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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696230/implications-of-antimicrobial-combinations-in-complex-wound-biofilms-containing-fungi
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Eleanor M Townsend, Leighann Sherry, Ryan Kean, Donald Hansom, William G Mackay, Craig Williams, John Butcher, Gordon Ramage
Diabetic foot ulcer treatment currently focuses on targeting bacterial biofilms, while dismissing fungi. To investigate this we used an in vitro biofilm model containing bacteria and fungi, reflective of the wound environment, to test the impact of antimicrobials. Here we showed that while mono-treatment approaches influenced biofilm composition it had no discernible effect on overall quantity. Only by combining bacterial and fungal specific antibiotics were we able to decrease the biofilm bioburden, irrespective of composition...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695189/risk-of-fungal-infection-to-dental-patients
#2
Jaqueline Lopes Damasceno, Rafael Aparecido Dos Santos, Amir Horiquini Barbosa, Luciana Assirati Casemiro, Regina Helena Pires, Carlos Henrique Gomes Martins
Fungi can cause various diseases, and some pathogenic fungi have been detected in the water of dental equipment. This environment offers suitable conditions for fungal biofilms to emerge, which can facilitate mycological contamination. This study verified whether the water employed in the dental units of two dental clinics at the University of Franca was contaminated with fungi. This study also evaluated the ability of the detected fungi to form biofilms. The high-revving engine contained the largest average amount of fungi, 14...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686622/succession-of-biofilm-communities-responsible-for-biofouling-of-membrane-bio-reactors-mbrs
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Jinxue Luo, Pengyi Lv, Jinsong Zhang, Anthony G Fane, Diane McDougald, Scott A Rice
Biofilm formation is one of the main factors associated with membrane biofouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs). As such, it is important to identify the responsible organisms to develop targeted strategies to control biofouling. This study investigated the composition and changes in the microbial communities fouling MBR membranes over time and correlated those changes with an increase in transmembrane pressure (TMP). Based on qPCR data, bacteria were the dominant taxa of the biofilm (92.9-98.4%) relative to fungi (1...
2017: PloS One
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
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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/28681317/restraining-pathogenicity-in-candida-albicans-by-taxifolin-as-an-inhibitor-of-ras1-pka-pathway
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Sonali Mishra, Sangeeta Singh, Krishna Misra
Candida albicans is one of the most virulent and opportunistic fungal strains. In the present scenario, majority metabolic imbalances and unsuccessful treatments of some severe diseases including cancer, diabetes, HIV, psoriasis are because of invasive Candida emergence. Being a beneficial integral part of human biome, its elimination is not possible. The major pathogenicity characteristics in Candida involve hyphal growth, biofilm formation, HSP90 down regulation and genetic modifications. Ras1-pka pathway initiated by HSP90 down regulation is important for hyphal growth and has been focused in the present study...
July 5, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681298/biodeterioration-of-pompeian-mural-paintings-fungal-colonization-favoured-by-the-presence-of-volcanic-material-residues
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Marco Veneranda, Nagore Prieto-Taboada, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Maite Maguregui, Hector Morillas, Iker Marcaida, Kepa Castro, Juan Manuel Madariaga, Massimo Osanna
This work was focused on the study of the biodegradation processes jeopardizing a mural painting conserved in the basement of Ariadne House (archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy). The fresco stood out for its peculiar state of preservation: the upper part, recovered in 1988, was just barely colonized by microorganisms. On the contrary, the lower part (excavated in 2005) was almost completely covered by extensive biological patinas. The genomic characterization carried out by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) highlighted the presence of seven different fungi strains on the mural surface...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680858/biofilm-induced-type-2-innate-immunity-in-a-cystic-fibrosis-model-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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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/28676673/formulation-and-candidacidal-activity-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-coated-with-cathelicidin-ll-37-and-ceragenin-csa-13
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Katarzyna Niemirowicz, Bonita Durnaś, Grażyna Tokajuk, Ewelina Piktel, Grzegorz Michalak, Xiaobo Gu, Alina Kułakowska, Paul B Savage, Robert Bucki
Fungal infections caused by Candida spp. represent an emerging problem during treatment of immunocompromised patients and those hospitalized with serious principal diseases. The ever-growing number of fungal strains exhibiting drug resistance necessitates the development of novel antimicrobial therapies including those based on membrane-permeabilizing agents and nanomaterials as drug carriers. In this study, the fungicidal activities of LL-37 peptide, ceragenin CSA-13 and its magnetic derivatives (MNP@LL-37, MNP@CSA-13) against laboratory and clinical strains of C...
