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Resistance Mutations Can Affect Pathogen Fitness

Accumulation of mutations can interfere with pathogen growth, that is, the mutations reduce fitness. In principle, reduced fitness could permit susceptible members of the population to overgrow the mutants when treatment with a particular antibiotic is halted. (Such a situation is often seen with HIV-1131132 and with several bacterial pathogens thought to acquire resistance through the use of animal growth promoters.135) After a suitable wait, treatment with the antibiotic could be restarted. We do not know how long to withhold an antibiotic, because mutant subpopulations can remain at elevated levels, thereby facilitating rapid regrowth of resistant mutants when infections are re-exposed to the antibiotic. Moreover, loss of fitness can be corrected by yet another mutation, thereby enabling the mutant pathogen to regain fitness and also remain resistant. Cycling antibiotics has not solved the resistance problem.

Common Exercise Related Injuries

Weight-bearing exercise such as jogging, running, or even brisk walking can place a lot of stress on joints and muscles. If you are overweight, you may be at greater risk for discomfort, pain, or injury from weight-bearing exercise early in your fitness program or when increasing your level of intensity or duration. Overuse injuries affect most men who exercise from time to time. There are a number of things you can do to prevent common exercise-related injuries such as sprains, strains, inflammation, and pain. Minor injuries usually can be treated with simple first-aid measures (see RICE routine, page 65). However, if you have a more serious injury, such as a broken bone, go directly to a hospital emergency department. Exercise and Fitness In general, the best way to prevent exercise-related injury is to start exercising slowly and increase your intensity gradually. Being overly zealous in your workouts, especially in the beginning, will quickly result in an injury that will put you...

Approaches to Discovery

Toxicology studies must be performed in at least two animal species. If the tox-icity profile of the compound is acceptable, then it joins the hit or lead list of compounds to proceed. The metabolism of the compound must be understood and pharmacokinetic studies must be performed in small and large animals. Efficacy studies must be performed in relevant animal models, especially in chimpanzees when more than one candidate is identified and a choice has to be made before proceeding to studies in humans. The ultimate preclinical steps include various studies testing drug combinations in vitro and in vivo, selection of resistant viruses, viral fitness, pyrophosphorolysis, and others.

Timothy D McHugh 1 Introduction

There has been a significant increase in the number of genes associated with antibiotic resistance that have been described. For many antimicrobials all of the principal genes associated with their action have been identified (1). There is increasing interest in the epidemiological distribution of resistance mutations of these genes and research into their origin and routes of transmission. At the more fundamental level, there is interest in the impact of such mutations on the fitness survivability of the pathogen (2). We have described the strategies for selection of mutants in the mycobacteria (3) and also a polymerase chain reaction single-stranded conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) approach to investigation of the distribution of such mutants. In this method PCR amplimers are denatured to form single-stranded nucleic acids and then submitted to gel electrophoresis to identify sequence polymorphisms. Sequencing of clones remains relatively expensive and time consuming for...

Mathematical Formulation

Infections and treatments are indexed by the subscript i 1, 2. Each treatment is only effective against one strain of infection. Patients who are infected with strain i and receive treatment j ( i), or who are not treated at all, recover spontaneously at a rate rp which denotes the fitness cost of the bacteria. If they receive the effective treatment i, their recovery rate is equal to q + a,-. The average recovery rate for such patients is a weighted sum of these two rates. It is equal to (1 - f)q + f(q + a ), where f- is the proportion of patients receiving treatment i. Let I denote the number of individuals infected with strain i and let I Ij + I2. If the total population is fixed at N, the number of healthy individuals is equal to N - I. We ignore births and immigration. In standard fashion, we assume that the number of healthy individuals who become infected with strain i per unit of time is equal to P(N- I)Ii. This is the appropriate expression if infected individuals are...

Prophages Distribution Influence on Chromosome Structure and Virulence

Some of the phage genes cause major phenotypic changes of the host cell, including antigenic variation, resistance to infection by related phages, and increased virulence. The first phage-encoded virulence factor identified was the diphtheria toxin coded by the P-phage of Corynebacterium diphtheriae (99). Numerous phage-encoded virulence factors have since been identified (69,100) These include many extracellular toxins (e.g., Shiga toxins by H-19B phage in E. coli, neurotoxin by P-phage in Clostridium botulinum, cholera toxin by CTX in V. cholerae), type III secretion effector proteins (SopE, SseI, and SspH1 by SopE, GIFSY-2, and GIFSY-3 phages, respectively in S. enterica), as well as proteins that alter antigenicity, various hydrolytic enzymes, and adhesins. Many of these virulence factors are encoded by genes of lysogenic phages that are not essential for phage replication and growth, but enhance the fitness of the bacteria. These prophage genes are called morons (101).

Pathogenicity and Genomic Islands Structure Distribution and Function

Genetic elements similar to PAIs, but with no known virulence genes, are found in many of the sequenced bacterial genomes. These genetic elements and islands are given a general name-GEIs. GEIs are diverse and may contain genes for environmental adaptation (ecological islands), for symbiosis survival (symbiosis islands), and for parasitic life PAIs (105,106). Smaller islands (

Treatment Interruption and Emergence of Resistance

The distinction between acutely and chronically HIV-infected, drug-naive subjects is important when measuring primary drug resistance. In acutely infected individuals, there is a short time between infection and resistance testing, and therefore there is little time for the evolution of the virus that was transmitted. Conversely, in chronically infected individuals, a long time (sometimes years) may have elapsed between transmission and testing, allowing more time for viral evolution in the absence of antiretroviral selective pressure. Variants carrying mutations tend to be archived over time as minor subspecies within the viral population that are too small to be detected by currently used assays, but which can quickly reappear and become the dominant strain if the infected patient starts ART. This is because resistance mutations usually result in lower fitness and or replicative capacity in the absence of drug. As a result, even if an individual was infected with a virus carrying...

