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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/28101016/cellulitis-in-a-liver-transplant-patient-as-an-initial-manifestation-of-disseminated-cryptococcal-disease
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Marcos Davi Gomes de Sousa, Fred Bernardes Filho, Luís Eduardo Barros Costa Fernandes, Cássia Regina Guedes Leal, Cristiane Rocha Magalhães, Marcos Antonio Custódio Neto da Silva, Halime Silva Barcaui
A 50-year-old male underwent liver transplantation due to cryptogenic cirrhosis and was admitted with severe pain in the left leg as well as phlogosis. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid was prescribed, assuming bullous erysipelas. Among the tests performed, the latex agglutination test for the Cryptococcus sp. antigen was positive, and in both the blood culture and blister culture Cryptococcus sp. was isolated. Daily fluconazole was started. Even though liposomal amphotericin B has been started on the fifth day of hospitalization, the patient progressed to death...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080992/microevolutionary-traits-and-comparative-population-genomics-of-the-emerging-pathogenic-fungus-cryptococcus-gattii
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Rhys A Farrer, Kerstin Voelz, Daniel A Henk, Simon A Johnston, Matthew C Fisher, Robin C May, Christina A Cuomo
Emerging fungal pathogens cause an expanding burden of disease across the animal kingdom, including a rise in morbidity and mortality in humans. Yet, we currently have only a limited repertoire of available therapeutic interventions. A greater understanding of the mechanisms of fungal virulence and of the emergence of hypervirulence within species is therefore needed for new treatments and mitigation efforts. For example, over the past decade, an unusual lineage of Cryptococcus gattii, which was first detected on Vancouver Island, has spread to the Canadian mainland and the Pacific Northwest infecting otherwise healthy individuals...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080991/minimizing-fungal-disease-deaths-will-allow-the-unaids-target-of-reducing-annual-aids-deaths-below-500-000-by-2020-to-be-realized
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David W Denning
Deaths from AIDS (1 500 000 in 2013) have been falling more slowly than anticipated with improved access to antiretroviral therapy. Opportunistic infections account for most AIDS-related mortality, with a median age of death in the mid-30s. About 360 000 (24%) of AIDS deaths are attributed to tuberculosis. Fungal infections deaths in AIDS were estimated at more than 700 000 deaths (47%) annually. Rapid diagnostic tools and antifungal agents are available for these diseases and would likely have a major impact in reducing deaths...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068915/comparison-of-clinical-features-and-prognostic-factors-in-hiv-negative-adults-with-cryptococcal-meningitis-and-tuberculous-meningitis-a-retrospective-study
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Junyan Qu, Taoyou Zhou, Cejun Zhong, Rong Deng, Xiaoju Lü
BACKGROUND: The incidence of cryptococcal meningitis (CM) and tuberculous meningitis (TBM) have gradually increased in recent years. These two types of meningitis are easily misdiagnosed which leads to a poor prognosis. In this study we compared differences of clinical features and prognostic factors in non-HIV adults with CM and TBM. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of CM and TBM patients from January 2008 to December 2015 in our university hospital in China...
January 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054218/cryptococcosis-in-patients-with-nephrotic-syndrome-a-pooled-analysis-of-cases
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Wenjie Fang, Nan Hong, Yingfang Li, Jia Liu, Lei Zhang, Weiwei Jiang, Bo Qiu, Jianping Xu, Wanqing Liao, Min Chen, Weihua Pan
Cryptococcosis is an infection that may be lethal in patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS). However, there is relatively limited epidemiological and clinical data about cryptococcosis in NS patients. We performed a pooled analysis to systemically summarize the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical and laboratory characteristics, treatments and outcomes of cryptococcosis in NS patients. Using data pooled from our hospital and studies identified via searches of three literature databases, 17 cases were identified for inclusion in this analysis...
January 4, 2017: Mycopathologia
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/28052761/increased-activity-of-the-complement-system-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-the-patients-with-non-hiv-cryptococcal-meningitis
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Lei Shen, Jianming Zheng, Yan Wang, Mengqi Zhu, Haoxiang Zhu, Qi Cheng, Qian Li
BACKGROUNDS: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) has been known to lead to significant morbidity and mortality. The relative contribution of the complement system in protection and pathogenesis during CM remains largely unknown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the baseline complement component profiles in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma from non-HIV patients with CM, and therefore to provide insights of possible roles of the complement system in CM. METHODS: CSF and blood samples from forty two CM patients not infected with HIV and thirteen non-CM control patients (Ctrl) were retrospectively selected and evaluated from the patients admitted to the hospital with a suspected diagnosis of CM...
January 4, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050006/surgical-resection-during-chemotherapy-of-pulmonary-cryptococcoma-in-a-patient-with-cryptococcal-meningitis
#9
Yuji Tanaka, Kazuo Satomi
We herein report the case of a 72-year-old-man with pulmonary cryptococcoma along with cryptococcal meningitis who underwent surgery for pulmonary lesions while receiving chemotherapy. We noted two major clinical issues. First, the presence of pulmonary cryptococcoma had a detrimental influence on the cryptococcal meningitis. Second, resolution of the pulmonary cryptococcoma through antifungal therapy had a beneficial influence on the recovery from cryptococcal meningitis. As observed in the current case with pulmonary and meningeal cryptococcosis, surgery for pulmonary cryptococcoma with continuous antifungal treatment should be considered for cases where the symptoms respond poorly to antifungal therapy and radiographic abnormalities persist...
