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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528522/reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-like-reactive-hemophagocytic-syndrome-associated-with-disseminated-histoplasmosis-in-a-hiv-patient
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Sandra M Gómez-Espejo, Julián Olalla-Sierra, Pilar Marí-Jiménez, Teresa Pereda-Salguero, Javier Pérez-Stachowski, Javier de-la-Torre-Lima, Alfonso Del-Arco-Jiménez, José L Prada-Pardal
We describe an unusual clinical association of disseminated histoplasmosis with reactive hemophagocytic syndrome. We report the case of a new HIV-positive patient with reconstitution inflammatory syndrome like reactive hemophagocytic syndrome associated with disseminated histoplasmosis. We describe the clinical case, the procedures performed, the treatment provided and the patient's evolution. A figure of liver biopsy Grocott's silver methenamine stain that shows lots of uniform ovoid yeasts in portal spaces' macrophages that supports the diagnosis of disseminated histoplasmosis in our case...
May 20, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527136/factors-influencing-non-albicans-candidemia-a-case-case-control-study
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Diamantis P Kofteridis, Antonis Valachis, Dimitra Dimopoulou, Angeliki M Andrianaki, Athanasia Christidou, Sofia Maraki, Nikolaos A Spernovasilis, George Samonis
The study identified factors predisposing to non-albicans candidemia with special interest to prior antimicrobial treatment. A retrospective, case-case-control study was performed at the University Hospital of Heraklion, Greece, from November 2007 through September 2011 including adult patients. The study had three groups. The first included 58 patients with non-albicans candidemia, the second 48 with C. albicans candidemia, while the third (control) 104 without candidemia. Each of the two candidemia groups was compared with the control using multivariate logistic regression model...
May 19, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523422/usefulness-of-the-non-conventional-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-to-assess-candida-virulence
#3
Marcelo Ortega-Riveros, Iker De-la-Pinta, Cristina Marcos-Arias, Guillermo Ezpeleta, Guillermo Quindós, Elena Eraso
Invasive candidiasis is caused mainly by Candida albicans, but other Candida species have increasing etiologies. These species show different virulence and susceptibility levels to antifungal drugs. The aims of this study were to evaluate the usefulness of the non-conventional model Caenorhabditis elegans to assess the in vivo virulence of seven different Candida species and to compare the virulence in vivo with the in vitro production of proteinases and phospholipases, hemolytic activity and biofilm development capacity...
May 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523421/serological-evidence-of-infection-by-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-in-dogs-with-leishmaniasis
#4
Tatiane Ferreira Petroni, Lucas Xavier Bonfietti, Tiago Henrique Zaninelli, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Mario Augusto Ono
Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic mycosis prevalent in Latin American countries, caused by the dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and P. lutzii. The habitat of these fungi in nature remains undefined, although it is believed that infection occurs by inhalation of infective propagules present in soil. Sentinel animals, such as dogs, can be valuable epidemiological markers of paracoccidioidomycosis. Taking into account that paracoccidioidomycosis and visceral leishmaniasis may occur in the same area, the objective of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of P...
May 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516246/aspergillus-species-in-bronchiectasis-challenges-in-the-cystic-fibrosis-and-non-cystic-fibrosis-airways
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REVIEW
Sanjay H Chotirmall, Maria Teresa Martin-Gomez
Bronchiectasis is a chronic irreversible airway abnormality associated with infectious agents that either cause or superinfect the airways. While the role of bacteria is well studied, much remains to be determined about fungi in both cystic fibrosis- and non-cystic fibrosis-related bronchiectasis. The airway is constantly exposed to inhaled ambient moulds of which Aspergillus represent the most ubiquitous. In a normal healthy host, this situation is of little consequence. The presence of anatomical or immunological abnormalities such as those in bronchiectasis leads to a range of fungal-related pathologies from asymptomatic airway colonization to fungal sensitization, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or chronic pulmonary aspergillosis...
