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Candida glabrata

Ilias Kounatidis, Lauren Ames, Rupal Mistry, Hsueh-Lui Ho, Ken Haynes, Petros Ligoxygakis
Candida glabrata ( C. glabrata ) forms part of the normal human gut microbiota but can cause life-threatening invasive infections in immune-compromised individuals. C. glabrata displays high resistance to common azole antifungals, which necessitates new treatments. In this investigation, we identified five C. glabrata deletion mutants ( Δada2 , Δbas1 , Δhir3, Δino2 and Δmet31 ) from a library of 196 transcription factor mutants that were unable to grow and activate an immune response in Drosophila larvae...
March 13, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
J Denis, M-P Ledoux, Y Nivoix, R Herbrecht
Triazoles compounds are first-line agents for the treatment of invasive fungal diseases. Isavuconazole is the most recent triazole compound, approved in 2015 by the FDA and the EMA to treat invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. We reviewed here the in vitro activity of isavuconazole against a vast spectrum of species. Isavuconazole MICs were evaluated using CLSI, EUCAST or Etest methods, with no significant differences between the technics. Low MIC50 and MIC90 (<1μg/mL) were described for isavuconazole against the majority of Candida spp...
March 10, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Qingdi Quentin Li, Huei-Fung Tsai, Ajeet Mandal, Bryan A Walker, Jason A Noble, Yuichi Fukuda, John E Bennett
Pathogenic fungi, including Candida glabrata, develop strategies to grow and survive both in vitro and in vivo under azole stress. However, the mechanisms by which yeast cells counteract the inhibitory effects of azoles are not completely understood. In the current study, it was demonstrated that the expression of the ergosterol biosynthetic genes ERG2, ERG3, ERG4, ERG10, and ERG11 was significantly upregulated in C. glabrata following fluconazole treatment. Inhibiting ergosterol biosynthesis using fluconazole also increased the expression of the sterol influx transporter AUS1 and the sterol metabolism regulators SUT1 and UPC2 in fungal cells...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Paul G Becher, Arne Hagman, Vasiliki Verschut, Amrita Chakraborty, Elżbieta Rozpędowska, Sébastien Lebreton, Marie Bengtsson, Gerhard Flick, Peter Witzgall, Jure Piškur
Yeast volatiles attract insects, which apparently is of mutual benefit, for both yeasts and insects. However, it is unknown whether biosynthesis of metabolites that attract insects is a basic and general trait, or if it is specific for yeasts that live in close association with insects. Our goal was to study chemical insect attractants produced by yeasts that span more than 250 million years of evolutionary history and vastly differ in their metabolism and lifestyle. We bioassayed attraction of the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster to odors of phylogenetically and ecologically distinct yeasts grown under controlled conditions...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Muneyoshi Kimura, Hideki Araoka, Hisashi Yamamoto, Shigeki Nakamura, Minoru Nagi, Satoshi Yamagoe, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Sho Ogura, Takashi Mitsuki, Mitsuhiro Yuasa, Daisuke Kaji, Kosei Kageyama, Aya Nishida, Yuki Taya, Hiroshi Shimazu, Kazuya Ishiwata, Shinsuke Takagi, Go Yamamoto, Yuki Asano-Mori, Naoyuki Uchida, Atsushi Wake, Shuichi Taniguchi, Akiko Yoneyama
Limited data are available on micafungin breakthrough fungemia (MBF), fungemia that develops on administration of micafungin, in patients with hematological disorders. We reviewed medical and microbiological records of patients with hematological disorders who developed MBF between January 2008 and June 2015. A total of 39 patients with MBF were identified and Candida (30 strains) and non- Candida (9 strains) fungal species were recognized as causative strains. Among 35 stored strains, C. parapsilosis (14 strains), Trichosporon asahii (7 strains), C...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
P Kooshki, A Rezaei-Matehkolaei, A Z Mahmoudabadi
OBJECTIVE: Usually, 7-20% of preterm neonates colonized by Candida species present invasive candidiasis. Candida albicans, and several non-albicans species cause invasive infection with C. albicans being the most dominant agent. In the last two decades, infection due to non-albicans have been increased dramatically due to their low sensitivity to antifungal drugs such as fluconazole. The aim of present study was to evaluate Candida colonization pattern and antifungal susceptibility among preterm neonates from Khorramabad, South west of Iran...
March 9, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Dana Szabóová, Ivan Hapala, Pavol Sulo
The complete mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence from Kazachstania sinensis was analyzed and compared to mtDNA from related yeasts. It contained the same set of genes; however, it only contained 23 tRNAs, as the trnR2 gene was absent. Most of the 12 introns within cox1, cob and rnl genes were inserted in the same sites as in other yeasts; however, two introns in rnl were in unusual positions. Traits such as gene order and GC cluster number were more related to Saccharomyces than to the other Kazachstania or linked clades...
