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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392288/fontana-masson-stain-in-fungal-infections
#1
Kelly Leigh West, Alan D Proia, Puja Kumari Puri
BACKGROUND: Fontana-Masson (FM) staining is a histopathology technique used to identify dematiaceous fungi. The result often guides initial species identification and antifungal treatment; however, there is evidence that nondematiaceous fungi might react with this stain. Few studies in the current literature address this issue. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to classify the FM staining patterns of common fungal pathogens for use by pathologists attempting to accurately identify fungi on histopathologic examination...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373049/fungal-chitosan-based-nanocomposites-sponges-an-alternative-medicine-for-wound-dressing
#2
A Sathiyaseelan, A Shajahan, P T Kalaichelvan, V Kaviyarasan
The porous structured and cell proliferative biodegradable fungal chitosan (FCS) based composites with potential antibacterial property was prepared with Aloe vera extract (ALE) and the plant Cuscuta reflexa mediated biosynthesized silver nanoparticles (CUS-AgNPS) were developed for wound dressing applications by freeze drying method. Fungal chitosan was derived from Cunninghamella elegans a species belongs the family of Zygomycetes. The CUS-AgNPS were characterized by the UV-vis spectrum, XRD and SEM. CUS-AgNPS were loaded into the FCS-ALE sponges and were characterized by UV-vis spectrum, FT-IR and SEM...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332467/fungal-sex-the-mucoromycota
#3
Soo Chan Lee, Alexander Idnurm
Although at the level of resolution of genes and molecules most information about mating in fungi is from a single lineage, the Dikarya, many fundamental discoveries about mating in fungi have been made in the earlier branches of the fungi. These are nonmonophyletic groups that were once classified into the chytrids and zygomycetes. Few species in these lineages offer the potential of genetic tractability, thereby hampering the ability to identify the genes that underlie those fundamental insights. Research performed during the past decade has now established the genes required for mating type determination and pheromone synthesis in some species in the phylum Mucoromycota, especially in the order Mucorales...
March 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220379/pulmonary-mucormycosis-clinical-features-and-outcomes
#4
Erica Lin, Teng Moua, Andrew H Limper
PURPOSE: Mucormycosis encompasses a group of opportunistic fungal infections caused by Zygomycetes, order Mucorales. Mucormycosis can manifest as rhino-orbito-cerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cutaneous, and disseminated infections. Pulmonary mucormycosis is the second most common presentation. This manuscript characterizes the demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic procedures, radiologic findings, therapeutic interventions, and outcome in pulmonary mucormycosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of 35 patients with pulmonary mucormycosis from 2000 to 2015...
February 20, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161358/assessment-of-species-richness-in-lake-dal-kashmir-based-on-classical-approach-physiological-approach-and-rdna-its-sequences-from-isolates
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Suhaib A Bandh, Azra N Kamili, Bashir A Ganai, Bashir A Lone
As a first description to document the species richness in Dal Lake, a freshwater lake ecosystem in Kashmir valley, an extensive network of sixteen sampling stations with distinguishing features was sampled seasonally for two years. The identification process yielded fifty-one species probably first and new records for this area to date. The taxonomic groups observed were those with species from Ascomycetes (inclusive of yeasts), Basidiomycetes, Blastocladiomycetes, Zygomycetes, and Peronosporomycetes. Each phylum was represented by a single Order, with the exception of the Peronosporomycetes, which was represented by two Orders- Saprolegniales and Pythiales...
March 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143744/can-fungi-compete-with-marine-sources-for-chitosan-production
#6
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V Ghormade, E K Pathan, M V Deshpande
Chitosan, a β-1,4-linked glucosamine polymer is formed by deacetylation of chitin. It has a wide range of applications from agriculture to human health care products. Chitosan is commercially produced from shellfish, shrimp waste, crab and lobster processing using strong alkalis at high temperatures for long time periods. The production of chitin and chitosan from fungal sources has gained increased attention in recent years due to potential advantages in terms of homogenous polymer length, high degree of deacetylation and solubility over the current marine source...
January 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091548/genome-analysis-of-a-zygomycete-fungus-choanephora-cucurbitarum-elucidates-necrotrophic-features-including-bacterial-genes-related-to-plant-colonization
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Byoungnam Min, Ji-Hyun Park, Hongjae Park, Hyeon-Dong Shin, In-Geol Choi
A zygomycete fungus, Choanephora cucurbitarum is a plant pathogen that causes blossom rot in cucurbits and other plants. Here we report the genome sequence of Choanephora cucurbitarum KUS-F28377 isolated from squash. The assembled genome has a size of 29.1 Mbp and 11,977 protein-coding genes. The genome analysis indicated that C. cucurbitarum may employ a plant pathogenic mechanism similar to that of bacterial plant pathogens. The genome contained 11 genes with a Streptomyces subtilisin inhibitor-like domain, which plays an important role in the defense against plant immunity...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034347/the-fate-of-mitochondria-after-infection-of-the-mucoralean-fungus-absidia-glauca-by-the-fusion-parasite-parasitella-parasitica-comparison-of-mitochondrial-genomes-in-zygomycetes
#8
Sabrina Ellenberger, Anke Burmester, Johannes Wöstemeyer
Absidia glauca and Parasitella parasitica constitute a versatile experimental system for studying horizontal gene transfer between a mucoralean host and its fusion parasite. The A. glauca chondriome has a length of approximately 63 kb and a GC content of 28%. The chondriome of P. parasitica is larger, 83 kb, and contains 31% GC base pairs. These mtDNAs contain the standard fungal mitochondrial gene set, small and large subunit rRNAs, plus ribonuclease P RNA. Comparing zygomycete chondriomes reveals an unusually high number of homing endonuclease genes in P...
