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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904647/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-healthcare-workers-at-a-hospital-in-naples-italy-a-low-incidence-country
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Monica Lamberti, Mariarosaria Muoio, Antonio Arnese, Sharon Borrelli, Teresa Di Lorenzo, Elpidio Maria Garzillo, Giuseppe Signoriello, Stefania De Pascalis, Nicola Coppola, Albert Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at higher risk than the general population of contracting tuberculosis (TB). Moreover, although subjects with latent TB infection (LTBI) are asymptomatic and are not infectious, they may eventually develop active disease. Thus, a fundamental tool of TB control programs for HCWs is the screening and treatment of LTBI. METHODS: From January 2014 to January 2015, hospital personnel at Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Naples, Italy, were screened for TB...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879023/potential-effect-of-ezetimibe-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-type-ii-diabetes
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I-Fang Tsai, Chiu-Ping Kuo, Andrew B Lin, Ming-Nan Chien, Hsin-Tsung Ho, Tsai-Yin Wei, Chien-Liang Wu, Yen-Ta Lu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis (TB) risk might be increased in patients with diabetes by factors other than hyperglycaemia, such as dyslipidaemia. Host lipids are essential energy sources used by mycobacteria to persist in a latent TB state. A potential therapy targeting cholesterol catabolism of mycobacteria has been proposed, but the potential of cholesterol-lowering drugs as anti-TB therapy is unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of ezetimibe, a 2-azetidinone cholesterol absorption inhibitor, on intracellular mycobacteria survival and dormancy...
November 23, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871809/biomarkers-for-discrimination-between-latent-tuberculosis-infection-and-active-tuberculosis-disease
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Eun-Jeong Won, Jung-Ho Choi, Young-Nan Cho, Hye-Mi Jin, Hae Jin Kee, Yong-Wook Park, Yong-Soo Kwon, Seung-Jung Kee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine whether combinations of multiplex cytokine responses could differentiate Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection states. METHODS: Mtb-specific antigen-induced and unstimulated cytokines were measured by Luminex assay in supernatants of QuantiFERON(®) Gold In-Tube assay (QFT) in 48 active pulmonary TB patients (TB), 15 latent TB infection subjects (LTBI), and 13 healthy controls (HCs). RESULTS: Among the 29 cytokines, eight Mtb antigen-specific biomarkers (GM-CSF, IFN-γ, IL-1RA, IL-2, IL-3, IL-13, IP-10, and MIP-1β) in the Mtb-infected group were significantly different from those of the HCs...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861525/elevated-neopterin-levels-are-associated-with-increased-tuberculosis-risk-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-quantiferon-conversion-during-biologic-therapy
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Der-Yuan Chen, Ju-Pi Li, Yi-Ming Chen, Tsai-Ling Liao, Hsin-Hua Chen, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Yea-Wen Yeh, Joung-Liang Lan
QuantiFERON-TB-Gold (QFT-G) conversion is frequently observed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving biologic therapy. However, there have not been any known biomarkers available for detecting tuberculosis (TB) in QFT-G converters. We aimed to evaluate clinical utility of cytokines/chemokines for detecting TB in patients with QFT-G conversion. Among a total of 227 RA patients who underwent QFT-G assay, 187 QFT-G-negative patients received biologic therapy without isoniazid prophylaxis. QFT-G assay was repeated at week 52 of biologic therapy or at the time of TB diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855476/-tuberculosis-contact-investigation-eight-years-of-experience-with-the-quantiferon-tb%C3%A2-gold-in-tube-in-lower-saxony-germany
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M Scharlach, K Brakensiek
Since the beginning of the 21(st) century, beside tuberculin skin tests (TST) and chest X-rays, interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA) have become available for diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection. In 2006, the Governmental Institute of Public Health of Lower Saxony (NLGA) established the IGRA in its laboratory, using the QuantiFERON-TB(®)Gold In-Tube (QFT). A cohort of 19 309 contact persons who were investigated during contact tracing by local public health departments (LPHD) was analyzed. Within 3 years, 75% of LPHDs in Lower Saxony established the QFT for tuberculosis contact tracing...
November 17, 2016: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853753/elevated-circulating-concentrations-of-interferon-gamma-in-latent-tuberculosis-infection
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Moises A Huaman, George S Deepe, Carl J Fichtenbaum
BACKGROUND: Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) has been associated with increased immune activation. We assessed circulating concentrations of interferon-gamma in persons with LTBI. METHODS: We used the 2011-2012 National Health Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) to identify adults with and without LTBI by QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT) results. Non-LTBI persons were 1:1 age-, gender-, and race-matched to LTBI persons using propensity scores. We compared the plasma concentrations of interferon-gamma measured from the unstimulated, negative control QFT tube between LTBI and non-LTBI persons...
