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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813732/gastric-zygomycosis-in-a-previously-healthy-56-year-old-male
#1
Ashwyna Sunassee, Desirae M Muirhead
Zygomycosis refers to invasive fungal infections caused by fungi belonging to the phylum zygomycota. Infections generally occur in immunocompromised individuals. The following case is of a previously healthy 56 year-oldmale admitted to the hospital following a motor vehicle accident. During his hospitalization, there was a significant drop in hemoglobin with no obvious source of bleeding. This prompted the clinician to insert a nasogastric tube which returned at least 2 liters of black fluid and led to an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812224/risk-factors-for-totally-implantable-venous-access-device-associated-complications-in-cystic-fibrosis
#2
C McCarthy, O O'Carroll, M E O'Brien, T McEnery, A Franciosi, C Gunaratnam, N G McElvaney
BACKGROUND: Candidaemia is an important nosocomial infection, seen frequently in immunocompromised and critically ill patients and increasingly recognised in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with totally implantable venous access devices (TIVADs). This study aims to investigate the incidence and risk factors for the development of TIVAD-associated candidaemia and to assess the rate of TIVAD-related complications in CF patients. METHODS: A 10-year retrospective study was carried out on adult CF patients attending a single centre...
August 15, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809155/microbe-profile-candida-albicans-a-shape-changing-opportunistic-pathogenic-fungus-of-humans
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Neil A R Gow, Bhawna Yadav
(a) Morphotypes of Candida albicans (blue sector, vegetative forms; pink sector, forms related to mating or changes in ploidy). Cell types shown include: budding yeast cells; elongated conjoined yeasts forming pseudohyphae; parallel-sided hyphae; chlamydospores formed from suspensor cells; enlarged goliath cells formed under zinc deprivation (unpublished study, image from Duncan Wilson); intestinal gut form cells (image from Suzanne Noble); mating competence defined by white-grey-opaque cell transitions (images from Guanghua Huang); elongated chemotactic shmoo-mating projections leading to tetraploid zygote formation (images from David Soll and Karla Daniels); trimera formed by unequal chromosome segregation under antifungal exposure (image from Judith Berman)...
August 15, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808915/cost-effectiveness-of-posaconazole-tablets-for-invasive-fungal-infections-prevention-in-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-or-myelodysplastic-syndrome-patients-in-spain
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Rafael Cámara, Irmina Gozalbo, Manuel Jurado, Jaime Sanz, Belén Aragón, Santiago Grau
INTRODUCTION: Posaconazole is superior to fluconazole (FLU) and itraconazole (ITRA) in the prevention of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in neutropenic patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). A new tablet formulation of posaconazole with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties compared to posaconazole oral solution has recently been approved. The objective of this study is to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly developed posaconazole tablets versus FLU oral suspension or ITRA oral solution for preventing IFDs in high-risk neutropenic patients with AML or MDS and from the perspective of the Spanish National Health System (NHS)...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806568/a-simple-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-isavuconazole-and-four-other-antifungal-drugs-in-human-plasma-samples
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Giovanna Fatiguso, Fabio Favata, Ilaria Zedda, Amedeo De Nicolò, Jessica Cusato, Valeria Avataneo, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Triazoles chanced the prevention and treatment of invasive fungal infections, but their pharmacokinetic properties are still unclear. In particular, isavuconazole (ISC) is a new broad-spectrum antifungal triazole approved in 2015 as first-line treatment for intravenous and oral use against invasive aspergillosis and for mucormycosis. Nowadays, the optimal management of the treatments with triazoles requires the use of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM), in order to prevent sub-therapeutic or toxic concentrations...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805964/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-voriconazole-for-treatment-and-prophylaxis-of-invasive-fungal-infection-in-children
#6
Sarah Allegra, Giovanna Fatiguso, Silvia De Francia, Fabio Favata, Elisa Pirro, Chiara Carcieri, Amedeo De Nicolò, Jessica Cusato, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Voriconazole therapeutic drug monitoring is not consistently recommended due to its high interpatients and intrapatients variability. Here, we aimed to describe our experience with voriconazole for treatment and prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections, in paediatric patients. A fully validated HPLC-MS method was used to quantify voriconazole concentration in plasma, at the end of dosing interval. A high interindividual variability was shown. We enrolled 237 children, 83 receiving intravenous and 154 oral voriconazole...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805117/fungal-fatal-attraction-a-mechanistic-review-on-targeting-liposomal-amphotericin-b-ambisome-%C3%A2-to-the-fungal-membrane
#7
Linda Soo Hoo
Liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome(®)) is a lipid-based nanotherapeutic that is used successfully worldwide to treat a broad range of life-threatening invasive fungal infections. In subtropical regions, AmBisome is emerging as the treatment of choice for human parasitic protozoan pathogens such as those from the genus Leishmania. The key to the remarkable efficacy of AmBisome is attributed to its liposome based formulation to deliver a potent drug at high dosage with significantly reduced toxicity in patients with immunocompromised systems...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797882/repurposing-antipsychotic-drugs-into-antifungal-agents-synergistic-combinations-of-azoles-and-bromperidol-derivatives-in-the-treatment-of-various-fungal-infections
