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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098790/synthesis-structure-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-novel-benzalkonium-chloride-analogues-with-pyridine-rings
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Bogumił Brycki, Izabela Małecka, Anna Koziróg, Anna Otlewska
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a group of compounds of great economic significance. They are widely used as emulsifiers, detergents, solubilizers and corrosion inhibitors in household and industrial products. Due to their excellent antimicrobial activity QACs have also gained a special meaning as antimicrobials in hospitals, agriculture and the food industry. The main representatives of the microbiocidal QACs are the benzalkonium chlorides (BACs), which exhibit biocidal activity against most bacteria, fungi, algae and some viruses...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098779/unravelling-the-diversity-of-the-cyclopiazonic-acid-family-of-mycotoxins-in-aspergillus-flavus-by-uhplc-triple-tof-hrms
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Valdet Uka, Geromy G Moore, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Dashnor Nebija, Sarah De Saeger, José Diana Di Mavungu
Cyclopiazonic acid (α-cyclopiazonic acid, α-CPA) is an indole-hydrindane-tetramic acid neurotoxin produced by various fungal species, including the notorious food and feed contaminant Aspergillus flavus. Despite its discovery in A. flavus cultures approximately 40 years ago, its contribution to the A. flavus mycotoxin burden is consistently minimized by our focus on the more potent carcinogenic aflatoxins also produced by this fungus. Here, we report the screening and identification of several CPA-type alkaloids not previously found in A...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096549/decatamariic-acid-a-new-mitochondrial-respiration-inhibitor-discovered-by-pesticidal-screening-using-drug-sensitive-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#3
Yoshihiro Watanabe, Takuya Suga, Satomi Narusawa, Masato Iwatsuki, Kenichi Nonaka, Takuji Nakashima, Yasuo Shinohara, Takahiro Shiotsuki, Naoya Ichimaru, Hideto Miyoshi, Yukihiro Asami, Satoshi Ōmura, Kazuro Shiomi
A new decalin, decatamariic acid, was isolated from a cultured broth of the fungus Aspergillus tamarii FKI-6817. Its absolute configuration was elucidated by NMR and electronic circular dichroism. Decatamariic acid (10 μM) elicited ~50% inhibition of the ATP production in mitochondria isolated from wild-type Saccharomyces cerevisiae without affecting the activities of respiratory enzymes. The action manner of this compound may be interesting as a possible seed for new pesticides.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 18 January 2017; doi:10...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095479/central-role-of-il-23-and-il-17-producing-eosinophils-as-immunomodulatory-effector-cells-in-acute-pulmonary-aspergillosis-and-allergic-asthma
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Evelyn Santos Guerra, Chrono K Lee, Charles A Specht, Bhawna Yadav, Haibin Huang, Ali Akalin, Jun R Huh, Christian Mueller, Stuart M Levitz
Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive pulmonary disease in immunocompromised hosts and allergic asthma in atopic individuals. We studied the contribution of lung eosinophils to these fungal diseases. By in vivo intracellular cytokine staining and confocal microscopy, we observed that eosinophils act as local sources of IL-23 and IL-17. Remarkably, mice lacking eosinophils had a >95% reduction in the percentage of lung IL-23p19+ cells as well as markedly reduced IL-23 heterodimer in lung lavage fluid. Eosinophils killed A...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094291/differential-effects-of-vitamins-a-and-d-on-the-transcriptional-landscape-of-human-monocytes-during-infection
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Tilman E Klassert, Julia Bräuer, Martin Hölzer, Magdalena Stock, Konstantin Riege, Cristina Zubiría-Barrera, Mario M Müller, Silke Rummler, Christine Skerka, Manja Marz, Hortense Slevogt
Vitamin A and vitamin D are essential nutrients with a wide range of pleiotropic effects in humans. Beyond their well-documented roles in cellular differentiation, embryogenesis, tissue maintenance and bone/calcium homeostasis, both vitamins have attracted considerable attention due to their association with-immunological traits. Nevertheless, our knowledge of their immunomodulatory potential during infection is restricted to single gene-centric studies, which do not reflect the complexity of immune processes...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091681/microbial-rrna-sequencing-analysis-of-evaporative-cooler-indoor-environments-located-in-the-great-basin-desert-region-of-the-united-states