Role of obesity and body fat distribution in cardiometabolic risk

Additional risks (1) waist circumference 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women (2) weight gain of 5 kg since age 18-20 years (3) poor aerobic fitness and (4) Southeast Asian descent Additional risks (1) waist circumference 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women (2) weight gain of 5 kg since age 18-20 years (3) poor aerobic fitness and (4) Southeast Asian descent

Transmission of Drug Resistance

Predictions of the extent of drug resistance transmission in resource-poor settings vary between studies based on the use of optimistic or pessimistic assumptions. Predictions also vary because the time horizon of predictions differs e.g., resistance prevalence after 2 years (Wilson et al. 2006) versus 30 years (Nagelkerke et al. 2002) and because some studies report the overall prevalence of all primary and secondary resistance combined, whereas other studies make the distinction between the two types of resistance. The fact that past models have been informed by relatively sparse data has led to variation in parameter values and structural assumptions, which in turn has resulted in diverse predictions. In general, however, more recent models have predicted relatively low levels of transmitted resistance in developing countries in the short term (Baggaley et al. 2006 Wilson et al. 2006 Vardavas and Blower 2007). The longer term outlook is more varied, and predictions are highly...

Emergence of Resistance

Summary Resistance is a natural response of pathogen populations to antibiotic treatment. Changes in pathogen DNA can affect genes involved in drug uptake, drug efflux, drug inactivation, and drug-target interactions. Some changes occur spontaneously others are induced as a response to the stress of antibiotic treatment. Still others involve the movement of whole resistance genes from one microbe to another. The enormous size of pathogen populations makes even rare events noticeable when antibiotic pressure is applied. Although many mutations are probably harmful to the organism, those that confer antibiotic resistance can be the difference between life and death for the pathogen. Consequently, they are tolerated. Subsequent mutations may then improve the fitness of mutant pathogens. The relationship between antibiotic concentration and emergence of resistance is described by the mutant selection window hypothesis. The hypothesis maintains that resistant mutant subpopulations...

Box 56 HIV Treatment and Resistance

Because resistant mutants of HIV frequently suffer a fitness disadvantage, removal of antibiotic pressure enables the wild-type version to regain dominance.131132 However, this reversion is a slow process and usually incomplete, which results in mixtures of wild-type and mutant virus persisting for many years.133

The Maximum Power Principle

Brown et al. (1993) and Brown (1995) has restated the maximum power principle in more biological terms. According to the restatement it is the transformation of energy into work (consistent with the term useful power) that determines success and fitness. Many ecologists have incorrectly assumed that natural selection tends to increase efficiency. If this were true, then endothermy could never have evolved. Endothermic birds and mammals are extremely inefficient compared with reptiles and amphibians. They expend energy at high rates in order to maintain a high, constant body temperature, which, however, gives high levels of activities independent of environmental temperature (Turner, 1970). Brown (1995) defines fitness as reproductive power, dW dt, the rate at which energy can be transformed into work to produce offspring. This interpretation of the maximum power principle is even more consistent with the maximum exergy principle that is introduced in the next section, than with...

School Physical Education Trends

Declines in physical education participation and structure have further reduced the amount of time children spend in moderate to vigorous physical activity, especially as they get older. The National Children and Youth Fitness Study (NCYFS) II found that nearly all first- through fourth-grade students were registered in physical education classes at school and received physical education 3.1 times per week on average (61). Thirty-six percent received daily physical education. In some cases, however, recess time substituted for instruction by a physical education teacher. Traditionally, physical education enrollment rates and participation drop dramatically in older grades. According to 2003 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System data, for example, only 55.7 of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 were enrolled in physical education classes and, nationwide, 44.9 of students reported inadequate or virtually no moderate or physical activity in the previous 7 d (62).

Access to Health Clubs Parks and Recreational Areas

An active lifestyle depends to some extent on access to safe, adequate recreational and exercise facilities, yet a recent survey indicated that only 46 of municipal and county parks and recreation departments had fitness trails. Hiking and biking trails were present in only 29 and 21 of city and county recreation departments nationally (10,62,63). However, access to park facilities does not guarantee regular participation in physical activity. Although 51 of adults reported that easier access to exercise facilities would help them stay active, two studies demonstrated that physical activity did not improve despite access to free exercise facilities (64,65). Conversely, health club membership and usage are increasing, especially in higher income individuals. Memberships rose between 1988 and 1998 by 51 (10,66). Members reported using the facilities an average of 13.3 d more annually in 1998 than in 1988 (10,66).

