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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141265/-hbv-infections-in-germany-health-care-costs-in-a-real-life-setting
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Jona Theodor Stahmeyer, Hans Becker, Anna Lena Orlemann, Christian Krauth, Michael P Manns, Heiner Wedemeyer
Background An estimated 500 000 people are infected with hepatitis B in Germany, inducing an enormous burden on infected patients and the health care system. The aim of our study was to estimate the real-life costs of treating hepatitis B and to analyze sociodemographic factors. Methods We conducted a retrospective, non-interventional, single-center study from 07/2009 to 12/2012. Information on health care delivery was extracted from patient records. Besides that, a questionnaire survey regarding sociodemographic parameters and quality of life of HBV-infected patients was performed...
November 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141246/evaluation-of-temporal-virological-responses-to-interferon-%C3%AE-2b-plus-ribavirin-among-genotype-3a-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-patients
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Abida Raza, Muhammad Ovais, Hafsa Aziz, Asim Anwar, Javaid Irfan, Irshad Ahmad, Muhammad Mukhtar
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to examine the impact of rapid virological response (RVR) and early virological response (EVR) on sustained virological response (SVR) in chronic hepatitis C genotype 3a individuals. METHODS: The patients were given antiviral therapy with IFN-α-2b, 3 million units 3 times a week and 800-1,200 mg of ribavirin daily adjusted to the patient's body weight (<60 kg 800 mg day-1, and >60 kg 1,200 day-1). The patients received this combination therapy for 24 weeks...
November 16, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140932/characteristics-of-treatment-experienced-hiv-infected-african-children-and-adolescents-initiating-darunavir-and-or-etravirine-based-antiretroviral-treatment
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Bethany Corrigan, Irene Mukui, Lloyd Mulenga, Nobuhle Mthethwa, Mosilinyane Letsie, Stephanie Bruno, Natella Rakhmanina
BACKGROUND: Data are limited on the selection and sequencing of second and third-line pediatric antiretroviral treatment (ART) in resource-limited settings. This study aimed to evaluate characteristics of African pediatric patients initiated on darunavir (DRV) and/or etravirine (ETR) through a specific drug donation program. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of baseline immunologic, virologic and demographic characteristics of children and adolescents initiating DRV- and/or ETR-based ART...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140890/selecting-an-hiv-test-a-narrative-review-for-clinicians-and-researchers
#4
Christopher B Hurt, Julie A E Nelson, Lisa B Hightow-Weidman, William C Miller
Given the many options available, selecting an HIV test for a particular clinical or research setting can be daunting. Making an informed decision requires an assessment of the likelihood of acute infection in the test population and an understanding of key aspects of the tests themselves. The ability of individual tests to reliably detect HIV infection depends on the target(s) being detected, when they can be expected to be present after infection, and the concentration of stable target in test specimens, all of which are explained by the virologic and serologic events after infection...
December 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139181/direct-antiviral-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-heart-transplant-recipients
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Martina Vitrone, Roberto Andini, Irene Mattucci, Ciro Maiello, Luigi Atripaldi, Emanuele Durante-Mangoni, Rosa Zampino
Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are a safe and effective treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). This may be particularly valuable for patients with severe comorbidities or baseline conditions, including non-liver solid organ transplant. We report cases of two heart transplant recipients with CHC treated with DAA (sofosbuvir and daclatasvir) achieving sustained virological response. Treatment was well tolerated and no relevant side effects were observed. The drug-drug interactions and graft function were carefully monitored...
