wave, Panel of Families and Childhood of Catalan adolescents between 14 and 18 years of age. Six logistic regression models

  7. Monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis in a single center: the emergence of Gram-negative bacteria as a common pathogen

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    D. Yahav; H. Duskin-Bitan; N. Eliakim-Raz; H. Ben-Zvi; Shaked, H.; Goldberg, E.; Bishara, J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a life-threatening soft tissue infection. It is usually caused by Streptococcus pyogenes and other Gram-positive bacteria. Several reports, however, emphasize the importance of Gram-negative rods in this infection. Methods: We retrospectively studied all cases of monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis hospitalized in our center during the years 2002–2012. We compared clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with Gram-negative versus Gram-posi...

  8. Alterações ultra-sonográficas na gravidez Rh negativo sensibilizada avaliada pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico e pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média

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    Nardozza Luciano Marcondes Machado

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar e confrontar a presença de alterações ultra-sonográficas nas gestações Rh negativo sensibilizadas, quando a anemia fetal foi determinada ou pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico, ou pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Observacional descritivo com grupo de comparação. Nosso grupo de estudo foi constituído por 99 pacientes, avaliadas no período de janeiro de 1995 a janeiro de 2004. Foram analisados e comparados dois grupos: 74 gestantes sensibilizadas pelo fator Rh cuja anemia fetal foi acompanhada pela espectrofotometria (grupo SE e 25 gestantes sensibilizadas pelo fator Rh cuja anemia fetal foi acompanhada pela dopplervelocimetria (grupo SD. Avaliamos a presença ou não de alterações ultra-sonográficas no acompanhamento pré-natal e confrontamos os dois grupos de estudo. RESULTADOS: No grupo cuja anemia fetal foi acompanhada através da espectrofotometria (grupo SE, apuramos modificações placentárias, principalmente o aumento da espessura e sua alteração textural, mais assiduamente que as encontradiças no grupo de gestantes sensibilizadas, em que a anemia foi determinada através da dopplervelocimetria (grupo SD (64% X 32%, p = 6,294. CONCLUSÃO: As alterações ultra-sonográficas foram detectadas em dobro quando a anemia foi avaliada pela espectrofotometria em comparação com o grupo seguido pela dopplervelocimetria.

  9. Febre maculosa das Montanhas Rochosas: ensaios negativos de transmissão experimental do virus por Triatomideos Rocky Mountain spotted fever: failure of Triatomid bugs to transmit the virus experimentally

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    Cornelius B. Philip

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    Full Text Available 1. - As seguintes especies de Triatomideos não puderam transmitir pela picada o virus da febre maculosa das Montanhas Rochosas a cobayas normaes, nos seguintes prazos após a sucção de animal infectado: Eutriatoma uhleri, 33, 47, 75 e 141 dias (1 exemplar; Triatoma protracta, 15 e 37 dias (1 exemplar, Triatoma infestans, 8 dias (15 exemplares, e Rhodnius prolixus, 2 dias (1 exemplar. Foi demonstrado por inoculaçao que o ultimo insecto ainda continha o virus vivo. 2. - Experiencias de transmissão mechanica, por picada interrompida em animal infectado e continuada immediatamente em animal são, foram tambem negativas, com as especies T. protracta e R. prolixus. Um unico insecto da primeira especie picou 2 vezes cada animal, emquanto que 22 exemplares da segunda especie picaram de 1 a 3 vezes cada cobaya. 3. - A inoculação de gottas de dejecções de um R. prolixus eliminadas 2 dias depois de sugar animal infectado, não produziu a infecção em cobaya normal, não obstante ter sido demonstrada a presença do virus no organismo do barbeiro, por inoculação do conteúdo estomacal em outra cobaya. 4. - Foram feitas experiencias para determinar o tempo de sobrevivencia do virus nos barbeiros, inoculando-se conteúdo intestinal a diversos intervallos depois da sucção de cobayas infectadas, com os seguintes resultados: T. infestans: positivo 1 vez em 24 horas e 2 vezes em 48 horas; negativo 2 vezes em 72. 96, 120 e 192 horas. P. megistus: positivo 3 vezes em 24 horas, 2 vezes em 48 horas e 1 vez em 72 horas; negativo 1 vez em 72 e 96 horas; resultado duvidoso ou sem valor (infecção intercorrente 1 vez em 48 horas e 2 vezes a 72, 96 e 144 horas cada um. R. prolixus: positivo 1 vez em 24, 48 e 72 horas e negativo em 96 horas. 5. - Em vista dos resultados destas experiencias, feitas com 5 especies pertecentes a 4 generos de Triatomideos, torna-se muito pouco provavel que estes Hemipteros possam transmitir pela picada o virus da febre maculosa

  10. Expanding n-gram training data for language models based on morpho-syntactic transformations

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    Verwimp, Lyan; Pelemans, Joris; Hamme, Hugo Van; Wambacq, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    Verwimp L., Pelemans J., Van hamme H., Wambacq P., ''Expanding n-gram training data for language models based on morpho-syntactic transformations'', Computational linguistics in the Netherlands journal (CLIN journal), vol. 5, pp. 49-64, 2015.

  11. A NUMERICALLY STABLE BLOCK MODIFIED GRAM-SCHMIDT ALGORITHM FOR SOLVING STIFF WEIGHTED LEAST SQUARES PROBLEMS

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    Musheng Wei; Qiaohua Liu

    2007-01-01

    Recently,Wei in[18]proved that perturbed stiff weighted pseudoinverses and stiff weighted least squares problems are stable,if and only if the original and perturbed coefficient matrices A and A satisfy several row rank preservation conditions.According to these conditions,in this paper we show that in general,ordinary modified Gram-Schmidt with column pivoting is not numerically stable for solving the stiff weighted least squares problem.We then propose a row block modified Gram-Schmidt algorithm with column pivoting,and show that with appropriately chosen tolerance,this algorithm can correctly determine the numerical ranks of these row partitioned sub-matrices,and the computed QR factor R contains small roundoff error which is row stable.Several numerical experiments are also provided to compare the results of the ordinary Modified Gram-Schmidt algorithm with column pivoting and the row block Modified Gram-Schmidt algorithm with column pivoting.

  12. Breeding high yielding varieties of pigeon pea, mungbean and black gram using induced mutations

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    The present communication emphasis the developing of high yielding varieties of pigeon pea, mungbean and black gram using induced mutation with disease resistance in these crops. This would help in stabilisation of the higher yield potential

  13. Rose Bengal-decorated silica nanoparticles as photosensitizers for inactivation of gram-positive bacteria

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    Guo Yanyan; Zhang Peng [Department of Chemistry, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States); Rogelj, Snezna, E-mail: pzhang@nmt.edu [Department of Biology, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States)

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    A new type of photosensitizer, made from Rose Bengal (RB)-decorated silica (SiO{sub 2}-NH{sub 2}-RB) nanoparticles, was developed to inactivate gram-positive bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), with high efficiency through photodynamic action. The nanoparticles were characterized microscopically and spectroscopically to confirm their structures. The characterization of singlet oxygen generated by RB, both free and immobilized on a nanoparticle surface, was performed in the presence of anthracene-9,10-dipropionic acid. The capability of SiO{sub 2}-NH{sub 2}-RB nanoparticles to inactivate bacteria was tested in vitro on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The results showed that RB-decorated silica nanoparticles can inactivate MRSA and Staphylococcus epidermidis (both gram-positive) very effectively (up to eight-orders-of-magnitude reduction). Photosensitizers of such design should have good potential as antibacterial agents through a photodynamic mechanism.

  14. Rose Bengal-decorated silica nanoparticles as photosensitizers for inactivation of gram-positive bacteria

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    A new type of photosensitizer, made from Rose Bengal (RB)-decorated silica (SiO2-NH2-RB) nanoparticles, was developed to inactivate gram-positive bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), with high efficiency through photodynamic action. The nanoparticles were characterized microscopically and spectroscopically to confirm their structures. The characterization of singlet oxygen generated by RB, both free and immobilized on a nanoparticle surface, was performed in the presence of anthracene-9,10-dipropionic acid. The capability of SiO2-NH2-RB nanoparticles to inactivate bacteria was tested in vitro on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The results showed that RB-decorated silica nanoparticles can inactivate MRSA and Staphylococcus epidermidis (both gram-positive) very effectively (up to eight-orders-of-magnitude reduction). Photosensitizers of such design should have good potential as antibacterial agents through a photodynamic mechanism.

  15. Iterations of the generalized Gram-Schmidt procedure for generating Parseval frames

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    Berić, Tomislav

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we describe some properties of the generalized Gram-Schmidt procedure (GGSP) for generating Parseval frames which was first introduced by Casazza and Kutyniok [A generalization of Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization generating all Parseval frames, Adv. Comput. Math. 27 (2007), pp. 65-78]. Next we investigate the iterations of the procedure and its limit. In the end we give some examples of the iterated procedure.

  16. Antibiotic-Resistant Gram Negative Bacilli in Meals Delivered at a General Hospital, Italy

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    Maria Rosa Anna Plano; Anna Maria Di Noto; Alberto Firenze; Sonia Sciortino; Caterina Mammina

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed at detecting the presence of antibiotic-resistant Gram-negatives in samples of meals delivered at the University General Hospital of Palermo, Italy. Antibiotic resistant Gram negatives were isolated in July—September 2007 ffrom cold dishes and food contact surfaces and utensils. Bacterial strains were submitted to susceptibility test and subtyped by random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD). Forty-six of 55 (83.6%) food samples and 14 of 17 (82.3%) environmental swabs ...

  17. Comparison of urine Gram stain and urine culture to diagnose urinary tract infection in children

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    Amalia Utami Putri

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background Urinary tract infection (are due to pathogen invasion of the urinary tract. The upper or lower tract may be affected, depending on the presence of infection in the kidney, or bladder and urethra. Infection of urinary tract affect up to 10% of children and are the most common bacterial infection in infants and young children worldwide. The prevalence of UTI is 3-5% in girls and 1% in boys. Urine culture is considered to be the gold standard diagnostic test for UTI. However, Gram stains of uncentrifuged urine have been done in rural health centers and laboratories in peripheral areas that lack facilities to evaluate urine specimens. Gram stains of urine may be an effective method for ruling out UTI in rural health center patients, thus saving time and money in impoverished settings. Objective To compare urine Gram stain and urine culture as diagnostic tests for in children. Methods This cross-sectional study was held in H. Adam Malik Hospital from May to June 2010. The 54 participants were aged 0 - 14 years, suspected to have UTI and recruited by consecutive sampling. Uurine was collected after the external urethral orifice was cleaned. A drop of the urine specimen was Gram stained and examined by a light microscope, while the remainder of the specimen was used for laboratory urine cultures. If Gram negative bacteria were observed by Gram stain, we considered the subject to have UTI. Results The sensitivity and specificity of urine Gram stain compared to urine culture were 88% and 100%, respectively. The positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV were 100% and 90%, respectively. Conclusion Uurine Gram stain may be a good alternative to urine culture for diagnosing UTI in children living in areas with limited health care facilities. [Paediatr Indones. 2013;53:121-4.].

  18. Comparison of urine Gram stain and urine culture to diagnose urinary tract infection in children

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    Amalia Utami Putri

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background Urinary tract infection (are due to pathogen invasion of the urinary tract. The upper or lower tract may be affected, depending on the presence of infection in the kidney, or bladder and urethra. Infection of urinary tract affect up to 10% of children and are the most common bacterial infection in infants and young children worldwide. The prevalence of UTI is 3-5% in girls and 1% in boys. Urine culture is considered to be the gold standard diagnostic test for UTI. However, Gram stains of uncentrifuged urine have been done in rural health centers and laboratories in peripheral areas that lack facilities to evaluate urine specimens. Gram stains of urine may be an effective method for ruling out UTI in rural health center patients, thus saving time and money in impoverished settings.Objective To compare urine Gram stain and urine culture as diagnostic tests for in children.Methods This cross-sectional study was held in H. Adam Malik Hospital from May to June 2010. The 54 participants were aged 0 - 14 years, suspected to have UTI and recruited by consecutive sampling. Uurine was collected after the external urethral orifice was cleaned. A drop of the urine specimen was Gram stained and examined by a light microscope, while the remainder of the specimen was used for laboratory urine cultures. If Gram negative bacteria were observed by Gram stain, we considered the subject to have UTI.Results The sensitivity and specificity of urine Gram stain compared to urine culture were 88% and 100%, respectively. The positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV were 100% and 90%, respectively.Conclusion Uurine Gram stain may be a good alternative to urine culture for diagnosing UTI in children living in areas with limited health care facilities. [Paediatr Indones. 2013;53:121-4.].

  19. Effects of Food Additives on Susceptibility of Gram Negative Bacteria Derived from Dry-Fermented Sausage

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    DORJ, Serjmyadag; SHIMADA, Kenichiro; SEKIKAWA, Mitsuo; 島田, 謙一郎; 関川, 三男

    2009-01-01

    This study examined the effects of food additives on gram-negative bacteria. The food additives used included synthetic antioxidants (butylated hydroxyanisole, BHA, and butylated hydroxytoluene, BHT), a curing agent and lactic acid with or without a cell-free supernatant (CFS) containing antimicrobial compounds of Lactobacillus sakei D-1001. The gram-negative bacteria were selected from dry-fermented sausages and cultured with different food additives for 18 h in nutrient broth, and then anot...

  20. Reproducibility of interpretation of Gram-stained vaginal smears for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis.

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    Mazzulli, T; Simor, A E; Low, D E

    1990-01-01

    In the diagnostic microbiology laboratory, interpretation of Gram-stained slides of vaginal swab specimens is used to support the clinical diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis. The reproducibility with which technologists interpret these Gram-stained slides was evaluated by presenting, in coded fashion, 80 original slides and 80 duplicate slides of vaginal swab specimens to three technologists. They each interpreted the original slide twice and the duplicate slide from the same specimen once. Int...

  1. Construction and evaluation of multisite recombinatorial (Gateway) cloning vectors for Gram-positive bacteria

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    Rees Catherine ED; Salisbury Vyvyan; Gaddipati Sanyasi R; Qazi Saara NA; Perehinec Tania M; Hill Philip J

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background The Gateway recombinatorial cloning system allows easy and rapid joining of DNA fragments. Here we report the construction and evaluation of three different Gram-positive vectors that can be used with the Multisite Gateway cloning system to rapidly produce new gene arrangements in plasmid constructs for use in a variety of Gram-positive bacteria. Results Comparison of patterns of reporter gene expression with conventionally constructed clones show that the presence of resi...

  2. Epidemiology and molecular characterization of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in Southeast Asia

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    Suwantarat, Nuntra; Carroll, Karen C.

    2016-01-01

    Background Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (MDRGN), including extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and multidrug-resistant glucose-nonfermenting Gram-negative bacilli (nonfermenters), have emerged and spread throughout Southeast Asia. Methods We reviewed and summarized current critical knowledge on the epidemiology and molecular characterization of MDRGN in Southeast Asia by PubMed searches for publications prior to 10 March 2016 with the term related to “MDRGN definition” combin...

  3. A genomic update on clostridial phylogeny: Gram-negative spore-formers and other misplaced clostridia

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    Yutin, Natalya; Michael Y. Galperin

    2013-01-01

    The class Clostridia in the phylum Firmicutes (formerly low-G+C Gram-positive bacteria) includes diverse bacteria of medical, environmental, and biotechnological importance. The Selenomonas-Megasphaera-Sporomusa branch, which unifies members of the Firmicutes with Gram-negative-type cell envelopes, was recently moved from Clostridia to a separate class Negativicutes. However, draft genome sequences of the spore-forming members of the Negativicutes revealed typically clostridial sets of sporul...

  4. Impacts of vehicle exhaust black soot on germination of gram seed (Cicer arietinum L.)

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    Naba Kumar Mondal; Debopriya Panja; Chittaranjan Das; Uttiya Dey; Kousik Das

    2014-01-01

    An investigation was initiated to examine the effects of carbon soot collected from exhaust tube of 15 years old petrol and diesel operated vehicles on gram seed germination and biochemical changes of seedling. In view of the widespread cultivation of gram seed in India and long-term impact of black carbon is the warming of the atmosphere as per the recommendation of IPCC (2007). Black soot were separately treated with different doses and the effects of these treatment had on seed germination...

  5. Plasmids as mediators of gene transfer in the genetic manipulation of gram-positive bacteria

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    O'Hara, Seamus

    1989-01-01

    Lack of suitable gene transfer techniques hampers genetic improvement and analysis of several industrially and clinically important gram-positive bacteria. Techniques already developed are often difficult to reproduce and limited in application. This study examines the feasibility of expanding the techniques available through the use of conjugation as a broad host range gene transfer mechanism. Such systems have been developed for gram-negative bacteria. Theoretical and practical aspec...

  6. Evaluation of in vitro sensitivity of Colistin to carbapenemase producing gram-negative bacilli

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    Shrivastava, Gunjan; Ganesh S Bhatambare; Patel, Kamlesh

    2013-01-01

    Context: Increasing resistance in gram-negative bacteria presents a critical problem. Limited therapeutic option has forced infectious disease clinicians and microbiologists to reappraise the clinical application of Colistin. Aims: Emergency of resistance to multiple drugs leaves behind very few therapeutic options to fight out carbapenemase resistant gram-negative bacilli (GNB). Our objective was to study the in vitro sensitivity of Colistin to carbapenemase GNB. Settings and Design: This is...

  7. Genotypic Identification of AmpC β-Lactamases Production in Gram-Negative Bacilli Isolates

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    Wassef, Mona; Behiry, Iman; Younan, Mariam; El Guindy, Nancy; Mostafa, Sally; Abada, Emad

    2014-01-01

    Background: AmpC type β-lactamases are commonly isolated from extended-spectrum Cephalosporin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Also, resistance appeared in bacterial species not naturally producing AmpC enzymes. Therefore, a standard test for the detection of the plasmid-mediated AmpC enzyme and new breakpoints for extended spectrum Cephalosporins are urgently necessary. Objectives: To detect plasmid and chromosomal mediated AmpC-β-lactamases in Gram negative bacteria in community and hospit...

  8. Community Profiling of Culturable Fluorescent Pseudomonads in the Rhizosphere of Green Gram (Vigna radiata L.)

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    Rupak K Sarma; Animesh Gogoi; Budheswar Dehury; Rajal Debnath; Tarun C Bora; Ratul Saikia

    2014-01-01

    Study on microbial diversity in the unexplored rhizosphere is important to understand their community structure, biology and ecological interaction with the host plant. This research assessed the genetic and functional diversity of fluorescent pseudomonads [FP] in the green gram rhizophere. One hundred and twenty types of morphologically distinct fluorescent pseudomonads were isolated during vegetative as well as reproductive growth phase of green gram. Rep PCR, ARDRA and RISA revealed two di...

  9. Detection of the common resistance genes in Gram-negative bacteria using gene chip technology

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    Ting, C.; A Jun; Z Shun

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To design a resistance gene detection chip that could, in parallel, detect common clinical drug resistance genes of Gram-negative bacteria. Materials and Methods: Seventy clinically significant Gram-negative bacilli (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii) were collected. According to the known resistance gene sequences, we designed and synthesized primers and probes, which were used to prepare resistance gene ...

  10. Mars-GRAM Applications for Mars Science Laboratory Mission Site Selection Processes

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    Justh, Hilary; Justus, C. G.

    2007-01-01

    An overview is presented of the Mars-Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM 2005) and its new features. One important new feature is the "auxiliary profile" option, whereby a simple input file is used to replace mean atmospheric values from Mars-GRAM's conventional (General Circulation Model) climatology. An auxiliary profile can be generated from any source of data or alternate model output. Results are presented using auxiliary profiles produced from mesoscale model output (Southwest Research Institute's Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS) model and Oregon State University's Mars mesoscale model (MMM5) model) for three candidate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing sites (Terby Crater, Melas Chasma, and Gale Crater). A global Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) database has also been generated for purposes of making 'Mars-GRAM auxiliary profiles. This data base contains averages and standard deviations of temperature, density, and thermal wind components, averaged over 5-by-5 degree latitude bins and 15 degree L(sub S) bins, for each of three Mars years of TES nadir data. Comparisons show reasonably good consistency between Mars-GRAM with low dust optical depth and both TES observed and mesoscale model simulated density at the three study sites. Mean winds differ by a more significant degree. Comparisons of mesoscale and TES standard deviations' with conventional Mars-GRAM values, show that Mars-GRAM density perturbations are somewhat conservative (larger than observed variability), while mesoscale-modeled wind variations are larger than Mars-GRAM model estimates. Input parameters rpscale (for density perturbations) and rwscale (for wind perturbations) can be used to "recalibrate" Mars-GRAM perturbation magnitudes to better replicate observed or mesoscale model variability.

  11. Gram-Positive Uropathogens, Polymicrobial Urinary Tract Infection, and the Emerging Microbiota of the Urinary Tract.

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    Kline, Kimberly A; Lewis, Amanda L

    2016-04-01

    Gram-positive bacteria are a common cause of urinary-tract infection (UTI), particularly among individuals who are elderly, pregnant, or who have other risk factors for UTI. Here we review the epidemiology, virulence mechanisms, and host response to the most frequently isolated Gram-positive uropathogens: Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus agalactiae. We also review several emerging, rare, misclassified, and otherwise underreported Gram-positive pathogens of the urinary tract including Aerococcus, Corynebacterium, Actinobaculum, and Gardnerella. The literature strongly suggests that urologic diseases involving Gram-positive bacteria may be easily overlooked due to limited culture-based assays typically utilized for urine in hospital microbiology laboratories. Some UTIs are polymicrobial in nature, often involving one or more Gram-positive bacteria. We herein review the risk factors and recent evidence for mechanisms of bacterial synergy in experimental models of polymicrobial UTI. Recent experimental data has demonstrated that, despite being cleared quickly from the bladder, some Gram-positive bacteria can impact pathogenic outcomes of co-infecting organisms. When taken together, the available evidence argues that Gram-positive bacteria are important uropathogens in their own right, but that some can be easily overlooked because they are missed by routine diagnostic methods. Finally, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that a surprising variety of fastidious Gram-positive bacteria may either reside in or be regularly exposed to the urinary tract and further suggests that their presence is widespread among women, as well as men. Experimental studies in this area are needed; however, there is a growing appreciation that the composition of bacteria found in the bladder could be a potentially important determinant in urologic disease, including susceptibility to UTI. PMID:27227294

  12. Glycerol Monolaurate Inhibits the Effects of Gram Positive Select Agents on Eukaryotic Cells†

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    Peterson, Marnie L.; Schlievert, Patrick M.

    2006-01-01

    Many exotoxins of gram positive bacteria, such as superantigens (staphylococcal enterotoxins, toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 [TSST-1], and streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins) and anthrax toxin are bioterrorism agents that cause diseases by immunostimulation or cytotoxicity. Glycerol monolaurate (GML), a fatty acid monoester found naturally in humans, has been reported to prevent synthesis of gram positive bacterial exotoxins. This study explored the ability of GML to inhibit the effects of exoto...

  13. Precise n-gram Probabilities from Stochastic Context-free Grammars

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    Stolcke, A; Stolcke, Andreas; Segal, Jonathan

    1994-01-01

    We present an algorithm for computing n-gram probabilities from stochastic context-free grammars, a procedure that can alleviate some of the standard problems associated with n-grams (estimation from sparse data, lack of linguistic structure, among others). The method operates via the computation of substring expectations, which in turn is accomplished by solving systems of linear equations derived from the grammar. We discuss efficient implementation of the algorithm and report our practical experience with it.

  14. Cell wall sorting signals in surface proteins of gram-positive bacteria.

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    Schneewind, O; Mihaylova-Petkov, D; Model, P

    1993-01-01

    Staphylococcal protein A is anchored to the cell wall, a unique cellular compartment of Gram-positive bacteria. The sorting signal sufficient for cell wall anchoring consists of an LPXTG motif, a C-terminal hydrophobic domain and a charged tail. Homologous sequences are found in many surface proteins of Gram-positive bacteria and we explored the universality of these sequences to serve as cell wall sorting signals. We show that several signals are able to anchor fusion proteins to the staphyl...

  15. Mechanical damage to Gram-negative bacteria by surface plating with the Drigalski-spatula technique

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    Hedderich, Reiner; Müller, Rolf; Greulich, Yasmin; Bannert, Norbert; Holland, Gudrun; Kaiser, Petra; Reissbrodt, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    Colony counting by spreading bacterial suspensions on plating media by various techniques is of general concern. Comparative studies between hand plating (Drigalski-spatula technique) for different time intervals and spiral plating resulted in significant differences in colony counts. Lower counts of Gram-negative bacteria were obtained by using hand plating for more than 10 s, compared with short time hand plating (5 s) or spiral plating. Colony counting of Gram-positive bacteria showed no d...

  16. In Vitro Activity of AZD0914, a Novel Bacterial DNA Gyrase/Topoisomerase IV Inhibitor, against Clinically Relevant Gram-Positive and Fastidious Gram-Negative Pathogens.

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    Biedenbach, Douglas J; Huband, Michael D; Hackel, Meredith; de Jonge, Boudewijn L M; Sahm, Daniel F; Bradford, Patricia A

    2015-10-01

    AZD0914, a new spiropyrimidinetrione bacterial DNA gyrase inhibitor with a novel mode of inhibition, has activity against bacterial species commonly cultured from patient infection specimens, including fluoroquinolone-resistant isolates. This study assessed the in vitro activity of AZD0914 against key Gram-positive and fastidious Gram-negative clinical isolates collected globally in 2013. AZD0914 demonstrated potent activity, with MIC90s for AZD0914 of 0.25 mg/liter against Staphylococcus aureus (n = 11,680), coagulase-negative staphylococci (n = 1,923), streptococci (n = 4,380), and Moraxella catarrhalis (n = 145), 0.5 mg/liter against Staphylococcus lugdunensis (n = 120) and Haemophilus influenzae (n = 352), 1 mg/liter against Enterococcus faecalis (n = 1,241), and 2 mg/liter against Haemophilus parainfluenzae (n = 70). The activity against Enterococcus faecium was more limited (MIC90, 8 mg/liter). The spectrum and potency of AZD0914 included fluoroquinolone-resistant isolates in each species group, including methicillin-resistant staphylococci, penicillin-resistant streptococci, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, β-lactamase-producing Haemophilus spp., and M. catarrhalis. Based on these in vitro findings, AZD0914 warrants further investigation for its utility against a variety of Gram-positive and fastidious Gram-negative bacterial species. PMID:26195518

  17. Sistema de tareas para la enseñanza combinada de la gramática comunicativa y la gramática tradicional de lengua inglesa

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    Nancy del Carmen Jiménez Figueredo

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    Full Text Available Se realizó el diseño de un sistema de tareas para la enseñanza combinada de la gramática comunicativa y la gramática tradicional de lengua inglesa, con metodología cuali-cuantitativa, en la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas “Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta” de la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Las Tunas, durante el período comprendido entre septiembre de 2011 y julio de 2014. El objetivo estuvo direccionado a perfeccionar la corrección lingüística en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje del idioma Inglés. La realización del diseño contó con: una revisión bibliográfica de los principales enfoques utilizados en la enseñanza-aprendizaje del Inglés; la revisión documental, que permitió determinar las insuficiencias lingüísticas y la necesidad de combinar la gramática comunicativa con la gramática tradicional, en los estudiantes del cuarto año de la carrera de Estomatología; el intercambio con profesionales con más de quince años de experiencia, para obtener información acerca del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje de la gramática; y la aplicación de una valoración equivalente al juicio de expertos, método de agregados individuales, para valorar la propuesta. Los principales resultados fueron: la caracterización de las insuficiencias provocadas por la absolutización del enfoque comunicativo en la enseñanza de la gramática de la lengua inglesa y el diseño de un sistema de tareas para el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje de la gramática inglesa en estos estudiantes

  18. Prevalence of Gram Negative Bacteria in Diabetic Foot -A Clinico-Microbiological Study

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    Full Text Available Aim and Objective: To determine the bacterial spectrum in diabetic foot lesions and analyze the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of the isolated bacteria. Methods and Methodology: Tissue samples/discharge/pus/ were cultured from 202 patients admitted for the treatment of diabetic foot infections. Specimens were tested by gram stain, culture and antibiotic sensitivity. Results: A total of 202 specimens were cultured, yielding 246 bacteria at the end of 18-24hrs. Gram negative aerobes were the most frequently isolated bacteria constituting 162 isolates (66%, followed by gram- positive aerobes 78 isolates (32%. Enterobacteriaceae group and P. aeruginosa strains were largely susceptible to imipenem (100%, piperacillin-tazobactam, ceftazidime, aminoglycosides, and ciprofloxacin. More than 70% of staphylococcus aureus was sensitive to methicillin. Cefoperazone + sulbactum showed about 67% sensitivity, while ciprofloxacin and amikacin were only 23% and 44% sensitive. MRSA was isolated in 20 cases (47% of S.aureus and Methicillin resistant coagulase negative staphylococcus in 2 cases (15% of coagulase negative staphylococcus. Methicillin resistant organisms were sensitive to vancomycin (95%. Conclusion: Diabetic foot infections are predominantly due to gram positive bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or polymicrobial. There is a growing trend of isolating gram negative bacteria in these naïve lesions of the diabetic foot. The need for adequate gram negative antibacterial coverage at the commencement of diabetic foot therapy is essential to prevent and treat limb/life threatening infections.

