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Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525645/molecular-characterization-of-prototheca-strains-isolated-in-china-revealed-the-first-cases-of-protothecosis-associated-with-prototheca-zopfii-genotype-1
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Noriyuki Hirose, Zhensheng Hua, Yuichi Kato, Qiangqiang Zhang, Ruoyu Li, Kazuko Nishimura, Michiaki Masuda
In this study, six strains of Prototheca isolated in China from human patients diagnosed as protothecosis and cows with mastitis were characterized by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and nucleotide sequencing of the ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) and by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The results indicated that three strains isolated from the human patients were P. zopfii genotype 1, revealing the first cases of human protothecosis associated with P. zopfii genotype 1...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525644/risk-factors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-breakthrough-yeast-bloodstream-infections-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-in-the-era-of-newer-antifungal-agents
#2
Si-Hyun Kim, Jae-Ki Choi, Sung-Yeon Cho, Hyo-Jin Lee, Sun Hee Park, Su-Mi Choi, Dong-Gun Lee, Jung-Hyun Choi, Jin-Hong Yoo, Jong-Wook Lee
Although yeast bloodstream infections (BSIs) are increasingly being reported in patients with hematological malignancies undergoing antifungal therapy, clinical information regarding breakthrough infections is scarce. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for and clinical outcomes of breakthrough yeast BSIs in patients with hematological malignancies in the era of newer antifungal agents. Between 2011 and 2014, all consecutive patients with hematological malignancies who developed yeast BSIs were included in a case-control study wherein breakthrough infections (cases) and de novo infections (controls) were compared...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525619/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-invasive-mould-infections-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-in-five-asian-countries
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R Porpon, Y C Chen, A Chakrabarti, R Y Li, R M Shivaprakash, J Yu, H C Kung, S Watcharananan, A L Tan, S E Saffari, B H Tan
Formal, large-scale, multicenter studies of invasive mould infection (IMI) in Asia are rare. This 1-year, retrospective study was designed to assess the incidence and clinical determinants of IMI in centers in five countries (Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, China, India). Patients treated in a single year (2012) were identified through discharge diagnoses, microbiology, and histopathology logs, and entered based on published definitions of IMI. A total of 155 cases were included (median age 54 years; 47.7% male)...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525610/searching-for-clues-for-eighteen-years-deciphering-the-ecological-determinants-of-cryptococcus-gattii-on-vancouver-island-british-columbia
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Emily Sohanna Acheson, Eleni Galanis, Karen Bartlett, Sunny Mak, Brian Klinkenberg
Cryptococcus gattii emerged on Vancouver Island in 1999 for unknown reasons, causing human and animal fatalities and illness. The apparent emergence of this fungus in another temperate area, this time in the Pacific Northwest, suggests the fungus may have expanded its ecological niche. Yet studies that directly examine the potential roles of climatic and land use changes on C. gattii are still lacking. We aim to summarize the existing global literature on the ecology of C. gattii, with particular focus on the gap in knowledge surrounding the potential effects of climatic and land use changes...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525623/the-survey-of-tinea-capitis-and-scalp-dermatophyte-carriage-in-nursing-home-residents
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Chien-Yio Lin, Hsiu-Jung Lo, Ming-Gene Tu, Yu-Ming Ju, Yun-Chen Fan, Chih-Chao Lin, Ya-Ting Chiang, Yun-Liang Yang, Kai-Ting Chen, Pei-Lun Sun
Tinea capitis is a contagious dermatophyte infection of scalp and associated hairs. On the other hand, asymptomatic carriage is a status of positive dermatophyte scalp culture, but without signs or symptoms of tinea capitis, and no evidence of hair shaft invasion confirmed by direct microscopy. Tinea capitis and asymptomatic carriage mostly occur in children, but adult females are becoming another population in recent decades. In this study, we focused on the prevalence and related fungi of tinea capitis and asymptomatic carriage in elderly by the shampoo brush method, as well as the source of transmission, in 10 nursing home residents...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525598/differential-diagnosis-for-pythiosis-using-thermophilic-helicase-dna-amplification-and-restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism-thda-rflp