October 2016: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852671/highly-multiplexed-proteomic-analysis-of-quantiferon-supernatants-to-identify-biomarkers-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection
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Mary Ann De Groote, Michael Higgins, Thomas Hraha, Kirsten Wall, Michael L Wilson, David G Sterling, Nebojsa Janjic, Randall Reves, Urs A Ochsner, Robert Belknap
The tests for diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are limited by poor predictive value for identifying people at highest risk for progression to active TB, and have varying sensitivity and specificity in different populations. The identification of a more robust signature for LTBI is important for TB prevention and elimination. A pilot study was conducted with samples from immigrants to the U.S. that were screened for LTBI by the three commercially approved tests: Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT), and T-SPOT...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849401/looking-for-ocular-tuberculosis-prevalence-and-clinical-manifestations-of-patients-with-uveitis-and-positive-quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-gold-test
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Kessara Pathanapitoon, Paradee Kunavisarut, Wasna Sirirungsi, Aniki Rothova
PURPOSE: To report on the prevalence of ocular TB and positive QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold (QFT-G) test in uveitis patients and describe their clinical manifestations. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 108 new human immunodeficiency virus-negative uveitis patients. All patients underwent a tailored screening protocol for uveitis and received QFT-G test and tuberculin skin tests (TST). RESULTS: QFT-G test was positive in 39/108 (36%) of patients, while TST ≥15 mm was positive in 16/108 (15%) patients...
November 16, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817127/the-conversion-rate-of-tuberculosis-screening-tests-during-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Giovanna Cuomo, Virginia D'Abrsca, Daniela Iacono, Ilenia Pantano
Screening for active tuberculosis (TB) and latent TB infection (LTBI) is mandatory to the initiation of biological therapy in patients with rheumatic diseases. To determine the prevalence of LTBI in patients with rheumatoid arthritis before treatment with biological therapy (anti-TNF, abatacept, and tocilizumab) and the rate of TB conversion during treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, we evaluated the file of 275 patients with RA treated with biological agents. We considered patients with negative baseline TB screening (tuberculin skin test (TST); quantiferon TB gold in tube (QFT-GIT); chest x-ray) and with rescreening for a TB assay every year...
November 5, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809805/detection-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-migrant-farmworkers-along-the-us-mexico-border
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E Oren, M H Fiero, E Barrett, B Anderson, M Nuῆez, F Gonzalez-Salazar
BACKGROUND: Migrant farmworkers are among the highest-risk populations for latent TB infection (LTBI) in the United States with numerous barriers to healthcare access and increased vulnerability to infectious diseases. LTBI is usually diagnosed on the border using the tuberculin skin test (TST). QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) also measures immune response against specific Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens. The objective of this study is to assess the comparability of TST and QFT-GIT to detect LTBI among migrant farmworkers on the border, as well as to examine the effects of various demographic and clinical factors on test positivity...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783642/prevalence-and-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-young-children-in-the-absence-of-a-gold-standard
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Tomas Maria Perez-Porcuna, Hélio Doyle Pereira-da-Silva, Carlos Ascaso, Adriana Malheiro, Samira Bührer, Flor Martinez-Espinosa, Rosa Abellana
INTRODUCTION: For adequate disease control the World Health Organization has proposed the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) in groups of risk of developing the disease such as children. There is no gold standard (GS) test for the diagnosis of LTBI. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of LTBI in young children in contact with a household case of tuberculosis (TB-HCC) and determine the accuracy and precision of the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-tube (QFT) used in the absence of a GS...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777875/predictors-of-low-prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-egyptian-health-care-workers-at-intensive-care-and-bronchoscopy-units
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Enas Mamdouh Hefzy, Ahmed Ashraf Wegdan, Radwa Ahmed Elhefny, Samar Hassan Nasser
Aim: Latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI) contain a significant reservoir for future epidemics. Screening of health care workers (HCWs) in a high-risk tuberculosis (TB) environment is an important strategy in TB control. The study aimed to assess the prevalence of LTBI among high risk Egyptian HCWs and to assess infection associated risk factors. Methods: Fifty-two HCWs who work at intensive care unit (ICU), bronchoscopy unit, and chest diseases department were tested for LTBI using both tuberculin skin test (TST) and Quantiferon TB Gold in-tube test (QFT)...
