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  1. Prognostic value of interleukin-8 in AIDS-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Vestbo, Jørgen; Junge, Jette;

    1995-01-01

    Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a potent neutrophil chemoattractant and activator. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is associated with an accumulation of neutrophils in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. Thus, we hypothesized that IL-8 is involved in the pathogenesis of P. carinii pneumonia. BAL fluid and...... serum were prospectively collected in 76 consecutive HIV-infected patients with a primary episode of P. carinii pneumonia, as well as in 10 healthy control subjects. Patients were found to have elevated levels of IL-8 in BAL fluid compared with control subjects (p < 0.01). Nine patients died during the...

  2. Clinical and experimental studies on inflammatory mediators during AIDS-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, Thomas

    2003-01-01

    ). Further, we showed a correlation between high levels of BAL fluid IL-8 and mortality. Adjuvant treatment with glucocorticosteroids lowered BAL fluid IL-8 levels. In experimental studies we found that P. carinii Major Surface Antigen (MSG) induced IL-8 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha secretion from human...... monocytes and an alveolar epithelial cell line (A549). Binding of MSG to monocytes appeared to be mediated by mannose receptors, while A549 cells recognized MSG through mannose and glucan receptors. Glucocorticosteroids attenuated IL-8 secretion from A549 cells. These studies have confirmed that P. carinii...

  3. Neutrophil chemotactic activity in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients with AIDS-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Kharazmi, A; Larsen, C G; Lundgren, J D

    1997-01-01

    been shown to confer a poor prognosis in PCP. We therefore investigated the potential of BAL fluid from 17 patients with PCP to induce neutrophil chemotaxis. BAL fluid from patients induced considerable neutrophil chemotactic activity compared to normal controls. Elevated levels of IL-8 were detected...... in patient samples as compared to controls. A specific anti-IL-8 antibody significantly reduced chemotactic activity of patient samples by more than 50%. In conclusion, IL-8 appears to be a significant participant of neutrophil chemotaxis in AIDS-associated PCP, and may participate in the recruitment...

  4. Monoclonal antibodies to Pneumocystis carinii

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    Kovacs, J A; Halpern, J L; Lundgren, B; Swan, J C; Parrillo, J E; Masur, H

    1989-01-01

    To increase understanding of the antigenic structure of Pneumocystis carinii, we developed monoclonal antibodies to rat and human P. carinii. The specificity of the antibodies was demonstrated by immunofluorescence and immunoblot studies. Only one of five monoclonal antibodies to rat P. carinii...... reacted with human P. carinii, and none of four monoclonal antibodies to human P. carinii reacted with rat P. carinii. Two antibodies to human P. carinii reacted by immunofluorescence with only one human P. carinii isolate. Immunoblot studies identified major antigens of rat P. carinii with molecular...

  5. Pneumatoceles and pneumothorax after Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Sauleda, J; Aran, X; Gea, J; Aguar, M C; Sanz, M; Broquetas, J M

    1993-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is common in patients with AIDS. The usual chest X-ray pattern is a diffuse interstitial pulmonary infiltrate. Nevertheless, unusual roentgenographic forms can appear. A patient with PCP that resulted in pneumatoceles and a further pneumothorax is described. PMID:8284529

  6. Sterols of Pneumocystis carinii hominis organisms isolated from human lungs

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    Kaneshiro, E S; Amit, Z; Chandra, Jan Suresh; Baughman, R P; Contini, C; Lundgren, B

    1999-01-01

    The opportunistic pathogen Pneumocystis carinii causes pneumonia (P. carinii pneumonia, or PCP) in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients. Rat-derived P. carinii carinii organisms have distinct sterols which are not synthesized by mammals and not found in other microbes infecting mam...

  7. Clusters of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Tsolaki, A G; Miller, Raymonde;

    1998-01-01

    Genotyping at the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of the nuclear rRNA operon was performed on isolates of P. carinii sp. f. hominis from three clusters of P. carinii pneumonia among eight patients with haematological malignancies and six with HIV infection. Nine different ITS sequence...... types of P. carinii sp. f. hominis were identified in the samples from the patients with haematological malignancies, suggesting that this cluster of cases of P. carinii pneumonia was unlikely to have resulted from nosocomial transmission. A common ITS sequence type was observed in two of the patients...... with haematological malignancies who shared a hospital room, and also in two of the patients with HIV infection who had prolonged close contact on the ward. In contrast, different ITS sequence types were detected in samples from an HIV-infected homosexual couple who shared the same household. These...

  8. Identification of Pneumocystis carinii chromosomes and mapping of five genes

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    Lundgren, B; Cotton, R; Lundgren, J D;

    1990-01-01

    Pulsed field gel electrophoresis was used to identify the chromosome-size DNA of Pneumocystis carinii, a major pathogen of immunocompromised patients. Thirteen chromosomes of rodent Pneumocystis carinii, ranging in size from 300 to 700 kilobases (kb), were identified. The minimum genome size for ...

  9. Karyotypes of Pneumocystis carinii derived from several mammals

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    Cho, Sang Rock; Park, Yun-Gyu; Moon, Hyung Nam; Lee, Soon-Hyung; Hong, Sung-Tae

    1999-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii is the most important opportunistic pathogen of humans in the world. Pneumocystis carinii is experimentally detected in the lungs of rats, mice, rabbits, and monkeys, however, the organisms from different mammals are identical in microscopic morphology. The present study tried to find out more mammalian hosts of P. carinii and also to differentiate the organisms from different mammals by karyotyping. Rats, mice, hamsters, rabbits, cats, and dogs were successfully infected...

  10. Pneumocystis carinii from pigs and humans are antigenically distinct

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    Christensen, C B; Settnes, Osvald Peter; Bille-Hansen, Vivi; Jorsal, Sven Erik Lind; Henriksen, S A; Lundgren, B

    1996-01-01

    The antigens of Pneumocystis carinii cysts isolated from pigs and humans were compared by the Western immunoblotting technique. Convalescent pig serum reacted with two antigens (approximately 78 kDa and 32.5 kDa) of porcine P. carinii cysts, whereas convalescent serum from humans did not react with...... porcine P. carinii cyst antigens. The results indicate that porcine and human P. carinii cysts are antigenically distinct....

  11. Pneumocystis carinii antigen detection in rat serum and lung lavage.

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    McNabb, S J; Graves, D C; Kosanke, S.D.; Moyer, M J; Ivey, M H

    1988-01-01

    We developed a modified double-antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that detected relatively low concentrations of known Pneumocystis carinii antigen added to buffer or rat sera. Artificial immunization-derived polyclonal rabbit anti-P. carinii antibody was used on the solid phase to capture the antigen. Infection-derived (after P. carinii pneumonia) polyclonal rat anti-P. carinii antibody or a mixture of five murine monoclonal antibodies was used as the antigen detecto...

  12. Radiation pneumonitis complicated by Pneumocystis carinii

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    Case histories are presented of two patients with documented fatal Pneumocystis carinii pneumonitis after large volume pulmonary irradiation and one patient who was reported previously. These three case histories suggest that opportunistic infection with pneumocystis should be considered in the immunosuppressed host who is thought to have radiation pneumonitis under the following conditions; if the patient (1) fails to respond to appropriate management, (2) develops symptoms at a time which is atypically early for the appearance of radiation pneumonitis, or (3) develops pulmonary symptoms following unusually low biologic radiation dose--fractionation schedules. We suggest that such individuals should be treated early in their clinical course with oral pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine, perhaps even without a pathologic diagnosis; there is a serious morbidity of lung biopsy in patients with other pulmonary pathology and low morbidity of such therapy. Possibly even patients with lumphopenia who have received large volume pulmonary irradiation should be considered for prophylactic treatment

  13. Radiation pneumonitis complicated by Pneumocystis carinii

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    Richards, M.J.S. (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison); Wara, W.M.

    1978-01-01

    Case histories are presented of two patients with documented fatal Pneumocystis carinii pneumonitis after large volume pulmonary irradiation and one patient who was reported previously. These three case histories suggest that opportunistic infection with pneumocystis should be considered in the immunosuppressed host who is thought to have radiation pneumonitis under the following conditions; if the patient (1) fails to respond to appropriate management, (2) develops symptoms at a time which is atypically early for the appearance of radiation pneumonitis, or (3) develops pulmonary symptoms following unusually low biologic radiation dose--fractionation schedules. We suggest that such individuals should be treated early in their clinical course with oral pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine, perhaps even without a pathologic diagnosis; there is a serious morbidity of lung biopsy in patients with other pulmonary pathology and low morbidity of such therapy. Possibly even patients with lumphopenia who have received large volume pulmonary irradiation should be considered for prophylactic treatment.

  14. Use of fluoroquinolones for prophylaxis of murine Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Brun-Pascaud, M.; Fay, M.; Zhong, M; Bauchet, J; Dux-Guyot, A; Pocidalo, J J

    1992-01-01

    We compared the prophylactic activities of six fluoroquinolones against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in immunosuppressed rats. Pefloxacin was the only agent which was as effective as the reference drug trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Clinical trials with pefloxacin in patients at risk for P. carinii pneumonia appear to be justified.

  15. Isolation and expression of the Pneumocystis carinii dihydrofolate reductase gene

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    Edman, J C; Edman, U; Cao, Mi-Mi;

    1989-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR; 5,6,7,8-tetrahydrofolate: NADP+ oxidoreductase, EC 1.5.1.3) cDNA sequences have been isolated by their ability to confer trimethoprim resistance to Escherichia coli. Consistent with the recent conclusion that P. carinii is a member of the Fungi...

  16. Evidence for a Melanin Cell Wall Component in Pneumocystis carinii

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    Icenhour, Crystal R.; Kottom, Theodore J.; Limper, Andrew H.

    2003-01-01

    Fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled monoclonal antibodies specific for fungal melanin were used in this study to visualize melanin-like components of the Pneumocystis carinii cell wall. A colorimetric enzyme assay confirmed these findings. This is the first report of melanin-like pigments in Pneumocystis.

  17. Radiographic and HRCT findings of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    To analyze the radiographic and HRCT findings of Pneumocystic carinii pneumonia. We reviewed the medical records and retrospectively analysed the chest radiographs(n=31) and HRCT scans(n=17) of 31 patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia who had been followed up at our institute between, 1993 and March 1998. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia was confirmed by cytologic evaluation of sputum stained with methenamine silver(n=25) or on the basis of clinical history(n=6). The study group included 17 men and 14 women aged 28-78(average, 53.6) years. Twenty-eight patients had underlying conditions such as hematologic diseases(n=13), AIDS(n=8), malignancy(n=2), DM(n=2) and malnutrition(n=1), and three were free from underlying diseases. Twenty patients had pure Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and 11 had combined lung diseases, namely pulmonary tuberculosis(n=4), pulmonary metastasis(n=2), bacterial pneumonia(n=2), atypical mycobacterial infection(n=1), pulmonary edema(n=1), and Kaposi' s sarcoma(n=1). Chest radiographic findings of 20 cases of pure Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia included consolidation(n=12), linear-reticular opacity(n=8), ill defined haziness(n=7), and nodules(n=6), with bilaterality in is cases and zonal predominance in ten [central(n=5), lower(n=5)]. Ancillary findings included pleural effusion(n=10), cysts(n=5), lymphadenopathy(n=4) and pneumothorax(n=1). In two patients, findings were entirely normal. HRCT findings in ten cases of pure Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia included ground-glass opacity(n=6), consolidation(n=6), linear-reticular opacity(n=8), and nodules(n=5), with bilaterallity in seven cases and zonal predominance in five [central(n=5), lower(n=2)]. Ancillary findings among these cases included pleural effusion(n=4), lymphadenopathy(n=2), cysts(n=1), and pneumothorax(n=1). HRCT findings in seven cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia combined with other lung diseases included nodules(n=6), ground-glass opacity(n=5), linear-reticular opacity

  18. Alveolar damage in AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Prentø, P; Junge, Jette;

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is the most common and serious of the pulmonary complications of AIDS. Despite this, many basic aspects in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated P carinii pneumonia are unknown. We therefore undertook a light and electron microscopic study of transbronchial...... biopsy specimens to compare pathologic features of P carinii pneumonia and other HIV-related lung diseases. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: Thirty-seven consecutive HIV-infected patients undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy. RESULTS: P carinii pneumonia was characterized by an increase in inflammation, edema...

  19. Population Structure of Rat-Derived Pneumocystis carinii in Danish Wild Rats

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    Palmer, Robert J.; Settnes, Osvald P.; Lodal, Jens; Wakefield, Ann E.

    2000-01-01

    examined the diversity in the internally transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of the nuclear rRNA operon of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. carinii by using samples from wild rats and laboratory rats and spore trap samples. We report a lack of by using samples from wild rats and laboratory rats and spore trap......The rat model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is frequently used to study human P. carinii infection, but there are many differences between the rat and human infections. We studied naturally acquired P. carinii in wild rats to examine the relevance of the rat model for human infection. P....... carinii DNA was detected in 47 of 51 wild rats and in 10 of 12 nonimmunosuppressed laboratory rats. Evidence for three novel formae speciales of rat-derived P. carinii was found, and these were provisionally named Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. rattus-secundi, Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. rattus-tertii, and...

  20. Multiple genes encode the major surface glycoprotein of Pneumocystis carinii

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    Kovacs, J A; Powell, F; Edman, J C;

    1993-01-01

    hydrophobic region at the carboxyl terminus. The presence of multiple related msg genes encoding the major surface glycoprotein of P. carinii suggests that antigenic variation is a possible mechanism for evading host defenses. Further characterization of this family of genes should allow the development of...... antigen is a good candidate for development as a vaccine to prevent or control P. carinii infection. We have cloned and sequenced seven related but unique genes encoding the major surface glycoprotein of rat P. carinii. Partial amino acid sequencing confirmed the identity of these genes. Based on Southern......The major surface antigen of Pneumocystis carinii, a life-threatening opportunistic pathogen in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients, is an abundant glycoprotein that functions in host-organism interactions. A monoclonal antibody to this antigen is protective in animals, and thus this...

  1. Identification of porcine Pneumocystis carinii as a genetically distinct organism by DNA amplification

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    Wakefield, A. E.; Keely, S. P.; Stringer, J. R.;

    1997-01-01

    DNA was amplified from lung samples from three piglets infected with Pneumocystis carinii, using oligonucleotide primers designed to the P. carinii mitochondrial large subunit ribosomal RNA gene. The nucleotide sequence of the amplification product was determined and indicated lack of sequence...... variation among these pig-derived P. carinii samples at this locus. The data showed that porcine P. carinii was genetically distinct from P. carinii isolated from other mammalian host species....

  2. Comparison of six different PCR methods for detection of Pneumocystis carinii.

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    Lu, J J; Chen, C. H.; Bartlett, M S; J. W. Smith; Lee, C H

    1995-01-01

    We have recently developed a nested PCR method which amplifies internal transcribed spacers (ITS) of the ribosomal RNA genes of Pneumocystis carinii. To determine whether this PCR method can be used to diagnose P. carinii infections, we examined 30 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens that were shown microscopically to contain P. carinii organisms by the P. carinii ITS PCR (Pc-ITS-PCR) and five other PCR methods that have been described for detecting P. carinii in clinical specimens. The ta...

  3. Domiciliary nebulized pentamidine for secondary prophylaxis against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Green, S. T.; Nathwani, D.; Christie, P.R; Goldberg, D J; Kennedy, D. H.; Love, W C

    1990-01-01

    The viability of a programme for delivering aerosolized pentamidine within the patient's home setting for the secondary prophylaxis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) has been explored with seven homosexual AIDS patients, the major objectives being the assessment of the safety and acceptability of the treatment and the discovery of the most suitable care setting (home, ward, outpatient clinic) for the administration of therapy. It is concluded that a domiciliary prophylaxis programme is ...

  4. Effect of surfactant replacement on Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in rats

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    Eijking, Eric; Daal, G.J.; Tenbrinck, Robert; Luijendijk, Ad; Sluiters, Hans; Hannappel, E; Lachmann, Burkhard

    1991-01-01

    textabstractThe effect of intratracheal surfactant instillation on pulmonary function in rats with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) was investigated. In those animals which developed PCP with severe respiratory failure after administration of cortisone acetate s. c. over 8-12 weeks, pulmonary function was improved by surfactant instillation. PaO2 values 30 min after surfactant instillation were significantly higher compared to pretreatment values and also compared to PaO2 values of rats 3...

  5. Isolation and expression of the Pneumocystis carinii thymidylate synthase gene

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    Edman, U; Edman, J C; Lundgren, B;

    1989-01-01

    The thymidylate synthase (TS) gene from Pneumocystis carinii has been isolated from complementary and genomic DNA libraries and expressed in Escherichia coli. The coding sequence of TS is 891 nucleotides, encoding a 297-amino acid protein of Mr 34,269. The deduced amino acid sequence is similar t...... into plasmid vectors under control of the lac and tac promoters. These constructs direct the synthesis of catalytically active enzyme to the extent of 2% of total soluble protein....

  6. Development of a Rapid Real-Time PCR Assay for Quantitation of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. Carinii

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; Kovacs, Joseph A; Stock, Frida;

    2002-01-01

    A method for reliable quantification of Pneumocystis carinii in research models of P. carinii pneumonia (PCP) that is more convenient and reproducible than microscopic enumeration of organisms would greatly facilitate investigations of this organism. We developed a rapid quantitative touchdown (QTD......, such as in vitro antimicrobic susceptibility testing or in vivo immunopathological experiments....

  7. Surface labeling of Pneumocystis carinii from in vitro culture

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    Pneumocystis carinii is an opportunistic pathogen of man, carried as a commensal in healthy subjects. It frequently causes a fatal pneumonia in the immunosuppressed host. It is a major complication of HIV-1 infection in man (AIDS). Using surface radioiodination of rat-derived P. carinii trophozoites obtained from in vitro culture, a major surface glycoprotein (gp120) has been identified. The glycoprotein exhibits adherent behavior similar to that of the intact organism. Purification of gp120 by conventional methods was unsuccessful as the glycoprotein irreversibly bound to numerous column matrices. A combination of gel chromatography and hydroxyapatite chromatography in sodium dodecylsulfate was utilized to purify the glycoprotein. Some preliminary characterization of the glycoprotein is presented

  8. Experimental corticosteroid induction of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in piglets

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    Nielsen, Jens; Bille-Hansen, Vivi; Settnes, O.P.

    1999-01-01

    Animal models of Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) pneumonia (PCP) play a central role in research on the Pc microorganism itself and the disease, especially the pathogenesis and the host defence. The classic rat model with corticosteroid-induced reactivation of a latent infection has been most widely used...... the frontal lung lobes and/or atelectatic looking diaphragmatic lobes. Histopathologically, there was a focal interstitial pneumonia. Alveolar walls and interstitia had mononuclear cell infiltrations and the alveolar lumina were occluded by foamy acidophilic honeycomb material with a varying number of...

  9. Population Structure of Rat-Derived Pneumocystis carinii in Danish Wild Rats

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    Palmer, Robert J.; Settnes, Osvald P.; Lodal, Jens; Wakefield, Ann E.

    2000-01-01

    The rat model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is frequently used to study human P. carinii infection, but there are many differences between the rat and human infections. We studied naturally acquired P. carinii in wild rats to examine the relevance of the rat model for human infection. P. carinii DNA was detected in 47 of 51 wild rats and in 10 of 12 nonimmunosuppressed laboratory rats. Evidence for three novel formae speciales of rat-derived P. carinii was found, and these were provisiona...

  10. Pneumocystis carinii Carriage among Cystic Fibrosis Patients, as Detected by Nested PCR

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    Sing, Andreas; Geiger, Anna Maria; Hogardt, Michael; Heesemann, Jürgen

    2001-01-01

    A total of 137 sputa from 95 consecutive cystic fibrosis (CF) patients undergoing routine bacteriological surveillance were analyzed for Pneumocystis carinii colonization using nested PCR. Seven of 95 patients (7.4%) were PCR positive, suggesting that P. carinii carriage may exist among CF patients due to their underlying pulmonary disease.

  11. Development and Evaluation of a Molecular Viability Assay for Pneumocystis carinii

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    Maher, Nancy; Vermund, Sten; Lasbury, Mark; Lee, C.-H.; Bartlett, Marilyn; Unnasch, Thomas R.

    2000-01-01

    Despite recent declines in incidence, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) remains the most commonly occurring opportunistic illness among persons with AIDS in the United States. While P. carinii DNA has been detected in patient respiratory specimens and in air samples collected from various indoor environments housing PCP patients, the viability of these organisms is unknown. For this reason, we have developed and evaluated a molecular viability assay for P. carinii. This method is based upo...

  12. Detection of Pneumocystis carinii in respiratory specimens by PCR-solution hybridization enzyme-linked immunoassay.

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    Ortona, E; Margutti, P; Tamburrini, E; Mencarini, P; Visconti, E; Zolfo, M; Siracusano, A.

    1997-01-01

    By using a recently developed PCR-solution hybridization enzyme-linked assay (PCR-SHELA), we investigated Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples and induced sputa of patients with pneumocystosis. In detecting P. carinii, PCR-SHELA proved more sensitive than immunofluorescence staining or a single PCR and significantly more diagnostically specific than a nested PCR. Our data suggest that PCR-SHELA could be used to detect P. carinii organisms in respiratory samples, partic...

  13. Identification of porcine Pneumocystis carinii as a genetically distinct organism by DNA amplification

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    Wakefield, A E; Keely, S P; Stringer, J R;

    1997-01-01

    DNA was amplified from lung samples from three piglets infected with Pneumocystis carinii, using oligonucleotide primers designed to the P. carinii mitochondrial large subunit ribosomal RNA gene. The nucleotide sequence of the amplification product was determined and indicated lack of sequence...... variation among these pig-derived P. carinii samples at this locus. The data showed that porcine P. carinii was genetically distinct from P. carinii isolated from other mammalian host species....

  14. Rapid detection of dihydropteroate polymorphism in AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia by restriction fragment length polymorphism

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Eugen-Olsen, J; Lundgren, B

    2000-01-01

    Sulpha agents, which act by inhibiting the enzyme dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS), are used widely for the treatment and prophylaxis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). Recently, we have shown that mutations in the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) gene of Pneumocystis carinii f.sp hominis are...

  15. Efficacy of DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine in a rat model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Clarkson, A B; Williams, D.E.; Rosenberg, C

    1988-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is often the terminal event for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Eflornithine (DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine [DFMO]; Ornidyl; Merrell Dow Research Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio) has been used successfully against this protozoan disease in limited clinical trials, although not all patients respond to therapy. In contrast, results of the only reported experiments with DFMO in an animal model were negative. We retested DFMO against P. carinii ...

  16. Pneumocystis carinii and specific fungi have a common epitope, identified by a monoclonal antibody

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    Lundgren, B; Kovacs, J A; Nelson, N N; Stock, F; Martinez, Angel Ricardo; Gill, V J

    1992-01-01

    Because Pneumocystis carinii may be related to fungi, we evaluated the reactivities of monoclonal antibodies raised against P. carinii with a variety of fungi. Fifty-two fungi and six protozoa were evaluated by immunofluorescence. One of three monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) tested (MAb 7D7) reacted...... with 15 fungi but no protozoa. Saccharomyces cerevisiae showed the strongest reactivity by immunofluorescence. The reactive antigen was characterized for four fungi by the immunoblot technique. In all cases the antigen that was reactive with MAb 7D7 was larger than the P. carinii antigens that reacted...

  17. Accuracy of high-resolution CT in distinguishing between Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and non-Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS patients

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    The aim of this study was to assess the value of high-resolution CT in distinguishing between Pneumocystis carinii and non-Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in patients HIV-positive and high risk to have PCP. We performed a prospective study in 30 patients with <200 CD4 lymphocytes, clinical symptoms of pulmonary disease and chest X-ray non-conclusive for pulmonary infection. Evaluated CT findings included ground-glass opacities, reticulation, tree-in-bud appearance, consolidation, cystic lesions, bronchiectasis and lymphadenopathies. The diagnosis of ''examination suggestive of PCP'' was applied to cases showing a diffuse or predominant ground-glass pattern in the upper fields, associated or not with reticulations and small cystic lesions. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) for the diagnosis of PCP was 100, 83.3, 90.5 and 100%, respectively. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia was not demonstrated in any of the cases classified as ''examination not suggestive of PCP''. Significant small airway disease was not observed in any of the PCP cases. We conclude that HRCT is a reliable method for differentiating PCP from other infectious processes in HIV-positive patients and a good method to rule our PCP. Its inclusion in the diagnostic algorithm of lung infections is justified in these patients. (orig.)

  18. Adjunctive corticosteroid therapy for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS: a randomized European multicenter open label study

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    Nielsen, T L; Eeftinck Schattenkerk, J K; Jensen, B N;

    1992-01-01

    Fifty-nine human immunodeficiency virus type-1-infected patients with a microscopically proven first episode of moderate to severe Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were enrolled into a randomized European multicenter study. The effect of adjunctive corticosteroid (CS) therapy was assessed on ...

  19. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia complicating low dose methotrexate treatment for psoriatic arthropathy.

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    Wallis, P J; Ryatt, K S; Constable, T J

    1989-01-01

    A case of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia complicating low dose methotrexate treatment for psoriasis and psoriatic arthropathy is described. This potentially fatal event was probably precipitated by an interaction between methotrexate and concurrent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, resulting in serious potentiation of the effects of methotrexate.

  20. Cardiac arrest during treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia with intravenous pentamidine isethionate

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    Balslev, U; Berild, D; Nielsen, T L

    1992-01-01

    A 27-year-old man, HIV-positive for 4 years, developed ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest during treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia with intravenous pentamidine isethionate. The dosage was 4 mg/kg/day for 18 days. Nephrotoxicity occurred and raised serum potassium. The plasma...

  1. Superiority of methylprednisolone over dexamethasone for induction of Pneumocystis carinii infection in rats.

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    Sukura, A; Soveri, T.; Lindberg, L A

    1991-01-01

    Because of difficulties in in vitro cultivation, the basic Pneumocystis carinii studies have been carried out on animal models, mainly on rodents immunosuppressed by corticosteroids. Commonly used dexamethasone and methylprednisolone procedures were evaluated. The intensity of infection in rats was statistically significantly higher after 9 weeks' immunosuppression with methylprednisolone than with dexamethasone.

  2. Application and staining patterns of commercial anti-Pneumocystis carinii monoclonal antibodies.

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    Elvin, K; Linder, E.

    1993-01-01

    Commercially available monoclonal antibodies to Pneumocystis carinii were compared with respect to immunofluorescence staining patterns of human immunodeficiency virus-inactivated smears. Only the indirect staining kits were suitable for application to ethanol-inactivated samples. When antibodies from Dakopatts and Northumbria were compared, the staining of cysts and trophozoites showed different patterns.

  3. Diagnostic use of PCR for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in oral wash samples

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr; Benfield, T;

    1998-01-01

    There is a need to develop noninvasive methods for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients unable to undergo bronchoscopy or induction sputum. Oral wash specimens are easily obtained, and P. carinii nucleic acid can be amplified and demonstrated by PCR. In routine clinical use...... was compared to a previously described PCR protocol (mitochondrial RNA) run in a research laboratory. Both PCR methods amplified a sequence of the mitochondrial rRNA gene of P. carinii. Paired bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and oral wash specimens from 76 consecutive human immunodeficiency virus type 1...... wash specimens and 100, 91, 90, and 100%, respectively, for BAL specimens. Our results suggest that oral wash specimens are a potential noninvasive method to obtain a diagnostic specimen during P. carinii pneumonia infection and that it can be applied in a routine diagnostic laboratory....

  4. Distribution of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients receiving aerosol pentamidine as prophylaxis

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    This paper reviews the records and chest radiographs of 64 patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Parenchymal abnormalities were present in 63 of 64 patients (98%). Pleural effusion (six of 64 patients [9%]), adenopathy (five of 64 [8%]), and cystic changes (five of 64 [8%]) were uncommon. Patients receiving prophylaxis with aerosol pentamidine (n = 23) and those with a history of prior P carinii pneumonia (n = 10) were more likely to have an upper-lobe predominance of involvement by P carinii pneumonia than were patients lacking these factors (n = 31). A failure of deposition and/or retention of the aerosol pentamidine in the former, and structural changes resulting from previous P carinii pneumonia in the latter, may be responsible

  5. Humoral and cellular responses to Pneumocystis carinii, CMV, and herpes simplex in patients with AIDS and in controls

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    Hofmann, B; Nielsen, P B; Ødum, Niels; Gerstoft, J; Platz, P; Ryder, L P; Poulsen, A G; Mathiesen, L; Dickmeiss, E; Norrild, B

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    The titers of IgG and IgA to Pneumocystis carinii in 36 AIDS patients did not differ significantly from those in 31 controls. Only 2/15 patients (13%) with P. carinii pneumonia (PCP) had titers of IgM antibodies greater than or equal to 5, which is significantly less frequent than in 32 controls ...

  6. Application of fluorescent in situ hybridization for specific diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in foals and pigs

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    Jensen, Tim Kåre; Boye, Mette; Bille-Hansen, Vivi

    2001-01-01

    Fluorescent in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, and Grocott's methenamine-silver nitrate staining were compared as diagnostic methods for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in formalin-fixed lung tissue from foals and pigs. An oligonucleotide probe targeting 18S ribosomal RNA of P, carinii was...

  7. Quantitative and qualitative comparison of DNA amplification by PCR with immunofluorescence staining for diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Leigh, T R; Gazzard, B G; Rowbottom, A; Collins, J V

    1993-01-01

    AIM: To compare the results of DNA amplification by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with immunofluorescence staining for detecting Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage specimens taken from symptomatic HIV seropositive patients with suspected P carinii pneumonia (PCP). METHODS: Bronchoalveolar lavage specimens were obtained from 28 symptomatic HIV seropositive patients. Specimens were examined for P carinii using immunofluorescence, and by DNA amplification with PCR to obtain res...

  8. Treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia with 1,3-beta-glucan synthesis inhibitors.

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    Schmatz, D M; Romancheck, M A; Pittarelli, L A; Schwartz, R. E.; Fromtling, R A; Nollstadt, K H; Vanmiddlesworth, F L; Wilson, K E; Turner, M J

    1990-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is a major cause of death in AIDS patients in the United States. The presently available treatments have limited use due to a high incidence of adverse reactions. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a safer method for treatment and prevention of this disease. Recent evidence has suggested that P. carinii is related to fungi and that the wall of the cyst form contains 1,3-beta-glucan as a major constituent. Based on this, several proposed 1,3-beta-glucan synth...

  9. In Vitro and In Vivo Effects of Quinupristin-Dalfopristin against Pneumocystis carinii

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    Walzer, Peter D.; Ashbaugh, Alan; Collins, Margaret; Cushion, Melanie T.

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    Quinupristin-dalfopristin (Q-D), which is active against bacteria and Toxoplasma gondii, was examined for its activity against Pneumocystis carinii. After 72 h of incubation with rat P. carinii in an ATP cytotoxicity assay, the 50% inhibitory concentration of Q-D was 10.6 μg/ml, a level that can be achieved in serum with high-dose administration. Q-D administered intraperitoneally at doses of 50 to 200 mg per kg of body weight per day in the treatment and 100 mg/kg/day three times per week in...

  10. Indication for fiberoptic bronchoscopy in HIV-infected patients suspected for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Orholm, M; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T L;

    1990-01-01

    During a six-month period, 40 consecutive fiberoptic bronchoscopic procedures including bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchial brushing and forceps biopsy were performed in local anaesthesia on 34 HIV-infected males presenting symptoms compatible with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. In 23 examinations...... did not differ with regard to history, clinical examination, immunology, serology or chest radiograph. We conclude that fiberoptic bronchoscopy should be performed on wide indications in HIV-infected patients with symptoms compatible with P. carinii pneumonia. The procedure is easily performed, it is...

  11. Alveolar damage in AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Prentø, P; Junge, Jette;

    1997-01-01

    P carinii pneumonia, whereas none without P carinii pneumonia had this finding (p < 0.05). Erosion of the type II pneumocyte was not observed. CONCLUSION: Inflammation, interstitial fibrosis, and alveolar epithelial erosion are characteristic features of P carinii pneumonia. The changes may form the......, exudate, fibrosts, type II pneumocyte proliferation, and cellular infiltration of the alveolar wall when compared with other lung diseases (all p < 0.05). Electron microscopy showed apposition of the trophozoite to the type I pneumocyte. Erosion of type I pneumocytes was observed in 13 of 15 patients with...

  12. Monoclonal immunofluorescence compared with silver stain for investigating Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Midgley, J; Parsons, P A; Shanson, D C; Husain, O A; Francis, N.

    1991-01-01

    Two hundred and eighty two specimens from 220 patients positive for HIV with respiratory tract symptoms, or febrile illness, or both, were examined for the presence of Pneumocystis carinii. Specimens were either induced sputum samples or bronchoalveolar lavage fluids. To establish the optimal method for laboratory diagnosis a comparison was made of detection of the organism by use of monoclonal antibody and immunofluorescence with conventional silver staining methods. Three commercially avail...

  13. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in a patient on etanercept for psoriatic arthritis.

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    Lahiff, C

    2007-12-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is a rare form of pneumonia associated with immune-suppression. It is common in patients with AIDS and with a CD4 count of less than 200 cells\\/mm(3). We report a case of PCP secondary to immune-suppression in a 41-year-old man with psoriatic arthritis being treated with the immune-modulatory agent etanercept.

  14. Glycosylation of the major human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Koch, C; Mathiesen, Lars Reinhardt; Nielsen, Jens Ole; Hansen, J E

    1993-01-01

    It has recently been shown that the major rat P. carinii surface antigen is important for initial host-organism attachment, possibly through binding to fibronectin, mannose-binding protein, or surfactant protein A. Since a carbohydrate/lectin interaction may be involved in adhesion, we undertook...... this study to characterize the glycosylation of the major human P. carinii surface glycoprotein (gp95). We have used purified gp95 as a source of antigen, and in lectin binding and deglycosylation studies it was found that approximately 9% of gp95 consists of N-linked carbohydrates of mainly high...

  15. Immunohistochemical study of the cellular immune response in human Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia Estudo imuno-histoquímico da resposta imune celular na pneumonia humana por Pneumocystis carinii

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    Leandro Mantovani de Castro

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: It has been experimentally demonstrated that host defense against Pneumocystis carinii depends on complex interactions within host immune response, mainly CD4 lymphocytes and alveolar macrophages. Since this is an important agent related to immunodeficiency, our purpose was to characterize the inflammatory immune response in lung from necropsy of AIDS patients. PROCEDURES: Twenty-five necropsies with diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were selected for immunohistochemical investigation of CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes, macrophages (CD68+, NK cells (CD57+ and cells expressing TNF-alpha. The immunostained cells were quantified and statistically analyzed. RESULTS: All specimens presented a great number of cysts of Pneumocystis carinii in alveoli, as well as septal enlargement with inflammatory infiltrate constituted predominantly by lymphocytes and macrophages. CD4+ T cells were decreased in number, and CD8+ T cells, NK cells and macrophages predominated. Cells expressing TNF-alpha were frequently observed in septal inflammatory infiltrate. CONCLUSIONS: The immunosupression related to AIDS induces a reduction in the number of CD4+ T cells and influences high-level parasitism. The cell components that characterize the inflammatory infiltrate contribute to the severe lung injury of those patients.OBJETIVO: Trabalhos experimentais demonstram que as defesas do hospedeiro frente ao Pneumocystis carinii incluem interações complexas entre as células imunes, principalmente linfócitos TCD4+ e macrófagos alveolares. Sendo esse um agente importante associado às imunodeficiências, nosso objetivo foi caracterizar a resposta inflamatória em pulmão de necrópsias de pacientes com AIDS. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionadas 25 necrópsias com diagnóstico de pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii para pesquisa imuno-histoquímica de linfócitos TCD4+, TCD8+, macrófagos CD68+, células NK CD57+ e células com expressão de TNF-alfa. As c

  16. Transmission of Pneumocystis carinii from patients to hospital staff

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Elvin, K; Rothman, L P; Ljungström, I; Lidman, C; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    1997-01-01

    to human P carinii by ELISA, Western blotting, and indirect immunofluorescence in 64 hospital staff with and 79 staff without exposure to patients with PCP from Denmark and Sweden. DNA amplification of oropharyngeal washings was performed on 20 Danish staff with and 20 staff without exposure to...

  17. Interaction Energy Analysis of Nonclassical Antifolates with Pneumocystis carinii Dihydrofolate Reductase

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: The x-ray structure of the Pneumocystis carinii dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR:trimethoprim:NADPH ternary complex obtained from the Protein Databank was used as a structural template to generate models for the following complexes: P. carinii DHFR:piritrexim:NADPH, P. carinii DHFR:epiroprim:NADPH, and P. carinii DHFR:trimetrexate:NADPH. Each of these complexes, including the original trimethoprim complex was then modeled in 60 angstrom cubes of explicit water and minimized to a rms gradient between 1.0 to 3.0 x 10-5 kcal/angstrom. Subsequently, each antifolate structure was subdivided into distinct substructural regions. The minimized complexes were used to calculate interaction energies for each intact antifolate and its corresponding substructural regions with the P. carinii DHFR binding site residues, the DHFR protein, the solvated complex ( which consists of P. carinii DHFR, NADPH, and solvent water, solvent water alone, and NADPH. Antifolate substructural regions which contained nitrogen and carbon atoms in an aromatic environment (i. e. the pteridyl, pyridopyrimidinyl, and diaminopyrimidinyl subregions contributed most to the stability of antifolate interactions, while interaction energies for the hydrocarbon aromatic rings, methoxy, and ethoxy groups were much less stable. Additionally, interaction energy analyses were calculated for carbon and nitrogen atoms of the pteridyl, pyridopyrimidinyl, and diaminopyrimidinyl subregions and for the carbon and oxygen atoms of methoxy and ethoxy subregions. The contributions of hydrogen atoms were included with those of the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms to which they are attached. These analyses revealed that the carbon atoms of the pteridyl, pyridopyrimidinyl, and diaminopyrimidinyl subregions generally contributed most to the stability of those regions. Carbon atoms also contributed favorably to the stability of the methoxy group interactions. Those substructural regions which exhibit

  18. Microarray studies on effects of Pneumocystis carinii infection on global gene expression in alveolar macrophages

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pneumocystis pneumonia is a common opportunistic disease in AIDS patients. The alveolar macrophage is an important effector cell in the clearance of Pneumocystis organisms by phagocytosis. However, both the number and phagocytic activity of alveolar macrophages are decreased in Pneumocystis infected hosts. To understand how Pneumocystis inactivates alveolar macrophages, Affymetrix GeneChip® RG-U34A DNA microarrays were used to study the difference in global gene expression in alveolar macrophages from uninfected and Pneumocystis carinii-infected Sprague-Dawley rats. Results Analyses of genes that were affected by Pneumocystis infection showed that many functions in the cells were affected. Antigen presentation, cell-mediated immune response, humoral immune response, and inflammatory response were most severely affected, followed by cellular movement, immune cell trafficking, immunological disease, cell-to-cell signaling and interaction, cell death, organ injury and abnormality, cell signaling, infectious disease, small molecular biochemistry, antimicrobial response, and free radical scavenging. Since rats must be immunosuppressed in order to develop Pneumocystis infection, alveolar macrophages from four rats of the same sex and age that were treated with dexamethasone for the entire eight weeks of the study period were also examined. With a filter of false-discovery rate less than 0.1 and fold change greater than 1.5, 200 genes were found to be up-regulated, and 144 genes were down-regulated by dexamethasone treatment. During Pneumocystis pneumonia, 115 genes were found to be up- and 137 were down-regulated with the same filtering criteria. The top ten genes up-regulated by Pneumocystis infection were Cxcl10, Spp1, S100A9, Rsad2, S100A8, Nos2, RT1-Bb, Lcn2, RT1-Db1, and Srgn with fold changes ranging between 12.33 and 5.34; and the top ten down-regulated ones were Lgals1, Psat1, Tbc1d23, Gsta1, Car5b, Xrcc5, Pdlim1, Alcam

  19. Amount of Pneumocystis carinii and degree of acute lung inflammation in HIV-associated P carinii pneumonia

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    Vestbo, Jørgen; Nielsen, T L; Junge, Jette; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    1993-01-01

    Correlations between semiquantitative amounts of Pneumocystis carinii (PC), the degree of inflammation, and the severity of pneumonia were analyzed in 58 patients with PC pneumonia (PCP). Material from both transbronchial biopsies (TBBs; n = 39) and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF; n = 57) was...... examined. In the TBB the amount of PC correlated strongly with overall inflammation in the interstitium (Kendall correlation coefficient [Kcc] = 0.59; p < 0.0001), type 2 pneumocyte proliferation, and edema formation. The amount of PC in the TBB also correlated with interstitial accumulation of neutrophils...... (Kcc = 0.54; p = 0.0001), lymphocytes, and macrophages. In BALF the amount of PC correlated with edema formation and type 2 pneumocyte proliferation in the TBB but not with the percentage of neutrophils, lymphocytes, or macrophages in BALF. The amount of PC in the BALF and the percentage of neutrophils...

  20. Detection of Pneumocystis carinii DNA in Blood Specimens from Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients by Nested PCR

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    Rabodonirina, Meja; Cotte, Laurent; Boibieux, André; Kaiser, Karine; Mayençon, Martine; Raffenot, Didier; Trepo, Christian; Peyramond, Dominique; Picot, Stéphane

    1999-01-01

    The detection of Pneumocystis carinii DNA in blood by PCR could be useful for studying the natural history of pneumocystosis and could also be a noninvasive diagnostic method. The results of previous studies are nevertheless conflicting. In our study, we compared three commercially available DNA extraction kits (GeneReleaser, QIAamp Tissue Kit, and ReadyAmp Genomic DNA Purification System) and proteinase K and proteinase K-phenol-chloroform treatments for the extraction of P. carinii DNA from...

  1. Advantages of a modified toluidine blue O stain and bronchoalveolar lavage for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Gosey, L L; Howard, R M; Witebsky, F G; Ognibene, F P; Wu, T C; Gill, V J; MacLowry, J D

    1985-01-01

    A modified toluidine blue O staining technique for Pneumocystis carinii is described. An easily prepared sulfation reagent made with sulfuric and acetic acids was used. The stain can be employed for bronchoalveolar lavages and lung tissue touch preparations. Most background material was removed by the sulfation reagent, slides were generally easy to read, and time from receipt of a specimen to reporting of results was approximately 1 h. P. carinii cysts were more easily visualized with this s...

  2. Simplified sample processing combined with a sensitive one-tube nested PCR assay for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in respiratory specimens.

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    Mathis, A.; Weber, R; Kuster, H.; Speich, R

    1997-01-01

    Early diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a life-threatening complication in immunosuppressed patients, may lower morbidity and mortality. We have developed a one-tube nested PCR assay for the detection of P. carinii in respiratory specimens. Four primers were selected from the sequence of the small-subunit rRNA gene of P. carinii to amplify a 265-bp fragment, and their specificities for P. carinii were confirmed by both theoretical evaluations (by computer-assisted comparison with t...

  3. Efficacy of DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine in a rat model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Clarkson, A B; Williams, D E; Rosenberg, C

    1988-08-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is often the terminal event for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Eflornithine (DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine [DFMO]; Ornidyl; Merrell Dow Research Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio) has been used successfully against this protozoan disease in limited clinical trials, although not all patients respond to therapy. In contrast, results of the only reported experiments with DFMO in an animal model were negative. We retested DFMO against P. carinii in an immunosuppressed rat model by inclusion of 3% DFMO in the drinking water, a dose rate about twice that used previously. A combination of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, a proven anti-P. carinii agent, was used as a positive control. After 3 weeks of anti-P. carinii pneumonia therapy, the surviving rats were sacrificed and the degree of parasitosis was judged by examination of lung sections stained with silver methenamine to reveal cysts. In three separate experiments, DFMO showed definite anti-P. carinii pneumonia activity; the parasitosis of DFMO-treated animals was significantly less than that of control animals (P less than 0.001 for all experiments). DFMO was not as active as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, however. Several other experimental therapies were tested, including dapsone and two additional antiprotozoal agents: suramin and diminazene aceturate (Berenil; Farbwerke Hoechst, Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany). Diminazene aceturate, a veterinary drug related to the standard anti-P. carinii pneumonia agent pentamidine, was very active (P less than 10(-10]. Suramin and dapsone were weakly active. The combinations suramin-diminazene aceturate and suramin-DFMO were tested, but they were antagonistic rather than synergistic. PMID:3142346

  4. Pulmonary cysts associated with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Diffuse bilateral interstitial infiltrates are typically seen with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). Atypical radiographic patterns exist. The authors describe a new pattern of thin-walled, air-filled pneumatoceles occurring with PCP. Appearance, natural history, and clinical significance of these pneumatoceles are discussed. Chest radiographs in 100 patients with PCP were retrospectively analyzed. Cysts were present in ten cases. They appear as thin-walled, air-filled cavities without intracystic contents and behave like pneumatoceles of other infectious causes. The time of cyst appearance is variable. No particular long segment is favored. The cause is unknown. Rupture may lead to spontaneous pneumothroax

  5. Scintigraphic pattern of pneumothorax complicating Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients with AIDS

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    Finestone, H.; Goldfarb, C.R.; Ongseng, F.; Wasserman, I.; Garcia, H. (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY (USA))

    1990-08-01

    Spontaneous pneumothorax is a serious though infrequently reported pulmonary complication of AIDS. An unsuspected lung collapse was discovered via gallium scintigraphy for the study of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Neither the pneumonia nor the pneumothorax were apparent on the most recent chest roentgenogram. In evaluating gallium images during the work-up of AIDS patients with associated pulmonary pathology, the possible complication of lung collapse should be considered. If pneumothorax is suspected on gallium imaging, a chest roentgenogram in expiration must be obtained for prompt delineation of this serious, yet correctable, condition.

  6. Scintigraphic pattern of pneumothorax complicating Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients with AIDS

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    Spontaneous pneumothorax is a serious though infrequently reported pulmonary complication of AIDS. An unsuspected lung collapse was discovered via gallium scintigraphy for the study of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Neither the pneumonia nor the pneumothorax were apparent on the most recent chest roentgenogram. In evaluating gallium images during the work-up of AIDS patients with associated pulmonary pathology, the possible complication of lung collapse should be considered. If pneumothorax is suspected on gallium imaging, a chest roentgenogram in expiration must be obtained for prompt delineation of this serious, yet correctable, condition

  7. [Disseminated Pneumocystis carinii infection: clinico-pathologic findings in an AIDS patient].

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    Valdès, E; Borzoni, F; Onnis, D; Piras, S; Vespa, A; Varsi, C

    1994-12-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PcP) is the most frequent cause of death in AIDS patients. Systemic diffusion of this microorganism is a rare event, mostly reported in patients receiving prophylactic aerosol therapy. The case here described is relative to a 29 years old man with AIDS, dead short by after hospital admission. Radiological and ecoscan examinations revealed structural subversion of liver and spleen, with frequent parenchymal calcification. Post mortem histological examination of lung, liver, spleen, heart, bone marrow, lymph nodes, kidney and hypophysis identified the presence of Pc, confirmed by monoclonal specified antibody immunostaining. PMID:7617399

  8. Alteration in expression of the rat mitochondrial ATPase 6 gene during Pneumocystis carinii infection

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    Bartlett Marilyn S

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pneumocystis carinii causes pneumonia in immunocompromised patients with a high morbidity and mortality rate, but the interaction between this organism and the host cell is not well understood. The purpose of this research was to study the response of host cells to P. carinii infection on a molecular level. Results The technique of mRNA differential display was used to detect genes whose expression may be affected by P. carinii infection. The nucleotide sequence of one differentially displayed DNA fragment was found to be identical to that of the rat mitochondrial ATPase 6 gene, which is a subunit of the F0F1-ATP synthase complex. A four-fold increase in expression of this gene was verified by Northern blot analysis of total RNA extracted from P. carinii-infected rat lung versus that from mock-infected rat lung. Localization of the cells containing ATPase 6 mRNA was accomplished by in situ hybridization. In sections of non-infected rat lung, these cells were found lining the distal parts of the respiratory tree and in apical areas of the alveoli. Histological location of these cells suggested that they were Clara cells and type II pneumocytes. This hypothesis was confirmed by co-localizing the mRNAs for ATPase 6 and surfactant protein B (SP-B to the same cells by two-color fluorescent in situ hybridization. Conclusions The ATPase 6 gene is over expressed during P. carinii infection, and type II pneumocytes and Clara cells are the cell types responsible for this over-expression.

  9. Aerosolized pentamidine: Effect on diagnosis and presentation of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of previous aerosolized pentamidine therapy on diagnosis and presentation of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. This was a retrospective study of fifty-two consecutive patients with P. carinii pneumonia and underlying infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who had bronchoscopy. Twenty-one patients who were on aerosolized pentamidine therapy served as the study group. Thirty-one patients who had not received the drug served as the control group. The yield of bronchoalveolar lavage for P. carinii pneumonia was 62% for the study group and 100% for the control group (P less than 0.05). This lower yield was significant for the subset of patients having their first episode of P. carinii pneumonia. The yield of transbronchial biopsy was similar for both groups of patients (81% compared with 84%). The yield of bronchoscopy was not influenced by use of zidovudine. Review of lavage specimen slides suggested that there may be fewer organisms present in patients receiving aerosolized pentamidine. An atypical roentgenographic presentation of upper lobe predominant infiltrates was seen in 38% of the study patients and 7% of the control patients. In addition, pneumothoraces and cystic changes were also frequently seen in the study patients. Gallium scans, when done, were also atypical in the study group. Markers of the severity of disease, however, were similar in both groups. The yield of bronchoalveolar lavage for P. carinii pneumonia in HIV-infected patients is lower in patients receiving aerosolized pentamidine. Unusual roentgenographic presentations and atypical gallium scans are also found in this setting

  10. Alveolar proteinosis in a patient recovering from Pneumocystis carinii infection: a case report with a review of literature

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    Kotov Petio V

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare lung disorder, which was first reported as idiopathic condition in 1958. The prevalence of acquired pulmonary alveolar proteinosis has been estimated to be 0.37 per 100,000 population. The cause of this condition is not entirely clear. We present alveolar proteinosis in a case recently treated for pulmonary Pneumocystis carinii infection. Case presentation A 25-year-old Caucasian female presented with shortness of breath during management of acute pancreatitis. She had a heart-transplant six years ago, a distal pancreatectomy secondary to pancreatitis two years ago, chronic renal failure secondary to Prograft taken for six years to suppress transplant rejection, and a more recent history of Pneumocystis carinii infection treated in the preceding 21 days with augmented doses of Bactrim (Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole. She had bilateral pleural effusions with radiological and clinical features suspicious for interstitial lung disease. Cytopathologic evaluation of broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL showed hyaline alveolar casts admixed with amorphous debris and scant chronic inflammatory cells, consistent with alveolar proteinosis. GMS and PAS stains were negative for P. carinii. Direct Fluorescent Antibody (DFA test for P. carinii performed on the BAL specimen in our Microbiology Lab had been repeatedly negative. Conclusion Cytopathological findings in bronchoalveolar lavage, with clinical differential diagnosis of interstitial lung disease, were diagnostic. Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis after recent treatment for P. carinii infection suggests a relationship of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis with P. carinii infection in the immunocompromised patient.

  11. The major surface glycoprotein of Pneumocystis carinii induces release and gene expression of interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor alpha in monocytes

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    Benfield, T L; Lundgren, Bettina; Levine, S J; Kronborg, Gitte; Shelhamer, J H; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    1997-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) may play a central role in host defense and pathogenesis during Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. In order to investigate whether the major surface antigen (MSG) of human P. carinii is capable of eliciting...

  12. Pneumocystis carinii causes a distinctive interstitial pneumonia in immunocompetent laboratory rats that had been attributed to "rat respiratory virus".

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    Henderson, K S; Dole, V; Parker, N J; Momtsios, P; Banu, L; Brouillette, R; Simon, M A; Albers, T M; Pritchett-Corning, K R; Clifford, C B; Shek, W R

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    A prevalent and distinctive infectious interstitial pneumonia (IIP) of immunocompetent laboratory rats was suspected to be caused by a putative virus, termed rat respiratory virus, but this was never substantiated. To study this disease, 2 isolators were independently populated with rats from colonies with endemic disease, which was perpetuated by the regular addition of naive rats. After Pneumocystis was demonstrated by histopathology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the lungs of rats from both isolators and an earlier bedding transmission study, the relationship between Pneumocystis and IIP was explored further by analyzing specimens from 3 contact transmission experiments, diagnostic submissions, and barrier room breeding colonies, including 1 with and 49 without IIP. Quantitative (q) PCR and immunofluorescence assay only detected Pneumocystis infection and serum antibodies in rats from experiments or colonies in which IIP was diagnosed by histopathology. In immunocompetent hosts, the Pneumocystis concentration in lungs corresponded to the severity and prevalence of IIP; seroconversion occurred when IIP developed and was followed by the concurrent clearance of Pneumocystis from lungs and resolution of disease. Experimentally infected immunodeficient RNU rats, by contrast, did not seroconvert to Pneumocystis or recover from infection. qPCR found Pneumocystis at significantly higher concentrations and much more often in lungs than in bronchial and nasal washes and failed to detect Pneumocystis in oral swabs. The sequences of a mitochondrial ribosomal large-subunit gene region for Pneumocystis from 11 distinct IIP sources were all identical to that of P. carinii. These data provide substantial evidence that P. carinii causes IIP in immunocompetent rats. PMID:22308234

  13. Second-line salvage treatment of AIDS-associated Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: a case series and systematic review

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    Benfield, T.; Atzori, C.; Miller, R.F.;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Limited clinical data exist to guide the choice of second-line salvage treatment for AIDS-associated Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP). METHODS: We did a systematic search of MEDLINE for all randomized and observational studies of PCP treatment published up to August 2007 and inc...

  14. Intramuscular pentamidine for the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus.

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    Cheung, T W; Matta, R; Neibart, E; Hammer, G; Chusid, E; Sacks, H S; Szabo, S; Rose, D

    1993-01-01

    We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 96 patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who received intramuscular pentamidine for the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). These patients, all of whom had either a history of PCP or a CD4 lymphocyte count of drugs, neutropenic, or intolerant of aerosolized treatment. Intramuscular pentamidine was given monthly by the Z-track technique at a dosage of 300 mg (4 mg/kg if the patient weighed intramuscular pentamidine included two episodes of hypotension, three of sterile abscess, two of glucose intolerance, and one of asymptomatic hypoglycemia. The administration of intramuscular pentamidine by the Z-track technique for PCP prophylaxis appears to be highly effective and minimally toxic. PMID:8448314

  15. Improved detection of Pneumocystis carinii by an immunofluorescence technique using monoclonal antibodies

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    Orholm, M; Holten-Andersen, W; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    1990-01-01

    To assess whether a recently developed indirect immunofluorescent stain using monoclonal antibodies was more sensitive in detecting Pneumocystis carinii than the combination of Giemsa and methenamine silver nitrate stains which has routinely been used in the laboratory, 88 lavage fluid specimens...... and 34 induced sputum specimens were examined. All specimens were stained by five techniques: immunofluorescence using a combination of three monoclonal antibodies (from the National Institutes of Health, USA), immunofluorescence using a single monoclonal antibody (from Dakopatts), Giemsa, methenamine...... silver nitrate and toluidine blue O. Immunofluorescence using the monoclonal antibodies from the NIH was significantly more sensitive than any other single staining method and than the combination of Giemsa and methenamine silver nitrate staining. The study also showed that the cytospin centrifuge was...

  16. The outcome of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in Danish patients with AIDS

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    Pedersen, C; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T;

    1989-01-01

    A total of 100 consecutive patients with AIDS were evaluated for efficacy and safety of treatment and secondary prophylaxis directed against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). 89 episodes of PCP were recorded in 75 patients. 63 of the 75 patients (84%) with a first episode of PCP were discharged....... Of 72 patients with a first episode of PCP who were initially treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. 76% completed therapy successfully. Side effects were common, but generally mild and tolerated during continued treatment. 7/11 patients (64%) with a first episode of PCP who required mechanical....../16 (69%) patients who were not receiving prophylaxis (p less than 0.00001). No patients discontinued prophylaxis because of side effects. It is concluded that for most patients with AIDS and PCP, treatment and secondary prophylaxis with TMP-SMZ is safe and effective....

  17. Development of a Rapid Real-Time PCR Assay for Quantitation of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. Carinii

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; Kovacs, Joseph A; Stock, Frida; Vestereng, Vibeke H; Lundgren, Bettina; Fischer, Steven H; Gill, Vee J

    2002-01-01

    ) PCR assay for detecting P. carinii f. sp. carinii, the subspecies of P. carinii commonly used in research models of PCP. The assay was based on the single-copy dihydrofolate reductase gene and was able to detect <5 copies of a plasmid standard per tube. It was reproducibly quantitative (r = 0.99) over...... axenic cultivation system for P. carinii and confirmed our microscopy findings that no organism multiplication had occurred during culture. For all cultures analyzed, QTD PCR assays showed a decrease in P. carinii DNA that exceeded the expected decrease due to dilution of the inoculum upon transfer. In...... conclusion, a rapid, sensitive, and reproducible quantitative PCR assay for P. carinii f. sp. carinii has been developed and is applicable to in vivo as well as in vitro systems. The assay should prove useful for conducting studies in which quantification of organism burden or growth assessment is critical...

  18. Respiratory failure in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

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    Maxfield, R A; Sorkin, I B; Fazzini, E P; Rapoport, D M; Stenson, W M; Goldring, R M

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    Seven patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were studied to define the pathophysiology of their respiratory failure. The patients had fever, cough, dyspnea, hypoxemia, and diffuse infiltrates on chest x-ray. Biopsies revealed a spectrum of alveolar filling, interstitial edema and infiltration, and fibrosis. The patients were studied on mechanical ventilation to assess the effect of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) and supplemental oxygen on shunt fraction. Mean anatomic shunt (measured on 100% oxygen) was 34 +/- 8%, which increased significantly (p less than .001) to 43 +/- 9% when the FIO2 was decreased to 40% to 60% (physiologic shunt), indicating ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) imbalance or impaired diffusion. Increasing PEEP by 9 +/- 2 cm H2O reduced the anatomic shunt to 30 +/- 7% (p less than .01) and the physiologic shunt to 37 +/- 7% (p less than .02). There was a similar decrease in anatomic and physiologic shunts in five studies, a greater decrease in physiologic shunt in four, and a greater decrease in anatomic shunt in two. Evidence of alveolar recruitment with PEEP, measured by an increase in static thoracic compliance, was found in only one study. There was no correlation between the effect of PEEP on compliance and its effect on shunt. The data suggest that in patients with AIDS and P. carinii pneumonia, PEEP can decrease shunt by reducing the anatomic shunt, improving V/Q imbalance, and converting areas of anatomic shunt to areas of low V/Q. P. carinii pneumonia in patients with AIDS can produce a clinical and pathophysiologic pattern similar to that described in the adult respiratory distress syndrome. PMID:3516574

  19. Abnormal lung gallium-67 uptake preceding pulmonary physiologic impairment in an asymptomatic patient with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Reiss, T.F.; Golden, J. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (USA))

    1990-05-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia was suggested by a diffuse, bilateral pulmonary uptake of gallium-67 in an asymptomatic, homosexual male with the antibody to the immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who was undergoing staging evaluation for lymphoma clinically localized to a left inguinal lymph node. Chest radiograph and pulmonary function evaluation, including lung volumes, diffusing capacity and arterial blood gases, were within normal limits. Bronchoalveolar lavage revealed Pneumocystis carinii organisms. In this asymptomatic, HIV-positive patient, active alveolar infection, evidenced by abnormal gallium-67 scanning, predated pulmonary physiologic abnormalities. This observation raises questions concerning the natural history of this disease process and the specificity of physiologic tests for excluding disease. It also has implications for the treatment of neoplasia in the HIV-positive patient population.

