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The reliability of bioluminescence assays which employ the luciferin-luciferase ATP-dependent reaction to evaluate bacterial counts was studied, both in vitro and on urine specimens. Bioluminescence and cultural results for the most common urinary tract pathogens were analyzed. Furthermore, the influence of the culture medium, of the assaying method, and of(More)
Sixteen patients that underwent periodontal regeneration procedures by implantation of Goretex membranes were studied to evaluate the microbiota that colonized membranes. The microbiological follow-up showed that colonization was principally due to opportunist gram-negative glycocalyx-producing bacteria. The comparison of the microbial flora of treated and(More)
Late-onset infections of synthetic vascular grafts (LO-SVGIs) are generally caused by staphylococci that produce a slime polysaccharide and grow as a biofilm on the graft surface. We developed an ELISA to detect serum antibodies against staphylococcal slime polysaccharide antigens (SSPA). Patients with an ongoing staphylococcal LO-SVGI had greater titres of(More)
The antimicrobial activities of nalidixic acid-cephalexin (ratio 1:1) and cinoxacin-cefadroxil (ratio 1:2) combinations have been evaluated against 396 clinical isolates; many of them were nalidixic acid- or cinoxacin-resistant organisms (MIC greater than or equal to 100 micrograms/ml). We have also tested the nalidixic acid-amoxicillin combination (ratio(More)