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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783771/adhesins-in-candida-glabrata
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Bea Timmermans, Alejandro De Las Peñas, Irene Castaño, Patrick Van Dijck
The human fungal pathogen Candida glabrata is causing more and more problems in hospitals, as this species shows an intrinsic antifungal drug resistance or rapidly becomes resistant when challenged with antifungals. C. glabrata only grows in the yeast form, so it is lacking a yeast-to-hyphae switch, which is one of the main virulence factors of C. albicans . An important virulence factor of C. glabrata is its capacity to strongly adhere to many different substrates. To achieve this, C. glabrata expresses a large number of adhesin-encoding genes and genome comparisons with closely related species, including the non-pathogenic S...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768730/biofilm-in-voice-prosthesis-a-prospective-cohort-study-and-laboratory-tests-using-sonication-and-sem-analysis
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Jacopo Galli, Lea Calo', Duino Meucci, Monica Giuliani, Daniela Lucidi, Gaetano Paludetti, Riccardo Torelli, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Claudio Parrilla
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare the biofilm growing pattern and its morphological extent on silicone and a teflon-like material using a sonication process and a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). DESIGN: A prospective cohort study and a laboratory study. SETTING: Otolaryngology -Head and Neck surgery Department and the Microbiology Institute. PARTICIPANTS: The participants included fifteen laryngectomized patients with phonatory prostheses, which were removed due to device failure, and two different kinds of phonatory prostheses from the laboratory (Provox 2 and ActiValve) that were artificially colonized by Candida albicans...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767615/relevance-of-antifungal-penetration-in-biofilm-associated-resistance-of-candida-albicans-and-non-albicans-candida-species
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Rachna Singh, Anjna Kumari, Karminder Kaur, Parul Sethi, Arunaloke Chakrabarti
The role of penetration limitation in Candida biofilm-associated antifungal resistance remains unclear. Most of the previous work has been done on Candida albicans, although non-albicans (NAC) species are also implicated in invasive candidiasis and the biofilm matrix has been shown to vary amongst different species. Only a few studies have evaluated clinical isolates. This study aimed to determine the relevance of penetration limitation in the antifungal resistance of biofilms formed by C. albicans and NAC clinical isolates, using an agar disk diffusion assay...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760550/synergistic-antifungal-effect-of-chitosan-stabilized-selenium-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-pulsed-laser-ablation-in-liquids-against-candida-albicans-biofilms
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Humberto H Lara, Gregory Guisbiers, Jonathan Mendoza, Lawrence C Mimun, Brandy A Vincent, Jose L Lopez-Ribot, Kelly L Nash
Background: Candida albicans is a major opportunistic fungal pathogen. One of the most important virulence factors that contribute to the pathogenesis of candidiasis is its ability to form biofilms. A key characteristic of Candida biofilms is their resistance to antifungal agents. Due to significant morbidity and mortality rates related to biofilm-associated drug resistance, there is an urgency to develop novel nanotechnology-based approaches preventing biofilm-related infections. Methods: In this study, we report, for the first time, the synthesis of selenium nanoparticles by irradiating selenium pellets by nanosecond pulsed laser ablation in liquid chitosan as a capping agent...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760548/silver-nanoparticles-induced-alterations-in-multiple-cellular-targets-which-are-critical-for-drug-susceptibilities-and-pathogenicity-in-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans
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Venkatraman Srinivasan Radhakrishnan, Mohana Krishna Reddy Mudiam, Manish Kumar, Surya Prakash Dwivedi, Surinder Pal Singh, Tulika Prasad
Purpose: A significant increase in the incidence of fungal infections and drug resistance has been observed in the past decades due to limited availability of broad-spectrum antifungal drugs. Nanomedicines have shown significant antimicrobial potential against various drug-resistant microbes. Silver nanoparticles (AgNps) are known for their antimicrobial properties and lower host toxicity; however, for clinical applications, evaluation of their impact at cellular and molecular levels is essential...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746596/the-hyr1-protein-from-the-fungus-candida-albicans-is-a-cross-kingdom-immunotherapeutic-target-for-acinetobacter-bacterial-infection
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Priya Uppuluri, Lin Lin, Abdullah Alqarihi, Guanpingsheng Luo, Eman G Youssef, Sondus Alkhazraji, Nannette Y Yount, Belal A Ibrahim, Michael Anthony Bolaris, John E Edwards, Marc Swidergall, Scott G Filler, Michael R Yeaman, Ashraf S Ibrahim
Different pathogens share similar medical settings and rely on similar virulence strategies to cause infections. We have previously applied 3-D computational modeling and bioinformatics to discover novel antigens that target more than one human pathogen. Active and passive immunization with the recombinant N-terminus of Candida albicans Hyr1 (rHyr1p-N) protect mice against lethal candidemia. Here we determine that Hyr1p shares homology with cell surface proteins of the multidrug resistant Gram negative bacterium, Acinetobacter baumannii including hemagglutinin (FhaB) and outer membrane protein A (OmpA)...
