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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428067/targeting-and-synergistic-action-of-an-antifungal-peptide-in-an-antibiotic-drug-delivery-system
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Seong-Cheol Park, Young-Min Kim, Jong-Kook Lee, Nam-Hong Kim, Eun-Ji Kim, Hun Heo, Min-Young Lee, Jung Ro Lee, Mi-Kyeong Jang
Amphotericin B (AmB) has been widely used against fungal infections throughout almost the entire body, including the skin, nails, oral cavity, respiratory tract, and urinary tract. However, the development of AmB-loaded nanoparticles demands a novel technique that reduces its toxicity and other associated problems. Here, we developed a pH-responsive and redox-sensitive polymer-based AmB-delivery carrier system. In particular, this system was functionalized by conjugation with the antifungal peptide histatin 5, which acts both as a targeting ligand and a synergistic antifungal molecule against Candida albicans, a major systemic fungal pathogen of humans...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426102/infection-related-complications-during-treatment-for-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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H Inaba, D Pei, J Wolf, S C Howard, R T Hayden, M Go, O Varechtchouk, T Hahn, J Buaboonnam, M L Metzger, J E Rubnitz, R C Ribeiro, J T Sandlund, S Jeha, C Cheng, W E Evans, M V Relling, C-H Pui
Background: Comprehensive studies on neutropenia and infection-related complications in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are lacking. Patients and methods: We evaluated infection-related complications that were grade ≥3 on National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (version 3.0) and their risk factors in 409 children with newly diagnosed ALL throughout the treatment period. Results: Of the 2420 infection episodes, febrile neutropenia and clinically or microbiologically documented infection were seen in 1107 and 1313 episodes, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402154/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-and-risk-of-invasive-fungal-disease-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Marco Sanna, Giovanni Caocci, Antonio Ledda, Federica Orrù, Claudio Fozza, Paola Deias, Gianni Tidore, Fausto Dore, Giorgio La Nasa
Invasive fungal diseases (IFD) are still a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase is an enzyme that leads to the production of NADPH, required to destroy microorganisms in the respiratory burst reaction of white blood cells. We evaluated the role of G6PD deficiency in susceptibility of IFD in 108 AML patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy. In all, 28 patients harbored G6PD deficiency (G6PD-), whereas 80 were normal (G6PD +)...
April 12, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400772/sphingolipids-are-dual-specific-drug-targets-for-the-management-of-pulmonary-infections-perspective
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Lalita Sharma, Hridayesh Prakash
Sphingolipids are the major constituent of the mucus secreted by the cells of epithelial linings of lungs where they maintain the barrier functions and prevent microbial invasion. Sphingolipids are interconvertible, and their primary and secondary metabolites have both structural and functional roles. Out of several sphingolipid metabolites, sphingosine-1 phosphate (S1P) and ceramide are central molecules and decisive for sphingolipid signaling. These are produced by enzymatic activity of sphingosine kinase-1 (SK-1) upon the challenge with either biological or physiological stresses...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400116/the-role-of-infection-in-interstitial-lung-diseases-a-review
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Natalya Azadeh, Andrew H Limper, Eva M Carmona, Jay H Ryu
Interstitial lung diseases (ILD) comprise an array of heterogeneous parenchymal lung diseases that are associated with a spectrum of pathologic, radiologic and clinical manifestations. There are ILDs with known etiologies and those that are idiopathic, making treatment strategies challenging. Prognosis can vary according to the type of ILD but many exhibit gradual progression with an unpredictable clinical course in individual patients as seen in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and the phenomenon of "acute exacerbation"(AE)...
April 8, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393004/pseudomembranous-tracheitis-caused-by-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-the-setting-of-high-grade-t-cell-lymphoma
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Prashant Malhotra, Karan Singh, Paul Gill, Sonu Sahni, Mina Makaryus, Arunabh Talwar
Pseudomembranous tracheitis (PMT) is a rare condition most commonly caused by fungal or bacterial infection that is characterized by a pseudomembrane that partially or completely covers the tracheobronchial tree. PMT is most commonly found in immunocompromised patient populations, such as post-chemotherapy, AIDS, post-transplant and hematological malignancies. Due to its rarity, PMT is often not included in the differential diagnosis. This case describes a 65 year old male with persistent fever and refractory cough despite high dose empiric antibiotics...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390190/systemic-scedosporium-prolificans-infection-in-an-11-month-old-border-collie-with-cobalamin-deficiency-secondary-to-selective-cobalamin-malabsorption-canine-imerslund-gr%C3%A3-sbeck-syndrome
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K Erles, A Mugford, D Barfield, T Leeb, P H Kook
An 11-month-old Border collie presented collapsed and continued to deteriorate rapidly despite supportive treatment. The dog had a history of failure to thrive and recurring respiratory infection. Laboratory abnormalities included neutrophilic leucocytosis, Heinz body anaemia, hyperammonaemia, hyperbilirubinaemia, proteinuria and hypocobalaminaemia. Post-mortem examination revealed multi-focal necrosis within the heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver, meninges and cerebral cortex. Fungal hyphae in lesions were identified as Scedosporium prolificans following culture...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361440/acid-suppressive-therapy-and-risk-of-infections-pros-and-cons
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REVIEW
Leon Fisher, Alexander Fisher
This narrative review summarises the benefits, risks and appropriate use of acid-suppressing drugs (ASDs), proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, advocating a rationale balanced and individualised approach aimed to minimise any serious adverse consequences. It focuses on current controversies on the potential of ASDs to contribute to infections-bacterial, parasitic, fungal, protozoan and viral, particularly in the elderly, comprehensively and critically discusses the growing body of observational literature linking ASD use to a variety of enteric, respiratory, skin and systemic infectious diseases and complications (Clostridium difficile diarrhoea, pneumonia, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, septicaemia and other)...
