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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640746/a-chromosome-4-trisomy-contributes-to-increased-fluconazole-resistance-in-a-clinical-isolate-of-candida-albicans
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Matthew Z Anderson, Amrita Saha, Abid Haseeb, Richard J Bennett
Candida albicans is an important opportunistic fungal pathogen capable of causing both mucosal and disseminated disease. Infections are often treated with fluconazole, a front-line antifungal drug that targets the biosynthesis of ergosterol, a major component of the fungal cell membrane. Resistance to fluconazole can arise through a variety of mechanisms, including gain-of-function mutations, loss of heterozygosity events and aneuploidy. The clinical isolate P60002 was found to be highly resistant to azole-class drugs, yet lacked mutations or chromosomal rearrangements known to be associated with azole resistance...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637338/complex-interactions-between-potentially-pathogenic-opportunistic-and-resident-bacteria-emerge-during-infection-on-a-reef-building-coral
#2
Sarah A Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Felicia M Aronson, Steven V Vollmer
Increased bacterial diversity on diseased corals can obscure disease etiology and complicate our understanding of pathogenesis. To untangle microbes that may cause white band disease signs from microbes responding to disease, we inoculated healthy Acropora cervicornis corals with an infectious dose from visibly diseased corals. We sampled these dosed corals and healthy controls over time for sequencing of the bacterial 16S region. Endozoicomonas were associated with healthy fragments from 4/10 colonies, dominating microbiomes before dosing and decreasing over time only in corals that displayed disease signs, suggesting a role in disease resistance...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637123/inhibition-of-swarming-motility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-methanol-extracts-of-alpinia-officinarum-hance-and-cinnamomum-tamala-t-nees-and-eberm
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Divya Lakshmanan, Jishudas Nanda, K Jeevaratnam
Bacterial drug resistance is a challenge in clinical settings, especially in countries like India. Hence, discovery of novel alternative therapeutics has become a necessity in the fight against drug resistance. Compounds that inhibit bacterial virulence properties form new therapeutic alternatives. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic, nosocomial pathogen that infects immune-compromised patients. Swarming motility is an important virulence property of Pseudomonas which aids it in reaching host cells under nutrient limiting conditions...
June 15, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634525/pseudomembranous-aspergillar-tracheobronchitis-in-a-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-patient-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#4
Sameen Khalid, Fnu Asad-Ur -Rahman, Aamer Abbass, Sigfredo Aldarondo, Khalid Abusaada
Invasive aspergillosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised patients. Prolonged neutropenia is the most common risk factor. It has rarely been reported to occur in non-neutropenic critically ill patients in the intensive care unit setting. Mortality rate in this group has been reported to be as high as 92%. We report a case of tracheobronchial aspergillosis in a non-neutropenic critically ill patient to highlight the fact that critically ill patients admitted in the intensive care unit can develop opportunistic infections such as invasive aspergillosis even in the absence of classic risk factors and prior history of immunosuppression...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634144/development-of-a-multiplex-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-and-differentiation-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-burkholderia-mallei-burkholderia-thailandensis-and-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Irina Zakharova, Natalya Teteryatnikova, Andrey Toporkov, Dmitry Viktorov
Two species of Burkholderia pseudomallei complex (Bpc), B. pseudomallei and B. mallei, can cause severe life-threatening infections. Rapidly discerning individual species within the group and separating them from other opportunistic pathogens of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) is essential to establish a correct diagnosis and for epidemiological surveillance. In this study, a multiplex PCR assay based on the detection of an individual set of chromosomal beta-lactamase genes for single-step identification and differentiation of B...
