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Staphylococcus food poisoning

Staphylococcus food poisoning is characterized by an abrupt onset with nausea and vomiting sometimes accompanied by diarrhoea and shock. The incubation period is from 1 to 6 hours (i.e. very short) which is a differential point from salmonella food poisoning. Seven serologically distinct enterotoxins A, B, C, D, E, G and H are recognized. Enterotoxin A is most often responsible in outbreaks of food poisoning. The source of infection is humans (i.e. food handlers) carrying the organism in the nose, throat, hand and skin lesions such as boils, carbuncles and whitlows. Food is contaminated either by droplet infection or by direct contact with infected cutaneous lesions. The mode of transmission is through manufactured semi-preserved foods eaten cold such as hams, tinned meats, sauces, custards, cream fillings of cakes and unpasteurized milk due to staphylococcal infection of cattle. A sudden outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea in a group of persons who have partaken of the same meal...

Staphylococcus aureus Typing in the Clinical and Research Setting

A wide range of typing techniques has been described. These differ in their reproducibility, portability and discriminatory ability, factors that will influence the choice of method for a given situation. The commonest method currently used worldwide is pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). This technique is particularly suitable for use in outbreak situations. Problems of reproducibility exist both within and between laboratories, and large collaborative studies have been undertaken in Europe and Canada in an attempt to standardize methodology for the typing of MRSA (Mulvey etal. 2001 Murchan etal. 2003). MLST is a sequence-based technique that is both reproducible and portable. It promises to be useful for the study of S. aureus in a wide range of settings, particularly as sequencing technology becomes more widespread and easily accessible. This technique is based on the principles of multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. Fragments (around 500 bp) of seven unlinked housekeeping...

Staphylococcus Aureus And The Human Host Staphylococcus aureus Carriage

The nose is the dominant ecological niche for S. aureus, as demonstrated by loss of carriage from other sites following nasal decolonization using a topical antibiotic (assuming the absence of prosthetic material, wounds or skin defects). Staphylococcus aureus resides in the anterior nares, an area covered by stratified, keratinized, non-ciliated epithelium. Other sites of colonization include the axilla, perineum and hairline. Throat carriage also occurs in some individuals, sometimes in the context of a negative nasal swab. The cellular and molecular basis of the interaction between bacterium and host that facilitates carriage and host tolerance is poorly understood. It seems likely that bacteria recognize one or more host receptors during attachment and colonization. Epithelial cells express glycoproteins, glycolipids and proteoglycans, and the presence absence of heterogeneity in one or more of these molecules could be involved. Mucin may enhance adherence since S. aureus has been...

Conundrums1 Behind Bars

A second conundrum is how to address the nexus of personal medical care and public health. We have learned lessons at the interface of public health and criminal justice. In the 1980s we learned about HIV and the disproportionate percentage of infected people who were behind bars. In the 1990s we learned about the prevalence and incidence of tuberculosis and the high risk of transmission in correctional facilities. And in the first decade of the twenty-first century, we are learning about viral hepatitis C and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Other Methods for Prefractionation of Samples 261 Depletion of High Abundance Proteins

Load more proteins of interest and therefore observe those that may be undetected otherwise. All depletion methods are derived from classical approaches well known in the domain of affinity chromatography. Albumin, the most abundant protein in plasma, can be removed by using specific immunosor-bents. Serum antibodies of class immunoglobulin G (IgG) can be depleted by use of immobilised Staphylococcus aureus protein A. Whilst these methods have advantages, they may accidentally remove peptides of interest that are associated with the high-abundance protein. Some authors have argued that the removal of high-abundance species may in fact remove an important source of disease biomarkers. In a recent report, Shen et al. (2005) outlined a particularly challenging issue. During albumin depletion, another 815 proteins were co-depleted. When IgGs were captured, another 2,091 proteins were also co-depleted, among which 56 were non-IgG antibody sequences and 44 included low-abundance cytokines...

Clinical Findings and Diagnosis

The clinical spectrum of skin pyogenic infections includes folliculitis (Figure 9.8) and furuncle and carbuncle formation on areas with hair follicles. Plaques of impetigo and infiltrated thickened dermis commonly affect the lower limbs (Figure 9.9) and are respectively caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species. Abscess formation, cellulitis (Figure 9.10), and necrotic ulceration represent the more severe end of the spectrum. The perimalleo-lar regions are by far the most commonly affected areas of the foot as they are exposed to mechanical trauma while travelling. The dorsum, toes, and heels follow in frequency.

Stefan Stahl Per Ake Nygren and Mathias Uhlen 1 Introduction

The strong and specific interaction between the Fc part of IgG and staphylococcal protein A (SpA) was utilized by Uhlen and coworkers (I) to create the first described system allowing affinity purification of expressed gene products. To date, a multitude of proteins have been produced as fusions to the IgG-bindmg domains of staphylococcal protein A, in several different hosts such as gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria (2,3), yeast (4), CHO cells (5), insect cells (6) and plants (7). SpA is an immunoglobulin-binding surface receptor found on the gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus The SpA, which has found extensive use in immunological and biotechnological research (8 13), binds to the constant (Fc) part of certain immunoglobulins, but the exact biological significance of this property is not clear (14). Functional and structural analysis of SpA has revealed the presence of a signal peptide, S, that is processed during secretion five highly homologous domains E, D, A,...

