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Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 53: e20190429, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1057306


Abstract INTRODUCTION: Nosocomial and community acquired urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most encountered infections in the world. METHODS: This study aimed to determine the antibiotic susceptibility, phylogeny, and virulence genes of 153 Escherichia coli strains isolated from UTIs. Antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolates to different classes of antimicrobials was determined by the VITEK-2 automated system. Presence of virulence genes and phylogenetic groups were investigated by PCR. RESULTS: Regarding susceptibility to antimicrobials, ampicillin resistance was most abundant (67.3%), followed by amoxicillin-clavulanic acid (50.9%); least abundant was resistance to amikacin (1.3%) and nitrofurantoin (1.3%). Multi drug resistance (MDR) was observed in 34.6% of the isolates, and all isolates were found to be susceptible to imipenem, meropenem and fosfomycine. The majority of the isolates belonged to the phylogenetic group B23 (35.9%), followed by A1 (20.9%), D1 (18.9%), D2 (12.4%), A0 (%5.9), B1 (3.9%) and B2 (1.9%). Among E. coli strains examined, 49% had iucD, 32.7% papE-F, 26.1% papC, 15% cnf2, 11.1% sfa, 7.8% cnf1, 1.3% afaE, 1.3% afaD, 1.3% hlyA, 0.7% f17a-A, 0.7% clpG and 0.7% eaeA genes. CONCLUSIONS Our research demonstrated that virulence factors were distributed among different phylogroup/subgroups, which play a role in UTIs pathogenesis in humans. For this reason, complex and detailed studies are required to determine the relationship between virulence factors and specific E. coli strains that cause UTIs in humans.

Humans , Urinary Tract Infections/microbiology , Virulence Factors/genetics , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Phylogeny , RNA, Ribosomal, 16S , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Genotype
Gac. méd. Méx ; 155(4): 410-416, jul.-ago. 2019. tab
Article in English, Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1286526


Resumen Los patotipos de Escherichia coli enterotoxigénica (ETEC) y enteroagregativa (EAEC) son importantes agentes etiológicos causantes de diarrea en niños menores de cinco años de México y países en desarrollo, en quienes causan numerosas muertes. Ambos se han asociado con retraso en el crecimiento infantil y son los principales agentes causales de la "diarrea del viajero". La patogénesis de ambas bacterias se inicia cuando estas se adhieren al epitelio intestinal mediante fimbrias, denominadas factores de colonización en las cepas ETEC aisladas de humano y fimbrias de adherencia agregativa en las cepas de EAEC. Una vez que ETEC se adhiere al enterocito produce una o ambas de sus toxinas e induce la secreción de iones de cloruro, sodio y agua al lumen intestinal, produciendo su característica diarrea acusa. EAEC se une al epitelio intestinal formando una biopelícula, induce la producción de moco, libera sus toxinas y promueve inflamación. Modelos de infección de EAEC y ETEC con ratones C57BL/6 silvestres y deficientes del ligando de CD40 (con microbiotas intactas), respectivamente, revelaron que la desnutrición y la dieta baja en cinc incrementan la infección de EAEC causando retraso en el crecimiento y que ETEC coloniza, persiste e induce respuesta inmune humoral local y sistémica.

Abstract Enterotoxigenic (ETEC) and enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) pathotypes are important etiological agents causative of diarrhea in children younger than 5 years of age in Mexico and in developing countries, where they cause numerous deaths. Both have been associated with delayed growth in children and are the main causative agents of traveler's diarrhea. The pathogenesis of both bacteria starts by adhering to the intestinal epithelium by means of fimbriae, called colonization factors in human ETEC isolates and aggregative adherence fimbriae in EAEC isolates. Once ETEC adheres to the enterocyte, it produces one or both of its toxins and induces the secretion of chloride and sodium ions and water into the intestinal lumen, producing its characteristic watery diarrhea. EAEC binds to the intestinal epithelium forming a biofilm, induces the production of mucus, releases its toxins and promotes inflammation. EAEC and ETEC infection models with wild-type C57BL/6 and CD40 ligand-deficient mice (with intact microbiota), respectively, revealed that undernutrition and low-zinc diet increases EAEC infection, causing growth retardation, and that ETEC colonizes, persists and induces local and systemic humoral immune response.

