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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814586/molecular-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-and-detection-of-azole-resistance-by-a-newly-commercialized-pcr-kit
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Eric Dannaoui, Frédéric Gabriel, Manuel Gaboyard, Gaëlle Lagardere, Lucile Audebert, Gilles Quesne, Sandrine Godichaud, Paul E Verweij, Isabelle Accoceberry, Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux
Aspergillus fumigatus is the main species responsible for aspergillosis in humans. The diagnosis of aspergillosis remains difficult, and the rapid emergence of azole resistance in A. fumigatus, is worrisome. The aim of this study was to validate the new MycoGENIE® A. fumigatus real-time PCR kit and to evaluate its performance in clinical samples for the detection of A. fumigatus and its azole resistance. This multiplex assay detects DNA from the A. fumigatus species complex by targeting the 28S-rRNA multicopy gene and specific TR34 and L98H mutations in the cyp51A single copy gene of A...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813039/comparative-assessment-of-ssr-and-snp-markers-for-inferring-the-population-genetic-structure-of-the-common-fungus-armillaria-cepistipes
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T Tsykun, C Rellstab, C Dutech, G Sipos, S Prospero
During the last years, simple sequence repeats (SSRs, also known as microsatellites) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have become the most popular molecular markers for describing neutral genetic variation in populations of a wide range of organisms. However, only a limited number of studies has focused on comparing the performance of these two types of markers for describing the underlying genetic structure of wild populations. Moreover, none of these studies targeted fungi, the group of organisms with one of the most complex reproductive strategies...
August 16, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808688/adaptive-mistranslation-accelerates-the-evolution-of-fluconazole-resistance-and-induces-major-genomic-and-gene-expression-alterations-in-candida-albicans
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Tobias Weil, Rodrigo Santamaría, Wanseon Lee, Johan Rung, Noemi Tocci, Darren Abbey, Ana R Bezerra, Laura Carreto, Gabriela R Moura, Mónica Bayés, Ivo G Gut, Attila Csikasz-Nagy, Duccio Cavalieri, Judith Berman, Manuel A S Santos
Regulated erroneous protein translation (adaptive mistranslation) increases proteome diversity and produces advantageous phenotypic variability in the human pathogen Candida albicans. It also increases fitness in the presence of fluconazole, but the underlying molecular mechanism is not understood. To address this question, we evolved hypermistranslating and wild-type strains in the absence and presence of fluconazole and compared their fluconazole tolerance and resistance trajectories during evolution. The data show that mistranslation increases tolerance and accelerates the acquisition of resistance to fluconazole...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802264/crystal-structure-and-substrate-specificity-modification-of-acetyl-xylan-esterase-from-aspergillus-luchuensis
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Dai Komiya, Akane Hori, Takuya Ishida, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Masahiro Samejima, Takuya Koseki, Shinya Fushinobu
Acetyl xylan esterase (AXE) catalyzes the hydrolysis of the acetyl bonds present in plant cell wall polysaccharides. Here, we determined the crystal structure of AXE from Aspergillus luchuensis (AlAXEA), providing the three-dimensional structure of an enzyme in the Esterase_phb family. AlAXEA shares its core α/β-hydrolase fold structure with esterases in other families, but it has an extended central β-sheet at both its ends and an extra loop. Structural comparison with a ferulic acid esterase (FAE) from Aspergillus niger indicated that AlAXEA has conserved catalytic machinery: a catalytic triad (Ser119, His259, and Asp202) and an oxyanion hole (Cys40 and Ser120)...