Bacterial food poisoning

Food poisoning in the tropics is commonly due to three species of bacteria Salmonella spp. (the most important), Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium perfringens. Food-borne bacterial gastro-enteritis may be of three types (i) infectious type (e.g. salmonella or Vibrio parahaemolyticus), when bacteria infected with food multiply in the individual (ii) toxin type (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus) when food is ingested that already contains a toxin and (iii) intermediate type (e.g. Clostridium perfringens, which releases a toxin in the bowel).

Pathogen Infection in Living Models

The firefly luciferase gene has been transiently and stably expressed in mammalian organisms for a variety of purposes 52-54, 61-64 . It has been used to follow up bacterial infections in model animals using Streptococcus, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus strains and mycobacterial infections such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis 64-67 . Bioluminescent Candida albicans strains also have been engineered with the firefly luciferase gene to follow the course of infections in living mice models. Similar studies have been done using viral infections such as herpes (HSV) 57 and adenovirus 56 . Transgenic mice containing viral promoter fusions such as HTMLV have been developed and tested to study the range of tissues and cells that are capable of supporting viral expression. HIV infection can be followed by real-time imaging in mammalian cell cultures and in live animals. Assays for HIV using a plasmid that contains the firefly luciferase gene under the control of a viral promoter have been...

Laboratory Diagnosis

Brain or skin biopsies may be diagnostic amebic trophozoites and cysts, if present, are easily identified by light microscopic examination of tissue sections. However, in the majority of cases the diagnosis of GAE has been made at autopsy. In general, Acanthamoeba spp. and B. mandrillaris are difficult to differentiate in tissue sections by light microscopy because of their similar morphology (Martinez and Visvesvara, 1997). They can be differentiated by immunofluorescence analysis of tissue sections using rabbit anti-Acanthamoeba or anti-B. mandrillaris sera. Alternatively, biopsy or autopsy tissues fixed in formalin can be deparaffinized, rehydrated, post-fixed in Karnovsky's, dehydrated and embedded in plastic (EPON) for electron microscopic studies. The morphology of the cysts is particularly useful in the identification of B. mandrillaris. To identify the species of Acanthamoeba, one of following can be performed immunoperoxidase or immunofluorescence tests, the modified indirect...

Diphenylureas carbanilides

From an extensive study by Beaver et al. (1957), 1 3,4,4'-trichlorocarbanilide (TCC, triclocarban) emerged as one of the most potent of this family of biocides. It inhibits the growth of many Grampositive bacteria including MRSA and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) (Suller & Russell, 1999) but is not active against Gram-negative organisms (Walsh et al., 2003). Typical growth inhibitory concentrations for Gram-positive organisms range from 0.1 to 1.0 ug mL. Fungi were found to be more resistant, since 1000 jig mL failed to inhibit Aspergillus niger, Penicillium notatum, C. albicans and Fusarium oxysporium. Trichophyton gypseum and Trichophyton inguinale were inhibited at 50 (xg mL.

Examining antibiotic susceptibilities

Successful applications of real-time PCR have been developed for detection of drug-resistant bacterial strains or antimicrobial testing of bacteria (Rolain et al., 2004). Examples include Helicobacter pylori (Lascols et al., 2003), Staphylococcus aureus (Huletsky et al., 2004), Enterecocci (Sloan et al., 2004), Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium (Woodford et al., 2002). One of the most harmful human pathogens, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, may be one of the best examples for underlining the importance of rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing with real-time PCR. M. tuberculosis strains resistant to anti-tuberculosis agents are being detected more frequently and emergence of these strains threatens the capability of controlling the disease worldwide (Wada et al., 2004). Approximately 3.2 of the new tuberculosis cases are reported to be caused by multidrug-resistant strains of M. tuberculosis (Viedma et al., 2003). Although the culture method still remains as the gold...

Prevention And Control

Because control of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) within the hospital may help in the control of VRE by reducing the selective pressure of vancomycin use (Herwaldt, 1999), the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommends restricted use of vancomycin in several situations, the most important being routine surgical prophylaxis, treatment of single positive blood culture for coagulase-negative staphylococci, prophylaxis for intra-vascular catheter placement, selective decontamination of the digestive tract, attempts to eradicate MRSA colonization and treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis (CDC, 1995). The overall decrease of antibiotic selective pressure may also result in better control of VRE in the hospital setting, as suggested by a study showing that antibiotics with antianaerobic activity were associated with higher density of VRE colonization (Donskey etal., 2000). Some of the HICPAC recommendations for controlling nosocomial spread of...

Removing Protein Heterogeneity by Truncation

The ligand-binding domain of the GluR2 receptor produced crystals that diffracted to 1.5 A resolution only after the domain boundaries were accurately identified by proteolysis and deletion mutagenesis 11 . In the case of the 24kDa fragment of the DNA gyrase B subunit from Staphylococcus aureus, the wild type protein crystallized only in the presence of a ligand and diffracted to 3 A resolution. Analysis of the structure revealed that there was no electron density for the N-ter-minal 23 amino acids and a loop comprising residues 109-127. Systematic removal of the residues in the loop was carried out by deletion mutagenesis. The 105-127 deletion mutant was crystallized and diffracted to 2 A resolution 12 . The ligand-binding domain of human vitamin D receptor (VDR) has an insertion domain connecting helices H1 and H3. The length varies between 72 and 81 residues in the VDR family compared with 15-25 residues for the other nuclear hormone receptors. The sequence homology of this loop...