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Navaporn Worasilchai, Piyasak Chaumpluk, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Ariya Chindamporn
Pythiosis is caused by Pythium insidiosum, a fungus-like microbe belonging to the kingdom Stramenopila. Its diagnosis is challenging due to clinical and histopathological similarities with the fungal microbes that cause mucormycosis and entomophthoramycosis. In addition, the proper identification of P. insidiosum in the clinical laboratory is difficult. We have developed a rapid and accurate, species-specific identification method using a thermophilic helicase DNA amplification (tHDA) technique, to differentiate this pathogen from closely related pathogenic fungi...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525576/profiling-of-volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-clinical-aspergillus-isolates-using-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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M G Gerritsen, P Brinkman, N Escobar, L D Bos, K de Heer, M Meijer, H-G Janssen, H de Cock, H A B Wösten, C E Visser, M H J van Oers, P J Sterk
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath may identify the presence of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We aimed to detect VOC profiles emitted by in vitro cultured, clinical Aspergillus isolates using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Three clinical Aspergillus isolates and a reference strain were cultured while conidiation was prevented. Headspace samples were analyzed using a standardized method. Breath samples of patients from which the cultures were obtained were checked for the presence of the VOCs found in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482076/genotyping-of-clinical-isolates-of-candida-glabrata-from-iran-by-multilocus-sequence-typing-and-determination-of-population-structure-and-drug-resistance-profile
#8
Saeid Amanloo, Masoomeh Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Mohammad Ghahri, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh
Candida glabrata is often the second most common causative agent for candidiasis following Candida albicans. Despite the importance of C. glabrata infections, few epidemiological studies have been conducted on this issue. The goal of this study was genotyping of clinical isolates of C. glabrata by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) technique for determination of the endemic prevalent genotypes and any association between isolation source and drug resistance. A total of 50 C. glabrata clinical isolates from Iran were analyzed by MLST and tested for in-vitro susceptibilities to amphotericin-B, caspofungin, fluconazole, and voriconazole according to the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M27-A4 document guidelines...
May 6, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482071/polar-origanum-vulgare-lamiaceae-extracts-with-antifungal-potential-against-sporothrix-brasiliensis
#9
Stefanie Bressan Waller, Jéssica Fernanda Hoffmann, Isabel Martins Madrid, Tony Picoli, Marlete Brum Cleff, Fabio Clasen Chaves, Régis A Zanette, João Roberto Braga de Mello, Renata Osório de Faria, Mário Carlos Araújo Meireles
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) has anti-Sporothrix spp. activity, including against strains that are resistant to antifungal drugs. As the studies are limited to the essential oil, the aim of this study was to evaluate the chemical, antioxidant and cytotoxic properties of polar oregano extracts and their anti-Sporothrix brasiliensis activity. Aerial plant parts were used in the preparation of 10 min (INF10) and 60 min (INF60) infusions, a decoction (DEC) and a hydroalcoholic extract (HAE). Six phenolic acids and four flavonoids were identified and quantified through liquid-chromatography (LC-MS)...
May 6, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482010/study-toward-resolving-the-controversy-over-the-definition-of-allergic-fungal-rhinosinusitis
#10
Aleksandra Barac, Goran Stevanovic, Marina Pekmezovic, Zoran Rakocevic, Rajica Stosovic, Boban Erovic, Vesna Tomic Spiric
Dysbiosis of the microbiome on the airway mucosa leads to the development of chronic inflammatory and allergic disorders. The aim of this study was to consider the potential diagnostic criteria for allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) and nonallergic fungal rhinosinusitis (FRS), and the role of fungal presence in an environment for the development of AFRS. In this study, 136 patients were divided into two groups: patients with positive specific immunoglobulin E (sIgE) and fungal finding (AFRS group), and patients with negative sIgE and positive fungal finding (FRS group)...
