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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231567/innate-lung-defense-during-invasive-aspergillosis-new-mechanisms
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Jaleesa M Garth, Chad Steele
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most difficult to treat and, consequently, one of the most lethal fungal infections known to man. Continued use of immunosuppressive agents during chemotherapy and organ transplantation often leads to the development of neutropenia, the primary risk factor for IA. However, IA is also becoming more appreciated in chronic diseases associated with corticosteroid therapy. The innate immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus, the primary agent in IA, plays a pivotal role in the recognition and elimination of organisms from the pulmonary system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231407/co-occurrence-and-hybridization-of-anther-smut-pathogens-specialized-on-dianthus-hosts
#2
Elsa Petit, Casey Silver, Amandine Cornille, Pierre Gladieux, Lisa Rosenthal, Emily Bruns, Sarah Yee, Janis Antonovics, Tatiana Giraud, Michael E Hood
Host specialization has important consequences for the diversification and ecological interactions of obligate pathogens. The anther-smut disease of natural plant populations, caused by Microbotryum fungi, has been characterized by specialized host-pathogen interactions, which contribute in part to the isolation among these numerous fungal species. This study investigated the molecular variation of Microbotryum pathogens within the geographic and host-specific distributions on wild Dianthus species in southern European Alps...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231406/fungal-adaptation-to-contemporary-fungicide-applications-the-case-of-botrytis-cinerea-populations-from-champagne-vineyards-france
#3
A-S Walker, V Ravigne, A Rieux, S Ali, F Carpentier, E Fournier
In addition to being one of the most acute problems impeding chemical control of fungal diseases, the evolution of fungicide resistance is an emblematic case of local adaptation to spatially heterogeneous and temporally variable selection pressures. Here we dissected the adaptation of Botrytis cinerea (the causal agent of grey mould) populations on grapes to several fungicides. We carried out a two-year survey (four collection dates) on three treated/untreated pairs of plots from vineyards in Champagne (France), and monitored the frequency of four resistant phenotypes that are unambiguously associated to four distinct genotypes...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230182/suppression-of-fusarium-wilt-of-cucumber-by-ammonia-gas-fumigation-via-reduction-of-fusarium-population-in-the-field
#4
Jun Zhao, Zhong Mei, Xu Zhang, Chao Xue, Chenzhi Zhang, Tengfei Ma, Shusheng Zhang
Cucumber plants subjected to consecutive monoculture for 9 years were found to suffer from severe Fusarium wilt disease, caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cucumerinum J. H. Owen. In the present study, greenhouse experiments were performed to evaluate the influence of ammonia gas fumigation on Fusarium wilt suppression, fungal abundance and fungal community composition. Results showed that ammonia gas fumigation remarkably reduced disease incidence from 80% to 27%, resulting in a four-fold increase in yield, compared to the control...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229616/invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-an-immunocompromised-patient-with-severe-ulcerative-colitis
#5
David Marti Aguado, María Pilar Ballester, Marta Maia Bosca Watts
Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients at risk of opportunistic infections are those treated with immunomodulators. Toruner and colleagues found that corticosteroid use was more commonly associated with fungal infections. We present a case of invasive pulmonary Aspergillosis due to corticosteroid therapy in the context of a severe Ulcerative Colitis flare. We want to highlight the relationship between Aspergillus fumigatus and horses; and the use of leucocitapheresis combined with mesalazine as an effective treatment option in this patients who can not take more immunosuppressive therapy...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229543/developmental-trajectories-of-amphibian-microbiota-response-to-bacterial-therapy-depends-on-initial-community-structure
#6
Leyla R Davis, Laurent Bigler, Douglas C Woodhams
Improving host health through microbial manipulation requires untangling factors that shape the microbiome. There is currently little understanding of how initial community structure may drive the microbiota trajectory across host development or influence bacterial therapy. Probiotic baths of surface symbionts, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Flavobacterium johnsoniae were administered to 240 tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans in semi-natural outdoor mesocosms originating from geographically and genetically distinct populations in Switzerland...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228898/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-with-multifocal-musculoskeletal-disease-involvement
#7
Michael F McConnell, Ann Shi, Todd M Lasco, Luke Yoon
We report a rare case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with multifocal musculoskeletal involvement. The patient presented to the emergency department with left shoulder pain and swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging of the left shoulder revealed enhancing soft tissue masses, bony lesions, and fluid collections in and around the glenohumeral joint with involvement of the proximal humerus, glenoid, and rotator cuff musculature. Multiple additional areas of involvement were subsequently discovered. Fungal cultures confirmed coccidioidomycosis infection at all surgical sites with superimposed polymicrobial bacterial infection in the left shoulder...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228472/unconventional-recombination-in-the-mating-type-locus-of-heterothallic-apple-canker-pathogen-valsa-mali
#8
Zhiyuan Yin, Xiwang Ke, Zhengpeng Li, Jiliang Chen, Xiaoning Gao, Lili Huang
Sexual reproduction in filamentous ascomycetes is controlled by mating type (MAT) locus, including two idiomorphs MAT1-1 and MAT1-2 Understanding the MAT locus can provide clues for unveiling the sexual development and virulence factors for fungal pathogens. The genus Valsa (Sordariomycetes, Diaporthales) contains many tree pathogens responsible for destructive canker diseases. Sexual stage of these ascomycetes is occasionally observed in nature and no MAT locus has been reported up till now. Thus, we identified the MAT locus of apple canker pathogen V...
