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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/28107361/dectin-3-is-not-required-for-protection-against-cryptococcus-neoformans-infection
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Althea Campuzano, Natalia Castro-Lopez, Karen L Wozniak, Chrissy M Leopold Wager, Floyd L Wormley
C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) are diverse, trans-membrane proteins that function as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) which are necessary for orchestrating immune responses against pathogens. CLRs have been shown to play a major role in recognition and protection against fungal pathogens. Dectin-3 (also known as MCL, Clecsf8, or Clec4d) is a myeloid cell-specific CLR that recognizes mycobacterial trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM) as well as α-mannans present in the cell wall of fungal pathogens. To date, a potential role for Dectin-3 in the mediation of protective immune responses against C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101535/the-case-for-adopting-the-species-complex-nomenclature-for-the-etiologic-agents-of-cryptococcosis
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Kyung J Kwon-Chung, John E Bennett, Brian L Wickes, Wieland Meyer, Christina A Cuomo, Kurt R Wollenburg, Tihana A Bicanic, Elizabeth Castañeda, Yun C Chang, Jianghan Chen, Massimo Cogliati, Françoise Dromer, David Ellis, Scott G Filler, Matthew C Fisher, Thomas S Harrison, Steven M Holland, Shigeru Kohno, James W Kronstad, Marcia Lazera, Stuart M Levitz, Michail S Lionakis, Robin C May, Popchai Ngamskulrongroj, Peter G Pappas, John R Perfect, Volker Rickerts, Tania C Sorrell, Thomas J Walsh, Peter R Williamson, Jianping Xu, Adrian M Zelazny, Arturo Casadevall
Cryptococcosis is a potentially lethal disease of humans/animals caused by Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Distinction between the two species is based on phenotypic and genotypic characteristics. Recently, it was proposed that C. neoformans be divided into two species and C. gattii into five species based on a phylogenetic analysis of 115 isolates. While this proposal adds to the knowledge about the genetic diversity and population structure of cryptococcosis agents, the published genotypes of 2,606 strains have already revealed more genetic diversity than is encompassed by seven species...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099434/mlst-based-population-genetic-analysis-in-a-global-context-reveals-clonality-amongst-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-vni-isolates-from-hiv-patients-in-southeastern-brazil
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Kennio Ferreira-Paim, Leonardo Andrade-Silva, Fernanda M Fonseca, Thatiana B Ferreira, Delio J Mora, Juliana Andrade-Silva, Aziza Khan, Aiken Dao, Eduardo C Reis, Margarete T G Almeida, Andre Maltos, Virmondes R Junior, Luciana Trilles, Volker Rickerts, Ariya Chindamporn, Jane E Sykes, Massimo Cogliati, Kirsten Nielsen, Teun Boekhout, Matthew Fisher, June Kwon-Chung, David M Engelthaler, Marcia Lazéra, Wieland Meyer, Mario L Silva-Vergara
Cryptococcosis is an important fungal infection in immunocompromised individuals, especially those infected with HIV. In Brazil, despite the free availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the public health system, the mortality rate due to Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis is still high. To obtain a more detailed picture of the population genetic structure of this species in southeast Brazil, we studied 108 clinical isolates from 101 patients and 35 environmental isolates. Among the patients, 59% had a fatal outcome mainly in HIV-positive male patients...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074867/the-role-of-macrophages-in-the-susceptibility-of-fc-gamma-receptor-iib-deficient-mice-to-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Saowapha Surawut, Thunnicha Ondee, Sujittra Taratummarat, Tanapat Palaga, Prapaporn Pisitkun, Ariya Chindamporn, Asada Leelahavanichkul
Dysfunctional polymorphisms of FcγRIIb, an inhibitory receptor, are associated with Systemic Lupus Erythaematosus (SLE). Cryptococcosis is an invasive fungal infection in SLE, perhaps due to the de novo immune defect. We investigated cryptococcosis in the FcγRIIb-/- mouse-lupus-model. Mortality, after intravenous C. neoformans-induced cryptococcosis, in young (8-week-old) and older (24-week-old) FcγRIIb-/- mice, was higher than in age-matched wild-types. Severe cryptococcosis in the FcγRIIb-/- mice was demonstrated by high fungal burdens in the internal organs with histological cryptococcoma-like lesions and high levels of TNF-α and IL-6, but not IL-10...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071858/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-2-aminonicotinamide-derivatives-as-antifungal-agents
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Tingjunhong Ni, Ran Li, Fei Xie, Jing Zhao, Xin Huang, Maomao An, Chengxu Zang, Zhan Cai, Dazhi Zhang, Yuanying Jiang
