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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819195/human-cytomegalovirus-escapes-immune-recognition-by-nk-cells-through-the-downregulation-of-b7-h6-by-the-viral-genes-us18-and-us20
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Yoav Charpak-Amikam, Tobias Kubsch, Einat Seidel, Esther Oiknine-Djian, Noemi Cavaletto, Rachel Yamin, Dominik Schmiedel, Dana Wolf, Giorgio Gribaudo, Martin Messerle, Luka Cicin-Sain, Ofer Mandelboim
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major human pathogen, causing serious diseases in immunocompromised populations and congenially infected neonates. One of the main immune cells acting against the virus are Natural Killer (NK) cells. Killing by NK cells is mediated by a small family of activating receptors such as NKp30 that interact with the cellular ligand B7-H6. The outcome of B7-H6-NKp30 interaction was, so far, mainly studied with regard to NK recognition and killing of tumors. Here, we demonstrated that the expression of B7-H6 is upregulated following HCMV infection and that HCMV uses two of its genes: US18 and US20, to interfere with B7-H6 surface expression, in a mechanism involving endosomal degradation, in order to evade NK cell recognition...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818566/a-synthetic-human-cytomegalovirus-pp65-ie1-fusion-antigen-efficiently-induces-and-expands-virus-specific-t-cells
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Ellen K Link, Christine Brandmüller, Yasemin Suezer, Stefanie Ameres, Asisa Volz, Andreas Moosmann, Gerd Sutter, Michael H Lehmann
Infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can cause severe complications in newborns and immunocompromised patients, and a prophylactic or therapeutic vaccine against HCMV is not available. Here, we generated a HCMV vaccine candidate fulfilling the regulatory requirements for GMP-compliant production and clinical testing. A novel synthetic fusion gene consisting of the coding sequences of HCMV pp65 and IE1 having a deleted nuclear localization sequence and STAT2 binding domain was introduced into the genome of the attenuated vaccinia virus strain MVA...
August 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818264/the-potential-management-of-oral-candidiasis-using-anti-biofilm-therapies
#3
Warren Chanda, Thomson P Joseph, Wendong Wang, Arshad A Padhiar, Mintao Zhong
Candida albicans is a minor component of the oral microbiota and an opportunistic pathogen that takes advantage of the immunocompromised host and causes oral mucositis and oral candidiasis. This organism is able to undergo phenotypic modification from a yeast to hyphae growth phase, one of the key arsenals for immune cell evasion, tissue invasion and biofilm formation. The latter property coupled with overgrowth and immune compromising factors such as HIV/AIDS, cancer treatments, organ transplantation, diabetes, corticosteroid use, dentures, and broad-spectrum antibiotic use have modified the fungus from a normal component of the microflora to a foe of an oral cavity and resulting in reduced sensitivity towards commonly utilised antifungal agents...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814908/pulmonary-cryptococcosis-presenting-with-lung-mass-report-of-7-cases-and-review-of-literature
#4
Kanet Kanjanapradit, Zdravko Kosjerina, Wiwatana Tanomkiat, Warangkana Keeratichananont, Siripen Panthuwong
Pulmonary cryptococcosis is commonly found in immunocompromised patients. This microorganism rarely infects immunocompetent individuals, and when it does, it causes mild symptoms. The radiological findings of this disease may involve an intrapulmonary mass that mimics lung tumor. The objective of this study was to review the clinicopathological information, radiological findings, and treatment of patients who presented with intrapulmonary mass due to cryptococcosis. This study collected data from 7 patients who were treated at Songklanagarind Hospital, Songkhla, Thailand, between 2009 and 2014...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814893/presentation-and-outcomes-of-necrotizing-soft-tissue-infections
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Kuan-Chin Jean Chen, Michelle Klingel, Shelley McLeod, Sean Mindra, Victor K Ng
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs) are aggressive infections associated with significant morbidity, including amputation and organ failure, and high mortality. The rapid progression and significant risk of morbidity and mortality associated with NSTIs makes quick diagnosis and treatment critical. The objective of this study was to determine the presentation of patients diagnosed with NSTIs and their in-hospital outcomes. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of adult (>17 years) patients with a discharge diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis at London Health Sciences Centre (annual census 125,000) over a 5-year period (April 2008-March 2013)...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814886/a-practical-guide-to-the-handling-and-administration-of-talimogene-laherparepvec-in-europe
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REVIEW
Kevin J Harrington, Olivier Michielin, Josep Malvehy, Isabella Pezzani Grüter, Lorna Grove, Anna Lisa Frauchiger, Reinhard Dummer
Talimogene laherparepvec is a herpes simplex virus-1-based intralesional oncolytic immunotherapy and is the first oncolytic virus to be approved in Europe. It is indicated for the treatment of adults with unresectable melanoma that is regionally or distantly metastatic (stage IIIB, IIIC, and IVM1a) with no bone, brain, lung, or other visceral disease. Talimogene laherparepvec is a genetically modified viral therapy, and its handling needs special attention due to its deep freeze, cold-chain requirements, its potential for viral shedding, and its administration by direct intralesional injection...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814517/zinc-salts-block-hepatitis-e-virus-replication-by-inhibiting-the-activity-of-viral-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase
