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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346384/histoplasmosis-in-africa-an-emerging-or-a-neglected-disease
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REVIEW
Rita O Oladele, Olusola O Ayanlowo, Malcolm D Richardson, David W Denning
Histoplasmosis in Africa has markedly increased since the advent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic but is under-recognised. Pulmonary histoplasmosis may be misdiagnosed as tuberculosis (TB). In the last six decades (1952-2017), 470 cases of histoplasmosis have been reported. HIV-infected patients accounted for 38% (178) of the cases. West Africa had the highest number of recorded cases with 179; the majority (162 cases) were caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. dubuosii (Hcd). From the Southern African region, 150 cases have been reported, and the majority (119) were caused by H...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345117/candida-auris-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-current-updates-on-an-emerging-multidrug-resistant-pathogen
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John Osei Sekyere
From 2009, Candida auris has emerged as a multidrug-resistant ascomycete yeast pathogen with the capacity for easy transmission between patients and hospitals, as well as persistence on environmental surfaces. Its association with high mortalities, breakthrough and persistent candidaemia, inconsistencies in susceptibility testing results, misidentification by available commercial identification systems and treatment failure, complicates its management and detection. Within the last nine years, C. auris has been increasingly reported from far-Eastern Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South and North America with substantial fatalities and misidentification...
January 18, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340909/liposomal-amphotericin-b-as-monotherapy-in-relapsed-coccidioidal-meningitis
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Ethan R Stewart, Matthew L Eldridge, Ian McHardy, Stuart H Cohen, George R Thompson
Coccidioidal meningitis remains a difficult clinical problem, and despite life-long therapy with triazole antifungals, relapses of disease and medication intolerance occur necessitating salvage treatment. We report two patients with recurrent coccidioidal meningitis who improved following a 2-week course of liposomal amphotericin B monotherapy and discuss potential advantages of this treatment option.
January 16, 2018: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340465/variability-in-the-clinical-distributions-of-candida-species-and-the-emergence-of-azole-resistant-non-candida-albicans-species-in-public-hospitals-in-the-midwest-region-of-brazil
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Karine Mattos, Luana Carbonera Rodrigues, Kelly Mari Pires de Oliveira, Pedro Fernando Diniz, Luiza Inahê Marques, Adriana Almeida Araujo, Marilene Rodrigues Chang
INTRODUCTION: Incidence and antifungal susceptibility of Candida spp. from two teaching public hospitals are described. METHODS: The minimum inhibitory concentrations of fluconazole, voriconazole, itraconazole, and amphotericin B were determined using Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute broth microdilution and genomic differentiation using PCR. RESULTS: Of 221 Candida isolates, 50.2% were obtained from intensive care unit patients; 71.5% were recovered from urine and 9...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339278/amphotericin-b-loaded-sulphonated-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-targeting-macrophages-to-treat-intracellular-candida-glabrata-infections
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Murali Sandhya, Aparna V, Suresh Maneesha K, Biswas Raja, Jayakumar R, Sathianarayanan S
The current study assesses the potential of functionalised chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs) for proficient macrophage delivery of amphotericin B (AmpB) for the management of Candida glabrata fungemia. Chitosan was functionalised by the method of sulfation by using chlorosulfonic acid and the developed compound was confirmed by FTIR, 1H NMR and degree of sulfation and CHNS analysis. Amphotericin B encapsulated sulfated chitosan (AmpB-SCNPs), when characterized showed a hydrodynamic diameter of 310 ± 14 nm and zeta potential of 41...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330691/bis-guanylhydrazones-as-efficient-anti-candida-compounds-through-dna-interaction
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Jelena Lazić, Vladimir Ajdačić, Sandra Vojnovic, Mario Zlatović, Marina Pekmezovic, Selene Mogavero, Igor Opsenica, Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic
Candida spp. are leading causes of opportunistic mycoses, including life-threatening hospital-borne infections, and novel antifungals, preferably aiming targets that have not been used before, are constantly needed. Hydrazone- and guanidine-containing molecules have shown a wide range of biological activities, including recently described excellent antifungal properties. In this study, four bis-guanylhydrazone derivatives (BG1-4) were generated following a previously developed synthetic route. Anti-Candida (two C...
