A genus of free-living soil amoebae that produces no flagellate stage. Its organisms are pathogens for several infections in humans and have been found in the eye, bone, brain, and respiratory tract.
Infection of the cornea by an ameboid protozoan which may cause corneal ulceration leading to blindness.
A species of free-living soil amoebae in the family Acanthamoebidae. It can cause ENCEPHALITIS and KERATITIS in humans.
A genus of ameboid protozoa. Characteristics include a vesicular nucleus and the formation of several lodopodia, one of which is dominant at a given time. Reproduction occurs asexually by binary fission.
Infection with any of various amebae. It is an asymptomatic carrier state in most individuals, but diseases ranging from chronic, mild diarrhea to fulminant dysentery may occur.
Lenses designed to be worn on the front surface of the eyeball. (UMDNS, 1999)
Agents which are destructive to amebae, especially the parasitic species causing AMEBIASIS in man and animal.
Sterile solutions used to clean and disinfect contact lenses.
Constituent of the 40S subunit of eukaryotic ribosomes. 18S rRNA is involved in the initiation of polypeptide synthesis in eukaryotes.
A free-living soil amoeba pathogenic to humans and animals. It occurs also in water and sewage. The most commonly found species in man is NAEGLERIA FOWLERI which is the pathogen for primary amebic meningoencephalitis in primates.
Cells or feeding stage in the life cycle of sporozoan protozoa. In the malarial parasite, the trophozoite develops from the MEROZOITE and then splits into the SCHIZONT. Trophozoites that are left over from cell division can go on to form gametocytes.
A family of nucleocytoplasmic, large, double-stranded DNA viruses with extremely complex genomes.
Deoxyribonucleic acid that makes up the genetic material of protozoa.
Inflammation of the cornea.
Infections of the brain, spinal cord, or meninges by single celled organisms of the former subkingdom known as protozoa. The central nervous system may be the primary or secondary site of protozoal infection. These diseases may occur as OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS or arise in immunocompetent hosts.
Soft, supple contact lenses made of plastic polymers which interact readily with water molecules. Many types are available, including continuous and extended-wear versions, which are gas-permeable and easily sterilized.
A family of low molecular weight proteins that bind ACTIN and control actin polymerization. They are found in eukaryotes and are ubiquitously expressed.
An order of obligately intracellular, gram-negative bacteria that have the chlamydia-like developmental cycle of replication. This is a two-stage cycle that includes a metabolically inactive infectious form, and a vegetative form that replicates by binary fission. Members of Chlamydiales are disseminated by aerosol or by contact. There are at least six recognized families: CHLAMYDIACEAE, Criblamydiaceae, Parachlamydiaceae, Rhabdochlamydia, Simkaniaceae, and Waddliaceae.
Substances used on inanimate objects that destroy harmful microorganisms or inhibit their activity. Disinfectants are classed as complete, destroying SPORES as well as vegetative forms of microorganisms, or incomplete, destroying only vegetative forms of the organisms. They are distinguished from ANTISEPTICS, which are local anti-infective agents used on humans and other animals. (From Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, 11th ed)
A diverse superfamily of proteins that function as translocating proteins. They share the common characteristics of being able to bind ACTINS and hydrolyze MgATP. Myosins generally consist of heavy chains which are involved in locomotion, and light chains which are involved in regulation. Within the structure of myosin heavy chain are three domains: the head, the neck and the tail. The head region of the heavy chain contains the actin binding domain and MgATPase domain which provides energy for locomotion. The neck region is involved in binding the light-chains. The tail region provides the anchoring point that maintains the position of the heavy chain. The superfamily of myosins is organized into structural classes based upon the type and arrangement of the subunits they contain.
The transparent anterior portion of the fibrous coat of the eye consisting of five layers: stratified squamous CORNEAL EPITHELIUM; BOWMAN MEMBRANE; CORNEAL STROMA; DESCEMET MEMBRANE; and mesenchymal CORNEAL ENDOTHELIUM. It serves as the first refracting medium of the eye. It is structurally continuous with the SCLERA, avascular, receiving its nourishment by permeation through spaces between the lamellae, and is innervated by the ophthalmic division of the TRIGEMINAL NERVE via the ciliary nerves and those of the surrounding conjunctiva which together form plexuses. (Cline et al., Dictionary of Visual Science, 4th ed)
A genus of free-living amoebae found in fresh water. The cysts usually pass harmlessly through the intestinal tract of man and may thus be found in feces. Occasionally, these organisms cause respiratory tract infections or generalized fatal meningoencephalitis.
Proteins found in any species of protozoan.
A species of gram-negative, aerobic bacteria that is the causative agent of LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE. It has been isolated from numerous environmental sites as well as from human lung tissue, respiratory secretions, and blood.
Substances that are destructive to protozoans.
Amidines substituted with a benzene group. Benzamidine and its derivatives are known as peptidase inhibitors.
Proteins which participate in contractile processes. They include MUSCLE PROTEINS as well as those found in other cells and tissues. In the latter, these proteins participate in localized contractile events in the cytoplasm, in motile activity, and in cell aggregation phenomena.
Ribonucleic acid in protozoa having regulatory and catalytic roles as well as involvement in protein synthesis.
Mannosides formed by the reaction of the hydroxyl group on the anomeric carbon atom of mannose with methyl alcohol. They include both alpha- and beta-methylmannosides.
Inflammation of the BRAIN due to infection, autoimmune processes, toxins, and other conditions. Viral infections (see ENCEPHALITIS, VIRAL) are a relatively frequent cause of this condition.
Filamentous proteins that are the main constituent of the thin filaments of muscle fibers. The filaments (known also as filamentous or F-actin) can be dissociated into their globular subunits; each subunit is composed of a single polypeptide 375 amino acids long. This is known as globular or G-actin. In conjunction with MYOSINS, actin is responsible for the contraction and relaxation of muscle.
Loss of epithelial tissue from the surface of the cornea due to progressive erosion and necrosis of the tissue; usually caused by bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.
A genus of straight or slightly curved gram-negative rods occurring singly or in pairs and isolated from sludge, mud, and river and pond water. (From Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 9th ed)
Rendering pathogens harmless through the use of heat, antiseptics, antibacterial agents, etc.
An inflammatory process involving the brain (ENCEPHALITIS) and meninges (MENINGITIS), most often produced by pathogenic organisms which invade the central nervous system, and occasionally by toxins, autoimmune disorders, and other conditions.
A disinfectant and topical anti-infective agent used also as mouthwash to prevent oral plaque.
A vegetative stage in the life cycle of sporozoan protozoa. It is characteristic of members of the phyla APICOMPLEXA and MICROSPORIDIA.
Works containing information articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order, or a similar work limited to a special field or subject. (From The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)
Facilities equipped to carry out investigative procedures.
Methods, procedures, and tests performed to diagnose disease, disordered function, or disability.
Materials incorporated mechanically in plastics (usually PVC) to increase flexibility, workability or distensibility; due to the non-chemical inclusion, plasticizers leach out from the plastic and are found in body fluids and the general environment.
A light microscopic technique in which only a small spot is illuminated and observed at a time. An image is constructed through point-by-point scanning of the field in this manner. Light sources may be conventional or laser, and fluorescence or transmitted observations are possible.
Viruses whose nucleic acid is DNA.

A novel nucleotide incorporation activity implicated in the editing of mitochondrial transfer RNAs in Acanthamoeba castellanii. (1/587)

In Acanthamoeba castellanii, most of the mtDNA-encoded tRNAs are edited by a process that replaces one or more of the first three nucleotides at their 5' ends. As a result, base pairing potential is restored at acceptor stem positions (1:72, 2:71, and/or 3:70, in standard tRNA nomenclature) that are mismatched according to the corresponding tRNA gene sequence. Here we describe a novel nucleotide incorporation activity, partially purified from A. castellanii mitochondria, that has properties implicating it in mitochondrial tRNA editing in this organism. This activity is able to replace nucleotides at the first three positions of a tRNA (positions 1, 2, and 3), matching the newly incorporated residues through canonical base pairing to the respective partner nucleotide in the 3' half of the acceptor stem. Labeling experiments with natural (Escherichia coli tRNATyr) and synthetic (run-off transcripts corresponding to A. castellanii mitochondrial tRNALeu1) substrates suggest that the nucleotide incorporation activity consists of at least two components, a 5' exonuclease or endonuclease and a template-directed 3'-to-5' nucleotidyltransferase. The nucleotidyltransferase component displays an ATP requirement and generates 5' pppN... termini in vitro. The development of an accurate and efficient in vitro system opens the way for detailed studies of the biochemical properties of this novel activity and its relationship to mitochondrial tRNA editing in A. castellanii. In addition, the system will allow delineation of the structural features in a tRNA that identify it as a substrate for the labeling activity.  (+info)

Scar, a WASp-related protein, activates nucleation of actin filaments by the Arp2/3 complex. (2/587)

The Arp2/3 complex, a stable assembly of two actin-related proteins (Arp2 and Arp3) with five other subunits, caps the pointed end of actin filaments and nucleates actin polymerization with low efficiency. WASp and Scar are two similar proteins that bind the p21 subunit of the Arp2/3 complex, but their effect on the nucleation activity of the complex was not known. We report that full-length, recombinant human Scar protein, as well as N-terminally truncated Scar proteins, enhance nucleation by the Arp2/3 complex. By themselves, these proteins either have no effect or inhibit actin polymerization. The actin monomer-binding W domain and the p21-binding A domain from the C terminus of Scar are both required to activate Arp2/3 complex. A proline-rich domain in the middle of Scar enhances the activity of the W and A domains. Preincubating Scar and Arp2/3 complex with actin filaments overcomes the initial lag in polymerization, suggesting that efficient nucleation by the Arp2/3 complex requires assembly on the side of a preexisting filament-a dendritic nucleation mechanism. The Arp2/3 complex with full-length Scar, Scar containing P, W, and A domains, or Scar containing W and A domains overcomes inhibition of nucleation by the actin monomer-binding protein profilin, giving active nucleation over a low background of spontaneous nucleation. These results show that Scar and, likely, related proteins, such as the Cdc42 targets WASp and N-WASp, are endogenous activators of actin polymerization by the Arp2/3 complex.  (+info)

In vivo tandem scanning confocal microscopy in acanthamoeba keratitis. (3/587)

The in vivo confocal microscopy technique provides us with a real-time, non-invasive way of examining the human cornea. The most important advantage of this type of microscopy is to reveal the etiologic agents in infectious keratitis such as Acanthamoeba keratitis. We present several representative cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, which were diagnosed in their early stages using in vivo confocal microscopy and managed based on that diagnosis. In our Acanthamoeba keratitis cases, highly-reflective round or ovoid organisms with a diameter of about 10-25 um were visualized distinctly against relatively-dark normal parenchymal structures, such as epithelial cells or keratocyte nuclei. Double-walled structures of Acanthamoeba cysts were clearly demonstrated in some cases. We can confirm that in vivo tandem scanning confocal microscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool for identifying the infecting organisms in Acanthamoeba keratitis.  (+info)

Serum antibodies to Balamuthia mandrillaris, a free-living amoeba recently demonstrated to cause granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. (4/587)

Free-living amoebae cause three well-defined disease entities: a rapidly fatal primary meningoencephalitis, a chronic granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), and a chronic amoebic keratitis. GAE occurs in immunocompromised persons. Recently, another type of free-living amoeba, Balamuthia mandrillaris, has been shown to cause GAE. The finding that this amoeba has caused infection in some healthy children has raised the possibility that humans may lack immunity to B. mandrillaris. Human serum was examined for the presence of surface antibodies specific for this amoeba by immunofluorescence. Sera from adults contained titers of 1/64-1/256 of anti-B. mandrillaris antibodies (IgM and IgG classes), which did not cross-react with other amoebae. Cord blood contained very low antibody levels, but levels similar to those in adults were seen in serum of 1- to 5-year-old children.  (+info)

Legionella pneumophila utilizes the same genes to multiply within Acanthamoeba castellanii and human macrophages. (5/587)

In previous reports we described a 22-kb Legionella pneumophila chromosomal locus containing 18 genes. Thirteen of these genes (icmT, -R, -Q, -P, -O, -M, -L, -K, -E, -C, -D, -J, and -B) were found to be completely required for intracellular growth and killing of human macrophages. Three genes (icmS, -G, and -F) were found to be partially required, and two genes (lphA and tphA) were found to be dispensable for intracellular growth and killing of human macrophages. Here, we analyzed the requirement of these genes for intracellular growth in the protozoan host Acanthamoeba castellanii, a well-established important environmental host of L. pneumophila. We found that all the genes that are completely required for intracellular growth in human macrophages are also completely required for intracellular growth in A. castellanii. However, the genes that are partially required for intracellular growth in human macrophages are completely required for intracellular growth in A. castellanii. In addition, the lphA gene, which was shown to be dispensable for intracellular growth in human macrophages, is partially required for intracellular growth in A. castellanii. Our results indicate that L. pneumophila utilizes the same genes to grow intracellularly in both human macrophages and amoebae.  (+info)

Rho-family GTPases require the Arp2/3 complex to stimulate actin polymerization in Acanthamoeba extracts. (6/587)

BACKGROUND: Actin filaments polymerize in vivo primarily from their fast-growing barbed ends. In cells and extracts, GTPgammaS and Rho-family GTPases, including Cdc42, stimulate barbed-end actin polymerization; however, the mechanism responsible for the initiation of polymerization is unknown. There are three formal possibilities for how free barbed ends may be generated in response to cellular signals: uncapping of existing filaments; severing of existing filaments; or de novo nucleation. The Arp2/3 complex localizes to regions of dynamic actin polymerization, including the leading edges of motile cells and motile actin patches in yeast, and in vitro it nucleates the formation of actin filaments with free barbed ends. Here, we investigated actin polymerization in soluble extracts of Acanthamoeba. RESULTS: Addition of actin filaments with free barbed ends to Acanthamoeba extracts is sufficient to induce polymerization of endogenous actin. Addition of activated Cdc42 or activation of Rho-family GTPases in these extracts by the non-hydrolyzable GTP analog GTPgammaS stimulated barbed-end polymerization, whereas immunodepletion of Arp2 or sequestration of Arp2 using solution-binding antibodies blocked Rho-family GTPase-induced actin polymerization. CONCLUSIONS: For this system, we conclude that the accessibility of free barbed ends regulates actin polymerization, that Rho-family GTPases stimulate polymerization catalytically by de novo nucleation of free barbed ends and that the primary nucleation factor in this pathway is the Arp2/3 complex.  (+info)

Mechanism of interaction of Acanthamoeba actophorin (ADF/Cofilin) with actin filaments. (7/587)

We characterized the interaction of Acanthamoeba actophorin, a member of ADF/cofilin family, with filaments of amoeba and rabbit skeletal muscle actin. The affinity is about 10 times higher for muscle actin filaments (Kd = 0.5 microM) than amoeba actin filaments (Kd = 5 microM) even though the affinity for muscle and amoeba Mg-ADP-actin monomers (Kd = 0.1 microM) is the same (Blanchoin, L., and Pollard, T. D. (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 273, 25106-25111). Actophorin binds slowly (k+ = 0.03 microM-1 s-1) to and dissociates from amoeba actin filaments in a simple bimolecular reaction, but binding to muscle actin filaments is cooperative. Actophorin severs filaments in a concentration-dependent fashion. Phosphate or BeF3 bound to ADP-actin filaments inhibit actophorin binding. Actophorin increases the rate of phosphate release from actin filaments more than 10-fold. The time course of the interaction of actophorin with filaments measured by quenching of the fluorescence of pyrenyl-actin or fluorescence anisotropy of rhodamine-actophorin is complicated, because severing, depolymerization, and repolymerization follows binding. The 50-fold higher affinity of actophorin for Mg-ADP-actin monomers (Kd = 0.1 microM) than ADP-actin filaments provides the thermodynamic basis for driving disassembly of filaments that have hydrolyzed ATP and dissociated gamma-phosphate.  (+info)

