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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231567/innate-lung-defense-during-invasive-aspergillosis-new-mechanisms
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Jaleesa M Garth, Chad Steele
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most difficult to treat and, consequently, one of the most lethal fungal infections known to man. Continued use of immunosuppressive agents during chemotherapy and organ transplantation often leads to the development of neutropenia, the primary risk factor for IA. However, IA is also becoming more appreciated in chronic diseases associated with corticosteroid therapy. The innate immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus, the primary agent in IA, plays a pivotal role in the recognition and elimination of organisms from the pulmonary system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224922/multiple-garlic-allium-sativum-l-micrornas-regulate-the-immunity-against-the-basal-rot-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-cepae
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Subodh Kumar Chand, Satyabrata Nanda, Rukmini Mishra, Raj Kumar Joshi
The basal plate rot fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cepae (FOC), is the most devastating pathogen posing a serious threat to garlic (Allium sativum L.) production worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key modulators of gene expression related to development and defense responses in eukaryotes. However, the miRNA species associated with garlic immunity against FOC are yet to be explored. In the present study, a small RNA library developed from FOC infected resistant garlic line was sequenced to identify immune responsive miRNAs...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220140/nbs-lrr-protein-pik-h4-interacts-with-osbihd1-to-balance-rice-blast-resistance-and-growth-by-coordinating-ethylene-brassinosteroid-pathway
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Hao Liu, Shuangyu Dong, Fengwei Gu, Wei Liu, Guili Yang, Ming Huang, Wuming Xiao, Yongzhu Liu, Tao Guo, Hui Wang, Zhiqiang Chen, Jiafeng Wang
The regulation of innate immunity and plant growth, along with the trade-off between them, affects the defense and recovery mechanisms of the plant after it is attacked by pathogens. Although it is known that hormonal crosstalk plays a major role in regulating interaction of plant growth and PAMP-triggered immunity, the relationship between plant growth and effector-triggered immunity (ETI) remains unclear. In a large-scale yeast two-hybrid screening for Pik-H4-interacting proteins, a homeodomain transcription factor OsBIHD1 was identified, which is previously known to function in biotic and abiotic stress responses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217107/modulation-of-human-immune-response-by-fungal-biocontrol-agents
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REVIEW
Cibele Konstantinovas, Tiago A de Oliveira Mendes, Marcos A Vannier-Santos, Jane Lima-Santos
Although the vast majority of biological control agents is generally regarded as safe for humans and environment, the increased exposure of agriculture workers, and consumer population to fungal substances may affect the immune system. Those compounds may be associated with both intense stimulation, resulting in IgE-mediated allergy and immune downmodulation induced by molecules such as cyclosporin A and mycotoxins. This review discusses the potential effects of biocontrol fungal components on human immune responses, possibly associated to infectious, inflammatory diseases, and defective defenses...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#5
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211052/life-history-strategy-determines-constraints-on-immune-function
#6
Benjamin J Parker, Seth M Barribeau, Alice M Laughton, Lynn H Griffin, Nicole M Gerardo
1)Determining the factors governing investment in immunity is critical for understanding host-pathogen ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Studies often consider disease resistance in the context of life-history theory, with the expectation that investment in immunity will be optimized in anticipation of disease risk. Immunity, however, is constrained by context-dependent fitness costs. How the costs of immunity vary across life-history strategies has yet to be considered. 2)Pea aphids are typically unwinged but produce winged offspring in response to high population densities and deteriorating conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205292/verticillium-dahliae-manipulates-plant-immunity-by-glycoside-hydrolase-12-proteins-in-conjuction-with-carbohydrate-binding-module-1
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Yue-Jing Gui, Jie-Yin Chen, Dan-Dan Zhang, Nan-Yang Li, Ting-Gang Li, Wen-Qi Zhang, Xin-Yan Wang, Dylan P G Short, Lei Li, Wei Guo, Zhi-Qiang Kong, Yu-Ming Bao, Krishna V Subbarao, Xiao-Feng Dai
Glycoside hydrolase 12 (GH12) proteins act as virulence factors and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) in oomycetes. However, the pathogenic mechanisms of fungal GH12 proteins have not been characterized. In this study, we demonstrated that two of the six GH12 proteins produced by the fungus Verticillium dahliae Vd991, VdEG1 and VdEG3 acted as PAMPs to trigger cell death and PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) independent of their enzymatic activity in Nicotiana benthamiana. A 63-amino-acid peptide of VdEG3 was sufficient for cell death-inducing activity, but this was not the case for the corresponding peptide of VdEG1...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197828/coinfection-with-lichtheimia-corymbifera-and-aspergillus-flavus-in-an-immune-competent-patient-mimicking-as-pulmonary-renal-syndrome
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Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi, Farah Idrees, Kauser Jabeen, Saima Kamal, Afia Zafar
Lichtheimia corymbifera and Aspergillus flavus pulmonary coinfection has been rarely reported in immune-competent patients. We report case of a young male who presented with clinical features of pulmonary-renal syndrome and was later diagnosed to have bilateral polymicrobial fungal lung infection.
