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The Open Microbiology Journal is a peer-reviewed open access journal which publishes research articles, reviews/mini-reviews, case studies, guest edited thematic issues and short communications/letters covering theoretical and practical aspects of Microbial systematics, evolutionary microbiology, immunology, virology, parasitology , bacteriology, mycology, phycology, protozoology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, microbial physiology, biochemistry, microbial pathogenesis, host-microbe interaction, systems microbiology, synthetic microbiology, bioinformatics.


The Open Microbiology Journal , a peer-reviewed journal, is an important and reliable source of current information on developments in the field. The emphasis will be on publishing quality papers rapidly and freely available to researchers worldwide.


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Performance of QMAC-dRASTTM (Direct Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing) - a Newcomer in Phenotypic Automatic AST

Jens J. Christensen, Hanne Junker, Connie B. Madsen, Camilla F. Christiansen, Tina Kristensen, Tine K. Lund, Majbritt Fallesen, Rie Kjølsen, Bodil Hansen, Pia K. Hansen, Ulrich S. Jensen

Objective:

QMAC-dRASTTM is a phenotypic automatized Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST) system based on microfluidic chip technology enabling observation of changes in a single bacterial cell under antibiotic treatment conditions. The 96 wells plate with dried antibiotics comprises 19 and 17 antibiotics for the Gram-Negatives (GNs) and Gram-Positives (GPs), respectively. Categorical (Sensitive, Intermediate or Resistant) results were compared to results obtained by our laboratory standard susceptibility testing procedure and given as Categorical Agreement (CA).

Methods:

In a 3-month period (2019/2020), blood cultures detected positive were included. Excluded were known off-panel strains of QMAC-dRASTTM, such as Gram-positive bacilli, Streptococcus and Candida species. Percentages of CA (CA, %) between QMAC-dRASTTM and routine testing methods used in the laboratory (EUCAST disc diffusion and/or etest/Broth Micro Dilution MIC), were calculated.

Results:

255 positive blood cultures from as many patients were examined. Of the positive blood culture strains, 144 were GNs, and 111 were GPs. An overall combined CA,% of 96.3 (2410 of 2502 determinations) was obtained, and discrepancies were noted in 92 of 2502 test results (3.7%). The percentage of very major errors (VMEs) was 0.7% for GNs and 2.2% for GPs. For 87% of blood culture specimens examined, susceptibility reports were available within 6-7 hours.

Conclusion:

The high CA,% for as well GNs as GPs are promising. The presented time to report data obtained by QMAC-dRASTTM in this study being of 3-8 hours for blood culture specimens examined strongly support a further possible improvement in the workflow for handling blood stream infections.


April 19, 2021
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Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus Associated with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Jordanian Patients

Ashraf I. Khasawneh, Nisreen Himsawi, Jumana Abu-Raideh, Muna Salameh, Niveen Abdullah, Rame Khasawneh, Tareq Saleh

Background:

In addition to smoking and alcohol consumption, human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading etiology for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). However, this causal association is still understudied in Middle Eastern populations.

Objective:

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of HPV-associated infection in the Jordanian HNSCC patients and the associated HPV genotypes.

Methods:

Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) squamous cell carcinoma samples of the head and neck were collected from two referral centers in Amman, Jordan to determine the existence of HPV DNA. After DNA extraction HPV infection and genotyping were identified using real-time PCR.

Results:

HPV DNA was detected in 19 out of 61 (31.1%) HNSCC samples. Despite screening for 28 different genotypes, HPV 16 was the only genotype identified in all examined samples. Most HPV-positive samples were obtained from the oropharynx (41.7%), oral cavity (37%), and larynx (18.2%). No significant association between HPV 16 genotype and age, sex, tobacco use, anatomical location, or tumor grade was noticed.

Conclusion:

This study reported a high association between HPV 16 genotype and HNSCC in Jordanian patients. These data should facilitate the implementation of appropriate HPV awareness campaigns, and activate selective prophylactic measures against HPV infection.


April 23, 2020
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