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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642830/-a-new-strategy-for-enhancing-acanthamoebicidal-activity-with-synthesis-of-nanoflower-of-laurocerausus-officinalis-roemer-cherry-laurel-fruit-extracts
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Ayşe Baldemir, Ülkü Karaman, Sadi Yusufbeyoğlu, Ayşe Eken, Nilay Ildız, Selen İlgün, Cemil Çolak, Gamze Kaçmaz, İsmail Öçsoy, Soner Çankaya
Pathogenic Acanthamoeba species often cause infection known as Acanthamoeba keratitis among people who use contact lenses. It is a type of infection that can result in corneal ulceration, visual loss or even blindness, if not treated. There are various therapeutic options available in the treatment of Acanthamoeba infections but they are usually tough treatments with limited efficacy. For instance, hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is a commonly used contact lens disinfectant which is effective against Acanthamoeba but it is toxic to the cornea...
January 2018: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625097/chloroquine-as-a-possible-disinfection-adjunct-of-disinfection-solutions-against-acanthamoeba
#2
Eun-Kyung Moon, Seungeun Lee, Fu-Shi Quan, Hyun-Hee Kong
Acanthamoeba keratitis is commonly encountered by contact lens wearers. Contact lens solution plays an important role in the safe use of contact lenses. The most popular products for disinfecting lenses are multipurpose disinfecting solutions (MPDS). However, almost all MPDS retailed in Korea are ineffective in killing Acanthamoeba. The objective of this study was to determine the possibility of using autophagy inhibitor chloroquine as a disinfecting agent to improve the amoebicidal activity of MPDS against Acanthamoeba, especially the cyst...
April 3, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29620506/encystation-the-most-prevalent-and-underinvestigated-differentiation-pathway-of-eukaryotes
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Pauline Schaap, Christina Schilde
Not long ago, protists were considered one of four eukaryote kingdoms, but recent gene-based phylogenies show that they contribute to all nine eukaryote subdomains. The former kingdoms of animals, plants and fungi are now relegated to lower ranks within subdomains. Most unicellular protists respond to adverse conditions by differentiating into dormant walled cysts. As cysts, they survive long periods of starvation, drought and other environmental threats, only to re-emerge when conditions improve. For protists pathogens, the resilience of their cysts can prevent successful treatment or eradication of the disease...
April 5, 2018: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29619429/-acanthamoeba-sp-s-11-phagocytotic-activity-on-mycobacterium-leprae-in-different-nutrient-conditions
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Sepling Paling, Ratna Wahyuni, Ni'matuzahroh, Dwi Winarni, Iswahyudi, Linda Astari, Dinar Adriaty, Indropo Agusni, Shinzo Izumi
Background: Mycobacterium leprae ( M. leprae ) is a pathogenic bacterium that causes leprosy. The presence of M. leprae in the environment is supported by microorganisms that act as the new host for M. leprae . Acanthamoeba 's potential to be a host of M. leprae in the environment. Acanthamoeba sp. is Free Living Amoeba (FLA) that classified as holozoic, saprophytic, and saprozoic. The existence of nutrients in the environment influence Acanthamoeba ability to phagocytosis or pinocytosis...
2018: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29611898/acanthamoeba-s13wt-relies-on-its-bacterial-endosymbiont-to-backpack-human-pathogenic-bacteria-and-resist-legionella-infection-on-solid-media
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Torahiko Okubo, Mizue Matsushita, Shinji Nakamura, Junji Matsuo, Hiroki Nagai, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi
Soil-borne amoeba Acanthamoeba S13WT has an endosymbiotic relationship with an environmental Neochlamydia bacterial strain. However, regardless of extensive experiments in liquid media, the biological advantage of the symbiosis remained elusive. We therefore explored the role of the endosymbiont in predator-prey interactions on solid media. A mixed culture of the symbiotic or aposymbiotic amoebae and GFP-expressing Escherichia coli or Salmonella Enteritidis was spotted onto the center of a LB or B-CYE agar plate pre-inoculated with a ring of mCherry-expressing Legionella pneumophila (Legionella "wall")...
