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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929638/interactions-of-wrky15-and-wrky33-transcription-factors-and-their-roles-in-the-resistance-of-oilseed-rape-to-sclerotinia-infection
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Fei Liu, Xiaoxia Li, Meirong Wang, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Chaozhi Ma, Tingdong Fu, Jinxing Tu
WRKY transcription factors are known to participate in the defense responses of higher plants. However, little is known about the roles of such proteins, especially regarding their functions in the resistance of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a necrotrophic fungal pathogen that causes stem rot. In the present study, we identified BnWRKY33 as a S. sclerotiorum-responsive gene that positively regulates resistance to this pathogen by enhancing the expression of genes involved in camalexin synthesis and genes regulated by salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA)...
September 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928736/selective-igm-deficiency-an-underestimated-primary-immunodeficiency
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Sudhir Gupta, Ankmalika Gupta
Although selective IgM deficiency (SIGMD) was described almost five decades ago, it was largely ignored as a primary immunodeficiency. SIGMD is defined as serum IgM levels below two SD of mean with normal serum IgG and IgA. It appears to be more common than originally realized. SIGMD is observed in both children and adults. Patients with SIGMD may be asymptomatic; however, approximately 80% of patients with SIGMD present with infections with bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. There is an increased frequency of allergic and autoimmune diseases in SIGMD...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928478/biomimetically-engineered-amphotericin-b-nano-aggregates-circumvent-toxicity-constraints-and-treat-systemic-fungal-infection-in-experimental-animals
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Qamar Zia, Owais Mohammad, Mohd Ahmar Rauf, Wasi Khan, Swaleha Zubair
Biomimetic synthesis of nanoparticles offers a convenient and bio friendly approach to fabricate complex structures with sub-nanometer precision from simple precursor components. In the present study, we have synthesized nanoparticles of Amphotericin B (AmB), a potent antifungal agent, using Aloe vera leaf extract. The synthesis of AmB nano-assemblies (AmB-NAs) was established employing spectro-photometric and electron microscopic studies, while their crystalline nature was established by X-ray diffraction...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927397/detection-of-bacterial-pathogens-from-clinical-specimens-using-conventional-microbial-culture-and-16s-metagenomics-a-comparative-study
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Lalanika M Abayasekara, Jennifer Perera, Vishvanath Chandrasekharan, Vaz S Gnanam, Nisala A Udunuwara, Dileepa S Liyanage, Nuwani E Bulathsinhala, Subhashanie Adikary, Janith V S Aluthmuhandiram, Chrishanthi S Thanaseelan, D Portia Tharmakulasingam, Tharaga Karunakaran, Janahan Ilango
BACKGROUND: Infectious disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and diagnosis of polymicrobial and fungal infections is increasingly challenging in the clinical setting. Conventionally, molecular detection is still the best method of species identification in clinical samples. However, the limitations of Sanger sequencing make diagnosis of polymicrobial infections one of the biggest hurdles in treatment. The development of massively parallel sequencing or next generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the field of metagenomics, with wide application of the technology in identification of microbial communities in environmental sources, human gut and others...
