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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533066/an-efficient-tool-for-metabolic-pathway-construction-and-gene-integration-for-aspergillus-niger
#1
Parveen Sarkari, Hans Marx, Marzena L Blumhoff, Diethard Mattanovich, Michael Sauer, Matthias G Steiger
Metabolic engineering requires functional genetic tools for easy and quick generation of multiple pathway variants. A genetic engineering toolbox for A. niger is presented, which facilitates the generation of strains carrying heterologous expression cassettes at a defined genetic locus. The system is compatible with Golden Gate cloning, which facilitates the DNA construction process and provides high design flexibility. The integration process is mediated by a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy involving the cutting of both the genetic integration locus (pyrG) as well as the integrating plasmid...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532171/secondary-metabolites-from-fungal-endophytes-of-solanum-nigrum
#2
Seham S El-Hawary, Ahmed M Sayed, Mostafa E Rateb, Walid Bakeer, Sameh F AbouZid, Rabab Mohammed
Three endophytic fungi, Aspergillus sp. (SNFSt), Aspergillus sp. (SNFL) and Lasiodiplodia theobromae (SNFF) were isolated from stems, leaves and fruits of Solanum nigrum L, respectively. The static fermentation of the three fungal strains led to the characterization of nine known metabolites (1-9) using HRESIMS and NMR analyses.
May 22, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531830/isotope-coded-derivatization-based-lc-esi-ms-ms-methods-using-a-pair-of-novel-reagents-for-quantification-of-hydroxycinnamic-acids-and-hydroxybenzoic-acids-in-fermented-brown-rice-product
#3
Shoujiro Ogawa, Kiriko Takafuji, Sumi Tsubuku, Yukiko Horie, Shigeo Ikegawa, Tatsuya Higashi
Hydroxycinnamic acids (HCAs) and hydroxybenzoic acids (HBAs) are antioxidant phytochemicals found in rice and effective for the prevention of human diseases including cancer. FBRA, which is a functional food manufactured by fermenting brown rice and rice bran with Aspergillus oryzae, has been demonstrated to have chemopreventive effects against carcinogenesis in various organs. In this study, we developed methods for the relative and absolute quantification of ferulic acid, sinapic acid, caffeic acid, protocatechuic acid and syringic acid in the FBRA and raw material (RM; unfermented brown rice and rice bran) samples by LC/ESI-MS/MS combined with derivatization using a newly developed reagent, N-(2-aminoethyl)-4-(diethylamino)benzamide (ADB) and its deuterium-coded analog, d-ADB...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531554/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-in-the-control-of-aspergillus-parasiticus-growth-and-aflatoxins-production-on-pistachio
#4
Fatemeh Siahmoshteh, Ilenia Siciliano, Houda Banani, Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
Pistachio (Pistacia vera) is an important nut for its economic, nutritional and health aspects but it can be contaminated by aflatoxigenic fungi in the field and during storage. Biological control could be considered as an alternative to chemical treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal and anti-mycotoxigenic capability of two Bacillus spp. both in vitro and on pistachio kernels. In in vitro conditions, both strains were able to reduce the mycelial growth and they were able to degrade the four aflatoxins during the first three days after inoculation...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530537/aspergillus-fischeri-mediated-biosynthesis-of-gold-nanoparticles-and-their-beneficially-comparative-effect-on-normal-and-cancer-cell-lines
#5
Kangkana Banerjee, Ravishankar Rai Vittal
Background Along with the intensified use of metal nanoparticles, growing concern of their adverse outcome on human health has also expanded, indicating that this work is an integral part of nanobioscience study. Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate varied effect of biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on normal and cancerous mammalian cells. Methods AuNP synthesized and characterized by different characterization methods, here are produced by specifically isolated Aspergillus species, which is hardly explored in precious scientific findings...
May 22, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527994/purification-and-characterization-of-a-protease-resistant-phytase-of-aspergillus-oryzae-sbs50-whose-properties-make-it-exceptionally-useful-as-a-feed-supplement
#6
Sapna, Bijender Singh
An extracellular phytase of Aspergillus oryzae SBS50 was purified to homogeneity using ammonium sulphate precipitation, ion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography. Purified phytase has a monomeric molecular mass of ∼80kDa exhibiting its optimal activity at pH 5.0 and 50°C with a T 1/2 of 300min at 50°C. Phytase of A. oryzae displayed broad substrate specificity with Vmax and Km values of 58.82μmol/ml/min and 1.14mM, respectively, for calcium phytate. Purity and homogeneity of the phytase was confirmed by high performance liquid chromatography and MALDI-TOF analysis revealed the identification of a peptide showing homology with acid phosphatase of Aspergillus oryzae RIB40...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527583/molecular-characterization-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-tcsc-a-characteristic-type-iii-hybrid-histidine-kinase-of-filamentous-fungi-harboring-six-hamp-domains
#7
Anja Spadinger, Frank Ebel
The type III hybrid histidine kinase (HHK) TcsC enables the pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus to thrive under hyperosmotic conditions. It is, moreover, of particular interest, since it is the target of certain antifungal agents, such as fludioxonil. This study was aimed at a functional characterization of the domains that constitute the sensing and the kinase module of TcsC. The sensing module consists of six HAMP domains, an architecture that is commonly found in type III HHKs of filamentous fungi. To dissect the functional role of the individual domains, we have analyzed a set of truncated derivatives of TcsC with respect to their impact on fungal growth and their ability to respond to hyperosmotic stress and fludioxonil...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526521/coexistence-of-aspergilloma-and-pulmonary-hydatid-cyst-in-an-immunocompetent-individual
#8
F Aala, H Badali, S Hashemi Fesharaki, M Boroumand, M Sotoudeh Anvari, H Davari, S Agha Kuchak Afshari, S Khodavaisy
Echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato. The liver and lungs are the most commonly sites of infections, but involvements of other organs were also observed. Recently, the coinfection of pulmonary hydatid cyst with aspergilloma has been reported in the literature. Herein, we report a successful treatment of coinfection of cystic echinoccosis with aspergilloma due to Aspergillus flavus in a 34-year-old female. In vitro antifungal susceptibility tests revealed that the MIC values for antifungals employed in this case were posaconazole (0...
