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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720727/impact-of-paracoccin-gene-silencing-on-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-virulence
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Fabrício F Fernandes, Aline F Oliveira, Taise N Landgraf, Cristina Cunha, Agostinho Carvalho, Patrícia E Vendruscolo, Relber A Gonçales, Fausto Almeida, Thiago A da Silva, Fernando Rodrigues, Maria Cristina Roque-Barreira
Among the endemic deep mycoses in Latin America, paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), caused by thermodimorphic fungi of the Paracoccidioides genus, is a major cause of morbidity. Disease development and its manifestations are associated with both host and fungal factors. Concerning the latter, several recent studies have employed the methodology of gene modulation in P. brasiliensis using antisense RNA (AsRNA) and Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation (ATMT) to identify proteins that influence fungus virulence...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702855/n-chlorotaurine-a-promising-future-candidate-for-topical-therapy-of-fungal-infections
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Markus Nagl, Roland Arnitz, Michaela Lackner
N-Chlorotaurine (NCT) is a mild long-lived oxidant that can be applied to sensitive body regions as an endogenous antiseptic. Enhancement of its microbicidal activity in the presence of proteinaceous material because of transchlorination, a postantibiotic/postantifungal effect and antitoxic activity renders it interesting for treatment of fungal infections, too. This is confirmed by first case applications in skin and mucous membranes of different body sites. Recent findings of good tolerability of inhaled NCT suggest further investigations of this substance for treatment of bronchopulmonary diseases, where microorganisms play a role, particularly multi-resistant ones...
July 12, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698667/phylogenetic-analysis-reveals-two-genotypes-of-the-emerging-fungus-mucor-indicus-an-opportunistic-human-pathogen-in-immunocompromised-patients
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Saad J Taj-Aldeen, Muna Almaslamani, Bart Theelen, Teun Boekhout
Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection caused by Mucor indicus. Phylogenetic analysis of many M. indicus isolates, mainly sampled from different clinical and environmental specimens collected worldwide, revealed two genotypes, I and II, based on ITS and D1/D2 LSU rDNA sequences. A retrospective review of the literature revealed 13 cases. Eight (76.9%) patients had disseminated infections, and the overall mortality rate was 30.7%. A pulmonary infection caused by M. indicus genotype I in a liver transplant recipient was disseminated to include the skin and was successfully treated with liposomal amphotericin B and aggressive surgery...
July 12, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691431/low-dose-computed-tomography-in-assessment-of-pulmonary-abnormalities-in-children-with-febrile-neutropenia-suffering-from-malignant-diseases
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REVIEW
Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz, Cyprian Michal Olchowy, Mateusz Łasecki, Dąbrówka Sokołowska-Dąbek, Aleksander Pawluś, Jowita Frączkiewicz, Ewa Gorczyńska
BACKGROUND: Management of febrile neutropenia in pediatric patients is challenging. Chest X-ray and CT help to identify infective foci; however, exposure to radiation is a risk factor for development of secondary cancer. For this reason, attention is paid to reduce radiation exposure. OBJECTIVES: TTo define the role of LDCT examination in early detection of pulmonary lesions in children during oncology or autoimmune treatment complicated by neutropenia related fever...
June 27, 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680340/successful-treatment-of-pulmonary-candidiasis-and-aspergillosis-in-patient-with-refractory-hodgkin-lymphoma-using-micafungin-case-study-and-brief-literature-review
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Marta Barańska, Renata Kroll-Balcerzak, Lidia Gil, Joanna Rupa-Matysek, Mieczysław Komarnicki
The number of patients with hematological malignancies who develop invasive fungal disease (IFD) has increased dramatically in recent decades. This increase is attributed to impairment of the host immune system due to intensive cytotoxic chemotherapies, use of corticosteroids and profound immunosuppression after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Additionally, the increasing prevalence of fungal infections caused by emerging and rare pathogens, IFD of mixed etiology or of atypical localization is observed...
2017: Central-European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667347/clinical-analysis-of-diabetic-combined-pulmonary-mucormycosis
#6
Yu-Hong Li, Peng Sun, Jian-Chao Guo
OBJECTIVE: To improve the understanding of diabetic combined pulmonary mucormycosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The clinical data of twelve patients diagnosed as diabetic combined pulmonary mucormycosis were analyzed by the clinical manifestations, imaging features, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of this disease. Patients from January 1999 to June 2015 in our hospital had poor blood glucose control and varying degrees of diabetic chronic complications with an on average of diabetes 8...
