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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639141/survival-of-an-aids-patient-after-infection-with-acanthamoeba-sp-of-the-central-nervous-system
#1
Hana El Sahly, Michelle Udayamurthy, George Parkerson, Rodrigo Hasbun
CASE DESCRIPTION: A 38-year-old man presented with headaches and generalized weakness. He was found to have AIDS; a ring-enhancing central nervous system lesion was found on brain imaging and he had elevated serum Toxoplasma gondii IgG levels. A diagnosis of presumptive toxoplasma encephalitis was made and he received antiretrovirals and antitoxoplasma therapy for 4 years. Intermittent headaches and evidence of disease progression on neuroimaging warranted further evaluation and cerebrospinal fluid analysis revealed amebic forms on hematoxylin and eosin staining and positive polymerase chain reaction testing for Acanthamoeba spp...
June 21, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637420/bioinformatics-insights-on-targets-receptors-of-amiodarone-in-human-and-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#2
Abdul Baig, Zohaib Rana, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is prescribed for certain cardiac arrhythmias in medical practice. The drug targets and inhibits voltage dependent sodium (Na+v), calcium (Ca+2v), potassium (K+v) channels, and enzymes like cytochrome P450 and oxidosqualene cyclase. Past studies have shown that amiodarone exerts anti-amoebic effects against Trypanosoma cruzi and Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The presence of aforementioned targets and the type of cell death induced by amiodarone in these pathogenic eukaryotes like Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be verified...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618143/cedratvirus-lausannensis-digging-into-pithoviridae-diversity
#3
Claire Bertelli, Linda Mueller, Vincent Thomas, Trestan Pillonel, Nicolas Jacquier, Gilbert Greub
Amoeba-infecting viruses have raised scientists' interest due to their novel particle morphologies, their large genome size, and their genomic content challenging previously established dogma. We report here the discovery and the characterization of Cedratvirus lausannensis, a novel member of the Megavirales, with a 0.75-1 µm long amphora-shaped particle closed by two striped plugs. Among numerous host cell types tested, the virus replicates only in Acanthamoeba castellanii leading to host cell lysis within 24 hours...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611430/-candidatus-cochliophilus-cryoturris-coxiellaceae-a-symbiont-of-the-testate-amoeba-cochliopodium-minus
#4
Han-Fei Tsao, Ute Scheikl, Jean-Marie Volland, Martina Köhsler, Monika Bright, Julia Walochnik, Matthias Horn
Free-living amoebae are well known for their role in controlling microbial community composition through grazing, but some groups, namely Acanthamoeba species, also frequently serve as hosts for bacterial symbionts. Here we report the first identification of a bacterial symbiont in the testate amoeba Cochliopodium. The amoeba was isolated from a cooling tower water sample and identified as C. minus. Fluorescence in situ hybridization and transmission electron microscopy revealed intracellular symbionts located in vacuoles...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609649/resistance-of-legionella-and-acanthamoeba-mauritaniensis-to-heat-treatment-as-determined-by-relative-and-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reactions
#5
Penelope H Dobrowsky, Sehaam Khan, Wesaal Khan
Legionella and Acanthamoeba spp. persist in harvested rainwater pasteurized at high temperatures (> 72°C) and the interaction mechanisms exhibited between these organisms need to be elucidated. The resistance of two Legionella reference strains (Legionella pneumophila ATCC 33152 and Legionella longbeachae ATCC 33462), three environmental strains [Legionella longbeachae (env.), Legionella norrlandica (env.) and Legionella rowbothamii (env.)] and Acanthamoeba mauritaniensis ATCC 50676 to heat treatment (50-90°C) was determined by monitoring culturability and viability [ethidium monoazide quantitative polymerase chain reaction (EMA-qPCR)]...
June 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606355/analysis-of-multiple-components-involved-in-the-interaction-between-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#6
Juliana Rizzo, Priscila C Albuquerque, Julie M Wolf, Renata Nascimento, Marcos D Pereira, Joshua D Nosanchuk, Marcio L Rodrigues
Cryptococcus neoformans is an environmental fungus that can cause lethal meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. The mechanisms by which environmental microbes become pathogenic to mammals are still obscure, but different studies suggest that fungal virulence evolved from selection imposed by environmental predators. The soil-living Acanthamoeba castellanii is a well-known predator of C. neoformans. In this work, we evaluated the participation of C. neoformans virulence-associated structures in the interaction of fungal cells with A...
