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See detailBody dermatitis in a donkey caused by the Psoroptes ovis
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Lekimme, Mireille ULg; Huynen, K. et al

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See detailImmunization and dermatophytes
Baldo, Aline ULg; Tabart, J.; Mathy, Anne ULg et al

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See detailInvolvement of the secreted serine protease Sub3 of Microsporum canis in adherence to feline epidermis
Mathy, Anne ULg; Tabart, J.; Vermout, S. et al

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See detailImmunization and Dermatophytes
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Tabart, Jérémy; Baldo, Aline ULg et al

in Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (2008), 21(2), 134-140

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite the availability of effective vaccines for certain animal species, vaccination against dermatophytosis requires improvement and further development in both animals and humans ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite the availability of effective vaccines for certain animal species, vaccination against dermatophytosis requires improvement and further development in both animals and humans. This review provides an update on the current situation and focuses on recent advances in host-dermatophyte relationships that could have implications for future vaccination against the most prevalent of the fungal diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Numerous dermatophytic virulence factors have recently been isolated and characterized at the molecular level, notably secreted proteases involved in the invasion of the keratin network. Their precise roles in the different steps of the infectious process and in immunopathogenesis are being studied, while all aspects of the host immune response against dermatophytes, including the innate response, are becoming increasingly documented. In addition, new molecular tools are now available for studying dermatophytes, which will accelerate research on this topic. SUMMARY: The growth of knowledge concerning all aspects of the host-dermatophyte relationship should contribute towards sound strategies for the development of effective and safe vaccines against dermatophytosis. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatitis in a horse associated with the poultry mite (Dermanyssus gallinae)
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Veterinary Dermatology (2008), 19(1), 38-43

This is the first documented case report of dermatitis associated with the poultry mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) in a horse. It occurred in a 16-year-old horse that was in contact with domestic hens ... [more ▼]

This is the first documented case report of dermatitis associated with the poultry mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) in a horse. It occurred in a 16-year-old horse that was in contact with domestic hens. Clinical signs consisted of severe pruritus, with self-induced hair loss mainly on the head. Despite the multiple skin scrapings performed during both day- and nighttime, mites were only isolated from the in-contact poultry and from the horse's environment, and not the horse. The animal was treated using a 2% permethrin solution, sprayed on the entire body once a week for 4 weeks, and by decontamination of the horse's immediate environment. Although eradication of the mites and elimination of further contact between the horse and the poultry were not achievable, recurrence of dermatitis was prevented by regular applications of permethrin on the horse and biannual decontamination of the horse's stable. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenicity and thermotolerance of entomopathogenic fungi for the control of the scab mite, Psoroptes ovis.
Lekimme, Mireille ULg; Focant, Charles ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Experimental & Applied Acarology (2008), 46(1-4), 95-104

Psoroptes ovis is responsible for a highly contagious skin condition, both in sheep and cattle. This parasite has a marked economical impact in the sheep and cattle industry. Biological control is ... [more ▼]

Psoroptes ovis is responsible for a highly contagious skin condition, both in sheep and cattle. This parasite has a marked economical impact in the sheep and cattle industry. Biological control is considered as a realistic alternative to chemotherapeutic control. Laboratory experiments were carried out to evaluate the pathogenicity and the thermotolerance of twelve isolates of entomopathogenic fungi from four genera (Beauveria Vuillemin, Metarhizium Sorokin, Paecilomyces Bainier and Verticillium Nees). The pathogenicity was evaluated by the survival of P. ovis females after exposure to 10(6) to 10(8) conidia ml(-1) in humidity chambers. Results revealed intra- and interspecies differences. All isolates with the exception of B. bassiana IHEM3558 and V. lecanii MUCL8672 induced 50% mortality within 2 days at the highest concentration. At this concentration the entire mite population became infected with all isolates but B. bassiana IHEM3558; however, only four isolates gave rise to 100% infected cadavers at the lowest concentration. The thermotolerance of each isolate was evaluated by measuring its growth on an artificial medium kept between 25 and 37.5 degrees C. All isolates were able to grow up to 30 degrees C but only two, M. anisopliae IHEM18027 and Paecilomyces farinosus MUCL18885, tolerated temperatures up to 35 degrees C. These two isolates could be considered as good candidates for further use as biopesticide taking into account their virulence and thermotolerance. Other critical factors linked with the implementation of this type of biocontrol in P. ovis infected animals are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSecreted subtilisins of Microsporum canis are involved in adhesion of arthroconidia to feline corneocytes
Mathy, Anne ULg; Tabart, Jérémy; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2008)

Microsporum canis is a pathogenic fungus that causes a superficial skin infection called dermatophytosis mainly in cats, dogs and humans. Like other dermatophytoses, the physiopathology of this dermatosis ... [more ▼]

