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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647921/proteome-profile-of-aspergillus-terreus-conidia-at-germinating-stage-identification-of-probable-virulent-factors-and-enzymes-from-mycotoxin-pathways
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Raman Thakur, Jata Shankar
Aspergillus terreus is an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. The main risk group of individuals for this organism is leukopenic patients, individuals having cancers, bone marrow transplant persons and those who have immunological disorders. The lack of early diagnostic marker for A. terreus and intrinsic resistance to Amphotericin B, further limits the successful therapy of A. terreus-associated infections. The germination of inhaled conidia is the key step to establish successful invasion in host tissues or organs...
June 24, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646277/standardization-and-prevalence-of-the-booster-phenomenon-evaluation-using-a-two-step-skin-test-with-43%C3%A2-kda-glycoprotein-in-individuals-from-an-endemic-region-of-paracoccidioidomycosis
#2
Ana Paula C Marques, Sandra Maria V L Oliveira, Grazielli R Rezende, Dayane A Melo, Sonia M Fernandes-Fitts, Elenir Rose J C Pontes, Maria da Glória Bonecini-Almeida, Zoilo P Camargo, Rinaldo P Mendes, Anamaria M M Paniago
BACKGROUND: We estimated the occurrence rate of the booster phenomenon by using an intradermal test with 43 kDa glycoprotein in an endemic area of paracoccidioidomycosis in the central-west region of Brazil. METHODS: Individuals who had a negative result on a survey performed by using an intradermal test with 43 kDa glycoprotein in an endemic area of paracoccidioidomycosis underwent a second intradermal test after 10-15 days to determine the presence or absence of the booster phenomenon...
June 23, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646276/rhizopus-arrhizus-invasive-infection-due-to-self-inflicted-scratch-injuries-in-a-diabetic-patient-with-non-ketotic-acidosis
#3
Luis Buzón Martín, Miguel Ángel Morán Rodríguez, Nicole Mercier, Maria Ortega Lafont, Eva Ojeda Fernández, Ana Ruiz de la Parte, Miguel Estefanía
Mucormycosis is a rare infection caused by members included in the subphylum Mucoromycotina. Characterized by the histopathological hallmark of angioinvasion, these infections affect most often patients with certain underlying conditions carrying immunosuppression (haematological neoplasias, diabetic ketoacidosis and other forms of acidosis, and iron overload) or immunocompetent patients with traumatic mucocutaneous barriers breakdown and direct inoculation of the mould. A case is presented in which a rare underlying condition (non-ketotic acidosis) and a rare cause of cutaneous injuries collide...
June 23, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639066/enzymatic-mechanisms-involved-in-evasion-of-fungi-to-the-oxidative-stress-focus-on-scedosporium-apiospermum
#4
C Staerck, P Vandeputte, A Gastebois, A Calenda, S Giraud, N Papon, J P Bouchara, M J J Fleury
The airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are frequently colonized by various filamentous fungi, mainly Aspergillus fumigatus and Scedosporium species. To establish within the respiratory tract and cause an infection, these opportunistic fungi express pathogenic factors allowing adherence to the host tissues, uptake of extracellular iron, or evasion to the host immune response. During the colonization process, inhaled conidia and the subsequent hyphae are exposed to reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) released by phagocytic cells, which cause in the fungal cells an oxidative stress and a nitrosative stress, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639065/nosocomial-rhinocerebral-mucormycosis-two-cases-with-a-temporal-relationship
#5
Justo Sánchez-Gil, Emilio Guirao-Arrabal, Ginés David Parra-García, María Del Pilar Luzón-García, Maria Fe Bautista-Marín, Matías Barayobre-Barayobre, Andrés Fontalba-Navas
Mucormycosis is an unusual fungal infection that usually affects immunosuppressed patients. Small outbreaks of mucormycosis have been previously reported. We present two clinical cases of fatal rhinocerebral mucormycosis with a close temporal relationship between them and a possible nosocomial transmission: case 1 was a 75-year-old male with diabetes and COPD, treated with antibiotics and systemic corticosteroids, who developed rhinocerebral mucormycosis. Case 2 was an 88-year-old woman who was treated with systemic antibiotics and corticosteroids and developed the same infection after insertion of a nasogastric tube...