  20. Abnormal lung gallium-67 uptake preceding pulmonary physiologic impairment in an asymptomatic patient with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia was suggested by a diffuse, bilateral pulmonary uptake of gallium-67 in an asymptomatic, homosexual male with the antibody to the immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who was undergoing staging evaluation for lymphoma clinically localized to a left inguinal lymph node. Chest radiograph and pulmonary function evaluation, including lung volumes, diffusing capacity and arterial blood gases, were within normal limits. Bronchoalveolar lavage revealed Pneumocystis carinii organisms. In this asymptomatic, HIV-positive patient, active alveolar infection, evidenced by abnormal gallium-67 scanning, predated pulmonary physiologic abnormalities. This observation raises questions concerning the natural history of this disease process and the specificity of physiologic tests for excluding disease. It also has implications for the treatment of neoplasia in the HIV-positive patient population

  1. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis and visceral leishmaniasis in an adult HIV negative patient

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    Antonio Carlos Toledo Jr.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available This is a case report of a 29 year old male with pneumocystis pneumonia and tuberculosis, and who was initially suspected of having HIV infection, based on risk factor analyses, but was subsequently shown to be HIV negative. The patient arrived at the hospital with fever, cough, weight loss, loss of appetite, pallor, and arthralgia. In addition, he was jaundiced and had cervical lymphadenopathy and mild heptosplenomegaly. He had interstitial infiltrates of the lung, sputum smears positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Pneumocystis carinii, and stool tests were positive for Strongyloides stercoralis and Schistosoma mansoni. He was diagnosed as having AIDS, and was treated for tuberculosis, pneumocystosis, and strongyloidiasis with a good response. The patient did not receive anti-retroviral therapy, pending outcome of the HIV tests. A month later, he was re-examined and found to have worsening hepatosplenomegaly, pancytopenia, fever, and continued weight loss. At this time, it was determined that his HIV ELISA antibody tests were negative. A bone marrow aspirate was done and revealed amastigotes of leishmania, and a bone marrow culture was positive for Leishmania species. He was treated with pentavalent antimony, 20 mg daily for 20 days, with complete remission of symptoms and weight gain. This case demonstrates that immunosuppression from leishmaniasis and tuberculosis may lead to pneumocystosis, and be misdiagnosed as HIV infection. The occurrence of opportunistic infections in severely ill patients without HIV must always be considered and alternate causes of immunosuppression sought.

  2. Focal lung uptake of gallium-67 in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome secondary to pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    It is generally accepted that the lung uptake of 67Ga in patients with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is diffuse and bilateral. Three cases of focal lung uptake of 67Ga in AIDS patients with PCP but without other opportunistic infections are described. While focal lung uptake is characteristic of opportunistic infections other than PCP, we wish to emphasize that focal uptake of gallium in the chest does not rule out PCP and may represent its earliest stage of presentation. (orig.)

  3. [Life threatening pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in a 4-month-old boy with hyper-IgM syndrome].

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    Heiming, R; Beuschausen, T; Liebner, T; Seidenberg, J; Roesler, J

    1993-11-01

    At the age of four months, a boy with a normal history and family history, suddenly fell ill with a life-threatening pneumocystis carinii-pneumonia. Surprisingly, this opportunistic infection was not brought about by a T-cell deficiency. However, the patient's diagnosis turned out to be the rare "Hyper-IgM-syndrome", confirmed by: serum levels of IgM always at least normal whereas IgG, IgA and IgE were markedly decreased or absent; the development of neutropenia and occasional diarrhea. Generally, infections with pneumocystis carinii are rare in isolated deficiencies of immunoglobulines, but relatively frequent in primary "Hyper-IgM-syndrome" (approx. 12% of the cases described). The boy finally recovered after receiving Cotrimoxacol (20 mg/kg bw/d) in an intensive care unit. Now, at the age of nearly two his condition is almost good under regular substitution of IgG. Cotrimoxacol (4 mg/kg bw/d) is recommended to prevent further pneumocystis carinii infections and most of the pathogenes which frequently appear in neutropenias. PMID:8283991

  4. Evidence for a Pneumocystis carinii Flo8-like transcription factor: insights into organism adhesion.

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    Kottom, Theodore J; Limper, Andrew H

    2016-02-01

    Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) adhesion to alveolar epithelial cells is well established and is thought to be a prerequisite for the initiation of Pneumocystis pneumonia. Pc binding events occur in part through the major Pc surface glycoprotein Msg, as well as an integrin-like molecule termed PcInt1. Recent data from the Pc sequencing project also demonstrate DNA sequences homologous to other genes important in Candida spp. binding to mammalian host cells, as well as organism binding to polystyrene surfaces and in biofilm formation. One of these genes, flo8, a transcription factor needed for downstream cAMP/PKA-pathway-mediated activation of the major adhesion/flocculin Flo11 in yeast, was cloned from a Pc cDNA library utilizing a partial sequence available in the Pc genome database. A CHEF blot of Pc genomic DNA yielded a single band providing evidence this gene is present in the organism. BLASTP analysis of the predicted protein demonstrated 41 % homology to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Flo8. Northern blotting demonstrated greatest expression at pH 6.0-8.0, pH comparable to reported fungal biofilm milieu. Western blot and immunoprecipitation assays of PcFlo8 protein in isolated cyst and tropic life forms confirmed the presence of the cognate protein in these Pc life forms. Heterologous expression of Pcflo8 cDNA in flo8Δ-deficient yeast strains demonstrated that the Pcflo8 was able to restore yeast binding to polystyrene and invasive growth of yeast flo8Δ cells. Furthermore, Pcflo8 promoted yeast binding to HEK293 human epithelial cells, strengthening its functional classification as a Flo8 transcription factor. Taken together, these data suggest that PcFlo8 is expressed by Pc and may exert activity in organism adhesion and biofilm formation. PMID:26215665

  5. Pneumocystis pneumonia: importance of gallium scan for early diagnosis and description of a new immunoperoxidase technique to demonstrate Pneumocystis carinii

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    Levin, M.; McLeod, R.; Young, Q.; Abrahams, C.; Chambliss, M.; Walzer, P.; Kabins, S.A.

    1983-07-01

    Pneumocystis pneumonia presented in a homosexual with fever, a normal chest radiograph, and pulmonary gallium uptake. Bronchial washings yielded Mycobaterium tuberculosis, but despite antituberculosis therapy he remained febrile, and gallium uptake in the lung increased. Subsequently, silver stain of transbronchial lung biopsy obtained 2 months earlier at the time that tuberculosis was diagnosed showed many Pneumocystis cysts in alveolar spaces. In contrast to Pneumocystis cysts in infected lung tissue from other humans, our patient's Pneumocystis cysts reacted more avidly with antiserum to rat Pneumocystis than with antiserum to human pneumocystis, raising the possibility that organisms that infect humans may have varied surface antigenic properties.

  6. Pneumocystis pneumonia: importance of gallium scan for early diagnosis and description of a new immunoperoxidase technique to demonstrate Pneumocystis carinii

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia presented in a homosexual with fever, a normal chest radiograph, and pulmonary gallium uptake. Bronchial washings yielded Mycobaterium tuberculosis, but despite antituberculosis therapy he remained febrile, and gallium uptake in the lung increased. Subsequently, silver stain of transbronchial lung biopsy obtained 2 months earlier at the time that tuberculosis was diagnosed showed many Pneumocystis cysts in alveolar spaces. In contrast to Pneumocystis cysts in infected lung tissue from other humans, our patient's Pneumocystis cysts reacted more avidly with antiserum to rat Pneumocystis than with antiserum to human pneumocystis, raising the possibility that organisms that infect humans may have varied surface antigenic properties

  7. Aerobic bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis, Pneumocystis carinii and Cytomegalovirus as agents of severe peneumonia in small infants Bactérias aeróbias, Chlamydia trachomatis, Pneumocystis carinii e Cytomegalovirus: agentes causadores de pneumonia grave em pequenos lactentes

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    Bernardo Ejzenberg

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    Full Text Available The authors studied 58 infants hospitalized for pneumonia in a semi-intensive care unit. Age ranged from 1 complete to 6 incomplete months. The infants were sent from another hospital in 20 cases and from home in a further 38. Pulmonary involvement, which was alveolar in 46 cases and interstitial in 12, was bilateral in 31 children. The investigation was carried out prospectively on the etiological agents associated with respiratory infection to look for evidence of aerobic bacteria (blood cultures, Chlamydia trachomatis and Cytomegalovirus (serology, and Pneumocystis carinii (direct microscopy of tracheal aspirated material. The following infectious agents were diagnosed in 21 children (36.2%: Aerobic bacteria (8, Chlamydia trachomatis (5, Pneumocystis carinii (3, Cytomegalovirus (3, Cytomegalovirus and Chlamydia trachomatis (1, Aerobic bacteria and Cytomegalovirus (1. Seven cases of infection by Chlamydia trachomatis and/or Cytomegalovirus were diagnosed out of the 12 cases with pulmonary interstitial involvement.Os autores estudaram prospectivamente 58 lactentes internados por pneumonia em unidade semi-intensiva. A idade foi limitada entre 1 mês completo e 6 meses incompletos. A procedência das crianças foi de outro hospital em 20 casos e domiciliar em 38. O acometimento pulmonar era alveolar em 46 casos, intersticial em 12 e bilateral em 31 crianças. Foram pesquisados agentes etiológicos associados à infecção respiratória dos lactentes jovens: Bactérias aeróbias (Hemoculturas, Chlamydia trachomatis e Cytomegalovirus (sorologia, e Pneumocystis carinii (microscopia direta do aspirado traqueal. Foram diagnosticadas infecções em 21 crianças (36,2%: Bactérias aeróbias (8, Chlamydia trachomatis (5, Cytomegalovirus (3, Pneumocystis carinii (3, Cytomegalovirus e Chlamydia trachomatis (1, Bactéria aeróbia e Cytomegalovirus (1. Foram diagnosticadas 7 infecções por Chlamydia trachomatis e/ou Cytomegalovirus entre as 12 crianças com

  8. Purification and characterization of a major human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen

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    Lundgren, B; Lipschik, G Y; Kovacs, J A

    1991-01-01

    . The carbohydrate composition of the rat P. carinii glycoprotein was distinct from the human isolate; glucose, mannose, galactose, and glucosamine occurred in approximately equimolar ratios in the human P. carinii protein, whereas glucose and mannose were the predominant sugars of the rat P. carinii...

  9. Radiographic imaging study of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in renal transplantation recipient

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    Objective: To improve the understanding of the imaging features of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in renal transplantation recipient. Methods: Twenty-four renal transplantation recipients suffered from PCP. There were 19 males and 5 females, the age ranged from 23 to 62 years (mean 39.2 years). The mean time duration from renal transplantation to onset of illness was 5.6 months, and the mean time from onset of illness to consultation was 5.5 days. All patients had fever and dyspnea. The chest radiographic imaging was reviewed and the dynamic imaging changes were followed up. Results: Pathology showed alveolar exudation, inflammation in the interstitium and alveolar lumen, fibrosis in lung interstitium, and erosion of alveolar epithelium. Initial chest X-ray demonstrated diffuse changes in only 10 patients. Of the 10 patients, 3 showed ground-glass changes, 2 showed ground-glass and reticular changes, and 4 showed consolidation. But all patients had abnormal ill-defined ground-glass findings on thoracic CT images, 9 of them showed reticulum among ground-glass changes, and 12 of them showed consolidation among ground-glass changes. Among patients with clinical deterioration, chest radiographs and CT showed progression of pulmonary infiltrations, and it reached the top level within 1 to 2 weeks. With successful response to therapy, chest radiographs and CT showed resolution of the lung opacities, but the resolution was retarded for about 1 week, complete resolution would need 4 weeks. Conclusion: The radiographic imaging features of PCP in renal transplantation recipient were diffuse interstitial alterations and consolidations, and with fast progression. With successful response to therapy, it showed resolution of the lung opacities, but the resolution was retarded for about 1 week, and complete resolution would need 4 weeks. Chest CT was more sensitive than radiographs. (authors)

  10. Antibody response to a major human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen in patients without evidence of immunosuppression and in patients with suspected atypical pneumonia

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Lebech, M; Lind, K;

    1993-01-01

    IgG and IgM antibodies to a purified human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen (gp95) were measured in 694 serum specimens from two different population groups using an EIA technique. In a population of 441 patients with no evidence of immunosuppression, the percentage of persons positive for Ig...

  11. Second-line salvage treatment of AIDS-associated Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: a case series and systematic review

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    Benfield, Thomas; Atzori, Chiara; Miller, Robert F;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Limited clinical data exist to guide the choice of second-line salvage treatment for AIDS-associated Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP). METHODS: We did a systematic search of MEDLINE for all randomized and observational studies of PCP treatment published up to August 2007 and...... included individual treatment data of AIDS-associated PCP from a tricenter study. We calculated pooled estimates of reported outcome of second-line treatment using averaged odds ratios (ORs). RESULTS: Twenty-nine studies with sufficient detail of second-line treatment and outcome, including data from 82......-SMX should be used as a second-line treatment for those failing first-line treatments with regimens other than TMP-SMX....

  12. Interleukin-8 and eicosanoid production in the lung during moderate to severe Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS: a role of interleukin-8 in the pathogenesis of P. carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; van Steenwijk, R; Nielsen, T L;

    1995-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) may cause severe respiratory distress. This is believed to be partly caused by the accumulation of neutrophils in the lung. Interleukin-8 (IL-8) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) are potent neutrophil chemo-attractants and activators. Eicosanoids [i.e. prostaglandins ...... suggests a role of IL-8 as a mediator in the pathogenesis of PCP, whereas the role of eicosanoids seems less clear....

  13. Indium-111 labelled pooled human immunoglobulin imaging to monitor the efficacy of specific therapy for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Functional imaging is ideally suited to monitoring the effect of specific therapy on disease processes. In this pilot study five patients with AIDS and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were imaged with Indium-111 labelled pooled human immunoglobulin (111In-HIG) during infection and after therapy for PCP. The lung activity of 111In-HIG, measured as a lung/heart ratio, was calculated in a study performed during infection with PCP and after therapy. In all five patients the lung/heart ratio of 111In-HIG was reduced after treatment. The mean reduction in heart/lung ratio was 27% (range 12%-53%). If these results are confirmed by a larger study, 111In-HIG will be useful in monitoring the response of PCP to therapy in patients with AIDS. (orig.)

  14. Serum type III procollagen peptide in patients with Pneumocystis carinii infection. The Copenhagen-Amsterdam PCP-Prednisolone Study Group

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    Bentsen, K D; Nielsen, T L; Eaftinck Schattenkerk, J K;

    1993-01-01

    Inflammation may play a central role in the pathogenesis of HIV-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). Serum levels of the amino-terminal propeptide of Type III procollagen (PIIINP) reflect inflammatory activity in granulation tissue and in chronic rheumatic and liver disorders. To...... investigate changes in PIIINP serum levels during an episode of HIV-related PCP, consecutive serum samples were taken from 48 HIV-infected patients with PCP in a randomized, placebo-controlled study of the effect of adjunctive methylprednisolone therapy (26 in corticosteroid [CS] group and 22 in control group...... steroid was administered. At Days 21 to 28 there were no difference in the levels of PIIINP between the two groups. PIIINP serum levels may predict the clinical outcome of PCP. The antimicrobial therapy may exacerbate the inflammatory reaction in HIV-related PCP, leading to respiratory failure. CS...

  15. Alveolar proteinosis in a patient recovering from Pneumocystis carinii infection: a case report with a review of literature

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    Abstract Background Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare lung disorder, which was first reported as idiopathic condition in 1958. The prevalence of acquired pulmonary alveolar proteinosis has been estimated to be 0.37 per 100,000 population. The cause of this condition is not entirely clear. We present alveolar proteinosis in a case recently treated for pulmonary Pneumocystis carinii infection. Case presentation A 25-year-old Caucasian female presented with shortness of breath during mana...

  16. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS patients: clinical course in relation to the parasite number found in routine specimens obtained by fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Orholm, M; Nielsen, T L; Holten-Andersen, W; Lester, Anne; Kolmos, H J

    1992-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the amount of Pneumocystis carinii organisms found at fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FB) performed on HIV-positive patients correlated to the character of the P. carinii pneumonia (PCP). A consecutive series of 105 patients presented with 131 episodes of...... pulmonary symptoms requiring FB, and in 75 of these episodes a diagnosis of PCP was made. Specimens were stained with Giemsa and methenamine silver nitrate and the number of parasites found was given as: numerous, many, few or none. The following signs and symptoms were registered: cough, dyspnoea, fever......, loss of weight, chest radiograph, haemoglobin, WBC, CD4 cell count, PO2 and HIV p24 antigen. The PCP was characterized by the clinical course: mild, moderate, severe, and by the outcome: pulmonary healthy, pulmonary insufficiency and death. No correlations between the number of P. carinii organisms and...

  17. Imaging of pneumocystic carinii pneumonia in AIDS

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    Objective: To study the X-ray and CT findings of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS. Methods: Five AIDS patients who had chest abnormalities were analyzed. Results: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia appeared as diffuse infiltrative and interstitial fine nodules. Conclusion: If the diffuse and infiltrative interstitial fine nodule are the appearances in patients with AIDS, the pneumocystic carinii pneumonia should be considered

  18. Indication for fiberoptic bronchoscopy in HIV-infected patients suspected for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Orholm, M; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T L; Iversen, Johan

    1990-01-01

    did not differ with regard to history, clinical examination, immunology, serology or chest radiograph. We conclude that fiberoptic bronchoscopy should be performed on wide indications in HIV-infected patients with symptoms compatible with P. carinii pneumonia. The procedure is easily performed, it is...... safe, and it is highly sensitive. The advantage of an early diagnosis compensates for a rather high frequency of negative examinations....

  19. Update on Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. hominis typing based on nucleotide sequence variations in internal transcribed spacer regions of rRNA genes

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    Lee, C H; Helweg-Larsen, J; Tang, X; Jin, S; Li, B; Bartlett, M S; Lu, Jingquan; Lundgren, B; Lundgren, J D; Olsson, M; Lucas, Sandra; Roux, P; Cargnel, A; Atzori, C; Matos, O; Smith, J W

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    Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. hominis isolates from 207 clinical specimens from nine countries were typed based on nucleotide sequence variations in the internal transcribed spacer regions I and II (ITS1 and ITS2, respectively) of rRNA genes. The number of ITS1 nucleotides has been revised from the...... previously reported 157 bp to 161 bp. Likewise, the number of ITS2 nucleotides has been changed from 177 to 192 bp. The number of ITS1 sequence types has increased from 2 to 15, and that of ITS2 has increased from 3 to 14. The 15 ITS1 sequence types are designated types A through O, and the 14 ITS2 types are...... named types a through n. A total of 59 types of P. carinii f. sp. hominis were found in this study....

  20. Pneumocystis carinii major surface glycoprotein induces interleukin-8 and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 release from a human alveolar epithelial cell line

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    Benfield, T L; Lundgren, Bettina; Shelhamer, J H;

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The major surface glycoprotein (MSG) is an abundant, immunogenic glycoprotein located on the surface of Pneumocystis carinii. Little is known about the proinflammatory effects of MSG. DESIGN: We have investigated the effect of human MSG on the secretion of the chemokines interleukin 8...... in response to MSG stimulation occurred by 4 h and persisted throughout 8 h of stimulation. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that MSG can alter alveolar epithelial cytokine release and may be capable of modulating the local inflammatory response in this manner....

  1. Diagnostic use of PCR for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in oral wash samples

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr; Benfield, T; Svendsen, U G; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Lundgren, Bettina

    1998-01-01

    , easy sample processing and single-round PCR are needed to ensure rapid analysis and to reduce the risk of contamination. We developed a single-round Touchdown PCR (TD-PCR) protocol with the ability to detect PCR inhibition in the specimen. The TD-PCR was evaluated in a routine diagnostic laboratory and...... was compared to a previously described PCR protocol (mitochondrial RNA) run in a research laboratory. Both PCR methods amplified a sequence of the mitochondrial rRNA gene of P. carinii. Paired bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and oral wash specimens from 76 consecutive human immunodeficiency virus type 1......-infected persons undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy were included. The TD-PCR procedure was quicker than the mitochondrial PCR procedure (<24 versus 48 h) and, compared to microscopy, had sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of 89, 94, 93, and 91%, respectively, for oral...

  2. A STUDY ON AETIOLOGICAL AGENTS OF LRTI WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON DRUG SENSITIVITY PATTERN OF ISOLATED BACTERIA AND INCIDENCE OF PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII PNEUMONIA

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    Full Text Available Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (LRTIs are important causes of morbidity and mortality for all age groups both in the hospital as well as in the community. Though international guidelines are available for treating bacterial LRTI they have not been validated very much in the Indian scenario. Scarce local information is available regarding aetiological agents of LRTI and their antibiotic sensitivity pattern. Pneumocystis carinii (Jiroveci is a common pathogen in LRTI in immuno-compromised patients. It is rarely documented in our country. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two hundred adults suffering from LRTI of less than 2 weeks duration from both inpatient and outpatient departments in a Tertiary Care Hospital at Kolkata were included in the study after taking valid informed consent. Study period was one year (2014- 15. Sputum samples were collected as per criteria of Murray et al. 1975. After performing routine culture, diagnosis was made based on colony character and biochemical reactions. Antimicrobial sensitivity testing was then done according to CLSI guidelines. RESULTS This study reveals that, LRTI was common in all age groups, in both Human Immunodeficiency Virus Non-Reactive (HIVNR and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Reactive (HIVR groups. In both the groups, 75% showed growth of single organism in sputum. But in the HIVR group, a considerable number showed growth of multiple organisms. Both the groups (HIVNR and HIVR showed predominance of Gram positive bacteria. Antibiotic sensitivity was unremarkable, but one E.coli isolate was an Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase producer (ESBL. Pneumocystis Carinii (PC was found in Giemsa stained smear of induced sputum in one HIVR case, who developed Pneumo-mediastinum and surgical emphysema, but recovered due to early initiation of treatment, suggesting that Pneumocystis Carinii (Jiroveci pneumonia was not uncommon in HIVR patients and early diagnosis and treatment can save the life of the patient

  3. HIV-related Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia in Older Patients Hospitalized in the Early HAART Era

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    Kim, Benjamin; Lyons, Thomas M; Parada, Jorge P; Uphold, Constance R; Yarnold, Paul R; Hounshell, Jennie B; Sipler, Alison M; Goetz, Matthew B; DeHovitz, Jack A; Weinstein, Robert A; Campo, Rafael E; Bennett, Charles L

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To determine whether older age continues to influence patterns of care and in-hospital mortality for hospitalized persons with HIV-related Pneumocustis carinii pneumonia (PCP), as determined in our prior study from the 1980s. DESIGN Retrospective chart review. PATIENTS/SETTING Patients (1,861) with HIV-related PCP at 78 hospitals in 8 cities from 1995 to 1997. MEASUREMENTS Medical record notation of possible HIV infection; alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient; CD4 lymphocyte count; presence or absence of wasting; timely use of anti-PCP medications; in-hospital mortality. MAIN RESULTS Compared to younger patients, patients ≥50 years of age were less likely to have HIV mentioned in their progress notes (70% vs 82%, P < .001), have mild or moderately severe PCP cases at admission (89% vs 96%, P < .002), receive anti-PCP medications within the first 2 days of hospitalization (86% vs 93%, P <.002), and survive hospitalization (82% vs 90%, P < .003). However, age was not a significant predicator of mortality after adjustment for severity of PCP and timeliness of therapy. CONCLUSIONS While inpatient PCP mortality has improved by 50% in the past decade, 2-fold age-related mortality differences persist. As in the 1980s, these differences are associated with lower rates of recognition of HIV, increased severity of illenss at admission, and delays in initiation of PCP-specific treatments among older individuals—factors suggestive of delayed recognition of HIV infection, pneumonia, and PCP, respectively. Continued vigilance for the possibility of HIV and HIV-related PCP among persons ≥50 years of age who present with new pulmonary symptoms should be encouraged. PMID:11556938

  4. [Neutrophilia in the bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with AIDS and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Reflections on its prognostic value in the Spanish setting].

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    Sauleda, J; Gea, J; Aran, X; Gimferrer, E; Conangla, M; Broquetas, J M

    1994-04-01

    The prognostic value of neutrophilia (> 5%) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in our context is studied in 21 patients with AIDS and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Neutrophilia does not seem to be a good prognostic indicator in our context. We have found this condition, with a mean of 6 +/- 4%, in only 33% of our sample. The sensitivity of this parameter with respect to risk of death was very low (25%), while specificity was moderate (65%). In contrast with what has been reported in studies done with Anglo-Saxon populations, neutrophilia in BAL is probably of little prognostic use in our context. This may be due to various factors, among them the type of population (most being intravenous drug users) and the therapeutic protocol (early empirical treatment). PMID:8025785

  5. Factors associated with the development of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 5,025 European patients with AIDS. AIDS in Europe Study Group

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    Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Barton, S E; Lazzarin, A;

    1995-01-01

    This study examined the factors associated with the development of a first episode of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in 5,025 patients with AIDS, including 1,976 patients with primary PCP at the time of AIDS diagnosis and 635 with primary PCP occurring subsequently. Compared with untreated...... patients, patients treated with zidovudine were at similar risk of developing PCP during the first year of therapy but were at greater risk after longer intervals of treatment. The following factors were associated with an increased risk of PCP (either at the time of AIDS diagnosis or thereafter): lack of...... primary PCP prophylaxis, male homosexuality/bisexuality, diagnosis of AIDS in northern Europe, and CD4 cell count below 200 x 10(6)/L at the time of AIDS diagnosis. Patients with severe weight loss had a 60% higher risk of developing PCP during follow-up than those without such weight loss. Thus, the...

  6. The major surface glycoprotein of Pneumocystis carinii induces release and gene expression of interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor alpha in monocytes

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    Benfield, T L; Lundgren, Bettina; Levine, S J;

    1997-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) may play a central role in host defense and pathogenesis during Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. In order to investigate whether the major surface antigen (MSG) of human P. carinii is capable of eliciting...... the release of IL-8 and TNF-alpha, human monocytes were cultured in the presence of purified MSG. MSG-stimulated cells released significant amounts of IL-8 within 4 h, and at 20 h, cells stimulated with MSG released 45.5 +/- 9.3 ng of IL-8/ml versus 3.7 +/- 1.1 ng/ml for control cultures (P = 0.......01). In a similar fashion, MSG elicited release of TNF-alpha. Initial increases were also seen at 4 h, and at 20 h, TNF-alpha levels reached 6.4 +/- 1.1 ng/ml, compared to 0.08 +/- 0.01 ng/ml for control cultures (P < 0.01). A concentration-dependent increase in IL-8 and TNF-alpha secretion was observed...

  7. Interleukin-8 and eicosanoid production in the lung during moderate to severe Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS: a role of interleukin-8 in the pathogenesis of P. carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; van Steenwijk, R; Nielsen, T L;

    1995-01-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) may cause severe respiratory distress. This is believed to be partly caused by the accumulation of neutrophils in the lung. Interleukin-8 (IL-8) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) are potent neutrophil chemo-attractants and activators. Eicosanoids [i.e. prostaglandins ...... suggests a role of IL-8 as a mediator in the pathogenesis of PCP, whereas the role of eicosanoids seems less clear....... (PG) and leukotrienes (LT)] are pro-inflammatory mediators released from arachidonic acid by action of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) and have been implicated in the host response to micro-organisms. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed on patients with PCP as part of a randomized study of adjuvant...... the corticosteroid-treated patients from days 0-10, whereas no change was detected in the placebo group. No change in levels of LTB4, LTC4, PGE2, PGF2a and PLA2 were detected cover time in either treatment group. This study establishes a correlation between IL-8, BAL neutrophilia and P(A-a)O2, and...

  8. Pneumocystis carinii (jirovecii) pneumonia (PCP): the most common opportunistic infection observed in HIV/AIDS cases at the University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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    Jamaiah, I; Rohela, M; Tok, E L; Tan, C L; Tan, W H; Teo, W S; Leow, H F

    2012-07-01

    This retrospective study was conducted among 59 HIV/AIDS patients with opportunistic infections admitted to the University Malaya Medical Centre between 2000 and 2009. Fifty-five point nine percent of cases were Chinese, 25.4% were Malays, 11.9% were Indians and 6.8% were of unknown ethnic origin. The male:female ratio was 2.9:1 (44 males and 15 females). The highest prevalence (38.9%) occurred in the 30-39 year old age group. Men comprised 47.7% and women 53.3%; the majority of both were married. The majority of cases were Malaysians (89.8%) and the rest (10.2%) were immigrants. Most of the patients (18.6%) were non-laborers, followed by laborers (11.9%), the unemployed (5.1%) and housewives (3.4%). The most common risk factor was unprotected sexual activity (20.3%). The two most common HIV/AIDS related opportunistic infections were Pneumocystis carinii (jirovecii) pneumonia (PCP) (62.7%) and toxoplasmosis (28.8%). Seventy-two point nine percent of patients had a CD4 count 500 cells/microl. Eleven point nine percent of cases died during study period. A low CD4 count had a greater association with opportunistic infections. Most of the patients presented with fever (44.1%), cough (42.4%) and shortness of breath (28.8%). Detection of the etiologic pathogens aids clinicians in choosing appropriate management strategies. PMID:23077803

  9. Diffuse pulmonary gallium accumulation with a normal chest radiogram in a homosexual man with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. A case report

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    Moses, S.C.; Baker, S.R.; Seldin, M.F.

    1983-12-01

    A homosexual man with A.I.D.S. (acquired immunologic deficiency syndrome) and pneumocystis infestation was found to have diffuse Ga-67 uptake in the lungs with a coincident negative chest x-ray. While Ga-67 accumulates diffusely in the lungs in a variety of conditions, the present case is the first described in a patient with A.I.D.S. in which Ga-67 was positive before roentgenographic abnormalities were demonstrated. Thus, the use of Ga-67 scan, when A.I.D.S. is suspected, could help establish a diagnosis more promptly.

  10. Diffuse pulmonary gallium accumulation with a normal chest radiogram in a homosexual man with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. A case report

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    A homosexual man with A.I.D.S. (acquired immunologic deficiency syndrome) and pneumocystis infestation was found to have diffuse Ga-67 uptake in the lungs with a coincident negative chest x-ray. While Ga-67 accumulates diffusely in the lungs in a variety of conditions, the present case is the first described in a patient with A.I.D.S. in which Ga-67 was positive before roentgenographic abnormalities were demonstrated. Thus, the use of Ga-67 scan, when A.I.D.S. is suspected, could help establish a diagnosis more promptly

  11. Trends in overall opportunistic illnesses, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cerebral toxoplasmosis andMycobacterium avium complex incidence rates over the 30 years of the HIV epidemic: a systematic review

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    Lara Coelho

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The natural history of HIV infection has changed dramatically after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Currently, opportunistic illnesses still represent a major cause of death and hospitalization in this population. In this study, we review the trends in opportunistic illnesses incidence rates and compare the results observed in high-income settings with that for low/middle-income settings, with special attention given to studies from Brazil. METHODS: We systematically searched Pubmed, Web of Science, Lilacs and Google scholar for publications on HIV associated opportunistic illness. Studies reporting rates based on person-time for all opportunistic illnesses and/or the three opportunistic infections of interest, namely,Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cerebral toxoplasmosis, and Mycobacterium avium complex were included. RESULTS: Significant reductions in the incidence rates were demonstrated for opportunistic illnesses overall and also for the specific opportunistic infections included in the present study, both in high and low/middle-income settings. Out of the 37 studies included in the present review, almost 70% were from high-income settings. All the studies conducted in low/middle-income settings were single center studies and four were from Brazil. We found no study from Brazil reporting annual incidence rates of opportunistic illnesses. CONCLUSIONS: Opportunistic illnesses remain an important public health problem. To better guide health policies in low/middle-income settings, multicenter cohort studies should be encouraged. Studies from Brazil are urgently needed to assess the current burden of opportunistic illnesses in our population and to support the planning of HIV/AIDS health care services organization.

  12. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome - correlation of high-resolution computed tomography and anatomopathology; Pneumocistose na sindrome da imunodeficiencia adquirida: correlacao da tomografia computadorizada de alta resolucao com a anatomopatologia

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    Marchiori, Edson; Moreira, Luiza Beatriz [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia]. E-mail: edmarchiori@zipmail.com.br; Capone, Domenico [Universidade do Estado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina; Moraes, Heleno Pinto de [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Patologia; Pereira, Cyntia Inez Guedes Soares

    2001-12-01

    We present the main findings observed on the high-resolution computed tomography examinations of 15 patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. The high-resolution computed tomography and autopsy findings of 5 patients were also compared. The most frequently observed high-resolution computed tomography patterns were ground-glass attenuation, consolidation areas, crazy-paving pattern and cysts. Nodules and intralobular reticulation were less frequently observed. Ground-glass attenuation and consolidation areas corresponded to alveolar filling with inflammatory exudate. Thickening of the interlobular septa was due to cell infiltration and edema. One patient presented interlobular reticulation, and the pathology study revealed alveolar septa thickening due to cell infiltration and fibrosis. Nodules observed in one of the patients corresponded to a patchy intra alveolar accumulation of microorganisms and inflammatory cells forming a 'granulomatous' pattern. (author)

  13. Sequencing and characterization of the complete mitochondrial genomes of three Pneumocystis species provide new insights into divergence between human and rodent Pneumocystis

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    Ma, Liang; Huang, Da-Wei; Cuomo, Christina A.; Sykes, Sean; Fantoni, Giovanna; Das, Biswajit; Sherman, Brad T.; Yang, Jun; Huber, Charles; Xia, Yun; Davey, Emma; Kutty, Geetha; Bishop, Lisa; Sassi, Monica; Lempicki, Richard A.

    2013-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii is an important opportunistic pathogen associated with AIDS and other immunodeficient conditions. Currently, very little is known about its nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. In this study, we sequenced the complete mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) of this organism and its closely related species Pneumocystis carinii and Pneumocystis murina by a combination of sequencing technologies. Our study shows that P. carinii and P. murina mtDNA share a nearly identical number and or...

  14. Newly formed cystic lesions for the development of pneumomediastinum in Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia

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    Yoon Sung; Kwon Yong; Kim Dong-Min; Cho Ju-Yeon; Lee Seung

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Pneumocystis jirovecii, formerly named Pneumocystis carinii, is one of the most common opportunistic infections in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. Case presentations We encountered two cases of spontaneous pneumomediastinum with subcutaneous emphysema in HIV-infected patients being treated for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. Conclusion Clinicians should be aware that cystic lesions and bronchiectasis can develop in...

  15. Clinical analysis of AIDS complicated with serious Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 25 cases%艾滋病合并重症卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎25例临床病例分析

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    蒲德红; 郝卫刚; 陈思源

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of patients of AIDS complicated with severe Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ). Methods Clinical data of 25 patients of AIDS complicated with severe PCP hospitalized in Chongqing city public health medical center from May 2008 to December 2010 were analyzed. Results Fever, cough and progressive dyspnea were the most common clinical symptoms. The number of CD4+ T lymphocyte was 2 ~ 68/ul; the typical imaging finding was pul-monary ground-glass; In 25 patients with severe PCP patients treated by compound sulfamethoxazole combined with prednisone therapy, 14 cases improved, and 11 cases dead. If having other opportunistic infections, they would be be treated accordingly. However, death pa-tients were mostly and simultaneously combined with other pathogens. Conclusion The condition in patients of AIDS complicated with se-vere PCP is severe. They commonly and simultaneously have multiple pathogens and multiple system infection. The curative effect is bad-ly. Therefore, reasonable and effective treatment against HIV measures should be taken.%目的 探讨艾滋病(AIDS)合并重症肺孢子虫肺炎(PCP)的临床特点、诊断和治疗.方法 分析重庆市公共卫生救治中心收治的25例AIDS合并重症PCP患者的临床资料.结果 发热、咳嗽、进行性呼吸困难是最常见的临床症状,CD+4T淋巴细胞数为:2~68个/ul;典型影像表现是肺部磨玻璃影;25例重症PCP患者经过复方磺胺甲基异噁唑联合强的松治疗,如合并其他机会感染予以相应的治疗,14例好转,11例死亡,死亡患者大都同时合并其他病原菌感染.结论 AIDS合并重症PCP患者病情重,常合并多种病原菌及多系统感染,疗效欠佳,故采用合理有效的抗HIV治疗措施以减少其发病.

  16. Detection of Pneumocystis DNA in samples from patients suspected of bacterial pneumonia – a case-control study

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Jensen, JS; Dohn, G;

    2002-01-01

    Pneumocystis jiroveci (formerly known as P. carinii f.sp. hominis) is an opportunistic fungus that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised individuals. Pneumocystis jiroveci can be detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). To investigate the clinical importance of a positive P...

  17. Competitive coexistence of two Pneumocystis species.

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    Icenhour, Crystal R; Arnold, Jonathan; Medvedovic, Mario; Cushion, Melanie T

    2006-05-01

    Pneumocystis are fungal pathogens of mammalian lungs that can cause lethal pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts. In some mammals, coinfections of genetically distinct Pneumocystis populations have been identified, but the nature of their interaction and its significance are unknown. Two species that infect rats, Pneumocystis carinii and Pneumocystis wakefieldiae, were studied over a 6-year period, representing approximately 700 generations of Pneumocystis. Population densities of each species were analyzed within the framework of the Lotka-Volterra competition model, which revealed the two species were in competition and predicted competitive exclusion of one species. However, stable coexistence was observed in 460 replicate populations. Selected extrinsic factors that might mitigate the extinction were evaluated. Logistic-regression analyses showed that higher relative humidity and higher organism lung burdens were associated with infections comprised of P. carinii alone, while lower temperatures and an increased rat census were associated with the presence of P. wakefieldiae. PCR and immunofluorescent analysis of rat lung tissue showed that both species were present within the same alveoli, excluding habitat heterogeneity as a mechanism of coexistence. These data suggest that P. carinii and P. wakefieldiae were in competitive coexistence, which was influenced in part by extrinsic factors. To our knowledge, this is the first report to evaluate interactions of pathogenic fungal species within a mammalian host using ecological models. PMID:15949973

  18. Molecular Detection of Pneumocystis Jirovecii in Patients with Respiratory Tract Infections

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    Oyebode Armstrong Terry Alli; David Olusoga Ogbolu; Olufunmi Ademola; Musiliu Adewale Oyenike

    2012-01-01

    Background: Pneumocystis jirovecii, formerly known as P. carinii, is an opportunistic fungus causing Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia especially in immunocompromised patients. Aim: The aim of this study was to detect P. jirovecii in sputum samples from patients suspected of having respiratory tract infections. Materials and Methods: In this study, 230 acid fast bacilli negative sputum samples from 230 patients presenting with respiratory tract infections submitted to three teaching hospitals′ m...

  19. 环介导等温扩增技术检测卡氏肺孢子虫的研究%Detection of Pneumocystis carinii DNA by loop-mediated isothermal amplification

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    杨秋林; 张如胜; 伍和平; 王可耕; 张愉快

    2008-01-01

    Objective To detect Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) DNA by loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). Methods After injected with hydrocortisone acetate for 8 weeks, the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of Wistar rats were collected and a portion of BALF were examined for identifying Pc organisms using microscope. Then Pc DNA was extracted by phenol-chloroform extraction. Four primers which recognized 6 distinct regions on the mtrRNA gene of Pc were designed and used for LAMP assay. To evaluate the specificity of the assay, M. tuberculosis, M. pneumoniae, C. pneumoniae, P. gondii and rat leucocyte were used as negative controls. To compare the sensitivity of the LAMP to that of conventional PCR, Pc DNA were 10-fold serially diluted and was amplified by LAMP and PCR. LAMP results were judged by naked eye, electrophoretic analysis and restriction digestion. Results Pc organisms were detected from BALF of rats injected with hydrocortisone acetate. After LAMP reaction, positive signal was observef rats injected with hydrocortisone acetate. By contrast, no positive signal was observed for the negative controls in the study. The amplified product digested by restriction enzyme demonstrated 3 bands (82, 135, 189 lip) upon agarose gel electrophoresis, in good agreement with the predicted sizes. The detection limit of LAMP assay was 1 pg/μl of Pc DNA per reaction and that of PCR was 10 pg/μ1 of Pc DNA per reaction. Conclusion LAMP assay has usefulness for rapid detection of Pc.%目的 环介导等温扩增(LAMP)技术检测卡氏肺孢子虫(Pc).方法 醋酸可的松经皮下注射Wistar大鼠诱导Pc,收集支气管肺泡灌洗液(BALF)提取Pc基因组DNA.设计4条扩增Pc线粒体核糖体大亚基(mtrRNA)基因的LAMP引物,以结核杆菌、肺炎支原体、肺炎衣原体、弓形虫、大鼠白细胞为对照,进行LAMP反应.LAMP产物经显色、电泳及酶切鉴定.将Pc DNA 10倍稀释后同时进行LAMP和PCR,比较其敏感性.结果 Pc检测管经显

  20. 艾滋病合并卡氏肺孢子菌肺炎的CT影像学分析%Analysis on CT images of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients with AIDS

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    郭艳; 刘挨师

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the CT imaging features of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ) in patients with AIDS. Methods The CT images of 31 patients with PCP in AIDS were analyzed, retrospectively. Results The CT images showed that there were 96. 8% patients with bilateral distribution and 96. 8% patients with diffuse infiltration. A variety of findings of PCP were shown: the ground-glass opacity ( 100% ), diffuse reticular pattern( 51. 6% ), air containing cystic pattern ( 41. 9% ), double-track syndrome ( 35. 5% ), patchy shadows ( 32. 3% ), lobular septum thickening ( 32. 3% ), moon low sign ( 25. 8% ), crazy-paving pattern ( 16. 1% ), consolidation ( 6. 5% ) and pericarditis (3.2% ). Location: ground glass opacity, patchy shadow, bronchial double-track syndrome, syndrome with lobar distribution mainly gravel, reticulocyte nodules and arch syndrome multiple were in the lower lobe of the lung, while pulmonary balloon multiple was in the upper lobe of the lung or lobe. The CT images showing 1 features were 6.5%, 2 features accouted 16. 1%, 3 features accouted 35. 5% and 4 features accouted 41. 9%. Conclusions The CT images of AIDS patients with PCP were complicated with a double lung symmetry distribution. The round-glass, diffuse reticular pattern, double-track syndrome, patchy shadows and lobular septum thickening were common and with moon low sign and crazy-paving pattern as its specificit.%目的 探讨艾滋病(AIDS)合并卡氏肺孢子菌肺炎(PCP)的CT影像学特点.方法 对确诊的31例患者,以入院首次肺部CT影像作为研究资料进行回顾性分析.结果 入组患者CT影像呈双侧对称性分布者占93.5%,表现为弥漫性浸润者占96.8%.影像学表现:呈磨玻璃影者占100.0%、网织结节影者占51.6%、肺气囊者占41.9%、支气管双轨征者占35.5%、斑片状影者占32.3%、小叶间隔增厚者占32.3%、月弓征者占25.8%和碎石征者占16.1%.另外,实变影者占6.5%、胸腔积液者占3.2%.发生部

  1. Characterization of Pneumocystis Major Surface Glycoprotein Gene (msg) Promoter Activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Kutty, Geetha; Shroff, Robert; Kovacs, Joseph A.

    2013-01-01

    Major surface glycoprotein (Msg), the most abundant cell surface protein of Pneumocystis, plays an important role in the interaction of this opportunistic pathogen with host cells, and its potential for antigenic variation may facilitate evasion of host immune responses. In the present study, we have identified and characterized the promoter region of msg in 3 species of Pneumocystis: P. carinii, P. jirovecii, and P. murina. Because Pneumocystis cannot be cultured, promoter activity was measu...

  2. Molecular Evidence of Nosocomial Pneumocystis jirovecii Transmission among 16 Patients after Kidney Transplantation▿

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    Schmoldt, Sabine; Schuhegger, Regina; Wendler, Thorsten; Huber, Ingrid; Söllner, Heidelore; Hogardt, Michael; Arbogast, Helmut; Heesemann, Jürgen; Bader, Lutz; Sing, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    In recent years, clusters of Pneumocystis jirovecii (formerly Pneumocystis carinii) pneumonia (PCP) among immunocompromised individuals have been reported. Mostly, the source of infections was suspected to be within the clinical settings when transplant recipients and PCP patients shared hospital facilities. We report on a cluster of 16 renal transplant recipients positive for P. jirovecii. None of them received anti-Pneumocystis prophylaxis prior to P. jirovecii detection. Epidemiological st...

  3. Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia- Imaging findings in 19 patients

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    Mahmoud Goudarzi

    2009-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP),formely called pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, is a serious disease in immunocompromised patients, particularly those with AIDS. However, many patients with this disease are unaware of their HIV serostatus, requiring early and prompt diagnosis of the disease. Early chest radiographic findings of PJP may be subtle or equivocal. On the other hand, advances in the treatment and prevention of the disease is associated with an increased rate of atypical manif...

  4. Molecular phylogeny of Pneumocystis based on 5.8S rRNA gene and the internal transcribed spacers of rRNA gene sequences

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    2008-01-01

    To clarify the phylogenetic relationships and species status of Pneumocystis, the 5.8S rRNA gene and the internal transcribed spacers (ITS, 1 and 2) of Pneumocystis rRNA derived from rat, gerbil and human were amplified, cloned and sequenced. The genetic distance matrix of six Pneumocystis species compared with other fungi like Taphrina and Saccharomyces indicated that the Pneumocystis genus contained multiple species including Pneumocystis from gerbil. The phylogenetic tree also showed that Pneumocystis from human and monkey formed one group and four rodent Pneumocystis formed another group. Among the four members, Pneumocystis wakefieldiae was most closely related to Pneumocystis murina and Pneumocystis carinii, and was least related to gerbil Pneumocystis.

  5. 艾滋病合并卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎1996例分析%Clinical analysis of pneumocystis carinii infection of 1996 cases of HIV/AIDS patients

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    陈敬捷; 李勇; 何晗; 苏凌松; 秦松树; 胡宏波

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎(PCP)的临床特点,以及CD4+淋巴细胞变化.方法 采用姬姆萨染色法染色肺孢子虫(PC),结合流式细胞法检测CD4+淋巴细胞,统计分析PC总阳性率、年均阳性率、月均阳性率、性别人群阳性率,以及痰液与支气管肺泡灌洗液、CD4+淋巴细胞与PC阳性率等关系.结果 1806份痰标本总阳性率为46.8%,每年4月、5月、6月、7月是检出率高峰期,男性和女性人群阳性率分别为46.3%和50.2%.年均阳性率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),月均差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),并有季节性;痰液与灌洗液间阳性率差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),不同CD4+范围PC阳性率差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 艾滋病患者痰液PC姬姆萨染色法总阳性率46.8%,但一年之中有固定的季节波动,支气管肺泡灌洗液阳性率高于痰液,CD4+淋巴细胞数量越少阳性率越高.%Objective To investigate the infection status of HIV/AIDS patients complicated with pneumocystis Carinii Poneumonia(PCP),and the role of CD4+ T lymphocyte in PCP.Methods PC was detected by Giemsa's staining and CD4+ T lymphocyte was counted by flow cytometry.Meanwhile,this text calculated and compared a series of indexes about PC infection,such as the total positive rate,the average annual positive rate,the average monthly positive rate,the positive rate between female and male,the positive rate between sputum and BALF specimens,and the relationship between the positive rate and CD4+ T lymphocyte count.Results The total positive rate about PC infection of the 1 806 eases of sputum specimens was 46.8%,and the incidence mainly from April to July during a year,and the positive rates were 46.3% and 50.2% for males and females respectively.The results showed that there were no significant differences when compared with the average annual positive rate ( P > 0.05 ),but there were significant differences when compared with the average

  6. The therapeutic effect of artemether on rat model infected with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and its influence in the production of IL-6%蒿甲醚用于卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠的治疗及其对IL-6影响的研究

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    周必英; 戴晓煌; 万启惠

    2007-01-01

    目的 从病理学和细胞因子角度探讨蒿甲醚对大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎(Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia PCP)的治疗效果和作用机理.方法 给SD大鼠皮下注射地塞米松磷酸钠建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型,治疗组给予蒿甲醚治疗.ELISA双抗夹心法分别检测血清和支气管肺泡灌洗液中IL-6水平.结果 与感染对照组比较,蒿甲醚治疗组症状显著改善、肺印片中卡氏肺孢子虫包囊数目显著减少、肺组织炎症明显减轻、血清和肺泡灌洗液中IL-6水平明显下降.结论 蒿甲醚具有一定抗大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎作用,能够降低PCP大鼠IL-6.

  7. Effects of Treatment with Dihydroartemisinin on IL-1 in Sera and The Supernatant of Alveolar Macrophages in Rats Infected with Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia%双氢青蒿素对患卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠血清和肺泡巨噬细胞上清液IL-1水平的影响

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    李文桂; 陈雅棠; 刘成伟; 陈蕊

    2002-01-01

    为研究双氢青蒿素对患卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎(Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia,PCP)大鼠血清和肺泡巨噬细胞培养上清液IL-1水平的影响,以醋酸可的松皮下注射Wistar大鼠建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型,用60mg/kg双氢青蒿素治疗实验大鼠,杀鼠取肺,用胶原酶消化法分离大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞,用LPS刺激培养72h,同时设有感染对照组和正常对照,用IL-1β试剂盒分别检测血清和培养上清液IL-1β的水平,结果显示感染组和治疗组大鼠IL-1β水平显著高于正常对照,治疗组大鼠IL-1β水平则低于感染组,说明卡氏肺孢子虫感染可能引起大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞分泌高水平IL-1,经双氢青蒿素治疗PCP后大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞产生IL-1水平降低.

  8. Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia- Imaging findings in 19 patients

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    Mahmoud Goudarzi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP,formely called pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, is a serious disease in immunocompromised patients, particularly those with AIDS. However, many patients with this disease are unaware of their HIV serostatus, requiring early and prompt diagnosis of the disease. Early chest radiographic findings of PJP may be subtle or equivocal. On the other hand, advances in the treatment and prevention of the disease is associated with an increased rate of atypical manifestations, so it is important for radiologists to be familiar with the spectrum of imaging findings of the entity. The first report on imaging findings of PJP in a group of Iranian patients is presented. 

  9. Strain typing methods and molecular epidemiology of Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    Beard, Charles Ben; Roux, Patricia; Nevez, Gilles;

    2004-01-01

    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) caused by the opportunistic fungal agent Pneumocystis jirovecii (formerly P. carinii) continues to cause illness and death in HIV-infected patients. In the absence of a culture system to isolate and maintain live organisms, efforts to type and characterize the organism...... have relied on polymerase chain reaction-based approaches. Studies using these methods have improved understanding of PCP epidemiology, shedding light on sources of infection, transmission patterns, and potential emergence of antimicrobial resistance. One concern, however, is the lack of guidance...

  10. Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

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    ... 2014 Select a Language: Fact Sheet 515 Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP) WHAT IS PCP? HOW IS PCP TREATED? ... BEST? THE BOTTOM LINE WHAT IS PCP? Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP or pneumocystis) is the most common opportunistic ...

  11. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonija: sena liga nauju pavadinimu

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    Matulionytė, Raimonda; Ambrozaitis, Arvydas; Paulauskienė, Rasutė; Aleksonienė, Regina

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii (anksčiau Pneumocystis carinii) pneumonija ilgą laiką buvo viena dažniausių žmogaus imunodeficito virusu (ŽIV) užsikrėtusių pacientų oportunistinių pneumonijų ir gyvybei grėsmingų infekcinių komplikacijų. Pradėjus taikyti kompleksinį antiretrovirusinį gydymą, sergamumas pneumocistine pneumonija ir kitomis oportunistinėmis infekcijomis akivaizdžiai sumažėjo. Pneumocistine pneumonija serga asmenys, nežinantys apie užsikrėtimą ŽIV, ir tie, kuriems neskiriamas arba antiretr...

  12. Pneumocystis Pneumonia (For Parents)

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    ... for Your Child All About Food Allergies Pneumocystis Pneumonia KidsHealth > For Parents > Pneumocystis Pneumonia Print A A A Text Size What's in ... article? About PCP Diagnosing PCP Treating PCP Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is an infection caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci , ...

  13. Biochemical research elucidating metabolic pathways in Pneumocystis*

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    Kaneshiro E.S.

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    Full Text Available Advances in sequencing the Pneumocystis carinii genome have helped identify potential metabolic pathways operative in the organism. Also, data from characterizing the biochemical and physiological nature of these organisms now allow elucidation of metabolic pathways as well as pose new challenges and questions that require additional experiments. These experiments are being performed despite the difficulty in doing experiments directly on this pathogen that has yet to be subcultured indefinitely and produce mass numbers of cells in vitro. This article reviews biochemical approaches that have provided insights into several Pneumocystis metabolic pathways. It focuses on 1 S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet; SAM, which is a ubiquitous participant in numerous cellular reactions; 2 sterols: focusing on oxidosqualene cyclase that forms lanosterol in P. carinii; SAM:sterol C-24 methyltransferase that adds methyl groups at the C-24 position of the sterol side chain; and sterol 14α-demethylase that removes a methyl group at the C-14 position of the sterol nucleus; and 3 synthesis of ubiquinone homologs, which play a pivotal role in mitochondrial inner membrane and other cellular membrane electron transport.

  14. β-Glucans Are Masked but Contribute to Pulmonary Inflammation During Pneumocystis Pneumonia.

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    Kutty, Geetha; Davis, A Sally; Ferreyra, Gabriela A; Qiu, Ju; Huang, Da Wei; Sassi, Monica; Bishop, Lisa; Handley, Grace; Sherman, Brad; Lempicki, Richard; Kovacs, Joseph A

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    β-glucans, which can activate innate immune responses, are a major component in the cell wall of the cyst form of Pneumocystis In the current study, we examined whether β-1,3-glucans are masked by surface proteins in Pneumocystis and what role β-glucans play in Pneumocystis-associated inflammation. For 3 species, including Pneumocystis jirovecii, which causes Pneumocystis pneumonia in humans, Pneumocystis carinii, and Pneumocystis murina, β-1,3-glucans were masked in most organisms, as demonstrated by increased exposure following trypsin treatment. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and microarray techniques, we demonstrated in a mouse model of Pneumocystis pneumonia that treatment with caspofungin, an inhibitor of β-1,3-glucan synthesis, for 21 days decreased expression of a broad panel of inflammatory markers, including interferon γ, tumor necrosis factor α, interleukin 1β, interleukin 6, and multiple chemokines/chemokine ligands. Thus, β-glucans in Pneumocystis cysts are largely masked, which likely decreases innate immune activation; this mechanism presumably was developed for interactions with immunocompetent hosts, in whom organism loads are substantially lower. In immunosuppressed hosts with a high organism burden, organism death and release of glucans appears to be an important contributor to deleterious host inflammatory responses. PMID:27324243

  15. Optimização da detecção de Pneumocystis jirovecii por citometria de fluxo

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    Bragada, Cláudia Sofia Pássaro

    2008-01-01

    A pneumonia por Pneumocystis (PCP) em humanos é causada por um fungo actualmente denominado Pneumocystis jirovecii, anteriormente conhecido como Pneumocystis carinii. Trata-se da infecção pulmonar oportunista mais prevalente em doentes imunodeprimidos infectados com o vírus da imunodeficiência adquirida, com patologias hematológicas de natureza oncológica, doenças inflamatórias, deficiências primárias da imunidade celular ou sob terapêuticas imunossupressoras (como transplantados de órgãos só...

  16. Nosocomial Pneumocystis jirovecii infections

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    Nevez G.; Chabé M.; Rabodonirina M.; Virmaux M.; Dei-Cas E.; Hauser P.M.; Totet A.

    2008-01-01

    Airborne transmission of Pneumocystis sp. from host to host has been demonstrated in rodent models and several observations suggest that interindividual transmission occurs in humans. Moreover, it is accepted that the Pneumocystis organisms infecting each mammalian species are host specific and that the hypothesis of an animal reservoir for Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii), the human-specific Pneumocystis species, can be excluded. An exosaprophytic form of the fungus cannot be strictly r...

  17. Spectrum of CT findings in Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Previous investigations with positron-emission tomography have demonstrated that glucose uptake is diminished in seizure foci. This paper reports on P-31 MR studies performed on patients with temporal lobe epilepsy in order to determine if metabolic alterations were detectable in seizure foci. In seven of eight patients, the pH of the seizure foci was significantly higher than the pH of the control temporal lobe. In addition, the inorganic phosphate (Pi) concentration was significantly higher in the seizure foci. These metabolic changes indicate that P-31 MR spectroscopy might be useful in the investigation of epilepsy

  18. Experimental corticosteroid induction of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in piglets

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    Nielsen, Jens; Bille-Hansen, Vivi; Settnes, O.P.

    1999-01-01

    the controls. Furthermore, they developed "moon face" and "pot belly", snoring sounds while eating, and pronounced respiratory distress during handling. Significant changes in haematological parameters, including lymphopenia, were observed in the principal group. The Pc antibody titres of the controls...... Pc cysts. The reduced body weight, the thymus involution, and the lymphopenia, together with the reduced levels of specific Pc antibodies and the histomorphology of the PCP, were consistent parameters of the principal group and comparable to the findings of the classic rat model. Thus, the present...

  19. Extra-pulmonary Pneumocystis jiroveciinfection: a case report

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    Mehrdad Bakhshayesh Karam

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In physical examination abdominal tenderness, gate disturbance and penile herpetic lesions were detected. Decreased disc height at T11-T12 level was detected in chest X-ray. Abdominal sonography and CT scan revealed hypo dense lesions in Lt left Lobe of liver and multiple hypo dense splenic and pancreatic lesions, ascitis, Lt left sided pleural effusion, thickening of jejuneal mucosa and edema of bowel wall. Vertebral body lesion and paravertebral abscess, bony calvarial involvement and adjacent extra axial brain lesion were observed in imaging were other findings. RNA analysis for HIV was positive. Vertebral lesion biopsy and aspiration of splenic lesion were performed and pathology revealed Pneumocystis jirovecii suggestive of extra pulmonary Pneumocystis carinii infection.

  20. 肾移植后合并卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎:10年同一机构378例中的12例%12/378 cases of kidney transplantation complicated with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in the same institution within 10 years

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    陈统清; 林敏娃; 孔耀中; 卢结文; 温振英

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The immunity of patients can be obviously suppressed since a large amount of immunosuppressoris used in the early stage after kidney transplantation, therefore pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) tends to have a high incidence during this period.OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of PCP after kidney transplantation.METHODS: Twelve cases complicated with PCP were collected from 378 cases of kidney transplantation patients from the Nephrology Department of the First People's Hospital of Foshan from November 2000 to July 2010. And then the time of onsets, predisposing factors, diagnostic methods, clinical manifestations, therapeutic schedule and prophylactic efficiency were retrospectively analyzed.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The time of onsets was 5.3 (3 -11) months after kidney transplantation. Twelve cases of patients presented with polypnea and cyanosis with a high fever of 38.0 -40.2 ℃ . Nine cases experienced slight cough. Five cases coughed with a small amount of white sputum and one case with red frothy sputum. Five cases were complicated with bacterial infection, two with fungal infection, two with cytomegalovirus infection and one with tuberculosis. The infection rate was 7.8% (7/89) in patients administrated with Tacrolimus, while1.7% (5/289) in those administrated with cyclosporine A.Ventilators were a pplied in nine cases and two cases were treated with bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) for assisted respiration . Eight cases fully recovered. However, two cases died of cerebral hemorrhage due to thrombocytopenia during the treatment, one case died of fungal infection and one case died of hemopneumothorax. No exclusive reaction was found du ring the treatment. These indicated that the key to raisng the curative rate of PCP was early diagnosis, drug combination and decreased immunosuppressor dosage.%背景:在肾移植后早期,由于免疫抑制剂用量较大,患者的免疫功能明显

  1. Nosocomial Pneumocystis jirovecii infections

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    Nevez G.

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Airborne transmission of Pneumocystis sp. from host to host has been demonstrated in rodent models and several observations suggest that interindividual transmission occurs in humans. Moreover, it is accepted that the Pneumocystis organisms infecting each mammalian species are host specific and that the hypothesis of an animal reservoir for Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii, the human-specific Pneumocystis species, can be excluded. An exosaprophytic form of the fungus cannot be strictly ruled out. However, these data point toward the potential for the specific host to serve as its own reservoir and for Pneumocystis infection in humans as an anthroponosis with humans as a reservoir for P. jirovecii. This review highlights the main data on host-to-host transmission of Pneumocystis in rodent models and in humans by the airborne route and provides a rationale for considering the occurrence of nosocomial infections and measures for their prevention

  2. The Pneumocystis life cycle

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    Cécile-Marie Aliouat-Denis; Anna Martinez; El Moukhtar Aliouat; Muriel Pottier; Nausicaa Gantois; Eduardo Dei-Cas

    2009-01-01

    First recognised as "schizonts" of Trypanosoma cruzi, Pneumocystis organisms are now considered as part of an early-diverging lineage of Ascomycetes. As no robust long-term culture model is available, most data on the Pneumocystis cell cycle have stemmed from ultrastructural images of infected mammalian lungs. Although most fungi developing in animals do not complete a sexual cycle in vivo, Pneumocystis species constitute one of a few exceptions. Recently, the molecular identification of seve...

  3. Newly formed cystic lesions for the development of pneumomediastinum in Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia

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    Yoon Sung

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pneumocystis jirovecii, formerly named Pneumocystis carinii, is one of the most common opportunistic infections in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-infected patients. Case presentations We encountered two cases of spontaneous pneumomediastinum with subcutaneous emphysema in HIV-infected patients being treated for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. Conclusion Clinicians should be aware that cystic lesions and bronchiectasis can develop in spite of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole treatment for P. jirovecii pneumonia. The newly formed bronchiectasis and cyst formation that were noted in follow up high resolution computed tomography (HRCT but were not visible on HRCT at admission could be risk factors for the development of pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum with subcutaneous emphysema in HIV-patients.

