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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231567/innate-lung-defense-during-invasive-aspergillosis-new-mechanisms
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Jaleesa M Garth, Chad Steele
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most difficult to treat and, consequently, one of the most lethal fungal infections known to man. Continued use of immunosuppressive agents during chemotherapy and organ transplantation often leads to the development of neutropenia, the primary risk factor for IA. However, IA is also becoming more appreciated in chronic diseases associated with corticosteroid therapy. The innate immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus, the primary agent in IA, plays a pivotal role in the recognition and elimination of organisms from the pulmonary system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231023/increasing-nocardia-incidence-associated-with-bronchiectasis-at-a-tertiary-care-center
#2
Michael H Woodworth, Jennifer L Saullo, Paul M Lantos, Gary M Cox, Jason E Stout
RATIONALE: Nocardia is a genus of pathogens that most commonly afflicts immunocompromised hosts, but may be an emerging infection among persons with bronchiectasis. OBJECTIVES: To examine the epidemiology and clinical presentation of adult patients with Nocardia and bronchiectasis relative to other patient groups. METHODS: We examined a retrospectively-assembled cohort of adults at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina with at least one positive culture from a bodily fluid or tissue specimen for Nocardia between January 1996 and December 2013...
February 23, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229803/supersaturated-calcium-phosphate-rinse-in-prevention-and-treatment-of-mucositis-in-patients-undergoing-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
#3
Nisha Bhatt, Rahul Naithani, S K Gupta
OBJECTIVES: Mucositis is a common morbidity in patients undergoing bone marrow transplant. Various agents have been used to prevent and treat it with variable success. Here, we assessed the efficacy of supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses in prevention and treatment of oral mucositis in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we evaluated the records of 80 patients who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplant and received supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses for preVention of mucositis from April 2012 to January 2016...
February 23, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229376/the-pharmacogenetics-of-tacrolimus-in-corticosteroid-sparse-pediatric-and-adult-kidney-transplant-recipients
#4
Mads Juul Madsen, Troels K Bergmann, Kim Brøsen, Helle Charlotte Thiesson
INTRODUCTION: Tacrolimus is a calcineurin inhibitor used as an immunosuppressant drug in solid organ transplantation, and is mainly metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 and CYP3A5. Studies have shown an association between the CYP3A5 genotype and tacrolimus dose-adjusted trough concentrations. Variants in the genes PPARA, POR and CYP3A4 have recently been shown to influence tacrolimus metabolism. Furthermore, pharmacokinetic interaction between corticosteroid treatment and tacrolimus has been shown...
February 22, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229210/robotic-kidney-transplantation-one-year-after-the-beginning
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Alberto Breda, Angelo Territo, Lluis Gausa, Oscar Rodríguez-Faba, Jorge Caffaratti, Javier Ponce de León, Lluis Guirado, Carme Facundo, Marco Guazzieri, Andrea Guttilla, Humberto Villavicencio
INTRODUCTION: Kidney transplantation (KT) is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). To reduce the morbidity of the open surgery, a robotic-assisted approach has been recently introduced. Our aim is to evaluate surgical and functional results on 17 cases of robotic-assisted kidney transplantation (RAKT) performed at the same institution. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2015 to June 2016, we performed 17 cases of RAKT from living donors in pre-emptive patients, who underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy...
February 22, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229205/-spectrum-of-pathogens-in-postoperative-complications-of-visceral-surgery-the-problem-of-multidrug-resistance
#6
A Kramer, J Pochhammer, P Walger, U Seifert, M Ruhnke, J C Harnoss
In general surgery the etiology of surgical site infections has not significantly changed over the last 30 years. Gram-positive bacteria, e.g. coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS), Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus spp. as well as Gram-negative bacteria, e.g. Escherichia coli, Enterobacter spp., Klebsiella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are the most common findings. Although in general surgery 10% of the S. aureus causing postoperative wound infections were methicillin resistant (MRSA), no cases of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative (MRGN) bacteria were reported...
February 22, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228754/proofreading-of-peptide-mhc-complexes-through-dynamic-multivalent-interactions
#7
REVIEW
Christoph Thomas, Robert Tampé
The adaptive immune system is able to detect and destroy cells that are malignantly transformed or infected by intracellular pathogens. Specific immune responses against these cells are elicited by antigenic peptides that are presented on major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules and recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes at the cell surface. Since these MHC I-presented peptides are generated in the cytosol by proteasomal protein degradation, they can be metaphorically described as a window providing immune cells with insights into the state of the cellular proteome...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228321/immunization-of-bighorn-sheep-against-mannheimia-haemolytica-with-a-bovine-herpesvirus-1-vectored-vaccine
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Sai A Batra, Sudarvili Shanthalingam, Gaetano Donofrio, Gary J Haldorson, Shafiqul Chowdhury, Stephen N White, Subramaniam Srikumaran
Mannheimia haemolytica is an important pathogen of pneumonia in bighorn sheep (BHS), consistently causing 100% mortality under experimental conditions. Leukotoxin is the critical virulence factor of M. haemolytica. In a 'proof of concept' study, a vaccine containing leukotoxin and surface antigens of M. haemolytica induced 100% protection in BHS, but required multiple booster doses. Vaccination of wildlife is difficult. BHS, however, can be vaccinated at the time of transplantation, but administration of booster doses is impossible...