November 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138492/the-antigenic-variability-of-hcv-in-viral-hla-ag-binding-is-related-to-the-activation-of-the-host-immune-response
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P Muñoz de Rueda, S M Jiménez-Ruiz, R Quiles, E J Pavón-Castillero, J A Muñoz-Gámez, J Casado, A Gila, A Ruiz-Extremera, J Salmerón
Our previous data show that hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 patients expressing the HLA-DQB1 * 0301 allele have a combined response probability of 69%, while the remaining 31% do not respond, probably because the HCV immunodominant epitope (IE) against the DQB1 * 0301 allele is mutated. HCV IE (region sequenced in NS3 is a region encoding aa 1253-1272) from 37 patients (21 Sustained Virological Response, SVR; 16 non-SVR) HLA-DQB1 * 0301+, were analysed by pyrosequencing. In vitro cultures were also determined by CD4+ proliferation, using non-mutated IE (wild-type synthetic peptide) and synthetic mutated peptide...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138335/classic-spotlight-2012-and-2013-articles-of-significant-interest-selected-from-the-journal-of-virology-archives-by-the-editors
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December 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138308/sex-reporting-in-preclinical-microbiological-and-immunological-research
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EDITORIAL
Tanvi Potluri, Kyrra Engle, Ashley L Fink, Landon G Vom Steeg, Sabra L Klein
Both sex (i.e., biological construct of male and female) and gender (i.e., social construct of masculine and feminine) impact the pathogenesis of diseases, including those caused by microbial infections. Following the 2015 NIH policy for consideration of sex as a biological variable in preclinical research, in 2018, authors of papers published in primary-research American Society for Microbiology (ASM) journals will be asked to report the sex of the research subjects and animals and of materials derived directly from them...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137590/a-closing-chapter-hepatitis-c-genotype-3-elimination-in-liver-transplant-sofosbuvir-daclatasvir-in-a-hard-to-treat-population
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Eva Maria Teegen, Brigitta Globke, Eckart Schott, Johann Pratschke, Dennis Eurich
OBJECTIVES: Historically, hepatitis C virus genotype 3 infection has not been as hard to treat as genotype 1 using interferon-based therapy. Now, genotype 3 infection can be treated using interferon-free regimes such as the combination of sofosbuvir and daclatasvir, which is a highly successful and reliable therapeutic option before liver transplant. However, real world data are rather limited regarding the use of antivirals (sofosbuvir/daclatasvir) for hepatitis C virus genotype 3 recurrence after liver transplant...
November 15, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137226/the-neglected-avian-hepatotropic-virus-induces-acute-and-chronic-hepatitis-in-ducks-an-alternative-model-for-hepatology
#10
Xumin Ou, Sai Mao, Jingyu Cao, Yunchao Ma, Guangpeng Ma, Anchun Cheng, Mingshu Wang, Dekang Zhu, Shun Chen, Renyong Jia, Mafeng Liu, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xiaoyue Chen
Duck Hepatitis A Virus (DHAV) belongs to the Avihepatovirus, which is also classified into Picornaviridae with Hepatovirus, Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). In humans, the pathogenesis of HAV is not well understood because of limited work with animal models. Here, we investigated the progress of duck viral hepatitis caused by DHAV and their potential for dissecting the pathogenesis of HAV. During the course of infection, the duck model had undergone hepatocellular lesions (vacuolation, acidophilic degeneration and steatosis), lymphocytes recruitment (neutrophil granulocytes, heterophilic granulocytes and T cells or plasm cells) and repair (activation of hepatic stellate cells, fibrosis and regeneration)...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137167/transmission-dynamics-of-hiv-1-drug-resistance-among-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-individuals-in-greece-the-added-value-of-molecular-epidemiology-to-public-health
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Dimitrios Paraskevis, Evangelia Kostaki, Panagiotis Gargalianos, Georgios Xylomenos, Marios Lazanas, Maria Chini, Athanasios Skoutelis, Vasileios Papastamopoulos, Dimitra Paraskeva, Anastasia Antoniadou, Antonios Papadopoulos, Mina Psichogiou, Georgios L Daikos, Georgios Chrysos, Vasileios Paparizos, Sofia Kourkounti, Helen Sambatakou, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Malvina Lada, Periklis Panagopoulos, Efstratios Maltezos, Stylianos Drimis, Angelos Hatzakis
The presence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) drug resistance among drug-naïve patients remains stable, although the proportion of patients with virological failure to therapy is decreasing. The dynamics of transmitted resistance among drug-naïve patients remains largely unknown. The prevalence of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) resistance was 16.9% among treatment-naïve individuals in Greece. We aimed to investigate the transmission dynamics and the effective reproductive number (Re) of the locally transmitted NNRTI resistance...