Humans , Animals , Child, Preschool , Rats , Diarrhea/epidemiology , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology , Developing Countries , Diarrhea/microbiology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Travel-Related Illness , Mexico/epidemiology , Mice, Inbred C57BL
Braz. j. infect. dis ; 23(3): 203-206, May-June 2019. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1039226


ABSTRACT Global dissemination of mcr-like genes represents a serious threat to public health since it jeopardizes the effectiveness of colistin, an antibiotic used as a last-resort treatment against highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In 2017, a mcr-1-positive isolate of Escherichia coli was found in Chile for the first time. Herein we report the genetic features of this strain (UCO-457) by whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and conjugation experiments. The UCO-457 strain belonged to ST4204 and carried a 285 kb IncI2-type plasmid containing the mcr-1 gene. Moreover, this plasmid was transferred by conjugation to an E. coli J53 strain at high frequency. The isolate harbored the cma, iroN, and iss virulence genes and did carry resistance genes to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and fluoroquinolones. Other antibiotic resistance determinants such as β-lactamases-encoding genes were not detected, making the isolate highly susceptible to these antibiotics. Our results revealed that such susceptible isolates could be acting as platforms to disseminate plasmid-mediated colistin resistance. Based on this evidence, we consider that mcr-like prevalence deserves urgent attention and should be examined not only in highly resistant bacteria but also in susceptible isolates.

Humans , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Outpatients , Chile , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Disk Diffusion Antimicrobial Tests , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology
Arq. gastroenterol ; 55(4): 390-396, Oct.-Dec. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-983850


ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) is one of the main acute and chronic diarrhea causes both in children and adults, mainly in developing countries. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to characterize EAEC strains isolated from faecal samples and to identify genes potentially contributing to virulence, biofilm production and antimicrobial resistance in children admitted to a pediatric hospital in Porto Velho, Rondônia State. METHODS: The total of 1,625 E. coli specimens were isolated from 591 children in the age group 6 years or younger who were hospitalized in Cosme and Damião Children Hospital in Porto Velho, between February 2010 and February 2012, with acute gastroenteritis. Colonies suggestive of E. coli were subjected to polymerase chain reaction testing in order to identify the virulence factors. The in vitro adhesion assays using HEp-2 adherence were tests. Biofilm detection through spectrophotometry and antimicrobial susceptibility tests were conducted in the disk diffusion method. RESULTS: The mentioned study examined 591 stool samples from children with diarrhea. Diarrheogenic E. coli was found in 27.4% (162/591) of the children. EAEC was the diarreagenic E. coli most frequently associated with diarrhea 52.4% (85/162), which was followed by enteropathogenic E. coli 43.8% (71/162), enterotoxigenic E. coli 2.4% (4/162), and enterohemorrhagic E. coli 1.2% (2/162). The aggR gene was detected in 63.5% (54/85) of EAEC isolates; moreover, statistically significant correlation was observed among typical EAEC (aggR) and aatA (P<0.0001), irp2 (P=0.0357) and shf (P=0.0328). It was recorded that 69% (59/85) of the 85 analyzed EAEC strains were biofilm producers; 73% (43/59) of the biofilm producers carried the aggR gene versus 42.3% (11/26) of non-producers (P=0.0135). In addition, there was association between the aatA gene and biofilm production; 61% (36/59) of the samples presented producer strains, versus 19.2% (5/26) of non-producers (P<0.0004). Antibiotic sensitivity test evidenced that most EAEC were ampicillin 70.6% (60/85), sulfamethoxazole 60% (51/85), tetracycline 44.7% (38/85) and cefotaxime 22.4% (19/85) resistant. CONCLUSION: As far as it is known, the present study is pioneer in Northern Brazil to investigate EAEC virulence factors and to show the antimicrobial susceptibility of EAEC strains isolated from children with diarrhea.

