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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456961/rhinoorbitocerebral-mucormycosis-with-maggots-in-a-neglected-diabetic-patient
#1
Vivek Kumar Pathak, Rohit Saxena, Sanjeev Awasthi, Sushil Gaur, Sunil Kumar Singh
Mucormycosis is a rare opportunistic fungal infection in immunocompromised patients, Rhizopus species are most common, sometimes mucormycosis can be life threatening we report a case of rhinoorbitocerebral mucormycosis a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis secondarily infected by maggots with altered consciousness and metabolic decompensation.
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455403/aseptic-central-nervous-system-infections-in-adults-what-predictor-for-unknown-etiological-diagnosis
#2
Jacopo Monticelli, Nicholas Geremia, Pierlanfranco D'Agaro, Vincenzo Petix, Roberto Luzzati
Despite the availability of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), most of aseptic acute meningitides, encephalitides, and meningoencephalitides (AAMEMs) in adults remain of unknown etiology so far. To shed light on such topic, we aimed to evaluate potential predictors for AAMEMs of unknown origin. We collected retrospectively data from all consecutive cases of AAMEMs in adults discharged from an Italian referral hospital, from January 2004 to December 2016. Laboratory analysis included common immunometric methods and NAATs...
February 17, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454849/escmid-study-group-for-infections-in-compromised-hosts-esgich-consensus-document-on-the-safety-of-targeted-and-biological-therapies-an-infectious-diseases-perspective-intracellular-signaling-pathways-tyrosine-kinase-and-mtor-inhibitors
#3
REVIEW
Mark Reinwald, Jose T Silva, Nicolas J Mueller, Jesús Fortún, Christian Garzoni, Johan W de Fijter, Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Paolo Grossi, Jose María Aguado
BACKGROUND: The present review is part of the ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts (ESGICH) Consensus Document on the safety of targeted and biological therapies. AIMS: To review, from an Infectious Diseases perspective, the safety profile of therapies targeting different intracellular signaling pathways and to suggest preventive recommendations. SOURCES: Computer-based MEDLINE searches with MeSH terms pertaining to each agent or therapeutic family...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452950/dynamic-fungal-cell-wall-architecture-in-stress-adaptation-and-immune-evasion
#4
REVIEW
Alex Hopke, Alistair J P Brown, Rebecca A Hall, Robert T Wheeler
Deadly infections from opportunistic fungi have risen in frequency, largely because of the at-risk immunocompromised population created by advances in modern medicine and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This review focuses on dynamics of the fungal polysaccharide cell wall, which plays an outsized role in fungal pathogenesis and therapy because it acts as both an environmental barrier and as the major interface with the host immune system. Human fungal pathogens use architectural strategies to mask epitopes from the host and prevent immune surveillance, and recent work elucidates how biotic and abiotic stresses present during infection can either block or enhance masking...
February 13, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451598/performance-of-cryptococcal-antigen-lateral-flow-assay-in-serum-cerebrospinal-fluid-whole-blood-and-urine-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-culture-proven-cryptococcal-meningitis-admitted-at-a-brazilian-referral-center
#5
José E Vidal, Carolina Toniolo, Adriana Paulino, Arnaldo L Colombo, Marilena Dos Anjos Martins, Cristina da Silva Meira, Renata Guise Soares Azevedo, Vera Lucia Pereira-Chioccola, Hélio Rodrigues Gomes, Marcia Dos Santos Lazera, Augusto C Penalva de Oliveira, David R Boulware
Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common cause of opportunistic meningitis in HIV-infected patients in Brazil and causes unacceptable high mortality rates. In this study, HIV-infected patients with a first episode of culture-proven cryptococcal meningitis in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) were prospectively included in order to evaluate sensitivity of cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) lateral flow assay (LFA) in serum, CSF, whole blood (fingerstick), and fresh urine. In addition, HIV-infected patients with other neurological confirmed diseases were included in order to evaluate the specificity of CrAg LFA in serum...
2018: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449345/antimicrobial-activity-of-a-novel-bioengineered-honey-against-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-biofilms-an-in-vitro-study
#6
Rachel S Newby, Matthew Dryden, Raymond N Allan, Rami J Salib
The opportunistic pathogen non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) plays an important role in many chronic respiratory diseases including otitis media, chronic rhinosinusitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Biofilm formation has been implicated in NTHi colonisation, persistence of infection and recalcitrance towards antimicrobials. There is therefore a pressing need for the development of novel treatment strategies that are effective against NTHi biofilm-associated diseases. SurgihoneyRO is a honey-based product that has been bioengineered to enable the slow release of H 2 O 2 , a reactive oxygen species to which H...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448830/pulmonary-mucormycosis-mimicking-an-endobronchial-mass
#7
Muhammet Sayan, Huseyin Arpag, Mahmut Tokur, Abdulkadir Yasir Bahar
Mucormycosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that can infect different regions of the body. This entity may present in rhinocerebral, pulmonary, cutaneous, and disseminated forms. Although pulmonary mucormycosis is usually seen as an invasive parenchymal consolidation or cavitation, it may rarely present as an endobronchial mass. We describe a case of endobronchial mucormycosis in which the fungal mass was completely removed via rigid bronchoscopy before medical therapy.
