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  1. Prognostic markers of short-term mortality in AIDS-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Helweg-Larsen, J; Bang, D;

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Since 1990, corticosteroids have been recommended as adjunctive therapy for patients with AIDS-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and respiratory failure. We hypothesized that the natural course of AIDS-associated PCP has changed in the era of adjunctive corticosteroid...

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

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    Benfield, Thomas

    2003-01-01

    , National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is the most frequent AIDS defining illness over the past 20 years. PCP is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. An inflammatory reaction to P. carinii is believed to cause respiratory failure...

  3. 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...

  4. Effects of mutations in Pneumocystis carinii dihydropteroate synthase gene on outcome of AIDS-associated P. carinii pneumonia

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Benfield, Thomas; Eugen-Olsen, Jesper;

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Sulpha drugs are widely used for the treatment and long-term prophylaxis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in HIV-1-infected individuals. Sulpha resistance in many microorganisms is caused by point mutations in dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS), an enzyme that is essential...

  5. Effects of mutations in Pneumocystis carinii dihydropteroate synthase gene on outcome of AIDS-associated P. carinii pneumonia

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Benfield, Thomas; Eugen-Olsen, J;

    1999-01-01

    Sulpha drugs are widely used for the treatment and long-term prophylaxis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in HIV-1-infected individuals. Sulpha resistance in many microorganisms is caused by point mutations in dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS), an enzyme that is essential for folate biosynth...

  6. 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 ... the course of P. carinii pneumonia. Comparing survivors with nonsurvivors, the median IL-8 level in BAL fluid was 127 (0 to 3,900) versus 584 (127 to 6,100) pg/ml (p

  7. 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

  8. Pneumocystis carinii: genetic diversity and cell biology.

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    Smulian, A G

    2001-12-01

    As an important opportunistic pulmonary pathogen, Pneumocystis carinii has been the focus of extensive research over the decades. The use of laboratory animal models has permitted a detailed understanding of the host-parasite interaction but an understanding of the basic biology of P. carinii has lagged due in large part to the inability of the organism to grow well in culture and to the lack of a tractable genetic system. Molecular techniques have demonstrated extensive heterogeneity among P. carinii organisms isolated from different host species. Characterization of the genes and genomes of the Pneumocystis family has supported the notion that the family comprises different species rather than strains within the genus Pneumocystis and contributed to the understanding of the pathophysiology of infection. Many of the technical obstacles in the study of the organisms have been overcome in the past decade and the pace of research into the basic biology of the organism has accelerated. Biochemical pathways have been inferred from the presence of key enzyme activities or gene sequences, and attempts to dissect cellular pathways have been initiated. The Pneumocystis genome project promises to be a rich source of information with regard to the functional activity of the organism and the presence of specific biochemical pathways. These advances in our understanding of the biology of this organism should provide for future studies leading to the control of this opportunistic pathogen.

  9. 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 data suggest...

  10. 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 ...

  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. 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...... with P carinii pneumonia, whereas none without P carinii pneumonia had this finding (p pneumonia. The changes may form...

  13. Pneumocystis carinii from pigs and humans are antigenically distinct

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    Christensen, C B; Settnes, Osvald Peter; Bille-Hansen, Vivi;

    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 wi...

  14. 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...

  15. 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.

  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. Iron chelator daphnetin against Pneumocystis carinii in vitro

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    叶彬; 郑玉强; 武卫华; 张静

    2004-01-01

    Background Although there are several drugs and drug combinations for the treatment of Pneumocystis carinii (P. carinii) pneumonia, all drugs have the toxicity as well as low efficacy. Iron chelators have been proposed as a source of new drugs for combating these infections. We hypothesized that iron chelators would suppress the growth of P. carinii by deprivation of the nutritional iron required for growth. In this study, a short-term axenic culture system of P. carinii was established. Daphnetin (7,8-dihydroxycoumarin), a known iron chelator, was demonstrated to exhibit in vitro activity against P. carinii in this system. Methods P. carinii organisms were obtained from the lungs of immunosuppressed rats. The culture system consisted of Iscove Dulbecco Eagle's Minimum Essential Medium (IMDM), supplemented with S-adenosyl-L-methionine, N-acetylglucosamine, putrescine, L-cysteine, L-glutamine, 2-mercaptoethanol, and fetal bovine serum, and was maintained at 37℃, in 5% CO2, 95% O2, at the optimal pH of 8.0. The culture system was used to assess the effect of daphnetin on the proliferation of P. carinii organisms. The ultrastructures of the treated organisms were observed by transmission electron microscopy.Conclusions Daphnetin can suppress the growth of P. carinii in vitro. The efficacy of daphnetin in suppressing the the growth of P. carinii in vitro is related to its ability to chelate iron.

  19. 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

    this 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...... 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......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...

  20. 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...

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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...

  3. 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....

  4. Transmission of Pneumocystis carinii DNA from a Patient with P. carinii Pneumonia to Immunocompetent Contact Health Care Workers

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    Vargas, Sergio L.; A. Ponce, Carolina; Gigliotti, Francis; Ulloa, Ana V.; Prieto, Susana; Muñoz, Maria P.; Hughes, Walter T.

    2000-01-01

    The transmission of Pneumocystis carinii from person to person was studied by detecting P. carinii-specific DNA in prospectively obtained noninvasive deep-nasal-swab samples from a child with a documented P. carinii pneumonia (PCP), his mother, two contact health care workers, and 30 hospital staff members who did not enter the patient's room (controls). Nested-DNA amplification was done by using oligonucleotide primers designed for the gene encoding the mitochondrial large subunit rRNA of rat P. carinii (P. carinii f. sp. carinii) that amplifies all forms of P. carinii and internal primers specific for human P. carinii (f. sp. hominis). P. carinii f. sp. hominis DNA was detected in samples from the patient and all of his contacts versus none of the 30 hospital staff members. The results, as previously shown in murine models of P. carinii pneumonia, document that person-to-person transmission of P. carinii is possible. This observation suggests that immunocompromised patients not on PCP prophylaxis should not enter the room of a patient with PCP, and it also raises the question as to whether healthy contacts can transmit the disease to immunocompromised patients at risk. PMID:10747139

  5. Sterols of Saccharomyces cerevisiae erg6 Knockout Mutant Expressing the Pneumocystis carinii S-Adenosylmethionine:Sterol C-24 Methyltransferase.

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    Kaneshiro, Edna S; Johnston, Laura Q; Nkinin, Stephenson W; Romero, Becky I; Giner, José-Luis

    2015-01-01

    The AIDS-associated lung pathogen Pneumocystis is classified as a fungus although Pneumocystis has several distinct features such as the absence of ergosterol, the major sterol of most fungi. The Pneumocystis carinii S-adenosylmethionine:sterol C24-methyltransferase (SAM:SMT) enzyme, coded by the erg6 gene, transfers either one or two methyl groups to the C-24 position of the sterol side chain producing both C28 and C29 24-alkylsterols in approximately the same proportions, whereas most fungal SAM:SMT transfer only one methyl group to the side chain. The sterol compositions of wild-type Sacchromyces cerevisiae, the erg6 knockout mutant (Δerg6), and Δerg6 expressing the P. carinii or the S. cerevisiae erg6 gene were analyzed by a variety of chromatographic and spectroscopic procedures to examine functional complementation in the yeast expression system. Detailed sterol analyses were obtained using high performance liquid chromatography and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-NMR). The P. carinii SAM:SMT in the Δerg6 restored its ability to produce the C28 sterol ergosterol as the major sterol, and also resulted in low levels of C29 sterols. This indicates that while the P. carinii SAM:SMT in the yeast Δerg6 cells was able to transfer a second methyl group to the side chain, the action of Δ(24(28)) -sterol reductase (coded by the erg4 gene) in the yeast cells prevented the formation and accumulation of as many C29 sterols as that found in P. carinii.

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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....

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage and induced sputum: detection with a nested polymerase chain reaction

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    Skøt, J; Lerche, A G; Kolmos, H J;

    1995-01-01

    To evaluate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of Pneumocystis carinii, 117 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens, from HIV-infected patients undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy, were processed and a nested PCR, followed by Southern blot and hybridization with a P32-labelled probe......, but sensitivity dropped markedly with this system. A further 33 patients had both induced sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage performed and the induced sputum was analysed using PCR and routine microbiological methods. The PCR sensitivity on induced sputum was equal to that of routine methods. At present...... the evaluated PCR cannot replace routine microbiological methods for detection of Pneumocystis carinii, on either BAL fluid or induced sputum....

  14. 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;

    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...

  15. 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.)

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

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    Hidalgo, A.; Mauleon, S.; Andreu, J.; Caceres, J. [Department of Radiology, Hospital General Universitari Vall d' Hebron, Universitari Vall d' Hebron, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Paseo Vall d' Hebron 119-129, 08035 Barcelona (Spain); Falco, V.; Crespo, M.; Ribera, E.; Pahissa, A. [Department of Medicine, Service of Infectious Diseases, Hospital General Universitari Vall d' Hebron, Universitari Vall d' Hebron, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Paseo Vall d' Hebron 119-129, 08035 Barcelona (Spain)

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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.)

  17. 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...

  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 (a...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage and induced sputum: detection with a nested polymerase chain reaction

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    Skøt, J; Lerche, A G; Kolmos, H J;

    1995-01-01

    To evaluate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of Pneumocystis carinii, 117 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens, from HIV-infected patients undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy, were processed and a nested PCR, followed by Southern blot and hybridization with a P32-labelled probe...

  2. 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.

  3. The ′dark bronchus′ sign: HRCT diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Yadav Poonam

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the importance of the ′dark bronchus′ sign in the diagnosis of uniform, diffuse ground glass opacification on high resolution computerized tomography (HRCT. This sign is useful to identify diffuse ground glass opacity on HRCT in cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia who may present with a normal or equivocal chest radiograph in the early course of disease.

  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. 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....

  6. Cultured rat and purified human Pneumocystis carinii stimulate intra- but not extracellular free radical production in human neutrophils

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    Jensen, T; Aliouat, E M; Lundgren, B;

    1998-01-01

    The production of free radicals in human neutrophils was studied in both Pneumocystis carinii derived from cultures of L2 rat lung epithelial-like cells and Pneumocystis carinii purified from human lung. Using the cytochrome C technique, which selectively measured extracellular superoxide...... generation, hardly any free radical production was observed after stimulation with cultured rat-derived P. carinii. A chemiluminescence technique, which separately measured intra- and extracellular free radical production, was subsequently employed to differentiate the free radical generation....... It was established that 1) P. carinii stimulated intra- but not extracellular free radical production in human neutrophils, 2) opsonized cultured rat-derived P. carinii stimulated human neutrophils to a strong intracellular response of superoxide production, and 3) opsonized P. carinii, purified from human lung also...

  7. 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...

  8. Alveolar damage in AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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

    1997-01-01

    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......, exudate, fibrosts, type II pneumocyte proliferation, and cellular infiltration of the alveolar wall when compared with other lung diseases (all p type I pneumocyte. Erosion of type I pneumocytes was observed in 13 of 15 patients...... with P carinii pneumonia, whereas none without P carinii pneumonia had this finding (p 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

    2001-01-01

    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...

  11. Relationship between the burden of pneumocystis carinii, the inflammatory reaction and lung injury in pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    2000-01-01

    Obiective To study the relationship between the burden of Pneumocystis carinii (P.cadninii) and the inflammatory reaction and biochemical markers in bronchoalveotar lavage fluids (BAL.F)in a rat model of p. carirnii pneumonia (PCP). Methods Clean grade 50 male Sprague-Dawley rats were immunosuppressed by a subcutaneous injection of 25mg cortisone acetate twice a week for 8-12 weeks; the PCP model was successfully induced in 14 rats. The inflammatory reaction and biochemical markers of the activity of lactate dehydrogenass (LDH), alknline phosphatase(ALP) end type Ⅳ collagenase(matrix metalloproteinases, MMP-2,MMP-9) as well as the values of total protein (TP) and albumin (ALB) in BALF between the mild burden group of P. caninii (involved alveoli<25% per 100 alveoli,Group A) and the moderate to severe burden group (involved alveoli≥25% per 100 alveoli, Group B)were measured. The other six clean grade SD rata served es normal control group (Group C). Results The total white cell count in BALF=was higher in Group B [(6.8±1.7)×106/L] than in Group A [(3.8±1.2)×106/L] (P<0.01);however, there were no differences in white cell differentiation.Assays of biochemical markers showed that ALB in BALF in Group B (0.893±0.469 g/L) was increased in companison with Group A (0.262±0.169 g/L); it was only 0.026±0.021 g/L in Group C. The contents of TP and activities of LDH were higher in Group B (TP 1.756±0.706 g/L, LDH 2580±550 U/L) than inGroup A (TP 0.784±0.553 g/L, LDH 1410±620 U/L); the values of TP and LDH were 0.063±0.020 g/L and 370±250 U/L respectively in Group C.The activity of Type IV collagenase, including MMP-2 and MMP-9, was higher in Group B than in Group A ( P<0.01) (MMP-2: 1102±169 grey value vs 459±274 grey valce; MMP-9: 1218±257 grey value vs 449±225 grey value).There was no activity of Type IV cellagenase in BALF of Group C. No statistically significant difference was obselved in ALP between the groups B and A. Conclusions These results

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

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    Kaneshiro, E S; Amit, Z; Chandra, Jan Suresh;

    1999-01-01

    , pneumocysterol (C(32)), which is essentially lanosterol with a C-24 ethylidene group, was detected in lipids extracted from a formalin-fixed human P. carinii-infected lung, and its structures were elucidated by gas-liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry...... performed. Several of the same distinct sterols (e.g., fungisterol and methylcholest-7-ene-3beta-ol) previously identified in P. carinii carinii were also present in organisms isolated from human specimens. Pneumocysterol was detected in only some of the samples....

  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. 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;

    1988-01-01

    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...... (62%) and in 21 AIDS patients without PCP (43%). The risk of PCP was 5 times higher in patients without IgM antibodies to P. carinii than in patients who had these antibodies. A significantly higher percentage of those without PCP (57%) showed increasing titers of IgM antibodies to P. carinii...

  15. Ploidy of cell-sorted trophic and cystic forms of Pneumocystis carinii.

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    Full Text Available Once regarded as an AIDS-defining illness, Pneumocystis pneumonia (PcP is nowadays prevailing in immunocompromised HIV-negative individuals such as patients receiving immunosuppressive therapies or affected by primary immunodeficiency. Moreover, Pneumocystis clinical spectrum is broadening to non-severely-immunocompromised subjects who could be colonized by the fungus while remaining asymptomatic for PcP, thus being able to transmit the infection by airborne route to susceptible hosts. Although the taxonomical position of the Pneumocystis genus has been clarified, several aspects of its life cycle remain elusive such as its mode of proliferation within the alveolus or its ploidy level. As no long-term culture model exists to grow Pneumocystis organisms in vitro, an option was to use a model of immunosuppressed rat infected with Pneumocystis carinii and sort life cycle stage fractions using a high-through-put cytometer. Subsequently, ploidy levels of the P. carinii trophic and cystic form fractions were measured by flow cytometry. In the cystic form, eight contents of DNA were measured thus strengthening the fact that each mature cyst contains eight haploid spores. Following release, each spore evolves into a trophic form. The majority of the trophic form fraction was haploid in our study. Some less abundant trophic forms displayed two contents of DNA indicating that they could undergo (i mating/fusion leading to a diploid status or (ii asexual mitotic division or (iii both. Even less abundant trophic forms with four contents of DNA were suggestive of mitotic divisions occurring following mating in diploid trophic forms. Of interest, was the presence of trophic forms with three contents of DNA, an unusual finding that could be related to asymmetrical mitotic divisions occurring in other fungal species to create genetic diversity at lower energetic expenses than mating. Overall, ploidy data of P. carinii life cycle stages shed new light on the

  16. 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

    2006-02-01

    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

  17. Glycosylation of the major human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Koch, C; Mathiesen, Lars Reinhardt;

    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...

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

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    William M. Southerland

    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

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

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    Liao Chung-Ping

    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

  20. 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;

    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 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...

  1. Effect of folic and folinic acid on cytopenia occurring during co-trimoxazole treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Bygbjerg, Ib Christian; Lund, J T; Hørding, M

    1988-01-01

    12 AIDS/ARC patients with or suspected of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were treated with co-trimoxazole and received supplementary folic or folinic acid to avoid peripheral blood cytopenia. Most patients developed decreased numbers of neutrophils and hemoglobin while receiving co-trimoxazole. S......12 AIDS/ARC patients with or suspected of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia were treated with co-trimoxazole and received supplementary folic or folinic acid to avoid peripheral blood cytopenia. Most patients developed decreased numbers of neutrophils and hemoglobin while receiving co...

  2. 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

  3. Heterogeneity and compartmentalization of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. hominis genotypes in autopsy lungs

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Lundgren, Bettina; Lundgren, Jens Dilling

    2001-01-01

    The extent and importance of genotype heterogeneity of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. hominis within lungs have not previously been investigated. Two hundred forty PCR clones obtained from respiratory specimens and lung segments from three patients with fatal P. carinii pneumonia were investigated....... Not all genotypes present in the lungs at autopsy were detected in the diagnostic respiratory samples. Compartmentalization of specific ITS and mtLSU rRNA sequence types was observed in different lung segments. In conclusion, the interpretation of genotype data and in particular ITS sequence types...... in the assessment of epidemiological questions should be cautious since genotyping done on respiratory samples cannot a priori be assumed to represent all genotypes present within the lung....

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Intestinal cryptosporidiosis. association with Pneumocystis carinii, cytomegalovirus and Candida sp. Infections

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    K. I. R. Coelho

    1987-10-01

    Full Text Available This is a case report of intestinal cryptosporidiosis diagnosed in histological specimen collected from autopsy. The patient was a child of 5 months admitted to the hospital with severe acute diarrhea associated with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cytomegalic sialadenitis, oral and dermal candidiasis. The presence of multiple opportunistic infections in this case indicated immunodeficiency state. Cryptosporidium sp is a possible etiology of acute diarrhea in both immunodeficient and immunocompetent patients and has to be searched for at autopsy when diagnosis was not possible "in vivo".

  7. 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....../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....

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    The use of mechanical ventilation (MV) for AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) has varied over time. The introduction of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy has changed the pathophysiology of PCP. In the present study, we attempted to identify factors predictive of severe respiratory...

  11. 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;

    1993-01-01

    The effectiveness and tolerability of Sulfamethoxazole with Trimethoprim (SMX-TMP), a dose of 400mg/80mg given twice a day as secondary prophylaxis (SP) against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) was assessed retrospectively in 166 AIDS patients. The mean observation period was 9.7 months (range...

  12. 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.

  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. 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...

  15. 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....

  16. 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

    1986-05-01

    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Differential effect on serum neopterin and serum beta 2-microglobulin is induced by treatment in Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Schattenkerk, J K; Hofmann, B;

    1994-01-01

    Forty-three human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were enrolled in a study of adjunctive corticosteroid treatment for 10 days versus placebo, in addition to antimicrobial treatment. Levels of neopterin and beta 2-microglobulin (beta 2M) were dete...... activation leading to neopterin production and decreased production of beta 2M by lymphocytes. Further, addition of corticosteroids modified and decreased this immune activation and may explain the earlier demonstrated beneficial effect of corticosteroids in PCP treatment....

  20. Does cytomegalovirus predict a poor prognosis in Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia treated with corticosteroids? A note for caution

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    Jensen, A M; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Benfield, T;

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the importance of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients with HIV-associated Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) treated with adjunctive corticosteroids (CS). DESIGN: Analysis of clinical data during a 5-year period. SETTING: Department of i...... of adjunctive CS in severe PCP, the role of CMV as a pulmonary copathogen may have changed. Active CMV infection may be an important cause of failing treatment of severe PCP in those treated with adjunctive CS....

  1. Antibody responses to a major Pneumocystis carinii antigen in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients with and without P. carinii pneumonia

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T;

    1992-01-01

    Antibody responses to a major purified human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen (gp95) were determined by ELISA in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. Serum IgG directed against gp95 was measured in 129 consecutive HIV-infected patients who underwent bronchoscopy for evaluation...... of pulmonary symptoms. Significantly more patients with P. carinii pneumonia (PCP) had detectable antibodies compared with HIV-infected patients without PCP and with HIV-negative controls (50 [66%] of 76 vs. 18 [34%] of 53 and 7 [35%] of 20, respectively; P less than .001), and the level of antibody response...... response, compared with only 1 (3%) of 31 patients without PCP (P less than .001). This patient had PCP on the basis of clinical criteria, including response to therapy. Thus, despite severe immunosuppression, a proportion of HIV-infected patients with PCP can mount a specific IgG-mediated antibody...

  2. 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

    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...

  3. 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.

  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. Relationship Between Pneumocystis carinii Burden and the Degree of Host Immunosuppression in an Airborne Transmission Experimental Model.

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    Khalife, Sara; Chabé, Magali; Gantois, Nausicaa; Audebert, Christophe; Pottier, Muriel; Hlais, Sani; Pinçon, Claire; Chassat, Thierry; Pierrot, Christine; Khalife, Jamal; Aliouat-Denis, Cécile-Marie; Aliouat, El Moukhtar

    2016-05-01

    To quantitatively assess the risk of contamination by Pneumocystis depending on the degree of immunosuppression (ID) of the exposed rat hosts, we developed an animal model, where rats went through different doses of dexamethasone. Then, natural and aerial transmission of Pneumocystis carinii occurred during cohousing of the rats undergoing gradual ID levels (receivers) with nude rats developing pneumocystosis (seeders). Following contact between receiver and seeder rats, the P. carinii burden of receiver rats was determined by toluidine blue ortho staining and by qPCR targeting the dhfr monocopy gene of this fungus. In this rat model, the level of circulating CD4(+) and CD8(+) T lymphocytes remained significantly stable and different for each dose of dexamethasone tested, thus reaching the goal of a new stable and gradual ID rat model. In addition, an inverse relationship between the P. carinii burden and the level of circulating CD4(+) or CD8(+) T lymphocytes was evidenced. This rat model may be used to study other opportunistic pathogens or even co-infections in a context of gradual ID. PMID:26509699

  6. 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

  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...

  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 protein...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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....

  11. IgM response to a human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen in HIV-infected patients with pulmonary symptoms

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Kovacs, J A; Mathiesen, Lars Reinhardt;

    1993-01-01

    We have developed an ELISA to detect IgM antibodies to a major human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen (gp95), and investigated the IgM response in 128 HIV-infected patients who underwent bronchoscopy for evaluation of pulmonary symptoms. Only 5 (4%) patients had IgM antibodies to P. carinii gp...... response to gp95. These patients also showed an increase in IgG antibodies to gp95 and had microbiologically proven PCP. Prior to the development of the IgM response, IgG antibodies to gp95 were detectable in all 3 patients. Thus, HIV-infected patients with PCP seldom produce IgM antibodies to the major......95. Four of the 5 patients with IgM antibodies also had IgG antibodies to gp95 and microbiologically proven P. carinii pneumonia (PCP). In 76/128 patients for whom serial samples were available, changes in antibody response were determined. In 3 patients we demonstrated an increase in IgM antibody...

  12. 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...

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

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    2006-01-01

    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...

  14. Growth and airborne transmission of cell-sorted life cycle stages of Pneumocystis carinii.

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    Martinez, Anna; Halliez, Marie C M; Aliouat, El Moukhtar; Chabé, Magali; Standaert-Vitse, Annie; Fréalle, Emilie; Gantois, Nausicaa; Pottier, Muriel; Pinon, Anthony; Dei-Cas, Eduardo; Aliouat-Denis, Cécile-Marie

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    Pneumocystis organisms are airborne opportunistic pathogens that cannot be continuously grown in culture. Consequently, the follow-up of Pneumocystis stage-to-stage differentiation, the sequence of their multiplication processes as well as formal identification of the transmitted form have remained elusive. The successful high-speed cell sorting of trophic and cystic forms is paving the way for the elucidation of the complex Pneumocystis life cycle. The growth of each sorted Pneumocystis stage population was followed up independently both in nude rats and in vitro. In addition, by setting up a novel nude rat model, we attempted to delineate which cystic and/or trophic forms can be naturally aerially transmitted from host to host. The results showed that in axenic culture, cystic forms can differentiate into trophic forms, whereas trophic forms are unable to evolve into cystic forms. In contrast, nude rats inoculated with pure trophic forms are able to produce cystic forms and vice versa. Transmission experiments indicated that 12 h of contact between seeder and recipient nude rats was sufficient for cystic forms to be aerially transmitted. In conclusion, trophic- to cystic-form transition is a key step in the proliferation of Pneumocystis microfungi because the cystic forms (but not the trophic forms) can be transmitted by aerial route from host to host. PMID:24223207

  15. Growth and airborne transmission of cell-sorted life cycle stages of Pneumocystis carinii.

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    Full Text Available Pneumocystis organisms are airborne opportunistic pathogens that cannot be continuously grown in culture. Consequently, the follow-up of Pneumocystis stage-to-stage differentiation, the sequence of their multiplication processes as well as formal identification of the transmitted form have remained elusive. The successful high-speed cell sorting of trophic and cystic forms is paving the way for the elucidation of the complex Pneumocystis life cycle. The growth of each sorted Pneumocystis stage population was followed up independently both in nude rats and in vitro. In addition, by setting up a novel nude rat model, we attempted to delineate which cystic and/or trophic forms can be naturally aerially transmitted from host to host. The results showed that in axenic culture, cystic forms can differentiate into trophic forms, whereas trophic forms are unable to evolve into cystic forms. In contrast, nude rats inoculated with pure trophic forms are able to produce cystic forms and vice versa. Transmission experiments indicated that 12 h of contact between seeder and recipient nude rats was sufficient for cystic forms to be aerially transmitted. In conclusion, trophic- to cystic-form transition is a key step in the proliferation of Pneumocystis microfungi because the cystic forms (but not the trophic forms can be transmitted by aerial route from host to host.

  16. 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

  17. Detection of Pneumocystis carinii and Characterization of Mutations Associated with Sulfa Resistance in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples from Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Subjects

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    Zingale, Anna; Carrera, Paola; Lazzarin, Adriano; Scarpellini, Paolo

    2003-01-01

    One hundred ninety-four bronchoalveolar specimens were evaluated by microscopic examination and by amplification of a sequence of a Pneumocystis carinii dihidropteroate synthase gene for identification of mutations linked to sulfa resistance. PCR sensitivity and specificity were 100 and 86.7%, respectively, compared to results of microscopic examination. However, 7 out of 19 microscopy-negative, PCR-positive samples were collected from subjects with a clinically high probability of P. carinii pneumonia, suggesting that PCR may be more sensitive than microscopic examination, although the absolute performance of PCR cannot be determined. Mutations were identified in 28 out of 70 (40%) PCR-positive specimens and were significantly more common in patients exposed to sulfa drugs (21 out of 29 [72.4%]) than in those not exposed to sulfa drugs (4 out of 35 [11.4%]). PMID:12791912

  18. 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

  19. [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

  20. 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...

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. Rapid detection of Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage specimens from human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients: use of a simple DNA extraction procedure and nested PCR.

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    Rabodonirina, M; Raffenot, D; Cotte, L; Boibieux, A; Mayençon, M; Bayle, G; Persat, F; Rabatel, F; Trepo, C; Peyramond, D; Piens, M A

    1997-11-01

    We report on the development of a rapid nested PCR protocol for the detection of Pneumocystis carinii DNA in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens in which the protocol included the use of a commercially available DNA extraction kit (GeneReleaser). GeneReleaser enabled us to obtain amplification-ready DNA within 20 min without requiring the purification of the DNA. The nested PCR was performed with the primers pAZ102-E, pAZ102-H, and pAZ102-L2 (A. E. Wakefield, F. J. Pixley, S. Banerji, K. Sinclair, R. F. Miller, E. R. Moxon, and J. M. Hopkin, Lancet 336:451-453, 1990.). Results were obtained in about 4 h with the adoption of denaturation, annealing, and extension steps shortened to 20 seconds. The sensitivity of the nested PCR was tested with a P. carinii cyst suspension and was found to be less than one cyst (one to eight nuclei). The detection limit was the same with the use of GeneReleaser or proteinase K-phenol chloroform for DNA extraction. The nested PCR assay was prospectively compared with staining with Giemsa and methenamine silver stains for the detection of P. carinii in 127 BAL samples from 105 human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients investigated for acute respiratory illness. Twenty-five BAL specimens (20%) were positive by staining and the nested PCR and 25 (20%) were negative by staining and positive by the nested PCR. These 25 BAL specimens with conflicting results were obtained from 23 patients, 82% of whom were receiving prophylactic therapy against P. carinii pneumonia (PCP). Only two patients were diagnosed with possible PCP. The final diagnosis was not PCP for 20 patients who were considered to be colonized or to have a low level of infection. This colonization is not of clinical importance but is of epidemiological importance. Our rapid, simple, and sensitive amplification protocol may be performed in clinical laboratories for the routine diagnosis of PCP with BAL specimens.

  4. 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...

  5. 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......G antibodies to gp95 was significantly lower in the age group 1 to 9 years (30%, 23/77) compared to persons 10 to 19 years old (56%, 49/88). In the age group 1 to 14 years there was a significant correlation between the percentage of persons with IgG antibodies to gp95 and age. In 106 consecutive patients...... under evaluation due to atypical pneumonia, 76 patients showed no change in the titre of antibodies to Legionella spp. or Mycoplasma pneumoniae in two consecutive serum samples. Three of these 76 patients (4%) demonstrated an increase in the level of IgG antibodies to gp95 in the paired samples. One...

  6. 猴卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的实验研究%Experimental Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia in the Monkeys

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    杨月中; 杨路; 等

    2002-01-01

    To examine the susceptibility of monkeys to infection with aninoculum which contained Pneumocystis carinii cysts originally derived from a 2- month-old monkey that died in Pneumocystis pneumoni- a. Methods:9 6-month-old monkeys were randomly as- signed to experimental and control groups. Doses inocu- lated into trachea were 2. 8×105(monkeys 1-4) and 7. 0 × 105 (monkeys 5-8) P. Carinii cysts. Monkeys 1-4 were injected intramuscularly with 25 mg· kg-1 body weight cortisone acetate each day for 28 days before temperature and respiratory rate were monitored untill the monkeys died or were killed. Results: Monkeys 1-4 were dull, anorexic, weak, coughing and tachypnea. The severity of the signs generally was corresponding to the degree of pyreria at 27 to 33 days after inoculation. Monkeys 1-2 became very weak and dyspneic and died at 29, 31 days. Monkeys 5-8 developed subclinical signs. They were injected with cortisone acetate for 22 days at 30 days after inoculation and exhibited signs similar to Monkeys 1-4. Monkey 5 died at 23 days after injection with cortisone acetate. Conclusion: Cortisone acetate-treated Monkeys 1-4 were infected with the cysts by intratracheal injection and resulted in pyrexia, dull, anorexia weak, cough and tachypnea. Even though relatively large doses of P. Carinii cysts were ad- ministered, Monkeys 5-8 only showed subclinical signs. After Monkeys 5-8 were injected with cortisone ac- etate, they developed clinical signs similar to Monkeys 1-4.%通过检测实验猴对卡氏肺孢子虫的易感性和致病性,使用1~4号实验猴经气管接种2.8×1O5卡氏肺孢子虫包囊,接种后,按25mg/kg体重肌注醋酸可的松;5~8号实验猴接种7.0×105包囊;9号猴为对照.结果表明:接种后27~33 d,1~4号实验猴出现体温上升,厌食,消瘦,虚弱,咳嗽和呼吸急促,其中1~2号实验猴显得极度衰弱和呼吸困难,于第29 d,31 d死亡.5~8号实验猴呈亚临床症状,接种后30 d亦即连

  7. 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.

  8. Effect of zidovudine and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prophylaxis on progression of HIV-1 infection to AIDS. The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study.

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    Graham, N M; Zeger, S L; Park, L P; Phair, J P; Detels, R; Vermund, S H; Ho, M; Saah, A J

    1991-08-01

    Although used widely, the effectiveness of zidovudine therapy and primary prophylaxis for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in HIV-1-infected individuals, has not been assessed in a large cohort. We have done an observational study between October, 1986, and October, 1990, of a cohort of 2145 HIV-1-seropositive men and 371 who seroconverted during the study. A Markov chain transitional analysis was used to examine the effect of zidovudine and PCP prophylaxis on the probability of progression of HIV-1 infection to AIDS (after 6, 12, 18, and 24 months) after follow-up visits categorised into one of six disease states. The six starting states were based on CD4+ lymphocyte counts and the presence of HIV-related symptoms. Use of pre-AIDS zidovudine and PCP prophylaxis was associated with significant reductions in rates of progression to AIDS at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months for participants starting with less than 350 CD4+ lymphocytes/microliter. For those starting with 350 or more CD4+ lymphocytes/microliter, non-significant protective trends were seen during 12, 18, and 24 month intervals. In multivariate log-linear models virtually all the treatment effect was due to zidovudine. However, after adjusting for the effects of zidovudine, PCP prophylaxis reduced significantly the probability of progression to a first episode of PCP during 6, 12, 18, and 24 month intervals. This study suggests that early primary PCP prophylaxis is effective in preventing first episodes of PCP, and that the efficacy of zidovudine demonstrated in clinical trials can be translated to the population level. PMID:1677108

  9. 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.

