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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033270/a-survey-of-contact-lens-related-complications-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-china
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Weiwei Li, Xuguang Sun, Zhiqun Wang, Yang Zhang
PURPOSE: To describe the type of complications related to contact lens (CL) wear in a tertiary hospital in XX, China. METHODS: A retrospective study of 141 patients who complained discomfort after wearing contact lens on an outpatient basis of XX Hospital were conducted from the January 2012 to December 2015. The data included patients' demographics, lens type, history, slit-lamp examination, reports of corneal scrapings, culture, and examination of in vivo confocal microscopy...
October 12, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974450/acanthamoeba-culbertsoni-isolated-from-a-clinical-case-with-intraocular-dissemination-structure-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-analysis-of-the-interaction-with-hamster-cornea-and-mdck-epithelial-cell-monolayers
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Arturo González-Robles, Maritza Omaña-Molina, Lizbeth Salazar-Villatoro, Catalina Flores-Maldonado, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, María Reyes-Batlle, Francisco Arnalich-Montiel, Adolfo Martínez-Palomo
Acanthamoeba culbertsoni trophozoites, previously isolated from a human keratitis case with severe intraocular damage, were maintained in axenic culture. Co-incubation of amoebae with MDCK cell monolayers demonstrated an apparent preference of the amoebae to introduce themselves between the cells. The trophozoites appeared to cross the cell monolayer through the tight junctions, which resulted in decreased trans-epithelial resistance (TER) measurements. Unexpectedly, after co-incubation of amoebae with hamster corneas, we observed that the trophozoites were able to cross the different cell layers and reach the corneal stroma after only 12 h of interaction, in contrast to other Acanthamoeba species...
September 30, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969610/associated-factors-diagnosis-and-management-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis-in-a-referral-center-in-southern-china
#3
Jing Zhong, Xingyi Li, Yuqing Deng, Ling Chen, Shiyou Zhou, Weilan Huang, Shiqi Lin, Jin Yuan
BACKGROUND: To analyse the associated factors, diagnosis, clinical manifestations and therapeutic effects of Acanthamoeba keratitis at a tertiary ophthalmic centre in Southern China. METHODS: A retrospective clinical study was performed in fifteen patients who were admitted to Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre (ZOC) from January 2004 to December 2014. The patients' pathogenesis-associated factors were analysed, and preoperative diagnoses were determined using corneal scraping cultures and/or confocal microscopy followed...
October 2, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965795/acanthamoeba-keratitis-in-noncompliant-soft-contact-lenses-users-genotyping-and-risk-factors-a-study-from-cairo-egypt
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Eman E Taher, Eman M H Méabed, Islam Abdallah, Wafaa Y Abdel Wahed
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a severe corneal infection that may occur as a serious outcome of improper use of contact lenses (CL). OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to diagnose AK in soft CL users presenting with infectious keratitis, and to identify the prevalent genotypes isolated from different cases. Another aim was to determine the CL hygiene-related risk behaviors, and to explore the risk of water exposure for developing AK. METHODS: A cross sectional study was performed...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965660/assessment-of-confocal-microscopy-for-the-diagnosis-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-positive-acanthamoeba-keratitis-a-case-control-study
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Sophie De Craene, Juliette Knoeri, Cristina Georgeon, Philippe Kestelyn, Vincent M Borderie
PURPOSE: To determine in vivo confocal microscopy diagnostic criteria to diagnose Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as the reference diagnostic technique. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. Data were recorded prospectively and analyzed retrospectively. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty patients with PCR-positive AK (study group) and 50 patients with bacterial, fungal, viral, or immune keratitis featuring negative Acanthamoeba PCR results (control group)...
September 28, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964757/risk-factors-and-clinical-features-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis-in-a-tunisian-tertiary-eye-care-center
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Mejdi Boukari, Khalil Erraïs, Imen Ammous, Khaoula El Amri-Mezghanni, Imen Zhioua-Braham, Meriam Bouchekoua, Sonia Trabelsi, Dorsaf Aloui, Samira Khaled, Mabrouka Saidani, Sonia Mabrouk, Ilhem Mili-Boussen, Raja Zhioua
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 28, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954958/role-of-fatty-acid-salts-as-anti-acanthamoeba-agents-for-disinfecting-contact-lens
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Aya Tanaka, Mariko Era, Yumeho Obata, Manami Masuda, Takayoshi Kawahara, Takahide Kanyama, Hiroshi Morita
 Acanthamoeba is found in seawater, fresh water, and soil and is an opportunistic pathogen that causes a potentially blinding corneal infection known as Acanthamoeba keratitis. The anti-amoeba activity of 9 fatty acid salts (potassium butyrate (C4K), caproate (C6K), caprylate (C8K), caprate (C10K), laurate (C12K), myristate (C14K), oleate (C18:1K), linoleate (C18:2K), and linolenate (C18:3K)) was tested on Acanthamoeba castellanii ATCC 30010 (trophozoites and cysts). Fatty acid salts (350 mM and pH 10.5) were prepared by mixing fatty acids with the appropriate amount of KOH...
