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Joseph Ting, Ashley Roberts, Anne Synnes, Roderick Canning, Jaya Bodani, Luis Monterossa, Prakesh S Shah
BACKGROUND: Neonatal fungaemia is associated with adverse neonatal outcomes and higher overall healthcare expenditure. Our objective is to review the epidemiology of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in neonates in Canada. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using data collected by the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) was conducted. Using a nested matched cohort study design, risk factors and outcomes of neonates born <33 weeks gestation (n=39,305) during 2003-2013 were compared between neonates diagnosed with an IFI during their stay to infection-free controls...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
J C Bader, E A Lakota, Shawn Flanagan, V Ong, Taylor Sandison, C M Rubino, S M Bhavnani, P G Ambrose
Rezafungin (CD101) is a novel echinocandin antifungal agent with activity against Aspergillus and Candida species, including azole- and echinocandin-resistant isolates. The objective of these analyses was to conduct pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) target attainment analyses to evaluate single and once-weekly rezafungin dosing to provide dose selection support for future clinical studies. Using a previously developed rezafungin population PK model, Monte Carlo simulations were conducted utilizing the following three IV rezafungin dosing regimens: (i) single 400-mg dose, (ii) 400 mg for Week 1 followed by 200 mg weekly for 5 weeks, and (iii) 400 mg weekly for 6 weeks...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Elizabeth A Lakota, Voon Ong, Shawn Flanagan, Christopher M Rubino
Rezafungin (CD101) is a novel echinocandin antifungal agent currently in clinical development for the treatment of candidemia and invasive candidiasis. Rezafungin has potent in vitro activity against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata , including azole- and echinocandin-resistant isolates. The objective of this analysis was to develop a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model to characterize the disposition of rezafungin in plasma following intravenous (IV) administration. Data from two Phase 1 studies, a single-ascending-dose study and a multiple-ascending-dose study, were available...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Amit Shivajirao Waghmare, Shivaji Sandu Pandit, Dayanand M Suryawanshi
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 4H-pyran is one of the most well-known groups of synthetic heterocyclic compounds and it has attracted considerable attention of chemists in recent years because of their extensive range of biological and pharmaceutical activities. These compounds are used as antibacterial, anticancer agents, anti-coagulants, spasmolytics and anti-anaphylactic. 4H-pyran derivatives are utilized in cosmetics, pigments, biodegradable agrochemicals as well as photoactive materials. In addition, 4H-pyrans are also helpful as cognitive enhancers for the treatment of neuro degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as for the treatment of schizophrenia and myoclonus...
March 14, 2018: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Assem Barakat, Abdullah M Al-Majid, Bander M Al-Qahtany, M Ali, Mohamed Teleb, Mohamed H Al-Agamy, Sehrish Naz, Zaheer Ul-Haq
BACKGROUND: Design and synthesis of pyrazole-dimedone derivatives were described by one-pot multicomponent reaction as new antimicrobial agents. These new molecular framework were synthesized in high yields with a broad substrate scope under benign conditions mediated by diethylamine (NHEt2 ). The molecular structures of the synthesized compounds were assigned based on different spectroscopic techniques (1 H-NMR,13 C-NMR, IR, MS, and CHN). RESULTS: The synthesized compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial and antifungal activities against S...
March 14, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
Roberto Scaffaro, Francesco Lopresti, Manuela D'Arrigo, Andreana Marino, Antonia Nostro
Carvacrol (CAR) is one of the most promising essential oil components with antimicrobial activity. New technologies aimed to incorporate this active molecule into carrier matrix to improve the stability and prolong the biological activity. The goal of this study was to investigate the feasibility of incorporating CAR into electrospun membranes of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) for potential applications as active antimicrobial system. To this end, PLA membranes containing homogeneously dispersed CAR were successfully prepared and a series of systematic tests including morpho-mechanical properties, in vitro release rate, and antimicrobial/antibiofilm activities against Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans were carried out...
March 13, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ahmed I El-Batal, Nawal E Al-Hazmi, Farag M Mosallam, Gharieb S El-Sayyad
Mono-dispersed copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) were constructed using cheap polysaccharides (citrus pectin, chitosan, and sodium alginate), and by appropriating aqueous fermented fenugreek powder (FFP) under the action of Pleurotus ostreatus (as reducing and preserving means), through the influence of gamma irradiation. The created CuNPs are described by UV-Vis. spectroscopy TEM, DLS, XRD, and FT-IR. XRD study of the CuNPs confirmed the generation of metallic CuNPs. The nucleation and the production mechanism of CuNPs are moreover explained...
