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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303825/evaluation-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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Abhishek Mewara, Sumeeta Khurana, Shakila Yoonus, Kirti Megha, Parveen Tanwar, Amit Gupta, Rakesh Sehgal
BACKGROUND: The clinical features of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) are non-specific and closely resemble bacterial, viral and fungal keratitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) with microscopy, non-nutrient agar (NNA) culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in clinical suspects of AK. RESULTS: Of 52 clinical samples (42 AK suspects and 10 proven bacterial, viral or fungal keratitis), 3 were positive by direct microscopy (sensitivity 60%, confidence interval [CI]: 17%-92...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271013/ultrahigh-resolution-oct-imaging-of-the-human-cornea
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René M Werkmeister, Sabina Sapeta, Doreen Schmidl, Gerhard Garhöfer, Gerald Schmidinger, Valentin Aranha Dos Santos, Gerold C Aschinger, Isabella Baumgartner, Niklas Pircher, Florian Schwarzhans, Anca Pantalon, Harminder Dua, Leopold Schmetterer
We present imaging of corneal pathologies using optical coherence tomography (OCT) with high resolution. To this end, an ultrahigh-resolution spectral domain OCT (UHR-OCT) system based on a broad bandwidth Ti:sapphire laser is employed. With a central wavelength of 800 nm, the imaging device allows to acquire OCT data at the central, paracentral and peripheral cornea as well as the limbal region with 1.2 µm x 20 µm (axial x lateral) resolution at a rate of 140 000 A-scans/s. Structures of the anterior segment of the eye, not accessible with commercial OCT systems, are visualized...
February 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251314/molecular-diagnosis-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis-evaluation-in-rat-model-and-application-in-suspected-human-cases
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Adriana Oliveira Costa, Cinthia Furst, Lucas Oliveira Rocha, Cecília Cirelli, Carolina Neris Cardoso, Fagner Salmazo Neiva, Cynara Oliveira Possamai, Daniel de Assis Santos, Vanete Thomaz-Soccol
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a progressive corneal infection that demands rapid and sensitive techniques for diagnosis to avoid risk of visual impairment. We evaluated two DNA extraction techniques and a semi-nested-PCR (snPCR) targeting the 18S rRNA gene to detect Acanthamoeba cysts and trophozoites. The most effective protocol was evaluated in samples of corneal scrapings and biopsies from an AK rat model and applied to diagnosis of human cases of AK. DNA extraction performed with a commercial kit based on DNA binding to magnetic beads was more efficient than a method based on alkaline lysis, allowing the detection of one trophozoite and one cyst of Acanthamoeba in samples prepared from cultures...
March 1, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241309/a-rabbit-model-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis-use-of-infected-soft-contact-lenses-after-corneal-epithelium-debridement-with-a-diamond-burr
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Ángel Ortillés, Pilar Goñi, Encarnación Rubio, Marta Sierra, Ekaterina Gámez, María T Fernández, María Benito, José Á Cristóbal, Begoña Calvo
Purpose: To develop a rabbit model of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) as the best method to reproduce the natural course of this disease. Methods: To induce AK, infected contact lenses (1000 amoebae/mm2, 90% trophozoites) were placed over the previously debrided corneal surface, in combination with a temporary tarsorrhaphy. Environmental and clinical strains of Acanthamoeba spp. (genotype T4) were used. Three groups (1L, n = 32; 2L-21d, n = 5; 2L-3d, n = 23) were established according to the number of contact lenses used (1L, 1 lens; 2L-21d and 2L-3d, 2 lenses) and the placement day of these (1L, day 1; 2L-21d, days 1 and 21; 2L-3d, days 1 and 3)...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149778/epidemiological-clinical-and-laboratory-findings-of-infectious-keratitis-at-mansoura-ophthalmic-center-egypt
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Amani E Badawi, Dalia Moemen, Nora L El-Tantawy
AIM: To analyze the epidemiological, clinical and laboratory findings of infectious keratitis. METHODS: A retrospective study on cases of infective keratitis, attended our institution from Mar. 2013 to Feb. 2015, was done at Mansoura Ophthalmic Center, Egypt. Corneal scrapings were performed and processed for direct microscopy and culture in appropriate media using standard laboratory protocols. RESULTS: Out of 245 patients enrolled for study, 247 corneal scrapings were obtained...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140621/effects-of-lactoferrin-on-the-viability-and-the-encystment-of-acanthamoeba-trophozoites
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Shinichi Tomita, Chie Suzuki, Hitomi Wada, Miya Nomachi, Masaki Imayasu, Kaoru Araki-Sasaki
Lactoferrin (LF) is an iron-binding basic glycoprotein that has an antimicrobial effect against certain microbes. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the amoebicidal effect of bovine milk LF (bLF) against Acanthamoeba clinical-isolate trophozoites, which cause severe keratitis. Most of the risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis is from wearing soft contact lenses (SCLs). Acanthamoeba trophozoites were incubated in bovine LF (bLF) solution, and the ratios of viability and encystment were determined with microscopic analysis of cyst formation...