March 8, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
S Salari, N Sadat Seddighi, P Ghasemi Nejad Almani
OBJECTIVE: Biofilm formation ability is one of the major virulence factors contributing to the pathogenesis of Candida species. Biofilms produced by Candida spp. cause complicated treatments and contribute to increasing unpleasant mortality rates. Nanoparticles of Fe3 O4 (Fe3 O4 -NPs) are considered due to their magnetic and biochemical properties, as well as their low costs. The purpose of present study was to determine biofilm formation ability in different Candida strains and evaluation of anti-biofilm effect of Fe3 O4 -NPs compared with FLC...
March 5, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Omar Gómez-García, Dulce Andrade-Pavón, Elena Campos-Aldrete, Ricardo Ballinas-Indilí, Alfonso Méndez-Tenorio, Lourdes Villa-Tanaca, Cecilio Álvarez-Toledano
A series of 3-benzoyl imidazo[1,2- a ]pyrimidines, obtained from N -heteroarylformamidines in good yields, was tested in silico and in vitro for binding and inhibition of seven Candida species ( Candida albicans (ATCC 10231), Candida dubliniensis (CD36), Candida glabrata (CBS138), Candida guilliermondii (ATCC 6260), Candida kefyr , Candida krusei (ATCC 6358) and Candida tropicalis (MYA-3404)). To predict binding mode and energy, each compound was docked in the active site of the lanosterol 14α-demethylase enzyme (CYP51), essential for fungal growth of Candida species...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Josiane de Almeida, Andrea L Pimenta, Ulisses A Pereira, Luiz C A Barbosa, Michel A Hoogenkamp, Suzette V van der Waal, Wim Crielaard, Wilson T Felippe
This study evaluated the inhibitory effects of lactams on Streptococcus mutans, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida glabrata multispecies biofilm formation. γ-Alkylidene-γ-lactams 1, 2, and 3 [solubilized in 3.5% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)] were tested. Glass coverslips were conditioned with either the lactams or 3.5% DMSO (control) for 1 h, inoculated with microbial cultures, and incubated for 48 h. To assess the effect of the lactams on biofilm formation, the following parameters were determined: the biofilm biomass (by both crystal violet staining and protein determination); the amount of insoluble polysaccharides of the extracellular matrix; and the number of viable and total cells [by both colony-forming unit counting and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)]...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Sarah G Whaley, Kelly E Caudle, Lucia Simonicova, Qing Zhang, W Scott Moye-Rowley, P David Rogers
The high prevalence of fluconazole resistance among clinical isolates of Candida glabrata has greatly hampered the utility of fluconazole for the treatment of invasive candidiasis. Fluconazole resistance in this yeast is almost exclusively due to activating mutations in the transcription factor Pdr1, which result in upregulation of the ABC transporter genes CDR1 , PDH1 , and SNQ2 and therefore increased fluconazole efflux. However, the regulation of Pdr1 is poorly understood. In order to identify genes that interact with the Pdr1 transcriptional pathway and influence the susceptibility of C...
January 2018: MSphere
Todd P McCarty, Shawn R Lockhart, Stephen A Moser, Jennifer Whiddon, Joanna Zurko, Cau D Pham, Peter G Pappas
Objectives: To identify the frequency of micafungin resistance among clinically significant isolates of Candida stored at our institution from 2005 to 2015. Chart review of patients with resistant isolates then informed the clinical setting and outcomes associated with these infections. Methods: Clinical Candida isolates had been stored at -80°C in Brucella broth with 20% glycerol from 2005. Isolates were tested using broth microdilution to determine micafungin MICs...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Maiken Cavling Arendrup, Joseph Meletiadis, Oscar Zaragoza, Karin Meinike Jørgensen, Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Lamprini Kanioura, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Johan W Mouton, Jesus Guinea
OBJECTIVES: Rezafungin (CD101) is a new long-acting echinocandin allowing weekly dosing, currently undergoing phase-II clinical trials for invasive candidiasis. The aim of this study was to assess rezafungin's in vitro activity against the most frequent Candida species following the EUCAST methodology. METHODS: The susceptibility of 2,018 clinical Candida isolates was determined at four European laboratories. In parallel, six control strains were repeatedly tested...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Rafika Brakni, Monia Ali Ahmed, Pauline Burger, Aurélie Schwing, Grégory Michel, Christelle Pomares, Lillia Hasseine, Laurent Boyer, Xavier Fernandez, Anne Landreau, Thomas Michel
Lichens are complex symbiotic organisms able to produce a vast array of compounds. The Algerian lichen diversity has only prompted little interest even given the 1085 species listed. Herein, the chemodiversity of four Algerian lichens including Cladonia rangiformis, Ramalina farinaceae, R. fastigiata and Roccella phycopsis was investigated. A dereplication strategy, using ultra high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-high resolution mass-spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-HRMS/MS), was carried out for a comprehensive characterization of their substances including phenolics, depsides, depsidones, depsones, dibenzofurans and aliphatic acids...
