Magdalena Strus

Jagiellonian University, Cracovia, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

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    ABSTRACT: A key role of bacterial biofilm in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with (CRSwNP) and without nasal polyps (CRSsNP) is commonly accepted. However, the impact of some bacterial species isolated from inflamed sinus mucosa on biofilm formation is unclear. In particular, the role of Staphylococcus epidermidis as aetiological agents of CRS is controversial. Moreover, the effect of biofilm formation on neutrophil infiltration and activity in CRSwNP calls for explanation. In this study, biofilms were found in three of 10 patients (mean age = 46 ± 14) with CRS undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery by means of scanning electron microscopy. Unexpectedly, S. epidermidis was the primary isolated bacteria and was also found to be present in all biofilm-positive mucosa specimens, indicating its pivotal role in the pathogenesis of severe chronic infections associated with biofilm formation. We have also measured the activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO), the most abundant neutrophil enzyme, to demonstrate the presence of neutrophils in the samples tested. Our present results show that the level of MPO in CRS associated with biofilm is lower than that without biofilm. It may suggest either a low number of neutrophils or the presence of a type of neutrophils with compromised antimicrobial activity, described as biofilm-associated neutrophils (BAN). Finally, we conclude that further studies with a large number of CRS cases should be performed to establish the association between S. epidermidis and other frequently isolated bacterial species from paranasal sinuses, with the severity of CRS, biofilm formation and the infiltration of BAN.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Experimental Pathology
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    ABSTRACT: This multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was performed to determine whether the use of oral probiotic preparation (prOVag®) containing three Lactobacillus strains together with standard metronidazole treatment and also targeted antibiotic treatment (following the failure of metronidazole therapy) could reduce the recurrence rates of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and aerobic vaginitis (AV). Patients at private gynaecological clinics in Poland with histories of recurrent BV/AV and current symptoms were randomly allocated to receive metronidazole and probiotic or placebo, and assessed monthly on visits II and III-V. The total number of study visits was 5–6 (I, II, II bis – if applicable, III, IV, V). One probiotic or placebo capsule was administered with metronidazole/targeted antibiotic twice daily for 10 days; during follow up, patients took one capsule daily for 10 days perimenstrually. Clinical examination and vaginal swabbing were performed at each visit. Primary outcomes were clinical or microbiological BV/AV recurrence and probiotic safety. Secondary outcomes were vaginal pH, Nugent score, and Lactobacillus counts in the vaginal microbiota. Safety analysis was performed in 578 (probiotic, n = 285; placebo, n = 293) 18–50-year-old women who were randomised. BV/AV was confirmed microbiologically in 241 (probiotic, n = 118; placebo, n = 123) participants, who continued the trial. Data from 154 (probiotic, n = 73; placebo, n = 81) participants who completed the study were analysed to determine the efficacy of prOVag. Additional analyses included 37 (probiotic, n = 22; placebo, n = 15) participants who received targeted antibiotics and probiotics or placebo. prOVag lengthened the time to clinical relapse of BV/AV symptoms up to 51 % (p < 0.05) compared with placebo; AV relapse was delayed by up to 76 % (p < 0.05). Probiotic use also reduced and maintained low vaginal pH and Nugent score, and increased vaginal Lactobacillus counts following standard treatment. This study demonstrated that oral probiotics lengthened remission in patients with recurrent BV/AV and improved clinical and microbiological parameters. Trial registration NCT01993524; 20 November 2013.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · BMC Women's Health
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    ABSTRACT: Objective The main objective of this study was to evaluate whether vaginal administration of probiotic Lactobacillus results in their colonization and persistence in the vagina and whether Lactobacillus colonization promotes normalization and maintenance of pH and Nugent score. Patients and methods The study was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial. Altogether, 376 women were assessed for eligibility, and signed informed consent. One hundred and sixty eligible women with abnormal, also called intermediate, vaginal microflora, as indicated by a Nugent score of 4–6 and pH >4.5 and zero or low Lactobacillus count, were randomized. Each participant was examined four times during the study. Women were randomly allocated to receive either the probiotic preparation inVag®, or a placebo (one capsule for seven consecutive days vaginally). The