January 12, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327956/the-incidence-and-treatment-outcomes-of-macrorhabdus-ornithogaster-infection-in-budgerigars-melopsittacus-undulatus-in-a-veterinary-clinic
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Ronja Püstow, Maria-Elisabeth Krautwald-Junghanns
Macrorhabdus ornithogaster, avian gastric yeast, is a common cause of gastrointestinal disease in budgerigars ( Melopsittacus undulatus). To better understand the clinical disease in budgerigars presented in a practice population, we reviewed the occurrence, clinical signs, and treatment success of M ornithogaster disease in budgerigars during a 2.5-year period at the Clinic for Birds and Reptiles, University of Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany). The yeast was diagnosed by microscopic examination of fresh fecal samples...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327953/multicentric-cryptococcosis-in-a-congo-african-grey-parrot-psittacus-erithacus-erithacus
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Raina S K Schunk, Nicholas E Sitinas, Katherine E Quesenberry, Jessica L Grodio
An approximately 10-year-old, female Congo African grey parrot ( Psittacus erithacus erithacus) developed progressive, unilateral exophthalmos and buphthalmos. Survey radiographs revealed a large, coelomic, soft tissue mass, which was confirmed on computed tomography scan. Aspirates of both the contents of the buphthalmic globe and coelomic mass were consistent with Cryptococcus species. Initial results were later confirmed with serum antigen latex agglutination and polymerase chain reaction testing, and the organism was then identified as Cryptococcus neoformans with DNA sequencing...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325916/proanthocyanidin-polymeric-tannins-from-stryphnodendron-adstringens-are-effective-against-fluconazole-resistant-candida-spp-and-treat-vaginal-candidiasis
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Aline Luiza Duarte de Freitas, Vanessa Kaplum, Diego Conrado Pereira Rossi, Leandro Buffoni Roque da Silva, Márcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, João Carlos Palazzo de Mello, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Kelly Ishida
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The stem bark of Stryphnodendron adstringens (Mart.) Coville is popularly used as anti-inflammatory, astringent and in the treatment of wounds and vaginal infections. Several pharmacological activities have been scientifically proven by "in vitro" and "in vivo" experimental assays for antibacterial, antiviral, antiprotozoan, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated whether proanthocyanidin polymeric tannins from the Stryphnodendron adstringens steam bark with antifungal activity against Candida albicans in vitro are also active against planktonic and biofilm cells of Candida non-albicans (CNA, including fluconazole-resistant isolates) and are capable of controlling Candida vaginitis in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325755/amphotericin-b-albumin-conjugates-synthesis-toxicity-and-anti-fungal-activity
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Sneha Gurudevan, Arul Prakash Francis, A Jayakrishnan
Amphotericin B (AmB), a hydrophobic drug with negligible aqueous solubility was conjugated to bovine serum albumin (BSA) via amide bond coupling to give 6 to 8 wt% drug payload. The resulting conjugate was characterized using SDS-PAGE and UV-visible, FTIR and CD spectroscopy. The conjugate was water-soluble to the extent of 150 mg/ml, was non-toxic to HEK 293 T cells at a concentration of 500 μg/ml (equivalent to ~30 μg AmB) and showed hemolysis of <5% at 200 μg/ml (equivalent to ~12 μg AmB) against human erythrocytes in vitro...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325167/a-multicentre-study-of-antifungal-susceptibility-patterns-among-350-candida-auris-isolates-2009-17-in-india-role-of-the-erg11-and-fks1-genes-in-azole-and-echinocandin-resistance
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Anuradha Chowdhary, Anupam Prakash, Cheshta Sharma, Milena Kordalewska, Anil Kumar, Smita Sarma, Bansidhar Tarai, Ashutosh Singh, Gargi Upadhyaya, Shalini Upadhyay, Priyanka Yadav, Pradeep K Singh, Vikas Khillan, Neelam Sachdeva, David S Perlin, Jacques F Meis
Background: Candida auris has emerged globally as an MDR nosocomial pathogen in ICU patients. Objectives: We studied the antifungal susceptibility of C. auris isolates (n = 350) from 10 hospitals in India collected over a period of 8 years. To investigate azole resistance, ERG11 gene sequencing and expression profiling was conducted. In addition, echinocandin resistance linked to mutations in the C. auris FKS1 gene was analysed. Methods: CLSI antifungal susceptibility testing of six azoles, amphotericin B, three echinocandins, terbinafine, 5-flucytosine and nystatin was conducted...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324336/new-1-5-and-2-5-disubstituted-tetrazoles-dependent-activity-towards-surface-barrier-of-candida-albicans
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Monika Staniszewska, Małgorzata Gizińska, Ewa Mikulak, Klaudia Adamus, Mirosława Koronkiewicz, Edyta Łukowska-Chojnacka
A series of novel tetrazole derivatives was synthetized using N-alkylation or Michael-type addition reactions, and screened for their fungistatic potential against Candida albicans (the lack of endpoint = 100%). Among them, the selected compounds 2d, 4b, and 6a differing in substituents at the tetrazole ring were non-toxic to Galleria mellonella larvae in vivo and exerted slight toxicity against Caco-2 in vitro (CC50 at 256 μg/mL). An antagonistic effect of tetrazole derivatives 2d, 4b, and 6a respectively in combination with Fluconazole was shown using the checker board and colorimetric methods (fractional inhibitory concentration indexes FICIs >1)...
December 30, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323071/scedosporium-apiospermum-an-emerging-pathogen-in-india-case-series-and-review-of-literature
#13
Dabet Rynga, Malini R Capoor, Swati Varshney, Mayuresh Naik, V Gupta
Scedosporium apiospermum is a rare cause of infection but is increasingly being reported among immunocompromised individuals around the world. We report two cases of S. apiospermum, one of keratitis and the other of nasal polyp both from immunocompetent patients. The two cases were successfully treated with voriconazole. It is important to diagnose such infections as their antifungal susceptibility to amphotericin B is variable.
