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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160185/temperature-modulates-the-interaction-between-fungicide-pollution-and-disease-evidence-from-a-daphnia-microparasitic-yeast-model
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Ana P Cuco, Bruno B Castro, Fernando Gonçalves, Justyna Wolinska, Nelson Abrantes
Temperature is expected to modulate the responses of organisms to stress. Here, we aimed to assess the influence of temperature on the interaction between parasitism and fungicide contamination. Specifically, using the cladoceran Daphnia as a model system, we explored the isolated and interactive effects of parasite challenge (yeast Metschnikowia bicuspidata) and exposure to fungicides (copper sulphate and tebuconazole) at two temperatures (17 and 20 °C), in a fully factorial design. Confirming a previous study, M...
November 21, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159596/human-monoclonal-antibodies-as-candidate-therapeutics-against-emerging-viruses
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REVIEW
Yujia Jin, Cheng Lei, Dan Hu, Dimiter S Dimitrov, Tianlei Ying
The emergence of new pathogens, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and Ebola virus, poses serious challenges to global public health and highlights the urgent need for novel antiviral approaches. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been successfully used to treat various diseases, particularly cancer and immunological disorders. Antigen-specific mAbs have been isolated using several different approaches, including hybridoma, transgenic mice, phage display, yeast display, and single B-cell isolation...
November 20, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156243/isolation-identification-and-selection-of-antagonistic-yeast-against-alternaria-alternata-infection-and-tenuazonic-acid-production-in-wine-grapes-from-argentina
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Luciana P Prendes, María G Merín, Ariel R Fontana, Rubén A Bottini, María L Ramirez, Vilma I Morata de Ambrosini
Epiphytic isolates with yeast characteristics from grapes of the Malbec cultivar were obtained in order to find antagonists against Alternaria alternata. From a total of 111 isolates, 82% corresponded to the yeast-like organism Aureobasidium pullulans and the rest to the non-Saccharomyces yeasts Hanseniaspora uvarum (6.3%), Metschnikowia pulcherrima or spp. (5.4%), Cryptoccocus laurentti II (2.7%), Starmerella bacilaris or Candida zemplinina (2.7%) and Rhodotorula spp. (0.9%). The 22.4% (15 out of 67) of epiphytic yeasts and yeast-like organisms evaluated were able to reduce A...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154043/the-cause-and-effect-of-cryptococcus-interactions-with-the-host
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REVIEW
Elizabeth R Ballou, Simon A Johnston
Upon Cryptococcus neoformans infection of the host lung, the fungus enters a nutrient poor environment and must adapt to a variety of host-specific stress conditions (temperature, nutrient limitation, pH, CO2). Fungal spores enter this milieu with limited nutritional reserves, germinate, and begin proliferating by budding as yeast. Although relatively little is known about the initial stages of infection, recent work has characterized changes that occur upon germination. This program and subsequent yeast-phase proliferation progress in a dynamic environment as host nutrient immunity responds to the infection via toxic accumulation or sequestration of essential micronutrients and innate immune cells are recruited to the site of infection...
November 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152582/the-genomic-landscape-of-the-fungus-specific-swi-snf-complex-subunit-snf6-in-candida-albicans
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Faiza Tebbji, Yaolin Chen, Adnane Sellam, Malcolm Whiteway
SWI/SNF is an ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling complex that is required for the regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. While most of the fungal SWI/SNF components are evolutionarily conserved with those of the metazoan SWI/SNF, subunits such as Snf6 are specific to certain fungi and thus represent potential antifungal targets. We have characterized the role of the Snf6 protein in Candida albicans. Our data showed that although there was low conservation of its protein sequence with other fungal orthologs, Snf6 was copurified with bona fide SWI/SNF complex subunits...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152230/rare-fungal-infectious-agents-a-lurking-enemy
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REVIEW
Anna Skiada, Ioannis Pavleas, Maria Drogari-Apiranthitou
In the expanding population of immunocompromised patients and those treated in intensive care units, rare fungal infectious agents have emerged as important pathogens, causing invasive infections associated with high morbidity and mortality. These infections may present either as de novo or as breakthrough invasive infections in high-risk patients with hematologic malignancies receiving prophylactic or empirical antifungal therapy or in patients with central venous catheters. Diagnosis and treatment are challenging...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151624/biodiversity-and-human-pathogenicity-of-phialophora-verrucosa-and-relatives-in-chaetothyriales
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Y Li, J Xiao, G S de Hoog, X Wang, Z Wan, J Yu, W Liu, R Li
Phialophora as defined by its type species P. verrucosa is a genus of Chaetothyriales, and a member of the group known as 'black yeasts and relatives'. Phialophora verrucosa has been reported from mutilating human infections such as chromoblastomycosis, disseminated phaeohyphomycosis and mycetoma, while morphologically similar fungi are rather commonly isolated from the environment. Phenotypes are insufficient for correct species identification, and molecular data have revealed significant genetic variation within the complex of species currently identified as P...
