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How To Manage And Live With Herpes

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Laboratory Assays For The Diagnosis Of Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Disease

Because these methods have a sensitivity of only 60-70 , they should not be the sole diagnostic determinant for HSV infection in the newborn (39). For neonatal lesions, material from the vesicle should be obtained by scraping the periphery of the base of the lesion, smearing this on a glass slide, and promptly fixing it in cold ethanol. Following staining, the preparation should be viewed by a trained cytologist. The presence of intranuclear inclusions and multinucleated giant cells are indicative of, but not diagnostic for, HSV infection. In contrast to other congenital and neonatal infections, serologic diagnosis of HSV infection is not of great clinical value. With the licensure of reliable type-specific assays, one barrier to interpreting serologic results in babies with suspected HSV disease has been removed. However, the presence of transplacentally acquired maternal immu-noglobulin G still confounds the assessment of the neonatal antibody status during...

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus

This is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is thought that the initial infection with the virus occurs with an attack of childhood chickenpox and that the virus remains in the body in a latent form, subsequently to manifest itself as herpes zoster in some individuals. The virus appears to lodge in the Gasserian ganglion. The onset of the condition is heralded by headache and the appearance of one or two vesicles on the forehead. Over the next three or four days the vesicles multiply and appear on the distribution of one or all of the branches of the fifth cranial nerve. The patient can develop a raised temperature and usually experiences malaise and considerable pain. Sometimes a chickenpox-like rash appears over the rest of the body. The eye itself is most at risk when the upper division of the fifth nerve is involved. There might be vesicles on the lids and conjunctiva and, when the cornea is affected,punctate-staining areas are seen,...

Herpes Simplex Virus1 Infection

Herpes simplex virus-1 infection is the major cause of sporadic and malignant encephalitis, chiefly in adults and young subjects. The infection is acquired by exposure to contaminated saliva or respiratory secretion. The virus initially causes a nasopharyngitis. By retrograde axonal transport, it reaches the trigeminal ganglia, where it becomes latent. Reactivation of the virus produces herpes vesicles on the lips (cold sore) or oral mucosa. The brain is infected by spread of the virus along the trigemi-nal nerve roots or dural nerves to the meninges and then to the frontal and basal temporal regions. Alternatively, it is suggested that a nasopharyngeal infection spreads along the olfactory nerves to the frontobasal and temporal regions, evoking an acute encephalitis. Herpes simplex virus-specific DNA is identified in the CSF using PCR. Neuroimaging adds to the diagnosis. CT scan during the early course of the disease shows bilateral, often asymmetrical, low densities in the orbital...

Herpes Simplex Infection

There are two main types of herpes simplex viruses (HSV). HSV type 1 infects the tissues around the lips and mouth (and rarely the eye), while HSV type 2 causes genital infections. Herpes produces recurrent clusters of small, painful blisters containing the virus. HSV infections are common it is estimated that 20-40 of the US population have recurrent infections of one or both forms. HSV type 1, in otherwise healthy adults, is not dangerous, but genital herpes occuring during pregnancy and delivery can produce a life-threatening infection in the newborn. Although most people are exposed to herpes viruses (contact with HSV type 1 is nearly universal), not everyone develops a recurrent

Timing Route Of Transmission And Clinical Manifestations Of Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus

Intrauterine HSV disease occurs in approx 1 in 300,000 deliveries (1). Although rare, in utero disease is unlikely to be missed because of the degree of involvement of affected babies. Infants acquiring HSV in utero typically have a triad of clinical findings consisting of cutaneous manifestations (scarring, active lesions, hypo- and hyper-pigmentation, aplasia cutis, or an erythematous macular exanthem), ophthalmological findings (micro-opthalmia, retinal dysplasia, optic atrophy, or chorioretinitis), and neurological involvement (microcephaly, encephalomalacia, hydranencephaly, or intrac-ranial calcification) (2-5). A summary of 71 infants with intrauterine HSV infection and disease is presented in Table 1. HSV infections acquired either peripartum or postpartum can be further classified as (1) encephalitis, with or without skin, eye, or mouth (SEM) involvement (central ner- One-third of all neonates with HSV infection are categorized as having CNS disease (with or without SEM...

Diagnosis And Assays For Human Herpesvirus 8 Infection

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus a new DNA tumor virus. Annu Rev Med 2001 52 453-470. 2. Chang Y, Cesarman E, Pessin MS, et al. Identification of herpesvirus-like DNA sequences in AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. Science 1994 266 1865-1869. 3. Sarid R, Wiezorek JS, Moore PS, Chang Y. Characterization and cell cycle regulation of the major Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (human herpesvirus 8) latent genes and their promoter. J Virol 1999 73 1438-1446. 4. Roizman B, Desrosiers RC, Fleckenstein B, Lopez C, Minson AC, Studdert MJ. The family Herpesviridae an update. Arch Virol 1992 123 425-449. 5. Moore PS, Gao SJ, Dominguez G, et al. Primary characterization of a herpesvirus agent associated with Kaposi's sarcomae. J Virol 1996 70 549-558. 6. Renne R, Lagunoff M, Zhong W, Ganem D. The size and conformation of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (human herpesvirus 8) DNA in infected cells and virions. J Virol 1996 70 8151-8154. 7. Russo JJ, Bohenzky...

Herpesvirus Infections

The family of human herpesviruses encompasses the following important DNA viruses with strong affinity for the nervous tissue Herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) Herpes simplex type-2 virus (HSV-2) Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Human herpes viruses 6 and 7 (HHV 6 and 7) Herpesviruses, distributed worldwide, may infect the fetus in utero, neonates, and individuals of all ages. The initial infection may be inapparent or mild, producing fever, adenopathy, and nonspecific respiratory symptoms. Characteristically, following an initial infection, HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV latently reside in the neurons, and CMV and EBV in the hematopoietic cells. Malignancies, febrile illnesses, diabetes, age-related decline of the immune system, and even emotional stress are potential risks for the reactivation of a latent infection. Among immunosuppressed individuals, those with HIV infection are most vulnerable. Once the viruses are reactivated, a variety of neurologic diseases arise in both immunocom-petent and...

Cytomegalovirus Infection

Neurologic diseases associated with cytomegalovirus infection are more often encountered in immunocom-promised particularly HIV-infected patients. The infection is acquired by exposure to infected saliva or respiratory secretion, transfusion, and possibly by sexual contact. Fetuses are infected by transplacental transmission and, neonates are infected by feeding with infected breast milk.

Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus has been recognized as a possible cause of atherosclerosis. Published studies have been summarized by Danesh et al. (2) and Libby et al. (1) in 1997. Recent studies led to the cumulation of evidence that Cytomegalovirus does not play a crucial role in atherosclerosis (3-5). Analysis of blood samples from the Physicians' Health Study with respect to antibodies against H. simplex virus and Cytomegalovirus showed no increase of atherothrombotic risk in individuals with positive titers (3). A clear argument against a significant role of Cytomegalovirus in the development of myocardial infarction comes from the study of Hernandez et al. (5) in patients after renal transplantation. It is well known that patients under immunosuppression are prone to viral infections and therefore have a higher incidence of new infection and reactivation of Cytomegalovirus. In this population, incident cases of myocardial infarction should be in some way related to Cytomegalovirus, if this...

Other Herpesviruses

Although CMV has the most information regarding its potential role in the development and progression of coronary atherosclerosis, a variety of other viruses have also been implicated. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) has been associated with atherosclerosis in a variety of ways. In vitro studies of HSV-1 and HSV-2 have demonstrated the presence of similar potentially proatherogenic mechanisms similar to those found with CMV. Specifically, HSV infection leads to lipid accumulation in vascular cells, attraction of leukocytes with subsequent inflammatory damage, and induction of procoagulant changes on endothelium, with increased thrombin generation and platelet adhesion. It also has been shown that HSV causes atherosclerosis in experimental animals. From a clinical standpoint, several investigators have reported the detection ofHSV in some, but not all, atherosclerotic lesions. As with a variety of other antibody studies, serological evidence ofHSV infections is common, not only in...

Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpesviruses are promising vehicles for transferring genes into cells. Among this virus family, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is the most extensively studied for potential use in human We found that CLL B-cells are highly sensitive to infection with vectors derived from replication-defective (rd)HSV-l (29). CLL B-cells express high levels of herpesvirus entry mediator (Hve)A, but not HveC, the other known receptor for HSV-1. In contrast to B-cells of normal donors, CLL B-cells are relatively resistant to the cytopathic effects of infection by rdHSV-1 and can maintain high-level expression of the transgene for many days after infection, possibly because of the high-level expression of anti-apoptotic genes, e.g., BCL-2, by CLL cells. Consistent with this hypothesis, we found that transduction of HeLa cells with a retrovirus expression vector encoding BCL-2 rendered HeLa cells resistant to the cytopathic effects of rdHSV-1 (29).

Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster (shingles) results when the viruses pass from the ganglia to the skin along the sensory nerves. It commonly occurs in adults, and the incidence increases in the elderly. Clinically, herpes zoster manifests with erythematous vesicles in the skin, associated with pain and sensory deficits in the dermatomes that correspond to the involved ganglia. Common sites are the thoracic dermatomes, the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve (ophthalmic zoster), and the somatosensory branch of the facial nerve (otic zoster). Notably, painful radicular neuropathy may occur in the absence of cutaneous changes. Postherpetic neuralgia is often a protracted disabling complication with severe pain and paresthesias. The pathology of herpes zoster is a radiculogangli-onitis with mononuclear cell infiltrates. In severe cases, the ganglia are hemorrhagic and necrotic, and the inflammation extends into the spinal cord.

Tiziana Lazzarotto Maria Paola Landini

Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the eight viruses belonging to the Her-pesviridae family to infect humans. CMV belongs to the Betaherpesvirinae subfamily of viruses characterized by a restricted host spectrum, in vitro replication in fibroblasts of the natural host species in vivo, a slow replication cycle, the induction of intranuclear and intracytoplasmic inclusions and the ability to induce latency mainly in the myeloid cell linage.

Strategies To Enhance Dna Vaccine Potency

Another strategy for increasing the number of antigen-expressing DCs is to promote the spread of an encoded antigen between DCs by linking the antigen with proteins capable of intercellular transport. We have investigated the use of DNA encoding HPV-16 E7 fused to herpes simplex virus type 1 VP22 (HSV-1 VP22), a viral protein with intercellular trafficking properties, in a DNA vaccine. In vivo experiments showed that the vaccine dramatically enhanced E7-specific CD8+ T cell responses and generated greater antitumor effects than did DNA vaccines encoding E7 alone 3 . We then generated a vaccine encoding E7 linked to Marek's disease virus type 1 VP22 (MDV-1 VP22), a protein with some homology to HSV-1 VP22, and observed powerful vaccine-elicited antitumor immunity as well 4 .

Risk Of Fetalneonatal Infection

Zoster during the first year of postnatal life, which is normally exceedingly rare, is extremely common in children with the congenital varicella syndrome 18 of reported cases have manifested zoster (7). This occurrence probably also relates to an increased incidence of latent infection when varicella develops in fetal life. By analogy, in animal models of latent infection with herpes simplex virus, the incidence of viral reactivation is directly related to the extent of latent infection in ganglia (11).

Viral Diagnostic Assays And Their Interpretation

Because of the rarity of congenital or perinatal HHV-6 and HHV-7 infections as well as the apparent absence of serious consequences in the majority of patients, no standards for diagnostic testing have yet been established. However, numerous tests have been developed for the diagnosis of HHV-6 and HHV-7 infection in other age categories and have been used in studies evaluating newborns for suspected congenital and acquired infections. Specific testing for HHV-6 or HHV-7 infection may include Laboratory Tests Used for Distinguishing Active From Latent HHV-6 and HHV-7 Infections In considering performance of these viral tests, one must remember the latent nature of these herpesviruses and understand that tests differ in their ability to distinguish nonreplicating, latent virus from replicating, active virus (Table 2). The presence of HHV-6 or HHV-7 DNA in PBMCs or other cellular material indicates viral infection but does not necessarily imply viral disease because these viruses persist...

Interpretation Of Diagnostic Evaluations

In general, positive cultures and PCR assays of mucosal sites such as throat or rectum may reflect asymptomatic infection or presence of virus that is causing symptoms. Positive culture and PCR tests of body fluids such as serum and cerebrospinal fluid more specifically suggest disease causation (35,91). Nevertheless, a positive culture or PCR from a mucosal site in the first month of life (even in the absence of positive testing of normally sterile body fluids) in the presence of an EV-compatible illness and in the absence of another viral (e.g., herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, or adenovirus) or bacterial (e.g., group B Streptococcus or E. coli) pathogen or noninfectious condition (e.g., metabolic disorder or structural cardiac disease) that can produce the constellation of clinical findings likely signifies that an EV is the etiologic agent. Herpes simplex virus infection of the newborn can closely mimic findings of neonatal EV infection surface viral cultures and PCR testing...

Adenoviral delivery systems

In contrast to nonviral delivery systems, viral vectors have shown much higher transduction efficiencies both in vitro and in vivo, which allows the potential for large-scale clinical trials. Recombinant adenovirus vectors are among the most popular delivery systems because they are easy to produce in vitro and can transduce nonreplicating cells safely and efficiently. Gene transfer is accomplished by creating adenovirus recombinants. The first generation adenoviral vectors, which are the most common type currently being used in lung cancer gene therapy trials, lack the E1 region of the viral genome. Into the E1 region the wild-type p53 gene was inserted in conjunction with a cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter to drive protein production. Because the E1 region is critical for replication, the E1-deleted adenoviral recombinants (Ad-p53 alternatively called Ad-CMVp53) are capable of infecting cells but not replicating. Even though viral replication does not occur, the transferred gene is...

Ocular Surface Disorders

When a modification of the tear film structure occurs, with consequent tear film instability, ocular surface stress will develop, resulting in a clinical condition known as dry eye. The classification of this disorder was carried out in 1995 by the National Eye Institute, dividing dry eye into two different types aqueous layer disorders and tear evaporation disorders (32). This classification is very useful to focus on the main causative factors of the disorder, although the clinical presentation is often a mix of the two pathogenic pathways (i.e., a reduced aqueous production often results in an inadequate lipid layer spreading and in excessive tear film evaporation meibomian gland disease is commonly associated with reduced aqueous secretion by the lacrimal gland). Aqueous layer deficiency is the most common cause of dry eye and is dependent on decreased secretion of the lacrimal glands, although increased evaporation of tears may also be involved. Main causes of tear aqueous...

Immune Reconstitution And Infections

To date, few reports have analyzed immune reconstitution after nonmyeloablative HCT. Mohty et al. showed that early CD8+ T lymphocyte and NK-cell recoveries after HCT with a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen take place, whereas naive CD4+CD45RA+ T lymphocytes remained below normal values during the first months after the transplant.52 Similar results were reported by Baron et al.44 We recently compared immune reconstitution after conventional and non-myeloablative transplantation.53 During the first 6 months, absolute lymphocyte subset counts were similar, but counts of cytomegalovirus (CM V)-specific T-helper lymphocytes were higher at days 30 and 90 in the nonmyeloablative patient group. Conventional transplant recipients had higher na ve CD4 and CD8 counts 1 year after the HCT, probably reflecting lower counts of recent thymic emigrants in nonmyeloabla-tive recipients this finding might be related to the older age of nonmyeloablative recipients.

Immunologic Factors Impacting Disease Progression

Unlike the Herpesviridae family, HIV produces chronic active, rather than latent, infection. Several observations regarding HIV and the immune response in infected subjects provide insight into the lack of persistent immune control of HIV. A group of HIV-infected subjects was described with members who have vigorous HIV-specific immune responses and spontaneously control viremia in the absence of antiviral therapy. Many of these patients harbor robust cytotoxic and T helper cell responses, a finding that implies that for some, cellular immunity may limit HIV to a latent infection. These patients are the exception, however, rather than the rule. In addition to priming, Th cell function has been postulated, through in vitro and in vivo evidence, to be necessary to maintain robust virus-specific cytotoxic T cell responses necessary to contain viral replication. One example of the dependence of CTL on CD4+ T cell help was observed in human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Clones of...

Accidental Firesetting

Firesetting is a unique manifestation of HAD. Cohen and Alfonso (1998) have described several cases of fire-setting behavior among persons with cognitive impairment and HIV infection and suggest a multifactorial etiology for the behavior. Accidental firesetting often occurs in the context of cigarette smoking by persons both with and without cognitive impairment. The cognitive impairment concomitant with HAD exaggerates the lapses in attention, memory, or judgment that may lead to accidental firesetting from lit cigarettes. HAD is characterized by motor abnormalities such as tremor and bradykinesia, which may contribute to fine motor dyscontrol, thereby increasing the risk of, for example, dropping a lit cigarette. In addition to encephalopathy, persons with HIV may have HIV-associated neuropathy, which may further increase the likelihood of an accident by decreasing the perception of heat. A person with visual acuity limited by cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis would have further...