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Nidhi Kaushik, Chandru Subramani, Saumya Anang, Rajagopalan Muthumohan, Shalimar, Baibaswata Nayak, C T Ranjith-Kumar, Milan Surjit
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes an acute, self limiting hepatitis in normal individuals and leads to chronic disease in immunocompromised individuals. HEV infection in pregnant women results in a more severe outcome, with the mortality rate going upto 30%. Though the virus usually causes sporadic infection, epidemics have been reported in developing and resource starved countries. No specific anti-viral exists against HEV. A combination of interferon and ribavirin therapy has been used to control the disease with some success...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814408/intrinsic-maturational-neonatal-immune-deficiencies-and-susceptibility-to-group-b-streptococcus-infection
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REVIEW
Michelle L Korir, Shannon D Manning, H Dele Davies
Although a normal member of the gastrointestinal and vaginal microbiota, group B Streptococcus (GBS) can also occasionally be the cause of highly invasive neonatal disease and is an emerging pathogen in both elderly and immunocompromised adults. Neonatal GBS infections are typically transmitted from mother to baby either in utero or during passage through the birth canal and can lead to pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis within the first few months of life. Compared to the adult immune system, the neonatal immune system has a number of deficiencies, making neonates more susceptible to infection...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813732/gastric-zygomycosis-in-a-previously-healthy-56-year-old-male
#9
Ashwyna Sunassee, Desirae M Muirhead
Zygomycosis refers to invasive fungal infections caused by fungi belonging to the phylum zygomycota. Infections generally occur in immunocompromised individuals. The following case is of a previously healthy 56 year-oldmale admitted to the hospital following a motor vehicle accident. During his hospitalization, there was a significant drop in hemoglobin with no obvious source of bleeding. This prompted the clinician to insert a nasogastric tube which returned at least 2 liters of black fluid and led to an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813644/rotavirus-disease-course-among-immunocompromised-patients-5-year-observations-from-a-tertiary-care-medical-centre
#10
P Bruijning-Verhagen, M D Nipshagen, H de Graaf, M J M Bonten
Rotavirus (RV) is highly endemic inside and outside hospital-settings. Immunocompromised children and adults are at risk of complicated rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE), but general rotavirus disease severity in this group remains poorly described and rotavirus testing is not routinely performed beyond infancy. We assessed rotavirus disease among immunocompromised hospitalized patients. METHODS: Rotavirus infections at a Dutch tertiary-care centre were identified from 5-year laboratory records...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812224/risk-factors-for-totally-implantable-venous-access-device-associated-complications-in-cystic-fibrosis
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C McCarthy, O O'Carroll, M E O'Brien, T McEnery, A Franciosi, C Gunaratnam, N G McElvaney
BACKGROUND: Candidaemia is an important nosocomial infection, seen frequently in immunocompromised and critically ill patients and increasingly recognised in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with totally implantable venous access devices (TIVADs). This study aims to investigate the incidence and risk factors for the development of TIVAD-associated candidaemia and to assess the rate of TIVAD-related complications in CF patients. METHODS: A 10-year retrospective study was carried out on adult CF patients attending a single centre...
August 15, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812135/pulmonary-mucormycosis-serial-morphologic-changes-on-computed-tomography-correlate-with-clinical-and-pathologic-findings
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Bo Da Nam, Tae Jung Kim, Kyung Soo Lee, Tae Sung Kim, Joungho Han, Myung Jin Chung
PURPOSE: To evaluate serial computed tomography (CT) findings of pulmonary mucormycosis correlated with peripheral blood absolute neutrophil count (ANC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between February 1997 and June 2016, 20 immunocompromised patients (10 males, 10 females; mean age, 48.9 years) were histopathologically diagnosed as pulmonary mucormycosis. On initial (n=20) and follow-up (n=15) CT scans, the patterns of lung abnormalities and their changing features on follow-up scans were evaluated, and the pattern changes were correlated with ANC changes...
August 10, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812114/-thoracic-and-abdominal-imaging-in-immunocompromised-patients
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REVIEW
J R Kroeger, D Maintz, D-H Chang
The number of patients with immunosuppression is rising worldwide. The spectrum of diseases and pathogens in these patients differs widely from that of immunocompetent patients due to frequent opportunistic infections. Symptoms are sometimes unspecific, and imaging plays a key role in the management of these patients. The lungs are a frequent site of infection in immunosuppressed patients. Chest X‑ray is the starting point for radiological diagnostics, but shows only limited sensitivity and specificity for infections with atypical pathogens...
