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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645774/evaluation-of-selected-indian-medicinal-plants-for-antagonistic-potential-against-malassezia-spp-and-the-synergistic-effect-of-embelin-in-combination-with-ketoconazole
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Chandran Sivasankar, Subramanian Gayathri, James Prabhanand Bhaskar, Venkat Krishnan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
The genus Malassezia comprises of extremely lipophilic yeasts secreting lipases as a vital factor for survival. They are emerging as opportunistic pathogens in medical microbiology and dermatology by causing recurring and recalcitrant infection. Combinatorial therapy is a constructive way to combat infectious diseases. In that prospect, totally 16 Indian medicinal plants were screened, among which a maximum degree of antimicrobial activity was ascertained in Embelia ribes. Subsequently embelin was identified as the bioactive principle with antagonistic potential by comparative antimicrobial assay and FTIR analysis...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645771/dectin-1-expression-by-macrophages-and-related-antifungal-mechanisms-in-a-murine-model-of-sporothrix-schenckii-sensu-stricto-systemic-infection
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Juliana Aparecida Jellmayer, Lucas Souza Ferreira, Francine Alessandra Manente, Amanda Costa Gonçalves, Marisa Campos Polesi, Alexander Batista-Duharte, Iracilda Zeppone Carlos
The available information about the role of Dectin-1 in sporotrichosis is scarce. Hence, we aimed to assess Dectin-1 expression by macrophages and the activation of some related antifungal mechanisms during the Sporothrix schenckii sensu stricto infection as a first attempt to elucidate the role of this receptor in sporotrichosis. Balb/c mice were intraperitoneally infected with S. schenckii sensu stricto yeast ATCC 16345 and euthanized on days 5, 10 and 15 post-infection, when the following parameters were evaluated: fungal burden in spleen, Dectin-1 expression and nitric oxide (NO) production by peritoneal macrophages, as well as IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-10 ex vivo secretion by these same cells...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644084/comparison-of-two-methods-for-determining-prevalence-of-macrorhabdus-ornithogaster-in-a-flock-of-captive-budgerigars-melopsittacus-undulatus
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Patrick J Sullivan, Edward C Ramsay, Cheryl B Greenacre, Andrew C Cushing, Xiaojuan Zhu, Michael P Jones
Macrorhabdus ornithogaster is a yeast organism that infects multiple species of captive and wild birds. Diagnosis of infection in vivo has proven difficult historically, as shedding can be intermittent, and not all positive animals are clinically ill. We compared polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of cloacal swab samples and fecal Gram's stain (FGS) for diagnosis of active shedding of M ornithogaster in a captive flock of budgerigars ( Melopsittacus undulatus ). Of the 100 birds sampled, 57 (57%) were positive for M ornithogaster by PCR and 24 (24%) were positive for M ornithogaster by FGS...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643294/-saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-influences-the-gut-associated-immune-system
#4
Heike Stier, Stephan C Bischoff
BACKGROUND: The impact of the intestinal microbiome is increasing steadily with regard to the immune function und the defense against pathogens. The medicinal yeast Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 (S. boulardii) has been used as probiotic for the prevention and treatment of infectious diarrhea since more than 50 years. Meta-analyses confirm the clinical efficacy of S. boulardii to treat diarrhea of various origins in children and adults. METHOD: This review article summarizes experimental studies on molecular and immunological mechanisms which explain the proven clinical efficacy of S...
June 2017: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642006/exoenzyme-activity-and-possibility-identification-of-candida-dubliniensis-among-candida-albicans-species-isolated-from-vaginal-candidiasis
#5
Maryam Jafari, Samira Salari, Keyvan Pakshir, Kamiar Zomorodian
OBJECTIVES: Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) or vaginal candidiasis is a common fungal infection of the genitals causing inflammation, irritation, itching, and vaginal discharge. Common yeast infections are caused by the yeast species C. albicans. However, there are other species of Candida such as C. dubliniensis which are considered as the causative agents of this infection. Hydrolytic enzymes such as proteinase and coagulase are known as virulence factors. The aim of this study was the molecular confirmation and differentiation of C...
