A MICROCOSM OF PATHOGENIC BACTERIA RESISTANT TO ANTIOBIOTICS HAS RECENTLY DEVELOPED IN OUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREA RESULTING FROM CLOSE CONFINEMENT OF PATHOGEN-CARRYING ANIMALS FROM THROUGHOUT THE NATION.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1362
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
North West Labs Inc.
901 N. Lincoln, Jerome, ID, 83338
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BRUCE J. BRADLEY
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Abstract
A MICROCOSM OF PATHOGENIC BACTERIA RESISTANT TO ANTIOBIOTICS HAS RECENTLY DEVELOPED IN OUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREA RESULTING FROM CLOSE CONFINEMENT OF PATHOGEN-CARRYING ANIMALS FROM THROUGHOUT THE NATION. OUR LABORATORY ROUTINELY SCREENS HUNDREDS OF CLINICAL SAMPLES MONTHLY FOR BACTERIAL IDENTIFICATION AND ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY. IN PHASE I RESEARCH, RECENT RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY WILL BE APPLIED TO "SALTED" NON-PATHOGENIC OR CLINICAL SPECIMENS TO DEMONSTRATE FEASIBILITY OF RAPID, ACCURATE AND CLINICALLY RATIONAL DRUG SUSCEPTIBILITY TESTS. DNA PROBES FOR ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT GENES, LABELED WITH BIOTIN (BIOPROBES) WILL BE HYBRIDIZED WITH MICROBIAL PLASMID DNA USING DIRECT SLIDE TECHNIQUES OR CELLULOSE NITRATE STRIPS OR DOTS TO DETECT DNA SEQUENCES ENCODING RESISTANCE TO AMPICILLIN OR TETRACYCLINE. CURRENT PREPARATORY PROCEDURES USED IN OUR LABORATORY WILL BE REFINED TO DEVELOP METHODS FOR RAPID CLINICAL SPECIMEN PREPARATION, BACTERIAL CONCENTRATION AND BIOPROBE APPLICATION. HYBRIDIZED BIOPROBES WILL BE DETECTED WITH RABBIT ANTIBIOTIN AND FLUORESCEIN LABELED GOAT ANTI-RABBIT ANTIBODY OR COLORIMETRIC PROCEDURES. MORE RAPID AND CLINICALLY RATIONAL APPLICATION OF VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES WILL BE INVESTIGATED. THIS ANIMAL MODEL MAY PROVIDE PROTOTYPICAL METHODOLOGY FOR IMPROVED CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF HUMAN DISEASE. PHASE II RESEARCH WILL EXPAND PHASE I TECHNOLOGY TOWARDS COMMERCIAL TEST "KITS" FOR NUMEROUS RESISTANT GENES OF VARIOUS GENERA BY RAPID CONCURRENT CLINICAL PROCEDURES.

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