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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224386/%C3%AE-bisabolol-inhibits-aspergillus-fumigatus-af239-growth-via-affecting-microsomal-%C3%A2-24-sterol-methyltransferase-as-a-crucial-enzyme-in-ergosterol-biosynthesis-pathway
#1
Zahra Jahanshiri, Masoomeh Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Farnoush Asghari-Paskiabi, Reza Saghiri, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh
Finding new compounds with antifungal properties is an important task due to the side effects of common antifungal drugs and emerging antifungal resistance in fungal strains. ∆(24)-sterol methyltransferase (24-SMT) is a crucial enzyme that plays important roles in fungal ergosterol biosynthesis pathway and is not found in humans. In the present study, the effects of α-bisabolol on Aspergillus fumigatus Af239 growth and ergosterol synthesis on the base of 24-SMT enzyme activity were studied; in addition, the expression of erg6, the gene encoded 24-SMT, was considered...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223452/heterogeneity-confounds-establishment-of-a-model-microbial-strain
#2
Nancy P Keller
Aspergillus fumigatus is a ubiquitous environmental mold and the leading cause of diverse human diseases ranging from allergenic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA). Experimental investigations of the biology and virulence of this opportunistic pathogen have historically used a few type strains; however, it is increasingly observed with this fungus that heterogeneity among isolates potentially confounds the use of these reference isolates. Illustrating this point, Kowalski et al...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223388/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antifungal-profile-of-a-novel-and-long-acting-inhaled-azole-pc945-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-infection
#3
Thomas Colley, Alexandre Alanio, Steven L Kelly, Gurpreet Sehra, Yasuo Kizawa, Andrew G S Warrilow, Josie E Parker, Diane E Kelly, Genki Kimura, Lauren Anderson-Dring, Takahiro Nakaoki, Mihiro Sunose, Stuart Onions, Damien Crepin, Franz Lagasse, Matthew Crittall, Jonathan Shannon, Michael Cooke, Stéphane Bretagne, John King-Underwood, John Murray, Kazuhiro Ito, Pete Strong, Garth Rapeport
The profile of PC945, a novel triazole antifungal, designed for administration via inhalation, has been assessed in a range of in vitro and in vivo studies. PC945 was characterized as a potent, tight-binding inhibitor of Aspergillus fumigatus sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51A and CYP51B) activity (IC50, 0.23 μM and 0.22 μM, respectively), with characteristic type II azole binding spectra. Against 96 clinically isolated A. fumigatus strains, the MIC values of PC945 ranged from 0.032∼>8 μg/ml, whilst those of voriconazole ranged from 0...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223376/bactericidal-and-fungicidal-activity-of-n-chlorotaurine-is-enhanced-in-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium
#4
Martina Gruber, Ivan Moser, Markus Nagl, Michaela Lackner
Lung infections with multiresistant pathogens are a major problem of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). N-chlorotaurine (NCT), a microbicidal active chlorine compound with no resistance development, is well tolerated upon inhalation. The aim of this study was to investigate NCT on its bactericidal and fungicidal activity in vitro in artificial sputum medium (ASM) mimicking the composition of cystic fibrosis mucus.The medium was inoculated with bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus including some MRSA strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) or spores of fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus terreus, Candida albicans, Scedosporium apiospermum, Scedosporium boydii, Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium minutisporum, Exophiala dermatitidis, Geotrichum sp...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218685/thermophilic-fungi-to-dominate-aflatoxigenic-mycotoxigenic-fungi-on-food-under-global-warming
#5
Robert Russell M Paterson, Nelson Lima
Certain filamentous fungi produce mycotoxins that contaminate food. Mycotoxin contamination of crops is highly influenced by environmental conditions and is already affected by global warming, where there is a succession of mycotoxigenic fungi towards those that have higher optimal growth temperatures. Aflatoxigenic fungi are at the highest limit of temperature although predicted increases in temperature are beyond that constraint. The present paper discusses what will succeed these fungi and represents the first such consideration...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217776/iron-acquisition-in-fungal-pathogens-of-humans
#6
Gaurav Bairwa, Won Hee Jung, James W Kronstad
The devastating infections that fungal pathogens cause in humans are underappreciated relative to viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. In recent years, the contributions to virulence of reductive iron uptake, siderophore-mediated uptake and heme acquisition have been identified in the best studied and most life-threatening fungal pathogens: Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus. In particular, exciting new work illustrates the importance of iron acquisition from heme and hemoglobin in the virulence of pathogenic yeasts...