  10. 三种保守蛋白系统树支持卡氏肺孢子虫作为古子囊菌的分类地位%Phylogenetic trees of three conservative proteins support placement of Pneumocystis carinii in archiascomycetes

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    燕安; 潘淼; 李颖

    2005-01-01

    目的卡氏肺孢子虫作为肺炎的病原物,其分类地位一直存在争议.近二十年来,关于卡氏肺孢子虫的分子生物学证据多支持其为真菌的观点,但卡氏肺孢子虫在真菌内部的分类地位需要确定.方法本研究在swissprot数据库中搜集真菌和卡氏肺孢子虫中的肌动蛋白、α微管蛋白和钙调素这三种保守蛋白的氨基酸序列,使用phylip3.6a软件中的邻接法构建三种保守蛋白的系统树,从而探讨卡氏肺孢子虫的分类地位.结果三种蛋白的分子系统树都支持了将卡氏肺孢子虫作为子囊菌的早期分支古子囊菌的分类观点.结论古子囊菌可能并不是一个单起源群.%[Objective] Pneumocystis carinii has been the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with AIDS. As a eukaryotic pathogen, its phylogeny has been controversial for many years. Molecular evidence accumulated in recent 20 years supported the placement of Pneumocystis carinii as a fungus, however, its phylogenic place within fungi is still unclear. [Methods] Molecular phylogeny of three conservative proteins is constructed to elucidate the phylogeny of Pneumocystis carinii in fungi. Amino acid sequences of actin, αtubulin and calmodulin in fungi are collected from the swissprot database and phylogenic trees are constructed using neighbor-jioning method in phylip3.6a software. [Results] From the phylogenetic tree of acitns in fungi Pneumocystis carinii and Schizosaccharomyces pombe are in an early branch of Ascomycota. In the phylogenetic tree of calmoduins in fungi, Pneumocystis carinii and Schizosaccharomyces pombe are early branches of Ascomycota called Archiascomycetes. Theαtubulin tree also supports the placement of Pneumocystis carinii and Schizosaccharomyces pombe in Archiascomycetes and the polyphyletic origin of this lineage. [Conclusion] The phylogenic trees of the three proteins support the placement of Pneumoeystis carinii in Archiascomycetes and

  11. 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)

  12. 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...... Pneumocystis-PCR among HIV-uninfected patients suspected of bacterial pneumonia, a retrospective matched case-control study was conducted....

  13. Comparison of methenamine silver nitrate and Giemsa stain for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in bronchoalveolar lavage specimens from HIV infected patients

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    Holten-Andersen, W; Kolmos, H J

    1989-01-01

    found positive with both methods, but a further 10 were diagnosed with Giemsa indicating that the trophozoite stain is more sensitive. As Giemsa stain is simple, quick, cheap and familiar to most microbiological laboratories it should be used for screening of samples to be examined for Pneumocystis...

  14. 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...

  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. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

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    LI ZiHui; FENG XianMin; LU SiQi; ZHANG Fan; WANG FengYun; HUANG Song

    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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Biochemical research elucidating metabolic pathways in Pneumocystis*

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    Kaneshiro E.S.

    2010-12-01

    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.

  6. 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

    2016-09-01

    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

  7. Estudo temporal das doenças associadas à AIDS no Brasil, 1980-1999 Temporal trends in AIDS-associated opportunistic infections in Brazil, 1980-1999

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    Mark Drew Crosland Guimarães

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram estimadas as incidências de condições associadas (CA à AIDS/100 casos de AIDS em adultos (> 12 anos, a nível nacional, de 1980 a maio de 1999. A análise incluiu qui-quadrado e regressão linear simples. As CA analisadas foram candidíase (CD, tuberculose (TB, pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii (PCP, neurotoxoplasmose(NT, Herpes, Sarcoma de Kaposi (SK, meningite criptocócica (MC e infecções por protozoários (IP. As incidências acumuladas/100 casos de AIDS foram: CD = 59, TB = 26, PCP = 23, NT = 15, Herpes = 12, SK = 5, MC = 4 e IP = 4. A tendência anual indicou queda estatisticamente significativa em todas as CA. Entretando, houve aumento na incidência de TB (b = 0,39 e NT (b = 0,20, para as regiões Nordeste e Centro-Oeste, respectivamente. TB apresentou maior incidência entre aqueles com baixa escolaridade (Trends in annual incidence of reported AIDS-associated opportunistic infections (OI/100 adults > 12 years old among AIDS cases were estimated at the national level in Brazil from 1980 through May 1999. The analysis included chi-square and linear regression modeling. The opportunistic infections included: candidiasis (CD, tuberculosis (TB, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP, neurotoxoplasmosis (NT, Kaposi sarcoma (KS, cryptococcal meningitis (CM, and protozoa infections (PI. The overall cumulative incidence rates/100 reported AIDS cases were: CD = 59, TB = 26, PCP = 23, NT = 15, KS = 5, CM = 4, and PI = 4. Annual trends indicated a statistically significant decline in all OIs. However, in the Northeast and Central-West regions there were increases in TB (b = 0.39 and NT (b = 0.20, respectively. TB showed a higher incidence among individuals with less schooling (< 8 years, while PCP and KS had higher incidence rates among those with 8 or more years of schooling, despite similar downward trends. Access to antiretroviral therapy and OI prophylaxis may partially explain these results. However, data reliability

  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

    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...... is the first to describe that prolonged administration of high doses of methyl-prednisolone acetate can induce PCP in piglets....

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. The Pneumocystis life cycle

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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. T cytotoxic-1 CD8+ T cells are effector cells against pneumocystis in mice.

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    McAllister, Florencia; Mc Allister, Florencia; Steele, Chad; Zheng, Mingquan; Young, Erana; Shellito, Judd E; Marrero, Luis; Kolls, Jay K

    2004-01-15

    Host defenses are profoundly compromised in HIV-infected hosts due to progressive depletion of CD4+ T lymphocytes. A hallmark of HIV infection is Pneumocystis carinii (PC) pneumonia. Recently, CD8+ T cells, which are recruited to the lung in large numbers in response to PC infection, have been associated with some level of host defense as well as contributing to lung injury in BALB/c mice. In this study, we show that CD8+ T cells that have a T cytotoxic-1 response to PC in BALB/c mice, as determined by secretion of IFN-gamma, have in vitro killing activity against PC and effect clearance of the organism in adoptive transfer studies. Moreover, non-T cytotoxic-1 CD8+ T cells lacked in vitro effector activity and contributed to lung injury upon adoptive transfer. This dichotomous response in CD8+ T cell response may in part explain the clinical heterogeneity in the severity of PC pneumonia.

  15. Pneumocystis diversity as a phylogeographic tool

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    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.

  16. 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

    2009-01-01

    We report the case of a 21-year-old man who was noted to have pneumomediast inum dur ing 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 (TNF)α 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.

  17. In vitro systems in pneumocystis research

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

    1996-01-01

    as 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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    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...

  20. 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, Jesper; Lundgren, B

    2000-01-01

    are associated with failure of sulpha prophylaxis and increased mortality in HIV-1 positive patients with PCP, suggesting that DHPS mutations may cause sulpha resistance. To facilitate detection of DHPS mutations we developed a restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) assay, detecting mutations at codon...

  1. 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

    %). 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...

  2. Intracranial venous sinus thrombosis complicating AIDS-associated nephropathy.

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    Afsari, Khosrow; Frank, Jeffrey; Vaksman, Yulia; Nguyen, Thanhan V

    2003-03-01

    An alert and oriented 27-year-old African American woman with AIDS presented with a 10-day history of fever, cough productive of yellow sputum, nausea, and vomiting and a 1-day history of excruciating headache and photophobia. Her condition rapidly deteriorated into a coma with decorticate and then decerebrate posture, and she died 3 weeks later. There was evidence of extensive intracranial venous sinus thrombosis (ICVST), renal vein thrombosis (RVT), and multiple cerebral hemorrhagic infarcts due to a hypercoagulable state complicating AIDS-associated nephrotic syndrome. This is the first reported case of fatal ICVST and RVT with extensive cerebral hemorrhagic infarcts complicating nephrotic syndrome in a patient with AIDS.

  3. 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;

    2013-01-01

    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....

  4. Pneumocystis Pneumonia Presenting as an Enlarging Solitary Pulmonary Nodule.

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    Patel, Krunal Bharat; Gleason, James Benjamin; Diacovo, Maria Julia; Martinez-Galvez, Nydia

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27648318

  5. Pneumocystis Pneumonia Presenting as an Enlarging Solitary Pulmonary Nodule

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    Krunal Bharat Patel

    2016-01-01

    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.

  6. 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 d...

  7. 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.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  8. Absence of Pneumocystis dihydropteroate synthase mutants in Brittany, France.

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    Le Gal, Solène; Robert-Gangneux, Florence; Perrot, Maëla; Rouillé, Amélie; Virmaux, Michèle; Damiani, Céline; Totet, Anne; Gangneux, Jean-Pierre; Nevez, Gilles

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    Archival Pneumocystis jirovecii specimens from 84 patients monitored at Rennes University Hospital (Rennes, France) were assayed at the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) locus. No patient was infected with mutants. The results provide additional data showing that P. jirovecii infections involving DHPS mutants do not represent a public health issue in Brittany, western France.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. Granulomatous Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia Associated with Immune Reconstituted HIV

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    Natasha F Sabur

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia uncommonly presents with pulmonary nodules and granulomatous inflammation. An unusual case of granulomatous P jiroveci pneumonia in an HIV patient with a CD4+ lymphocyte count of greater than 200 cells/mm3, occurring in the context of immune reconstitution with highly active antiretroviral therapy, is described. The case highlights the importance of establishing this diagnosis to institute appropriate therapy.

  12. 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.

  13. Pulmonary coinfection by Pneumocystis jiroveci and Cryptococcus neoformans

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    Bava Javier

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  14. Clearance of Pneumocystis murina infection is not dependent on MyD88.

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    Ripamonti, Chiara; Bishop, Lisa R; Yang, Jun; Lempicki, Richard A; Kovacs, Joseph A

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    To determine if myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), which is necessary for signaling by most TLRs and IL-1Rs, is necessary for control of Pneumocystis infection, MyD88-deficient and wild-type mice were infected with Pneumocystis by exposure to infected seeder mice and were followed for up to 106 days. MyD88-deficient mice showed clearance of Pneumocystis and development of anti-Pneumocystis antibody responses with kinetics similar to wild-type mice. Based on expression levels of select genes, MyD88-deficient mice developed immune responses similar to wild-type mice. Thus, MyD88 and the upstream pathways that rely on MyD88 signaling are not required for control of Pneumocystis infection. PMID:24680862

  15. 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;

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    under evaluation due to atypical pneumonia, 76 patients showed no change in the titre of antibodies to Legionella spp. or Mycoplasma pneumoniae in two consecutive serum samples. Three of these 76 patients (4%) demonstrated an increase in the level of IgG antibodies to gp95 in the paired samples. One...

  16. 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;

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    experiments showed increases in IL-8 release at 4 h, 8 h and 24 h compared with control cultures (all P minor (13%) dose- and time-related increase in MCP-1 release at 24 h (P = 0.02). Co-incubation of MSG with mannan or beta-glucan decreased IL-8 release by 48% and 42% respectively......, suggesting that MSG stimulates A549 cells in part through carbohydrate moieties. Dexamethasone significantly inhibited MSG-induced IL-8 release in concentrations of 10-6-10-8 mol L-1 compared with control experiments (P protection assays for steady-state IL-8 mRNA showed that increases...

  17. 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;

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    (IL-8) and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) from an alveolar epithelial cell line (A549). RESULTS: Incubation of A549 cells with MSG in concentrations from 0.4 to 10 microg mL-1 for 24 h caused dose-dependent increases in IL-8 release (3.4-fold above control, P ..., suggesting that MSG stimulates A549 cells in part through carbohydrate moieties. Dexamethasone significantly inhibited MSG-induced IL-8 release in concentrations of 10-6-10-8 mol L-1 compared with control experiments (P

  18. 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...

  19. 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.

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

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    Guillermo J. Giangreco

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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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

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

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    Rodriguez, Martin; Fishman, Jay A

    2004-01-01

    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...

  6. 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.

  7. Apical Pneumocystis jiroveci as an AIDS defining illness: A case report illustrating a change in the paradigm.

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    Pfeifer, Kyle; Kalra, Vivek; Adebowale, Adeniran; Juthani-Mehta, Manisha; Soo-Shin, Myung

    2014-11-01

    Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is a common acquired immune deficiency syndrome defining illness. Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is classically described as having symmetrical bilateral perihilar ground-glass opacities on chest radiographs. We present an "atypical" case of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia presenting as symmetric biapical cystic spaces with relative sparing of the remainder of the lungs in a 22 year-old male, previously undiagnosed with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Our case illustrates that formerly unusual presentations of Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia are becoming more common as acquired immune deficiency syndrome defining illnesses as more patients are being imaged with further imaging such as high resolution computed tomography. PMID:25926907

  8. 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

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

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    Ilias Papakonstantinou

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    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.

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

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    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.

  11. 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

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    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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

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    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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

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

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    Alexander Prickartz

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    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.

  18. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia prophylaxis during temozolomide treatment for high-grade gliomas

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    Vos, F.Y. de; Gijtenbeek, J.M.M.; Bleeker-Rovers, C.P.; Herpen, C.M.L. van

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    High-grade glioma patients receiving concomitant chemoradiotherapy with temozolomide 75mg/m(2) during six to seven weeks or dose-dense temozolomide regimens especially in combination with chronic use of corticosteroids have a high risk for developing Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. In this review,

  19. 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...

  20. Life-threatening Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia following treatment of severe Cushing's syndrome

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    Oosterhuis, J. K.; van den Berg, G.; Monteban-Kooistra, W. E.; Ligtenberg, J. J. M.; Tulleken, J. E.; Zijlstra, J. G.; Meertens, John

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    We describe two patients with a severe Cushing's syndrome due to ectopic production of ACTH. Both patients developed a life-threatening Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) shortly after treatment of the hypercortisolism was started by means of inhibition of production of glucocorticoids and glucoc

  1. PNEUMOCYSTIS JIROVECII PNEUMONIA: PREVALENCE IN HOSPITALISED PATIENTS, A STUDY CONDUCTED IN A TERTIARY CENTRE IN PUNJAB

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Pneumocystis jirovecii is a pathogen causing a life-threatening infection, Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP in T helper cell deficient hosts. METHODS A retrospective analysis was done from 6th April 2012 to 11th September 2015. The clinical data of the positive patients for PCP by Silver Methenamine Staining of the samples were collected. CD4 counts were done for the HIV positive patients. RESULTS A total of 486 samples were sent to the Microbiology Lab during this period for Silver Methenamine Staining. Among the patients, 13 (35.15% were diagnosed cases of HIV; 9 were Stage IV AIDS and all of these patients had CD4 counts less than 200/µL. Fungal pneumonia was found to be a significant comorbidity in these patients and is of particular significance due to the diagnostic dilemma it can cause, since the radiological and physiological changes in both fungal and pneumocystis pneumonia are similar. CONCLUSION There should be a high index of suspicion for pneumocystis pneumonia in susceptible patients who show signs of atypical pneumonia and who do not respond to treatment with antibiotics or antifungals.

  2. AIDS-related Pneumocystis jirovecii genotypes in French Guiana.

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    Le Gal, Solène; Blanchet, Denis; Damiani, Céline; Guéguen, Paul; Virmaux, Michèle; Abboud, Philippe; Guillot, Geneviève; Kérangart, Stéphane; Merle, Cédric; Calderon, Enrique; Totet, Anne; Carme, Bernard; Nevez, Gilles

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    The study described Pneumocystis jirovecii (P. jirovecii) multilocus typing in seven AIDS patients living in French Guiana (Cayenne Hospital) and seven immunosuppressed patients living in Brest, metropolitan France (Brest Hospital). Archival P. jirovecii specimens were examined at the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) locus using a PCR-RFLP technique, the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 and ITS 2 and the mitochondrial large subunit rRNA (mtLSUrRNA) gene using PCR and sequencing. Analysis of typing results were combined with an analysis of the literature on P. jirovecii mtLSUrRNA types and ITS haplotypes. A wild DHPS type was identified in six Guianese patients and in seven patients from metropolitan France whereas a DHPS mutant was infected in the remaining Guianese patient. Typing of the two other loci pointed out a high diversity of ITS haplotypes and an average diversity of mtLSUrRNA types in French Guiana with a partial commonality of these haplotypes and types described in metropolitan France and around the world. Combining DHPS, ITS and mtLSU types, 12 different multilocus genotypes (MLGs) were identified, 4 MLGs in Guianese patients and 8 MLGs in Brest patients. MLG analysis allows to discriminate patients in 2 groups according to their geographical origin. Indeed, none of the MLGs identified in the Guianese patients were found in the Brest patients and none of the MLGs identified in the Brest patients were found in the Guianese patients. These results show that in French Guiana (i) PCP involving DHPS mutants occur, (ii) there is a diversity of ITS and mtLSUrRNA types and (iii) although partial type commonality in this territory and metropolitan France can be observed, MLG analysis suggests that P. jirovecii organisms from French Guiana may present specific characteristics.

  3. 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.

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

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    Shimizu Yasuo

    2009-04-01

    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.

  5. Clinical analysis of pneumocystis pneumonia in 15 children%儿童肺胞子菌肺炎15例临床分析及文献复习

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    廖琨; 钱素云; 宋红艳; 高恒妙

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the early diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of pneumocystis pneumonia( PCP) in children. Method Retrospectively analysis the clinical data of 15 non-HIV-infected children with pneumocystis pneumonia diagnosed in Beijing Children’s Hospital from October 2007 to October 2012. Result All of 15 patients diagnosed as PCP were non-HIV-infected. In 9 of them,the PCP was cured or improved before discharge. Four of them leave hospital on their parent’ s order for various reasons. Two of them dead from PCP. Conclusion PCP is a serious opportunistic lung infection,which is the common complication and the common cause of death in patients with immunodeficiency or immunosuppression. In recent years,PCP happened in non-HIV-infected patients are more common than HIV-infected pateints. Clinical and imaging manifestations of PCP are nonspecific,the diagnosis of PCP is depend on the alert to the disease and a positive result of etiological examination. The first-choice of drug for PCP is TMP-SMZ. Early diagnosis and early treatment of PCP is the key to improve the cure rate and get a better progno-sis. For serious PCP patients,appropriate respiratory support is most important. The primary disease,serious compli-cations,early TMP-SMZ treatment and early appropriate respiratory support have important effect on the prognosis. Prophylactic treatment with TMP-SMZ in high-risk patients with impaired immunity can decrease the morbidity of PCP.%目的:探讨儿童肺孢子菌肺炎( pneumocystis carinii pneumonia,PCP)的早期诊断、治疗及预后。方法回顾性分析15例非人类免疫缺陷病毒( human immunodeficiency virus,HIV)感染PCP患儿的临床资料。结果15例患儿中9例好转,4例自动离院,2例死于PCP。结论 PCP是严重的肺部机会性感染,临床和影像学表现无特异性,诊断依赖于对该病的警惕和病原学检查证明有病原体存在。治疗首选药物为甲氧苄啶-磺胺甲基异恶唑( trimethoprim

  6. 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 ...

  7. Nonadherence to primary prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia.

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    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.

  8. 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

    2008-01-01

    [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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Pharmacokinetics and safety of weekly dapsone and dapsone plus pyrimethamine for prevention of pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Falloon, J; Lavelle, J; Ogata-Arakaki, D; Byrne, A; Graziani, A; Morgan, A; Amantea, M A; Ownby, K; Polis, M; Davey, R T

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    The safety and pharmacokinetics of weekly dapsone and weekly dapsone plus pyrimethamine were examined in adult patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection who were at risk for pneumocystis pneumonia because of a prior episode or a CD4+ T-cell count less than 250 cells per mm3. Groups of patients received 100, 200, and 300 mg of dapsone as a single weekly dose. The maximum tolerated dose of weekly dapsone was established as 200 mg per week in patients receiving at least 500 mg of zidovudine concomitantly. This dose of dapsone was then found to be well tolerated when combined with pyrimethamine at 25 mg. Further patients were randomized to dapsone at 200 mg or dapsone at 200 mg plus pyrimethamine at 25 mg once weekly. Twenty-six patients each were followed for a median of 33 weeks on dapsone alone and 45 weeks on the combination. Seven patients in each group withdrew because of toxicity. Five patients receiving dapsone developed documented pneumocystis pneumonia, while four and two patients receiving dapsone plus pyrimethamine developed documented and presumptive pneumocystis pneumonia, respectively. To evaluate the tolerability of a higher dose of pyrimethamine, 11 patients had their regimen changed to dapsone at 200 mg plus pyrimethamine at 75 mg, which was well tolerated by 10 of the patients for a median period of 11 weeks. The pharmacokinetics of dapsone and pyrimethamine were examined by using a population pharmacokinetic model. Decreases in the apparent volume of the peripheral compartment were observed when multiple-dose regimens of dapsone were compared with single-dose dapsone and when multiple-dose regimens of dapsone with pyrimethamine were compared with multiple-dose dapsone alone. When administered weekly, dapsone at 200 mg and dapsone at 200 mg with pyrimethamine at 25 mg are both well-tolerated regimens. This preliminary study suggests that the efficacy of these regimens in preventing pneumocystis pneumonia, however, may be less than that of

  13. 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 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

  14. Pneumocystis murina colonization in immunocompetent surfactant protein A deficient mice following environmental exposure

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pneumocystis spp. are opportunistic pathogens that cause pneumonia in immunocompromised humans and animals. Pneumocystis colonization has also been detected in immunocompetent hosts and may exacerbate other pulmonary diseases. Surfactant protein A (SP-A is an innate host defense molecule and plays a role in the host response to Pneumocystis. Methods To analyze the role of SP-A in protecting the immunocompetent host from Pneumocystis colonization, the susceptibility of immunocompetent mice deficient in SP-A (KO and wild-type (WT mice to P. murina colonization was analyzed by reverse-transcriptase quantitative PCR (qPCR and serum antibodies were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Results Detection of P. murina specific serum antibodies in immunocompetent WT and KO mice indicated that the both strains of mice had been exposed to P. murina within the animal facility. However, P. murina mRNA was only detected by qPCR in the lungs of the KO mice. The incidence and level of the mRNA expression peaked at 8–10 weeks and declined to undetectable levels by 16–18 weeks. When the mice were immunosuppressed, P. murina cyst forms were also only detected in KO mice. P. murina mRNA was detected in SCID mice that had been exposed to KO mice, demonstrating that the immunocompetent KO mice are capable of transmitting the infection to immunodeficient mice. The pulmonary cellular response appeared to be responsible for the clearance of the colonization. More CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells were recovered from the lungs of immunocompetent KO mice than from WT mice, and the colonization in KO mice depleted CD4+ cells was not cleared. Conclusion These data support an important role for SP-A in protecting the immunocompetent host from P. murina colonization, and provide a model to study Pneumocystis colonization acquired via environmental exposure in humans. The results also illustrate the difficulties in keeping mice from exposure to P

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

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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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 卡氏肺孢子虫MSG抗原基因片段真核表达质粒构建与表达%CONSTRUCTION AND EXPRESSION OF EUKARYOTIC EXPRESSION PLASMIDS OF PNEU-MOCYSTIS CARINII MSG ANTIGEN GENE FRAGMENT

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    段义农; 董永生; 朱丹丹; 王建新; 陈金铃; 秦永伟

    2008-01-01

    [目的]构建大鼠源卡氏肺孢子虫MSG抗原基因片段真核表达质粒,进行表达.[方法]以卡氏肺孢子虫DNA为模板,应用PCR扩增MSG基因片段,连接至GEM-T Easy载体,再克隆至PCDNA3.1(+)载体.构建的重组表达质粒经酶切、PCR鉴定后转染至COS-7细胞,并进行大量增殖.RT-PCR验证转染基因的表达.[结果]重组表达质粒PCDNA3.1(+)/MSG经酶切及PCR鉴定结果表明构建成功.RT-PCR结果显示MSG基因片段成功转染至COS-7细胞,并在其中进行基因表达.[结论]成功构建了PCDNA3.1(+)/MSG重组质粒,并在COS-7细胞中表达,为进一步进行核酸疫苗的研究打下基础.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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 (< 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

  2. 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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    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.

  3. 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)

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

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; von Linstow, Marie-Louise; Lundgren, Bettina;

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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...

  5. Detection of Pneumocystis in lungs of bats from Brazil by PCR amplification Detecção de Pneumocystis em pulmões de morcegos no Brasil por Nested-PCR

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    Edna Maria Cavallini Sanches

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    Full Text Available Pneumocystis has been isolated from a wide range of unrelated mammalian hosts, including humans, domestic and wild animals. It has been demonstrated that the genome of Pneumocystis of one host differs markedly from that of other hosts. Also, variation in the chromosome and DNA sequence of Pneumocystis within a single host species has been observed. Since information about the occurrence and nature of infections in wild animals is still limited, the objective of this work was to detect the presence of Pneumocystis sp. in lungs of bats from two states from Brazil by Nested-PCR amplification. The bats, captured in caves and in urban areas, were obtained from the Program of Rabies Control of two States in Brazil, Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Sul, located in the Mid-Western and Southern regions of the country, respectively. DNAs were extracted from 102 lung tissues and screened for Pneumocystis by nested PCR at the mtLSU rRNA gene and small subunit of mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (mtSSU rRNA. Gene amplification was performed using the mtLSU rRNA, the primer set pAZ102H - pAZ102E and pAZ102X - pAZY, and the mtSSU rRNA primer set pAZ102 10FRI - pAZ102 10R-RI and pAZ102 13RI - pAZ102 14RI. The most frequent bats were Tadarida brasiliensis (25, Desmodus rotundus (20, and Nyctinomops laticaudatus (19. Pneumocystis was more prevalent in the species Nyctinomops laticaudatus (26.3% = 5/19, Tadarida brasiliensis (24% = 6/25, and Desmodus rotundus (20% = 4/20. Besides these species, Pneumocystis also was detected in lungs from Molossus molossus (1/11, 9.1%, Artibeus fimbriatus (1/1, 100%, Sturnira lilium (1/3, 33.3%, Myotis levis (2/3, 66.7%and Diphylla ecaudata (1/2, 50%. PCR products which could indicate the presence of Pneumocystis (21.56% were identified in DNA samples obtained from 8 out of 16 classified species from both states (5 bats were not identified. This is the first report of detection of Pneumocystis in bats from Brazil.Pneumocystis tem sido

  6. Memory CD4+ T cells are required for optimal NK cell effector functions against the opportunistic fungal pathogen Pneumocystis murina.

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    Kelly, Michelle N; Zheng, Mingquan; Ruan, Sanbao; Kolls, Jay; D'Souza, Alain; Shellito, Judd E

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    Little is known about the role of NK cells or their interplay with other immune cells during opportunistic infections. Using our murine model of Pneumocystis pneumonia, we found that loss of NK cells during immunosuppression results in substantial Pneumocystis lung burden. During early infection of C57B/6 CD4(+) T cell-depleted mice, there were significantly fewer NK cells in the lung tissue compared with CD4(+) T cell-intact animals, and the NK cells present demonstrated decreased upregulation of the activation marker NKp46 and production of the effector cytokine, IFN-γ. Furthermore, coincubation studies revealed a significant increase in fungal killing when NK cells were combined with CD4(+) T cells compared with either cell alone, which was coincident with a significant increase in perforin production by NK cells. Finally, however, we found through adoptive transfer that memory CD4(+) T cells are required for significant NK cell upregulation of the activation marker NK group 2D and production of IFN-γ, granzyme B, and perforin during Pneumocystis infection. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to demonstrate a role for NK cells in immunity to Pneumocystis pneumonia, as well as to establish a functional relationship between CD4(+) T cells and NK cells in the host response to an opportunistic fungal pathogen.

  7. Conserved natural IgM antibodies mediate innate and adaptive immunity against the opportunistic fungus Pneumocystis murina.

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    Rapaka, Rekha R; Ricks, David M; Alcorn, John F; Chen, Kong; Khader, Shabaana A; Zheng, Mingquan; Plevy, Scott; Bengtén, Eva; Kolls, Jay K

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    Host defense against opportunistic fungi requires coordination between innate and adaptive immunity for resolution of infection. Antibodies generated in mice vaccinated with the fungus Pneumocystis prevent growth of Pneumocystis organisms within the lungs, but the mechanisms whereby antibodies enhance antifungal host defense are poorly defined. Nearly all species of fungi contain the conserved carbohydrates β-glucan and chitin within their cell walls, which may be targets of innate and adaptive immunity. In this study, we show that natural IgM antibodies targeting these fungal cell wall carbohydrates are conserved across many species, including fish and mammals. Natural antibodies bind fungal organisms and enhance host defense against Pneumocystis in early stages of infection. IgM antibodies influence recognition of fungal antigen by dendritic cells, increasing their migration to draining pulmonary lymph nodes. IgM antibodies are required for adaptive T helper type 2 (Th2) and Th17 cell differentiation and guide B cell isotype class-switch recombination during host defense against Pneumocystis. These experiments suggest a novel role for the IgM isotype in shaping the earliest steps in recognition and clearance of this fungus. We outline a mechanism whereby serum IgM, containing ancient specificities against conserved fungal antigens, bridges innate and adaptive immunity against fungal organisms.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:25933203

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

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    Bikas Christoforos

    2009-12-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

  13. 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...

  14. 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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    Robert J Blount

    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.

  15. 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

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    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

  16. AIDS - associated parasitic diarrhoea

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    Full Text Available Since the advent of human immunodeficiency virus infection, with its profound and progressive effect on the cellular immune system, a group of human opportunistic pathogens has come into prominence. Opportunistic parasitic infection can cause severe morbidity and mortality. Because many of these infections are treatable, an early and accurate diagnosis is important. This can be accomplished by a variety of methods such as direct demonstration of parasites and by serological tests to detect antigen and/or specific antibodies. However, antibody response may be poor in these patients and therefore immunodiagnostic tests have to be interpreted with caution. Cryptosporidium parvum , Isospora belli , Cyclospora cayetanensis , Microsporidia, Entamoeba histolytica and Strongyloides stercoralis are the commonly detected parasites. Detection of these parasites will help in proper management of these patients because drugs are available for most of these parasitic infections.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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.

  1. Common invasive fungal diseases: an overview of invasive candidiasis, aspergillosis, cryptococcosis, and Pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Schmiedel, Yvonne; Zimmerli, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    Every year, Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Pneumocystis infect an estimated two million individuals worldwide. Most are immunocompromised or critically ill. Candida is the most common fungal pathogen of the critically ill and of recipients of transplanted abdominal organs. In high-risk haemato-oncological patients, in contrast, the introduction of antifungal prophylaxis with fluconazole and later with mould-active posaconazole has led to a remarkable reduction of invasive candidiasis and is likely to have a similar effect on invasive aspergillosis. Invasive aspergillosis remains the dominant invasive fungal disease (IFD) of haemato-oncological patients and solid-organ transplant recipients and is increasingly found in individuals with exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on corticosteroids. In the developed world, owing to antiretroviral therapy Pneumocystis pneumonia and cryptococcosis have become rare in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and are mainly found in solid-organ transplant recipients or immunocompromised patients. In the developing world, cryptococcosis remains a common and highly lethal disease of HIV positive individuals. With invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis, timely diagnosis is the principal challenge. The clinical presentation is nonspecific and current diagnostic tests lack sensitivity and specificity. The combination of several tests improves sensitivity, but not specificity. Standardised polymerase chain-reaction-based assays may be promising tools for more rapid and specific diagnosis of candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis. Nevertheless, initiation of treatment is often based solely on clinical suspicion. Empirical therapy, however, may lead to over-treatment of patients without IFD or it may miss its target in the case of resistance. Despite the success of antifungal prophylaxis in reducing the incidence of IFDs in haemato-oncological patients, there are a considerable number of

  2. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia: still a concern in patients with haematological malignancies and stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Cordonnier, Catherine; Cesaro, Simone; Maschmeyer, Georg; Einsele, Hermann; Donnelly, J Peter; Alanio, Alexandre; Hauser, Philippe M; Lagrou, Katrien; Melchers, Willem J G; Helweg-Larsen, Jannik; Matos, Olga; Bretagne, Stéphane; Maertens, Johan

    2016-09-01

    Pneumocystis jirovecii can cause life-threatening pneumonia following treatment for haematological malignancies or after HSCT. The mortality rate of P. jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) in these patients is 30%-60%, especially after HSCT. The clinical presentation of PCP in haematology differs from that associated with HIV infection, with the disease being acute and more often severe, having a lower fungal burden and being more frequently linked to treatment with corticosteroids. Most cases occur in patients not receiving adequate prophylaxis. The development of new therapies, including targeted treatments and monoclonal antibodies in various haematological diseases, justifies constant vigilance in order to identify new at-risk populations and give prophylaxis accordingly. The fifth and sixth European Conferences on Infections in Leukaemia (ECIL-5 and ECIL-6) aimed to review risk factors for PCP in haematology patients and to establish evidence-based recommendations for PCP diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment. This article focuses on the magnitude of the problem, the main differences in clinical presentation between haematology patients and other immunocompromised populations, especially HIV-infected patients, and the main risk factors. PMID:27550990

  3. 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

  4. A case report of pulmonary coinfection of Strongyloides stercoralis and Pneumocystis jiroveci

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    Bava AJ; Romero MM; Prieto R; Troncoso A

    2011-01-01

    A case of pulmonary coinfection by Strongyloides stercoralis and Pneumocystis jiroveci has been detected in an AIDS patient treated in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of the Muñiz Hospital. At diagnosis, the patient presented cough with mucopurulent expectoration, dyspnea, fever, bilateral pulmonary infiltrates on the chest X-ray, negative bacilloscopy for acid fast bacteria and a CD4+ T lymphocytes count of 52 cells/μL. The microbiological diagnosis was achieved by microscopic observation of the respiratory secretions obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage, while the wet mount examination revealed rhabditiform and filariform larvae of the nematode and foamy exudates, pathognomonic of the pulmonary pneumocystosis. It was the unique case of this association among about 3 000 samples performed in our laboratory in the last 10 years and diagnosed by microscopy. Other complementary stains (a rapid modification of Grocott, Kinyoun and Giemsa) were applied to the smears after the diagnosis of mycotic and parasitary infections achieved by fresh microscopy. Both physicians and microbiologists should take into account the possible coexistence of respiratory pathogens in immunocompromised patients, such as those with AIDS.

