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Microbicidal Assay Using Lysostaphin

This protocol combines viable staphylococci with human neutrophils in the presence of serum for varied time intervals. Bacteria that are not taken up (extracellular bacteria) are destroyed by lysostaphin and neutrophils are disrupted by hypotonic lysis, releasing ingested bacteria. Viable bacteria are then cultured on plates and the colonies enumerated.

Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B

SEB and six other enterotoxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus strains belong to a group of so-called superantigens capable of inducing devastating pathophysiological effects due to their very high potencies as activators of the immune system. It is believed that cytokines resulting from the activation of the immune system are the primary mediators of the toxic effects of SEB. Staphylococci are among common pathogens that thrive on unrefrig-erated meats, dairy, and bakery products. Under typical circumstances, the toxin excreted by the bacteria (exotoxin) induces its intestinal effects after ingestion of contaminated food. The resultant poisoning, while nonlethal, is severely incapacitating and the illness lasts as long as 2 weeks.


Staphylokinase is a protein secreted by certain Staphylococcus aureus strains. Its ability to dissolve fibrin clots has been recognized since the 1940s 58 . In contrast to streptokinase, staphylokinase exhibits fibrin-specific activation of plasminogen. This provides staphylokinase with a theoretical advantage for use in the treatment of thrombosis 59 . Recombinant forms of staphylokinase have been evaluated in recent years for the treatment of myocardial infarction and peripheral arterial occlusion.

Boils and Carbuncles

A boil is a collection of pus beneath the top layer of skin. It is caused by bacterial infection of a hair follicle, the tiny pit in the surface of the skin in which a hair grows. Boils can cluster under the skin such a cluster is known as a carbuncle. Boils may result from infection of a cut or scrape in the skin, poor hygiene, cosmetics that clog the pores, exposure to chemicals, and friction from tight clothing or shoes. Perspiration contributes to the development of boils and carbuncles and can make them worse. Boils and carbuncles usually appear on the scalp, beard area of the face, arms, legs, underarms, and buttocks. pus onto the surface of the skin. Carbuncles discharge their contents through a Skin and number of openings in the surface of the skin. Once they have ruptured, boils Hair and carbuncles are less painful, but inflammation may persist for a few days or weeks. Scarring occurs in most cases. You may be able to detect a boil on your own. Avoid squeezing or piercing a...

Incidence of foodborne disease

Accurate estimates of the yearly incidence of foodborne disease are difficult and sometimes impossible, depending on the reporting systems in different countries. Foodborne disease statistics in some European countries and the Americas, where reporting systems are better than some other regions, are dominated by cases of salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis. In other regions, however, foodborne disease statistics tend to rely on outbreak information only, and in some cases, other organisms are identified as leading causes of illness. For example, in Taiwan, 74 of outbreaks in 1994 were caused by bacterial pathogens of which Vibrio parahaemolyticus (56.7 ), Staphylococcus aureus (20.3 ), Bacillus cereus (14.9 ) and salmonellas (8.1 ) were the major agents identified (Pan et al., 1996). In a study of diarrhoeal disease in south eastern China between 1986-87, the overall incidence of diarrhoeal illness was 730 episodes per 1000 population (Kangchuan et al., 1991). The most commonly...

Growth boundary models 341 Experimental design

Table 3.3 Example of parameters derived from a SAS LIFEREG output table for a time to growth boundary model for Staphylococcus aureus based on relative humidity (RH), pH and calcium propionate (cal) (Stewart et al., 2001). In the first iteration of modelling, the quadratic term cal2 was excluded because it was not significant (p 0.6247) whereas all the other p values were < 0.0001 (see p > Chi-square column) Table 3.3 Example of parameters derived from a SAS LIFEREG output table for a time to growth boundary model for Staphylococcus aureus based on relative humidity (RH), pH and calcium propionate (cal) (Stewart et al., 2001). In the first iteration of modelling, the quadratic term cal2 was excluded because it was not significant (p 0.6247) whereas all the other p values were < 0.0001 (see p > Chi-square column)

Monitoring T Cell Development And Selection

To study tolerance by clonal deletion, Staphylococcus enterotoxins such as SEB (Table 3.12.1 Toxin Technology) may be added to 0.1 g ml final to organ cultures, resulting in the elimination of T cells that bear particular families of TCR (such as V 8 White et al., 1989). Thus, SEB can be added to cultures containing various drugs or other agents, and the ability of these agents to alter the clonal deletion induced by SEB may be quantified. Dendritic cells have also been added to organ cultures to study MHC tolerance (Matzinger and Geuder, 1989 Mazda et al., 1991). Future studies involving the use of TCR transgenic mice will also serve to help identify the pathways of T cell selection.

Background Information

The ability to study T cell differentiation in vitro offers a number of advantages over in vivo systems. Despite intensive efforts, it has not been possible to satisfactorily generate mature T cells from immature precursor populations outside the fetal thymic organ culture system. This is probably due to the complex cellular-and lymphokine-mediated signals necessary to induce differentiation which cannot as yet be reproduced with epithelial monolayers and recombinant lymphokines. In contrast to in vivo studies, the problems associated with toxicity and concentration of added reagents can often be overcome in vitro. For example, a Staphylococcus enterotoxin (SEB) and antibodies can be added at much higher concentrations in vitro than can be achieved in vivo. Thus, organ culture is one of the best systems for examining T cell development.

Solidphase Immunoadsorption

Solid-phase immunoadsorption using specific antibodies is a powerful technique for isolating cellular organelles that can be used on both the preparative and analytical levels. The procedure requires a high-quality antibody that reacts to an antigenic epitope exposed on the surface of the organelle of interest the antigen must be reasonably specific to the organelle of interest. The antibody is adsorbed to a support (e.g., fixed Staphylococcus aureus cells, protein A-Sepharose, or magnetic beads), and the organelles of interest bind to the antibody support.

Microbial toxins 2331 Introduction

Staphylococcus aureus and intoxications originating from Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus 16 , 7 and 1 , respectively. - membrane-affecting toxins (e.g., Staphylococcus aureus toxins, see ) Membrane-affecting bacterial toxins. A well-known example of a bacterium-producing membrane-affecting toxins is Staphylococcus aureus. S. aureus are non-motile, Toxicity and symptoms. A quantity of 1 to 25 g of the enterotoxin is required to cause sickness in adult humans. After a very short incubation period (V2 to 6 hours), symptoms of staphylo-enterotoxicose include violent vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes followed by shock but no fever. Serious dehydration may result from the diarrhea. The duration of the illness is 24 to 72 hours, and the mortality is very low. Everyone who consumes the poisoned food, becomes ill (maladie du banquet buffet disease).

Clinical Evaluation Of The Infant

Many different conditions may mimic HSV disease. In the infant with disseminated infection and its associated multiorgan involvement, other conditions that must be considered include hyaline membrane disease, intraventricular hemorrhage, necrotizing enterocolitis, and overwhelming bacterial sepsis caused by, among others, group B streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Gram-negative bacteria.

Clinical Features

Between 8 and 55 of patients with CTCL undergo transformation (2,3). The interval between diagnosis of MF and transformation is about 1-2 years (3,4) but can be more than 5-10 years. Clinically, transformation is characterized by occurrence of large tumors, which often become ulcerated (Fig. 1). Those tumors evolve from infiltrated plaques, but can also arise on previously unaffected skin and at any time point in the course of the disease. Superinfection of ulcerated lesions with Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa is very common. Together with extracutaneous spread, septicemia originating from infected tumors is the major cause of death in patients with advanced stages of MF and SS.