  19. Atividade antimicrobiana in vitro de quinupristina/dalfopristina para cocos gram-positivos isolados de cinco centros brasileiros: resultado do estudo de vigilância L-SMART Antimicrobial in vitro activity of quinupristin/dalfopristin against gram-positive cocci isolated from 5 Brazilian centers: results from the local smart (L-SMART surveillance study

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    Caio Mendes

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    Full Text Available Há alguns anos tem-se verificado um aumento progressivo da resistência de alguns cocos gram-positivos a determinados antimicrobianos. Este aumento da resistência tem sido observado principalmente no ambiente hospitalar, e as bactérias mais comumente envolvidas são os Staphylococcus spp. e os Enterococcus spp. Devido a este fato, novos antimicrobianos são avaliados para o tratamento de infecções causadas por estas cepas multirresistentes. A associação quinupristina/dalfopristina (Q/D, também conhecida como Synercid®, é um antibacteriano da classe das estreptograminas, de uso endovenoso, composto por dois derivados semi-sintéticos da pristinamicina. A combinação das estreptograminas B e A na razão de 30:70 tem atividade antimicrobiana voltada para cocos gram--positivos, como Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., incluindo S. pneumoniae e Enterococcus faecium, sendo o E. faecalis habitualmente resistente. Neste estudo foi avaliada a atividade in vitro de Q/D e outros oito antimicrobianos frente a 631 amostras de cocos gram-positivos isoladas de cinco centros brasileiros, complementadas com outras 20 cepas de E. faecium resistentes à vancomicina, provenientes dos Estados Unidos. Para a avaliação da sensibilidade aos antimicrobianos foi determinada a concentração inibitória mínima (MIC pelo método do Etest (AB Biodisk, Solna, Suécia e as cepas testadas foram: Staphylococcus aureus (n = 267, Staphylococcus coagulase negativo (n = 131, Streptococcus pneumoniae (n = 130, Streptococcus beta-hemolíticos (n = 28, Enterococcus faecalis (n = 44 e E. faecium (n = 51. A Q/D demonstrou excelente atividade contra Staphylococcus spp., independente de serem sensíveis ou resistentes à oxacilina. Para S. pneumoniae, a Q/D apresentou igualmente uma ótima atividade, inclusive para as cepas com resistência intermediária ou total para penicilina. Entre as cepas de E. faecium sensíveis à vancomicina, o MIC90 de Q/D obtido foi de 3µg

  20. Computing symmetrical strength of N-grams: a two pass filtering approach in automatic classification of text documents

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    Agnihotri, Deepak; Verma, Kesari; Tripathi, Priyanka

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    The contiguous sequences of the terms (N-grams) in the documents are symmetrically distributed among different classes. The symmetrical distribution of the N-Grams raises uncertainty in the belongings of the N-Grams towards the class. In this paper, we focused on the selection of most discriminating N-Grams by reducing the effects of symmetrical distribution. In this context, a new text feature selection method named as the symmetrical strength of the N-Grams (SSNG) is proposed using a two pa...

  1. Carcterización de microorganismos asociados a la descomposición de hojas consumidas por Tremarctos ornatus (Urcidae y posible relación en su datación Characterization of Microorganisms Associated to Leave Decomposing Comsumed by Tremarctos ornatus (Urcidae and Its Possible Data Relation

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    Sánchez Jimena

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    Full Text Available Se establecieron bases para un método de datación de hojas consumidas por Tremarctos ornatus, con base a la presencia de microorganismos aislados de restos vegetales de las hojas de Tillandsia spp. recogidos en campo, correspondientes a diferentes etapas de descomposición. Las muestras (2 cm de la base de la hoja consumida por el animal fueron procesadas en el laboratorio para el aislamiento y caracterización de los microorganismos presentes, encontrando que los morfotipos bacterianos predominantes fueron cocobacilos (Pseudomonas sp. y bacilos Gram negativos, (los primeros se encontraron en todas las edades de descomposición y los segundos solo en las muestras menores a seis meses. Morfotipos correspondientes a cocobacilos Gram positivos solo se encontraron en hojas entre 13 meses y bacilos Gram positivos (Bacillus sp. en hojas de menos de un mes. Cocos y diplococos Gram positivos solo se presentaron en la muestra de hoja con 56 meses de descomposición. Se encontraron cuatro morfotipos de hongos, dos corresponden a Mucor sp. y Trichoderma sp., además de Epicoccum sp., Alternaria sp., Rhizoctonia sp. El género Trichoderma sp. se encontró asociado a por lo menos uno de los morfotipos anteriormente mencionados en rastros mayores de un mes e inferiores a cinco meses.We established basis for a datetelling method of leaves (Tillandsia spp. consumed by Tremarctos ornatus by determining or detecting the presence of microorganisms. We used samples from the field that corresponded to different states of decomposition. The samples (2 cm from the leaf base consumed by the animal were processed in the laboratory, characterized and determined. Cocobacilli (Pseudomonas sp. and negative bacilli Gram were the most common bacteria morphotypes, the first were founded on samples from all ages and the second on samples no older than six months. Positive cocobacili Gram (Bacillus sp.; were just present in samples between

  2. CARACTERIZACIÓN DE MICROORGANISMOS ASOCIADOS A LA DESCOMPOSICIÓN DE HOJAS CONSUMIDAS POR Tremarctos ornatus (URCIDAE Y POSIBLE RELACIÓN EN SU DATACIÓN Characterization of Microorganisms Associated to Leave Decomposing Comsumed by Tremarctos ornatus (Urcidae and Its Possible Data Relation

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    Full Text Available Se establecieron bases para un método de datación de hojas consumidas por Tremarctos ornatus, con base a la presencia de microorganismos aislados de restos vegetales de las hojas de Tillandsia spp. recogidos en campo, correspondientes a diferentes etapas de descomposición. Las muestras (2 cm de la base de la hoja consumida por el animal fueron procesadas en el laboratorio para el aislamiento y caracterización de los microorganismos presentes, encontrando que los morfotipos bacterianos predominantes fueron cocobacilos (Pseudomonas sp. y bacilos Gram negativos, (los primeros se encontraron en todas las edades de descomposición y los segundos solo en las muestras menores a seis meses. Morfotipos correspondientes a cocobacilos Gram positivos solo se encontraron en hojas entre 13 meses y bacilos Gram positivos (Bacillus sp. en hojas de menos de un mes. Cocos y diplococos Gram positivos solo se presentaron en la muestra de hoja con 56 meses de descomposición. Se encontraron cuatro morfotipos de hongos, dos corresponden a Mucor sp. y Trichoderma sp., además de Epicoccum sp., Alternaria sp., Rhizoctonia sp. El género Trichoderma sp. se encontró asociado a por lo menos uno de los morfotipos anteriormente mencionados en rastros mayores de un mes e inferiores a cinco meses.We established basis for a datetelling method of leaves (Tillandsia spp. consumed by Tremarctos ornatus by determining or detecting the presence of microorganisms. We used samples from the field that corresponded to different states of decomposition. The samples (2 cm from the leaf base consumed by the animal were processed in the laboratory, characterized and determined. Cocobacilli (Pseudomonas sp. and negative bacilli Gram were the most common bacteria morphotypes, the first were founded on samples from all ages and the second on samples no older than six months. Positive cocobacili Gram (Bacillus sp.; were just present in samples between one and three months old. Positive

  3. Phosphorus Response and Amino Acid Composition of Different Green Gram (Vigna radiata L. Genotypes from Myanmar

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    M. Kywe

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Mungbean or green gram (Vigna radiata L. is an important component of rice-based cropping systems in Myanmar, where grain yields of around 800 kg ha^(-1 are much below its yield potential of 3000 kg ha^(-1. The reasons for this shortfall are as under-investigated as is the genotype-specific response of this crop to phosphorus (P application, which is critically low in many Myanmar soils, and the genetic variation in grain quality. For green gram quality, the concentration of lysine, an essential amino acid is particularly important given its scarcity in many cereal-based diets of Southeast Asia. The purpose of this study therefore was to investigate the effects of P application on the root and shoot growth, yield and its components for a range of green gram varieties, and to analyse the protein concentration and amino acid composition in green gram seed of different origins. To this end from 2001 to 2003, field experiments were conducted under rain-fed conditions in Yezin and Nyaung Oo. Fifteen landraces and five introduced green gram cultivars were grown at two levels of P (0 and 15 kg ha^(-1. There were large genotypic differences in P effects and a significant interaction between green gram genotypes and P for shoot and root growth. An unexpected benefit of P application was a reduction of pest and plant virus infestation in the field. Significant genotypic differences in the amino acid profile of seeds were also observed. The results indicate the potential for breeding efforts to increase seed yield and protein quality in green gram.

  4. Aspectos positivos e negativos da esterilização tubária do ponto de vista de mulheres esterilizadas Positive and negative aspects of Fallopian tube sterilization as viewed by sterilized women

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    Luzinete Simões Minella

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo consiste em tratar os aspectos positivos e negativos da esterilização feminina, de acordo com o ponto de vista de dois grupos de mulheres esterilizadas em Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil, a partir de uma discussão sociológica sobre o seu estado de saúde atual, avaliando-se as relações que costumam fazer entre este estado e a condição de esterilizada. O primeiro grupo está constituído por mulheres provenientes de um bairro de baixa renda, predominantemente donas de casa, e o segundo grupo inclui funcionárias públicas, estudantes e professoras universitárias, provenientes dos setores médios da sociedade, totalizando quarenta mulheres. A metodologia da pesquisa baseou-se em um questionário estruturado com perguntas abertas de modo a registrar tanto aspectos ligados a variáveis sócio-econômicas e demográficas, quanto dados subjetivos ligados às representações das mulheres sobre o período pós-esterilização. Além de uma série de outros aspectos, tornou-se possível concluir que não existe consenso sobre as conseqüências da esterilização, tendo-se constatado a existência de uma proporção significativa de mulheres esterilizadas (11 principalmente antes dos 30 anos que percebem alterações de saúde após a laqueadura.The objective of this paper is to point out the positive and negative aspects of female sterilization as seen by two groups of sterilized women in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, based on a sociological discussion of their present health status, evaluating the associations that they generally make with the fact that they have been sterilized. The first group included mostly housewives from a low-income neighborhood, while the second involved upper-middle-class female public employees, students, and university professors, totaling 40 women. Data were obtained through a structured questionnaire with open-ended questions. Information on social, economic, and

  5. Questionário de Saúde Geral (QSG-12: o efeito de itens negativos em sua estrutura fatorial General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12: the effect of negative items in its factorial structure

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    Valdiney V. Gouveia

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available O Questionário de Saúde Geral (QSG-12 detecta doenças psiquiátricas não severas. Embora comumente tratado como um índice geral, a definição de sua estrutura fatorial suscita debates. Este trabalho objetivou testar tal estrutura, comparando três modelos: dois frequentemente citados na literatura (uni e bifatorial e um terceiro, também unifatorial, que controla o viés de resposta devido à redação dos itens. Participaram 1.180 pessoas (300 estudantes universitários; 311 policiais militares; 274 professores do ensino fundamental; e 295 membros da população em geral, que responderam ao QSG-12 e perguntas demográficas. Análises fatoriais confirmatórias apontaram que a estrutura unifatorial, controlando o efeito dos itens negativos, reuniu os melhores índices de ajuste, excetuando entre os militares. Essa estrutura apresentou consistência interna superior a 0,80 em todos os grupos. Concluiu-se que o QSG-12 é mais adequado como unifatorial, embora se indique a necessidade de estudos futuros com pessoas de profissões e níveis de saúde mental diferentes.The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12 detects non severe psychiatric illnesses. Although commonly treated as a general index, the definition of its factorial structure is cause for debate. This study aimed to test this structure comparing three models: two frequently cited in the literature (one- and t bi- factorial and a third, also one-factor, which controls response bias due to the negative wording of items. A total of 1,180 people participated (300 undergraduates, 311 military policemen, 274 elementary school teachers and 295 members of the general population answering the GHQ-12 and demographic questions. Confirmatory factor analyses showed that the one-factor structure, controlling by the wording effect, gathered the best fit indexes, except among the military. This structure showed greater than0.80 reliability in all groups. It was concluded that the one-factor model of

  6. Medicina da produção: monitorização do balanço energético negativo (BEN em vacas leiteiras - Herd health management: negative energy balance (NEB evaluation in dairy cattle

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    Castro, Dália

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available ResumoO balanço energético negativo (BEN ocorre invariavelmente de formasignificativa em vacas leiteiras de alta produção, no pós-parto, devido ao desfasamento entre o pico de lactação e o pico de ingestão. O presente trabalho descreve os principais métodos de avaliação e monitorização do BEN com aplicabilidade em explorações de bovinos leiteiros. A avaliação periódica da condição corporal dos animais associada à da produção e composição do leite através das folhas de contraste leiteiro são ferramentas básicas de monitorização. A detecção de corpos cetónicos na urina ou leite permite a realização do screening do complexo cetoseesteatose hepática na própria exploração. Já a análise laboratorial dos parâmetros bioquímicos, “os perfis metabólicos”, poderá confirmar orientações de programas alimentares e de prevenção de doenças metabólicas, se correctamente interpretada.SummaryA significant negative energy balance (NEB occurs in high-producingdairy cows due to the delay between the peak lactation and peak intake. In the present work, the main techniques were described in order to evaluate the NEB as a practical tool in dairy farms. The body condition and milk production and composition records are primordial tools for NEB control. A rapid screening of fatty liver-ketosis complex can be done by ketone analysis in situ. The metabolic profiles are used for orientation and confirmation of nutritional and metabolic diseases programs, if correctly interpreted.

  7. Appraising contemporary strategies to combat multidrug resistant gram-negative bacterial infections--proceedings and data from the Gram-Negative Resistance Summit.

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    Kollef, Marin H; Golan, Yoav; Micek, Scott T; Shorr, Andrew F; Restrepo, Marcos I

    2011-09-01

    The emerging problem of antibiotic resistance, especially among Gram-negative bacteria (GNB), has become a serious threat to global public health. Very few new antibacterial classes with activity against antibiotic-resistant GNB have been brought to market. Renewed and growing attention to the development of novel compounds targeting antibiotic-resistant GNB, as well as a better understanding of strategies aimed at preventing the spread of resistant bacterial strains and preserving the efficacy of existing antibiotic agents, has occurred. The Gram-Negative Resistance Summit convened national opinion leaders for the purpose of analyzing current literature, epidemiologic trends, clinical trial data, therapeutic options, and treatment guidelines related to the management of antibiotic-resistant GNB infections. After an in-depth analysis, the Summit investigators were surveyed with regard to 4 clinical practice statements. The results then were compared with the same survey completed by 138 infectious disease and critical care physicians and are the basis of this article. PMID:21868447

  8. Determination of the irradiation dose for the inhibition (D-10 radiation doses) of some gram negative and gram positive bacteria in peptone saline water

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    Determination of the irradiation dose for the inhibition of some pathogenic bacteria which cause food poisoning and spoilage were aimed. For this purpose, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella typhimurium,Salmonella enteridits,Klebsiella pneumonia, Pseudomonas fluorescence,Proteus vulgaris, Aeromonas hydrophila ,(gram-negative bacteria) and Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus strain 24,Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 P,Staphylococcus epidermidis strain 115 and Clostridium perfringens A4TTK,(gram-positive bacteria) were used.Sensitivity of above mentioned bacteria to gamma rays (source Cs-137) was examined in saline with 0.1% peptone at different temperatures.Survivor plots (log.10 number of survivors versus dose) were determined by regression analysis of the data.Decimal reduction doses (D values in kGy) were calculated as the slope obtained from the regression analysis

  9. Myeloid cell sirtuin-1 expression does not alter host immune responses to Gram-negative endotoxemia or Gram-positive bacterial infection.

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    Laura E Crotty Alexander

    Full Text Available The role of sirtuin-1 (SIRT1 in innate immunity, and in particular the influence of SIRT1 on antimicrobial defense against infection, has yet to be reported but is important to define since SIRT1 inhibitors are being investigated as therapeutic agents in the treatment of cancer, Huntington's disease, and autoimmune diseases. Given the therapeutic potential of SIRT1 suppression, we sought to characterize the role of SIRT1 in host defense. Utilizing both pharmacologic methods and a genetic knockout, we demonstrate that SIRT1 expression has little influence on macrophage and neutrophil antimicrobial functions. Myeloid SIRT1 expression does not change mortality in gram-negative toxin-induced shock or gram-positive bacteremia, suggesting that therapeutic suppression of SIRT1 may be done safely without suppression of myeloid cell-specific immune responses to severe bacterial infections.

  10. Outcome of infections due to pandrug-resistant (PDR Gram-negative bacteria

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    Bliziotis Ioannis A

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The increasing problem of infections due to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria has led to re-use of polymyxins in several countries. However, there are already clinical isolates of Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to all available antibiotics, including polymyxins. Methods We present a case series of patients with infections due to pathogens resistant to all antimicrobial agents tested, including polymyxins. An isolate was defined as pandrug-resistant (PDR if it exhibited resistance to all 7 anti-pseudomonal antimicrobial agents, i.e. antipseudomonal penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems, monobactams, quinolones, aminoglycosides, and polymyxins. Results Clinical cure of the infection due to pandrug-resistant (PDR Gram-negative bacteria, namely Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Klebsiella pneumoniae was observed in 4 out of 6 patients with combination of colistin and beta lactam antibiotics. Conclusion Colistin, in combination with beta lactam antibiotics, may be a useful agent for the management of pandrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections. The re-use of polymyxins, an old class of antibiotics, should be done with caution in an attempt to delay the rate of development of pandrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections.

  11. Analysis on n-gram statistics and linguistic features of whole genome protein sequences

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    DONG Qi-wen; WANG Xiao-long; LIN Lei

    2008-01-01

    To obtain the statistical sequence analysis on a large number of genomic and proteomie sequences available for different organisms,the n-grams of whole genome protein sequences from 20 organisms were extracted.Their linguistic features were analyzed by two tests:Zipf power law and Shannon entropy,developed for analysis of natural languages and symbolic sequences.The natural genome proteins and the artificial genome proteins were compared with each other and some statistical features of n-grams were discovered.The results show that:the n-grams of whole genome protein sequences approximately follow the Zipf law when n is larger than 4;the Shannon n-gram entropy of natural genome proteins is lower than that of artificial proteins;a simple unigram model can distinguish different organisms;there exist organism-specific usages of "phrases" in protein sequences.It is suggested that further detailed analysis on n-gram of whole genome protein sequences will result in a powerful model for mapping the relationship of protein sequence,structure and function.

  12. Green Gram Rotation Effects on Maize Growth Parameters and Soil Quality in Myanmar

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    Myo Kywe

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available At present maize–green gram crop rotations are not widely practiced among farmers in Myanmar. However, this cropping system might become more popular in the future given raising prices for green gram and maize grain and scarcity of mineral nitrogen (N fertilizers in this Asian country. The results of a cropping systems experiment with continuous maize versus a green gram-maize rotation, manure application (0 and 2 t ha−1 and phosphorus (P fertilization (0 and 15 kg P ha−1 in each of five consecutive seasons revealed a strong decline in total dry matter and grains yields for both crops irrespective of the treatment. Treatment effects on yield components, nutrient concentrations, mycorrhizal infection and nematode infestation were small or negligible. The data show that in addition to manure used at 2 t ha−1, application of mineral N fertilizers is essential to maintain particularly maize yields. A comparison of different green gram cultivars did not indicate genotype specific effects on maize growth. The incorporation of legume residues, unless they are used as animal feed, is recommended to increase the recycling of N and to balance N fluxes when green gram is cultivated for seed.

  13. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of monobactams as antibacterial agents against gram-negative bacteria.

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    Fu, Hai-Gen; Hu, Xin-Xin; Li, Cong-Ran; Li, Ying-Hong; Wang, Yan-Xiang; Jiang, Jian-Dong; Bi, Chong-Wen; Tang, Sheng; You, Xue-Fu; Song, Dan-Qing

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    A series of monobactam derivatives were prepared and evaluated for their antibacterial activities against susceptible and resistant Gram-negative strains, taking Aztreonam and BAL30072 as the leads. Six conjugates (12a-f) bearing PIH-like siderophore moieties were created to enhance the bactericidal activities against Gram-negative bacteria based on Trojan Horse strategy, and all of them displayed potencies against susceptible Gram-negative strains with MIC ≤ 8 μg/mL. SAR revealed that the polar substituents on the oxime side chain were beneficial for activities against resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Compounds 19c and 33a-b exhibited the promising potencies against ESBLs-producing E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae with MICs ranging from 2 μg/mL to 8 μg/mL. These results offered powerful information for further strategic optimization in search of the antibacterial candidates against MDR Gram-negative bacteria. PMID:26827160

  14. Combating multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria with structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers.

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    Lam, Shu J; O'Brien-Simpson, Neil M; Pantarat, Namfon; Sulistio, Adrian; Wong, Edgar H H; Chen, Yu-Yen; Lenzo, Jason C; Holden, James A; Blencowe, Anton; Reynolds, Eric C; Qiao, Greg G

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    With the recent emergence of reports on resistant Gram-negative 'superbugs', infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria have been named as one of the most urgent global health threats due to the lack of effective and biocompatible drugs. Here, we show that a class of antimicrobial agents, termed 'structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers' (SNAPPs) exhibit sub-μM activity against all Gram-negative bacteria tested, including ESKAPE and colistin-resistant and MDR (CMDR) pathogens, while demonstrating low toxicity. SNAPPs are highly effective in combating CMDR Acinetobacter baumannii infections in vivo, the first example of a synthetic antimicrobial polymer with CMDR Gram-negative pathogen efficacy. Furthermore, we did not observe any resistance acquisition by A. baumannii (including the CMDR strain) to SNAPPs. Comprehensive analyses using a range of microscopy and (bio)assay techniques revealed that the antimicrobial activity of SNAPPs proceeds via a multimodal mechanism of bacterial cell death by outer membrane destabilization, unregulated ion movement across the cytoplasmic membrane and induction of the apoptotic-like death pathway, possibly accounting for why we did not observe resistance to SNAPPs in CMDR bacteria. Overall, SNAPPs show great promise as low-cost and effective antimicrobial agents and may represent a weapon in combating the growing threat of MDR Gram-negative bacteria. PMID:27617798

  15. Gram-typing of mastitis bacteria in milk samples using flow cytometry

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    Langerhuus, Sine Nygaard; Ingvartsen, Klaus Lønne; Bennedsgaard, Torben Werner;

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    Fast identification of pathogenic bacteria in milk samples from cows with clinical mastitis is central to proper treatment. In Denmark, time to bacterial diagnosis is typically 24 to 48 h when using traditional culturing methods. The PCR technique provides a faster and highly sensitive identifica......Fast identification of pathogenic bacteria in milk samples from cows with clinical mastitis is central to proper treatment. In Denmark, time to bacterial diagnosis is typically 24 to 48 h when using traditional culturing methods. The PCR technique provides a faster and highly sensitive...... cytometry-based method, which can detect and distinguish gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria in mastitis milk samples. The differentiation was based on bacterial fluorescence intensities upon labeling with biotin-conjugated wheat germ agglutinin and acridine orange. Initially 19 in-house bacterial...... characteristic curves for the 19 bacterial cultures. The method was then tested on 53 selected mastitis cases obtained from the department biobank (milk samples from 6 gram-negative and 47 gram-positive mastitis cases). Gram-negative bacteria in milk samples were detected with a sensitivity of 1 and a...

  16. Appraising Contemporary Strategies to Combat Multidrug Resistant Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections–Proceedings and Data From the Gram-Negative Resistance Summit

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    Kollef, Marin H; Golan, Yoav; Micek, Scott T.; Shorr, Andrew F.; Marcos I. Restrepo

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    The emerging problem of antibiotic resistance, especially among Gram-negative bacteria (GNB), has become a serious threat to global public health. Very few new antibacterial classes with activity against antibiotic-resistant GNB have been brought to market. Renewed and growing attention to the development of novel compounds targeting antibiotic-resistant GNB, as well as a better understanding of strategies aimed at preventing the spread of resistant bacterial strains and preserving the effica...

  17. In vitro antimicrobial efficiency of a mouthwash containing triclosan/gantrez and sodium bicarbonate Eficiência antimicrobiana in vitro de um enxaguatório bucal contendo triclosan/gantrez e bicarbonato de sódio

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    Juliana Rico Pires

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    Full Text Available Several antiseptic substances have been used as adjuncts to routine mechanical procedures of oral hygiene, based on their antimicrobial effects. The objective of this study was to assess in vitro the antimicrobial efficiency of a mouthwash containing Triclosan/Gantrez and sodium bicarbonate in comparison to both positive and negative controls. Standard strain samples of Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Actinomyces viscosus and Bacillus subtilis were used. Samples of Streptococcus mutans and Gram-negative bacilli were collected from 20 volunteers (10 with a clinically healthy periodontium and 10 presenting biofilm-associated gingivitis. Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity was performed by determining the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC. The results indicated that the test solution inhibited the growth of both Gram-negative and Gram-positive microorganisms from the volunteers’ saliva as well as that of the standard strains at the MIC dilution of 1:20, whereas the MIC dilution of 0.12% chlorhexidine against the same bacteria was 1:80. Thus, even though the tested mouthrinse solution presented an in-vitro antimicrobial activity superior to that of a placebo, it was inferior to that of chlorhexidine.Diversas substâncias antisépticas têm sido utilizadas como adjuntos aos procedimentos mecânicos rotineiros de higiene oral, com base em seus efeitos antimicrobianos. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar, in vitro, a eficiência antimicrobiana de um enxaguatório bucal contendo Triclosan/Gantrez e bicarbonato de sódio, em comparação a controles positivos e negativos. Linhagens padrão de Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Actinomyces viscosus e Bacillus subtilis foram utilizadas. Amostras de Streptococcus mutans e Bacilos Gram-negativos foram coletadas de 20 voluntários (10 com um periodonto clinicamente saudável e 10 com gengivite associada à presença de biofilme. A avaliação da atividade antimicrobiana foi

  18. La domesticación de las lenguas. De las gramáticas europeas a las gramáticas amerindias (de 1492 al siglo XVIII

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    Juan Gabriel Caro

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo se enfoca en el estudio de las gramáticas de las lenguas amerindias, el proyecto que llevó a curas y gramáticos a poner por escrito una serie de lenguas que no conocían la escritura. A través del estudio de las gramáticas de las lenguas amerindias (el náhuatl, el quechua, el muisca, podemos vislumbrar las razones que llevaron a sus autores a establecer contactos con culturas y sociedades diferentes, y además de apropiarse, de una forma novedosa, de un saber y una práctica cotidiana de los seres humanos en su existencia social. La búsqueda de la conversión de los indígenas al catolicismo, junto con la labor de los misioneros y capellanes, llevaron a un enorme esfuerzo por hacer entendibles las lenguas y los significados de estos nuevos grupos que aparecen en la historia y pensamiento europeos.

  19. Comparative analysis of bacterial viruses Bam35, infecting a gram-positive host, and PRD1, infecting gram-negative hosts, demonstrates a viral lineage

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    Extra- and intracellular viruses in the biosphere outnumber their cellular hosts by at least one order of magnitude. How is this enormous domain of viruses organized? Sampling of the virosphere has been scarce and focused on viruses infecting humans, cultivated plants, and animals as well as those infecting well-studied bacteria. It has been relatively easy to cluster closely related viruses based on their genome sequences. However, it has been impossible to establish long-range evolutionary relationships as sequence homology diminishes. Recent advances in the evaluation of virus architecture by high-resolution structural analysis and elucidation of viral functions have allowed new opportunities for establishment of possible long-range phylogenic relationships--virus lineages. Here, we use a genomic approach to investigate a proposed virus lineage formed by bacteriophage PRD1, infecting gram-negative bacteria, and human adenovirus. The new member of this proposed lineage, bacteriophage Bam35, is morphologically indistinguishable from PRD1. It infects gram-positive hosts that evolutionarily separated from gram-negative bacteria more than one billion years ago. For example, it can be inferred from structural analysis of the coat protein sequence that the fold is very similar to that of PRD1. This and other observations made here support the idea that a common early ancestor for Bam35, PRD1, and adenoviruses existed

  20. Stabilizing isopeptide bonds revealed in gram-positive bacterial pilus structure.

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    Kang, Hae Joo; Coulibaly, Fasséli; Clow, Fiona; Proft, Thomas; Baker, Edward N

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    Many bacterial pathogens have long, slender pili through which they adhere to host cells. The crystal structure of the major pilin subunit from the Gram-positive human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes at 2.2 angstroms resolution reveals an extended structure comprising two all-beta domains. The molecules associate in columns through the crystal, with each carboxyl terminus adjacent to a conserved lysine of the next molecule. This lysine forms the isopeptide bonds that link the subunits in native pili, validating the relevance of the crystal assembly. Each subunit contains two lysine-asparagine isopeptide bonds generated by an intramolecular reaction, and we find evidence for similar isopeptide bonds in other cell surface proteins of Gram-positive bacteria. The present structure explains the strength and stability of such Gram-positive pili and could facilitate vaccine development. PMID:18063798

  1. Prediction of groundwater rebound at an abandoned coal mine in Korea using GRAM model

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    Park, S.; Choi, Y.; Baek, H.; Shin, S.

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    Cessation of dewatering generally results in groundwater rebound after closing an abandoned underground coal mine since the mine voids and surrounding strata flood up to the levels of decant points such as shafts and drifts. Several models such as VSS-NET, GRAM and MODFLOW have been developed to predict the timing, magnitude and location of discharges resulting from groundwater rebound. This study developed a GRAM model-based program was developed for ground water rebound modeling in abandoned deep mine systems after mine closure. An application of the program to the Dongwon coal mine in Korea showed that the groundwater level modeled at the shaft of Dongwon coal mine is similar to the observed one in the field. The GRAM model-based program is transferable to other mining areas in both industrialized and less-developed countries. Therefore, the program could reduce the time and effort for predicting mine groundwater rebound and to support mine reclamation planning.

  2. STUDY ON SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS CAUSED BY ESBL PRODUCING GRAM NEGATIVE BACTERIA

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    Full Text Available Surgical site infections have been a major problem, because of the emergence of drug resistant bacteria, in particular B - lactamase producing bacteria. Extended spectrum beta lactamase producing gram negative organisms pose a great challenge in treatment o f SSI present study is aimed at determining multiple drug resistance in gram negative bacteria & to find out ESBL producers, in correlation with treatment outcome. A total of 120 wound infected cases were studied. Staphylococcus aureus was predominant bact erium - 20.Among gram negative bacteria, Pseudomonas species is predominant (14 followed by Escherichia coli (13 , Klebsiella species (12 , Proteus (9 Citrobacter (4 Providencia (2 & Acinetobacter species (2 . Out of 56 gramnegative bacteria isolated, 20 were i dentified as ESBL producers, which was statistically significant. Delay in wound healing correlated with infection by ESBL producers, which alarms the need of abstinence from antibiotic abuse

  3. New insights into regulation of the tryptophan biosynthetic operon in Gram-positive bacteria.

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    Gutierrez-Preciado, A; Jensen, R A; Yanofsky, C; Merino, E

    2005-08-01

    The tryptophan operon of Bacillus subtilis serves as an excellent model for investigating transcription regulation in Gram-positive bacteria. In this article, we extend this knowledge by analyzing the predicted regulatory regions in the trp operons of other fully sequenced Gram-positive bacteria. Interestingly, it appears that in eight of the organisms examined, transcription of the trp operon appears to be regulated by tandem T-box elements. These regulatory elements have recently been described in the trp operons of two bacterial species. Single T-box elements are commonly found in Gram-positive bacteria in operons encoding aminoacyl tRNA synthetases and proteins performing other functions. Different regulatory mechanisms appear to be associated with variations of trp gene organization within the trp operon. PMID:15953653

  4. Detection of the common resistance genes in Gram-negative bacteria using gene chip technology

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    Full Text Available Objective: To design a resistance gene detection chip that could, in parallel, detect common clinical drug resistance genes of Gram-negative bacteria. Materials and Methods: Seventy clinically significant Gram-negative bacilli (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii were collected. According to the known resistance gene sequences, we designed and synthesized primers and probes, which were used to prepare resistance gene detection chips, and finally we hybridized and scanned the gene detection chips. Results: The results between the gene chip and polymerase chain reaction (PCR were compared. The rate was consistently 100% in the eight kinds of resistance genes tested (TEM, SHV, CTX-M, DHA, CIT, VIM, KPC, OXA-23. One strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa had the IMP, but it was not found by gene chip. Conclusion: The design of Gram-negative bacteria-resistant gene detection chip had better application value.