Management Of Recurrent

Adminstration of nontoxigenic strains of C. difficile has demonstrated efficacy in the classic hamster model of infection as well as in a limited number of patients (45,118). Toxigenic strains of C. difficile maintain their populations with a large fitness cost compared with nontoxigenic strains of C. difficile. There is demonstrable efficacy to this approach in animal studies. Nontoxigenic strains introduced into antibiotic-treated animals successfully compete with subsequently introduced toxigenic strains resulting in no mortality post-infection (45). This novel biopre-ventative strategy may indeed be one of the most promising and intriguing modalities currently being investigated. As of May 2007, nontoxigenic C. difficile

Mirjana Macvanin and Diarmaid Hughes Abstract

Bacteria, in common with other organisms that take advantage of aerobic respiration, generate and accumulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that damage DNA, fatty acids, and proteins. In addition, intracellular pathogens like Salmonella enterica are exposed to an oxidate burst produced by host macrophages. The relative ability of aerobically growing bacteria to withstand oxidative stress and eliminate ROS has a large impact of their fitness in vitro and in vivo. Methods are described here to measure the viability and relative fitness of bacteria in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. A protocol for the determination of catalase activity, an important part of the ROS detoxification process, is also described. Key words Antibiotic resistance, Fitness cost, Reactive oxygen species, Hydrogen peroxide, Catalase, Salmonella typhimurium

Clinical Development of Enfuvirtide

3.5.3 Enfuvirtide Resistance and Viral Fitness Early growth competition studies performed by Lu and colleagues (Lu et al. 2004) demonstrated reduced fitness in viruses carrying resistance mutations introduced by site-directed mutagenesis, which was strongly correlated with the degree of enfuvirtide resistance (R2 0.86, P 0.001). These findings are consistent with prospective studies of enfuvirtide interruption. One of these showed rapid disappearance of resistant quasispecies from plasma populations associated with an immediate but limited increase in plasma viremia (Deeks et al. 2007), suggesting that enfuvirtide retained modest antiviral activity. Several other studies have also documented a rapid disappearance of enfuvirtide-resistance mutations after discontinuation (Menzo et al. 2004 Sista et al. 2004 Poveda et al. 2005 Kitchen et al. 2006). However, Env is the target of significant immune pressure, which could also contribute to selection of different envelope quasi-species...

Box 86 Surveillance in Danish Food Animals

A few years later, when macrolide use dropped dramatically, the prevalence of VRE from pigs also dropped. These data argue that with the drugs and bacteria examined, the prevalence of resistance correlates strongly with antibiotic usage. The data also indicate that resistance can have a significant fitness cost, because resistant bacteria were replaced by susceptible ones.

Generation Of Mosaic Target Proteins By Homologous Recombination

The extensive modification of multiple PBPs necessary to cause high-level penicillin resistance in clinical isolates of pneumococci may come at a price. In this regard, the catalytic activity of PBP 2x purified from a resistant clinical isolate has been shown to be substantially lower than that of PBP 2x purified from a susceptible isolate 54 . Since penicillin-resistant pneumococci remain capable of colonizing and infecting humans, it is presumed that they have acquired compensatory mechanisms, as yet poorly defined, to ensure their fitness in vivo. It has also been suggested that the stringency of these compensatory requirements may be responsible for the limited number of serotypes of penicillin-resistant pneumococci, which have nevertheless been quite successful in spreading throughout the world 37 .

Partial Cluster Duplication in Aspergillus parasiticus

The presence of vestigal transposon sequences just outside the partially duplicated cluster region is highly suggestive of a transpositional origin for the cluster. Mutations in genes of the partial cluster suggest that this cluster is inactive or that it confers no fitness benefit to the organism. Mutational accumulation in duplicated genes that have lost function is commonplace. It is interesting, though, that AflR2, which is apparently inactive in Aspergillus parasiticus, should retain enough structural integrity to be active in yeast two-hybrid systems. Such activity suggests some role for AflR2 in AF gene transcription. Regardless, identifying the mechanism that interferes with AflR2-mediated transcription of AF genes could be useful in elucidating AflR mechanism.

Summary And Conclusions

Although target modification mechanisms can in most cases be simplified to reductions in affinity of the target for the drug, the means to that end is impressively diverse among different bacterial pathogens and different drugs used against them. The range of possible resistance mechanisms affects which mechanisms may become dominant in the long run as well as the rapidity with which resistance develops after initial introduction of a drug into clinical settings. For chromosomal mutations, which occur spontaneously in large bacterial populations due to low-frequency errors in DNA replication, there is the potential to select for resistance by drug exposure in any bacterium. The likelihood that such spontaneous mutational changes will emerge as the dominant resistance mechanism is in part determined by (i) the magnitude of the increase in resistance possible with single mutations thereby affecting the ability of the mutant bacterium to survive in the presence of drug and (ii) the...

Reversible and Irreversible Costs and the Invasion and Persistence of Pest Resistance

Whether the occurrence of a resistant pest or pathogen is a reversible or irreversible cost depends from a biological perspective on the population dynamics of invasion, persistence, scale, and heterogeneity. Theoretical and experimental work in this area is spread through a diverse but related range of disciplines. A coherent theoretical framework, however, is slowly emerging that links the invasion of weeds, pests, and pathogenic microorganisms, including pesticide and fungicide resistance and the spread of antibiotic and antiviral drug resistance in bacterial and viral populations. The fundamental questions supporting the framework are essentially the same. Will a resistant, aggressive, or virulent strain invade the parasite population or will it be eliminated Will it persist If it does invade, will it completely replace the susceptible or avirulent strain, or can the two strains coexist How long will it take before the resistant form reaches a critical density Coexistence matters....