Legionella pneumophila contains a type II general secretion pathway required for growth in amoebae as well as for secretion of the Msp protease. (8/587)

We report the identification of a set of Legionella pneumophila genes that encode products with homology to proteins of the type II general secretion pathway of gram-negative bacteria. A strain containing a deletion-substitution mutation of two of these genes was unable to secrete the Msp protease. This strain was unable to multiply within the free-living amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii yet was able to kill HL-60-derived macrophages. Because Msp is not required for growth in amoebae, other proteins which are important for growth in amoebae are likely secreted by this pathway.  (+info)

TY - JOUR. T1 - Detection of Bacterial Endosymbionts in Clinical Acanthamoeba Isolates. AU - Iovieno, Alfonso. AU - Ledee, Dolena R.. AU - Miller, Darlene. AU - Alfonso, Eduardo C. PY - 2010/3/1. Y1 - 2010/3/1. N2 - Purpose: To determine the presence of 4 clinically relevant bacterial endosymbionts in Acanthamoeba isolates obtained from patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) and the possible contribution of endosymbionts to the pathogenesis of AK. Design: Experimental study. Participants: Acanthamoeba isolates (N = 37) recovered from the cornea and contact lens paraphernalia of 23 patients with culture-proven AK and 1 environmental isolate. Methods: Acanthamoeba isolates were evaluated for the presence of microbial endosymbionts belonging to the bacterial genera Legionella, Pseudomonas, Mycobacterium, and Chlamydia using molecular techniques (polymerase chain reaction and sequence analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization) and transmission electron microscopy. Corneal toxicity and ...
Purpose: To detect the genotypes of Acanthamoeba spp. isolates from patients of clinically suspected amoebic keratitis and proteomic characterisation of trophozoite and cyst stages. Methods: Corneal scrapings from clinically suspected amoebic keratitis(AK) patients (107) attending our tertiary care hospital during last 2 years were subjected to culture on 2% non- nutrient agar plates overlaid with E.coli. DNA isolation followed by PCR assay was performed for amplification of DF3 region (280bp) of 18S rRNA gene of Acanthamoeba spp.. PCR products were sequenced and aligned using software CLUSTAL W. Phylogenetic tree reconstructions was performed with phylogenetic computer program MEGA4 using neighbour-joining method as well as UPGMA anakysis. The cultured trophozoites were encysted in laboratory conditions and the whole cell lysates of both the stages were subjected to SDS-PAGE and two dimensional gel electrophoresis.. Results: Acanthamoeba spp. was isolated from 18 of the 107 (16.82%)suspected ...
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The Gram-negative bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is able to enter, survive and multiply within the free living amoeba Acanthamoeba polyphaga, but the molecular mechanisms behind these events are still unclear. We have studied the uptake and intracellular trafficking of viable and heat killed bacterial cells of the C. jejuni strain 81-176 in A. polyphaga. We found that viable bacteria associated with a substantially higher proportion of Acanthamoeba trophozoites than heat killed bacteria. Furthermore, the kinetics of internalization, the total number of internalized bacteria as well as the intracellular localization of internalized C. jejuni were dramatically influenced by bacterial viability. Viable bacteria were internalized at a high rate already after 1 h of co-incubation and were observed in small vacuoles tightly surrounding the bacteria. In contrast, internalization of heat killed C. jejuni was low at early time points and did not peak until 96 h. These cells were gathered in large ...
Pathogenic strains of the genus Acanthamoeba are causative agents of a serious sight-threatening infection of the eye known as Acanthamoeba keratitis. The prevalence of this infection has risen in the past 20 years, mainly due to the increase in number of contact lens wearers. In this study, the prevalence of Acanthamoeba in a risk group constituted by asymptomatic contact lens wearers from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, was evaluated. Contact lenses and contact lens cases were analysed for the presence of Acanthamoeba isolates. The isolates' genotypes were also determined after rDNA sequencing. The pathogenic potential of the isolated strains was subsequently established using previously described molecular and biochemical assays, which allowed the selection of three strains with high pathogenic potential. Furthermore, the sensitivity of these isolates against two standard drugs, ciprofloxacin and chlorhexidine, was analysed. As the three selected strains were sensitive to chlorhexidine, its
Acanthamoeba spp. are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere, from soil to water, to the air we breathe. They are the direct culprits of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) a relatively rare but sight-threatening disease which is actually caused by at least eight species of Acanthamoeba: A. castellanii, A. culbertsoni, A. polyphaga, A. hatchetti, A. rhysodes, A. lugdunesis, A. quina, and A. griffin. Ocular trauma and contaminated water are also associated with AK infections but it has been found that contact lens wearing accounts for , 80% of the cases. If found early the infection can be cured, but this gets progressively more difficult the longer it remains untreated. The difficulty lies with the life cycle of the Acanthamoeba species which consists of two stages: the trophozoite and the cyst ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Interactions of some common pathogenic bacteria with Acanthamoeba polyphaga. AU - Huws, Sharon A.. AU - Morley, Robert J.. AU - Jones, Martin V.. AU - Brown, Michael R. W.. AU - Smith, Anthony W.. N1 - ID number: ISI:000255137900016. PY - 2008. Y1 - 2008. N2 - Protozoan grazing is a major trophic pathway whereby the biomass re-enters the food web. Nonetheless, not all bacteria are digested by protozoa and the number known to evade digestion, resulting in their environmental augmentation, is increasing. We investigated the interactions of Bacillus cereus, Enterococcus faecalis, Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), with the amoeba, Acanthamoeba polyphaga. There was evidence of predation of all bacterial species except L. monocytogenes and S. aureus, where extracellular numbers were significantly higher when cultured with amoebae compared with growth in the ...
Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae, a single-celled eukaryote commonly recovered from soil, fresh water and other habitats. Acanthamoeba has two evolutive forms, the metabolically active trophozoite and a dormant, stress resistant cyst. Trophozoites are small, usually 15 to 35 μm in length and amoeboid in shape. In nature, Acanthamoeba species are free-living bacterivores, but in certain situations they can cause infections (Acanthamebiasis) in humans and other animals. Acanthamoeba spp. are among the most prevalent protozoa found in the environment. They are distributed worldwide, and have been isolated from soil, air, sewage, seawater, chlorinated swimming pools, domestic tap water, bottled water, dental treatment units, hospitals, air-conditioning units, and contact lens cases. Additionally, Acanthamoeba have been isolated from human skin, nasal cavities, throats, and intestines, as well as plants and other mammals. Diseases caused by Acanthamoeba include keratitis and granulomatous amoebic ...
PURPOSE: To characterize better the ameba-host interactions that may be involved with the pathogenesis of Acanthamoeba keratitis, the role of calcium (Ca2+) on the binding of Acanthamoeba polyphaga to extracellular matrix proteins was examined in vitro. METHODS: The binding of a metabolically labeled A. polyphaga (CDC:0187:1) isolate from a case of human keratitis to collagen type IV, laminin, and fibronectin was assessed through a range of calcium concentrations in the external fluid. Binding to collagen IV was studied in detail, with and without other divalent cations and calcium channel modulators. RESULTS: Calcium increased binding in a dose-dependent manner, with significant effects at 0.1 to 1.0 microM and near-maximal effects at 1 to 100 microM, depending upon the matrix protein. Magnesium alone had no effect on ameba binding to collagen IV but suppressed the action of calcium. Strontium enhanced ameba binding, with maximal effect at 100 microM. The calcium channel antagonists nifedipine ...
Another name for Acanthamoeba Infection is Acanthamoeba Infection. The evaluation of an acanthamoeba infection begins with a history and physical examination ...
Acanthamoeba myosin-II forms filaments of two different sizes. Thin bipolar filaments 7 nm wide and 200 nm long consist of 16 myosin-II molecules. Thick bipolar filaments of variable width (14-19 nm) consist of 40 or more myosin-II molecules. Both have a central bare zone 90 nm long and myosin heads projecting laterally at the ends. The heads are arranged in rows spaced 15 nm apart. In the case of the thin myosin-II filaments there are two molecules per row. The thick filaments are formed rapidly and reversibly in the presence of 6-10 mM MgCl2 (or any of five other different divalent cations tested) by the lateral aggregation of thin myosin-II filaments. Acid pH also favors thick filament formation. Neither the myosin-II concentration (50-1,000 micrograms/ml) nor ATP has an effect on the morphology of the filaments. The polymerization mechanism was studied quantitatively by measuring the amount of polymer formed (Cp) under various conditions as a function of total myosin-II concentration (Ct). ...
Abstract: The free-living amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba are widely distributed in nature and are considered potentially pathogenic organisms. Occasionally they can trigger human infections such as granulomatous amoebic encephalitis and amoebic keratitis. The investigation of differentiating characteristics between pathogenic strains and those not associated with infection may help to determine factors related to pathogenicity and the development of diagnostic tests. In this sense, the aim of this study was to perform a comparative evaluation; by means of physiological, morphological and immunochemical criteria; between clinical and environmental samples of Acanthamoeba. Trophozoites of four isolates were used: a clinical sample, obtained from a confirmed case of amoebic keratitis; an environmental sample, obtained from the dust of the residence of the same patient; and two reference samples A. poliphaga #2, obtained from an amoebic keratitis (ATCC 30641) and A. poliphaga #4, obtained from ...
Acanthamoeba sp. ATCC ® PRA-219™ Designation: UWC1/UV-7 Isolation: Acanthamoeba sp. UWC1 coincubated with activated sludge. Plattling, Bavaria, Germany.
TY - JOUR. T1 - Drug target identification, validation, characterisation and exploitation for treatment of Acanthamoeba (species) infections. AU - Roberts, Craig W.. AU - Henriquez, Fiona L.. N1 - Special Issue - Biology and Pathogenecity of Free-Living Amoebae. Compiled after the XIIIth International Meeting on the Biology and Pathogenicity of Free-Living Amoebae, FLAM 2009, Tenerife, Spain. PY - 2010/9. Y1 - 2010/9. N2 - New more efficacious antimicrobials as required for the treatment of Acanthamoeba infections as those currently available require arduous treatment regimes, are not always effective and are poorly active against the cystic stages. Herein, we review potential drug targets including tubulin, alternative oxidase, amino acid biosynthesis and myosin. In addition, we review the literature for current missing tools and resources for the identification, validation and development of new antimicrobials for this organism. Additional targets should come to light through a concerted ...
Acanthamoeba infection of the eye is it contagious? Contagiousness of Acanthamoeba infection of the eye including infectiousness, transmission, and contagion methods and vectors.
TY - JOUR. T1 - Efficacy of anti-neoplastic drugs against acanthamoeba. AU - Beattie, T.K.. AU - Tomlinson, A.. AU - Seal, D.. PY - 2003. Y1 - 2003. N2 - Purpose:Late presenting cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis are particularly difficult to treat. The organism can persist, despite treatment with chlorhexidine or PHMB, maintaining an active infection. New drug therapies with enhanced activity are therefore needed to treat this painful, potentially blinding infection. This study was undertaken to determine the efficacy of three anti-cancer drugs against Acanthamoeba. Methods:Doubling dilutions of MGBG [10-0.15mg/ml (38.5-0.6mM)], CHS 828 [660-10µg/ml (1782-27µM)] and hexadecyl-phosphocholine [HePC, Miltefosine; 660-10µg/ml (1782-27µM)] were tested alone or in combination with chlorhexidine, PHMB and propamidine, for efficacy against Acanthamoeba castellanii trophozoites or cysts. Sensitivity assays were performed over 48h in 96-well microtitre plates. Results: MGBG killed trophozoites at ...
New tool for the simultaneous detection of ten different genotypes of Acanthamoeba available from the American Type Culture Collection. Background: Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight-threatening infection and none of the current diagnosis tests are able to detect in one reaction low levels of the vast majority of strains associated with pathology. The goal of this work was to validate a new tool for the detection of the American Type Cell Collection referenced Acanthamoeba monitoring simultaneously DNA extraction yields and PCR inhibitors. Performances were assessed on corneal scrapings.. Methods: Primers were selected in a region bracketing a 41591 bp of the A. castellanii mitochondrion gene. DNA extraction and PCR inhibitors were monitored by adding an internal control (virus). Acanthamoeba were detected and quantified by the real time fast duplex TaqMan® PCR (f-d-real-t PCR) and negativity confirmed by SYBR Green real time PCR.. Results: The f-d-real-t PCR detects 0.1 cyst/µl or less of ...
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There are three main genera of free living amoeba that infect humans - Acanthamoeba, Balamuthia, Naegleria that are are important causes of disease in humans and animals. The topic for todays podcast will be one of them- Acanthamoeba.. Acanthamoeba is a microscopic, free-living amoeba that can cause rare, but severe infections of the eye, skin, and central nervous system.. Joining me to talk about Acanthamoeba is Parasitology teacher and author of Parasites: Tales of Humanitys Most Unwelcome Guests, Rosemary Drisdelle.. ...
This study aimed to detect the presence of Acanthamoeba spp. in different water resources of Zahedan, southeast of Iran, and also systematically reviewed all publications regarding Acanthamoeba in Iran (2005-2018). Fifty water samples were collected from different water resources in Zahedan. The positive samples were identified morphologically and subjected to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using...
The water supply and dust samples from the home environment (bathrooms and kitchens) of 50 wearers of contact lenses (CLs) were cultured for the presence of free-living amoebae. CL cases, solutions, and water taps were cultured for bacteria, which amoebae require for growth. Acanthamoeba spp were isolated from water drawn from six bathroom cold water taps (tank supplied), five in the presence of limescale, and from one kitchen cold water tap (mains supplied). There was an association between the presence of limescale in water and direct culture for free-living amoebae, suggesting that scale provides a favourable microenvironment for amoebae. Acanthamoebae were also found in dust from around one washbasin. Nineteen of 50 CL cases, 12/122 CL care rinsing solutions, and 59/100 cold water taps yielded Gram negative bacteria which could be ingested by amoebae. It is concluded from this study that CLs should not be washed in first-drawn tank-fed cold water, especially if limescale is present, and that ...
Acanthamoeba Infections. In: Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ, Bernstein J. Papadakis M.A., & McPhee S.J., & Bernstein J(Eds.),Eds. Maxine A. Papadakis, et al.eds. Quick Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2021. McGraw-Hill; Accessed November 26, 2020. https://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2986§ionid=251085632 ...
Acanthamoebiasis is most often found in patients with immune deficiency, with infections facilitated by the intake of immunosuppressive drugs. The host immune response to Acanthamoeba spp. infection is poorly understood. Thus, in this study, we aimed to examine the course of Acanthamoeba spp. infection taking into account the hosts immunological status, including assessment of the hematological parameters, cytokine analysis, immunophenotypic changes in spleen populations, and histological spleen changes, which could help clarify some aspects of the immune response to acanthamoebiasis. In our experimental study, we used Acanthamoeba strain AM 22 isolated from the bronchoaspirate of a patient with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and atypical pneumonia symptoms. Acanthamoeba spp. affected the hematological parameters in immunocompetent and immunosuppressed mice and induced a change in spleen weight during infection. Moreover, analysis of anti-inflammatory (IL-4 and IL-10) and pro-inflammatory (IL-17A and
Acanthamoeba hatchetti ATCC ® PRA-113™ Designation: 2HH Isolation: clinical specimen - human Vienna Austria Isolation date: 1996
