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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636889/complications-of-hematopoietic-stem-transplantation-fungal-infections
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REVIEW
Ali S Omrani, Reem S Almaghrabi
Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are at increased risk of invasive fungal infections, especially during the early neutropenic phase and severe graft-versus-host disease. Mold-active prophylaxis should be limited to the highest risk groups. Empiric antifungal therapy for HSCT with persistent febrile neutropenia is associated with unacceptable response rates, unnecessary antifungal therapy, increased risk of toxicity, and inflated costs. Empiric therapy should not be a substitute for detailed work up to identify the cause of fever in such patients...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634525/pseudomembranous-aspergillar-tracheobronchitis-in-a-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-patient-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#2
Sameen Khalid, Fnu Asad-Ur -Rahman, Aamer Abbass, Sigfredo Aldarondo, Khalid Abusaada
Invasive aspergillosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised patients. Prolonged neutropenia is the most common risk factor. It has rarely been reported to occur in non-neutropenic critically ill patients in the intensive care unit setting. Mortality rate in this group has been reported to be as high as 92%. We report a case of tracheobronchial aspergillosis in a non-neutropenic critically ill patient to highlight the fact that critically ill patients admitted in the intensive care unit can develop opportunistic infections such as invasive aspergillosis even in the absence of classic risk factors and prior history of immunosuppression...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634301/microbial-glycoside-hydrolases-as-antibiofilm-agents-with-cross-kingdom-activity
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Brendan D Snarr, Perrin Baker, Natalie C Bamford, Yukiko Sato, Hong Liu, Mélanie Lehoux, Fabrice N Gravelat, Hanna Ostapska, Shane R Baistrocchi, Robert P Cerone, Elan E Filler, Matthew R Parsek, Scott G Filler, P Lynne Howell, Donald C Sheppard
Galactosaminogalactan and Pel are cationic heteropolysaccharides produced by the opportunistic pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These exopolysaccharides both contain 1,4-linked N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and play an important role in biofilm formation by these organisms. Proteins containing glycoside hydrolase domains have recently been identified within the biosynthetic pathway of each exopolysaccharide. Recombinant hydrolase domains from these proteins (Sph3h from A...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631658/a-case-of-aspergillus-tracheobronchitis-in-a-patient-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#4
Ming-Li Yuan, Gang Yang, Hong-Ling Hu, Wen Yin, Wei-Jun Tan, Su Zhao
Aspergillus tracheobronchitis (AT) is a unique form of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, which is commonly found in patients with impaired immunity. Early-stage AT presents in a nonspecific way, both clinically and radiographically, thereby delaying diagnosis and resulting in a high mortality. Owing to impaired mucociliary clearance, previous nonfungal infections, and administration of corticosteroids, among other aspects, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are predisposed to AT, although they are mostly immunocompetent...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626542/invasive-aspergillosis-with-disseminated-skin-involvement-in-a-patient-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-rare-case
#5
Duygu Mert, Gülşen Iskender, Fazilet Duygu, Alparslan Merdin, Sinan Dal Mehmet, Mehmet Dogan, Emre Tekgündüz, Mustafa Ertek, Fevzi Altuntaş
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is most commonly seen in immunocompromised patients. Besides, skin lesions may also develop due to invasive aspergillosis in those patients. A 49-year-old male patient was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The patient developed bullous and zosteriform lesions on the skin after the 21st day of hospitalization. The skin biopsy showed hyphae. Disseminated skin aspergillosis was diagnosed to the patient. Voricanazole treatment was initiated. The patient was discharged once the lesions started to disappear...