Based on the structures of the reported compounds G884 [N-(3-(pentan-2-yloxy)phenyl)nicotinamide], E1210 [3-(3-(4-((pyridin-2-yloxy)methyl)benzyl)isoxazol-5-yl)pyridin-2-amine], and 10 b [2-amino-N-((5-(3-fluorophenoxy)thiophen-2-yl)methyl)nicotinamide], which inhibit the biosynthesis of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins in fungi, a series of novel 2-aminonicotinamide derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for in vitro antifungal activity. Most of these compounds were found to exhibit potent in vitro antifungal activity against Candida albicans, with MIC80 values ranging from 0...
January 10, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069805/different-lymphocyte-populations-direct-dichotomous-eosinophil-or-neutrophil-responses-to-pulmonary-cryptococcus-infection
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Darin L Wiesner, Kyle D Smith, Sakeen W Kashem, Paul R Bohjanen, Kirsten Nielsen
Many pulmonary infections elicit lymphocyte responses that lead to an accumulation of granulocytes in the lungs. A variety of lymphocytes are capable of directing eosinophils or neutrophils to the lungs, but the contribution of each subset remains enigmatic. In this study, we used a murine model to examine lymphocyte subsets that ultimately drive the eosinophil or neutrophil response to infection with the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. We show that granulocytes are produced in the bone marrow, released into the blood stream, and accumulate in the lungs under the instruction of lung parenchymal lymphocytes...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068213/utilization-of-size-polymorphism-in-its1-and-its2-regions-for-identification-of-pathogenic-yeast-species
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Hossein Khodadadi, Ladan Karimi, Niloufar Jalali-Zand, Hassan Adin, Hossein Mirhendi
Despite the existence of a variety of available yeast identification strategies, easier and more cost-effective methods are required for routine use in clinical laboratories. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of fungal rRNA genes exhibit variable sizes depending on the yeast species. In the present study, fragment size polymorphism (FSP) analysis of the ITS1 and ITS2 regions for identification of the clinically most important yeast species was assessed. The ITS1 and ITS2 regions of 190 strains, including isolates of 31 standard strains and 159 clinical isolates, were separately PCR-amplified with two primer sets: ITS1-ITS2 and ITS3-ITS4...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064034/highly-efficient-transformation-system-for-malassezia-furfur-and-malassezia-pachydermatis-using-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-mediated-transformation
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A M Celis, A M Vos, S Triana, C A Medina, N Escobar, S Restrepo, H A B Wösten, H de Cock
Malassezia spp. are part of the normal human and animal mycobiota but are also associated with a variety of dermatological diseases. The absence of a transformation system hampered studies to reveal mechanisms underlying the switch from the non-pathogenic to pathogenic life style. Here we describe, a highly efficient Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation system for Malassezia furfur and M. pachydermatis. A binary T-DNA vector with the hygromycin B phosphotransferase (hpt) selection marker and the green fluorescent protein gene (gfp) was introduced in M...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062578/gmp-synthase-is-required-for-virulence-factor-production-and-infection-by-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Jessica L Chitty, Tayla L Tatzenko, Simon J Williams, Y Q Andre E Koh, Elizabeth C Corfield, Mark S Butler, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Ulrike Kappler, Bostjan Kobe, James A Fraser
Over the last four decades the HIV pandemic and advances in medical treatments that also cause immunosuppression have produced an ever-growing cohort of individuals susceptible to opportunistic pathogens. Of these, AIDS patients are particularly vulnerable to infection by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans Most commonly found in the environment in purine-rich bird guano, C. neoformans experiences a drastic change in nutrient availability during host infection, ultimately disseminating to colonize the purine-poor central nervous system...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061020/a-p4-atpase-subunit-of-the-cdc50-family-plays-a-role-in-iron-acquisition-and-virulence-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Guanggan Hu, Mélissa Caza, Erik Bakkeren, Matthias Kretschmer, Gaurav Bairwa, Ethan Reiner, James Kronstad
The pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans delivers virulence factors such as capsule polysaccharide to the cell surface to cause disease in vertebrate hosts. In this study, we screened for mutants sensitive to the secretion inhibitor brefeldin A to identify secretory pathway components that contribute to virulence. We identified an ortholog of the Cdc50 family of the non-catalytic subunit of type IV P-type ATPases (flippases) that establish phospholipid asymmetry in membranes and function in vesicle-mediated trafficking...