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TY - JOUR. T1 - Phosphorylation of Acanthamoeba actophorin (ADF/cofilin) blocks interaction with actin without a change in atomic structure. AU - Blanchoin, Laurent. AU - Robinson, Robert C.. AU - Choe, Senyon. AU - Pollard, Thomas D.. N1 - Funding Information: We thank members of the Pollard laboratory for technical assistance, advice and helpful discussion. L.B. is extremely grateful to D. Kaiser for his help with isoelectric focusing. We thank David C. Edwards and Gordon N. Gill for the phosphorylation of actophorin by LIM-kinase, Gary M. Bokoch for GST-Pak 1, Wolfgang H. Fischer and Chris Park for protein sequencing and James Bamburg for his advice in the dephosphorylation experiment. This work was supported by NIH grant GM 26338 to T.D.P.. PY - 2000/1/14. Y1 - 2000/1/14. N2 - LIM-kinase activated by GST-Pak1 phosphorylates Acanthamoeba actophorin stoichiometrically and specifically on serine 1. The atomic structure of phosphorylated actophorin determined by X-ray crystallography is ...
Suboptimal agreement between molecular assays for the detection of Acanthamoeba spp. in clinical specimens has been demonstrated, and poor assay sensitivity directly imperils the vision of those affected by amoebic keratitis (AK) through delayed diagnosis. We sought to develop and validate a single Taqman real time PCR assay targeting the Acanthamoeba 18S rRNA gene that could be used to enhance sensitivity and specificity when paired with reference assays. Biobanked DNA from surplus delinked AK clinical specimens and 10 ATCC strains of Acanthamoeba was extracted. Sequence alignment of 66 18S rRNA regions from 12 species of Acanthamoeba known to cause keratitis informed design of a new TaqMan primer set. Performance of the new assay was compared to the 2 assays used currently in our laboratory. Among 24 Acanthamoeba-positive and 83 negative specimens by the CDC reference standard, performance characteristics of the newly designed primer set were as follows: sensitivity 100%, specificity 94%, PPV 82.8%,
تعالى نفصصهم تاني … المرض الأول اسمه Acanthamoeba keratitis: وده بيعمل التهاب في قرنيه العين وده عامل كانه سدلك العدسة اللى بتصور بيها يعنى ممكن يسبب العمى.. المرض التاني Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis: وده بيعمل التهاب في المخ والحبل الشوكي وده معناه انه ممكن يقتل رئيس دولتك يعنى يموت المخ والحبل الشوكي وده معناه انهيار الدولة كلها يعنى يؤدي للموت. المرض التالت واسمه disseminated infection: وده ذي ما قولنا عامل ذي الغزو بينتشر في كل حتة وبيعمل التهابات في كل حتة.. You can say This means that it is dangerous and can kill me and can attack me at any moment and you told me that this enemy lives everywhere… this is scary.. No, dont worry. It is rare to attack you because it is a weak ...
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We have studied the kinetics of the gelation process that occurs upon warming cold extracts of Acanthamoeba using a low-shear falling ball assay. We find that the reaction has at least two steps, requires 0.5 mM ATP and 1.5 mM MgCl2, and is inhibited by micromolar Ca++. The optimum pH is 7.0 and temperature, 25 degrees-30 degrees C. The rate of the reaction is increased by cold preincubation with both MgCl2 and ATP. Nonhydrolyzable analogues of ATP will not substitute for ATP either in this potentiation reaction or in the gelation process. Either of two purified or any one of four partially purified Acanthamoeba proteins will cross-link purified actin to form a gel, but none can account for the dependence of the reaction in the crude extract on Mg-ATP or its regulation by Ca++. This suggests that the extract contains, in addition to actin-cross-linking proteins, factors dependent on Mg-ATP and Ca++ that regulate the gelation process. ...
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A species of motile, unicellular eukaryotic amoebae within the family of Acanthamoebidae. A. quina is placed in morphological group II with a 18s rRNA gene sequence type of T4. Members of this group are characterized by the presence of wrinkled ectocysts and endocysts which could be stellate, polygonal, triangular, or oval. This species is a human pathogen and may cause granulomatous amoebic encephalitis and amoebic keratitis.
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THE NEWS: PhRMA names new president, CEO. For the full story, click here). PhRMAs new president and CEO, John Castellani, doesnt have the political background of Tauzin, former Democratic congressman from Louisiana, but he has something pretty close in the form of a nine-year career as leader of the Business Roundtable, an influential lobbying group of corporate chief executives from various industries.. And it appears PhRMA made a wise choice. Politico quoted an unnamed senior industry official as saying the lobby sought a non-partisan, manager type to head the group while pointing out his relationships with members of Congress in both major parties. David Brennan, head of the organizations search committee and president and CEO of AstraZeneca, pointed out Castellanis experience in coalition building and strong reputation of working across the political divide.. ...
The last outbreak of Acanthamoeba infections in US and UK contact lens wearers occurred in the 1990s. In this issue, we include a study that confirms a further outbreak in the UK starting in 2010-2011. Another discusses the challenges faced by the US Food & Drug Administration in developing a standard protocol for disinfection efficacy testing for Acanthamoeba.. Researchers from Canada bring our attention back to hand hygiene and its link to corneal infection and inflammation. A prospective, cross-over study examines the impact of monovision CL correction on reading. And a group of scientists from Spain evaluates light disturbances in children wearing myopia control lenses.. Could early diagnosis of clinical markers of CL discomfort help clinicians set realistic expectations and provide prophylactic management? A team in Australia investigates. And, finally we include a survey that explores current practice in the use of scleral lens therapy.. Happy reading ...
Hi, I am using QIAamp kit to extract DNA from Acanthamoeba culture. However, I just able to extract about 40ng/ul of concentration only when measured by NanoQuant. Is this concentration normal for Acanthamoeba ? This is because previously extraction from other sample can obtain high concentration up to 300ng/ul. Or is there any pre-treatment required to be done to the sample before using this Qiagen kit? I am sure there is no other step stated in Qiagen handbook, just that any other step that is specifically to acanthamoeba ...
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We identified four polypeptides of 47, 44, 40, and 35 kD that bind to profilin-Sepharose and elute with high salt. When purified by conventional chromatography using an antibody to the 47-kD polypeptide, these four polypeptides copurified as a stoichiometric complex together with three additional polypeptides of 19, 18, and 13 kD that varied in their proportions to the other polypeptides. Partial protein sequences showed that the 47-kD polypeptide is a homologue of S. pombe act2 and the 44-kD polypeptide is a homologue of S. cerevisiae ACT2, both unconventional actins. The 40-kD polypeptide contains a sequence similar to the WD40 motif of the G beta subunit of a trimeric G-protein from Dictyostelium discoideum. From partial sequences, the 35-, 19-, and 18-kD polypeptides appear to be novel proteins. On gel filtration the complex of purified polypeptides cochromatograph with a Stokes radius of 4.8 nm, a value consistent with a globular particle of 220 kD containing one copy of each polypeptide. ...
Define Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus. Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus synonyms, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus pronunciation, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus translation, English dictionary definition of Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus. n. pl. mim·i·vi·rus·es Any of a genus of double-stranded DNA viruses that are the largest of all known viruses. n a very large virus containing DNA
During January 2010, a husband and wife returned from Laos to France with probable parasitic disease. Increased antibodies against an Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus virophage indicated seroconversion. While in Laos, they had eaten raw fish, a potential source of the virophage. This virophage, associated with giant viruses suspected to cause pneumonia, could be an emerging pathogen.
We present eight cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis. In each case; the Acanthamoeba organisms were visualized in the epithelium and anterior stroma using tandem scanning confocal microscopy. The organisms were highly reflective, ovoid, and were 10-25 microns in diameter. The Acanthamoeba organisms in the human corneas were identical in size and shape to Acanthamoeba organisms on an agar plate visualized with the same confocal microscope. Confocal microscopy is a useful method for identifying Acanthamoeba organisms in vivo within the corneal epithelium and anterior stroma.
TY - JOUR. T1 - The interaction of F-actin with phosphorylated and unphosphorylated myosins IA and IB from Acanthamoeba castellanii.. AU - Albanesi, J. P.. AU - Hammer, J. A.. AU - Korn, E. D.. PY - 1983/8/25. Y1 - 1983/8/25. N2 - Myosins IA and IB from Acanthamoeba castellanii are single-headed molecules which, upon phosphorylation of their heavy chains by a specific kinase, express actin-activated Mg2+-ATPase activity. These myosins show no tendency to self-associate under assay conditions, a property which allows unambiguous kinetic and actin-binding data to be obtained. Both myosin isoenzymes exhibit a complex dependence of actomyosin ATPase activity on F-actin concentration. A conventional hyperbolic dependence is observed at low concentrations of F-actin but at higher F-actin concentrations, inhibition and then apparent reactivation are seen to occur. From those early portions of the velocity profiles which do not deviate from simple Michaelis-Menten type kinetics, values for the Vmax (10 ...
A rare eye infection called acanthamoeba keratitis is spreading in contact lens wearers. Find out more about acanthamoeba keratitis symptoms.
In the present study, three artificial tear brands were selected according to the preservative agents (detergent or oxidative) or the lack of them to study their possible amoebicidal activity against trophozoites, as this is the initial state of the infection.. To study the viability of Acanthamoeba trophozoites after incubation with these tears, two different methods were used. The more traditional one, Trypan Blue stain, allows the differentiation of amoebae with the altered cell membrane and thus, identification of the non-viable ones. The second method used CTC stain to measure mitochondrial activity to determine the viability of the amoebae. This stain was developed for bacterial viability and then, adapted for Acanthamoeba in fluorometry by Kobayashi et al. [23]. In the present study, CTC stain for Acanthamoeba viability was used with flow cytometry for the first time.. One of the artificial tears tested using these two methods was Optava Fusion™. It contains Purite®, which is a soft ...
Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a devastating eye infection which in developed countries most commonly occurs in contact lens wearers. Consultant Ophthalmologist Deepa Anijeet will summarise key concepts such as risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. It will also highlight key areas of research that offer hope for sufferers.
TY - JOUR. T1 - The application of in vivo confocal scanning laser microscopy in the management of Acanthamoeba keratitis. AU - Matsumoto, Yukihiro. AU - Dogru, Murat. AU - Sato, Enrique Adan. AU - Katono, Yasuhiro. AU - Uchino, Yuichi. AU - Shimmura, Shigeto. AU - Tsubota, Kazuo. PY - 2007/7/25. Y1 - 2007/7/25. N2 - Purpose: To evaluate the role of in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy (Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II, Rostock Cornea Module, HRTII-RCM) in the management of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). Methods: Four eyes of four patients with AK seen at Keio University Hospital at the Department of Ophthalmology were studied in this single-center, prospective, interventional case series. All patients were routinely examined by slit-lamp microscopy including corneal fluorescein staining. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was also measured before and after the treatment for AK. Both the scraped corneal epithelium and soft contact lens (SCL) storage solution in each patients SCL case were ...
Acanthamoeba are tiny amoeba like parasites found in water sources such as tap water, well water, hot tubs and soil or sewage systems. Eye infections can occur when contact is made with these parasites and is usually due to the improper care of contact lenses or unhygienic conditions.. Recent outbreaks of acanthamoeba infections have been noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention throughout the U.S. The use of contact lens solutions that were contaminated during the manufacturing process led to an outbreak in 2007.. The good news is that with proper contact lens care, most cases can be avoided and that contact lens solutions undergo rigorous testing to ensure a sterile products reaches market.. ...
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a serious, debilitating, and intensely painful infection of the cornea caused by parasites of the genus Acanthamoeba. At present,...
Acanthamoeba is a pathogen frequently infecting brain, eyes, skin and lung of human and animal. Seven Acanthamoeba local isolates from various sources, two Acanthamoeba type strains and one strain of Hartmannella vermiformis were characterized for their genetic variability using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique using four different 10-mer oligonucleotides primers. Electrophoresis of the amplification products generated DNA bands ranging from approximately 0.25 to 7.50 kbp in size. A genetic relatedness among the isolates was examined using Dice similarity coefficient as the genetic distance measured between the strains of Acanthamoeba and H. vermiformis. Three distinct clusters could be separated at genetic distance of approximately 0.330. © 2006 Asian Network for Scientific Information. ...
Bowman’s layer encystment in cases of persistent Acanthamoeba keratitis Hideaki Yokogawa,1 Akira Kobayashi,1 Natsuko Yamazaki,1 Yasuhisa Ishibashi,2 Yosaburo Oikawa,3 Masaharu Tokoro,4 Kazuhisa Sugiyama11Department of Ophthalmology, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, 2Department of Ophthalmology, East Washinomiya Hospital, Kuki, 3Department of Medical Zoology, Kanazawa Medical University, Kahoku, 4Department of Parasitology, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, JapanBackground: The purpose of this study was to report Acanthamoeba encystment in Bowman’s layer in Japanese cases of persistent Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK).Methods: Laser confocal microscopic images of the cornea were obtained in vivo from 18 consecutive eyes from 17 confirmed AK patients. Retrospectively, 14 cases treated over 4 months were categorized as a nonpersistent group and three cases that required prolonged therapy for more than 6 months were categorized as a
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) is the first member of a new family of nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses called the Mimiviridae. Another giant virus, named mamavirus, was discovered in 2008 and is considered another APMV strain. Moreover, nosocomially acquired pneumonias account for 10 to 15% of all hospital-acquired infections, and pneumonia is actually the leading cause of nosocomial infection in intensive care units (ICU), where ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAP) are the most frequently observed hospital-acquired infections and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Mimivirus was one of the agents investigated by serological testing, among other conventional pneumonia agents. Among pneumonia patients with amoeba-associated pathogens, more had seroconversion to mimivirus (5 cases) than to any other pathogen. In addition, mimivirus was second among the four most frequently encountered agents of pneumonia diagnosed with high levels of evidence (3.8%), behind Pseudomonas
Despite significant public health impact, there is no specific antiprotozoal therapy for prevention and treatment of Acanthamoeba castellanii infection. There is a need for new and efficient anti-Acanthamoeba drugs that are less toxic and can reduce treatment duration and frequency of administration. In this context a new, rapid and sensitive assay is required for high-throughput activity testing and screening of new therapeutic compounds. A colorimetric assay based on sulforhodamine B (SRB) staining has been developed for anti-Acanthamoeba drug susceptibility testing and adapted to a 96-well microtiter plate format. Under these conditions chlorhexidine was tested to validate the assay using two clinical strains of A. castellanii (Neff strain, T4 genotype [IC50 4.68±0.6 _M] and T3 genotype [IC50 5.69±0.9 _M]). These results were in good agreement with those obtained by the conventional Alamar Blue assay, OCR cytotoxicity assay and manual cell counting method. Our new assay offers an ...
|p|A 36-year-old woman returning from holiday in Portugal presented with bilateral ocular pain and acute visual loss. Eye examination revealed an inflammation in the anterior segment associated with corneal keratitis. During her trip, she wore contact lenses and rinsed the storage case using tap water. Corneal scrapings, contact lenses and cleaning solution from the case were inoculated onto agar plates supplemented with heat-inactivated bacteria. Bilateral Acanthamoeba keratitis was diagnosed, as microscopic examination of cultures from the last two samples revealed typical, spherical double-walled cystic structures (Fig. 1).|/p|
