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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228617/silkworm-fungal-infection-model-for-identification-of-virulence-genes-in-pathogenic-fungus-and-screening-of-novel-antifungal-drugs
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Masaki Ishii, Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Ikuko Nakamura, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
The silkworm infection model has the potential to replace conventional animal models for evaluation of the efficacy and toxicity of investigational antifungal agents. Silkworms are relatively inexpensive, can be simply grown in large numbers and can be easily infected with pathogenic fungi, including mutant strains. Antifungal agents can then be injected into the silkworm either via the hemolymph to mimic intravenous administration or directly into the gut for oral administration, and their antifungal effect can be evaluated...
February 21, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224698/determinants-of-the-magnitude-of-interaction-between-tacrolimus-and-voriconazole-posaconazole-in-solid-organ-recipients
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Thomas Vanhove, Hanneke Bouwsma, Luuk Hilbrands, Jesse J Swen, Isabel Spriet, Pieter Annaert, Bart Vanaudenaerde, Geert Verleden, Robin Vos, Dirk R J Kuypers
Administration of azole antifungals to tacrolimus-treated solid organ recipients results in a major drug-drug interaction characterized by increased exposure to tacrolimus. The magnitude of this interaction is highly variable but cannot currently be predicted. We performed a retrospective analysis of 126 solid organ recipients (95 lung, 31 kidney) co-treated with tacrolimus and voriconazole (n=100) or posaconazole (n=26). Predictors of the change in tacrolimus dose-corrected trough concentrations (C/D) between baseline and tacrolimus - azole co-therapy were assessed using linear mixed modeling...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224386/%C3%AE-bisabolol-inhibits-aspergillus-fumigatus-af239-growth-via-affecting-microsomal-%C3%A2-24-sterol-methyltransferase-as-a-crucial-enzyme-in-ergosterol-biosynthesis-pathway
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Zahra Jahanshiri, Masoomeh Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Farnoush Asghari-Paskiabi, Reza Saghiri, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh
Finding new compounds with antifungal properties is an important task due to the side effects of common antifungal drugs and emerging antifungal resistance in fungal strains. ∆(24)-sterol methyltransferase (24-SMT) is a crucial enzyme that plays important roles in fungal ergosterol biosynthesis pathway and is not found in humans. In the present study, the effects of α-bisabolol on Aspergillus fumigatus Af239 growth and ergosterol synthesis on the base of 24-SMT enzyme activity were studied; in addition, the expression of erg6, the gene encoded 24-SMT, was considered...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224196/calcium-and-oxidative-stress-mediate-perillaldehyde-induced-apoptosis-in-candida-albicans
#4
Hui Tian, Su Qu, Yanzhen Wang, Zhaoqun Lu, Man Zhang, Yeyun Gan, Peng Zhang, Jun Tian
New anti-Candida albicans drugs are needed due to the emergence of resistant cases in recent years. Perillaldehyde (PAE) is a natural monoterpenoid compound derived from Perilla frutescens. The minimum inhibitory concentration of PAE against C. albicans was 0.4 μL/mL. We aimed to elucidate the antifungal mode of action of PAE against C. albicans. The antifungal activity of PAE against C. albicans was found to correlate with an elevation in intracellular Ca(2+) and accumulation of ROS. Several downstream apoptosis events such as the disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, phosphatidylserine externalization, cytochrome c release, and metacaspase activation were observed in PAE-treated cells...
February 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223860/polymeric-films-as-a-promising-carrier-for-bioadhesive-drug-delivery-development-characterization-and-optimization
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Pallavi Bassi, Gurpreet Kaur
Bioadhesive films using tamarind seed polysaccharide were prepared for the treatment of candida vaginitis using nystatin as the model drug. Films were prepared by solvent casting method. A 3(2) factorial design was employed to study the effect of independent variables (polymer and plasticizer concentration) on a range of dependent variables namely mechanical, swelling, interfacial, and bioadhesive properties through response surface methodological approach, using Design Expert® software. Formulation composition that provided the most desired and optimized results was selected using desirability approach...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223029/new-production-process-of-the-antifungal-chaetoglobosin-a-using-cornstalks
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Cheng Jiang, Jinzhu Song, Junzheng Zhang, Qian Yang
Chaetoglobosin A is an antibacterial compound produced by Chaetomium globosum, with potential application as a biopesticide and cancer treatment drug. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of utilizing cornstalks to produce chaetoglobosin A by C. globosum W7 in solid-batch fermentation and to determine an optimal method for purification of the products. The output of chaetoglobosin A from the cornstalks was 0.34mg/g, and its content in the crude extract was 4.80%. Purification conditions were optimized to increase the content of chaetoglobosin A in the crude extract, including the extract solvent, temperature, and pH value...