Tcr Repertoire Analysis In Hivassociated Disease

An independent line of evidence in support of the existence of an HIV-associated SAg was provided by Posnett and colleagues. In accordance with the MMTV model (Held et al., 1993), these investigators hypothesized that TCRBV-specific SAg-mediated activation of T cells would result in increased HIV replication within these cell subsets. Indeed, HIV-1 viral load was found to be significantly greater in CD4+ T cells expressing TCRBV12S1 than in those expressing TCRBV6S7 (Laurence et al., 1992). This subset-specific viral reservoir was only observed in presence of CMV coinfection, suggesting the existence of a CMV-associated herpesvirus SAg acting to enhance HIV replication in trans (Dobrescu et al., 1995a, b). However, because no preferential expansions of TCRBV12S1 T cells were observed in these subjects, the significance of these observations in the context of HIV pathogenesis remains unclear.

Prophylaxis And Therapy

Acyclovir prophylaxis is indicated for all HSV-seropositive HSCT candidates and has been shown to reduce the occurrence of viral reactivation.35 Prophylaxis should commence at the initiation of the preparative regimen and continue to engraftment or to the resolution of mucositis.2 Valacyclovir has not been FDA-approved for this indication.

Seroepidemiological Studies

It has to be mentioned that most of the studies were cross-sectional in design, and, because of the limited number of patients, control for all potential confounders was not possible. In addition, the different cutoff antibody titers make comparison of the studies difficult, and it seems unlikely that all of these cutoffs were prospectively defined. The study by Ridker et al. (12), which was longitudinal in design, could not show any association of CAD and previous C. pneumoniae infection. In summary, the studies show conflicting data on the association between CAD and past C. pneumoniae infection. More recent studies show a positive correlation with high antibody cutoffs (21) or premature AMI (11) as target variable. Prospective studies with other pathogens such as cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex virus 1 + 2 showed an increased risk of MI or death with increased pathogen burden in a dose-response fashion (22,23). Thus, the inconsistencies in the seroepidemiological data could be...

Inherited Defects in TLR Pathways Nuclear Factor kB Signaling and Type I Interferons

Inherited defects in TLR-dependent responses are rare and have been recognized only recently. The major signaling pathway downstream of most TLRs as well as of the interleukin-1 receptor (IL-1R) involves the MyD88 adaptor and the IRAK-4 and IRAK-1 kinases (see Chapter 4), and this pathway results in the nuclear factor kB (NF-KB)-dependent induction of proinflammatory cytokines. TLR 3, 7, 8, and 9 recognize nucleic acids, are located in endosomes, and require a protein called UNC93B for their function. UNC93B is an endoplasmic reticulum membrane protein that interacts with endosomal TLRs when they are synthesized in the endoplas-mic reticulum and helps deliver these TLRs to the endosomes. The UNC93B protein is also critical for signaling by nucleic acid-specific TLRS. Signaling downstream of the endosomal TLRs results in the synthesis and secretion of type I interferons. Defects in TLR signaling tend to have a fairly circumscribed clinical phenotype. Severe invasive bacterial...

Clinical Disease Manifestations Of Hivassociated Cognitive Impairments

May present with a mild influenza-like illness and rarely a mononucleosis-like syndrome (Martin et al., 1992 Beckett and Forstein, 1993 Huang et al., 2005). A portion of these individuals will develop headaches, fever, myalgia, anorexia, rash, and or diarrhea within the first 2 weeks (Schacker et al., 1996 Lindback et al., 2000 Tyrer et al., 2003 Pilcher et al., 2004). Prior to seroconversion, the acute phase of viral infection is characterized by a rapid HIV-mediated loss of memory CD4+CCR5+ T cells within the mucosal tissues that results in potentially irreversible immune suppression (Veazey et al., 1998 Brenchley et al., 2004 Mehandru et al., 2004 Derdeyn and Silvestri, 2005). During this acute HIV infection, high levels of vire-mia and viral shedding at mucosal sites occur. Genital and oral ulcers, cancers, and coinfections with a number of sexually transmitted microbial pathogens, including herpes simplex and hepatitis viruses, syphilis, and gonorrhea, can also manifest during...

Treatment of Infection

Chloramphenicol is rarely used as a systemic drug nowadays, but it has been useful for many years in the form of eye drops. It remains a drug of choice in the UK for superficial eye infections. Other broad-spectrum antibiotics in use include gentamycin, framycetin, tobramycin and neomycin, as well as ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin. When an infection of the eye is suspected, a culture is taken from the conjunctival sac and treatment started with a wide-spectrum antibiotic. Systemic and intravitreal administration might be needed if the infection is intraocular. A number of antiviral drugs are now available, but acyclovir in the form of Zovirax ointment is the most widely used treatment of herpes simplex keratitis. The use of systemic acyclovir and famcyclovir for herpes zoster ophthalmicus has made a great impact on the severity of ocular complications.

Topical Preparations Of Local Anesthetics

Topical preparations of local anesthetics may be effective for neuropathic pain when there is localized allodynia or hypersensitivity. Topical blockade of small-and large-fiber nerve endings should reduce mechanical and thermal allodynia. A topical lidocaine patch (Lidoderm 5 lidocaine) has become available, which can be applied to painful areas in shingles (herpes zoster) and in more chronic forms of neuropathic pain such as DN or the ischemic neuropathies created by prolonged

Complications 71 Infections

Infections represent the major cause of morbidity and of mortality of CLL patients. In our series, we observed the same rate of fatal infections in young and old CLL patients (9). Heavily treated patients and refractory patients, particularly if they are treated with purine analogs, are subgroups with an increased risk of developing infections (42,43). In young CLL patients receiving intensive treatment, the risk of infectious complications should be always considered. Adequate supportive management, including prophylaxis against herpesviruses, fungi, and Pneumocystis carinii and the use of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in the presence of neutropenia may reduce the occurrence of fatal infections that could have an adverse impact on the outcome of patients treated with curative intent (44,45).

As Sources Of Distress

Other factors causing distress are the multiple complications resulting from immunological suppression, including visual loss, neurological illness, and fears of progressive health decline and changes in one's ability to care for one's self independently. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinopathy is one of the most distressing complications of HIV disease, as it results in vision loss with accompanying social isolation, loss of independence, and loss of function.

Differential Diagnosis

It is important to exclude any potentially treatable causes such as infections with HIV becoming increasingly important. Rarer examples are Whipple's disease, chronic bacterial meningitis, Lyme disease, neurosyphilis and a number of viral encaphalitides (herpes simplex, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), progressive rubella panencephalitis, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy). Dementia is also a feature in patients with multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, paraneoplastic disease and metabolic disorders (deficit of vitamin Bi2 or nicotinic acid, hypothyroidism, chronic hypoglycemia, hypo- and hypercalcemia, Cushing's syndrome, Addison's disease, renal impairment leading to uremic encephalopathy and hepatic disturbances). Further, a number of inherited metabolic diseases are associated with cognitive problems (Wilson's disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, adrenoleukodystrophy, neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis, membranous lipodystrophy, Gaucher's disease, Niemann-Pick...

Defects in Cellular Immunity

Infections associated with impaired cellular immunity such as tuberculosis, cryptococcosis, listeriosis, and herpes zoster have been reported in CLL patients even before intensive therapy was available and before techniques were available to identify specific components of cellular immunity. Prominent among these abnormalities are decreased concentrations of circulating CD4+ lymphocytes, which may occur secondary to the disease process but are a significant consequence of therapy with purine analogs.

Thymic Selection And T Cell Maturation

Indeed, functional HIV-specific T cells are present in the periphery, suggesting that tolerance to HIV is not generated during thymic selection, that tolerance is incomplete, or that HIV-specific T cells developed before infection. Additional work will be required to determine the role of HIV infection in altering central tolerance. Recent studies addressed the possibility that HIV-encoded superantigens promote clonal deletion. One study suggested that HIV superantigens were responsible for skewed TCR VP profiles observed in AIDS patients however, a subsequent report suggested that this was due to cytomegalovirus (CMV) rather than HIV superantigens.44 Also disputing the existence of HIV superantigens are data in the SCID-hu model showing that HIV infection does not preferentially deplete cells expressing specific VP genes.45,46 A separate possible consequence of exposure to HIV antigen in the thymus is that thymocytes become anergized or unresponsive to the virus. Anergic T cells...

Treatment and Management

Some infective types of anterior uveitis, the diagnosis is usually made before the uveitis appears because the condition occurs as a secondary event. This is the case following herpes simplex keratitis and also in patients with herpes zoster affecting the upper division of the fifth cranial nerve. By contrast, anterior uveitis can be an important clue to the diagnosis of a venereal disease.

The History Of Aids Psychiatry

In 1981, previously healthy young men and women were being admitted with pneumonia and severe respiratory distress to the intensive care unit of our municipal academic medical center in New York City. They were dying of respiratory failure. The reason for these deaths was not clear. At about the same time, Michael Gottlieb, an immunologist in an academic medical center in Los Angeles, California, began to investigate the reasons for the occurrence of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in five previously healthy young men. On June 5, 1981, his report of these cases was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC, 1981a). Gottlieb's first patients were also described as having cytomegalovirus and candida infections. In a more detailed article, published on December 10, 1981, in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gottlieb and colleagues (1981) linked an immune deficiency with this new cluster of infections. They presented evidence for an association ofthe illnesses...

