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Candida AND defence

Iliyana N Kaneva, Joseph Longworth, Peter E Sudbery, Mark J Dickman
Stable isotope labelling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) in conjunction with mass spectrometry analysis is a sensitive and reliable technique for quantifying relative differences in protein abundance and post-translational modifications between cell populations. We have developed and utilised SILAC-MS workflows for quantitative proteomics in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Arginine metabolism provides important cues for escaping host defences during pathogenesis, which limits the use of auxotrophs in Candida research...
December 27, 2017: Proteomics
M A O Lewis, D W Williams
Candida is a fungus (yeast) that is generally regarded as a normal and harmless member of the oral microbiome in humans. Should host defences against these commensals be compromised in any way then Candida can cause clinical signs and symptoms, which manifest as distinct forms of oral candidosis (candidiasis). Candida albicans is the most frequently isolated candidal species from the oral cavity, although a range of non-C. albicans Candida species are being increasingly encountered. The basic principle of the management of candidosis is to identify and eliminate any underlying host predisposing factor...
November 10, 2017: British Dental Journal
Yonghong Zhou, Guoyan Liu, Xi Cheng, Qianqian Wang, Bo Wang, Beilei Wang, Hui Zhang, Qian He, Liming Zhang
In this study, we reported a jellyfish-derived Kazal-type serine protease inhibitor, named CcKPI1, from Cyanea capillata. CcKPI1 has a calculated molecular mass of 19.02kDa and contains three typical Kazal domains. Soluble recombinant CcKPI1 (rCcKPI1) was successfully expressed and purified. rCcKPI1 exhibited significant inhibitory activities against elastase, subtilisin A and proteinase K, but not against trypsin or chymotrypsin. Kinetic studies showed that all of the inhibitory effects of rCcKPI1 were competitive, indicating that it may be a microbial serine protease inhibitor and can exhibit antimicrobial activity...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Vania Polesello, Ludovica Segat, Sergio Crovella, Luisa Zupin
Candida species infections are an important worldwide health issue since they do not only affect immunocompromised patients but also healthy individuals. Indeed Candida spp. are present as commensal flora in the host human body but they can switch into a pathological form inducing cellular damage and disease. Among Candida strains, C. albicans is the most prevalent in both mucosal and systemic infections. The host developed different mechanisms of protection against Candida infections; specifically the immune system and the innate immune response are the first line of defence...
August 7, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Nicola Matteo Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defence status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). METHODS: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test) were found in CLL patients than normal controls (P<...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
Elaine F Kenny, Alf Herzig, Renate Krüger, Aaron Muth, Santanu Mondal, Paul R Thompson, Volker Brinkmann, Horst von Bernuth, Arturo Zychlinsky
Neutrophils release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) which ensnare pathogens and have pathogenic functions in diverse diseases. We examined the NETosis pathways induced by five stimuli; PMA, the calcium ionophore A23187, nigericin, Candida albicans and Group B Streptococcus. We studied NET production in neutrophils from healthy donors with inhibitors of molecules crucial to PMA-induced NETs including protein kinase C, calcium, reactive oxygen species, the enzymes myeloperoxidase (MPO) and neutrophil elastase...
June 2, 2017: ELife
Camila G Freitas, Stella M F Lima, Mirna S Freire, Ana Paula C Cantuária, Nelson G O Júnior, Tatiane S Santos, Jéssica S Folha, Suzana M Ribeiro, Simoni C Dias, Taia M B Rezende, Patrícia Albuquerque, André M Nicola, César de la Fuente-Núñez, Robert E W Hancock, Octávio L Franco, Maria Sueli S Felipe
Fungal Candida species are commensals present in the mammalian skin and mucous membranes. Candida spp. are capable of breaching the epithelial barrier of immunocompromised patients with neutrophil and cell-mediated immune dysfunctions and can also disseminate to multiple organs through the bloodstream. Here we examined the action of innate defense regulator 1018 (IDR-1018), a 12-amino-acid-residue peptide derived from bovine bactenecin (Bac2A): IDR-1018 showed weak antifungal and antibiofilm activity against a Candida albicans laboratory strain (ATCC 10231) and a clinical isolate (CI) (MICs of 32 and 64 μg · ml(-1), respectively), while 8-fold lower concentrations led to dissolution of the fungal cells from preformed biofilms...