August 11, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771577/a-survey-of-the-mycobiota-associated-with-larvae-of-the-black-soldier-fly-hermetia-illucens-reared-for-feed-production
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Ilaria Varotto Boccazzi, Matteo Ottoboni, Elena Martin, Francesco Comandatore, Lisa Vallone, Thomas Spranghers, Mia Eeckhout, Valeria Mereghetti, Luciano Pinotti, Sara Epis
Feed security, feed quality and issues surrounding the safety of raw materials are always of interest to all livestock farmers, feed manufacturers and competent authorities. These concerns are even more important when alternative feed ingredients, new product developments and innovative feeding trends, like insect-meals, are considered. The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is considered a good candidate to be used as feed ingredient for aquaculture and other farm animals, mainly as an alternative protein source...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747585/amylolytic-fungi-in-starter-cakes-for-rice-beer-production
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Arup Jyoti Das, Tatsuro Miyaji, Sankar Chandra Deka
Two types of starter cakes, viz. amou and perok-kushi, used in the production of rice beer in Assam, India, by the Bodo and Deori communities, respectively, were used for the isolation of amylolytic fungi. Based on the sequencing of their internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions the fungi were identified as Amylomyces rouxii and Rhizopus oryzae, and given the strain names TU460 and TU465, respectively. Both the strains showed the ability to degrade and saccharify starch. The glucoamylase activity was considerably high in A...
July 27, 2017: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721857/stress-adaptation
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Alistair J P Brown, Leah E Cowen, Antonio di Pietro, Janet Quinn
Fungal species display an extraordinarily diverse range of lifestyles. Nevertheless, the survival of each species depends on its ability to sense and respond to changes in its natural environment. Environmental changes such as fluctuations in temperature, water balance or pH, or exposure to chemical insults such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species exert stresses that perturb cellular homeostasis and cause molecular damage to the fungal cell. Consequently, fungi have evolved mechanisms to repair this damage, detoxify chemical insults, and restore cellular homeostasis...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706319/redefinition-of-genus-malenchus-andr%C3%A3-ssy-1968-tylenchomorpha-tylenchidae-with-additional-data-on-ecology
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Xue Qing, Wim Bert
Malenchus is the second specious genus in Tylenchidae. In the presented study, we examined 22 populations including 12 type/paratype species. Detailed morphology was recovered using light microscopy, scanning- and transmission- electron microscopy. All population and type slides were recorded as picture and video vouchers, which are available online. We have compared inter- or intraspecific variations and extracted taxonomically informative traits. Amended definitions of the Malenchus as well as the closely related Ottolenchus were given based on a combination of morphology and recent molecular data, and their phylogeny were analyzed in a context of Tylenchidae...
June 2017: Journal of Nematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658757/molecular-strain-typing-of-clinical-isolates-trichophyton-rubrum-using-non-transcribed-spacer-nts-region-as-a-molecular-marker
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Vijayakumar Ramaraj, Rajyoganandh S Vijayaraman, Elangovan Elavarashi, Sudha Rangarajan, Anupma Jyoti Kindo
INTRODUCTION: Dermatophytes are a group of fungi which infect keratinized tissues and causes superficial mycoses in humans and animals. The group comprises of three major genera, Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermophyton. Among them Trichophyton rubrum is a predominant anthropophilic fungi which causes chronic infections. Although, the infection is superficial and treatable, reinfection/coinfection causes inflation in the treatment cost. Identifying the source and mode of transmission is essential to prevent its transmission...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652587/novel-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-with-a-universal-qprobe-can-detect-snps-determining-races-in-plant-pathogenic-fungi
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Yu Ayukawa, Saeri Hanyuda, Naoko Fujita, Ken Komatsu, Tsutomu Arie
Tomato wilt pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol) is grouped into three races based on their pathogenicity to different host cultivars. Rapid detection and discrimination of Fol races in field soils is important to prevent tomato wilt disease. Although five types of point mutations in secreted in xylem 3 (SIX3) gene, which are characteristic of race 3, have been reported as a molecular marker for the race, detection of these point mutations is laborious. The aim of this study is to develop a rapid and accurate method for the detection of point mutations in SIX3 of Fol...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652405/mechanism-of-pathogen-recognition-by-human-dectin-2
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Hadar Feinberg, Sabine A F Jégouzo, Maximus J Rex, Kurt Drickamer, William I Weis, Maureen E Taylor