January 1, 2018: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446975/primary-adrenal-insufficiency-due-to-hereditary-apolipoprotein-ai-amyloidosis-endocrine-involvement-beyond-hypogonadism
#8
Adriana Pané, Sabina Ruiz, Aida Orois, Daniel Martínez, Mattia Squarcia, Lydia Sastre, Pablo Ruiz, Joan Caballería, Mireia Mora, Felicia A Hanzu, Irene Halperin
Several mutations in the gene encoding apolipoprotein AI (apoAI) have been described as a cause of familial amyloidosis. Individuals with apoAI-derived (AApoAI) amyloidosis frequently manifest with liver, kidney, laryngeal, skin and myocardial involvement. Although primary hypogonadism (PH) is considered almost pathognomonic of this disease, until now, primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) has not been described as a common clinical feature. Here, we report the first kindred with AApoAI amyloidosis in which PAI is well-documented...
February 15, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444633/talaromycosis-penicilliosis-in-a-cynomolgus-macaque
#9
William O Iverson, Subramanya Karanth, Angela Wilcox, Cau D Pham, Shawn R Lockhart, Simone M Nicholson
A sexually mature Chinese-origin female Macaca fascicularis assigned to the high-dose group in a 26-week toxicology study with an experimental immunomodulatory therapeutic antibody (a CD40 L antagonist fusion protein) was euthanized at the scheduled terminal sacrifice on study day 192. The animal was healthy at study initiation and remained clinically normal throughout the study. On study day 141, abnormal clinical pathology changes were found during a scheduled evaluation; splenomegaly was detected on study day 149 and supported by ultrasound examination...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441072/fatal-necrotizing-encephalopathy-after-treatment-with-nivolumab-for-squamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Markus Leitinger, Mihael V Varosanec, Slaven Pikija, Romana E Wass, Dave Bandke, Serge Weis, Michael Studnicka, Susanne Grinzinger, Mark R McCoy, Larissa Hauer, Johann Sellner
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are antibodies, which enhance cellular and humoral immune responses and are approved for the treatment of various tumors. Immune-related adverse events (irAE) involving different organs and systems are, however, among the side-effects. Recent reports of severe persistent neurological deficits and even fatal cases underpin the need for better understanding of the exact pathomechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) toxicity. To our knowledge, we report the first biopsy-proven case of fatal necrotizing encephalopathy after treatment with nivolumab...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440895/biosynthesized-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-are-potent-antimycotics-against-opportunistic-pathogenic-yeasts-and-dermatophytes
#11
Andrea Rónavári, Nóra Igaz, Mohana Krishna Gopisetty, Bettina Szerencsés, Dávid Kovács, Csaba Papp, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Imre Miklós Boros, Zoltán Kónya, Mónika Kiricsi, Ilona Pfeiffer
Background: Epidemiologic observations indicate that the number of systemic fungal infections has increased significantly during the past decades, however in human mycosis, mainly cutaneous infections predominate, generating major public health concerns and providing much of the impetus for current attempts to develop novel and efficient agents against cutaneous mycosis causing species. Innovative, environmentally benign and economic nanotechnology-based approaches have recently emerged utilizing principally biological sources to produce nano-sized structures with unique antimicrobial properties...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439118/understanding-novel-mechanisms-of-microbial-pathogenesis-in-chronic-lung-disease-implications-for-new-therapeutic-targets
#12
Mathew Suji Eapen, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal
Airway infections are considered as one of the vital factors driving the pathophysiology of chronic lung disease with significant influences on disease trajectory. Opportunistic lung microbes in diseased conditions induce excessive exacerbations and contribute to airflow limitation. Though there has been considerable amount of information that ascertains their links with airway inflammation, the intricate interaction in clinical conditions are poorly understood and requires further deciphering. Current therapeutic interventions for such pathologies are few and lack the ability to modulate underlying dysfunctional immunity as well as suppress the excessive infectious conditions...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438479/novel-tn916-like-elements-confer-aminoglycoside-macrolide-co-resistance-in-clinical-isolates-of-streptococcus-gallolyticus-ssp-gallolyticus
#13
Stanimir Kambarev, Frédéric Pecorari, Stéphane Corvec
Background: Streptococcus gallolyticus ssp. gallolyticus (Sgg) is a commensal bacterium and an opportunistic pathogen. In humans it has been clinically associated with the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) and epidemiologically recognized as an emerging cause of infective endocarditis (IE). The standard therapy of Sgg includes the administration of a penicillin in combination with an aminoglycoside. Even though penicillin-resistant isolates have still not been reported, epidemiological studies have shown that this microbe is a reservoir of multiple acquired genes, conferring resistance to tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, macrolides and glycopeptides...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438122/corneal-and-anterior-chamber-morphology-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infected-patients-without-opportunistic-infections
#14
Ebru N Cetin, Selda Sayın Kutlu, Osman Parca, Murat Kutlu, Gökhan Pekel
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate corneal and anterior chamber morphology as measured by Pentacam HR in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients without opportunistic infections and to search for signs of accelerated aging. METHODS: This prospective study included 41 eyes of 41 HIV-1-infected patients (study group) and 50 eyes of 50 healthy subjects (control group). Specular microscope and Pentacam HR were used for corneal and anterior chamber morphology evaluation...