May 10, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739943/designer-cells-programming-quorum-sensing-interference-with-microbes
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Ferdinand Sedlmayer, Dennis Hell, Marius Müller, David Ausländer, Martin Fussenegger
Quorum sensing is a promising target for next-generation anti-infectives designed to address evolving bacterial drug resistance. The autoinducer-2 (AI-2) is a key quorum-sensing signal molecule which regulates bacterial group behaviors and is recognized by many Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Here we report a synthetic mammalian cell-based microbial-control device that detects microbial chemotactic formyl peptides through a formyl peptide sensor (FPS) and responds by releasing AI-2. The microbial-control device was designed by rewiring an artificial receptor-based signaling cascade to a modular biosynthetic AI-2 production platform...
May 8, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735833/echinocandins-their-role-in-the-management-of-candida-biofilms
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Subramanian Swaminathan, Shweta Kamat, Nalini Adele Pinto
The importance of antifungal agents and their clinical implications has received little attention in comparison to antibiotics, particularly in the health-care setting. However, apart from bacterial infections rising in hospitals, the incidences of fungal infections are growing with the development of resistance to conventional antifungal agents. Newer antifungal agents such as echinocandins (ECs) have been extensively studied over the past decade and are recognised as a superior treatment compared with prior antifungals as a first line of therapy in tertiary institutions...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730068/biofilm-testing-of-microbiota-an-essential-step-during-corneal-scrap-examination-in-egyptian-acanthamoebic-keratitis-cases
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Marwa A Hasby Saad, Haidy S M Khalil
PURPOSE: To detect co-infections in the culture-proven acanthamoebic keratitis (AK) cases, and to test the capability of biofilm formation in the isolated microbiota. The clinical findings, habit of wearing contact lens and in-vitro antibiotic resistance were analyzed further according to the biofilm formation capability. METHODS: After clinical examination, corneal scraps and swabs were taken from 240 clinically suspected AK cases, for Acanthamoeba and microbiological cultures...
May 3, 2018: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729017/risk-assessment-for-the-spread-of-candida-sp-in-dental-chair-unit-waterlines-using-molecular-techniques
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Wissame Mazari, Zahia Boucherit-Otmani, Imad Abdelhamid El Haci, Amine Ilahi, Kebir Boucherit
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of yeasts in dental chair unit waterlines (DCUWLs) and to test their ability to form biofilms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen dental waterlines were analysed by culture in liquid Sabouraud in order to allow the quantification and the purification of isolated yeasts from their internal surfaces. All isolates were identified by standard laboratory procedures, including CHROMagar Candida medium for orientation, commercial yeast identification system Api Candida, MALDI-TOF MS and DNA sequencing...
May 4, 2018: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726837/fracture-resistant-antibiofilm-adherent-self-assembled-pmma-zno-nanoformulations-for-biomedical-applications-physico-chemical-and-biological-perspectives-of-nano-reinforcement
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Indu Raj, Miran Mozetic, Jayachandran V Prabhu, Jiya Jose, Sabu Thomas, Nandakumar Kalarikkal
Antimicrobial, antibiofilm adherent, fracture resistant nano Zinc Oxide (ZnO NP) formulations based on poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) matrix were developed by ex situ compression moulding technique in a facile manner. These formulations demonstrated potent, long-term biofilm-resisting effects against Candida Albicans (9000 CFU to 1000CFU) and Streptococcal Mutans. Proposed mechanism of biofilm resistance was the release of metallic ions/metal oxide by 'particle-corrosion'. MTT and cellular proliferation assays confirmed both qualitatively and quantitatively equal human skin fibroblast cell line proliferations (approximately 75%) on both PMMA/ZnO formulation and on neat PMMA...
May 4, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720131/intestinal-candida-parapsilosis-isolates-from-rett-syndrome-subjects-bear-potential-virulent-traits-and-capacity-to-persist-within-the-host
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Francesco Strati, Antonio Calabrò, Claudio Donati, Claudio De Felice, Joussef Hayek, Olivier Jousson, Silvia Leoncini, Daniela Renzi, Lisa Rizzetto, Carlotta De Filippo, Duccio Cavalieri
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurological disorder mainly caused by mutations in MeCP2 gene. It has been shown that MeCP2 impairments can lead to cytokine dysregulation due to MeCP2 regulatory role in T-helper and T-reg mediated responses, thus contributing to the pro-inflammatory status associated with RTT. Furthermore, RTT subjects suffer from an intestinal dysbiosis characterized by an abnormal expansion of the Candida population, a known factor responsible for the hyper-activation of pro-inflammatory immune responses...
May 2, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704397/association-of-the-hypha-related-protein-pra1-and-zinc-transporter-zrt1-with-biofilm-formation-by-the-pathogenic-yeast-candida-albicans
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Sanae Kurakado, Rika Arai, Takashi Sugita
Bloodstream infection by the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans is a major health problem. Candidemia is often associated with medical devices, which can act as substrates for biofilm development. Biofilm-related infections are relatively difficult to treat because of their resistance to antimicrobial agents. Therefore, it is important to explore the mechanism of biofilm formation. Dimorphism is a major contributor to biofilm formation in C. albicans. To address whether the hypha-related proteins Pra1 (pH-regulated antigen) and Zrt1 (zinc transporter) are responsible for biofilm formation, we investigated the ability of pra1 and zrt1 deletion mutants to form biofilms...
