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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541872/chronic-paracoccidioidmycosis-in-a-woman-with-crohn-disease
#1
Harim Tavares Dos Santos, Bruno Augusto Benevenuto de Andrade, Darcy Fernandes, Daphine Caxias Travassos, Andreia Bufalino
We report a rare case of chronic paracoccidioidomycosis(PCM) in a woman with Crohn disease in the setting of treatment with azathioprine and mesalazine. Serum tests for antigens to Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Aspergillus fumigatus were negative. An incisional biopsy of an oral lesion with periodic acid-schiff and Grocott-methenamine silver stains revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation with multinucleated giant cells with Paracoccidioides brasiliensis within the cytoplasm, confirming the diagnosis of PCM...
April 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539863/pulmonary-aspergillosis-as-opportunistic-mycoses-in-a-cohort-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-report-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-north-india
#2
Ravinder Kaur, Bhanu Mehra, Megh Singh Dhakad, Ritu Goyal, Richa Dewan
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of pulmonary aspergillosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons is rising. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of pulmonary aspergillosis in a cohort of HIV-positive patients (n = 71) presenting with lower respiratory tract infection at a tertiary care medical center in India. METHODS: Sputum samples were collected, and potassium hydroxide mount, cultural characteristics, and lactophenol cotton blue preparations were employed to aid in the identification of Aspergillus species...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536571/lipoxygenase-activity-accelerates-programmed-spore-germination-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#3
Gregory J Fischer, William Bacon, Jun Yang, Jonathan M Palmer, Taylor Dagenais, Bruce D Hammock, Nancy P Keller
The opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus initiates invasive growth through a programmed germination process that progresses from dormant spore to swollen spore (SS) to germling (GL) and ultimately invasive hyphal growth. We find a lipoxygenase with considerable homology to human Alox5 and Alox15, LoxB, that impacts the transitions of programmed spore germination. Overexpression of loxB (OE::loxB) increases germination with rapid advance to the GL stage. However, deletion of loxB (ΔloxB) or its signal peptide only delays progression to the SS stage in the presence of arachidonic acid (AA); no delay is observed in minimal media...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527583/molecular-characterization-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-tcsc-a-characteristic-type-iii-hybrid-histidine-kinase-of-filamentous-fungi-harboring-six-hamp-domains
#4
Anja Spadinger, Frank Ebel
The type III hybrid histidine kinase (HHK) TcsC enables the pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus to thrive under hyperosmotic conditions. It is, moreover, of particular interest, since it is the target of certain antifungal agents, such as fludioxonil. This study was aimed at a functional characterization of the domains that constitute the sensing and the kinase module of TcsC. The sensing module consists of six HAMP domains, an architecture that is commonly found in type III HHKs of filamentous fungi. To dissect the functional role of the individual domains, we have analyzed a set of truncated derivatives of TcsC with respect to their impact on fungal growth and their ability to respond to hyperosmotic stress and fludioxonil...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526275/increasing-total-serum-ige-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-and-lung-function-in-cystic-fibrosis
#5
Florian Gothe, Matthias Kappler, Matthias Griese
BACKGROUND: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a hypersensitivity disorder contributing to lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF) and challenging to diagnose. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the predictive value of increasing total IgE (t-IgE) levels in a CF cohort alongside with clinical and serologic data. METHODS: A total of 387 children and young adults were followed from 2000 to 2006 and retrospectively classified into 6 groups...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525619/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-invasive-mould-infections-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-in-five-asian-countries
#6
R Porpon, Y C Chen, A Chakrabarti, R Y Li, R M Shivaprakash, J Yu, H C Kung, S Watcharananan, A L Tan, S E Saffari, B H Tan
Formal, large-scale, multicenter studies of invasive mould infection (IMI) in Asia are rare. This 1-year, retrospective study was designed to assess the incidence and clinical determinants of IMI in centers in five countries (Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, China, India). Patients treated in a single year (2012) were identified through discharge diagnoses, microbiology, and histopathology logs, and entered based on published definitions of IMI. A total of 155 cases were included (median age 54 years; 47.7% male)...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525266/gliotoxin-biosynthesis-structure-mechanism-and-metal-promiscuity-of-carboxypeptidase-glij
#7
Antoine Marion, Michael Groll, Daniel H Scharf, Kirstin Scherlach, Manuel Glaser, Holger Sievers, Michael Schuster, Christian Hertweck, Axel A Brakhage, Iris Antes, Eva M Huber
The formation of glutathione (GSH) conjugates, best known from the detoxification of xenobiotics, is a widespread strategy to incorporate sulfur into biomolecules. The biosynthesis of gliotoxin, a virulence factor of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, involves attachment of two GSH molecules and their sequential decomposition to yield two reactive thiol groups. The degradation of the GSH moieties requires the activity of the Cys-Gly carboxypeptidase GliJ, for which we describe the X-ray structure here...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515264/functional-characterization-of-the-copper-transcription-factor-mrpa%C3%A2-from-aspergillus-fumigatus