  4. Pneumocystis jirovecii in General Population

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    Medrano, Francisco J.; Montes-Cano, Marco; Conde, Manuel; de la Horra, Carmen; Respaldiza, Nieves; Gasch, Antonia; Perez-Lozano, Maria J.; Varela, Jose M.; Calderon, Enrique J.

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    The possible presence of Pneumocystis among healthy adults was examined by detecting Pneumocystis jirovecii–specific DNA in prospectively obtained oropharyngeal wash samples from 50 persons without underlying lung disease or immunosuppression. Pneumocystis carriage, defined by detecting Pneumocystis DNA by nested polymerase chain reaction in 2 independent analyses plus successful mitochondrial large subunit ribosomal RNA typing by direct sequencing, was found in 20% of cases. All carriers wer...

  5. [Human reservoirs of Pneumocystis].

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    Wissmann, Gustavo; Morilla, Ruben; Friaza, Vicente; Calderón, Enrique; Varela, Jose M

    2010-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii, the fungal agent that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), is known to exclusively infect humans. Molecular studies have enabled detection of this fungus in individuals who have been colonized by P. jirovecii. Such colonization, found in several populations, seems to act as a human reservoir for the fungus. Various studies have reported mutations associated with sulfa resistance in P. jirovecii strains isolated from colonized patients, who can transmit the mutant genotype to PCP-susceptible individuals. The growing interest in P. jirovecii colonization may prompt the design of new prevention and management strategies for PCP. PMID:19403207

  6. Diamidines versus Monoamidines as Anti-Pneumocystis Agents: An in Vivo Study

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    Full Text Available Some compounds articulated around a piperazine or an ethylenediamine linker have been evaluated in vitro to determine their activity in the presence of a 3T6 fibroblast cell line and an axenic culture of Pneumocystis carinii, respectively. The most efficient antifungal derivatives, namely N,N′-bis(benzamidine-4-ylethane-1,2-diamine (compound 6, a diamidine and N-(benzamidine-4-yl-N′-phenylethane-1,2-diamine (compound 7, a monoamidine, exhibited no cytotoxicity and were evaluated in vivo in a rat model. Only the diamidine 6 emerged as a promising hit for further studies.

  7. The Pneumocystis life cycle

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    Cécile-Marie Aliouat-Denis

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available First recognised as "schizonts" of Trypanosoma cruzi, Pneumocystis organisms are now considered as part of an early-diverging lineage of Ascomycetes. As no robust long-term culture model is available, most data on the Pneumocystis cell cycle have stemmed from ultrastructural images of infected mammalian lungs. Although most fungi developing in animals do not complete a sexual cycle in vivo, Pneumocystis species constitute one of a few exceptions. Recently, the molecular identification of several key players in the fungal mating pathway has provided further evidence for the existence of conjugation and meiosis in Pneumocystisorganisms. Dynamic follow-up of stage-to-stage transition as well as studies of stage-specific proteins and/or genes would provide a better understanding of the still hypothetical Pneumocystislife cycle. Although difficult to achieve, stage purification seems a reasonable way forward in the absence of efficient culture systems. This mini-review provides a comprehensive overview of the historical milestones leading to the current knowledge available on the Pneumocystis life cycle.

  8. Effect of a killer toxin of Pichia anomala to Pneumocystis. Perspectives in the control of pneumocystosis.

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    Séguy, N; Polonelli, L; Dei-Cas, E; Cailliez, J C

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    Despite the development of drugs in the prophylaxis of pneumocystosis, Pneumocystis carinii remains a major opportunistic microorganism in immunosuppressed individuals, especially in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. Since side effects were frequently observed after administration of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or pentamidine, the drugs which are mainly used in treating human P. carinii pneumonia (PCP), new therapeutic strategies should be developed. Over the last years, the inhibitory effect of a Pichia anomala killer toxin (PaKT), a molecule with a wide spectrum of antimicrobial activity, was characterized on P. carinii. The susceptibility of mouse and rat-derived Pneumocystis to PaKT has been demonstrated by in vitro attachment tests and in vivo infectivity assays. Nevertheless, PaKT is strongly antigenic, toxic and could not be used directly as a therapeutic agent. Then, a new strategy using killer toxin-like anti-idiotypic antibodies (KT-antiIds) mimicking the fungal toxin activity has been developed. Different KT-antiIds were obtained by idiotypic immunization with a monoclonal antibody (mabKT4). This mabKT4 neutralized the killer properties of the PaKT. KT-antiIds were produced by immunization against the variable domain (idiotype) of mAbKT4 (internal image of the killer toxin receptor), or they were obtained directly from vaginal fluid of patients affected by recurrent vaginal candidiosis. In this last case, such natural KT-antiIds were immunopurified by affinity-chromatography with mAbKT4 and their anti-P. carinii activity was then evaluated. Our results showed that both the in vitro attachment of rat-derived parasites and their infectivity to nude rats were inhibited by the KT-antiIds. With regard to KT-antiIds obtained by immunization, the antimicrobial activity of a monoclonal KT-antiIds (mAbK10) has been evaluated by using a PCP experimental nude rat model treated by mAbK10 administered by aerosol. The pneumocystosis extension was

  9. Current understanding of Pneumocystis immunology

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    Kelly, Michelle N; Shellito, Judd E.

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is the opportunistic fungal organism that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in humans. Similar to other opportunistic pathogens, Pneumocystis causes disease in individuals who are immunocompromised, particularly those infected with HIV. PCP remains the most common opportunistic infection in patients with AIDS. Incidence has decreased greatly with the advent of HAART. However, an increase in the non-HIV immunocompromised population, noncompliance with current treatment...

  10. Molecular detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in patients with respiratory tract infections

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    Oyebode Armstrong Terry Alli

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    Full Text Available Background: Pneumocystis jirovecii, formerly known as P. carinii, is an opportunistic fungus causing Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia especially in immunocompromised patients. Aim: The aim of this study was to detect P. jirovecii in sputum samples from patients suspected of having respiratory tract infections. Materials and Methods: In this study, 230 acid fast bacilli negative sputum samples from 230 patients presenting with respiratory tract infections submitted to three teaching hospitals′ medical microbiology laboratories in Osun and Oyo States, Nigeria for routine investigation were examined for P. jirovecii by microscopical and polymerase chain reaction methods. Results: P. jirovecii cysts were observed in 15 (6.5% samples and polymerase chain reaction was positive for 29 (12.6% samples out of 230 samples examined. It was observed that the detection of P. jirovecii was associated with age (P 0.05. Polymerase chain reaction was showed to be a better method for the detection of P. jirovecii based on the 51.7% sensitivity and 100% specificity of the microscopy. Conclusion: The study concluded that P. jirovecii is prevalent in patients with respiratory tract infections in hospitals from the southwestern part of Nigeria and should be included in diagnosis of these infections in this part of the world.

  11. Comparative genomics suggests that the fungal pathogen pneumocystis is an obligate parasite scavenging amino acids from its host's lungs.

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    Philippe M Hauser

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii is a fungus causing severe pneumonia in immuno-compromised patients. Progress in understanding its pathogenicity and epidemiology has been hampered by the lack of a long-term in vitro culture method. Obligate parasitism of this pathogen has been suggested on the basis of various features but remains controversial. We analysed the 7.0 Mb draft genome sequence of the closely related species Pneumocystis carinii infecting rats, which is a well established experimental model of the disease. We predicted 8'085 (redundant peptides and 14.9% of them were mapped onto the KEGG biochemical pathways. The proteome of the closely related yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe was used as a control for the annotation procedure (4'974 genes, 14.1% mapped. About two thirds of the mapped peptides of each organism (65.7% and 73.2%, respectively corresponded to crucial enzymes for the basal metabolism and standard cellular processes. However, the proportion of P. carinii genes relative to those of S. pombe was significantly smaller for the "amino acid metabolism" category of pathways than for all other categories taken together (40 versus 114 against 278 versus 427, P<0.002. Importantly, we identified in P. carinii only 2 enzymes specifically dedicated to the synthesis of the 20 standard amino acids. By contrast all the 54 enzymes dedicated to this synthesis reported in the KEGG atlas for S. pombe were detected upon reannotation of S. pombe proteome (2 versus 54 against 278 versus 427, P<0.0001. This finding strongly suggests that species of the genus Pneumocystis are scavenging amino acids from their host's lung environment. Consequently, they would have no form able to live independently from another organism, and these parasites would be obligate in addition to being opportunistic. These findings have implications for the management of patients susceptible to P. jirovecii infection given that the only source of infection would be other humans.

  12. Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in chronic pulmonary disease

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    Gutiérrez S.; Respaldiza N.; Campano E.; Martínez-Risquez M.T.; Calderón E.J.; De La Horra C.

    2011-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii causes pneumonia in immunosuppressed individuals. However, it has been reported the detection of low levels of Pneumocystis DNA in patients without signs and symptoms of pneumonia, which likely represents colonization. Several studies performed in animals models and in humans have demonstrated that Pneumocystis induces a local and a systemic response in the host. Since P. jirovecii colonization has been found in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases it has been sugge...

  13. Pneumocystis diversity as a phylogeographic tool

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    S Derouiche

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Parasites are increasingly used to complement the evolutionary and ecological adaptation history of their hosts. Pneumocystis pathogenic fungi, which are transmitted from host-to-host via an airborne route, have been shown to constitute genuine host markers of evolution. These parasites can also provide valuable information about their host ecology. Here, we suggest that parasites can be used as phylogeographic markers to understand the geographical distribution of intra-specific host genetic variants. To test our hypothesis, we characterised Pneumocystis isolates from wild bats living in different areas. Bats comprise a wide variety of species; some of them are able to migrate. Thus, bat chorology and migration behaviour can be approached using Pneumocystis as phylogeographic markers. In the present work, we find that the genetic polymorphisms of bat-derived Pneumocystis are structured by host chorology. Therefore, Pneumocystis intra-specific genetic diversity may constitute a useful and relevant phylogeographic tool.

  14. Antibody Response to Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Daly, Kieran R.; Huang, Laurence; Morris, Alison; Koch, Judy; Crothers, Kristina; Levin, Linda; Eiser, Shary; Satwah, Supriya; Zucchi, Patrizia; Walzer, Peter D.

    2006-01-01

    We conducted a prospective pilot study of the serologic responses to overlapping recombinant fragments of the Pneumocystis jirovecii major surface glycoprotein (Msg) in HIV-infected patients with pneumonia due to P. jirovecii and other causes. Similar baseline geometric mean antibody levels to the fragments measured by an ELISA were found in both groups. Serum antibodies to MsgC in P. jirovecii patients rose to a peak level 3–4 weeks (p50 cells/μL and first episode of pneumocystosis were the ...

  15. Pneumonia - weakened immune system

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    ... immunocompromised host." Related conditions include: Hospital-acquired pneumonia Pneumocystis jirovecii (previously called Pneumocystis carinii) pneumonia Pneumonia - cytomegalovirus Pneumonia ...

  16. Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in chronic pulmonary disease

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    Gutiérrez S.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii causes pneumonia in immunosuppressed individuals. However, it has been reported the detection of low levels of Pneumocystis DNA in patients without signs and symptoms of pneumonia, which likely represents colonization. Several studies performed in animals models and in humans have demonstrated that Pneumocystis induces a local and a systemic response in the host. Since P. jirovecii colonization has been found in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases it has been suggested that P. jirovecii may play a role in the physiopathology and progression of those diseases. In this report we revise P. jirovecii colonization in different chronic pulmonary diseases such us, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.

  17. Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and pneumomediastinum in an anti-TNFα naive patient with ulcerative colitis

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    James C Lee, Deborah C Bell, Richard M Guinness, Tariq Ahmad

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    Full Text Available We report the case of a 21-year-old man who was noted to have pneumomediastinum during an admission for an acute flare of ulcerative colitis. At that time, he was on maintenance treatment with azathioprine at a dose of 1.25 mg/kg per day, and had not received supplementary steroids for 9 mo. He had never received anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNFα therapy. Shortly after apparently effective treatment with intravenous steroids and an increased dose of azathioprine, he developed worsening colitic and new respiratory symptoms, and was diagnosed with Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii pneumonia (PCP. Pneumomediastinum is rare in immunocompetent hosts, but is a recognized complication of PCP in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV patients, although our patient’s HIV test was negative. Treatment of PCP with co-trimoxazole resulted in resolution of both respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, without the need to increase the steroid dose. There is increasing vigilance for opportunistic infections in patients with inflammatory bowel disease following the advent of anti-TNFα therapy. This case emphasizes the importance of considering the possibility of such infections in all patients with inflammatory bowel disease, irrespective of the immunosuppressants they receive, and highlights the potential of steroid-responsive opportunistic infections to mimic worsening colitic symptoms in patients with ulcerative colitis.

  18. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in an immunocompetent host

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    George Koshy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP is a potentially life-threatening infection, which predominantly occurs in the immuno-compromised host. It has been rarely reported in immunocompetent subjects. In them, the infection presents with fulminant respiratory failure along with fever and dry cough in contrast to an indolent course in the immuno-compromised population. The most significant risk factors for PCP in non-HIV infected hosts are glucocorticoid use and cell mediated immunity defects. We report a rare case of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in an immunocompetent patient.

  19. [Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV-negative adults].

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    Rouyer, M; Stoclin, A; Blanc, F-X

    2015-12-01

    In HIV-negative adults, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia can be observed when immunodeficiency is present, especially in case of drug-induced immune suppression (steroids, chemotherapy, transplantation). Clinical, radiological, and biological presentations are different in HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals with different immunodeficiency profiles. In HIV-negative patients, dyspnea occurs more quickly (median duration of 5 days to get a diagnosis), diagnosis is more difficult because of less Pneumocystis in bronchoalveolar lavage, and mortality is higher than in HIV-positive individuals. Lung CT-scan typically shows diffuse ground glass opacities, but peri-bronchovascular condensations or ground glass opacities clearly limited by interlobular septa can also be observed. Lymphopenia is common but CD4+ T-cells count is rarely performed. HIV-negative patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia are co-infected with bacteria, viruses or fungi in about 30% cases. Bronchoalveolar lavage is often more neutrophilic than in HIV-positive individuals. PCR and β-D-glucan have good sensitivity but poor specificity to diagnose Pneumocystis pneumonia. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole remains the first choice of treatment. Duration is 14 days in HIV-negative patients whereas it is typically of 21 days in HIV-positive individuals. Adjunctive corticosteroids are of beneficial effect in HIV-positive adult patients with substantial hypoxaemia but are not recommended in HIV-negative patients, as they could be deleterious in some individuals. PMID:26572261

  20. Pneumocystis jirovecii: One hundred years of history

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    Calderón, Enrique J.; De Armas Rodríguez, Yaxsier; Capó de Paz, Virginia

    2011-01-01

    [Introduction] Pneumocystis jirovecii is one of the most important opportunistic pathogens affecting AIDS individuals and immunodepressive patients. In spite of the fact that it was observed one hundred years ago for the first time, many fundamental aspects of its biology and the morbidity it causes are still unknown.

  1. In vitro systems in pneumocystis research

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    Dei-Cas, E; Cailliez, J C; Lundgren, Bettina

    1996-01-01

    well as elimination of host cell debris from parasite extracts. In other investigations, such as transmission, infectivity, life cycle, biochemical, in vitro culture or drug-screening studies, viable and infectious Pneumocystis organisms are urgently required. However, there is no generally accepted...

  2. Phylogenetic status of Pneumocystis from corticosteroid-treated gerbils

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    RODNEY; D; Adam

    2010-01-01

    Pneumocystis spp. infect the lungs of multiple mammalian species and cause disease in immunosuppressed individuals. The Pneumocystis isolates that have been studied to date fall into two major clades, those from primates and those from rodents. Within each of these clades, different species have been described on the basis of host specificity and differences in sequence and morphology. Here, we demonstrate that dexamethasone immunosuppression consistently results in histologically apparent lung infection in gerbils (28/35 animals). Sequence analysis of the 18S, 5.8S and internal transcribed spacer regions of the rDNA and a portion of the mitochondrial large subunit rDNA demonstrated that this gerbil Pneumocystis is grouped with other rodent Pneumocystis spp., but is distinct from them. Our results suggest that gerbil Pneumocystis differs sufficiently from Pneumocystis species found in other rodents to be considered a separate species.

  3. Independent risk of mechanical ventilation for AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia associated with bronchoalveolar lavage neutrophilia

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    Bang, D; Emborg, J; Elkjaer, J;

    2001-01-01

    failure requiring MV amongst patients with PCP treated in the era of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy. Furthermore, we studied factors associated with survival in relation to MV. Of 170 consecutive patients with AIDS-related PCP, 18 (11%) required MV. Thirteen of 18 ventilated patients died (72%). In a...... logistic regression analysis, higher age, increased bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) neutrophilia and a positive BAL cytomegalovirus CMV culture were associated with the need of MV. In multivariate analyses, only BAL neutrophilia remained independently predictive of mechanical ventilation. In conclusion, short...

  4. Independent risk of mechanical ventilation for AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia associated with bronchoalveolar lavage neutrophilia

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    Bang, D.; Emborg, J.; Elkjaer, J.;

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    failure requiring MV amongst patients with PCP treated in the era of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy. Furthermore, we studied factors associated with survival in relation to MV. Of 170 consecutive patients with AIDS-related PCP, 18 (11%) required MV. Thirteen of 18 ventilated patients died (72%). In a...... logistic regression analysis, higher age, increased bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) neutrophilia and a positive BAL cytomegalovirus CMV culture were associated with the need of MV. In multivariate analyses, only BAL neutrophilia remained independently predictive of mechanical ventilation. In conclusion, short......-term mortality remained high after the introduction of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy. BAL neutrophilia may be a useful prognostic marker to identify patients at high risk of requiring mechanical ventilation Udgivelsesdato: 2001/8...

  5. Prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia relapse in AIDS patients. The efficacy and tolerability of low-dose sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim

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    Nielsen, T L; Jensen, Birgitte Nybo; Nelsing, S; Pedersen, C; Mathiesen, Lars Reinhardt; Skinhøj, P; Nielsen, Jens Ole

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    1.0-1.4). Relapse of PCP occurred in eight patients; four episodes were histologically verified and four episodes were clinically assumed. The relapse rate after one year of prophylaxis was 5.1% (95% CI 0.0%-11.0%) using the log-rank test. Intolerance of secondary prophylaxis, defined as adverse...

  6. Distribution of Pneumocystis jirovecii in lungs from colonized COPD patients

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    Sivam, Sheila; Sciurba, Frank C.; Lucht, Lorrie A.; Zhang, Yingze; Duncan, Steven R.; Norris, Karen A.; Morris, Alison

    2011-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii has been detected in lung tissue from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is associated with disease severity. The regional distribution of the organism in lungs is unknown, but differences in distribution of Pneumocystis could affect estimates of colonization prevalence. We examined the distribution of Pneumocystis in the lungs of 19 non-HIV-infected patients with COPD who were undergoing lung transplantation. DNA was extracted from explanted...

  7. Expression of Pneumocystis jirovecii Major Surface Glycoprotein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Kutty, Geetha; England, Katherine J.; Kovacs, Joseph A.

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    The major surface glycoprotein (Msg), which is the most abundant protein expressed on the cell surface of Pneumocystis organisms, plays an important role in the attachment of this organism to epithelial cells and macrophages. In the present study, we expressed Pneumocystis jirovecii Msg in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a phylogenetically related organism. Full-length P. jirovecii Msg was expressed with a DNA construct that used codons optimized for expression in yeast. Unlike in Pneumocystis orga...

  8. Dihydropteroate Synthase Gene Mutations in Pneumocystis and Sulfa Resistance

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    Haung, L.; Crothers, K. A.; Atzori, C.; Benfield, T.; Miller, R.; Rabodonirina, M; Helweg-Larsen, J.

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) remains a major cause of illness and death in HIV-infected persons. Sulfa drugs, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) and dapsone are mainstays of PCP treatment and prophylaxis. While prophylaxis has reduced the incidence of PCP, its use has raised concerns about development of resistant organisms. The inability to culture human Pneumocystis, Pneumocystis jirovecii, in a standardized culture system prevents routine susceptibility testing and detection of drug r...

  9. Development and validation of a Pneumocystis jirovecii real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    Church, Deirdre L; Ambasta, Anshula; Wilmer, Amanda; Williscroft, Holly; Ritchie, Gordon; Pillai, Dylan R.; Champagne, Sylvie; Daniel G Gregson

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia is caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii, an opportunistic fungal pathogen. Presently, many clinical microbiology laboratories rely on direct microscopic detection of P jirovecii. The validation, and clinical and laboratory development of a qualitative P jirovecii real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the rapid detection of Pneumocystis pneumonia is discussed by the authors. In addition, this new technique is compared with the existing gold-standard immunofluorescenc...

  10. Characterizing Pneumocystis in the Lungs of Bats: Understanding Pneumocystis Evolution and the Spread of Pneumocystis Organisms in Mammal Populations

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    Akbar, Haroon; Pinçon, Claire; Aliouat-Denis, Cecile-Marie; Derouiche, Sandra; Taylor, Maria-Lucia; Pottier, Muriel; Carreto-Binaghi, Laura-Helena; González-González, Antonio E.; Courpon, Aurore; Barriel, Véronique; Guillot, Jacques; Chabé, Magali; Suarez-Alvarez, Roberto O.; Aliouat, El Moukhtar; Dei-Cas, Eduardo

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    Bats belong to a wide variety of species and occupy diversified habitats, from cities to the countryside. Their different diets (i.e., nectarivore, frugivore, insectivore, hematophage) lead Chiroptera to colonize a range of ecological niches. These flying mammals exert an undisputable impact on both ecosystems and circulation of pathogens that they harbor. Pneumocystis species are recognized as major opportunistic fungal pathogens which cause life-threatening pneumonia in severely immunocompr...

  11. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in an immunocompetent host

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    George Koshy; Jency Maria Koshy; Mary John; Divya Deodhar

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a potentially life-threatening infection, which predominantly occurs in the immuno-compromised host. It has been rarely reported in immunocompetent subjects. In them, the infection presents with fulminant respiratory failure along with fever and dry cough in contrast to an indolent course in the immuno-compromised population. The most significant risk factors for PCP in non-HIV infected hosts are glucocorticoid use and cell mediated immunity defects. ...

  12. Molecular Evidence of Pneumocystis Transmission in Pediatric Transplant Unit

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    Höcker, Britta; Wendt, Constanze; Nahimana, Aimable; Tönshoff, Burkhard; Hauser, Philippe M.

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    We describe an outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a pediatric renal transplant unit, likely attributable to patient-to-patient transmission. Single-strand conformation polymorphism molecular typing showed that 3 affected patients had acquired the same 2 strains of Pneumocystis, which suggests interhuman infection. An infant with mitochondriopathy was the probable index patient.

  13. Lymphocyte apoptosis in murine Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Apoptosis of lymphocytes is important in the termination of an immune response to infection but has also been shown to have detrimental effects in animal models of systemic infection and sepsis. We sought to characterize lymphocyte apoptosis in an animal model of pneumonia due to Pneumocystis murina, an infection localized to the lungs. Methods Control mice and mice depleted of CD4+ lymphocytes were inoculated with Pneumocystis. Apoptosis of lung and spleen lymphocytes was assayed by flow cytometry and PCR assay of apoptotic proteins. Results In control mice, apoptosis of lung lymphocytes was maximal just after the infection was cleared from lung tissue and then declined. However, in CD4-depleted mice, apoptosis was also upregulated in recruited lymphocytes in spite of progressive infection. In splenic lymphocytes, apoptosis was observed early at 1 week after inoculation and then declined. Apoptosis of lung lymphocytes in control mice was associated with a decrease in mRNA for Bcl-2 and an increase in mRNA for Bim. In CD4-depleted mice, lavaged CD8+ cells did change intracellular Bcl-2 but showed increased mRNA for Bim. Conclusion Apoptosis of both pulmonary and extrapulmonary lymphocytes is part of the normal host response to Pneumocystis but is also triggered in CD4-deficient animals with progressive infection. In normal mice apoptosis of pulmonary lymphocytes may serve to terminate the immune response in lung tissue. Apoptosis of lung lymphocytes takes place via both the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways and is associated with changes in both pro- and anti-apoptotic proteins.

  14. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in developing countries*

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    De Armas Rodríguez Y.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP is a serious fungal infection among immunocompromised patients. In developed countries, the epidemiology and clinical spectrum of PcP have been clearly defined and well documented. However, in most developing countries, relatively little is known about the prevalence of pneumocystosis. Several articles covering African, Asian and American countries were reviewed in the present study. PcP was identified as a frequent opportunistic infection in AIDS patients from different geographic regions. A trend to an increasing rate of PcP was apparent in developing countries from 2002 to 2010.

  15. Pneumocystis jirovecii in the air surrounding patients with Pneumocystis pulmonary colonization.

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    Le Gal, Solène; Pougnet, Laurence; Damiani, Céline; Fréalle, Emilie; Guéguen, Paul; Virmaux, Michèle; Ansart, Séverine; Jaffuel, Sylvain; Couturaud, Francis; Delluc, Aurélien; Tonnelier, Jean-Marie; Castellant, Philippe; Le Meur, Yann; Le Floch, Gaétan; Totet, Anne; Menotti, Jean; Nevez, Gilles

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    In this study, Pneumocystis jirovecii was detected and characterized in the air surrounding patients with Pneumocystis pulmonary colonization. Air samples were collected in the rooms of 10 colonized patients using Coriolis® μ air sampler at 1m and 5m from the patient's head. P. jirovecii DNA was amplified and genotyped in pulmonary and air samples at the mitochondrial large subunit ribosomal RNA gene. P. jirovecii DNA was detected in 5 of the 10 air samples collected at 1m and in 5 of the 10 other air samples collected at 5m. P. jirovecii genotyping was successful in 4 pairs or triplets of air and pulmonary samples. Full genotype matches were observed in 3 of the 4 pairs or triplets of air and pulmonary samples. These results provide original data supporting P. jirovecii exhalation from colonized patients and emphasize the risk of P. jirovecii nosocomial transmission from this patient population. PMID:25801779

  16. Evidence for high prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii exposure among Cameroonians

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    Nkinin, Stephenson W.; Daly, Kieran R.; Walzer, Peter D.; Ndzi, Edward S.; Asonganyi, Tazoacha; Respaldiza, Nieves; Medrano, Francisco J.; Kaneshiro, Edna S.

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    Cameroon lacks the capacity for routine Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP) diagnosis thus, the prevalence of Cameroonian exposure to this microbe is unknown. It is known that Pneumocystis infecting different mammalian host species represent diverse phylogenetic backgrounds and are now designated as separate species. The highly sensitive nature of ELISA and the specificity afforded by using human-derived P. jirovecii Msg peptides has been shown to be useful for serological analysis of human sera. Th...

  17. Novel Pneumocystis Antigen Discovery Using Fungal Surface Proteomics

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    Zheng, Mingquan; Cai, Yang; Eddens, Taylor; Ricks, David M.; Jay K Kolls

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    Pneumonia due to the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii is a life-threatening infection that occurs in immunocompromised patients. The inability to culture the organism as well as the lack of an annotated genome has hindered antigen discovery that could be useful in developing novel vaccine- or antibody-based therapies as well as diagnostics for this infection. Here we report a novel method of surface proteomics analysis of Pneumocystis murina that reliably detected putative surface proteins that ...

  18. Genotypic variation in Pneumocystis jirovecii isolates in Britain

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    Miller, R F; Lindley, A. R.; Copas, A; Ambrose, H. E.; Davies, R J O; Wakefield, A E

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    Background: Pneumocystis jirovecii is the cause of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunosuppressed humans. Asymptomatic colonisation with P jirovecii may occur in patients with minor immunosuppression or chronic lung disease. The aim of this study was to describe the molecular epidemiology of P jirovecii in Britain over a period of 12.5 years.Methods: Between January 1989 and July 2001 161 samples of P jirovecii were obtained from patients with PCP (n = 119), patients colonised by P jiroveci...

  19. Pentamidine in Pneumocystis jirovecii prophylaxis in heart transplant recipients

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    Diken, Adem Ilkay; Diken, Ozlem Erçen; Hanedan, Onur; Yılmaz, Seyhan; Ecevit, Ata Niyazi; Erol, Emir; Yalçınkaya, Adnan

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    Despite advances in transplantation techniques and the quality of post-transplantation care, opportunistic infections remain an important cause of complications. Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) is an opportunistic organism, represents an important cause of infections in heart transplantation patients. Almost 2% to 10% of patients undergoing cardiac transplantation have Pneumocystis pneumonia. Prophylaxis is essential after surgery. Various prophylaxis regimes had been defined in past an...

  20. Outbreak of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Renal and Liver Transplant Patients Caused by Genotypically Distinct Strains of Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Rostved, Andreas A; Sassi, Monica; Kurtzhals, Jørgen A L;

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    An outbreak of 29 cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) occurred among renal and liver transplant recipients (RTR and LTR) in the largest Danish transplantation centre between 2007 and 2010, when routine PCP prophylaxis was not used.......An outbreak of 29 cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) occurred among renal and liver transplant recipients (RTR and LTR) in the largest Danish transplantation centre between 2007 and 2010, when routine PCP prophylaxis was not used....

  1. Pneumocystis jirovecii—from a commensal to pathogen: clinical and diagnostic review

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    Sokulska, Magdalena; Kicia, Marta; Wesołowska, Maria; Hendrich, Andrzej B.

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia is an opportunistic disease caused by invasion of unicellular fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Initially, it was responsible for majority of morbidity and mortality cases among HIV-infected patients, which later have been reduced due to the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy, as well as anti-Pneumocystis prophylaxis among these patients. Pneumocystis pneumonia, however, is still a significant cause of mortality among HIV-negative patients being under immunosuppressio...

  2. No Recurrence of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia after Solid Organ Transplantation Regardless of Secondary Prophylaxis

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    Kim, Tark; Sung, Heungsup; Lee, Yu-Mi; Hong, Hyo-Lim; Kim, Sung-Han; Choi, Sang-Ho; Woo, Jun Hee; Kim, Yang Soo; Lee, Sang-Oh

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    There are no data on the efficacy of secondary prophylaxis against Pneumocystis pneumonia after solid organ transplantation. Therefore, we investigated the rate of recurrence of Pneumocystis pneumonia after solid organ transplantation in a retrospective cohort study. Between 2005 and 2011, a total of 41 recipients recovered from Pneumocystis pneumonia. Of these, 22 (53.7%) received secondary prophylaxis. None of the 41 recipients experienced recurrence of Pneumocystis pneumonia during the fol...

  3. Pneumocystis jiroveci dihydropteroate synthase gene mutations among colonized individuals and Pneumocystis pneumonia patients from Spain.

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    Friaza, Vicente; Morilla, Rubén; Respaldiza, Nieves; de la Horra, Carmen; Calderón, Enrique J

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    Cotrimoxazole, an association of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, and dapsone, are mainstays for the prophylaxis and treatment of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP). The inability to culture Pneumocystis prevents routine susceptibility testing and detection of drug resistance. Instead, molecular techniques have been used to detect Pneumocystis jiroveci dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) mutations that cause sulfa resistance in other microorganisms. The most frequent DHPS mutations occur at nucleotide positions 165 and 171, which lead to an amino acid change at positions 55 and 57. Several studies suggest that these mutations are associated with the failure of chemoprophylaxis for PcP. The aim was to establish the frequency and characteristics of P jiroveci DHPS mutations among colonized individuals and PcP patients from Spain. A total of 50 colonized individuals and 25 PcP patients were studied. DHPS polymorphisms were identified by restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. The analysis provided a rate of 28% of DHPS gene mutations in our population, with the presence of all possible polymorphisms described. The presence of mutations was higher in PcP patients than in colonized subjects (40% vs 22%), probably because of the chemoprophylaxis used in PcP patients. The comparison between patients with and without DHPS mutations did not show statistical differences due to age, sex, steroid use, sulfa drug exposure, or smoking. A high rate of DHPS mutations in our area of Spain, not only confined to patients previously exposed to sulfa drugs, is shown in this study. As well as PcP patients, colonized individuals who harbor P jiroveci strains with DHPS mutations could play a major role in the transmission cycle of these mutations, representing a reservoir and source of infection for susceptible individuals. Further research is thus warranted to assess the true scope of the problem and to design rational preventive strategies. PMID:21084778

  4. Pneumocystis Pneumonia Presenting as an Enlarging Solitary Pulmonary Nodule

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    Krunal Bharat Patel

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    Full Text Available Pneumocystis pneumonia is a life threatening infection that usually presents with diffuse bilateral ground-glass infiltrates in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of a single nodular granulomatous Pneumocystis pneumonia in a male with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma after R-CHOP therapy. He presented with symptoms of productive cough, dyspnea, and right-sided pleuritic chest pain that failed to resolve despite treatment with multiple antibiotics. Chest X-ray revealed right lower lobe atelectasis and CT of chest showed development of 2 cm nodular opacity with ground-glass opacities. Patient underwent bronchoscopy and biopsy that revealed granulomatous inflammation in a background of organizing pneumonia pattern with negative cultures. Respiratory symptoms resolved but the solitary nodular opacity increased in size prompting a surgical wedge resection which revealed granulomatous Pneumocystis pneumonia infection. This case is the third documented report of Pneumocystis pneumonia infection within a solitary pulmonary nodule in an individual with hematologic neoplasm. Although Pneumocystis pneumonia most commonly occurs in patients with HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and with diffuse infiltrates, the diagnosis should not be overlooked when only a solitary nodule is present.

  5. Pneumocystis jirovecii Transmission from Immunocompetent Carriers to Infant

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    Medrano Ortega, Francisco Javier; Varela Aguilar, José Manuel; Horra Padilla, Carmen de la; Respaldiza Salas, Nieves; Calderón Sandubete, Enrique José; Montes Cano, Marco Antonio; Rivero Rivero, Laura; Gutiérrez Rivero, Sonia; Friaza Patiño, Vicente; Rodríguez Herrera, Alfonso; Morilla Romero de la Osa, Rubén

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    We report a case of Pneumocystis jirovecii transmission from colonized grandparents to their infant granddaughter. Genotyping of P. jirovecii showed the same genotypes in samples from the infant and her grandparents. These fi ndings support P. jirovecii transmission from immunocompetent carrier adults to a susceptible child.

  6. Pneumocystis jirovecii infection of the external auditory canal

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    Catherine Mary Samuel; Sairita Maistry; Estie Meyer; Andrew Whitelaw

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is well known to cause interstitial plasma cell pneumonia in immunocompromised patients. It has been implicated as a rare cause of infections in other anatomical sites. We report a rare case of P. jirovecii infection of the external auditory canal. This was the first manifestation of a previously unknown HIV infection.

  7. Pneumocystis jirovecii infection of the external auditory canal

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    Catherine Mary Samuel

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    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii is well known to cause interstitial plasma cell pneumonia in immunocompromised patients. It has been implicated as a rare cause of infections in other anatomical sites. We report a rare case of P. jirovecii infection of the external auditory canal. This was the first manifestation of a previously unknown HIV infection.

  8. Dihydropteroate synthase gene mutations in Pneumocystis and sulfa resistance

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    Huang, Laurence; Crothers, Kristina; Atzori, Chiara;

    2004-01-01

    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) remains a major cause of illness and death in HIV-infected persons. Sulfa drugs, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) and dapsone are mainstays of PCP treatment and prophylaxis. While prophylaxis has reduced the incidence of PCP, its use has raised concerns about...

  9. Environmental Risk Factors for Pneumocystis Pneumonia Hospitalizations in HIV Patients

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    Djawe, Kpandja; Levin, Linda; Swartzman, Alexandra; Fong, Serena; Roth, Brenna; Subramanian, Anuradha; Grieco, Katherine; Jarlsberg, Leah; Miller, Robert F.; Huang, Laurence; Walzer, Peter D.

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    This report identifies both climatological and air pollution constituents as independent risk factors for hospitalization of HIV-positive patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP). These findings may lead to new insights about the epidemiology and pathogenesis of PcP.

  10. Pneumocystis jirovecii transmission from immunocompetent carriers to infant.

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    Rivero, Laura; de la Horra, Carmen; Montes-Cano, Marco A; Rodríguez-Herrera, Alfonso; Respaldiza, Nieves; Friaza, Vicente; Morilla, Rubén; Gutiérrez, Sonia; Varela, José M; Medrano, Francisco J; Calderón, Enrique J

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    We report a case of Pneumocystis jirovecii transmission from colonized grandparents to their infant granddaughter. Genotyping of P. jirovecii showed the same genotypes in samples from the infant and her grandparents. These findings support P. jirovecii transmission from immunocompetent carrier adults to a susceptible child. PMID:18598635

  11. Factors associated with the development of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 5,025 European patients with AIDS. AIDS in Europe Study Group

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    Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Barton, S E; Lazzarin, A;

    1995-01-01

    primary PCP prophylaxis, male homosexuality/bisexuality, diagnosis of AIDS in northern Europe, and CD4 cell count below 200 x 10(6)/L at the time of AIDS diagnosis. Patients with severe weight loss had a 60% higher risk of developing PCP during follow-up than those without such weight loss. Thus, the...... occurrence of PCP depended on geographic location, mode of acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS, degree of immunodeficiency, and use of various treatment regimens....

  12. A protracted course of Pneumocystis pneumonia in the setting of an immunosuppressed child with GMS-negative bronchoalveolar lavage

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    Taylor Eddens

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    Full Text Available We report a case of Pneumocystis pneumonia in a 5-year-old male with Trisomy 21 and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The lack of response to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole raised concerns for antimicrobial resistance. Further, diagnosis of Pneumocystis in this patient was complicated by a GMS-negative bronchoalveolar lavage despite molecular evidence of Pneumocystis infection.

  13. Serum (1→3)-β-d-Glucan Levels in Primary Infection and Pulmonary Colonization with Pneumocystis jirovecii▿

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    Damiani, Céline; Le Gal, Solène; Lejeune, Delphine; Brahimi, Naima; Virmaux, Michèle; Nevez, Gilles; Totet, Anne

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    This article describes positive (1→3)-β-d-glucan levels in serum from infants with primary Pneumocystis infection and from immunosuppressed patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and negative levels in serum from patients colonized by Pneumocystis jirovecii. Glucan detection is a complementary tool for the diagnosis of the diverse clinical presentations of P. jirovecii infection.

  14. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia following everolimus treatment of metastatic breast cancer

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    Kelvin Teck-Hong Kuik

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Everolimus is an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin with anti-tumour activity. While everolimus is known to cause drug-induced pneumonitis, it is rarely associated with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP. We report a patient on everolimus therapy for metastatic breast cancer that developed PJP. Diagnosis was based on clinical features and a quantitative polymerase chain reaction for P. jirovecii DNA. Clinicians should consider PJP as a potential cause of pulmonary infiltrates in patients treated with everolimus.

  15. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia following everolimus treatment of metastatic breast cancer

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    Kelvin Teck-Hong Kuik; Jason Trubiano; Worth, Leon J.; Nur-shirin Harun; Daniel Steinfort; Douglas Johnson

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    Everolimus is an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin with anti-tumour activity. While everolimus is known to cause drug-induced pneumonitis, it is rarely associated with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP). We report a patient on everolimus therapy for metastatic breast cancer that developed PJP. Diagnosis was based on clinical features and a quantitative polymerase chain reaction for P. jirovecii DNA. Clinicians should consider PJP as a potential cause of pulmonary infiltrates in p...

  16. Healthcare Worker Occupation and Immune Response to Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Tipirneni, Renuka; Daly, Kieran R.; Leah G Jarlsberg; Koch, Judy V.; Swartzman, Alexandra; Roth, Brenna M.; Walzer, Peter D.; Huang, Laurence

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    The reservoir and mode of transmission of Pneumocystis jirovecii remain uncertain. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 126 San Francisco General Hospital staff in clinical (n = 103) and nonclinical (n = 23) occupations to assess whether occupational exposure was associated with immune responses to P. jirovecii. We examined antibody levels by ELISA for 3 overlapping fragments that span the P. jirovecii major surface glycoprotein (Msg): MsgA, MsgB, and MsgC1. Clinical occupation participant...

  17. Polyamine Transport as a Target for Treatment of Pneumocystis Pneumonia▿

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    Liao, Chung-Ping; Phanstiel, Otto; Lasbury, Mark E.; Zhang, Chen; Shao, Shoujin; Durant, Pamela J.; Cheng, Bi-Hua; Lee, Chao-Hung

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    Polyamine levels are greatly increased in alveolar macrophages (AMs) during Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), leading to increased production of H2O2, which causes AMs to undergo apoptosis. One of the mechanisms by which polyamine levels in AMs are elevated is enhanced uptake of exogenous polyamines. In this study, the possibility of targeting polyamine uptake as a treatment for PCP was examined. Four anthracene- and one benzene-polyamine conjugates that are potential polyamine transport inhibito...

  18. Pulmonary coinfection by Pneumocystis jiroveci and Cryptococcus neoformans

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    Bava Javier; Lloveras Susana; Garro Santiago; Troncoso Alcides

    2012-01-01

    We communicate the diagnosis by microscopy of a pulmonary coinfection produced by Cryptococcus neoformans and Pneumocystis jiroveci, from a respiratory secretion obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage of an AIDS patient. Our review of literature identified this coinfection as unusual presentation. Opportunistic infections associated with HIV infection are increasingly recognized. It may occur at an early stage of HIV-infection. Whereas concurrent opportunistic infections may occur, coexisting Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) and disseminated cryptococcosis with cryptococcal pneumonia is uncommon. The lungs of individuals infected with HIV are often affected by opportunistic infections and tumours and over two-thirds of patients have at least one respiratory episode during the course of their disease. Pneumonia is the leading HIV-associated infection. We present the case of a man who presented dual Pneumocystis jiroveci and cryptococcal pneumonia in a patient with HIV. Definitive diagnosis of PCP and Cryptococcus requires demonstration of these organisms in pulmonary tissues or fluid. In patients with < 200/microliter CD4-lymphocytes, a bronchoalveolar lavage should be performed. This patient was successfully treated with amphotericin B and trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole. After 1 week the patient showed clinical and radiologic improvement and was discharged 3 weeks later.

  19. Systemic inflammation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are colonized with Pneumocystis jiroveci.

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    Calderón, Enrique J; Rivero, Laura; Respaldiza, Nieves; Morilla, Rubén; Montes-Cano, Marco A; Friaza, Vicente; Muñoz-Lobato, Fernando; Varela, José M; Medrano, Francisco J; Horra, Carmen de la

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    In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high levels of airway and systemic inflammatory markers are associated with a faster decrease in lung function. Our study shows that patients colonized by Pneumocystis jiroveci have higher proinflammatory cytokine levels than do noncolonized patients. This suggests that Pneumocystis may play a role in disease progression. PMID:17578770

  20. High Prevalence of Dihydropteroate Synthase Mutations in Pneumocystis jirovecii Isolated from Patients with Pneumocystis Pneumonia in South Africa▿

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    Dini, Leigh; du Plessis, Mignon; Frean, John; Fernandez, Victor

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Sulfa-containing drugs are used for the treatment and prophylaxis of PCP. Mutations in the P. jirovecii fas gene, which encodes dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS), are associated with prior exposure to sulfa drugs, and their appearance suggests the emergence of variants with reduced sulfa susceptibility. The present study examined the prevalence of DHPS mutations in P. jirovecii...

  1. Low prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii lung colonization in Ugandan HIV-infected patients hospitalized with non-Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    Taylor, Steve M.; Meshnick, Steven R; Worodria, William; Andama, Alfred; Davis, J. Lucian; Cattamanchi, Adithya; Boon, Saskia den; Samuel D Yoo; Goodman, Carol D.; Huang, Laurence

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is an important opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients. In the developed world, P. jirovecii epidemiology is marked by frequent colonization in immunosuppressed patients, but data on the prevalence of colonization is very limited in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of persons living with HIV reside. Our objective was to describe the epidemiology of P. jirovecii colonization among HIV-positive patients in a cross-sectional, hospital-based study of patient...

  2. Ambient air pollution associated with suppressed serologic responses to Pneumocystis jirovecii in a prospective cohort of HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Blount, R. J.; Djawe, K.; Daly, K. R.; Jarlsberg, L.G.; Fong, S.; Balmes, J; Miller, R F; Walzer, P. D.; Huang, L; International HIV-associated Opportunistic Pneumonias Study

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    BACKGROUND: Ambient air pollution (AAP) may be associated with increased risk for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). The mechanisms underlying this association remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To determine if real-life exposures to AAP are associated with suppressed IgM antibody responses to P. jirovecii in HIV-infected (HIV+) patients with active PCP, and to determine if AAP, mediated by suppressed serologic responses to Pneumocystis, is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. METHODS: We conduct...

  3. Fatal secondary pulmonary hypertension due to cardiac involvement in AIDS-associated Burkitt′s lymphoma

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    Singh Ashutosh

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    Full Text Available Primary cardiac lymphomas are rare lesions in children with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS. Most of them are high-grade Burkitt′s or Burkitt-like lymphomas. They usually present with congestive cardiac failure, pericardial effusion or tamponade, arrhythmias, with predominant systemic ′B′ symptoms and often with widespread extranodal involvement. The clinical profile and operative and pathological findings of a 4-year-old boy with AIDS-associated Burkitt′s lymphoma of the heart presenting with acute right heart failure and fatal secondary pulmonary hypertension is reported.

  4. MyD88 Signaling Regulates Both Host Defense and Immunopathogenesis during Pneumocystis Infection

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    Bello-Irizarry, Sheila N.; Wang, Jing; Johnston, Carl J.; Gigliotti, Francis; Wright, Terry W.

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    The immune response protects against Pneumocystis infection, but is also a key component of PcP-related immunopathogenesis. Signaling through MyD88 is critical for activation of immune pathways downstream of TLRs and IL-1 receptor. To determine whether MyD88 regulates normal host defense against Pneumocystis, non-immunosuppressed wild-type (WT) and MyD88 deficient mice were infected. MyD88−/− mice had higher early Pneumocystis burdens than WT mice, but mounted an effective adaptive immune res...

  5. Demonstrations of AIDS-associated malignancies and infections at FDG PET-CT

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    HIV infection results in profound alterations of immunologic function that render the patient severely immunocompromised, and susceptible to malignancies and opportunistic infections. Three AIDS-defining malignancies include Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and invasive cervical cancer. In AIDS patients, KS is often aggressive and multifocal, with visceral involvement and widespread cutaneous and nodal spread; NHL is always high grade and often widely disseminated at the time of diagnosis with frequent involvement of extranodal sites; cervical cancer is invasive and has greater likelihood of progression and metastasis. Although there are very sparse systemic data available in the literature, limited studies has shown that fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) is a valuable imaging technique in the diagnosis, staging, restaging and monitoring therapeutic response in these malignancies. In addition, a unique application of FDG PET/CT is the differentiation of cerebral lesions between lymphoma and toxoplasmosis in AIDS patients, which cannot be reliably achieved with either CT or MRI. HIV-associated opportunistic infections may involve different pathogens and multiple tissues, organs or systems. Some preliminary observations have revealed a promising role of FDG PET-CT in the diagnosis and identification of these infections such as tuberculosis, fever of unknown origin, pneumocystis pneumonia and candidiasis. However, it should be stressed that FDG PET-CT alone has no role in identifying the pathology of abnormalities. FDG PET-CT, at best, can localize the sites of abnormalities and impact on patient's management in clinical decision making. (author)

  6. Typing of Pneumocystis jirovecii by multilocus sequencing: evidence of outbreak?

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    Depypere, M; Saegeman, V; Lagrou, K

    2016-06-01

    Different reports of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PcP) outbreaks on oncology and transplant units suggest the possibility of a person-to-person transmission. Based on these reports, we searched retrospectively for possible PcP clusters in UZ Leuven in 2013. A movement and transmission map was established for all patients (n = 21) with a positive PcP PCR on BAL fluid. BAL fluid samples from all patients with a positive PCR on the mitochondrial large subunit mRNA of P. jirovecii and possible cross exposure were typed with multilocus sequence typing (MLST). Five patients with a positive PcP PCR could have contact with another PcP patient. Another five patients with a weak positive PcP PCR on BAL fluid during the same period were also included. Based on the MLST typing of the BAL samples of these ten patients, there was no evidence of a PcP outbreak in UZ Leuven in 2013. MLST has proven to be a useful tool in genotyping and outbreak detection. From this case series, it could be concluded that current infection control precautions for P. jirovecii are appropriate in UZ Leuven. However, there is need for an international Pneumocystis database and more clarity in the geographic distribution of different P. jirovecii genotypes. PMID:27038443

  7. Pentamidine in Pneumocystis jirovecii prophylaxis in heart transplant recipients.

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    Diken, Adem Ilkay; Diken, Ozlem Erçen; Hanedan, Onur; Yılmaz, Seyhan; Ecevit, Ata Niyazi; Erol, Emir; Yalçınkaya, Adnan

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    Despite advances in transplantation techniques and the quality of post-transplantation care, opportunistic infections remain an important cause of complications. Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) is an opportunistic organism, represents an important cause of infections in heart transplantation patients. Almost 2% to 10% of patients undergoing cardiac transplantation have Pneumocystis pneumonia. Prophylaxis is essential after surgery. Various prophylaxis regimes had been defined in past and have different advantages. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) has a key role in prophylaxis against P. jirovecii. Generally, although TMP/SMX is well tolerated, serious side effects have also been reported during its use. Pentamidine is an alternative prophylaxis agent when TMP/SMX cannot be tolerated by the patient. Structurally, pentamidine is an aromatic diamidine compound with antiprotozoal activity. Since it is not effectively absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is frequently administered via the intravenous route. Pentamidine can alternatively be administered through inhalation at a monthly dose in heart transplant recipients. Although, the efficiency and safety of this drug is well studied in other types of solid organ transplantations, there are only few data about pentamidine usage in heart transplantation. We sought to evaluate evidence-based assessment of the use of pentamidine against P. jirovecii after heart transplantation. PMID:27011917

  8. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis for HIV-exposed neonates

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    Full Text Available Nicholas J Bennett Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Connecticut Childrens Medical Center, Hartford, CT, USA Abstract: Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP is a common, usually fatal opportunistic infection of HIV-infected infants. This review summarizes the current knowledge and recommended practices regarding PCP prophylaxis in HIV-exposed infants. The incidence of PCP has dropped dramatically in areas of the world where widespread testing for HIV and empiric prophylaxis for PCP in HIV-exposed neonates have been adopted. The recommended drug for PCP prophylaxis is trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX, and all HIV-infected infants under a year of age should receive PCP prophylaxis as well as combination anti-retroviral therapy. With the advent of accurate, timely testing that can reliably rule out infection with HIV at an early age, PCP prophylaxis can be safely avoided in the majority of HIV-exposed infants. Resource-poor settings should employ universal PCP prophylaxis for HIV-exposed infants and have a need for rapid, accurate, molecular testing approaches to diagnose HIV infection in exposed neonates. Keywords: pneumocystis, jirovecii, PCP, HIV, prophylaxis, neonate

  9. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection.

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    Siegel, Marc; Masur, Henry; Kovacs, Joseph

    2016-04-01

    The presentation of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in previously healthy men having sex with men (MSM) in San Francisco and New York City in 1981 heralded the beginning of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic. Despite a decreasing incidence of PCP among patients with HIV/AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) since the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, PCP remains one of the most common AIDS-defining opportunistic infections in the United States and Western Europe. Newer molecular diagnostic tests in conjunction with standard immunofluorescent or colorimetric tests have allowed for more rapid and accurate diagnosis. Although several effective oral and intravenous therapies exist to treat PCP, mortality rates in HIV-infected individuals remain unacceptably high, especially in those with advanced AIDS. The identification of specific mutations in Pneumocystis genes targeted by trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole has raised concerns about the development of resistance to the drug of choice and may ultimately lead to greater utilization of alternative therapies to treat PCP in the future. PMID:26974301

  10. Radiographic features of paediatric pneumocystis pneumonia - a historical perspective

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    Aim: To determine differences between the plain radiographic features of paediatric pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) recorded before the emergence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1982 and those documented in the HIV era. To establish differences in the radiographic features of PCP documented in HIV-infected children in developed and developing countries. Method: A Medline search of articles was conducted from 1950 to 2006, using the terms 'pneumocystis pneumonia in children' and 'chest radiographic features' or 'bilateral opacification' or 'lobar consolidation' or 'asymmetrical opacification' or 'pneumatocoeles' or 'cavities' or 'pneumothorax' or 'pneumomediastinum' or 'pleural effusion' or 'mediastinal adenopathy' or 'nodules' or 'normal chest radiography'. Appropriate articles were retrieved, radiological data extracted, reference lists examined and hand searches of referenced articles conducted. Results: Diffuse bilateral 'ground-glass' or alveolar pulmonary opacification, which may show some asymmetry, has been consistently documented as the commonest radiographic finding in childhood PCP throughout the period under review. The less common radiological features of PCP in children are similar to those in adults. In developed countries, PCP-related pulmonary air cysts have been reported at an earlier age in HIV-infected children, compared with uninfected children. PCP-related air cysts, pneumothorax, and pneumomediastinum have been reported in children in developed but not in developing countries. Conclusion: The radiological features of paediatric PCP documented before the HIV epidemic are similar to those recorded in the HIV era. Further study of the determinants of the uncommon radiographic features in children is warranted

  11. Genome analysis of three Pneumocystis species reveals adaptation mechanisms to life exclusively in mammalian hosts

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    Ma, Liang; Chen, Zehua; Huang, Da Wei; Kutty, Geetha; Ishihara, Mayumi; Wang, Honghui; Abouelleil, Amr; Bishop, Lisa; Davey, Emma; Deng, Rebecca; Deng, Xilong; Fan, Lin; Fantoni, Giovanna; Fitzgerald, Michael; Gogineni, Emile; Goldberg, Jonathan M.; Handley, Grace; Hu, Xiaojun; Huber, Charles; Jiao, Xiaoli; Jones, Kristine; Levin, Joshua Z.; Liu, Yueqin; Macdonald, Pendexter; Melnikov, Alexandre; Raley, Castle; Sassi, Monica; Sherman, Brad T.; Song, Xiaohong; Sykes, Sean; Tran, Bao; Walsh, Laura; Xia, Yun; Yang, Jun; Young, Sarah; Zeng, Qiandong; Zheng, Xin; Stephens, Robert; Nusbaum, Chad; Birren, Bruce W.; Azadi, Parastoo; Lempicki, Richard A.; Cuomo, Christina A.; Kovacs, Joseph A.

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is a major cause of life-threatening pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients including transplant recipients and those with HIV/AIDS, yet surprisingly little is known about the biology of this fungal pathogen. Here we report near complete genome assemblies for three Pneumocystis species that infect humans, rats and mice. Pneumocystis genomes are highly compact relative to other fungi, with substantial reductions of ribosomal RNA genes, transporters, transcription factors and many metabolic pathways, but contain expansions of surface proteins, especially a unique and complex surface glycoprotein superfamily, as well as proteases and RNA processing proteins. Unexpectedly, the key fungal cell wall components chitin and outer chain N-mannans are absent, based on genome content and experimental validation. Our findings suggest that Pneumocystis has developed unique mechanisms of adaptation to life exclusively in mammalian hosts, including dependence on the lungs for gas and nutrients and highly efficient strategies to escape both host innate and acquired immune defenses. PMID:26899007

  12. Genome analysis of three Pneumocystis species reveals adaptation mechanisms to life exclusively in mammalian hosts.

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    Ma, Liang; Chen, Zehua; Huang, Da Wei; Kutty, Geetha; Ishihara, Mayumi; Wang, Honghui; Abouelleil, Amr; Bishop, Lisa; Davey, Emma; Deng, Rebecca; Deng, Xilong; Fan, Lin; Fantoni, Giovanna; Fitzgerald, Michael; Gogineni, Emile; Goldberg, Jonathan M; Handley, Grace; Hu, Xiaojun; Huber, Charles; Jiao, Xiaoli; Jones, Kristine; Levin, Joshua Z; Liu, Yueqin; Macdonald, Pendexter; Melnikov, Alexandre; Raley, Castle; Sassi, Monica; Sherman, Brad T; Song, Xiaohong; Sykes, Sean; Tran, Bao; Walsh, Laura; Xia, Yun; Yang, Jun; Young, Sarah; Zeng, Qiandong; Zheng, Xin; Stephens, Robert; Nusbaum, Chad; Birren, Bruce W; Azadi, Parastoo; Lempicki, Richard A; Cuomo, Christina A; Kovacs, Joseph A

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is a major cause of life-threatening pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients including transplant recipients and those with HIV/AIDS, yet surprisingly little is known about the biology of this fungal pathogen. Here we report near complete genome assemblies for three Pneumocystis species that infect humans, rats and mice. Pneumocystis genomes are highly compact relative to other fungi, with substantial reductions of ribosomal RNA genes, transporters, transcription factors and many metabolic pathways, but contain expansions of surface proteins, especially a unique and complex surface glycoprotein superfamily, as well as proteases and RNA processing proteins. Unexpectedly, the key fungal cell wall components chitin and outer chain N-mannans are absent, based on genome content and experimental validation. Our findings suggest that Pneumocystis has developed unique mechanisms of adaptation to life exclusively in mammalian hosts, including dependence on the lungs for gas and nutrients and highly efficient strategies to escape both host innate and acquired immune defenses. PMID:26899007

  13. A 32-Year-Old Female with AIDS, Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia, and Methemoglobinemia

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    Guillermo J. Giangreco; Mark J Cowan; Dean Campbell

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    We report a case of methemoglobinemia with significant hemoglobin desaturation in a young female with AIDS who was being treated for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia. A review of the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of methemoglobinemia is presented.

  14. A 32-Year-Old Female with AIDS, Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia, and Methemoglobinemia

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    Full Text Available We report a case of methemoglobinemia with significant hemoglobin desaturation in a young female with AIDS who was being treated for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia. A review of the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of methemoglobinemia is presented.

  15. Serum markers in interstitial pneumonia with and without Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization: a prospective study

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    Shimizu Yasuo; Sunaga Noriaki; Dobashi Kunio; Fueki Makoto; Fueki Naoto; Makino Sohei; Mori Masatomo

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    Abstract Background In patients with chronic respiratory disease, Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) colonization is observed, and may influence disease progression and systemic inflammation. Pneumocystis pneumonia causes interstitial changes, so making a diagnosis of PCP in patients who have interstitial pneumonia (IP) with P. jirovecii colonization is sometimes difficult based on radiography. Methods This study investigated the prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization in IP patients and a...

  16. Prevention of Infection Due to Pneumocystis spp. in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Negative Immunocompromised Patients

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    Rodriguez, Martin; Fishman, Jay A

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    Pneumocystis infection in humans was originally described in 1942. The organism was initially thought to be a protozoan, but more recent data suggest that it is more closely related to the fungi. Patients with cellular immune deficiencies are at risk for the development of symptomatic Pneumocystis infection. Populations at risk also include patients with hematologic and nonhematologic malignancies, hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, solid-organ recipients, and patients receiving i...

  17. Pneumocystis jiroveci Dihydropteroate Synthase Genotypes in Immunocompetent Infants and Immunosuppressed Adults, Amiens, France

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    Totet, Anne; Latouche, Sophie; Lacube, Philippe; Pautard, Jean-Claude; Jounieaux, Vincent; Raccurt, Christian; Roux, Patricia; Nevez, Gilles

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    To date, investigations of Pneumocystis jiroveci circulation in the human reservoir through the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) locus analysis have only been conducted by examining P. jirovecii isolates from immunosuppressed patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). Our study identifies P. jirovecii genotypes at this locus in 33 immunocompetent infants colonized with P. jirovecii contemporaneously with a bronchiolitis episode and in 13 adults with PCP; both groups of patients were monitored...

  18. The prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii among patients with different chronic pulmonary disorders in Ahvaz, Iran

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    Elham Aboualigalehdari; Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi; Mahnaz Fatahinia; Esmaeil Idani

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    Background and Objectives: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) is a chronic fungal infection that caused by P. ji- rovecii. Disease is more prevalent among the HIV-infected patients. The colonization of pneumocystis in human respiratory system is associated with the airway inflammation and obstruction. The current study was conducted to identify the preva- lence of P. jirovecii among the patients with chronic pulmonary disorders in Ahvaz, Iran.Materials and Methods: In the present study, 1...

  19. Assembly and Annotation of Pneumocystis jirovecii from the Human Lung Microbiome

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    Cushion, Melanie T; Keely, Scott P

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    ABSTRACT Pneumocystis jirovecii is a fungus that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients and has been closely associated with AIDS since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Because in vitro cultivation of P. jirovecii is not possible, progress has been hindered in our understanding of its life cycle, mode of transmission, metabolic function, and genome. Limited amounts of P. jirovecii can be obtained from infected patients, but the occurrence of bacteria, other fungi, and h...

