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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925873/silver-nanoparticles-with-high-loading-capacity-of-amphotericin-b-characterization-bactericidal-and-antifungal-effects
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Victoria Leonhard, Roxana Valeria Alasino, Adrián Muñoz, Dante Miguel Beltramo
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the most appropriate conditions to generate silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) loaded with a potent antimycotic drug like amphotericin B (AmB), characterize the physicochemical properties, and also evaluate the cytotoxic effect and biological activity of these new nanostructures as a potential nanocarrier for hydrophobic drugs. It was determined that the optimal molar ratio between Ag and AmB is 1/1 given the uniformity of size around 1750 nm of the nanoparticles generated as well as their strongly negative ζ potential of -27 mV, a condition that favors repulsions between AgNPs and inhibiting their aggregation...
September 18, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922488/isolation-of-rhodotorula-mucilaginosa-from-blood-cultures-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#2
Iker Falces-Romero, Emilio Cendejas-Bueno, María Pilar Romero-Gómez, Julio García-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Rhodotorula species have traditionally been considered as one of common non-virulent environmental inhabitant. They have emerged as an opportunistic pathogen, particularly in immunocompromised hosts and most infections have been associated with intravenous catheters in these patients. OBJECTIVE: We review the isolates in blood cultures of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa in our Hospital. We describe the demographic and clinical features of the cases and the antifungal susceptibility profiles of the isolates...
September 18, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919438/molecular-targets-and-pathways-for-the-treatment-of-visceral-leishmaniasis
#3
REVIEW
Vineet Jain, Keerti Jain
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) represents the most severe form of the tropical disease, leishmaniasis. Treatment of VL is complicated because of the few clinically approved antileishmanial drugs available; emerging resistance to first-line drugs; need for a temperature-controlled 'cold' supply chain; serious toxicity concerns over drugs such as Amphotericin B; high cost of medication; and unavailability of clinically approved antileishmanial vaccines. Attacking potential molecular targets, specific to the parasite, is a vital step in the treatment of this and other infectious diseases...
September 14, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918001/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-acanthamoeba-sp-and-evidence-of-a-natural-resilience-to-amphotericin-b
#4
Alexandre Taravaud, Philippe M Loiseau, Sébastien Pomel
The free-living amoeba (FLA) Acanthamoeba sp. is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause amoebic keratitis (AK) or granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE). While current treatments of AK are long with some relapses, no consensus therapy has been developed for GAE remaining lethal in 90% of the cases. In this context, efficient antiacanthamoebal drugs have to be identified. In this work, 15 drugs used in the treatment of AK or GAE or in other parasitic diseases were evaluated for their in vitro activity on A...
September 8, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904931/isolation-of-candida-species-from-gastroesophageal-lesions-among-pediatrics-in-isfahan-iran-identification-and-antifungal-susceptibility-testing-of-clinical-isolates-by-e-test
#5
Fatemeh Salehi, Mehran Esmaeili, Rasoul Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Candida species can become opportunistic pathogens causing local or systemic invasive infections. Gastroesophageal candidiasis may depend on the Candida colonization and local damage of the mucosal barrier. Risk factors are gastric acid suppression, diabetes mellitus, chronic debilitating states such as carcinomas, and the use of systemic antibiotics and corticosteroids. The aim of this study is collection and molecular identification of Candida species from gastroesophageal lesions among pediatrics in Isfahan, and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranges for clinical isolates...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901803/in-vitro-activity-of-calcium-channel-blockers-in-combination-with-conventional-antifungal-agents-against-clinically-important-filamentous-fungi
#6
Mónika Homa, Kinga Hegedűs, Ádám Fülöp, Vanessza Wolfárt, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Naiyf S Alharbi, Csaba Vágvölgyi, László Galgóczy
Despite the current therapeutic options, filamentous fungal infections are associated with high mortality rate especially in immunocompromised patients. In order to find a new potential therapeutic approach, the in vitro inhibitory effect of two antiarrhythmic agents, diltiazem and verapamil hydrochloride were tested against different clinical isolates of ascomycetous and mucoralean filamentous fungi. The in vitro combinations of these non-antifungal drugs with azole and polyene antifungal agents were also examined...
September 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900769/interface-scopulariopsis-gracilis-fungal-keratitis-following-descemet-s-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty-dsaek-with-a-contaminated-graft
#7
Craig Wilde, Marco Messina, Tara Moshiri, Susan E Snape, Senthil Maharajan
PURPOSE: To report for the first time a case of interface Scopulariopsis gracilis fungal keratitis following Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) with a contaminated graft. METHODS: A 57-year-old man with bilateral keratoconus and previous bilateral penetrating keratoplasties (PK) developed graft failure in association with marked corneal ectasia. He underwent a successful DSAEK. Unfortunately, a contaminated graft was transplanted and the following morning we were contacted by the eye bank to inform us a slow-growing fungus had been detected in the culture plates inoculated with dextran solution used to store the issued corneoscleral button...