Meat Model System Development for Proteolytic Activity Determination

Many technological parameters that affect the nature and functional properties of proteins are involved in the preparation of meat products. The dry-curing process is quite complex because of the coexistence of enzymes from endogenous and bacterial origins. The protein breakdown that takes place during the ripening of dry fermented sausages leads to an increase in the concentration of peptides and free amino acids (1,2). The proteolytic events have been thoroughly investigated not only because of their physiological significance but also for their technological connotations in terms of texture and flavor development (3,4). Lactic acid bacteria and Staphylococcus or Kocuria are used as starter cultures in fermented meat products. In recent years, the proteolytic system of lactobacilli involved in meat fermentation became the focus of an increasing number of studies because of the technological roles of these organisms (5-7). Although results obtained from broth systems show proteolytic...

Clinical Interpretation of Cultures Positive for S aureus

Isolation of S. aureus from a normally sterile site (such as CSF, pus from joints or deep sites obtained by aspiration or during theatre procedures and blood cultures) should be considered clinically significant until clearly proven otherwise. Unlike the case for coagulase-negative staphylococci, S. aureus are rare contaminants in good-quality specimens. Patients with invasive community-acquired S. aureus disease frequently have a relevant history and clinical signs and symptoms of disease, making the interpretation of a positive culture straightforward. Review of individuals with nosocomial infection should take account of the clinical setting, including recent medical procedures and the presence of intravenous devices and other prosthetic materials. Interpretation of S. aureus isolated from samples such as urine and bronchial lavage that have been taken from sites colonized with normal flora may be more difficult and will only approach accuracy if interpreted at the bedside with the...

Refining the Predictions Analysis of Substrate Specificity in the Endonuclease III Family

The following 11 archaeal and 44 bacterial genomes were searched by BLAST in the NCBI microbial genome database Aeropyrumpernix, Sulfolobus solfataricus, Pyrobaculum aerophilum,Archaeoglobus fulgidus, Halobacterium sp. NRC-1, Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus, Methanocaldococcus jannaschii, Methanopyrus kandleri AV19, Methanosarcina mazei Goe1, Pyro-coccusfuriosus DSM 3638, Thermoplasma volcanium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2), Aquifex aeolicus, Chlorobium tepidum TLS, Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydophila pneumoniae CWL029, Nostoc sp. PCC 7120, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium perfringens, Enterococcus faecium, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Ureaplasma ure-alyticum, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Listeria innocua, Thermoanaerobac-ter tengcongensis, Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus N315, Streptococcus pyogenes M1 GAS, Fusobacterium nucleatum subsp. nucleatum ATCC 25586, Magnetococcus sp. MC-1, Caulobacter crescentus CB15,...

Hospital Infection Control and Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Hospital infection control measures may prevent a proportion of nosocomial infections. Handwashing plays a central role, reducing transmission of pathogens between individuals and from the hands of a given individual to vulnerable sites such as wounds and dialysis catheters. Perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis is also important in preventing surgical sepsis, together with good skin preparation before surgery and aseptic and surgical techniques. There is a wide range of other possible measures, implementation of which will be dictated by the global setting and healthcare infrastructure. Affluent nations can implement hospital infection control through an infection control team who devise policies, monitor hospital infections from a diagnostic microbiology laboratory or by active ward-based surveillance and implement outbreak procedures where necessary. An infection control manual containing policies detailing the approach to a wide range of issues from antibiotic use, to dealing with...

[48 3Lytic Endopeptidases

8-Lytic endopeptidases are a family of evolutionarily related bacterial extracellular metalloendopeptidases which cause cell lysis of other bacteria by cleaving specific peptide bonds within the cell wall peptidoglycan network. Based on amino acid sequence homology and similarity of physico-chemical and enzymatic properties, four endopeptidases may now be classified as such. These are Lysobacter enzymogenes (previously, Sorangium or Myxobacter 495)1 8-lytic endopeptidase, the first such enzyme to be described,2 Achromobacter lyticus 3-lytic endopeptidase,3 Pseudomonas aeruginosa LasA (staphylolytic proteinase),4'5 and Aeromonas hydrophila proteinase (AhP).6 Although the enzymes were discovered in the 1960s, relatively little is known about the substrate specificity, active site, tertiary structure, and regulation of the 8-lytic endopeptidases. Their potential as antimicrobial agents and tools in biochemical research, as well as the clinical importance of some (e.g., P. aeruginosa...

