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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346820/blastomyces-dermatitidis-serine-protease-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iva-dppiva-cleaves-elr-cxc-chemokines-altering-their-effects-on-neutrophils
#1
Jenna Lorenzini, J Scott Fites, Jeniel Nett, Bruce S Klein
Blastomycosis elicits a pyogranulomatous inflammatory response, which involves a prominent recruitment of neutrophils to the site of infection. While neutrophils are efficiently recruited to the site of infection, this event is paradoxically coupled with the host's inability to control infection by Blastomyces dermatitidis, the causative agent. The mechanisms underlying this characteristic pyogranulomatous response and inability of neutrophils to kill the yeast are poorly understood. We recently reported that the fungal protease DppIVA promotes B...
March 27, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344577/linear-epitopes-of-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-and-other-fungal-agents-of-human-systemic-mycoses-as-vaccine-candidates
#2
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Luiz R Travassos, Carlos P Taborda
Dimorphic fungi are agents of systemic mycoses associated with significant morbidity and frequent lethality in the Americas. Among the pathogenic species are Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and Paracoccidioides lutzii, which predominate in South America; Histoplasma capsulatum, Coccidioides posadasii, and Coccidioides immitis, and the Sporothrix spp. complex are other important pathogens. Associated with dimorphic fungi other important infections are caused by yeast such as Candida spp. and Cryptococcus spp. or mold such as Aspergillus spp...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344571/translation-initiation-factor-eif4e-and-eifiso4e-are-both-required-for-peanut-stripe-virus-infection-in-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-l
#3
Manlin Xu, Hongfeng Xie, Juxiang Wu, Lianhui Xie, Jinguang Yang, Yucheng Chi
Peanut stripe virus (PStV) belongs to the genus Potyvirus and is the most important viral pathogen of cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). The eukaryotic translation initiation factor, eIF4E, and its isoform, eIF(iso)4E, play key roles during virus infection in plants, particularly Potyvirus. In the present study, we cloned the eIF4E and eIF(iso)4E homologs in peanut and named these as PeaeIF4E and PeaeIF(iso)4E, respectively. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis showed that these two genes were expressed during all growth periods and in all peanut organs, but were especially abundant in young leaves and roots...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340187/biofilm-adherence-and-hydrophobicity-as-virulence-factors-in-malassezia-furfur
#4
Letizia Angiolella, Claudia Leone, Florencia Rojas, Javier Mussin, María de Los Angeles Sosa, Gustavo Giusiano
Malassezia species are natural inhabitants of the healthy skin. However, under certain conditions, they may cause or exacerbate several skin diseases. The ability of this fungus to colonize or infect is determined by complex interactions between the fungal cell and its virulence factors. This study aims to evaluate "in vitro" the hydrophobicity levels, the adherence on a plastic surface and the biofilm formation of 16 clinical isolates of Malassezia furfur. Cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) levels were determined by two-phase system...