February 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135787/sirna-loaded-liposomes-inhibition-of-encystment-of-acanthamoeba-and-toxicity-on-the-eye-surface
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Kathrin Faber, Giovanni K Zorzi, Nathaly T Brazil, Marilise B Rott, Helder F Teixeira
Current treatments for Acanthamoeba keratitis are unspecific. Due to the presence of the resilient cyst form of the parasite, the infection is persistent. Silencing the key protein of cyst formation, glycogen phosphorylase, has shown potential for reducing encystment processes of the Acanthamoeba trophozoite. However a suitable carrier to protect and deliver siRNA sequences is still needed. DOTAP: DOPE:DSPE-PEG liposomes were prepared by three different techniques and used to associate a therapeutic siRNA sequence...
January 30, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124962/-investigation-of-the-in-vitro-effects-of-melissa-officinalis-l-mentha-x-piperita-l-and-ocimum-basilicum-l-lamiaceae-essential-oils-on-the-cysts-and-trophozoites-of-acanthamoeba-castellani
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Ceren Ergüden, Soykan Özkoç, Bintuğ Öztürk, Songül Bayram Delibaş
Acanthamoeba species are free living amoeba found widely all over the world. They are responsible for Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), an infection which is especially seen in contact lens users and after minor corneal traumas, that may lead blindness. At present, antifungals and antiseptics are used for the treatment of AK cases, however, some problems such as long treatment periods and the occurrence of side effects, resistance of cyst forms against drugs, emphasize the need for new drugs. There are some published studies that pointed out the effectiveness of plant extracts and essential oils on Acanthamoeba spp...
October 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124137/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-tea-tree-oil-in-treatment-of-acanthamoeba-infection
#9
Edward Hadaś, Monika Derda, Marcin Cholewiński
Eye diseases caused by amoebae from the genus Acanthamoeba are usually chronic and severe, and their treatment is prolonged and not very effective. The difficulties associated with therapy have led to attempts at finding alternative treatment methods. Particularly popular is searching for cures among drugs made of plants. However, no substances with total efficacy in treating Acanthamoeba keratitis have been identified.Results of our semi in vivo studies of tea tree oil simulating eyeball infection demonstrated 100% effectiveness in the case of both trophozoites and cysts of amoebae from the genus Acanthamoeba...
March 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099282/risk-factors-for-acanthamoeba-keratitis-a-multistate-case-control-study-2008-2011
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Allison C Brown, Jonathan Ross, Daniel B Jones, Sarah A Collier, Tracy L Ayers, Robert M Hoekstra, Bryon Backensen, Sharon L Roy, Michael J Beach, Jonathan S Yoder
OBJECTIVE: To identify modifiable risk factors contributing to Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) infection. METHODS: A case-control investigation was conducted. Case patients were soft contact lens wearers with laboratory-confirmed AK. Control were soft contact lens wearers ≥12 years of age, with no history of AK. Case patients were recruited from 14 ophthalmology referral centers and a clinical laboratory. Control were matched on state of residence and type of primary eye care provider (ophthalmologist or optometrist)...