August 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Adél Tóth, Erik Zajta, Katalin Csonka, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Mihai G Netea, Attila Gácser
Candida albicans and C. parapsilosis are human pathogens causing severe infections. The NLRP3 inflammasome plays a crucial role in host defence against C. albicans, but it has been previously unknown whether C. parapsilosis activates this complex. Here we show that C. parapsilosis induces caspase-1 activation and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) secretion in THP-1, as well as primary, human macrophages. IL-1β secretion was dependent on NLRP3, K(+)-efflux, TLR4, IRAK, Syk, caspase-1, caspase-8 and NADPH-oxidase. Importantly, while C...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Vito Rodolico, Paola Di Carlo, Gaspare Gulotta, Francesco D'Arpa, Giuseppe Salamone, Gianfranco Cocorullo, Antonino Agrusa, Anna Giammanco, Consolato Sergi
AIMS: To evaluate the contribution of light microscopy to detecting Candida spp infection in patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) admitted for acute abdomen to a quality assurance (QA)-certified surgical emergency ward. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study (2008-2012) of 809 abdominal intraoperative or biopsy tissue specimens obtained from patients admitted with acute abdomen and microbiological samples positive for Candida spp. Demographic data, mortality, comorbidities, specimen type, microscopy results, special histological staining performed, antimicrobial therapy were collected and analysed...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Yu Luo, Hannah L Bolt, Gabriela A Eggimann, Danny F McAuley, Ronan McMullan, Tanya Curran, Mei Zhou, Professor Colin A B Jahoda, Steven L Cobb, Fionnuala T Lundy
Biofilms containing Candida albicans are responsible for a wide variety of clinical infections. The protective effects of the biofilm matrix, the low metabolic activity of microorganisms within a biofilm and their high mutation rate, significantly enhance the resistance of biofilms to conventional antimicrobial treatments. Peptoids are peptide-mimics that share many features of host defence antimicrobial peptides but have increased resistance to proteases and therefore have better stability in vivo. The activity of a library of peptoids was tested against monospecies and polymicrobial bacterial/fungal biofilms...
January 3, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Joana Barros, Liliana Grenho, Sílvia Fontenente, Cândida M Manuel, Olga C Nunes, Luís F Melo, Fernando J Monteiro, Maria P Ferraz
Implant-associated infections are caused by surface-adhering microorganisms persisting as biofilms, resistant to host defense and antimicrobial agents. Given the limited efficacy of traditional antibiotics, novel strategies may rely on the prevention of such infections through the design of new biomaterials. In this work, two antimicrobial agents applied to nanohydroxyapatite materials-namely, chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles-were compared concerning their ability to avoid single- or dual-species biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli...
February 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Fabiola Hernández-Martínez, Carlos Iván Briones-Roblero, David R Nelson, Flor Nohemí Rivera-Orduña, Gerardo Zúñiga
Bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and associated microorganisms must overcome a complex tree's defence system, which includes toxic monoterpenes, to successfully complete their life cycle. A number of studies have suggested these microorganisms could have ecological roles related with the nutrition, detoxification, and semiochemical production. In particular, in filamentous fungi symbionts, cytochrome P450 (CYP) have been involved with terpenoid detoxification and biotransformation processes. Candida oregonensis has been isolated from the gut, ovaries, and frass of different bark beetle species, and it is a dominant species in the Dendroctonus rhizophagus gut...
September 2016: Fungal Biology
Shagun Goel, Seema Mittal, Uma Chaudhary
BACKGROUND: Candida spp. remains the fungal species most commonly associated with biofilm formation. Increase in Candida infections in last decades has almost paralleled the increase and wide spread use of a broad range of medical implant devices mainly in population with impaired host defences. One of the most important characteristics of biofilms is their high level of resistance to antimicrobial drugs. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to know the prevalence of different Candida spp...