March 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339714/effect-of-whole-yeast-cell-product-supplementation-citristim%C3%A2-on-immune-responses-and-cecal-microflora-species-in-pullet-and-layer-chickens-during-an-experimental-coccidial-challenge
#5
Ashley D Markazi, Victor Perez, Mamduh Sifri, Revathi Shanmugasundaram, Ramesh K Selvaraj
Three separate experiments were conducted to study the effects of whole yeast cell product supplementation in pullets and layer hens. Body weight gain, fecal and intestinal coccidial oocyst counts, cecal microflora species, cytokine mRNA amounts, and CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell populations in the cecal tonsils were analyzed following an experimental coccidial infection. In Experiment I, day-old Leghorn layer chicks were fed 3 experimental diets with 0, 0.1, or 0.2% whole yeast cell product (CitriStim®, ADM, Decatur, IL)...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334092/the-cuticle-protein-gene-mpcp4-of-myzus-persicae-homoptera-aphididae-plays-a-critical-role-in-cucumber-mosaic-virus-acquisition
#6
Yan Liang, Xi-Wu Gao
Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Homoptera: Aphididae) is one of the most important agricultural pests worldwide. In addition to sucking phloem sap, M. persicae also transmits Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) as a vector in a nonpersistent manner. At present, the infection mechanism remains unclear, especially the process of aphid virus acquisition. In this study, we isolated four M. persicae cuticle protein genes (MPCP1, MPCP2, MPCP4, and MPCP5) from M. persicae. The relative amount of the gene encoding Cucumber mosaic virus capsid protein (CMV CP) and the transcript levels of these four cuticle protein genes were investigated in aphid virus acquisition by feeding the tobacco preinfested by CMV...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333259/predisposing-factors-and-outcome-of-uncommon-yeast-species-related-fungaemia-based-on-an-exhaustive-surveillance-programme-2002-14
#7
Stéphane Bretagne, Charlotte Renaudat, Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Karine Sitbon, Olivier Lortholary, Françoise Dromer
Objectives: Using registry data to compare fungaemia caused by uncommon yeast species (UYS; i.e. other than Candida albicans , Candida glabrata , Candida parapsilosis , Candida tropicalis and Candida krusei ) and C. albicans -related fungaemia can reveal specific predisposing factors of UYS with potential impact on treatment strategies. Methods: We analysed 338 episodes of UYS fungaemia prospectively collected from 27 hospitals (Paris, France; 1 October 2002-31 December 2014) and compared these with 1998 single episodes of C...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333048/water-quality-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-opportunistic-yeast-pathogens-from-rivers
#8
M E Monapathi, C C Bezuidenhout, O H J Rhode
Yeasts from water sources have been associated with diseases ranging from superficial mucosal infections to life threatening diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the water quality as well as diversity and antifungal susceptibility of yeasts from two rivers. Yeast levels and physico-chemical parameter data were analyzed by principal component analysis to determine correlations between physico-chemical data and yeast levels. Yeast morphotypes were identified by biochemical tests and 26S rRNA gene sequencing...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330129/the-recombinant-pea-defensin-drr230a-is-active-against-impacting-soybean-and-cotton-pathogenic-fungi-from-the-genera-fusarium-colletotrichum-and-phakopsora
#9
Ariane Ferreira Lacerda, Rafael Perseghini Del Sarto, Marilia Santos Silva, Erico Augusto Rosas de Vasconcelos, Roberta Ramos Coelho, Vanessa Olinto Dos Santos, Claudia Vieira Godoy, Claudine Dinali Santos Seixas, Maria Cristina Mattar da Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Plant defensins are antifungal peptides produced by the innate immune system plants developed to circumvent fungal infection. The defensin Drr230a, originally isolated from pea, has been previously shown to be active against various entomopathogenic and phytopathogenic fungi. In the present study, the activity of a yeast-expressed recombinant Drr230a protein (rDrr230a) was tested against impacting soybean and cotton fungi. First, the gene was subcloned into the yeast expression vector pPICZαA and expressed in Pichia pastoris...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326154/probiotic-lactobacillus-reuteri-has-antifungal-effects-on-oral-candida-species-in-vitro
#10
Mette Rose Jørgensen, Camilla Kragelund, Peter Østrup Jensen, Mette Kirstine Keller, Svante Twetman
Background: An alternative approach for managing Candida infections in the oral cavity by modulating the oral microbiota with probiotic bacteria has been proposed. Objective: The aim was to investigate the antifungal potential of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri (DSM 17938 and ATCC PTA 5289) against six oral Candida species (C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. krusei, C. tropicalis, C. dubliniensis, and C. parapsilosis). Design: The lactobacilli were tested for their ability to co-aggregate with and inhibit the growth of the yeasts assessed by spectrophotometry and the agar overlay inhibition assay...