Dectin-2, a C-type lectin on macrophages and other cells of the innate immune system, functions in response to pathogens, particularly fungi. The carbohydrate-recognition domain (CRD) in dectin-2 is linked to a transmembrane sequence that interacts with the common Fc receptor γ subunit to initiate immune signaling. The molecular mechanism by which dectin-2 selectively binds to pathogens has been investigated by characterizing the CRD expressed in a bacterial system. Competition binding studies indicated that the CRD binds to monosaccharides with modest affinity and that affinity was greatly enhanced for mannose-linked α1-2 or α1-4 to a second mannose residue...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647757/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-effects-on-plant-performance-under-osmotic-stress
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REVIEW
Christian Santander, Ricardo Aroca, Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano, Jorge Olave, Paula Cartes, Fernando Borie, Pablo Cornejo
At present, drought and soil salinity are among the most severe environmental stresses that affect the growth of plants through marked reduction of water uptake which lowers water potential, leading to osmotic stress. In general, osmotic stress causes a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular changes that affect plant performance. Several studies have found that diverse types of soil microorganisms improve plant growth, especially when plants are under stressful conditions. Most important are the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) which form arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) with approximately 80% of plant species and are present in almost all terrestrial ecosystems...
June 25, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629791/inositol-phosphate-signaling-as-mediator-for-growth-and-sexual-reproduction-in-podospora-anserina
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Ning Xie, Gwenaël Ruprich-Robert, Florence Chapeland-Leclerc, Evelyne Coppin, Hervé Lalucque, Sylvain Brun, Robert Debuchy, Philippe Silar
The molecular pathways involved in the development of multicellular fruiting bodies in fungi are still not well known. Especially, the interplay between the mycelium, the female tissues and the zygotic tissues of the fruiting bodies is poorly documented. Here, we describe PM154, a new strain of the model ascomycetes Podospora anserina able to mate with itself and that enabled the easy recovery of new mutants affected in fruiting body development. By complete genome sequencing of spod1, one of the new mutants, we identified an inositol phosphate polykinase gene as essential, especially for fruiting body development...
September 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623940/clonorchis-sinensis-lysophospholipase-a-upregulates-il-25-expression-in-macrophages-as-a-potential-pathway-to-liver-fibrosis
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Lina Zhou, Mengchen Shi, Lu Zhao, Zhipeng Lin, Zeli Tang, Hengchang Sun, Tingjin Chen, Zhiyue Lv, Jin Xu, Yan Huang, Xinbing Yu
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis is an excessive wound-healing reaction that requires the participation of inflammatory cells and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The pathogenesis of liver fibrosis caused by viruses and alcohol has been well characterized, but the molecular mechanisms underlying liver fibrosis induced by the liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis are poorly understood. Lysophospholipase A (LysoPLA), which deacylates lysophospholipids, plays a critical role in mediating the virulence and pathogenesis of parasites and fungi; however, the roles of C...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616054/an-investigation-on-non-invasive-fungal-sinusitis-molecular-identification-of-etiologic-agents
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Abdolrasoul Mohammadi, Seyed Mostafa Hashemi, Sayed Hamidreza Abtahi, Seyed Mohammad Lajevardi, Sahar Kianipour, Rasoul Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Fungal sinusitis is increasing worldwide in the past two decades. It is divided into two types including invasive and noninvasive. Noninvasive types contain allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) and fungus ball. AFS is a hypersensitivity reaction to fungal allergens in the mucosa of the sinonasal tract in atopic individuals. The fungus ball is a different type of noninvasive fungal rhinosinusitis which is delineated as an accumulation of debris and fungal elements inside a paranasal sinus...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598396/embryotoxicity-caused-by-don-induced-oxidative-stress-mediated-by-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
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Miao Yu, Liangkai Chen, Zhao Peng, Di Wang, Yadong Song, Hanying Wang, Ping Yao, Hong Yan, Andreas K Nüssler, Liegang Liu, Wei Yang
Deoxynivalenol (DON) belongs to the type B group of trichothecenes family, which is composed of sesquiterpenoid metabolites produced by Fusarium and other fungi in grain. DON may cause various toxicities, such as cytotoxicity, immunotoxicity, genotoxicity as well as teratogenicity and carcinogenicity. In the present study, we focus on a hypothesis that DON alters the expressions of Nrf2/HO-1 pathway by inducing embryotoxicity in C57BL/6 mouse (5.0, 2.5, 1.0, and 0 mg/kg/day) and BeWo cell lines (0 and 50 nM; 3 h, 12 h and 24 h)...
