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Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin

Candida albicans is one of the most prevalent human opportunistic pathogens. C. albicans undergoes a yeast-to-hyphal transition that has been identified as a virulence factor as well as a critical element for mature biofilm formation. A previous study in our lab showed retigeric acid B (RAB), a lichen derived pentacyclic triterpenoid, displayed synergistic antifungal activity with azoles. We now showed that this combination also proved to be adequate in combating the formation of hyphae in vitro.

Chang, Wenqiang
Li, Ying
Zhang, Li
Cheng, Aixia
Liu, Yongqing
Lou, Hongxiang
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CUSP9 treatment protocol for recurrent glioblastoma was published one year ago. We now present a slight modification, designated CUSP9*. CUSP9* drugs--aprepitant, artesunate, auranofin, captopril, celecoxib, disulfiram, itraconazole, sertraline, ritonavir, are all widely approved by regulatory authorities, marketed for non-cancer indications. Each drug inhibits one or more important growth-enhancing pathways used by glioblastoma. By blocking survival paths, the aim is to render temozolomide, the current standard cytotoxic drug used in primary glioblastoma treatment, more effective.

Kast, Richard E.
Karpel-Massler, Georg
Halatsch, Marc-Eric
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BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology

OBJECTIVE: Antimycotics effectively treat sporadic and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). Classic homeopathy (CH) is also used to treat this condition. We compared the efficacy of CH and itraconazole in reducing the frequency of RVVC episodes. DESIGN: Single-centre, prospective, randomised trial. SAMPLE: One hundred-and-fifty patients with a history of RVVC and an acute episode of VVC. METHODS: Women were randomised into 3 groups: itraconazole with lactobacilli (group 1), itraconazole without lactobacilli (group 2) and CH (group 3).

Witt, A.
Kaufmann, U.
Bitschnau, M.
Tempfer, C.
Ozbal, A.
Haytouglu, E.
Gregor, H.
Kiss, H.
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The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

African histoplasmosis, caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii, is endemic in Africa. The disease usually involves the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and bones. A case of African histoplasmosis presenting as a cutaneous tumor and non-healing wound in a 66-year-old immunocompetent male residing in Africa, the first ever reported following mudbaths and acupuncture, is hereby reported. Diagnosis was confirmed by means of polymerase chain reaction performed on tissue material. The patient was started on long-term itraconazole therapy and he responded well.

Tsiodras, Sotirios
Drogari-Apiranthitou, Miranda
Pilichos, Konstantinos
Leventakos, Konstantinos
Kelesidis, Theodoros
Buitrago, Maria Jose
Petrikkos, Georgios
Panayiotides, Ioannis
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