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Staphylococci and micrococci

After growth of yeasts, growth of a progression of bacteria occurs during smear development staphylococci and micrococci grow early in ripening generally followed by coryneform bacteria. Both staphylococci and micrococci can grow in the presence of 10 salt and they are also acid tolerant and may grow at pH < 6.0. Staphylococci are more important than micrococci and have been reported to account for 5-25 of total counts in certain smear-ripened cheeses. They have been reported at levels of 105cfuml 1 in cheese brines.

Genome Comparisons of Diverse Staphylococcus aureus Strains

As with other pathogens, the genome of Staphylococcus aureus can be subdivided into core and accessory segments, comprising roughly 75 and 25 of the genome. Particular attention is given to the MRSA252 strain, which is phylogenetically distinct from other S. aureus genomes, is epidemic in the United Kingdom and North America, and is closely related to methicillin-susceptible clinical isolates that are hypervirulent in musculoskeletal infection models. This strain contains a number of unique or unusual small-scale variations compared with other genomes, and their potential significance as mediators of virulence is discussed. With respect to horizontally transferred virulence determinants of the core genome, another focus is to assess the integration sites of toxin-carrying prophage, in terms of a potential cost-benefit relationship. The Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome is discussed in terms of its role in promoting the evolution of antibiotic resistance, and as a potential mediator...

Surfaceripened cheeses

Microflora of commercial brines include halotolerant lactobacilli and yeasts such as Debaromyces hansenii. Immersion of cheeses in brine leads to halo-tolerant microflora developing on the surface of the cheese. In white mould-ripened cheeses 128 , growth of Penicillium camemberti is promoted by low levels of NaCl and is unaffected by levels up to 10 NaCl. Growth of P. camemberti is poor at levels less than 0.8 NaCl. If brining is delayed, Geotrichum candidum grows well but it is inhibited by relatively low salt levels and is totally inhibited by -6 NaCl. Smear-ripened cheeses 141 are brined and usually also have smear liquid (dilute brine) applied to their surface during ripening. This promotes the growth of a halotolerant surface microflora including coryneforms, brevibacteria, micrococci and staphylococci 142 which are capable of growth at > 10 NaCl.

Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns

The utility of penicillins and traditional cephalosporins at some centers.7 Although imipenem, meropenem, and cefepime have extremely broad spectrums of activity, organisms resistant to these agents have also been described.4,5 Methicillin resistance in coagulase-nega-tive staphylococci and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become increasingly common, as has vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

Timing of Grampositive therapy

There has been considerable debate regarding the inclusion of Gram-positive coverage (particularly vancomycin) in the initial regimen, with studies suggesting that vancomycin can be safely added later.15 However, some institutions use vancomycin because of the fulminant syndrome that can occur with viridans streptococci, including those with reduced susceptibility to penicillins, and the rise of methicillin-resistant staphylococci in patients with indwelling catheters. Vancomycin may, however, predispose to VRE infection, renal dysfunction, and rash. The Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has issued guidelines, which discourage empiric use of vancomycin except in situations where the risk of omitting it is high.16 However, the benefits may still outweigh the risks at some centers with a high rate of methicillin resistance.

Broad Spectrum Penicillins

Clavulanic acid is a P-lactam molecule which has little intrinsic antibacterial activity but binds irreversibly to p-lactamases. Thereby it competitively protects the penicillin, so potentiating it against bacteria which owe their resistance to production of P-lactamases, i.e. clavulanic acid acts as a 'suicide' inhibitor. It is formulated in tablets as its potassium salt (equivalent to 125 mg of clavulanic acid) in combination with amoxicillin (250 or 500 mg), as co-amoxiclav, and is a satisfactory oral treatment for infections due to P-lactamase-producing organisms, notably in the respiratory or urogenital tracts. It should be used when p-lactamase-producing amoxicillin resistant organisms are either suspected or proven by culture. These include many strains of Staphylococcus aureus, many strains of Escherichia coli and an increasing number of strains of Haemophilus influenzae. It also has useful activity against p-lactamase-producing Bacteroides spp. The...

Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor and Granulocyte Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor

Similar results have been reported for G-CSF, although CLL B-cells have to be stimulated with Staphylococcus aureus Cowan I (SAC) or the anti-CD40 antibody in combination with IL-2 or IL-4 to produce G-CSF in vitro (114). Moreover, leukemic CLL cells bear receptors for G-CSF that are upregulated in vitro by IL-2 and that have been reported to mediate an anti-apoptotic effect in some CLL cell samples (115,116).

Other inhibitors of cell wall synthesis

Aminoglycosides are in general active against staphylococci and aerobic Gram-negative organisms including almost all the Enterobacteriaceae individual differences in activity are given below. Bacterial resistance to aminoglycosides is an increasing but patchily-distributed problem, notably by acquisition of plasmids (see Bacterial endocarditis. An aminoglycoside, usually gentamicin, should comprise part of the antimicrobial combination for enterococcal, streptococcal or staphylococcal infection of the heart valves, and for the therapy of clinical endocarditis which fails to yield a positive blood culture.

What cheeses are most liable to pathogens

The pathogens Salmonella spp., L. monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli pose the greatest risk to the safety of cheese. If active lactic acid starter cultures 18 are used, S. aureus is considered to be a low-risk pathogen. However, in traditional cheeses where active starter cultures are not utilised, S. aureus may pose a significant risk for toxin production in cheese if numbers are sufficiently high. The factors that contribute to the safety of cheese with respect to pathogenic bacteria include milk quality, starter

Penicillin and Other Antibiotics

The growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as the methicillin-resistant superbug, Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA), represents a continuous market opportunity for pharmaceutical companies. One of the later-generation antibiotics, ciprofloxacin, marketed as Cipro by Bayer, has been one of the top selling broad-spectrum antibiotics that is effective against many strains of bacteria, including anthrax. Cipro, which went off patent in December 2003, was buoyed in 2001 by a U.S. government order for 200 million tablets to serve as a stockpile against a potential anthrax threat. Global sales of Cipro in 2001 were in excess of 2 billion.

Do pathogens grow during cheese ripening

Activity Water Ripening Cheese

Whether pathogens grow or decline during ripening depends largely on the chemical and compositional properties of the cheese variety in question. In general, cheeses with high moisture contents, or those with a neutral pH due to bloomy rind or smear development, will support the survival or growth of pathogens during ripening. Conversely, in hard, low-moisture cheeses with a low pH, pathogens die during ripening. Pathogens can be present in cheeses either as a result of surviving pasteurisation or through recontamination from the ageing environment after manufacture. In studies of Swiss hard and semi-hard cheeses 117 where high levels of pathogens, including Aeromonas hydrophila, Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella spp., Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia enterocolitica were inoculated to raw milk, no detection of pathogens beyond 1 day was recorded. The high curd cooking temperatures used for Swiss hard (Emmentaltype) and...

