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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915305/dna-barcoding-coupled-with-high-resolution-melting-analysis-enables-rapid-and-accurate-distinction-of-aspergillus-species
#1
Gabor Fidler, Sandor Kocsube, Eva Leiter, Sandor Biro, Melinda Paholcsek
We describe a high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis method that is rapid, reproducible, and able to identify reference strains and further 40 clinical isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus (14), A. lentulus (3), A. terreus (7), A. flavus (8), A. niger (2), A. welwitschiae (4), and A. tubingensis (2). Asp1 and Asp2 primer sets were designed to amplify partial sequences of the Aspergillus benA (beta-tubulin) genes in a closed-, single-tube system. Human placenta DNA, further Aspergillus (3), Candida (9), Fusarium (6), and Scedosporium (2) nucleic acids from type strains and clinical isolates were also included in this study to evaluate cross reactivity with other relevant pathogens causing invasive fungal infections...
December 3, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915302/givinostat-exhibits-in-vitro-synergy-with-posaconazole-against-aspergillus-spp
#2
Yi Sun, Lujuan Gao, Chengyan He, Qingzhi Wu, Ming Li, Tongxiang Zeng
In vitro interactions of givinostat, a hydroxamate-derived histone deacetylase inhibitor, and antifungals including itraconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, amphotericin B and caspofungin against Aspergillus spp. were assessed via broth microdilution checkerboard technique system. A total of 30 isolates of Aspergillus spp., including 20 strains of A. fumigatus and 10 strains of A. flavus were studied. The results revealed favorable synergistic effects between givinostat and posaconazole (83.3%) against Aspergillus isolates...
December 2, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914020/characterization-of-xylanase-and-cellulase-produced-by-a-newly-isolated-aspergillus-fumigatus-n2-and-its-efficient-saccharification-of-barley-straw
#3
Chaoyang Lin, Zhicheng Shen, Wensheng Qin
Aspergillus fumigatus N2 was isolated from decaying wood. This strain produces extracellular xylanases and cellulases. The highest xylanase (91.9 U/mL) and CMCase (5.61 U/mL) activity was produced when 1% barley straw was used as the carbon source. The optimum pH and temperature for xylanase activity were 6.0 and 65 °C, respectively. CMCase revealed maximum activity at pH 4.0 and in the range of 65 °C. The FPase was optimally active at pH 5.0 and 60 °C. The zymograms produced by the SDS-PAGE resolution of the crude enzymes indicated that multiple enzymes were secreted into the fermentation supernatant...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913978/case-series-study-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Ana I Aller-García, Carmen Castro-Méndez, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Elena M Marín-Martínez, Ismail Zakariya-Yousef Breval, Carmen Couto-Caro, Juan C López-Marín, Nicolás Peña-Griñán, Maite Ruiz de Pipaon, Ana M Romero-Mejías, Estrella Martín-Mazuelos
Diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is challenging. The objective of the study was to assess the value of microbiological tests to the diagnosis of IPA in the absence of non-specific radiological data. A retrospective study of 23 patients with suspicion of IPA and positivity of some microbiological diagnostic tests was performed. These tests included conventional microbiological culture, detection of Aspergillus galactomannan (GM) antigen and in some patients (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan (BDG) and Aspergillus fumigatus DNA using the LightCycler(®) SeptiFast test...
