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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346123/panfungal-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-identification-of-fungal-pathogens-in-formalin-fixed-animal-tissues
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Courtney Meason-Smith, Erin E Edwards, Caitlin E Older, Mackenzie Branco, Laura K Bryan, Sara D Lawhon, Jan S Suchodolski, Gabriel Gomez, Joanne Mansell, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann
Identification of fungal organisms often poses a problem for pathologists because the histomorphology of some fungal organisms is not specific, fresh tissues may not be available, and isolation and identification in culture may take a long time. The purpose of this study was to validate the use of panfungal polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify fungal organisms from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded curls were tested from 128 blocks containing canine, feline, equine, and bovine tissues with cutaneous, nasal, pulmonary, and systemic fungal infections, identified by the presence of fungi in histologic sections...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336134/evaluation-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-fight-mass-spectrometry-for-identification-of-345-clinical-isolates-of-aspergillus-species-from-11-korean-hospitals-comparison-with-molecular-identification
#2
Ju Heon Park, Jong Hee Shin, Min Ji Choi, Jin Un Choi, Yeon-Joon Park, Sook Jin Jang, Eun Jeong Won, Soo Hyun Kim, Seung Jung Kee, Myung Geun Shin, Soon Pal Suh
We evaluated the ability of the Filamentous Fungi Library 1.0 of the MALDI-TOF MS Biotyper system to identify 345 clinical Aspergillus isolates from 11 Korean hospitals. Compared with results of the internal transcribed spacer region sequencing, the frequencies of correct identification at the species-complex level were 94.5% and 98.8% with cutoff values of 2.0 and 1.7, respectively. Compared with results of β-tubulin gene sequencing, the frequencies of correct identification at the species level were 96.0% (cutoff 2...
January 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333084/establishing-the-secondary-metabolite-profile-of-the-marine-fungus-tolypocladium-geodes-sp-mf458-and-subsequent-optimisation-of-bioactive-secondary-metabolite-production
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Bethlehem Kebede, Stephen K Wrigley, Anjali Prashar, Janina Rahlff, Markus Wolf, Jeanette Reinshagen, Philip Gribbon, Johannes F Imhoff, Johanna Silber, Antje Labes, Bernhard Ellinger
As part of an international research project, the marine fungal strain collection of the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR) research centre was analysed for secondary metabolite profiles associated with anticancer activity. Strain MF458 was identified as Tolypocladium geodes, by internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) sequence similarity and its natural product production profile. By using five different media in two conditions and two time points, we were able to identify eight natural products produced by MF458...
March 23, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330304/elicitation-of-gymnemic-acid-production-in-cell-suspension-cultures-of-gymnema-sylvestre-r-br-through-endophytic-fungi
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Vasudeva Reddy Netala, Venkata Subbaiah Kotakadi, Susmila Aparna Gaddam, Sukhendu Bikash Ghosh, Vijaya Tartte
The enhancement of plant secondary metabolite production in cell suspension cultures through biotic or abiotic elicitation has become a potential biotechnological approach for commercialization or large-scale production of bioactive compounds. Gymnema sylvestre R.Br. is an important medicinal plant, rich in a group of oleanane triterpenoid saponins called gymnemic acid, well known for its anti-diabetic activity. Two endophytic fungal strains were isolated from the leaves of G. sylvestre and identified as Polyancora globosa and Xylaria sp...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330115/phylogenetic-and-metabolic-diversity-of-tunisian-forest-wood-degrading-fungi-a-wealth-of-novelties-and-opportunities-for-biotechnology
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Dalel Daâssi, Héla Zouari-Mechichi, Lassaad Belbahri, Jorge Barriuso, María Jesús Martínez, Moncef Nasri, Tahar Mechichi
In this study, 51 fungal strains were isolated from decaying wood samples collected from forests located in the Northwest of Tunisia in the vicinity of Bousalem, Ain Draham and Kef. Phylogenetic analysis based on the sequences of the internal transcribed spacers of the ribosomal DNA showed a high diversity among the 51 fungal isolates collection. Representatives of 25 genera and 29 species were identified, most of which were members of one of the following phyla (Ascomycota, Basidiomycota and Zygomycota). In addition to the phylogenetic diversity, a high diversity of secreted enzyme profiles was also detected among the fungal isolates...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327808/prevalence-and-distribution-of-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-nematoda-angiostrongylidae-in-achatina-fulica-mollusca-gastropoda-in-baixada-santista-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Laura Rocha Guerino, Iracy Lea Pecora, Marcel Sabino Miranda, Cryslaine Aguiar-Silva, Omar Dos Santos Carvalho, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Reinaldo José da Silva
