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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212396/plants-promote-mating-and-dispersal-of-the-human-pathogenic-fungus-cryptococcus
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Deborah J Springer, Rajinikanth Mohan, Joseph Heitman
Infections due to Cryptococcus are a leading cause of fungal infections worldwide and are acquired as a result of environmental exposure to desiccated yeast or spores. The ability of Cryptococcus to grow, mate, and produce infectious propagules in association with plants is important for the maintenance of the genetic diversity and virulence factors important for infection of animals and humans. In the Western United States and Canada, Cryptococcus has been associated with conifers and tree species other than Eucalyptus; however, to date Cryptococcus has only been studied on live Arabidopsis thaliana, Eucalyptus sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204573/the-southeastern-asian-house-mouse-mus-musculus-castaneus-linn-as-a-new-passenger-host-for-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-molecular-type-vni
#2
Karuna Singh, Jyoti Rani, Govind Kumar Rai, Major Singh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199329/correction-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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(no author information available yet)
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005223.].
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194146/modulation-of-replicative-lifespan-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-implications-for-virulence
#4
Tejas Bouklas, Neena Jain, Bettina C Fries
The fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans, has been shown to undergo replicative aging. Old cells are characterized by advanced generational age and phenotypic changes that appear to mediate enhanced resistance to host and antifungal-based killing. As a consequence of this age-associated resilience, old cells accumulate during chronic infection. Based on these findings, we hypothesized that shifting the generational age of a pathogenic yeast population would alter its vulnerability to the host and affect its virulence...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188180/a-population-genomics-approach-to-assessing-the-genetic-basis-of-within-host-microevolution-underlying-recurrent-cryptococcal-meningitis-infection
#5
Johanna Rhodes, Mathew A Beale, Mathieu Vanhove, Joseph N Jarvis, Shichina Kannambath, John A Simpson, Anthea Ryan, Graeme Meintjes, Thomas S Harrison, Matthew C Fisher, Tihana Bicanic
Recurrence of meningitis due to Cryptococcus neoformans after treatment causes substantial mortality in HIV/AIDS patients across sub-Saharan Africa. In order to determine whether recurrence occurred due to relapse of the original infecting isolate or reinfection with a different isolate weeks or months after initial treatment, we used whole-genome sequencing to assess the genetic basis of infection in 17 HIV-infected individuals with recurrent cryptococcal meningitis. Comparisons revealed a clonal relationship for 15 pairs of isolates recovered before and after recurrence showing relapse of the original infection...
February 10, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188169/cerebral-cryptococcoma-mimicking-glioblastoma
#6
Kimberly B Ulett, James W J Cockburn, Rosalind Jeffree, Marion L Woods
Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii cause invasive fungal disease, with meningitis being the most common manifestation of central nervous system (CNS) disease. Encapsulated cryptococcomas occur rarely, predominantly in immunocompetent hosts, usually related to C. gattii Our patient was an immunocompetent man who presented with headache and a large cystic CNS lesion thought to be glioblastoma. Biopsy of a concomitant lung lesion confirmed cryptococcoma and empiric antifungal therapy was started for presumed CNS cryptococcoma...
February 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167553/troponoids-can-inhibit-growth-of-the-human-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
#7
Maureen J Donlin, Anthony Zunica, Ashlyn Lipnicky, Aswin K Garimallaprabhakaran, Alex J Berkowitz, Alexandre Grigoryan, Marvin J Meyers, John E Tavis, Ryan P Murelli
Cryptococcus neoformans is a common pathogen of the immunosuppressed. It can be treated with amphotericin B and fluconazole, but the mortality rate remains 15-30%, thus novel and more effective anti-cryptococcal therapies are needed. The troponoids are based on natural products isolated from Western redcedar and have broad antimicrobial activity. Extracts of Western redcedar inhibit growth of several fungal species, but neither Western redcedar extracts nor troponoid derivatives have been tested against C. neoformans...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159413/broad-spectrum-anti-infective-properties-of-benzisothiazolones-and-the-parallels-in-their-anti-bacterial-and-anti-fungal-effects
#8
P Gopinath, R K Yadav, P K Shukla, K Srivastava, S K Puri, K M Muraleedharan
Various mono- and bis-benzisothiazolone derivatives were synthesized and screened against different strains of bacteria and fungi in order to understand the effect of multiple electrophilic sulfur atoms and substitution pattern in the immediate vicinity of reactive sulfur. Staphyllococcus aureus-ATCC 7000699, MRSA and S. aureus-ATCC 29213 (Quality Control strain) were more susceptible to this class of compounds, and the most potent derivative 1.15 had MIC50 of 0.4μg/mL (cf. Gentamicin=0.78μg/mL). CLogP value, optimally in the range of 2...