  5. A case report of pulmonary coinfection of Strongyloides stercoralis and Pneumocystis jiroveci

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    AJ Bava

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A case of pulmonary coinfection by Strongyloides stercoralis and Pneumocystis jiroveci has been detected in an AIDS patient treated in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of the Muñiz Hospital. At diagnosis, the patient presented cough with mucopurulent expectoration, dyspnea, fever, bilateral pulmonary infiltrates on the chest X-ray, negative bacilloscopy for acid fast bacteria and a CD4+ T lymphocytes count of 52 cells/μL. The microbiological diagnosis was achieved by microscopic observation of the respiratory secretions obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage, while the wet mount examination revealed rhabditiform and filariform larvae of the nematode and foamy exudates, pathognomonic of the pulmonary pneumocystosis. It was the unique case of this association among about 3 000 samples performed in our laboratory in the last 10 years and diagnosed by microscopy. Other complementary stains (a rapid modification of Grocott, Kinyoun and Giemsa were applied to the smears after the diagnosis of mycotic and parasitary infections achieved by fresh microscopy. Both physicians and microbiologists should take into account the possible coexistence of respiratory pathogens in immunocompromised patients, such as those with AIDS.

  6. Intermittent Courses of Corticosteroids Also Present a Risk for Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Non-HIV Patients

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    Calero-Bernal, Maria L.; Martin-Garrido, Isabel; Donazar-Ezcurra, Mikel; Limper, Andrew H.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is rising in the non-HIV population and associates with higher morbidity and mortality. The aggressive immunosuppressive regimens, as well as the lack of stablished guidelines for chemoprophylaxis, are likely contributors to this increased incidence. Herein, we have explored the underlying conditions, immunosuppressive therapies, and clinical outcomes of PCP in HIV-negative patients. Methods. Retrospective analysis of PCP in HIV-negative patients at Mayo Clinic from 2006–2010. The underlying condition, immunosuppressive therapies, coinfection, and clinical course were determined. PCP diagnosis required symptoms of pneumonia and identification of the organisms by visualization or by a real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results. A total of 128 cases of PCP were identified during the study period. Hematological malignancies were the predisposing condition for 50% of the patients. While 87% had received corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive therapies for >4 weeks prior to the diagnosis, only 7 were receiving PCP prophylaxis. Up to 43% of patients were not on daily steroids. Sixty-seven patients needed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 53 received mechanical ventilation. The mortality for those patients requiring ICU was 40%. Conclusions. PCP diagnosis in the HIV-negative population requires a high level of suspicion even if patients are not receiving daily corticosteroids. Mortality remains high despite adequate treatment. PMID:27721666

  7. 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;

    2012-01-01

    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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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

    2015-01-01

    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

  10. CT manifestation of pneumocystis carini pneumonia were analyzed%卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的CT表现分析

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    李育昌

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的CT表现,提高诊断符合率。方法回顾性分析16例卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的CT表现。结果16例卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎的CT表现为磨玻璃影、斑片状影、结节状、网状影,典型者呈“蝶翼”状。结论磨玻璃阴影、斑片状阴影、结节状、网状影是卡氏肺孢子虫肺炎主要的CT表现,具有特征性,但确诊仍需结合临床和实验室检查。%Objective:Explore the CT manigestion of pneumocystis caini pneumonia,improve the diagnostic coincidence rate.Methods:16 cases were retrospectively analyzed the CTperformance of pneumocystis carini pneumonia.Results: 16 cases of CT of pneumocystis carini pneumonia is patchy ground glass shadows, nodular, reticular shadows, typical “butterfly”shaped.Conclusion: Ground glass opacity,patchy ,nodular and reticular shadows are the main CT appearances of pneumocystis carini pneumonia.It’s characteristics.Final diagonosis,houever,should be combined with clinical manifestation and laboratory examination.

  11. 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...

  12. Inter-laboratory comparison of three different real-time PCR assays for the detection of Pneumocystis jiroveci in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples.

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    Linssen, C.F.; Jacobs, J.A.; Beckers, P.; Templeton, K.E.; Bakkers, J.; Kuijper, E.J.; Melchers, W.J.; Drent, M.; Vink, C.

    2006-01-01

    Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) is an opportunistic infection affecting immunocompromised patients. While conventional diagnosis of PCP by microscopy is cumbersome, the use of PCR to diagnose PCP has great potential. Nevertheless, inter-laboratory validation and standardization of PCR assays i

  13. 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.

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

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    Ito Yutaka

    2011-03-01

    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.

  15. Prevalence and genotype distribution of Pneumocystis jirovecii in Cuban infants and toddlers with whooping cough.

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    Monroy-Vaca, Ernesto X; de Armas, Yaxsier; Illnait-Zaragozí, María T; Toraño, Gilda; Diaz, Raúl; Vega, Dania; Alvarez-Lam, Ileana; Calderón, Enrique J; Stensvold, Christen R

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    This study describes the prevalence and genotype distribution of Pneumocystis jirovecii obtained from nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs from immunocompetent Cuban infants and toddlers with whooping cough (WC). A total of 163 NP swabs from 163 young Cuban children with WC who were admitted to the respiratory care units at two pediatric centers were studied. The prevalence of the organism was determined by a quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay targeting the P. jirovecii mitochondrial large subunit (mtLSU) rRNA gene. Genotypes were identified by direct sequencing of mtLSU ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) gene amplicons. qPCR detected P. jirovecii DNA in 48/163 (29.4%) samples. mtLSU rDNA sequence analysis revealed the presence of three different genotypes in the population. Genotype 2 was most common (48%), followed in prevalence by genotypes 1 (23%) and 3 (19%); mixed-genotype infections were seen in 10% of the cases. RFLP analysis of DHPS PCR products revealed four genotypes, 18% of which were associated with resistance to sulfa drugs. Only contact with coughers (prevalence ratio [PR], 3.51 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 1.79 to 6.87]; P = 0.000) and exposure to tobacco smoke (PR, 1.82 [95% CI, 1.14 to 2.92]; P = 0.009) were statistically associated with being colonized by P. jirovecii. The prevalence of P. jirovecii in infants and toddlers with WC and the genotyping results provide evidence that this population represents a potential reservoir and transmission source of P. jirovecii.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Levels of murine, but not human, CXCL13 are greatly elevated in NOD-SCID mice bearing the AIDS-associated Burkitt lymphoma cell line, 2F7.

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    Widney, Daniel P; Olafsen, Tove; Wu, Anna M; Kitchen, Christina M R; Said, Jonathan W; Smith, Jeffrey B; Peña, Guadalupe; Magpantay, Larry I; Penichet, Manuel L; Martinez-Maza, Otoniel

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    Currently, few rodent models of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (AIDS-NHL) exist. In these studies, a novel mouse/human xenograft model of AIDS-associated Burkitt lymphoma (AIDS-BL) was created by injecting cells of the human AIDS-BL cell line, 2F7, intraperitoneally into NOD-SCID mice. Mice developed tumors in the peritoneal cavity, with metastases to the spleen, thymus, and mesenteric lymph nodes. Expression of the chemokine receptor, CXCR5, was greatly elevated in vivo on BL tumor cells in this model, as shown by flow cytometry. CXCL13 is the ligand for CXCR5, and serum and ascites levels of murine, but not human, CXCL13 showed a striking elevation in tumor-bearing mice, with levels as high as 200,000 pg/ml in ascites, as measured by ELISA. As shown by immunohistochemistry, murine CXCL13 was associated with macrophage-like tumor-infiltrating cells that appeared to be histiocytes. Blocking CXCR5 on 2F7 cells with neutralizing antibodies prior to injection into the mice substantially delayed tumor formation. The marked elevations in tumor cell CXCR5 expression and in murine CXCL13 levels seen in the model may potentially identify an important link between tumor-interacting histiocytes and tumor cells in AIDS-BL. These results also identify CXCL13 as a potential biomarker for this disease, which is consistent with previous studies showing that serum levels of CXCL13 were elevated in human subjects who developed AIDS-lymphoma. This mouse model may be useful for future studies on the interactions of the innate immune system and AIDS-BL tumor cells, as well as for the assessment of potential tumor biomarkers for this disease.

  1. Levels of murine, but not human, CXCL13 are greatly elevated in NOD-SCID mice bearing the AIDS-associated Burkitt lymphoma cell line, 2F7.

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    Daniel P Widney

    Full Text Available Currently, few rodent models of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (AIDS-NHL exist. In these studies, a novel mouse/human xenograft model of AIDS-associated Burkitt lymphoma (AIDS-BL was created by injecting cells of the human AIDS-BL cell line, 2F7, intraperitoneally into NOD-SCID mice. Mice developed tumors in the peritoneal cavity, with metastases to the spleen, thymus, and mesenteric lymph nodes. Expression of the chemokine receptor, CXCR5, was greatly elevated in vivo on BL tumor cells in this model, as shown by flow cytometry. CXCL13 is the ligand for CXCR5, and serum and ascites levels of murine, but not human, CXCL13 showed a striking elevation in tumor-bearing mice, with levels as high as 200,000 pg/ml in ascites, as measured by ELISA. As shown by immunohistochemistry, murine CXCL13 was associated with macrophage-like tumor-infiltrating cells that appeared to be histiocytes. Blocking CXCR5 on 2F7 cells with neutralizing antibodies prior to injection into the mice substantially delayed tumor formation. The marked elevations in tumor cell CXCR5 expression and in murine CXCL13 levels seen in the model may potentially identify an important link between tumor-interacting histiocytes and tumor cells in AIDS-BL. These results also identify CXCL13 as a potential biomarker for this disease, which is consistent with previous studies showing that serum levels of CXCL13 were elevated in human subjects who developed AIDS-lymphoma. This mouse model may be useful for future studies on the interactions of the innate immune system and AIDS-BL tumor cells, as well as for the assessment of potential tumor biomarkers for this disease.

  2. Outcome of AIDS-associated cryptococcal meningitis initially treated with 200 mg/day or 400 mg/day of fluconazole

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    Morroni C

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background AIDS-associated cryptococcal meningitis has a high mortality. Fluconazole was the only systemic antifungal therapy available in our centre. From 1999–2001 we used low-dose fluconazole (200 mg daily initially, and did not offer therapy to patients perceived to have poor prognoses. In 2001 donated fluconazole became available, allowing us to use standard doses (400 mg daily initially. Antiretroviral therapy was not available during the study period. Methods Retrospective chart review of adult patients before and after the fluconazole donation. Results 205 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria, 77 before and 128 after the donation. Following the donation fewer patients received no antifungal treatment (5% vs 19%, p = 0.002, and more patients received standard-dose fluconazole (90% vs 6%, p 1,000 were independent predictors of in-hospital mortality. Concomitant rifampicin did not affect in-hospital survival. Thirteen patients were referred to the tertiary referral hospital and received initial treatment with amphotericin B for a mean of 6 days – their in-hospital survival was not different from patients who received only fluconazole (p = 0.9. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed no differences in length of survival by initial treatment with standard or low doses of fluconazole (p = 0.27 log rank test; median survival was 76 and 82 days respectively. Conclusion Outcome of AIDS-associated cryptococcal meningitis is similar with low or standard doses of fluconazole. The early mortality is high. Initial therapy with amphotericin B and other measures may be needed to improve outcome.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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...

  7. 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

    2008-08-01

    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 immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals who smoke cigarettes develop early emphysema, but a role for P. jirovecii in pathogenesis remains speculative. We developed a new experimental model using immunocompetent mice to test the interaction of cigarette smoke exposure and environmentally acquired Pneumocystis murina infection in vivo. We hypothesized that cigarette smoke and P. murina would interact to cause increases in total lung capacity, airspace enlargement, and pulmonary inflammation. We found that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases the lung organism burden of P. murina. Pulmonary infection with P. murina, combined with cigarette smoke exposure, results in changes in pulmonary function and airspace enlargement characteristic of pulmonary emphysema. P. murina and cigarette smoke exposure interact to cause increased lung inflammatory cell accumulation. These findings establish a novel animal model system to explore the role of Pneumocystis species in the pathogenesis of COPD. PMID:18490462

  8. AIDS-associated diarrhea and wasting in northeast Brazil is associated with subtherapeutic plasma levels of antiretroviral medications and with both bovine and human subtypes of Cryptosporidium parvum

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    Richard K. Brantley

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Advanced HIV infection is frequently complicated by diarrhea, disruption of bowel structure and function, and malnutrition. Resulting malabsorption of or pharmacokinetic changes in antiretroviral agents might lead to subtherapeutic drug dosing and treatment failure in individual patients, and could require dose adjustment and/or dietary supplements during periods of diarrheal illness. We determined the plasma levels of antiretroviral medications in patients that had already been started on medication by their physicians in an urban infectious diseases hospital in northeast Brazil. We also obtained blood samples from patients hospitalized for diarrhea or AIDS-associated wasting, and we found reduced stavudine and didanosine levels in comparison with outpatients without diarrhea or wasting who had been treated at the same hospital clinic. There was a predominance of the protozoal pathogens Cryptosporidium and Isospora belli, typical opportunistic pathogens of AIDS-infected humans, in the stool samples of inpatients with diarrhea. We conclude that severe diarrhea and wasting in this population is associated with both protozoal pathogens and subtherapeutic levels of antiretroviral medications.

  9. Expression and Function of the Chemokine, CXCL13, and Its Receptor, CXCR5, in Aids-Associated Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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    Daniel P. Widney

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    Full Text Available Background. The homeostatic chemokine, CXCL13 (BLC, BCA-1, helps direct the recirculation of mature, resting B cells, which express its receptor, CXCR5. CXCL13/CXCR5 are expressed, and may play a role, in some non-AIDS-associated B cell tumors. Objective. To determine if CXCL13/CXCR5 are associated with AIDS-related non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (AIDS-NHL. Methods. Serum CXCL13 levels were measured by ELISA in 46 subjects who developed AIDS-NHL in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study and in controls. The expression or function of CXCL13 and CXCR5 was examined on primary AIDS-NHL specimens or AIDS-NHL cell lines. Results. Serum CXCL13 levels were significantly elevated in the AIDS-NHL group compared to controls. All primary AIDS-NHL specimens showed CXCR5 expression and most also showed CXCL13 expression. AIDS-NHL cell lines expressed CXCR5 and showed chemotaxis towards CXCL13. Conclusions. CXCL13/CXCR5 are expressed in AIDS-NHL and could potentially be involved in its biology. CXCL13 may have potential as a biomarker for AIDS-NHL.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Rising incidence of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia suggests iatrogenic exposure of immune-compromised patients may be becoming a significant problem.

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    Coyle, Peter V; McCaughey, Conall; Nager, Aaron; McKenna, James; O'Neill, Hugh; Feeney, Susan A; Fairley, Derek; Watt, Alison; Cox, Ciara; Curran, Tanya

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    Against a background of point-source outbreaks of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in renal transplant units in Europe, we undertook a retrospective 3 year observational review of PCP in Northern Ireland. This showed an unexpected increase in incidence, with a mortality rate of 30 %. Fifty-one cases were confirmed compared to 10 cases confirmed in the preceding 7 years. Where undiagnosed HIV infection had previously been the main risk factor for PCP, this was now equally matched by chemotherapy for haematological and non-haematological malignancy and immune suppression for a range of autoimmune conditions. Congenital immunodeficiency and transplantation were less common predisposing factors, but renal grafts also showed a rising incidence. Asymptomatic carriage was uncommon. At presentation both upper and lower respiratory samples were of equal use in establishing the diagnosis, and treatment resulted in rapid clearance. These data suggest the need for considering PCP in at-risk patients, reviewing its mode of acquisition and whether iatrogenic colonization is a treatable pre-condition.

  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. Description of Eimeria motelo sp. n. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae from the yellow footed tortoise, Geochelone denticulata (Chelonia: Testudinidae, and replacement of Eimeria carinii Lainson, Costa & Shaw, 1990 by Eimeria lainsoni nom. nov.

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    Full Text Available Eimeria motelo sp. n. is described from faeces of the yellow-footed tortoise, Geochelone denticulata (L.. Oocysts are irregularly ellipsoidal or cylindrical, with slightly expressed lobed protrusions and irregularities at the poles, possibly caused by wrinkling of the oocyst wall, 17 (15-19 × 9.4 (8.5-11 µm, shape index (length/width being 1.81 (1.45-2. The oocyst wall is smooth, single-layered, 0.5 µm thick with no micropyle. There are no polar bodies. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, 8.9 (7.5-10 × 4.4 (4-5 µm, shape index 2.03 (1.7-2.5. A sporocyst residuum is present, composed of many granules of irregular size. The sporozoites are elongate, lying lengthwise in the sporocysts. Comparison with other species of the genus Eimeria parasitising members of family Testudinidae indicates that the presently described coccidium represents a new species. The name of Eimeria carinii Lainson, Costa & Shaw, 1990 is found to be preoccupied by a homonym, Eimeria carinii Pinto 1928 given to a coccidium from Rattus norvegicus. Therefore, it is replaced by Eimeria lainsoni nom. nov.

  15. 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......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......- and TB-endemic area of sub-Saharan Africa....

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Induced sputum versus bronchoalveolar lavage in the diagnosis of pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients

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    Rosemeri Maurici da Silva

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    Full Text Available Induced sputum is a useful technique for assessing airway inflammation, but its role in the diagnosis of lung disease in immunosuppressed patients needs further investigation. This study compared the use of induced sputum and BAL in the diagnosis of pneumocystosis, in HIV patients. From January 1, 2001, to December 30, 2002, HIV-positive patients older than 14 were evaluated at a hospital in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Patients with respiratory symptoms for seven days or longer, with a normal or abnormal chest X-ray, and those without respiratory symptoms but with an abnormal chest X-ray, were included in the study. All patients were submitted to clinical, radiological and laboratory evaluation, after which induced sputum and bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage were carried out. The samples were subjected to the following techniques: Gram and Ziehl-Neelsen staining, quantitative culture growth for pyogenic bacteria, direct staining for fungi, culture growth for mycobacteria and fungi, and Grocott-Gomori staining for Pneumocystis jiroveci, as well as total and differential cell counts. The samples with P. jiroveci were selected, as well as the samples for which no etiologic agents were observed. Forty-five patients with a mean age of 34.6, 38 male and 40 Caucasian, comprised the subjects. Interstitial infiltrate was the most frequent radiological pattern (53.3%. The induced sputum sensitivity was 58.8%, specificity 81.8%, predictive positive value 90.9%, predictive negative value 39.1% and accuracy 64.4%, for the diagnosis of pneumocystosis, compared with BAL. Based on these data, induced sputum is a useful technique for the diagnosis of pneumocystosis in HIV patients.

  20. 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

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    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.

  1. 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

  2. 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。

  3. 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

    2016-02-01

    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

  4. 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

    2015-06-01

    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 rates. In this study the diagnostic sensitivity of P. jirovecii real time PCR on DNA isolated from fresh bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples versus that from matched FFPE derived DNA is analyzed. Our results indicate that when targeting a small DNA fragment P. jirovecii PCR can be performed on FFPE BAL samples with acceptable sensitivity (up to 83.3%). This is considerably higher than the 33.3% positives observed by classical staining of these samples.

  5. 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

  6. 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...... a 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...

  7. 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.

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    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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.)

  13. Characterization of nebulized buparvaquone nanosuspensions - effect of nebulization technology

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    Hernandez-Trejo, N; Kayser, O; Steckel, H; Muller, RH

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    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

  14. Use of real-time polymerase chain reaction for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia in immunocompromised patients: a meta-analysis

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    Hanssa Summah; ZHU Ying-gang; Matthew E Falagas; Evridiki K Vouloumanou; QU Jie-ming

    2013-01-01

    Background The diagnosis of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients is still challenging today due to the absence of an in vitro culture system and the low diagnostic accuracy of microscopic examinations.Herein,weperformed a meta-analysis to evaluate the accuracy of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the diagnosis of PCP.Methods We searched Web of Knowledge and Medline from 1990 to May 2010 for studies reporting diagnostic accuracy data regarding the use of real-time PCR in the diagnosis of PCP in immunocompromised patients.Results Ten individual studies were included.Overall,the sensitivity of real-time PCR was 97% (95% CI:93%-99%);the specificity was 94% (95% CI:90%-96%).The area under the HSROC curve (95% CI) for real-time PCR was 0.99(0.97-0.99).In a subgroup analysis regarding studies involving HIV patients among the study population,the sensitivity and specificity were 97% (95% CI:93%-99%) and 93% (95% CI:89%-96%),respectively.Regarding studies using Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples only:sensitivity =98% (95% CI:94%-99%); specificity =93% (95% CI:89%-96%),respectively.Regarding studies using microscopy as a reference standard:sensitivity =97% (95% CI:92%-99%);specificity =93% (95% CI:88%-96%).However,high between-study statistical heterogeneity was observed in all analyses.Conclusions Real-time PCR has a good diagnostic accuracy and may provide a useful adjunctive tool for the diagnosis of PCP in immunocompromised patients.Further studies are needed in order to identify any differences in the diagnostic performance of real-time PCR in HIV and non-HIV immunocompromised patients.

  15. 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.

  16. Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) in patients receiving neoadjuvant and adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy for breast cancer: incidence and risk factors.

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    Waks, Adrienne G; Tolaney, Sara M; Galar, Alicia; Arnaout, Amal; Porter, Julie B; Marty, Francisco M; Winer, Eric P; Hammond, Sarah P; Baden, Lindsey R

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    Opportunistic infection with Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) has not been recognized as a significant complication of early-stage breast cancer treatment. However, we have observed an increase in PCP incidence among patients receiving chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. Herein we identify risk factors for and calculate incidence of PCP in this population. We identified all cases of PCP at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital (DFCI/BWH) from 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2013 in patients with stage I-III breast cancer treated with an adriamycin/cyclophosphamide (AC)-containing regimen. Nineteen cases of PCP in non-metastatic breast cancer patients were identified. All patients with PCP were diagnosed after receipt of either three or four cycles of AC chemotherapy on a dose-dense schedule. Patients who developed PCP were treated with median 16.4 mg prednisone equivalents/day as nausea prophylaxis for a median 64 days. The overall incidence of PCP among 2057 patients treated with neoadjuvant or adjuvant dose-dense AC for three or more cycles was 0.6 % (95 % confidence interval 0.3-1.0 %). No PCP was diagnosed in 1001 patients treated with non-dose-dense AC. There was one death from PCP. Women receiving dose-dense AC chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer are at risk for PCP. Administering the same chemotherapy and corticosteroid dose over an 8-week versus 12-week non-dose-dense schedule appears to have created a novel infectious vulnerability. Replacing dexamethasone with alternative anti-emetics may mitigate this risk.

  17. 实时荧光PCR在艾滋病合并肺孢子菌肺炎诊断中的应用%Application of real-time fluorescence PCR in the diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia in AIDS patients

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    田敬华; 周淳; 张伟; 华文浩; 万钢; 张亮; 陈志海

    2012-01-01

    目的 应用实时荧光PCR 技术与六甲基四胺银(GMS)染色法对艾滋病合并肺孢子菌肺炎(PCP)患者支气管肺泡灌洗液(BALF)中的肺孢子菌进行检测,比较两种检测方法的性能.方法 应用实时荧光PCR 技术与GMS染色对57例艾滋病合并肺部感染患者的BALF标本进行肺孢子菌检测,比较两种方法的检测效果.结果 收集本院18例艾滋病合并肺部感染患者的支气管灌洗液标本,采用实时荧光PCR技术检测肺孢子菌DNA,结果显示13例为阳性,阳性率为72.3%(13/18).阳性标本肺孢子菌 DNA定量为1.35 × 103~8.24 × 105 拷贝/ml,平均(1.2 ± 2.13)× 105 拷贝/ml;而GMS染色镜下检测,阳性率为72.3%(13/18),二者具有极高的一致性.收集广州市第八人民医院39例艾滋病合并肺部感染患者的支气管灌洗液标本,实时荧光PCR检测肺孢子菌DNA结果显示21例为阳性,阳性率为53.8%(21/39);而用GMS染色镜下检测,阳性率仅为2.5%(1/18).在标本量少的情况下,实时荧光肺孢子菌方法检测肺孢子菌的敏感性远高于GMS染色法.结论 对艾滋病合并肺孢子菌感染患者支气管灌洗液的肺孢子菌检测中,荧光肺孢子菌与GMS染色有极高的一致性,且敏感性明显高于后者.实时荧光肺孢子菌方法可快速、灵敏、特异性、定量地检测肺孢子菌 DNA,在PCP的诊断、治疗方案选择和疗效观察方面有重要的临床意义.%Objective To evaluate and compare real-time fluorescence PCR and Gomori ' s methenamine-silver ( GMS ) staining technique in detecting pneumocystis pneumonia ( PCP ) from bronchoaveolar lavage ( BALF ) specimens. Methods Total of 57 BALF specimens of AIDS patients with pulmonary infection were detected with Pneumocystis DNA by real-time fluorescence PCR and GMS staining. And test results of two kinds of methods were compared. Results Among 18 BALF specimens from our hospital, Pneumocystis DNA of 13 specimens were positively identified by

  18. 非HIV感染肺孢子菌肺炎患者临床特点及诊治分析%Analysis of Clinical Features,Diagnosis and Treatment of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in the Non-HIV-infected Patients

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    曲丹; 马跃; 徐小嫚; 李钰

    2014-01-01

    目的:提高对非HIV感染肺孢子菌肺炎( PCP)患者的诊断和认识。方法对2011-2013年我院确诊的24例非HIV感染PCP患者的临床表现、实验室检查、CT影像特点、治疗及转归等临床资料进行总结及讨论。结果发热和呼吸困难为首发症状。病情进展迅速,所有患者存在Ⅰ型呼吸衰竭。胸部CT主要表现为弥漫性磨玻璃影。痰或支气管肺泡灌洗液姬姆萨染色肺孢子菌或肺孢子菌PCR阳性确诊。21例患者应用复方磺胺甲口恶唑( SMZco)治疗,3例患者因SMZco严重过敏或初用SMZco发生不良反应而应用卡泊芬净治疗,所有患者治愈。结论 PCP是应用免疫抑制剂患者易患的机会性感染,通过痰或支气管肺泡灌洗液PCR检测阳性或涂片姬姆萨染色查到肺孢子菌而确诊,临床应注意与其他肺炎鉴别。PCP治疗首选SMZco,当对SMZco过敏或发生不良反应时可改用卡泊芬净治疗。%Objective To improve diagnostic level and awareness of pneumocystis pneumonia( PCP)in the non-HIV-infected patients. Methods The clinical data( including manifestation,laboratory examination,CT imaging features, treatment and prognosis)of twenty-four non-HIV-infected patients with PCP who were diagnosed in our hospital from 2011 to 2013,was summarized and discussed. Results Fever and dyspnea were the first symptoms,the development of PCP was rap-id. All the patients had type Ⅰrespiratory failure. The chest CT characteristics indicated diffuse ground -glass appearance. The phlegm or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was stained by Giemsa stain method,if pneumocystis could be found,or PCR result of phlegm or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was positive for pneumocystis,PCP could be diagnosed. Twenty-one cases were treated with SMZco,the others were highly allergic to SMZco,or adverse reactions occurred,so they were treated with caspofungin,all the patients were cured. Conclusion PCP is a kind of common

  19. Clinical analysis of pneumocystis pneumonia in the non-HIV-infected patients%非免疫缺陷病毒感染者肺孢子菌肺炎临床分析

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    张杜超; 方向群

    2012-01-01

    目的 提高对非免疫缺陷病毒(HIV)感染者罹患肺孢子菌肺炎的认识.方法 回顾性分析2009-2011年7例非HIV感染的免疫抑制患者发生肺孢子菌肺炎的临床资料.结果 7例均为长期服用激素及免疫抑制剂患者.首发症状均为发热、气促.血气分析5例为I型呼吸衰竭.肺CT均表现为双侧弥漫性磨玻璃样渗出影.6例于支气管镜肺泡灌洗液中、2例于痰中找到肺孢子菌,1例痰肺孢子菌PCR阳性.7例均给予复方新诺明治疗,5例呼吸衰竭患者中,3例接受机械通气治疗,2例予鼻导管或面罩吸氧.5例治愈,2例死亡.结论 非HIV感染者肺孢子菌肺炎起病急,容易并发呼吸衰竭,肺部影像学主要表现为双肺弥漫性渗出样改变.磺胺类药物治疗有一定疗效,合并呼吸衰竭的重症患者应及时给予呼吸支持.%Objective To shirty pneumocystis pneumonia ( PCP ) in the non-human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV ) infected patients. Methods The clinical data of 7 patients with PCP in non-HIV-infected immunocompromised from 2009 to 2011 in the hospital were reviewed. Results All of these patients had a long history of corticosteroid and immunosuppressive agents therapy. Fever was present in all patients combined with dyspnea. Five of them had type I respiratory failure. CT results showed that bilateral diffuse ground-glass opacification in all patients. Pneumocystis was found in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in 6 cases, sputum pneumocystis in 2 cases and positive pneumocystis PCR in 1 case. Three cases were conducted with mechanical ventilation and two cases had oxygen inhalation through a nasal tube or face mask in these five patients with respiratory failure. Five patients were cured after treatment with SMZco, two patients were died due to respiratory failure. Conclusion Patients who have pneumocystis pneumonia without AIDS typically present with an abrupt onset of respiratory insufficiency and complicated with respiratory failure

  20. 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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    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.

  1. 实时定量PCR技术诊断PCP的研究进展%The Research Progress of Diagnosing Pneumocystis Pneumonia Using Real-Time PCR

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    孙岚; 黄敏君; 郭增柱

    2011-01-01

    肺孢子菌肺炎(PCP)是一种由耶氏肺孢子菌引起的致死性肺炎,常见于免疫功能低下人群,早期诊断有助于临床治疗.目前常用的病原学检查漏诊率较高;定性PCR检测虽然敏感,但有时难以区分隐性感染和显性感染.实时定量PCR是近年来发展的一种精确、敏感、污染少的核酸定量技术.本文综述结果表明,实时定量PCR技术能快速、敏感、特异地检测肺孢子菌,可随时跟踪监测PCP的治疗效果,指导临床用药,有助于PCP的流行病学研究及其他基础生物学研究.%Pneumocystis pneumonia ( PCP) caused by Pneurnocytsis jiroveci ( P. j) is a life-threatening infection in immunocompromised individuals. Early diagnosis of PCP is important to clinical treatment. The diagnostic technique for PCP used nowadays relies on a direct microscopic examination of respiratory specimen, the sensitivities of such examination is low. Molecular diagnosis of PCP is potentially more sensitive. Although conventional PCR has been used to detect the P. j DNA, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the apparent and silent infection. The real-time PCR assay was developed recent years, which seemed to be accurate, sensitive and less contamination. The present paper summarized more than 20 papers conceming the studies on real-time PCR for the identification of P. j DNA. It revealed that real-time PCR is rapid,sensitive, specific diagnosis method for the detection of P. j. The quantitative results would be helpful to therapy monitoring, guide of clinical drug application and epidemiological investigation for PCP. It is also useful for other basic biological researches.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2014-01-01

    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

  4. 艾滋病合并口腔念珠菌病31例临床分析%Clinical analysis of 31 cases with AIDS associated oral candidiasis

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    付茜; 肖江; 赵红心; 刘楠

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical features and treatment outcome of AIDS associated oral candidiasis.Methods:The clinical data of 31 cases with AIDSassociated oral candidiasis from 201209 to 201303 were studied retrospectively,including general data,clinical features,oral manifestation,CD4 cell count,opportunistic infections,and antifungal therapy outcome,etc.Results:CD4cell count <200 cell/μl was found in 30 cases,AIDSrelated multiple opportunistic infection was observed in 29 cases.30 cases hadpseudomembranous candidiasis,1 cases had erythematous candidiasis and 2 cases had pseudomembranous candidiasis with angular candidiasis.After antifungal treatment,the lesion of 8 cases reduced,that of 23 cases disappeared completely,lesion relapse after drugwithdrawal happened in 3 cases.Conclusion:AIDSassociated oral candidiasis was more common in AIDS patients with CD4 <200cells/μl,the main clinical form is pseudomembranous type,and with multiple opportunistic infections.The antifungal treatment is effective for the patients.%目的:探讨艾滋病合并口腔念珠菌病的临床特点和诊治转归。方法:回顾性研究从2012-09~2013-03北京地坛医院收治的31例艾滋病合并口腔念珠菌感染者的临床资料,包括一般资料、临床特征、口腔表现、CD4细胞计数、机会性感染状况、抗真菌治疗转归等。结果:31例患者中30例 CD4细胞计数小于200个/μl,有29例合并多种机会性感染。临床表现30例为假膜型,1例为红斑型,2例假膜型合并口角炎型。抗真菌治疗后,8例病损缩小,23例病损完全消失,3例停药后复发。结论:艾滋病合并口腔念珠菌病临床上多见于 CD4细胞<200个/μl 的患者,临床表现以假膜型为主,常合并有其他部位的多种机会性感染。这类患者抗真菌治疗有效。

  5. 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

  6. The gene polymorphisms of drug targets in Pneumocystis jiroveci isolates%耶氏肺孢子菌的药物靶位基因多态性

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    邓西龙; 熊漫; 兰芸; 卓丽; 陈万山; 唐小平

    2016-01-01

    目的 了解耶氏肺孢子菌的药物靶位基因多态性和耐药相关基因突变的情况.方法 从148例艾滋病合并肺炎患者的呼吸道标本中扩增出51个线粒体大亚基rRNA(mtLSUrRNA)基因片段,对51例阳性样本继续进行PCR扩增,以耶氏肺孢子菌药物靶位基因二氢蝶酸合成酶(DHPS)、二氢叶酸还原酶(DHFR)、细胞色素B(CYB)为研究靶标,对扩增产物进行测序和序列分析,与GenBank中的参考序列进行比对,分析基因多态性.结果 51例样本全部扩增出DHPS基因、DHFR基因和CYB基因,序列分析显示DHPS基因中3株(5.9%)为耐药相关突变株,48株(94.1%)为野生株;DHFR基因中1株在188碱基位点有非同义突变,21株在312位点有同义突变,30株为野生株,未发现与药物耐药相关的突变株;CYB基因在5个位点有基因多态性,其中4个为同义突变,1个为非同义突变,未发现与药物耐药相关的突变.根据这5个位点的基因多态性分型可以分为6个基因型,其中2个基因型为首次检测到,51株样本中CYB1型25株、CYB2型13株、CYB5型2株、CYB8型4株,新检测到的CYB10型4株,CYB11型3株.结论 广东地区耶氏肺孢子菌药物靶位基因出现与耐药相关的基因突变较少见,CYB基因的基因多态性明显,可作为多位点序列分型研究的靶位基因.%Objective To investigate gene polymorphisms of drug targets and mutations associated with drug resistance in Pneumocystis jiroveci (P.jiroveci) isolates.Methods Among 148 samples isolated from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)infected patients with pneumonia in Guangdong,mitochondrid larg subunit rRNA (mtLSUrRNA) gene was amplified from 51 samples.Dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS),dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and Cytochrome b (CYB) genes of P.jiroveci were detected by gene sequencing,and compared with the reference sequences in GenBank to evaluate gene polymorphisms.Results P.jirovecii DHPS,DHFR and CYB genes were all successfully

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2005-01-01

    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...

