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fetal cytomegalovirus

Mariya Angelova, Emil Kovachev, Nikolai Todorov
AIM: The aim of this publication is to present a case of CMV infection during pregnancy, with clinical manifestations of the development of microcephaly and simultaneous dilatation of the 3rd and 4th brain ventricle at 23 weeks gestation. This article discusses the role of ultrasound screening in the second trimester of pregnancy. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 25-year-old woman with the initials S.K. in her second pregnancy that came to our antenatal Consulting Centre...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Roberta Rizzo, Liliana Gabrielli, Daria Bortolotti, Valentina Gentili, Giulia Piccirilli, Angela Chiereghin, Claudia Pavia, Silvia Bolzani, Brunella Guerra, Giuliana Simonazzi, Francesca Cervi, Maria Grazia Capretti, Enrico Fainardi, Dario Di Luca, Maria Paola Landini, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) is a nonclassical HLA class I antigen that is expressed during pregnancy contributing to maternal-fetal tolerance. HLA-G can be expressed as membrane-bound and soluble forms. HLA-G expression increases strongly during viral infections such as congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections, with functional consequences in immunoregulation. In this work we investigated the expression of soluble (s)HLA-G and beta-2 microglobulin (component of HLA) molecules in correlation with the risk of transmission and severity of congenital HCMV infection...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Roxanne Coronel, Desyree M Jesus, Lucia Dalle Ore, Joe S Mymryk, Laura Hertel
Oral mucosal Langerhans cells (LC) are likely to play important roles in host defense against infection by human cytomegalovirus (CMV). We previously showed that in vitro-differentiated immature LC (iLC) populations contain smaller amounts of infected cells but produce higher yields than mature LC (mLC) cultures, obtained by iLC stimulation with fetal bovine serum (FBS), CD40 ligand (CD40L) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Here, we sought to determine if exposure to select stimuli can improve LC permissiveness to infection, if specific components of the mLC cocktail are responsible for lowering viral yields, if this is due to defects in progeny production or release, and if these restrictions are also effective against reactivated virus...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
William J Muller
Viral infections in the fetus or newborn often involve the central nervous system (CNS) and can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Substantial progress has been made in identifying interventions decreasing adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in this population. This review highlights progress in treatment of important viruses affecting the CNS in these susceptible hosts, focusing on herpes simplex (HSV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and enteroviruses. The observation that high-dose acyclovir improves mortality in neonatal HSV disease culminated decades of antiviral research for this disease...
September 27, 2016: Pediatric Research
Manoel Sarno, Marcelo Aquino, Kleber Pimentel, Renata Cabral, Gisela Costa, Fernanda Bastos, Carlos Brites
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the pattern and progression of Central Nervous System (CNS) lesions of microcephalic fetuses with suspected Zika Virus (ZIKV) infection. METHODS: We analyzed fetuses diagnosed with microcephaly after a routine primary care ultrasound scan suspect a fetal microcephaly in Salvador, Brazil, from July/2015 to February/2016 and these pregnancies were followed until delivery. Microcephaly was diagnosed when the head circumference was below two or more standard deviation for gestational age and its relationship with ZIKV infection was defined according to World Health Organization criteria...
September 19, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Huan Zhou, Yongping Liu, Lu Liu, Min Zhang, Xingzhi Chen, Yulong Qi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship of the pre-pregnancy modifiable risks with miscarriage. STUDY DESIGN: We randomly selected 51 communities or villages from January 2013 to December 2014 in Anhui, China. We calculated incidence rate ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for each risk factor for miscarriage. RESULTS: The incidence rate of miscarriage was 7.45%, and pre-embryonic loss account for 12.66%, embryonic loss account for 38%, and fetal losses account for 49...