product inVag includes the probiotic strains Lactobacillus fermentum 57A, Lactobacillus plantarum 57B, and Lactobacillus gasseri 57C. We took vaginal swabs during visits I, III, and IV to determine the presence and abundance of bacteria from the Lactobacillus genus, measure the pH, and estimate the Nugent score. Drug safety evaluation was based on analysis of the types and occurrence of adverse events. Results Administration of inVag contributed to a significant decrease (between visits) in both vaginal pH (P<0.05) and Nugent score (P<0.05), and a significant increase in the abundance of Lactobacillus between visit I and visits III and IV (P<0.05). Molecular typing revealed the presence of Lactobacillus strains originating from inVag in 82% of women taking the drug at visit III, and 47.5% at visit IV. There was no serious adverse event related to inVag administration during the study. Conclusion The probiotic inVag is safe for administration to sustainably restore the healthy vaginal microbiota, as demonstrated by predominance of the Lactobacillus bacteria in vaginal microbiota.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2015 · Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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    ABSTRACT: Six antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, isolated from chronic diabetic foot infections, were chosen for studying the influence of different chitosan-based materials: chitosan solution and chitosan submicroparticles in both planktonic and 24 h-old biofilm-forming models. Chitosan solution occurred to be more effective in the reduction of bacterial populations than chitosan submicroparticles for both planktonic and biofilm-related Pseudomonas cells. It seems that the antimicrobial activity of the tested chitosan preparations depends on the individual bacterial strain susceptibility probably related to differences in the phenotypes and natural antioxidant abilities of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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    ABSTRACT: Formation of biofilm is observed in a majority of chronic bacterial skin infections such as non-healing wounds. These infections are persistent as they show increased resistance to antibiotics. Moreover, bacteria hidden in biofilm are protected from the host defence system. It raises serious therapeutic problems in human and veterinary medicine. Therefore, novel anti-biofilm therapeutic strategies should be used. It has been shown in vitro that taurine bromamine (TauBr), the product of reaction between taurine and hypobromous acid (HOBr), exerts anti-microbial properties against planktonic form of various bacteria. Moreover, clinical studies have shown that TauBr is effective in the local treatment of skin and mucosa chronic infections. Nevertheless, it is still not clear whether it can kill bacteria hidden in a biofilm or destroy biofilm and enhance the effect of antibiotics. In this study we have investigated the capacity of TauBr to inhibit in vitro the formation of P. aeruginosa biofilm. Preformed biofilm was treated with TauBr alone or TauBr and ciprofloxacin, the antibiotic commonly used in skin infections. Efficacy of TauBr was compared with that of chlorhexidine (CHX), the most effective anti-biofilm agent that has been developed to date. Our results show that TauBr and CHX are able to inhibit the formation of P. aeruginosa biofilm in vitro but only CHX destroys the mature biofilm and effectively kills hidden bacteria. In contrast, only TauBr shows antioxidant properties. It therefore suggests that CHX and TauBr could be combined in treatment of chronic infections associated with biofilm formation and generation of oxidative stress.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Enteric bacteria are involved in the pathogenesis of ulcerative colitis. in experimental colitis, a breakdown of the intestinal epithelial barrier results in inflow of various gut bacteria, induction of acute inflammation and finally, progression to chronic colitis. Material and methods: in the present study we compared pro-inflammatory properties of two bacterial strains isolated from human microbiome, Escherichia coli 3a1 and lactobacillus plantarum kl30B. the study was performed using two experimental models of acute inflammation: peritonitis in mice and trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (tnBS)-induced colitis in rats. Results: Both bacterial strains induced massive neutrophil infiltration upon injection into sterile peritoneal cavity. However, peritoneal exudate cells stimulated in vitro with E. coli 3a1, produced far more nitric oxide, than those stimulated with l. plantarum kl30B. interestingly, distinct effect on the development of tnBS-induced colitis was observed after oral administration of the tested bacteria. lactobacillus plantarum kl30B evoked strong acute colitis. on the contrary, the administration of E. coli 3a1 resulted in a progression of colitis to chronicity. Conclusions: our results show that distinct effects of bacterial administration on the development of ongoing inflammation is strain specific and depends on the final effect of cross-talk between bacteria and cells of the innate immune system.
