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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930337/genetic-immunological-and-clinical-features-of-patients-with-bacterial-and-fungal-infections-due-to-inherited-il-17ra-deficiency
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Romain Lévy, Satoshi Okada, Vivien Béziat, Kunihiko Moriya, Caini Liu, Louis Yi Ann Chai, Mélanie Migaud, Fabian Hauck, Amein Al Ali, Cyril Cyrus, Chittibabu Vatte, Turkan Patiroglu, Ekrem Unal, Marie Ferneiny, Nobuyuki Hyakuna, Serdar Nepesov, Matias Oleastro, Aydan Ikinciogullari, Figen Dogu, Takaki Asano, Osamu Ohara, Ling Yun, Erika Della Mina, Didier Bronnimann, Yuval Itan, Florian Gothe, Jacinta Bustamante, Stéphanie Boisson-Dupuis, Natalia Tahuil, Caner Aytekin, Aicha Salhi, Saleh Al Muhsen, Masao Kobayashi, Julie Toubiana, Laurent Abel, Xiaoxia Li, Yildiz Camcioglu, Fatih Celmeli, Christoph Klein, Suzan A AlKhater, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel
Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) is defined as recurrent or persistent infection of the skin, nails, and/or mucosae with commensal Candida species. The first genetic etiology of isolated CMC-autosomal recessive (AR) IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) deficiency-was reported in 2011, in a single patient. We report here 21 patients with complete AR IL-17RA deficiency, including this first patient. Each patient is homozygous for 1 of 12 different IL-17RA alleles, 8 of which create a premature stop codon upstream from the transmembrane domain and have been predicted and/or shown to prevent expression of the receptor on the surface of circulating leukocytes and dermal fibroblasts...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926862/vav-proteins-are-key-regulators-of-card9-signaling-for-innate-antifungal-immunity
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Susanne Roth, Hanna Bergmann, Martin Jaeger, Assa Yeroslaviz, Konstantin Neumann, Paul-Albert Koenig, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Lesley Vanes, Vinod Kumar, Melissa Johnson, Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Bianca Habermann, Victor L Tybulewicz, Mihai Netea, Xosé R Bustelo, Jürgen Ruland
Fungal infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised individuals. The innate immune system senses fungal pathogens through Syk-coupled C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), which signal through the conserved immune adaptor Card9. Although Card9 is essential for antifungal defense, the mechanisms that couple CLR-proximal events to Card9 control are not well defined. Here, we identify Vav proteins as key activators of the Card9 pathway. Vav1, Vav2, and Vav3 cooperate downstream of Dectin-1, Dectin-2, and Mincle to engage Card9 for NF-κB control and proinflammatory gene transcription...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923703/il-17-receptor-signaling-in-the-lung-epithelium-is-required-for-mucosal-chemokine-gradients-and-pulmonary-host-defense-against-k-%C3%A2-pneumoniae
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Kong Chen, Taylor Eddens, Giraldina Trevejo-Nunez, Emily E Way, Waleed Elsegeiny, David M Ricks, Abhishek V Garg, Carla J Erb, Meihua Bo, Ting Wang, Wei Chen, Janet S Lee, Sarah L Gaffen, Jay K Kolls
The cytokine IL-17, and signaling via its heterodimeric IL-17RA/IL-17RC receptor, is critical for host defense against extracellular bacterial and fungal pathogens. Polarized lung epithelial cells express IL-17RA and IL-17RC basolaterally. However, their contribution to IL-17-dependent pulmonary defenses in vivo remains to be determined. To address this, we generated mice with conditional deletion of Il17ra or Il17rc in Scgb1a1-expressing club cells, a major component of the murine bronchiolar epithelium. These mice displayed an impaired ability to recruit neutrophils into the airway lumen in response to IL-17, a defect in bacterial clearance upon mucosal challenge with the pulmonary pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae, and substantially reduced epithelial expression of the chemokine Cxcl5...
