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Su Jin Kang, Ji Yeon Seo, Kye Man Cho, Chang Kwon Lee, Jeong Hwan Kim, Jong-Sang Kim
A new type of doenjang was manufactured by mixing soaked soybean, koji (Rhizopus oryzae), cheonggukjang (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens MJ1-4 and B. amyloliquefaciens EMD17), and Pichia farinosa SY80 as a yeast, salt, and water, followed by fermentation with koji that was made by fermenting whole wheat with R. oryzae. The mixed culture doenjang was designed to have a more palatable flavor and stronger biological activities than the conventional product. The extract of mixed culture doenjang showed higher antioxidant activity than the commercial doenjang as evaluated by the ferric reducing antioxidant power assay although it was not significantly different from the commercial product in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) radical scavenging activities...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Annegret Wiedemann, Anja Spadinger, Axel Löwe, Allison Seeger, Frank Ebel
Treatment of invasive fungal infections often fails due to the limited number of therapeutic options. In this study, we have analyzed the impact of agents activating the High Osmolarity Glycerol (HOG) pathway on molds that cause infections in humans and livestock. We found that agents like fludioxonil and iprodione, have a clear anti-fungal activity against pathogenic Aspergillus, Lichtheimia, Rhizopus and Scedosporium species. Only A. terreus turned out to be resistant to fludioxonil, even though it is sensitive to iprodione and able to adapt to hyperosmotic conditions...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
P J Sassene, M Fanø, H Mu, T Rades, S Aquistapace, B Schmitt, C Cruz-Hernandez, T J Wooster, A Müllertz
The aim of this study was to find a lipase suitable as a surrogate for Human Gastric Lipase (HGL), since the development of predictive gastrointestinal lipolysis models are hampered by the lack of a lipase with similar digestive properties as HGL. Three potential surrogates for HGL; Rhizopus Oryzae Lipase (ROL), Rabbit Gastric Lipase (RGL) and recombinant HGL (rHGL), were used to catalyze the in vitro digestion of two infant formulas (a medium-chain triacylglyceride enriched formula (MC-IF) and a predominantly long-chain triacylglyceride formula (LC-IF))...
September 14, 2016: Food & Function
Xiulai Chen, Wei Song, Cong Gao, Wen Qin, Qiuling Luo, Jia Liu, Liming Liu
Fumarate is a well-known biomass building block compound. However, the poor catalytic efficiency of fumarase is one of the major factors preventing its widespread production. To address this issue, we selected residues 159HPND162 of fumarase from Rhizopus oryzae as targets for site-directed mutagenesis based on molecular docking analysis. Twelve mutants were generated and characterized in detail. Kinetic studies showed that the Km values of the P160A, P160T, P160H, N161E, and D162W mutants were decreased, whereas Km values of H159Y, H159V, H159S, N161R, N161F, D162K, and D162M mutants were increased...
2016: PloS One
Abhishek Shukla, Nitin Shrivastava, Chirom Amit Singh, Brusabhanu Nayak
Background: Zygomycoses are uncommon, frequently fatal diseases caused by fungi of the class Zygomycetes. The majority of human cases are caused by Mucorales (genus-rhizopus, mucor, and absidia) fungi. Renal involvement is uncommon and urine microscopy, pottasium hydroxide mount, and fungal cultures are frequently negative. Case Presentation: A twenty-one-year-old young unmarried lady presented to our emergency department with bilateral flank pain, fever, nausea, and decreased urine output of one-month duration...
2016: J Endourol Case Rep
Xinrong Pan, Huanhuan Liu, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Jianping Wen
In order to relieve the toxicity of furfural on Rhizopus oryzae fermentation, the molecular mechanism of R. oryzae responding to furfural stress for fumaric acid-production was investigated by omics-based approaches. In metabolomics analysis, 29 metabolites including amino acid, sugars, polyols and fatty acids showed significant changes for maintaining the basic cell metabolism at the cost of lowering fumaric acid production. To further uncover the survival mechanism, lipidomics was carried out, revealing that phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinositol and polyunsaturated acyl chains might be closely correlated with R...