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Angela R Lemons, Mary Beth Hogan, Ruth A Gault, Kathleen Holland, Edward Sobek, Kimberly A Olsen-Wilson, Yeonmi Park, Ju-Hyeong Park, Ja Kook Gu, Michael L Kashon, Brett J Green
Recent studies conducted in the Great Basin Desert region of the United States have shown that skin test reactivity to fungal and dust mite allergens are increased in children with asthma or allergy living in homes with evaporative coolers (EC). The objective of this study was to determine if the increased humidity previously reported in EC homes leads to varying microbial populations compared to homes with air conditioners (AC). Children with physician-diagnosed allergic rhinitis living in EC or AC environments were recruited into the study...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090278/isolation-and-identification-of-phyllospheric-bacteria-possessing-antimicrobial-activity-from-astragalus-obtusifolius-prosopis-juliflora-xanthium-strumarium-and-hippocrepis-unisiliqousa
#7
Zohreh Mazinani, Marzieh Zamani, Soroush Sardari
BACKGROUND: The widespread utilization of antimicrobial compounds has caused emergence of resistant microorganisms in the world. Hence, the research to probe the products with antimicrobial features has led to finding natural habitats and discovering new pharmaceutical products. METHODS: In this study, an attempt was made to explore the niche of novel habitat to isolate pyllospheric bacteria from the above ground parts (stems and leaves) of Astragalus obtusifolius, Prosopis juliflora, Xanthium strumarium, and Hippocrepis unisiliqousa to evaluate their antimicrobial features...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090056/suspected-pulmonary-infection-with-trichoderma-longibrachiatum-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
#8
Tomoaki Akagi, Chizuko Kawamura, Norio Terasawa, Kohei Yamaguchi, Kohmei Kubo
Aspergillus and Candida species are the main causative agents of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised human hosts. However, saprophytic fungi are now increasingly being recognized as serious pathogens. Trichoderma longibrachiatum has recently been described as an emerging pathogen in immunocompromised patients. We herein report a case of isolated suspected invasive pulmonary infection with T. longibrachiatum in a 29-year-old man with severe aplastic anemia who underwent allogeneic stem cell transplantation...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089630/the-aspergillus-nidulans-pbp1-homolog-is-required-for-normal-sexual-development-and-secondary-metabolism
#9
Alexandra A Soukup, Gregory J Fischer, Jerry Luo, Nancy P Keller
P bodies and stress granules are RNA-containing structures governing mRNA degradation and translational arrest, respectively. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pbp1protein localizes to stress granules and promotes their formation and is involved in proper polyadenylation, suppression of RNA-DNA hybrids, and preventing aberrant rDNA recombination. A genetic screen for Aspergillus nidulans mutants aberrant in secondary metabolism identified the Pbp1 homolog, PbpA. Using Dcp1 (mRNA decapping) as a marker for P-body formation and FabM (Pab1, poly-A binding protein) to track stress granule accumulation, we examine the dynamics of RNA granule formation in A...
January 9, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089042/molecular-screening-of-xerophilic-aspergillus-strains-producing-mycophenolic-acid
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Bello Mouhamadou, Lucile Sage, Sophie Périgon, Virginie Séguin, Valérie Bouchart, Patrick Legendre, Mathilde Caillat, Hayet Yamouni, David Garon
Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is the fungal secondary metabolite displaying several biological properties. Up to now, screening of fungal strains producing MPA has mainly been the result of the search of this molecule in their culture medium by chemical methods. Here we developed a molecular approach by targeting the expression level of the MpaC gene encoding the polyketide synthase, one of the key enzymes involved in the MPA synthesis. Thirty xerophilic Aspergillus strains were identified using the RNA polymerase II subunit and the β-tubulin genes...
