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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634472/antifungal-activity-against-filamentous-fungi-of-ts1-a-multifunctional-toxin-from-tityus-serrulatus-scorpion-venom
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Welligton M Santussi, Karla C F Bordon, Ana P N Rodrigues Alves, Camila T Cologna, Suraia Said, Eliane C Arantes
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are ubiquitous and multipotent components of the innate immune defense arsenal used by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. The search for new AMPs has increased in recent years, due to the growing development of microbial resistance to therapeutical drugs. In this work, we evaluate the effects of Tityus serrulatus venom (Tsv), its fractions and its major toxin Ts1, a beta-neurotoxin, on fungi growth. The fractions were obtained by ion-exchange chromatography of Tsv. The growth inhibition of 11 pathogenic and non-pathogenic filamentous fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634301/microbial-glycoside-hydrolases-as-antibiofilm-agents-with-cross-kingdom-activity
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Brendan D Snarr, Perrin Baker, Natalie C Bamford, Yukiko Sato, Hong Liu, Mélanie Lehoux, Fabrice N Gravelat, Hanna Ostapska, Shane R Baistrocchi, Robert P Cerone, Elan E Filler, Matthew R Parsek, Scott G Filler, P Lynne Howell, Donald C Sheppard
Galactosaminogalactan and Pel are cationic heteropolysaccharides produced by the opportunistic pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These exopolysaccharides both contain 1,4-linked N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and play an important role in biofilm formation by these organisms. Proteins containing glycoside hydrolase domains have recently been identified within the biosynthetic pathway of each exopolysaccharide. Recombinant hydrolase domains from these proteins (Sph3h from A...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634239/the-dual-activity-responsible-for-the-elongation-and-branching-of-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-in-the-fungal-cell-wall
#3
Vishukumar Aimanianda, Catherine Simenel, Cecile Garnaud, Cecile Clavaud, Rui Tada, Lise Barbin, Isabelle Mouyna, Christoph Heddergott, Laura Popolo, Yoshikazu Ohya, Muriel Delepierre, Jean-Paul Latge
β-(1,3)-Glucan, the major fungal cell wall component, ramifies through β-(1,6)-glycosidic linkages, which facilitates its binding with other cell wall components contributing to proper cell wall assembly. Using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model, we developed a protocol to quantify β-(1,6)-branching on β-(1,3)-glucan. Permeabilized S. cerevisiae and radiolabeled substrate UDP-((14)C)glucose allowed us to determine branching kinetics. A screening aimed at identifying deletion mutants with reduced branching among them revealed only two, the bgl2Δ and gas1Δ mutants, showing 15% and 70% reductions in the branching, respectively, compared to the wild-type strain...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630185/in-vivo-biomarker-analysis-of-intranasally-dosed-pc945-a-novel-antifungal-triazole-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-infection-in-immunocompromised-mice
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Genki Kimura, Takahiro Nakaoki, Thomas Colley, Garth Rapeport, Pete Strong, Kazuhiro Ito, Yasuo Kizawa
PC945 is a novel triazole optimised for lung delivery and the objective of this study is to determine the effects of intranasally dosed PC945 on Aspergillus fumigatus infection and associated biomarkers in immunocompromised mice. PC945, posaconazole or voriconazole was treated intranasally once daily on days 0 to 3 (early intervention) or days 1 to 3 (late intervention) post-infection in temporarily neutropenic A/J mice infected intranasally with A. fumigatus, and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum were collected on day 3...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628021/correlation-between-spirometry-dates-and-special-allergen-specific-ige-in-patients-with-bronchial-asthma-in-west-georgia
#5
R Sepiashvili, M Chikhladze, D Khachapuridze, S Gamkrelidze
The study aimed to establish correlation between airway obstruction and specific IgE specificity, managing future treatment in the patients with bronchial asthma, among the population of west Georgia. In the study have been involved 56 patients (among them 24 males and 32 females) of different ages, with diagnostic bronchial asthma (according to GINA recommendation). On the ground of the aim the study included the following steps of allegro-diagnostics: I step - Computerized spirometry by apparatus ,,SPIROLAB 3"...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623814/synthesis-antimicrobial-antiquorum-sensing-and-antitumor-activities-of-new-benzimidazole-analogs
#6
N S El-Gohary, M I Shaaban
New benzimidazole analogs were prepared and tested for antimicrobial efficacy toward Escherichia coli ATCC 12435, Bacillus cereus UW 85, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213, Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus 293. Results indicated that compound 10 has potent and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. In addition, 4b and 5c showed eminent antimicrobial efficacy toward B. cereus, S. aureus, C. albicans and A. fumigatus. Furthermore, 12 and 14 demonstrated interesting antifungal activity toward C. albicans...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622385/effect-of-acute-predation-with-bacteriophage-on-intermicrobial-aggression-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#7
Patrick R Secor, Gabriele Sass, Hasan Nazik, David A Stevens
In persons with structural lung disease, particularly those with cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic airway infections cause progressive loss of lung function. CF airways can be colonized by a variety of microorganisms; the most frequently encountered bacterial and fungal pathogens are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus, respectively. Co-infection with P. aeruginosa and A. fumigatus often results in a more rapid loss of lung function, indicating that interactions between these pathogens affect infection pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618166/abundance-genetic-diversity-and-sensitivity-to-demethylation-inhibitor-fungicides-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates-from-organic-substrates-with-special-emphasis-on-compost
#8
Karin Santoro, Slavica Matić, Ulrich Gisi, Davide Spadaro, Massimo Pugliese, Maria L Gullino
BACKGROUND: Aspergillus fumigatus is a widespread fungus that colonizes dead organic substrates but it can also cause fatal human diseases. Aspergilloses are treated with demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides; however, resistant isolates appeared recently in the medical but also environmental area. The present study aims at molecular characterizing and quantifying A. fumigatus in major environmental habitats and determining its sensitivity to medical and agricultural DMI fungicides...
