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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446609/glycosylation-of-the-core-of-the-hiv-1-envelope-subunit-protein-gp120-is-not-required-for-native-trimer-formation-or-viral-infectivity
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Ujjwal Rathore, Piyali Saha, Sannula Kesavardhana, Aditya Arun Kumar, Rohini Datta, Sivasankar Devanarayanan, Raksha Das, John R Mascola, Raghavan Varadarajan
The gp120 subunit of HIV-1 envelope (Env) protein is heavily glycosylated at approximately 25 glycosylation sites, of which ~7-8 are located in the V1/V2 and V3 variable loops and the others in the remaining core gp120 region. Glycans partially shield Env from recognition by the host immune system and also are believed to be indispensable for proper folding of gp120 and for viral infectivity. Previous attempts to alter glycosylation sites in Env typically involved mutating the glycosylated asparagine residues to structurally similar glutamines or to alanines...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446137/progressive-cutaneous-cryptococcosis-complicated-with-meningitis-in-a-myasthenia-gravis-patient-on-long-term-immunosuppressive-therapy-a-case-report
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Nguyen Thi Cam Huong, Ahmed M A Altibi, Nguyen My Hoa, Le Anh Tuan, Samar Salman, Sara Morsy, Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, Nguyen Thanh Truong, Nguyen Thi Hoang Mai, Pham Thi Le Hoa, Nguyen Ba Thang, Van The Trung
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcosis is an opportunistic infection caused by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans and most remarkably manifests in HIV-infected individuals, especially in the settings of very low CD4 count. Development of cryptococcosis in HIV-uninfected individuals is exceedingly rare and usually signifies a marked immunodeficiency. Cryptococcosis in association with myasthenia gravis or thymoma has been previously documented in only very few cases in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: We reported a complicated case of severe cutaneous cryptococcosis in a 39-year-old Vietnamese male patient with myasthenia gravis on long-term immunosuppressive therapy...
April 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366604/single-n277a-substitution-in-c2-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-envelope-influences-vaccine-elicited-cd4i-neutralizing-and-anti-v2-antibody-responses
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Xian Tang, Jia Guo, Lin Cheng, Caijun Sun, Li Liu, Teng Zuo, Hui Wang, Ling Chen, Linqi Zhang, Zhiwei Chen
An effective HIV vaccine remains elusive, and immunogens capable of eliciting protective host humoral immunity have not yet been identified. Although HIV/SIV infections result in the abundant production of CD4-induced (CD4i) antibodies (Abs), these Abs are not protective due to steric restrictions following gp120 binding to CD4 on target cells. Here we report that both DNA- and vaccinia-based vaccines encoding SIVmac239 gp160 readily elicited high levels of CD4i Abs in experimental animals. We identified a highly conserved N-linked glycosylation site N277 in the C2 region which strongly affected the immunogenicity of the CD4i Ab domain...
May 2, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356416/in-vitro-antifungal-susceptibility-of-the-yeast-and-mould-phases-of-the-dimorphic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-formerly-emmonsia-species-from-hiv-infected-south-african-patients
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Tsidiso G Maphanga, Erika Britz, Thokozile G Zulu, Ruth S Mpembe, Serisha D Naicker, Ilan S Schwartz, Nelesh P Govender
Introduction: Disseminated emmonsiosis is an important AIDS-related mycosis in South Africa caused by Emergomyces africanus, a newly-described and -renamed dimorphic fungal pathogen. In vitro antifungal susceptibility data can guide management.Materials and Methods: Identification of invasive clinical isolates was confirmed phenotypically and by sequencing the internal transcribed spacer region. Yeast and mould-phase MICs for fluconazole, voriconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, caspofungin, anidulafungin, micafungin and flucytosine were determined using custom-made frozen broth microdilution (BMD) panels, as per Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute recommendations...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351922/mouse-mammary-tumor-virus-signal-peptide-uses-a-novel-p97-dependent-and-derlin-independent-retrotranslocation-mechanism-to-escape-proteasomal-degradation
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Hyewon Byun, Poulami Das, Houqing Yu, Alejandro Aleman, Mary M Lozano, Andreas Matouschek, Jaquelin P Dudley
Multiple pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, manipulate endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) to avoid the host immune response and promote their replication. The betaretrovirus mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) encodes Rem, which is a precursor protein that is cleaved into a 98-amino-acid signal peptide (SP) and a C-terminal protein (Rem-CT). SP uses retrotranslocation for ER membrane extraction and yet avoids ERAD by an unknown mechanism to enter the nucleus and function as a Rev-like protein...