  11. 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

  12. 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)

  13. Review of Zoonotic Parasites in Medical and Veterinary Fields in the Republic of Korea

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    Youn, Heejeong

    2009-01-01

    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., F...

  14. Exfoliative cheilitis (EC) in AIDS: association with Candida infection.

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    Reichart, P A; Weigel, D; Schmidt-Westhausen, A; Pohle, H D

    1997-07-01

    Forty-seven of 165 patients with AIDS (28.5%) showed exfoliative cheilitis (EC), predominantly of the lower lip (n = 37). Histologically, hyphae were revealed in 23 of 47 cases (49%). In 14 of 23 specimens the histological and microbiological findings were in accordance. Smears of the vermilion border revealed Candida albicans in half of the cases (51%); however, combinations with C. krusei, C. tropicalis and C. glabrata were also seen. Twenty of 35 patients given fluconazole either prophylactically or therapeutically showed clinical signs of oral candidiasis. Frequent moistening of the lips may result in infection of the vermilion border with Candida species; consequent desiccation of the lips will lead to scale formation and exfoliation. Smears of the vermilion border of the lower lip of 20 controls with AIDS were positive in four cases. Twenty HIV-negative controls without EC showed negative microbiological results for Candida species. Exfoliative cheilitis may be associated with Candida infection in some cases and may be considered another variant of candidiasis in AIDS patients. PMID:9234190

  15. 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.)

  16. 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

    2016-01-01

    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。

  17. 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

    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 treatment. Stata 12.0 was used in the statistical analysis. The results showed that after integrative therapy, the single integral of clinical symptoms and body signs, such as skin spot papula, subcutaneous nodules, skin itching, fatigue was obviously reduced compared to that of the pretreatment. The total score decreased than that of the pretreatment. The patients’ quality of life (QOL) significantly increased. The Karovsky integral increased compared with that of pretreatment. The CD4+ T cells values were higher than that of the pretreatment. It was concluded that the integrative therapy had a certain effect in the treatment of AIDS-associated non-infectious skin lesions, which can improve the clinical symptoms, body signs, obviously increase the patients’ QOL and immune function.%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

  18. 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

  19. 艾滋病相关支原体多重实时荧光聚合酶链反应检测方法的初步建立%Establishment of multiplex real-time PCR assay to detect AIDS-associated Mycoplasmas

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    王艳冬; 何利华; 张建中; 赵飞

    2013-01-01

    Objective To establish a rapid, sensitive and specific multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection of AIDS-associated Mycoplasmas. Methods Three sets of primers and probes were designed based on the specific sequence of the fts Z gene (M. penetrans and M. fermentans ) and the rpoB gene (M. pirum) and the Multiplex real-time PCR assay was established. Eight other Mycoplasmas and 14 pathogens were used to evaluate the specificity of the assay. The sensitivity of the assay was evaluated and compared with conventional PCR assay by using standard concentration positive plasmids. Results No specific amplifications were presented by using 22 other pathogens. The sensitivity of this Multiplex real-time PCR assay was about 10 times higher than that of conventional PCR for M. penetrans and M. fermentans, and 100 times higher than M. pirum. Conclusion This Multiplex real-time PCR assay was sensitive and specific, which could be used for the detection of AIDS-associated mycoplasmas and might be used in the clinical detection.%目的 建立一种快速、灵敏和特异的艾滋病相关支原体(穿透支原体、发酵支原体和梨支原体)多重实时荧光聚合酶链反应(Multiplex real-time PCR)检测技术.方法 使用Beacon Designer 7.0软件在穿透支原体和发酵支原体的ftsZ基因以及梨支原体的rpoB基因保守区域设计多重引物及荧光探针,建立并优化艾滋病相关支原体Multiplex real-time PCR检测体系.分别使用3种支原体阳性质粒标准品评价体系的灵敏度,使用8种其他支原体、14种常见致病菌和人类基因组核酸评价该体系的特异度,并与普通聚合酶链反应(PCR)检测方法进行比较.结果 该Multiplex real-time PCR方法对穿透支原体和发酵支原体检测灵敏度为103拷贝,约为普通PCR的10倍,对梨支原体检测灵敏度为102拷贝,约为普通PCR 100倍.该体系对8种其他支原体、14种常见致病菌和人类基因组均不能扩增.结论

  20. Clinical characteristics and pathogens of 143 cases of AIDS-associated bloodstream infection%获得性免疫缺陷综合征合并血流感染143例临床及病原菌分析

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    梁欣; 柳明波; 李春玫

    2016-01-01

    ObjectiveTo understand the clinical and microbiological characteristics of AIDS-associated bloodstream infection (BSI).MethodsThe clinical and laboratory ifndings of 143 cases of BSI in AIDS patients who were hospitalized during the period from 2013 to 2014 were retrospectively analyzed.ResultsThe prevalence of BSI in AIDS patients was 22.1%. The 143 patients were divided into two groups in terms of fungal or bacterial infection. The incidence of speciifc skin rashes, anemia, hepatosplenomegaly and lymph node enlargement in fungal infection group was higher than those in bacterial infection group (allP<0.05). CD4+ cell count, WBC, neutrophils, RBC, hemoglobin, and platelet count in fungal infection group were lower than those in bacterial infection group, while AST and Cr were the opposite (allP<0.05).Penicillium marneffei(84/143, 58.7%) was the most common pathogen isolated from AIDS-associated BSI, followed byEscherichia coli (10/143, 7.0%),Cryptococcus neoformans (9/143, 6.3%),Klebsiella pneumoniae (7/143, 4.9%),Salmonella (6/143, 4.2%),Candida albicans(3/143, 2.1%), andAeromonas (3/143, 2.1%). Most strains were still susceptible to the commonly used antibiotics.ConclusionsThe prevalence of BSI is high in AIDS patients. Fungal BSI is more likely to have skin rash, anemia, hepatosplenomegaly and lymphadenopathy, hematologic abnormalities, liver and renal function impairment. Fungi, especiallyPenicillium marneffei, are the main pathogen of AIDS-associated BSI. Most strains are susceptible to the commonly used antibiotics.%目的:了解获得性免疫缺陷综合征(AIDS)合并血流感染(BSI)的临床特点、病原菌分布及其耐药性。方法回顾性分析广西钦州市第一人民医院2013—2014年住院的143例AIDS合并BSI的临床和病原学资料。结果 AIDS患者BSI患病率为22.1%。真菌性BSI的特征性皮疹、贫血貌、肝脾肿大及淋巴结肿大发生率高于细菌性BSI(P均<0.05);真菌性BSI的CD4+细胞计

  1. Related risk factors for Pneumocystis pneumonia in AIDS patients%艾滋病患者肺孢子菌肺炎相关危险因素分析

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    邹美银; 凌勇武; 汪美华; 朱勇根; 张健荣

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the risk factors for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in the AIDS patients so as to provide guidance for early identification of PCP .METHODS A total of 117 AIDS patients who were treated in the hospital from Oct 2013 to Nov 2014 were recruited as the study objects .A retrospective study was conducted , the indicators of the AIDS patients with PCP and the AIDS patients without PCP ,including the age ,gender ,in‐terval between onset of HIV infection and admission to hospital ,antifungal therapy ,oral fungal disease ,lympho‐cytes ,CD3 + T cell ,CD4 + T cell ,CD8 + T cell ,and NK cell counts ,were observed ,and the statistical analysis was performed with the use of SPSS19 .0 software .RESULTS The results of the univariate analysis showed that there was significant difference in the interval between onset of HIV infection and admission to hospital ,antifungal ther‐apy ,oral fungal disease ,or level of lymphocytes ,CD3 + T cell or CD4 + T between the AIDS patients with PCP and the AIDS patients without PCP (P0 .05) .CONCLUSION The no more than 31 .7/μl of CD4 + T counts and no more than 3 .5 months of the interval between onset of HIV infection and admission to hospital are the good indicators for the prediction of PCP in the AIDS patients with HIV infection .%目的:探讨艾滋病患者发生肺孢子菌肺炎(PC P )的危险因素,以期早期识别 PC P的发生。方法选择2013年10月-2014年11月117例艾滋病患者为研究对象,采用回顾性研究的方法,分析艾滋病发生与未发生PC P患者年龄、性别、发现 H IV感染至入院间隔时间、抗病毒治疗、口腔真菌病、淋巴细胞、CD3+ T细胞、CD4+ T细胞、CD8+ T细胞、NK细胞计数等指标,应用SPSS 19.0软件进行统计分析。结果单因素分析结果为发现HIV感染至入院间隔时间、抗病毒、口腔真菌病以及淋巴细胞、CD3+ T细胞、CD4+ T细胞表达水平在发生与未发生PCP患者中

  2. Mycobacterial and nonbacterial pulmonary complications in hospitalized patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection: A prospective, cohort study

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    Afessa Bekele

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A prospective observational study was done to describe nonbacterial pulmonary complications in hospitalized patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection. Methods The study included 1,225 consecutive hospital admissions of 599 HIV-infected patients treated from April 1995 through March 1998. Data included demographics, risk factors for HIV infection, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II score, pulmonary complications, CD4+ lymphocyte count, hospital stay and case-fatality rate. Results Patient age (mean ± SD was 38.2 ± 8.9 years, 62% were men, and 84% were African American. The median APACHE II score was 14, and median CD4+ lymphocyte count was 60/μL. Pulmonary complications were Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (85 in 78 patients, Mycobacterium avium complex (51 in 38, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (40 in 35, Mycobacterium gordonae (11 in 11, Mycobacterium kansasii (10 in 9, Cytomegalovirus (10 in 10, Nocardia asteroides (3 in 3, fungus ball (2 in 2, respiratory syncytial virus (1, herpes simplex virus (1, Histoplasma capsulatum (1, lymphoma (3 in 3, bronchogenic carcinoma (2 in 2, and Kaposi sarcoma (1. The case-fatality rate of patients was 11% with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia; 5%, Mycobacterium tuberculosis; 6%, Mycobacterium avium complex; and 7%, noninfectious pulmonary complications. Conclusion Most pulmonary complications in hospitalized patients with HIV are from Pneumocystis and mycobacterial infection.

  3. 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

  4. Experimental study on the application of polymerase chain reaction in detection of pneumocystis jiroveci%聚合酶链反应检测肺孢子菌的实验研究

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    赵辉; 刘亮; 陈希胜

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨应用改良传统三步聚合酶链反应(PCR)方法检测肺孢子菌DNA的意义.方法 选择Wistar大鼠40只,随机分成实验组和对照组各20只.实验组每周2次皮下注射地塞米松,诱导产生肺孢子菌;对照组注射等剂量的生理盐水.8周后,收集大鼠肺组织和支气管肺泡灌洗液(BALF),分别用三步法与两步法PCR技术检测肺孢子菌DNA,并与Giemsa染色法比较.结果 PCR方法检测肺泡灌洗液中肺孢子菌DNA的方法敏感性(70%)明显高于常规染色法(30%)(P<0.05),且敏感度93%、特异度100%、阳性预测值100%、阴性预测值83%.实验组中PCR检测肺组织和支气管肺泡灌洗液的肺孢子菌DNA阴性者,Giemsa病原染色法亦为阴性.实验组大鼠的肺组织与支气管肺泡灌洗液分别行传统三步法与二步法PCR检测,2种检测方法阳性率相同,分别为80%和70%,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).对照组大鼠各种方法检测均为阴性.结论 两步法PCR可作为早期诊断肺孢子菌肺炎(PCP)的方法,可用于BALF中检测肺孢子菌DNA,其敏感度、特异度、阳性预测值和阴性预测值均很高,易于临床推广应用.%Objective To investigate the significance of the application of improved conventional three-step polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect pneumocystis jiroveci (PJ). Methods 40 Wistar rats were selected and randomized into experimental and control groups (n=20 each). The experimental group was subcutaneously injected dexamethasone twice a week for induction of PJ, while the control group was injected the same dose of saline. Bron-chio-alveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of the two groups was collected after 8 weeks and detected DNA of PJ using three-step PCR and two-step PCR, respectively. Thereafter, the PCR was compared with Giemsa stain. Results The sensitivity of PCR (70%) was significantly higher than that of the conventional stain method (30%) in detection of DNA of PJ in BALF (F<0

  5. Legionellosis in patients with HIV infection

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    Bangsborg, Jette Marie; Jensen, B N; Friis-Møller, A;

    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...... 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...

  6. First national guidelines will help better control HIV/AIDS in China

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    WANG Ai-xia

    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

  7. 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.

  8. Efeitos da N-N' - difenil-4-metoxi-benzamidina sobre parâmetro do metabolismo energético em mitocôndrias e hepatócitos

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    Petiz, Lyvia Lintzmaier

    2013-01-01

    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...

  9. HRCT findings of chest complications in patients with leukemia

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    Tanaka, Nobuyuki; Matsumoto, Tsuneo; Miura, Gouji; Emoto, Takuya; Matsunaga, Naofumi [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine (Japan)

    2002-06-01

    High-resolution CT (HRCT) findings of several chest complications occurring in leukemic patients were reviewed. Although most entities show non-specific HRCT findings including ground-glass opacity and air-space consolidation, characteristic findings are observed in several pulmonary complications including Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, fungal infections, miliary tuberculosis, leukemic infiltration, pulmonary edema, bronchiolitis obliterans, and bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. A combination of these characteristic HRCT findings and the information obtained from the clinical setting may help in achieving a correct diagnosis of chest complications occurring in leukemic patients. (orig.)

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Sloth biology: an update on their physiological ecology, behavior and role as vectors of arthropods and arboviruses

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    Gilmore D.P.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a review of the research undertaken since 1971 on the behavior and physiological ecology of sloths. The animals exhibit numerous fascinating features. Sloth hair is extremely specialized for a wet tropical environment and contains symbiotic algae. Activity shows circadian and seasonal variation. Nutrients derived from the food, particularly in Bradypus, only barely match the requirements for energy expenditure. Sloths are hosts to a fascinating array of commensal and parasitic arthropods and are carriers of various arthropod-borne viruses. Sloths are known reservoirs of the flagellate protozoan which causes leishmaniasis in humans, and may also carry trypanosomes and the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii.

  13. Detection of thoracic infections by nuclear medicine techniques in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Kramer, E.L.; Sanger, J.J. (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (USA))

    1989-11-01

    The challenge of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) for nuclear medicine has been the early detection of related intrathoracic opportunistic infections, inflammatory conditions, and neoplasms. Gallium-67 citrate scanning has proved a sensitive test not only for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia but for many of the other opportunistic infections and malignancies, including mycobacterial infections and lymphoma. Patterns and intensity of gallium uptake may suggest more specific diagnoses. Indium-111-labeled white blood cells may also be a valuable diagnostic tool in the AIDS patient.41 references.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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    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

  16. 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;

    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...

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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).

  2. 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)

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. The practice of infectious diseases in the 1990s: the Canadian experience.

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    Schlech, W F

    1995-02-01

    A survey of the members of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society was carried out to determine the content of an infectious diseases consultative practice in the 1990s. Respondents were asked to identify all new inpatient, outpatient, and telephone consultations during a 1-week period in 1990. Consultations were categorized by the infectious disease syndrome of the patient and by the microorganism that was identified. Bacterial infections were the most common cause of inpatient consultations, while viral infections were more common in outpatients. Consultations for parasitic infections were primarily for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia related to infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). "Newer" infectious disease syndromes such as chronic fatigue syndrome, toxic shock syndrome, and Lyme disease were all represented in the responses for the 1-week study period. The significant impact of HIV infection on the overall consultative load suggests that there will be a continuing need for newly trained infectious disease consultants into the 21st century.

  9. Yield of diagnostic tests for opportunistic infections in AIDS: a survey of 33 patients

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    Gøtzsche, P C; Bygbjerg, Ib Christian; Olesen, B;

    1988-01-01

    To examine the therapeutic consequences of diagnostic tests for AIDS-related infections, case records from 33 deceased AIDS patients were reviewed; 23 were autopsied. Determination of serum antibody titres was not important. In particular, there was no relation between titres and isolation....../7 disseminated infections with atypical mycobacteria were only revealed at autopsy, despite numerous cultures in vivo. Liver biopsies were not helpful. Diagnostic procedures for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia by lung biopsy caused pneumothorax in 3/15 patients; bronchoalveolar lavage or treatment....../prophylaxis without diagnosis could be considered. In 8 autopsies, microscopy was suggestive of cerebral toxoplasmosis, but only 1 patient had presented important clinical symptoms. We suggest a schedule with regular microbiologic and parasitic examinations and few antibody tests, but with more antigen tests....

  10. AcEST: BP914514 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available YMU001_000059_G04 533 Adiantum capillus-veneris mRNA. clone: YMU001_000059_G04. BP914514 - Show BP914514...is mRNA. clone: YMU001_000059_G04. Accession BP914514 Tissue type prothallium Developmental stage - Contig I...sp|P29251|FOL1_PNECA Folic acid synthesis protein fol1 OS=Pneumocystis carinii Align length 171 Score (bit) 14...es. 25:3389-3402. Query= BP914514|Adiantum capillus-veneris mRNA, clone: YMU001_000059_G04. (533 letters) Da...tabase: uniprot_sprot.fasta 412,525 sequences; 148,809,765 total letters Searching..........................

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    Full Text Available a cruzi strain Colombian... 98 6e-19 AF157243_1( AF157243 |pid:none) Cunninghamella bertholletiae tran...(... 42 0.89 2 ( AR438439 ) Sequence 11 from patent US 6664053. 42 0.93 2 ( AF033210 ) Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. hominis clo...e strain PMS VNTAR-contain... 36 1.3 2 ( AR547844 ) Sequence 2975 from patent US 6747137. 44 1.6 2 ( G...ts) S2: 22 (44.1 bits) protein update 2009. 6.28 Homology vs Protein Query= Contig-U10744-1 (Co..._1( DQ311165 |pid:none) Bombyx mori elongation factor 1 al... 93 2e-17 EF468772_1( EF468772 |pid:none) Cordyceps sp. EFCC 2535 tran

  12. 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)

  13. 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

  14. 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.;

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    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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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.

  17. Remission of diarrhoea due to cryptosporidiosis in an immunodeficient child treated with hyperimmune bovine colostrum.

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    Tzipori, S; Roberton, D; Chapman, C

    1986-01-01

    A boy aged 6 months who presented with poor weight gain, diarrhoea, and infection with Pneumocystis carinii was found to have congenital hypogammaglobulinaemia, which did not improve despite monthly treatment with intravenous gammaglobulin. At the age of 3 years and 2 months he developed severe vomiting and diarrhoea due to cryptosporidiosis, which failed to respond to conventional treatment. Infusion of hyperimmune bovine colostrum produced against parasite antigen, given by nasogastric tube, was started after symptoms had persisted for three weeks. His vomiting and diarrhoea resolved within five days of treatment, and oocysts were no longer seen in the stools after eight days. Later, however, he developed a rare complication, and oocysts were found in the common bile duct. Hyperimmune bovine colostrum may be useful in the treatment of many patients with immunodeficiency disorders. PMID:3096462

  18. 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

  19. Zidovudine treatment of AIDS and ARC in Denmark 1987

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    Teglbjærg, Lars Stubbe; Mathiesen, L R; 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...... on 94 occasions and 19 (14%) patients required multiple transfusions. The mortality among the AIDS patients was significantly lower compared to historical controls. In our experience zidovudine treatment is reasonably well tolerated and the side effects are manageable....

  20. 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...

  1. 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

  2. Survival differences in European patients with AIDS, 1979-89. The AIDS in Europe Study Group

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    Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Pedersen, C; Clumeck, N;

    1994-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--To examine the pattern of survival and factors associated with the outcome of disease in patients with AIDS. DESIGN--Inception cohort. Data collected retrospectively from patients' charts. SETTING--52 clinical centres in 17 European countries. SUBJECTS--6578 adults diagnosed with AIDS....... The regional differences in survival were less pronounced for patients diagnosed in 1989 compared with earlier years. Improved survival in recent years was observed for patients with a variety of manifestations used to define AIDS but was significant only for patients diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii...... pneumonia. The three year survival, however, remains unchanged over time. CONCLUSIONS--Survival of AIDS patients seems to vary within Europe, being shorter in southern than central and northern Europe. The magnitude of these differences, however, has declined gradually over time. Short term survival has...

  3. 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....

  4. Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 in innate immunity against fungi.

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    Saijo, Shinobu; Iwakura, Yoichiro

    2011-08-01

    Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 are type II transmembrane proteins of the C-type lectin family with single carbohydrate recognition domains (CRDs) in their extracellular region. They are expressed mainly in dendritic cells and macrophages. Dectin-1 recognizes β-glucans with its CRD and transduces signals through its immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-like motif in the cytoplasmic domain, whereas Dectin-2 recognizes α-mannans and transduces its signal through association with the ITAM-containing Fc receptor γ chain. Upon ligand binding, spleen tyrosine kinase is recruited to the ITAM and activates the caspase recruitment domain family member 9 (CARD9)-nuclear factor-κB axis, resulting in the activation of various genes including those encoding pro-inflammatory cytokines. Both β-glucans and α-mannans are major cell wall components of fungi including Candida albicans and Pneumocystis carinii. Recently, it was reported that Dectin-1 is important in protection against P. carinii by inducing reactive oxygen species, whereas both Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 play important roles in defense against C. albicans by preferentially inducing T(h)17 cell differentiation. In this review, we briefly revisit the structures, ligands, signal transduction and functional roles of Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 in host defense against fungal infection.

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. Traveling with faith: the creation of women's immigrant aid associations in nineteenth and twentieth-century France.

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    Machen, Emily

    2011-01-01

    This article explores the efforts of French Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish women to morally, spiritually, and physically protect immigrant and migrant women and girls in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Women of faith worried about the dangers posed by the white slave trade, and they feared the loss of spiritual consciousness among women living far from their families and their places of worship. In response to these concerns, they developed numerous faith-based international organizations aimed at protecting vulnerable working-class immigrants. Upper-class women's work in immigrant aid societies allowed them to take on much greater social and religious leadership roles than they had in the past. Likewise, the intricate, international networks that these women developed contributed to the building of international cooperation throughout Europe. PMID:22145183

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Relationship between Radiological Stages and Prognoses of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in Non-AIDS Immunocompromised Patients

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    Xiang-Dong Mu

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: Based on the radiological manifestations, the course of PCP in non-AIDS immunocompromised patients can be divided into three stages: early stage, mid stage, and late stage. The prognoses of patients treated at early stage are good, and those at late stage are poor. Furthermore, the CFR of patients with barotrauma is high.

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. Caveolae in the uptake and targeting of infectious agents and secreted toxins.

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    Norkin, L C

    2001-07-28

    A variety of microbial pathogens, including viruses, intracellular bacteria, and prions, as well as certain secreted bacterial toxins, can now be added to the list of ligands that enter cells via caveolae or caveolae-like membrane domains. In general, the caveolae-mediated entry pathway results in transport of these microbes and toxins to intracellular destinations that are different from that of cargo entering by other means. As a result, the caveolae-mediated entry pathway can profoundly affect the host cell-pathogen interaction long after entry has occurred. Furthermore, some microbes such as SV40 that enter via cavolae will be valuable as probes to analyze certain poorly understood intracellular trafficking pathways, such as retrograde transport to the ER. Also, viruses that enter via caveolae may have unique potential as gene and drug delivery vectors. In addition, some extracellular microbial pathogens, such as Pneumocystis carinii, may also interact with host cells via caveolae. Finally, caveolae may play a role in host immune defense mechanisms.

  15. Development of Novel Chitosan Microcapsules for Pulmonary Delivery of Dapsone: Characterization, Aerosol Performance, and In Vivo Toxicity Evaluation.

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    Ortiz, Manoel; Jornada, Denise Soledade; Pohlmann, Adriana Raffin; Guterres, Sílvia Stanisçuaski

    2015-10-01

    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is a major opportunistic infection that affects patients with human immunodeficiency virus. Although orally administered dapsone leads to high hepatic metabolism, decreasing the therapeutic index and causing severe side effects, this drug is an effective alternative for the treatment of PCP. In this context, microencapsulation for pulmonary administration can offer an alternative to increase the bioavailability of dapsone, reducing its adverse effects. The aim of this work was to develop novel dapsone-loaded chitosan microcapsules intended for deep-lung aerosolized drug delivery. The geometric particle size (D 4,3) was approximately 7 μm, the calculated aerodynamic diameter (d aero) was approximately 4.5 μm, and the mass median aerodynamic diameter from an Andersen cascade impactor was 4.7 μm. The in vitro dissolution profile showed an efficient dapsone encapsulation, demonstrating the sustained release of the drug. The in vitro deposition (measured by the Andersen cascade impactor) showed an adequate distribution and a high fine particles fraction (FPF = 50%). Scanning electron microscopy of the pulmonary tissues demonstrated an adequate deposition of these particles in the deepest part of the lung. An in vivo toxicity experiment showed the low toxicity of the drug-loaded microcapsules, indicating a protective effect of the microencapsulation process when the particles are microencapsulated. In conclusion, the pulmonary administration of the novel dapsone-loaded microcapsules could be a promising alternative for PCP treatment.

  16. Pulmonary bacterial and fungal infections in human immunodeficiency virus patients: A study from India

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    K Shreevidya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-reactive patients are more prone to infections. The morbidity and mortality in HIV-reactive patients is due to opportunistic infections. Most of the infections seen in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome are endemic to that geographical region. Hence, this study was undertaken to document the occurrence of pulmonary bacterial and fungal infections in HIV patients. Materials and Methods: Expectorated and induced sputum samples were collected from 100 HIV-reactive patients and processed for bacterial and fungal pathogens including Pneumocystis carinii. Results: Of 100 samples, 66 were culture positive. Among the isolates, Mycobacterium tuberculosis constituted the highest number, 55 (83.3%, followed by other bacterial infections, 11 (16.6%, and fungi, 2 (3.03%. Tuberculosis patients had a CD4 count of less than 250 cells/μl with a mean count of 186 cells/μl and those with bacterial infections had a CD4 count of more than 300 cells/μl. The study showed that males were infected with HIV more than females and most of them belonged to the adult age group in the prime of their working life. Weight loss followed by fever and cough were the most common symptoms. Conclusion: M. tuberculosis is the most common opportunistic pathogen followed by bacterial pathogens infecting the lung in HIV. Low CD4 count is a dangerous signal of decreased immune status and higher chances of opportunistic infections and high mortality.

  17. 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)

  18. 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).

  19. Long-term outcomes of liver transplant patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection and end-stage-liver-disease: single center experience

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    Vernadakis S

    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.

  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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    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. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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    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

  6. HIV infection in Malaysia: a report of cases seen at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur.

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    Ismail, R; Doi, S; Naganathna, N

    1995-12-01

    The spread of HIV infection into Malaysia is estimated to have occurred in the early 1980's. The first case of AIDS was reported here in 1986. As of March 31, 1994, the numbers have increased to 8049 HIV positive individuals detected in the country. The risk behaviours among those tested positive were intravenous drug use in 77.2%, sexual transmission in 4.5%, while the remainder are still under investigation. Pediatric AIDS constitutes 0.2% of positives. The high prevalence among intravenous drug users (IVDU) is likely to be due to mandatory testing for HIV upon entry to rehabilitation centres. The trend of HIV infection in this country seems to be highest amongst the intravenous drug users. The increasing number of HIV infected prostitutes and heterosexuals in our population is worrying. Since 1986, a total of 104 HIV positive individuals have been treated at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Of these, 25 have died and of those still alive, 5 have symptomatic disease. The most common AIDS-defining illness is Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Education programmes have been developed targeting the various high risk groups and the general population.

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

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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...

  8. 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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    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

  9. Clinical and laboratory findings of disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex infection (DMAC in a pair matched case-control study Manifestações clínicas e laboratoriais da infecção disseminada pelo complexo Mycobacterium avium (DMAC em um estudo caso/controle pareado

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    Valeria ROLLA

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available A pair matched case/control study was conducted from January 1991 to 30 June 1992 in order to define clinical and laboratory findings associated with DMAC infection in AIDS patients. Since DMAC infection is usually associated with advanced immunodeficiency, and therefore also with other opportunistic illnesses, in addition to the number of CD4+ lymphocytes, cases and controls were matched using the following criteria: date of AIDS diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy, number and severity of associated opportunistic infections and, whenever possible, type of Pneumocystis carinii prophylaxis, age and gender, in this order of relevance. Cases (defined as patients presenting at least one positive culture for MAC at a normally sterile site and controls presented CD4+ lymphocyte counts below 50 cel/mm3. A significantly higher prevalence of general, digestive and respiratory signs, increased LDH levels, low hemoglobin levels and CD4+ cell counts were recorded for cases when compared to controls. Increases in gGT and alkaline phosphatase levels seen in cases were also recorded for controls. In conclusion, the strategy we used for selecting controls allowed us to detect laboratory findings associated to DMAC infection not found in other advanced immunossupressed AIDS patients without DMAC.Um estudo caso/controle pareado foi realizado no período compreendido entre janeiro de 1991 e junho de 1992, a fim de determinar a associação de manifestações clínicas e laboratoriais com a DMAC em pacientes com AIDS. Como a DMAC é habitualmente associada com imunodeficiência avançada e portanto também com outras doenças oportunistas, além do número de linfócitos CD4+, casos e controles foram pareados utilizando-se os seguintes critérios: data do diagnóstico de AIDS e terapêutica anti-retroviral, número e gravidade das infecções oportunistas associadas e quando possível, tipo de profilaxia para Pneumocystis carinii, idade e sexo, nesta ordem de

  10. Estudo temporal das doenças associadas à AIDS no Brasil, 1980-1999

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    Guimarães Mark Drew Crosland

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram estimadas as incidências de condições associadas (CA à AIDS/100 casos de AIDS em adultos (> 12 anos, a nível nacional, de 1980 a maio de 1999. A análise incluiu qui-quadrado e regressão linear simples. As CA analisadas foram candidíase (CD, tuberculose (TB, pneumonia por Pneumocystis carinii (PCP, neurotoxoplasmose(NT, Herpes, Sarcoma de Kaposi (SK, meningite criptocócica (MC e infecções por protozoários (IP. As incidências acumuladas/100 casos de AIDS foram: CD = 59, TB = 26, PCP = 23, NT = 15, Herpes = 12, SK = 5, MC = 4 e IP = 4. A tendência anual indicou queda estatisticamente significativa em todas as CA. Entretando, houve aumento na incidência de TB (b = 0,39 e NT (b = 0,20, para as regiões Nordeste e Centro-Oeste, respectivamente. TB apresentou maior incidência entre aqueles com baixa escolaridade (< 8 anos, enquanto que PCP e SK tiveram maiores incidências entre aqueles com melhor escolaridade (8+ anos, apesar de declínios semelhantes. Acesso à terapia anti-retroviral e profilaxias para as CA explicam parcialmente estes resultados. Entretanto, a confiabilidade dos dados, o atraso na notificação, a incidência de CA pós-AIDS, bem como os critérios de notificação e diagnóstico, são fatores que devem ser avaliados.

  11. Living Unrelated Renal Transplant: Outcome and Issues

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    Al-Wakeel Jamal

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Living unrelated transplantation (LURT is emerging as a practical option in renal transplantation due to shortage of living related and cadaver donors. We report a six-years (December 1991 to December 1996 follow-up of 60 LURT patients. The majority of these patients (95% were transplanted outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 37 in India, 14 in Egypt, five in the USA and one in Pakistan. Only three patients (emotionally related were transplanted in Saudi Arabia. Before transplantation, 50 (83.4% patients were on chronic hemodialysis, three (5% on peritoneal dialysis and three (5% were transplanted pre-emptively. Post-operatively, the majority of the study patients were on three drug immunosuppressive therapy. One and five year graft survival was 93.0% and 59.6%, while patient survival at one and three years was 93.7% and 81%, respectively. Surgical complications included lymphocele in 10% of the study patients, urinary leak in 8.3%, and bleeding from the vascular anastomosis in 6.6%. There were eight episodes of acute rejection in eight (13.3% patients and all episodes were successfully treated; two patients required monoclonal anti-lymphocyte antibodies (OKT3. Eleven (18.3% patients developed chronic rejection, which resulted in the loss of ten (90% allografts. Infection was the commonest cause for hospital admission; urinary tract infection (UTI being responsible for 40% of admissions. Three patients had Cytomegalovirus pneumonia, one had Pneumocystis Carinii pneumonia and one had candida pneumonia. Two (3% patients developed Kaposi′s sarcoma. We conclude that LURT can help in overcoming the shortage of organs for transplant, however, commercial transplantion in developing countries is associated with high morbidity and mortality.

