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Nandini Venkateswaran, Rachel A F Wozniak, Holly B Hindman
Purpose. To describe a unique case of O. anthropi keratitis associated with a rare manifestation of Descemet's membrane detachment and intracorneal hypopyon and to discuss challenges in diagnosis and management. Methods. Best-corrected visual acuity was measured with Snellen letters. Corneal scrapings were performed and aerobic, viral, herpetic, acid-fast bacilli, Acanthamoeba, and fungal stains and cultures were obtained. Following evisceration, tissue was evaluated for histologic features and again stained for bacteria, mycobacteria, Acanthamoeba, fungi, and viral particles...
2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
David T Truong, Minh-Thuy Bui, H Dwight Cavanagh
PURPOSE: To review the epidemiology, risk factors, microbiologic spectrum, and treatment of microbial keratitis during a 5-year period at an urban public hospital in comparison with an adjacent private university practice. METHODS: Retrospective chart review in the 5-year interval, 2009 through 2014. Primary outcome measures included patient age at presentation, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), risk factors, culture and sensitivities, treatment, and complication occurrence...
October 7, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
Ali Kal, Mustafa Ilker Toker, Serpil Kaya
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of widely used multipurpose contact lens solutions against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in addition to cystic and trophozoite forms of Acanthamoeba castellanii and A. polyphaga, that cause microbial keratitis. METHODS: Three multipurpose solutions were tested: SOLO-care, ReNu, and Opti-Free Express. The test solutions were challenged with P. aeruginosa (ATCC 27853) and S. aureus (ATCC 2913) based on the ISO stand-alone and regiment test procedure for disinfecting products, A...
October 13, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Laam Li, Sébastien P Faucher
The water-borne pathogen Legionella pneumophila (Lp) strongly expresses the lpg1659 gene in water. This gene encodes a hypothetical protein predicted to be a membrane protein using in silico analysis. While no conserved domains were identified in Lpg1659, similar proteins are found in many Legionella species and other aquatic bacteria. RT-qPCR showed that lpg1659 is positively regulated by the alternative sigma factor RpoS, which is essential for Lp to survive in water. These observations suggest an important role of this novel protein in the survival of Lp in water...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
P Muchesa, M Leifels, L Jurzik, K B Hoorzook, T G Barnard, C Bartie
Pathogenic free-living amoebae (FLA), such as Naegleria fowleri, Balamuthia mandrillaris and Acanthamoeba species isolated from aquatic environments have been implicated in central nervous system, eye and skin human infections. They also allow the survival, growth and transmission of bacteria such as Legionella, Mycobacteria and Vibrio species in water systems. The purpose of this study was to investigate the co-occurrence of potentially pathogenic FLA and their associated bacteria in hospital water networks in Johannesburg, South Africa...
October 12, 2016: Parasitology Research
Penelope H Dobrowsky, Sehaam Khan, Thomas E Cloete, Wesaal Khan
BACKGROUND: Legionella spp. employ multiple strategies to adapt to stressful environments including the proliferation in protective biofilms and the ability to form associations with free-living amoeba (FLA). The aim of the current study was to identify Legionella spp., Acanthamoeba spp., Vermamoeba (Hartmannella) vermiformis and Naegleria fowleri that persist in a harvested rainwater and solar pasteurization treatment system. METHODS: Pasteurized (45 °C, 65 °C, 68 °C, 74 °C, 84 °C and 93 °C) and unpasteurized tank water samples were screened for Legionella spp...
October 10, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Nick A Kuburich, Nirakar Adhikari, Jeffrey A Hadwiger
Amoeba often use cell movement as a mechanism to find food, such as bacteria, in their environment. The chemotactic movement of the soil amoeba Dictyostelium to folate or other pterin compounds released by bacteria is a well-documented foraging mechanism. Acanthamoeba can also feed on bacteria but relatively little is known about the mechanism(s) by which this amoeba locates bacteria. Acanthamoeba movement in the presence of folate or bacteria was analyzed in above agar assays and compared to that observed for Dictyostelium...
September 6, 2016: Protist
Federica Del Chierico, David Di Cave, Cristel Accardi, Maristella Santoro, Andrea Masotti, Rossella D'Alfonso, Federica Berrilli, Andrea Urbani, Lorenza Putignani
Over the years, the potential pathogenicity of Acanthamoeba for humans and animals has gained increasing attention from the scientific community. More than 24 species belong to this genus, however only some of them are causative agents of keratitis and encephalitis in humans. Due to technical difficulties in diagnosis, these infections are likely to be under-detected. The introduction of 18S rDNA amplification for the identification of Acanthamoeba has dramatically enhanced diagnosis performances, but the attestation of genotyping requires supplementary sequencing-based procedures...
September 20, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Azar Shokri, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Ahmad Daryani, Mehdi Sharif
Acanthamoeba, a free-living amoeba, is widely distributed in the environment, water sources, soil, dust, and air. It can cause keratitis in contact lens wearers with poor hygiene and also fatal granulomatous amebic encephalitis (GAE) in immunocompromised hosts. The aim of this study was to gain some insights into the distribution and genotypes of the potentially pathogenic species of Acanthamoeba present in water sources in north of Iran. Total 43 Acanthamoeba species were isolated from 77 water samples taken from different water sources within the Mazandaran province in Northern Iran (Sari city and suburbs)...
