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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438935/candida-guilliermondii-complex-is-characterized-by-high-antifungal-resistance-but-low-mortality-a-report-on-22-cases-of-candidemia
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Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Mireia Puig-Asensio, Felipe Pérez-García, Pilar Escribano, Carlos Sánchez-Carrillo, Oscar Zaragoza, Belén Padilla, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Benito Almirante, M Teresa Martin-Gómez, Patricia Muñoz, Emilio Bouza, Jesús Guinea
Objectives: The objectives of our study were to describe the characteristics of patients infected with C. guilliermondii candidemia and to perform an in-depth microbiological characterization of isolates and compare them with those of patients with C. albicans candidemia.Methods: We described the risk factors and outcome of 22 patients with candidemia caused by C. guilliermondii complex. Incident isolates were identified using molecular techniques, and susceptibility to fluconazole, anidulafungin and micafungin was studied...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433743/the-antibiotic-polymyxin-b-exhibits-novel-antifungal-activity-against-fusarium-species
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Li-Hang Hsu, Hsuan-Fu Wang, Pei-Lun Sun, Fung-Rong Hu, Ying-Lien Chen
The genus Fusarium comprises many species, including Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium solani, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium verticillioides, and causes severe infections in plants and humans. In clinical settings, Fusarium is the third most frequent mould to cause invasive fungal infections after Aspergillus and the Mucorales. Fusarium solani and F. oxysporum are the most prevalent Fusarium spp. causing clinical disease. However, few effective antifungal drugs are available to treat human and plant Fusarium infections...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422057/antifungal-and-anti-biofilm-activities-of-acetone-lichen-extracts-against-candida-albicans
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Marion Millot, Marion Girardot, Lucile Dutreix, Lengo Mambu, Christine Imbert
Candida albicans is a commensal coloniser of the human gastrointestinal tract and an opportunistic pathogen, especially thanks to its capacity to form biofilms. This lifestyle is frequently involved in infections and increases the yeast resistance to antimicrobials and immune defenses. In this context, 38 lichen acetone extracts have been prepared and evaluated for their activity against C. albicans planktonic and sessile cells. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of extracts (MICs) were determined using the broth microdilution method...
April 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417524/biofilms-of-candida-spp-from-the-ocular-conjunctiva-of-horses-with-reduced-azole-susceptibility-a-complicating-factor-for-the-treatment-of-keratomycosis
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Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira Brilhante, Paula Vago Bittencourt, Débora de Souza Collares Castelo-Branco, Glaucia Morgana de Melo Guedes, Jonathas Sales de Oliveira, Lucas Pereira Alencar, Rossana de Aguiar Cordeiro, Mariana Pinheiro, Evilázio Fernandes Nogueira-Filho, Waldemiro de Aquino Pereira-Neto, José Júlio Costa Sidrim, Marcos Fábio Gadelha Rocha
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the biofilm-forming ability of Candida spp. from the ocular conjunctiva of horses and to investigate the antifungal susceptibility of these biofilms. PROCEDURES: Initially, the biofilm-forming ability of 15 strains was assessed by crystal violet staining, which reveals the fungal biomass adhered to the polystyrene plates, and scanning electron microscopy. Then, the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of amphotericin B, fluconazole, itraconazole, and caspofungin were initially determined against strains in planktonic form...