May 16, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526275/increasing-total-serum-ige-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-and-lung-function-in-cystic-fibrosis
#9
Florian Gothe, Matthias Kappler, Matthias Griese
BACKGROUND: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a hypersensitivity disorder contributing to lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF) and challenging to diagnose. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the predictive value of increasing total IgE (t-IgE) levels in a CF cohort alongside with clinical and serologic data. METHODS: A total of 387 children and young adults were followed from 2000 to 2006 and retrospectively classified into 6 groups...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525761/impact-of-bioactive-packaging-systems-based-on-evoh-films-and-essential-oils-in-the-control-of-aflatoxigenic-fungi-and-aflatoxin-production-in-maize
#10
Eva M Mateo, José V Gómez, Irene Domínguez, Jose V Gimeno-Adelantado, Rufino Mateo-Castro, Rafael Gavara, Misericordia Jiménez
Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are the most common fungal species associated with aflatoxin (AF) contamination of cereals, especially maize, and other agricultural commodities. AFB1, the most frequent and toxic metabolite, is a powerful hepatotoxic, teratogenic and mutagenic compound. Effective strategies to control these fungal species and AFs in food and feed are required. Active packaging film containing essential oils (EO) is one of the most innovative food packaging concepts. In this study, ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer films incorporating EO from Origanum vulgare (ORE), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CIN) or their major active constituents, carvacrol (CAR) and cinnamaldehyde (CINHO), respectively, were developed and assayed to control growth of A...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525619/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-invasive-mould-infections-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-in-five-asian-countries
#11
R Porpon, Y C Chen, A Chakrabarti, R Y Li, R M Shivaprakash, J Yu, H C Kung, S Watcharananan, A L Tan, S E Saffari, B H Tan
Formal, large-scale, multicenter studies of invasive mould infection (IMI) in Asia are rare. This 1-year, retrospective study was designed to assess the incidence and clinical determinants of IMI in centers in five countries (Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, China, India). Patients treated in a single year (2012) were identified through discharge diagnoses, microbiology, and histopathology logs, and entered based on published definitions of IMI. A total of 155 cases were included (median age 54 years; 47.7% male)...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525576/profiling-of-volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-clinical-aspergillus-isolates-using-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#12
M G Gerritsen, P Brinkman, N Escobar, L D Bos, K de Heer, M Meijer, H-G Janssen, H de Cock, H A B Wösten, C E Visser, M H J van Oers, P J Sterk
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath may identify the presence of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We aimed to detect VOC profiles emitted by in vitro cultured, clinical Aspergillus isolates using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Three clinical Aspergillus isolates and a reference strain were cultured while conidiation was prevented. Headspace samples were analyzed using a standardized method. Breath samples of patients from which the cultures were obtained were checked for the presence of the VOCs found in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525266/gliotoxin-biosynthesis-structure-mechanism-and-metal-promiscuity-of-carboxypeptidase-glij
#13
Antoine Marion, Michael Groll, Daniel H Scharf, Kirstin Scherlach, Manuel Glaser, Holger Sievers, Michael Schuster, Christian Hertweck, Axel A Brakhage, Iris Antes, Eva M Huber
The formation of glutathione (GSH) conjugates, best known from the detoxification of xenobiotics, is a widespread strategy to incorporate sulfur into biomolecules. The biosynthesis of gliotoxin, a virulence factor of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, involves attachment of two GSH molecules and their sequential decomposition to yield two reactive thiol groups. The degradation of the GSH moieties requires the activity of the Cys-Gly carboxypeptidase GliJ, for which we describe the X-ray structure here...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524886/fungal-keratitis-in-the-republic-of-ireland
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S Farrell, E McElnea, S Moran, S Knowles, C C Murphy
PurposeFungal keratitis is relatively rare in temperate climates with only one previous population-based study, which reported a minimum annual incidence of 0.32 per million population in the United Kingdom. We performed a nationwide study in the Republic of Ireland of cases over a 6-year period to establish the incidence, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes of fungal keratitis.Patients and methodsAll corneal scraping specimens positive for fungal species over a 6-year period were identified at the microbiology departments of the seven main ophthalmology units in the Republic of Ireland...