Do Ecological Principles Encompass Other Proposed Ecological Theories Optimal Foraging Theory

Researchers have long pursued theories to explain species' diversity. These theories have focused on quantifying adaptation, fitness, and natural selection through observing an animal's feeding behaviors. The assumption is that feeding behaviors are reflections of these internal processes. Using behavior as a mechanism of adaptation in a feedback loop creates an interactive system between an animal's phenotype and its environment.

Antiviral RNAiBased Strategies

To prevent viral escape from RNAi, an alternative strategy is to target host factors that are essential for viral replication. However, there are few host factors that can be targeted without affecting host cell viability (Arrighi et al. 2004a Liu et al. 2004 Ping et al. 2004 Qin et al. 2003 Zhou et al. 2004). For HIV-1, a well known example is the CCR5 coreceptor for HIV-1. This coreceptor is important for virus entry, yet mutation of the CCR5 gene does not affect the fitness of the host (Liu et al. 1996 Samson et al. 1996). Recently, Brass et al. (2008) published a large-scale siRNA screen to identify host factors required for HIV-1 replication (Brass et al. 2008). More than 250 HIV-dependency factors were identified, some of which may represent potential targets for therapy.

Selectivity And Polypharmacology

Arguably the initial and extremely successful drug discovery strategy employed by Paul Janssen can be described as a method of dissecting out specific targets and indications from drugs which exhibited multiple indications resulting from poly-pharmacology 65,66 . Exploitation of the poly-pharmacology behavior of drugs has been proposed as a deliberate drug discovery strategy 1 . The major challenge to exploiting and optimising off-target effects and poly-pharmacology is the identification of small molecule drug targets from the whole proteome 67 . Profiling of the biological activities of compounds against the largest available arrays of conventional assays only screens targets expressed by less than 1 of 24,000 genes encoded in the human genome 57 . Conventional experimental target identification methods often employ chemically modified ligands that bind sufficiently tightly to a target to enable it to be purified by affinity chroma-tography and...

Integrating Vectors Derived from Retroviruses

All vectors more or less have the potential to integrate into chromosomal DNA and thus could occasionally activate cellular genes with a transforming potential, unless integration can be exclusively targeted to a safe harbor . Despite some advances in basic research, at present, no vector with a sufficiently high degree of site-specific integration is available for clinical use. The genetic and epigenetic consequences of unspecific integration depend on the nature of the affected cellular gene(s) and the degree of interference induced by transgene insertion, which may lead to activation, fusion, truncation, or extinction of the cellular message. Functional consequences of random vector insertion have been recognized in the form of enhanced clonal fitness, without major alterations of differentiation ( clonal dominance ) (Kustikova et al. 2005 Ott et al. 2006), and in the manifestation of overt malignant disease such as leukemia (Hacein-Bey-Abina et al. 2003a Li et al. 2002) or sarcoma...

Are there any medications that I should adjust or stop taking while Im being treated for osteoporosis

Weight-lifting can be very tricky, particularly if you are loading on the weights. If you are beginning a weight-lifting program at a fitness club, get instructions on how to use the machines that target certain muscle groups. You will want to make sure that you are using the correct technique before you add more weight. As we age, the knee joint deteriorates faster because it has had a lifetime of absorbing the greatest weight of any joints compared to its size. While hip joints are absorbing your weight as well, they are larger joints that can distribute your weight over your pelvic bones.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV 21 HIV Diversity

Products, by intravenous drug use, and by mother-to-child transmission. The risk and efficiency of transmission depends on several viral and host factors, like HIV-1 concentration, viral phenotype, route of transmission, and susceptibility of the host. As a result, only a relatively small amount of infectious virus from the source population encounters susceptible cells and is able to establish a new productive infection. Recently infected individuals therefore harbor a relatively homogenous viral population, especially as compared to chronically infected individuals (Del-wart et al. 1994 Wolfs et al. 1992). The HIV-1 population within a chronically infected individual consists of a complex and dynamic swarm of viral variants referred to as a quasispecies (Domingo et al. 1997). The continuous high replication leading to the production of 1010 viral particles a day, lack of proofreading by the viral reverse transcriptase, and recombination lead to the generation of massive numbers of...

Box 129 Exposure to E coli 0157H7 at County Fairs

Resistance can also be reduced by eliminating antibiotics from agricultural use. A 2005 legal ruling removed fluoroquinolones from veterinary use with poultry (refer to Box 8-4 in Chapter 8, Surveillance ). This ruling was significant, because it allowed the Food and Drug Administration to consider resistance during the antibiotic approval process. Despite moves in Europe and the United States to eliminate fluoroquinolones from poultry, fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter will probably persist, because most of the resistance mutations have little fitness cost. Moreover, countries in Southeast Asia continue to apply fluoroquinolones to poultry and other food animals. Travelers should beware. (Thirteen percent of the Campylobacter and Salmonella infections in the United States are in international travelers.) Extremely resistant Salmonella (see Box 12-10) is an example of an Asian issue.

Preoperative Evaluation And Preparation

The etiology of the portal hypertension should be determined because this has a direct impact on outcome. Patients with nonalcoholic cirrhosis (e.g., postnecrotic cirrhosis, primary biliary cirrhosis) and those with extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis or primary hepatic fibrosis do better, and have an improved survival after the DSRS than alcoholic cirrhotics (17,18). Because prognosis is directly related to liver functional reserve, the Child-Pugh class status should be assessed. Ideally, the nutritional status should be good, there should be no encephalopathy, the serum total bilirubin should be less than 2 mg dL, the serum albumin greater than 3 g dL, there should be no ascites and the prothrombin time should be no longer than 2 sec from the control. Ultrasound assessment of liver volume (between 1000 and 2500 mL) and a functional measurement of the liver reserve by means of the galactose elimination capacity (greater than 250 mg min) will further aid the selection of good-risk...