Pathogenicity Virulence Factors in Enterococci

It was recognized early on that enterococci were less virulent than staphylococci, pneumococci and group A streptococci and were even called facultative parasites. The introduction and widespread use of antibiotics, many of which had no or poor activity against enterococci (i.e. cephalosporins), was soon followed by an increase in the incidence of enterococcal infections. However, there were many reports of Early studies identified certain enterococcal strains with the ability to liquefy gelatin, therefore called S. faecalis var. liquefaciens or S. faec-alis var. zymogenes, if they were also hemolytic strains. The enzyme thought to be responsible for this reaction was named gelatinase, a metalloprotease which hydrolyzes gelatin, collagen, casein, lactoglobulin and other peptides, although it is now known that gelatinase producers also produce a co-transcribed serine protease, and both are regulated by the fsr system, a homologue of the very-well-studied agr system of Staphylococcus...

Reactions due to bacterial pyrogens and bacteria

Bacterial pyrogens are rarely the cause of reactions with present-day methods of manufacture and the sterilization of fluids and disposable equipment. Infection of stored blood is also extremely rare, but has a very high mortality in recipients. Skin contaminants are sometimes present in freshly donated blood but many (e.g. staphylococci) do not survive storage at 4 C. However, they will grow profusely in platelet concentrates stored at 22 C. A number of Gram-negative psychrophilic, endotoxin-producing contaminants found readily in dirt, soil and faeces (pseudomonads, coliforms) may very rarely enter a unit and grow readily under the storage conditions of blood (and even more rapidly at room temperature).

Genetic Exchange Antimicrobial Resistance of S aureus

Penicillin-resistant S. aureus strains emerged in the early 1940s, shortly after the introduction of penicillin into clinical practice. Resistance to methicillin and other fi-lactamase-resistant penicillins was likewise observed soon after methicillin was introduced into clinical use in Britain (Jevons 1961). At this time the methicillin-resistant strains isolated in Britain demonstrated heterogeneous resistance to methicillin (i.e. affecting only a minority of the cell population), were multiply antibiotic resistant and were isolated from hospitalized patients (Barber 1961). After the mid-1970s, large outbreaks of infection caused by MRSA were reported in many hospitals in Britain (Shanson, Kensit and Duke 1976 Cookson and Phillips 1988), Ireland (Cafferkey etal. 1985), the United States (Schaefler etal. 1981) and Australia (Pavillard etal. 1982). Many of these early MRSA epidemics were caused by a single epidemic strain that was transferred between hospitals (Duckworth, Lothian and...

Bacterial Infections Pyogenic Infections Aetiology and Pathogenesis

Superficial Skin Excoriation

Common bacterial infections in the skin of the traveller are caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species. These infectious agents are ubiquitous in both urban and rural environments and are capable of causing disease in travellers of all age groups. Healthy and immunocom-promised hosts develop pyogenic infections of the skin following direct inoculation of bacteria. Less often, hae-matogenous dissemination and even a septicaemic state may develop as a result of a minor skin injury. The port of entry for these pathogenic organisms is often unnoticed

Pore Forming Protein Toxins

Porin And Tonb Proteins

On the other hand, the group of P-PFP, includes aerolysin from Aeromonas hy-drophyla (Parker et al. 1994), e-toxin from Clostridium septicum (Cole et al. 2004), hemolytic lectin LSL from the mushroom Laetiporus sulphureus (Mancheno et al. 2005), crystal protein Cyt2A from B. thuringiensis (Li et al. 1996), a-hemolysin from Staphylococcus aureus (Song et al. 1996), perfringolysin O from C. perfrin-gens (Rossjohn et al. 1997), and the anthrax toxin produced by Bacillus anthracis which is composed of anthrax protective antigen (PA) (Petosa et al. 1997), directly involved in the formation of heptameric pores in the target membrane, and the enzymatic domain lethal factor (LF) and edema factor (EF). Remarkably, in this last case, the crystal structure of the complex between PA and its host cell receptor has been recently solved for the first time (Santelli et al. 2004) (Fig. 3.10). Fig. 3.10. Ribbon representations of (3-PFPs. Domains responsible for pore-formation are highlighted in green....

Cellular And Secreted Components Cellular and Secreted Components

Peptidoglycan and teichoic acid are the major components of the staphylococcal cell wall. Peptidoglycan makes up 50-60 of the dry weight (Schleifer and Kandler 1972 Schleifer 1983). It is the main structural polymer in the wall and consists of a heteropolymer of glycan chains cross-linked by short peptides. The glycan moiety is made up of alternating P-1,4-linked units of N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylmuramic acid. The carboxyl group of muramic acid is substituted by an oligopeptide containing alternating L- and D-amino acids. These peptide subunits are cross-linked by the insertion of an interpeptide oligoglycine bridge that extends from the COOH-terminal D-alanine in position 4 of one peptide subunit to the e-amino group of L-lysine in position 3 of an adjacent peptide subunit (Schleifer 1973). Biological activities of peptidoglycans include endotoxin-like properties (pyrogenicity, complement activation, generation of chemotactic factors and aggregation and lysis of animal blood...