#8
Yong-Sung Park, Tae-Hyoung Kim, Cheol-Won Yun
Although copper functions as a cofactor in many physiological processes, copper overload leads to harmful effects in living cells. Thus, copper homeostasis is tightly regulated. However, detailed copper metabolic pathways have not yet been identified in filamentous fungi. In this report, we investigated the copper transcription factor AfMac1 (Aspergillus fumigatus Mac1 homologue), and identified its regulatory mechanism in A. fumigatus AfMac1 has domains homologous to the DNA- and copper-binding domains of Mac1 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae , and AfMac1 efficiently complemented Mac1 in S...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515220/culture-based-methods-and-molecular-tools-for-azole-resistant-aspergillus-fumigatus-detection-in-a-belgian-university-hospital
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I Montesinos, M A Argudín, M Hites, F Ahajjam, M Dodémont, C Dagyaran, M Bakkali, I Etienne, F Jacobs, C Knoop, S Patteet, K Lagrou
Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus is an increasing worldwide problem with major clinical implications. Surveillance is warranted to guide clinicians to provide optimal treatment to patients. To investigate azole resistance in clinical Aspergillus isolates in our institution, a Belgian university hospital, we conducted a laboratory-based surveillance between June 2015 and October 2016. Two different approaches were used: a prospective culture-based surveillance using VIPcheck™ on unselected A. fumigatus (n=109 patients, including 19 patients with proven or probable IA), followed by molecular detection of mutations conferring azole resistance and a retrospective detection of azole-resistant A...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515217/an-analytical-and-clinical-evaluation-of-the-pathonostics-aspergenius%C3%A2-assay-for-the-detection-of-invasive-aspergillosis-and-resistance-to-azole-antifungal-drugs-direct-from-plasma-samples
#10
P Lewis White, Raquel B Posso, Rosemary A Barnes
With the proposal to include Aspergillus PCR in the revised EORTC/MSG definitions for fungal disease, commercially manufactured assays may be required to provide standardisation and accessibility. The PathoNostics AsperGenius® assay represents one such test that has the ability to detect a range of Aspergillus species and azole-resistance in A. fumigatus Performance has been validated when testing BAL and serum specimens, but recent evidence suggests that testing plasma may enhance sensitivity over serum. It was decided to evaluate the analytical and clinical performance of the PathoNostics AsperGenius® assay when testing plasma...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513848/aspergillus-fumigatus-in-cystic-fibrosis-an-update-on-immune-interactions-and-molecular-diagnostics-in-abpa
#11
REVIEW
Ania Carsin, Thomas Romain, Stéphane Ranque, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert, Jean-Christophe Dubus, Jean-Louis Mège, J Vitte
A wide spectrum of pathological conditions may result from the interaction of Aspergillus fumigatus and the immune system of its human host. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is one of the most severe Aspergillus fumigatus-related diseases due to possible evolution towards pleuropulmonary fibrosis and respiratory failure. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis occurs almost exclusively in cystic fibrosis or asthmatic patients. An estimated 8 to 10% of cystic fibrosis patients experience this condition...
May 17, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504471/scedosporium-apiospermum-complex-in-cystic-fibrosis-should-we-treat
#12
Maria Noni, Anna Katelari, Aikaterini Kapi, Angeliki Stathi, George Dimopoulos, Stavros-Eleftherios Doudounakis
Species of the Scedosporium apiospermum complex are the second most frequent filamentous fungi after Aspergillus fumigatus that can be found in cystic fibrosis (CF). Mixed colonisation by S. apiospermum complex and A. fumigatus is also quite common. In this study we summarise all CF patients who were colonised by S. apiospermum complex during their childhood and we present two CF patients who were treated as fungal bronchitis due to S. apiospermum complex. The medical records of 400 CF patients were reviewed in order to identify those with positive respiratory cultures for S...
May 15, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501787/free-chlorine-and-monochloramine-inactivation-kinetics-of-aspergillus-and-penicillium-in-drinking-water
#13
Xiao Ma, Kyle Bibby
Fungi are near-ubiquitous in potable water distribution systems, but the disinfection kinetics of commonly identified fungi are poorly studied. In the present study, laboratory scale experiments were conducted to evaluate the inactivation kinetics of Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus versicolor, and Penicillium purpurogenum by free chlorine and monochloramine. The observed inactivation data were then fit to a delayed Chick-Watson model. Based on the model parameter estimation, the Ct values (integrated product of disinfectant concentration C and contact time t over defined time intervals) for 99...
April 29, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499642/efficiency-of-four-currently-used-decontamination-conditionings-in-romania-against-aspergillus-and-candida-strains
#14
D Lorin, R T Cristina, V Teusdea, E Mitrănescu, F Muselin, M Butnariu, G David, E Dumitrescu
INTRODUCTION: Efficacy of four commercial biocidal products (noted A to D), using manufacturers' recommendations, and a contact time of 30minutes, were evaluated in the purpose of standard SR EN1657: 2006 adapted. METHODS: Were used four strains, two as reference: Aspergillus brasiliensis (niger) (ATCC 16404) and Candida albicans (ATCC 10231), and two isolates: Aspergillus flavus and respectively Aspergillus fumigatus. The inoculum plates containing Malt Extract Agar (MEA) were incubated 48h for C...