  5. [Antimicrobial therapy in severe infections with multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterias].

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    Duszyńska, Wiesława

    2010-01-01

    Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria pose a serious and rapidly emerging threat to patients in healthcare settings, and are especially prevalent and problematic in intensive therapy units. Recently, the emergence of pandrug-resistance in Gram-negative bacteria poses additional concerns. This review examines the clinical impact and epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria as a cause of increased morbidity and mortality among ITU patients. Beta-lactamases, cephalosporinases and carbapenemases play the most important role in resistance to antibiotics. Despite the tendency to increased resistance, carbapenems administered by continuous infusion remain the most effective drugs in severe sepsis. Drug concentration monitoring, albeit rarely used in practice, is necessary to ensure an effective therapeutic effect. PMID:21413423

  6. Efficient n-gram, Skipgram and Flexgram Modelling with Colibri Core

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    Maarten van Gompel

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    Full Text Available Counting n-grams lies at the core of any frequentist corpus analysis and is often considered a trivial matter. Going beyond consecutive n-grams to patterns such as skipgrams and flexgrams increases the demand for efficient solutions. The need to operate on big corpus data does so even more. Lossless compression and non-trivial algorithms are needed to lower the memory demands, yet retain good speed. Colibri Core is software for the efficient computation and querying of n-grams, skipgrams and flexgrams from corpus data. The resulting pattern models can be analysed and compared in various ways. The software offers a programming library for C++ and Python, as well as command-line tools.

  7. Distinct Mechanisms Underlie Boosted Polysaccharide-Specific IgG Responses Following Secondary Challenge with Intact Gram-Negative versus Gram-Positive Extracellular Bacteria.

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    Kar, Swagata; Arjunaraja, Swadhinya; Akkoyunlu, Mustafa; Pier, Gerald B; Snapper, Clifford M

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    Priming of mice with intact, heat-killed cells of Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis, capsular serogroup C (MenC) or Gram-positive group B Streptococcus, capsular type III (GBS-III) bacteria resulted in augmented serum polysaccharide (PS)-specific IgG titers following booster immunization. Induction of memory required CD4(+) T cells during primary immunization. We determined whether PS-specific memory for IgG production was contained within the B cell and/or T cell populations, and whether augmented IgG responses following booster immunization were also dependent on CD4(+) T cells. Adoptive transfer of purified B cells from MenC- or GBS-III-primed, but not naive mice resulted in augmented PS-specific IgG responses following booster immunization. Similar responses were observed when cotransferred CD4(+) T cells were from primed or naive mice. Similarly, primary immunization with unencapsulated MenC or GBS-III, to potentially prime CD4(+) T cells, failed to enhance PS-specific IgG responses following booster immunization with their encapsulated isogenic partners. Furthermore, in contrast to GBS-III, depletion of CD4(+) T cells during secondary immunization with MenC or another Gram-negative bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii, did not inhibit augmented PS-specific IgG booster responses of mice primed with heat-killed cells. Also, in contrast with GBS-III, booster immunization of MenC-primed mice with isolated MenC-PS, a TI Ag, or a conjugate of MenC-PS and tetanus toxoid elicited an augmented PS-specific IgG response similar to booster immunization with intact MenC. These data demonstrate that memory for augmented PS-specific IgG booster responses to Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria is contained solely within the B cell compartment, with a differential requirement for CD4(+) T cells for augmented IgG responses following booster immunization. PMID:27183619

  8. Características clínicas y microbiológicas de los pacientes neutropénicos febriles con neoplasias hematológicas

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    Fabián Alberto Jaimes Barragán

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Se estudiaron en forma retrospectiva 441 historias clínicas en el período comprendido entre enero de 2003 y diciembre de 2005. De éstas, se identificaron las características de 117 episodios de neutropenia febril en 96 pacientes. La mediana de edad fue 34 años y el 56,4% de los episodios ocurrieron en hombres. Las más frecuentes neoplasias hematológicas relacionadas con neutropenia febril fueron leucemia linfoide aguda (LLA y leucemia mieloide aguda (LMA con 45 episodios de cada una, que corresponden al 76,9%. La mediana de duración de la neutropenia fue 8 días y el 60,7% de los casos entraron en la categoría de neutropenia grave. La mortalidad global fue del 32% y el 81,5% de estas muertes estuvieron asociadas directamente con la infección. Se obtuvo aislamiento microbiológico en el 51% de los eventos. Los bacilos gram negativos (BGN constituyeron el 59% de los aislamientos microbiológicos y los cocos gram positivos el 32%. El 14,3% de los BGN aislados fueron positivos para beta lactamasas de espectro extendido (BLEE y la resistencia global a ciprofloxacina alcanzó el 31,4%. El esquema antimicrobiano empírico más frecuentemente utilizado fue ciprofloxacina más ceftriaxona; la respuesta terapéutica fue desfavorable en 65% de los casos. En el Hospital San Vicente de Paúl de Medellín siguen primando los gérmenes gram negativos y son altas las tasas de resistencia a los antibióticos utilizados tradicionalmente como de primera línea, lo que sugiere la necesidad de reevaluar la pertinencia de estos esquemas.

  9. Multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli in lower respiratory tract infections.

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    Shashidhar Vishwanath

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    Full Text Available Lower respiratory tract infections are among important causes of morbidity and mortality for all age groups. The emergence of multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli is an issue of increasing concern.A retrospective study including respiratory specimens (sputum and BAL was conducted in our tertiary care centre. Samples were processed for microscopy, culture and susceptibility testing following standard methods. Multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli causing lower respiratory tract infections were studied for their causation of disease. The effect of appropriate treatment on clinical outcome was observed.A total of 472 Gram-negative pathogens were isolated from sputum and broncho-alveolar lavage fluid specimens during the study period. Among these Gram-negative pathogens 175 (37% were found to be multidrug resistant. Klebsiella pneumoniae 85 (48.6% and Acinetobacter spp. 59 (33.7% were the predominant multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli isolated. Based on clinico-microbiological correlation, 138 (78.9% multidrug resistant isolates were found to be pathogenic and the rest 37 (21.1% were considered as colonizers. After initiating appropriate antibiotic therapy, clinical improvement was seen in 110 (79.7% patients. In the patients who showed improvement, amikacin (34.3% and cefoperazone-sulbactum (21.8% were found to be the most effective drugs.A large majority of the isolated multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli were found to be pathogenic. Regular surveillance which directs appropriate empirical therapy; and good clinic-microbiological workup of each case of lower respiratory tract infection can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with multidrug resistant organisms.

  10. Clinical efficacy of ciprofloxacin therapy for gram-negative bacillary osteomyelitis.

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    Hessen, M T; Ingerman, M J; Kaufman, D H; Weiner, P; Santoro, J; Korzeniowski, O M; Boscia, J; Topiel, M; Bush, L M; Kaye, D

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    The efficacy and toxicity of ciprofloxacin, an orally administered fluoroquinolone, were evaluated in 24 infections in 23 patients with osteomyelitis caused by aerobic gram-negative bacilli. The diagnosis was confirmed by surgical findings and the results of bone biopsy and culture of bone or deep soft tissue. The aerobic gram-negative bacilli were Pseudomonas aeruginosa (15 isolates), Serratia marcescens (five isolates), Escherichia coli (three isolates), Enterobacter species (three isolates), Proteus mirabilis (one isolate), Pseudomonas fluorescens (one isolate), and Klebsiella pneumoniae (one isolate). Minimal bactericidal concentrations (MBCs) were 1.56 micrograms/ml or less for all but one isolate. Nine infections were polymicrobial, involving aerobic gram-positive cocci or anaerobes in addition to aerobic gram-negative bacilli. Additional antibiotics to which the aerobic gram-negative bacilli were resistant were given when the additional organisms were resistant to ciprofloxacin. Patients received 750 mg of ciprofloxacin twice daily for a mean of 62 days. Peak serum levels of ciprofloxacin were at least threefold higher than the MBCs in 20 of 24 patients. Twenty of 22 infections in which a full course of therapy was completed were without evidence of active disease at one to 17 months posttreatment. A sternotomy wound infection relapsed after eight weeks of therapy with a newly resistant S. marcescens strain, and an infection of a compound fracture relapsed two months posttreatment with a still sensitive P. aeruginosa strain. Toxicity was minimal in most patients: eosinophilia (six patients), nausea (eight patients), mild elevation in transaminase levels (three patients), pruritus (one patient), diarrhea (two patients), thrush (two patients), rash (two patients), and mild leukopenia (one patient). Two additional patients had severe side effects (vertigo in one and acute renal failure in another) that required discontinuation of ciprofloxacin therapy. Overall

  11. Role of the Gram-Negative Envelope Stress Response in the Presence of Antimicrobial Agents.

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    Guest, Randi L; Raivio, Tracy L

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    Bacterial survival necessitates endurance of many types of antimicrobial compound. Many Gram-negative envelope stress responses, which must contend with an outer membrane and a dense periplasm containing the cell wall, have been associated with the status of protein folding, membrane homeostasis, and physiological functions such as efflux and the proton motive force (PMF). In this review, we discuss evidence that indicates an emerging role for Gram-negative envelope stress responses in enduring exposure to diverse antimicrobial substances, focusing on recent studies of the γ-proteobacterial Cpx envelope stress response. PMID:27068053

  12. La enseñanza de la gramática en clases comunicativas

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    Chamorro, María Dolores

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    La concepción de la gramática que tiene el enfoque comunicativo en su versión actual es la de servir de instrumento a la realización de una tarea para cubrir las necesidades expresivas creadas en los alumnos por la propia actividad. Este papel subsidiario de la gramática no se ha visto, sin embargo, acompañado en los materiales didácticos por otras modificaciones que hagan más coherente el tratamiento de los aspectos formales con los presupuestos del enfoque comunicativo. Se echa en ...

  13. Pharmacologic options for CNS infections caused by resistant Gram-positive organisms.

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    Peppard, William J; Johnston, Carolyn J; Urmanski, Angela M

    2008-02-01

    Infectious disease continues to evolve, presenting new and challenging clinical situations for practitioners. Specific to device-related and neurosurgical-related CNS infections, Gram-positive organisms are of growing concern. Current Infection Disease Society of America guidelines for the treatment of CNS infections offer little direction after conventional therapy, consisting of vancomycin, has failed or the patient has demonstrated intolerance. A review of literature evaluating alternative therapies, specifically linezolid, quinupristin/dalfopristin, daptomycin and tigecycline, will be presented. Interpretations of these data are offered followed by a brief presentation of future therapies, including ortavancin, telavancin, dalbavancin, ceftobiprole and iclaprim, all of which possess potent Gram-positive activity. PMID:18251666

  14. Quorum sensing signal-response systems in Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Papenfort, Kai; Bassler, Bonnie L

    2016-08-11

    Bacteria use quorum sensing to orchestrate gene expression programmes that underlie collective behaviours. Quorum sensing relies on the production, release, detection and group-level response to extracellular signalling molecules, which are called autoinducers. Recent work has discovered new autoinducers in Gram-negative bacteria, shown how these molecules are recognized by cognate receptors, revealed new regulatory components that are embedded in canonical signalling circuits and identified novel regulatory network designs. In this Review we examine how, together, these features of quorum sensing signal-response systems combine to control collective behaviours in Gram-negative bacteria and we discuss the implications for host-microbial associations and antibacterial therapy. PMID:27510864

  15. Sequencing and Characterization of the xyl Operon of a Gram-Positive Bacterium, Tetragenococcus halophila

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    TAKEDA, YASUO; Takase, Kazuma; Yamato, Ichiro; Abe, Keietsu

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    The xyl operon of a gram-positive bacterium, Tetragenococcus halophila (previously called Pediococcus halophilus), was cloned and sequenced. The DNA was about 7.7 kb long and contained genes for a ribose binding protein and part of a ribose transporter, xylR (a putative regulatory gene), and the xyl operon, along with its regulatory region and transcription termination signal, in this order. The DNA was AT rich, the GC content being 35.8%, consistent with the GC content of this gram-positive ...

  16. Susceptibility of Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Urine Isolates to Oral Antibiotics.

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    Hirsch, Elizabeth B; Zucchi, Paola C; Chen, Alice; Raux, Brian R; Kirby, James E; McCoy, Christopher; Eliopoulos, George M

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    Increasing resistance among Gram-negative uropathogens limits treatment options, and susceptibility data for multidrug-resistant isolates are limited. We assessed the activity of five oral agents against 91 multidrug-resistant Gram-negative urine isolates that were collected from emergency department/hospitalized patients. Fosfomycin and nitrofurantoin were most active (>75% susceptibility). Susceptibilities to sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim, ciprofloxacin, and ampicillin were ≤40%; empirical use of these agents likely provides inadequate coverage in areas with a high prevalence of multidrug-resistant uropathogens. PMID:26883704

  17. Agronomic Characteristics, Growth Analysis, and Yield Response of Biofield Treated Mustard, Cowpea, Horse Gram, and Groundnuts

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    Trivedi, Mahendra Kumar

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    Mustard, cowpea, horse gram, and groundnuts are the seasonal pulse crops used as food and fodder in many regions of the world. In the present study, the impact of biofield energy treatment on mustard, cowpea, horse gram, and groundnuts were studied with respect to overall growth, yield, and its related yield attributes. Seeds of each crop was selected and divided in two groups, i.e. control and treated. The treated group of each seed crops was subjected to Mr. Trivedi biofield energy treatmen...

  18. N-gram Counts and Language Models from the Common Crawl

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    Buck, Christian; Heafield, Kenneth; Ooyen, Bas van

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    We contribute 5-gram counts and language models trained on the Common Crawl corpus, a collection over 9 billion web pages. This release improves upon the Google n-gram counts in two key ways: the inclusion of low-count entries and deduplication to reduce boilerplate. By preserving singletons, we were able to use Kneser-Ney smoothing to build large language models. This paper describes how the corpus was processed with emphasis on the problems that arise in working with data at this scale. Our...

  19. Effects of Efflux Pump Inhibitors on Colistin Resistance in Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria.

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    Ni, Wentao; Li, Yanjun; Guan, Jie; Zhao, Jin; Cui, Junchang; Wang, Rui; Liu, Youning

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    We tested the effects of various putative efflux pump inhibitors on colistin resistance in multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Addition of 10 mg/liter cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) to the test medium could significantly decrease the MICs of colistin-resistant strains. Time-kill assays showed CCCP could reverse colistin resistance and inhibit the regrowth of the resistant subpopulation, especially in Acinetobacter baumannii and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia These results suggest colistin resistance in Gram-negative bacteria can be suppressed and reversed by CCCP. PMID:26953203

  20. Antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacterial infections in patients with cancer.

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    Perez, Federico; Adachi, Javier; Bonomo, Robert A

    2014-11-15

    Patients with cancer are at high risk for infections caused by antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria. In this review, we summarize trends among the major pathogens and clinical syndromes associated with antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacterial infection in patients with malignancy, with special attention to carbapenem and expanded-spectrum β-lactam resistance in Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia--all major threats to our cancer patients. Optimal therapy for these antibiotic-resistant pathogens still remains to be determined. PMID:25352627

  1. Intravenous colistin in the treatment of sepsis from multiresistant Gram-negative bacilli in critically ill patients

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    Markou, Nikolaos; Apostolakos, Haralampos; Koumoudiou, Christiana; Athanasiou, Maria; Koutsoukou, Alexandra; Alamanos, Ioannis; Gregorakos, Leonidas

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    Introduction The increasing prevalence of multiresistant Gram-negative strains in intensive care units (ICUs) has recently rekindled interest in colistin, a bactericidal antibiotic that was used in the 1960s for treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacilli. We conducted the present observational study to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous colistin in the treatment of critically ill patients with sepsis caused by Gram-negative bacilli resistant to all other antibiotics. Patients a...

  2. INFLUENCIA DEL FEEDBACK POSITIVO Y NEGATIVO EN ALUMNOS DE SECUNDARIA SOBRE EL CLIMA EGO-TAREA PERCIBIDO, LA VALORACIÓN DE LA EF Y LA PREFERENCIA EN LA COMPLEJIDAD DE LAS TAREAS DE CLASE

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    El presente artículo trata la incidencia que el feedback afectivo positivo (FAP o negativo (FAN, aportado por el profesor de Educación Física (EF, tiene sobre la valoración que el alumno muestra sobre la EF, sobre sus preferencias hacia el nivel de dificultad de las tareas de clase y sobre el clima ego-tarea según la actuación del profesor. El estudio se realizó con 21 sujetos en tres grupos: dos experimentales a los que se aplicó un FAP y FAN respectivamente, y un tercer grupo control. Los resultados muestran una incidencia significativa en la percepción del clima implicante al ego, la percepción del clima implicante a la tarea y la valoración de las clases de EF. Además los sujetos que han recibido un FAN presentan niveles de percepción de un clima implicante al ego mayores y significativos que aquellos sujetos que habían recibido un FAP. Respecto a la percepción de un clima implicante a la tarea, aquellos sujetos que reciben un FAP tienden a percibir mayores niveles de clima implicante a la tarea al compararlos con los que reciben FAP y feedback control. Sobre la valoración de la EF, los sujetos que reciben FAP valoran más positivamente las clases de EF que los que reciben FAN.
    PALABRAS CLAVE: Educación Física, enseñanza, motivación.

     

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    The present article studies the effect that positive affective feedback (FAP or negative affective feedback (FAN, received from a Physical Education (PE teacher, have on the attitude that a student shows in class. This study evaluates their level of difficulty preferences in class tasks and the ego-task climate according to the performance of the professor. The study was done with 21

  3. Gramáticas y diccionarios en la enseñanza del italiano como L2

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    Porras Castro, Soledad

    2004-01-01

    [ES] No hay lengua ni hablante, autóctono o extranjero que pueda prescindir de la Gramática o del Diccionario en el proceso de enseñanza/aprendizaje de un alengua extranjera. La Gramática aquí contemplada es un proyecto abierto y un Corpus disponible por parte del profesor y el alumno. Así considerada Gramática e Investigación son campos paralelos y no antagónicos. Gramática y Diccionario constituyen los dos pilares básicos de la enseñanza de una lengua extranjera. Aprender una lengua es un p...

  4. Intrinsic nitric oxide-stimulatory activity of lipoteichoic acids from different Gram-positive bacteria

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    Zídek, Zdeněk; Farghali, H.; Kmoníčková, Eva

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 23, č. 4 (2010), s. 300-310. ISSN 1089-8603 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA305/08/0535 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50390512 Keywords : Lipoteichoic acid * Gram-positive bacteria * Nitric oxide Subject RIV: FR - Pharmacology ; Medidal Chemistry Impact factor: 3.384, year: 2010

  5. Improved annotation of conjugated bile acid hydrolase superfamily members in Gram-positive bacteria

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    Lambert, J.M.; Siezen, R.J.; Vos, de W.M.; Kleerebezem, M.

    2008-01-01

    Most Gram-positive bacteria inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract are capable of hydrolysing bile salts. Bile salt hydrolysis is thought to play an important role in various biological processes in the host. Therefore, correct annotation of bacterial bile salt hydrolases (Bsh) in public databases (E

  6. Construction and evaluation of multisite recombinatorial (Gateway cloning vectors for Gram-positive bacteria

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    Rees Catherine ED

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Gateway recombinatorial cloning system allows easy and rapid joining of DNA fragments. Here we report the construction and evaluation of three different Gram-positive vectors that can be used with the Multisite Gateway cloning system to rapidly produce new gene arrangements in plasmid constructs for use in a variety of Gram-positive bacteria. Results Comparison of patterns of reporter gene expression with conventionally constructed clones show that the presence of residual recombination (att sites does not have an effect on patterns of gene expression, although overall levels of gene expression may vary. Rapid construction of these new vectors allowed vector/gene combinations to be optimized following evaluation of plasmid constructs in different bacterial cells and demonstrates the benefits of plasmid construction using Gateway cloning. Conclusion The residual att sites present after Gateway cloning did not affect patterns of promoter induction in Gram-positive bacteria and there was no evidence of differences in mRNA stability of transcripts. However overall levels of gene expression may be reduced, possibly due to some post-transcriptional event. The new vectors described here allow faster, more efficient cloning in range of Gram-positive bacteria.

  7. Evaluation of a Rapid Gram Stain Interpretation Method for Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis

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    Hilmarsdóttir, I.; Hauksdóttir, G. S.; Jóhannesdóttir, J. D.; Daníelsdóttir, T.; Thorsteinsdóttir, H.; Ólafsson, J. H.

    2006-01-01

    A simple Gram stain evaluation for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis was assessed in comparison to Nugent's method. The sensitivity (90%), specificity (94%), positive and negative predictive values (90% and 94%), and good interobserver agreement obtained indicate that the test method can be performed reliably in the routine clinical microbiology laboratory.

  8. Antimicrobial resistance of fecal aerobic gram-negative bacilli in different age groups in a community.

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    Leistevuo, T; Leistevuo, J; Osterblad, M; Arvola, T. (Timo); Toivonen, P; Klaukka, T; Lehtonen, A; Huovinen, P.

    1996-01-01

    We measured the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in fecal aerobic gram-negative bacilli by age in community subjects. For none of the eight antimicrobial agents studied were there any statistically significant differences in the carriage rates of resistance in different age groups. Bacterial resistance was common in all age groups, including the children, and occurred for all antimicrobial agents tested.

  9. Constructive updating/downdating of oblique projectors: a generalization of the Gram-Schmidt process

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    A generalization of the Gram-Schmidt procedure is achieved by providing equations for updating and downdating oblique projectors. The work is motivated by the problem of adaptive signal representation outside the orthogonal basis setting. The proposed techniques are shown to be relevant to the problem of discriminating signals produced by different phenomena when the order of the signal model needs to be adjusted

  10. Constructive updating/downdating of oblique projectors: a generalization of the Gram-Schmidt process

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    Rebollo-Neira, Laura [Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET (United Kingdom)

    2007-06-15

    A generalization of the Gram-Schmidt procedure is achieved by providing equations for updating and downdating oblique projectors. The work is motivated by the problem of adaptive signal representation outside the orthogonal basis setting. The proposed techniques are shown to be relevant to the problem of discriminating signals produced by different phenomena when the order of the signal model needs to be adjusted.

  11. Pyridone Methylsulfone Hydroxamate LpxC Inhibitors for the Treatment of Serious Gram-Negative Infections

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    Montgomery, Justin I.; Brown, Matthew F.; Reilly, Usa; Price, Loren M.; Abramite, Joseph A.; Arcari, Joel; Barham, Rose; Che, Ye; Chen, Jinshan Michael; Chung, Seung Won; Collantes, Elizabeth M.; Desbonnet, Charlene; Doroski, Matthew; Doty, Jonathan; Engtrakul, Juntyma J.; Harris, Thomas M.; Huband, Michael; Knafels, John D.; Leach, Karen L.; Liu, Shenping; Marfat, Anthony; McAllister, Laura; McElroy, Eric; Menard, Carol A.; Mitton-Fry, Mark; Mullins, Lisa; Noe, Mark C.; O’Donnell, John; Oliver, Robert; Penzien, Joseph; Plummer, Mark; Shanmugasundaram, Veerabahu; Thoma, Christy; Tomaras, Andrew P.; Uccello, Daniel P.; Vaz, Alfin; Wishka, Donn G. (Pfizer)

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    The synthesis and biological activity of a new series of LpxC inhibitors represented by pyridone methylsulfone hydroxamate 2a is presented. Members of this series have improved solubility and free fraction when compared to compounds in the previously described biphenyl methylsulfone hydroxamate series, and they maintain superior Gram-negative antibacterial activity to comparator agents.

  12. In Vitro Activity of an Oral Streptogramin Antimicrobial, XRP2868, against Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    Eliopoulos, G M; Ferraro, M J; Wennersten, C B; Moellering, R C

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    The comparative in vitro potency of XRP2868, a new oral semisynthetic streptogramin antibiotic, was evaluated against gram-positive bacteria. XRP2868 inhibited all staphylococci at ≤1 μg/ml and all nonpneumococcal streptococci at ≤0.25 μg/ml and was fourfold more potent than quinupristin-dalfopristin against Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium.

  13. Genomics of Methylotrophy in Gram-Positive Methylamine-Utilizing Bacteria

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    Tami L. McTaggart

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Gram-positive methylotrophic bacteria have been known for a long period of time, some serving as model organisms for characterizing the specific details of methylotrophy pathways/enzymes within this group. However, genome-based knowledge of methylotrophy within this group has been so far limited to a single species, Bacillus methanolicus (Firmicutes. The paucity of whole-genome data for Gram-positive methylotrophs limits our global understanding of methylotrophy within this group, including their roles in specific biogeochemical cycles, as well as their biotechnological potential. Here, we describe the isolation of seven novel strains of Gram-positive methylotrophs that include two strains of Bacillus and five representatives of Actinobacteria classified within two genera, Arthrobacter and Mycobacterium. We report whole-genome sequences for these isolates and present comparative analysis of the methylotrophy functional modules within these genomes. The genomic sequences of these seven novel organisms, all capable of growth on methylated amines, present an important reference dataset for understanding the genomic basis of methylotrophy in Gram-positive methylotrophic bacteria. This study is a major contribution to the field of methylotrophy, aimed at closing the gap in the genomic knowledge of methylotrophy within this diverse group of bacteria.

  14. Different subcellular locations of secretome components of Gram-positive bacteria

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    Buist, Girbe; Ridder, Anja N. J. A.; Kok, Jan; Kuipers, Oscar P.

    2006-01-01

    Gram-positive bacteria contain different types of secretion systems for the transport of proteins into or across the cytoplasmic membrane. Recent studies on subcellular localization of specific components of these secretion systems and their substrates have shown that they can be present at various

  15. Polyamine Distribution Patterns in Coryneform Bacteria and Related Gram-Positive Eubacteria

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    Hamana, Koei

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    Polyamines of the nine genera of coryneform and related Gram-positive eubacteria were analyzed by HPLC. Authentic species of Microbacterium, Aureobacterium, Cellulomonas and Corynebacterium were devoid of polyamines. Arthrobacter species were divided into polyamine-absent, putrescine, cadaverine and putrescine-cadaverine types. Clavibacter contained putrescine and cadaverine. Spermidine was detected in some species of Brevibacterium, Exiguobacterium and Curtobacterium and diaminopropane in so...

  16. Tribolium castaneum defensins are primarily active against Gram-positive bacteria

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    Tonk, M.; Knorr, E.; Cabezas-Cruz, A.; Valdés, James J.; Kollewe, C.; Vilcinskas, A.

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    Roč. 132, NOV 2015 (2015), s. 208-215. ISSN 0022-2011 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0032 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Antimicrobial peptides * Defensin * Innate immunity * Insects * Tribolium castaneum * Gram-positive bacteria Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 2.110, year: 2014

  17. Diversity of pigmented Gram-positive bacteria associated with marine macroalgae from Antarctica.

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    Leiva, Sergio; Alvarado, Pamela; Huang, Ying; Wang, Jian; Garrido, Ignacio

    2015-12-01

    Little is known about the diversity and roles of Gram-positive and pigmented bacteria in Antarctic environments, especially those associated with marine macroorganisms. This work is the first study about the diversity and antimicrobial activity of culturable pigmented Gram-positive bacteria associated with marine Antarctic macroalgae. A total of 31 pigmented Gram-positive strains were isolated from the surface of six species of macroalgae collected in the King George Island, South Shetland Islands. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities ≥99%, 18 phylotypes were defined, which were clustered into 11 genera of Actinobacteria (Agrococcus, Arthrobacter, Brachybacterium, Citricoccus, Kocuria, Labedella, Microbacterium, Micrococcus, Rhodococcus, Salinibacterium and Sanguibacter) and one genus of the Firmicutes (Staphylococcus). It was found that five isolates displayed antimicrobial activity against a set of macroalgae-associated bacteria. The active isolates were phylogenetically related to Agrococcus baldri, Brachybacterium rhamnosum, Citricoccus zhacaiensis and Kocuria palustris. The results indicate that a diverse community of pigmented Gram-positive bacteria is associated with Antartic macroalgae and suggest its potential as a promising source of antimicrobial and pigmented natural compounds. PMID:26507390

  18. Transformations of the gram-positive honey bee pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae, by electroporation

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    In this study we developed an electrotransformation method for use with the Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus larvae—a deadly pathogen of honey bees. The method is substantially different from the only other electroporation method for a Paenibacillus species found in the literature. Using the ty...

  19. Patterns of Ciprofloxacin-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria Colonization in Nursing Home Residents

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    Dommeti, Parimala; WANG, Linda; Flannery, Erika L; Symons, Kathleen; Mody, Lona

    2011-01-01

    We evaluated the prevalence of colonization with all gram-negative bacilli (GNB) and with ciprofloxacin-resistant GNB among nursing home residents with and without indwelling devices. We found that device presence increases the risk of colonization with all GNB and with ciprofloxacin-resistant GNB. Colonization with ciprofloxacin-resistant GNB increases with decreasing functional status.

  20. Serum procalcitonin elevation in critically ill patients at the onset of bacteremia caused by either gram negative or gram positive bacteria

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    Prin Sébastien

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In the ICU, bacteremia is a life-threatening infection whose prognosis is highly dependent on early recognition and treatment with appropriate antibiotics. Procalcitonin levels have been shown to distinguish between bacteremia and noninfectious inflammatory states accurately and quickly in critically ill patients. However, we still do not know to what extent the magnitude of PCT elevation at the onset of bacteremia varies according to the Gram stain result. Methods Review of the medical records of every patient treated between May, 2004 and December, 2006 who had bacteremia caused by either Gram positive (GP or Gram negative (GN bacteria, and whose PCT dosage at the onset of infection was available. Results 97 episodes of either GN bacteremia (n = 52 or GP bacteremia (n = 45 were included. Procalcitonin levels were found to be markedly higher in patients with GN bacteremia than in those with GP bacteremia, whereas the SOFA score value in the two groups was similar. Moreover, in the study population, a high PCT value was found to be independently associated with GN bacteremia. A PCT level of 16.0 ng/mL yielded an 83.0% positive predictive value and a 74.0% negative predictive value for GN-related bacteremia in the study cohort (AUROCC = 0.79; 95% CI, 0.71–0.88. Conclusion In a critically ill patient with clinical sepsis, GN bacteremia could be associated with higher PCT values than those found in GP bacteremia, regardless of the severity of the disease.

