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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109595/pulsed-light-and-antimicrobial-combination-treatments-for-surface-decontamination-of-cheese-favorable-and-antagonistic-effects
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J Proulx, G Sullivan, L F Marostegan, S VanWees, L C Hsu, C I Moraru
Postprocessing cross-contamination of cheese can lead to both food safety issues and significant losses due to spoilage. Pulsed light (PL) treatment, consisting of short, high-energy, broad-spectrum light pulses, has been proven effective in reducing the microbial load on cheese surface. As PL treatment effectiveness is limited by light-cheese interactions, the possibility to improve its effectiveness by combining it with the antimicrobial nisin was explored. The effect of natamycin, which is added to cheeses as an antifungal agent, on PL effectiveness was also investigated...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109063/chemical-variability-antioxidant-and-antifungal-activities-of-essential-oils-and-hydrosol-extract-of-calendula-arvensis-l-from-western-algeria
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Rania Belabbes, Mohammed El Amine Dib, Nassim Djabou, Faiza Ilias, Boufeldja Tabti, Jean Costa, Alain Muselli
The chemical composition of the essential oils and hydrosol extract from aerial parts of Calendula arvensis L. was investigated using GC-FID and GC/MS. Intra-species variations of the chemical compositions of essential oils from 18 Algerian sample locations were investigated using statistical analysis. Chemical analysis allowed the identification of fifty-three compounds amounting to 92.3-98.5% with yields varied of 0.09-0.36% and the main compounds were zingiberenol 1 (8.7-29.8%), eremoligenol (4.2-12.5%), β-curcumene (2...
January 21, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109049/production-of-the-antibiotic-secondary-metabolite-solanapyrone-a-by-the-fungal-plant-pathogen-ascochyta-rabiei-during-fruiting-body-formation-in-saprobic-growth
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Wonyong Kim, Jeong-Jin Park, Frank M Dugan, Tobin L Peever, David R Gang, George Vandemark, Weidong Chen
Fungi are noted producers of a diverse array of secondary metabolites, many of which are of pharmacological importance. However, the biological roles of the vast majority of these molecules during the fungal life cycle in nature remain elusive. Solanapyrones are polyketide-derived secondary metabolites produced by diverse fungal species including the plant pathogen Ascochyta rabiei. This molecule was originally thought to function as a phytotoxin facilitating pathogenesis of A. rabiei. Chemical profiling and gene expression studies showed that solanapyrone A was specifically produced during saprobic, but not parasitic growth of A...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108973/development-and-evaluation-of-buccal-films-based-on-chitosan-for-the-potential-treatment-of-oral-candidiasis
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G Tejada, M G Barrera, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, A Frattini, C J Salomón, María C Lamas, Darío Leonardi
In this work, chitosan films were prepared by a casting/solvent evaporation methodology using pectin or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose to form polymeric matrices. Miconazole nitrate, as a model drug, was loaded into such formulations. These polymeric films were characterized in terms of mechanical properties, adhesiveness, and swelling as well as drug release. Besides, the morphology of raw materials and films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy; interactions between polymers were analyzed by infrared spectroscopy and drug crystallinity studied by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108867/administration-of-voriconazole-in-disseminated-talaromyces-penicillium-marneffei-infection-a-retrospective-study
#5
Yanyin Ouyang, Shuangqi Cai, Hao Liang, Cunwei Cao
Talaromyces (Penicillium) marneffei infection is a fatal disseminated mycosis caused by the dimorphic fungus Talaromyces marneffei; the therapeutic strategies for this infectious disease are limited. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of voriconazole for treating patients with disseminated T. marneffei infection with or without HIV infection in a clinical setting. Patients who intravenously received voriconazole (6 mg/kg q12 h for the first 24 h followed by 4 mg/kg q12 h) as the initial antifungal treatment were enrolled...