June 15, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612104/production-of-paclitaxel-with-anticancer-activity-by-two-local-fungal-endophytes-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-alternaria-tenuissima
#9
Ahmed A Ismaiel, Ashraf S Ahmed, Ismail A Hassan, El-Sayed R El-Sayed, Al-Zahraa A Karam El-Din
Among 60 fungal endophytes isolated from twigs, bark, and mature leaves of different plant species, two fungal isolates named TXD105 and TER995 were capable of producing paclitaxel in amounts of up to 84.41 and 37.92 μg L(-1), respectively. Based on macroscopic and microscopic characteristics, ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 rDNA sequence, and phylogenetic characteristic analysis, the two respective isolates were identified as Aspergillus fumigatus and Alternaria tenuissima. In the effort to increase paclitaxel magnitude by the two fungal strains, several fermentation conditions including selection of the proper fermentation medium, agitation rate, incubation temperature, fermentation period, medium pH, medium volume, and inoculum nature (size and age of inoculum) were tried...
June 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611248/the-aspergillus-fumigatus-crza-transcription-factor-activates-chitin-synthase-gene-expression-during-the-caspofungin-paradoxical-effect
#10
Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Marina Campos Rocha, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Roberto Nascimento Silva, Fernanda Zanolli Freitas, Leandro José de Assis, Maria Célia Bertolini, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis (IA), a life-threatening disease in immunocompromised humans. The echinocandin caspofungin, adopted as a second-line therapy in combating IA, is a β-1,3-glucan synthase inhibitor, which, when used in high concentrations, reverts the anticipated A. fumigatus growth inhibition, a phenomenon called the "caspofungin paradoxical effect" (CPE). The CPE has been widely associated with increased chitin content in the cell wall due to a compensatory upregulation of chitin synthase-encoding genes...
June 13, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607028/chemoenzymatic-synthesis-nanotization-and-anti-aspergillus-activity-of-optically-enriched-fluconazole-analogues
#11
Shashwat Malhotra, Seema Singh, Neha Rana, Shilpi Tomar, Priyanka Bhatnagar, Mohit Gupta, Suraj K Singh, Brajendra K Singh, Anil K Chhillar, Ashok K Prasad, Christophe Len, Pradeep Kumar, Kailash C Gupta, Anjani J Varma, Ramesh C Kuhad, Gainda L Sharma, Virinder S Parmar, Nigel G J Richards
Despite recent advances in diagnostic and therapeutic advances in antifungal research, aspergillosis still remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. One strategy to address this problem is to enhance the activity spectrum of known antifungals, and we now report the first successful application of Candida antarctica lipase (CAL) for the preparation of optically enriched fluconazole analogs. Anti-Aspergillus activity was observed for an optically enriched derivative, (-)-S-2-(2' ,4' -difluorophenyl)-1-hexyl-amino-3-(1‴,2‴,4‴) triazol-1‴-yl-propan-2-ol, which exhibits MIC values of 15...
June 12, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607016/drug-sensitivity-and-resistance-mechanism-in-aspergillus-section-nigri-strains-from-japan
#12
Aki Hashimoto, Daisuke Hagiwara, Akira Watanabe, Maki Yahiro, Alimu Yikelamu, Takashi Yaguchi, Katsuhiko Kamei
Aspergillus niger and its related species, known as Aspergillus section Nigri, are ubiquitously distributed across the globe and are often isolated from clinical specimens. In Japan, Aspergillus section Nigri is the second-most often isolated from clinical specimens following A. fumigatus. We determined the species of Aspergillus section Nigri isolated in Japan by DNA sequencing of partial β-tubulin genes and investigated drug susceptibility by CLSI M38-A2 method. The collection contained 20 A. niger, 59 A...
