DISSECTING THE MOLECULAR BASIS FOR EMERGING ALCOHOL TOLERANCE IN VRE
Grant number: 1084015 | Funding period: 2015 - 2018
Infections caused by vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) are a major and growing problem in health care facilities around Australia. We have observed that VREfm is becoming significantly more resistant to killing by alcohol, probably due the increasing use of alcohol-based hand wash products. This project will identify how VREfm is becoming alcohol tolerant, knowledge that will be used to develop alternative disinfection methods or other intervention strategies to stop its spread.
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Increasing tolerance of hospital Enterococcus faecium to handwash alcohols
Sacha J Pidot, Wei Gao, Andrew H Buultjens, Ian R Monk, Romain Guerillot, Glen P Carter, Jean YH Lee, Margaret MC Lam, M Lindsay Grayson, Susan A Ballard, Andrew A Mahony, Elizabeth A Grabsch, Despina Kotsanas, Tony M Korman, Geoffrey W Coombs, J Owen Robinson, Anders Goncalves da Silva, Torsten Seemann, Benjamin P Howden, Paul DR Johnson
Evolutionary origins of the emergent ST796 clone of vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium
Andrew H Buultjens, Margaret MC Lam, Susan Ballard, Ian R Monk, Andrew A Mahony, Elizabeth A Grabsch, M Lindsay Grayson, Stanley Pang, Geoffrey W Coombs, J Owen Robinson, Torsten Seemann, Paul DR Johnson, Benjamin P Howden, Timothy P Stinear