Publications by authors named "Ingo Bergmann"

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TIM-3 Genetic Variants Are Associated with Altered Clinical Outcome and Susceptibility to Gram-Positive Infections in Patients with Sepsis.

Int J Mol Sci 2020 Nov 6;21(21). Epub 2020 Nov 6.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

: Previous studies have reported the fundamental role of immunoregulatory proteins in the clinical phenotype and outcome of sepsis. This study investigated two functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 3 (TIM-3), which has a negative stimulatory function in the T cell immune response. : Patients with sepsis ( = 712) were prospectively enrolled from three intensive care units (ICUs) at the University Medical Center Goettingen since 2012. All patients were genotyped for the TIM-3 SNPs rs1036199 and rs10515746. The primary outcome was 28-day mortality. Disease severity and microbiological findings were secondary endpoints. : Kaplan-Meier survival analysis demonstrated a significantly lower 28-day mortality for TIM-3 rs1036199 AA homozygous patients compared to C-allele carriers (18% vs. 27%, = 0.0099) and TIM-3 rs10515746 CC homozygous patients compared to A-allele carriers (18% vs. 26%, = 0.0202). The TIM-3 rs1036199 AA genotype and rs10515746 CC genotype remained significant predictors for 28-day mortality in the multivariate Cox regression analysis after adjustment for relevant confounders (adjusted hazard ratios: 0.67 and 0.70). Additionally, patients carrying the rs1036199 AA genotype presented more Gram-positive and infections, and rs10515746 CC homozygotes presented more infections. : The studied TIM-3 genetic variants are associated with altered 28-day mortality and susceptibility to Gram-positive infections in sepsis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21218318DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7664272PMC
November 2020

Favorable 90-Day Mortality in Obese Caucasian Patients with Septic Shock According to the Sepsis-3 Definition.

J Clin Med 2019 Dec 24;9(1). Epub 2019 Dec 24.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

Septic shock is a frequent life-threatening condition and a leading cause of mortality in intensive care units (ICUs). Previous investigations have reported a potentially protective effect of obesity in septic shock patients. However, prior results have been inconsistent, focused on short-term in-hospital mortality and inadequately adjusted for confounders, and they have rarely applied the currently valid Sepsis-3 definition criteria for septic shock. This investigation examined the effect of obesity on 90-day mortality in patients with septic shock selected from a prospectively enrolled cohort of septic patients. A total of 352 patients who met the Sepsis-3 criteria for septic shock were enrolled in this study. Body-mass index (BMI) was used to divide the cohort into 24% obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m) and 76% non-obese (BMI < 30 kg/m) patients. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed a significantly lower 90-day mortality (31% vs. 43%; = 0.0436) in obese patients compared to non-obese patients. Additional analyses of baseline characteristics, disease severity, and microbiological findings outlined further statistically significant differences among the groups. Multivariate Cox regression analysis estimated a significant protective effect of obesity on 90-day mortality after adjustment for confounders. An understanding of the underlying physiologic mechanisms may improve therapeutic strategies and patient prognosis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010046DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7019854PMC
December 2019

Subparaneural Injection in Popliteal Sciatic Nerve Blocks Evaluated by MRI.

Open Med (Wars) 2019 24;14:346-353. Epub 2019 Apr 24.

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Goettingen, Robert-Koch Str. 40, 37075 Goettingen, Germany.

Intraneural injection of a local anesthetic can damage the nerve, yet it occurs frequently during distal sciatic block with no neurological sequelae. This has led to a controversy about the optimal needle tip placement that results from the particular anatomy of the sciatic nerve with its paraneural sheath. The study population included patients undergoing lower extremity surgery under popliteal sciatic nerve block. Ultrasound-guidance was used to position the needle tip subparaneurally and to monitor the injection of the local anesthetic. Sonography and magnetic resonance imaging were used to assess the extent of the subparaneural injection. Twenty-two patients participated. The median sciatic cross-sectional area increased from 57.8 mm2 pre-block to 110.8 mm immediately post-block. An intraneural injection according to the current definition was seen in 21 patients. Two patients had sonographic evidence of an intrafascicular injection, which was confirmed by MRI in one patient (the other patient refused further examinations). No patient reported any neurological symptoms. A subparaneural injection in the popliteal segment of the distal sciatic nerve is actually rarely intraneural, i.e. intrafascicular. This may explain the discrepancy between the conventional sonographic evidence of an intraneural injection and the lack of neurological sequelae.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/med-2019-0034DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6534099PMC
April 2019

Lack of an Association between the Functional Polymorphism TREM-1 rs2234237 and the Clinical Course of Sepsis among Critically Ill Caucasian Patients-A Monocentric Prospective Genetic Association Study.

J Clin Med 2019 Mar 3;8(3). Epub 2019 Mar 3.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and a significant challenge for those working in intensive care, where it remains one of the leading causes of mortality. According to the sepsis-3 definition, sepsis is characterized by dysregulation of the host response to infection. The TREM-1 gene codes for the triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1, which is part of the pro-inflammatory response of the immune system. This study aimed to determine whether the functional TREM-1 rs2234237 single nucleotide polymorphism was associated with mortality in a cohort of 649 Caucasian patients with sepsis. The 90-day mortality rate was the primary outcome, and disease severity and microbiological findings were analyzed as secondary endpoints. TREM-1 rs2234237 TT homozygous patients were compared to A-allele carriers for this purpose. Kaplan⁻Meier survival analysis revealed no association between the clinically relevant TREM-1 rs2234237 single nucleotide polymorphism and the 90-day or 28-day survival rate in this group of septic patients. In addition, the performed analyses of disease severity and the microbiological findings did not show significant differences between the TREM-1 rs2234237 genotypes. The TREM-1 rs2234237 genotype was not significantly associated with sepsis mortality and sepsis disease severity. Therefore, it was not a valuable prognostic marker for the survival of septic patients in the studied cohort.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm8030301DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6463065PMC
March 2019

CTLA-4 Genetic Variants Predict Survival in Patients with Sepsis.