August 12, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Takako Tabata, Matthew Petitt, June Fang-Hoover, Martin Zydek, Lenore Pereira
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the leading viral cause of birth defects, including microcephaly, neurological deficits, hearing impairment, and vision loss. We previously reported that epithelial cells in amniotic membranes of placentas from newborns with intrauterine growth restriction and underlying congenital HCMV infection contain viral proteins in cytoplasmic vesicles. Herein, we immunostained amniotic membranes from 51 placentas from symptomatic and asymptomatic congenital infection with HCMV DNA in amniotic fluid and/or newborn saliva, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm deliveries, and controls...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Li Zhang, Bin Wang, Ling Li, Dong-Meng Qian, Hong Yu, Mei-Lan Xue, Ming Hu, Xu-Xia Song
The prominent feature of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is cell tropism specificity for human fetal nervous system, which leads to severe fetal nervous system damage especially in first-trimester gestation. In this study, human astrocytes isolated from fetal brain were infected with HCMV AD169 and whole genome transcriptome profile was performed. The results showed that the gene expression of interferon stimulated genes (ISGs), chemokine and chemokine receptors were significantly up-regulated (P < 0.01)...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Carolyn B Coyne, Helen M Lazear
The recent association between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy and fetal microcephaly has led to a renewed interest in the mechanisms by which vertically transmitted microorganisms reach the fetus and cause congenital disease. In this Opinion article, we provide an overview of the structure and cellular composition of the human placenta and of the mechanisms by which traditional 'TORCH' pathogens (Toxoplasma gondii, other, rubella virus, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus) access the fetal compartment...
November 2016: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
Wendy J van Zuylen, Stuart T Hamilton, Zin Naing, Beverly Hall, Antonia Shand, William D Rawlinson
Cytomegalovirus is the most common congenital infection causing serious disease in infants. It is the leading infectious cause of sensorineural hearing loss and neurodevelopmental disability in developed countries. Despite the clinical importance of congenital cytomegalovirus, surveys show there is limited awareness and knowledge in the medical and general community about congenital cytomegalovirus infection. This article reviews the clinical features, global epidemiology, transmission and risk factors for cytomegalovirus infections...
December 2014: Obstetric Medicine
Robin Cloarec, Sylvian Bauer, Hervé Luche, Emmanuelle Buhler, Emilie Pallesi-Pocachard, Manal Salmi, Sandra Courtens, Annick Massacrier, Pierre Grenot, Natacha Teissier, Françoise Watrin, Fabienne Schaller, Homa Adle-Biassette, Pierre Gressens, Marie Malissen, Thomas Stamminger, Daniel N Streblow, Nadine Bruneau, Pierre Szepetowski
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus infections are a leading cause of neurodevelopmental disorders in human and represent a major health care and socio-economical burden. In contrast with this medical importance, the pathophysiological events remain poorly known. Murine models of brain cytomegalovirus infection, mostly neonatal, have brought recent insights into the possible pathogenesis, with convergent evidence for the alteration and possible involvement of brain immune cells. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: In order to confirm and expand those findings, particularly concerning the early developmental stages following infection of the fetal brain, we have created a model of in utero cytomegalovirus infection in the developing rat brain...
2016: PloS One
Liliana Gabrielli, Maria Paola Bonasoni, Angela Chiereghin, Giulia Piccirilli, Donatella Santini, Claudia Pavia, Gabriele Turello, Diego Squarzoni, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Salivary glands are a site of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) replication, latency, and persistence. Prolonged secretion of virus in saliva for months following a primary infection contribute to horizontal transmission. In order to better understand the early effects of CMV on salivary glands and the mechanisms of viral persistent replication, submandibular glands of six CMV congenitally infected fetuses at 21 weeks gestation were studied. Three fetuses at the same gestational age from CMV-seronegative women were compared as negative controls...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
M Yu Boboshko, S M Vikhnin, I V Savenko
Intrauterine infections are a crucial pathogenic factor exerting an appreciable influence on the development of the fetus. They can provoke intrauterine death, cause multiple lesions in the organs and tissues as well as long-term complications that manifest themselves at the later stages of the growth and development of the child. One of such complications is the sensorineural loss of hearing. The importance of hearing impairment arises from the high prevalence of tis condition and frequent incapacitation it causes in the patients...
