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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792948/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-significant-differences-in-gene-expression-between-appressoria-and-hyphae-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#1
Meiyu Wang, Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Zhirui Ji, Junxiang Zhang
Fruit rot caused mainly by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is a major cause of pre- and/or post-harvest diseases, which seriously constrains production, marketing, and export of fruits. To infect the host, this fungus evolves a specialized infection structure called the appressorium. Extensive past studies have characterized many appressorium-related genes in C. gloeosporioides, separately. However, a comprehensive understanding of the genes contributing to appressorium formation is far from complete. Here, global changes in gene expression were analyzed between appressoria and hyphae using RNA-Seq...
May 21, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788443/pediatric-infectious-diseases-meets-the-future
#2
Janet R Gilsdorf, Paul Spearman, Janet A Englund, Tina Q Tan, Kristina A Bryant
Pediatric infectious diseases physicians are dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention, and management of infections in children. As such, we play large, and important, roles in the clinical care of children from birth to late adolescence and in infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, research pertaining to infections, public health, international and global health, and advocacy for children's health. Furthermore, we are critical to the education of future physicians (in general), pediatricians, and infectious diseases doctors...
May 19, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782555/langerin-dcs-regulate-innate-il-17-production-in-the-oral-mucosa-during-candida-albicans-mediated-infection
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Florian Sparber, Tamas Dolowschiak, Sarah Mertens, Laura Lauener, Björn E Clausen, Nicole Joller, Patrizia Stoitzner, Roxane Tussiwand, Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans frequently causes diseases such as oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) in immunocompromised individuals. Although it is well appreciated that the cytokine IL-17 is crucial for protective immunity against OPC, the cellular source and the regulation of this cytokine during infection are still a matter of debate. Here, we directly visualized IL-17 production in the infected tongue of experimentally infected mice, thereby demonstrating that this key cytokine is expressed by three complementary subsets of CD90+ leukocytes: RAG-dependent αβ and γδ T cells, as well as RAG-independent ILCs...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782541/an-unappreciated-role-for-neutrophil-dc-hybrids-in-immunity-to-invasive-fungal-infections
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J Scott Fites, Michael Gui, John F Kernien, Paige Negoro, Zeina Dagher, David B Sykes, Jeniel E Nett, Michael K Mansour, Bruce S Klein
Neutrophils are classically defined as terminally differentiated, short-lived cells; however, neutrophils can be long-lived with phenotypic plasticity. During inflammation, a subset of neutrophils transdifferentiate into a population called neutrophil-DC hybrids (PMN-DCs) having properties of both neutrophils and dendritic cells. While these cells ubiquitously appear during inflammation, the role of PMN-DCs in disease remains poorly understood. We observed the differentiation of PMN-DCs in pre-clinical murine models of fungal infection: blastomycosis, aspergillosis and candidiasis...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782308/activation-of-herpes-simplex-infection-after-tattoo
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Antigona Begolli Gerqari, Mybera Ferizi, Merita Kotori, Aferdita Daka, Syzana Hapciu, Ilir Begolli, Mirije Begolli, Idriz Gerqari
Tattooing is a procedure where ink is applied to an area of the skin, mostly intraepidermally (1). This procedure is carried out mainly for aesthetic purposes. Lately, it has been used as a corrective medical procedure following amputation of mammilla. The procedure is aggressive (2), and the fact that skin is punctured many times with the same needle which cannot be fully sterilized may cause infection of the treated area with bacterial, fungal, or viral agents that may lead to health consequences manifesting in the form of verrucae vulgaris, molluscum contagiosum, and herpes simplex...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781185/helper-t-cell-responses-and-pulmonary-fungal-infections
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Andrew J McDermott, Bruce S Klein
The mucosal surface of the respiratory tract encounters microbes, such as fungal particles, with every inhaled breath. When pathogenic fungi breach the physical barrier and innate immune system within the lung to establish an infection, adaptive immunity is engaged often in the form of helper CD4 T-cell responses. Type 1 responses, characterized by IFNγ production from CD4 cells, promote clearance of Histoplasma capsulatum and Cryptococcus neoformans infection. Likewise, IL-17A production from Th17 cells promotes immunity to Blastomyces dermatitidis and Coccidiodes species infection by recruiting neutrophils...
