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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449002/purification-and-biochemical-and-kinetic-properties-of-an-endo-polygalacturonase-from-the-industrial-fungus-aspergillus-sojae
#1
Dante Fratebianchi, Ivana Alejandra Cavello, Sebastián Fernando Cavalitto
An endo-polygalacturonase secreted by Aspergillus sojae was characterized after being purified to homogeneity from submerged cultures with orange peel as the sole carbon source by gel filtration and ion-exchange chromatographies. According to SDS-PAGE and analytical isoelectric focusing analyses, the enzyme presents a molecular weight of 47 kDa and pI value of 4.2. This enzyme exhibits considerable stability under highly acidic to neutral conditions (pH 1.5-6.5) and presents a half-life of 2 h at 50°C. Besides its activity towards pectin and polygalacturonic acid, the enzyme displays pectin-releasing activity, acting best in a pH range of 3...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448830/biogenesis-of-secondary-mycogenic-minerals-related-to-wall-paintings-deterioration-process
#2
Nikola Unković, Suzana Erić, Kristina Šarić, Miloš Stupar, Željko Savković, Slaviša Stanković, Olja Stanojević, Ivica Dimkić, Jelena Vukojević, Milica Ljaljević Grbić
Present study addresses potential of fungal strains, isolated from deteriorated mural paintings and surrounding air environment of the Church of the Holy Ascension in Veliki Krčimir (Serbia), to precipitate mycogenic minerals, when cultivated on agarized B4 medium. Utilizing culture-based isolation methods, 38 filamentous fungi were obtained in total, 23 from mural paintings and 15 from air, respectively, mainly ascomycetes, while Bjerkandera adusta and Thanatephorus cucumeris were only basidiomycetes. A total of 31 of 38 fungal isolates, more than 80%, were able to form minerals of different morphologies and variable size, determined via SEM-EDS and XRPD, to be either calcite or calcite and weddellite association...
April 19, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448018/live-imaging-of-antifungal-activity-by-human-primary-neutrophils-and-monocytes-in-response-to-a-fumigatus
#3
Shan F Brunel, Jude M Bain, Jill King, Lena J Heung, Shinji Kasahara, Tobias M Hohl, Adilia Warris
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen causing invasive infections in immunocompromised hosts with a high case-fatality rate. Research investigating immunological responses against A. fumigatus has been limited by the lack of consistent and reliable assays for measuring the antifungal activity of specific immune cells in vitro. A new method is described to assess the antifungal activity of primary monocytes and neutrophils from human donors against A. fumigatus using FLuorescent Aspergillus REporter (FLARE) conidia...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447887/cyclopiazonic-acid-is-a-pathogenicity-factor-for-aspergillus-flavus-and-a-promising-target-for-screening-germplasm-for-ear-rot-resistance
#4
Subbaiah C Chalivendra, Catherine DeRobertis, Perng-Kuang Chang, Kenneth E Damann
Aspergillus flavus, an opportunistic pathogen, contaminates maize and other key crops with carcinogenic aflatoxins (AFs). Besides AFs, A. flavus makes many more secondary metabolites (SMs) whose toxicity in insects or vertebrates has been studied. However, the role of SMs in the invasion of plant hosts by A. flavus remains to be investigated. Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), a neurotoxic SM made by A. flavus, is a nanomolar inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPases (ECAs) and a potent inducer of cell death in plants...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447136/-environmental-health-relevance-of-airborne-microorganisms-in-ambient-and-indoor-air
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446576/diagnostic-value-of-the-galactomannan-antigen-test-in-serum-and-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-samples-from-patients-with-non-neutropenic-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#6
Wei Zhou, Hongxing Li, Yan Zhang, Mei Huang, Qian He, Pei Li, Fang Zhang, Yi Shi, Xin Su
Objective: To compare the diagnostic value of galactomannan (GM) detection in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum samples from non-neutropenic patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), and determine the optimal BALF GM cut-off value for pulmonary aspergillosis.Methods: GM detection in BALF and serum samples was performed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 128 patients with clinically suspected non-neutropenic pulmonary aspergillosis between June 2014 and June 2016. On the basis of the clinical and pathological diagnoses, 8 patients were excluded because their diagnosis was uncertain...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445159/invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
