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Thaís Felli Kubiça, Laura Bedin Denardi, Maria Isabel Azevedo, Vanessa Oliveira, Luiz Carlos Severo, Janio Morais Santurio, Sydney Hartz Alves
The antifungal activity of tacrolimus in combination with antifungal agents against different fungal species has been previously reported. Here we report the in vitro interactions between tacrolimus and amphotericin B, fluconazole, itraconazole, and caspofungin against 30 clinical isolates of both fluconazole-susceptible and fluconazole-resistant Trichosporon asahii. For these analyses, we used the broth microdilution method based on the M27-A3 technique and checkerboard microdilution method. Tacrolimus showed no activity against T...
September 30, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Qi Shen, Yue Chen, Danfeng Jin, Hui Lin, Qun Wang, Yu-Hua Zhao
In this work, Trichosporon fermentans CICC 1368, which has been shown to accumulate cellular lipids efficiently using industry-agricultural wastes, was subjected to preliminary genome analysis, yielding a genome size of 31.3 million bases and 12,702 predicted protein-coding genes. Our analysis also showed a high degree of gene duplications and unique genes compared with those observed in other oleaginous yeasts, with 3-4-fold more genes related to fatty acid elongation and degradation compared with those in Rhodosporidium toruloides NP11 and Yarrowia lipolytica CLIB122...
November 2016: Microbiological Research
W P Silva-Rocha, M F de Azevedo, G M Chaves
OBJECTIVE: Dermatomycoses are superficial fungal infections which affect the skin, hair and nails of humans and animals. Male and female patients of all ages are affected by this condition. The main etiological agents of dermatomycoses are the dermatophytes fungi of the genera Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermophyton, while the main yeasts belong to the genera Candida, Malassezia and Trichosporon. The variation in the distribution of dermatomycoses worldwide justify the conduction of epidemiological studies in order to contribute for the better understanding of patterns of mycological cutaneous infections...
September 20, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Steve A James, Chris J Bond, Rachael Stanley, Sreenivas R Ravella, Gabor Peter, Denes Dlauchy, Ian N Roberts
Five arthroconidium-producing yeast strains representing a novel Trichosporon-like species were independently isolated from the UK, Hungary and Norway. Two strains (Bio4T and Bio21) were isolated from a biogas reactor, with a third strain (S8) isolated from soil collected at the same UK site. Two additional strains were isolated in mainland Europe, one from soil in Norway (NCAIM Y.02175) and the other from sewage in Hungary (NCAIM Y.02176). Sequence analyses of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit (LSU) rRNA gene and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region indicated that the novel species belongs to the recently resurrected genus Apiotrichum, and is most closely related to Apiotrichum scarabaeorum, a beetle-associated species first found in South Africa...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Gabriella Freitas Ferreira, Bruna Lorrana Dos Santos Pinto, Eliene Batista Souza, José Lima Viana, Adrielle Zagmignan, Julliana Ribeiro Alves Dos Santos, Áquila Rodrigues Costa Santos, Priscila Batista Tavares, Ângelo Márcio Leite Denadai, Andrea Souza Monteiro
This study evaluated the effects of a polymeric biosurfactant produced by Trichosporon montevideense CLOA72 in the adhesion of Candida albicans and Candida krusei cells to human buccal epithelial cells and its interference in biofilm formation by these strains. The biofilm inhibition by biosurfactant (25 mg/mL) in C. krusei and C. albicans in polystyrene was reduced up to 79.5 and 85 %, respectively. In addition, the zeta potential and hydrodynamic diameter of the yeasts altered as a function of the biosurfactant concentration added to the cell suspension...
August 27, 2016: Mycopathologia
Günhan Gökahmetoğlu, Fatma Mutlu Sarıgüzel, Ayşe Nedret Koç, Orhan Behret, Selma Gökahmetoğlu, Mustafa Altay Atalay, Ferhan Elmalı, Kamil Darçın
The colonization rate of Candida spp. reaches up to 80% in patients who reside in intensive care units (ICUs) more than a week, and the mean rate of development of invasive disease is 10% in colonized patients. Since invasive candidiasis (IC) in ICU patients presents with septic shock and high mortality rate, rapid diagnosis and treatment are crucial. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between invasive infection and the determination of Candida colonization index (CI) and Candida score (CS) in patients admitted to ICU who are at high risk for IC and likely to benefit from early antifungal therapy...
