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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238268/aryl-alkyl-lysines-membrane-active-fungicides-that-act-against-biofilms-of-candida-albicans
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Chandradhish Ghosh, Vikas Yadav, Waleed Younis, Haroon Mohammad, Youssef A Hegazy, Mohamed N Seleem, Kaustuv Sanyal, Jayanta Haldar
Mortality due to pathogenic fungi has been exacerbated by the rapid development of resistance to frontline antifungal drugs. Fungicidal compounds with novel mechanisms of action are urgently needed. Aryl-alkyl-lysines, which are membrane-active small molecules, were earlier shown to be broad-spectrum antibacterial agents with potency in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we report the antifungal properties of aryl-alkyl-lysines. After identifying the most active compound (NCK-10), we tested its activity against a panel of clinically relevant pathogenic fungi and examined NCK-10's effect against immature and mature biofilms of Candida albicans...
February 27, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224196/calcium-and-oxidative-stress-mediate-perillaldehyde-induced-apoptosis-in-candida-albicans
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Hui Tian, Su Qu, Yanzhen Wang, Zhaoqun Lu, Man Zhang, Yeyun Gan, Peng Zhang, Jun Tian
New anti-Candida albicans drugs are needed due to the emergence of resistant cases in recent years. Perillaldehyde (PAE) is a natural monoterpenoid compound derived from Perilla frutescens. The minimum inhibitory concentration of PAE against C. albicans was 0.4 μL/mL. We aimed to elucidate the antifungal mode of action of PAE against C. albicans. The antifungal activity of PAE against C. albicans was found to correlate with an elevation in intracellular Ca(2+) and accumulation of ROS. Several downstream apoptosis events such as the disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, phosphatidylserine externalization, cytochrome c release, and metacaspase activation were observed in PAE-treated cells...
February 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222399/improved-yeast-delivery-of-fluconazole-with-a-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-system
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Hamid Reza Kelidari, Maryam Moazeni, Roghayeh Babaei, Majid Saeedi, Jafar Akbari, Parisa Islami Parkoohi, Mojtaba Nabili, Atefeh Abdollahi Gohar, Katayoun Morteza-Semnani, Ali Nokhodchi
Despite the growing trends in the number of patients at risk for invasive fungal infections, management with current antifungal agents results in complications due to changes in the epidemiology and drug susceptibility of invasive fungal infections. In the present research fluconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers were prepared using probe ultrasonication techniques and investigated the efficacy of the optimal formulation on a large number of Candida species. The morphology of the obtained nanostructured lipid carriers was characterized by transmission-electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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/28203228/encapsulation-of-antifungals-in-micelles-protects-candida-albicans-during-gall-bladder-infection
#5
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/28196695/impact-of-erg3-mutations-and-expression-of-ergosterol-genes-controlled-by-upc2-and-ndt80-in-candida-parapsilosis-azole-resistance
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Joana Branco, Mihaela Ola, Raquel M Silva, Elizangela Fonseca, Nuno C Gomes, Cláudia Martins-Cruz, Ana P Silva, Ana Silva-Dias, Cidália Pina-Vaz, Claire Erraught, Lorraine Brennan, Acácio Gonçalves Rodrigues, Geraldine Butler, Isabel M Miranda
OBJECTIVES: C. parapsilosis is a health care related fungal pathogen particularly common among immunocompromised patients. Our understanding of antifungal resistance mechanisms in C. parapsilosis remains very limited. We previously described an azole-resistant strain of C. parapsilosis (BC014RPSC), obtained following exposure in vitro to posaconazole. Resistance was associated with overexpression of ergosterol biosynthetic genes (ERG genes), together with the transcription factors UPC2 (CPAR2-207280) and NDT80 (CPAR2-213640)...
February 11, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195093/molecular-identification-of-candida-species-isolated-from-cases-of-neonatal-candidemia-using-polymerase-chain-reaction-restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Akeela Fatima, Gulnaz Bashir, Tehmeena Wani, Abiroo Jan, Amrish Kohli, Mosin S Khan
CONTEXT: Candida spp. is an emerging cause of bloodstream infections worldwide. Delay in speciation of Candida isolates by conventional methods and resistance to antifungal drugs in various Candida species are responsible for the increase in morbidity and mortality due to candidemia. Hence, the rapid identification of Candida isolates is very important for the proper management of patients with candidemia. AIMS: The aim was to re-evaluate the identification of various Candida spp...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159755/role-of-ectopic-gene-conversion-in-the-evolution-of-a-candida-krusei-pleiotropic-drug-resistance-transporter-family
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Erwin Lamping, Jing-Yi Zhu, Masakazu Niimi, Richard David Cannon
Gene duplications enable the evolution of novel gene function, but strong positive selection is required to preserve advantageous mutations in a population. This is because frequent ectopic gene conversions (EGCs) between highly similar, tandem-duplicated, sequences, can rapidly remove fate determining mutations by replacing them with the neighbouring parent gene sequences. Unfortunately, the high sequence similarities between tandem-duplicated genes severely hamper empirical studies of this important evolutionary process because deciphering their correct sequences is challenging...