January 17, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095653/efficacy-of-korean-multipurpose-contact-lens-disinfecting-solutions-against-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#11
Eun-Kyung Moon, Hye-Ryun Park, Fu-Shi Quan, Hyun-Hee Kong
Acanthamoeba keratitis has been increasing in recent years. Main risk factors are contact lens wear and their cleaning solutions. Most contact lens wearers use multipurpose disinfecting solutions (MPDS) for cleansing and disinfecting microorganisms because of its convenience. We determined amoebicidal effects of MPDS made in Korea and their cytotoxicity on human corneal epithelium cells. Fifteen commercial MPDS (A to O) were tested for their amoebicidal effects on Acanthamoeba castellanii trophozoites and cysts by using a most probable number (MPN) technique...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092397/update-on-orthokeratology-in-managing-progressive-myopia-in-children-efficacy-mechanisms-and-concerns
#12
Xintong Li, Ilana B Friedman, Norman B Medow, Cheng Zhang
Myopia is an important public health issue, and high myopia may lead to severe complications if left untreated. Orthokeratology lenses, worn overnight to reshape the cornea, are one of many recent modalities used to slow down the progression of myopia in children. This treatment has been proven successful, as evidenced by decreased spherical refractive error and axial length relative to the control at interval follow-up ranging from 6 months to 5 years. In this systematic review, the authors collected published controlled studies that analyzed the efficacy of orthokeratology lens wear and calculated longitudinal relative changes in axial length, revealing a weighted average of -45...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079686/number-of-bacteria-and-time-of-coincubation-with-bacteria-required-for-the-development-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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Hayate Nakagawa, Takaaki Hattori, Naohito Koike, Tomoko Ehara, Akitomo Narimatsu, Shigeto Kumakura, Tetsuya Matsumoto, Hiroshi Goto
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that bacteria may be a factor contributing to the development of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). We investigated interactions between Acanthamoeba and Pseudomonas aeruginosa for the development of keratitis in rabbit corneas. METHODS: Acanthamoeba castellanii (ATCC50492) and P. aeruginosa (PAO-1) were used. Two densities of P. aeruginosa (high, 1 × 10/mL; low, 3 × 10/mL) and 2 durations of coincubation (long, 6 h; short, 2 h) of Acanthamoeba with 1 × 10/mL of P...
March 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998732/pathogenesis-of-microbial-keratitis
#14
REVIEW
Sahreena Lakhundi, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Microbial keratitis is a sight-threatening ocular infection caused by bacteria, fungi, and protist pathogens. Epithelial defects and injuries are key predisposing factors making the eye susceptible to corneal pathogens. Among bacterial pathogens, the most common agents responsible for keratitis include Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pneumonia and Serratia species. Fungal agents of corneal infections include both filamentous as well as yeast, including Fusarium, Aspergillus, Phaeohyphomycetes, Curvularia, Paecilomyces, Scedosporium and Candida species, while in protists, Acanthamoeba spp...
March 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989423/-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-contribution-of-microbiological-analysis-in-severe-microbial-keratitis-at-reims-university-hospital-between-2012%C3%A2-and-2014
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J Caliot, D Guindolet, A Ducasse, L Andreoletti, C Arndt
PURPOSE: To investigate the contribution of microbial analysis in the diagnosis and management of severe microbial keratitis. MATERIAL AND METHOD: This is a monocentric retrospective study at the University Hospital of Reims from January 2012 to December 2014. Corneal scrapings with infectious keratitis were subjected to routine bacterial and fungal culture. PCR was also performed to detect various viral DNA (VZV, CMV, EBV, HSV 1 & 2, adenovirus) and Acanthamoeba sp...
