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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446328/combined-gc-and-uhplc-hr-ms-based-metabolomics-to-analyze-durable-anti-fungal-resistance-processes-in-cereals
#1
Rahel Bucher, Daniel Veyel, Lothar Willmitzer, Simon Krattinger, Beat Keller, Laurent Biglera
Introduction of durable resistance genes in crops is an important strategy to prevent yield loss caused by pathogens. The durable multi-pathogen resistance gene Lr34 originating from wheat is widely used in breeding, and is functionally transferable to barley and rice. The molecular resistance mechanism of Lr34, encoding for an adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette transporter, is not known yet. To understand the molecular function and the defense response of durable disease resistance in cereals, the metabolic response of Lr34 was investigated in, except for the Lr34 gene, genetically identical lines of barley, rice and wheat...
April 26, 2017: Chimia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438973/pulmonary-il-17-lymphocytes-increase-during-pneumocystis-murina-infection-but-are-not-required-for-clearance-of-pneumocystis
#2
Chiara Ripamonti, Lisa R Bishop, Joseph A Kovacs
Pneumocystis remains an important pathogen of immunosuppressed patients, causing a potentially life-threatening pneumonia. Despite its medical importance, the immune responses required to control infection, including the role of IL-17, which is important in controlling other fungal infections, have not been clearly defined. Using flow cytometry and intracellular cytokine staining following stimulation with PMA and ionomycin, we examined interferon-γ, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-17 production by lung lymphocytes in immunocompetent C57BL/6 mice over time following infection with P...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436337/molecular-cloning-expression-and-characterization-of-e2f-transcription-factor-4-from-antheraea-pernyi
#3
M N Abbas, S Kausar, Y-X Sun, Y Sun, L Wang, C Qian, G-Q Wei, B-J Zhu, C-L Liu
The E2F transcription factor family is distributed widely in eukaryotes and has been well studied among mammals. In the present study, the E2F transcription factor 4 (E2F4) gene was isolated from fat bodies of Antheraea pernyi and sequenced. E2F4 comprised a 795 bp open reading frame encoding a deduced amino acid sequence of 264 amino acid residues. The recombinant protein was expressed in Escherichia coli (Transetta DE3), and anti-E2F4 antibodies were prepared. The deduced amino acid sequence displayed significant homology to an E2F4-like protein from Bombyx mori L...
April 24, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430797/effect-of-quinoline-based-1-2-3-triazole-and-its-structural-analogues-on-growth-and-virulence-attributes-of-candida-albicans
#4
Mohammad Irfan, Shadab Alam, Nikhat Manzoor, Mohammad Abid
Candida albicans, along with some other non-albicans Candida species, is a group of yeast, which causes serious infections in humans that can be both systemic and superficial. Despite the fact that extensive efforts have been put into the discovery of novel antifungal agents, the frequency of these fungal infections has increased drastically worldwide. In our quest for the discovery of novel antifungal compounds, we had previously synthesized and screened quinoline containing 1,2,3-triazole (3a) as a potent Candida spp inhibitor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422828/gastrointestinal-mucormycosis-of-the-jejunum-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-a-case-report
#5
Mengqing Sun, Xianming Hou, Xiaoting Wang, Ge Chen, Yupei Zhao
RATIONALE: Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis (GIM) is a kind of opportunistic fungal infection with poor prognosis. It usually occurs in patients with immune deficiency. We reported a case of immunocompetent male patient. PATIENT CONCERNS: This patient was presented as abdominal distension and gastrointestinal bleeding. DIAGNOSES: A variety of hemostatic methods was ineffective to stop the bleeding. The patient finally received laparotomy, and the jejunum lesions were found...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416764/a-recombinant-fungal-compound-induces-anti-proliferative-and-pro-apoptotic-effects-on-colon-cancer-cells
#6
Lili Nimri, Orly Spivak, Dana Tal, Dominik Schälling, Irena Peri, Lutz Graeve, Tomer M Salame, Oded Yarden, Yitzhak Hadar, Betty Schwartz
Finding intracellular pathways and molecules that can prevent the proliferation of colon cancer cells can provide significant bases for developing treatments for this disease. Ostreolysin (Oly) is a protein found in the mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus, and we have produced a recombinant version of this protein (rOly).We measured the viability of several colon cancer cells treated with rOly. Xenografts and syngeneic colon cancer cells were injected into in vivo mouse models, which were then treated with this recombinant protein...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412153/the-effect-of-counseling-on-willingness-to-use-a-hypothetical-medication-and-perceptions-of-medication-safety
#7
Michael Bitonti, Payal Patel, Rebecca Dickinson, Peter Knapp, Susan J Blalock
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence is an ongoing issue, and contributes to increased hospitalizations and healthcare costs. Although most adverse effects are rare, the perceived risk of adverse effects may contribute to low adherence rates. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine how adverse effect likelihood and pharmacist counseling on adverse effect prevention affects individuals': (1) willingness to use a hypothetical medication and (2) perceptions of medication safety...