February 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#7
Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213885/epigenetic-modifier-induced-enhancement-of-fumiquinazoline-c-production-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-ga-l7-an-endophytic-fungus-from-grewia-asiatica-l
#8
Ankita Magotra, Manjeet Kumar, Manoj Kushwaha, Praveen Awasthi, Chand Raina, Ajai Prakash Gupta, Bhahwal A Shah, Sumit G Gandhi, Asha Chaubey
Present study relates to the effect of valproic acid, an epigenetic modifier on the metabolic profile of Aspergillus fumigatus (GA-L7), an endophytic fungus isolated from Grewia asiatica L. Seven secondary metabolites were isolated from A. fumigatus (GA-L7) which were identified as: pseurotin A, pseurotin D, pseurotin F2, fumagillin, tryprostatin C, gliotoxin and bis(methylthio)gliotoxin. Addition of valproic acid in the growth medium resulted in the alteration of secondary metabolic profile with an enhanced production of a metabolite, fumiquinazoline C by tenfolds...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203225/regulation-of-sterol-biosynthesis-in-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-opportunities-for-therapeutic-development
#9
REVIEW
Sourabh Dhingra, Robert A Cramer
Sterols are a major component of eukaryotic cell membranes. For human fungal infections caused by the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, antifungal drugs that target sterol biosynthesis and/or function remain the standard of care. Yet, an understanding of A. fumigatus sterol biosynthesis regulatory mechanisms remains an under developed therapeutic target. The critical role of sterol biosynthesis regulation and its interactions with clinically relevant azole drugs is highlighted by the basic helix loop helix (bHLH) class of transcription factors known as Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Proteins (SREBPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198513/sybr-safe-tm-efficiently-replaces-ethidium-bromide-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-gene-disruption
#10
H M S Canela, L A Takami, M E S Ferreira
Invasive aspergillosis is a disease responsible for high mortality rates, caused mainly by Aspergillus fumigatus. The available drugs are limited and this disease continues to occur at an unacceptable frequency. Gene disruption is essential in the search for new drug targets. An efficient protocol for A. fumigatus gene disruption was described but it requires ethidium bromide, a genotoxic agent, for DNA staining. Therefore, the present study tested SYBR safe(TM), a non-genotoxic DNA stain, in A. fumigatus gene disruption protocol...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194433/mitochondrial-camkii-inhibition-in-airway-epithelium-protects-against-allergic-asthma
#11
Sara C Sebag, Olha M Koval, John D Paschke, Christopher J Winters, Omar A Jaffer, Ryszard Dworski, Fayyaz S Sutterwala, Mark E Anderson, Isabella M Grumbach
Excessive ROS promote allergic asthma, a condition characterized by airway inflammation, eosinophilic inflammation, and increased airway hyperreactivity (AHR). The mechanisms by which airway ROS are increased and the relationship between increased airway ROS and disease phenotypes are incompletely defined. Mitochondria are an important source of cellular ROS production, and our group discovered that Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is present in mitochondria and activated by oxidation...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192144/maternal-house-dust-mite-exposure-during-pregnancy-enhances-severity-of-hdm-induced-asthma-in-murine-offspring
#12
Phoebe K Richgels, Amnah Yamani, Claire A Chougnet, Ian P Lewkowich
BACKGROUND: Atopic status of the mother and maternal exposure to environmental factors is associated with increased asthma risk. Moreover, animal models demonstrate that exposure to allergens in strongly sensitized mothers influences offspring asthma development, suggesting that in utero exposures can influence offspring asthma. However, it is unclear whether maternal exposure to common human allergens like house dust mite (HDM), in the absence of additional adjuvants, influences offspring asthma development...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188710/-prevalence-of-sensitization-to-inhalant-allergens-in-the-immunology-department-from-hospital-de-especialidades-pedi%C3%A3-tricas-mar%C3%A3-a-honduras-2016
#13
Victoria Alejandra Gonzales-González, Adolfo Martín Díaz-Flores, Karla Zobeyda Fernández-Zelaya, María Félix Rivera-Reyes
BACKGROUND: Allergic diseases are a public health problem; estimates indicate that between 30% and 40% of the world population is affected by some allergy. Knowing the prevalence of allergen sensitization allows for adequate diagnoses and treatments to be offered. In Honduras there are no studies available in pediatric patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research was to identify the most common types of sensitization in children and their correlation with the most common allergic diseases in patients on immunotherapy at the Maria Hospital of Pediatric Specialties...