  20. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Risks and Prophylaxis Recommendations

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    Shunsuke Mori; Mineharu Sugimoto

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii infection causes fulminant interstitial pneumonia (Pneumocystis pneumonia, PCP) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are receiving biological and/or nonbiological antirheumatic drugs. Recently, we encountered a PCP outbreak among RA outpatients at our institution. Hospital-acquired, person-to-person transmission appears to be the most likely mode of this cluster of P. jirovecii infection. Carriage of P. jirovecii seems a time-limited phenomenon in immunocompet...

  1. Pneumocystis jirovecii--from a commensal to pathogen: clinical and diagnostic review.

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    Sokulska, Magdalena; Kicia, Marta; Wesołowska, Maria; Hendrich, Andrzej B

    2015-10-01

    Pneumocystis pneumonia is an opportunistic disease caused by invasion of unicellular fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Initially, it was responsible for majority of morbidity and mortality cases among HIV-infected patients, which later have been reduced due to the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy, as well as anti-Pneumocystis prophylaxis among these patients. Pneumocystis pneumonia, however, is still a significant cause of mortality among HIV-negative patients being under immunosuppression caused by different factors, such as transplant recipients as well as oncologically treated ones. The issue of pneumocystosis among these people is particularly emphasized in the article, since rapid onset and fast progression of severe symptoms result in high mortality rate among these patients, who thereby represent the group of highest risk of developing Pneumocystis pneumonia. In contrast, fungal invasion in immunocompetent people usually leads to asymptomatic colonization, which frequent incidence among healthy infants has even suggested the possibility of its association with sudden unexpected infant death syndrome. In the face of emerging strains with different epidemiological profiles resulting from genetic diversity, including drug-resistant genotypes, the colonization phenomenon desires particular attention, discussed in this article. We also summarize specific and sensitive methods, required for detection of Pneumocystis invasion and for distinguish colonization from the disease. PMID:26281787

  2. Discordant antibody and cellular responses to Pneumocystis major surface glycoprotein variants in mice

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    Bishop Lisa R

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The major surface glycoprotein (Msg of Pneumocystis is encoded by approximately 50 to 80 unique but related genes. Msg diversity may represent a mechanism for immune escape from host T cell responses. We examined splenic T cell proliferative and cytokine as well as serum antibody responses to recombinant and native Pneumocystis antigens in immunized or Pneumocystis-infected mice. In addition, immune responses were examined in 5 healthy humans. Results Proliferative responses to each of two recombinant Msg variant proteins were seen in mice immunized with either recombinant protein, but no proliferation to these antigens was seen in mice immunized with crude Pneumocystis antigens or in mice that had cleared infection, although the latter animals demonstrated proliferative responses to crude Pneumocystis antigens and native Msg. IL-17 and MCP-3 were produced in previously infected animals in response to the same antigens, but not to recombinant antigens. Antibody responses to the recombinant P. murina Msg variant proteins were seen in all groups of animals, demonstrating that all groups were exposed to and mounted immune responses to Msg. No human PBMC samples proliferated following stimulation with P. jirovecii Msg, while antibody responses were detected in sera from 4 of 5 samples. Conclusions Cross-reactive antibody responses to Msg variants are common, while cross-reactive T cell responses are uncommon; these results support the hypothesis that Pneumocystis utilizes switching of Msg variant expression to avoid host T cell responses.

  3. Late Onset Combined Immunodeficiency Presenting with Recurrent Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia

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    Ilias Papakonstantinou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Late onset combined immunodeficiency (LOCID is a recently described variant of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID, involving adult patients presenting with opportunistic infections and/or low CD4+ lymphocyte counts. A 36-year-old male with unremarkable past medical history presented with fever, respiratory failure, and lymphocytopenia. He was found to have Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP, subsequently complicated by recurrent hospital-acquired Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia and immune reconstitution phenomena, attributed to restoration of immunoglobulin levels. Clinicians should be aware of LOCID, which could be confused with HIV infection/AIDS or idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia. In the English bibliography there is only one case report, where PJP was the initial presentation of CVID (that case would probably be classified as LOCID. Phenomena of immune reconstitution are described in various settings, including primary immunodeficiency, manifesting as temporary clinical and radiologic deterioration and leading to misperceptions of therapeutic failure and/or presence of alternative/additional diagnoses.

  4. Reversed halo sign in pneumocystis pneumonia: a case report

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    Hashimoto Kimio

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The reversed halo sign may sometimes be seen in patients with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, but is rarely associated with other diseases. Case presentation We present a case study of a 32-year-old male patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, who had previously been treated with chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A chest X-ray showed bilateral patchy infiltrates. High-resolution computed tomography revealed the reversed halo sign in both upper lobes. The patient was diagnosed with pneumocystis pneumonia, which was successfully treated with sulfamethoxazole trimethoprim; the reversed halo sign disappeared, leaving cystic lesions. Cases such as this one are rare, but show that the reversed halo sign may occur in patients who do not have cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. Conclusion Physicians can avoid making an incorrect diagnosis and prescribing the wrong treatment by carefully evaluating all clinical criteria rather than assuming that the reversed halo sign only occurs with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia.

  5. Reversed halo sign in pneumocystis pneumonia: a case report

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    The reversed halo sign may sometimes be seen in patients with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, but is rarely associated with other diseases. We present a case study of a 32-year-old male patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, who had previously been treated with chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A chest X-ray showed bilateral patchy infiltrates. High-resolution computed tomography revealed the reversed halo sign in both upper lobes. The patient was diagnosed with pneumocystis pneumonia, which was successfully treated with sulfamethoxazole trimethoprim; the reversed halo sign disappeared, leaving cystic lesions. Cases such as this one are rare, but show that the reversed halo sign may occur in patients who do not have cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. Physicians can avoid making an incorrect diagnosis and prescribing the wrong treatment by carefully evaluating all clinical criteria rather than assuming that the reversed halo sign only occurs with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

  6. Diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia: evaluation of four serologic biomarkers.

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    Esteves, F; Calé, S S; Badura, R; de Boer, M G; Maltez, F; Calderón, E J; van der Reijden, T J; Márquez-Martín, E; Antunes, F; Matos, O

    2015-04-01

    The diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) relies on microscopic visualization of Pneumocystis jirovecii organisms or DNA detection in pulmonary specimens. This study aimed to assess the usefulness of (1-3)-β-d-glucan (BG), Krebs von den Lungen-6 antigen (KL-6), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and S-adenosyl methionine (SAM) as serologic biomarkers in the diagnosis of PCP. Serum levels of BG, KL-6, LDH and SAM were investigated in 145 Portuguese patients, 50 patients from the Netherlands, 25 Spanish patients and 40 Portuguese blood donors. Data on clinical presentation, chest imaging and gasometry tests were available. PCP cases were confirmed by microscopy and PCR techniques. A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed. BG was found to be the most reliable serologic biomarker for PCP diagnosis, followed by KL-6, LDH and SAM. The BG/KL-6 combination test was the most accurate serologic approach for PCP diagnosis, with 94.3% sensitivity and 89.6% specificity. Although less sensitive/specific than the reference standard classic methods based on bronchoalveolar lavage followed by microscopic or molecular detection of P. jirovecii organisms, the BG/KL-6 test may provide a less onerous procedure for PCP diagnosis, as it uses a minimally invasive and inexpensive specimen (blood), which may be also a major benefit for the patient's care. The BG/KL-6 combination test should be interpreted within the clinical context, and it may be used as a preliminary screening test in patients with primary suspicion of PCP, or as an alternative diagnostic procedure in patients with respiratory failure or in children, avoiding the associated risk of complications by the use of bronchoscopy. PMID:25630458

  7. Immune modulation with sulfasalazine attenuates immunopathogenesis but enhances macrophage-mediated fungal clearance during Pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Jing Wang

    Full Text Available Although T cells are critical for host defense against respiratory fungal infections, they also contribute to the immunopathogenesis of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP. However, the precise downstream effector mechanisms by which T cells mediate these diverse processes are undefined. In the current study the effects of immune modulation with sulfasalazine were evaluated in a mouse model of PcP-related Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (PcP-IRIS. Recovery of T cell-mediated immunity in Pneumocystis-infected immunodeficient mice restored host defense, but also initiated the marked pulmonary inflammation and severe pulmonary function deficits characteristic of IRIS. Sulfasalazine produced a profound attenuation of IRIS, with the unexpected consequence of accelerated fungal clearance. To determine whether macrophage phagocytosis is an effector mechanism of T cell-mediated Pneumocystis clearance and whether sulfasalazine enhances clearance by altering alveolar macrophage phagocytic activity, a novel multispectral imaging flow cytometer-based method was developed to quantify the phagocytosis of Pneumocystis in vivo. Following immune reconstitution, alveolar macrophages from PcP-IRIS mice exhibited a dramatic increase in their ability to actively phagocytose Pneumocystis. Increased phagocytosis correlated temporally with fungal clearance, and required the presence of CD4(+ T cells. Sulfasalazine accelerated the onset of the CD4(+ T cell-dependent alveolar macrophage phagocytic response in PcP-IRIS mice, resulting in enhanced fungal clearance. Furthermore, sulfasalazine promoted a TH2-polarized cytokine environment in the lung, and sulfasalazine-enhanced phagocytosis of Pneumocystis was associated with an alternatively activated alveolar macrophage phenotype. These results provide evidence that macrophage phagocytosis is an important in vivo effector mechanism for T cell-mediated Pneumocystis clearance, and that macrophage phenotype can be altered

  8. Humoral immune responses to Pneumocystis jirovecii antigens in HIV-infected and uninfected young children with pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Kpandja Djawe

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Humoral immune responses in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-infected and uninfected children with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP are poorly understood. METHODS: Consecutive children hospitalized with acute pneumonia, tachypnea, and hypoxia in South Africa were investigated for PcP, which was diagnosed by real-time polymerase chain reaction on lower respiratory tract specimens. Serum antibody responses to recombinant fragments of the carboxyl terminus of Pneumocystis jirovecii major surface glycoprotein (MsgC were analyzed. RESULTS: 149 children were enrolled of whom 96 (64% were HIV-infected. PcP occurred in 69 (72% of HIV-infected and 14 (26% of HIV-uninfected children. HIV-infected children with PcP had significantly decreased IgG antibodies to MsgC compared to HIV-infected patients without PcP, but had similar IgM antibodies. In contrast, HIV-uninfected children with PcP showed no change in IgG antibodies to MsgC, but had significantly increased IgM antibodies compared to HIV-uninfected children without PCP. Age was an independent predictor of high IgG antibodies, whereas PcP was a predictor of low IgG antibodies and high IgM antibodies. IgG and IgM antibody levels to the most closely related MsgC fragments were predictors of survival from PcP. CONCLUSIONS: Young HIV-infected children with PcP have significantly impaired humoral immune responses to MsgC, whereas HIV-uninfected children with PcP can develop active humoral immune responses. The children also exhibit a complex relationship between specific host factors and antibody levels to MsgC fragments that may be related to survival from PcP.

  9. Molecular resemblance of an AIDS-associated lymphoma and endemic Burkitt lymphomas: Implications for their pathogenesis

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    Haluska, F.G.; Russo, G.; Croce, C.M. (Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Philadelphia, PA (USA)); Kant, J. (Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia (USA)); Andreef, M. (Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, NY (USA))

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    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a common feature of AIDS. Approximately 30-40% of these tumors exhibit clinical features suggestive of endemic Burkitt lymphoma: they are aggressive malignancies that occur in association with Epstein-Barr virus infection, they arise in the setting of immunosuppression, and they carry t(8;14) translocations without detectable rearrangement of the MYC oncogene. To understand the molecular basis of these parallels, the authors analyzed a case of Epstein-Barr-positive AIDS-associated undifferentiated lymphoma. Southern blots show that the tumor exhibits immunoglobulin joining segment rearrangement but no rearrangement of the MYC oncogene. Cloning of the rearranged joining segment allowed the isolation of recombinant clones encompassing the translocation breakpoint, and sequencing of the translocation junction disclosed that the breakpoint is situated 7 base pairs from the chromosome 14 site involved in a previously described endemic Burkitt lymphoma translocation. Furthermore, the breakpoint is situated far from MYC on chromosome 8, a constant finding in endemic Burkitt lymphomas. That the molecular architecture of the translocation in this case is strikingly similar to previously analyzed translocations from endemic Burkitt lymphomas strongly suggests that common molecular mechanisms must be operative in the pathogenesis of these tumors.

  10. Detecção molecular de Pneumocystis jirovecii no doente imunodeprimido

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    Campos, Carla Manuela Moutinho Silva

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    O diagnóstico rápido das doenças infecciosas, particularmente daquelas que representam um problema de saúde pública, apresenta-se como um dos maiores desafios para a microbiologia. Uma das doenças que mais tem merecido a atenção dos técnicos é a pneumocistose, provocada por um microorganismo oportunista particularmente activo na população imunodeprimida e que se encontra distribuído por todos os continentes e climas: o Pneumocystis jirovecii, anteriormente conhecido como Pneumocystis carin...

  11. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Abatacept

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    Fabio E. Ospina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is an autoimmune disease characterized by synovial membrane inflammation and joint cartilage destruction. Abatacept is a biologic agent that blocks the costimulation signals, preventing antigen presentation and proliferation of T lymphocytes. It is approved for the treatment of patients with RA. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP is an infectious disease complicating several immunosuppressive drugs. PJP associated with abatacept has not been reported yet in the medical literature. Various factors, such as the mechanism of action of abatacept, may contribute to predisposing to  Pneumocystis jirovecii infection. In this paper, we report a patient with RA who developed PJP under abatacept treatment.

  12. Virtual Screening of Phytochemicals to Novel Target (HAT) Rtt109 in Pneumocystis Jirovecii using Bioinformatics Tools

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    Adithavarman, Abhinand Ponneri; Dakshinamoorthi, Anusha; David, Darling Chellathai; Ragunath, Padmavathi Kannan

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    Introduction Pneumocystis jirovecii is a fungus that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV and other immunosuppressed patients. Treatment of Pneumocystis pneumonia with the currently available antifungals is challenging and associated with considerable adverse effects. There is a need to develop drugs against novel targets with minimal human toxicities. Histone Acetyl Transferase (HAT) Rtt109 is a potential therapeutic target in Pneumocystis jirovecii species. HAT is linked to transcription and is required to acetylate conserved lysine residues on histone proteins by transferring an acetyl group from acetyl CoA to form e-N-acetyl lysine. Therefore, inhibitors of HAT can be useful therapeutic options in Pneumocystis pneumonia. Aim To screen phytochemicals against (HAT) Rtt109 using bioinformatics tool. Materials and Methods The tertiary structure of Pneumocystis jirovecii (HAT) Rtt109 was modeled by Homology Modeling. The ideal template for modeling was obtained by performing Psi BLAST of the protein sequence. Rtt109-AcCoA/Vps75 protein from Saccharomyces cerevisiae (PDB structure 3Q35) was chosen as the template. The target protein was modeled using Swiss Modeler and validated using Ramachandran plot and Errat 2. Comprehensive text mining was performed to identify phytochemical compounds with antipneumonia and fungicidal properties and these compounds were filtered based on Lipinski’s Rule of 5. The chosen compounds were subjected to virtual screening against the target protein (HAT) Rtt109 using Molegro Virtual Docker 4.5. Osiris Property Explorer and Open Tox Server were used to predict ADME-T properties of the chosen phytochemicals. Results Tertiary structure model of HAT Rtt 109 had a ProSA score of -6.57 and Errat 2 score of 87.34. Structure validation analysis by Ramachandran plot for the model revealed 97% of amino acids were in the favoured region. Of all the phytochemicals subjected to virtual screening against the target protein (HAT) Rtt109, baicalin

  13. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Abatacept.

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    Ospina, Fabio E; Agualimpia, Andrés; Bonilla-Abadía, Fabio; Cañas, Carlos A; Tobón, Gabriel J

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    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by synovial membrane inflammation and joint cartilage destruction. Abatacept is a biologic agent that blocks the costimulation signals, preventing antigen presentation and proliferation of T lymphocytes. It is approved for the treatment of patients with RA. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) is an infectious disease complicating several immunosuppressive drugs. PJP associated with abatacept has not been reported yet in the medical literature. Various factors, such as the mechanism of action of abatacept, may contribute to predisposing to  Pneumocystis jirovecii infection. In this paper, we report a patient with RA who developed PJP under abatacept treatment. PMID:25313341

  14. Low Titer Pneumocystis jirovecii Infections: More than Just Colonization?

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    Alexander Prickartz

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Non-pneumonia Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization is thought to occur frequently in immunocompetent individuals. The aim was to analyze if P. jirovecii low-titer detections have more impact than just colonization. From our total cohort of patients for which P. jirovecii testing by qPCR was requested, we selected exclusively those that were fully immunocompetent. Patients were defined as fully immunocompetent if they did not receive immunosuppressive therapy, displayed regular antibody titers, and did not suffer from acquired, inherited or autoimmune diseases. Only those patients with complete medical records available were included. A retrospective analysis identified patients with P. jirovecii colonization and successful antibiotic therapy in response to laboratory pathogen detection. We identified 30 fully immunocompetent patients with P. jirovecii colonization suspected to suffer from infection with the pathogen, but with milder symptoms than pneumonia. All patients were successfully treated with cotrimoxazole against P. jirovecii and resolved from chronic cough and recurrent pulmonary infections. The fact that all patients displayed recovery from their clinical symptoms gives raise to the hypothesis that P. jirovecii infections may also occur in immunocompetent patients but with milder symptoms.

  15. Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD

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    Sadegh Khodavaisy

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    Full Text Available Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is associated with a chronic inflammatory response in airways and lung parenchyma that results in significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cigarette smoking considered as an important risk factor plays a role in pathogenesis of disease. Pneumocystis jirovecii is an atypical opportunistic fungus that causes pneumonia in immunosuppressed host, although the low levels of its DNA in patients without signs and symptoms of pneumonia, which likely represents colonization. The increased prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization in COPD patients has led to an interest in understanding its role in the disease. P. jirovecii colonization in these patients could represent a problem for public health since colonized patients could act as a major reservoir and source of infection for susceptible subjects. Using sensitive molecular techniques, low levels of P. jirovecii DNA have been detected in the respiratory tract of certain individuals. It is necessary to elucidate the role of P. jirovecii colonization in the natural history of COPD patients in order to improve the clinical management of this disease. In the current review paper, we discuss P. jirovecii colonization in COPD patients.

  16. Ventilação mecânica não-invasiva em paciente com provável pneumonia por pneumocystis jirovecii: relato de caso Noninvasive mechanical ventilation in patient with pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: case report

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    Élida Mara Carneiro; Renata Zago Maneira; Eduardo Rocha

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    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii tem sido uma das doenças mais comuns e uma complicação infecciosa fatal em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida. O objetivo deste estudo foi apresentar uma paciente com provável diagnóstico de pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii que recebeu ventilação não-invasiva com pressão positiva. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo feminino, 25 anos, com diagnóstico provável de pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii grave, rec...

  17. Colonization of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients and the rate of Pneumocystis pneumonia in Iranian non-HIV+ immunocompromised patients

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    Maryam Fatemeh Sheikholeslami; Javid Sadraei; Parissa Farnia; Mehdi Forozandeh; Hamid Emadi Kochak; Payam Tabarsi; Seyed Alireza Nadji; Majid Pirestani; Mohammad Reza Masjedi; AliAkbar Velayati

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    Background and Objectives With increasing rate of immunodeficiency diseases in the world, opportunistic micro-organism such as Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) become more important. Little information is available on prevalence of this life-threatening microorganism in Iran. This study was designed to determine the colonization and the rate of active disease caused by P. jirovecii in two groups of Iranian immunosuppressed patients. Materials and Methods Two hundred and fifty five pulmon...

  18. Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia in a Patient with Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Postherpetic Encephalitis.

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    García-Moreno, Jorge; Igartua Laraudogoitia, Jon; Montes Ros, Milagrosa

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    Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a neuroimmunologic disorder that has been increasingly diagnosed during the past 5 years. It provokes a predictable syndrome treated with several immunomodulatory agents, such as corticosteroids and/or biologics. We managed a child with this disease who developed Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia as a direct infectious complication of the use of rituximab. PMID:27093160

  19. Outcomes and Duration of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia Therapy in Infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

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    LUNDGREN, INGRID S.; Englund, Janet A.; Burroughs, Lauri M.; Torgerson, Troy R.; Skoda-Smith, Suzanne

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    This retrospective review of patients with severe combined immunodeficiency and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) evaluated the relationship between duration of therapy to treat PCP and overall survival. We found that 80% of patients receiving only 21 days of antibiotics survived to 12 months beyond hematopoetic cell transplant, whereas only 25% of patients who required longer treatment for PCP survived to stem cell engraftment.

  20. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in patients with end-stage renal disease

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    Leth, Steffen; Jensen-Fangel, Søren; Østergaard, Lars Jørgen;

    2014-01-01

    Background: Data on occurrence and risk factors for pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are sparse. Methods: This was a nationwide population-based study assessing occurrence and risk factors for PCP among patients with ESRD and population controls over a 21...

  1. Prospective Multicenter Study of Pneumocystis jirovecii Colonization among Cystic Fibrosis Patients in France

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    Hernández-Hernández, Francisca; Fréalle, Emilie; Caneiro, Patrick; Salleron, Julia; Durand-Joly, Isabelle; Accoceberry, Isabelle; Bouchara, Jean-Philippe; Wallaert, Benoit; Dei-Cas, Eduardo; Delhaes, Laurence

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    Pneumocystis carriage was detected in 12.5% of 104 cystic fibrosis (CF) patients during a prospective multicenter French study, with a prevalence of genotype 85C/248C and geographic variations. It was significantly associated with the absence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonization and a greater forced expiratory volume in 1 s. Results are discussed considering the natural history of CF.

  2. Validation of the MycAssay Pneumocystis Kit for Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Specimens by Comparison to a Laboratory Standard of Direct Immunofluorescence Microscopy, Real-Time PCR, or Conventional PCR

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    McTaggart, Lisa R.; Wengenack, Nancy L.; Richardson, Susan E.

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in AIDS patients as well as those with non-HIV immunosuppressive diseases. To aid diagnosis, the commercial MycAssay Pneumocystis real-time PCR assay (Myconostica, Ltd., Manchester, United Kingdom) targeting the mitochondrial ribosomal large subunit (mtLSU) has been developed to detect P. jirovecii in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens. Here, we validated this assay against a laboratory standard of direct i...

  3. Serum markers in interstitial pneumonia with and without Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization: a prospective study

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    Shimizu Yasuo

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with chronic respiratory disease, Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii colonization is observed, and may influence disease progression and systemic inflammation. Pneumocystis pneumonia causes interstitial changes, so making a diagnosis of PCP in patients who have interstitial pneumonia (IP with P. jirovecii colonization is sometimes difficult based on radiography. Methods This study investigated the prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization in IP patients and assessed pulmonary injury due to P. jirovecii colonization by measurement of serum markers (KL-6, SP-A, SP-D, and (1→3 β-D-glucan (β-D-glucan and the peripheral lymphocyte counts, prospectively. A total of 75 patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (n = 29, collagen vascular-related interstitial pneumonia (n = 19, chronic bronchitis or pneumonia (n = 20, and Pneumocystis pneumonia (n = 7 were enrolled in this prospective study. P. jirovecii DNA was detected in sputum samples, while serum markers and the lymphocyte count were measured in the peripheral blood. Results IP patients (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and collagen vascular-related IP who received oral corticosteroids had a high prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization (23.3%. In IP patients, oral corticosteroid therapy was a significant risk factor for P. jirovecii colonization (P P. jirovecii colonization. The β-D-glucan level and lymphocyte count differed between patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia or P. jirovecii colonization. Conclusion Serum levels of KL-6, SP-A, SP-D, and β-D-glucan were not useful for detecting P. jirovecii colonization in IP patients. However, the serum β-D-glucan level and lymphocyte count were useful for distinguishing P. jirovecii colonization from pneumocystis pneumonia in IP patients.

  4. Spontaneous Resolution of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia on High-Resolution Computed Tomography in a Patient with Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Tanaka, Yasutaka; Saraya, Takeshi; Kurai, Daisuke; Ishii, Haruyuki; Takizawa, Hajime; Goto, Hajime

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    Patient: Male, 59 Final Diagnosis: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia Symptoms: Low grade fever Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Transbronchial lung biopsy Specialty: Pulmonology Objective: Rare disease Background: Spontaneous resolution of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia has rarely been reported. Case Report: A 59-year-old man presented to our hospital because of pyrexia (38°C) and shaking chills for 2 days. He had a history of right nephrectomy due to renal cell carcinoma and left upper lob...

  5. Evaluation of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay for the Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Immunocompromised Patients

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    Preeti Singh; Sundeep Singh; Bijay Ranjan Mirdha; Randeep Guleria; Sanjay Kumar Agarwal; Anant Mohan

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is one of the common opportunistic infection among HIV and non-HIV immunocompromised patients. The lack of a rapid and specific diagnostic test necessitates a more reliable laboratory diagnostic test for PCP. In the present study, the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay was evaluated for the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii. 185 clinical respiratory samples, including both BALF and IS, were subjected to GMS staining, nested PCR, and LAMP assay. ...

  6. Pneumocystis jirovecii Colonization in Non-HIV-Infected Patients Based on Nested-PCR Detection in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples

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    Parivash Kordbacheh; Mehdi Mohebali; Hossein Mirhendi; Hossein Khodadadi; Hossein Zarrinfar; Koichi Makimura

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    Background: Pneumocystis jirovecii causes Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients with a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Colonization with this fungus may stimulate pulmonary inflammation or lead to PCP in susceptible patients. The epidemiology of this infection and routs of its transmission has poorly studied in Iran. We examined Pneumosystis colonization in patients with various lung underlying diseases. Methods: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids of 458 patients w...

  7. New Short Tandem Repeat-Based Molecular Typing Method for Pneumocystis jirovecii Reveals Intrahospital Transmission between Patients from Different Wards

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    Gits-Muselli, Maud; Peraldi, Marie-Noelle; De Castro, Nathalie; Delcey, Véronique; Menotti, Jean; Guigue, Nicolas; Hamane, Samia; Raffoux, Emmanuel; Bergeron, Anne; Valade, Sandrine; Molina, Jean-Michel; Bretagne, Stéphane; Alanio, Alexandre

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia is a severe opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients caused by the unusual fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Transmission is airborne, with both immunocompromised and immunocompetent individuals acting as a reservoir for the fungus. Numerous reports of outbreaks in renal transplant units demonstrate the need for valid genotyping methods to detect transmission of a given genotype. Here, we developed a short tandem repeat (STR)-based molecular typing method for ...

  8. The epidemiology of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the World Health Organization European Region.

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    Serraino, D; Salamina, G.; Franceschi, S.; Dubois, D; La Vecchia, C; Brunet, J B; Ancelle-Park, R. A.

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    This paper describes the epidemiology of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. Data, collected by the WHO Collaborating Centre on AIDS in Paris, France, were derived from the national AIDS surveillance systems of 21 countries. Among 53,042 cases reported as of the end of June 1991, 1,617 (3.0%) had NHL as the presenting clinical manifestation of AIDS. The proportion of cases presenting with NHL ranged from 1.1% in children infecte...

  9. Treatment Outcomes of AIDS-Associated Kaposi's Sarcoma under a Routine Antiretroviral Therapy Program in Lilongwe, Malawi: Bleomycin/Vincristine Compared to Vincristine Monotherapy

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    Mwafongo, Albert A.; ROSENBERG, Nora E.; Wingston Ng'ambi; Werner, Alexandra B.; Garneau, William M.; Joe Gumulira; Sam Phiri; Mina C Hosseinipour

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    Purpose Despite Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) being the most prevalent AIDS-associated cancer in resource limited settings, optimal treatment options remain unknown. We assessed whether bleomycin/vincristine compared to vincristine monotherapy was associated with improved treatment outcomes for AIDS-associated KS among patients initiating combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) in Malawi. Methods All patients initiating cART and chemotherapy for AIDS-related KS were identified from an electronic da...

  10. Nonadherence to primary prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.

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    James D Heffelfinger

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Despite the effectiveness of prophylaxis, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP continues to be the most common serious opportunistic infection among HIV-infected persons. We describe factors associated with nonadherence to primary PCP prophylaxis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used 2000-2004 data from the Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance (SHAS project, a cross-sectional interview project of HIV-infected persons >or=18 years conducted in 18 states. We limited the analysis to persons who denied having prior PCP, reported having a current prescription to prevent PCP, and answered the question "In the past 30 days, how often were you able to take the PCP medication(s exactly the way your doctor told you to take them?" We used multivariable logistic regression to describe factors associated with nonadherence. Of 1,666 subjects prescribed PCP prophylaxis, 305 (18.3% were nonadherent. Persons were more likely to be nonadherent if they reported using marijuana (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 1.6, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.1-2.4, non-injection drugs other than marijuana (aOR = 1.5, 95% CI = 1.0-2.1, or injection drugs (aOR = 2.3, 95% CI = 1.3-4.1 in the past year; their mental health was "not good" for >or=1 day during the past month (aOR = 1.6, 95% CI = 1.2-2.2; their most recent CD4 count was <200 cells/microL (aOR = 1.6, 95% CI = 1.1-2.2; or taking ART usually (aOR = 9.6, 95% CI = 6.7-13.7 or sometimes/rarely/never (aOR = 18.4, 95% CI = 11.1-30.4, compared with always, as prescribed. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Providers should inquire about and promote strategies to improve adherence to PCP prophylaxis, particularly among persons who use illicit drugs, have mental health issues, and who are not compliant with ART to reduce the occurrence of PCP.

  11. Prevalence of DHPS mutations of Pneumocystis jirovecii in HIV-infected patients. Study of risk factors and outcome in Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP)

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    Álvarez Martínez, Míriam

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    [spa] OBJETIVO GENERAL: Desarrollo de técnicas de diagnóstico molecular de Pneumocystis jirovecii, y conocimiento de la prevalencia de la resistencia a sulfamidas. OBJETIVOS DETALLADOS: 1. Desarrollar técnicas de diagnóstico molecular de P. jirovecii y de tipado del gen de la Dihidropteroato Sintetasa (DHPS) de P. jirovecii, sitio activo de las sulfamidas. 2. Determinar la prevalencia de P. jirovecii con mutaciones en el gen de la DHPS, en pacientes VIH-positivos con neumoní...

  12. Caracterização genética da Glucano Sintetase de Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Castro, Rafaela Dorileo de

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii é um micro-organismo fúngico que pode causar pneumonia em doentes imunocomprometidos. O ciclo de vida de Pneumocystis inclui uma forma biológica trófica e outra quística na qual estão presentes, em sua composição, hidratos de carbono chamados β-Glucanos. Estes componentes são liberados na corrente sanguínea após lise do micro-organismo pela resposta imunitária ou fármacos, sendo assim, considerado um marcador sorológico que atua como auxiliar no diagnóstico da PPc. Poré...

  13. First data on Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with respiratory diseases in North Lebanon

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    S. Khalife

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis colonization may play a role in transmission and local inflammatory response. It was explored in patients with respiratory diseases in North Lebanon. Overall prevalence reached only 5.2% (95% CI 2.13–10.47 but it was higher (17.3% in the subpopulation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. COPD was the only factor associated with a significantly increased risk of colonization. mtLSU genotyping revealed predominance of genotype 2, identified in five patients (71.4%, including one patient who had co-infection with genotype 3. These first data in North Lebanon confirm Pneumocystis circulation among patients with respiratory diseases and the potential for transmission to immunocompromised patients.

  14. Incidence of Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia among Groups at Risk in HIV-negative Patients

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    Fillâtre, Pierre; Decaux, Olivier; Jouneau, Stéphane; Revest, Matthieu; Gacouin, Arnaud; Robert-Gangneux, Florence; Fresnel, Annie; Guiguen, Claude; Le Tulzo, Yves; Jégo, Patrick; Tattevin, Pierre

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    BACKGROUND: Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in HIV-negative immunocompromised patients is associated with high mortality rates. Although trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) provides a very effective prophylaxis, pneumocystosis still occurs and may even be emerging, due to sub-optimal characterization of patients most at risk, hence precluding targeted prophylaxis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed all cases of documented pneumocystosis in HIV-negative patients admitted in our instituti...

  15. Management of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in Kidney Transplantation to Prevent Further Outbreak

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    Norihiko Goto; Kenta Futamura; Manabu Okada; Takayuki Yamamoto; Makoto Tsujita; Takahisa Hiramitsu; Shunji Narumi; Yoshihiko Watarai

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    The outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) among kidney transplant recipients is emerging worldwide. It is important to control nosocomial PJP infection. A delay in diagnosis and treatment increases the number of reservoir patients and the number of cases of respiratory failure and death. Owing to the large number of kidney transplant recipients compared to other types of organ transplantation, there are greater opportunities for them to share the same time and space. Although the...

  16. Pneumocystis jirovecii Can Be Productively Cultured in Differentiated CuFi-8 Airway Cells

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    Schildgen, Verena; Mai, Stephanie; Khalfaoui, Soumaya; Lüsebrink, Jessica; Pieper, Monika; Tillmann, Ramona L.; Brockmann, Michael; Schildgen, Oliver

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    ABSTRACT Although Pneumocystis jirovecii is a well-known and serious pathogen, all previous attempts to isolate, cultivate, and propagate this fungus have failed. This serious challenge in microbiology was addressed in the present study. We examined whether P. jirovecii could be cultured in a permanent three-dimensional air-liquid interface culture system formed by CuFi-8 cells, a differentiated pseudostratified airway epithelial cell line. Cultured pseudostratified cells were inoculated with...

  17. Decreased Serum Antibody Responses to Recombinant Pneumocystis Antigens in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Current Smokers▿

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    Crothers, Kristina; Daly, Kieran R.; Rimland, David; Goetz, Matthew Bidwell; Gibert, Cynthia L.; Butt, Adeel A.; Justice, Amy C.; Djawe, Kpandja; Levin, Linda; Walzer, Peter D.

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    Serologic studies can provide important insights into the epidemiology and transmission of Pneumocystis jirovecii. Exposure to P. jirovecii can be assessed by serum antibody responses to recombinant antigens from the major surface glycoprotein (MsgC), although factors that influence the magnitude of the antibody response are incompletely understood. We determined the magnitudes of antibody responses to P. jirovecii in comparison to adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in HIV-infec...

  18. Pneumocystis jirovecii Genotype Associated with Increased Death Rate of HIV-infected Patients with Pneumonia

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    Rabodonirina, Meja; VAILLANT Laetitia; Taffé, Patrick; Nahimana, Aimable; Gillibert, René-Pierre; Vanhems, Philippe; Hauser, Philippe M.

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) mutations have been associated with failure of sulfa prophylaxis; their effect on the outcome of patients with P. jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) remains controversial. P. jirovecii DHPS polymorphisms and genotypes were identified in 112 cases of PCP in 110 HIV-infected patients by using PCR single-strand conformation polymorphism. Of the 110 patients observed, 21 died; 18 of those deaths were attributed to PCP. Thirty-three percent of the PCP ...

  19. First data on Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with respiratory diseases in North Lebanon

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    Khalife, S.; E.M. Aliouat; Aliouat-Denis, C.M.; N. Gantois; DeVos, P.; Mallat, H.; Dei-Cas, E.; Dabboussi, F.; Hamze, M.; Fréalle, E.

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    Pneumocystis colonization may play a role in transmission and local inflammatory response. It was explored in patients with respiratory diseases in North Lebanon. Overall prevalence reached only 5.2% (95% CI 2.13–10.47) but it was higher (17.3%) in the subpopulation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD was the only factor associated with a significantly increased risk of colonization. mtLSU genotyping revealed predominance of genotype 2, identified in five patie...

  20. Management of Pneumocystis Jirovecii pneumonia in HIV infected patients: current options, challenges and future directions

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    Jose G Castro; Maya Morrison-Bryant

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    Jose G Castro1, Maya Morrison-Bryant21Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA; 2Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Miami, Florida, USAAbstract: The discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was led by the merge of clustered cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia (PCP) in otherwise healthy people in the early 80’s.1,2 In the face of sophisticated treatment now a...

  1. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Abatacept

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    Ospina, Fabio E.; Andrés Agualimpia; Fabio Bonilla-Abadía; Cañas, Carlos A; Gabriel J. Tobón

    2014-01-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by synovial membrane inflammation and joint cartilage destruction. Abatacept is a biologic agent that blocks the costimulation signals, preventing antigen presentation and proliferation of T lymphocytes. It is approved for the treatment of patients with RA. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) is an infectious disease complicating several immunosuppressive drugs. PJP associated with abatacept has not been reported yet in the m...

  2. Dihydropteroate Synthase and Novel Dihydrofolate Reductase Gene Mutations in Strains of Pneumocystis jirovecii from South Africa

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    Robberts, F. J. L.; Chalkley, L J; Weyer, K.; Goussard, P.; Liebowitz, L. D.

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    Dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) gene mutations have raised concerns about emerging sulfonamide resistance in Pneumocystis jirovecii. DHPS and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) gene products were amplified in clinical specimens from South African patients. One of 53 DHPS genes sequenced contained the double mutation Thr55Ala Pro57Ser. DHFR gene mutations detected were Ala67Val and the new mutations Arg59Gly and C278T.

  3. Antibody Responses against Pneumocystis jirovecii in Health Care Workers Over Time

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    Fong, Serena; Daly, Kieran R.; Tipirneni, Renuka; Leah G Jarlsberg; Djawe, Kpandja; Koch, Judy V.; Swartzman, Alexandra; Roth, Brenna; Walzer, Peter D.; Huang, Laurence

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    In a previous cross-sectional study, we showed that clinical staff working in a hospital had significantly higher antibody levels than nonclinical staff to Pneumocystis jirovecii. We conducted a longitudinal study, described here, to determine whether occupation and self-reported exposure to a patient with P. jirovecii pneumonia were associated with antibody levels to P. jirovecii over time. Baseline and quarterly serum specimens were collected and analyzed by using an ELISA that targeted dif...

  4. Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV-positive patients in Spain: epidemiology and environmental risk factors

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    Introduction Specific environmental factors may play a role in the development of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in HIV-positive patients. The aim of this study was to estimate the PCP incidence and mortality in hospitalized HIV-positive patients in Spain during the combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) era (1997 to 2011), as well as to analyze the climatological factors and air pollution levels in relation to hospital admissions and deaths. Methods We carried out a retrospective study. Dat...

  5. Impairment of ß chemokine and cytokine production in patients with HIV related Pneumocystis jerovici pneumonia

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    Israel-Biet, D.; Esvant, H; Laval, A; Cadranel, J.

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    Background: Pneumocystis jerovici pneumonia (PJP) remains a frequent opportunistic infection in HIV infected patients which markedly upregulates HIV replication by mechanisms so far poorly elucidated. PJP triggers the production of proinflammatory mediators with activating effects on HIV. However, anti-inflammatory factors with inhibiting effects on HIV are normally produced in parallel. We postulated that an imbalance of mediators normally controlling HIV replication could underlie its marke...

  6. Contribution of T Cell Subsets to the Pathophysiology of Pneumocystis-Related Immunorestitution Disease

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    Samir P Bhagwat; Gigliotti, Francis; Xu, Haodong; Wright, Terry W.

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    Immune-mediated lung injury is an important component of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP)-related immunorestitution disease (IRD). However, the individual contribution of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to the pathophysiology of IRD remains undetermined. Therefore, IRD was modeled in severe combined immunodeficient mice, and specific T cell depletion was used to determine how T cell subsets interact to affect the nature and severity of disease. CD4+ cells were more abundant than CD8+ cells during the acute...

  7. The impact of concomitant pulmonary infection on immune dysregulation in Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia

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    Chou, Chung-Wei; Lin, Fang-Chi; Tsai, Han-Chen; Chang, Shi-Chuan

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    Background Concurrent infection may be found in Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) of non-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients, however, its impact on immune dysregulation of PJP in non-AIDS patients remains unknown. Methods We measured pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-8, IL-17, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and anti-inflammatory cytokines including IL-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 and IL-1 ...

  8. The prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii among patients with different chronic pulmonary disorders in Ahvaz, Iran

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    Elham Aboualigalehdari

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    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP is a chronic fungal infection that caused by P. ji- rovecii. Disease is more prevalent among the HIV-infected patients. The colonization of pneumocystis in human respiratory system is associated with the airway inflammation and obstruction. The current study was conducted to identify the preva- lence of P. jirovecii among the patients with chronic pulmonary disorders in Ahvaz, Iran.Materials and Methods: In the present study, 115 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL specimens were collected from patients. Samples were subjected to Nested-PCR with specific primers. The second PCR products were used for sequencing analysis.Results: Our findings demonstrated that 31(27.0% of samples were positive for P. jirovecii. Nine patients (29% have tuberculosis (TB followed by, 1(3.2% HIV positive and 21(67.7% miscellaneous pulmonary disorders. Our results show that there was no significant differences between sex (male:female ratio, 17:14, TB, HIV and P. jirovecii in BAL samples (P>0.05.Conclusion: The current study is the first report from Ahvaz and it showed a relatively high frequency (27% of P. jirovecii among patients with different pulmonary disorders. In addition Nested-PCR might be reliable technique for diagnosis of P. jirovecii, while the Grocott's methenamine silver (GMS have a low sensitivity, which only two positive patients were identified. Keywords: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia; HIV-infected patients; Tuberculosis, Ahvaz-Iran

  9. Impact of HIV Infection Status on Interpretation of Quantitative PCR for Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii.

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    Louis, M; Guitard, J; Jodar, M; Ancelle, T; Magne, D; Lascols, O; Hennequin, C

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    Quantitative PCR (qPCR) is now a key diagnostic tool for Pneumocystis pneumonia. However, cutoffs to distinguish between infected and colonized patients according to their HIV status have not yet been determined. According to clinical, radiological, and biological data, we retrospectively classified bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples subjected to qPCR over a 3-year period into four categories, i.e., definite PCP, probable PCP, Pneumocystis colonization, and no infection. Fungal burden was then analyzed according to the HIV status of the patients. Among 1,212 episodes of pneumonia screened in immunocompromised patients, 52 and 27 HIV-positive patients were diagnosed with a definite and probable PCP, whereas 4 and 22 HIV-negative patients had definite and probable PCP, respectively. Among patients with definite or a probable PCP, HIV-negative patients had a significantly lower burden than HIV-positive patients (P Pneumocystis in BAL samples. However, because of lower inocula in HIV-negative patients, different cutoffs must be used according to the HIV status to differentiate between colonized and infected patients. PMID:26468505

  10. Diversity of Pneumocystis jirovecii during Infection Revealed by Ultra-Deep Pyrosequencing.

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    Alanio, Alexandre; Gits-Muselli, Maud; Mercier-Delarue, Séverine; Dromer, Françoise; Bretagne, Stéphane

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is an uncultivable fungal pathogen responsible for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients, the physiopathology of which is only partially understood. The diversity of the Pneumocystis strains associated with acute infection has mainly been studied by Sanger sequencing techniques precluding any identification of rare genetic events (jirovecii. Ultra-deep pyrosequencing (UDPS) of PCR amplicons of two nuclear target region [internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR)] and one mitochondrial DNA target region [the mitochondrial ribosomal RNA large subunit gene (mtLSU)] was performed on 31 samples from 25 patients. UDPS revealed that almost all patients (n = 23/25, 92%) were infected with mixtures of strains. An analysis of repeated samples from six patients showed that the proportion of each variant change significantly (by up to 30%) over time on treatment in three of these patients. A comparison of mitochondrial and nuclear UDPS data revealed heteroplasmy in P. jirovecii. The recognition site for the homing endonuclease I-SceI was recovered from the mtLSU gene, whereas its two conserved motifs of the enzyme were not. This suggests that heteroplasmy may result from recombination induced by unidentified homing endonucleases. This study sheds new light on the biology of P. jirovecii during infection. PCP results from infection not with a single microorganism, but with a complex mixture of different genotypes, the proportions of which change over time due to intricate selection and reinfection mechanisms that may differ between patients, treatments, and predisposing diseases. PMID:27252684

  11. Validation of the MycAssay Pneumocystis kit for detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in bronchoalveolar lavage specimens by comparison to a laboratory standard of direct immunofluorescence microscopy, real-time PCR, or conventional PCR.

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    McTaggart, Lisa R; Wengenack, Nancy L; Richardson, Susan E

    2012-06-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in AIDS patients as well as those with non-HIV immunosuppressive diseases. To aid diagnosis, the commercial MycAssay Pneumocystis real-time PCR assay (Myconostica, Ltd., Manchester, United Kingdom) targeting the mitochondrial ribosomal large subunit (mtLSU) has been developed to detect P. jirovecii in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens. Here, we validated this assay against a laboratory standard of direct immunofluorescence microscopy, a cdc2 real-time PCR assay, or conventional PCR and sequencing of mtLSU. While more sensitive than any of these three assays analyzed individually, the MycAssay Pneumocystis assay demonstrated 100% sensitivity, 100% specificity, a 100% negative predictive value, and a 100% positive predictive value for detecting the presence of P. jirovecii in BAL specimens compared to the laboratory standard. Of note, two samples with positive cycle threshold (C(T)) values according to the MycAssay Pneumocystis assay lacked exponential amplification curves and thus were deemed negative. Also negative according to the laboratory standard, these samples highlight the importance of examining the amplification curves, in addition to noting the C(T) values, when interpreting positive results. Comparison of the MycAssay Pneumocystis assay to a laboratory standard establishes this assay to be a highly sensitive and specific method for the detection of P. jirovecii in bronchoalveolar lavage specimens. The approach may also be useful for the clinical laboratory validation of other sensitive real-time PCR assays. PMID:22422855

  12. 卡氏肺孢子虫p55抗原片段免疫原性的研究%Immunogenicity of p55 Gene Fragment from Pneumocystis carinii

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    陈金铃; 段义农; 王建新; 朱丹丹; 秦永伟

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究卡氏肺孢子虫p55基因片段重组质粒表达产物的免疫原性.方法 原核表达质粒pGEX-570的表达产物融合蛋白GST-p55/570,经谷胱甘肽(GST)琼脂糖凝胶纯化后,十二烷基硫酸钠-聚丙烯酰胺凝胶电泳(SDS-PAGE)观察.将33只BALB/c小鼠随机分为3组(每组8~13只),分别用GST-p55/570(50 μg/只)、GST(50 μg/只)和PBS免疫,每2周1次,共4次.末次免疫后7 d,分离小鼠脾细胞,用噻唑蓝(MTT)法检测淋巴细胞增殖反应;分别于免疫前和初次免疫后14、28、42和49d,采血分离血清,ELISA检测血清中GST-p55/570抗体水平.用GST-p55/570组初次免疫后49 d的血清分别与GST-p55/570和GST反应,进行蛋白质印迹(Western blotting)分析.结果 表达产物GST-p55/570的相对分子质量(Mr)约为47 000.MTT法结果显示,GST-p55/570组小鼠淋巴细胞的刺激指数(2.063 0±0.1602)显著高于GST组(1.134 5±0.073 5)和PBS组(1.124 8±0.041 6)(P值均<0.01).免疫后14~49 d,GST-p55/570组小鼠的血清抗体水平均显著高于GST组和PBS组(P值均<0.01).Western blotting结果显示,免疫后血清能与GST-p55/570发生特异性反应.结论 融合蛋白GST-p55/570能诱导小鼠产生较强的体液免疫和细胞免疫.

  13. Preliminary observation on the activity of artemether against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in the immunosuppressed rats%蒿甲醚治疗大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的初步观察

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    姚俊敏; 蔡玥; 施晓华; 翟自立

    2003-01-01

    目的观察蒿甲醚治疗大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的效果.方法给予SD大鼠皮质激素后肌肉注射或灌胃蒿甲醚,剖杀大鼠后取肺组织制肺印片观察包囊数.结果不同给药方式的给药组包囊密度与不给药对照组比较有显著差异.而阳性对照组则有显著减虫作用.结论大剂量蒿甲醚对大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎无预防和治疗作用.

  14. 氨苯砜和蒿甲醚治疗大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的疗效研究%The therapeutic effect of dapsone and artemether on Pneumocystis carinii pnemnonia of rats model

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    谢霖崇

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究氨苯砜和蒿甲醚对实验大鼠卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的疗效.方法 将wistar大鼠随机分为A、B实验组,以地塞米松皮下注射,诱发建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型.A组实验鼠5只,用氨苯砜治疗,50mg/只*次,灌服,2次/d,连用10d;B组实验鼠6只,用蒿甲醚治疗,20mg/只*次,肌注,1次,d,连用5d,首剂加倍.A、B组分别有1只为不治疗对照鼠.结果 A组实验鼠在治疗后第12d基本恢复健康,对照鼠在第3d死亡;B组实验鼠在治疗后第8d基本恢复健康,对照鼠在第2d死亡.结论 氨苯砜和蒿甲醚对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎均有疗效.

  15. Ventilação mecânica não-invasiva em paciente com provável pneumonia por pneumocystis jirovecii: relato de caso Noninvasive mechanical ventilation in patient with pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: case report

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    Élida Mara Carneiro

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii tem sido uma das doenças mais comuns e uma complicação infecciosa fatal em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida. O objetivo deste estudo foi apresentar uma paciente com provável diagnóstico de pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii que recebeu ventilação não-invasiva com pressão positiva. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo feminino, 25 anos, com diagnóstico provável de pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii grave, recebeu ventilação mecânica não-invasiva com pressão positiva. CONCLUSÕES: Todos os parâmetros melhoraram progressivamente nos primeiros cinco dias. Os resultados sugeriram a eficácia desta medida para otimizar a oxigenação, reverter a hipoxemia e prevenir a intubação traqueal.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia has been one of the most common diseases and life-threatening infectious complications in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients. The objective of the case report was to present a patient with probable diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia who received noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. CASE REPORT: A female patient, 25 years old, with probable diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia received noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. CONCLUSIONS: All respiratory parameters progressively improved in the first five days. Results suggest the efficacy of this support to improve oxygenation, to revert hypoxemia and to prevent orotracheal intubation.

  16. Association between Pneumocystis spp. and co-infections with Bordetella bronchiseptica, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida in Austrian pigs with pneumonia.

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    Kureljušić, B; Weissenbacher-Lang, C; Nedorost, N; Stixenberger, D; Weissenböck, H

    2016-01-01

    In this retrospective study, 218 pig lung tissue samples were analyzed to examine a possible association between Pneumocystis spp. using in situ hybridization, Bordetella bronchiseptica (B.b.) using immunohistochemistry (IHC), Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.h.) by quantitative PCR, and Pasteurella multocida (P.m.; IHC). Compared to the bacterial agents (B.b., 5%; M.h., 30%; P.m., 23%), Pneumocystis occurred with a higher prevalence (51%). Co-infections with two or three pathogens were present in 28% of the examined cases. Those of Pneumocystis and M.h. were most commonly seen, followed by Pneumocystis and P.m. and M.h. and P.m. Histologically, interstitial pneumonia was found in both the Pneumocystis positive lungs and lungs with a mild M.h. infection. The B.b. and P.m. positive lungs were mainly associated with suppurative bronchopneumonia and severe M.h. cases with fibrinous or fibrino-haemorrhagic pneumonia. In suckling piglets, the number of samples positive for Pneumocystis predominated, whereas samples from fattening pigs were mainly positive for bacteria or Pneumocystis and bacteria. PMID:26654847

  17. E3-ubiquitin ligase Nedd4 determines the fate of AID-associated RNA polymerase II in B cells.

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    Sun, Jianbo; Keim, Celia D; Wang, Jiguang; Kazadi, David; Oliver, Paula M; Rabadan, Raul; Basu, Uttiya

    2013-08-15

    Programmed mutagenesis of the immunoglobulin locus of B lymphocytes during class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation requires RNA polymerase II (polII) transcription complex-dependent targeting of the DNA mutator activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID). AID deaminates cytidine residues on substrate sequences in the immunoglobulin (Ig) locus via a transcription-dependent mechanism, and this activity is stimulated by the RNA polII stalling cofactor Spt5 and the 11-subunit cellular noncoding RNA 3'-5' exonucleolytic processing complex RNA exosome. The mechanism by which the RNA exosome recognizes immunoglobulin locus RNA substrates to stimulate AID DNA deamination activity on its in vivo substrate sequences is an important question. Here we report that E3-ubiquitin ligase Nedd4 destabilizes AID-associated RNA polII by a ubiquitination event, leading to generation of 3' end free RNA exosome RNA substrates at the Ig locus and other AID target sequences genome-wide. We found that lack of Nedd4 activity in B cells leads to accumulation of RNA exosome substrates at AID target genes and defective CSR. Taken together, our study links noncoding RNA processing following RNA polII pausing with regulation of the mutator AID protein. Our study also identifies Nedd4 as a regulator of noncoding RNAs that are generated by stalled RNA polII genome-wide. PMID:23964096

  18. Diversity of Pneumocystis jirovecii during Infection Revealed by Ultra-Deep Pyrosequencing

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    Alanio, Alexandre; Gits-Muselli, Maud; Mercier-Delarue, Séverine; Dromer, Françoise; Bretagne, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii is an uncultivable fungal pathogen responsible for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients, the physiopathology of which is only partially understood. The diversity of the Pneumocystis strains associated with acute infection has mainly been studied by Sanger sequencing techniques precluding any identification of rare genetic events (< 20% frequency). We used next-generation sequencing to detect minority variants causing infection, and analyzed the complexity of the genomes of infection-causing P. jirovecii. Ultra-deep pyrosequencing (UDPS) of PCR amplicons of two nuclear target region [internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR)] and one mitochondrial DNA target region [the mitochondrial ribosomal RNA large subunit gene (mtLSU)] was performed on 31 samples from 25 patients. UDPS revealed that almost all patients (n = 23/25, 92%) were infected with mixtures of strains. An analysis of repeated samples from six patients showed that the proportion of each variant change significantly (by up to 30%) over time on treatment in three of these patients. A comparison of mitochondrial and nuclear UDPS data revealed heteroplasmy in P. jirovecii. The recognition site for the homing endonuclease I-SceI was recovered from the mtLSU gene, whereas its two conserved motifs of the enzyme were not. This suggests that heteroplasmy may result from recombination induced by unidentified homing endonucleases. This study sheds new light on the biology of P. jirovecii during infection. PCP results from infection not with a single microorganism, but with a complex mixture of different genotypes, the proportions of which change over time due to intricate selection and reinfection mechanisms that may differ between patients, treatments, and predisposing diseases. PMID:27252684

  19. Performances of Four Real-Time PCR Assays for Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia.

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    Sasso, Milène; Chastang-Dumas, Elsa; Bastide, Sophie; Alonso, Sandrine; Lechiche, Catherine; Bourgeois, Nathalie; Lachaud, Laurence

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    Pneumonia due to Pneumocystis jirovecii (PCP) is a frequent infection among HIV-positive or other immunocompromised patients. In the past several years, PCR on pulmonary samples has become an essential element for the laboratory diagnosis of PCP. Nevertheless, very few comparative studies of available PCR assays have been published. In this work, we evaluated the concordance between four real-time PCR assays, including three commercial kits, AmpliSens, MycAssay, and Bio-Evolution PCR, and an in-house PCR (J. Fillaux et al. 2008, J Microbiol Methods 75:258-261, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2008.06.009), on 148 pulmonary samples. The results showed concordance rates ranging from 81.6% to 96.6% (kappa, 0.64 to 0.93). Concordance was excellent between three assays: the in-house assay, AmpliSens, and the MycAssay PCR (kappa, >0.8). The performances of these PCR assays were also evaluated according to the classification of the probability of PCP (proven, probable, possible, or no final diagnosis of PCP) based on clinical and radiological signs as well as on the direct examination of bronchoalveolar lavage samples. In the proven PCP category, Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA was detected with all four assays. In the probable PCP category, the in-house PCR, AmpliSens, and the MycAssay PCR were positive for all samples, while the Bio-Evolution PCR failed to detect Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA in two samples. In the possible PCP category, the percentage of positive samples according to PCR varied from 54.5% to 86.4%. Detection of colonized patients is discussed. Finally, among the four evaluated PCR assays, one was not suitable for colonization detection but showed good performance in the proven and probable PCP groups. For the three other assays, performances were excellent and allowed detection of a very low fungal burden. PMID:26719435

  20. Improved detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in upper and lower respiratory tract specimens from children with suspected pneumocystis pneumonia using real-time PCR: a prospective study

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    Samuel Catherine M

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP is a major cause of hospitalization and mortality in HIV-infected African children. Microbiologic diagnosis relies predominantly on silver or immunofluorescent staining of a lower respiratory tract (LRT specimens which are difficult to obtain in children. Diagnosis on upper respiratory tract (URT specimens using PCR has been reported useful in adults, but data in children are limited. The main objectives of the study was (1 to compare the diagnostic yield of PCR with immunofluorescence (IF and (2 to investigate the usefulness of upper compared to lower respiratory tract samples for diagnosing PCP in children. Methods Children hospitalised at an academic hospital with suspected PCP were prospectively enrolled. An upper respiratory sample (nasopharyngeal aspirate, NPA and a lower respiratory sample (induced sputum, IS or bronchoalveolar lavage, BAL were submitted for real-time PCR and direct IF for the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii. A control group of children with viral lower respiratory tract infections were investigated with PCR for PCP. Results 202 children (median age 3.3 [inter-quartile range, IQR 2.2 - 4.6] months were enrolled. The overall detection rate by PCR was higher than by IF [180/349 (52% vs. 26/349 (7% respectively; p Conclusion Real-time PCR is more sensitive than IF for the detection of P. jirovecii in children with PCP. NPA samples may be used for diagnostic purposes when PCR is utilised. Wider implementation of PCR on NPA samples is warranted for diagnosing PCP in children.

  1. Primary pneumocystis infection in infants hospitalized with acute respiratory tract infection

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; von Linstow, Marie-Louise; Lundgren, Bettina; Høgh, Birthe; Westh, Henrik; Lundgren, Jens D

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    Acquisition of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection early in life has been confirmed by serologic studies. However, no evidence of clinical illness correlated with the primary infection has been found in immunocompetent children. We analyzed 458 nasopharyngeal aspirates from 422 patients hospitalized...... with 431 episodes of acute respiratory tract infection (RTI) by using a real-time PCR assay. In 68 episodes in 67 infants, P. jirovecii was identified. The odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of a positive signal compared with the first quartile of age (7-49 days) was 47.4 (11.0-203), 8.7 (1...

  2. Outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in renal transplant recipients on prophylaxis: Our observation and experience

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    P Chandola

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii is a life-threatening opportunistic pathogen affecting immunocompromised hosts, especially renal transplant recipients. This study reports an outbreak of seven such cases, both inpatients and outpatients, occurring in our hospital over a period of 4 months (January-April 2013. All patients were male with a median age of 38 years (range, 28-58 years; the median period between transplantation and diagnosis was 39.5 months (range, 11-123 months. One patient succumbed to the infection. Two were breakthrough cases, developing the infection while on prophylaxis, highlighting the need to view prophylaxis in light of the immunosuppression and clinical picture of such patients.

  3. Single Nodula opacity of granulomatous Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumoniain an asymptomatic lymphoma patient

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    The radiologic findings of a single nodule from Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) have been rarely reported. We described a case of granulomatous PJP manifesting as a solitary pulmonary nodule with a halo sign in a 69-year-old woman with diffuse large B cell lymphoma during chemotherapy. The radiologic appearance of the patient suggested an infectious lesion such as angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis or lymphoma involvement of the lung; however, clinical manifestations were not compatible with the diseases. The nodule was confirmed as granulomatous PJP by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery biopsy.

  4. Single Nodula opacity of granulomatous Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumoniain an asymptomatic lymphoma patient

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    Kim, Hyun Soo; Shin, Kyung Eun; Lee, Ju Hie [Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    The radiologic findings of a single nodule from Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) have been rarely reported. We described a case of granulomatous PJP manifesting as a solitary pulmonary nodule with a halo sign in a 69-year-old woman with diffuse large B cell lymphoma during chemotherapy. The radiologic appearance of the patient suggested an infectious lesion such as angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis or lymphoma involvement of the lung; however, clinical manifestations were not compatible with the diseases. The nodule was confirmed as granulomatous PJP by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery biopsy.