J Clin Med 2019 Jan 10;8(1). Epub 2019 Jan 10.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) is a coinhibitory checkpoint protein expressed on the surface of T cells. A recent study by our working group revealed that the rs231775 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the CTLA-4 gene was associated with the survival of patients with sepsis and served as an independent prognostic variable. To further investigate the impact of CTLA-4 genetic variants on sepsis survival, we examined the effect of two functional SNPs, CTLA-4 rs733618 and CTLA-4 rs3087243, and inferred haplotypes, on the survival of 644 prospectively enrolled septic patients. Kaplan⁻Meier survival analysis revealed significantly lower 90-day mortality for rs3087243 G allele carriers ( = 502) than for AA-homozygous ( = 142) patients (27.3% vs. 40.8%, = 0.0024). Likewise, lower 90-day mortality was observed for TAA haplotype-negative patients ( = 197; compound rs733618 T/rs231775 A/rs3087243 A) than for patients carrying the TAA haplotype ( = 447; 24.4% vs. 32.9%, = 0.0265). Carrying the rs3087243 G allele hazard ratio (HR): 0.667; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.489⁻0.909; = 0.0103) or not carrying the TAA haplotype (HR: 0.685; 95% CI: 0.491⁻0.956; = 0.0262) remained significant covariates for 90-day survival in the multivariate Cox regression analysis and thus served as independent prognostic variables. In conclusion, our findings underscore the significance of CTLA-4 genetic variants as predictors of survival of patients with sepsis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm8010070DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6352177PMC
January 2019

Anaemia requiring red blood cell transfusion is associated with unfavourable 90-day survival in surgical patients with sepsis.

BMC Res Notes 2018 Dec 11;11(1):879. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany.

Objective: The mortality associated with sepsis remains unacceptably high, despite modern high-quality intensive care. Based on the results from previous studies, anaemia and its management in patients with sepsis appear to impact outcomes; however, the transfusion policy is still being debated, and the ideal approach may be extremely specific to the individual. This study aimed to investigate the long-term impact of anaemia requiring red blood cell (RBC) transfusion on mortality and disease severity in patients with sepsis. We studied a general surgical intensive care unit (ICU) population, excluding cardiac surgery patients. 435 patients were enrolled in this observational study between 2012 and 2016.

Results: Patients who received RBC transfusion between 28 days before and 28 days after the development of sepsis (n = 302) exhibited a significantly higher 90-day mortality rate (34.1% vs 19.6%; P = 0.004, Kaplan-Meier analysis). This association remained significant after adjusting for confounders in the multivariate Cox regression analysis (hazard ratio 1.68; 95% confidence interval 1.03-2.73; P = 0.035). Patients who received transfusions also showed significantly higher morbidity scores, such as SOFA scores, and ICU lengths of stay compared to patients without transfusions (n = 133). Our results indicate that anaemia and RBC transfusion are associated with unfavourable outcomes in patients with sepsis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3988-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6290543PMC
December 2018

Paths of femoral nerve catheters placed using ultrasound-guided in plane vs out of plane techniques: A randomized controlled clinical trial.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2018 Oct;97(43):e12958

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center, University of Goettingen, Goettingen.

Background: Continuous blockade of the femoral nerve is widely used for postoperative analgesia after hip surgery. It can be achieved by ultrasound-guided placement of a femoral nerve catheter via either the in plane (IP) or out of plane (OOP) technique. On the basis of postoperative radiographs, we evaluated the paths of femoral nerve catheters with respect to both techniques and its effect on postoperative analgesia.

Methods: Thirty-four patients were randomized to receive a radiopaque femoral nerve catheter via either the IP or OOP technique. The paths and tip position of the catheters were evaluated in postoperative frontal radiographs of the operated hip joint concerning a predefined target region and four neighboring regions. Pain scores were assessed using a numeric rating scale (0-10).

Results: Sixteen IP patients and 18 OOP patients were included in the study. The catheter path was radiographically evaluated in 13 IP patients and in 10 OOP patients. The catheter tips were located within the target region in 39% of the IP group and in 50% of the OOP group. The catheter tip was 0.00 cm [-3.80 to 3.84] and -1.19 cm [-12.27 to 0.00] (median [range]) from the target region in the OOP group and IP group, respectively (P = .045). Catheters flipped distally more often in the IP group (IP: 61.5%, OOP: 10.0%; P = .01). There were no marked differences in the pain scores of either group.

Conclusion: Femoral nerve catheters inserted by the ultrasound-guided IP technique flip distally more frequently than catheters inserted by the OOP technique. Moreover, the distance between the catheter tip and the trunk of the femoral nerve is greater for IP catheters than for OOP catheters. Despite these findings, postoperative analgesia did not seem to differ between the 2 techniques.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000012958DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6221616PMC
October 2018

The CTLA-4 rs231775 GG genotype is associated with favorable 90-day survival in Caucasian patients with sepsis.

Sci Rep 2018 10 11;8(1):15140. Epub 2018 Oct 11.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Robert-Koch-Str. 40, D-37075, Goettingen, Germany.

Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) is a surface protein on T cells, that has an inhibitory effect on the host immune reaction and prevents overreaction of the immune system. Because the functional single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs231775 of the CTLA-4 gene is associated with autoimmune diseases and because of the critical role of the immune reaction in sepsis, we intended to examine the effect of this polymorphism on survival in patients with sepsis. 644 septic adult Caucasian patients were prospectively enrolled in this study. Patients were followed up for 90 days. Mortality risk within this period was defined as primary outcome parameter. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed a significantly lower 90-day mortality risk among GG homozygous patients (n = 101) than among A allele carriers (n = 543; 22% and 32%, respectively; p = 0.03565). Furthermore, the CTLA-4 rs231775 GG genotype remained a significant covariate for 90-day mortality risk after controlling for confounders in the multivariate Cox regression analysis (hazard ratio: 0.624; 95% CI: 0.399-0.975; p = 0.03858). In conclusion, our study provides the first evidence for CTLA-4 rs231775 as a prognostic variable for the survival of patients with sepsis and emphasizes the need for further research to reveal potential functional associations between CTLA-4 and the immune pathophysiology of sepsis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33246-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6181961PMC
October 2018

Prehospital ultrasound-guided nerve blocks improve reduction-feasibility of dislocated extremity injuries compared to systemic analgesia. A randomized controlled trial.

PLoS One 2018 2;13(7):e0199776. Epub 2018 Jul 2.

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.