November 9, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918582/investigating-conservation-of-the-cell-cycle-regulated-transcriptional-program-in-the-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Christina M Kelliher, Adam R Leman, Crystal S Sierra, Steven B Haase
The pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans causes fungal meningitis in immune-compromised patients. Cell proliferation in the budding yeast form is required for C. neoformans to infect human hosts, and virulence factors such as capsule formation and melanin production are affected by cell-cycle perturbation. Thus, understanding cell-cycle regulation is critical for a full understanding of virulence factors for disease. Our group and others have demonstrated that a large fraction of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is expressed periodically during the cell cycle, and that proper regulation of this transcriptional program is important for proper cell division...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917162/activity-of-scorpion-venom-derived-antifungal-peptides-against-planktonic-cells-of-candida-spp-and-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-candida-albicans-biofilms
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Fernanda Guilhelmelli, Nathália Vilela, Karina S Smidt, Marco A de Oliveira, Alice da Cunha Morales Álvares, Maria C L Rigonatto, Pedro H da Silva Costa, Aldo H Tavares, Sônia M de Freitas, André M Nicola, Octávio L Franco, Lorena da Silveira Derengowski, Elisabeth F Schwartz, Márcia R Mortari, Anamélia L Bocca, Patrícia Albuquerque, Ildinete Silva-Pereira
The incidence of fungal infections has been increasing in the last decades, while the number of available antifungal classes remains the same. The natural and acquired resistance of some fungal species to available therapies, associated with the high toxicity of these drugs on the present scenario and makes an imperative of the search for new, more efficient and less toxic therapeutic choices. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a potential class of antimicrobial drugs consisting of evolutionarily conserved multifunctional molecules with both microbicidal and immunomodulatory properties being part of the innate immune response of diverse organisms...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913751/new-fungal-defensin-like-peptides-provide-evidence-for-fold-change-of-proteins-in-evolution
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Yucheng Wu, Bin Gao, Shunyi Zhu
Defensins containing a consensus cystine framework, Cys[1]..Cys[2]X3Cys[3]..Cys[4]..Cys[5]X1Cys[6] ("X", any amino acids normally except Cys; "...", variable residue numbers), are extensively distributed in a variety of multicellular organisms (plants, fungi and invertebrates) and essentially involved in immunity as microbicidal agents. This framework is a prerequisite for forming a cystine-stabilized α-helix and β-sheet (CSαβ) fold, in which the two invariant motifs, Cys[2]X3Cys[3]/Cys[5]X1Cys[6], are key determinants of fold formation...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913461/primary-immune-deficiencies-with-defects-in-neutrophil-function
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Mary C Dinauer
Immune deficiencies resulting from inherited defects in neutrophil function have revealed important features of the innate immune response. Although sharing an increased susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections, these disorders each have distinctive features in their clinical manifestations and characteristic microbial pathogens. This review provides an update on several genetic disorders with impaired neutrophil function, their pathogenesis, and treatment strategies. These include chronic granulomatous disease, which results from inactivating mutations in the superoxide-generating nicotinamide dinucleotide phosphate oxidase...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911046/verticillium-dahliae-lysm-effectors-differentially-contribute-to-virulence-on-plant-hosts
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Anja Kombrink, Hanna Rovenich, Xiaoqian Shi-Kunne, Eduardo Rojas-Padilla, Grardy C M van den Berg, Emmanouil Domazakis, Ronnie de Jonge, Dirk-Jan Valkenburg, Andrea Sánchez-Vallet, Michael F Seidl, Bart P H J Thomma
Chitin-binding LysM effectors contribute to virulence of various plant pathogenic fungi that are causal agents of foliar diseases. Here, we report on LysM effectors of the soil-borne fungal vascular wilt pathogen Verticillium dahliae. Comparative genomics revealed three core LysM effectors that are conserved in a collection of V. dahliae strains. Remarkably, and in contrast to the previously studied LysM effectors of other plant pathogens, no expression of core LysM effectors was monitored in planta in a taxonomically diverse panel of host plants...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904062/promising-therapies-for-fungal-infection-based-on-the-study-to-elucidate-mechanisms-to-cope-with-stress-in-candida-species
#10
Kazuyuki Hirai, Tatsuya Inukai, Hironobu Nakayama
