In 1951 it was reported as the s… The greatest reduction in colony-forming units (minus 4 logs) after 24 hours incubation in an antibiotic concentration four times the MIC was seen with penicillin (range MIC 0.02-4µg/mL), gentamicin (0.1-10µg/mL) and ciprofloxacin (0.001-0.5µg/mL). 1998;28:350. [PubMed], 36. Pierce CS, Bartholomew WR, Amsterdam D, Neter E, Zambon JJ. This exopolysaccharide has been named differently in various bacteria but its synthesis is encoded by a set of four genes, icaADBC in Staphylococcal species and pgaABCD in E. coli and A. actinomycetemcomitans. Scaling and root planning alone was unable to remove A. actinomycetemcomitans from localized juvenile periodontitis lesions. 1. Antony B, Thomas S, Chandrashekar SC, Kumar MS, Kumar V. Osteomyelitis of the mandible due to Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. Aggregatibacter  actinomycetemcomitans is usually susceptible to second, third and fourth generation cephalosporins, carbapenems, mezlocillin, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, cotrimoxazole, rifampicin, chloramphenicol, tetracyclines, clarithromycin and azithromycin (Table 1). It has been well documented that biofilm bacteria predominate, numerically and metabolically, in virtually all nutrient-sufficient ecosystems, including the oral cavity [1,2]. The need to incubate blood cultures for 2 - 3 weeks before reporting them as negative has been emphasized in the past (20, 71). Mitchell RG, Gillespie WA. Injection of A. actinomycetemcomitans into mice has been claimed to induce immunosuppression and sonicates of this organism suppressed the IgG response to sheep red blood cells in mice [20,21]. Ishak MA, Zablit KV, Dumas J. Endogenous endophthalmitis caused by Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Because of their excellent bactericidal activity against A. actinomycetemcomitans, fluoroquinolones are likely to find a role in the treatment of periodontitis, albeit in combination with antibiotics having activity against anaerobes. This will be discussed later in Pathology section. Rupp ME, Ulphani JS, Fey PD, Bartscht K, Mack D (1999) Characterization of the importance of polysaccharide intercellular adhesin/hemagglutinin of Staphylococcus epidermidis in the pathogenesis of biomaterial-based infection in a mouse foreign body infection model. Vaccines are not available for Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. Infection due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Haemophilus aphrophilus. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company, 1998;1871-1887. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2009;52:115-116.  [PubMed], 2. Babinchak TJ. El Khizzi N, Kasab SA, Osoba AO. Whether these agents are effective in preventing A. actinomycetemcomitans endocarditis has not been evaluated in animal experimental models. Deoxyribonucleic acid-deoxyribonucleic acid hybridisation analysis of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Haemophilus aphrophilus. The inappropriateness of vancomycin or erythromycin as treatment or prophylaxis for endocarditis due to A. actinomycetemcomitans has been emphasized by a report of endocarditis developing in a patient with penicillin allergy who was given prophylaxis with both vancomycin and erythromycin. Thjotta TL, Sydnes S. Actinobacillus actinomycetam comitans as the sole infecting agent in a human being. The review of endocarditis due to unusual or fastidious organisms by Berbari et al. The repeated message is that laboratory susceptibility testing of A. actinomycetemcomitans is essential to enable treatment appropriate for a particular isolate and site of infection because susceptibility varies considerably, especially to ß-lactam agents. AA is a species of rod-shaped bacteria with several virulent factors, meaning that the bacteria have characteristics that can harm your dental health, as an article in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research (JCDR) describes. They concluded that ciprofloxacin or cefixime might be used in combination with metronidazole to treat periodontitis in patients allergic to penicillins (50). Aust NZ J Med. Oral MicrobiolImmunol. In this study, 403 subjects from four study groups were examined for A actinomycetemcomitans in subgingival dental plaque. Endocarditis due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans serotype c and patient immune response. Zadeh HH, Nalbant A, Park K. Large-scale early in vitro response to Actinobacillusactinomycetemcomitanssuggestssuperantigenic activation of T-cells. Izano EA, Wang H, Ragunath C, Ramasubbu N, Kaplan JB (2007) Detachment and killing of Aggregatibacteractinomycetemcomitans biofilms by dispersin B and SDS. Outer membrane-like vesicles secreted by Actinobacillusactinomycetemcomitans are enriched in leukotoxin. J Dent Res 86: 618–622. Case report and review of the literature. Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans pneumonia with possible septic embolization [Letter]. W e report on the microbiological and clinical effects of mechanical debridement in combination with metronidazole plus amoxicillin therapy in 118 patients with Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans‐associated periodontitis. Exclusive growth of A.a was found in a particular culture medium which contained TSBV, spiramycin, fucidic acid and carbencillin. The proportion of patients who underwent surgical therapy was similar, regardless of the infecting organism (14). Indifference or additive effects were seen with rifampicin plus penicillin against 4 of 12 isolates, with rifampicin plus ceftriaxone against 9 of 12 isolates and with rifampicin plus cephapirin against all 12 isolates (73). found that medical treatment alone or associated with surgical treatment cured 82-87% of native and prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by HACEK organisms (4). In a survey of clinical microbiology laboratories using Septi-Chek blood culture bottles, the 538 respondents indicated that only 2/136 patients (1.5%) with bacteremia due to fastidious bacteria were first shown to be bacteremic following incubation of bottles for greater than 7 days (16). Clin Infect Dis 1993;17:1077-1078. [PubMed], 25 Hoffler U, Niederau W, Pulverer G. Susceptibility of Bacterium actinomycetem comitans to 45 antibiotics. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is part of the normal oral flora and infection is endogenously acquired. The hyperleukotoxin-producing A. actinomycetemcomitans strain demonstrates up-regulation of attachment genes, permitting it to attach better than the wild-type strain in competition with commensal bacteria for space on tooth surfaces. Performance standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing; eleventh informational supplement. Oral ciprofloxacin therapy for prosthetic valve endocarditis due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Zentralbl Bakteriol Mikrobiol Hyg 1912;62:191-200. Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand 1951;28:27-35. [PubMed], 66. Of 399 reported cases, the contribution of each species was Haemophilus parainfluenzae (66), H. influenzae (13),Aggregatibacter aphrophilus (99), A. actinomycetemcomitans (93), Cardiobacterium hominis (76), Eikenella corrodens (19), Kingella kingae (28) and Kingella denitrificans (5) (6). Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans pneumonia with chest wall and subphrenic abscess. Studies of invasion of A. actinomycetemcomitans reveal that 25% of A.actinomycetemcomitans isolates are invasive. They penetrate gingival epithelium. They occur in specific intracellular locations like the epithelial wall, enlarged intracellular pocket spaces and the epithelial side of basal lamina in connective tissue and alveolar bone. Infection due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans: 15 cases and review. Localized juvenile periodontitis is one manifestation of the spectrum of early onset periodontitis in which severe periodontal attachment loss occurs in children, adolescents and young adults. White PA, Wilson M, Nair SP, Kirby AC, Reddi K, Henderson B. Pavicic et al. CLSI. Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Haemophilus aphrophilis. It has no requirement for either X or V factor. Eng et al. PMID: 8561477, Kolenbrander PE (2000) Oral microbial communities: biofilms, interactions, and genetic systems. These authors note the absence of previous studies to determine which combinations of antibiotics are synergistic against A. actinomycetemcomitans and caution against the empirical use of most single agents, or any combination, to treat A. actinomycetemcomitans infection without supporting laboratory data (73). 13. Endocarditis due to gram-negative bacteria: report of 56 cases. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1992;36:2634-2638. [PubMed]. Transdiaphragmatic Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans infection; case report. Infective endocarditis caused by HACEK microorganisms. California Medicine 1972;117:59-63. [PubMed]. Nature 497: 388–391. Antibiotic treatment of adults with infective endocarditis due to streptococci, enterococci, staphylococci, and HACEK microorganisms. Strains with fimbriae adhere three to four folds better. 3Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Bharath University, Chennai-600100, DOI : https://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bpj/685. RPMI – 1640 and Dulbecco’s modified Eagle medium are now used with a generation time of 246 and 346 min [12]. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (actis, a ray; myces, a fungus; comitans, accompanying; actinomycetemcomitans, accompanying an actinomycete) is a gram-negative coccobacillus measuring about 0.4 ± 0.1X 0.1 ± 0.4 micrometers in size. actinomycetemcomi-tans also causes soft-tissue abscesses, particularly of the chest wall or mandibular area, often as a coinfection with A. israelii.Chest 63. In vitro susceptibilities of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans to a number of antimicrobial combinations. 