INTRODUCTION: Angiostrongylus cantonensis is causes eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. Worldwide expansion of this nematode is linked to the dispersion of their hosts. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of A. cantonensis infection in Achatina fulica in the nine municipalities that make up Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: Angiostrongylus cantonensis larvae were analyzed using optical microscopy. We performed polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism using restriction endonuclease ClaI, directed to the internal transcribed spacer region 2 of A...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326064/contribution-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-species-basidiobolus-meristosporus
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Emilie Sitterlé, Christophe Rodriguez, Roman Mounier, Julien Calderaro, Françoise Foulet, Michel Develoux, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Françoise Botterel
Some cases of fungal infection remained undiagnosed, especially when the pathogens are uncommon, require specific conditions for in vitro growth, or when several microbial species are present in the specimen. Ultra-Deep Sequencing (UDS) could be considered as a precise tool in the identification of involved pathogens in order to upgrade patient treatment. In this study, we report the implementation of UDS technology in medical laboratory during the follow-up of an atypical fungal infection case. Thanks to UDS technology, we document the first case of gastro-intestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) due to Basidiobolus meristosporus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322208/prevalence-and-pathogen-load-estimates-for-the-fungus-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-are-impacted-by-its-dna-copy-number-variation
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Eria A Rebollar, Douglas C Woodhams, Brandon LaBumbard, Jos Kielgast, Reid N Harris
The ribosomal gene complex is a multi-copy region that is widely used for phylogenetic analyses of organisms from all 3 domains of life. In fungi, the copy number of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) is used to detect abundance of pathogens causing diseases such as chytridiomycosis in amphibians and white nose syndrome in bats. Chytridiomycosis is caused by the fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and B. salamandrivorans (Bsal), and is responsible for declines and extinctions of amphibians worldwide...
March 21, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322147/molecular-characterization-and-antioxidant-potential-of-three-wild-culinary-medicinal-mushrooms-from-tripura-northeast-india
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Aparajita Roy Das, Madhusmita Borthakur, Ajay Krishna Saha, Santa Ram Joshi, Panna Das
The aim of this study was to characterize 3 wild culinary-medicinal mushrooms using molecular tools and to analyze their antioxidant activity. Antioxidant properties were studied by evaluating free radical scavenging, reducing power, and chelating effect. The mushrooms were identified as Lentinus squarrosulus, L. tuber-regium, and Macrocybe gigantean by amplifying internal transcribed spacer regions of ribosomal DNA. The results demonstrated that the methanolic extract of M. gigantean has the highest free radical scavenging effect and chelating effect, whereas the methanolic extract of L...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317545/phylogeny-and-pathogenicity-of-lasiodiplodia-species-associated-with-dieback-of-mango-in-peru
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Edgar Rodríguez-Gálvez, Pakita Guerrero, Carla Barradas, Pedro W Crous, Artur Alves
Mango, which is an important tropical fruit crop in the region of Piura (Peru), is known to be prone to a range of diseases caused by Lasiodiplodia spp. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence and prevalence of mango dieback in the region of Piura, and to identify the species of Lasiodiplodia associated with the disease and evaluate their pathogenicity towards mango. Mango dieback was present in all orchards surveyed but incidence varied with location. Identification of fungal isolates was based on morphological and cultural characteristics as well as sequence data of the rDNA internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) and translation elongation factor 1-alpha gene (tef1-α)...