February 3, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149831/repurposing-approach-identifies-auranofin-with-broad-spectrum-antifungal-activity-that-targets-mia40-erv1-pathway
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Shankar Thangamani, Matthew Maland, Haroon Mohammad, Pete E Pascuzzi, Larisa Avramova, Carla M Koehler, Tony R Hazbun, Mohamed N Seleem
Current antifungal therapies have limited effectiveness in treating invasive fungal infections. Furthermore, the development of new antifungal is currently unable to keep pace with the urgent demand for safe and effective new drugs. Auranofin, an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inhibits growth of a diverse array of clinical isolates of fungi and represents a new antifungal agent with a previously unexploited mechanism of action. In addition to auranofin's potent antifungal activity against planktonic fungi, this drug significantly reduces the metabolic activity of Candida cells encased in a biofilm...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138378/the-frequency-antifungal-susceptibility-and-enzymatic-profiles-of-candida-species-isolated-from-neutropenic-patients
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Maral Gharaghani, Ali Rezaei-Matehkolaei, Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi, Bijan Keikhaei
BACKGROUND: Neutropenia, as a predisposing factor for invasive candidiasis, is defined as a reduction in neutrophil count to less than 1500/mm(3). It is a common condition in patients with hematological malignancy and cytostatic chemotherapy. Extensive chemotherapy and prophylaxis with antifungals have increased the resistance of Candida isolates to antifungal drugs. Although, Candida albicans is the most common causative agent among neutropenic patients, there is an increasing rate of non-albicans species...
November 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138373/resistance-of-candida-albicans-biofilms-to-drugs-and-the-host-immune-system
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Doblin Sandai, Yasser M Tabana, Ahmad El Ouweini, Ishola Oluwaseun Ayodeji
BACKGROUND: Candida albicans is a commensal fungus that resides on mucosal surfaces and in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts in humans. However, it can cause an infection when the immune system of the host is impaired or if a niche becomes available. Many C. albicans infections are due to the organism's ability to form a biofilm on implanted medical devices. A biofilm represents an optimal medium for the growth of C. albicans as it allows cells to be enclosed by a self-produced extracellular matrix (ECM)...
November 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138369/distribution-and-drug-susceptibility-of-candida-spp-associated-with-female-genital-tract-infection-chongqing-china
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Xiaodong Luo, Xiaojing Dong, Zhi Pen
BACKGROUND: Vulvovaginal candidiasis is defined as vulvovaginitis associated with vaginal carriage of Candida spp. and is a common problem with a high rate of morbidity. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the distribution of Candida spp. and evaluate the corresponding antifungal susceptibility in women with genital tract infection in Chongqing, southwestern China. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Samples (n = 2.129) were obtained from female patients with symptoms of genital tract infection...
October 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138121/activity-of-allyl-isothiocyanate-and-its-synergy-with-fluconazole-against-candida-albicans-biofilms
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Jayant Shankar Raut, Bhagyashree Shridhar Bansode, Ashwini Khanderao Jadhav, Sankunny Mohan Karuppayil
Candidiasis involving the biofilms of Candida albicans is a threat to the immunocompromised patients. Candida biofilms are intrinsically resistant to the antifungal drugs hence novel treatment strategies are desired. The study intended to evaluate the anti-Candida activity of allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) alone and with fluconazole (FLC), particularly against the biofilms. Results exhibit the concentration-dependent activity of AITC against the planktonic growth and virulence factors of C. albicans. Significant (p <0...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124220/in-vitro-antifungal-susceptibility-of-oral-candida-isolates-from-patients-suffering-from-caries-and-chronic-periodontitis
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Janire De-la-Torre, María Esther Ortiz-Samperio, Cristina Marcos-Arias, Xabier Marichalar-Mendia, Elena Eraso, María Ángeles Echebarria-Goicouria, José Manuel Aguirre-Urizar, Guillermo Quindós
Caries and chronic periodontitis are common oral diseases where a higher Candida colonization is reported. Antifungal agents could be adjuvant drugs for the therapy of both clinical conditions. The aim of the current study has been to evaluate the in vitro activities of conventional and new antifungal drugs against oral Candida isolates from patients suffering from caries and/or chronic periodontitis. In vitro activities of amphotericin B, fluconazole, itraconazole, miconazole, nystatin, posaconazole and voriconazole against 126 oral Candida isolates (75 Candida albicans, 18 Candida parapsilosis, 11 Candida dubliniensis, six Candida guilliermondii, five Candida lipolytica, five Candida glabrata, four Candida tropicalis and two Candida krusei) from 61 patients were tested by the CLSI M27-A3 method...
