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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330184/microbiomes-in-dishwashers-analysis-of-the-microbial-diversity-and-putative-opportunistic-pathogens-in-dishwasher-biofilm-communities
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Prem Krishnan Raghupathi, Jerneja Zupančič, Asker Daniel Brejnrod, Samuel Jacquiod, Kurt Houf, Mette Burmølle, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Søren J Sørensen
Extreme habitats are not only limited to natural environments, but also apply to man-made systems, for instance household appliances such as dishwashers. Limiting factors, such as high temperatures, high and low pH, high NaCl concentrations, presence of detergents and shear force from water during washing cycles define the microbial survival in this extreme system. Fungal and bacterial diversity in biofilms isolated from rubber seals of 24 different household dishwashers were investigated using next generation sequencing...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327953/multicentric-cryptococcosis-in-a-congo-african-grey-parrot-psittacus-erithacus-erithacus
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Raina S K Schunk, Nicholas E Sitinas, Katherine E Quesenberry, Jessica L Grodio
An approximately 10-year-old, female Congo African grey parrot ( Psittacus erithacus erithacus) developed progressive, unilateral exophthalmos and buphthalmos. Survey radiographs revealed a large, coelomic, soft tissue mass, which was confirmed on computed tomography scan. Aspirates of both the contents of the buphthalmic globe and coelomic mass were consistent with Cryptococcus species. Initial results were later confirmed with serum antigen latex agglutination and polymerase chain reaction testing, and the organism was then identified as Cryptococcus neoformans with DNA sequencing...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317510/the-f-box-protein-fbp1-shapes-the-immunogenic-potential-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#3
Jorge Masso-Silva, Vanessa Espinosa, Tong-Bao Liu, Yina Wang, Chaoyang Xue, Amariliz Rivera
Cryptococcus neoformans is the main etiologic agent of cryptococcal meningitis and causes a significant number of deadly infections per year. Although it is well appreciated that host immune responses are crucial for defense against cryptococcosis, our understanding of factors that control the development of effective immunity to this fungus remains incomplete. In previous studies, we identified the F-box protein Fbp1 as a novel determinant of C. neoformans virulence. In this study, we found that the hypovirulence of the fbp1Δ mutant is linked to the development of a robust host immune response...
January 9, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311248/differential-in-vitro-cytokine-induction-by-the-species-of-cryptococcus-gattii-complex
#4
Patricia F Herkert, Jessica C Dos Santos, Ferry Hagen, Fatima Ribeiro-Dias, Flávio Queiroz-Telles, Mihai G Netea, Jacques F Meis, Leo A B Joosten
Cryptococci species are variable in capsule and cell size, thermotolerance, geographic distribution, and population affected. C. gattii sensu stricto and C. deuterogattii mainly affect immunocompetent hosts; however, C. bacillisporus, C. decagattii and C. tetragattii are mainly causing infections in immunocompromised hosts. This study aimed to compare the capacity of different species of the C. gattii species complex to induce cytokines and antimicrobial molecules in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
January 8, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311092/pharmacodynamics-of-flubendazole-for-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis-repurposing-and-reformulation-of-an-anti-parasitic-agent-for-a-neglected-fungal-disease
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Gemma L Nixon, Laura McEntee, Adam Johnson, Nikki Farrington, Sarah Whalley, Joanne Livermore, Cristien Natal, Gina Washbourn, Jaclyn Bibby, Neil Berry, Jodi Lestner, Megan Truong, Andrew Owen, David Lalloo, Ian Charles, William Hope
Current therapeutic options for cryptococcal meningitis are limited by toxicity, global supply and emergence of resistance. There is an urgent need to develop additional antifungal agents that are fungicidal within the central nervous system and preferably orally bioavailable. The benzimidazoles have broad-spectrum anti-parasitic activity, but also have in vitro antifungal activity that includes Cryptococcus neoformans Flubendazole (a benzimidazole) has been reformulated by Janssen Pharmaceutica as an amorphous solid drug nanodispersion to develop an orally bioavailable medicine for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases such as onchocerciasis...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307925/magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-central-nervous-system-cryptococcosis-comparison-between-immunocompetent-and-immunocompromised-patients
#6
Stenio Bruno Leal Duarte, Mariana Mari Oshima, João Vitor do Amaral Mesquita, Felipe Barjud Pereira do Nascimento, Paula Christina de Azevedo, Fabiano Reis
Objective: To assess the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patterns associated with central nervous system infection with Cryptococcus sp. in relation to patient immune status. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study of MRI data for 19 patients with neurocryptococcosis who underwent the examination between January 2000 and March 2014. The MRI characteristics examined included lesion topography, aspects of diffusion, T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and contrast enhancement patterns...
