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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742113/addition-of-17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin-to-a-suboptimal-caspofungin-treatment-regimen-in-neutropenic-rats-with-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-delays-the-time-to-death-but-does-not-enhance-the-overall-therapeutic-efficacy
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Jeannine M Refos, Alieke G Vonk, Marian T Ten Kate, Kimberly Eadie, Henri A Verbrugh, Irma A J M Bakker-Woudenberg, Wendy W J van de Sande
Caspofungin (CAS) which is used as salvage therapy in patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) inhibits the 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus. Inhibiting 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis induces a stress response and in an invertebrate model it was demonstrated that inhibiting this response with geldamycin enhanced the therapeutic efficacy of CAS. Since geldamycin itself is toxic to mammalians, the therapeutic efficacy of combining geldamycin with CAS was not studied in rodent models. Therefore in this study we investigated if the geldamycin derivate 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) was able to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of CAS in vitro and in our IPA model in transiently neutropenic rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741551/disseminated-aspergillosis-in-an-hiv-positive-cannabis-user-taking-steroid-treatment
#2
Alex P Salam, Anton L Pozniak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733594/cd56-is-a-pathogen-recognition-receptor-on-human-natural-killer-cells
#3
Sabrina Ziegler, Esther Weiss, Anna-Lena Schmitt, Jan Schlegel, Anne Burgert, Ulrich Terpitz, Markus Sauer, Lorenzo Moretta, Simona Sivori, Ines Leonhardt, Oliver Kurzai, Hermann Einsele, Juergen Loeffler
Aspergillus (A.) fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal mold inducing invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised patients. Although antifungal activity of human natural killer (NK) cells was shown in previous studies, the underlying cellular mechanisms and pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs) are still unknown. Using flow cytometry we were able to show that the fluorescence positivity of the surface receptor CD56 significantly decreased upon fungal contact. To visualize the interaction site of NK cells and A...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722255/drug-drug-interactions-between-triazole-antifungal-agents-used-to-treat-invasive-aspergillosis-and-immunosuppressants-metabolized-by-cytochrome-p450-3a4
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REVIEW
Andreas H Groll, Robert Townsend, Amit Desai, Nkechi Azie, Mark Jones, Marc Engelhardt, Anne-Hortense Schmitt-Hoffman, Robert J Brüggemann
Patients undergoing treatment with immunosuppressant drugs following solid organ or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are at particular risk for development of serious infections such as invasive aspergillosis. Four triazole antifungal drugs, voriconazole, posaconazole, itraconazole, and isavuconazole, are approved to treat invasive aspergillosis either as first- or second-line therapy. All of these agents are inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4, which plays a key role in metabolizing immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus...
July 19, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717638/spatial-patterns-and-impacts-of-environmental-and-climatic-factors-on-canine-sinonasal-aspergillosis-in-northern-california
#5
Monise Magro, Jane Sykes, Polina Vishkautsan, Beatriz Martínez-López
Sinonasal aspergillosis (SNA) causes chronic nasal discharge in dogs and has a worldwide distribution, although most reports of SNA in North America originate from the western USA. SNA is mainly caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous saprophytic filamentous fungus. Infection is thought to follow inhalation of spores. SNA is a disease of the nasal cavity and/or sinuses with variable degrees of local invasion and destruction. While some host factors appear to predispose to SNA (such as belonging to a dolichocephalic breed), environmental risk factors have been scarcely studied...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717040/flucloxacillin-results-in-suboptimal-voriconazole-plasma-concentrations
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Eline W Muilwijk, Bart G J Dekkers, Stefanie Henriet, Paul E Verweij, Bregje Witjes, Astrid M L Oude Lashof, Geert H Groeneveld, Johannes van der Hoeven, Jan Willem C Alffenaar, Frans G M Russel, Frank van de Veerdonk, Roger J M Brüggemann
Combining voriconazole and flucloxacillin is indicated in patient cohorts experiencing both invasive aspergillosis and gram-positive infections (e.g. patients with chronic granulomatous disease or post-influenza pulmonary aspergillosis). We report a highly relevant interaction between voriconazole and flucloxacillin resulting in subtherapeutic voriconazole plasma concentrations in more than 50% of patients, posing a severe threat if not managed properly.
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712917/amphotericin-b-releasing-topical-nanoemulsion-for-the-treatment-of-candidiasis-and-aspergillosis
#7
Lilian Sosa, Beatriz Clares, Helen L Alvarado, Nuria Bozal, Oscar Domenech, Ana C Calpena
The present study was designed to develop a nanoemulsion formulation of Amphotericin B (AmB) for the treatment of skin candidiasis and aspergillosis. Several ingredients were selected on the basis of AmB solubility and compatibility with skin. The formulation that exhibited the best properties was selected from the pseudo-ternary phase diagram. After physicochemical characterization its stability was assessed. Drug release and skin permeation studies were also accomplished. The antifungal efficacy and skin tolerability of developed AmB nanoemulsion was demonstrated...