January 25, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120548/ds6-anticandidal-antibiofilm-peptide-against-candida-tropicalis-and-exhibit-synergy-with-commercial-drug
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Kusum Singh, Shashank Shekhar, Yudhishthir Yadav, Immaculata Xess, Sharmistha Dey
Antifungal peptides have gained interest as therapeutic agents in recent years because of increased multidrug resistance against present antifungal drugs. This study designed, synthesized and characterized antifungal activity of a small peptide analogue, DS6. This peptide was designed using the template from the N-terminal part of the antifungal protein, Aspergillus giganteous. DS6 inhibited Candida tropicalis (ATCC 13803), as well as its clinical isolates. DS6 was found to be a fungicidal, killing the fungus very rapidly...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117573/pegylated-dendrimers-as-drug-delivery-vehicles-for-the-photosensitizer-silicon-phthalocyanine-pc-4-for-candidal-infections
#17
Melanie A Hutnick, Sayeeda Ahsanuddin, Linna Guan, Minh Lam, Elma D Baron, Jonathan K Pokorski
Fungi account for billions of infections worldwide. The second most prominent causative agent for fungal infections is Candida albicans (C. albicans). As strains of fungi become resistant to antifungal medications, new treatment modalities must be investigated to combat these infections. One approach is to employ photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT utilizes a photosensitizer, light, and cellular O2 to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which then induce oxidative stress resulting in apoptosis. Silicon phthalocyanine Pc 4 is a photosensitizer that has exhibited success in clinical trials for a myriad of skin diseases...
January 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115353/in-vitro-antifungal-susceptibility-testing-of-candida-isolates-with-the-eucast-methodology
#18
J Meletiadis, I Curfs-Breuker, J F Meis, J W Mouton
The in vitro susceptibility of 1119 molecularly identified clinical Candida isolates against 8 antifungal drugs was determined using the EUCAST microdilution method. A new simple, objective and mathematically solid method for ECOFF determination was developed by derivatizing the MIC distribution and determining a dECOFF as the highest MIC with the maximum second derivative giving similar results (95% agreement within 1 dilution) with the "eyeball" method. Overall, low non-wild type/resistant rates were found with the highest found for azoles with C...
January 23, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114348/polymicrobial-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-fighting-in-vitro-candida-albicans-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilms-with-antifungal-antibacterial-combination-therapy
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Maria E Rodrigues, Susana P Lopes, Cláudia R Pereira, Nuno F Azevedo, Anália Lourenço, Mariana Henriques, Maria O Pereira
The polymicrobial nature of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is now evident, with mixed bacterial-fungal biofilms colonizing the VAP endotracheal tube (ETT) surface. The microbial interplay within this infection may contribute for enhanced pathogenesis and exert impact towards antimicrobial therapy. Consequently, the high mortality/morbidity rates associated to VAP and the worldwide increase in antibiotic resistance has promoted the search for novel therapeutic strategies to fight VAP polymicrobial infections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112734/jnk1-negatively-controls-antifungal-innate-immunity-by-suppressing-cd23-expression
#20
Xueqiang Zhao, Yahui Guo, Changying Jiang, Qing Chang, Shilei Zhang, Tianming Luo, Bin Zhang, Xinming Jia, Mien-Chie Hung, Chen Dong, Xin Lin
Opportunistic fungal infections are a leading cause of death among immune-compromised patients, and there is a pressing need to develop new antifungal therapeutic agents because of toxicity and resistance to the antifungal drugs currently in use. Although C-type lectin receptor- and Toll-like receptor-induced signaling pathways are key activators of host antifungal immunity, little is known about the mechanisms that negatively regulate host immune responses to a fungal infection. Here we found that JNK1 activation suppresses antifungal immunity in mice...
January 23, 2017: Nature Medicine
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