Background: Out-of-hospital analgosedation in trauma patients is challenging for emergency physicians due to associated complications. We compared peripheral nerve block (PNB) with analgosedation (AS) as an analgetic approach for patients with isolated extremity injury, assuming that prehospital required medical interventions (e.g. reduction, splinting of dislocation injury) using PNB are less painful and more feasible compared to AS.

Methods: Thirty patients (aged 18 or older) were randomized to receive either ultrasound-guided PNB (10 mL prilocaine 1%, 10 mL ropivacaine 0.2%) or analgosedation (midazolam combined with s-ketamine or with fentanyl). Reduction-feasibility was classified (easy, intermediate, impossible) and pain scores were assessed using numeric rating scales (NRS 0-10).

Results: Eighteen patients were included in the PNB-group and twelve in the AS-group; 15 and 9 patients, respectively, suffered dislocation injury. In the PNB-group, reduction was more feasible (easy: 80.0%, impossible: 20.0%) compared to the AS-group (easy: 22.2%, intermediate: 22.2%, impossible: 55.6%; p = 0.01). During medical interventions, 5.6% [1/18] of the PNB-patients and 58.3% [7/12] of the AS-patients experienced pain (p<0.01). Recorded pain scores were significantly lower in the PNB-group during prehospital medical intervention (median[IQR] NRS PNB: 0[0-0]) compared to the AS-group (6[0-8]; p<0.001) as well as on first day post presentation (NRS PNB: 1[0-5], AS: 5[5-7]; p = 0.050). All patients of the PNB-group would recommend their analgesic technique (AS: 50.0%, p<0.01).

Conclusions: Prehospital ultrasound-guided PNB is rapidly performed in extremity injuries with high success. Compared to the commonly used AS in trauma patients, PNB significantly reduces pain intensity and severity.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028078PMC
January 2019

Characterization of genomes assembled from metagenomes of biofilms residing in mesophilic and thermophilic biogas reactors.

Biotechnol Biofuels 2018 19;11:167. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

1Dept. Bioengineering, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany.

Background: Previous studies on the , recently assigned to the novel archaeal phylum , reported on the dominance of these within the anaerobic carbohydrate cycle performed by the deep marine biosphere. For the first time, members of this phylum were identified also in mesophilic and thermophilic biogas-forming biofilms and characterized in detail.

Results: Metagenome shotgun libraries of biofilm microbiomes were sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq system. Taxonomic classification revealed that between 0.1 and 2% of all classified sequences were assigned to Individual metagenome assemblies followed by genome binning resulted in the reconstruction of five metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) of . MAGs were estimated to be 65-92% complete, ranging in their genome sizes from 1.1 to 2.0 Mb. Phylogenetic classification based on core gene sets confirmed their placement within the phylum clustering as a separate group diverging from most of the recently known clusters. The genetic repertoire of these MAGs indicated an energy metabolism based on carbohydrate and amino acid fermentation featuring the potential for extracellular hydrolysis of cellulose, cellobiose as well as proteins. In addition, corresponding transporter systems were identified. Furthermore, genes encoding enzymes for the utilization of carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide via the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway were detected.

Conclusions: For the members of detected in the biofilm microbiomes, a hydrolytic lifestyle is proposed. This is the first study indicating that members contribute presumably to hydrolysis and subsequent fermentation of organic substrates within biotechnological biogas production processes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13068-018-1162-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6010159PMC
June 2018

Pre-hospital transthoracic echocardiography for early identification of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction in patients with acute coronary syndrome.

Crit Care 2018 02 7;22(1):29. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center, University of Goettingen, Robert-Koch Str. 40, 37075, Göttingen, Germany.

Background: Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a common manifestation of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but delayed diagnosis can increase mortality. In this proof of principle study, the emergency physician performed transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) on scene to determine whether NSTEMI could be correctly diagnosed pre-hospitalization. This could expedite admission to the appropriate facility and reduce the delay until initiation of correct therapy.

Methods: Pre-hospital TTE was performed on scene by the emergency physician in patients presenting with ACS but without ST-elevation in the initial 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) (NSTE-ACS). A presumptive NSTEMI diagnosis was made if regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) were detected. These patients were admitted directly to a specialist cardiac facility. Patient characteristics and pre-admission and post-admission clinical, pre-hospital TTE data, and therapeutic measures were recorded.

Results: Patients with NSTE-ACS (n = 53; 72.5 ± 13.4 years of age; 23 female) were studied. The 20 patients with pre-hospital RWMA and presumptive NSTEMI, and two without RWMA were conclusively diagnosed with NSTEMI in hospital. Percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in 50% of the patients presumed to have NSTEMI immediately after admission. The RWMA seen before hospital TTE corresponded with the in-hospital ECG findings and/or the supply regions of the occluded coronary vessels seen during PCI in 85% of the cases. The diagnostic sensitivity of pre-hospital TTE for NSTEMI was 90.9% with 100% specificity.

Conclusions: Pre-hospital transthoracic echocardiography by the emergency physician can correctly diagnose NSTEMI in more than 90% of cases. This can expedite the initiation of appropriate therapy and could thereby conceivably reduce morbidity and mortality.

Trial Registration: Deutsche Register klinischer Studien, DRKS00004919 . Registered on 29 April 2013.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13054-017-1929-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5802056PMC
February 2018

The FER rs4957796 TT genotype is associated with unfavorable 90-day survival in Caucasian patients with severe ARDS due to pneumonia.

Sci Rep 2017 08 29;7(1):9887. Epub 2017 Aug 29.

Department of Anaesthesiology, University Medical Centre, Georg August University, Robert-Koch-Str.40, D-37075, Goettingen, Germany.

