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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29536323/susceptibility-profile-of-echinocandins-azoles-and-amphotericin-b-against-yeast-phase-of-talaromyces-marneffei-isolated-from-hiv-infected-patients-in-guangdong-china
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H-L Lei, L-H Li, W-S Chen, W-N Song, Y He, F-Y Hu, X-J Chen, W-P Cai, X-P Tang
Talaromyces marneffei (T. marneffei) can cause talaromycosis, a fatal systemic mycosis, in patients with AIDS. With the increasing number of talaromycosis cases in Guangdong, China, we aimed to investigate the susceptibility of 189 T. marneffei clinical strains to eight antifungal agents, including three echinocandins (anidulafungin, micafungin, and caspofungin), four azoles (posaconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, and fluconazole), and amphotericin B, with determining minimal inhibition concentrations (MIC) by Sensititre YeastOne™ YO10 assay in the yeast phase...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29465674/the-etiology-of-vaginal-discharge-syndrome-in-zimbabwe-results-from-the-zimbabwe-sti-etiology-study
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Z Mike Chirenje, Nicholas Dhibi, H Hunter Handsfield, Elizabeth Gonese, Beth Tippett Barr, Lovemore Gwanzura, Ahmed S Latif, Dumisili Venessa Maseko, Ranmini S Kularatne, Mufuta Tshimanga, Peter H Kilmarx, Anna Machiha, Owen Mugurungi, Cornelis A Rietmeijer
INTRODUCTION: Symptomatic vaginal discharge is a common gynecological condition managed syndromically in most developing countries. In Zimbabwe, women presenting with symptomatic vaginal discharge are treated with empirical regimens that commonly cover both sexually transmitted infections (STI) and reproductive tract infections, typically including a combination of an intramuscular injection of kanamycin, and oral doxycycline and metronidazole regimens. This study was conducted to determine the current etiology of symptomatic vaginal discharge and assess adequacy of current syndromic management guidelines...
November 29, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456239/a-rare-presentation-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-and-cerebellitis-in-an-asplenic-patient-seronegative-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv
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Hafsa Abbas, Angelica CiFuentes Kottkamp, Naeem Abbas, Richard Cindrich, Manisha Singh
BACKGROUND Cryptococcal meningitis in patients who are seronegative for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and in patients who are splenectomized is rare. This report is an unusual case of meningeal and cerebellar infection due to the encapsulated yeast, Cryptococcus neoformans, which has not previously been associated with asplenia. CASE REPORT A 65-year-old HIV-negative patient with a previous splenectomy, presented with a three-day history of fever, vomiting, and headache. His symptoms progressed to generalized body aches, persistent fever, and neck stiffness...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447196/nasopharyngeal-carriage-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-among-hiv-infected-and-uninfected-children-5-years-of-age-before-introduction-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-in-mozambique
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Jennifer R Verani, Sérgio Massora, Sozinho Acácio, Rita Teresa Dos Santos, Delfino Vubil, Fabiana Pimenta, Iaci Moura, Cynthia G Whitney, Maria Helena Costa, Eusébio Macete, Maria Benigna Matsinhe, Maria da Gloria Carvalho, Betuel Sigaúque
Nasopharyngeal carriage is a precursor for pneumococcal disease and can be useful for evaluating pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) impact. We studied pre-PCV pneumococcal carriage among HIV-infected and -uninfected children in Mozambique. Between October 2012 and March 2013, we enrolled HIV-infected children age <5 years presenting for routine care at seven HIV clinics in 3 sites, including Maputo (urban-south), Nampula (urban-north), and Manhiça (rural-south). We also enrolled a random sample of HIV-uninfected children <5 years old from a demographic surveillance site in Manhiça...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429549/mucocutaneous-manifestations-of-infection-by-histoplasma-capsulatum-in-hiv-negative-immunosuppressed-patients
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L V Gómez-Santana, A C Torre, B A Hernández, V I Volonteri, B Laura, R Luis-Galimberti
Histoplasmosis is a systemic mycosis caused by the dimorphous fungus Histoplasma capsulatum (H. capsulatum). The fungus enters the body through the respiratory tract in the form of microconidia, which are transformed into intracellular yeast-like structures in the lungs before disseminating hematogenously. Primary infection is usually asymptomatic and self-resolving. Some patients develop severe disease with acute or chronic respiratory involvement. Immunosuppressed patients, mainly those with altered cellular immunity, may have disseminated disease with variable mucocutaneous involvement characterized by papules, nodules, gummas, or ulcers with a granulomatous base...