Whats the likelihood that I will die from osteoporosis

It's important to continue to exercise even when you have joint pain, although extra pain in the joints more than 2 hours after exercise may indicate that you have over-exercised. Exercise will increase your strength, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Strengthening your muscles around your joints will help reduce the stress on them. For example, doing exercises that build thigh muscles can help reduce knee pain and improve its ability to support your weight. Some of the exercises featured in Appendix A can be done while seated to strengthen your thigh muscles.

Stephen H Gillespie 1 Introduction

Many studies have shown that plasmids have a deleterious effect on bacterial fitness and the plasmid is soon lost if the selective pressure that retains it is removed. For example, in substrate limited chemostat cultures E. coli, K12 carrying the plasmid TP120, loses resistance to tetracycline, ampicillin, sulfonamide, and chloramphenicol with a resulting increase in growth rate (7). The fitness deficit imposed by resistance determinants can be overcome by bacterial adaptation in a study of plasmid borne resistance, the introduction of the plasmid pACYC 184 into E. coli confers resistance to tetracycline and chloramphenicol and consequently reduces bacterial fitness in comparison with the isogenic plasmid-free strain. When grown for 500 generations under chloramphenicol selective pressure, the plasmid bearing strain adapted to the experimental regimen and the presence of the plasmid increased the fitness of its host relative to that of the plasmid-freed segregant (7). More recently...

Efficacy Of Rehabilitation

The impact of rehabilitation on direct impairments stemming from PD appears minimal. The metaanalysis by deGoede and colleagues and the RCT by Ellis and coauthors revealed no significant changes in neurological signs (2,6). However, in a randomized crossover study, Comella et al. found significant improvements in the UPDRS motor scores following participation in a rehabilitation program, suggesting a potential impact on neurological signs (13). The impact of rehabilitation on indirect impairments appears stronger. In an RCT, Schenkman and colleagues demonstrated improved axial mobility and flexibility in individuals with PD who participated in a 10-wk exercise program (14). Scandalis and coauthors reported strength gains after participation in a resisted strengthening program in individuals with PD (10). Bridgewater and coauthors reported gains in cardiorespiratory fitness and habitual activity levels following participation in a 12-wk aerobic-exercise program (15).

Peripheral B Lymphocyte Survival Synergy Between Bcr And Baffr Signaling

An analysis of these two studies by Stadanlick and Cancro (2006) suggests a model for integration of BAFF-R and BCR signaling. These authors suggest that NF-kB1 activation via the BCR and BAFF-R canonical pathways generates increased p100, which is the intermediate for the alternative pathway engaged selectively by BAFF-R signaling (Sasaki et al., 2006). Thus, a synergy is predicted whereby BCR signaling provides optimal p100 levels for BAFF-R-triggered processing in order to yield NF-kB necessary for optimal survival and metabolic fitness (Patke et al., 2006).

Benefits and Impact Delivering Value Through Reducing Cost and Saving Lives

Antibiotic treatment depends even more on molecular differential diagnosis. With MDDs, we can identify not only the pathogen but also the drug resistance. This information is critical for aiding physicians in selecting the right treatment options for patients. With MDDs, personalized medicine becomes a reality. MDDs also directly link diagnosis with treatment. With proper diagnosis, older, inexpensive antibiotics may also still be used to treat patients effectively. Under prolonged exposure to antibiotics, bacteria often acquire resistance capabilities by gaining additional genes to modify or inhibit a drug's effectiveness. Also, bacteria may mutate a gene to avoid being targeted by a drug. As a trade-off, these genetic changes may be associated with reduced survival fitness (Wichelhaus et al. 2002). Therefore, when the selective pressure is removed by withdrawing the antibiotic from the market, the bacteria may revert back to wild-type status and regain survival potential. This may...

HCV NS5B polymerase inhibitors

Panels of sensitive and resistant viruses from multiple HCV genotypes have been used to characterize the binding sites of NS5B inhibitors and understand interactions between the different classes or with other HCV inhibitors in vitro 132,133 . In a comparative study, the intrinsic potency of NS5B inhibitors representing several classes was found to be similar to that of protease inhibitors, IFN or cyclophilin-binding molecules 133 . On the basis of in vitro studies, a failure to detect pre-existing insensitive variants or the S282T mutant that arises in response to several nucleoside inhibitors in clinical studies, resistance to active site NS5B inhibitors may be much less likely to arise from therapy than for allosteric NS5B or NS3 protease inhibitors 27,134 . Moreover, studies in replicons have demonstrated that resistant mutants arising in response to nucleoside inhibitors exhibit reduced fitness compared with replicons resistant to allosteric NS5B inhibitors 27,134 . This raises...

