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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814586/molecular-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-and-detection-of-azole-resistance-by-a-newly-commercialized-pcr-kit
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Eric Dannaoui, Frédéric Gabriel, Manuel Gaboyard, Gaëlle Lagardere, Lucile Audebert, Gilles Quesne, Sandrine Godichaud, Paul E Verweij, Isabelle Accoceberry, Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux
Aspergillus fumigatus is the main species responsible for aspergillosis in humans. The diagnosis of aspergillosis remains difficult, and the rapid emergence of azole resistance in A. fumigatus, is worrisome. The aim of this study was to validate the new MycoGENIE® A. fumigatus real-time PCR kit and to evaluate its performance in clinical samples for the detection of A. fumigatus and its azole resistance. This multiplex assay detects DNA from the A. fumigatus species complex by targeting the 28S-rRNA multicopy gene and specific TR34 and L98H mutations in the cyp51A single copy gene of A...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811086/proteomic-profiling-of-the-antifungal-drug-response-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-to-voriconazole
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Nansalmaa Amarsaikhan, Daniela Albrecht-Eckardt, Christoph Sasse, Gerhard H Braus, Zumrut B Ogel, Olaf Kniemeyer
Antifungal resistance is an emerging problem and one of the reasons for treatment failure of invasive aspergillosis (IA). Voriconazole has become a standard therapeutic for the treatment of this often fatal infection. We studied the differentially expressed proteins as a response of Aspergillus fumigatus to voriconazole by employing the two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE) technique. Due to addition of drug, a total of 135 differentially synthesized proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-mass spectrometry...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
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/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
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Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
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/28797493/allergic-and-noninvasive-infectious-pulmonary-aspergillosis-syndromes
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REVIEW
Eavan G Muldoon, Mary E Strek, Karen C Patterson
Aspergillus spp are ubiquitous in the environment, and inhalation of Aspergillus spores is unavoidable. An intact immune system, with normal airway function, protects most people from disease. Globally, however, the toll from aspergillosis is high. The literature has largely focused on invasive aspergillosis, yet the burden in terms of chronicity and prevalence is higher for noninvasive Aspergillus conditions. This article discusses allergic aspergilloses and provides an update on the diagnosis and management of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, including in patients with cystic fibrosis, and an update on severe asthma with fungal sensitization...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797271/successful-long-term-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-a-case-report
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Hiroyuki Tanaka, Kei Nishiyama, Nobuaki Shime
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is an established life-saving procedure for severe acute respiratory failure due to various causes. In general, the duration of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation ranges from 1 to 2 weeks, with withdrawal recommended if no improvement is noted. We report a successful case of long-term extracorporeal membrane oxygenation management for respiratory failure due to invasive pulmonary Aspergillus infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 64-year-old Asian man with no previous underlying medical conditions was transferred to our hospital for fever and dyspnea...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795412/severe-neurological-disorders-and-refractory-aspergillosis-in-an-adolescent-treated-by-vincristine-and-voriconazole
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Y Bennis, S Bodeau, A Lutun, A Gourmel, C Solas, S Quaranta, N Guillaume, T Chouaki, A-S Lemaire-Hurtel, K Masmoudi
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Voriconazole and vincristine are major therapeutics in paediatric haematology. However, the risk-benefit ratio of the treatment of invasive aspergillosis with voriconazole in patients receiving vincristine-based chemotherapy remains unclear. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report severe peripheral and central neurological disorders in a 14-year-old girl with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and pulmonary aspergillosis. The case describes a strong exacerbation by voriconazole of the vincristine-induced neuropathic pains...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770205/fatal-mycotic-aneurysm-of-the-basilar-artery-caused-by-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-a-patient-with-pituitary-adenoma-and-meningitis
