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tropical Tacrolimus

Habibollah Zanjani, Mohammad Naim Aminifard, Abdolhossein Ghafourian, Mohsen Pourazizi, Alireza Maleki, Mohammed Arish, Mahnaz Shahrakipoor, Mohammad Reza Rohani, Mojtaba Abrishami, Ehsan Khafri Zare, Farhad Barzegar Jalali
PURPOSE: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a bilateral, chronic, external ocular inflammatory disorder that mainly affects patients in their first or second decade. This study was designed to compare tacrolimus and interferon alpha-2b (IFN alpha-2b) eye drops in the treatment of VKC. METHODS: In this randomized, double-masked clinical trial, 40 consecutive patients with VKC were sent to a referral eye hospital in a tropical region southeast of Iran. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 0...
June 2017: Cornea
Ranga Migara Weerakkody, Dhammika Randula Palangasinghe, Kaluthanthri Patabandi Chamila Dalpatadu, Jeewan Pradeep Rankothkumbura, Mohammed Rezni Nizam Cassim, Panduka Karunanayake
INTRODUCTION: Dengue fever is one of the commonest mosquito-borne diseases in the tropics, and Sri Lanka is no exception. Despite its commonness, dengue fever has rarely been described among patients who have undergone transplantation. We report the case of a patient with dengue fever after liver transplantation, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first such reported case outside Brazil. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a 46-year-old Sri Lakan man who presented to our institution two years after undergoing an ABO-compatible cadaveric liver transplant...
November 21, 2014: Journal of Medical Case Reports
E Amazan, N Desbois, G Fidelin, E Baubion, C Derancourt, S Thimon, N Ekindi, D Quist
Phaeohyphomycosis is a group of superficial and deep infections due to dematiaceous fungi. They are most common in tropical environments, especially in immunocompromised hosts. We describe the first case of phaeohyphomycosis due to Pleurostoma ootheca in a kidney transplant recipient in Martinique (French West Indies). A 59-year-old man with a kidney graft, treated with mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, and prednisone, presented suppurative tumefaction of the left ankle. Cutaneous and osseous phaeohyphomycosis caused by P...
July 2014: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
Berenice Moreno-Cruz, Bertha Torres-Álvarez, Diana Hernández-Blanco, Juan Pablo Castanedo-Cazares
Background. Pityriasis alba (PA) is a frequent cause of consultation in tropical areas due to its chronic course, frequent relapses, and notorious hypopigmented lesions in pediatric dark skin populations. Currently, no treatment is widely accepted. Objective. To assess the efficacy of 0.0003% calcitriol and 0.1% tacrolimus ointments compared with placebo in the treatment of endemic PA. Methods. Twenty-eight children aged 3-17 years with 56 symmetrical lesions and phototype IV-V, were randomly assigned to receive the treatments on target lesions on the face...
2012: Dermatology Research and Practice
Sreekanth Rajan, Kai Qian Saw, Quoc Toan Nguyen, Kwanghee Baek, Ho Sup Yoon
Dengue is one of the most infectious viral diseases prevalent mainly in tropical countries. The virus is transmitted by Aedes species of mosquito, primarily Aedes aegypti. Dengue remains a challenging drug target for years as the virus eludes the immune responses. Currently, no vaccines or antiviral drugs are available for dengue prevention. Previous studies suggested that the immunosuppressive drug FK506 shows antimalarial activity, and its molecular target, FK506-binding protein (FKBP), was identified in the Plasmodium parasite...
July 2012: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
H Shirai, M Suzuki, Y Tomita, K Iwadoh, K Kai, A Sannomiya, I Koyama, I Nakajima, S Fuchinoue
BACKGROUND: Renal transplantation (RTx) in carriers of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) has a risk of developing overt leukemia upon immunosuppression. Although there have been a few reports of such cases, it is unclear HTLV-1 carrier if patients on the modern immunosuppressants would develop HTLV-1-associated myelopathy or adult T-cell leukemia lymphoma. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcomes of RTx in nine HTLV-1 carriers to assess a risk of developing leukemia from 2002 to 2011 using immunosuppression with a calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), and steroid...
January 2012: Transplantation Proceedings
Isobel H Norville, Katrin Breitbach, Kristin Eske-Pogodda, Nicholas J Harmer, Mitali Sarkar-Tyson, Richard W Titball, Ivo Steinmetz
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a facultative intracellular bacterial pathogen causing melioidosis, an often fatal infectious disease that is endemic in several tropical and subtropical areas around the world. We previously described a Ptk2 cell-based plaque assay screening system of B. pseudomallei transposon mutants that led to the identification of several novel virulence determinants. Using this approach we identified a mutant with reduced plaque formation in which the BPSL0918 gene was disrupted. BPSL0918 encodes a putative FK-506-binding protein (FKBP) representing a family of proteins that typically possess peptidyl-prolyl isomerase (PPIase) activity...
September 2011: Microbiology
Akihiko Soyama, Susumu Eguchi, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Tatsuki Ichikawa, Masako Moriuchi, Hiroyuki Moriuchi, Tatsufumi Nakamura, Yoshitsugu Tajima, Takashi Kanematsu
This report describes a patient who developed human T-cell leukemia virus type I-associated myelopathy (HAM) following a living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for liver cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Both the recipient and the living donor (his sister) were human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I) carriers. Since the LDLT, he had been treated with immunosuppressive drugs such as tacrolimus and steroids as well as interferon-alpha to prevent rejection and a recurrence of the HCV infection, respectively...