June 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593198/biphasic-metabolism-and-host-interaction-of-a-chlamydial-symbiont
#7
Lena König, Alexander Siegl, Thomas Penz, Susanne Haider, Cecilia Wentrup, Julia Polzin, Evelyne Mann, Stephan Schmitz-Esser, Daryl Domman, Matthias Horn
Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria comprising well-known human pathogens and ubiquitous symbionts of protists, which are characterized by a unique developmental cycle. Here we comprehensively analyzed gene expression dynamics of Protochlamydia amoebophila during infection of its Acanthamoeba host by RNA sequencing. This revealed a highly dynamic transcriptional landscape, where major transcriptional shifts are conserved among chlamydial symbionts and pathogens. Our data served to propose a time-resolved model for type III protein secretion during the developmental cycle, and we provide evidence for a biphasic metabolism of P...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591260/presence-of-rotavirus-and-free-living-amoebae-in-the-water-supplies-of-karachi-pakistan
#8
Farzana Abubakar Yousuf, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Rotavirus and pathogenic free-living amoebae are causative agents of important health problems, especially for developing countries like Pakistan where the population has limited access to clean water supplies. Here, we evaluated the prevalence of rotavirus and free-living amoebae (Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, Naegleria fowleri) in drinking water supplies of Karachi, Pakistan. Six water filtration plants that supply drinking water to the population of Karachi were investigated. Additionally, drinking water samples from households were analyzed for the presence of rotavirus and free-living amoebae...
June 1, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591183/acanthamoeba-castellanii-is-not-be-an-adequate-model-to-study-human-adenovirus-interactions-with-macrophagic-cells
#9
Elodie Maisonneuve, Estelle Cateau, Nicolas Leveque, Sihem Kaaki, Agnès Beby-Defaux, Marie-Hélène Rodier
Free living amoebae (FLA) including Acanthamoeba castellanii, are protozoa that feed on different microorganisms including viruses. These microorganisms show remarkable similarities with macrophages in cellular structures, physiology or ability to phagocyte preys, and some authors have therefore wondered whether Acanthamoeba and macrophages are evolutionary related. It has been considered that this amoeba may be an in vitro model to investigate relationships between pathogens and macrophagic cells. So, we intended in this study to compare the interactions between a human adenovirus strain and A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587935/human-antimicrobial-peptides-in-ocular-surface-defense
#10
REVIEW
Imran Mohammed, Dalia G Said, Harminder S Dua
Sight depends on the passage of light through the transparent cornea and being focused on the fovea. Its exposed position renders it vulnerable to microbial infection. The cornea has developed a wide array of defense mechanisms against infection, of which endogenous antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are key. AMPs are essentially small molecular weight cationic peptides with a wide range of activity against virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Some proteins such as RNases and S100As are also included in this group...
June 3, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585299/mycobacterium-bovis-hosted-by-free-living-amoebae-permits-their-long-term-persistence-survival-outside-of-host-mammalian-cells-and-remain-capable-of-transmitting-disease-to-mice
#11
Andrea Sanchez-Hidalgo, Andrés Obregón-Henao, William H Wheat, Mary Jackson, Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a zoonotic disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis. Despite intensive TB control campaigns, there are sporadic outbreaks of bovine TB in regions declared TB-free. It is unclear how M. bovis is able to survive in the environment for long periods of time. We hypothesized that Free-living amoebae (FLA), as ubiquitous inhabitants of soil and water, may act as long-term reservoirs of M. bovis in the environment. In our model, M. bovis would be taken up by amoebal trophozoites, which are the actively feeding, replicating and mobile form of FLA...
June 5, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556202/confocal-microscopy-in-acanthamoeba-keratitis-as-an-early-relapse-marker
#12
Loay Daas, Arne Viestenz, Philipp Schnabel, Fabian N Fries, Tobias Hager, Nora Szentmáry, Berthold Seitz
Acanthameoba keratitis is a serious ophthalmological condition with a potentially vision-threatening prognosis. Early diagnosis and recognition of relapse, and the detection of persistent acanthamoeba cysts, are essential for informing the prognosis and managing the condition. We suggest the use of in-vivo confocal microscopy not only to identify the early signs of relapse after keratoplasty in patients with acanthamoeba keratitis, but also as an additional follow-up tool after antimicrobial crosslinking. This study shows that in-vivo confocal microscopy is, in experienced hands, a quick and reliable diagnostic tool...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542085/quantitative-analysis-of-depth-distribution-and-density-of-cysts-in-acanthamoeba-keratitis-using-confocal-microscopy
#13
Ping Huang, Tudor Tepelus, Laura A Vickers, Elmira Baghdasaryan, Jianyan Huang, John A Irvine, Hugo Y Hsu, Srinivas Sadda, Olivia L Lee
PURPOSE: To quantify the density, distribution, and depth of invasion of cysts in the corneas of eyes with acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) by in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) with a novel scanning pattern. METHODS: The medical records of patients with AK evaluated at the Doheny Eye Center UCLA between September 2014 and July 2016 were reviewed retrospectively. Patients with clinically diagnosed AK underwent IVCM at various time points during their clinical course...
