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How common is genital herpes

Results of a recent, nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five (21.9 ) of the total adolescent and adult population, is infected with HSV-2. HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five). This may be because male to female transmission is more efficient than female to male transmission. HSV-2 infection is also more common in blacks (45.9 ) than in whites (17.6 ). Race and ethnicity in the United States are risk markers that correlate with other more fundamental determinants of health such as poverty, access to quality health care, health-care seeking behavior, illicit drug use, and living in communities with high prevalence of Since the late 1970s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection (i.e., prevalence) has increased 30 . Prevalence is increasing most dramatically among young...

Is genital herpes serious

HSV-2 usually produces mild symptoms, and most people with HSV-2 infection have no recognized symptoms. However, HSV-2 can cause recurrent painful genital ulcers in many adults, and the infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems. Regardless of severity of symptoms, genital herpes frequently causes psychological distress among people who know they are infected. In addition, HSV-2 can cause potentially fatal infections in infants if the mother is shedding virus at the time of delivery. It is important that women avoid contracting herpes during pregnancy, because the initial infection during pregnancy creates a greater risk of transmission to the newborn. If a woman has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean-section delivery is usually performed. Fortunately, infection of an infant is rare among women with HSV-2 infection.

What happens when someone is infected with genital herpes

Most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if symptoms occur during the primary episode, they can be quite pronounced. The primary episode usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and lesions typically heal within two to four weeks. Other symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of lesions, or flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, some individuals with HSV-2 infection may never have lesions, or may have very mild symptoms that they don't even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or a rash. Most people diagnosed with a primary episode of genital herpes can expect to have several symptomatic recurrences a year (average four or five) these recurrences usually are most noticeable within the first year following the first episode.

What is genital herpes

Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-type 1 commonly causes fever blisters on the mouth or face (oral herpes), while HSV-type 2 typically affects the genital area (genital herpes). However, both viral types can cause either genital or oral infections. Most of the time, HSV-1 and HSV-2 are inactive, or silent, and cause no symptoms, but some infected people have outbreaks of blisters and ulcers. Once infected with HSV, people remain infected for life.

Ects of Herpes simplex virus HSV on DRG neuron ion channels

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a common neurotropic virus that, in vivo, forms a latent infection in primary afferent neurons. HSV infection is associated with abnormal sensations around the site of initial infection including tingling, parasthesia, loss of touch and pain sensations (Andoh et al 1995) which have been attributed to alterations in neuronal excitability. HSV infection of DRG neurons in vitro abolishes the excitability of most neurons, and the neurons that remain excitable show action potentials that are smaller in amplitude and longer in duration than normal (Fukuda & Kurata 1981, Mayer et al 1986). Studies of the effects of HSV-1 infection on voltage gated Na+ currents in vitro (Storey et al 1996) have shown that 24 h after HSV-1 infection a voltage step from 80 mV to 10 mV evoked a current in only 28 of neurons and that the amplitude of the current in these neurons was smaller than in uninfected neurons (HSV 0.017 0.004 nA pF control 0.14 0.009 nA pF n 84)....

Genital Herpes

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) usually affects the genital or adjacent areas, with transmission being sexual. In contrast, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) usually causes oropharyngeal infection, with transmission being by direct contact. However both viruses can cause oropharyngeal or genital infections. HSV-1 is becoming an increasingly common cause of primary genital infection in most Western countries (up to 50 ), but is less commonly a cause of recurrent infection (Corey, 1990). HSV-2 is the major cause of initial genital herpes (50-95 of cases) in many countries, and the predominant cause of recurrent genital herpes (90-98 ). It varies markedly in its distribution in different countries and in different populations within those countries. time is during primary infection. The annual rate of transmission between partners serodiscordant for genital herpes appears to vary from 4 to 30 , depending upon whether it is male-female or female-male, and whether the recipient has...

Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections of the central nervous system are of several types (1) an acute encephalitis, (2) a benign recurrent lymphocytic meningitis, (3) an acute facial nerve paralysis, (4) recurrent ascending myelitis, and (5) a neuritis localized to a single sensory nerve. Neonatal HSV infections occur at a rate of approximately 1 in 3500 to 5000 deliveries per year in North America. Three forms of infection of the newborn are recognized infection localized to the skin, eye, and mouth (SEM) encephalitis and disseminated disease with involvement of the CNS. Neonatal HSV infections are usually caused by HSV type 2 (HSV-2). 1q5 In children aged 6 months or older and in adults, HSV type 1 (HSV-1) is the most common cause of sporadic fatal encephalitis. Herpes simplex encephalitis is estimated to occur in 1 in 250,000 to 500,000 persons per year. 106 HSV- 2 is increasingly recognized as the etiological agent of benign recurrent lymphocytic...

Human Herpesvirus6

Human herpesvirus- 6 (HHV-6) is the causative agent of the common childhood infection roseola infantum (exanthem subitum). '133 The virus was first isolated in 1986 from the peripheral blood lymphocytes of patients with AIDS and those with lymphoproliferative disorders. It is a member of the human herpesvirus family and shares some DNA sequence homology with the cytomegalovirus. W Saliva may be the major mode of transmission of HHV-6. Primary infection may be symptomatic or asymptomatic the virus is then able to become latent in the host and reactivates in the presence of immunosuppression. The majority of the population is exposed to HHV-6 in infancy, and by the age of 2 years, most children are seropositive. Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology. HHV-6 DNA has been detected by PCR in six of nine (66 percent) normal brain tissue specimens in one study, and in the CSF of nine of ten patients with exanthem subitum and neurological symptoms. 135 , 136 Human...

Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common life- and sight-threatening opportunistic viral infection in patients with AIDS. 127 Central nervous system infection by CMV in patients with AIDS may take the form of one or more of five distinct neurological syndromes retinitis, polyradiculomyelitis, encephalitis with dementia, ventriculoencephalitis, and mononeuritis multiplex. 128 Organ transplant recipients are also at risk for encephalitis due to CMV. Newborns with congenital CMV infection may have seizures, spasticity, microcephaly, chorioretinitis or optic atrophy, and neuroradiographic evidence of intracerebral calcifications and cerebral atrophy. 129 Cytomegalovirus is a DNA virus and a member of the herpesvirus group, which includes VZV, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, and Epstein-Barr virus. All of these viruses have a propensity to assume a latent state in humans and to undergo reactivation. W Primary infection with CMV is usually benign...

Genital Tract Infections

In women, several STD pathogens, including Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis and herpes simplex virus (HSV), have a predilection for the epithelial cells of the urethra, cervix and rectum simultaneously. This produces a wide range of symptoms and a variety of differential diagnoses. Localized infection can produce symptoms which are poorly localized and are easy to ascribe to the involvement of a contiguous site. For example, infections of either the vagina or the cervix can produce abnormal vaginal discharge. Finally, a lack of appreciation of the differing clinical signs of specific genital infection in women can often be attributed to inadequate inspection of the genitalia because of poor clinical skills, lack of speculums in developing countries, or reluctance to perform the inspection (Holmes, 1990). In a university study of women with urethral syndrome who had sterile bladder urine, the etiology was found to be related to the presence or absence of pyuria. Infection...

