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Ananya Tupaki-Sreepurna, Vijayakishore Thanneru, Sangeetha Natarajan, Savitri Sharma, Anjana Gopi, Murugan Sundaram, Anupma Jyoti Kindo
Availability of molecular methods, gene sequencing, and phylogenetic species recognition have led to rare fungi being recognized as opportunistic pathogens. Fungal keratitis and onychomycosis are fairly common mycoses in the tropics, especially among outdoor workers and enthusiasts. The frequently isolated etiological agents belong to genera Candida, Aspergillus, and Fusarium. Within the genus Fusarium, known to be recalcitrant to prolonged antifungal treatment and associated with poor outcome, members of the Fusarium solani species complex are reported to be most common, followed by members of the Fusarium oxysporum SC and the Fusarium fujikuroi SC (FFSC)...
February 14, 2018: Mycopathologia
Federica Carraturo, Olga De Castro, Jacopo Troisi, Adriana De Luca, Armando Masucci, Paola Cennamo, Marco Trifuoggi, Francesco Aliberti, Marco Guida
BACKGROUND: Drinking tea constitutes a tradition which is deeply rooted in the culture of several countries. Moreover, in recent years, tea consumption is growing all over the world. Improper herbal tea storage (long periods, humid environments) represents a relevant health hazard for consumers because of the growth of bacteria and molds. RESULTS: This study analyzed 32 samples of commercially available black and green teas - purchased from southern Italy markets and online-shops - and the monitoring of microbiological quality of the tea bag content was performed...
January 5, 2018: BMC Microbiology
M K Gupta, A Chandra, P Prakash, R Tilak
OBJECTIVE: Fungal corneal ulcers are a major cause of preventable blindness. Different antifungal agents as natamycin, nystatin, fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole are used to treat these ulcers. Among these, natamycin is most widely used as a treatment modality. In natamycin non-responding cases, other drugs especially voriconazole is used. This study was done to assess the use of antifungal drugs in the treatment of fungal corneal ulcer by determining the minimum inhibitory concentration against common fungal pathogens...
February 1, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Ali Mohd Lone, Muneer Ahmad Bhat, Muzafar Ahmad Rather, Wajaht Amin Shah, Zubair Shanib Bhat, Irfan Qadir Tantry, Poonam Prakash
The study was designed with an aim to synthesize a series of 2-(((2-ether)amino)methylene)-dimedone derivatives and evaluate the synthesized compounds for antimicrobial activity. Compound library was synthesized by reaction with alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl and alicyclic bromo-compounds. Characterization of the synthesized compounds was performed by 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectral techniques. The compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial activity against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium sporogenes) and Gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli)...
December 9, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
Andrea Cikova, Diana Vavrincova-Yaghi, Peter Vavrinec, Anna Dobisova, Andrea Gebhardtova, Zora Flassikova, Mark A Seelen, Robert H Henning, Aktham Yaghi
BACKGROUND: Post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB) is a serious opportunistic infection in renal graft recipients with a 30-70 fold higher incidence compared to the general population. PTTB occurs most frequently within the first years after transplantation, manifesting as pulmonary or disseminated TB. Gastrointestinal TB (GITB) is a rare and potentially lethal manifestation of PTTB and may show delayed onset in renal transplant recipients due to the use of lower doses of immunosuppressants...
November 28, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
Sophie Tiphaine Loeffert, Elise Melloul, Cédric Dananché, Laetitia Hénaff, Thomas Bénet, Pierre Cassier, Damien Dupont, Jacques Guillot, Françoise Botterel, Martine Wallon, Marie-Paule Gustin, Philippe Vanhems
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring fungal aerocontamination is an essential measure to prevent severe invasive aspergillosis (IA) infections in hospitals. One central block among 32 blocks of Edouard Herriot Hospital (EHH) was entirely demolished in 2015, while care activities continued in surrounding blocks. The main objective was to undertake broad environmental monitoring and clinical surveillance of IA cases to document fungal dispersion during major deconstruction work and to assess clinical risk...