March 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Steven L Percival
A novel hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) foam dressing which is impregnated with silver chloride, Optifoam® Gentle (OG) Ag+ (Medline Industries Inc., Chicago, Illinois), was evaluated in this study. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of elution of silver from the foam dressing over a period of 168 hours into simulated wound fluid and an evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy using zone of inhibition (ZOI), direct kill, and time-kill viability. Thirty-two microorganisms associated with wounds including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), Acinetobacter baumannii, Candida albicans, and antibiotic-resistant strains (Methicillin-resistant S...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Xiao-Yu Yu, Fei Fu, Wen-Na Kong, Qian-Kun Xuan, Dong-Hua Wen, Xiao-Qing Chen, Yong-Ming He, Li-Hua He, Jian Guo, Ai-Ping Zhou, Yang-Hong Xi, Li-Jun Ni, Yu-Feng Yao, Wen-Juan Wu
Streptococcus agalactiae and Candida albicans often co-colonize the female genital tract, and under certain conditions induce mucosal inflammation. The role of the interaction between the two organisms in candidal vaginitis is not known. In this study, we found that co-infection with S. agalactiae significantly attenuated the hyphal development of C. albicans , and that EFG1 -Hwp1 signal pathway of C. albicans was involved in this process. In a mouse model of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), the fungal burden and the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α showed a increase on co-infection with S...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Thamires Priscila Cavazana, Juliano Pelim Pessan, Thayse Yumi Hosida, Douglas Roberto Monteiro, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to standardize an in vitro experimental model able to reproduce the pH changes that occur in dental biofilm under in vivo conditions, using a mixed biofilm of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans. DESIGN: Biofilms were developed for 96 h, and exposed to three different concentrations of sucrose (10, 20 or 30%) during 1, 3 or 5 min. The pH was measured before exposure to sucrose, immediately after its removal from the biofilms, and at 1, 3, 5 and 10 min after removal...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Rodrigo T Figueiredo, Josiane S Neves
Eosinophils are the prominent cells in asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPMs), and fungal-sensitization-associated asthma, but their roles in the immunopathology of these disorders are not well understood. Moreover, the immunological mechanisms underlying the molecular direct effector interactions between fungi and eosinophils are rare and not fully known. Here, we provide an overview of eosinophil contributions to allergic asthma and ABPMs. We also revise the major general mechanisms of fungal recognition by eosinophils and consider past and recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms associated with eosinophil innate effector responses to different fungal species relevant to ABPMs (Alternaria alternata, Candida albicans, and Aspergillus fumigatus)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
S Salari, N Sadat Seddighi, P Ghasemi Nejad Almani
OBJECTIVE: Biofilm formation ability is one of the major virulence factors contributing to the pathogenesis of Candida species. Biofilms produced by Candida spp. cause complicated treatments and contribute to increasing unpleasant mortality rates. Nanoparticles of Fe3 O4 (Fe3 O4 -NPs) are considered due to their magnetic and biochemical properties, as well as their low costs. The purpose of present study was to determine biofilm formation ability in different Candida strains and evaluation of anti-biofilm effect of Fe3 O4 -NPs compared with FLC...
March 5, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Andrey L Matveev, Vadim B Krylov, Ljudmila A Emelyanova, Arsenii S Solovev, Yana A Khlusevich, Ivan K Baykov, Thierry Fontaine, Jean-Paul Latgé, Nina V Tikunova, Nikolay E Nifantiev
A panel of specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against synthetic pentasaccharide β-D-Galf-(1→5)-[β-D-Galf-(1→5)]3-α-D-Manp, structurally related to Aspergillus fumigatus galactomannan, was generated using mice immunized with synthetic pentasaccharide-BSA conjugate and by hybridoma technology. Two selected mAbs, 7B8 and 8G4, could bind with the initial pentasaccharide with affinity constants of approximately 5.3 nM and 6.4 nM, respectively, based on surface plasmon resonance-based biosensor assay. The glycoarray, built from a series of synthetic oligosaccharide derivatives representing different galactomannan fragments, demonstrated that mAb 8G4 could effectively recognize the parental pentasaccharide while mAb 7B8 recognizes its constituting trisaccharide parts...
2018: PloS One
Frank Schwab, Christine Geffers, Michael Behnke, Petra Gastmeier
OBJECTIVE: Mortality due to intensive care unit (ICU) acquired primary blood stream infections (PBSI) is related primarily to patient co-morbidities, types of pathogens and quality of care. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of various types of pathogen on ICU mortality. METHODS: Data from the German National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System of patients with PBSI from 2006 to 2015 was used for this analysis. A BSI is primary when the pathogen recognized is not related to an infection on another site...
