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Nurkhalida Kamal, Christina V Viegelmann, Carol J Clements, RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel
Fungal endophytes offer diverse and unique secondary metabolites, making these organisms potential sources of promising drug leads. The application of high-resolution-liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics to fungal endophytes is practical in terms of dereplication studies and the mining of bioactive compounds. In this paper, we report the application of metabolomics in parallel with anti-trypanosomal assays to determine the ideal conditions for the medium-scale fermentation of the endophyte Lasiodiplodia theobromae...
October 19, 2016: Planta Medica
Gillian Hertlein, Marlene Seiffert, Sebastian Gensel, Eva Garcia-Gonzalez, Julia Ebeling, Ranko Skobalj, Anja Kuthning, Roderich D Süssmuth, Elke Genersch
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus larvae (P. larvae) is the causative agent of a deadly honey bee brood disease called American Foulbrood (AFB). AFB is a notifiable epizootic in most countries and, hence, P. larvae is of considerable relevance for veterinarians and apiculturists alike. Over the last decade, much progress has been made in the understanding of the (patho)biology of P. larvae. Recently, several non-ribosomally produced peptides (NRP) and peptide/polyketide (NRP/PK) hybrids produced by P...
2016: PloS One
Briar J Naysmith, Paul A Hume, Jonathan Sperry, Margaret A Brimble
Covering: 2008 to 2015. A review on the isolation, biological activity and synthesis of pyranonaphthoquinone natural products from 2008-2015 is providedThis review discusses the isolation, biological activity and synthesis of pyranonaphthoquinone natural products, covering the years 2008-2015. The pyranonaphthoquinones are a group of metabolites sharing a common naphtho[2,3-c]pyran-5,10-dione ring system that have been isolated from a wide range of microorganisms, plants and insects. In addition to their synthetically challenging molecular structures, pyranonaphthoquinones exhibit a wide array of biological activity, including anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties...
October 19, 2016: Natural Product Reports
Hanan R Shehata, Cassandra L Ettinger, Jonathan A Eisen, Manish N Raizada
Endophytes are microbes that inhabit internal plant tissues without causing disease. Some endophytes are known to combat pathogens. The corn (maize) landrace Chapalote has been grown continuously by subsistence farmers in the Americas since 1000 BC, without the use of fungicides, and the crop remains highly valued by farmers, in part for its natural tolerance to pests. We hypothesized that the pathogen tolerance of Chapalote may, in part, be due to assistance from its endophytes. We previously identified a bacterial endophyte from Chapalote seeds, Burkholderia gladioli strain 3A12, for its ability to combat a diversity of crop pathogens, including Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the most important fungal disease of creeping bentgrass, a relative of maize used here as a model system...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Philippe Montravers, Pierre-François Perrigault, Jean-François Timsit, Jean-Paul Mira, Olivier Lortholary, Olivier Leroy, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Didier Guillemot, Caroline Bensoussan, Sébastien Bailly, Elie Azoulay, Jean-Michel Constantin, Hervé Dupont
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients treated for Candida peritonitis (CP), according to the type of systemic anti-fungal therapy (SAT), empiric (EAF) or targeted (TAF) therapies, and the final diagnosis of infection. METHODS: ICU patients treated for CP were selected among the AmarCAND2 cohort, to compare patients receiving EAF for not confirmed suspicion of CP (EAF/nonCP), to those with suspected secondarily confirmed CP (EAF/CP), or with primarily proven CP receiving TAF...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Cyril Garrouste, Dany Anglicheau, Nassim Kamar, Claire Bachelier, Joseph Rivalan, Bruno Pereira, Sophie Caillard, Julien Aniort, Philippe Gatault, Martin Soubrier, Johnny Sayegh, Charlotte Colosio, Anthony Buisson, Eric Thervet, Nicolas Bouvier, Anne Elisabeth Heng
Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) therapy has improved the prognosis of many chronic inflammatory diseases. It appears to be well-tolerated by liver-transplant patients. However, their use and their safety in kidney-transplant patients have yet to be determined.In this retrospective study, we identified 16 adult kidney-transplant patients aged 46.5 years (34-51.8) who received anti-TNFα therapy from 7 kidney transplantation centers. The indications for this treatment included: chronic inflammatory bowel disease (n = 8), inflammatory arthritis (n = 5), AA amyloidosis (n = 1), psoriasis (n = 1), and microscopic polyangiitis (n = 1)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Giovanna Simonetti, Felicia Diodata D'Auria, Nadia Mulinacci, Marzia Innocenti, Donato Antonacci, Letizia Angiolella, Anna Rita Santamaria, Alessio Valletta, Livia Donati, Gabriella Pasqua
Several human skin diseases are associated with fungi as dermatophytes and Malassezia. Skin mycoses are increasing and new alternatives to conventional treatments with improved efficacy and/or safety profiles are desirable. For the first time, the anti-dermatophytes and the anti-Malassezia activities of Vitis vinifera seed extracts obtained from different table and wine cultivars have been evaluated. Geometric minimal inhibitory concentration ranged from 20 to 97 µg/mL for dermatophytes and from 32 to 161 µg/mL for Malassezia furfur...