  1. N-gram analysis of 970 microbial organisms reveals presence of biological language models

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    Ganapathiraju Madhavi K

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been suggested previously that genome and proteome sequences show characteristics typical of natural-language texts such as "signature-style" word usage indicative of authors or topics, and that the algorithms originally developed for natural language processing may therefore be applied to genome sequences to draw biologically relevant conclusions. Following this approach of 'biological language modeling', statistical n-gram analysis has been applied for comparative analysis of whole proteome sequences of 44 organisms. It has been shown that a few particular amino acid n-grams are found in abundance in one organism but occurring very rarely in other organisms, thereby serving as genome signatures. At that time proteomes of only 44 organisms were available, thereby limiting the generalization of this hypothesis. Today nearly 1,000 genome sequences and corresponding translated sequences are available, making it feasible to test the existence of biological language models over the evolutionary tree. Results We studied whole proteome sequences of 970 microbial organisms using n-gram frequencies and cross-perplexity employing the Biological Language Modeling Toolkit and Patternix Revelio toolkit. Genus-specific signatures were observed even in a simple unigram distribution. By taking statistical n-gram model of one organism as reference and computing cross-perplexity of all other microbial proteomes with it, cross-perplexity was found to be predictive of branch distance of the phylogenetic tree. For example, a 4-gram model from proteome of Shigellae flexneri 2a, which belongs to the Gammaproteobacteria class showed a self-perplexity of 15.34 while the cross-perplexity of other organisms was in the range of 15.59 to 29.5 and was proportional to their branching distance in the evolutionary tree from S. flexneri. The organisms of this genus, which happen to be pathotypes of E.coli, also have the closest perplexity values with

  2. Gramática y gramáticas: entre el formalismo y el funcionalismo Grammar and grammars: between formalism and functionalism

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    Álvaro William Santiago Galvis

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    En este trabajo se presentan las distintas nociones que tiene el término gramática, desde la perspectiva prescriptiva, referida al sistema organizativo de la lengua, reglas y principios que intervienen en la construcción de palabras, frases y oraciones; pasando por la no prescriptiva, de orientación científica, que estudia sistemáticamente las palabras, sus clases, posibles combinaciones, relaciones y significados que puedan atribuírseles; hasta llegar a la relacionada con los enfoques lingüí...

  3. Prevalência e fatores associados a indicadores negativos de saúde mental em adolescentes estudantes do ensino médio em Pernambuco, Brasil The prevalence of and factors associated with negative mental health indicators in adolescents attending high school in the Brazilian State of Pernambuco

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    Priscila Diniz de Carvalho; Mauro Virgilio Gomes de Barros; Carla Meneses Santos; Edilânea Nunes Melo; Nilma Kelly Ribeiro de Oliveira; Rodrigo Antunes Lima

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    OBJETIVOS: identificar a prevalência e fatores associados a indicadores negativos de saúde mental em adolescentes. MÉTODOS: utilizou-se um questionário previamente validado para coletar dados de 4.207 adolescentes (14-19 anos) estudantes do ensino médio, selecionados através de amostragem por conglomerados em dois estágios. RESULTADOS: as prevalências de tristeza, sentimento de solidão, pensamento de suicídio, dificuldade para dormir devido à preocupação e planos de suicídio foram, respectiva...

  4. Alterações ultra-sonográficas na gravidez Rh negativo sensibilizada avaliada pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico e pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média Ultrasound findings in Rh-alloimmunized pregnancies assessed by spectrophotometric analysis of amniotic fluid and Doppler velocimetry of fetal middle cerebral artery

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    Luciano Marcondes Machado Nardozza; Luiz Camano; Antonio Fernandes Moron; David Baptista da Silva Pares; Paulo Alexandre Chinen; Guilherme Antonio Rago Lobo

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar e confrontar a presença de alterações ultra-sonográficas nas gestações Rh negativo sensibilizadas, quando a anemia fetal foi determinada ou pela espectrofotometria do líquido amniótico, ou pela dopplervelocimetria da artéria cerebral média. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Observacional descritivo com grupo de comparação. Nosso grupo de estudo foi constituído por 99 pacientes, avaliadas no período de janeiro de 1995 a janeiro de 2004. Foram analisados e comparados dois grupos: 74 gestan...

  5. Microcins from Enterobacteria: On the Edge Between Gram-Positive Bacteriocins and Colicins

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    Rebuffat, Sylvie

    Most bacteria and archaea produce gene-encoded antimicrobial peptides/proteins called bacteriocins, which are secreted by the producing bacteria to compete against other microorganisms in a given niche. They are considered important mediators of intra- and interspecies interactions and therefore a factor in ­maintaining the microbial diversity and stability. They are ribosomally synthesized, and most of them are produced as inactive precursor proteins, which in some cases are further enzymatically modified. Bacteriocins generally exert potent antibacterial activities directed against bacterial species closely related to the producing bacteria. Bacteriocins are abundant and diverse in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. This chapter focuses on colicins and microcins from enterobacteria (mainly Escherichia coli) and on bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Microcins are the lower-molecular-mass bacteriocins produced by Gram-negative bacteria with a repertoire of only 14 representatives. They form a very restricted family of bacteriocins, compared to the huge family of LAB bacteriocins that is constituted of several hundreds of peptides, with which microcins share common characteristics. Nevertheless, microcins also show similarities, particularly in their uptake mechanisms, with the higher-molecular-mass colicins, also produced by E. coli strains. On the edge between LAB bacteriocins and colicins, microcins appear to combine highly efficient strategies developed by both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria at different levels, including uptake, translocation, killing of target cells, and immunity of the producing bacteria, making them important actors of bacterial competitions and fascinating models for novel concepts toward antimicrobial strategies and against resistance mechanisms.

  6. Direct identification of major Gram-negative pathogens in respiratory specimens by respiFISH® HAP Gram (-) Panel, a beacon-based FISH methodology.

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    Koncan, R; Parisato, M; Sakarikou, C; Stringari, G; Fontana, C; Favuzzi, V; Ligozzi, M; Lo Cascio, G

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    Rapid detection of microorganisms in respiratory specimens is of paramount importance to drive the proper antibiotic regimen to prevent complications and transmission of infections. In the present study, the respiFISH® HAP Gram (-) Panel (miacom diagnostics GmbH, Duesseldorf, Germany) for the etiological diagnosis of hospital-acquired pneumonia was compared with the traditional culture method for the detection of major Gram-negative pathogens in respiratory specimens. respiFISH® combined the classical fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technology with fluorescence-labeled DNA molecular beacons as probes. From September 2011 to January 2012, 165 samples were analyzed: the sensitivity and specificity were 94.39 and 87.93%, respectively. Only six pathogens (3.6%) were not identified with respiFISH®, while seven specimens (3%) provided false-positive results. This beacon-based identification shortens the time to result by at least one work day, providing species-level identification within half an hour. Considering the high sensitivity and specificity and the significant time saving, the introduction of bbFISH® assays could effectively complement traditional systems in microbiology laboratories. PMID:26219682

  7. Comparison of the Antimicrobial Effects of Silver Nanoparticles Alone and In Combination with Zataria Multiflora Extract On Some Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Full Text Available Background and Objective: The spread of drug resistance in bacteria have prompted researchers to seek suitable alternative for antimicrobial drugs among various medicinal plants and nanoparticles. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of silver nanoparticles alone and in combination with methanol extract of Zataria multiflora on five Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Methods: Different concentrations of the nanoparticles and extract alone or in combination with each other were tested against the bacteria, using well diffusion method. Three concentration levels (lowest, average and highest were prepared form the nanoparticles and the extract for the combination, and finally nine different combinations were prepared. Results: The extract and nanoparticles showed inhibitory effects against all the tested bacteria. The maximum diameter of growth inhibition zone in the presence of the extract and nanoparticles were observed in Streptococcus pyogenes (35.6mm and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (20.6mm, respectively. The maximum diameter of growth inhibition zone for the combination was measured in S. pyogenes (31mm. Conclusion: The combination of low concentrations of the plant extract and nanoparticles are more effective against bacteria, but the combination of their high concentrations reduce the antibacterial effects in some cases.

  8. Computing symmetrical strength of N-grams: a two pass filtering approach in automatic classification of text documents.

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    Agnihotri, Deepak; Verma, Kesari; Tripathi, Priyanka

    2016-01-01

    The contiguous sequences of the terms (N-grams) in the documents are symmetrically distributed among different classes. The symmetrical distribution of the N-Grams raises uncertainty in the belongings of the N-Grams towards the class. In this paper, we focused on the selection of most discriminating N-Grams by reducing the effects of symmetrical distribution. In this context, a new text feature selection method named as the symmetrical strength of the N-Grams (SSNG) is proposed using a two pass filtering based feature selection (TPF) approach. Initially, in the first pass of the TPF, the SSNG method chooses various informative N-Grams from the entire extracted N-Grams of the corpus. Subsequently, in the second pass the well-known Chi Square (χ(2)) method is being used to select few most informative N-Grams. Further, to classify the documents the two standard classifiers Multinomial Naive Bayes and Linear Support Vector Machine have been applied on the ten standard text data sets. In most of the datasets, the experimental results state the performance and success rate of SSNG method using TPF approach is superior to the state-of-the-art methods viz. Mutual Information, Information Gain, Odds Ratio, Discriminating Feature Selection and χ(2). PMID:27386386

  9. DMPD: Gram-negative endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects oneukaryotic signal transduction. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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  10. Determinación de b-lactamasas de espectro extendido en gérmenes nosocomiales del Hospital San Jerónimo, Montería.

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    Pedro Martínez

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Este estudio tuvo como objetivos establecer la prevalencia de b-lactamasas de espectro extendido (BLEE en bacilos Gram negativos nosocomiales y comparar tres métodos para su identificación. Materiales y métodos: Se estudiaron en el Hospital San Jerónimo (HSJ de Montería durante los años 2001 y 2002, 201 microorganismos aislados de pacientes con infección nosocomial. Para identificar la presencia de BLEE se tuvo en cuenta la actividad hidrolítica sobre la ceftazidima que midió el sinergismo del ácido clavulánico en combinación con ceftazidima. Para comparar los métodos de identificación de BLEE, se utilizaron los propuestos por el National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS difusión de disco, la concentración mínima inhibitoria (CMI90 y el método de combinación de disco de Jarlier. Resultados: Los resultados mostraron que 86 (43% de 201 gérmenes fueron productores de BLEE. Se presentaron BLEE en 24 (63% de 38 Acinetobacter baumannii, 11 (61% de 18 Enterobacter spp, 17 (46% de 37 Klebsiella pneumoniae, 22 (38% de 58 Pseudomonas aeruginosa, 5 (31% de 16 Proteus mirabilis y 7 (20.5% de 34 Escherichia coli. Al comparar los métodos de identificación no se presentaron diferencias entre si (p>0.05. Los resultados muestran una prevalencia alta de BLEE (43% en los bacilos Gram negativos nosocomiales del HSJ de Montería. Conclusiones: El estudio logró demostrar la importancia de los métodos de identificación de BLEE como apoyo para la correcta instauración de la terapia antimicrobiana en gérmenes nosocomiales y sobre esta base sugerir la implementación de medidas de vigilancia que prevengan y disminuyan la diseminación de BLEE en este hospital.

  11. Fatores associados à agressão física em gestantes e os desfechos negativos no recém-nascido Factors associated with physical aggression in pregnant women and adverse outcomes for the newborn

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    Elaine Fernandes Viellas

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar os fatores socioeconômicos, demográficos e reprodutivos associados à agressão física na gestação e os desfechos negativos para o recém-nascido em dois grupos de mulheres: adolescentes e adultas jovens. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal com uma amostra de 8.961 puérperas que se hospitalizaram em maternidades do município do Rio de Janeiro por ocasião do parto. Para testar hipótese de homogeneidade de proporções foi utilizado o teste χ². A razão de chances e os intervalos de confiança foram estimados através de regressão logística. RESULTADOS: Foi apontado que 5% das adolescentes e 2,5% das adultas jovens sofreram agressão física na gravidez. Em ambos os grupos, as variáveis associadas com o abuso físico foram: menor nível de escolaridade, menor apoio do pai da criança e maior tentativa de interrupção da gestação. O aumento no consumo de bebida alcoólica mostrou associação com o abuso físico apenas no grupo de adolescentes, e o uso de drogas ilícitas somente entre as adultas jovens. Os filhos das puérperas agredidas tiveram duas vezes mais chances de óbito neonatal, e três vezes mais de óbito pós-neonatal. Por outro lado, a assistência pré-natal de boa qualidade reduziu a chance de agressão física durante a gestação. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados alertam para o aumento da chance de óbito neonatal e pós-neonatal entre os filhos das vítimas de agressão física durante a gestação e apontam para a importância do pré-natal na identificação de mulheres sob maior risco de episódios violentos, momento oportuno para o desenvolvimento de ações de proteção e cuidado à mãe e ao bebê.OBJECTIVE: To assess the socioeconomic, demographic, and reproductive factors associated with physical aggression during pregnancy, and the negative outcomes for the newborn in two groups of women: adolescents and young adults. METHOD: Cross-sectional study with a sample of 8,961 mothers who were admitted

  12. Gramática y gramáticas: entre el formalismo y el funcionalismo Grammar and grammars: between formalism and functionalism

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    Álvaro William Santiago Galvis

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presentan las distintas nociones que tiene el término gramática, desde la perspectiva prescriptiva, referida al sistema organizativo de la lengua, reglas y principios que intervienen en la construcción de palabras, frases y oraciones; pasando por la no prescriptiva, de orientación científica, que estudia sistemáticamente las palabras, sus clases, posibles combinaciones, relaciones y significados que puedan atribuírseles; hasta llegar a la relacionada con los enfoques lingüísticos específicos, o cada teoría o modelo de análisis que se ha propuesto para abordar un sistema verbal. Es a partir de la inmersión en esta última acepción que se estudian los presupuestos básicos de los programas formalista y funcionalista. El primero de ellos es utilizado por la gramática como un aparato formal de descripción y explicación con el que se busca aclarar la capacidad de la mente humana para producir y comprender expresiones verbales, sin tener en cuenta factores no verbales, mientras que el segundo hace énfasis en la función comunicativa de las lenguas, de forma que la gramática queda subordinada a factores extralingüísticos.In this work the different concepts that the word grammar has are presented, from the prescriptive perspective, referred to the organizational system of the language, rules and principles involved in the construction of words, phrases and sentences; passing through non-prescriptive perspective, which has a scientific orientation that studies the words systematically, their kinds, combinations, relations and meanings that may be assigned to them; up to that related to specific linguistic approaches, or every theory or model of analysis that has been proposed to address a verbal system. It is from this latter conception that the basic assumptions of formalist and functionalist programs are. The first one as a formal unit of description and explanation in grammar which seeks to clarify the human

  13. Variable selection in discriminant analysis based on Gram-Schmidt process%基于Gram-Schmidt过程的判别变量筛选方法

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    王惠文; 陈梅玲; Gilbert Saporta

    2011-01-01

    A new linear discriminant analysis modeling method based on Gram-Schmidt process was introduced,which firstly selected the most effective variables for classification in the independent variables set.In the meantime,the insignificant variables and the redundant information were identified and removed from the independent variables set.The selected variables were transformed into a set of orthogonal vectors by Gram-Schmidt process.Not only can the proposed method accomplish variable selection in linear discrimination,but also overcome the multi-collinearity problem effectively.Since F-statistic works as a criterion to verify the discrimination effect of each selected variable,it helps analysts to understand the analysis result.In order to test the reasonableness and effectiveness of the method,a simulation experiment was carried out.The result indicates that the proposed method can lead to a reasonable and precise conclusion.%利用Gram-Schmidt过程,在自变量集合中选择对判别分类解释性最强的信息,删除对分类无显著解释作用的信息以及重复解释的信息,并把挑选出来的解释变量集合变换成若干直交变量.一方面实现了判别分析模型中的变量筛选,同时也解决了自变量多重共线条件下的有效建模问题.在选入变量的过程中运用F统计量检验变量的判别作用,更容易被统计应用人员所接受.为了说明所提算法的合理性和有效性,以Fisher判别分析建模为例,通过仿真数据建模取得了合理准确的分析结论.

  14. Negative mood states and related factors in a sample of adolescent secondary-school students in Barcelona (Spain Estados de ánimo negativos y los factores relacionados en una muestra de adolescentes de enseñanza secundaria de Barcelona

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    Emily Q. Ahonen

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Poor mental health is a common problem in adolescence. Little information is available, however, about the factors influencing negative mood states in otherwise healthy adolescents. We aimed to describe the mood states and related factors in a sample of adolescents in the city of Barcelona (Spain. Methods: We administered a health survey to a sample of 2,727 students from public, subsidized, and private schools in Barcelona, aged approximately 14, 16, and 18 years old. To analyze the associations among moods and related factors, we used bivariate logistic regression, and fitted multivariate logistic regressions using the statistically significant variables from the bivariate analysis. To examine the possible group effects of the school on individual students, we employed multilevel analysis. Results: The frequencies of negative mood states increased with age, with girls consistently reporting more frequent negative mood states than boys. The factors associated with negative mood states were problematic alcohol use, perceived mistreatment or abuse, antisocial behavior, intention to use or current use of illegal drugs (not including cannabis, lower perceived academic performance, and feeling isolated. Conclusions: Mood states are influenced by lifestyle and social factors, about which there is little local information. To plan and implement appropriate public health interventions, more complete information about the possible areas of influence is required. To complement the information obtained from studies such as the present study, longitudinal and qualitative studies would be desirable.Introducción: El deterioro de la salud mental es un problema frecuente en la adolescencia. Sin embargo, se sabe poco de los factores influyentes en los estados de ánimo negativos en adolescentes saludables. Pretendemos describir los estados de ánimo negativos y los factores relacionados en una muestra de adolescentes de la ciudad de Barcelona. M

  15. The structures of lipopolysaccharides from plant-associated gram-negative bacteria

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    Molinaro, Antonio; Newman, Mari-Anne; Lanzetta, Rosa;

    2009-01-01

    is an important prerequisite for any further understanding of the biological processes in plant-microbe interactions. Moreover, the LPSs from Gram-negative bacteria - especially those originating from plant-associated bacteria - are a great source of novel monosaccharides with unusual and......Gram-negative bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) have multiple roles in plant-microbe interactions. LPSs contribute to the low permeabilities of bacterial outer membranes, which act as barriers to protect bacteria from plant-derived antimicrobial substances. Conversely, perception of LPSs by...... plant cells can lead to the triggering of defence responses or to the priming of the plant to respond more rapidly and/or to a greater degree to subsequent pathogen challenge. LPSs are thus key molecules in the interactions between bacteria and plants, either in symbiosis or pathogenesis. Since LPSs are...

  16. When Ribonucleases Come into Play in Pathogens: A Survey of Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    Brian C. Jester

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available It is widely acknowledged that RNA stability plays critical roles in bacterial adaptation and survival in different environments like those encountered when bacteria infect a host. Bacterial ribonucleases acting alone or in concert with regulatory RNAs or RNA binding proteins are the mediators of the regulatory outcome on RNA stability. We will give a current update of what is known about ribonucleases in the model Gram-positive organism Bacillus subtilis and will describe their established roles in virulence in several Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria that are imposing major health concerns worldwide. Implications on bacterial evolution through stabilization/transfer of genetic material (phage or plasmid DNA as a result of ribonucleases' functions will be covered. The role of ribonucleases in emergence of antibiotic resistance and new concepts in drug design will additionally be discussed.

  17. Discrimination of Enterobacteriaceae and Non-fermenting Gram Negative Bacilli by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry.

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    Schaumann, Reiner; Knoop, Nicolas; Genzel, Gelimer H; Losensky, Kevin; Rosenkranz, Christiane; Stîngu, Catalina S; Schellenberger, Wolfgang; Rodloff, Arne C; Eschrich, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    Discrimination of Enterobacteriaceae and Non-fermenting Gram Negative Bacilli by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has proven to be an effective identification tool in medical microbiology. Discrimination to subspecies or serovar level has been found to be challenging using commercially available identification software. By forming our own reference database and using alternative analysis methods, we could reliably identify all implemented Enterobacteriaceae and non-fermenting gram negative bacilli by MALDI-TOF MS and even succeeded to distinguish Shigella sonnei from Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Salmonella enterica spp. enterica serovar Enteritidis from Salmonella enterica spp. enterica serovar Typhimurium. Furthermore, the method showed the ability to separate Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) from non-enteropathogenic E. coli. PMID:23919091

  18. Operation of the TSTA (Tritium Systems Test Assembly) with 100 gram tritium

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    In March of 1988 full operation of the 4-column isotope separation system (ISS) was realized in runs that approximated the design load of tritium. Previous operations had been fraught with operating difficulties principally due to external systems. This report will examine the recent highly successful 6-day period of operation. During this time the system was cooled from room temperature, loaded with hydrogen isotopes including 109 grams of tritium, integrated with the transfer pumping, impurity injection, and impurity removal systems, as well as the remote computer control system. At the end of the operation 12 grams of tritium having a measured purity of 99.987% (remainder deuterium) were offloaded from the system. Observed profiles in the columns in general agree with computer models. A Height Equivalent to a Theoretical Plate (HETP) of 5.0 cm is confirmed. 3 refs., 5 figs

  19. Widespread abundance of functional bacterial amyloid in Mycolata and other Gram-positive bacteria

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    Jordal, Peter Bruun; Dueholm, Morten Simonsen; Larsen, Poul;

    2009-01-01

    Until recently, extracellular functional bacterial amyloid (FuBA) has been detected and characterized in only a few bacterial species, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Gram-positive Streptomyces coelicolor. Here we have probed Gram-positive bacteria with conformationally specific...... antibodies to reveal the existence of FuBA in 12 out of 14 examined Mycolata species as well as six other examined distantly related species belonging to the phyla Actinobacteria and Firmicutes. Most of the bacteria produced extracellular fimbria, sometimes in copious amounts, and in two cases large...... extracellular fibrils were also produced. In three cases, FuBA was only revealed after extensive removal of extracellular material by saponification, indicating an integrated attachment within the cellular envelope. Spores from species within the genera Streptomyces, Bacillus and Nocardia were all coated with...

  20. Complexity in Animal Communication: Estimating the Size of N-Gram Structures

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    Full Text Available In this paper, new techniques that allow conditional entropy to estimate the combinatorics of symbols are applied to animal communication studies to estimate the communication’s repertoire size. By using the conditional entropy estimates at multiple orders, the paper estimates the total repertoire sizes for animal communication across bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and several species of birds for an N-gram length of one to three. In addition to discussing the impact of this method on studies of animal communication complexity, the reliability of these estimates is compared to other methods through simulation. While entropy does undercount the total repertoire size due to rare N-grams, it gives a more accurate picture of the most frequently used repertoire than just repertoire size alone.

  1. β-Lactam Resistance Mechanisms: Gram-Positive Bacteria and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Fisher, Jed F; Mobashery, Shahriar

    2016-01-01

    The value of the β-lactam antibiotics for the control of bacterial infection has eroded with time. Three Gram-positive human pathogens that were once routinely susceptible to β-lactam chemotherapy-Streptococcus pneumoniae, Enterococcus faecium, and Staphylococcus aureus-now are not. Although a fourth bacterium, the acid-fast (but not Gram-positive-staining) Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has intrinsic resistance to earlier β-lactams, the emergence of strains of this bacterium resistant to virtually all other antibiotics has compelled the evaluation of newer β-lactam combinations as possible contributors to the multidrug chemotherapy required to control tubercular infection. The emerging molecular-level understanding of these resistance mechanisms used by these four bacteria provides the conceptual framework for bringing forward new β-lactams, and new β-lactam strategies, for the future control of their infections. PMID:27091943

  2. Language Classification using N-grams Accelerated by FPGA-based Bloom Filters

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    Jacob, A; Gokhale, M

    2007-09-13

    N-Gram (n-character sequences in text documents) counting is a well-established technique used in classifying the language of text in a document. In this paper, n-gram processing is accelerated through the use of reconfigurable hardware on the XtremeData XD1000 system. Our design employs parallelism at multiple levels, with parallel Bloom Filters accessing on-chip RAM, parallel language classifiers, and parallel document processing. In contrast to another hardware implementation (HAIL algorithm) that uses off-chip SRAM for lookup, our highly scalable implementation uses only on-chip memory blocks. Our implementation of end-to-end language classification runs at 85x comparable software and 1.45x the competing hardware design.

  3. Structure of homoserine O-acetyltransferase from Staphylococcus aureus: the first Gram-positive ortholog structure.

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    Thangavelu, Bharani; Pavlovsky, Alexander G; Viola, Ronald

    2014-10-01

    Homoserine O-acetyltransferase (HTA) catalyzes the formation of L-O-acetyl-homoserine from L-homoserine through the transfer of an acetyl group from acetyl-CoA. This is the first committed step required for the biosynthesis of methionine in many fungi, Gram-positive bacteria and some Gram-negative bacteria. The structure of HTA from Staphylococcus aureus (SaHTA) has been determined to a resolution of 2.45 Å. The structure belongs to the α/β-hydrolase superfamily, consisting of two distinct domains: a core α/β-domain containing the catalytic site and a lid domain assembled into a helical bundle. The active site consists of a classical catalytic triad located at the end of a deep tunnel. Structure analysis revealed some important differences for SaHTA compared with the few known structures of HTA. PMID:25286936

  4. Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Gram-Negative Uropathogens Isolated From Obstetric Patients

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    Patrick Duff; Rodney K. Edwards; Jamie, Whitney E.

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    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antimicrobial susceptibility of Gram-negative uropathogens isolated from pregnant women. METHODS: We performed a snapshot cohort study of women receiving care in the University of Florida prenatal clinics during March 2000. Subjects with asymptomatic bacteriuria or cystitis were identified and the antimicrobial susceptibility of each pathogen was recorded. Data were analyzed using chi-square, Fisher's exact test and ninety-five percent confidence intervals, as appro...

  5. Chlorhexidine resistance in a Gram-negative bacterium isolated from an aquatic source

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    Sekavec, Jeffrey G.; Moore, William T.; Gillock, Eric T.

    2013-01-01

    Aeromonas hydrophila is a Gram-negative bacterium of considerable importance in both clinical, especially nosocomial infections, and zoonotic respects, both aquatic and terrestrial infections. In addition to the ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions, A. hydrophila is resistant to numerous antibiotics and antimicrobials. In conjunction with Kansas State University and the Kansas Water Office, water samples from various locations within Kansas were screened for organisms resistant to ...

  6. Impact of Arsenic Toxicity on Black Gram and Its Amelioration Using Phosphate

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    Saumya Srivastava; Yogesh Kumar Sharma

    2013-01-01

    The toxicity of arsenic in soil and ground water is one of the most important environmental problems particularly in South-East Asia. Arsenic-polluted irrigation water creates hazard in soil environment and also in crop quality. In the present study, response of black gram (Vigna mungo L.) to arsenic with or without phosphate application was investigated. Arsenic-treated plants showed reduction in their growth and pigment content. Arsenic significantly enhanced lipid peroxidation, electrolyte...

  7. Neurotoxicity of glia activated by gram-positive bacterial products depends on nitric oxide production.

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    Kim, Y. S.; Täuber, M G

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    The present study examined the mechanism by which bacterial cell walls from two gram-positive meningeal pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and the group B streptococcus, induced neuronal injury in primary cultures of rat brain cells. Cell walls from both organisms produced cellular injury to similar degrees in pure astrocyte cultures but not in pure neuronal cultures. Cell walls also induced nitric oxide production in cultures of astrocytes or microglia. When neurons were cultured together w...

  8. Immunomodulatory role of leptin treatment in experimental sepsis caused by gram negative bacteria

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    Koca, Cemile; KAVAKLI, Havva ŞAHİN; ALICI, Özlem

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the effect of leptin treatment on circulating inflammatory cytokines and on tissue damage in experimental rat model of gram-negative sepsis. Materials and methods: Adult male Wistar rats, 28 in total, were randomly divided into 4 groups (n = 7): sham, leptin, sepsis, and sepsis group treated with leptin (sepsis+leptin). Sepsis was induced by intraperitoneal (ip) injection of 2 × 1010 CFU of Escherichia coli ATCC 25922. Leptin and sepsis+leptin groups received a single dose ip ...

  9. Microarray-Based Detection of 90 Antibiotic Resistance Genes of Gram-Positive Bacteria

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    Perreten, Vincent; Vorlet-Fawer, Lorianne; Slickers, Peter; Ehricht, Ralf; Kuhnert, Peter; Frey, Joachim

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    A disposable microarray was developed for detection of up to 90 antibiotic resistance genes in gram-positive bacteria by hybridization. Each antibiotic resistance gene is represented by two specific oligonucleotides chosen from consensus sequences of gene families, except for nine genes for which only one specific oligonucleotide could be developed. A total of 137 oligonucleotides (26 to 33 nucleotides in length with similar physicochemical parameters) were spotted onto the microarray. The mi...

  10. Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria induce a common early response in human monocytes

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    Ghai Rohit; Tchatalbachev Svetlin; Hossain Hamid; Chakraborty Trinad

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background We infected freshly isolated human peripheral monocytes with live bacteria of three clinically important gram-positive bacterial species, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes and studied the ensuing early transcriptional response using expression microarrays. Thus the observed response was unbiased by signals originating from other helper and effector cells of the host and was not limited to induction by solitary bacterial constituents...

  11. Determining source cumulants in femtoscopy with Gram-Charlier and Edgeworth series

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    Schmiegel, Jürgen; Eggers, Hans C.; de Kock, Michiel B

    Lowest-order cumulants provide important information on the shape of the emission source in femtoscopy. For the simple case of noninteracting identical particles, we show how the fourth-order source cumulant can be determined from measured cumulants in momentum space. The textbook Gram......-Charlier series is found to be highly inaccurate, while the related Edgeworth series provides increasingly accurate estimates. Ordering of terms compatible with the Central Limit Theorem appears to play a crucial role even for nongaussian distributions....