March 31, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411060/in%C3%A2-vitro-anti-candida-activity-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-against-fluconazole-resistant-strains-and-their-activity-against-biofilm-forming-isolates
#8
Rose Anny Costa Silva, Cecília Rocha da Silva, João Batista de Andrade Neto, Anderson Ramos da Silva, Rosana Sousa Campos, Letícia Serpa Sampaio, Francisca Bruna Stefany Aires do Nascimento, Brenda da Silva Gaspar, Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca, Maria Aparecida Alexandre Josino, Thalles Barbosa Grangeiro, Danielle Macedo Gaspar, David Freitas de Lucena, Manoel Odorico de Moraes, Bruno Coêlho Cavalcanti, Hélio Vitoriano Nobre Júnior
Recent research has shown broad antifungal activity of the classic antidepressants selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This fact, combined with the increased cross-resistance frequency of the genre Candida regarding the main treatment today, fluconazole, requires the development of novel therapeutic strategies. In that context, this study aimed to assess the antifungal potential of fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine against fluconazole-resistant Candida spp. planktonic cells, as well as to assess the mechanism of action and the viability of biofilms treated with fluoxetine...
April 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411057/microwave-assisted-microemulsion-technique-for-production-of-miconazole-nitrate-and-econazole-nitrate-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles
#9
Rohan M Shah, Daniel S Eldridge, Enzo A Palombo, Ian H Harding
The microwave-assisted production of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) is a novel technique reported recently by our group. The small particle size, solid nature and use of physiologically well-tolerated lipid materials make SLNs an interesting and potentially efficacious drug carrier. The main purpose of this research work was to investigate the suitability of microwave-assisted microemulsion technique to encapsulate selected ionic drug substances such as miconazole nitrate and econazole nitrate. The microwave-produced SLNs had a small size (250-300 nm), low polydispersity (<0...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405156/helicobacter-is-preserved-in-yeast-vacuoles-does-koch-s-postulates-confirm-it
#10
COMMENT
Nader Alipour, Nasrin Gaeini
The manuscript titled "Vacuoles of Candida yeast behave as a specialized niche for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)" not only has not been prepared in a scientific manner but the methodology used was not adequate, and therefore the conclusion reached was not correct. First of all, "yeast" is a broad terminology covering a great number of genera and species of unicellular micro-organisms. The authors should have defined the organism with its binary scientific name. This measure would allow experiment reproduction by the scientific community...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401214/chemo-enzymatic-synthesis-of-equisetin
#11
Xiaojun Li, Qingfei Zheng, Jun Yin, Wen Liu, Shuanhu Gao
We here report that the biosynthesis of equisetin, a fungal tetramate natural product with potent anti-infectious activity, relies on Fsa2, a Diels-Alderase that constructs the trans-decalin system of the molecule in a stereo-selective manner. This finding led to the development of a concise chemo-enzymatic route toward the synthesis of equisetin, which involves facile preparation of a linear polyene precursor via 7-steps and Fsa2 activity for equisetin maturation through an intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction, thus exemplifying the significance of the combination of chemical and biological methods to achieve structurally complex cyclic natural products and their derivatives...