Types of Corneal Ulcer

Examination reveals conjunctival congestion,which is often mainly localised to an area adjacent to the corneal ulcer. The ulcer is often seen as a white crescent-shaped patch near the corneal margin but there is usually, but not always, a small gap of clear cornea between it and the limbus (the corneoscleral junction). Such marginal ulcers are thought to be caused by exotoxins from S. aureus, mainly because they are often associated with S. aureus blepharitis. On the other hand, it is not possible to grow the organism from the corneal lesion, and for this reason, it is said that the infiltrated area is some form of allergic response to the infecting organism. Furthermore, these marginal ulcers respond rapidly to treatment with a steroid-antibiotic mixture. It is essential that the usual precautions before applying local steroids to the eye are taken, that is to say, the possibility of herpes simplex infection should be excluded and the intraocular pressure should be...

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis

Herpes simplex infections are painful, interfere with nutrition, and may become superinfected with bacterial pathogens. Hence, patients who receive therapy with purine analogs should be considered for prophylaxis with acyclovir or valcyclovir if they have had previous infection (46). Long-term prophylaxis to prevent herpes zoster infections is probably not necessary since nearly all infection is localized to a few dermatomes.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Keratoconjunctivitis have a higher risk than normal for the development of herpes simplex keratitis the condition is also associated with the corneal dystrophy known as keratoconus or conical cornea. They are likely to develop skin infections and chronic eyelid infection by staphylococcus. The recurrent itch and irritation (in the absence of infection) is relieved by applying local steroid drops, but in view of the long-term nature of the condition, these should be avoided if possible because of their side effects. (Local steroids can cause glaucoma in predisposed individuals and aggravate herpes simplex keratitis.)

The Ly49 Receptor Family

Dependent on the interaction of the positively charged arginine residue of the transmembrane domain of the Ly49 receptor and the negatively charged aspartic acid residue of DAP12. Interestingly, the specific Ly49 repertoire and the amount of each Ly49 receptor directly depend on the H-2 expression of the host (Yokoyama and Plougastel, 2003). IL-12 and IL-18 treatment enables NK cells to mediate cytotoxicity and produce IFN-y despite expression of inhibitory receptors (Ortaldo and Young, 2003). These NK cells need two activating signals (activating Ly49 receptor and IL-12 IL-18) to overcome inhibition. These observations support the notion that temporary autore-activity could occur during acute inflammation from IL12 IL18 production by dendritic cells (DCs) that can induce IFN-y expression in NK cells, ultimately leading to expansion of the immune response. Another possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the main activating ligand for the Ly49 receptors is not H-2 but some...

Infections Associated With Purine Analog Therapy

The therapy of CLL has changed dramatically with the introduction of the purine analogs. Unfortunately, although these agents are highly efficacious, they are associated with substantial risks of infection even for prolonged periods after cessation of therapy. Fludarabine has been combined with prednisone, which proved to be no more effective than fludarabine alone but was associated with a higher risk of infections (11). What is most impressive and probably related to reduced CD4+ lymphocyte numbers, is the increased frequency of infections that are also seen in AIDS patients such as Pneumocystis carinii, cytomegalovirus, herpesviruses, and Listeria monocytogenes infections (46). The largest amount of information on infectious complications following purine analog therapy has been obtained from CLL patients receiving fludarabine. Early studies focused on the increased frequency of L. monocytogenes and P. carinii infections (47). Subsequently, a variety of infections, most of which...

Leukocytereduced Blood Components

Cytomegalovirus (TT-CMV) infection.22,23 Other clinical uses of leukocyte-reduced blood components, such as reducing transfusion-related immunomodulation, or reducing other transfusion-transmitted infections (e.g., EBV, HHV-8, HTLV-I II, etc.), should be considered experimental until additional studies are performed. Leukocyte reduction has not been shown to prevent transfusion-associated GVHD (TA-GVHD see below).3637

Predictors Of Aidsrelated Lymphoma

Genetic, infectious, and immunologic factors influence the development of AIDS-related lymphoma. For example, germline chemokine and chemokine receptor gene variants have been found to influence the chance of developing these tumors.1819 Acyclovir has mild activity against Epstein-Barr in vivo, and one case-control study has shown that administration of high-dose acyclovir ( 800 mg day) for 1 year was associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of NHL.20

Third Cranial Nerve Palsy

The eye is turned out and slightly down, the pupil is dilated and ptosis is usually severe enough to close the eye. Trauma is an important cause in young people but a posterior communicating aneurysm should also be considered, particularly if it is associated with pain. Other causes include demyelination, diabetes, microvascular occlusion and herpes zoster infection. Recovery of nerve function particularly after compressive lesions can lead to a phenomenon known as aberrant regeneration. This can manifest as atypical pupil or lid responses on attempted eye movement.

Absent Corneal Sensation

Corneal anaesthesia can result from a lesion at any point in the fifth cranial nerve from the cornea to the brainstem. In the cornea itself, herpes simplex infection can ultimately result in anaesthesia. Herpes zoster is especially liable to lead to this problem and, because this condition can often be treated at home rather than in the ward, it will be considered in more detail here.

Transient Transfection of DNA in Adherent Cells

The efficiency of expression after transient transfection of plasmid DNA is dependent on the number of cells that incorporate DNA, the gene copy number, and the expression level per gene determined by the strength of the promoter in the plasmid. For several transformed cell lines (COS, HEK293, NIH3T3) it is possible to directly introduce plasmid DNA into 10 to 50 of the cells in the population. In contrast, primary fibroblasts and MEFs are extremely difficult to transfect and they require particular protocols (see following subheading). Transient expression offers a convenient means to compare different vectors and ensure that an expression plasmid is functional before using it to establish a stably transfected expressing cell line. A large variety of expression vectors for transient expression are described in the literature. Most useful vectors contain multiple elements that include (1) a simian virus 40 (SV40) origin of replication for amplification to high copy number in COS...

Stress Management And Psychiatric Interventions

There were also changes in indicators of antiviral immunity over the 10-week intervention period. Men assigned to either CBSM or exercise interventions showed significant decreases in IgG antibody titers (reflecting better immunologic control) to EBV and HHV-6, which moved into the normal range for age-matched healthy men. This was in contrast to IgG antibody titer values for assessment-only controls, which remained elevated (Esterling et al., 1992). The reductions in EBV IgG antibody titers in the CBSM group appeared to be mediated by the greater social support levels maintained in this condition (Antoni et al., 1996). Finally, a 2-year follow-up of the HIVpositive men in this trial found that less distress at diagnosis, decreased HIV-specific denial coping after diagnosis, and better participant adherence to CBSM treatment protocol all predicted slower disease Similarly, reductions in anxiety during the 10-week intervention period have been observed to co-vary with decreases in...

Etiology and Pathogenesis 361 Etiology

In carcinoma of the thyroid in young people has been discussed elsewhere 4 . The highest incidence rates for NPC are found in parts of the Far East where it occurs in association with EBV infection. The rare cases of NPC in young people in Western developed countries may also be associated with EBV, and this should be explored, but it is likely that other cofactors are involved 67 . Carcinoma of the cervix and uterus, although typical of older age groups, is relatively frequent in young adult females and appears to be closely linked with sexually transmitted infections including herpes simplex virus type 2 and human papilloma virus 65 . Other carcinomas seen in adolescents and young adults that occur typically in later life may be strongly associated with genetic predisposition at young ages, as will be discussed below.

Historical Perspectives

Cause the common cold in humans and induce sarcomas in newborn hamsters and rats and (4) such herpesviruses as Herpes saimiri, which is indigenous in the New World squirrel monkey and may induce lymphosarcomas and leukemias when inoculated into certain species of monkeys. Table 2-4 lists some of the different types of RNA and DNA oncogenic viruses.

Genetically Engineered Cells

The herpes simplex viral (HSV) vector was the first virus to be tested to introduce genes into the adult CNS (135-137). More recently, other viral vectors have been introduced, including adenovirus, the recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV), lentivirus, and pseudotyped vectors. The rAAV vector is more efficient than the HSV because it achieves much higher levels of expression. The use of such vectors has allowed genes to be transferred to a specific group of cells in the CNS (138) and has provided support for the efficacy of such factors as glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) for PD (139-142) and ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) for HD (143-146).

Clinical manifestations and prevention of chronic rejection

Chronic kidney allograft rejection results from a multitude of various interacting immunological, nonimmunological and infectious insults with a similar final common pathway 5-7 . Identified risk factors include acute rejection episodes, delayed initial graft function, histoincompatibility, high donor and recipient age, black race, hyperlipidaemia, regraft, insufficient immunosuppression, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.

