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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742342/structure-of-thymidylate-kinase-from-candida-albicans-reveals-a-unique-structural-element
#1
Kaustubh Sinha, Gordon S Rule
The structure of thymidylate kinase from Candida albicans, determined by X-ray crystallography, is reported to a resolution of 2.45 Å with a final Rfree of 0.223. Thymidylate kinase from C. albicans possesses a unique 15 residue loop that is not seen in thymidylate kinases from other genera. The structure reported here reveals that the conformation of this loop is constrained by both intra- and inter-subunit hydrogen bonding and a number of key residues in this loop are conserved among different Candida species of medical importance...
July 25, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740491/nod-like-receptor-p3-inflammasome-controls-protective-th1-th17-immunity-against-pulmonary-paracoccidioidomycosis
#2
Claudia Feriotti, Eliseu Frank de Araújo, Flavio Vieira Loures, Tania Alves da Costa, Nayane Alves de Lima Galdino, Dario Simões Zamboni, Vera Lucia Garcia Calich
The NOD-like receptor P3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is an intracellular multimeric complex that triggers the activation of inflammatory caspases and the maturation of IL-1β and IL-18, important cytokines for the innate immune response against pathogens. The functional NLRP3 inflammasome complex consists of NLRP3, the adaptor protein apoptosis-associated speck-like protein, and caspase-1. Various molecular mechanisms were associated with NLRP3 activation including the presence of extracellular ATP, recognized by the cell surface P2X7 receptor (P2X7R)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738771/fumitremorgins-and-relatives-from-tremorgenic-compounds-to-valuable-anti-cancer-drugs
#3
Wolf-Rainer Abraham
BACKGROUND: Fumitremorgins are mycotoxins but can also inhibit cancer cells and reverse their drug resistance. OBJECTIVE: The bioactivity of prenylated cyclo-Trp-Pro dipeptides and their derivatives concerning their application in anti-cancer therapies will be discussed. METHOD: Reports on the discovery and assessment of this class of fungal compounds are compiled from literature using Google Scholar and PubMed. The bioactivities of the natural compounds are discussed with the aim of their improvement for cancer therapy...
July 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725928/structural-modification-of-cuminaldehyde-thiosemicarbazone-increases-inhibition-specificity-toward-aflatoxin-biosynthesis-and-sclerotia-development-in-aspergillus-flavus
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Francesca Degola, Franco Bisceglie, Marianna Pioli, Sabrina Palmano, Lisa Elviri, Giorgio Pelosi, Tiziana Lodi, Francesco Maria Restivo
Aspergillus flavus is an opportunistic mold that represents a serious threat for human and animal health due to its ability to synthesize and release, on food and feed commodities, different toxic secondary metabolites. Among them, aflatoxin B1 is one of the most dangerous since it is provided with a strong cancerogenic and mutagenic activity. Controlling fungal contamination on the different crops that may host A. flavus is considered a priority by sanitary authorities of an increasing number of countries due also to the fact that, owing to global temperature increase, the geographic areas that are expected to be prone to experience sudden A...
July 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714266/potential-biotechnological-capabilities-of-cultivable-mycobiota-from-carwash-effluents
#5
Timothy Sibanda, Ramganesh Selvarajan, Memory Tekere, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Stephen Meddows-Taylor
Urban life has created man-made extreme environments like carwashes. These environments have, however, not been sufficiently explored for mycobiota that can be sources of biotechnologically useful products, as has been the case with natural extreme environments. Using a combination of culture and molecular techniques, fungi from carwash effluents was characterized for production of lipase and cellulase enzymes, nonpolar and polar biotechnologically relevant secondary metabolites and hydrocarbon utilization...
July 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709839/fungal-immunomodulatory-protein-fve-could-modulate-airway-remodel-through-by-affect-il17-cytokine
#6
Yu-Tzu Lee, Chia-Ta Wu, Hai-Lun Sun, Jiunn-Liang Ko, Ko-Haung Lue
BACKGROUND: Asthma is one of the most common allergic diseases. Our previous studies have reported that FIP-fve in acute allergic mouse model can reduce inflammation, improve the balance of the Th1/Th2 system. However, the effects of reducing airway remodeling on FIP-fve is still unknown. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that orally administrated FIP-fve should be able to reduce airway remodeling in chronic allergic models. METHODS: The chronic asthma animal model was established with 6-8 weeks female Balb/c mice...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705685/-fungal-sinusitis
#7
REVIEW
E Lafont, C Aguilar, P Vironneau, R Kania, A Alanio, S Poirée, O Lortholary, F Lanternier
Although sinusitis affects about 20 % of the population, fungal sinusitis is rare. Aspergillus sp. are most frequently implicated. Fungal sinusitis represents a wide spectrum of disorders, including acute or chronic and invasive or non-invasive forms. Invasive fungal sinusitis may develop in an immunocompromised or diabetic patient, whereas non-invasive fungal sinusitis should be considered in a chronic situation, resistant to antibiotics in immunocompetent patients. Allergic fungal sinusitis is related to hypersensitivity of the host to the fungus...