In recent years, the incidence of fungal infections has been increasing, particularly among patients with immune systems compromised by human immunodeficiency virus infection, organ transplantation, and/or chemotherapy for cancer. Current therapies for treating systemic fungal infection have limited effectiveness and have created problems of adverse reactions and drug resistance. These issues therefore motivate us to develop novel antifungals. Elucidation of stress response mechanisms and virulence factors in pathogenic fungi is required in developing an effective antifungal strategy...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900825/fungal-infection-dynamics-in-response-to-temperature-in-the-lepidopteran-insect-galleria-mellonella
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Vadim Y Kryukov, Olga N Yaroslavtseva, Miranda M A Whitten, Maksim V Tyurin, Katherine J Ficken, Carolyn Greig, Nadja R Melo, Viktor V Glupov, Ivan M Dubovskiy, Tariq M Butt
This study examines how the dynamics of fungus - insect interactions can be modulated by temperature. The wax moth, Galleria mellonella, is a well-studied and important model insect whose larvae in the wild develop optimally at around 34°C in beehives. However, surprisingly little research on wax moths has been conducted at relevant temperatures. In this study, the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii inflicted rapid and substantial mortality on wax moth larvae maintained at a constant temperature of 24°C, but at 34°C a ten-fold higher dose was required to achieve an equivalent mortality...
November 29, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897220/impact-of-the-microbial-derived-short-chain-fatty-acid-propionate-on-host-susceptibility-to-bacterial-and-fungal-infections-in-vivo
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Eleonora Ciarlo, Tytti Heinonen, Jacobus Herderschee, Craig Fenwick, Matteo Mombelli, Didier Le Roy, Thierry Roger
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) produced by intestinal microbes mediate anti-inflammatory effects, but whether they impact on antimicrobial host defenses remains largely unknown. This is of particular concern in light of the attractiveness of developing SCFA-mediated therapies and considering that SCFAs work as inhibitors of histone deacetylases which are known to interfere with host defenses. Here we show that propionate, one of the main SCFAs, dampens the response of innate immune cells to microbial stimulation, inhibiting cytokine and NO production by mouse or human monocytes/macrophages, splenocytes, whole blood and, less efficiently, dendritic cells...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892529/a-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein-acts-in-whitefly-bemisia-tabaci-immunity-and-involves-in-begomovirus-acquisition
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Zhi-Zhi Wang, Min Shi, Yi-Cun Huang, Xiao-Wei Wang, David Stanley, Xue-Xin Chen
Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) are multifunctional pattern recognition proteins. Here, we report that a PGRP gene, BtPGRP, encodes a PGRP from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (MEAM1) that binds and kills bacteria in vitro. We analyzed BtPGRP transcriptional profiling, and the distribution of the cognate protein within the midgut. Fungal infection and wasp parasitization induced expression of BtPGRP. Silencing BtPGRP with artificial media amended with dsRNA led to reduced expression of a gene encoding an antimicrobial peptide, B...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888675/the-antimicrobial-peptide-snakin-2-is-upregulated-in-the-defense-response-of-tomatoes-solanum-lycopersicum-as-part-of-the-jasmonate-dependent-signaling-pathway
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Vera Herbel, Julia Sieber-Frank, Michael Wink
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are produced by all living organisms and play an important role in innate immunity because they are readily available and non-specific against invading pathogenic microorganisms. Snakin-2 (SN2) from tomato is a short, cationic peptide that forms lethal pores in biomembranes of microbes. In plant cells, SN2 is produced as a prepeptide with a signal sequence for ER targeting and an acidic region to decrease toxicity in the producing organism. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR in tomato plants demonstrated that SN2 is constitutively expressed, mostly in leaves and flowers...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888535/chitin-receptor-cerk1-links-salt-stress-and-chitin-triggered-innate-immunity-in-arabidopsis
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Catherine Espinoza, Yan Liang, Gary Stacey
In nature, plants need to respond to multiple environmental stresses that require involvement and fine-tuning of different stress signaling pathways. Cross-tolerance in which plants pre-treated with chitin (a fungal microbe-associated molecular pattern) have improved salt tolerance was observed in Arabidopsis but is not well understood. Here, we show a unique link between chitin and salt signaling mediated by the chitin receptor CHITIN ELICITOR RECEPTOR KINASE 1 (CERK1). Transcriptome analysis revealed that salt stress-induced genes are highly correlated with chitin-induced genes, while this was not observed with other microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMP) or with other abiotic stresses...