Markers of chronic allograft rejection

Chronic allograft rejection typically occurs several months to a year posttransplantation and is characterized by the histological manifestations of ductope-nia and a decrease in the number of hepatic arteries in portal tracts in the presence of foam cell (obliterative) arteriolopathy. In contrast to kidney or heart transplantation, this does not initially present as a vascular process but as a biliary phenomenon and is manifested clinically and biochemically as cholestatic jaundice. The incidence in adults is decreasing, and is currently 4 , but remains at more than double this in children. Some of the clinical risk factors could be amenable to modification by improvements in management. These risk factors include donor-recipient human leucocyte antigen and sex matching, positive lymphocyto-toxic cross-match, cytomegalovirus infection, frequency and intensity of acute

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Some evidence has also linked human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with atherosclerosis. Constans et al. (82) showed that, although no clinically relevant atherosclerotic lesions were found, plaques occurred more often in patients with HIV than in control subjects. During postmortem examination of eight HIV-seropositive male patients, major atherosclerosis in coronary arteries was present in the absence of an associated cardiovascular risk factor (83). Investigators have postulated that viral infection, either HIV or coexisting herpesviruses, may play a role in the development of the coronary lesions. However, because of the complexity of the disease, it is difficult to establish whether HIV itself, or an opportunistic pathogen, or both are causally related to the process of atherosclerosis.

PCT and viral infections

After transplantation, cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections occur frequently. Normal PCT levels of 0.1 ng ml were found in heart transplant patients with CMV infection 5 . Even HIV-infected patients in the final stage of AIDS did not differ from healthy persons with PCT levels of 0.5 ng ml 7 .

Lonnie Minera James F Bale

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection of the newborn is an important, potential source of morbidity and mortality among young children. Neonatal HSV infections can be categorized as (1) mucocutaneous (infection localized to the skin, eye, and or mouth) (2) disseminated (infection involving multiple organs or tissues, including the central nervous system (CNS)) or (3) encephalitic (infection of the CNS with or without skin lesions). In addition, 5-10 of HSV infections in the neonatal period result from intrauterine (also called, congenital) infection. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has greatly improved the detection of HSV infection at all ages, including the neonate. However, as many as 25 of the infants with proven CNS HSV infections have negative PCR studies of the cerebrospinal fluid. Despite impressive advances in the development of antiviral therapies and in the medical management of infants with perinatal HSV infections, many infants die or have permanent neurodevelopmental...

Hivassociated Multicentric Castlemans Disease

Benjamin Castleman first described multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD) as a case record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, familiar to all the readers of the New England Journal of Medicine, in 1954.110 Interest in MCD has grown in recent years with the AIDS epidemic, since there has been an increased incidence of MCD in HIV-positive patients. This followed the recognition of an association between MCD and AIDS-associated KS, again following initial publication of case reports.4 5 Castleman's disease is divided into localized disease and MCD which is characterized by polylymphadenopathy and multiorgan involvement. The localized form is treated with surgery but the management of MCD is less clear and has a more aggressive course. Histologically, it is divided into the hyalinized vascular form and plasma variant, the former being more common in localized disease and the latter more common in MCD. MCD is associated with Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) infection, which is also...

Evaluation Of The Neonate

Microbiologic evaluation should be targeted at EVs and other pathogens that can cause similar disease manifestations. The latter include herpes simplex virus, adenovirus, bacteria such as group B streptococcus and Escherichia coli, and depending on the clinical situation, congenital infections by cytomegalovirus, rubella virus, syphilis, and Toxoplasma gondii (33,37). Viral culture specimens with the highest yield for diagnosis of neonatal EV infections are rectum or stool (91-93 positive), cerebrospinal fluid (62-83 positive), and nasopharyx or throat (52-67 positive). Yields of serum and urine culture are lower (24-47 ) however, cultures of serum specimens may grow more rapidly than those of other body fluids sites (33,37,91). Positive serum cultures are more likely with echoviruses, low serum-neutralizing antibody titer, and onset of illness within the first 5 days of life (85,91).

Applications of Stability Information in Medicinal Chemistry

Another application of stability data is in the optimization of structures. Structure-stability relationships can be developed that indicate how the structure may be modified to improve stability in plasma. Figure 8 indicates the structure-stability relationships of a series from a human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) protease program.45 It was observed that increasing the steric hindrance and increasing the electron withdrawal at the lactam result in improved stability. An analog was found that balanced activity and stability.

Monoclonal Antibodies

Alemtuzumab has been explored as a treatment for relapsed or refractory CLL in several clinical trials. A consistent response rate of 30-40 , and PFS of approximately 1 year in responders, is reported by these studies when the drug is administered at 30 mg as an IV infusion three times a week for 3-4 months.16-20 Alemtuzumab is particularly useful in the treatment of CLL characterized by 17p deletions that are known to be chemotherapy resistant.21 The drug is associated with significant and sometimes severe infusion reactions, however. These reactions are muted, with no apparent loss of efficacy, when alemtuzumab is administered sub-cutaneously, though this administration route in no way abrogates its immunosuppressive side effects.22,23 Patients treated with alemtuzumab require antimicrobial prophylaxis against bacteria, Pneumocystis jeroveci, and Herpes viruses.24 In addition, there is a substantial risk of cytomegalovirus reactivation and infection that requires a high level of...

Alemtuzumab Campath1H

Alemtuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the lymphocyte surface antigen CD52, which is abundantly expressed on normal and most malignant T lymphocytes.78 Alemtuzumab is currently the focus of many clinical trials in hematologic malignancies and has been used in the treatment of lymphomas and lymphoid leukemias. A published phase II trial of alemtuzumab in 22 patients with advanced MF SS demonstrated a clinical response in 55 of the cases, with 32 complete remissions, including some SS patients clearing effectively circulating Sezary cells.79 Median response duration was 12 months, and ranged from 5 to 32 months. The compound is associated with significant hematologic toxicity and infectious complications consisting of reactivation of cytomegalovirus, herpes zoster, miliary tuberculosis, and pulmonary aspergillosis.

Innate and Adaptive Immune Reponses in the Skin

Skin DCs take up foreign proteins, transport them to draining lymph nodes, and present processed peptides from these proteins to T cells or pass the protein antigens to other lymph node-resident DCs. When Langerhans cells encounter microbes, they are activated by engagement of Toll-like receptors (see Chapter 6). The cells lose their adhesiveness for the epidermis, enter lymphatic vessels, begin to express the CCR7 chemokine receptor, and migrate to the T cell zones of draining lymph nodes in response to chemokines produced in that location. The Langerhans cells also mature into efficient antigen-presenting cells. What remains unclear is the relative contribution of the different skin DC subsets to the initiation of T cell responses. Mouse models have been developed in which langerin-expressing DCs can be selectively eliminated, and under the proper conditions, the mice lack Langerhans cells but have dermal DCs. Using these models, investigators have shown that some T cell responses...

Immunodeficiency After Bone Marrow Transplantation

The consequence of immunodeficiency is that bone marrow transplant recipients are susceptible to viral infections, especially cytomegalovirus infection, and to many bacterial and fungal infections. They are also susceptible to Epstein-Barr virus-provoked B cell lymphomas. The immune deficiencies of bone marrow transplant recipients can be more severe than those of conventionally immunosuppressed patients. Therefore, bone marrow transplant recipients commonly receive prophylactic antibiotics and anti-cytomegalovirus therapy and are often actively immunized against capsular bacteria such as pneumococcus before transplantation.

Inhibitors of Leukocyte Migration

Immunosuppressive therapy leads to increased susceptibility to various types of intracellular infections and virus-associated tumors. The major goal of immunosup-pression to treat graft rejection is to reduce the generation and function of helper T cells and CTLs, which mediate acute cellular rejection. It is therefore not surprising that defense against viruses and other intracellular pathogens, the physiologic function of T cells, is also compromised in immunosuppressed transplant recipients. Reactivation of latent herpesviruses is a frequent problem in immuno-suppressed patients, including cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, and Epstein-Barr virus. For this reason, transplant recipients are now given prophylactic antiviral therapy for herpesvirus infections. Immunosuppressed allograft recipients are also at greater risk for a variety of so-called opportunistic infections, which normally do not occur in immunocompetent people, including fungal infections...