A recent genome-wide association study showed that a genetic variant within the FER gene is associated with survival in patients with sepsis due to pneumonia. Because severe pneumonia is the main cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), we aimed to investigate the effect of the FER polymorphism rs4957796 on the 90-day survival in patients with ARDS due to pneumonia. An assessment of a prospectively collected cohort of 441 patients with ARDS admitted to three intensive care units at the University Medical Centre identified 274 patients with ARDS due to pneumonia. The 90-day mortality risk was recorded as the primary outcome parameter. Sepsis-related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores and organ support-free days were used as the secondary variables. FER rs4957796 TT-homozygous patients were compared with C-allele carriers. The survival analysis revealed a higher 90-day mortality risk among T homozygotes than among C-allele carriers (p = 0.0144) exclusively in patients with severe ARDS due to pneumonia. The FER rs4957796 TT genotype remained a significant covariate for the 90-day mortality risk in the multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 4.62; 95% CI, 1.58-13.50; p = 0.0050). In conclusion, FER rs4957796 might act as a prognostic variable for survival in patients with severe ARDS due to pneumonia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-08540-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5575093PMC
August 2017

Combination of general anesthesia and peripheral nerve block with low-dose ropivacaine reduces postoperative pain for several days after outpatient arthroscopy: A randomized controlled clinical trial.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Feb;96(6):e6046

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

Background: Effective methods for postoperative pain relief are an important concern in outpatient surgery. For arthroscopies we combine a single-shot peripheral nerve block using low-volume, low-concentration ropivacaine with general anesthesia. We hypothesized that the patients would have less postoperative pain and be more rapidly home ready than after general anesthesia alone.

Methods: Patients (American Society of Anesthesiologists I-III, 18-80 years old) scheduled for outpatient arthroscopy on the upper or lower extremity were randomized to have either a combination of peripheral nerve block and general anesthesia (NB + GA, study group) or general anesthesia alone (GA, control group). The relevant nerve was localized by ultrasound and 10 mL ropivacaine 0.2% was injected. General anesthesia was with propofol and remifentanil. Numeric rating scales were used to assess pain and patient satisfaction in the recovery room, on the evening of surgery, and on the following 2 days.

Results: A total of 120 patients participated in the study (NB + GA: 61; GA: 59). The percentage of patients reporting relevant pain in the recovery room were 0% versus 44% (P < 0.001), on the evening after surgery 3% versus 80% (P < 0.001), and on days 1 and 2 postsurgery 12% versus 73% and 12% versus 64% (NB + GA vs GA, respectively). Median time to home discharge was NB + GA 34.5 min (range 15-90) versus GA 55 min (20-115) (P < 0.001).

Conclusions: The combination of a peripheral nerve block with low-dose ropivacaine and general anesthesia reduced postoperative pain compared with general anesthesia alone for several days after outpatient arthroscopy. It also shortened the time to home discharge.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5313006PMC
February 2017

Prokaryote community dynamics in anaerobic co-digestion of swine manure, rice straw and industrial clay residuals.

Water Sci Technol 2016;74(4):824-35

Universidad de Sancti Spíritus, Ave. de los Mártires, No. 360, Sancti Spíritus, Sancti Spíritus CP 60100, Cuba E-mail:

The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of the addition of rice straw and clay residuals on the prokaryote methane-producing community structure in a semi-continuously stirred tank reactor fed with swine manure. Molecular techniques, including terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism and a comparative nucleotide sequence analyses of the prokaryotic 16S rRNA genes, were performed. The results showed a positive effect of clay addition on methane yield during the co-digestion of swine manure and rice straw. At the digestion of swine manure, the bacterial phylum Firmicutes and the archaeal family Methanosarcinaceae, particularly Methanosarcina species, were predominant. During the co-digestion of swine manure and rice straw the microbial community changed, and with the addition of clay residual, the phylum Bacteroidetes predominated. The new nutritional conditions resulted in a shift in the archaeal family Methanosarcinaceae community as acetoclastic Methanosaeta species became dominant.
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January 2017

Perioperative Blood Glucose Levels <150 mg/dL are Associated With Improved 5-Year Survival in Patients Undergoing On-Pump Cardiac Surgery: A Prospective, Observational Cohort Study.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2015 Nov;94(45):e2035

From the Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany (AM, IB, IFB, MB, JH); Department of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Support, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, Harefield, London, UK (AFP); Department of Medical Informatics, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (AAH); and Department of Medical Statistics, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany (TB).

Hyperglycemia is common during and after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABGS) and has been shown to be associated with poor clinical outcomes. In this study, we hypothesized that a moderate perioperative mean blood glucose level of <150 mg/dL improves long-term survival in cardiac surgery patients. We conducted a prospective, observational cohort study in the heart center of the University Medical Center of Goettingen, Germany. Patients undergoing on-pump cardiac surgery were enrolled in this investigation. After evaluating perioperative blood glucose levels, patients were classified into 2 groups based on mean glucose levels: Glucose ≥150 mg/dL and Glucose <150 mg/dL. Patients were followed up for 5 years, and mortality within this period was recorded as the primary outcome parameter. Secondary outcome parameters included the length of ICU stay, the use of inotropic agents, the length of hospital stay, and the in-hospital mortality. A total of 455 consecutive patients who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were enrolled in this investigation. A Kaplan-Meier survival analysis of the 5-year mortality risk revealed a higher mortality risk among patients with glucose levels ≥150 mg/dL (P = 0.0043, log-rank test). After adjustment for confounders in a multivariate Cox regression model, the association between glucose ≥150 mg/dL and 5-year mortality remained significant (hazard ratio, 2.10; 95% CI, 1.30-3.39; P = 0.0023). This association was corroborated by propensity score matching, in which Kaplan-Meier survival analysis demonstrated significant improvement in the 5-year survival of patients with glucose levels <150 mg/dL (P = 0.0339). Similarly, in-hospital mortality was significantly higher in patients with glucose ≥150 mg/dL compared with patients with glucose <150 mg/dL. Moreover, patients in the Glucose ≥150 mg/dL group required significantly higher doses of the inotropic agent Dobutamine (mg/d) compared with patients in the Glucose <150 mg/dL group (20.6 ± 62.3 and 10.5 ± 40.7, respectively; P = 0.0104). Moreover, patients in the Glucose ≥150 mg/dL group showed a significantly longer hospital stay compared with patients in the Glucose <150 mg/dL group (28 ± 23 and 24 ± 19, respectively; P = 0.0297). We conclude that perioperative blood glucose levels <150 mg/dL are associated with improved 5-year survival in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. More studies are warranted to explain this effect.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4912304PMC
November 2015

The CD14 rs2569190 TT Genotype Is Associated with an Improved 30-Day Survival in Patients with Sepsis: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study.

PLoS One 2015 28;10(5):e0127761. Epub 2015 May 28.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany.