May 20, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780375/effect-of-artinm-on-human-blood-cells-during-infection-with-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis
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Luciana P Ruas, Livia M Genaro, Amauri S Justo-Junior, Lilian O Coser, Lívia F de Castro, Plinio Trabasso, Ronei L Mamoni, Maria-Cristina Roque-Barreira, Maria-Heloisa S L Blotta
Infections caused by fungi are prominent in our environment and can be potentially fatal. paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), caused by fungi of the Paracoccidioides genus, is the most frequent systemic mycosis in Brazil and the main cause of death among immunocompetent individuals. The antifungal therapy for PCM is usually effective but side effects and relapses are often reported. The latter could be avoided with alternative or complementary therapies aimed at boosting the immune response to combat this pathogen...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773668/plants-send-small-rnas-in-extracellular-vesicles-to-fungal-pathogen-to-silence-virulence-genes
#9
Qiang Cai, Lulu Qiao, Ming Wang, Baoye He, Feng-Mao Lin, Jared Palmquist, Hsien-Da Huang, Hailing Jin
Some pathogens and pests deliver small RNAs (sRNAs) into host cells to suppress host immunity. Conversely, hosts also transfer sRNAs into pathogens and pests to inhibit their virulence. Although sRNA trafficking has been observed in a wide variety of interactions, how sRNAs are transferred, especially from hosts to pathogens/pests, is still unknown. Here we show that host Arabidopsis cells secrete exosome-like extracellular vesicles to deliver sRNAs into fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea These sRNA-containing vesicles accumulate at the infection sites and are taken up by the fungal cells...
May 17, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768268/antifungal-innate-immunity-a-perspective-from-the-last-10-years
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REVIEW
Fabián Salazar, Gordon D Brown
Fungal pathogens can rarely cause diseases in immunocompetent individuals. However, commensal and normally nonpathogenic environmental fungi can cause life-threatening infections in immunocompromised individuals. Over the last few decades, there has been a huge increase in the incidence of invasive opportunistic fungal infections along with a worrying increase in antifungal drug resistance. As a consequence, research focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of antifungal immunity has expanded tremendously in the last few years...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764946/comparative-genomics-reveals-the-core-gene-toolbox-for-the-fungus-insect-symbiosis
#11
Yan Wang, Matt Stata, Wei Wang, Jason E Stajich, Merlin M White, Jean-Marc Moncalvo
Modern genomics has shed light on many entomopathogenic fungi and expanded our knowledge widely; however, little is known about the genomic features of the insect-commensal fungi. Harpellales are obligate commensals living in the digestive tracts of disease-bearing insects (black flies, midges, and mosquitoes). In this study, we produced and annotated whole-genome sequences of nine Harpellales taxa and conducted the first comparative analyses to infer the genomic diversity within the members of the Harpellales...
May 15, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760835/cutaneous-mucormycosis-following-a-bullous-pemphigoid-flare-in-a-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patient-on-ibrutinib
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Matthew K Stein, Saradasri Karri, Jackson Reynolds, Jeff Owsley, Austin Wise, Mike G Martin, Fereshteh Zare
While the recent development of novel therapeutics in oncology, such as small molecule kinase inhibitors (SMKIs), has enabled our ability to target disease-specific molecular pathways, the prolonged impact of these agents on the immune system and infectious risk remains to be seen. We present a 68-year-old male with refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) on ibrutinib monotherapy for 3 years who developed extensive cutaneous mucormycosis following a severe bullous pemphigoid (BP) flare. He received amphotericin B for 4 weeks and was continued on posaconazole with resolution of his mucormycosis infection...
April 2018: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760698/mechanisms-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-mediated-host-damage
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REVIEW
Arturo Casadevall, Carolina Coelho, Alexandre Alanio
Cryptococcus neoformans is not usually considered a cytotoxic fungal pathogen but there is considerable evidence that this microbe can damage host cells and tissues. In this essay, we review the evidence that C. neoformans damages host cells and note that the mechanisms involved are diverse. We consider C. neoformans -mediated host damage at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organism level. Direct mechanisms of cytotoxicity include lytic exocytosis, organelle dysfunction, phagolysosomal membrane damage, and cytoskeletal alterations...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760146/copper-acyl-salicylate-has-potential-as-an-anti-cryptococcus-anti-fungal-agent
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Adepemi O Ogundeji, Boitumelo F Porotloane, Carolina H Pohl, Pravin S Kendrekar, Olihile M Sebolai
The in vitro anti-fungal activity of aspirin against cryptococcal cells has been reported. However, its undesired effects may limit its clinical application. Conceivably, a derivative of aspirin could overcome this challenge. Toward this end, this paper considered the usage of an aspirinate-metal complex viz. copper acyl salicylate (CAS) as an anti- Cryptococcus anti-fungal agent. Additionally, the paper examined the influence of this compound on macrophage function. The in vitro susceptibility results revealed that cryptococcal cells were vulnerable (in a dose-dependent manner) to CAS, which may have effected growth inhibition by damaging cryptococcal cell membranes...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760132/a-multimodal-imaging-approach-enables-in-vivo-assessment-of-antifungal-treatment-in-a-mouse-model-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Jennifer Poelmans, Uwe Himmelreich, Liesbeth Vanherp, Luca Zhai, Amy Hillen, Bryan Holvoet, Sarah Belderbos, Matthias Brock, Johan Maertens, Greetje Vande Velde, Katrien Lagrou