March 30, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343883/-disseminated-actinomycosis-treated-with-clindamycin
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S Bouttefroy, C Faure Conter, A Tristan, F Valour, T Perpoint, P Reix, P Thiesse, F Dijoud, G Catho
Actinomycosis is a rare bacterial disease caused by Actinomyces spp., an anaerobic bacteria from the oropharynx, digestive, and female genital tracts. Initial clinical presentation often mimics malignancy, which can lead to a delay in diagnosis. Cervico-facial, genitourinary, digestive, and respiratory features are the most frequent. Few cases are reported in children and risk factors are not well known in this population. We report on the case of an 8-year-old boy with disseminated actinomycosis with cervico-facial, pulmonary, and bone involvement caused by Actinomyces israelii...
May 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342288/the-role-of-acute-and-chronic-respiratory-colonization-and-infections-in-the-pathogenesis-of-copd
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REVIEW
Janice M Leung, Pei Yee Tiew, Micheál Mac Aogáin, Kurtis F Budden, Valerie Fei Lee Yong, Sangeeta S Thomas, Kevin Pethe, Philip M Hansbro, Sanjay H Chotirmall
COPD is a major global concern, increasingly so in the context of ageing populations. The role of infections in disease pathogenesis and progression is known to be important, yet the mechanisms involved remain to be fully elucidated. While COPD pathogens such as Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis and Streptococcus pneumoniae are strongly associated with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD), the clinical relevance of these pathogens in stable COPD patients remains unclear. Immune responses in stable and colonized COPD patients are comparable to those detected in AECOPD, supporting a role for chronic colonization in COPD pathogenesis through perpetuation of deleterious immune responses...
March 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339756/molecular-diagnosis-of-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-dogs
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Patrizia Danesi, Silvia Ravagnan, Lynelle R Johnson, Tommaso Furlanello, Adelaide Milani, Patricia Martin, Susan Boyd, Matthew Best, Bradley Galgut, Peter Irwin, Paul J Canfield, Mark B Krockenberger, Catriona Halliday, Wieland Meyer, Richard Malik
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a life-threatening fungal disease that can occur in dogs. The aim of this study was to provide a preliminary genetic characterisation of Pneumocystis carinii f.sp.'canis' (P. canis) in dogs and thereby develop a reliable molecular protocol to definitively diagnose canine PCP. We investigated P. canis in a variety of lung specimens from dogs with confirmed or strongly suspected PCP (Group 1, n = 16), dogs with non-PCP lower respiratory tract problems (Group 2, n = 65) and dogs not suspected of having PCP or other lower respiratory diseases (Group 3, n = 11)...
February 23, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316109/airway-inflammation-and-symptoms-in-children-following-liver-and-heart-transplantation
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Andrew J Redmann, John C Bucuvalas, Robert E Wood, Clifford Chin, Catherine K Hart
OBJECTIVES: To describe the upper airway endoscopic findings of children with upper airway symptoms after liver transplantation (LT) or heart transplantation (HT). METHODS: Review of children undergoing airway endoscopy after LT or HT from 2011 to 2015 at a tertiary care pediatric hospital. Airway findings, biopsy results, immunosuppression, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) levels were recorded. RESULTS: Twenty-three of 158 LT (111) and HT (47) recipients underwent endoscopy...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295973/cutaneous-phaeohyphomycosis-in-a-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-patient-caused-by-alternaria-rosae-first-case-report
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Amy W Liu, Allen C Bateman, Adam Greenbaum, Kanishka Garvin, Jill Clarridge, Jonathan Grim
Alternaria species have been reported as a rare cause of fungal infection in organ and stem cell transplant recipients, but to date no reports have been published of infection in humans caused by Alternaria rosae. Here, we report cutaneous A. rosae infection in a 66-year-old farmer with a history of primary myelofibrosis who had undergone allogeneic unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Forty-nine days post transplant, he presented with a nodule on the thumb with no findings suggestive of disseminated infection...
