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Infection and transplantation

S W Yang, R J Ma, J J Zhao, H F Zhong, X L Yuan, L Jiang, J Yang, P C Lei, Y Zhang, Y W Fu, D M Wan, Z M Zhu
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) from different donors as first-line treatment for children and adolescents with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) . Methods: The clinical data of 79 children and adolescents with SAA diagnosed from January 2013 to December 2016 in Henan Province were retrospectively analyzed. There were 50 males and 29 females, with a median age of 14(4-18) years. 40 cases received matched sibling transplantation (MSD-HSCT), 17 with unrelated donor transplantation (UD-HSCT), and 22 with haploidentical transplantation (haplo-HSCT)...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Daniel Souza Lima, Abdon José Murad Júnior, Márcio Alencar Barreira, Guilherme Cardoso Fernandes, Gustavo Rego Coelho, José Huygens Parente Garcia
BACKGROUND: The Amazon region is one of the main endemic areas of hepatitis delta in the world and the only one related to the presence of genotype 3 of the delta virus. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the profile, mortality and survival of cirrhotic patients submitted to liver transplantation for chronic hepatitis delta virus and compare with those transplanted by hepatitis B virus monoinfection. METHODS: Retrospective, observational and descriptive study...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Carlos Arturo Alvarez-Moreno, Jorge Alberto Cortes, David W Denning
Data with respect to the epidemiological situation of fungal diseases in Colombia is scarce. Thus, the aim of this study is to estimate the burden of fungal infections. A population projection for 2017 from the Colombian Department for National Statistics was used, as well as official information from the Ministry of Health and National Institute of Health. A bibliographical search for Colombian data on mycotic diseases and population at risk (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV infection/AIDS, cancer, and transplant patients) was done...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Vincent Mallet, Rebecca Sberro-Soussan, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso, Anaïs Vallet-Pichard, Bénédicte Deau, Alix Portal, Marie-Laure Chaix, Lisette Hauser, Alexandre Beylouné, Anne Mercadier, Jacques Izopet, Christophe Legendre, Stanislas Pol
BACKGROUND: After observing a case of plasma exchange-mediated HEV infections in a kidney transplant recipient, we investigated the relationship between plasma exchange and HEV infection after kidney transplantation. METHODS: A cohort of 263 patients who underwent kidney transplantation from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 was screened for HEV markers, including anti-HEV IgG and IgM antibodies and HEV RNA, on 3 consecutive blood samples: 1 before, 1 a mean (SD) of 9...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Andrea M Byrne, Tal Schechter, Robyn Westmacott
We report the neuropsychological profile of a 6-year-old girl with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a rare X-linked immunodeficiency disorder associated with thrombocytopenia, eczema, recurrent infections, and malignancy. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome occurs almost exclusively in males and is extremely rare in females, with no known research focused on cognitive and academic functioning in this population. Our patient was referred due to concerns about her memory and academic functioning. She had a history of progressive thrombocytopenia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at age 15 months...
March 2018: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
Anne Conrad, Vincent Alcazer, Florent Valour, Florence Ader
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a major curative treatment option for malignant and non-malignant hematological diseases, but is associated with an increased risk for infections, of which some are preventable by vaccination. Vaccination guidelines recommend repeated doses of most inactivated vaccines to achieve long-lasting immune responses. However, the efficacy of immunization is often hampered by graft-versus-host disease or severe opportunistic infections. Areas covered: This review summarizes the vaccine recommendations for adult allogeneic HSCT recipients and discusses the challenges and future directions regarding vaccine immunization in these patients...
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Vaccines
Li Xu, Jia Liu, Qilong Zhang, Min Li, Jingchi Liao, Weifeng Kuang, Cansheng Zhu, Huan Yi, Fuhua Peng
Objectives Amphotericin B plus flucytosine is the most widely used induction therapy regimen for non-HIV-infected and non-transplant patients; however, the therapeutic outcomes are unsatisfactory, especially when two antifungal drugs are at sub-therapeutic doses. Methods In this study of induction therapy, all non-HIV-infected, non-transplant patients with a first episode of cryptococcal meningitis were divided into two groups. In group I, the patients received amphotericin B plus 5-flucytosine. In group II, in addition to amphotericin B and 5-flucytosine, the patients also received fluconazole...
