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Gaedigk A.,Childrens Mercy Hospital | Gaedigk A.,University of Missouri - Kansas City | Garcia-Ribera C.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Jeong H.-E.,Inje University | And 2 more authors.
Pharmacogenomics | Year: 2014

A Han Chinese patient failed CYP2D6 genotype analysis with the AmpliChip CYP450 Test™. The CYP2D6 gene locus of the patient and her son were extensively genotyped including copy number variation and gene resequencing. Two SNPs were discovered on the patient's CYP2D61 allele, -498C>A and 1661G>C, while the son's CYP2D61 allele had -498C>A only. AmpliChip failure was attributed to the presence of a CYP2D61 allele carrying the 1661G>C SNP. Functional analyses of -498C>A did not reveal altered activity in vitro or in vivo suggesting that both novel CYP2D61 subvariants are functional. The implementation of pharmacogenetics-guided drug therapy relies on accurate clinical-grade genotype analysis. Although the AmpliChip is a reliable platform, numerous allelic (sub)variants and gene arrangements are not detected or may trigger no calls. While such cases may be rare, the clinical/genetic testing community must be aware of the challenges of CYP2D6 testing on the AmpliChip platform and implications regarding accuracy of test results. © 2014 Future Medicine Ltd.


Moure R.,University of Barcelona | Espanol M.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Tudo G.,University of Barcelona | Vicente E.,Laboratori Of Referencia Of Catalonia | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Year: 2014

Objectives: Ethambutol resistance has mostly been related to mutations in the embB gene. The objective of the present study was to characterize the embB gene in a collection of ethambutol-resistant and ethambutol-susceptible isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) from Barcelona, and to develop a DNA microarray for the rapid detection of embB mutations in our area. Methods: Fifty-three ethambutol-resistant and 702 ethambutol-susceptible isolates of MTBC were sequenced in internal 982-1495 bp fragments of the embB gene. In addition, a low-cost, low-density array was designed to include the embB codons identified as being most frequently mutated in our area (LD-EMB array). Results: The global prevalence of embB mutations found among the ethambutol-resistant isolates was 77.4% (41/53). Substitutions in embB306 were the most common [53.7% (22/41)], followed by substitutions in embB406 [26.8% (11/41)]. The presence of mutations in embB406 was related to higher levels of ethambutol resistance and to multidrug resistance. Among unrelated isolates (from 24-locus MIRU-VNTR genotyping), the percentage of embB-mutated isolates was 72.9% (27/37)-59.3% (16/27) in embB306 and 25.9% (7/27) in embB406. None of the ethambutol-susceptible isolates studied showed a mutation in codon 306 or 406. The LD-EMB array showed 100% sensitivity and specificity in identifying the main embB substitutions in our area. Conclusions: Mutations at codons 306 and 406 of embB have a relevant role in resistance to ethambutol in our area. The LD-EMB array developed in this study would appear to be a good molecular test for rapid detection of ethambutol resistance. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.


Miro E.,Hospital Of Sant Pau | Segura C.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Segura C.,Laboratori Of Referencia Of Catalonia | Navarro F.,Hospital Of Sant Pau | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Year: 2010

Objectives: We describe 12 VIM-1-producing strains (7 Enterobacter cloacae, 2 Klebsiella pneumoniae and 3 clonal Klebsiella oxytoca strains) detected among clinically relevant Enterobacteriaceae isolates from routine cultures at the Hospital del Mar (Barcelona, Spain) from December 2006 to May 2007. Methods: Susceptibility to carbapenems was evaluated with the MicroScan system. β-Lactamases were identified by PCR and sequencing. Clonal relationships between the isolates were analysed by PFGE. Transferability of the enzymes was tested by conjugation. Plasmid characterization was performed by PCR-based replicon typing and PFGE with S1 nuclease digestion of whole genomic DNA. The PFGE gels were then transferred and hybridized. Results: The disc diffusion method correctly identified five of the seven E. cloacae isolates as intermediate or resistant strains. All isolates produced the VIM-1 enzyme. Three E. cloacae and three K. oxytoca strains were also CTX-M-9-producing strains, and one E. cloacae was also a CTX-M-3-producing strain. The plasmids carrying the blaVIM gene, of unknown incompatibility group, had a size of ~75 kb (eight strains) or 40 kb (three strains) and also contained the qnrS and the aac(6')-Ib-cr genes. In the remaining strain the blaVIM-1 gene was found in an HI2 plasmid of 290 kb together with blaCTX-M-9, qnrA, qnrS and the aac(6́)-Ib-cr genes. Conclusions: The results showed a linkage between the blaVIM-1 and the qnrS and the aac(6')-Ib-cr genes, and between the blaCTX-M-9 and the qnrA genes. © The Author 2010.