Marine Invertebrates of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Several steroidal, terpenoids, and acetylenic compounds isolated from nudibranchs were also found in sponges which they feed upon.204 The bioactive nucleoside characterised as 1-methyl-isoguanosine has been found in the sponge Tedania digitata205,206 as well as in the nudibranch Anisodoris nobilis.207-209 Isoguanosine isolated from marine nudibranch Diaulula sandiegensis210 produced hypotension and relaxation of smooth muscles in mammals. Hexadecylglycerol isolated from Archidoris montereyensis 211 showed high order of activity in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. Sea-hares accumulate large quantities of metabolites in their digestive gland and skin. These compounds are believed to originate from the algae which they take as food. Aplysiatoxin, a toxic metabolite has been isolated both from the Hawaiian sea-hare Stylocheilus longicauda and also from blue-green alga Lynbrya majusticula212 on which it feeds. Aplysistatin is a well known antileukemic metabolite...

Host Defense Response

Staphylococci are extracellular parasites, and therefore the major host defense mechanisms involve deployment of two classes of phagocytes polymorphonuclear phagocytes (early) and macrophages (late). To promote deployment, chemotactic factors generated at the site of infection direct phagocytes to the implant surface host tissue interface, the focal point of infection. However, when staphylococci colonize biomaterial surfaces, the host defense mechanisms seem to be greatly impaired.

Diagnostic Criteria For Endocarditis

Isolation of typical organisms (viridans streptococci, Staphylococcus aureus, enterococci, Streptococcus bovis, or one of the HACEK organisms) from two separate blood cultures, or persistently positive blood cultures with other organisms is susceptible, such as most streptococcus species, penicillin G is the agent of choice. For S. aureus, nafcillin is the drug of choice, often used in combination with gentamicin initially for synergy, to help resolve bacteremia. Therapy for intravenous drug users should be directed against S. aureus. Vancomycin is used when methicillin-resistant S. aureus or coagulase-negative staphylococci are present. Ceftriaxone is the usual therapy for the H ACEK group of organisms. Devising a rationale therapy for culture-negative endocarditis may be challenging and depends on the clinical situation. Table 30-3 summarizes the commonly recognized indications for surgical intervention, that is, valve excision and replacement.

Bioactive Metabolites of Marine Sponges

Kalihinol From Sponges

Marine sponges are a good source of unusual sterols. Some of these sterols have phylogenetic significance. These sterols are also of interest to understand the function of biological membranes. The sulphated and alkaloidal sterols exhibit antimicrobial activity. Halistanol (38)82 from Halichondria mooriei and the sterols (39-41) from Toxadocia zumi83 inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtitis at 100 g disc and 50 g disc. A hydroxy sterol (42) with unusual features is isolated from Dysidea species.84 Two steroidal alkaloids, plakinamine A (43) and plakinamine B (44) as antimicrobial metabolites, were obtained from Plakina spp.85 The compound (43) and (44) inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. sponge Agelas spp.102,103 The same compound was isolated from an unidentified Agelas species collected at Palau, Western Caroline Islands. Spongia officinalis, the common bath sponge is a rich source of terpenoids. Antifungal and antimicrobial...

HE Spinnler and MN Leclercq Perlat

There are two phases in soft cheese ripening. Below pH 5.8, only an acidophilic flora is able to grow and the cheese is deacidified. During this first phase, yeasts (typically Debaryomyces hansenii, Kluyveromyces lactis), Geotrichum candidum and Penicillium camemberti raise the pH by consuming the lactate for their growth. When the pH is over 5.8, a second phase of ripening commences bacteria adapted to the high salt content of the cheese such as Staphylococcus or coryneforms will start to grow. This second phase can be considered as a maturation period where the breakdown of proteins and lipids will contribute to some of the typical flavours. The quality of the cheese will depend on the balance between the different species present at the surface and to their enzymatic activities.

Mating Cell Cell Channels in Conjugating Bacteria

Bacterial conjugation is the most important means of gene delivery enabling adaptation of bacteria to changing environmental conditions including spread of antibiotic resistance genes, thereby generating multiply antibiotic resistant pathogens. Multiply resistant pathogens, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis represent a serious threat to antibiotic treatment of hospitalized and immuno-suppressed patients. Therefore, much effort has been and is still made towards elucidating the molecular mechanisms of conjugative plasmid transfer. Transfer of broad-host-range G+ plasmids occurs at a variable frequency (generally in the range of 10 3 to 106) depending on the plasmids and the mating-pair genotype, and mating requires cocultivation of donor and recipient cells on a solid surface.77 Most conjugative plasmids identified so far in streptococci and enterococci actually show a broad host range (and hence are referred to as broad-host-range...

Gastric Fluids And Electrolyte Levels

Vijay, who has been vomiting for 6 hours, has developed electrolyte and acid-base disturbance. The electrolyte disturbances typical with severe vomiting are hypokalemia, hypernatremia, and increased total CO2. This was found to be true in this case as well, considering that the serum potassium level is on the low side of the normal reference range. The physicians determined that he has a history of heart problems and was feeling dizzy and lethargic. His eyes appeared sunken and he complained of a dry mouth, typical of dehydration. He walked unsteadily and complained also of muscle aches. He was thirsty but unable to retain food or fluid. A neighbor brought Mr. Vijay to the hospital, where examination showed that his blood pressure was low and his pulse and respirations were rapid. By talking with the neighbor and the patient, the physician found that the patient lives alone but has meals brought in to his home on weekdays. Since the patient arrived on a weekend, the physician...

David C McGiffin and James K Kirklin

James Kirklin

Pathology of aortic root infection The rapidity of the infection and, to some extent the exten-siveness of valve destruction is, in part of a reflection of the responsible organism. Organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae1 may cause rapid valve destruction as opposed to a more indolent process due to organisms such as the viridans streptococci or enterococci. Acute and suba-cute infective endocarditis are anachronistic terms that reflect fulminant and indolent infection respectively and are reminders of a much earlier era when the natural history of infective endocarditis was played out due to the lack of effective therapy. Native valve endocarditis (NVE), which in approximately 50 of cases occurs without obvious predisposing valve disease,2 causes leaflet destruction and perforation. Aortic obstruction due to large vegetations may rarely occur. Aortic valve infection frequently involves adjacent structures such as the annulus and other components of the...

Management in Custody

The health care professional managing the detainee should clean and dress open wounds as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infection. It may also be appropriate to start a course of antibiotics if there is abscess formation or signs of cellulites and or the detainee is systemically unwell. However, infections can often be low grade because the skin, venous, and lymphatic systems have been damaged by repeated penetration of the skin. In these cases, signs include lymphedema, swollen lymph glands, and darkly pigmented skin over the area. Fever may or may not be present, but septicemia is uncommon unless the individual is immunocompromised (e.g., HIV positive). Co-Amoxiclav is the preferred treatment of choice because it covers the majority of staphylococci, streptococci, and anerobes (the dose depends on the degree of infection).