Campylobacter jejuni is the leading bacterial cause of gastrointestinal diarrheal disease in humans worldwide. This zoonotic pathogen has a complex epidemiology due to its presence in many different host organisms. The overall aim of this thesis was to explore the role of amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba as an intermediate host and vector for survival and dissemination of C. jejuni. Earlier studies have shown that C. jejuni can enter, survive and replicate within Acanthamoebae spp. In this thesis, I have shown that C. jejuni actively invades Acanthamoeba polyphaga. Once inside, C. jejuni could survive within the amoebae by avoiding localization to degradative lysosomes. We also found that A. polyphaga could protect C. jejuni in acid environments with pH levels far below the range in which the bacterium normally survives. Furthermore, low pH triggered C. jejuni motility and invasion of A. polyphaga. In an applied study I found that A. polyphaga also could increase the survival of C. jejuni in ...
Acanthamoeba keratitis may be limited to the epithelium in its early stages, resulting in epithelial dendrites and punctate epitheliopathy. Later stromal involvement classically results in a partial or complete paracentral ring infiltrate as seen in this photograph. The many amoeba visible on the confocal microscopy image confirmed the suspected etiology to this patients infiltrate.
Background/aimsTo determine demographic and clinical features of patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) that are independent risk factors both for bad outcomes and for severe inflammatory complications (SIC).MethodsA retrospective audit of medical records of AK cases at Moorfields Eye Hospital fr
Purpose. To report a case of medication-resistant acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) treated successfully by corneal crosslinking (CXL). Methods. A 26-year-old male with medication-resistant AK underwent a standard CXL procedure with local anesthesia, follo
A. castellanii is a ubiquitous organism, found in many ecosystems worldwide. It is able to survive in harsh environmental circumstances - even in some contact lens solutions - and this is not the first occurrence of A. castellanii appearing in the eye. Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a neglected malady frequently associated with contact lens wear.. Acanthamoeba infection of the cornea causes severe inflammation, intense pain and impaired vision, which is blinding if left untreated. Infection begins when the parasite is at its active feeding trophozoite stage and sticks to the corneal tissue before penetrating the lower stromal layer. The resulting opacity leads to less sharp vision and eventually blindness.. Acanthamoeba infections (not just in the eye) are being detected by clinicians with increasing frequency, especially as opportunistic infections in patients whose immune system is already compromised. This at-risk population is expanding as a result of increasing use of immune-suppressing ...
Mimivirus. Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) particles. APMV is commonly known as the mimivirus. This virus consists of outer hairs, or fibrils (spikes), and a protein capsid (dark grey) enclosing a core (black) of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the virus genetic material. APMVs classification as a pathogen is tentative, but it is now thought that it may cause viral pneumonia. Magnification: x9,300 when printed 10 centimetres wide. - Stock Image C001/4438
The role played by soluble molecules that may participate in acanthamoebal cytopathogenicity has yet to be fully characterized. We demonstrate here that Acanthamoeba castellanii trophozoites constitutively release ADP in the medium. Cell-free supernatants prepared from A. castellanii, by interaction with specific P2y2 purinoceptors expressed on the Wish cell membrane, caused a biphasic rise in [Ca2+]i, extensive cell membrane blebbing, cytoskeletal disorganization, and the breakdown of nuclei. Cell damage induced by amoebic supernatants was blocked by the P2y2 inhibitor Suramin. The same results were found in Wish cells exposed to purified ADP. These findings suggest that pathogenic free-living A. castellanii may have a cytopathic effect on human epithelial cells through ADP release, by a process that begins with a rise of cytosolic free-calcium concentration, and culminates in apoptosis. ...
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), a virus of free-living amebae, has reportedly caused human respiratory disease. Using 2 newly developed real-time PCR assays, we screened 496 respiratory specimens from 9 pneumonia-patient populations for APM. This virus was not detected in any specimen, which suggests it is not a common respiratory pathogen ...
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), a virus of free-living amebae, has reportedly caused human respiratory disease. Using 2 newly developed real-time PCR assays, we screened 496 respiratory specimens from 9 pneumonia-patient populations for APM. This virus was not detected in any specimen, which suggests it is not a common respiratory pathogen.
Environmental chlamydiae belonging to the Parachlamydiaceae are obligate intracellular bacteria that infect Acanthamoeba, a free-living amoeba, and are a risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. However, whether amoebae harboring environmental chlamydiae actually survive in hospital environments is unknown. We therefore isolated living amoebae with symbiotic chlamydiae from hospital environments. One hundred smear samples were collected from Hokkaido University Hospital, Sapporo, Japan; 50 in winter (February to March, 2012) and 50 in summer (August, 2012), and used for the study. Acanthamoebae were isolated from the smear samples, and endosymbiotic chlamydial traits were assessed by infectivity, cytokine induction, and draft genomic analysis. From these, 23 amoebae were enriched on agar plates spread with heat-killed Escherichia coli. Amoeba prevalence was greater in the summer-collected samples (15/30, 50%) than those of the winter season (8/30, 26.7%), possibly indicating a seasonal variation (p = 0.096
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Innate immunity plays an important role in figting acanthamoeba infection (Hurt M, Alizadeh H et al. Infect Immun 2001 69(5):2988-2995). In an animal model of Acanthamoeba keratitis, exacerbation of keratitis occurred when neutrophil migration was inhibited, and resolution of keratitis occurred when neutrophils were recruited. Adaptive immunity may also play a role, as anti-Acanthamoeba IgA antibodies have been demonstrated in tears (Niederkorn JY et al. Cornea 2001 20(6):622-627 ...
Acanthamoeba species are infected by the largest known DNA viruses. These include icosahedral Mimiviruses, amphora-shaped Pandoraviruses, and Pithovirus sibericum, the latter one isolated from 30,000-y-old permafrost. Mollivirus sibericum, a fourth type of giant virus, was isolated from the same permafrost sample. Its approximately spherical virion (0.6-µm diameter) encloses a 651-kb GC-rich genome encoding 523 proteins of which 64% are ORFans; 16% have their closest homolog in Pandoraviruses and 10% in Acanthamoeba castellanii probably through horizontal gene transfer. The Mollivirus nucleocytoplasmic replication cycle was analyzed using a combination of
Key dates in the outbreak of eye infections linked to Advanced Medical Optics Complete MoisturePlus solution:. Feb. 2006- Nov. 2006: AMO receives nine reports involving patients infected with Acanthamoeba keratitis that go unreported.. March 2007: The CDC opens a multistate investigation into unusually high rates of the Acanthamoeba infection, which can result in permanent vision loss or blindness.. May 25, 2007: The CDC links AMOs Complete MoisturePlus to the outbreak and tells consumers to throw the product away.. May 26, 2007: AMO voluntarily recalls the solution under pressure from regulators at the CDC and the FDA.. May 29, 2007 to June 25, 2007: FDA inspectors arrive to investigate AMOs Irvine, Calif.-based headquarters. While there the FDA uncovers a series of problems, including the nine unreported complaint forms, which are finally submitted to the FDA.. Summer 2007: FDA officials schedule a meeting to discuss the problems uncovered at AMOs plant. No disciplinary action is ...
Author(s): Johnson ZK, Narayanan M, Siah WF, Anwar H, Figueiredo FC. Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract). Publication status: Published. Conference Name: ARVO 2015 Annual Meeting. Year of Conference: 2015. Online publication date: 01/06/2015. Acceptance date: 01/01/1900. ISSN: 1552-5783. Publisher: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. URL: http://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2331626&resultClick=1. Series Title: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. ...
Ac encodes 15,455 compact intron-rich genes, a significant number of which are predicted to have arisen through inter-kingdom lateral gene transfer (LGT). A majority of the LGT candidates have undergone a substantial degree of intronization and Ac appears to have incorporated them into established transcriptional programs. Ac manifests a complex signaling and cell communication repertoire, including a complete tyrosine kinase signaling toolkit and a comparable diversity of predicted extracellular receptors to that found in the facultatively multicellular dictyostelids. An important environmental host of a diverse range of bacteria and viruses, Ac utilizes a diverse repertoire of predicted pattern recognition receptors, many with predicted orthologous functions in the innate immune systems of higher organisms.. ...
If you wear contact lenses, how careful are you about keeping them clean? If a parasite climbs on to your contacts, you could end up with big problems -- Janet Donelly did. Shes blind in one eye now because of a serious eye infection. Acanthamoeba is a parasite that lives everywhere. Its in dirt and in plain old water from your tap to your swimming pool, and Janet knows now that a popular breeding ground for that tiny bug is your contact lens storage case.. I did use water to clean out the case itself like anybody when it gets dirty. You put it under the water and you wash it off just as you would a pot or a pan, says Donnelly, infection patient.. The infections are very difficult to get to go away. If we catch it after several weeks, or even several months, you could end up with permanent scarring and permanently decreased vision, says Dr. Christopher Rapuano, cornea specialist.. Dr. Rapuano says rinsing that case with soap and water may be to blame for Janets eye infection because soap ...
A new virus called Pithovirus sibericum has been isolated from 30,000 year old Siberian permafrost. It is the oldest DNA virus of eukaryotes ever isolated, showing that viruses can retain infectivity in nature for very long periods of time.. Pithovirus was isolated by inoculating cultures of the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellani with samples taken in the year 2000 from 30 meters below the surface of a late Pleistocene sediment in the Kolyma lowland region. This amoeba had been previously used to propagate other giant viruses, such as Mimivirus and Pandoravirus. Light microscopy of the cultures revealed the presence of ovoid particles which were subsequently shown by electron microscopy to resemble those of Pandoravirus. Pithovirus particles are flask-shaped and slightly larger than Pandoravirus - 1.5 microns long, 500 nm in diameter, encased by a 60 nm thick membrane. One end of the virus particle appears to be sealed with what the authors call a cork (photo). This feature, along with the shape of ...
Thanks to all those who attended our Nelson conference. Links from the conference talks from Professor Fiona Stapleton are: Good AK (acanthamoeba keratitis) information websites: www.odak-project.eu/ www.cdc.gov/parasites/acanthamoeba/ Wearer and practitioner education www.moorfields.nhs.uk/content/healthy-habits-healthy-eyes www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/contact-lens-health-week.html Keynote Speakers: Marc Bloomenstein OD, FAAODr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles[…]. ...
Thanks to all those who attended our Nelson conference. Links from the conference talks from Professor Fiona Stapleton are: Good AK (acanthamoeba keratitis) information websites: www.odak-project.eu/ www.cdc.gov/parasites/acanthamoeba/ Wearer and practitioner education www.moorfields.nhs.uk/content/healthy-habits-healthy-eyes www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/contact-lens-health-week.html Keynote Speakers: Marc Bloomenstein OD, FAAODr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles[…]. ...
Posted on 08/07/2002 1:21:10 PM PDT by robowombat. My Traitors Heart - Jonathan Pollard By Anthony C. LoBaido Published 06. 21. 02 at 21:34 Sierra Time The Politically Incorrect Spy: Time to send him home to Israel. Jonathan Pollard was a very naughty boy - not only did he spy for Israel, one of Americas staunchest allies -- he dared to stand on the side of almost every politically incorrect issue of the mid 1980s. Now as Pollard languishes in a North Carolina prison in failing health, it would behoove American patriots to reexamine the case -- free of the media spin provided by Wolf Blitzer, Seymour Hersh and CBS news. We must ask ourselves -- and President Bush Jr. -- if it is not indeed time for Mr. Pollard to go home to Israel. When I first analyzed the case of Jonathan Pollard I had no idea how closely Pollards life and interests mirrored my own. In fact, I became obsessed with every detail of his case -- reading, studying and writing about Pollard for up to 18 hours per day. Before long ...
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OK, back to me. When I went to my cornea specialist, the end of July, he was pleased with my progress in healing from the herpes simplex. My eye looked normal and the cornea was healing. At the beginning of August, my eye became very inflamed, and my vision was limited. I went back to the eye doctor and he assumed the herpes virus took a turn for the worse. He increased the dosage of steroid drops and had me return in a few days. I learned something else in this process. Amoeba on steroids are much more aggressive and become stronger. It took almost 3 weeks to diagnose my problem. By then, my cornea was extremely cloudy and my vision was gone. I could see light and shadow, but no images. My eye was sensitive to light, and there was a lot of pain. My head ached constantly. I was sent to the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City where I was diagnosed by using a confocal microscope and scraping the cornea for a culture. I left the eye center with 3 different kinds of pills and 8 different drops, NOT ...
OK, back to me. When I went to my cornea specialist, the end of July, he was pleased with my progress in healing from the herpes simplex. My eye looked normal and the cornea was healing. At the beginning of August, my eye became very inflamed, and my vision was limited. I went back to the eye doctor and he assumed the herpes virus took a turn for the worse. He increased the dosage of steroid drops and had me return in a few days. I learned something else in this process. Amoeba on steroids are much more aggressive and become stronger. It took almost 3 weeks to diagnose my problem. By then, my cornea was extremely cloudy and my vision was gone. I could see light and shadow, but no images. My eye was sensitive to light, and there was a lot of pain. My head ached constantly. I was sent to the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City where I was diagnosed by using a confocal microscope and scraping the cornea for a culture. I left the eye center with 3 different kinds of pills and 8 different drops, NOT ...
Brondfield MN, Reid MJ, Rutishauser RL, Cope JR, Tang J, Ritter JM, Matanock A, Ali I, Doernberg SB, Hilts-Horeczko A, DeMarco T, Klein L, Babik JM. Disseminated Acanthamoeba infection in a heart transplant recipient treated successfully with a miltefosine-containing regimen: Case report and review of the literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2017 Apr; 19(2 ...
Clinical Characteristics of Acanthamoeba Keratitis Infections in 28 States, 2008 to 2011, J. Ross, S. L. Roy, W. D. Mathers, D. C. Ritterband, J. S. Yoder, T. Ayers, R. D. Shah, M. E. Samper, C. Y. Shih, A. Schmitz, and A. C. Brown. ...
Acanthamoeba can cause amoebic keratitis and encephalitis in humans. Balamuthia mandrillaris is the cause of (often fatal) ... "Acanthamoeba , Microworld". www.arcella.nl. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. "Microscopy ... This finding suggests that the ''Acanthamoeba'' are capable of some form of meiosis and may be able to undergo sexual ... Orthologs of genes employed in meiosis of sexual eukaryotes have recently been identified in the Acanthamoeba genome. These ...
Acanthamoeba sp. Thecamoeba sp. Mayorella (Amoebozoa, Discosea) Class Discosea Cavalier-Smith 2004 stat. nov. Adl et al. 2018 ...
Acanthamoeba can also be the source of infections in the lungs, sinuses, skin, and eyes. "www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov". Retrieved 2009 ... Acanthamoeba spp. can be potentially pathogenic to humans and animals. Typically, a person or animal with a normally ... Its most prominent member, Acanthamoeba, can be potentially pathogenic to humans and animals. It has been described as having a ... It gets its name from Acanthamoeba, its best-known member. However, it also includes other species, such as Comandonia ...
Acanthamoeba spp. and Balamuthia mandrillaris cysts and trophozoites are found in tissue. In Acanthamoeba infections, the ... Acanthamoeba spp. have been found in soil; fresh, brackish, and sea water; sewage; swimming pools; contact lens equipment; ... Unlike N. fowleri, Acanthamoeba and Balamuthia have only two stages, cysts and trophozoites, in their life cycle. No ... In addition, Acanthamoeba spp. can cause granulomatous skin lesions and, more seriously, keratitis and corneal ulcers following ...
Pollard TD, Korn ED (July 1973). "Acanthamoeba myosin. I. Isolation from Acanthamoeba castellanii of an enzyme similar to ... Following the discovery by Pollard and Korn (1973) of enzymes with myosin-like function in Acanthamoeba castellanii, a global ...
Acanthamoeba keratitis: is water exposure a true risk factor? CLAO. 23(1): 55-56, 1997. First article published on CLAO's ... Chynn, E. W.; Talamo, J. H.; Seligman, M. S. (January 1997). "Acanthamoeba keratitis: is water exposure a true risk factor?". ... Acanthamoeba keratitis: contact lens and non-contact lens characteristics. Ophthalmology. 102: 1369-1373, 1995. Chynn EW, ... Chynn, E. W.; Lopez, M. A.; Pavan-Langston, D.; Talamo, J. H. (September 1995). "Acanthamoeba keratitis. Contact lens and ...