November 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136329/follow-up-of-sustained-virologic-responders-with-hepatitis-c-and-advanced-liver-disease-after-interferon-ribavirin-free-treatment
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Karin Kozbial, Stephan Moser, Ramona Al-Zoairy, Remy Schwarzer, Christian Datz, Rudolf Stauber, Hermann Laferl, Michael Strasser, Sandra Beinhardt, Albert Friedrich Stättermayer, Michael Gschwantler, Heinz Zoller, Andreas Maieron, Ivo Graziadei, Michael Trauner, Petra Steindl-Munda, Harald Hofer, Peter Ferenci
BACKGROUND: The introduction of direct-acting antivirals (DAA) has increased sustained virological response (SVR) rates in patients with advanced liver disease and chronic hepatitis C(CHC)infection. At present, data on clinical outcome and long-term durability of viral eradication after successful DAA therapy are scarce. AIM: To evaluate the long-term success of viral eradication in patients with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis treated with DAAs. METHODS: Five hundred and fifty one patients with advanced fibrosis (n=158) or liver cirrhosis (CPS-A:317,CPS-B/C:76) and SVR after interferon and ribavirin-free DAA therapy treated between October 2013 and April 2016 were studied with a median follow-up of 65...
November 14, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136032/virological-response-and-resistance-among-hiv-infected-children-receiving-long-term-antiretroviral-therapy-without-virological-monitoring-in-uganda-and-zimbabwe-observational-analyses-within-the-randomised-arrow-trial
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Alexander J Szubert, Andrew J Prendergast, Moira J Spyer, Victor Musiime, Philippa Musoke, Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, Patricia Nahirya-Ntege, Margaret J Thomason, Emmanuel Ndashimye, Immaculate Nkanya, Oscar Senfuma, Boniface Mudenge, Nigel Klein, Diana M Gibb, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Although WHO recommends viral load (VL) monitoring for those on antiretroviral therapy (ART), availability in low-income countries remains limited. We investigated long-term VL and resistance in HIV-infected children managed without real-time VL monitoring. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In the ARROW factorial trial, 1,206 children initiating ART in Uganda and Zimbabwe between 15 March 2007 and 18 November 2008, aged a median 6 years old, with median CD4% of 12%, were randomised to monitoring with or without 12-weekly CD4 counts and to receive 2 nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (2NRTI, mainly abacavir+lamivudine) with a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) or 3 NRTIs as long-term ART...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135907/efavirenz-therapeutic-range-in-hiv-1-treatment-naive-participants
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Cindy J Bednasz, Charles S Venuto, Qing Ma, Eric S Daar, Paul E Sax, Margaret A Fischl, Ann C Collier, Kimberly Y Smith, Camlin Tierney, Yang Yang, Gregory E Wilding, Gene D Morse
BACKGROUND: Efavirenz is currently suggested as an alternative to recommended antiretroviral (ARV) regimens by the Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of HIV-1 in ARV-naive patients. A mid-dosing interval therapeutic range between 1000 and 4000 ng/mL for efavirenz has been proposed in the literature, with patients more likely to experience virologic failure below this range and adverse effects above. The current study reports an analysis of virologic outcome between those above, below, or within the reported efavirenz therapeutic range (1000-4000 ng/mL) and within subgroups...