32. One showed an additive effect between ampicillin and gentamicin by time-kill curve and the other, absence of synergy between ampicillin and streptomycin (23). Scand J Infect Dis 2003;35:133-136. [PubMed], 6. A. Actinomycetemcomitans penetrate and survive within eukaryotic cells. Am J Med 1988;85:104-107. [PubMed], 38. Most importantly, this bacteria has been associated with Grade C periodontitis. It also binds to fibronectin but not fibrinogen. 55. Piccolomini R, Catamo G, di Bonaventura G. Bacteriostatic and bactericidal in vitro activities of clarithromycin and erythromycin against periodontopathic Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Scand J Infect Dis 2008; 40:981-996. [PubMed], 71. Though it was initially named as Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, it was found that the bacterium is more similar to haemophilus than actinobacillus and hence it was reclassified under aggregatibacter as Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. demonstrated synergy between ampicillin and gentamicin by the checkerboard technique for a single isolate with ampicillin MIC=MBC = 4µg/mL and gentamicin MIC=MBC = 4µg/mL, but subsequently treated the patient with ceftriaxone (MIC=MBC= < 0.12µg/mL) and gentamicin (23). Kaplan AH, Weber DJ, Oddone EZ, Perfect JR. A wide variety of treatments have been used, generally successfully. Molina F, Echániz A, Durán MT, Diz-Lois F. Infectious arthritis of the knee due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans [Letter]. For the patient who is allergic to ß-lactam antibiotics, the most suitable agent is likely to be a fluoroquinolone. Despite being considered a periodontopathogen, A. actinomycetemcomitans can frequently be detected in periodontally healthy individuals, suggesting variability in its virulence 20 . The use of combination treatment once the isolate is shown to be A. actinomycetemcomitans is more a matter of ‘usual practice’ than scientifically based.Cefamandole has been used successfully as monotherapy for A. actinomycetemcomitans prosthetic valve endocarditis (23). Ceftriaxone has excellent activity against most strains of A. actinomycetemcomitans (73) and its use is endorsed by an ad hoc writing group of the American Heart Association (72). In the series reported by Grace et al. Brain abscess due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Formerly classified as Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, this species was subsequently named Haemophilus actinomycetemcomitans, and is now known as Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. Principles and practice of infectious diseases, 5th edition. Strong evidence is available on the role of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (A.a) as the causative agent of localised juvenile periodontitis (LJP), a disease characterised by rapid destruction of the tooth-supporting tissues. It can ferment carbohydrates including glucose, fructose, maltose and mannose, and variably xylose, and mannitol. In a recent series of 45 patients with endocarditis due to HACEK organisms 2 patients died during treatment and thirteen had valve surgery during the first month after diagnosis. [25] Bacterial components involved in Adhesion are called adhesins. [PubMed], 15. It has subsequently been confirmed as present in at least 30% of actinomycotic lesions (29). Principles and procedures for blood cultures; Approved guideline. The MBCs of clarithromycin were always the same or, at most, twofold higher than the corresponding MIC. It has been affirmed that many bacteria have the ability to invade host cells and A. actinomycetemcomitans is one among them. The MBCs of the fluoroquinolones were the same or little more than their MICs. Ofloxacin 200mg tid (tds) was prescribed for 5 weeks. PGA may act through a general mechanism wherein it binds to or electrostatically repulses immune modulators and antimicrobial agents, thereby preventing their access to the bacterial cell [5]. nov. and Aggregatibacter segnis comb. Oral MicrobiolImmunol. One cell cycle-modulatory protein with immunosuppressive function that has recently been identified as being produced by A. actinomycetemcomitans is cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) Fc binding protein terme as Omp34 identical with OmpA of E. coli, a protein implicated in the virulence of this organism is another immunomodulatory virulence factor of A. actinomycemcomitans. Martin MC, Andres MT, Fierro JF, Mendez FJ. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is part of the normal flora in many healthy individuals, but is also a major etiologic agent in some aggressive forms of periodontitis. Unfortunately, vancomycin (2G per day) was also chosen as empirical treatment. One isolate had an ampicillin MIC=MBC= 4.0µg/mL, ceftriaxone MIC=MBC= <0.12µg/mL and gentamicin MIC=MBC=4.0µg/mL, the second isolate had an ampicillin MIC=1.0µg/mL, MBC=2.0µg/mL and gentamicin MIC=0.25µg/mL, MBC=0.5µg/mL (23). [PubMed], 70.Westling K, Vondracek M. Actinobacillus (Aggregatibacter) actinomycetemcomitans (HACEK) identified by PCR/16S rRNA sequence analysis from the heart valve in a patient with blood culture negative endocarditis. It has been observed that microfilaments and microtubules for intracellular movement . It has also been proposed that A.actinomycetemcomitans can produce super antigens, which have the ability to bring about T cell apoptosis by binding to T cell receptors [22,23]. A cell stress protein, chaperonin 60 is considered to be a potent bone degrading molecule by stimulating bone resorption by acting as an osteoclast ‘growth factor’. Can J Ophthalmol 1986;21:284-286. [PubMed], 29. Rupp ME, Ulphani JS, Fey PD, Mack D (1999) Characterization of Staphylococcus epidermidis polysaccharide intercellular adhesin/hemagglutinin in the pathogenesis of intravascular catheter-associated infection in a rat model. Pajukanta R, Asikainen S, Saarela M, Alaluusua S, Jousimies-Somer H. In vitro activity of azithromycin compared with that of erythromycin against Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Bacterial cells in biofilms are surrounded by a self-synthesized, three-dimensional matrix, which holds the cells together and firmly attaches the bacterial cells to the underlying surface [3]. The MIC of ofloxacin for the isolate was 0.03mg/L by E-test and a peak serum ofloxacin concentration was 8.3mg/L (56). A. actinomycetemcomitans is a very important periodontal pathogen. For many years A. actinomycetemcomitans was not considered an independent pathogen. Among children below the age of 11, A. actinomycetemcomitans has been isolated from 0-26% of periodontally healthy children and 40-100% of patients with prepubertal periodontitis or other types of early-onset periodontitis. A. actinomycetemcomitans has been isolated from 75-100% of the lesions of localized juvenile periodontitis. Annu Rev Microbiol 54: 413–437. Steinberg JP, Del Rio C. Other Gram-negative bacilli. Renton TF, Danks J, Rosenfeld JV. Retrospective reviews of two extended incubation protocols using continuous-monitoring blood culture systems found that HACEK bacteria were not isolated beyond the routine 5 to 6.5 day incubation periods for the 407 and 215 blood cultures where extended incubation was physician requested (3, 51). PMID: 10334980, Venketaraman V, Lin AK, Le A, Kachlany SC, Connell ND, et al. Clin Infect Dis 1996; 23:657-658. [PubMed], 14. Das M, Badley AD, Cockerill FR, Steckelberg JM, Wilson WR. A well-documented case of native valve endocarditis due to A. actinomycetemcomitans was reported in 1964 (38), and a subsequent review considered that 23 of 25 patients with A. actinomycetemcomitans bacteraemia had good evidence for the diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis (46). [PubMed], 26. Torrungruang K(1), Jitpakdeebordin S(2), Charatkulangkun O(3), Gleebbua Y(4). The genetic diversity among different isolates of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is great and its ability to express and release virulence factors varies. only one of 13 patients with A. actinomycetemcomitans prosthetic valve endocarditis died and only two required surgical intervention during treatment (23). Prosthetic valve endocarditis due to A. actinomycetemcomitans was successfully treated with oral ciprofloxacin 750mg every 12 hours for 8 weeks. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Nashi M, Venkatachalam AK, Unsworth PF, Muddu BN. The exopolysaccharide from A. actinomycetemcomitans, PGA, is a surface-associated polymer that can protect A. actinomycetemcomitans at the cellular level from phagocytic killing [4]. Stepanović S, ToÅ¡ić T, Savić B, Jovanović M, K’ouas G, Carlier J-P. The importance of PGA in a protective role for A. actinomycetemcomitans and other bacteria has been well established [4]. Wayne PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute; 2006. 1990)  A.actinomycetemcomitans is small, nonmotile, gram- negative, saccharolytic, capnophilic, round-ended rod (Haffajee and Socransky 1994). HACEK group endocarditis at the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital. Geraci JE, Wilson WR. Analysis of in vitro lymphoproliferative responses and antibody formation following the subcutaneous injection of Actinobacillusactinomycetemcomitans and Wolinella recta in a murine model. 