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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922925/update-on-nonmalignant-lesions-of-the-inferior-turbinate
#1
Jared M Goldfarb, David Goldfarb, Marc R Rosen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The inferior turbinates are routinely examined by otolaryngologists on anterior rhinoscopy and nasal endoscopy. Most lesions of the inferior turbinate are benign but can often be confused with malignancy. This review highlights the broad differential of nonmalignant lesions of the inferior turbinates and their management. RECENT FINDINGS: A variety of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular lesions may affect the inferior turbinates...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922746/plant-extracts-initial-screening-identification-of-bioactive-compounds-and-effect-against-candida-albicans-biofilms
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Fernanda Lourenção Brighenti, Marcos José Salvador, Aline Vidal Lacerda Gontijo, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem, Ádina Cléia Botazzo Delbem, Cristina Pacheco Soares, Maria Alcionéia Carvalho de Oliveira, Camila Miorelli Girondi, Cristiane Yumi Koga-Ito
AIM: This study screened plants from Brazilian Pantanal for Candida albicans antibiofilm activity. MATERIAL & METHODS: Sixty extracts were obtained from ten plants using different extraction methods. Antifungal activity was assessed. Effects on biofilm inhibition and disruption and cytotoxicity were also evaluated. The most active extract was chemically characterized. RESULTS:  Buchenavia tomentosa ethanolic extract showed noticeable antifungal activity and was selected for biofilm experiments...
December 6, 2016: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922272/diversity-of-indoor-fungi-as-revealed-by-dna-metabarcoding
#3
Helena Korpelainen, Maria Pietiläinen
In the present study, we conducted DNA metabarcoding (the nuclear ITS2 region) for indoor fungal samples originating from two nursery schools with a suspected mould problem (sampling before and after renovation), from two university buildings, and from an old farmhouse. Good-quality sequences were obtained, and the results showed that DNA metabarcoding provides high resolution in fungal identification. The pooled proportions of sequences representing filamentous ascomycetes, filamentous basidiomycetes, yeasts, and other fungi equalled 62...
September 14, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921398/effects-of-rhizobacteria-paenibacillus-polymyxa-apec136-and-bacillus-subtilis-apec170-on-biocontrol-of-postharvest-pathogens-of-apple-fruits
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Young Soo Kim, Kotnala Balaraju, Yongho Jeon
In this study, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) were evaluated as potential biocontrol agents against postharvest pathogens of apple fruits. In vitro bioassays revealed that, out of 30 isolates screened, isolates APEC136 and APEC170 had the most significant inhibitory effects against the mycelial growth of several fungal pathogens. Analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) sequences identified the two effective isolates as Paenibacillus polymyxa and Bacillus subtilis, respectively. The two strains showed greater growth in brain-heart infusion broth than in other growth media...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921344/uhplc-ms-based-hdac-assay-applied-to-bio-guided-microfractionation-of-fungal-extracts
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Vincent Zwick, Pierre-Marie Allard, Lucie Ory, Claudia A Simões-Pires, Laurence Marcourt, Katia Gindro, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Muriel Cuendet
INTRODUCTION: Histone deacetylases (HDAC) are considered as promising targets for cancer treatment. Today, four HDAC inhibitors, vorinostat, romidepsin, belinostat, and panobinostat, have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cancer treatment, while others are in clinical trials. Among them, several are naturally occurring fungal metabolites. OBJECTIVE: To develop and optimise an enzyme assay for bio-guided identification of HDAC inhibitors in fungal strains...
December 5, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921136/penicillium-roqueforti-pr-toxin-gene-cluster-characterization
#6
Pedro I Hidalgo, Elisabeth Poirier, Ricardo V Ullán, Justine Piqueras, Laurence Meslet-Cladière, Emmanuel Coton, Monika Coton
PR toxin is a well-known isoprenoid mycotoxin almost solely produced by Penicillium roqueforti after growth on food or animal feed. This mycotoxin has been described as the most toxic produced by this species. In this study, an in silico analysis allowed identifying for the first time a 22.4-kb biosynthetic gene cluster involved in PR toxin biosynthesis in P. roqueforti. The pathway contains 11 open reading frames encoding for ten putative proteins including the major fungal terpene cyclase, aristolochene synthase, involved in the first farnesyl-diphosphate cyclization step as well as an oxidoreductase, an oxidase, two P450 monooxygenases, a transferase, and two dehydrogenase enzymes...