Approach To Suspected Meningitis

Bacteria usually seed the meninges hematogenously after colonizing and invading the nasal or oropharyngeal mucosa. Occasionally, bacteria directly invade the intracranial space from a site of abscess formation in the middle ear or sinuses. The gravity and rapidity of progression of disease depend upon both host defense and organism virulence characteristics. For example, patients with defects in the complement cascade are more susceptible to invasive meningococcal disease. Patients with CSF rhinorrhea caused by trauma or postsurgical changes may also be more susceptible to bacterial invasion. Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermidis are common causes of meningitis in patients following neurologic procedures such as placement of ventricu-loperitoneal shunts. The damage that occurs in meningitis is believed to be secondary to vigorous host inflammatory host response to components of the lysed bacteria, rather than the direct effects of the bacteria themselves.

Current Trends Driving Industry

The most problematic forms of resistance being encountered are penicillin resistance in 5.pneumoniae, glycopeptide resistance in en-terococci, methicillin and multidrug resistance in Staphylococci, extended-spectrum j8-lactamase resistance in MTB, and metroni-dazole resistance in Helicobacterpylori.

Preimplantation Orders

Antibiotic prophylaxis is controversial, but there has been a suggestion that its use, either systemic or local, decreases the incidence of infection.11 A meta-analysis of randomized trials that used a systemic antibiotic supports the use of prophylactic antibiotic to prevent infection associated with permanent pacemaker implantation.12 In an accompanying report, the same investigators suggested that contamination by local flora cultured at the site of implant can result in pacemaker-related infections presenting months later.13 We routinely give a drug active against Staphylococcus (nafcillin, cephalosporin, vancomycin, etc.) before the procedure and for 24 hours after the procedure. Procedures that are prolonged, complicated by potential breaches in sterility, or are redo in nature are empirically given slightly longer courses of therapy (3 to 5 days).

Sterilization and Disinfection

It has been suggested that hearts recovered from multi-organ donors are microbiologically sterile and may be immediately transplanted or cryopreserved.11 However, Gonzalez-Lavin reports that 53 of his multi-organ donors' hearts yielded positive cultures (ibid.). At LifeNet, we found that approximately 32 of our hearts received were contaminated. LifeNet's primary contaminating bacteria historically have been Streptococcus viridans, Staphylococcus sp., and anaerobic diph-theroids. It is therefore suggested that all allo-graft heart valves enter into a disinfection program.

DNA Microarray Analysis of Bacterial Pathogens

A DNA microarray was developed based on the genomic sequence of C. trachomatis serovar D and used in analyzing the genomic diversity of the 15 serovars. The hybridization results showed that the genomes of the 15 serovars are highly conserved (> 99 ). In contrast, similar studies done with isolates of Helicobacter pylori (18) and Staphylococcus aureus (19) identified major intraspecies diversity. Variation in the OmpA gene was observed as expected, and was confirmed by gene cloning and sequencing. Serovar B showed the greatest diversity with a maximum of eight deleted genes. Deletions were also observed with serovars A, Ba, C, L1, L2, and L3. No gene deletion was observed in serovars E, F, G, H, I, J, and K. Without exception, all the deleted genes observed localized to the PZ region (20). To precisely define the PZ region of C. trachomatis, PCR primers were designed to amplify the region as four overlapping fragments and sequenced. PCR amplification results showed that...

Clinical Use of Aminoglycoside Antibiotics and Currently Used Drugs

Aminoglycoside Drugs Photo

The aminoglycoside antibiotics find use as broad-spectrum agents for the treatment of infections caused by aerobic Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. colif Proteus sp., Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococci (45). Aminoglycosides are also used in combination therapy with penicillins for the treatment of enterococcal infections. Some compounds such as paromomycin have been employed in treatment of protozoal infections (46). Streptomycin (10) was the first aminoglycoside isolated and the first antibiotic with potent activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and this antibiotic continues to be used to treat tuberculosis, but as a result of the development of resistance, now in combination therapy with other antibiotics (45). Streptomycin can also be used for the treatment of tularemia, plague and leprosy. The aminoglycosides are highly water soluble and poorly absorbed orally. These antibiotics are therefore primarily...

Structure Of Erythromycin 9 11 Imino Ether

E, erythromycin C, clarithromycin A, A-62671 R, roxithromycin EA, eiythromycylamine D, dirithromycin F, flurithromycin AZ, azithromycin MRSA, methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus. 194). Although its activity against staphylococci, streptococci, H. influenzae, and M. ca-tarrhalis was similar to that of erythromycin A, it was more potent against anaerobes (195).

Infectious Complications

Hypogammaglobulinemia may account for the increased susceptibility to polysaccharide encapsulated organisms, particularly at the time of diagnosis and following initial treatment (see next).3435 However, infections with gram negative bacilli and Staphylococcus aureus appear to be more common causes of serious and lethal infections in those patients undergoing chemotherapy within the first 2 months after diagnosis.36-38 In addition, such infections frequently necessitate delaying chemotherapy. Efforts to reduce the occurrence of infection in those patients undergoing initial treatment are warranted.

Deficiencies in Humoral Immunity

In one study, some patients had deficiencies in only the early classical pathway (C1-C4), the late classical pathway (C5-C9), or the alternative pathway, whereas some had deficiencies in all three (28). In some studies, the most frequently detected deficiency was component C1 (29). Low concentrations of C1 and C4 have been associated with increased risk of infection, although this has not been confirmed by all studies. Sera from patients with deficiencies in these components have severely impaired bactericidal activity in vitro. Poor opsinization of Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, and especially S. pneumoniae has been associated with defective activation of complement (30).

Materials and Methods

Microbiological study controls in phase 1 were internal controls for amplification (DNA from Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, P. aeruginosa ATCC 35218, Candida albicans ATCC 90028) whole blood of 20 healthy blood donors, and dialysis ultrapure water collected from different points of the treatment plant.

Activity and Mechanism of Action

Kanamycin has a quite broad spectrum of activity, including Gram-positive cocci and Gram-negative bacteria, as well as M. tuberculosis and some other mycobacteria. Its activity against M. tuberculosis is weaker than that of streptomycin (276). The bactericidal concentrations are close to the bacteriostatic ones, but they are hard to achieve in vivo (277). Kanamycin is used in therapy of infections caused by penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (now less frequently used because the availability of penicillinase-resistant penicillins and other antistaphylococcal antibiotics) or by Gram-negative bacilli, such as E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Proteus. It has no activity against Pseudomonas. It has been used in the therapy of tuberculosis, in combination with other antituberculous drugs. The common dose is 15 mg kg per day, but a total dose of 1.5 g must not be exceeded.

Nutritional Counseling

To prevent infection with toxoplasma, listeria, salmonella, staphylococci and fungi to name the most important agents, a list of foods to be avoided as far as possible is given in Table 49-4. The level of evidence is of course rather limited and regional conditions have to be taken into account, which explains the considerable variance between centers in this regard. Fresh fruit and salad should be cleaned very carefully, especially during the first 6 months. For different reasons grapefruit juice should be avoided. It may decrease ciclosporin metabolism to an unpredictable extent.

