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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500691/an-interventional-study-using-cell-mediated-immunity-to-personalize-therapy-for-cytomegalovirus-infection-after-transplantation
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Deepali Kumar, Muhtashim Mian, Lianne Singer, Atul Humar
Cell mediated immune responses predict clinical CMV events but have not been adopted into routine practice due to lack of interventional studies. Our objective was to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of early discontinuation of antivirals based on the real-time measurement of CMV-specific CMI in patients with CMV viremia. Transplant patients were enrolled at the onset of CMV viremia requiring antiviral therapy. CD8 T-cell responses were determined using the Quantiferon-CMV assay, and results were used to guide subsequent management...
May 13, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473986/a-robust-pcr-protocol-for-hiv-drug-resistance-testing-on-low-level-viremia-samples
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Shivani Gupta, Tracy Taylor, Aileen Patterson, Binhua Liang, Jared Bullard, Paul Sandstrom, Gary Van Domselaar, Hezhao Ji
The prevalence of drug resistance (DR) mutations in people with HIV-1 infection, particularly those with low-level viremia (LLV), supports the need to improve the sensitivity of amplification methods for HIV DR genotyping in order to optimize antiretroviral regimen and facilitate HIV-1 DR surveillance and relevant research. Here we report on a fully validated PCR-based protocol that achieves consistent amplification of the protease (PR) and reverse transcriptase (RT) regions of HIV-1 pol gene across many HIV-1 subtypes from LLV plasma samples...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465818/the-effect-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-on-cardiovascular-complications-in-end-stage-kidney-disease-patients-on-regular-hemodialysis
#3
Mohamed Salah Eldin Zaki
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications are the most important cause of mortality in patients with ESKD, such as coronary artery disease, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure and arrhythmia. Other well-known risk factors, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidemia are prevalent in ESKD, yet they are not sufficient enough to explain the high prevalence of cardiovascular mortality, hence searching for other hidden risk factors to explain this high prevalence is of an utmost importance...
February 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464889/highly-divergent-patterns-of-genetic-diversity-and-evolution-in-proviral-quasispecies-from-hiv-controllers
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Suwellen S D de Azevedo, Diogo Gama Caetano, Fernanda H Côrtes, Sylvia L M Teixeira, Karina Dos Santos Silva, Brenda Hoagland, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Valdilea G Veloso, Mariza G Morgado, Gonzalo Bello
BACKGROUND: Ongoing intra-host HIV-1 evolution has been shown in individuals that naturally suppress the viremia to low levels (HIV controllers) by the analysis of the RNA in plasma compartment. Detection of evolution at the DNA proviral compartment in HIV controllers, however, has been more challenging and the precise correlation between the systemic viral suppression level and rate of reservoir's reseeding in those individuals is not fully understood. In this sense, we examined the proviral DNA quasispecies by single genome amplification of the env gene in a cohort of 23 HIV controllers from Brazil, divided in three groups, according to the level of systemic viral suppression: (1) elite controllers with persistent undetectable viral load (PEC, n = 6); (2) elite controllers with occasional episodes of transient (51-400 copies/mL) viremia (EEC, n = 7); and (3) viremic controllers with persistent low-level (80-2000 copies/mL) viremia (VC, n = 10)...
May 2, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445685/outcomes-following-detection-of-low-level-plasma-hiv-rna-in-hiv-infected-patients-previously-virologically-suppressed-on-antiretroviral-therapy-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Annabelle M Warren, Allen C Cheng, Kerrie Watson, Sharon R Lewin, Jennifer F Hoy
Background: Progressively sensitive assays for plasma HIV RNA have led to increased detection of plasma HIV RNA between 20 and 200 copies/ml, known as low level viremia (LLV) when recurrent or persistent, in HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The aim of this study was to determine outcomes following initial detection of LLV in an Australian cohort. Methods: A retrospective study using the HIV Service Database (Alfred Hospital) included all patients on ART who recorded plasma HIV RNA 20-200 copies/mL following prior virological suppression (viral load (VL) HIV RNA <20 copies/mL) over 2 years (2010 to 2012), with follow-up to June 2013...
