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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225339/latent-tuberculous-infection-in-household-contacts-of-multidrug-resistant-and-newly-diagnosed-tuberculosis
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G J Fox, N T Anh, N V Nhung, N T Loi, N B Hoa, L T Ngoc Anh, N K Cuong, T N Buu, G B Marks, D Menzies
BACKGROUND: Differences in the prevalence of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and tuberculosis (TB) disease among contacts of patients with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and drug-susceptible TB are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of tuberculin skin test (TST) positivity in household contacts of patients with MDR-TB and in contacts of patients never previously treated for TB ('new TB'). DESIGN: Consecutive patients with MDR-TB and their household contacts at nine urban district clinics in Viet Nam were screened for TB and LTBI, and followed up for 6 months...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#2
R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225337/multiple-cytokines-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-children-with-tuberculosis
#3
N Nausch, C Lundtoft, G Schulz, H Henckel, E Mayatepek, B Fleischer, F M Marx, M Jacobsen
SETTING: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) play an important role in the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. However, in children with tuberculosis (TB), some studies have shown increased frequencies of false-negative or indeterminate IGRA results. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the spectrum of different cytokines to improve the diagnostic accuracy of IGRAs in latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and active TB. DESIGN: We performed multiplex cytokine expression analysis of QuantiFERON® Gold In-Tube supernatants in children with active TB (n = 21) and disease-free contacts with (n = 15) and without LTBI (n = 12), to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the modified tests...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225334/the-tuberculosis-taboo
#4
L B Reichman
The treatment of latent tuberculous infection (TBI) is a productive and meaningful approach to tuberculosis (TB) control, and an important component of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) new End TB Strategy, especially in high-risk contacts. Unfortunately, although recognized and recommended by the WHO, it continues to be underutilized, and has even been ignored for decades in some high-risk groups, as though it were a taboo. Historical approaches to treating TBI in contacts of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant TB are presented and discussed as compelling experiences...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223755/multiple-skin-colored-nodules-on-both-legs-in-patient-with-positive-quantiferon%C3%A2-tb-gold-test
#5
Mi Soo Choi, Seung Phil Hong, Byung Cheol Park, Myung Hwa Kim
Nodular tuberculid (NT) was originally described by Jordaan et al. in 2000 in 4 patients from South Africa. It appeared as nodules on the legs; the pathologic changes were situated in the deep dermis and adjacent subcutaneous fat. A 34-year-old woman visited our hospital with subcutaneous skin-colored or slightly erythematous round to oval nodules. Skin biopsies revealed granulomatous inflammation at the dermo-subcutaneous junction with vasculitis. Chest X-ray, tuberculosus (TB)-polymerase chain reaction and TB culture of the skin specimen were normal...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218958/cd137-is-a-useful-marker-for-identifying-cd4-t-cell-responses-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#6
Zhuo-Hong Yan, Xiao-Fang Zheng, Ling Yi, Jing Wang, Xiao-Jue Wang, Pan-Jian Wei, Hong-Yan Jia, Li-Jun Zhou, Yan-Lin Zhao, Hong-Tao Zhang
Upregulation of CD137 on recently activated CD8(+) T cells has been used to identify rare viral and tumor antigen-specific T cells from the peripheral blood. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of CD137 for identifying Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-reactive CD4(+) T cells in the peripheral blood of infected individuals by flow cytometry and to investigate the characteristics of these CD137(+) CD4(+) T cells. We initially enrolled 31 active tuberculosis (TB) patients, 31 individuals with latent TB infection (LTBI), and 25 healthy donors...
February 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208160/quantitative-and-qualitative-profiles-of-circulating-monocytes-may-help-identifying-tuberculosis-infection-and-disease-stages
#7
Marco Pio La Manna, Valentina Orlando, Francesco Dieli, Paola Di Carlo, Antonio Cascio, Gilda Cuzzi, Fabrizio Palmieri, Delia Goletti, Nadia Caccamo
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most important cause of morbidity and death among infectious diseases, and continuous efforts are needed to improve diagnostic tools and therapy. Previous published studies showed that the absolute cells number of monocytes or lymphocytes in peripheral blood or yet the ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes displayed the ability to predict the risk of active TB. In the present study we evaluated the ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes variation and we also analyzed the ex-vivo expression of CD64 on monocytes as tools to identify biomarkers for discriminating TB stages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196957/a-novel-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-demethylmenaquinone-methyltransferase-meng-is-bactericidal-to-both-growing-and-nutritionally-deprived-persister-cells
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Paridhi Sukheja, Pradeep Kumar, Nisha Mittal, Shao-Gang Li, Eric Singleton, Riccardo Russo, Alexander L Perryman, Riju Shrestha, Divya Awasthi, Seema Husain, Patricia Soteropoulos, Roman Brukh, Nancy Connell, Joel S Freundlich, David Alland
Active tuberculosis (TB) and latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection both require lengthy treatments to achieve durable cures. This problem has partly been attributable to the existence of nonreplicating M. tuberculosis "persisters" that are difficult to kill using conventional anti-TB treatments. Compounds that target the respiratory pathway have the potential to kill both replicating and persistent M. tuberculosis and shorten TB treatment, as this pathway is essential in both metabolic states. We developed a novel respiratory pathway-specific whole-cell screen to identify new respiration inhibitors...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196479/treatment-completion-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-a-retrospective-cohort-study-comparing-9%C3%A2-months-of-isoniazid-4%C3%A2-months-of-rifampin-and-3%C3%A2-months-of-isoniazid-and-rifapentine
#9
Adelaide H McClintock, McKenna Eastment, Christy M McKinney, Caroline L Pitney, Masahiro Narita, David R Park, Shireesha Dhanireddy, Alexandra Molnar
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a new regimen for treatment of latent tuberculosis (three months of weekly isoniazid and rifapentine) in late 2011. While completion rates of this regimen were reported to be higher than nine months of isoniazid, little is known about the completion rates of three months of isoniazid and rifapentine compared to nine months of isoniazid or four months of rifampin in actual use scenarios. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study comparing treatment completion for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection in patients treated with nine months of isoniazid, three months of isoniazid and rifapentine or four months of rifampin in outpatient clinics and a public health TB clinic in Seattle, Washington...