February 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088615/cloning-heterologous-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-non-specific-endoglucanase-family-12-from-aspergillus-terreus-nih2624
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Fernando Segato, Bruno Dias, Gabriela L Berto, Dyoni M de Oliveira, Flávio H M De Souza, Matheus Augusto R N da Silva, Ana Paula Citadini, Mario T Murakami, André R L Damásio, Fábio Márcio Squina, Igor Polikarpov
The cellulases from Glycoside Hydrolyses family 12 (GH12) play an important role in cellulose degradation and plant cell wall deconstruction being widely used in a number of bioindustrial processes. Aiming to contribute toward better comprehension of these class of the enzymes, here we describe a high-yield secretion of a endoglucanase GH12 from Aspegillus terreus (AtGH12), which was cloned and expressed in Aspergillus nidulans strain A773. The purified protein was used for complete biochemical and functional characterization...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087934/fungal-cell-cycle-a-unicellular-versus-multicellular-comparison
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Ilkay Dörter, Michelle Momany
All cells must accurately replicate DNA and partition it to daughter cells. The basic cell cycle machinery is highly conserved among eukaryotes. Most of the mechanisms that control the cell cycle were worked out in fungal cells, taking advantage of their powerful genetics and rapid duplication times. Here we describe the cell cycles of the unicellular budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the multicellular filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans. We compare and contrast morphological landmarks of G1, S, G2, and M phases, molecular mechanisms that drive cell cycle progression, and checkpoints in these model unicellular and multicellular fungal systems...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087530/pgas-a-low-ph-induced-promoter-as-a-dynamic-gene-expression-control-tool-for-the-metabolic-engineering-of-aspergillus-niger
#13
Xian Yin, Hyun-Dong Shin, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu, Jian Chen
: The dynamic control of gene expression is important for adjusting fluxes in order to obtain desired products and achieve appropriate cell growth, particularly when the synthesis of a desired product drains metabolites required for cell growth. For dynamic gene expression, a promoter responsive to a particular environmental stressor is vital. Here, we report a low pH-inducible promoter, Pgas, which promotes minimal gene expression at pH values of greater than 5.0, but functioned efficiently at low pH values, such as pH 2...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087464/mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-regulate-fungal-protease-induced-inflammatory-responses
#14
Yun Hee Kim, Seung-Hyo Lee
Epidemiological studies have shown that fungal infections are a main cause of respiratory tract diseases, such as asthma, bronchopneumonia, intoxication, and invasive fungal disease. Fungi such as Aspergillus and Candida species have become increasingly important pathogens as the global climate changes. Accordingly, in this study, we evaluated the toxicological potential of Aspergillus protease in the lower respiratory tract. Exposure of Aspergillus protease to A549 cells induced upregulation of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, and intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 mRNAs and increased production of interleukin (IL)-8 and MCP-1 protein through enhanced mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and activator protein (AP)-1...
January 10, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087293/first-itraconazole-resistant-aspergillus-fumigatus-clinical-isolate-harbouring-a-g54e-substitution-in-cyp51ap-in-south-america
#15
Florencia Leonardelli, Laura Theill, María Elena Nardin, Daiana Macedo, Catiana Dudiuk, Emilce Mendez, Soledad Gamarra, Guillermo Garcia-Effron
BACKGROUND: A 27-year-old male rural worker was admitted with a fungal keratitis due to an injury involving plant detritus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Specimens were collected for microscopy examination and culture. The isolate was identified by morphological and molecular criteria. Susceptibility testing was performed using CLSI methods. CYP51A gene was PCR amplified and sequenced. RESULTS: An Aspergillus fumigatus strain resistant to itraconazole (MIC>8μg/ml) was isolated...