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Martin Winterholler, Roland Coras, Walter Geißdörfer, Rudolf Rammensee, Philipp Gölitz, Christian Bogdan, Roland Lang
Fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS) frequently occur in immunosuppressed patients. Here, we describe the case of an immunocompetent 64-year-old man who presented with diplopia, right-sided hemiparesis, and a mild headache after cleaning and replacing nesting boxes of wild birds during the preceding months. Lumbar puncture revealed pleocytosis, elevated protein, and lactate levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Initial imaging showed ischemia in the left thalamus and an enlargement of the sellar region...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768499/simultaneous-primary-invasive-cutaneous-aspergillosis-in-two-preterm-twins-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Floriane Gallais, Julie Denis, Olfa Koobar, Laurence Dillenseger, Dominique Astruc, Raoul Herbrecht, Ermanno Candolfi, Valérie Letscher-Bru, Marcela Sabou
BACKGROUND: Primary invasive cutaneous aspergillosis is a rare fungal infection that occurs mostly in immunocompromised patients. Newborns of very low birth weight present a high risk for this type of infection due to an immaturity of the cutaneous barrier and of the immune system. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe here a case of simultaneous invasive cutaneous aspergillosis in two preterm twins. Two male preterm bichorionic biamniotic twins (A & B) were born at a general hospital by spontaneous normal delivery at 24 weeks and 6 days of gestation...
August 2, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765819/a-review-of-42-asthmatic-children-with-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis
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Ashok Shah, Shekhar Kunal
BACKGROUND: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in children with asthma, not associated with cystic fibrosis, is yet to receive the recognition it deserves. OBJECTIVE: To highlight the presentation of ABPA in children with asthma. METHODS: This retrospective review documents the occurrence of pediatric ABPA over a period of 31 years in one unit. Children with asthma, eosinophilia and infiltrates on chest radiograph were screened for ABPA...
July 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761803/invasive-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-end-stage-renal-disease
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Neslihan Cicek, Nurdan Yildiz, Eda Kepenekli Kadayifci, Ibrahim Gokce, Harika Alpay
Invasive aspergillosis caused by A. Fumigatus, almost occurs in immunocompromised hosts and has a poor prognosis. We report a case of invasive Aspergillosis in a 15-year-old boy with ESRD. He was initially diagnosed as lobar pneumonia and peritonitis. When he complained for lower extremity weakness and had convulsions, a solid mass originated from right lung compresses the spinal cord and intracranial hemorrhagic abscesses were found on MRI. The biopsy specimen showed hypae of aspergillus-spp and he died on 12th day...
December 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760907/caspofungin-mediated-growth-inhibition-and-paradoxical-growth-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-involve-fungicidal-hyphal-tip-lysis-coupled-with-regenerative-intrahyphal-growth-and-dynamic-changes-in-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-synthase-localization
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Sergio D Moreno-Velásquez, Constanze Seidel, Praveen R Juvvadi, William J Steinbach, Nick D Read
Caspofungin targets cell wall β-1,3-glucan synthesis and is guideline-recommended to treat invasive aspergillosis as salvage therapy. Although caspofungin is inhibitory at low concentrations, it exhibits a 'paradoxical effect' (reversal of growth inhibition) at high concentrations by an undetermined mechanism. Treatment with either growth inhibitory (0.5 μg/ml) or paradoxical growth-inducing (4 μg/ml) caspofungin concentrations for 24 h caused similar abnormalities, including wider, hyperbranched hyphae, increased septation, and repeated hyphal tip lysis followed by regenerative intrahyphal growth...
July 31, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757006/-pulmonary-mucormycosis-in-a-patient-with-kidney-transplant-and-uncontrolled-haemoptysis
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Dulce Iliana Navarro Vergara, Gloria Barragán Pola, Alexandro Bonifaz, Carlos Núñez Pérez-Redondo, Omar Choreño García, Raúl Cicero Sabido
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary mucormycosis is a rare opportunistic infection with high mortality that is caused by species of Mucorales. The most common species involved are Rhizopus, Mucor, Lichtheimia, and Rhizomucor. CASE REPORT: A 56 year-old woman presented with a clinical history of diabetes mellitus type 2 and chronic renal disease. She underwent a cadaveric kidney transplantation two years before her admission, for which immunomodulating therapy with thymoglobulin, tacrolimus, mofetil-microphenolate and prednisone was established...