Allosteric nonnucleoside inhibitors

Along with a good preclinical PK profile, provided confidence to advance this compound into clinical studies 181 . As monotherapy at a dose of 1000 mg BID, this compound reduced viral RNA by 1.4 log10 at day 4 43,181 . However, viral rebound occurred during continued treatment, potentially attributed to a C316Y mutant, with the result that the reduction in viral load was only 0.8 log10 at day 14 43,181 . Co-administration of nesbuvir (46) with PEG-IFNa and ribavirin reduced HCV viral load by up to 3.5 log10 at day 14, an improvement over the 1.7 log10 reduction seen with PEG-IFNa alone 181 . The C316Y mutant has been shown to be 138-166-fold less sensitive to nesbuvir (46) and the molecular mechanisms of resistance and effect on viral fitness in vitro have been thoroughly studied 182,183 . Unfortunately, the discontinuation of nesbuvir (46) was announced in 2007 following the emergence of severe hepatotoxicity in 8 of HCV-infected subjects following 8 weeks of treatment with the...

Chemical Defense Based On Alkaloids

Overall, plants are quite capable of defending themselves from diverse microorganisms, herbivores, and other plants. Candidates for this protective role are their allelochemicals, which may possess deterrent repellent or toxic properties for a wide range of competitors.37 Included in the allelochemicals are the alkaloids, which are generally considered to be bitter (e.g., quinine, brucine) and in some cases very toxic (e.g., tetrodotoxin, batrachotoxin). Although at a glance the alkaloids appeared to be outstanding candidates to play defensive roles for their producers, they were initially described as secondary metabolites , as if their functions were not at all adaptive. Furthermore, plant-derived natural products were regarded as waste products that were equivalent to functionless molecules of little selective value.30 However, a concatenation of physiological, ecological, and chemical investigations has unambiguously established the critical role of alkaloids, for both survival...

Dysgenics Fact or Fiction

Second, although the time frame is short, there is no evidence that the frequencies of medically treated, single-locus genetic diseases are increasing as a consequence of changes in reproductive fitness. In fact, reductions in the number of affected newborns have been observed in some regions where genetic counseling and prenatal services are available. Third, treatment of genetic disorders has had varied biological consequences. Although life expectancies from birth have been extended in some cases, full reproductive fitness has not been attained. For example, males with cystic fibrosis are usually sterile. Hemophiliacs and those with hemoglobopathies, for example, thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, are often infertile. PKU females are less fit than homozygous dominant and heterozygous individuals and require treatment to ensure successful pregnancies. Between 1984 and 1996 in the US, Canada, and Germany, PKU mothers gave birth to 331 children from 468 pregnancies. Thus, this source...

Alkaloids For Defense And Exploitation

Concentrated in the seeds as an obvious means of promoting reproductive fitness.37 These seeds, which can contain 2-8 alkaloids, have long been utilized as human food, but only after they have been boiled to leach out the bitter and toxic QAs. However, this problem of purification was apparently solved by plant breeders who successfully produced sweet lupines, containing an alkaloid concentration of less than 0.01 , about 100 years ago. But although sweet lupines were indeed very palatable for humans, they were also a gustatory delight to a variety of herbivores. In the virtual absence of QAs, the sweet lupines were readily selected by rabbits and hares, as well as aphids, beetles, and thrips. On the other hand, the QA-fortified plants were almost untouched, clearly demonstrating that these alkaloids were highly active as deterrents for both vertebrate and invertebrate herbivores. It has been suggested that sometimes plant species must make a choice between two herbivorous...

Ecological versus Interventionist Strategies To Manage Resistance to Antibiotics

Our chapter generalizes the Laxminarayan and Brown paper in an important way by including the possibility that there are fitness costs associated with genes that allow a disease to be resistant to antibiotic treatment. Lax-minarayan and Brown ignored fitness costs to highlight the analogy with the nonrenewable resource problem. We show that fitness costs affect the optimal treatment regime in two major ways. First, with fitness costs it is possible that the optimal long-run treatment regime involves steady state strategies that hold resistant and susceptible populations in a symbiotic balance, more like a multispecies renewable resource problem than a nonrenewable problem. Second, with fitness costs, it is also possible that ecological (nonantibi-otic) strategies that encourage susceptible bacteria to outcompete resistant bacteria are economically preferable to interventionist strategies involving aggressive antibiotic treatment. In the appendix, we solve the general problem...

Glycopeptides Vancomycin

Glycopeptide resistance in S. aureus first emerged in the form of strains with elevated MIC values towards vancomycin (or both vancomycin and teicoplanin), which have been named vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA) or glycopeptide-intermediate S. aureus (GISA). Originally described in Japan in 1996 (Hiramatsu et al., 1997) in methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), VISA and GISA strains have now been isolated in numerous countries, particularly from patients having received prolonged vancomycin therapy (Hamilton-Miller, 2002). This lowering of susceptibility can be explained by the production of an altered peptidoglycan with an increased proportion of free D-Ala-D-Ala termini, which can trap vancomycin molecules and prevent their access to the target at the cytosolic membrane. VISA and GISA need to import a larger amount of precursors than normal strains, which compromises their fitness in an antibiotic-free environment. Thus VISA and GISA tend to lose their resistance when...

Novel Antiviral Strategies

The error-prone HIV RT introduces on average 10 4 to 10 5 mutations per nucleotide and per replication cycle (Mansky and Temin 1995), and the mechanism of retroviral replication favors genetic recombination. Since it is estimated that in an untreated HIV infected person up to 1010 new virions can be produced per day (Ho et al. 1995 Wei et al. 1995), this leads to the generation of an enormous number of mutated virus variants. While many of these random mutations will be incompatible with virus replication, others will have no or minor effects in this respect. As a consequence, the virus population in infected individuals consists not of clones of identical viruses or of a few similar variants, but rather represents a so-called quasispecies, that is, a collection of variants that all differ from each other at some positions in their genome. The situation is similar or even worse for HCV. This pool of pre-existing mutations will also comprise those that by chance confer...

