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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346365/an-amylase-like-protein-amyd-is-the-major-negative-regulator-for-%C3%AE-glucan-synthesis-in-aspergillus-nidulans-during-the-asexual-life-cycle
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Xiaoxiao He, Shengnan Li, Susan Kaminskyj
α-Glucan affects fungal cell-cell interactions and is important for the virulence of pathogenic fungi. Interfering with production of α-glucan could help to prevent fungal infection. In our previous study, we reported that an amylase-like protein, AmyD, could repress α-glucan accumulation in Aspergillus nidulans. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not clear. Here, we examined the localization of AmyD and found it was a membrane-associated protein. We studied AmyD function in α-glucan degradation, as well as with other predicted amylase-like proteins and three annotated α-glucanases...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345580/differential-roles-of-caspase-1-and-caspase-11-in-infection-and-inflammation
#2
Si Ming Man, Rajendra Karki, Benoit Briard, Amanda Burton, Sebastien Gingras, Stephane Pelletier, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Caspase-1, also known as interleukin-1β (IL-1β)-converting enzyme (ICE), regulates antimicrobial host defense, tissue repair, tumorigenesis, metabolism and membrane biogenesis. On activation within an inflammasome complex, caspase-1 induces pyroptosis and converts pro-IL-1β and pro-IL-18 into their biologically active forms. "ICE(-/-)" or "Casp1(-/-)" mice generated using 129 embryonic stem cells carry a 129-associated inactivating passenger mutation on the caspase-11 locus, essentially making them deficient in both caspase-1 and caspase-11...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345051/aflatoxin-free-transgenic-maize-using-host-induced-gene-silencing
#3
Dhiraj Thakare, Jianwei Zhang, Rod A Wing, Peter J Cotty, Monica A Schmidt
Aflatoxins, toxic secondary metabolites produced by some Aspergillus species, are a universal agricultural economic problem and a critical health issue. Despite decades of control efforts, aflatoxin contamination is responsible for a global loss of millions of tons of crops each year. We show that host-induced gene silencing is an effective method for eliminating this toxin in transgenic maize. We transformed maize plants with a kernel-specific RNA interference (RNAi) gene cassette targeting the aflC gene, which encodes an enzyme in the Aspergillus aflatoxin biosynthetic pathway...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344577/linear-epitopes-of-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-and-other-fungal-agents-of-human-systemic-mycoses-as-vaccine-candidates
#4
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Luiz R Travassos, Carlos P Taborda
Dimorphic fungi are agents of systemic mycoses associated with significant morbidity and frequent lethality in the Americas. Among the pathogenic species are Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and Paracoccidioides lutzii, which predominate in South America; Histoplasma capsulatum, Coccidioides posadasii, and Coccidioides immitis, and the Sporothrix spp. complex are other important pathogens. Associated with dimorphic fungi other important infections are caused by yeast such as Candida spp. and Cryptococcus spp. or mold such as Aspergillus spp...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344478/synthesis-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-4-acylaminobenzenethiosulfoacid-s-esters
#5
Vira Lubenets, Sofiya Vasylyuk, Nataliya Monka, Khrystyna Bolibrukh, Olena Komarovska-Porokhnyavets, Diana Baranovych, Rostyslav Musyanovych, Ewa Zaczynska, Anna Czarny, Urszula Nawrot, Volodymyr Novikov
A series of esters of 4-acetyl, 4-trifluoroacetyl- and 4-(3-chloropropionyl)aminobenzenethiosulfoacids (twenty-four compounds) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, (1)H NMR and IR spectroscopy. The antibacterial activity of the novel candidates has been screened using the agar diffusion or serial dilution methods against representative Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus mesentericus, Mycobacterium sp., Mycobacterium luteum), Gram-negative (Aeromonas sp., Burkholderia cepacia, Alcaligenes faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris) bacteria and fungi (Candida albicans, Candida tenuis, Candida glabrata, Verticillium dahliae, Trichophyton gypseum, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium chrysogenum)...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344156/enhancing-fructooligosaccharides-production-by-genetic-improvement-of-the-industrial-fungus-aspergillus-niger-atcc-20611
#6
Jing Zhang, Caixia Liu, Yijia Xie, Ning Li, Zhanguo Ning, Na Du, Xirong Huang, Yaohua Zhong
Aspergillus niger ATCC20611 is one of the most potent filamentous fungi used commercially for production of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are prospective components of functional food by stimulating probiotic bacteria in the human gut. However, current strategies for improving FOS yield still rely on production process development. The genetic engineering approach hasn't been applied in industrial strains to increase FOS production level. Here, an optimized polyethylene glycol (PEG)-mediated protoplast transformation system was established in A...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341907/utilization-of-inulin-containing-waste-in-industrial-fermentations-to-produce-biofuels-and-bio-based-chemicals
#7
REVIEW
Stephen R Hughes, Nasib Qureshi, Juan Carlos López-Núñez, Marjorie A Jones, Joshua M Jarodsky, Luz Ángela Galindo-Leva, Mitchell R Lindquist
Inulins are polysaccharides that belong to an important class of carbohydrates known as fructans and are used by many plants as a means of storing energy. Inulins contain 20 to several thousand fructose units joined by β-2,1 glycosidic bonds, typically with a terminal glucose unit. Plants with high concentrations of inulin include: agave, asparagus, coffee, chicory, dahlia, dandelion, garlic, globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, onion, wild yam, and yacón. To utilize inulin as its carbon and energy source directly, a microorganism requires an extracellular inulinase to hydrolyze the glycosidic bonds to release fermentable monosaccharides...