February 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228256/first-breath-induced-type-2-pathways-shape-the-lung-immune-environment
#9
Simona Saluzzo, Anna-Dorothea Gorki, Batika M J Rana, Rui Martins, Seth Scanlon, Philipp Starkl, Karin Lakovits, Anastasiya Hladik, Ana Korosec, Omar Sharif, Joanna M Warszawska, Helen Jolin, Ildiko Mesteri, Andrew N J McKenzie, Sylvia Knapp
From birth onward, the lungs are exposed to the external environment and therefore harbor a complex immunological milieu to protect this organ from damage and infection. We investigated the homeostatic role of the epithelium-derived alarmin interleukin-33 (IL-33) in newborn mice and discovered the immediate upregulation of IL-33 from the first day of life, closely followed by a wave of IL-13-producing type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s), which coincided with the appearance of alveolar macrophages (AMs) and their early polarization to an IL-13-dependent anti-inflammatory M2 phenotype...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226419/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#10
Tonya L Scardina, Elena Kang Martinez, Neelam Balasubramanian, Mary Fox-Geiman, Scott E Smith, Jorge P Parada
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine the impact of hematologic malignancies and/or conditioning regimens on the risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Secondary objectives were to determine if traditional CDI risk factors applied to patients undergoing HSCT and to determine the presence of CDI markers of severity of illness among this patient population. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective, case-control study...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224776/clinical-usefulness-of-monitoring-cytomegalovirus-specific-immunity-by-quantiferon-cmv-in-pediatric-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients
#11
Sae Mi Lee, Yae Jean Kim, Keon Hee Yoo, Ki Woong Sung, Hong Hoe Koo, Eun Suk Kang
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a well-established cause of morbidity and mortality in pediatric recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). CD8⁺ T-cells are important for controlling CMV infection. We conducted a prospective pilot study to investigate the clinical utility of measuring the CMV-specific T-cell immune response using the QuantiFERON-CMV assay (QF-CMV) in pediatric allo-HSCT recipients. Overall, 16 of 25 (64%) patients developed CMV infection. QF-CMV was evaluated in these 16 patients during the early and late phases of the first CMV infection post allo-HSCT...
May 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224470/three-patients-treated-with-sofosbuvir-plus-ledipasvir-for-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplantation
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Tomokazu Kawaoka, Michio Imamura, Kei Morio, Yuki Nakamura, Masataka Tsuge, Clair Nelson Hayes, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Hiroshi Aikata, Hidenori Ochi, Kouhei Ishiyama, Hideki Ohdan, Kazuaki Chayama
We previously reported results of interferon (IFN)-free daclatasvir and asunaprevir for the treatment of recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection after liver transplantation (LT). Here we report three patients who achieved viral response with no effect on the blood concentrations of immunosuppressive agents following sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir treatment. The first patient was a 68-year-old female with HCV-related liver cirrhosis who failed to respond to pegylated-IFN and ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) after living donor LT...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224037/tooth-extraction-in-a-patient-after-autologous-skeletal-myoblast-sheet-transplantation-for-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Kohei Okuyama, Yuki Sakamoto, Tomofumi Naruse, Souichi Yanamoto, Masahiro Umeda
The authors describe the first case of tooth extraction in a patient treated with autologous skeletal myocardial sheet transplantation for severe dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition is associated with significant morbidity and mortality that may have identifiable causes or may be idiopathic or inherited. In addition to local disinfection, antimicrobial prophylaxis and continuous anticoagulant therapy during the perioperative period of tooth extraction were needed to prevent infective endocarditis and ensure the success of regenerative therapy of the heart...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223735/frailty-is-independently-associated-with-increased-hospitalisation-days-in-patients-on-the-liver-transplant-waitlist
#14
Marie Sinclair, Eduard Poltavskiy, Jennifer L Dodge, Jennifer C Lai
AIM: To investigate the impact of physical frailty on risk of hospitalisation in cirrhotic patients on the liver transplant waitlist. METHODS: Cirrhotics listed for liver transplantation at a single centre underwent frailty assessments using the Fried Frailty Index, consisting of grip strength, gait speed, exhaustion, weight loss, and physical activity. Clinical and biochemical data including MELD score as collected at the time of assessment. The primary outcome was number of hospitalised days per year; secondary outcomes included incidence of infection...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223256/role-of-the-leukocyte-response-in-normal-and-immunocompromised-host-after-clostridium-difficile-infection
#15
Edwin Vargas, Senu Apewokin, Rajat Madan
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of healthcare-associated infections in the United States. Clinically, C. difficile-associated disease can present as asymptomatic colonization, self-limited diarrheal illness or severe colitis (that may result in death). This variability in disease course and outcomes suggests that host factors play an important role as key determinants of disease severity. Currently, there are several scoring indices to estimate severity of C. difficile-associated disease. Leukocytosis and renal failure are considered to be the most important predictors of C...