July 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667801/a-study-of-selected-factors-affecting-efficacy-of-compost-tea-against-several-fungal-pathogens-of-potato
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W K Mengesha, W M Gill, S M Powell, K J Evans, K M Barry
AIM: To investigate selected factors of two non-aerated compost teas and mechanisms that influence the restriction of several fungal potato pathogens. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two non-aerated compost teas (NCTs, commercial compost, CCT; vineyard compost, VCT) were tested for their ability to suppress potato pathogens. The VCT was more suppressive than CCT to mycelial growth of A. solani and R. solani isolate 299, but not for R. solani isolate 422. Metagenomic studies of microbial diversity revealed that the CCT had higher fungal and bacterial diversity and richness than the VCT...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659553/microbial-fouling-in-a-water-treatment-plant-and-its-control-using-biocides
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T S Rao, Rajesh Kumar, P Balamurugan, G K Vithal
 Water treatment plants (WTP) are vital in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical process industries. This investigation describes the dense microbial fouling by microbes and organic compounds in a WTP of a heavy water producing industrial unit. On-site observations showed severe algal and bacterial growth in the various units of the WTP which are open to the atmosphere and very dense fungal fouling in the closed vacuum degasser unit. Digital and microscopic images showed that the microbial fouling problem was primarily due to a fungus...
2017: Biocontrol Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657681/negative-regulation-of-filamentous-growth-in-candida-albicans-by-dig1p
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Hannah Regan, Christine Scaduto, Matthew P Hirakawa, Kearney Gunsalus, Tuana Oliveira Correia-Mesquita, Yuan Sun, Yaolin Chen, Carol A Kumamoto, Richard Bennett, Malcolm Whiteway
Transcriptional regulation involves both positive and negative regulatory elements. The Dig1 negative regulators are part of a fungal-specific module that includes a transcription factor (a Ste12 family member) and a Dig1 family member. In S. cerevisiae the post-genome-duplication Dig1/Dig2 proteins regulate MAP kinase controlled signaling pathways involved in mating and filamentous growth. We have identified the single Dig1 ortholog in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Genetic studies and transcriptional profiling experiments show that this single protein is implicated in regulation of MAP kinase-controlled processes involved in mating, filamentous growth and biofilm formation, and also influences cAMP-regulated processes...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649561/psd1-effects-on-candida-albicans-planktonic-cells-and-biofilms
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Sónia Gonçalves, Patrícia M Silva, Mário R Felício, Luciano N de Medeiros, Eleonora Kurtenbach, Nuno C Santos
Candida albicans is an important human pathogen, causing opportunistic infections. The adhesion of planktonic cells to a substrate is the first step for biofilm development. The antimicrobial peptide (AMP) Psd1 is a defensin isolated from Pisum sativum seeds. We tested the effects of this AMP on C. albicans biofilms and planktonic cells, comparing its activity with amphotericin B and fluconazole. Three C. albicans variants were studied, one of them a mutant deficient in glucosylceramide synthase, conferring resistance to Psd1 antifungal action...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642749/rna-seq-reveals-enhanced-sugar-metabolism-in-streptococcus-mutans-co-cultured-with-candida-albicans-within-mixed-species-biofilms
#14
Jinzhi He, Dongyeop Kim, Xuedong Zhou, Sang-Joon Ahn, Robert A Burne, Vincent P Richards, Hyun Koo
Early childhood caries (ECC), which can lead to rampant tooth-decay that is painful and costly to treat, is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases affecting children worldwide. Previous studies support that interactions between Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans are associated with the pathogenesis of ECC. The presence of Candida enhances S. mutans growth, fitness and accumulation within biofilms in vitro, although the molecular basis for these behaviors is undefined. Using an established co-cultivation biofilm model and RNA-Seq, we investigated how C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636236/assessment-of-silibinin-as-a-potential-antifungal-agent-and-investigation-of-its-mechanism-of-action
#15