April 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
#8
Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340159/detection-of-polish-clinical-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates-resistant-to-triazoles
#9
Urszula Nawrot, Ewelina Kurzyk, Maiken Cavling Arendrup, Martyna Mroczynska, Katarzyna Wlodarczyk, Beata Sulik-Tyszka, Marta Wróblewska, Marek Ussowicz, Przemyslaw Zdziarski, Kinga Niewinska, Anna Brillowska-Dabrowska
We studied the presence of triazole resistance of 121 Aspergillus fumigatus clinical isolates collected in two Polish cities, Warsaw and Wrocław, to determine if resistance is emerging in our country. We identified five itraconazole resistant isolates (4.13%) carrying the TR34/L98H alteration in Cyp51A gene, four of which were cross-resistant to posaconazole and one to voriconazole. One isolate was intermediate susceptible to itraconazole and harbored no Cyp51A alterations. The study confirms the presence of azole resistant A...
March 4, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340117/an-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-the-dynamiker%C3%A2-fungus-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-invasive-candidiasis-and-pneumocystis-pneumonia
#10
P Lewis White, Jessica S Price, Raquel B Posso, Rosemary A Barnes
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) can be caused by a range of pathogens. Conventional diagnosis has the capacity to detect most causes of IFD, but poor performance limits impact. The introduction of non-culture diagnostics, including the detection of (1-3)-β-D-Glucan (BDG), has shown promising performance for the detection of IFD in variety of clinical settings. Recently, the Dynamiker® Fungus (1-3)-β-D-Glucan assay (D-BDG) was released as an IFD diagnostic test. This article describes an evaluation of the D-BDG assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), invasive candidiasis (IC) and Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) across several high-risk patient cohorts and provides comparative data with the Associates of Cape Cod Fungitell® and BioRad Platelia™ Aspergillus Ag (GM) assays...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339796/the-identification-of-fungi-collected-from-the-ceca-of-commercial-poultry
#11
J A Byrd, D Y Caldwell, D J Nisbet
Under normal conditions, fungi are ignored unless a disease/syndrome clinical signs are reported. The scientific communities are largely unaware of the roles fungi play in normal production parameters. Numerous preharvest interventions have demonstrated that beneficial bacteria can play a role in improving productions parameters; however, most researchers have ignored the impact that fungi may have on production. The goal of the present study was to record fungi recovered from commercial broiler and layer houses during production...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339744/determining-the-analytical-specificity-of-pcr-based-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-ia-what-is-aspergillus
#12
C Oliver Morton, P Lewis White, Rosemary A Barnes, Lena Klingspor, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Katrien Lagrou, Stéphane Bretagne, Willem Melchers, Carlo Mengoli, Angela M Caliendo, Massimo Cogliati, Yvette Debets-Ossenkopp, Rebecca Gorton, Ferry Hagen, Catriona Halliday, Petr Hamal, Kathleen Harvey-Wood, Katia Jaton, Gemma Johnson, Sarah Kidd, Martina Lengerova, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Chris Linton, Laurence Millon, C Orla Morrissey, Melinda Paholcsek, Alida Fe Talento, Markus Ruhnke, Birgit Willinger, J Peter Donnelly, Juergen Loeffler
A wide array of PCR tests has been developed to aid the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), providing technical diversity but limiting standardisation and acceptance. Methodological recommendations for testing blood samples using PCR exist, based on achieving optimal assay sensitivity to help exclude IA. Conversely, when testing more invasive samples (BAL, biopsy, CSF) emphasis is placed on confirming disease, so analytical specificity is paramount. This multicenter study examined the analytical specificity of PCR methods for detecting IA by blind testing a panel of DNA extracted from a various fungal species to explore the range of Aspergillus species that could be detected, but also potential cross reactivity with other fungal species...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338676/dirhamnolipids-secreted-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-modify-anjpegungal-susceptibility-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-by-inhibiting-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-synthase-activity
#13
Benoit Briard, Vero Rasoldier, Perrine Bomme, Noureddine ElAouad, Catherine Guerreiro, Pierre Chassagne, Laetitia Muszkieta, Jean-Paul Latgé, Laurence Mulard, Anne Beauvais
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus are the two microorganisms responsible for most of the chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients. P. aeruginosa is known to produce quorum-sensing controlled rhamnolipids during chronic infections. Here we show that the dirhamnolipids secreted from P. aeruginosa (i) induce A. fumigatus to produce an extracellular matrix, rich in galactosaminogalactan, 1,8-dihydroxynaphthalene (DHN)- and pyo-melanin, surrounding their hyphae, which facilitates P. aeruginosa binding and (ii) inhibit A...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336134/evaluation-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-fight-mass-spectrometry-for-identification-of-345-clinical-isolates-of-aspergillus-species-from-11-korean-hospitals-comparison-with-molecular-identification
#14
Ju Heon Park, Jong Hee Shin, Min Ji Choi, Jin Un Choi, Yeon-Joon Park, Sook Jin Jang, Eun Jeong Won, Soo Hyun Kim, Seung Jung Kee, Myung Geun Shin, Soon Pal Suh
We evaluated the ability of the Filamentous Fungi Library 1.0 of the MALDI-TOF MS Biotyper system to identify 345 clinical Aspergillus isolates from 11 Korean hospitals. Compared with results of the internal transcribed spacer region sequencing, the frequencies of correct identification at the species-complex level were 94.5% and 98.8% with cutoff values of 2.0 and 1.7, respectively. Compared with results of β-tubulin gene sequencing, the frequencies of correct identification at the species level were 96.0% (cutoff 2...