December 15, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918833/effects-of-lead-phytochemicals-of-radix-scutellariae-on-acanthamoeba
#16
Pauline Cho, Guangsen Shi, Maurice Yap, Maureen V Boost
Purpose: Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), which is associated with noncompliant use of contact lenses, remains difficult to treat due to delayed diagnosis and paucity of therapeutic agents. Although improvements in activity against Acanthamoeba infection have been achieved in disinfecting solutions for soft contact lenses, such modifications have not been extended to those for special rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, which are increasingly used for myopia control in children. Phytochemicals present in herbs used for traditional Chinese medicine may be effective as therapeutic or preventive agents...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905281/identification-of-acanthamoeba-genotypes-in-pools-and-stagnant-water-in-ponds-in-sistan-region-in-southeast-iran
#17
Ali Aghajani, Mansour Dabirzadeh, Yahya Maroufi, Hossein Hooshyar
OBJECTIVE: Acanthamoeba is one of the most abundant free-living amoebas that is widely distributed in natural and artificial environment resources. Acanthamoeba pathogenic genotypes cause chronic human diseases including amoebic keratitis and granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. The aim of this study was to determine and identify Acanthamoeba genotypes residing in pools and stagnant water in ponds in Sistan region in southeast Iran. This descriptive study was conducted at the Parasitology Laboratory, School of Medicine, Zabol University of Medical Sciences...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888770/the-effect-of-the-disulfideisomerase-domain-containing-protein-in-the-defense-against-polyhexamethylene-biguanide-of-highly-tolerant-acanthamoeba-at-the-trophozoite-stage
#18
Fu-Chin Huang, Tao-Shen Liu, Sung-Chou Li, Min-Hsiu Shih, Jyh-Wei Shin, Wei-Chen Lin
Acanthamoeba castellanii is a free-living protozoan pathogen capable of causing a blinding keratitis and fatal granulomatous encephalitis. Current treatment generally involves an hourly application of polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) over a period of several days but this is not entirely effective against all strains/isolates. The tolerance mechanisms of PHMB in Acanthamoeba cells remain unclear. In this study, we found that the mRNA expression level of disulfideisomerase domain containing protein (PDI) increased rapidly in surviving cells of the highly PHMB-tolerant Acanthamoeba castellanii strain, NCKH_D, during PHMB treatment, but not in the ATCC standard strain...
December 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874294/dacryoadenitis-and-extraocular-muscle-inflammation-associated-with-contact-lens-related-acanthamoeba-keratitis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Tomris Sengor, Erdal Yuzbasioglu, Sevda Aydın Kurna, Murat Irkec, Ahmet Altun, Kubra Kökcen, Nazli Gul Yalcin
The present report discusses a new case of dacryoadenitis with extraocular muscle inflammation associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in a contact lens wearer. A 41-year-old male, who has worn silicone hydrogel contact lenses on an extended basis for about 10 years, attended with the complaints of vision disturbance, hyperemia, and pain in his right eye. His history revealed that 1.5 month ago, he had been diagnosed with allergic conjunctivitis and had used steroid eye drops. Biomicroscopic examination revealed eyelid edema, chemosis, and ring infiltration, radial keratoneuritis and an epithelial defect in the cornea...
November 22, 2016: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870779/painless-acanthamoeba-keratitis-with-normal-vision
#20
Pui Wai Rachel Kwok, Ka Wai Kam, Vishal Jhanji, Alvin L Young
PURPOSE: To report an atypical case of contact lens-related Acanthamoeba keratitis. CASE REPORT: A 15-year-old secondary school female student with a history of soft contact lens wear was referred to our hospital by a private general practitioner for management of right eye redness and discomfort for 2 weeks. Upon examination, the best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 and 20/16 for her right and left eyes, respectively. There was diffuse radial keratoneuritis noted in the cornea of her right eye without any associated epithelial defect...
November 19, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
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