July 27, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753224/aspergillus-fumigatus-protein-phosphatase-ppza-is-involved-in-iron-assimilation-secondary-metabolite-production-and-virulence
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Adriana Oliveira Manfiolli, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Stephen Dolan, Sean Doyle, Gary Jones, Diego M Riaño Pachón, Mevlüt Ulaş, Luke M Noble, Derek J Mattern, Axel A Brakhage, Vito Valiante, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Ozgur Bayram, Gustavo H Goldman
Metal restriction imposed by mammalian hosts during an infection is a common mechanism of defense to reduce or avoid the pathogen infection. Metals are essential for organism survival due to its involvement in several biological processes. Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive aspergillosis (IA), a disease that typically manifests in immunocompromised patients. A. fumigatus PpzA, the catalytic subunit of protein phosphatase Z (PPZ), has been recently identified as associated with iron assimilation. A. fumigatus has two high affinity mechanisms of iron acquisition during infection: reductive iron assimilation (RIA) and siderophore-mediated iron uptake...
July 28, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743702/progressive-dispersion-of-azole-resistance-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-fatal-invasive-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-infected-with-an-a-fumigatus-strain-with-a-cyp51a-tr46-y121f-m172i-t289a-allele
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Susann Rößler, Oliver Bader, Friedrich Stölzel, Ulrich Sommer, Birgit Spiess, Stephan Geibel, Dieter Buchheidt, Uwe Groß, Gustavo Baretton, Enno Jacobs, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner
Patients with hematologic malignancies as well as allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) patients are at high risk for invasive aspergillosis. Here, we report a culture- and autopsy-proven fatal invasive aspergillosis in an allogeneic HSTC patient which he developed despite posaconazole prophylaxis. The agent was determined to be an azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus strain bearing the cyp51A mutation combination TR46 Y121F M172I T289A. At increasing frequency, the azole resistance of A...
August 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742113/addition-of-17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin-to-a-suboptimal-caspofungin-treatment-regimen-in-neutropenic-rats-with-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-delays-the-time-to-death-but-does-not-enhance-the-overall-therapeutic-efficacy
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Jeannine M Refos, Alieke G Vonk, Marian T Ten Kate, Kimberly Eadie, Henri A Verbrugh, Irma A J M Bakker-Woudenberg, Wendy W J van de Sande
Caspofungin (CAS) which is used as salvage therapy in patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) inhibits the 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus. Inhibiting 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis induces a stress response and in an invertebrate model it was demonstrated that inhibiting this response with geldamycin enhanced the therapeutic efficacy of CAS. Since geldamycin itself is toxic to mammalians, the therapeutic efficacy of combining geldamycin with CAS was not studied in rodent models. Therefore in this study we investigated if the geldamycin derivate 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) was able to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of CAS in vitro and in our IPA model in transiently neutropenic rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733594/cd56-is-a-pathogen-recognition-receptor-on-human-natural-killer-cells
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Sabrina Ziegler, Esther Weiss, Anna-Lena Schmitt, Jan Schlegel, Anne Burgert, Ulrich Terpitz, Markus Sauer, Lorenzo Moretta, Simona Sivori, Ines Leonhardt, Oliver Kurzai, Hermann Einsele, Juergen Loeffler
Aspergillus (A.) fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal mold inducing invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised patients. Although antifungal activity of human natural killer (NK) cells was shown in previous studies, the underlying cellular mechanisms and pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs) are still unknown. Using flow cytometry we were able to show that the fluorescence positivity of the surface receptor CD56 significantly decreased upon fungal contact. To visualize the interaction site of NK cells and A...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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