December 5, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921081/a-fungus-specific-protein-domain-is-essential-for-rasa-mediated-morphogenetic-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Qusai Al Abdallah, Tiffany S Norton, Amy M Hill, Lawrence L LeClaire, Jarrod R Fortwendel
Ras proteins function as conserved regulators of eukaryotic growth and differentiation and are essential signaling proteins orchestrating virulence in pathogenic fungi. Here, we report the identification of a novel N-terminal domain of the RasA protein in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Whereas this domain is absent in Ras homologs of higher eukaryotes, the N-terminal extension is conserved among fungi and is characterized by a short string of two to eight amino acids terminating in an invariant arginine...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920777/physical-interaction-of-t-cells-with-dendritic-cells-is-not-required-for-the-immunomodulatory-effects-of-the-edible-mushroom-agaricus-subrufescens
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Ruud H P Wilbers, Lotte B Westerhof, Jan van de Velde, Geert Smant, Debbie R van Raaij, Anton S M Sonnenberg, Jaap Bakker, Arjen Schots
Mushrooms are well known for their immunomodulating capacities. However, little is known about how mushroom-stimulated dendritic cells (DCs) affect T cells. Therefore, we investigated the effect of mushroom compounds derived from seven edible mushroom species on DCs, their fate in DCs, and the effect of the mushroom-stimulated DCs on T cells. Each mushroom species stimulated DCs in a different manner as was revealed from the DC's cytokine response. Assessing DC maturation revealed that only one mushroom species, Agaricus subrufescens, induced complete DC maturation...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920761/diversity-and-distribution-of-phenol-oxidase-producing-fungi-from-soda-lake-and-description-of-curvularia-lonarensis-sp-nov
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Rahul Sharma, Om Prakash, Mahesh S Sonawane, Yogesh Nimonkar, Priyanka B Golellu, Rohit Sharma
Soda lake is hyper alkaline and saline habitat located in closed craters with high evaporation rate. In current study fungal diversity from water and sediment samples of a soda lake (Lonar lake) located in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India was investigated using extensive culturomics approach and mimicking the natural conditions of Lonar lake in culture media. A total of 104 diverse isolates of extremophilic fungi were recovered from this study and phylogenetically characterized by internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region sequencing...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920657/disseminated-histoplasmosis-a-challenging-differential-diagnostic-consideration-for-suspected-malignant-lesions-in-the-digestive-tract
#10
Bernhard Doleschal, Therese Rödhammer, Oleksiy Tsybrovskyy, Karl J Aichberger, Franz Lang
Histoplasmosis is well characterized as an endemic fungal disease restricted to certain areas of the USA. In Middle Europe, most patients present with acute pulmonary symptoms after travelling to endemic areas. Here, we want to illustrate the case of a 67-year-old man who presented with persistent oral ulcers, hoarseness, dysphagia, diarrhea, and weight loss to our Department of Otorhinolaryngology in December 2014. He was a retired construction worker and had a history of soil-disruptive activities in Africa and Middle and South America during employment...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920389/resistance-in-persisting-bat-populations-after-white-nose-syndrome-invasion
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Kate E Langwig, Joseph R Hoyt, Katy L Parise, Winifred F Frick, Jeffrey T Foster, A Marm Kilpatrick
Increases in anthropogenic movement have led to a rise in pathogen introductions and the emergence of infectious diseases in naive host communities worldwide. We combined empirical data and mathematical models to examine changes in disease dynamics in little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) populations following the introduction of the emerging fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes the disease white-nose syndrome. We found that infection intensity was much lower in persisting populations than in declining populations where the fungus has recently invaded...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919891/structure-activity-relationships-of-a-series-of-echinocandins-and-the-discovery-of-cd101-a-highly-stable-and-soluble-echinocandin-with-distinctive-pharmacokinetic-properties
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Kenneth D James, Christopher P Laudeman, Navdeep B Malkar, Radha Krishnan, Karen Polowy
Echinocandins are first-line therapy for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. They are generally safe with few drug interactions, but the stability and pharmacokinetic properties of currently approved echinocandins are such that each was developed for daily intravenous infusion. We sought to discover a novel echinocandin with properties that would enable more flexible dosing regimens, alternate routes of delivery, and expanded utility. Derivatives of known echinocandin scaffolds were generated, and an iterative process of design and screening led to the discovery of CD101, a novel echinocandin that has since demonstrated improved chemical stability and pharmacokinetics...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919681/mutational-analysis-of-kex2-recognition-sites-and-a-disulfide-bond-in-tannase-from-aspergillus-oryzae
#13
Takuya Koseki, Motohiro Otsuka, Toshiyuki Mizuno, Yoshihito Shiono
Aspergillus oryzae tannase (AoTanA), which contains two Kex2 recognition sites at positions Arg311 and Arg316, consists of two subunits that are generated by the cleavage of tannase gene product by the Kex2 protease. Based on the crystal structure of feruloyl esterase from Aspergillus oryzae (AoFaeB), which has been classified as a member of the fungal tannase family, the catalytic triad residues of AoTanA are predicted to be Ser195, Asp455, and His501, with the serine and histidine residues brought together by a disulfide bond of the neighboring cysteines, Cys194 and Cys502...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919625/an-insight-study-on-hptlc-fingerprinting-of-mukia-maderaspatana-mechanism-of-bioactive-constituents-in-metal-nanoparticle-synthesis-and-its-activity-against-human-pathogens
#14
G Karthiga Devi, K Sathish Kumar, R Parthiban, K Kalishwarlal
The present work reports the development of a Simple, rapid and eco-friendly route for the biosynthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles and their antimicrobial activity against gram positive and gram negative bacterial pathogens in the wound infected area. The synthesis was done using Mukia maderasapatna plant extract as a reducing agent. FT-IR analysis reported that the methanol extract was found to contain maximum number of functional groups which is responsible for the reduction of metal ions to metal nanoparticles...