Virve I Enne and Peter M Bennett

The occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a serious clinical problem. One possible strategy to combat antibiotic resistance is to reduce antibiotic prescribing temporarily, in the hope that resistance prevalence will decrease as resistant bacteria are out-competed and displaced by susceptible organisms (1, 2). This outcome is dependent on the assumption that antibiotic resistance imposes a fitness cost in the absence of antibiotic selection either due to interference of antibiotic resistance with the cell's normal metabolism or due to the requirement for extra resources (1, 2). Antibiotic resistance has often been demonstrated to confer an initial fitness cost on bacteria however, such a cost can often be reduced or eliminated through the acquisition of compensatory mutations (3, 4). Another way in which bacteria can reduce the fitness cost of resistance is by silencing resistance genes when they are not required. Most studies concerned with bacterial antibiotic...

The Clinical Consequences of Penicillin Resistance in Patients with Pneumonia

In the authors' study (Aspa et al., 2004), already mentioned, in contrast with previous studies (Metlay et al., 2000), disseminated intravascular coagulation, empyema, and bacteremia were significantly more common in patients with drug-susceptible pneumococcal CAP, which may reflect the biological cost that resistance-determining mutations engender on the fitness of bacteria. Using mul-tivariate survival analysis, factors related to mortality in this population were (1) bilateral disease Hazard ratio (HR) 1.98 , (2) suspected aspiration (HR 2.79), (3) shock (HR 5.76), (4) HIV infection (HR 2.06), (5) renal failure (HR 1.86), and (6) Prognostic Severity Index (PSI) score categories IV versus I-III (HR 2.61) and categories V versus I-III (HR 3.24). Different groups of patients with significant mortality morbidity were also analyzed (ICU, PSI class III, renal failure, chronic lung disease and bacteremic patients). Only in patients with PSI class III, the initial antimicrobial choice...

Economic Effects of Resistance When Does Resource Conservation

Pest control agent, the mode of inheritance, and the relative fitness of the resistant individuals (Zwerger and Walter 1994). Among the socioeconomic factors, the frequency of treatment and the size of the treated area are important parameters for resistance management strategies because those factors determine the selection pressure. Pesticide treatment eliminates susceptible individuals from the pest population of a given location. Frequent application causes a gradual shift in the genetic composition of the pest population, with a gradual increase in the share of resistant individuals. Eventually, the stock of susceptible pests is exhausted, thus rendering the pesticide ineffective. Depending on the relative fitness of the resistant individuals, this process may be reversed over time when the pesticide is no longer applied. However, in most cases of resistance, the susceptibility resource is practically depleted for the typical time horizon that is relevant in agricultural...

Use of Mathematical Models

Where the gene frequency of drug-resistant and drug-susceptible alleles are pt and qt respectively, in generation t, with p + q 1. The relative fitness of the 3 genotypes are modified to represent the relative dominance of the resistance allele, be it fully dominant (thin dotted black line WRR 1.0, WRS 1.0 and WSS 0.82), semi-dominant (thin solid black line WRR 1.0, WRS 0.88 and WSS 0.75), or recessive (thick solid black line WRR 1.0, WRS 0.47 and WSS 0.47). Specific values are chosen so that all runs have a resistance allele frequency of 50 at time 0.5.

Potential Determinants Explaining Disparities in Antibiotic

Survival fitness and virulence of circulating strains First, differences in pathogen characteristics, e.g., clonal dynamics, transmissi-bility, survival fitness, and virulence of circulating strains, may influence infection rates and need for treatment. For example, in Denmark, repeated outbreaks of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections have triggered sharp, though short, increases in macrolide consumption.9, 10 Second, physicians prescribing antibiotics may differ in their use, dosing, and choice of antibiotic agents. Third, characteristics of patient populations, consumer attitudes, and health-belief differences may influence the demand for antibiotics. Fourth, patients, as well as prescribers, are influenced by cultural and socioeconomic factors, e.g., child-care practices. Fifth, macro-level factors related to the healthcare environment may differ. Examples of these include legal issues, as well as regulatory healthcare policies that may influence antibiotic prescribing practices. In...

Overview of Chapters

The two opening chapters of Part I by Wilen and Msangi and Rowthorn and Brown use similar approaches to extend our understanding of the optimal use of antibiotics when there is a significant fitness cost associated with bacterial resistance. In Chapter 1, Wilen and Msangi tackle the problem of optimal use of a single antibiotic and compare strategies that lower the overall transmission of infection through better infection control methods (such as frequent hand washing by nursing staff) with those that improve antibiotic use (such as treatment guidelines and switching protocols). Although epi-demiological studies have shown that infection control can be remarkably efficient in controlling the emergence of drug resistance, especially in hospital settings, this aspect of resistance management has not received sufficient attention. By comparing these policies in an economic framework, Wilen and Msangi are able to describe the balance of antibiotic control and infection control that is...

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Literature Review

The Laxminarayan and Brown (2001) paper is among the first to recast an epidemiological model of antibiotic-resistant disease within an economic framework that considers the economic costs and benefits of treatment. The result is a series of analytical and simulation results that are sometimes in concert with, and sometimes at variance with, traditional analysis based exclusively on epidemiological modeling. The model we present takes the Lax-minarayan and Brown work as a point of departure (using their notation where possible) and generalizes it in several nontrivial directions. The most important generalization is the incorporation of the possibility that resistant diseases incur a fitness cost associated with their ability to be unaffected by antibiotic treatment. As it turns out, this is a critically important feature of optimal antibiotic treatment models, and whether fitness costs are included affects the qualitative nature of the solution in surprising ways. Our second...