May 19, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523137/complex-multimodality-central-airway-management-of-aspergillus-pseudomembranous-tracheobronchitis
#15
Samjot Singh Dhillon, Marwan Saoud, Kassem Harris
A 69-year-old woman developed central airway obstruction due to invasive Aspergillus infection resulting in pseudomembranous tracheobronchitis (PTB). Several challenges were encountered in the airway management of this patient including her having relatively smaller airways which were more prone to obstruction by pseudomembranes and made airway interventions difficult. The patient had clinical deterioration in spite of antifungal therapy and bronchoscopic debridement. The multimodality airway techniques included the use of smaller biliary balloons for dilatation, using a hybrid stent to slowly dilate and maintain patency of right main stem and finally the insertion of right secondary carina peripheral Y stent, which resulted in clinical improvement and allowed time for antifungal therapy to take effect...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521816/biochemical-characterization-of-the-xylan-hydrolysis-profile-of-the-extracellular-endo-xylanase-from-geobacillus-thermodenitrificans-t12
#16
Martinus J A Daas, Patricia Murciano Martínez, Antonius H P van de Weijer, John van der Oost, Willem M de Vos, Mirjam A Kabel, Richard van Kranenburg
BACKGROUND: Endo-xylanases are essential in degrading hemicellulose of various lignocellulosic substrates. Hemicellulose degradation by Geobacillus spp. is facilitated by the hemicellulose utilization (HUS) locus that is present in most strains belonging to this genus. As part of the HUS locus, the xynA gene encoding an extracellular endo-xylanase is one of the few secreted enzymes and considered to be the key enzyme to initiate hemicellulose degradation. Several Geobacillus endo-xylanases have been characterized for their optimum temperature, optimum pH and generation of degradation products...
May 18, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520936/impacts-of-amino-acid-substitutions-in-fungal-cytochrome-p450-monooxygenase-cyp57b3-on-the-effective-production-of-3-hydroxygenistein
#17
Mayumi Hatakeyama, Takuya Kitaoka, Hirofumi Ichinose
Aspergillus oryzae cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (CYP57B3) is capable of catalyzing hydroxylation of genistein to produce 3΄-hydroxygenistein. Because hydroxylated derivatives of genistein, including 3΄-hydroxygenistein, exhibit various pharmacological activities, CYP57B3 would potentially be useful as a biocatalyst in the pharmaceutical field. We therefore performed random mutagenesis of CYP57B3 to improve its catalytic activities for genistein. Random mutations were introduced by error-prone PCR into CYP57B3, resulting in construction of a library of mutants...
May 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520596/fungal-keratitis-associated-with-airborne-organic-debris-and-soft-contacts-lenses-case-reports-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Michael J Hodkin, Ryan C Gustus
OBJECTIVES: To report two cases of fungal keratitis in soft contact lens wearers who were exposed to environmental mold. METHODS: Case reports, with review of the relevant literature. RESULTS: Two otherwise healthy middle-aged women who were soft contact lens wearers developed fungal keratitis about 1 week after heavy exposure to environmental mold. Culture results showed Aspergillus from one patient and the unusual combination of Trichoderma and Penicillium from the other...
May 16, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517364/a-cryptic-pigment-biosynthetic-pathway-uncovered-by-heterologous-expression-is-essential-for-conidial-development-in-pestalotiopsis-fici
#19
Peng Zhang, Xiuna Wang, Aili Fan, Yanjing Zheng, Xingzhong Liu, Shihua Wang, Huixi Zou, Berl R Oakley, Nancy P Keller, Wen-Bing Yin
Spore pigmentation is very common in the fungal kingdom. The best studied pigment in fungi is melanin which coats the surface of single cell spores. What and how pigments function in a fungal species with multiple cell conidia is poorly understood. Here, we identified and deleted a polyketide synthase (PKS) gene PfmaE and showed that it is essential for multicellular conidial pigmentation and development in a plant endophytic fungus, Pestalotiopsis fici. To further characterize the melanin pathway, we utilized an advanced Aspergillus nidulans heterologous system for the expression of the PKS PfmaE and the Pfma gene cluster...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516246/aspergillus-species-in-bronchiectasis-challenges-in-the-cystic-fibrosis-and-non-cystic-fibrosis-airways
#20
REVIEW
Sanjay H Chotirmall, Maria Teresa Martin-Gomez
Bronchiectasis is a chronic irreversible airway abnormality associated with infectious agents that either cause or superinfect the airways. While the role of bacteria is well studied, much remains to be determined about fungi in both cystic fibrosis- and non-cystic fibrosis-related bronchiectasis. The airway is constantly exposed to inhaled ambient moulds of which Aspergillus represent the most ubiquitous. In a normal healthy host, this situation is of little consequence. The presence of anatomical or immunological abnormalities such as those in bronchiectasis leads to a range of fungal-related pathologies from asymptomatic airway colonization to fungal sensitization, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or chronic pulmonary aspergillosis...
May 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
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