May 2018: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421668/first-report-of-sporadic-cases-of-candida-auris-in-colombia
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Claudia M Parra-Giraldo, Sandra L Valderrama, Gloria Cortes-Fraile, Javier R Garzón, Beatriz E Ariza, Florent Morio, Melva Y Linares-Linares, Andrés Ceballos-Garzón, Alejandro de la Hoz, Catalina Hernandez, Carlos Alvarez-Moreno, Patrice Le Pape
BACKGROUND: Candida auris is a recently reported Candida species that is phenotypically similar to Candida haemulonii and related to hospital outbreaks. This organism can be misidentified as Candida haemulonii, Candida famata, Candida catenulata, or Rhodotorula glutinis by phenotypic approaches. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and DNA sequence analysis using internal transcribed spacer rDNA bar-coding provide an accurate identification...
April 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420767/evaluation-of-trypan-blue-stain-in-the-tc20-automated-cell-counter-as-a-point-of-care-for-the-enumeration-of-viable-cryptococcal-cells-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Richard Kwizera, Andrew Akampurira, Tadeo K Kandole, Maria S Nabaggala, Darlisha A Williams, Andrew Kambugu, David B Meya, Joshua Rhein, David R Boulware
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture can determine a quantitative viability of Cryptococcus yeasts; however, culture has a long turnaround-time. The TC20 automated cell counter (Bio-Rad) is a benchtop instrument used to count cells in 30 seconds. In vitro studies suggest trypan blue staining can distinguish between viable and dead cryptococcal yeasts. We hypothesized that trypan blue staining with automated cell counting may provide rapid quantification of viable CSF Cryptococcus yeasts. In sum, 96 HIV-infected participants with cryptococcal meningitis were enrolled and provided 194 CSF specimens in Kampala, Uganda...
October 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371583/fluconazole-resistance-among-oral-candida-isolates-from-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-a-nigerian-tertiary-hospital
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Iriagbonse I Osaigbovo, Patrick V Lofor, Rita O Oladele
Oropharyngeal candidiasis, a common fungal infection in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), arises from Candida species colonizing the oral cavity. Fluconazole is the preferred treatment and is often used empirically. Few studies have investigated the prevalence of fluconazole resistance in Nigeria. This study aimed at determining the burden of fluconazole resistance among Candida species in the oral cavities of PLWHA. We sampled the oral cavities of 350 HIV-infected adults and an equal number of HIV-negative controls...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319242/clinical-diversity-of-cns-cryptococcosis
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J M Koshy, S Mohan, D Deodhar, M John, A Oberoi, A Pannu
Background: Though cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is recognized as a disease of the immunocompromised, studies have implicated that it also affect immunocompetent patients. Methodology: This was a cross sectional study conducted in the Department of Medicine of a tertiary teaching institution in North India. All the patients diagnosed with CM on the basis of detection of cryptococcal antigen or the presence of capsulated budding yeast cells on India ink preparation, from April 2009 to March2015 were included in the study...
October 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214455/cryptococcus-gattii-infection-presenting-as-an-aggressive-lung-mass
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Shuwei Zheng, Thuan Tong Tan, Jaime Mei Fong Chien
Cryptococcus gattii is an endemic fungus predominantly isolated in the tropical and subtropical regions, causing predominantly pulmonary disease with a predilection for the central nervous system. Herein, we report a case of rapidly progressing C. gattii pneumonia in an immune-deficient but virologically suppressed host with underlying human immunodeficiency viral (HIV) infection, exhibiting various fungal morphologies from bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytological specimens. A 51-year-old Chinese male with known HIV disease was admitted to the Singapore General Hospital for evaluation of functional decline, febrile episodes, and a left hilar mass on chest radiograph...