RESUMO CONTEXTO: A Escherichia coli enteroagregativa (EAEC) é um dos principais agentes causadores de diarreia aguda e crônica em crianças e adultos, principalmente em países em desenvolvimento. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar cepas de EAEC isoladas de amostras fecais e identificar genes que potencialmente contribuem para a virulência, produção de biofilme e resistência antimicrobiana em crianças internadas em um hospital pediátrico em Porto Velho, Rondônia. MÉTODOS: Um total de 1.625 cepas de E. coli foram isolados de 591 crianças com gastroenterite aguda na faixa etária de 6 anos que foram internadas no Hospital Infantil Cosme e Damião na cidade de Porto Velho, entre fevereiro de 2010 e fevereiro de 2012. Colônias sugestivas de E. coli foram submetidas a reação em cadeia da polimerase para identificação de fatores de virulência. O ensaio de adesão in vitro foi desenvolvido com célula HEp-2. A detecção de biofilme foi realizada através do teste de espectrofotometria e os testes de susceptibilidade aos antimicrobiana foram realizados através do método de difusão em disco. RESULTADOS: A E. coli diarreiogênica foi encontrada em 27,4% (162/591) das crianças e a EAEC foi a E. coli diarreiogênica mais frequentemente associada à diarreia com 52,4% (85/162), seguida pela E. coli enteropatogênica 43,8% (71/162), E. coli enterotoxigênica 2,4% (4/162) e E. coli enterohemorrágica 1,2% (2/162). O gene aggR foi detectado em 63,5% (54/85) dos isolados de EAEC com correlação estatisticamente significante entre esse gene com os genes aatA (P<0,0001), irp2 (P=0,0357) e shf (P=0,0328). Neste estudo 69% (59/85) das cepas de EAEC eram produtoras de biofilme, destas 73% (43/59) possuíam o gene aggR, ao passo que entre as não produtoras 42,3% (11/26) possuíam o gene (P=0,0135). Essa associação também foi observada com o gene aatA, presente em 61% (36/59) das cepas produtoras e em 19,2% (5/26) das não produtoras (P<0,0004). O teste de sensibilidade aos antibimicrobianos evidenciou que a maioria das EAEC eram resistentes a ampicilina 70,6% (60/85), ao sulfametoxazol 60% (51/85), a tetraciclina 44,7% (38/85) e a cefotaxima 22,4% (19/85). CONCLUSÃO: Este é o primeiro estudo no Norte do Brasil sobre a investigação dos fatores de virulência de EAEC mostrando a susceptibilidade antimicrobiana de cepas de EAEC isoladas de crianças com diarreia.

Humans , Male , Female , Infant , Child, Preschool , Biofilms/growth & development , Diarrhea/microbiology , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli/physiology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Virulence/genetics , Brazil/epidemiology , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Prevalence , Diarrhea/epidemiology , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology , Feces/microbiology , Genes, Bacterial/genetics
Braz. j. microbiol ; 49(3): 569-574, July-Sept. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-951794


Abstract Multidrug-resistant microorganisms are of great concern to public health. Genetic mobile elements, such as plasmids, are among the most relevant mechanisms by which bacteria achieve this resistance. We obtained an Escherichia coli strain CM6, isolated from cattle presenting severe diarrheic symptoms in the State of Querétaro, Mexico. It was found to contain a 70 kb plasmid (pMEX01) with a high similarity to the pHK01-like plasmids that were previously identified and described in Hong Kong. Analysis of the pMEX01 sequence revealed the presence of a blaCTX-M-14 gene, which is responsible for conferring resistance to multiple β-lactam antibiotics. Several genes putatively involved in the conjugative transfer were also identified on the plasmid. The strain CM6 is of high epidemiological concern because it not only displays resistance to multiple β-lactam antibiotics but also to other kinds of antibiotics.

Animals , Cattle , Plasmids/genetics , Cattle Diseases/microbiology , Drug Resistance, Bacterial , beta-Lactams/pharmacology , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Infections/veterinary , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Plasmids/metabolism , beta-Lactamases/genetics , beta-Lactamases/metabolism , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli Proteins/metabolism , Escherichia coli/metabolism , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Mexico
Rev. chil. infectol ; 35(4): 453-454, ago. 2018.
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1042649


Recently it was described the plasmidial gene mcr-1 associated with colistin resistance. We screened by PCR and sequencing for gene mcr-1 in thirteen clinical isolates resistant to colistin. We observed amplification in one E. coli. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the presence of mcr-1 gene in Chile.