Longterm Complications

The initial concern for patients treated with the purine nucleosides was for an increased risk of infection and the development of second malignancies due to the profound long-term suppression of CD4 and CD8 lym-phocytes.27 28 However, a significant increase in infections is not seen in patients who have responded to treatment and have normal neutrophil counts. In our series, during the 7-year median follow-up, only herpes zoster was seen in remission patients.24

Incidence And Risk Factors

The incidence of PTLD varies depending on the type of transplant, recipient age, and type of immunosuppres-sion used (Tables 62.1 and 62.2). The incidence of PTLD is 4 times higher in pediatric than in adult transplant recipients.16 In SOT recipients, the incidence of PTLD varies with the type of allograft 19 of intestinal transplants, 2-10 of heart transplants, 5-9 of heart-lung transplants, 2-8 of liver transplants, and 1-10 of renal transplants.16 Additional risk factors for PTLD in SOT patients include high levels of immunosuppression (particularly with antithymocyte globulin), EBV seronegative recipient of a seropositive donor, development of primary EBV infection after transplant, and presence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease. For example, PTLDs are the most common tumors in children after organ transplant and represent over 50 of all posttransplant tumors this is in contrast to adults where such tumors comprise only

Neuroinflammatory Imaging

Cecil et al. (41) reviewed the newer structural or metabolic imaging tools in brain inflammation and concluded that proton MR spectroscopy is a sensitive and specific imaging tool in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, herpes simplex encephalitis, and AIDS, indicating its usefulness in longitudinal studies for predicting and monitoring the response to therapy (41). Likewise, Bitsch et al. (42) found that the measured increases of choline and myo-inositol corresponded to the histopathologically verified glial proliferation and the infiltration of subcortical grey

Virus Characteristics

CMV is morphologically similar to other herpesviruses and is the largest member of the family (2). The virus consists of a 64-nm core enclosed by a 110-nm icosahedral capsid. The capsid is surrounded by a poorly defined amorphous tegument that itself is surrounded by a loosely applied, lipid-containing tegument (2). The genome of CMV consists of linear double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecule approx 240 kb (3,4). The genome of CMV is similar to that of herpes simplex virus in that it has long and short unique segments, both of which are bounded by homologous repetitive sequences. The CMV genome is approx 50 larger than herpes simplex virus and encodes for at least 35 structural proteins and an undefined number of nonstructural proteins (5). Although the replication of CMV is very similar to that described for herpes simplex virus, the replicative cycle is much slower than for herpes simplex (6).

Clinical Evaluation Of The Infant

The vesicular rash that occurs with HSV infection may be confused with the cutaneous manifestations of other infectious diseases, such as varicella-zoster virus infection, postnatally acquired enteroviral disease, and disseminated cytomegalovirus infection. Such distinctions are especially difficult when HSV assumes an atypical cutaneous presentation. Definitive confirmation of HSV disease can be achieved by culture of the skin vesicles. Noninfectious cutaneous conditions such as incontinentia pigmenti, acrodermatitis enteropathica, erythema toxicum, and neonatal melanosis should also be considered. Lesions associated with these diseases can often be distinguished rapidly from those caused by HSV by the presence of eosinophils on staining of a tissue scraping, by peripheral eosinophilia, and by appropriate viral cultures.

Adaptive Immunity to Viruses

In latent infections, viral DNA persists in host cells but the virus does not replicate or kill infected cells. Latency is often a state of balance between infection and the immune response. CTLs are generated in response to the virus that can control the infection but not eradicate it. As a result, the virus persists in infected cells, sometimes for the life of the individual. Any deficiency in the host immune response can result in reactivation of the latent infection, with expression of viral genes that are responsible for cytopathic effects and for spread of the virus. These cytopathic effects may include lysis of infected cells or uncontrolled proliferation of the cells. Such latent infections are common with Epstein-Barr virus and several other DNA viruses of the herpesvirus family.

Isolation And Identification

The selection, transport, storage, and processing of the specimen are crucial for isolation attempts to be meaningful. The ideal specimen is taken from the site of the lesion or symptoms as early in the course of the illness as possible. The risk of fetal exposure or infection is determined by the status of the mother. Herpes I or II, enterovirus, rubella, and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) are some of the viruses that may be isolated and that are clinically relevant to the fetus or newborn. Other important agents such as hepatitis B virus, HIV, and parvovirus B-19 are either extremely difficult to culture or cannot be cultured. Viral isolation attempts are initiated by inoculating specimen aliquots into tubes or bottles of cell cultures. Companion control and inoculated cells are incubated at 33 C for growth of respiratory viruses and at 36 C for optimal growth of other viruses. For some viruses, growth is enhanced by continuous slow rotation of the tubes. The cultures are examined...

Infections in Untreated Patients

Herpesvirus infections, predominantly dermatomal herpes zoster and oral herpes simplex, accounted for about 10 of infections (42,43). Other infections associated with CLL were generally identified from studies of specific infections and included tuberculosis, salmonellosis, cryptococcosis, and, rarely, pneumocystosis and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. All of these infections are associated with impaired cellular immunity, indicating that hypo GG was not the sole deficiency in host defenses in nontreated and minimally treated patients.

Deficiencies in Humoral Immunity

Most patients are deficient in at least one IgG subclass, even some with early-stage disease (22). The most significant deficiencies are in IgG3 and IgG4 (23). IgG3 is a major component of the humoral response to herpes simplex, which is a common cause of viral infection in CLL patients. IgG4 is an important humoral response to parasitic infections. It has been suggested that selective deficiencies in these two IgG subclasses could be caused by abnormal cytokine production by altered T-cells.

Causes And Mechanisms Of Immune Activation In Hiv Infection

Independently of the effect of HIV viral gene products, another important cause of immune activation stems from co-infections with non-HIV pathogens. In many regions of the world, the co-infection of HIV-infected patients with other pathogens is highly prevalent, and these co-infections often persist as chronic and recurrent acute infections. Common co-infections17,18 include protozoan parasites (e.g., Leishmania donovani, Toxoplasma gondii, Plasmodium falciparum) and bacteria (e.g., Mycobacterium sp. and Neisseria gonorrhea). Co-infections with viruses such as human herpesvirus (HHV)-6, human simplex virus (HSV)-1, cytomegalovirus, and hepatitis B and C viruses are also prevalent worldwide. Certain co-infections, in particular, parasitic infections, are believed to contribute significantly to HIV-associated morbidity and mortality by a mechanism of microbial-induced immune activation and its consequences. The mechanism of immune activation in these situations has been attributed to...

Diagnosing Infection By Serologic Means

Agents such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) or HIV, the need to make a rapid diagnosis increased in importance. In the following sections, various strategies used to diagnose congenital infections, particularly those comprised by the TORCH (toxoplasmosis, other infections, rubella, CMV, and herpes simplex virus HSV ) agents, are explored. It should become obvious that they all have shortcomings. As a consequence, and with the development of more rapid and specific nucleic acid detection methods, assays utilizing polymerase chain reaction amplification of specific pathogen-related nucleic acid has largely supplanted serologic methods. natal or prenatal serum titer. IgM, although produced in acute infection, may also persist for long periods of time, as evidenced by detection of toxoplasma-specific IgM in 7 of pregnant women who were infected prenatally (12). IgM may persist for more than 1 year after acute infection (13). In addition, for viruses that cause chronic infection (i.e., the...

Synthetic Antigen Vaccines

A goal of vaccine research has been to identify the most immunogenic microbial antigens or epitopes, to synthesize these in the laboratory, and to use the synthetic antigens as vaccines. It is possible to deduce the protein sequences of microbial antigens from nucleotide sequence data and to prepare large quantities of proteins by recombinant DNA technology. Vaccines made of recombinant DNA-derived antigens are now in use for hepatitis virus, herpes simplex virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus (a major pathogen for livestock), human papillomavirus, and rotavirus. In the case of the most widely used human papillomavirus vaccine, recombinant viral proteins from four viral strains (HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18) are made in yeast and combined with an adjuvant. HPV 6 and 11 are common causes of warts, and HPV 16 and 18 are the most common HPV strains linked to cervical cancer. This antiviral vaccine is therefore also a preventive cancer vaccine.

Physicochemical Descriptors

Fairly simple descriptors have been shown to give good correlations to ADME properties. In 1997, Lipinski proposed the 'rule of 5,' an important, but not sufficient filter for oral drugs.22 This 'rule of 5' comprises four rules (molecular weight MW 500, Clog P 5, number of hydrogen bond donor atoms HBD 5, and number of hydrogen bond acceptor atoms HBA 10) and states that good absorption is less likely for a compound if two or more of these rules are violated. However, this can only help for a first interpretation of a molecule - a compound that fulfills all criteria is more likely to be permeable and, thus, also more likely to be orally bioavailable. Nevertheless, not all compounds that do fulfill the criteria have good bioavailability or even good absorption (e.g., acyclovir, fluvastatin, and terbutaline all have bioavailability below 30 ,23 acyclovir also has a fraction absorbed below 30 ,24 and they do not violate any of Lipinski's rules). In addition, compounds that do not fulfill...