January 10, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081358/microbial-diversity-during-fermentation-of-sweet-paste-a-chinese-traditional-seasoning-using-pcr-denaturing-gradient-gel-electrophoresis
#16
Ping Mao, Yuanliang Hu, Tingting Liao, Zhaoting Wang, Shumiao Zhao, Yunxiang Liang, Yongmei Hu
The aim of this study was to elucidate the changes in the microbial community and biochemical properties of a traditional sweet paste during fermentation. PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analysis showed that Aspergillus oryzae was the predominant species in the koji and the majority of the fungi isolated belonged to 2 Zygosaccharomyces species in the mash. The bacterial DGGE profiles revealed the presence of Bacillus subtilis during fermentation, and Lactobacillus acidipiscis, Lactobacillus pubuzihii, Lactobacillus sp, Staphylococcus kloosi and several uncultured bacteria were also detected in the mash after 14 days of main fermentation...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080993/secondary-metabolite-arsenal-of-an-opportunistic-pathogenic-fungus
#17
Elaine Bignell, Timothy C Cairns, Kurt Throckmorton, William C Nierman, Nancy P Keller
Aspergillus fumigatus is a versatile fungus able to successfully exploit diverse environments from mammalian lungs to agricultural waste products. Among its many fitness attributes are dozens of genetic loci containing biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) producing bioactive small molecules (often referred to as secondary metabolites or natural products) that provide growth advantages to the fungus dependent on environment. Here we summarize the current knowledge of these BGCs-18 of which can be named to product-their expression profiles in vivo, and which BGCs may enhance virulence of this opportunistic human pathogen...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080986/clinical-implications-of-globally-emerging-azole-resistance-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#18
REVIEW
Jacques F Meis, Anuradha Chowdhary, Johanna L Rhodes, Matthew C Fisher, Paul E Verweij
Aspergillus fungi are the cause of an array of diseases affecting humans, animals and plants. The triazole antifungal agents itraconazole, voriconazole, isavuconazole and posaconazole are treatment options against diseases caused by Aspergillus However, resistance to azoles has recently emerged as a new therapeutic challenge in six continents. Although de novo azole resistance occurs occasionally in patients during azole therapy, the main burden is the aquisition of resistance through the environment. In this setting, the evolution of resistance is attributed to the widespread use of azole-based fungicides...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080916/aerobic-microflora-and-endoparasites-of-freshly-shot-wild-agouti-dasyprocta-leporina-in-trinidad-west-indies
#19
Rod Suepaul, Roxanne Charles, Francis Dziva
The agouti ( Dasyprocta leporina ) is a New World wild rodent hunted for its meat in Trinidad and other Latin American countries. Studies on agouti under captive conditions have yielded some data on health-related aspects, but relatively very little is known about their wild counterparts. The environment of the agouti can influence the microflora and parasites harbored by the animals, which may contain zoonotic pathogens. Here, the microflora found on the nasal mucosa and sections of the intestinal tract and endoparasites of freshly shot agouti from various areas of Trinidad are described...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080217/synergistic-effects-of-tetrandrine-with-posaconazole-against-aspergillus-fumigatus
#20
Shui-Xiu Li, Yan-Jun Song, Ling Jiang, Ya-Jing Zhao, Hui Guo, Dong-Mei Li, Kun-Ju Zhu, Hong Zhang
In our earlier in vitro and in vivo studies, synergistic effects were observed when itraconazole or voriconazole were combined with tetrandrine (TET) against Aspergillus fumigatus, and the synergistic mechanism was related to inhibition of the drug efflux pump. Posaconazole (PCZ) is a broad-spectrum triazole antifungal agent used for the treatment of diverse fungal infections, including aspergillosis and candidiasis. Herein, the antifungal effects of TET are further investigated in vitro and in vivo alone or combined with PCZ against 20 clinical isolates of A...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
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