January 20, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108764/letr-is-a-tetr-family-transcription-factor-from-lysobacter-controlling-antifungal-antibiotic-biosynthesis
#6
Ping Wang, Hongfu Chen, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Heat-stable antifungal factor (HSAF) is a newly identified and broad-spectrum antifungal antibiotic from Lysobacter enzymogenes, a ubiquitous environmental proteobacterium. Yet, the regulatory mechanism for HSAF biosynthesis in L. enzymogenes remains poorly understood. Here, we report the identification of a TetR-family protein Le1552 (LetR) from L. enzymogenes strain OH11 that is involved in transcriptional repression of HSAF production. Bacterial one-hybrid and gel mobility shift assays show that LetR directly binds to PHSAF (the promoter region of the HSAF biosynthesis operon)...
January 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108242/evaluation-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-the-mastoparan-polybia-mpii-isolated-from-venom-of-the-social-wasp-pseudopolybia-vespiceps-testacea-vespidae-hymenoptera
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Juliana C Silva, Lázaro M Neto, Rogério C Neves, Jaqueline C Gonçalves, Monalisa M Trentini, Ricardo Mucury-Filho, Karina S Smidt, Isabel C Fensterseifer, Osmar N Silva, Lilian D Lima, Patricia B Clissa, Nathália Vilela, Fernanda Guilhelmelli, Luciano P Silva, Marisa Rangel, André Kipnis, Ildinete Silva-Pereira, Octavio L Franco, Ana P Junqueira-Kipnis, Anamelia L Bocca, Márcia R Mortari
Mastoparans, a class of peptides found in wasp venom, have significant effects following a sting as well as useful applications in clinical practice. Among these is their potential use in the control of micro-organisms that cause infectious diseases with a significant impact on society. Thus, the present study describes the isolation and identification of a mastoparan peptide from the venom of the social wasp Pseudopolybia vespiceps and evaluated its antimicrobial profile against bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium abscessus subsp...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107502/rnai-based-functional-genomics-identifies-new-virulence-determinants-in-mucormycosis
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Trung Anh Trieu, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, Carlos Pérez-Arques, Marta Sanchis, Javier Capilla, Patricia Navarro-Rodriguez, Loida Lopez-Fernandez, Santiago Torres-Martínez, Victoriano Garre, Rosa María Ruiz-Vázquez, Francisco E Nicolás
Mucorales are an emerging group of human pathogens that are responsible for the lethal disease mucormycosis. Unfortunately, functional studies on the genetic factors behind the virulence of these organisms are hampered by their limited genetic tractability, since they are reluctant to classical genetic tools like transposable elements or gene mapping. Here, we describe an RNAi-based functional genomic platform that allows the identification of new virulence factors through a forward genetic approach firstly described in Mucorales...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106807/novel-amino-pyridine-functionalized-chitosan-quaternary-ammonium-derivatives-design-synthesis-and-antioxidant-activity
#9
Qing Li, Caili Zhang, Wenqiang Tan, Guodong Gu, Zhanyong Guo
Chemical modification of chitosan is increasingly studied for its potential of providing new applications of chitosan. Here, a group of novel chitosan quaternary ammonium derivatives containing pyridine or amino-pyridine were designed and successfully synthesized through chemical modification of chitosan. Pyridine and amino-pyridine were used as functional groups to improve the antifungal activity of chitosan derivatives. The chitosan derivatives' antioxidant activity against hydroxyl-radical and 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH)-radical was tested in vitro...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106743/design-synthesis-and-antifungal-activity-evaluation-of-new-thiazolin-4-ones-as-potential-lanosterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-inhibitors
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Anca Stana, Dan C Vodnar, Radu Tamaian, Adrian Pîrnău, Laurian Vlase, Ioana Ionuț, Ovidiu Oniga, Brînduşa Tiperciuc