Zhiyao Bao, Hong Chen, Min Zhou, Guochao Shi, Qingyun Li, Huanying Wan
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is an infection that often occurs in immunocompromised patients and has a high mortality rate. In recent years, the reported incidence of IPA in the context of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has seemingly increased. The combination of factors such as long-term corticosteroid use, increasing rate of bacterial exacerbations over time, lung immune imbalance, and malnutrition are responsible for the emergence of IPA in COPD patients. A diagnosis of IPA in COPD patients is difficult to make, which explains the delay in antifungal therapy and the high mortality rate...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444587/solid-state-fermentation-ssf-diversity-of-applications-to-valorize-waste-and-biomass
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REVIEW
M A Lizardi-Jiménez, R Hernández-Martínez
Solid state fermentation is currently used in a range of applications including classical applications, such as enzyme or antibiotic production, recently developed products, such as bioactive compounds and organic acids, new trends regarding bioethanol and biodiesel as sources of alternative energy, and biosurfactant molecules with environmental purposes of valorising unexploited biomass. This work summarizes the diversity of applications of solid state fermentation to valorize biomass regarding alternative energy and environmental purposes...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443309/touch-preparation-for-the-rapid-diagnosis-of-disseminated-aspergillosis
#9
Hannah M Singer, Bobby Y Reddy, Marc E Grossman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: JAAD Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442603/aspergillus-fumigatus-trehalose-regulatory-subunit-homolog-moonlights-to-mediate-cell-wall-homeostasis-through-modulation-of-chitin-synthase-activity
#10
Arsa Thammahong, Alayna K Caffrey-Card, Sourabh Dhingra, Joshua J Obar, Robert A Cramer
Trehalose biosynthesis is found in fungi but not humans. Proteins involved in trehalose biosynthesis are essential for fungal pathogen virulence in humans and plants through multiple mechanisms. Loss of canonical trehalose biosynthesis genes in the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus significantly alters cell wall structure and integrity, though the mechanistic link between these virulence-associated pathways remains enigmatic. Here we characterize genes, called tslA and tslB, which encode proteins that contain domains similar to those corresponding to trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase but lack critical catalytic residues for phosphatase activity...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442441/aspergillus-flavus-aswa-a-gene-homolog-of-aspergillus-nidulans-oefc-regulates-sclerotial-development-and-biosynthesis-of-sclerotium-associated-secondary-metabolites
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Perng-Kuang Chang, Leslie L Scharfenstein, Robert W Li, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Sarah De Saeger, José Diana Di Mavungu
Aspergillus flavus aswA (AFLA_085170) is a gene encoding a Zn(II)2Cys6 DNA-binding domain and a transcriptional activation domain, DUF3468. Disruption of aswA yielded strains that made a truncated gene transcript and generated a fungus that produced a greatly increased number of sclerotia. These sclerotia were odd-shaped and non-pigmented (white) and different from oval and pigmented (dark brown to black) mature sclerotia. Transcriptomic analysis of the ΔaswA strain grown on potato dextrose agar plates and Wickerham agar plates showed that expression of clustering genes involved in the biosynthesis of three sclerotium-associated secondary metabolites was down-regulated...
April 22, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441930/ribosomal-subunit-protein-typing-using-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-maldi-tof-ms-for-the-identification-and-discrimination-of-aspergillus-species
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Sayaka Nakamura, Hiroaki Sato, Reiko Tanaka, Yoko Kusuya, Hiroki Takahashi, Takashi Yaguchi
BACKGROUND: Accurate identification of Aspergillus species is a very important subject. Mass spectral fingerprinting using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is generally employed for the rapid identification of fungal isolates. However, the results are based on simple mass spectral pattern-matching, with no peak assignment and no taxonomic input. We propose here a ribosomal subunit protein (RSP) typing technique using MALDI-TOF MS for the identification and discrimination of Aspergillus species...
