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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433743/the-antibiotic-polymyxin-b-exhibits-novel-antifungal-activity-against-fusarium-species
#1
Li-Hang Hsu, Hsuan-Fu Wang, Pei-Lun Sun, Fung-Rong Hu, Ying-Lien Chen
The genus Fusarium comprises many species, including Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium solani, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium verticillioides, and causes severe infections in plants and humans. In clinical settings, Fusarium is the third most frequent mould to cause invasive fungal infections after Aspergillus and the Mucorales. Fusarium solani and F. oxysporum are the most prevalent Fusarium spp. causing clinical disease. However, few effective antifungal drugs are available to treat human and plant Fusarium infections...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433716/development-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-the-cd3%C3%AE%C2%B5-of-olive-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus-and-its-application-in-evaluating-immune-response-related-to-cd3%C3%AE%C2%B5
#2
Jae Wook Jung, Jung Seok Lee, Young Rim Kim, Se Pyeong Im, Si Won Kim, Jassy Mary S Lazarte, Jaesung Kim, Kim D Thompson, Jong Pyo Suh, Tae Sung Jung
The T cell receptor (TCR) is the binding site of antigen and is responsible for specifically activating the adaptive immune response. CD3, an essential component of the CD3-TCR complex, is known to be composed of γδ and ε chains in teleost. However, there are few monoclonal antibodies (mAb) available to identify these molecules on T cells, so we aimed to produce a mAb against CD3ε to improve our understanding of T cell immune response in olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). CD3ε recombinant protein was expressed in yeast, the expression of which was confirmed by SDS-PAGE, MALDI-TOF/TOF MS and Western blot analysis...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431110/african-histoplasmosis-new-clinical-and-microbiological-insights
#3
C Valero, S Gago, M C Monteiro, A Alastruey-Izquierdo, M J Buitrago
African histoplasmosis is defined as the fungal infection caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii (Hcd). Studies focused on distinguishing Hcd and H. capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc), which coexist in Africa, are scarce or outdated, and African strains are continuously underrepresented. In this work, 13 cases of African patients with histoplasmosis diagnosed in the Spanish Mycology Reference Laboratory have been reviewed showing that 77% had disseminated disease and AIDS as underlying disease although Hcd infection has been classically considered a rare presentation in AIDS patients...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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/28424773/septins-focus-cellular-growth-for-host-infection-by-pathogenic-fungi
#5
REVIEW
Michelle Momany, Nicholas J Talbot
One of the key challenges faced by microbial pathogens is invasion of host tissue. Fungal pathogens adopt a number of distinct strategies to overcome host cell defenses, including the development of specialized infection structures, the secretion of proteins that manipulate host responses or cellular organization, and the ability to facilitate their own uptake by phagocytic mechanisms. Key to many of these adaptations is the considerable morphogenetic plasticity displayed by pathogenic species. Fungal pathogens can, for example, shift their growth habit between non-polarized spores, or yeast-like cells, and highly polarized hyphal filaments...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422057/antifungal-and-anti-biofilm-activities-of-acetone-lichen-extracts-against-candida-albicans
#6
Marion Millot, Marion Girardot, Lucile Dutreix, Lengo Mambu, Christine Imbert
Candida albicans is a commensal coloniser of the human gastrointestinal tract and an opportunistic pathogen, especially thanks to its capacity to form biofilms. This lifestyle is frequently involved in infections and increases the yeast resistance to antimicrobials and immune defenses. In this context, 38 lichen acetone extracts have been prepared and evaluated for their activity against C. albicans planktonic and sessile cells. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of extracts (MICs) were determined using the broth microdilution method...
April 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418212/role-of-autophagy-in-oocytogenesis-embryogenesis-implantation-and-pathophysiology-of-pre-eclampsia
#7
Akitoshi Nakashima, Aiko Aoki, Tae Kusabiraki, Tomoko Shima, Osamu Yoshino, Shi-Bin Cheng, Surendra Sharma, Shigeru Saito
Autophagy is a well-conserved mechanism in cells from yeast to mammals, and autophagy maintains homeostasis against stress. The role of autophagy was originally shown to be a mechanism of energy production under starvation. In fact, multiple lines of evidence reveal that autophagy has numerous functions, such as protection from stress, energy regulation, immune regulation, differentiation, proliferation, and cell death. In the field of reproduction, the role of autophagy in implantation, embryogenesis, placentation, and delivery has become clearer...