  5. Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum, Pneumopericardium, and Pneumothorax with Respiratory Failure in a Patient with AIDS and Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia

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    Park, Yun Kyung; Jung, Hee Chan; Kim, Shin Young; Kim, Min Young; Jo, Kwanhoon; Kim, Se Young; Kang, Borami; Woo, Gihyeon; Choi, Hyun Joo; Wie, Seong-Heon

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    Spontaneous pneumothorax occurs in up to 35% of patients with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. However, spontaneous pneumomediastinum and pneumopericardium are uncommon complications in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus, with no reported incidence rates, even among patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and P. jirovecii pneumonia. We report a case of spontaneous pneumomediastinum, pneumopericardium, and pneumothorax with respiratory failure during treatment...

  6. Mutational Analysis of Pneumocystis jirovecii Dihydropteroate Synthase and Dihydrofolate Reductase Genes in HIV-Infected Patients in China

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    Deng, Xilong; Zhuo, Li; Lan, Yun; Dai, Zhaoxia; Chen, Wan-shan; Cai, Weiping; Kovacs, Joseph A.; Ma, Liang; Tang, Xiaoping

    2014-01-01

    We investigated Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) genes for mutations in 25 Chinese HIV-infected patients with P. jirovecii pneumonia. We identified DHPS mutations in 3 (12%) patients and DHFR mutations in 1 (4%) patient. The prevalence of DHPS and DHFR mutations in China remains low, as it does in other developing countries.

  7. New Short Tandem Repeat-Based Molecular Typing Method for Pneumocystis jirovecii Reveals Intrahospital Transmission between Patients from Different Wards.

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    Maud Gits-Muselli

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis pneumonia is a severe opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients caused by the unusual fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Transmission is airborne, with both immunocompromised and immunocompetent individuals acting as a reservoir for the fungus. Numerous reports of outbreaks in renal transplant units demonstrate the need for valid genotyping methods to detect transmission of a given genotype. Here, we developed a short tandem repeat (STR-based molecular typing method for P. jirovecii. We analyzed the P. jirovecii genome and selected six genomic STR markers located on different contigs of the genome. We then tested these markers in 106 P. jirovecii PCR-positive respiratory samples collected between October 2010 and November 2013 from 91 patients with various underlying medical conditions. Unique (one allele per marker and multiple (more than one allele per marker genotypes were observed in 34 (32% and 72 (68% samples, respectively. A genotype could be assigned to 55 samples (54 patients and 61 different genotypes were identified in total with a discriminatory power of 0.992. Analysis of the allelic distribution of the six markers and minimum spanning tree analysis of the 61 genotypes identified a specific genotype (Gt21 in our hospital, which may have been transmitted between 10 patients including six renal transplant recipients. Our STR-based molecular typing method is a quick, cheap and reliable approach to genotype Pneumocystis jirovecii in hospital settings and is sensitive enough to detect minor genotypes, thus enabling the study of the transmission and pathophysiology of Pneumocystis pneumonia.

  8. People living with HIV /AIDS (PLWHA and HIV/AIDS associated oral lesions; a study in Malaysia

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    Khan Saad A

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The continuous increase in number of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA represents a serious health and economic burden. HIV positive individuals with oral lesions have significantly lower oral health-related quality of life than HIV positive individuals without oral lesions. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP within a cohort of HIV/AIDS positive patients towards HIV/AIDS associated oral lesions. Methods Two hundred seventy patients attending a national referral hospital of infectious disease in Malaysia were recruited for the study. The study involved the administration of a validated interview-based questionnaire designed to elicit knowledge, attitude and practices of these patients towards HIV associated oral lesions. The last part of the questionnaire assessed the training provided to the patients in relation to the oral lesions associated with the disease and the effectiveness of this training. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS version 18. Results Thirty seven percent of patients were reported as knowledgeable, while sixty four percent reported to have positive attitude towards the care of oral hygiene. Sixty six percent of the patients reported that they would seek professional care when experiencing oral lesion. Training was reported effective for 93% patients. Conclusions Patients were non-knowledgeable in relation to oral manifestations of the disease and one third of the participating patients showed negative attitudes towards oral health care and reported various measures to manage oral lesions rather than seeking professional care. Developing effective educational methodologies can empower patients with knowledge that may translate to positive attitudes and practices.

  9. Cryptosporidium,Giardia, Cryptococcus, Pneumocystis genetic variability: cryptic biological species or clonal near-clades?

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    Michel Tibayrenc

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available An abundant literature dealing with the population genetics and taxonomy of Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium spp., Pneumocystis spp., and Cryptococcus spp., pathogens of high medical and veterinary relevance, has been produced in recent years. We have analyzed these data in the light of new population genetic concepts dealing with predominant clonal evolution (PCE recently proposed by us. In spite of the considerable phylogenetic diversity that exists among these pathogens, we have found striking similarities among them. The two main PCE features described by us, namely highly significant linkage disequilibrium and near-clading (stable phylogenetic clustering clouded by occasional recombination, are clearly observed in Cryptococcus and Giardia, and more limited indication of them is also present in Cryptosporidium and Pneumocystis. Moreover, in several cases, these features still obtain when the near-clades that subdivide the species are analyzed separately ("Russian doll pattern". Lastly, several sets of data undermine the notion that certain microbes form clonal lineages simply owing to a lack of opportunity to outcross due to low transmission rates leading to lack of multiclonal infections ("starving sex hypothesis". We propose that the divergent taxonomic and population genetic inferences advanced by various authors about these pathogens may not correspond to true evolutionary differences and could be, rather, the reflection of idiosyncratic practices among compartmentalized scientific communities. The PCE model provides an opportunity to revise the taxonomy and applied research dealing with these pathogens and others, such as viruses, bacteria, parasitic protozoa, and fungi.

  10. Management of Pneumocystis Jirovecii pneumonia in HIV infected patients: current options, challenges and future directions

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    Jose G Castro

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Jose G Castro1, Maya Morrison-Bryant21Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA; 2Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Miami, Florida, USAAbstract: The discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV was led by the merge of clustered cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia (PCP in otherwise healthy people in the early 80’s.1,2 In the face of sophisticated treatment now available for HIV infection, life expectancy approaches normal limits. It has dramatically changed the natural course of HIV from a nearly fatal infection to a chronic disease.3–5 However, PCP still remains a relatively common presentation of uncontrolled HIV. Despite the knowledge and advances gained in the prevention and management of PCP infection, it continues to have high morbidity and mortality rates. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ remains as the recommended first-line treatment. Alternatives include pentamidine, dapsone plus trimethoprim, clindamycin administered with primaquine, and atovaquone. For optimal management, clinicians need to be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the available drugs. The parameters used to classify severity of infection are also important, as it is well known that the adjunctive use of steroids in moderate to severe cases have been shown to significantly improve outcome. Evolving management practices, such as the successful institution of early antiretroviral therapy, may further enhance overall survival rates.Keywords: HIV, Pneumocystis Jirovecii, PCP, TMP-SMZ

  11. Molecular epidemiologic analysis of a Pneumocystis pneumonia outbreak among renal transplant patients.

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    Urabe, N; Ishii, Y; Hyodo, Y; Aoki, K; Yoshizawa, S; Saga, T; Murayama, S Y; Sakai, K; Homma, S; Tateda, K

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    Between 18 November and 3 December 2011, five renal transplant patients at the Department of Nephrology, Toho University Omori Medical Centre, Tokyo, were diagnosed with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). We used molecular epidemiologic methods to determine whether the patients were infected with the same strain of Pneumocystis jirovecii. DNA extracted from the residual bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from the five outbreak cases and from another 20 cases of PCP between 2007 and 2014 were used for multilocus sequence typing to compare the genetic similarity of the P. jirovecii. DNA base sequencing by the Sanger method showed some regions where two bases overlapped and could not be defined. A next-generation sequencer was used to analyse the types and ratios of these overlapping bases. DNA base sequences of P. jirovecii in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from four of the five PCP patients in the 2011 outbreak and from another two renal transplant patients who developed PCP in 2013 were highly homologous. The Sanger method revealed 14 genomic regions where two differing DNA bases overlapped and could not be identified. Analyses of the overlapping bases by a next-generation sequencer revealed that the differing types of base were present in almost identical ratios. There is a strong possibility that the PCP outbreak at the Toho University Omori Medical Centre was caused by the same strain of P. jirovecii. Two different types of base present in some regions may be due to P. jirovecii's being a diploid species. PMID:26724988

  12. MOLECULAR METHODS FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF PNEUMOCYSTIS JIROVECII IN IMMUNOCOMPROMISED IRAQI PATIENTS

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    AZHAR A. F. IBRAHIM

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    Full Text Available Objective: The study were to: Determine the possible implication of Pneumocystis jirovecii in a sample of immunocompromised Iraqi patients and determine the prevalence of Dihydropteroate synthase gene related to treatment and prophylaxis failures. Methods: This study included a total of two hundred (n=200clinical samples from 100 immunocompromised patients as 70 Bronchoalveolar lavage , 21sputum samples and 9 pleural fluids, with underlying different diseases. Control group included 100 samples(50 Bronchoalveolar lavage, 30 sputum samples and 20 pleural fluids from immunocompetent individuals from immunocompetent individuals were collected from of in-and out patients who attended of Medical AL- Imammian AL- Kadhmain City teaching Hospital / Baghdad, Baghdad teaching Hospital / Baghdad, Al-Zahra teaching Hospital / Wasit province and other private Laboratories, during the period from May-2014 to March-2015. The detection pneumocystosis by molecular methods. Result:The organism was detected in bronchoalveolar lavage, and/or sputum of immunocompromised patients only. The highest detection rate was observed for the mtLSUrRNA gene in 19 (19% samples, 15 (15% of these samples of immunocompromised patients consist of DHPS genes. Conclusion: Pneumocystis jirovecii, is the fundamental opportunistic infection among immunocompromised patients. The primers target of mtLSUrRNA has the most specific and sensitive for the detection of P. jirovecii. In the present study showed the DHPS gene has served as a selective drug linked with sulfa resistance and PCR amplification target.

  13. Platypnea and orthodeoxia associated with Pneumocystis jiroveci and Cytomegalovirus pneumonia: a case report

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    Bikas Christoforos

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Platypnea-orthodeoxia is an uncommon syndrome characterized by dyspnea and deoxygenation accompanying a change to a sitting or standing posture from a recumbent position. It is usually related to interatrial communications, although several other disorders associated with platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome have been reported. However, the precise mechanisms are unknown. Case presentation We present the case of a 75-year-old Caucasian woman with chronic renal failure due to vasculitis who was admitted with fever and respiratory failure. She was found to have both Pneumocystis jiroveci and Cytomegalovirus pneumonia. She was HIV negative. Severe platypnea and orthodeoxia were major features of her illness with no history of respiratory, liver or cardiac disease. Further investigation with contrast echocardiography revealed no intracardiac or intrapulmonary shunts. Although one case involving Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and platypnea has been previously reported, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that two opportunistic pathogens have been accompanied by platypnea and orthodeoxia. As both lung bases were predominantly affected and no obvious explanation was found, platypnea and orthodeoxia were attributed to significant areas of low or zero ventilation/perfusion (V/Q ratio. Conclusion Platypnea-orthodeoxia is a rare and usually underestimated syndrome. Intracardiac shunts and anatomic pulmonary vascular shunts are the most common etiologic associations. However, if a detailed examination reveals no obvious intracardiac or intrapulmonary shunting combined with extensive pulmonary lesions, then severe V/Q mismatching should be considered as the probable explanation.

  14. Clinical features of Pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is often associated with various opportunistic infections, particularly during treatment with corticosteroids or immunosuppressants. We studied the clinical characteristics of 15 patients with SLE who underwent diagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and compared 6 patients with confirmed Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP+), with 9 patients without Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP-). The serum concentrations of β-D-glucan and KL-6 were significantly higher in PcP+ than in PcP- patients, whereas serum LDH was similar in both groups. The serum concentrations of complement, a marker of SLE activity, and of IgG did not predict the presence of PcP. In all patients, the overall cell and lymphocyte counts were increased in the BAL fluid, without any significant difference between the PcP+ and PcP- groups. Ground-glass opacities on chest computed tomography, and oxygenation impairment (PaO2/FiO2<200 Torr) were more common in PcP+ than PcP- patients. We concluded that, in patients with SLE, serum β-D-glucan and KL-6 might be useful in the diagnosis of PcP, particularly when severe hypoxemia precludes BAL. (author)

  15. Absence of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals with and without airway obstruction and with undetectable viral load

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    Ronit, Andreas; Klitbo, Ditte Marie; Kildemoes, Anna Overgaard;

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization has been associated with non-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) pulmonary comorbidity. We used spirometry to measure pulmonary function and analyzed oral wash specimens by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), targeting the large mitochondrial r...

  16. Absence of Pneumocystis jirovecii Colonization in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals With and Without Airway Obstruction and With Undetectable Viral Load

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    Ronit, Andreas; Klitbo, Ditte Marie; Kildemoes, Anna Overgaard; Benfield, Thomas; Gerstoft, Jan; Vestbo, Jørgen; Jensen, Jørgen Skov; Kurtzhals, Jørgen; Nielsen, Susanne Dam

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization has been associated with non-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) pulmonary comorbidity. We used spirometry to measure pulmonary function and analyzed oral wash specimens by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), targeting the large mitochondrial ribosomal subunit. For sensitivity control, a blinded subsample was subjected to touch-down PCRs, targeting both large and small ribosomal subunits and the major surface glycoprotein. Pneumocystis jiro...

  17. Development and Evaluation of a Real-Time PCR Assay for Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii on the Fully Automated BD MAX Platform

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    Dalpke, Alexander H.; Hofko, Marjeta; Zimmermann, Stefan

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    Pneumocystis jirovecii is an opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised and AIDS patients. Detection by quantitative PCR is faster and more sensitive than microscopic diagnosis yet requires specific infrastructure. We adapted a real-time PCR amplifying the major surface glycoprotein (MSG) target from Pneumocystis jirovecii for use on the new BD MAX platform. The assay allowed fully automated DNA extraction and multiplex real-time PCR. The BD MAX assay was evaluated against manual DNA extract...

  18. Ambient air pollution associated with suppressed serologic responses to Pneumocystis jirovecii in a prospective cohort of HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Full Text Available Ambient air pollution (AAP may be associated with increased risk for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP. The mechanisms underlying this association remain uncertain.To determine if real-life exposures to AAP are associated with suppressed IgM antibody responses to P. jirovecii in HIV-infected (HIV+ patients with active PCP, and to determine if AAP, mediated by suppressed serologic responses to Pneumocystis, is associated with adverse clinical outcomes.We conducted a prospective cohort study in HIV+ patients residing in San Francisco and admitted to San Francisco General Hospital with microscopically confirmed PCP. Our AAP predictors were ambient air concentrations of particulate matter of < 10 µm in diameter (PM10 and < 2.5 µm in diameter (PM2.5, nitrogen dioxide (NO2, ozone (O3, and sulfur dioxide (SO2 measured immediately prior to hospital admission and 2 weeks prior to admission. Our primary outcomes were the IgM serologic responses to four recombinant P. jirovecii major surface glycoprotein (Msg constructs: MsgC1, MsgC3, MsgC8, and MsgC9.Elevated PM10 and NO2 exposures immediately prior to and two weeks prior to hospital admission were associated with decreased IgM antibody responses to P. jirovecii Msg. For exposures immediately prior to admission, every 10 µg/m(3 increase in PM10 was associated with a 25 to 35% decrease in IgM responses to Msg (statistically significant for all the Msg constructs, and every 10 ppb increase in NO2 was associated with a 19-45% decrease in IgM responses to Msg (statistically significant for MsgC8 and MsgC9. Similar findings were seen with exposures two weeks prior to admission, but for fewer of the Msg constructs.Real life exposures to PM10 and NO2 were associated with suppressed IgM responses to P. jirovecii Msg in HIV+ patients admitted with PCP, suggesting a mechanism of immunotoxicity by which AAP increases host susceptibility to pulmonary infection.

  19. Mixed Pulmonary Infection with Penicillium notatum and Pneumocystis jiroveci in a Patient with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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    Tehrani, Shabnam; Hemmatian, Marjan

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    Penicillium notatum is a fungus that widely exists in the environment and is often non-pathogenic to humans. However, in immunocompromised hosts it may be recognized as a cause of systemic mycosis. A 44-year-old man with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) was admitted to our hospital with fever and neutropenia. Due to no improvement after initial treatment, he underwent bronchoscopy. The patient was found to have P. notatum and Pneumocystis jiroveci infection, and therefore was given voriconazole, primaquine and clindamycin. The patient was successfully treated and suffered no complications. Conclusion: This case highlights P. notatum as a cause of infection in immunocompromised patients. To the best of our knowledge, mixed lung infection with P. notatum and P. jiroveci in a patient with AML has not been previously reported.

  20. High prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in Brazilian cystic fibrosis patients.

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    Pederiva, Marco A; Wissmann, Gustavo; Friaza, Vicente; Morilla, Rubem; de La Horra, Carmen; Montes-Cano, Marco A; Goldani, Luciano Z; Calderón, Enrique J; Prolla, João C

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    A high rate of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization was observed in Brazilian cystic fibrosis (CF) patients (13 out of 34; 38.2%) who underwent bronchoscopy between March 2006 and August 2009 at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil. Bronchoalveolar lavage samples were collected from these patients and studied by nested PCR amplification of the mitochondrial gene coding for the large subunit ribosomal RNA (mtLSUrDNA). The observed rate of colonization was higher than that reported in European populations. Genotypic characterization of the mtLSUrDNA locus revealed a predominance of the polymorphisms 85C/248C (genotype 1) and 85T/248C (genotype 3), with all samples possessing the wild-type genotype of dihydropteroate synthase. These findings suggest that cystic fibrosis patients could be an important reservoir and source of P. jirovecii infection. Further studies are required to elucidate the role of this common fungal colonization in the evolution of CF patients. PMID:22206262

  1. Usefulness of FTA® cards as a Pneumocystis-DNA extraction method in bronchoalveolar lavage samples.

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    Rodiño, Jenniffer M; Aguilar, Yudy A; Rueda, Zulma Vanessa; Vélez, Lázaro A

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    Background FTA® cards (Fast Technology for Analysis of Nucleic Acids) are an alternative DNA extraction method in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples for Pneumocystis jirovecii molecular analyses. The goal was to evaluate the usefulness of FTA® cards to detect P. jirovecii-DNA by PCR in BAL samples compared to silica adsorption chromatography (SAC). Methods This study used 134 BAL samples from immunocompromised patients previously studied to establish microbiological aetiology of pneumonia, among them 15 cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) documented by staining and 119 with other alternative diagnoses. The FTA® system and SAC were used for DNA extraction and then amplified by nested PCR to detect P. jirovecii. Performance and concordance of the two DNA extraction methods compared to P. jirovecii microscopy were calculated. The influence of the macroscopic characteristics, transportation of samples and the duration of the FTA® card storage (1, 7, 10 or 12 months) were also evaluated. Results Among 134 BAL samples, 56% were positive for P. jirovecii-DNA by SAC and 27% by FTA®. All 15 diagnosed by microscopy were detected by FTA® and SAC. Specificity of the FTA® system and SAC were 82.4% and 49.6%, respectively. Compared to SAC, positivity by FTA® decreased with the presence of blood in BAL (62% vs 13.5%). The agreement between samples at 7, 10 and 12 months was 92.5% for FTA®. Positive cases by FTA® remained the same after shipment by mail. Conclusions Results suggest that FTA® is a practical, safe and economical method to preserve P. jirovecii-DNA in BAL samples for molecular studies. PMID:26950684

  2. Síndrome de reconstitución inmune en HIV y neumonía por Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Agustina Sosa Belaustegui

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de reconstitución inmune es un conjunto de fenómenos inflamatorios agudos, que se producen como consecuencia de la recuperación de la inmunidad, generando un empeoramiento paradójico de una infección o de un proceso inflamatorio previo. En los pacientes infectados con el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana este síndrome se produce luego de iniciado el tratamiento antirretroviral. Las infecciones más frecuentes asociadas a esta entidad son las producidas por micobacterias, herpes, criptococosis, hepatitis B, citomegalovirus, Pneumocystis jirovecii y el empeoramiento de la leucoencenfalopatía multifocal progresiva por el virus JC. Presentamos un paciente con virus de inmunodeficiencia humana que desarrolló el síndrome de reconstitución inmune por Pneumocystis jirovecii.

  3. De Novo Assembly of the Pneumocystis jirovecii Genome from a Single Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Specimen from a Patient

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    Cissé, Ousmane H.; Pagni, Marco; Hauser, Philippe M.

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    ABSTRACT Pneumocystis jirovecii is a fungus that causes severe pneumonia in immunocompromised patients. However, its study is hindered by the lack of an in vitro culture method. We report here the genome of P. jirovecii that was obtained from a single bronchoalveolar lavage fluid specimen from a patient. The major challenge was the in silico sorting of the reads from a mixture representing the different organisms of the lung microbiome. This genome lacks virulence factors and most amino acid ...

  4. Interhuman transmission as a potential key parameter for geographical variation in the prevalence of pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase mutations

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    Hauser, P. M.; Nahimana, A.; Taffé, P; Weber, R.; Francioli, P.; Bille, J; Rabodonirina, M

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    BACKGROUND: Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) mutations are associated with failure of prophylaxis with sulfa drugs. This retrospective study sought to better understand the geographical variation in the prevalence of these mutations. METHODS: DHPS polymorphisms in 394 clinical specimens from immunosuppressed patients who received a diagnosis of P. jirovecii pneumonia and who were hospitalized in 3 European cities were examined using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) si...

  5. Investigation of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases in the People’s Republic of China

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    Wang, Dong-Dong; Zheng, Ming-Quan; Zhang, Nan; An, Chun-Li

    2015-01-01

    Background The detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA in respiratory specimen from individuals who do not have signs or symptoms of pneumonia has been defined as colonization. The role of P. jirovecii colonization in the development or progression of various lung diseases has been reported, but little information about P. jirovecii colonization in patients is available in the People’s Republic of China. Objective To determine the prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization in patients with vario...

  6. Coinfection pulmonaire par pneumocystis jirovecii et pseudomonas aeruginosa au cours du SIDA: à propos de deux cas

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    Mamoudou, Savadogo; Bellaud, Guillaume; Ana, Canestri; Gilles, Pialoux

    2015-01-01

    Rapporter deux cas cliniques de coinfections pulmonaires par Pneumocystis jirovecii et par Pseudomonas aeruginosa chez des patients vivant avec le VIH. Les deux patients étaient âgés respectivement de 32 ans et 46 ans. Un patient a été pris en charge à l'hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso et l'autre a été pris en charge à l'hôpital Ténon de Paris, en France. Les deux souffraient de pneumopathie confirmée à la radiographie et à la tomodensitométrie. L'un des patients était sévèrement immuno déprimé, contrairement à l'autre. L'examen bactériologique dans les crachats avait permis d'isoler Pseudomonas aeruginosa et Pneumocystis jirovecii chez les deux patients. Sous traitement, l’évolution a été favorable. Les coinfections morbides sont relativement fréquentes chez les patients vivant avec le VIH. Devant une symptomatologie respiratoire du sujet vivant avec le VIH, il faut savoir rechercher en plus du Bacille de Koch, Pneumocystis jirovecii et Pseudomonas aeruginosa par un lavage broncho alvéolaire. PMID:26516396

  7. Colonization of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD patients and the rate of Pneumocystis pneumonia in Iranian non-HIV(+ immunocompromised patients.

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    Maryam Fatemeh Sheikholeslami

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available With increasing rate of immunodeficiency diseases in the world, opportunistic micro-organism such as Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii become more important. Little information is available on prevalence of this life-threatening microorganism in Iran. This study was designed to determine the colonization and the rate of active disease caused by P. jirovecii in two groups of Iranian immunosuppressed patients.Two hundred and fifty five pulmonary samples were collected from two groups of immunosuppressed patients to detect a 260bp fragment of mt LSU rRNA gene of P. jirovecii by nested PCR. The first group was COPD patients consumed oral, inhaled or injectable corticosteroid and the second group was patients with malignancies under chemotherapy. Both groups were referred to National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Imam Khomeini hospital because of pulmonary symptoms. All patients introduced to this project were confirmed HIV sera-negative by ELISA and western blot test.The mean age of COPD patients was 66.5 ± 11 (41-88 years and all of them were men. The mean age of patients with malignancy (PMs was 43 ± 11 (23-65 years and 51.6% were men. The P. jirovecii was colonized in 7 of 89 COPD patients (7.9% and its DNA was isolated from 11 of 153 PMs (7.2%. The microorganism could cause active disease in 7 of 67 (10.5% PMs who suffered from pneumonia.The study showed that P. jirovecii was one of colonizing agents in the COPD patients, but it could cause active disease in PMs. Generally, the microorganism can exist in the lung of non-HIV(+ immunosuppressed patients. Therefore, it should be considered as a potential infective agent in non-HIV(+ immunocompromised patients.

  8. Low prevalence of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP but high prevalence of pneumocystis dihydropteroate synthase (dhps gene mutations in HIV-infected persons in Uganda.

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    Steve M Taylor

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP is an important opportunistic infection in patients infected with HIV, but its burden is incompletely characterized in those areas of sub-Saharan Africa where HIV is prevalent. We explored the prevalence of both PCP in HIV-infected adults admitted with pneumonia to a tertiary-care hospital in Uganda and of putative P. jirovecii drug resistance by mutations in fungal dihydropteroate synthase (dhps and dihydrofolate reductase (dhfr. In 129 consecutive patients with sputum smears negative for mycobacteria, 5 (3.9% were diagnosed with PCP by microscopic examination of Giemsa-stained bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Concordance was 100% between Giemsa stain and PCR (dhps and dhfr. PCP was more prevalent in patients newly-diagnosed with HIV (11.4% than in patients with known HIV (1.1%; p = 0.007. Mortality at 2 months after discharge was 29% overall: 28% among PCP-negative patients, and 60% (3 of 5 among PCP-positive patients. In these 5 fungal isolates and an additional 8 from consecutive cases of PCP, all strains harbored mutant dhps haplotypes; all 13 isolates harbored the P57S mutation in dhps, and 3 (23% also harbored the T55A mutation. No non-synonymous dhfr mutations were detected. PCP is an important cause of pneumonia in patients newly-diagnosed with HIV in Uganda, is associated with high mortality, and putative molecular evidence of drug resistance is prevalent. Given the reliability of field diagnosis in our cohort, future studies in sub-Saharan Africa can investigate the clinical impact of these genotypes.

  9. Pneumocystis Pneumonia

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    ... in recent years, PCP is still a significant public health problem. For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage. ... in recent years, PCP is still a significant public health problem. Symptoms The symptoms of PCP are fever, dry ...

  10. Fungal colonization with Pneumocystis correlates to increasing chloride channel accessory 1 (hCLCA1 suggesting a pathway for up-regulation of airway mucus responses, in infant lungs

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    Francisco J. Pérez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungal colonization with Pneumocystis is associated with increased airway mucus in infants during their primary Pneumocystis infection, and to severity of COPD in adults. The pathogenic mechanisms are under investigation. Interestingly, increased levels of hCLCA1 – a member of the calcium-sensitive chloride conductance family of proteins that drives mucus hypersecretion – have been associated with increased mucus production in patients diagnosed with COPD and in immunocompetent rodents with Pneumocystis infection. Pneumocystis is highly prevalent in infants; therefore, the contribution of Pneumocystis to hCLCA1 expression was examined in autopsied infant lungs. Respiratory viruses that may potentially increase mucus, were also examined. hCLCA1 expression was measured using actin-normalized Western-blot, and the burden of Pneumocystis organisms was quantified by qPCR in 55 autopsied lungs from apparently healthy infants who died in the community. Respiratory viruses were diagnosed using RT-PCR for RSV, metapneumovirus, influenza, and parainfluenza viruses; and by PCR for adenovirus. hCLCA1 levels in virus positive samples were comparable to those in virus-negative samples. An association between Pneumocystis and increased hCLCA1 expression was documented (P=0.028. Additionally, increasing Pneumocystis burden correlated with increasing hCLCA1 protein expression levels (P=0.017. Results strengthen the evidence of Pneumocystis-associated up-regulation of mucus-related airway responses in infant lungs. Further characterization of this immunocompetent host-Pneumocystis-interaction, including assessment of potential clinical significance, is warranted.

  11. Epidemiology and clinical relevanceof Pneumocystis jirovecii Frenkel, 1976 dihydropteroate synthase gene mutations*

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    Matos O.

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available A review was conducted to examine the published works that studied the prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS mutations in patients with P. jirovecii pneumonia (PcP, in develop and developing countries, and that focused the problem of the possible association of these mutations with exposure to sulpha or sulphone drugs and their influence in the PcP outcome. Studies conducted in United States of America presented higher P. jirovecii mutations rates, in comparison with European countries, and in developing countries, lower rates of DHPS mutations were reported, due to limited use of sulpha drugs. A significant association was reported between the use of sulpha or sulphone agents for PcP prophylaxis in HIV-infected patients and the presence of DHPS mutations. However these mutations were also detected in PcP patients who were not currently receiving sulpha or sulphone agents. The outcome and mortality of HIV-infected patients with PcP harbouring DHPS gene mutations were related primarily to the underlying severity of illness and the initial severity of PcP, more than to the presence of mutations.

  12. Effects of Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim on Airway Colonization with Pneumocystis jirovecii.

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    Kushima, Hisako; Ishii, Hiroshi; Tokimatsu, Issei; Umeki, Kenji; Sato, Takako; Kadota, Jun-Ichi

    2016-05-20

    Reactivation of latent infection is considered to be the main mechanism underlying the development of Pneumocystis pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients. We retrospectively assessed the effects of prophylactic administration of sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim on the development of P. pneumonia and airway colonization with P. jirovecii in patients undergoing examinations to diagnose or rule out P. pneumonia. Polymerase chain reaction was performed to detect P. jirovecii in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid or sputum of 60 consecutive patients between 2004 and 2012. No patients who received the prophylactic administration of sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (n = 10) developed P. pneumonia or demonstrated airway colonization with P. jirovecii, and none of the patients who developed P. pneumonia (n = 11) or showed colonization (n = 9) had received prophylactic treatment. Furthermore, 20 (40%) of 50 patients without prophylactic treatment showed positive results on the P. jirovecii DNA polymerase chain reaction, but all 10 patients who had prophylactic treatment showed negative results (Fisher's exact test, P = 0.02). Therefore, the prophylactic administration of sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim has potential to be effective in preventing P. pneumonia as well as eliminating airway colonization with P. jirovecii. Further studies targeting large cohorts of patients with a variety of underlying diseases are required to develop recommendations regarding the prophylactic administration of sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim. PMID:26255727

  13. ECIL guidelines for treatment of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in non-HIV-infected haematology patients.

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    Maschmeyer, Georg; Helweg-Larsen, Jannik; Pagano, Livio; Robin, Christine; Cordonnier, Catherine; Schellongowski, Peter

    2016-09-01

    The initiation of systemic antimicrobial treatment of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is triggered by clinical signs and symptoms, typical radiological and occasionally laboratory findings in patients at risk of this infection. Diagnostic proof by bronchoalveolar lavage should not delay the start of treatment. Most patients with haematological malignancies present with a severe PCP; therefore, antimicrobial therapy should be started intravenously. High-dose trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is the treatment of choice. In patients with documented intolerance to this regimen, the preferred alternative is the combination of primaquine plus clindamycin. Treatment success should be first evaluated after 1 week, and in case of clinical non-response, pulmonary CT scan and bronchoalveolar lavage should be repeated to look for secondary or co-infections. Treatment duration typically is 3 weeks and secondary anti-PCP prophylaxis is indicated in all patients thereafter. In patients with critical respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation is not significantly superior to intubation and mechanical ventilation. The administration of glucocorticoids must be decided on a case-by-case basis. PMID:27550993

  14. Evaluation of Sensitivity of Multiplex PCR for Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Pneumocystis jirovecii in Clinical Samples ▿

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    Boondireke, Sirirat; Mungthin, Mathirut; Tan-ariya, Peerapan; Boonyongsunchai, Petchara; Naaglor, Tawee; Wattanathum, Anan; Treewatchareekorn, Sompong; Leelayoova, Saovanee

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    A multiplex PCR assay for the simultaneous detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Pneumocystis jirovecii was developed using IS6110-based detection for M. tuberculosis and mitochondrial large-subunit (mtLSU) rRNA gene detection for P. jirovecii. Ninety-five pulmonary blinded samples were examined using the developed multiplex PCR assay, and the results were compared with those obtained by the single nested PCRs targeting IS6110 for M. tuberculosis and mtLSU rRNA for P. jirovecii. Of the ...

  15. An epidemic of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in a renal transplantation center: role of T-cell lymphopenia.

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    Brunot, V; Pernin, V; Chartier, C; Garrigue, V; Vetromile, F; Szwarc, I; Delmas, S; Portalès, P; Basset, D; Mourad, G

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    Although only 2 cases of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia were observed in our center between 2004 and 2009, we diagnosed 9 cases in 2010. Each patient had been in contact in the hospital with at least 1 other patient suffering P jiroveci pneumonia. Genotyping of P jiroveci pneumonia strains demonstrates a total homogeneity of the DNA sequences in the 7 patients already analyzed. CD4+ lymphocyte count was significantly lower at M3 in P jiroveci pneumonia patients than in controls. Our clinical and molecular data confirm that interhuman transmission of P jiroveci is possible, particularly to lymphopenic transplant recipients. PMID:23146531

  16. Infrequent detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens from TB patients with or without HIV and healthy contacts in Tanzania

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    Jensen, Lotte; Jensen, Andreas V.; Praygod, George;

    2010-01-01

    HIV positive and have a higher mortality than smear-positive TB patients. Lack of access to diagnose Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia might be a contributing reason. We therefore assessed the prevalence of P. jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens among TB patients and healthy individuals in an HIV...

  17. Infrequent detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens from TB patients with or without HIV and healthy contacts in Tanzania

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    Jensen, Lotte; Jensen, Andreas V; Praygod, George;

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    HIV positive and have a higher mortality than smear-positive TB patients. Lack of access to diagnose Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia might be a contributing reason. We therefore assessed the prevalence of P. jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens among TB patients and healthy individuals in an HIV...

  18. Evaluation of different real time PCRs for the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded bronchoalveolar lavage samples

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    de Leeuw, Bertie H C G M; Voskuil, W Sebastiaan; Maraha, Boulos; van der Zee, Anneke; Westenend, Pieter J; Kusters, Johannes G

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    The presence of Pneumocystis jirovecii in fresh clinical materials can be detected by PCR with high sensitivity and is thus preferred over microscopic methods. However, fresh materials are not always available, and on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded materials, PCR may result in reduced detection ra

  19. Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia prophylaxis during maintenance therapy influences methotrexate/6-mercaptopurine dosing but not event-free survival for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Levinsen, Mette; Shabaneh, Diana; Bohnstedt, Cathrine;

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    Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) is used in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). We explored to which extent TMP/SMX influenced methotrexate (MTX)/6-mercaptopurine (6MP) dosage, myelosuppression, and event-free survival (EFS) during...

  20. Coinfección con Pneumocystis jiroveci y otros patógenos respiratorios

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    María de las Mercedes Romero

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la eventual asociación de P. jiroveci con otros patógenos respiratorios bacterianos, fúngicos y parasitarios, en 50 secreciones respiratorias obtenidas por lavado broncoalveolar, pertenecientes a pacientes con SIDA internados en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Respiratorios del Hospital Muñiz. Las muestras fueron procesadas en los diferentes Laboratorios del Hospital Muñiz, consecutivamente, entre el 20 de noviembre de 2008 y el 1 de julio de 2010, y fueron positivas para la presencia de Pneumocystis jiroveci por microscopia en este Laboratorio. Los resultados obtenidos revelaron la presencia de co-infección en 7 (14% de las muestras examinadas, cifra menor a la esperada, teniendo en cuenta el deterioro inmunológico de los pacientes evaluados. Stasphylococcus aureus y Acinetobacter sp. fueron los patógenos bacterianos más frecuentemente aislados, mientras C. neoformans fue encontrado como único co-patógeno fúngico. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, otras micobacterias y parásitos no fueron identificados en las muestras evaluadas. El número de co-infecciones detectadas puede haber sido influido por la administración de tratamientos empíricos antimicrobianos, la no inclusión de estudios virológicos y el transporte inadecuado de las muestras. Las coinfecciones de P. jiroveci con otros patógenos respiratorios deberá tenerse en cuenta a la hora de establecer un adecuado tratamiento antiinfeccioso en los pacientes con SIDA y patología respiratoria.

  1. Cost-effectiveness analysis of diagnostic options for pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP.

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    Julie R Harris

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP is challenging, particularly in developing countries. Highly sensitive diagnostic methods are costly, while less expensive methods often lack sensitivity or specificity. Cost-effectiveness comparisons of the various diagnostic options have not been presented. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We compared cost-effectiveness, as measured by cost per life-years gained and proportion of patients successfully diagnosed and treated, of 33 PCP diagnostic options, involving combinations of specimen collection methods [oral washes, induced and expectorated sputum, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL] and laboratory diagnostic procedures [various staining procedures or polymerase chain reactions (PCR], or clinical diagnosis with chest x-ray alone. Our analyses were conducted from the perspective of the government payer among ambulatory, HIV-infected patients with symptoms of pneumonia presenting to HIV clinics and hospitals in South Africa. Costing data were obtained from the National Institutes of Communicable Diseases in South Africa. At 50% disease prevalence, diagnostic procedures involving expectorated sputum with any PCR method, or induced sputum with nested or real-time PCR, were all highly cost-effective, successfully treating 77-90% of patients at $26-51 per life-year gained. Procedures using BAL specimens were significantly more expensive without added benefit, successfully treating 68-90% of patients at costs of $189-232 per life-year gained. A relatively cost-effective diagnostic procedure that did not require PCR was Toluidine Blue O staining of induced sputum ($25 per life-year gained, successfully treating 68% of patients. Diagnosis using chest x-rays alone resulted in successful treatment of 77% of patients, though cost-effectiveness was reduced ($109 per life-year gained compared with several molecular diagnostic options. CONCLUSIONS: For diagnosis of PCP, use of PCR technologies, when

  2. Lung fibrosis in deceased HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    Erica J Shaddock

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Background. Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP is one of the most common opportunistic infections found in patients with HIV. The prognosis if ventilation is required is poor, with mortality of 36 - 80%. Although more recent studies have shown improved survival, our experience has been that close to 100% of such patients die, and we therefore decided to investigate further. Methods. All patients with confirmed or suspected PcP who died owing to respiratory failure were eligible for the study. Where consent was obtained, trucut lung biopsies were performed post mortem, stored in formalin and sent for histopathological assessment. Results. Twelve adequate lung biopsies were obtained from 1 July 2008 to 28 February 2011 – 3 from men and 9 from women. The mean age was 34.7 years (range 24 - 46, and the mean admission CD4 count was 20.8 (range 1 - 68 cells/μl and median 18.5 cells/μl. All specimens demonstrated typical PcP histopathology; in addition, 9 showed significant interstitial fibrosis. Three had co-infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV, two of which had fibrosis present. There was no evidence of TB or other fungal infections. Conclusion. The high mortality seen in this cohort of PcP patients was due to intractable respiratory failure from interstitial lung fibrosis. whereas the differential includes ventilator induced lung injury, drug resistance or co-infections, we suggest that this is part of the disease progression in certain individuals. Further studies are required to identify interventions that could modify this process and improve outcomes in patients with PcP who require mechanical ventilation. S Afr J HIV Med 2012;13(2:64-67.

  3. National Lupus Hospitalization Trends Reveal Rising Rates of Herpes Zoster and Declines in Pneumocystis Pneumonia.

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    Sara G Murray

    Full Text Available Infection is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. Therapeutic practices have evolved over the past 15 years, but effects on infectious complications of SLE are unknown. We evaluated trends in hospitalizations for severe and opportunistic infections in a population-based SLE study.Data derive from the 2000 to 2011 United States National Inpatient Sample, including individuals who met a validated administrative definition of SLE. Primary outcomes were diagnoses of bacteremia, pneumonia, opportunistic fungal infection, herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, or pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP. We used Poisson regression to determine whether infection rates were changing in SLE hospitalizations and used predictive marginals to generate annual adjusted rates of specific infections.We identified 361,337 SLE hospitalizations from 2000 to 2011 meeting study inclusion criteria. Compared to non-SLE hospitalizations, SLE patients were younger (51 vs. 62 years, predominantly female (89% vs. 54%, and more likely to be racial/ethnic minorities. SLE diagnosis was significantly associated with all measured severe and opportunistic infections. From 2000 to 2011, adjusted SLE hospitalization rates for herpes zoster increased more than non-SLE rates: 54 to 79 per 10,000 SLE hospitalizations compared with 24 to 29 per 10,000 non-SLE hospitalizations. Conversely, SLE hospitalizations for PCP disproportionately decreased: 5.1 to 2.5 per 10,000 SLE hospitalizations compared with 0.9 to 1.3 per 10,000 non-SLE hospitalizations.Among patients with SLE, herpes zoster hospitalizations are rising while PCP hospitalizations are declining. These trends likely reflect evolving SLE treatment strategies. Further research is needed to identify patients at greatest risk for infectious complications.

  4. Clinical characteristics of Pneumocystis pneumonia in non-HIV patients and prognostic factors including microbiological genotypes

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    Ito Yutaka

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The number of patients with non-HIV Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP is increasing with widespread immunosuppressive treatment. We investigated the clinical characteristics of non-HIV PCP and its association with microbiological genotypes. Methods Between January 2005 and March 2010, all patients in 2 university hospitals who had been diagnosed with PCP by PCR were enrolled in this study. Retrospective chart review of patients, microbiological genotypes, and association with 30-day mortality were examined. Results Of the 82 adult patients investigated, 50 patients (61% had inflammatory diseases, 17 (21% had solid malignancies, 12 (15% had hematological malignancies, and 6 (7% had received transplantations. All patients received immunosuppressive agents or antitumor chemotherapeutic drugs. Plasma (1→3 β-D-glucan levels were elevated in 80% of patients, and were significantly reduced after treatment in both survivors and non-survivors. However, β-D-glucan increased in 18% of survivors and was normal in only 33% after treatment. Concomitant invasive pulmonary aspergillosis was detected in 5 patients. Fifty-six respiratory samples were stored for genotyping. A dihydropteroate synthase mutation associated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole resistance was found in only 1 of the 53 patients. The most prevalent genotype of mitochondrial large-subunit rRNA was genotype 1, followed by genotype 4. The most prevalent genotype of internal transcribed spacers of the nuclear rRNA operon was Eb, followed by Eg and Bi. Thirty-day mortality was 24%, in which logistic regression analysis revealed association with serum albumin and mechanical ventilation, but no association with genotypes. Conclusions In non-HIV PCP, poorer general and respiratory conditions at diagnosis were independent predictors of mortality. β-D-glucan may not be useful for monitoring the response to treatment, and genotypes were not associated with mortality.

  5. Role of PCR for diagnosing Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in HIV-infected individuals in a tertiary care hospital in India

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    Kiran Chawla

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives : In developing countries like India, the diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection is often made either by conventional staining or clinically. This study was planned to know the utility of polymerase chain reaction (PCR in diagnosing Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-infected patients, to compare the PCR results with that of staining techniques and also to correlate the results with clinical condition of patients. Materials and Methods: A prospective study included 50 HIV-infected adult in-patients with symptoms of lower respiratory tract infection. Induced sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage or tracheal aspirate were proceeded for both staining and PCR for mitochondrial large subunit rRNA gene of P. jirovecii. Results: In our study PCR results correlated with staining findings in 14% (7/50 of cases. Another 20% (10/50 cases could be diagnosed only with PCR, where staining was negative for the presence of P. jirovecii. When compared with clinical evidence of disease, PCR showed 93.7% sensitivity and 94.1% specificity. Presence of dyspnea and CD 4 count showed statistical significance (P<0.05 in PCP-diagnosed patients. Conclusions: PCR can be used for early and accurate diagnosis of PCP in HIV-infected patients.

  6. High prevalence of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia among Mozambican children <5 years of age admitted to hospital with clinical severe pneumonia.

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    Lanaspa, M; O'Callaghan-Gordo, C; Machevo, S; Madrid, L; Nhampossa, T; Acácio, S; de la Horra, C; Friaza, V; Campano, E; Alonso, P L; Calderón, E J; Roca, A; Bassat, Q

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    We aimed to describe Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) prevalence and features in children from sub-Saharan Africa and to investigate PCP-associated risk factors. During 2006-2007 we used molecular methods to test children younger than 5 years old admitted with severe pneumonia to a hospital in southern Mozambique for Pneumocystis infection. We recruited 834 children. PCP prevalence was 6.8% and HIV prevalence was 25.7%. The in-hospital and delayed mortality were significantly higher among children with PCP (20.8% vs. 10.2%, p 0.021, and 11.5% vs. 3.6%, p 0.044, respectively). Clinical features were mostly overlapping between the two groups. Independent risk factors for PCP were age less than a year (odds ratio (OR) 6.34, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.86-21.65), HIV infection (OR 2.99, 95% CI 1.16-7.70), grunting (OR 2.64, 95% CI 1.04-6.73) and digital clubbing (OR 10.75, 95% CI 1.21-95.56). PCP is a common and life-threatening cause of severe pneumonia in Mozambican children. Mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention should be strengthened. Better diagnostic tools are needed. PMID:26231980

  7. Evaluation of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay for the Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Immunocompromised Patients

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    Preeti Singh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP is one of the common opportunistic infection among HIV and non-HIV immunocompromised patients. The lack of a rapid and specific diagnostic test necessitates a more reliable laboratory diagnostic test for PCP. In the present study, the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP assay was evaluated for the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii. 185 clinical respiratory samples, including both BALF and IS, were subjected to GMS staining, nested PCR, and LAMP assay. Of 185 respiratory samples, 12/185 (6.5%, 41/185 (22.2%, and 49/185 (26.5% samples were positive by GMS staining, nested PCR, and LAMP assay, respectively. As compared to nested PCR, additional 8 samples were positive by LAMP assay and found to be statistically significant (p<0.05 with the detection limit of 1 pg. Thus, the LAMP assay may serve as a better diagnostic tool for the detection of P. jirovecii with high sensitivity and specificity, less turn-around time, operational simplicity, single-step amplification, and immediate visual detection.

  8. Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV-positive patients in Spain: epidemiology and environmental risk factors

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    Alejandro Alvaro-Meca

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Specific environmental factors may play a role in the development of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP in HIV-positive patients. The aim of this study was to estimate the PCP incidence and mortality in hospitalized HIV-positive patients in Spain during the combination antiretroviral therapy (cART era (1997 to 2011, as well as to analyze the climatological factors and air pollution levels in relation to hospital admissions and deaths. Methods: We carried out a retrospective study. Data were collected from the National Hospital Discharge Database and the State Meteorological Agency of Spain. A case-crossover analysis was applied to identify environmental risk factors related to hospitalizations and deaths. For each patient, climatic factors and pollution levels were assigned based on readings from the nearest meteorological station to his or her postal code. Results: There were 13,139 new PCP diagnoses and 1754 deaths in hospitalized HIV-positive patients from 1997 to 2011. The PCP incidence (events per 1000 person-years dropped from 11.6 in 1997 to 2000, to 5.4 in 2004 to 2011 (p<0.001. The mortality (events per 10,000 person-years also decreased from 14.3 in 1997 to 2000, to 7.5 in 2004 to 2011 (p<0.001. Most hospital admissions and deaths occurred in the winter season and the fewest occurred in the summer, overlapping respectively with the lowest and highest temperatures of the year in Spain. Moreover, lower temperatures prior to PCP admission, as well as higher concentrations of NO2 and particulate matter up to 10 m in size (PM10 at the time of admission were associated with higher likelihoods of hospital admission due to PCP when two weeks, one month, 1.5 months or two months were used as controls (p<0.01. Furthermore, higher concentrations of ozone at one month (p=0.007, 1.5 months (p<0.001 and two months (p=0.006 prior to admission were associated with higher likelihoods of hospital admission with PCP. For PCP-related deaths, lower

  9. Serologic responses to recombinant Pneumocystis jirovecii major surface glycoprotein among Ugandan patients with respiratory symptoms.

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    Full Text Available Little is known about the serologic responses to Pneumocystis jirovecii major surface glycoprotein (Msg antigen in African cohorts, or the IgM responses to Msg in HIV-positive and HIV-negative persons with respiratory symptoms.We conducted a prospective study of 550 patients, both HIV-positive (n = 467 and HIV-negative (n = 83, hospitalized with cough ≥2 weeks in Kampala, Uganda, to evaluate the association between HIV status, CD4 cell count, and other clinical predictors and antibody responses to P. jirovecii. We utilized ELISA to measure the IgM and IgG serologic responses to three overlapping recombinant fragments that span the P. jirovecii major surface glycoprotein: MsgA (amino terminus, MsgB (middle portion and MsgC1 (carboxyl terminus, and to three variations of MsgC1 (MsgC3, MsgC8 and MsgC9.HIV-positive patients demonstrated significantly lower IgM antibody responses to MsgC1, MsgC3, MsgC8 and MsgC9 compared to HIV-negative patients. We found the same pattern of low IgM antibody responses to MsgC1, MsgC3, MsgC8 and MsgC9 among HIV-positive patients with a CD4 cell count <200 cells/µl compared to those with a CD4 cell count ≥200 cells/µl. HIV-positive patients on PCP prophylaxis had significantly lower IgM responses to MsgC3 and MsgC9, and lower IgG responses to MsgA, MsgC1, MsgC3, and MsgC8. In contrast, cigarette smoking was associated with increased IgM antibody responses to MsgC1 and MsgC3 but was not associated with IgG responses. We evaluated IgM and IgG as predictors of mortality. Lower IgM responses to MsgC3 and MsgC8 were both associated with increased in-hospital mortality.HIV infection and degree of immunosuppression are associated with reduced IgM responses to Msg. In addition, low IgM responses to MsgC3 and MsgC8 are associated with increased mortality.

  10. Coinfection pulmonaire par pneumocystis jirovecii et pseudomonas aeruginosa au cours du SIDA: à propos de deux cas

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    Mamoudou, Savadogo; Bellaud, Guillaume; Ana, Canestri; Gilles, Pialoux

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    Rapporter deux cas cliniques de coinfections pulmonaires par Pneumocystis jirovecii et par Pseudomonas aeruginosa chez des patients vivant avec le VIH. Les deux patients étaient âgés respectivement de 32 ans et 46 ans. Un patient a été pris en charge à l'hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso et l'autre a été pris en charge à l'hôpital Ténon de Paris, en France. Les deux souffraient de pneumopathie confirmée à la radiographie et à la tomodensitométrie. L'un des patients étai...

  11. Congenital rubella pneumonitis complicated by Pneumocystis jiroveci infection with positive long term respiratory outcome: a case report and literature review.

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    Sanchez, M O; Chang, A B

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    Rubella remains to be a significant illness in the developing countries because of limited access to immunizations. In congenital rubella syndrome, lung involvement becomes evident within the few months of life, as a manifestation of the "late onset rubella syndrome." The lungs and other organs become involved secondary to immunopathologic mechanisms and immunodeficiency predisposes affected patients to opportunistic pathogens. We report the clinical, respiratory and immunologic data of a young boy who developed rubella pneumonitis and concomitant infection with Pneumocystis jiroveci. Despite the complicated clinical course, the child survived. At follow-up he has a normal pulmonary examination, mild hyperinflation only on his chest radiograph, normal immunology and normal respiratory reactance and resistance. PMID:19911369

  12. Role of radiotherapy in local control of non-AIDS associated Kaposi's sarcoma patients in Korea: a single institution experience

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    Chang, Ji Hyun; Kim, Il Han [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    There has been no definite consensus on standard treatment, either local or systemic, for the Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Radiotherapy (RT) can be a good local therapeutic choice especially in non-AIDS associated KS (NAKS) for its indolent behavior. Medical records of 17 KS patients treated with RT at the Seoul National University Hospital from February 1998 to January 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. One human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)+ patient with 3 lesions was excluded. The total number of the lesion was 23 among the 16 patients. The median follow-up period was 27.9 months. Correlation between response and variables was analyzed using the logistic regression model. Median age of the patients was 75 years. All the 23 lesions were located at the extremities. Fourteen (61%) of those had pain or local swelling as the initial presentation. Ten patients had possible causes of immunodeficiency and were regarded as iatrogenic, and other 6 were classic KS. Median dose of RT was 36 Gy. No KS-related death was observed. Excluding 2 with short-term follow-up only, complete response and partial response were obtained in 2 (9%) and 19 (73%) lesions, respectively. Of those, 3 lesions underwent local progression. Six had out-of-field recurrence after RT. Symptom improvement was achieved in 13 (93%) of 14 patients. Grade 2 skin toxicities were found in 9 lesions but all got improvement after treatment. When divided into responsive and progressive group, free from progression was not related to any of the possible variables. RT is effective in local control of NAKS resulting great response rate.

  13. Pneumocystis jirovecii Colonization in Non-HIV-Infected Patients Based on Nested-PCR Detection in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples

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    Parivash Kordbacheh

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pneumocystis jirovecii causes Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP in immunocompromised patients with a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Colonization with this fungus may stimulate pulmonary inflammation or lead to PCP in susceptible patients. The epidemiology of this infection and routs of its transmission has poorly studied in Iran. We examined Pneumosystis colonization in patients with various lung underlying diseases.Methods: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluids of 458 patients with different underlying diseases or pulmonary signs were collected between August 2010 and January 2012. Patients were divided into four groups: transplant recipients, malignant patients, immunosuppressive drug recipients and patients with other different lung diseases. A sensitive nested-PCR method targeted 18S ribosomal RNA gene was used for investigating P. jirovecii in the specimens.Results: P. jirovecii DNA was detected in 57 out of 458 (12.5% BAL samples by nested-PCR. Colonization rate in malignant patients, transplant recipients, immunosuppressive therapy recipients and patients with other various lung diseases was 21.7%, 20.3%, 12.7% and 7.3%, respectively. The enzyme BanI cuts all PCR products producing fragments with the size of 228 and 104 base pair. This finding as well as sequencing of four random positive samples validated and reconfirmed the PCR results. P. jirovecii cysts were found in 5 out of 57 PCR positive samples.Conclusion: A significant number of patients with pulmonary diseases were colonized by P. jirovecii that can develop to PCP in these patients or they may transmit the fungus to other susceptible patients

  14. Serum antibody levels to the Pneumocystis jirovecii major surface glycoprotein in the diagnosis of P. jirovecii pneumonia in HIV+ patients.

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    Kpandja Djawe

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jirovecii remains an important cause of fatal pneumonia (Pneumocystis pneumonia or PcP in HIV+ patients and other immunocompromised hosts. Despite many previous attempts, a clinically useful serologic test for P. jirovecii infection has never been developed.We analyzed serum antibody responses to the P. jirovecii major surface glycoprotein recombinant fragment C1 (MsgC1 in 110 HIV+ patients with active PcP (cases and 63 HIV+ patients with pneumonia due to other causes (controls by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. The cases had significantly higher IgG and IgM antibody levels to MsgC1 than the controls at hospital admission (week 0 and intervals up to at least 1 month thereafter. The sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value (PPV of IgG antibody levels increased from 57.2%, 61.7% and 71.5% at week 0 to 63.4%, 100%, and 100%, respectively, at weeks 3-4. The sensitivity, specificity and PPV of IgM antibody levels rose from 59.7%, 61.3%, and 79.3% at week 0 to 74.6%, 73.7%, and 89.8%, respectively, at weeks 3-4. Multivariate analysis revealed that a diagnosis of PcP was the only independent predictor of high IgG and IgM antibody levels to MsgC1. A high LDH level, a nonspecific marker of lung damage, was an independent predictor of low IgG antibody levels to MsgC1.The results suggest that the ELISA shows promise as an aid to the diagnosis of PCP in situations where diagnostic procedures cannot be performed. Further studies in other patient populations are needed to better define the usefulness of this serologic test.

  15. Short Communication: Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia by Detection of DNA in Blood and Oropharyngeal Wash, Compared with Sputum.

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    van Halsema, Clare; Johnson, Leann; Baxter, Joanne; Douthwaite, Sam; Clowes, Yvonne; Guiver, Malcolm; Ustianowski, Andrew

    2016-05-01

    Molecular diagnostic methods on lower respiratory specimens for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) are recommended, but specimens can be difficult to obtain. This study examined the diagnostic use of PCP polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on oropharyngeal wash (OPW) and blood versus sputum (spontaneous and induced) to find faster, simpler, and less invasive diagnostic methods. We prospectively recruited consenting adults with symptoms consistent with PCP. Real-time PCR targeted the Pneumocystis mitochondrial large subunit ribosomal RNA gene, using the aforementioned specimens. Clinical data were collected from routine records. Forty-five participants provided 45 sputa, 31 OPW, and 41 blood samples. Median age was 39 years and 41 (91%) were male, with median CD4 count being 64 cells/μL. Sputum PCR was positive in 27/45 (60%) participants. Comparative sensitivity of OPW was 9/19 (47%, 95% confidence interval [CI] 23-71) and blood 12/24 (50%, 95% CI 29-71) participants, both with specificity 100%. Including only samples obtained ≤2 days after start of treatment, sensitivity of OPW was 80% (8/10, 95% CI 51-100), that of blood was 57% (8/14, 95% CI 29-86), and that of combined tests was 88% (14/16, 95% CI 70-100). In 14/16 individuals with PCP and specimens obtained ≤2 days after start of treatment, diagnosis was possible using nonrespiratory samples. Despite moderate sensitivity of individual tests, combined PCP PCR on early blood and OPW specimens had high sensitivity and could reduce the need for invasive procedures. There were no false-positive results on nonrespiratory samples. Sampling and laboratory methods use routine technology and so require few additional resources. PMID:26739439

  16. Echinocandin treatment of pneumocystis pneumonia in rodent models depletes cysts leaving trophic burdens that cannot transmit the infection.

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    Melanie T Cushion

    Full Text Available Fungi in the genus Pneumocystis cause pneumonia (PCP in hosts with debilitated immune systems and are emerging as co-morbidity factors associated with chronic diseases such as COPD. Limited therapeutic choices and poor understanding of the life cycle are a result of the inability of these fungi to grow outside the mammalian lung. Within the alveolar lumen, Pneumocystis spp., appear to have a bi-phasic life cycle consisting of an asexual phase characterized by binary fission of trophic forms and a sexual cycle resulting in formation of cysts, but the life cycle stage that transmits the infection is not known. The cysts, but not the trophic forms, express beta -1,3-D-glucan synthetase and contain abundant beta -1,3-D-glucan. Here we show that therapeutic and prophylactic treatment of PCP with echinocandins, compounds which inhibit the synthesis of beta -1,3-D-glucan, depleted cysts in rodent models of PCP, while sparing the trophic forms which remained in significant numbers. Survival was enhanced in the echincandin treated mice, likely due to the decreased beta -1,3-D-glucan content in the lungs of treated mice and rats which coincided with reductions of cyst numbers, and dramatic remodeling of organism morphology. Strong evidence for the cyst as the agent of transmission was provided by the failure of anidulafungin-treated mice to transmit the infection. We show for the first time that withdrawal of anidulafungin treatment with continued immunosuppression permitted the repopulation of cyst forms. Treatment of PCP with an echinocandin alone will not likely result in eradication of infection and cessation of echinocandin treatment while the patient remains immunosuppressed could result in relapse. Importantly, the echinocandins provide novel and powerful chemical tools to probe the still poorly understood bi-phasic life cycle of this genus of fungal pathogens.

  17. A clinical comparative study of polymerase chain reaction assay for diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia in non-AIDS patients

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    MU Xiang-dong; WANG Guang-fa; SU Li

    2011-01-01

    Background Pneurnocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is one of the most common and fatal infections in non-AIDS immunocompromised patients,which is difficult to diagnose by traditional morphologic methods.This study evaluated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays of Pneumocystis jirovecii mitochondrial large subunits ribosomal RNA in sputum and bronchioalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) for diagnosing PCP.Methods Sputum and BALF specimens from two groups were collected:one group (PCP group) included 20 patients definitely diagnosed of PCP by Gomori methenamine silver (GMS) stains of BALF;the other group (non-PCP group) included 40 patients.Each specimen was examined by GMS stains and PCR assays.Results GMS stains of BALF in PCP group were 100% positive (20/20),GMS stains of sputum in PCP group were 35% positive (7/20);GMS stains of BALF in non-PCP group were 100% negative (40/40),GMS stains of sputum in non-PCP group were 100% negative (40/40).PCR assays of BALF in PCP group were 100% positive (20/20),PCR assays of sputum in PCP group were 100% positive (20/20);PCR assays of BALF in non-PCP group were 100% negative (40/40),PCR assays of sputum in non-PCP group were 100% negative (40/40).Sensitivity and specificity of PCR assays of sputum and BALF were both 100%;positive and negative predictive values were also both 100%.Conclusion The diagnostic value of PCR assays of Pneumocystisjirovecii mitochondrial large subunits ribosomal RNA on sputum and BALF for pneumocystis pneumonia are both high and equivalent.