2017: Journal of Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326092/a-novel-soybean-erf-transcription-factor-gmerf113-increases-resistance-to-phytophthora-sojae-infection-in-soybean
#11
Yuanling Zhao, Xin Chang, Dongyue Qi, Lidong Dong, Guangjin Wang, Sujie Fan, Liangyu Jiang, Qun Cheng, Xi Chen, Dan Han, Pengfei Xu, Shuzhen Zhang
Phytophthora root and stem rot of soybean caused by the oomycete Phytophthora sojae, is a destructive disease worldwide. Ethylene response factors (ERFs) play important roles in regulating plant biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. In this study, a new ERF gene, GmERF113, was isolated from the highly resistant soybean 'Suinong 10.' Sequence analysis suggested that the protein encoded by GmERF113 contained a conserved AP2/ERF domain of 58 amino acid and belonged to the B-4 subgroup of the ERF subfamily. Expression of GmERF113 was significantly induced by P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321210/production-of-ramoplanin-and-ramoplanin-analogs-by-actinomycetes
#12
Mercedes de la Cruz, Ignacio González, Craig A Parish, Russell Onishi, José R Tormo, Jesús Martín, Fernando Peláez, Debbie Zink, Noureddine El Aouad, Fernando Reyes, Olga Genilloud, Francisca Vicente
Ramoplanin is a glycolipodepsipeptide antibiotic obtained from fermentation of Actinoplanes sp. ATCC 33076 that exhibits activity against clinically important multi-drug-resistant, Gram-positive pathogens including vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and vancomycin-intermediate resistant Clostridium difficile. It disrupts bacterial cell wall through a unique mechanism of action by sequestering the peptidoglycan intermediate Lipid II and therefore does not show cross-resistance with other antibiotics...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320713/antimicrobial-percutaneous-nephrostomy-catheters-for-the-prevention-of-renal-infections-in-vitro-studies
#13
Nylev Vargas-Cruz, Ruth A Reitzel, Joel Rosenblatt, Mohamed Jamal, Ariel D Szvalb, Anne-Marie Chaftari, Ray Hachem, Issam Raad
Purpose - Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) catheters are the primary method for draining ureters obstructed by malignancy and preventing a decline of the renal function. However, PCN-related infections such as pyelonephritis and urosepsis remain a significant concern. Currently no antimicrobial PCNs are available for preventing infectious complications. Vascular catheters impregnated with Minocycline/Rifampin (M/R) and M/R with Chlorhexidine coating (M/R+CHD) have previously demonstrated antimicrobial activity...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315475/evolution-of-the-ability-to-modulate-host-chemokine-networks-via-gene-duplication-in-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv
#14
Jessica A Scarborough, John R Paul, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen that is particularly skillful at evading immune detection and defense mechanisms, largely due to extensive co-evolution with its host. One aspect of this co-evolution involves the acquisition of virally encoded G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with homology to the chemokine receptor family. GPCRs are the largest family of cell surface proteins, found in organisms from yeast to humans, and they regulate a variety of cellular processes including development, sensory perception, and immune cell trafficking...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315392/dietary-yeast-sterigmatomyces-halophilus-enhances-mucosal-immunity-of-gilthead-seabream-sparus-aurata-l
#15
Martha Reyes-Becerril, Crystal Guluarte, Diana Ceballos-Francisco, Carlos Angulo, M Ángeles Esteban
A yeast was isolated from hypersaline sediments, grown and phylogenetically characterized as Sterigmatomyces halophilus strainN16. The dietary administration of this yeast was studied for its effect on skin mucosal immune and antioxidant status of gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L.). Fish were fed a commercial diet (control, non-supplemented diet), or the same commercial diet supplemented with 0.55% or 1.1% of yeast for 15 and 30 days. One month after the end of the trial, fish from all treatments were intraperitoneally injected with pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus and further fed with the same diets for one week, after which fish were also sampled...