March 13, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289027/efficacy-of-the-investigational-antifungal-vt-1161-in-treating-naturally-occurring-coccidioidomycosis-in-dogs
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Lisa F Shubitz, Michael E Roy, Hien T Trinh, William J Hoekstra, Robert J Schotzinger, Edward P Garvey
Coccidioidomycosis can be a chronic, systemic fungal infection requiring long-term to lifetime medication. Thus there is a need for improved antifungal agents with greater efficacy and reduced toxicity. VT-1161 has a low affinity for mammalian cytochromes and potently inhibits fungal CYP51 with proven efficacy in murine models of CNS and respiratory coccidioidomycosis. Dogs experience coccidioidomycosis similar to humans and are a useful preclinical model for naturally occurring disease. Twenty-four client-owned dogs diagnosed with respiratory coccidioidomycosis based on radiography, serology, clinical signs, and clinicopathologic abnormalities were treated with a loading dose of VT-1161 for 14 days followed by 46 days of a lower maintenance dose...
March 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283567/eosinophils-promote-antiviral-immunity-in-mice-infected-with-influenza-a-virus
#15
Amali E Samarasinghe, Rossana C N Melo, Susu Duan, Kim S LeMessurier, Swantje Liedmann, Sherri L Surman, James J Lee, Julia L Hurwitz, Paul G Thomas, Jonathan A McCullers
Eosinophils are multifunctional cells of the innate immune system linked to allergic inflammation. Asthmatics were more likely to be hospitalized but less likely to suffer severe morbidity and mortality during the 2009 influenza pandemic. These epidemiologic findings were recapitulated in a mouse model of fungal asthma wherein infection during heightened allergic inflammation was protective against influenza A virus (IAV) infection and disease. Our goal was to delineate a mechanism(s) by which allergic asthma may alleviate influenza disease outcome, focused on the hypothesis that pulmonary eosinophilia linked with allergic respiratory disease is able to promote antiviral host defenses against the influenza virus...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275471/immunity-status-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-patients-with-structural-lung-diseases-in-chinese-adults
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Shuo Liang, Rong Jiang, Hai-Wen Lu, Bei Mao, Man-Hui Li, Cheng-Wei Li, Shu-Yi Gu, Jiu-Wu Bai, Jin-Fu Xu
BACKGROUND: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a fungal infection frequently observed in patients with immune dysfunction, such as those suffering from structural lung diseases. Nevertheless, studies assessing IPA combined with other common respiratory diseases remain scarce, particularly those regarding the immune status of its patients. Different structural lung diseases are known to differently affect patient immune status; however, the mechanisms by which this is conferred have yet to be determined...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259169/role-of-neuroinflammation-in-neurodegeneration-new-insights
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REVIEW
Róisín M McManus, Michael T Heneka
Previously, the contribution of peripheral infection to cognitive decline was largely overlooked however, the past 15 years have established a key role for infectious pathogens in the progression of age-related neurodegeneration. It is now accepted that the immune privilege of the brain is not absolute, and that cells of the central nervous system are sensitive to both the inflammatory events occurring in the periphery and to the infiltration of peripheral immune cells. This is particularly relevant for the progression of Alzheimer's disease, in which it has been demonstrated that patients are more vulnerable to infection-related cognitive changes...
March 4, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257033/lactoferrin-balancing-ups-and-downs-of-inflammation-due-to-microbial-infections
#18
REVIEW
Maria Elisa Drago-Serrano, Rafael Campos-Rodríguez, Julio César Carrero, Mireya de la Garza
Lactoferrin (Lf) is a glycoprotein of the primary innate immune-defense system of mammals present in milk and other mucosal secretions. This protein of the transferrin family has broad antimicrobial properties by depriving pathogens from iron, or disrupting their plasma membranes through its highly cationic charge. Noteworthy, Lf also exhibits immunomodulatory activities performing up- and down-regulation of innate and adaptive immune cells, contributing to the homeostasis in mucosal surfaces exposed to myriad of microbial agents, such as the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220379/pulmonary-mucormycosis-clinical-features-and-outcomes
#19
Erica Lin, Teng Moua, Andrew H Limper
PURPOSE: Mucormycosis encompasses a group of opportunistic fungal infections caused by Zygomycetes, order Mucorales. Mucormycosis can manifest as rhino-orbito-cerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cutaneous, and disseminated infections. Pulmonary mucormycosis is the second most common presentation. This manuscript characterizes the demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic procedures, radiologic findings, therapeutic interventions, and outcome in pulmonary mucormycosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of 35 patients with pulmonary mucormycosis from 2000 to 2015...
February 20, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211475/biofilm-formation-of-the-black-yeast-like-fungus-exophiala-dermatitidis-and-its-susceptibility-to-antiinfective-agents
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Lisa Kirchhoff, Maike Olsowski, Katrin Zilmans, Silke Dittmer, Gerhard Haase, Ludwig Sedlacek, Eike Steinmann, Jan Buer, Peter-Michael Rath, Joerg Steinmann
Various fungi have the ability to colonize surfaces and to form biofilms. Fungal biofilm-associated infections are frequently refractory to targeted treatment because of resistance to antifungal drugs. One fungus that frequently colonises the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is the opportunistic black yeast-like fungus Exophiala dermatitidis. We investigated the biofilm-forming ability of E. dermatitidis and its susceptibility to various antiinfective agents and natural compounds. We tested 58 E...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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