Aguilar-Duran S.,Hospital Universitari del Mar | Horcajada J.P.,Hospital Universitari del Mar | Sorli L.,Hospital Universitari del Mar | Montero M.,Hospital Universitari del Mar | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Infection | Year: 2012

Objectives: To analyze the characteristics of infection, adequacy of empirical treatment and outcome of patients with community-onset healthcare-associated (HCA) urinary tract infections (UTI) and compare them with hospital (HA) and community-acquired (CA) UTI. Methods: Prospective observational cohort study performed at a university 600-bed hospital between July 2009 and February 2010. Patients with UTI requiring hospital admission were included. Epidemiological, clinical and outcome data were recorded. Results: 251 patients were included. Patients with community-onset HCA UTI were older, had more co-morbidities and had received previous antimicrobial treatment more frequently than CA UTI (. p = 0.02, p = 0.01 and p < 0.01). ESBL-. Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections were more frequent in HCA than in CA UTI (. p = 0.03 and p < 0.01). Inadequate empirical treatment was not significantly different between community-onset HCA and CA. Factors related to mortality were P. aeruginosa infection (OR 6.51; 95%CI: 1.01-41.73), diabetes mellitus (OR 22.66; 95%CI: 3.61-142.21), solid neoplasia (OR 22.48; 95%CI: 3.38-149.49) and age (OR 1.15; 95%CI 1.03-1.28). Conclusions: Epidemiological, clinical and microbiological features suggest that community-onset HCA UTI is different from CA and similar to HA UTI. However, in our series inadequate empirical antimicrobial therapy and mortality were not significantly higher in community-onset HCA than in CA UTI. © 2012 The British Infection Association.


Sorli L.,Infectious Diseases Service | Luque S.,Pharmacy Service | Grau S.,Pharmacy Service | Berenguer N.,Pharmacy Service | And 6 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2013

Background: Data regarding the most efficacious and least toxic schedules for the use of colistin are scarce. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and the potential risk factors of colistin-associated nephrotoxicity including colistin plasma levels.Methods: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted for over one year in patients receiving intravenous colistin methanesulfonate sodium (CMS). Blood samples for colistin plasma levels were collected immediately before (Cmin) and 30 minutes after CMS infusion (Cmax). Renal function was assessed at baseline, on day 7 and at the end of treatment (EOT). Severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) was defined by the RIFLE (risk, injury, failure, loss, and end-stage kidney disease) criteria.Results: One hundred and two patients met the inclusion criteria. AKI related to CMS treatment on day 7 and at the end of treatment (EOT) was observed in 26 (25.5%) and 50 (49.0%) patients, respectively. At day 7, Cmin (OR, 4.63 [2.33-9.20]; P < 0.001) was the only independent predictor of AKI. At EOT, the Charlson score (OR 1.26 [1.01-1.57]; P = 0.036), Cmin (OR 2.14 [1.33-3.42]; P = 0.002), and concomitant treatment with ≥ 2 nephrotoxic drugs (OR 2.61 [1.0-6.8]; P = 0.049) were independent risk factors for AKI. When Cmin was evaluated as a categorical variable, the breakpoints that better predicted AKI were 3.33 mg/L (P < 0.001) on day 7 and 2.42 mg/L (P < 0.001) at EOT.Conclusions: When using the RIFLE criteria, colistin-related nephrotoxicity is observed in a high percentage of patients. Cmin levels are predictive of AKI. Patients who receive intravenous colistin should be closely monitored and Cmin might be a new useful tool to predict AKI. © 2013 Sorlí et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Deza G.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Martin-Ezquerra G.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Gomez J.,Laboratori Of Referencia Of Catalonia | Villar-Garcia J.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | And 2 more authors.
Sexually Transmitted Infections | Year: 2016