2017: Biocontrol Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942073/update-on-the-management-of-infectious-keratitis
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Ariana Austin, Tom Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Infectious keratitis is a major global cause of visual impairment and blindness, often affecting marginalized populations. Proper diagnosis of the causative organism is critical, and although culture remains the prevailing diagnostic tool, newer techniques such as in vivo confocal microscopy are helpful for diagnosing fungus and Acanthamoeba. Next-generation sequencing holds the potential for early and accurate diagnosis even for organisms that are difficult to culture by conventional methods. Topical antibiotics remain the best treatment for bacterial keratitis, and a recent review found all commonly prescribed topical antibiotics to be equally effective...
September 20, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919334/failure-of-molecular-diagnostics-of-a-keratitis-inducing-acanthamoeba-strain
#9
Patrick L Scheid, Carsten Balczun
An otherwise healthy 49-year-old female patient presented at the local hospital with severe keratitis in both inflamed eyes. She was a contact lens wearer and had no history of a corneal trauma. In our laboratory for medical parasitology Acanthamoebae were detected microscopically from the cornea scraping and from the fluid of the contact lens storage case after xenical culture and showed the typical cyst morphology of Acanthamoebae group II. The diagnosis of "Acanthamoeba keratitis" was established and successful therapy was provided...
September 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919333/status-of-the-effectiveness-of-contact-lens-disinfectants-in-malaysia-against-keratitis-causing-pathogens
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Farhat Abjani, Naveed Ahmed Khan, Suk Yul Jung, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui
The aim of this study was (i) to assess the antimicrobial effects of contact lens disinfecting solutions marketed in Malaysia against common bacterial eye pathogens and as well as eye parasite, Acanthamoeba castellanii, and (ii) to determine whether targeting cyst wall would improve the efficacy of contact lens disinfectants. Using ISO 14729 Stand-Alone Test for disinfecting solutions, bactericidal and amoebicidal assays of six different contact lens solutions including Oxysept(®), AO SEPT PLUS, OPTI-FREE(®) pure moist(®), Renu(®) fresh™, FreshKon(®) CLEAR and COMPLETE RevitaLens™ were performed using Manufacturers Minimum recommended disinfection time (MRDT)...
September 15, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919332/correlation-of-radical-scavenging-capacity-and-amoebicidal-activity-of-matricaria-recutita-l-asteraceae
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Soumaya Hajaji, Ines Sifaoui, Atteneri López-Arencibia, María Reyes-Batlle, Ignacio A Jiménez, Isabel L Bazzocchi, Basilio Valladares, José E Pinero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Hafidh Akkari
Some Acanthamoeba strains are able to cause Granulomatous Amoebic Encephalitis (GAE) and Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) worldwide because of their pathogenicity. The treatment of Acanthamoeba infections is complicated due to the existence of a highly resistant cyst stage in their life cycle. Therefore, the elucidation of novel sources of anti-Acanthamoeba agents is an urgent need. In the present study, an evaluation of the antioxidant and anti-Acanthamoeba activity of compounds in flower extracts of Tunisian chamomile (Matricaria recutita L...
September 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918001/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-acanthamoeba-sp-and-evidence-of-a-natural-resilience-to-amphotericin-b
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Alexandre Taravaud, Philippe M Loiseau, Sébastien Pomel
The free-living amoeba (FLA) Acanthamoeba sp. is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause amoebic keratitis (AK) or granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE). While current treatments of AK are long with some relapses, no consensus therapy has been developed for GAE remaining lethal in 90% of the cases. In this context, efficient antiacanthamoebal drugs have to be identified. In this work, 15 drugs used in the treatment of AK or GAE or in other parasitic diseases were evaluated for their in vitro activity on A...
