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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775480/titan-cells-formation-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-is-finely-tuned-by-environmental-conditions-and-modulated-by-positive-and-negative-genetic-regulators
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Benjamin Hommel, Liliane Mukaremera, Radames J B Cordero, Carolina Coelho, Christopher A Desjardins, Aude Sturny-Leclère, Guilhem Janbon, John R Perfect, James A Fraser, Arturo Casadevall, Christina A Cuomo, Françoise Dromer, Kirsten Nielsen, Alexandre Alanio
The pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans exhibits morphological changes in cell size during lung infection, producing both typical size 5 to 7 μm cells and large titan cells (> 10 μm and up to 100 μm). We found and optimized in vitro conditions that produce titan cells in order to identify the ancestry of titan cells, the environmental determinants, and the key gene regulators of titan cell formation. Titan cells generated in vitro harbor the main characteristics of titan cells produced in vivo including their large cell size (>10 μm), polyploidy with a single nucleus, large vacuole, dense capsule, and thick cell wall...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775477/cryptococcus-neoformans-can-form-titan-like-cells-in-vitro-in-response-to-multiple-signals
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Nuria Trevijano-Contador, Haroldo Cesar de Oliveira, Rocío García-Rodas, Suélen Andreia Rossi, Irene Llorente, Ángel Zaballos, Guilhem Janbon, Joaquín Ariño, Óscar Zaragoza
Cryptococcus neoformans is an encapsulated pathogenic yeast that can change the size of the cells during infection. In particular, this process can occur by enlarging the size of the capsule without modifying the size of the cell body, or by increasing the diameter of the cell body, which is normally accompanied by an increase of the capsule too. This last process leads to the formation of cells of an abnormal enlarged size denominated titan cells. Previous works characterized titan cell formation during pulmonary infection but research on this topic has been hampered due to the difficulty to obtain them in vitro...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775474/the-cryptococcus-neoformans-titan-cell-is-an-inducible-and-regulated-morphotype-underlying-pathogenesis
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Ivy M Dambuza, Thomas Drake, Ambre Chapuis, Xin Zhou, Joao Correia, Leanne Taylor-Smith, Nathalie LeGrave, Tim Rasmussen, Matthew C Fisher, Tihana Bicanic, Thomas S Harrison, Marcel Jaspars, Robin C May, Gordon D Brown, Raif Yuecel, Donna M MacCallum, Elizabeth R Ballou
Fungal cells change shape in response to environmental stimuli, and these morphogenic transitions drive pathogenesis and niche adaptation. For example, dimorphic fungi switch between yeast and hyphae in response to changing temperature. The basidiomycete Cryptococcus neoformans undergoes an unusual morphogenetic transition in the host lung from haploid yeast to large, highly polyploid cells termed Titan cells. Titan cells influence fungal interaction with host cells, including through increased drug resistance, altered cell size, and altered Pathogen Associated Molecular Pattern exposure...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773010/mycelial-growth-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-pleurotus-species-agaricomycetes
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Teresa A Castillo, Renata A Lemos, José Raimundo G Pereira, José Maria A Alves, Maria Francisca S Teixeira
The objective of this study was to analyze mycelial growth under different culture conditions and antimicrobial activity of Pleurotus ostreatus (Jacq.: Fr.) Kumm. (DPUA 1533) and P. ostreatus (Jacq.: Fr.) Kumm. cv. Florida (DPUA 1534) against fungi and bacteria of medical importance. The growth of Pleurotus species was evaluated in natural and complex media, with and without light, at 25°C and 28°C for 8, 15, and 30 days. Candida albicans (DPUA 1336), Cryptococcus laurentii (DPUA 1501), Aspergillus flavus (DPUA 1836), Escherichia coli (DAUPE 224), and Mycobacterium smegmatis (ATCC 607) were used to test antibiosis...
2018: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769315/characterization-of-additional-components-of-the-environmental-ph-sensing-complex-in-the-pathogenic-fungus-cryptococcus-neoformans
#5
Kaila M Pianalto, Kyla S Ost, Hannah E Brown, J Andrew Alspaugh
Pathogenic microorganisms must adapt to changes in their immediate surroundings, including alterations in pH, to survive the shift from the external environment to that of the infected host. In the basidiomycete fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans , these pH changes are primarily sensed by the fungal-specific, alkaline pH-sensing Rim/Pal pathway. The C. neoformans Rim pathway has diverged significantly from that described in ascomycete fungi. We recently identified the C. neoformans putative pH sensor Rra1, which activates the Rim pathway in response to elevated pH...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762860/new-pathogens-new-tricks-emerging-drug-resistant-fungal-pathogens-and-future-prospects-for-antifungal-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Jennifer Geddes-McAlister, Rebecca S Shapiro
Fungal pathogens are a growing threat to public health. As human immunodeficiency becomes increasingly common, fungal infections are becoming more prevalent. The use of antifungal agents for prophylaxis and treatment of fungal infections has favored the emergence of previously rare or unidentified species of drug-resistant fungal pathogens, including several Candida and Cryptococcus species, as well as mold pathogens. As these new and increasingly drug-resistant fungal pathogens continue to emerge, novel strategies for rapid identification and treatment are necessary to combat these life-threatening infections...