February 14, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195333/arabidopsis-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-plant-u-box13-pub13-regulates-chitin-receptor-lysin-motif-receptor-kinase5-lyk5-protein-abundance
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Dehua Liao, Yangrong Cao, Xun Sun, Catherine Espinoza, Cuong T Nguyen, Yan Liang, Gary Stacey
Long-chain chitooligosaccharides are fungal microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) that are recognized by LYSIN MOTIF RECEPTOR KINASE5 (LYK5), inducing the formation of a complex with CHITIN ELICITOR RECEPTOR KINASE1 (CERK1). Formation of this complex leads to activation of the CERK1 intracellular kinase domain and induction of plant innate immunity in Arabidopsis. We found that addition of chitooctaose induced LYK5 protein accumulation as a result of de novo gene expression and the inhibition of LYK5 protein degradation...
February 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190400/infant-fungal-communities-current-knowledge-and-research-opportunities
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REVIEW
Tonya L Ward, Dan Knights, Cheryl A Gale
The microbes colonizing the infant gastrointestinal tract have been implicated in later-life disease states such as allergies and obesity. Recently, the medical research community has begun to realize that very early colonization events may be most impactful on future health, with the presence of key taxa required for proper immune and metabolic development. However, most studies to date have focused on bacterial colonization events and have left out fungi, a clinically important sub-population of the microbiota...
February 13, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188493/serious-fungal-infections-in-chile
#11
E Alvarez Duarte, D W Denning
The incidence and prevalence of fungal infections in Chile are unknown. Here, we have estimated the burden of serious fungal diseases from data obtained from clinical reports, WHO reports, Chilean census, OECD reports and comprehensive literature search available on PubMed and SciELO, among other scientific resources. Due the lack of official data about fungal diseases, frequencies were calculated based on the specific populations at risk. Recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (>4 episodes/year) is estimated to occur in 3108/100,000...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188492/serious-fungal-infections-in-portugal
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R Sabino, C Verissímo, J Brandão, C Martins, D Alves, C Pais, D W Denning
There is a lack of knowledge on the epidemiology of fungal infections worldwide because there are no reporting obligations. The aim of this study was to estimate the burden of fungal disease in Portugal as part of a global fungal burden project. Most published epidemiology papers reporting fungal infection rates from Portugal were identified. Where no data existed, specific populations at risk and fungal infection frequencies in those populations were used in order to estimate national incidence or prevalence, depending on the condition...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179513/immune-responses-in-hibernating-little-brown-myotis-myotis-lucifugus-with-white-nose-syndrome
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T M Lilley, J M Prokkola, J S Johnson, E J Rogers, S Gronsky, A Kurta, D M Reeder, K A Field
White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease responsible for decimating many bat populations in North America. Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the psychrophilic fungus responsible for WNS, prospers in the winter habitat of many hibernating bat species. The immune response that Pd elicits in bats is not yet fully understood; antibodies are produced in response to infection by Pd, but they may not be protective and indeed may be harmful. To understand how bats respond to infection during hibernation, we studied the effect of Pd inoculation on the survival and gene expression of captive hibernating Myotis lucifugus with varying pre-hibernation antifungal antibody titres...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176789/the-intraspecies-diversity-of-c-albicans-triggers-qualitatively-and-temporally-distinct-host-responses-that-determine-the-balance-between-commensalism-and-pathogenicity
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F A Schönherr, F Sparber, F R Kirchner, E Guiducci, K Trautwein-Weidner, A Gladiator, N Sertour, U Hetzel, G T T Le, N Pavelka, C d'Enfert, M-E Bougnoux, C F Corti, S LeibundGut-Landmann
The host immune status is critical for preventing opportunistic infections with Candida albicans. Whether the natural fungal diversity that exists between C. albicans isolates also influences disease development remains unclear. Here, we used an experimental model of oral infection to probe the host response to diverse C. albicans isolates in vivo and found dramatic differences in their ability to persist in the oral mucosa, which inversely correlated with the degree and kinetics of immune activation in the host...