June 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632481/trends-in-cd4-cell-count-response-to-first-line-antiretroviral-treatment-in-hiv-positive-patients-from-asia-2003-2013-treat-asia-hiv-observational-database-low-intensity-transfer
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Nicole L De La Mata, Penh S Ly, Oon T Ng, Kinh V Nguyen, Tuti P Merati, Thuy T Pham, Man P Lee, Jun Y Choi, Annette H Sohn, Matthew G Law, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy
Antiretroviral treatment (ART) guidelines have changed over the past decade, recommending earlier initiation and more tolerable regimens. The study objective was to examine the CD4 response to ART, depending on the year of ART initiation, in HIV-positive patients in the Asia-Pacific. We included HIV-positive adult patients who initiated ART between 2003 and 2013 in our regional cohort from eight urban referral centres in seven countries within Asia. We used mixed-effects linear regression models to evaluate differences in CD4 response by year of ART initiation during 36 months of follow-up, adjusted a priori for other covariates...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631399/into-the-storm-chasing-the-opportunistic-pathogen-staphylococcus-aureus-from-skin-colonisation-to-life-threatening-infections
#8
James P O'Gara
Colonisation of the human skin by Staphylococcus aureus is a precursor for a variety of infections ranging from boils to sepsis and pneumonia. The rapid emergence of methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) following the clinical introduction of this antimicrobial drug and reports of resistance to all currently used anti-staphylococcal drugs has added to its formidable reputation. S. aureus survival on the skin and in vivo virulence is underpinned by a remarkable environmental adaptability, made possible by highly orchestrated regulation of gene expression and a capacity to undertake genome remodelling...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629000/formulation-and-in-vitro-efficacy-of-antifungal-mucoadhesive-polymeric-matrices-for-the-delivery-of-miconazole-nitrate
#9
G Tejada, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, C J Salomón, M C Lamas, D Leonardi
Oral candidiasis is the most common opportunistic infection affecting patients with the human immunodeficiency virus. Miconazole buccal tablets or miconazole gel are approved for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis. However, buccal films present more flexibility and also offer protection for the wounded mucosa, reducing pain. Due to their small size and thickness, buccal films may improve patients' compliance, compared to tablets. Additionally, they may increase the relatively short residence time on the mucosa of oral gels, which are easily removed by saliva...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628760/tuberculosis-incidence-among-people-living-with-hiv-aids-with-virological-failure-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-salvador-bahia-brazil
#10
Monaliza Cardozo Rebouças, Márcio Oliveira da Silva, Tatiana Haguihara, Carlos Brites, Eduardo Martins Netto
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV has led to increased survival of HIV-infected patients. However, tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading opportunistic infection and cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). TB has been shown to be a good predictor of virological failure among PLWHA. This study aimed to evaluate the incidence of TB and its consequences among individuals diagnosed with virological failure of HIV. This was a retrospective cohort study involving PLWHA being followed-up in an AIDS reference center in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil...
June 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626902/haemophilus-influenzae-oral-vaccination-for-preventing-acute-exacerbations-of-chronic-bronchitis-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Edward Teo, Kathleen Lockhart, Sai Navya Purchuri, Jennifer Pushparajah, Allan W Cripps, Mieke L van Driel
BACKGROUND: Chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are serious conditions in which patients are predisposed to viral and bacterial infections resulting in potentially fatal acute exacerbations. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is defined as a lung disease characterised by obstruction to lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Antibiotic therapy has not been particularly useful in eradicating bacteria such as non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) because they are naturally occurring flora of the upper respiratory tract in many people...
June 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626380/clinical-and-pathologic-remission-of-pediatric-ulcerative-colitis-with-serum-derived-bovine-immunoglobulin-added-to-the-standard-treatment-regimen
#12
Rachelle A Soriano, Asuncion G Ramos-Soriano
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is particularly troublesome for pediatric patients, as current therapeutic options consist of biologic agents and steroids which alter the immune response and have the harmful side effect of leaving the patient more susceptible to opportunistic infections and eventual surgery. Another option for therapy exists in the form of serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin/protein isolate (SBI), the key ingredient in a medical food, EnteraGam®. The FDA has reviewed the safety of SBI and issued a no challenge letter to the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) findings for this medical food...
May 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626172/pulmonary-nocardiosis-a-clinical-analysis-of-30-cases
#13
Yasuo Takiguchi, Shunsuke Ishizaki, Takayuki Kobayashi, Shun Sato, Yaeko Hashimoto, Yosuke Suruga, Yoko Akiba
Objective Pulmonary nocardiosis frequently develops as an opportunistic infection in patients with malignant tumor and is treated with steroids. This study was performed to clarify the clinical features of pulmonary nocardiosis in Japan. Methods The patients definitively diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis at our hospital between January 1995 and December 2015 were retrospectively investigated. Results Nineteen men and 11 women (30 in total) were diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis. Almost all patients were complicated by a non-pulmonary underlying disease, such as malignant tumor or collagen vascular disease, or pulmonary disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or interstitial pneumonia, and 13 patients (43...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625800/arsenic-alters-transcriptional-responses-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-and-decreases-antimicrobial-defense-of-human-airway-epithelial-cells
#14
B C Goodale, E J Rayack, B A Stanton
Arsenic contamination of drinking water and food threatens the health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide by increasing the risk of numerous diseases. Arsenic exposure has been associated with infectious lung disease in epidemiological studies, but it is not yet understood how ingestion of low levels of arsenic increases susceptibility to bacterial infection. Accordingly, the goal of this study was to examine the effect of arsenic on gene expression in primary human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells and to determine if arsenic altered epithelial cell responses to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen...