  12. Metallo-beta-lactamases as emerging resistance determinants in Gram-negative pathogens: open issues

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    Cornaglia, G; Akova, M; Amicosante, G; Canton, R.; Cauda, R.; J.D. Docquier; Edelstein, M.; Frère, Jean-Marie; Fuzi, M.; Galleni, Moreno; Giamarellou, H; Gniadkowski, M.; Koncan, R.; Libisch, B.; F. Luzzaro

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    The rapid spread of acquired metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) among major Gram-negative pathogens is a matter of particular concern worldwide and primarily in Europe, one of first continents where the emergence of acquired MBLs has been reported and possibly the geographical area where the increasing diversity of these enzymes and the number of bacterial species affected are most impressive. This spread has not been paralleled by accuracy/standardisation of detection methods, completeness of ep...

  13. Syndecan-1 Is an in Vivo Suppressor of Gram-positive Toxic Shock*

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    HAYASHIDA, KAZUTAKA; Chen, Ye; BARTLETT, ALLISON H.; PARK, PYONG WOO

    2008-01-01

    Heparan sulfate proteoglycans bind to and regulate many inflammatory mediators in vitro, suggesting that they serve an important role in influencing inflammatory responses in vivo. Here we evaluated the role of syndecan-1, a major heparan sulfate proteoglycan, in modulating inflammatory responses in Gram-positive toxic shock, a systemic disease that is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Syndecan-1-null and wild-type mice were injected intraperitoneally wit...

  14. Optimization of Colistin Dosage in the Treatment of Multiresistant Gram-negative Infections

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    Karvanen, Matti

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    As multidrug resistance in Gram-negative bacilli increases, the old antibiotic colistin has rapidly gained attention as one of few last line treatment options in the form of colistin methanesulfonate (CMS), which is hydrolyzed to colistin both in vitro and in vivo. There is a dearth of knowledge on fundamental aspects of colistin, including pharmacokinetics and optimal dosing regimens. The aim of this thesis was to improve the basis for optimal colistin therapy. To be able to study colistin, ...

  15. Case of Mycobacterium tuberculosis meningitis: Gram staining as a useful initial diagnostic clue for tuberculous meningitis.

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    Kawakami, Sayoko; Kawamura, Yasuyosi; Nishiyama, Kyouhei; Hatanaka, Hiroki; Fujisaki, Ryuichi; Ono, Yasuo; Miyazawa, Yukihisa; Nishiya, Hajime

    2012-12-01

    A 32-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of fever, headache, and loss of consciousness. Four days before admission, he had had difficulty speaking. On the day of admission, his colleague had found him to be unconscious and lying on his back. He was admitted to our hospital. The temperature at the eardrum was 35.2°C. Neurologic evaluation was negative. Computed tomography (CT) scan of the brain showed slight ventricular enlargement bilaterally. An X-ray film of the chest showed no abnormality. On the second hospital day, neck stiffness was noted. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) contained 870 white cells/μl, most of which were neutrophils; the glucose level in the CSF was 10 mg/dl, and the protein level was 140 mg/dl. Stained smears of the CSF, including Gram staining and India-ink preparations, disclosed no microorganisms. Capsular antigen tests for several bacteria were negative. Antimicrobial agents were started. However, by changing the microscope focus slightly while viewing Gram stains of the CSF, we could see brightened and Gram-positive bacilli that had been phagocytosed by neutrophils. This finding suggested the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Ziehl-Neelsen staining of the CSF and gastric juice revealed anti-acid bacilli. Polymerase chain reaction for M. tuberculosis in the gastric juice was positive. This case showed that Gram staining could be useful as an initial adjunct for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis, particularly when the CSF shows predominantly neutrocytic pleocytosis, but no other evidence of bacterial meningitis. PMID:22476652

  16. DNA/Ag Nanoparticles as Antibacterial Agents against Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Tomomi Takeshima; Yuya Tada; Norihito Sakaguchi; Fumio Watari; Bunshi Fugetsu

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    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles were produced using DNA extracted from salmon milt as templates. Particles spherical in shape with an average diameter smaller than 10 nm were obtained. The nanoparticles consisted of Ag as the core with an outermost thin layer of DNA. The DNA/Ag hybrid nanoparticles were immobilized over the surface of cotton based fabrics and their antibacterial efficiency was evaluated using E. coli as the typical Gram-negative bacteria. The antibacterial experiments were performe...

  17. Small-Molecule Inhibitors of Gram-Negative Lipoprotein Trafficking Discovered by Phenotypic Screening

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    McLeod, Sarah M.; Fleming, Paul R.; MacCormack, Kathleen; McLaughlin, Robert E.; Whiteaker, James D.; Narita, Shin-ichiro; Mori, Makiko; Tokuda, Hajime; Miller, Alita A.

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    In Gram-negative bacteria, lipoproteins are transported to the outer membrane by the Lol system. In this process, lipoproteins are released from the inner membrane by the ABC transporter LolCDE and passed to LolA, a diffusible periplasmic molecular chaperone. Lipoproteins are then transferred to the outer membrane receptor protein, LolB, for insertion in the outer membrane. Here we describe the discovery and characterization of novel pyridineimidazole compounds that inhibit this process. Esch...

  18. Discrimination of Enterobacteriaceae and Non-fermenting Gram Negative Bacilli by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry

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    Schaumann, Reiner; Knoop, Nicolas; Genzel, Gelimer H; Losensky, Kevin; Rosenkranz, Christiane; Stîngu, Catalina S; Schellenberger, Wolfgang; Rodloff, Arne C; Eschrich, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    Discrimination of Enterobacteriaceae and Non-fermenting Gram Negative Bacilli by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has proven to be an effective identification tool in medical microbiology. Discrimination to subspecies or serovar level has been found to be challenging using commercially available identification software. By forming our own reference database and using alternative analysis methods, we could r...

  19. Quinupristin-Dalfopristin Resistance among Gram-Positive Bacteria in Taiwan

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    Luh, Kwen-Tay; Hsueh, Po-Ren; Teng, Lee-Jene; Pan, Hui-Ju; Chen, Yu-Chi; Lu, Jang-Jih; Wu, Jiunn-Jong; Ho, Shen-Wu

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    To understand quinupristin-dalfopristin resistance among clinical isolates of gram-positive bacteria in Taiwan, where this agent is not yet available for clinical use, we evaluated 1,287 nonduplicate isolates recovered from January 1996 to December 1999 for in vitro susceptibility to quinupristin-dalfopristin and other newer antimicrobial agents. All methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) isolates were susceptible to quinupristin-dalfopristin. High rates of nonsusceptibility to ...

  20. Metallo beta lactamase mediated resistance in Carbapenem resistant gram-negative bacilli: A cause for concern

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    Malini Jagannatha Rao, Shruti A Harle, Padmavathy M, Umapathy BL, Navaneeth BV

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The emergence of acquired metallo-β-lactamases (MBL in Gram-negative bacilli is becoming a therapeutic challenge, as these enzymes usually possess a broad hydrolysis profile that includes carbapenems, extended-spectrum β-lactams. Aim: To detect Extended spectrum β-lactamases and metallo-β-lactamase in carbapenem resistant Gram negative clinical isolates from various clinical specimens and to evaluate their antibiotic susceptibility patterns. Material and Methods: A total of 100 non duplicates imipenem resistant isolates were tested for the presence of extended spectrum β-lactamases by phenotypic confirmatory test, metallo-β-lactamases by Double disk synergy test with various distances from edge to edge (10mm,15mm,20mm, between the IPM and EDTA and combined disc test. Result: Of the 100 IMP resistant isolates screened 30 (30% were MBL positive by phenotypic methods, i.e., double disk synergy test and combined disc test. Co-existence of Extended spectrum β-lactamases and MBL were detected in 3 (30%. All the 30 MBL positive isolates had shown synergy at (100% at 10 mm distance, 27 (90% isolates had shown synergy at 15 mm distance and 13 (43.4% isolates were shown synergy at 20 mm distance. All the 30 MBLs producers were multidrug resistant and 27 (90% were sensitive to colistin (CL. All MBL positive Pseudomonas aeruginosa were sensitive to polymyxin B (100µg. Conclusion: Microbiologists are now facing a challenge of drug resistance due to MBL production. Although CLSI guidelines do not quote about the ESBL detection in Pseudomonas aeruginosa MBLs and ESBL have to be detected in them. The use of combination tests would increase the sensitivity to detect the presence of MBL among the clinical isolates of Gram-negative bacilli. The spread of MBL producing Gram negative organism can be prevented if they are detected in all isolates and routinely adopted in all laboratories.

  1. Functional analysis of an unusual type IV pilus in the Gram-positive Streptococcus sanguinis.

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    Gurung, Ishwori; Spielman, Ingrid; Davies, Mark R; Lala, Rajan; Gaustad, Peter; Biais, Nicolas; Pelicic, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    Type IV pili (Tfp), which have been studied extensively in a few Gram-negative species, are the paradigm of a group of widespread and functionally versatile nano-machines. Here, we performed the most detailed molecular characterisation of Tfp in a Gram-positive bacterium. We demonstrate that the naturally competent Streptococcus sanguinis produces retractable Tfp, which like their Gram-negative counterparts can generate hundreds of piconewton of tensile force and promote intense surface-associated motility. Tfp power 'train-like' directional motion parallel to the long axis of chains of cells, leading to spreading zones around bacteria grown on plates. However, S. sanguinis Tfp are not involved in DNA uptake, which is mediated by a related but distinct nano-machine, and are unusual because they are composed of two pilins in comparable amounts, rather than one as normally seen. Whole genome sequencing identified a locus encoding all the genes involved in Tfp biology in S. sanguinis. A systematic mutational analysis revealed that Tfp biogenesis in S. sanguinis relies on a more basic machinery (only 10 components) than in Gram-negative species and that a small subset of four proteins dispensable for pilus biogenesis are essential for motility. Intriguingly, one of the piliated mutants that does not exhibit spreading retains microscopic motility but moves sideways, which suggests that the corresponding protein controls motion directionality. Besides establishing S. sanguinis as a useful new model for studying Tfp biology, these findings have important implications for our understanding of these widespread filamentous nano-machines. PMID:26435398

  2. Rational design of the gram-scale synthesis of nearly monodisperse semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Renard Olivier; Protière Myriam; Nerambourg Nicolas; Reiss Peter

    2011-01-01

    Abstract We address two aspects of general interest for the chemical synthesis of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals: (1) the rational design of the synthesis protocol aiming at the optimization of the reaction parameters in a minimum number of experiments; (2) the transfer of the procedure to the gram scale, while maintaining a low size distribution and maximizing the reaction yield. Concerning the first point, the design-of-experiment (DOE) method has been applied to the synthesis of coll...

  3. Rapid method for epidemiological evaluation of gram-positive cocci by field inversion gel electrophoresis.

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    Goering, R V; Winters, M A

    1992-01-01

    We report a rapid method for the isolation of intact chromosomal DNA from gram-positive cocci that is suitable for in situ restriction endonuclease digestion in agarose blocks. When combined with a rapid field inversion gel electrophoresis protocol, this approach allows the preparation and electrophoretic analysis of chromosomal restriction fragments produced by rare-cutting enzymes in a total time period of 2 days from start to finish. The utility of the method is demonstrated in the epidemi...

  4. Use of agarose gel electrophoresis of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid to fingerprint gram-negative bacilli.

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    Schaberg, D.R.; Tompkins, L S; Falkow, S

    1981-01-01

    Agarose gel electrophoresis of the plasmid deoxyribonucleic acids from 60 gram-negative bacilli recovered during investigations of nosocomial epidemics was used to fingerprint the strains. This method was as specific at differentiating bacterial strains as more conventional phenotyping methods. In all cases, plasmid band fingerprints of epidermic strains isolates were identical whereas coisolate plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid patterns were different. Agarose gel electrophoresis of plasmid deox...

  5. A Word & Character N-Gram based Arabic OCR Error Simulation model

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    Mostafa Ezzat; Tarek Ahmed ElGhazaly; Mervat Gheith

    2014-01-01

    This paper provides a new model aimed to enhanceArabic OCR degraded text retrieval effectiveness. The proposed model based onsimulating the Arabic OCR recognition mistakesbased on both, word based and Character N-Gram approaches. Then we expand the user search query using the expected OCR errors. The resulting search query expanded gives high precision and recall values in searching Arabic OCR-Degraded text rather than the original query. The proposed model showed a significant increase in th...

  6. Apriori and N-gram Based Chinese Text Feature Extraction Method

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    王晔; 黄上腾

    2004-01-01

    A feature extraction, which means extracting the representative words from a text, is an important issue in text mining field. This paper presented a new Apriori and N-gram based Chinese text feature extraction method, and analyzed its correctness and performance. Our method solves the question that the exist extraction methods cannot find the frequent words with arbitrary length in Chinese texts. The experimental results show this method is feasible.

  7. IL-22 mediates mucosal host defense against Gram-negative bacterial pneumonia

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    Aujla, Shean J.; Chan, Yvonne R.; Zheng, Mingquan; Fei, Mingjian; Askew, David J; Pociask, Derek A.; Reinhart, Todd A.; McAllister, Florencia; Edeal, Jennifer; Gaus, Kristi; Husain, Shahid; Kreindler, James L.; Dubin, Patricia J.; Pilewski, Joseph M.; Myerburg, Mike M.

    2008-01-01

    Emerging evidence supports the concept that T helper type 17 (TH17) cells, in addition to mediating autoimmunity, have key roles in mucosal immunity against extracellular pathogens. Interleukin-22 (IL-22) and IL-17A are both effector cytokines produced by the TH17 lineage, and both were crucial for maintaining local control of the Gram-negative pulmonary pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae. Although both cytokines regulated CXC chemokines and granulocyte colony–stimulating factor production in th...

  8. Discrimination of thermophilic and mesophilic proteins using reduced amino acid alphabets with n-grams

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    Albayrak, Aydın; Albayrak, Aydin; Sezerman, Uğur; Sezerman, Ugur

    2012-01-01

    Protein thermostabilization has been the focus of recent research due to growing interest in the production of enzymes that can operate at temperatures that are industrially beneficial. Understanding the determinants of thermostabilization at the level of sequence and structure are important to design such enzymes. A bioinformatical approach was used to determine the extent by which reduced amino acid alphabets (RAAA) with n-grams (subsequences of length n) that were subjected to a t-test-bas...

  9. Phenotypic and genotypic heterogeneity of glycopeptide resistance determinants in gram-positive bacteria.

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    Dutka-Malen, S; Leclercq, R; Coutant, V; Duval, J.; Courvalin, P

    1990-01-01

    Gram-positive glycopeptide-resistant bacteria isolated in various hospitals in Europe and in the United States between 1986 and 1988 were collected. Three resistance phenotypes could be distinguished. Thirty-one enterococci were highly resistant to vancomycin and teicoplanin. Resistance was transferable to other enterococci by conjugation for 16 of the 22 isolates that were tested. Homology was detected by hybridization between a probe specific for the vanA gene, which encodes an inducible hi...

  10. Gram-negative intestinal indigenous microbiota from two Siluriform fishes in a tropical reservoir

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    Silvana Duarte; Flávia Cristina de Paula e Silva; Danielle Alves Gomes Zauli; Jacques Robert Nicoli; Francisco Gerson de Araújo

    2014-01-01

    The Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of Hypostomus auroguttatus and Pimelodus maculatus, a detritivorous and an omnivorous fish species, respectively, were compared between fishes from the reservoir and the stretch of the river below the dam of the Funil hydroelectric plant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Four selective culture media were used under aerobic and two under anaerobic conditions. The omnivorous species had microbiota with higher population levels compared to the detritivorous species...

  11. Broad Specificity Efflux pumps and Their Role in Multidrug Resistance of Gram Negative Bacteria

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    Nikaido, Hiroshi; Pagès, Jean-Marie

    2011-01-01

    Antibiotic resistance mechanisms reported in Gram-negative bacteria are producing a worldwide health problem. The continuous dissemination of «multi-drug resistant» (MDR) bacteria drastically reduces the efficacy of our antibiotic “arsenal” and consequently increases the frequency of therapeutic failure. In MDR bacteria, the over-expression of efflux pumps that expel structurally-unrelated drugs contributes to the reduced susceptibility by decreasing the intracellular concentration of antibio...

  12. Development of a quantum dot based strategy for Gram-specific bacteria differentiation

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    Jahnsen, Ann-Lena

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Time-consuming diagnosis of bacterial blood stream infections and inappropriate antibiotic therapy have critical implications for patient outcome – with mortality figures rising for every hour of delayed treatment. The development of diagnostic methods that are capable of selective and rapid bacteria detection, and do not rely on preliminary blood culturing and Gram-staining procedures, is imperative in providing effective therapy and preventing multi-resistance. The aim of this diss...

  13. Carbapenemase Genes among Multidrug Resistant Gram Negative Clinical Isolates from a Tertiary Hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania

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    2014-01-01

    The burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rapidly growing across antibiotic classes, with increased detection of isolates resistant to carbapenems. Data on the prevalence of carbapenem resistance in developing countries is limited; therefore, in this study, we determined the prevalence of carbapenemase genes among multidrug resistant gram negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) isolated from clinical specimens in a tertiary hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. A total of 227 MDR-GNB isolates were analyzed...

  14. Antibiotic Resistance of Gram Negative Bacteria Isolated From Urine Cultures in Our Laboratory

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    Hakan Temiz

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study; we analyzed the antimicrobial susceptibility of Gram negative bacteria isolated from urine cultures in the Microbiology Laboratory of Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital from January 2006 to December 2006; retrospectively. Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species were the most frequently isolated bacteria from both outpatients and hospitalized patients. The most effective antibiotics to these bacteria were carbapenems. These results were suggested to be useful for empirical treatment of urinary system infections in our hospital.

  15. [The effect of netilmicin on gram negative rods isolated in the Konya region].

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    Sengil, A Z; Ozenci, H; Altindiş, M; Erdoğan, E

    1988-01-01

    Netilmicin, was tested for the effect against 276 isolates of gram negative bacteria, before had used in Konya region. 15.9% of the isolates were resistant and 84.1% were sensitive to netilmicin. The effects of Netilmicin and gentamicin for 50 Pseudomonas isolates were compared. The other aminoglycosides also were tested against isolates of the bacterium, amikacin was the most active one. PMID:3252118

  16. Investigated of ampC in Carbapenem Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria Isolated from Burned Patients

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    Leila Azimi; Malihe Talebi; Parviz Owlia; Abdolaziz Rastegar-Lari

    2015-01-01

    Background: Gram-Negative bacteria are the most cause of nosocomial infection especially in burned patients. Carbapenem resistant strains can limit seriously the choice of antibiotic therapy. AmpC can make resistance to carbapenem and detection of that can be useful for identification ofcarbapenem resistant. The aim of this study was identification of ampC in most prevalent cause of nosocomial infection.Methods: boronic acid combined with meropenem in combination disc method was used for phen...

  17. Ampc Beta Lactamases Among Gram Negative Clinical Isolates From A Tertiary Hospital, South India

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    Mohamudha, Parveen R.; Harish, B. N.; S C Parija

    2010-01-01

    AmpC β-lactamases are cephalosporinases that hydrolyze cephamycins as well as other extended-spectrum cephalosporins and are poorly inhibited by clavulanic acid. Although reported with increasing frequency, the true rate of occurrence of AmpC β-lactamases in different organisms, including members of Enterobacteriaceae, remains unknown. The present study was designed to determine the occurrence of AmpC enzyme-harbouring Gram-negative clinical isolates in a tertiary care hospital in P...

  18. Testing the law of one price in gram markets of Pakistan

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    Hussain, Babar

    2011-01-01

    Regional market integration in many agricultural commodities has been extensively studied for the insight, it provides in to the functioning of such markets; such studies provide valuable information about the dynamics of market adjustment, and whether there exist market imperfection, which may justify government intervention. This study used the monthly wholesale price (Rs. /40 kg) data from January 1991 to December 2006 of gram, in Logarithmic form and empirically estimated the degree of in...

  19. A Novel Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensor for Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Goh, Yan Y.; Ho, Bow; Ding, Jeak L.

    2002-01-01

    Site-directed mutagenesis of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) based on rational computational design was performed to create a fluorescence-based biosensor for endotoxin and gram-negative bacteria. EGFP mutants (EGFPi) bearing one (G10) or two (G12) strands of endotoxin binding motifs were constructed and expressed in an Escherichia coli host. The EGFPi proteins were purified and tested for their efficacy as a novel fluorescent biosensor. After efficient removal of lipopolysaccharide...

  20. Prevalence of multiresistant gram-negative organisms in a tertiary hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania

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    Chakraborty Trinad

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Antimicrobial resistance is fast becoming a global concern with rapid increases in multidrug-resistant Gram negative organisms. The prevalence of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL-producing clinical isolates increases the burden on implementing infectious disease management in low socio-economic regions. As incidence can vary widely between regions, this study was done to determine resistance patterns of Gram-negative organisms at Bugando Medical Center, a tertiary hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. Methods A total of 800 clinical samples (urine, wound swab, pus, blood, aspirate, sputum etc were processed over a period of 6 months. Gram-negative bacteria were identified using conventional in-house biochemical tests and susceptibility to common antibiotics done using disc diffusion methods. The disc approximation method was used to identify ESBL producers. Results A total of 377 Gram-negative bacteria (GNB recovered from 377 clinical specimens were analyzed of which 76.9% were Enterobacteriaceae. Among all GNB, 110/377 (29.2% were found to be ESBL producers. Species specific ESBLs rate among Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Acinetobacter spp, Proteus spp and other enterobacteria were 63.7%, 24.4%, 17.7%, 6.4% and 27.9% respectively. A statistically significant higher number of inpatients 100/283 (35.3% compared to 10/94 (10.6% of outpatients had ESBL-producing organisms (p = 0.000023. Rates of resistances to gentamicin, tetracycline, sulphamethaxazole/trimethoprim and ciprofloxacin were significantly higher among ESBLs isolates than non-ESBL isolates (p = 0.000001. Conclusion ESBL producing organisms are common at BMC (Bugando Medical Center and pose a challenge to antibiotic therapy. Successful implementation of a routine detection of ESBL production is essential in designing appropriate antibiotic prescribing policies and infection control intervention programmes.

  1. In vitro activities of moxalactam and cefotaxime against aerobic gram-negative bacilli.

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    Jorgensen, J H; Crawford, S. A.; Alexander, G A

    1980-01-01

    The in vitro activities of two new beta-lactam antibiotics, moxalactam disodium (LY 127935) and cefotaxime (HR-756), were compared with cefoxitin, cefamandole, cefuroxime, cephalothin, and, in some instances, carbenicillin, gentamicin, and amikacin against aerobic gram-negative bacilli. Test isolates included normally cephalosporin-resistant members of the Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas spp. and a variety of nonfermentative or oxidase-positive bacteria. Both moxalactam and cefotaxime demo...

  2. Oritavancin: a novel glycolipopeptide active against Gram-positive pathogens including multiresistant strains

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    Bouza, Emilio; Burillo, Almudena

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Oritavancin is a glycolipopeptide antibiotic under investigation for the treatment of serious infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria. Oritavancin has demonstrated rapid dose-dependent bactericidal activity towards vancomycin-susceptible and -resistant enterococci, meticillin-susceptible and -resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA), heteroresistant VISA (hVISA), vancomycin-resistant S. aureus (VRSA) and small-colony variants of S. aure...

  3. Efficacy of surface disinfectant cleaners against emerging highly resistant gram-negative bacteria

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    Reichel, Mirja; Schlicht, Anastasija; Ostermeyer, Christiane; Kampf, Günter

    2014-01-01

    Background Worldwide, the emergence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria is a clinical problem. Surface disinfectant cleaners (SDCs) that are effective against these bacteria are needed for use in high risk areas around patients and on multi-touch surfaces. We determined the efficacy of several SDCs against clinically relevant bacterial species with and without common types of multidrug resistance. Methods Bacteria species used were ATCC strains; clinical isolates classified as antib...

  4. Antibiotic susceptibility patterns among respiratory isolates of Gram-negative bacilli in a Turkish university hospital

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    Gonlugur Ugur; Bakici Mustafa; Akkurt Ibrahim; Efeoglu Tanseli

    2004-01-01

    Abstract Background Gram-negative bacteria cause most nosocomial respiratory infections. At the University of Cumhuriyet, we examined 328 respiratory isolates of Enterobacteriaceae and Acinetobacter baumanii organisms in Sivas, Turkey over 3 years. We used disk diffusion or standardized microdilution to test the isolates against 18 antibiotics. Results We cultured organisms from sputum (54%), tracheal aspirate (25%), and bronchial lavage fluid (21%). The most common organisms were Klebsiella ...

  5. Infection-related hemolysis and susceptibility to Gram-negative bacterial co-infection

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    Orf, Katharine; Cunnington, Aubrey J.

    2015-01-01

    Increased susceptibility to co-infection with enteric Gram-negative bacteria, particularly non-typhoidal Salmonella, is reported in malaria and Oroya fever (Bartonella bacilliformis infection), and can lead to increased mortality. Accumulating epidemiological evidence indicates a causal association with risk of bacterial co-infection, rather than just co-incidence of common risk factors. Both malaria and Oroya fever are characterized by hemolysis, and observations in humans and animal models ...

  6. Fusion Algorithm for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Image Combined with Harmonic Analysis and Gram-Schmidt Transform

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    Zhang, Tao; LIU Jun; Yang, Keming; LUO Wenshan; Zhang, Yuyu

    2015-01-01

    For the defect that harmonic analysis algorithm for hyperspectral image fusion(HAF) in image fusion regardless of spectral reflectance curves, the improved fusion algorithm for hyperspectral remote sensing image combined with harmonic analysis and Gram-Schmidt transform(GSHAF) is proposed in this paper. On the basis of completely retaining waveform of spectrum curve of fused image pixel, GSHAF algorithm can simplify hyperspectral image fusion to between the two-dimensional image by harmonic r...

  7. Properties of a Gram-Posi tive Bacteriolytic Activity from an Oral Clinical Isolate

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    Grenier, D

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterise an oral bacterial isolate possessing extracellular bacteriolytic activity and to determine the basic properties of this activity. The lytic strain L1 was a gram-positive pleomorphic rod that grew only under anaerobic conditions. Glucose and raffinose were fermented whereas catalase and urease were not produced. The activity spectrum of a crude lytic fraction was restricted to strains of Actinomyces naeslundii and Actinomyces viscosus. On the basis of ...

  8. Transformation of Actinomyces spp. by a gram-negative broad-host-range plasmid.

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    Yeung, M K; Kozelsky, C S

    1994-01-01

    The gram-negative broad-host-range vector pJRD215 was transferred by electroporation into strains of Actinomyces viscosus or Actinomyces naeslundii at efficiencies which ranged from 10(2) to 10(7) transformants per microgram of plasmid DNA. The Actinomyces transformants expressed pJRD215-encoded resistance to kanamycin and streptomycin. Moreover, the transforming plasmid DNA had not undergone any deletions or rearrangements, nor had it integrated into the genomes of these strains.

  9. Sonic Gestures Applied to a Percussive Dialogue in TanGram using Wii Remotes

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    Perales, Carlos D.; Portalés Ricart, Cristina; Sanmartín, Francisco

    2009-01-01

    TanGram, is an original music score composed by Carlos D. Perales for Percussion Quartet and Nintendo Wii Remotes used as a wireless interface for Live Electronics. This paper examines how this composition explores exiting research in interaction and communication between instruments and digital sound processing discourse to produce a unique music mixed-media score, to explore the sonic possibilities of a multi-timbrical instrument with the integration of the visual gestures of an accessible ...

  10. Assessment of the Levels of Airborne Bacteria, Gram-Negative Bacteria, and Fungi in Hospital Lobbies

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    Dong-Uk Park; Jeong-Kwan Yeom; Won Jae Lee; Kyeong-Min Lee

    2013-01-01

    Aims: We assessed the levels of airborne bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria (GNB), and fungi in six hospital lobbies, and investigated the environmental and hospital characteristics that affected the airborne microorganism levels. Methods: An Andersen single-stage sampler equipped with appropriate nutrition plate agar was used to collect the samples. The three types of microorganisms were repeatedly collected at a fixed location in each hospital (assumed to be representative of the entire hospi...

  11. Protein transport across the cell wall of monoderm Gram-positive bacteria

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    Forster, Brian M.; Marquis, Hélène

    2012-01-01

    In monoderm (single membrane) Gram-positive bacteria, the majority of secreted proteins are first translocated across the cytoplasmic membrane into the inner wall zone. For a subset of these proteins, final destination is within the cell envelope either as membrane-anchored or cell wall-anchored proteins, whereas another subset of proteins is destined to be transported across the cell wall into the extracellular milieu. Although the cell wall is a porous structure, there is evidence that, for...

  12. Bacterial glycobiology: rhamnose-containing cell wall polysaccharides in Gram-positive bacteria.

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    Mistou, Michel-Yves; Sutcliffe, Iain; van Sorge, Nina

    2016-01-01

    The composition of the Gram-positive cell wall is typically described as containing peptidoglycan, proteins and essential secondary cell wall structures called teichoic acids, which comprise approximately half of the cell wall mass. The cell walls of many species within the genera Streptococcus, Enterococcus and Lactococcus contain large amounts of the sugar rhamnose, which is incorporated in cell wall-anchored polysaccharides (CWP) that possibly function as homologues of well-studied wall te...

  13. In vitro activity of ciprofloxacin against aerobic gram-negative bacteria.

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    Rudin, J E; Norden, C W; Shinners, E M

    1984-01-01

    For 177 gram-negative isolates, the MICs for ciprofloxacin ranged from 0.02 microgram/ml (Escherichia coli) to 0.31 microgram/ml (Pseudomonas aeruginosa). In time-kill curves, ciprofloxacin at 8 X the MIC almost completely killed 10(6) CFU of P. aeruginosa by 24 h. Ciprofloxacin at 4 X the MIC allowed bacterial regrowth by 24 h, with development of partial resistance to ciprofloxacin.

  14. 134Cs transfer factors to green gram and soybean as influenced by waste mica

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    Greenhouse pot culture experiment was carried out to study the 134Cs transfer factors from soils to green gram and soybean as influenced by waste mica application (0, 10, 20, 40 g mica kg−1 soil) and compared with muriate of potash (MOP) application (0.17 g kg−1 soil). For the study, the soils were contaminated with 134Cs radionuclide 37 kBq kg−1 soil. The shoot biomass and K uptake by crops were significantly improved with waste mica application (40 g kg−1 soil). Compared to control, waste mica and MOP application significantly improved the yield, K content in plant and its uptake. Amongst the soils, crops grown in vertisol recorded higher shoot biomass compared to inceptisol and ultisol. Irrespective of the treatments, higher 134Cs transfer factors were seen in ultisol (0.30) as compared to inceptisol (0.16) and vertisol (0.13). It was observed that higher the K concentration in soil and plant, lowered 134Cs transfer to green gram and soybean. The study recommended that waste mica 20 g kg−1 would be useful for checking the 134Cs transfer factors from soils to green gram and soybean. - Highlights: ►Effect of waste mica on 134Cs transfer factors (TF) to green gram and soybean was studied. ►134Cs TF were higher in ultisol as compared to inceptisol and vertisol. ►Higher the K concentration in shoot drastically lowered 134Cs TF to crops. ►Waste mica 20 g/kg was useful to check 134Cs TF without compromising on crop yield.