Atopic Eczema Dermatitis

Rash From Figs Eaten

In most patients there is a family history of eczema or of other atopic diseases, such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. Atopic eczema usually presents during infancy and, often, may resolve during childhood, whereas in others it may persist into adult life. Atopic eczema usually affects the face, wrists, and the flexural aspects of the elbows and knees (Fig. 2). There may be some involvement of the trunk, and the rash may become generalized. The eczema may be complicated by bacterial infection, and there is evidence to suggest that many exacerbations of atopic eczema may be due to occult infection with Staphylococcus aureus. Eczematous skin is also more prone to infections with wart viruses, molluscum contagiosum, and herpesviruses. Patients with atopic dermatitis may develop a widespread and potentially fatal rash, eczema herpeticum, following the development of herpes simplex or following contact with individuals affected with herpes simplex.

Classification Antibiotic penicillin

Uses For beta-lactamase-producing strains of the following organisms Hemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis causing lower respiratory tract infections, otitis media, and sinusitis Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella, causing skin and skin structure infections E. coli, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter, causing UTI. Note Mixed infections caused by organisms susceptible to ampicillin and organisms susceptible to amoxicillin potassium clavulanate should not require an additional antibiotic. Contraindications Hypersensitivity to pencillins. Clavulanate K-asso-ciated cholestatic and or liver dysfunction.

Commentary Background Information

Which cut at Lys and Asp residues, respectively). These proteolytic agents have very strict specificities and easily predicted patterns of digestion. Other proteases have rather broad specificities (e.g., chymotrypsin is specific for Tyr, Phe, and Trp and to a lesser extent for Leu, Met, Ala, Asp, and Glu) and therefore produce a large number of fragments. These proteases are ideal for comparing a recombinant protein to the native protein because many more sites can be probed with only one digestion. Still other proteases, such as endoproteinase Glu-C (otherwise known as Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease), recognize one or two sites (in this case Glu and Asp) depending on the buffer conditions used for the digestion. For a useful discussion of these enzymes, see Allen (1989) and unit 11.1.

Measurement Of Phagocytic Capacity Of Neutrophils

In this procedure, purified neutrophils obtained from the first basic protocol are mixed with heat-killed, radiolabeled Staphylococcus aureas organisms under conditions in which phagocytosis can proceed. The neutrophils and phagocytized bacteria are then digested and counted and the phagocyte-associated radioactivity is taken as a measure of phagocytosis. This assay may give erroneous results if large numbers of noningested bacteria that have adhered to the neutrophils are not washed out in the wash step. Neutrophil suspension (5 x 106 neutrophils ml in HBSS first basic protocol) Serum (fresh autologous serum preferred frozen pooled serum may be substituted) Hanks balanced salt solution with Ca++ and Mg++ (HBSS appendix2) 14C-labeled and heat-killed Staphylococcus aureus Stop solution, ice-cold 0.5 N NaOH 3 acetic acid 0.9 NaCl

Microbicidal Assay Using Differential Centrifugation

In some situations (i.e., with bacteria other than staphylococci), it may be necessary or desirable to perform the microbicidal assay without the use of lysostaphin. In this case, the assay conditions are similar to those described in the previous basic protocol except that free bacteria and those which are associated with phagocytic cells are separated by differential centrifugation.

Action Kinetics Peak serum levels

Uses Otitis media due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and staphylococci. Upper respiratory tract infections (including pharyngitis and tonsillitis) caused by S. pyo-genes. Lower respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia) due to S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, and S. pyogenes. Skin and skin structure infections due to Staphylococcus aure-us and S. pyogenes. UTIs (including pyelonephritis and cystitis) caused by Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella, and coagulase-negative staphylococci. Extended-release tablets Acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis due to non- -lac-tamase-producing strains of H. in-fluenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis (including -lactamase-producing strains), or S. pneumoniae. Secondary bacterial infections of acute bronchitis due to H. influenzae (non- -lactamase-producing strains only), M. catarrhalis (including -lactamase-producing strains), or S. pneumoniae. Pharyngitis or tonsillitis due to S....

[kloxahSILLin Pregnancy Category B

Action Kinetics Resistant to penicillinase and is acid stable. Peak plasma levels 7-15 mcg mL after 30-60 min. tV2 30 min. Protein binding 88 -96 . Well absorbed from GI tract. Mostly excreted in urine, but some excreted in bile. Uses Infections caused by penicilli-nase-producing staphylococci, including pneumococci, group A beta-hemolytic streptococci, and penicillin G-sensitive staphylococci. Contraindications Hypersensitiv-ity to penicillins.

Potential Etiologic Agents

BW Potential biological warfare agent and CW potential chemical warfare agent. Acute gastroenteritis Norwalk-like virus (vom-itoxin), Staphylococcus aureus toxinbw, Bacillus cereus toxin, all heavy metals (Hg, As). Noninflammatory diarrhea Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), Vibrio cholerae, astroviruses, cali-civiruses (genus Norovirus), rotaviruses, adeno-viruses, Cryptosporidium parvum, Cyclospora cayetanensis.

Removal Of Acetyl Groups By Acid Hydrolysis

The protein is digested with endoprotease (see Table 11.1.3) to release peptides with a minimum of acid-labile peptide bonds. The preferred method for preparing peptides is to digest the protein with the protease from Staphylococcus aureus strain V8 (endoproteinase Glu-C), which cleaves peptide bonds at the carboxyl side of aspartate and glutamate in phosphate buffer, pH 7.8 (unit 11.1). With this cleavage, the aspartyl bond (generally the most labile peptide bond) is at the C-terminus, and, at worst, acid treatment will give a high background of aspartate in the first cycle only, with relatively little interference in subsequent cycles. Peptide purification using either ion-exchange chromatography (unit 8.2) or high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) can be quite tedious because of the complex assay for the blocked N-terminal peptide the blocked peptide is identified after complete enzymatic digestion with pronase and treatment of the resulting acylamino acid with acylase to...

Andrea J Grisold and Harald H Kessler

The rapid and accurate identification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is of great importance for the affected patient, the involved ward, and the microbiological laboratory. Resistance to methicillin is encoded by the mecA gene in S. aureus. Because routine laboratory diagnostics may be time consuming and because species differentiation encounters a variety of difficulties, molecular techniques detecting both the mecA and a S. aureus-specific gene are used for rapid and accurate detection and identification of MRSA. Various protocols, including the manual extraction of DNA have been established. In this chapter, the identification of MRSA based on simultaneous detection of the mecA gene and the S. aureus-specific Sa442 DNA fragment using automated DNA extraction and real-time polymerase chain reaction is described. This method is an attractive alternative to labor-intensive manual protocols and can easily be incorporated into the diagnostic microbiology...

Moderately ill hospitalized patients

Nosocomial pneumonia should be suspected in patients with recent hospitalization or nursing home status. Nosocomial pneumonia is most commonly caused by Pseudomonas or Staph aureus. Empiric therapy should consist of vancomycin and double pseudomonal coverage with a beta-lactam (cefepime, Zosyn, imipenem, ticarcillin, ceftazidime, cefoperazone) and an aminoglycoside (amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin) or a quinolone (ciprofloxacin).

The Medical Need for New Antibiotics Multi Drug Resistance

Over the past 15 years, MDR strains have become highly prevalent among important Gram-positive pathogens, particularly in those isolates taken from patients with hospital-acquired infections in intensive care units (ICUs). The continually escalating incidence of methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in many European countries now exceeds 25 10 in the USA11 and Japan,12 this figure currently approaches 60 and 70 , respectively. Of concern, new clones of MRSA have been isolated from outbreaks in healthy people within community settings.13 At the time that our work on the oxazolidinones initiated at Upjohn in late 1987, a new MDR strain of a Grampositive enterococcal pathogen was just on the cusp of emergence - but not yet recognized as the problem pathogen it has now become. Our interest at that time in the oxazolidinones was based on attributes of two lead compounds described by DuPont.14 Researchers there had demonstrated in animal models of infection the...