July 13, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712819/clinical-characteristics-radiologic-findings-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-serum-galactomannan-negative-invasive-pulmonary%C3%A2-aspergillosis
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Jiwon Jung, Mi Young Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sung-Han Kim
BACKGROUND: The sensitivity of galactomannan (GM) assay is suboptimal for detecting invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in serum samples. However, the clinical characteristics, radiologic findings, and outcomes in patients with GM-negative IPA have not been fully elucidated. METHODS: Over a 7-year period, adult patients with proven or probable IPA by the EORTC/MSG definition were retrospectively enrolled. Patients with negative GM results and positive Aspergillus spp...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705676/current-antifungal-treatment-of-fusariosis
#9
Abdullah M S Al-Hatmi, Alexandro Bonifaz, Stephane Ranque, G Sybren de Hoog, Paul E Verweij, Jacques F Meis
Fungi of the genus Fusarium are well known as major plant pathogens and soil inhabitants but also cause a broad spectrum of human infections. Fusariosis is the second most common mould infection after aspergillosis and keratitis is the most encountered implantation infection in immunocompetent individuals. Natamycin is active against Fusarium species both in vitro and in vivo, and it is used along with voriconazole as the mainstay of treatment for Fusarium keratitis. Onychomycosis is treated with terbinafine, voriconazole and sometimes itraconazole...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702854/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-and-pulmonary-diseases-associated-with-aspergillosis-is-there-a-connection
#10
Maria N Gamaletsou, David W Denning
INTRODUCTION: We studied the relationship between GORD and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA), or Aspergillus bronchitis. BACKGROUND: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is well known to initiate or exacerbate pulmonary inflammatory conditions, inducing bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease. METHODS: We reviewed four patients referred with elevated Aspergillus serology markers and marked pulmonary symptoms for ABPA, CPA, and Aspergillus bronchitis, and discussed the underlying pathophysiological relationship with GORD...
July 12, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702763/pharmacokinetics-of-antifungal-drugs-practical-implications-for-optimized-treatment-of-patients
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REVIEW
Romuald Bellmann, Piotr Smuszkiewicz
INTRODUCTION: Because of the high mortality of invasive fungal infections (IFIs), appropriate exposure to antifungals appears to be crucial for therapeutic efficacy and safety. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This review summarises published pharmacokinetic data on systemically administered antifungals focusing on co-morbidities, target-site penetration, and combination antifungal therapy. CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION: Amphotericin B is eliminated unchanged via urine and faeces...
July 12, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702318/aspergillus-nodules-in-chronic-granulomatous-disease-attributable-to-aspergillus-ochraceus
#12
Samihah Moazam, David W Denning
Aspergillus ochraceus is a rare pulmonary pathogen. A 39 year old male with COPD and chronic granulomatous disease presented with severe breathlessness and recurrent infections. CT scan demonstrated multiple pulmonary nodules diagnosed as chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. The patient's sputum grew Aspergillus ochraceus thrice over 6 months, alongside positive Aspergillus IgG and serum galactomannan. Despite treatment with itraconazole, the patient continued to be symptomatic. We present the first case associating A...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701850/invasive-mediastinal-aspergillosis-in-immunocompetent-male-with-invasion-of-left-atrium-and-hilar-structures
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Munta Kartik, Arun Kanala, Sunilnadikuda, S Manimala Rao, P Swathi Prakasham
Aspergillus is described as mould characterised by septate hyphae about 2-4μ in diameter, it is ubiquitous in nature and spreads by inhalation of spores. It causes opportunistic infections in almost six forms namely Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, Aspergillus sinusitis, Cutaneous aspergillosis, Aspergilloma, Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, Invasive aspergillosis. Invasive aspergillosis of mediastinum in an immunocompetent patient has rarely been reported. We present a case of a young male who had presented with chest pain, cough and breathleness was later diagnosed as fulminant mediastinal aspergillosis...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696236/combination-therapy-with-isavuconazole-and-micafungin-for-treatment-of-experimental-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#14
Vidmantas Petraitis, Ruta Petraitiene, Matthew W McCarthy, Laura L Kovanda, Myo H Zaw, Kaiser Hussain, Naima Shaikh, Bo Bo W Maung, Navjot K Sekhon, William W Hope, Thomas J Walsh
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. We hypothesized that simultaneous inhibition of biosynthesis of ergosterol in the fungal cell membrane and (1→3)-β-D-glucan in the cell wall, respectively, by the antifungal triazole isavuconazole and the echinocandin micafungin, may result in improved outcome in experimental IPA in persistently neutropenic rabbits. Treatment groups included isavuconazole (ISA) at 20 (ISA20), 40 (ISA40), and 60 (ISA60) mg/kg/day, micafungin at 2 mg/kg/day (MFG2), or combinations of (ISA20+MFG2), (ISA40+MFG2), (ISA60+MFG2), and untreated rabbits (UC)...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695805/clinical-analysis-of-77-patients-with-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-in-peking-union-medical-college-hospital
#15
Mingqiang Zhang, Jinming Gao
Objective To summarize the clinical features of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis(ABPA)to facilitate its early diagnosis and treatment. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 77 patients who had been admitted to Peking Union Medical College Hospital from January 1996 to July 2015 with ABPA. Results The average age of these 77 patients(38 men and 39 women)was(41.8±18.3)years. The co-morbidities included bronchial asthma(n=74,96%)and pulmonary cystic fibrosis(n=3,4%). The main symptoms and signs of ABPA were chronic cough(100%),sputum production(97%),wheeze(86%),sputum plugs(25%),blood-stained sputum(18%),hemoptysis(9%),chest pain(9%),fever(47%),weight loss(30%),and night sweat(12%)...