May 23, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534320/infectious-keratitis-and-orthokeratology-lens-use-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Ka Wai Kam, Wing Yung, Gabriel Ka Hin Li, Li Jia Chen, Alvin L Young
PURPOSE: Myopia is a prevalent condition among Asians. Orthokeratology lens has gained popularity as a method of myopia control. This systematic review is to summarize the clinical profile of infectious keratitis in association with orthokeratology lens wear. METHODS: We searched in the PubMed and EMBASE for articles adopting the search strategy "(orthokeratology lens OR orthokeratology) AND (bacterial eye infection OR keratitis OR cornea ulcer OR microbial keratitis OR bacterial keratitis)", from the start date of the databases to August 23, 2016...
May 22, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526786/impact-of-acanthamoeba-cysts-on-stress-resistance-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-yersinia-enterocolitica-4-o-3-listeria-monocytogenes-1-2a-and-escherichia-coli-o-26
#15
Ellen Lambrecht, Julie Baré, Koen Sabbe, Kurt Houf
The formation of robust resting cysts enables Acanthamoeba to resist harsh environmental conditions. This study investigated to what extent these cysts are resistant to physical and chemical stresses as applied in food industry cleaning and disinfection procedures. Moreover it was assessed whether certain intracystic meatborne bacterial pathogens are more stress-resistant than free-living bacterial monocultures and if intracystic passage and subsequent association with trophozoites induces cross-tolerance towards other stressors...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525571/one-year-genome-evolution-of-lausannevirus-in-allopatric-versus-sympatric-conditions
#16
Linda Mueller, Claire Bertelli, Trestan Pillonel, Nicolas Salamin, Gilbert Greub
Amoeba-resisting microorganisms raised a great interest during the last decade. Among them, some large DNA viruses present huge genomes up to 2.5 Mb long, exceeding the size of small bacterial genomes. The rate of genome evolution in terms of mutation, deletion, and gene acquisition in these genomes is yet unknown. Given the suspected high plasticity of viral genomes, the microevolution of the 346 kb genome of Lausannevirus, a member of Megavirales, was studied. Hence, Lausannevirus was co-cultured within the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii over one year...
June 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506204/antibiotic-effects-of-loperamide-homology-of-human-targets-of-loperamide-with-targets-in-acanthamoeba-spp
#17
Abdul Mannan Baig, Zohaib Rana, M Mohsin Mannan, S Sumayya Tariq, H R Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Loperamide is an anti-diarrheal drug prescribed for non-infectious diarrhea. The drug is an opioid receptor agonist, a blocker of voltage-dependent calcium channel (Cav) and a calmodulin (CaM) inhibitor on human cells. Loperamide has been reported to exert anti-amoebic effects against pathogenic strains of Acanthamoeba castellanii. OBJECTIVES: The precise mode of antibiotic action, cellular target homology with human counterparts and the pattern of cell death induced by loperamide in Acanthamoeba castellanii remain to be established...
April 25, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506032/dna-methylation-of-gene-expression-in-acanthamoeba-castellanii-encystation
#18
Eun-Kyung Moon, Yeonchul Hong, Hae-Ahm Lee, Fu-Shi Quan, Hyun-Hee Kong
Encystation mediating cyst specific cysteine proteinase (CSCP) of Acanthamoeba castellanii is expressed remarkably during encystation. However, the molecular mechanism involved in the regulation of CSCP gene expression remains unclear. In this study, we focused on epigenetic regulation of gene expression during encystation of Acanthamoeba. To evaluate methylation as a potential mechanism involved in the regulation of CSCP expression, we first investigated the correlation between promoter methylation status of CSCP gene and its expression...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506031/identification-and-characterization-of-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-in-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#19
Eun-Kyung Moon, Hyun-Hee Kong, Yeonchul Hong, Hae-Ahm Lee, Fu-Shi Quan
Protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) is an important epigenetic regulator in eukaryotic cells. During encystation, an essential process for Acanthamoeba survival, the expression of a lot of genes involved in the encystation process has to be regulated in order to be induced or inhibited. However, the regulation mechanism of these genes is yet unknown. In this study, the full-length 1,059 bp cDNA sequence of Acanthamoeba castellanii PRMT1 (AcPRMT1) was cloned for the first time. The AcPRMT1 protein comprised of 352 amino acids with a SAM-dependent methyltransferase PRMT-type domain...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495034/-presence-of-acanthamoeba-spp-in-watering-trough-in-la-pampa-province-argentina
#20
María Del C Rojas, Marcelo Rodríguez Fermepín, Florencia Gracia Martínez, Sixto R Costamagna
Free-living Amoebae of Acanthamoeba genus include non-pathogenic and pathogenic strains that are currently classified in 18 different genotypes, T1-T18. In this study, a survey was carried out to evaluate the presence of Acanthamoeba strains inwatering trough sample in La Pampa province, Argentina. Sample were inoculated onto non-nutrient agar plates and were checked for the presence of Acanthamoeba. Polymerase chain reaction was performed with genus-specific primers JDP1/JDP2, followed by direct sequencing of the polymerase chain reaction product for molecular identification...
May 8, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
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