July 10, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705509/cytochalasin-e-in-the-lichen-pleurosticta-acetabulum-anti-proliferative-activity-against-human-ht-29-colorectal-cancer-cells-and-quantitative-variability
#8
Sylvie Delebassée, Lengo Mambu, Emilie Pinault, Yves Champavier, Bertrand Liagre, Marion Millot
A biological screening of sixteen lichen extracts on human HT-29 colorectal cancer cells, led to the selection of Pleurosticta acetabulum, a lichen widely present in tree barks in Europe. Bioguided purification of the acetonic extract resulted in the isolation of cytochalasin E, a common fungal metabolite. This compound is responsible for the anti-proliferative activity of the extract. Its presence in lichens is reported here for the first time. LC-MS quantitation of cytochalasin E in different samples of P...
July 10, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702855/n-chlorotaurine-a-promising-future-candidate-for-topical-therapy-of-fungal-infections
#9
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/28702098/hepatitis-b-and-c-seroprevalence-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-relationship-with-microvascular-complications
#10
Kadir Gisi, Ali Cetinkaya, Mesut Ozkaya, Bulent Kantarceken, Gokce Gisi, Sedat Koroglu
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic patients are susceptible to bacterial, viral and fungal infections because of various deficiencies in the immune system. AIM: To investigate a possible link between hepatitis B/C prevalence and microvascular complications as well as duration of diabetes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In total 1263 diabetic patients (1149 type 2, 114 type 1) were enrolled in the study. The control group consisted of 1482 healthy blood donors who were over 40 years old...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699245/effects-of-intranasally-dosed-posaconazole-on-fungal-load-and-biomarkers-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-infected-immunocompromised-mice
#11
Genki Kimura, Takahiro Nakaoki, Yuki Nishimoto, Yuto Suzuki, Garth Rapeport, Pete Strong, Kazuhiro Ito, Yasuo Kizawa
Although anti-fungal triazoles are dosed orally or systemically for Aspergillus fumigatus infection, systemic adverse events and limited exposure of the lung cavity would make a topical treatment for the lung an attractive option. In this study, we examined the effects of intranasally dosed posaconazole on survival rates and biomarkers in A. fumigatus (itraconazole susceptible: ATCC13073 [Af]; or resistant: NCPF7100 [AfR]) infected, temporarily neutropenic A/J mice. Once daily treatment produced a dose-dependent improvement of survival of Af-infected mice (ED50 : 0...
July 11, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687406/comparative-efficacy-and-toxicity-of-two-vaccine-candidates-against-sporothrix-schenckii-using-either-montanide%C3%A2-pet-gel-a-or-aluminum-hydroxide-adjuvants-in-mice
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Deivys Leandro Portuondo, Alexander Batista-Duharte, Lucas Souza Ferreira, Cleverton Roberto de Andrade, Camila Quinello, Damiana Téllez-Martínez, Maria Luiza de Aguiar Loesch, Iracilda Zeppone Carlos
Sporotrichosis is an important zoonosis in Brazil and the most frequent subcutaneous mycosis in Latin America, caused by different Sporothrix species. Currently, there is no effective vaccine available to prevent this disease. In this study, the efficacy and toxicity of the adjuvant Montanide™ Pet Gel A (PGA) formulated with S. schenckii cell wall proteins (ssCWP) was evaluated and compared with that of aluminum hydroxide (AH). Balb/c mice received two subcutaneous doses (1st and 14th days) of either the unadjuvanted or adjuvanted vaccine candidates...
July 4, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686037/hydrophobin-coating-prevents-staphylococcus-epidermidis-biofilm-formation-on-different-surfaces
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Marco Artini, Paola Cicatiello, Annarita Ricciardelli, Rosanna Papa, Laura Selan, Principia Dardano, Marco Tilotta, Gianluca Vrenna, Maria Luisa Tutino, Paola Giardina, Ermenegilda Parrilli
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a significant nosocomial pathogen in predisposed hosts because of its capability of forming a biofilm on indwelling medical devices. The initial stage of biofilm formation has a key role in S. epidermidis abiotic surface colonization. Recently, many strategies have been developed to create new anti-biofilm surfaces able to control bacterial adhesion mechanisms. In this work, the self-assembled amphiphilic layers formed by two fungal hydrophobins (Vmh2 and Pac3) have proven to be able to reduce the biofilm formed by different strains of S...
July 7, 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685194/biological-activity-of-lipopeptides-from-bacillus
#14
REVIEW
Haobin Zhao, Dongyan Shao, Chunmei Jiang, Junling Shi, Qi Li, Qingsheng Huang, Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka, Hui Yang, Mingliang Jin
The lipopeptides of Bacillus are small metabolites that contain a cyclic structure formed by 7-10 amino acids (including 2-4 D-amino acids) and a beta-hydroxy fatty acid with 13-19 C atoms. These lipopeptides exhibit a variety of biological activities, including interactions with biofilms, and anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-virus, and anti-platelet properties. The multiple activities of lipopeptides have stimulated significant interest in the exploitation of these lipopeptides for use as antibiotics, feed additives, anti-tumor agents, urgent thrombolytic therapeutic agents, and drug delivery systems...