July 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
Alysson Wagner Fernandes Duarte, Michel Rodrigo Zambrano Passarini, Tiago Palladino Delforno, Franciane Maria Pellizzari, Caio Vinicius Zecchin Cipro, Rosalinda Carmela Montone, Maria Virginia Petry, Jair Putzke, Luiz Henrique Rosa, Lara Durães Sette
Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are largely dominated by lichens, while shallow coastal environments are mainly covered by macroalgae. The aim of this study was to isolate and to evaluate the diversity of yeasts in different species of macroalgae and lichens collected in South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. A total of 405 yeasts were recovered (205 from macroalgae and 200 from lichens). The yeast community from macroalgae was most diversity than the yeast community from lichen. The dominance index was similar for both substrates...
August 12, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
Kaiwen Zhuang, Xin Ran, Yaling Dai, Jiaoqing Tang, Qin Yang, Sushmita Pradhan, Yuping Ran
White piedra is a superficial mycosis characterized by soft, white-to-tan, irregular nodules attached to the hair shafts. A 36-year-old man presented with small lumps in his pubic hair, without any other symptoms. The clinical features were suggestive of trichobacteriosis. Pathology analysis of the infected hair revealed that the concretions surrounding the hair shaft were full of fungal elements, parts of which had invaded into the cuticle. Culture on Sabouraud dextrose agar grew creamy, yellow-white colonies identified as Trichosporon inkin by the sequence of the nuclear ribosomal intergenic spacer region...
August 10, 2016: Mycopathologia
Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Jesús Guinea, Mireia Puig-Asensio, Óscar Zaragoza, Benito Almirante, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, José María Aguado
Fungemia due to rare yeasts constitutes an emerging but poorly investigated condition. Data on risk factors, clinical features, therapy, and outcome of episodes of fungemia due to rare (non-Candida, non-Cryptococcus) yeasts were analyzed in a population-based surveillance program conducted in 29 Spanish hospitals between May 2010 and April 2011. Species identification (DNA sequencing) and antifungal susceptibility testing (EUCAST and CLSI methods) were centrally performed. Fourteen out of 767 episodes of fungemia (1...
August 4, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Amit Kumar Rai, Reena Kumari, Samurailatpam Sanjukta, Dinabandhu Sahoo
The aim of this work was to study the production of bioactive protein hydrolysates using yeasts isolated from chhurpi. For this, a total of 125 proteolytic yeasts were isolated and molecular identification was carried out by analysis of the restriction digestion pattern generated by digesting the PCR amplified internal transcribed spacer region and 5.8S rRNA gene (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) using three endonucleases (HaeIII, CfoI and HinfI). The results obtained showed that different proteolytic yeasts were dominant in marketed products (Kluyveromyces marxianus and Issatchenkia orientalis) and samples from production centers (Trichosporon asahii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Exophiala dermatitidis)...
November 2016: Bioresource Technology
Juan Wang, Qiuqiang Gao, Huizhan Zhang, Jie Bao
Oleaginous yeast Trichosporon cutaneum is robust to high levels of lignocellulose derived inhibitor compounds with considerable lipid accumulation capacity. The potential of lipid accumulation of T. cutaneum ACCC 20271 was investigated using corn stover hydrolysates with varying sugar and inhibitor concentrations. Biodiesel was synthesized using the extracted lipid and the product satisfied the ASTM standards. Among the typical inhibitors, T. cutaneum ACCC 20271 is relatively sensitive to furfural and 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde, but strongly tolerant to high titers of formic acid, acetic acid, levulinic acid, HMF, vanillin, and syringaldehyde...
October 2016: Bioresource Technology
Sira Sriswasdi, Masako Takashima, Ri-Ichiroh Manabe, Moriya Ohkuma, Takashi Sugita, Wataru Iwasaki
Polyploidization events such as whole-genome duplication and inter-species hybridization are major evolutionary forces that shape genomes. Although long-term effects of polyploidization have been well-characterized, early molecular evolutionary consequences of polyploidization remain largely unexplored. Here, we report the discovery of two recent and independent genome hybridizations within a single clade of a fungal genus, Trichosporon Comparative genomic analyses revealed that redundant genes are experiencing decelerations, not accelerations, of evolutionary rates...
August 2016: Genome Research
S Y Thien, S J Chung, A L Tan, W Y K Hwang, B H Tan, T T Tan
Trichosporon is an ubiquitous yeast that has emerged as an opportunistic pathogen in the immunocompromised host. We describe a case of invasive trichosporonosis in an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) recipient while on caspofungin antifungal prophylaxis. She developed disseminated trichosporonosis in the pre-engraftment period and was successfully treated with voriconazole. She later developed 2 further episodes of invasive trichosporonosis involving the central nervous system...