August 15, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811815/hepatosplenic-mucormycosis-post-autologous-stem-cell-transplant
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Samia Yasmeen, Omer Waqas, Javeria Munir, Faisal Sultan, Abdul Hameed
Mucormycosis is a life threatening fungal infection and remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. We report here a case of hepatosplenic mucormycosis in a patient after autologous stem cell transplant. A young man with anaplastic large cell lymphoma underwent autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant after achieving complete remission with standard chemotherapy and consolidative radiotherapy. He was found to have incidental hepatosplenic hypodensities on follow up imaging, that were proved to be mucormycosis on histopathology after getting CT-guided biopsy of splenic lesions...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811492/interferon-alpha-treatment-rapidly-clears-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-humanized-mice
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Martijn D B van de Garde, Suzan D Pas, Gertine W van Oord, Lucio Gama, Youkyung Choi, Robert A de Man, Andre Boonstra, Thomas Vanwolleghem
Antiviral treatment options for chronic Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) infections are limited and immunological determinants of viral persistence remain largely unexplored. We studied the antiviral potency of pegylated interferon-α (pegIFNα) against HEV infections in humanized mice and modelled intrahepatic interferon stimulated gene (ISG) responses. Human gene expression levels in humanized mouse livers were analyzed by qPCR and Nanostring. Human CXCL10 was measured in mouse serum. HEV genotype 3 (gt3) infections were cleared from liver and feces within 8 pegIFNα doses in all mice and relapsed after a single pegIFNα injection in only half of treated animals...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810711/whole-rna-sequencing-and-transcriptome-assembly-of-candida-albicans-and-candida-africana-under-chlamydospore-inducing-conditions
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Domenico Giosa, Maria Rosa Felice, Travis J Lawrence, Megha Gulati, Fabio Scordino, Letterio Giuffrè, Carla Lo Passo, Enrico D'Alessandro, Giuseppe Criseo, David H Ardell, Aaron D Hernday, Clarissa J Nobile, Orazio Romeo
Candida albicans is the most common cause of life-threatening fungal infections in humans, especially in immunocompromised individuals. Crucial to its success as an opportunistic pathogen is the considerable dynamism of its genome, which readily undergoes genetic changes generating new phenotypes and shaping the evolution of new strains. Candida africana is an intriguing C. albicans biovariant strain that exhibits remarkable genetic and phenotypic differences when compared with standard C. albicans isolates...
July 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810606/aspergillus-niger-bloodstream-infection-in-gastric-cancer-after-common-hepatic-artery-embolization-a-case-report
#17
Li Lin, Chuan-Hua Zhao, Xiu-Yun Yin, Yu-Ling Chen, Hong-Yan Zhai, Chun-Wei Xu, Yan Wang, Fei-Jiao Ge, Jian-Ming Xu
The present case study reported on a 62-year-old male patient with gastric cancer-associated Aspergillus (A.) niger bloodstream infection. The patient presented with massive hemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract 3 months after total gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Conservative treatment consisting of blood transfusion to supplement blood volume loss was ineffective. Digital subtraction angiography indicated gastroduodenal artery bleeding. The first attempt of performing arterial embolization using gelatin sponges failed, while the second attempt of performing common hepatic artery embolization using gelatin sponges and micro-coil springs stopped the bleeding...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810045/scleral-buckle-infection-with-pseudallescheria-boydii
#18
Janice C Law, Mark P Breazzano, Dean Eliott
Pseudallescheria boydii is a ubiquitous fungus that infects soft tissues and is known to cause ocular disease, including keratitis and endophthalmitis, in rare cases. In immunocompromised hosts, P. boydii can disseminate to or from the eye and other organs with lethal consequences. Postoperative P. boydii infections have, in rare cases, complicated several types of ocular surgeries in immunocompetent patients, but never for a scleral buckle. The authors present the first case of an infected scleral buckle from P...
August 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809155/microbe-profile-candida-albicans-a-shape-changing-opportunistic-pathogenic-fungus-of-humans
#19
Neil A R Gow, Bhawna Yadav
(a) Morphotypes of Candida albicans (blue sector, vegetative forms; pink sector, forms related to mating or changes in ploidy). Cell types shown include: budding yeast cells; elongated conjoined yeasts forming pseudohyphae; parallel-sided hyphae; chlamydospores formed from suspensor cells; enlarged goliath cells formed under zinc deprivation (unpublished study, image from Duncan Wilson); intestinal gut form cells (image from Suzanne Noble); mating competence defined by white-grey-opaque cell transitions (images from Guanghua Huang); elongated chemotactic shmoo-mating projections leading to tetraploid zygote formation (images from David Soll and Karla Daniels); trimera formed by unequal chromosome segregation under antifungal exposure (image from Judith Berman)...
August 15, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808370/a-rare-case-of-strongyloides-hyperinfection-from-hypogammaglobulinemia
#20
Paidi Ramakrishna Reddy, Sujith M Thomas, A Rajalakshmi, Deepak Vijayan, Muraleedharan Raman
Strongyloides infection can range from asymptomatic eosinophilia to disseminated disease. Common in tropical and subtropical nations, it can lead to hyperinfection, an autoinfection increasing parasitic burden in immunocompromised. Cell-mediated immunity is important in combating parasite infection. We present a case of Strongyloides hyperinfection in hypogammaglobulinemia which was refractory to conventional treatment but responded to immunoglobulin administration with complete resolution indicating role of humoral immunity also...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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