Bacteroides fragilis is the most significant anaerobic pathogen in humans, which is attributable to a number of virulence factors and to its ability to acquire antibiotic resistance by DNA transfer. Although transfer of antibiotic resistance has been demonstrated in vitro, the mechanisms of DNA transfer are unknown. To date, three types of transfer factors have been identified. They include conjugal plasmids, mobilizable transposons, and tetracycline transfer elements. These factors function independently but also interact with one another to facilitate and enhance transfer.
The goal of my laboratory's research has been to determine the mechanisms of transfer of plasmids pBFTM10 and pLV22a and the mobilizable transposon Tn5520 as models for understanding DNA transfer in B. fragilis.
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Park M, Rooney AP, Hecht DW, Li J, McClane BA, Nayak R, Paine DD and Rafii F. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of tetracycline and minocycline resistance in Clostridium perfringens. Arch Micro 2010, 192:803-10.
Snydman D, Jacobus N, McDermott L, Golan Y, Hecht DW, Goldstein E, Harrell L, Jenkins S, Newton D, Pierson C, Rihs J, Yu V, Venezia R, Finegold S, Rosenblatt J, Gorbach S. Lessons Learned from the Anaerobe Survey: Historical Perspective and Review of the Most Recent Data (2005-2007).
Hurtuk MG, He LK, Szilagyi A, Gamelli RL, Hecht DW, Kennedy RH, Rhys-Williams W, Love WG, Shankar R, The novel antibacterial drug XF-70 is a potent inhibitor of Staphylococcus aureus infection of the burn wound, J Burn Care Res. 2010 May-Jun;31(3):462-9.PMID: 20453736
Johnson S, Schriever C, Patel U, Patel T, Hecht DW, Gerding DN. Rifaximin Redux: treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections with rifaximin immediately post-vancomycin treatment. Anaerobe. 15(6):290-1 (2009).
Snydman DR, Jacobus NV, McDermott LA, Golan Y, Hecht DW, Goldstein EJ, Harrell L, Jenkins S, Newton D, Pierson C, Rihs JD, Yu VL, Venezia R, Finegold SM, Rosenblatt JE, Gorbach SL, Lessons learned from the anaerobe survey: historical perspective and review of the most recent data (2005-2007).
Sears CL, Islam S, Saha A, Arjumand M, Haque Alam N, Faruque ASG, Salam MA, Shin J, Hecht DW, Weintraub A, Sack RB, Qadri F. Enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis infection is associated with inflammatory diarrhea. Clin Infect Diseases (2008, in press).
Thomas J, Hecht DW. Interaction of Bacteroides fragilis pLV22a relaxase Transfer DNA with E. coli
Hecht, DW, Kos I, Knopf S, Vedantam G. Characterization of BctA, a mating apparatus protein required for transfer of the Bacteroides fragilis conjugal element BTF-37. Res Microbiol, 158(7):600-7
Hecht DW, Galang M, Osmolski JR, Johnson SB, Gerding DN. In Vitro activity of Fifteen
Hecht DW. Routine anaerobic blood cultures: back where we started? Clin Infect Dis, 44:901-3, 2007 (editorial commentary).
Snydman DR, Jacobus NV, McDermott LA, Ruthazer R, Golan Y, Goldstein EJ, Finegold SM, Harrell LJ, Hecht DW, Jenkins SG, Pierson C, Venezia R, Yu V, Rihs J, Gorbach SL. National Survey on the Susceptibility of Bacteroides fragilis Group: Report and Analysis of Trends in the United States from
Barron WM, Reed RL, Forsythe S, Hecht DW, Glen J, Murphy B, Lach R, Flores S, Tu J, Concklin M. Successful Implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry Using an Existing Clinical Information System. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 32:506-516, 2006.
Sprandel KA, Drusano GL, Hecht DW, Rotschafer JC, Danziger LH, Rodvold KA. Population pharmacokinetic modeling and Monte Carlo simulation of varying doses of intravenous metronidazole. Diag Micro and Infect Dis 55:303-309, 2006
Rooney AP, Swezey, JL, Friedman R, Hecht DW and Maddox CW. Analyses of Core Housekeeping and Virulence Genes Reveals Cryptic Lineages of Clostridium perfringens Genetics 172(4):2081-92,
Hecht DW. Anaerobes: Antibiotic resistance, Clinical Significance, and the role of susceptibility testing. Anaerobe 12:115-122, 2006.
Vedantam G, Knopf S, Hecht DW. (2006). Bacteroides fragilis mobilizable transposon Tn5520 requires a 71 base pair origin of transfer sequence and a single mobilization protein for relaxosome formation during conjugation. Molecular Microbiology 59:288-300.
Rooney AP, Swezey, JL, Friedman R, Hecht DW and Maddox CW. (2006) Analyses of Core
Hecht DW. (2006). Anaerobes: Antibiotic resistance, Clinical Significance, and the role of susceptibility testing. Anaerobe 12:115-122.
Finegold SM, Song Y, Liu C, Hecht DW, Summanen P, Kononen E, Allen SD. (2005). Clostridium clostridioforme, a mixed breed with a big bite. European J Microbiology. European J Microbiology and Infect Dis 24:319-24.
Hecht, DW.(2004). Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in anaerobic bacteria: worrisome developments. Clin Infect Dis. 39(1):92-7.
Bass K, Hecht DW. (2002). Isolation and Characterization of cLV25, a Bacteroides fragilis Chromosomal Transfer Factor Resembling Multiple Bacteroides spp Mobilizable Transposons. J Bacteriology, 184:1895-1904.
Vedantam G, Hecht DW. (2002). Isolation and characterization of BTF-37: Chromosomal DNA captured from Bacteroides fragilis that confers self-transferability, and expresses a pilus-like structure in Bacteroides spp. and Escherichia coli. J Bacteriology, 184:728-738.
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