Colistin/pharmacology , Escherichia coli Proteins/isolation & purification , Drug Resistance, Bacterial/genetics , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli/genetics , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology
Rev. chil. infectol ; 35(4): 343-350, ago. 2018. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-978043


Resumen Introducción: En las infecciones por enterobacterias productoras de β-lactamasas de espectro extendido (BLEE), los β-lactámicos preferidos para tratamiento son los carbapenémicos. Sin embargo, estudios clínicos muestran eficacia de piperacilina/tazobactam en ciertas infecciones por Escherichia coli productoras de BLEE. Objetivo: Determinar la cura clínica y microbiológica con piperacilina/tazobactam en pacientes con infecciones por E. coli productoras de BLEE, tipo CTX-M. Materiales/Métodos: Estudio descriptivo, retrospectivo, con adultos internados en un hospital universitario. Incluimos infecciones del tracto urinario (ITU), intra-abdominales (IIA) e infecciones de tejidos blandos (ITB). Resultados: Estudiamos 40 pacientes, donde 65% correspondían a ITU, 25% IIA y 10 % ITB. La cura clínica global se logró en 89,4%, con mejores resultados en las ITU (100%), seguidas de ITB (80%) e IIA (70%). El 85% de las cepas tenía concentraciones inhibitorias mínimas (CIM) ≤ 8 μg/mL y 70% con CIM ≤ 4 μg/mL. La tasa de fracaso fue mayor en las infecciones con inóculos altos intraabdominales. La BLEE del tipo CTX-M-15 se encontró en 62,5%. Conclusiones: Piperacilina/tazobactam logró cura clínica y microbiológica, en pacientes con infecciones por E. coli productoras de BLEE susceptibles, especialmente en ITU e IPB y en menor medida en IIA.

Background: Carbapenems are the preferred β-lactamics for treatment for infections caused by enterobacteria producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL); however, clinical studies show effectiveness of piperacillin/tazobactam in certain infections by Escherichia coli ESBL producers. Aim: To determine the clinical and micro-biological cure with piperacillin/tazobactam in patients with infections caused by E. coli ESBL producers, CTXM type. Methods: Retrospective descriptive study with adults hospitalized in a university hospital. We included urinary tract infections (UTI), intra-abdominal infections (IAI), soft tissue infections (STI) and/or bacteremia. Results: We studied 40 patients, where 65% corresponded to UTI, 25% to IAI and 10% were STI. The overall clinical cure was achieved in 89.4%, with the best results in the ITU (100%), followed by STI (80%) and 70% in IAI. The 85% of the strains had minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) ≤8 μg/ml and 70% with MIC ≤4 μg/mL, however the rate of failure were high in intra-abdominal infections with high inocula or not controlled; CTX-M-15 was found in the 62.5%. Conclusions: Piperacillin/tazobactam was efficient to obtain clinical and microbiological cure in patients with infections caused by ESBL producers but susceptible E. coli, especially in UTI and STI and to a lesser extent in IAI.

Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Aged , beta-Lactamases/drug effects , Escherichia coli Proteins/drug effects , Escherichia coli Infections/drug therapy , Piperacillin, Tazobactam Drug Combination/therapeutic use , Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Retrospective Studies , Treatment Outcome , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli Infections/enzymology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology
Braz. j. microbiol ; 49(supl.1): 107-112, 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1039271


Abstract Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) isolates from apparently healthy free range helmeted guineafowl were characterized. Most of them had a high frequency of virulence associated genes, multi drug resistance and high pathogenicity. We demonstrated that helmeted guineafowl have potential to transmit antibiotic resistant APEC to other species including humans.

Animals , Bird Diseases/microbiology , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli Infections/veterinary , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli Proteins/metabolism , Drug Resistance, Bacterial , Virulence Factors/genetics , Virulence Factors/metabolism , Galliformes/microbiology , Escherichia coli/classification , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology
Braz. j. microbiol ; 49(supl.1): 76-82, 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-974322


Abstract We surveyed healthy captive cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) for Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. Cloacal swabs were collected from 94 cockatiels kept in commercial breeders, private residencies and pet shops in the cities of São Paulo/SP and Niterói/RJ (Brazil). Three strains of E. coli from each individual were tested for the presence of ExPEC-, APEC- and DEC-related genes. We evaluated the blaTEM, blaSHV, blaOXA, blaCMY, blaCTX-M, tetA, tetB, aadA, aphA, strAB, sul1, sul2, sul3, qnrA, qnrD, qnrB, qnrS, oqxAB, aac (6)′-Ib-cr, qepA resistance genes and markers for plasmid incompatibility groups. Salmonella spp. was not detected. E. coli was isolated in 10% of the animals (9/94). Four APEC genes (ironN, ompT, iss and hlyF) were detected in two strains (2/27-7%), and iss (1/27-4%) in one isolate. The highest resistance rates were observed with amoxicillin (22/27-82%), ampicillin (21/27-79%), streptomycin (18/27-67%), tetracycline (11/27-41%). Multiresistance was verified in 59% (16/27) of the isolates. We detected strAB, bla TEM, tetA, tetB, aadA, aphaA, sul1, sul2, sul3 resistance genes and plasmid Inc groups in 20 (74%) of the strains. E. coli isolated from these cockatiels are of epidemiological importance, since these pets could transmit pathogenic and multiresistant microorganisms to humans and other animals.