Acanthamoeba myosin II basal ATPase 83 μM[23] Rat myosin 1B basal ATPase ,150 μM[23] ...
Heinz, E; Kolarov, I; Kästner, C; Toenshoff, ER; Wagner, M; Horn, M (June 2007). "An Acanthamoeba sp. containing two ... The sole genus, "Procabacter", was identified as an obligate endosymbiont of Acanthamoeba. Horn, M; Fritsche, TR; Linner, T; ... related to the beta-Proteobacteria: proposal of 'Candidatus Procabacter acanthamoebae' gen. nov., sp. nov". International ... Gautom, RK; Harzenetter, MD; Wagner, M (March 2002). "Obligate bacterial endosymbionts of Acanthamoeba spp. ...
Acanthamoeba, Naegleria). If they had cell walls, they also could be included in plant kingdom between bacteria or yeasts. ...
Granulomatous amoebic encephalitis and Acanthamoeba keratitis (eye infection) Acanthamoeba spp. eye, brain, skin culture ...
test (Tubulinea) Acanthamoeba sp. (Discosea) Thecamoeba sp. (Discosea) Cavalier-Smith, Thomas; Chao, Ema E.; Lewis, Rhodri ( ...
Species include P. acanthamoeba. G. Greub (5 January 2009). "Parachlamydia acanthamoebae, an emerging agent of pneumonia". ...
Acanthamoeba (Unikonta, Amoebozoa) M4 (Mimivirus "bald" variant). 3 (Met, Cys, Arg). Yes. Yes. Resistant. Yes. Acanthamoeba ( ... Megavirus was isolated by co-cultivation with a variety of Acanthamoeba laboratory strains (A. polyphaga, A. castellanii, A. ... Acanthamoeba (Unikonta, Amoebozoa) Mimivirus. 4 (Tyr, Arg, Met, Cys). Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. ... Acanthamoeba (Unikonta, Amoebozoa) Mamavirus. 4 (Tyr, Arg, Met, Cys). Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. ...
Entamoeba histolytica Acanthamoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris Endolimax The recently available Acanthamoeba genome sequence ... This finding suggests that Acanthamoeba is capable of some form of meiosis and may be able to undergo sexual reproduction. In ... test (Lobosa: Tubulinea) Acanthamoeba sp. (Lobosa: Discosea) Thecamoeba sp. (Lobosa: Discosea) Entamoeba histolytica ... Acanthamoeba, Arcella, Difflugia etc.). The latter is made up of both amoeboid and flagellated cells, characteristically with ...
The protist pathogen Acanthamoeba spp. has shown the presence of ACh, which provides growth and proliferative signals via a ... Baig AM, Ahmad HR (June 2017). "Evidence of a M1-muscarinic GPCR homolog in unicellular eukaryotes: featuring Acanthamoeba spp ... Discovery of Acetylcholine and the Components of the Human Cholinergic System in a Primitive Unicellular Eukaryote Acanthamoeba ...
"Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus, complete genome". NCBI. Claverie, Jean-Michel; et al. (2006). "Mimivirus and the emerging ... This genus contains a single identified species named Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV), which serves as its type species ... APMV was discovered accidentally in 1992 within the amoeba Acanthamoeba polyphaga, after which it is named, during research ...
Acanthamoeba infection James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical ...
... eye drops have been used as a treatment for eyes affected by Acanthamoeba keratitis. CHG is ototoxic; if put into ... Alkharashi M, Lindsley K, Law HA, Sikder S (2015). "Medical interventions for acanthamoeba keratitis". Cochrane Database Syst ...
PHMB eye drops have been used as a treatment for eyes affected by Acanthamoeba keratitis. Branded as Baquacil, it also has an ... "Medical interventions for acanthamoeba keratitis". Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2 (2): CD0010792. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010792. ...
TUME1 endosymbiont of Acanthamoeba sp. UWC22 endosymbiont of Acanthamoeba sp. UWE1 Uncultured lineages include: Neochlamydia ... Trophozoites of Acanthamoeba hosting these strains were isolated from asymptomatic women in Germany and also in an outbreak of ... 2006 Parachlamydia acanthamoebae Everett et al. 1999 Neochlamydia hartmannellae Horn et al. 2001 (endocytobiont of Hartmannella ... A1Hsp) Isolated Endosymbionts include: Hall's coccus P9 UV-7 endosymbiont of Acanthamoeba sp. ...
It is usually caused by Acanthamoeba. On May 25, 2007, the U.S. Center for Disease Control issued a health advisory due to ... Lorenzo-Morales, Jacob; Khan, Naveed A.; Walochnik, Julia (2015). "An update on Acanthamoeba keratitis: diagnosis, pathogenesis ... "The potential pathogenicity of chlorhexidine-sensitive Acanthamoeba strains isolated from contact lens cases from asymptomatic ... increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis associated with use of Advanced Medical Optics Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose ...
The name "Procabacteriales" was also proposed for an order of endosymbionts of Acanthamoeba, but since they cannot be grown in ... Horn M, Fritsche TR, Linner T, Gautom RK, Harzenetter MD, Wagner M (2002). "Obligate bacterial endosymbionts of Acanthamoeba ... related to the beta-Proteobacteria: proposal of " Candidatus Procabacter acanthamoebae" gen. nov., sp. nov". International ...
This eukaryotic encystation in Acanthamoeba spp., is known to involve a crosstalk between the trophozoite form of the cell and ... Recently, scientists from Aga Khan University Pakistan, have extended the studies of encystation in Acanthamoeba to induce ... Recently, model pathogenic eukaryotic cell encystation has been linked to cancer cell dormancy, Acanthamoeba spp. were studied ...
Acanthamoeba ("spiny amoeba") amphi-: Pronunciation: /amfiː/, /amfɪ/. Origin: Ancient Greek: ἀμφί (amphí). Meaning: both. ...
A second member is Acanthamoeba castellanii lausannevirus. Two additional viruses have been isolated but have yet to be named. ... The first member of this family recognized has been named Acanthamoeba polyphaga marseillevirus. ...
Rudick VL, Weisman RA (1974). "Uridine diphosphate glucose pyrophosphorylase of Acanthamoeba castellanii. Purification, kinetic ...
Anderson I, Watkins R, Samuelson J, Spencer D, Majoros W, Grey M, Loftus B (August 2005). "Gene Discovery in the Acanthamoeba ...
Kusrini E, Hashim F, Azmi WN, Amin NM, Estuningtyas A (2016). "A novel antiamoebic agent against Acanthamoeba sp. - A causative ...
Education and information about Acanthamoeba Infection, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis (GAE) ... Skin infections that are caused by Acanthamoeba but have not spread to the central nervous system can be successfully treated. ... Most cases of brain and spinal cord infection with Acanthamoeba (Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis) are fatal. ... Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. Several prescription eye medications are ...
Acanthamoeba disease (excluding keratitis)(https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/acanthamoeba-disease-excluding-keratitis/) ... Acanthamoeba keratitis -. -. Balamuthia mandrillaris disease(https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/balamuthia-mandrillaris- ... Free-living Amebae Infections , 2012 Case Definition (https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/acanthamoeba-keratitis/case- ...
Acanthamoeba News and Research. RSS Acanthamoeba is a genus of opportunistic protozoan amebic species widely distributed in ... Contact lens solution linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis The use of a particular contact lens solution has a strong association ... New contact lens microbiology workshop aims at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis The American Academy of Ophthalmology today ... 12 aimed at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare infection among contact lens wearers that causes severe eye pain, redness ...
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Acanthamoeba is a genus of opportunistic protozoan amebic species widely distributed in nature. Furthermore, it is part of a ... Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Acanthamoeba keratitis represents a multifactorial process usually associated with the use of contact ... http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/acanthamoeba/gen_info/acanthamoeba.html. *Khan NA. Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis. Caister ... If Acanthamoeba enters the skin through a wound or the nostrils, the organism can travel through the bloodstream, spread to ...
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Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae that are commonly recovered from soil, fresh water, and other habitats. Acanthamoeba has two ... Acanthamoeba infection Balamuthia mandrillaris Marciano-Cabral F, Cabral G (April 2003). "Acanthamoeba spp. as agents of ... citing public domain text from the CDC Acanthamoeba - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Video of Acanthamoeba from ... The giant viruses Mimivirus, Megavirus, and Pandoravirus infect Acanthamoeba. Members of the genus Acanthamoeba are unusual in ...
The life cycle of Acanthamoeba spp. Under favourable conditions, Acanthamoeba remains in the trophozoite form and divides ... The classification of protists, based on ribosomal rRNA sequences (modified from Khan NA Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis ... A) Normal eye and (B) Infected eye exhibiting recurrent Acanthamoeba infection following corneal transplant with severe corneal ... The transmission electron micrograph of Acanthamoeba trophozoite. M is mitochondria; N is nucleus; V is vacuole and arrow ...
Acanthamoeba is an ameba that can cause Acanthamoeba keratitis, granulomatous encephalitis, and disseminated infection. The ... Acanthamoeba keratitis. The symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis can be very similar to the symptoms of other more common eye ... Acanthamoeba is found worldwide. Most commonly, Acanthamoeba is found in soil, dust, fresh water sources (such as lakes, rivers ... Acanthamoeba causes three main types of illness involving the eye (Acanthamoeba keratitis), the brain and spinal cord ( ...
Acanthamoeba infection is a cutaneous condition resulting from Acanthamoeba that may result in various skin lesions. ... Acanthamoeba strains can also infect human eyes causing acanthamoebic keratitis. Acanthamoeba keratitis Balamuthia infection ... ISBN 978-1-4160-2999-1. Khan, Naveed Ahmed (2009). Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis. Horizon Scientific Press. p. 127. ...
Although tandem scanning confocal microscopy of Acanthamoeba has been described in previous reports, Acanthamoeba keratitis has ... one with culture-proven Acanthamoeba and the other with a suspected Acanthamoeba infection. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy and in vivo ... Confocal microscopy findings of Acanthamoeba keratitis.. Pfister DR1, Cameron JD, Krachmer JH, Holland EJ. ... In vivo confocal micrographs showed the double-walled structure of the Acanthamoeba cyst and associated radial keratoneuritis ( ...
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... may be limited to the epithelium in its early stages, resulting in epithelial dendrites and punctate ... Acanthamoeba keratitis Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare parasitic infection of the cornea that primarily occurs in contact lens ... See the related article for more information on Acanthamoeba keratitis. *Coming soon: The treatment of Acanthamoeba in ... Figure 5: 300x magnification of the corneal epithelium in a patient with Acanthamoeba keratitis. H&E stain demonstrates a ...
Unfortunately, treatment of well-established Acanthamoeba keratitis remains frustr ... Early treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis reduces long-term visual sequelae. ... Seal D. Treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2003;1:205-208.. 2.. Perez-Santonja JJ, Kilvington S ... Acanthamoeba usually gains access to the cornea secondary to contact lens associated epithelial compromise and has been shown ...
Acanthamoeba keratitis is an eye infection affecting the cornea. Contact lens users are at higher risk of getting infected, ... What is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?. Acanthamoeba keratitis is an eye infection affecting the cornea. Contact lens users are at ... Acanthamoeba are ubiquitous and can be found in air, fresh and brackish water, and soil. The acanthamoeba can also be found in ... How do we Treat Acanthamoeba Keratitis?. Drugs:. The treatment of acanthamoeba keratitis is often not satisfactory because of ...
"Assessment of real-time polymerase chain reaction detection of Acanthamoeba and prognosis determinants of Acanthamoeba ... P. R. Badenoch, "The pathogenesis of Acanthamoeba keratitis," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 19, no ... C. D. Illingworth and S. D. Cook, "Acanthamoeba keratitis," Survey of Ophthalmology, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 493-508, 1998. View at ... D. A. Schaumberg, K. K. Snow, and M. R. Dana, "The epidemic of Acanthamoeba keratitis: where do we stand?" Cornea, vol. 17, no ...
Information about acanthamoeba keratitis, its treatment and symptoms can be found at CooperVision. Reduce your chances of being ... What are the symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis?. Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include the following:. *Sensitivity to ... What can I do to help reduce the chances of contracting Acanthamoeba keratitis?. A trauma to the cornea (the clear dome that ... Infection of Acanthamoeba keratitis could happen through cuts or other eye traumas; exposure to contaminated water; or poor ...
Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus synonyms, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus pronunciation, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus ... translation, English dictionary definition of Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus. n. pl. mim·i·vi·rus·es Any of a genus of double ... redirected from Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus). Also found in: Medical. mim·i·vi·rus. (mĭm′ĭ-vī′rəs). n. pl. mim·i·vi·rus·es ... Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), a virus of free-living amebae, has reportedly caused human respiratory disease.. ...
Acanthamoeba - Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events ... Tags Acanthamoeba, contact lens, contact lens health week, contacts, eye infections, eyes, handwashing, microbial keratitis ...
Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae, one of the most common protozoa in soil, and also frequently found in fresh ... Diseases caused by Acanthamoeba include amoebic keratitis and encephalitis.[1] The latter is caused by Acanthamoeba entering ... Endosymbiontes of Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba sp. contain diverse bacterial endosymbionts which are similar to human pathogens. ... Video of Acanthamoeba from contact lens keratitis. *Acanthamoeba spp. as Agents of Disease in Humans - Clinical Microbiology ...
What is Acanthamoeba keratitis?. One type of infection affecting the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, is ... Acanthamoeba is found in chlorinated swimming pools, hot tubs, domestic tap water and even in bottled water. It is also present ... Most cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis are preventable if contact lens wearers follow the instructions given to them by their ... Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include a sensation of having something in the eye, watery eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity ...
Ertabaklar H, Türk M, Dayanis V, Ertuk S, Walochnik J (2007) Acanthamoeba keratitis due to Acanthamoeba genotype T4 in a non ... Cateau E, Verdon J, Fernandez B, Hechard Y, Rodier M (2011) Acanthamoeba sp. promotes the survival and growth of Acinetobacter ... Several Acanthamoeba strains were co-cultivated with adenoviruses (adenoviruses 11 and 41), grown on A549 cells, using a ... Scheid, P., Schwarzenberger, R. Acanthamoeba spp. as vehicle and reservoir of adenoviruses. Parasitol Res 111, 479-485 (2012) ...
Injured by Acanthamoeba Keratitis? Contact one of our Renu Moistureloc and Acanthamoeba Keratitis attorneys today for a free ... Acanthamoeba Keratitis is caused by amoebas (single cell organisms) that enter into and infect the eye. Typically, Acanthamoeba ... Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a serious side effect of Renu Moistureloc, a contacts lens solution manufactured by Bausch & Lomb. ... Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a rare eye infection that causes an inflammation of the cornea, the membrane that covers the eyes ...
Acanthamoeba as a human pathogen. Diseases caused by Acanthamoeba include amoebic keratitis and encephalitis[1]. The latter is ... Acanthamoeba species. Species of Acanthamoeba are distinguished mainly on the form of cysts, and include the following; those ... Endosymbiontes of Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba sp. contain diverse bacterial endosymbionts which are similar to human pathogens. ... Recent findings demonstrate that MRSA can infect and replicate inside of Acanthamoeba polyphaga; this Acanthamoeba species is ...
The evaluation of an acanthamoeba infection begins with a history and physical examination ... ... Another name for Acanthamoeba Infection is Acanthamoeba Infection. ... Acanthamoeba Infection Evaluation. The evaluation of an acanthamoeba infection begins with a history and physical examination. ... Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of an acanthamoeba infection.. Tests that may be used to evaluate an acanthamoeba ...
Core gene-based molecular detection and identification of Acanthamoeba species in DOAJ. DOAJ is an online directory that ... Abstract Acanthamoeba spp. are predominant free-living amoebae of water and soil. They have been used as tools for the ... Thirty-three Acanthamoeba isolates were studied, including 20 reference strains and 13 isolates retrieved from water, soil or ... Core gene-based molecular detection and identification of Acanthamoeba species. Scientific Reports. 2020;10(1):1-9 DOI 10.1038/ ...