Other Viruses

There are several other viruses that are also spread heterosexually, although this is not often the dominant mode of transmission. Molluscum contagiosum is an example of a sexually spread poxvirus, which causes a minor irritative skin disease where the lesions are increased in size, density and propensity, to recur in patients with AIDS (Brown et al., 1981). It occurs worldwide. The mode of transmission of human herpes virus type 8 (HHV8 KSHV), the possible cause of Kaposi's sarcoma, is still being clarified, but is likely to be sexual (Simpson et al., 1996). Epstein-Barr virus and other hepatitis viruses (G) may also be spread sexually but, if so, this is not the dominant mode of transmission (Sixby et al., 1986). Little is known of the worldwide variability in sexual transmission of these viruses.

Evaluation Guidelines

Usually normal may show atrophy rarely bilateral chronic subdural hematoma or evidence of herpes simplex encephalitis dural enhancement in meningitis, especially neoplastic meningitides Diffuse slowing often, frontally predominant intermittent rhythmic delta activity (FIRDA) in herpes simplex encephalitis, periodic lateralized epileptiform activity (PLEDS)

Classes Of Drugs That Target Hiv Rt

The development of antiviral agents before the HIV era was mainly focused on compounds active against the human herpesviruses. In vitro screening of compounds against herpesvirus in tissue culture successfully identified the nucleoside analog, acyclovir, which became a widely used drug. Acyclovir is a guanosine analog containing an acyclic sugar chain, and its initial activation is via a selective phosphorylation by the thymidine kinases of herpesviruses such as herpes simplex 1 or varicella zoster (11). Acyclovir triphosphate acts as a substrate for the herpesvirus-encoded DNA polymerase, leading to incorporation into the primer strand and chain termination. Thus, nucleoside analogs were obvious starting points in the search for anti-HIV drugs, although, in contrast to most herpesviruses, HIV does not encode a thymidine kinase, hence, the activation of the nucleoside is entirely via cellular kinases. Inhibitor screens against HIV in tissue culture identified a number of potent...

Chemokine Receptor Superfamily

Chemokine receptors have seven transmembrane domains, characterisitc of G proteincoupled receptors6*. The superfamily also includes viral chemokine receptors US28 from cytomegalovirus and ECRF3 from Herpes saimari virus which may bind specific chemokines and activate signal transduction pathways69. The Duffy blood group antigen is similarly related to this family, and binds IL-8 and related chemokines70.

New targets for antiinfective drug development

Future is provided by a recent study by Uetz et al. 71 who studied interactions among human proteins and herpes-virus proteins. If or when the enormous experimental problems can be overcome - there is as yet no reliable experimental technique which allows us to test for transient or weak interactions - then such studies give much more detailed insights into infection biology at the molecular level with a distinct focus on the physical interaction per se. If we are willing to speculate for a moment then such approaches harbour a host of exciting possibilities waiting to be explored we may for example be able to study why different species have different susceptibilities to different infectious agents - Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) and HIV are good examples for the subtle impact of cross-species effects - or we may study whether the molecular interactions between P. falciparum and their human hosts and fly vectors, respectively, can be exploited for clinical purposes.

Identification of Chemokine Receptors as G Protein Coupled Receptors

The biological usefulness of these genes is also highlighted by the discovery of virally encoded chemokine and receptor homologues. These include chemo-kine homologues expressed by members of the herpesvirus and poxvirus families as well as receptors found in certain herpesviruses. Although a full appreciation of the function of these virally pirated genes is far from clear, these chemokine homologues provide a convenient mechanism for the infectious agent to escape the wrath of the host immune system. As such, they will likely have value in the drug discovery process. Virally encoded chemokine peptides and receptors are discussed further in Chapters 2 and 15.

Other Defense Factors In Milk Acting In The Infants

Most of the anti-viral effects of milk seem to be connected with LF, although there are also SIgA antibodies to viruses like parainfluenzae, influenzae A, rhinovirus, rotavirus, poliovirus, cytomegalovirus and respiratory syncytial virus. Why breastfeeding, which protects so well against many other enteric infections, does not provide more than a delaying or partial defense against rotavirus infections is not quite clear37-39.

How can a pregnant womans baby become infected

STDs can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to the fetus, newborn, or infant before, during, or after birth. Some STDs (like syphilis) cross the placenta and infect the fetus during its development. Other STDs (like gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B, and genital herpes) are transmitted from the mother to the infant as the infant passes through the birth canal. HIV infection can cross the placenta during pregnancy, infect the newborn during the birth process, and, infect an infant as a result of breast-feeding.

How common are STDs among pregnant women in the US

Some STDs, such as genital herpes and bacterial vaginosis, are quite common among pregnant women in this country. Other STDs, notably HIV and syphilis, are much less common in pregnant women. The table below shows the estimated number of pregnant women in the U.S., per year with specific STDs. Herpes simplex

Hepatic Failure in Infants and Children

FHF in infants is usually caused by an inborn error of metabolism such as galactosemia, hereditary fructose intolerance or tyrosemia.143 Prognosis is better for children than adults, perhaps due to the greater regenerative capacity of the liver at a younger age. Other causes of FHF include herpes virus, echo virus, Epstein-Barr virus infections and hepatitis B.27 In childhood, encephalopathy is the major complication and cause of death. In one series, 9 out of 31 (28 ) patients survived. Mortality correlated well with the severity of encephalopathy but not with patient age or underlying etiology. Most cases were of indeterminate etiology, but five were due to paracetamol overdose, halothane and amanita mushroom poisoning.144

Can STDs be treated during pregnancy

Bacterial STDs (like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) can be treated and cured with antibiotics during pregnancy. There is no cure for viral STDs such as genital herpes and HIV, but antiviral medication for herpes and HIV may reduce symptoms in the pregnant woman. In addition, the risk of passing HIV infection from mother to baby is dramatically reduced by treatment. For women who have active genital herpes lesions at the time of delivery, a cesarean section may be performed to protect the newborn against infection.

Sodium channel expression in experimental painful diabetic neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathies often accompany disease states, including diabetes mellitus, herpes zoster and HIV, and are a major cause of pain syndromes in these patients. While the molecular mechanisms underlying the neuropathic pain are largely unknown, recent work with a model of peripheral neuropathy, the rodent strepto-zotocin-induced diabetic neuropathy, has provided some insight into processes that may contribute to the painful condition. In these studies, alterations of sodium channel expression have been linked to the development of painful neuropathy 53, 82, 83 , and may provide a molecular mechanism underlying this condition.

