Accession Number : ADA619969


Title :   Ultraviolet C Light for Acinetobacter baumannii Wound Infections in Mice: Potential Use for Battlefield Wound Decontamination?


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH FORT SAM HOUSTON TX


Personal Author(s) : Dai, Tianhong ; Murray, Clinton K ; Vrahas, Mark S ; Baer, David G ; Tegos, George P ; Hamblin, Michael R


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA619969


Report Date : Jan 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : BACKGROUND: Since the beginning of the conflicts in the Middle East, US Army physicians have noted a high rate of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections among US soldiers wounded and initially treated in Iraq. In this study, we investigated the use of ultraviolet C (UVC) light for prevention of multidrug-resistant A. baumannii wound infections using mouse models. METHODS: Partial-thickness skin abrasions and full-thickness burns in mice were infected with a multidrug-resistant A. baumannii isolate recovered from a wounded US soldier deployed to Iraq. The luxCDABE operon, which was contained in plasmid pMF 385, was cloned into the A. baumannii strain. This allowed real-time monitoring of the extent of infection in mice using bioluminescence imaging. UVC light was delivered to the mouse wounds at 30 minutes after the inoculation of A. baumannii. Groups of infected mouse wounds without being exposed to UVC served as the controls. RESULTS: In vitro studies demonstrated that A. baumannii cells were inactivated at UVC exposures much lower than those needed for a similar effect on mammalian cells. It was observed in animal studies that UVC (3.24 J/cm2 for abrasions and 2.59 J/cm2 for burns) significantly reduced the bacterial burdens in UVC-treated wounds by approximately 10-fold compared with nontreated controls (p 0.004 for abrasions, p 0.019 for burns). DNA lesions were observed by immunofluorescence in mouse skin abrasions immediately after a UVC exposure of 3.24 J/cm2; however, the lesions were extensively repaired within 72 hours. CONCLUSION: These results suggested that UVC may be useful in preventing combat-related wound infections.


Descriptors :   *BACTERIA , *BURNS(INJURIES) , *DECONTAMINATION , *ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION , ABRASION , ANIMALS , ARMY PERSONNEL , BACKGROUND , BATTLEFIELDS , DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACIDS , DEPLOYMENT , HIGH RATE , IMAGES , IN VITRO ANALYSIS , INACTIVATION , INFECTIOUS DISEASES , INOCULATION , LESIONS , MONITORING , PHYSICIANS , PLASMIDS , PREVENTION , REPRINTS , THERAPY , THICKNESS , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Optics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE