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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
#2
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
#4
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
#5
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...
January 26, 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
#7
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
#8
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
#10
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...
December 18, 2016: 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
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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
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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
#14
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836717/therapeutic-agents-and-biocides-for-ocular-infections-by-free-living-amoebae-of-acanthamoeba-genus
#17
REVIEW
Linda Christian Carrijo-Carvalho, Viviane Peracini Sant'ana, Annette Silva Foronda, Denise de Freitas, Fabio Ramos de Souza Carvalho
Acanthamoeba keratitis is a sight-threatening infectious disease. Resistance of the cystic form of the protozoan to biocides and the potential toxicity of chemical compounds to corneal cells are the main concerns related to long-term treatment with the clinically available ophthalmic drugs. Currently, a limited number of recognized antimicrobial agents are available to treat ocular amoebic infections. Topical application of biguanide and diamidine antiseptic solutions is the first-line therapy. We consider the current challenges when treating Acanthamoeba keratitis and review the chemical properties, toxicities, and mechanisms of action of the available biocides...
November 9, 2016: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793130/repertoire-of-free-living-protozoa-in-contact-lens-solutions
#18
Ibtissem Bouchoucha, Aurore Aziz, Louis Hoffart, Michel Drancourt
BACKGROUND: The repertoire of free-living protozoa in contact lens solutions is poorly known despite the fact that such protozoa may act as direct pathogens and may harbor intra-cellular pathogens. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, the contact lens solutions collected from patients presenting at our Ophthalmology Department for clinically suspected keratitis, were cultured on non-nutrient agar examined by microscope for the presence of free-living protozoa. All protozoa were identified by 18S rRNA gene sequencing...
October 29, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787218/genotyping-of-clinical-isolates-of-acanthamoeba-genus-in-venezuela
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Carolina Wagner, María Reyes-Batlle, María Alejandra Vethencourt Ysea, Mónica V Galindo Pérez, Carmen Guzmán de Rondón, Anaibeth J Nessi Paduani, Angelyseb Dorta Pérez, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Ines Sifaoui, María Virginia Pérez de Galindo, Eva Pérez de Suárez, Enrique Martínez-Carretero, Basilio Valladares, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Free-living amoebae of Acanthamoeba genus are opportunistic pathogens distributed worldwide. Strains included in this genus are causative agents of a fatal encephalitis and a sight-threating keratitis in humans and other animals. In this study, 550 clinical samples which were collected between 1984 and 2014 from different patients with suspected infections due to Acanthamoeba were initially screened for the presence of this amoebic genus at the Laboratorio de Amibiasis-Escuela de Bioanálisis at the Universidad Central de Venezuela...
December 1, 2016: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787217/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-acanthamoeba-genotypes-isolated-from-soil-sources-of-public-and-recreational-areas-in-iran
#20
Seyed Ahmad Karamati, Maryam Niyyati, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Zohreh Lasjerdi
Pathogenic strains of Acanthamoeba are causative agents of a sight threating infection of the cornea known as Acanthamoeba keratitis. AK cases have been reported in Iran recently due to inappropriate usage of contact lens maintenance and most patients report a contact with contaminated sources such as dust, water or soil. Sixty soil samples were collected from public and recreational areas in the province of East Azerbaijan, Iran and checked for the presence of Acanthamoeba spp. Samples were cultured on non-nutrient agar plates seeded with heat killed Escherichia coli...
December 1, 2016: Acta Parasitologica
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