Genomic Organisation and Key Viral Latent Functions

EBV was the first herpesvirus to have its complete DNA sequenced, as presented simplistically in Figure 6, determined (Baer et al., 1984). In its overall structure, with unique sequences interspersed with repetitive elements, the viral genome appears to be a mini-version of its human host, with one notable exception, that is, every repetitive region (IR1-IR4 and TR) includes ORFs, occurs within a gene and also encodes a protein. There is no 'junk' DNA, the role often assigned to repetitive sequences in cellular HHV6 HHV7 Figure 5 Architecture of herpesvirus genomes, showing unique (U) and repetitive (R) regions. Viruses have been grouped in categories (A-E) and their designations are given on the right. According to the nomenclature used by different groups, LTR left terminal repeat RTR right terminal repeat TR terminal repeat IR internal repeat UL long terminal repeat US short teminal repeat. Symbols used in group E viruses represent sequence arrangements within repeats. (Adapted...

Choosing an Expression Vector

Vector, especially when attempting to investigate some question of physiological relevance with respect to the transcription factor being studied. On the other hand, if one is screening chemical compounds for transcription-factor activation, sensitivity may be of great importance. Perhaps the most popular and most active of these expression vectors are the cytomegalovirus (CMV)-driven expression systems. Less active but sometimes more uniform in their expression profiles are the Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) and simian virus (SV-40)-driven promoters.

Comparative Neuropsychology

Comparative neuropsychological research has provided a framework that is helpful for understanding memory dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders. In some neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy), patients may have working-memory and attentional impairments resulting from prefrontal system damage. In other disorders (e.g., Kor-sakoff's syndrome and herpes encephalopathy), there are new-learning impairments suggestive of limbic system damage (Oscar-Berman & Bardenhagen, 1998).

Trigeminal Neuralgia Tic Douloureux

The diagnosis of tic douloureux can usually be made by history alone, but the disorder must be distinguished from other causes of facial pain syndromes such as glossopharyngeal neuralgia, which can be confused with tic douloureux that involves the third division of CNV. Herpes zoster or post-herpetic neuralgia may also provide some diagnostic confusion. Tumors or vascular lesions of the cerebellopontine angle y or within the trigeminal ganglion itself may induce pain similar to that

Targeting PCatenin Tcf Transcription

Protein) under the control of a Tcf-dependent promoter has been generated (180). Colorectal cancer cells with activated P-catenin Tcf signaling were selectively and efficiently killed by the virus, supporting the idea that aberrantly activated P-catenin can be used to selectively target colon cancer cells. In order to maximize the tumor-killing effect in colorectal cancer cells with deregulated Wnt signaling a recombinant adenovirus was generated which carries a herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase gene (HSV-TK) under the control of a Tcf-responsive promoter (181). Treatment of nude mice xenografted with human DLD-1 colon cancer cells with the recombinant adenovirus and ganciclovir significantly suppressed the growth of the tumor cells. Control mice xenografted with a human hepatoma cell line did not respond to this treatment, demonstrating that this approach selectively targets tumor cells with aberrant activation of P-catenin.

Far Distal Peripheral Lesions

Isolated lesions of either the glossopharyngeal or vagus nerves are unusual. As noted earlier, glossopharyngeal nerve abnormalities may be clinically undetectable unless adjacent structures are also involved. Perhaps the most common vagus nerve lesion is that involving the recurrent laryngeal nerve, resulting in ipsilateral vocal cord paresis and hoarseness of voice. The left nerve has a longer course, with its looped recurrence in the chest rather than in the neck, as on the right. The nerve passes around the aorta before returning rostrally to the larynx. The left recurrent laryngeal nerve may be compromised by an expanding aortic arch aneurysm or other intrathoracic processes, such as enlargement of the left atrium of the heart, pulmonary neoplasm, or mediastinal adenopathy. Both right and left superior or recurrent laryngeal nerves may be injured during the course of neck surgery such as thyroidectomy. Vocal cord paralysis has been described with vagal neuropathy attributed to...

Mechanism Of Action And In Vitro Activity

Adefovir and tenofovir are both active in vitro and in vivo against hepadna-viruses (such as HBV) and retroviruses (3-5). The spectrum of in vitro antiretroviral activity is similar for both compounds, and includes HIV-1 and HIV-2, simian immunodeficiency virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, visna-maedi virus of sheep, and murine leukemia and sarcoma viruses (6-9). Of note, tenofovir has demonstrated activity against non-B HIV-1 subtypes. The mean 50 inhibitory concentration (IC50) values for tenofovir against HIV-1 subtypes A, C, D, E, F, G, and O in primary peripheral blood mononuclear cell cultures were all within twofold of the HIV subtype B IC50 value (range, 0.55-0.22 pM) (10). Although cidofovir is not active against retroviruses, it possesses in vitro activity against a variety of DNA viruses, including herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella-zoster virus, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, papillomavirus, polyomavirus, adenovirus, and poxvirus (6).

The Receptors Ccr7 and CXCR3

6Ckine binds to both CCR7 and CXCR3 with high affinity, causing a Ca flux, chemotaxis and enhanced adhesion7- . For description of CXCR3, see ylP-10 entry (page 328). Both receptors are selectively expressed on lymphocytes, CCR7 on B and T cells, and CXCR3 on Thl cells. CCR7 is also known as Epstein-Barr virus-induced gene 1 (EBI1) or Burkitt's lymphoma receptor 2 (BLR2). CCR7 expression is stimulated by EBV infection of B cells and herpesvirus 6 and infection of T cells72' . It is not clear which receptors 6Ckine predominantly signals through in each of its target cell types.

Cellular promoters and RPEtargeting

Many reports on AAV-mediated ocular gene transfer have utilized strong, ubiquitous promoters such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and chicken b-actin (CBA), which could result in a high level of transgene expression. Nevertheless, the possibility of non-specific expression outside the target cells (Guy et al., 1999 Sanftner et al., 2001) and the silencing of viral promoter activity (Stone et al., 2000 Prosch et al., 1996 Loser et al., 1998) may limit the use of such promoters. Cellular specificity of rAAV-mediated gene delivery can be modulated either by changing viral capsid serotype (Auricchio et al., 2001 Weber et al., 2003) or by the use of cell-specific promoters. The latter approach has been tested using a photoreceptor-specific promoter, namely an opsin gene promoter, which was shown to target photoreceptor efficiently (Flannery et al., 1997 Jomary et al., 1999). With regards to the importance of retinal pigment epithelim (RPE) in maintaining health and integrity of the retina, the...

Integration with Neurological Examination

Individual comparisons of test performance are the most obvious method for identification of deficits. In individual comparisons previous data from a patient are used to compare with present performance. Thus, if a patient demonstrated above-average performance on a test of verbal memory prior to developing herpes simplex

Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV

The cancers identified as being HIV-associated have been linked (with varying degrees of certainty) to other infectious agents. Kaposi sarcoma is caused by the newly discovered human herpesvirus 8. Certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma have been linked to infection with the EBV and HHV-8, and conjunctival carcinoma has been linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in some studies, but not others (IARC, 1995 Newton, 1999a). Thus, infection with the HIV appears to facilitate the development of certain cancers with an infectious aetiology. It is not clear why other cancers which are caused by infections, such as hepatocellular carcinoma, are not also AIDS associated.

