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7 Nov 2017
ABSTRACT: Candida albicans is a dimorphic commensal fungus that causes severe oral infections in immunodeficient patients. Invasion of C. albicans hyphae into oral epithelium is an essential virulence trait. Interleukin-17 (IL-17) signaling is required for both innate and adaptive immunity to C. albicans . During the innate response, IL-17 is produced by γδ T cells and a poorly understood ...
24 Oct 2017
Aspergillus terreus infections are difficult to treat because of the intrinsic resistance to amphotericin B, and higher mortality compared to infections caused by other Aspergillus species. The aim of the present study was to determine the in vitro antifungal activity of amphotericin B and 11 comparators against clinical (n = 36) and environmental (n = 45) A. terreus isolates. In vitro antifungal susceptibility was performed using the CLSI M38‐A2 procedure. Amphotericin B exhibited the highest MICs (MIC range, 0.125‐4 μg/mL; MIC90, 2 μg/mL), followed by terbinafine (MIC range, 0.002‐1 μg/mL; MIC90, 1 μg/mL). Only one isolate (1/81) showed amphotericin B MIC above the epidemiologic cut‐off value (ECV; 4 μg/mL). None of the isolates had a MIC of ≥ ECV for voriconazole, itraconazole and posaconazole. The reasons for the difference in amphotericin B susceptibility patterns between studies remain unknown. The genetic and species diversity, clinical, environmental and ecological factors in Terrei section on various amphotericin B susceptibility profiles in different countries should be considered more as the main reasons associated with these differences.
6 Sep 2017
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4 Sep 2017
The second OPATHY Annual Meeting/ Summer School took place from 27th of August till 1st of September at Hans-Knoell-Institute in Jena, Germany.
4 Aug 2017
During the HFP2017 conference in La-Colle-Sur-Loupe, France, OPATHY scientific advisory board member Judith Berman (Tel Aviv University) was interviewed by OPATHY ESR Elise Iracane (University College Dublin).
6 Jul 2017
ABSTRACT: Hybridization between different species can result in the emergence of new lineages and adaptive phenotypes. Occasionally, hybridization in fungal organisms can drive the appearance of opportunistic lifestyles or shifts to new hosts, resulting in the emergence of novel pathogens. In recent years, an increasing number of studies have documented the existence of hybrids in diverse yeast ...
2 May 2017
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24 Mar 2017
The 2017 MCAA Conference and General Assembly will be held on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2017 in Salamanca, Spain. The host for this event is the University of Salamanca, in cooperation with the MCAA Spain/Portugal Chapter. The winner of the BCN Science Slam will present on a Science Slam which will take place on 24th of March as a side program of the MCAA general assembly meeting.
3 Mar 2017
OPATHY organizes the first "ITN Science Slam" with four other ITNs being coordinated in Barcelona. The Science Slam will take place on the 3rd of March at 21:00 in the bar "mau mau".
17 Jan 2017
ABSTRACT: Analysis of the growing number of available fully-sequenced genomes has shown that Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) in eukaryotes is more common than previously thought. It has been proposed that genes with certain functions may be more prone to HGT than others, but we still have a very poor understanding of the selective forces driving eukaryotic HGT. Recent work uncovered that D-amino ...

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