June 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640868/functional-metabolomics-as-a-tool-to-analyze-mediator-function-and-structure-in-plants
#6
Celine Davoine, Ilka N Abreu, Khalil Khajeh, Jeanette Blomberg, Brendan N Kidd, Kemal Kazan, Peer M Schenk, Lorenz Gerber, Ove Nilsson, Thomas Moritz, Stefan Björklund
Mediator is a multiprotein transcriptional co-regulator complex composed of four modules; Head, Middle, Tail, and Kinase. It conveys signals from promoter-bound transcriptional regulators to RNA polymerase II and thus plays an essential role in eukaryotic gene regulation. We describe subunit localization and activities of Mediator in Arabidopsis through metabolome and transcriptome analyses from a set of Mediator mutants. Functional metabolomic analysis based on the metabolite profiles of Mediator mutants using multivariate statistical analysis and heat-map visualization shows that different subunit mutants display distinct metabolite profiles, which cluster according to the reported localization of the corresponding subunits in yeast...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638380/candida-albicans-yeast-pseudohyphal-and-hyphal-morphogenesis-differentially-affects-immune-recognition
#7
Liliane Mukaremera, Keunsook K Lee, Hector M Mora-Montes, Neil A R Gow
Candida albicans is a human opportunist pathogen that can grow as yeast, pseudohyphae, or true hyphae in vitro and in vivo, depending on environmental conditions. Reversible cellular morphogenesis is an important virulence factor that facilitates invasion of host tissues, escape from phagocytes, and dissemination in the blood stream. The innate immune system is the first line of defense against C. albicans infections and is influenced by recognition of wall components that vary in composition in different morphological forms...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#8
Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633330/the-asparagine-rich-protein-nrp-interacts-with-the-verticillium-effector-pevd1-and-regulates-the-subcellular-localization-of-cryptochrome-2
#9
Ruimin Zhou, Tong Zhu, Lei Han, Mengjie Liu, Mengyuan Xu, Yanli Liu, Dandan Han, Dewen Qiu, Qingqiu Gong, Xinqi Liu
The soil-borne fungal pathogen Verticillium dahliae infects a wide range of dicotyledonous plants including cotton, tobacco, and Arabidopsis. Among the effector proteins secreted by V. dahliae, the 16 kDa PevD1 induces a hypersensitive response in tobacco. Here we report the high-resolution structure of PevD1 with folds resembling a C2 domain-like structure with a calcium ion bound to the C-terminal acidic pocket. A yeast two-hybrid screen, designed to probe for molecular functions of PevD1, identified Arabidopsis asparagine-rich protein (NRP) as the interacting partner of PevD1...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632834/-bladder-fungus-ball-by-candida-tropicalis-a-pediatric-case-report
#10
Ecil Santos, Mónica Mercado, Antonio Luévanos, Pedro Martínez, Martín Guerrero
Vesical fungus ball is a mobile, oval and echogenic mass as a result of accumulation of long and wide numerous hyphae. Fungal urinary tract infection incidence has increased notoriously and there are isolated yeast in 7 to 8% of urine cultures. Different species of Candida are cause of urinary tract infection. Epidemiologically, the first isolated pathogen is Candida albicans, followed by Candida tropicalis. Bladder poll has been documented as the most important risk factor for candiduria in critical patients into intensive care...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630074/the-enterohaemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-effector-espw-triggers-actin-remodeling-in-a-rac1-dependent-manner
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Pamela Sandu, Valerie F Crepin, Hauke Drechsler, Andrew D McAinsh, Gad Frankel, Cedric N Berger
Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) is a diarrheagenic pathogen that colonizes the gut mucosa and induces attaching-and-effacing lesions. EHEC employs a type III secretion system (T3SS) to translocate 50 effector proteins that hijack and manipulate host cell signalling pathways, which allow bacterial colonization, subversion of immune responses and disease progression. The aim of this study was to characterize the T3SS effector EspW. We found espW in the sequenced O157:H7 and non-O157 EHEC strains as well as in Shigella boydii Furthermore, a truncated version of EspW, containing the first 206 residues is present in EPEC strains belonging to serotype O55:H7...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628666/the-effector-avrrxo1-phosphorylates-nad-in-planta
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Teja Shidore, Corey D Broeckling, Jay S Kirkwood, John J Long, Jiamin Miao, Bingyu Zhao, Jan E Leach, Lindsay R Triplett
Gram-negative bacterial pathogens of plants and animals employ type III secreted effectors to suppress innate immunity. Most characterized effectors work through modification of host proteins or transcriptional regulators, although a few are known to modify small molecule targets. The Xanthomonas type III secreted avirulence factor AvrRxo1 is a structural homolog of the zeta toxin family of sugar-nucleotide kinases that suppresses bacterial growth. AvrRxo1 was recently reported to phosphorylate the central metabolite and signaling molecule NAD in vitro, suggesting that the effector might enhance bacterial virulence on plants through manipulation of primary metabolic pathways...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627360/the-plasmodium-falciparum-exported-protein-pf3d7_0402000-binds-to-erythrocyte-ankyrin-and-band-4-1
#13
Bikash Shakya, Wesley D Penn, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Douglas J LaCount
Plasmodium falciparum extensively modifies the infected red blood cell (RBC), resulting in changes in deformability, shape and surface properties. These alterations suggest that the RBC cytoskeleton is a major target for modification during infection. However, the molecular mechanisms leading to these changes are largely unknown. To begin to address this question, we screened for exported P. falciparum proteins that bound to the erythrocyte cytoskeleton proteins ankyrin 1 (ANK1) and band 4.1 (4.1R), which form critical interactions with other cytoskeletal proteins that contribute to the deformability and stability of RBCs...