Animals , Salmonella/isolation & purification , Salmonella Infections, Animal/microbiology , Bird Diseases/microbiology , Cockatoos/microbiology , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli Infections/veterinary , Plasmids/genetics , Plasmids/metabolism , Salmonella/classification , Salmonella/physiology , Salmonella/genetics , Bacterial Proteins/genetics , Bacterial Proteins/metabolism , Brazil , Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial , Escherichia coli/classification , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology
Rev. chil. infectol ; 35(1): 29-35, 2018. tab, graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-899774


Resumen Introducción Las infecciones del tracto urinario adquiridas en la comunidad (ITUac) causadas por cepas de Escherichia coli productoras de β-lactamasas de espectro extendido (BLEE), principalmente por cepas que contienen el gen blaCTX-M-15, es un fenómeno creciente a nivel mundial. Objetivo Determinar el patrón de susceptibilidad a antimicrobianos de cepas de E. coli productoras de BLEE causantes de ITUac y conocer su patrón molecular. Materiales y Métodos Se realizó un estudio descriptivo en Oaxaca, México, donde se incluyeron 288 cepas de E. coli aisladas de pacientes adultos con posible ITUac. Para obtener los patrones de susceptibilidad antimicrobiana se siguieron los criterios del CLSI y para obtener el análisis molecular se utilizó la técnica de RPC. Resultados Del total de cepas de E. coli aisladas, 31,3% fueron productoras de BLEE, presentando una menor susceptibilidad a antimicrobianos que las cepas no productoras de estas enzimas. El 95,6% de las cepas BLEE estudiadas fueron portadoras del gen blaCTX-M. Conclusiones Un tercio de las ITUac causadas por E. coli en nuestra población fueron causadas por cepas BLEE, mostrando un alto nivel de resistencia a los antimicrobianos comúnmente utilizados en su tratamiento y disminuyendo las opciones terapéuticas para tratamientos empíricos en esta población.

Background Community acquired urinary tract infections (CaUTI) caused by strains of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) - producing Escherichia coli, mainly by strains carrying the blaCTX-M-15 gene, is a growing phenomenon worldwide. Aim To determine the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of ESBL-producing E. coli as cause of CaUTI and to identify their molecular pattern. Methods A descriptive study was performed in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, from where 288 strains of CaUTI-producing strains of E. coli in adults with possible UTI were isolated. The CLSI criteria was followed to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns, and their molecular characterization was performed by using PCR. Results 31.3% of E. coli strains isolated in our population were ESBL producers, which presented higher levels of antibiotic resistance than those of non-producers of these enzymes. 95.6% of the studied strains were carriers of the blaCTX-M gene. Conclusions One-third of the Ca-UTI caused by E. coli in our population are caused by ESBL-producing strains, which present high levels of resistance to the antibiotics widely used in our community. This situation considerably decreases the number of antibiotics available for an empiric treatment against these infections.

Humans , Male , Female , Middle Aged , Urinary Tract Infections/microbiology , beta-Lactamases/drug effects , beta-Lactamases/genetics , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/genetics , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , beta-Lactamases/isolation & purification , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Community-Acquired Infections/microbiology , beta-Lactam Resistance , Electrophoresis , Escherichia coli/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli/enzymology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Genotype , Mexico
Medicina (B.Aires) ; 77(3): 185-190, jun. 2017. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-894455


Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections are implicated in the development of the life-threatening hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Despite the magnitude of the social and economic problems caused by HUS, no licensed vaccine or effective therapy is currently available for human use. Prevention of STEC infections continues being the most important measure to reduce HUS incidence. This is especially true for Argentina where HUS incidence among children is extremely high and shows an endemic pattern. The aim of this work was to investigate serologically adult staff of kindergartens in Buenos Aires city and suburban areas in order to detect possible carriers, and to educate personnel about good practices to reduce HUS transmission. We also assessed the microbiological quality of water and meal samples from the same kindergartens. We tested 67 healthy adults, 13 water supplies and 6 meals belonging to 6 public kindergartens. We analysed hand swabs for isolation of STEC and serum samples for the presence of antibodies against Stx and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of O157 serogroup. We identified 46 Stx2-positive individuals, but only 7 for O157 LPS. No presence of STEC pathogens was detected in hands of staff, water or meal samples.