June 30, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660636/pulmonary-co-infections-by-pneumocystis-jirovecii-and-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-non-hiv-patients-a-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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REVIEW
Anthi-Marina Markantonatou, Aliki Ioakimidou, Kostoula Arvaniti, Eleni Manou, Vassilios Papadopoulos, Parthena Kiriklidou, Konstantinos Samaras, Anna Kioumi, Timoleon-Achilleas Vyzantiadis
Pneumocystis jirovecii is the causative agent of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP), a common and often life-threatening opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients. However, non-HIV, immunocompromised patients are at risk of PcP as well, whereas the mortality appears to be higher among these patients. Pneumocystis co-infections with other microorganisms are less frequent and only sparse reports of combined PcP and invasive pulmonary fungal infections exist in the literature, especially in the non-HIV patients...
June 28, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649308/association-between-spirometry-controlled-chest-ct-scores-using-computer-animated-biofeedback-and-clinical-markers-of-lung-disease-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Thomas Kongstad, Kent Green, Frederik Buchvald, Marianne Skov, Tania Pressler, Kim Gjerum Nielsen
Background: Computed tomography (CT) of the lungs is the gold standard for assessing the extent of structural changes in the lungs. Spirometry-controlled chest CT (SCCCT) has improved the usefulness of CT by standardising inspiratory and expiratory lung volumes during imaging. This was a single-centre cross-sectional study in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Using SCCCT we wished to investigate the association between the quantity and extent of structural lung changes and pulmonary function outcomes, and prevalence of known CF lung pathogens...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623532/rhizopus-homothallicus-causing-invasive-infections-series-of-three-cases-from-a-single-centre-in-north-india
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Prathyusha Kokkayil, Mragnayani Pandey, Reshu Agarwal, Pratibha Kale, Gagandeep Singh, Immaculata Xess
Mucormycoses are opportunistic fungal infections with a high mortality rate. Rhizopus oryzae is the most common agent implicated in human infections. Although R. homothallicus has been previously reported to be a cause of pulmonary mucormycosis, it is the first time that we are reporting as a causative agent of rhino-orbital and cutaneous mucormycosis.
June 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616380/rare-case-of-pulmonary-histoplasmosis-complicated-with-bronchocentric-granulomatosis-in-a-non-endemic-area
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Evanthia Botsa, Ioanna Thanou, Stamatina Kabanarou, Loukas Thanos
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary histoplasmosis is a fungal infection caused by histoplasma capsulatum, rarely diagnosed in non endemic areas and/or immunocompromised patients. Complication of pulmonary histoplasmosis with bronchocentric granulomatosis is extremely rare. CASE REPORT: A 48-year-old man with prolonged fever and nausea was admitted to our hospital. Clinical examination revealed pathological auscultatory sounds to the left lung. Computed tomography was performed and revealed a large solid mass of the left upper lobe, limited pleural and pericardial effusion and calcified lymphadenopathy of mediastinum...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615417/t-cell-restricted-notch-signaling-contributes-to-pulmonary-th1-and-th2-immunity-during-cryptococcus-neoformans-infection
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Lori M Neal, Yafeng Qiu, Jooho Chung, Enze Xing, Woosung Cho, Antoni N Malachowski, Ashley R Sandy-Sloat, John J Osterholzer, Ivan Maillard, Michal A Olszewski
Cryptococcus neoformans is a ubiquitous, opportunistic fungal pathogen but the cell signaling pathways that drive T cell responses regulating antifungal immunity are incompletely understood. Notch is a key signaling pathway regulating T cell development, and differentiation and functional responses of mature T cells in the periphery. The targeting of Notch signaling within T cells has been proposed as a potential treatment for alloimmune and autoimmune disorders, but it is unknown whether disturbances to T cell immunity may render these patients vulnerable to fungal infections...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596945/treatment-with-pcramoll-alone-and-in-combination-with-fluconazole-provides-therapeutic-benefits-in-c-gattii-infected-mice
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Jannyson J Jandú, Marliete C Costa, Julliana R A Santos, Fernanda M Andrade, Thais F Magalhães, Márcia V Silva, Maria C A B Castro, Luanna C B B Coelho, Aline G Gomes, Tatiane A Paixão, Daniel A Santos, Maria T S Correia
Cryptococcus gattii is one of the main causative agents of cryptococcosis in immunocompetent individuals. Treatment of the infection is based on the use of antimycotics, however, the toxicity of these drugs and the increase of drug-resistant strains have driven the search for more effective and less toxic therapies for cryptococcosis. pCramoll are isolectins purified from seeds of Cratylia mollis, a native forage plant from Brazil, which has become a versatile tool for biomedical application. We evaluated the effect of pCramoll alone and in combination with fluconazole for the treatment of mice infected with C...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585000/immunization-with-antigen-pulsed-dendritic-cells-against-highly-virulent-cryptococcus-gattii-infection-analysis-of-cytokine-producing-t-cells
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Keigo Ueno, Makoto Urai, Shogo Takatsuka, Masahiro Abe, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Yuki Kinjo