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    ABSTRACT: Commercially available polypropylene foil was pretreated with a low temperature oxygen plasma and covered with a thin film of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide by dip coating. The films were then photosensitized by titanium(IV) surface charge transfer complexes formed by impregnation with catechol. The photoactivity of the coatings up to 460 nm was confirmed by photoelectrochemical measurements. The photoinactivation of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus was evaluated by a glass adhesion test based on ISO 27447:2009(E) in the presence of visible light. The coating showed good antimicrobial activity induced by light from a light-emitting diode (405 nm), in particular towards E. coli ATCC 25922 strain. Adaptation of ISO 27447:2009(E) to assess bacterial photoinactivation by photocatalytic coatings will allow this procedure to be applied for the comparison of photoactivity under a range of irradiation conditions.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococci, GBS) constitutes a risk factor for infections of the newborns born by colonized mothers. The adherence of GBS to epithelial cells has been proved to be an important factor in the colonization of mucus membranes of both human rectum and vagina. The objective of the study was to assess the adhesion of the selected GBS strains to the human colon adenocarcinoma cell line (HT-29) and human epidermoid vulvo-vaginal cells (A-431) in relation to the capsular polysaccharides and alpha-like protein genes. GBS strains from the human sources belonging to Ia, Ib, II, III and V serotypes possessing different surface alpha-like protein genes such as the alp 2, alp 3, bca, epsilon and rib in the conventional adherence assay were examined. The adherence of GBS strains to the HT-29 cell line was considerably higher than to the A-431 cell line. For GBS serotype Ia and III, a significant difference between the adhesion to the HT-29 and A-431 cell lines was presented. The adhesion of GBS strains to the HT-29 cell line depended on alpha-like protein genes. The most adhesive ones were the GBS strains containing the rib and alp 2 genes. The adherence of GBS strains to the A-431 cell line depended on both their serotype and alpha-like protein genes. Serotype III adhered to the A-431 cells most tightly, particularly the strains containing the rib and alp 2 genes. GBS strains containing the rib gene adhered to the HT-29 and A-431 cell lines more firmly than GBS strains containing other alpha-like protein genes.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2013 · Polish journal of microbiology / Polskie Towarzystwo Mikrobiologów = The Polish Society of Microbiologists
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    ABSTRACT: Bacteria may exist in nature in a planktonic form or in biofilms that allow bacteria to survive in an unfriendly microenvironment. Biofilm is a structured community of bacteria hidden in a self‑produced polymeric matrix of polysaccharides, proteins, and extracellular DNA. Biofilm‑growing bacteria cause chronic infections, which are characterized by persisting inflammation and tissue damage (chronic rhinosinusitis, chronic wounds, periodontal diseases). Importantly, some bacteria of human microbiome, when growing in a biofilm (e.g., Porphyromonas gingivalis in dental plaque), can become destructive and can contribute to an association between local infections (periodontitis) and systemic diseases such as atherosclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. The biggest clinical challenge with biofilm‑associated infections is their high resistance to antibiotic therapy. Therefore, biofilm formation should be prevented either by antibiotic prophylaxis or early aggressive pharmacological therapy. In this review, we also discuss novel antibiofilm therapeutic strategies based on compounds that can destroy the biofilm matrix and increase susceptibility of biofilm‑forming bacteria to antibiotics and host defense system.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · Polskie archiwum medycyny wewnȩtrznej
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the features of Enterococcus that contribute to the development and maintenance of the inflammatory process in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was applied to assess the presence of genes that encode virulence factors [surface aggregating protein (asa1), gelatinase (gelE), cytolysin (cylA), extracellular surface protein (esp) and hyaluronidase (hyl)] in the genomic DNA of 28 strains of Enterococcus isolated from the intestinal tissues of children with IBD (n = 16) and of children without IBD (controls; n = 12). Additionally, strains with confirmed presence of the gelE gene were tested by PCR for the presence of quorum sensing genes (fsrA, fsrB, fsrC) that control the gelatinase production. Gelatinase activity was tested on agar plates containing 1.6% gelatin. We also analysed the ability of Enterococcus strains to release and decompose hydrogen peroxide (using Analytical Merckoquant peroxide test strips) and tested their ability to adhere to Caco-2 human gut epithelium cells and form biofilms in vitro. A comparison of the genomes of Enterococcus strains isolated from the inflamed mucosa of patients with IBD with those of the control