ISHAM NEWS! (11-07-2014)

Dear [name], The Atlas of Clinical Fungi, 4th edition, is now available online; for subscription details and alternative electronic carriers, see here. As an introduction, 6 months free access will be given. Regular updates of the Atlas will be included in the subscription fee; the book is in constant reconstruction aiming to follow the recent literature. The Atlas contains about 568 clinically relevant species, thousands of references, and has comfortable tools for search of key words, synonymous names, and explanations of terminology. The richly illustrated book is now partly in colour.

Recent news on Aspergillus can be found at the Aspergillus Website Blog here, and a recent article on aspergillosis in patients with cystic fibrosis here.

The ISHAM Veterinary Working Group organizes a Postgraduate Technical Workshop in Milan, Italy, 3 October, 2014. The preliminary program can be found here. The workshop is a pre-congress activity of the 16th Congress of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, see here.

The ISHAM Eumycetoma Working Group and the Mycetoma Consortium need your help! As some of you might have already noted, in 2013 mycetoma became listed by the WHO as one of the tropical neglected conditions; while this is an important milestone, moving to the top group of 17 is needed to achieve full support by WHO and raise political and donor interest. In order to move up to this list a resolution for the WHO is needed supported by proper data on prevalence and incidence from all endemic countries. This is currently lacking. If you are working in a reference laboratory or university centre in your country and you have seen mycetoma (either fungal or bacterial) in your country in the last year (even if it is only one case), please contact Wendy van de Sande as we are currently trying to build up a network to be able to collect prevalence and incidence data from several countries. Your effort will be highly appreciated.

A Workshop on Diagnostic Techniques in Medical Mycology will be organized in Manipal, India, 5-6 September, 2014. Full information can be found here.

In collaboration with the ISHAM Working Groups Veterinary Mycology and Black Yeasts, Jiufeng Sun has started a project on black fungal infections in captive and farmed fish and crustaceans in Guangdong, China. He would greatly appreciate to receive similar material from infected cold-blooded animals from elsewhere; please contact him at sunjiuf@163.com.

The next Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Immunology of Fungal Infections will take place in Galveston, USA, 17-23 January, 2015. For information, click here and here.   

The ISHAM Working Group on Chromoblastomycosis started its own website, see here. For additions, contact Peiying Feng. Note also the Symposium 100 Years Chromoblastomycosis organized in Sao Luis, Brazil, 8-10 October, 2014, see here.

A new edition of the LIFE (Learning International Fungal Education) Newsletter with interesting news items is available herel.

A new ISHAM Working Group on Nomenclature of Clinical Fungi has been initiated; a website can be found here.

The next Spring Course of Medical Mycology of the Institut Pasteur will be held in Paris, March 30 to April 24, 2015. The course will be taught in English and is aimed to microbiologists (MDs, PhDs and veterinarians) with previous practice in a medical mycology laboratory. The course will be divided into interactive lectures, bench sessions and panel discussions during 4 weeks. Application deadline is Nov. 15, 2014.  For information and registration, click here.

Medical Mycology, vol. 52-4 and 5 have appeared and are freely available via your ISHAM login at http://www.isham.org/. For your convenience, we list the contents below.

Diana C. Rosentul, Theo S. Plantinga, Marius Farcas, Marije Oosting, Omar J. M. Hamza, William K. Scott, Barbara D. Alexander, John C. Yang, Gregory M. Laird, Leo A. B. oosten, Jos W. M. van der Meer, John R. Perfect, Bart-Jan Kullberg, Andre J. A. M. van der Ven, Melissa D. Johnson, and Mihai G. Netea. Role of autophagy genetic variants for the risk of Candida infections
Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 333-341

Mª Teresa Durán-Valle, Nuria Sanz-Rodríguez, Carmen Muñoz-Paraíso, María Almagro-oltó, and José Luis Gómez-Garcés. Identification of clinical yeasts by Vitek MS system compared with API ID 32 C Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 342-349