  18. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification method for diagnosing Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV-uninfected immunocompromised patients with pulmonary infiltrates.

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    Nakashima, Kei; Aoshima, Masahiro; Ohkuni, Yoshihiro; Hoshino, Eri; Hashimoto, Kohei; Otsuka, Yoshihito

    2014-12-01

    Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is becoming an established nucleic acid amplification method offering rapid, accurate, and cost-effective diagnosis of infectious diseases. We retrospectively evaluated 78 consecutive HIV-uninfected patients who underwent LAMP method for diagnosing Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). Diagnosis of PCP was made by the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) with positive LAMP or conventional staining (CS) (Grocott methenamine silver staining or Diff-Quick™) on the basis of compatible clinical symptoms and radiologic findings. Additionally, we reviewed HIV-uninfected immunocompromised patients who underwent subcontract PCR as a historical control. LAMP was positive in 10 (90.9%) of 11 positive-CS patients. Among 13 negative-CS patients with positive LAMP, 11 (84.6%) had PCP, and the remaining 2 were categorized as having P. jirovecii colonization. LDH levels in negative-CS PCP were higher than in positive-CS PCP (p = 0.026). (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan levels in negative-CS PCP were lower than in positive-CS PCP (p = 0.011). The interval from symptom onset to diagnosis as PCP in LAMP group (3.45 ± 1.77 days; n = 22) was shorter than in subcontract PCR group (6.90 ± 2.28 days; n = 10; p cost-effective diagnostic method and is easy to administer in general hospitals. In-house LAMP method would realize early diagnosis of PCP, resulting in improving PCP prognosis and reducing unnecessary PCP-specific treatment. PMID:25187511

  19. Pneumocystis pneumonia associated with human immunodeficiency virus infection without elevated (1 → 3)-β-D glucan: A case report.

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    Kamada, Takahiro; Furuta, Kenjiro; Tomioka, Hiromi

    2016-01-01

    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii is one of the most common opportunistic infections in immunosuppressed patients, particularly in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan is a component of the cell wall of P. jirovecii and other fungi such as Candida sp., Aspergillus sp. and Histoplasma sp. The measurement of serum (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan has been reported to be a highly sensitive test for PCP related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-PCP). We report a case of HIV-PCP not associated with elevated serum (1 → 3)-β-D glucan and highlight how HIV-PCP cannot be completely ruled out if (1 → 3)-β-D glucan is negative. PMID:27330956

  20. Absence of Pneumocystis jirovecii Colonization in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals With and Without Airway Obstruction and With Undetectable Viral Load.

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    Ronit, Andreas; Klitbo, Ditte Marie; Kildemoes, Anna Overgaard; Benfield, Thomas; Gerstoft, Jan; Vestbo, Jørgen; Jensen, Jørgen Skov; Kurtzhals, Jørgen; Nielsen, Susanne Dam

    2016-01-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization has been associated with non-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) pulmonary comorbidity. We used spirometry to measure pulmonary function and analyzed oral wash specimens by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), targeting the large mitochondrial ribosomal subunit. For sensitivity control, a blinded subsample was subjected to touch-down PCRs, targeting both large and small ribosomal subunits and the major surface glycoprotein. Pneumocystis jirovecii deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was detected in 1 of 156 (95% confidence interval, .1%-3.5%) virologically suppressed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals confirmed by all PCR methods. Thus, prevalence of P jirovecii colonization was low and unlikely to be a major cause of pulmonary comorbidity in this group of well treated HIV-infected individuals. PMID:27006967

  1. Pneumocystis murina Infection and Cigarette Smoke Exposure Interact To Cause Increased Organism Burden, Development of Airspace Enlargement, and Pulmonary Inflammation in Mice▿

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    Christensen, Paul J; Preston, Angela M.; Ling, Tony; Du, Ming; Fields, W. Bradley; Curtis, Jeffrey L.; Beck, James M.

    2008-01-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by the presence of airflow obstruction and lung destruction with airspace enlargement. In addition to cigarette smoking, respiratory pathogens play a role in pathogenesis, but specific organisms are not always identified. Recent reports demonstrate associations between the detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA in lung specimens or respiratory secretions and the presence of emphysema in COPD patients. Additionally, human immunodef...

  2. Infrequent detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens from TB patients with or without HIV and healthy contacts in Tanzania

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    Friis Henrik; Range Nyagosya; Changalucha John; Faurholt-Jepsen Daniel; Kidola Jeremiah; Praygod George; Jensen Andreas V; Jensen Lotte; Helweg-Larsen Jannik; Jensen Jorgen S; Andersen Aase B

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    Abstract Background In tuberculosis (TB) endemic parts of the world, patients with pulmonary symptoms are managed as "smear-negative TB patients" if they do not improve on a two-week presumptive, broad-spectrum course of antibiotic treatment even if they are TB microscopy smear negative. These patients are frequently HIV positive and have a higher mortality than smear-positive TB patients. Lack of access to diagnose Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia might be a contributing reason. We therefore...

  3. Potential Consequences of Essential Drug Shortages in Canada: Brain Abscess due to Nocardia farcinica Associated with Dapsone Prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia

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    Wuerz, Terry C; Bow, Eric J; Matthew D Seftel

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    In 2012, Canadian pharmacies experienced a shortage of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole tablets. Drug shortages may result in unintended clinical consequences such as infection with pathogens against which the alternative medication is ineffective. This is highlighted in the present article, which describes a case of brain abscess due to Nocardia species that developed while receiving dapsone as an alternative for prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a highly immune-suppressed...

  4. Application of real time polymerase chain reaction targeting kex 1 gene & its comparison with the conventional methods for rapid detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in clinical specimens

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    Mani Revathy; Kulandai Lily Therese; Radhakishnan Bagyalakshmi; Chokaliingam Chandrasekar; Suria Kumar; Madhavan, Hajib N.

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    Background & objectives: As there are no standard laboratory techniques for the rapid detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in India, this study was undertaken to evaluate and establish an optimal and rapid technique for the detection of P. jirovecii by comparing three different techniques - staining technique, application of a real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) targeting kex 1 gene and application of nested PCR targeting mitochondrial large subunit (mtLSU) gene for rapid detection of...

  5. Is it safe to discontinue primary Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia prophylaxis in patients with virologically suppressed HIV infection and a CD4 cell count

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    Mocroft, Amanda; Reiss, Peter; Kirk, Ole;

    2010-01-01

    Current guidelines suggest that primary prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PcP) can be safely stopped in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients who are receiving combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) and who have a CD4 cell count >200 cells/microL. There are few data...... regarding the incidence of PcP or safety of stopping prophylaxis in virologically suppressed patients with CD4 cell counts of 101-200 cells/microL....

  6. Pneumocystis Pneumonia in HIV-Infected and Immunocompromised Non-HIV Infected Patients: A Retrospective Study of Two Centers in China

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    Guo, Fei; Chen, Yong; Yang, Shuang-Li; Xia, Huan; Li, Xing-Wang; Tong, Zhao-Hui

    2014-01-01

    Background Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is an emerging infectious disease in immunocompromised hosts. However, the clinical characteristics of these patients are poorly understood in mainland China. Methods We performed a retrospective study of PCP from 2008 to 2012. Information was collected regarding clinical manifestations, hospitalization, and outcome. A prognostic analysis was performed using a Cox regression model. Results 151 cases of PCP were included; 46 non-HIV and 105 HIV cases. Al...

  7. Investigation of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases in the People’s Republic of China

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    Full Text Available Dong-Dong Wang,1 Ming-Quan Zheng,2,3 Nan Zhang,2 Chun-Li An2 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 3Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USABackground: The detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA in respiratory specimen from individuals who do not have signs or symptoms of pneumonia has been defined as colonization. The role of P. jirovecii colonization in the development or progression of various lung diseases has been reported, but little information about P. jirovecii colonization in patients is available in the People’s Republic of China.Objective: To determine the prevalence of P. jirovecii colonization in patients with various pulmonary diseases, including the acute and stable stage of COPD, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, and chronic bronchiectasis.Materials and methods: A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP and a conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR method for detecting P. jirovecii were developed. Ninety-eight HIV-negative patients who were followed-up and who had undergone bronchoscopy for diagnosis of various underlying respiratory diseases were included in the study. Sputa of these patients were analyzed with LAMP amplification of P. jirovecii gene. In addition, conventional PCR, Giemsa and Gomori’s methenamine silver nitrate staining assays were applied to all specimens.Results: The sensitivity and specificity test showed that there was no cross-reaction with other fungi or bacteria in detecting the specific gene of P. jirovecii by LAMP, and the minimum detection limits by LAMP was 50 copies/mL. P. jirovecii DNA was detected in 62 of 98 (63.3% sputa specimens by LAMP assay and 22

  8. Effects of dihydroartemisinin on the level of TNF-α in rats infected with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia%双氢青蒿素对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠TNF-α水平的影响

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    李文桂; 陈雅棠; 刘成伟

    2001-01-01

    目的研究双氢青蒿素治疗对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠血清和肺泡巨噬细胞培养上清液TNF-α水平的影响.方法以醋酸可的松皮下注射Wistar大鼠建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型,用60 mg/kg双氢青蒿素治疗实验大鼠,杀鼠取肺,用胶原酶消化法分离肺泡巨噬细胞,用LPS刺激培养72h,同时设有感染组和正常对照.用TNF-α试剂盒分别检测血清和培养上清液TNF-α的水平.结果感染组和治疗组TNF-α水平均高于正常对照,治疗组TNF-α水平则低于感染组.结论卡氏肺孢子虫感染引起大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞分泌高水平的TNF-α,但双氢青蒿素治疗后PCP大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞产生TNF-α水平降低.

  9. 双氢青蒿素治疗对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞上清液TNF-α和NO水平的影响%EFFECTS OF TREATMENT WITH DIHYDROARTEMISININ ON TNF-α AND NO IN THE SUPERNATANT OF ALVEOLAR MACROPHAGES IN RATS INFECTED WITH PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII PNEUMONIA

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    李文桂; 陈雅棠; 刘成伟

    2001-01-01

    目的研究双氢青蒿素治疗对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞上清液TNF-α和NO水平的影响.方法以醋酸可的松皮下注射Wistar大鼠建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型.用60mg/kg双氢青蒿素治疗实验大鼠后杀鼠取肺,用胶原酶消化法分离肺泡巨噬细胞,用LPS刺激培养72 h,同时设有感染组和正常对照.用TNF-α和N O试剂盒分别检测培养上清液TNF-α和NO活性.结果感染组和治疗组TNF- α和NO水平均高于正常对照,治疗组TNF-α和NO水平则低于感染组.结论卡氏肺孢子虫感染引起大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞分泌高水平的TNF-α和NO,但双氢青蒿素治疗后PCP大鼠肺泡巨噬细胞产生TNF-α和NO水平降低.

  10. Effects of treatment with dihydroartemisinin on NO in the supernatant of spleen cells in rats infected with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia%双氢青蒿素治疗对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠脾细胞上清液一氧化氮水平的影响

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    李文桂; 陈雅棠; 刘成伟

    2003-01-01

    目的研究双氢青蒿素治疗对卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎(PCD)大鼠脾细胞上清液一氧化氮(NO)水平的影响.方法以醋酸可的松皮下注射Wistar大鼠,建立卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎动物模型,用60 mg/kg双氢青蒿素治疗实验大鼠,杀鼠取肺,胶原酶消化法分离脾细胞,脂多糖(LPS)刺激培养72 h,用NO试剂盒检测大鼠脾细胞上清液NO活性,同时设有感染组和正常对照组.结果感染组和治疗组大鼠NO水平高于正常对照组,治疗组NO水平低于感染组.结论卡氏肺孢子虫(Pc)感染可能引起大鼠脾细胞分泌高水平NO,发挥杀伤Pc作用,同时加重宿主组织炎症反应,抑制宿主的免疫应答;经双氢青蒿素治疗后,PCP大鼠脾细胞分泌NO降低,组织炎症反应减轻,使宿主的免疫应答接近正常状态.

  11. HRCT-features of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and their evolution before and after treatment in non-HIV immunocompromised patients

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    Objective: This study retrospectively analyzes the characteristics and kinetics of pulmonary changes in Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) before and after treatment as depicted by thin-section-CT in HIV-negative patients. Materials and methods: Serial CT scans of 84 consecutive HIV-negative PJP patients were reviewed retrospectively encompassing a median follow-up of 76 (range, 37–506) days. Along with underlying disease and time span between the onset of symptoms and specific antimicrobial therapy, early and late pulmonary CT-findings were evaluated. Results: Imaging findings at initial diagnosis differed from those in the posttherapeutic setting. In the acute (initial) PJP-phase, most frequent finding was symmetric, apically distributed ground glass opacities (GGO) with peripheral sparing 43% (n = 36). These initial changes resolved up to 1st follow-up-examination in 57% (n = 48), and finally in all except for two patients after a median period of 13 (mean 26, range 1–58) days following application of specific therapy. In 42% (n = 35) architectural distortions occurred, but they resolved after a median period of 27 (mean 60, range 11–302) days. Only in 9 patients, complete resolution could not be documented. Significant correlations of the underlying disease or the time span between the onset of symptoms and specific antibiotic therapy and morphologic kinetic could not be found. Conclusion: Thin-section CT-findings of PJP usually resolve soon after onset of specific therapy. Postinfectious fibrosis rarely occurs following PJP in HIV-negative patients.

  12. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in tropical and low and middle income countries: a systematic review and meta-regression.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP, the commonest opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients in the developed world, is less commonly described in tropical and low and middle income countries (LMIC. We sought to investigate predictors of PCP in these settings. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-regression. METHODS: Meta-regression of predictors of PCP diagnosis (33 studies. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of recorded CD4 counts, receipt of prophylaxis and antiretrovirals, sensitivity and specificity of clinical signs and symptoms for PCP, co-infection with other pathogens, and case fatality (117 studies. RESULTS: The most significant predictor of PCP was per capita Gross Domestic Product, which showed strong linear association with odds of PCP diagnosis (p30%; treatment was largely appropriate. Prophylaxis appeared to reduce the risk for development of PCP, however 24% of children with PCP were receiving prophylaxis. CD4 counts at presentation with PCP were usually <200×10(3/ml. CONCLUSIONS: There is a positive relationship between GDP and risk of PCP diagnosis. Although failure to diagnose infection in poorer countries may contribute to this, we also hypothesise that poverty exposes at-risk patients to a wide range of infections and that the relatively non-pathogenic P. jirovecii is therefore under-represented. As LMIC develop economically they eliminate the conditions underlying transmission of virulent infection: P. jirovecii, ubiquitous in all settings, then becomes a greater relative threat.

  13. Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in patients treated with systemic immunosuppressive agents for dermatologic conditions: a systematic review with recommendations for prophylaxis.

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    Gonzalez Santiago, Tania M; Wetter, David A; Kalaaji, Amer N; Limper, Andrew H; Lehman, Julia S

    2016-08-01

    Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is an opportunistic infection associated with substantial rates of mortality in immunosuppressed patients. Prophylaxis recommendations are mostly targeted toward patients with non-dermatologic diagnoses. This study was conducted to determine when dermatology patients treated with immunosuppressive medications should be offered P. jiroveci pneumonia prophylaxis. We searched the literature from January 1, 1993, to December 31, 2013, using terms relating to P. jiroveci pneumonia and dermatologic diagnoses to analyze the clinical characteristics of previously affected patients. Guidelines for P. jiroveci pneumonia prophylaxis from other medical fields were also analyzed. Of 17 dermatology patients reported to have contracted P. jiroveci pneumonia, eight (47.1%) died of the pneumonia. Risk factors included lack of prophylaxis, systemic corticosteroid therapy, lymphopenia, hypoalbuminemia, low serum CD4 counts, comorbid pulmonary or renal disease, malignancy, and prior organ transplantation. The present conclusions are limited by heterogeneity among the selected studies and limitations in their identification and selection. However, P. jiroveci pneumonia in dermatology patients is associated with a high mortality rate. Based on our analysis, we propose that prophylaxis be considered in dermatology patients in whom treatment with systemic corticosteroids at doses exceeding 20 mg/day or treatment with corticosteroid-sparing immunosuppressive agents is anticipated for at least 4 weeks, and in patients with additional risk factors for P. jiroveci pneumonia. PMID:27009930

  14. 重组人生长激素治疗艾滋病相关消耗综合征1例%A case of AIDS-associated wasting syndrome treated with recombinant human growth hormone

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    董婕; 孙洪清

    2004-01-01

    艾滋病相关消耗综合征(AIDS-associated Wasting Synd-rome,AWS)是常见的艾滋病相关的临床综合征,严重影响患者生活质量。近年来,国外研究表明重组人生长激素(recombinant human growth hormone,rHGH)对AWS有较好的疗效。我院应用rHGH治疗1例艾滋病AWS患者,效果明显,现报道如下。

  15. A Case of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in a Severely Malnourished, HIV-Negative Patient: A Role for Malnutrition in Opportunistic Infections?

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    Attalla El Halabieh, Nadia; Petrillo, Enrico; Laviano, Alessandro; Delfino, Massimo; Rossi Fanelli, Filippo

    2016-07-01

    Malnutrition increases the risk of infections in patients receiving medical and surgical procedures, but it is not clear whether it may facilitate also the development of opportunistic infections in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative patients not receiving immunosuppressive therapies. Here we report the first case of a non-HIV, severely malnourished woman who developed Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. This report highlights the clinical relevance of malnutrition as a determinant of immune suppression, which in turn may also favor opportunistic infections. Therefore, routine nutrition screening and assessment, as well as timely start of nutrition therapy, should be prioritized in daily clinical practice to reduce complications and improve outcome. PMID:25172049

  16. Multicentre study highlighting clinical relevance of new high-throughput methodologies in molecular epidemiology of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.

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    Esteves, F; de Sousa, B; Calderón, E J; Huang, L; Badura, R; Maltez, F; Bassat, Q; de Armas, Y; Antunes, F; Matos, O

    2016-06-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii causes severe interstitial pneumonia (PcP) in immunosuppressed patients. This multicentre study assessed the distribution frequencies of epidemiologically relevant genetic markers of P. jirovecii in different geographic populations from Portugal, the USA, Spain, Cuba and Mozambique, and the relationship between the molecular data and the geographical and clinical information, based on a multifactorial approach. The high-throughput typing strategy for P. jirovecii characterization consisted of DNA pooling using quantitative real-time PCR followed by multiplex-PCR/single base extension. The frequencies of relevant P. jirovecii single nucleotide polymorphisms (mt85, SOD110, SOD215, DHFR312, DHPS165 and DHPS171) encoded at four loci were estimated in ten DNA pooled samples representing a total of 182 individual samples. Putative multilocus genotypes of P. jirovecii were shown to be clustered due to geographic differences but were also dependent on clinical characteristics of the populations studied. The haplotype DHFR312T/SOD110C/SOD215T was associated with severe AIDS-related PcP and high P. jirovecii burdens. The frequencies of this genetic variant of P. jirovecii were significantly higher in patients with AIDS-related PcP from Portugal and the USA than in the colonized patients from Portugal, and Spain, and children infected with P. jirovecii from Cuba or Mozambique, highlighting the importance of this haplotype, apparently associated with the severity of the disease and specific clinical groups. Patients from the USA and Mozambique showed higher rates of DHPS mutants, which may suggest the circulation of P. jirovecii organisms potentially related with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole resistance in those geographical regions. This report assessed the worldwide distribution of P. jirovecii haplotypes and their epidemiological impact in distinct geographic and clinical populations. PMID:27021425

  17. Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii by Quantitative PCR To Differentiate Colonization and Pneumonia in Immunocompromised HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Patients.

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    Fauchier, T; Hasseine, L; Gari-Toussaint, M; Casanova, V; Marty, P M; Pomares, C

    2016-06-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is an acute and life-threatening lung disease caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii The presentation of PCP in HIV-positive patients is well-known and consists of a triad of dyspnea, fever, and cough, whereas the presentation of PCP in HIV-negative patients is atypical and consists of a sudden outbreak, O2 desaturation, and a rapid lethal outcome without therapy. Despite the availability of direct and indirect identification methods, the diagnosis of PCP remains difficult. The cycle threshold (CT) values obtained by quantitative PCR (qPCR) allow estimation of the fungal burden. The more elevated that the fungal burden is, the higher the probability that the diagnosis is pneumonia. The purposes of the present study were to evaluate the CT values to differentiate colonization and pneumonia in a population of immunocompromised patients overall and patients stratified on the basis of their HIV infection status. Testing of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples from the whole population of qPCR-positive patients showed a mean CT value for patients with PCP of 28 (95% confidence interval [CI], 26 to 30) and a mean CT value for colonized patients of 35 (95% CI, 34 to 36) (P jirovecii-infected immunocompromised patients and patients stratified on the basis of HIV infection status with different CT values. PMID:27008872

  18. Epidemiological Outbreaks of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia Are Not Limited to Kidney Transplant Recipients: Genotyping Confirms Common Source of Transmission in a Liver Transplantation Unit.

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    Desoubeaux, Guillaume; Dominique, Manon; Morio, Florent; Thepault, Rose-Anne; Franck-Martel, Claire; Tellier, Anne-Charlotte; Ferrandière, Martine; Hennequin, Christophe; Bernard, Louis; Salamé, Ephrem; Bailly, Éric; Chandenier, Jacques

    2016-05-01

    Over a 5-month period, four liver transplant patients at a single hospital were diagnosed with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP). This unusually high incidence was investigated using molecular genotyping. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALF) obtained from the four liver recipients diagnosed with PCP were processed for multilocus sequence typing (MLST) at three loci (SOD, mt26s, and CYB). Twenty-four other BALF samples, which were positive for P. jirovecii and collected from 24 epidemiologically unrelated patients with clinical signs of PCP, were studied in parallel by use of the same method. Pneumocystis jirovecii isolates from the four liver recipients all had the same genotype, which was different from those of the isolates from all the epidemiologically unrelated individuals studied. These findings supported the hypothesis of a common source of contamination or even cross-transmission of a single P. jirovecii clone between the four liver recipients. Hospitalization mapping showed several possible encounters between these four patients, including outpatient consultations on one particular date when they all possibly met. This study demonstrates the value of molecular genotyping of P. jirovecii isolated from clinical samples for epidemiological investigation of PCP outbreaks. It is also the first description of a common source of exposure to a single P. jirovecii clone between liver transplant recipients and highlights the importance of prophylaxis in such a population. PMID:26935726

  19. Identificação de agentes infecciosos pulmonares em autópsias de pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida Identification of infectious agents in the lungs in autopsies of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Sanivia Aparecida de Lima Pereira

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available As afecções pulmonares são freqüentes em indivíduos infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana. Neste trabalho, procurou-se identificar através de histoquímica e imunohistoquímica, agentes infecciosos nos pulmões de indivíduos portadores da síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (SIDA, autopsiados entre março de 1990 e julho de 2000 na FMTM. Fragmentos de pulmão de 40 indivíduos com SIDA autopsiados foram analisados histologicamente. Foram identificados agentes infecciosos em 34 (85% casos dos 40 analisados, sendo que bactérias foram encontradas em 22 (55% casos. Entre os agentes fúngicos o Pneumocystis carinii foi encontrado em oito (19,1% casos; Cryptococcus sp em quatro (9,5%, Histoplasma sp em dois (4,8% e Candida sp em um (2,4% caso. Detectou-se também associação entre Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus e Cryptococcus sp; CMV e Toxoplasma gondii. Em cinco casos, Candida sp, CMV e Pneumocystis carinii estiveram associados a bactérias. Entre as infecções não bacterianas, os fungos foram os agentes infecciosos mais isolados dos pulmões em autópsias de indivíduos com SIDA, sendo o Pneumocystis carinii o mais freqüente.Lung diseases are frequently observed in individuals infected with HIV. The aim of this study was to identify infectious agents in the lungs in the autopsied individuals with AIDS performed between march 1990 and july 2000 at the school of medicine (Uberaba- Brazil, using histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. Analysis was made on lungs obtained from 40 individuals with AIDS. Infectious agents were observed in 34 (85% cases of the 40 analyzed. Regarding fungis, Pneumocystis carinii was found in 8 (19.1%cases; Cryptococcus sp in 4 (9.5%cases, Histoplasma sp in 2 (4.8%cases and Candida sp in 1 (2.4%case. Association of Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus and Cryptococcus sp, was observed in one case, and in another, the association of CMV, and Toxoplasma gondii. There were 5 cases

  20. A Case of Pneumonia Caused by Pneumocystis Jirovecii and Cryptococcus Neoformans in a Patient with HTLV-1 Associated Adult T- Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma: Occam's Razor Blunted.

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    Desai, Anish; Fe, Alexander; Desai, Amishi; Ilowite, Jonathan; Cunha, Burke A; Mathew, Joseph P

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    Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is usually preceded by infection with human T-cell lymphotropic virus I (HTLV-I). Patients with ATLL frequently get opportunistic infections of the lungs, intestines, and central nervous system. Pneumocystis pneumonia is commonly known as an AIDS defining illness. Grocott's methenamine silver stain of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples obtained via bronchoscopy remain the gold standard for diagnosis. Pulmonary cryptococcosis is seen in patients with T-cell deficiencies and a diagnosis is made by culture of sputum, BAL, or occasionally of pleural fluid. We present the second case of coinfection with these two organisms in a patient with ATLL who was successfully treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, corticosteroids, and fluconazole. We illustrate the need for high clinical vigilance for seeking out an additional diagnosis, especially in immunocompromised patients if they are not improving despite receiving appropriate treatment. PMID:27024978

  1. XX. Animal models of pneumocystosis

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    Dei-Cas, E.; Brun-Pascaud, M.; Bille-Hansen, Vivi;

    1998-01-01

    As in vitro culture systems allowing to isolate Pneumocystis samples from patients or other mammal hosts are still not available, animal models have critical importance in Pneumocystis research. The parasite was reported in numerous mammals but P. carinii pneumonia (PCP) experimental models were...... source of parasites taxonomically related to P. carinii sp. f hominis. Moreover, primates might be used as experimental hosts to human Pneumocystis. A marked variability of parasite levels among corticosteroid-treated animals and the fact that the origin of the parasite strain remains unknown, are...... important drawbacks of the corticosteroid-treated models. For these reasons, inoculated animal models of PCP were developed. The intratracheal inoculation of lung homogenates containing viable parasites in corticosteroid-treated non-latently infected rats resulted in extensive, reproducible Pneumocystis...

  2. Quantification of co-trimoxazole in serum and plasma using MS/MS

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    Dijkstra, Jacob A.; Alsaad, Noor S. I.; van Hateren, Kai; Greijdanus, Ben; Touw, Daan J.; Alffenaar, Jan-Willem C.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Co-trimoxazole is frequently used in the prophylaxis and treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. High plasma concentrations of sulfamethoxazole or trimethoprim are correlated with toxicity. There is, however, a large variation in PK observed which can lead to underexposure or toxici

  3. Pneumocystosis associated with canine distemper virus infection in a mink.

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    Dyer, N W; Schamber, G J

    1999-01-01

    An adult mink from a farm experiencing 100% mortality in affected animals was submitted for diagnostic examination. Clinical history included signs of respiratory disease, oculonasal discharge, and thickening of footpads. Canine distemper virus and Pneumocystis carinii were identified in lung tissue, suggesting immunosuppresion and secondary infection due to morbillivirus disease.

  4. Acute, rapidly progressive renal failure with simultaneous use of amphotericin B and pentamidine.

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    Antoniskis, D.; Larsen, R.A.

    1990-01-01

    We report four cases of acute reversible renal failure in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome who received both amphotericin B (for systemic mycoses) and pentamidine isethionate (for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia). The concurrent use of amphotericin B with either inhaled pentamidine or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole did not cause significant renal impairment.

  5. Investigation of the Role of the Cytomegalovirus as a Respiratory Pathogen in HIV-Infected Patients

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the occurrence of cytomegalovirus (CMV pneumonitis in the setting of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection and whether the presence of CMV as copathogen is associated with increased clinical severity or short term mortality in patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

  6. Pneumonia: high-resolution CT findings in 114 patients

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    The objective of the present study was to assess the high-resolution CT appearances of different types of pneumonia. The high-resolution CT scans obtained in 114 patients (58 immunocompetent, 59 immunocompromised) with bacterial, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, viral, fungal, and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonias were analyzed retrospectively by two independent observers for presence, pattern, and distribution of abnormalities. Areas of air-space consolidation were not detected in patients with viral pneumonia and were less frequently seen in patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (2 of 22 patients, 9%) than in bacterial (30 of 35, 85%), Mycoplasma pneumoniae (22 of 28, 79%), and fungal pneumonias (15 of 20, 75%; p<0.01). There was no significant difference in the prevalence or distribution of consolidation between bacterial, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and fungal pneumonias. Extensive symmetric bilateral areas of ground-glass attenuation were present in 21 of 22 (95%) patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and were not seen in other pneumonias except in association with areas of consolidation and nodules. Centrilobular nodules were present less commonly in bacterial pneumonia (6 of 35 patients, 17%) than in Mycoplasma pneumoniae (24 of 28, 96%), viral (7 of 9, 78%), or fungal (12 of 20, 92%) pneumonia (p<0.01). Except for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia, which often have a characteristic appearance, high-resolution CT is of limited value in the differential diagnosis of the various types of infective pneumonia. (orig.)

  7. Characterization of nebulized buparvaquone nanosuspensions - effect of nebulization technology

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    Hernandez-Trejo, N; Kayser, O; Steckel, H; Muller, RH

    2005-01-01

    The poorly soluble drug buparvaquone is proposed as an alternative treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) lung infections. Physically stable nanosuspensions were formulated in order to deliver the drug at the site of infection using nebulization. The aerosolization characteristics of two

  8. Synergy of CAY-1, a Fungicidal Saponin, With Amphotericin B and Itreconazole Against Aspergillus spp and Candida albicans

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    Background: CAY-1 (mol.wt. 1243), a fungicidal saponin in cayenne (Capsicum fruitescens) is highly lethal for Aspergillus species, Candida albicans, and Pneumocystis carinii below 24.8 ug/ml. To further characterize CAY-1, synergy studies with amphotericin B (AMB) and itraconazole (IT) were perform...

  9. Thoracic imaging in AIDS

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    The contents are infectious diseases i.e. pneumocystis carinii, mycobacterium tuberculosis, atypical mycobacteria, fungal infections, viral infections ; Malignant diseases : kaposi's sarcoma (KS), malignant lymphoma and other disorders i.e. lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis, hypersensitivity reactions, bullous changes, pericardial abnormalities (15 refs.)

  10. Prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia: is it a necessity in pulmonary patients on high-dose, chronic corticosteroid therapy without AIDS?

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    Liebling, Maryjane; Rubio, Edmundo; Ie, Susanti

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    The benefit of prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) is well documented in immunocompromised patients, particularly those with HIV and/or AIDS; therefore, guidelines dictate this as standard of care. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding those without HIV and/or AIDS who are potentially predisposed to PJP, including patients with sarcoidosis, cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, interstitial lung disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who may require high dose of prolonged corticosteroids for disease maintenance or to prevent relapses. In this review, the authors examine the available literature regarding prophylaxis in these groups, elaborate on the pathogenesis of PJP, when to suspect PJP in these patients, as well as explore current recommendations that guide clinical practice regarding implementation of PJP prophylaxis, namely with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole being the preferred agent. In summary, the role of PJP prophylaxis in non-HIV patients on chronic steroids remains controversial. The authors present a review of the literature to provide better guidance to the clinician regarding the need to initiate PJP prophylaxis in this patient population. PMID:25771943

  11. Discontinuation of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis with CD4 count <200 cells/µL and virologic suppression: a systematic review.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: HIV viral load (VL is currently not part of the criteria for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP prophylaxis discontinuation, but suppression of plasma viremia with antiretroviral therapy may allow for discontinuation of PCP prophylaxis even with CD4 count <200 cells/µL. METHODS: A systematic review was performed to determine the incidence of PCP in HIV-infected individuals with CD4 count <200 cells/µL and fully suppressed VL on antiretroviral therapy but not receiving PCP prophylaxis. RESULTS: Four articles examined individuals who discontinued PCP prophylaxis with CD4 count <200 cells/µL in the context of fully suppressed VL on antiretroviral therapy. The overall incidence of PCP was 0.48 cases per 100 person-years (PY (95% confidence interval (CI (0.06-0.89. This was lower than the incidence of PCP in untreated HIV infection (5.30 cases/100 PY, 95% CI 4.1-6.8 and lower than the incidence in persons with CD4 count <200 cells/µL, before the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART, who continued prophylaxis (4.85/100 PY, 95% CI 0.92-8.78. In one study in which individuals were stratified according to CD4 count <200 cells/µL, there was a greater risk of PCP with CD4 count ≤100 cells/µL compared to 101-200 cells/µL. CONCLUSION: Primary PCP prophylaxis may be safely discontinued in HIV-infected individuals with CD4 count between 101-200 cells/µL provided the VL is fully suppressed on antiretroviral therapy. However, there are inadequate data available to make this recommendation when the CD4 count is ≤100 cells/µL. A revision of guidelines on primary PCP prophylaxis to include consideration of the VL is merited.

  12. Application of real time polymerase chain reaction targeting kex 1 gene & its comparison with the conventional methods for rapid detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in clinical specimens

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    Mani Revathy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background & objectives: As there are no standard laboratory techniques for the rapid detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii in India, this study was undertaken to evaluate and establish an optimal and rapid technique for the detection of P. jirovecii by comparing three different techniques - staining technique, application of a real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR targeting kex 1 gene and application of nested PCR targeting mitochondrial large subunit (mtLSU gene for rapid detection of P. jirovecii in HIV positive patients. Methods: One hundred and fifty sputum specimens from HIV positive (n = 75 and HIV negative (n = 75 patients were subjected to three different techniques -KOH/Calcoflour and Grocott methanamine silver staining (GMS, RT-PCR targeting kex1 gene, PCR targeting mtLSU region followed by DNA sequencing and BLAST analysis. Results: Among the 75 HIV positive patients, P. jirovecii was detected in 19 (25.33% patients by the staining techniques, and in 23 (30.65% patients each by PCR targeting mtLSU region and by RT- PCR targeting kex1 gene of P. jirovecii. PCR based DNA sequencing targeting mtLSU region revealed 97-100 per cent sequence homology with P. jirovecii sequences in GenBank. Interpretation & conclusions: Of the three techniques for detection of P. jirovecii evaluated in this study, false negativity was found to be more in staining technique and it also required high technical expertise to interpret the result. Both nested PCR and RT-PCR were reliable and equally sensitive, in rapid detection of P. jirovecii, but RT-PCR technique also generated the copy numbers for knowing the severity of infection.

  13. Infrequent detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens from TB patients with or without HIV and healthy contacts in Tanzania

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    Friis Henrik

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In tuberculosis (TB endemic parts of the world, patients with pulmonary symptoms are managed as "smear-negative TB patients" if they do not improve on a two-week presumptive, broad-spectrum course of antibiotic treatment even if they are TB microscopy smear negative. These patients are frequently HIV positive and have a higher mortality than smear-positive TB patients. Lack of access to diagnose Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia might be a contributing reason. We therefore assessed the prevalence of P. jirovecii by PCR in oral wash specimens among TB patients and healthy individuals in an HIV- and TB-endemic area of sub-Saharan Africa. Methods A prospective study of 384 patients initiating treatment for sputum smear-positive and smear-negative TB and 100 healthy household contacts and neighbourhood controls. DNA from oral wash specimens was examined by PCR for P. jirovecii. All patients delivered sputum for TB microscopy and culture. Healthy contacts and community controls were clinically assessed and all study subjects were HIV tested and had CD4 cell counts determined. Clinical status and mortality was assessed after a follow-up period of 5 months. Results 384 patients and 100 controls were included, 53% and 8% HIV positive respectively. A total number of 65 patients and controls (13.6% were at definitive risk for PCP based on CD4 counts 3 and no specific PCP prophylaxis. Only a single patient (0.3% of the patients was PCR positive for P. jirovecii. None of the healthy household contacts or neighbourhood controls had PCR-detectable P. jirovecii DNA in their oral wash specimens regardless of HIV-status. Conclusions The prevalence of P. jirovecii as detected by PCR on oral wash specimens was very low among TB patients with or without HIV and healthy individuals in Tanzania. Colonisation by P. jirovecii was not detected among healthy controls. The present findings may encourage diagnostic use of this non-invasive method.

  14. Multicenter study of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole-related hepatotoxicity: incidence and associated factors among HIV-infected patients treated for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.

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    Full Text Available The incidence of hepatotoxicity related to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX administered at a therapeutic dose may vary among study populations of different ethnicities and hepatotoxic metabolites of TMP/SMX may be decreased by drug-drug interaction with fluconazole. We aimed to investigate the incidence of hepatotoxicity and the role of concomitant use of fluconazole in HIV-infected patients receiving TMP/SMX for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. We reviewed medical records to collect clinical characteristics and laboratory data of HIV-infected patients who received TMP/SMX for treatment of P. jirovecii pneumonia at 6 hospitals around Taiwan between September 2009 and February 2013. Hepatotoxicity was defined as 2-fold or greater increase of aminotransferase or total bilirubin level from baselines. Roussel UCLAF Causality Assessment Method (RUCAM was used to analyze the causality of drug-induced liver injuries. NAT1 and NAT2 acetylator types were determined with the use of polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism to differentiate common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs predictive of the acetylator phenotypes in a subgroup of patients. During the study period, 286 courses of TMP/SMX treatment administered to 284 patients were analyzed. One hundred and fifty-two patients (53.1% developed hepatotoxicity, and TMP/SMX was considered causative in 47 (16.4% who had a RUCAM score of 6 or greater. In multivariate analysis, concomitant use of fluconazole for candidiasis was the only factor associated with reduced risk for hepatotoxicity (adjusted odds ratio, 0.372; 95% confidence interval, 0.145-0.957, while serostatus of hepatitis B or C virus, NAT1 and NAT2 acetylator types, or receipt of combination antiretroviral therapy was not. The incidence of hepatotoxicity decreased with an increasing daily dose of fluconazole up to 4.0 mg/kg. We conclude that the incidence of TMP/SMX-related hepatotoxicity was 16.4% in

  15. Multicenter study of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole-related hepatotoxicity: incidence and associated factors among HIV-infected patients treated for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.

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    Yang, Jen-Jia; Huang, Chung-Hao; Liu, Chun-Eng; Tang, Hung-Jen; Yang, Chia-Jui; Lee, Yi-Chien; Lee, Kuan-Yeh; Tsai, Mao-Song; Lin, Shu-Wen; Chen, Yen-Hsu; Lu, Po-Liang; Hung, Chien-Ching

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    The incidence of hepatotoxicity related to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) administered at a therapeutic dose may vary among study populations of different ethnicities and hepatotoxic metabolites of TMP/SMX may be decreased by drug-drug interaction with fluconazole. We aimed to investigate the incidence of hepatotoxicity and the role of concomitant use of fluconazole in HIV-infected patients receiving TMP/SMX for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. We reviewed medical records to collect clinical characteristics and laboratory data of HIV-infected patients who received TMP/SMX for treatment of P. jirovecii pneumonia at 6 hospitals around Taiwan between September 2009 and February 2013. Hepatotoxicity was defined as 2-fold or greater increase of aminotransferase or total bilirubin level from baselines. Roussel UCLAF Causality Assessment Method (RUCAM) was used to analyze the causality of drug-induced liver injuries. NAT1 and NAT2 acetylator types were determined with the use of polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) restriction fragment length polymorphism to differentiate common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) predictive of the acetylator phenotypes in a subgroup of patients. During the study period, 286 courses of TMP/SMX treatment administered to 284 patients were analyzed. One hundred and fifty-two patients (53.1%) developed hepatotoxicity, and TMP/SMX was considered causative in 47 (16.4%) who had a RUCAM score of 6 or greater. In multivariate analysis, concomitant use of fluconazole for candidiasis was the only factor associated with reduced risk for hepatotoxicity (adjusted odds ratio, 0.372; 95% confidence interval, 0.145-0.957), while serostatus of hepatitis B or C virus, NAT1 and NAT2 acetylator types, or receipt of combination antiretroviral therapy was not. The incidence of hepatotoxicity decreased with an increasing daily dose of fluconazole up to 4.0 mg/kg. We conclude that the incidence of TMP/SMX-related hepatotoxicity was 16.4% in HIV

  16. Wistar 大鼠肺孢子虫肺炎的实验研究%Experimental study of Wistar rats with pneumocystis pneumonia

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    陈兆艳; 梁冰; 刘金凤; 姜美娟; 张伟

    2015-01-01

    目的:建立肺孢子虫感染大鼠动物模型,并研究肺孢子虫感染引起的大鼠肺脏、肝脏及脾脏组织病理变化,为肺孢子虫致病机制研究提供依据。方法雌性 Wistar 大鼠54只,分成实验组和正常对照组。实验组大鼠37只,给予腹股沟皮下地塞米松注射,1 mg/次,2次/周;对照组大鼠17只,给予腹股沟皮下生理盐水注射,0.2 ml/次,2次/周。两组均给予含1 mg/ml 盐酸四环素水溶液喂养。第8周对所有大鼠进行解剖,取肺、肝及脾组织观察组织大体改变,制作肺、肝、脾印片及病理组织切片,观察模型建立效果及肺肝脾组织病理变化。结果经瑞士-姬姆萨染色证实,实验组37例肺组织印片中35例发现肺孢子虫包囊,占94.6%,肝脏及脾脏印片均未查见肺孢子虫包囊。病理检查发现肺泡上皮不同程度增生、肺泡腔内有多少不等的泡沫样渗出物、肺泡间质增宽、炎细胞浸润等病理变化,部分小血管周围多量浆细胞、淋巴细胞浸润,呈袖套样外观,少量肺泡腔扩张及肺组织实变;六亚甲基四胺银染色可见肺泡壁及肺泡腔渗出物中呈中心点状深染黑色包囊。肝小叶基本正常,肝细胞水肿变性占56.8%,汇管区及中央静脉旁炎细胞浸润达97.3%;脾脏红髓白髓清晰可见,红髓髓窦内可见红细胞,白髓内可见多核巨细胞。对照组中,肺脏、肝脏无明显病理变化,脾脏组织红髓髓窦内也可见红细胞,与实验组无明显差异。结论连续8周糖皮质激素注射可成功诱导肺孢子虫肺炎大鼠模型,检出率高达94.6%;糖皮质激素相关免疫低下与肺孢子虫感染发生密切相关;肺孢子虫感染大鼠肺脏及肝脏发生不同程度的病理变化,该模型可作为肺孢子虫致病机制及其他研究的平台。%Objective To establish an experimental model of pneumocystis pneumonia in Wistar rats and

  17. Pulmonary complications of AIDS: radiologic features. [AIDS

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    Cohen, B.A.; Pomeranz, S.; Rabinowitz, J.G.; Rosen, M.J.; Train, J.S.; Norton, K.I.; Mendelson, D.S.

    1984-07-01

    Fifty-two patients with pulmonary complications of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were studied over a 3-year period. The vast majority of the patients were homosexual; however, a significant number were intravenous drug abusers. Thirteen different organisms were noted, of which Pneumocystis carinii was by far the most common. Five patients had neoplasia. Most patients had initial abnormal chest films; however, eight patients subsequently shown to have Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia had normal chest films. A significant overlap in chest radiographic findings was noted among patients with different or multiple organisms. Lung biopsy should be an early consideration for all patients with a clinical history consistent with the pulmonary complications of AIDS. Of the 52 patients, 41 had died by the time this report was completed.

  18. Pulmonary complications of AIDS: radiologic features

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    Fifty-two patients with pulmonary complications of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were studied over a 3-year period. The vast majority of the patients were homosexual; however, a significant number were intravenous drug abusers. Thirteen different organisms were noted, of which Pneumocystis carinii was by far the most common. Five patients had neoplasia. Most patients had initial abnormal chest films; however, eight patients subsequently shown to have Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia had normal chest films. A significant overlap in chest radiographic findings was noted among patients with different or multiple organisms. Lung biopsy should be an early consideration for all patients with a clinical history consistent with the pulmonary complications of AIDS. Of the 52 patients, 41 had died by the time this report was completed

  19. Antifungal and cytotoxic activity of withanolides from Acnistus arborescens.

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    Roumy, Vincent; Biabiany, Murielle; Hennebelle, Thierry; Aliouat, El Moukhtar; Pottier, Muriel; Joseph, Henry; Joha, Sami; Quesnel, Bruno; Alkhatib, Racha; Sahpaz, Sevser; Bailleul, François

    2010-07-23

    Three compounds were isolated from Acnistus arborescens, a tree commonly used in South and Central America in traditional medicine against several infectious diseases, some of which are caused by fungi. Bioassay-guided fractionation of a MeOH extract of leaves, based on its anti-Pneumocystis carinii activity, led to the isolation of compounds 1-3. Mono- and bidimensional NMR analyses enabled identification of two new withanolides, (20R,22R)-5beta,6beta-epoxy-4beta,12beta,20-trihydroxy-1-oxowith-2-en-24-enolide (1) and (20R,22R)-16beta-acetoxy-3beta,4beta;5beta,6beta-diepoxy-12beta,20-dihydroxy-1-oxowith-24-enolide (2), and withanolide D (3). Antifungal activity on 13 fungi responsible for human infections (five dermatophytes, one nondermatophyte mold, six yeasts, and Pneumocystis carinii) was examined. Cytotoxicity of these compounds was also evaluated in vitro. PMID:20590148

  20. SGCEdb: a flexible database and web interface integrating experimental results and analysis for structural genomics focusing on Caenorhabditis elegans

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    David H Johnson; Tsao, Jun; Luo, Ming; Carson, Mike

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    The SGCEdb () database/interface serves the primary purpose of reporting progress of the Structural Genomics of Caenorhabditis elegans project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It stores and analyzes results of experiments ranging from solubility screening arrays to individual protein purification and structure solution. External databases and algorithms are referenced and evaluated for target selection in the human, C.elegans and Pneumocystis carinii genomes. The flexible and reusa...

  1. Cotrimoxazole-induced hypoglycemia in an HIV-infected patient

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    Hughes, Christine A.; Constance L Chik; Taylor, Geoffrey D

    2001-01-01

    A case of cotrimoxazole-induced hypoglycemia is described in a male patient infected with HIV. Ten days after initiating high dose cotrimoxazole for suspected Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, the patient developed neuroglycopenic symptoms and diaphoresis. Blood glucose levels were repeatedly low, with elevated insulin and C-peptide levels despite multiple intravenous bolus doses and infusions of dextrose. Hypoglycemia resolved after approximately 36 h of treatment with dextrose and discontinua...

  2. Review of Zoonotic Parasites in Medical and Veterinary Fields in the Republic of Korea

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    Youn, Heejeong

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    Zoonotic parasites are animal parasites that can infect humans. The major zoonotic protozoa in the Republic of Korea are Babesia bovis, Chilomastix mesnili, Cryptosporidium parvum, Endolimax nana, Entamoeba coli, Entamoeba hitolytica, Giardia lamblia, Iodamoeba bütschlii, Pneumocystis carinii, Sarcocystis cruzi, and Toxoplasma gondii. The major zoonotic helminths in Korea include trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes. Trematodes are Clonorchis sinensis, Echinostoma hortense, Echinostoma spp., F...

  3. Pulmonary scintigraphy by citrate of Ga67 for HIV(+) patients or AIDS

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    Pulmonary scintigraphy with citrate of gallium 67 is useful when combined with a thorax radiography to establish the presence of an infection. When the two examinations are negative we can conclude there is no infection, but if the radiography is positive with a scintiscanning negative the most possible diagnosis is tuberculosis. If the scintiscanning is positive with a diffuse model we can envisage a pneumonia by Pneumocystis Carinii and if the model is ganglionic we can think to tuberculosis. 4 tabs

  4. Pulmonary diseases in children with AIDS

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    The opportunistic infections evident in children with AIDS are similar to those reported in adults. However malignant lymphoma or sarcoma are seen in only 4%. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is frequently seen. CMV infections, streptococcus pneumonia and lung infections causes by gram negative bacterial infections occur as well. In cases with lymhoid interstitial pneumonia evidence of Epstein-Barr virus infection is common in children. (orig./MG)

  5. Pulmonary scintigraphy by citrate of Ga67 for HIV(+) patients or AIDS. Scintigraphie pulmonaire au citrate de Ga67 chez des patients VIH(+) ou sida

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    Daumal, J.; Pena, C.; Mata, F.; Paternostro, C.; Penafiel, A. (Hopital Son Dureta, Palma de Mallorca (Spain))

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    Pulmonary scintigraphy with citrate of gallium 67 is useful when combined with a thorax radiography to establish the presence of an infection. When the two examinations are negative we can conclude there is no infection, but if the radiography is positive with a scintiscanning negative the most possible diagnosis is tuberculosis. If the scintiscanning is positive with a diffuse model we can envisage a pneumonia by Pneumocystis Carinii and if the model is ganglionic we can think to tuberculosis. 4 tabs.

  6. Nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome : a case report

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    A variety of pulmonary complications, including infection and neoplastic inflammatory diseases, commonly develop in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis, one such complication, is not uncommon, and is very difficult to differentiate, clinically and radiologically, from pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. We describe a case of nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis, including the chest radiographic and HRCT findings, occurring in an AIDS patient and involving complications. (author)

  7. Pneumonia in Pregnancy

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    Pneumonia complicating pregnancy requires a prompt diagnosis and the institution of adequate supportive and antimicrobial therapy. In a patient with a classic presentation of pneumonia, the most likely pathogens are Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. In a patient with an atypical presentation of pneumonia, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae are frequently encountered. In a patient suffering from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), Pneumocystis carinii is t...

  8. Etiology and evaluation of diarrhea in AIDS: a global perspective at the millennium

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    C. Mel Wilcox

    2000-01-01

    @@INTRODUCTION It has now been almost 20 years since the initial descriptions of a heretofore unrecognized disorder afflicting homosexual men and manifesting as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi′s sarcoma. With the identification of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the etiology of this syndrome, there has been exponential growth in our understanding of this devastating immune disorder. During the first decade of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), there was an explosion of cases in the United States and Africa.

  9. Computed tomography in opportunistic lung infections

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    Chest radiography in two teenage boys, one with Wiscott-Aldrich's syndrome and one with acute lymphatic leucemia in remission showed increased interstitial pattern. In both computed tomography (CT) of the lungs showed heavy interstitial pneumonia, rather different in appearance but in both cases equal to the CT findings in opportunistic lung infections known from immunoincompetent patients with for instance pneumocystis carinii and/or cytomegalo virus infections. In both patients the CT findings led to lung biopsy establishing the etiologic agent. (orig.)

  10. Radiological diagnosis in AIDS - associated diseases: survey and differential diagnosis

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    Acute manifestations of illnesses in patients with HIV-infection or AIDS will benefit from rapid diagnosis. Radiologic examinations provide substantial information to narrow the differential diagnosis. This article reviews clinically important HIV-associated diseases for the radiologist. The braod spectrum of possible manifestations is illustrated by the accompanying case reports that typify the complexity of diagnoses in this growing problem worldwide. (orig.)

  11. Bacterial causes of AIDS-associated diarrhea in Thailand.

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    Suthienkul, O; Aiumlaor, P; Siripanichgon, K; Eampokalap, B; Likhanonsakul, S; Utrarachkij, F; Rakue, Y

    2001-03-01

    The incidence of bacterial diarrhea in AIDS patients has increased steadily and has led to enormous medical and public health problems. In this study, the clinical data together with 350 rectal swab samples each from AIDS patients with diarrhea (APD) and non-AIDS patients with diarrhea (NAPD), were collected and examined for bacterial enteropathogens at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Hospital (BIDH), Nonthaburi, Thailand from May to December 1996. Patients were matched by age and sex. The majority of these patients were male (79%, 554/700), aged between 15 and 34 years (70.9%). The study found that the isolation rates of bacterial enteropathogens causing diarrhea in APD (18%, 62/350) were considerably lower than those in NAPD (43%, 152/350) (pvtl and vt2. No V. cholerae strains were detected in APD. The least effective antibiotics were ampicillin, tetracycline and cotrimoxazole. Antibiotic resistant patterns of the isolated organisms were similar from both groups. The results from this study might be useful in Thailand in the diagnosis and management of clinical cases of bacterial diarrhea, especially APD. PMID:11485080

  12. Clinical Efficacy of Integrative Medicine in Treatment of Nine HIV/AIDS-associated Non-infectious Skin Lesion Cases%中西医结合治疗9例HIV/AIDS相关性非感染性皮损患者的临床疗效观察*

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    杨舒淳; 叶建清; 王艺颖; 马秀兰; 李静茹; 马建萍

    2015-01-01

    目的:通过观察高效抗逆转录病毒治疗(Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy,HAART)联合平艾合剂治疗人类免疫缺陷病毒/获得性免疫缺陷综合征(Human Immunodeficiency Virus /Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome,HIV/AIDS,简称“艾滋病”)相关性非感染性皮损患者的临床疗效,进一步研究中西医结合在艾滋病防治中的优势。方法:选取符合纳入标准的9名气阴两虚、痰瘀内阻型艾滋病相关性非感染性皮损患者,采用HAART联合平艾合剂1和4号方治疗3个月,观察患者治疗前后临床症状、体征、卡洛夫斯基积分及CD4+T淋巴细胞的变化,采用STATA 12.0进行统计分析。结果:中西医结合治疗后患者皮肤斑丘疹、皮下结节、皮肤瘙痒、乏力等症状体征的单独积分较疗前明显减少,总积分较疗前降低。患者生存质量明显提高,卡洛夫斯基积分较疗前升高。CD4+T淋巴细胞值较疗前升高。结论:该中西医结合疗法对艾滋病患者相关性非感染性皮损具有一定疗效,可改善临床症状、体征,明显提高患者生存质量,提高患者免疫功能。%This study was aimed to observe the clinical efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) combined withPing-Ai(PA) Mixture in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) patients with non-infectious skin lesions, in order to study the advantages of integrative medicine in AIDS prevention and treatment. A total of 9 cases, who met the inclusion criteria of AIDS-associated non-infectious skin lesion with the pattern ofqi-yin deficiency and internal obstruction of phlegm-stasis, were selected. The combination of HAART and number 1 and 4 prescription of PA Mixture were used in the treatment for 3 months. The observations were made on changes of clinical symptoms, body signs, Karovsky integral and CD4+ T cells of patients before and after

  13. Critical importance of long-term adherence to care in HIV infected patients in the cART era: new insights from Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia cases over 2004-2011 in the FHDH-ANRS CO4 cohort.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics and outcomes of HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP over 2004-2011 in France, in particular in those previously enrolled (PE in the French Hospital Database on HIV (FHDH. METHODS: PE patients with an incident PCP were compared with patients with an inaugural PCP revealing HIV infection (reference. Adequate adherence to care was defined as a CD4 measurement at least every 6 months. Immune reconstitution (CD4≥200/mm3 and risk of death were studied using Kaplan-Meier estimates and multivariable Cox proportional hazards models. RESULTS: In a context of a decreasing incidence of PCP, 1259 HIV-infected patients had a PCP diagnosis, and 593 (47% were PE patients of whom 161 (27% have had a prior history of AIDS-defining clinical illness (prior ADI. Median time since enrolment was 8 years for PE patients; 74% had received cART. Median proportion of time with adequate adherence to care was 85% (IQR, 66-96 for all FHDH enrollees, but only 45% (IQR, 1-81 for PE patients during the 2 years before PCP. Median CD4 cell count (38/mm3 and HIV viral load (5.2 log10 copies/ml at PCP diagnosis did not differ between PE patients and the reference group. Three year mortality rate of 25% was observed for PE prior ADI group, higher than in PE non-prior ADI group (8% and the reference group (9% (p<0.0001. In the PE prior ADI group, poor prognosis remained even after adjustment for virological control and immune reconstitution (HR, 2.4 [95%CI, 1.5-3.7]. CONCLUSION: Almost 50% of PCP diagnoses in HIV-infected patients occurred presently in patients already in care, mainly with a previous cART prescription but with waning adherence to care. Having repeated ADI is contributing to the risk of death beyond its impact on immune reconstitution and viral suppression: special efforts must be undertaken to maintain those patients in care.

  14. 慢性肾脏病合并肺孢子菌肺炎胸部CT表现分析%Analysis of CT manifestations of pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with chronic kidney diseases

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    瞿华; 崔凤; 钟琦

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    Objective To investigate the CT imaging features of pneumocystis pneumonia ( PCP ) in patients with chronic kidney diseases .Methods The CT images of 23 patients with PCP in chronic kidney diseases were analyzed retrospectively .Re-sults The CT images of PCP were shown as follous: patchy shadows and nodules , ground glass opacity , pulmonary consolida-tion, air containing cystic pattern, Fiber grid shadow, Mediastinal lymph node enlargement , angpleural effusion.The lesions pro-gressed gradually to diffuse ground glass and consolidation of the lung .Conclusion The CT images of PCP patients with chronic kidney diseases has its unique characteristics ,which has obvious value for the diagnosis of the disease .%目的:探讨慢性肾脏病合并肺孢子菌肺炎( PCP)的胸部CT表现特点。方法回顾分析2006年1月~2014年2月医院肾内科确诊的23例慢性肾脏病合并肺孢子菌患者的胸部CT影像资料。结果23例慢性肾脏病合并PCP患者的胸部CT表现主要有:斑片结节影、磨玻璃影、肺实变、肺气囊、纤维网格影、纵隔淋巴结肿大、胸腔积液。病变可表现为两肺或单侧肺。疾病早期以斑片结节影为主,逐渐进展呈弥漫磨玻璃及肺实变,伴有纤维网格影。结论慢性肾脏病合并肺孢子菌患者的胸部CT表现具有一定的特征性,对于该病的诊断具有明显的价值。

  15. 慢性肾脏疾病并发肺孢子菌肺炎21例分析%Analysis of 21 patients of chronic kidney disease complicated with pneumocystis pneumonia

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    叶文玲; 王辉; 李雪梅; 李学旺; 于阳; 李航; 陈丽萌; 高瑞通; 李明喜; 刘冬妍; 曾学军; 王京岚

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in patients with chronic kidney disease. Methods Clinial data of 21 cases of the primary and secondary kidney diseases complicated with PCP,excluding renal transplantation,were analyzed retrospectively. Results Twenty-one cases consisted of 6 cases of primary renal diseases and 15 eases of secondary renal diseases.Twenty patients (95.2%) were receiving immunesuppressive therapy at the PCP onset.Main manifestations were fever,progressive dyspnea,cough with no or seldom sputum.Twenty patients presented obvious hypoxemia and 12 of them were type I respiratory failure.X-ray and CT imaging of 20 patients revealed diffuse pulmonary interstitial shadows or ground glass opacities in both lungs.All the patients were treaed with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.Eleven patients died accounting for 52.3%.Compared with the survivors,elder age (60.91±15.08 vs 44.50±14.83,P<0.05),lower blood oxygen pressure at onset [(48.11±19.05)mm Hg vs (65.91±13.13)mm Hg,P<0.01],higher percentage of respirator application and other secondary lung infection were found in dead patients.No PCP relapsed after average 16-month follow-up in the survival patients. Conclusions PCP is a severe complication with high mortality during immunosuppressive therapy in patients with chronic renal disease.Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to improve prognosis.%目的 探讨慢性肾脏疾病并发肺孢子菌肺炎(PCP)的临床特点及预后.方法 回顾性分析北京协和医院经病原学确诊的原发和继发性肾脏疾病(除外肾移植)并发PCP 21例的临床资料.结果 原发性肾脏疾病6例,继发性肾脏疾病15例.在合并PCP时,20例(95.2%)正在接受糖皮质激素和(或)免疫抑制剂治疗.PCP起病急骤,以发热、不同程度的胸闷憋气、呼吸困难、干咳少痰为主要临床表现.20例患者以发热起病,病程中17例患者出现高热.20例入院时即

  16. Efeitos da N-N' - difenil-4-metoxi-benzamidina sobre parâmetro do metabolismo energético em mitocôndrias e hepatócitos

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    Petiz, Lyvia Lintzmaier

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    Resumo: As amidinas têm como característica química a presença de dois átomos de nitrogênios ligados ao mesmo átomo de carbono. Para estes compostos diversas atividades biológicas são descritas. A pentamidina, uma diamidina aromática, é eficaz no tratamento de Pneumocystis carinii e de leishmanioses, porém, causa graves efeitos colaterais. Por isso, novos derivados de amidina têm sido sintetizados, dentre estes a N-N'-difenil-4-metoxi-benzamidina (metoxiamidina), que se mostrou efetiva contra...