group showed statistically significant differences in the frequency of the asa1 gene and the gelE gene. Furthermore, the cumulative occurrence of different virulence genes in the genome of a single strain of Enterococcus isolated from the IBD patient group is greater than in a strain from the control group, although no significant difference was found. Statistically significant differences in the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and adherence to the Caco-2 epithelial cell line between the strains from the patient group and control group were demonstrated. The results also showed that profuse biofilm production was more frequent among Enterococcus strains isolated from children with IBD than in control strains. Enterococcus strains that adhere strongly to the intestinal epithelium, form biofilms and possess antioxidant defence mechanisms seem to have the greatest influence on the inflammatory process.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2013 · World Journal of Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: The exopolysaccharide (EPS) structure from Lactobacillus johnsonii strain 151 isolated from the intestinal tract of mice was investigated. Sugar and methylation analyses together with (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, including two-dimensional (1)H,(1)H COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, and (1)H,(13)C HSQC, HMBC experiments, revealed that the repeating unit of the EPS is the linear pentasaccharide: →6)-α-d-Galp-(1→6)-α-d-Glcp-(1→3)-β-d-Galf-(1→3)-α-d-Glcp-(1→2)-β-d-Galf-(1→ The immunoreactivity of two structurally different exopolysaccharides isolated from L. johnsonii, 151 and 142 (Carbohydr. Res. 2010, 345, 108-114), was compared. Both EPSs differed in their reactivity with antisera. EPS from L. johnsonii 151 reacted with anti-Lactobacillus polyclonal sera against cells of five different strains, while EPS from L. johnsonii 142 was found to react only with its own antiserum. The broader specificity and higher reactivity of EPS from 151 strain than EPS from 142 strain were also observed with human sera. The physiological antibodies recognizing polysaccharide antigens were present in both adults and umbilical cord blood sera. A highly specific EPS 142 bearing strain was isolated from experimentally induced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) mice, while a strain with EPS 151 isolated from the intestinal tract of healthy mice is characterized by a broad immune reactivity common structure.
    Full-text · Article · May 2013 · Carbohydrate research
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of the study was to investigate the detection rates of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Gardnerella vaginalis, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus agalactiae and Enterococcus faecalis, showing no clinical signs of an ongoing, acute inflammatory state of the vagina and/or the cenrvix, in fertile and infertile women. The study encompassed 161 women, including 101 women treated for infertility and 60 fertile women who had already given birth to healthy children. The material for the presence of C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, M. genitalium, M. hominis and U. urealyticum was collected from the cervical canal and analyzed by PCR. Furthermore, BD ProbeTec ET system was used to detect C. trachomatis infection. Vaginal swabs were collected for classification of bacterial vaginosis and aerobic vaginitis and assessed according to the Nugent score, as well as by traditional culture methods. U. urealyticum was identified in 9% of the infertile women and in 8% of controls. Presence of M. hominis was demonstrated only in the former (4%) and C. trachomatis only in latter (3%). N. gonorrhoeae and M. genitalium were not found in any of the examined women. The frequency of aerobic vaginitis in both groups was estimated at 12%. There were 7% bacterial vaginosis cases in the study group, and none in the control group (p=0.0096). Despite having no symptoms of an ongoing acute inflammation of the reproductive tract, many women may experience permanent or periodic shifts of equilibrium of the vaginal and/or cervical microflora. BV develops more frequently in infertile patients when compared to the fertile women.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Ginekologia polska
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    ABSTRACT: Lactoferrin is considered as a part of the innate immune system that plays a crucial role in preventing bacterial growth, mostly via an iron sequestration mechanism. Recent data show that bovine lactoferrin prevents late-onset sepsis in preterm very low birth weight neonates by serving as an iron chelator for some bacterial strains; thus, it is very important to control the iron saturation level during diet supplementation. An accurate estimation of lactoferrin iron saturation is essential not only because of its clinical applications but also for a wide range of biochemical experiments. A comprehensive method for the quantification of iron saturation in lactoferrin preparations was developed to obtain a calibration curve enabling the determination of iron saturation levels relying exclusively on the defined ratio of absorbances at 280 and 466 nm (A280/466). To achieve this goal, selected techniques such as spectrophotometry, ELISA, and ICP-MS were combined. The ability to obtain samples of lactoferrin with determination of its iron content in a simple and fast way has been proven to be very useful. Furthermore, a similar approach could easily be implemented to facilitate the determination of iron saturation level for other metalloproteins in which metal binding results in the appearance of a distinct band in the visible part of the spectrum. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s00216-013-6943-9) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2013 · Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Background This study investigated a possible role of Escherichia coli in propagation and perpetuation of the chronic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC). The lesions of UC are located superficially on the rectal and/or colonic mucosa. It is suggested that the commensal bacteria of the digestive tract may play a role in the pathogenesis of UC. Several studies have demonstrated proliferation of E. coli in the gut of UC patients. An increase in the number of E. coli in the inflamed tissue is most probably related to the abundance of iron ions produced by the bacteria. Methods Colon mucosal biopsies were collected from 30 patients with acute-phase UC, both from tissues with inflammatory changes (n = 30) and unchanged tissue with no inflammatory changes (n = 30) from the same patient. Biopsies were also taken from 16 patients with irritable bowel syndrome diarrhea who comprised the control group. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the biopsy specimens was performed using culture methods and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Genotyping of the E. coli isolates was done using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Multiplex PCR was used to compare the E. coli strains for the presence of genes responsible for synthesis of iron acquisition proteins: iroN, iutA, iha, ireA, chuA, and hlyA. Results We demonstrated that there was a significant increase in the number of E. coli at the sites of inflammation in patients with UC compared to the control group (P = 0.031). Comparative analysis of the restriction patterns of E. coli isolated from inflammatory and unchanged tissues showed that the local inflammatory changes did not promote specific E. coli strains. There was a significant difference in the frequency of the iroN gene in E. coli isolated from patients with UC as compared to the control group. Conclusions The increase in the numbers of E. coli in the inflammatory tissues is related to the presence of chuA and iutA genes, which facilitate iron acquisition during chronic intestinal inflammatory processes.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2013 · BMC Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: Biofilms are consortia of microorganisms (sessile cells) that form on various surfaces including mucosal membranes or teeth. Bacterial biofilms cause many human infections such as chronic sinusitis, acne vulgaris, periodontal diseases, and chronic wounds. These infections are persistent as they show increased resistance to antibiotics and host defense system. Taurine chloramine (TauCl) and taurine bromamine (TauBr) are the physiological products of activated neutrophils, resulting from the reaction between taurine with hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypobromous acid (HOBr), respectively. It has been shown in vitro that taurine haloamines exert antimicrobial properties against various pathogenic bacteria. Moreover, clinical studies have shown that both haloamines are effective in the local treatment of skin and mucose infections, including biofilm-related infections. Nevertheless, it has been not tested yet whether they can kill bacteria hidden in biofilm or disrupt biofilm structure. In this study we have investigated the capacity of TauCl and TauBr to inhibit in vitro the formation of P. aeruginosa biofilm. We have also tested their ability to destroy the mature biofilm. Our results suggest that TauBr is able to inhibit in vitro the formation of P. aeruginosa biofilm but cannot destroy the mature biofilm and effectively killed hidden bacteria. In further studies, the combined effect of TauBr and DNase, one of suggested biofilm inhibitors, was tested. Together, we conclude that TauBr is a better than TauCl candidate for local therapy of biofilm-related infections. However, a combined therapy, an application of TauBr together with other anti-biofilm agents (e.g., DNase), seems to be more promising.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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    Full-text · Article · Jan 2013 · Polish journal of microbiology / Polskie Towarzystwo Mikrobiologów = The Polish Society of Microbiologists