2017: Internal Medicine
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/28031206/physiological-differences-in-c-neoformans-in-vitro-versus-in-vivo-and-their-effects-on-antifungal-susceptibility
#11
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/28028491/cryptococcal-meningitis-associated-with-increased-adenosine-deaminase-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
#12
Yuji Tanaka, Kazuo Satomi
INTRODUCTION: Clinically, increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) adenosine deaminase (ADA) level is an important diagnostic clue of tuberculous meningitis. However, increased CSF ADA level can be caused by other neurological diseases. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a case of a 67-year-old woman with cryptococcal meningitis presented with increased ADA level of the CSF. In parallel with her recovery, the ADA level of CSF decreased steadily. This is the first case described the chronological change in CSF ADA level of the patient with cryptococcal meningitis in detail...
2016: SpringerPlus
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/28017759/the-monro-kellie-doctrine-in-action-posterior-reversible-leukoencephalopathy-syndrome-pres-due-to-intracranial-hypotension-from-lumbo-peritoneal-shunt-placement
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Ioannis Karakis, Audrey H Nuccio, Jordan P Amadio, Arthur J Fountain
BACKGROUND: Posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is linked to various etiologies, foremost systemic hypertension. Its association with intracranial hypotension (IH), a potential sequela of various neurosurgical procedures, is under-recognized. We report a case of lumbo-peritoneal shunt induced IH resulting in PRES with the goal to increase awareness, and elaborate on the potential biological mechanism, based on the Monro-Kellie hypothesis. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 26-year-old woman with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and epilepsy was admitted for recurrent cryptococcal meningitis and breakthrough seizures...
December 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013480/disseminated-cryptococcosis-due-to-anti-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-autoantibodies-in-the-absence-of-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
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Chen-Yen Kuo, Shang-Yu Wang, Han-Po Shih, Kun-Hua Tu, Wen-Chi Huang, Jing-Ya Ding, Chia-Hao Lin, Chun-Fu Yeh, Mao-Wang Ho, Shi-Chuan Chang, Chi-Ying He, Hung-Kai Chen, Chen-Hsuan Ho, Chen-Hsiang Lee, Chih-Yu Chi, Cheng-Lung Ku
INTRODUCTION: Autoantibodies to granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) can cause acquired pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). Cases of acquired PAP susceptible to typical respiratory pathogens and opportunistic infections have been reported. Anti-GM-CSF autoantibodies have been reported in a few patients with cryptococcal meningitis. This study evaluated the presence of neutralizing anti-GM-CSF autoantibodies in patients without known congenital or acquired immunodeficiency with severe pulmonary or extrapulmonary cryptococcal infection but without PAP...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011613/spinal-arachnoiditis-as-a-complication-of-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis-in-non-hiv-previously-healthy-adults
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Anil A Panackal, Mika Komori, Peter Kosa, Omar Khan, Dima A Hammoud, Lindsey B Rosen, Sarah K Browne, Yen-Chih Lin, Elena Romm, Charu Ramaprasad, Bettina C Fries, John E Bennett, Bibiana Bielekova, Peter R Williamson
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcus can cause meningoencephalitis (CM) among previously healthy non-HIV adults. Spinal arachnoiditis is under-recognized, since diagnosis is difficult with concomitant central nervous system (CNS) pathology. METHODS: We describe 6 cases of spinal arachnoiditis among 26 consecutively recruited CM patients with normal CD4 counts who achieved microbiologic control. We performed detailed neurological exams, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immunophenotyping and biomarker analysis before and after adjunctive immunomodulatory intervention with high dose pulse corticosteroids, affording causal inference into pathophysiology...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987289/cryptococcemia-in-an-hiv-negative-patient-with-decompensated-liver-cirrhosis
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Manasa Kandula, Amar H Kelkar, Nicole Liberio, Meenakshy K Aiyer
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal infections have been mostly associated with immunocompromised individuals, 80-90% of whom have been HIV-positive patients. Increasingly, cryptococcal infections are being reported in cirrhotic patients who are HIV-negative. The underlying immunologic defects in cirrhotic patients seem to play an important role in predisposing them to cryptococcosis and affecting their morbidity and mortality. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of disseminated cryptococcosis in an HIV-negative patient with underlying cirrhosis, who had rapid worsening of his hyponatremia with renal failure and was unable to recover, despite aggressive measures...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981228/primary-cutaneous-cryptococcal-infection-with-subsequent-erythema-nodosum-in-a-10-year-old-immunocompetent-girl
#18
Kimberly Hyde, Donald Warren, Alde Carlo P Gavino
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November 2016: JAAD Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957359/disseminated-cryptococcal-disease-in-non-hiv-nontransplant-patient
#19
F AlMutawa, D Leto, Z Chagla
Disseminated cryptococcal infection carries a high risk of morbidity and mortality. Typical patients include HIV individuals with advanced immunosuppression or solid organ or hematopoietic transplant recipients. We report a case of disseminated cryptococcal disease in a 72-year-old male who was immunocompromised with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and ongoing chemotherapy. The patient presented with a subacute history of constitutional symptoms and headache after he received five cycles of FCR chemotherapy (fludarabine/cyclophosphamide/rituximab)...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936983/molecular-diagnosis-of-invasive-mycoses-of-the-central-nervous-system
#20
Matthew William McCarthy, Thomas J Walsh
In September 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating an outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who had received contaminated preservative-free methyl prednisolone acetate injections from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Thousands of patients were potentially exposed to tainted corticosteroids, but establishing the diagnosis of fungal meningitis during the nationwide outbreak was difficult because little was known about the natural history of the disease...
December 22, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
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