  12. 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。

  13. Scalable Preparation and Differential Pharmacologic and Toxicologic Profiles of Primaquine Enantiomers

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    Tekwani, Babu L.; Herath, H. M. T. Bandara; Sahu, Rajnish; Gettayacamin, Montip; Tungtaeng, Anchalee; van Gessel, Yvonne; Baresel, Paul; Wickham, Kristina S.; Bartlett, Marilyn S.; Fronczek, Frank R.; Melendez, Victor; Ohrt, Colin; Reichard, Gregory A.; McChesney, James D.; Rochford, Rosemary; Walker, Larry A.

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    Hematotoxicity in individuals genetically deficient in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity is the major limitation of primaquine (PQ), the only antimalarial drug in clinical use for treatment of relapsing Plasmodium vivax malaria. PQ is currently clinically used in its racemic form. A scalable procedure was developed to resolve racemic PQ, thus providing pure enantiomers for the first time for detailed preclinical evaluation and potentially for clinical use. These enantiomers were compared for antiparasitic activity using several mouse models and also for general and hematological toxicities in mice and dogs. (+)-(S)-PQ showed better suppressive and causal prophylactic activity than (−)-(R)-PQ in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei. Similarly, (+)-(S)-PQ was a more potent suppressive agent than (−)-(R)-PQ in a mouse model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. However, at higher doses, (+)-(S)-PQ also showed more systemic toxicity for mice. In beagle dogs, (+)-(S)-PQ caused more methemoglobinemia and was toxic at 5 mg/kg of body weight/day given orally for 3 days, while (−)-(R)-PQ was well tolerated. In a novel mouse model of hemolytic anemia associated with human G6PD deficiency, it was also demonstrated that (−)-(R)-PQ was less hemolytic than (+)-(S)-PQ for the G6PD-deficient human red cells engrafted in the NOD-SCID mice. All these data suggest that while (+)-(S)-PQ shows greater potency in terms of antiparasitic efficacy in rodents, it is also more hematotoxic than (−)-(R)-PQ in mice and dogs. Activity and toxicity differences of PQ enantiomers in different species can be attributed to their different pharmacokinetic and metabolic profiles. Taken together, these studies suggest that (−)-(R)-PQ may have a better safety margin than the racemate in human. PMID:24913163

  14. Scalable preparation and differential pharmacologic and toxicologic profiles of primaquine enantiomers.

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    Nanayakkara, N P Dhammika; Tekwani, Babu L; Herath, H M T Bandara; Sahu, Rajnish; Gettayacamin, Montip; Tungtaeng, Anchalee; van Gessel, Yvonne; Baresel, Paul; Wickham, Kristina S; Bartlett, Marilyn S; Fronczek, Frank R; Melendez, Victor; Ohrt, Colin; Reichard, Gregory A; McChesney, James D; Rochford, Rosemary; Walker, Larry A

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    Hematotoxicity in individuals genetically deficient in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity is the major limitation of primaquine (PQ), the only antimalarial drug in clinical use for treatment of relapsing Plasmodium vivax malaria. PQ is currently clinically used in its racemic form. A scalable procedure was developed to resolve racemic PQ, thus providing pure enantiomers for the first time for detailed preclinical evaluation and potentially for clinical use. These enantiomers were compared for antiparasitic activity using several mouse models and also for general and hematological toxicities in mice and dogs. (+)-(S)-PQ showed better suppressive and causal prophylactic activity than (-)-(R)-PQ in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei. Similarly, (+)-(S)-PQ was a more potent suppressive agent than (-)-(R)-PQ in a mouse model of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. However, at higher doses, (+)-(S)-PQ also showed more systemic toxicity for mice. In beagle dogs, (+)-(S)-PQ caused more methemoglobinemia and was toxic at 5 mg/kg of body weight/day given orally for 3 days, while (-)-(R)-PQ was well tolerated. In a novel mouse model of hemolytic anemia associated with human G6PD deficiency, it was also demonstrated that (-)-(R)-PQ was less hemolytic than (+)-(S)-PQ for the G6PD-deficient human red cells engrafted in the NOD-SCID mice. All these data suggest that while (+)-(S)-PQ shows greater potency in terms of antiparasitic efficacy in rodents, it is also more hematotoxic than (-)-(R)-PQ in mice and dogs. Activity and toxicity differences of PQ enantiomers in different species can be attributed to their different pharmacokinetic and metabolic profiles. Taken together, these studies suggest that (-)-(R)-PQ may have a better safety margin than the racemate in human.

  15. 艾滋病合并机会性感染的临床特征和诊疗分析%Analysis on Clinical Features of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Combined with Opportunistic Infections and Its Diagnosis and Treatment

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    赵贺红; 冯萍; 肖贵宝; 徐开菊; 杨志勇

    2011-01-01

    . ) of the opportunistic infections (such as tuberculosis, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, toxoplasmosis, etc.) were also observed and analyzed. The patients were treated according to the national standards. The clinical outcome was analyzed based on such indicators as clinical symptoms, viral load, CD4+ T cells value at the onset, and the results of various imaging. Follow-up was done for six years. Results All 53 patients had severe AIDS infection. Forty-one of them had combined infections, among whom 36 (67. 9%) had infections in two or more parts of the body, 28 (52. 8%) were infected by two or more pathogens, and 13 (24. 5%) were infected by three or more pathogens. The most common opportunistic infection was tuberculosis (35. 8%, 19/53) followed by pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (30. 2%, 16/53) and septicemia (20. 8%,11/53). Other infections included cryptococcal infection (15. 1%, 8/53), toxoplasma gondii infection (3. 8%, 2/53), herpes zoster virus infection (7. 5%, 4/53), candidiasis (17. 0%, 9/53), cytomegalovirus infection (7. 5%, 4/53), combined hepatitis B (11. 3%, 6/53), and hepatitis C (3. 8%, 2/53). Effective treatment rate for opportunistic infections was 77. 4% (41/53) with a mortality of 22. 6% (12/53). The highest fatality rate occurred to those patients with cryptococcal meningitis or mixed infections. Conclusions The occurrence of opportunistic infections rises obviously when CD4+ T cells is lower than 350/mm3, and it increases more significantly as the value of CD4+ T cells goes down. The most common opportunistic infection is tuberculosis followed by pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. The clinical outcome for the combined cases of tuberculosis is good, while combined cryptococcal encephalopathy has the highest mortality rate. High active anti-retroviral therapy should be initiated as early as possible.

  16. 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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    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

  17. 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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    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.

  18. 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;

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    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...

  19. Mortality among HIV-Infected Patients in Resource Limited Settings: A Case Controlled Analysis of Inpatients at a Community Care Center

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: Despite massive national efforts to scale up Antiretroviral Therapy (ART access in India since 2004, the AIDS death rate was 17.2 per 100,000 persons during 2003-2005. In the era of HAART in resource poor settings, it is imperative to understand and address the causes of AIDS related mortality. This collaborative study aimed at defining the predictors of mortality among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA admitted during 2003-2005 to the Freedom Foundation (FF Care and Support facility, Bangalore, India. Approach: Fifty consecutively selected HIV-infected patients who died during the study period and 50 HIV-infected patients matched by age, gender, route of transmission, nutrition status and stage of disease who survived at least 12 months post-ART were included in this study. The impact on mortality by factors such as: Hemoglobin, CD4+T lymphocyte counts, weight loss and Opportunistic Infections (OIs were studied. Statistical analyses were done by Chi-square, Fisher’s Exact Test, Kaplan-Meier and multivariate logistic regression. Results: Recurrent diarrhea was a significant risk factor for mortality (OR = 12.25, p = 0.004, followed by a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB at first admission (OR = 4.86 while TB in general also negatively impacted survival (p = 0.002. Though not statistically significant, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, Cryptococcal meningitis and Toxoplasmosis also negatively affected survival. Mortality was high among those not on HAART (81% while it was significantly reduced (28% among those on HAART (pConclusion: Interventions that facilitate early OI diagnosis and treatment especially diarrhea and TB may reduce mortality in HIV. HAART alone without proper OI management and nutrition did not prevent mortality among PLHA. In resource poor settings, it becomes imperative to focus on low cost tools and increased capacity building along with regular clinical follow-up for diagnosis and early treatment of

  20. Update on HIV/AIDS in Thailand.

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    Ruxrungtham, K; Phanuphak, P

    2001-06-01

    Thailand experienced its first case of AIDS in 1984. Approximately 800,000 Thais were infected with HIV in 1995 and 1 million Thais became infected by the year 2000. There have been 5 major epidemic waves: among male homosexuals (started 1984-5), intravenous drug users (started 1988), female commercial sex workers (started 1989), male clients (started 1990), and housewives and the newborn (started 1991). Approximately 96 per cent of HIV-1 infected Thais carried recombinant subtype A/E, the rest carried B'. In a male seroconvertors cohort of 235 cases, median time to show CD4 HIV-1 infection. Primary HIV infection syndrome is rare among Thai patients (1.1%). In contrast, it was 50-90 per cent in Western cohorts. In early symptomatic patients, one-third developed pruritic pappular eruptions (PPEs). In advanced stage, disseminated tuberculosis, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), cryptococcosis, and esophageal candidiasis are commonly found. In Northern Thailand, however, Penicillium marneffei infection or penicillosis is more common than cryptococcosis. The recent understanding of HIV pathogenesis suggests that HIV eradication is unlikely to be achievable with current strategies. Several National HIV treatment guidelines including the Thai guideline have been recommended treatment with triple antiretroviral regimen when patients become symptomatics or CD4+ development of antiretroviral therapy which includes new agents, new formulas, and pharmacokinetic enhancements, is directed to better potency, higher genetic resistant barrier, less pill burden, and once a day dosing. These will ultimately improve the adherence and the long-term effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment. In reality, however, although the cost of triple regimen is dramatically declining, many patients still can not afford it. Primary prophylaxis and early diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infection should be considered in patients with CD4+ HIV medications in a poor resource setting have

  1. THE MANY FACES OF PNEUMOMEDIASTINUM: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

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    Full Text Available Pneumomediastinum is an uncommon condition which is defined by the presence of air in the mediastinum. It may result from a number of causes, but at times the underlying aetiology remains obscure. The present study aims to review the clinical and imaging features in patients who presented with pneumomediastinum alone or in association with other findings in order to establish the aetiological diagnosis. We report here, a series of cases with pneumomediastinum of various unusual aetiologies and also the clinical profile, predisposing factors and outcome of these patients along with the associated complications. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients who presented to the respiratory unit of our hospital with the diagnosis of pneumomediastinum over a period of 2 years from 2013-2015. The cases of pneumomediastinum resulting from trauma and iatrogenic causes were excluded from the study. RESULTS A total of six patients (4 males and 2 females with pneumomediastinum were identified during the study period after applying the exclusion criteria. The most common presenting symptom in these cases was shortness of breath followed by dry cough, chest pain and fever. Subcutaneous emphysema and Hamman sign was identified in one patient each. Of the six cases, preexisting lung disease was identified in 3 patients and these included connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease in two cases and combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema in one case. In the remaining three cases, the causes of pneumomediastinum were Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP in HIV positive patient, pulmonary tuberculosis in another and spontaneous oesophageal perforation in the third. Coexisting pneumothorax was present in 3 out of 6 cases. The mean duration of hospital stay in these six patients was 8 days. No recurrence of pneumomediastinum was seen in any of the six patients during six months of followup. CONCLUSIONS Pneumomediastinum is a

  2. 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

  3. 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

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Postmortem Investigations Following Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

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    2009-04-01

    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

  6. 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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    Nyman, J.; Mercke, C. [Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden). Dept. of Oncology; Bergman, B. [Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden). Dept. of Respiratory Medicine

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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/m{sup 2} day 1 and etoposide 100 mg/m{sup 2} 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

  7. 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

    2004-02-01

    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

  8. 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

  9. Anti-infective treatment for the HIV-infected patient during perioperative period%围手术期HIV感染者的抗感染治疗

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    刘保池; 张磊; 李垒; 司炎辉; 宋言峥; 赵中辛

    2012-01-01

      Objective:To investigate anti-infective treatments in HIV-infected surgical patients during the perioperative period. Methods 〓 A retrospective study of sepsis and surgical site infections (SSIs) was conducted in 266 HIV-infected patients from January 2009 to December 2011 in Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. The patients were divided into 3 groups based on CD4 cells counts in the preoperative period: group A (<200 cell/μl), group B (200-349 cell/μl) and group C (≥350 cell/μl). Highly active anti-retrovirus therapy (HAART) was started in group B. Preoperative antibiotic medication SMZ and fluconazole against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and other fungal infection was started in group A. No special treatment in group C. Results〓There were only 6 patients dead at 30 days after surgery, with the death rate of 2.3%. Sepsis appeared in 110 patients (41.3%). Patients in group A were more likely to get sepsis than patients in the other two groups (P <0.01). Conclusion〓Complete evalua- tion of surgical risk and suitable perioperative anti-infective treatment may lead to better outcome for HIV-infected surgical patients.%  〓〓[]〓目的〓探讨 HIV 感染者围手术期合理的抗感染治疗.方法〓回顾性分析上海市公共卫生临床中心外科2009年1月至2011年12月救治的266例 HIV 感染患者围手术期临床资料,根据患者术前 CD4 T 淋巴细胞水平分 A 组<200 cell/μl,B 组200~349 cell/μl 和 C 组≥350 cell/μl 三组,对 B 组给予抗 HIV 病毒治疗,对 A 组给予抗 HIV 病毒、磺胺甲唑(SMZ)和氟康唑预防肺孢子虫和真菌感染,对已经合并结核、真菌等机会性感染者给予相应的抗感染治疗.对 C组无特殊处理.结果〓经适当的抗感染治疗,266例患者手术后30 d 内死亡6例,病死率2.3%.110例发生脓毒症,脓毒症发生率41.3%.A 组脓毒症发病率明显高于 B 组和 C 组(P <0.01).结论〓精细的手术与合理的围手术

  10. Canadian recommendations for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

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    Mason, W P; Maestro, R Del; Eisenstat, D; Forsyth, P; Fulton, D; Laperrière, N; Macdonald, D; Perry, J; Thiessen, B

    2007-06-01

    , followed by 5 cycles if well tolerated. Additional cycles may be considered in partial responders. The dose should be increased to 200 mg/m(2) at cycle 2 if well tolerated. Weekly monitoring of blood count is advised during chemoradiation therapy in patients with a low white blood cell count. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia has been reported, and prophylaxis should be considered. RECOMMENDATION 8: For patients with stable clinical symptoms during combined radiotherapy and temozolomide, completion of 3 cycles of adjuvant therapy is generally advised before a decision is made about whether to continue treatment, because pseudo-progression is a common phenomenon during this time. The recommended duration of therapy is 6 months. A longer duration may be considered in patients who show continuous improvement on therapy. RECOMMENDATION 9: Selected patients with recurrent gbm may be candidates for repeat resection when the situation appears favourable based on an assessment of individual patient factors such as medical history, functional status, and location of the tumour. Entry into a clinical trial is recommended for patients with recurrent disease. RECOMMENDATION 10: The optimal chemotherapeutic strategy for patients who progress following concurrent chemoradiation has not been determined. Therapeutic and clinical-molecular studies with quality of life outcomes are needed.

  11. 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

  12. Single amino-acid substitution in the N-terminal arm altered the tetramer stability of rat muscle lactate dehydrogenase A

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    YUAN; Chong; (

    2001-01-01

    [1]Price, N. C., Assembly of multi-subunit structures, in Mechanisms of Protein Folding (ed. Pain, R. H.), New York: Oxford University Press, 1994, 160-193.[2]Casal, J. I., Ahern, T. J., Davenport, R. C. et al., Subunit interface of triosephosphate isomerase: Site-directed mutagenesis and characterization of the altered enzyme, Biochemistry, 1987, 26: 1258-1264.[3]Chakerian, A. E., Matthews, K. S., Characterization of mutations in oligomerization domain of lac repressor protein, J. Biol. Chem., 1991, 266: 22206-22214.[4]Mandelman, D., Schwarz, F. P., Li, H. Y. et al., The role of quaternary interactions on the stability and activity of ascorbate peroxidase, Protein Sci., 1998, 7: 2089-2098.[5]Thomas, M. C., Ballantine, S. P., Bethell, S. S. et al., Single amino acid substitutions disrupt tetramer formation in the dihydroneopterin aldolase enzyme of Pneumocystis carinii, Biochemistry, 1998, 37: 11629-11636.[6]Holbrook, J. J., Liljas, A., Steindel, S. J. et al., Lactate dehydrogenase, in The Enzymes (ed. Boyer, P. D.), Vol. 11, 3rd ed., New York: Academic Press, 1975, 191-292.[7]Zettlmeissl, G., Rudolph, R., Jaenicke, R., Reconstitution of lactic dehydrogenase after acid dissociation, Eur. J. Biochem., 1981, 121: 169-175.[8]Zettlmeissl, G., Rudolph, R., Jaenicke, R., Rate-determining folding and association reactions on the reconstitution pathway of porcine skeletal muscle lactic dehydrogenase after denaturation by guanidine hydrochloride, Biochemistry, 1982, 21: 3946-3950.[9]Hermann, R., Jaenicke, R., Rudolph, R., Analysis of the reconstitution of oligomeric enzymes by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde: Kinetics of reassociation of lactic dehydrogenase, Biochemistry, 1981, 20: 5195-5201.[10]Jaenicke, R., Folding and association of protein, Prog. Biophys. Mol. Biol., 1987, 49: 117-237.[11]Opitz, U., Rudolph, R., Jaenicke, R. et al., Proteolytic dimeric of porcine muscle lactate dehydrogenase: Characterization, folding, and

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Clinical Analysis of Nosocomial Pulmonary Fungal Infection in Respiratory Department Ward%呼吸内科病房院内肺部真菌感染的临床分析

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    黄富

    2014-01-01

    目的:分析我院呼吸内科病房院内肺部真菌感染菌株类型、分布、危险因素、基础病及治疗转归等,为以后临床提供参考。方法采集广东新兴县人民医院2010年5月至2013年5月呼吸科病房收治并确诊为肺部真菌感染的295例患者临床资料,进行分析总结。结果分离出的前三位菌株主要为念珠菌属、曲霉菌属、卡式肺孢子菌等,分别占比例为58.3%,21.7%,5.1%。白色假丝酵母菌占念珠菌属的59.3%。前三位菌属药物敏感性,念珠菌属与曲霉菌属的敏感性依次为伏立康唑、两性霉素B、5-氟胞嘧啶、氟康唑及伊曲康唑,卡式肺孢子菌对所有抗真菌药不敏感。肺部基础病前三位为慢性阻塞性肺病、肺癌及肺转移癌、支气管扩张,三者占总比例的77.6%。院内肺部真菌感染危险因素包括性别、高龄(≥60岁)、抗生素联用(≥2种)、抗生素疗程≥2周、住院时间(≥4周)、应用免疫抑制剂、行气管插管及切开、机械通气及创伤性诊疗操作等。结论呼吸内科病房院内肺部真菌感染是多因素造成的,治疗过程中应尽量避免或减少相关危险因素,积极对肺部疾病进行治疗,提高真菌染的治愈率。%Objective To analyze strain types of fungus,distribution,risk factors of nosoeomial pulmo-nary fungal infection,basis lung disease and treatment outcome in respiratory department ward and to provide reference for the diagnosis and treatment in future. Methods 295 cases of the clinical materials in patients with nosocomial pulmonary fungal infection in respiratory department ward from May 2010 to May 2013 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Results Three strains isolated from mainly Candida,Aspergillus,card Pneumocystis carinii,respectively,accounted for 58. 3%,21. 7%,5. 1%. Candida albicans Candida accoun-ted for 59. 3%. The first three of bacteria drug sensitivity of Candida,Aspergillus and turn the sensitivity of

  16. Medications that Weaken Your Immune System and Fungal Infections

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    ... 7 , 8 Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) 9 , 10 Invasive Candida infection 7 Invasive aspergillosis 7 Other fungal infections, such as oral candidiasis (thrush) , are usually not life threatening. 11 What ...

  17. Radiology Of The Month: Spontaneous Bilateral Pneumothoraces in an HIV-Infected Patient.

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    Curtis, Megan; Patel, Anish; Degeyter, Kyle; Neitzschman, Harold

    2016-01-01

    A 36-year-old woman with past medical history of HIV/AIDS not on HAART therapy (CD4 count of 34) and recurrent Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia presented to the emergency room for cough, chest pain, and worsening shortness of breath over the past 72 hours. PMID:27389385

  18. Factors associated with development of opportunistic infections in HIV-1 infected adults with high CD4 cell counts: a EuroSIDA study

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    Podlekareva, Daria; Mocroft, A; Dragsted, Ulrik Bak;

    2006-01-01

    to the development of groups of OIs above their respective traditional upper CD4(+) cell count thresholds: group 1 (>or=100 cells/ microL), OIs caused by cytomegalovirus, Mycobacterium avium complex, and Toxoplasma gondii; group 2 (>or=200 cells/ microL), Pneumocystis pneumonia and esophageal candidiasis; and group...

  19. Variable impact on mortality of AIDS-defining events diagnosed during combination antiretroviral therapy

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    Mocroft, Amanda; Sterne, Jonathan A C; Egger, Matthias;

    2009-01-01

    ), 2880 ADEs were diagnosed in 2262 patients; 1146 patients died. The most common ADEs were esophageal candidiasis (in 360 patients), Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (320 patients), and Kaposi sarcoma (308 patients). The greatest mortality hazard ratio was associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (hazard...

  20. Immunodeficiency associated with a nonsense mutation of IKBKB

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    Nielsen, Christian; Jakobsen, Marianne A; Larsen, Martin Jakob;

    2014-01-01

    insufficiency and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia which was successfully treated. At nine months, iatrogenic systemic infection with Mycobacterium bovis was found and eventually led to her death at age 14 months. Laboratory findings were reminiscent of hyper-IgM syndrome, but genetic testing gave...

  1. Granulomatous PJP presenting as a solitary lung nodule in an immune competent female.

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    Lam, J; Kelly, M M; Leigh, R; Parkins, M D

    2014-01-01

    Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) opportunistically targets immunosuppressed patients, most notably those with advanced HIV/AIDS. Radiologically, PJP typically appears as bilateral diffuse pulmonary infiltrates. Herein an unusual case of an immunocompetent woman developing granulomatous PJP in the absence of evident risk factors is described. PJP may be an under-recognized cause of pulmonary nodules in immune competent individuals.

  2. Granulomatous PJP presenting as a solitary lung nodule in an immune competent female

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    J. Lam

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP opportunistically targets immunosuppressed patients, most notably those with advanced HIV/AIDS. Radiologically, PJP typically appears as bilateral diffuse pulmonary infiltrates. Herein an unusual case of an immunocompetent woman developing granulomatous PJP in the absence of evident risk factors is described. PJP may be an under-recognized cause of pulmonary nodules in immune competent individuals.

  3. [Litomosoides, parasites of rodents; taxonomic consequences].

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    Bain, O; Petit, G; Diagne, M

    1989-01-01

    A redescription of the type specimens of the three following species is given: L carinii (Travassos, 1919) from Sciurus sp. in Brazil. L, sigmodontis Chandler, 1931 from Sigmodon hispidus and L. scotti Forrester et Kinsella. 1977 from Oryzomys palustris in North America. A description of two brazilian species is also given: L. galizai n. sp. from (Ecomys trinitatus tapajinus and L. kohnae n. sp. from Nectomys squamipes. The conclusions are: The type species of the genus Litomosoides: L. sigmodontis, and L.carinii are two distinct species. As a result, the filaria which is widely used in drug trials has to be reinstated sigmodontis and not curinii. With the exception of the two parasite species of Geomyid rodents, which show affinities with the genus Litomosa, the species of Litomosoides may be devided into two groups, principally based on the morphology of the spicules: the sigmodontis group, with 13 species; the carinii group, with 8 species. Each group includes parasites of Chiuroptera, Marsupials and Rodents. The two new species (L. galizai and L. kohnae) belong to the group sigmodontis; they are characterised by the shape of the buccal capsule, the size of the spicules, the structure of the female body-wall and the microeilaria.

  4. CD20单克隆抗体在重症系统性红斑狼疮患儿治疗中的应用%Rituximab therapy for severe pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus

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    苏改秀; 吴凤岐; 王芳; 周志轩; 黄小兰; 鲁杰

    2012-01-01

    .These patients received 2 doses of 375 mg/m2 rituximab (RTX),2 weeks apart.Clinical,laboratory findings and drug side effects were recorded at RTX initiation,2 weeks,1 month,3,6 and 12 months after infusion. Result A total of 20 patients. Male to female ratio was 1 ∶ 3,were enrolled.They were 5-16 years old. The course of disease was (3.0 ± 2.5) years (range:1 month-7 years),patients were followed up for 12-36 months[ median:(27.0 ± 7.8) months].Delirium and cognitive disorders were significantly improved in 10 cases of lupus eneephalopathy after 1 month. Lupus nephritis in children were eased slowly,14/15 patients with lupus nephritis were improved after 2-3 months,Four eases of lupus pneumonia were significantly improved within 1 month. Decreased blood cells counts were relieved at 1 month in 16/18 cases.Cellular immune function was assessed 2 weeks after application of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody; we found B-cell clearance in 19 patients (95%).B lymphocyte count of 18 patients (90%) was restored within one year. SLEDAI score was reduced obviously. Dose of corticosteroid ranged from (45.0 ± 4.7 ) mg/m2 before drug use to ( 12.0 ± 2.7 ) mg/m212 months later ( P < 0.001 ).After the drug use,5 patients had pneumonia within 6 months; 2 cases who suffered from aspergillus pneumonia and Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia respectively were severe. They accepted mechanical ventilation and anti-inflammatory support after being transferred to the intensive care unit,and their conditions improved at last. No death occurred.In 2 patients the disease recurred with B-cell recovery after 15 months and 18 months. Administration of another cycle of rituximab resulted in remission again in one case but not in the other.Conclusion Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody is effective and safe in treatment of severe PSLE. But severe infections may occur in some cases.Focusing on prevention and early treatment can reduce the probability of adverse reactions.

  5. Blood vessel growth blocker may treat AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma

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    Patients with an AIDS-associated cancer, Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), showed improvement after receiving the combination of bevacizumab, a cancer drug that blocks the growth of new blood vessels, and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

  6. Towards New Antifolates Targeting Eukaryotic Opportunistic Infections

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    Liu, J.; Bolstad, D; Bolstad, E; Wright, D; Anderson, A

    2009-01-01

    Trimethoprim, an antifolate commonly prescribed in combination with sulfamethoxazole, potently inhibits several prokaryotic species of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). However, several eukaryotic pathogenic organisms are resistant to trimethoprim, preventing its effective use as a therapeutic for those infections. We have been building a program to reengineer trimethoprim to more potently and selectively inhibit eukaryotic species of DHFR as a viable strategy for new drug discovery targeting several opportunistic pathogens. We have developed a series of compounds that exhibit potent and selective inhibition of DHFR from the parasitic protozoa Cryptosporidium and Toxoplasma as well as the fungus Candida glabrata. A comparison of the structures of DHFR from the fungal species Candida glabrata and Pneumocystis suggests that the compounds may also potently inhibit Pneumocystis DHFR.

  7. The reversed halo sign: update and differential diagnosis

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    Godoy, M C B; Viswanathan, C.; Marchiori, E.; Truong, M T; Benveniste, M F; Rossi, S.; Marom, E M

    2012-01-01

    The reversed halo sign is characterised by a central ground-glass opacity surrounded by denser air–space consolidation in the shape of a crescent or a ring. It was first described on high-resolution CT as being specific for cryptogenic organising pneumonia. Since then, the reversed halo sign has been reported in association with a wide range of pulmonary diseases, including invasive pulmonary fungal infections, paracoccidioidomycosis, pneumocystis pneumonia, tuberculosis, community-acquired p...

  8. Immune reconstitution syndrome in a human immunodeficiency virus infected child due to giardiasis leading to shock.

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    Nandy, Sneha; Shah, Ira

    2015-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome has been reported in association with tuberculosis, herpes zoster (shingles), Cryptococcus neoformans, Kaposi's sarcoma, Pneumocystis pneumonia, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, herpes simplex virus, Histoplasma capsulatum, human papillomavirus, and Cytomegalovirus. However, it has never been documented with giardiasis. We present a 7-year-old HIV infected girl who developed diarrhea and shock following the initiation of antiretroviral therapy, and her stool showed the presence of giardiasis. PMID:26985424

  9. Immune reconstitution syndrome in a human immunodeficiency virus infected child due to giardiasis leading to shock

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    Nandy, Sneha; Shah, Ira

    2015-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome has been reported in association with tuberculosis, herpes zoster (shingles), Cryptococcus neoformans, Kaposi's sarcoma, Pneumocystis pneumonia, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, herpes simplex virus, Histoplasma capsulatum, human papillomavirus, and Cytomegalovirus. However, it has never been documented with giardiasis. We present a 7-year-old HIV infected girl who developed diarrhea and shock follo...

  10. Aerosol and parenteral pneumocandins are effective in a rat model of pulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Kurtz, M B; Bernard, E M; Edwards, F F; Marrinan, J A; Dropinski, J; Douglas, C M; Armstrong, D

    1995-01-01

    The pneumocandins are semisynthetic analogs of echinocandin-like compounds that have shown efficacy in animal models of systemic candidiasis, disseminated aspergillosis, and pneumocystis pneumonia. However, the most common form of Aspergillus infection in susceptible patients is pulmonary aspergillosis, which was not directly tested in the mouse models used in the past. We have evaluated three pneumocandins, L-693,989, L-731,373, and L-733,560, in a rat model of pulmonary aspergillosis. Male ...

  11. Cutaneous fungal infection in a renal transplantation patient due to a rare fungus belonging to order Pleosporales

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    S Galipothu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungal infections are being increasingly reported from immuno-compromised as well as immuno-competent patients. Transplant patients are on long term immunosuppressive therapy which makes them highly vulnerable to opportunistic fungal infections .These infections can be cutaneous or systemic. Several fungi have been reported to be the culprits such as Candida spp., Aspergillus spp., C. neoformans, P. carinii, and zygomycetes group of fungi. Cutaneous infections are most commonly caused by Pityriasis (tinea versicolor, dermatophytes, and candida sp but these days the demtiaceous fungi are becoming more frequently reported .Here we report a case of post renal transplant cutaneous infection caused by dematiaceous fungus belonging to the order Pleosporales

  12. A taxonomic revision of small neotropical saurian Malarias allied to Plasmodium minasense.

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    Telford, S R

    1979-01-01

    Saurian malaria species which produce schizonts smaller than normal erythrocyte nuclei, with 4-8 merozoietes and gametocytes equal to or smaller than erythrocyte nuclei in size, parasitizing hosts of the lizard families Scincidae, Iguanidae and Teiidae in the Neotropics are considered to be Plasmodium minasense Carini and Rudolph, 1912. Subspecific designations are given to distinctive populations parasitizing different host species: P. minasense minasense is recognized from the type host, Mabuya mabouya of Brasil; P. minasense carinii Leger and Mouzels, 1917 from Iguana iguana of coastal South America; P. minasense anolisi subsp. nov. from Anolis limifrons of Panama; P. minasense capitoi subsp. nov. from Anolis capito of Panama; P. minasense plicae subsp. nov. from Plica umbra of Guyana; P. minasense tegui subsp. nov. from Tupinambis teguixin of Venezuela; and P. minasense diminutivum Telford, 1973, new combination, from Ameiva ameiva of Panama. Plasmodium rhadinurum Thompson and Huff, 1944 is recognized as a distinct species at present on the basis of possessing schizonts of different shape, asexual stages with filamentous projections in most portions of its range, and larger gametocytes, as well as apparent sympatry with P. minasense carinii in some areas. PMID:533109

  13. Dapsone and sulfapyridine.

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    Paniker, U; Levine, N

    2001-01-01

    Dapsone and sulfapyridine are structurally related compounds with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects. Dapsone remains the most important drug for leprosy and is useful in the prophylaxis of Pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with HIV disease. The medical treatment of choice for dermatitis herpetiformis is dapsone; and sulfapyridine also can be used for those patients who are intolerant of dapsone. Other neutrophilic disorders also may respond to these drugs. Toxic side effects of both dapsone and sulfapyridine are mediated through the hydroxylamine metabolite. These include hemolysis, methemoglobinemia, and agranulocytosis. Careful monitoring for possible adverse reactions includes frequently performing complete blood counts and regular blood chemistry profile determinations.

  14. Dapsone-induced pure red cell aplasia and cholestatic jaundice: A new experience for diagnosis and management.

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    Sawlani, Kamal Kumar; Chaudhary, Shyam Chand; Singh, Jitendra; Raja, Deep Chandh; Mishra, Sanjay; Goel, Madhu Mati

    2016-01-01

    Dapsone (4,4'- diaminodiphenylsulfone) is the parent compound of the sulfones, and it has potent antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects. It is used in the treatment of leprosy, dermatitis herpetiformis, and prophylactically to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia and toxoplasmosis in patients unable to tolerate trimethoprim with sulfamethoxazole. We hereby report a case of dapsone toxicity who developed pure red cell aplasia and cholestatic jaundice in a suspected case of dermatitis herpetiformis. Patient had an excellent response to corticosteroids after withdrawal of dapsone. PMID:27512715

  15. [Corticosteroids in the treatment of infectious diseases].

