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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the performance of oxacillin, cefazolin, cefoxitin, cefotaxime and imipenem discs; Etest for oxacillin; microdilution; agar screening plates with 2 and 6 mg/L of oxacillin; and PBP2' agglutination for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). METHODS A total of 102 clinical S. aureus isolates, including 51(More)
A total of 123 genetically-unrelated strains of Enterococcus spp. strains (51 Enterococcus faecalis, 57 Enterococcus faecium, 10 Enterococcus gallinarum, and 5 Enterococcus casseliflavus) were phenotypically identified by biochemical profiles and by using an automated method. The strains were also analyzed by a PCR assay to assess the accuracy of the(More)
During the course of a molecular epidemiology study of mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in the area served by our hospital (516,000 inhabitants), we isolated the gene encoding CTX-M-14 beta-lactamase. Thirty clinical strains (27 Escherichia coli and 3 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates) with a phenotype of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase were collected from(More)
We investigated a multiresistant strain of Acinetobacter baumannii isolated in our hospital. Analysis of the N-terminal peptide sequence of the outer membrane proteins (OMPs) purified from the strain allowed us to clone and sequence the nucleotides of the gene encoding the 33- to 36-kDa OMP associated with carbapenem resistance in A. baumannii.
A clinical strain of Escherichia coli isolated from pleural liquid with high levels of resistance to cefotaxime, ceftazidime, and aztreonam harbors a novel CTX-M gene (bla(CTX-M-32)) whose amino acid sequence differs from that of CTX-M-1 by a single Asp240-Gly substitution. Moreover, by site-directed mutagenesis we demonstrated that this replacement is a(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus lugdenensis is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CNS) associated with a wide spectrum of infections among which infectious endocarditis may be found and in which it is an aggressive pathogen. METHODS Since 1993 a systematic search for S. lugdenensis in all the staphylococci isolated in blood cultures and the possibility of(More)
INTRODUCTION This retrospective study investigates the incidence of candidemia and antifungal susceptibility of Candida spp. isolates from blood cultures performed in the period from January 1997 to December 2001. METHODS Amphotericin B, fluconazole, itraconazole and flucytosine minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were determined using the Sensititre(More)
To the Editor: Bacteria of the genus Williamsia are mycolic acid–containing actinomycetes of the suborder Corynebacterineae (1). This suborder also includes the genera Gordonia, Mycobacterium, Nocardia, Corynebacterium, Rhodococcus, Dietzia, Skermania, Tsukamurella, and Turicella (2,3). Within the genus Williamsia, only 2 species have been reported:(More)
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