Objectives To describe the clinical characteristics and therapeutic outcomes from male patients diagnosed of Haemophilus spp urethritis. Methods A chart review of patients who presented to our hospital from January 2013 to December 2014 with symptoms of acute urethritis in which Haemophilus spp was isolated in their urethral samples was performed. Results Haemophilus spp was isolated in 52 out of 413 urethral samples (12.6%) received in our laboratory from patients with symptoms of acute urethritis during the study period. Seven cases corresponded to Haemophilus influenzae and 45 cases to Haemophilus parainfluenzae. The most common clinical presentation was mucopurulent urethral discharge (71%). Eight per cent were HIV-infected patients, and 60% were men who have sex with men. Haemophilus spp was isolated as a single pathogen in 6.8% (28 of 413) of cases. Seventeen per cent of Haemophilus spp were ?-lactamase producers. All patients reported having practiced unprotected insertive oral sex the month before consultation, and five of them denied having had another sexual contact apart from this exposure. In all cases in which follow-up was available, empirical treatment achieved a complete clinical resolution. Conclusions Haemophilus spp was considered a pathogen in at least 6.8% of the patients from the evaluated area. It affected men regardless their sexual orientation or HIV status. Unprotected oral sex could play a role in its transmission. The limitations of the study (small sample size and lack of a representative control group) do not allow to prove the true pathogenic role of Haemophilus spp in acute urethritis.


Puig-Verdie L.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Alentorn-Geli E.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Gonzalez-Cuevas A.,Laboratori Of Referencia Of Catalonia | Sorli L.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B | Year: 2013

The purpose of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy for the detection of infection between the culture of fluid obtained by sonication (SFC) and the culture of peri-implant tissues (PITC) in patients with early and delayed implant failure, and those with unsuspected and suspected septic failure. It was hypothesised that SFC increases the diagnostic accuracy for infection in delayed, but not early, implant failure, and in unsuspected septic failure. The diagnostic accuracy for infection of all consecutive implants (hardware or prostheses) that were removed for failure was compared between SFC and PITC. This prospective study included 317 patients with a mean age of 62.7 years (9 to 97). The sensitivity for detection of infection using SFC was higher than using PITC in an overall comparison (89.9% versus 67%, respectively; p < 0.001), in unsuspected septic failure (100 versus 48.5%, respectively; p < 0.001), and in delayed implant failure (88% versus 58%, respectively; p < 0.001). PITC sensitivity dropped significantly in unsuspected compared with suspected septic failure (p = 0.007), and in delayed compared with early failure (p = 0.013). There were no differences in specificity. Sonication is mainly recommended when there is implant failure with no clear signs of infection and in patients with delayed implant failure. In early failure, SFC is not superior to PITC for the diagnosis of infection and, therefore, is not recommended as a routine diagnostic test in these patients. © 2013 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery.