August 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
Narendranath Epperla, Horatiu Olteanu, Mehdi Hamadani
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September 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
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September 21, 2016: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Tooba Mahboob, Abdul-Majid Azlan, Tian-Chye Tan, Chandramathi Samudi, Shamala Devi Sekaran, Veeranoot Nissapatorn, Christophe Wiart
OBJECTIVE: To examine the acanthamoebicidal effects of ethyl acetate, aqueous and butanol fractions of dried flower buds of Lonicera japonica (L. japonica) Thunb. (Flos Lonicerae) in vitro. METHODS: Acanthamoeba triangularis isolates were obtained from environmental water samples and identified by PCR. They were exposed to ethyl acetate, water and butanol fractions of L. japonica Thunb. at concentrations ranging from 0.5 mg/mL to 1.5 mg/mL. The extracts were evaluated for growth inhibition at 24, 48 and 72 h, respectively...
September 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Antonio Juan, Laura Alonso, Teresa Olivé, Alexandra Navarro, Elena Sulleiro, José Sánchez de Toledo, Cristina Díaz de Heredia
Acanthamoeba infections are rare and mostly occur in immunocompromised patients. Most of the reported cases after stem-cell transplantation have been diagnosed postmortem. We present the case of a 3-year-old boy with chronic graft versus host disease post-hematopoietic transplantation who was successfully treated for Acanthamoeba.
September 12, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Antonio Ortega-Rivas, José M Padrón, Basilio Valladares, Hany M Elsheikha
Despite significant public health impact, there is no specific antiprotozoal therapy for prevention and treatment of Acanthamoeba castellanii infection. There is a need for new and efficient anti-Acanthamoeba drugs that are less toxic and can reduce treatment duration and frequency of administration. In this context a new, rapid and sensitive assay is required for high-throughput activity testing and screening of new therapeutic compounds. A colorimetric assay based on sulforhodamine B (SRB) staining has been developed for anti-Acanthamoeba drug susceptibility testing and adapted to a 96-well microtiter plate format...
September 5, 2016: Acta Tropica
Abdul Mannan Baig, H R Ahmad
Acetylcholine affects the target cellular function via muscarinic and nicotinic cholinergic receptors that are seen to exist in humans. Both the cholinergic receptors are G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) that perform cardinal functions in humans. Anti-muscarinic drugs, particularly the ones that target M1 subtype (mAChR1), have consistently shown to kill unicellular pathogenic eukaryotes like Acanthamoeba spp. As the M1 receptor subtype has not been reported to be expressed in the above protist, the presence of an ancient form of the M1 muscarinic receptor was inferred...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Yousuf Aqeel, Naveed Ahmed Khan
For the past several decades, there has been little improvement in the morbidity and mortality associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis and Acanthamoeba encephalitis respectively. The discovery of a plethora of anti-Acanthamoebic compound(s) has not yielded effective marketed chemotherapeutics. The development of novel anti-Acanthamoebic chemotherapies of translational value and a lack of interest by the pharmaceutical industry has been disappointing. On the other hand, the market for contact lenses/contact lens disinfectants is a multibillion-dollar industry and has been successful and profitable...
September 6, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Sutherland K Maciver
While some amoebae reproduce sexually, many amoebae (e.g., Acanthamoeba, Naegleria) reproduce asexually and therefore, according to popular doctrine, are likely to have been genetically disadvantaged as a consequence. In the absence of sex, mutations are proposed to accumulate by a mechanism known as Muller's ratchet. I hypothesise that amoebae can escape the ravages of accumulated mutation by virtue of their being polyploid. The polyploid state reduces spontaneous mutation accumulation by gene conversion, the freshly mutated copy being corrected by the presence of the many other wild-type copies...
September 3, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
Matthew Breland, Nicholas Beckmann
Acanthamoeba spp. are pathogenic protozoa that are uncommonly encountered. They tend to infect immunocompromised patients, most often causing cutaneous lesions and in some instances granulomatous amebic encephalitis, as well as rare instances of dissemination to other organs. We present a case of amebic osteomyelitis of the fibula in a patient with rejection of a transplanted kidney who was chronically immune-suppressed.
September 2016: Radiology case reports
Matthieu Régnacq, Pierre Voisin, Yann Héchard, Thierry Bergès, Christine Braquart-Varnier, Ascel Samba-Louaka
Autophagy is a eukaryotic process responsible for the degradation of intracellular content such as damaged organelles. Several putative autophagy-related genes have been identified within the annotated genome of the free-living amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii. However, the involvement of the corresponding proteins in the autophagy pathway had not been formerly established. Here, we report that AcAtg8 cDNA can complement ATG8-deficient Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
August 29, 2016: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Thuy Doan, Benjamin A Pinsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Confirmation of ocular infections can pose great challenges to the clinician. A fundamental limitation is the small amounts of specimen that can be obtained from the eye. Molecular diagnostics can circumvent this limitation and have been shown to be more sensitive than conventional culture. The purpose of this review is to describe new molecular methods and to discuss the applications of next-generation sequencing-based approaches in the diagnosis of ocular infections...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
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