The Team Approach

Antibiotics are used to treat infectious illnesses by stopping the growth of pathogenic bacteria or by killing the bacteria outright. The drug action is often aimed at ribosomal translation or protein synthesis in the dividing bacteria. Inhibition of cell wall assembly is a common mechanism of antibiotics. Aminoglycosides such as gen-tamicin, tobramicin, streptomycin, and kanamycin are very effective in treating systemic infections from gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Proteus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Serratia as well as staphylococci. These aminoglycosides exhibit broad-spectrum bacterial action against aerobic gramnegative organisms by binding to their 30S ribosomes, which inhibits protein synthesis. Aminoglycosides are effective against bacteria that are resistant to less toxic drugs such as methicillin. Aminoglycosides can also be used in conjunction with other antibiotics for the treatment of Listeria and gram-positive coccal infections.3...

Evaluation And Management Of The Febrile Patient

Staphylococci Viridans streptococci Gram-negative bacilli Gram-negative bacilli Staphylococci Community respiratory viruses Aspergillus species Staphylococci Gram-negative bacilli Candida species The selection of an empiric antimicrobial regimen should be guided by the suspected anatomic origin of the fever, by the pathogens suspected, and by local susceptibility profiles of institutional isolates. It is imperative to prospectively monitor and report to clinicians the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of bacterial pathogens encountered within the institution and on the stem cell transplant unit, as this may impact on the selection of empiric antibacterial regimens and identify potential outbreaks.2 The recent change by the National Committee on Clinical Laboratory Standards in the breakpoint defining susceptibility of coagulase negative staphylococci to methicillin has led to the reclassification of > 95 of coagulase negative staphylococci as methicillin-resistant. As these...

Bacterial Hyaluronidase

The function of the bacterial enzymes may be akin to that of 'spreading factors', i.e., to facilitate the diffusion of the microorganisms through the extracellular matrix. This could play a role in wound infections, pneumonia, meningitis and bacteremia in general (49,50). In contrast to the glycohydrolases found in the animal kingdom, the enzymes from bacteria are hyaluronate lyases. Enzymes of this type have been characterized from different bacterial strains of Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Clostridium, etc., as well as from Streptomyces hyalurolyticus and streptococcal bacteriophages (51). The first complete gene of a hyaluronate lyase has been determined from Streptococcus agalactiae (52).

Immunoprecipitation see Note

Prepare staph A cells Thaw 20 staph A cell aliquots on ice and add two volumes of sonicated UV-crosslinked chromatin (Blocking Chromatin). This prevents nonspecific chromatin-staph binding during the immunoprecipitation steps. We generally use 200 L of 500 g mL of UV-crosslinked chromatin from older embryos (8-12 h) per 100 L of 20 staph A cells. Blocking chromatin should be sonicated to less than 1 kb in length. Nutate at 4 C for 2-3 h. Centrifuge 1 min at full speed in a microcentrifuge and aspirate supernatant. Wash once in wash buffer 1 (with protease inhibitors) and resuspend in the original volume of the 20 staph A cell solution with wash buffer 1. 3. Add 25 L of 20 staph A cell solution to chromatin-antibody solution and nutate at room temperature for 15 min (see Notes 8 and 14). 6. Wash staph A cells once more with 1.7 mL wash solution 1 using the same tip rinsing technique. Do not transfer to a new Eppendorf tube. Centrifuge at full speed for 1 min. 7. Wash staph A cells 4...

Recent Developments in the Macrolide Antibiotic Field

Apart from the natural products narbomycin and picromycin, certain recently synthesized 3-keto macrolide derivatives were found to be active against both penicillin-resistant and erythromycin-resistant S. pneumoniae. Like narbomycin and picromy-these derivatives do not induce MLS, resistance in staphylococci and streptococci (268). These 3-descladinoxyl-3-oxo-ll,12-cy-clic carbarnate derivatives of erythromycin or clarithromycin are called ketolides. So far, three ketolides have undergone clinical development HMR 3004 (61), HMR 3647 (telithro-

Scientific Foundations

By Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Streptococcus (Strep). Strep throat is a common sickness caused by Streptococcus. Some physicians also suggest that children with certain skin conditions such as acne or impetigo (a common skin infection that causes crusty sores) use antibacterial soap to control these conditions.

Bacteriocin Mediated Intercellular Communication

In Gram-positive bacteria, quorum sensing systems generally consist of three components - a peptide pheromone, which acts as the signal peptide, and a two-component regulatory system (also called two-component signal-transduction system) that has a membrane-bound histidine kinase sensor and an intracellular response regulator. The secreted pheromone binds to the histidine kinase, resulting in autophospharylation, the phosphoryl group is then transferred to the response regulator, which binds to the regulated promoters and activates them (Dunny and Leonard 1997 Kleerebezem et al. 1997b Smith et al. 2004). Quorum sensing in Gram-positive bacteria has been found to regulate a number of physiological activities, including competence development in Streptococccus gordonii, S. pneumoniae, and S. mutans (Cvitkovitch 2001 Cvitkovitch et al. 2003), sporulation in Bacillus subtilus (Lazazzera 2000), induction of virulence factors in Staphylococcus aureus

Common causes of pain in the anterior aspect of the lower leg

Osteitis of the tibia occurs predominantly in children, with or without a history of previous trauma or sore throat. Pain is intense, tenderness is acute and initially well localized over the metaphyseal area, and there is inability to weightbear. There is systemic upset with fever and tachycardia, and often (but not always) a polymorph leukocytosis. Admission and investigation with repeated blood cultures is essential. Radiographs of the tibia are initially normal. When this condition is suspected, it is customary to administer a broad-spectrum antibiotic effective against the penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus, and in large doses to achieve adequate bone levels, prior to the results of blood culture. Splintage of the affected area is often helpful, and in proven cases antibiotics are administered for 4 weeks. Surgical drainage is seldom necessary and is avoided unless failure of response to antibiotics, profound toxicity and spread of the infection make it essential.

Clinical Use of Macrolide Antibiotics and Currently Used Drugs

Among the 14-membered naturally occurring macrolides, erythromycin A is by far the most useful and possesses excellent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria and mycoplasmas. Erythromycin was developed initially for the treatment of staphylococcal infections for patients allergic to penicillin however, after more than 40 years of use, most of the staphylococci isolated in hospitals are erythromycin resistant. Erythromycin and its semisynthetic derivatives are now used to treat lower and upper respiratory infections as well as skin and soft tissue infections, and are administered either orally or parenterally. Some of the disadvantages of erythromycin A are low bioavailability, a narrow spectrum of activity, and high gastrointestinal side effects.

Antituberculosis Drugs

It acts by inhibiting RNA synthesis, bacteria being sensitive to this effect at much lower concentrations than mammalian cells it is particularly effective against mycobacteria that lie semidormant within cells. Rifampicin has a wide range of antimicrobial activity. Other uses include leprosy, severe Legionnaires' disease (with erythromycin or ciprofloxacin), the chemoprophylaxis of meningococcal meningitis, and severe staphylococcal infection (with flucloxacillin or vancomycin).

