Liana Carballo Menezes

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BACKGROUND In Brazil, carbapenem use has been limited by high carbapenem-resistance rates among Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates. OBJECTIVE The main objective of this study was to evaluate the presence of an epidemic P. aeruginosa strain in unrelated Brazilian hospitals. We also aimed to search for the gene blaSPM, which encodes production of SPM, a novel(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains that produce metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) are becoming increasingly prevalent. We evaluated the epidemiological and microbiological characteristics of monomicrobial bloodstream infections caused by MBL-producing P. aeruginosa isolates, as well as the clinical outcomes in patients with these infections.
BACKGROUND Infections are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in children with cancer. Gaining a favorable prognosis for these patients depends on selecting the appropriate therapy, which in turn depends on rapid and accurate microbiological diagnosis. This study employed real-time PCR (qPCR) to identify the main pathogens causing bloodstream(More)
Genotype E of hepatitis B virus (HBV) has not been described in Brazil and is found mainly in Africa. Genotype A is the most prevalent in Brazil, and genotypes B, C, D, and F have already been reported. We report here an HBV genotype E-infected patient and some characterization of surface (S) protein, DNA polymerase (P) and precore/core (preC/C) coding(More)
BACKGROUND Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are the major cause of mortality in cancer patients. Molecular techniques are used for rapid diagnosis of BSI, allowing early therapy and improving survival. We aimed to establish whether real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) could improve early diagnosis and therapy in paediatric cancer patients,(More)
Enzymic studies performed with chemically modified yeast hexokinase (ATP : D-hexose-6-phosphotransferase) confirm previous results indicating that the sulfhydryl, imidazol and most of the reactive amino groups do not seem to be directly implicated in the enzyme active site. On the other hand the modification of these functional groups of the enzyme does not(More)
BACKGROUND Early identification of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in bloodstream infections (BSIs) decreases morbidity and mortality, particularly in immunocompromised patients. The aim of the present study was to compare real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with commercial kits for detection of 17 pathogens from blood culture (BC) and 10(More)
Yeast hexokinase A(ATP:D-hexose 6-phosphotransferase) is inactivated when incubated in the presence of xylose and ATPMg, or in the presence of D-lyxose in a reaction medium in which ATPMg is being continuously regenerated (phosphoenolpyruvate and pyruvate kinase). The inactivation is due to the phorphorylation of the protein. A linear relationship was(More)
Yeast hexokinase A (ATP:D-hexose 6-phosphotransferase, EC2.7.1.1) dissociates into its subunits upon reaction with succinic anhydride. The chemically modified subunits could be isolated in a catalytically active form. The Km values found for ATP and for glucose were of the some order as those found for the native enzyme. Of the 37 amino groups present per(More)