51. Meyer DJ, Gerding DN. Various studies have associated Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, formerly known as Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, with aggressive periodontitis. However, DNA homology and 16S rRNA sequencing studies have demonstrated a close relationship to Haemophilus aphrophilus and Haemophilus segnis (10, 54). On agar, colonies generally become visible after 24 hours reaching approximately 3mm diameter after several days. Chuba PJ, Bock R, Graf G, Adam T, Gobel U. Rev Infect Dis 1988;10:922-929. [PubMed], 24. Variations in the expression of the leukotoxin have been reported, and a well-characterized specific clonal type (JP2) of this bacterium … periodontitis, the prevalence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis was 79.5 and 84.4%, respectively. Grace et al. Agar dilution MICs have been obtained using an inoculum of 104 CFU/spot on Mueller-Hinton Haemophilustest medium (47, 48, 52), Mueller-Hinton agar supplemented with rabbit blood (22), trypticase soy agar with sheep blood (46) incubated in 5% -10% CO2, or Wilkens-Chalgren agar incubated anaerobically (17, 59), with results read at 24 hours (46) or 48 hours (17, 22, 47, 48, 52, 59). Rev Infect Dis 1989;11:46-63. [PubMed], 30. KuritaiOchiai T, Ochiai K, Ikeda T. Immunosuppressive effects induced by Actinobacillusactinomycetemcomitans: Effect on immunoglobulin production and lymphokine synthesis. Biomed Pharmacol J 2015;8(October Spl Edition). 54. Mayake Y, Tsuruda K, Okuda K, Widowati, Iwamoto Y, Suginaka H. In vitro activity of tetracyclines, macrolides, quinolones, clindamycin and metronidazole against periodontopathic bacteria. 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Only vancomycin (range MIC 16-120µg/mL) was associated with a total absence of bactericidal activity (20). Authors: Susan L Taylor, MBChB, FRCPA,  Selwyn D R Lang, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA. Infect Immun. The addition of clavulanic acid to amoxicillin confers no advantage against this organism because it does not produce ß-lactamase (34, 46, 59, 68). A. actinomycetemcomitans is usually resistant to erythromycin and to clindamycin and is predictably resistant to methicillin and to vancomycin (Table 1). 4. Hammerberg O, Gregson DB, Gopaul D, Lampe H. Recurrent cervical and submandibular lymphadenitis due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. A. actinomycetemcomitans produces a 65-kDa macromolecule able to bind to the IL-10 receptor and henceforth can modulate monocyte/macrophage function as IL- 10 is considered to be a major macrophage de-activating cytokine. Yuan A, Yang P-C, Lee L-N, Chang D-B, Kuo S-H, Luh K-T. Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans pneumonia with chest wall involvement and rib destruction. The aortic valve was the most commonly affected site (38/75; 50.7%) and in 10 cases vegetations were present on multiple valves. Scientific data clearly underlines its etiological role in localized aggressive periodontitis. 2002; 32:1–13. 1999; 7: 356–61. b Current NCCLS susceptible MIC interpretive standards for Haemophilus spp. PMID: 11018133, Costerton JW, Stewart PS, Greenberg EP (1999) Bacterial biofilms: a common cause of persistent infections. Evaluation of three selective media for isolation of Aggregatibacteractinomycetemcomitans. 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Antagonism was seen as often as synergy when rifampicin was combined with penicillin, but was not seen in combination with cephalosporins (cephapirin or ceftriaxone). Previous heart disease was a risk factor for 76.5%. Clin Infect Dis 1994;18:450-452. 12. Key tests for discrimination between A. actinomycetemcomitans and V-factor independent strains of Aggregatibacter aphrophilus are catalase, ONPG and fermentation of lactose, sucrose and trehalose (45). MicrobPathog. Bacterial endocarditis due to Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans in a patient with a prosthetic aortic valve. Despite the paucity of evidence for synergy between penicillin or ampicillin and aminoglycosides against A. actinomycetemcomitans, most cases of A. actinomycetemcomitans endocarditis, whether native or prosthetic valve disease, have been treated with this combination for 4-6 weeks with largely satisfactory outcomes (14,19, 23, 29, 37, 49). A.actinomycetemcomitans adheres to the gingival crevice epithelium. In a recent review of endocarditis due to rare and fastidious bacteria A. actinomycetemcomitans was the second most frequent agent of endocarditis in the HACEK group (6). The mean duration of symptoms before hospital admission was 13 weeks (range 2 days to 60 weeks) for the 72 patients for whom this information was available. PGA/PIA mediates resistance to killing by antibiotics [6], detergents [7] and antimicrobial peptides [5]. Chronic tenosynovitis caused by Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. Systemic use of amoxicillin and metronidazole has been effective in treating A. actinomycetemcomitans-associated localized juvenile periodontitis and adult periodontitis and 7 days therapy with 250mg tid (tds) of amoxicillin and metronidazole is the current recommended (adult dosage) therapy (60). Clinically important compounds tested against fastidious HACEK group organisms to include V factor-dependent V... 2015 ; 8 ( October Spl Edition ) jama 1995 ; 51:57-58. PubMed! 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