Drug Delivery Based on Blood Brain Barrier Disruption

10 6 s_1 was estimated for the treated hemisphere, which was threefold higher than for the nonperfused hemisphere. Owing to the transient nature of BBB opening, the calculated PS values might represent only rough estimates. At any rate, no specific enhancement of tracer uptake in tumor versus normal brain was seen in the patient study (41). The ability of osmotic disruption to deliver 20 nm iron oxide particles to normal brain was postulated in another study (43). Similarly, recombinant adenovirus or herpesvirus was delivered by intracarotid administration to normal brain tissue (44) and to tumor xeno-grafts in nude rats (45).

Painful Legs Moving Toes Syndrome

Painful legs-moving toes syndrome (PLMIS) is a movement disorder associated with significant sensory symptoms. Ihe condition is idiopathic in origin but usually develops in association with back pain and often in the context of prior back injury or surgery. No specific pathophysiological mechanisms have been elucidated, and although a spinal cord or peripheral nervous system origin has been proposed, electrophysiological studies are often normal. y Because the condition sometimes follows herpes zoster infection, primary involvement of the posterior roots and ganglia has been suggested to explain the syndrome. Ihe movements are not a response to the pain because after local anesthesia or sympathetic blockade, the movements promptly recur. Clinically, the condition involves continuous writhing movements of the toes and pain in the legs. Ihe pain may range from mildly irritating to excruciatingly severe. y In most cases, it has a constant, boring quality, but it can be burning or...

Modulation of sodium channels in primary aferent neurons

Electrophysiological studies have revealed that the properties of voltage-gated Na+ channels can be modified by phosphorylation. Na+ channels have multiple sites for phosphorylation by protein kinases A and C (PKA and PKC). A change in the phosphorylation state of Na+ channels is an important mechanism of neuromodulation for both central and peripheral neurons. In isolated primary afferent sensory neurons, application of an inflammatory mediator, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), causes an increase in excitability associated with a hyperpolarizing shift in the activation curve of the tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) Na+ currents. The experimental evidence indicates that the effect of PGE2is mediated by an elevation in cAMP levels and activation of PKA. This potentiation of TTX-R Na+ channel activity is in marked contrast to the inhibitory effects of PKA and PKC on tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) currents in central neurons. Infection of dorsal root ganglion neurons with Herpes simplex...

Variable Stimulation Of The Immune System Of Primates Under Different Conditions

Immune reactivity can depend on the presence of other pathogens. Infection with mycoplasma, Herpes, Epstein-Barr, and several other viruses may affect how HIV infection leads to the immune deficiency state. With co-infection of such viruses, it is likely that the time at which AIDS erupts may be sped or slowed in either the human or monkey. This raises the possibility that a different spectrum of viruses and other ubiquitous diseases of a species of a host might influence the course of a retroviral disease. A sometimes-symptomless retrovirus infection that leads to the development of a debilitating immune deficiency might do so differently when infecting a different host species. On the contrary, other pathogens may trigger the emergence of the AIDS virus from the host's chromosomes. These assorted immunological events could greatly affect the life

The Light Receptors Hvem Lt3R and DcR3

LIGHT has been shown to bind three cell surface receptors herpesvirus entry mediator type A (HVEM)', LT0R4 and the decoy receptor, DcR36. HVEM (also known as HveA) is a type I transmembrane receptor which is related to members of the TNF receptor superfamily7. HVEM binds a virus-encoded ligand, the envelope glycoprotein D of herpes simplex virus, and thereby facilitates virus entry which has been shown to correlate with immune suppression. LIGHT is the cellular ligand for HVEM, inhibits HSV entry into cells by competing with envelope glycoprotein D from HVEM'. The ability of HSV to block LIGHT binding may either mimic or block LIGHT-regulated T cell-mediated immune respnses. HVEM, also known as TR2, ATAR and TNFRSF14, is a 283-amino-acid protein, with a relatively short cytoplasmic domain7 Murine HVEM is 276 amino acids long and shares 44 amino acid identity with its human counterpart. The precise biological role of HVEM in normal cellular function is unclear but like LTpR, is...

Analysis of premRNA splicing in mammalian cells 21 Expression of exogenous genes

An enormous range of vectors is available for transient expression studies. Many of these are listed in ref. 1, and others are available from a number of commercial companies. To ensure expression of a cloned gene fragment, it should be inserted between a strong enhancer-promoter and a polyadenylation site. The enhancer and promoter must be appropriate for the cell line used. In HeLa cells and COS-1 cells, an SV40 enhancer-promoter can produce high levels of expression. Other very effective enhancer-promoters are derived from human cytomegalovirus and the p-actin gene. A number of other enhancers are used for expression in specific tissues or cell lines.

Viiiinfections Hsp And Atherosclerosis

Several lines of evidence point to infection as a possible contributor to atherosclerosis (66). Infection with Marek's disease virus (MDV) has been shown to induce atherosclerosis in chickens (67). Seroepidemiological studies have pointed to a higher prevalence of cytomegalovirus antibodies among several groups of patients with coronary heart disease as compared with controls (68), and immun-ohistological examination revealed the presence of herpesvirus in human atherosclerotic lesions (69).

Function And Proliferation

After transplantation of 20 million cells in the rat or 2 million cells in the mouse liver, approx 0.5-1 of the normal adult liver can be repopulated, and transplanted cells survive the entire lifespan of these animals (Sokhi et al., 2000). On the other hand, transplanted cells begin to proliferate in the liver when exposed to mitogenic activity, as may be induced with chemicals, such as carbon tetrachloride, that selectively injure native hepatocytes and spare transplanted hepatocytes (Gupta et al., 1996b, 2000). This concept of selective hepatic injury was dramatically established in transgenic mice expressing the urokinase-type plasmi-nogen activator under control of the albumin promoter (alb-uPA mouse) (Rhim et al., 1994). In this situation, normal hepatocytes, which were unaffected by the toxic alb-uPA transgene, showed extensive proliferation with virtually complete replacement of the liver. These mice have been useful for xenotransplantation, including human hepatocytes, with...

Mechanisms Of Immunodeficiency

Table 35-1 lists the most common primary immunodeficiencies and their sequelae. Patients with primary immune defects are more likely to have infectious complications that require medical, rather than surgical, treatment compared with patients with acquired deficiencies. With combined cellular and humoral defects, severe, life-threatening infections with opportunistic organisms such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), Pneumocystis carinii, or Candida may occur. Secondary immunodeficiency is caused by immunosuppressive medication administered to patients after transplantation, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, cancer therapies, injury, or malnutrition. Common causes of acquired immunodeficiency in surgical patients are summarized in Table 35-2 .

