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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910191/tintelnotia-a-new-genus-in-phaeosphaeriaceae-harbouring-agents-of-cornea-and-nail-infections-in-humans
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S A Ahmed, W Hofmüller, M Seibold, G S de Hoog, H Harak, I Tammer, A D van Diepeningen, W Behrens-Baumann
Phaeosphaeriaceae is a family in the order Pleosporales containing numerous plant pathogens, endophytes, lichenised fungi, and environmental saprobes. A novel genus, Tintelnotia is introduced containing two species, one of which caused an eye infection and several nail infections in humans. All species of Tintelnotia produce conidia in soft pycnidia with a wide ostiole. The generic type species is T. opuntiae causing necrotic spots on cactus plants. The isolates of the human opportunist T. destructans showed variable susceptibility pattern to a panel of common antifungal agents...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898982/evaluation-of-corneal-cross-linking-for-treatment-of-fungal-keratitis-using-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy-on-an-ex-vivo-human-corneal-model
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Jawaher M Alshehri, David Caballero-Lima, M Chantal Hillarby, Susan G Shawcross, Arun Brahma, Fiona Carley, Nick D Read, Hema Radhakrishnan
Purpose: Some previous reports have established the use of photoactivated chromophore-induced corneal cross-linking (PACK-CXL) in treating fungal keratitis. The results of these case reports have often been conflicting. To systematically study the effect of PACK-CXL in the management of Fusarium keratitis, we have developed an ex vivo model of human corneal infection using eye-banked human corneas. Methods: Sixteen healthy ex vivo human corneas were divided into four study groups: (1) untreated control, (2) cross-linked, (3) infected with fungal spores, and (4) infected with fungal spores and then cross-linked...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894405/inhibition-of-matrix-metalloproteins-9-attenuated-candida-albicans-induced-inflammation-in-mouse-cornea
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C Dong, M G Yang
Since the severe corneal ulceration of mouse cornea is known to occur with inflammation. As one of imperative matrix metalloproteinase, the potential roles of matrix metalloproteins 9 (MMP9) in corneal ulceration and keratitis are still unveiled caused by fungal invasion. In this study, Candida albicans (CA) inoculated wild-type KM mice cornea was used as a model pathogen in corneal inflammation.  CA invasion significantly stimulated the expression of collagen IV and MMP9 detected by RT-PCR, Real-time PCR and Immunofluorescent staining in mouse cornea as soon as 6 hours post infection, and relatively decreased at 1 day post infection...
October 31, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893743/trends-of-bacterial-keratitis-culture-isolates-in-jerusalem-a-13-years-analysis
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Michael Politis, Denise Wajnsztajn, Boris Rosin, Colin Block, Abraham Solomon
PURPOSE: To describe the trends in pathogens and antibacterial resistance of corneal culture isolates in infectious keratitis during a period of 13 years at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. METHODS: A Retrospective analysis of bacterial corneal isolates was performed during the months of January 2002 to December 2014 at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. Demographics, microbiological data and antibiotic resistance and sensitivity were collected...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882109/excisional-keratectomy-combined-with-focal-cryotherapy-and-amniotic-membrane-inlay-for-recalcitrant-filamentary-fungal-keratitis-a-retrospective-comparative-clinical-data-analysis
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Yingxin Chen, Minghong Gao, Joshua K Duncan, Di Ran, Denise J Roe, Michael W Belin, Mingwu Wang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel surgical intervention, excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay (EKCAI), for the treatment of recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who underwent excisional keratectomy combined with conjunctival flap inlay (EKCFI), EKCAI or therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK) from January 2006 to January 2011. Recalcitrance was determined as being unresponsive to standard medical antifungal therapy for at ≥1 week...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872886/data-set-of-aspergillus-flavus-induced-alterations-in-tear-proteome-understanding-the-pathogen-induced-host-response-to-fungal-infection
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Jeyalakshmi Kandhavelu, Naveen Luke Demonte, Venkatesh Prajna Namperumalsamy, Lalitha Prajna, Chitra Thangavel, Jeya Maheshwari Jayapal, Dharmalingam Kuppamuthu
Fungal keratitis is one of the leading causes of blindness in the tropical countries affecting individuals in their most productive age. The host immune response during this infection is poorly understood. We carried out comparative tear proteome analysis of Aspergillus flavus keratitis patients and uninfected controls. Proteome was separated into glycosylated and non-glycosylated fractions using lectin column chromatography before mass spectrometry. The data revealed the major processes activated in the human host in response to fungal infection and reflected in the tear...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844206/ex-vivo-rabbit-and-human-corneas-as-models-for-bacterial-and-fungal-keratitis
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Abigail Pinnock, Nagaveni Shivshetty, Sanhita Roy, Stephen Rimmer, Ian Douglas, Sheila MacNeil, Prashant Garg
PURPOSE: In the study of microbial keratitis, in vivo animal models often require a large number of animals, and in vitro monolayer cell culture does not maintain the three-dimensional structure of the tissues or cell-to-cell communication of in vivo models. Here, we propose reproducible ex vivo models of single- and dual-infection keratitis as an alternative to in vivo and in vitro models. METHODS: Excised rabbit and human corneoscleral rims maintained in organ culture were infected using 10(8) cells of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans or Fusarium solani...
