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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527284/-new-multiplex-pcr-for-species-specific-diagnosis-of-human-candidiasis
#1
Liliana Torcoroma García, Liany Johanna Luna, Tania Katherine Velasco, Beatriz Elena Guerra
INTRODUCTION: Candidiases is a group of opportunistic infections caused by yeasts belonging to the genus Candida. Candida albicans is the most prevalent species in both superficial and deep infections, however, the clinical importance of non-albicans Candida has increased during the last decade, driving an urgent need for diagnostic tests that allow for species-level resolution and selection of the optimum therapeutic approach. OBJECTIVE: To design and to optimize a new multiplex PCR assay for the simultaneous identification of the five most relevant species of Candida involved in human candidiasis etiology...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526638/prevalence-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-salmonella-and-shigella-spp-among-children-with-gastroenteritis-in-an-iranian-referral-hospital
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Shima Mahmoudi, Babak Pourakbari, Mina Moradzadeh, Hamid Eshaghi, Amitis Ramezani, Mohammad Taghi Haghi Ashtiani, Sepideh Keshavarz Valian, Setareh Mamishi
BACKGROUND: Gastroenteritis is one of the leading cause of illnesses through the world, especially in developing countries.Salmonella and Shigella infections are considered as the main public health problems in children. The aim of this study was to detect the prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of Salmonella and Shigella spp. among children with gastroenteritis in an Iranian referral hospital. METHODS: During April 2013 to April 2014, all medical records of children with gastroenteritis admitted to a pediatric medical center were evaluated...
May 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
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Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525644/risk-factors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-breakthrough-yeast-bloodstream-infections-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-in-the-era-of-newer-antifungal-agents
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Si-Hyun Kim, Jae-Ki Choi, Sung-Yeon Cho, Hyo-Jin Lee, Sun Hee Park, Su-Mi Choi, Dong-Gun Lee, Jung-Hyun Choi, Jin-Hong Yoo, Jong-Wook Lee
Although yeast bloodstream infections (BSIs) are increasingly being reported in patients with hematological malignancies undergoing antifungal therapy, clinical information regarding breakthrough infections is scarce. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for and clinical outcomes of breakthrough yeast BSIs in patients with hematological malignancies in the era of newer antifungal agents. Between 2011 and 2014, all consecutive patients with hematological malignancies who developed yeast BSIs were included in a case-control study wherein breakthrough infections (cases) and de novo infections (controls) were compared...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524381/antifungal-activity-of-gallic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
Zhi-Jian Li, Meng Liu, Gulina Dawuti, Qin Dou, Yu Ma, Heng-Ge Liu, Silafu Aibai
Gallic acid (GA) is a polyphenol natural compound found in many medicinal plant species, including pomegranate rind (Punica granatum L.), and has been shown to have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. Pomegranate rind is used to treat bacterial and fungal pathogens in Uyghur and other systems of traditional medicine, but, surprisingly, the effects of GA on antifungal activity have not yet been reported. In this study, we aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of GA on fungal strains both in vitro and in vivo...
May 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523422/usefulness-of-the-non-conventional-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-to-assess-candida-virulence
#6
Marcelo Ortega-Riveros, Iker De-la-Pinta, Cristina Marcos-Arias, Guillermo Ezpeleta, Guillermo Quindós, Elena Eraso
Invasive candidiasis is caused mainly by Candida albicans, but other Candida species have increasing etiologies. These species show different virulence and susceptibility levels to antifungal drugs. The aims of this study were to evaluate the usefulness of the non-conventional model Caenorhabditis elegans to assess the in vivo virulence of seven different Candida species and to compare the virulence in vivo with the in vitro production of proteinases and phospholipases, hemolytic activity and biofilm development capacity...
May 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522446/non-contact-electromagnetic-induction-heating-for-eradicating-bacteria-and-yeasts-on-biomaterials-and-possible-relevance-to-orthopaedic-implant-infections-in-vitro-findings
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B G Pijls, I M J G Sanders, E J Kuijper, R G H H Nelissen
OBJECTIVES: Infection of implants is a major problem in elective and trauma surgery. Heating is an effective way to reduce the bacterial load in food preparation, and studies on hyperthermia treatment for cancer have shown that it is possible to heat metal objects with pulsed electromagnetic fields selectively (PEMF), also known as induction heating. We therefore set out to answer the following research question: is non-contact induction heating of metallic implants effective in reducing bacterial load in vitro? METHODS: Titanium alloy cylinders (Ti6Al4V) were exposed to PEMF from an induction heater with maximum 2000 watts at 27 kHz after being contaminated with five different types of micro-organisms: Staphylococcus epidermidis; Staphylococcus aureus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; spore-forming Bacillus cereus; and yeast Candida albicans...