Glutamyl endopeptidase 4849

Synonyms endoproteinase Glu-C, Protease V8, staphylococcal serine proteinase EC Number EC Type serine endopeptidase preferred at P4 Ala or Val preferred at P3 Phe preferred at P2 Pro disfavoured at P3, P , Pj Asp disfavoured at Pi) Source Staphylococcus aureus V8

Immediate haemolytic transfusion reactions

Cell Destruction Adcc

Haemoglobinaemia and haemoglobinuria may also be seen in severe extravascular haemolytic transfusion reactions (see below) and, occasionally, after the transfusion of lysed red cells. This may occur in the following circumstances inappropriate warming and overheating ofblood exposure to extreme cold due to faulty storage conditions lysis due to mechanical problems during administration or due to the injection of 5 dextrose with the transfused red cells. Severe fulminant toxic symptoms leading to death, similar to those of intravascular haemolytic transfusion reactions, can be seen after the transfusion of bac-terially infected blood, especially if it contains endotoxin-producing organisms (e.g. Staphylococcus and Yersinia species). Haemoglobinaemia and haemoglobinuria may also follow transfusion of blood to a patient with severe autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, due to an increase in the number of red cells in the circulation which will be subject to immune lysis.

Purification of Bacteriocins Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria

Bacteriocins are antibacterial substances of a proteinaceous nature that are produced by different bacterial species. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) produce biologically active peptides or protein complexes that display a bactericidal mode of action almost exclusively toward Gram-positive bacteria and particularly toward closely related species. Generally they are active against food spoilage and foodborne pathogenic microorganisms including Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes (1,2).

Derivatives of hexamine

Inhibitor Staph, aureus S. typhi K. aerogenes P. aeruginosa B.subtilis D. desulfuricans The topic was taken up again by Scott and Wolf (1962). These workers re-examined quaternized hexamine derivatives with a view to using them as preservatives for toiletries, cutting oils and other products. They looked at 31 such compounds and compared their activity also with hexamine and formaldehyde. As well as determining their inhibitory activity towards a staphylococci, enter-obacteria and a pseudomonad, they also assessed inhibitory activity towards Desulfovibrio desulfuricans, a common contaminant of cutting oils.

Infect E coli Sequence

More recently, Jacobson and Frykberg have extended the shotgun cloning of fragmented genes to encompass entire bacterial genomes (Jacobsson and Frykberg, 1995 Jacobson and Frykberg, 1996 Jacobsson et al., 1997). In test experiments, total genomic DNA of Staphylococcus aureus was fragmented by sonication and cloned into a gene III and a gene VIII phage display vector. The potential of the method was demonstrated by selecting fragments of the gene encoding protein A from the S. aureus genomic library by enriching for phage that bind to immobilized IgG protein (Jacobsson and Frykberg, 1995 Jacobsson and Frykberg, 1996). This system has also been used to clone a fibrinogen binding protein from Staphylococcus epidermidis (Nilsson et al., 1998) as well as surface proteins from group C streptococci that bind alpha (2)-macroglobulin, serum albumin and IgG (Jacobsson et al., 1997). A limitation of this approach, however, is that the random fragments of DNA must be cloned between a signal...

Cell Morphology and Cultural Characteristics

Gram-stained cells of staphylococci are uniformly Gram positive in young (18-24 h) cultures and appear spherical with an average diameter of 0.5-1.5 lm on light microscopy. Cells divide in more than one plane to form irregular clusters. This is the commonest appearance but is not absolute. The possibility of S. aureus should not be discounted when organisms are seen as singles, pairs or other configurations, particularly when being observed on direct stain of clinical material. Cell-wall-defective or -deficient (L-form) cells have been described Staphylococcus aureus is aerobic, facultatively anaerobic and nonmotile. It grows well in a variety of commercial broth media, including trypti-case soy broth, brain-heart infusion broth and tryptose phosphate broth, with or without the addition of blood. Commonly used selective media include mannitol salt agar, lipase salt mannitol agar, Columbia colistin-nalidixic acid (CNA) agar and Baird-Parker agar base supplemented with egg yolk...

Common Infections in the Traveling Diabetic

Diabetic travelers are at risk for other serious infections while traveling abroad on the basis of their predilection for cutaneous Gram-positive infections, neuropathies, vascular compromise, and abnormal phagocytic cell function. Unnoticed foot trauma from new footwear or hiking shoes may lead to diabetic foot ulcers and osteomyelitis. Careful instructions regarding local care of early ulcers, changes of socks to avoid persistent pressure points, and careful wound dressings at night to supplement the use of antibiotics are necessary to prevent cellulitis and lymphangitis. Both staphylococci and Group B streptococci are important pathogens under these circumstances. Pyomyositis. The diabetic who engages in strenuous sports or long arduous treks adds additional risk factors for the development of serious skeletal muscle infection with Staphylococcus aureus. Strenuous muscle activity, local abrasions, cutaneous infections during travel, infected insect bites, and muscle trauma in...

Benign orbital inflammatory disease

True orbital cellulitis (post-septal infection) presents with fever, systemic illness, periorbital swelling with proptosis, a red eye with chemosis and restricted eye movements (Figure 12.13). Optic neuropathy is present in more severe cases, being a sign of rising intraorbital pressure, and the onset of meningism or central neurological signs may herald the very serious complication of cavernous sinus thrombosis. In many cases there will be a history of antecedent upper respiratory tract infection or, in adults, a history of chronic sinus disease or dental infection. The most commonly identified bacteria are Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus species and, in children, also Haemophilus influenzae.