Microsporum canis is a pathogenic fungus that causes a superficial skin infection called dermatophytosis mainly in cats, dogs and humans. Like other dermatophytoses, the physiopathology of this dermatosis remains largely unknown. From a fungal perspective, the infection process can be divided in three steps: adhesion of M. canis arthroconidia to corneocytes, conidial germination, and fungal invasion of the keratin network. The mechanisms involved in adherence of M. canis to epidermis have never been investigated. However, several previously characterized secreted fungal endoproteases like subtilisins (Sub), including the keratinolytic protease Sub3, are secreted in vivo and could be involved in the first pathogenic steps. The objective of this study were (1) to develop an in vitro model to study M. canis adherence to feline corneocytes and (2) to assess whether the Sub are involved in fungal adhesion. An arthroconidial suspension was spread over the surface of reconstituted feline epidermis (RFE). Co-cultures were incubated for varying lengths of time and adherent conidia were labelled using Calcofluor white and counted. In subsequent assays arthroconidia were exposed to the serine protease inhibitor chymostatin or a mixture of two anti-Sub3 monoclonal antibodies (Mabs) one hour prior to the adherence assay. In our model, adherence of M. canis arthroconidia to RFE is time-dependent, beginning within two hours and still increasing after six hours. Chymostatin and Mabs inhibit M. canis adherence to RFE by 53 and 23 % respectively, which suggests that subtilisins and particularly Sub3, are fungal virulence factors involved in the adherence process. [less ▲]

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See detailBreeding Sites Of Bluetongue Vectors In Northern Europe
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2008), 162(4), 131

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See detailDistribution Of Potential Bluetongue Vectors On Belgium Farms
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2008), 162(21), 700

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See detailPathogenesis of dermatophytosis
Vermout, Sandy; Tabart, Jeremy; Baldo, Aline ULg et al

in Mycopathologia (2008), 166(5-6), 267-275

Despite the superficial localization of most dermatophytosis, host-fungus relationship in these infections is complex and still poorly elucidated. Though many efforts have been accomplished to ... [more ▼]

Despite the superficial localization of most dermatophytosis, host-fungus relationship in these infections is complex and still poorly elucidated. Though many efforts have been accomplished to characterize secreted dermatophytic proteases at the molecular level, only punctual insights have been afforded into other aspects of the pathogenesis of dermatophytosis, such as fungal adhesion, regulation of gene expression during the infection process, and immunomodulation by fungal factors. However, new genetic tools were recently developed, allowing a more rapid and high-throughput functional investigation of dermatophyte genes and the identification of new putative virulence factors. In addition, sophisticated in vitro infection models are now used and will open the way to a more comprehensive view of the interactions between these fungi and host epidermal cells, especially keratinocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstructed interfollicular feline epidermis as a model for the screening of antifungal drugs against Microsporum canis.
Tabart, Jeremy; Baldo, Aline ULg; Vermout, Sandy et al

in Veterinary Dermatology (2008), 19(3), 130-133

A fully differentiated reconstructed interfollicular feline epidermis (RFE) was recently developed in vitro. It was shown to be relevant for the study of Microsporum canis-epidermal interactions. In this ... [more ▼]

A fully differentiated reconstructed interfollicular feline epidermis (RFE) was recently developed in vitro. It was shown to be relevant for the study of Microsporum canis-epidermal interactions. In this study, RFE was evaluated as a potential model for the in vitro screening of drugs against M. canis. As a preliminary step, the minimum inhibitory concentration of miconazole nitrate against M. canis IHEM 21239 grown on Sabouraud's dextrose agar was determined to be 0.3 microg mL(-1). RFE grown at the air-liquid interface was cultured for 24 h in RFE culture medium, supplemented with either miconazole (range 0.1-1 microg mL(-1)) or its solvent (dimethylsulfoxide). Then, RFE was inoculated in triplicate with 1 x 10(5 )M. canis arthroconidia and incubated for five additional days. To evaluate fungal growth, RFE was processed for routine histopathology, three serial sections being performed across the block at 100 microm intervals. No fungal growth was detected invading or on the surface of infected RFE in the presence of miconazole concentrations equal to or higher than 0.3 microg mL (final concentration in the culture medium). This study demonstrates that RFE is an adequate model for the in vitro screening of drugs against M. canis and potentially against other skin pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdates on the epidemiology of dermatophyte infections.
Seebacher, Claus; Bouchara, Jean-Philippe; Mignon, Bernard ULg

in Mycopathologia (2008), 166(5-6), 335-352

The spectrum of dermatophytes isolated from skin lesions had changed in last 70 years. Before the Second World War in Germany, Microsporum audouinii and Epidermophyton floccosum ranked the first, whereas ... [more ▼]

The spectrum of dermatophytes isolated from skin lesions had changed in last 70 years. Before the Second World War in Germany, Microsporum audouinii and Epidermophyton floccosum ranked the first, whereas Trichophyton rubrum is the most common dermatophyte since the fifties of last century, accounting for 80-90% of the strains, followed by T. mentagrophytes. This evolution is typical for Central and North Europe and it needs to be connected with the increase in the incidence of tinea pedis. In contrast, in Southern Europe and in Arabic countries, zoophilic dermatophytes, such as Microsporum canis or Trichophyton verrucosum, are the most frequently isolated. In Europe, especially in Mediterranean countries, the incidence of M. canis infection has strongly increased during the recent years and this dermatophyte is now the most prevalent in tinea capitis in children. An analysis of the frequency and distribution of tinea pedis in different occupations and leisure-time activities as well as the routes of infection are reported. The spreading of this disease in most developed countries of the world represents a considerable economic problem, since it was accompanied by a parallel increase in the frequency of onychomycosis which implies, as tinea pedis, large financial charges. In poor developing countries, mycoses appear endemically, primarily with children, and their treatment often fails because of the lack of efficient antifungals. The particular epidemiological situations of dermatophytoses and the pathogenic spectrum of dermatophytes are examined at the example of numerous countries. [less ▲]

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