September 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927203/diagnostic-imaging-and-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-children
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Aspasia Katragkou, Brian T Fisher, Andreas H Groll, Emmanuel Roilides, Thomas J Walsh
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) is a life-threatening condition, especially in immunocompromised children. The role of diagnostic imaging in children at risk for an IFD is multifactorial, including initially detecting it, evaluating for dissemination of infection beyond the primary site of disease, monitoring the response to antifungal therapy, and assessing for potential relapse. The objective of this review was to synthesize the published literature relevant to the use of various imaging modalities for the diagnosis and management of IFD in children...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927201/recognition-and-clinical-presentation-of-invasive-fungal-disease-in-neonates-and-children
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Jill King, Zoi-Dorothea Pana, Thomas Lehrnbecher, William J Steinbach, Adilia Warris
Invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) are devastating opportunistic infections that result in significant morbidity and death in a broad range of pediatric patients, particularly those with a compromised immune system. Recognizing them can be difficult, because nonspecific clinical signs and symptoms or isolated fever are frequently the only presenting features. Therefore, a high index of clinical suspicion is necessary in patients at increased risk of IFD, which requires knowledge of the pediatric patient population at risk, additional predisposing factors within this population, and the clinical signs and symptoms of IFD...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926946/the-fungal-bzip-transcription-factor-atfb-controls-virulence-associated-processes-in-aspergillus-parasiticus
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Josephine Wee, Sung-Yong Hong, Ludmila V Roze, Devin M Day, Anindya Chanda, John E Linz
Fungal basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors mediate responses to oxidative stress. The ability to regulate stress response pathways in Aspergillus spp. was postulated to be an important virulence-associated cellular process, because it helps establish infection in humans, plants, and animals. Previous studies have demonstrated that the fungal transcription factor AtfB encodes a protein that is associated with resistance to oxidative stress in asexual conidiospores, and AtfB binds to the promoters of several stress response genes...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926460/peripheral-bacterial-septic-arthritis-review-of-diagnosis-and-management
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Ahmed S Hassan, Allison Rao, Augustine M Manadan, Joel A Block
Septic arthritis refers to an infection in a joint due to a bacterial, mycobacterial, or fungal cause. Joint infections are a serious cause of morbidity and mortality and constitute a true musculoskeletal emergency. The estimated incidence of septic arthritis in the general population is between 2 and 6 cases per 100,000 people per year. The most common presentation is an acute monoarthritis. Identification of organisms in the synovial fluid is the criterion standard for diagnosis. Synovial fluid aspiration should be performed prior to initiating antibiotics...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925548/a-bifunctional-catalase-peroxidase-makatg1-contributes-to-virulence-of-metarhizium-acridum-by-overcoming-oxidative-stress-on-the-host-insect-cuticle
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Guohong Li, Anni Fan, Guoxiong Peng, Nemat O Keyhani, Jiankang Xin, Yueqing Cao, Yuxian Xia
Microbial pathogens are exposed to damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced from a variety of sources including chemical reactions due to exposure to stress (UV, heat) or by hosts as a defense response. Here we demonstrate that a bifunctional catalase-peroxidase, MakatG1, in the locust-specific fungal pathogen, Metarhizium acridum, functions as a ROS detoxification mechanism during host cuticle penetration. MakatG1 expression was highly induced during on-cuticle appressoria development as compared to vegetative (mycelia) growth or during in vivo growth in the insect hemocoel...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925082/prospective-evaluation-of-the-septifast-multiplex-real-time-pcr-assay-for-surveillance-and-diagnosis-of-infections-in-haematological-patients-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-compared-to-routine-microbiological-assays-and-an-in-house-real-time-pcr
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Sandra Elges, Renate Arnold, Oliver Liesenfeld, Grzegorz Kofla, Agata Mikolajewska, Stefan Schwartz, Lutz Uharek, Markus Ruhnke
We prospectively evaluated a multiplex real-time PCR assay (SeptiFast, SF) in a cohort of patients undergoing allo-BMT in comparison to an in-house PCR method (IH-PCR). Overall 847 blood samples (mean 8 samples/patient) from 104 patients with haematological malignancies were analysed. The majority of patients had acute leukaemia (62%) with a mean age of 52 years (54% female). Pathogens could be detected in 91 of 847 (11%) samples by SF compared to 38 of 205 (18.5%) samples by BC, and 57 of 847 (6.7%) samples by IH-PCR...