June 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693685/effect-of-involved-aspergillus-species-on-galactomannan-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-of-patients-with-invasive-aspergillosis
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Mojtaba Taghizadeh-Armaki, Mohammad T Hedayati, Vahid Moqarabzadeh, Saham Ansari, Saeed Mahdavi Omran, Hossein Zarrinfar, Sasan Saber, Paul E Verweij, David W Denning, Seyedmojtaba Seyedmousavi
PURPOSE: The detection of galactomannan (GM) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid is an important surrogate marker for the early diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of invasive aspergillosis (IA), regardless of the involved species of Aspergillus. Here, we utilized the Platelia Aspergillus GM enzyme immunoassay (Bio-Rad) to evaluate the GM index in BAL fluid samples from patients with proven, probable or putative IA due to Aspergillusflavus versus Aspergillusfumigatus. METHODOLOGY: In a prospective study between 2009 and 2015, 116 BAL samples were collected from suspected IA patients referred to two university hospitals in Tehran, Iran...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692132/plasma-protein-electrophoresis-as-a-prognostic-indicator-in-aspergillus-species-infected-gentoo-penguins-pygoscelis-papua-papua
#17
Adam D Naylor, Simon J Girling, Donna Brown, Claire G Crompton, Romain Pizzi
BACKGROUND: Avian aspergillosis presents a significant threat to captive penguin populations. Currently, a lack of objective prognostic factors limits disease staging, objective reassessment throughout treatment, comparative evaluation of treatment regimes, and appropriate timing of euthanasia. OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to investigate absolute and relative plasma protein fractions by agarose gel electrophoresis (EPH) as predictors of survival in Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua papua) under treatment for aspergillosis...
July 10, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689016/long-term-follow-up-of-invasive-aspergillosis-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-and-leukemia-patients-differences-in-risk-factors-and-outcomes
#18
S Bonnet, R Duléry, K Regany, M Bouketouche, L Magro, V Coiteux, S Alfandari, C Berthon, B Quesnel, I Yakoub-Agha
Antifungal prophylaxis (AP) has dramatically changed the epidemiology of invasive aspergillosis (IA). To better understand the differences in terms of clinical significance of IA between allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) recipients and patients treated for leukemia, we report a single-center study of 735 unselected consecutive patients treated between 2000 and 2004, before the era of systematic AP. Probable or confirmed IA were observed in 29 patients (2008 EORTC/MSG criteria), including 7/235 undergoing allo-SCT (5...
July 5, 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687215/invasive-fungal-infections-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, Mohanad Al-Obaidi
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are exposed to multiple stressors that predispose them to invasive fungal infections (IFIs), which carry high morbidity and mortality. Getting acquainted with the diagnostic methods and therapies is imperative for patient safety and for providing high-quality health care. This article focuses on the most frequent IFIs: invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis.
July 5, 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681812/evaluation-of-serum-galactomannan-enzyme-immunoassay-at-two-different-cut-offs-for-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-febrile-neutropenia
#20
Ritin Mohindra, Malini R Capoor, Shikha Puri, Hitesh Raheja, Dinesh K Gupta, B Gupta, Ranadip Chowdhury
BACKGROUND: Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is an increasingly common and fatal opportunistic fungal infection in patients with haematological diseases. Early diagnosis is difficult as mycological culture techniques have low sensitivity and the radiological tools have low specificity. Galactomannan enzyme immunoassay (GEI) detects galactomannan in the human serum with a reported sensitivity and specificity between 30% and 100%. AIMS: The aim of this study was to analyse the role of GEI in diagnosis of IA in patients with febrile neutropenia and to evaluate the role of GEI in the diagnosis of IA as per the revised (2008) European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Mycoses Study Group (EORTC-MSG) criteria at two different optical density (OD) cut-offs of 0...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
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