Genesis of the Upjohn Oxazolidinone Program

In October 1987, there was an appealing disclosure by DuPont scientists of two novel oxazolidinone antibacterial agents as clinical candidates, at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy meeting, held in New York City. There, Andrew Slee and his co-workers14 disclosed preclinical data on DuP-105 (3) and DuP-721 (4), two totally synthetic compounds having potent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA, and good pharmacokinetic (PK) properties in rodents that included high oral bioavailability. Ranger20 has reviewed in significant detail the origin of these DuPont leads.

Detection Using 125ilabeled Protein A

Although the colorimetric assay in the basic protocol is sensitive and gives high resolution, under certain circumstances other techniques are desirable. For example, when using beta scanners (e.g., PhosphorImager, Molecular Dynamics, Fujix BAS2000, Fuji Betascope 603, Betagen), P-emitting radiolabel can be measured more rapidly and without the latent phase seen with conventional autoradiography. This protocol describes a method for detecting antiphosphotyrosine MAb binding with 125I-labeled Staphylococcus protein A.

Diagnosis and management infection

If line sepsis or an infected implanted device is a possibility, vancomycin should be added to the regimen to cover for methicillin-resistant Staph aureus and methicillin-resistant Staph epidermidis. a. Linezolid (Zyvox) is an oral or parenteral agent active against vancomycin-resistant enterococci, including E. faecium and E. faecalis. Linezolid is also active against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

Immunoprecipitation Of Lysates

The protein of interest is precipitated from lysates of cells or microsomes using a specific antibody bound to Staphylococcus aureus cells or Protein A-Sepharose beads (beads give less background but are twice as expensive as the cells). The immunoprecipitate is then analyzed by nonreducing and reducing SDS-PAGE (see Support Protocol 2). 10 (w v) killed, fixed Staphylococcus aureus cells (Zymed) Antibody against protein of interest

Incidence and Clinical Profile

Group B Streptococcus (Streptococcus agalactiae) 12 Staphylococcus epidermidis In Dressler and Robert's series of 80 autopsied intravenous drug abusers with infective endocarditis, the tricuspid valve was involved in half of the victims compared with 15 of victims dying of acute endocarditis that did not use intravenous drugs.5 However, IV drug abusers can and often have left-sided valve involvement. The aortic and mitral valves are involved in 35 and 30 of intravenous drug abusers with infective endocarditis. The majority (82 ) of acute endocarditis in intravenous drug abusers is caused by Staphycoccus aureus compared with streptococcal species that commonly cause endocarditis in victims not injecting intravenous drugs.6 A minority (18 ) of S. aureus isolates are methacillin resistant. Other bacteria co-infect 9 of intravenous drug abusers with S. aureus endocarditis. Streptococcus viridans causes right-sided endocarditis in 11 of intravenous drug abusers. Candida endocarditis is...

Inhibitors of Cell Wall Synthesis

Blocks Cell Wall Synthesis Penicillin

Although very well tolerated, penicillin G has disadvantages (A) that limit its therapeutic usefulness (1) It is inactivated by gastric acid, which cleaves the p-lactam ring, necessitating parenteral administration. (2) The p-lactam ring can also be opened by bacterial enzymes (p-lactamases) in particular, penicillinase, which can be produced by staphylococcal strains, renders them resistant to penicillin G. (3) The antibacterial spectrum is narrow although it encompasses many gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative cocci, and spiro-chetes, many gram-negative pathogens are unaffected. Derivatives with a different substituent on 6-APA possess advantages (B) (1) Acid resistance permits oral administration, provided that enteral absorption is possible. All derivatives shown in (B) can be given orally. Penicillin V (phenoxymethylpenicillin) exhibits antibacterial properties similar to those of penicillin G. (2) Due to their penicillinase resistance, isoxazolylpen-icillins (oxacillin...

Prevention and Optimization

Identifying and minimizing the factors that predispose to fistula formation helps improve the chance of successful wound healing. Since most fistulae are associated with a wound infection, appropriate antibiotic coverage is essential. Studies by Johnson et al. and more recently by Weber et al.5 show a marked decrease in wound infection rates with appropriate antibiotic administration. For maximum efficacy, one dose should be given preoperatively so that antibiotics are in the circulation before the skin incision is made. The spectrum of coverage should include oral anaerobes as well as aerobic gram-positive and negative bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus. We favor the standard combination of cefazolin and metronidazole, and reserve clindamycin for patients with penicillin allergy. Although ampicillin with sulbactam and single coverage with cefuroxime (second-generation cephalosporin) or cefotaxime (third-generation cephalosporin) have been found effective, we do not routinely...

The Perugia YSet with Disinfectant

However, the efficacy of the simple flush before fill was not absolute, i.e. the system permits a significant reduction of the bacterial count but does not guarantee the certainty of a constant complete removal of all micro-organisms 10-13 . This is particularly true for bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are removed only 50 or less of the time with the flush alone, because of their high capability to adhere to the tubes thanks to their pili and flagella, and to produce a biofilm in which the bacteria are retained, thus escaping the action of the flush 12, 15-16 . But a certain rate of failure occurs also for the Staphylococcus epidermidis, even if at a lower rate. The rate of failure, however, 'increases significantly with all bacteria and especially for

Hazard analysis at critical control points

The above is illustrated by the production of sweetened concentrated milk. In this product, Staphylococcus aureus can grow and produce enterotoxins. The stages in the manufacturing process which are of importance from a microbiological point of view are summarized in Table 2.7.

Description Medical Nonmalignant Breast

Mastitis is usually caused by the introduction of bacteria from a crack, fissure, or abrasion through the nipple that allows the organism entry into the breast. The source of organisms is almost always the nursing infant's nose and throat other sources include the hands of the mother or birthing personnel and maternal circulating blood. The most common bacterial organism to cause mastitis is Staphylococcus aureus others include beta-hemolytic streptococcus, Escherichia coli, Candida albicans, and rarely, streptococcus. Community-acquired and nosocomial methicillin-resistant S. aureus have also been found to cause mastitis. The actual organism can be cultured from the milk. Common predisposing factors relate to milk stasis and include incomplete or inadequate drainage of a breast duct and alveolus that occurs as a result of missed feedings prolonged delay in infant feeding abrupt weaning of the infant and blocked ducts caused by tight clothing or poor support of pendulous breasts....

Molecular Resistance Testing

Assays for resistance testing will not replace conventional culture-based antibiotic susceptibility testing in the immediate future, and additional technical developments in the field of multiplex amplification and DNA chips will be needed (64). Nevertheless, rapid PCR-based assays for resistance testing have been introduced in the laboratory and are excellent complementary tools, as has been shown for MRSA (65).

