Christina König

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Little is known about how many bacteria are present at an infectious focus at the onset of antibiotic therapy. The number of cfu was determined in pus and infected peritoneal fluids obtained from 41 patients. Pathogens were detected in 71% of specimens. There were high concentrations of bacteria in culture-positive samples, in both soft-tissue and(More)
The Gram-positive actinobacterium Rhodococcus opacus 1CP is able to utilize several (chloro)aromatic compounds as sole carbon sources, and gene clusters for various catabolic enzymes and pathways have previously been identified. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis indicates the occurrence of a 740 kb megaplasmid, designated p1CP. Linear topology and the(More)
 Several factors associated with bacterial biofilms were studied for their role in phenotypic resistance to antibiotics. These factors included bacterial slime extracted from biofilms, reduced growth rates of biofilm-embedded bacteria and high bacterial inocula. Antibiotic activity against suspended bacteria in the presence of these factors, either alone or(More)
 Pertussis is re-emerging in vaccinated populations, and to gain insight into the reasons for this development population-based studies are necessary. Unfortunately, various techniques are used to study Bordetella pertussis populations, hampering comparison between studies. A standard methodology for epidemiological typing of Bordetella pertussis isolates(More)
During once-daily dosing regimens of aminoglycosides, administration of large single doses results in high peak levels and low 24-h trough levels. However, commercial assays for monitoring aminoglycoside levels are designed to cover the smaller range of serum concentrations usually observed during multiple daily dosing regimens. The study assessed (a) the(More)
The effect of dosing regimen on nephrotoxicity, high frequency ototoxicity, efficacy and serum kinetics was studied in a prospective, randomised clinical study. Therapy was started with total daily doses of 6 mg/kg given once (od) or thrice (tid) daily to 56 and 57 patients, respectively. Subsequent doses were adjusted according to serum levels. No major(More)
An outbreak of hepatitis A affecting 21 residents of an Austrian city occurred from the end of November 2007 until mid-January 2008. A case series investigation suggested the consumption of food purchased from supermarket X as the common link. A food handler employed in the delicatessen department of that supermarket had been serologically diagnosed with(More)
 This study was performed to evaluate the sensitivity of immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgA antibodies to pertussis toxin and filamentous hemagglutinin in diagnosing pertussis from a single serum sample. The pertussis group was defined according to the World Health Organization pertussis case definition. The control group coughed for 21 days or more but had no(More)
Whooping cough can be caused by eitherBordetella pertussis orBordetella parapertussis. Although the two species share an almost complete DNA identity,Bordetella parapertussis does not produce pertussis toxin, which is thought to be the main virulence factor ofBordetella pertussis. In order to elucidate the role of pertussis toxin in causing the typical(More)
We have developed several new methods for blood-based cancer detection by diagnostic proteomics. Ultrasensitive methods of immunoassay using multiphoton-detection (IA/MPD) increase sensitivity by 200- to 1,000-fold (1 femtogram/mL). This has allowed the measurement of cancer biomarkers with very low concentrations in blood that could not be measured for(More)