Integrin Expression on Osteogenic Cells

To this end, we have successfully transfected a2 integrin subunit to a2 integrin negative HOS and Saos-2 cell lines. A commonly used cytomegalovirus promoter was too weak to drive the expression of integrin subunits, so we instead used a construct carrying a spleen focus forming virus LTR promoter.46 The stable expression of an integrin was achieved by having the neomycin analogue, G418, resistance gene in the same expression construct. The increased expression of a2p1 integrin was assessed by measuring the plasmid derived mRNA with Northern blot analysis and the protein levels with immunoprecipitation. Flow cytometry was used to measure the cell surface expression.

Classification Of Aa Based On Etiology And Pathophysiologic Mechanisms

In many respects, clinical and pathophysiologic features of AA suggest a possible infectious etiology. Most commonly, viruses have been implicated. Over the years, many of the suggested agents have been excluded as etiologic factors. The search for AA agents has been extensive. Hepatitis B and A were proven not to be the causative agent for typical AA. Similarly, cytomegalovirus (CMV), although certainly capable of producing bone marrow suppression under certain clinical circumstances, such as following stem cell transplantation, is not responsible for idiopathic AA. Certain serologic CMV types have been implicated in transplantation-refractory AA, but these studies have not found application to explain typical AA.48-50 A series of cases clearly

Neuropathic Pain Syndromes

In primary care as well as many types of specialty practice, the term neuropathic pain has been most often thought of as simply meaning painful peripheral neuropathy, as commonly occurs in severe diabetes mellitus (DM). This association may have developed based on the high incidence of diabetes, the bilateral, distal distribution of other symptoms (sensory loss), and signs (reduced temperature, circulatory compromise) commonly seen in this illness. In general clinical practice, the pains of well-known neurologic disorders, such as those created by herpes zoster and inflammatory involvement of the trigeminal nerves, are more likely to be thought of as focal neuralgias, rather than neuropathic pain. Similarly, the pain created by local compression of nerve roots is considered to represent just one aspect of a radiculopathy rather than being part of a neuropathic pain syndrome. Even when contralateral pain is created by unilateral thalamic or other deep hemispheric infarctions, the...

Diagnostic Assays For Evaluation Of Infant And Mother

Enders G, Miller E, Cradock-Watson J, Bolley I, Ridehalgh M. Consequences of varicella and herpes zoster in pregnancy prospective study of 1739 cases. Lancet 1994 343 1548-1551. 11. Lekstrom-Himes JA, Pesnicak L, Straus SE. The quantity of latent viral DNA correlates with the relative rates at which herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 cause recurrent genital herpes outbreaks. J Virol 1998 72 2760-2764.

Acute Chorioamnionitis

Chronic inflammation of the fetal membranes has rarely been described in conjunction with viral infections including herpes simplex virus (HSV) (53), rubella (54), and toxoplasmosis (55). Chronic chorioamnionitis tends to be most often associated with nonspecific chronic inflammation elsewhere within the placenta, such as villitis of undetermined etiology (VUE) (56). It is usually focal, rarely involves the amnion connective tissue, and does not result in necrosis of the amnion epithelium (57). Chronic chorioamnionitis is often associated with chronic inflammatory lesions elsewhere within the placental or decidual tissues but can occur as an isolated phenomenon.

Evaluation And Treatment

Because of routine serologic screening of pregnant women for syphilis, the pediatric health care provider is often alerted to the possibility of congenital syphilis when the maternal serologic tests are reactive. Otherwise, when a diagnosis of congenital syphilis is entertained in a newborn, one should first obtain a maternal nontreponemal test (Fig. 3). A nonreactive result excludes the diagnosis unless the maternal serum specimen is exhibiting a prozone phenomenon. If the nontreponemal test result is nonreactive even after dilution of the specimen, then the diagnosis of congenital syphilis in an infant who has clinical signs of a congenital infection is excluded, and the possibility of disease caused by other agents such as cytomegalovirus or Toxoplasma gondii should be investigated. If the maternal nontreponemal test is reactive, then the specific titer of the assay and a treponemal test are obtained. Maternal syphilis is confirmed if the treponemal test result is reactive a...

Epidemiology And Routes Of Transmission

The prevalence of HHV-8 infection has not yet been firmly established, but it seems to vary among different populations and in different regions of the world. Unlike most other herpesviruses, HHV-8 infection does not seem to be widely distributed in most populations. The frequency of infection appears to be low in the general population in North America, certain Asian countries, and in northern European nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany (18,19). In these countries, the seroprevalence of HHV-8 in different risk groups mirrors the incidence of AIDS KS, with a seroprevalence rate of between 25 and 50 among homosexual men. In other countries such as Italy, Greece, and Israel, especially southern Italy, the infection rate seems to be much higher in the general population and is more variable, ranging between 5 and 35 . A likely route of nonsexual transmission is via saliva. Oral and nasal secretions have been hypothesized to be a source of HHV-8 infection, similar to other...

Antiinflammatory Drugs and the

Local steroids should also be applied with caution, and it is a good rule always to have a specific reason for giving them. That is to say,they should not be prescribed just to make red eyes turn white without a clear diagnosis. The reasons for this are two-fold first, local steroids enhance the multiplication of viruses, especially herpes simplex and second, they can cause glaucoma in certain predisposed individuals. In such individuals, the instillation of one drop of steroid can cause a temporary rise of intraocular pressure. The most potent steroid in this respect is dexam-ethasone, followed by betamethasone, pred-nisolone and hydrocortisone. It has been claimed that rimexolone, clobetasone and fluorometho-lone are relatively safe in this respect.

Risk Of Maternal Infection During Pregnancy

Genital herpes occurs with a frequency of about 1 at any time during gestation (15,16). Recurrent genital herpes infections are the most common form of genital HSV during gestation (13). However, as discussed below, it is the woman with primary HSV disease who is at highest risk of transmitting the virus to her baby. About 10 of HSV-2-seronegative pregnant women have an HSV-2-seropositive sexual partner and thus are at risk of contracting a primary HSV-2 infection (17). Among such discordant couples, women who are seronegative for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 have an estimated chance of seroconversion for either virus of 3.7 those women who are already seropositive for HSV-1 have an estimated chance of HSV-2 seroconversion of 1.7 (18). Approximately two-thirds of women who acquire genital herpes during pregnancy have no symptoms to suggest a genital HSV infection (18). Several prospective studies have evaluated the frequency and nature of viral shedding throughout pregnancy in women with a...

Ophthalmia Neonatorum

It is important to realise that in the early part of this century, a large proportion of the inmates of blind institutions had suffered from ophthalmia neonatorum. The disease affects primarily the conjunctiva and cornea and is the result of infection by organisms resident in the maternal birth passage. The gonococcus was the most serious cause of blindness but a number of other bacteria have been incriminated, including staphylococci, streptococci and pneumococci. It has also been shown that chlamydial infection of the genital tract can lead to the same problem, as can infection by the herpes simplex virus. The blindness that resulted from this condition was so serious that any excessive discharge from the eyes has been a notifiable disease in this country since 1914. Ophthalmia neonatorum is caused by unhygienic conditions at birth and its relative rarity nowadays is because of the fact that midwives are trained to screen for the condition. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually occurs...

Telomere Studies And Hiv Pathogenesis

The telomere shortening and the presence of CD28 T cells observed in HIV disease is a more dramatic example of events that also occur in healthy individuals, and may possibly reflect a common pattern of T-cell dynamics with respect to pathogens in general. In HIV-seonegative individuals, the proportion of T cells lacking CD28 expression increases progressively with age, from 1 in newborns to levels of 35 in centenarians (Azuma et al., 1993 Boucher et al., 1998). Interestingly, at all ages, cells with this phenotype are significantly more prevalent within the CD8 versus CD4 subset. The notion that at least some of these expanded clones were originally generated during acute antiviral responses is supported by observations in mice that secondary responses are composed of the same clonotypes dominating the primary responses (Mar-yanski et al., 1996). In humans, maintenance of specific T-cell receptor (TCR) clonotypes at high frequencies in the circulating CD8 T cells has been observed in...

Pathogenesis Of Intrauterineacquired Maternal Hematogenous Infection

Villitis attributable to specific infectious agents is the exception, probably accounting for only 5 of all villitides (2). Acute villitis is seen in maternal sepsis with organisms such as Escherichia coli, group B streptococcus, and L. monocytogenes (Fig. 9B). The inflammatory infiltrates in VUE and known infectious etiologies are similar (77) and have provided circumstantial evidence that VUE is the result of chronic infection (80, p. 261). Most investigators are less convinced of an underlying pathogen in most cases of VUE. The most significant difference in VUE and the specific villitides appears to be the presence of significant numbers of plasma cells, which should be a warning to rule out infectious agents, particularly cytomegalovirus (CMV) (Fig. 9C), syphilis, and HSV. Granulomatous villitis (Fig. 9D) may be seen in infection with organisms that cause granulomatous inflammation elsewhere and include mycobacte-rium, toxoplasmosis, herpes simplex virus, and varicella.

