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BACKGROUND Formulations containing plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) are opening new avenues in the field of regenerative medicine. AIM To evaluate the potential antimicrobial effects of a product (plasma rich in growth factors; PRGF(®)-Endoret(®)) against both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus(More)
Clostridium difficile should be suspected in patients who present with nosocomial diarrhoea. It is more common in the elderly or in patients with a debilitating underlying condition who have received antimicrobial agents, and up to 20-25% of patients may experience a relapse. The reference method for diagnosis is the cell culture cytotoxin test which(More)
"Blue eye disease" is a viral infection of swine endemic in Mexico, which produces fatal encephalitis accompanied by respiratory signs and corneal opacity in suckling piglets. An atypical blue eye disease outbreak presented high rates of neurological signs in fattening and adult pigs from 2000 to 2003. In order to identify the basis of increased(More)
JC polyomavirus (JCV) is the causative agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a central nervous system infection that mainly affects AIDS patients. The extensive application of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is leading to the appearance of "long-term" survival PML patients. A reliable and feasible qualitative-quantitative(More)
In recent years Pinus spp. plantations have become an important resource that is continuously increasing in Uruguay as well as in other countries. Fungal diseases in nurseries are common, and among them, Fusarium circinatum (the pitch canker fungus) was found associated with Pinus taeda seedling, representing the first record of this pathogen in Uruguay.
A nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) assay based on molecular beacons was used for real-time detection of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli in samples of chicken meat. A set of specific primers and beacon probe were designed to target the 16S rRNA of both species. The real-time NASBA protocol including the RNA isolation was valid(More)
A cooperative study was conducted among six laboratories to compare the performance of the Cobas Amplicor (CA) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system (Roche Molecular Systems, USA) for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with that of microscopy and culture in routine clinical laboratory diagnosis. A total of 5,221 decontaminated respiratory(More)
Clostridium difficile is the most frequently identified enteric pathogen in patients with nosocomially acquired, antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The drugs most commonly used to treat diseases associated with C. difficile are metronidazole and vancomycin. Most clinical laboratories assume that all C. difficile isolates are susceptible to metronidazole and(More)
Toxigenic Clostridium difficile is the aetiologic agent of most cases of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and pseudomembranous colitis. The present standard method for C. difficile diagnosis is a cytotoxicity assay, performed on human fibroblast cultures. It is time consuming and requires special facilities. A nested-PCR assay detecting toxin B gene within a(More)
The possibility that Alzheimer's disease (AD) has a microbial aetiology has been proposed by several researchers. Here, we provide evidence that tissue from the central nervous system (CNS) of AD patients contain fungal cells and hyphae. Fungal material can be detected both intra- and extracellularly using specific antibodies against several fungi.(More)