October 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319517/characterisation-of-antimicrobial-properties-of-extracts-of-selected-medicinal-plants
#14
Monika Cioch, Paweł Satora, Magdalena Skotniczny, Dorota Semik-Szczurak, Tomasz Tarko
The scope of the experiments included analysis of the antimicrobial activity of ethanolic, methanolic and aqueous extracts against bacterial and fungal cultures and determination of the minimum inhibitory concentration of plant extracts tested microbial growth. Analysis of the antifungal and antibacterial activity was carried out by the disc diffusion method using paper discs. In the experiment 11 species of microorganisms - 8 bacterial and 3 fungal strains were used. The highest antimicrobial activity against the tested strains was demonstrated by black elder (Sambucus nigra L...
December 4, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319040/refractory-bronchovascular-pleuropulmonary-mucormycosis-case-report-and-difficulties-in-management
#15
M Manjunath, Deepak Prajapat, Rahul Kumar Sharma, Deepak Talwar
Pulmonary mucormycosis is a life-threatening opportunistic fungal infection. It is considered as a disease of immunocompromised state and is rarely seen in immunocompetent patients. We here report a case of refractory bronchovascular pleuropulmonary mucormycosis, who despite early detection, optimal management with liposomal amphotericin B, and posaconazole therapy followed by surgery, progressed further and led to a fatal outcome. Dual antifungal therapy combined with surgery is the only definitive treatment option available in the literature...
January 2018: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318321/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-1-2-4-triazoles-and-1-3-4-oxadiazoles-derivatives-linked-to-1-4-dihydropyridines-scaffold
#16
Maghsoud Ziaie, Karim Akbari Dilmaghani, Amir Tukmechi
A series of diethyl-2,6-dimethyl-4-phenyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylate derivative coupled to 1,3,4-oxadiazole-5-thiones and 1,2,4-triazole-5-thiones moieties at C2,C6 positions of 1,4-dihydropyridine ring system was prepared. This linkage was carried out by the reaction of 1,3,4-oxadiazole-5-thiones and 1,2,4-triazole-5-thiones with 2,6-dibromomethyl-3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-4-phenyl-1,4-dihydropyridine in the presence of potassium carbonate as a weak base and dry acetone as the solvent. The newly synthesized compounds were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR spectral data, elemental analysis and FAB-MS...
December 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317800/leishmaniasis-in-humans-drug-or-vaccine-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Masoud Ghorbani, Ramin Farhoudi
Leishmania is an obligate intracellular pathogen that invades phagocytic host cells. Approximately 30 different species of Phlebotomine sand flies can transmit this parasite either anthroponotically or zoonotically through their bites. Leishmaniasis affects poor people living around the Mediterranean Basin, East Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia. Affected regions are often remote and unstable, with limited resources for treating this disease. Leishmaniasis has been reported as one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases, second only to malaria in parasitic causes of death...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311198/fungal-peritonitis-caused-by-rhodotorula-mucilaginosa-in-a-capd-patient-treated-with-liposomal-amphotericin-b-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Frédéric Franconieri, Julie Bonhomme, Aline Doriot, Cécile Bonnamy, Maxence Ficheux, Thierry Lobbedez, Clémence Béchade
Rhodotorula mucilaginosa is a ubiquitous yeast that may cause serious peritoneal dialysis (PD) infections. A 70-year-old man receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) for 6 months presented with a PD infection caused by Rhodotorula mucilaginosa The patient was treated with intravenous liposomal amphotericin B. His peritoneal catheter was simultaneously removed and reinserted. To date, only 10 cases of Rhodotorula CAPD infections have been reported. Catheters, corticoids, cancer, and previous antibiotic therapy were the main risk factors for these infections...
January 2018: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311065/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-the-antifungal-activity-of-apx001a-apx001-against-candida-auris
#19
Christopher L Hager, Emily L Larkin, Lisa Long, Fatima Z Abidi, Karen J Shaw, Mahmoud A Ghannoum
Candida auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant yeast that has been responsible for invasive infections associated with high morbidity and mortality. C. auris strains often demonstrate high fluconazole and amphotericin B minimum inhibitory concentration values, and some strains are resistant to all 3 major antifungal classes. Here we evaluated the susceptibility of 16 C. auris clinical strains, isolated from a wide geographical area, to 10 antifungal agents including APX001A, a novel agent that inhibits the fungal protein Gwt1 (GPI-anchored wall transfer protein 1)...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311061/enhanced-efflux-pump-activity-in-old-candida-glabrata
#20
Somanon Bhattacharya, Bettina C Fries
The effect of replicative aging on antifungal resistance in Candida glabrata was investigated. Our studies demonstrate significantly increased transcription of ABC transporters as well as efflux pump activity in old compared to young C. glabrata cells of a fluconazole sensitive and resistant strain. In addition, higher tolerance to killing by micafungin and amphotericin B was noted and is associated with higher transcription of glucan synthase gene FKS1 and lower ergosterol content in older cells.
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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