November 25, 2017: BMJ Open
M Oliveira, M Arenas, O Lage, M Cunha, M I Amorim
In this work, fungi present in the grapevine's phyllosphere collected from the main demarcated wine regions of Portugal were identified, and their phylogenetic relationships were analysed. A total of 46 vine samples (leaves and berries) were collected from different parts of the country, being isolated a total of 117 fungal colonies that were identified to the genus level and sequenced in the following genetic regions: internal transcribed spacer region and 18S rRNA and β-tubulin gene. Next, a phylogenetic tree reconstruction for each genetic region was built...
January 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Avi Kumar, Shekhar Kunal, Ashok Shah
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now recognized as a systemic disorder with many comorbidities. Atopy in patients with COPD and upper airways symptoms has not been characterized. Objective: We investigated the occurrence and impact of aeroallergen sensitisation in patients with COPD and upper airways symptoms. Methods: All 41 subjects with COPD diagnosed as per Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines, underwent spirometry with reversibility, computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses (CT-PNS), skin prick test (SPT) against common aeroallergens and responded to St...
October 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
Caroline Arruda, Daniele de Souza Eugênio, Monique Rodrigues Moreira, Guilherme Venâncio Símaro, Jairo Kenupp Bastos, Carlos Henrique Gomes Martins, Márcio Luís Andrade Silva, Rodrigo Cássio Sola Veneziani, Paula Bruzadelle Vieira, Sérgio R Ambrósio
The biotransformation of the lignan (-)-cubebin by filamentous fungi Aspergillus terreus and Aspergillus niger is an efficient bioprocess for obtaining (-)-hinokinin and (-)-parabenzlactone. The relevance of getting (-)-hinokinin is due to its promising effect against oral pathogens, especially S. sanguinis (both MIC and MBC 12.5 μg/mL), and other previous reported effects against Chagas disease and as anti-inflammatory. The advantage of using fungal transformation is the use of non-toxic and/or non-pollutant reagents and/or solvents in comparison with semi-synthesis...
October 6, 2017: Natural Product Research
W J Heinz, D Buchheidt, M Christopeit, M von Lilienfeld-Toal, O A Cornely, H Einsele, M Karthaus, H Link, R Mahlberg, S Neumann, H Ostermann, O Penack, M Ruhnke, M Sandherr, X Schiel, J J Vehreschild, F Weissinger, G Maschmeyer
Fever may be the only clinical symptom at the onset of infection in neutropenic cancer patients undergoing myelosuppressive chemotherapy. A prompt and evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic approach is mandatory. A systematic search of current literature was conducted, including only full papers and excluding allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Recommendations for diagnosis and therapy were developed by an expert panel and approved after plenary discussion by the AGIHO. Randomized clinical trials were mainly available for therapeutic decisions, and new diagnostic procedures have been introduced into clinical practice in the past decade...
November 2017: Annals of Hematology
Prajna Lalitha, Sabyasachi Sengupta, Ravilla D Ravindran, Savitri Sharma, Joveeta Joseph, Vikas Ambiya, Taraprasad Das
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to review the incidence and microbiology of acute postcataract surgery endophthalmitis in India. METHODS: Systematic review of English-language PubMed referenced articles on endophthalmitis in India published in the past 21 years (January 1992-December 2012), and retrospective chart review of 2 major eye care facilities in India in the past 5 years (January 2010-December 2014) were done. The incidence data were collected from articles that described "in-house" endophthalmitis and the microbiology data were collected from all articles...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
Jun-Won Yun, Seung-Hyun Kim, Yun-Soon Kim, Ji-Ran You, Eun-Young Cho, Jung-Hee Yoon, Euna Kwon, Sang Ju Lee, Seong Pil Kim, Jae Hoon Seo, Jae Pyung In, Jae Hun Ahn, Ja-June Jang, Jin-Sung Park, Jeong-Hwan Che, Byeong-Cheol Kang
Koji products have been considered as an effective fermented food consumed in East Asia with many health benefits. Particularly, rice koji with Aspergillus terreus (RAT) has been reported to be able to prevent hyperlipidemia and hepatic steatosis through regulating cholesterol synthesis. Despite its biological activities, there is a lack of comprehensive information to give an assurance of its safety. Therefore, the objective of this study was to perform a series of toxicological studies (repeated dose oral toxicity and genotoxicity) according to test guidelines published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development...