May 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520901/donor-derived-transmission-of-candida-auris-during-lung-transplantation
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Marwan M Azar, Sarah E Turbett, Jay A Fishman, Virginia M Pierce
Candida auris is an emerging, often multidrug resistant pathogen with important public health implications. Infections are associated with high mortality, and prevention of transmission requires stringent infection control measures, making C. auris a potential barrier to transplantation. We describe the first donor-derived C. auris transmission in a lung transplant recipient.
May 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516956/selective-bet-bromodomain-inhibition-as-an-antifungal-therapeutic-strategy
#9
Flore Mietton, Elena Ferri, Morgane Champleboux, Ninon Zala, Danièle Maubon, Yingsheng Zhou, Mike Harbut, Didier Spittler, Cécile Garnaud, Marie Courçon, Murielle Chauvel, Christophe d'Enfert, Boris A Kashemirov, Mitchell Hull, Muriel Cornet, Charles E McKenna, Jérôme Govin, Carlo Petosa
Invasive fungal infections cause significant morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised individuals, posing an urgent need for new antifungal therapeutic strategies. Here we investigate a chromatin-interacting module, the bromodomain (BD) from the BET family of proteins, as a potential antifungal target in Candida albicans, a major human fungal pathogen. We show that the BET protein Bdf1 is essential in C. albicans and that mutations inactivating its two BDs result in a loss of viability in vitro and decreased virulence in mice...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516874/long-term-effects-of-interleukin-17a-inhibition-with-secukinumab-in-active-ankylosing-spondylitis-3-year-efficacy-and-safety-results-from-an-extension-of-the-phase-3-measure-1-trial
#10
Xenofon Baraliakos, Alan J Kivitz, Atul A Deodhar, Jürgen Braun, James C Wei, Eumorphia Maria Delicha, Zsolt Talloczy, Brian Porter
OBJECTIVES: Secukinumab, a fully human anti-IL-17A monoclonal antibody, provided rapid and sustained improvements in signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) over 2 years in the Phase 3 MEASURE 1 trial. Here, we report efficacy and safety after 3 years of treatment. METHODS: AS subjects completing 2 years of treatment every 4 weeks with subcutaneous secukinumab 150 or 75 mg (following intravenous loading or initial placebo treatment to 16/24 weeks) entered a separate 3-year extension study (NCT01863732)...
May 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516088/the-candida-albicans-biofilm-matrix-composition-structure-and-function
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Christopher G Pierce, Taissa Vila, Jesus A Romo, Daniel Montelongo-Jauregui, Gina Wall, Anand Ramasubramanian, Jose L Lopez-Ribot
A majority of infections caused by Candida albicans-the most frequent fungal pathogen-are associated with biofilm formation. A salient feature of C. albicans biofilms is the presence of the biofilm matrix. This matrix is composed of exopolymeric materials secreted by sessile cells within the biofilm, in which all classes of macromolecules are represented, and provides protection against environmental challenges. In this review, we summarize the knowledge accumulated during the last two decades on the composition, structure, and function of the C...
March 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515716/antifungal-activity-of-the-biphosphinic-cyclopalladate-c7a-against-candida-albicans-yeast-forms-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Julian E Muñoz, Diego C P Rossi, Kelly Ishida, Cristina C Spadari, Marcia S C Melhem, Daniel M Garcia, Antonio C F Caires, Carlos P Taborda, Elaine G Rodrigues
Vulvovaginal and invasive candidiasis are frequent conditions in immunosuppressed individuals caused by Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida spp. Fluconazole and Amphotericin B are the main drugs used to fight the infection. However, resistance to fluconazole and other azole antifungal drugs is an important clinical problem that encourages the search for new therapeutic alternatives. In this work, we evaluate the antifungal activity of the biphosphinic cyclopalladate C7a in the in vitro and in vivo model...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513771/species-distribution-and-antifungal-susceptibility-patterns-of-candida-isolates-from-a-public-tertiary-teaching-hospital-in-the-eastern-cape-province-south-africa
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P Mnge, B I Okeleye, S D Vasaikar, T Apalata
Candida species are the leading cause of invasive fungal infections, and over the past decade there has been an increased isolation of drug resistant Candida species. This study aimed to identify the species distribution of Candida isolates and to determine their unique antifungal susceptibility and resistance patterns. During a cross-sectional study, 209 Candida isolates (recovered from 206 clinical samples) were collected and their species distribution was determined using ChromAgar Candida. The Vitek-2 system (Biomerieux, South Africa) was used to determine minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) to azoles (fluconazole, voriconazole), echinocandins (caspofungin, micafungin), polyenes (amphotericin B) and flucytosine...