April 3, 2018: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596605/evaluation-of-voriconazole-anti-acanthamoeba-polyphaga-in-vitro-activity-rat-cornea-penetration-and-efficacy-against-experimental-rat-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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Julie Gueudry, Laetitia Le Goff, Patricia Compagnon, Sabine Lefevre, Elodie Colasse, Camille Aknine, François Duval, Arnaud François, Romy Razakandrainibe, Jean Jacques Ballet, Marc Muraine, Loïc Favennec
Background: Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight-threatening infectious disease. Its effective and safe medical therapy remains highly debated. Recently, voriconazole, a monotriazole with noted in vitro activity against a large variety of fungi, has been successfully used both topically and systemically to treat human AK cases. Objectives: To measure anti-Acanthamoeba polyphaga in vitro activity, anti-rat AK efficiency and rat cornea penetration of eye-drop and oral voriconazole...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580956/the-use-of-miltefosine-in-the-management-of-refractory-acanthamoeba-keratitis
#7
Shokufeh Tavassoli, Miranda Buckle, Derek Tole, Peter Chiodini, Kieren Darcy
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight threatening infection most commonly affecting contact lens wearers. The authors report a case of intractable A.polyphaga and A.castellanii, with extensive intraocular spread, managed using oral miltefosine. A 59-year old male contact lens wearer was referred to the tertiary corneal service at Bristol Eye Hospital. Vision was hand movements on the left and 6/6 on the right. Clinical examination was consistent with left AK (confirmed by corneal scrape). Management included biguanide (polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) 0...
March 23, 2018: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580152/epidemiology-risk-factors-and-clinical-outcomes-in-severe-microbial-keratitis-in-south-india
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Jaya Devi Chidambaram, Namperumalsamy Venkatesh Prajna, Palepu Srikanthi, Shruti Lanjewar, Manisha Shah, Shanmugam Elakkiya, Prajna Lalitha, Matthew J Burton
PURPOSE: Here, we report risk factors associated with outcome in severe bacterial keratitis (BK), fungal keratitis (FK), and Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in India. METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study conducted in Aravind Eye Hospital, India. Adults presenting with severe microbial keratitis (MK) were enrolled (size ≥3 mm) and followed to 21 days post-enrolment. Ulcer clinical features were recorded at presentation. Outcomes by final visit were classified as good (completely healed or reduced infiltrate size) or poor (enlarged infiltrate size, perforated, or surgery performed)...
March 26, 2018: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29573682/enrichment-of-free-living-amoebae-in-biofilms-developed-at-upper-water-levels-in-drinking-water-storage-towers-an-inter-and-intra-seasonal-study
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Alexandre Taravaud, Myriam Ali, Bernard Lafosse, Valérie Nicolas, Cédric Féliers, Sylvie Thibert, Yves Lévi, Philippe M Loiseau, Sébastien Pomel
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are ubiquitous organisms present in various natural and artificial environments, such as drinking water storage towers (DWST). Some FLA, such as Acanthamoeba sp., Naegleria fowleri, and Balamuthia mandrillaris, can cause severe infections at ocular or cerebral level in addition to being potential reservoirs of other pathogens. In this work, the abundance and diversity of FLA was evaluated in two sampling campaigns: one performed over five seasons in three DWST at three different levels (surface, middle and bottom) in water and biofilm using microscopy and PCR, and one based on the kinetics analysis in phase contrast and confocal microscopy of biofilm samples collected every two weeks during a 3-month period at the surface and at the bottom of a DWST...
March 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29560793/extracellular-vesicles-and-vesicle-free-secretome-of-the-protozoa-acanthamoeba-castellanii-under-homeostasis-and-nutritional-stress-and-their-damaging-potential-to-host-cells
#10
Diego de Souza Gonçalves, Marina da Silva Ferreira, Susie Coutinho Liedke, Kamilla Xavier Gomes, Gabriel Afonso de Oliveira, Pedro Ernesto Lopes Leão, Gabriele Vargas Cesar, Sergio H Seabra, Juliana Reis Cortines, Arturo Casadevall, Leonardo Nimrichter, Gilberto Barbosa Domont, Magno Rodrigues Junqueira, Jose Mauro Peralta, Allan J Guimaraes
Acanthamoeba castellanii (Ac) are ubiquitously distributed in nature, and by contaminating medical devices such as heart valves and contact lenses, they cause a broad range of clinical presentations to humans. Although several molecules have been described to play a role in Ac pathogenesis, including parasite host-tissue invasion and escaping of host-defense, little information is available on their mechanisms of secretion. Herein, we describe the molecular components secreted by Ac, under different protein availability conditions to simulate host niches...