June 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596577/development-of-an-efficient-vector-system-for-gene-knock-out-and-near-in-cis-gene-complementation-in-the-sugarcane-smut-fungus
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Shan Lu, Xiaorui Shen, Baoshan Chen
Sporisorium scitamineum is the causative agent responsible for smut disease of sugarcane worldwide. However, lack of efficient gene manipulation system makes this fungus much behind the type model of the smut fungi in molecular biology. Here, we report the development of a CRISPR/Cas9 and T-DNA based dual vector system that allowed efficient knock-out or knock-in of a gene of interest in the S. scitamineum in a site-specific manner. By using Mfa2, a key player in the mating event in S. scitamineum as a tester gene, site-specific insertions of the introduced fragments were achieved both for Mfa2 knockout and complementation...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589247/challenges-in-laboratory-detection-of-fungal-pathogens-in-the-airways-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#18
Sharon C-A Chen, Wieland Meyer, Catherine H Pashley
Study of the clinical significance of fungal colonization/infection in the airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, especially by filamentous fungi, is challenged by the absence of standardized methodology for the detection and identification of an ever-broadening range of fungal pathogens. Culture-based methods remain the cornerstone diagnostic approaches, but current methods used in many clinical laboratories are insensitive and unstandardized, rendering comparative studies unfeasible. Guidelines for standardized processing of respiratory specimens and for their culture are urgently needed and should include recommendations for specific processing procedures, inoculum density, culture media, incubation temperature and duration of culture...
June 6, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577123/hepatic-disease-with-portal-hypertension-and-acute-juvenile-paracoccidioidomycosis-a-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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REVIEW
Priscila Marques de Macedo, Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Fabio Brito-Santos, Maria Helena Galdino Figueiredo-Carvalho, João Carlos de Almeida Soares, Andrea D'Ávila Freitas, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is a neglected systemic mycosis endemic to Latin America caused by dimorphic fungi of the genus Paracoccidioides. The acute juvenile PCM is a severe type of presentation that usually affects young vulnerable patients and rarely progresses to portal hypertension. Here, two cases of liver disease and portal hypertension as complications of acute juvenile PCM are reported. Diagnosis of PCM was performed by isolation of the fungus and molecular identification of the strains provided through partial sequencing of two protein encoding genes, arf and gp43...
June 2, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558644/a-case-of-subcutaneous-phaeohyphomycosis-associated-with-leprosy
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Márcia M R Teixeira, Claudia B Assunção, Renata R Gomes, Fabiana Rocha-Silva, Sônia M de Figueiredo, Elen R R Teixeira, Adriana S Carneiro, Rogério J M B Júnior, Vânia Vicente, Rachel Basques Caligiorne
Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis is a form of infection caused by dematiaceous fungi and frequently reported in the literature. It is considered as an emerging mycosis because it is increasingly reported among immunosuppressive patients. The most commonly cited etiologic agent is Exophiala jeanselmei, followed by Alternaria spp. We present a case of a 48-year-old woman, with a history of lepromatous leprosy, using corticosteroid in immunosuppressive doses due to a type 2 repetitive reaction leprosy outbreak, revealing subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis lesions...
May 30, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
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