May 15, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512683/messenger-rna-transport-in-the-opportunistic-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans
#14
REVIEW
Anne E McBride
Candida albicans, a common commensal fungus, can cause disease in immunocompromised hosts ranging from mild mucosal infections to severe bloodstream infections with high mortality rates. The ability of C. albicans cells to switch between a budding yeast form and an elongated hyphal form is linked to pathogenicity in animal models. Hyphal-specific proteins such as cell-surface adhesins and secreted hydrolases facilitate tissue invasion and host cell damage, but the specific mechanisms leading to asymmetric protein localization in hyphae remain poorly understood...
May 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511380/fungal-profile-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#15
Krishnapriya Kalaiarasan, Rakesh Singh, Latha Chaturvedula
INTRODUCTION: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC) is a common medical health problem of adult women. It is most commonly caused by Candida albicans. But there is a change in fungal profile. Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar (SDA) is the most common culture medium used where mixed fungal infection may be missed. It can be detected easily by using chromogenic culture medium. AIM: To know the fungal profile of vulvovaginal candidiasis using Candida CHROMagar and antifungal susceptibility pattern in patients attending tertiary care hospital...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508389/usefulness-of-techniques-based-on-real-time-pcr-for-the-identification-of-onychomycosis-causing-species
#16
Anissa Z Hafirassou, Clara Valero, Nadia Gassem, Ilhem Mihoubi, Maria J Buitrago
Onychomycosis (OM) is a nail infection caused mainly by dermatophyte species but other species of yeast and moulds are frequently involved as well. Classical diagnosis has limitations thus empirical treatment is common. The usefulness of different real time PCR (RT-PCR) assays for identifying species causing OM was assessed in samples from seventy patients and fifteen controls. Conventional methods and four different RT-PCR assays were used: a panfungal, a pandermatophyte and two specific assays for detecting Candida spp...
May 16, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507488/microbiological-analysis-of-acute-infections-of-the-nail-fold-on-the-basis-of-bait-thread-test
#17
Hanna Tomczak, Aleksandra Dańczak-Pazdrowska, Adriana Polańska, Agnieszka Osmola-Mańkowska, Jakub Pazdrowski, Wioleta Błażejewska-Gąsior, Anna Horla, Marta Hasse-Cieślińska, Zygmunt Adamski
INTRODUCTION: An acute infection of the nail fold, called paronychia, is a common clinical problem. The basis for the implementation of the treatment is the result of microbiological examination. Due to the rapid and painful course of infection, usually an empirical antimicrobial treatment prior to obtaining microbiological test results is introduced. AIM: The microbial analysis of acute infections of the nail fold. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 32 tests conducted on 31 patients of the Department of Dermatology...
April 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507352/candidiasis-prevalence-and-resistance-profiling-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-pakistan
#18
Bushra Jamil, Mohammad Tauseef Mukhtar Bokhari, Azhar Saeed, Mohammad Zahid Mukhtar Bokhari, Zakir Hussain, Tayyaba Khalid, Habib Bokhari, Mohammad Imran, Shahid Ahmad Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: To determine Candida colonisation/infection in renal transplant patients and to determine the resistance pattern against antifungal drugs. METHODS: This prospective, observational study was conducted at Al-Sayyed Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from January to October 2014, in collaboration with the Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory's, Islamabad campus..The clinical specimens investigated included respiratory tract secretions, blood, urine, high vaginal swab, skin scrapings, and plastic devices samples...
May 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506688/human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-fungal-infections
#19
REVIEW
Jeannette Guarner
The discovery of HIV was largely due to the presence of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in young patients that did not have the usual known causes of immune deficiencies in the early 1980s. Currently, treatment with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) and the use of prophylaxis for PCP have lowered the frequency of fungal infections; however, these infections continue to cause morbidity and mortality in those patients that fall out or are not in care. The frequency of specific fungal diseases in HIV patients will depend on the prevalence of fungi in the particular geographic location...
April 8, 2017: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504348/broad-spectrum-macromolecular-antimicrobials-with-biofilm-disruption-capability-and-in-vivo-efficacy
#20
Jeremy P K Tan, Daniel J Coady, Haritz Sardon, Alexander Yuen, Shujun Gao, Shaun W Lim, Zhen Chang Liang, Eddy W Tan, Shrinivas Venkataraman, Amanda C Engler, Mareva Fevre, Robert Ono, Yi Yan Yang, James L Hedrick
In this study, antimicrobial polymers are synthesized by the organocatalytic ring-opening polymerization of an eight-membered heterocyclic carbonate monomer that is subsequently quaternized with methyl iodide. These polymers demonstrate activity against clinically relevant Gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus, Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and fungus Candida albicans with fast killing kinetics. Importantly, the polymer efficiently inhibits biofilm growth and lyses existing biofilm, leading to a reduction in biomass and cell viability...
May 15, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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