April 18, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415427/surface-physical-chemistry-properties-in-coated-bacterial-cellulose-membranes-with-calcium-phosphate
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Gabriel Molina de Olyveira, Pierre Basmaji, Ligia Maria Manzine Costa, Márcio Luiz Dos Santos, Carla Dos Santos Riccardi, Fernando Pozzi Semeghini Guastaldi, Raquel Mantuaneli Scarel-Caminaga, Ticiana Sidorenko de Oliveira Capote, Elisabeth Pizoni, Antônio Carlos Guastaldi
Bacterial cellulose has become established as a new biomaterial, and it can be used for medical applications. In addition, it has called attention due to the increasing interest in tissue engineering materials for wound care. In this work, the bacterial cellulose fermentation process was modified by the addition of chondroitin sulfate to the culture medium before the inoculation of the bacteria. The biomimetic process with heterogeneous calcium phosphate precipitation of biological interest was studied for the guided regeneration purposes on bacterial cellulose...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414038/modulation-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-rp62a-extracellular-polymeric-layer-by-marine-cyclic-dipeptide-cyclo-l-leucyl-l-prolyl-thwarts-biofilm-formation
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Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most frequent cause of biofilm mediated implant-associated infections. Extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) is a key component of most biofilms and in pathogens it specifically protects the entrenched-bacterial cells from antibiotics and hosts immune response, and thereby makes the infection ineradicable. Recently, the prominence of cyclic dipeptides in interfering with biofilms and the associated virulence factors of pathogens has offered an alternative to eliminate difficult-to-treat infections...
April 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408902/the-naturally-occurring-host-defense-peptide-ll-37-and-its-truncated-mimetics-ke-18-and-kr-12-have-selected-biocidal-and-antibiofilm-activities-against-candida-albicans-staphylococcus-aureus-and-escherichia-coli-in-vitro
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Yu Luo, Denise T F McLean, Gerard J Linden, Danny F McAuley, Ronan McMullan, Fionnuala T Lundy
Amongst the recognized classes of naturally occurring antimicrobials, human host defense peptides are an important group with an advantage (given their source) that they should be readily translatable to medicinal products. It is also plausible that truncated versions will display some of the biological activities of the parent peptide, with the benefit that they are less costly to synthesize using solid-phase chemistry. The host defense peptide, LL-37, and two truncated mimetics, KE-18 and KR-12, were tested for their inhibitory effects and antibiofilm properties against Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli, microorganisms commonly implicated in biofilm-related infections such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399036/implications-for-ophthalmic-formulations-ocular-buffers-show-varied-cytotoxic-impact-on-human-corneal-limbal-and-human-conjunctival-epithelial-cells
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Nadine Schuerer, Elisabeth Stein, Aleksandra Inic-Kanada, Marion Pucher, Christine Hohenadl, Nora Bintner, Ehsan Ghasemian, Jacqueline Montanaro, Talin Barisani-Asenbauer
PURPOSE: To investigate toxicity associated with buffers commonly used in topical ocular drug formulations using a human corneal-limbal epithelial (HCLE) and a human conjunctival epithelial (HCjE) cell model. METHODS: HCLE and HCjE cells were incubated for 10, 30, or 60 minutes with 4 different buffers based on borate, citrate, phosphate, and Tris-HCl at 10, 50, and 100 mM concentrations. To detect possible delayed effects on cell viability, after 60 minutes of buffer incubation, cells were further incubated for 24 hours with a cell medium...
April 10, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387883/evaluation-of-the-antifungal-effect-of-edta-a-metal-chelator-agent-on-candida-albicans-biofilm
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I A Casalinuovo, R Sorge, G Bonelli, P Di Francesco
OBJECTIVE: Candida albicans biofilm is frequently found on artificial surfaces and the infections related to biofilm are difficult to eliminate, as they require the removal of artificial devices and treatment with antifungal drugs. Nowadays, fungal growth in biofilms is difficult to eradicate with conventional antifungal drugs such as fluconazole. Among chelating agents, disodium salt-Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA) is known to have antifungal activity. In this study, we examined the in vitro activity of the EDTA and the antifungal drug fluconazole against C...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370324/investigation-of-toxicity-and-mutagenicity-of-cold-atmospheric-argon-plasma
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T Maisch, A K Bosserhoff, P Unger, J Heider, T Shimizu, J L Zimmermann, G E Morfill, M Landthaler, S Karrer
Cold atmospheric argon plasma is recognized as a new contact free approach for the decrease of bacterial load on chronic wounds in patients. So far very limited data are available on its toxicity and mutagenicity on eukaryotic cells. Thus, the toxic/mutagenic potential of cold atmospheric argon plasma using the MicroPlaSter β(®) , which has been used efficiently in humans treating chronic and acute wounds, was investigated using the XTT assay in keratinocytes and fibroblasts and the HGPRT (hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl transferase) assay with V79 Chinese hamster cells...