June 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625077/microbiome-and-microbial-biofilm-profiles-of-peri-implantitis-a-systematic-review
#15
Gloria Inés Lafaurie, María Alejandra Sabogal, Diana Marcela Castillo, María Victoria Rincón, Luz Amparo Gómez, Yamil Augusto Lesmes, Leandro Chambrone
BACKGROUND: This systematic review assesses the microbiological profiles of peri-implantitis, periodontitis and healthy implants based on studies that evaluated microbial biofilms and entire microbiomes to establish their similarities and differences. METHODS: The Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online, via PubMed, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database) and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) were searched without language restrictions through July 30, 2016...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623951/progressive-respiratory-distress-in-a-42-year-old-hiv-positive-woman-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#16
Katongo Mutengo, Patrice Mukomena, Nason Lambwe, Owen Ngalamika
BACKGROUND: Identifying and treating the cause of pulmonary symptoms in HIV patients with underlying systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be very challenging. Delays in diagnosing active SLE in HIV patients can lead to significant morbidity and even mortality. We report the case of an HIV-positive woman with SLE who presented with severe respiratory distress. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old HIV-positive woman presented with a 7-month history of anorexia, progressive dyspnoea, and a productive cough...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623673/a-prominent-lactate-peak-as-a-potential-key-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-mrs-feature-of-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-pml-spectrum-pattern-observed-in-three-patients
#17
Duško Kozić, Mladen Bjelan, Jasmina Boban, Jelena Ostojić, Vesna Turkulov, Aleksandar Todorović, Slobodanka Lemajić-Komazec, Snežana Brkić
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare, often fatal, opportunistic infection, associated with demyelinating process. PML is caused by John Cunningham (JC) polyomavirus, and predominantly involves patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease or other immunocompromised conditions. The purpose of this report was to determine the role of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in establishing the diagnosis of PML. MRS with long and short echo time was performed in two patients with PML associated with HIV infection and in one PML patient associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia...
June 17, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623532/rhizopus-homothallicus-causing-invasive-infections-series-of-three-cases-from-a-single-centre-in-north-india
#18
Prathyusha Kokkayil, Mragnayani Pandey, Reshu Agarwal, Pratibha Kale, Gagandeep Singh, Immaculata Xess
Mucormycoses are opportunistic fungal infections with a high mortality rate. Rhizopus oryzae is the most common agent implicated in human infections. Although R. homothallicus has been previously reported to be a cause of pulmonary mucormycosis, it is the first time that we are reporting as a causative agent of rhino-orbital and cutaneous mucormycosis.
June 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623367/bovine-antibodies-targeting-primary-and-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-disease-are-a-potent-antibiotic-alternative
#19
Melanie L Hutton, Bliss A Cunningham, Kate E Mackin, Shelley A Lyon, Meagan L James, Julian I Rood, Dena Lyras
The increased incidence of antibiotic resistant 'superbugs' has amplified the use of broad spectrum antibiotics worldwide. An unintended consequence of antimicrobial treatment is disruption of the gastrointestinal microbiota, resulting in susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile. Paradoxically, treatment of C. difficile infections (CDI) also involves antibiotic use, leaving patients susceptible to re-infection. This serious health threat has led to an urgent call for the development of new therapeutics to reduce or replace the use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623336/molecular-identification-of-multiple-antibiotic-resistant-fish-pathogenic-enterococcus-faecalis-and-their-control-by-medicinal-herbs
#20
Muntasir Rahman, Md Mahbubur Rahman, Suzan Chandra Deb, Md Shahanoor Alam, Md Jahangir Alam, Md Tofazzal Islam
The opportunistic fish pathogen, Enterococcus faecalis has been reported to cause mass mortality in several fish species in different countries. The objectives of this study were to (i) identify E. faecalis from the diseased fishes through molecular techniques; (ii) assess the antibiotic susceptibility profile of E. faecalis isolates; and (iii) control disease in tilapia fish by treatment with medicinal plant extracts. A total of 48 isolates were phenotypically identified as Enterococcus species from tilapia, stinging catfish and walking catfish cultivated in several fish farms in Gazipur...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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