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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141316/-a-clinical-analysis-of-micafungin-treatment-of-pulmonary-invasive-fungal-infection-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-leukemia-or-post-hematopoietic-stem-cells-transplantation
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K Huang, K Y Qiu, L L Deng, J P Fang, Y Li, H X Guo, D H Zhou
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of micafungin (MCF) for pulmonary invasive fungal disease (PIFD) in pediatric patients with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation. Method: Twenty-five neutropenic PIFD children with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University were selected from January 2012 to June 2015, including 12 males and 13 females, age range 2-15 (average 6.2±2.0) years. There were 12 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after chemotherapy, 4 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and 9 cases of β-thalassemia major after allo-HSCT...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140934/response-of-symptomatic-persistent-chronic-disseminated-candidiasis-to-corticosteroid-therapy-in-immunosuppressed-pediatric-patients-case-study-and-review-of-the-literature
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Vered Shkalim-Zemer, Itzhak Levi, Salvador Fischer, Hannah Tamary, Joanne Yakobovich, Gali Avrahami, Gil Gilad, Sara Elitzur, Isaac Yaniv, Ronit Elhasid, Michal Manistersky, Itamar Shalit
BACKGROUND: Chronic disseminated candidiasis (CDC) is a severe invasive fungal infection principally observed during neutrophil recovery in patients with acute leukemia treated with intensive chemotherapy. Its pathophysiology remains unclear. We describe the management of six children with symptomatic CDC who did not respond to antifungal therapy. METHODS: The databases of the hematology-oncology departments of two tertiary pediatric medical centers were searched for all patients diagnosed with CDC from 2003 to 2015 who responded to corticosteroids after failing antifungal therapy...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138626/efficient-method-for-the-rapid-purification-of-nosema-ceranae-spores
#3
Dong-Jun Kim, Hwi-Geon Yun, In-Hui Kim, Won-Seok Gwak, Soo-Dong Woo
Nosema ceranae is an obligate intracellular fungal parasite that causes mortality in honey bees and enhances the susceptibility of honey bees to other pathogens. Efficient purification of Nosema spores from the midgut of infected honey bees is very important because Nosema is non-culturable and only seasonably available. To achieve a higher yield of spores from honey bees, in this study, we considered that the initial release of spores from the midgut tissues was the most critical step. The use of 2 mm beads along with enzymatic treatment with collagenase and trypsin enhanced the homogenization of tissues and the yield of released spores by approximately 2...
September 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138617/phylogenetic-placement-and-morphological-characterization-of-sclerotium-rolfsii-teleomorph-athelia-rolfsii-associated-with-blight-disease-of-ipomoea-batatas-in-korea
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Narayan Chandra Paul, Eom-Ji Hwang, Sang-Sik Nam, Hyeong-Un Lee, Joon-Seol Lee, Gyeong-Dan Yu, Yong-Gu Kang, Kyeong-Bo Lee, San Go, Jung-Wook Yang
In this study, we aimed to characterize fungal samples from necrotic lesions on collar regions observed in different sweetpotato growing regions during 2015 and 2016 in Korea. Sclerotia appeared on the root zone soil surface, and white dense mycelia were observed. At the later stages of infection, mother roots quickly rotted, and large areas of the plants were destroyed. The disease occurrence was monitored at 45 and 84 farms, and 11.8% and 6.8% of the land areas were found to be infected in 2015 and 2016, respectively...
