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The Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an important role in the recognition of Candida albicans components and activation of innate immunity. Phospholipomannan (PLM), a glycolipid, is expressed at the surface of C. albicans cell wall, which acts as a member of the pathogen-associated molecular patterns family. In this study, we sought to clarify whether C.(More)
Our published research has focused on the role of Goa1p, an apparent regulator of the Candida albicans mitochondrial complex I (CI). Lack of Goa1p affects optimum cell growth, CI activity and virulence. Eukaryotic CI is composed of a core of 14 alpha-proteobacterial subunit proteins and a variable number of supernumerary subunit proteins. Of the latter(More)
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a hapten-specific CD4(+) T-cells mediated inflammatory response of the skin. Its pathomechanism involves 2 phases, an induction phase and an elicitation phase. Langerhans cells (LCs) and dendritic cells (DCs) in the skin play key roles in presenting low molecular weight chemicals (haptens) to the lymph nodes. Therefore,(More)
Mounting evidence has suggested that inflammation is associated with IL-6/Stat3 pathway in dendritic cells (DCs) and Th17 cells, which are critical for development of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Paeoniflorin (PF) has been clinically proved to be effective in the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases such as ACD. We have previously demonstrated the(More)
Calcium ion is a universal and physiologically important molecule affecting almost every cellular function, while Mid1 (mating induced death) is a stretch-activated ion channel localized in the plasma membrane, which can replenish the fungus with extracellular calcium. Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the most important fungal pathogens but little is known(More)
Onychomycosis is usually caused by dermatophytes, although also other filamentous and yeast-like fungi are associated with nail invasion. Chaetomium is an environmental genus of ascomycetes exhibiting a certain degree of extremotolerance. We report the first case of onychomycosis in a 46-year-old woman in China caused by Chaetomium globosum. The patient(More)
OBJECTIVES The histone deacetylase (HDAC) has recently been linked to the morphogenesis and virulence of yeast. However, the effects of HDAC on antifungal susceptibility are not well understood. We sought to characterize the action of histone deacetylation on azole resistance in Candida albicans and its possible mechanism of action. METHODS A total of 40(More)
We report a case of mucocutaneous phaeohyphomycosis caused by Exophiala spinifera. Crusty plaques and nodules were major clinical features. Histological examination revealed brown yeast-like cells and hyphae. Mycological and molecular data identified E. spinifera as etiologic agent. Oral itraconazole was effective, which was in accordance with the results(More)