September 12, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900419/enhanced-killing-and-antibiofilm-activity-of-encapsulated-cinnamaldehyde-against-candida-albicans
#8
Shahper N Khan, Shakir Khan, Jawed Iqbal, Rosina Khan, Asad U Khan
Candida sp. impelled opportunistic infection in immune-compromised patients ensuing from asymptomatic colonization to pathogenic forms. Moreover, slow spread of Candida species inducing refractory mucosal and invasive infections brings acute resistance to antifungal drugs. Hence, here we probed the effect of encapsulated preparation of cinnamaldehyde (CNMA) in multilamellar liposomes (ML) against Candida albicans. The efficacy of ML-CNMA against Candida biofilm was assessed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, as well as light microscopy and its percent inhibition, was determined by XTT [2,3-bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide] and crystal violet assay...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898610/-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-hiv-infected-patients-the-challenge-of-relapse-and-treatment-failure
#9
Patrícia Cipriano, Ana Cláudia Miranda, Isabel Antunes, Kamal Mansinho
INTRODUCTION: Visceral leishmaniasis is an endemic disseminated infection, considered to be the third most frequent opportunistic parasitic infection in Europe. It is especially prevalent in patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus, in whom it poses a great therapeutic challenge due to increased risk of relapse. The goal of this study is to characterize a population of co-infected patients, as well as the efficiency of the adopted treatment strategies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study with a sample composed of all patients with visceral leishmaniasis and human immunodeficiency virus admitted in an Infectious Diseases ward over a period of 10 years...
June 30, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890395/the-antifungal-arsenal-alternative-drugs-and-future-targets
#10
Nathan P Wiederhold
Clinically available antifungals for the treatment of invasive fungal infections primarily target either ergosterol in the fungal cell membrane or 1,3-β-D-glucan in the fungal cell wall. These classes include the polyene amphotericin B, the triazoles, and the echinocandins. Although newer antifungals and improved formulations of others have advanced our ability to treat patients with invasive mycoses, these drugs are often limited by toxicities, drug interactions, and the need for intravenous administration...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887004/-mycological-profile-of-hand-onychomycosis-amongs-garba-sellers-in-abidjan-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
#11
P C M Kiki-Barro, A Konaté, F K Kassi, E K Angora, H Bosson-Vanga, A V Bedia-Tanoh, V Djohan, W Yavo, E I H Menan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and the fungi involved in onychomycosis located on fingers in Abidjan. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study includes the sellers of cooked cassava semolina served with fried tuna fish called "garba". Fines squames specimen was processed with 30% KOH for a direct microscope examination. Serous collection were done in physiological serum. Part of the original sample was cultured on Sabouraud medium with antibiotics (chloramphénicol, actidione)...
September 5, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875151/molecular-characterization-structural-modeling-and-evaluation-of-antimicrobial-activity-of-basrai-thaumatin-like-protein-against-fungal-infection
#12
Nusrat Yasmin, Mahjabeen Saleem, Mamoona Naz, Roquyya Gul, Hafiz Muzzammel Rehman
A thaumatin-like protein gene from Basrai banana was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Amplified gene product was cloned into pTZ57R/T vector and subcloned into expression vector pET22b(+) and resulting pET22b-basrai TLP construct was introduced into E. coli BL21. Maximum protein expression was obtained at 0.7 mM IPTG concentration after 6 hours at 37°C. Western blot analysis showed the presence of approximately 20 kDa protein in induced cells. Basrai antifungal TLP was tried as pharmacological agent against fungal disease...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874072/liposomal-formulations-in-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-leishmaniasis-a-review
#13
Vanessa Ortega, Selma Giorgio, Eneida de Paula
Conventional chemotherapy for leishmaniasis includes considerably toxic drugs and reports of drug-resistance are not uncommon. Liposomal encapsulated drugs appear as an option for the treatment of leishmaniasis, providing greater efficacy for the active and reducing its side effects by promoting superior tissue absorption, favoring drug penetration into the macrophages, and retarding its clearance from the site of action. In this paper, a review on the advances achieved with liposome-based anti-leishmaniasis drug delivery systems is presented...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873175/development-of-a-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-lysine-contact-lens-as-a-drug-delivery-device-for-the-treatment-of-fungal-keratitis
#14
Andrew G Gallagher, Keri McLean, Rosalind M K Stewart, Don A Wellings, Heather E Allison, Rachel L Williams
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a more efficient drug delivery device to overcome the limitations of current drop therapy for the treatment of fungal keratitis. Methods: Amphotericin B (AmpB), 0 to 30 μg/mL, was associated with a poly-ε-lysine (pεK) hydrogel. Fungicidal effect against Candida albicans was assessed at 18 and 42 hours by optical density (OD600) and growth on agar. Tear film dilution effect was mimicked by storage of AmpB pεK gels in 3...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872724/successful-treatment-of-bilateral-endogenous-fusarium-solani-endophthalmitis-in-a-patient-with-acute-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Ilaria Rizzello, Fausto Castagnetti, Pier Giorgio Toschi, Patrizia Bertaccini, Laura Primavera, Michela Paolucci, Luca Faccioli, Luca Spinardi, Russell E Lewis, Michele Cavo, Marta Stanzani
Fusarium spp. are an uncommon cause of fungemia in immunocompromised and neutropenic patients that may hematogenously disseminate to the eyes. Herein, we describe a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and a prior history of extensive corticosteroid exposure who developed disseminated Fusarium solani infection following chemotherapy despite posaconazole prophylaxis. She was successfully treated with combination liposomal amphotericin B and voriconazole, intraocular injections of voriconazole, topical amphotericin B and bilateral vitrectomy...