March 28, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270580/microevolution-of-serial-clinical-isolates-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-and-c-%C3%A2-gattii
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Yuan Chen, Rhys A Farrer, Charles Giamberardino, Sharadha Sakthikumar, Alexander Jones, Timothy Yang, Jennifer L Tenor, Omar Wagih, Marelize Van Wyk, Nelesh P Govender, Thomas G Mitchell, Anastasia P Litvintseva, Christina A Cuomo, John R Perfect
The pathogenic species of Cryptococcus are a major cause of mortality owing to severe infections in immunocompromised as well as immunocompetent individuals. Although antifungal treatment is usually effective, many patients relapse after treatment, and in such cases, comparative analyses of the genomes of incident and relapse isolates may reveal evidence of determinative, microevolutionary changes within the host. Here, we analyzed serial isolates cultured from cerebrospinal fluid specimens of 18 South African patients with recurrent cryptococcal meningitis...
March 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229205/-spectrum-of-pathogens-in-postoperative-complications-of-visceral-surgery-the-problem-of-multidrug-resistance
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A Kramer, J Pochhammer, P Walger, U Seifert, M Ruhnke, J C Harnoss
In general surgery the etiology of surgical site infections has not significantly changed over the last 30 years. Gram-positive bacteria, e.g. coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS), Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus spp. as well as Gram-negative bacteria, e.g. Escherichia coli, Enterobacter spp., Klebsiella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are the most common findings. Although in general surgery 10% of the S. aureus causing postoperative wound infections were methicillin resistant (MRSA), no cases of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative (MRGN) bacteria were reported...
February 22, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214953/amplification-of-blood-smear-dna-to-confirm-disseminated-histoplasmosis
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T Dieng, A Massaly, D Sow, S Vellaissamy, K Sylla, R C Tine, Y Dieng, C Hennequin
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of the Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc) histoplasmosis may be underestimated West Africa, both because the diagnosis is not mentioned in the early stages of the disease and due to limited biological resources available. CASE REPORT: We report a case of disseminated histoplasmosis due to Hcc in a Senegalese HIV patient. The diagnosis was suspected following the demonstration of small encapsulated yeasts within neutrophils on a thin blood smear...
February 18, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114298/single-molecule-detection-of-protein-efflux-from-microorganisms-using-fluorescent-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-sensor-arrays
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Markita Patricia Landry, Hiroki Ando, Allen Y Chen, Jicong Cao, Vishal Isaac Kottadiel, Linda Chio, Darwin Yang, Juyao Dong, Timothy K Lu, Michael S Strano
A distinct advantage of nanosensor arrays is their ability to achieve ultralow detection limits in solution by proximity placement to an analyte. Here, we demonstrate label-free detection of individual proteins from Escherichia coli (bacteria) and Pichia pastoris (yeast) immobilized in a microfluidic chamber, measuring protein efflux from single organisms in real time. The array is fabricated using non-covalent conjugation of an aptamer-anchor polynucleotide sequence to near-infrared emissive single-walled carbon nanotubes, using a variable chemical spacer shown to optimize sensor response...