April 27, 2017: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437872/low-level-viremia-in-hepatitis-b-patients-on-antiviral-treatment-can-we-ignore-it
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Albert D Min
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April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424253/identification-of-acute-hiv-1-infection-by-hologic-aptima-hiv-1-rna-qualitative-assay
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Mark M Manak, Leigh Anne Eller, Jennifer Malia, Linda L Jagodzinski, Rapee Trichavaroj, Joseph Oundo, Cornelia Lueer, Fatim Cham, Mark de Souza, Nelson L Michael, Merlin L Robb, Sheila A Peel
The Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Qualitative RNA assay was used in a rigorous screening approach designed to identify individuals at the earliest stage of HIV-1 infection for enrollment into subsequent studies of cellular and viral events in early infection (RV217/Early Capture HIV Cohort - ECHO Study). Volunteers at high risk of HIV-1 infection were recruited from study sites in Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya with high HIV-1 prevalence rates among the populations examined. Small volume blood samples were collected by finger-stick at twice-weekly intervals and tested by Aptima...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381570/transient-oral-human-cytomegalovirus-infections-indicate-inefficient-viral-spread-from-very-few-initially-infected-cells
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Bryan T Mayer, Elizabeth M Krantz, David Swan, James Ferrenberg, Karen Simmons, Stacy Selke, Meei-Li Huang, Corey Casper, Lawrence Corey, Anna Wald, Joshua T Schiffer, Soren Gantt
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is acquired by the oral route in children, and primary infection is associated with abundant mucosal replication as well as the establishment of latency in myeloid cells that results in lifelong infection. The efficiency of primary CMV infection in humans following oral exposure, however, is unknown. We consistently detected self-limited, low-level oral CMV shedding events, which we termed transient CMV infections, in a prospective birth cohort of 30 highly exposed CMV-uninfected infants...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380038/impact-of-cd4-and-cd8-dynamics-and-viral-rebounds-on-loss-of-virological-control-in-hiv-controllers
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Fanny Chereau, Yoann Madec, Caroline Sabin, Niels Obel, Ezequiel Ruiz-Mateos, Georgios Chrysos, Sarah Fidler, Clara Lehmann, Robert Zangerle, Linda Wittkop, Peter Reiss, Osamah Hamouda, Vicente Estrada Perez, Manuel Leal, Amanda Mocroft, Patricia Garcia De Olalla, Adriana Ammassari, Antonella D'Arminio Monforte, Cristina Mussini, Ferran Segura, Antonella Castagna, Matthias Cavassini, Sophie Grabar, Philippe Morlat, Stéphane De Wit, Olivier Lambotte, Laurence Meyer
OBJECTIVE: HIV controllers (HICs) spontaneously maintain HIV viral replication at low level without antiretroviral therapy (ART), a small number of whom will eventually lose this ability to control HIV viremia. The objective was to identify factors associated with loss of virological control. METHODS: HICs were identified in COHERE on the basis of ≥5 consecutive viral loads (VL) ≤500 copies/mL over ≥1 year whilst ART-naive, with the last VL ≤500 copies/mL measured ≥5 years after HIV diagnosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368861/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-interleukins-associated-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-egypt
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Hany Khalil, Mohamed Arfa, Samir El-Masrey, Sherif M El-Sherbini, Amal A Abd-Elaziz
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis infection. Based on secretion of required cytokines upon infection, HCV can improve its own RNA and successfully complete the replication cycle. Importantly, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common type of genetic variation and have been found to play a critical role in modulation of cellular cytokine production and interaction. METHODOLOGY: A total of 100 blood samples were obtained from HCV patients, and 120 samples were obtained from healthy individuals who served as controls...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367875/laboratory-and-molecular-characterization-of-dengue-virus-during-the-2014-outbreak-in-guangfo-region-southern-china
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Zhao-Fan Luo, Bo Hu, Feng-Yi Zhang, Xiang-Hua Lin, Xiao-Ying Xie, Kun-Yi Pan, Hong-Yu Li, Rui-Wen Ren, Wen-Zhong Zhao
Non-specific symptoms and low viremia levels make early diagnosis of dengue virus (DENV) infection challenging. This study aimed to 1) identify laboratory markers which can predict a positive laboratory diagnosis, and 2) perform a molecular characterization of DENV from the 2014 Guangdong epidemic. This retrospective study enrolled 1044 patients from the Guangdong epidemic who had clinically suspected dengue. Viral RNA was detected by real-time RT-PCR and viral-specific NS1 antigen was detected using ELISA...