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    Kronig, I; Schibler, M; Rougemont, M; Emonet, S

    2013-04-24

    The addition of a corticosteroid has become a common practice for the treatment of some infectious diseases, such as meningitis, septic shock, moderate to severe Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. The belief that steroids may have a beneficial effect in the early stage of pro-inflammatory infections explains the renewed interest for these treatments. This review of recent literature helps determine the use of steroids in the treatment of infectious diseases as formal guidance, questionable or rather contraindicated. When there is a clear scientific indication for the use of corticosteroids regardless of the current infection, the latter is never a formal contraindication.

  16. Rhodococcus equi Sepsis in a Renal Transplant Recipient: A Case Study.

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    Macken, Eline; de Jonge, Hylke; Van Caesbroeck, Daniël; Verhaegen, Jan; Van Kerkhoven, Dana; Van Wijngaerden, Eric; Kuypers, Dirk

    2015-04-01

    Rhodococcus equi is an unusual cause of infection in humans, but has emerged as an opportunistic pathogen among immunocompromised patients. Primary pulmonary involvement is the most common clinical presentation, although the spectrum of disease is broad. Diagnosing R. equi infections remains challenging, both from clinical and microbiological view, and no standard treatment has been established. In this report, we present a detailed case of a 57-year-old male renal transplant recipient who developed R. equi bacteremia with a concomitant Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. We describe the clinical features of R. equi infections, highlight the importance of an early diagnosis, and briefly review treatment options for this rare infection. PMID:27500216

  17. Application of diffusion tensor imaging in AIDS patients with brain opportunistic diseases: A comparative study of tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis

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    Xiang-le Chu

    2015-06-01

    Conclusions: Quantitative DTI is valuable for diagnosis and differential diagnosis of patients with AIDS-associated infections, and also could provide references for clinical physicians for proper medications. The quantitative FA value could help better reveal different changes of microstructural integrity between different opportunistic infections.

  18. The Use of Adjuvant Nutrition to Preserve and Increase Lean Body Mass in AIDS Patients with Muscle Wasting.

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    The studies conducted under this CRADA were aimed at determining if nutritional supplementation with HMb, in combination with glutamine and arginine can ameliorate the AIDS-associated wasting syndrome and in turn improve the clinical course of the disease.

  19. Nef does not contribute to replication differences between R5 pre-AIDS and AIDS HIV-1 clones from patient ACH142

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    Rekosh David

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract AIDS-associated, CCR5-tropic (R5 HIV-1 clones, isolated from a patient that never developed CXCR4-tropic HIV-1, replicate to a greater extent and cause greater cytopathic effects than R5 HIV-1 clones isolated before the onset of AIDS. Previously, we showed that HIV-1 Env substantially contributed to the enhanced replication of an AIDS clone. In order to determine if Nef makes a similar contribution, we cloned and phenotypically analyzed nef genes from a series of patient ACH142 derived R5 HIV-1 clones. The AIDS-associated Nef contains a series of residues found in Nef proteins from progressors 1. In contrast to other reports 123, this AIDS-associated Nef downmodulated MHC-I to a greater extent and CD4 less than pre-AIDS Nef proteins. Additionally, all Nef proteins enhanced infectivity similarly in a single round of replication. Combined with our previous study, these data show that evolution of the HIV-1 env gene, but not the nef gene, within patient ACH142 significantly contributed to the enhanced replication and cytopathic effects of the AIDS-associated R5 HIV-1 clone.

  20. La Dolorosa School, suburbs of Quito, Ecuador

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    On his way to Paris, invited by the mutual aid association « Partage » to participate in a seminar, the Director of this school, Patrizio Raza, was kind enough to stop off in Geneva to visit us on 8 June.

  1. Litomosoides (Nemata: Filarioidea) of bats from Bolivia with records for three known species and the description of a new species.

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    Notarnicola, Juliana; Ruíz, F Agustín Jiménez; Gardner, Scott L

    2010-08-01

    Herein, we describe Litomosoides salazari n. sp. collected from the body cavity of the yellow bat, Lasiurus ega , from Bolivia. This new species of filarioid nematode is most closely related to the carinii group and is characterized by its relatively small size with the vulva located slightly posterior to the esophago-intestinal junction; an arrow-shaped buccal capsule; and a short, rounded tail. New host and locality records for both Litomosoides hamletti and L. chandleri in phyllostomid bats, and L. brasiliensis occurring in both phyllostomid and vespertilionid bats, are provided. The morphological variability of the specimens is documented by providing comparative measurements of 3 known species. Litomosoides brasiliensis occurs in 6 species of bats from Bolivia and was the most common species of filarioid nematode encountered. All 4 species of nematodes, including the new species, were found in sympatry at Chijchijpa, a locality in the Yungas of Bolivia. PMID:20738202

  2. Some coccidia from the gall-bladder and intestine of the teiid lizard Ameiva ameiva ameiva and the gecko Hemidactylus mabouia in north Brazil.

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    Lainson, R; Paperna, I

    1999-06-01

    A study has been made of the endogenous development of two eimeriid Coccidia in the teiid lizard Ameiva ameiva, which were previously considered by Carini (1932) to be conspecific with Eimeria rochalimai and Eimeria boveroi Carini & Pinto, 1926, described in the gecko Hemidactylus mabouia. It has been shown that this is not so, and the two parasites of A. ameiva have been named Choleoeimeria carinii n. sp. and Acroeimeria pintoi n. sp. A description is also given of the endogenous stages of the two eimeriid coccidians previously described in Hemidactylus mabouia. The one from the gall-bladder is renamed Choleoeimeria rochalimai (Carini & Pinto, 1926) nov. comb., and a redescription is made of Eimeria boveroi. The shortcomings of diagnosis based solely on morphology of the oocysts are discussed, particularly with regards the eimeriids of reptiles. PMID:10416189

  3. A broncofibroscopia no diagnóstico etiológico de afecções pulmonares em pacientes com síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida

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    Silva R.M. da

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o papel da broncofibroscopia no diagnóstico etiológico de pneumopatias em pacientes positivos ao vírus da imunodeficência humana. MÉTODOS: O presente estudo analisa um grupo de 49 pacientes com diagnóstico de síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida, admitidos no Hospital Nereu Ramos - Florianópolis -SC. Foram selecionados pacientes sintomáticos respiratórios com lesão simples ao exame radiográfico do tórax, sem diagnóstico etiológico confirmado por exame de escarro. Tais pacientes foram submetidos à broncofibroscopia com realização de lavado broncoalveolar, escovado brônquico e biópsia pulmonar transbrônquica. As amostras foram analisados com bacterioscopia pelo Gram, pesquisa de BAAR, citomegalovírus, P. carinii e outros fungos. RESULTADOS: A broncofibroscopia foi efetiva na realização do diagnóstico etiológico em 71,43% dos casos. A biópsia pulmonar transbrônquica foi a técnica com maior positividade, firmando o diagnóstico em 59,18% dos casos. A técnica com menor positividade foi o escovado brônquico, com diagnóstico em 4,08% dos casos. O agente etiológico mais freqüente foi o P. carinii (42,8%, seguido pelo M. tuberculosis (22,86%. Nenhuma complicação foi observada nos procedimentos realizados. CONCLUSÃO: Concluímos no presente estudo que neste grupo de pacientes a broncofibroscopia foi um procedimento seguro e efetivo para o diagnóstico etiológico de afecções pulmonares.

  4. 肺孢子虫肺炎与巨细胞病毒肺炎影像学特点

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    吴迪; 谢红浪

    2010-01-01

    @@ 免疫抑制是由各种原发性和(或)继发性病因所导致的机体免疫低反应状态,临床以后者更为常见,多表现为以感染为主的临床综合征.当机体外周血CD4~+细胞计数<200个/μl时,极易发生机会性感染~([1]),常见于HIV感染和继发于免疫抑制治疗的免疫缺陷患者.耶氏肺孢子虫(pneumocystis jiroveci)和巨细胞病毒(cytomegalovirus,CMV)是免疫抑制状态下最常见的两种机会性感染病原体,由其导致的肺孢子虫肺炎(pneumocystis pneumonia,PCP)和巨细胞病毒肺炎(cytomegalovirus pneumonia,CMP)临床表现极为相似,且均存在病原体获取困难、血清学检验阳性率偏低及病原体无法体外培养等诊断难点,如未予及时明确诊治,死亡率均较高.因此,二者的早期诊断极其重要.

  5. 肺孢子虫肺炎的发病机制和药物治疗

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    许书添; 谢红浪

    2010-01-01

    @@ 耶氏肺孢子虫(pneumocystis jiroveci,简称肺孢子虫)是常见于免疫功能低下患者的机会性感染病原体,多在人免疫缺陷病毒(HIV)感染、恶性肿瘤、器官移植、自身免疫及血液系统疾病患者中发病.一旦发生肺孢子虫肺炎(pneumocystis pneumonia,PCP),病情进展迅速,病死率极高,若不经治疗,33至4周内几乎100%患者死亡;倘若治疗,不同人群的死亡率不同,HIV感染者死亡率为5%~10%,免疫缺陷的肿瘤患者死亡率高达20%~25%,需要机械通气者死亡率则更高,达60%~90%~([1,2]).PCP的病情严重性与免疫功能和炎症反应程度密切相关,而与病原体数量无关.本文拟就PCP发病机制、临床特征和药物治疗的最新进展作一简述.

  6. Nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis: a common cause of pulmonary disease in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    During a 4.4-year period, nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis was seen in 41 of 110 (38%) patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and accounted for 32% (48/152) of all episodes of clinical pneumonitis. Diffuse alveolar damage was typically a feature of nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis, but neither lung biopsy nor bronchoalveolar lavage detected a pathogen. Of these 41 patients, 13 had no associated pulmonary tumor and had not been exposed to pulmonary toxins, whereas 28 patients had either concurrent pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma, previous experimental therapies, or a history of pneumocystis pneumonia or drug abuse. Of these 41, 23 had normal chest radiographs. The clinical features of patients with nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis were similar to those of patients with pneumocystis pneumonia, although histologic findings showed less severe alveolar damage in patients with nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis (p less than 0.001). Pathologic evaluation and clinical follow-up suggest that many clinical episodes of pneumonitis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are due to nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis of unknown cause

  7. Comparative imaging of HIV-associated diseases of the hepatobiliary system in CT and cholangiography

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    With the incidence of AIDS being on the rise, diagnostic work-up of hepatobiliary disease in these patients is of increasing interest. 57 X-ray cholangiograms and computed tomographic studies of 13 AIDS-patients with clinical signs of cholangitis were reviewed. Nine patients had abnormal cholangiographic findings. Computed tomography of 8 patients revealed hepatobiliary disease in six cases. Of three patients with cholangiograms reflecting bile duct dilatation of neoplastic aetiology, CT was required in two for definite diagnosis. Cholangiography is the method of choice for diagnosing AIDS-associated cholangitis, whereas computed tomography compres favourably in depicting neoplastic disease of the hepatobiliary system. Follow-up of AIDS-associated cholangitis usually delineates unchanged radiologic findings. (orig.)

  8. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 2-mediated inhibition of HIV type 1: a new approach to gene therapy of HIV-infection.

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    Arya, S K; Gallo, R C

    1996-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 2, the second AIDS-associated human retrovirus, differs from HIV-1 in its natural history, infectivity, and pathogenicity, as well as in details of its genomic structure and molecular behavior. We report here that HIV-2 inhibits the replication of HIV-1 at the molecular level. This inhibition was selective, dose-dependent, and nonreciprocal. The closely related simian immunodeficiency provirus also inhibited HIV-1. The selectivity of inhibition was show...

  9. [Acetaminophen-induced hypothermia, an AIDS related side-effect? About 4 cases].

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    Denes, Eric; Amaniou, Monique; Rogez, Jean-Philippe; Weinbreck, Pierre; Merle, Louis

    2002-10-01

    Hypothermia is an uncommon side effect of acetaminophen. We report 4 cases of HIV-infected patients who developed hypothermia after intravenous injection of propacetamol (the parenteral formulation of acetaminophen). The mechanism of this hypothermia is unknown. AIDS-induced changes in the metabolism of acetaminophen, could be an explanation. AIDS-associated opportunistic diseases may account for part of the mechanism. These hypothermias occur within 6 hours after the injection, are well tolerated and regress spontaneously. PMID:12486392

  10. KSHV G protein-coupled receptor inhibits lytic gene transcription in primary-effusion lymphoma cells via p21-mediated inhibition of Cdk2

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    Cannon, M; Cesarman, E; Boshoff, C

    2006-01-01

    Kaposi sarcoma (KS) remains the most common AIDS-associated malignancy worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa especially, this aggressive endothelial-cell tumor is a cause of widespread morbidity and mortality. Infection with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is now known to be an etiologic force behind KS and primary-effusion lymphoma (PEL). Over time, KSHV has pirated many human genes whose products regulate angiogenesis, inflammation, and the cell cycle. One of these, the KSHV vGPCR, ...

  11. Exploring Immigrant Farming Programs and Social Capital: A Mixed Method Approach to Program Evaluation

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    Hightower, Lisa Sarah

    2012-01-01

    African immigrants in the United States (U.S.) experience immense challenges in the form of poverty, unemployment, and underemployment. One strategy used by community development organizations to address these challenges is the development of farm entry programs that assist immigrants in beginning and sustaining farm operations in the United States. Organizations such as Cooperative Extension, resettlement agencies, and African mutual aid associations have developed beginning farmer programs ...

  12. Typing of Human Mycobacterium avium Isolates in Italy by IS1245-Based Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis

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    Lari, Nicoletta; Cavallini, Michela; Rindi, Laura; Iona, Elisabetta; Fattorini, Lanfranco; Garzelli, Carlo

    1998-01-01

    All but 2 of 63 Mycobacterium avium isolates from distinct geographic areas of Italy exhibited markedly polymorphic, multibanded IS1245 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) patterns; 2 isolates showed the low-number banding pattern typical of bird isolates. By computer analysis, 41 distinct IS1245 patterns and 10 clusters of essentially identical strains were detected; 40% of the 63 isolates showed genetic relatedness, suggesting the existence of a predominant AIDS-associated IS1245 RFLP pattern. PMID:9817900

  13. Aspergillosis in a Patient Receiving Temozolomide for the Treatment of Glioblastoma

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    Full Text Available Leukopenia and selective CD4+ lymphopenia represent major adverse events associated with the use of temozolomide (TMZ, an oral alkylating agent incorporated in the treatment of glioblastoma (GBM. The increased risk of opportunistic infections, including those caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci and cytomegalovirus, has been previously described in the literature. Here we report the case, the first to our knowledge, of a patient with pulmonary invasive aspergillosis immediately after the completion of chemoradiation with TMZ for GBM. Diagnosis was confirmed through a CT-guided lung biopsy, and the patient had excellent response to systemic voriconazole. This case illustrates that TMZ can be associated with severe opportunistic infections, presumably associated with T lymphocyte immune dysfunction, and patients exposed to this agent should be carefully monitored.

  14. Hospitalization for pneumonia among individuals with and without HIV infection, 1995-2007: a Danish population-based, nationwide cohort study

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    Sogaard, O.S.; Lohse, N.; Gerstoft, J.;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals with high CD4(+) cell counts may have increased susceptibility to other infections. We compared incidence rates of pneumonia among individuals with and without HIV infection and explored risk factors for pneumonia in the HIV......-infected population. METHODS: This was an observational cohort study conducted during 1995-2007. Each member of a Danish population-based nationwide cohort of HIV-infected individuals was matched with up to 99 control individuals from the general population. Data on age, mortality, emigration, and hospital discharge...... diagnoses from 1977 onward were obtained from nationwide administrative databases. Individuals without previous hospitalization for pneumonia were observed from the date of HIV diagnosis until the first hospitalization to treat pneumonia (excluding pneumonia attributable to Pneumocystis jiroveci). Risk...

  15. The Respiratory Presentation of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency in Two Mennonite Children at a Tertiary Centre Highlighting the Importance of Recognizing This Pediatric Emergency

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    Simon Lam

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    Full Text Available Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID is considered to be a pediatric emergency, with respiratory distress being the most common presenting symptom. The authors present two cases of SCID in children <4 months of age with respiratory distress at a tertiary care centre due to a recently described homozygous CD3 delta mutation found only in the Mexican Mennonite population. Failure to respond to broad-spectrum antibiotics prompted investigation for possible SCID. Bronchial alveolar lavage fluid from both patients grew Pneumocystis jiroveci, and flow cytometry revealed absent T cells. The CD3 delta gene is believed to be important in T cell differentiation and maturation. The present article reminds pediatricians and pediatric respirologists that the key to diagnosing SCID is to have a high index of suspicion if there is poor response to conventional therapies.

  16. Cotrimoxazole-Induced Hypoglycaemia in a Patient with Churg-Strauss Syndrome

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    Full Text Available Cotrimoxazole is a commonly used antimicrobial agent which is traditionally indicated in the management of pneumocystis infection of which HIV and immunosuppressed individuals are at high risk. Furthermore, it can be used on the long term for prophylactic indications. Hypoglycaemia following commencement of cotrimaoxazole is a rare adverse effect which was first described in 1988. We describe a case of hypoglycaemia shortly following initiation of cotrimoxazole indicated as long-term prophylaxis on a background of Churg-Strauss syndrome. The patient was symptomatic for hypoglycaemia despite simultaneous use of high-dose prednisolone; however, the hypoglycaemia did not require a hospital admission. We will explore the risk factors, monitoring requirements, and the mechanism by which co-trimoxazole induces hypoglycaemia.

  17. Nebulized Pentamidine-Induced Acute Renal Allograft Dysfunction

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    Siddhesh Prabhavalkar

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    Full Text Available Acute kidney injury (AKI is a recognised complication of intravenous pentamidine therapy. A direct nephrotoxic effect leading to acute tubular necrosis has been postulated. We report a case of severe renal allograft dysfunction due to nebulised pentamidine. The patient presented with repeated episodes of AKI without obvious cause and acute tubular necrosis only on renal histology. Nebulised pentamidine was used monthly as prophylaxis for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, and administration preceded the creatinine rise on each occasion. Graft function stabilised following discontinuation of the drug. This is the first report of nebulized pentamidine-induced reversible nephrotoxicity in a kidney allograft. This diagnosis should be considered in a case of unexplained acute renal allograft dysfunction.

  18. [Pulmonary complications in children with human immunodeficiency virus infection].

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    Brockmann V, Pablo; Viviani S, Támara; Peña D, Anamaría

    2007-08-01

    Pulmonary complications in children infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are common and may be the first manifestation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The aim of our study was to review pulmonary diseases and complications in pediatric patients with HIV infection in a large tertiary hospital in Santiago, Chile. We performed a retrospective, descriptive analysis of 17 patients with HIV infection controlled at the Hospital Dr. Sótero del Rio. Respiratory complications/diseases were: overall pneumonia (n: 14), recurrent pneumonia (n: 10), citomegalovirus associated pneumonia (n: 4), Pneumocystis jiroveci associated pneumonia (n: 1) pulmonary tuberculosis (n: 1), lymphoid interstitial pneumonia (n: 3) and chronic pulmonary disease (n: 7). Microorganisms isolated were mostly atypical and frequently associated with severe and chronic pulmonary damage. A high degree of suspicion is required to detect atypical microorganisms promptly, in order to rapidly implement pathogen targeted therapy that could potentially decrease the possibility of sequelae. PMID:17728918

  19. Imaging of community-acquired pneumonia: Roles of imaging examinations, imaging diagnosis of specific pathogens and discrimination from noninfectious diseases

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    Atsushi; Nambu; Katsura; Ozawa; Noriko; Kobayashi; Masao; Tago

    2014-01-01

    This article reviews roles of imaging examinations in the management of community-acquired pneumonia(CAP), imaging diagnosis of specific CAP and discrimination between CAP and noninfectious diseases. Chest radiography is usually enough to confirm the diagnosis of CAP, whereas computed tomography is required to suggest specific pathogens and to discriminate from noninfectious diseases. Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia, tuberculosis, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia and some cases of viral pneumonia sometimes show specific imaging findings. Peribronchial nodules, especially tree-in-bud appearance, are fairly specific for infection. Evidences of organization, such as concavity of the opacities, traction bronchiectasis, visualization of air bronchograms over the entire length of the bronchi, or mild parenchymal distortion are suggestive of organizing pneumonia. We will introduce tips to effectively make use of imaging examinations in the management of CAP.

  20. [Consortium for detection and management of lung damage induced by bleomycin].

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    Biya, Josette; Stoclin, Annabelle; Dury, Sandra; Le Pavec, Jérôme; Mir, Olivier; Lazarovici, Julien; Fermé, Christophe; Annereau, Maxime; Ekpe, Kenneth; Massard, Christophe; Michot, Jean-Marie

    2016-01-01

    Bleomycin is a cytotoxic antibiotic and a component of chemotherapy regimens of germ cell tumors and lymphoma. Bleomycin lung injuries occur in 10% of patients, and lead to severe interstitial pneumonia in 3% of patients. Pulmonary toxicity is related to endothelial cells injury induce by free radicals and inflammatory cytokines. Diagnosis of bleomycin-induced lung toxicity is based on the combination of clinical and radiological features, and requires to rule out differential diagnoses including pneumocystis. "Bleomycin-induced pneumonitis" is the most frequent pattern; eosinophilic pneumonitis and organizing pneumonia are rarer. Occurrence of bleomycin lung toxicity requires an immediate and often permanent discontinuation. Treatment is based on steroid. Regular clinical and pulmonary function tests monitoring are mandatory for early detection of bleomycin-induced lung toxicity. PMID:27241272

  1. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis: Case Report and Review of Literature

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    Galiatsatos, Panagis; Melia, Michael T.; Silhan, Leann L.

    2016-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) results from a hypersensitivity response to airways colonization with Aspergillus fumigatus, and it occurs most often in individuals with asthma or cystic fibrosis. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is an indolent, but potentially progressive, disease in patients. In patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), ABPA is rare, and its description in the literature is limited to case reports. We describe the occurrence of ABPA in a 37-year-old woman with well controlled HIV infection. This represents the first documented case of ABPA in an HIV-infected patient whose only pulmonary comorbidity included the ramifications of prior acute respiratory distress syndrome due to Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. We also review prior case reports of ABPA in HIV-infected patients and consider risk factors for its development.

  2. 双氢青蒿素抗寄生虫作用研究进展%Advances in research of dihydroartemisinin against parasitic diseases

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    李洪军; 汪伟; 梁幼生

    2011-01-01

    Dihydroartemisinin, the main metabolite of artemisinin and two artemisinin derivatives, artemether and artesunate, is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug. The present paper systematically reviews the advances in research of dihydroartemisinin against Plasmodium, Schistosoma, Pneumocystis, Toxoplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Leishmania, Giardia lamblia.%双氢青蒿素是青蒿素及其衍生物蒿甲醚和青蒿琥酯在体内的有效活性代谢产物,为广谱抗寄生虫药物.本文系统综述其抗疟原虫、血吸虫、肺孢子虫、弓形虫、阴道毛滴虫、利什曼原虫、蓝氏贾第鞭毛虫作用.

  3. [Czech eponyms in pathology].

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    Steiner, Ivo

    2013-01-01

    The 24th European Congress of Pathology taking place in Prague is an opportunity to remind our society of the Czech names appearing as eponyms in pathological terminology: Karel Rokitanský - R. protuberance in dermoid cyst; R. thrombogenic theory of atherosclerosis; Mayer - R. - Küster - Hauser - Winckel syndrome (congenital malformation of the vagina and uterus); Václav Treitz - T. duodenal ligament; T. retroperitoneal hernia; T. uremic colitis; Vilém Dušan Lambl - L. excrescences of heart valves; Lamblia (Giardia) intestinalis, and also the foundation of urological cytology; Stanislav Provázek - Prowazek - Halberstädter bodies (trachoma), Rickettsia Prowazeki (typhus fever); Josef Vaněk - V. tumor (gastric inflammatory fibroid polyp), and also discovery of the etiology of pneumocystic pneumonia; Otto Jírovec - Pneumocystis Jiroveci; Blahoslav Bednář - B. tumor (pigmented dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans).

  4. Analysis of the Characteristics of CT in the Chest of Patients with HIV/AIDS Complicated with Pneumonia%艾滋病合并肺孢子菌肺炎胸部CT特点的分析

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    鲜龚兵; 李文全

    2015-01-01

    目的通过对我科艾滋病并肺孢子菌肺炎患者胸部CT特点,提高对肺孢子菌肺炎的诊断水平。方法回顾分析30例艾滋病合并肺孢子菌肺炎患者的胸部CT改变。结果①双肺局灶磨玻璃样密度增高影5例;②双肺弥漫性磨玻璃样密度增高影12例;③双肺弥漫性网织状纹理增粗伴磨玻璃样密度增高影7例;榆典型"碎石路征"伴磨玻璃样密度增高影2例;虞双肺散布多发气囊影4例。%Objective To analyse the characteristics of chest CT for AIDS complicate with pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) patients, improve the PCP diagnositic level.Methods Retrospect 30 cases changes in chest CT of AIDS complicate with pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP).Results ①bilateral pulmonary of focal ground-glass opacity had 5.②bilateral pulmonary of dif use ground-glass opacity had 12. ③bilateral pulmonary of lung markings thickening merged ground-glass opacity had 7. crazy-paving pat ern merged ground-glass opacity had 2. ⑤air space opacification in bilateral pulmonary had 4.

  5. HYPER IgM SYNDROME: A REVIEW OF 3 CASES

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    A. Farhoudi

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Hyper IgM syndrome (HIM SX is a rare congenital primary immunodeficiency that affects males more than females (70%, x-Iinked recessive, but there are reports of autosomal recessive and autosomal dominant inheritances. In this study, we review medical histories of 2 affected girls and one affected boy. Our 3 cases fulfill clinical and laboratory criteria of this syndrome. Their clinical signs include recurrent pyogenic and opportunistic infections especilly in skin, respiratory and GI tracts, case 2 suffered from recurrent urinary tract infections too. Case 3 experienced P. carinii pnemonia during a severe neutropenic episode.Other signs were 1- Autoimmunities as neutropenia, throbocytopenia, Coomb's positive hemolytic anemia and chronic parotitis in second case, 2- lymphoid hyperplasia presenting as generalized lymphadenopathies, hepatosplenomegaly and nodular lymphoid hyperplasia of intestine. Case 3, the 5 year old boy had an ataxic gait and suffered from recurrent herpetic keratoconjunctivitis and stomatitis. All the cases had very high serum levels of IgM (>1000 mg/dl while other immunoglobulins were low. Sm IgM -f B lymphocytes were increased in the first two cases and CD40L on Tcell of the 3rd case was absent. Occurance of this syndrome in girls is a very rare phenomenon.Presence of high or normal serum IgM level in a hypogammaglobulinemic patient should be a clue for diagnosing this syndrome and could be further confirmed either by studying CD40L/CD40 pathway or through a genetic survey.

  6. Síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida: descrição anátomo-patológica de dois casos de necropsia Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: pathologic description of two autopsy cases

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    Vera L. C. Delmonte

    1984-08-01

    Full Text Available Os Autores apresentam dois casos de Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida com ênfase aos achados de necropsia. A criptococose generalizada de padrão miliar, infreqüente, e a pneumocistose foram infecções oportunísticas de curso fatal pela destruição parenquimatosa de órgãos vitais que acarretaram. É destacado o papel etiopatogênico do citomegalovírus, pela concomitância de infecção em ambos os casos e associação aos órgãos mais afetados. Extensa necrose de supra-renal foi constatada, possivelmente secundária à destruição celular viral pelo CMV.Two autopsy cases of acquired immunodeficiency disease syndrome are reported. One case showed widespread miliar cryptococcosis, with scarce inflammatory response. The other developed respiratory failure due to pulmonary infection by P. carinii. In both cases we could observe generalized cytomegalic infection, with striking adrenal involvement. Special emphasis is given to the pathologic changes and the possible etiopathogenic role of cytomegaloviroses in the acquired immunodeficiency cases.

  7. Respiratory complications in Brazilian patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus Complicações respiratórias em pacientes brasileiros infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana

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    Adriana Weinberg

    1993-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine how often and by what means an indentifiable pulmonary pathogen can be recognized in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infected patients with respiratory disorders in Brazil, which are the most frequently observed microorganisms and what impact specific therapy has on these agents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-five HIV seroposiüve subjects with respiratory complaints were studied. All patients had a complete history, physical examination and blood counts. The pulmonary assessment included chest radiograms; sputum examination for bacterial and fungal pathogens; bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy. Patients with treatable complications received standard antimicrobial therapy. RESULTS: One or more microorganisms were found in 24 subjects and another 3 individuals showed nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis. The sputum examination identified the pulmonary pathogens in 7 cases. The bronchoalveolar lavage and the histopathologic examination were diagnostic in 14% and 83%, respectively, of the 28 individuals that were submitted to bronchoscopy. The most frequently identified microorganism was P. carinii (55%, followed by M. tuberculosis (41% and cytomegalovirus (8%. The clinical, laboratory and radiographic findings failed to distinguish the specific pulmonary pathogens. Twenty-three individuals with P. carinii pneumonitis and/or tuberculosis received specific therapy; among the evaluable patients the therapeutic response rates were 79% for PCP and 100% for TB. CONCLUSIONS: We have determined that tuberculosis, P. carinii and cytomegalovirus pneumonitis are the most common respiratory opportunistic diseases in Brazilian patients infected with HIV. The histologic evaluation was crucial in order to identify the pulmonary pathogens. Tuberculosis in AIDS individuals displayed clinical and radiographic findings atypical for reactivation disease. However, most of the features observed in HIV infected

  8. Nematode parasites of marsupials and small rodents from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Delir Corrêa Gomes

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Nematodes from opossums and rodents captured in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were studied. From the opossums Didelphis aurita Weid-Neuweid, 1826 and Philander opossum (Linnaeus, 1758 the following nematode species were recovered: Viannaia hamata Travassos, 1914, Aspidodera raillieti Travassos, 1913, Cruzia tentaculata (Rudolphi, 1819, Travassos, 1917, Turgida turgida (Rudolphi, 1819 Travassos, 1919, Gongylonemoides marsupialis (Vaz & Pereira, 1934 Freitas & Lent, 1937, Viannaia viannai Travassos, 1914, Spirura guianensis (Ortlepp, 1924 Chitwood, 1938 and from the rodents Akodon cursor (Winger, 1887, Nectomys squamipes (Brants, 1827, Oligoryzomys eliurus (Wagner, 1845 and Oryzomys intermedius (Leche, 1886: Hassalstrongylus epsilon (Travassos, 1937 Durette-Desset, 1971, Syphacia obvelata (Rudolphi, 1802 Seurat, 1916, S. venteli Travassos, 1937, Physaloptera bispiculata Vaz & Pereira, 1935, Litomosoides carinii (Travassos, 1919 Vaz, 1934, Viannaia viannai, Hassalstrongylus epsilon, H. zeta (Travassos, 1937 Durette-Desset, 1971, Stilestrongylus aculeata (Travassos, 1918 Durette-Desset, 1971 S. eta (Travassos, 1937 Durette-Desset, 1971. Highest worm burdens and prevalences were those related to Cruzia tentaculata in marsupials. Stilestrongylus aculeata was referred for the first time in Akodon cursor.

  9. Epidemiology and clinical characteristics of HIV-infected patients in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Cheong, I; Lim, A; Lee, C; Ibrahim, Z; Sarvanathan, K

    1997-12-01

    Between 1987 to 1995, a total of 334 patients infected with HIV were treated at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur. There were 159 Malays, 108 Chinese, 64 Indians, and 3 from other ethnic groups. Three hundred and twenty-one (96.1%) of these individuals were males and 262 (65.9%) were between the ages of 26-45 years. Intravenous drug users made up 77% (256) of the attributable risk behaviour from the group although many of them also had added risk behaviours like heterosexual activity with multiple partners (50 patients), tattoos (7 patients), homosexual practice (4 patients) and previous transfusions (3 patients). The others acquired their infection through heterosexual promiscuity (59 patients), homo/bisexual activity (7 patients), previous transfusion (5 patients) and tattoos (1 patient). Sixty-six patients (all males) had since progressed to full blown AIDS and 10 have died. The two commonest AIDS-defining events were tuberculosis infection and Pneumocystic carinii pneumonia occurring in 37 (56%) and 15 (22.7%) of patients respectively. Forty-one patients with AIDS presented for the first time with their AIDS-defining infections. The mean CD4 count of the patients when they progressed to AIDS was 130/mm3. The mean time for progression from "known" seropositivity to AIDS was 2.42 years. These results suggest that Malaysians infected with HIV are not coming forward for treatment until they are in the advanced stage of the disease.

  10. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus infection and Kaposi's sarcoma in Brazil

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    S. Ramos-da-Silva

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Kaposi's sarcoma (KS became a critical health issue with the emergence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS in the 1980s. Four clinical-epidemiological forms of KS have been described: classical KS, endemic KS, iatrogenic KS, and AIDS-associated KS. In 1994, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV or human herpesvirus type 8 was identified by Chang and colleagues, and has been detected worldwide at frequencies ranging from 80 to 100%. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the frequency of KSHV infection in KS lesions from HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients in Brazil, as well as to review the current knowledge about KS transmission and detection. For these purposes, DNA from 51 cases of KS was assessed by PCR: 20 (39.2% cases of classical KS, 29 (56.9% of AIDS-associated KS and 2 (3.9% of iatrogenic KS. Most patients were males (7.5:1, M/F, and mean age was 47.9 years (SD = ± 18.7 years. As expected, HIV-positive KS patients were younger than patients with classical KS. On the other hand, patients with AIDS-associated KS have early lesions (patch and plaque compared to classical KS patients (predominantly nodular lesions. This is assumed to be the result of the early diagnose of KS in the HIV-positive setting. KSHV infection was detected by PCR in almost all cases (48/51; 94.1%, irrespectively of the clinical-epidemiological form of KS. These results show that KSHV is associated with all forms of KS in Brazilian patients, a fact that supports the role of this virus in KS pathogenesis.