Cicatricial Pemphigoid

Pemphigoid Eye

TREATMENT Diagnosis can sometimes be established with a biopsy of an oral mucosal bulla, with histopatho-logic examination showing a sub-epidermal locus. Immunofluorescent antibodies fixed to conjunctiva basement membrane can be demonstrated in up to 80 of cases. Assays for circulating auto-antibodies also exist, but are positive in only about 10 of affected patients. During exacerbations, topical steroids will reduce the severity and perhaps diminish scarring. Because up to half of patients will harbor staphylococci, the lids and conjunctivae should be periodically cultured, and a course of appropriate antibiotics started if necessary. Artificial tears often help the signs and symptoms of aqueous tear deficiency. In severe cases combined therapy using systemic steroids and immunosuppressive agents is usually of benefit. Dapsone

Activation and Hydroxylation are Required for Oxidation

Knowing that damaging the integrity of cells impaired the a-oxidation process,20 a search for possible cofactors was initiated in rat hepatocytes permeabilized with Staphylococcus aureus toxin. In such systems, the intracellular environment can be varied experimentally but the integrity of the intracellular membranes is conserved.34

Decubitus Ulcer Bedsores

Ischial Decubitus Ulcer

Decubitus ulcers are the breakdown of soft tissue due to prolonged physical pressure in patients kept lying too still for a prolonged period of time. It most commonly occurs in paralyzed patients and the debilitated elderly. Although other sites such as the elbows, heels, and shoulders are involved, the great majority of ulcers develop over the sacrum, ischial tuberosities, and femoral trochanters and buttocks. Local soft-tissue infection and bacteremia are common accompaniments. Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus mirabilis, and Escherichia coli are the chief offenders. Superficial pressure sores that extend to the dermis but not into the subcutaneous fat layer may progress to deep sores after penetration of the fat layer, spreading to and contaminating the underlying bone (Hendrix et al. 1981). Frequently, a sinus tract is formed that communicates with the skin. The accurate diagnosis of osteitis that complicates pressure sores is difficult because a number of other conditions overlap in...

Classification Cephalosporin secondgeneration

Action Kinetics Sixty percent is recovered in the urine unchanged. Uses Pharyngitis and tonsillitis due to Streptococcus pyogenes. Acute bacterial sinusitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aure-us, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis. Otitis media

Exit Site Care Pre Implantation of PD Catheter

The exit-site should be identified and marked on the skin. This should be done in collaboration with the patient, the surgeon, the nephrologist, and the experienced PD nurse. The exit-site should be placed laterally either above or below the belt line, and it should not lie on a scar or in abdominal folds. It should be determined with the patient in an upright (seated or standing) position. Local trauma and hematoma during catheter placement should be avoided. The exit-site should be round and the tissue should fit snugly around the catheter. Sutures around the exit-site increase the risk of infection and should be avoided. The downward-directed exit-site is associated with significantly lower catheter related peritonitis 3 . Prophylactic antibiotics given at the time of catheter placement decreases the risk of infection 4, 5 . Vancomycin (1 g IV, single dose) at the time of catheter insertion is found to be superior to cephalosporin (1 g IV single dose) in preventing early...

Process flow and equipment

From a microbiological point of view, processes should be designed to control the presence, growth and activity of target pathogens, while producing products of good quality. Designs for safety should concentrate on unit operations that will eliminate or reduce numbers of bacteria or provide opportunities for recontamination or growth. Raw material type, product design and shelf-life storage requirements, and even factory hygiene and layout, will determine realistic target pathogens for each process stage. At the beginning of the supply chain, agricultural produce can act as a reservoir of food-poisoning bacteria (e.g. Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli O157, Staphylococcus aureus and the harmful Bacillus and Clostridia). Therefore it is important that conditions during handling and processing can control this initial contamination. The extent of precautions needed will be proportional to the hazard severity, occurrence of the pathogens and the complexity and scale of the supply...

Osteomyelitis Introduction

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone caused by any infectious agent, but most commonly by Staphylococcus aureus, hemolytic streptococci, E. coli, or Haemophilus influenzae. In children, the metaphyses of long bones (tibia, femur) are the sites most frequently involved. The infectious agent usually enters the bone through the blood (hematogenous) after trauma or an upper respiratory infection. Less commonly, the infection can spread to the bone secondary to a contiguous focus of infection. The disease can be acute, with a rapidly destructive pyogenic infection of the bone and marrow and signs of systemic infection as well as local pain, swelling, and redness of the involved area. In subacute osteomyelitis, the disease is insidious in onset and the child has pain and dysfunction without systemic infection. The subacute form may be caused by children receiving antibiotics during a presymptomatic period. Osteomyelitis most commonly occurs in children 5 to 14 years of age. The disease...

Other Bacteria Causing Perinatal Disease

Staphylococcal Infections Staphylococcus aureus has been described in nursery outbreaks for more than 100 years. It has only been recently that Staphylococcus epidermidis has received attention as an increasing cause of neonatal sepsis. S. epidermidis infections are especially common among infants who are premature or who otherwise require catheter placement, and this organism is the most frequent etiologic agent of sepsis in some neonatal intensive care units. Although positive blood cultures might be caused by contamination with skin flora during the specimen collection, the isolation of coagulase-negative sta-phylococci should not be readily dismissed. Prevention of the spread of S. aureus colonization within the nursery is a challenging prospect. Neonatal staphylococcal skin infections include bullous impetigo, sta-phylococcal scalded skin syndrome, and toxic shock syndrome. Staphylococcal pneumonia is associated with significant mortality and is characterized by the formation of...

Chronic Exit Site Care of Healed Exit Site

Mupirocin Study Group Nasal mupirocin prevents Staphylococcus aureus exit-site infection during peritoneal dialysis. J Am Soc Nephrol 1996 7 2403-2408. Tacconelli E, Carmeli Y, Aizer A, Ferreira G, Foreman MG, D'Agata EM Mupirocin prophylaxis to prevent Staphylococcus aureus infection in patients undergoing dialysis a meta-analysis. Clin Infec Dis 2003 37 1629-1638. Piraino B, Bernardini J, Florio T, Fried L Staphylococcus aureus prophylaxis and trends in gramnegative infections in peritoneal dialysis patients. Adv Perit Dial 2003 19 198-201. Bernardini J, Bender B, Florio T, Sloand J, PalmMontalbano L, Fried L, et al Randomized, double-blind trial of antibiotic exit site cream for prevention of exit site infection inperitoneal dialysis patients. J Am Soc Nephrol 2005 16 539-545.

Bacillus spp general characteristics 1541 Bacillus cereus

Only in the early 1950s was Bacillus cereus recognised as a food-poisoning bacterium.11 It is now known that a restricted number of strains of this organism can produce one or more of a number of toxins responsible for symptoms of food poisoning. The emetic toxin produced in foods, causes nausea and vomiting and occasionally diarrhoea, ca 1-5 hours after consumption of a contaminated meal, and closely resembles symptoms of food poisoning caused by Staph. aureus. Bacillus cereus can produce at least three different enterotoxins, two of these are tripartite toxins and both of these are associated with foodborne illness. The most studied is HBL and this is thought to be the primary virulence factor in B. cereus diarrhoea. The diarrhoeagenic toxin produced in the GI tract, causes abdominal pain and diarrhoea, but rarely nausea and vomiting, ca 8-16 hours after a contaminated meal, and closely resembles the symptoms caused by Cl. perfringens enterotoxin. The effective dose for the emetic...

Antibiotics for Use in Pediatric Rhinosinusitis

S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis anaerobes staphylococcus b-lactamase stable S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis (Staphy-lococcus resistant) Staphylococcus b-lactamase stable Gram-negative organisms b-lactamase stable (not active vs. Staphylococcus or Pneumococcus) Staphylococcus, streptococcus, H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis (b-lactamase stability not proven) Staphylococcus anaerobes (poor influenzae coverage) Staphylococcus anaerobes b-lactamase stable Staphylococcus (side effects include blood dyscrasias and hepatorenal toxicity)

Operating Room Procedures with CC

The most common cause is infection with Escherichia coli, but streptococci, staphylococci, and pneumococci may also cause the inflammation. The main sources of inflammation are the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, external environment, and bloodstream. Entry of a foreign body such as a bullet, knife, or indwelling abdominal catheter and contaminated peritoneal dialysate may precipitate peritonitis. Acute pancreatitis may also cause peritonitis.