June 1, 2017: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620958/a-network-meta-analysis-of-primary-prophylaxis-for-invasive-fungal-infection-in-haematological-patients
#6
REVIEW
L P Leonart, F S Tonin, V L Ferreira, S T S Penteado, A Wiens, F A Motta, R Pontarolo
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Antifungal prophylaxis is an option to reduce the incidence of invasive fungal infection (IFI) in haematological patients. To date, no network meta-analysis (NMA) of high-quality evidence (double-blind randomized controlled trials) has been performed on this subject. This systematic review and NMA aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of different antifungal agents used for prophylaxis of IFI in patients with haematological disorders. METHODS: A systematic review was performed according to PRISMA and Cochrane recommendations...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611248/the-aspergillus-fumigatus-crza-transcription-factor-activates-chitin-synthase-gene-expression-during-the-caspofungin-paradoxical-effect
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Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Marina Campos Rocha, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Roberto Nascimento Silva, Fernanda Zanolli Freitas, Leandro José de Assis, Maria Célia Bertolini, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis (IA), a life-threatening disease in immunocompromised humans. The echinocandin caspofungin, adopted as a second-line therapy in combating IA, is a β-1,3-glucan synthase inhibitor, which, when used in high concentrations, reverts the anticipated A. fumigatus growth inhibition, a phenomenon called the "caspofungin paradoxical effect" (CPE). The CPE has been widely associated with increased chitin content in the cell wall due to a compensatory upregulation of chitin synthase-encoding genes...
June 13, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607028/chemoenzymatic-synthesis-nanotization-and-anti-aspergillus-activity-of-optically-enriched-fluconazole-analogues
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Shashwat Malhotra, Seema Singh, Neha Rana, Shilpi Tomar, Priyanka Bhatnagar, Mohit Gupta, Suraj K Singh, Brajendra K Singh, Anil K Chhillar, Ashok K Prasad, Christophe Len, Pradeep Kumar, Kailash C Gupta, Anjani J Varma, Ramesh C Kuhad, Gainda L Sharma, Virinder S Parmar, Nigel G J Richards
Despite recent advances in diagnostic and therapeutic advances in antifungal research, aspergillosis still remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. One strategy to address this problem is to enhance the activity spectrum of known antifungals, and we now report the first successful application of Candida antarctica lipase (CAL) for the preparation of optically enriched fluconazole analogs. Anti-Aspergillus activity was observed for an optically enriched derivative, (-)-S-2-(2' ,4' -difluorophenyl)-1-hexyl-amino-3-(1‴,2‴,4‴) triazol-1‴-yl-propan-2-ol, which exhibits MIC values of 15...
June 12, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601021/aspergillus-fumigatus-induced-early-inflammatory-response-in-pulmonary-microvascular-endothelial-cells-role-of-p38-mapk-and-inhibition-by-silibinin
#9
Jun Song, Weihua Pan, Yue Sun, Jing Han, Weimin Shi, Wanqing Liao
Human invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a serious infectious disease mainly caused by Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus). Pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVECs) are important ones in the human lung tissue. However, it remains unclear about the role of PMVECs in IPA. In the present study, we cocultured PMVECs with A. fumigatus. We observed that A. fumigatus induced dose- and time-dependent increases of interleukin 6 (IL-6), interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) concentration in the cultures...
June 7, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595486/special-considerations-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#10
Matthew William McCarthy, Thomas J Walsh
The diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) are ongoing challenges in clinical practice. While important advances have recently been made, including enhanced diagnostic modalities as well as novel therapeutic and prophylactic options, more effective options are urgently needed as the population of immunocompromised patients continues to expand. Areas covered: In this paper, we review novel approaches to diagnosis of IPA, including multiplex PCR, Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry and provide a detailed review of the extended-spectrum triazole isavuconazole, which was approved in 2015 to treat IPA...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594271/treatment-of-cyclosporin-a-retains-host-defense-against-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-a-non-immunosuppressive-murine-model-by-preserving-the-myeloid-cell-population
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Sarah Sze Wah Wong, Orhan Rasid, Paris Laskaris, Arnaud Fekkar, Jean-Marc Cavaillon, William J Steinbach, Oumaima Ibrahim-Granet
Cyclosporin A (CsA) is widely used as an immunosuppressive agent for organ transplant recipients. CsA inhibits calcineurin, which is highly conserved in mammals and fungi, and thus affects both types of organism. In mammals, the immunosuppressive effect of CsA is via hampering T cell activation. In fungi, the growth inhibitory effect of CsA is via interference with hyphal growth. The aim of this study was to determine whether CsA renders mice susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) and whether it can protect immunosuppressed mice from infection...
