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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214273/candidaemia-due-to-candida-parapsilosis-species-complex-at-a-hospital-in-brazil-clinical-characteristics-and-antifungal-susceptibility-profile
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Débora de Souza Olartechea de Alencar, Rosianne Assis de Sousa Tsujisaki, Fernanda Luiza Espinosa Spositto, Maína de Oliveira Nunes, Adriana Araújo de Almeida, Marilena Dos Anjos Martins, Marcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Marilene Rodrigues Chang
BACKGROUND: Recent decades have seen a global emergence of candidaemia caused by non-Candida albicans Candida species, particularly the Candida parapsilosis complex. AIMS: To evaluate the clinical features and antifungal susceptibility profiles of isolates belonging to the C. parapsilosis species complex in patients with candidaemia in a midwestern Brazilian tertiary-care teaching hospital. METHODS: Yeast identification was performed using an automated Vitek 2 Compact system...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213809/the-correlation-between-biofilm-production-and-catheter-related-blood-stream-infections-sustained-by-candida-a-case-control-study
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Grazia Brunetti, Valeria Visconti, Maria Cristina Ghezzi, Alessandra Giordano, Giammarco Raponi
Biofilm forming capacity of yeasts colonizing the intravenous devices is considered a key factor involved in the pathogenesis of Candida catheter-related bloodstream infections (CCRBSI). The biofilm production of strains of Candida spp. isolated both from the CVC and from the blood of patients with CCRBSI was compared to that of strains isolated from patients not having CCRBSI. Results, expressed in terms of Biofilm Index (BI), revealed that biofilm-producing strains were isolated in the CCRBSI group with a frequency significantly higher than in the non-CCRBSI group (χ(2) = 4...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213053/nerol-triggers-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-disruption-via-elevation-of-ca-2-and-ros-in-candida-albicans
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Jun Tian, Zhaoqun Lu, Yanzhen Wang, Man Zhang, Xueyan Wang, Xudong Tang, Xue Peng, Hong Zeng
The antifungal activity of Nerol (NEL) against Candida albicans, a pathogenic fungus, has a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 4.4mM that causes noteworthy candidacidal activity through an apoptosis-like mechanism. Calcium (Ca(2+)) levels and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which are the major causes of apoptosis, were determined in C. albicans cells treated with NEL and were found to increase, which related to mitochondrial dysfunction and disruption. A series of characteristic changes of apoptosis caused by NEL, including mitochondrial membrane depolarization, cytochrome c (cyt c) release, and metacaspase activation were examined using a flow cytometer and Western blot...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211844/a-tool-named-iris-for-versatile-high-throughput-phenotyping-in-microorganisms
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George Kritikos, Manuel Banzhaf, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Alexandra Koumoutsi, Morgane Wartel, Matylda Zietek, Athanasios Typas
Advances in our ability to systematically introduce and track controlled genetic variance in microorganisms have, in the past decade, fuelled high-throughput reverse genetics approaches. When coupled to quantitative readouts, such approaches are extremely powerful at elucidating gene function and providing insights into the underlying pathways and the overall cellular network organization. Yet, until now, all efforts to quantify microbial macroscopic phenotypes have been restricted to monitoring growth in a small number of model microorganisms...
February 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211298/kinneretia-thg-sqi4-mediated-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-its-antimicrobial-efficacy
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Hina Singh, Juan Du, Tae-Hoo Yi
Simple, facile, effective approach for the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using Kinneretia species and its antimicrobial activity against human pathogens has been demonstrated in this study. Kinneretia THG-SQI4 has been isolated from soil sample collected from Shangqui, China. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV-vis), field emission transmission electron microscopy (FE-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), elemental mapping, selected area diffraction pattern, and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
May 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207234/potassium-iodide-potentiates-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-photodynamic-inactivation-using-photofrin
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Liyi Huang, Grzegorz Szewczyk, Tadeusz Sarna, Michael R Hamblin
It is known that non-cationic porphyrins such as Photofrin (PF) are effective in mediating antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (aPDI) of Gram-positive bacteria or fungi. However the aPDI activity of PF against Gram-negative bacteria is accepted to be extremely low. Here we report that the non-toxic inorganic salt, potassium iodide (KI) at a concentration of 100mM when added to microbial cells (10(8)/mL) + PF (10µM hematoporphyrin equivalent) + 415nm light (10J/cm2) can eradicate (>6 logs killing) five different Gram-negative species (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, and Acinetobacter baumannii), while no killing was obtained without KI...