September 30, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Sheetal Ambardar, Heikham Russiachand Singh, Malali Gowda, Jyoti Vakhlu
Plant-fungal associations have been explored by routine cultivation based approaches and cultivation based approaches cannot catalogue more than 5% of fungal diversity associated with any niche. In the present study, an attempt has been made to catalogue fungal diversity associated with belowground parts i.e. rhizosphere and cormosphere, of Crocus sativus (an economically important herb) during two growth stages, using cultivation independent ITS gene targeted approach, taking bulk soil as reference. The 454 pyrosequencing sequence data analysis suggests that the fungal diversity was niche and growth stage specific...
2016: PloS One
Małgorzata Baćmaga, Jadwiga Wyszkowska, Jan Kucharski
Fungicides are considered to be effective crop protection chemicals in modern agriculture. However, they can also exert toxic effects on non-target organisms, including soil-dwelling microbes. Therefore, the environmental fate of fungicides has to be closely monitored. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the Falcon 460 EC fungicide on microbial diversity, enzyme activity and resistance, and plant growth. Samples of sandy loam with pHKCl 7.0 were collected for laboratory analyses on experimental days 30, 60 and 90...
September 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology
Elham Salehi, Mohammad T Hedayati, Jan Zoll, Haleh Rafati, Maryam Ghasemi, Atosa Doroudinia, Mahdi Abastabar, Ali Tolooe, Eveline Snelders, Henrich A van der Lee, Antonius J M M Rijs, Paul E Verweij, Seyedmojtaba Seyedmousavi, Willem J G Melchers
In a retrospective multicenter study, 102 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue specimens with histopathology results were tested. Two 4-5 μm FFPE tissue sections from each specimen was digested with proteinase K followed by automated nucleic acid extraction.A specific quantitative real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay targeting the internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) region of ribosomal DNA, using fluorescently labeled primers, was performed to identify clinically important genus and species of Aspergillus, Fusarium, Scedosporium and the Mucormycetes...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Xin Li, Jin Zhou, Shuiping Ouyang, Jia Ouyang, Qiang Yong
Production of fumaric acid from alkali-pretreated corncob (APC) at high solids loading was investigated using a combination of separated hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF) and fed-batch simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) by Rhizopus oryzae. Four different fermentation modes were tested to maximize fumaric acid concentration at high solids loading. The highest concentration of 41.32 g/L fumaric acid was obtained from 20 % (w/v) APC at 38 °C in the combined SHF and fed-batch SSF process, compared with 19...
September 7, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Mary C Machado, Thomas J Webster
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a serious complication of mechanical ventilation that has been shown to be associated with increased mortality rates and medical costs in the pediatric intensive care unit. Currently, there is no cost-effective solution to the problems posed by VAP. Endotracheal tubes (ETTs) that are resistant to bacterial colonization and that inhibit biofilm formation could provide a novel solution to the problems posed by VAP. The objective of this in vitro study was to evaluate differences in the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on unmodified polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ETTs and on ETTs etched with a fungal lipase, Rhizopus arrhizus, to create nanoscale surface features...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Catriona L Halliday, Sharon C-A Chen, Sarah E Kidd, Sebastian van Hal, Belinda Chapman, Christopher H Heath, Andie Lee, Karina J Kennedy, Kathryn Daveson, Tania C Sorrell, C Orla Morrissey, Deborah J Marriott, Monica A Slavin
Antifungal susceptibilities of non-Aspergillus filamentous fungal pathogens cannot always be inferred from their identification. Here we determined, using the Sensititre(®) YeastOne(®) YO10 panel, the in vitro activities of nine antifungal agents against 52 clinical isolates of emergent non-Aspergillus moulds representing 17 fungal groups in Australia. Isolates comprised Mucorales (n = 14), Scedosporium/Lomentospora spp. (n = 18) and a range of hyaline hyphomycetes (n = 9) and other dematiaceous fungi (n = 11)...
October 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Abraham Yacoub, Kiran K Soni, Lysenia Mojica, Jane Mai, Jamie Morano, C Wayne Cruse, Ramon L Sandin, Sowmya Nanjappa, Chandrashekar Bohra, Ganesh Gajanan, John N Greene
BACKGROUND: Opportunistic fungal infections caused by Aspergillus and Candida followed by infections with Fusarium, Rhizopus, Mucor, and Alternaria species are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with hematological malignancies. Cutaneous mucormycosis infections are rare, and the incidence, outcomes, and factors associated with survival in the setting of hematological malignancies are not clear. METHODS: A literature search was conducted for all cases of primary cutaneous mold infections in patients with hematological malignancy, of which 50 cases were found...
