METHODS: Patients were stratified based on ferritin levels (ferritin levels ≤ 1000 or >1000).
RESULTS: Approximately 89% (118) of the patients with ferritin levels > 1000 had pneumonia, and 51% (67) had hypertension. Fever (97, 73.5%) and shortness of breath (80, 61%) were two major symptoms among the patients in this group. Logistic regression analysis indicated that ferritin level (odds ratio [OR] = 0.36, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.21-0.62; p pneumonia (OR = 8.48, 95% CI = 3.02-35.45; p 1000.
CONCLUSION: In this study, higher levels of serum ferritin were found to be an independent predictor of in-hоsрitаl mоrtаlity.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: In the present study, the lytic bacteriophage, k3w7, isolated by the host Klebsiella pneumoniae kP2 was characterised using transmission electron microscope (TEM), plaque assay, and restriction digestive enzyme to investigate mor¬phology, host spectrum, bacteriophage life cycle and stability accordingly.
RESULTS: Results and conclusions: As shown by TEM, k3w7 was observed to have the characteristic of icosahedral heads 100 nm and contractile sheaths 120 nm suggesting it belongs to the family of myoviridae.The Investigation has done on the phage growth cycle showed a short latent period of 20 min and a burst size of approximately 220 plaque forming units per infected cell. Stability test showed the phage was stable over a wide range of pH and temperatures. According to restriction analysis, k3w7 had 50 -kb double-stranded DNA genome as well as the heterogeneous nature of genetic material. These findings suggest that K3W7 has a potential use in therapy against infections caused by K. pneumonia produces carbapenemase.