According to previous investigations, CD14 is suggested to play a pivotal role in initiating and perpetuating the pro-inflammatory response during sepsis. A functional polymorphism within the CD14 gene, rs2569190, has been shown to impact the pro-inflammatory response upon stimulation with lipopolysaccharide, a central mediator of inflammation in sepsis. In this study, we hypothesized that the strong pro-inflammatory response induced by the TT genotype of CD14 rs2569190 may have a beneficial effect on survival (30-day) in patients with sepsis. A total of 417 adult patients with sepsis (and of western European descent) were enrolled into this observational study. Blood samples were collected for rs2569190 genotyping. Patients were followed over the course of their stay in the ICU, and the 30-day mortality risk was recorded as the primary outcome parameter. Sepsis-related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores were quantified at sepsis onset and throughout the observational period to monitor organ failure as a secondary variable. Moreover, organ support-free days were evaluated as a secondary outcome parameter. TT-homozygous patients were compared to C-allele carriers. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed a higher 30-day mortality risk among C-allele carriers compared with T homozygotes (p = 0.0261). To exclude the effect of potential confounders (age, gender, BMI and type of infection) and covariates that varied at baseline with a p-value < 0.2 (e.g., comorbidities), we performed multivariate Cox regression analysis to examine the survival time. The CD14 rs2569190 C allele remained a significant covariate for the 30-day mortality risk in the multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 2.11; 95% CI, 1.08-4.12; p = 0.0282). The 30-day mortality rate among C allele carriers was 23%, whereas the T homozygotes had a mortality rate of 13%. Additionally, an analysis of organ-specific SOFA scores revealed a significantly higher SOFA-Central nervous system score among patients carrying the C allele compared with T-homozygous patients (1.9±1.1 and 1.6±1.0, respectively; p = 0.0311). In conclusion, CD14 rs2569190 may act as a prognostic variable for the short-term outcome (30-day survival) in patients with sepsis.
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April 2016

Ketamine in outpatient arthroscopic shoulder surgery: Effects on postoperative pain, hemodynamic stability and process times.

Open Med (Wars) 2015 28;10(1):297-305. Epub 2015 May 28.

Center for Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Göttingen, Robert-Koch Str. 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany, Tel.: +49 551 396051.

Background: Pain after arthroscopic shoulder surgery is often severe, and establishing a pain treatment regimen that does not delay discharge can be challenging. The reported ability of ketamine to prevent opioid-induced hyperalgesia has not been investigated in this particular setting.

Methods: 300 adult patients scheduled for shoulder arthroscopy under general anesthesia were recruited for this observational clinical trial and were allotted to either receive 1mg/kg IV bolus of ketamine before surgery (ketamine group, KG) or to a control group (CG) without ketamine. NRS pain scores were obtained on the operative day and on postoperative days 1 and 2 and compared between groups. Secondary variables were blood pressure, heart rate, process times, satisfaction with the anesthetic and unwanted effects.

Results: Pain severity did not differ significantly between the groups at any time. Propofol injection rate and cumulative dose were higher in the KG. Heart rates and blood pressures were similar. Time to emergence and time in PACU were longer and vomiting was more frequent in patients given ketamine.

Conclusion: Preoperative low-dose ketamine added to a general anesthetic does not reduce perioperative pain after outpatient shoulder arthroscopy. It increases procedural times and the incidence of PONV.
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May 2015

Chronic kidney disease is associated with a higher 90-day mortality than other chronic medical conditions in patients with sepsis.

Sci Rep 2015 May 21;5:10539. Epub 2015 May 21.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Robert-Koch-Str.40, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

According to previous studies, the clinical course of sepsis could be affected by preexisting medical conditions, which are very common among patients with sepsis. This observational study aimed at investigating whether common chronic medical conditions affect the 90-day mortality risk in adult Caucasian patients with sepsis. A total of 482 patients with sepsis were enrolled in this study. The ninety-day mortality was the primary outcome; organ failure was the secondary outcome. Sepsis-related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores and the requirements for organ support were evaluated to assess organ failure. A multivariate Cox regression model for the association between the 90-day mortality risk and chronic preexisting medical conditions adjusted for all relevant confounders and mortality predictors revealed the highest hazard ratio for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) (hazard ratio, 2.25; 95% CI, 1.46-3.46; p = 0.0002). Patients with CKD had higher SOFA scores than patients without CKD (8.9 ± 4.0 and 6.5 ± 3.4, respectively; p < 0.0001). Additionally, an analysis of organ-specific SOFA scores revealed higher scores in three organ systems (kidney, cardiovascular and coagulation). Patients with CKD have the highest 90-day mortality risk compared with patients without CKD or with other chronic medical conditions.
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May 2015

Remifentanil added to sufentanil-sevoflurane anesthesia suppresses hemodynamic and metabolic stress responses to intense surgical stimuli more effectively than high-dose sufentanil-sevoflurane alone.

BMC Anesthesiol 2015 18;15. Epub 2015 Jan 18.

Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Göttingen Medical School, Robert-Koch Str. 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany.

Background: Even extremely high-doses of the potent opioid, sufentanil, cannot reliably suppress stress responses to intense surgical stimuli such as sternotomy. The chemically related opioid remifentanil with its different pharmacokinetics and binding affinities for delta- and kappa-opioid receptors might be more effective in attenuating these responses.

Methods: ASA I-III patients scheduled for a surgical procedure with sternotomy under balanced anesthesia (sevoflurane and sufentanil 3 μg.kg(-1) bolus, 0.017 μg.kg(-1).min(-1) infusion) were randomized into two groups. Patients in the study group were supplemented with remifentanil (2 μg.kg(-1) bolus, 2-7 μg.kg(-1).min(-1) infusion) starting ten minutes before sternotomy. Heart rate, arterial blood pressures, cardiac index, ejection fraction, systemic vascular resistance index (SVRI), total body oxygen uptake (VO2) and electric dermal response were measured and compared between the groups.

Results: 62 patients were studied (study group 32, control group 30). Systolic and mean arterial blood pressures, SVRI, VO2 and skin conductance increased during sternotomy and sternal spread in the control group but not in the study group. Systolic blood pressure increase: 7.5 ± 19 mmHg vs. -3.4 ± 8.9 (p = 0.005); VO2 increase: 31 ± 46% vs. -0.4 ± 32%; incidence of systolic blood pressure increase greater than 15 percent: 20% vs. 3% (p = 0.035) (control vs. study group).