2018: PloS One
Chao Wang, Zhongyang Yu, Xiaochen Shi, Xudong Tang, Yang Wang, Xueyan Wang, Yanan An, Shulin Li, Yan Li, Xuefei Wang, Wenjing Luan, Zhaobin Chen, Mingyuan Liu, Lu Yu
Triclosan (TCS) is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, whose well-known antibacterial mechanism is inhibiting lipid synthesis. Autophagy, an innate immune response, is an intracellular process that delivers the cargo including pathogens to lysosomes for degradation. In this study, we first demonstrated that TCS induced autophagy in a dose-dependent manner in non-phagocytic cells (HeLa) and in macrophages (Raw264.7) and in vivo . The western blot results also revealed that TCS induced autophagy via the AMPK/ULK1 and JNK/ERK/p38 pathways independent of mTOR...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Vasudeva Reddy Netala, Suman Bukke, Latha Domdi, S Soneya, Sindhu G Reddy, Murali Satyanarayana Bethu, Venkata Subbaiah Kotakdi, K V Saritha, Vijaya Tartte
The present study reports the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (IH-AgNPs) using aqueous leaf extract of Indigofera hisruta L. The biosynthesized IH-AgNPs were found to be FCC crystals, 5-10 nm in size, spherical in shape and stable. The biosynthesized IH-AgNPs showed dose-dependant cytotoxicity against prostate cancer (PC3) (IC50  = 68.5 μg/mL), colon cancer (COLO205) (IC50  = 85.2 μg/mL), and mouse melanoma (B16F10) (IC50  = 80.9 μg/mL). IH-AgNPs were found to be nontoxic towards normal CHO (Chinese hamster ovary) cells...
March 7, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Anuoluwa Abimbola Akinsiku, Enock Olugbenga Dare, Kolawole Oluseyi Ajanaku, Olayinka Oyewale Ajani, Joseph Adebisi O Olugbuyiro, Tolutope Oluwasegun Siyanbola, Oluwaseun Ejilude, Moses Eterigho Emetere
In the quest for environmental remediation which involves eco-friendly synthetic routes, we herein report synthesis and modeling of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) and silver/nickel allied bimetallic nanoparticles (Ag/Ni NPs) using plant-extract reduction method. Secondary metabolites in the leaf extract of Canna indica acted as reducing agent. Electronic transitions resulted in emergence of surface plasmon resonance in the regions of 416 nm (Ag NPs) and 421 nm (Ag/Ni NPs) during optical measurements. Further characterizations were done using TEM and EDX...
2018: International Journal of Biomaterials
T Nuryastuti, S Setiawati, N Ngatidjan, M Mustofa, J Jumina, D Fitriastuti, M I Darussalam
The therapy for invasive candidiasis related to biofilms infection remains a difficult medical problem. To overcome this problem, efforts have been made to search for novel antibiofilm agents from various sources. This study investigated the in vitro antibiofilm activity of (1)-N-2-methoxybenzyl-1,10-phenanthrolinium bromide (FEN) against Candida albicans. The minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration (MBIC) and minimum biofilm reduction concentration (MBRC) were determined using the MTT (3-(4-5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)2,5-dyphenyl tetrazolium bromide) reduction assay...
March 3, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Sami A Alyahya, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Ramzi A Mothana, Mohammed N Al-Anbr, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Ramachandran Ishwarya, Mariappan Yazhiniprabha, Giovanni Benelli
Recent research in entomology and parasitology focused on the efficacy of green fabricated nanomaterials as novel insecticides. In this study, we synthesized poly-dispersed and stable silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the leaf extract of Holostemma ada-kodien. The nanostructures were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The efficacy of H...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Huan Trinh, Youngchul Yoo, Kyung-Hwa Won, Hien T T Ngo, Jung-Eun Yang, Jin-Gyeong Cho, Sang-Won Lee, Ki-Young Kim, Tae-Hoo Yi
PURPOSE: In traditional Korean medicine, Artemisia apiacea H. (ART) and Scutellaria baicalensis G. (SCU) are combined for the treatment of malaria and other malaria-like diseases. Because SCU is well-known as an antibacterial agent, the antimicrobial effect of a mixture of ART and SCU was investigated. METHODOLOGY: Plant samples were purchased from Kyungdong mart and extracted with 70 % ethanol. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of ART and SCU against pathogenic fungi (Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis and Candida glabrata), Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and Gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus) was evaluated using a broth microdilution assay, modified-disc diffusion and agar dilution methods with further CH2Cl2-fractionated ART, SCU and a mixture of ART/SCU (at a ratio of 3 : 5) (THAN-1)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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