Twenty-three thiazolin-4-ones were synthesized starting from phenylthioamide or thiourea derivatives by condensation with α-monochloroacetic acid or ethyl α-bromoacetate, followed by substitution in position 5 with various arylidene moieties. All the synthesized compounds were physico-chemically characterized and the IR (infrared spectra), ¹H NMR (proton nuclear magnetic resonance), (13)C NMR (carbon nuclear magnetic resonance) and MS (mass spectrometry) data were consistent with the assigned structures...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105725/antifungal-peptides-a-potential-new-class-of-antifungals-for-treating-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-fluconazole-resistant-candida-albicans
#11
Siew Mei Samantha Ng, Yi Yong Alvin Yap, Jin Wei Darryl Cheong, Fui Mee Ng, Qiu Ying Lau, Timothy Barkham, Jeanette Woon Pei Teo, Jeffrey Hill, Cheng San Brian Chia
Vulvovaginal candidiasis/candidosis is a common fungal infection afflicting approximately 75% of women globally caused primarily by the yeast Candida albicans. Fluconazole is widely regarded as the antifungal drug of choice since its introduction in 1990 due to its high oral bioavailability, convenient dosing regimen and favourable safety profile. However, its widespread use has led to the emergence of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, posing a universal clinical concern. Coupled to the dearth of new antifungal drugs entering the market, it is imperative to introduce new drug classes to counter this threat...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105648/4-hydroxybenzoic-acid-is-a-diffusible-factor-that-connects-metabolic-shikimate-pathway-to-the-biosynthesis-of-a-unique-antifungal-metabolite-in-lysobacter-enzymogenes
#12
Zhenhe Su, Hongfu Chen, Ping Wang, Simon Tombosa, Liangcheng Du, Yong Han, Yuemao Shen, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Heat-Stable Antifungal Factor (HSAF) produced by Lysobacter enzymogenes is a potential lead compound for developing new antibiotics. Yet, how L. enzymogenes regulates the HSAF biosynthesis remains largely unknown. Here, we show that 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HBA) serves as a diffusible factor for regulating HSAF biosynthesis. The biosynthesis of 4-HBA involved an oxygenase, LenB2, and mutation of lenB2 almost completely abolished 4-HBA production, leading to significantly impaired HSAF production. Introduction of a heterologous gene coding for 4-HBA biosynthetic enzyme into the lenB2 mutant restored the production of 4-HBA and HSAF to their corresponding wild-type levels...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105364/disseminated-penicillium-marneffei-infection-recurrence-in-a-non-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-patient-a-case-report
#13
Zhixue Zhang, Fangxu Tao, Yining Li, Yudong Xiao, Zhishu Zhang, Jun Liu
Penicillium marneffei is a rare deep tissue fungal infection causing an endemic in Southeast Asia. This infection causes penicilliosis disease and is more common in patients who are immunocompromised. To date, no cases of P. marneffei infection relapse following treatment have been reported. A 36-year-old patient attended our hospital as a result of intermittent fever, cough, shortness of breath and multiple soft lesions located on the face, arms, neck and trunk. The medical radiological examination of the lung revealed multiple patchy exudative shadows, thick-walled hollow inner part of the visible lesions, bilateral pleural and pericardial effusion...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104387/impact-of-echinocandin-on-prognosis-of-proven-invasive-candidiasis-in-icu-a-post-hoc-causal-inference-model-using-the-amarcand2-study
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Sébastien Bailly, Olivier Leroy, Elie Azoulay, Philippe Montravers, Jean-Michel Constantin, Hervé Dupont, Didier Guillemot, Olivier Lortholary, Jean-Paul Mira, Pierre-François Perrigault, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Jean-François Timsit
OBJECTIVE: guidelines recommend first-line systemic antifungal treatment (SAT) with echinocandins in invasive candidiasis (IC), especially in critically ill patients. This study aimed at assessing the impact of echinocandins compared to azoles as initial SAT on the 28-day prognosis in adult ICU patients. METHODS: From the prospective multicenter AmarCAND2 cohort (835 patients), we selected those with documented IC and treated with echinocandins (ECH) or azoles (AZO)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104135/renal-allograft-aspergillus-infection-presenting-with-obstructive-uropathy-a-case-report
#15
L Sadagah, M Alharbi, M Alshomrani, A Almalki
