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What does E. Coli look like under the microscope?

Gram negative rods, found in GI tract of humans/animals.

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What can E. Coli cause?

UTI, diarrhea, neonatal sepsis, intra-abdominal infections, nosocomial infections

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How can E. coli cause infections if its a normal gut component?

If barriers are disrupted, or if virulence factors are acquired.

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What happens when E. coli is plated w/lactose?

On a MacConkey plate, E coli changes the pH and causes a color change. Lactose is fermented.

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O Antigen

LPS

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H Antigen

Flagella

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K Antigen

Capsule

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Lower UTIs and symptoms

Cystitis (bladder), uretritis (urethra), dysuria and frequency.

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Upper UTI and symptoms

Pyelonephritis, fever, flank pain, costovertebral angle tenderness, dysuria and frequency.

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Most common cause of UTI?

E. coli.

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What is the function of p-pili in E. coli?

Adhere to urinary epithelium. No P-pili, will flow out with urine.

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Function of type 1 pili in E. coli?

Adhere to perineum.

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How is pyelonephritis treated?

W/ ciprofloxacin or ceftriaxone (all IV)

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How is cystitis/urethritis treated?

W/ ciprofloxacin or ceftriaxone (oral), or TMP-SMZ

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Diarrhea causing strains of E. coli

ETEC (enterotoxigenic)
EPEC (enteropathogenic)
EIEC (enteroinvasive)
EHEC (enterohemorrhagic)
EAEC (enteroaggregative)

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ETEC and virulence factors

Enterotoxigenic E. coli. Causes travelers diarrhea. Heat labile (AB exotoxin stims AC, cause Na, K secretion) and heat stable (stimulates GC, causes Cl, HCO3 secretion), no invasion. CF Pili cause adhesion. Come from a single plasmid.

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EPEC and virulence factors

Enteropathogenic E. coli. Causes watery diarrhea in infants. Histologically = attachment/effacement lesion. Type III injection system introduces virulent proteins that trigger cytoskeleton rearrangements.

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Where do the virulence genes come from for ETEC and EPEC?

ETEC (plasmid)
EPEC (Pathogenicity island [PAI])

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EAEC

Enteroaggregative E. coli. Causes prolonged watery diarrhea in children. Stacked brick appearance and biofilm.

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EHEC and sequella

Enterohemorrhagic. Shigatoxin (AB exotoxin that injured enterocytes and causes) Bloody diarrhea without a fever, progresses to hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Also causes microangiopathic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and renal failure(from shigatoxin). Acquired through raw beef, animal feces consumption, direct contact w/animals.

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How to diagnose EHEC?

Look for shigatoxin in stool. Plate on sorbitol agar, O157:H7 causes clear colony formation

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How does EHEC get shigatoxin gene?

From a phage.

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EIEC

Enteroinvasive. Causes dysentery = small volume, bloody diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, fever. Focus is in large intestine. Lots of WBC's in stool. Bacterial invasion.

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How to fix intraabdominal infections?

Surgery and medicine

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What part of E. coli is responsible for neonatal sepsis? How to treat?

K1 capsular antigen. Cefotaxime and ampicillin

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ESBLs

Extended spectrum betalactamases, can inactivate generations 1-3 ceph.

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KPCs

Klebsiella pneumonia carbapenamases. Dangerous because carbapenems are treatment for ESBLs. Both occur in E. coli.