Zekaver Odabaşi

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The Glucatell (1-->3)- beta-D-glucan (BG) detection assay (Associates of Cape Cod) was studied as a diagnostic adjunct for invasive fungal infections (IFIs). On the basis of findings from a preliminary study of 30 candidemic subjects and 30 healthy adults, a serum BG level of >or=60 pg/mL was chosen as the cutoff. Testing was performed with serial serum(More)
In 2002 and 2003, a total of 19 persons in Turkey had suspected cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) or a similar viral infection. Six serum samples were tested; all six were found positive for immunoglobulin M antibodies against CCHF virus. Two of the samples yielded CCHF virus isolates. Genetic analysis of the virus isolates showed them to be(More)
(1-->3)-beta-d-glucan is a well known cell wall constituent of fungal isolates that can be detected by assays in vivo and in vitro. Previous studies have shown that different fungal isolates may show different levels of reactivity with an assay for beta glucan. In this study we evaluated the in vitro reactivity of 127 clinical fungal isolates belonging to(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae (PE) fecal carriage in patients that undergo transrectal ultrasonography-guided biopsy (TRUSbx) and its relationship with post-biopsy infections. METHODS A prospective clinical study in 4 different tertiary hospitals between 2008 and 2010 was(More)
Sera from 76 immunocompetent and 293 immunocompromised subjects were assayed for anti-Candida antibodies. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for invasive candidiasis were 74%, 75%, 62%, and 84% in the immunocompetent group and 15%, 60%, 1.7%, and 93% in the immunocompromised group, respectively. Syscan3(More)
The reduction of amphotericin B (AmB)-induced renal tubular apoptosis and nephrotoxicity by N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in a murine model was evaluated. Four groups of rats were treated with AmB for 5 days, and each group concomitantly received two doses of 30, 60, or 120 mg of NAC/kg of body weight/day or sterile water for 5 days. Groups that received(More)
The effects of protein binding on the activities of caspofungin, anidulafungin, and micafungin were evaluated against Candida and Aspergillus species. Adding human serum sharply increased the MICs of micafungin and anidulafungin and modestly affected the MIC of caspofungin. The increase in MICs does not appear consistent with the rate of protein binding for(More)
The in vitro interactions of anidulafungin with itraconazole, voriconazole, and amphotericin B were evaluated by using the checkerboard method. For Aspergillus spp., anidulafungin with amphotericin B showed indifference for 16/26 isolates, while anidulafungin with either azole showed a synergy trend for 18/26 isolates. All drug combinations showed(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation is one of the main contributors to atherosclerosis in haemodialysis (HD) patients. Activation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) leads to inflammatory response. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the expression of TLRs on monocytes and relate their expression with inflammation in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and HD patients. METHODS(More)
In this study, we evaluated the in vitro activity of anidulafungin against selected mold isolates. Anidulafungin showed promising activity against Bipolaris spicifera, Exophiala jeanselmei, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Madurella mycetomatis, Penicillium marneffei, Phialophora verrucosa, Pseudallescheria boydii, Sporothrix schenckii, and Wangiella dermatitidis.