2016: GMS Hygiene and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776599/comparative-utility-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assay-quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-git-and-t-spot-%C3%A2-tb-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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R Matsumura, H Igari, T Nakazawa, S Ishikawa, M Tsuyuzaki, K Suzuki, F Yamagishi
SETTING: National hospital for tuberculosis (TB) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Japan. OBJECTIVE: To compare two interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs), QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT) and T-SPOT(®).TB (T-SPOT), in RA patients for detecting latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). DESIGN: QFT and T-SPOT were conducted concurrently in 230 prospectively enrolled RA patients. RESULTS: There were no active TB patients...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754769/treatment-of-serpiginous-choroiditis-with-chlorambucil-a-report-of-17-patients
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Nazanin Ebrahimiadib, Bobeck S Modjtahedi, Samaneh Davoudi, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of chlorambucil in the treatment of serpiginous choroiditis. METHODS: Patient records from the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI) were reviewed from over the past 10 years. In total, 17 patients with the diagnosis of serpiginous choroiditis treated with chlorambucil were identified. QuantiFERON gold was negative in all of them. Chlorambucil was started at 0.15 mg/kg and dosage was titrated up using weekly white blood cell (WBC) count to achieve a target cell number of 3...
October 18, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749653/quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-improves-tuberculosis-diagnosis-in-children
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Roberta Petrucci, Giulia Lombardi, Ilaria Corsini, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Francesca Visciotti, Filippo Bernardi, Maria Paola Landini, Salvatore Cazzato, Paola Dal Monte
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) is uncertain in the pediatric population, while tuberculin skin test (TST) is still conventionally used despite its limitations. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of QFT-IT with TST in a large cohort of children screened for TB infection because of contact tracing, suspected TB, arrival from endemic country or immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 517 children 0-14 years of age evaluated at the pediatric unit of the S...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733123/cost-analysis-of-tuberculin-skin-test-and-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test-for-tuberculosis-screening-in-a-correctional-setting-in-dallas-texas-usa
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Ank E Nijhawan, Princess A Iroh, Larry S Brown, Daniel Winetsky, Esmaeil Porsa
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionately affects immigrants, HIV-infected individuals, and those living in crowded settings such as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. Although the majority of jails and prisons use a tuberculin skin test (TST) for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening, limited data exist on the clinical performance and costs of the TST compared to interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) in this setting. METHODS: A prospective pilot study comparing cost between TST and an IGRA (QuantiFERON Gold In-tube, QFT-GIT) for the detection of LTBI in a convenience sample of inmates entering the Dallas County Jail (DCJ) was conducted June-October 2014...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730117/potential-role-for-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-in-tuberculosis-screening-in-a-remote-canadian-community-a-case-series
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Wilson Kwong, Thomas Krahn, Ann Cleland, Janet Gordon, Wendy Wobeser
BACKGROUND: Current Canadian guidelines suggest that neonatal Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination does not result in false-positive tuberculosis (TB) skin tests, despite a growing body of evidence that interferon-γ release assays may be a more specific alternative in identifying latent tuberculosis infections in vaccinated populations. We set out to evaluate the relationship between TB skin tests and interferon-γ release assays in patients who previously received neonatal BCG vaccine...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717779/first-characterization-of-the-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-responses-to-quantiferon-tb-plus
#18
Elisa Petruccioli, Teresa Chiacchio, Ilaria Pepponi, Valentina Vanini, Rocco Urso, Gilda Cuzzi, Lucia Barcellini, Daniela Maria Cirillo, Fabrizio Palmieri, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
INTRODUCTION: QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) is the new generation of QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube test to identify latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). QFT-Plus includes TB1 and TB2 tubes which contain selected Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) peptides designed to stimulate both CD4 and CD8 T-cells. Aim of this study is the flow cytometric characterization of the specific CD4 and CD8 T-cell responses to Mtb antigens contained within QFT-Plus. METHODS: We enrolled 27 active tuberculosis (TB) patients and 30 LTBI individuals...
December 2016: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717329/quantiferon-conversion-following-tuberculin-administration-is-common-in-hiv-infection%C3%A2-and-relates-to-baseline-response
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Hanif Esmail, Friedrich Thienemann, Tolu Oni, Rene Goliath, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 infection impairs tuberculosis (TB) specific immune responses affecting the diagnosis of latent TB. We aimed to (1) determine the proportion of HIV-1-infected adults with a negative QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in-tube (QFT-GIT) and Tuberculin skin testing (TST) that convert to QFT-GIT positive following TST, and (2) evaluate the relationship between conversion and baseline QFT-GIT results. METHODS: HIV-1 infected adults being screened for a TB vaccine study in South Africa underwent QFT-GIT followed by TST...
October 7, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704206/effect-of-teriflunomide-on-quantiferon-tb-gold-results
#20
Alessandra Bua, Melania Ruggeri, Stefania Zanetti, Paola Molicotti
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin and axons, over time leading to progressive neuronal degeneration and microglial activation. There is still no curative treatment, but during the last 20 years eight different therapies have become available including interferon beta, glatiramer acetate, teriflunomide, dimethyl fumarate, natalizumab, fingolimod, alemtuzumab, mitoxantrone and teriflunomide. Teriflunomide is an immunomodulatory drug that exerts an inhibitory effect on T cell activation in central nervous system of the patients with multiple sclerosis...
October 4, 2016: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
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