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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647219/higher-mortality-of-severe-influenza-patients-with-probable-aspergillosis-than-those-with-and-without-other-coinfections
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Yee-Huang Ku, Khee-Siang Chan, Chun-Chieh Yang, Che-Kim Tan, Yin-Ching Chuang, Wen-Liang Yu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Aspergillus-associated infection might comprise up to 23-29% of severe influenza patients from the community throughout stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). In Taiwan, cases of severe influenza with aspergillosis are increasingly reported. Therefore, we describe the relative risk of mortality among severe influenza patients with aspergillosis and other coinfections compared to severe influenza patients without Aspergillus coinfections. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 124 adult patients with severe influenza in a tertiary medical center in southern Taiwan from January 2015 through March 2016...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645480/comparative-performance-of-aspergillus-galactomannan-elisa-and-pcr-in-sputum-from-patients-with-abpa-and-cpa
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Samuel Fayemiwo, Caroline B Moore, Philip Foden, David W Denning, Malcolm D Richardson
OBJECTIVES: Galactomannan (GM) and Aspergillus DNA detection are useful tools for the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), primarily in blood and bronchoscopy samples. This study aimed to evaluate the utility of both markers for detection of Aspergillus in sputum from patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). METHODS: ABPA or CPA demographic patient data were retrieved. This retrospective observational audit included 159 patients with at least one sputum pair...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636889/complications-of-hematopoietic-stem-transplantation-fungal-infections
#3
REVIEW
Ali S Omrani, Reem S Almaghrabi
Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are at increased risk of invasive fungal infections, especially during the early neutropenic phase and severe graft-versus-host disease. Mold-active prophylaxis should be limited to the highest risk groups. Empiric antifungal therapy for HSCT with persistent febrile neutropenia is associated with unacceptable response rates, unnecessary antifungal therapy, increased risk of toxicity, and inflated costs. Empiric therapy should not be a substitute for detailed work up to identify the cause of fever in such patients...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630185/in-vivo-biomarker-analysis-of-intranasally-dosed-pc945-a-novel-antifungal-triazole-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-infection-in-immunocompromised-mice
#4
Genki Kimura, Takahiro Nakaoki, Thomas Colley, Garth Rapeport, Pete Strong, Kazuhiro Ito, Yasuo Kizawa
PC945 is a novel triazole optimised for lung delivery and the objective of this study is to determine the effects of intranasally dosed PC945 on Aspergillus fumigatus infection and associated biomarkers in immunocompromised mice. PC945, posaconazole or voriconazole was treated intranasally once daily on days 0 to 3 (early intervention) or days 1 to 3 (late intervention) post-infection in temporarily neutropenic A/J mice infected intranasally with A. fumigatus, and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum were collected on day 3...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608692/galactomannan-from-antrodia-cinnamomea-enhances-the-phagocytic-activity-of-macrophages
#5
Namal Perera, Feng-Ling Yang, Ching-Ming Chang, Yueh-Tung Lu, Shih-Hao Zhan, Yi-Ting Tsai, Jung-Feng Hsieh, Lan-Hui Li, Kuo-Feng Hua, Shih-Hsiung Wu
Galactomannan with an octasaccharide-repeating unit (ACP) was isolated from Taiwan medicinal mushroom Antrodia cinnamomea, and its chemical structure was determined herein. ACP significantly enhanced the phagocytosis and bactericidal activity of J774A.1 murine macrophages against Escherichia coli, with prospects for developing a new immunomodulatory compound or adjuvant in immunotherapy and vaccination.
June 13, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580236/penicillium-citrinum-opportunistic-pathogen-or-idle-bystander-a-case-analysis-with-demonstration-of-galactomannan-cross-reactivity
#6
Shayla E Hesse, Paul M Luethy, John H Beigel, Adrian M Zelazny
We present a case of an immunocompromised woman with fever, pulmonary infiltrates and multiple bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cultures positive for Penicillium citrinum with a concomitant high BAL galactomannan level. We report the results of Aspergillus galactomannan testing performed on culture supernatants from her P. citrinum strain that confirmed the suspected cross-reactivity. Finally, we discuss the clinical significance and antifungal susceptibility of P. citrinum in our case and review the literature...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554382/a-novel-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-fusarium-oxysporum-and-its-application-in-determining-the-structure-of-the-gum-arabic-side-chain
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Akiho Maruta, Mirei Yamane, Midori Matsubara, Shiho Suzuki, Masami Nakazawa, Mitsuhiro Ueda, Tatsuji Sakamoto
We previously reported that Fusarium oxysporum 12S produces two bifunctional proteins, FoAP1 and FoAP2, with α-d-galactopyranosidase (GPase) and β-l-arabinopyranosidase (APase) activities. The aim of this paper was to purify a third GPase, FoGP1, from culture supernatant of F. oxysporum 12S, to characterize it, and to determine its mode of action towards gum arabic. A cDNA encoding FoGP1 was cloned and the protein was overexpressed in Escherichia coli. Module sequence analysis revealed the presence of a GH27 domain in FoGP1...