Aspergillus fumigatus causes life-threatening lung infections in immunocompromised patients. Mouse models are extensively used in research to assess the in vivo efficacy of antifungals. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the use of non-invasive imaging techniques to evaluate experimental infections. However, single imaging modalities have limitations concerning the type of information they can provide. In this study, magnetic resonance imaging and bioluminescence imaging were combined to obtain longitudinal information on the extent of developing lesions and fungal load in a leucopenic mouse model of IPA...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757394/a-barley-powdery-mildew-fungus-non-autonomous-retrotransposon-encodes-a-peptide-that-supports-penetration-success-on-barley
#16
Mathias Nottensteiner, Bernd Zechmann, Christopher McCollum, Ralph Hückelhoven
Pathogens overcome plant immunity by the means of secreted effectors. Host effector targets often act in pathogen defense but might also support fungal accommodation or nutrition. The barley ROP GTPase HvRACB is involved in accommodation of fungal haustoria of the powdery mildew fungus Blumeria graminis f.sp. hordei (Bgh) in barley epidermal cells. We found that HvRACB interacts with the ROP-interactive peptide 1 (ROPIP1) that is encoded on the active non-long terminal repeat retroelement Eg-R1 of Bgh. Over-expression of ROPIP1 in barley epidermal cells and host-induced post-transcriptional gene silencing (HIGS) of ROPIP1 suggested that ROPIP1 is involved in virulence of Bgh...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755697/natural-killer-cells-as-a-therapeutic-tool-for-infectious-diseases-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#17
REVIEW
Stanislaw Schmidt, Lars Tramsen, Bushra Rais, Evelyn Ullrich, Thomas Lehrnbecher
Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the host immune response against infections due to viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens, all of which are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Since the recovery of the immune system has a major impact on the outcome of an infectious complication, there is major interest in strengthening the host response in immunocompromised patients, either by using cytokines or growth factors or by adoptive cellular therapies transfusing immune cells such as granulocytes or pathogen-specific T-cells...
April 17, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755472/the-elusive-anti-candida-vaccine-lessons-from-the-past-and-opportunities-for-the-future
#18
REVIEW
Gloria Hoi Wan Tso, Jose Antonio Reales-Calderon, Norman Pavelka
Candidemia is a bloodstream fungal infection caused by Candida species and is most commonly observed in hospitalized patients. Even with proper antifungal drug treatment, mortality rates remain high at 40-50%. Therefore, prophylactic or preemptive antifungal medications are currently recommended in order to prevent infections in high-risk patients. Moreover, the majority of women experience at least one episode of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) throughout their lifetime and many of them suffer from recurrent VVC (RVVC) with frequent relapses for the rest of their lives...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755450/the-complexity-of-fungal-%C3%AE-glucan-in-health-and-disease-effects-on-the-mononuclear-phagocyte-system
#19
REVIEW
Giorgio Camilli, Guillaume Tabouret, Jessica Quintin
β-glucan, the most abundant fungal cell wall polysaccharide, has gained much attention from the scientific community in the last few decades for its fascinating but not yet fully understood immunobiology. Study of this molecule has been motivated by its importance as a pathogen-associated molecular pattern upon fungal infection as well as by its promising clinical utility as biological response modifier for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Its immune effect is attributed to the ability to bind to different receptors expressed on the cell surface of phagocytic and cytotoxic innate immune cells, including monocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, and natural killer cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754764/monitoring-of-early-humoral-immunity-to-identify-lung-recipients-at-risk-for-development-of-serious-infections-a-multicenter-prospective-study
#20
Elizabeth Sarmiento, Jose Cifrian, Leticia Calahorra, Carles Bravo, Sonia Lopez, Rosalia Laporta, Piedad Ussetti, Amparo Sole, Carmen Morales, Alicia de Pablos, Maria Jaramillo, Ikram Ezzahouri, Sandra García, Joaquin Navarro, Marcos Lopez-Hoyos, Javier Carbone
BACKGROUND: Infection is still a leading cause of death during the first year after lung transplantation. We performed a multicenter study among teaching hospitals to assess monitoring of early humoral immunity as a means of identifying lung recipients at risk of serious infections. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed 82 adult lung recipients at 5 centers in Spain. Data were collected before transplantation and at 7 and 30 days after transplantation. Biomarkers included IgG, IgM, IgA, complement factors C3 and C4, titers of antibodies to pneumococcal polysaccharide antigens (IgG, IgA, IgM) and antibodies to cytomegalovirus (IgG), and serum B-cell activating factor (BAFF) levels...
April 6, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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