November 14, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843433/successful-treatment-of-lasiodiplodia-theobromae-keratitis-assessing-the-role-of-voriconazole
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Stephen Tak-Lun Li, Evan Po-Fat Yiu, Angela Hiu-Yan Wong, John Chun-Ting Yeung, Lester Wang-Hon Yu
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to report the successful management of the first case of Lasiodiplodia theobromae keratitis in Hong Kong. METHODS: We conducted a case report. RESULTS: A 43-year-old Chinese male with a history of diabetes developed left eye keratitis after a trauma during tree felling. Fungal keratitis was diagnosed using a confocal microscope on day 1, and L. theobromae was confirmed from the culture. He was given oral voriconazole, topical natamycin, and topical and intracameral amphotericin B...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826683/aspergillus-flavus-keratitis-experience-of-a-tertiary-eye-clinic-in-turkey
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Elif Erdem, Meltem Yagmur, Hazal Boral, Macit Ilkit, Reha Ersoz, Seyedmojtaba Seyedmousavi
We investigated the clinical and mycological characteristics of four cases of mycotic keratitis caused by Aspergillus flavus that occurred from July 2014 to May 2015 at Çukurova University Hospital, Adana, Turkey. In a 10-month period, a total of 64 corneal smear/scrapings were examined from patients with suspected mycotic keratitis. Fungal cultures were positive in six of these patients, indicating a 9.4% incidence of mycotic keratitis in this region, including four cases of A. flavus and two cases of Fusarium spp...
November 8, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817919/incidence-and-outcomes-of-positive-donor-corneoscleral-rim-fungal-cultures-after-keratoplasty
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Jesse M Vislisel, Kenneth M Goins, Michael D Wagoner, Gregory A Schmidt, Benjamin T Aldrich, Jessica M Skeie, Cynthia R Reed, M Bridget Zimmerman, Mark A Greiner
PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of positive corneoscleral donor rim fungal cultures after keratoplasty and to report clinical outcomes of grafts with culture-positive donor rims. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive donor corneas and keratoplasty recipients at a single tertiary referral center over 20 years. METHODS: Patient charts were reviewed to determine the incidence of positive donor rim fungal cultures and clinical outcomes of all grafts using contaminated tissue...
November 3, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789337/aspergillus-flavus-induced-alterations-in-tear-protein-profile-reveal-pathogen-induced-host-response-to-fungal-infection
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Jeyalakshmi Kandhavelu, Naveen Luke Demonte, Venkatesh Prajna Namperumalsamy, Lalitha Prajna, Chitra Thangavel, Jeya Maheshwari Jayapal, Dharmalingam Kuppamuthu
: Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium sp. are primary causative agents of keratitis that results in corneal tissue damage leading to vision loss particularly in individuals from the tropical parts of the world. Proteins in the tear film collected from control and keratitis patients was profiled and compared. A total of 1873 proteins from control and 1400 proteins from patient tear were identified by mass spectrometry. While 847 proteins were found to be glycosylated in the patient tear, only 726 were glycosylated in control tear...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787542/evidence-based-treatment-of-fungal-keratitis
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Oliver D Schein
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October 27, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787540/effect-of-oral-voriconazole-on-fungal-keratitis-in-the-mycotic-ulcer-treatment-trial-ii-mutt-ii-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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N Venkatesh Prajna, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Revathi Rajaraman, Sushila Patel, Muthiah Srinivasan, Manoranjan Das, Kathryn J Ray, Kieran S O'Brien, Catherine E Oldenburg, Stephen D McLeod, Michael E Zegans, Travis C Porco, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Objective: To compare oral voriconazole with placebo in addition to topical antifungals in the treatment of filamentous fungal keratitis. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial II (MUTT II), a multicenter, double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, was conducted in India and Nepal, with 2133 individuals screened for inclusion. Patients with smear-positive filamentous fungal ulcers and visual acuity of 20/400 (logMAR 1...
