Ali A. Dashti

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Factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation (G1691A) is a risk factor for development of venous thromboembolic disorders. FVL was found mostly in Caucasians (1-15%) but was almost absent in non-Caucasians. Studies on Arab patients and populations revealed very inconsistent results. This study reports FVL in Arabs living in Kuwait with a focus on the nationality of the(More)
The molecular epidemiology and mechanisms of resistance of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) were determined in hospitals in the states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC]), namely, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Isolates were subjected to(More)
Blood isolates of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi from two recently returned Bangladeshi patients in Kuwait were ciprofloxacin resistant, with ciprofloxacin MICs of 12 mg/liter for both isolates. Both isolates had three novel gyrA mutations (55-Leu-->Trp, 87-Asp-->Ala, and 106-Gln-->Arg) and three novel parC mutations (84-Glu-->Lys, 106-Trp-->Gly, and(More)
BACKGROUND Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs due to a number of hereditary and acquired disorders of hemostasis. A recently identified polymorphism in factor V gene (A4070G; named HR2) has been reported to be a possible risk factor for the development of VTE, with a high prevalence of 9.5%-15.2% in patients of different ethnic groups in different parts of(More)
Umbilical cord blood contains a population of non-hematopoietic multipotent stem cells that are capable of neuronal differentiation in-vitro. These cells have shown great potential as a therapeutic tool for central nervous system diseases and disorders. However whether these cells are able to produce neurons with similar developmental and functional(More)
The molecular epidemiology and mechanisms of resistance of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) were determined in hospitals in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Isolates were subjected to PCR-based detection of antibiotic-resistant genes and repetitive(More)
The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a large problem in most countries including Kuwait. This antibiotic resistance is usually due to the production of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) enzymes such as SHV, TEM and CTX-M. This study reports the emergence and spread of an ESBL-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae clone in a neonatal(More)
Two hundred and fifty-one unique patient isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae (123), Escherichia coli (114), Klebsiella oxytoca (7), Enterobacter cloacae (5) and Citrobacter freundii (2), flagged as extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) positive by the Vitek system (GNS-526 card), were collected. These strains were isolated from a variety of clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to identify the genetic relatedness of multiple drug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates recovered from a hospital in Los Angeles. METHODS Twenty-one MDR A. baumannii isolates were collected and their antibiotic susceptibilities determined according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on uncoupling protein 2 regulation in an acute liver injury-animal model. METHODS Twenty seven male Wistar rats were divided into three groups: control group (n = 9), TAA group (n = 9): acute liver injury was induced by the intraperitoneal injection of(More)