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Lena J Heung
Cryptococcus species are encapsulated fungi found in the environment that predominantly cause disease in immunocompromised hosts after inhalation into the lungs. Even with contemporary antifungal regimens, patients with cryptococcosis continue to have high morbidity and mortality rates. The development of more effective therapies may depend on our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the host promotes sterilizing immunity against the fungus. This review will highlight our current knowledge of how Cryptococcus, primarily the species C...
September 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934415/first-report-of-urease-activity-in-the-novel-systemic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-a-comparison-with-the-neurotrope-cryptococcus-neoformans
#2
Barbra Lerm, Chris Kenyon, Ilan S Schwartz, Heinrich Kroukamp, Riaan de Witt, Nelesh P Govender, G Sybren de Hoog, Alfred Botha
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for the AIDS-defining illness, cryptococcal meningitis. During the disease process, entry of cryptococcal cells into the brain is facilitated by virulence factors that include urease enzyme activity. A novel species of an Emmonsia-like fungus, recently named Emergomyces africanus, was identified as a cause of disseminated mycosis in HIV-infected persons in South Africa. However, in contrast to C. neoformans, the enzymes produced by this fungus, some of which may be involved in pathogenesis, have not been described...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928997/neurosyphilis-with-concomitant-cryptococcal-and-tuberculous-meningitis-in-a-patient-with-aids-report-of-a-unique-case
#3
Jose Armando Gonzales Zamora, Luis Alberto Espinoza, Rita N Nwanyanwu
Meningitis in individuals living with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is most frequently infectious in origin and usually due to opportunistic infections. The most common pathogens are Cryptococcus neoformans and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Treponema pallidum causes neurosyphilis and can complicate HIV infections at any time after the initial infection. Simultaneous infections of the central nervous system caused by these pathogens are very uncommon even in the setting of severe immunosuppression...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920786/cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-associated-renal-amyloidosis-causing-protein-losing-nephropathy-in-a-red-kangaroo-macropus-rufus
#4
Mary Irene Thurber, Jenessa Gjeltema, Matthew Sheley, Ray F Wack
A 10-year-old male castrated red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) presented with mandibular swelling. Examination findings included pitting edema with no dental disease evident on examination or radiographs. The results of blood work were moderate azotemia, hypoalbuminemia, and severely elevated urine protein:creatinine ratio (9.9). Radiographs showed an interstitial pattern of the caudal right lung, and an abdominal ultrasound demonstrated scant effusion. Symptomatic and empirical therapy with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor did not resolve clinical signs...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919893/ripk3-fas-associated-death-domain-axis-regulates-pulmonary-immunopathology-to-cryptococcal-infection-independent-of-necroptosis
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Zhenzong Fa, Qun Xie, Wei Fang, Haibing Zhang, Haiwei Zhang, Jintao Xu, Weihua Pan, Jinhua Xu, Michal A Olszewski, Xiaoming Deng, Wanqing Liao
Fas-associated death domain (FADD) and receptor interacting protein kinase 3 (RIPK3) are multifunctional regulators of cell death and immune response. Using a mouse model of cryptococcal infection, the roles of FADD and RIPK3 in anti-cryptococcal defense were investigated. Deletion of RIPK3 alone led to increased inflammatory cytokine production in the Cryptococcus neoformans-infected lungs, but in combination with FADD deletion, it led to a robust Th1-biased response with M1-biased macrophage activation. Rather than being protective, these responses led to paradoxical C...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919338/diagnostic-accuracy-of-xpert-mtb-rif-ultra-for-tuberculous-meningitis-in-hiv-infected-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Nathan C Bahr, Edwin Nuwagira, Emily E Evans, Fiona V Cresswell, Philip V Bystrom, Adolf Byamukama, Sarah C Bridge, Ananta S Bangdiwala, David B Meya, Claudia M Denkinger, Conrad Muzoora, David R Boulware
BACKGROUND: WHO recommends Xpert MTB/RIF as initial diagnostic testing for tuberculous meningitis. However, diagnosis remains difficult, with Xpert sensitivity of about 50-70% and culture sensitivity of about 60%. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of the new Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra (Xpert Ultra) for tuberculous meningitis. METHODS: We prospectively obtained diagnostic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens during screening for a trial on the treatment of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in Mbarara, Uganda...