October 27, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777806/ochrobactrum-anthropi-keratitis-with-focal-descemet-s-membrane-detachment-and-intracorneal-hypopyon
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Nandini Venkateswaran, Rachel A F Wozniak, Holly B Hindman
Purpose. To describe a unique case of O. anthropi keratitis associated with a rare manifestation of Descemet's membrane detachment and intracorneal hypopyon and to discuss challenges in diagnosis and management. Methods. Best-corrected visual acuity was measured with Snellen letters. Corneal scrapings were performed and aerobic, viral, herpetic, acid-fast bacilli, Acanthamoeba, and fungal stains and cultures were obtained. Following evisceration, tissue was evaluated for histologic features and again stained for bacteria, mycobacteria, Acanthamoeba, fungi, and viral particles...
2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766030/lacrimal-duct-occlusion-is-associated-with-infectious-keratitis
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Guigang Li, Jingmin Guo, Rong Liu, Weikun Hu, Lingjuan Xu, Juan Wang, Subo Cai, Hong Zhang, Yingting Zhu
Background: To explore the prevalence of lacrimal duct obstruction in patients with infectious keratitis, and the necessity of lacrimal duct dredge in the treatment of human infectious keratitis. Methodology/Principle Findings: The design is prospective, non-control case series. Thirty-one eyes from twenty-eight continuous patients with infectious keratitis were included in this study. The presence/absence of lacrimal duct obstruction was determined by the lacrimal duct irrigation test. The diagnosis of infectious keratitis was made based on clinical manifestations, cornea scraping microscopic examination and bacterial/fungus culture...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755163/epidemiology-and-outcome-of-microbial-keratitis-private-university-versus-urban-public-hospital-care
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David T Truong, Minh-Thuy Bui, H Dwight Cavanagh
PURPOSE: To review the epidemiology, risk factors, microbiologic spectrum, and treatment of microbial keratitis during a 5-year period at an urban public hospital in comparison with an adjacent private university practice. METHODS: Retrospective chart review in the 5-year interval, 2009 through 2014. Primary outcome measures included patient age at presentation, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), risk factors, culture and sensitivities, treatment, and complication occurrence...
October 7, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723008/results-of-therapeutic-penetrating-keratoplasty-for-bacterial-and-fungal-keratitis
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Yusuf Koçluk, Emine Alyamaç Sukgen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to report the results of therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPKP) performed at early and late stage of keratitis. METHODS: The study involved patients who underwent TPKP surgery due to bacterial, fungal, or mixed (bacterial and fungal) keratitis. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 (13 patients) was the patients operated at early stage of corneal abscess formation or in 15 days after the start of keratitis and group 2 (12 patients) was the patients operated at late stage of keratitis or after at least 15 days after the initial appearance of symptoms...
October 8, 2016: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721986/a-combination-of-intrastromal-and-intracameral-injections-of-amphotericin-b-in-the-treatment-of-severe-fungal-keratitis
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Jianzhang Hu, Jingjin Zhang, Yanling Li, Xiaoli Han, Weidong Zheng, Juan Yang, Guoxing Xu
Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of a combination of intrastromal and intracameral injections of amphotericin B in the treatment of severe recalcitrant fungal keratitis. Methods. Patients with severe fungal keratitis who were resistant to conventional antifungal medical treatments and needed potential surgical intervention were recruited at the First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University between January 2012 and July 2013. The patients were treated with a combination of intrastromal and intracameral injections of amphotericin B (25 μg/mL and 50 μg/mL, resp...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721785/corneal-phaeohyphomycosis-caused-by-bipolaris-hawaiiensis
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Winai Chaidaroon, Sumet Supalaset, Napaporn Tananuvat, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
PURPOSE: To report a rare case of keratitis infected by Bipolaris hawaiiensis. METHODS: A patient who was diagnosed as fungal keratitis caused by B. hawaiiensis was retrospectively reviewed for history, clinical characteristics, risk factors, laboratory findings, treatments, and outcomes. RESULTS: A 63-year-old man with a history of trauma and saw dust in the left eye presented with a corneal ulcer. Eye examination revealed whitish infiltration with a feathery edge and small brownish deposits in the anterior stroma of the left cornea...
May 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688284/interface-infectious-keratitis-following-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty
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Shreesha Kumar Kodavoor, Ramamurthy Dandapani, Ajay Ramesh Kaushik
A 32-year-old female patient underwent deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in both eyes for advanced keratoconus. She developed an infiltrate in the nasal paracentral interface of the left eye. In view of the paracentral location, localized epithelial removal/stromal scraping was done and the infiltrate was removed using forceps and sent for microbiological assay, which revealed fungal filaments. The patient successfully responded to intensive topical antifungal therapy with the maintenance of visual acuity...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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