Las infecciones bacterianas con Escherichia coli productor de toxina Shiga (Stx) (STEC) están implicadas en el desarrollo del síndrome urémico hemolítico (SUH). A pesar de la magnitud del problema social y económico causado por el SUH, actualmente no existe un tratamiento específico o una vacuna eficaz para uso humano. Por lo tanto, la prevención de las infecciones por STEC es la tarea central para reducir la incidencia del SUH. Esto es especialmente cierto para Argentina en donde el SUH muestra un comportamiento endémico y presenta una incidencia extremadamente alta entre los niños. En efecto, la mediana de casos notificados en menores de 5 años para el periodo 2010-2015 fue 306, mientras que la tasa de notificación fue 8.5 casos cada 100 000 menores/año ( El objetivo de este trabajo fue analizar serológicamente al personal adulto de jardines de infantes de la ciudad de Buenos Aires y el área suburbana con el fin de detectar portadores, y brindarles formación sobre las buenas prácticas para reducir la transmisión de infecciones con STEC y así evitar el SUH. También se evaluó la calidad microbiológica de las muestras de agua y de la comida elaborada en los mismos jardines. Hemos estudiado 67 adultos, a través del hisopado de manos para la búsqueda de STEC y suero para la presencia de anticuerpos contra Stx y el lipopolisacárido (LPS) de serogrupo O157. También se analizaron 13 suministros de agua y 6 muestras de comida pertenecientes a 6 jardines de infantes públicos. Se identificaron 46 individuos positivos para Stx2, pero solo 7 para LPS-O157. No se detectó presencia de patógenos STEC en las muestras de las manos del personal, ni en los reservorios de agua o muestras de comida.

Humans , Child , Adult , Escherichia coli O157/isolation & purification , Escherichia coli Infections/prevention & control , Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome/microbiology , Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome/prevention & control , Argentina/epidemiology , Urban Population , Serotyping , Disease Outbreaks , Risk Factors , Electrophoresis , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Escherichia coli Infections/transmission , Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology , Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome/blood
Arq. gastroenterol ; 54(2): 130-134, Apr.-June 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-838836


ABSTRACT BACKGROUND The diarrheal syndrome is considered a serious public health problem all over the world and is considered a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. The high incidence of enteroaggregative Escherichia coli in diarrheal syndromes classified as an emerging pathogen of gastrointestinal infections. After decades of study, your pathogenesis remains uncertain and has been investigated mainly using in vitro models of adhesion in cellular lines. OBJECTIVE The present study investigated the interaction of enteroaggregative Escherichia coli strains isolated from childhood diarrhea with rabbit ileal and colonic mucosa ex vivo, using the in vitro organ culture model. METHODS The in vitro adhesion assays using cultured tissue were performed with the strains co-incubated with intestinal fragments of ileum and colon over a period of 6 hours. Each strain was tested with three intestinal fragments for each region. The fragments were analysed by scanning electron microscopy. RESULTS Through scanning electron microscopy we observed that all strains adhered to rabbit ileal and colonic mucosa, with the typical aggregative adherence pattern of “stacked bricks” on the epithelium. However, the highest degree of adherence was observed on colonic mucosa. Threadlike structures were found in greater numbers in the ileum compared to the colon. CONCLUSION These data showed that enteroaggregative Escherichia coli may have a high tropism for the human colon, which was ratified by the higher degree of adherence on the rabbit colonic mucosa. Finally, data indicated that in vitro organ culture of intestinal mucosa from rabbit may be used to elucidate the enteroaggregative Escherichia coli pathogenesis.