May 15, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762748/molecular-type-specific-multiplex-pcr-produces-a-distinct-vnii-pcr-pattern-among-cryptococcus-neoformans-species-complex
#7
Massimo Cogliati, Mala Rakoto Andrianarivelo, Mohamed Ellabib, Emmanuel N Nnadi, Muriel Cornet
Prevalence of molecular type VNII among Cryptococcus neoformans species complex is probably underestimated since it can be distinguished from VNI only using molecular typing methods such as URA5-RFLP, AFLP, MLST, or whole genome sequencing. Previously, we described a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method able to identify VNI, VNIV, and VNIII hybrids, but, at that time, VNII molecular type was not described yet. In this study, 16 VNII global isolates were analyzed by our multiplex PCR method, and results showed that it was able to produce a specific pattern for all the studied VNII isolates, which was different from those of VNI, VNIV, and VNIII...
May 14, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762695/development-and-validation-of-an-extended-database-for-yeast-identification-by-maldi-tof-ms-in-argentina
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Constanza Giselle Taverna, Mariana Mazza, Nadia Soledad Bueno, Christian Alvarez, Susana Amigot, Mariana Andreani, Natalia Azula, Rubén Barrios, Norma Fernández, Barbara Fox, Liliana Guelfand, Ivana Maldonado, Omar Alejandro Murisengo, Silvia Relloso, Matias Vivot, Graciela Davel
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has revolutionized the identification of microorganisms in clinical laboratories because it is rapid, relatively simple to use, accurate, and can be used for a wide number of microorganisms. Several studies have demonstrated the utility of this technique in the identification of yeasts; however, its performance is usually improved by the extension of the database. Here we developed an in-house database of 143 strains belonging to 42 yeast species in the MALDI Biotyper platform, and we validated the extended database with 388 regional strains and 15 reference strains belonging to 55 yeast species...
May 11, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760698/mechanisms-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-mediated-host-damage
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REVIEW
Arturo Casadevall, Carolina Coelho, Alexandre Alanio
Cryptococcus neoformans is not usually considered a cytotoxic fungal pathogen but there is considerable evidence that this microbe can damage host cells and tissues. In this essay, we review the evidence that C. neoformans damages host cells and note that the mechanisms involved are diverse. We consider C. neoformans -mediated host damage at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organism level. Direct mechanisms of cytotoxicity include lytic exocytosis, organelle dysfunction, phagolysosomal membrane damage, and cytoskeletal alterations...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760146/copper-acyl-salicylate-has-potential-as-an-anti-cryptococcus-anti-fungal-agent
#10
Adepemi O Ogundeji, Boitumelo F Porotloane, Carolina H Pohl, Pravin S Kendrekar, Olihile M Sebolai
The in vitro anti-fungal activity of aspirin against cryptococcal cells has been reported. However, its undesired effects may limit its clinical application. Conceivably, a derivative of aspirin could overcome this challenge. Toward this end, this paper considered the usage of an aspirinate-metal complex viz. copper acyl salicylate (CAS) as an anti- Cryptococcus anti-fungal agent. Additionally, the paper examined the influence of this compound on macrophage function. The in vitro susceptibility results revealed that cryptococcal cells were vulnerable (in a dose-dependent manner) to CAS, which may have effected growth inhibition by damaging cryptococcal cell membranes...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756504/tuberculous-peritonitis-and-pleurisy-accompanied-by-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-a-case-report
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Jian-Kun Chen, Shu-Bin Cai, Qian Cai, Hang Qi, Ji-Qiang Li
Although the infectious diseases tuberculosis (TB) and cryptococcosis both cause formation of single or multiple nodules in immunodeficient hosts, cases of co-infection of these diseases are rarely seen. We report a patient who was co-infected with TB and cryptococcosis. A male patient with no clinical evidence of immunodeficiency presented with a 3-week history of abdominal distension accompanied by oedema of recurring lower extremities. The patient was diagnosed with tuberculous peritonitis and tuberculous pleurisy by an abdominal puncture biopsy...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754135/disseminated-cryptococcosis-in-hiv-negative-patient
#12
Ali Hassoun, Neha Mehrotra
A 52-year-old white diabetic male with 4-weeks history of persistent cough followed by headache, drenching night sweats, low-grade fever, worsening photophobia, nausea and vomiting was presented. Examination was significant for photophobia and diminution of vision. His spinal fluid and blood cultures were positive for Cryptococcus neoformans Intravenous fluconazole were given for 2 weeks followed by oral fluconazole. There was significant improvement in systemic and ocular symptoms. HIV serology was negative, but his CD4 counts were low with inverted CD4:CD8 ratio...