May 9, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497646/azole-resistant-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-sawmills-of-eastern-france
#15
Audrey Jeanvoine, Steffi Rocchi, Gabriel Reboux, Nadia Crini, Grégorio Crini, Laurence Millon
AIMS: Emergence of azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus complicates management of Aspergillus diseases.Currently, selection pressure caused by azole fungicide use in farming is strongly suspected of creating resistance. As sawmills also use azole fungicides, we investigated the presence of azole-resistant strains in this environment and studied the relationship between azole fungicide use and development of resistance. METHODS: Air (n = 200) and substrate (n = 600) samples were taken in 20 sawmills...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489963/the-aspergillus-fumigatus-farnesyltransferase-%C3%AE-subunit-rama-mediates-growth-virulence-and-antifungal-susceptibility
#16
Tiffany S Norton, Qusai Al Abdallah, Amy M Hill, Rachel V Lovingood, Jarrod R Fortwendel
Post-translational prenylation mechanisms, including farnesylation and geranylgeranylation, mediate both subcellular localization and protein-protein interaction in eukaryotes. The prenyltransferase complex is an αβ heterodimer in which the essential α-subunit is common to both the farnesyltransferase and the geranylgeranyltransferase type-I enzymes. The β-subunit is unique to each enzyme. Farnesyltransferase activity is an important mediator of protein localization and subsequent signaling for multiple proteins, including Ras GTPases...
May 10, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486558/temperature-during-conidiation-affects-stress-tolerance-pigmentation-and-trypacidin-accumulation-in-the-conidia-of-the-airborne-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus
#17
Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Satoshi Suzuki, Myco Umemura, Toshihiko Nogawa, Naoki Kato, Hiroyuki Osada, Akira Watanabe, Susumu Kawamoto, Tohru Gonoi, Katsuhiko Kamei
Asexual spores (conidia) are reproductive structures that play a crucial role in fungal distribution and survival. As fungal conidia are, in most cases, etiological agents of plant diseases and fungal lung disease, their stress resistance and interaction with their hosts have drawn increasing attention. In the present study, we investigated whether environmental temperature during conidiation affects the stress tolerance of the conidia of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Conidia from a 25°C culture showed a lower tolerance to heat (60°C) and oxidative (H2O2) stresses and a marked resistance to ultraviolet radiation exposure, compared with those produced at 37 and 45°C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485322/role-of-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cell-1-expression-in-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-modulation-of-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-during-the-immune-response-to-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#18
Na Cui, Hao Wang, Long-Xiang Su, Jia-Hui Zhang, Yun Long, Da-Wei Liu
BACKGROUND: Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1) may play a vital role in mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) modulation of CD8+ T-cell differentiation through the transcription factors T-box expressed in T-cells and eomesodermin during the immune response to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA). This study aimed to investigate whether the mTOR signaling pathway modulates the proliferation and differentiation of CD8+ T-cells during the immune response to IPA and the role TREM-1 plays in this process...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485100/does-agricultural-use-of-azole-fungicides-contribute-to-resistance-in-the-human-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus
#19
Derek Hollomon
Azole resistance in human fungal pathogens has increased over the past twenty years, especially in immunocompromised patients. Similarities between medical and agricultural azoles, and extensive azole (DMI) use in crop protection, prompted speculation that resistance in patients with aspergillosis originated in the environment. Aspergillus species, and especially Aspergillus fumigatus are the largest cause of patient deaths from fungi. Azole levels in soils following crop spraying, and differences in sensitivity between medical and agricultural azoles (DMIs), indicate weaker selection in cropping systems than in patients receiving azole therapy...
May 8, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484941/proteomics-as-a-tool-to-identify-new-targets-against-aspergillus-and-scedosporium-in-the-context-of-cystic-fibrosis
#20
Andoni Ramirez-Garcia, Aize Pellon, Idoia Buldain, Aitziber Antoran, Aitana Arbizu-Delgado, Xabier Guruceaga, Aitor Rementeria, Fernando L Hernando
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that increases the risk of suffering microbial, including fungal, infections. In this paper, proteomics-based information was collated relating to secreted and cell wall proteins with potential medical applications from the most common filamentous fungi in CF, i.e., Aspergillus and Scedosporium/Lomentospora species. Among the Aspergillus fumigatus secreted allergens, β-1,3-endoglucanase, the alkaline protease 1 (Alp1/oryzin), Asp f 2, Asp f 13/15, chitinase, chitosanase, dipeptidyl-peptidase V (DppV), the metalloprotease Asp f 5, mitogillin/Asp f 1, and thioredoxin reductase receive a special mention...
May 8, 2017: Mycopathologia
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