June 13, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626345/fungal-dimorphism-and-virulence-molecular-mechanisms-for-temperature-adaptation-immune-evasion-and-in-vivo-survival
#14
REVIEW
Gregory M Gauthier
The thermally dimorphic fungi are a unique group of fungi within the Ascomycota phylum that respond to shifts in temperature by converting between hyphae (22-25°C) and yeast (37°C). This morphologic switch, known as the phase transition, defines the biology and lifestyle of these fungi. The conversion to yeast within healthy and immunocompromised mammalian hosts is essential for virulence. In the yeast phase, the thermally dimorphic fungi upregulate genes involved with subverting host immune defenses. This review highlights the molecular mechanisms governing the phase transition and recent advances in how the phase transition promotes infection...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622982/comparison-of-the-vitek-2-antifungal-susceptibility-system-with-etest-using-clinical-isolates-of-candida-species
#15
Wadha Alfouzan, Tahani Al-Enezi, Ebteehal AlRoomi, Vayalil Sandhya, Rachel Chandy, Zia Uddin Khan
BACKGROUND: Candida species are part of the normal human microbiota. However, in recent years, nosocomial bloodstream Candida infections have emerged as a significant problem ranking the fourth common cause of fungemia in intensive care units. Although microdilution methods are the ones recommended for susceptibility testing, they are difficult to undertake in the clinical practice. Thus, an automated commercially available test is ideal. AIMS: To compare minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) obtained with the recently introduced Vitek 2 yeast susceptibility system card (AST-YS01) with Etest...
June 13, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622792/a-cross-sectional-field-study-on-potential-associations-between-feed-quality-measures-and-usage-of-antimicrobials-in-commercial-mink-neovison-vison
#16
V F Jensen, H M Sommer, T Struve, J Clausen, M Chriél
Feed quality is generally assumed to affect health status in animal production. In previous studies, the feed producer has been found to affect the occurrence of gastrointestinal disease and antimicrobial use in Mink (Neovison vison). Mink are fed with moist, freshly produced feed, based on perishable ingredients. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential effect of specific feed parameters on antimicrobial use on herd level. The study was cross-sectional, including 1472 mink herds, responsible for 97% of oral antimicrobials prescribed for Danish mink during the study period, 2012-2014...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616799/dolichol-phosphate-mannose-synthase-a-glycosyltransferase-with-unity-in-molecular-diversities
#17
REVIEW
Dipak K Banerjee, Zhenbo Zhang, Krishna Baksi, Jesús E Serrano-Negrón
N-glycans provide structural and functional stability to asparagine-linked (N-linked) glycoproteins, and add flexibility. Glycan biosynthesis is elaborative, multi-compartmental and involves many glycosyltransferases. Failure to assemble N-glycans leads to phenotypic changes developing infection, cancer, congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) among others. Biosynthesis of N-glycans begins at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) with the assembly of dolichol-linked tetra-decasaccharide (Glc3Man9GlcNAc2-PP-Dol) where dolichol phosphate mannose synthase (DPMS) plays a central role...
June 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616203/reduced-rate-of-intensive-care-unit-acquired-gram-negative-bacilli-after-removal-of-sinks-and-introduction-of-water-free-patient-care
#18
Joost Hopman, Alma Tostmann, Heiman Wertheim, Maria Bos, Eva Kolwijck, Reinier Akkermans, Patrick Sturm, Andreas Voss, Peter Pickkers, Hans Vd Hoeven
BACKGROUND: Sinks in patient rooms are associated with hospital-acquired infections. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of removal of sinks from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient rooms and the introduction of 'water-free' patient care on gram-negative bacilli colonization rates. METHODS: We conducted a 2-year pre/post quasi-experimental study that compared monthly gram-negative bacilli colonization rates pre- and post-intervention using segmented regression analysis of interrupted time series data...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616054/an-investigation-on-non-invasive-fungal-sinusitis-molecular-identification-of-etiologic-agents
#19
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/28611247/the-malaria-parasite-cyclin-h-homolog-pfcyc1-is-required-for-efficient-cytokinesis-in-blood-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
#20
Jonathan A Robbins, Sabrina Absalon, Vincent A Streva, Jeffrey D Dvorin
All well-studied eukaryotic cell cycles are driven by cyclins, which activate cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), and these protein kinase complexes are viable drug targets. The regulatory control of the Plasmodium falciparum cell division cycle remains poorly understood, and the roles of the various CDKs and cyclins remain unclear. The P. falciparum genome contains multiple CDKs, but surprisingly, it does not contain any sequence-identifiable G1-, S-, or M-phase cyclins. We demonstrate that P. falciparum Cyc1 (PfCyc1) complements a G1 cyclin-depleted Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain and confirm that other identified malaria parasite cyclins do not complement this strain...
June 13, 2017: MBio
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