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Selina Y L Holbrook, Atefeh Garzan, Emily K Dennis, Sanjib K Shrestha, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
As the number of hospitalized and immunocompromised patients continues to rise, invasive fungal infections, such as invasive candidiasis and aspergillosis, threaten the life of millions of patients every year. The azole antifungals are currently the most prescribed drugs clinically that display broad-spectrum antifungal activity and excellent oral bioavailability. Yet, the azole antifungals have their own limitations and are unable to meet the challenges associated with increasing fungal infections and the accompanied development of resistance against azoles...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797778/cytomegalovirus-reactivation-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-late-onset-invasive-fungal-disease-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-multi-centre-study-in-the-current-era-of-viral-load-monitoring
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Michelle K Yong, Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Paul U Cameron, C Orla Morrissey, Andrew Spencer, David Ritchie, Allen C Cheng, Sharon R Lewin, Monica Slavin
Opportunistic infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and invasive fungal disease (IFD) cause significant morbidity and mortality to recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). We aimed to characterise the risk and relationship of CMV reactivation post-HSCT to IFD in the current era of CMV viral load monitoring using highly sensitive plasma DNA. A multi-centre retrospective cohort study was conducted of consecutive patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT from January 2006 to December 2010 in Melbourne, Australia...
August 7, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797495/emergence-of-the-molds-other-than-aspergillus-in-immunocompromised-patients
#10
REVIEW
Sana Arif, John R Perfect
Immunocompromised patients are at high risk for invasive fungal infections (IFIs); although Aspergillus remains the most common IFI caused by molds, other fungi, such as Mucorales, dematiaceous molds, and Fusarium spp, are being seen with increasing frequency. Presentations can vary, but sinopulmonary and disseminated infections are common. Our understanding of the pathogenesis of these infections is rudimentary. Fungal cultures and histopathology remain the backbone of diagnostics, as no good serologic markers are available...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797492/fungal-infections-after-lung-transplantation
#11
REVIEW
Cassie C Kennedy, Raymund R Razonable
Infection remains a significant source of morbidity and mortality after lung transplant, including fungal infection. Various antifungal prophylactic agents are administered for a variable duration after transplant with the goal of preventing invasive fungal infections. Alternatively, some programs target the use of antifungal agents only in those colonized with Aspergillus spp. Despite prophylaxis or preemptive therapy, a significant number of invasive fungal infections occur after lung transplant. Risk factors for fungal infections include single lung transplant, pretransplant Aspergillus colonization, environmental risks, structural lung disease such as cystic fibrosis, augmented immunosuppression, sinus disease, and use of indwelling airway stents...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797488/cryptococcal-lung-infections
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REVIEW
Kate Skolnik, Shaunna Huston, Christopher H Mody
Cryptococcus is among the most common invasive fungal pathogens globally and is one of the leading causes of acquired immunodeficiency virus-related deaths. Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii are the most clinically relevant species and account for most cryptococcal disease. Pulmonary manifestations can range from mild symptoms to life-threatening infection. Treatment is tailored based on the severity of pulmonary infection, the presence of disseminated or central nervous system disease, and patient immune status...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797484/overview-of-treatment-approaches-for-fungal-infections
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REVIEW
Eva M Carmona, Andrew H Limper
Invasive fungal diseases cause high morbidity and mortality in an immunocompromised host. Antifungals are the drugs of choice and can be divided into 4 main groups: polyenes, azoles, echinocandins, and pyrimidine analogues. Each class has its specific mechanism of action, spectrum of activity, and pharmacokinetic and side effects. It is important to understand the precise use of the established and new antifungal agents to successfully manage these complex infections in an already tenuous and frail host. This article discusses the main characteristics, clinical uses, and secondary effects of the main antifungals used in clinical practice...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792943/discovery-of-aspergillus-frankstonensis-sp-nov-during-environmental-sampling-for-animal-and-human-fungal-pathogens
#14
Jessica J Talbot, Jos Houbraken, Jens C Frisvad, Robert A Samson, Sarah E Kidd, John Pitt, Sue Lindsay, Julia A Beatty, Vanessa R Barrs
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) due to species in Aspergillus section Fumigati (ASF), including the Aspergillus viridinutans species complex (AVSC), are increasingly reported in humans and cats. The risk of exposure to these medically important fungi in Australia is unknown. Air and soil was sampled from the domiciles of pet cats diagnosed with these IFI and from a nature reserve in Frankston, Victoria, where Aspergillus viridinutans sensu stricto was discovered in 1954. Of 104 ASF species isolated, 61% were A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791666/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-micafungin
#15
REVIEW
Roeland E Wasmann, Eline W Muilwijk, David M Burger, Paul E Verweij, Catherijne A Knibbe, Roger J Brüggemann
Micafungin is a selective inhibitor of the synthesis of fungal 1,3-β-D-glucan, an essential component of the fungal cell wall. It is available as a powder for infusion only and is registered for the treatment of invasive and esophageal candidiasis in addition to prophylaxis of Candida infections in both adults and children. Average exposure after a single intravenous 100 mg dose in healthy adults is 133 mg h/L. Both exposure and maximum plasma concentration show linear dose proportional pharmacokinetics (PK) over a 0...