June 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623532/rhizopus-homothallicus-causing-invasive-infections-series-of-three-cases-from-a-single-centre-in-north-india
#6
Prathyusha Kokkayil, Mragnayani Pandey, Reshu Agarwal, Pratibha Kale, Gagandeep Singh, Immaculata Xess
Mucormycoses are opportunistic fungal infections with a high mortality rate. Rhizopus oryzae is the most common agent implicated in human infections. Although R. homothallicus has been previously reported to be a cause of pulmonary mucormycosis, it is the first time that we are reporting as a causative agent of rhino-orbital and cutaneous mucormycosis.
June 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623531/elevated-serum-beta-d-glucan-with-pseudomonas-aspergillus-and-a-partially-acid-fast-organism-in-respiratory-cultures-a-case-of-hickam-s-dictum-over-occam-s-razor
#7
Salman Khan, Camille Hamula, Meenakshi Rana, Timothy Sullivan, Dallas Dunn, Pinki Patel, Aaron Mishkin, Shirish Huprikar
We describe a case of a man with ectopic Cushing's syndrome, elevated serum beta-D-glucan, and respiratory cultures with Pseudomonas, Aspergillus, and a partially acid-fast organism. Our case highlights challenges in diagnosis and management of coinfection in an immunocompromised host.
June 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616680/melanization-of-fusarium-keratoplasticum-f-solani-species-complex-during-disseminated-fusariosis-in-a-patient-with-acute-leukemia
#8
Siri Chiewchanvit, Siriporn Chongkae, Pongsak Mahanupab, Joshua D Nosanchuk, Soraya Pornsuwan, Nongnuch Vanittanakom, Sirida Youngchim
Fusarium spp. are recognized as the second most frequently filamentous fungi causing opportunistic infections and particularly important due to the increasing number of immunocompromised patients. F. keratoplasticum (a member of F. solani species complex) is one of the Fusarium species commonly associated with human infection, and therefore, studies on the virulence of this fungus are needed. This study aimed to confirm the presence of melanin in F. keratoplasticum from a patient with systemic fusariosis. Immunofluorescence labeling with anti-melanin monoclonal antibody (MAb) was used to examine an expression of melanin in F...
June 14, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600728/the-critical-role-of-notch1-tlr-4-signaling-in-the-inflammatory-and-fungicidal-activity-of-macrophages-against-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-strain-pb18
#9
Lavínia Maria Dal'Mas Romera, Gilberto Hideo Kaihami, Grasielle Pereira Jannuzzi, José Roberto Fogaça de Almeida, Sandro Rogério de Almeida
Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic mycosis of deep nature that primarily affects the lung and can spread via lymphatic and hematogenous to other organs and tissues. It is mainly caused by Paracoccidioides brasiliensis fungus which exhibits thermal dimorphism. The innate immune system mediated by macrophages is extremely important for the control of infection and is involved in the induction and regulation of immune/inflammatory response. These cells are able to recognize pathogens through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as Toll-like receptors (TLR)...
June 9, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597394/invasive-candidiasis-in-brescia-italy-analysis-of-species-distribution-and-antifungal-susceptibilities-during-seven-years
#10
M A De Francesco, G Piccinelli, M Gelmi, F Gargiulo, G Ravizzola, G Pinsi, L Peroni, C Bonfanti, A Caruso
The aims of this study were to evaluate the epidemiology of nosocomial candidemia in a large teaching hospital in Brescia, Italy, and the in vitro antifungal susceptibility of isolates. We analyzed 196 isolates causing fungemia in patients admitted in our hospital, between January 2009 and December 2015. Strains were identified by VITEK 2 and MALDI-TOF MS. MICs were determined by Sensititre Yeast OneTM. The resistance was defined by using the revised CLSI breakpoints/epidemiological cutoff values to assign susceptibility or wild type to systemic antifungal agents...
June 8, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589247/challenges-in-laboratory-detection-of-fungal-pathogens-in-the-airways-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#11
Sharon C-A Chen, Wieland Meyer, Catherine H Pashley
Study of the clinical significance of fungal colonization/infection in the airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, especially by filamentous fungi, is challenged by the absence of standardized methodology for the detection and identification of an ever-broadening range of fungal pathogens. Culture-based methods remain the cornerstone diagnostic approaches, but current methods used in many clinical laboratories are insensitive and unstandardized, rendering comparative studies unfeasible. Guidelines for standardized processing of respiratory specimens and for their culture are urgently needed and should include recommendations for specific processing procedures, inoculum density, culture media, incubation temperature and duration of culture...