June 12, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605488/in-vitro-activity-of-the-novel-antifungal-compound-f901318-against-difficult-to-treat-aspergillus-isolates
#13
J B Buil, A J M M Rijs, J F Meis, M Birch, D Law, W J G Melchers, P E Verweij
Background: F901318 is a new antifungal agent with a novel mechanism of action with activity against Aspergillus species. We investigated the in vitro activity of F901318 against a collection of Aspergillus isolates. Methods: A total of 213 Aspergillus isolates were used in this study. A total of 143 Aspergillus fumigatus sensu stricto isolates were used, of which 133 were azole resistant [25 TR 34 /L98H; 25 TR 46 /Y121F/T289A; 33 A. fumigatus with cyp51A -associated point mutations (25 G54, 1 G432 and 7 M220); and 50 azole-resistant A...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601021/aspergillus-fumigatus-induced-early-inflammatory-response-in-pulmonary-microvascular-endothelial-cells-role-of-p38-mapk-and-inhibition-by-silibinin
#14
Jun Song, Weihua Pan, Yue Sun, Jing Han, Weimin Shi, Wanqing Liao
Human invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a serious infectious disease mainly caused by Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus). Pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVECs) are important ones in the human lung tissue. However, it remains unclear about the role of PMVECs in IPA. In the present study, we cocultured PMVECs with A. fumigatus. We observed that A. fumigatus induced dose- and time-dependent increases of interleukin 6 (IL-6), interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) concentration in the cultures...
June 7, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595608/antimicrobial-activity-toxicity-and-anti-inflammatory-potential-of-methanolic-extracts-of-four-ethnomedicinal-plant-species-from-punjab-pakistan
#15
Rabia Naz, Hafsa Ayub, Sajid Nawaz, Zia Ul Islam, Tayyaba Yasmin, Asghari Bano, Abdul Wakeel, Saqib Zia, Thomas H Roberts
BACKGROUND: The plant species Aristolochia indica (AI), Melilotus indicus (MI), Tribulus terrestris (TT) and Cuscuta pedicellata (CP) are widely used in folk medicine in the villages around Chowk Azam, South Punjab, Pakistan. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant activity, phytochemical composition, and the antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxic and anti-inflammatory potential of the four medicinal plants listed above. For CP stem, this study represents (to the best of our knowledge) the first time phytochemicals have been identified and the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential determined...
June 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594372/purine-acquisition-and-synthesis-by-human-fungal-pathogens
#16
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Jessica L Chitty, James A Fraser
While members of the Kingdom Fungi are found across many of the world's most hostile environments, only a limited number of species can thrive within the human host. The causative agents of the most common invasive fungal infections are Candida albicans, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Cryptococcus neoformans. During the infection process, these fungi must not only combat the host immune system while adapting to dramatic changes in temperature and pH, but also acquire sufficient nutrients to enable growth and dissemination in the host...
June 8, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594271/treatment-of-cyclosporin-a-retains-host-defense-against-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-a-non-immunosuppressive-murine-model-by-preserving-the-myeloid-cell-population
#17
Sarah Sze Wah Wong, Orhan Rasid, Paris Laskaris, Arnaud Fekkar, Jean-Marc Cavaillon, William J Steinbach, Oumaima Ibrahim-Granet
Cyclosporin A (CsA) is widely used as an immunosuppressive agent for organ transplant recipients. CsA inhibits calcineurin, which is highly conserved in mammals and fungi, and thus affects both types of organism. In mammals, the immunosuppressive effect of CsA is via hampering T cell activation. In fungi, the growth inhibitory effect of CsA is via interference with hyphal growth. The aim of this study was to determine whether CsA renders mice susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) and whether it can protect immunosuppressed mice from infection...
June 8, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591586/aspergillus-fumigatus-copper-export-machinery-and-reactive-oxygen-intermediate-defense-counter-host-copper-mediated-oxidative-antimicrobial-offense
#18
Philipp Wiemann, Adi Perevitsky, Fang Yun Lim, Yana Shadkchan, Benjamin P Knox, Julio A Landero Figueora, Tsokyi Choera, Mengyao Niu, Andrew J Steinberger, Marcel Wüthrich, Rachel A Idol, Bruce S Klein, Mary C Dinauer, Anna Huttenlocher, Nir Osherov, Nancy P Keller
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June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587324/in-vitro-activity-of-chlorogenic-acid-against-aspergillus-fumigatus-biofilm-and-gliotoxin-production
#19
Jin-Liang Kong, Jing Luo, Bing Li, Bi-Ying Dong, Hong Huang, Ke Wang, Li-Hong Wu, Yi-Qiang Chen
Aspergillus (A.) fumigatus, one of the most common causes of life-threatening fungal infections in immunocompromised patients, shows resistance to antifungal agents as has a high propensity to forming a biofilm. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of chlorogenic acid (CRA) on A. fumigatus biofilm formation and integrity. Confocal laser scanning microscopy was performed to determine the inhibitory effects of CRA against A. fumigatus biofilm formation. Transmission electron microscopy was performed to investigate the ultrastructural changes of A...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584997/cd4-t-cells-mediate-aspergillosis-vaccine-protection
#20
Diana Diaz-Arevalo, Markus Kalkum
Adaptive effector CD4(+) T cells play essential roles in the defense against fungal infections, especially against invasive aspergillosis (IA). Such protective CD4(+) T cells can be generated through immunization with specialized antifungal vaccines, as has been demonstrated for pulmonary Aspergillus fumigatus infections in mouse experiments. Adaptive transfer of fungal antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells conferred protection onto non-immunized naive mice, an experimental approach that could potentially become a future treatment option for immunosuppressed IA patients, focusing on the ultimate goal to improve their otherwise dim chances for survival...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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