December 30, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864097/post-translational-regulation-by-structural-changes-of-4-dihydromethyltrisporate-dehydrogenase-a-key-enzyme-in-sexual-and-parasitic-communication-mediated-by-the-trisporic-acid-pheromone-system-of-the-fungal-fusion-parasite-parasitella-parasitica
#9
Sabrina Ellenberger, Anke Burmester, Stefan Schuster, Johannes Wöstemeyer
Sexual communication between complementary mating partners in the fungal group of zygomycetes is mediated by the trisporoid pheromone system. A key enzyme towards biosynthesis of hormonally active trisporoids is 4-dihydromethyltrisporate dehydrogenase (TSP1), an enzyme occurring in all zygomycetous fungi. Trisporic acid and some of its precursor molecules serve as pheromones for recognizing complementary mating partners and for induction of the differentiation program towards sexual spore formation. In the parasitic zygomycete Parasitella parasitica, a biotrophic fusion parasite infecting many other zygomycetes, these substances have an additional function: They are also responsible for host-parasite recognition and the formation of the characteristic infection structures...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794531/subcutaneous-basidiobolomycosis-resembling-fournier-s-gangrene
#10
Roshni Julia Rajan, Promila Mohanraj, Winsley Rose
Basidiobolomycosis is an uncommon cutaneous zygomycete infection typically seen in immunocompetent individuals. Diagnosis can be made by biopsy and fungal culture of the lesion. Treatment with Potassium iodide and co-trimoxazole is simple and effective. Early and accurate diagnosis of basidiobolomycosis is essential to avoid dissemination and mortality. We present a case with basidiobolomycosis resembling Fournier's gangrene.
October 29, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760848/five-new-species-of-the-obligate-mycoparasite-syncephalisi-zoopagales-zoopagomycotina-from-soil
#11
Gerald L Benny, Hsiao-Man Ho, Katy Lazarus, Matthew E Smith
More than 520 soil samples were surveyed for species of the mycoparasitic zygomycete genus Syncephalis using a culture-based approach. These fungi are relatively common in soil using the optimal conditions for growing both the host and parasite. Five species obtained in dual culture are unknown to science and are described here: (i) S. digitata with sporangiophores short, merosporangia separate at the apices, simple, 3-5 spored; (ii) S. floridana, which forms galls in the host and has sporangiophores up to 170 µm long with unbranched merosporangia that contain 2-4 spores; (iii) S...
October 19, 2016: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738200/a-phylum-level-phylogenetic-classification-of-zygomycete-fungi-based-on-genome-scale-data
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Joseph W Spatafora, Ying Chang, Gerald L Benny, Katy Lazarus, Matthew E Smith, Mary L Berbee, Gregory Bonito, Nicolas Corradi, Igor Grigoriev, Andrii Gryganskyi, Timothy Y James, Kerry O'Donnell, Robert W Roberson, Thomas N Taylor, Jessie Uehling, Rytas Vilgalys, Merlin M White, Jason E Stajich
Zygomycete fungi were classified as a single phylum, Zygomycota, based on sexual reproduction by zygospores, frequent asexual reproduction by sporangia, absence of multicellular sporocarps, and production of coenocytic hyphae, all with some exceptions. Molecular phylogenies based on one or a few genes did not support the monophyly of the phylum, however, and the phylum was subsequently abandoned. Here we present phylogenetic analyses of a genome-scale data set for 46 taxa, including 25 zygomycetes and 192 proteins, and we demonstrate that zygomycetes comprise two major clades that form a paraphyletic grade...
September 2016: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730788/skull-base-osteomyelitis-caused-by-an-elegant-fungus
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Sharafine Stephen, Beula Subashini, Regi Thomas, Ajay Philip, Rajan Sundaresan
Malignant otitIs externa (skull base osteomyelitis) is predominantly caused by bacteria while fungal etiology is rare. We report a middle aged diabetic gentleman who succumbed to invasive skull base infection due to Apophysomyces elegans a fungus belonging to Zygomycetes which causes only skin and soft tissue infections. Mortality and invasive infections due to this genus is rarely reported, especially in the ear.
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704055/percutaneous-management-of-systemic-fungal-infection-presenting-as-bilateral-renal-fungal-ball
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Abhishek Shukla, Nitin Shrivastava, Chirom Amit Singh, Brusabhanu Nayak
Background: Zygomycoses are uncommon, frequently fatal diseases caused by fungi of the class Zygomycetes. The majority of human cases are caused by Mucorales (genus-rhizopus, mucor, and absidia) fungi. Renal involvement is uncommon and urine microscopy, pottasium hydroxide mount, and fungal cultures are frequently negative. Case Presentation: A twenty-one-year-old young unmarried lady presented to our emergency department with bilateral flank pain, fever, nausea, and decreased urine output of one-month duration...