February 8, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167935/antifungal-therapy-new-advances-in-the-understanding-and-treatment-of-mycosis
#15
REVIEW
Liliana Scorzoni, Ana C A de Paula E Silva, Caroline M Marcos, Patrícia A Assato, Wanessa C M A de Melo, Haroldo C de Oliveira, Caroline B Costa-Orlandi, Maria J S Mendes-Giannini, Ana M Fusco-Almeida
The high rates of morbidity and mortality caused by fungal infections are associated with the current limited antifungal arsenal and the high toxicity of the compounds. Additionally, identifying novel drug targets is challenging because there are many similarities between fungal and human cells. The most common antifungal targets include fungal RNA synthesis and cell wall and membrane components, though new antifungal targets are being investigated. Nonetheless, fungi have developed resistance mechanisms, such as overexpression of efflux pump proteins and biofilm formation, emphasizing the importance of understanding these mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167474/regulatory-effect-of-caspase-11-on-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-the-fungal-keratitis
#16
Keke Zhu, Hongmei Mu, Baimu Pi
Caused by fungus, fungal keratitis is a kind of infections corneal disease with high rate of blindness, which patients are mainly farmers in developing countries. Interleukin, as important proinflammatory cytokines, involve in immune defense process against fungal infection of cornea. The expression of interleukin in the pathogenesis of fungal keratitis, especially the main source of its cells, is not clear and the cell signaling pathways which regulate the synthesis and modification of interleukin is still unknown...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165395/the-fungal-mycobiome-and-its-interaction-with-gut-bacteria-in-the-host
#17
REVIEW
Qi Hui Sam, Matthew Wook Chang, Louis Yi Ann Chai
The advent of sequencing technology has endowed us with the capacity to study microbes constituting the human commensal community that were previously non-culturable. Much of the initial works have concentrated on the bacterial flora constituting the gut microbiome, since specimens are readily accessible in health and disease. Less, however, is understood of the "silent population"-the fungal species, also known as the mycobiome. Living in symbiosis with bacteria as commensals in our body, it is perceivable that the mycobiome exerts an inadvertent influence on the microbiome...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164040/tlr2-mice-display-increased-clearance-of-dermatophyte-trichophyton-mentagrophytes-in-the-setting-of-hyperglycemia
#18
Débora de Fátima Almeida, Thais F de Campos Fraga-Silva, Amanda R Santos, Angela C Finato, Camila M Marchetti, Marjorie de Assis Golim, Vanessa S Lara, Maria S P Arruda, James Venturini
Dermatophytosis is one of the most common human infections affecting both immunocompetent individuals and immunocompromised patients, in whom the disease is more aggressive and can reach deep tissues. Over the last decades, cases of deep dermatophytosis have increased and the dermatophyte-host interplay remains poorly investigated. Pattern recognition molecules, such as Toll-like receptors (TLR), play a crucial role against infectious diseases. However, there has been very little research reported on dermatophytosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161740/serious-fungal-infections-in-ecuador
#19
J Zurita, D W Denning, A Paz-Y-Miño, M B Solís, L M Arias
There is a dearth of data from Ecuador on the burden of life-threatening fungal disease entities; therefore, we estimated the burden of serious fungal infections in Ecuador based on the populations at risk and available epidemiological databases and publications. A full literature search was done to identify all epidemiology papers reporting fungal infection rates. WHO, ONU-AIDS, Index Mundi, Global Asthma Report, Globocan, and national data [Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP), Sociedad de Lucha Contra el Cáncer (SOLCA), Instituto Nacional de Donación y Trasplante de Órganos, Tejidos y Células (INDOT)] were reviewed...
February 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160497/unusual-evolutionary-mechanisms-to-escape-effector-triggered-immunity-in-the-fungal-phytopathogen-leptosphaeria-maculans
#20
C Plissonneau, F Blaise, B Ollivier, M Leflon, J Carpezat, T Rouxel, M-H Balesdent
Leptosphaeria maculans is the fungus responsible for the stem canker disease of oilseed rape (Brassica napus). AvrLm3 and AvrLm4-7, two avirulence effector genes of L. maculans, are involved in an unusual relationship: AvrLm4-7 suppresses the Rlm3-mediated resistance. Here, we assessed AvrLm3 polymorphism in a collection of 235 L. maculans isolates. No field isolates exhibited deletion or inactivating mutations in AvrLm3, as observed for other L. maculans avirulence genes. Eleven isoforms of the AvrLm3 protein were found...
February 4, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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