Claudia Cafarchia, Davide Immediato, Giancarlo Di Paola, Walter Magliani, Tecla Ciociola, Stefania Conti, Domenico Otranto, and Luciano Polonelli. In vitro and in vivo activity of a killer peptide against Malassezia pachydermatis causing otitis in dogs Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 350-355

Constanza Giselle Taverna, Susana Córdoba, Omar Alejandro Murisengo, Walter Vivot, Graciela Davel, and María Eugenia Bosco-Borgeat. Molecular identification, genotyping, and antifungal susceptibility testing of clinically relevant Trichosporon species from Argentina Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 356-366

Fadwa Alshareef and Geoffrey D. Robson. Prevalence, persistence, and phenotypic variation of Aspergillus fumigatus in the outdoor environment in Manchester, UK, over a 2-year period
Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 367-375

Aspasia Katragkou, Zoi-Dorothea Pana, David S. Perlin, Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, Thomas J. Walsh, and Emmanuel Roilides. Exserohilum infections: Review of 48 cases before the 2012 United States outbreak Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 376-386

Vit Hubka, Stanislava Dobiášová, Radim Dobiáš, and Miroslav Kolařík. Microsporum aenigmaticum sp. nov. from M. gypseum complex, isolated as a cause of tinea corporis. Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 387-396

Carla Pagliari, Luciane Kanashiro-Galo, Aline Alves de Lima Silva, Tânia Cristina Barboza, Paulo Ricardo Criado, Maria rma Seixas Duarte, Arival Cardoso de Brito, Marília Brasil Xavier, Deborah Unger, Clivia Maria Moraes Oliveira, Juarez ntonio Simões Quaresma, and Mirian Nacagami Sotto. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in cutaneous lesions of patients with chromoblastomycosis, lacaziosis, and paracoccidioidomycosis: a comparative analysis Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 397-402

C. C. Constante, A. A. Monteiro, S. H. Alves, L. C. Carneiro, M. M. Machado, L. C. Severo, S. Park, D. S. Perlin, and A. C. Pasqualotto. Different risk factors for candidemia occur for Candida species belonging to the C. parapsilosis complex Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 403-406

María Guembe, Jesús Guinea, Laura Marcos-Zambrano, Ana Fernández-Cruz, Teresa Peláez, Patricia Muñoz, and Emilio Bouza. Is Biofilm Production a Predictor of Catheter-Related Candidemia? Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 407-410

P. Escribano, J. Guinea, L.J. Marcos-Zambrano, P. Martín-Rabadán, A. Fernández-Cruz, C. Sánchez-Carrillo, P. Muñoz, and E. Bouza. Is catheter-related candidemia a polyclonal infection? Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 411-416

Cau D. Pham, Stacey Ahn, Lance A. Turner, Ron Wohrle, and Shawn R. Lockhart. Development and validation of benomyl birdseed agar for the isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii from environmental samples Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 417-421

Karl V. Clemons, arife Martinez, Vicky Chen, Min Liu, Hee Jung Yoon, and David A. Stevens. Protection against experimental aspergillosis by heat-killed yeast is not antibody dependent Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 422-426

Benjamin W. Teh, Francesca A. Azzato, Senthil M. Lingaratnam, Karin A. Thursky, Monica A. Slavin, and Leon J. Worth. Molecular diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii in patients with malignancy: Clinical significance of quantitative polymerase chain reaction Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 427-432

Marie-Pierre Brenier-Pinchart, Hafid Abaibou, Thomas Berendsen, Gautier Szymanski, Messalia Beghri, Sébatien Bailly, Frédérick Lasnet, Anne Thiebaut-Bertrand, Claude Mabilat, and Hervé Pelloux. Usefulness of pan-fungal NASBA test for surveillance of environmental fungal contamination in a protected hematology unit Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 433-437

Anna Semmlinger, Mirjam Fliesser, Ana Maria Waaga-Gasser, Mariola Dragan, C. Oliver Morton, Hermann insele, and Juergen Loeffler. Fever-range temperature modulates activation and function of human dendritic cells stimulated with the pathogenic mould Aspergillus fumigatus. Med Mycol (May 2014) 52 (4): 438-444