March 21, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29559848/environmental-adaptation-of-acanthamoeba-castellanii-and-entamoeba-histolytica-at-genome-level-as-seen-by-comparative-genomic-analysis
#11
Victoria Shabardina, Tabea Kischka, Hanna Kmita, Yutaka Suzuki, Wojciech Makałowski
Amoebozoans are in many aspects interesting research objects, as they combine features of single-cell organisms with complex signaling and defense systems, comparable to multicellular organisms. Acanthamoeba castellanii is a cosmopolitan species and developed diverged feeding abilities and strong anti-bacterial resistance; Entamoeba histolytica is a parasitic amoeba, who underwent massive gene loss and its genome is almost twice smaller than that of A. castellanii . Nevertheless, both species prosper, demonstrating fitness to their specific environments...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29554009/case-report-acanthamoeba-keratitis-management-in-a-first-trimester-pregnant-patient
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Francisco de Borja Domínguez-Serrano, Manuel Caro-Magdaleno, Rafael Perea-Pérez, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta
SIGNIFICANCE: Lacrimal punctal plugs may prevent the teratogenicity of the treatment used in infectious keratitis. Its use should be strongly considered in these cases. PURPOSE: We present the case of a 7-week pregnant patient with Acanthamoeba keratitis. CASE REPORT: The patient was a contact lens user with photophobia, redness, and intense pain in the right eye that started 2 weeks earlier. Corrected visual acuity was 20/63 (0.5 logMAR)...
March 16, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29552544/-acanthamoeba-and-dictyostelium-as-cellular-models-for-legionella-infection
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A Leoni Swart, Christopher F Harrison, Ludwig Eichinger, Michael Steinert, Hubert Hilbi
Environmental bacteria of the genus Legionella naturally parasitize free-living amoebae. Upon inhalation of bacteria-laden aerosols, the opportunistic pathogens grow intracellularly in alveolar macrophages and can cause a life-threatening pneumonia termed Legionnaires' disease. Intracellular replication in amoebae and macrophages takes place in a unique membrane-bound compartment, the Legionella -containing vacuole (LCV). LCV formation requires the bacterial Icm/Dot type IV secretion system, which translocates literally hundreds of "effector" proteins into host cells, where they modulate crucial cellular processes for the pathogen's benefit...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29550730/genotypic-characterization-and-assessment-of-infectivity-of-human-waterborne-pathogens-recovered-from-oysters-and-estuarine-waters-in-brazil
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Diego Averaldo Guiguet Leal, Doris Sobral Marques Souza, Karin Silva Caumo, Gislaine Fongaro, Lua Ferreira Panatieri, Maurício Durigan, Marilise Brittes Rott, Célia Regina Monte Barardi, Regina Maura Bueno Franco
Waterborne, food-borne and sewage-borne pathogens are a major global concern, with the annual recurrence, most notably during the summer, of outbreaks of gastroenteritis of unconfirmed etiology associated with recreational activities in marine environments. The consumption of contaminated water-based foodstuffs is also related to outbreaks of human illness. The main goals of the present study were: i) to identify the genetic assemblages of Giardia duodenalis cysts in growing and depurated oysters destined for human consumption on the southern coast of São Paulo, Brazil; ii) to verify the main circulating G...