April 12, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400768/the-anti-helminthic-compound-mebendazole-has-multiple-antifungal-effects-against-cryptococcus-neoformans
#12
Luna S Joffe, Rafael Schneider, William Lopes, Renata Azevedo, Charley C Staats, Lívia Kmetzsch, Augusto Schrank, Maurizio Del Poeta, Marilene H Vainstein, Marcio L Rodrigues
Cryptococcus neoformans is the most lethal pathogen of the central nervous system. The gold standard treatment of cryptococcosis, a combination of amphotericin B with 5-fluorocytosine, involves broad toxicity, high costs, low efficacy, and limited worldwide availability. Although the need for new antifungals is clear, drug research and development (R&D) is costly and time-consuming. Thus, drug repurposing is an alternative to R&D and to the currently available tools for treating fungal diseases. Here we screened a collection of compounds approved for use in humans seeking for those with anti-cryptococcal activity...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394331/dectin-1-activation-on-macrophages-by-galectin-9-promotes-pancreatic-carcinoma-and-peritumoral-immune-tolerance
#13
Donnele Daley, Vishnu R Mani, Navyatha Mohan, Neha Akkad, Atsuo Ochi, Daniel W Heindel, Ki Buom Lee, Constantinos P Zambirinis, Gautam Sd Balasubramania Pandian, Shivraj Savadkar, Alejandro Torres-Hernandez, Shruti Nayak, Ding Wang, Mautin Hundeyin, Brian Diskin, Berk Aykut, Gregor Werba, Rocky M Barilla, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Chang, Lawrence Gardner, Lara K Mahal, Beatrix Ueberheide, George Miller
The progression of pancreatic oncogenesis requires immune-suppressive inflammation in cooperation with oncogenic mutations. However, the drivers of intratumoral immune tolerance are uncertain. Dectin 1 is an innate immune receptor crucial for anti-fungal immunity, but its role in sterile inflammation and oncogenesis has not been well defined. Furthermore, non-pathogen-derived ligands for dectin 1 have not been characterized. We found that dectin 1 is highly expressed on macrophages in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA)...
April 10, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393697/targeting-malassezia-species-for-novel-synthetic-and-natural-antidandruff-agents
#14
Letizia Angiolella, Simone Carradori, Cristina Maccallini, Gustavo Giusiano, Claudiu T Supuran
Malassezia spp. are lipophilic yeasts not only present in the normal skin microflora, but also responsible of skin-related diseases (pityriasis versicolor, seborrheic/atopic dermatitis and dandruff) as well as systemic fungal infections in humans and animals. Their treatment and eradication are mainly based on old azole drugs, which are characterized by poor compliance, unpredictable clinical efficacy, emerging resistance and several side effects. These drawbacks have prompted the research toward novel synthetic and natural derivatives/nanomaterials targeting other pivotal enzymes/pathways such as carbonic anhydrase (MgCA) and lipases, alone or in combination, in order to improve the eradication rate of this fungus...