May 6, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472490/in-vitro-susceptibility-of-sporothrix-brasiliensis-comparison-of-yeast-and-mycelial-phases
#11
Karine Ortiz Sanchotene, Tchana Martinez Brandolt, Gabriel Baracy Klafke, Vanice Rodrigues Poester, Melissa Orzechowski Xavier
Sporothrix brasiliensis has emerged as an important cause of sporotrichosis, particularly associated with feline and zoonotic cases. Owing to the paucity of data on antifungal activity against this species, the present study aimed to evaluate the in vitro susceptibility of clinical isolates of S. brasiliensis in the mycelial and yeast phases to itraconazole (ITZ), terbinafine (TRB), and amphotericin B (AMB). Thirty-five isolates from an outbreak of feline sporotrichosis in Southern Brazil were used. All of them were assessed in the yeast and filamentous phases using the broth microdilution technique in accordance with the respective reference protocols M27-A3 and M38-A2 of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)...
May 4, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472375/laser-treatment-of-onychomycosis-due-to-neoscytalidium-dimidiatum-an-open-prospective-study
#12
Andreia Pizarro Leverone, Dávson Aguilar Guimarães, Andréa Reis Bernardes-Engemann, Rosane Orofino-Costa
Conventional systemic and topical treatments have proven ineffective for the treatment of onychomycosis caused by Neoscytalidium dimidiatum. Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of laser monotherapy for the treatment of onychomycosis caused by this pathogen. Patients with clinical onychomycosis of the toenails and positive results both on direct mycological examination and N. dimidiatum culture underwent four 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser sessions with 6-week intervals between sessions. Participants were monitored by clinical examination supported by dermoscopy, measurement of diseased nail and the onychomycosis severity index (OSI), and by mycological examination for 12 months after completion of treatment...
May 2, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431114/molecular-characterization-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolated-from-the-environment-in-beijing-china
#13
Hongtao Dou, Huizhu Wang, Shaowei Xie, Xinxin Chen, Zhipeng Xu, Yingchun Xu
The molecular type of environmental Cryptococcus neoformans in Beijing was not clear. Our study aims to reveal the molecular characterization of C. neoformans complex from environment in Beijing, China. A total of 435 samples of pigeon droppings from 11 different homes in Beijing were collected from August to November in 2015. Pigeon droppings were inoculated onto caffeic acid cornmeal agar (CACA) to screen C. neoformans complex. Bruker Biotyper matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was performed for species identification...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431110/african-histoplasmosis-new-clinical-and-microbiological-insights
#14
C Valero, S Gago, M C Monteiro, A Alastruey-Izquierdo, M J Buitrago
African histoplasmosis is defined as the fungal infection caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii (Hcd). Studies focused on distinguishing Hcd and H. capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc), which coexist in Africa, are scarce or outdated, and African strains are continuously underrepresented. In this work, 13 cases of African patients with histoplasmosis diagnosed in the Spanish Mycology Reference Laboratory have been reviewed showing that 77% had disseminated disease and AIDS as underlying disease although Hcd infection has been classically considered a rare presentation in AIDS patients...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431022/cpp1-phosphatase-mediated-signaling-crosstalk-between-hog1-and-cek1-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-is-involved-in-the-phenotypic-transition-in-candida-albicans
#15
Fu-Sheng Deng, Ching-Hsuan Lin
Cellular signaling pathways involved in cell growth and differentiation mediated by mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades have been well characterized in fungi. However, the mechanisms of signaling crosstalk between MAPKs to ensure signaling specificity are largely unknown. Previous work showed that activation of the Candida albicans Cek1 MAPK pathway resulted in opaque cell formation and filamentation, which mirrored the phenotypes to hog1Δ. Additionally, deleting the HOG1 gene stimulated Cek1p...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431008/diabetes-mellitus-as-the-major-risk-factor-for-mucormycosis-in-mexico-epidemiology-diagnosis-and-outcomes-of-reported-cases