Proinflammatory architecture of the host immune system

Analysis of molecular interaction networks of the host immune system indicates that it is fundamentally proinflammatory 58 , and requires active control to reduce inflammatory reactions once started 59-61 . There are many positive feedback loops that escalate secretion of cytokines and promote further inflammation. Hyper-activation of a cytokine network, often called 'cytokine storm', is one of the major factors that aggravates patient health and may results in death. For example, influenza infection causes a range of cytokine release as its acute response 62, 63 . However, the infection is generally localized to epithelial cells yet extensive cytokine release often takes place systemically. This systemic release of cytokines particularly IL-1a and IFN-f aggravates inflammation leading to fever and lung inflammation, and sometimes leads to fatality. Mice infected with influenza virus in which IL-1a and IFN-f are suppressed show substantial mitigation of such risks 64, 65 . Similarly,...

Primary chemoprophylaxis in adults Industrialized countries

The table shows the opportunistic infections, the indications and the drug regimens commonly recommended for primary prophylaxis in industrialized countries. Primary prophylaxis refers to preventing a first episode of disease in an HIV-positive individual. Primary prophylaxis is not routinely recommended against herpes viruses (herpes simplex, varicellazoster and cytomegalovirus) or fungi.

Tracking Stem Cells In Vivo

Duction of the enzyme through a transgene, which allows reliable indefinite tracking after integration but also requires genetic manipulation and substrate injection at each imaging session. This approach (reviewed in MacLaren et al. 2000) was first developed for the purpose of transgene imaging, initially using visible light reporters and subsequently PET probes. In vivo imaging in deep tissue is possible using high-energy gamma rays with possible quantification and a high degree of sensitivity compared to optical imaging and MRI (MacLaren et al. 2000). An important consideration is the gene chosen for contrast generation endogenous genes generate background signal and exogenous gene products are potentially immunogenic. Herpes simplex virus 1 thymidine kinase is an enzymatic PET reporter gene with therapeutic potential (MacLaren et al. 2000).

Reducing the Risk of HIV Transmission Through Oral

The consequences of HIV infection are life-long, life-threatening, and extremely serious. Herpes and Human Papilloma Virus infections are treatable but not curable. Abstaining from oral, anal, and vaginal sex all together or having sex only with a mutually monogamous, uninfected partner are the only ways that individuals can be completely protected from the sexual transmission of HIV and other STDs. People who decide they will have oral sex can lower their risk of getting HIV or other STDs by using latex condoms and other barriers. For example, non-lubricated, flavored condoms are available. Other barriers include plastic food wrap or a dental dam, which may serve as a physical barrier to prevent transmission of HIV and many other STDs.

Clinical Features and Associated Findings

Virtually all cases of California group virus encephalitis in the United States are caused by the LaCrosse strain. This virus typically produces clinically recognizable disease only in children and adolescents (aged 4 to 11 years). The LaCrosse virus may produce an aseptic meningitis or a mild encephalitic illness. A distinct prodromal phase characterized by fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain lasting 1 to 4 days commonly precedes the onset of symptoms of encephalitis. Encephalitis is characterized by fever, somnolence, and obtundation seizures occur in approximately 50 percent of children and focal neurological signs in 20 percent, raising consideration of encephalitis due to herpes simplex virus type 1. 47 In adults, infection either is asymptomatic or causes a benign febrile illness or aseptic meningitis. y and convulsions and a rapid progression from stupor to coma. y , y Eastern equine encephalitis may present with...

Pluripotent Bronchiolar Stem Cells In Distal Conducting Airways

Leading to the generation of lung tumors originating from CE airway cells (DeMayo et al., 1991 Sandmoller et al., 1994). In other studies, transgenic mice expressing herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSVtk), a pro-toxin gene, under the control of the mouse CCSP promoter have been used to define contributions made by CE cells to epithelial renewal (Reynolds et al., 2000b Hong et al., 2001). Complete ablation of CE cells could be achieved through exposure of CCSP-HSVtk transgenic mice to gancyclovir, allowing assessment of the potential for CGRP-expressing populations to proliferate independently of CE cells and effect repair of the injured epithelium. Under these conditions, CGRP-expressing cells proliferated but failed to restore depleted CE cell populations (Hong et al., 2001). Based on these studies, it can be concluded that CCSP-expressing cells of the NEB microenvironment serve as stem cells for bronchiolar renewal.

R J Boyton D M Mitchell O M

Infection with HIV is associated with increased susceptibility to opportunistic infection with more than 100 viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi.3 Primary and secondary prophylaxis against opportunistic infections and HAART has led to changes in the nature, incidence, and presentation of opportunistic infections such as Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), Mycobacterium avium intracellulare (MAI), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis.2 4 New challenges are presented to physicians in medical high dependency units (HDUs) and intensive care units (ICUs). We report a patient who presented with HIV associated pneumonia and discuss the issues concerning admission to HDU ICU of HIV infected individuals in the PCP prophylaxis and postHAART era, drawing together current views of prognostic indicators and outcomes.

Noninvasive Imaging in Stem Cell Therapies

Determination of the fate of putative stem cells after transplantation requires development of novel cell-labeling and tracing techniques that permit noninvasive whole-body monitoring. Previous methods used in vitro radiolabeling of cells followed by imaging the transplanted radiolabeled cells in vivo, or labeling of cells with supermagnetic agents followed by magnetic resonance imaging with near microscopic resolution. The ex vivo labeling methods provide excellent short-term results but are not suitable for long-term repetitive imaging because of loss of label owing to radiolabel decay or biological clearance of supermagnetic label. This chapter describes approaches for labeling cells with bioluminescent, fluorescent, and positron emission tomography (PET)-reporter genes for imaging adoptively transplanted cells in vivo. Genetic labeling of cells with different reporter genes allows for long-term, repetitive in vivo imaging using different imaging platforms. These imaging platforms...

MiRNAs as Potential Therapeutic Targets

It is known that viruses like Simian virus 40 (79), Epstein-Barr virus (80), and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (81) encode viral miRNAs. These small RNAs may directly influence specific host and or viral gene expression, possibly affecting antiviral host defenses or replication of the virus. Thus,

HIVAssociated Myelopathies

Spinal cord involvement associated with HIV-1 infection has diverse causes. As with other neurological disorders associated with HIV-1 infection, different conditions occur with increased prevalence during different stages of HIV-1 infection. Some conditions are related to HIV-1 itself, whereas others are associated with other infectious, neoplastic, vascular, or nutritional and metabolic etiologies (B 12 deficiency). , 133 yj 135 A self-limiting myelitis at the time of seroconversion and a vacuolar myelopathy that occurs during more advanced HIV-1 disease stages are related to primary HIV-1 infection. y , y Other infectious agents reported include the herpesviruses (VZV, HSV, CMV), HTLV-1, Treponema pallidum, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and other bacterial pathogens. Compressive lesions may be caused by neoplasms, 5 of which lymphoma is most common. Epidural abscesses due to bacteria, fungi, or mycobacteria should also be considered. Intramedullary lesions due to infectious agents...