  17. Changing patterns of Kaposi's sarcoma in Danish acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients with complete follow-up. The Danish Study Group for HIV Infection (DASHI)

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    Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Melbye, M; Pedersen, C;

    1995-01-01

    The objective was to study changes in the occurrence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1-related Kaposi's sarcoma and the association with degree of immunodeficiency over time. Danish patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) diagnosed between 1979 and 1990 (n = 687) were followed...... developing Kaposi's sarcoma after the AIDS diagnosis. Age, antiretroviral therapy, and primary Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prophylaxis failed to influence the development of Kaposi's sarcoma. Thus, the occurrence of Kaposi's sarcoma remained constant over time but developed later in the course of AIDS and...

  18. Cutaneous gallium uptake in patients with AIDS with mycobacterium avium-intracellulare septicemia

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    Allwright, S.J.; Chapman, P.R.; Antico, V.F.; Gruenewald, S.M.

    1988-07-01

    Gallium imaging is increasingly being used for the early detection of complications in patients with AIDS. A 26-year-old homosexual man who was HIV antibody positive underwent gallium imaging for investigation of possible Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Widespread cutaneous focal uptake was seen, which was subsequently shown to be due to mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI) septicemia. This case demonstrates the importance of whole body imaging rather than imaging target areas only, the utility of gallium imaging in aiding the early detection of clinically unsuspected disease, and shows a new pattern of gallium uptake in disseminated MAI infection.

  19. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole induced acute interstitial nephritis in renal allografts; clinical course and outcome.

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    Garvey, J P

    2009-11-01

    Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) secondary to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is well documented as a cause of acute renal failure in native kidneys. TMP-SMX is the standard prophylactic agent against pneumocystis carinii (PCP) used in the early post-transplant period, however, it has to date only been indirectly associated with AIN in renal allografts. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We describe eleven renal transplant patients with acute allograft dysfunction in whom a transplant biopsy demonstrated primary histopathologic features of allergic AIN, all of whom were receiving TMP-SMX in addition to other medications known to cause AIN.

  20. Eye signs that alert the clinician to a diagnosis of AIDS.

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    Meyer, D

    2005-10-01

    One of the hallmarks of progressive immune deficiency is a steady decline in the absolute number of CD4+ T-lymphocytes. As the immune response thus becomes suppressed, opportunistic systemic infections such as protozoal (Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, disseminated toxoplasmosis), viral (Cytomegalovirus pneumonitis and colitis and persistent invasive herpes simplex lesions), fungal (cryptococcossis and esophageal candidiasis) and bacterial infections (atypical mycobacterial and extrapulmonary tuberculosis) set in to claim their toll. Ocular complications occur in about 75% of AIDS patients and may be divided into four categories: Retinal microangiopathy, Opportunistic infections, Tumours, Neuro-ophthalmological lesions. Only the most frequently occurring manifestations will be highlighted. PMID:16320530

  1. Cutaneous gallium uptake in patients with AIDS with mycobacterium avium-intracellulare septicemia

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    Gallium imaging is increasingly being used for the early detection of complications in patients with AIDS. A 26-year-old homosexual man who was HIV antibody positive underwent gallium imaging for investigation of possible Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Widespread cutaneous focal uptake was seen, which was subsequently shown to be due to mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI) septicemia. This case demonstrates the importance of whole body imaging rather than imaging target areas only, the utility of gallium imaging in aiding the early detection of clinically unsuspected disease, and shows a new pattern of gallium uptake in disseminated MAI infection

  2. Optimising technetium 99m diethylenetriaminepenta-acetate lung clearance in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) has become a major cause of morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases, largely as a result of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. Since the mortality from recurrent infection is between 40% and 60%, early diagnosis and therapy are the keys to survival. The role of technetium 99m diethylenetriaminepentacetate (DTPA) aerosol pulmonary clearance was studied in 81 patients with AIDS. The mathematical technique of curve stripping was found to be the optimal method of analysis and to provide an overall sensitivity of 94% for the detection of interstitial pneumonitis. The procedure was superior to standard pathology parameters and radiography and more convenient than gallium 67 scintigraphy. (orig.)

  3. Secondary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis associated with myelodysplastic syndrome

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    XIE Li-xin; ZHAO Tie-mei; WANG Qiao-yun; CHEN Liang-an; LI Ai-min; WANG Dian-jun; QI Fei; LIU You-ning

    2007-01-01

    @@ Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is an uncommon disease first reported by Rosen et al 1 in 1958, and characterized by the accumulation of surfactant proteins and phospholipids within the alveolar spaces. Acquired PAP is divided into two forms based on clinical features:idiopathic PAP and secondary PAP. Secondary PAP is reported to be associated with haematological malignancies, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and inhalation of silica or titanium, and the most frequent underlying disease of secondary PAP is haematological malignancy. The exact incidence of PAP in haematological malignancies is still obscure, since there have been only sporadic reports of secondary PAP. 2, 3

  4. First national guidelines will help better control HIV/AIDS in China

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    2006-01-01

    @@ A cquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)was first recognized in the United States in the Summer of 1981,1,2 when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the unexplained occurrence of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in 5 cases and Kaposi's sarcoma in 26 cases of previouly healthy homosexual men in Los Angeles and New York. Within months, the disease became recognized in male and female intravenous drug users (IDU) and soon after in recipients of blood or IDV transfusions and in hemophiliacs.3

  5. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome associated with blood-product transfusions

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    Jett, J.R.; Kuritsky, J.N.; Katzmann, J.A.; Homburger, H.A.

    1983-11-01

    A 53-year-old white man had fever, malaise, and dyspnea on exertion. His chest roentgenogram was normal, but pulmonary function tests showed impaired diffusion capacity and a gallium scan showed marked uptake in the lungs. Results of an open-lung biopsy documented Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Immunologic test results were consistent with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The patient denied having homosexual contact or using intravenous drugs. Twenty-nine months before the diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia was made, the patient had had 16 transfusions of whole blood, platelets, and fresh-frozen plasma during coronary artery bypass surgery at another medical center. This patient is not a member of any currently recognized high-risk group and is believed to have contracted the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from blood and blood-product transfusions.

  6. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome associated with blood-product transfusions

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    A 53-year-old white man had fever, malaise, and dyspnea on exertion. His chest roentgenogram was normal, but pulmonary function tests showed impaired diffusion capacity and a gallium scan showed marked uptake in the lungs. Results of an open-lung biopsy documented Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Immunologic test results were consistent with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The patient denied having homosexual contact or using intravenous drugs. Twenty-nine months before the diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia was made, the patient had had 16 transfusions of whole blood, platelets, and fresh-frozen plasma during coronary artery bypass surgery at another medical center. This patient is not a member of any currently recognized high-risk group and is believed to have contracted the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from blood and blood-product transfusions

  7. Antifungal activity of 10 Guadeloupean plants.

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    Biabiany, Murielle; Roumy, Vincent; Hennebelle, Thierry; François, Nadine; Sendid, Boualem; Pottier, Muriel; Aliouat, El Moukhtar; Rouaud, Isabelle; Lohézic-Le Dévéhat, Françoise; Joseph, Henry; Bourgeois, Paul; Sahpaz, Sevser; Bailleul, François

    2013-11-01

    Screening of the antifungal activities of ten Guadeloupean plants was undertaken to find new extracts and formulations against superficial mycoses such as onychomycosis, athlete's foot, Pityriasis versicolor, as well as the deep fungal infection Pneumocystis pneumonia. For the first time, the CMI of these plant extracts [cyclohexane, ethanol and ethanol/water (1:1, v/v)] was determined against five dermatophytes, five Candida species, Scytalidium dimidiatum, a Malassezia sp. strain and Pneumocystis carinii. Cytotoxicity tests of the most active extracts were also performed on an HaCat keratinocyte cell line. Results suggest that the extracts of Bursera simaruba, Cedrela odorata, Enterolobium cyclocarpum and Pluchea carolinensis have interesting activities and could be good candidates for developing antifungal formulations. PMID:23280633

  8. Mutations in the dihydropteroate synthase gene of Pneumocystis jiroveci isolates from Portuguese patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia

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    Costa, M C; Helweg-Larsen, J; Lundgren, Bettina; Antunes, F; Matos, O

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of mutations of the P. jiroveci dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) gene in an immunocompromised Portuguese population and to investigate the possible association between DHPS mutations and sulpha exposure. In the studied population, DHPS gene...... mutations were not significantly more frequent in patients exposed to sulpha drugs compared with patients not exposed (P=0.390). The results of this study suggest that DHPS gene mutations are frequent in the Portuguese immunocompromised population but do not seem associated with previous sulpha exposure...

  9. Haemophilia, AIDS and lung epithelial permeability

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    Lung 99mTc DTPA transfer was measured in HIV antibodypositive haemophiliacs (11 smokers, 26 nonsmokers, 5 patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)). Lung 99mTc DTPA transfer as a marker of lung epithelial permeability was measured as the half time of transfer (from airspace into blood). This half time was faster in smokers compred to nonsmokers and the transfer curve was monoexponential. In nonsmokers no difference was observed between asymptomatic HIV-positive haemophiliacs and normal subjects, with the exception of the lung bases. At the lung basis in HIV-positive haemophiliac nonsmokers the transfer was faster than in normal individuals, implying increased alveolar permeability. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia resulted in a rapid transfer of 99mTc DTPA (mean T50 of 2 minutes) and the transfer curve was biphasic, confirming previous observations in homosexual HIV antibody-positive patients with PCP. These changes returned to a monoexponential profile by 6 weeks following successful treatment. The DTPA lung transfer study may enable clinicians to instigate therapy for PCP without the need for initial bronchoscopy and provide a noninvasive method for the reassessment of patients should further respiratory signs or symptoms develop. This method is considered to be highly cost-effective in that it obviates the use of factor VIII concentrates required to cover bronchoscopic procedures and, with its early application and ease of use as a follow-up investigation, permits the evaluation of patients on an outpatient basis, thus reducing hospital costs. (au)

  10. HRCT in AIDS patients presenting with acute pulmonary conditions

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical value of HRCT of the lung in patients with known HIV-infection and acute lung disease. In a prospective study a HRCT was performed in 31 patients infected with the HIV-1 virus, mainly stage C (CDC), who had acute pulmonary symptoms. Precondition for the HRCT examination was a normal or non-specific chest radiograph. A provoked sputum as well as bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and/or transbronchial biopsy were performed concurrently. In 24 out of 31 cases a pathogenic organism was identified. 19 of these 24 patients showed abnormal HRCT findings. The most frequent pathogenic organism was Pneumocystis carinii (n=12). 9 out of these 12 patients (75%) showed pathological HRCT findings consisting of ground-glass opacity. Specific patterns of attenuation could not be worked out except for Pneumocystis carinii infection. Compared to bronchoalveolar lavage, the diagnostic value of HRCT is inferior; it is however helpful in the early stage of disease, when the pathogenic organism has not yet been identified, HRCT may demonstrate parenchymal abnormalities in patients with normal radiographic findings. Compared to bronchoalveolar lavage and induced sputum, HRCT can provide conclusive results within a short time. (orig.)

  11. AIDS-defining illnesses among patients with HIV in Singapore, 1985 to 2001: results from the Singapore HIV Observational Cohort Study (SHOCS

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    Bellamy Richard

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective was to describe the causes of initial and overall AIDS-defining disease episodes among HIV patients in Singapore. Methods A retrospective observational cohort study was performed of all adult patients seen at the national HIV referral center between 1985 and 2001. Data were extracted from the patients' records by ten trained healthcare workers. AIDS-defining conditions were established using predefined criteria. Results Among 1504 patients, 834 had experienced one or more AIDS-defining diseases. The most frequent causes of the initial AIDS-defining episode were Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (35.7%, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (22.7% and herpes simplex (7.4%. In total 1742 AIDS-defining episodes occurred. The most frequent causes were Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (25.1%, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (16.2% and cytomegalovirus retinitis (9.5%. Conclusions The most frequent causes of AIDS-defining illnesses in Singapore are similar to those reported in the West, prior to the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy. Opportunistic infections remain the most frequent AIDS-defining illnesses.

  12. Haemophilia, AIDS and lung epithelial permeability

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    O' Doherty, M.J.; Page, C.J.; Harrington, C.; Nunan, T.; Savidge, G. (Haemophilia Centre and Coagulation Research Unit, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rayne Institute, St. Thomas' Hospital, London (United Kingdom))

    1990-01-01

    Lung {sup 99m}Tc DTPA transfer was measured in HIV antibodypositive haemophiliacs (11 smokers, 26 nonsmokers, 5 patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)). Lung {sup 99m}Tc DTPA transfer as a marker of lung epithelial permeability was measured as the half time of transfer (from airspace into blood). This half time was faster in smokers compred to nonsmokers and the transfer curve was monoexponential. In nonsmokers no difference was observed between asymptomatic HIV-positive haemophiliacs and normal subjects, with the exception of the lung bases. At the lung basis in HIV-positive haemophiliac nonsmokers the transfer was faster than in normal individuals, implying increased alveolar permeability. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia resulted in a rapid transfer of {sup 99m}Tc DTPA (mean T50 of 2 minutes) and the transfer curve was biphasic, confirming previous observations in homosexual HIV antibody-positive patients with PCP. These changes returned to a monoexponential profile by 6 weeks following successful treatment. The DTPA lung transfer study may enable clinicians to instigate therapy for PCP without the need for initial bronchoscopy and provide a noninvasive method for the reassessment of patients should further respiratory signs or symptoms develop. This method is considered to be highly cost-effective in that it obviates the use of factor VIII concentrates required to cover bronchoscopic procedures and, with its early application and ease of use as a follow-up investigation, permits the evaluation of patients on an outpatient basis, thus reducing hospital costs. (au).

  13. Chest x-ray findings of opportunistic infections

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    The chest x-ray findings of 20 cases of pulmonary opportunistic infection were analyzed according to causative agents. The results were as follows: 1. Final diagnoses of 20 cases of opportunistic infections were tuberculosis in 6 cases, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 5 cases, bacterial infection in 7 cases, and fungal infection in 2 cases. 2. The underlying diseases were leukemia in 6 cases, kidney transplantation in 6 cases, lymphoma in 3 cases, nephrotic syndrome in 1 case, nasopharyngeal cancer in 1 case, multiple myeloma in 1 case, agranulocytosis in 1 case, and hypogammaglobulinemia in 1 case. 3. In tuberculosis, all the 6 cases showed severe manifestations such as military tuberculosis, tuberculous pneumonia, moderately advanced tuberculosis and tuberculous pericarditis. 4. In pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, the most frequent findings were bilateral alveolar densities and peripheral field of the lung was saved in most cases. 5. In 2 cases of fungal infections bilateral multiple cavity nodules were noted. 6. In cases of bacterial infection there was more cases of gram negative infection than gram positive and 2 cases of pseudomonas revealed bilateral multiple cavitary nodules

  14. Childhood AIDS: pulmonary involvement. Clinico radiological correlation

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    To determine the different radiological findings in the lung of children presenting human ummunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. We assess the different radiological patterns and their prevalence. The study deals with 58 children presenting HIV infection. All underwent plain chest radiography at some time during the course of their disease to determine the cause of different respiratory symptoms (dyspnea, fever, cough, etc.).Bronchial lavage was performed in all the children who required intubation due to severe respiratory distress. The results of chest X-ray were normal in 29 children despite the existence of pulmonary symptomatology. The other 29 patients presented pulmonary, including 21 cases of pneumonia (36,2%) in 16 patients, in seven of whom the pathogen was determined by blood culture. Four cases of Pneumocystis carinii (6.89%) were diagnosed by means of bronchial lavage. There were nine children with interstitial pneumonitis, five of the lym-phoid variant (8.62%) and four of unknown origin (6.89%). In contrast to the findings in adults, we have had no cases of pulmonary tuberculosis among our patients The rates of morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected children are associated with lung involvement. However, the prevalence has decreased progressively since the introduction of antiviral agents. Recurrent bacterial pneumonia and opportunistic Pneumocystis carinii infection are the most common types of acute pulmonary involvement. Interstitial pneumonitis usually develops a chronic course. (Author) 15 refs

  15. Chest x-ray findings of opportunistic infections

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    Lee, Yul; Jeon, Suk Chul; Lim, Jeong Ki; Park, Jae Hyung; Kim, Chu Wan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1983-06-15

    The chest x-ray findings of 20 cases of pulmonary opportunistic infection were analyzed according to causative agents. The results were as follows: 1. Final diagnoses of 20 cases of opportunistic infections were tuberculosis in 6 cases, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in 5 cases, bacterial infection in 7 cases, and fungal infection in 2 cases. 2. The underlying diseases were leukemia in 6 cases, kidney transplantation in 6 cases, lymphoma in 3 cases, nephrotic syndrome in 1 case, nasopharyngeal cancer in 1 case, multiple myeloma in 1 case, agranulocytosis in 1 case, and hypogammaglobulinemia in 1 case. 3. In tuberculosis, all the 6 cases showed severe manifestations such as military tuberculosis, tuberculous pneumonia, moderately advanced tuberculosis and tuberculous pericarditis. 4. In pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, the most frequent findings were bilateral alveolar densities and peripheral field of the lung was saved in most cases. 5. In 2 cases of fungal infections bilateral multiple cavity nodules were noted. 6. In cases of bacterial infection there was more cases of gram negative infection than gram positive and 2 cases of pseudomonas revealed bilateral multiple cavitary nodules.

  16. Iron regulation of the major virulence factors in the AIDS-associated pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.

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    Won Hee Jung

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Iron overload is known to exacerbate many infectious diseases, and conversely, iron withholding is an important defense strategy for mammalian hosts. Iron is a critical cue for Cryptococcus neoformans because the fungus senses iron to regulate elaboration of the polysaccharide capsule that is the major virulence factor during infection. Excess iron exacerbates experimental cryptococcosis and the prevalence of this disease in Sub-Saharan Africa has been associated with nutritional and genetic aspects of iron loading in the background of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We demonstrate that the iron-responsive transcription factor Cir1 in Cr. neoformans controls the regulon of genes for iron acquisition such that cir1 mutants are "blind" to changes in external iron levels. Cir1 also controls the known major virulence factors of the pathogen including the capsule, the formation of the anti-oxidant melanin in the cell wall, and the ability to grow at host body temperature. Thus, the fungus is remarkably tuned to perceive iron as part of the disease process, as confirmed by the avirulence of the cir1 mutant; this characteristic of the pathogen may provide opportunities for antifungal treatment.

  17. AIDS-associated plasmablastic lymphoma presenting as a poorly differentiated esophageal tumor: A diagnostic dilemma

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    2008-01-01

    Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is a rare form of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma characterized by weak/absent expression of conventional B-cell markers and strong expression of plasma cell markers. It is strongly associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Epstein Barr virus infection, and shows an unusual tropism to the oral cavity. Herein we describe a patient with AIDS who presented with weight loss and dysphagia owing to a large gastroesophageal mass. His radiographic and endoscopic findings and long history of cigarette consumption suggested carcinoma. Biopsy demonstrated a poorly differentiated tumor stained negatively to routine lymphoid markers including CD20. However, gene rearrangement studies confirmed a B-cell process and a more detailed immunohistochemical analysis revealed the cells stained positively for CD138 (plasma cell antigen). These findings were diagnostic of PBL. Our report reviews the wide differential diagnosis of PBL and underscores the importance of a broad array of viral and molecular studies needed to establish this diagnosis.

  18. The Changing Pathology of NeuroAIDS Associated with Drug Abuse in the Era of HAART

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    Jeanne E. Bell

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Compliance with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART arrests HIV induced immune collapse and reduces the prevalence of severe central nervous system (CNS complications, including HIV associated dementia and encephalitis. However minor cognitive disorders remain common and recent autopsy studies have demonstrated the presence of subtle neuropathological abnormalities in HAART treated individuals, including persistent neuroinflammation and enhanced deposition in the brain of proteins associated with neurodegeneration. The closest comparison group from the pre-HAART era is that comprising presymptomatic HIV infected individuals dying from non HIV related causes. HIV is believed to enter the CNS at or soon after the time of initial infection. Whether this occurs in all HIV infected individuals is unknown. The virus is probably restrained from progressing to a productive CNS infection by systemic and innate immune controls which include surveillance of brain tissue by patrolling CD8 lymphocytes. However HIV is not eliminated from the CNS compartment and is present at low level in the brains of some HAART treated just as in pre-HAART subjects. Brain viral isolates appear to be neuroadapted and clearly persist long term in the sanctuary of the CNS. This review compares and contrasts data derived from studies of the brain in pre and post HAART cohorts. The implications of increasing longevity in treated individuals who may have low level HIV infection of brain tissue, associated with lymphocytic infiltration and microglial/macrophage activation, are discussed. The exact roles of these cellular reactions in relation to viral suppression are unclear at present. The complexity of this scenario is further heightened when other factors such as illicit drug intake and hepatitis-induced encephalopathy contribute to the clinical outcome. These added insults lead to damaging effects in the brain which may augment those induced by HIV/AIDS. Taken together, these factors suggest that the incidence of HIV-related CNS disorders will rise again in the future.

  19. Radiological diagnosis of immunologically mediated disorders of the bronchopulmonary system in children and adolescents

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    After coverage of pathophysiological mechanisms, radiological symptoms and differential diagnosis of bacterial and opportunistic infections of the bronchopulmonary system are discussed as they occur in humoral, cellular and combined congenital and acquired immune deficiencies. The discussion is based on case reports. Humoral deficiences cause recurrent and chronic bacterial infections of the bronchopulmonary system, frequently with bronchiectasis. In the case of cellular and combined immune deficiencies, not only bacterial infections but also the very serious opportunistic infections occur. Opportunistic infections of the lung are predominantly caused by Pneumocystis carinii, by the cytomegaly virus, and by fungi such as Candida, Aspergillus and Mucor. Pneumocystis is also the most frequent cause of opportunistic infections of the lungs in children with AIDS. In contrast to the situation in adults, in children a relatively low-grade lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis occasionally precedes the typical opportunistic infections. Lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis and Pneumocystis pneumonia can be differentiated from each other easily in children because of their relatively characteristic appearances. Fungal infections, on the other hand, sometimes pose severe diagnostic problems. Radiological chest findings in autoimmune diseases are discussed. (orig.)

  20. Reversed halo sign in pneumocystis pneumonia: a case report

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    Abstract Background The reversed halo sign may sometimes be seen in patients with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, but is rarely associated with other diseases. Case presentation We present a case study of a 32-year-old male patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, who had previously been treated with chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A chest X-ray showed bilateral patchy infiltrates. High-resolution computed tomography revealed the reversed halo sign in both upper lobes. The ...

  1. Primary structure of dihydrofolate reductase and mitochondrial ribosomal protein L36 genes from the basidiomycete Coprinus cinereus.

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    Aimi, Tadanori; Fukuhara, Shoji; Ishiguro, Maki; Kitamoto, Yutaka; Morinaga, Tsutomu

    2004-08-01

    We amplified and sequenced the dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) gene of the basidiomycete Coprinus cinereus. Downstream of the DHFR coding region, a mitochondrial (mt) ribosomal protein L36 (RPL36) gene was discovered in the opposite orientation to DHFR gene. Putative polyadenylation signals of the two genes overlapped, both containing the 8-bp palindrome 5'-aatatatt-3'. The finding that C. cinereus DHFR gene is closely clustered with a mt protein gene strongly suggests that C. cinereus DHFR is closely related to mt function and evolution. The amino acid sequence of C. cinereus DHFR is most homologous to eukaryotic proteins such as Cryptococcus neoformans and Pneumocystis carinii DHFRs. However, the sequence of C. cinereus mt RPL36 closely resembles RPL36 of bacteria and cyanobacteria such as Synechocystis sp. and Escherichia coli. This result strongly supports the serial endosymbiotic theory of the development of ancestral eukaryotes, and suggests that C. cinereus mt RPL36 gene originated from the ancestral eubacterial genome. PMID:15620217

  2. Pulmonary disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection

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    Lundgren, J D; Orholm, Marianne; Lundgren, B;

    1989-01-01

    Pulmonary disease is the most important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). All parts of the hospital system are expected to be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infected patients in the coming years. Many different processes...... cause pulmonary disease alone or in combination. Bilateral interstitial infiltrates are the most frequent chest x-ray abnormality and are most frequently caused by infection with Pneumocystis carinii. Cytomegalovirus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis and pulmonary Kaposi......'s sarcoma are the most important parts of the differential diagnosis. An aggressive approach to the diagnosis of pulmonary disease in this patient population is indicated in order to provide optimal care and assess new therapies....

  3. Psychosocial considerations in the therapy of epidemic Kaposi's sarcoma.

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    Holland, J C; Tross, S

    1987-06-01

    Since the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) burst into prominence in 1981, it has claimed victims at an exponential rate and taxed the resources of physicians, health workers, and social support agencies. A sizeable minority of AIDS patients, mainly male homosexuals, have been presented with epidemic Kaposi's sarcoma (EKS). Although life expectancy with this presentation may be greater than with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia or other opportunistic infection, the underlying immunodeficiency still foreshadows an untimely death, usually from infection. Those remaining months or years are frequently marked by a poor quality of life attended by pain, functional impairment, cosmetic stigmata, central nervous system (CNS) complications, loss of employment, poverty, ostracism, guilt, and anger. Psychologic burdens may disrupt the patient's efforts to deal with the disease. Health care workers must often overcome their own prejudices and fears about AIDS to provide effective management. PMID:3603057

  4. Significance of diffuse pulmonary uptake in radiogallium scans: concise communication

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    Diffuse pulmonary uptake of radiogallium was observed in 50 out of 510 scans (9.8%) performed in a general hospital over a period of 1 y. Of the 50 cases, 80% had bilateral, diffuse distribution, and 20% unilateral. A variety of clinical conditions produced a similar picture on the pulmonary images. The most common cause of the diffuse uptake was infectious disease (48%) followed by infiltrative disorders (30%) and neoplastic conditions (22%). On a repeat study there was significant reduction in the intensity of pulmonary radiogallium uptake following drug therapy in three patients - sarcoidosis on corticosteroid therapy, pneumocystis carinii treated with trimethoprim and sulfamethoxozole, and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis on corticosteroids. No close correlation was observed between the underlying clinical disorder and the pattern or intensity of pulmonary uptake of radiogallium

  5. Lung Surfactant Protein D (SP-D) Response and Regulation During Acute and Chronic Lung Injury

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    Gaunsbaek, Maria Quisgaard; Rasmussen, Karina Juhl; Beers, Michael F.;

    2013-01-01

    lung injury, with a sustained increment during chronic inflammation compared with acute inflammation. A quick upregulation of SP-D in serum in response to acute airway inflammation supports the notion that SP-D translocates from the airways into the vascular system, in favor of being synthesized......BACKGROUND: Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a collection that plays important roles in modulating host defense functions and maintaining phospholipid homeostasis in the lung. The aim of current study was to characterize comparatively the SP-D response in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and serum in...... three murine models of lung injury, using a validated ELISA technology for estimation of SP-D levels. METHODS: Mice were exposed to lipopolysaccharide, bleomycin, or Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) and sacrificed at different time points. RESULTS: In lipopolysaccharide-challenged mice, the level of SP-D in...

  6. Cerebral toxoplasmosis in Danish AIDS patients

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    Smith, E; Pers, C; Aschow, C;

    1991-01-01

    We estimate the frequency of central nervous system (CNS) toxoplasmosis in Danish AIDS patients and evaluate the diagnostic accuracy using the following criteria for acceptance of the diagnosis: either (1) the demonstration of Toxoplasma gondii in brain tissue or (2) one or more hypodense or ring......-enhancing lesions on computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan and a neurologic and CAT scan improvement in response to 2 weeks of treatment. From 1981 until July 1990 266 patients were diagnosed with AIDS at Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen and 29 (11%) were treated, suspected for CNS toxoplasmosis. 17 patients had...... was 83% (10/12 patients) while among patients diagnosed in 1987 or earlier the accuracy was 41% (7/17 patients). Four patients were diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) prior to the diagnosis of CNS toxoplasmosis, while among patients with toxoplasmosis as the AIDS-defining diagnosis, 3...

  7. Aids e miopatia relato de um caso e revisão da literatura

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    Káris M. de Pinho Rodrigues

    1991-09-01

    Full Text Available É relatado o caso de um paciente com miopatia de apresentação clínica incomum como manifestação inicial da infecção por HIV. O paciente apresentava aumento de volume dos membros acompanhado de sinais flogísticos e elevação dos níveis séricos de enzimas musculares. A alteração histopatológica predominante consistia em necrose segmentar de fibrocélulas musculares esqueléticas. Evoluiu com pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii, tratada satisfatoriamente com sulfametoxazol e trimetropim. Apesar do uso sucessivo de indometacina, prednisona e dexametasona, a miopatia continuava a progredir. Após administração de methotrexate, houve regressão do quadro neurológico.

  8. Diagnosis of pulmonary infections with HIV (+) patients. Brought of aerosol DTPA-Tc99m and of Ga67 citrate. Le diagnostic des infections pulmonaires chez les malades VIH (+). Apport de l'aerosol DTPA-Tc99m et du citrate de Ga67

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    Banzo, I.; Quirce, R.; Serrano, J.; Jimenez, J.; Tabuenca, O.; Carril, J.M. (Hopital Universitaire Valdecilla, Santander (Spain))

    1993-04-01

    The pulmonary clearance of aerosol DTPA-Tc99m is a technology easy to use, well support by patients with immediate results. With the pneumonia at Pneumocystis Carinii (PPC), the clearance is more sensitive and more specific than the thoracic scintigraphy with Ga67. Used with a thorax radiography, results will lead to three directions: High probability of PPC, di phasic curve and very fast T50, equal inferior to 5,10 mn. Low probability of PPC, monoexponential curve and abnormal thorax radiography or di phasic curve with a value T50 superior to 5,10 mn. With these patients other explorations will be made (Ga67, biopsy) and if possible search pulmonary tuberculosis. Extra pulmonary pathology: monoexponential curve associated with a normal thoracic radiography. 2 figs.

  9. Dicty_cDB: Contig-U10744-1 [Dicty_cDB

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  10. Contribution of chest x-ray to the diagnosis of HIV virus infection

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    After revising literature concerning Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumoniae (PCP), the authors undertook a close examination of the immunological system of the HIVab-positive patients that suffered opportunistic pneumopathy from PCP. Hundred-forty-three cases of HIVab-positive (mean age of 29), prevalently heroine drugusers, were studied. There were 13 AIDS, 26 ARC, 91 LAS cases and 13 patients with only Ab positivity for HIV. Four hundred chest radiographs were examined without previous knowledge of case histories. A small number of hilum and/or mediastinal lymphoadenopathies was observed. Moreover, percentage increase in acute lung inflammatory diseases, mainly interstitial, was seen. These data were correlated to the worsening of the HIV infection and to the developing of LAS, ARC and ADIS. In a number of cases there was radiological evidence of pregressed inflammatory episodes. The clinical pattern of PCP patients is dramatic and often fatal. Clinical-radiological cases with special reference to acute interstitial disease, caused by opportunistic agents, are presented

  11. Early detection of interstitial pneumonia by 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy

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    In this paper we report our recent experience indicating usefulness of 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy in 4 cases with inflammatory pulmonary diseases. These cases showed abnormal pulmonary 67Ga uptake with normal chest radiographs. The first case with malignant lymphoma and the second one with lung cancer suffered from pulmonary infection following secondary immuno-insufficiency due to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Pneumocystis carinii was suspected as causative agent in the first case, and gram negative bacilli in the second case. The third case with lung cancer developed radiation pneumonia after radiotherapy. The fourth case with acute bronchitis developed drug induced interstitial pneumonia presumably due to minocycline administration. It is concluded that 67Ga-citrate scintigraphy is more sensitive for early detection of interstitial pneumonia than routine chest radiography. (author)

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  14. Diagnosis of pulmonary infections with HIV (+) patients. Brought of aerosol DTPA-Tc99m and of Ga67 citrate

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    The pulmonary clearance of aerosol DTPA-Tc99m is a technology easy to use, well support by patients with immediate results. With the pneumonia at Pneumocystis Carinii (PPC), the clearance is more sensitive and more specific than the thoracic scintigraphy with Ga67. Used with a thorax radiography, results will lead to three directions: High probability of PPC, di phasic curve and very fast T50, equal inferior to 5,10 mn. Low probability of PPC, monoexponential curve and abnormal thorax radiography or di phasic curve with a value T50 superior to 5,10 mn. With these patients other explorations will be made (Ga67, biopsy) and if possible search pulmonary tuberculosis. Extra pulmonary pathology: monoexponential curve associated with a normal thoracic radiography. 2 figs

  15. Interleukin-8 and leukotriene B4 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from HIV-infected patients with bacterial pneumonia

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    Krarup, E; Vestbo, Jørgen; Benfield, T L; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    1997-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients are at increased risk of contracting bacterial infections, mainly pneumonia. Despite this, little is known about immunopathogenic mechanisms in HIV-related bacterial pneumonia. This paper investigates the presence of the neutrophil chemotactic...... mediators, interleukin-8 (IL_8) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4), in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from 27 HIV-infected patients with bacterial pneumonia. Significantly elevated levels of IL-8 were found in BAL fluid of patients with bacterial pneumonia [529 pg ml-1 (296-1161 pg ml-1)] compared to matched...... patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) [59 pg ml-1 (42-254 pg ml-1)] and healthy controls [58 pg ml-1 (37-82 pg ml-1)]. Levels of LTB4 were not elevated during bacterial pneumonia when compared to PCP patients and healthy controls. Furthermore, a positive correlation was found between IL-8...

  16. Pathogenesis and role of nuclear medicine

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    The means by which replication of viruses takes place is explained, as it helps in the understanding of how viruses spread in the blood and how antiretroviral drugs work. The most important viruses, from a health care workers point of view, are hepatitis B and C and human immunodefiency virus (HIV). Whether nuclear medicine has a role to play in the diagnosis of these viruses, and the oportunistic infections that go with them, is debatable. Several radiopharmaceuticals are extremely sensitive for infection and tumor imaging but lack specificity. Patients' treatment is often not based on the outcome of the investigation but rather on preset protocols. AIDS patients are put on prophylactic antibiotic treatment as protection against infections such as toxoplasmosis and pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and there is a poor prognosis for AIDS patients with tumors (Au)

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  18. Gallium-67 scans of the chest in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Eighty-six [67Ga]citrate chest scans were performed in 71 adult patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Forty-five of these patients also had Kaposi's sarcoma. Only 29 of 57 abnormal scans were correlated with abnormal chest radiographs. Chest radiographs were negative for 27 scans and unavailable for one. Several scan patterns were seen. Diffusely increased lung uptake was seen most commonly with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, but also other infections and noninfectious inflammatory conditions. Focal uptake corresponding to regional lymph node groups occurred most often with Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare but aslo with lymphoma. Localized intrapulmonary uptake was seen in bacterial pneumonias. Perihilar activity occurred in two cases. When chest radiographs were abnormal and 67Ga scans negative, the most common diagnosis was pulmonary Kaposi's sarcoma

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  20. Legionellosis in patients with HIV infection

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    Bangsborg, Jette Marie; Jensen, B N; Friis-Møller, A; Bruun, B

    1990-01-01

    During the five-year period 1984-1988 we received 192 specimens from 180 patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for investigation of Legionella infection. The majority of specimens were bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids (84%), but tracheal suctions and lung tissue from...... autopsies were also examined. The diagnostic methods used were a direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA) for the detection of Legionella antigen, and culture on buffered charcoal yeast extract (BCYE-alpha) media. All specimens were also examined for the presence of other bacterial lung pathogens, and all BAL...... specimens additionally for Pneumocystis carinii and mycobacteria. Legionellosis was not found to be common among HIV-infected patients, as only six specimens (3%) from six patients were found positive by DFA, and no specimens were culture-positive for Legionella species. Dual infection with Legionella and P...

  1. Pneumocystosis in wild small mammals from California

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    Laakkonen, J.; Fisher, R.N.; Case, T.J.

    2001-01-01

    Cyst forms of the opportunistic fungal parasite Pneumocystis carinii were found in the lungs of 34% of the desert shrew, Notiosorex crawfordi (n = 59), 13% of the ornate shrew, Sorex ornatus (n = 55), 6% of the dusky-footed wood rat, Neotoma fuscipes (n = 16), 2.5% of the California meadow vole, Microtus californicus (n = 40), and 50% of the California pocket mouse, Chaetodipus californicus (n = 2) caught from southern California between February 1998 and February 2000. Cysts were not found in any of the harvest mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis (n = 21), California mouse, Peromyscus californicus (n = 20), brush mouse, Peromyscus boylii (n = 7) or deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus (n = 4) examined. All infections were mild; extrapulmonary infections were not observed. Other lung parasites detected were Hepatozoon sp./ spp. from M. californicus and Notiosorex crawfordi, Chrysosporium sp. (Emmonsia) from M. californicus, and a nematode from S. ornatus.

  2. New approach to imaging HIV-positive patients with pyrexia of undetermined origin

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    This paper established if imaging with Tc-99m human immunoglobulin (HIG) in addition to Ga-67 citrate increased the diagnostic sensitivity in patients who have pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) and who have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The authors studied 18 HIV-positive patients with PUO for 3 or more weeks. Imaging was performed 4 and 20 hours after administration of 200 MBq of Tc-99m HIG and 24, 48, and (if indicated) 72 hours after administration of 300 MBq of Ga-67. Anterior whole body and relevant spot view were obtained for both agents. Twenty-four sites of infection were confirmed microbiologically in 12 patients. Ga-67 scan results were positive in 22 of these sites, and Tc-99m HIG results were positive in 13; the nine Ga-positive sites that were Tc-negative were intrathoracic (one Pneumocystis carinii, eight Mycobacterium intracellulare)

  3. Opportunistic infections and malignancies in 231 Danish AIDS patients

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    Pedersen, C; Gerstoft, J; Tauris, P;

    1990-01-01

    We analysed cumulative disease frequencies in the first 231 adult Danish AIDS patients with life tables. There was a certain hierarchical pattern in the occurrence of complicating diseases. Herpes zoster, Kaposi's sarcoma and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were early manifestations, whereas...... diseases caused by cytomegalovirus and atypical mycobacteria tended to occur later in the course of AIDS. Compared with all other AIDS patients, homosexual men were more likely to develop Kaposi's sarcoma, cytomegalovirus chorioretinitis and mucocutaneous herpes simplex virus infection. The proportion of...... patients who developed particular diseases changed with calendar time. Most striking was a three to fourfold decrease in diseases caused by cytomegalovirus. In conclusion, the study showed that disease frequencies in patients with AIDS may vary with the patients risk behaviour and duration of AIDS, and...

  4. Zidovudine treatment of AIDS and ARC in Denmark 1987

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    Teglbjaerg, L L; Mathiesen, Lars Reinhardt; Søeberg, B;

    1989-01-01

    In 1987, a total of 138 Danish patients (94 AIDS and 44 ARC) received treatment with zidovudine, a total observation period of 572 treatment months. 15 AIDS and 1 ARC patient died after a median of 70 days (range 2-295). In the ARC group 4 patients developed AIDS (3 Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia......, 1 Kaposi's sarcoma). Among the AIDS patients 38 new opportunistic infections were reported. 24 of these opportunistic infections occurred within 6 weeks after treatment initiation. 79 patients were observed for more than 3 months, 25 of these had their daily dose zidovudine reduced, usually from 1......,200 mg to 600 mg, 9 others were temporarily off drug. HIV antigen was analyzed in serum samples from 93 patients. Of these, 28 (52%) of 54 initially HIV antigen-positive became antigen-negative, 7 (18%) of 39 initially HIV antigen-negative became antigen-positive within the first 8 weeks of zidovudine...

  5. Acquired severe pneumonia in the community in seropositive HIV patients. Neumonía grave adquirida en la comunidad en paciente seropositiva al virus de inmunodeficiencia humana.

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    Full Text Available Infection due to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIVhas become a principal health problem worldwide mainly in underdeveloped countries. In these patients, respiratory infections constitute the greatest cause of morbimortality rate in which Pneumocystis Carinii is the most frequently found pathogen. However, this article describes the case of a woman who is seropositive to HIV and who developed a severe and rapidly fatal community acquired pneumonia dur to Sthaphylococcus aureus, a very rare and less common infection in this kind of patients.

    La infección por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana se ha convertido en el principal problema sanitario en el mundo, particularmente en los países subdesarrollados. En estos pacientes la infección respiratoria es la mayor causa de morbilidad y mortalidad, en cuyos casos el Pneumcystis carinii es el germen más comúnmente encontrado. Sin embargo, en el presente trabajo se describe una paciente seropositiva al virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana que desarrolló una neumonía adquirida en la comunidad, severa y rápidamente fatal, por Sthaphylococcus aureus, infección poco común en este tipo de pacientes.

  6. Review of zoonotic parasites in medical and veterinary fields in the Republic of Korea.

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    Youn, Heejeong

    2009-10-01

    Zoonotic parasites are animal parasites that can infect humans. The major zoonotic protozoa in the Republic of Korea are Babesia bovis, Chilomastix mesnili, Cryptosporidium parvum, Endolimax nana, Entamoeba coli, Entamoeba hitolytica, Giardia lamblia, Iodamoeba bütschlii, Pneumocystis carinii, Sarcocystis cruzi, and Toxoplasma gondii. The major zoonotic helminths in Korea include trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes. Trematodes are Clonorchis sinensis, Echinostoma hortense, Echinostoma spp., Fasciola hepatica, Heterophyes nocens, Metagonimus yokogawai, and Paragonimus westermani. Cestodes are Diphyllobothrium latum, Dipylidium caninum, Echinococcus granulosus, Hymenolepis nana, Raillietina tetragona, sparganum (Spirometra spp.), Taenia saginata, T. solium, and T. asiatica. Nematodes are Ancylostoma caninum, Brugia malayi, Capillaria hepatica, Dirofilaria immitis, Gnathostoma dololesi, Gnathostoma spinigerum, Loa loa, Onchocerca gibsoni, Strongyloides stercoralis, Thelazia callipaeda, Trichinella spiralis, Trichostrongylus orientalis, Trichuris trichiura, and Trichuris vulpis. The one arthropod is Sarcoptes scabiei. Many of these parasites have disappeared or were in decline after the 1990's. Since the late 1990's, the important zoonotic protozoa have been C. parvum, E. nana, E. coli, E. hitolytica, G. lamblia, I. buetschlii, P. carinii and T. gondii. The important zoonotic helminths have been C. sinensis, H. nocens, M. yokogawai, P. westermani, D. latum, T. asiatica, sparganum, B. malayi, T. orientalis, T. callipaeda and T. spiralis. However, outbreaks of these parasites are only in a few endemic areas. The outbreaks of Enterobius vermicularis and head lice, human parasites, have recently increased in the kindergartens and primary schools in the Republic of Korea. PMID:19885329

  7. [Antibodies to the infective agents of opportunistic infections in blood of patients with hemoblastosis complicated with pneumonia].

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    Bosh'ian, R E; Rybalkina, T N; Karazhas, N V; Ermakova, T M; Galstian, G M; Osmanov, E A; Vorob'ev, A A

    2006-01-01

    The examination of 112 hematological patients with diagnosed acute and chronic leucosis, lymphoma, myeloma, anemia, melanoma and other diseases revealed not a single subject among these examinees in whom no markers of opportunistic infections were detected. Low titers of antibodies to Pneumocystis carinii, cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) were noted in 42%, 46.4% and 40.2% of examinees, respectively. Markers of acute diseases, such as class IgM, IgG antibodies in high titers, as well as P.carinii, CMV, EBV antigens, were detected in 37.5%, 30.4% and 22.3% of patients of a hematological hospital. In the group of comparison (donors) these figures were, respectively, 15.3%, 2.4% and 6.9%. The signs of monoinfection were detected in 11.6% (pneumocystosis), in 10.7% (CMV infection) and in 14.3% (EBV infection), while the markers of two infections, EBV infection and pneumocystosis, were detected in 9.8%, EBV and CMV infections in 11.6%, pneumocystosis and CMV infection in 14.3%; mixed contamination with all three infective agents was detected in 12.5% of the patients. PMID:16758900

  8. Genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii from autopsy proven cases of AIDS associated cerebral toxoplasmosis in South India.

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    Vijaykumar, B R; Lekshmi, Swathi U; Sai Kant, R; Vaigundan, D; Mahadevan, Anita; Rajendran, C; Shankar, S K; Jayshree, R S

    2016-04-01

    Toxoplasma gondii (T.gondii) infection can be devastating in the immunodeficient causing high morbidity and mortality. Due to limited availability of both diagnostic facilities and Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), toxoplasmosis continues to be a significant problem amongst Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) patients in India. While scanty literature is available on T. gondii isolates in animals in India, little is known about the genetic diversity of the parasite in humans. Therefore, the present study investigated the genetic diversity of T. gondii in 25 confirmed cases of cerebral toxoplasmosis developing on the background of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection/AIDS. PCR DNA sequencing was performed at four important genetic loci of T. gondii: BTUB, GRA6, alternative SAG2 (alt SAG2) and SAG3 on DNA from tissues obtained at postmortem. The amplified products from all the cases were successfully sequenced except at one locus for one case. Results of the present study suggest that majority of the patients (22/25; 88%) in South India are infected with strains that are recombinants of type II/III and/or strains representing T. gondii different from the archetypal lineages I, II, and III. In addition, clonal types III, MAS, and MAS variant genotypes were encountered. No clonal type I or II was seen in the present study. In addition, variants were observed at alt SAG2 and SAG3 but BTUB and GRA6 were highly conserved. Single nucleotide polymorphisms were observed mainly at two loci which are coding for surface antigens at alt SAG2 and SAG3. In conclusion, the present study reveals genetic diversity in India amongst strains of T. gondii from clinical cases of toxoplasmosis which is in accordance with other recent studies showing a high rate of genetic diversity in this parasite across the globe. There is a need to genotype T. gondii from different forms of toxoplasmosis in humans in India. PMID:26802459

  9. HIV- and AIDS-associated neurocognitive functioning in Zambia – a perspective based on differences between the genders

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    Full Text Available Norma Kabuba,1,2 J Anitha Menon,1 Donald R Franklin Jr,3 Robert K Heaton,3 Knut A Hestad2,4,5 1Department of Psychology, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia; 2Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; 3Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA; 4Department of Research, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Hamar, Norway; 5Department of Public Health, Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway Abstract: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS are frequently associated with neurocognitive impairment (NCI. However, few studies have examined the interrelationship between gender and NCI in the HIV and AIDS population. This cross-sectional study examined the neurocognitive (NC functioning of HIV-infected male and female adults from urban Zambia. The participants included 266 HIV seropositive (HIV+ adults (males [n=107] and females [n=159]. Participants completed NC assessment by means of a comprehensive test battery using normative data from 324 HIV-seronegative (HIV- controls. The norms corrected for effects of age, education, and gender in the general population, and the test battery measures domains of attention/working memory (learning and delayed recall, executive function, verbal fluency, processing speed, verbal and visual episodic memory, and fine motor skills. An overall comparison of the HIV+ male and female participants yielded no statistically significant differences. Analysis of covariance results controlling for disease characteristics showed that HIV+ female participants had worse delayed recall scores than males, F(1,117 =9.70, P=0.002, partial ƞ2=0.077. The females also evidenced a trend toward greater impairment on learning efficiency (P=0.015. The findings suggest that there are gender-related differences in NCI after controlling for disease characteristics. It was observed that although the HIV+ females enjoyed better health compared to their HIV+ male counterparts, they still had worse performance on the neuropsychological tests. This implies that HIV may have more NC consequences for Zambian females than males. Keywords: HIV-1, neurocognitive functioning, gender, Zambia

  10. Tuberculose como doença definidora de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida: dez anos de evolução na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro Tuberculosis as a disease defining acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: ten years of surveillance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Elizabeth Cristina Coelho Soares

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a freqüência da tuberculose e das outras principais doenças oportunistas definidoras de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida, no momento em que estes casos são notificados, no Município do Rio de Janeiro. MÉTODOS: Análise do banco de dados do Sistema de Vigilância Epidemiológica do Programa de Doenças Sexualmente Transmissíveis e Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no período de 1993 a 2002. RESULTADOS: A expansão da definição de casos de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida ocorrida em 1998 criou um aumento substancial no número de casos notificados de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida, principalmente por aqueles que passaram a ser definidos pelo critério imunológico. Dentre os casos de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida que foram definidos apenas por doença, a candidíase em suas diversas formas manteve-se como a doença oportunista de maior freqüência no momento da notificação. Embora a pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii se apresentasse como a segunda doença mais freqüente na maioria dos anos observados, a partir de 2001, a tuberculose ultrapassou-a em freqüência, tornando-se a segunda doença mais freqüente no momento da notificação dos casos de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar da diminuição do número de casos de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida definidos por doença, a tuberculose manteve-se como um importante evento definidor dessa síndrome, sendo atualmente de ocorrência mais freqüente do que a pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii e a toxoplasmose, provavelmente por sua alta taxa de prevalência na cidade.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the frequency of tuberculosis and of the other principal opportunistic infections defining acquired immunodeficiency syndrome at the time such cases were reported in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. METHODS: Analysis of the data compiled in the Rio de Janeiro Municipal

  11. Pulmonary infections in immunocompromised patients

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    Full text: Introduction: The lung is one of the most commonly affected organs in immunocompromised patients. Primary complication is pulmonary infection which is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although radiography and CT, as main diagnostic tools are reliable and credible methods, often there is difficulty with the correct diagnose. The reasons for this are that immunocompromised patients are potentially susceptible to infection by various microorganisms and that the radiographic findings are rarely specific for detecting a particular pathogen. What you will learn : Our objective is to present general nosological classification of pulmonary infections in immunocompromised patients, and to evaluate and analyze new imaging methods and discuss their correlation with the clinical setting, which aims to facilitate the diagnosis and to take a decision for the treatment. The experience indicates that a clinical environment conducive the immunocompromised patients to infection with certain pathogens, thereby changing the frequency of their occurrence. The most commonly cited fungal infections, cytomegalovirus infections, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) of which convincing is the Imaging diagnosis primarily in fungal infections, and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and less accurate - in bacterial and viral infections. Discussion: The term 'immunocompromised' describes a subject with an increased risk for life-threatening infection as a result of congenital or acquired abnormalities of the immune system. Over the past few decades, the number of immunocompromised patients has grown considerably, reflecting the increased use of immunosuppressive drugs, and the syndrome of acquired immunodeficiency. Given the high incidence of pulmonary infections in immunocompromised patients (lung is one of the most commonly affected organs, such as lung infection is about 75% of pulmonary complications), rapid and accurate diagnosis is important

  12. Pulmonary complications of bone marrow transplantation: a comparison of total body irradiation and cyclophosphamide to busulfan and cyclophosphamide

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    Purpose: To retrospectively compare the acute and long-term pulmonary toxicities of total body irradiation and busulfan in bone marrow transplantation. Methods and Materials: From March 1984 through February 1991, 144 patients received high-dose therapy with cyclophosphamide plus either total body irradiation (TBI-CY) or busulfan (BU-CY) followed by bone marrow rescue. Treatment protocols were based on disease type. Cyclophosphamide dose was 120-200 mg/kg, given in 2-4 days. Total body irradiation was given as 12 Gy in four fractions over 4 days, or 14.4 Gy in eight fractions over 4 days. Busulfan dose was 16 mg/kg given over 4 days. Results: Seventy-nine patients were treated with TBI-CY and 65 patients with BU-CY. More patients in the TBI group had allogeneic transplants (40 vs. 18). Pulmonary events occurred in 48 patients, 19 in BU-CY and 29 in TBI-CY. Of the 58 patients with allogeneic transplants, 21 (36%) developed chronic graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD), and 10 of those patients developed pulmonary complications (including 2 with obliterative bronchitis and 1 with asthma). Interstitial pneumonitis (IP) occurred in 14 patients, 12 in the TBI-CY group and 2 in the BU-CY group. Cytomegalovirus and pneumocystis infections were associated with IP in 11 of those patients. Fatal idiopathic IP occurred in one patient in each of the TBI-CY and BU-CY groups. Multivariate analysis showed that only chronic GVHD and prior bleomycin use were significant predictors of interstitial pneumonitis; no difference was seen between TBI-CY and BU-CY. Conclusions: Pulmonary complications were most commonly associated with GVHD and prior bleomycin use. The incidence of cytomegalovirus or pneumocystis carinii pneumonitis was greater in the patients receiving the TBI regimen; fatal pulmonary complications were not significantly different between TBI and nonTBI regimens

  13. Outcomes of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia infections in pediatric heart transplant recipients

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    Ng, Benton; Dipchand, Anne; Naftel, David; Rusconi, Paolo; BOYLE, GERARD; Zaoutis, Theo; Edens, R. Erik

    2011-01-01

    PJP is known to cause significant morbidity and rarely death in immunosuppressed patients. The prevalence and outcomes of PJP in pediatric solid-organ transplant patients are not well established. This study utilizes data from the PHTS to establish the prevalence and outcome of PJP in pediatric heart transplant recipients. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from the PHTS, including data from 24 institutions between January 1, 1993, and December 31, 2004. Infections that occu...

  14. Three cases of presumed pneumocystis pneumonia in patients receiving bortezomib therapy for multiple myeloma

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    Christopher D. Swan

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: 26S proteosome inhibitor therapy for multiple myeloma may be a risk factor for PCP and clinicians should adopt a high level of suspicion for PCP in patients receiving these medications until conclusive evidence is obtained.

  15. National Lupus Hospitalization Trends Reveal Rising Rates of Herpes Zoster and Declines in Pneumocystis Pneumonia

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    Murray, Sara G.; Schmajuk, Gabriela; Trupin, Laura; Gensler, Lianne; Katz, Patricia P.; Edward H Yelin; Gansky, Stuart A.; Yazdany, Jinoos

    2016-01-01

    Objective Infection is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Therapeutic practices have evolved over the past 15 years, but effects on infectious complications of SLE are unknown. We evaluated trends in hospitalizations for severe and opportunistic infections in a population-based SLE study. Methods Data derive from the 2000 to 2011 United States National Inpatient Sample, including individuals who met a validated administrative definition of SLE. P...

  16. Primary pneumocystis infection in infants hospitalized with acute respiratory tract infection

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; von Linstow, Marie-Louise; Lundgren, Bettina; Høgh, Birthe; Westh, Henrik; Lundgren, Jens D

    2007-01-01

    .9-39.7), and 0.6 (0.1-6.7) for infants in the second (50-112 days), third (113-265 days), and fourth (268-4,430 days) age quartiles, respectively. Infants with an episode of upper RTI (URTI) were 2.0 (1.05-3.82) times more likely to harbor P. jirovecii than infants with a lower RTI. P. jirovecii may manifest...... with 431 episodes of acute respiratory tract infection (RTI) by using a real-time PCR assay. In 68 episodes in 67 infants, P. jirovecii was identified. The odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of a positive signal compared with the first quartile of age (7-49 days) was 47.4 (11.0-203), 8.7 (1...... itself as a self-limiting URTI in infants, predominantly those 1.5-4 months of age....

  17. Microbial antigenic variation mediated by homologous DNA recombination.

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    Vink, Cornelis; Rudenko, Gloria; Seifert, H Steven

    2012-09-01

    Pathogenic microorganisms employ numerous molecular strategies in order to delay or circumvent recognition by the immune system of their host. One of the most widely used strategies of immune evasion is antigenic variation, in which immunogenic molecules expressed on the surface of a microorganism are continuously modified. As a consequence, the host is forced to constantly adapt its humoral immune response against this pathogen. An antigenic change thus provides the microorganism with an opportunity to persist and/or replicate within the host (population) for an extended period of time or to effectively infect a previously infected host. In most cases, antigenic variation is caused by genetic processes that lead to the modification of the amino acid sequence of a particular antigen or to alterations in the expression of biosynthesis genes that induce changes in the expression of a variant antigen. Here, we will review antigenic variation systems that rely on homologous DNA recombination and that are found in a wide range of cellular, human pathogens, including bacteria (such as Neisseria spp., Borrelia spp., Treponema pallidum, and Mycoplasma spp.), fungi (such as Pneumocystis carinii) and parasites (such as the African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei). Specifically, the various DNA recombination-based antigenic variation systems will be discussed with a focus on the employed mechanisms of recombination, the DNA substrates, and the enzymatic machinery involved. PMID:22212019

  18. Nuclear medicine and AIDS

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    The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and its associated illnesses in a relatively young population of patients provides an expanding role for nuclear medicine. The disease enforces a review of each department's infection control procedures. It has also resulted in an increase in the number of patients presenting with diseases such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, Kaposi's sarcoma etc. which prior to the HIV epidemic were extremely rare. Thus in high risk patients the interpretation of abnormalities in nuclear medicine scans needs to include the spectrum of opportunistic infections and unusual tumours. The presence of opportunistic infections in the severely immunocompromised patient has led to the development of techniques not normally used, i.e. lung 99Tcm-diethylenetriamine pentaacetate (DTPA) transfer/clearance, donor leukocyte scanning to allow rapid diagnosis of an abnormality. Radionuclide techniques are also used to monitor the effect of therapy directed at the HIV itself or against opportunistic infections. This review covers aspects of infection control as well as the use of radionuclides to investigate specific problems related to HIV infection and therapy of the associated disease processes. (author)

  19. sup 111 In-labeled nonspecific immunoglobulin scanning in the detection of focal infection

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    Rubin, R.H.; Fischman, A.J.; Callahan, R.J.; Khaw, B.A.; Keech, F.; Ahmad, M.; Wilkinson, R.; Strauss, H.W. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (USA))

    1989-10-05

    We performed radionuclide scanning after the intravenous injection of human IgG labeled with indium-111 in 128 patients with suspected focal sites of inflammation. Localization of 111In-labeled IgG correlated with clinical findings in 51 infected patients (21 with abdominal or pelvic infections, 11 with intravascular infections, 7 with pulmonary infections, and 12 with skeletal infections). Infecting organisms included gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative bacteria, Pneumocystis carinii, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Candida albicans. No focal localization of 111In-labeled IgG was observed in 63 patients without infection. There were five false negative results, and nine results were unusable. Serial scans were carried out in eight patients: continued localization correctly predicted relapse in six, and the absence of localization indicated resolution in two. To determine whether 111In-labeled IgG localization was specific for inflammation, we studied 16 patients with cancer. Focal localization occurred in 13 of these patients (5 with melanomas, 5 with gynecologic cancers, and 1 each with lymphoma, prostate cancer, and malignant fibrous histiocytoma). No localization was seen in patients with renal or colon cancer or metastatic medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. We conclude that 111In-labeled IgG imaging is effective for the detection of focal infection and that serial scans may be useful in assessing therapeutic efficacy. This technique may also be helpful in the evaluation of certain cancers.

  20. Lichenoid mucocutaneous syndrome a variant of para neoplastic pemphigus (PNP following the treatment of follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with fludarabine

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    Katz J

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP is an autoimmune mucocutaneous disease associated with cancer. Since the original description of the condition, various publications have suggested the presence of a heterogeneous spectrum of paraneoplastic mucocutaneous conditions with clinical features of lichenplanus. Several cases of PNP have been reported following treatment with fludarabine. Methods: We present a case of lichenoid syndrome in a follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL patient after treatment with fludarabine and review 8 additional published cases of fludarabine related PNP. Results: Our case is unique due to the fact that the patient presented with lichenoid features both clinically and microscopically and responded well to rituximab therapy. According to literature, both skin and mucosa (eyes and gastrointestinal tract are involved and symptoms start about 1-2 weeks after exposure to fludarabine. Various immunosuppressive treatments have been employed including high dose steroids. Many of these patients developed complications related to the immunosuppressive therapy such as cytomegalovirus, candidiasis and pneumocystis carinii infection and died from respiratory failure. On the other hand, long-term remissions have also been described. Conclusion: Our case represents an unusual case of fludarabine related to mucocutaneous lichenoid syndrome, a variant of PNP, and in view of the outcome in previously described cases, rituximab may be considered a preferred and safe first line therapy for such complication.

  1. THE CLINICAL SPECTRUM OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN PATIENTS WITH PRIMARY ANTIBODY DEFICIENCY

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    A. Aghamohammadi

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Primary Humoral Immunodeficiencies (PHID are currently increasingly being recognized. Patients with PHID frequently show respiratory complications.The objectives of the study is to determine the clinical spectrum of respiratory diseases in patients with PHID."We extracted data from the clinical files of patients with PHID, diagnosed according to WHO criteria. We encountered 125 patients (84 males, with the diagnosis of primary antibody deficiency including common-variable immunodeficiency (64 pts, x-linked agammaglobulinemia (29 pts, IgA deficiency (20 pts, IgG-subc!ass deficiency (8 pts, and hyper-IgM syndrome (4 pts. The mean age of the patients at the time of study was 11 years. In the evolution of their disease, 92 cases (73.6% developed upper respiratory tract infections, among which acute otitis media (68 pts, 54.4%, sinusitis (61 pts, 48.8%, and pharyngitis (12 pts, 10.4% were found to be the most frequent. Among the lower respiratory tract infections, pneumonia was the most common occurance (91 pts, 72.8%. The other lower respiratory tract complications were: bronchiectasis (22 pts, 17.6%, bronchitis (8 pts, tuberculosis (6 pts, lung abscess (4 pts, and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (2 pts.Respiratory infections constitute the most common presenting symptom of patients with primary humoral immunodeficiency. There may be some differences in the type and frequency of infections in each of these disorders.