March 28, 2017: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358900/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-in-oral-wash-from-immunosuppressed-patients-as-a-diagnostic-tool
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Cecilie Juul Hviid, Marianne Lund, Allan Sørensen, Svend Ellermann-Eriksen, Bente Jespersen, Mette Yde Dam, Jens Frederik Dahlerup, Thomas Benfield, Sanne Jespersen, Lars Jørgen Østergaard, Alex Lund Laursen
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii (PJ) pneumonia ordinarily requires invasive procedures that could be avoided by PCR methodologies, if these could be designed with adequate cut-off values for confounding background carriage. METHODS: We designed a novel quantitative real-time PCR assay to detect the mitochondrial large subunit rRNA gene of PJ in oral washes. To benchmark levels of PJ carriage versus infection, we tested asymptomatic immunosuppressed patients including Danish (n = 88) and West African HIV-infected (n = 142) patients, renal transplant recipients (n = 51), rheumatologic patients (n = 102), patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (n = 98), and healthy blood donors (controls, n = 50)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346318/predictors-of-impaired-hdl-function-in-hiv-1-infected-compared-to-uninfected-individuals
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Theodoros Kelesidis, Michael N Oda, Mark S Borja, Yumin Yee, Kit F Ng, Diana Huynh, David Elashoff, Judith S Currier
OBJECTIVE: HDL function rather than absolute level may be a more accurate indicator for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Novel methods can measure HDL function using patient samples. The objective of this study is to identify factors that may contribute to HDL dysfunction in chronic, treated HIV-1 infection. DESIGN: Retrospective study of HDL function measured in two ways in HIV-1 infected males with low overall CVD risk and healthy males with no known CVD risk matched by race to the HIV-1 infected participants...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328546/temporal-patterns-and-drug-resistance-in-csf-viral-escape-among-art-experienced-hiv-1-infected-adults
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Shibani S Mukerji, Vikas Misra, David Lorenz, Anna M Cervantes-Arslanian, Jennifer Lyons, Spyridon Chalkias, Alysse Wurcel, Deirdre Burke, Nagagopal Venna, Susan Morgello, Igor J Koralnik, Dana Gabuzda
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) viral escape is an increasingly recognized clinical event among HIV-1-infected adults. We analyzed longitudinal data and drug-resistance mutations to characterize profiles of HIV-1-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy with discordant CSF and plasma HIV-1 RNA levels. METHODS: Forty-one cases of CSF escape defined as detectable CSF HIV-1 RNA when plasma levels were undetectable, or HIV-1 RNA >0.5-log higher in CSF than plasma, were identified from Boston Hospitals and National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) from 2005-2016...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
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Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longenecker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302457/mucosal-vaccination-with-heterologous-viral-vectored-vaccine-targeting-subdominant-siv-accessory-antigens-strongly-inhibits-early-viral-replication
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Huanbin Xu, Anne-Marie Andersson, Emeline Ragonnaud, Ditte Boilesen, Anders Tolver, Benjamin Anderschou Holbech Jensen, James L Blanchard, Alfredo Nicosia, Antonella Folgori, Stefano Colloca, Riccardo Cortese, Allan Randrup Thomsen, Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, Ronald S Veazey, Peter Johannes Holst
Conventional HIV T cell vaccine strategies have not been successful in containing acute peak viremia, nor in providing long-term control. We immunized rhesus macaques intramuscularly and rectally using a heterologous adenovirus vectored SIV vaccine regimen encoding normally weakly immunogenic tat, vif, rev and vpr antigens fused to the MHC class II associated invariant chain. Immunizations induced broad T cell responses in all vaccinees. Following up to 10 repeated low-dose intrarectal challenges, vaccinees suppressed early viral replication (P=0...