May 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512704/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-inhibits-the-growth-of-scedosporium-and-lomentospora-in-vitro
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Sharon C-A Chen, Shilpa Patel, Wieland Meyer, Belinda Chapman, Hong Yu, Karen Byth, Peter G Middleton, Helena Nevalainen, Tania C Sorrell
In vitro bacterial-fungal interaction studies in cystic fibrosis (CF) have mainly focused on interactions between bacteria and Candida. Here we investigated the effect of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on the growth of Scedosporium/Lomentospora spp. Standard suspensions of P. aeruginosa (16 non-mucoid and nine mucoid isolates) were dropped onto paper disks, placed on lawns of Lomentospora prolificans (formerly Scedosporium prolificans) strain WM 14.140 or Scedosporium aurantiacum strain WM 11.78 on solid agar. The median inhibitory activity (mIz) was calculated for each fungal-bacterial combination...
May 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501915/role-of-the-inositol-polyphosphate-multikinase-ipk2-in-regulation-of-hyphal-development-calcium-signaling-and-secretion-in-candida-albicans
#7
Jianrong Li, Bing Zhang, Tianyu Ma, Honggang Wang, Biao Zhang, Qilin Yu, Mingchun Li
Inositol polyphosphates are a family of inositol derivatives and ubiquitously distributed in various organisms. Their generation is catalyzed by inositol polyphosphate multikinases, which play essential roles in abundant cellular processes. However, little is known about the kinds and functions of inositol polyphosphate multikinases in the important fungal pathogen, C. albicans. In this study, we identified a C. albicans inositol polyphosphate multikinase, Ipk2. This kinase shares the conserved IPK domain and localizes in the nucleus...
May 13, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493006/activity-of-combined-antifungal-agents-against-multidrug-resistant-candida-glabrata-strains
#8
Laura Bedin Denardi, Jéssica Tairine Keller, Vanessa Oliveira, Débora Alves Nunes Mario, Janio Morais Santurio, Sydney Hartz Alves
In this study, we evaluated the in vitro activity of echinocandins, azoles, and amphotericin B alone and in combination against echinocandin/azole-sensitive and echinocandin/azole-resistant Candida glabrata isolates. Susceptibility tests were performed using the broth microdilution method in accordance with the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute document M27-A3. The checkerboard method was used to evaluate the fractional inhibitory concentration index of the interactions. Cross-resistance was observed among echinocandins; 15% of the isolates resistant to caspofungin were also resistant to anidulafungin and micafungin...
May 10, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484941/proteomics-as-a-tool-to-identify-new-targets-against-aspergillus-and-scedosporium-in-the-context-of-cystic-fibrosis
#9
Andoni Ramirez-Garcia, Aize Pellon, Idoia Buldain, Aitziber Antoran, Aitana Arbizu-Delgado, Xabier Guruceaga, Aitor Rementeria, Fernando L Hernando
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that increases the risk of suffering microbial, including fungal, infections. In this paper, proteomics-based information was collated relating to secreted and cell wall proteins with potential medical applications from the most common filamentous fungi in CF, i.e., Aspergillus and Scedosporium/Lomentospora species. Among the Aspergillus fumigatus secreted allergens, β-1,3-endoglucanase, the alkaline protease 1 (Alp1/oryzin), Asp f 2, Asp f 13/15, chitinase, chitosanase, dipeptidyl-peptidase V (DppV), the metalloprotease Asp f 5, mitogillin/Asp f 1, and thioredoxin reductase receive a special mention...
May 8, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456868/comparative-pathogenicity-of-lomentospora-prolificans-scedosporium-prolificans-isolates-from-mexican-patients
#10
Mariana Elizondo-Zertuche, Alexandra M Montoya, Efrén Robledo-Leal, Idalia Garza-Veloz, Ana L Sánchez-Núñez, Raquel Ballesteros-Elizondo, Gloria M González
We identified 11 Lomentospora prolificans isolates recovered from Mexican patients using phenotypic and molecular characteristics. The identification of isolates was assessed by internal transcribed spacer (ITS rDNA) sequencing. In vitro susceptibility to amphotericin B, fluconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, caspofungin, anidulafungin and micafungin was determined according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) procedures. Three isolates (07-2239, 11-2242 and 04-2673) were used to induce systemic infection in immunocompetent ICR mice...
