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BACKGROUND The impact of toxigenic Clostridium difficile colonization (tCDC) in hospitalized patients is not clear. AIM To study the significance of tCDC in hospitalized patients. METHODS A prospective study in the medical wards of a regional hospital was performed from January to June 2011. Fecal samples collected from patients at the time of admission(More)
Intragenomic recombination between babA and babB mediates antigenic variations and may help H. pylori colonization. This study determined whether variable genotypes of babA and babB correlate to different clinical disease outcomes, and can distribute over the different gastric niches. This study enrolled 92 clinical strains (45 from peptic ulcer, 27 from(More)
The peroxide regulator (PerR) is a ferric uptake repressor-like protein, which is involved in adaptation to oxidative stress and iron homeostasis in group A streptococcus. A perR mutant is attenuated in surviving in human blood, colonization of the pharynx, and resistance to phagocytic clearance, indicating that the PerR regulon affects both host(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori, a human pathogen associated with chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer and gastric malignancies, is generally viewed as an extracellular microorganism. Here, we show that H. pylori replicates in murine bone marrow derived-dendritic cells (BMDCs) within autophagosomes. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS A 10-fold increase of CFU is(More)
We evaluated the disk susceptibility data of 671 nontyphoid Salmonella isolates collected from different parts of Taiwan from March 2001 to August 2001 and 1,261 nontyphoid Salmonella isolates from the National Taiwan University Hospital from 1996 to 2001. Overall, ciprofloxacin resistance was found in 2.7% (18/671) of all nontyphoid Salmonella isolates, in(More)
BACKGROUND Nearly all Taiwanese H. pylori stains are cagA-genopositive and encode CagA protein. In this study, we evaluated whether different intensity of tyrosine phosphorylated-CagA (p-CagA) had an impact on the clinical diseases and histological outcomes in this area. RESULTS We enrolled 469 dyspeptic patients and prospectively obtained the gastric(More)
Of 384 Salmonella isolates collected from 1997 to 2000 in a university hospital in Taiwan, six ceftriaxone-resistant isolates of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium were found in two patients in 2000. The resistance determinants were on conjugative plasmids that encoded a CMY-2-like cephalosporinase. During the study period, the proportion of CMY-2-like(More)
Streptococcus pyogenes is a group A streptococcus (GAS) and an important human pathogen that causes a variety of diseases. Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin B (SPE B) and streptolysin S (SLS) are important virulence factors involved in GAS infection, but it is not clear which one is more virulent. Using an air pouch infection model, the wild-type strain(More)
We report the prevalence and characteristics of Salmonella strains resistant to ciprofloxacin and extended-spectrum cephalosporins in Taiwan from January to May 2004. All isolates resistant to extended-spectrum cephalosporins carried blaCMY-2, and all ciprofloxacin-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis isolates were genetically related.
Here, we announce the complete sequence of Streptococcus pyogenes A20. This strain was isolated from a patient with necrotiz-ing fasciitis. Given that A20 harbors an intact two-component system, CovRS, the discovery of its genome sequence provides more insight into the pathogenesis of a pandemic emm1 strain. Complete genome sequence of emm1 Streptococcus(More)