Class I The Lanthionine Containing Lantibiotic Bacteriocins

Staphylococcal (St. aureus) infections and nasal The type B lantibiotics are more globular and compact in shape than those of type A, and generally are either uncharged or negatively charged at neutral pH. Mersacidin, the prototype for this group, is a 20-aa peptide (mass 1,825 Da) and its distinctive features include three MeLan rings, one Dha and a (AviMeCys) residue (Chatterjee et al. 1992). Mersacidin, which derives its name from its potent activity against methicillin-resistant St. aureus (MRSA, the hospital-acquired superbug), is also the only lantibiotic of which the structure has been resolved by X-ray crystallography (Schneider et al. 2000). Mersacidin does not form pores in bacterial membranes, but rather inhibits peptidoglycan synthesis through a specific interaction with the peptidoglycan precursor lipid II (Brotz et al. 1997). The sequestering of lipid II prevents its utilization by the transpeptidase and transglycosylase enzymes that install the crosslinked network of...

Class III The Large 10 kDa Bacteriocins

While the bacteriocins characterized from Gram-positive species are predominantly small (< 10 kDa) peptides, several large antimicrobial proteins have been described at both the biochemical and genetic level. These bacteriocins typically manifest as heat-labile proteins, but one apparent exception is propionicin SM1, a heat-stable inhibitory agent produced by P. jensenii (Miescher et al. 2000). It should be noted, however, that aggregates of small peptides, for example, staphylococcin 1580 (Sahl 1994), have caused confusion in the past with regard to estimation of protein size. The bona fide large bacteriocins of Gram-positive bacteria can generally be subdivided into two distinct groups (1) the bacteriolytic enzymes (or bacteriolysins), which facilitate the killing of sensitive strains by cell lysis, and (2) the non-lytic antimicrobial proteins. However, in some cases, such as propionicin SM1 and albusin B (from Ruminococcus albus Chen et al. 2004), the lack of mode of action data...

Chlamydia trachomatis Immunoproteome

The above described approach, in which 2-DE is combined with immunoblot-ting with patient sera, is now widely used to identify immunogenic proteins in different pathogens. For example, some studies have been performed to investigate immunorelevant Borrelia garinii antigens in patients affected by Lyme disease 28 , to identify possible vaccine candidates in infections of Staphylococcus aureus, using pooled sera from different patients 29 or for mapping immunoreactive antigens in Francisella tularensis 30 . (See Chapter 16 for reference maps and comparative analysis of F. tularensis.) A number of studies have been performed to investigate the antigenicity of Helicobacter pylori, some using 2-DE and immunoblotting with a pooled sera from patients 31, 32 , others using sera from individual patients to evaluate the frequency of the antigens during different gastroduodenal pathologies 33, 34 , or analyzing only the proteins present on the cell surface 35 . Other humoral immune responses to...

Clinical Approach

May produce several manifestations, such as infections of the subcutaneous tunnel, infection at the exit site, or catheter-related bacteremia and sepsis. Generally, erythema overlying the subcutaneous tract of a tunneled catheter necessitates catheter removal. Leaving the catheter in place may result in severe cellulitis and soft tissue necrosis. If there is only erythema at the exit site, it may be possible to salvage the line using antibiotics, usually vancomycin through the CVC. Coagulase-negative staphylococci, such as Staphylococcus epidermidis, is the most common organism causing line infections. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus are the most common causes of catheter-associated infections. With coagulase-negative Staphylococcus bacteremia, response to antibiotic therapy without catheter removal is possible up to 80 of the time that is, one may seek to sterilize the CVC if it is deemed necessary. However, this is usually not advisable in critically ill...

Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism

Corynebacterium diphtheria (somestrains) Mycobacterium leprae (to sulfones) Staphylococcus aureus Streptococcus pneumoniae S. pyogenes (Group A) The sulfonamides and sulfones have a relatively broad antibacterial spectrum. Individual sulfonamides do differ in their antibacterial spectrum, but these differences are more quantitative than qualitative. The bacteria most susceptible to sulfonamides include pneumococci, streptococci, meningococci, staphylococci, some coliform bacteria, and shigellae. Lepra bacilli are susceptible to sulfones. One limitation of sulfonamides is their weak activity against bacteria responsible for typhoid fever, diphtheria, and subacute bacterial endocarditis.They have prac Direct evidence of the inhibition of folic acid synthesis by sulfonamides was soon .obtained by studies on bacterial cultures. It vss already known that a number of organisms could use PABA and folic acid as alternative essential growth factors (155). Lampen and Jones (156, 157) found that...

Approach To Suspected Endocarditis

Highly virulent species, such as Staphylococcus aureus, produce acute infection, and less virulent organisms, such as the viridans group of streptococci, tend to produce a more subacute illness, which may evolve over weeks. Fever is present in 95 of all cases. For acute endocarditis, patients often present with high fever, acute valvular regurgitation, and embolic phenomena (e.g to the extremities or to the brain, causing stroke.) Subacute endocarditis more often is associated with constitutional symptoms such as anorexia, weight loss, night sweats, and findings attributable to immune-complex deposition and septic vasculitis these include petechiae, splenomegaly, glomerulonephritis. Osier nodes (tender nodules on the finger or toe pads), Janeway lesions (painless hemorrhagic macules on the palms and soles). Roth spots (hemorrhagic retinal lesions with white centers), and splinter hemorrhages. These classic peripheral lesions, although frequently discussed, are actually seen...

Indwelling iv catheters

Tunneled catheters are subject to several types of infection exit site cellulitis, bacteremia with or without external signs, tunnel infection, and septic thrombophlebitis. The most common causative organisms are coagulase-negative staphylococci, but Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus, Gram-negative bacilli, other skin flora, yeast, and occasionally nontuberculous mycobac-teria also may be causative organisms. Decisions regarding catheter removal often must be made in the face of fever, neutropenia, and need for multilumen access. In general, tunnel infections require catheter removal regardless of the organism, and pain over the tunnel may be the only sign in a neutropenic patient. In Candida, VRE, or Bacillus infection, it is particularly important to remove the catheter, and it is often desirable to do so for Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative bacilli. On the other hand, in the absence of tunnel infection, coagulase-negative staphylococcal infection can often be cleared...

Origin of Virulence Strains and Species

Staphylococcus aureus, the causative agent of a wide range of human diseases, including carbuncles, food poisoning, bacteremia, necrotizing pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and endocarditis, is an important nosocomial and community-acquired pathogen. S. aureus encodes a large number of virulence factors that promote adhesion, colonization, cell-cell interactions, immune-system evasion, and tissue damage (see Chapter 11). Multilocus sequence typing of a large population of clinical isolates showed that the population structure of S. aureus is highly clonal (47). Five S. aureus strains have been sequenced, including hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant strains (MRSAs), methili-cillin-sensitive strains (MSSA), and vancomycin intermediate susceptible strains (4850). The main differences between the strains are in accessory genetic elements, including Staphylococcal chromosome cassette (SCC) elements, PAIs, GEIs, transposons, prophages, plasmids, and insertion elements (50). Virulence...