April 4, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384969/a-comparison-of-antibacterial-efficacy-of-0-5-sodium-fluoride-impregnated-miswak-and-plain-miswak-sticks-on-streprococcus-mutans-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Romshi Raina, Vinod Kumar, Madhusudan Krishna, Sakshi Raina, Ashish Jaiswal, Arul Selvan, Chaitra Patil, Sneh Kalgotra
INTRODUCTION: Miswak (Salvadora persica) is a tooth cleaning stick made from the Salvodora Persica tree. It serves as a natural dentifrice with anti-bacterial, anti-plaque and anti-fungal properties. Fluoride, impregnated in chewing sticks will bestow comparable safety against dental caries as the fluoride containing dentifrice. AIM: The aim of the present study was to assess and compare the anti-bacterial effect of 0.5% sodium fluoride impregnated miswak and plain miswak sticks on Streptococcus mutans...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384902/paecilomyces-keratitis-in-western-india-a-case-report
#16
Anmol Ulhas Naik, Shveta Bhimashankar Gadewar
Cases of ocular trauma with vegetative matter are commonly encountered in ophthalmic practice in India. Many of these present with keratitis/corneal ulceration, of which fungi have a predominant share. We report a case of fungal keratitis and graft infection with Paecilomyces lilacinus, which was successfully treated with topical and systemic Voriconazole. A farmer presented with corneal ulcer and hypopyon in left eye following vegetative trauma during farming. A provisional diagnosis of fungal corneal ulcer was made based on clinical features and topical anti-fungal therapy with Natamycin was initiated...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377767/immunometabolic-regulation-of-interleukin-17-producing-t-helper-cells-uncoupling-new-targets-for-autoimmunity
#17
REVIEW
Katrina J Binger, Beatriz F Côrte-Real, Markus Kleinewietfeld
Interleukin-17-producing T helper (Th17) cells are critical for the host defense of bacterial and fungal pathogens and also play a major role in driving pathogenic autoimmune responses. Recent studies have indicated that the generation of Th17 cells from naïve CD4(+) T cells is coupled with massive cellular metabolic adaptations, necessary to cope with different energy and metabolite requirements associated with switching from a resting to proliferative state. Furthermore, Th17 cells have to secure these metabolic adaptations when facing nutrient-limiting environments, such as at the sites of inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375091/regulatory-effect-of-caspase-11-on-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-the-fungal-keratitis
#18
Keke Zhu, Hongmei Mu, Baimu Pi
Caused by fungus, fungal keratitis is a kind of infections corneal disease with high rate of blindness, which patients are mainly farmers in developing countries. Interleukin, as important proinflammatory cytokines, involve in immune defense process against fungal infection of cornea. The expression of interleukin in the pathogenesis of fungal keratitis, especially the main source of its cells, is not clear and the cell signaling pathways which regulate the synthesis and modification of interleukin is still unknown...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372034/molecular-identification-enzyme-assay-and-metabolic-profiling-of-trichoderma-spp
#19
Soo-Jung Bae, Young-Hwan Park, Hyeun-Jong Bae, Junhyun Jeon, Hanhong Bae
The goal of this study was to identify and characterize the selected Trichoderma isolates by metabolic profiling and enzyme assay for evaluation of their potential as biocontrol agents against plant pathogens. Trichoderma isolates were obtained from the Rural Development Administration (RDA) Genebank Information Center (GIC) (Wanju, Republic of Korea). Eleven Trichoderma isolates were re-identified using ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions. ITS sequence results showed new identification of Trichoderma isolates...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369326/gfsa-is-a-%C3%AE-1-5-galactofuranosyltransferase-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-the-galactofuran-side-chain-of-fungal-type-galactomannan-inaspergillus-fumigatus
#20
Yukako Katafuchi, Qiushi Li, Yutaka Tanaka, Saki Shinozuka, Yohei Kawamitsu, Minoru Izumi, Keisuke Ekino, Keiji Mizuki, Kaoru Takegawa, Nobuyuki Shibata, Masatoshi Goto, Yoshiyuki Nomura, Kazuyoshi Ohta, Takuji Oka
Previously, we reported that GfsA is a novel galactofuranosyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis of O-glycan, the proper maintenance of fungal morphology, the formation of conidia and anti-fungal resistance in Aspergillus nidulans and A. fumigatus (Komachi Y et al., Mol. Microbiol. 90, 1054-1073, 2013). In the present paper, to gain an in depth-understanding of the enzymatic functions of GfsA in A. fumigatus (AfGfsA), we established an in vitro assay to measure galactofuranosyltransferase activity using purified AfGfsA, UDP-α-D-galactofuranose as a sugar donor, and p-nitrophenyl-β-D-galactofuranoside as an acceptor substrate...
March 28, 2017: Glycobiology
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