Conclusion: High-dose remifentanil added to sevoflurane-sufentanil anesthesia suppresses the sympathoadrenergic response to sternotomy and sternal spread better than high-dose sufentanil alone.

Trial Registration:

Clinical Trial Number: DRKS00004327, August 31, 2012.
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March 2016

Blood pressure response to combined general anaesthesia/interscalene brachial plexus block for outpatient shoulder arthroscopy.

BMC Anesthesiol 2014 30;14:50. Epub 2014 Jun 30.

Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Göttingen Medical School, Robert-Koch Str. 40, Göttingen 37075, Germany.

Background: Shoulder surgery is often performed in the beach-chair position, a position associated with arterial hypotension and subsequent risk of cerebral ischaemia. It can be performed under general anaesthesia or with an interscalene brachial plexus block, each of which has specific advantages but also specific negative effects on blood pressure control. It would be worthwhile to combine the advantages of the two, but the effects of the combination on the circulation are not well investigated. We studied blood pressure, heart rate, and incidence of adverse circulatory events in patients undergoing shoulder surgery in general anaesthesia with or without an interscalene block.

Methods: Prospective, randomised, blinded study in outpatients (age 18 to 80 years) undergoing shoulder arthroscopy. General anaesthesia was with propofol/opioid, interscalene block with 40 ml 1% mepivacaine. Hypotension requiring treatment was defined as a mean arterial pressure <60 mmHg or a systolic pressure <80% of baseline; relevant bradycardia was a heart rate <50 bpm with a decrease in blood pressure.

Results: Forty-two patients had general anaesthesia alone, 41 had general anaesthesia plus interscalene block. The average systolic blood pressure under anaesthesia in the beach-chair position was 114 ± 7.3 vs. 116 ± 8.3 mmHg (p = 0.09; all comparisons General vs. General-Regional). The incidence of a mean arterial pressure under 60 mmHg or a decrease in systolic pressure of more than 20% from baseline was 64% vs. 76% (p = 0.45). The number of patients with a heart rate lower than 50 and a concomitant blood pressure decrease was 8 vs. 5 (p = 0.30).

Conclusion: One can safely combine interscalene block with general anaesthesia for surgery in the beach-chair position in ASA I and II patients.

Clinical Trial Number: DRKS00005295.
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October 2015

The regulatory toll-like receptor 4 genetic polymorphism rs11536889 is associated with renal, coagulation and hepatic organ failure in sepsis patients.

J Transl Med 2014 Jun 21;12:177. Epub 2014 Jun 21.

Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, D-37075 Goettingen, Germany.

Background: Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) receptor complex signal-transducing molecule, plays a crucial role in sensing LPS from gram-negative bacteria. TLR4 signaling pathway activation by LPS plays a major role in sepsis pathogenesis. A single nucleotide polymorphism, rs11536889, in the 3'-untranslated region of the TLR4 gene is thought to affect TLR4 translation. This study aimed to investigate whether organ failure in sepsis patients is related to the TLR4 rs11536889 genotype.

Methods: Adult Caucasian patients with sepsis from the intensive care unit of a university medical center were followed up for 90 days, and organ failure was recorded as the primary outcome variable. Blood samples were collected at enrollment for TLR4 rs11536889 genotyping. Sepsis-related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores were quantified at sepsis onset and throughout the observational period to monitor organ failure.

Results: A total of 210 critically ill patients with sepsis were enrolled into this study. Wild-type GG was compared to GC/CC. During their stay in the intensive care unit, GG patients presented significantly higher SOFA scores than did C allele carriers (7.9 ± 4.5 and 6.8 ± 4.2, respectively; p = 0.0005). Analysis of organ-specific SOFA sub-scores revealed significant differences in three organ systems: renal, coagulation and hepatic (p = 0.0005, p = 0.0245 and p < 0.0001, respectively). Additionally, the rs11536889 polymorphism was associated with a higher incidence of gram-negative infections.

Conclusions: These results offer the first evidence that TLR4 rs11536889 is a useful marker of organ failure in patients with sepsis.
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June 2014

Ninety-day survival rate of patients with sepsis relates to programmed cell death 1 genetic polymorphism rs11568821.

J Investig Med 2014 Mar;62(3):638-43

From the Departments of *Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, †Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, ‡General and Visceral Surgery, §Medical Statistics, and ∥Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, University Medical Center Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.

Background: Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Programmed cell death 1 protein (PD-1), a negative costimulatory molecule, is suggested to be involved in pathogenesis as mortality is associated with high expression and as neutralizing antibodies improve survival in a mouse model. The PD-1 gene harbors an intronic single-nucleotide polymorphism, rs11568821, which is located in a transcription factor-binding site and supposed to affect PD-1 transcription.

Objective: This study aimed at investigating whether mortality (90-day) among patients with sepsis associates with PD-1 rs11568821 genotypes.

Methods: Adult white patients with sepsis from the surgical intensive care units of a university medical center were followed up for 90 days, and mortality was recorded as primary outcome variable. Blood samples were taken for PD-1 rs11568821 genotyping. Sequential Organ Failure Assessment scores increased at enrollment and during the observation period to monitor morbidity.

Results: Two hundred nineteen critically ill patients with sepsis were enrolled in this investigation. Ninety-day mortality was significantly higher among G homozygotes than among A allele carriers (P = 0.0032). During intensive care unit stay, G homozygotes experienced higher Sequential Organ Failure Assessment scores (P < 0.001) and a higher demand of vasopressor therapy (P = 0.0107).

Conclusions: Data provide first associative evidence for PD-1 rs11568821 as a prognostic indicator in patients with sepsis.
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March 2014

The effect of changing the sequence of cuff inflation and device fixation with the LMA-Supreme® on device position, ventilatory complications, and airway morbidity: a clinical and fiberscopic study.

BMC Anesthesiol 2014 Jan 4;14. Epub 2014 Jan 4.

Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Göttingen Medical School, Robert-Koch Str, 40, 37075 Göttingen, Germany.

Background: The conventional sequence when using supraglottic airway devices is insertion, cuff inflation and fixation. Our hypothesis was that a tighter fit of the cuff and tip could be achieved with a consequently lower incidence of air leak, better separation of gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts and less airway morbidity if the device were first affixed and the cuff then inflated.