January 12, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154287/disseminated-cryptococcosis-with-rapidly-growing-lung-nodules-in-an-end-stage-renal-disease-patient
#9
Atsushi Inaba, Akira Okada, Taiko Yoshida, Satoshi Itoyama, Tatsuro Nakai, Tetsuya Hisada, Hideki Takano
A 73-year-old man with type 2 diabetes mellitus and end-stage renal disease was diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction. He required continuous dialysis after percutaneous coronary intervention. Subsequently, multiple nodules were discovered in both lungs for the first time, and Cryptococcus neoformans was isolated from the patient's sputum, blood, bilateral pleural fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid cultures, resulting in a diagnosis of disseminated cryptococcosis. This case represents an invaluable example of disseminated cryptococcosis with rapidly growing lung nodules in a dialysis patient, and illustrates that dialysis causes innate immune disorder and the reactivation of cryptococcosis...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149831/repurposing-approach-identifies-auranofin-with-broad-spectrum-antifungal-activity-that-targets-mia40-erv1-pathway
#10
Shankar Thangamani, Matthew Maland, Haroon Mohammad, Pete E Pascuzzi, Larisa Avramova, Carla M Koehler, Tony R Hazbun, Mohamed N Seleem
Current antifungal therapies have limited effectiveness in treating invasive fungal infections. Furthermore, the development of new antifungal is currently unable to keep pace with the urgent demand for safe and effective new drugs. Auranofin, an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, inhibits growth of a diverse array of clinical isolates of fungi and represents a new antifungal agent with a previously unexploited mechanism of action. In addition to auranofin's potent antifungal activity against planktonic fungi, this drug significantly reduces the metabolic activity of Candida cells encased in a biofilm...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144629/pho4-is-essential-for-dissemination-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-to-the-host-brain-by-promoting-phosphate-uptake-and-growth-at-alkaline-ph
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Sophie Lev, Keren Kaufman-Francis, Desmarini Desmarini, Pierre G Juillard, Cecilia Li, Sebastian A Stifter, Carl G Feng, Tania C Sorrell, Georges E R Grau, Yong-Sun Bahn, Julianne T Djordjevic
Phosphate acquisition by fungi is regulated by the phosphate-sensing and acquisition (PHO) signaling pathway. Cryptococcus neoformans disseminates from the lung to the brain and is the commonest cause of fungal meningitis worldwide. To investigate the contribution of PHO signaling to cryptococcal dissemination, we characterized a transcription factor knockout strain (hlh3Δ/pho4Δ) defective in phosphate acquisition. Despite little similarity with other fungal Pho4 proteins, Hlh3/Pho4 functioned like a typical phosphate-responsive transcription factor in phosphate-deprived cryptococci, accumulating in nuclei and triggering expression of genes involved in phosphate acquisition...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143983/rim-pathway-mediated-alterations-in-the-fungal-cell-wall-influence-immune-recognition-and-inflammation
#12
Kyla S Ost, Shannon K Esher, Chrissy M Leopold Wager, Louise Walker, Jeanette Wagener, Carol Munro, Floyd L Wormley, J Andrew Alspaugh
: Compared to other fungal pathogens, Cryptococcus neoformans is particularly adept at avoiding detection by innate immune cells. To explore fungal cellular features involved in immune avoidance, we characterized cell surface changes of the C. neoformans rim101Δ mutant, a strain that fails to organize and shield immunogenic epitopes from host detection. These cell surface changes are associated with an exaggerated, detrimental inflammatory response in mouse models of infection. We determined that the disorganized strain rim101Δ cell wall increases macrophage detection in a contact-dependent manner...
January 31, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143979/trojan-horse-transit-contributes-to-blood-brain-barrier-crossing-of-a-eukaryotic-pathogen
#13
Felipe H Santiago-Tirado, Michael D Onken, John A Cooper, Robyn S Klein, Tamara L Doering
: The blood-brain barrier (BBB) protects the central nervous system (CNS) by restricting the passage of molecules and microorganisms. Despite this barrier, however, the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans invades the brain, causing a meningoencephalitis that is estimated to kill over 600,000 people annually. Cryptococcal infection begins in the lung, and experimental evidence suggests that host phagocytes play a role in subsequent dissemination, although this role remains ill defined...