February 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185619/diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection
#10
Alfred A Lardizabal, Lee B Reichman
For 2015, tuberculosis (TB) incidence in the United States has plateaued at 3.0 per 100,000. This remains the lowest case rate since recording started. On the global level, although the TB epidemic is larger than previously estimated, TB deaths and incidence rate continue to fall. For both low and high incidence countries, accelerating the decline in TB incidence towards elimination goals requires that more emphasis be placed on strengthening systems for detection and treatment of latent TB infection (LTBI) in addition to improving TB care globally...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182700/pilot-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-of-the-supplement-food-nyaditum-resae%C3%A2-in-adults-with-or-without-latent-tb-infection-safety-and-immunogenicity
#11
Eva Montané, Ana Maria Barriocanal, Ana Lucía Arellano, Angelica Valderrama, Yolanda Sanz, Nuria Perez-Alvarez, Paula Cardona, Cristina Vilaplana, Pere-Joan Cardona
BACKGROUND: Nyaditum resae® (NR) is a galenic preparation of heat-killed Mycobacterium manresensis, a new species of the fortuitum complex, that is found in drinkable water, and that has demonstrated to protect against the development of active TB in a murine experimental model that develop human-like lesions. METHODS: Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Clinical Trial (51 volunteers included). Two different doses of NR and a placebo were tested, the randomization was stratified by Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI)-positive (n = 21) and LTBI-negative subjects (n = 30)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178325/prevalence-and-clinical-relevance-of-helminth-co-infections-among-tuberculosis-patients-in-urban-tanzania
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Francis Mhimbira, Jerry Hella, Khadija Said, Lujeko Kamwela, Mohamed Sasamalo, Thomas Maroa, Magreth Chiryamkubi, Grace Mhalu, Christian Schindler, Klaus Reither, Stefanie Knopp, Jürg Utzinger, Sébastien Gagneux, Lukas Fenner
BACKGROUND: Helminth infections can negatively affect the immunologic host control, which may increase the risk of progression from latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection to tuberculosis (TB) disease and alter the clinical presentation of TB. We assessed the prevalence and determined the clinical relevance of helminth co-infection among TB patients and household contact controls in urban Tanzania. METHODOLOGY: Between November 2013 and October 2015, we enrolled adult (≥18 years) sputum smear-positive TB patients and household contact controls without TB during an ongoing TB cohort study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177961/new-concepts-in-understanding-latent-tuberculosis
#13
Claire E Dodd, Larry S Schlesinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the etiologic agent of tuberculosis, is a prominent global health threat because of the enormous reservoir of subclinical latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Current diagnostic approaches are limited in their ability to predict reactivation risk and LTBI is recalcitrant to antibiotic treatment. The present review summarizes recent advances in our ability to detect, treat and model LTBI as well as our understanding of bacterial physiology during latency...