May 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096973/a-fission-yeast-cell-based-system-for-multidrug-resistant-hiv-1-proteases
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Zsigmond Benko, Dong Liang, Ge Li, Robert T Elder, Anindya Sarkar, Jun Takayama, Arun K Ghosh, Richard Y Zhao
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 protease (PR) is an essential enzyme for viral production. Thus, PR inhibitors (PIs) are the most effective class of anti-HIV drugs. However, the main challenge to the successful use of PI drugs in patient treatment is the emergence of multidrug resistant PRs (mdrPRs). This study aimed to develop a fission yeast cell-based system for rapid testing of new PIs that combat mdrPRs. RESULTS: Three mdrPRs were isolated from HIV-infected patients that carried seven (M7PR), ten (M10PR) and eleven (M11PR) PR gene mutations, respectively...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062578/gmp-synthase-is-required-for-virulence-factor-production-and-infection-by-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Jessica L Chitty, Tayla L Tatzenko, Simon J Williams, Y Q Andre E Koh, Elizabeth C Corfield, Mark S Butler, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Ulrike Kappler, Bostjan Kobe, James A Fraser
Over the last four decades the HIV pandemic and advances in medical treatments that also cause immunosuppression have produced an ever-growing cohort of individuals susceptible to opportunistic pathogens. Of these, AIDS patients are particularly vulnerable to infection by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans Most commonly found in the environment in purine-rich bird guano, C. neoformans experiences a drastic change in nutrient availability during host infection, ultimately disseminating to colonize the purine-poor central nervous system...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965897/targeted-delivery-of-glucan-particle-encapsulated-gallium-nanoparticles-inhibits-hiv-growth-in-human-macrophages
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Ernesto R Soto, Olivia O'Connell, Fusun Dikengil, Paul J Peters, Paul R Clapham, Gary R Ostroff
Glucan particles (GPs) are hollow, porous 3-5 μm microspheres derived from the cell walls of Baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The 1,3-β-glucan outer shell provides for receptor-mediated uptake by phagocytic cells expressing β-glucan receptors. GPs have been used for macrophage-targeted delivery of a wide range of payloads (DNA, siRNA, protein, small molecules, and nanoparticles) encapsulated inside the hollow GPs or bound to the surface of chemically derivatized GPs. Gallium nanoparticles have been proposed as an inhibitory agent against HIV infection...
2016: Journal of Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915307/diversity-and-antifungal-drug-susceptibility-of-cryptococcus-isolates-in-thailand
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Navaporn Worasilchai, Marut Tangwattanachuleeporn, Kornvalee Meesilpavikkai, Claudia Folba, Mourine Kangogo, Uwe Groß, Michael Weig, Oliver Bader, Ariya Chindamporn
Yeasts of the Cryptococcus species complex are the causative agent of cryptococcosis, especially in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive individuals. Cerebral or disseminated cryptococcosis has a very high mortality rate worldwide, including in Thailand. Additionally, an increasing rate of antifungal drug resistant cryptococcal isolates has been reported in several neighboring countries, complicating therapeutic approaches. To understand the situation of this infection in Thailand, we retrospectively investigated the molecular epidemiology and antifungal drug resistance in a collection of 74 clinical, 52 environmental and two veterinary isolates using the URA5-RFLP for typing and the EUCAST guideline for susceptibility testing...
December 3, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906032/infection-of-rhesus-macaques-with-a-pool-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-with-the-envelope-genes-from-acute-hiv-1-infections
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Kendall C Krebs, Meijuan Tian, Mohammed Asmal, Binhua Ling, Kenneth Nelson, Kenneth Henry, Richard Gibson, Yuejin Li, Weining Han, Robin J Shattock, Ronald S Veazey, Norman Letvin, Eric J Arts, Yong Gao
BACKGROUND: New simian-human immunodeficiency chimeric viruses with an HIV-1 env (SHIVenv) are critical for studies on HIV pathogenesis, vaccine development, and microbicide testing. Macaques are typically exposed to single CCR5-using SHIVenv which in most instances does not reflect the conditions during acute/early HIV infection (AHI) in humans. Instead of individual and serial testing new SHIV constructs, a pool of SHIVenv_B derived from 16 acute HIV-1 infections were constructed using a novel yeast-based SHIV cloning approach and then used to infect macaques...