January 31, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135328/blocking-two-component-signalling-enhances-candida-albicans-virulence-and-reveals-adaptive-mechanisms-that-counteract-sustained-sapk-activation
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Alison M Day, Deborah A Smith, Mélanie A C Ikeh, Mohammed Haider, Carmen M Herrero-de-Dios, Alistair J P Brown, Brian A Morgan, Lars P Erwig, Donna M MacCallum, Janet Quinn
The Ypd1 phosphorelay protein is a central constituent of fungal two-component signal transduction pathways. Inhibition of Ypd1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Cryptococcus neoformans is lethal due to the sustained activation of the 'p38-related' Hog1 stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK). As two-component signalling proteins are not found in animals, Ypd1 is considered to be a prime antifungal target. However, a major fungal pathogen of humans, Candida albicans, can survive the concomitant sustained activation of Hog1 that occurs in cells lacking YPD1...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130864/complex-roles-of-annexin-a2-in-host-blood-brain-barrier-invasion-by-cryptococcus-neoformans
#15
Wei Fang, Zhen-Zong Fa, Qun Xie, Gui-Zhen Wang, Jiu Yi, Chao Zhang, Guang-Xun Meng, Ju-Lin Gu, Wan-Qing Liao
INTRODUCTION: Fungal transversal across the brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) is the essential step for the development of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. Annexin A2 (AnxA2) is an important signaling protein involved in several intracellular processes such as membrane trafficking, endocytosis, and exocytosis. AIM: To investigate the roles and mechanism of AnxA2 during cryptococcal transversal of BMECs. RESULTS: Cryptococcus neoformans infection initiated upregulation of AnxA2 in mouse BMECs...
January 28, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127878/melanin-is-effective-in-protecting-fast-and-slow-growing-fungi-from-various-types-of-ionizing-radiation
#16
Claudia Pacelli, Ruth A Bryan, Silvano Onofri, Laura Selbmann, Igor Shuryak, Ekaterina Dadachova
Melanin is a ubiquitous pigment with unique physicochemical properties. The resistance of melanized fungi to cosmic and terrestrial ionizing radiation suggests that melanin also plays a pivotal role in radioprotection. In this study, we compared the effects of densely-ionizing deuterons and sparsely-ionizing X-rays on two microscopic fungi capable of melanogenesis. We utilized the fast-growing pathogenic basiodiomycete forming an induced DOPA-melanin, Cryptococcus neoformans (CN); and the slow-growing environmental rock-inhabiting ascomycete synthesizing a constitutive DHN-melanin, Cryomyces antarcticus (CA); melanized and non-melanized counterparts were compared...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124963/-evaluation-of-pna-fish-method-for-direct-identification-of-candida-species-in-blood-culture-samples-and-its-potential-impact-on-guidance-of-antifungal-therapy
#17
Özlem Doğan, Ahmet Çağkan İnkaya, Dolunay Gülmez, Ömrüm Uzun, Murat Akova, Sevtap Arıkan Akdağlı
Early antifungal therapy has a major influence on survival in candidemia. Rapid identification of the species has importance for the treatment, prediction of the species-specific primary resistance and variable antifungal susceptibility. Recently, molecular-based methods attempt to reduce the time between the positive signal of a blood culture and identification of the fungus. PNA-FISH (Peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization) assay distinguishes a number of frequently isolated Candida species in groups following the growth in blood culture...
October 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115408/report-on-novel-environmental-niches-for-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-gattii-in-colombia-tabebuia-guayacan-and-roystonea-regia
#18
Norida Vélez, Patricia Escandón
Knowledge of the environmental distribution of C. neoformans/C. gattii is important in the epidemiology and ecology of the etiological agent, which causes cryptococcosis, a deadly disease worldwide. The aim of this report is to describe the presence of C. neoformans/C. gattii in new environmental niches in Colombia. A total of 837 environmental samples were collected from six different species of trees across four cities; molecular type was determined by PCR fingerprinting and RFLP. Molecular type VNI and VGIII were isolated from different species of trees, resulting in two novel niches for this pathogen: Tabebuia guayacan and Roystonea regia...
January 23, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112922/nabscessins-a-and-b-aminocyclitol-derivatives-from-nocardia-abscessus-ifm-10029-t
#19
Shoko Hara, Naoki Ishikawa, Yasumasa Hara, Tatsuo Nehira, Kanae Sakai, Tohru Gonoi, Masami Ishibashi
Two new aminocyclitol amide derivatives, nabscessins A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the culture broth of a pathogenic actinomycete species, Nocardia abscessus IFM 10029(T). The structures of nabscessins A and B were elucidated by spectral studies, and the compounds showed antifungal activity against Cryptococcus neoformans, with IC50 values of 32 and 16 μg/mL, respectively.
January 23, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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
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