September 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137671/herpes-simplex-virus-1-entrapped-in-candida-albicans-biofilm-displays-decreased-sensitivity-to-antivirals-and-uva1-laser-treatment
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Cristian Ascione, Arianna Sala, Elham Mazaheri-Tehrani, Simona Paulone, Beniamino Palmieri, Elisabetta Blasi, Claudio Cermelli
BACKGROUND: Recently, we published data suggesting a mutualistic relationship between HSV-1 and Candida. albicans; in particular: (a) HSV-1 infected macrophages are inhibited in their anti-Candida effector function and (b) Candida biofilm protects HSV-1 from inactivation. The present in vitro study is aimed at testing the effects of Candida biofilm on HSV-1 sensitivity to pharmacological and physical stress, such as antiviral drugs (acyclovir and foscarnet) and laser UVA1 irradiation...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137050/uncommon-cause-of-fungemia-in-a-patient-with-renal-cell-cancer-a-case-report-of-candida-lusitaniae-fungemia
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Rashmi Mishra, Paul Kelly, Omesh Toolsie, Puvvalingam Ayyadurai, Muhammad Adrish
INTRODUCTION: We present an interesting case of Candida lusitaniae infection in a patient diagnosed with renal clear cell carcinoma.An 82-year-old male presented with worsening back pain for 1 week. Physical examination including neurologic examination was normal. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen revealed a mass in the right upper pole of the kidney suggestive of a renal neoplasm. Pathology from a percutaneous biopsy of the kidney revealed clear cell carcinoma. During his hospitalization the patient developed fungemia due to C lusitaniae...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136537/new-advances-in-understanding-the-host-immune-response-to-pneumocystis
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J Claire Hoving, Jay K Kolls
Pneumocystis jirovecii causes clinical pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts. Despite this, the inability to cultivate this organism in vitro has likely hindered the field in ascertaining the true impact of Pneumocystis in human infection. However the recent release of the genome as well as in advances in understanding host genetics, and other risk factors for infection and robust experimental models of disease have shed new light on the impact of this fungal pathogen as to better define populations at risk...
November 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135707/outcome-of-therapeutic-keratoplasty-in-hopeless-microbial-keratitis-cases-otherwise-advised-evisceration
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Rajat Jain, Karma L Bhutia, Neha Mohan, Col K C Gupta, Ashwani Ghai
PURPOSE: To study the outcome of therapeutic keratoplasty in severe microbial keratitis cases otherwise advised evisceration. METHODS: A retrospective, single-center clinical audit included 28 patients with severe microbial keratitis presenting from April 2014 to April 2016. Patients with microbial keratitis either affecting more than 2 quadrants of the limbus and/or cases with infections involving more than 180 mm of the cornea who were advised evisceration by more than one ophthalmologist were included...
November 13, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135572/long-term-observational-studies-of-chronic-granulomatous-disease
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Maria Kanariou, Kleopatra Spanou, Sofia Tantou
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a primary immunodeficiency, with a defect of phagocytes in killing specific pathogens. CGD is characterized by severe recurrent bacterial and fungal infections and dysregulated inflammatory response. Since its first description as fatal disease about 60 years ago, a significant improvement in outcome has been achieved in the last 20 years. The purpose of this review is to framework recent advances in CGD immunopathogenesis, management of disease manifestation and cure of CGD patients...
