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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144607/eustachian-tube-dysfunction-symptoms-in-patients-treated-in-a-tertiary-rhinology-clinic
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Michael J Marino, Lina Chooi Ling, William C Yao, Amber Luong, Martin J Citardi
BACKGROUND: Ear symptoms are common among patients presenting to a rhinology clinic. Validated inventories are available for patient quality-of-life in sinonasal disease and Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). This study sought to determine the extent of ETD symptoms, using validated metrics, in a large population of patients presenting to a tertiary rhinology clinic. METHODS: Seven-item Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Questionnaires (ETDQ-7) and 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Tests (SNOT-22) were prospectively collected from 492 patients treated in a tertiary rhinology clinic...
November 16, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143925/production-of-fumonisins-by-endophytic-strains-of-tolypocladium-cylindrosporum-and-its-relation-to-fungal-virus-infection
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Iñigo Zabalgogeazcoa, Amador Alvarez, Noemi Herrero, Beatriz R Vazquez-de-Aldana
Fumonisins were first discovered in Fusarium verticillioides, a fungus associated to disease and asymptomatic infections in maize. Afterwards, other fungal taxa have been found to produce fumonisins. The entomopathogenic ascomycete Tolypocladium cylindrosporum has been isolated from soil and also as an endophyte from leaves of grasses. The objectives of this work were to determine the in vitro production of fumonisin B (FB) mycotoxins and the immunosuppressive compound cyclosporine A (CyA) in several strains of T...
November 16, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
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
#3
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/29141039/identification-of-isolates-of-the-plant-pathogen-leptosphaeria-maculans-with-resistance-to-the-triazole-fungicide-fluquinconazole-using-a-novel-in-planta-assay
#4
Angela P Van de Wouw, Vicki L Elliott, Steven Chang, Francisco J López-Ruiz, Steven J Marcroft, Alexander Idnurm
Leptosphaeria maculans is the major pathogen of canola (oilseed rape, Brassica napus) worldwide. In Australia, the use of azole fungicides has contributed to the 50-fold increase in canola production in the last 25 years. However, extensive application of fungicides sets the stage for the selection of fungal populations with resistance. A high-throughput in planta assay was developed to allow screening of thousands of isolates from multiple populations. Using this screen, isolates were identified with decreased sensitivity to the fungicide fluquinconazole when applied at field rates as a protective seed dressing: these isolates cause significantly larger lesions on cotyledons and true leaves and increased disease severity at plant maturity...
2017: PloS One
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
#5
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/29138624/entomopathogenic-fungi-as-dual-control-agents-against-both-the-pest-myzus-persicae-and-phytopathogen-botrytis-cinerea
#6
Hwi-Geon Yun, Dong-Jun Kim, Won-Seok Gwak, Tae-Young Shin, Soo-Dong Woo
The green peach aphid (Myzus persicae), a plant pest, and gray mold disease, caused by Botrytis cinerea, affect vegetables and fruit crops all over the world. To control this aphid and mold, farmers typically rely on the use of chemical insecticides or fungicides. However, intensive use of these chemicals over many years has led to the development of resistance. To overcome this problem, there is a need to develop alternative control methods to suppress populations of this plant pest and pathogen. Recently, potential roles have been demonstrated for entomopathogenic fungi in endophytism, phytopathogen antagonism, plant growth promotion, and rhizosphere colonization...
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/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/29135948/effect-of-a-lactobacillus-salivarius-probiotic-on-a-double-species-streptococcus-mutans-and-candida-albicans-caries-biofilm
#9
Wirginia Krzyściak, Dorota Kościelniak, Monika Papież, Palina Vyhouskaya, Katarzyna Zagórska-Świeży, Iwona Kołodziej, Beata Bystrowska, Anna Jurczak
The aim of the study was to evaluate the anti-cariogenic effects of Lactobacillus salivarius by reducing pathogenic species and biofilm mass in a double-species biofilm model. Coexistence of S. mutans with C. albicans can cause dental caries progression or recurrence of the disease in the future. Fifty-nine children with diagnosed early childhood caries (ECC) were recruited onto the study. The condition of the children's dentition was defined according to the World Health Organization guidelines. The participants were divided into children with initial enamel demineralization and children showing dentin damage...