December 2, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919287/chemical-profiling-antimicrobial-and-insecticidal-evaluations-of-polygonum-hydropiper-l
#15
Muhammad Ayaz, Muhammad Junaid, Farhat Ullah, Abdul Sadiq, Muhammad Ovais, Waqar Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad, Anwar Zeb
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens is of great concern to the global health community. Our ability to effectively treat diseases is based on the discovery of potent drugs for the treatment of these challenging diseases. Traditional medicines are one of the major sources for the discovery of safe, effective and economical drug candidates. In order to validate its antibacterial, antifungal and insecticidal potentials with respect to traditional uses, we have screened for the first time Polygonum hydropiper against pathogenic bacterial, fungal strains and a variety of insects...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919075/land-use-intensification-causes-multitrophic-homogenization-of-grassland-communities
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Martin M Gossner, Thomas M Lewinsohn, Tiemo Kahl, Fabrice Grassein, Steffen Boch, Daniel Prati, Klaus Birkhofer, Swen C Renner, Johannes Sikorski, Tesfaye Wubet, Hartmut Arndt, Vanessa Baumgartner, Stefan Blaser, Nico Blüthgen, Carmen Börschig, Francois Buscot, Tim Diekötter, Leonardo Ré Jorge, Kirsten Jung, Alexander C Keyel, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Sandra Klemmer, Jochen Krauss, Markus Lange, Jörg Müller, Jörg Overmann, Esther Pašalić, Caterina Penone, David J Perović, Oliver Purschke, Peter Schall, Stephanie A Socher, Ilja Sonnemann, Marco Tschapka, Teja Tscharntke, Manfred Türke, Paul Christiaan Venter, Christiane N Weiner, Michael Werner, Volkmar Wolters, Susanne Wurst, Catrin Westphal, Markus Fischer, Wolfgang W Weisser, Eric Allan
Land-use intensification is a major driver of biodiversity loss. Alongside reductions in local species diversity, biotic homogenization at larger spatial scales is of great concern for conservation. Biotic homogenization means a decrease in β-diversity (the compositional dissimilarity between sites). Most studies have investigated losses in local (α)-diversity and neglected biodiversity loss at larger spatial scales. Studies addressing β-diversity have focused on single or a few organism groups (for example, ref...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918884/acute-invasive-fungal-rhinosinusitis-presentation-of-19-cases-review-of-the-literature-and-a-new-classification-system
#17
Onur Ergun, Emel Tahir, Oguz Kuscu, Burce Ozgen, Taner Yilmaz
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between acute invasive fungal rhinosinusitis (AIFRS) and underlying diseases, micro-organisms, presenting symptoms, extent of disease, radiologic findings, and outcomes and propose a new classification system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of 19 AIFRS cases were analyzed retrospectively. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography were performed in all patients preoperatively. All patients underwent at least 1 surgical debridement...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918625/host-shifts-enhance-diversification-of-ectomycorrhizal-fungi-diversification-rate-analysis-of-the-ectomycorrhizal-fungal-genera-strobilomyces-and-afroboletus-with-an-80-gene-phylogeny
#18
Hirotoshi Sato, Akifumi S Tanabe, Hirokazu Toju
Mutualisms with new host lineages can provide symbionts with novel ecological opportunities to expand their geographical distribution, thereby leading to evolutionary diversification. Because ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi provide ideal opportunities to test the relationship between host shifts and diversification, we tested whether mutualism with new host lineages could increase the diversification rates of ECM fungi. Using a Bayesian tree inferred from 23 027-base nucleotide sequences of 80 single-copy genes, we tested whether the diversification rate had changed through host-shift events in the monophyletic clade containing the ECM fungal genera Strobilomyces and Afroboletus...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918622/fungal-algal-association-patterns-in-lichen-symbiosis-linked-to-macroclimate
#19
Garima Singh, Francesco Dal Grande, Pradeep K Divakar, Jürgen Otte, Ana Crespo, Imke Schmitt
Both macroclimate and evolutionary events may influence symbiont association and diversity patterns. Here we assess how climatic factors and evolutionary events shape fungal-algal association patterns in the widely distributed lichen-forming fungal genus Protoparmelia. Multilocus phylogenies of fungal and algal partners were generated using 174 specimens. Coalescent-based species delimitation analysis suggested that 23 fungal hosts are associating with 20 algal species. Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed to infer how fungal-algal association patterns varied with climate...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918582/investigating-conservation-of-the-cell-cycle-regulated-transcriptional-program-in-the-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
#20
Christina M Kelliher, Adam R Leman, Crystal S Sierra, Steven B Haase
The pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans causes fungal meningitis in immune-compromised patients. Cell proliferation in the budding yeast form is required for C. neoformans to infect human hosts, and virulence factors such as capsule formation and melanin production are affected by cell-cycle perturbation. Thus, understanding cell-cycle regulation is critical for a full understanding of virulence factors for disease. Our group and others have demonstrated that a large fraction of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is expressed periodically during the cell cycle, and that proper regulation of this transcriptional program is important for proper cell division...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
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