  2. Value of Tc99m-DTPA alveolar permeability in lung involvement detection of patients with HIV infection

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    We studied 35 HIV patients in order to know the value of Tc99mDTPA in the assessment of pulmonary lung involvement, especially pneumocystis carinii (PC) infection. Lung DTPA clearance measures increased alveolar permeability. Twenty patients with respiratory symptoms were included, 4 with systemic symptoms and also 11 asymptomatics, with similar immune condition (CD4 lymphocytes <400) as a control group. Smoking habit was suspended prior the test. Clinical follow up, chest film, induced sputum and/or fibrobronchoscopy were obtained. There was histological confirmation of PC presence or absence in 16 symptomatics and 3 asymptomatics. DTPA sensitivity for PC detection was 78%, specificity 40% and accuracy 58%; the values were 85%, 60% and 79%, respectively, for inflammatory lung processes. There were 4/6 cases false positive for PC detection with respiratory features explaining DTPA abnormalities. Concluding, Tc99m-DTPA is sensitive but not specific for detecting PC pneumonia but its value is higher for pulmonary inflammatory processes (Au)

  3. Abnormal chest shadow on CT in immunosuppressed patients

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    Tanaka, Nobuyuki; Matsumoto, Tsuneo; Nakamura, Hiroshi (Yamaguchi Univ., Ube (Japan). School of Medicine) (and others)

    1992-12-01

    An abnormal chest shadow was observed on CT scans in 25 cases of 23 immunosuppressed patients. Pulmonary disease was pathologically confirmed to be pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PC pneumonia) in four patients, cytomegalovirus pneumonia (CMV pneumonia) in one, bacterial pneumonia in seven, fungal infection in three, miliary tuberculosis in one, leukemic infiltration in two, lymphangitis carcinomatosa in three, drug-induced pneumonitis in three, and ARDS in one. In almost all patients, especially those with infectious diseases such as PC pneumonia, CMV pneumonia, and bacterial pneumonia, the abnormal shadow was wide and visible in the bilateral lung fields. We presumed that such findings as lobular shadow, centrilobular shadow, and mosaic pattern reflected the extension of disease via the respiratory tract, and that those findings are typical of infectious diseases. Because such findings as abnormal linear shadow and swelling of a broncho-vascular bundle were very frequently recognized in patients with lymphangitis carcinomatosa and frequently recognized in those with drug-induced pneumonitis, these diseases may be distinguished from other diseases. An area of slightly increased density was frequently recognized in patients with PC pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, and drug-induced pneumonitis. Such lesions were pathologically confirmed to be located in the interstitium and/or alveolus. CT was extremely useful in comprehending the character and extension of particular diseases among various diseases. As the number of patients studied was small, the utility of CT in immunosuppressed patients requires further investigation in a larger number of patients. (author).

  4. Ground-glass opacity at high resolution CT: an approach for differential diagnosis

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    Purpose: To evaluate the Ground-Glass Opacity in high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) with its underlying abnormality and anatomic distribution and its correlation with different etiologies. Methods: A 38 patients series, (32 men, 16 women, mean age 54,6 years, range 20-28) was retrospectively analyzed. They were evaluated with high resolution computed tomography, 2 mm thick sections and 10 mm of interval. Contrast intravenous iodinated contrast (no-ionic) was injected in 11 patients. The final diagnosis was made with sputum analysis, bronchioalveolar lavage, trans bronchial biopsy and open lung biopsy. Results: The differential diagnosis of ground glass opacity is based on analyzing their anatomic resolution and the underlying pathology in the lung parenchyma. Centrilobular distribution indicated early air-spaces pathology produced in our series by 21 infections, 4 pulmonary hemorrhages, 1 hypersensitivity pneumonitis and 1 descamative interstitial pneumonitis. Panlobular distribution, alveolar proteinosis (1 case) sarcoidosis (1 case) drug toxicity 1 case and one case of pneumocystis carinii. Peripherical distribution typical of early idiopathic fibrosis (1). Bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (1). Structural alterations of the lung parenchyma with bronchiectasias was seen in 16 cases, cystic lesions in 3 cases, sub pleural linear opacities 4 cases, peribronchovascular interstitial thickening or nodularity and emphysema in 10 cases. Conclusion: HRCT is useful to evaluate ground glass opacities pattern with the anatomic distribution and the underlying structural pathology. These findings under some clinical circumstances can suggest a specific diagnosis in most cases, indicating a potentially treatable disease. (author)

  5. 111In-labeled nonspecific immunoglobulin scanning in the detection of focal infection

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    We performed radionuclide scanning after the intravenous injection of human IgG labeled with indium-111 in 128 patients with suspected focal sites of inflammation. Localization of 111In-labeled IgG correlated with clinical findings in 51 infected patients (21 with abdominal or pelvic infections, 11 with intravascular infections, 7 with pulmonary infections, and 12 with skeletal infections). Infecting organisms included gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative bacteria, Pneumocystis carinii, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Candida albicans. No focal localization of 111In-labeled IgG was observed in 63 patients without infection. There were five false negative results, and nine results were unusable. Serial scans were carried out in eight patients: continued localization correctly predicted relapse in six, and the absence of localization indicated resolution in two. To determine whether 111In-labeled IgG localization was specific for inflammation, we studied 16 patients with cancer. Focal localization occurred in 13 of these patients (5 with melanomas, 5 with gynecologic cancers, and 1 each with lymphoma, prostate cancer, and malignant fibrous histiocytoma). No localization was seen in patients with renal or colon cancer or metastatic medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. We conclude that 111In-labeled IgG imaging is effective for the detection of focal infection and that serial scans may be useful in assessing therapeutic efficacy. This technique may also be helpful in the evaluation of certain cancers

  6. THE PATIENT-DOCTOR-PSYCHOLOGIST TRIANGLE IN A CASE Of SEVERE IMUNOSUPRESSION IN THE HIV INFECTION.

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    Manciuc, Carmen; Filip-Ciubotaru, Florina; Badescu, Aida; Duceag, Letiţia Doina; Largu, Alexandra Maria

    2016-01-01

    In the last two years the Romanian adult population infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has increased due to sexual transmission, both heterosexual and homosexual. The case presented is that of a 33 year-old man, admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Iasi with acute respiratory failure and a confirmation of Kaposi's sarcoma. Tests later proved positive for HIV, the patient being included in the stage AIDS C3 (acute immunodeficiency syndrome). The respiratory failure was suspected to be caused by Pneumocystis carinii and cotrimoxazol therapy, oxygen therapy and anti-retroviral therapy were established. He was also referred to the oncology hospital for treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma. The patient's adherence to therapy was influenced by a strong doctor-patient relationship, as well as by psychological counseling and support. Creating a functional doctor-patient-psychologist team is key throughout the HIV-positive patient's existence, for supporting long term adherence to therapy and acceptance of the diagnosis. This case highlights the need for a strong psychosocial compartment in every medical center that deals with HIV-infected individuals. PMID:27125083

  7. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and its ocular complications

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    Rao Narsing

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Human immunodeficiency virus infection is the first major pandemic of the 20th century. At present, almost 10 million people are known to be infected with this virus, and it is estimated that by the year 2000, approximately 40 million people will be infected. Transmission of this deadly infection is predominantly by sexual contact. Individuals infected with this virus pass through several predictable stages with progressive decrease in circulating CD4+ T cells. During the advanced stage, these patients develop various opportunistic infections or malignancies, or both. It is this advanced stage that was first recognized as AIDS, which has a 100% mortality rate. The opportunistic organisms that can involve the eye in patients with AIDS include cytomegalovirus, herpes zoster, Toxoplasma gondii, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Cryptococcus neoformans, Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, Pneumocystis carinii, Histoplasma capsulatum, Candida, and others. Intraocular lesions from these agents often represent disseminated infections. Visual morbidity occurs secondary to retinitis due to cytomegalovirus, herpes zoster, or Toxoplasma gondii. Anti-viral agents such as ganciclovir or foscarnet are effective against cytomegalovirus infection. The role of the ophthalmologist in the diagnosis and management of AIDS is becoming increasingly important. Not only does the eye reflect systemic disease, but ocular involvement may often precede systemic manifestations. In the AIDS patient, the ophthalmologist thus has an opportunity to make not only a slight-saving, but also life-saving diagnosis of disseminated opportunistic infections.

  8. Long-term outcomes of liver transplant patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection and end-stage-liver-disease: single center experience

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective Orthotopic-liver-transplantation (OLT in patients with Human-Immunodeficiency-Virus infection (HIV and end-stage-liver-disease (ESDL is rarely reported. The purpose of this study is to describe our institutional experience on OLT for HIV positive patients. Material and methods This is a retrospective study of all HIV-infected patients who underwent OLT at the University Hospital of Essen, from January 1996 to December 2009. Age, sex, HIV transmission-way, CDC-stage, etiology of ESDL, concomitant liver disease, last CD4cell count and HIV-viral load prior to OLT were collected and analysed. Standard calcineurin-inhibitors-based immunosuppression was applied. All patients received anti-fungal and anti-pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prophylaxis post-OLT. Results Eight transplanted HIV-infected patients with a median age of 46 years (range 35-61 years were included. OLT indications were HCV (n = 5, HBV (n = 2, HCV/HBV/HDV-related cirrhosis (n = 1 and acute liver-failure (n = 1. At OLT, CD4 cell-counts ranged from 113-621 cells/μl, and HIV viral-loads from Conclusions OLT in HIV-infected patients and ESLD is an acceptable therapeutic option in selected patients. Long-term survival can be achieved without HIV disease-progression under antiretroviral therapy and management of the viral hepatitis co-infection.

  9. Pulmonary infection in patients with cyclosporine, azathioprine, and corticosteroids after cardiac transplantation; Clinical and radiographic assessment

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    Murayama, Sadayuki; Ikezoe, Junpei; Godwin, J.D.; Marglin, S.I.; Allen, M.D. (University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA (United States))

    1991-07-01

    Between November 1985 and November 1989, 54 patients have undergone 55 cardiac transplants, 5 of whom died during operation or one week after transplantation. The remaining 49 patients with a minimum follow-up of 5 months were studied to examine pulmonary infection clinically and radiologically while receiving triple drug immunosuppression consisting of cyclosporine, azathioprine, and prednisolone. Pulmonary infection occurred in 14 patients (29%) with a total of 21 occasions. Causative organisms were identified in 9 occasions, with the most common organism being Cytomegalovirus (CMV). One patient died of pulmonary infection with Aspergillus. Causative organisms occurring in the remaining 12 occasions of pulmonary infection were unknown, which did not lead to death. Because pulmonary infection of unknown organisms rapidly responded to convensional antibiotics, it seemed to have been caused by bacteria. Pulmonary infection of unknown organism occurred 13.2{+-}3.2 months after transplantation, as compared with 3.3{+-}1.0 months in pulmonary infection of known organisms. Chest plain radiographic features fell into four types: (1) interstitial shadow seen in pulmonary infection of CMV, Pneumocystis carinii, or Hemophilia influenza, (2) patchy, and basilar and lobular consolidation shadows in bacterial pneumonia, (3) localized nodular shadow in aspergillosis, and (4) multiple patchy and confluent opacity patterns occurring in herpes simplex viral infection. Pulmonary infection of influenza bacteria for one patient and pulmonary infection of unknown organisms for 4 patients were difficult to identify from pulmonary infection of CMV. (N.K.).

  10. Pulmonary infection in patients with cyclosporine, azathioprine, and corticosteroids after cardiac transplantation

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    Between November 1985 and November 1989, 54 patients have undergone 55 cardiac transplants, 5 of whom died during operation or one week after transplantation. The remaining 49 patients with a minimum follow-up of 5 months were studied to examine pulmonary infection clinically and radiologically while receiving triple drug immunosuppression consisting of cyclosporine, azathioprine, and prednisolone. Pulmonary infection occurred in 14 patients (29%) with a total of 21 occasions. Causative organisms were identified in 9 occasions, with the most common organism being Cytomegalovirus (CMV). One patient died of pulmonary infection with Aspergillus. Causative organisms occurring in the remaining 12 occasions of pulmonary infection were unknown, which did not lead to death. Because pulmonary infection of unknown organisms rapidly responded to convensional antibiotics, it seemed to have been caused by bacteria. Pulmonary infection of unknown organism occurred 13.2±3.2 months after transplantation, as compared with 3.3±1.0 months in pulmonary infection of known organisms. Chest plain radiographic features fell into four types: (1) interstitial shadow seen in pulmonary infection of CMV, Pneumocystis carinii, or Hemophilia influenza, (2) patchy, and basilar and lobular consolidation shadows in bacterial pneumonia, (3) localized nodular shadow in aspergillosis, and (4) multiple patchy and confluent opacity patterns occurring in herpes simplex viral infection. Pulmonary infection of influenza bacteria for one patient and pulmonary infection of unknown organisms for 4 patients were difficult to identify from pulmonary infection of CMV. (N.K.)

  11. Síndrome de reconstitución inmune en HIV y neumonía por Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Agustina Sosa Belaustegui; Santiago Flagel; Ana Frydman; Mariana Labato; Cristina Myburg; Jorge Risso

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    El síndrome de reconstitución inmune es un conjunto de fenómenos inflamatorios agudos, que se producen como consecuencia de la recuperación de la inmunidad, generando un empeoramiento paradójico de una infección o de un proceso inflamatorio previo. En los pacientes infectados con el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana este síndrome se produce luego de iniciado el tratamiento antirretroviral. Las infecciones más frecuentes asociadas a esta entidad son las producidas por micobacterias, herpes, cr...

  12. Investigation of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases in the People’s Republic of China

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    Wang DD; Zheng MQ; Zhang N; An CL

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    Dong-Dong Wang,1 Ming-Quan Zheng,2,3 Nan Zhang,2 Chun-Li An2 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 3Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USABackground: The dete...

  13. Investigation of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization in patients with chronic pulmonary diseases in the People’s Republic of China

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    Dongdong, Wang

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    Dong-Dong Wang,1 Ming-Quan Zheng,2,3 Nan Zhang,2 Chun-Li An2 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 3Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USABackgrou...

  14. FungalRV: adhesin prediction and immunoinformatics portal for human fungal pathogens

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    Ramachandran Srinivasan

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The availability of sequence data of human pathogenic fungi generates opportunities to develop Bioinformatics tools and resources for vaccine development towards benefitting at-risk patients. Description We have developed a fungal adhesin predictor and an immunoinformatics database with predicted adhesins. Based on literature search and domain analysis, we prepared a positive dataset comprising adhesin protein sequences from human fungal pathogens Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Aspergillus fumigatus, Coccidioides immitis, Coccidioides posadasii, Histoplasma capsulatum, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Pneumocystis carinii, Pneumocystis jirovecii and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. The negative dataset consisted of proteins with high probability to function intracellularly. We have used 3945 compositional properties including frequencies of mono, doublet, triplet, and multiplets of amino acids and hydrophobic properties as input features of protein sequences to Support Vector Machine. Best classifiers were identified through an exhaustive search of 588 parameters and meeting the criteria of best Mathews Correlation Coefficient and lowest coefficient of variation among the 3 fold cross validation datasets. The "FungalRV adhesin predictor" was built on three models whose average Mathews Correlation Coefficient was in the range 0.89-0.90 and its coefficient of variation across three fold cross validation datasets in the range 1.2% - 2.74% at threshold score of 0. We obtained an overall MCC value of 0.8702 considering all 8 pathogens, namely, C. albicans, C. glabrata, A. fumigatus, B. dermatitidis, C. immitis, C. posadasii, H. capsulatum and P. brasiliensis thus showing high sensitivity and specificity at a threshold of 0.511. In case of P. brasiliensis the algorithm achieved a sensitivity of 66.67%. A total of 307 fungal adhesins and adhesin like proteins were predicted from the entire proteomes of eight human pathogenic fungal

  15. FEVER OF UNDETERMINED ORIGIN IN PATIENTS WITH THE ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME IN BRAZIL: REPORT ON 55 CASES Febre de origem indeterminada em pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida no Brasil: relato de 55 casos

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    J. Roberto LAMBERTUCCI

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The medical records of patients with AIDS admitted to a general hospital in Brazil from 1989 to 1997 were reviewed retrospectively with the aim at defining the frequency and etiology of fever of undetermined origin (FUO in HIV-infected patients of a tropical country and to evaluate the usefulness of the main diagnostic procedures. 188 (58.4% out of 322 patients reported fever at admission to hospital and 55 (17.1% had FUO. Those with FUO had a mean CD4+ cell count of 98/ml. A cause of fever was identified for 45 patients (81.8%. Tuberculosis (32.7%, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (10.9%, and Mycobacterium avium complex (9.1% were the most frequent diagnoses. Other infectious diseases are also of note, such as cryptococcal meningitis (5.5%, sinusitis (3.6%, Salmonella-S. mansoni association (3.6%, disseminated histoplasmosis (3.6%, neurosyphilis (1.8%, and isosporiasis (1.8%. Four patients had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (7.3%. We conclude that an initial aggressive diagnostic approach should be always considered because biopsies (lymph node, liver and bone marrow produced the highest yield in the diagnosis of FUO and the majority of the diagnosed diseases are treatable. The association of diseases is common and have contributed to delay the final diagnosis of FUO in most cases. In our study area the routine request of hemocultures for Salmonella infection and the investigation of cryptococcal antigen in the serum should be considered.Revisaram-se os prontuários médicos de pacientes com AIDS e febre de origem indeterminada (FOI com o objetivo de definirem-se as causas de FOI em indivíduos HIV positivos em um país tropical e, ainda, determinar o valor dos procedimentos diagnósticos mais utilizados. Cento e oitenta e oito (58,4% de 322 pacientes apresentavam febre à internação e 55 (17,1% preencheram os critérios de FOI. A contagem média de CD4+ no grupo com FOI era de 98 células/ml. Definiu-se a causa da febre em 45 pacientes (81,8%. As

  16. Animal model of mucosally transmitted human immunodeficiency virus type 1 disease: intravaginal and oral deposition of simian/human immunodeficiency virus in macaques results in systemic infection, elimination of CD4+ T cells, and AIDS.

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    Joag, S V; Adany, I; Li, Z; Foresman, L; Pinson, D M; Wang, C; Stephens, E B; Raghavan, R; Narayan, O

    1997-05-01

    Chimeric simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) consists of the env, vpu, tat, and rev genes of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) on a background of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). We derived a SHIV that caused CD4+ cell loss and AIDS in pig-tailed macaques (S. V. Joag, Z. Li, L. Foresman, E. B. Stephens, L. J. Zhao, I. Adany, D. M. Pinson, H. M. McClure, and O. Narayan, J. Virol. 70:3189-3197, 1996) and used a cell-free stock of this virus (SHIV(KU-1)) to inoculate macaques by the intravaginal route. Macaques developed high virus burdens and severe loss of CD4+ cells within 1 month, even when inoculated with only a single animal infectious dose of the virus by the intravaginal route. The infection was characterized by a burst of virus replication that peaked during the first week following intravenous inoculation and a week later in the intravaginally inoculated animals. Intravaginally inoculated animals died within 6 months, with CD4+ counts of <30/microl in peripheral blood, anemia, weight loss, and opportunistic infections (malaria, toxoplasmosis, cryptosporidiosis, and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia). To evaluate the kinetics of virus spread, we inoculated macaques intravaginally and euthanized them after 2, 4, 7, and 15 days postinoculation. In situ hybridization and immunocytochemistry revealed cells expressing viral RNA and protein in the vagina, uterus, and pelvic and mesenteric lymph nodes in the macaque euthanized on day 2. By day 4, virus-infected cells had disseminated to the spleen and thymus, and by day 15, global elimination of CD4+ T cells was in full progress. Kinetics of viral replication and CD4+ loss were similar in an animal inoculated with pathogenic SHIV orally. This provides a sexual-transmission model of human AIDS that can be used to study the pathogenesis of mucosal infection and to evaluate the efficacy of vaccines and drugs directed against HIV-1. PMID:9094679

  17. Inflammatory cells and activation markers in BAL during acute rejection and infection in lung transplant recipients: a prospective, longitudinal study.

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    Riise, G C; Kjellström, C; Ryd, W; Scherstén, H; Nilsson, F; Mårtensson, G; Andersson, B A

    1997-08-01

    Acute rejection of the transplanted lung is a clinical problem, since it decreases graft survival and predisposes the patient to chronic rejection and obliterative bronchiolitis (OB). In an earlier study, we had indications that eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) from activated eosinophils and hyaluronan (HYA) from fibroblasts were associated with acute pulmonary rejection. This prospective longitudinal study was designed to investigate whether molecules from activated inflammatory cells in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid could serve as clinically useful diagnostic markers for acute rejection. BAL fluid from 138 bronchoscopies performed in 10 single lung, four bilateral lung and five heart-lung transplant recipients were analysed. Nine patients were studied for a period of more than 1 yr (mean 13.4 months) after surgery. Differential cell counts were made from the BAL fluid. ECP, myeloperoxidase (MPO), HYA and interleukin-8 (IL-8) were used as indirect markers for activation and attraction of eosinophils, neutrophils and fibroblasts, respectively. Fifty four episodes of acute rejection were diagnosed. Two patients developed OB. Nine episodes of bacterial infection, 13 episodes of cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonitis, three of Pneumocystis carinii infection and one of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection were diagnosed. The mean levels of ECP, MPO, HYA and IL-8 were all higher during rejection episodes, but differences were not statistically significant compared to no rejection, when the confounding factors of time, concomitant infection, and repeated measures in the same individual had been accounted for. We could not confirm that measurements of eosinophil cationic protein, myeloperoxidase, hyaluronan and interleukin-8 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid can be used as diagnostic markers for acute rejection in the postoperative follow-up of lung transplant recipients. PMID:9272913

  18. Persistent high BAL fluid granulocyte activation marker levels as early indicators of bronchiolitis obliterans after lung transplant.

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    Riise, G C; Andersson, B A; Kjellström, C; Martensson, G; Nilsson, F N; Ryd, W; Scherstén, H

    1999-11-01

    The major cause of mortality in the long-term in lung transplant recipients is chronic rejection. This is a fibroproliferative process in the small airways leading to obliterative bronchiolitis and progressive loss of lung function, both constituting the clinical entity bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Granulocyte activation has been implicated as one factor behind BOS. Granulocyte markers in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid were prospectively and longitudinally studied in order to identify possible association with BOS. BAL fluid from 266 bronchoscopy procedures performed in twelve single lung, eight bilateral lung and five heart/lung transplant recipients were analysed. The majority (19 of 25) were studied for a period of 2 yrs after surgery. Myeloperoxidase (MPO), eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) levels were used as indirect markers of activation and attraction of granulocytes. Five patients developed BOS. Ninety-eight episodes of acute rejection, nine of bacterial infection, 19 of cytomegalovirus pneumonitis, nine of Pneumocystis carinii infection, two of aspergillus infection and two of respiratory syncytial virus infection were diagnosed. BOS patients had significantly higher mean levels of MPO, ECP and IL-8 compared to patients without BOS, irrespective of acute rejection status. Over time, the five patients with BOS had significantly elevated BAL fluid levels of MPO and ECP as well as neutrophil percentages, and in four patients this increase preceded the clinical diagnosis of BOS by several months. Elevated bronchoalveolar lavage fluid neutrophil percentage as well as levels of the granulocyte activation markers myeloperoxidase and eosinophil cationic protein appear to be early signs of development of BOS in lung transplant recipients. PMID:10596701

  19. Chest Radiographic Features of Acquired Immunological Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS) After Renal Transplantation%肾移植后获得性免疫缺陷综合征 的胸部X线表现

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    黄淑贞; 陈光辉; 吴振沏

    2001-01-01

    Objective To investigate radiographic features of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia(PCP)or Kaposi sarcoma(KS),which were the most common complications of AIDS after renal transplantation.Methods Radiographic diagnosis and differential diagnosis of 2 cases with PCP and KS comfirmed by pathology were discussed by analysing the chest X-ray findings combined with revieuw of reference literature.Results The two cases with anti-HIV antibody all had mediasinal lymphopathy.In the case of KS,the omental tuber or tubercle shadows and pleural effusion were found on both pulmonary fields.Conclusion No characteristic chest radiographic meanifestations in AIDS,the definitive diagnosis depends on clinical laboratory examination and pathological examination.%目的探讨肾移植术后获得性免疫缺陷综合性(AIDS)最常见并发症卡氏囊虫肺炎(PCP)和Kaposi氏肉瘤(KS)的影像学表现。方法 2例病理证实的PCP和KS均伴有抗HIV抗体阳性,KS伴皮肤红斑。结果 PCP和KS均有肺门纵隔淋巴结肿大,PCP两肺间质性网结斑片及弧立肿块阴影。KS两肺网结,结节状阴影,停用免疫抑制药物症状及肺部阴影很快改善及吸收。结论 AIDS没有特异性肺部影像学表现,确诊有赖临床化验及病理检查。

  20. Gallium and imaging studies

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    The indications for the use of 67Gallium imaging studies of the lungs are discussed. In spite of localization of 67Ga in a large variety of neoplastic and inflammatory tissues, there is only limited application of the lung study in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary diseases. The chest radiograph will continue to be the principal tool for evaluation of pulmonary diseases. The 67Ga-citrate scan serves as a study complementary to the chest radiograph, as it indicates the localization, extent and degree of activity of lung disease with greater accuracy than radiography. Gallium-67 scanning may be used in the evaluation of patients with lymphoreticular neoplasms, especially Hodgkin-disease and malignant lymphoma both during initial staging and in evaluation of the response to therapy. The 67Ga-citrate scan is useful in the pre-operative evaluation of patients with lung cancer. Hilar and mediastinal lymphadenopathy are accurately revealed. The lung study is non-invasive and complementary to mediastinoscopy by showing from which glands a biopsy might be taken. Unsuspected extrathoracic secondaries may be shown up, as well as pulmonary metastases from malignancies elsewhere, although the metastases must be at least 1,5 cm in size. The 67Ga lung scan is valuable in the evaluation of pulmonary infiltrates of suspicious infective etiology, the differentiation between pulmonary infection and pneumonia in selected cases, follow-up of sarcoid patients on corticosteroid therapy, evaluation of inflammatory activity of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and the early detection of neo-plastic or inflammatory diseases before the chest radiograph reveals abnormality, e.g. in diffuse carcinomatosis or Pneumocystis carinii-infection. The sensitivity of tumors to radiation or chemotherapy may be shown

  1. Clinical features of HIV/AIDS patients presenting to an inner city clinic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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    Klotz, Stephen A; Nguyen, Hao Cong; Van Pham, Tam; Nguyen, Liem Thanh; Ngo, Dong Thi Anh; Vu, Son Nhoc

    2007-07-01

    An outpatient HIV clinic was opened in March 2005 in Binh Thanh District, a poor section of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Over 1500 patients were seen in the first year. The average age of patients was 27 years. Men represented 77% of the clinic population, women, 23% and children under the age of 16 years of age, 5% of the population. The most common risk factor among men was being an injecting drug user (IDU), 76%, and among women, being married to an IDU HIV-positive man, 35%. Physical signs of disease were uncommon: lymphadenopathy in 24% and hepatomegaly and splenomegaly in 4% and 3%, respectively. Men and women were anaemic at presentation, with a mean haemoglobin of 11.9 g/dL and 11.1 g/dL, respectively. An overwhelming majority of patients had profound immunodeficiency. The mean CD4+ cell count was 164 cells/mL and the median was 69 cells/mL. No correlation was found between the World Health Organization's stage of disease and the CD4+ cell count. Thus, the former is a poor predictor of immunity in this population. Data regarding opportunistic infections diagnosed at the first visit were studied. Candidiasis of the oral pharynx, oesophagus or vagina was found in 34.5% of the patients, and pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis was found in 32% of the patients. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) was diagnosed in only 3% of the patients. Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis is advocated for HIV-infected Vietnamese, but the incidence of PCP is negligible and resources could be spent elsewhere. The various opportunistic infections seen in this resource-poor clinic setting is likely to be a pattern of presentation of HIV-infected Vietnamese for some time to come. PMID:17623507

  2. Diffuse lung uptake (DLU) on Ga-67 scintigraph: Clinical, radiologic and pathologic correlation

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    Review, analysis and correlation (clinical, radiologic and pathologic) of 29 consecutive adults (16 drug addicts and/or homosexuals) with DLU on Ga-67 scintigraph were made. Diffuse increased uptake of at least 75% of both lungs was considered as DLU. WFOF cameras were used to obtain 24 to 96 hr. scintigraphs after IV injection of 3-5 mCi of Ga-67 citrate. In 26, tissue diagnosis established: pneumocystis carinii (PC) 15, miliary tuberculosis (TB) 3, sarcoidosis (SR) 3, drug-induced toxicity 2, and toxoplasmosis (TX), primary hyperparathyroidism and nonspecific lymphocytic pneumonia-one each. In two with breast and one with esophageal carcinomas, no lung tissue diagnosis was sought. Concurrent chest x-rays were negative in 16, but in 7/16, lung infiltrate was later documented. An average of 31 days elapsed before x-rays became positive in four with PC, 7 days in two with TB, and 22 days in one with TX. In 13, concurrent x-rays showed lung infiltrate, but in 6, only subtle, localized rather than diffuse infiltrate was noted. Fourteen of 29 had at least two Ga-67 studies. In 12 (7 PC, 2 TB, 3 SR) of 14 whose repeat studies showed significant to total disappearance of DLU, all did well clinically. In two whose initial studies were negative or equivocal, they became clinically worse when the repeat study showed DLU. In three others (2 PC, 1 TX) who died, their single studies recorded intense DLU. DLU on gallium scintigraph indicated a variety of pathology. In 55.2%, gallium scintigraph predated x-ray findings by a few days to weeks. In 20.3%, x-ray findings were only subtle or localized. Scintigraphic changes correlated well with the clinical courses in various diseases

  3. Acometimento pulmonar em crianças com a síndrome da imunodeficiência humana (AIDS: estudo clínico e de necrópsia de 14 casos Necroscopic study of 14 children with AIDS and pneumonia

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    I.T.R. YPARRAGUIRRE

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Descrever os aspectos clínicos, laboratoriais, radiológicos e anatomopatológicos encontrados em tecidos pulmonares de necrópsias de crianças com Aids e acometimento pulmonar. MÉTODOS: Foram revisados, retrospectivamente, prontuários, radiografias simples de tórax e laudos de necrópsias de 14 crianças com Aids e acometimento pulmonar. RESULTADOS: Oito casos eram do sexo masculino e seis do feminino. As idades variaram de três meses a nove anos, mediana de 1,2, sendo nove deles menores de dois anos. A transmissão foi vertical em 10 pacientes, dos quais cinco mães tinham história de contaminação por relação heterossexual; três, por hemotransfusão e em duas, ignorada. Pneumonia (n=8, candidíase oral (n=8 e diarréia (n=5 foram as doenças prévias mais referidas. Os sinais e sintomas observados à internação foram febre (n=12, dispnéia (n=10, tosse (n=11, linfoadenomegalia (n=11, hepato e/ou esplenomegalia (n=10, desnutrição (n=9, palidez (n=8, cianose (n=5 e baqueteamento digital (n=2. Os achados radiológicos mais comuns foram infiltrados difusos (n=6 e condensações (n=5. As alterações histológicas pulmonares foram compatíveis com pneumonia pelo citomegalovírus (n=9, por bactérias (n=8, por Pneumocystis carinii (n=3, por Hystoplasma capsulatum (n=1, por Toxoplasma gondii (n=1 e pneumonia intersticial linfocítica (n=1. A associação CMV e bactéria foi observada em seis casos. CONCLUSÕES: Houve predomínio de menores de dois anos, de transmissão vertical, de quadro clínico inespecífico de doença pulmonar e de infiltrados e condensações à radiografia. Citomegalovírus e bactérias foram os agentes mais comuns, sendo freqüente a sua associação. Pneumonia Intersticial Linfocítica e Pneumonia pelo P. carinii não foram causas freqüentes de doenças pulmonares.BACKGROUND: To describe clinical, laboratorial, radiological, and histopathological lung findings from necroscopy of aidetic children

  4. Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 and the HIV-1 Tat Protein Synergize in Promoting Bcl-2 Expression and Preventing Endothelial Cell Apoptosis: Implications for the Pathogenesis of AIDS-Associated Kaposi's Sarcoma

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    Cecilia Sgadari

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    Here we show that the development of angioproliferative lesions promoted in mice by combined Tat and FGF-2 associates with an increase in the levels of expression of the antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein. Upregulation of Bcl-2 expression by combined FGF-2 and Tat occurs also in vitro, and this protects human primary endothelial cells from programmed cell death. As Bcl-2 is expressed in human KS lesions in a fashion paralleling the progression of the disease, these findings suggest a molecular mechanism by which Tat and FGF-2 cooperate in KS maintenance and progression in HIV-infected individuals.

  5. Evaluation of PCR in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid for diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: a bivariate meta-analysis and systematic review.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: As a promising tool, PCR in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF has not been accepted as a diagnostic criterion for PJP. OBJECTIVE: We undertook a systematic review of published studies to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of PCR assays in BALF for PJP. METHODS: Eligible studies from PubMed, Embase and Web of Science reporting PCR assays in BALF for diagnosing PJP were identified. A bivariate meta-analysis of the method's sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative likelihood ratios with a 95% confidence interval (CI were analyzed. The post-test probability was performed to evaluate clinical usefulness. A summary receiver operating characteristics (SROC curve was used to evaluate overall performance. Subgroup analyses were carried out to analysis the potential heterogeneity. RESULTS: Sixteen studies published between 1994 and 2012 were included. The summary sensitivity and specificity values (95% CI of PCR in BALF for diagnosis of PJP were 98.3% (91.3%-99.7% and 91.0% (82.7%-95.5%, respectively. The positive and negative likelihood ratios were 10.894 (5.569-21.309 and 0.018 (0.003-0.099, respectively. In a setting of 20% prevalence of PJP, the probability of PJP would be over 3-fold if the BALF-PCR test was positive, and the probability of PJP would be less than 0.5% if it was negative. The area under the SROC curve was 0.98 (0.97-0.99. CONCLUSIONS: The method of PCR in BALF shows high sensitivity and good specificity for the diagnosis of PJP. However, clinical practice for the diagnosis of PJP should consider the consistent respiratory symptoms, radiographic changes and laboratory findings of the suspected patients.

  6. Clinical efficacy of first- and second-line treatments for HIV-associated Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: a tri-centre cohort study

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    Helweg-Larsen, Jannik; Benfield, Thomas; Atzori, Chiara;

    2009-01-01

    risk of death at 3 months [hazard ratio (HR) = 2.0, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.2-3.4]. Second-line therapy survival rates differed: trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole = 85%; clindamycin/primaquine = 87%; and pentamidine = 60% (P = 0.01). Multivariable time-updated Cox regression analysis showed a...

  7. HIV infection and maternal and child health.

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    Ramachandran, P

    1988-01-01

    Collaborative studies to determine the consequences of pregnancy in HIV infected women have been begun in the last 2 years. Both HIV and HIV antibodies pass through the placenta, and 30-50% of infants born to HIV infected mothers are infected in utero. In developed countries it is feasible to screen pregnant women in high risk groups for HIV positivity. In developing countries, where heterosexual transmission is the main route of infection, there are no high risk groups, and it is not feasible to screen all pregnant women. Some data have shown that HIV infection in pregnancy is associated with intrauterine growth retardation, low birth weight, and high infant mortality. There is no evidence that cesarean section reduces infection in neonates, and it should not be performed on HIV infected women. By 1987 almost 1.5% of AIDS cases in the US were in vertically infected infants. In Africa also the main factor in HIV in infancy is vertical transmission. AIDS in infancy follows 1 of 2 distinct patterns: failure to thrive and death from Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia within the 1st year or else apparent health during infancy but death from opportunistic infections by age 3. HIV infection in childhood is uncommon and can usually be traced to blood transfusions or unsterilized needles used for vaccinations. Neurological symptoms often develop early in children. Breast feeding probably does not infect any infants who have not already been infected in utero, and in developing counties breast feeding is still the best assurance of total nutrition. Pooled, unpasteurized milk banks, on the other hand, represent an unnecessary danger, and milk donors should be screened. Since there is no evidence that routine immunization accelerates the course of HIV infection, and since mass screening is not feasible in developing countries, the World Health Organization recommends that routine immunizations be continued. Since the best protection from in utero HIV infection is the use of

  8. Amphotericin B for cryptococcal meningitis in HIV positive patients: Low dose versus high dose

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    Full Text Available Aim: To compare the safety and efficacy of low dose vs high dose of amphotericin B in cryptococcal meningitis associated with HIV infection. Materials and Methods: Retrospective data of patients admitted with clinical diagnosis with or without microbiological evidence of cryptococcal meningitis was collected from Jan 2000-Mar 2006. Patients′ details were collected in a proforma which included patient′s age, weight, signs and symptoms of disease and microbiological report (blood and CSF analysis. Data also included coexisting disease; concomitant medications taken along with amphotericin B. Adverse drug reactions which occurred during the period of treatment were recorded. Patients were grouped as low dose group and high dose group depending on the dose of amphotericin B given for the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis. Patients who received amphotericin B at doses of 0.33 to 0.64 mg/kg body weight per day were categorized under low dose group and patients who received amphotericin B at doses of 0.7 to 1.1 mg/kg/day were categorized under high dose group. All data were pooled and analyzed between the groups using chi square test. Result: Total number of patients included in the study were 38, 26 in the low dose group and 12 in the high dose group. In the low dose group, 20 were males and six were females, in the high dose group eight were males and four were females. The commonest underlying diseases were tuberculosis (17 in low dose group, nine in high dose group, Pneumocystis carinii (jeroveci pneumonia (16 in low dose group, seven in high dose group and oral candidiasis (eight in low dose group, seven in high dose group, Toxoplasmosis (three in low dose group, one in high dose group, hypertension (1 in group A and diabetes mellitus (1 in group B. Concomitant medication received along with amphotericin B for coexisting diseases in both the groups were antitubercular therapy, cotrimoxazole, antiviral therapy and premedications such as

  9. Clinical risk factors on survival among infected children born to HIV-positive mothers

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    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate clinical risk factors on survival among infected children born to HIV-positive mothers in the southern region of Thailand. Methods: Data from routine prospective cohort studies from 1990–2010 were analyzed. In these studies, totally 1549 infected children born to HIV-positive mothers were enrolled at birth and followed longitudinally. Information on demographic, clinical manifestation, HIV infection status factors was collected. Survival analysis was used to determine risk factors associated with mortality. Results: The main result found that one-quarter of infected children died (434, 28.02% during the follow-up period. A total of 135,295 person-months of follow up was available. The incident rate was 1.03 times per 100 person-months (95% CI: 0.97 to 1.08. The median survival time among infected children born to HIV-positive mothers from diagnosis to death was 87.34 months (95% CI: 87.32 to 87.36. Infected children born to HIV-infected mothers were diagnosed to confirm as AIDS (88.44% and symptomatic HIV positive (11.56%, respectively. Regarding the clinical risk factor on survival among infected children born to HIV-positive mothers were found. Infected children born to HIV-positive mothers were more likely to die, who infected with candidiasis (HR: 1.47, 95% CI: 1.07 to 2.00, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (HR: 1.51, 95% CI: 1.26 to 1.81 and Pneumocystis carinii (HR: 1.50, 95% CI: 1.27 to 1.76, those compared to infected children without clinical manifestation. Conclusion: Mortality among infected children born to HIV-positive mothers contributed to high levels in the southern region of Thailand. Consequently, health service system related to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission is needed to improve child survival by lowering HIV infection and mortality in children born to HIV-positive mothers.

  10. Postmortem Investigations Following Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

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    Full Text Available Background: HIV/AIDS is a global disease and despite intensive research it is one of the main causes of human death. Postmortem studies have proven accurate in determining the various pathologies in these patients. Aims & Objectives: Our aim was to analyze the post mortem results of individuals who died after HIV infection in the same geographical region. We evaluated the most frequent opportunistic diseases and their clinical and morphological outcomes. Methods: We studied case reports and autopsy research data from 32 patients who died after HIV infection in Smolensk, Russian Federation, between 2003 and 2008. All patients had been diagnosed with HIV infection before death, using HIV-specific enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA and immunoblotting. Autopsy specimens of various organs were examined histologically and microbiologically. Findings: The mean survival period from the moment of detection of seropositivity in all the patients was less than five years. Twelve patients had a parenteral mode of contact, six had been infected by sexual contact, and 14 patients had unknown modes of infection. Most patients (69% had chronic hepatitis C. The main causes of death were various infectious diseases. The most common were generalized miliary tuberculosis and progressive secondary tuberculosis of the lungs. Three (9% patients had tuberculosis of the meninges and five (16% had peritoneal infections, but tuberculous peritonitis had not been diagnosed before death. Six patients had pulmonary tuberculosis and bacterial pneumonia simultaneously. Two (6% patients died from bacterial sepsis as a result of cervical lymphadenitis, and eight (12.5% from abscess-forming pneumonia. The opportunistic infections revealed were Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (eight patients, cytomegaloviral pneumonia (three, bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (one and mucosal candidiasis (three. In three patients, the causes of death were advanced neoplastic processes: two cases

  11. Risk factors for mortality from acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI in children under five years of age in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate risk factors for death from acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI in children in low- and middle-income countries. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. STUDY SELECTION: Observational studies reporting on risk factors for death from ALRI in children below five years in low- and middle income countries. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Embase, Global Health Library, Lilacs, and Web of Science to January 2014. RISK OF BIAS ASSESSMENT: Quality In Prognosis Studies tool with minor adaptations to assess the risk of bias; funnel plots and Egger's test to evaluate publication bias. RESULTS: Out of 10,655 papers retrieved, 77 studies from 39 countries (198,359 children met the inclusion criteria. Host and disease characteristics more strongly associated with ALRI mortality were: diagnosis of very severe pneumonia as per WHO definition (odds ratio 9.42, 95% confidence interval 6.37‒13.92; age below two months (5.22, 1.70‒16.03; diagnosis of Pneumocystis Carinii (4.79, 2.67‒8.61, chronic underlying diseases (4.76, 3.27‒6.93; HIV/AIDS (4.68, 3.72‒5.90; and severe malnutrition (OR 4.27, 3.47‒5.25. Socio-economic and environmental factors significantly associated with increased odds of death from ALRI were: young maternal age (1.84, 1.03‒3.31; low maternal education (1.43, 1.13‒1.82; low socio-economic status (1.62, 1.32‒2.00; second-hand smoke exposure (1.52, 1.20 to 1.93; indoor air pollution (3.02, 2.11‒4.31. Immunisation (0.46, 0.36‒0.58 and good antenatal practices (0.50, 0.31‒0.81 were associated with decreased odds of death. CONCLUSIONS: Host and disease characteristics as well as socio-economic and environmental determinants affect the risk of death from ALRI in children. Together with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, interventions to modify underlying risk factors such as poverty, lack of female education, and poor environmental conditions, should be considered among the strategies to

  12. [Why are AIDS patients frequently visually impaired?].

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    Fabricius, E M

    1996-01-01

    Patients with HIV infection and, above all, patients with full-blown AIDS can get a variety of ocular diseases as well as some cerebral maladies which have an influence on ocular functions. First there are hematogenous opportunistic infections of the retina or the choroid. The cytomegalovirus [CMV] retinitis was found in nearly 20% of all AIDS patients. Without treatment this disease destroys the retina completely, and the involved eye becomes blind. This can be prevented by modern therapeutic strategies in most of the cases. Other infections affecting the retina are toxoplasmosis, systemic varizella zoster or herpes simplex virus infections, syphilis or, seldom, fungal or bacterial pathogens. The choroid mainly can be infested by mycobacteria, cryptococci and pneumocystis carinii. Early detection and treatment of all inflammations are necessary. The anterior eye can be affected by a sicca syndrome and various superficial infections but also noninfectious inflammation. The anterior uvea can be involved in various opportunistic infections of the posterior eye segment. An HIV-associated isolated anterior uveitis has been described in earlier stages of the HIV infection. Treatment of mycobacterial infections with rifabutin can cause an anterior uveitis as well. 1 to 2% of HIV-infected persons suffer from a zoster ophthalmicus with more severe keratitis than it occurs in immunocompetent persons. Last but not least, there are various cerebral affections which can cause visual disturbances. So the optic nerve can be involved in various forms of retinitic or meningoencephalitic processes, of ischemic mechanisms or elevated intracranial pressure. Neuroophthalmological symptoms also include homonymous hemianopsia caused by foci of cerebral toxoplasmosis, progressive multifocal leucencephalopathy or primary intracerebral malignant lymphoma situated in the central neuron of the afferent visual pathway. A variety of oculomotor abnormalities can be caused by a great variety of

  13. The analysis of PCP in renal transplantation recipients and HIV-infected patients%HIV阳性PCP及肾移植术后PCP患者诊治分析

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    焦洋; 董宇超; 黄怡; 李强; 周道银

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨HIV阳性PCP及肾移植术后PCP患者的临床特点.方法 对我院呼吸科收治的4例HIV阳性PCP及4例肾移植术后PCP患者的临床症状、影像学、治疗经过进行总结分析.结果 7例患者为男性,1例为女性,发热、无痰性咳嗽及气促是常见的临床表现.影像学主要表现为两肺弥漫性磨玻璃影.肾移植术后PCP患者的确诊时间小于HIV阳性PCP患者(P<0.05)、CRP及CD+4T淋巴细胞绝对值均高于HIV阳性PCP患者(P>0.05).结论 肾移植患者在术后半年内容易发生PCP.早期诊断,及时TMP-SMZ治疗,对疾病的预防和控制有重要作用.%Objective To investigate the clinical characteristics of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ) alter HIV-infected and renal transplantation patients. Methods The clinical data of four HIV-infected PCP and four renal transplantal PCP were analyzed, inclu ding the clinical profiles, immunological status, and chest radiological characteristics. Results Seven of the patients were men, and one was women. The most common clinical symptoms were level', cough without sputum and breathless, and the typical imaging finding was bi lateral diffuse ground glass opacities distributing in perihilar regions. Compared with HIV-infected patients, the number of white blood cell, neumophila and CD4+ T cell were higher in renal tiansplantal patients than that of HIV-infected ones with significant difference. Con clusion More and more PCP happens in HIV-negative patients because of the use of glucocorticoid and immunosuppressive agents. Early diagnosis and timely treatment of TMP-SMZ are important in treating the disease.

  14. Accelerated hyperfractionated radiotherapy combined with induction and concomitant chemotherapy for inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer. Impact of total treatment time

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    Tumour cell proliferation during conventionally fractionated radiotherapy (RT) can negatively influence the treatment outcome in patients with unresectable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Accelerated and hyperfractionated RT may therefore have an advantage over conventional RT. Moreover, earlier studies have suggested improved survival with addition of cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CT). We present here the results of combined treatment with induction and concomitant CT and accelerated hyperfractionated RT in a retrospective series of patients with advanced NSCLS. Between August 1990 and August 1995, 90 consecutive patients, aged 42-77 years (median 63 years), with locally advanced unresectable or medically inoperable NSCLC and good performance status were referred for treatment: stage: I 23%, IIIa 37%, IIIb 40%. Patient histologies included: squamous cell carcinoma 52%, adenocarcinoma 34% and large cell carcinoma 13%. The treatment consisted of two courses of CT (cisplatin 100 mg/m2 day 1 and etoposide 100 mg/m2 day 1-3 i.v.), the second course given concomitantly with RT. The total RT dose was 61.2-64.6 Gy, with two daily fractions of 1.7 Gy. A one-week interval was introduced after 40.8 Gy to reduce acute toxicity, making the total treatment time 4.5 weeks. Concerning toxicity, 33 patients had febrile neutropenia, 10 patients suffered from grade III oesophagitis and 7 patients had grade III pneumonitis. There were two possible treatment-related deaths, one due to myocardial infarction and the other due to a pneumocystis carinii infection. The 1-, 2- and 3-year overall survival rates were 72%, 46% and 34%, respectively; median survival was 21.3 months. Fifty-nine patients had progressive disease: 21 failed locoregionally, 29 had distant metastases and 9 patients had a combination of these. Pretreatment weight loss was the only prognostic factor found, except for stage. However, the results for stage IIIb were no different from those for stage IIIa. We conclude

  15. Glaucoma bilateral por fechamento angular induzido por sulfametoxazol-trimetoprima: relato de caso Bilateral angle-closure glaucoma induced by trimetoprim and sulfamethoxazole combination: case report

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    Viviane Souto Spadoni

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Sulfametoxazol e trimetoprima (cotrimoxazol é uma combinação de drogas amplamente usada no tratamento e profilaxia de inúmeras infecções sistêmicas. Esta droga e outras derivadas da sulfa podem causar uma síndrome ocular rara caracterizada por efusão coroidal supracililar com miopização transitória e glaucoma por fechamento angular. A maioria dos autores atribui o glaucoma ao edema do corpo ciliar que leva ao deslocamento anterior do diafragma irido-cristaliniano causando fechamento do ângulo camerular. Este trabalho descreve um caso raro no qual a síndrome ocorreu após o uso desta combinação de drogas e evoluiu para um desfecho desfavorável. Paciente de 49 anos, sexo masculino, branco com diagnóstico de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida iniciou tratamento profilático para Pneumocystis carinii com cotrimoxazol. Quatro dias após, apresentou quadro de dor ocular, hiperemia e quemose conjuntival, glaucoma agudo por fechamento angular com pressões intra-oculares maiores que 50 mmHg e efusão coroidal 360º, com os achados presentes nos dois olhos. Nesse mesmo dia, a medicação foi suspensa com diminuição da pressão intra-ocular após quatro dias. O paciente evoluiu com catarata total e phthisis bulbi bilateral nos dois meses subseqüentes. Os casos já descritos mencionam a melhora clínica completa do quadro ocular após a suspensão da medicação. Este seria o primeiro caso na literatura no qual a evolução foi desfavorável apesar do diagnóstico e da suspensão precoce da medicação causadora.Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole is an antibiotic combination widely used for infections treatment and prophylaxis. These and others sulfonamides have been implicated in a rare syndrome of choroidal effusion with transient myopia and angle-closure glaucoma. Previous cases reported in literature evolved to complete resolution after drug withdrawal. In contrast, we describe a rare case in which a patient

  16. 肾脏科患儿合并侵袭性真菌感染临床分析%Clinical analysis of invasive fungal infection in children of nephrology department

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    樊剑锋; 段晓岷; 刘小荣; 周楠; 孟繁英; 孟群; 陈植

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical features of invasive fungal infection in 27 children treated at nephrology department between 1999 and 2014.Methods Twenty-seven cases of invasive fungal infection at nephrology department were analyzed retrospectively.Results Candida urinary infection was found in 9 cases,pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were found in 8 cases,invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and urinary aspergillosis found in 4 cases and 1 case respectively,cryptococcus neoformans meningitis and pulmonary candidiasis found respectively in 2 cases,and pulmonary filamentous fungal disease was found in 1 case.These 27 cases showed different features of illness:10 primary nephrotic syndrome,7 secondary nephrotic syndrome,6 malformation of urinary development and 4 preterm birth < 32 weeks gestational age with low birth weight.All of the cases had the history of taking antibiotics.Seventeen cases of them had used corticosteroid and cytotoxic drugs in a long-term.Sixteen cases had experienced invasive procedures.All children had fever in varying degrees,14 cases showed gasp,7 cases had progressive hypoxia and respiratory failure,and 5 cases developed into multiple organs failure.Chest computed tomographic (CT) imaging data showed diffuse ground-glass opacity with mosaic sign of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia(8 cases).The features of pulmonary aspergillosis included multiple nodules and cavity in bilateral lungs (4 cases).The radiologic findings showed patching lesions with indistinct edge and uncertained density of bilateral middle-lower lung fields with pulmonary candidiasis (2 cases).Full dose of antifungal drug was given to 23 cases of them,16 cases recovered completely,3 got better,4 cases died.Four cases gave up full dose antifungal therapy.Conclusions Long-term use of corticosteroid and cytotoxic drugs,use of broad-spectrum antibiotics,invasive therapies,such as indwelling centralvenous catheters,endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation,and preterm

  17. Papel da fibrobroncoscopia no diagnóstico de pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose pulmonar Role of the fiberoptic bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of patients with suspected pulmonary

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    Anna Luiza Summers Caymmi

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A tuberculose pulmonar é uma doença infectocontagiosa de elevadas incidência e prevalência. O diagnóstico é feito de maneira rápida e segura através da baciloscopia do escarro. Entretanto, dos portadores de tuberculose pulmonar, 30% a 50% têm baciloscopia do escarro negativa ou não têm escarro, o que faz com que a fibrobroncoscopia adquira especial importância nesses casos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a sensibilidade de espécimes colhidos, através da fibrobroncoscopia (lavado broncoalveolar e biópsia transbrônquica, para o diagnóstico de pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose pulmonar, sem confirmação diagnóstica através da baciloscopia do escarro. MÉTODO: Através da revisão dos livros de registro das fibrobroncoscopias realizadas no Hospital Universitário Professor Edgard Santos e no Hospital São Rafael, entre março de 1997 e março de 2001, foram identificados e incluídos no estudo os pacientes maiores de 18 anos, e encaminhados devido a suspeita de tuberculose com, no mínimo, três baciloscopias do escarro negativas. Foram coletados dados referentes a idade, sexo, alteração radiológica e alterações encontradas durante o exame endoscópico. RESULTADOS: Foram identificados 52 pacientes, com idade variando de 19 a 77 anos (mediana de 39, sendo 58% do sexo masculino e 37% atendidos pelo SUS. A apresentação radiológica predominante foi o infiltrado alveolar (80%. Tuberculose foi o diagnóstico final em 35 pacientes (1 com neoplasia associada, e a broncoscopia foi diagnóstica em 28 pacientes (80%. Outros diagnósticos obtidos pela broncoscopia foram: neoplasia, histoplasmose, alveolite crônica eosinofilica, pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii e fibrose pulmonar. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados deste estudo indicam a realização da fibrobroncoscopia em pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose não confirmada através da baciloscopia do escarro para determinação diagnóstica, não só desta doença, como de todas as

  18. 按结核病就诊合并HIV/AIDS患者21例临床分析%21 patients with HIV/AIDS complicated with tuberculosis

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    李志江

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics of HIV/AIDS patients complicated with tuberculosis and to improve the clinical knowledge of HIV/AIDS complicated with tuberculosis.Methods The clinical characteristics of 21 patients seeing a doctor because oftuberculosis but complicated with HIV/AIDS at our hospital from June, 2009 to August, 2014 were analyzed.Results 21 patients with HIV/AIDS were mainly sexually transmitted.Their clinical manifestations were mainly fever, cough,sputum, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, oral ulcer, weight loss, heterogeneous, voice hoarse, etc.Imaging findings of tuberculosis were atypical.The patients complicated with other opportunistic infections, such as fungal infections, thrush, cryptococcus meningitis, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, etc.5 patients died.Conclusions The clinical characteristics of HIV/AIDS complicated with tuberculosis: ① the symptoms are not typical;② imaging findings of tuberculosis are atypical;③ easy to occur a variety of opportunistic infections, such as fungi, bacteria, virus, etc.;④ the tuberculin tests are mainly negative;⑤ blood line of disseminated tuberculosis and extrapulmonary tuberculosis are common;⑥ sputum tuberculosis detection rate is low;⑦ anti-tuberculosis effect is not satisfied and mortality is high.%目的 探讨HIV/AIDS合并结核病患者的临床特点,提高HIV/AIDS合并结核病的临床认识.方法 对我院2009年6月至2014年8月按结核病就诊合并HIV/AIDS的21例患者的临床特点进行分析.结果 21例患者HIV/AIDS传播途径以性传播为主;临床表现主要为发热、咳嗽、咳痰、乏力、气短、胸痛、头痛、腹泻、腹痛、口腔溃疡、体重下降、恶异质、声音嘶哑等;肺结核病影像学表现不典型;合并其他的机会性感染如真菌性感染、鹅口疮、隐球菌性脑膜炎、卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎等;死亡5人.结论 HIV/AIDS合并结核病的临床

  19. Early imaging diagnosis of multi-drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis%耐多药肺结核的影像学早期诊断

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    曾令延; 陈根铭; 黄福城; 朱少乾

    2013-01-01

    目的收集经药物敏感试验证实的耐多药肺结核病例,探索耐多药肺结核的早期影像学诊断。方法收集2011年1月-2012年9月380例疑似肺结核患者在本院诊治过程中病灶恶化者,所有胸片由两名经验丰富的影像科医生诊断为耐多药肺结核,与最终经药物敏感试验证实的耐多药肺结核病例比较。结果380例中经影像学诊断与药物敏感试验诊断的耐多药肺结核病例数分别为101例、90例,二者的差异无显著性(p>0.05),其中经影像学误诊为耐多药肺结核的病例分别是:肺结核合并肺炎3例,肺非结核分枝杆菌感染4例,肺癌3例,卡式肺囊虫肺炎1例。结论影像学诊断与药物敏感试验诊断可疑耐多药肺结核的准确率无显著性差异,影像学诊断可对耐多药肺结核作出早期诊断。%Objective To explore early imaging diagnosis of collected multi-drug resistant Pulmonary tuberculosis(MDR-PTB) patients whose diagnosis were confirmed by drug sensitivity test. Methods 380 suspected MDR-PTB patients who received treatment in our hospital from january 2011 to september 2012 had progressing lesions, MDR-PTB was diagnosed by two experienced radiologists through reading and interpreting all the chest x-ray fims . And then comparing with the cases of MDR-PTB confirmed by drug sensitivity test. Results OF 380 cases , the number of MDR-PTB diagnosed by imaging diagnostic methods and drug sensitivity test was 101, 90, respectively; There was no significant difference between the two diagnostic methods(p>0.05). Of all cases misdiagnosed to MDR-PTB, there were 3 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis complicated pneumonia, 4 cases of pulmonary non-tuberculosis mycobacteria infection , 3 cases of lung cancers, 1 case of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, respectively; Conclusion There was no significant difference between the accuracy of imaging diagnosis and drug sensitivity test in diagnosing MDR-PTB, Imaging

  20. Exploratory development of the data mining in the relationship between CD4+ cell counts and the opportunistic infection among AIDS patients%数据挖掘在艾滋病病人CD4+T淋巴细胞与机会性感染关系的应用研究

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    韩建超; 徐艳; 贺一; 谢渝中; 赵攀; 黄成瑜

    2012-01-01

    目的 利用数据挖掘技术分析艾滋病(AIDS)病人CD4+T淋巴细胞与机会性感染的关系,以期对合并机会性感染的AIDS病人的早期预防性用药提供决策支持.方法 使用数据挖掘中的C4.5决策树算法,分析重庆市公共卫生医疗救治中心2003-2008年的207例AIDS病人的相关数据.结果 AIDS病人的CD4+T淋巴细胞值在A(0-50)区间,合并感染卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎(PCP)机会很大(概率为82.35%).如果没有感染PCP,但是感染了隐球性脑膜炎(NMY),其CD4+T淋巴细胞值在A(0-50)区间;既没有感染PCP,也没有感染NMY,但合并感染丙型肝炎(丙肝)及乙型肝炎(乙肝)者,其CD4+T淋巴细胞值在D(201-300)区间;没有感染PCP,也没有感染NMY,但合并感染丙肝未感染乙肝,其CD4+T淋巴细胞值在C(101 -200)区间.结论 通过使用数据挖掘技术中的决策树算法,得出AIDS病人CD4+T淋巴细胞值在某一个区间,更容易合并某一种机会性感染,CD4+T淋巴细胞值与机会性感染有着重要的关系.%Objective To analyze the relationship between CD4+ cell counts of AIDS patients and the opportunistic infection by utilizing the data mining technology, and to provide decision-making support for an early preventive medication among AIDS patients who were complicated with opportunistic infections. Methods The C4. 5 decision tree algorithm of data mining was considered as the main method. Interrelated data of 207 AIDS patients from Chongqing Public Health and Medical Service Center between 2005 and 2008 were collected as study samples. Results AIDS patients whose CD/ cell value lay in A (0-50) sector had a higher opportunity to be infected with pneumocystis carinii pneumoni(PCP) ;for those infected with cryptococcal meningitis(NMY)without PCP, the CD/ cell value lay in A sector. For those who were co-infected with hepatitis C and hepatitis B,but with neither PCP nor meningitis, the CD/ cell value lay in D(201 - 300)sector;if the patients were only