  15. Surviving the Acid Test: Responses of Gram-Positive Bacteria to Low pH

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    Cotter, Paul D.; Hill, Colin

    2003-01-01

    Gram-positive bacteria possess a myriad of acid resistance systems that can help them to overcome the challenge posed by different acidic environments. In this review the most common mechanisms are described: i.e., the use of proton pumps, the protection or repair of macromolecules, cell membrane changes, production of alkali, induction of pathways by transcriptional regulators, alteration of metabolism, and the role of cell density and cell signaling. We also discuss the reponses of Listeria...

  16. Benfang Lei’s research on heme acquisition in Gram-positive pathogens and bacterial pathogenesis

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Benfang Lei’s laboratory conducts research on pathogenesis of human pathogen Group A Streptococcus (GAS and horse pathogen Streptococcus equi (S. equi. His current research focuses on heme acquisition in Gram-positive pathogens and molecular mechanism of GAS and S. equi pathogenesis. Heme is an important source of essential iron for bacterial pathogens. Benfang Lei and colleagues identified the first cell surface heme-binding protein in Gram-positive pathogens and the heme acquisition system in GAS, demonstrated direct heme transfer from one protein to another, demonstrated an experimental pathway of heme acquisition by the Staphylococcus aureus Isd system, elucidated the activated heme transfer mechanism, and obtained evidence for a chemical mechanism of direct axial ligand displacement during the Shp-to-HtsA heme transfer reaction. These findings have considerably contributed to the progress that has been made over recent years in understanding the heme acquisition process in Gram-positive pathogens. Pathogenesis of GAS is mediated by an abundance of extracellular proteins, and pathogenic role and functional mechanism are not known for many of these virulence factors. Lei laboratory identified a secreted protein of GAS as a CovRS-regulated virulence factor that is a protective antigen and is critical for GAS spreading in the skin and systemic dissemination. These studies may lead to development of novel strategies to prevent and treat GAS infections.

  17. The growing threat of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections in patients with hematologic malignancies.

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    Baker, Thomas M; Satlin, Michael J

    2016-10-01

    Prolonged neutropenia and chemotherapy-induced mucositis render patients with hematologic malignancies highly vulnerable to Gram-negative bacteremia. Unfortunately, multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria are increasingly encountered globally, and current guidelines for empirical antibiotic coverage in these patients may not adequately treat these bacteria. This expansion of resistance, coupled with traditional culturing techniques requiring 2-4 days for bacterial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility results, have grave implications for these immunocompromised hosts. This review characterizes the epidemiology, risk factors, resistance mechanisms, recommended treatments, and outcomes of the MDR Gram-negative bacteria that commonly cause infections in patients with hematologic malignancies. We also examine the infection prevention strategies in hematology patients, such as infection control practices, antimicrobial stewardship, and targeted decolonization. Finally, we assess the strategies to improve outcomes of the infected patients, including gastrointestinal screening to guide empirical antibiotic therapy, new rapid diagnostic tools for expeditious identification of MDR pathogens, and use of two new antimicrobial agents, ceftolozane/tazobactam and ceftazidime/avibactam. PMID:27339405

  18. Employing carbon dots modified with vancomycin for assaying Gram-positive bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Zhong, Dan; Zhuo, Yan; Feng, Yuanjiao; Yang, Xiaoming

    2015-12-15

    By employing attractive performance of fluorescent carbon dots, we herein successfully established an assay for analyzing bacteria firstly. Specifically, carbon dots with blue fluorescence were initially synthesized according to a previous report, and modified with vancomycin on their surfaces. Subsequently, the prepared carbon dots were applied to detect Staphylococcus aureus accompanied with a linear range of 3.18×10(5)-1.59×10(8) cfu/mL as well as a detection limit of 9.40×10(4) cfu/mL. Compared with other regular methods, our method is more rapid and convenient in term of methodology. Meanwhile, the current strategy was applied for detection of other bacteria including Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli, and the modified carbon dots showed obvious affinity with Gram-positive bacteria owing to the ligand-receptor interactions between vancomycin and the cell walls, suggesting its value for detecting Gram-positive bacteria. Additionally, the practicability of this sensing approach was validated by recovery experiments conducted in orange juice, confirming its potential to broaden avenues for detection of Gram-positive bacteria. PMID:26188677

  19. Blue green alga mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles and its antibacterial efficacy against Gram positive organisms

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    Biofunctionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) play an important role in design and development of nanomedicine. Synthesis of AuNPs from biogenic materials is environmentally benign and possesses high bacterial inhibition and bactericidal properties. In the present study, blue green alga Spirulina platensis protein mediated synthesis of AuNPs and its antibacterial activity against Gram positive bacteria is discussed. AuNPs were characterized using Ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectroscopy, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier Transform-Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, High Resolution-Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). Stable, well defined AuNPs of smaller and uniform shape with an average size of ∼ 5 nm were obtained. The antibacterial efficacy of protein functionalized AuNPs were tested against Gram positive organisms Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus. - Highlights: • Size controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles from blue green alga Spirulina platensis • Stability of gold nanoparticles at different temperatures • Potent antibacterial efficacy against Gram positive organisms

  20. Future trends in the treatment of serious Gram-positive infections.

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    Metzger, Rosemarie; Bonatti, Hugo; Sawyer, Robert

    2009-01-01

    Gram-positive organisms are the most common bacterial pathogens that cause diseases in humans, with streptococci and staphylococci occurring most frequently. Immunization has been extremely successful in eradicating some Gram-positive infections, such as diphtheria and tetanus, and relatively successful for pneumococci. Staphylococcus aureus vaccines are under investigation. In terms of antimicrobial susceptibility, some Gram-positive organisms have remained sensitive to most antimicrobials, whereas others, including staphylococci, pneumococci and enterococci, have developed clinically relevant resistance. Extensive exposure to antimicrobials in the hospital setting has caused the spread of clones mainly in the hospital environment, yet multiresistance is now also found in community-acquired diseases. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) and resistant pneumococci are the most important examples, but even viridans streptococci are becoming resistant to some antibiotics. Moreover, MRSA and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are found in pets and farm animals. Because of these concerns, new antimicrobials have been developed during the past decade, including quinupristin/dalfopristin, linezolid, tigecycline, daptomycin and dalbavancin. Also under investigation are beta-lactams, streptogramins and quinolones with activity against MRSA, penicillin-resistant pneumococci and VRE. Finally, infection-control measures, including the identification of carriers of multiresistant organisms and appropriate isolation, must continue to be implemented. PMID:19271030

  1. Blue green alga mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles and its antibacterial efficacy against Gram positive organisms

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    Uma Suganya, K.S. [Centre for Ocean Research, Sathyabama University, Chennai 600 119 (India); Govindaraju, K., E-mail: govindtu@gmail.com [Centre for Ocean Research, Sathyabama University, Chennai 600 119 (India); Ganesh Kumar, V.; Stalin Dhas, T.; Karthick, V. [Centre for Ocean Research, Sathyabama University, Chennai 600 119 (India); Singaravelu, G. [Nanoscience Division, Department of Zoology, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore 632115 (India); Elanchezhiyan, M. [Department of Microbiology, Dr ALM Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Chennai 600113 (India)

    2015-02-01

    Biofunctionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) play an important role in design and development of nanomedicine. Synthesis of AuNPs from biogenic materials is environmentally benign and possesses high bacterial inhibition and bactericidal properties. In the present study, blue green alga Spirulina platensis protein mediated synthesis of AuNPs and its antibacterial activity against Gram positive bacteria is discussed. AuNPs were characterized using Ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectroscopy, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier Transform-Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, High Resolution-Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). Stable, well defined AuNPs of smaller and uniform shape with an average size of ∼ 5 nm were obtained. The antibacterial efficacy of protein functionalized AuNPs were tested against Gram positive organisms Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus. - Highlights: • Size controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles from blue green alga Spirulina platensis • Stability of gold nanoparticles at different temperatures • Potent antibacterial efficacy against Gram positive organisms.

  2. Gram-negative intestinal indigenous microbiota from two Siluriform fishes in a tropical reservoir

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    Silvana Duarte

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of Hypostomus auroguttatus and Pimelodus maculatus, a detritivorous and an omnivorous fish species, respectively, were compared between fishes from the reservoir and the stretch of the river below the dam of the Funil hydroelectric plant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Four selective culture media were used under aerobic and two under anaerobic conditions. The omnivorous species had microbiota with higher population levels compared to the detritivorous species. The number of morphotypes and population levels of total bacteria, vibrio and Bacteroides tended to be higher in summer and autumn in the reservoir, and not different in the river. The number of morphotypes of enterobacteria and total bacteria were higher in the lotic environment compared with the lentic one. The bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila and Plesiomonas shigelloides and the obligate anaerobic Fusobacterium mortiferum were the most frequently identified microorganisms in the intestine of both H. auroguttatus and P. maculatus. Both season and habitat influenced the Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of H. auroguttatus and P. maculatus. Environmental factors influenced the Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of both species with possible impact on the interrelationship between the fishes and their digestive ecosystem, although the gut microbiota composition of fishes may result from host-specific selective pressures within the gut.

  3. Gram-negative intestinal indigenous microbiota from two Siluriform fishes in a tropical reservoir.

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    Duarte, Silvana; e Silva, Flávia Cristina de Paula; Zauli, Danielle Alves Gomes; Nicoli, Jacques Robert; Araújo, Francisco Gerson

    2014-01-01

    The Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of Hypostomus auroguttatus and Pimelodus maculatus, a detritivorous and an omnivorous fish species, respectively, were compared between fishes from the reservoir and the stretch of the river below the dam of the Funil hydroelectric plant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Four selective culture media were used under aerobic and two under anaerobic conditions. The omnivorous species had microbiota with higher population levels compared to the detritivorous species. The number of morphotypes and population levels of total bacteria, vibrio and Bacteroides tended to be higher in summer and autumn in the reservoir, and not different in the river. The number of morphotypes of enterobacteria and total bacteria were higher in the lotic environment compared with the lentic one. The bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila and Plesiomonas shigelloides and the obligate anaerobic Fusobacterium mortiferum were the most frequently identified microorganisms in the intestine of both H. auroguttatus and P. maculatus. Both season and habitat influenced the Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of H. auroguttatus and P. maculatus. Environmental factors influenced the Gram-negative intestinal microbiota of both species with possible impact on the interrelationship between the fishes and their digestive ecosystem, although the gut microbiota composition of fishes may result from host-specific selective pressures within the gut. PMID:25763032

  4. Emergence of Pan-drug resistance amongst gram negative bacteria! The First case series from India

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    Abdul Ghafur

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Increasing prevalence of carbapenem resistant Gram negative bacteria is a serious clinical and public health challenge. Bacteria resistant to all available antibiotics (Pan Drug Resistance herald the onset of post antibiotics era. We hereby report clinical profile of 13 patients with pan drug resistant gram negative isolates. Methods:Retrospective analysis of 13 patients with pan drug resistant gram negative isolates over the last 18 months was done by medical records review. Identification of the isolates and susceptibility testing was done using VITEK auto analyzer in concordance with the corresponding CLSI guidelines. Results:Out of four patients with bacteremic isolates, three patients received colistin based combination therapy. Though two of these patients had microbiologic clearance, all the three died. Out of the 9 patients with non bacteremic isolates, 4 had infection and 5 had colonization. Three (out of four were treated with combination therapy including colistin and one patient received colistin monotherapy. All four patients had microbiological clearance. Three patients had clinical cure and were discharged. One patient later developed bacteremia and died. Conclusion:Infections, particularly blood stream with pan drug resistant organisms has a higher mortality. Urgent studies to reevaluate existing therapeutic options and research into new antibiotic molecules are the need of the hour. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2014; 4(3: 86-91

  5. Detection of SHV β-lactamases in Gram-negative bacilli using fluorescein-labeled antibodies

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    Endimiani Andrea

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background β-lactam resistance in Gram-negative bacteria is a significant clinical problem in the community, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. In these organisms, β-lactam resistance most commonly results from the production of β-lactamases. In Gram-negative bacilli, TEM-, SHV-, and CTX-M-type β-lactamases predominate. Therefore, new and accurate detection methods for these β-lactamase producing isolates are needed. Results E. coli DH10B cells producing SHV-1 β-lactamase and a clinical isolate of K. pneumoniae producing SHV-5 β-lactamase were rendered membrane permeable, fixed and adhered to poly-L-lysine coated slides, and stained with purified polyclonal anti-SHV antibodies that were fluorescein labeled. E. coli DH10B cells without a blaSHV gene were used as a negative control. The procedure generated a fluorescence signal from those slides containing cells expressing SHV β-lactamase that was sufficient for direct imaging. Conclusion We developed a rapid and accurate method of visualizing the SHV family of enzymes in clinical samples containing Gram-negative bacilli using a fluorescein-labeled polyclonal antibody.

  6. Simple Method for Detection of Metallo – β–Lactamase Among Gram Negative Isolates

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    Agrawal R

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Carbapenem resistance due to the production of metallo-β -lactamase (MBL in Gram-negative organism is an increasing public health problem. Aim: The purpose of this study is to detectMBL in Gram Negative bacterial isolates among Ventilator Associated Pneumonia patients. Materials and Methods: Phenotypic detection of MBL was done by three methods: 1.Modified Hodge Test (MHT 2.Combined disc test (CDT 3.Double Disc Synergy Test (DDST. Results: Out of 126 gram negative bacterial isolates, 80 (63.49% showed resistance to carbapenem group of drugs. Among them maximum resistance was shown by Acinetobacter baumanii (90.32%, followed by Klebseilla pneumoniae (45.7%, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (26%. Out of 80 isolates, 66 were positive for MBL by MHT, 64 by CDT and 61 were detected positive for MBL by DDST. Conclusion: MHT and CDT were found equally efficient method to detect MBL. Maximum MBL production was detected in Acinetobacter baumanii. Simple and accurate screening test is required to prevent the spread of nosocomial strain in hospitals.

  7. A 980nm driven photothermal ablation of virulent and antibiotic resistant Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria strains using Prussian blue nanoparticles.

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    Maaoui, Houcem; Jijie, Roxana; Pan, Guo-Hui; Drider, Djamel; Caly, Delphine; Bouckaert, Julie; Dumitrascu, Nicoleta; Chtourou, Radouane; Szunerits, Sabine; Boukherroub, Rabah

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    A 980nm laser-driven antimicrobial photothermal therapy using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) -coated Prussian Blue nanoparticles (PVP/PB NPs) is demonstrated. This approach allows an efficient eradication of a virulent strain of Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) associated with urinary tract infection as well as for the ablation of antibiotic resistant pathogens such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) E. coli. Interestingly the 980nm irradiation exhibits minimal effect on mammalian cells up to a PVP/PB NPs concentration of 50μgmL(-1), while at this concentration bacteria are completely eradicated. This feature is certainly very promising for the selective targeting of bacteria over mammalian cells. PMID:27405072

  8. Phoenix 100 versus Vitek 2 in the identification of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria: a comprehensive meta-analysis.

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    Chatzigeorgiou, Kalliopi-Stavroula; Sergentanis, Theodoros N; Tsiodras, Sotirios; Hamodrakas, Stavros J; Bagos, Pantelis G

    2011-09-01

    Phoenix 100 and Vitek 2 (operating with the current colorimetric cards) are commonly used in hospital laboratories for rapid identification of microorganisms. The present meta-analysis aims to evaluate and compare their performance on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The MEDLINE database was searched up to October 2010 for the retrieval of relevant articles. Pooled correct identification rates were derived from random-effects models, using the arcsine transformation. Separate analyses were conducted at the genus and species levels; subanalyses and meta-regression were undertaken to reveal meaningful system- and study-related modifiers. A total of 29 (6,635 isolates) and 19 (4,363 isolates) articles were eligible for Phoenix and colorimetric Vitek 2, respectively. No significant differences were observed between Phoenix and Vitek 2 either at the genus (97.70% versus 97.59%, P = 0.919) or the species (92.51% versus 88.77%, P = 0.149) level. Studies conducted with conventional comparator methods tended to report significantly better results compared to those using molecular reference techniques. Speciation of Staphylococcus aureus was significantly more accurate in comparison to coagulase-negative staphylococci by both Phoenix (99.78% versus 88.42%, P negative fermenters versus nonfermenters at the genus (99.60% versus 95.90%, P = 0.004) and the species (97.42% versus 84.85%, P = 0.003) level. In conclusion, the accuracy of both systems seems modified by underlying sample- and comparator method-related parameters. Future simultaneous assessment of the instruments against molecular comparator procedures may facilitate interpretation of the current observations. PMID:21752980

  9. Phoenix 100 versus Vitek 2 in the Identification of Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria: a Comprehensive Meta-Analysis▿†

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    Chatzigeorgiou, Kalliopi-Stavroula; Sergentanis, Theodoros N.; Tsiodras, Sotirios; Hamodrakas, Stavros J.; Bagos, Pantelis G.

    2011-01-01

    Phoenix 100 and Vitek 2 (operating with the current colorimetric cards) are commonly used in hospital laboratories for rapid identification of microorganisms. The present meta-analysis aims to evaluate and compare their performance on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The MEDLINE database was searched up to October 2010 for the retrieval of relevant articles. Pooled correct identification rates were derived from random-effects models, using the arcsine transformation. Separate analyses were conducted at the genus and species levels; subanalyses and meta-regression were undertaken to reveal meaningful system- and study-related modifiers. A total of 29 (6,635 isolates) and 19 (4,363 isolates) articles were eligible for Phoenix and colorimetric Vitek 2, respectively. No significant differences were observed between Phoenix and Vitek 2 either at the genus (97.70% versus 97.59%, P = 0.919) or the species (92.51% versus 88.77%, P = 0.149) level. Studies conducted with conventional comparator methods tended to report significantly better results compared to those using molecular reference techniques. Speciation of Staphylococcus aureus was significantly more accurate in comparison to coagulase-negative staphylococci by both Phoenix (99.78% versus 88.42%, P negative fermenters versus nonfermenters at the genus (99.60% versus 95.90%, P = 0.004) and the species (97.42% versus 84.85%, P = 0.003) level. In conclusion, the accuracy of both systems seems modified by underlying sample- and comparator method-related parameters. Future simultaneous assessment of the instruments against molecular comparator procedures may facilitate interpretation of the current observations. PMID:21752980

  10. The NASA/MSFC global reference atmospheric model: 1990 version (GRAM-90). Part 2: Program/data listings

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    Justus, C. G.; Alyea, F. N.; Cunnold, D. M.; Jeffries, W. R., III; Johnson, D. L.

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    A new (1990) version of the NASA/MSFC Global Reference Atmospheric Model (GRAM-90) was completed and the program and key data base listing are presented. GRAM-90 incorporate extensive new data, mostly collected under the Middle Atmosphere Program, to produce a completely revised middle atmosphere model (20 to 120 km). At altitudes greater than 120 km, GRAM-90 uses the NASA Marshall Engineering Thermosphere model. Complete listings of all program and major data bases are presented. Also, a test case is included.

  11. Evaluating Mars Science Laboratory Landing Sites with the Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM 2005)

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    Justh, H. L.; Justus, C. G.

    2008-01-01

    The Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM) is an engineering-level atmospheric model widely used for diverse mission applications. Mars-GRAM s perturbation modeling capability is commonly used, in a Monte-Carlo mode, to perform high fidelity engineering end-to-end simulations for entry, descent, and landing (EDL) [1]. From the surface to 80 km altitude, Mars-GRAM is based on the NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Model (MGCM). Mars-GRAM and MGCM use surface topography from Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), with altitudes referenced to the MOLA areoid, or constant potential surface. Traditional Mars-GRAM options for representing the mean atmosphere along entry corridors include: (1) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) mapping years 1 and 2, with Mars-GRAM data coming from NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Model (MGCM) results driven by observed TES dust optical depth or (2) TES mapping year 0, with user-controlled dust optical depth and Mars-GRAM data interpolated from MGCM model results driven by selected values of globally-uniform dust optical depth. Mars-GRAM 2005 has been validated [2] against Radio Science data, and both nadir and limb data from TES [3]. There are several new features included in Mars-GRAM 2005. The first is the option to use input data sets from MGCM model runs that were designed to closely simulate conditions observed during the first two years of TES observations at Mars. The TES Year 1 option includes values from April 1999 through January 2001. The TES Year 2 option includes values from February 2001 through December 2002. The second new feature is the option to read and use any auxiliary profile of temperature and density versus altitude. In exercising the auxiliary profile Mars-GRAM option, values from the auxiliary profile replace data from the original MGCM databases. Some examples of auxiliary profiles include data from TES nadir or limb observations and Mars mesoscale model output at a particular

  12. Defining a role for Hfq in Gram-positive bacteria: evidence for Hfq-dependent antisense regulation in Listeria monocytogenes

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    Nielsen, Jesper Sejrup; Lei, Lisbeth Kristensen; Ebersbach, Tine; Olsen, Anders Steno; Klitgaard, Janne Kudsk; Valentin-Hansen, Poul; Kallipolitis, Birgitte Haahr

    2009-01-01

    Small trans-encoded RNAs (sRNAs) modulate the translation and decay of mRNAs in bacteria. In Gram-negative species, antisense regulation by trans-encoded sRNAs relies on the Sm-like protein Hfq. In contrast to this, Hfq is dispensable for sRNA-mediated riboregulation in the Gram-positive species studied thus far. Here, we provide evidence for Hfq-dependent translational repression in the Gram-positive human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, which is known to encode at least 50 sRNAs. We show t...

  13. Generalización de un algoritmo de inferencia basado en gramáticas de grafos

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    Jeltsch F., Eric

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    Se presentó en [Je 95] un Algoritmo de Inferencia, el cual posee como entrada un conjunto finito de figuras o modelos, que se pueden representar como Grafos y como salida un tipo de Gramáticas de Grafos, llamadas Gramáticas de Reemplazo de Hiperlíneas. en [Je 96] se demostró que este Algoritmo es altamente no-determinístico. De manera que en este trabajo se presenta una generalización del Algoritmo de Inferencia y una alternativa semántica para restringir el flujo exponencial de gramáticas in...

  14. Prevalência e fatores associados a indicadores negativos de saúde mental em adolescentes estudantes do ensino médio em Pernambuco, Brasil The prevalence of and factors associated with negative mental health indicators in adolescents attending high school in the Brazilian State of Pernambuco

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    Priscila Diniz de Carvalho

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: identificar a prevalência e fatores associados a indicadores negativos de saúde mental em adolescentes. MÉTODOS: utilizou-se um questionário previamente validado para coletar dados de 4.207 adolescentes (14-19 anos estudantes do ensino médio, selecionados através de amostragem por conglomerados em dois estágios. RESULTADOS: as prevalências de tristeza, sentimento de solidão, pensamento de suicídio, dificuldade para dormir devido à preocupação e planos de suicídio foram, respectivamente, 29,7%, 15,8%, 11,2%, 10,0% e 7,8%. A prevalência de todos os indicadores foi superior entre as moças, sendo a tristeza o indicador mais prevalente. Identificou-se que a cor da pele não foi um fator associado à ocorrência dos indicadores negativos de saúde mental, enquanto não morar com os pais apresentou associação significativa com sentimento de solidão e pensamento em suicídio. CONCLUSÕES: a prevalência de sentimento de solidão e de tristeza é alta e as moças representam um subgrupo de maior risco em relação a todos os indicadores negativos de saúde mental.OBJECTIVES: to identify the prevalence of and factors associated with negative mental health indicators among adolescents. METHODS: a previously validated questionnaire was used to gather data on 4,207 adolescents (aged between 14 and 19 years attending high school, selected by way of conglomerate sampling in two stages. RESULTS: the prevalence of sadness, feelings of loneliness, thoughts of suicide, difficulty sleeping because of anxiety, and plans to commit suicide was 29.7%, 15.8%, 11.2%, 10.0% and 7.8% respectively. The prevalence for all indicators was higher among girls, with sadness being the most prevalent indicator. It was identified that skin-color was not a factor associated with the occurrence of negative mental health indicators, while not living with parents showed a significant degree of association with feeling of loneliness and thoughts of suicide

  15. Microbiologic profile of flexible endoscope disinfection in two Brazilian hospitals Estudo microbiológico da desinfecção de endoscópios flexíveis em dois hospitais brasileiros

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    Alexandre P. Machado

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    ão rotineiramente utilizados em hospitais e clínicas e podem ser fontes potenciais de infecção cruzada quando a descontaminação é inadequada OBJETIVO: As rotinas de descontaminação dos endoscópios flexíveis (broncoscópios, gastrocópios e colonoscópios realizadas em dois hospitais universitários do Brasil foram avaliadas durante 3 anos MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Amostras aleatórias foram coletadas dos canais internos dos endoscópios, depois que o aparelho era utilizado nos pacientes e após o processo de desinfecção RESULTADOS: Contaminação superior a 103 foi verificada em amostras coletadas após o exame endoscópico, sendo isolado bacilos gram-negativos (n = 142: 56%, cocos gram-positivos (n = 43: 17%, leveduras (n = 43: 17% e bacilos gram-positivos (n = 26: 10%. Em 72 das 149 amostras coletadas após procedimentos de limpeza e desinfecção, detectou-se bacilos gram-negativos (n = 55: 61%, cocos gram-positivos (n = 21: 23%, bacilos gram-positivos (n = 8: 9% e leveduras (n = 6: 7%. Gastroscópios e colonoscópios eram os aparelhos com maior freqüência e taxa de contaminação. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter spp, Serratia marcescens, Proteus mirabilis, Citrobacter freundii, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus coagulase negative, Micrococcus luteus, Candida albicans, C. tropicalis, C. glabrata, C. guilliermondii, Bacillus spp and Corynebacterium spp foram os mais identificados CONCLUSÃO: A limpeza inapropriada e curto período de tempo de desinfecção eram, respectivamente, os maiores fatores associados com a presença de microrganismos em gastroscópios e colonoscópios. De acordo com os organismos isolados, considera-se que a desinfecção nos hospitais era de nível baixo a intermediário. Após a investigação, os centros de endoscopia adequaram seus protocolos, sanando os problemas verificados nos procedimentos de descontaminação dos endoscópios.

  16. In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Several Plant Extracts and Oils against Some Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Ayman Al-Mariri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Medicinal plants are considered new resources for producing agents that could act as alternatives to antibiotics in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial activity of 28 plant extracts and oils against four Gram-negative bacterial species. Methods: Experimental, in vitro, evaluation of the activities of 28 plant extracts and oils as well as some antibiotics against E. coli O157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica O9, Proteus spp., and Klebsiella pneumoniae was performed. The activity against 15 isolates of each bacterium was determined by disc diffusion method at a concentration of 5%. Microdilution susceptibility assay was used in order to determine the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs of the plant extracts, oils, and antibiotics. Results: Among the evaluated herbs, only Origanum syriacum L., Thymus syriacus Boiss., Syzygium aromaticum L., Juniperus foetidissima Wild, Allium sativum L., Myristica fragrans Houtt, and Cinnamomum zeylanicum L. essential oils and Laurus nobilis L. plant extract showed anti-bacterial activity. The MIC50 values of these products against the Gram-negative organisms varied from 1.5 (Proteus spp. and K. pneumoniae( and 6.25 µl/ml (Yersinia enterocolitica O9 to 12.5 µl/ml (E. coli O:157. Conclusion: Among the studied essential oils, O. syriacum L., T. syriacus Boiss., C. zeylanicum L., and S. aromaticum L. essential oils were the most effective. Moreover, Cephalosporin and Ciprofloxacin were the most effective antibiotics against almost all the studied bacteria. Therefore, O. syriacum L., T. syriacus Boiss., C. zeylanicum L., and S. aromaticum L. could act as bactericidal agents against Gram-negative bacteria.

  17. Actividad in vitro de furvina frente a bacterias Gram negativas multirresistentes

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    Yeny Morales-Moreno

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Actualmente existe una crisis global en el tratamiento de las enfermedades infecciosas debido a microorganismos resistentes a la mayoría de los agentes antimicrobianos convencionales. Desafortunadamente, no han sido desarrollados nuevas clases de estos compuestos antibacterianos activos frente a bacterias Gram negativas multirresistentes en los últimos años. Esta situación llevó a que muchos trabajos de investigación estén encaminados a la búsqueda de nuevas sustancias biológicamente activas. Los objetivos del presente estudio consistieron en aislar e identificar bacterias Gram negativas resistentes a múltiples fármacos, así como evaluar la actividad antibacteriana in vitro de furvina frente a ellas. La identificación se efectuó mediante métodos bioquímicos convencionales. La resistencia a los agentes antibacterianos se determinó mediante el método de difusión en agar y la actividad in vitro se evaluó cuantitativamente mediante macrodilución en caldo según los criterios del Instituto de Estándares de Laboratorios Clínicos. Fueron identificadas de 62 cepas multirresistentes de ocho géneros. El 59,67 % de ellas perteneció al género Acinetobacter y una cepa de Enterobacter cloacae fue resistente a meropenem con concentración mínima inhibitoria (CMI mayor que 4 μg/mL. El 100 % de las cepas de Acinetobacter spp. multirresistentes presentó CMI en el intervalo de 8 a 32 μg/mL frente a furvina y el 30 % de ellas, mostró resistencia a meropenem con valores de CMI entre 16 y 256 μg/mL. Finalmente, furvina mostró buena actividad antibacteriana in vitro frente a todas las bacterias Gram negativas multirresistentes evaluadas.