RESUMO CONTEXTO A síndrome diarréica é considerada um grave problema de saúde pública em todo o mundo e é considerada uma das principais causas de morbidade e mortalidade nos países em desenvolvimento. A elevada incidência de Escherichia coli enteroagregativa nas síndromes diarreicas a classificou como um patógeno emergente de infecções gastrintestinais. Depois de décadas de estudo, sua patogênese ainda é incerta e tem sido investigada usando principalmente modelos in vitro de adesão em linhagens celulares. OBJETIVO O presente estudo investigou a interação de cepas de Escherichia coli enteroagregativa isoladas de diarreia infantil com mucosa ileal e colônica de coelho ex vivo, utilizando o modelo de cultura de órgão in vitro. MÉTODOS Os ensaios de adesão in vitro utilizando tecido cultivado foram realizados com as cepas co-incubadas com fragmentos intestinais de íleo e de cólon durante um período de 6 horas. Cada cepa foi testada em três fragmentos intestinais para cada região. Os fragmentos foram analisados por microscopia eletrônica de varredura. RESULTADOS Através da microscopia eletrônica de varredura observamos que todas as cepas aderiram a mucosa ileal e colônica de coelho, com o padrão de aderência agregativo típico de “tijolos empilhados” no epitélio. Entretanto, o maior grau de adesão foi observado na mucosa do cólon. Estruturas filiformes foram encontradas em maior número no íleo em comparação com o cólon. CONCLUSÃO Esses dados mostraram que Escherichia coli enteroagregativa pode ter um maior tropismo para o cólon humano, o que foi ratificado pelo maior grau de aderência na mucosa do cólon de coelho. Finalmente, os dados indicaram que a cultura de órgão in vitro da mucosa intestinal de coelho pode ser utilizado para elucidar a patogênese de Escherichia coli enteroagregativa.

Humans , Animals , Male , Bacterial Adhesion/physiology , Colon/microbiology , Escherichia coli/physiology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Ileum/microbiology , Intestinal Mucosa/microbiology , Phylogeny , Rabbits , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Colon/ultrastructure , Virulence Factors , Ileum/ultrastructure , Intestinal Mucosa/ultrastructure
Braz. j. microbiol ; 47(supl.1): 3-30, Oct.-Dec. 2016.
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-839325


ABSTRACT Most Escherichia coli strains live harmlessly in the intestines and rarely cause disease in healthy individuals. Nonetheless, a number of pathogenic strains can cause diarrhea or extraintestinal diseases both in healthy and immunocompromised individuals. Diarrheal illnesses are a severe public health problem and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in infants and young children, especially in developing countries. E. coli strains that cause diarrhea have evolved by acquiring, through horizontal gene transfer, a particular set of characteristics that have successfully persisted in the host. According to the group of virulence determinants acquired, specific combinations were formed determining the currently known E. coli pathotypes, which are collectively known as diarrheagenic E. coli. In this review, we have gathered information on current definitions, serotypes, lineages, virulence mechanisms, epidemiology, and diagnosis of the major diarrheagenic E. coli pathotypes.

Humans , Diarrhea/diagnosis , Diarrhea/microbiology , Escherichia coli/classification , Escherichia coli/physiology , Escherichia coli Infections/diagnosis , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Prevalence , Virulence Factors/genetics , Diarrhea/epidemiology , Escherichia coli/pathogenicity , Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology
Rev. chil. infectol ; 33(4): 438-450, ago. 2016. ilus
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-830115


Acute diarrheal disease (ADD) is a global public health problem, especially in developing countries and is one of the causes of mortality in children under five. ADD etiologic agents include viruses, bacteria and parasites in that order. Escherichia coli bacteria it is classified as a major diarrheagenic agent and transmitted by consuming contaminated water or undercooked foods. This review compiled updates on information virulence factors and pathogenic mechanisms involved in adhesion and colonization of seven pathotypes of E. coli called enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC), shigatoxigenic E. coli (STEC), enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) and diffusely-adherent E. coli (DAEC). A final pathotype, adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) associated with Crohn's disease was also reviewed. The diarrheagenic pathotypes of E. coli affect different population groups and knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in the interaction with the human is important to guide research towards the development of vaccines and new tools for diagnosis and control.