... classified as the genus Acanthamoeba by Volkonsky. It was later found to be the etiologic agent of Acanthamoeba granulomatous ... Ecology of Acanthamoeba. Rev Infect Dis. 1991;13(Suppl 5):S385-7. DOIPubMedGoogle Scholar ... Acanthamoeba: biology and increasing importance in human health. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2003;16:273-307.PubMedGoogle Scholar ... Acanthamoeba [ǝˌ́́́́kæn.Өǝʹmi.bǝ]. From the Greek akantha (spike/thorn), which was added before amoeba (change) to describe ...
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  • The intake of the viruses into the cytoplasm of the trophozoites was demonstrated in an Acanthamoeba castellanii strain with the help of fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy. (springer.com)
  • Danes L, Cerva L (1981) Survival of polioviruses and echoviruses in Acanthamoeba castellanii cultivated in vitro. (springer.com)
  • Therefore, understanding of the effect of oxidative stress on vital characteristics of Acanthamoeba castellanii (T4 genotype) and the antioxidant defense responses of Acanthamoeba to oxidative status will cast light on immune cell-parasite interactions. (springer.com)
  • Kim J-Y, Na B-K, Song K-J, Park M-H, Park Y-K, Kim T-S (2012) Functional expression and characterization of an iron-containing superoxide dismutase of Acanthamoeba castellanii. (springer.com)
  • In accordance with the International Standard ISO 19045, Acanthamoeba castellanii ATCC 50370 trophozoites were cultured in antibiotic-free axenic medium, treated with test solutions, and encystment rates plus viability were measured via bright field and fluorescent microscopy. (dovepress.com)
  • Although the mutant strain was able to kill HL-60- and THP-1-derived macrophages, it could not replicate within a protozoan host, Acanthamoeba castellanii . (asm.org)
  • Infection of Acanthamoeba castellanii by Chlamydia pneumoniae. (asm.org)
  • We therefore investigated the intracellular growth and survival of C. pneumoniae in Acanthamoeba castellanii by using cell culture, immunofluorescence microscopy, and electron microscopy. (asm.org)
  • Growth of Legionella pneumophila in Acanthamoeba castellanii enhances invasion. (asm.org)
  • We compared the invasive ability of bacteria grown under standard laboratory conditions with that of bacteria grown in Acanthamoeba castellanii, one of the protozoan species that serves as a natural host for L. pneumophila in the environment. (asm.org)
  • This study compared the effectiveness of two DNA extraction/purification methods (FastDNA Spin Kit for soil and Wizard SV genomic DNA Purification System) by using trophozoites and cysts of Acanthamoeba castellanii and water and biofilm samples of cooling towers. (environmental-expert.com)
  • A quantitative model of intracellular growth of Legionella pneumophila in Acanthamoeba castellanii. (asm.org)
  • A model of intracellular growth for Legionella pneumophila in Acanthamoeba castellanii has been developed and provides a quantitative measure of survival and replication after entry. (asm.org)
  • The present study demonstrates the in vitro effectiveness of the macrolide rokitamycin and the phenothiazine compound chlorpromazine against Acanthamoeba castellanii . (asm.org)
  • Genetic basis of survival of Mycobacterium bovis inside Acanthamoeba castellanii. (surrey.ac.uk)
  • The effect of bacterial prey species and their concentration on growth of the amoebae Acanthamoeba castellanii and Hartmannella vermiformis. (lancs.ac.uk)
  • Here we present an analysis of a whole genome assembly of Acanthamoeba castellanii (Ac) the first representative from a solitary free-living amoebozoan. (hud.ac.uk)
  • Despite significant public health impact, there is no specific antiprotozoal therapy for prevention and treatment of Acanthamoeba castellanii infection. (nottingham.ac.uk)
  • Species responsible are chiefly Acanthamoeba culbertsoni , but cases have been reported involving Acanthamoeba castellanii , Acanthamoeba polyphaga , and Acanthamoeba astronyxis . (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Most cases of brain and spinal cord infection with Acanthamoeba ( Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis ) are fatal. (cdc.gov)
  • Poll results released today by charity Fight for Sight highlight that many Brits are frequently putting their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habits, unaware that these could lead to a painful and sight-threatening eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. (news-medical.net)
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced a contact lens microbiology workshop on Sept. 12 aimed at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare infection among contact lens wearers that causes severe eye pain, redness, light sensitivity and potential vision loss. (news-medical.net)
  • The use of a particular contact lens solution has a strong association with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare severe eye infection, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a study published online this week by the American Journal of Ophthalmology. (news-medical.net)
  • Pure granulomatous lesions are rare in patients with AIDS and other related immunodeficiency states, as the patients do not have adequate numbers of CD+ve T-cells to mount a granulomatous response to Acanthamoeba infection in CNS and other organs and tissues. (wikipedia.org)
  • Due to the rarity of this parasite and a lack of knowledge, no good diagnoses or treatments for Acanthamoeba infection are now known. (wikipedia.org)
  • Correct and timely diagnosis, as well as improved treatment methods and an understanding of the parasite, are important factors in improving the outcome of infection by Acanthamoeba. (wikipedia.org)
  • Three main types of rare clinical syndromes can be caused by Acanthamoeba -fatal granulomatous amebic encephalitis that involves the brain and spinal cord, Acanthamoeba keratitis that involves the eye, as well as disseminated infection that often manifests with various skin lesions. (news-medical.net)
  • Initially, the term "granulomatous amebic encephalitis" was coined mainly to describe brain infection caused by Acanthamoeba species. (news-medical.net)
  • If Acanthamoeba enters the skin through a wound or the nostrils, the organism can travel through the bloodstream, spread to other organ systems, and result in a disseminated infection. (news-medical.net)
  • Infection with Acanthamoeba species can also manifest with various skin lesions that usually start as firm papular nodules, subsequently developing into indurated ulcerations. (news-medical.net)
  • Acanthamoeba infection is a cutaneous condition resulting from Acanthamoeba that may result in various skin lesions. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis Balamuthia infection Skin lesion James, William D. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acanthamoeba causes three main types of illness involving the eye ( Acanthamoeba keratitis ), the brain and spinal cord (Granulomatous Encephalitis), and infections that can spread throughout the entire body (disseminated infection). (rxlist.com)
  • How does infection with Acanthamoeba occur? (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis infection has been linked to contact lens use, although people who do not use contact lenses can also become infected. (rxlist.com)
  • Poor contact lens hygiene or wearing contact lenses during swimming, hot tub use, or showering may increase the risk of Acanthamoeba entering the eye and causing a serious infection. (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoeba can also cause disseminated infection by entering the skin through a cut, wound , or through the nostrils. (rxlist.com)
  • The spread of Acanthamoeba infection from one person to another has never been reported. (rxlist.com)
  • What are the symptoms of Acanthamoeba infection? (rxlist.com)
  • Eye infection with Acanthamoeba has never been known to cause infections in other parts of the body. (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoeba can cause a serious, most often deadly, infection of the brain and spinal cord called Granulomatous Encephalitis (GAE). (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoeba can also cause skin lesions and/or disseminated infection. (rxlist.com)
  • Who is at risk for infection with Acanthamoeba ? (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis is most common in people who wear contact lenses, but anyone can develop the infection. (rxlist.com)
  • Disseminated infection caused by Acanthamoeba occurs more frequently in people with compromised immune systems or those who are chronically ill. (rxlist.com)
  • Is there treatment for infection with Acanthamoeba ? (rxlist.com)
  • It is important to see your health care provider immediately if you think you have Acanthamoeba infection of the eye or skin as medical treatment is most effective when started early. (rxlist.com)
  • How can I prevent an infection with Acanthamoeba ? (rxlist.com)
  • We reviewed the records of two patients with a clinical diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis, one with culture-proven Acanthamoeba and the other with a suspected Acanthamoeba infection. (nih.gov)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare parasitic infection of the cornea that primarily occurs in contact lens wearers. (uiowa.edu)
  • Figure 4: Epitheliitis with marked radial perineuritis secondary to Acanthamoeba infection. (uiowa.edu)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis is an eye infection affecting the cornea. (medindia.net)
  • A trauma to the cornea (the clear dome that covers your eye), along with exposure to Acanthamoeba species-especially with people who have a compromised immune system-can lead to an infection of Acanthamoeba keratitis, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. (coopervision.com)
  • The 18 chapters cover the following diseases and pathogens: influenza in 2009, human adenovirus 14, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus as a cause of pneumonia, hepatitis E, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus-like arenavirus infections, human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 infections in indigenous populations, cytomegalovirus infection after transplantation, malignancies and HIV infection, Arcobacter sp. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • One type of infection affecting the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, is Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare but very painful condition that can cause sight loss. (bcla.org.uk)
  • Contact lens wearers not complying with these instructions may be increasing their risk of infection with Acanthamoeba and other organisms. (bcla.org.uk)
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a rare eye infection that causes an inflammation of the cornea, the membrane that covers the eye's iris (colored part) and pupil. (consumerinjurylawyers.com)
  • The evaluation of an acanthamoeba infection begins with a history and physical examination. (freemd.com)
  • Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of an acanthamoeba infection. (freemd.com)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight-threatening infection of the cornea, which is caused by soil and the waterborne protist Acanthamoeba spp. (mdpi.com)
  • What Is Acanthamoeba Keratitis, the Contact Lens Infection? (health.com)
  • The infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, is rare. (health.com)
  • The most frequent infection associated with Acanthamoeba spp. (asm.org)
  • The First Acanthamoeba keratitis Case of Non-Contact Lens Wearer with HIV Infection in Thailand. (medworm.com)
  • In 76 eyes we observed concurrent growth of Acanthamoeba and bacteria and in 2 eyes (0,22%) there was fungal co-infection. (arvojournals.org)
  • Is Acanthamoeba encephalitis an opportunistic infection? (neurology.org)
  • Acanthamoeba infection of the eye is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person. (rightdiagnosis.com)
  • Acanthamoeba infection of the eye, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. (rightdiagnosis.com)
  • Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Acanthamoeba infection of the eye is possible from one person to another. (rightdiagnosis.com)
  • Although Acanthamoeba is very common in the environment, it rarely causes infection. (wa.gov.au)
  • If Acanthamoeba contacts the eye from a contaminated contact lens or from water, the abrasions may allow it to enter the eye, causing a severe infection called Acanthamoebic keratitis. (wa.gov.au)
  • Acanthamoebic keratitis (sometimes called Acanthamoeba keratitis) is a painful infection of the cornea (the transparent front part of the eye). (wa.gov.au)
  • Non-granulomatous cerebellar infection by Acanthamoeba spp. (springer.com)
  • A previous study using the presence of a unique Rns intron as a marker had conclusively shown that the home water supply could be the source of an Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) infection ( 5 ). (asm.org)
  • Pathogenesis of Acanthamoeba infection. (ajtmh.org)
  • Acanthamoeba GAE is an insidious, multifocal, slowly progressive infection which spans from several weeks to months. (labce.com)
  • Co-infection with a bacterial keratitis is common both in the contact lens case and on the cornea, complicating prevention, diagnosis and treatment.By educating yourself about the symptoms and risk factors for Acanthamoeba keratitis, you can help protect yourself from this potentially sight-threatening infection. (eyecare.org)
  • The best defense against Acanthamoeba keratitis infection is proper contact lens hygiene. (eyecare.org)
  • Infection from Acanthamoeba is rare, but when it does occur, it can threaten vision. (eyecare.org)
  • In recent years, the concern of Acanthamoeba keratitis has increased since the infection is often associated with contact lens use. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Those who attempt to use their own homemade cleaning solutions also run the risk of contracting Acanthamoeba keratitis, Acanthamoeba is a water-borne, microscopic parasite that can wreck havoc in the form of an infection when it invades the cornea. (centr-ginmed.ru)
  • It has been discussed that contact lenses serve as vectors for transmitting Acanthamoeba trophozoites, and to make matters worse studies have shown that wearing lenses results in mild corneal trauma which alters the surface of your eye making it even more susceptible to infection! (blogspot.com)
  • However, a negative culture does not necessarily rule out Acanthamoeba infection. (clinlabnavigator.com)
  • According to the report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, inspectors from the FDA discovered that AMO failed to disclose at least nine reported cases of the sight-threatening eye infection Acanthamoeba Keratitis among users of the company's Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution. (schmidtlaw.com)
  • How Could Contact Lens Wearers Be at Risk of Acanthamoeba Infection? (journalofoptometry.org)
  • In addition, the company said Impavido has received orphan drug designation in treating Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), the brain infection caused by the water-born amoeba Naegleria fowleri and Acanthamoeba Keratitis, and is the first Rx product launched in the US. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Although intraocular Acanthamoeba infection is rare, the following case demonstrates an unusual presentation of recurrent Acanthamoeba infection in a 30 year old contact lens wearing male. (umn.edu)
  • Eight months post-operatively, the patient developed orbital implant exposure secondary to persistent Acanthamoeba infection and underwent removal of the implant and aggressive, systemic treatment involving a multispecialty care team. (umn.edu)
  • Conclusions: and Importance: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first known case of Acanthamoeba infection causing orbital implant exposure. (umn.edu)
  • Persistent infection should be considered in Acanthamoeba patients who have undergone enucleation and have orbital implant exposure. (umn.edu)
  • When present in the eye, Acanthamoeba strains can cause acanthamoebic keratitis, which may lead to corneal ulcers or even blindness. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acanthamoeba strains can also infect human eyes causing acanthamoebic keratitis. (wikipedia.org)
  • Several Acanthamoeba strains were 'co-cultivated' with adenoviruses (adenoviruses 11 and 41), grown on A549 cells, using a proven test protocol. (springer.com)
  • Thirty-three Acanthamoeba isolates were studied, including 20 reference strains and 13 isolates retrieved from water, soil or clinical samples. (doaj.org)
  • Our implemented tool may help determining which Acanthamoeba strains are the most efficient for the isolation of associated microorganisms. (doaj.org)
  • In the present study we evaluated the efficacies of various biocides against trophozoites and cysts of several Acanthamoeba strains. (asm.org)
  • Genotyping determination of Acanthamoeba strains: an original study and a systematic review in Iran. (medworm.com)
  • Sequence differences were sufficient to distinguish closely related strains and were used to examine links between strains obtained from corneal scrape specimens, contact lenses, lens cases, lens case solutions, and home water-supply faucets of patients with Acanthamoeba . (asm.org)
  • The overall results demonstrate the potential of this Rns region for tracking Acanthamoeba keratitis strains in infections and for distinguishing single-strain and closely related multiple-strain infections even when other microorganisms might be present with the cultured specimens. (asm.org)
  • They also confirm the predominance of Rns genotype T4 strains in Acanthamoeba keratitis infections. (asm.org)
  • As part of an effort to track infections, we also sought to determine whether Acanthamoeba strains isolated in corneal scrapes also might be present on contact lenses and/or in lens cases. (asm.org)