April 29, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447292/ecology-of-the-human-opportunistic-black-yeast-exophiala-dermatitidis-indicates-preference-for-human-made-habitats
#11
Monika Novak Babič, Jerneja Zupančič, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Sybren de Hoog, Polona Zalar
Exophiala dermatitidis is an ascomycetous black yeast from the order Chaetothyriales. Its growth characteristics include the polymorphic life cycle, ability to grow at high and low temperatures, at a wide pH range, survival at high concentrations of NaCl, and survival at high UV and radioactive radiation. Exophiala dermatitidis causes deep or localized phaeohyphomycosis in immuno-compromised people worldwide and is regularly encountered in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. Regardless of numerous ecological studies worldwide, little is known about its natural habitat or the possible infection routes...
April 26, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439794/the-effectiveness-of-voriconazole-in-therapy-of-candida-glabrata-s-biofilms-oral-infections-and-its-influence-on-the-matrix-composition-and-gene-expression
#12
Célia F Rodrigues, Bruna Gonçalves, Maria Elisa Rodrigues, Sónia Silva, Joana Azeredo, Mariana Henriques
Candida glabrata is one of most prevalent yeast in fungal infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. Its azole resistance results in a low therapeutic response, particularly when associated with biofilms. The main goal of this work was to study the effectiveness of voriconazole (Vcz) against C. glabrata biofilms oral pathologies, as esophageal or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Antifungal susceptibilities were determined in pre-formed 24-h-biofilms and ERG genes expression was determined by qRT-PCR. Protein quantification was performed using BCA(®) Kit, carbohydrate was estimated according to the Dubois assay and β-1,3 glucans concentration were determined using Glucatell(®) kit...
April 24, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421452/susceptibility-of-candida-albicans-from-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#13
Raquel Sabino, Elisabete Carolino, Richard B Moss, Niaz Banaei, Cristina Verissimo, David A Stevens
Candida albicans is a common microbe, colonizer and potential pathogen found in respiratory cultures of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Because of possible development of resistance in patient isolates resulting from residence in the abnormal milieu of CF patient airways, or from exposure to antifungals, and considering the possibility of patient-to-patient spread of microbes and reports of elevated resistance to other fungal pathogens, it was important to assay the susceptibility of isolates of Candida and compare that profile to isolates from the community...
April 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378240/candida-albicans-germ-tube-antibody-evaluation-of-a-new-automatic-assay-for-diagnosing-invasive-candidiasis-in-icu-patients
#14
Manuel Parra-Sánchez, Ismail Zakariya-Yousef Breval, Carmen Castro Méndez, Silvia García-Rey, Ana Loza Vazquez, Alejandro Úbeda Iglesias, Desiree Macías Guerrero, Ana Romero Mejías, Cristobal León Gil, Estrella Martín-Mazuelos
Testing for Candida albicans germ-tube antibody IFA IgG assay (CAGTA) is used to detect invasive candidiasis infection. However, most suitable assays lack automation and rapid single-sample testing. The CAGTA assay was adapted in an automatic monotest system (invasive candidiasis [CAGTA] VirClia(®) IgG monotest (VirClia(®)), a chemiluminescence assay with ready-to-use reagents that provides a rapid objective result. CAGTA assay was compared with the monotest automatic VirClia(®) assay in order to establish the diagnostic reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of this method...
April 4, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378239/usefulness-of-1-3-beta-d-glucan-detection-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-mechanical-ventilated-critically-ill-patients-with-ards-and-suspected-pneumocystis-jirovecii-pneumonia
#15
Tobias Lahmer, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Jürgen Held, Sebastian Rasch, Ursula Ehmer, Roland M Schmid, Wolfgang Huber
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a major cause of disease in immunocompromised individuals. Diagnosis is typically obtained by microscopy and/or PCR. For ambiguous PCR results, we evaluated the new biomarker 1,3-Beta-D-Glucan (BDG). METHODS: BDG serum levels were assessed and correlated to PCR results in immunosuppressed patients with ARDS. RESULTS: 11 (22%) out of 50 patients had suspected PCP. APACHE II (26 vs. 24; p < 0...