November 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134406/chemical-interaction-among-termite-associated-microbes
#10
Emily Mevers, Thomas Chouvenc, Nan-Yao Su, Jon Clardy
Bacteria and fungi in shared environments compete with one another for common substrates, and this competition typically involves microbially-produced small molecules. An investigation of one shared environmental niche, the carton material of the Formosan subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus, identified the participants on one of these molecular exchanges. Molecular characterization of several termite-associated actinobacteria strains identified eleven known antimicrobial metabolites that may aid in protecting the C...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133871/exploration-of-antifungal-and-immunomodulatory-potentials-of-a-furanone-derivative-to-rescue-disseminated-cryptococosis-in-mice
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Sudarshan Singh Rathore, Muthukrishnan Isravel, Sridharan Vellaisamy, David Raj Chellappan, Lalitha Cheepurupalli, Thiagarajan Raman, Jayapradha Ramakrishnan
Cryptococcus neoformans infection is quite complex with both host-pathogen interaction and host immune profile determining disease progress and therapeutic outcome. Hence in the present study, the potential utility of (E)-5-benzylidenedihydrofuran-2(3 H)-one (compound-6) was explored as an effective anticryptococcal compound with immunomodulatory potential. The efficacy of compound-6 in pulmonary cryptococosis model using H99 strain was investigated. The effective dose was found to provide 100% survival, with a significant reduction of yeast burden in lungs and brain...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133630/non-contact-lens-related-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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REVIEW
Prashant Garg, Paavan Kalra, Joveeta Joseph
The purpose of the study is to describe epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) with special focus on the disease in nonusers of contact lenses (CLs). This study was a perspective based on authors' experience and review of published literature. AK accounts for 2% of microbiology-proven cases of keratitis. Trauma and exposure to contaminated water are the main predisposing factors for the disease. Association with CLs is seen only in small fraction of cases. Contrary to classical description experience in India suggests that out of proportion pain, ring infiltrate, and radial keratoneuritis are seen in less than a third of cases...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133564/fungal-prophylaxis-with-a-gastro-resistant-posaconazole-tablet-for-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-final-result-of-the-posanantes-study
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Pierre Peterlin, Cécile Chauvin, Steven Le Gouill, Morgane Pere, Marie Dalichampt, Thierry Guillaume, Alice Garnier, Maxime Paré, Amandine Le Bourgeois, Philippe Moreau, Patrice Chevallier, Guillaume Deslandes, Thomas Gastinne
Posaconazole is an antifungal drug used in both prophylaxis and treatment of invasive fungal infections. Its oral formulation requires therapeutic drug monitoring. To overcome gastric acidity, a gastro-resistant posaconazole tablet has recently been developed. POSANANTES was a prospective non interventional study that aimed to monitor plasma concentration trough level (Cmin) of posaconazole tablets used prophylactically in patients with hematological malignancies. Fifty patients were included. Group A (n= 31) included patients receiving induction chemotherapy for myeloid malignancies and group B (n=19) included patients treated for graft versus host disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133349/the-role-of-calprotectin-in-withholding-zinc-and-copper-from-candida-albicans
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Angelique N Besold, Benjamin A Gilston, Jana N Radin, Christian Ramsoomair, Edward M Culbertson, Cissy X Li, Brendan P Cormack, Walter J Chazin, Thomas E Kehl-Fie, Valeria C Culotta
The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans acquires essential metals from the host, yet the host can sequester these micronutrients through a process known as nutritional immunity. How the host withholds metals from C. albicans was poorly understood and here we examine the role of calprotectin (CP), a transition metal binding protein. When CP depletes bioavailable Zn from the extracellular environment, C. albicans strongly upregulates ZRT1 and PRA1 for Zn import and maintains constant intracellular Zn through numerous cell divisions...
November 13, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133229/use-of-electrical-penetration-graphs-epg-and-quantitative-pcr-to-evaluate-the-relationship-between-feeding-behaviour-and-pandora-neoaphidis-infection-levels-in-green-peach-aphid-myzus-persicae
#15
Chun Chen, Sudan Ye, Huajun Hu, Chengmei Xue, Xiaoping Yu
A real-time qPCR method was developed, validated, and used to quantity the fungal pathogen, P. neoaphidis, within aphids at different times during infection; colonization rate fitted the Gompertz model well (R(b)=0.9356). Feeding behaviour of P. neoaphidis-infected and uninfected M. persicae were investigated, for the first time, using DC-electrical penetration graphs (DC-EPG) that characterized the waveforms made during different aphid stylet probing periods corresponding to epidermis penetration, salivation and ingestion...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133187/duddingtonia-flagrans-formulated-in-rice-bran-in-the-control-of-oesophagostomum-spp-intestinal-parasite-of-swine
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João Victor Facchini Rodrigues, Fabio Ribeiro Braga, Artur Kanadani Campos, Lorendane Millena de Carvalho, Juliana Milani Araujo, Anderson Rocha Aguiar, Carolina Magri Ferraz, Wendeo Ferreira da Silveira, Marisa Caixetta Valadão, Thais de Oliveira, Samuel Galvão de Freitas, Jackson Victor de Araújo
Three experimental assays with Duddingtonia flagrans (isolated AC001) were carried out. The growth of the genus Duddingtonia present in formulation of rice bran, its predatory capability on Oesophagostomum spp. infective larvae (L3) in petri dishes (assay 1), its action in faecal cultures with eggs of that parasite (assay 2) and isolate's capability of predation after passing through gastrointestinal tract of swine (assay 3) was evaluated. At assay 3, feces were collected at time intervals of 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 h after feed animals with the formulation...