November 2017: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305388/unintended-side-effects-of-transformation-are-very-rare-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
#7
Ryan Friedman, Stacey R Gish, Holly Brown, Lindsey Brier, Nicole Howard, Tamara L Doering, Michael R Brent
Received wisdom in the field of fungal biology holds that the process of editing a genome by transformation and homologous recombination is inherently mutagenic. However, that belief is based on circumstantial evidence. We provide the first direct measurement of the effects of transformation on a fungal genome by sequencing the genomes of 29 transformants and 30 untransformed controls to high coverage. Contrary to the received wisdom, our results show that transformation of DNA segments flanked by long targeting sequences, followed by homologous recombination and selection for a drug marker, is extremely safe...
January 5, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305296/one-step-synthesis-of-carbohydrate-esters-as-antibacterial-and-antifungal-agents
#8
Madher N AlFindee, Qian Zhang, Yagya Prasad Subedi, Jaya P Shrestha, Yukie Kawasaki, Michelle Grilley, Jon Y Takemoto, Cheng-Wei Tom Chang
Carbohydrate esters are biodegradable, and the degraded adducts are naturally occurring carbohydrates and fatty acids which are environmentally friendly and non-toxic to human. A simple one-step regioselective acylation of mono-carbohydrates has been developed that leads to the synthesis of a wide range of carbohydrate esters. Screening of these acylated carbohydrates revealed that several compounds were active against a panel of bacteria and fungi, including Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium graminearum...
December 26, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302151/cryptococcal-meningitis-masquerading-as-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-in-an-immune-competent-adult
#9
Hitesh Raheja, Ankur Sinha, Pavan Kumar Irukulla, Yizhak Kupfer
We report a case of acute cryptococcal meningitis (CM) masquerading as normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) in an immune-competent female. An 85-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-negative female presented to the emergency room for altered mental status and difficulty walking. She was increasingly lethargic, with urinary incontinence and gait instability. A previous computed tomography was reported to have ventricular dilatation out of proportion to the degree of cortical atrophy. Magnetic resonance scan of the brain revealed ventricular dilatation and subtle debris layering the occipital horns of the lateral ventricles...
October 2017: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299844/vacuolar-zinc-transporter-zrc1-is-required-for-detoxification-of-excess-intracellular-zinc-in-the-human-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
#10
Minsu Cho, Guanggan Hu, Mélissa Caza, Linda C Horianopoulos, James W Kronstad, Won Hee Jung
Zinc is an important transition metal in all living organisms and is required for numerous biological processes. However, excess zinc can also be toxic to cells and cause cellular stress. In the model fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a vacuolar zinc transporter, Zrc1, plays important roles in the storage and detoxification of excess intracellular zinc to protect the cell. In this study, we identified an ortholog of the S. cerevisiae ZRC1 gene in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. Zrc1 was localized in the vacuolar membrane in C...