February 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170135/diagnostic-potential-of-interferon-gamma-release-assay-to-detect-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
#14
Jameela Edathodu, Bright Varghese, Abdulrahman A Alrajhi, Mohammed Shoukri, Ahmad Nazmi, Hazem Elgamal, Hassan Aleid, Fahad Alrabiah, Aattia Ashraff, Ihab Mahmoud, Sahal Al-Hajoj
BACKGROUND: Latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) is screened by using clinical assessment, tuberculin skin test (TST), chest radiography and recently by interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA). The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic potential of QuantiFERON(®) -TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT) for diagnosing LTBI in patients planned for kidney transplantation. METHODS: All adult patients with end-stage renal disease, evaluated for kidney transplantation in a referral center from August 2008 till May 2013, were enrolled, after consenting in a prospective, observational, non-interventional study...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167672/anthelmintic-therapy-modifies-the-systemic-and-mycobacterial-antigen-stimulated-cytokine-profile-in-helminth-latent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-co-infection
#15
Rajamanickam Anuradha, Saravanan Munisankar, Yukthi Bhootra, Chandrakumar Dolla, Paul Kumaran, Thomas B Nutman, Subash Babu
Helminth infections are known to modulate cytokine responses in latent tuberculosis (LTB). However, very few studies have examined whether this modulation is reversible upon anthelmintic therapy. We measured the systemic and mycobacterial (TB) - antigen-stimulated levels of Type 1, Type 2, Type 17 and regulatory cytokines in individuals with LTB and with or without coexistent Strongyloides stercoralis (Ss) infection before and after anthelmintic therapy. Our data reveal that individuals with LTB and coexistent Ss infection have significantly lower levels of systemic and TB antigen-stimulated Type 1 (IFNγ, TNFα and IL-2) and Type 17 (IL-17A and/or IL-17F) cytokines and significantly higher levels of systemic but not TB antigen-stimulated Type 2 (IL-4 and IL-5) and regulatory (TGFβ) cytokines...
February 6, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157471/angiopoietins-as-biomarkers-of-disease-severity-and-bacterial-burden-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#16
N P Kumar, B Velayutham, D Nair, S Babu
BACKGROUND: Circulating angiogenic factors of the vascular endothelial growth factor family are important biomarkers of disease severity in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). However, the role of angiopoietins, which are also involved in angiogenesis, in PTB is not known. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: To examine the association of circulating angiopoietins with TB disease or latent tuberculous infection (LTBI), we examined the systemic levels of angiopoietin (Ang) 1, Ang 2 and Tie-2 receptor in individuals with PTB (n = 44), LTBI (n = 44) or no tuberculous infection (NTBI) (n = 44)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157464/identifying-children-with-tuberculosis-among-household-contacts-in-the-gambia
#17
U Egere, T Togun, A Sillah, F Mendy, J Otu, M Hoelscher, N Heinrich, P C Hill, B Kampmann
SETTING: Greater Banjul Area of the Gambia. OBJECTIVES: To identify co-prevalent tuberculosis (TB) among child contacts of adults with smear-positive TB. DESIGN: Child contacts aged <15 years in the immediate household and compound were prospectively enrolled and evaluated for TB disease using screening questionnaires and the tuberculin skin test (TST). Symptomatic and/or TST-positive (10 mm) contacts were further investigated. RESULTS: Of 4042 child contacts who underwent symptom screening and TST, 3339 (82...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144201/a-cost-benefit-analysis-of-a-proposed-immigrant-latent-tuberculosis-infection-screening-program-for-cyprus
#18
Savvas Zannetos, Michael A Talias
INTRODUCTION: The study explored the potential economic benefit of an expanded screening program of immigrants before entrance to Cyprus as a policy to reduce the overall cost of tuberculosis (TB). Thus, the aim of this study is to study whether screening all immigrants coming from countries (including European Union countries) with high incidence of tuberculosis would be in the economic interest of the Republic of Cyprus or not. METHODS: In order to assess whether it could be economically beneficial for Cyprus to expand the screening checks for TB to all immigrants coming from high prevalence countries, a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) was employed, and the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project was calculated...
December 2016: Materia Socio-medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143943/eliminating-latent-tuberculosis-in-low-burden-settings-are-the-principal-beneficiaries-to-be-disadvantaged-groups-or-the-broader-population
#19
Chris Degeling, Justin Denholm, Paul Mason, Ian Kerridge, Angus Dawson
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and the burdens of this disease continue to track prior disadvantage. In order to galvanise a coordinated global response, WHO has recently launched the End TB Campaign that aims to eliminate TB by 2050. Key to this is the introduction of population screening programmes in low-burden settings to identify and treat people who have latent TB infection (LTBI). The defining features of LTBI are: that it is not an active disease but confers an increased risk of disease; the socially disadvantaged are those most in danger and uncertainty persists as to who will be harmed or benefitted from screening-led prophylactic interventions...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141782/effect-of-pregnancy-on-interferon-gamma-release-assay-and-tuberculin-skin-test-detection-of-latent-tb-infection-among-hiv-infected-women-in-a-high-burden-setting
#20
Sylvia M LaCourse, Lisa M Cranmer, Daniel Matemo, John Kinuthia, Barbra A Richardson, David J Horne, Grace John-Stewart
BACKGROUND: Peripartum immunologic changes may affect latent TB infection (LTBI) diagnostic performance among HIV-infected women. METHODS: HIV-infected women were serially-tested with tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) (QuantiFERON® TB Gold In-tube [QFT]) in pregnancy and weeks postpartum in Kenya. Prevalence, sensitivity and agreement, and correlates of QFT/TST positivity were assessed. Quantitative QFT mitogen and M. tuberculosis antigen (Mtb-Ag) responses were compared by peripartum stage...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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