February 4, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222399/improved-yeast-delivery-of-fluconazole-with-a-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-system
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Hamid Reza Kelidari, Maryam Moazeni, Roghayeh Babaei, Majid Saeedi, Jafar Akbari, Parisa Islami Parkoohi, Mojtaba Nabili, Atefeh Abdollahi Gohar, Katayoun Morteza-Semnani, Ali Nokhodchi
Despite the growing trends in the number of patients at risk for invasive fungal infections, management with current antifungal agents results in complications due to changes in the epidemiology and drug susceptibility of invasive fungal infections. In the present research fluconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers were prepared using probe ultrasonication techniques and investigated the efficacy of the optimal formulation on a large number of Candida species. The morphology of the obtained nanostructured lipid carriers was characterized by transmission-electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218718/an-efficient-synthesis-of-novel-bioactive-thiazolyl-phthalazinediones-under-ultrasound-irradiation
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Fatma S Elsharabasy, Sobhi M Gomha, Thoraya A Farghaly, Heba S A Elzahabi
Novel 2-thiazolylphthalazine derivatives were efficiently synthesized under ultrasound irradiation, resulting in high yields and short reaction times after optimization of the reaction conditions. All prepared compounds were fully characterized using spectroscopic methods. They were screened for their antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as for antifungal activity. The antimicrobial activity profile of the tested compounds showed some promising results. The potent activity of compounds 4d, 7b (117% zone inhibition) and 7c (105% zone inhibition) against Salmonella sp...
February 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217776/iron-acquisition-in-fungal-pathogens-of-humans
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Gaurav Bairwa, Won Hee Jung, James W Kronstad
The devastating infections that fungal pathogens cause in humans are underappreciated relative to viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases. In recent years, the contributions to virulence of reductive iron uptake, siderophore-mediated uptake and heme acquisition have been identified in the best studied and most life-threatening fungal pathogens: Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus. In particular, exciting new work illustrates the importance of iron acquisition from heme and hemoglobin in the virulence of pathogenic yeasts...
February 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216875/antidermatophytic-and-protease-inhibiting-activities-of-zerumbone-a-natural-sesquiterpene-from-the-rhizome-of-zingiber-zerumbet-l-roscoe-ex-j-e-smith
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Madhavankutty Jyothilakshmi, Mathew Jyothis, Gokulanathan Nair Hari Narayanan, Mukalel Sankunni Latha
CONTEXT: Due to increase in the number of patients with impaired immunity, incidence of dermatophytoses has increased considerably. Antidermatophytic agents with anti-inflammatory and protease-inhibiting activities will help in restricting inflammatory response associated with dermatophytoses. AIMS: The present study aims to evaluate antidermatophytic and protease-inhibiting activities of zerumbone. Cytotoxicity was tested using Chang liver cell line as a preliminary step in toxicity study...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214273/candidaemia-due-to-candida-parapsilosis-species-complex-at-a-hospital-in-brazil-clinical-characteristics-and-antifungal-susceptibility-profile
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Débora de Souza Olartechea de Alencar, Rosianne Assis de Sousa Tsujisaki, Fernanda Luiza Espinosa Spositto, Maína de Oliveira Nunes, Adriana Araújo de Almeida, Marilena Dos Anjos Martins, Marcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Marilene Rodrigues Chang
BACKGROUND: Recent decades have seen a global emergence of candidaemia caused by non-Candida albicans Candida species, particularly the Candida parapsilosis complex. AIMS: To evaluate the clinical features and antifungal susceptibility profiles of isolates belonging to the C. parapsilosis species complex in patients with candidaemia in a midwestern Brazilian tertiary-care teaching hospital. METHODS: Yeast identification was performed using an automated Vitek 2 Compact system...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214069/-pharmacokinetic-drug-interaction-between-miconazole-mucoadhesive-tablet-and-tacrolimus-about-3%C3%A2-case-reports-in-transplant-patients
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Marion Lepelley, Sophie Logerot, Xavier Fonrose, Céline Villier
Loramyc(®) is a mucoadhesive tablet of miconazole, indicated for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis in immunocompromised patients. Miconazole, as others azole antifungals, is known for its potent inhibitory properties of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Inhibition of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-gp can produce pharmacokinetic drug interaction. Immunosuppressive agents, such as calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus, cyclosporine) are substrates of cytochromes P450 3A4 and P-gp. Nevertheless, the impact of systemic absorption of miconazole mucoadhesive tablet has not been investigated by the laboratory before regulatory approval...
January 12, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213660/evidence-of-an-unidentified-extracellular-heat-stable-factor-produced-by-lysobacter-enzymogenes-oh11-that-degrade-fusarium-graminearum-ph1-hyphae
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Benard Omondi Odhiambo, Gaoge Xu, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Lysobacter enzymogenes OH11 produces heat-stable antifungal factor (HSAF) and lytic enzymes possessing antifungal activity. This study bio-prospected for other potential antifungal factors besides those above. The cells and extracellular metabolites of L. enzymogenes OH11 and the mutants ΔchiA, ΔchiB, ΔchiC, Δclp, Δpks, and ΔpilA were examined for antifungal activity against Fusarium graminearum PH1, the causal agent of Fusarium head blight (FHB). Results evidenced that OH11 produces an unidentified extracellular heat-stable degrading metabolite (HSDM) that exhibit degrading activity on F...