August 9, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Hsiang-Chi Kung, Po-Yen Huang, Wei-Ting Chen, Bor-Sheng Ko, Yee-Chun Chen, Shan-Chwen Chang, Yin-Ching Chuang
The Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan, Medical Foundation in Memory of Dr. Deh-Lin Cheng, Foundation of Professor Wei-Chuan Hsieh for Infectious Diseases Research and Education, and CY Lee's Research Foundation for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccines have updated the guidelines for the use of antifungal agents in adult patients with invasive fungal diseases in Taiwan. This guideline replaces the 2009 version. Recommendations are provided for Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus and Mucormycetes. The focus is based on up-to-date evidence on indications for treatment or prophylaxis of the most common clinical problems...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Sergio D Moreno-Velásquez, Constanze Seidel, Praveen R Juvvadi, William J Steinbach, Nick D Read
Caspofungin targets cell wall β-1,3-glucan synthesis and is the international consensus guideline-recommended salvage therapy for invasive aspergillosis. Although caspofungin is inhibitory at low concentrations, it exhibits a paradoxical effect (reversal of growth inhibition) at high concentrations by an undetermined mechanism. Treatment with caspofungin at either the growth-inhibitory concentration (0.5 μg/ml) or paradoxical growth-inducing concentration (4 μg/ml) for 24 h caused similar abnormalities, including wider, hyperbranched hyphae, increased septation, and repeated hyphal tip lysis, followed by regenerative intrahyphal growth...
October 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
T Sandoval-Contreras, S Marín, A Villarruel-López, A Gschaedler, L Garrido-Sánchez, F Ascencio
Molds are responsible for postharvest spoilage of citrus fruits. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of temperature on growth rate and the time to visible growth of Aspergillus niger strains isolated from citrus fruits. The growth of these strains was studied on agar lime medium (AL) at different temperatures, and growth rate was estimated using the Baranyi and Roberts model (Int. J. Food Microbiol. 23:277-294, 1994). The Rosso et al. cardinal model with inflexion (L. Rosso, J. R. Lobry, S...
July 2017: Journal of Food Protection
S Farrell, E McElnea, S Moran, S Knowles, C C Murphy
PurposeFungal keratitis is relatively rare in temperate climates with only one previous population-based study, which reported a minimum annual incidence of 0.32 per million population in the United Kingdom. We performed a nationwide study in the Republic of Ireland of cases over a 6-year period to establish the incidence, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes of fungal keratitis.Patients and methodsAll corneal scraping specimens positive for fungal species over a 6-year period were identified at the microbiology departments of the seven main ophthalmology units in the Republic of Ireland...
October 2017: Eye
Michael J Hodkin, Ryan C Gustus
OBJECTIVES: To report two cases of fungal keratitis in soft contact lens wearers who were exposed to environmental mold. METHODS: Case reports, with review of the relevant literature. RESULTS: Two otherwise healthy middle-aged women who were soft contact lens wearers developed fungal keratitis about 1 week after heavy exposure to environmental mold. Culture results showed Aspergillus from one patient and the unusual combination of Trichoderma and Penicillium from the other...
May 16, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
Sandra M Walser, Bernhard Brenner, Stefanie Heinze, Regine Szewzyk, Eike Wolter, Caroline E W Herr
Airborne microorganisms occur ubiquitously in the ambient air. Besides allergic and irritative-toxic effects, they can cause infections after inhalation. Occupational studies have shown that an increased incidence of respiratory diseases is found in adequately exposed workers. In addition to respiratory diseases, severe systemic infections can also occur in particular cases, such as in the case of a hantavirus infection that is recognized as an occupational disease. In studies from environmental medicine, respiratory diseases have also been observed in residents living in the vicinity of livestock facilities and evaporative cooling towers...
April 26, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Michał Borys, Paweł Piwowarczyk, Justyna Sysiak, Mirosław Czuczwar, Andrzej Prystupa
Although. Aspergillus spp infection is not the major cause of morbidity in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), mortality among patients treated for it is tremendous. Moreover, invasive aspergillosis (IA) is an independent risk factor of hospital costs and length of stay. The prevalence of this disease is inversely correlated with the immunocompetence of individuals; for instance, the incidence of IA among patients with leukemia is estimated as high as 12.7%. Although there is a significant improvement in the antifungal armamentarium, the appropriate treatment is still being given too late, mostly because of late diagnosis...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
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