February 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205003/antifungal-efficacy-of-an-intravenous-formulation-containing-monomeric-amphotericin-b-5-fluorocytosine-and-saline-for-sodium-supplementation
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Celeste Alvarez, David R Andes, Jeong Yeon Kang, Carmen Krug, Glen S Kwon
PURPOSE: Amphotericin B (AmB) and 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) exhibit additive to synergistic activity against systemic mycoses. Incompatibility of prescribed formulations precludes concomitant IV administration, a route with distinct advantages. Previously, we used PEG-DSPE micelles to produce a reformulation of Fungizone (AmB-SD), AmB solubilized by sodium deoxycholate, called mAmB-90. Herein, we describe a second reformulation that facilitates co-delivery of mAmB-90 and 5-FC, and evaluate the effect of PEG-DSPE micelles on the combination's activity against Candida albicans...
February 15, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203232/cationic-net-charge-and-counter-ion-type-as-antimicrobial-activity-determinant-factors-of-short-lipopeptides
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Katarzyna E Greber, Malgorzata Dawgul, Wojciech Kamysz, Wieslaw Sawicki
To get a better insight into the antimicrobial potency of short cationic lipopeptides, 35 new entities were synthesized using solid phase peptide strategy. All newly obtained lipopeptides were designed to be positively charged from +1 to +4. This was achieved by introducing basic amino acid - lysine - into the lipopeptide structure and had a hydrophobic fatty acid chain attached. Lipopeptides were subjected to microbiological tests using reference strains of Gram-negative bacteria: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Gram-positive bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecalis, and fungi: Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Aspergillus brasiliensis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203228/encapsulation-of-antifungals-in-micelles-protects-candida-albicans-during-gall-bladder-infection
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Shih-Hung Hsieh, Sascha Brunke, Matthias Brock
Candida albicans is a dimorphic fungus that colonizes human mucosal surfaces with the potential to cause life-threatening invasive candidiasis. Studies on systemic candidiasis in a murine infection model using in vivo real-time bioluminescence imaging revealed persistence of C. albicans in the gall bladder under antifungal therapy. Preliminary analyses showed that bile conferred resistance against a wide variety of antifungals enabling survival in this cryptic host niche. Here, bile and its components were studied for their ability to reduce antifungal efficacy in order to elucidate the underlying mechanism of protection...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202116/-pathogens-of-infections-in-the-induction-period-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-drug-resistance-of-isolated-strains
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Zai-Sheng Chen, Ling Zheng, Yi-Qiao Chen, Jing-Hui Yang, Jian Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the infections occurring in the induction period of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the pathogens of the infections, and drug resistance of isolated strains. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of 130 children with newly-diagnosed childhood ALL. Infections occurring during the induction chemotherapy, pathogenic strains, and drug-resistance spectrum were analyzed. RESULTS: The incidence rate of clinical infection and/or microbial infection reached 76...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198976/role-of-candida-species-from-hiv-infected-children-in-enamel-caries-lesions-an-in-vitro-study
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Senda Charone, Maristela Barbosa Portela, Karol de Oliveira Martins, Rosangela Maria Soares, Gloria Fernanda Castro
Objectives: This study analyzed the capacity of Candida spp. from dental biofilm of HIV infected (HIV+) children to demineralize primary molar enamel in vitro by Transversal Microhardness (TMH), Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and the quantity of calcium ions (Ca2+) released from the enamel. Material and Methods: Candida spp. samples were isolated from the supragingival biofilm of HIV+ children. A hundred and forty (140) enamel blocks were randomly assigned to six groups: biofilm formed by C...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198610/disentangling-nanonets-human-%C3%AE-defensin-6-targets-candida-albicans-virulence
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Lynette Cegelski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197306/potent-antifungal-synergy-of-phthalazinone-and-isoquinolones-with-azoles-against-candida-albicans
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Aaron D Mood, Ilandari Dewage Udara Anulal Premachandra, Stanley Hiew, Fuqiang Wang, Kevin A Scott, Nathan J Oldenhuis, Haoping Liu, David L Van Vranken
Four phthalazinones (CIDs 22334057, 22333974, 22334032, 22334012) and one isoquinolone (CID 5224943) were previously shown to be potent enhancers of antifungal activity of fluconazole against Candida albicans. Several even more potent analogues of these compounds were identified, some with EC50 as low as 1 nM, against C. albicans. The compounds exhibited pharmacological synergy (FIC < 0.5) with fluconazole. The compounds were also shown to enhance the antifungal activity of isavuconazole, a recently FDA approved azole antifungal...