April 26, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440496/pu-1-serves-a-critical-role-in-the-innate-defense-against-aspergillus%C3%A2-fumigatus-via-dendritic-cell-associated-c-type-lectin-receptor-1-and-toll-like-receptors-2-and-4-in-thp-1-derived-macrophages
#13
Chenyang Liu, Min Wang, Wenkui Sun, Feng Cai, Shen Geng, Xin Su, Yi Shi
Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) is one of the most common fungal pathogens of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), which may be life threatening in immunocompromised individuals. The dendritic cell-associated C-type lectin receptor (Dectin-1), toll‑like receptor (TLR)-2 and TLR-4 are major pattern recognition receptors in alveolar macrophages that recognize A. fumigatus components. The PU.1 transcription factor is known to be important for the transcriptional control of these three receptors in mature macrophages...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440108/microbiology-of-the-upper-and-lower-airways-in-pediatric-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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Lindsay Sobin, Kosuke Kawai, Alexandria L Irace, Ozgul Gergin, Michael Cunningham, Gregory S Sawicki, Eelam A Adil
Objective To evaluate the microbiology of the upper and lower airways in pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) patients who underwent sinus surgery. Study Design Retrospective case series with chart review. Setting Tertiary care children's hospital. Subjects and Methods A total of 201 paired sinus and pulmonary cultures from 105 CF patients were identified between 1996 and 2014. Demographics and culture results were analyzed. Results The mean age of patients was 11.2 ± 5.4 years (range, 1-27 years), and approximately one-half were female...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440059/production-of-itaconic-acid-from-pentose-sugars-by-aspergillus-terreus
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Badal C Saha, Gregory J Kennedy, Nasib Qureshi, Michael J Bowman
Itaconic acid (IA), an unsaturated 5-carbon dicarboxylic acid, is a building block platform chemical that is currently produced industrially from glucose by fermentation with Aspergillus terreus. However, lignocellulosic biomass has potential to serve as low cost source of sugars for production of IA. Research needs to be performed to find a suitable A. terreus strain that can use lignocellulose derived pentose sugars and produce IA. One hundred A. terreus strains were evaluated for the first time for production of IA from xylose and arabinose...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440038/induced-chemical-defense-of-a-mushroom-by-a-double-bond-shifting-polyene-synthase
#16
Philip Brandt, María García-Altares, Markus Nett, Christian Hertweck, Dirk Hoffmeister
The antilarval mushroom polyenes 18-methyl-19-oxoicosaoctaenoic acid and 20-methyl-21-oxodocosanonaenoic acid appear in response to injury of the mycelium of the stereaceous mushroom BY1. We identified a polyketide synthase (PPS1) which belongs to a hitherto completely uncharacterized clade of polyketide synthases. Expression of the PPS1 gene is massively upregulated following mycelial damage. The synthesis of the above polyenes was reconstituted in the mold Aspergillus niger as a heterologous host. This demonstrates that PPS1 1) synchronously produces branched-chain polyketides of varied lengths, and 2) catalyzes the unprecedented shift of eight or nine double bonds...
April 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438682/production-immobilization-and-thermodynamic-studies-of-free-and-immobilized-aspergillus-awamori-amylase
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Eman A Karam, Walaa A Abdel Wahab, Shireen A A Saleh, Mohamed E Hassan, Amany L Kansoh, Mona A Esawy
Enzyme cost, stability and its thermodynamic characteristics are the main criteria for industrial use. In this study, Aspergillus awamori amylase was constitutively produced using various agro-industrial wastes. Olive oil cake gave the highest activity (230 U/g). The amylase was partially purified to 2.81 fold purification. Immobilization was achieved using different carriers by covalent binding. The novel carrier Ca(+2) alginate (Alg) starch (St)/ polyethyleneimine (PEI)/glutaraldehyde (GA), showed the highest operational stability and was selected for further studies...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437767/building-integrated-agriculture-a-first-assessment-of-aerobiological-air-quality-in-rooftop-greenhouses-i-rtgs
#18
Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Rebeca Izquierdo, Jordina Belmonte, Juan Ignacio Montero, Pere Muñoz, Concepción De Linares, Joan Rieradevall
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. This paper provides a first assessment of the indoor dynamics of bioaerosols in an i-RTG, with the aim of evaluating biological air quality in a tomato greenhouse near Barcelona. It evaluates the greenhouse workers' exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores in order to prevent allergy problems associated with occupational tasks...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433743/the-antibiotic-polymyxin-b-exhibits-novel-antifungal-activity-against-fusarium-species
#19
Li-Hang Hsu, Hsuan-Fu Wang, Pei-Lun Sun, Fung-Rong Hu, Ying-Lien Chen
The genus Fusarium comprises many species, including Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium solani, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium verticillioides, and causes severe infections in plants and humans. In clinical settings, Fusarium is the third most frequent mould to cause invasive fungal infections after Aspergillus and the Mucorales. Fusarium solani and F. oxysporum are the most prevalent Fusarium spp. causing clinical disease. However, few effective antifungal drugs are available to treat human and plant Fusarium infections...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433057/low-cost-humic-acid-bonded-silica-as-an-effective-solid-phase-extraction-sorbent-for-convenient-determination-of-aflatoxins-in-edible-oils
#20
Neng-Zhi Zhou, Ping Liu, Xiao-Chuan Su, Yan-Hua Liao, Ning-Sheng Lei, Yong-Hong Liang, Shao-Huan Zhou, Wen-Si Lin, Jie Chen, Yu-Qi Feng, Yang Tang
Aflatoxins (AFs) are highly toxic, mutagenic, carcinogenic, and teratogenic secondary metabolites produced by the toxigenic fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. AFs tend to contaminate a wide range of foods which is a serious and recurring food safety problem worldwide. Currently, immunoaffinity chromatography (IAC) has become the most conventional sample clean-up method for determining AFs in foodstuffs. However, IAC method is limited in the large-scale food analysis because it requires the use of expensive disposable cartridges and the IA procedure is time-consuming...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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