Eradication of S aureus Carriage

Rates of S. aureus infection are higher in carriers than in non-carriers in a range of clinical settings (Weinstein 1959 Yu etal. 1986 Luzar etal. 1990 Weinke etal. 1992). This is consistent with the finding that individuals are usually infected with their own carriage isolate (Yu etal. 1986 Luzar etal. 1990 Nguyen etal. 1999 von Eiff etal. 2001b). Temporary eradication of carriage has been reported to result in a reduction in nosocomial infection in several patient groups and has been the focus of much recent interest and research. Eradication of S. aureus carriage is usually achieved by the topical application of antibiotic to the anterior nose. The most common agent in use is mupirocin, which has also been applied to exit sites of prosthetic devices such as intravenous and peritoneal dialysis catheters. A potentially promising agent currently under trial is lysostaphin, a peptidoglycan hydrolase secreted by Staphylococcus simulans that cleaves the polyglycine interpeptide bridges...

Description Of The Organism Taxonomic History

Rosenbach provided the first taxonomic description of Staphylococcus in 1884 when he divided the genus into Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus albus (Rosenbach 1884), although Pasteur and Ogston had observed spherical bacteria in abscess pus 4 years earlier (Ogston 1880 Pasteur 1880). The staphylococci and a group of saprophytic, tetrad-forming micrococci were placed into the genus Micrococcus by Zopf in 1885 (Zopf 1885) and subsequently separated again by Fl gge. Evans, Bradford and Niven (1955) divided facultative anaerobic cocci and obligate aerobes into the genus Staphylococcus and Micro-coccus, respectively, based on the oxidation-fermentation (OF) test for glucose fermentation. A major advance occurred when DNA base composition was compared between Staphylococcus and Micrococcus (Silvestri and Hill 1965). This demonstrated that micrococci have a G + C content of 63-73 mol , compared with staphylococci which have a G + C content of DNA of 30-39 mol , indicating that they...

Headgroup Interactions

Glu Residues Helix

It has been suggested that binding of extrinsic membrane proteins to lipid bilayer surfaces could be affected by curvature stress in the lipid bilayer, the level of curvature stress being increased by the preference of a phospholipid such as phosphatidylethanolamine for a curved, hexagonal Hn phase (Gruner 1985). However, in two cases of extrinsic membrane proteins where crystal structures are available, it is clear that binding specificity is determined by specific molecular interactions rather than by curvature stress. The first case concerns the channel-forming toxins a-hemolysin and LukF of Staphylococcus aureus (Olson et al. 1999 Galdiero and Gouaux 2004). a-Hemolysin permeabilizes liposomes of phosphatidylcholine or sphingomyelin, but not those of phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylglycerol, or phosphatidylinositol (Watanabe et al. 1987). The crystal structures make clear the basis of this selectivity (Olson et al. 1999 Galdiero and Gouaux 2004). The...

Aortic aneurysm Abdominal

C From disease Rupture (most frequent), distal embolus, sudden complete thrombosis, infection (gram-negative organisms or staphylococci), chronic consumptive coagulopathy, renal failure (from RAS), gut ischaemia, aortic-intestinal fistula, arteriovenous fistula from aneurysm eroding into the IVC. From surgery Haemorrhage, embolism, graft thrombosis, graft infection.

The Domain Structure of the Ribosomal Subunits

Interactions involving two or more hydrogen bonds occur within domains, rather than between them. This is also the reason for that the interchange of the domain V from E. coli against Staphylococcus aureus in the 23S rRNA of E. coli was possible, even though it introduces 132 changes into the E. coli rRNA sequence, only one additional mutation of U1782C for was necessary for viability 57 .

Foreword to the First Edition

In the course of caring for agammaglobulinemic patients, we realized that they were especially susceptible to encapsulated bacterial pathogens, including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and to a lesser extent, Staphylococcus aureus. In contrast however, they could impressively resist infections caused by fungi, coliforms, tuberculosis, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), and many viruses such as measles, chicken pox, rubella, and vaccinia. Thus, the susceptibility profile of agamma-globulinemic patients bisected the microbial universe. As an experiment of nature, patients with X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) introduced us to additional, crucially important concepts concerning how plasma cells and lymph node germinal centers, which are lacking in agammaglobulinemic patients, must be the source of antibodies providing resistance to encapsulated bacterial pathogens. We reasoned that distinct mechanisms of defense that were...

Derivatives of imidazole

Logical data are based on challenge tests in cosmetic formulations, data which are of great value to the cosmetic microbiologist. An investigation of its activity against a series of Pseudomonas species and strains (Berke & Rosen, 1978) showed that in a challenge test 0.3 of the compound cleared all species but P. putida and P. aureofaciens in 24 h. The latter species were killed between 3 and 7 days. In an agar cup-plate test, 1 solution gave the following size inhibition zones (mm) Staph, aureus, 7,6 Staph, aureus, penicillin sensitive, 15.5 Staph, albus, 9.0 B. subtilis, 15.0 Corynebacterium acne, 5.0 E. coli, 3.6 P. ovale, 2.0.