BACKGROUND: Isolated renal allograft aspergillosis is rare and usually presents with fever and decreased glomerular filtration rate. Presentation with obstructive uropathy caused by aspergillus fungal balls is much less common. We report a young male patient who presented with obstructive uropathy secondary to isolated renal allograft aspergillus infection 6 weeks after transplant. He was treated with nephrectomy and antifungal medications. CASE PRESENTATION: A 29-year-old Saudi male patient had a recent living non-related kidney transplantation in Pakistan...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103929/chemical-composition-and-some-biological-activities-of-the-essential-oils-from-basil-ocimum-different-cultivars
#16
Arpi Avetisyan, Anahit Markosian, Margarit Petrosyan, Naira Sahakyan, Anush Babayan, Samvel Aloyan, Armen Trchounian
BACKGROUND: The plants belonging to the Ocimum genus of the Lamiaceae family are considered to be a rich source of essential oils which have expressed biological activity and use in different area of human activity. There is a great variety of chemotypes within the same basil species. Essential oils from three different cultivars of basil, O. basilicum var. purpureum, O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora, and O. citriodorum Vis. were the subjects of our investigations. METHODS: The oils were obtained by steam distillation in a Clevenger-type apparatus...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103779/flavone-analogues-as-antimicrobial-agents
#17
Kamlesh Kumar Naik, Sivakumar Thangavel, Afroze Alam
BACKGROUND: Most of the available antimicrobial drugs have developed resistance, some of them suffer from severe toxicity, side effects. So, there is a need to discover novel compound(s) which should not only be potent, but also less toxic and cost effective. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to develop new synthetic antimicrobial agents (Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) such as 3-substituted flavone/flavanone derivatives, which should be significantly potent with low toxicity...
January 18, 2017: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103683/simultaneous-targeting-of-npc1-and-vdac1-by-itraconazole-leads-to-synergistic-inhibition-of-mtor-signaling-and-angiogenesis
#18
Sarah A Head, Wei Q Shi, Eun Ju Yang, Benjamin A Nacev, Sam Y Hong, Kalyan K Pasunooti, Ruo-Jing Li, Joong Sup Shim, Jun O Liu
The antifungal drug itraconazole was recently found to exhibit potent antiangiogenic activity and has since been repurposed as an investigational anticancer agent. Itraconazole has been shown to exert its antiangiogenic activity through inhibition of the mTOR signaling pathway, but the molecular mechanism of action was unknown. We recently identified the mitochondrial protein VDAC1 as a target of itraconazole and a mediator of its activation of AMPK, an upstream regulator of mTOR. However, VDAC1 could not account for the previously reported inhibition of cholesterol trafficking by itraconazole, which was also demonstrated to lead to mTOR inhibition...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102765/pyrimidine-non-nucleoside-analogs-a-direct-synthesis-of-a-novel-class-of-n-substituted-amino-and-n-sulfonamide-derivatives-of-pyrimidines
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Galal H Elgemeie, Ali M Salah, Nermeen S Abbas, Hoda A Hussein, Reham A Mohamed
A convenient method for the regioselective synthesis of pyrimidine non-nucleoside analogs was developed. This study reports a novel and efficient method for the synthesis of a new type of N-substituted amino methylsulfanylpyrimidines and the corresponding pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines. This series of compounds was designed through the reaction of dimethyl N-cyanodithioiminocarbonate with 2-cyano-N'-(thiophen-2-yl-, furan-2-yl- and pyridin-4-ylmethylene)acetohydrazide and N'-(2-cyanoacetyl)arylsulfonohydrazides...
January 19, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102738/optimization-and-partial-characterization-of-intracellular-anticandidal-protein-from-aspergillus-giganteus-mtcc-8408-using-taguchi-doe
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Debashis Dutta, Mira Debnath Das
A new intracellular antifungal protein (afp) production with average molecular weight 24.3 kDa and yield of 0.65 ± 0.1 mg/gram dry cell weight (gdcw) of mycelia in submerged fermentation of Aspergillus giganteus MTCC 8408 was optimized. Taguchi's DOE (design of experiment) L27 orthogonal array (OA) was constructed using Qualitek-4 software with 8 most influensive factors namely, culture pH, temperature, slant age, inoculum volume, agitation and KH2PO4. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to correlate the effect of selected factors on fungal cell morphology and afp production...
January 19, 2017: Bioengineered
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