Approach To Urinary Tract Infections Definitions

UTI's may involve the kidneys (pyelonephritis), bladder (cystitis), and urethra (urethritis). One in live women will acquire a UTI sometime in her life. The shorter urethra and its proximity to the rectum are the most commonly stated reasons for the increased incidence in women. Pregnancy further predisposes women to UTI's because of incomplete emptying of the bladder, ureteral obstruction, and immune suppression. Pathogenic bacteria include E. coli (isolated 80 of the time), followed by Enterobacter, Klebsiella, Pseudo-monas, Proteus, group B streptococcus. Staphylococcus saprophytics, and Chlamydia.

Lymphoid Malignancies

Fas receptor 67 , but in some cases, APO-1 antigen expression of CLL cells increased, correlated with a down-regulaton of Bcl-2 expression, following in vitro stimulation with Staphylococcus aureus Cowan I and interleukin-2. This upregulation prepared the cells for monoclonal antibody anti-APO-1 mediated apoptosis 67 . The expression of the Fas receptor appears to be also upregulated in SLE 68 . Two mutations that accelerate autoimmunity and lympho-proliferation, lpr and gld, are known to correspond to mutations within genes encoding Fas receptor and Fas ligand, respectively 69 . Cell-free Fas ligand has been shown to prevent apoptosis in SLE patients 70 , which does not fit to the accelerated apoptosis. The susceptibility of CD5+ B cells to Fas-mediated apoptosis in autoimmune diseases remain however to be determined.

Distribution Of Cas

CAs were recently shown to be present in a multitude of prokaryotes, in which these enzymes play important functions, such as respiration, transport of carbon dioxide and photosynthesis (Smith and Ferry 2000). The possibility of developing CA-inhibitor-based antibiotics by inhibiting bacterial CAs present in pathogenic species raised much interest some years ago, with promising results in the use of ethoxzola-mide for treating meningitis (Eickhoff and Nelson 1966 Nafi et al. 1990). This type of inhibition has also been exploited for developing selective culture media for other pathogenic bacteria, such as Branhamella catarrhalis (Nafi et al. 1990), in the presence of different Neisseria species. Some strains of Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus,

Acute toxicity

The major acute toxicity of 2-CdA is myelosuppression. In their long-term follow-up study, investigators at Scripps Clinic noted a 16 incidence of Grade 3 and a 71 incidence of Grade 4 neutropenia in the first 135 consecutive treated patients.5 Ten percent had Grade 3 and 10 had Grade 4 thrombocytopenia. Grade 3 anemia occurred in 20 and Grade 4 in 2 . Forty-two percent developed neutropenic fever, though in only 13 , was an infection documented. Of these, the most common infecting organism was Staphylococcus, usually associated with the indwelling intravenous catheter. Although there were several oral herpetic infections and acute dermatomal herpes reactivations, no fungal infections were found. This high rate of neutropenia with culture negative neutropenic fever was also noted at similar rates in other single-institution series with 2-CdA. Despite the frequency of myelosuppression, additional acute toxicities were uncommon. There were no significant rates of nausea, vomiting,...


Problems of antimicrobial resistance have burgeoned during the past decade in most countries of the world. Some resistant microbes are currently mainly restricted to patients in the hospital, e.g. MRSA, vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and coliforms that produce 'extended spectrum -lactamases'. Others more commonly infect patients in the community, e.g. penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and multiply-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Evidence is accruing that the outcomes of infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria are generally poorer than those with

T Beresford

Many cheeses contain a secondary flora that play a vital role in the ripening process. These include propionic acid bacteria (PAB) present in Swiss-type cheese 117 , micrococci, staphylococci, coryneform bacteria and yeasts present in smear-ripened cheese 142 and blue and white moulds present in mould-ripened cheese. These secondary flora grow during the ripening process and their metabolism directly influences the key quality attributes of the mature cheese. Secondary flora are often added during the manufacturing or ripening process but can also occur as natural contaminants. Potential spoilage and pathogenic organisms, which can include coliforms, clostridia, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica, all gain entry as contaminants from milk or during the manufacturing process. In general, such organisms find cheese a difficult environment for growth and survival however, they may attain levels in particular cheese types sufficient to cause spoilage of...

Minor Antimicrobials

Mupirocin is primarily active against Gram-positive organisms including those commonly associated with skin infections. It is available as an ointment for use, e.g. in folliculitis and impetigo, and to eradicate nasual staphylococci, e.g. in carriers of resistant staphylococci. It is rapidly hydrolysed in the tissues.

Otitis Media

Mild cases, characterised by pinkness or infection of the eardrum, often resolve spontaneously and need only analgesia and observation. They are normally viral. A bulging, inflamed eardrum indicates bacterial otitis media usually due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella (Bran-hamella) catarrhalis, Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A) or Staphylococcus aureus. Amoxicillin or co-amoxiclav is satisfactory, but the clinical benefit of antibiotic therapy is very small when tested in controlled trials. Chemotherapy has not removed the need for myringotomy when pain is very severe, and also for later cases, as sterilised pus may not be completely absorbed and may leave adhesions that impair hearing. Chronic infection presents a similar problem to that of chronic sinus infection, above.


Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by Staphylococcus aureus, and 'best guess' therapy is usually achieved by adding flucloxacillin to one of the regimens above. When staphylococcal pneumonia is proven, sodium fusidate p.o. plus flucloxacillin i.v. should be used in combination. (Greek nosokomeian, hospital) if it presents after at least 2 days in hospital. It occurs primarily among patients admitted with medical problems or recovering from abdominal or thoracic surgery or on mechanical ventilators. The common pathogens are Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacteriaceae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Haemophilus influenzae. It is reasonable to initiate therapy with ciprofloxacin, meropenem or ceftazidime (plus vancomycin if the local prevalence of MRSA is high) until the results of sputum culture and antimicrobial susceptibility tests are known. Common pathogenic bacteria may be responsible (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae) but often...

Dose Regimens

Initial (best guess) treatment should comprise benzylpenicillin 1.2-2.4 g 4-hourly, plus gentamicin in low dose, e.g. 80 mg 12-hourly, by i.v. injection (synergy allows this dose of gentamicin and minimises risk of adverse effects). Regular serum gentamicin assay is vital trough concentrations should be below 1 mg 1 and peak concentrations about 3 mg 1 if Staphylococcus aureus is suspected, high-dose flucloxacillin plus either gentamicin or sodium fusidate should be used. Patients allergic to penicillin should be treated with vancomycin. Staphylococcus aureus flucloxacillin 2 g 4-hourly by i.v. injection for at least 4 weeks plus either gentamicin by i.v. injection or sodium fusidate by mouth for the first 1-2 weeks. Staphylococcus epidermidis and other coagulase negative staphylococci infecting native heart valves should be managed as for Staphylococcus aureus if the organism is sensitive. These organisms, however, have a predilection for prosthetic valves and such cases should be...