Hiv1associated Peripheral Neuropathy Syndromes

Acute demyelinating polyneuropathy, brachial plexopathy, and mononeuritides may occur at the time of acute infection or seroconversion. Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy (CIDP), although rare, are the most common form of peripheral neuropathy during the latent, asymptomatic, or mildly symptomatic stage of HIV- 1 disease when CD4+ cell counts are greater than or equal to 500 cells mm. 3 As immunodeficiency progresses and as CD4+ cell counts decline to the 200 to 500 cells mm3 range, the most frequent neuropathies encountered are mononeuritis multiplex and herpes zoster neuropathy. With HIV-1 disease progression (CD4+ cell counts are less than 200 cells mm 3 ), the occurrence of distal symmetrical polyneuropathy increases, as does the prevalence of other types of neuropathies such as autonomic neuropathy, mononeuritis multiplex, cranial mononeuropathies, mononeuropathies-radiculopathies associated with neoplasms, and...

Reporter Gene Imaging Approaches

Herpesviral Thymidine Kinase Herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase gene (HSV1-tk) is a good example of a reporter gene for several reasons. HSV1-tk has been extensively studied it is essentially nontoxic in humans and is currently being used in clinical gene therapy protocols as a susceptibility gene for treatment of cancer in combination with ganciclovir administration (Banerjee, 1999). A gene product of HSV1-tk is an enzyme, HSV1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-TK). Several research groups have shown that HSV1-tk can be used as a reporter gene as well as a therapeutic gene (Tjuvajev et al., 1998, 1999a, 1999b, 2001 Bennett et al, 2001 Floeth et al., 2001 Jacobs, A., et al., 1999, 2001a, 2001b Hackman et al., 2002). This represents an ideal situation in which the therapeutic and reporter genes are the same. In HSV1-tk gene therapy protocols, identifying the location and magnitude of HSV1-TK enzyme activity by noninvasive imaging would provide a highly desirable measure of...

Dermatologic Therapy

Antiviral topical agents are acyclovir (Zovirax) ointment and penciclovir (Denavir). a. Zovirax ointment (acyclovir) Herpes simplex acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), valacyclovir (Valtrex), foscarnet sodium (Foscavir). Herpes zoster acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Congenital triangular alopecia Brauer nevus temporally limited alopecia

A granulomatous disease of the bowel. Cutaneous manifestations include pyoderma gangrenosum, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, urticaria, herpes zoster, palmar erythema, cutaneous Crohn's disease, and necrotizing vasculitis. Cytomegalic inclusion disease. The causative DNA virus, cytomegalovirus, is similar to the herpes simplex virus. The disease in infants is characterized by hepatosplenomegaly, jaundice, hemorrhages into the skin, and convulsions. Many organs are infected. It is usually fatal. In adults the virus is associated with malignant diseases, leukemia, AIDS, and other immunosuppressive conditions.

Mucocutaneous diseases associated with hiv infection

Skin Infection

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections, and in particular chronic perianal herpes, was one of the first noted complications of HIV infection and remains a cause of significant morbidity. These patients may have persistent or recurrent painful ulcers, sometimes in the absence of vesicles, involving the genitalia, groin, perianal area, or other mucocutaneous surfaces. Acyclovir-resistant HSV has been described in HIV-infected patients with chronic, persistent disease. Foscarnet may be helpful in these resistant cases. In children, chronic or recurrent herpetic gingivostomatitis can significantly impede adequate oral intake. Herpes simplex virus ulcers can become a portal of entry or transmission site for HIV. Infection with varicella-zoster virus may result in several different clinical manifestations. The occurrence of chickenpox in children or adults with HIV infection may result in disseminated cutaneous disease with systemic manifestations. These patients require treatment with...

Syndromes of Lesions Involving Peripheral Branches of Cranial Nerve V

Fig IQ-B ), inflammation and vesicular eruption involving all branches of V1 as well as small arterioles within the gasserian ganglion may result in excruciating, lancinating pain in the periorbital region. y Symptoms of herpes zoster ophthalmicus typically begin 2 to 3 days before the appearance of vesicles and may diminish after 2 to 3 weeks. Hypalgesia and paresthesias may be noted during and after lesions heal. Pain may persist after the rash is gone only to evolve into post-herpetic neuralgia. This syndrome consists of burning, lancinating, aching pain in the V1 territory often in association with paresthesias and hyperpathia. As in trigeminal neuralgia, trigger points can evoke pain in response to cutaneous stimuli. y , y Figure 10-6 Acute (A) and resolving B) herpes zoster arrows). In A, there is selective involvement of the nasociliary branch of the trigeminal nerve.

SHARP Fact Fact Sheets

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Spirulina Antiviral Studies In Vivo

The aqueous extract of S. maxima has also been tested using the zosteriform HSV-2 infection in mice. These animals received a topical application of the extract immediately before the viral infection, and after that, twice a day, for 5 days. The extract was used at a concentration of 3 mg Kg body weight per day. HSV-2 could be recovered from a site of viral inoculation on the third day after infection, and on the next 5 days. There were no differences on the viral isolation from the zosteriform infection in the viral infected-control group, and in the Spirulina-treated infected group. However, 5 days after the viral infection, 7 out of 12 (58 ) animals from the control-infected group developed signs of encephalitis, in comparison to 1 out of 12 (8.3 ) from the Spirulina-treated infected group. The infected group showed severe signs of encephalitis like, kyphosis, piloerection, and rear limb ataxia, as well as a reduction on the body weight gain. The Spirulina-treated infected group...

Regulation in a Lysogen

Can replicate as part of a host chromosome, but they carry out a productive cycle of infection while inserted. When retroviruses are carried permanently in an inactive state, it is generally because either the virus has mutated to a defective form or the particular host cell type is unable to support a complete infectious cycle. The closest thing to lysogeny occurs with some of the nonintegrated viruses, such as papilloma and members of the Herpes family. In both these cases there seems to be a programmed potentiality either to be carried as a plasmid (analogous to P1) or to initiate a productive infection that culminates in virus liberation and cell death. In some of the herpesviruses this occurs in nondividing nerve cells, where the plasmid form need not replicate to persist however, Epstein-Barr virus can establish a carried state in replicating lymphocytes.

Selective Activation Of Rodent Liver Progenitor Cells

Although the rat has been the preferred animal model for studying oval cell activation, several excellent mouse models are now available. As in the rat, a number of these take advantage of the oval cell expansion that occurs following treatment with chemical carcinogens, pertinent examples being ethionine in a CD diet (Akhurst et al., 2001), diethylnitrosamine (He et al., 1994), and N-nitrosodimethylamine in combination with Heliobacter hepaticus (Diwan et al., 1997). SV40 transgenic mice offer a model system not only for studying the role of oval cells in hepatocarcinogenesis but also for examining the factors that lead to their spontaneous activation around wk 10 after birth (Bennoun et al., 1993). Oval cell proliferation also occurs in mouse models of chronic hepatitis induced by infection with cytomegalovirus (Cassell et al., 1998) or treatment with allyl alcohol (Lee et al., 1996). Interestingly, the repair process following exposure to allyl alcohol differs significantly from...