  11. Human herpesvirus-8/Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus is a new transmissible virus that infects B cells

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    Herpesviral DNA fragments isolated from AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) tissue (KSHV-DNA) share homology with two lymphotropic oncogenic gamma-herpesviruses, Epstein-Barr virus and Herpesvirus saimiri, and are present in the lesions of more than 95% of HIV and non- HIV-associated forms of KS, AIDS-related body cavity-based lymphomas, and AIDS-related multicentric Castleman's disease. Here we show that BC- 1, a KSHV-DNA-positive, body cavity-based lymphoma cell line, produces infective h...

  12. Viral articular deformations in a goat

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    A goat belonging to an animal aid association was presented for bilateral deformation of the tarsus and carpus and signs of high-grade pain. ELISA serology was positive for Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis Virus. Radiography revealed marked osseous remodelling of the tarsus. The blood fibrinogen concentration was very elevated. On infected commercial farms, it is recommended that both seropositive animals and their offspring are culled when the level of infected is low, or to separate the kids from the mothers at an early age. In this case, palliative treatment was prescribed based on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and articular puncture-lavages

  13. Spectrum of Opportunistic Infections and Risk Factors for In-Hospital Mortality of Admitted AIDS Patients in Shanghai.

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    Luo, Bin; Sun, Jianjun; Cai, Rentian; Shen, Yinzhong; Liu, Li; Wang, Jiangrong; Zhang, Renfang; Shen, Jiayin; Lu, Hongzhou

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the frequency and the spectrum of major opportunistic infections (OIs), evaluate the major clinical factors associated with each specific OI, and identify the risk factors for in-hospital death among HIV patients in East China.A retrospective cohort study was made including all the HIV-infected patients who were admitted for the first time to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center during June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2015. The demographic and clinical data were collected. Comparison of continuous variables was analyzed by one-way ANOVA and rank sum test. Person χ test and Fisher exact test were applied to analyze the categorical variables. A Cox proportional hazards regression model was used to determine the risk for the occurrence of in-hospital death.In total, 920 patients were enrolled with age of 41.59 ± 13.36 years and 91% male. Median CD4 was 34 (IQR, 13-94) cells/μL. Among these patients, 94.7% acquired OIs while the rest developed malignancies. Pneumocystis pneumonia and bacterial coinfection (42.1%) was found to be the most common OIs, followed by tuberculosis (31.4%), CMV (20.9%), Cryptococcosis (9.0%), and MAC infection (5.2%). Of the above 5 major OIs, CMV-infected patients had the lowest median CD4 cell count 22.50 (IQR, 7.50-82.00) while the patients with tuberculosis infection had the highest count 61.00 (IQR, 27.00-176.00). In-hospital death rate was 4.2 per 100 person-years among these patients. Of note, admitted patients with 2 types of OIs (2.20, 95% CI 1.39-3.48) and those patients who were 40-year old or older (1.75, 95% CI 1.10-2.78) had a higher risk of such death.Pneumocystis pneumonia and tuberculosis were still the leading causes for the admission of HIV-infected patients in East China, and these patients tended to have very low CD4 cell counts. It is believed that expanding the HIV screening test and pushing the infected ones get ART earlier is required for generating a more successful HIV management strategy.

  14. Inducible nitric oxide synthase is involved in the oxidation stress induced by HIV-1 gp120 in human retina pigment epithelial cells

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    Background The human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein gp120 has been implicated in the development of AIDS-associated retinopathy. The present study tested the hypothesis that gp120 may induce oxidative stress including up regulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and production of malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitric oxide (NO) to mediate retinopathy in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. Methods Human RPE cell line D407 was cultured and treated with gp120. HIV-1 gp120 protein induced lipid peroxidation product MDA. NO production and iNOS expression were examined in vitro by spectrophomtometry, real-time PCR, Western blotting, and confocal microscope. Results Addition of gp120 was able to induce RPE cells to produce NO and MDA in time- and dose-dependent manners (P<0.05). Similarly, gp120 was also capable of up-regulating iNOS mRNA and protein in D407 cells in time- and dose-dependent manners. Conclusions Gp120 induces oxidative stress in D407 cell by stimulating MDA and NO production, which is mediated by up-regulating iNOS expression. Gp120 may mediate oxidation stress in AIDS-associated retinopathy.

  15. Pentosan polysulfate as an inhibitor of extracellular HIV-1 Tat.

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    Rusnati, M; Urbinati, C; Caputo, A; Possati, L; Lortat-Jacob, H; Giacca, M; Ribatti, D; Presta, M

    2001-06-22

    HIV-1 Tat protein, released from HIV-infected cells, may act as a pleiotropic heparin-binding growth factor. From this observation, extracellular Tat has been implicated in the pathogenesis of AIDS and of AIDS-associated pathologies. Here we demonstrate that the heparin analog pentosan polysulfate (PPS) inhibits the interaction of glutathione S-transferase (GST)-Tat protein with heparin immobilized to a BIAcore sensor chip. Competition experiments showed that Tat-PPS interaction occurs with high affinity (K(d) = 9.0 nm). Also, GST.Tat prevents the binding of [(3)H]heparin to GST.Tat immobilized to glutathione-agarose beads. In vitro, PPS inhibits GST.Tat internalization and, consequently, HIV-1 long terminal repeat transactivation in HL3T1 cells. Also, PPS inhibits cell surface interaction and mitogenic activity of GST.Tat in murine adenocarcinoma T53 Tat-less cells. In all assays, PPS exerts its Tat antagonist activity with an ID(50) equal to approximately 1.0 nm. In vivo, PPS inhibits the neovascularization induced by GST.Tat or by Tat-overexpressing T53 cells in the chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane. In conclusion, PPS binds Tat protein and inhibits its cell surface interaction, internalization, and biological activity in vitro and in vivo. PPS may represent a prototypic molecule for the development of novel Tat antagonists with therapeutic implications in AIDS and AIDS-associated pathologies, including Kaposi's sarcoma.

  16. AIDS Cholangiopathy in an Asymptomatic, Previously Undiagnosed Late-Stage HIV-Positive Patient from Kenya

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    Yiming Gao

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available AIDS-associated cholangiopathy is a form of biliary tract inflammation with stricture formation seen in AIDS patients who are severely immunosuppressed. It is no longer common in countries in which HAART therapy is widely employed but is still seen in underdeveloped countries. The majority of patients are symptomatic at the time of presentation. Herein, we describe a seventy-four-year-old woman who presented with unilateral leg swelling after a prolonged airplane flight. She was otherwise entirely asymptomatic. Routine laboratory testing was notable for a hypochromic microcytic anemia, slight leukopenia, and mild hypoalbuminemia. Liver enzymes were all elevated. Deep venous thrombosis was confirmed, and a CT scan of the chest disclosed no pulmonary emboli. However, the visualized portion of the abdomen showed dilatation of the common bile and pancreatic ducts. This was confirmed on ultrasonography and MRCP, and no obstructive lesions were noted. An ERCP revealed a dilated common bile duct without filling defects or strictures. A balloon occlusion cholangiogram showed strictures and beading of the intrahepatic ducts. Shortly thereafter, serology for HIV returned positive along with a depressed CD4 cell count, and the patient was diagnosed with AIDS-associated cholangiography.

  17. Kaposi’s sarcoma in Brazilian AIDS patients: a study of 144 cases Sarcoma de Kaposi em pacientes com AIDS: estudo de 144 casos

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    Esther G. BIRMAN

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available One hundred and forty-four Brazilian AIDS patients presenting with Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS were evaluated with respect to the frequency of oral neoplasms and their clinical features. The majority of the patients were young male adults (age range: 21-40 years old, from which 11.1 % presented with oral KS (OKS exclusively. Oral and skin lesions were associated in 25% of the cases, while only four patients showed association between oral and visceral KS; 49.3% of the cases were exclusively dermatological. The hard palate was the main site affected, followed by the oropharynx. The localization of KS was found to be similarly frequent in the tongue, gingiva and other sites of the oral mucosa. Candidosis was the prevailing fungal disease; in 20% of the cases it was restricted to the oral mucosa and in 80% it was systemic. No high frequency of paracoccidioidomicosis and cryptococcosis was detected. The prevailing bacterial disease was Tuberculosis and there was only one case of syphilis. Among the viral diseases, the most frequently detected was herpes simplex, followed by molusco contagiosum, condiloma acuminatum and cytomegaloviroses at lower frequencies. Pneumonia caused by Pneumocystes carinii and toxoplasmosis were also identified. The authors emphasise the importance of oral examination in HIV-infected patients bearing in mind several aspects related especially to KS, and stress the need for an interdisciplinary team in the management of these patients, in order to provide better quality of life as well as rapid diagnosis and treatment.Foram estudados pacientes brasileiros portadores de SIDA apresentando sarcoma de Kaposi (SK. O perfil de idade mostrou um grupo com média de idade entre 21 e 40 anos, sendo que 11,1% da amostra apresentava SK exclusivamente na cavidade bucal, observando-se em 25% da amostra uma associação de lesões bucais e na pele. Somente quatro pacientes apresentaram associação de lesões bucais e viscerais, enquanto 49

  18. Antibiotic prophylaxis in primary immune deficiency disorders.

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    Kuruvilla, Merin; de la Morena, Maria Teresa

    2013-01-01

    Long-term prophylactic antibiotics are being widely implemented as primary or adjunctive therapy in primary immune deficiencies. This practice has transformed clinical outcomes in the setting of chronic granulomatous disease, complement deficiencies, Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial disease, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, hyper-IgE syndrome, Toll signaling defects, and prevented Pneumocystis in patients with T-cell deficiencies. Yet, controlled trials are few in the context of primary antibody deficiency syndromes, and most of this practice has been extrapolated from data in patients who are immune competent and with recurrent acute otitis media, chronic rhinosinusitis, cystic fibrosis, and bronchiectasis. The paucity of guidelines on the subject is reflected in recent surveys among practicing immunologists that highlight differences of habit regarding this treatment. Such discrepancies reinforce the lack of standard protocols on the subject. This review will provide evidence for the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in various primary immune deficiency populations, especially highlighting the role antibiotic prophylaxis in primary antibody deficiency syndromes. We also discussed the relationship of long-term antibiotic use and the prevalence of resistant pathogens. Overall, examination of available data on the use of prophylactic antibiotics in antibody deficiency syndromes merit future investigation in well-designed multicenter prospective trials because this population has few other management options.

  19. Detection of Balamuthia mandrillaris DNA by real-time PCR targeting the RNase P gene

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    Lewin Astrid

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The free-living amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris may cause fatal encephalitis both in immunocompromised and in – apparently – immunocompetent humans and other mammalian species. Rapid, specific, sensitive, and reliable detection requiring little pathogen-specific expertise is an absolute prerequisite for a successful therapy and a welcome tool for both experimental and epidemiological research. Results A real-time polymerase chain reaction assay using TaqMan® probes (real-time PCR was established specifically targeting the RNase P gene of B. mandrillaris amoebae. The assay detected at least 2 (down to 0.5 genomes of B. mandrillaris grown in axenic culture. It did not react with DNA from closely related Acanthamoeba (3 species, nor with DNA from Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania major, Pneumocystis murina, Mycobacterium bovis (BCG, human brain, various mouse organs, or from human and murine cell lines. The assay efficiently detected B. mandrillaris DNA in spiked cell cultures, spiked murine organ homogenates, B. mandrillaris-infected mice, and CNS tissue-DNA preparations from 2 patients with proven cerebral balamuthiasis. This novel primer set was successfully combined with a published set that targets the B. mandrillaris 18S rRNA gene in a duplex real-time PCR assay to ensure maximum specificity and as a precaution against false negative results. Conclusion A real-time PCR assay for B. mandrillaris amoebae is presented, that is highly specific, sensitive, and reliable and thus suited both for diagnosis and for research.

  20. Etiology of spontaneous pneumothorax in 105 HIV-infected patients without highly active antiretroviral therapy

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    Rivero, Antonio [Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba (Spain)], E-mail: ariveror@saludalia.com; Perez-Camacho, Ines [Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba (Spain); Lozano, Fernando [Virgen de Valme University Hospital, Sevilla (Spain); Santos, Jesus [Virgen de la Victoria University Hospital, Malaga (Spain); Camacho, Angela [Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba (Spain); Serrano, Ascencion [Puerta del Mar University Hospital, Cadiz (Spain); Cordero, Elisa [Virgen del Rocio University Hospital, Sevilla (Spain); Jimenez, Francisco [Carlos Haya Hospital, Malaga (Spain); Torres-Tortosa, Manuel [Punta de Europa Hospital, Cadiz (Spain); Torre-Cisneros, Julian [Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba (Spain)

    2009-08-15

    Introduction: Spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) is a frequent complication in non-treated HIV-infected patients as a complication of opportunistic infections and tumours. Objective: To analyse the aetiology of SP in non-treated HIV patients. Patients and methods: Observational study of SP cases observed in a cohort of 9831 of non-treated HIV-infected patients attended in seven Spanish hospitals. Results: 105 patients (1.06%) developed SP. The aetiological cause was identified in 89 patients. The major causes identified were: bacterial pneumonia (36 subjects, 34.3%); Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) (31 patients, 29.5%); and pulmonary tuberculosis (17 cases, 15.2%). The most common cause of SP in drugs users was bacterial pneumonia (40%), whereas PJP was more common (65%) in sexual transmitted HIV-patients. The most common cause of bilateral SP was PJP (62.5%) whereas unilateral SP was most commonly associated with bacterial pneumonia (40.2%). The most common cause of SP in patients with a CD4+ lymphocyte count >200 cells/ml and in patients without AIDS criteria was bacterial pneumonia. PJP was the more common cause in patients with a CD4+ lymphocyte count <200 cells/ml or with AIDS. Conclusion: The incidence of SP in non-treated HIV-infected patients was 1.06%. The aetiology was related to the patients risk practices and to their degree of immunosuppression. Bacterial pneumonia was the most common cause of SP.

  1. Age-related presence of selected viral and bacterial pathogens in paraffin-embedded lung samples of dogs with pneumonia.

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    Wöhrer, Daniela; Spergser, Joachim; Bagrinovschi, Gabriela; Möstl, Karin; Weissenböck, Herbert

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to detect selected pathogens in pneumonic lung tissue of dogs of different age groups by immunohistochemistry (IHC), in situ hybridisation (ISH) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in order to get information about their involvement in pneumonia formation. In archived formalin-fixed and paraffin wax-embedded lung samples from 68 cases with the clinical and histologic diagnosis of pneumonia the histological pattern of pneumonia was re-evaluated and the samples were further investigated for the following infectious agents: canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV), Bordetella (B.) bronchiseptica, Pasteurella (P.) multocida, Mycoplasma spp., and Pneumocystis spp. In 47.1% of the samples at least one of the featured respiratory pathogens was detected. In 31.3% of these positive samples more than one pathogen could be found. The correct detection of CDV had been achieved in ten out of eleven positive cases (90.9%) upon initial investigation, but the presence of bacterial pathogens, like B. bronchiseptica (10 cases) and P. multocida (17 cases) had been missed in all but one case. While CDV and CRCoV infections were exclusively found in dogs younger than one year, the vast majority of infections with P. multocida and B. bronchiseptica were both common either in dogs younger than 4 months or older than one year. Thus, this retrospective approach yielded valuable data on the presence, absence and prevalence of certain respiratory pathogens in dogs with pneumonia. PMID:26919147

  2. Treatment of Extra — Abdominal Desmoid Tumors with Chemotherapy

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    Montgomery, Corey [Rockefeller Cancer Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72211 (United States); Emory, Cynthia [Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvds, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (United States); Adams, Sheila [Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Cedars Medical Center, 1400 NW 12th Avenue (R-12), Miami, FL 33136 (United States); Cohen, Jonathan [Division of Psychology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1695 N.W. 9th Ave. (D-29), Miami, FL 33136 (United States); Pitcher, John David [Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1400 NW 12th Avenue (R-12), Miami, FL 33136 (United States); Potter, Benjamin Kyle [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue North West, Washington, D.C., 20307 (United States); Temple, H. Thomas [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1600 N.W. 10th Avenue (R-12), Miami, FL 33136 (United States)

    2011-08-25

    Fibromatosis, or extra-abdominal desmoid tumor, is a benign disease which often has an aggressive clinical course that can be difficult to treat. We performed a retrospective review of 16 patients (12 females and four males) with a mean age of 34.2 years treated with methotrexate and vinblastine for newly diagnosed or recurrent extra-abdominal desmoid tumor. The mean age of our patient cohort was 34.2 years (range 11–70), and the mean tumor size was 11.5 cm (range 2.5–21.2 cm). The mean duration of therapy was 12 months with an average follow-up of 43 months (range 1–149 months). Fourteen of 16 patients demonstrated a clinical response to treatment. Eight of 14 patients demonstrated a radiologic decrease in tumor size. Only one patient progressed on therapy. Six patients developed recurrent symptoms after discontinuation of treatment. Chemotherapy-related symptoms including neutropenia, nausea, and vomiting were common and observed in most patients, however these side effects were mild and transient. Five patients developed peripheral neuropathy that prompted a change from vinblastine to vinorelbine during treatment. One potentially life-threatening complication (pneumocystis pneumonia) occurred which was diagnosed early and successfully treated. The use of methotrexate and vinblastine/vinorelbine in the management of fibromatosis appears to be an effective treatment with minimal treatment-related side effects.

  3. Assessment of the risk of pressure ulcer development among hospitalized HIV/Aids patients

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    Silvana Cidral

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: to assess the risk of pressure ulcer development among hospitalized HIV/Aids. Metod: study quantitative descriptive with 35 patients admitted to an infectious diseases hospital in Curitiba-PR-BR. Characterized clinical and epidemiological of patients using a data collection instrument and the Braden Scale. Data was compiled using Excel® and a simple descriptive analysis. Results: two patients were found to have pressure ulcers and the most common comorbidities associated with HIV/Aids were pneumocystis pneumonia, caused by pneumocisti cariini (16, and pulmonary tuberculosis (13. The lowest scores were obtained in the friction and shear subscale, followed by the activity, nutrition, mobility and moisture subscales. The highest score was obtained in the sensory perception subscale. Two patients were classified as 'very high risk', six as 'high risk', three as 'low risk', and the rest as 'no risk'. Conclusion: risk assessment using scales provides objective information to assist with systemized and targeted nursing decision-making.

  4. BIOLOGICAL THERAPY AND INFECTIONS IN PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: RELEVANCE AND PROSPECTS

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    B. S. Belov

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    Full Text Available The past decades are marked by the obvious progress in rheumatology, which is related to the practical introduction of biological agents. At the same time the use of these drugs is associated with the increasing risk of infections of different nature and locations, including opportunistic ones (invasive mycoses, Pneumocystis pneumonia, etc., and with the greater risk of reactivation of latent infection, primary with that of tuberculosis. Beyond that point, there are cases of severe infections (pneumonia, sepsis, bacterial arthritis, skin and soft tissue lesions, etc., including those with a fatal outcome. This review analyzes mainly the past 3-year literature data on the rate and location of infections treated with biologics, which have been obtained in the placebo-controlled and direct comparative studies of patients with rheuma- toid arthritis. It characterizes the importance of different infections (tuberculosis, pneumonia, chronic viral hepati- tides, herpesvirus infections, etc. for treatment policy in the above patients. This underlines the need for wider immu- nization with different vaccines (chiefly against pneumococcus and influenza in patients with autoimmune inflam- matory rheumatic diseases. 

  5. Treatment of Extra — Abdominal Desmoid Tumors with Chemotherapy

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    H. Thomas Temple

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Fibromatosis, or extra-abdominal desmoid tumor, is a benign disease which often has an aggressive clinical course that can be difficult to treat. We performed a retrospective review of 16 patients (12 females and four males with a mean age of 34.2 years treated with methotrexate and vinblastine for newly diagnosed or recurrent extra-abdominal desmoid tumor. The mean age of our patient cohort was 34.2 years (range 11–70, and the mean tumor size was 11.5 cm (range 2.5–21.2 cm. The mean duration of therapy was 12 months with an average follow-up of 43 months (range 1–149 months. Fourteen of 16 patients demonstrated a clinical response to treatment. Eight of 14 patients demonstrated a radiologic decrease in tumor size. Only one patient progressed on therapy. Six patients developed recurrent symptoms after discontinuation of treatment. Chemotherapy-related symptoms including neutropenia, nausea, and vomiting were common and observed in most patients, however these side effects were mild and transient. Five patients developed peripheral neuropathy that prompted a change from vinblastine to vinorelbine during treatment. One potentially life-threatening complication (pneumocystis pneumonia occurred which was diagnosed early and successfully treated. The use of methotrexate and vinblastine/vinorelbine in the management of fibromatosis appears to be an effective treatment with minimal treatment-related side effects.

  6. Etiology of spontaneous pneumothorax in 105 HIV-infected patients without highly active antiretroviral therapy

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    Introduction: Spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) is a frequent complication in non-treated HIV-infected patients as a complication of opportunistic infections and tumours. Objective: To analyse the aetiology of SP in non-treated HIV patients. Patients and methods: Observational study of SP cases observed in a cohort of 9831 of non-treated HIV-infected patients attended in seven Spanish hospitals. Results: 105 patients (1.06%) developed SP. The aetiological cause was identified in 89 patients. The major causes identified were: bacterial pneumonia (36 subjects, 34.3%); Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) (31 patients, 29.5%); and pulmonary tuberculosis (17 cases, 15.2%). The most common cause of SP in drugs users was bacterial pneumonia (40%), whereas PJP was more common (65%) in sexual transmitted HIV-patients. The most common cause of bilateral SP was PJP (62.5%) whereas unilateral SP was most commonly associated with bacterial pneumonia (40.2%). The most common cause of SP in patients with a CD4+ lymphocyte count >200 cells/ml and in patients without AIDS criteria was bacterial pneumonia. PJP was the more common cause in patients with a CD4+ lymphocyte count <200 cells/ml or with AIDS. Conclusion: The incidence of SP in non-treated HIV-infected patients was 1.06%. The aetiology was related to the patients risk practices and to their degree of immunosuppression. Bacterial pneumonia was the most common cause of SP.

  7. Linear plasmid vector for cloning of repetitive or unstable sequences in Escherichia coli.

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    Godiska, Ronald; Mead, David; Dhodda, Vinay; Wu, Chengcang; Hochstein, Rebecca; Karsi, Attila; Usdin, Karen; Entezam, Ali; Ravin, Nikolai

    2010-04-01

    Despite recent advances in sequencing, complete finishing of large genomes and analysis of novel proteins they encode typically require cloning of specific regions. However, many of these fragments are extremely difficult to clone in current vectors. Superhelical stress in circular plasmids can generate secondary structures that are substrates for deletion, particularly in regions that contain numerous tandem or inverted repeats. Common vectors also induce transcription and translation of inserted fragments, which can select against recombinant clones containing open reading frames or repetitive DNA. Conversely, transcription from cloned promoters can interfere with plasmid stability. We have therefore developed a novel Escherichia coli cloning vector (termed 'pJAZZ' vector) that is maintained as a linear plasmid. Further, it contains transcriptional terminators on both sides of the cloning site to minimize transcriptional interference between vector and insert. We show that this vector stably maintains a variety of inserts that were unclonable in conventional plasmids. These targets include short nucleotide repeats, such as those of the expanded Fragile X locus, and large AT-rich inserts, such as 20-kb segments of genomic DNA from Pneumocystis, Plasmodium, Oxytricha or Tetrahymena. The pJAZZ vector shows decreased size bias in cloning, allowing more uniform representation of larger fragments in libraries. PMID:20040575

  8. [Associated infections in acute bronchopulmonary infections in children].

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    Lykova, E A; Vorob'ev, A A; Bokovoĭ, A G; Karazhas, N V; Evseeva, L F

    2003-01-01

    A total of 189 children with bacterial complications of the acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI)--primarily with pneumonia and bronchitis--were dynamically examined for typical and atypical pneumotropic causative agents of the infection process (Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia spp., Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Pneumocystis carini, and Citomegalovirus). A high frequency rate of the associative infection involving mycoplasmas and pneumocysts was registered (45-50%); it was lower in the cases involving Chlamydias, hemophilic bacteria, pneumococcus, and cytomegalovirus--up to 25-30%. No sharp difference was found between the indices of an infection degree and those of an active clinical infectious process involving the same pneumotropic agent: the biggest difference was observed in Chlamydia infections (9.4%) and the lowest one--in mycoplasma infections (3%). A dynamic comparison of different classes of immunoglobulins revealed that, in acute bronchitis and pneumonias, the Chlamydia and cytomegalovirus infections are, primarily, of the persistent nature; the hemophilic and pneumocystic infections are of a mixed nature; and the pneumococcus one is of the acute nature. The Mycoplasma infection, which is more often encountered in pre-school children, is of the primary type with a trend towards a prolonged clinical course. All pneumonias had a typical clinical course; the clinical picture was compared in 128 patients with the etiological factor (including a description of characteristic symptoms). PMID:12861708

  9. The reversed halo sign: update and differential diagnosis.

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    Godoy, M C B; Viswanathan, C; Marchiori, E; Truong, M T; Benveniste, M F; Rossi, S; Marom, E M

    2012-09-01

    The reversed halo sign is characterised by a central ground-glass opacity surrounded by denser air-space consolidation in the shape of a crescent or a ring. It was first described on high-resolution CT as being specific for cryptogenic organising pneumonia. Since then, the reversed halo sign has been reported in association with a wide range of pulmonary diseases, including invasive pulmonary fungal infections, paracoccidioidomycosis, pneumocystis pneumonia, tuberculosis, community-acquired pneumonia, lymphomatoid granulomatosis, Wegener granulomatosis, lipoid pneumonia and sarcoidosis. It is also seen in pulmonary neoplasms and infarction, and following radiation therapy and radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary malignancies. In this article, we present the spectrum of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases that may show the reversed halo sign and offer helpful clues for assisting in the differential diagnosis. By integrating the patient's clinical history with the presence of the reversed halo sign and other accompanying radiological findings, the radiologist should be able to narrow the differential diagnosis substantially, and may be able to provide a presumptive final diagnosis, which may obviate the need for biopsy in selected cases, especially in the immunosuppressed population. PMID:22553298

  10. Successful Treatment of Disseminated Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Disease in an HIV-Infected Child with a Linezolid-Containing Regimen

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    Srđan Roglić

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Upon HIV infection diagnosis, an 8-month-old boy was transferred for evaluation of worsening respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP was diagnosed; the boy also had a nonhealing ulcer at the site of vaccination with Statens Serum Institut (Danish strain Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG vaccine and associated axillary lymphadenopathy. PCP treatment resulted in weaning from mechanical ventilation. Antimycobacterial treatment was immediately attempted but was discontinued because of hepatotoxicity. Over several months, he developed splenic lesions and then disseminated skin and cystic bone lesions. M. bovis was repeatedly cultured from both skin and bone lesions despite various multidrug antimycobacterial regimens which included linezolid. Eventually, treatment with a regimen of rifabutin, isoniazid, ethambutol, and linezolid led to definitive cure. Clinicians should consider a linezolid-containing regimen for treatment of severe disseminated BCG infection, especially if other drug regimens have failed. Although drug toxicity is a particular concern for young children, this patient received linezolid for 13 months without serious toxicity. This case also highlights the need for universal screening among pregnant women to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. Finally, routine immunization with BCG vaccine at birth should be questioned in countries with low and declining burden of tuberculosis.

  11. First line of defense: Innate cell-mediated control of pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Vanessa eEspinosa

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mycotic infections and their effect on the human condition have been widely overlooked and poorly surveilled by many health organizations even though mortality rates have increased in recent years. The increased usage of immunosuppressive and myeloablative therapies for the treatment of malignant as well as non-malignant diseases has contributed significantly to the increased incidence of fungal infections. Invasive fungal infections have been found to be responsible for at least 1.5 million deaths worldwide. About 90% of these deaths can be attributed to Cryptococcus, Candida, Aspergillus, and Pneumocystis. A better understanding of how the host immune system contains fungal infection is likely to facilitate the development of much needed novel antifungal therapies. Innate cells are responsible for the rapid recognition and containment of fungal infections and have been found to play essential roles in defense against multiple fungal pathogens. In this review we summarize our current understanding of host-fungi interactions with a focus on mechanisms of innate cell-mediated recognition and control of pulmonary aspergillosis.

  12. The burden of serious human fungal infections in Brazil.

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    Giacomazzi, Juliana; Baethgen, Ludmila; Carneiro, Lilian C; Millington, Maria Adelaide; Denning, David W; Colombo, Arnaldo L; Pasqualotto, Alessandro C

    2016-03-01

    In Brazil, human fungal infections are prevalent, however, these conditions are not officially reportable diseases. To estimate the burden of serious fungal diseases in 1 year in Brazil, based on available data and published literature. Historical official data from fungal diseases were collected from Brazilian Unified Health System Informatics Department (DATASUS). For fungal diseases for which no official data were available, assumptions of frequencies were made by estimating based on published literature. The incidence (/1000) of hospital admissions for coccidioidomycosis was 7.12; for histoplasmosis, 2.19; and for paracoccidioidomycosis, 7.99. The estimated number of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis cases was 6832. Also, there were 4115 cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia in AIDS patients per year, 1 010 465 aspergillosis and 2 981 416 cases of serious Candida infections, including invasive and non-invasive diseases. In this study, we demonstrate that more than 3.8 million individuals in Brazil may be suffering from serious fungal infections, mostly patients with malignant cancers, transplant recipients, asthma, previous tuberculosis, HIV infection and those living in endemic areas for truly pathogenic fungi. The scientific community and the governmental agencies should work in close collaboration in order to reduce the burden of such complex, difficult-to-diagnose and hard to treat diseases.

  13. Severe manifestation of psoriasis in a HIV infected patient: a case report

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    Alper Gunduz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV epidemic in Turkey reveals a slow progression and at the end of November 2015, the total official number was reported to be 11,109 cases. Approximately 90% of HIV patients develop some type of skin disease. Especially patients with psoriasis and HIV infection often present with more severe and treatment-refractory cutaneous disease. Herein, we describe a case of a patient with previously known psoriasis worsened by HIV infection. A 37-year-old housewife was admitted to our clinic with previously known psoriasis worsened during the last two years with conversion to erythrodermic psoriasis which was not controlled even by PUVA, methotrexate and systemic cyclosporine. The patient had positive HIV antibody test. HIV RNA viral load was 120.000 copy/ml and CD4 count 88/ mm3 . She also had oral candidiasis and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. The patient received antiretroviral treatment including tenofovir/emtricitabine and lopinavir/ritonavir. Symptoms resolved gradually within one month with almost complete impovement of her erythrodermic psoriasis. . Four years later the patient was still on tenofovir/emtricitabine and lopinavir/ritonavir without concomitant spesific psoriasis treatment. Psoriasis manifestations can be severe in AIDS patients. Clinicians face diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties when psoriasis coexists with HIV infection. The HIV test should be considered in patients affected by severe erythrodermic psoriasis and resistant to conventional and biological treatments. [Dis Mol Med 2015; 3(4.000: 43-45

  14. [Increased risk of infection with biological immunomodifying antirheumatic agents. Clear guidelines are necessary as shown by case reports].

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    Söderlin, Maria; Blomkvist, Christian; Dahl, Per; Forsberg, Per; Fohlman, Jan

    Several potent immunosuppressive drugs have become available in the new millennium for patients with rheumatologic diseases, Crohn's disease and other autoimmune disorders. Five patient cases from Växjö central hospital (uptake area 178 000 individuals) with Listeria meningitis, Pneumocystis jiroveci and tuberculosis pneumonia, Listeria sepsis, Legionella pneumonia and E coli sepsis are described. A doubled risk for infections has previously been observed for RA patients, as compared to healthy individuals. There is clearly an increased risk of tuberculosis (depending on the actual and historic environmental prevalence) for patients on TNF antagonists, and therefore tuberculosis screening is now mandatory before start of therapy. Since TNF has a central role in the immune defence, an increased risk of opportunistic infections like listeriosis. mycobacteriosis, and invasive fungal infections has been established. Eight hospitals in southern Sweden participate in a register for the use of TNF blockers in rheumatologic diseases (South Swedish Arthritis Treatment Group, SSATG). Guidelines for screening and treatment of latent and active tuberculosis, possible prophylactic antibiotic treatment for endocarditis and vaccination programs for patients on TNF antagonists are discussed. PMID:16408703

  15. [Infection due to Mycobacterium bovis in common variable immunodeficiency].