2016: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
Miguel López-Botet, Aura Muntasell, José E Martínez-Rodríguez, María López-Montañés, Marcel Costa-García, Aldi Pupuleku
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) establishes a highly prevalent life-long latent infection. Though generally subclinical, HCMV infection may have severe consequences during fetal development and in immunocompromised individuals. Based on epidemiological studies HCMV(+) serology has been associated with the development of atherosclerosis, immune senescence and an increase mortality rate in elderly people. Such long-term detrimental effects of the viral infection presumably result from an inefficient immune control of the pathogen, depending on the quality and evolution of the individual host-pathogen relationship...
September 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Huihui Gao, Ran Tao, Huimin Yu, Shiqiang Shang
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread herpesvirus. Virus reactivation from latency can lead to stillbirth, miscarriage, fetal anomalies, and intrauterine growth retardation. During latent infection with the HCMV, the virus can be cleared by the immune response or apoptosis of host cells. However, the HCMV has developed several strategies to manipulate expression of its genes and the microenvironment of host cells. Recent studies have shown that latent infection with the HCMV is associated with viral: regulation of early expression of genes; evasion of cell death; evasion of the immune response; regulatin of non-coding RNAs...
January 2016: Bing du Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Virology
Maria Pia De Carolis, Silvia Salvi, Iliana Bersani, Serafina Lacerenza, Costantino Romagnoli, Sara De Carolis
BACKGROUND: Neonatal blueberry muffin lesions are rare cutaneous eruptions, presenting as transient, non-blanching, red-violaceous papules, mostly localized in the trunk, head and neck, attributable to a marked dermal hematopoietic activity. Congenital infections of the TORCH complex (toxoplasmosis, other, rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes) and hematological disorders have been classically associated with this neonatal dermatological manifestation. We report for the first time an unusual presentation of blueberry muffin lesions in a neonate born from a mother affected by severe anemia during pregnancy...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Mina Leyder, Anniek Vorsselmans, Elisa Done, Kim Van Berkel, Gilles Faron, Ina Foulon, Anne Naessens, Anna Jansen, Walter Foulon, Leonardo Gucciardo
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus infection is the most common perinatal viral infection that can lead to severe long-term medical conditions. Antenatal identification of maternal cytomegalovirus infections with proven fetal transmission and potential postnatal clinical sequelae remains a major challenge in perinatology. There is a need to improve the prenatal counseling offered to patients and guide future clinical management decisions in cases of proven primary cytomegalovirus infection. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the accuracy of fetal ultrasound for predicting sequelae in fetuses infected with congenital cytomegalovirus after maternal primary infection...
June 8, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Deborah M Feldman, Rebecca Keller, Adam F Borgida
There are several infections in adults that warrant special consideration in pregnant women given the potential fetal consequences. Among these are toxoplasmosis, parvovirus B19, and cytomegalovirus. These infections have an important impact on the developing fetus, depending on the timing of infection. This article reviews the modes of transmission as well as maternal and neonatal effects of each of these infections. In addition, the article outlines recommended testing, fetal surveillance, and treatment where indicated...
June 2016: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
O Picone, L Grangeot-Keros, Mv Senat, F Fuchs, E Bouthry, Jm Ayoubi, A Benachi, C Vauloup-Fellous
Diagnosis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) primary infection is reliable, but diagnosis of CMV non-primary infection (NPI) is questionable. Our aim is to highlight the difficulties met in diagnosis of CMV NPI. We illustrate that in proven cases of CMV NPI, very different serologic and molecular patterns may be observed and that routine serologic testing may fail to help with diagnosis. These results point out that many data available in literature concerning the prevalence of NPI, materno-fetal transmission rates and consequences of NPI may be wrong...
May 5, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Efraim Bilavsky, Joseph Pardo, Joseph Attias, Itzhak Levy, Jean-François Magny, Yves Ville, Marianne Leruez-Ville, Jacob Amir
BACKGROUND: Recently, congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection was reported irrespective of a negative amniotic fluid prenatal analysis for cytomegalovirus (CMV). The question of whether this phenomenon represents low sensitivity of the test or late development of fetal infection (after amniocentesis) was discussed, but not answered. However, if late transmission is the rule, then infants born with cCMV after negative amniocentesis would be expected to carry better prognosis than those who tested positive...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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