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Antibiotic Resistance: Surviving An Uncertain Future

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Nucleic acid-based diagnostics gradually are replacing or complementing culture-based, biochemical, and immunological assays in routine microbiology laboratories. Similar to conventional tests, the first-generation deoxyribonucleic acid assays determined only a single analyte. Recent improvements in detection technologies have paved the way for the development of multiparameter assays using macroarrays or micro-arrays, while the introduction of closed-tube real-time polymerase chain reaction systems has resulted in the development of rapid microbial diagnostics with a reduced contamination risk. The use of these new molecular technologies is not restricted to detection and identification of microbial pathogens but also can be used for genotyping, allowing one to determine antibiotic resistance or to perform microbial fingerprinting. Key Words Molecular diagnostics reverse hybridization line probe assay micro-array real-time PCR TaqMan LightCycler bacteria microbial typing...

Jijumon Chelliserrykattil and Andrew D Ellington 1 Introduction

The evolution of proteins is more difficult than the evolution of nucleic acids both in principle and in practice. While nucleic acid sequence space has a dimensionality of 4n, where n is the size of the nucleic acid pool (i.e., G, C, A, and T), protein sequence space has a dimensionality of 20n. Similarly, while nucleic acids can frequently be directly selected for function from a random sequence population, the corresponding methods for the directed evolution of proteins are generally not as robust, in part because of the larger sequence spaces that must be explored, and in part because protein selection requires a translation step that in turn often requires cellular transformation, an inherently inefficient procedure that limits library size. In addition, the requirement for expression of the protein library in a host places limits on the numbers and types of selections that can be performed. Selecting individual colonies on plates is not well-suited to truly high-throughput...

Critical Control Points

The use of antibiotics, without veterinary prescription, for the purposes of increasing growth in food and animal production started in the early 1950s. Following an outbreak of food poisoning due to multi-drug resistant salmonella, an expert committee chaired by Professor Swann reviewed the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Its report in 196911 resulted in significant changes in the use of antibiotics, including their use for growth promotion purposes. More recently there has again been considerable concern about the use of antibiotics, especially for growth promotion purposes, in animals and specifically about food being a vector of antibiotic resistance from animals to humans. This has led to a number of reports from groups of experts, nationally and internationally, considering the use of antibiotics in animals, in humans and for plant protection purposes.12,13 There is agreement that there should be prudent use of antibiotics in veterinary and human medicine with little...

Design and Generation of Vectors for High Level Protein Expression in Bacteria

The same group are not compatible and cannot be permanently maintained in the same cell. Integration vectors are devoid of any origins of replication and only present in one or few copies, although for specific cases techniques have been developed to increase the copy number by selective amplification.1'2 Vectors usually contain selection markers that are indispensable to identify successfully transformed cells. Antibiotic resistance genes encoding, e.g. for the enzyme b-lactamase, are frequently used especially for selection in bacteria. Genes encoding for key enzymes in essential anabolic pathways are also suitable as selection markers if used in combination with specifically engineered auxotrophic host cells. A variety of comprehensive reviews of expression vectors suitable for the most commonly used bacterial host Escherichia coli is available.3-6

Molecular Resistance Testing

Modern medicine is facing an increasingly important problem, namely, the threat from multidrug-resistant bacteria (60). The emergence and evolution of drug resistance is a complex and multifactorial phenomenon that requires a multidisciplinary approach if it is to be kept under control (61). This approach will be a challenge given that the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance can be viewed as a typical emergent characteristic of a dynamic, highly complex, and self-organizing system evolving at the edge of chaos (62). However, new molecular technologies offer promising tools in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Not only is rapid bacterial detection, identification, and resistance testing a significant advance, but powerful typing methods for monitoring microbial populations are also a basic requirement for containment of multidrug-resistant strains.