  • We surveyed 236 potentially pathogenic Acanthamoeba strains, isolated from water sources in the Canary Islands, for the presence of human adenoviruses (HAdV) using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based typing assay. (ajtmh.org)
  • We found that HAdV-2 was the most frequently encountered serotype amongst the Acanthamoeba strains, and their identification was confirmed by a nested PCR specific for this serotype. (ajtmh.org)
  • This study is also the first to correlate the mRNA expression of MBP and AhLBP as virulent markers for axenic strains of Acanthamoeba . (biomedcentral.com)
  • The ability of 3AT and (R)-C348 to restrict the growth of four strains of Acanthamoeba spp. (strath.ac.uk)
  • The effectiveness of the eight release treatments applied to L. pneumophila and Acanthamoeba strains in a free-living state varied between bacterial strains. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Diseases caused by Acanthamoeba include keratitis and granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE). (wikipedia.org)
  • Acanthamoeba is a free-living protist pathogen, capable of causing a blinding keratitis and fatal granulomatous encephalitis. (nih.gov)
  • It was later found to be the etiologic agent of Acanthamoeba granulomatous encephalitis and keratitis in humans. (cdc.gov)
  • Acanthamoeba has 22 genotypes with the T4 genotype being the main causative agent of amoebic granulomatous encephalitis and keratitis. (springer.com)
  • Zamora A, Henderson H, Swiatlo E. Acanthamoeba encephalitis: a case report and review of therapy. (springer.com)
  • Rodríguez-Pérez EG, Escandón-Vargas K, Ancer A. Granulomatous amebic encephalitis caused by Acanthamoeba sp. (springer.com)
  • Fatal granulomatous Acanthamoeba encephalitis mimicking a stroke, diagnosed by correlation of results of sequential magnetic resonance imaging, biopsy, in vitro culture, immunofluorescence analysis, and molecular analysis. (springer.com)
  • Fulminant and fatal encephalitis caused by Acanthamoeba in a kidney transplant recipient: case report and literature review. (springer.com)
  • Rapidly fatal Acanthamoeba encephalitis and treatment of cryoglobulinemia. (springer.com)
  • Edgawa A, Kimura A, Kamebuchi-Kurata T, Kusuhara Y, Karanis (2009) Isolation and genotyping of pathogenic Acanthamoeba and Naegleria from tapwater sources in Osaka, Japan. (springer.com)
  • This investigation provides further evidence that the T4 genotype is the most prevalent in water samples and demonstrates that there is a need for taking more consideration to water sources in order to prevent complications associated with pathogenic Acanthamoeba spp. (degruyter.com)
  • Molecular characterization of pathogenic Acanthamoeba isolated from drinking and recreational water in East Azerbaijan, Northwest Iran. (degruyter.com)
  • In fact, in addition to their intrinsic pathogenicity, Acanthamoeba can potentially harbor various bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic species pathogenic for human and animals ( 22 ). (asm.org)
  • The members of Acanthamoeba genus are ubiquitous amoeba which could be a pathogenic parasite. (springer.com)
  • Potentially pathogenic Acanthamoeba in swimming pools: a survey in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. (springer.com)
  • Acanthamoeba, human pathogens and natural hosts of pathogenic bacteria, may be accurately detected and quantified by real-time PCR if Acanthamoeba DNA are properly extracted and PCR inhibitors are effectively eliminated. (environmental-expert.com)
  • In spite of the polymorphic zymodemes, a slow band of G6PD and HK, and an intermediate band of MDH were only observed in pathogenic Acanthamoeba spp. (nih.gov)
  • Physiological properties and genotyping of Acanthamoeba should be studied simultaneously to evaluate the pathogenic potential of the isolates. (biomedcentral.com)
  • The results of osmo-tolerance and thermo-tolerance assays demonstrated that 50% of T3 and 25% of T4 genotypes of Acanthamoeba were highly pathogenic parasites. (iwaponline.com)
  • Free-living amoebae (FLA) and particularly acanthamoebae serve as vehicles and hosts for Legionella pneumophila , among other pathogenic microorganisms. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Free-living amoebae (FLA), particularly acanthamoebae, have recently gained scientific attention not only because of their intrinsic pathogenicity [ 1 - 3 ] but also because they serve as vehicles and hosts for a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, such as Coxiella burnetti , Chlamydophila pneumoniae , Mycobacterium spp. (biomedcentral.com)
  • The condition is caused by a single celled amoeba, called Acanthamoeba. (medindia.net)
  • Free-Living Amoeba Acanthamoeba Triggers Allergic Inflammation of Airways, Allergic Diseases Celso Pereira, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/59190. (intechopen.com)
  • Fifteen water samples (29%, 15/52) contained amoeba that were morphologically classified as Acanthamoeba spp. (mdpi.com)
  • The Gram-negative bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is able to enter, survive and multiply within the free living amoeba Acanthamoeba polyphaga , but the molecular mechanisms behind these events are still unclear. (diva-portal.org)
  • The T4 genotype of Acanthamoeba is a prevalent free-living amoeba and widely distributed not only in Zahedan but also in other provinces of Iran. (medworm.com)
  • The genus Acanthamoeba is a free-living amoeba widely distributed in various aquatic environments. (degruyter.com)
  • Acanthamoeba is a form of microscopic amoeba (single-celled organism) that lives in the environment. (wa.gov.au)
  • Free-living amoeba (FLA), including Acanthamoeba and Naegleria are facultative parasites in humans. (iwaponline.com)
  • Acanthamoeba are tiny amoeba like parasites found in water sources such as tap water, well water, hot tubs and soil or sewage systems. (schaeffereyecenter.com)
  • Evaluation of in vitro efficacy of combined riboflavin and ultraviolet a for Acanthamoeba isolates," American Journal of Ophthalmology , vol. 153, no. 3, pp. 399-404, 2012. (hindawi.com)
  • We found that four isolates may be considered as new Acanthamoeba species. (doaj.org)
  • Consistent with previous studies, we demonstrated that some Acanthamoeba isolates were incorrectly assigned to species using the 18S rDNA sequences. (doaj.org)
  • For an analysis of the genetic pattern of Acanthamoeba isolates, DNA sequencing of nuclear small-subunit rRNA gene (18S rRNA or Rns) was applied. (degruyter.com)
  • 18S ribosomal DNA typing and tracking of Acanthamoeba species isolates from corneal scrape specimens, contact lenses, lens cases, and home water supplies of Acanthamoeba keratitis patients in Hong Kong. (degruyter.com)
  • The purpose of the present study was to investigate Acanthamoeba species prevalence in household and hospital potable water in Beni-Suef governorate, Egypt, and to employ sequencing methods to identify positive Acanthamoeba species isolates and their potential health risks. (degruyter.com)
  • Sequence analysis showed that Acanthamoeba isolates belonged to the T3 and T4 genotypes. (springer.com)
  • We examined partial 18S ribosomal DNA ( Rns ) sequences of Acanthamoeba isolates cultured in a study of microbial keratitis in Hong Kong. (asm.org)
  • Acanthamoeba genotype T4 from the UK and Iran and isolation of the T2 genotype from clinical isolates. (ajtmh.org)
  • Five isolates of Acanthamoeba spp. (nih.gov)
  • Partial 18S rRNA genotypic identification of Acanthamoeba isolates is important to correlate with pathophysiological properties in order to evaluate the degree of virulence. (biomedcentral.com)
  • This is the first report of genotypic identification for clinical isolates of Acanthamoeba from corneal scrapings of keratitis in Malaysia. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Acanthamoeba is a genus of opportunistic protozoan amebic species widely distributed in nature. (news-medical.net)
  • Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae that are commonly recovered from soil, fresh water, and other habitats. (wikipedia.org)
  • Acanthamoeba is a genus of amoebae , one of the most common protozoa in soil, and also frequently found in fresh water and other habitats . (thefullwiki.org)
  • In 1930, it was reported by Castellani in yeast ( Cryptococcus pararoseus ) culture, and was later (1931) classified as the genus Acanthamoeba by Volkonsky. (cdc.gov)
  • Free-living amoebae that belong to the genus Acanthamoeba are widespread in the environment, including water. (asm.org)
  • Amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba Volkonsky, 1931 are ubiquitous, amphizoic organisms with a cosmopolitan distribution. (prolekare.cz)
  • For molecular identification of Acanthamoeba , PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and sequencing were conducted based on genus specific fragment of 18S ribosomal DNA ( Rns ). (springer.com)
  • Identification of Acanthamoeba Rns genotypes was based on sequences of ∼113 bp within the genus-specific amplicon ASA.S1. (asm.org)
  • The evolutionary history of the genus Acanthamoeba and the indentification of eight new 18S rRNA gene sequence types. (ajtmh.org)
  • Following this, the previous studies found that the partial 18S rRNA gene sequences which contain the Acanthamoeba genus-specific amplicon (ASA.S1) were sufficient to identify the Acanthamoeba Rns genotypes. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis. (news-medical.net)
  • The use of Acanthamoeba in the study of cellular differentiation mechanisms, motility and phagocytosis, bacterial pathogenesis and evolutionary processes makes it an attractive model organism. (nih.gov)
  • There is a particular emphasis on the Acanthamoeba genome sequence and the novel insights gained from the application of molecular methods to Acanthamoeba developmental and cellular biology in terms of metabolism and morphogenesis, classification, ecology and role in the ecosystem, host-pathogen interactions, virulence factors and immunological basis of pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, diagnosis, treatment, new target development and drug resistance and its interactions with other microbes in the environment. (caister.com)
  • Measuring the mRNA expression of Acanthamoeba virulent markers could be useful in the understanding of the pathogenesis of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Skin infections that are caused by Acanthamoeba but have not spread to the central nervous system can be successfully treated. (cdc.gov)
  • In nature, Acanthamoeba species are free-living bacterivores, but in certain situations, they can cause infections (acanthamebiasis) in humans and other animals. (wikipedia.org)
  • The factors that contribute to Acanthamoeba infections include parasite biology, genetic diversity, environmental spread and host susceptibility, and are highlighted together with potential therapeutic and preventative measures. (nih.gov)
  • The symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis can be very similar to the symptoms of other more common eye infections. (rxlist.com)
  • Eye and skin infections caused by Acanthamoeba are usually treatable. (rxlist.com)
  • According to the CDC, Acanthamoeba keratitis infections occur in approximately two of every one million contact lens users in the United States. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis can be similar to those of other more common eye infections and may include eye pain or redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sensation of something in the eye or excessive tearing. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Among FLA, Acanthamoeba species are, to date, the most frequently encountered in human infections. (asm.org)
  • Although faucet water used by patients to clean their lenses is a possible source of infections, specimens isolated from the faucets at two Acanthamoeba keratitis patients' homes differed from their corneal scrape or lens specimens. (asm.org)
  • Acanthamoeba is one of the most ubiquitous organisms in the environment, but rarely causes infections. (eyecare.org)
  • Most recently, Acanthamoeba has been recognized as an opportunistic pathogen of humans and other animals and is known to cause a spectrum of infections in immunocompromised individuals, including those with AIDS ( 4 , 6 , 8 , 20 , 37 ). (asm.org)
  • Although two GAE cases were successfully treated by chemotherapy with ketoconazole or fluconazole and sulfadiazine after surgical excision of the lesions ( 29 , 36 ), at present, no clinical trial of these treatments for Acanthamoeba systemic infections has yet been attempted. (asm.org)
  • The ability of Acanthamoeba to (i) produce serious human infections associated with a rise in the number of immunocompromised patients and contact lens wearers, (ii) their potential role in ecosystems, (iii) ability to act as a host/reservoir for microbial pathogens, and (iv) model organism for motility studies has led to a significant interest in this organism over the years (Figure 1 ). (biomedcentral.com)
  • Like Acanthamoeba , it is known to produce infections of the central nervous system, lungs, sinuses and skin. (biomedcentral.com)
  • DR TU: My name is Elmer Tu, and I'll be talking about acanthamoeba keratitis as a case study, as to how to manage outbreaks of atypical infections of the cornea. (cybersight.org)
  • Recent outbreaks of acanthamoeba infections have been noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention throughout the U.S. The use of contact lens solutions that were contaminated during the manufacturing process led to an outbreak in 2007. (schaeffereyecenter.com)
  • A pubmed search using " Acanthamoeba ", " Balamuthia ", Naegleria " or " Sappinia " was carried out. (nih.gov)
  • Detection of free living amoebae, Acanthamoeba and Naegleria , in swimming pools, Malaysia. (springer.com)
  • The aim of this study was isolation and molecular identification of Acanthamoeba and Naegleria isolated from swimming pools and also hot and cold tub waters in Qazvin province. (iwaponline.com)
  • This study demonstrated that the swimming pools and hot tub water in Qazvin province were contaminated with Acanthamoeba and Naegleria species. (iwaponline.com)
  • Ertabaklar H, Türk M, Dayanis V, Ertuk S, Walochnik J (2007) Acanthamoeba keratitis due to Acanthamoeba genotype T4 in a non contact-lens wearer in Turkey. (springer.com)
  • Polymerase chain reaction from cerebellar tissue was positive for Acanthamoeba T4 genotype. (springer.com)
  • We showed that Acanthamoeba genotype T4 was highly associated with serotype HAdV-2, whereas Acanthamoeba genotype T3 was most often associated with adenovirus serotypes related to ocular diseases. (ajtmh.org)
  • This scanning electron microscopic image shows an Acanthamoeba polyphaga protozoa about to complete the process of cell division known as mitosis, thereby becoming 2 distinct organisms. (cdc.gov)
  • The information of the expressed genes during encystation in only the fresh strain will provide new clues to understanding the encystation mechanism of encysting protozoa including Acanthamoeba. (nih.gov)
  • Purpose: Acanthamoeba is a protozoa that can lead to severe ocular disease and sequelae. (umn.edu)
  • We isolated acanthaporin from extracts of virulent Acanthamoeba culbertsoni by tracking its pore-forming activity, molecularly cloned the gene of its precursor and recombinantly expressed the mature protein in bacteria. (uu.nl)
  • Acanthamoeba has two evolutive forms, the metabolically active trophozoite and a dormant, stress-resistant cyst. (wikipedia.org)
  • In vivo confocal micrographs showed the double-walled structure of the Acanthamoeba cyst and associated radial keratoneuritis (perineuritis). (nih.gov)
  • H&E stain demonstrates a classic example of the double-walled cyst structure of Acanthamoeba . (uiowa.edu)
  • Phase contrast micrograph of an Acanthamoeba polyphaga cyst. (thefullwiki.org)
  • Only BLUE Vision/BLUE SEPT TM and AOSEPT® Plus/Clear Care TM exhibited significant antimicrobial activity against the cyst form of Acanthamoeba castellani. (arvojournals.org)
  • Oxysept 1step® showed mild activity against the cysts and easyvision one step+ and Opti-Free® Express® with Aldox® showed virtually no anti-acanthamoeba activity against the cyst form following 6 hours of exposure. (arvojournals.org)
  • Acanthamoeba has two stages in its life cycle, an active trophozoite stage that exhibits vegetative growth and a dormant cyst stage with minimal metabolic activity. (biomedcentral.com)
  • The life cycle of Acanthamoeba consists of two stages, trophozoite and cyst. (nih.gov)
  • The difficulty lies with the life cycle of the Acanthamoeba species which consists of two stages: the trophozoite and the cyst . (blogspot.com)
  • Scientists have tried to create vaccines to prevent AK by terminating the Acanthamoeba trophozoite or the cyst, but these have proved unsuccessful. (blogspot.com)
  • Two cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis diagnosed only by real-time polymerase chain reaction," Cornea , vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 228-231, 2010. (hindawi.com)
  • Most cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis are preventable if contact lens wearers follow the instructions given to them by their contact lens practitioner and on their lens care products. (bcla.org.uk)
  • First cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis in Slovakia. (aaem.pl)
  • Tandem scanning confocal microscopy was performed on two patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis to provide images detailing characteristic findings of the disease. (nih.gov)
  • Eight patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis were diagnosed and treated at our clinic between February 1991 and February 1993. (lu.se)
  • To identify a recent change in disease severity and visual outcomes of patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) at Wills Eye Hospital (WEH). (ovid.com)
  • Background/aims To determine demographic and clinical features of patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) that are independent risk factors both for bad outcomes and for severe inflammatory complications (SIC). (ovid.com)