Methods: Our clinical review board approved the study (public registry number DRKS00003174). An LMA Supreme® was inserted into 184 patients undergoing lower limb arthroscopy in propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia who were randomly assigned to either the control (inflation then fixation; n = 92) or study group (fixation then inflation; n = 92). The cuff was inflated to 60 cmH2O. The patients' lungs were ventilated in pressure-controlled mode with 5 cmH2O PEEP, Pmax to give 6 ml kg-1 tidal volume, and respiratory rate adjusted to end-tidal CO2 of 4.8 and 5.6 kPa. Correct cuff and tip position were determined by leak detection, capnometry trace, oropharyngeal leak pressure, suprasternal notch test, and lube-tube test. Bowl and cuff position and the presence of glottic narrowing were assessed by fiberscopic examination. Postoperative dysphagia, hoarseness and sore throat were assessed with a questionnaire. Ventilatory impairment was defined as a tidal volume < 6 ml kg-1 with Pmax at oropharyngeal leak pressure, glottic narrowing was defined as an angle between the vocal cords under 16 degrees.

Results: The incidence of incorrect device position (18% vs. 21%), failed ventilation (10% vs. 9%), leak pressure (24.8 vs. 25.2 cmH2O, p = 0.63), failed lube-tube test (16.3% vs. 17.6%) and glottic narrowing (19.3% vs. 14.1%, p = 0.35) was similar in both groups (control vs. study, resp.). When glottic narrowing occurred, it was more frequently associated with ventilatory impairment in the control group (77% vs. 39%; p = 0.04). Airway morbidity was more common in the control group (33% vs. 19%; p < 0.05).

Conclusions: Altering the sequence of cuff inflation and device fixation does not affect device position, oropharyngeal leak pressures or separation of gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. It reduces the incidence of glottic narrowing with impaired ventilation and also perioperative airway morbidity.
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January 2014

The eNOS 894G/T gene polymorphism and its influence on early and long-term mortality after on-pump cardiac surgery.

J Cardiothorac Surg 2013 Oct 25;8:199. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

Department of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Göttingen, Robert-Koch Strasse 40, 37099 Göttingen, Germany.

Background: The eNOS 894G/T polymorphism (GG, GT, and TT) is associated with cardiovascular mortality and may influence cardiovascular diseases as a genetic risk factor. Moreover, this polymorphism has an impact on intraoperative hemodynamics during cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). In this study, we analyzed the influence of this gene polymorphism on early clinical outcome in patients who underwent cardiac surgery with CPB. Also, we performed a 5-year follow-up, assessing the impact of this polymorphism on long-term mortality.

Method: 500 patients who underwent cardiac surgery with CPB between 2006 and 2007 were included in this prospective single centre study. Genotyping for the eNOS gene polymorphism was performed by polymerase chain reaction amplification.

Results: Genotype distribution of 894G/T was: GG 50.2%; GT 42.2%; TT 7.8%. Cardiovascular risk factors were equally distributed between the different genotypes of the eNOS 894G/T polymorphism. No significant difference among the groups was shown regarding Euroscore, SAPS II and APACHE II. Perioperative characteristics were also not affected by the genotypes, except for the consumption of norepinephrine (p = 0.03) and amiodarone (p = 0.01) which was higher in the GT allele carrier. The early postoperative course was quite uniform across the genotypes, except for mean intensive care unit length of stay which was significantly prolonged in GT carriers (p = 0.001). The five-year follow-up was 100% complete and showed no significant differences regarding mortality between the groups.

Conclusion: Our results show that the eNOS 894G /T polymorphism is not associated with early and late clinical outcome after cardiac surgery. Thus, this polymorphism can actually not help to identify high risk groups in the heterogeneous population of individuals who undergo cardiac surgery with CPB.
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October 2013

Occurrence and genetic diversity of Arcobacter spp. in a spinach-processing plant and evaluation of two Arcobacter-specific quantitative PCR assays.

Syst Appl Microbiol 2013 Jun 3;36(4):235-43. Epub 2013 Apr 3.

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V.-ATB, Max-Eyth-Allee 100, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany.

Some species of the genus Arcobacter are considered to be emerging food pathogens. With respect to recent vegetable-borne outbreaks, the aim of this work was to investigate the occurrence and diversity of Arcobacter within the production chain of a spinach-processing plant by a combination of cultivation and molecular methods. Samples including spinach, water, and surface biofilm were taken over a period of three years from the entire processing line. Ten 16S rRNA (rrs) gene clone libraries were constructed and analysed using amplified rRNA gene restriction analysis (ARDRA). Approximately 1200 clones were studied that resulted in 44 operational taxonomic units (OTUs). Sequences with high similarities to Arcobacter cryaerophilus (13% of clones, 3 OTUs), A. ellisii (4%, 6 OTUs), A. suis (15%, 3 OTUs), and the type strain of A. nitrofigilis (1%, 7 OTUs) were identified. This represents the first report of the detection of the recently described species A. ellisii, A. suis and, in addition, A. venerupis from alternative habitats. A total of 67% of the clones (22 OTUs) could not be assigned to a genus, which indicated the presence of uncharacterised Arcobacter species. For the cultivation-independent detection of Arcobacter, two genus-specific quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays were developed and tested on 15 Arcobacter species. When these assays were applied to samples from the spinach-processing plant, they showed positive results for up to 35% of the samples and supported the conclusion that there is a considerable risk for the transfer of pathogenic Arcobacter species on vegetables, which was also verified by a cultivation approach.
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June 2013

Characterization of the methanogenic Archaea within two-phase biogas reactor systems operated with plant biomass.

Syst Appl Microbiol 2008 Aug 22;31(3):190-205. Epub 2008 May 22.

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V ATB, Abteilung Bioverfahrenstechnik, Max-Eyth-Allee 100, Potsdam-Bornim, Germany.