May 2008: Liver Transplantation
Carmen Peña-Penabad, María Teresa Durán, María Teresa Yebra, Jesús Rodríguez-Lozano, Vanessa Vieira, Eduardo Fonseca
Chromomycosis is a rare mycotic infection that is more frequent in tropical and subtropical regions. Dematiaceous fungi are the causal agents of this mycosis. Several cases of chromomycosis in organ transplant recipients have been reported. We present a case of chromomycosis by Exophiala jeanselmei in a Spanish male who had received a renal transplant several months previously, and was receiving treatment with tacrolimus, prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil. Very few cases of chromomycosis due to Exophiala have been reported, and this is, to our knowledge, the first European case...
May 2003: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Jocelyn Roy, Jean-Sébastien Paquette, Jean-François Fortin, Michel J Tremblay
The immunosuppressive macrolide rapamycin is used in humans to prevent graft rejection. This drug acts by selectively repressing the translation of proteins that are encoded by an mRNA bearing a 5'-polypyrimidine tract (e.g., ribosomal proteins, elongation factors). The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) carries a polypyrimidine motif that is located within the tat exon 2. Treatment of human T lymphoid cells with rapamycin resulted in a marked diminution of HIV-1 transcription when infection was performed with luciferase reporter T-tropic and macrophage-tropic viruses...
November 2002: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
D Minder, J Böni, J Schüpbach, H Gehring
Peptides of the V3 loop of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein gp120 have been shown to bind with high affinity to the immunophilins cyclophilin (Cyp) A, CypB and the FK506-binding protein 12 (FKBP12) [10]. We investigated whether immunophilins affect HIV-1 infection by assuming they are able to bind to the V3 loop of gp120. T cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells were infected with T-cell-tropic or macrophage-tropic HIV-1 strains, respectively, in the presence of different concentrations of immunophilins...
August 2002: Archives of Virology
Yael Mamane, Sonia Sharma, Nathalie Grandvaux, Eduardo Hernandez, John Hiscott
We summarize recent studies on the activation and regulation of interferon (IFN) regulatory factor-4 (IRF-4) and its function in activated T cells, human T cell lymphoma virus (HTLV-I)-infected T cells, and HTLV-I-induced adult T cell leukemia (ATL). We have examined the specific mechanisms underlying the expression and regulation of the IRF-4 transcription factor in HTLV-I-infected cells and have shown that constitutive IRF-4 expression is exclusive to the transformed, leukemic ATL phenotype as opposed to the nonleukemic HTLV-I associated myelopathies/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) phenotype...
January 2002: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
S Sharma, Y Mamane, N Grandvaux, J Bartlett, L Petropoulos, R Lin, J Hiscott
The human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is the etiologic agent of adult T cell leukemia (ATL), an aggressive and fatal leukemia of CD4(+) T lymphocytes, and is also associated with a neurological demyelinating disease, tropical spastic paraparesis. The oncogenic potential of HTLV-1 resides in the 353-aa, 40-kDa viral Tax oncoprotein, a positive regulator of viral gene transcription. A novel member of the interferon regulatory factor (IRF) family of transcription factors, IRF-4, was shown to be constitutively produced in HTLV-1-infected cells...
November 1, 2000: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
M M Endrich, H Gehring
Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) infection requires binding of the envelope protein gp120 to host CD4 receptors and the action of the chemokine receptors CXCR4 or CCR5, which define cell tropism. The proline-containing V3 loop of gp120 determines the selection of the chemokine receptor and participates in conformational changes on binding of gp120 to CD4. In this study, we show that macrophage-tropic and T-cell-tropic V3 loop peptides bind specifically to the active site of the immunophilins FK506-binding protein (FKBP12), and cyclophilins A and B...
March 15, 1998: European Journal of Biochemistry
G J Buckle, D A Hafler, P Höllsberg
Infection by the human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) causes T-cell activation by at least two separate mechanisms. One mechanism involves activation of the T cells harboring the virus and is exemplified by in vivo infected nonimmortalized T-cell clones that display a prolonged state of activation. This HTLV-I-induced T-cell activation is inhibited by rapamycin, a drug that inhibits p70 S6-kinase and blocks cell cycle in G1, but is not inhibited by FK506 or cyclosporin A, both of which inhibit interleukin-2 (IL-2) production...
1996: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology
T Natazuka, T Umemiya-Okada, T Matsui, T Saida, Y Nakao
Human T-cell-leukemia-virus-type-1 (HTLV-1) infection is associated with adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy (HAM)/tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP). The T-cell-targeting immunosuppressants, FK506 and cyclosporin A (CsA), suppressed proliferation of the HAM/TSP-derived T-cell lines, H89-59, H89-79 and H109. FK506 and CsA also reduced expression of the proto-oncogenes, c-myc and c-fos, but not c-jun and interleukin-2-receptor-alpha (IL-2R alpha) gene in H109 cells. The growth-inhibitory effects of FK506 and CsA were not abrogated by interleukin 2 (IL-2)...
May 8, 1993: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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