June 2017: Persoonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150962/genotype-and-diet-affect-resistance-survival-and-fecundity-but-not-fecundity-tolerance
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Megan A M Kutzer, Joachim Kurtz, Sophie A O Armitage
Insects are exposed to a variety of potential pathogens in their environment, many of which can severely impact fitness and health. Consequently, hosts have evolved resistance and tolerance strategies to suppress or cope with infections. Hosts utilising resistance improve fitness by clearing or reducing pathogen loads and hosts utilising tolerance reduce harmful fitness effects per pathogen load. To understand variation in, and selective pressures on resistance and tolerance we asked to what degree they are shaped by host genetic background, whether plasticity in these responses depends upon dietary environment, and whether there are interactions between these two factors...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150029/-fungal-keratitis
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REVIEW
T Bourcier, A Sauer, A Dory, J Denis, M Sabou
Fungal keratitis, or keratomycoses, are corneal infections which must be considered in cases of corneal trauma, prior corneal surgery, chronic ocular surface disease, topical corticosteroids or contact lens wear. Filamentous fungi or yeasts may be involved. Presenting clinical features such as corneal infiltrates with feathery edges and/or raised surface, intact epithelium with deep stromal involvement, satellite lesions, endothelial plaques, lack of improvement with antibiotics and worsening with steroids are suggestive of fungal keratitis...
November 14, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147867/population-structure-of-candida-parapsilosis-no-genetic-difference-between-french-and-urugayan-isolates-using-microsatellite-length-polymorphism
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Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Victoria Bórmida, Philippe Poirier, Céline Nourrisson, Dinorah Pan, Stéphane Bretagne, Andrès Puime, Françoise Dromer
Candida parapsilosis is a human commensal yeast, frequently involved in infection worldwide and especially in neonates. It is the second species responsible for bloodstream infections in Uruguay and the third species in France. We were interested in knowing whether the population structure of isolates responsible for candidemia in France and in Uruguay was different. Genotyping methods based on microsatellite length polymorphism (MLP) have been described and are especially used for investigation of local outbreaks...
November 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146450/identification-and-expression-of-complement-component-c8%C3%AE-c8%C3%AE-and-c8%C3%AE-gene-in-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis-and-c8%C3%AE-recombinant-protein-antibacterial-activity-analysis
#11
Guang Yang, Yunji Xiu, Yadong Chen, Li Bai, Zhenxia Sha
Complement component C8, which mediates membrane attack complex formation and bacterial lysis, plays important roles in the complement system. The cDNA sequences of the C8α, C8β and C8γ genes were cloned from half-smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis). Full-length cDNA of CsC8α (C8α of C. semilaevis), CsC8β and CsC8γ was 1990, 2219 and 886 bp, respectively, which contained open reading frames of 1797, 1749 and 666 bp, encoding 598, 582 and 221 amino acids, respectively. The deduced proteins of CsC8α, CsC8β and CsC8γ showed the closest amino acid similarity to C8α (73%) of Siniperca chuatsi, C8β (76%) of Oryzias latipes and C8γ (72%) of Takifugu rubripes, respectively...
November 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145445/a-new-approach-by-optical-coherence-tomography-for-elucidating-biofilm-formation-by-emergent-candida-species
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Melyna Chaves Leite de Andrade, Marcos Andre Soares de Oliveira, Franz de Assis Graciano Dos Santos, Pamella de Brito Ximenes Vilela, Michellangelo Nunes da Silva, Danielle Patrícia Cerqueira Macêdo, Reginaldo Gonçalves de Lima Neto, Henrique Jonh Pereira Neves, Ildnay de Souza Lima Brandão, Guilherme Maranhão Chaves, Renato Evangelista de Araujo, Rejane Pereira Neves
The majority of microorganisms present a community lifestyle, establishing biofilm ecosystems. However, little is known about its formation in emergent Candida species involved in catheter-related infections. Thus, various techniques may be used in the biofilm detection to elucidate structure and clinical impact. In this context, we report the ability of emergent Candida species (Candida haemulonii, C. lusitaniae, C. pelliculosa, C.guilliermondii, C. famata and C. ciferrii) on developing well structured biofilms with cell viability and architecture, using optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143081/generation-in-yeast-and-antigenic-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-capsid-protein-virus-like-particles
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Martynas Simanavicius, Paulius Lukas Tamosiunas, Rasa Petraityte-Burneikiene, Reimar Johne, Rainer G Ulrich, Aurelija Zvirbliene, Indre Kucinskaite-Kodze
Hepatitis E is a globally distributed human disease caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV). In Europe, it spreads through undercooked pork meat or other products and with blood components through transfusions. There are no approved or golden standard serologic systems for HEV diagnostics. Commercially available HEV tests often provide inconsistent results which may differ among the assays. In this study, we describe generation in yeast and characterization of HEV genotype 3 (HEV-3) and rat HEV capsid proteins self-assembled into virus-like particles (VLPs) and the development of HEV-specific monoclonal antibodies (MAbs)...
