Gerda L. C. Verschraegen

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A total of 53 field and reference strains, including the type strains of the seven named species (nomenspecies) and belonging to the 18 described genomic species (DNA groups) of the genus Acinetobacter, were studied by amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis (ARDRA). Restriction analysis with the enzymes AluI, CfoI, MboI, RsaI, and MspI of the(More)
The pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis remains largely elusive, although some microorganisms, including Gardnerella vaginalis, are suspected of playing a role in the etiology of this disorder. Recently culture-independent analysis of microbial ecosystems has proven its efficacy in characterizing the diversity of bacterial populations. Here, we report on(More)
To assess prediction of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) by systematic surveillance cultures (SC) and to assess the contribution of SC to initial antibiotic therapy. Prospective cohort study of patients with microbiologically confirmed VAP. Comparison of actual early antibiotic coverage with three hypothetical(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the occurrence of multiple-drug-resistant pathogens in nosocomial bloodstream infection associated with pneumonia. To evaluate prediction of multiple drug resistance by systematic surveillance cultures. DESIGN A retrospective study of a prospectively gathered cohort. SETTING Fifty-four-bed adult medical-surgical intensive care unit of(More)
tRNA intergenic spacer PCR (tDNA-PCR) was evaluated for its usefulness in the differentiation of enterococcal species of human and animal origin. This technique was carried out for 124 strains belonging to 17 enterococcal species and generated DNA fragments, which were separated by capillary electrophoresis. tDNA-PCR enabled us to discriminate for all(More)
Comparative 16S rDNA sequence analysis indicates that two distinct sublineages, with a sequence dissimilarity of >4 % (bootstrap value, 100 %), exist within the genus RALSTONIA: the Ralstonia eutropha lineage, which comprises Ralstonia basilensis, Ralstonia campinensis, R. eutropha, Ralstonia gilardii, Ralstonia metallidurans, Ralstonia oxalatica, Ralstonia(More)
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are normal inhabitants of human skin and mucous membranes. They have long been dismissed as culture contaminants, but now the potentially important role of CNS as pathogens and their increasing incidence has been recognized. Approximately 55-75% of nosocomial isolates is methicillin resistant. CNS were the first(More)
A rapid procedure for the identification of cultured Mycobacterium isolates, based on the combination of enzymatic amplification and restriction analysis, is described. The 16S rRNA genes (rDNA) of 99 strains belonging to 18 different species of the genus Mycobacterium were enzymatically amplified. Amplified rDNA restriction analysis with the enzymes CfoI,(More)
Strains isolated independently from two patients could be recognized as Ralstonia pickettii biovar 3/'thomasii'. The 16S rDNA sequences of these strains and two other strains of R. pickettii biovar 3/'thomasii' clustered at less than 98% similarity versus all other described Ralstonia species and at less than 97 % versus the two other R. pickettii biovars.(More)