Protein A Affinity Chromatography

Staphylococcal Protein A, or SpA, is a type I membrane protein from the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. SpA has high specificity for the Fc region of antibodies which has led to its widespread use as a powerful affinity ligand for several immunological and purification applications. Protein A is a 42 kDa protein consisting of a single polypeptide chain. The chain is made up of five homologous IgG binding domains followed by a C-terminal region necessary for cell wall attachment 15 . The IgG-binding domains are designated as E, D, A, B, C in the order from the N-terminus and are named in the order of their discovery) and share 65 to 90 amino acid sequence identity 20-22 .


A Pyogenic abscesses are caused by infection that the body's defenses have failed to completely overcome. Common bacteria include Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci (especially S. pyogenes), enteric organisms (e.g. Escherichia coli), other coliforms and anaerobes (e.g. Bacteroides spp.). TB classically causes 'cold' abscesses.


Deformylation of nascent polypeptides has been shown to be a function essential for growth in E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae 15-18 . Moreover, antibacterial mode of action studies, using S. pneumoniae or S. aureus strains in which the expression of PDF is controlled by regulatable promoters, have shown that the antibacterial activity of PDF inhibitors is due to their inhibition of the PDF enzyme, as the susceptibility of the strains to these compounds is dependent on the amount of protein present in the cell 19-21 . These results further validate PDF as a target for novel antibiotics.


Early loss of splenic function from recurrent vaso-occlusion and the inability to make specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to polysaccharide antigens increases the risk of fulminant sepsis. Pneumococcal infection is a serious problem in SCD, particularly in children under 3 years (Figure 7.3a-c). Meningitis can accompany pneumococcal sepsis, and the overall mortality rate is 20-50 . Patients who have had previous pneumococcal sepsis are at increased risk for recurrent episodes and must remain on lifelong penicillin prophylaxis. Haemophilus influenzae type B is the next most common organism and affects older children. There is considerable variation in the relative incidence of bacterial organisms causing sepsis in young children with SCD in various regions of the world. In Africa, Salmonella spp., Klebsiella spp., Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus spp. are more commonly isolated from the blood of febrile children than Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal infections are...


Biotinylated recombinant firefly luciferase was also used as a probe to detect proteins and nucleic acids in blots. A method for detecting protein A-bearing Staphylococcus aureus using biotinylated luciferase has been developed this method is more sensitive and rapid than conventional colorimetric assays, detecting down to 1 pg ml-1 ofprotein A 74 . A fusion protein ofprotein A and the firefly luciferase gene was constructed and successfully used in sensitive dot and Western blotting

Phospholipase C

A PLC was the first enzymatic activity to be associated with the mode of action of a bacterial toxin. In 1941, Macfarlane and Knight42 demonstrated that the highly cytotoxic a toxin of C. perfringens has PLC activity. Since then, PLC activity has been demonstrated in a variety of other pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus,4 Legionella pneumophila,3 Helicobacter pylori,6 Mycoplasma spp.,12 L. monocytogenes,1,45 Mycobacterium tuberculosis,30 Francisella tularensis,62 Burkholderia pseudomallei35 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.5,51,16 The biochemistry of some bacterial PLCs, particularly the a toxin of C. perfringens, was studied in detail early on because they were

Skin Disease

The most common dermatological problems in travellers are caused by overexposure to sun and insect bites (Hay, 1993 Caumes et al., 1995). A variety of hypersensitivity reactions can follow arthropod bites and these, together with complicating staphylococcal and streptococcal infections, are common reasons for travellers to consult their family doctor after return. Suntans will also make dermatophyte infections such as pityriasis versicolor more obvious to the patient. Other invasive parasitic skin diseases are described in the section on eosinophilia, below. The most frequent delayed skin lesion seen in travellers is cutaneous leish-maniasis, particularly in people who have travelled in rural or forested areas of South and Central America or in the Indian subcontinent, although the cutaneous leish-maniases have a widespread geographical distribution (Chapter 8). The rash typically starts as a papule that enlarges and ulcerates with indurated edges. The lesion slowly expands over weeks...

Bacterial Infections

The colonization of these devices leads to formation of biofilms of microbes that are difficult to treat because of their increased resistance to host defenses and exogenous therapies. Kadurugamuwa et al. developed a rapid and continuous method for monitoring the efficacy of antibacterial agents used against such pathogens 50 . They developed a mouse model of chronic biofilm infection by using bioluminescence imaging of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which was modified using a gram-positive adapted lux operon. Traditional methods for predicting the outcome of in vivo antibiotic treatments against microbial biofilms have involved culture methods that suffer from sampling limitations and time delays in data acquisition. As such, they may not be very predictive of the therapeutic outcome 51, 52 . These techniques traditionally lack a nondestructive and reproducible monitoring system that could assess antibiotic efficacy. Imaging enables temporal analysis of the same animal...

Infective agents

Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) Pneumococcal pneumonia (Streptococcus pneumoniae) Other pneumonias (Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae) Psittacosis (Chlamydia psittaci) Atypical pneumonia (Mycoplasma pneumoniae) Meningococcal infection (Neisseria meningitidis) Streptococcal infection, rheumatic fever

Copper compounds

Copper ions have been shown to potentiate the antimicrobial activity of two commonly used disinfectants, cetylpyridinium chloride and povidone-iodine against hospital isolates of Staph, aureus, P. aeruginosa and Candida albicans (Zeelie & McCarthy, 1998). microbial activity against Staph, aureus (Bright, Gerba 8c Rusin, 2002) and Legionella pneumophil-ia (Rusin, Bright & Gerba, 2003).