February 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195309/ploidy-tug-of-war-evolutionary-and-genetic-environments-influence-the-rate-of-ploidy-drive-in-a-human-fungal-pathogen
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Aleeza C Gerstein, Heekyung Lim, Judith Berman, Meleah A Hickman
Variation in baseline ploidy is seen throughout the tree of life, yet the factors that determine why one ploidy level is maintained over another remain poorly understood. Experimental evolution studies using asexual fungal microbes with manipulated ploidy levels intriguingly reveals a propensity to return to the historical baseline ploidy, a phenomenon that we term 'ploidy drive'. We evolved haploid, diploid, and polyploid strains of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans under three different nutrient limitation environments to test whether these conditions, hypothesized to select for low ploidy levels, could counteract ploidy drive...
February 14, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193098/nanoparticle-formulation-increases-syzygium-cumini-antioxidant-activity-in-candida-albicans-infected-diabetic-rats
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Paula E R Bitencourt, Lariane O Cargnelutti, Carolina S Stein, Raquel Lautenchleger, Luana M Ferreira, Manuela Sangoi, Laura Denardi, Raphaela M Borges, Aline Boligon, Rafael N Moresco, Letícia Cruz, Régis A Zanette, Sydney H Alves, Maria Beatriz Moretto
CONTEXT: Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels (Myrtaceae) is a medicinal plant widely used in folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM). However, studies on the use of this plant and of nanoparticle formulations against DM-related fungal infections are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of the treatments with aqueous seed extract of S. cumini (ASc) and ASc-loaded polymeric nanoparticles (NPASc) on biochemical parameters in Candida albicans-infected diabetic rats...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192532/role-of-arf-gtpases-in-fungal-morphogenesis-and-virulence
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Hayet Labbaoui, Stéphanie Bogliolo, Vikram Ghugtyal, Norma V Solis, Scott G Filler, Robert A Arkowitz, Martine Bassilana
Virulence of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans depends on the switch from budding to filamentous growth, which requires sustained membrane traffic and polarized growth. In many organisms, small GTPases of the Arf (ADP-ribosylation factor) family regulate membrane/protein trafficking, yet little is known about their role in fungal filamentous growth. To investigate these GTPases in C. albicans, we generated loss of function mutants in all 3 Arf proteins, Arf1-Arf3, and 2 Arf-like proteins, Arl1 and Arl3...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192489/honokiol-induces-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-apoptosis-in-candida-albicans-through-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Lingmei Sun, Kai Liao, Chengcheng Hang, Dayong Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of honokiol on induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), antioxidant defense systems, mitochondrial dysfunction, and apoptosis in Candida albicans. METHODS: To measure ROS accumulation, 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate fluorescence was used. Lipid peroxidation was assessed using both fluorescence staining and a thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) assay. Protein oxidation was determined using dinitrophenylhydrazine derivatization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191879/visualizing-the-early-stages-of-phagocytosis
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Ali Rashidfarrokhi, Veronica Richina, Fikadu G Tafesse
The mammalian body is equipped with various layers of mechanisms that help to defend itself from pathogen invasions. Professional phagocytes of the immune system - such as neutrophils, dendritic cells, and macrophages - retain the innate ability to detect and clear such invading pathogens through phagocytosis(1). Phagocytosis involves choreographed events of membrane reorganization and actin remodeling at the cell surface(2)(,)(3). Phagocytes successfully internalize and eradicate foreign molecules only when all stages of phagocytosis are fulfilled...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191638/enhancement-of-the-efficacy-of-photodynamic-inactivation-of-candida-albicans-with-the-use-of-biogenic-gold-nanoparticles
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Irena Maliszewska, Barbara Lisiak, Katarzyna Popko, Katarzyna Matczyszyn
This study reports on successful photodynamic inactivation of planktonic and biofilm cells of Candida albicans using Rose Bengal (RB) in combination with biogenic gold nanoparticles synthesized by the cell-free filtrate of Penicillium funiculosum BL1 strain. Monodispersed colloidal gold nanoparticles coated with proteins were characterized by a number of techniques including SEM-EDS, TEM, UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, as well as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to be 24±3 nm spheres coated with proteins...
February 12, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188050/successful-treatment-with-caspofungin-of-candiduria-in-a-child-with-wilms-tumor-review-of-literature
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M S Rezai, A Vaezi, H Fakhim, A Soleimani, H Mohammad Jafari, S Mohseni, H Badali
Symptomatic candiduria often occurs in patients with indwelling bladder catheters or immunocompromised host. Isolation of Candida in urine in high-risk patients should primarily be considered as a marker for candidemia. Hematological and genitourinary malignancies are one of the main risk factors associated with Candida urinary tract infections (CUTI). Fluconazole is a choice for initial treatment of CUTI, but it is fluctuate depending on the patient's condition including renal failure, site of urinary infection and Candida species...
February 7, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
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