July 18, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Tomáš Řezanka, Irena Kolouchová, Karel Sigler
Analysis of polar lipids from eight psychrophilic yeasts (Cryptococcus victoriae, Cystofilobasidium capitatum, Holtermaniella wattica, Mrakiella aquatica, M. cryoconiti, Rhodotorula lignophila, Kondoa malvinella and Trichosporon aggtelekiense) grown at 4-28°C by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography/high resolution electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry determined 17 classes of lipids and identified dozens of molecular species of phospholipids including their regioisomers. Most of the yeasts were able to grow over the whole temperature range, reaching the highest biomass at 4 or 10°C...
July 13, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Archana Bhaskaran, Karam M Obeid, Sophie Arbefeville, Patricia Ferrieri
We report a case of Trichosporon loubieri (T. loubieri) fungemia with likely liver involvement in a 39-year-old Caucasian patient with relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia after an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant. This is the fifth published case of T. loubieri infection and only the third case of T. loubieri fungemia, to our knowledge. All 3 cases of T. loubieri infection with fungemia had liver involvement.
August 2016: Laboratory Medicine
Isabel Ruiz Camps, Isidro Jarque
Invasive fungal diseases caused by yeasts still play an important role in the morbidity and mortality in neutropenic patients with haematological malignancies. Although the overall incidence of invasive candidiasis has decreased due to widespread use of antifungal prophylaxis, the incidence of non-Candida albicans Candida species is increasing compared with that of C.albicans, and mortality of invasive candidiasis continues to be high. In addition, there has been an increase in invasive infections caused by an array of uncommon yeasts, including species of the genus Malassezia, Rhodotorula, Trichosporon and Saprochaete, characterised by their resistance to echinocandins and poor prognosis...
July 2016: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel-Sater, Abdel-Aal Hassan Moubasher, Zeinab Soliman
During the mycological analysis of skin and nail samples taken from patients with onychomycosis and tineas in Assiut city, it is interesting to report that yeast fungi were the main causal agents being cultured from 45.79% of total cases. In general, 21 species of yeast were isolated. Some of these are reported for the first time from clinical specimens. From the literature available up-to-date around the world, this study reports for the first time Saccharomycopsis fibuligera as the causal agent of four clinical cases: two onychomycoses, one tinea capitis and one tinea amiantacea...
October 2016: Mycoses
Otomi Cho, Tomoe Ichikawa, Sanae Kurakado, Masako Takashima, Ri-Ichiroh Manabe, Moriya Ohkuma, Takashi Sugita
Here, we report the draft genome sequence of Trichosporon domesticum JCM 9580, isolated from the house of a patient with summer-type hypersensitivity pneumonitis (SHP) in Japan. This genomic information will help elucidate the mechanisms of the development of SHP.
2016: Genome Announcements
Irena Kolouchova, Karel Sigler, Michal Zimola, Tomas Rezanka, Olga Matatkova, Jan Masak
The growth of microorganisms is affected by cultivation conditions, concentration of carbon and nitrogen sources and the presence of trace elements. One of the new possibilities of influencing the production of cell mass or lipids is the use of lanthanides. Lanthanides are biologically non-essential elements with wide applications in technology and industry and their concentration as environmental contaminants is therefore increasing. Although non-essential, lanthanides have been proposed (and even used) to produce beneficial effects in plants but their mechanisms of action are unclear...
August 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
João N de Almeida, Jaques Sztajnbok, Afonso Rafael da Silva, Vinicius Adriano Vieira, Anne Layze Galastri, Leandro Bissoli, Nadia Litvinov, Gilda Maria Barbaro Del Negro, Adriana Lopes Motta, Flávia Rossi, Gil Benard
Moulds and arthroconidial yeasts are potential life-threatening agents of fungemia in immunocompromised patients. Fast and accurate identification (ID) of these pathogens hastens initiation of targeted antifungal therapy, thereby improving the patients' prognosis. We describe a new strategy that enabled the identification of moulds and arthroconidial yeasts directly from positive blood cultures by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS). Positive blood cultures (BCs) with Gram staining showing hyphae and/or arthroconidia were prospectively selected and submitted to an in-house protein extraction protocol...
November 1, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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