June 6, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580534/fatal-pulmonary-mucormycosis-due-to-rhizopus-homothallicus
#12
Fabrice Compain, Nawel Aït-Ammar, Françoise Botterel, Laure Gibault, Francoise Le Pimpec Barthes, Eric Dannaoui
We report here a case of cavitary pneumonia due to Rhizopus homothallicus in a diabetic patient. This is the first proven case of R. homothallicus infection in Western countries and the third case described worldwide. The organism was isolated from lung biopsy and identified after amplification and sequencing of the internal transcribed spacer region.
June 3, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577123/hepatic-disease-with-portal-hypertension-and-acute-juvenile-paracoccidioidomycosis-a-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
#13
REVIEW
Priscila Marques de Macedo, Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Fabio Brito-Santos, Maria Helena Galdino Figueiredo-Carvalho, João Carlos de Almeida Soares, Andrea D'Ávila Freitas, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is a neglected systemic mycosis endemic to Latin America caused by dimorphic fungi of the genus Paracoccidioides. The acute juvenile PCM is a severe type of presentation that usually affects young vulnerable patients and rarely progresses to portal hypertension. Here, two cases of liver disease and portal hypertension as complications of acute juvenile PCM are reported. Diagnosis of PCM was performed by isolation of the fungus and molecular identification of the strains provided through partial sequencing of two protein encoding genes, arf and gp43...
June 2, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577122/successful-treatment-of-pulmonary-mucormycosis-caused-by-cunninghamella-bertholletiae-with-high-dose-liposomal-amphotericin-b-10%C3%A2-mg-kg-day-followed-by-a-lobectomy-in-cord-blood-transplant-recipients
#14
Hikari Ota, Hisashi Yamamoto, Muneyoshi Kimura, Hideki Araoka, Takeshi Fujii, Takashi Umeyama, Hideaki Ohno, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Daisuke Kaji, Yuki Taya, Aya Nishida, Kazuya Ishiwata, Masanori Tsuji, Shinsuke Takagi, Yuki Asano-Mori, Go Yamamoto, Naoyuki Uchida, Koji Izutsu, Kazuhiro Masuoka, Atsushi Wake, Akiko Yoneyama, Shigeyoshi Makino, Shuichi Taniguchi
Infection caused by Cunninghamella bertholletiae carries one of the highest mortality rates among mucormycosis, and there are no reported cases that survived from the infection in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients occurring before neutrophil engraftment. Here, we present two cases of pulmonary mucormycosis caused by C. bertholletiae occurring before neutrophil engraftment after cord blood transplantation. Both were successfully treated with high-dose liposomal amphotericin B (10 mg/kg/day) combined with micafungin, which was then followed by neutrophil recovery, reduction in immunosuppressive agents, and a subsequent lobectomy...
June 2, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555254/successful-antifungal-combination-therapy-and-surgical-approach-for-aspergillus-fumigatus-suppurative-thyroiditis-associated-with-thyrotoxicosis-and-review-of-published-reports
#15
S Nicolè, M Lanzafame, A Cazzadori, M Vincenzi, F Mangani, C Colato, G El Dalati, P Brazzarola, E Concia
In immunocompromised patients, Aspergillus infections are important causes of morbidity and mortality. We describe a patient with cryoglobulinemic vasculitis who developed disseminated invasive aspergillosis with thyrotoxicosis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus. The diagnosis was based upon radiological, microbiological and pathological findings. The patient was treated successfully with voriconazole and caspofungin treatment followed by total thyroidectomy. We provide an overview of published reports on Aspergillus thyroiditis with an emphasis on therapeutic approaches...
May 29, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547342/trichosporon-asteroides-isolated-from-cutaneous-lesions-of-a-suspected-case-of-paracoccidioidomycosis-ceti-in-a-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus
#16
Keiichi Ueda, Ichiro Nakamura, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Kazunori Takemura, Yasutomo Nakazato, Ayako Sano
"Paracoccidioidomycosis ceti" is a rare zoonotic fungal infection affecting dolphins and is endemic worldwide. The causative agents are Paracoccidioides species; however, it is impossible to isolate the fungal species. We isolated Trichosporon asteroides from multifocal, irregularly raised skin lesions on a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) captured off coast of Japan, which was suspected to have "paracoccidioidomycosis ceti." An abundance of round, yeast-like cells was detected in a potassium hydroxide direct-mount specimen of the skin samples; however, nested PCR targeting the partial sequence of 43-kDa glycoprotein-coding gene correspondent to Paracoccidioides sp...
May 25, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528522/reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-like-reactive-hemophagocytic-syndrome-associated-with-disseminated-histoplasmosis-in-a-hiv-patient
#17
REVIEW
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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