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Erysipela Necrotizing Fasciitis

INTRODUCTION Necrotizing fasciitis is an uncommon and severe invasive soft tissue infection characterized by cutaneous gangrene, suppurative fasciitis, and vascular thrombosis. The disease is usually preceded by penetrating trauma in patients that have systemic problems, most commonly diabetes, alcoholism, and immunosupression, but may occur after blepharoplasty or other eyelid surgery. Necrotizing fasciitis represents a synergistic polymicrobial soft tissue infection with the release of endogenous cytokines and bacterial toxins. The disease is most frequently attributed to group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus. The mortality rate overall is 34 , and for those cases with periorbital involvement it is 12.5 . Death usually results from a fulminant course that may lead to septic shock, respiratory distress syndrome, and renal failure. The average age at time of infection is 57 years, but it may be seen in all age groups.

Microbiologic Etiology Related to Treatment

Pathogenic bacteria are present in approximately 70 of the middle ears of patients who have acute otitis media, and are similar in type in both children and adults.2'3 Streptococcus pneumoniae (40 ), Haemophilus influenzae (25 ), and Moraxella catarrhalis (12 ) are the most common pathogens isolated. Group A b-hemolytic streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus also cause this infection in both children and adults, but not as frequently as pneumococcus and H. influenzae. Respiratory viruses have been cultured from as many as 20 of acute effusions.

Penicillin G benzathine parenteral

Action Kinetics Penicillin G is neither penicillinase resistant nor acid stable. The product is a long-acting (repository) form of penicillin in an aqueous vehicle it is administered as a sterile suspension. Peak plasma levels IM 0.03-0.05 unit mL. Uses Most gram-positive (streptococci, staphylococci, pneumococci) and some gram-negative (gonococci, meningococci) organisms. Syphilis. Prophylaxis of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever. Surgical infec

Indicated Supporting Diagnostic Data

This simple test is positive in staphylococcal bullous impetigo, and shows clumps of Gram-positive cocci. In nonbullous impetigo, smears can be of value if early vesicles are still present. Chains of Gram-positive cocci may be seen. Topical 2 mupirocin ointment applied in a thin layer TID is effective in eradicating mild nonbullous impetigo and is active against streptococci and most of the staphylococcus organisms encountered. Mupirocin or bacitracin ointments can also be used to reduce communicability during the early stages of systemic treatment. This will add to the imme diate cost, but may be cost-effective if other cases within a family or social unit are prevented. Because of the thickness and persistence of the blister roof, topical treatment of bullous impetigo is not recommended. Some mupirocin-resistant staphylococcus organisms have already been reported. Secondary impetiginization of a primary skin disorder usually involves an antibiotic-sensitive Staphylococcus organism...

Most Frequent Pathogens by Age Group

Pseudomonas aeruginosa Staphylococcus aureus Haemophilus influenzae Citrobacter Escherichia coli Group B Streptococcus Listeria monocytogenes Streptococcus pneumoniae Salmonella species Haemophilus influenzae, type b Haemophilus influenzae, type b Streptococcus pneumoniae Neisseria meningitidis Staphylococcus aureus Streptococcus pneumoniae Neisseria meningitidis Listeria monocytogenes

Immunodeficiency states

Pneumococ-cus is the predominant organism, presumably due to its common presence in the upper airway Other streptococci (10 ) Haemophilus influenzae (9 ) Neisseria meningitidis (5 ) Staphylococcus aureus (5 ) Enteric Gram-negative bacilli (4 ) Staphylococcus epidermidis (2 ) Listeria monocytogenes Streptococcus pneumoniae (56 ) Aerobic Gram-negative bacilli (26 ) Enterobacter aerogenes, Serratia marcescens, Escheri-chia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella species Haemophilus influenzae (8 ) Streptococcus species (6 ) Neisseria meningitidis (2 ) Staphylococcus aureus (2 ) Aerobic Gram-negative bacilli (46 ) Escheri-chia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Anaerobes (13 ) Gram-positive (peptostrepto-cocci, Clostridia, etc.) Bacteroides fragilis Gram-negative, other than B. fragilis Streptococcus species (13 ) Staphylococcus epidermidis (7 ) Staphylococcus aureus (7 ) Haemophilus parainfluenzae (7 )...

Labeling of Bacterial Pathogens for Flow Cytometric Detection and Enumeration

With the advent of new cytometric technologies and the development of an increasing number of available pathogen-specific antibodies, as well as the accumulation of a large body of microbial sequence information, there have been a rising number of reports in the literature pertaining to pathogen detection by flow cytometry. The food and pharmaceutical industries each have a Big Four, i.e., the four primary pathogens of concern to the particular industry. The food industry tests for the presence of Escherichia coli O157 H7, Salmonella, Listeria, and Campylobacter, while the pharmaceutical industry focuses on Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella, and E. coli. Environmental water-related testing targets fecal-contamination indicators like E. coli or Enterococcus and parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia oocysts. All these tests focus on the prevention of disease.

Tetracycline hydrochloride

Superficial ophthalmic infections due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Neisseria, and Bacteroides. Prophylaxis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in newborns. With oral therapy for treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis. Topical Acne vulgaris, prophylaxis or treatment of infection

Infection Of The Skin

Various acute bacterial infections may affect the skin. These include impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, furuncles, carbuncles, anthrax, diphtheria, and various mycobac-terial infections, including tuberculosis and leprosy. Of these only impetigo (in which a small area is infected) or furuncles, which are both caused by Staphylococcus aureus, are amenable to topical treatment. In impetigo, which is more common in young children, an inflamed erythematous area with a yellow crust may develop on exposed skin. Local treatment with antibiotic washes, such as Phisomed or Hibiscrub, and topical mupirocin or fucidic acid (Fucidin) ointment may be sufficient. More extensive areas, larger than a few centimetres in diameter, will require treatment with systemic antibiotics. Furuncles are hair follicles infected with S. aureus and present as yellow-headed pustules. They are commonly seen on the back of the neck in men or in patients treated with ointments or tar (particularly if the skin has been...

Immunoblotting Assay For Detection Of Hiv Proteins

In this assay, total cellular proteins are separated on a denaturing gel, transferred to nitrocellulose, and immunoblotted using anti-HIV serum followed by 125I-labeled staphylococcus protein A. Alternatively, it is possible to use an enzyme-linked secondary antibody reagent (biotinylated anti-human IgG conjugate) and an appropriate color-indicating reagent (avidin peroxidase conjugate followed by chemiluminescence substrate) to avoid the use of radioactivity (horseradish peroxidase chemiluminescence method see Background Information). The rationale and techniques for gel electrophoresis are discussed in unit 8.4. Immunoblotting techniques are discussed in units 8.10 & 11.3. Any cells, including cultured cell lines, cultured primary cells, and fresh peripheral blood lymphocytes, can be tested for the presence of HIV proteins using this assay.

Factors Related to Tympanostomy Tube Otorrhea

Infants have a greater propensity to develop post-tympanos-tomy otorrhea than do older children and adults. In addition, there may be a difference in the bacteriology of the otorrhea when comparing younger with older patients. Pathogens of acute otitis media seem to be more common in patients less than 3 years of age compared with those older than 3 years, where Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are more common. Delayed-onset otorrhea, defined by some25 as more than 7 weeks postoperative, is reported to occur in 26.4 25 to 68 5 of cases. In general, children younger than 6 years of age have organisms typical of acute otitis media, whereas older patients have organisms typical of chronic otitis media. Late-onset post-tympanostomy otorrhea is increased during the summer months.19 Mandel et al.,2 who acquired specimens by swabbing the external ear canal, found pathogens of acute suppurative otitis to predominate, but Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus were...