Heart Related Diseases

Herpes Simplex Herpes simplex is caused by the herpes virus hominis, of which there are two types, HSV-1 and HSV-2. In general, the first causes disease above the waist, such as cold sores the second causes disease below the waist, especially genital herpes. The active phase is followed by prolonged latency, but the virus can be reactivated by infection, stress, exposure, or any number of other circumstances.

Botanical Source Of 12-demethylmulticaulin

Against HSV (herpes simplex virus type 1) (Tada et al., 1994). Also, Sivropoulou et al. (1997) report on the high virucidal activity of essential oil of S. triloba against HSV. According to Bulgarian researchers, water and alcoholic extracts of sage were active against influenza, herpes simplex and vaccinia viruses (Manolova et al., 1995). This preparation was officially approved for clinical use in Bulgaria.

Dermatitis herpetiformis

Herpes gestationis (see Figi.i. 26-11.D-E) is a vesicular and bullous disease that occurs in relation to pregnancy. It usually develops during the second or the third trimester and commonly disappears after birth, only to return with subsequent pregnancies. The histologic features are believed significantly distinctive so that this disease can be separated from dermatitis herpetiformis. Immunologic findings of C3 bound to the basement membrane of the epidermis and occasional IgG deposition may be significant. Therapy with systemic corticosteroids is usually indicated.

Timetoevent data and censoring

In many cases an endpoint directly measures time from the point of randomisation to some well-defined event, for example time to death (survival time) in oncology or time to rash healing in Herpes Zoster. The data from such an endpoint invariably has a special feature, known as censoring. For example, suppose the times to death for a group of patients on a particular treatment in a 24 month oncology study are as follows Time to rash healing in Herpes Zoster Time to complete cessation of pain in Herpes Zoster

Importance of Controlling Glucose Homeostasis

Interestingly, intraperitoneal glucose injections result in improved learning performance (Long, Davis, Garofalo, Spangler, & Ingram, 1992). For example, effects of a pre-training intraperitoneal glucose injection on learning and memory were tested using the Morris water maze. Glucose injection before a block of trials enhanced spatial memory performance in mice (Li et al., 1998). In aged cognitively impaired Wistar rats, significantly reduced cerebral glucose utilization was observed in various regions associated with learning and memory processes (Wree et al., 1991). Treatment of both neuronal and glial cultured cells with insulin and IGF-I induced a time- and dose-dependent increase in the steady state levels of glucose transporter mRNA (Werner et al., 1989). Severe decreases in brain insulin levels were also observed in aged rabbits, and the expression of the glucose transporters in the Wistar rat brain is altered during aging (Vannucci, 1994). Interestingly, herpes simplex virus...

Clinical Uses of the EEG

In patients with encephalitis or meningoencephalitis, the EEG typically shows diffuse slowing without any specific features. Characteristic abnormalities are, however, found in certain infectious disorders of the brain. In herpes simplex encephalitis, periodic lateralized complexes may occur over one or both temporal regions, usually Figure 24-9 Repetitive complexes occurring in the right temporal region of a child with herpes simplex encephalitis.

How can we reduce our risk of getting one of these diseases What are the options Abstain from sex or delay sex

Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of risk reduction for different STDs. There is no one definitive study about condom effectiveness for all STDs. Several studies have demonstrated that condoms can reduce the risk of acquiring chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, chancroid and herpes. However, because not all studies have demonstrated protective effects, the body of evidence is considered inconclusive. In addition, definitive data are lacking regarding the degree of risk reduction that latex condoms provide in preventing transmission of genital Humanpapilloma Virus. It is important to note that the lack of data about the level of condom effectiveness indicates that more research is needed - not that latex condoms don't work.

Pet Imaging Of Reporter Gene Expression Driven By Endogenous Moleculargenetic Processes

IMAGING p53-MEDIATED SIGNALING A recent study by Doubrovin et al. (2001) was the first to demonstrate that noninvasive imaging of endogenous gene expression in rats is feasible using a cis-reporter system. Specifically, it was demonstrated that p53-dependent gene expression can be imaged in vivo with PET and by in situ fluorescence. A retroviral vector (Cis-p53 TKeGFP) was generated by placing the herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (tk) and enhanced green fluorescent protein (egfp) fusion gene (TKGFP) under control of a p53-specific response element. DNA damage-induced upregulation of p53 transcriptional activity was demonstrated and correlated with the expression of p53-dependent downstream genes (including p21). These findings were observed in U87 (p53+ +) cells and xenografts, but not in SaOS (p53- -) cells (Fig. 6). The PET images corresponded with upregulation of genes in the p53 signal transduction pathway (p53-dependent genes) in response to DNA damage induced...

Assessment Of Immune Response With Antigen Arrays

The feasibility of antigen microarrays was demonstrated by measuring the concentration of antibodies generated in patients against pathogen viruses and parasites as a result of a host immune defense 63-65 . Using internal calibration curves, a linear concentration-dependent response was observed with 10 coefficient of variation between the arrayed slides, and the array data were in agreement with ELISA results 63 . The arrayed antigens of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, cytomegalovirus, the virus of rubella and Toxoplasma gondii, were able to detect specific IgG and IgM antibodies in the sera of patients. In another study, a panel of 430 chemically synthesized peptides and recombinant proteins was prepared to detect the immune response in rhesus monkeys immunized with genetically engineered vaccinia virus derivatives carrying antigenic determinants from a chimeric simian-human immunodeficiency virus 64 . This study indicated that an immune response was generated against...

Dangerous and Deadly Consequences

Genital Herpes An estimated 1,000,000 new cases each year Herpes may be the most common STD in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 45 million Americans may now carry the herpes virus. There is no cure, but there are drugs to reduce the pain and length of outbreaks and reduce the likelihood of infecting a sexual partner.

Epsteinbarr Virus Ebv History Definition and Classification

Epstein and colleagues in London in the 1960s on electron microscopic examination of a cell line (EB), established with extracts from an African tumour, called Burkitt's lymphoma (BL). From its physical appearance, the virus was defined as a member of the herpesvirus family. BL itself had been identified about 10 years earlier during travels by the Irish-born surgeon, Denis Burkitt in sub-Saharan Africa. Carvings from earlier periods showed this tumour of B lymphocytes to be a disease long prevalent in certain parts of Africa. Later, a genuinely serendipitous finding showed the virus to be the causative agent of infectious mononucleosis. This came about when a laboratory technician in Philadelphia, with no antibodies to EBV, developed mononucleosis and on subsequent testing was found to be EBV-antibody positive. A causal effect for EBV in mononucleosis was thus confirmed (reviewed by Griffin, 1998). An association between EBV and a tumour of epithelial cells, nasopharyngeal carcinoma...