December 2, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907120/structural-and-functional-elucidation-of-yeast-lanosterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-in-complex-with-agrochemical-antifungals
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Joel D A Tyndall, Manya Sabherwal, Alia A Sagatova, Mikhail V Keniya, Jacopo Negroni, Rajni K Wilson, Matthew A Woods, Klaus Tietjen, Brian C Monk
Azole antifungals, known as demethylase inhibitors (DMIs), target sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51) in the ergosterol biosynthetic pathway of fungal pathogens of both plants and humans. DMIs remain the treatment of choice in crop protection against a wide range of fungal phytopathogens that have the potential to reduce crop yields and threaten food security. We used a yeast membrane protein expression system to overexpress recombinant hexahistidine-tagged S. cerevisiae lanosterol 14α-demethylase and the Y140F or Y140H mutants of this enzyme as surrogates in order characterize interactions with DMIs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904060/causative-agents-of-aspergillosis-including-cryptic-aspergillus-species-and-a-fumigatus
#6
Takahito Toyotome
Aspergillosis is an important deep mycosis. The causative agents are Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, and Aspergillus terreus, of which A. fumigatus is the most prevalent. Cryptic Aspergillus spp., which morphologically resemble representative species of each Aspergillus section, also cause aspergillosis. Most of the cryptic species reveal different susceptibility patterns and/or different secondary metabolite profiles, also called exometabolome in this manuscript, from those representative species...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889463/noncanonical-fungal-autophagy-inhibits-inflammation-in-response-to-ifn-%C3%AE-via-dapk1
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Vasilis Oikonomou, Silvia Moretti, Giorgia Renga, Claudia Galosi, Monica Borghi, Marilena Pariano, Matteo Puccetti, Carlo A Palmerini, Lucia Amico, Alessandra Carotti, Lucia Prezioso, Angelica Spolzino, Andrea Finocchi, Paolo Rossi, Andrea Velardi, Franco Aversa, Valerio Napolioni, Luigina Romani
Defects in a form of noncanonical autophagy, known as LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP), lead to increased inflammatory pathology during fungal infection. Although LAP contributes to fungal degradation, the molecular mechanisms underlying LAP-mediated modulation of inflammation are unknown. We describe a mechanism by which inflammation is regulated during LAP through the death-associated protein kinase 1 (DAPK1). The ATF6/C/EBP-β/DAPK1 axis activated by IFN-γ not only mediates LAP to Aspergillus fumigatus but also concomitantly inhibits Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) activation and restrains pathogenic inflammation...
November 16, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889356/role-of-ptx3-in-corneal-epithelial-innate-immunity-against-aspergillus-fumigatus-infection
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Jie Zhang, Guiqiu Zhao, Jing Lin, Chengye Che, Cui Li, Nan Jiang, Liting Hu, Qian Wang
Pentraxin3 (PTX3), a member of long pentraxin family, plays a non-redundant role in human humoral innate immunity. However, whether PTX3 is expressed by corneal epithelial cells and its role during corneal fungi infection has not yet been investigated. To identify the presence of PTX3 in cornea, the possible mechanisms involved in its expression, and also the effects on corneal anti-fungi innate immune response, clinic human corneal tissues and cultured human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) were resorted. PTX3 mRNA and protein were detected in corneal samples and cultured HCECs, which was significantly up-regulated after exposing to Aspergillus fumigatus (A...
November 23, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889247/cutaneous-invasive-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-glioblastoma-receiving-long-term-temozolomide-and-corticosteroid-therapy
#9
Takashi Ikeda, Jun Suzuki, Masataro Norizuki, Taro Okabe, Tsubasa Onishi, Teppei Sasahara, Masaki Toshima, Hidenori Yokota, Shuji Hatakeyama, Yuji Morisawa
Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain tumor that requires multidisciplinary treatment including adjuvant radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and adjunct corticosteroids. Temozolomide is a commonly used chemotherapy drug and frequently causes lymphocytopenia. We describe the case of a 67-year-old woman with cutaneous invasive aspergillosis who had received long-term temozolomide and corticosteroid therapy for glioblastoma. She presented with multiple indurations, erythema, and purpura, some of which produced purulent discharge, in the anterior abdomen...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888464/mycobiota-of-ground-red-pepper-and-their-aflatoxigenic-potential
#10
Hyeonheui Ham, Sosoo Kim, Min-Hee Kim, Soohyung Lee, Sung Kee Hong, Jae-Gee Ryu, Theresa Lee