March 21, 2018: Neurological Research
Chelsea Balian, Michelle Garcia, Jessica Ward
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Indwelling central venous catheters (CVCs) increase risk for BSIs, yet mucosal barrier injury-associated laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infection (MBI-LCBI) may also occur due to translocation of pathogenic organisms from the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between stool organisms and BSIs in children with CVCs who underwent HSCT...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
Qinhua Zhou, Xiaoying Hui, Wenjing Ying, Jia Hou, Wenjie Wang, Danru Liu, Ying Wang, Yeheng Yu, Jingyi Wang, Jinqiao Sun, Qian Zhang, Xiaochuan Wang
PURPOSE: Clinical diagnosis and treatment for chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) have advanced greatly in recent years. However, CGD patients in China have unique clinical features and infection spectrums, which are challenging to their caretakers. Here, we summarized the clinical characteristics, genetic features, treatment, and prognosis of CGD in a single center in Shanghai. METHODS: One hundred sixty-nine CGD patients were recruited between January 2004 and May 2017 based on clinical diagnosis...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Hiroshi Uchi
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive skin cancer with frequent metastasis and death. MCC has a mortality rate of 30%, making it more lethal than malignant melanoma, and incidence of MCC has increased almost fourfold over the past 20 years in the USA. MCC has long been considered to be an immunogenic cancer because it occurs more frequently in immunosuppressed patients from organ transplant and HIV infection than in those with immunocompetent. Chronic UV light exposure and clonal integration of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) are two major causative factors of MCC...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Xinyun Liang, Olusegun Famure, Yanhong Li, S Joseph Kim
CONTEXT: Valganciclovir is used not only for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis after kidney transplantation but can also induce leukopenia, thereby making patients more susceptible to other infections. The epidemiology of leukopenia in patients on valganciclovir remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence and risk factors for leukopenia in patients receiving valganciclovir for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis after kidney transplantation. METHODS: In this single-center, retrospective, cohort study, we included kidney recipients transplanted from January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2010, to determine the incidence and risk factors for leukopenia in patients who received valganciclovir for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis...
January 1, 2018: Progress in Transplantation
Dimitrios Chanouzas, Alexander Small, Richard Borrows, Simon Ball
BACKGROUND: The measurement of CMV specific cellular immunity in organ transplant recipients could contribute additional acuity to serology based, CMV infection risk stratification, facilitating optimisation of immunosuppression and anti-viral prophylaxis. METHODS: A pilot study of renal transplant recipient (RTR's) responses in the T-SPOT.CMV ELISPOT based assay. 108 RTR's were recruited 3 months post-transplantation, immediately prior to the cessation of stratified anti-viral prophylaxis, used in recipients from seropositive donors...