It is active against bacteria and fungi and does not show a Pseudomonas gap. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of the active ingredient (jig mL) were E. coli, 50 P. aeruginosa, 50 P. vulgaris, 50 P. fluorescens, 50 S. typhi, 50 Serratia marcescens, 25 Staph, aureus, 75 Strep, faecalis, 75 C. albicans, 25 S. cerevisiae, 10 Aspergillus niger, 10.


Antibiotic treatment should be appropriate for the most common pathogens in the specific clinical setting, administered intravenously and modified, according to the culture and susceptibility results. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common infecting organisms in osteomyelitis, however in septic nonunions polymicrobial infection is usually the case with additional involvement of Gram negative organisms.

Acquired Resistance

Enterococci possess several different types of mobile genetic elements that may be transferred from one strain to another. One class consists of broad-host-range plasmids, which may be transferred between enterococci and to various other Gram-positive bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococci, Bacillus spp. and lactobacilli. These plasmids transfer during filter mating but not usually in broth. Another type of plasmid, referred to as narrow-host-range plasmids because they appear to transfer primarily to E. faecalis, responds to sex pheromones produced by the recipient cells. There are many different known pheromones that act on specific pheromone-responsive plasmids. In response to pheromones, these plasmids initiate the production of aggregation substance (clumping factor) which leads to sticking together of donor and recipient cells. The transfer frequency of plasmids is markedly increased by this mechanism, and transfer occurs in broth as well as during filter matings (Clewell...

Of S Aureus

Direct microscopic examination of normally sterile fluids may provide a rapid, presumptive report of Gram-positive cocci resembling staphylococci. Isolation of S. aureus from primary clinical specimens is performed using 5 blood agar following an incubation period of 18-24 h in air at 35-37 C. Screening for the presence of S. aureus in mixed cultures requires the use of selective agar. One example of a medium in common use is mannitol salt agar that is often used for nose swabs. Staphylococcus aureus ferments mannitol, resulting in a change in the colour of the medium from pink to yellow. Blood agar containing antibiotics that inhibit Gram-negative organisms should be used for specimens containing mixed flora from sites such as wounds. Colony morphology may be used by the experienced observer to define presumptive staphylococci. Each discernible staphylococcal morphotype in a given specimen should be analysed. A Gram stain appearance of cocci in clusters and a positive catalase test...

Invasive Disease

Infection caused by methicillin-susceptible strains should be treated with a P-lactamase-resistant penicillin such as flucloxacillin. The current parenteral treatment of choice for methicillin-resistant strains is vancomycin. The choice of antibiotic for empiric treatment of suspected S. aureus, or for culture-proven disease before susceptibility test results becoming available, will depend on the rate of MRSA endemicity within a given unit and or recent significant exposure to another patient either carrying or infected with MRSA. Strains with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin are currently rare in clinical practice, and treatment of such patients should be guided by a team including clinicians, microbiologists and the hospital infection control officer. Left-sided native valve S. aureus endocarditis requires 4 weeks of parenteral antibiotic therapy. MSSA infection is treated with a P-lactamase-resistant penicillin such as flucloxacillin. Vancomycin is the treatment of choice for...

Essential oils

Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil has been included increasingly in consumer products as an antimicrobial agent. Studies have shown that Tea tree oil is an effective antimicrobial agent demonstrating activity against methicillin-resistant Staph, aureus (Carson etal., 1995 Elsom & Hide, 1999 May et al., 2000), yeasts (Hammer et al., 1998 (Hammer et al., 2000 Mondello et al., 2003) and Herpes simplex virus (Carson et al., 2001).


The pumping of toxic heavy metal ions out of the cell represents the main tolerance mechanism in bacteria. Chromosomally or plasmid-encoded efflux systems have been found in all eubacterial groups studied so far (84). The metals for which specific transporters exist include copper, cadmium, zinc, silver, lead, and arsenite. The respective transporter genes are generally part of metal tolerance operons also containing regulatory genes and genes coding for metal-binding proteins. Most of the bacterial metal transporters belong to the family of CPx-type ATPases, a subclass of the P-type ATPases (85). Well-studied examples are the Cd2+-specific pump CadA from Staphylococcus aureus and the Cu pumps CopA and CopB from Enterococcus hirae (86,87). Copper-transporting CPx-type ATPases have now also been characterized in eukaryotes. The human Wilson and Menkes disease proteins as well as the S. cerevisiae CCC2 protein are involved in transport of Cu ions into a post-Golgi compartment (88-90)....


SWISS-2DPAGE is an annotated database that assembles data on proteins from a variety of human and mouse biological samples as well as from Arabidopsis thaliana, Dictyostelium discoideum, Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Staphylococcus aureus. In all cases, proteins have been identified on 2-D polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) reference maps. SWISS-2DPAGE provides links between sequence data and protein expression. Most recorded proteins have been identified by one or more methods, including mass spectrometry, microsequencing, immunoblotting, gel comparison and amino acid composition.