To investigate contamination of ground red pepper with fungi and mycotoxin, we obtained 30 ground red pepper samples from 15 manufacturers in the main chili-pepper-producing areas in Korea. Fungal contamination was evaluated by spreading diluted samples on potato dextrose agar plates. The total fungi counts ranged from 0 to 7.3 × 10(3) CFU/g. In the samples, the genus Aspergillus had the highest incidence, while Paecilomyces was isolated most frequently. The next most frequent genera were Rhizopus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Alternaria...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886119/synthesis-and-antifungal-screening-of-2-1-5-alkyl-arylalkylpyrazin-2-yl-ethylidene-hydrazono-1-3-thiazolidin-4-ones
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Veronika Opletalova, Jan Dolezel, Jiri Kunes, Vladimir Buchta, Marcela Vejsova, Marta Kucerova-Chlupacova
Two novel thiosemicarbazones and eight novel 2-{[1-(5-alkyl/arylalkylpyrazin-2-yl)ethylidene]hydrazono}-1,3-thiazolidin-4-ones were prepared and tested against a panel of eight fungal strains-Candida albicans ATCC 44859, Candida tropicalis 156, Candida krusei E 28, Candida glabrata 20/I, Trichosporon asahii 1188, Aspergillus fumigatus 231, Lichtheimia corymbifera 272, and Trichophyton interdigitale 445. 1,3-Thiazolidin-4-ones exhibited activity against all strains, the most potent derivative was 2-{[1-(5-butylpyrazin-2-yl)ethylidene]hydrazono}e-1,3-thiazolidin-4-one...
November 23, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881119/antibacterial-and-antifungal-potentials-of-the-solvents-extracts-from-eryngium-caeruleum-notholirion-thomsonianum-and-allium-consanguineum
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Abdul Sadiq, Sadiq Ahmad, Rahmat Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad, Anwar Zeb, Muhammad Ayaz, Farhat Ullah, Abu Nasar Siddique
BACKGROUND: Herbal medicines have long been used for various ailments in various societies and natural bioactive compounds are gaining more and more importance due to various factors. In this context, three plant species i.e., Eryngium caeruleum, Notholirion thomsonianum and Allium consanguineum have been aimed for the scientific verification of their purported traditional uses against various infectious diseases. METHODS: In this study, three plants were assayed for antibacterial and antifungal potentials...
November 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879337/interactions-between-melanin-enzymes-and-their-atypical-recruitment-to-the-secretory-pathway-by-palmitoylation
#13
Srijana Upadhyay, Xinping Xu, Xiaorong Lin
: Melanins are biopolymers that confer coloration and protection to the host organism against biotic or abiotic insults. The level of protection offered by melanin depends on its biosynthesis and its subcellular localization. Previously, we discovered that Aspergillus fumigatus compartmentalizes melanization in endosomes by recruiting all melanin enzymes to the secretory pathway. Surprisingly, although two laccases involved in the late steps of melanization are conventional secretory proteins, the four enzymes involved in the early steps of melanization lack a signal peptide or a transmembrane domain and are thus considered "atypical" secretory proteins...
November 22, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878934/two-degradation-strategies-for-overcoming-the-recalcitrance-of-natural-lignocellulosic-xylan-by-polysaccharides-binding-gh10-and-gh11-xylanases-of-filamentous-fungi
#14
Youzhi Miao, Pan Li, Guangqi Li, Dongyang Liu, Irina S Druzhinina, Christian P Kubicek, Qirong Shen, Ruifu Zhang
The recalcitrance of lignocellulose forms a strong barrier for the bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass in chemical or biofuel industries. Filamentous fungi are major plant biomass decomposer, and capable of forming all the required enzymes. Here, we characterized the GH10 and GH11 endo-xylanases and a CE1 acetyl-xylan esterase (Axe1) from a superior biomass-degrading strain, Aspergillus fumigatus Z5, and examined how they interact in xylan degradation. Cellulose-binding (CBM1) domain inhibited GH10 xylanase activities for pure xylan, but afforded them an ability to hydrolyze washed corncob particles (WCCP)...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878528/development-of-a-dot-blot-assay-for-the-detection-of-mould-specific-ige-in-the-belgian-population
#15
Muriel Vincent, Marta Romano, Francis Corazza, Kris Huygen, Olivier Michel, Olivier Denis
BACKGROUND: Data on mould sensitization in the general population are scarce and mostly on Aspergillus fumigatus, Alternaria alternata and Cladosporium herbarum. OBJECTIVES: To validate a dot-blot assay for the detection of specific IgE and evaluate the prevalence of mould sensitization in a healthy population. METHODS: The dot-blot assay was validated against the CAP test. Sensitization rate to ten common indoor and outdoor mould species in 344 serum samples was calculated...