September 5, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872517/favorable-outcome-in-coccidioides-endophthalmitis-a-combined-medical-and-surgical-treatment-approach
#16
Jennifer J Ling, Derek J Bays, George R Thompson, Ala Moshiri, Mark J Mannis
PURPOSE: To describe a case of Coccidioides endophthalmitis that resulted in a favorable visual outcome after a combined medical and surgical approach. METHODS: A 33-year-old previously healthy woman was referred for evaluation of dyspnea and left-sided vision loss, which began 3 months before, after a trip to Nevada. She was found to have a pulmonary cavitary lesion and fluffy white material in the anterior chamber. An aqueous and vitreous paracentesis grew Coccidioides species...
August 31, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872299/comparison-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-inhibition-by-four-different-amyloid-inhibitors
#17
Narendra Nath Jha, Rakesh Kumar, Rajlaxmi Panigrahi, Ambuja Navalkar, Dhiman Ghosh, Shruti Sahay, Mrityunjoy Mondal, Ashutosh Kumar, Samir K Maji
Aggregation of α-synuclein (α-Syn) into toxic oligomers and fibrils leads to Parkinson's disease (PD) pathogenesis. Molecules that can inhibit the fibrillization and oligomerization of α-Syn have potential therapeutic value. Here, we studied four selective amyloid inhibitors: Dopamine (Dopa), Amphotericin-B (Amph), Epigallocatechingallate (EGCG) and Quinacrinedihydrochloride (Quin) for their effect on oligomerization, fibrillization and preformed fibrils of α-Syn. The aggregation kinetics of α-Syn using ThT fluorescence and conformational transition by circular dichroism (CD) in the presence and absence of these four compounds suggest that, except Quin, remaining three molecules inhibit α-Syn aggregation in concentration dependent manner...
September 5, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871863/the-hiv-aspartyl-protease-inhibitor-ritonavir-impairs-planktonic-growth-biofilm-formation-and-proteolytic-activity-in-trichosporon-spp
#18
Rossana de Aguiar Cordeiro, Rosana Serpa, Patrícia Bruna Leite Mendes, Antonio José de Jesus Evangelista, Ana Raquel Colares Andrade, Jônatas da Silva Franco, Vandbergue Dos Santos Pereira, Lucas Pereira de Alencar, Jonathas Sales de Oliveira, Zoilo Pires de Camargo, Reginaldo Gonçalves de Lima Neto, Débora de Souza Collares Maia Castelo-Branco, Raimunda Samia Nogueira Brilhante, Marcos Fabio Gadelha Rocha, José Júlio Costa Sidrim
This study evaluated the effect of the protease inhibitor ritonavir (RIT) on Trichosporon asahii and Trichosporon inkin. Susceptibility to RIT was assessed by the broth microdilution assay and the effect of RIT on protease activity was evaluated using azoalbumin as substrate. RIT was tested for its anti-biofilm properties and RIT-treated biofilms were assessed regarding protease activity, ultrastructure and matrix composition. In addition, antifungal susceptibility, surface hydrophobicity and biofilm formation were evaluated after pre-incubation of planktonic cells with RIT for 15 days...
September 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870262/virulence-factors-antifungal-susceptibility-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-azole-resistance-among-candida-parapsilosis-complex-isolates-recovered-from-clinical-specimens
#19
Sourour Neji, Ines Hadrich, Houaida Trabelsi, Salma Abbes, Fatma Cheikhrouhou, Hayet Sellami, Fattouma Makni, Ali Ayadi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the biofilm formation, the extracellular enzymatic activities of 182 clinical isolates of the Candida parapsilosis complex. METHODS: Molecular identification of the C. parapsilosis species complex was performed using PCR RFLP of SADH gene and PCR sequencing of ITS region. The susceptibility of ours isolates to antifungal agents and molecular mechanisms underlying azole resistance were evaluated. RESULTS: 63...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869083/antifungal-effect-of-cow-s-urine-distillate-on-candida-species
#20
J M Hoh, B Dhanashree
BACKGROUND: Increase in resistance of Candida species, to routinely used antifungal agents has necessitated the quest for new drugs. Few studies have revealed that cow's urine can suppress the growth of pathogenic fungi. However there is no published report on antifungal effects of cow's urine on clinical Candida isolates. OBJECTIVE: The present study aims at exploring the antifungal potential of cow's urine on clinical isolates of Candida species. MATERIAL & METHODS: In this in-vitro experimental study four standard strains and 37 clinical isolates of Candida species were tested for their susceptibility to amphotericin B, fluconazole and voriconazole, by disk diffusion method...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
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