Eye infections

Superficial infections, caused by a variety of organisms, are treated by chloramphenicol, fusidic acid, framycetin, gentamicin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin or neomycin in drops or ointments. Ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, gentamicin or tobramycin are used for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and fusidic acid principally for Staphylococcus aureus. Preparations often contain hydrocortisone or prednisolone, but the steroid masks the progress of the infection, and should it be applied with an antimicrobial to which the organism is resistant (bacterium or virus) it may make the disease worse by suppressing protective inflammation. Local chemoprophylaxis without corticosteroid is used to prevent secondary bacterial infection in viral conjunctivitis. A variety of antibiotics may be given by direct injection to the chambers of the eye for treatment of bacterial endophthalmitis.

C W Donnelly

Indigenous microflora in the raw milk including pathogenic bacteria however, thermoduric organisms survive pasteurisation. Post-pasteurisation contamination of milk is problematic if the processing packaging environment is not maintained. Moreover, many contaminants, including Listeria, are able to form biofilms which protect them from cleaning and sanitising agents. Some regulations, such as those of the EU, have established microbiological limits at the sell-by date for products such as cheeses. With respect to regulations which govern the use of raw milk for cheesemaking, limits have been established for Staphylococcus aureus in raw milk. Finished cheeses must meet specific hygienic standards, in which case the presence of S. aureus and Escherichia coli indicate poor hygiene.


A non-eroded pacemaker implantation site may become infected. Diabetes mel-litus and postoperative hematoma appear to be predisposing factors.68 Acute infections (usually with Staphylococcus aureus) become manifest within the first few weeks of implantation and are often associated with the accumulation of pus. A more indolent infection caused by a less virulent agent such as S. epidermidis may present months or years after implantation. A fungal infection may also occur in the pocket and present as an indolent process with relatively scant growth of the organism. Infections with less virulent organisms can present as a small area of erythema, a pimple-like lesion, or a draining sinus. In some cases they appear as cellulitis or pre-erosions. One-third to one-half of infections complicate new implants the rest are associated with reoperation for generator replacement or lead repositioning.69 Pocket infections are generally considered to result from organisms introduced from the skin's...

Mps Vi

Pathogens from the Staphylococcus genus are found in both the hospital and the community, and the most prevalent species, aureus, , causes illnesses that range from minor skin abscesses to severe pneumonia, meningitis, and infections of the heart, bloodstream, bone, and joint. Multiple strains of S. aureus are now antibiotic resistant, including a few strains that are partially resistant to vanco-mycin (18), the last effective antibiotic against S. aureus. New treatments for S. aureus infections are clearly needed.


Staphylococcus aureus is commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25-30 of the population is colonized with the bacteria but remain well (43). From time to time, the bacteria cause minor skin infections that usually do not require antibiotic treatment. However, more serious problems can occur (e.g., infection of surgical wounds, drug injection sites, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, or septicemia). During the last 50 years, the bacteria have become increasingly resistant to penicillin-based antibiotics (44), and in the last 20 years, they have become resistant to an increasing number of alternative antibiotics. These multiresistant bacteria are known as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). MRSA is prevalent worldwide. Like nonresistant staphylococci, it may remain undetected as a reservoir in colonized individuals but can also produce clinical disease. It is more common in individuals who are elderly, debilitated, or immunocompromised or those with open...


Effective bactericidal agent that has a phenol coefficient of 313 against Staphylococcus aureus (45).It also has local anesthetic activity. Hexylresorcinol is used in 1 1000 water solution or glycerite in mouthwashes or pharyngeal antiseptic preparations. sized in 1941 by condensing 2 mol of trichloro-phenol with 1 mol of formaldehyde in the presence of sulfuric acid (46). Hexachlorophene has high bacteriostatic activity, especially against Gram-positive bacteria a 3 solution kills S. aureus in 15-30 s. It is less potent against Gram-negative bacteria and bactericidal activity requires longer contact time (24 h for some Gram-negative bacteria). Single applications of hexachlorophene are not more effective than ordinary soaps, but daily use results in a layer on the skin that confers prolonged bacteriostatic action. This property led to its widespread use as a topical antiseptic and in the late 1950s it successfully combatted virulent Staphylococcus infections in hospital nurseries...


Addition of various side-chains on the cephalosporin molecule confers variety in pharmacokinetic and antibacterial activities. The i-lactam ring can be protected by such structural manoeuvring, which results in compounds with improved activity against Gram-negative organisms a common corollary is that such agents lose some anti-Gram-positive activity. The cephalosporins resist attack by (3-lactamases but bacteria develop resistance to them by other means. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) should be considered resistant to all cephalosporins.

TLR2 TLR6 and TLR1

TLR2 recognizes compounds from many microorganisms, including peptidoglycan (PGN) and lipoteichoic acid from Gram-positive bacteria (e.g., Staphylococcus aureus or Bacillus subtilis), and lipoproteins from Gram-negative bacteria (e.g., Borrelia burgdorferi, Treponema pallidum, and Mycoplasma fermentans) (29-34). These ligands for TLR2 were confirmed by several studies. Lipoproteins or PGN were found to induce NF-kB activation in human embryonic kidney 293 cells or Chinese hamster macrophages transfected with TLR2. Furthermore, only anti-TLR2 antibody or a mutant TLR2 (TLR2-P681H, with inhibitory activity) were found to block TNF-a production induced by lipoprotein or whole Mycobacterium tuberculosis in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells or RAW264.7 macrophages. Akira's group also confirmed that macrophages form TLR2 knockout mice are hyposensitive to PGN derived from S. aureus (30,35). Other possible ligands of TLR2 are lipoarabinomannan from Mycobacteria (e.g., M. tuberculosis)...


The streptogramin antibiotics are natural products, derived from soil bacteria, that inhibit bacteria protein synthesis, thus resulting in cell death. These antibiotics were discovered in the 1950s but did not find extensive clinical use as a result of poor water solubility. Recently, the preparation of semisynthetic water-soluble derivatives of streptogramins has facilitated their use in the treatment of infections caused primarily by Gram-positive bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococci, and enterococci as well as some Gram-negative organisms including Neisseria and Legionella (358,359).Streptogramins are composed of two distinct chemical classes, group A and group B. Group A streptogramins are polyunsaturated macrolactones derived from acetate (polyketide synthesis) and amino acids e.g., pristinamycin-IIA (79) . Group B streptogramins are cyclic hexadepsipeptides e.g., pristinamycin-IA (80) , cyclized through an ester linkage between the C-terminal carbox-ylate and the...