October 13, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Aline Koch, Dagmar Biedenkopf, Alexandra Furch, Lennart Weber, Oliver Rossbach, Eltayb Abdellatef, Lukas Linicus, Jan Johannsmeier, Lukas Jelonek, Alexander Goesmann, Vinitha Cardoza, John McMillan, Tobias Mentzel, Karl-Heinz Kogel
Meeting the increasing food and energy demands of a growing population will require the development of ground-breaking strategies that promote sustainable plant production. Host-induced gene silencing has shown great potential for controlling pest and diseases in crop plants. However, while delivery of inhibitory noncoding double-stranded (ds)RNA by transgenic expression is a promising concept, it requires the generation of transgenic crop plants which may cause substantial delay for application strategies depending on the transformability and genetic stability of the crop plant species...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Shuwei Zheng, Tong Yong Ng, Huihua Li, Ai Ling Tan, Thuan Tong Tan, Ban Hock Tan
BACKGROUND: Mortality for candidemia ranges from 15% to 35%. Current guidelines recommend inoculating blood into three aerobic and three anaerobic blood culture bottles when candidemia is suspected, without mention of a fungal blood culture bottle. OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of the BACTEC Myco/F Lytic blood culture media in the diagnosis of fungemia. METHODS: A two-year retrospective cross-sectional study was performed for patients who had fungemia with submitted BACTEC Plus Aerobic/F (Aer), BACTEC Plus Anaerobic/F (Anaer) or Myco/F Lytic (Myco) blood culture bottles...
2016: PloS One
Babita Aneja, Mohammad Irfan, Charu Kapil, Mohamad Aman Jairajpuri, Ronan Maguire, Kevin Kavanagh, M Moshahid A Rizvi, Nikhat Manzoor, Amir Azam, Mohammad Abid
The increasing incidence of human candidiasis and the tendency of Candida species to become resistant to existing chemotherapies are well-recognized health problems. The present study demonstrates the successful synthesis of novel triazole-amino acid hybrids with potent in vitro and in vivo inhibitory activity against Candida species. Particularly, compounds 68 and 70 showed potent in vitro activity against fluconazole (FLC) resistant as well as sensitive clinical isolates of Candida albicans. Time kill curve analysis of lead inhibitors 68 and 70 showed their fungistatic nature...
October 13, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Satyajit Pawar, Vanishri Ganakumar, Saket Jha, R Ragesh, Animesh Ray, Aanchal Kakkar, M C Sharma, S K Sharma
We report a case of pulmonary cryptococcoma, in an adult with recently detected diabetes, mimicking as lung cancer. A 45-year-old gentleman with past history of pulmonary tuberculosis presented with fever, cough with expectoration, pleuritic chest pain and hemoptysis. Chest radiograph and computed tomography revealed right lower lobe mass which significantly enhanced on contrast administration. Ultrasound guided biopsy was done which on histopathological examination showed non-necrotizing granulomas with narrow-based budding yeast cells suggestive of cryptococcosis...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yulin Cheng, Juanni Yao, Yanru Zhang, Shumin Li, Zhensheng Kang
Ran, an important family of small GTP-binding proteins, has been shown to regulate a variety of important cellular processes in many eukaryotes. However, little is known about Ran function in pathogenic fungi. In this study, we report the identification and functional analysis of a Ran gene (designated PsRan) from Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), an important fungal pathogen affecting wheat production worldwide. The PsRan protein contains all conserved domains of Ran GTPases and shares more than 70% identity with Ran proteins from other organisms, indicating that Ran proteins are conserved in different organisms...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Manuel Nieto-Domínguez, Alicia Prieto, Beatriz Fernández de Toro, Francisco Javier Cañada, Jorge Barriuso, Zach Armstrong, Stephen G Withers, Laura I de Eugenio, María Jesús Martínez
BACKGROUND: Glycosides are compounds displaying crucial biological roles and plenty of applications. Traditionally, these molecules have been chemically obtained, but its efficient production is limited by the lack of regio- and stereo-selectivity of the chemical synthesis. As an interesting alternative, glycosidases are able to catalyze the formation of glycosides in a process considered green and highly selective. In this study, we report the expression and characterization of a fungal β-xylosidase in Pichia pastoris...