La enfermedad diarreica aguda (EDA) es un problema de salud pública mundial, especialmente en los países en vía de desarrollo y es una de las causas de mortalidad en niños bajo cinco años de edad. Los agentes etiológicos de EDA incluyen virus, bacterias y parásitos, en ese orden. Dentro de las bacterias, Escherichia coli está clasificada como uno de los principales agentes diarreagénicos y se trasmite por el consumo de agua y alimentos contaminados o mal cocidos. Esta revisión recopiló información actualizada sobre los factores de virulencia y los mecanismos de patogenicidad implicados en la adhesión y colonización de siete patotipos de E. coli denominados, E. coli enteropatógena (ECEP), E. coli enterotoxigénica (ECET), E. coli enteroinvasora (ECEI), E. coli shigatoxigénica (ECST), E. coli enteroagregativa (ECEA) y E. coli de adherencia difusa (ECAD). Un último patotipo, E. coli adherente invasor (ECAI) asociado a la enfermedad de Crohn también fue revisado. Los patotipos diarreagénicos de E. coli afectan a diferentes grupos poblacionales y el conocimiento de los mecanismos moleculares implicados en la interacción con el humano es importante para orientar las investigaciones hacia el desarrollo de vacunas o nuevas herramientas para su diagnóstico y control.

Humans , Diarrhea/microbiology , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli/pathogenicity , Virulence Factors , Diarrhea/virology , Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli/classification , Feces/microbiology
Braz. j. microbiol ; 47(2): 414-416, Apr.-June 2016. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-780834


Abstract Escherichia coli is the major causative agent of human cystitis. In this study, a preliminary molecular analysis carried out by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) demonstrated that 100% of 31 E. coli strains isolated from patients with recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) showed the presence of the curli fimbria gene (csgA). Curli fimbria is known to be associated with bacterial biofilm formation but not with the adhesion of human cystitis-associated E. coli. Therefore, this work aimed to study how curli fimbria is associated with uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) as an adhesion factor. For this purpose, the csgA gene was deleted from strain UPEC-4, which carries three adhesion factor genes (csgA, fimH and ompA). The wild-type UPEC-4 strain and its mutant (ΔcsgA) were analyzed for their adhesion ability over HTB-9 (human bladder carcinoma), Vero (kidney cells of African green monkey) and HUVEC (human umbilical vein) cells in the presence of α-D-mannose. All the wild-type UPEC strains tested (100%) were able to adhere to all three cell types, while the UPEC-4 ΔcsgA mutant lost its adherence to HTB-9 but continued to adhere to the HUVEC and Vero cells. The results suggest that curli fimbria has an important role in the adhesion processes associated with human UPEC-induced cystitis.

Humans , Adhesins, Escherichia coli/metabolism , Cystitis/microbiology , Escherichia coli Proteins/metabolism , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Uropathogenic Escherichia coli/metabolism , Bacterial Adhesion , Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial , Sequence Deletion , Adhesins, Escherichia coli/genetics , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Uropathogenic Escherichia coli/genetics
Braz. j. microbiol ; 47(1): 150-158, Jan.-Mar. 2016. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-775101


Abstract Antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli isolated from pet dogs can be considered a potential threat of infection for the human population. Our objective was to characterize the resistance pattern, extended spectrum beta-lactamase production and genetic relatedness of multiresistant E. coli strains isolated from dogs (n = 134), their owners (n = 134), and humans who claim to have no contact with dogs (n = 44, control), searching for sharing of strains. The strains were assessed for their genetic relatedness by phylogenetic grouping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Multiresistant E. coli strains were isolated from 42 (31.3%) fecal samples from pairs of dogs and owners, totaling 84 isolates, and from 19 (43.1%) control group subjects. The strains showed high levels of resistance to ampicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline, trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole regardless of host species or group of origin. The blaTEM, blaCTX-M, and blaSHV genes were detected in similar proportions in all groups. All isolates positive for bla genes were ESBL producers. The phylogenetic group A was the most prevalent, irrespective of the host species. None of the strains belonging to the B2 group contained bla genes. Similar resistance patterns were found for strains from dogs, owners and controls; furthermore, identical PFGE profiles were detected in four (9.5%) isolate pairs from dogs and owners, denoting the sharing of strains. Pet dogs were shown to be a potential household source of multiresistant E. coli strains.

Animals , Dogs , Humans , Drug Resistance, Bacterial , Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology , Escherichia coli Infections/veterinary , Escherichia coli/drug effects , Escherichia coli/enzymology , Genotype , beta-Lactamases/genetics , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Electrophoresis, Gel, Pulsed-Field , Escherichia coli/genetics , Feces/microbiology , Molecular Typing , Pets , Phylogeny