2016: Journal of Endourology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697164/biodiversity-of-mycobiota-throughout-the-brazil-nut-supply-chain-from-rainforest-to-consumer
#15
Marta H Taniwaki, Jens C Frisvad, Larissa S Ferranti, Aline de Souza Lopes, Thomas O Larsen, Maria Helena P Fungaro, Beatriz T Iamanaka
A total of 172 Brazil nut samples (114 in shell and 58 shelled) from the Amazon rainforest region and São Paulo state, Brazil was collected at different stages of the Brazil nut production chain: rainforest, street markets, processing plants and supermarkets. The mycobiota of the Brazil nut samples were evaluated and also compared in relation to water activity. A huge diversity of Aspergillus and Penicillium species were found, besides Eurotium spp., Zygomycetes and dematiaceous fungi. A polyphasic approach using morphological and physiological characteristics, as well as molecular and extrolite profiles, were studied to distinguish species among the more important toxigenic ones in Aspergillus section Flavi and A...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682882/risk-stratification-for-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-seifem-recommendations
#16
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Livio Pagano, Alessandro Busca, Anna Candoni, Chiara Cattaneo, Simone Cesaro, Rosa Fanci, Gianpaolo Nadali, Leonardo Potenza, Domenico Russo, Mario Tumbarello, Annamaria Nosari, Franco Aversa
Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Patients with hematological malignancies undergoing conventional chemotherapy, autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are considered at high risk, and Aspergillus spp. represents the most frequently isolated micro-organisms. In the last years, attention has also been focused on other rare molds (e.g., Zygomycetes, Fusarium spp.) responsible for devastating clinical manifestations...
March 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27418867/in-vitro-antifungal-activities-against-moulds-isolated-from-dermatological-specimens
#17
Tzar Mohd Nizam, Rabiatul Adawiyah Ag Binting, Shafika Mohd Saari, Thivyananthini Vijaya Kumar, Marianayati Muhammad, Hartini Satim, Hamidah Yusoff, Jacinta Santhanam
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of various antifungal agents against moulds isolated from dermatological specimens. METHODS: We identified 29 moulds from dermatological specimens between October 2012 and March 2013 by conventional methods. We performed antifungal susceptibility testing on six antifungal agents, amphotericin B, clotrimazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole and terbinafine, according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines contained in the M38-A2 document...
May 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27403107/gastrointestinal-zygomycosis-masquerading-as-acute-appendicitis
#18
Won-Tak Choi, Tammy T Chang, Ryan M Gill
Zygomycosis is a rare invasive opportunistic fungal infection that occurs in the setting of hematologic malignancies, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, and immunosuppressive therapies. We report the first case of disseminated appendiceal zygomycosis due to Absidia spp. in a neutropenic patient who initially presented as acute appendicitis. A 63-year-old woman with acute myeloid leukemia presented as acute appendicitis while receiving induction chemotherapy and ultimately succumbed to overwhelming disseminated zygomycosis...
January 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27400027/simplifungin-and-valsafungins-antifungal-antibiotics-of-fungal-origin
#19
Hiroyuki Ishijima, Ryuji Uchida, Masaki Ohtawa, Ariko Kondo, Kenichiro Nagai, Keisuke Shima, Kenichi Nonaka, Rokuro Masuma, Susumu Iwamoto, Hideyuki Onodera, Tohru Nagamitsu, Hiroshi Tomoda
The targets of antifungal antibiotics in clinical use are more limited than those of antibacterial antibiotics. Therefore, new antifungal antibiotics with different mechanisms of action are desired. In the course of our screening for antifungal antibiotics of microbial origins, new antifungal antibiotics, simplifungin (1) and valsafungins A (2) and B (3), were isolated from cultures of the fungal strains Simplicillium minatense FKI-4981 and Valsaceae sp. FKH-53, respectively. The structures of 1 to 3 including their absolute stereochemistries were elucidated using various spectral analyses including NMR and collision-induced dissociation (CID)-MS/MS as well as chemical approaches including modifications to the Mosher's method...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27354831/case-of-early-disseminated-rhizopus-microsporus-var-microsporus-mucormycosis-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
#20
Dikshya Sharma, Kumud Dahal, Bandana Pathak, Udip Dahal
Mucormycosis is a rare infection caused by the ubiquitous filamentous fungi of the order Mucorales and class Zygomycetes. These species are vasotropic, causing rapid onset of tissue infarctions and necrosis and subsequent thrombosis by invading vascular bed. The disease spectrum ranges from involvement of skin, sinuses, lung, and brain to disseminated and mostly fatal infections, especially in immunocompromised hosts. Here, we present a case of a fatal disseminated mucormycosis in a 56-year-old female who had deceased donor renal allograft transplantation ~2 weeks prior to presentation...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
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