April 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417912/electrospun-fiber-pads-of-cellulose-acetate-and-essential-oils-with-antimicrobial-activity
#8
Ioannis L Liakos, Alina Maria Holban, Riccardo Carzino, Simone Lauciello, Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu
The method of electrospinning was used to create nanofibers made of cellulose acetate (CA) and essential oils (EOs). CA polymer at 15% w/v was dissolved in acetone and then 1% or 5% v/v of EOs was added to the polymer solution. The utilized essential oils were rosemary and oregano oils. Then, the CA/EOs in acetone solution were electrospun, creating micro/nanofibers, approximately 700-1500 nm in diameter. Raman spectroscopy was used to detect the attachment of the EOs in the CA electrospun fibers (ESFs). Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the morphology, topography and dimensions of the ESFs...
April 12, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415553/promising-silicones-modified-with-cationic-biocides-for-the-development-of-antimicrobial-medical-devices
#9
Sarah Ghamrawi, Jean-Philippe Bouchara, Oksana Tarasyuk, Sergiy Rogalsky, Lyudmila Lyoshina, Olga Bulko, Jean-François Bardeau
We have tested silicones containing 2% or 5% of the cationic biocides polyhexamethylene guanidine dodecylbenzenesulfonate (PHMG-DBS), 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (OMIM-BF4) or 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (DMIM-BF4) against the major relevant bacterial and yeast species in health care-associated infections (HCAI). Study conducted according to the international standard ISO 22196 revealed that silicones containing 2% or 5% DMIM-BF4 or 5% PHMG-DBS presented the highest antimicrobial activity, leading to a logarithmic growth reduction of 3...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411887/from-christian-de-duve-to-yoshinori-ohsumi-more%C3%A2-to-autophagy-than-just-dining-at-home
#10
REVIEW
Margaret M Harnett, Miguel A Pineda, Perle Latré de Laté, Russell J Eason, Sébastien Besteiro, William Harnett, Gordon Langsley
Christian de Duve first coined the expression "autophagy" during his seminal work on the discovery of lysosomes, which led to him being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974. The term was adopted to distinguish degradation of intracellular components from the uptake and degradation of extracellular substances that he called "heterophagy". Studies until the 1990s were largely observational/morphological-based until in 1993 Yoshinori Oshumi described a genetic screen in yeast undergoing nitrogen deprivation that led to the isolation of autophagy-defective mutants now better known as ATG (AuTophaGy-related) genes...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411883/horning-cell-self-digestion-autophagy-wins-the%C3%A2-2016-nobel-prize-in-physiology-or-medicine
#11
EDITORIAL
Po-Yuan Ke
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process by which eukaryotic cells eliminate intracellular components via the lysosomal degradation process. This cell self-digestion process was first discovered and morphologically characterized in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The genetic screen studies in baker's yeast in the 1990s further identified the essential genes functioning in the autophagic process. In the past two decades, the detailed molecular process involved in the completion of autophagy was delineated...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409362/the-antibacterial-agent-moxifloxacin-inhibits-virulence-factors-of-candida-albicans-through-multitargeting
#12
Ashwini Jadhav, Bhagyashree Bansode, Datta Phule, Amruta Shelar, Rajendra Patil, Wasudev Gade, Kiran Kharat, Sankunny Mohan Karuppayil
Fluoroquinolines are broad spectrum fourth generation antibiotics. Some of the Fluoroquinolines exhibit antifungal activity. We are reporting the potential mechanism of action of a fluoroquinoline antibiotic, moxifloxacin on the growth, morphogenesis and biofilm formation of the human pathogen Candida albicans. Moxifloxacin was found to be Candidacidal in nature. Moxifloxacin seems to inhibit the yeast to Hyphal morphogenesis by affecting signaling pathways. It arrested the cell cycle of C. albicans at S phase...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409126/genomics-and-comparative-genomic-analyses-provide-insight-into-the-taxonomy-and-pathogenic-potential-of-novel-emmonsia-pathogens
#13
Ying Yang, Qiang Ye, Kang Li, Zongwei Li, Xiaochen Bo, Zhen Li, Yingchun Xu, Shengqi Wang, Peng Wang, Huipeng Chen, Junzhi Wang
Over the last 50 years, newly described species of Emmonsia-like fungi have been implicated globally as sources of systemic human mycosis (emmonsiosis). Their ability to convert into yeast-like cells capable of replication and extra-pulmonary dissemination during the course of infection differentiates them from classical Emmonsia species. Immunocompromised patients are at highest risk of emmonsiosis and exhibit high mortality rates. In order to investigate the molecular basis for pathogenicity of the newly described Emmonsia species, genomic sequencing and comparative genomic analyses of Emmonsia sp...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409093/first-case-of-invasive-magnusiomyces-capitatus-infection-in-slovakia
#14
Dominika Tanuskova, Julia Horakova, Peter Svec, Ivana Bodova, Martina Lengerova, Matej Bezdicek, Miroslava Poczova, Jozef Koppl, Alexandra Kolenova
Magnusiomyces capitatus (previously known as Geotrichum capitatum or Blastoschizomyces capitatus or Trichosporon capitatum) is a rare cause of fungal infection in immunocompromised patients. Most of these cases (87%) have been reported from the Mediterranean region, as it is extremely rare to recognize it in other regions. Here we report a first case of disseminated M. capitatus infection in Slovakia. The patient - 19 year old woman with myelodysplastic syndrome was diagnosed with M. capitatus fungemia after allogeneic stem cell transplantation...