June 8, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584997/cd4-t-cells-mediate-aspergillosis-vaccine-protection
#12
Diana Diaz-Arevalo, Markus Kalkum
Adaptive effector CD4(+) T cells play essential roles in the defense against fungal infections, especially against invasive aspergillosis (IA). Such protective CD4(+) T cells can be generated through immunization with specialized antifungal vaccines, as has been demonstrated for pulmonary Aspergillus fumigatus infections in mouse experiments. Adaptive transfer of fungal antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells conferred protection onto non-immunized naive mice, an experimental approach that could potentially become a future treatment option for immunosuppressed IA patients, focusing on the ultimate goal to improve their otherwise dim chances for survival...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584996/endpoint-assessment-in-rabbit-models-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-and-mucormycosis
#13
Vidmantas Petraitis, Ruta Petraitiene, William W Hope, Thomas J Walsh
Multiple animal models have been developed to study the pathogenesis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, as well as to evaluate the efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of various antifungal agents and vaccines. Each model is beneficial depending on the questions that are asked. In this chapter, we will discuss the endpoints assessment of the persistently neutropenic rabbit models of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and invasive pulmonary mucormycosis.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573907/cart-before-the-horse-use-of-aspergillus-pcr-to-increase-the-diagnostic-yield-from-bal-in-hematological-patients-at-risk-of-invasive-aspergillosis
#14
Olivia Catherine Smibert, Monica A Slavin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567096/invasive-aspergillosis-of-the-abdominal-aorta-with-multiple-peripheral-embolic-lesions
#15
Jae-Hwan Lee, Ji Hye Han, Jae-Hyeong Park, Ik-Chan Song
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566368/caspofungin-increases-fungal-chitin-and-eosinophil-and-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-dependent-pathology-in-invasive-aspergillosis
#16
Nansalmaa Amarsaikhan, Ethan M Sands, Anand Shah, Ali Abdolrasouli, Anna Reed, James E Slaven, Darius Armstrong-James, Steven P Templeton
The polysaccharide-rich fungal cell wall provides pathogen-specific targets for antifungal therapy and distinct molecular patterns that stimulate protective or detrimental host immunity. The echinocandin antifungal caspofungin inhibits synthesis of cell wall β-1,3-glucan and is used for prophylactic therapy in immune-suppressed individuals. However, breakthrough infections with fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus are associated with caspofungin prophylaxis. In this study, we report in vitro and in vivo increases in fungal surface chitin in A...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560131/fatal-invasive-aspergillosis-caused-by-aspergillus-niger-after-bilateral-lung-transplantation
#17
Enora Atchade, Sylvain Jean-Baptiste, Sandrine Houzé, Claire Chabut, Laurent Massias, Yves Castier, Olivier Brugière, Hervé Mal, Philippe Montravers
Aspergillus niger is usually considered to be a low virulence fungus, not commonly reported to cause invasive infections. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis due to Aspergillus niger was diagnosed in a 43-year-old woman following bilateral lung transplantation. Intravenous voriconazole failed to control progression of the disease. Despite salvage therapy with a combination of voriconazole and caspofungin for 23 days, the patient developed massive hemoptysis leading to death. The authors report the clinical features and treatment of this case...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559881/rodent-models-of-invasive-aspergillosis-due-to-aspergillus-fumigatus-still-a-long-path-toward-standardization
#18
REVIEW
Guillaume Desoubeaux, Carolyn Cray
Invasive aspergillosis has been studied in laboratory by the means of plethora of distinct animal models. They were developed to address pathophysiology, therapy, diagnosis, or miscellaneous other concerns associated. However, there are great discrepancies regarding all the experimental variables of animal models, and a thorough focus on them is needed. This systematic review completed a comprehensive bibliographic analysis specifically-based on the technical features of rodent models infected with Aspergillus fumigatus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559109/real-time-visualization-of-immune-cell-clearance-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-spores-and-hyphae
#19
Benjamin P Knox, Anna Huttenlocher, Nancy P Keller
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a disease of the immunocompromised host and generally caused by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. While both host and fungal factors contribute to disease severity and outcome, there are fundamental features of IA development including fungal morphological transition from infectious conidia to tissue-penetrating hyphae as well as host defenses rooted in mechanisms of innate phagocyte function. Here we address recent advances in the field and use real-time in vivo imaging in the larval zebrafish to visually highlight conserved vertebrate innate immune behaviors including macrophage phagocytosis of conidia and neutrophil responses post-germination...
May 27, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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
#20
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
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