April 28, 2018: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691631/lovastatin-synergizes-with-itraconazole-against-planktonic-cells-and-biofilms-of-candida-albicans-through-the-regulation-on-ergosterol-biosynthesis-pathway
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Yujie Zhou, Hong Yang, Xuedong Zhou, Hongke Luo, Fan Tang, Jin Yang, Gil Alterovitz, Lei Cheng, Biao Ren
The increase of fungal infectious diseases and lack of safe and efficacious antifungal drugs result in the urgent need of new therapeutic strategies. Here, we repurposed the lovastatin (LOV) as a synergistic antifungal potentiator to itraconazole (ITZ) against Candida albicans planktonic cells and biofilms in vitro for the first time. Mutants from ergosterol biosynthesis pathway were employed and key gene expression profiles of ergosterol pathway were also measured. LOV single treatment was unable to inhibit C...
April 25, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683287/the-role-of-biofilms-in-onychomycosis
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Aditya K Gupta, Kelly A Foley
Onychomycosis is a difficult to treat fungal infection of the nails. The chronic nature of onychomycosis contributes to high recurrence rates and the difficulty in treating both dermatophyte and non- dermatophyte infections. It has been hypothesized that the formation of biofilms, sessile, multicellular communities of fungi surrounded by a protective extracellular matrix, allow for fungi to evade current antifungal therapies and contribute to observed antifungal resistance. This review presents the experimental evidence that has accumulated in recent years implicating biofilms in the pathogenesis of onychomycosis...
April 19, 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678464/biofilm-inhibition-and-anti-candida-activity-of-a-cationic-lipo-benzamide-molecule-with-twin-nonyl-chain
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Tushar Jain, Prathap Reddy Muktapuram, Komal Sharma, Owk Ravi, Garima Pant, Kalyan Mitra, Surendar Reddy Bathula, Dibyendu Banerjee
A series of cationic lipo-benzamide compounds with varying lengths of hydrocarbon chains (C2M-C18M) were evaluated for anti-Candida activity. Four compounds harbouring 8-11 hydrocarbon chains demonstrated concentration-dependent inhibition of fungal cell growth with Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of ≤6.2 µg ml-1 . The most active compound (C9M) inhibited growth of both Candida albicans and non-albicans strains and is equally active against pairs of azole sensitive and resistant clinical isolates of C...
April 12, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671631/antimicrobial-sonodynamic-and-photodynamic-therapies-against-candida-albicans
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Fernanda Alves, Ana Cláudia Pavarina, Ewerton Garcia de Oliveira Mima, Anthony P McHale, John Francis Callan
Candida albicans biofilms exhibit unique characteristics and are highly resistant to antifungal agents. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is an alternative treatment limited to treating superficial infections due to the poor light penetration. In this manuscript, the antifungal properties of sonodynamic therapy (SDT) were assessed. SDT uses ultrasound instead of light, enabling the treatment of deeper infections. Planktonic cells and biofilms of C. albicans were treated with aPDT or SDT, in addition to combined aPDT/SDT, with cell survival determined using colony forming units...
April 19, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665443/activity-of-a-nitric-oxide-generating-wound-treatment-system-against-wound-pathogen-biofilms
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Richard D Waite, Joanne E Stewart, Abish S Stephen, Robert P Allaker
Wound bioburden plays an important role in impaired healing and the development of infection-related complications. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of an innovative two-layer nitric oxide generating system (NOx) to prevent and treat biofilms formed by bacterial and fungal pathogens commonly associated with wound infection, and activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors. Single and mixed species biofilms were grown for 24h on nitrocellulose filters placed on agar. Filters were covered with either NOx or placebo, before and after biofilm formation...
April 14, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656577/efficacy-of-7-benzyloxyindole-and-other-halogenated-indoles-to-inhibit-candida-albicans-biofilm-and-hyphal-formation
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Ranjith Kumar Manoharan, Jin-Hyung Lee, Jintae Lee
Certain pathogenic bacteria and yeast form biofilms on biotic and abiotic surfaces including medical devices and implants. Hence, the development of antibiofilm coating materials becomes relevant. The virulence of those colonizing pathogens can be reduced by inhibiting biofilm formation rather than killing pathogens using excessive amounts of antimicrobials, which is touted as one of the main reasons for the development of drug resistance. Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen, and the transition of yeast cells to hyphal cells is believed to be a crucial virulence factor...
April 15, 2018: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648597/secondary-bile-acids-inhibit-candida-albicans-growth-and-morphogenesis
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Jack Guinan, Pedro Villa, Shankar Thangamani
Candida albicans is one of the most common causes of fungal infections in humans with a significant mortality rate. However, the factors involved in C. albicans gastrointestinal (GI) colonization remain unclear. We hypothesize that secondary bile acids have direct antifungal activity against C. albicans and may play a critical role in maintaining GI colonization resistance against C. albicans. In this study, we investigated the effect of secondary bile acids including lithocholic acid (LCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA) on C...
April 10, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
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