January 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335581/biosynthesis-of-oligomeric-anthocyanins-from-grape-skin-extracts
#15
Jin-Woo Hwang, Sithranga Boopathy Natarajan, Yon-Suk Kim, Eun-Kyung Kim, Jae Woong Lee, Sang-Ho Moon, Byong-Tae Jeon, Pyo-Jam Park
We synthesized oligomeric anthocyanins from grape skin-derived monomeric anthocyanins such as anthocyanidin and proanthocyanidin by a fermentation technique using Aspergillus niger, crude enzymes and glucosidase. The biosyntheses of the oligomeric anthocyanins carried out by the conventional method using Aspergillus niger and crude enzymes were confirmed by ESI-MS. The molecular weight of the synthesized anthocyanin oligomers was determined using MALDI-MS. The yield of anthocyanin oligomers using crude enzymes was higher than that of the synthesis using Aspergillus fermentation...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335447/transcriptomic-complexity-of-aspergillus-terreus-velvet-gene-family-under-the-influence-of-butyrolactone-i
#16
Elina K Palonen, Sheetal Raina, Annika Brandt, Jussi Meriluoto, Tajalli Keshavarz, Juhani T Soini
Filamentous fungi of the Ascomycota phylum are known to contain a family of conserved conidiation regulating proteins with distinctive velvet domains. In Aspergilli, this velvet family includes four proteins, VeA, VelB, VelC and VosA, and is involved in conidiation and secondary metabolism along with a global regulator LaeA. In A. terreus, the overexpression of LaeA has been observed to increase the biogenesis of the pharmaceutically-important secondary metabolite, lovastatin, while the role of the velvet family has not been studied...
March 14, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334654/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-series-of-benzimidazole-derivatives-as-antimicrobial-antiquorum-sensing-and-antitumor-agents
#17
N S El-Gohary, M I Shaaban
New benzimidazole derivatives were synthesized and assessed for antimicrobial efficacy toward Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus 293. Results indicated that compounds 3c and 3n have promising activity toward S. aureus, whereas 3i exhibited remarkable efficacy toward B. cereus. Moreover, compound 3c was proved to be the most active antifungal analog toward C. albicans. On the other hand, 3n displayed the highest activity against A. fumigatus 293...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332028/infection-profile-in-chronic-granulomatous-disease-a-23-year-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-north-india
#18
Amit Rawat, Pandiarajan Vignesh, Avinash Sharma, Jitendra K Shandilya, Madhubala Sharma, Deepti Suri, Anju Gupta, Vikas Gautam, Pallab Ray, Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Kohsuke Imai, Shigeaki Nonoyama, Osamu Ohara, Yu L Lau, Surjit Singh
PURPOSE: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an inherited phagocytic disorder characterized by recurrent infections with usually catalase-positive organisms. Infections in CGD from developing countries are expected to be different from those in the Western countries. We report the profile of infections in children diagnosed with CGD from a tertiary care center in North India. METHODOLOGY: Case records of children diagnosed with CGD at Pediatric Immunodeficiency Clinic, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, from August 1993 to April 2016 (23 years) were analyzed...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331162/carbon-and-nitrogen-depletion-induced-nucleophagy-and-selective-autophagic-sequestration-of-a-whole-nucleus-in-multinucleate-cells-of-the-filamentous-fungus-aspergillus-oryzae
#19
Takashi Kikuma, Takahiro Mitani, Takahiro Kohara, Jun-Ichi Maruyama, Katsuhiko Kitamoto
Autophagy is a conserved cellular degradation process in eukaryotes, in which cytoplasmic components and organelles are digested in vacuoles/lysosomes. Recently, autophagic degradation of nuclear materials, termed "nucleophagy", has been reported. In the multinucleate filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae, a whole nucleus is degraded by nucleophagy after prolonged culture. While developing an H2B-EGFP processing assay for the evaluation of nucleophagy in A. oryzae, we found that nucleophagy is efficiently induced by carbon or nitrogen depletion...
March 22, 2017: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
#20
Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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