December 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135824/shortened-8-weeks-course-of-dual-sofosbuvir-daclatasvir-therapy-in-adolescent-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-infection
#15
Mortada El-Shabrawi, Alaa M Abdo, Hisham El-Khayat, Mostafa Yakoot
Recently, sofosbuvir and the fixed dose combination of sofosbuvir/ ledipasvir were approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) in adolescents, 12 years old and above or weighing at least 35 kilograms. Here we present the results of a pilot single cohort of 10 consecutive adolescent patients with chronic HCV and treated with dual sofosbuvir/daclatasvir (SOF/DCV) therapy for a response-tailored duration of 8 weeks for those who achieved very rapid virologic response (vRVR) and 12 weeks for those who did not...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135578/when-prevention-of-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-fails-preventing-pretreatment-drug-resistance-in-african-children
#16
Seth C Inzaule, Raph L Hamers, Job Calis, Ragna Boerma, Kim Sigaloff, Clement Zeh, Peter Mugyenyi, Sulaimon Akanmu, Tobias F Rinke de Wit
: The scale-up of antiretroviral prophylaxis to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV has significantly reduced new pediatric infections in sub-Saharan Africa. However, among infants who become HIV-infected despite prevent mother-to-child transmission, more than 50% have drug-resistant HIV. Given high levels of resistance, WHO recommends the use of protease inhibitors as part of first-line pediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART) to optimize treatment response, but costs and logistic challenges restrict access...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135574/interferon-free-therapy-for-treating-hcv-in-difficult-to-treat-hiv-coinfected-patients-as-implemented-in-routine-medical-practice
#17
Carlos Mínguez, Miguel García-Deltoro, Juan Flores, Maria-José Galindo, Marta Montero, Sergio Reus, Jorge Carmena, Mar Masiá, Concepción Amador, Enrique Ortega
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Data regarding the use of all-oral direct-acting antivirals (DAA) in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with advanced liver fibrosis are required, because they are generally under-represented in clinical trials. This study sought to evaluate the use of these drugs in a cohort of coinfected patients, mostly with factors that have previously been recognised as predictors of treatment failure. METHODS: COINFECOVA-2 is an observational, multicenter study conducted in Eastern Spain...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135370/pharmacokinetics-based-adjusted-versus-standard-dose-of-ribavirin-does-not-improve-virologic-response-rates-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-4-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ibrahim H Altraif, Faisal Sanai, Mohammed A Babatin, Abduljaleel A Alalwan, Ayman A Abdo, Waleed Alhamoudi, Musthafa Peedikayil, Hamdan Alghamdi, Fahad Alsohaibani, Khalid A Alswat, Shazia Murtaza, Abdullah Alghamdi, Sara Altraif, Abdulrahman Aljumah, Fayaz A Handoo, Abdulkareem M AlBekairy, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Alquaiz, Mohammed A Alblawi, Waleed AlTamimi, Véronique Loustaud-Ratti, Pierre Marquett
Optimal doses of Ribavirin (RBV) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment are not known. To assess the safety and efficacy of PegIFNalfa-2a in combination with an adjusted (ADJ) RBV dose based on early pharmacokinetics versus a fixed standard (STD) dose of RBV in chronic HCV genotype (GT) 4-naive patients in a randomized trial. One hundred eighty-one patients were randomized. The baseline variables were similar in both arms and females were 50.3% of the patients, 76.5% had minimal-moderate fibrosis (F0-2). Sustained virologic response (SVR) was achieved in 99 (54...
November 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134331/optimization-and-application-of-a-dna-launched-infectious-clone-of-equine-arteritis-virus
#19
Ting Qi, Xiaojun Wang
Reverse genetics is one of the most powerful tools in modern virology. Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is the prototype member of the Equartevirus. In this study, a new reverse genetics system for the recovery of equine arteritis virus from a cDNA plasmid, which contains viral cDNA sequence flanked by hammerhead ribozyme (HamRz) and hepatitis delta virus ribozyme (HdvRz) sequences in both terminals of the viral genome, was developed by optimization of the promoter and terminator regions. Cellular RNA polymerase II drove the transcription of the viral genome...
November 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133946/whole-genomic-analysis-of-two-potential-recombinant-strains-within-human-mastadenovirus-species-c-previously-found-in-beijing-china
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Naiying Mao, Zhen Zhu, Pierre Rivailler, Meng Chen, Qin Fan, Fang Huang, Wenbo Xu
Human mastadenovirus species C (HAdV-C) are the most common etiologic agents of respiratory disease in young children and are frequently detected worldwide including China. Two recombinant HAdV-C strains (BJ04 and BJ09) were isolated from infants with acute respiratory infection (ARI) in Beijing in 2012-2013. The whole genome sequences (WGS) of BJ04 and BJ09 were generated and compared to other 35 HAdV-C WGSs publicly available. Phylogenetic analyses showed that the BJ04 strain might be the result of three homologous recombination events involving the parental strains JX173086 (HAdV-1), NC_001405 (HAdV-2) and LC068718 (HAdV-6), whereas BJ09 viral genome might be made of genetic elements from JX173083 (HAdV-1), KF268199 (HAdV-5), and KR699642 (strain CBJ113)...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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