November 10, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133157/microbiological-and-clinical-characteristics-of-biofilm-forming-candida-parapsilosis-isolates-associated-with-fungaemia-and-their-impact-on-mortality
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Silvia Soldini, Brunella Posteraro, Antonietta Vella, Elena De Carolis, Elisa Borghi, Monica Falleni, Angela Raffaella Losito, Giuseppe Maiuro, Enrico Maria Trecarichi, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Mario Tumbarello
OBJECTIVES: Biofilm formation (BF) by fungal isolates may dramatically complicate infection. We determined the ability of C. parapsilosis isolates from single fungaemia episodes to form biofilms and we analysed biofilm subgroups for antifungal susceptibility and pathogenic potential. We then correlated BF with clinical characteristics and outcomes of the episodes. METHODS: BF was measured using the crystal-violet biomass assay, antifungal susceptibility of preformed biofilms was assessed, and virulence was studied using the Galleria mellonella model...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133044/molecular-docking-design-synthesis-and-antifungal-activity-study-of-novel-triazole-derivatives
#18
Junqi Wu, Tingjunhong Ni, Xiaoyun Chai, Ting Wang, Hongrui Wang, Jindong Chen, Yongsheng Jin, Dazhi Zhang, Shichong Yu, Yuanying Jiang
The incidence of life-threatening fungal infections has dramatically increased for decades. In order to develop novel antifungal agents, two series of (2R,3R)-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-(N-substitutied)-2-butanols (3a-o, 5a-f, 8a-u), which were analogues of voriconazole, were designed, synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and HRMS. The MIC80 values showed that the target compounds 3a-o indicated better activities than fluconazole on three important fungal pathogens except for 3i...
November 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132490/rehabilitation-of-a-complex-oro-facial-defect-by-modified-prosthetic-approach
#19
Saumyendra V Singh, Himanshi Aggarwal, Vinit Shah, Pradeep Kumar, Deeksha Arya
Loss of part of the face is associated with physical disability, social isolation and immense psychological trauma. Proper rehabilitation of such a patient is a challenging yet satisfying task for a maxillofacial prosthodontist. Facial prostheses are commonly fabricated of silicone because of many favorable properties, though it predisposes to fungal growth.This report is of a patient with history of uncontrolled diabetes and associated invasive fungal infection, leading to a complex oro-facial defect, which was rehabilitated successfully with a silicone facial prosthesis lined by a material more resistant to fungal growth along with a cast partial obturator...
November 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131851/gdsl-lipases-modulate-immunity-through-lipid-homeostasis-in-rice
#20
Mingjun Gao, Xin Yin, Weibing Yang, Sin Man Lam, Xiaohong Tong, Jiyun Liu, Xin Wang, Qun Li, Guanghou Shui, Zuhua He
Lipids and lipid metabolites play important roles in plant-microbe interactions. Despite the extensive studies of lipases in lipid homeostasis and seed oil biosynthesis, the involvement of lipases in plant immunity remains largely unknown. In particular, GDSL esterases/lipases, characterized by the conserved GDSL motif, are a subfamily of lipolytic enzymes with broad substrate specificity. Here, we functionally identified two GDSL lipases, OsGLIP1 and OsGLIP2, in rice immune responses. Expression of OsGLIP1 and OsGLIP2 was suppressed by pathogen infection and salicylic acid (SA) treatment...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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