April 4, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365835/paecilomyces-variotii-fungemia-in-a-patient-with-lymphoma-needing-liver-transplant
#16
A P Bellanger, J P Cervoni, J F Faucher, D Weil-Verhoeven, M Ginet, E Deconinck, F Grenouillet
Paecilomyces sp. are emerging pathogens in immunocompromised patients. We report here a case of Paecilomyces variotii fungemia, cured with amphotericin and anidulafungin, illustrating difficulties of early diagnosis and therapeutic choice in such rare fungal infection.
April 1, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349349/acute-disseminated-talaromyces-marneffei-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#17
Pingli Wang, Youfei Chen, Hao Xu, Liren Ding, Zuqun Wu, Zhijiang Xu, Kai Wang
Talaromyces marneffei (also called Penicilliosis Marneffei or T. marneffei) is a rare fungal disease that is prevalent mainly in Southeast Asia and commonly seen in immunocompromised hosts. It was rarely observed in immunocompetent hosts. We report a case of acute disseminated T. marneffei in an immunocompetent patient in the non-prevalent region. This patient had never visited the endemic area. The patient experienced a persistent fever. Brain CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a mass in the right frontal with osteolytic damage...
March 27, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337637/in-vivo-paracoccidioides-sp-biofilm-on-vascular-prosthesis
#18
Maria Emilia Cattana, Maria Fernanda Tracogna, Isabel Marques, Florencia Rojas, Mariana Fernández, María de Los Ángeles Sosa, Javier Mussin, Gustavo Giusiano
Paracoccidioidomycosis is an endemic mycosis caused by Paracoccidioides species limited to Latin America arising with the chronic form in 90% of cases. The capacity of microorganisms to form biofilms is considered of great importance medical since can contribute to the persistence and to the chronic state of the diseases. The ability of Paracoccidioides to form biofilm has been demonstrated in vitro. In our study, for the first time we have observed this capability in vivo on a vascular prosthesis using scanning electron microscope showing a dense network of Paracoccidioides yeasts covered by an extracellular matrix...
March 23, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324245/comparison-of-dna-microarray-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-and-real-time-pcr-with-dna-sequencing-for-identification-of-fusarium-spp-obtained-from-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies
#19
Marcela de Souza, Tetsuhiro Matsuzawa, Kanae Sakai, Yasunori Muraosa, Luzia Lyra, Ariane Fidelis Busso-Lopes, Anna Sara Shafferman Levin, Angélica Zaninelli Schreiber, Yuzuru Mikami, Tohoru Gonoi, Katsuhiko Kamei, Maria Luiza Moretti, Plínio Trabasso
The performance of three molecular biology techniques, i.e., DNA microarray, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and real-time PCR were compared with DNA sequencing for properly identification of 20 isolates of Fusarium spp. obtained from blood stream as etiologic agent of invasive infections in patients with hematologic malignancies. DNA microarray, LAMP and real-time PCR identified 16 (80%) out of 20 samples as Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) and four (20%) as Fusarium spp. The agreement among the techniques was 100%...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324244/animal-models-and-antifungal-agents-in-paracoccidioidomycosis-an-overview
#20
REVIEW
Luciano Z Goldani, Fernanda Wirth
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is the etiologic agent of paracoccidioidomycosis, the most prevalent systemic mycosis in Latin America. The morbidity and mortality associated with paracoccidioidomycosis necessitate our understanding of fungal pathogenesis and discovering of new agents to treat this infection. Animal models have contributed much to the knowledge of fungal infections and their corresponding therapeutic treatments. This is true for animal models of the primary fungal pathogens such as P. brasiliensis...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
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