  • Acanthamoeba Belonging to T3, T4, and T11: Genotypes Isolated from Air Conditioning Units in Santiago, Chile. (degruyter.com)
  • Molecular analysis revealed that 36.3%, 18.1% and 4.5% of Acanthamoeba specimens were identified as T3, T4 and T11 Acanthamoeba genotypes, respectively. (iwaponline.com)
  • Recipient(s) will receive an email with a link to 'Isolation and molecular characterization of Acanthamoeba genotypes in recreational and domestic water sources from Jamaica, West Indies' and will not need an account to access the content. (iwaponline.com)
  • This is the first report of T3 and T10 genotypes in the Caribbean and the first report of these Acanthamoeba spp. (iwaponline.com)
  • This study was conducted to address the distribution of Acanthamoeba genotypes in therapeutic hot springs in Iran. (meddic.jp)
  • Acanthamoeba is a microscopic, free-living ameba (single-celled living organism) commonly found in the environment that can cause rare, but severe, illness. (rxlist.com)
  • Acanthamoebae are free-living amoebae (FLA) which are found in diverse environments and isolated from various water sources. (hindawi.com)
  • A prompt clinical and laboratory diagnosis,along with treatment with propamidine-isetionate resulted in a significant improvement of the eye condition.Contact lenses were probably related to another case of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (aaem.pl)
  • This finding suggests that invasion of Acanthamoeba cysts into Bowman's layer may be a useful predictor for a persistent clinical course. (dovepress.com)
  • including a recently isolated clinical strain, while not inducing encystment, demonstrates the potential therapeutic utility of targeting the histidine biosynthesis pathway in Acanthamoeba. (strath.ac.uk)
  • Acanthamoeba usually gains access to the cornea secondary to contact lens associated epithelial compromise and has been shown to grow in contact lens cases and some contact lens solutions. (aao.org)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis is a serious, rare, and painful eye condition which affects the cornea of the eye, the transparent part of the eye through which the light enters. (medindia.net)
  • Early diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis is necessary to ensure prompt treatment and therefore prevent damage to the cornea and consequent loss of vision. (medindia.net)
  • Early diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis can prevent serious damage or scarring to the cornea. (medindia.net)
  • When Acanthamoeba gets into an eye-often through poor hand or contact lens hygiene-it can infect the cornea, the clear layer on the front of the eyeball. (health.com)
  • Basically, an ulcer forms on the cornea of the infected eye as a result of the hungry Acanthamoeba . (blogspot.com)
  • If Acanthamoeba are present, they will ingest the bacteria, leaving a clear patch on the plate around the area of the lens. (wikidoc.org)
  • We found that viable bacteria associated with a substantially higher proportion of Acanthamoeba trophozoites than heat killed bacteria. (diva-portal.org)
  • Regarding the virulence factors, an increase in SdhA expression was observed after these bacteria infected Acanthamoeba , with a higher increase in the macrophage cultures infected with L. feeleii . (frontiersin.org)
  • More studies are necessary to understand the aspects influenced in these bacteria by their interaction with Acanthamoeba and, thus, identify targets to be used in future therapeutic approaches. (frontiersin.org)
  • In the case of endophthalmitis without the detection of bacteria or fungi acanthamoeba should therefore always be c. (medworm.com)
  • In this model, Acanthamoeba monolayers were incubated with bacteria in tissue culture plates under nutrient-limiting conditions. (asm.org)
  • Leicester Research Archive: Acidified nitrite enhances hydrogen peroxide disinfection of Acanthamoeba, bacteria and fungi. (le.ac.uk)
  • be described from acanthamoebae, which are free-living, bacteria-feeding, unicellular organisms that are opportunistic pathogens of increasing importance and cause severe and often fatal diseases. (uu.nl)
  • Among these bacteria, the relationship between Acanthamoeba and L. pneumophila is one of the most studied due to the associated health risk. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Acanthamoeba are ubiquitous and can be found in air, fresh and brackish water, and soil. (medindia.net)
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the Acanthamoeba species are ubiquitous microscopic organisms found in lake water and soil. (coopervision.com)
  • Molecular Characterization of Acanthamoeba spp. (degruyter.com)
  • Biochemical kinetic characterization of the Acanthamoeba myosin-I ATPase. (rupress.org)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis represents a multifactorial process usually associated with the use of contact lenses. (news-medical.net)
  • People who swim while wearing contact lenses are also at a higher risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis. (medindia.net)
  • Always follow safety guidelines for good hygiene at all times since Acanthamoeba keratitis can strike both people who do and do not wear contact lenses. (coopervision.com)
  • Typically, Acanthamoeba Keratitis occurs in healthy adults or children that wear contact lenses. (consumerinjurylawyers.com)
  • Polymerase chain reaction can also be used to confirm a diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis, especially when contact lenses are not involved. (wikidoc.org)
  • Acanthamoeba keratitis, which primarily affects otherwise healthy people who wear contact lenses, may lead to vision loss, with some patients requiring a corneal transplant. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Acanthamoeba ludgunensis was also the causative agent of keratitisin a 39-year-old patient wearing contact lenses. (aaem.pl)
  • While contact lenses are the most common risk factor, people with a recent history of sand in the eye, or other abrasion or physical injury to the eye, are also at risk if water containing Acanthamoeba gets in the eye. (wa.gov.au)
  • Acanthamoeba was the second most commonly isolated microbe among patients who wore contact lenses ( 3 ). (asm.org)
  • In order to test this possibility, DNA typing was used to test the relatedness of acanthamoebae isolated from this patient's corneal scrape specimens, contact lenses, and kitchen and bathroom water supplies. (asm.org)
  • To assess the disinfection efficacy of MeniCare Soft contact lens multipurpose solution against Acanthamoeba and viruses in suspension and when inoculated on to contact lenses and subjected to rub-and-rinse or no-rub-and-rinse care regimes. (le.ac.uk)
  • Although verification experiments did not detect Acanthamoeba species DNA in contact lenses from asymptomatic adults, it is possible that PCR may detect asymptomatic colonization/contamination and, therefore, testing should not be performed on asymptomatic individuals. (testcatalog.org)
  • Symptoms most often associated with acanthamoeba include red eyes and pain after removing contact lenses. (schaeffereyecenter.com)
  • K. Khairnar, G. S. Tamber, F. Ralevski, and D. R. Pillai, "Comparison of molecular diagnostic methods for the detection of Acanthamoeba spp. (hindawi.com)
  • only one of these described the detection of adenoviruses within acanthamoebae with molecular biological methods. (springer.com)
  • Acanthamoeba myosin-IA and myosin-IB are single-headed molecular motors that may play an important role in membrane-based motility. (rupress.org)
  • Extended wear contact lens, Exposure to dirty water & Corneal trauma are risk factor for acanthamoeba keratitis. (medicoapps.rocks)
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis is caused by amoebas (single cell organisms) that enter into and infect the eye. (consumerinjurylawyers.com)
  • Exposure to Acanthamoeba occurs frequently through water contact and knowledge of the presence of the organisms in water sources is important in understanding transmission dynamics. (iwaponline.com)
  • Acanthamoeba species are free-living organisms and may be found widely in the environment. (testcatalog.org)
  • This organism is now well-known as Acanthamoeba , an amphizoic, opportunistic, and nonopportunistic protozoan protist widely distributed in the environment. (cdc.gov)
  • Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic protist that is ubiquitously distributed in the environment. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Acanthamoeba is normally free-living, but sometimes facultative and occasionally opportunistic parasites. (strath.ac.uk)
  • Figure 6: Intra-stromal Acanthamoeba cysts and trophozoites visible on H&E stain. (uiowa.edu)
  • Unlike N. fowleri , Acanthamoeba has only two stages, cysts and trophozoites, in its life cycle. (wikidoc.org)
  • Five competitive contact lens care products were tested for amoebicidal efficacy using Acanthamoeba castellani, ATCC 30234, (cysts and trophozoites) after a 6 hour exposure. (arvojournals.org)
  • Confocal microscopy findings of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (nih.gov)
  • Although tandem scanning confocal microscopy of Acanthamoeba has been described in previous reports, Acanthamoeba keratitis has not been fully characterized with this instrument. (nih.gov)
  • High-contrast round bodies suggestive of Acanthamoeba cysts, as previously described, and irregular forms suggestive of Acanthamoeba trophozoites were found by tandem scanning confocal microscopy. (nih.gov)
  • Additionally, we showed conclusively that under certain circumstances (that is, corneal scarring) tandem scanning confocal microscopy can resolve the double-walled structure of the Acanthamoeba ectocyst surrounding the endocyst. (nih.gov)
  • Confocal microscopy can be a useful, noninvasive imaging technique helpful in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (nih.gov)
  • In vivo confocal microscopy and Acanthamoeba keratitis. (nih.gov)
  • In vivo confocal microscopy provides a non-invasive option of diagnosing Acanthamoeba keratitis. (medindia.net)
  • Confocal microscopy and polymerase chain reaction assays to detect Acanthamoeba can also assist with diagnosis. (clinlabnavigator.com)
  • We report on a case of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK)-related reactive ischemic posterior segment inflammation following intraocular surgery in a patient with primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS). (springermedizin.at)
  • Most of the time, diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis is delayed because of its nonspecific nature in the initial stages. (medindia.net)
  • Diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis requires a high degree of suspicion, especially in a contact lens wearer with a recent diagnosis of another form of keratitis, such as herpes simplex virus keratitis, who is not responding to therapy. (clinlabnavigator.com)
  • What are the Symptoms and Signs of Acanthamoeba Keratitis? (medindia.net)
  • Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include a sensation of having something in the eye, watery eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, swelling of the upper eyelid and extreme pain. (bcla.org.uk)
  • Photophobia, severe pain, redness and tearing are the common symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). (biomedcentral.com)
  • Clinicians evaluating contact lens users with symptoms of eye pain or redness, tearing, decreased visual acuity, discharge, sensitivity to light, or foreign body sensation should consider Acanthamoeba Keratitis and refer the patient to an ophthalmologist, if appropriate. (clinlabnavigator.com)
  • Concentric ring infiltrate in a contact lens wearer with early Acanthamoeba keratitis. (uiowa.edu)
  • In one of the AK cases examined in this study, the patient was a regular contact lens wearer and Acanthamoeba was isolated from corneal scrape specimens, a contact lens, and swabs taken at the home kitchen water faucet and bathroom basin drain where the lenses were routinely prepared. (asm.org)
  • The emergence of Acanthamoeba keratitis as a serious pathogen in ophthalmology coincided with the expansion of soft contact lens use in the 1980s. (aao.org)
  • The goal of this study was to evaluate the alterations of Legionella pathogenicity due to its interaction with Acanthamoeba . (frontiersin.org)
  • Multipurpose contact lens solutions are largely ineffective against Acanthamoeba, whereas hydrogen peroxide-based solutions have good disinfection characteristics. (wikipedia.org)
  • K. Hiti, J. Walochnik, C. Faschinger, E. M. Haller-Schober, and H. Aspöck, "One- and two-step hydrogen peroxide contact lens disinfection solutions against Acanthamoeba: how effective are they? (hindawi.com)
  • The presence of a higher percentage of Acanthamoeba species in tap water, in particular T4, highlights the potential health hazards for immunocompromised individuals and emphasizes the urgent need for the implementation of effective filtration and disinfection measures. (degruyter.com)
  • Acanthamoeba is resistant to disinfection with chlorine, so it can survive in chlorinated tap water, spas and swimming pools. (wa.gov.au)
  • Leicester Research Archive: The disinfection efficacy of MeniCare soft multipurpose solution against Acanthamoeba and viruses using stand-alone biocidal and regimen testing. (le.ac.uk)
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis: Are Recent Cases More Severe? (ovid.com)
  • Treatment and therapy may last a year or more, and sometimes severe vision lost can be the outcome of a bout with Acanthamoeba keratitis. (centr-ginmed.ru)
  • In some severe cases, antibiotics are not effective in the treatment of acanthamoeba , and a corneal transplant may be recommended so vision loss does not occur. (schaeffereyecenter.com)
  • Samples from four locations of 13 participants' shower areas were cultured and Acanthamoeba 18S rRNA was amplified by PCR, followed by sequencing. (mdpi.com)
  • Identification of a new Acanthamoeba 18S rRNA gene sequence type, corresponding to the species Acanthamoeba jacobsi Sawyer, Nerad and Visvesvara, 1992 (Lobosea: Acanthamoebidae). (ajtmh.org)
  • Assessment of real-time polymerase chain reaction detection of Acanthamoeba and prognosis determinants of Acanthamoeba keratitis," Ophthalmology , vol. 119, no. 6, pp. 1111-1119, 2012. (hindawi.com)
  • Detection of Acanthamoeba in tap water and contact lens cases using polymerase chain reaction. (degruyter.com)
  • Morphological assessment and polymerase chain reaction revealed Acanthamoeba spp. (iwaponline.com)
  • New research, published in the November issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology, shows that a high percentage of contact lens cases in Tenerife are contaminated with Acanthamoeba that cannot be killed by normal contact lens solution. (news-medical.net)
  • Trophozoites and cysts of an Acanthamoeba were repeatedly isolated from the corneal scrapings of a patient suffering from acute ulceration of the right eye. (ajtmh.org)
  • A few cases reported the detection of acanthamoeba in the anterior chamber. (medworm.com)
  • Multiplex real-time PCR assay for simultaneous detection of Acanthamoeba spp. (springer.com)
  • Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (cdc.gov)
  • Early treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis reduces long-term visual sequelae. (aao.org)
  • Assessing efficacy of combined riboflavin and UV-A light (365 nm) treatment of Acanthamoeba trophozoites," Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science , vol. 52, no. 13, pp. 9333-9338, 2011. (hindawi.com)
  • The reactive oxygen species level increased markedly after induction of oxidative stress by the treatment of Acanthamoeba T4 with H 2 O 2 . (springer.com)
  • There are numerous reports of drugs that have the potential for the treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. (asm.org)
  • There is a significant emphasis on Acanthamoeba as a Trojan horse of other microbes including viral, bacterial, protists and yeast pathogens. (nih.gov)
  • Fritsche TR, Gautom RK, Seyedirashti S, Bergeron DL, Lindquist TD (1993) Occurrence of bacterial endosymbionts in Acanthamoeba spp. (springer.com)
  • Novel bacterial endosymbionts of Acanthamoeba spp. (ajtmh.org)
  • Following reports of a possible increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis among soft contact lens wearers who used Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution, Advanced Medical Optics of Santa Ana, Calif., issued the recall. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Before the popularisation of soft contact lens wear, Acanthamoeba keratitis was extremely rare. (journalofoptometry.org)
  • Antigens of selected Acanthamoeba species detected with monoclonal antibodies," International Journal for Parasitology , vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 981-990, 2005. (hindawi.com)
  • Preliminary studies found Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) genomes in samples of bovine serum from Germany (13,14), indicating that the analysis of samples from vertebrates could be a way to explore and understand the circulation of this group of viruses in nature. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • The 50 nm virus, named Sputnik, is associated with a new strain of the giant Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) and is believed to represent a currently unknown family of viruses. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • An ameba-associated giant virus, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), was first described in 2003 after its discovery in water collected from a cooling tower in the United Kingdom (1). (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APM), a virus of free-living amebae, has reportedly caused human respiratory disease. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Is Acanthamoeba polyphaga Mimivirus an Emerging Causative Agent of Pneumonia? (asmscience.org)
  • Consequently, a combination of topical biguanide and diamidine therapy remains the mainstay of Acanthamoeba keratitis treatment. (aao.org)