The two-phase leach-bed system is a biogas reactor system optimized for the utilization of energy crop silages at maximized loading rates under maintenance of an optimal microbial activity. In this study, a characterization of the methanogenic microbial community within this reactor system was conducted for the first time. Accordingly, effluent samples from the anaerobic filter and the silage digesting leach-bed reactors of both a laboratory-scale two-phase biogas reactor system and a scaled-up commercial on-farm pilot plant were investigated. In total, five Archaea-specific 16S rDNA libraries were constructed and analyzed by amplified rDNA restriction analysis (ARDRA), with subsequent phylogenetic analysis of nucleotide sequences for individual ARDRA patterns. A quantification of major methanogenic Archaea groups was conducted by real-time PCR. A total of 663 clones were analyzed and 45 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) related to methanogenic Archaea were detected. These OTUs were related to the orders Methanosarcinales, Methanomicrobiales and Methanobacteriales, as well as the hitherto uncultured CA-11 and ARC-I groups, and most of them occurred throughout all the compartments of both two-phase biogas reactors. The proportion of acetotrophic to hydrogenotrophic methanogens differed between the laboratory and the pilot scale system. A total of 56% of the clones from the 16S rDNA library derived from the laboratory biogas system were assigned to presumably acetotrophic members of Methanosarcinales. In contrast, these OTUs were less abundant in the 16S rDNA library derived from samples of the pilot plant. Therein, the most dominant OTUs were Methanoculleus-related OTUs, which presumably indicated the predominant presence of hydrogenotrophic methanogens. These findings were confirmed by group-specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. The results indicated that the fraction of acetotrophic and hydrogenotrophic methanogens within a biogas reactor caused certain variations, which may reflect varying substrate utilization during methanogenesis.
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August 2008

Using a laryngeal tube during cardiac arrest reduces "no flow time" in a manikin study: a comparison between laryngeal tube and endotracheal tube.

Wien Klin Wochenschr 2008 ;120(7-8):217-23

Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany.

Unlabelled: In 2005 the European Resuscitation Council published new guidelines for advanced life support. One of the issues was to reduce the "no flow time", which is defined as the time without chest compression in the first period of cardiac arrest. In a manikin study, we evaluated whether using the laryngeal tube instead of endotracheal intubation for airway management during cardiac arrest could reduce the "no flow time".

Methods: The study was prospective and included 50 volunteers who performed standardized management of simulated cardiac arrest in a manikin. All participants had completed an obligatory course in emergency medicine but had not been specifically trained in endotracheal intubation; they were therefore designated as unfamiliar in using the endotracheal tube to secure the airway, in accordance with the definition of the European Resuscitation Council. We defined two groups for the study: the LT group, who used the laryngeal tube to secure the airway; and the ET group, who used the endotracheal tube and bag-mask ventilation to ventilate the manikin. The participants were initially randomly assigned to one of the groups and thereafter completed the other scenario. Study endpoints were the total "no flow time" and adherence to guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council.

Results: Use of the laryngeal tube during cardiac arrest in the manikin significantly reduced the "no flow time" when compared with endotracheal intubation (109.3 s vs. 190.4 s; P < 0.01). The laryngeal tube was inserted significantly faster than the endotracheal tube (13 s vs. 52 s; P < 0.01) and was correctly positioned by 98% of the participants at the first attempt, compared with 72% using the endotracheal tube.

Conclusion: With regard to the guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council, we are convinced that during cardiac arrest supraglottic airway devices should be used by emergency personnel unfamiliar with endotracheal intubation.
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September 2008

Salinity tolerance of the chlorophyll b-synthesizing cyanobacterium Prochlorothrix hollandica strain SAG 10.89.

Microb Ecol 2008 May;55(4):685-96

Institute of Biosciences, Aquatic Ecology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany.

Ecophysiological investigations on the salinity acclimation of the cyanobacterium Prochlorothrix hollandica SAG 10.89 led to significantly revised salinity tolerance limits. Besides potential effects of cultivation techniques, clear ion composition effects mainly explain formerly described hypersensitivity to NaCl-mediated salinity and lack of osmolyte detection. An extraordinarily broad plasticity of cellular chlorophyll a/b ratios occurred with variations of NaCl-induced salinity. Photosynthesis characteristics, pigment regulation, respiration, and biomass yield in growth medium with field-like ion composition indicated generally reduced acclimation pressure. A simultaneously significant increase in osmolyte (sucrose) accumulation indicated more efficient osmotic acclimation. Minor growth inhibition up to salinities of 10 practical salinity units enlarged the potential habitat of P. hollandica but at the most to about 300,000 km2 in the Baltic Sea. This supports probable observations of Prochlorothrix sp. in phytoplankton assemblages of open waters in Baltic Sea-monitoring studies. Brackish habitats differ from so far known habitats of Prochlorothrix spp. in turbidity, productivity, and plankton composition. Adjusted physiological features dispel fundamental doubts on the establishment of filamentous prochlorophytes in brackish waters.
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May 2008

Detection of Prochlorothrix in brackish waters by specific amplification of pcb genes.

Appl Environ Microbiol 2003 Oct;69(10):6243-9

Department of Aquatic Ecology, Institute of Biodiversity Research, Fachbereich Biowissenschaften, Universität Rostock, D-18051 Rostock, Germany.

Prochlorothrix hollandica is the only filamentous chlorophyll b (Chlb)-containing oxyphotobacterium that has been found in freshwater habitats to date. Chlb serves as a light-harvesting pigment which is bound to special binding proteins (Pcb). Even though Prochlorothrix was initially characterized as a highly salt-sensitive species, we detected it in a brackish water environment that is characterized by salinities of up to 12 practical salinity units. Using PCR and reverse transcription, we amplified pcb gene fragments of phytoplankton samples taken along a salinity gradient in the eutrophic Darss-Zingst estuary (southern Baltic Sea). After sequencing, high levels of homology to the pcbB and pcbC genes of P. hollandica were found. Furthermore, autofluorescence of Prochlorothrix-like filaments that indicated that Chlb was present was detected in enrichment cultures prepared from the estuarine phytoplankton. The detection of Chlb-containing filaments, as well as the pcb and 16S ribosomal DNA sequences, suggests that Prochlorothrix is an indigenous genus in the Darss-Zingst estuary and may also inhabit many other brackish water environments. The potential of using pcb gene detection to differentiate Prochlorothrix from morphologically indistinguishable species belonging to the genera Pseudanabaena and Planktothrix (Oscillatoria) in phytoplankton analyses is discussed.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/aem.69.10.6243-6249.2003DOI Listing
October 2003