Postherpetic Neuralgia

The prevalence is currently debatable. It is noted that approximately 10 of patients with VZV herpes zoster infection will develop PHN. The incidence rises with age, with more than 50 of cases in patients older than 60. Fifty percent of these patients are reported to have pain that is refractory to treatment (174). Another study showed that the pain can precede the eruption of the vesicular rash. It noted that 10 to 15 of patients with herpes zoster develop chronic PHN (pain lasting three months or more after the rash resolves) (175).

Pet Reporter Genes And Probes

FIAU-accumulation was observed in the other four patients, whose histology showed a significantly lower number of proliferating tumor cells. These data indicate that a certain critical number of the thymi-dine kinase-gene transduced tumor cells per voxel (threshold) have to be present for accumulation of FIAU and detection by PET. Complications of the blood-brain-barrier and clearance of tracer somewhat limited the findings of this study. Recently, a more detailed clinical trial involving PET imaging was completed (31). In this study, seven patients (age range 51-78) with hepatocellular carcinomas underwent intratumoral injection of recombinant adenovirus carrying the cytomegalovirus promoter driving herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (Ad-CMV-tk). Successful PET imaging was visualized in patients using 9-(4-fluoro-3-hydroxymethylbutyl)g uanine ( 18F -FHBG) as the PET reporter probe with very good signal to background. Repeated imaging was also possible in this study because...

CRP as a Marker of Widespread Inflammation

Complex interplay between inflammatory response and progression ofatherosclerosis. Inflammatory response is indeed observed in patients with ACSs. The stimuli for inflammation, however, are poorly understood. Several stimuli may be involved, including oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) and other sources of endothelial injury. Localized or systemic infections, in particular from Helicobacter pylori (HP), Chlamydia pneumoniae (CP), and cytomegalovirus (CMV), have been suggested as promoters of enhanced inflammatory response, but their role is controversial. The inflammatory reaction is responsible for the secondary effects of cytokine production liver synthesis of acute-phase reactants. CRP, SAA, and fibrinogen are the most widely studied acute-phase proteins. CRP itself is responsible for amplification ofthe inflammatory response by a direct effect on endothelium, platelets, coagulation, and eventually thrombosis, and the development of acute atherothrombosis further...

Bone Marrow As A Source Of Cells For Brain Repair

Moters of the two genes necessary for the cells to synthesize l-dopa, introducing them in a self-inactivating retrovirus (pSIR) or standard retroviruses. pSIR vectors are constructed using the mouse phosphoglycerate kinase-1 promoter or the cytomegalovirus promoter to drive expression of a GFP reporter gene or a bicistronic sequence containing the genes for human tyrosine hydroxylase type I and rat GTP cyclohydrolase I. Such transduced BMSCs express GFP and are able to synthesize and secrete l-dopa (89283 pmol 106cells h). Additionally, engineered BMSCs can be cultured and expanded more than 1000-fold in 4 wk while they continue to express GFP or produce l-dopa (28). Transduced BMSCs have been transplanted into the corpus striatum of 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats, where they engrafted, produced l-dopa and metabolites, and promoted functional recovery (28).

Background Of Reporter Gene Imaging

Figure 1 Four different strategies of imaging reporter gene reporter probe. (A) Enzyme-based bioluminescence imaging. Expression of the firefly luciferase (Fluc) reporter gene leads to the firefly luciferase reporter enzyme (FL), which catalyzes the reporter probe (D-Luciferin) that results in a photochemical reaction. This yields low levels of photons that can be detected, collected, and quantified by a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. (B) Enzyme-based PET imaging. Expression of the herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) reporter gene leads to the thymidine kinase reporter enzyme (HSV1-tk), which phosphorylates and traps the reporter probe ( 18F -FHBG) intracellularly. Radioactive decay of 18F isotopes can be detected using PET. (C) Receptor-based PET imaging. The 18F -FESP is a reporter probe that interacts with the dopamine 2 receptor (D2R) to result in probe trapping on or in cells expressing the D2R gene. (D) Receptor-based MRI imaging. Overexpression of...

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS

Ocular features occur in 75 of patients with AIDS. The major ocular complications of AIDS occur later in the disease and can be predicted by CD4 T-cell levels. At CD4 level 200 x 106 L common ocular complications are toxoplas-mosis and herpes zoster ophthalmicus and retinitis, while at CD4 levels

Adoptive Transfer ofT Cells with CD137 Costimulation

As an alternative to deliver the CD137 signal, Stephan and colleagues (Stephan et al. 2007) recently employed a genetic approach to constitutively co-express CD80 and CD137L in primary human cytomegalovirus (CMV)-specific T cells and prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted T cells, substituting for the lack of these ligands on APCs. The T cells expressing CD80 and CD137L vigorously respond to tumor cells lacking costimulatory ligands and provoked potent rejection of large, systemic tumors in immunodeficient mice. These findings obtained in a very challenging tumor model, underscore the remarkable biological activity and potency of constitutive, high-level expression of costimulatory ligands on T cells.

Expression and Presentation of Tumor Antigens

TAA may be presented to the immune system by uptake and degradation processing by APC. Processed TAA may be associated with MHCI, MHCII, or non-classical MHCI such as CD1 molecules and thus, in principle, activate T cells or NKT cells. If the TAA are normal self-structures, they may be expressed in increased amounts as a consequence of carcinogenesis e.g., Rae1 and H60 MHCI-like molecules are expressed in tumor cells, and less or not at all in normal cells (Sauter et al. 2000). The MHCI-like molecules may also be induced by cellular stress such as oncogene transformation, infection, heat shock, or DNA damage. The up-regulation of MHCI-like molecules alerts the immune system for the presence of damaged and potentially dangerous cells via NKG2D and other receptors (Diefenbach et al. 2001). Furthermore, glycolipid-loaded DC induce tumor cell immunity by NKT-DC interactions dependent on CD40-CD40L reactions (Corthay et al. 2005), and such interactions induce tumor-specific memory (Fujii...

Adoptive immune therapy

In these early studies, LAK cells were derived from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and activated ex vivo with high-dose IL-2. Ex vivo activated LAK cells were capable of lysing tumor cells in a process unrelated to major histocompatibility proteins (25). After initial preclinical success, clinical efforts focused on the use of LAK cells and IL-2 in the treatment of solid tumors such as renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Unfortunately, no advantage has been clearly demonstrated for the administration of LAK cells and IL-2 over administration of IL-2 alone in metastatic cancer (26). Recent studies have offered an explanation for the limited therapeutic efficacy of LAK cells, given their inability to home exclusively to the tumor (27,28). A search for more potent killer cells has led to the discovery of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) (29). With the phenotype of cytotoxic lymphocytes, these cells kill in a major histocompatability complex (MHC)-restricted...

The Internal Tumor Environment

Besides LTa 1 2, LT R is activated by another member of the TNF family, LIGHT name derived from homologous to lymphotoxins, shows i nducible expression, and competes with herpes simplex virus glycoprotein D for h erpesvirus entry mediator (HVEM), a receptor expressed by T lymphocytes 34 . LIGHT is a ligand that signals through two receptors, LT R expressed on stromal cells and HVEM expressed on T cells 34,35 . LIGHT is expressed predominantly on lymphoid tissues, especially on the surface of activated DCs and T cells. Signaling via its receptor HVEM, LIGHT acts as a strong costimulatory molecule

Guillain Barre syndrome

GBS etiology has a clear environmental component about two-thirds of GBS patients have antecedent gastrointestinal or respiratory infections by Campylobacter jejuni, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or Mycoplasma pneumonia. The most frequently identified cause of GBS is C. jejuni infection - identified in up to 41 of patients. Patients with antecedent C. jejuni infection are more likely to require ventilation and have prolonged severe disability.10

Clinical Evaluation Of Infant

Babies whose mothers have the onset of rash in the high-risk period (4 days before to 2 days after delivery) do not need any particular diagnostic workup, but they should be given VZIG as soon as possible after birth. About 50 will nevertheless develop varicella, which is usually mild. A small percentage, however, may develop more severe varicella and require antiviral therapy. Treatment for these infants must be individualized carefully with close follow-up. It is preferable to overtreat in the sense of administering intravenous acyclovir to babies who may not turn out to need it rather than to withhold medication until an infant has developed full-blown disseminated varicella, which may be rapidly fatal. Infants with possible severe varicella should have a complete blood cell count, liver chemistries, and a chest x-ray at the bare minimum. A lumbar puncture is usually not indicated. Skin lesions that appear to be caused by varicella may be cultured for virus, tested for VZV antigens...