February 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212537/itraconazole-exerts-its-anti-melanoma-effect-by-suppressing-hedgehog-wnt-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Guanzhao Liang, Musang Liu, Qiong Wang, Yongnian Shen, Huan Mei, Dongmei Li, Weida Liu
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of all skin cancers. Itraconazole, a commonly used systemic antifungal drug, has been tested for its anti-tumor effects on basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Whether itraconazole has any specific anti-tumor effect on melanoma remains unknown. However, the goal of this study is to investigate the effect of itraconazole on melanoma and to reveal some details of its underlying mechanism. In the in vivo xenograft mouse model, we find that itraconazole can inhibit melanoma growth and extend the survival of melanoma xenograft mice, compared to non-itraconazole-treated mice...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212377/optimality-principles-reveal-a-complex-interplay-of-intermediate-toxicity-and-kinetic-efficiency-in-the-regulation-of-prokaryotic-metabolism
#15
Jan Ewald, Martin Bartl, Thomas Dandekar, Christoph Kaleta
A precise and rapid adjustment of fluxes through metabolic pathways is crucial for organisms to prevail in changing environmental conditions. Based on this reasoning, many guiding principles that govern the evolution of metabolic networks and their regulation have been uncovered. To this end, methods from dynamic optimization are ideally suited since they allow to uncover optimality principles behind the regulation of metabolic networks. We used dynamic optimization to investigate the influence of toxic intermediates in connection with the efficiency of enzymes on the regulation of a linear metabolic pathway...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211475/biofilm-formation-of-the-black-yeast-like-fungus-exophiala-dermatitidis-and-its-susceptibility-to-antiinfective-agents
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Lisa Kirchhoff, Maike Olsowski, Katrin Zilmans, Silke Dittmer, Gerhard Haase, Ludwig Sedlacek, Eike Steinmann, Jan Buer, Peter-Michael Rath, Joerg Steinmann
Various fungi have the ability to colonize surfaces and to form biofilms. Fungal biofilm-associated infections are frequently refractory to targeted treatment because of resistance to antifungal drugs. One fungus that frequently colonises the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is the opportunistic black yeast-like fungus Exophiala dermatitidis. We investigated the biofilm-forming ability of E. dermatitidis and its susceptibility to various antiinfective agents and natural compounds. We tested 58 E...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208876/prescribing-pattern-of-antifungal-medications-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-oman
#17
Khalid A Al Balushi, Mohammed A Alzaabi, Fatma Alghafri
INTRODUCTION: Inappropriate use of antifungal agents is implicated in the global burden of antifungal resistance, adverse outcomes like persistent infections, unnecessary exposure and increased cost. Data collection from time to time is to be done in order to have a check on the resistance/sensitivity pattern of the commonly prescribed antifungal drugs. AIM: To describe the pattern of antifungal drug prescription and administration to patients attending a university hospital in Oman...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205403/functionalized-calix-4-arenes-as-potential-therapeutic-agents
#18
Muhammad Moazzam Naseer, Mukhtiar Ahmed, Shahid Hameed
Calixarenes, composed of phenolic units linked by methylene bridges at the 2,6-positions, represent a versatile class of macrocyclic compounds in supramolecular chemistry that can host small molecules or ions in their well-defined hydrophobic cavities. In recent years, it has been recognized that this class of compounds has the potential to serve as platform for the design of biological active compounds. Therefore, the calixarenes functionalized with different pharmacophoric groups have been synthesized as target structure by many researchers and were further evaluated for their biological activities...
February 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203579/rhabdomyolysis-following-initiation-of-posaconazole-use-for-antifungal-prophylaxis-in-a-patient-with-relapsed-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-case-report
#19
Mayur D Mody, Deepak Ravindranathan, Harpaul S Gill, Vamsi K Kota
Posaconazole is a commonly used medication for antifungal prophylaxis in patients with high-risk acute leukemia, such as acute myeloid leukemia. Despite clinical data that show that posaconazole is superior to other antifungal prophylaxis medications, posaconazole is known to have many side effects and drug-drug interactions. We present a patient who developed rhabdomyolysis after being started on posaconazole for prophylaxis in the setting of relapsed acute myeloid leukemia.
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203228/encapsulation-of-antifungals-in-micelles-protects-candida-albicans-during-gall-bladder-infection
#20
Shih-Hung Hsieh, Sascha Brunke, Matthias Brock
Candida albicans is a dimorphic fungus that colonizes human mucosal surfaces with the potential to cause life-threatening invasive candidiasis. Studies on systemic candidiasis in a murine infection model using in vivo real-time bioluminescence imaging revealed persistence of C. albicans in the gall bladder under antifungal therapy. Preliminary analyses showed that bile conferred resistance against a wide variety of antifungals enabling survival in this cryptic host niche. Here, bile and its components were studied for their ability to reduce antifungal efficacy in order to elucidate the underlying mechanism of protection...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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