April 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350129/apoptosis-is-augmented-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer-by-the-combined-inhibition-of-bcl-2-bcl-xl-and-parp
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Takuhei Yokoyama, Elise C Kohn, Ethan Brill, Jung-Min Lee
The aim of our study was to evaluate possible synergistic cytotoxic effects of the combination treatment with the BH3-mimetic ABT-263 and the PARP inhibitor BMN 673 in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) cells using clinically achievable concentrations of each drug. In vitro cytotoxic effects of ABT-263 and BMN 673 were assessed by XTT assay in three HGSOC cell lines: OVCAR3, OVCAR8, and OV90 cells. Combination index values and synergy/antagonism volumes were used to determine synergy. The drug effects on DNA damage accumulation, cell cycle progression, apoptosis induction, and expression levels of Bcl-2 family proteins were examined to dissect molecular mechanisms...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340187/biofilm-adherence-and-hydrophobicity-as-virulence-factors-in-malassezia-furfur
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Letizia Angiolella, Claudia Leone, Florencia Rojas, Javier Mussin, María de Los Angeles Sosa, Gustavo Giusiano
Malassezia species are natural inhabitants of the healthy skin. However, under certain conditions, they may cause or exacerbate several skin diseases. The ability of this fungus to colonize or infect is determined by complex interactions between the fungal cell and its virulence factors. This study aims to evaluate "in vitro" the hydrophobicity levels, the adherence on a plastic surface and the biofilm formation of 16 clinical isolates of Malassezia furfur. Cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) levels were determined by two-phase system...
March 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334507/comparative-study-of-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-commercial-jeffamines%C3%A2-and-polyethylenimine-in-cho-k1-cells
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Leniher Castan, Cristiano José da Silva, Eduardo Ferreira Molina, Raquel Alves Dos Santos
Jeffamines(®) are a family of polymers containing primary amine groups attached to the extremities of polyether backbone which can be used as biomaterials. They have been used in combination with polyethylenimine (PEI) to improve biocompatibility in drug and gene delivery systems. Despite these facts, very few studies have been done on cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of pure Jeffamines(®) or compared with PEI. The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of Jeffamines(®) and PEI in CHO-K1 cells...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322109/tio2-nanorod-arrays-as-a-photocatalytic-coating-enhanced-antifungal-and-antibacterial-efficiency-of-ti-substrates
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Lu Jia, Jichuan Qiu, Lingqian Du, Zhi Li, Hong Liu, Shaohua Ge
AIM: To investigate the photocatalytic inactivation of fungi and bacteria mediated by TiO2 nanorod arrays (TNRs). MATERIALS & METHODS: The features of TNRs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) and contact angle measurement. The antimicrobial efficiency was detected on biofilm and planktonic forms of Candida albicans, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis by crystal violet and XTT (2,3-bis [2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl]-2H-tetrazolium-5-caboxanilide) assay, confocal laser scanning microscope and colony-forming assay...
March 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317391/in-vitro-inhibitory-effects-of-farnesol-and-interactions-between-farnesol-and-antifungals-against-biofilms-of-candida-albicans-resistant-strains
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Jinping Xia, Fang Qian, Wenqian Xu, Zhenzhen Zhang, Xin Wei
Antifungal resistance is a serious problem in clinical infections. Farnesol, which is a potential antifungal agent against biofilms formed by Candida albicans resistant strains (a fluconazole-resistant isolate derived from SC5314 and two clinical Candida resistant isolates), was investigated in this study. The inhibitory effects of farnesol on biofilms were examined by XTT assay. The morphological changes and biofilm thicknesses were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy, respectively...