January 6, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052943/corticosteroid-induced-cryptococcal-meningitis-in-patient-without-hiv
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Anand Nidhi, Alpana Meena, Arjun Sreekumar, Mradul Kumar Daga
Cryptococcus neoformans is the most frequent cause of fungal meningitis in humans. Cryptococcus affects people of all ages and has a worldwide distribution. It is the fourth most common infection in AIDS (CD4 counts <100/mm(3)). Cases also occur in patients with other forms of immunosuppression and in apparently immunocompetent individuals. Chronic high-dose steroid may precipitate such an immunocompromised state and thus create susceptibility to fungal infections. In our case, we describe a 14-year-old boy who was on steroids for tubercular meningitis for a period of 8 weeks after which he developed cryptococcal meningitis...
January 4, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049033/cryptococcal-infection-of-the-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-in-an-hiv-infected-patient-with-an-excellent-immunovirological-status
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Miguel Genebat, María J Mayorga-Buiza, Esperanza Castillo-Ojeda, Mónica Rivero-Garvía, Francisco J Márquez-Rivas, Manuel E Jiménez-Mejías
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcus is a rare cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection, with a variable clinical presentation. Hence, diagnosis and therapeutic management of this entity is challenging. CASE DESCRIPTION: we herein describe the first reported case of cryptococcal ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) infection in an HIV-infected subject with an excellent immunovirological status, with an abdominal mass as the only clinical sign at presentation. Microbiological diagnosis was confirmed when Cryptococcus neoformans was isolated in 4 cerebrospinal fluid samples on different days...
December 31, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039134/characterizing-a-family-of-secretory-proteins-associated-with-different-morphotypes-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Rachana Gyawali, Srijana Upadhyay, Joshua Way, Xiaorong Lin
: Cryptococcus neoformans, an opportunistic human fungal pathogen, can undergo yeast to hyphal transition in response to environmental cues. This morphological transition is associated with changes in the expression of cell surface proteins. The Cryptococcus cell surface and secreted protein Cfl1 is the first identified adhesin in Basidiomycota. Cfl1 is shown to regulate morphology, biofilm formation, and intercellular communication. Four additional homologs of CFL1 are encoded in the Cryptococcus genome: DHA1, DHA2, CPL1, and CFL105 The common features of this gene family are the conserved C-terminal SIGC domain and the presence of an N-terminal signal peptide...
December 30, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031206/physiological-differences-in-c-neoformans-in-vitro-versus-in-vivo-and-their-effects-on-antifungal-susceptibility
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Nina T Grossman, Arturo Casadevall
Cryptococcus neoformans is an environmentally ubiquitous fungal pathogen that primarily causes disease in people with compromised immune systems, particularly those with advanced AIDS. There are estimated to be almost one million cases per year of cryptococcal meningitis in patients with human immunodeficiency virus, leading to over 600,000 annual deaths, with a particular burden in sub-Saharan Africa. Amphotericin B (AMB) and fluconazole (FLC) are key components of cryptococcal meningitis treatment: AMB is used for induction, FLC for consolidation, maintenance, and in occasional individuals, prophylaxis...