2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
M T Clancy, J Gad-Al-Rab, C T Keane
Opportunistic fungal infection is recognised as a complication of intravenous therapy (Zinneret al., 1969), prolonged antibiotic usage, immuno-suppressives, steroids, radiotherapy and in patients whose host defences are impaired (Klainer and Beisel, 1969). We describe here a patient with Hodgkin's disease who developed disseminated candidiasis associated with an indwelling venous catheter.
December 1976: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Daniel Prieto, Inês Correia, Jesús Pla, Elvira Román
Candida albicans is a common resident of the oral cavity, GI tract and vagina in healthy humans where it establishes a commensal relationship with the host. Colonization of the gut, which is an important niche for the microbe, may lead to systemic dissemination and disease upon alteration of host defences. Understanding the mechanisms responsible for the adaptation of C. albicans to the gut is therefore important for the design of new ways of combating fungal diseases. In this review we discuss the available models to study commensalism of this yeast, the main mechanisms controlling the establishment of the fungus, such as microbiota, mucus layer and antimicrobial peptides, and the gene regulatory circuits that ensure its survival in this niche...
2016: Future Microbiology
S X Tang, D L Moyes, J P Richardson, M Blagojevic, J R Naglik
All mucosal surfaces are lined by epithelial cells and are colonised by opportunistic microbes. In health, these opportunistic microbes remain commensal and are tolerated by the immune system. However, when the correct environmental conditions arise, these microbes can become pathogenic and need to be controlled or cleared by the immune system to prevent disease. The mechanisms that enable epithelial cells to initiate the 'danger' signals activated specifically by pathogenic microbes are critical to mucosal defence and homeostasis but are not well understood...
April 2016: Oral Diseases
Maria Luisa Gil, Celia Murciano, Alberto Yáñez, Daniel Gozalbo
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) constitute a family of pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) that recognize molecular signatures of microbial pathogens and function as sensors for infection. Recognition of Candida albicans by TLRs on mature immune cells, such as phagocytic cells, activates intracellular signalling pathways that trigger production of proinflammatory cytokines which are critical for innate host defence and orchestrate the adaptive response. TLR2, and TLR4 in a minor extent, recognize cell wall-associated ligands; endosomal TLR9 and TLR7 recognize DNA and RNA respectively...
January 1, 2016: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
Anna Koziróg, Bogumił Brycki
Quaternary ammonium salts (QAS) belong to surfactant commonly used both, in the household and in different branches of industry, primarily in the process of cleaning and disinfection. They have several positive features inter alia effectively limiting the development of microorganisms on many surfaces. In the present work, two compounds were used as biocides: hexamethylene-1,6-bis-(N,N-dimethyl-N-dodecylammonium bromide) that belongs to the gemini surfactant (GS), and its single analogue - dodecyl(trimethyl)ammonium bromide (DTAB)...
2015: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Fábio Faria-Oliveira, Joana Carvalho, Célia Ferreira, Maria Luisa Hernáez, Concha Gil, Cândida Lucas
BACKGROUND: Saccharomyces cerevisiae multicellular communities are sustained by a scaffolding extracellular matrix, which provides spatial organization, and nutrient and water availability, and ensures group survival. According to this tissue-like biology, the yeast extracellular matrix (yECM) is analogous to the higher Eukaryotes counterpart for its polysaccharide and proteinaceous nature. Few works focused on yeast biofilms, identifying the flocculin Flo11 and several members of the HSP70 in the extracellular space...
2015: BMC Microbiology
Mihai G Netea, Leo A B Joosten, Jos W M van der Meer, Bart-Jan Kullberg, Frank L van de Veerdonk
The immune response to Candida species is shaped by the commensal character of the fungus. There is a crucial role for discerning between colonization and invasion at mucosal surfaces, with the antifungal host defence mechanisms used during mucosal or systemic infection with Candida species differing substantially. Here, we describe how innate sensing of fungi by pattern recognition receptors and the interplay of immune cells (both myeloid and lymphoid) with non-immune cells, including platelets and epithelial cells, shapes host immunity to Candida species...
October 2015: Nature Reviews. Immunology
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