Fusidic Acid

Fusidic acid (87) is a steroidal antibiotic produced by the fungus Fusidium coccineumthat finds use largely as an ophthalmic and topical agent for the treatment of wound infections caused by staphylococci and streptococci. The antibiotic can also be introduced by the i.v. route in cases of staphylococcal infection that has not responded to other therapies. Fusidic acid has no effect on P. aeruginosa and other Gram-negative bacteria because of the lack of outer membrane permeability (422). This antibiotic acts by binding to EF-G on the ribo-


Staphylococci, streptococci, and enterococci (431-433). These antibiotics are bacterio-static against enterococci and staphylococci but bactericidal against streptococci. Lin-ezolid can be administered either orally or by i.v. injection in a dose of 600 mg every 12 h. Oral absorption is rapid with a Tmas. of 1-1.5 h, generally. The oxazolidinones bind to the 50S ribosomal subunit with micromolar affinity and impede protein synthesis, possibly by interfering with the initiation step (434), although a consensus mechanism of action has not yet been established recent evidence indicates that the 23S rRNA is the main site of interaction (435). Resistance to the oxazolidi-nones has been observed in the laboratory associated with mutations in the 23S rRNA e.g., G2447U and G2576U (436,43711.


Table 99.2 summarizes the common pathogens encountered during the preengraftment period. The most common portals of entry for bacterial infection during this period include central venous catheters and mucositis of the mouth and gut arising from the preparative regimen. Thus, not surprisingly, bacterial pathogens such as viridans streptococci and Gramnegative bacilli from the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, respectively, and skin organisms such as coagulase negative staphylococci are the most common bacterial pathogens encountered in the preengraftment period. Up to 12 of infections occur prior to transplant.4 Although Gram-negative infections were common during the 1980s, the use of prophylactic oral antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole at the onset of neutropenia has led to a shift in the spectrum of bacterial pathogens seen in the preengraftment period. Gram-positive organisms now account for a majority of bacterial infections and for 50 of...


Those cocci that appear as an irregular cluster are staphylococci (the singular is staphylococcus) and are the cause of staph infections. Cocci in beadlike chains are streptococci, and bacteria in pairs are diplococci. One streptococcus is the cause of strep throat,


Wash solution 1 50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0, 2 mM EDTA, pH 8.0, 0.2 Sarkosyl. Add fresh immediately before use (do not add when preparing 20 staph A cell stock) 1 mM PMSF, 0.5 pL mL aprotinin (Sigma), 2.5 pg mL leupeptin (Boehringer Mannheim Stock solution 5 mg mL in H2O), 0.25 pg mL pepstatin (Boehringer Mannheim Stock solution 0.5 mg mL in ethanol) 3. Fixed, Killed Staphylococcus aureus Protein A-positive cells (staph A cells) lyo-philized suspension (Boehringer Mannheim see Note 2). Prepare 20 stock of staph A cells in advance Suspend lyophilized staph A cells in 10 mL wash solution 1 (without protease inhibitors). Centrifuge and wash once more with wash solution 1. Resuspend in two volumes of 1X PBS, 3 SDS and 10 2-mercaptoethanol. Heat for 30 min in a boiling water bath. Wash twice in wash solution 1 and then resuspend in wash solution 1 to give a 20 suspension. Freeze in liquid nitrogen in 100 pL aliquots and store at -70 C. These are stable for at least 18 mo. Do not refreeze.

Pyp 7790

Spectroscopy 19, 27, 47-51, 56-62, 66, 68, 69, 71, 79, 81, 85, 143, 145, 151, 155, 183, 196, 300, 327, 328 spheroidene 15, 27-47 spin angular momentum 46 spin polarization 39, 43, 46, 48 spinal chord 266 spiropyran 315 square-planar 4, 324, 331, 334 SRAS 272 SRP 209 stacking 172 Staphylococcus 305, 307 steady-state 90 stereoelectronic effect 12


The organisms isolated most commonly in bacterial conjunctivitis are Staphylococci, Streptococci. Haemophilus. Moraxella, and Pseudomonas. There is no blurring of vision and only mild discomfort. In severe cases, examination of stained conjunctival scrapings and cultures are recommended. The disease is usually self-limited, lasting about 10-14 days if untreated. A sulfonamide instilled locally three times daily will usually clear the infection in 2-3 days.

Skin Infections

Superficial bacterial infections, e.g. impetigo, eczema, are commonly staphylococcal or streptococcal. They are treated by a topical antimicrobial for less than 2 weeks and applied twice daily after removal of crusts that prevent access of the drug, e.g. by a povidone-iodine preparation. Very extensive cases need systemic treatment. Nasal carriers of staphylococci may be cured (often temporarily) by topical mupirocin or neomycin plus chlorhexidine.


Consumption of foods is also frequently a culprit. Salmonella or Shigella can be found in undercooked chicken, enterohemorrhagic E. coli from undercooked hamburger, and Staphylococcus aureus or Salmonella from mayonnaise. Raw seafood may harbor Vibrio, Salmonella, or hepatitis A. Sometimes the timing of the diarrhea following food ingestion is helpful. For example, illness within 6 hours of eating a salad containing mayonnaise suggests Staphylococcus aureus, within 8-12 hours suggests Clostridium perfrin-gens, and within 12-14 hours suggests E. coli. D. Staphylococcus aureus

Andrea Lazzaretto

Epiglottitis is a bacterial infection of the supraglottic tissue and surrounding areas that causes rapidly progressive airway obstruction. It usually affects children younger than 5 years old and is most commonly caused by bacteria such as Haemophilus influenzae, H. parainfluenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae. Staphylococcus aureus, and -hemolytic streptococcus A. B. and


The feasibility of antibiotic delivery systems based on lactide glycolide polymers was demonstrated a decade ago (102). Poly(DL-lactide-co-g ycolide) comprising molar ratios of lactide glycolide in the range of 50 50 to 90 10 were investigated with ampicillin, gente-micin, polymyxin B, and chloramphenicol. Phase separation techniques and solvent evaporation procedures were used to formulate microspheres of each drug. In vivo studies in rats were conducted with induced infections with Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Wounds were treated topically with ampicillin-loaded microspheres (68 32 DL-lactide glycolide). At 7 days postinfection, the test groups were free of infection and microbial assays showed no cultivatable organisms. Further studies confirmed these initial observations (103). Although parenteral antibiotic formulations ha re not received much attention, specialty applications have been studied. For example, compositions designed to release antibiotics in the...

Chromosome Size

Bacterium tuberculosis, Neisseria meningitidis, Prochorococus marinus, Salmonella enterica Typhi, Shigella flexneri, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Tropheryma whipplei, Vibro vulnificus, Xylella fastidiosa, and Yersiniapestis (see http http genomes MICROBES Complete.html). With the exception of E. coli and P. marinus, different strains of the same species have a very similar genome size. E. coli A12-MG1655 is 4.6 Mb, whereas the largest strain sequenced, E. coli O157 H7 (Sakai) is 5.6 Mb, 18 larger. Two ecotypes (strains of the same species occupying a different niche) of P. marinus, MED4 and MIT9313, were recently sequenced. The genome of both strains consists of a single circular chromosome. The chromosome of MED4, a high-light-adapted strain, is 1658 kb and that of MIT9313, a low-light-adapted strain, is 2411 kb. That is, the genome of ecotype MED4 is only 68.8 the size of MIT9313 and yet, on the...