January 2018: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289430/design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-novel-tetrazole-antifungal-agents-with-potent-activity-broad-antifungal-spectrum-and-high-selectivity
#11
Anran Qian, Yazhou Zheng, Ruilian Wang, Jianhai Wei, Yongmei Cui, Xufeng Cao, Yushe Yang
In this letter, we report our efforts to design, synthesize and evaluate biological activities of a series of novel hybridized compounds containing 1-tetrazole and 4-pyridinyl-1,2,4-triazole-3-one. An analysis of structure-activity data indicates that the target compounds with bulky and hydrophobic side chains exhibited stronger activities against the Candida spp and Cryptococcus neoformans tested than those of fluconazole and racemic VT-1161. Furthermore, 13k and 13ad were active against Microsporum gypseum, which was resistant to racemic VT-1161...
December 20, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285049/innate-immune-evasion-strategies-against-cryptococcal-meningitis-caused-by-cryptococcus-neoformans
#12
Cheng-Liang Yang, Jun Wang, Li-Li Zou
As an infectious fungus that affects the respiratory tract, Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) commonly causes asymptomatic pulmonary infection. C. neoformans may target the brain instead of the lungs and cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in the early phase of infection; however, this is dependent on successful evasion of the host innate immune system. During the initial stage of fungal infection, a complex network of innate immune factors are activated. C. neoformans utilizes a number of strategies to overcome the anti-fungal mechanisms of the host innate immune system and cross the BBB...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284182/cryptococcosis-and-cryptococcal-meningitis-new-predictors-and-clinical-outcomes-at-a-united-states-academic-medical-center
#13
Bahar H Kashef Hamadani, Carlos Franco-Paredes, Bruce McCollister, Leland Shapiro, David Beckham, Andrés F Henao-Martínez
Since the diagnosis of cryptococcosis is challenging in low prevalence settings, uncovering predictive factors can improve early diagnosis and timely treatment. The aim of the study was to relate clinical outcomes to predictive variables for the presence of cryptococcosis. A retrospective case-control study matching by collection date, age, and gender at a 1:2 ratio (55 cases and 112 controls) was performed in case patients diagnosed with Cryptococcus infection at the University of Colorado Hospital between 2000 and 2017 (n=167)...
December 28, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280202/environmental-distribution-of-cryptococcus-species-and-some-other-yeast-like-fungi-in-india
#14
Anupam Prakash, Harbans Singh Randhawa, Zia Uddin Khan, Suhail Ahmad, Ferry Hagen, Jacques F Meis, Anuradha Chowdhary
A study of environmental distribution revealed the occurrence of Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii in 9% and 3%, respectively, of 611 samples investigated. C. neoformans showed the highest isolation frequency from tree trunk hollows in Delhi (31%), whereas, C. gattii occurred in 12% of the samples in Delhi and 5% in Rajasthan. In addition, Cryptococcus laurentii (=Papiliotrema laurentii), C. rajasthanensis (=Papiliotrema rajasthanensis), C. podzolicus (=Saitozyma podzolica) and C. flavescens (=Papiliotrema flavescens), occurred in 0...
December 27, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280197/fulminant-cryptococcus-neoformans-infection-with-fatal-pericardial-tamponade-in-a-patient-with-chronic-myelomonocytic-leukemia-who-was-treated-with-ruxolitinib-case-report-and-review-of-fungal-pericarditis
#15
Jing Liu, Elie Mouhayar, Jeffrey J Tarrand, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis
Cryptococcus neoformans is a saprophytic fungal pathogen that can cause serious illness in immune-compromised hosts and it presents with a wide variety of clinical symptoms. We present a fatal case of fulminant C. neoformans infection presenting as pericardial tamponade in a 71-year-old male with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia undergoing chemotherapy with the JAK-STAT inhibitor ruxolitinib. We also review the published cases of fungal pericarditis/tamponade. In addition to illustrating an atypical presentation of C...
