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Coccidioidomycosis is a deep mycotic infection endemic to Americas. Although it has also been reported to occur in non-endemic areas, it has rarely been reported in China. We reviewed the literature on case reports of coccidioidomycosis in China from 1958 to 2015. A total of 30 cases were reported from 11 provinces in China, and 23 (76.7%) cases were men, and 23 (76.7%) were in 30-60 years old. Twenty-seven (90.0%) cases were reported from southern China. Twenty-four (80.0%) cases had no history of exposure in endemic areas. Three cases were immunosuppressed, four cases had chronic disease, and 23 cases (76.7 %) were otherwise healthy. Twenty cases (66.6%) had related lung infection, six had skin infection, three cases were in lymph node, and one in the cornea, one in the bone and joint, and three had systemic disseminated infection. All of the 30 cases were diagnosis upon finding spherules in histological examination. Interestingly, 12 (40.0%) patients underwent surgery and removed the focus of infection because they were misdiagnosed or suspected of tumor or cancer previously. Fifteen cases (50.0%) were treated with amphotericin B, fluconazole, clotrimazole or ketoconazole. Diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis is complex, and misdiagnosis can occur easily in non-epidemic areas such as China.
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Fungal peritonitis (FP) is a serious complication of peritoneal dialysis, both in terms of morbidity and mortality. Available data on the effectiveness of fluconazole in eradicating FP without catheter removal are still controversial. We reviewed 20 FP cases that occurred among 325 patients who underwent peritoneal dialysis in our center between January 1984 and January 1992, in order to establish whether a profile of patients at risk of developing FP could be identified and to evaluate the effectiveness of fluconazole in treating FP (7 cases). Age, sex, a particular cause of end-stage renal disease, and the presence of diabetes did not correlate significantly with the development of FP. The risk of FP increased in patients on immunosuppressive treatment. Sixteen of our 20 patients had bacterial peritonitis during the month before they developed FP. Nineteen were treated with antibiotics. Neither the type of bacterial organism isolated during the bacterial peritonitis preceding FP nor modality and duration of antibiotic treatment correlated significantly with the development of FP. Patients who subsequently developed FP were more frequently treated with antibiotics while in hospital (p < 0.001). Candida species accounted for 15 of our 20 FP cases (75%), with Candida albicans being by far the most common isolate. Treatment strategies varied among the 20 patients. The combination of intravenous or intraperitoneal administration of 5-fluorocytosine and oral administration of fluconazole was used in 7 cases: only 1 patient was cured without catheter removal, 1 patient died within the first 4 days of treatment, removal of peritoneal catheter was necessary in the other 5 patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Co-administration of ketoconazole with danoprevir/r modestly increased the danoprevir AUCτ by 1.44-fold, with no effect on danoprevir Cmax. Co-administration of danoprevir/r with ketoconazole substantially increased ketoconazole AUCτ and Cmax by 3.71-fold and 1.73-fold, respectively. Danoprevir/r was well tolerated when administered alone or with ketoconazole.
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The metabolism of imipramine in the brains of rats was analyzed to study the activity of cytochrome P450 in brain microsomes. Brain microsomes were capable of metabolizing imipramine to both hydroxylated and N-demethylated products. The use of selective inhibitors of different cytochromes P450 effected varying changes in the metabolic profiles of formed metabolites consistent with the involvement of several P450 forms in imipramine metabolism. Quinidine inhibited the hydroxylation of imipramine competitively by 60% and 98% at concentrations of 10 microM and 100 microM, respectively. Ketoconazole and 7,8-benzoflavone at a concentration of 100 microM inhibited N-demethylation of imipramine by 75% and 30%, respectively, with a lower effect on imipramine hydroxylation. Results from studies on the incorporation of cytochrome P450 reductase into the brain microsomal system reveal a reductase concentration-dependent increase in imipramine metabolism and suggest that the reductase level in brain is an important factor for the study of catalytic activities in brain microsomal systems.
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To clarify whether alterations in midazolam pharmacokinetics resulting from changes in cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) activity lead to changes in its pharmacodynamic effects, benzodiazepine receptor occupancy was measured in the brain of rats after oral administration of midazolam.