November 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135572/long-term-observational-studies-of-chronic-granulomatous-disease
#10
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/29135360/transcriptome-profiling-of-melaleuca-quinquenervia-challenged-by-myrtle-rust-reveals-differences-in-defense-responses-among-resistant-individuals
#11
Ji-Fan Hsieh, Aaron Chuah, Hardip R Patel, Karanjeet Sandhu, William J Foley, Carsten Külheim
Plants have developed complex defense mechanisms to protect themselves against pathogens. A wide-host range fungus, Austropuccinia psidii (G. Winter) Beenken comb. nov., which has caused severe damage to ecosystems and plantations worldwide, is a major threat to Australian ecosystems dominated by Myrtaceae. In particular, the east coast wetland foundation tree species Melaleuca quinquenervia appears to be variably susceptible to this pathogen. Understanding the molecular basis of host resistance would enable better management of this rust disease...
November 14, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134436/common-cutaneous-bacteria-isolated-from-snakes-inhibit-growth-of-ophidiomyces-ophiodiicola
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Aubree J Hill, Jacob E Leys, Danny Bryan, Fantasia M Erdman, Katherine S Malone, Gabrielle N Russell, Roger D Applegate, Heather Fenton, Kevin Niedringhaus, Andrew N Miller, Matthew C Allender, Donald M Walker
There is increasing concern regarding potential impacts of snake fungal disease (SFD), caused by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola (Oo), on free-ranging snake populations in the eastern USA. The snake cutaneous microbiome likely serves as the first line of defense against Oo and other pathogens; however, little is known about microbial associations in snakes. The objective of this study was to better define the composition and immune function of the snake cutaneous microbiome. Eight timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) and four black racers (Coluber constrictor) were captured in Arkansas and Tennessee, with some snakes exhibiting signs of SFD...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134155/foliar-microbiome-transplants-confer-disease-resistance-in-a-critically-endangered-plant
#13
Geoffrey Zahn, Anthony S Amend
There has been very little effort to incorporate foliar microbiomes into plant conservation efforts even though foliar endophytes are critically important to the fitness and function of hosts. Many critically endangered plants that have been extirpated from the wild are dependent on regular fungicidal applications in greenhouses that cannot be maintained for remote out-planted populations, which quickly perish. These fungicides negatively impact potentially beneficial fungal symbionts, which may reduce plant defenses to pathogens once fungicide treatments are stopped...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133884/epha2-is-an-epithelial-cell-pattern-recognition-receptor-for-fungal-%C3%AE-glucans
#14
Marc Swidergall, Norma V Solis, Michail S Lionakis, Scott G Filler
Oral epithelial cells discriminate between pathogenic and non-pathogenic stimuli, and only induce an inflammatory response when they are exposed to high levels of a potentially harmful microorganism. The pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in epithelial cells that mediate this differential response are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the ephrin type-A receptor 2 (EphA2) is an oral epithelial cell PRR that binds to exposed β-glucans on the surface of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Binding of C...
November 13, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133871/exploration-of-antifungal-and-immunomodulatory-potentials-of-a-furanone-derivative-to-rescue-disseminated-cryptococosis-in-mice
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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/29132066/fungal-interactions-with-the-human-host-exploring-the-spectrum-of-symbiosis
#18
REVIEW
Rebecca A Hall, Mairi C Noverr
Fungi are ubiquitous transient or persistent human colonisers, and form the mycobiome with shifts in niche specific mycobiomes (dysbiosis) being associated with various diseases. These complex interactions of fungal species with the human host can be viewed as a spectrum of symbiotic relationships (i.e. commensal, parasitic, mutualistic, amensalistic). The host relevant outcome of the relationship is the damage to benefit ratio, elegantly described in the damage response framework. This review focuses on Candida albicans, which is the most well studied human fungal symbiont clinically and experimentally, its transition from commensalism to parasitism within the human host, and the factors that influence this relationship...
November 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131851/gdsl-lipases-modulate-immunity-through-lipid-homeostasis-in-rice
#19
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128933/proven-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-stem-cell-transplant-recipient-due-to-aspergillus-sublatus-a-cryptic-species-of-a-nidulans
#20
Vanda Chrenkova, Vit Hubka, Petr Cetkovsky, Michal Kouba, Barbora Weinbergerova, Pavlina Lyskova, Ludmila Hornofova, Petr Hubacek
Invasive fungal disease represents one of the severe complications in haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. We describe a case of a patient treated for relapse of chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia 6 years after HSCT. The patient was treated for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis but died 3 months later from multiple organ failures consisting of haemorrhagic necrotizing fungal pneumonia, refractory chronic hepatic graft versus host disease and cytomegalovirus hepatitis. Autopsy samples revealed histopathological evidence of fungal hyphae and an unusual Aspergillus nidulans-like species was isolated in pure culture...
November 11, 2017: Mycopathologia
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