2018: PloS One
Michael Mazzeffi, Srikar Jonna, Natalia Blanco, Orestes Mavrothalassitis, Obi Odekwu, Magali Fontaine, Peter Rock, Kenichi Tanaka, Kerri Thom
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant patients are frequently anemic and at risk for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. Previous studies suggest that pre-transplant RBC transfusion may improve kidney transplant outcomes; however, RBC transfusion is also associated with infection. The purpose of our study was to characterize the relationships between intraoperative RBC transfusion, delayed graft function (DGF), postoperative surgical site infection (SSI), and sepsis. METHODS: Analysis was performed on a historical cohort of adult kidney transplant patients from a single medical center during a two-year period...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Sakiko Fujii, Katsumi Fujimoto, Noriko Goto, Yoshimitsu Abiko, Asayo Imaoka, Jinchang Shao, Kazuko Kitayama, Masami Kanawa, Agung Sosiawan, Ketut Suardita, Fusanori Nishimura, Yukio Kato
Dental pulp cells (DPCs) are promising candidates for use as transplantable cells in regenerative medicine. However, ex vivo expansion of these cells typically requires culture media containing fetal bovine serum, which may cause infection and immunological reaction following transplantation. In addition, the proliferation and differentiation of DPCs markedly depend upon serum batches. Therefore, the present study examined whether DPCs could be expanded under serum-free conditions. DPCs obtained from four donors were identified to proliferate actively in the serum-free medium, STK2, when compared with those cells in control medium (Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium containing 10% serum)...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Alison M Condliffe, Anita Chandra
The activated phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ syndrome (APDS), also known as p110δ-activating mutation causing senescent T cells, lymphadenopathy, and immunodeficiency (PASLI), is a combined immunodeficiency syndrome caused by gain-of-function mutations in the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) genes PIK3CD (encoding p110δ: APDS1 or PASLI-CD) and PIK3R1 (encoding p85α: APDS2 or PASLI-R1). While the disease is clinically heterogeneous, respiratory symptoms and complications are near universal and often severe...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Alfonso Molina, Drew J Winston, Darren Pan, Gary J Schiller
Nocardial infections have been rare after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We report 10 recent cases of late-onset nocardiosis (median time of onset of 508 days after transplantation) primarily in patients on high doses of corticosteroids for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). All 10 patients had pulmonary infection caused by Nocardia species susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX). At time of diagnosis, 8 of 10 patients were not receiving TMP-SMX for prophylaxis of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) (7 on atovaquone, 1 on intravenous pentamidine)...
March 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Raja Muhammad Rashid, Zahid Nabi, Ahmad Zaki Ansari, Quratul-Ain Qaiser
BACKGROUND: Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is primarily characterized by immune-mediated destruction of platelets in circulation. Major treatment options range from careful observation, steroids, immunosuppressive medications, immunoglobulins to splenectomy. Interestingly and rarely, ITP has also been reported after solid organ transplantation in patients receiving immunosuppressive medications. While the incidence of new onset ITP after solid organ transplant is comparatively well documented, new onset ITP after renal transplant has only been reported in two patients...
March 20, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu, Katherine J Wert, Yan Feng, Anthony Mannion, Zhongming Ge, Alexis Garcia, Kathleen E Scott, Tyler J Caron, Carolyn M Madden, Johanne T Jacobsen, Gabriel Victora, Rudolf Jaenisch, James G Fox
Immune-compromised mouse models allow for testing the preclinical efficacy of human cell transplantations and gene therapy strategies before moving forward to clinical trials. However, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing of the Wsh/Wsh mouse strain to create an immune-compromised model lacking function of Rag2 and Il2rγ led to unexpected morbidity and mortality. This warranted an investigation to ascertain the cause and predisposing factors associated with the outbreak. Postmortem examination was performed on 15 moribund mice...
2018: PloS One
Ruihong Luo, Janice M Weinberg, Tamar F Barlam
OBJECTIVE Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is common in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, but few studies have examined long-term outcomes. We studied the impact of CDI after SOT on mortality and transplant organ complication-related hospitalizations (TOH). METHODS SOT recipients ≥18 years of age with at least 1 year of posttransplant data were analyzed using the MarketScan database for 2007-2014. Patients who died within one year of transplant were followed until death. Patients were grouped as early CDI (ie, first occurrence ≤90 days posttransplant), late CDI (ie, first occurrence >90 days posttransplant) and controls (ie, no CDI occurrence during follow-up)...
March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Pragya Agarwala, Ekta Gupta, Manish Chandra Choudhary, Viniyendra Pamecha
Most cases of chronic hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in solid organ transplant recipients are attributable to genotype 3. Although India is hyperendemic for HEV genotype 1, chronic infection in transplant patients has not been reported. In this study, 30 liver transplant recipients were followed up by systematic testing for various markers of HEV (IgM, IgG, HEV-Ag, and RNA) on blood and stool samples obtained pre-transplant, and then at 3 and 6 months post-transplant to look for HEV exposure and persistence...
March 19, 2018: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
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