Acute uncomplicated cystitis in young women

Approximately 90 percent of uncomplicated cystitis episodes are caused by Escherichia coli, 10 to 20 percent are caused by coagulase-negative Staphylococcus saprophyticus and 5 percent or less are caused by other Enterobacteriaceae organisms or enterococci. Up to one-third of uropathogens are resistant to ampicillin and, but the majority are susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (85 to 95 percent) and fluoroquinolones (95 percent).

Thrombolytic Agents used in Trials and Clinical Practice

These groups of agents have been developed through modifications of the basic t-PA structure. They are either conjugates of plasminogen activators with monoclonal antibodies against fibrin, platelets, or thrombomodulin mutants, variants, and hybrids of t-PA and prourokinase (amediplase) or new molecules of animal (vampire bat) or bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus) origin.35 These molecular variations have yielded agents with better pharmacological properties than t-PA, a longer half-life, resistance to plasma protease inhibitors, and more selective fibrin binding.4,35 Several of these agents are being developed including reteplase (r-PA, retevase), lanoteplase (nPA), tenecteplase (TNKase), pamiteplase (YM866 Solinase), staphylokinase, and novel modified tissue plasminogen activator (E6010). Staphylokinase Staphylokinase was known to possess profibrinolytic properties more than four decades ago.35 It is produced by certain strains of S. aureus. It acts on the surface of the...

Pregnancy Category B vaginal

Uses Should not be used for trivial infections. Systemic. Serious respiratory tract infections (e.g., empyema, lung abscess, pneumonia) caused by staphylococci, streptococci, and pneumococci. Serious skin and soft tissue infections, septicemia, intraabdominal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, female genital tract infections. May be the drug of choice for Bacteroides fragilis. In combination with aminoglycosides for mixed aerobic and anaerobic bacterial infections. Staphylococci-induced acute hematogenous osteomyelitis. Adjunct to surgery for chronic bone joint infections. Bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis. Non-FDA Approved Uses Alternative to sulfona-mides in combination with pyri-methamine in the acute treatment of CNS toxoplasmosis in AIDS clients. In combination with primaquine to treat Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Chlamydial infections in women. Bacterial vaginosis due to Gardnerella vaginalis. Topical Use. Used topically for inflammatory acne vulgar-is. Vaginally to...


In this chapter, the natural toxins are divided into endogenous toxins of plant origin and contaminants of natural origin. Endogenous toxins of plant origin comprise many different types of substances. There is no simple way of classifying this group of toxic food components. The way they are dealt with here is based on a classification according to common functional groups (toxic phenolic substances, cyanogenic glycosides, and glucosinolates), the physiological action (acetylcholinesterase inhibitors), and the type of toxic effect induced (biogenic amines and central stimulants). Toxins in food can also be contaminants of natural origin. There are three important sources of this group of natural toxins. First, raw materials of plant origin may be mixed with toxic non-nutritive plant species, e.g., cereals have been reported to be contaminated by pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Secondly, raw materials of animal origin, mainly fish and milk, can also be contaminated if the animal has ingested...

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.

Brodies Abscess

Brodie's abscess is another special form of chronic hematogenous osteomyelitis. It is a local disease and may be single or multiple. The causative agent in the vast majority of cases is staphylococcus. This form of abscess has been suggested to develop when an infective organism is low in virulence or the host has increased resistance to infection (Grieco 1972). Brodie's abscess is common in children, and the most common site of involvement is the distal or proximal tibia, and other tubular bones flat and irregular bones are involved less frequently. Histologically, the abscess wall is marginated by inflammatory granulation tissue and spongy bone eburnation. Radiography shows irregular lucent area(s) surrounded by sclerosis. The lesion is usually located in the metaphysis, abutting the physeal plate (Fig. 6.22A).


It is of paramount importance that the dermat-ologic surgeon be familiar with the complications of TCA peels. These include infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), pigmentary changes, prolonged erythema, milia, acne, textural changes, and scarring. Bacterial infections include Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus or Streptococcus. In general, prophylaxis with antibiotics is not indicated and strict adherence to wound care instructions will prevent this untoward complication. In patients with a history of herpes labialis, even if remote, prophylaxis with antiviral agent is necessary. Scarring is a rare, yet feared complication of medium-depth chemical peels. Although the etiology of scarring is unknown, factors which are contributory include poor wound care, infections, uneven peeling depth, mechanical injury and previous history of ablative procedures. Localized areas of prolonged erythema, particularly on the angle of the jaw can be indicative of incipient scarring. Proper attention to risk...

Basic Protocol 1

For immunoprecipitation, a specific antibody is immobilized on a sedimentable, solidphase matrix (steps 8 to 14). Although there are many ways to attach antibodies to matrices (see Commentary), the most commonly used methods rely on the property of immunoglobulins to bind Staphylococcus aureus protein A, or protein G from group G Streptococcus (Table 8.3.1). The best results are obtained by binding antibodies to protein A or protein G that is covalently coupled to agarose beads. In this protocol, Sepharose beads are used (Sepharose is a more stable, cross-linked form of agarose). Immunoprecipitation is most often carried out using rabbit polyclonal or mouse monoclonal antibodies, which,


A less expensive alternative to protein A- or protein G-agarose is the use of anti-Ig serum to crosslink the primary antibody (see Alternate Protocol 6). This procedure can result in very low backgrounds, although it requires proper titration of the anti-Ig serum. Protein A-agarose can also be substituted by fixed Staphylococcus aureus particles (Pansorbin). They have a lower capacity, can give higher backgrounds, and take longer to sediment. However, they work quite well in many cases. In order to establish if they are appropriate for a particular experimental setup, conduct a preliminary comparison of the efficiency of protein A-agarose with Staphylococcus aureus particles as immunoadsorbent.

Unit 114

Detailed structural analysis of proteins frequently involves digestion of samples (enzy-matically or chemically) into smaller fragments. Enzymatic digestion (unit 11.1) generally produces a mixture of a large number of peptides, which require additional purification (e.g., by HPLC) before they can be analyzed further. Purification becomes more challenging when certain proteases, such as trypsin and Staphylococcus aureus V8, are used, owing to the high proportion of these recognition site residues in proteins.


Abscess Cell

An elevated soft, fluctuant mass is palpable with overlying injected skin that may be ulcerated and scaling. The abscess may rupture spontaneously and exude a purulent material sometimes mixed with blood. This site often seals over with dried blood and a mucoid crust. Any tissues of the eyelid can be involved. There is often a history of recent local infection, such as a chalazion, or trauma, surgery, or other treatment such as laser or cryosurgery. The infection can spread into the adjacent skin producing a spreading cellulitis. Organisms are often skin bacteria such as staphylococci, but occasionally can be parasites or fungi. Bacteremia can result with systemic manifestations.

Atopic Dermatitis

Blepharitis Simplex

Pruritis aggravated by heat, sweat, or wool often leads to chronic rubbing and as a result, the eyelid skin becomes violaceous early on and hyperpigmented with time. Coalescent papules, fissures, and fine scaling may occur. If the condition becomes chronic, thickening and accentuation of normal skin lines (lichenification) can occur on the periocular skin, and scaling plaques occur predominantly on the upper eyelids. With time eversion or stenosis of the lacrimal puncta may occur and frank ectropion may be seen in severe cases. Loss of eyelashes can occur. Darkening of periorbital skin suggests the diagnosis of atopy and is frequently of cosmetic concern to patients. Secondary staphylococcal infection or colonization of the eczematous skin is common leading to chronic anterior blepharitis. Associated ocular changes include keratoconjunctivitis, chemosis, sympblepharon, corneal pannus, Tranta's dots, anterior and posterior subcapsular cataracts, and keratoconus. TREATMENT The...