April 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225830/ex-vivo-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-from-donors-on-suppressive-art-can-lead-to-sustained-production-of-infectious-hiv-1-from-a-subset-of-infected-cells
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John K Bui, Elias K Halvas, Elizabeth Fyne, Michele D Sobolewski, Dianna Koontz, Wei Shao, Brian Luke, Feiyu F Hong, Mary F Kearney, John W Mellors
The fate of HIV-infected cells after reversal of proviral latency is not well characterized. Simonetti, et al. recently showed that CD4+ T-cells containing intact proviruses can clonally expand in vivo and produce low-level infectious viremia. We hypothesized that reversal of HIV latency by activation of CD4+ T-cells can lead to the expansion of a subset of virus-producing cells rather than their elimination. We established an ex vivo cell culture system involving stimulation of CD4+ T-cells from donors on suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) with PMA/ionomycin (day 1-7), followed by rest (day 7-21), and then repeat stimulation (day 21-28), always in the presence of high concentrations of raltegravir and efavirenz to effectively block new cycles of viral replication...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220254/hiv-1-persistent-viremia-is-frequently-followed-by-episodes-of-low-level-viremia
#18
Marek Widera, Miriam Dirks, Barbara Bleekmann, Robert Jablonka, Martin Däumer, Hauke Walter, Robert Ehret, Jens Verheyen, Stefan Esser
After the start of antiretroviral therapy (ART), plasma HIV-RNA levels should fall below the limit of detection (LOD) within 24 weeks. Hence, the prolonged decline of HIV-RNA after ART initiation is defined as persistent viremia (PV). In this retrospective study, we analyzed factors associated with PV. Next-generation sequencing of viral RNA/DNA was performed to study viral evolution and the emergence of drug-resistance mutations in HIV-infected patients with PV (n = 20). In addition, HIV-DNA species, immunological parameters, and clinical data of the patients were analyzed...
June 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198350/cerebrospinal-fluid-viral-load-and-neopterin-in-hiv-positive-patients-with-undetectable-viraemia
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Ilaria Motta, Tiziano Allice, Alessandra Romito, Micol Ferrara, Sara Ecclesia, Daniele Imperiale, Valeria Ghisetti, Giovanni Di Perri, Stefano Bonora, Andrea Calcagno
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) HIV RNA is commonly used as a marker of compartmental antiviral activity in HIV-positive patients. Undetectable CSF HIV RNA levels have been associated with low CSF neopterin levels and better neurocognitive performances. Aim of this study was to analyse the prevalence and predictors of non-detectable CSF HIV RNA using a commercial assay. METHODS: In adult HIV-positive HAART-treated patients with confirmed plasma HIV RNA <50 copies/mL, CSF HIV RNA (with Roche Amplicor Assay) and neopterin were measured...
February 15, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128912/robotic-assisted-radical-cystoprostatectomy-and-intracorporeal-ileal-conduit-urinary-diversion-for-a-kidney-transplant-recipient
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Peter A Caputo, Daniel Ramirez, Matthew Maurice, Ryan Nelson, Onder Kara, Ercan Malkoc, David Goldfarb, Jihad Kaouk
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Robotic assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) is an alternative to open radical cystectomy. As experience is gained with the RARC approach the technique is being applied to more complex surgical cases. We describe here our technique for RARC with intracorporeal ileal conduit urinary diversion for a renal transplant recipient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The patient is a 60-year old man with high-grade muscle invasive bladder cancer. He has a history of renal failure due to polycystic kidney disease and received a deceased donor renal transplant in 2008...
January 27, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
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