November 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142743/anti-candida-activity-of-antimicrobial-impregnated-central-venous-catheters
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L Cobrado, A Silva-Dias, M M Azevedo, A Rodrigues
Background: Whenever the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) remains high even after the implementation of preventive strategies, the use of chlorhexidine/silver sulfadiazine (CSS) or minocycline/rifampin (MR)-impregnated central venous catheters (CVCs) is currently recommended. Nevertheless, the efficacy of such CVCs against Candida albicans and other emerging non-albicans spp. has been insufficiently studied. This study aims to compare the activity of CSS and MR-impregnated CVCs against the yeasts most frequently isolated from CLABSIs...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139623/extracellular-proteinases-of-candida-species-pathogenic-yeasts
#15
Maria Rapala-Kozik, Oliwia Bochenska, Dorota Zajac, Justyna Karkowska-Kuleta, Mariusz Gogol, Marcin Zawrotniak, Andrzej Kozik
The increased incidence of severe disseminated infections caused by opportunistic yeast-like fungi Candida spp. highlights the urgent need for research into the major virulence factors of these pathogens - extracellular aspartic proteinases of the candidapepsin and yapsin families. Classically, these enzymes were considered to be generally destructive factors that damage host tissues and provide nutrients for pathogen propagation. However, in recent decades, novel and more specific functions have been suggested for extracellular candidal proteinases...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138622/antimicrobial-efficacy-of-penicillium-amestolkiae-elv609-extract-treated-cotton-fabric-for-diabetic-wound-care
#16
Nur Amiera Syuhada Binti Rozman, Nurhanis Syafiqah Binti Mohd Nor Hamin, Leong Chean Ring, Tan Wen Nee, Mahfuzah Binti Mustapha, Tong Woei Yenn
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder which affects millions of population worldwide. Global estimates published in 2010 reported the world diabetic prevalence as 6.4%, affecting 285 million adults. Foot ulceration and wound infection are major forms of disabilities arising from diabetic diseases. This study was aimed to develop a natural antimicrobial finishing on medical grade textile that meets American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) standard. The textile samples were finished with the ethanolic extract of Penicillium amestolkiae elv609, an endophytic fungus isolated from Orthosiphon stamineus Benth (common name: cat's whiskers)...
September 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136456/the-intimate-talk-between-plants-and-microorganisms-at-the-leaf-surface
#17
Wendy Aragón, José Juan Reina-Pinto, Mario Serrano, Eva Dominguez
The plant epidermis or cuticle is constantly exposed to external and internal environmental factors, including an enriched and diverse community of bacteria, yeast, fungi, viruses, and mites. It is not only where the plant has its first physical barrier, but also where organisms can be recognized and potentially where the plant defense responses can be triggered. The plant cuticle is a polymeric composite formed by an array of structurally and chemically heterogeneous compounds, including cutin and wax. A few studies have shown that cuticular components are essential and important drivers of the structure and size of the bacterial community...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134932/outbreak-of-pichia-kudriavzevii-fungaemia-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#18
T Nagarathnamma, Sneha K Chunchanur, Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy, K R Vineetha, Karthik Ramamurthy, Jillwin Joseph, R Ambica
PURPOSE: Fungaemia is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality in neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). We report an outbreak of fungaemia in a NICU due to rare yeast, Pichia kudriavzevii (a teleomorph of Candida krusei). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of neonatal sepsis due to P. kudriavzevii. METHODOLOGY: Between August and September 2014, blood cultures from nine neonates diagnosed with late-onset sepsis in the NICU yielded yeast-like organisms...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134119/identification-of-membrane-proteome-of-paracoccidioides-lutzii-and-its-regulation-by-zinc
#19
Juliana Santana de Curcio, Marielle Garcia Silva, Mirelle Garcia Silva Bailão, Sônia Nair Báo, Luciana Casaletti, Alexandre Mello Bailão, Célia Maria de Almeida Soares
Aim: During infection development in the host, Paracoccidioides spp. faces the deprivation of micronutrients, a mechanism called nutritional immunity. This condition induces the remodeling of proteins present in different metabolic pathways. Therefore, we attempted to identify membrane proteins and their regulation by zinc in Paracoccidioides lutzii. Materials & methods: Membranes enriched fraction of yeast cells of P. lutzii were isolated, purified and identified by 2D LC-MS/MS detection and database search...
November 2017: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133871/exploration-of-antifungal-and-immunomodulatory-potentials-of-a-furanone-derivative-to-rescue-disseminated-cryptococosis-in-mice
#20
Sudarshan Singh Rathore, Muthukrishnan Isravel, Sridharan Vellaisamy, David Raj Chellappan, Lalitha Cheepurupalli, Thiagarajan Raman, Jayapradha Ramakrishnan
Cryptococcus neoformans infection is quite complex with both host-pathogen interaction and host immune profile determining disease progress and therapeutic outcome. Hence in the present study, the potential utility of (E)-5-benzylidenedihydrofuran-2(3 H)-one (compound-6) was explored as an effective anticryptococcal compound with immunomodulatory potential. The efficacy of compound-6 in pulmonary cryptococosis model using H99 strain was investigated. The effective dose was found to provide 100% survival, with a significant reduction of yeast burden in lungs and brain...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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