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    ABSTRACT: In recent decades, the interest in probiotics as diet supplements or drugs has increased. In order to determine a specific bacterial isolate to be probiotic, it is necessary to describe precisely its probiotic characteristics and taxonomic properties, including the strain level. Most of the well-known genotyping methods were designed for the commonly-found pathogenic bacteria. The objective of this study is to undertake an attempt at standardization of FISH, RAPD and PFGE methods to genotype and identify the bacteria belonging to Lactobacillus fermentum, L. gasseri and L. plantarum species. The FISH probes have been designed and tested for Lactobacillus fermentum, L. gasseri and L. plantarum species and an endeavor has been made at standardization of RAPD and PFGE methods for these bacterial species. Moreover, the MLST method was applied to differentiate Lactobacillus plantarum strains. L. plantarum isolated from humans could not be genetically diversified with the use of RAPD, PFGE or MLST methods; only the strains originating from plants have displayed diversification among themselves and have been different from the strains of human origin.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2012 · Annals of Microbiology
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    ABSTRACT: The vaginal microflora is composed of many bacterial species and plays a major role in maintaining the balance of this complex environment. This study was conducted in order to assess the degree and persistence of the colonization of vaginal epithelium by strains from an orally administered mixture of lactobacilli, containing Lactobacillus fermentum 57A, Lactobacillus plantarum 57B and Lactobacillus gasseri 57C. We also monitored its effects on parameters of vaginal health, especially total lactobacilli counts, vaginal pH and Nugent score. The patient group in this open study consisted of clinically healthy women with intermediate vaginal flora. Altogether 37 women were included in the study; 25 finished the full cycle consisting of 8 visits during 70 days. Lactobacillus mixture was administered as 1×10(8) c.f.u. once a day for 60 days. Lactobacillus isolates collected from vaginal and rectal samples from studied women during all visits were typed using molecular methods (PFGE for L. fermentum and L. gasseri and MLST for L. plantarum). Total lactobacilli counts, vaginal pH and Nugent score were also determined during the visits. We confirmed that the ingested strains were able to reach and colonize both sites within the third and eighth visits, i.e. between the 20th and 70th days of the study. Maximal colonization was recorded between the fifth and seventh visits (31st-60th days). Moreover, ingestion of the Lactobacillus mixture was related to normalization of vaginal parameters (within 28-60 days after the initiation of the treatment). This was demonstrated by a decrease of vaginal pH and Nugent score together with an increase of total numbers of lactobacilli in the vagina and rectum. No adverse events were noted during the course of the study. Oral application of the combination of the three probiotic strains derived from vaginal microbiota of healthy woman with high adherence abilities to both vaginal and colonic epithelium in vitro shows that both individual strains and their mixture can colonize vagina for some weeks, the effect of which is correlated with significant improvement of such parameters like pH and Nugent score values and total numbers of vaginal lactobacilli. This indicates that the mixture may be a good candidate for the planned double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized studies involving larger numbers of women.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2012 · European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology
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    ABSTRACT: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused in 95% of cases by bacteria--E. coli. UTIs usually are limited to the lower urinary tract, but it may also evolve into pyelonephritis and acute kidney injury. The aim of this study was the laboratory evaluation of renal function in an experimental model of ascending pyelonephritis caused by intravesical infusion of E. coli. In female Wistar rats UTI was induced by intravesical administration of E. coli suspension in a dose 10(5) c.f.u./ml (Group 1), and 10(7) c.f.u./ml (Group 2). On the 0,7th, 14th and 21st day of the experiment the animals underwent the procedures of collecting blood and urine samples. The results shown that in group 2 on the 7th and 14th day of the study the creatinine clearance decreased by 36%, and on 21th by 34%. The increase in serum uric acid concentration (micromol/l) in group 2 was observed on the 7th (229.75 +/- 79.05) and 21st day (98.5 +/- 11.33) with respect to day 0 (77.12 +/- 11.63). In group 2 on the 7th day of the experiment there was observed the increased levels of potassium (mmol/l) in serum (13.5 +/- 1.48) with respect to day 0 (7.74 +/- 0.88). In group 2 in the 7th (1.06 +/- 0.18) and 14th day (1.32 +/- 0.26) there was noted the decreased excretion of potassium in the urine (mmol/24h) with respect to day 0 (3.75 +/- 1.9). The decrease in serum sodium levels (mmol/l) in group 2 was recorded on 14th day (121.5 +/- 8.7) with respect to day 0 (131.62 +/- 4.07). Increased factional sodium excretion--FENa (%) was observed in group 2 on 14th day (0.25 +/- 0.06) with respect to day 0 (0.12 +/- 0.06). Our main finding is that--independently of the amount bacteria present in urinary bladder--in this inflammatory model there occurs inevitably acute kidney injury, however higher bacteria amount depicts a very clear profile of laboratory parameters that point at the kidney impaired function.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Folia medica Cracoviensia