December 6, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187598/epitope-focused-immunogens-against-the-cd4-binding-site-of-hiv-1-envelope-protein-induce-neutralizing-antibodies-against-auto-and-heterologous-viruses
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Hua Wang, Xiangjun Chen, Dianhong Wang, Chen Yao, Qian Wang, Jiayu Xie, Xuanling Shi, Ye Xiang, Wanli Liu, Linqi Zhang
Recent discoveries of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) in HIV-1-infected individuals have led to the identification of several major "vulnerable sites" on the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein. These sites have provided precise targets for HIV-1 vaccine development, but identifying and utilizing many of these targets remain technically challenging. Using a yeast surface display-based approach, we sought to identify epitope-focused antigenic domains (EADs) containing one of the "vulnerable sites," the CD4-binding site (CD4bs), through screening and selection of a combinatorial antigen library of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein with the CD4bs bnAb VRC01...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113016/cryptococcal-dissemination-to-the-central-nervous-system-requires-the-vacuolar-calcium-transporter-pmc1
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Eamim D Squizani, Natália K Oliveira, Júlia C V Reuwsaat, Bárbara M Marques, William Lopes, Alexandra L Gerber, Ana Tereza R de Vasconcelos, Sophie Lev, Julianne T Djordjevic, Augusto Schrank, Marilene H Vainstein, Charley C Staats, Lívia Kmetzsch
Cryptococcus neoformans is a basidiomycetous yeast and the cause of cryptococcosis in immunocompromised individuals. The most severe form of the disease is meningoencephalitis, which is one of the leading causes of death in HIV/AIDS patients. In order to access the central nervous system, C. neoformans relies on the activity of certain virulence factors such as urease, which allows transmigration through the blood-brain barrier. In this study, we demonstrate that the calcium transporter Pmc1 enables C. neoformans to penetrate the central nervous system, because the pmc1 null mutant failed to infect and to survive within the brain parenchyma in a murine systemic infection model...
February 2018: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968020/-molecular-characterization-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolates-from-hiv-patients-guayaquil-ecuador
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Sunny Sánchez, Dolores Zambrano, Maylen García, César Bedoya, Carlos Fernández, María Teresa Illnait-Zaragozí
INTRODUCTION: Neurocryptococcosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that represents a high cost in human lives and for the economy of countries. Its causative agent, the Cryptococcus neoformans/Cryptococcus gattii species complex, has a sexual and an asexual phase, four major serotypes and seven molecular varieties with phenotypic, clinical-epidemiological and antifungal susceptibility differences. OBJECTIVE: To characterize by molecular methods clinical isolates of C...
September 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959073/subcutaneous-basidiobolomycosis-a-case-report
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Adziri Sackey, Nenyin Ghartey, Richard Gyasi
Basidiobolomycosis is an uncommon chronic deep fungal infection in which gradually enlarging granulomas form, usually in the subcutaneous fat tissues of the limbs, chest or trunk of immunocompetent hosts, primarily children and young adults. It is caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum. Definitive diagnosis is by microscopy and histopathology. Effective treatments include ketoconazole, itraconazole, potassium iodide and co-trimoxazole. A 3 year old girl presented with ulcerations on the right thigh for one month, and painful swelling of the right leg and right buttock for six months...
March 2017: Ghana Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954600/disseminated-histoplasmosis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Séverine Evrard, Philippe Caprasse, Pierre Gavage, Myriam Vasbien, Jean Radermacher, Marie-Pierre Hayette, Rosalie Sacheli, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Lieselotte Cnops, Eric Firre, Laurent Médart, Filip Moerman, Jean-Marc Minon
Case report We report the case of a young Cameroonian woman who presented with cough, hyperthermia, weight loss, pancytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. A positive HIV serology was discovered and a chest radiography revealed a 'miliary pattern'. Bone marrow aspiration pointed out yeast inclusions within macrophages. Given the morphological aspect, the clinical presentation and immunosuppression, histoplasmosis was retained as a working hypothesis. Antiretroviral and amphotericin B treatments were promptly initiated...