June 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402525/antifungal-mechanism-of-ruiii-nh3-4catechol-complex-on-fluconazole-resistant-candida-tropicalis
#15
Rafael Araújo Gomes-Junior, Roberto Santana da Silva, Renata Galvão de Lima, Marcos A Vannier-Santos
Candidiasis, a major opportunistic mycosis caused by Candida sp. may comprise life-threatening systemic infections. The incidence of non-albicans species is rising, particularly in South America and they are frequently drug resistant, causing unresponsive cases. Thus, novel antimycotic agents are required. Here we tested the antifungal activity of [RuIII(NH3)4catechol]+ complex (RuCat), approaching possible action mechanisms on fluconazole-resistant Candida tropicalis. RuCat significantly (p<0.05) inhibited the growth and viability of C...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400000/influence-of-growth-conditions-on-adhesion-of-yeast-candida-spp-and-pichia-spp-to-stainless-steel-surfaces
#16
Ružica Tomičić, Peter Raspor
An understanding of adhesion behavior of Candida and Pichia yeast under different environmental conditions is key to the development of effective preventive measures against biofilm-associated infection. Hence in this study we investigated the impact of growth medium and temperature on Candida and Pichia adherence using stainless steel (AISI 304) discs with different degrees of surface roughness (Ra = 25.20-961.9 nm), material typical for the food processing industry as well as medical devices. The adhesion of the yeast strains to stainless steel surfaces grown in Malt Extract broth (MEB) or YPD broth at three temperatures (7 °C, 37 °C, 43 °C for Candida strains and 7 °C, 27 °C, 32 °C for Pichia strains) was assessed by crystal violet staining...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397475/evaluation-of-maldi-tof-ms-for-the-identification-of-yeast-isolates-causing-bloodstream-infection
#17
Ozge Turhan, Betil Ozhak-Baysan, Oscar Zaragoza Hernandez, Halil Er, Gozde Ongut, Dilara Ogunc, Dilek Colak, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella
BACKGROUND: Infections due to Candida species are major causes of morbidity and mortality in humans, causing a diverse spectrum of clinical disease ranging from superficial and mucosal infections to invasive disease. Several authors have demonstrated that mortality is closely linked to both timing of therapy and/or source control. The rapid identification of pathogenic species is helpful to start timely and effective antifungal therapy. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) system for the correct and rapid identification of yeast isolates causing bloodstream infection...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393697/targeting-malassezia-species-for-novel-synthetic-and-natural-antidandruff-agents
#18
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/28392457/antimicrobial-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-wound-healing-effectiveness-and-chemical-characterization-of-the-latex-of-jatropha-neopauciflora-pax
#19
A B Hernandez-Hernandez, F J Alarcon-Aguilar, J C Almanza-Perez, O Nieto-Yañez, J M Olivares-Sanchez, A Duran-Diaz, M A Rodriguez-Monroy, M M Canales-Martinez
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Jatropha neopauciflora Pax is an endemic species to Mexico, and its latex is used in traditional medicine to treat mouth infections when there are loose teeth and to heal wounds. In this research, we evaluated the antimicrobial activity, wound healing efficacy and chemical characterization of J. neopauciflora latex in a murine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The antibacterial activity was determined using Gram positive and negative strains, the antifungal activity was determined using yeast and filamentous fungi, and the wound healing efficacy of the latex was determined using the tensiometric method...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391495/boric-acid-inhibition-of-trichophyton-rubrum-growth-and-conidia-formation
#20
Martin Schmidt
Trichophyton rubrum is a common human dermatophyte that is the causative agent of 80-93% of fungal infections of the skin and nails. While dermatophyte infections in healthy people are easily treatable with over-the-counter medications, such infections pose a higher risk for patients with compromised immune function and impaired regenerative potential. The efficacy of boric acid (BA) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections prompted an investigation of the effect of BA on growth and morphology of T. rubrum...
April 8, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
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