April 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317544/analysis-of-phylogeny-distribution-and-pathogenicity-of-botryosphaeriaceae-species-associated-with-gummosis-of-anacardium-in-brazil-with-a-new-species-of-lasiodiplodia
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Mariote S B Netto, Waléria G Lima, Kamila C Correia, Christiana F B da Silva, Michael Thon, Ricardo B Martins, Robert N G Miller, Sami J Michereff, Marcos P S Câmara
Netto, M. S. B., Lima, W. G., Correia, K. C., da Silva, C. F. B., Thon, M., Martins, R. B., Miller, R. N. G., Michereff, S. J., and Câmara, M. P. S. 2016. Analysis of phylogeny, distribution, and pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with gummosis of Anacardium in Brazil, with a new species of Lasiodiplodia. We identified Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with gummosis on Anacardium in Brazil. Isolates were sampled and identified on the basis morphology and phylogeny, through analysis of a partial translation elongation factor 1-α sequence, ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacers, and β-tubulin gene sequence...
April 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317541/mating-type-genes-in-the-genus-neofusicoccum-mating-strategies-and-usefulness-in-species-delimitation
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Anabela Lopes, Alan J L Phillips, Artur Alves
The genus Neofusicoccum includes species with wide geographical and plant host distribution, some of them of economic importance. The genus currently comprises 27 species that are difficult to identify based on morphological features alone. Thus, species differentiation is based on phylogenetic species recognition using multigene genealogies. In this study, we characterised the mating type genes of Neofusicoccum species. Specific primers were designed to amplify and sequence MAT genes in several species and a PCR-based mating type diagnostic assay was developed...
April 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317540/endophytic-botryosphaeriaceae-including-five-new-species-associated-with-mangrove-trees-in-south-africa
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J Alexander Osorio, Casparus J Crous, Z Wilhelm de Beer, Michael J Wingfield, Jolanda Roux
Little is known regarding the fungi, especially fungal pathogens, associated with mangroves in Africa. This includes fungi in the Botryosphaeriaceae that comprise numerous opportunistic, stress-associated pathogens often associated with trees affected by environmental and anthropogenically generated stresses, such as those affecting mangroves. We investigated the occurrence of endophytic Botryosphaeriaceae along the entire distribution of mangroves in South Africa. Asymptomatic branches were collected from ten localities and six mangrove species...
April 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315214/detection-of-food-allergens-by-taqman-real-time-pcr-methodology
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Aina García, Raquel Madrid, Teresa García, Rosario Martín, Isabel González
Real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) has shown to be a very effective technology for the detection of food allergens. The protocol described herein consists on a real-time PCR assay targeting the plant ITS (Internal Transcribed Spacer) region, using species-specific primers and hydrolysis probes (Taqman) dual labeled with a reporter fluorophore at the 5' end (6-carboxyfluorescein, FAM) and a quencher fluorophore at the 3' end (Blackberry, BBQ). The species-specific real-time PCR systems (primers/probe) described in this work allowed the detection of different nuts (peanut, hazelnut, pistachio, almond, cashew, macadamia, walnut and pecan), common allergens present in commercial food products, with a detection limit of 0...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315064/first-evidence-of-pezoloma-ericae-in-australia-using-the-biomes-of-australia-soil-environments-base-to-explore-the-australian-phylogeography-of-known-ericoid-mycorrhizal-and-root-associated-fungi
#15
David J Midgley, Paul Greenfield, Andrew Bissett, Nai Tran-Dinh
The prominent ericoid mycorrhizal fungus, Pezoloma ericae, has not been found in Australia to date. In the present study, internal transcribed spacer (ITS) data from the Biomes of Australia Soil Environments (BASE) was searched for evidence of P. ericae and other known ericoid mycorrhizal and root-associated taxa. ITS sequences with high identity to P. ericae, Meliniomyces bicolor, Meliniomyces variabilis, Cairneyella sp. 2, Cadophora finlandica and Woollsia mycorrhizal fungus VI were identified and their distribution in Australia visualised...