Vaccinia Vector Expression System

Without selection, the ratio of recombinant to parental vaccinia virus is usually 1 1000. Although this frequency is high enough to permit the use of plaque hybridization or immu-noscreening to pick recombinant viruses, a variety of methods have been employed to facilitate identification of recombinant viruses. Some widely used selection or screening techniques are described in unit 5.13. Commonly, the expression cassette is flanked by segments of the vaccinia thymidine kinase (TK) gene so that recombination results in inactivation of TK. Virus with a TK- phenotype can then be distinguished from those with a TK+ phenotype by infecting a TK cell line in the presence of 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU), which must be phosphorylated by TK to be lethally incorporated into the virus genome. Alternatively, recombinant viruses can be selected by the co-expression of a bacterial antibiotic resistance gene such as guanine phosphoribosyltrans-ferase (gpt). Co-expression of the Escherichia coli lacZ...

PLAin Fold Phage Linked Assisted In Vivo Folding

For the directed evolution of DsbC variants, we utilized a derivative of the common E. coli strain TG1, often used in phage display protocols, lacking a functional dsbC gene. The introduction of a dsbC null allele marked with an antibiotic resistance gene is performed via P1 transduction. The vtPA-gIIIp fusion is secreted via the pelB signal peptide and is encoded by a plasmid lacking a phage origin of replication. For example, we used pAT100-vtPA (see Note 2), which allows for the IPTG-inducible production of the vtPA-gIIIp fusion, is repressible by glucose, and confers ampicillin resistance. A library of dsbC foldase isomerase mutants (expressed with the native dsbC signal peptide) is encoded for on a derivative of the phagemid pBAD33, modified via the inclusion of the optimized ribosome binding site from pTrc99a upstream of the expression cassette start codon (13) this phagemid confers chloramphenicol resistance and allows for the arabinose-inducible production of isomerase...

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Figure 19.2.3 LexA-fusion plasmids pEG202. The strong constitutive ADH promoter is used to express bait proteins as fusions to the DNA-binding protein LexA. Restriction sites shown in this map are based on recently compiled pEG202 sequence data and include selected sites suitable for diagnostic restriction endonuclease digests. A number of restriction sites are available for insertion of coding sequences to produce protein fusions with LexA the polylinker sequence and reading frame relative to LexA are shown below the map with unique sites marked in bold type. The sequence 5'-CGT CAG CAG AGC TTC ACC ATT G-3' can be used to design a primer to confirm correct reading frame for LexA fusions. Plasmids contain the HIS3 selectable marker and the 2 m origin of replication to allow propagation in yeast, and the Apr antibiotic resistance gene and the pBR origin of replication to allow propagation in E. coi. In the recently developed LexA-expression plasmids pMW101 and pMW103, the ampicillin...

Treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis in young women

Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole remains the antibiotic of choice in the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs in young women. Fluoroquinolones are recommended for patients who cannot tolerate sulfonamides or trimethoprim or who have a high frequency of antibiotic resistance. Three days is the optimal duration of treatment for uncomplicated cystitis. A seven-day course should be considered in pregnant women, diabetic women and women who have had symptoms for more than one week.

Topical Antibiotics

Topical erythromycin, clindamycin, and tetracycline are all effective in acne (1417). These antibiotics reduce the population of P. acnes and Staph. epidermidis, and may have a separate anti-inflammatory action. The advantage of topical antibiotics is the reduction in the risk of potential systemic side effects, and this is particularly true with topical clindamycin. Topical tetracyclines may cause some yellow staining of clothing and fluoresce under ultraviolet radiation. It is also possible that they may exacerbate the problem of bacterial antibiotic resistance.

Middle Ear Membrane

The antibiotic resistance profile of isolates associated with foodborne illness is another feature that will be determined in surveillance activities. The development of antibiotic resistance in campylobacters has been attributed, at least in part, to the use of antibiotics in agriculture. This has led to the banning of par

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Contains an ADH promoter that expresses LexA fused to the homeodomain of bicoid to produce nonactivating fusion used as positive control for repression assay, negative control for activation and interaction assays ADH promoter expresses LexA fused to GAL4 activation domain used as a positive control for transcriptional activation Same as pEG202, but with altered antibiotic resistance markers basic plasmid used for cloning bait Same as pEG202, but with altered antibiotic resistance markers basic plasmid used for cloning bait Same as pJG4-5, but with altered antibiotic resistance markers no libraries yet available Same as pJG4-5, but with altered antibiotic resistance markers no libraries yet available Same as pSH18-34, but with altered antibiotic resistance marker Same as pJK103, but with altered antibiotic resistance marker