  18. Extended spectrum beta-lactamase detection in gram-negative bacilli of nosocomial origin

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    Dechen C Tsering

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Resistance to third generation cephalosporins by acquisition and expression of extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL enzymes among gram-negative bacilli is on a rise. The presence of ESBL producing organisms significantly affects the course and outcome of an infection and poses a challenge to infection management worldwide. Materials and Methods: In the period from June 2007 to 2008, we collected 1489 samples from patients suspected of nosocomial infection. The isolates were identified based on colony morphology and biochemical reaction. Gram negative bacilli resistant to third generation cephalosporins were tested for ESBL by double disc synergy test (DDST- a screening test and then phenotypic confirmatory test. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was done by modified Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method. Results: From the sample of 238 gram-negative bacilli, we isolated Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Citrobacter freundii, Proteus mirabilis, Morganella morganii and Enterobacter cloacae. Following both methods, 34% isolates were ESBL-positive. The ESBL producing isolates were significantly resistant (p < 0.01 to ampicillin, piperacillin, piperacillin/tazobactam, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin and gentamicin as compared to non-ESBL producers. Multidrug resistance was significantly (p < 0.01 higher (69.14% in ESBL positive isolates than non-ESBL isolates (21.66%. Conclusion: High prevalence of ESBL in our hospital cannot be ignored. ESBL producers can be detected by DDST and phenotypic confirmatory test with equal efficacy. The sensitivity of screening test improved with the use of more than one antibiotic and addition of one or two antibiotics would not increase cost and labor. We recommend DDST using multiple antibiotics in all microbiology units as a routine screening test.

  19. Fighting infections due to multidrug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens.

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    Cornaglia, G

    2009-03-01

    Growing bacterial resistance in Gram-positive pathogens means that what were once effective and inexpensive treatments for infections caused by these bacteria are now being seriously questioned, including penicillin and macrolides for use against pneumococcal infections and-in hospitals-oxacillin for use against staphylococcal infections. As a whole, multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-positive pathogens are rapidly becoming an urgent and sometimes unmanageable clinical problem. Nevertheless, and despite decades of research into the effects of antibiotics, the actual risk posed to human health by antibiotic resistance has been poorly defined; the lack of reliable data concerning the outcomes resulting from antimicrobial resistance stems, in part, from problems with study designs and the methods used in resistence determination. Surprisingly little is known, too, about the actual effectiveness of the many types of intervention aimed at controlling antibiotic resistance. New antibiotics active against MDR Gram-positive pathogens have been recently introduced into clinical practice, and the antibiotic pipeline contains additional compounds at an advanced stage of development, including new glycopeptides, new anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) beta-lactams, and new diaminopyrimidines. Many novel antimicrobial agents are likely to be niche products, endowed with narrow antibacterial spectra and/or targeted at specific clinical problems. Therefore, an important educational goal will be to change the current, long-lasting attitudes of both physicians and customers towards broad-spectrum and multipurpose compounds. Scientific societies, such as the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), must play a leading role in this process. PMID:19335367

  20. Occurrence of gram-negative bacteria in hens' eggs depending on their source and storage conditions.

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    Stepień-Pyśniak, D

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyse the qualitative composition of Gram-negative microbes, mainly of the family Enterobacteriaceae, including pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, in the albumens and yolks and on the shells of hens' eggs, depending on their source and on the temperature and duration of their storage. A total of 375 table eggs were studied, from a large-scale poultry farm, a small-scale poultry farm and a supermarket. Each group was divided into 5 subgroups according to the temperature and duration of their storage during the study. Two serotypes of bacteria of the genus Salmonella were identified: S. Enteritidis and S. Arizonae. Strains of Salmonella spp. were also isolated. Apart from Salmonella and Escherichia coli, among the most frequently isolated bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae were Enterobacter spp., Klebsiella spp. and Citrobacter freundii. Qualitative analysis of the bacterial microflora of the eggs also showed the presence of other Gram negative bacteria, including Acinetobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Tatumella ptyseos, Providencia stuartii, Serratia liquefaciens, Flavimonas oryzihabitans, Vibrio metschnikovii, Leclercia adecarboxylata, Kluyvera spp., Rahnella aquatilis, Proteus mirabilis, and Achromobacter spp. The study demonstrated that the conditions applied, i.e., the temperature and duration of storage, did not significantly influence the prevalence of particular species of Gram-negative bacteria in the eggs. However, based on the analysis of contamination of eggs with Salmonella depending on their source, it can be concluded that the system in which the hens are housed affects the risk of contamination of eggs with these pathogens. PMID:21033566

  1. Community profiling of culturable fluorescent pseudomonads in the rhizosphere of green gram (Vigna radiata L..

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    Rupak K Sarma

    Full Text Available Study on microbial diversity in the unexplored rhizosphere is important to understand their community structure, biology and ecological interaction with the host plant. This research assessed the genetic and functional diversity of fluorescent pseudomonads [FP] in the green gram rhizophere. One hundred and twenty types of morphologically distinct fluorescent pseudomonads were isolated during vegetative as well as reproductive growth phase of green gram. Rep PCR, ARDRA and RISA revealed two distinct clusters in each case at 75, 61 and 70% similarity coefficient index respectively. 16S rRNA partial sequencing analysis of 85 distantly related fluorescent pseudomonads depicted Pseudomonas aeruginosa as the dominant group. Out of 120 isolates, 23 (19% showed antagonistic activity towards phytopathogenic fungi. These bacterial isolates showed varied production of salicylic acid, HCN and chitinase, 2, 4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG, phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA and pyoluteorin (PLT. Production efficiency of inherent level of plant growth promoting (PGP traits among the 120 isolates demonstrated that 10 (8% solubilised inorganic phosphates, 25 (20% produced indoles and 5 (4% retained ACC deaminase activity. Pseudomonas aeruginosa GGRJ21 showed the highest production of all antagonistic and plant growth promoting (PGP traits. In a greenhouse experiment, GGRJ21 suppressed root rot disease of green gram by 28-93% (p = 0.05. Consistent up regulation of three important stress responsive genes, i.e., acdS, KatA and gbsA and elevated production efficiency of different PGP traits could promote GGRJ21 as a potent plant growth regulator.

  2. Cefepime restriction improves gram-negative overall resistance patterns in neonatal intensive care unit

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    Orlei Ribeiro de Araujo

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Antibiotic restriction can be useful in maintaining bacterial susceptibility. The objective of this study was verify if restriction of cefepime, the most frequently used cephalosporin in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU, would ameliorate broad-spectrum susceptibility of Gram-negative isolates. Nine hundred and ninety-five premature and term newborns were divided into 3 cohorts, according to the prevalence of cefepime use in the unit: Group 1 (n=396 comprised patients admitted from January 2002 to December 2003, period in which cefepime was the most used broad-spectrum antibiotic. Patients in Group 2 (n=349 were admitted when piperacillin/tazobactam replaced cefepime (January to December 2004 and in Group 3 (n=250 when cefepime was reintroduced (January to September 2005. Meropenem was the alternative third-line antibiotic for all groups. Multiresistance was defined as resistance to 2 or more unrelated antibiotics, including necessarily a third or fourth generation cephalosporin, piperacillin/tazobactam or meropenem. Statistics involved Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney and logrank tests, Kaplan-Meier analysis. Groups were comparable in length of stay, time of mechanical ventilation, gestational age and birth weight. Ninety-eight Gram-negative isolates were analyzed. Patients were more likely to remain free of multiresistant isolates by Kaplan-Meier analysis in Group 2 when compared to Group 1 (p=0.017 and Group 3 (p=0.003. There was also a significant difference in meropenem resistance rates. Cefepime has a greater propensity to select multiresistant Gram-negative pathogens than piperacillin/tazobactam and should not be used extensively in neonatal intensive care.

  3. DMPD: Lipopolysaccharide sensing an important factor in the innate immune response toGram-negative bacterial infections: benefits and hazards of LPShypersensitivity. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available se toGram-negative bacterial infections: benefits and hazards of LPShypersensitivity. Freudenberg MA, Tchapt...portant factor in the innate immune response toGram-negative bacterial infections: benefits and hazards of L...une response toGram-negative bacterial infections: benefits and hazards of LPShyp

  4. El papel de la gramática en un syllabus comunicativo

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    Goded Rambaud, Margarita

    1993-01-01

    Se plantea la hipótesis de que un syllabus comunicativo construido en torno a la adquisición de conocimientos procedurales gramaticales tiene menos efectividad desde el punto de vista del aumento de la competencia comunicativa que un syllabus elaborado sobre la base de las necesidades comunicativas de los alumnos explicitadas mediante su elección de temas e intereses de aprendizaje. El primero se asienta sobre el concepto de gramática como aprendizaje cognitivo independiente de otros organiza...

  5. Learning Document Embeddings by Predicting N-grams for Sentiment Classification of Long Movie Reviews

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    Li, Bofang; Liu, Tao; Du, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Deyuan; Zhao, Zhe

    2015-01-01

    Despite the loss of semantic information, bag-of-ngram based methods still achieve state-of-the-art results for tasks such as sentiment classification of long movie reviews. Many document embeddings methods have been proposed to capture semantics, but they still can't outperform bag-of-ngram based methods on this task. In this paper, we modify the architecture of the recently proposed Paragraph Vector, allowing it to learn document vectors by predicting not only words, but n-gram features as ...

  6. Scanning an individual monitoring database for multiple occurrences using bi-gram analysis

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    Maintaining the integrity of the databases is one of the important aspects of quality assurance at individual monitoring services and national dose registers. This paper presents a method for finding and preventing the occurrence of duplicate entries in the databases that can occur, e.g. because of a variable spelling or misspelling of the name. The method is based on bi-gram text analysis techniques. The methods can also be used for retrieving dose data in historical databases in the framework of dose reconstruction efforts of persons of whom the spelling of the name as originally entered, possibly decades ago, is uncertain. (authors)

  7. Biodegradation of bisphenol A and other bisphenols by a gram-negative aerobic bacterium.

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    Lobos, J. H.; Leib, T K; Su, T. M.

    1992-01-01

    A novel bacterium designated strain MV1 was isolated from a sludge enrichment taken from the wastewater treatment plant at a plastics manufacturing facility and shown to degrade 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol or bisphenol A). Strain MV1 is a gram-negative, aerobic bacillus that grows on bisphenol A as a sole source of carbon and energy. Total carbon analysis for bisphenol A degradation demonstrated that 60% of the carbon was mineralized to CO2, 20% was associated...

  8. Zoo Animals as Reservoirs of Gram-Negative Bacteria Harboring Integrons and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes▿

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    Ahmed, Ashraf M.; Motoi, Yusuke; Sato, Maiko; Maruyama, Akito; Watanabe, Hitoshi; Fukumoto, Yukio; Shimamoto, Tadashi

    2007-01-01

    A total of 232 isolates of gram-negative bacteria were recovered from mammals, reptiles, and birds housed at Asa Zoological Park, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. Forty-nine isolates (21.1%) showed multidrug resistance phenotypes and harbored at least one antimicrobial resistance gene. PCR and DNA sequencing identified class 1 and class 2 integrons and many β-lactamase-encoding genes, in addition to a novel AmpC β-lactamase gene, blaCMY-26. Furthermore, the plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance g...

  9. Antibacterial activity of crude extract of Punica granatum pericarp on pathogenic Gram-negative bacilli.

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    Voravuthikunchai, S.; Supavita, T.; Sirirak, T.; Panthong, K.

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of crude extracts of Punica granatum Linn. pericarp with 3 different solvents against pathogenic Gram-negative bacilli. Ethanolic extracts showed the antibacterial activity against all strains tested including enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli 4 strains (E. coli O157: H7, E. coli O26: H11, E. coli O111: NM, E. coli O22), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella boydii and Salmonella london. Inhibition zones ranged from 10.02 to 19.15 mm. Min...

  10. Determining source cumulants in femtoscopy with Gram-Charlier and Edgeworth series

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    Eggers, H. C.; De Kock, M. B.; Schmiegel, Jürgen

    2011-01-01

    Lowest-order cumulants provide important information on the shape of the emission source in femtoscopy. For the simple case of noninteracting identical particles, we show how the fourth-order source cumulant can be determined from measured cumulants in momentum space. The textbook Gram......–Charlier series is found to be highly inaccurate, while the related Edgeworth series provides increasingly accurate estimates. Ordering of terms compatible with the Central Limit Theorem appears to play a crucial role even for non-Gaussian distributions....

  11. Induced high yielding mutant in green gram (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek)

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    Green gram (mungbean) plays a significant role in meeting the protein requirements in India, with its predominantly vegetarian population. Therefore, an attempt was made to induce desirable mutants. Dry seed of cultivar 'Pusa 105' were irradiated with gamma rays ranging from 10 to 50 krad. A high yielding mutant (Hy I) identified in the M4 generation from 40 krad dose, has shown significant increases in the number of pods/plants, number of branches/plant, and yield/plant. Further work is in progress. Comparison of the mutant HyI with the parent cultivar Pusa 105 is given

  12. Desulfotomaculum spp. and related Gram-positive sulfate-reducing bacteria in deep subsurface environments.

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    AnthonyRanchou-Peyruse

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Gram-positive spore-forming sulfate reducers and particularly members of the genus Desulfotomaculum are commonly found in the subsurface biosphere by culture based and molecular approaches. Due to their metabolic versatility and their ability to persist as endospores. Desulfotomaculum spp. are well adapted for colonizing environments through a slow sedimentation process. Because of their ability to grow autotrophically (H2/CO2 and produce sulfide or acetate, these microorganisms may play key roles in deep lithoautotrophic microbial communities. Available data about Desulfotomaculum spp. and related species from studies carried out from deep freshwater lakes, marine sediments, oligotrophic and organic rich deep geological settings are discussed in this review.

  13. European surveillance study on antimicrobial susceptibility of Gram-positive anaerobic cocci

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    Brazier, J; Chmelar, D; Dubreuil, L;

    2008-01-01

    Gram-positive anaerobic cocci (GPAC) are a heterogeneous group of microorganisms frequently isolated from local and systemic infections. In this study, the antimicrobial susceptibilities of clinical strains isolated in 10 European countries were investigated. After identification of 299 GPAC to...... Parvimonas micra (formerly Peptostreptococcus micros), isolated from skin and soft tissue infections. All isolates were susceptible to imipenem, metronidazole, vancomycin and linezolid. Twenty-one isolates (7%) were resistant to penicillin (n=13) and/or to clindamycin (n=12). Four isolates were resistant to...... both agents. The majority of resistant isolates were identified as F. magna and originated from blood, abscesses and soft tissue infections....

  14. Analytical Derivation of the Inverse Moments of One-Sided Correlated Gram Matrices With Applications

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    Elkhalil, Khalil

    2016-02-03

    This paper addresses the development of analytical tools for the computation of the inverse moments of random Gram matrices with one side correlation. Such a question is mainly driven by applications in signal processing and wireless communications wherein such matrices naturally arise. In particular, we derive closed-form expressions for the inverse moments and show that the obtained results can help approximate several performance metrics such as the average estimation error corresponding to the Best Linear Unbiased Estimator (BLUE) and the Linear Minimum Mean Square Error (LMMSE) estimator or also other loss functions used to measure the accuracy of covariance matrix estimates.

  15. Actividad in vitro de furvina frente a bacterias Gram negativas multirresistentes

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    Yeny Morales-Moreno; Ricardo Medina-Marrero; Milagros Garcia-Bernal; Marlen Casanova-González; Robin Rodríguez-Pérez; Natacha Fernández-López; Mayda Guerra-Martínez; Rafael Gómez-Marrero; Nidia Rojas-Hernández

    2014-01-01

    Actualmente existe una crisis global en el tratamiento de las enfermedades infecciosas debido a microorganismos resistentes a la mayoría de los agentes antimicrobianos convencionales. Desafortunadamente, no han sido desarrollados nuevas clases de estos compuestos antibacterianos activos frente a bacterias Gram negativas multirresistentes en los últimos años. Esta situación llevó a que muchos trabajos de investigación estén encaminados a la búsqueda de nuevas sustancias biológicamente activas....

  16. Una gramática emergente ¿internet como cultura o artefacto?

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    Mireya Barón Pulido

    2012-01-01

    Nativos digitales, gramáticas emergentes, internet como cultura y como artefacto son referentes marco que dinamizan tanto la emisión como la interpretación de signos en la población universitaria. El artículo muestra los resultados de las tendencias de usos de los lenguajes y mediaciones TICS en jóvenes universitarios de primer semestre del Politécnico Grancolombiano-COLOMBIA a partir del trabajo con grupos focales y aplicación de instrumento, con el propósito de sistematizar la tendencia de ...

  17. Fluoroquinolones Protective against Cephalosporin Resistance in Gram-Negative Nosocomial Pathogens

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    Schwaber, Mitchell J.; Cosgrove, Sara E.; Kaye, Keith S; Gold, Howard Seth; Carmeli, Yehuda

    2004-01-01

    In a matched case-control study, we studied the effect of prior receipt of fluoroquinolones on isolation of three third-generation cephalosporin-resistant gram-negative nosocomial pathogens. Two hundred eighty-two cases with a third-generation cephalosporin-resistant pathogen (203 with Enterobacter spp., 50 with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and 29 with Klebsiella pneumoniae) were matched on length of stay to controls in a 1:2 ratio. Case-patients and controls were similar in age (mean 62 years) an...

  18. agcc: un generador de procesadores de lenguajes basado en gramáticas de atributos

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    Arroyo, Marcelo; Aguirre, Jorge; Alarcón, Román

    2005-01-01

    Este trabajo describe una herramienta de generación procesadores de lenguaje basados en gramáticas de atributos para la familia de bien definidas (well defined atribute gramars) las cuales imposibilitan la derivación de árboles sintácticos con dependencias circulares entre las instancias de sus atributos. La herramienta desarrollada, denominada agcc, genera todos los componentes necesarios de un procesador de lenguajes análisis léxico, sintáctico y evaluación de atributos a partir de una e...

  19. Sequencing and characterization of the xyl operon of a gram-positive bacterium, Tetragenococcus halophila.

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    Takeda, Y; Takase, K; Yamato, I; Abe, K

    1998-07-01

    The xyl operon of a gram-positive bacterium, Tetragenococcus halophila (previously called Pediococcus halophilus), was cloned and sequenced. The DNA was about 7.7 kb long and contained genes for a ribose binding protein and part of a ribose transporter, xylR (a putative regulatory gene), and the xyl operon, along with its regulatory region and transcription termination signal, in this order. The DNA was AT rich, the GC content being 35.8%, consistent with the GC content of this gram-positive bacterium. The xyl operon consisted of three genes, xylA, encoding a xylose isomerase, xylB, encoding a xylulose kinase, and xylE, encoding a xylose transporter, with predicted molecular weights of 49,400, 56,400, and 51,600, respectively. The deduced amino acid sequences of the XylR, XylA, XylB, and XylE proteins were similar to those of the corresponding proteins in other gram-positive and -negative bacteria, the similarities being 37 to 64%. Each polypeptide of XylB and XylE was expressed functionally in Escherichia coli. XylE transported D-xylose in a sodium ion-dependent manner, suggesting that it is the first described xylose/Na+ symporter. The XylR protein contained a consensus sequence for binding catabolites of glucose, such as glucose-6-phosphate, which has been discovered in glucose and fructose kinases in bacteria. Correspondingly, the regulatory region of this operon contained a putative binding site of XylR with a palindromic structure. Furthermore, it contained a consensus sequence, CRE (catabolite-responsive element), for binding CcpA (catabolite control protein A). We speculate that the transcriptional regulation of this operon resembles the regulation of catabolite-repressible operons such as the amy, lev, xyl, and gnt operons in various gram-positive bacteria. We discuss the significance of the regulation of gene expression of this operon in T. halophila. PMID:9647823

  20. BacPP: a web-based tool for Gram-negative bacterial promoter prediction.

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    de Avila E Silva, S; Notari, D L; Neis, F A; Ribeiro, H G; Echeverrigaray, S

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial Promoter Prediction (BacPP) is a tool used to predict given sequences as promoters of Gram-negative bacteria according to the σ factor that recognizes it. The first version of BacPP was implemented in Python language in a desktop version without a friendly interface. For this reason, a web version of BacPP is now available with the purpose of improving its usability and availability. The present paper describes the implementation of the web version of this tool, focusing on its software architecture and user functionalities. The software is available at www.bacpp.bioinfoucs.com/home. PMID:27173187

  1. Local Gram-Schmidt and covariant Lyapunov vectors and exponents for three harmonic oscillator problems

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    Hoover, Wm. G.; Hoover, Carol G.

    2012-02-01

    We compare the Gram-Schmidt and covariant phase-space-basis-vector descriptions for three time-reversible harmonic oscillator problems, in two, three, and four phase-space dimensions respectively. The two-dimensional problem can be solved analytically. The three-dimensional and four-dimensional problems studied here are simultaneously chaotic, time-reversible, and dissipative. Our treatment is intended to be pedagogical, for use in an updated version of our book on Time Reversibility, Computer Simulation, and Chaos. Comments are very welcome.

  2. Comparison of tryptophan biosynthetic operon regulation in different Gram-positive bacterial species.

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    Gutiérrez-Preciado, Ana; Yanofsky, Charles; Merino, Enrique

    2007-09-01

    The tryptophan biosynthetic operon has been widely used as a model system for studying transcription regulation. In Bacillus subtilis, the trp operon is primarily regulated by a tryptophan-activated RNA-binding protein, TRAP. Here we show that in many other Gram-positive species the trp operon is regulated differently, by tRNA(Trp) sensing by the RNA-based T-box mechanism, with T-boxes arranged in tandem. Our analyses reveal an apparent relationship between trp operon organization and the specific regulatory mechanism(s) used. PMID:17555843

  3. Portland cement hydration in the presence of admixtures: black gram pulse and superplasticizer

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    Viveka Nand Dwivedi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Effect of admixtures such as black gram pulse (BGP and sulfonated naphthalene based superplasticizer (SP on the hydration of Portland cement has been studied. The hydration characteristics of OPC in the presence of BGP and SP were studied with the help of non evaporable water content determinations, calorimetric method, Mössbauer spectroscopic and atomic force microscopic techniques. Results have shown that both BGP and SP get adsorbed at the surface of cement and its hydration products. The hydration of Portland cement is retarded in the presence of both the admixtures and nanosize hydration products are formed.

  4. O-antigen protects gram-negative bacteria from histone killing.

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    Catherine Chaput

    Full Text Available Beyond their traditional role of wrapping DNA, histones display antibacterial activity to Gram-negative and -positive bacteria. To identify bacterial components that allow survival to a histone challenge, we selected resistant bacteria from homologous Escherichia coli libraries that harbor plasmids carrying pieces of the chromosome in different sizes. We identified genes required for exopolysaccharide production and for the synthesis of the polysaccharide domain of the lipopolysaccharide, called O-antigen. Indeed, O-antigen and exopolysaccharide conferred further resistance to histones. Notably, O-antigen also conferred resistance to histones in the pathogens Shigella flexneri and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

  5. Algoritmos y gramáticas : un capitulo apasionante de la teoría cognitiva

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    Pérez Alcázar, Jesús Hernando

    2012-01-01

    DOS GRANDES PROBLEMASUno de los grandes pioneros de la teoría cognitiva es el profesor norteamericano Noam Chomsky. En este ensayo presentaremos algunos de sus muy numerosos aportes al desarrollo de esta nueva teoría, limitando la atención a las relaciones entre gramaticas y algoritmos. Una manera muy sugestiva de abordar las relaciones entre los algoritmos matemáticos y las gramáticas de la teoría lingüística, la ofrece el propio Noam Chomsky en su importante trabajo "El conocimiento del len...

  6. Daptomycin: an evidence-based review of its role in the treatment of Gram-positive infections

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    Gonzalez-Ruiz A; Seaton RA; Hamed K

    2016-01-01

    Armando Gonzalez-Ruiz,1 R Andrew Seaton,2 Kamal Hamed3 1Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, UK; 2Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, UK; 3Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ, USA Abstract: Infections caused by Gram-positive pathogens remain a major public health burden and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Increasing rates of infection with Gram-positive bacteria and the emergence of resistance to commonly used antibiotics have led to the need for n...

  7. Isolation and molecular characterization of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria from imported flamingos in Japan

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    Fukumoto Yukio; Watanabe Hitoshi; Noda Ayako; Ahmed Ashraf M; Sato Maiko; Shimamoto Tadashi

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Imported animals, especially those from developing countries, may constitute a potential hazard to native animals and to public health. In this study, a new flock of lesser flamingos imported from Tanzania to Hiroshima Zoological Park were screened for multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, integrons and antimicrobial resistance genes. Thirty-seven Gram-negative bacterial isolates were obtained from the flamingos. Seven isolates (18.9%) showed multidrug resistance phenotypes, th...

  8. Activity of a New Oral Streptogramin, XRP2868, against Gram-Positive Cocci Harboring Various Mechanisms of Resistance to Streptogramins

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    Dupuis, Michel; Leclercq, Roland

    2006-01-01

    The antibacterial activity of XRP2868, a new oral streptogramin composed of a combination of RPR132552 (streptogramin A) and RPR202868 (streptogramin B), was evaluated against a collection of clinical gram-positive isolates with characterized phenotypes and genotypes of streptogramin resistance. The effects of genes for resistance to streptogramin A or B on the activity of XRP2868 and its components were also tested by cloning these genes individually or in various combinations in gram-positi...

  9. Multidrug Resistance in Quinolone-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria Isolated from Hospital Effluent and the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant

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    Vaz-Moreira, Ivone; Varela, Ana Rita; Pereira, Thamiris V.; Fochat, Romário C.; Manaia, C. M.

    2015-01-01

    This study is aimed to assess if hospital effluents represent an important supplier of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria that, being discharged in the municipal collector, may be disseminated in the environment and bypassed in water quality control systems. From a set of 101 non-Escherichia coli Gram-negative bacteria with reduced susceptibility to quinolones, was selected a group of isolates comprised by those with the highest indices of MDR (defined as nonsuscepti...

  10. Use of the Autobac IDX system for rapid identification of Enterobacteriaceae and nonfermentative gram-negative bacilli.

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    Costigan, W J; Hollick, G E

    1984-01-01

    The Autobac IDX system was evaluated for its ability to accurately identify 290 gram-negative bacilli from 18 different genera. Excluding isolates with a low identification probability, the overall sensitivity of the system was found to be 95.8%. Late lactose-fermenting Escherichia coli, Citrobacter freundii, and Proteus mirabilis accounted for over 90% of the misidentifications. The Autobac IDX system offers a rapid and reliable method for the identification of gram-negative bacilli.

  11. Detection of extended spectrum β-lactamase among gram negative clinical isolates from a tertiary care hospital in South India

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    Balan K.

    2013-01-01

    Background: The β lactamase enzymes produced by the organisms break down the structural beta-lactam ring of β lactam antibiotics. Many genera of gram negative bacteria possess a naturally occurring, chromosomally mediated β lactamase and also some are plasmid mediated β lactamases. The objective of the study was to detect extended spectrum β lactamases among gram negative clinical isolates. Methods: 200 clinical were subjected to routine disc diffusion technique and zone diameter of ≤27mm for...

  12. Discovery of a Novel Class of Boron-Based Antibacterials with Activity against Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    Hernandez, Vincent; Crépin, Thibaut; Palencia, Andrés; Cusack, Stephen; Akama, Tsutomu; Baker, Stephen J.; Bu, Wei; Feng, Lisa; Freund, Yvonne R.; Liu, Liang; Meewan, Maliwan; Mohan, Manisha; Mao, Weimin; Rock, Fernando L; Sexton, Holly

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    Gram-negative bacteria cause approximately 70% of the infections in intensive care units. A growing number of bacterial isolates responsible for these infections are resistant to currently available antibiotics and to many in development. Most agents under development are modifications of existing drug classes, which only partially overcome existing resistance mechanisms. Therefore, new classes of Gram-negative antibacterials with truly novel modes of action are needed to circumvent these exi...

  13. Biofilm Formation by Gram-Negative Bacteria on Central Venous Catheter Connectors: Effect of Conditioning Films in a Laboratory Model

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    Murga, R.; Miller, J.M.; Donlan, R. M.

    2001-01-01

    Human blood components have been shown to enhance biofilm formation by gram-positive bacteria. We investigated the effect of human blood on biofilm formation on the inner lumen of needleless central venous catheter connectors by several gram-negative bacteria, specifically Enterobacter cloacae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Pantoea agglomerans. Results suggest that a conditioning film of blood components promotes biofilm formation by these organisms in an in vitro system.

  14. Applications of Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM 2005) Supporting Mission Site Selection for Mars Science Laboratory

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    Justh, Hilary L.; Justus, Carl G.

    2008-01-01

    The Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM 2005) is an engineering level atmospheric model widely used for diverse mission applications. An overview is presented of Mars-GRAM 2005 and its new features. One new feature of Mars-GRAM 2005 is the 'auxiliary profile' option. In this option, an input file of temperature and density versus altitude is used to replace mean atmospheric values from Mars-GRAM's conventional (General Circulation Model) climatology. An auxiliary profile can be generated from any source of data or alternate model output. Auxiliary profiles for this study were produced from mesoscale model output (Southwest Research Institute's Mars Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (MRAMS) model and Oregon State University's Mars mesoscale model (MMM5)model) and a global Thermal Emission Spectrometer(TES) database. The global TES database has been specifically generated for purposes of making Mars-GRAM auxiliary profiles. This data base contains averages and standard deviations of temperature, density, and thermal wind components,averaged over 5-by-5 degree latitude-longitude bins and 15 degree L(s) bins, for each of three Mars years of TES nadir data. Results are presented using auxiliary profiles produced from the mesoscale model output and TES observed data for candidate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing sites. Input parameters rpscale (for density perturbations) and rwscale (for wind perturbations) can be used to "recalibrate" Mars-GRAM perturbation magnitudes to better replicate observed or mesoscale model variability.

  15. Rewiring Gram-Negative Bacteria Cell Surfaces with Bio-Orthogonal Chemistry via Liposome Fusion.

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    Elahipanah, Sina; Radmanesh, Parham; Luo, Wei; O'Brien, Paul J; Rogozhnikov, Dmitry; Yousaf, Muhammad N

    2016-04-20

    The ability to tailor bacteria cell surfaces with non-native molecules is critical to advance the study of bacteria communication, cell behavior, and for next-generation therapeutics to improve livestock and human health. Such modifications would allow for novel control over cell behavior, cell-cell interactions, biofilm formation, adjuvant conjugation, and imaging. Current methods to engineer bacteria surfaces have made major advances but rely on complicated, slow, and often expensive molecular biology and metabolic manipulation methods with limited scope on the type of molecules installed onto the surface. In this report, we introduce a new straightforward method based on liposome fusion to engineer Gram-negative bacteria cells with bio-orthogonal groups that can subsequently be conjugated to a range of molecules (biomolecules, small molecules, probes, proteins, nucleic acids, ligands, and radiolabels) for further studies and programmed behavior of bacteria. This method is fast, efficient, inexpensive, and useful for installing a broad scope of ligands and biomolecules to Gram-negative bacteria surfaces. PMID:27019118

  16. Managing and preventing outbreaks of Gram-negative infections in UK neonatal units.

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    Anthony, Mark; Bedford-Russell, Alison; Cooper, Tracey; Fry, Carole; Heath, Paul T; Kennea, Nigel; McCartney, Maureen; Patel, Bharat; Pollard, Tina; Sharland, Mike; Wilson, Peter

    2013-11-01

    De novo guidance on the management of Gram-negative bacteria outbreaks in UK neonatal units was developed in 2012 by a Department of Health, England Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection working group. The recommendations included activation of an organisational response and establishing a control team when an outbreak is suspected; screening for the specific organism only during an outbreak; undertaking multidisciplinary reviews of cleaning routines, hand hygiene and Gram-negative bacteria transmission risks; considering deep-cleaning; cohorting colonised and infected babies preferably but not necessarily in isolation cubicles; and considering reducing beds or closing a unit to new admissions as a way of improving spacing and staff:patient ratios until the outbreak is under control. The group advised establishing mechanisms to communicate effectively across the network; informing parents of the outbreak as early as possible, and providing prewritten 'infection outbreak' information sheets. For prevention of outbreaks, the group advised meeting national staffing and cot-spacing requirements; following a Water Action Plan; using infection reduction care bundles and benchmarking; and introducing breast milk early and limiting antibiotic use. PMID:23792354

  17. Antibacterial activity of crude extract of Punica granatum pericarp on pathogenic Gram-negative bacilli.

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    Voravuthikunchai, S.