March 9, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29550185/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-cellular-features-of-host-and-organism-in-bacterial-fungal-and-acanthamoeba-keratitis
#15
Jaya D Chidambaram, Namperumalsamy V Prajna, Srikanthi Palepu, Shruti Lanjewar, Manisha Shah, Shanmugam Elakkiya, David Macleod, Prajna Lalitha, Matthew J Burton
PURPOSE: To determine cellular features of fungal (FK), Acanthamoeba (AK) and bacterial keratitis (BK) using HRT3 in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). DESIGN: Prospective observational cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eligible participants were adults with microbiologically-positive FK, AK or BK, of size ≥3mm attending Aravind Eye Hospital from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: descemetocele, perforation. At presentation, IVCM imaging was performed, then corneal scrapes obtained for culture/light microscopy...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29532220/anti-amoebic-activity-of-acyclic-and-cyclic-samarium-complexes-on-acanthamoeba
#16
Eny Kusrini, Fatimah Hashim, Cindy Gunawan, Riti Mann, Wan Nor Nadhirah Wan Noor Azmi, Nakisah Mat Amin
This work investigated the anti-amoebic activity of two samarium (Sm) complexes, the acyclic complex [bis(picrato)(pentaethylene glycol)samarium(III)] picrate-referred to as [Sm(Pic)2 (EO5)](Pic)-and the cyclic complex [bis(picrato)(18-crown-6)samarium(III)] picrate-referred to as [Sm(Pic)2 (18C6)](Pic). Both Sm complexes caused morphological transformation of the protozoa Acanthamoeba from its native trophozoite form carrying a spine-like structure called acanthopodia, to round-shaped cells with loss of the acanthopodia structure, a trademark response to environmental stress...
March 12, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29532218/acanthamoeba-of-three-morphological-groups-and-distinct-genotypes-exhibit-variable-and-weakly-inter-related-physiological-properties
#17
Cynara Oliveira Possamai, Ana Carolina Loss, Adriana Oliveira Costa, Aloisio Falqueto, Cinthia Furst
Free-living amoeba of the genus Acanthamoeba can eventually act as parasites, causing infections in humans. Some physiological characteristics of Acanthamoeba have been related to the grade of pathogenicity, allowing inferences about the pathogenic potential. The main goal of this study was to characterize isolates of Acanthamoeba obtained in Brazil and evaluate properties associated with their pathogenicity. A total of 39 isolates obtained from keratitis cases (n = 16) and environmental sources (n = 23) were classified into morphological groups and genotyped by sequencing the 18S rDNA fragments ASA...
March 12, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29523542/virulence-traits-of-environmental-and-clinical-legionella-pneumophila-mlva-genotypes
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Yehonatan Sharaby, Sarah Rodríguez-Martínez, Marina Pecellin, Rotem Sela, Avi Peretz, Manfred Höfle, Malka Halpern, Ingrid Brettar
Legionella pneumophila causes water-based infections resulting in severe pneumonia. Recently, we showed that different variable numbers of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA-8) genotypes dominated different sites of a drinking-water distribution system, with a genotype-related temperature and abundance regime. Here we compare the pathogenicity potential of different MLVA-8 genotypes of environmental and clinical strains. The virulence traits studied were hemolytic activity and cytotoxicity towards amoebae and macrophages...
March 9, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29514904/the-experimental-analysis-of-mimivirus-translation-initiation-factor-4a-reveals-its-importance-for-viral-proteins-translation-during-infection-of-acanthamoeba-polyphaga
#19
Meriem Bekliz, Said Azza, Hervé Seligmann, Philippe Decloquement, Didier Raoult, Bernard La Scola
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus is the first giant virus ever described, with a 1.2-Mb genome which encodes 979 proteins including central components of the translation apparatus. One of these proteins, R458, was predicted to initiate translation, although its specific role remains unknown.We silenced the R458 gene using siRNA and compared viral fitness and protein expression in silenced versus wild-type mimivirus. Silencing decreased growth rate but viral particle production at the end of the viral cycle was unaffected...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29505068/regional-spread-of-contact-lens-related-acanthamoeba-keratitis-in-italy
#20
Alberto Antonelli, Eleonora Favuzza, Angelo Galano, Margherita Montalbano Di Filippo, Nunziata Ciccone, Federica Berrilli, Rita Mencucci, David Di Cave, Gian Maria Rossolini
Acanthamoeba ocular infections, known as Acanthamoeba keratitis, are an emerging problem among contact lens wearers. Infections mediated by Acanthamoeba are uncommon, but they can be underestimated due to poor awareness and delayed diagnosis. The routine use of rapid and cost-effective molecular methods like Real Time PCR for the diagnosis of this important pathogen could improve diagnosis and therapy outcome. This report describes the detection by Real Time PCR assay of six T4 and one T3 Acanthamoeba infections, as the first reported cases in Tuscany, Italy...
January 2018: New Microbiologica
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