February 21, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223998/rna-seq-analysis-of-cold-and-drought-responsive-transcriptomes-of-zea-mays-ssp-mexicana-l
#9
Xiang Lu, Xuan Zhou, Yu Cao, Meixue Zhou, David McNeil, Shan Liang, Chengwei Yang
The annual Zea mays ssp. mexicana L. is a member of teosinte, a wild relative of the Zea mays spp. mays L. This subspecies has strong growth and regeneration ability, high tiller numbers, high protein and lysine content as well as resistance to many fungal diseases, and it can be effectively used in maize improvement. In this study, we reported a Zea mays ssp. mexicana L. transcriptome by merging data from untreated control (CK), cold (4°C) and drought (PEG2000, 20%) treated plant samples. A total of 251,145 transcripts (N50 = 1,269 bp) and 184,280 unigenes (N50 = 923 bp) were predicted, which code for homologs of near 47% of the published maize proteome...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223752/a-case-of-terra-firma-forme-dermatosis-treated-with-salicylic-acid-alcohol-peeling
#10
Sin Wook Chun, Suk Young Lee, Jong Baik Kim, Hoo Min Choi, Byung In Ro, Han Kyoung Cho
Terra firma-forme dermatosis (TFFD) is a bizarre, acquired and idiopathic dermatosis that etiology has still not been fully defined. It is characterized by the presence of asymptomatic, brownish dirt-like lesion maybe due to disorder of keratinization. These lesions cannot be removed with ordinary cleansing. Therefore, TFFD can be differentiated from dermatosis neglecta. Patient was a 17-year-old man with brownish lesions on his face for 1 month. The patient had a history of regular washing habit with soap and water...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222795/parasites-of-parasites-of-bats-laboulbeniales-fungi-ascomycota-on-bat-flies-diptera-nycteribiidae-in-central-europe
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Danny Haelewaters, Walter P Pfliegler, Tamara Szentiványi, Mihály Földvári, Attila D Sándor, Levente Barti, Jasmin J Camacho, Gerrit Gort, Péter Estók, Thomas Hiller, Carl W Dick, Donald H Pfister
BACKGROUND: Bat flies (Streblidae and Nycteribiidae) are among the most specialized families of the order Diptera. Members of these two related families have an obligate ectoparasitic lifestyle on bats, and they are known disease vectors for their hosts. However, bat flies have their own ectoparasites: fungi of the order Laboulbeniales. In Europe, members of the Nycteribiidae are parasitized by four species belonging to the genus Arthrorhynchus. We carried out a systematic survey of the distribution and fungus-bat fly associations of the genus in central Europe (Hungary, Romania)...
February 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222234/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-brassica-napus-leptosphaeria-maculans-pathosystem-identifies-receptor-signalling-and-structural-genes-underlying-plant-resistance
#12
Michael G Becker, Xuehua Zhang, Philip L Walker, Joey C Wan, Jenna L Millar, Deirdre Khan, Matthew J Granger, Jacob D Cavers, Ainsley C Chan, Dilantha W G Fernando, Mark F Belmonte
The hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans is the causal agent of blackleg disease in Brassica napus (canola, oilseed rape) and causes significant yield loss worldwide. While genetic resistance has been used to mitigate the disease using traditional breeding strategies, there is little knowledge about the genes contributing to blackleg resistance. RNA sequencing and a streamlined bioinformatics pipeline identified unique genes and plant defense pathways specific to plant resistance in the B. napus-L...
February 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221210/cutaneous-emboli-of-invasive-basidiomycosis-in-a-child-with-aplastic-anemia
#13
Desmond Shi-Wei Lim, Poh-Lin Tan, Roland Jureen, Kong-Bing Tan
Invasive fungal diseases are a significant cause of mortality among the immunocompromised. This report documents an unusual case of disseminated fungal infection in a child with severe aplastic anemia. The offending fungus, a Basidiomycete, is rarely known to cause human infections. The patient presented acutely with multiple purpuric skin lesions in various parts of the body. The skin biopsy revealed septated fungal hyphae embolized within small dermal blood vessels. Molecular sequencing indicated Earliella scabrosa as the likely organism...