September 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904453/hospital-based-retrospective-study-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-in-a-large-cohort-from-india
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Karkal Ravishankar Naik, Aralikatte Onkarappa Saroja, Darshan Kiran Doshi
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis is an important and a fatal neuroinfection. Early diagnosis and treatment is of utmost importance in reducing morbidity and mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of patients with laboratory-confirmed cryptococcal meningitis seen in tertiary care hospital were reviewed. Details of demographic profile, clinical data, laboratory parameters, complications, and in-hospital mortality were studied. RESULTS: Among 97 patients with cryptococcal meningitis (79 men, 18 women), 88 were HIV-positive, two were diabetic, and seven were sporadic...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904437/cryptococcal-infection-in-transplant-kidney-manifesting-as-chronic-allograft-dysfunction
#8
C Agrawal, V Sood, A Kumar, V Raghavan
Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are a significant cause of morbidity in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. Common causes among them are Aspergillus, Candida, and Cryptococcus. Antifungal prophylaxis has led to decrease in overall incidence of IFI; however, there is very little decline in the incidence of Cryptococcal infections of SOT recipients because effective prophylaxis is not available against this infectious agent. Spectrum of manifestation of Cryptococcal infection varies in immunocompetent and immunocompromised host with subclinical and self-limiting with lungs being the primary site in immunocompetent and central nervous system as the most common site in an immunocompromised host...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898238/glucosamine-stimulates-pheromone-independent-dimorphic-transition-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-by-promoting-crz1-nuclear-translocation
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Xinping Xu, Jianfeng Lin, Youbao Zhao, Elyssa Kirkman, Yee-Seul So, Yong-Sun Bahn, Xiaorong Lin
Morphotype switch is a cellular response to external and internal cues. The Cryptococcus neoformans species complex can undergo morphological transitions between the yeast and the hypha form, and such morphological changes profoundly affect cryptococcal interaction with various hosts. Filamentation in Cryptococcus was historically considered a mating response towards pheromone. Recent studies indicate the existence of pheromone-independent signaling pathways but their identity or the effectors remain unknown...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883816/modulation-of-zinc-homeostasis-in-acanthamoeba-castellanii-as-a-possible-antifungal-strategy-against-cryptococcus-gattii
#10
Nicole S Ribeiro, Francine M Dos Santos, Ane W A Garcia, Patrícia A G Ferrareze, Laura F Fabres, Augusto Schrank, Livia Kmetzsch, Marilise B Rott, Marilene H Vainstein, Charley C Staats
Cryptococcus gattii is a basidiomycetous yeast that can be found in the environment and is one of the agents of cryptococcosis, a life-threatening disease. During its life cycle, cryptococcal cells take hold inside environmental predators such as amoebae. Despite their evolutionary distance, macrophages and amoebae share conserved similar steps of phagocytosis and microbial killing. To evaluate whether amoebae also share other antifungal strategies developed by macrophages, we investigated nutritional immunity against cryptococcal cells...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877182/cryptococcal-antigen-screening-by-lay-cadres-using-a-rapid-test-at-the-point-of-care-a-feasibility-study-in-rural-lesotho
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Fernanda Rick, Aline Aurore Niyibizi, Amir Shroufi, Kazumi Onami, Sarah-Jane Steele, Malehlohonolo Kuleile, Innocent Muleya, Tom Chiller, Tiffany Walker, Gilles Van Cutsem
INTRODUCTION: Cryptococcal meningitis is one of the leading causes of death among people with HIV in Africa, primarily due to delayed presentation, poor availability and high cost of treatment. Routine cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening of patients with a CD4 count less than 100 cells/mm3, followed by pre-emptive therapy if positive, might reduce mortality in high prevalence settings. Using the cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) lateral flow assay (LFA), screening is possible at the point of care (POC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857298/cryptococcosis-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-ii-in-mainland-china-1993-2015
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Yingfang Li, Wenjie Fang, Weiwei Jiang, Ferry Hagen, Jia Liu, Lei Zhang, Nan Hong, Yu Zhu, Xiaoguang Xu, Xia Lei, Danqi Deng, Jianping Xu, Wanqing Liao, Teun Boekhout, Min Chen, Weihua Pan
Diabetes mellitus II (DM II) is a newly defined independent factor contributing to the morbidity and mortality of cryptococcosis. This retrospective case analysis aims to explore the epidemiology, clinical profile and strain characteristics of cryptococcosis in Chinese DM II patients. This study included 30 cases of cryptococcosis with DM II occurring from 1993 to 2015 in mainland China. The hospital-based prevalence of cryptococcosis in DM II was 0.21%. The mean age of the patients was 56.1 years (95% confidence interval: 51...
August 30, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855484/recognition-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-by-pattern-recognition-receptors-and-its-role-in-host-defense-to-this-infection
#13
Ko Sato, Kazuyoshi Kawakami
Cryptococcus neoformans is a yeast-type opportunistic fungal pathogen with a capsule structure consisting of polysaccharides, such as glucuronoxylomannan and galactoxylomannan, and infects the lungs via an air-borne route. Most healthy individuals undergo asymptomatic infection with granulomatous lesions in the lungs caused by C. neoformans. However, immunocompromised hosts with severely impaired cellular immunity, such as those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), often suffer from disseminated infection into the central nervous system, leading to life-threatening meningoencephalitis...
2017: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844774/disseminated-cryptococcal-osteomyelitis-to-the-hand-in-an-immunosuppressed-lymphoma-patient
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Wayne A Chen, Cynthia L Emory, Benjamin R Graves
Fungal osteomyelitis of the hand is rare with limited evidence-based literature to guide diagnosis and management. We report a case of disseminated cryptococcal osteomyelitis in the middle phalanx from a pulmonary fungal infection in a patient with a history of lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma. Although rare, cryptococcosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of aggressive lytic lesions with bone pain and associated large soft tissue masses, especially in the immunosuppressed host.