September 8, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916457/in-vitro-activity-of-1h-phenalen-1-one-derivatives-against-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff-and-their-mechanisms-of-cell-death
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Atteneri López-Arencibia, María Reyes-Batlle, Mónica Blanco Freijo, Grant McNaughton-Smith, Patricia Martín-Rodríguez, Leandro Fernández-Pérez, Ines Sifaoui, Carolina Wagner, Ana B García-Méndez, Aitor Rizo Liendo, Carlos J Bethencourt-Estrella, Teresa Abad-Grillo, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic pathogen which is the causal agent of a sight-threatening ulceration of the cornea known as Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) and, more rarely, an infection of the central nervous system called "granulomatous amoebic encephalitis" (GAE). The symptoms of AK are non-specific, and so it can be misdiagnosed as a viral, bacterial, or fungal keratitis. Furthermore, current therapeutic measures against AK are arduous, and show limited efficacy against the cyst stage of Acanthamoeba. 1H-Phenalen-1-one (PH) containing compounds have been isolated from plants and fungi, where they play a crucial role in the defense mechanism of plants...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916456/acanthamoebicidal-activity-of-periglaucine-a-and-betulinic-acid-from-pericampylus-glaucus-lam-merr-in-vitro
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Tooba Mahboob, Abdul-Majid Azlan, Fiona Shilpton, Patchraporn Beekoom, Nadiah Syafiqah Nor Azman, Shamala Devi Sekaran, Init Ithoi, Tian-Chye Tan, Chandramathi Samudi, Christophe Wiart, Veeranoot Nissapatorn
Acanthamoeba species are pathogenic protozoa which account for amoebic keratitis, conjunctivitis and granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. These amoebae form cysts which resist drugs and more effective acanthamoebicidal agents are needed. Medicinal plants could be useful in improving the current treatment strategies for Acanthamoeba infections. In the present study, we examined the amoebicidal effects of Pericampylus glaucus (Lam.) Merr., a medicinal plant used for the treatment of conjunctivitis in Malaysia...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867932/a-dna-dot-hybridization-model-for-molecular-diagnosis-of-parasitic-keratitis
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Fu-Chin Huang, Hsin-Yi Hsieh, Tsung C Chang, Shu-Li Su, Shin-Ling Tseng, Yu-Hsuan Lai, Ming-Tse Kuo
PURPOSE: Developing a DNA dot hybridization model for diagnosing parasitic keratitis. METHODS: Newly designed oligonucleotide probes for detecting Acanthamoeba and microsporidia were tested with target reference strains of Acanthamoeba (n = 20) and microsporidia (n = 3), and non-target microorganisms, including bacteria (n = 20) and fungi (n = 20). These probes, which had passed the preliminary tests, were then assembled as a parasite dot hybridization (PDH) model for assessing 33 clinical samples from patients with clinically suspected Acanthamoeba and microsporidia keratitis, including eight positives for Acanthamoeba, 13 positives for microsporidia, and 12 negatives for both pathogens...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861362/a-case-of-non-acanthamoeba-keratitis-with-radial-keratoneuritis
#16
Xiu Wang, Patrick Glencer, Rui-Hua Wei
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859105/programmed-cell-death-in-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff-induced-by-several-molecules-present-in-olive-leaf-extracts
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Ines Sifaoui, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Carmen Mª Martín-Navarro, María Reyes-Batlle, Carolina Wagner, Olfa Chiboub, Mondher Mejri, Basilio Valladares, Manef Abderrabba, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Therapy against Acanthamoeba infections such as Granulomatous Amoebic Encephalitis (GAE) and Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK), remains as an issue to be solved due to the existence of a cyst stage which is highly resistant to most chemical and physical agents. Recently, the activity of Olive Leaf Extracts (OLE) was demonstrated against Acanthamoeba species. However, the molecules involved in this activity were not identified and/or evaluated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the activity of the main molecules which are present in OLE and secondly to study their mechanism of action in Acanthamoeba...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844988/risk-factors-demographics-and-clinical-profile-of-acanthamoeba-keratitis-in-melbourne-an-18-year-retrospective-study
#18
Matthew Hao Lee, Robin Geoffrey Abell, Biswadev Mitra, Merv Ferdinands, Rasik B Vajpayee
PURPOSE: To assess incidence, risk factors, presentation and final visual outcome of patients with Acanthamoebakeratitis (AK) treated at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), Melbourne, Australia, over an 18-year period. METHODS: A retrospective review of all cases of AK managed at RVEEH between January 1998 and May 2016 was performed. Data collected included age, gender, affected eye, signs and symptoms, time between symptoms and diagnosis, risk factors, presenting and final visual acuity (VA), investigations, medical treatment, surgical interventions and length of follow-up...
August 27, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834815/effect-of-multipurpose-solution-combined-with-autophagy-inhibitors-on-adhesion-of-acanthamoeba-trophozoites-to-silicone-hydrogel-contact-lenses
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Seung-Mok Lee, Da-In Lee, Sung-Hee Park, Hak-Sun Yu, Ji-Eun Lee, Jong-Soo Lee
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of multipurpose contact lens (CL) solution (MPS) combined with autophagy inhibitors on the adhesion properties of Acanthamoeba castellanii (AC) trophozoites to silicone hydrogel CLs. METHODS: AC trophozoites were inoculated onto discs trimmed from a silicone hydrogel CL with plasma surface treatment. After 18 hours, the number of adherent AC trophozoites on the CL treated with MPS was counted under phase-contrast microscopy...
August 22, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811501/characterisation-of-sterol-biosynthesis-and-validation-of-14%C3%AE-demethylase-as-a-drug-target-in-acanthamoeba
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Scott Thomson, Christopher A Rice, Tong Zhang, RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel, Fiona L Henriquez, Craig W Roberts
The soil amoebae Acanthamoeba causes Acanthamoeba keratitis, a severe sight-threatening infection of the eye and the almost universally fatal granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. More effective treatments are required. Sterol biosynthesis has been effectively targeted in numerous fungi using azole compounds that inhibit the cytochrome P450 enzyme sterol 14α-demethylase. Herein, using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), we demonstrate that the major sterol of Acanthamoeba castellanii is ergosterol and identify novel putative precursors and intermediate sterols in its production...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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