Many structural and functional aspects of the vertebrate hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis are known to be highly conserved, but the significance of this from a toxicological perspective has received comparatively little attention. High-quality data generated through development and validation of Tier 1 tests for the U.S. Environmenal Protection Agency Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) offer a unique opportunity to compare responses of mammals versus fish to chemicals that may affect shared pathways within the HPG axis. The present study focuses on data generated with model chemicals that act (primarily) as estrogen receptor agonists (17α-ethynylestradiol, methoxychlor, bisphenol A), androgen receptor agonists (methyltestosterone, 17β-trenbolone), androgen receptor antagonists (flutamide, vincolozolin, p,p'-DDE), or inhibitors of different steroidogenic enzymes (ketoconazole, fadrozole, fenarimol, prochloraz). All 12 chemicals had been tested in the EDSP fish short-term (21 d) reproduction assay and in one or more of the four in vivo Tier 1 screens with rats (uterotrophic, Hershberger, male and female pubertal assays). There was a high concordance between the fish and rat assays with respect to identifying chemicals that impacted specific endocrine pathways of concern. Although most chemicals were detected as positive in both rat and fish assays, eliminating data from one class of vertebrate or the other would weaken the battery. For example, the effects of competitive inhibitors of steroid hormone synthesis were far more obvious in the fish assay, whereas the activity of androgen receptor antagonists was clearer in mammalian assays. The observations are significant both to the cross-species extrapolation of toxicity of HPG-active substances and the optimization of screening and testing frameworks for endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Ketoconazole, an imidazole antifungal drug, has previously been shown to diminish testosterone and cortisol production in patients as well as rat and mouse cells in vitro. Inhibition of adrenal mitochondrial cytochrome P-450 enzymes was demonstrated. In this study we tested several imidazole antifungal drugs and examined the individual steps in testicular steroidogenesis to determine which enzymes in the androgen pathway were blocked. In addition, we studied 25-hydroxyvitamin D 24-hydroxylase activity in cultured pig kidney cells (LLC-PK1) to assess a mitochondrial P-450 enzyme in another organ. All imidazoles tested inhibited both total testosterone production and 24-hydroxylase activity but the relative potencies differed. We next studied the individual testicular enzymatic steps between cholesterol and testosterone. Ketoconazole inhibited cholesterol-side-chain-cleavage enzyme (mitochondrial) and C-17,20 lyase (microsomal). The three inhibited enzymes (two testicular and one renal) are all P-450 cytochromes. Testicular 17-hydroxylase, also a P-450 cytochrome, was not inhibited even at high doses of ketoconazole. This is an interesting finding because the testicular hydroxylase and lyase have been shown to be a single protein. Non-cytochrome P-450 enzymes in the androgen pathway were not inhibited. The results demonstrate that several imidazole antifungal drugs all inhibit both microsomal and mitochondrial cytochrome P-450 enzymes in multiple organs.
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Candida albicans is the major aetiological agent of oral candidosis. Adhesion to oral mucosal surfaces is considered a prerequisite for its successful colonization and subsequent infection, and its relative cell-surface hydrophobicity (CSH) is a contributory physical force. Thus, the main aim here was to determine the CSH of 10 isolates of oral C. albicans after a short exposure to sublethal concentrations of four antifungal agents and to correlate these findings with their adhesion to human buccal epithelial cells (BEC). The yeasts were exposed to sublethal concentrations of nystatin [x 6 minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)], 5-fluorocytosine (x 8 MIC), ketoconazole (x 4 MIC) and fluconazole (x 4 MIC) for 1 h. The drug was then removed, and the CSH and BEC adhesion assessed by a biphasic aqueous-hydrocarbon assay and a microscopic method, respectively. The mean percentage reductions of CSH after exposure to nystatin, 5-fluorocytosine, ketoconazole and fluconazole were 27.14% (p = 0.01), 9.46% (p = 0.43), 19.47% (p = 0.04) and 6.16% (p = 0.59). Similarly, exposure to all the drugs except 5-fluorocytosine resulted in a significant inhibition of yeast adhesion to BEC, with nystatin eliciting the highest and fluconazole the least inhibition. Further, on regression analysis a strong positive correlation was observed between CSH and adhesion to BEC after limited exposure to 5-fluorocytosine (r = 0.48, p < 0.0001), ketoconazole (r = 0.48, p < 0.0001), fluconazole (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001) as well as in the unexposed controls (r = 0.41, p = 0.001), although nystatin was an exception (r = 0.09, p = 0.44). Taken together, these data elucidate further mechanisms by which antimycotics may operate in vivo to suppress candidal pathogenicity.
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The metabolic pathways of sildenafil N-demethylation were studied using human liver microsomes, as well as microsomes expressing individual human CYP enzymes. Further studies to identify the individual enzymes were performed at 2.5 and 250 microM sildenafil, and employed a combination of chemical inhibition, correlation analysis, and metabolism by expressed recombinant CYP enzymes. In addition, the effect of sildenafil on the activity of the six major drug metabolizing enzymes was investigated.