April 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316082/dacomitinib-induced-diarrhoea-is-associated-with-altered-gastrointestinal-permeability-and-disruption-in-ileal-histology-in-rats
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Ysabella Z A Van Sebille, Rachel J Gibson, Hannah R Wardill, Kate R Secombe, Imogen A Ball, Dorothy M K Keefe, John W Finnie, Joanne M Bowen
Dacomitinib-an irreversible pan-ErbB tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-causes diarrhoea in 75% of patients. Dacomitinib-induced diarrhoea has not previously been investigated and the mechanisms remain poorly understood. The present study aimed to develop an in-vitro and in-vivo model of dacomitinib-induced diarrhoea to investigate underlying mechanisms. T84 cells were treated with 1-4 μM dacomitinib and resistance and viability were measured using transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and XTT assays. Rats were treated with 7...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284790/ulmus-davidiana-nakai-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-on-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Soon-Oh Hong, In Keun Choi, Wonsik Jeong, Se Ryeon Lee, Hwa Jung Sung, Seong Su Hong, Jae Hong Seo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ulmus davidiana Nakai (UDN) is frequently used in the treatment of cancer in traditional oriental medicine. Although several reports indicate that UDN has inhibitory effects in some cancers, there has been no report on the inhibitory effects of UDN via both autophagy and apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cytotoxicity induced by UDN in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) H-1299 and H-460 cell lines was evaluated using the 2, 3-Bis (2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide inner salt (XTT) assay and trypan blue exclusion assay...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280998/virulence-factors-of-fluconazole-susceptible-and-fluconazole-resistant-candida-albicans-after-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy
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Fernanda Alves, Ewerton Garcia de Oliveira Mima, Renata Caroline Polato Passador, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, Janaína Habib Jorge, Ana Cláudia Pavarina
This study evaluated the effects of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) mediated by Photodithazine® (PDZ) and LED light on the virulence factors of fluconazole-susceptible (CaS) and fluconazole-resistant (CaR) Candida albicans. Standardized suspensions of strains were prepared (10(7)), and after 48 h of biofilm formation, these strains were incubated with PDZ (100 mg/L) for 20 min and exposed to LED light (660 nm, 37.5 J/cm(2)). Additional samples were treated with PDZ or light only, and the control consisted of biofilms that received no treatment...
March 9, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270853/potential-antitumor-effect-of-harmine-in-the-treatment-of-thyroid-cancer
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Shu Ruan, Feng Jia, Jianbo Li
Thyroid cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in endocrine system. In latest studies, harmine has been proved to inhibit the growth of several cancers in vitro and in vivo. In the current study, we evaluated the in vitro and in vivo anticancer efficiency of harmine against thyroid cancer cell line TPC-1. The in vitro cytotoxicity of harmine evaluated by XTT assay indicated that harmine suppressed the proliferation of TPC-1 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Moreover, harmine dose-dependently induced apoptosis of TPC-1 cells through regulating the ratio of Bcl-2/Bax...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264443/the-structure-activity-relationship-of-pterostilbene-against-candida-albicans-biofilms
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Dan-Dan Hu, Ri-Li Zhang, Yong Zou, Hua Zhong, En-Sheng Zhang, Xiang Luo, Yan Wang, Yuan-Ying Jiang
Candida albicans biofilms contribute to invasive infections and dramatic drug resistance, and anti-biofilm agents are urgently needed in the clinic. Pterostilbene (PTE) is a natural plant product with potentials to be developed as an anti-biofilm agent. In this study, we evaluated the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of PTE analogues against C. albicans biofilms. XTT (Sodium 2,3-bis(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide inner salt) reduction assay was used to evaluate the activity of the analogues against C...
February 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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