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    Herrera-Sánchez, Diana Andrea; Castilla-Rodríguez, Jaisel Luz; Castrejón-Vázquez, María Isabel; Vargas-Camaño, María Eugenia; Medina-Torres, Edgar Alejandro; Blancas-Galicia, Lizbeth; Espinosa-Padilla, Sara Elva

    2015-01-01

    Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is an heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by impaired antibody production. It shows a wide spectrum of manifestations including severe and recurrent respiratory infections (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus) and gastrointestinal (Campylobacter jejuni, rotavirus and Giardia lamblia). Viral infections caused by herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and hepatitis C are rare. The opportunistic agents such as CMV, Pneumocystis jirovecii, cryptococcus and atypical mycobacteria have been reported as isolated cases. This paper reports the case of a 38-year-old female patient, who began six years before with weight loss of 7 kg in six months, fatigue, weakness, sweating, fever and abdominal pain. Furthermore, patient had intestinal obstruction and abdominal CT showed mesenteric lymph growth. The mesenteric lymph node biopsy revealed positives Mycobacterium PCR, Ziehl-Neelsen staining and culture for M. bovis. In the laparotomy postoperative period was complicated with nosocomial pneumonia, requiring mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy. Two years later, she developed right renal abscess that required surgical drainage, once again with a positive culture for Mycobacterium bovis. She was referred to highly specialized hospital and we documented panhypogammaglobulinemia and lymphopenia. Secondary causes of hypogammaglobulinemia were ruled out and common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) was confirmed, we started IVIG replacement. Four years later she developed mixed cellularity Hodgkin's lymphoma. Until today she continues with IVIG and chemotherapy. This report of a patient with CVID and Mycobacterium bovis infection, a unusual association, shows the cellular immunity susceptibility in this immunodeficiency, additional to the humoral defect. PMID:25758115

  16. YOUNG ONSET PARKINSONISM SECONDARY TO HIV INFECTION: A CASE REPORT

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    Rama Mishra

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: AIDS was first recognized in United States in the summer of 1981, when the U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC reported the unexplained occurrence of pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in five previously healthy homosexual men in LA and Kaposi’s sarcoma with or without P. jiroveci pneumonia in 26 previously healthy homosexual men in NY and LA. The disease was soon recognized in male and female injection drug users, in hemophiliacs and blood transfusion recipients; among female sexual partners of men with AIDS; among infants born to mothers with AIDS or with history of injection drug use. A clinician should view HIV disease as a spectrum ranging from primary infection, with or without the acute syndrome, to the asymptomatic stage, to advanced stages associated with opportunistic diseases. CASE PRESENTATION: We present an unusual case of Parkinsonism secondary to HIV infection. A 36years old female had been diagnosed with HIV, after one and a half years she subsequently developed Parkinsonism features. CONCLUSION: In the wake of numerous opportunistic infections and other diseases associated with HIV infection it is important to recognize Parkinsonism early and initiate treatment for improving the quality of life of the patient.

  17. Clinical profile and factors associated with mortality in hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS: a retrospective analysis from Tripoli Medical Centre, Libya, 2013.

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    Shalaka, N S; Garred, N A; Zeglam, H T; Awasi, S A; Abukathir, L A; Altagdi, M E; Rayes, A A

    2015-09-01

    In Libya, little is known about HIV-related hospitalizations and in-hospital mortality. This was a retrospective analysis of HIV-related hospitalizations at Tripoli Medical Centre in 2013. Of 227 cases analysed, 82.4% were males who were significantly older (40.0 versus 36.5 years), reported injection drug use (58.3% versus 0%) and were hepatitis C virus co-infected (65.8% versus 0%) compared with females. Severe immunosuppression was prevalent (median CD4 count = 42 cell/μL). Candidiasis was the most common diagnosis (26.0%); Pneumocystis pneumonia was the most common respiratory disease (8.8%), while cerebral toxoplasmosis was diagnosed in 8.4% of patients. Current HAART use was independently associated with low risk of in-hospital mortality (OR 0.33), while central nervous system symptoms (OR 4.12), sepsis (OR 6.98) and low total lymphocyte counts (OR 3.60) were associated with increased risk. In this study, late presentation with severe immunosuppression was common, and was associated with significant in-hospital mortality. PMID:26450860

  18. Tailored total lymphoid irradiation in heart transplant patients: 10-years experience of one center

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background To assess safety and efficacy of tailored total lymphoid irradiation (tTLI in cardiac transplant patients. Methods A total of seven patients, of which five had recalcitrant cellular cardiac allograft rejection (RCCAR, confirmed by endomyocardial biopsies, and two had side effects of immunosuppressive drug therapy, were all treated with tTLI. tTLI was defined by the adjustment of both the fraction interval and the final irradiation dosage both being dependent on the patients general condition, irradiation-dependent response, and the white blood and platelet counts. A mean dose of 6.4 Gy (range, 1.6 - 8.8 Gy was given. Median follow-up was 7 years (range, 1.8 - 12.2 years. Results tTLI was well tolerated. Two patients experienced a severe infection during tTLI (pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, urosepsis and generalized herpes zoster and one patient developed a lymphoproliferative disorder after tTLI. The rate of rejection episodes before tTLI was 0.43 episodes/patient/month and decreased to 0.02 episodes/patient/month after tTLI (P Conclusions tTLI is a useful treatment strategy for the management of RCCAR and in patients with significant side effects of immunosuppressive drug therapy. In this series tTLI demonstrated significantly decreased rejection rates without causing relevant treatment-related toxicity.

  19. Diagnostic imaging, preautopsy imaging and autopsy findings of 8 AIDS cases: a comparative study

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    LI Hong-jun; GAO Yan-qing; CHENG Jing-liang; ZHANG Yu-zhong

    2009-01-01

    Background Aquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) presents a challenge to medical researchers because of its unique pathological and clinical picture. The clinical data, particularly autopsy evidence, from China have failed to provide enough pathological and etiological evidence for AIDS diagnosis, which impairs the reliability of the diagnosis and our full understanding of the occurrence and development of AIDS complications. The purpose of this study was to investigate the imaging and pathologic characteristics of AIDS.Methods Autopsy, imaging and pathological data from 8 cases of AIDS were retrospectively analyzed. Routine CT scanning of different body parts was performed during their periods of hospitalization. Transverse CT scanning was conducted from the skull to the pelvis immediately after the occurrence of death. After routine formalin fixing, 7 cardevers were cross sectioned for autopsy in freezing state and 1 for gross autopsy. Tissues were obtained from each section and organs for pathological examinations.Results The autopsy data indicated the presence of parasitic infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, and virus infections in AIDS patients. Pneumocystis pneumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis, coccobacteria pneumonia, Aspergillus pneumonia, cytomegalovirus pneumonia, toxoplasma encephalitis, lymphoma and cerebrovascular diseases were found in these patients.Conclusions During the course of AIDS progression, the concurrent multiple infections as well as tumor development may result in multiple organ pathological changes and clinically complex symptoms that further complicate the imaging and pathological manifestations, thus resulting in difficult differential diagnosis. A combination of imaging data and autopsy data can help to clarify the diagnosis.

  20. [Glucocorticoids and... infections, doping, surgery, sexuality].

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    Grossi, O; Généreau, T

    2013-05-01

    The risk of infection is increased in patients treated with glucocorticoids, especially in those taking long-term and high dosage treatment. However, there is little valid practice for the prevention of infections in this patient population. The risk of reactivation or worsening of a latent infection (e.g., hepatitis B, tuberculosis, strongyloidiasis) is proved and individual reflection should be conducted in at-risk patients. Preventions of Pneumocystis jiroveci or upper urinary tract infections are considered differently according to practitioners' habits and their specialties. Adequate prevention should be prescribed in glucocorticoid-treated patients who have been in contact with varicella zoster or measles virus. Many vaccines could be prescribed in those people but live vaccines should be avoided. A consultation of travel medicine should be systematically proposed before a travel in intertropical zone. Anti-inflammatory and stimulant properties of glucocorticoids are frequently misused in order to improve sport performances. All glucocorticoids are considered as performance-enhancing drugs. Their prescription should therefore be adapted to the laws in force in the sport. By reducing vomiting and pain, glucocorticoids may be beneficial in patients undergoing surgery. However, in people prescribed long-term glucocorticoid therapy, the risk of postoperative adrenal insufficiency has to be considered, even though very few data are available on this topic. Oral contraceptives or intra-uterine devices are effective contraceptives methods in patients treated with systemic glucocorticoids. PMID:23415059

  1. Neglected tropical diseases of Namibia: unsolved mysteries.

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    Noden, Bruce H; van der Colf, Berta E

    2013-01-01

    Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are diseases most commonly found in settings of poverty and are responsible for the morbidity and/or mortality of millions each year. As an upper-middle income country, Namibia is not normally considered to have many NTDs but published reports indicate the possible presence of over 30. Because much of the data is buried in historical studies published before Independence in 1990, there is a risk of losing valuable information on which to build current and future integrated public health strategies. The purpose of this review, therefore, is to bring together these significant fragments to identify existing knowledge gaps which need to be addressed to build effective control, prevention, and even elimination strategies. The review focuses on intestinal helminthes, schistosomes/snail 'vectors', viruses (Rift Valley Fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, rabies), protozoa (Leishmania, Toxoplasma, Amoeba, Giardia), bacteria (Rickettsia, Ehrlichia, Leptospira, Coxiella, Brucella, and Borrelia), fungi (Pneumocystis) and myiasis. Each NTD speaks to the possible need for surveillance and the creation of integrated disease risk maps, linking prevalence of related NTDs with environmental and ecological factors to assist control and prevention efforts. The predominance of zoonotic disease suggests a need to integrate veterinary and public health components as the national public health surveillance system is established. PMID:23006744

  2. Ophthalmic manifestations of HIV in the highly active anti-retroviral therapy era.

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    Mowatt, L

    2013-01-01

    HIV-related eye disease can be classified as retinal HIV microangiopathy, opportunistic infections, neuro-ophthalmic manifestations and unusual malignancies. There is a 52-100% lifetime accumulative risk of HIV patients developing eye problems. Seventy-seven per cent of patients with ocular manifestations of HIV had CD4 counts 100 cells/μL for a minimum of three months. Despite HAART, patients with a CD4 count PORN), less commonly toxoplasmosis, pneumocystis and cryptococcus. Malignancies associated with HIV include Kaposi's sarcoma and conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma. Cranial nerve palsies, optic disc swelling and atrophy are characteristic neuro-ophthalmic features. They usually occur secondary to meningitis/encephalitis (from cryptococcus and tuberculosis). With the advent of HAART, new complications have developed in CMV retinitis: immune recovery uveitis (IRU) and cystoid macula oedema (CMO). Immune recovery uveitis occurs in 71% of patients if HAART is started before the induction of the anti-CMV treatment. However, this is reduced to 31% if HAART is started after the induction treatment. Molluscum contagiosum and Kaposi's sarcoma can spontaneously resolve on HAART. Highly active anti-retroviral therapy has reduced the frequencies of opportunistic infections and improved the remission duration in HIV patients. PMID:24756590

  3. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-associated cancers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Thomas, J O

    2001-04-01

    Sub-Saharan Africa is considered home to more than 60% of all human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected cases, with an estimated adult prevalence of 8.0%. It is stated that this region has contributed more than 90% of childhood deaths related to HIV infection and about 93% of childhood acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related deaths. Although no country in Africa is spared of the infection, the bulk is seen in East and South Africa, with the highest recorded rates of 20% to 50% in Zimbabwe. On the other hand, West Africa is less affected, while countries in Central Africa have relatively stable infection rates. Although infections, especially tuberculosis, have emerged as the most important HIV/AIDS-associated killers in recent times, AIDS-associated malignancies are increasingly identified in the late stages. As a result of incomplete data from African countries, it is unclear whether the epidemiology and risks of these cancers are the same as observed in the developed countries. Since the advent of AIDS, epidemic Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) has become more common in both sexes in Africa, with a dramatic lowering of the male to female ratio from 19:1 to 1.7:1, especially in East Africa. Although there has been a rising trend of AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) worldwide, there is an apparently lower risk in Africa compared with that in the developing world. At present, there is no strong evidence linking increased incidence of invasive cervical cancer to the HIV epidemic; however, some studies have demonstrated an association between HIV and the increased prevalence of human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). On the other hand, HIV infection is now established as a risk factor for the development of squamous cell neoplasia of the conjunctiva based on studies from Rwanda, Malawi, and Uganda. Despite the problems and limitations of information from sub-Saharan Africa, interesting trends of HIV/AIDS-related cancers

  4. HIV infection, aging and cardiovascular disease

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    Petoumenos, Kathy; Worm, Signe W

    2011-01-01

    In the developed world, HIV infection is now well managed with very effective and less toxic antiretroviral treatment. HIV-positive patients therefore are living longer, but are now faced by challenges associated with aging. Several non-AIDS associated morbidities are increased in this population......, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is suggested that CVD occurs earlier among HIV-positive patients compared with HIV-negative patients, and at a higher rate. Several factors have been proposed to contribute to this. First, the traditional CVD risk factors are highly prevalent in this population....... High rates of smoking, dyslipidaemia and a family history of CVD have been reported. This population is also aging, with estimates of more than 25% of HIV-positive patients in the developed world being over the age of 50. Antiretroviral treatment, both through its effect on lipids and through other...

  5. Lymphangiectatic Kaposi's sarcoma in a patient with AIDS.

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    Santos, Mônica; Vilasboas, Virginia; Mendes, Luciana; Talhari, Carolina; Talhari, Sinésio

    2013-01-01

    Kaposi's sarcoma is a malignant disease that originates in the lymphatic endothelium. It has a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations. Its four distinct clinical forms are: classic, endemic, iatrogenic and epidemic Kaposi's sarcoma. In non-HIV-associated Kaposi's sarcoma, the disease is typically limited to the lower extremities, but in immunodeficient patients, it is a multifocal systemic disease. The clinical course of the disease differs among patients, ranging from a single or a few indolent lesions to an aggressive diffuse disease. Advanced Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, typically those on the lower extremities, are often associated with lymphedema. In this paper, we report a case of a patient with a rare form of AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma called lymphangiectatic Kaposis's sarcoma. PMID:23739700

  6. [The role of the pharmacist in the educational charge of the asthmatic patient].

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    Courdent, L; Sonneville, A; Narcisse, G; Faure, N; Ernouf, D; Mor, B

    2000-10-01

    The problem of educative charge of the asthmatic patient has mobilised general physicians, specialists and kinesitherapists for many years. The first mutual aid associations for asthmatic patients, created at the initiative of pneumologists and allergists or their patients date back for a score or so of years and their principal objectives are the adaption of educational measures, in transmission of clear information and in the loan of surveillance equipment, to ensure that inhalation equipment is adapted appropriately to the case. Since, the mediatisation has reinforced this action in all directions, in the interests of and for the great benefit of asthmatic patients; and so the role of the pharmacist has also become essential not only in the field of information but also in that of control of the self-evaluation of the patient; three inseparable aspects are thus emphasized: information aspect, technical aspect, initiation of surveillance of the illness.

  7. Bone paracoccidioidomycosis associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: evaluation by radiological methods - a case report; Paracoccidioidomicose ossea associada a sindrome da imunodeficiencia adquirida - relato de um caso

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    Maeda, Lucimara; Hara, Monica Hiromi; Sabedotti, Ismail Fernando; Montandon, Cristiano; Torriani, Martin; Nanni, Livio [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas. Dept. de Radiologia

    1999-03-01

    Paracoccidioidomycosis is a chronic granulomatous disease, caused by the Paracoccidioides brasiliensis fungus. This disease involves primarily the lungs, although disseminated forms may occur. Bone involvement is rare, and is associated to systemic disease or may present as a focal lesion. An association between paracoccidioidomycosis and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first established in 1989. There are only a few reports on this association, and none of them was the fungus isolated from bone lesions. This is the first case report on the paracoccidioidomycosis-AIDS association in which bone lesions demonstrated infection by P. brasiliensis. The authors propose the inclusion of paracoccidioidomycosis in the differential diagnosis of lytic bone lesions in patients with AIDS and discuss the role of radiological diagnostic in this case. (author)

  8. Altered Virome and Bacterial Microbiome in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

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    Monaco, Cynthia L; Gootenberg, David B; Zhao, Guoyan; Handley, Scott A; Ghebremichael, Musie S; Lim, Efrem S; Lankowski, Alex; Baldridge, Megan T; Wilen, Craig B; Flagg, Meaghan; Norman, Jason M; Keller, Brian C; Luévano, Jesús Mario; Wang, David; Boum, Yap; Martin, Jeffrey N; Hunt, Peter W; Bangsberg, David R; Siedner, Mark J; Kwon, Douglas S; Virgin, Herbert W

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    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with increased intestinal translocation of microbial products and enteropathy as well as alterations in gut bacterial communities. However, whether the enteric virome contributes to this infection and resulting immunodeficiency remains unknown. We characterized the enteric virome and bacterial microbiome in a cohort of Ugandan patients, including HIV-uninfected or HIV-infected subjects and those either treated with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) or untreated. Low peripheral CD4 T cell counts were associated with an expansion of enteric adenovirus sequences and this increase was independent of ART treatment. Additionally, the enteric bacterial microbiome of patients with lower CD4 T counts exhibited reduced phylogenetic diversity and richness with specific bacteria showing differential abundance, including increases in Enterobacteriaceae, which have been associated with inflammation. Thus, immunodeficiency in progressive HIV infection is associated with alterations in the enteric virome and bacterial microbiome, which may contribute to AIDS-associated enteropathy and disease progression. PMID:26962942

  9. Primary parotid B-cell lymphoma successfully treated with chemotherapy plus highly active antiretroviral therapy with prolonged survival and immune reconstitution in an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patient: Case report and review of the literature

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    Marcelo Corti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Non-Hodgkin′s lymphoma (NHL is the second most common acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS-defining cancer. In this population, up to 70-80% of cases may present as extranodal location as the primary clinical manifestation of the neoplasm disease. Gastrointestinal tract is the most frequent location of AIDS-associated NHL. However, salivary gland involvement, including the parotid gland is a rare complication in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-patients. Here, we describe a patient seropositive for the HIV, who developed a primary NHL of the parotid gland histologically classified as a high-grade diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Patient was treated with a combination of chemotherapy plus highly active antiretroviral therapy with a good clinical, virological and immunological response and a prolonged survival, more than 5 years, without evidence of neoplasm relapse.

  10. The Biology of Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus and the Infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus

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    Di QIN; Chun LU

    2008-01-01

    Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV),also known as human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8),is discovered in 1994 from Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) lesion of an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)patient.In addition to its association with KS,KSHV has also been implicated as the causative agent of two other AIDS-associated malignancies:primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) and multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD).KSHV is a complex DNA virus that not only has the ability to promote cellular growth and survival for tumor development,but also can provoke deregulated angiogenesis,inflammation,and modulate the patient's immune system in favor of tumor growth.As KSHV is a necessary but not sufficient etiological factor for KS,human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a very important cofactor.Here we review the basic information about the biology of KSHV,development of pathogenesis and interaction between KSHV and HIV.

  11. Neuroradiological findings in perinatally HIV-infected children

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    The neuroradiological studies (CT, MRI, angiography) in 21 children with perinatal HIV infection were reviewed retrospectively. No patient showed an intracranial mass lesion; after intravenous contrast medium application there was no case with disturbed blood-brain barrier. Common non-specific findings were atrophy and delayed myelination. In 7 cases atrophy was combined with multifocal nearly symmetric white matter lesions, which characteristically spared the U-fibres. Further findings included an intramedullary ring-shaped structure in the cervical cord, an AIDS-associated vasculopathy and symmetric calcifications in the basal ganglia. The spectrum of neuroradiological findings in paediatric AIDS patients differs from that in adults. Knowledge of these age-specific findings is important because the number of HIV-infected children is rising. (orig.)

  12. Mycobacterial Infections in AIDS

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    Full Text Available Tuberculosis (TB remains uniquely important among acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS-associated opportunistic infections: it presents the greatest public health hazard worldwide, is the most readily curable, and is largely preventable with existing means. Given the expanding pool of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV seropositive persons, particularly in developing nations where Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains a leading health problem, one can expect a continued rise in TB cases during the 1990s. Global efforts to eliminate TB are now inextricably entwined with the effectiveness of measures to curtail the HIV epidemic. Mycobacterium avium complex infection, currently an intractable late complication of aids, may increase in clinical importance as success in managing other opportunistic infections and HIV disease itself improves. Understanding of the pathogenesis and management of mycobacterial diseases should increase rapidly given the renewed research spurred on by the advent of HIV.

  13. Tumors associated with HIV / AIDS monitoring 45 patients between 1/1998 and 6/2004

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    Full text: This paper is intended to show 45 patients with cancer associated the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / AIDS, diagnosed, treated and followed over a period of 6.5 years in our country. The medical records were retrospectively analyzed of cancer patients diagnosed HIV positive on 5 institutions public and private in our midst, in the period between 1/98 and 6/04 (Institute of Health, National Institute of Oncology, Hospital of Clinics, Service Comprehensive Medical, Spanish Mutual Aid Association). They took into account different variables (origin, medical record number, sex, age, sexual habits, addiction to injecting drugs, HIV diagnosis positive diagnosis of AIDS, infectious prophylaxis, antiretroviral therapy, lymphocyte start and in the evolution population viral load start and evolutionary, tumor type, stage, treatment received, date of last control and status the close of the work). We compared data collected by us AIDS Ministry report of Public Health. 24 cases were Kaposi sarcomas (one nodal exclusive), 11 were non-Hodgkin lymphomas (two of SNC and other gastric), 1 Hodgkin's Disease 1 rectal cancer, tongue cancer 1 1 laryngeal cancer, thyroid cancer 1 1 Melanoma 1 parotid cancer, cancer 1 Lung and breast cancer 1. No cervical tumors or recorded anal canal in the study population. Treatments received varied for each disease depending on the stage of the disease and viral load / Towns lymphocyte start. This is the first study with longer follow-up in our country HIV patients / AIDS-associated cancer, he reflected the difficulty in collecting data, various types of cancer in the study population and demand the need to create an accurate and accessible system of monitoring these patients

  14. HIV合并重症肺炎临床与预后因素分析%HIV Patients with Severe Pneumonia Clinical and Prognostic Factor Analysis

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    刘升; 林艳荣; 李雪琴; 陆宁; 覃鸿发; 陈跃华

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To investigate and analyze the merger HIV patients with severe pneumonia clinical manifestations and prognostic factors.Method:January 2011 December 2013 merger HIV patients admitted to hospital with severe pneumonia 51 cases for the study, based on the actual situation into survival prognosis group and death group; analysis of the two groups were mixed infection and clinical etiology, summarize relevant prognostic factors.Result:HIV complicated by severe pneumonia pathogen spectrum mainly Pneumocystis, bacteria, TB, fungal-based; prognostic univariate analysis, serum LDH levels found two groups of patients, the rate of mechanical ventilation, length of stay and other indicators differences were statistically significant (P<0.05); Logistic regression analysis showed that a consolidated basis disease, mechanical ventilation, low albumin levels and abnormal LDH are the main risk factors for severe pneumonia in patients with HIV prognosis merger, was a major factor leading to the survival of patients. Conclusion:HIV patients with severe pneumonia pathogen spectrum mainly Pneumocystis, bacteria, TB based, which abnormally elevated blood LDH, high ventilation rates, low protein levels and disease on a consolidated basis is a major cause of poor prognosis of patients with risk factors, these factors should be performed for appropriate intervention and treatment, which is to alleviate disease progression and improve clinical outcomes in patients with a positive meaning.%目的:探讨和分析HIV合并重症肺炎患者的临床表现及预后因素。方法:选取2011年1月-2013年12月本院收治的HIV合并重症肺炎患者51例为研究对象,依据患者预后实际情况分成存活组和死亡组;分析两组患者混合感染情况及临床病因,总结影响预后的相关因素。结果:HIV合并重症肺炎的病原谱主要以肺孢子菌、细菌、TB、真菌为主;预后行单因素分析,发现两

  15. Clinical analysis of 42 patients with pulmonary fungal infection%肺部真菌感染42例临床分析

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    姚武; 梅晓冬

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary fungal infec-tion. Methods The clinical data of patients with pulmonary fungal infection were retrospectively analyzed, including primary diseases, fungal species, and the results of treatment. Results In the past three years, a total of 42 patients were diagnosed as pulmonary fungal infection. Pulmonary pneumocystis infection was diagnosed in 16 cases (38. 10%), candida albicans in 12 cases (28. 57%), and aspergillus infection in 9 cases (21. 43%). Others were candida krusei (1 case, 2. 38%), candida tropicalis (1 case, 2. 38%), smooth candida (1 case, 2. 38%), pul-monary nocardiosis (1 case, 2. 38%), and candida parapsilosis (1 case, 2. 38%). 32 cases (76. 20%) had an immune deficiency or disturbance. Conclusion Patients with immunodeficiency or chronic diseases are apt to suffer from pulmonary fungal infection. Pneumocystis, candida albicans, and aspergillus are the most common species in pulmonary fungal infections. Prognosis is correlated to the fungal species, primary diseases, and immune status.%目的:对肺部真菌感染的临床特点、诊断及治疗结果进行分析。方法呼吸内科近3年来收治的肺部真菌感染的患者病历资料,包括患者的基础疾病、感染的真菌种类以及治疗结果等进行分析。结果近3年来,共有42例患者诊断为肺部真菌感染。其中,肺孢子菌感染16例(38.10%),白色假丝酵母菌12例(28.57%),曲霉菌感染9例(21.43%),克柔假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%),热带假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%),光滑念珠菌1例(2.38%),奴卡菌1例(2.38%),近平滑假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%)。患者免疫缺陷或机体免疫力低下占32例(76.20%)。结论肺部真菌感染患者多有基础疾病或免疫缺陷,本组患者肺部感染的常见真菌为肺孢子菌,治疗效果与患者基础疾病及免疫状况有关。

  16. Capítulo 8 - Infecções fúngicas em imunocomprometidos Chapter 8 - Fungal infections in immunocompromised patients

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    Rodney Frare e Silva

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available As complicações pulmonares se constituem na maior causa de morbidade e mortalidade no hospedeiro imunocomprometido, devido à deficiência nos mecanismos básicos de defesa. Independente da causa da imunodepressão, infecções bacterianas, virais e fúngicas são as mais frequentes. Entre as infecções fúngicas, a aspergilose é a mais comum (incidência de 1-9% e mortalidade de 55-92% nos diferentes tipos de transplantados. Embora a forma pneumônica seja a mais frequente, lesões do sistema nervoso central e sinusite não são raras. O sinal do halo em TC de tórax representa uma área de baixa atenuação em volta do nódulo, revelando edema ou hemorragia. O padrão ouro para o diagnóstico é a identificação do fungo por cultura de escarro, amostras de LBA ou biópsia. Na falta dessa identificação, a detecção de galactomanana, um dos componentes da parede celular de Aspergillus sp., tem mostrado sensibilidade e especificidade de 89% e 98%, respectivamente. Anfotericina B, anfotericina B lipossomal, caspofungina e voriconazol têm efeito sobre o fungo, com destaque para esse último. A pneumonia por Pneumocystis jirovecii, que pode ser fatal, teve sua incidência reduzida pelo uso preventivo de sulfametoxazol/trimetoprima. Dispneia e hipoxemia em pacientes imunodeprimidos indicam a necessidade da pesquisa de fungos. O uso de sulfametoxazol/trimetoprima por 14-21 dias associado com corticosteroides costuma ser eficaz. A candidíase disseminada é outra rara enfermidade fúngica causada por Candida spp.Pulmonary complications are the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, who lack of the basic mechanisms of cellular defense. Regardless of the cause of the immunodeficiency, the most common complications are infections (bacterial, viral or fungal. Among the fungal infections, aspergillosis is the most common (incidence, 1-9%; mortality, 55-92% following organ transplant. Although pulmonary

  17. 肺部真菌感染42例临床分析%Clinical analysis of 42 patients with pulmonary fungal infection

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    姚武; 梅晓冬

    2014-01-01

    目的:对肺部真菌感染的临床特点、诊断及治疗结果进行分析。方法呼吸内科近3年来收治的肺部真菌感染的患者病历资料,包括患者的基础疾病、感染的真菌种类以及治疗结果等进行分析。结果近3年来,共有42例患者诊断为肺部真菌感染。其中,肺孢子菌感染16例(38.10%),白色假丝酵母菌12例(28.57%),曲霉菌感染9例(21.43%),克柔假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%),热带假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%),光滑念珠菌1例(2.38%),奴卡菌1例(2.38%),近平滑假丝酵母菌1例(2.38%)。患者免疫缺陷或机体免疫力低下占32例(76.20%)。结论肺部真菌感染患者多有基础疾病或免疫缺陷,本组患者肺部感染的常见真菌为肺孢子菌,治疗效果与患者基础疾病及免疫状况有关。%Objective To analyze the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary fungal infec-tion. Methods The clinical data of patients with pulmonary fungal infection were retrospectively analyzed, including primary diseases, fungal species, and the results of treatment. Results In the past three years, a total of 42 patients were diagnosed as pulmonary fungal infection. Pulmonary pneumocystis infection was diagnosed in 16 cases (38. 10%), candida albicans in 12 cases (28. 57%), and aspergillus infection in 9 cases (21. 43%). Others were candida krusei (1 case, 2. 38%), candida tropicalis (1 case, 2. 38%), smooth candida (1 case, 2. 38%), pul-monary nocardiosis (1 case, 2. 38%), and candida parapsilosis (1 case, 2. 38%). 32 cases (76. 20%) had an immune deficiency or disturbance. Conclusion Patients with immunodeficiency or chronic diseases are apt to suffer from pulmonary fungal infection. Pneumocystis, candida albicans, and aspergillus are the most common species in pulmonary fungal infections. Prognosis is correlated to the fungal species, primary diseases, and immune status.

  18. Acute respiratory infections in children Infecções respiratórias agudas em crianças

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    Full Text Available Acute respiratory infections (ARI are the leading cause of mortality in children under five years of age worldwide and most of these deaths are due to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Recent evidence from studies using genome detection systems such as polymerase chain reaction or micro-array technology show that, in most cases, these deaths are caused or precipitated by viruses. In this paper, the definitions of upper and lower respiratory tract infections are reviewed. The principal signs of disease severity and the burden of viruses as causes of ARI are described. The prominent role of Respiratory Syncytial Virus is stressed, with data from epidemiological and clinical studies. Other important viral pathogens, such as Human Metapneumovirus, Human coronaviruses and Influenza are examined. The role of newly described viruses, such as bocavirus, is also discussed. The impact of HIV/AIDS in ARI burden and presentation assessed and the weight of Pneumocystis jiroveci and Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections is recognized. It is concluded that there is an urgent need to improve diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, as well as macro and micronutrient intake of children of the world, particularly in developing countries.As infecções respiratórias agudas (IRA são as principais causas da40 mortalidade mundial em crianças menores de cinco anos de idade e a maioria dessas mortes são próprias da bronquiolite e pneumonia. Recentes evidências de estudos usando sistemas de detecção no genoma tais como reação em cadeia da polimerase ou tecnologia de microarrays mostram que, na maioria dos casos, essas mortes são causadas ou precipitadas por vírus. Neste artigo, as definições das infecções dos tratos respiratórios superior e inferior são revisadas. Os principais sinais da gravidade da doença e a carga viral como causas da IRA estão descritas. O papel proeminente do vírus sincicial respiratório é enfatizado, com dados de estudos cl

  19. Atypical presentation of a common opportunistic infection in advanced AIDS

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    Full Text Available Intracranial tuberculosis in immunocompromised patients can occasionally mimic central nervous system (CNS neoplasms radiologically and complicate the decisions regarding management. A 42-year-old male presented with a history of fever and vomitings of 5 days duration. On evaluation he was found to be reactive for human immunodeficiency virus 1 infection with a CD4+ count of 63 cells/mm3 and a viral load of 1,260,779 copies /mL. He was started on highly active antiretroviral therapy with tenofovir, emtricitabine, efavirenz, Pneumocystis jiroveci prophylaxis and was discharged. After 5 months he developed aggressive behaviour, irrelevant talking and memory loss. On examination, he was irritable with memory disturbances; no focal neurological signs were evident. Magnetic resonance imaging brain and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS showed a large heterogeneous enhancing ill-defined lesion in the left parietooccipital lobe with a lipid lactate peak suggestive of infective aetiology. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF analysis showed glucose 33 mg/dL, protein 120 mg/dL, 40 cells/mm3 (all lymphocytes, adenosine deaminase 40U/L; Gram's stain was negative, Ziehl-Neelsen stain did not reveal acid-fast bacilli, toxoplasma, cryptococcal antigen tests were negative. Polymerase chain reaction for Epstein-Barr virus was also negative. In view of the clinical setting, CSF analysis supported by MRS findings he was started on antituberculosis treatment (ATT and corticosteroids. Patient showed remarkable improvement clinically and radiologically with significant reduction in the size of the lesion. MRS is a useful non-invasive technique that can help in differentiating tuberculoma from lymphoma.

  20. Epidemiology of HIV-Associated Lung Disease in the United States.

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    Fitzpatrick, Meghan; Brooks, John T; Kaplan, Jonathan E

    2016-04-01

    The epidemiology of HIV infection and its pulmonary complications in the United States has evolved significantly over nearly 20 years since the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy. While infectious complications are less of a threat to patients whose immune systems have been restored, many HIV-infected persons in the United States remain at high risk for opportunistic infection because they are unaware of their HIV infection, have difficulty maintaining linkage to care, or maintain inadequate viral control. Bacterial pneumonia and Pneumocystis pneumonia remain significantly more prevalent among HIV-infected persons, and together with seasonal influenza are areas where public health efforts to increase antiretroviral therapy, appropriate prophylaxis, and vaccination may decrease burden of disease. Noninfectious pulmonary complications of chronic HIV infection are increasingly recognized in the United States and elsewhere. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, sleep-disordered breathing, and primary lung cancer may all be more common among persons with HIV; of concern, disease burden in U.S. HIV-infected persons may be underestimated due to lack of diagnostic testing for these conditions. Smoking is among the most prevalent preventable causes of morbidity and mortality affecting persons living with HIV infection, and has particular import to pulmonary disease. As of 2009, 42% of HIV-infected adults in medical care in the United States smoked tobacco (over twice the national rate in the general population). Successful efforts to promote smoking cessation among HIV-infected persons are of critical importance to decrease the burden of chronic pulmonary disease. PMID:26974297