February 18, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221102/rhodococcus-infection-in-solid-organ-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-1
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Pascalis Vergidis, Ella J Ariza-Heredia, Anoma Nellore, Camille N Kotton, Daniel R Kaul, Michele I Morris, Theodoros Kelesidis, Harshal Shah, Seo Young Park, M Hong Nguyen, Raymund R Razonable
We conducted a case-control study of 18 US transplant recipients with Rhodococcus infection and 36 matched controls. The predominant types of infection were pneumonia and bacteremia. Diabetes mellitus and recent opportunistic infection were independently associated with disease. Outcomes were generally favorable except for 1 relapse and 1 death.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220747/three-cases-of-neurologic-syndrome-caused-by-donor-derived-microsporidiosis
#17
Rachel M Smith, Atis Muehlenbachs, Joanna Schaenmann, Sanjiv Baxi, Sophia Koo, Dianna Blau, Peter Chin-Hong, Anna R Thorner, Matthew J Kuehnert, Kristina Wheeler, Alexis Liakos, Jonathan W Jackson, Theresa Benedict, Alexandre J da Silva, Jana M Ritter, Dominique Rollin, Maureen Metcalfe, Cynthia S Goldsmith, Govinda S Visvesvara, Sridhar V Basavaraju, Sherif Zaki
In April 2014, a kidney transplant recipient in the United States experienced headache, diplopia, and confusion, followed by neurologic decline and death. An investigation to evaluate the possibility of donor-derived infection determined that 3 patients had received 4 organs (kidney, liver, heart/kidney) from the same donor. The liver recipient experienced tremor and gait instability; the heart/kidney and contralateral kidney recipients were hospitalized with encephalitis. None experienced gastrointestinal symptoms...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220684/living-donor-liver-transplantation-during-the-first-three-months-of-life
#18
Mureo Kasahara, Seisuke Sakamoto, Kengo Sasaki, Hajime Uchida, Toshihiro Kitajima, Takanobu Shigeta, Soichi Narumoto, Yoshihiro Hirata, Akinari Fukuda
BACKGROUND: Living donor liver transplantation is now an established technique for treating children with end-stage liver disease. Few data exist about liver transplantation for exclusively young infants, especially infants of <3 months of age. We report our single-center experience with 12 cases in which living donor liver transplantation (LT) was performed during the first 3 months of life and compare the results with those of older infants who underwent LT. All of the patients were treated at the National Center of Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan...
February 21, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220514/randomised-clinical-trial-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-recurrent-clostridum-difficile-infection-fresh-or-frozen-or-lyophilised-microbiota-from-a-small-pool-of-healthy-donors-delivered-by-colonoscopy
#19
Z D Jiang, N J Ajami, J F Petrosino, G Jun, C L Hanis, M Shah, L Hochman, V Ankoma-Sey, A W DuPont, M C Wong, A Alexander, S Ke, H L DuPont
BACKGROUND: Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has become routine in managing recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI) refractory to antibiotics. AIM: To compare clinical response and improvements in colonic microbiota diversity in subjects with recurrent CDI using different donor product. METHODS: Seventy-two subjects with ≥3 bouts of CDI were randomised in a double-blind study to receive fresh, frozen or lyophilised FMT product via colonoscopy from 50 g of stool per treatment from eight healthy donors...
February 21, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220264/treatment-of-stage-ii-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-with-necrosectomy-and-autologous-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#20
Pit Jacob Voss, Akihiko Matsumoto, Esteban Alvarado, Rainer Schmelzeisen, Fabian Duttenhöfer, Philipp Poxleitner
Treatment strategies for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) remain controversial. Although the AAOMS suggests a conservative approach, a surgical management with necrosectomy is often required when conservative management has failed. Moreover, recent studies have shown promising results using an early stage surgical treatment. Over the past decade, cell-based bone regeneration utilizing bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) received increased attention. MSCs are known to promote wound healing and induce new bone formation in compromised tissue...
February 20, 2017: Odontology
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