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We developed a simple, specific, and sensitive two-multiplex-PCR assay that enabled the detection of all known group B streptococcal (GBS) capsular polysaccharides. This test is well adapted for GBS capsular polysaccharide typing in large-scale epidemiological studies.
Clinical features and molecular characterization of 109 group B streptococci causing neonatal invasive infections were determined over an 18-month period in France. Sixty-four percent of the strains were from late-onset infections, and 75% were capsular type III. The hypervirulent clone ST-17 was recovered in 80% of meningitis cases.
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) revealed that the sequence type ST-17 defines a "highly virulent" serotype III clone strongly associated with neonatal invasive infections. Our aim was to identify a target sequence enabling rapid, simple, and specific detection of this… (More)
This study investigated 41 infants, aged <4 months, who were hospitalised with symptoms compatible with pertussis. Of these, 16 had Bordetella pertussis infection confirmed by real-time PCR. For four of these 16 patients, the initial sample was PCR-negative, but samples collected 5-7 days after the onset of infection were PCR-positive. PCR was also positive… (More)
Listeria monocytogenes is an intracellular gram-positive human pathogen that invades eucaryotic cells. Among the surface-exposed proteins playing a role in this invasive process, internalin belongs to the family of LPXTG proteins, which are known to be covalently linked to the bacterial cell wall in gram-positive bacteria. Recently, it has been shown in… (More)
The chromogenic agar medium chromID ESBL (bioMérieux) was compared with BLSE agar medium (AES) for selective isolation and presumptive identification of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae from clinical samples. A total of 765 samples (468 rectal swabs, 255 urine samples and 42 pulmonary aspirations) obtained from 547… (More)
Two types of selective media, the chromogenic medium Strepto B ID and two non-chromogenic media Strepto B agar and the Granada medium, were tested and compared to blood agar plates (BAP) for screening of Group B streptococcus vaginal colonization in pregnant women. All tested media were comparable in terms of sensitivity however, their use in routine… (More)
During the winter 2005–2006, all infants <4 months of age admitted for bronchiolitis or acute respiratory tract infection in a tertiary care pediatric hospital in Paris were tested for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and pertussis with real-time polymerase-chain reaction (RT-PCR). A positive pertussis-PCR was found in 14/90 (16%) infants infected with RSV… (More)
Lipoproteins of Gram-positive bacteria are involved in a broad range of functions such as substrate binding and transport, antibiotic resistance, cell signaling, or protein export and folding. Lipoproteins are also known to initiate both innate and adaptative immune responses. However, their role in the pathogenicity of intracellular microorganisms is yet… (More)
Group B streptococcus (GBS) has emerged as an important cause of invasive infection in adults. Here, we report the clinical and microbiological characteristics of 401 non-redundant GBS strains causing adult invasive infections collected during a 4-year period (2007-2010). Bacteraemia without focus (43.4%) and bone and joint infections (18.7%) were the main… (More)