August 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552725/the-inhibitory-effect-of-anti-tumor-polysaccharide-from-punica-granatum-on-metastasis
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Sheeja Varghese, Manu M Joseph, Aravind S R, Unnikrishnan B S, T T Sreelekha
Galactomannan (PSP001) isolated from the fruit rind of Punica granatum was demonstrated as an excellent antioxidant, immunomodulatory and anticancer agent both in vitro and in vivo models. Since the most lethal and debilitating attribute of cancer cells is their ability to evolve to a state of malignancy, with key features like increased angiogenesis, invasion, migration, colony formation, and metastasis, the present study focused on evaluating the effects of the galactomannan on tumor and malignancy. PSP001 effectively reduced the neovascularization in chick embryos highlighting its potential as an angiogenic inhibitor...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548995/invasive-fungal-infections-following-liver-transplantation
#9
Rachel Hogen, Kiran Dhanireddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review outlines the microbiology, presentation, prophylactic strategies, resistance patterns, and consequences of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: There has been an increase in the proportion of non-albicans Candida causing IFIs. The biomarkers galactomannan and β-D-glucan should not be routinely used in the diagnosis of IFIs in OLT recipients due to their limited accuracy...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539863/pulmonary-aspergillosis-as-opportunistic-mycoses-in-a-cohort-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-report-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-north-india
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Ravinder Kaur, Bhanu Mehra, Megh Singh Dhakad, Ritu Goyal, Richa Dewan
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of pulmonary aspergillosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons is rising. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of pulmonary aspergillosis in a cohort of HIV-positive patients (n = 71) presenting with lower respiratory tract infection at a tertiary care medical center in India. METHODS: Sputum samples were collected, and potassium hydroxide mount, cultural characteristics, and lactophenol cotton blue preparations were employed to aid in the identification of Aspergillus species...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506782/the-misleading-effect-of-serum-galactomannan-testing-in-high-risk-hematology-patients-receiving-prophylaxis-with-micafungin
#11
A Vena, E Bouza, A Álvarez-Uría, J Gayoso, P Martin-Rabadan, F Cajuste, J Guinea, J Gómez Castellá, R Alonso, P Munoz
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the performance of the routine serum galactomannan (sGM) assay in the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in high-risk hematology patients receiving prophylaxis with micafungin. METHODS: Retrospective study including all hematological patients who received prophylaxis with micafungin during high-risk IA episodes (neutropenic patients after chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia/myelodysplastic syndrome; allogeneic HSCT during early neutropenic phase or graft-versus-host disease requiring high prednisone doses)...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504318/antifungal-prophylaxis-in-newly-diagnosed-aml-patients-adherence-to-guidelines-and-feasibility-in-a-real-life-setting
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Sophie Berking, Daphne Doedens, Heidi Horns, Michael Fiegl, Helmut Ostermann, Christina T Rieger
Antifungal posaconazole prophylaxis for AML patients receiving induction chemotherapy has been routine at our centre since 2009. This retrospective study examined the feasibility and practicability of our prophylaxis guidelines in clinical practice. Data sets of 90 patients undergoing induction-chemotherapy for AML between 2011 and 2014 were evaluated regarding adherence to local guidelines for the administration of antifungal prophylaxis with posaconazole. 75.5% of the 90 patients received posaconazole prophylaxis...