#16
Dora E Corzo-León, Luis D Chora-Hernández, Ana P Rodríguez-Zulueta, Thomas J Walsh
Mucormycosis is an emerging infectious disease with high rates of associated mortality and morbidity. Little is known about the characteristics of mucormycosis or entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico. A search strategy was performed of literature published in journals found in available databases and theses published online at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) library website reporting clinical cases or clinical case series of mucormycosis and entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico between 1982 and 2016...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431001/invasive-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-underlying-liver-cirrhosis-a-prospective-cohort-study
#17
Juergen Prattes, Martin Hoenigl, Robert Krause, Walter Buzina, Thomas Valentin, Frederike Reischies, Christoph Koidl, Ines Zollner-Schwetz
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in patients with liver cirrhosis and the performance of serum galactomannan (GM) screening. Patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis and patients with compensated liver cirrhosis presenting with fever and/or respiratory symptoms were prospectively enrolled. All patients were screened by serum GM twice weekly irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms. Positive serum GM triggered work-up consisting of chest computed tomography and in case of pathological findings bronchoscopy...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419364/examination-of-cryptococcal-glucuronoxylomannan-antigen-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-for-diagnosing-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-in-hiv-negative-patients
#18
Kazuhiro Oshima, Takahiro Takazono, Tomomi Saijo, Masato Tashiro, Shintaro Kurihara, Kazuko Yamamoto, Yoshifumi Imamura, Taiga Miyazaki, Misuzu Tsukamoto, Katsunori Yanagihara, Hiroshi Mukae, Shigeru Kohno, Koichi Izumikawa
We clarified the performance of a cryptococcal glucuronoxylomannan (GXM) antigen test using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples, in an HIV-negative Japanese population. Between March 2008 and December 2014, we examined cryptococcal GXM antigens in both serum and BALF specimens from 429 cases at Nagasaki University hospital. The diagnoses, underlying diseases, chest computed tomography findings, and cryptococcal GXM antigen test results were retrospectively investigated. Twenty-three patients were confirmed to have pulmonary cryptococcosis, another six were clinically diagnosed with cryptococcosis because they were seropositive for the GXM antigen, and five possible cryptococcosis cases had BALF samples that were positive for the GXM antigen and serum samples that were negative...
April 17, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419352/dermatophytes-and-dermatophytosis-in-the-eastern-and-southern-parts-of-africa
#19
E I Nweze, I E Eke
Dermatophytosis is currently a disease of global importance and a public health burden. It is caused by dermatophytes, which attack and grow on dead animal keratin. Dermatophytes belong to three genera, namely, Epidermophyton, Microsporum, and Trichophyton. The predominant clinical forms and causative agents vary from one region of the world to another. Poor socioeconomic status, high population densities, and poor sanitary conditions are some of the factors responsible for the high prevalence of dermatophytosis in many developing countries, which include countries in southern and eastern Africa, the focus of this review...
April 17, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379569/one-health-pathogens-in-the-aspergillus-viridinutans-complex
#20
Jessica J Talbot, Vanessa R Barrs
Cryptic species in Aspergillus section Fumigati are increasingly recognised as pathogens in humans and animals. The A. viridinutans complex (AVC) has recently expanded to comprise 10 species, of which six are known to be pathogenic, including A. udagawae, A. felis, A. pseudofelis, A. parafelis, A. pseudoviridinutans, and A. wyomingensis. They cause locally invasive and disseminated invasive disease syndromes, including chronic pulmonary aspergillosis and invasive aspergillosis in humans, invasive fungal rhinosinusitis in cats, and disseminated invasive aspergillosis in dogs...
March 31, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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