Dae Gyu Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Silibinin, which is derived from Silybum marianum (milk thistle), has used as a traditional remedy for liver or biliary disorders and known to have superior antioxidant activity. In addition, silibinin was recently reported to have antifungal effect related to fungal apoptosis against Candida albicans and the interest in the therapeutic effect is increasing. In this study, we found another mode of antifungal action of silibinin and its antibiofilm activity on C. albicans. To investigate influence on fungal plasma membrane, propidium iodide and bis-(1, 3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethineoxonol [DiBAC4 (3)] assay were primarily carried out...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634301/microbial-glycoside-hydrolases-as-antibiofilm-agents-with-cross-kingdom-activity
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Brendan D Snarr, Perrin Baker, Natalie C Bamford, Yukiko Sato, Hong Liu, Mélanie Lehoux, Fabrice N Gravelat, Hanna Ostapska, Shane R Baistrocchi, Robert P Cerone, Elan E Filler, Matthew R Parsek, Scott G Filler, P Lynne Howell, Donald C Sheppard
Galactosaminogalactan and Pel are cationic heteropolysaccharides produced by the opportunistic pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These exopolysaccharides both contain 1,4-linked N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and play an important role in biofilm formation by these organisms. Proteins containing glycoside hydrolase domains have recently been identified within the biosynthetic pathway of each exopolysaccharide. Recombinant hydrolase domains from these proteins (Sph3h from A...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625992/flow-cytometry-a-powerful-novel-tool-to-assess-viability-of-fungal-conidia-in-metal-working-fluids
#17
D Vanhauteghem, K Demeyere, N Callaert, A Boelaert, G Haesaert, K Audenaert, E Meyer
Fungal contamination of metal working fluids (MWF) is a dual problem in automatized processing plants because resulting fungal biofilms obstruct cutting, drilling and polishing machines. Moreover, some fungal species of MWF comprise pathogens such as Fusarium solani Therefore, the development of an accurate analytical tool to evaluate conidia viability in MWF is important. We developed a flow cytometric method to measure fungal viability in MWF using F. solani as model organism. To validate this method, viable and dead conidia were mixed in several proportions and flow cytometrically analyzed...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622385/effect-of-acute-predation-with-bacteriophage-on-intermicrobial-aggression-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#18
Patrick R Secor, Gabriele Sass, Hasan Nazik, David A Stevens
In persons with structural lung disease, particularly those with cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic airway infections cause progressive loss of lung function. CF airways can be colonized by a variety of microorganisms; the most frequently encountered bacterial and fungal pathogens are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus, respectively. Co-infection with P. aeruginosa and A. fumigatus often results in a more rapid loss of lung function, indicating that interactions between these pathogens affect infection pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617874/candida-albicans-mannans-mediate-streptococcus-mutans-exoenzyme-gtfb-binding-to-modulate-cross-kingdom-biofilm-development-in-vivo
#19
Geelsu Hwang, Yuan Liu, Dongyeop Kim, Yong Li, Damian J Krysan, Hyun Koo
Candida albicans is frequently detected with heavy infection by Streptococcus mutans in plaque-biofilms from children with early-childhood caries (ECC). This cross-kingdom biofilm contains an extensive matrix of extracellular α-glucans that is produced by an exoenzyme (GtfB) secreted by S. mutans. Here, we report that mannans located on the outer surface of C. albicans cell-wall mediates GtfB binding, enhancing glucan-matrix production and modulating bacterial-fungal association within biofilms formed in vivo...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605597/bacterial-gtfb-augments-candida-albicans-accumulation-in-cross-kingdom-biofilms
#20
K Ellepola, Y Liu, T Cao, H Koo, C J Seneviratne
Streptococcus mutans is a biofilm-forming oral pathogen commonly associated with dental caries. Clinical studies have shown that S. mutans is often detected with Candida albicans in early childhood caries. Although the C. albicans presence has been shown to enhance bacterial accumulation in biofilms, the influence of S. mutans on fungal biology in this mixed-species relationship remains largely uncharacterized. Therefore, we aimed to investigate how the presence of S. mutans influences C. albicans biofilm development and coexistence...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
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