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of crude extracts of Punica granatum Linn. pericarp with 3 different solvents against pathogenic Gram-negative bacilli. Ethanolic extracts showed the antibacterial activity against all strains tested including enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli 4 strains (E. coli O157: H7, E. coli O26: H11, E. coli O111: NM, E. coli O22, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella boydii and Salmonella london. Inhibition zones ranged from 10.02 to 19.15 mm. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC ranged from 0.09 to 3.13 mg/ml and 3.13 to 25 mg/ml, respectively. Aqueous extract had low antibacterial activity while crude chloroform extracts had no effect on the growth of these strains. Ethyl acetate and n-butanol fractions of P. granatum pericarp demonstrated high activity with the best MIC and MBC values of 0.02 to 0.78 mg/ml and 0.19 to 6.25 mg/ml, respectively. As ethanolic extract of P. granatum was very effective against these pathogenic bacteria, further investigation on this plant species may provide alternative, but bioactive, medicines for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infection.

  18. Cuprous Oxide Scale up: Gram Production via Bulk Synthesis using Classic Solvents at Low Temperatures

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    Hall, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Han, T. Y. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-05-07

    Cuprous oxide is a p-type semiconducting material that has been highly researched for its interesting properties. Many small-scale syntheses have exhibited excellent control over size and morphology. As the demand for cuprous oxide grows, the synthesis method need to evolve to facilitate large-scale production. This paper supplies a facile bulk synthesis method for Cu₂O on average, 1-liter reaction volume can produce 1 gram of particles. In order to study the shape and size control mechanisms on such a scale, the reaction volume was diminished to 250 mL producing on average 0.3 grams of nanoparticles per batch. Well-shaped nanoparticles have been synthesized using an aqueous solution of CuCl₂, NaOH, SDS surfactant, and NH₂OH-HCl at mild temperatures. The time allotted between the addition of NaOH and NH₂OH-HCl was determined to be critical for Cu(OH)2 production, an important precursor to the final produce The effects of stirring rates on a large scale was also analyzed during reagent addition and post reagent addition. A morphological change from rhombic dodecahedra to spheres occurred as the stirring speed was increased. The effects of NH₂OH-HCl concentration were also studied to control the etching effects of the final product.

  19. Groundwater Risk Assessment Model (GRAM: Groundwater Risk Assessment Model for Wellfield Protection

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    Nara Somaratne

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A groundwater risk assessment was carried out for 30 potable water supply systems under a framework of protecting drinking water quality across South Australia. A semi-quantitative Groundwater Risk Assessment Model (GRAM was developed based on a “multi-barrier” approach using likelihood of release, contaminant pathway and consequence equation. Groundwater vulnerability and well integrity have been incorporated to the pathway component of the risk equation. The land use of the study basins varies from protected water reserves to heavily stocked grazing lands. Based on the risk assessment, 15 systems were considered as low risk, four as medium and 11 systems as at high risk. The GRAM risk levels were comparable with indicator bacteria—total coliform—detection. Most high risk systems were the result of poor well construction and casing corrosion rather than the land use. We carried out risk management actions, including changes to well designs and well operational practices, design to increase time of residence and setting the production zone below identified low permeable zones to provide additional barriers to contaminants. The highlight of the risk management element is the well integrity testing using down hole geophysical methods and camera views of the casing condition.

  20. Benfang Lei’s research on heme acquisition in Gram-positive pathogens and bacterial pathogenesis

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    2010-01-01

    Benfang Lei’s laboratory conducts research on pathogenesis of human pathogen Group A Streptococcus (GAS)and horse pathogen Streptococcus equi(S.equi). His current research focuses on heme acquisition in Gram-positive pathogens and molecular mechanism of GAS and S.equi pathogenesis.Heme is an important source of essential iron for bacterial pathogens.Benfang Lei and colleagues identified the first cell surface heme-binding protein in Gram-positive pathogens and the heme acquisition system in GAS,demonstrated direct heme transfer from one protein to another,demonstrated an experimental pathway of heme acquisition by the Staphylococcus aureus Isd system,elucidated the activated heme transfer mechanism,and obtained evidence for a chemical mechanism of direct axial ligand displacement during the Shp-to-HtsA heme transfer reaction.These findings have considerably contributed to the progress that has been made over recent years in understanding the heme acquisition process in Grampositive pathogens.Pathogenesis of GAS is mediated by an abundance of extracellular proteins,and pathogenic role and functional mechanism are not known for many of these virulence factors.Lei laboratory identified a secreted protein of GAS as a CovRS-regulated virulence factor that is a protective antigen and is critical for GAS spreading in the skin and systemic dissemination.These studies may lead to development of novel strategies to prevent and treat GAS infections.

  1. Investigated of ampC in Carbapenem Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria Isolated from Burned Patients

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    Leila Azimi

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Gram-Negative bacteria are the most cause of nosocomial infection especially in burned patients. Carbapenem resistant strains can limit seriously the choice of antibiotic therapy. AmpC can make resistance to carbapenem and detection of that can be useful for identification ofcarbapenem resistant. The aim of this study was identification of ampC in most prevalent cause of nosocomial infection.Methods: boronic acid combined with meropenem in combination disc method was used for phenotypic method and PCR was used for molecular identification of ampC.Results: Fifty one strains showed positive results in phenotypic method but 119 strains were harbored ampC gene. Combination disc method with meropenem and boronic acid showed 34.4% sensitivity and 78.5% specificity according to the results of this study.Conclusions: the results of this study were indicated the more prevalent of ampC in carbapenem resistant Gram-Negative bacteria. On the other hand use of boronic acid combined with meropenem showed low sensitivity for detection of ampC.

  2. New antimicrobial agents as therapy for resistant gram-positive cocci.

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    Lentino, J R; Narita, M; Yu, V L

    2008-01-01

    Vancomycin- and methicillin-resistant gram-positive cocci have emerged as an increasingly problematic cause of hospital-acquired infections. We conducted a literature review of newer antibiotics with activity against vancomycin-resistant and methicillin-resistant gram-positive cocci. Quinupristin/dalfopristin, linezolid, daptomycin, and tigecycline have in vitro activity for methicillin-resistant staphylococci and are superior to vancomycin for vancomycin-resistant isolates. Dalbavancin, telavancin, and oritavancin are new glycopeptides that have superior pharmacodynamic properties compared to vancomycin. We review the antibacterial spectrum, clinical indications and contraindications, pharmacologic properties, and adverse events associated with each of these agents. Daptomycin has rapid bactericidal activity for Staphylococcus aureus and is approved for use in bacteremia and right-sided endocarditis. Linezolid is comparable to vancomycin in patients with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) pneumonia and has pharmacoeconomic advantages given its oral formulation. Quinupristin/dalfopristin is the drug of choice for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium infections but has no activity against Enterococcus faecalis. Tigecycline has activity against both enterococcus species and MRSA; it is also active against Enterobacteriaceae and anaerobes which allows for use in intra-abdominal and diabetic foot infections. A review of numerous in vitro and animal model studies shows that interaction between these newer agents and other antistaphylococcal agents for S. aureus are usually indifferent (additive). PMID:17899228

  3. Short-term starvation of immune deficient Drosophila improves survival to gram-negative bacterial infections.

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    Anthony E Brown

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Primary immunodeficiencies are inborn errors of immunity that lead to life threatening conditions. These predispositions describe human immunity in natura and highlight the important function of components of the Toll-IL-1- receptor-nuclear factor kappa B (TIR-NF-kappaB pathway. Since the TIR-NF-kappaB circuit is a conserved component of the host defence in higher animals, genetically tractable models may contribute ideas for clinical interventions. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used immunodeficient fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster to address questions pertaining to survival following bacterial infection. We describe here that flies lacking the NF-kappaB protein Relish, indispensable for countering Gram-negative bacteria, had a greatly improved survival to such infections when subject to dietary short-term starvation (STS prior to immune challenge. STS induced the release of Nitric Oxide (NO, a potent molecule against pathogens in flies, mice and humans. Administering the NO Synthase-inhibitory arginine analog N-Nitro-L-Arginine-Methyl-Ester (L-NAME but not its inactive enantiomer D-NAME increased once again sensitivity to infection to levels expected for relish mutants. Surprisingly, NO signalling required the NF-kappaB protein Dif, usually needed for responses against Gram-positive bacteria. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results show that NO release through STS may reflect an evolutionary conserved process. Moreover, STS could be explored to address immune phenotypes related to infection and may offer ways to boost natural immunity.

  4. Investigation of genetic diversity in black gram [vigna mungo (l.) hepper

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    In the present investigation 34 Pakistani Black gram cultivars were evaluated through morphological traits, SDS-PAGE analysis and random amplified polymorphic markers (RAPD) which revealed considerable amount of genetic diversity in this species. Among the morphological traits, dry pod weight (71.79%), number of branches per plant (51.16%) and biological yield (50.12%) showed highest level of coefficient of variation. Percent frequency distribution also showed highest level of genetic diversity. Positive significant correlation was observed between numbers of pods per plant and dry pod length (p=0.01); grain yield and number of seeds per plant (p=0.02), and 100 seeds weight and biological yield (p=0.04). A total of 20 cultivars were identified and characterized on the basis of maximum and minimum value for 10 quantitative traits. The combinations of 20 cultivars are having practical application for breeding program as well as for direct selection of super cultivar. Among the biochemical and molecular makers, RAPD marker showed high level genetic similarity difference (0.00-4.00) as compared to SDS-PAGE (0.00- 2.45). RAPD analysis is considered the best option for determining Black gram genetic diversity pattern and Gene Bank management. (author)

  5. Feasibility of N-Gram Data-Structures for Next-Generation Pathogen Signature Design

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    Gardner, S N

    2009-01-26

    We determined the most appropriate data structure for handling n-gram (also known as k-mer) string comparisons and storage for genomic sequence data that will scale in terms of memory and speed. This is critical to maintain LLNL as the leader in pathogen detection, as it will guide the design of the 'Next Generation' system for computational signature prediction. There are two parts to k-mer analysis for signature prediction that we investigated. First is the enumeration and frequency counting of all observed k-mers in a sequence database (k-mer is a biological term equivalent to the CS term n-gram). Second is the down-selection and pairing of k-mers to generate a signature. We determined that for the first part, suffix arrays are the preferred method to enumerate k-mers, being memory efficient and relatively easy and fast to compute. For the second part, a subset of the k-mers can be stored and manipulated in a hash, that subset determination based on desired frequency characteristics such as most/least frequent from a set, shared among sequence sets, or discriminating across sequence sets.

  6. Impacts of vehicle exhaust black soot on germination of gram seed (Cicer arietinum L.

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    Naba Kumar Mondal

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An investigation was initiated to examine the effects of carbon soot collected from exhaust tube of 15 years old petrol and diesel operated vehicles on gram seed germination and biochemical changes of seedling. In view of the widespread cultivation of gram seed in India and long-term impact of black carbon is the warming of the atmosphere as per the recommendation of IPCC (2007. Black soot were separately treated with different doses and the effects of these treatment had on seed germination, seedling vigor, chlorophyll and carotenoid content, root and shoot growth, protein, sugar, phenol and proline estimation were studied. The treatment T6 significantly affected on seed germination (84% as well as seedling vigor and chlorophyll content. But other treatment promoted both seed germination and seedling vigor along with enhancement of other biochemical constituents. On the other hand micrograph study revealed that treatments T1 and T4 both showed negative effects on stomata rather than the ultra-structure of xylem and phloem.

  7. Membrane-Active Macromolecules Resensitize NDM-1 Gram-Negative Clinical Isolates to Tetracycline Antibiotics

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    Uppu, Divakara S. S. M.; Manjunath, Goutham B.; Yarlagadda, Venkateswarlu; Kaviyil, Jyothi E.; Ravikumar, Raju; Paramanandham, Krishnamoorthy; Shome, Bibek R.; Haldar, Jayanta

    2015-01-01

    Gram-negative ‘superbugs’ such as New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (blaNDM-1) producing pathogens have become world’s major public health threats. Development of molecular strategies that can rehabilitate the ‘old antibiotics’ and halt the antibiotic resistance is a promising approach to target them. We report membrane-active macromolecules (MAMs) that restore the antibacterial efficacy (enhancement by >80-1250 fold) of tetracycline antibiotics towards blaNDM-1 Klebsiella pneumonia and blaNDM-1 Escherichia coli clinical isolates. Organismic studies showed that bacteria had an increased and faster uptake of tetracycline in the presence of MAMs which is attributed to the mechanism of re-sensitization. Moreover, bacteria did not develop resistance to MAMs and MAMs stalled the development of bacterial resistance to tetracycline. MAMs displayed membrane-active properties such as dissipation of membrane potential and membrane-permeabilization that enabled higher uptake of tetracycline in bacteria. In-vivo toxicity studies displayed good safety profiles and preliminary in-vivo antibacterial efficacy studies showed that mice treated with MAMs in combination with antibiotics had significantly decreased bacterial burden compared to the untreated mice. This report of re-instating the efficacy of the antibiotics towards blaNDM-1 pathogens using membrane-active molecules advocates their potential for synergistic co-delivery of antibiotics to combat Gram-negative superbugs. PMID:25789871

  8. Nitric oxide synthase-dependent immune response against gram negative bacteria in a crustacean, Litopenaeus vannamei.

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    Rodríguez-Ramos, Tania; Carpio, Yamila; Bolívar, Jorge; Gómez, Leonardo; Estrada, Mario Pablo; Pendón, Carlos

    2016-03-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) is a short-lived radical generated by nitric oxide synthases (NOS). NO is involved in a variety of functions in invertebrates, including host defense. In previous studies, we isolated and sequenced for the first time the NOS gene from hemocytes of Panulirus argus, demonstrating the inducibility of this enzyme by lipopolysaccharide in vitro e in vivo. Hyperimmune serum was obtained from rabbits immunized with a P. argus -NOS fragment of 31 kDa produced in Escherichia coli, which specifically detected the recombinant polypeptide and the endogenous NOS from lobster hemocytes by western blotting and immunofluorescence. In the present work, we demonstrate that the hyperimmune serum obtained against P. argus NOS also recognizes Litopenaeus vannamei NOS in hemocytes by western blotting and immunofluorescence. Our data also show that while the hemolymph of L. vannamei has a strong antibacterial activity against the Gram negative bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila, the administration of the anti NOS serum reduce the natural bacterial clearance. These results strongly suggest that NOS is required for the shrimp immune defense toward Gram negative bacteria. Therefore, the monitoring of induction of NOS could be an important tool for testing immunity in shrimp farming. PMID:26804662

  9. Synthetic Quorum Sensing and Cell-Cell Communication in Gram-Positive Bacillus megaterium.

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    Marchand, Nicholas; Collins, Cynthia H

    2016-07-15

    The components of natural quorum-sensing (QS) systems can be used to engineer synthetic communication systems that regulate gene expression in response to chemical signals. We have used the machinery from the peptide-based agr QS system from Staphylococcus aureus to engineer a synthetic QS system in Bacillus megaterium to enable autoinduction of a target gene at high cell densities. Growth and gene expression from these synthetic QS cells were characterized in both complex and minimal media. We also split the signal production and sensing components between two strains of B. megaterium to produce sender and receiver cells and characterized the resulting communication in liquid media and on semisolid agar. The system described in this work represents the first synthetic QS and cell-cell communication system that has been engineered to function in a Gram-positive host, and it has the potential to enable the generation of dynamic gene regulatory networks in B. megaterium and other Gram-positive organisms. PMID:26203497

  10. ABC transporters involved in the biogenesis of the outer membrane in gram-negative bacteria.

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    Narita, Shin-ichiro

    2011-01-01

    The outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria is an asymmetric lipid bilayer with phospholipids and lipopolysaccharides (LPSs). β-Barreled outer membrane proteins and lipoproteins are embedded in the outer membrane. All of these constituents are essential to the function of the outer membrane. The transport systems for lipoproteins have been characterized in detail. An ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter, LolCDE, initiates sorting by mediating the detachment of lipoproteins from the inner membrane to form a water-soluble lipoprotein-LolA complex in the periplasm. Lipoproteins are then transferred to LolB at the outer membrane and are incorporated into the lipid bilayer. A model analogous to the Lol system has been suggested for the transport of LPS, where an ABC transporter, LptBFG, mediates the detachment of LPS from the inner membrane. Recent developments in the functional characterization of ABC transporters involved in the biogenesis of the outer membrane in gram-negative bacteria are discussed. PMID:21670534

  11. Oritavancin: A New Lipoglycopeptide Antibiotic in the Treatment of Gram-Positive Infections.

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    Brade, Karrine D; Rybak, Jeffrey M; Rybak, Michael J

    2016-03-01

    Resistance among Gram-positive organisms has been steadily increasing over the last several years; however, the development of new antibiotics to treat infections caused from these organisms has fallen short of the emergent need. Specifically, resistance among Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus spp. to essential antibiotics is considered a major problem. Oritavancin is a semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide antibiotic that was recently approved for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). While structurally related to vancomycin, oritavancin also possesses unique mechanisms of action that greatly enhance its antimicrobial potency against multi-drug resistant pathogens including both VanA- and VanB-mediated vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Owing to the addition of the highly hydrophobic tail group, oritavancin possesses a prolonged half-life ranging from 200-300 h. Although oritavancin is only currently Food and Drug Administration approved for ABSSSI, this agent may eventually play a role in additional indications where new innovative therapy is needed including bacteremia and deep-seeded, Gram-positive infections such as infective endocarditis or osteomyelitis. This review will focus on oritavancin's spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action and resistance, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties, and the completed and ongoing clinical studies evaluating its use. PMID:26831328

  12. THE SUPPLEMENTARY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PROTEINS OF MOTTLED GRAM BEAN AND CERTAIN OTHER CEREALS

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    罗登义

    2006-01-01

    @@ It has been well understood that a mixture of vegetable and animal proteins is of higher quality than the former alone, and also there are some remarkable instances of effective supplementing between the proteins of certain cereals and certain legume seeds[1]. In practice, it is very valuable for the selection of human diets and farm-animal relations. This question is especially important in China where the protein of the average diet are mainly of vegetable origin, in which about 83 percent are derived from cereals and 11 percent from beans[2]. However, a review of the literature indicates that no work has been done on the supplementary relationships of the protein of mottled gram bean with those of other cereals. The writer purchased, therefore, from the Peiping market some cheaper cereals commonly used in China, namely, yellow corn(黄玉米), red kaoliang(红高粱),oat meal(油麦面),panicled glutinous and non-glutinous millets(黄米及糜子米); and determined the supplementary values between the proteins of mottled gram bean and these cereals. The experimental details are communicated in the present paper.

  13. Water soluble carbon nano-onions from wood wool as growth promoters for gram plants

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    Sonkar, Sumit Kumar; Roy, Manas; Babar, Dipak Gorakh; Sarkar, Sabyasachi

    2012-11-01

    Water-soluble carbon nano-onions (wsCNOs) isolated from wood wool--a wood-based pyrolysis waste product of wood, can enhance the overall growth rate of gram (Cicer arietinum) plants. Treatment of plants with upto 30 μg mL-1 of wsCNOs for an initial 10 day period in laboratory conditions led to an increase in the overall growth of the plant biomass. In order to examine the growth stimulating effects of wsCNOs under natural conditions, 10 day-old plants treated with and without wsCNOs were transplanted into soil of standard carbon and nitrogen composition. We observed an enhanced growth rate of the wsCNOs pre-treated plants in soil, which finally led to an increased productivity of plants in terms of a larger number of grams. On analyzing the carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen (CHN) content for the shoot and fruit sections of the plants treated with and without wsCNOs, only a minor difference in the composition was noticed. However, a slight increase in the percentage of carbon and hydrogen in shoots reflects the synthesis of more organic biomass in the case of treated plants. This work shows that wsCNOs are non-toxic to plant cells and can act as efficient growth stimulants which can be used as benign growth promoters.

  14. [Comparative urinary bactericidal activity of oral antibiotics against gram-positive pathogens].

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    Bedenić, Branka; Budimir, Ana; Gverić, Ana; Plecko, Vanda; Vranes, Jasmina; Bubonja-Sonje, Marina; Kalenić, Smilja

    2012-01-01

    In routine bacteriological laboratories the antibacterial activity of antibiotics is determined by in vitro testing, usually by disk-diffusion test. However, in vitro testing does not always reflect antibacterial efficiency of antibiotics in vivo. In this investigation, the urine samples obtained in a single oral dose pharmacokinetic study were examined for their bactericidal activity against a range of relevant Gram-positive urinary tract pathogens. Urinary bactericidal activity of linezolid had been previously compared with ciprofloxacin but not with other oral antibiotics such as beta-lactams. Linezolid showed satisfactory urinary bactericidal titres throughout the whole testing period against all Gram-positive cocci. Fluoroquinolones displayed high and persisting levels of urinary bactericidal activity against staphylococci, but their activity against enterococci was weaker. According to the results of ex-vivo testing amoxycillin could be recommended only for infections caused by E. faecalis. Amoxycillin combined with clavulanic acid can be considered as a therapeutic option for infections caused by S. saprophyticus and E. faecalis. Older cephalosporins had high titres only against S. saprophyticus. Their drawback is a short elimination half-time in urine resulting in rapid decrease of urinary bactericidal titers during dosing interval. Furthermore, they do not show activity against enterococci due to their intrinsic resistance to cephalosporins. PMID:22930932

  15. Structures of β-hairpin Antimicrobial Protegrin Peptides in Lipopolysaccharide Membranes: Mechanism of Gram Selectivity Obtained From Solid-State NMR

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    Su, Yongchao; Waring, Alan J.; Ruchala, Piotr; Hong, Mei

    2011-01-01

    The structural basis for the Gram selectivity of two disulfide-bonded β-hairpin antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) is investigated using solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The hexa-arginine PG-1 exhibits potent activities against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, while a mutant of PG-1 with only three cationic residues maintains Gram-positive activity but is 30-fold less active against Gram-negative bacteria. We determined the topological structure and lipid interactions of these two pepti...

  16. Identification of a new family of enzymes with potential O-acetylpeptidoglycan esterase activity in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria

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    Clarke Anthony J

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The metabolism of the rigid bacterial cell wall heteropolymer peptidoglycan is a dynamic process requiring continuous biosynthesis and maintenance involving the coordination of both lytic and synthetic enzymes. The O-acetylation of peptidoglycan has been proposed to provide one level of control on these activities as this modification inhibits the action of the major endogenous lytic enzymes, the lytic transglycosylases. The O-acetylation of peptidoglycan also inhibits the activity of the lysozymes which serve as the first line of defense of host cells against the invasion of bacterial pathogens. Despite this central importance, there is a dearth of information regarding peptidoglycan O-acetylation and nothing has previously been reported on its de-acetylation. Results Homology searches of the genome databases have permitted this first report on the identification of a potential family of O-Acetylpeptidoglycan esterases (Ape. These proteins encoded in the genomes of a variety of both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including a number of important human pathogens such as species of Neisseria, Helicobacter, Campylobacter, and Bacillus anthracis, have been organized into three families based on amino acid sequence similarities with family 1 being further divided into three sub-families. The genes encoding these proteins are shown to be clustered with Peptidoglycan O-acetyltransferases (Pat and in some cases, together with other genes involved in cell wall metabolism. Representative bacteria that encode the Ape proteins were experimentally shown to produce O-acetylated peptidoglycan. Conclusion The hypothetical proteins encoded by the pat and ape genes have been organized into families based on sequence similarities. The Pat proteins have sequence similarity to Pseudomonas aeruginosa AlgI, an integral membrane protein known to participate in the O-acetylation of the exopolysaccaride, alginate. As none of the bacteria

  17. Evaluation of direct inoculation of the BD PHOENIX system from positive BACTEC blood cultures for both Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative rods

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    Wolffs Petra FG

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rapid identification (ID and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST of the causative micro-organism of bloodstream infections result in earlier targeting of antibiotic therapy. In order to obtain results of ID and AST up to 24 hours earlier, we evaluated the accuracy of direct inoculation of the Phoenix system from positive blood cultures (BACTEC by using Serum Separator Tubes to harvest bacteria from positive blood cultures. Results were compared to those of standard Phoenix procedure. Discrepancies between the two methods were resolved by using the API system, E-test or microbroth dilution. Results ID with the direct method was correct for 95.2% of all tested Enterobacteriaceae (n = 42 and 71.4% of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains (n = 7. AST with the direct method showed a categorical agreement for Gram-negative rods (GNR of 99.0%, with 0.7% minor errors, 0.3% very major errors and no major errors. All antibiotics showed an agreement of >95%. The direct method for AST of Staphylococcus (n = 81 and Enterococcus (n = 3 species showed a categorical agreement of 95.4%, with a minor error rate of 1.1%, a major error rate of 3.1% and a very major error rate of 0.4%. All antibiotics showed an agreement of >90%, except for trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and erythromycin. Conclusions Inoculation of Phoenix panels directly from positive blood cultures can be used to report reliable results of AST of GNR a day earlier, as well as ID-results of Enterobacteriaceae. For Staphylococcus and Enterococcus species, results of AST can also be reported a day earlier for all antibiotics, except for erythromycin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

  18. Brazilian experience in EU-CORE: daptomycin registry and treatment of serious Gram-positive infections

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    Artur Timerman

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To collect data about non-controlled prescribing use of daptomycin and its impact among Brazilian patients with serious Gram positive bacterial infection, as well as the efficacy and safety outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a multi-center, retrospective, non-interventional registry (August 01, 2009 to June 30, 2011 to collect data on 120 patients (44 patients in the first year and 76 patients in the second year who had received at least one dose of commercial daptomycin in Brazil for the treatment of serious Gram-positive bacterial infection. RESULTS: Right-sided endocarditis (15.8%, complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTIwound (15.0% and bacteremia-catheter-related (14.2% were the most frequent primary infections; lung (21.7% was the most common site for infection. Daptomycin was used empirically in 76 (63.3% patients, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA was the most common suspected pathogen (86.1%. 82.5% of the cultures were obtained prior to or shortly after initiation of daptomycin therapy. Staphylococcus spp. - coagulase negative, MRSA, and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus were the most frequently identified pathogens (23.8%, 23.8% and 12.5%, respectively. The most common daptomycin dose administered for bacteremia and cSSTI was 6 mg/kg (30.6% and 4 mg/kg (51.7%, respectively. The median duration of inpatient daptomycin therapy was 14 days. Most patients (57.1% did not receive daptomycin while in intensive care unit. Carbapenem (22.5% was the most commonly used antibiotic concomitantly. The patients showed clinical improvement after two days (median following the start of daptomycin therapy. The clinical success rate was 80.8% and the overall rate of treatment failure was 10.8%. The main reasons for daptomycin discontinuation were successful end of therapy (75.8%, switched therapy (11.7%, and treatment failure (4.2%. Daptomycin demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile

  19. Susceptibility of Arcobacter butzleri to heavy metals Sensibilidade de Arcobacter butzleri a metais pesados

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    Laura Otth

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available The susceptibility of 50 strains of Arcobacter butzleri isolated from chicken liver [12], mussels [18], river water [6] and bovine [5], duck [2] and pelicans [7] feces to mercury (Hg, chromium (Cr, silver (Ag, nickel (Ni, cobalt (Co, iron (Fe, manganese (Mn, molybdenum (Mo and lead (Pb was determined.All the strains were resistant to Mo, Mn, Ni, Co, Pb and Fe and susceptible to Hg, Ag and Cr. MIC values showed high variability, indicating a non homogeneous behavior among the strains.Arcobacter butzleri é um bacilo Gram negativo de caráter zoonótico, pertencente à Família Campylobacteraceae, que tem sido associado a diarréia e septicemia no ser humano. A susceptibilidade de 50 amostras de A. butzleri isoladas de fígados de frango [12], mariscos [18], água de rio [6] e fezes de bovinos [5], patos [2] e pelicanos [7] aos metais pesados mercúrio (Hg, cromo (Cr, prata (Ag, níquel (Ni, cobalto Co, ferro (Fe, manganês (Mn, molibdênio (Mo e chumbo (Pb foi determinada.Todas as amostras foram resistentes a Mo, Mn, Ni, Co, Pb e Fe, sendo susceptíveis a Hg, Ag e Cr. Os valores das CIM apresentaram alta variabilidade indicando um comportamento não homogêneo entre as amostras.

  20. Desarrollo de un sistema de transformación genética en Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

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    La transformación genética es una alternativa para el conocimiento de genes involucrados en la patogenicidad de los hongos. A la fecha se han transformado algunos hongos utilizando técnicas como luz ultravioleta para obtener mutantes auxotróficas. Así mismo, se ha empleado la transformación basada en la introducción de plásmidos que confieren resistencia a antibióticos bien sea por medio de electroporación o imitando un evento que se presenta naturalmente entre plantas y el bacilo gram negativo Agrobacterium tumefaciens y que consiste en la transferencia del T-DNA del plásmido Ti bacteriano a la célula vegetal, con la consecuente aparición de un tumor en el tallo de
    la planta. Este mecanismo se ha reproducido con éxito en hongos
    filamentosos y en levaduras. En el caso de Paraco ccidioides brasiliensis aún no se dispone de un modelo de transformación. Considerando esta carencia y la necesidad de conocer los genes involucrados en la patogenicidad de este microorganismo, pretendemos desarrollar un sistema de transformación genética para P. brasiliensis utilizando A. tumefaciens.