August 8, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791214/cavitary-lung-lesions-melioidosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-causing-necrotizing-pneumonia
#16
N Mohammad, W S Wan Ghazali
Cavitary lung lesions of various etiologies may be encountered in patients with respiratory symptoms associated with fever. Non-malignant cavitary lesions may mimic malignant lung lesions on most of radiographic modalities including chest radiographs or thoracic computed tomography (CT). Primary lung malignancy can be detected in as high as one-fifths of CT thorax as cavitary lesions and the remaining aetiologies may be due to bacterial, parasitic, and invasive fungal infections, as well as Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), sarcoidosis, septic thrombo-embolism, and lung metastasis from extra-pulmonary primaries...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790353/host-delivered-rnai-an-efficient-approach-to-increase-rice-resistance-to-sheath-blight-pathogen-rhizoctonia-solani
#17
Ila Mukul Tiwari, Arun Jesuraj, Richa Kamboj, B N Devanna, Jose R Botella, T R Sharma
Rhizoctonia solani, the causal agent of rice sheath blight disease, causes significant losses worldwide as there are no cultivars providing absolute resistance to this fungal pathogen. We have used Host Delivered RNA Interference (HD-RNAi) technology to target two PATHOGENICITY MAP KINASE 1 (PMK1) homologues, RPMK1-1 and RPMK1-2, from R. solani using a hybrid RNAi construct. PMK1 homologues in other fungal pathogens are essential for the formation of appressorium, the fungal infection structures required for penetration of the plant cuticle, as well as invasive growth once inside the plant tissues and overall viability of the pathogen within the plant...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781150/2016-guidelines-for-the-use-of-antifungal-agents-in-patients-with-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-taiwan
#18
REVIEW
Hsiang-Chi Kung, Po-Yen Huang, Wei-Ting Chen, Bor-Sheng Ko, Yee-Chun Chen, Shan-Chwen Chang, Yin-Ching Chuang
The Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan, Medical Foundation in Memory of Dr. Deh-Lin Cheng, Foundation of Professor Wei-Chuan Hsieh for Infectious Diseases Research and Education, and CY Lee's Research Foundation for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccines have updated the guidelines for the use of antifungal agents in adult patients with invasive fungal diseases in Taiwan. This guideline replaces the 2009 version. Recommendations are provided for Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus and Mucormycetes. The focus is based on up-to-date evidence on indications for treatment or prophylaxis of the most common clinical problems...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775254/adamts-13-regulates-neutrophil-recruitment-in-a-mouse-model-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Astrid Alflen, Steve Prüfer, Katharina Ebner, Sebastian Reuter, Pamela Aranda Lopez, Inge Scharrer, Fumiaki Banno, Michael Stassen, Hansjörg Schild, Kerstin Jurk, Markus Bosmann, Hendrik Beckert, Markus P Radsak
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is secreted as an acute phase protein during inflammation. ADAMTS-13 regulates the size and prothrombotic activity of VWF by it's specific proteolytic activity. To determine the relevance of this regulatory pathway for the innate inflammatory response by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN), we employed a mouse model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) where PMN functionality is crucial for fungal clearance and survival. IPA was induced by intratracheal application of Aspergillus fumigatus (A...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774702/candida-and-invasive-mould-diseases-in-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-patients-and-patients-with-haematological-cancer
#20
REVIEW
A L Colombo, J N de Almeida Júnior, Monica A Slavin, Sharon C-A Chen, Tania C Sorrell
Critically ill patients and patients with haematological cancer are HIV-negative populations at high risk of invasive fungal infections. In intensive-care units, candidaemia and intra-abdominal candidiasis predominate, but aspergillosis has emerged as a lethal, under-recognised cause of pneumonia. In patients with haematological malignancies or who have undergone stem-cell transplantations, pulmonary disease due to aspergillus and other mould diseases predominate. In this Series paper, we provide an update on risk assessment, new diagnostic strategies, and therapeutic approaches...
July 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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