March 5, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Huan Trinh, Youngchul Yoo, Kyung-Hwa Won, Hien T T Ngo, Jung-Eun Yang, Jin-Gyeong Cho, Sang-Won Lee, Ki-Young Kim, Tae-Hoo Yi
PURPOSE: In traditional Korean medicine, Artemisia apiacea H. (ART) and Scutellaria baicalensis G. (SCU) are combined for the treatment of malaria and other malaria-like diseases. Because SCU is well-known as an antibacterial agent, the antimicrobial effect of a mixture of ART and SCU was investigated. METHODOLOGY: Plant samples were purchased from Kyungdong mart and extracted with 70 % ethanol. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of ART and SCU against pathogenic fungi (Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis and Candida glabrata), Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and Gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus) was evaluated using a broth microdilution assay, modified-disc diffusion and agar dilution methods with further CH2Cl2-fractionated ART, SCU and a mixture of ART/SCU (at a ratio of 3 : 5) (THAN-1)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Adam F Feyaerts, Lotte Mathé, Walter Luyten, Stijn De Graeve, Katrien Van Dyck, Lize Broekx, Patrick Van Dijck
Multi-resistant microorganisms continue to challenge medicine and fuel the search for new antimicrobials. Here we show that essential oils and their components are a promising class of antifungals that can have specific anti-Candida activity via their vapour-phase. We quantify the vapour-phase-mediated antimicrobial activity (VMAA) of 175 essential oils and 37 essential oil components, representing more than a 1,000 unique molecules, against C. albicans and C. glabrata in a novel vapour-phase-mediated susceptibility assay...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Daniel Brustolin Ludwig, Luciana Erzinger Alves de Camargo, Najeh Maissar Khalil, Marcos Ereno Auler, Rubiana Mara Mainardes
Amphotericin B (AmB) is one of the most used drugs for the treatment of systemic fungal infections; however, the treatment causes several toxic manifestations, including nephrotoxicity and hemolytic anemia. Chitosan-coated poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles containing AmB were developed with the aim to decrease AmB toxicity and propose the oral route for AmB delivery. In this work, the antifungal efficacy of chitosan-coated PLGA nanoparticles containing AmB was evaluated in 20 strains of fungus isolates from patients with vulvovaginal candidiasis (01 Candida glabrata and 03 Candida albicans), bloodstream infections (04 C...
March 1, 2018: Mycopathologia
Hiroshi Kakeya, Koichi Yamada, Yukihiro Kaneko, Katsunori Yanagihara, Kazuhiro Tateda, Shigefumi Maesaki, Yoshio Takesue, Kazunori Tomono, Jun-Ichi Kadota, Mitsuo Kaku, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Katsuhiko Kamei, Kazutoshi Shibuya, Yoshitiho Niki, Minoru Yoshida, Yoshihiro Sei
The Epidemiological Investigation Committee for Human Mycoses in Japan performed a retrospective epidemiological survey of candidemia and causative Candida species. Data from 2003 to 2014 were collected from 10 Japanese university hospitals. A total of 328,318 blood cultures were included. The prevalence of fungi in all cultures and in positive cultures were 0.58±0.09% and 4.46±0.66%, respectively. Among the results that were positive for Candida species (N=1,921), Candida albicans was the most common species (39...
2018: Medical Mycology Journal
Mubashshir Rasheed, Anamika Battu, Rupinder Kaur
A family of 11 cell surface-associated aspartyl proteases (CgYps1-11), also referred as yapsins, is a key virulence factor in the pathogenic yeast Candida glabrata. However, the mechanism by which CgYapsins modulate immune response and facilitate survival in the mammalian host, remains to be identified. Here, using RNA-Seq analysis, we report that genes involved in cell wall metabolism are differentially regulated in the Cgyps1-11Δ mutant. Consistently, the mutant contained lower β-glucan and mannan levels and exhibited increased chitin content in the cell wall...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Francisco Márquez, Isabel Iturrieta, Mario Calvo, Milton Urrutia, Patricio Godoy-Martínez
BACKGROUND: Candidemia disease in Chile is not very known, despite being a very common and serious disease. AIM: To analyze incidence and susceptibility profile of species from the genus Candida in Hospital Base Valdivia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All candidemia cases presented between March 2009 and August 2011 in our institution were identified. Species distribution and susceptibility were studied through the disk diffusion method. RESULTS: Twenty-seven candidemia episodes were studied...
October 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
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