December 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030920/sandpits-as-a-reservoir-of-potentially-pathogenic-fungi-for-children
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Anna Wójcik, Joanna Błaszkowska, Piotr Kurnatowski, Katarzyna Góralska
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Fungi belonging to various physiological and morphological groups present in the environment are potential human pathogens. Some of them are considered as emerging pathogens. Therefore, their presence in children's playgrounds should be regarded as health risk factor. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Sixty-eight samples of sand collected from 17 sandpits of different localities in Łódź, Poland, in autumn 2010 and 2011, and in spring 2011 and 2012 were evaluated...
23, 2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018689/cryptococcus-gattii-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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John W Amburgy, Joseph H Miller, Benjamin J Ditty, Patrick Vande Lune, Shaaf Muhammad, Winfield S Fisher
Cryptococcal infections are seen throughout the United States in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. The most common form is C. neoformans. In the Northwestern United States, C. gattii has received considerable attention secondary to increased virulence resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. There are no cases in the extant literature describing a patient with C. gattii requiring neurosurgical intervention in Alabama. A middle-aged immunocompetent male with no recent travel or identifiable exposure presented with meningitis secondary to C...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011993/putative-orotate-transporter-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-oat1-is-a-member-of-the-ncs1-prt-transporter-super-family-and-its-loss-causes-attenuation-of-virulence
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Akio Toh-E, Misako Ohkusu, Kiminori Shimizu, Azusa Takahashi-Nakaguchi, Susumu Kawamoto, Naruhiko Ishiwada, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Kamei
It is well known that 5-fluoroorotic acid (5-FOA)-resistant mutants isolated from wild-type Cryptococcus neoformans are exclusively either ura3 or ura5 mutants. Unexpectedly, many of the 5-FOA-resistant mutants isolated in our selective regime were Ura(+). We identified CNM00460 as the gene responsible for these mutations. Cnm00460 belongs to the nucleobase cation symporter 1/purine-related transporter (NCS1/PRT) super family of fungal transporters, representative members of which are uracil transporter, uridine transporter and allantoin transporter of Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
December 23, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011032/a-rare-diagnosis-recognizing-and-managing-fungal-tenosynovitis-of-the-hand-and-upper-extremity
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Maureen A O'Shaughnessy, Aaron J Tande, Shawn Vasoo, Mark J Enzler, Elie F Berbari, Alexander Y Shin
PURPOSE: Fungal infections involving the tenosynovium of the upper extremity are uncommon and are often misdiagnosed. This study evaluates the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of patients with fungal tenosynovitis of the upper extremity over a 20-year period. METHODS: A retrospective review of all culture-confirmed cases of fungal tenosynovitis of the upper extremity treated between 1990 and 2013 at a single institution was performed. Clinical data included patient and epidemiologic risk factors, causative fungal organism, surgical management, antimicrobial regimen, recurrence rates, and outcomes...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004519/antimicrobial-assay-and-genetic-screening-of-selected-freshwater-cyanobacteria-and-identification-of-a-biomolecule-dihydro-2h-pyran-2-one-derivative
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A Srivastava, V K Singh, S Patnaik, J Tripathi, P Singh, G Nath, R K Asthana
AIMS: Explorations of freshwater cyanobacteria as antimicrobial (bacteria, fungi and MRSA strains) drug resource using bioassay, NRPS (non-ribosomal polypeptide synthetase) and PKS (polyketide synthase) genes, as well as in silico approach. METHODS AND RESULTS: We have bioassayed the extracts of Phormidium CCC727, Geitlerinema CCC728, Arthrospira CCC729, Leptolyngbya CCC732, Phormidium CCC730, Phormidium CCC731 against six pathogenic bacteria Gram (+ve): Staphylococcus aureus including seven clinical methicillin-resistant S...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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