September 19, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924971/pitted-keratolysis-a-study-of-various-clinical-manifestations
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Meena Makhecha, Shreya Dass, Tishya Singh, Riddhi Gandhi, Tulika Yadav, Dipali Rathod
BACKGROUND: Pitted keratolysis (PK) is a common bacterial infection of skin characterized by noninflammatory superficial pits. Very few studies have focused on variations in clinical manifestations of PK. We conducted this study so that diagnosis of this treatable condition is not missed when it presents in an uncommonly perceived way. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of PK patients for various sites and morphologies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 patients with PK were assessed for various sites and morphologies...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924253/quantitative-trait-loci-responsible-for-sharp-eyespot-resistance-in-common-wheat-ci12633
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Xujiang Wu, Kai Cheng, Renhui Zhao, Shujiang Zang, Tongde Bie, Zhengning Jiang, Ronglin Wu, Derong Gao, Boqiao Zhang
Sharp eyespot is a major fungal disease of wheat caused by Rhizoctonia cerealis in cool and humid environments worldwide. In this study, 224 single seed descent derived F13, F14 and F15 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) from the cross between CI12633 (a resistant cultivar) and Yangmai 9 (a susceptible cultivar) were assessed for sharp eyespot resistance (R.cerealis isolate R0301) in field and greenhouse conditions in three growing seasons. Different agronomic characteristics were also evaluated in the field with no disease infection...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923872/exposure-response-relationships-for-isavuconazole-in-patients-with-invasive-aspergillosis-and-other-filamentous-fungi
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Amit V Desai, Laura L Kovanda, William W Hope, David Andes, Johan W Mouton, Donna L Kowalski, Robert W Townsend, Salim Mujais, Peter L Bonate
Isavuconazole, the active moiety of the water-soluble prodrug isavuconazonium sulfate, is a triazole antifungal agent for the treatment of invasive fungal infections. The purpose of this analysis was to characterize the isavuconazole exposure-response relationship for measures of efficacy and safety in patients with invasive aspergillosis and other filamentous fungi from the SECURE trial. Two hundred and thirty one patients who received the clinical dosing regimen and had exposure parameters were included in this analysis...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923870/associations-between-voriconazole-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-toxicity-and-outcome-in-liver-transplant-patients-an-observational-study
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Zahra Hashemizadeh, Parisa Badiee, Seyed Ali Malekhoseini, Hadi Raeisi Shahraki, Bita Geramizadeh, Hashem Montaseri
The aim of this study was to investigate the variability of voriconazole plasma level and its relationship with clinical outcomes and adverse events, among liver transplant recipients to optimize the efficacy and safety of their treatment. Liver transplant recipients treated with voriconazole were included and voriconazole trough levels were quantified by the validated high-performance liquid chromatography method. Cytochrome P450 genotypes of CYP2C19 were evaluated in allograft liver tissues. A total of 832 voriconazole trough levels from 104 patients were measured...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923039/a-pilot-single-centre-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-parallel-study-of-calmagen%C3%A2-dermaceutical-cream-and-lotion-for-the-topical-treatment-of-tinea-and-onychomycosis
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Manoj Parekh, Girisha Ramaiah, Prachi Pashilkar, Ranjani Ramanujam, Peter Johnston, Leodevico L Ilag
BACKGROUND: Most of the current anti-fungal treatments are chemical-based, fungistatic, have low efficacy in the treatment of tinea and toxicity concerns, while onychomycosis remains recalcitrant to most antifungal therapies. The study aimed to establish the fungicidal, efficacy and safety profile of Calmagen® dermaceutical cream and lotion containing AMYCOT® as a topical treatment in patients with severe to very severe presentations of fungal skin (tinea) and nail infections (onychomycosis)...
