Rachid Nessar

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The intrinsic and acquired resistance of Mycobacterium abscessus to commonly used antibiotics limits the chemotherapeutic options for infections caused by these mycobacteria. Intrinsic resistance is attributed to a combination of the permeability barrier of the complex multilayer cell envelope, drug export systems, antibiotic targets with low affinity and(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus has emerged as an important cause of lung infection, particularly in patients with bronchiectasis. Innate immune responses must be highly effective at preventing infection with M. abscessus because it is a ubiquitous environmental saprophyte and normal hosts are not commonly infected. M. abscessus exists as either a glycopeptidolipid(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus is considered to be the most virulent of the rapidly growing mycobacteria. Generation of bacterial gene knockout mutants has been a useful tool for studying factors that contribute to virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Until recently, the optimal genetic approach to generation of M. abscessus gene knockout mutants was not clear. Based(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied the development and fitness cost of 2-deoxystreptamine aminoglycoside resistance of Mycobacterium abscessus. METHODS Spontaneous 2-deoxystreptamine aminoglycoside-resistant mutants were selected and the frequency of their appearance was determined. The 3' part of the rrs gene was sequenced to characterize mutations. Additionally, we(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus, is an emerging, rapidly growing pathogen, with the ability to cause chronic lung disease. This unit covers background information and laboratory maintenance procedures for this bacterium, including growth in liquid and on solid medium. It also contains recommendations concerning long-term strain storage. M. abscessus is a Biosafety(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus is an emerging pathogen against which clarithromycin is the main drug used. Clinical failures are commonly observed and were first attributed to acquired mutations in rrl encoding 23S rRNA but were then attributed to the intrinsic production of the erm(41) 23S RNA methylase. Since strains of M. abscessus were recently distributed(More)
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