July 6, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682480/effects-of-host-species-and-environment-on-the-skin-microbiome-of-plethodontid-salamanders
#15
Carly R Muletz Wolz, Stephanie A Yarwood, Evan H Campbell Grant, Robert C Fleischer, Karen R Lips
1.The amphibian skin microbiome is recognized for its role in defense against pathogens, including the deadly fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Yet, we have little understanding of evolutionary and ecological processes that structure these communities, especially for salamanders and closely related species. We investigated patterns in the distribution of bacterial communities on Plethodon salamander skin across host species and environments. 2.Quantifying salamander skin microbiome structure contributes to our understanding of how host-associated bacteria are distributed across the landscape, among host species, and their putative relationship with disease...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681938/%C3%AF-hydroxyundec-9-enoic-acid-induces-apoptosis-by-ros-mediated-jnk-and-p38-phosphorylation-in-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#16
Joungjwa Ahn, Youn Wook Chung, Jin-Byung Park, Kyung Mi Yang
ω-Hydroxyundec-9-enoic acid (ω-HUA), a plant secondary metabolite, exhibits anti-fungal activity. However, its effect on breast cancer cells is unknown. Here, we investigated the anti- breast cancer activity of ω-HUA and its underlying mechanism. Treatment of human breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-435, with ω-HUA induced apoptotic cell death with increased cleaved caspase-3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) levels, and p38 and JNK phosphorylation. Inhibition of these mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways using specific inhibitors or siRNA, for p38 and JNK, respectively, blocked the ω-HUA-induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681884/condition-responsive-nanoparticles-for-managing-infection-and-inflammation-in-keratitis
#17
Saad M Ahsan, Ch Mohan Rao
Keratitis is a major cause of avoidable visual impairment. About 30% of patients with fungal keratitis eventually become permanently blind in the developing world. Proteases, secreted by the pathogen and the host, damage the cornea before the infection is resolved. Treating keratitis is a challenge because both infection and inflammation need to be addressed. An additional challenge is to maintain a therapeutic dose at the corneal surface as blinking and tear film wash away the drugs, administered as eye drops...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680858/biofilm-induced-type-2-innate-immunity-in-a-cystic-fibrosis-model-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#18
Kenny Bielen, Bart 's Jongers, Jan Boddaert, Tom K Raju, Christine Lammens, Surbhi Malhotra-Kumar, Philippe G Jorens, Herman Goossens, Samir Kumar-Singh
Biofilm-producing strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In these patients, increased levels of IL-17 as well as of IL-5 and IL-13 along with arginase (Arg)-positive macrophages have been observed in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. While IL-17 is a strong proinflammatory cytokine associated with host defense against bacterial and fungal infections and is also elevated in several autoimmune diseases, IL-5/IL-13 and Arg1-positive M2 macrophages are part of the anti-inflammatory type 2 (Th2) immunity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679466/successful-launch-of-an-abo-incompatible-kidney-transplantation-program-to-overcome-the-shortage-of-compatible-living-donors-experience-at-a-single-center%C3%A2
#19
Seung Hwan Song, Juhan Lee, Beom Seok Kim, Sinyoung Kim, Jae Geun Lee, Hyeon Joo Jeong, Yu Seun Kim, Myoung Soo Kim, Hyun Ok Kim, Soon Il Kim, Kyu Ha Huh
AIMS: ABO-incompatible (ABOi) kidney transplantation (KT) is being increasingly performed to overcome donor shortages. However, debate persists regarding the post-transplant outcomes of ABOi KT vs. that of ABO-compatible (ABOc) KT. METHODS: A total 454 recipients who underwent living-donor KT (LDKT) between June 2010 and July 2014 at Severance Hospital (Seoul) were retrospectively reviewed. 100 ABOi and 354 ABOc KTs were compared. Recipients with a pretransplant positive crossmatch to their donors, pretransplant donor-specific anti-HLA antibody (DSA), or high panel reactive antibody (PRA ≥ 50%) were excluded from both the ABOi and ABOc KT groups...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679171/a-burkholderia-endophyte-of-the-ancient-maize-landrace-chapalote-utilizes-c-di-gmp-dependent-and-independent-signaling-to-suppress-diverse-plant-fungal-pathogen-targets
#20
Hanan R Shehata, Manish N Raizada
Chapalote is a maize (corn) landrace grown continuously by subsistence farmers in the Americas since 1000 BC, valued in part for its broad-spectrum pathogen resistance. Previously we showed that Chapalote possesses a bacterial endophyte, Burkholderia gladioli strain 3A12, which suppresses growth of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, a fungal pathogen of a maize relative, used as a model system. Ten mutants that lost the anti-pathogen activities were identified, corresponding to five genes. However, S. homoeocarpa is not a known maize pathogen, hence the relevance of these anti-fungal mechanisms to its ancient host has not been clear...
June 29, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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