Cryptococcosis caused by highly virulent Cryptococcus gattii (Hv-Cg) is an emerging infectious disease that affects immunocompetent individuals. The Hv-Cg outbreak began in 1999, but the mechanisms responsible for its hyper-virulence as well as protective immunity against Hv-Cg infection remain to be elucidated. To better understand the protective immunity against Hv-Cg infection, we developed a novel immunization method using antigen-pulsed dendritic cells (DCs). We constructed a capsule-deficient Cg strain (∆cap60) and used it as a vaccine antigen...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584997/cd4-t-cells-mediate-aspergillosis-vaccine-protection
#14
Diana Diaz-Arevalo, Markus Kalkum
Adaptive effector CD4(+) T cells play essential roles in the defense against fungal infections, especially against invasive aspergillosis (IA). Such protective CD4(+) T cells can be generated through immunization with specialized antifungal vaccines, as has been demonstrated for pulmonary Aspergillus fumigatus infections in mouse experiments. Adaptive transfer of fungal antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells conferred protection onto non-immunized naive mice, an experimental approach that could potentially become a future treatment option for immunosuppressed IA patients, focusing on the ultimate goal to improve their otherwise dim chances for survival...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584992/yeast-expressing-gp43-protein-as-a-vaccine-against-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-infection
#15
Aline Ferreira Oliveira, Paulo S R Coelho
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) represents the most frequent systemic mycosis in Latin American. The disease is caused by the pathogenic thermally dimorphic fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, and is initially characterized by pulmonary lesions, which can subsequently disseminate to other organs, resulting in secondary injuries. Although its high incidence, there is no commercially available vaccine against fungal diseases. A novel strategy, using Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast as a vehicle for immunization against PCM, was recently successfully described...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584984/intranasal-antifungal-vaccination-using-dna-transfected-dendritic-cells
#16
Shanjana Awasthi
Dendritic cells are the most potent antigen-presenting cells, and are critical for the generation of an antigen-specific immune response and protective immunity. These unique features have been applied to dendritic cell-based immunization in a number of disease conditions. Our published results have demonstrated that the immunity induced by intranasal immunization with DNA-transfected dendritic cells results in reduced fungal burden, and alleviated lung tissue damage in a mouse model of pulmonary fungal infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584982/rational-design-of-t-lymphocyte-epitope-based-vaccines-against-coccidioides-infection
#17
Brady J Hurtgen, Chiung-Yu Hung
Coccidioidomycosis is a potentially life-threatening mycosis endemic to the Southwestern USA and some arid regions of Central and South America. A vaccine against Coccidioides infection would benefit over 30-million people who reside in or visit the endemic regions. Vaccine candidates against systemic fungal infections come in many forms. Live attenuated vaccines are derived from disease-causing pathogens and generally stimulate excellent protective immunity. Since attenuated vaccines contain living microbes, there is a degree of unpredictability raising concerns regarding safety and stability...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577242/divergence-in-the-approach-to-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-inhibitor-recipients-with-coccidioidomycosis
#18
Ashley L Garrett, Stephen S Cha, Elizabeth Wack, Janis E Blair
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor α-inhibitors (TNFIs) have been associated with increased risk of certain fungal infections, including coccidioidomycosis. The optimal treatment approach to coccidioidomycosis in TNFI recipients is unknown. METHODS: We constructed an anonymous, voluntary survey for practicing pulmonary and infectious disease physicians in the state of Arizona regarding approach to TNFI patients with coccidioidomycosis. RESULTS: There is no current consensus on managing these patients...
June 2, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566368/caspofungin-increases-fungal-chitin-and-eosinophil-and-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-dependent-pathology-in-invasive-aspergillosis
#19
Nansalmaa Amarsaikhan, Ethan M Sands, Anand Shah, Ali Abdolrasouli, Anna Reed, James E Slaven, Darius Armstrong-James, Steven P Templeton
The polysaccharide-rich fungal cell wall provides pathogen-specific targets for antifungal therapy and distinct molecular patterns that stimulate protective or detrimental host immunity. The echinocandin antifungal caspofungin inhibits synthesis of cell wall β-1,3-glucan and is used for prophylactic therapy in immune-suppressed individuals. However, breakthrough infections with fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus are associated with caspofungin prophylaxis. In this study, we report in vitro and in vivo increases in fungal surface chitin in A...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555812/lung-resident-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-and-their-roles-in-lung-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Min Cheng, Shilian Hu
γδ T cells are greatly enriched in mucosal and epithelial sites, such as the skin, respiratory, digestive and reproductive tracts, and they are defined as tissue-resident immune cells. In these tissues, the characteristics and biological roles of γδ T cells are distinguished from each other. The lungs represent the most challenging immunological dilemma for the host, and they have their own effective immune system. The abundance of γδ T cells, an estimated 8-20% of resident pulmonary lymphocytes in the lung, maintains lung tissue homeostasis...
August 2017: Immunology
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