Conclusion

The technical part of this chapter generalizes previous economic analyses of the antibiotic resistance problem by addressing the case in which disease resistance carries a fitness cost. This has important qualitative implications for economically optimal antibiotic use strategies. The first is that it allows treatment to follow a policy that treats the stock of antibiotic effectiveness as a

Conclusions

Most genomes contain accessory GEIs and mobile genetic elements. These islands and elements contain species- and strain-specific genes, including determinants for fitness, virulence, and antibiotic resistance. In order to gain a better understanding of the evolution and emergence of pathogenic strains and species, future studies need to focus more on genes located in these sites and elements.

James N Sanchirico

Both chapters frame the problem using a related and well-developed literature on the exploitation of renewable (e.g., fish, trees) natural resources. They also extend the Laxminarayan and Brown (2001) analysis on the economics of antibiotic resistance by taking into account the case in which there is a nonzero fitness cost of resistance. The fitness cost of resistance is the evolutionary disadvantage placed on resistant strains relative to susceptible strains in the absence of antibiotics. The chapters differ in the number of antibiotics available for use and the number of bacterial strains Wilen and Msangi (Chapter 1) and Brown and Rowthorn (Chapter 2) illustrate the socially optimal treatment for the case with one and two drugs, respectively.

Future Prospects

Resistance development to the sialidase inhibitors remains a very important issue. While the dire forecasts of rapid evolution of resistance have so far been proven false, resistant strains have been selected through use of oseltamivir in the clinical setting. The cost of resistance to date, however, seems to be a reduction in enzyme activity and viral fitness, as predicted for alteration of the highly conserved active site, though this is not true for all the variants selected. At present there is also significant cross-sensitivity to zanamivir and oseltamivir seen for the variant sialidases. It is essential that the generation of resistance to inhibitors continues to be carefully monitored. In tandem with this is a real need for the continued development of next generation sialidase inhibitors and inhibitors of other viral targets.

Abstract

Acquisition of antibiotic resistance may be associated with a physiological cost for the bacterium. Determination of growth rate and generation time is often used to measure fitness costs associated with antibiotic resistance. However, fitness costs may be small and difficult to quantify and multiple models are required. Available in vitro models that can be used to measure fitness include quantification of biofilm growth, survival in water, resistance to drying, and measurement of planktonic growth rates. The use of growth curve techniques to determine generation time is laborious, time-consuming, and can introduce sampling error. We have described the use of a semi-automated liquid culture system to estimate generation time in Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria. We have also used the BacT ALERT system to determine generation time and enumerate bacterial numbers in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We describe methods for measuring biofilm growth and environmental survival in...

For the Community

Wide variety of factors - the biomass of infecting pathogens, host immunity, the relationship between the pharmacokinetic profile of the drug and phar-macodynamic effects on the pathogen, the antimicrobial susceptibility of the pathogen and the fitness of resistant mutants. The dose absorbed is a critical determinant of cure. If resistant pathogens infect or unusually arise de novo within a host and encounter sublethal concentrations of a slowly eliminating antimicrobial, they will have a survival advantage and multiply faster than sensitive pathogens (Price and Nosten 2001 White 2004). Counterfeits containing no active ingredient will not provide this selective advantage. Counterfeits containing subtherapeutic amounts of the stated ingredient, or wrong active ingredients (Basco 2004 Hall et al. 2006 Fernandez et al. 2006 Gaudiano et al. 2007 Newton et al. 2008) with antimicrobial effects, may facilitate the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens - consequences that will be...

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Plant breeders have selected lupin mutants which produce only minute amounts of alkaloids. These so-called sweet lupins have a dramatically reduced fitness under natural conditions as compared to their bitter wild forms. They are preferentially eaten by rabbits, leaf miners (Fig. 9.5), aphids or beetles and are vulnerable to other pathogens.5,43,44,46,47 Thus, it seems well established that the ecological function of QA is that of defense against herbivores but also against microorganisms. Some evidence suggests activity against other competing

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Salivary Gland Stones

In addition to the informed consent form, each patient has had a recent annual physical performed by an internist or family physician before surgery. The blood studies include HIV for each patient. A cardiologist, ophthalmologist or other specialist that the patient has seen is asked for recommendations as to the patient's fitness for surgery. The consent for photography is included in the informed operative consent and a separate consent is used for the anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

The Economic Model

The model we use here is in the same spirit as that presented in Laxminarayan and Brown (2001), but we have generalized it to account for fitness cost. In addition, we modified the objective function to minimize the discounted sum of treatment costs and damage costs resulting from illness. Additional details and definitions are in the chapter appendix. The dynamic treatment model can be stated as follows Several qualitative characteristics of the above system are worth highlighting. First, in contrast to the Laxminarayan and Brown (2001) nonrenew-able formulation that assumes no fitness cost, in this case, there is a long-run steady state in which the stock of antibiotic resistance can be considered renewable. This steady state is maintained by a fractional treatment policy that keeps the susceptible and resistant bacteria in a delicate equilibrium. This equilibrium is achieved by adjusting the treatment rate so that the sum of the natural rate of decrease of susceptible organisms...

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