September 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922497/mutual-independence-of-alkaline-and-calcium-mediated-signalling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-refutes-the-existence-of-a-conserved-druggable-signalling-nexus
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Omar Loss, Margherita Bertuzzi, Yu Yan, Natalie Fedorova, Bethany L McCann, Darius Armstrong-James, Eduardo A Espeso, Nick D Read, William C Nierman, Elaine M Bignell
Functional coupling of calcium- and alkaline responsive signalling occurs in multiple fungi to afford efficient cation homeostasis. Host microenvironments exert alkaline stress and potentially toxic concentrations of Ca(2+) , such that highly conserved regulators of both calcium- (Crz) and pH- (PacC/Rim) responsive signalling are crucial for fungal pathogenicity. Drugs targeting calcineurin are potent antifungal agents but also perturb human immunity thereby negating their use as anti-infectives, abrogation of alkaline signalling has therefore been postulated as an adjunctive antifungal strategy...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922415/rewiring-monocyte-glucose-metabolism-via-c-type-lectin-signaling-protects-against-disseminated-candidiasis
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Jorge Domínguez-Andrés, Rob J W Arts, Rob Ter Horst, Mark S Gresnigt, Sanne P Smeekens, Jacqueline M Ratter, Ekta Lachmandas, Lily Boutens, Frank L van de Veerdonk, Leo A B Joosten, Richard A Notebaart, Carlos Ardavín, Mihai G Netea
Monocytes are innate immune cells that play a pivotal role in antifungal immunity, but little is known regarding the cellular metabolic events that regulate their function during infection. Using complementary transcriptomic and immunological studies in human primary monocytes, we show that activation of monocytes by Candida albicans yeast and hyphae was accompanied by metabolic rewiring induced through C-type lectin-signaling pathways. We describe that the innate immune responses against Candida yeast are energy-demanding processes that lead to the mobilization of intracellular metabolite pools and require induction of glucose metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and glutaminolysis, while responses to hyphae primarily rely on glycolysis...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922285/what-where-and-why-exploring-fluorodeoxyglucose-pet-s-ability-to-localise-and-differentiate-infection-from-cancer
#18
Abby Douglas, Eddie Lau, Karin Thursky, Monica Slavin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the utility of FDG-PET imaging in detecting the cause of fever and infection in patients with cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: FDG-PET has been shown to have high sensitivity and accuracy for causes of neutropenic fever, leading to higher diagnostic certainty in this group. Recent advances in pathogen-specific labelling in PET to identify Aspergillus spp. and Yersinia spp. infections in mice, as well as differentiating between Gram-positive, Gram-negative and mycobacterial infections are promising...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922057/the-dietary-food-components-capric-acid-and-caprylic-acid-inhibit-virulence-factors-in-candida-albicans-through-multitargeting
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Ashwini Jadhav, Supriya Mortale, Shivkrupa Halbandge, Priyanka Jangid, Rajendra Patil, Wasudev Gade, Kiran Kharat, Sankunny Mohan Karuppayil
Capric acid and caprylic acid are the dietary food components. They are found to inhibit the virulence factors like morphogenesis, adhesion, and biofilm formation in the human pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. Our study demonstrated that yeast-to-hyphal signal transduction pathways were affected by capric acid and caprylic acid. The expression profile of genes associated with serum-induced morphogenesis showed reduced expressions of Cdc35, Hwp1, Hst7, and Cph1 by the treatment with both the fatty acids. Cell elongation gene, Ece1, was surprisingly downregulated by 5208-fold by the treatment of caprylic acid...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919898/chitosan-increases-tomato-root-colonization-by-pochonia-chlamydosporia-and-their-combination-reduces-root-knot-nematode-damage
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Nuria Escudero, Federico Lopez-Moya, Zahra Ghahremani, Ernesto A Zavala-Gonzalez, Aurora Alaguero-Cordovilla, Caridad Ros-Ibañez, Alfredo Lacasa, Francisco J Sorribas, Luis V Lopez-Llorca
The use of biological control agents could be a non-chemical alternative for management of Meloidogyne spp. [root-knot nematodes (RKN)], the most damaging plant-parasitic nematodes for horticultural crops worldwide. Pochonia chlamydosporia is a fungal parasite of RKN eggs that can colonize endophytically roots of several cultivated plant species, but in field applications the fungus shows a low persistence and efficiency in RKN management. The combined use of P. chlamydosporia with an enhancer could help its ability to develop in soil and colonize roots, thereby increasing its efficiency against nematodes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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