February 12, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437814/isolated-splenic-mucormycosis-in-a-case-of-aplastic-anaemia
#15
Shefali K Sharma, Prasanth Balasubramanian, Bishan Radotra, Manphool Singhal
Mucormycosis, a rare opportunistic infection seen in immunocompromised hosts, is caused by fungi of Mucorales family. It may be confined to the organs, such as rhinocerebral and pulmonary mucormycosis, or may cause disseminated infection. A 14-year-old boy presented to our clinic with fever and left upper quadrant abdominal pain, and on evaluation was found to have pancytopaenia, and imaging revealed ill-defined splenic collection with thrombus in the splenic vein. He was started on empirical intravenous antibiotics, followed by antifungals empirically as he did not show any improvement clinically...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437227/molecular-analysis-biochemical-characterization-antimicrobial-activity-and-immunological-analysis-of-proteus-mirabilis-isolated-from-broilers
#16
Hung-Yueh Yeh, John E Line, Arthur Hinton
Proteus mirabilis, a Gram-negative bacterium, is ubiquitous in the environment and is considered as the normal microflora in the human gastrointestinal tract. However, this bacterium is an opportunistic pathogen in humans, often causing urinary tract infections. Moreover, Proteus has been frequently isolated from food animals, including poultry. Whether this bacterium contributes to the foodborne illness in humans is unclear. In this report, P. mirabilis isolates recovered from broilers during housing in the units were characterized, their antimicrobial activity was assayed, and broiler immune response to the soluble proteins was determined...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436623/development-of-uracil-dna-glycosylase-supplemented-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-coupled-with-nanogold-probe-udg-lamp-aunp-for-specific-detection-of-pseudomonas%C3%A2-aeruginosa
#17
Orapan Manajit, Siwaporn Longyant, Paisarn Sithigorngul, Parin Chaivisuthangkura
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is an important opportunistic pathogen that causes serious infections in humans, including keratitis in contact lens wearers. Therefore, establishing a rapid, specific and sensitive method for the identification of P. aeruginosa is imperative. In the present study, the uracil-DNA-glycosylase-supplemented loop-mediated isothermal amplification combined with nanogold labeled hybridization probe (UDG-LAMP-AuNP) was developed for the detection of P. aeruginosa. UDG-LAMP was performed to prevent carry over contamination and the LAMP reactions can be readily observed using the nanogold probe...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435709/the-prevalence-and-isolated-subtypes-of-bk-polyomavirus-reactivation-among-patients-infected-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-in-southeastern-china
#18
Caiqin Hu, Ying Huang, Juwei Su, Mengyan Wang, Qihui Zhou, Biao Zhu
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) is an opportunistic infectious pathogen that is associated with hemorrhagic cystitis and nephropathy, mainly in transplant recipients and human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) infected patients. However, molecular characterization studies of BKPyV in China are rare. This study was designed to elucidate the prevalence and to determine the main subtypes of BKPyV among HIV-1-infected patients in southeastern China. In addition, the increased incidences for BKPyV reactivation were analyzed...
February 12, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435492/transcriptional-regulation-of-carnitine-catabolism-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-cdhr
#19
Jamie A Meadows, Matthew J Wargo
The common environmental bacterium and opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa encodes diverse metabolic pathways and associated regulatory networks allowing it to thrive in these different environments. In an effort to understand P. aeruginosa metabolism and detection of host-derived compounds, we previously identified CdhR and GbdR as members of the AraC transcription factor family that regulate catabolism of the quaternary amine compounds carnitine and glycine betaine, respectively. In this study, our goal was to further characterize regulation of carnitine catabolism by the transcription factor CdhR...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433509/prognostic-indicators-in-the-world-health-organization-s-algorithm-for-seriously-ill-hiv-infected-inpatients-with-suspected-tuberculosis
#20
Rulan Griesel, Annemie Stewart, Helen van der Plas, Welile Sikhondze, Marc Mendelson, Gary Maartens
BACKGROUND: Criteria for the 2007 WHO algorithm for diagnosing tuberculosis among HIV-infected seriously ill patients are the presence of one or more danger signs (respiratory rate > 30/min, heart rate > 120/min, temperature > 39 °C, and being unable to walk unaided) and cough ≥ 14 days. Determining predictors of poor outcomes among HIV-infected inpatients presenting with WHO danger signs could result in improved treatment and diagnostic algorithms. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of inpatients presenting with any duration of cough and WHO danger signs to two regional hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa...
February 12, 2018: AIDS Research and Therapy
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