May 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749873/fatal-cryptococcal-meningitis-in-an-aids-patient-complicated-with-immune-reconstitution-syndrome-refractory-to-prolonged-amphotericin-b-treatment
#13
Thilinie D Bandaranayake, Onyema E Ogbuagu, Amit Mahajan, Alexander O Vortmeyer, Merceditas S Villanueva
Cryptococcus neoformans is a ubiquitous encapsulated environmental yeast that can cause severe central nervous system disease, primarily in immune compromised hosts. In patients with AIDS, the spectrum of cryptococcal central nervous system disease includes meningitis, cystic lesions, and mass-like cryptococcomas. We report a fatal case of meningitis and cerebritis caused by C. neoformans in an AIDS patient refractory to multiple courses of liposomal amphotericin B despite immune recovery with antiretroviral therapy...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742198/peeling-the-onion-the-outer-layers-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#14
Daniel P Agustinho, Liza C Miller, Lucy X Li, Tamara L Doering
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that is ubiquitous in the environment. It causes a deadly meningitis that is responsible for over 180,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 15% of all AIDS-related deaths. The high mortality rates for this infection, even with treatment, suggest a need for improved therapy. Unique characteristics of C. neoformans may suggest directions for drug discovery. These include features of three structures that surround the cell: the plasma membrane, the cell wall around it, and the outermost polysaccharide capsule...
2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740519/repurposing-drugs-to-fast-track-therapeutic-agents-for-the-treatment-of-cryptococcosis
#15
Megan Truong, Leigh G Monahan, Dee A Carter, Ian G Charles
Many infectious diseases disproportionately affect people in the developing world. Cryptococcal meningitis is one of the most common mycoses in HIV-AIDS patients, with the highest burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa. Current best treatment regimens still result in unacceptably high mortality rates, and more effective antifungal agents are needed urgently. Drug development is hampered by the difficulty of developing effective antifungal agents that are not also toxic to human cells, and by a reluctance among pharmaceutical companies to invest in drugs that cannot guarantee a high financial return...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740480/estimating-the-intra-taxa-diversity-population-genetic-structure-and-evolutionary-pathways-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-gattii
#16
Marina Muñoz, Milena Camargo, Juan D Ramírez
Members of the Cryptococcus complex, includes Cryptococcus neoformans (most common fungal infection of the brain) and Cryptococcus gattii (high-impact emerging pathogen worldwide). Currently, the fungal multilocus sequence typing database (Fungal MLST Database) constitutes a valuable data repository of the genes used for molecular typing of these pathogens. We analyzed the data available in the Fungal MLST Database for seven housekeeping genes, with the aim to evaluate its contribution in the description of intra-taxa diversity, population genetic structure, and evolutionary patterns...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738314/treatment-of-cryptococcosis-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-patients
#17
Andrés F Henao-Martínez, Daniel B Chastain, Carlos Franco-Paredes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cryptococcosis has become a common opportunistic infection among non-HIV immunocompromised hosts. Recent reports have shown the incidence of Cryptococcosis among HIV-negative immunocompromised patients reaches close to half of the overall cases reported in the USA. Management of this infection in this population carries unique challenges. We aim to review relevant and recent research findings to develop treatment recommendations for this type of population. RECENT FINDINGS: Most of the recommendations for the management of non-HIV immunocompromised host are extrapolated from HIV studies...
May 5, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737452/comparison-of-clinical-features-and-prognostic-factors-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-caused-by-cryptococcus-neoformans-in-patients-with-and-without-pulmonary-nodules
#18
Wenhao Cao, Cui Jian, Huojun Zhang, Shuyun Xu
Whether the clinical features of cryptococcal meningitis (CM) patients vary with the coexistence of pulmonary nodules is not clear. This study aimed to compare the clinical features of CM in patients with and without pulmonary nodules detected by chest computed tomography (CT). The medical records of CM patients hospitalized in Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2016, were retrospectively reviewed. Baseline demographics, laboratory and radiographic findings, clinical managements, and outcomes were analyzed...
May 8, 2018: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732967/polysorbate-surfactants-as-drug-carriers-tween-20-amphotericin-b-conjugates-as-anti-fungal-and-anti-leishmanial-agents
#19
Vasanthan Ravichandran, Venkitasamy Kesavan, Sandrine Cojean, Philippe M Loiseau, Athipettah Jayakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Amphotericin B (AmB), a polyene antibiotic used for the treatment of fungal and leishmanial infections is virtually insoluble in water and exhibits severe toxicity. AmB has been conjugated to various soluble polymers for improving its solubility and reducing its toxicity. Conjugating AmB to a polysorbate surfactant such as polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 20), was examined to improve its solubility and reduce its toxicity. METHODS: AmB was coupled to Tween 20 via carbamate linkage at 15 and 30 wt% concentrations in high yield by activating the hydroxyl groups of the surfactant using p- nitrophenyl chloroformate...
May 3, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731340/cryptococcus-laurentii-fungemia-in-a-low-birth-weight-preterm-neonate-india
#20
Minakshi Gupta, Asit K Mishra, Santosh K Singh
In the last few years, Cryptococcus laurentii infections have increased, particularly in immunocompromised patients. Here we report the first case of C. laurentii fungemia in low birth weight preterm infant from India. A preterm neonate was admitted for feeding intolerance and respiratory distress. Blood culture ascertained the causative organism as C. laurentii. The isolated strain was found susceptible to amphotericin B and the patient recovered following the administration of amphotericin B (5mg/kg body weight) for 8days...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Infection and Public Health
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