Dipak C. Thamke

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Acrophialophora fusispora is a soil-borne fungus, which is emerging as a human pathogen. Only four cases of human infection had been described previously. We describe three more cases, two from Europe and one from India. Since this fungus has been misidentified in several other cases, it is probably more frequent than first thought.
PURPOSE Candida colonization in neonates results in significant morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine colonization of Candida spp. in preterm babies and identify the risk factors. METHODS Swabs from oral, rectum, groin and umblicus of 103 preterm and 100 term neonates were obtained within 24 hours of birth, day three, day(More)
Considering the emergence of high level aminoglycoside resistance (HLAR) in enterococci this study was undertaken to determine their status in a rural setting. HLAR by disc diffusion and agar dilution, beta lactamase by nitrocefin disc and vancomycin resistance by agar dilution was determined in 150 enterococcal isolates, as per NCCLS guidelines. Only two(More)
Colletotrichum dematium has been rarely reported from India before. The present case, a farmer, developed peripheral corneal ulcer five days following trauma with plant. At presentation his visual acuity was 6/60 (unaided) and 6/24P with pinhole. Slit lamp and fluorescent stain examination revealed paracentral corneal ulcer with irregular margins, stromal(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES The SXT element, also known as 'constin' (conjugable, self transmissible, integrating element) is an integrating conjugative element (ICE) in Vibrio cholerae discovered in the chromosome of epidemic V. cholerae O139 strain MO10 (SXT MO10 ) which arose in late 1992 in Chennai, India. SXT related ICEs have become widespread and(More)
Engyodontium album is a rare and an unusual human pathogen. It is a common inhabitant of waste and moist material and frequently isolated from substrates such as paper, jute, linen and painted walls. This fungus grew within 3 days on SDA with chloramphenicol from corneal scrapping of a 70-year-old male farmer with a history of trauma by unknown vegetative(More)
To study the possible importance of mycobacterial ES-31 serine protease for bacterial cell growth, the effect of serine and metalloprotease inhibitors, anti-tubercular drugs such as isoniazid and anti-ES-31 antibody, was evaluated on mycobacterial ES-31 serine protease in vitro and on bacilli in axenic and macrophage cultures. Serine protease inhibitors(More)
There is a need for a simple and reliable method to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis from nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The utility of mycobacterial ES-31, ES-43, EST-6 or ES-20 antigen as a biomarker for differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacilli from nontuberculous mycobacteria was explored using Fluorescein isothiocyanate conjugated(More)
There is a need for simple and reliable method to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis from AFB smear positive cases. Utility of mycobacterial ES-31 serine protease as a marker to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacilli was explored using Fluorescein isothiocyanate conjugated anti-ES-31 serine protease antibody. The presence of ES-31 serine protease in(More)
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