January 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187141/role-of-n-linked-glycosylation-in-the-enzymatic-properties-of-a-thermophilic-gh-10-xylanase-from-aspergillus-fumigatus-expressed-in-pichia-pastoris
#14
Xiaoyu Chang, Bo Xu, Yingguo Bai, Huiying Luo, Rui Ma, Pengjun Shi, Bin Yao
N-Glycosylation is a posttranslational modification commonly occurred in fungi and plays roles in a variety of enzyme functions. In this study, a xylanase (Af-XYNA) of glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 10 from Aspergillus fumigatus harboring three potential N-glycosylation sites (N87, N124 and N335) was heterologously produced in Pichia pastoris. The N-glycosylated Af-XYNA (WT) exhibited favorable temperature and pH optima (75°C and pH 5.0) and good thermostability (maintaining stable at 60°C). To reveal the role of N-glycosylation on Af-XYNA, the enzyme was deglycosylated by endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase H (DE) or modified by site-directed mutagenesis at N124 (N124T)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185887/fatal-disseminated-rasamsonia-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis-post-lung-transplantation
#15
Gina Hong, Marissa White, Noah Lechtzin, Natalie E West, Robin Avery, Heather Miller, Richard Lee, Robert J Lovari, Christian Massire, Lawrence B Blyn, Xinglun Liang, Deanna A Sutton, Jianmin Fu, Brian L Wickes, Nathan P Wiederhold, Sean X Zhang
BACKGROUND: Disseminated fungal infections are a known serious complication in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) following orthotopic lung transplantation. Aspergillus fumigatus and Scedosporium species are among the more common causes of invasive fungal infection in this population. However, it is also important for clinicians to be aware of other emerging fungal species which may require markedly different antifungal therapies. CASE SUMMARY: We describe the first laboratory-documented case of a fatal disseminated fungal infection caused by Rasamsonia aegroticola in a 21-year-old female CF patient status post-bilateral lung transplantation, which was only identified post-mortem...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183589/terbinafine-loaded-wound-dressing-for-chronic-superficial-fungal-infections
#16
Farnoush Asghari Paskiabi, Shahin Bonakdar, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Mohammad Imani, Zahra Jahanshiri, Masoomeh Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh
In spite of developing new drugs and modern formulations, the treatments of chronic fungal infections are still challenging. Fibrous wound dressings are new suggestions for the treatment of chronic superficial infections. In the present study, we formulated an antifungal agent, terbinafine hydrochloride (TFH), which is a hydrophobic drug, in wound dressings prepared by electrospun polycaprolactone, polycaprolactone/gelatin (50:50 w/w) and gelatin. To obtain more water-stable meshes, the preparations were treated by glutaraldehyde and their properties were determined before and after treatment...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179499/structural-mechanistic-and-functional-insight-into-gliotoxin-bis-thiomethylation-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#17
Stephen K Dolan, Tobias Bock, Vanessa Hering, Rebecca A Owens, Gary W Jones, Wulf Blankenfeldt, Sean Doyle
Gliotoxin is an epipolythiodioxopiperazine (ETP) class toxin, contains a disulfide bridge that mediates its toxic effects via redox cycling and is produced by the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus Self-resistance against gliotoxin is effected by the gliotoxin oxidase GliT, and attenuation of gliotoxin biosynthesis is catalysed by gliotoxin S-methyltransferase GtmA. Here we describe the X-ray crystal structures of GtmA-apo (1.66 Å), GtmA complexed to S-adenosylhomocysteine (1.33 Å) and GtmA complexed to S-adenosylmethionine (2...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178425/synthetic-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium-diminishes-i-burkholderia-cenocepacia-i-antifungal-activity-against-i-aspergillus-fumigatus-i-independently-of-phenylacetic-acid-production
#18
Tasia Joy Lightly, Ryan R Phung, John L Sorensen, Silvia T Cardona
Phenylacetic acid (PAA), an intermediate of phenylalanine degradation, is emerging as a signal molecule in microbial interactions with the host. In this work, we explore the presence of phenylalanine and PAA catabolism in three microbial pathogens of the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung microbiome: <i>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</i>, <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i> and <i>Aspergillus fumigatus</i>. While <i>in silico</i> analysis of <i>B. cenocepacia</i> J2315 and <i>A...
February 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178337/prospective-multicenter-german-study-on-pulmonary-colonization-with-scedosporium-lomentospora-species-in-cystic-fibrosis-epidemiology-and-new-association-factors
#19
Carsten Schwarz, Claudia Brandt, Elisabeth Antweiler, Alexander Krannich, Doris Staab, Sabina Schmitt-Grohé, Rainald Fischer, Dominik Hartl, Anja Thronicke, Kathrin Tintelnot
BACKGROUND: An increasing rate of respiratory colonization and infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by fungi of the Scedosporium apiospermum species complex or Lomentospora prolificans (Sac-Lp). These fungi rank second among the filamentous fungi colonizing the CF airways, after Aspergillus fumigatus. However, the epidemiology, clinical relevance and risk of pulmonary colonization with Sac-Lp are rarely understood in CF. The objective of the present prospective multicenter study was to study pathogen distribution and determine association factors of pulmonary Sac-Lp colonization in patients with CF...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176520/-pulmonary-co-infection-due-to-nocardia-cyriacigeorgica-and-aspergillus-fumigatus
#20
R Trastoy, T Manso, X García, G Barbeito, D Navarro, P Rascado, M L Pérez Del Molino
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary nocardiosis is an uncommon pulmonary infection caused by aerobic gram-positive bacteria of the genus Nocardia. Nocardia sp. are environmental organisms spread worldwide. Approximately 50 Nocardia species have been described to date, about 30 of which are known to cause human disease. Nocardia cyriacigeorgica was first reported in 2001. CASE REPORT: We report a case of infection caused by N. cyriacigeorgica in a patient with B-cells non-Hodgkin lymphoma and diabetes mellitus...
February 8, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
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