Erysipelas Microscopy

TREATMENT Initial antibiotic selection is based on the history, clinical findings, and initial laboratory studies. With positive culture, prompt sensitivity studies are indicated so that the antibiotic selection can be revised, if necessary. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common pathogen in patients with preseptal cellulitis from trauma. The infection usually responds quickly to penicllinase-resistant penicillin. Imaging studies should be performed to rule out underlying sinusitis if no direct inoculation site is identified. If the patient does not respond quickly to oral antibiotics or if orbital involvement becomes evident, prompt hospital admission, CT scanning and intravenous antibiotics are usually indicated. Surgical drainage may be necessary if the preseptal cellulitis progresses to a localized abscess. Incision and drainage can usually be performed directly over the abscess. The orbital septum should not be opened to avoid contaminating the orbital soft tissue. Affected...


Several lines of evidence demonstrate that TLR2 recognizes components from a variety of microbial pathogens. These include lipoproteins from pathogens such as Gram-negative bacteria, Mycoplasma fermentans, Treponema pallidum, and Borrelia burgdorferi, peptidoglycan and lipoteichoic acid from Gram-positive bacteria, lipoarabinomannan from mycobacteria, glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors from Trypanosoma cruzi, a phenol-soluble modulin from Staphylococcus epidermis, zymosan from fungi, and glycolipids from Treponema malto-philum. A prerequisite role for TLR2 in the recognition of peptidoglycan and lipoproteins has been shown in TLR2 knockout mice (Akira et al., 2001 Medzhitov, 2001). The mechanism by which TLR2 recognizes a wide variety of microbial components is now explained by the fact that TLR2 cooperates with other TLRs such as TLR1 and TLR6 to discriminate between the specific patterns.

Future trends

For non-thermal technologies to be widely commercialised, there is a need to obtain systematic inactivation kinetics data. It is nearly impossible, from existing literature, to determine appropriate processing parameters for commercial food production utilising new technologies such as high pressure (HP) and pulsed electric field (PEF) processes because the data are scattered, with limited exceptions (Ritz et al., 2000 Zook et al., 1999). There is an immediate need for systematic data from which food processes can be developed. Unfortunately, we cannot apply thermal inactivation kinetics to inactivation of the same organisms by other processes because heat resistance does not directly correlate to pressure resistance. Staphylococcus aureus is an excellent example, being quite heat sensitive yet pressure resistant. Development of death kinetic models for these technologies, using methods described earlier in this chapter, will be critical for the successful use of new preservation...


Bullous Impetigo Histo

INTRODUCTION Impetigo represents a superficial invasion of the skin by pathogenic streptococci, staphylococci, or sometimes a mixture of both. Infections tend to occur in areas of previously compromised or diseased skin, such as skin affected by dermatitis, especially eczema, or in a recently lasered resurfaced skin. Owing to the superficial location there is rarely any systemic reaction of consequence. However, in rare instances the bacterial infection may result in the formation of antigen-antibody complexes that can lead to a life-threatening nephritis. CLINICAL PRESENTATION Impetigo can begin in either a bullous or vesicular form, with both types eventuating in pustule formation and then in ulceration. Invasion of the superficial regions of the skin by pathogenic streptococci or staphylococci produces small erythe-matous macules followed by dissolution of the basal epithelial layers and the formation of superficial vesicles or bullae ranging from 2 to 20 mm in diameter and...


Seborrheic Blepharitis Pictures

INTRODUCTION Blepharitis is a general term referring to eyelid margin inflammation. The two most prevalent factors appear to be a dysfunction of the sebaceous glands (meibomian glands), and colonization by pathogenic staphylococci. Additional common features include a diminished or abnormal tear production, chronic conjunctivitis, and structural changes in the lid margin due to chronic inflammation. Several organisms have at times been implicated in the etiology of blepharitis, including Moraxalla, Demodex folliculorum, and Malassezia furfur (Pityrosporum ovale), however, it now appears the most likely organism is Staphylococcus. Once the bacteria colonize the lid margin and meibomian glands they are virtually impossible to eradicate. Through their production of aggravating exotoxins and enzymes that convert lipids to fee fatty acids, they are responsible for many of the ongoing tissue changes and chronic inflammation seen in blepharitis. They remain sequestered deep in the meibomian...

Ecthyma Gangrenosum

Erythematous Papules With Eschar

A clinical presentation of necrotizing papules and plaques in apocrine areas of an immunosuppressed patient strongly suggests ecthyma gangrenosum, but the differential diagnosis for a plaque or plaques with eschar is much wider, including true ecthyma caused by Staphylococcus or Streptococcus species, arachnid or arthropod bite reactions, anthrax, tularemia, diphtheria, syphilitic chancre, herpes simplex virus infection, and orf. Similar lesions may develop in patients with septicemic plaque (Yersinia pestis) (20). Also in the differential diagnosis is Fournier's gangrene, a polymicrobial acute necrotizing infection of the genitalia. Causes include Streptococcus and Staphylo-coccus species, usually in combination with various gramnegative and anaerobic bacteria. This infection differs from ecthyma gangrenosum in its frequent occurrence in diabetics, severe pain, and tissue crepitus.

Nwadiuto Esiobu

Environmental monitoring and public health risk assessments require methods that are rapid and quantitative with defined sensitivity and specificity thresholds. Although several molecular techniques have been developed to rapidly detect bacteria in complex matrices, the challenge to simultaneously detect and enumerate only viable cells remains a limiting factor to their routine application. This chapter describes the use of peroxi-dase-labeled peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes to simultaneously detect and count live Staphylococcus aureus, a human pathogen in sea water and beach sand. Mixed bacteria from the environmental sample were immobilized on polyvinylidene difluoride membrane filters and allowed to form microcolonies during a 5-h incubation on Tryptic soy agar plates. PNA probes targeting species-specific regions of the 16S rRNA sequences of S. aureus were then used to hybridize the target bacteria in situ. Probes were detected by capturing chemiluminiscence on instant (e.g.,...

Other Choices

Staphylococci Vancomycin (MRSA) MRSA methicillin-resistant S. < wrens. MRSA methicillin-resistant S. < wrens. 3. Staphylococcus aureus causes hospital-acquired pneumonia and pneumonia in patients with cystic fibrosis (second to Psetrdoinonas sp.), intravenous drug abusers, and patients with chronic granulomatous disease (look for recurrent lung abscesses). Empyema and lung abscesses are relatively common. Cultures usually are positive. 5. Chickenpox (varicella) the description and progression of the rash itself shou ld lead to the diagnosis discrete macules (usually on the trunk) turn into papules, which turn into vesicles that rupture and crust over. These changes occur within I day. The lesions appear in successive crops therefore, the rash is in different stages of progression in different areas. The patient is infectious until the last lesion crusts over. A complication is infection of the lesions (streptococci, staphylococci erysipelas, cellulitis, sepsis). The patient should...

Acute Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is primarily a disease of childhood and infancy, but a recent rise in its frequency is noted among the elderly (Waldvogel et al. 1970). The major offenders are Staphylococcus aureus in children, -hemolytic streptococcus, S. aureus and Escherichia coli in neonates, and gram-negative bacilli in adults and drug abusers. One study of 348 adult patients with osteomyelitis by Waldvogel and Papageor-giou (1980) revealed that S. aureus, enteric species, and streptococcal organisms are causative in 60 , 29 and 8 , respectively. The organisms can reach bone by blood flow, by continuity from the infected soft-tissue focus, or by direct implantation through an open wound from needling, cutting, acupuncturing, or operation.