October 4, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
Annegret Wiedemann, Anja Spadinger, Axel Löwe, Allison Seeger, Frank Ebel
Treatment of invasive fungal infections often fails due to the limited number of therapeutic options. In this study, we have analyzed the impact of agents activating the High Osmolarity Glycerol (HOG) pathway on molds that cause infections in humans and livestock. We found that agents like fludioxonil and iprodione, have a clear anti-fungal activity against pathogenic Aspergillus, Lichtheimia, Rhizopus and Scedosporium species. Only A. terreus turned out to be resistant to fludioxonil, even though it is sensitive to iprodione and able to adapt to hyperosmotic conditions...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Fabio Araujo Motta, Libera Maria Dalla-Costa, Marisol Dominguez Muro, Mariana Nadal Cardoso, Gledson Luiz Picharski, Gregory Jaeger, Marion Burger
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate risk factors associated with death due to bloodstream infection caused by Candida spp. in pediatric patients and evaluate the resistance to the main anti-fungal used in clinical practice. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, observational, analytical study with retrospective collection that included 65 hospitalized pediatric patients with bloodstream infection by Candida spp. A univariate analysis was performed to estimate the association between the characteristics of the candidemia patients and death...
October 3, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
Mario Rodríguez, Saioa Márquez, Juan Vladimir de la Rosa, Sara Alonso, Antonio Castrillo, Mariano Sánchez Crespo, Nieves Fernández
CREB and STAT3 may control inflammation by several mechanisms, one of the best characterized is the induction of the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. STAT3 also down-regulates the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by ITAM-coupled receptors, a mechanism termed cross-inhibition. Because signaling via ITAM-dependent mechanisms is a hallmark of fungal pattern receptors, STAT3 activation might be involved in the cross-inhibition associated with invasive fungal infections. The fungal surrogate zymosan produced the phosphorylation of Y705-STAT3 and the expression of Ifnb1 and Socs3, but did not induce the IFN-signature cytokines Cxcl9 and Cxcl10 in BM-derived dendritic cells...
October 6, 2016: Immunology
Y Mohini, R B N Prasad, M S L Karuna, Y Poornachandra, C Ganesh Kumar
A series of novel ricinoleic acid based lipoamino acid derivatives were synthesized from (Z)-methyl-12-aminooctadec-9-enoate and different l-amino acids (glycine, alanine, phenyl alanine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, proline and tryptophan). The structures of all the prepared compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and mass spectral studies. The title compounds were evaluated for their antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activities. Among all the derivatives, compound 7a (Z)-methyl-12-(2-aminoacetamido)octadec-9-enoate exhibited promising antibacterial activity (MIC, 3...
September 28, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Miroslava Cuperlovic-Culf, NandhaKishore Rajagopalan, Dan Tulpan, Michele C Loewen
Fusarium head blight (FHB), primarily caused by Fusarium graminearum, is a devastating disease of wheat. Partial resistance to FHB of several wheat cultivars includes specific metabolic responses to inoculation. Previously published studies have determined major metabolic changes induced by pathogens in resistant and susceptible plants. Functionality of the majority of these metabolites in resistance remains unknown. In this work we have made a compilation of all metabolites determined as selectively accumulated following FHB inoculation in resistant plants...
September 30, 2016: Metabolites
Jennifer L Johnson, Mahalakshmi Ramadass, Jing He, Steven J Brown, Jinzhong Zhang, Lusine Abgaryan, Nikolaos Biris, Evripidis Gavathiotis, Hugh Rosen, Sergio D Catz
Neutrophils constitute the first line of cellular defense in response to bacterial and fungal infections and rely on granular proteins to kill microorganisms, but uncontrolled secretion of neutrophil cargos is injurious to the host and should be closely regulated. Thus, increased plasma levels of neutrophil secretory proteins including myeloperoxidase and elastase is associated with tissue damage and is a hallmark of systemic inflammation. Here, we describe a novel high-throughput screening approach to identify small-molecule inhibitors of the interaction between the small GTPase Rab27a and its effector JFC1, two central regulators of neutrophil exocytosis...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Xian M O'Brien, Jonathan S Reichner
Neutrophils are motile and responsive to tissue injury and infection. As neutrophils emigrate from the bloodstream and migrate toward a site of affliction, they encounter the tissue extracellular matrix (ECM) and thereby engage integrins. Our laboratory studies the neutrophilic response to the fungal pathogen Candida albicans either in the filamentous state of the microbe or to the purified pathogen-associated molecular pattern, β-glucan. We have gained an appreciation for the role of integrins in regulating the neutrophil anti-Candida response and how the presence or absence of ECM can drive experimental outcome...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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