March 17, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302364/diversity-of-fungal-assemblages-in-roots-of-ericaceae-in-two-mediterranean-contrasting-ecosystems
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Ahlam Hamim, Lucie Miché, Ahmed Douaik, Rachid Mrabet, Ahmed Ouhammou, Robin Duponnois, Mohamed Hafidi
The plants belonging to the Ericaceae family are morphologically diverse and widely distributed groups of plants. They are typically found in soil with naturally poor nutrient status. The objective of the current study was to identify cultivable mycobionts from roots of nine species of Ericaceae (Calluna vulgaris, Erica arborea, Erica australis, Erica umbellate, Erica scoparia, Erica multiflora, Arbutus unedo, Vaccinium myrtillus, and Vaccinium corymbosum). The sequencing approach was used to amplify the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) region...
March 14, 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301305/molecular-characterization-of-leishmania-parasites-in-giemsa-stained-slides-from-cases-of-human-cutaneous-and-visceral-leishmaniasis-eastern-algeria
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Nadia Beldi, Roukaya Mansouri, Jihene Bettaieb, Alia Yaacoub, Hejer Souguir Omrani, Yusr Saadi Ben Aoun, Farida Saadni, Ikram Guizani, Souheila Guerbouj
BACKGROUND: In Algeria, visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is due to Leishmania (L.) infantum, while three cutaneous forms (CL) are caused by Leishmania major, Leishmania tropica and Leishmania infantum. In this study, the use of Giemsa-stained slides was evaluated with two PCR techniques, in Eastern Algeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 136 samples corresponding to 100 CL smears (skin scrapings) and 36 VL slides (bone marrow aspirates) collected from 2008 to 2014 were tested...
March 16, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301296/distinct-leishmania-infantum-strains-circulate-in-humans-and-dogs-in-the-emilia-romagna-region-northeastern-italy
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Gianluca Rugna, Elena Carra, Francesco Corpus, Mattia Calzolari, Daniela Salvatore, Romeo Bellini, Antonietta Di Francesco, Erica Franceschini, Antonella Bruno, Giovanni Poglayen, Stefania Varani, Fabrizio Vitale, Giuseppe Merialdi
Human leishmaniasis is an emerging problem in Italy and is on the increase in the Emilia-Romagna region, northeastern part of the country. Nevertheless, studies dealing with the molecular characterization of Leishmania spp. circulating in these areas are limited. In the present work, we explored the genetic polymorphism of Leishmania isolates from 28 cases of canine leishmaniasis and three cases of human visceral leishmaniasis (VL), which occurred in 2013-2014 in the Emilia-Romagna region. The characterization was carried out in comparison with nine human isolates of Leishmania from other VL endemic Italian regions and two reference strains...
March 16, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298348/a-phylogenetic-perspective-on-the-association-between-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-and-black-yeasts-ascomycota-chaetothyriales
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Marie Vasse, Hermann Voglmayr, Veronika Mayer, Cécile Gueidan, Maximilian Nepel, Leandro Moreno, Sybren de Hoog, Marc-André Selosse, Doyle McKey, Rumsaïs Blatrix
The frequency and the geographical extent of symbiotic associations between ants and fungi of the order Chaetothyriales have been highlighted only recently. Using a phylogenetic approach based on seven molecular markers, we showed that ant-associated Chaetothyriales are scattered through the phylogeny of this order. There was no clustering according to geographical origin or to the taxonomy of the ant host. However, strains tended to be clustered according to the type of association with ants: strains from ant-made carton and strains from plant cavities occupied by ants ('domatia') rarely clustered together...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293739/a-new-synthesium-species-digenea-brachycladiidae-from-the-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus-cetacea-delphinidae-in-southwestern-atlantic-waters
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Mariana B Ebert, Maria I Mülller, Juliana Marigo, Ana L S Valente, Marta J Cremer, Reinaldo J da Silva
A new species of Synthesium from the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus in South Brazilian waters is described. Morphological and molecular identification was performed, and phylogenetic analyses were carried out using the ribosomal small subunit and internal transcribed spacer 1 and the mitochondrial NDH dehydrogenase subunit 3 and cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 genes. The main characteristics of the new species are the subterminal round-shaped oral sucker, the anterior distribution of vitellaria reaching the level of the ovary and the oval-shaped testes...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology Research
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