March 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293397/in-vitro-lymphoproliferative-response-and-cytokine-production-in-mice-with-experimental-disseminated-candidiasis
#16
Ali Reza Khosravi, Hojjatollah Shokri, Shahin Eshghi
OBJECTIVES: Systemic candidiasis is an infection of Candida albicans (C. albicans) causing disseminated disease and sepsis, invariably when host defenses are compromised. We investigated the histopathological changes as well as the lymphoproliferative responses and cytokine production of splenic cells after stimulation with Concanavalin A (Con A) and Pokeweed mitogen (PWM) in mice with disseminated candidiasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Lymphoproliferative responses were stimulated in vitro with Con A (1 µg/ml) and PWM (1 µg/ml) mitogens in Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) 1640 media, and the production of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin-4 (IL-4) in the supernatants was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293217/mechanistic-insights-underlying-tolerance-to-acetic-acid-stress-in-vaginal-candida-glabrata-clinical-isolates
#17
Diana V Cunha, Sara B Salazar, Maria M Lopes, Nuno P Mira
During colonization of the vaginal tract Candida glabrata cells are challenged with the presence of acetic acid at a low pH, specially when dysbiosis occurs. To avoid exclusion from this niche C. glabrata cells are expected to evolve efficient adaptive responses to cope with this stress; however, these responses remain largely uncharacterized, especially in vaginal strains. In this work a cohort of 18 vaginal strains and 2 laboratory strains (CBS138 and KUE100) were phenotyped for their tolerance against inhibitory concentrations of acetic acid at pH 4...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287596/generation-of-fluorescent-protein-fusions-in-candida-species
#18
Sara Gonia, Judith Berman, Cheryl A Gale
Candida species, prevalent colonizers of the intestinal and genitourinary tracts, are the cause of the majority of invasive fungal infections in humans. Thus, molecular and genetic tools are needed to facilitate the study of their pathogenesis mechanisms. PCR-mediated gene modification is a straightforward and quick approach to generate epitope-tagged proteins to facilitate their detection. In particular, fluorescent protein (FP) fusions are powerful tools that allow visualization and quantitation of both yeast cells and proteins by fluorescence microscopy and immunoblotting, respectively...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283014/-fungemia-and-septic-arthritis-caused-by-saprochaete-capitata-in-a-patient-with-fanconi-aplastic-anemia-a-case-report
#19
Ömür Mustafa Parkan, Mustafa Altay Atalay, Ayşe Nedret Koç, Çiğdem Pala, Gonca Aydemir, Leylagül Kaynar
Saprochaete capitata (formerly known as Blastoschizomyces capitatus, Trichosporon capitatum, Geotrichum capitatum) is a rare but emerging yeast-like fungus. It is commonly found in environmental sources and can be isolated from skin, gastrointestinal system and respiratory tract of healthy individuals as well. It mainly infects patients with hematological malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), especially in the presence of neutropenia; and mortality rates are high in those patients. Although the data about the in vitro antifungal susceptibility are limited, it is being reported that amphotericin B and voriconazole are more effective on S...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271644/a-case-of-disseminated-infection-with-skin-manifestation-due-to-non-neoformans-and-non-gattii-cryptococcus-in-a-patient-with-refractory-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#20
Sun Seob Park, Hyewon Lee, Weon Seo Park, Sang Hyun Hwang, Sang Il Choi, Mi Hong Choi, Si Won Lee, Eun Jung Ko, Young Ju Choi, Hyeon Seok Eom
Cryptococcus spp. other than Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii were previously considered saprophytes and thought to be non-pathogenic to humans. However, opportunistic infections associated with non-neoformans and non-gattii species, such as Cryptococcus laurentii and Cryptococcus albidus, have increased over the past four decades. We experienced a case of cryptococcosis caused by non-neoformans and non-gattii spp. in a 47-year-old female with refractory acute myeloid leukemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
January 16, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
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