November 22, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876784/expression-and-characterization-of-a-talaromyces-marneffei-active-phospholipase-b-expressed-in-a-pichia-pastoris-expression-system
#16
Yan He, Linghua Li, Fengyu Hu, Wanshan Chen, Huali Lei, Xiejie Chen, Weiping Cai, Xiaoping Tang
Phospholipase B is a virulence factor for several clinically important pathogenic fungi, including Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus, but its role in the thermally dimorphic fungus Talaromyces marneffei remains unclear. Here, we provide the first report of the expression of a novel phospholipase gene, designated TmPlb1, from T. marneffei in the eukaryotic expression system of Pichia pastoris GS115. Sensitive real-time quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) demonstrated that the expression of TmPlb1 increased 1...
November 23, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872794/in-silico-identification-of-potential-peptides-or-allergen-shot-candidates-against-aspergillus-fumigatus
#17
Raman Thakur, Jata Shankar
Aspergillus fumigatus is capable of causing invasive aspergillosis or acute bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and the current situation is alarming. There are no vaccine or allergen shots available for Aspergillus-induced allergies. Thus, a novel approach in designing of an effective vaccine or allergen shot candidate against A. fumigatus is needed. Using immunoinformatics approaches from the characterized A. fumigatus allergens, we have mapped epitopic regions to predict potential peptides that elicit both Aspergillus-specific T cells and B cell immune response...
2016: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872079/the-paradoxical-effect-of-echinocandins-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-relies-on-recovery-of-the-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-synthase-fks1
#18
Veronika Loiko, Johannes Wagener
Echinocandins target the fungal cell wall by inhibiting biosynthesis of the cell wall carbohydrate β-1,3-glucan. This antifungal drug class exhibits a paradoxical effect which is characterized by the resume of growth of otherwise susceptible strains at higher drug concentrations (approx.4-32 μg/ml). The nature of this phenomenon is still unknown. In this study, we analyzed the paradoxical effect of the echinocandin caspofungin on the pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus Using a conditional fks1 mutant, we show that very high caspofungin concentrations exert an additional antifungal activity beside inhibition of the β-1,3-glucan synthase...
November 21, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870863/characteristics-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-association-with-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-mixed-biofilm
#19
Elise Melloul, Stéphanie Luiggi, Leslie Anaïs, Pascal Arné, Jean-Marc Costa, Vincent Fihman, Benoit Briard, Eric Dannaoui, Jacques Guillot, Jean-Winoc Decousser, Anne Beauvais, Françoise Botterel
BACKGROUND: Biofilms are communal structures of microorganisms that have long been associated with a variety of persistent infections poorly responding to conventional antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Aspergillus fumigatus fungus and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteria are examples of the microorganisms that can coexist to form a biofilm especially in the respiratory tract of immunocompromised patients or cystic fibrosis patients. The aim of the present study was to develop and assess an in vitro model of a mixed biofilm associating S...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870227/aspergillosis-and-the-role-of-mucins-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Abigail C Cowley, David J Thornton, David W Denning, Alexander Horsley
The prevalence of aspergillosis in CF patients has until recently been underestimated, but increasing evidence suggests that it may play an important role in the progression of CF lung disease. In healthy airways, Aspergillus fumigatus can be efficiently removed from the lung by mechanisms such as mucociliary clearance and cough. However, these mechanisms are defective in CF, allowing pathogens such as A. fumigatus to germinate and establish chronic infections within the airways. The precise means by which A...
November 21, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
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