August 25, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840541/drugs-in-clinical-development-for-fungal-infections
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Maria F Gonzalez-Lara, Jose Sifuentes-Osornio, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner
Despite increasing rates of invasive fungal infections being reported globally, only a single antifungal drug has been approved during the last decade. Resistance, toxicity, drug interactions and restricted routes of administration remain unresolved issues. This review focuses on new antifungal compounds which are currently in various clinical phases of development. We discuss two azoles with a tetrazole moiety that allows selective activity against the fungal CYP: VT-1161 for Candida infections and VT-1129 for cryptococcal meningoencephalitis...
August 24, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835924/vomocytosis-of-live-pathogens-from-macrophages-is-regulated-by-the-atypical-map-kinase-erk5
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Andrew S Gilbert, Paula I Seoane, Poppy Sephton-Clark, Aleksandra Bojarczuk, Richard Hotham, Emanuele Giurisato, Adil R Sarhan, Amy Hillen, Greetje Vande Velde, Nathanael S Gray, Dario R Alessi, Debbie L Cunningham, Cathy Tournier, Simon A Johnston, Robin C May
Vomocytosis, or nonlytic extrusion, is a poorly understood process through which macrophages release live pathogens that they have failed to kill back into the extracellular environment. Vomocytosis is conserved across vertebrates and occurs with a diverse range of pathogens, but to date, the host signaling events that underpin expulsion remain entirely unknown. We use a targeted inhibitor screen to identify the MAP kinase ERK5 as a critical suppressor of vomocytosis. Pharmacological inhibition or genetic manipulation of ERK5 activity significantly raises vomocytosis rates in human macrophages, whereas stimulation of the ERK5 signaling pathway inhibits vomocytosis...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835663/choroid-plexitis-and-ependymitis-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-are-biomarkers-of-neuronal-damage-and-inflammation-in-hiv-negative-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis
#17
Dima A Hammoud, Eman Mahdi, Anil A Panackal, Paul Wakim, Virginia Sheikh, Irini Sereti, Bibi Bielakova, John E Bennett, Peter R Williamson
CNS cryptococcal meningoencephalitis in both HIV positive (HIV+) and HIV negative (HIV-) subjects is associated with high morbidity and mortality despite optimal antifungal therapy. We thus conducted a detailed analysis of the MR imaging findings in 45 HIV- and 11 HIV+ patients to identify imaging findings associated with refractory disease. Ventricular abnormalities, namely ependymitis and choroid plexitis were seen in HIV- but not in HIV+ subjects. We then correlated the imaging findings in a subset of HIV- subjects (n = 17) to CSF levels of neurofilament light chain (NFL), reflective of axonal damage and sCD27, known to best predict the presence of intrathecal T-cell mediated inflammation...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832534/transcriptional-analysis-allows-genome-reannotation-and-reveals-that-cryptococcus-gattii-vgii-undergoes-nutrient-restriction-during-infection
#18
Patrícia Aline Gröhs Ferrareze, Rodrigo Silva Araujo Streit, Patricia Ribeiro Dos Santos, Francine Melise Dos Santos, Rita Maria Cunha de Almeida, Augusto Schrank, Livia Kmetzsch, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Charley Christian Staats
Cryptococcus gattii is a human and animal pathogen that infects healthy hosts and caused the Pacific Northwest outbreak of cryptococcosis. The inhalation of infectious propagules can lead to internalization of cryptococcal cells by alveolar macrophages, a niche in which C. gattii cells can survive and proliferate. Although the nutrient composition of macrophages is relatively unknown, the high induction of amino acid transporter genes inside the phagosome indicates a preference for amino acid uptake instead of synthesis...
August 23, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831671/opportunistic-invasive-mycoses-in-aids-cryptococcosis-histoplasmosis-coccidiodomycosis-and-talaromycosis
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Daniel B Chastain, Andrés F Henao-Martínez, Carlos Franco-Paredes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to provide an update on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of opportunistic fungal infections in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection including Cryptococcus spp., Histoplasma spp., Coccidioides spp., and Talaromyces marneffei, formerly Penicillium marneffei. RECENT FINDINGS: In many settings, despite increasing roll out of antiretroviral therapy (ART), opportunistic invasive mycoses produce a substantial burden of disease...
August 22, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831193/tuberculosis-cryptococcosis-co-infection-in-china-between-1965-and-2016
#20
Wenjie Fang, Lei Zhang, Jia Liu, David W Denning, Ferry Hagen, Weiwei Jiang, Nan Hong, Shuwen Deng, Xia Lei, Danqi Deng, Wanqing Liao, Jianping Xu, Teun Boekhout, Min Chen, Weihua Pan
Cases of tuberculosis/cryptococcosis co-infection are rapidly increasing in China. However, most studies addressing this co-infection have been published in Chinese journals, and this publication strategy has obscured this disease trend for scientists in other parts of the world. Our investigation found that 62.9% of all co-infection cases worldwide were reported in the Chinese population (n=197) between 1965 and 2016, and 56.3% of these Chinese cases were reported after 2010. Nearly all cases originated from the warm and wet monsoon regions of China...
August 23, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
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