November 26, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888473/nasal-mucosa-healing-after-endoscopic-sinus-surgery-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-of-elderly-patients-role-of-topic-alpha-tocopherol-acetate
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Domenico Testa, Giuseppina Marcuccio, Giorgio Panin, Andrea Bianco, Domenico Tafuri, Francesco Zappoli Thyrion, Michele Nunziata, Pasquale Piombino, Germano Guerra, Gaetano Motta
BACKGROUND: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) in European country ranges in elderly patients from 4.5 to 12% of population and has a significant effect on quality of life. In these patients, rhinosinusitis is linked to immune functions changes with age and to mucosal paraphysiological alterations such as crusting formations with atrophic epithelium, variations of nasal airflow and modifications of the mucociliary clearance. Failure of medical treatments leads to surgery in patients with persistent symptoms and radiographic signs of CRS...
November 25, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886912/infectious-complications-in-atopic-dermatitis
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REVIEW
Di Sun, Peck Y Ong
Atopic dermatitis is characterized by the interplay of skin barrier defects with the immune system and skin microbiome that causes patients to be at risk for infectious complications. This article reviews the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and the mechanisms through which patients are at risk for infection from bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens. Although these complications may be managed acutely, prevention of secondary infections depends on a multipronged approach in the maintenance of skin integrity, control of flares, and microbial pathogens...
February 2017: Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884770/neutrophil-granulocytes-in-cerebral-ischemia-evolution-from-killers-to-key-players
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REVIEW
Jan-Kolja Strecker, Antje Schmidt, Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz, Jens Minnerup
Neutrophil granulocytes (or polymorphonuclear cells, PMNs) have long been considered as crude killing machines, particularly trained to attack bacterial or fungal pathogens in wounds or infected tissues. That perspective has fundamentally changed over the last decades, as PMNs have been shown to exert a livery exchange between other cells of the innate and adaptive immune system. PMNs do provide major immunomodulatory contribution during acute inflammation and subsequent clearance. Following sterile inflammation like cerebral ischemia, PMNs are among the first hematogenous cells attracted to the ischemic tissue...
November 21, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878642/are-th17-cells-playing-a-role-in-immunity-to-dermatophytosis
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Marie-Pierre Heinen, Ludivine Cambier, Laurence Fievez, Bernard Mignon
Despite their superficial localization in the skin, pathogenic dermatophytes can induce a complex but still misunderstood immune response in their hosts. The cell-mediated immunity (CMI) is correlated with both clinical recovery and protection against reinfection, and CD4+ T lymphocytes have been recognized as a crucial component of the immune defense against dermatophytes. Before the discovery of the Th17 pathway, CMI was considered to be only dependent of Th1 cells, and thus most studies on the immunology of dermatophytosis have focused on the Th1 pathway...
November 23, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876624/differences-in-structure-and-changes-in-gene-regulation-of-murrel-molecular-chaperone-hsp-family-during-epizootic-ulcerative-syndrome-eus-infection
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Akila Sathyamoorthy, Mukesh Kumar Chaurasia, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Ramasamy Harikrishnan, Jesu Arockiaraj
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are immunogenic, ubiquitous class of molecular chaperones, which are induced in response to various environmental and microbial stressful conditions. It plays a vital role in maintaining cellular protein homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. In this study, we described a comprehensive comparative data by bioinformatics approach on three different full length cDNA sequences of HSP family at molecular level. The cDNA sequences of three HSPs were identified from constructed cDNA library of Channa striatus and named as CsCPN60, CsHSP60 and CsHSP70...
November 20, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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