July 2016: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
Adrian Man, Anca Mare, Felicia Toma, Augustin Curticăpean, Luigi Santacroce
: The study of fungal contamination in food and mycotoxicoses is a priority today, both internationally and nationally. The purpose of this study is to have a general view over the quality of the most common spices that are sold in Romanian markets, by assessing the degree of fungal, bacterial and mycotoxin contamination in pepper and chili powders. METHODS: we tested four types of spices: white pepper, black pepper, sweet and hot chili powders from 12 different distributing companies, summing a total of 35 sample types...
August 23, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Maria Elisa Melo Branco de Araújo, Paula Renata Bueno Campos, Thiago Grando Alberto, Fabiano Jares Contesini, Patrícia de Oliveira Carvalho
The search for new biocatalysts has aroused great interest due to the variety of micro-organisms and their role as enzyme producers. Native lipases from Aspergillus niger and Rhizopus javanicus were used to enrich the n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids content in the triacylglycerols of soybean oil by acidolysis with free fatty acids from sardine oil in solvent-free media. For the immobilization process, the best lipase/support ratios were 1:3 (w/w) for Aspergillus niger lipase and 1:5 (w/w) for Rhizopus javanicus lipase using Amberlite MB-1...
October 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Xiao-Wei Yu, Yan Xu, Rong Xiao
Lipases are versatile catalysts that hydrolyze ester bonds of water-insoluble glycerides or carry out reversible reactions at the water/lipid interface. The remarkable characteristics of lipases from the genus Rhizopus are their high sn-1,3-positional specificity, enantioselectivity and activity in nonaqueous media, which make them one of the most desirable enzymes for many applications, including lipid modification and biodiesel and chiral organic compound synthesis. sn-1,3-Position-specific Rhizopus lipases are particularly useful for the production of structured triacylglycerols...
August 4, 2016: Progress in Lipid Research
José Moreira, Felipe Ridolfi, Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Andrea Varon, Cristiane C Lamas
Angionvasive mucormycosis is an emerging fungal disease known to affect mainly diabetics or subjects with profound neutropenia. Infection usually occurs through the inhalation route, but cutaneous inoculation may occur after trauma or burns. However, mucormycosis remains unusual in HIV infection. We report a fatal case of cutaneous mucormycosis due to Rhizopus arrhizus involving the scalp following herpes zoster infection. The patient was a 42-year-old man with advanced AIDS failing on salvage antiretroviral therapy...
July 26, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Lisa J Teal, Katherine M Schultz, David J Weber, Maria F Gergen, Melissa B Miller, Lauren M DiBiase, Emily E Sickbert-Bennett, William A Rutala
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October 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Marcus C Chibucos, Sameh Soliman, Teclegiorgis Gebremariam, Hongkyu Lee, Sean Daugherty, Joshua Orvis, Amol C Shetty, Jonathan Crabtree, Tracy H Hazen, Kizee A Etienne, Priti Kumari, Timothy D O'Connor, David A Rasko, Scott G Filler, Claire M Fraser, Shawn R Lockhart, Christopher D Skory, Ashraf S Ibrahim, Vincent M Bruno
Mucormycosis is a life-threatening infection caused by Mucorales fungi. Here we sequence 30 fungal genomes, and perform transcriptomics with three representative Rhizopus and Mucor strains and with human airway epithelial cells during fungal invasion, to reveal key host and fungal determinants contributing to pathogenesis. Analysis of the host transcriptional response to Mucorales reveals platelet-derived growth factor receptor B (PDGFRB) signaling as part of a core response to divergent pathogenic fungi; inhibition of PDGFRB reduces Mucorales-induced damage to host cells...
2016: Nature Communications
K de Heer, S I Vonk, M Kok, M Kolader, A H Zwinderman, M H J van Oers, P J Sterk, C E Visser
Invasive pulmonary mold disease (IPMD) is often fatal in neutropenic patients. This is because IPMD is difficult to diagnose timely, especially when non-Aspergillus molds are the causative agent, as they are usually not associated with a positive galactomannan assay. In 2013 we showed that exhaled breath analysis might be used to diagnose invasive aspergillosis through profiling of patterns in exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by electronic nose (eNose) technology. The current study aimed to determine (1) whether molds can be discriminated from other microorganisms (using two mold species: Aspergillus fumigatus and a pathogenic mold not associated with a positive galactomannan assay, i...
2016: Journal of Breath Research
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