September 28, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931690/conformational-changes-in-the-5-end-of-the-hiv-1-genome-dependent-on-the-debranching-enzyme-dbr1-during-early-stages-of-infection
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Alvaro E Galvis, Hugh E Fisher, Hung Fan, David Camerini
Previous studies in our laboratory showed that the RNA debranching enzyme (DBR1) is not required for early steps in HIV cDNA formation but is necessary for synthesis of intermediate and late cDNA products. To further characterize this effect, we evaluated the topology of the 5' end of the HIV-1 RNA genome during early infection with and without inhibition of DBR1 synthesis. Cells were transfected with DBR1 short hairpin RNA (shRNA) followed 48 h later by infection with an HIV-1-derived vector containing an RNase H-deficient reverse transcriptase (RT)...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882006/update-in-infectious-diseases-2017
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REVIEW
F J Candel, M Peñuelas, C Lejárraga, T Emilov, C Rico, I Díaz, C Lázaro, J M Viñuela-Prieto, M Matesanz
Antimicrobial resistance in complex models of continuous infection is a current issue. The update 2017 course addresses about microbiological, epidemiological and clinical aspects useful for a current approach to infectious disease. During the last year, nosocomial pneumonia approach guides, recommendations for management of yeast and filamentous fungal infections, review papers on the empirical approach to peritonitis and extensive guidelines on stewardship have been published. HIV infection is being treated before and more intensively...
September 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830348/evaluation-of-trypan-blue-stain-in-a-haemocytometer-for-rapid-detection-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-sterility-in-hiv-patients-with-cryptococcal-meningitis
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Richard Kwizera, Andrew Akampurira, Tadeo K Kandole, Kirsten Nielsen, Andrew Kambugu, David B Meya, David R Boulware, Joshua Rhein
BACKGROUND: Quantitative culture is the most common method to determine the fungal burden and sterility of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) among persons with cryptococcal meningitis. A major drawback of cultures is a long turnaround-time. Recent evidence demonstrates that live and dead Cryptococcus yeasts can be distinguished using trypan blue staining. We hypothesized that trypan blue staining combined with haemocytometer counting may provide a rapid estimation of quantitative culture count and detection of CSF sterility...
August 22, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804654/histoplasmosis-by-histoplasma-capsulatum-var-duboisii-observed-at-the-laboratory-of-pathological-anatomy-of-lom%C3%A3-in-togo
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Tchin Darré, Bayaki Saka, Abas Mouhari-Touré, Améyo Monique Dorkenoo, Koffi Amégbor, Vincent Palokinam Pitche, Gado Napo-Koura
Our study aimed to describe the epidemiological, clinical, and diagnostic aspects of African histoplasmosis in Togo through a descriptive and cross-sectional study on histological diagnosed African histoplasmosis in Pathology Department of Lomé from 2002 to 2016 (15 years). A total of 17 cases of African histoplasmosis were diagnosed. The sex ratio (M/F) was 1.8. The annual incidence was 1.1 cases. The mean age of the patients was 27.2 ± 0.4 years. All our patients were of social categories with a low socioeconomic level...
2017: Journal of Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793015/virulence-factors-and-genetic-variability-of-vaginal-candida-albicans-isolates-from-hiv-infected-women-in-the-post-highly-active-antiretroviral-era
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Pâmela Cristina Mastellaro Delvas Zanni, Patrícia de Souza Bonfim-Mendonça, Melyssa Negri, Sandra Sayuri Nakamura, Lucélia Donatti, Terezinha Inez Estivalet Svidzinski, Márcia Edilaine Lopes Consolaro
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) in HIV-infected (HIV+) women is a serious public health problem. However, little is known about the virulence mechanisms of vaginal Candida albicans from HIV+ women in the post-highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) era. Here, we report a comparative analysis of the expression of key virulence factors and genetic variability of 26 vaginal C. albicans strains isolated from HIV+ women undergoing HAART and 18 from HIV-uninfected (HIV-) women. In general, we observed that C...
2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
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