May 15, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487045/pentraxin-3-levels-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-of-lung-transplant-recipients-with-invasive-aspergillosis
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Dima Kabbani, Archana Bhaskaran, Lianne G Singer, Alyajahan Bhimji, Coleman Rotstein, Shaf Keshavjee, W Conrad Liles, Shahid Husain
BACKGROUND: Invasive aspergillosis is the most common invasive fungal infection in lung transplant recipients. The use of galactomannan testing in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid has improved diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis; however, false-positive results can lead to overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment. The use of proinflammatory markers such as pentraxin 3 (PTX3) may help differentiate between Aspergillus colonization and disease. METHODS: BAL PTX3 concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 151 lung transplant recipients and 9 healthy control subjects...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485322/role-of-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cell-1-expression-in-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-modulation-of-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-during-the-immune-response-to-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#14
Na Cui, Hao Wang, Long-Xiang Su, Jia-Hui Zhang, Yun Long, Da-Wei Liu
BACKGROUND: Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1) may play a vital role in mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) modulation of CD8+ T-cell differentiation through the transcription factors T-box expressed in T-cells and eomesodermin during the immune response to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA). This study aimed to investigate whether the mTOR signaling pathway modulates the proliferation and differentiation of CD8+ T-cells during the immune response to IPA and the role TREM-1 plays in this process...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479043/characterization-of-a-thermostable-glycoside-hydrolase-family-36-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-caldicellulosiruptor-bescii
#15
Areum Lee, Kyoung-Hwa Choi, Dahye Yoon, Suhkmann Kim, Jaeho Cha
The putative gene cluster involved in the degradation of the raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFO) was identified in Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Within the cluster, the gene encoding a putative α-galactosidase (CbAga36) was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Size exclusion chromatography of the purified rCbAga36 indicated that the native form was a tetramer. Its primary sequence was similar to the family of glycoside hydrolase 36. The purified recombinant CbAga36 (rCbAga36) was optimally active at pH 5...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472247/pharmacodynamics-of-isavuconazole-for-invasive-mold-disease-role-of-galactomannan-for-real-time-monitoring-of-therapeutic-response
#16
Laura L Kovanda, Ruwanthi Kolamunnage-Dona, Michael Neely, Johan Maertens, Misun Lee, William W Hope
Background.: The ability to make early therapeutic decisions when treating invasive aspergillosis using changes in biomarkers as a surrogate for therapeutic response could significantly improve patient outcome. Methods.: Cox proportional hazards model and logistic regression were used to correlate early changes in galactomannan index (GMI) to mortality and overall response, respectively, from patients with positive baseline GMI (≥0.5) and serial GMI during treatment from a phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of invasive mold disease...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446576/diagnostic-value-of-the-galactomannan-antigen-test-in-serum-and-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-samples-from-patients-with-non-neutropenic-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#17
Wei Zhou, Hongxing Li, Yan Zhang, Mei Huang, Qian He, Pei Li, Fang Zhang, Yi Shi, Xin Su
Objective: To compare the diagnostic value of galactomannan (GM) detection in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum samples from non-neutropenic patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), and determine the optimal BALF GM cut-off value for pulmonary aspergillosis.Methods: GM detection in BALF and serum samples was performed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 128 patients with clinically suspected non-neutropenic pulmonary aspergillosis between June 2014 and June 2016. On the basis of the clinical and pathological diagnoses, 8 patients were excluded because their diagnosis was uncertain...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433769/healing-activity-evaluation-of-the-galactomannan-film-obtained-from-cassia-grandis-seeds-with-immobilized-cratylia-mollis-seed-lectin
#18
Priscilla B S Albuquerque, Paulo A G Soares, Adelmo C Aragão-Neto, Giwellington S Albuquerque, Luís C N Silva, Maria H M Lima-Ribeiro, Jacinto C Silva Neto, Luana C B B Coelho, Maria T S Correia, José A C Teixeira, Maria G Carneiro-da-Cunha
Galactomannan films from Cassia grandis seeds, associated or not with Cramoll 1,4, were used on topical wounds of rats for the evaluation of the healing process during 14days. All of the films were evaluated by cytotoxic assay, FTIR and lectin hemagglutinating activity (HA). Forty-five male rats were submitted to aseptic dermal wounds (Ø=0.8cm) and divided in groups (n=15): control, test 1, and test 2, treated respectively with saline, galactomannan film and film with immobilized Cramoll 1,4. Macroscopic evaluations were performed by clinical observations and area measurements, and microscopic analysis by histological criteria...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431001/invasive-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-underlying-liver-cirrhosis-a-prospective-cohort-study
#19
Juergen Prattes, Martin Hoenigl, Robert Krause, Walter Buzina, Thomas Valentin, Frederike Reischies, Christoph Koidl, Ines Zollner-Schwetz
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in patients with liver cirrhosis and the performance of serum galactomannan (GM) screening. Patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis and patients with compensated liver cirrhosis presenting with fever and/or respiratory symptoms were prospectively enrolled. All patients were screened by serum GM twice weekly irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms. Positive serum GM triggered work-up consisting of chest computed tomography and in case of pathological findings bronchoscopy...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407752/detection-of-high-serum-levels-of-%C3%AE-d-glucan-in-disseminated-nocardial-infection-a-case-report
#20
Toyomitsu Sawai, Takumi Nakao, Shota Yamaguchi, Sumako Yoshioka, Nobuko Matsuo, Naofumi Suyama, Katsunori Yanagihara, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: β-D-glucan (BDG) is a helpful diagnostic marker for many invasive fungal infections, but not for nocardiosis. Here, we reported the first case of nocardial infection with high serum level of BDG. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old man was hospitalized because of fever, headache, and appetite loss after 10 months of steroid and immunosuppressive therapy for cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. With a diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia, treatment with ampicillin/sulbactam was initiated...
April 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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