November 25, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862555/genomic-epidemiology-of-cryptococcus-yeasts-identifies-adaptation-to-environmental-niches-underpinning-infection-across-an-african-hiv-aids-cohort
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Mathieu Vanhove, Mathew A Beale, Johanna Rhodes, Duncan Chanda, Shabir Lakhi, Geoffrey Kwenda, Sile Molloy, Natasha Karunaharan, Neil Stone, Thomas S Harrison, Tihana Bicanic, Matthew C Fisher
Emerging infections caused by fungi have become a widely recognized global phenomenon and are causing an increasing burden of disease. Genomic techniques are providing new insights into the structure of fungal populations, revealing hitherto undescribed fine-scale adaptations to environments and hosts that govern their emergence as infections. Cryptococcal meningitis is a neglected tropical disease that is responsible for a large proportion of AIDS-related deaths across Africa; however, the ecological determinants that underlie a patient's risk of infection remain largely unexplored...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833516/utility-of-laboratory-diagnosis-for-confirmation-of-the-syndromic-case-management-in-married-indian-women-with-vaginal-discharge
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Prabhav Aggarwal, Sonali Bhattar, Satyendra Kumar Sahani, Preena Bhalla
OBJECTIVE: WHO and NACO recommend treatment of STIs/RTIs on the basis syndromic case management (SCM), even without laboratory confirmation, which may lead to over-treatment. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate the utility of laboratory diagnosis for confirmation of patients with vaginal discharge diagnosed on the basis of SCM. METHODOLOGY: 234 married women in reproductive age group, diagnosed as having vaginal discharge syndrome were included. Normal saline wet-mount slide preparations were made for detection of motile trichomonads...
October 2016: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766797/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 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744307/genetic-diversity-of-the-hwp1-gene-and-his3-ef3-cdc3-microsatellites-and-antifungal-susceptibility-profiles-of-candida-albicans-isolates-from-yaound%C3%A3-hiv-infected-patients
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Thierry Kammalac Ngouana, Pascal Drakulovski, Donika Krasteva, Rufin Kuipou Toghueo, Charles Kouanfack, Jacques Reynes, Eric Delaporte, Fabrice Fekam Boyom, Michèle Mallié, Sébastien Bertout
The molecular epidemiology and the antifungal susceptibility profiles of Candida albicans are scarce in Cameroon. Authors studied the genetic diversity and the antifungal susceptibility of C. albicans isolates from Yaoundé HIV-infected patients. Clinical isolates were obtained by mycological diagnosis of oropharyngeal swabs, stools, urine, and vaginal swabs from patients. C. albicans isolates were confirmed by the Light cycler real-time PCR of the ITS1 region of the 5.8s ribosomal DNA. The ABC genotypes and the Hwp1 gene amplification were carried out with specific primers...
October 14, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706212/the-yapa-encodes-bzip-transcription-factor-involved-in-stress-tolerance-in-pathogenic-fungus-talaromyces-marneffei
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Wiyada Dankai, Monsicha Pongpom, Sirida Youngchim, Chester R Cooper, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
Talaromyces marneffei, formerly Penicillium marneffei, is a thermally dimorphic fungus. It causes a fatal disseminated disease in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Studies on the stress defense mechanism of T. marneffei can lead to a better understanding of the pathogenicity and the progression of the disease due to this fungus. The basic leucine-zipper (bZip) transcription factor gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, named yap1 (yeast activating protein-1), is known as a crucial central regulator of stress responses including those caused by oxidative agents, cadmium, and drugs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555306/mechanisms-by-which-interleukin-12-corrects-defective-nk-cell-anticryptococcal-activity-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Stephen K Kyei, Henry Ogbomo, ShuShun Li, Martina Timm-McCann, Richard F Xiang, Shaunna M Huston, Anutosh Ganguly, Pina Colarusso, M John Gill, Christopher H Mody
UNLABELLED: Cryptococcus neoformans is a pathogenic yeast and a leading cause of life-threatening meningitis in AIDS patients. Natural killer (NK) cells are important immune effector cells that directly recognize and kill C. neoformans via a perforin-dependent cytotoxic mechanism. We previously showed that NK cells from HIV-infected patients have aberrant anticryptococcal killing and that interleukin-12 (IL-12) restores the activity at least partially through restoration of NKp30. However, the mechanisms causing this defect or how IL-12 restores the function was unknown...
2016: MBio
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