December 27, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276078/mode-of-action-and-synergistic-effect-of-valinomycin-and-cereulide-with-amphotericin-b-against-candida-albicans-and-cryptococcus-albidus
#16
A Makarasen, N Reukngam, P Khlaychan, P Chuysinuan, M Isobe, S Techasakul
Both valinomycin and cereulide are cyclic depsipeptides and are known K+ ion-selective ionophores. Valinomycin and cereulide feature low minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values against Candida albicans and Cryptococcus albidus. This study aims at investigating the mode of action and verifying the efficacy of valinomycin or cereulide alone and in combination with amphotericin B (AmB) in vitro against both microorganisms. Based on the results from membrane permeability and fluidity assays for detection of plasma membrane permeabilization and membrane dynamics, the present study demonstrated that valinomycin and cereulide exhibit antifungal activity against C...
December 21, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243387/investigation-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-magnesium-transporters-reveals-important-role-of-vacuolar-magnesium-transporter-in-regulating-fungal-virulence-factors
#17
Chen-Hao Suo, Lan-Jing Ma, Hai-Long Li, Jian-Fang Sun, Chao Li, Ming-Hui Lin, Tian-Shu Sun, Wei Du, Yan-Jian Li, Xin-Di Gao, Yang Meng, Si-Xiang Sai, Chen Ding
Cryptococcus neoformans is an important opportunistic fungal pathogen in humans. Recent studies have demonstrated that metals are critical factors for the regulation of fungal virulence in hosts. In this study, we systemically investigated the function of C. neoformans magnesium transporters in controlling the intracellular Mg balance and virulence-associated factors. We identified three Mg transporters in C. neoformans: Mgt1, Mgt2, and Mgt3. While we could not detect a Mg2+ -related growth phenotype in mgt1 and mgt3 knockout strains, a GAL7p-Mgt2 strain showed significant Mg-dependent growth defects in the presence of glucose...
December 15, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234588/emerging-fluconazole-resistance-implications-for-the-management-of-cryptococcal-meningitis
#18
Edward Mpoza, Joshua Rhein, Mahsa Abassi
We present the case of an HIV-seropositive individual with cryptococcal meningitis who was found to have a fluconazole resistant strain of Cryptococcus neoformans. The individual required multiple rounds of amphotericin and fluconazole 800-1200 mg after several episodes of clinical relapse. Cerebrospinal fluid sterilization was achieved and maintained with high doses of fluconazole. This case demonstrates the emerging dilemma of increasing rates of fluconazole resistance in Cryptococcus and the clinical difficulties in meningitis management...
March 2018: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233914/had1-is-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-fungal-virulence-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
#19
Won-Hee Jung, Ye-Eun Son, Sang-Hun Oh, Ci Fu, Hye Shin Kim, Jin-Hwan Kwak, Maria E Cardenas, Joseph Heitman, Hee-Soo Park
Calcineurin modulates environmental stress survival and virulence of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans Previously, we identified 44 putative calcineurin substrates and proposed that the calcineurin pathway is branched to regulate targets including Crz1, Pbp1, and Puf4 in C. neoformans In this study we characterized Had1, which is one of the putative calcineurin substrates and belongs to a ubiquitously conserved haloacid dehalogenase β-phosphoglucomutase protein super-family. Growth of the had1∆ mutant was found to be compromised at 38°C or higher...
December 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233901/immune-mediated-damage-completes-the-parabola-cryptococcus-neoformans-pathogenesis-can-reflect-the-outcome-of-a-weak-or-strong-immune-response
#20
Liise-Anne Pirofski, Arturo Casadevall
Cryptococcosis occurs most frequently in immunocompromised individuals. This has led to the prevailing view that this disease is the result of weak immune responses that cannot control the fungus. However, increasingly, clinical and experimental studies have revealed that the host immune response can contribute to cryptococcal pathogenesis, including the recent study of L. M. Neal et al. (mBio 8:e01415-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01415-17) that reports that CD4+ T cells mediate tissue damage in experimental murine cryptococcosis...
December 12, 2017: MBio
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