Hernandez J.,Laboratori Of Referencia Of Catalonia | Garca-Solaesa V.,University of Salamanca | Snchez S.,University of Salamanca | Isidoro-Garca M.,University of Salamanca
Pharmacogenomics | Year: 2011

Background: CYP2D6 is a major drug-metabolizing enzyme. Polymorphic variation includes copy number variants such as gene deletions, duplications and multiplications of functional and nonfunctional gene units. In this article we describe the first systematic characterization of a CYP2D6*9x2 gene duplication. CYP2D6*9 is an allelic variant conferring reduced enzymatic activity. This novel gene duplication was discovered in two unrelated Spanish psychiatric patients. Both subjects were initially tested with the AmpliChip CYP450 test, which indicated the presence of a duplication and the CYP2D6*9 allele, but did not make a genotype call. The goal of the study was to resolve this issue by characterizing the CYP2D6 gene locus in these patients. Materials & methods: Both individuals and one offspring were regenotyped using our own CYP2D6 genotyping strategy employing long-range PCR and TaqMan-based SNP detection. In addition, gene resequencing and genotyping of duplication-specific long-range PCR products and quantitative gene copy number analysis was applied. Results: The duplication was mapped to the CYP2D6*9 allele and copy number analysis determined a CYP2D6*9x2 gene duplication in all three individuals. Because CYP2D6*9x2 is not recognized by the AmpliChip CYP450 test, this structural arrangement was responsible for the 'no call on the AmpliChip CYP450 test report. Conclusion: The full characterization of this allele will aid in the interpretation of AmpliChip CYP450 test results for clinical and research applications. Original submitted 8 June 2011; Revision submitted 18 July 201. © 2011 Future Medicine Ltd.


Aragones G.,Rovira i Virgili University | Guardiola M.,Rovira i Virgili University | Barreda M.,Rovira i Virgili University | Marsillach J.,University of Washington | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Lipid Research | Year: 2011

Experimental studies showed that paraoxonase-3 (PON3) retards lipoprotein oxidation. Our objective was to describe a new assay to measure serum PON3 concentrations and report their reference values in a population-based study. The infl uence of PON3 promoter polymorphisms and their relationships with PON1 and lipid profi le were also studied. We generated an anti-PON3 antibody by inoculating rabbits with a synthetic peptide specific to mature PON3. This antibody was used to develop an ELISA. The average regression line of standard plots (n = 8) was y = 0.9587 (0.3392) log 10 x + 1.9466 (0.0861) [ r 2 = 0.924 (0.0131); P < 0.001]. There was no cross reaction with PON1. Detection limit was 0.24 mg/l. Imprecision was ≤ 13.2%. Reference interval (n = 356) was 1.00-2.47 mg/l. PON3 was observed in HDL particles containing apolipoprotein (apo)A-I and PON1, but not apoA-II or apoE. Serum PON3 concentrations showed a moderate infl uence (about 10% variation) by PON3 promoter polymorphisms. Our study describes for the fi rst time a method to measure serum PON3 concentrations. This method offers new opportunities in the investigation of the properties and role of PON3 in cardiovascular disease, with possible implications in clinical practice. Copyright © 2011 by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.


Sorli L.,Parc de Salut Mar | Puig L.,Parc de Salut Mar | Torres-Claramunt R.,Parc de Salut Mar | Gonzalez A.,Parc de Salut Mar | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B | Year: 2012

Patients with infected arthroplasties are normally treated with a two-stage exchange procedure using polymethylmethacrylate bone cement spacers impregnated with antibiotics. However, spacers may act as a foreign body to which micro-organisms may adhere and grow. In this study it was hypothesised that subclinical infection may be diagnosed with sonication of the surface biofilm of the spacer. The aims were to assess the presence of subclinical infection through sonication of the spacer at the time of a secondstage procedure, and to determine the relationship between subclinical infection and the clinical outcome. Of 55 patients studied, 11 (20%) were diagnosed with subclinical infection. At a mean follow-up of 12 months (interquartile range 6 to 18), clinical failure was found in 18 (32.7%) patients. Of the patients previously diagnosed with subclinical infection, 63% (7 of 11) had failed compared with 25% (11 of 44) of those without subclinical infection (odds ratio 5.25, 95% confidence interval 1.29 to 21.4, p = 0.021). Sonication of the biofilm of the surface of the spacer is useful in order to exclude subclinical infection and therefore contributes to improving the outcome after two-stage procedures. ©2012 British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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