Gentamicin sulfate

Uses Systemic Prevention of bacterial endocarditis in high-risk patients. Serious infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia, Citrobacter, and Staphylococcus. Infections include bacterial neonatal sepsis, bacterial septicemia, and serious infections of the skin, bone, soft tissue (including burns), urinary tract, GI tract (including peritonitis), and CNS (including meningitis). Should be considered as initial therapy in suspected or confirmed gramnegative infections. In combination with carbenicillin for treating life-threatening infections due to P. aeruginosa. In combination with penicillin for treating endocarditis caused by group D streptococci. In combination with penicillin for treating suspected bacterial sepsis or staphylococcal pneumonia in the neonate. Intrathecal administration is used in combination with systemic gentamicin for treating meningitis, ventriculitis, or other serious CNS infections due to Pseudomonas....

Bacterial Infections

Streptococcus pneumoniae Haemophilus influenzae Neisseria meningitidis Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcus epidermidis Streptococcus, group A Streptococcus, group B Listeria monocytogenes Escherichia coli Proteus mirabilis Pseudomonas aeruginosa Mycobacterium tuberculosis Acinetobacter species The classic symptoms in adults are headaches, fever, stiff neck, and further changes in the level of consciousness, photophobia, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweats, myalgia, and generalized malaise. The classic signs of Kerning and Brudzinski are present in about 50 of adults. Cranial nerve palsies (nerves III, IV, VI, and VII) occur in 10-20 of patients. Focal neurological deficits (e.g., dysphasia, hemiparesis) due to ischemia and infarction adjacent to the subarachnoid space are less frequent. Seizures occur in up to 40 of cases. A petechial rash is common with meningococcemia (up to 50 of cases) and less frequently with Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter species, and Rickettsia species....


And in second place Staphylococcus, maybe because the use of mouth mask and also we can consider pH neutral soap as placebo. Anyhow, more studies, with larger population have to be done but results are hopeful for developing countries that cannot afford newer and expensive measures for preventing exit-site infection 5 .

Figure 132

Three-dimensional structure of Staphylokinase (Sakstar variant). (From Berman, H., et al., The protein data bank PDB , Nucleic Acids Res., 28, 235-242, 2000. PDB ID 2SAK. With permission.) other plasminogen molecules. Staphylokinase and streptokinase display very little homology despite their similar plasminogen activation mechanism 1 . When staphylokinase is added to human plasma containing fibrin clot, it binds to plasminogen, creating the plas-minogen-staphylokinase complex. This complex reacts poorly with free plasminogen. However, the staphylokinase-plasminogen complex reacts with traces of plasmin at the clot surface with high affinity, converting it into the plasmin-staphylokinase complex. This complex activates free plasminogen at the clot surface, forming plasmin (process outlined in Figure 13.3). Free plasmin is inhibited from cleaving the plasminogen-staphy-lokinase complex in plasma by the inhibitor a2-antiplasmin. The plasmin-staphylokinase complex and plasmin are...

Therapeutic Uses

Staphylokinase is highly fibrin-specific, avoids systemic plasminemia, and is therefore fibrinogen sparing. These properties, along with reduced risk of side effects such as bleeding, and the relatively low product cost, suggest that recombinant staphylokinase has the potential to be widely used in treating thrombosis 69 . Early recombinant forms of staph-ylokinase were found to be less immunogenic and more active toward platelet-rich arterial blood clots than streptokinase in experimental animal models. However, later trials with human patients revealed that it was as immunogenic as streptokinase 70 . Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-derivitization of staphylokinase increases its circulating half-life in both animals and humans, the extent of which appears to be proportional to the molecular weight of the PEG conjugate. The extended half-life leads to more rapid lysis of the thrombus and better patient outcome. A reduction in immunogenicity has been achieved by site-directed mutagenesis of...

Cefuroxime Axetil

Cefuroxime axetil is a p-lactamase-stable, second-generation, oral cephalosporine, which in vivo is rapidly hydrolysed to the active compound cefuroxime. It has a broad spectrum of antibacterial activities that encompasses methicillin-sensitive staphylococci, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis, group A p-hemolytic streptococci, and several other bacteria. Major indications for cefuroxime are lower and upper respiratory tract infections and bacterial skin diseases. Moreover, this drug also seems to exert some immunomodulating activities. In one study, cefuroxime axetil was used to treat three patients with SCLE (Rud-nicka et al. 2000). With a dose of 500 mg daily, skin lesions cleared almost completely within 30-40 days. Moreover, in one patient, leukopenia, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and arthralgia improved. None of the patients experienced severe side effects. A not yet fully understood immunomodulating mechanism seems to be...


There are three principal groups of enzymes that degrade hyaluronan, all three having different reaction mechanisms 142,143 . The testicular-type hyaluronidase (EC group (also known as hyaluronoglucosaminidase hyaluronate 4-glycanohydrolase) contains three subdivisions that include testicular hyaluronidase, tissue lysosomal hyaluronidase, and venom hyaluronidase. This group hydrolyzes the P(1-4) linkages between N-acetyl D-glucosamine and D-glucuronic acid 140 . Transglycosylation activity has also been displayed by this group of enzymes. The leech hyaluronidase group is also known as hyaluronate glycanohydrolase (EC and principally hydrolyzes the P(1-3) linkage between the repeating disaccharide units of hyaluronan. The third group is bacterial hyaluronidase, which is also known as hyaluronate lyase (EC or This group acts like endo-N-acetylhexosaminidases by cleaving the P(1-4) linkages of the hyaluronan polysaccharide 144 (Figure 13.5). This...


All dialysis treatments include a certain risk of infection because of the decreased immune defenses of the patients and because of dialytic techniques that increase the potential of microbial contamination. Peritoneal dialysis, and in particular continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), has a higher risk of infections of the peritoneum, but even of the subcutaneous tunnel. These infections are caused by environmental microorganisms principally gram-positives (Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus). We tested three active ingredients, electrolytic chloroxidizer, iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate. It is evident that because of the large spectrum of activity, the good effectiveness even at the lowest concentration, coupled with good tolerability (and to the fact of not causing allergic reactions) the electrolytic chloroxidizer appears to be an ideal antiseptic in CAPD. Peritoneal dialysis, and in particular continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), has a...

Peritoneal Dialysis

Thanks to the third lateral way of the 'Y' set, through which the disinfectant could be washed to the outside with a double flush (with the fresh dialysate from the new bag and with the spent dialysate from the abdominal cavity). The disinfectant which resulted as the most suitable for this use, due to the best combination of antimicrobial efficacy and low general and local toxicity, was a chloroxidizer which not only exhibited a toxicity significantly lower than the povidone-iodine, but also with respect to other chloroxidizers, thanks to a particular production system. Our initial choice focused, ever since the late 70s, on this disinfectant because of its reported histophilic properties. Already in 1980, we published the results of our first 'in vitro' studies 1-2 , which confirmed both the high antimicrobial activity and the very good tolerance. Tolerance which was confirmed clearly superior to that of the other disinfectants, as largely confirmed by other subsequent studies 3-9 ....


For all apheresis procedures, it is important to ensure good vascular access. Patients should be evaluated with regard to their fluid and hemodynamic status and level of hematocrit, as there may be a substantial extracorporeal volume depending on the devices used. Vascular access is a critical aspect and one which is often neglected by the requesting physician. If vascular access by peripheral veins cannot be assured, insertion of a large lumen intravenous line into the subclavian or femoral vein is best performed as soon as possible. This is particularly important in patients who will require repeated procedures such as in TTP, myasthenia gravis, or acute Guillain-Barre syndrome, etc. Despite the removal of large volumes of fluids and the ex vivo processing, therapeutic apheresis is usually well tolerated. Side effects are often limited to hypotensive episodes, easily managed by fluid infusion of 250-500 ml saline or episodes of nausea or chills. Allergic reactions occur with the...

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