Cecilia V. Tapia, Maryanne Falconer, Fabián Tempio, Felipe Falcón, Mercedes López, Marisol Fuentes, Claudio lburquenque, José Amaro, Sergio A. Bucarey, and Anna Di Nardo. Melanocytes and melanin represent a first line of innate immunity against Candida albicans Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 445-454

Florian Prüller, Jasmin Wagner, Reinhard B. Raggam, Martin Hoenigl, Harald H. Kessler, Martie Truschnig-ilders, and Robert Krause. Automation of serum (13)-beta-D-glucan testing allows reliable and rapid discrimination of patients with and without candidemia Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 455-461

Bernabé F. F. Chumpitazi, Bernadette Lebeau, Odile Faure-Cognet, Rebecca Hamidfar-Roy, Jean-François imsit, Patricia Pavese, Anne Thiebaut-Bertrand, Jean-Louis Quesada, Hervé Pelloux, and Claudine Pinel. Characteristic and clinical relevance of Candida mannan test in the diagnosis of probable invasive candidiasis Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 462-471

Sara Gago, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Marco Marconi, María José Buitrago, Arnaud Kerhornou, Paul J. Kersey, Emilia Mellado, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Juan Luis Rodríguez-Tudela, and Isabel Cuesta. Ribosomic DNA intergenic spacer 1 region is useful when identifying Candida parapsilosis spp. complex based on high-resolution melting analysis Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 472-481

S. Nishanth Kumar, G. V. Nisha, A. Sudaresan, V. V. Venugopal, M. M. Sree Kumar, Ravi S. Lankalapalli, and B. S. Dileep Kumar. Synergistic activity of phenazines isolated from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in combination with azoles against Candida species Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 482-490 ne June 9, 2014 doi:10.1093/mmy/myu012

Ana Fernández-Cruz, Pablo Martín-Rabadán, Marisol Suárez-Salas, Loreto Rojas-Wettig, María Jesús Pérez, Jesús Guinea, María Guembe, Teresa Peláez, Carlos Sánchez-Carrillo, Emilio Bouza, and on behalf of the OMIC (Colaboración en Micología) Study Group. Is it feasible to diagnose catheter-related candidemia without catheter withdrawal?
Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 491-497

Filipa Monteiro-da-Silva, Ricardo Araujo, and Benedita Sampaio-Maia. Interindividual variability and intraindividual stability of oral fungal microbiota over time Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 498-505

Dan-Ni Wang, Takahito Toyotome, Yasunori Muraosa, Akira Watanabe, Tuya Wuren, Somnuk Bunsupa, Kaori oyagi, Mami Yamazaki, Masahiko Takino, and Katsuhiko Kamei. GliA in Aspergillus fumigatus is required for its tolerance to gliotoxin and affects the amount of extracellular and intracellular gliotoxin Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 506-518

Raquel Sabino, Cristina Veríssimo, Helena Parada, João Brandão, Carla Viegas, Elisabete Carolino, Karl V. lemons, and David A. Stevens. Molecular screening of 246 Portuguese Aspergillus isolates among different clinical and environmental sources Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 519-529

Parisa Badiee, Ahmad Ali Amirghofran, and Mohammad Ghazi Nour. Evaluation of noninvasive methods for the diagnosis of fungal endocarditis Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 530-536

Adam P. Barker, Jennifer L. Horan, E. Susan Slechta, Barbara D. Alexander, and Kimberly E. Hanson. Complexities associated with the molecular and proteomic identification of Paecilomyces species in the clinical mycology laboratory Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 537-545

Bluma L. Faintuch, Erica A. Oliveira, Julian E. Munõz, Luiz R. Travassos, and Carlos P. Taborda. Radiochemical pharmacokinetic profile of P10 peptide with antifungal properties Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 546-551

Saad J. Taj-Aldeen, Atqah AbdulWahab, Anna Kolecka, Anand Deshmukh, Jacques F. Meis, and Teun Boekhout. Uncommon opportunistic yeast bloodstream infections from Qatar Med Mycol (July 2014) 52 (5): 552-556

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