March 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221116/fungal-contamination-of-methylprednisolone-causing-recurrent-lumbosacral-intradural-abscess
#14
Jaclyn J Renfrow, Mark B Frenkel, Wesley Hsu
Fungal meningitis transmitted through injections of methylprednisolone contaminated with Exserohilum rostratum affected 753 persons and caused 61 deaths in the United States in 2012. We report a case of infection recurrence after 24-months with the unique manifestation of an intradural fungal abscess. Fungal disease should remain on the differential diagnosis list for previously exposed patients.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220323/burden-of-fungal-infections-in-algeria
#15
M Chekiri-Talbi, D W Denning
We report for the first time in Algeria and provide burden estimates. We searched for existing data and estimated the incidence and prevalence of fungal diseases based on the population at risk and available epidemiological data. Demographic data were derived from the National Office of Statistics (Office National des Statistiques: ONS), World Health Organization (WHO), The Joint Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and national published reports. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies of fungal infections, using previously described methodology...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220322/serious-fungal-infections-in-the-philippines
#16
M C R Batac, D Denning
The Philippines is a low middle-income, tropical country in Southeast Asia. Infectious diseases remain the main causes of morbidity, including tuberculosis. AIDS/HIV prevalence is still low at <1%, but is rapidly increasing. Fungal disease surveillance has not been done, and its burden has never been estimated. This becomes more important as the population of immunocompromised patients increases, drawn from patients with AIDS, TB, malignancies, and autoimmune diseases requiring chronic steroid use. Using the methodology of the LIFE program ( www...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219527/induced-systemic-resistance-and-symbiotic-performance-of-peanut-plants-challenged-with-fungal-pathogens-and-co-inoculated-with-the-biocontrol-agent-bacillus-sp-chep5-and-bradyrhizobium-sp-semia6144
#17
María Soledad Figueredo, María Laura Tonelli, Fernando Ibáñez, Federico Morla, Guillermo Cerioni, María Del Carmen Tordable, Adriana Fabra
Synergism between beneficial rhizobacteria and fungal pathogens is poorly understood. Therefore, evaluation of co-inoculation of bacteria that promote plant growth by different mechanisms in pathogen challenged plants would contribute to increase the knowledge about how plants manage interactions with different microorganisms. The goals of this work were a) to elucidate, in greenhouse experiments, the effect of co-inoculation of peanut with Bradyrhizobium sp. SEMIA6144 and the biocontrol agent Bacillus sp. CHEP5 on growth and symbiotic performance of Sclerotium rolfsii challenged plants, and b) to evaluate field performance of these bacteria in co-inoculated peanut plants...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219330/empiric-treatment-against-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-febrile-neutropenic-patients-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#18
Ken Chen, Qi Wang, Roy A Pleasants, Long Ge, Wei Liu, Kangning Peng, Suodi Zhai
BACKGROUND: The most optimal antifungal agent for empiric treatment of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in febrile neutropenia is controversial. Our objective was evaluate the relative efficacy of antifungals for all-cause mortality, fungal infection-related mortality and treatment response in this population. METHODS: Pubmed, Embase and Cochrane Library were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Two reviewers performed the quality assessment and extracted data independently...
February 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218268/rapid-and-sensitive-diagnoses-of-dry-root-rot-pathogen-of-chickpea-rhizoctonia-bataticola-taub-butler-using-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay
#19
Raju Ghosh, Avijit Tarafdar, Mamta Sharma
Dry root rot (DRR) caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia bataticola (Taub.) Butler, is an emerging disease in chickpea. The disease is often mistaken with other root rots like Fusarium wilt, collar rot and black root rot in chickpea. Therefore, its timely and specific detection is important. Current detection protocols are either based on mycological methods or on protocols involving DNA amplification by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Here we report the rapid and specific detection of R. bataticola using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay targeting fungal specific 5...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217919/serious-infection-rates-among-children-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-enrolled-in-medicaid
#20
Linda T Hiraki, Candace H Feldman, Francisco M Marty, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Hongshu Guan, Karen H Costenbader
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the nationwide prevalence and incidence of serious infections among children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) enrolled in Medicaid, the U.S. health insurance program for low-income patients. METHODS: From Medicaid claims (2000-2006) we identified children 5 to <18 years old with SLE (≥3 ICD-9 codes of 710.0, each >30 days apart) and lupus nephritis (LN; ≥2 ICD-9 codes for kidney disease on/after SLE codes). From hospital discharge diagnoses, we identified infection subtypes (bacterial, fungal, viral)...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
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