Bronchoscopy in specific conditions

The sensitivity of BAL in the detection of AIDS related pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is high (86-97 ).35-37 Fewer organisms may be recovered by BAL from patients using nebulised pentamidine prophylaxis38 39 or with non-AIDS related PCP, but the yield may be increased by taking samples from two lobes and targeting the area of greatest radiological abnormality.40 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia is a common cause of death after transplantation, particularly in recipients of allogeneic bone marrow and lung grafts.41 The definitive diagnosis of CMV pneumonitis is made by the finding of typical cytomegalic cells with inclusions on BAL or TBB,42 the latter being more sensitive. Detection of early antigen fluorescent foci (DEAFF)43 performed on virus cultured from BAL fluid allows a presumptive diagnosis to be made.

Solvents Not Widely Used for Topical Preparations

Dimethylsulphoxide is a universal solvent but can cause itching erythema and uticaria when applied to skin. However, it has been used medicinally in bladder instillations (at 50 in water) for interstitial cystitis, and is a vehicle for idoxuridine for herpes infections (though is of little value). Together with acetone, DMSO is a class 3 solvent under the FDA guidance, not known as a human health hazard at levels normally expected in pharmaceuticals and which can thus be limited by appropriate GMP practices.

Differential Diagnosis

The differential diagnosis of a patient with an eschar encompasses various infectious and noninfectious syndromes, including trauma, spider bite, erythema gangrenosum, factitial dermatitis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, aspergillosis, and several diseases caused by agents associated with bioterrorism (e.g., Francisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis, Burkholderia pseudomallei, and B. anthracis) (13,20,22,93). Occasionally, rickettsialpox may even mimic some sexually transmitted diseases. Shankman described a patient with an ulcerated lesion on his penis and bilateral inguinal adenopathy for whom his initial differential diagnosis included chancroid, granuloma inguinale, syphilis, and herpes simplex however, a papular rash appeared three days later and allowed Shankman to establish the diagnosis of rickettsialpox (8). The eschar of rickettsialpox is indistinguishable from the primary lesions associated with many other rickettsioses, including African tick bite fever, boutonneuse fever,...

Methods for performing in vitro mRNA decay reactions

(c) With regard to possible modifications, the conditions described below should not be considered rigid (see Section 4). For example, the author has identified a mRNA destabilizer activity in S130 from cells infected with Herpes simplex virus type 1 (6). The destabilizer was relatively inactive under the standard reaction conditions described below but was fully active in reactions containing approximately one-third lower potassium and magnesium ion concentrations. Therefore, the investigator should be prepared to modify the standard system as necessary.

How can people protect themselves against infection

When a person has sex with someone whose STD status is unknown, a latex condom put on before beginning sex and worn until the penis is withdrawn can reduce the risk of infection. However, condoms do not provide complete protection, because a herpes lesion may not be covered by the condom and viral shedding may occur. If you or your partner has genital herpes, it is best to abstain from sex when symptoms are present, and to use latex condoms between outbreaks. Washing the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex does not prevent STDs. Any unusual discharge, sore, or rash, especially in the groin area, should be a signal to stop having sex and to see a doctor at once. In the United States, HSV-2 may play a major role in the heterosexual spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious.

Life stages and the skin

Certain physiologic skin changes occur. Perspiration is increased. Hyper-pigmentation of the abdominal midline, nipples, vulva, and face (chloasma) is seen, and, in some brunettes, nevi and freckles also become more prominent and more pigmented. Malignant melanoma is not more common in pregnancy. Hypertrichosis of the scalp may be unnoticed until the excess hair begins to be shed after delivery. Striae of breasts, abdomen, and thighs appear. The skin diseases of pregnancy are herpes gestationis (see Fiig.M 26-11D-E), impetigo herpetiformis, vulvar pruritus (often due to candidal infection), palmar erythema, spider hemangiomas, pyogenic granulomas, rarely erythema multiforme, and pedunculated fibromas. The following dermatoses are usually better, or disappear, during pregnancy psoriasis, acne (can be worse), alopecia areata, and, possibly, systemic scleroderma.

Other Viral Causes of Liver Failure

The herpes virus family rarely causes FHF or SFHF. There have been several reports of Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 producing massive hepatic necrosis, usually in patients who are pregnant or immunocompromised.68-71 Reports of FHF with cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus infections have been controversial due to lack of availability of serological confirmation and or exclusion of other etiologies.72,73 Disseminated adenovirus can occur in immunosuppressed patients and presents with fever, pneumonia and liver dysfunction.74 Syncytial giant cell hepatitis with intracytoplasmic structures resembling paramyxoviral nucleocapsids has also been reported to cause FHF.75 A recently discovered RNA virus, hepatitis G (HGV), has been evaluated as a potential cause of FHF. In two studies, 50 of Japanese (3 of 6) and German (11 of 22) patients with FHF tested positive for HGV RNA by PCR.76,77 Six of the 11 German patients had a primary diagnosis of fulminant hepatitis B, but their clinical...

Replacement Targeting Vectors

The final step is to select cells containing the targeted replacement. This is achieved by a double selection by growing all the cells in a medium containing G418 and ganciclovir. Non-transformants will not survive because they do not carry the neo gene, and therefore sensitive to G418 (a neomycin analog). Cells resulting from non-homologous recombination carry the herpes virus tk gene and will be sensitive to the nucleoside ana

Intentiontotreat and timetoevent data

In order to illustrate the kinds of arguments and considerations which are needed in relation to intention-to-treat, the discussion in this section will consider a set of applications where problems frequently arise. In Chapter 13 we will cover methods for the analysis of time-to-event or so-called survival data, but for the moment I would like to focus on endpoints within these areas that do not use the time-point at which randomisation occurs as the start point for the time-to-event measure. Examples include the time from rash healing to complete cessation of pain in Herpes Zoster, the time from six weeks after start of treatment to first seizure in epilepsy and time from eight weeks to relapse amongst responders at week 8 in severe depression. In the case of a randomised trial in Herpes Zoster, patients have the potential to cease pain prior to rash healing and these patients would not enter the analysis of time to cessation of pain from rash healing. Invariably the likelihood that...

Personalized Medicine Based on Monitoring miRNA Expression

Several studies have shown that some diseases, such as cancer, are associated with a change in miRNA expression levels (63,70). But whether these changes are the cause or the effect of cancer remains to be determined. As for viral infections, miRNAs expressed from viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (80) and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (81) may influence viral and host gene expression. These observations suggest that monitoring of miRNA expression levels in an affected organ or tissue may be used for diagnostic of a disease or an infection.

Varicella Zoster Virus

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is the etiological agent of chickenpox. Von Bokay was the first to observe that susceptible children might develop varicella after exposure to the herpes zoster virus. Joseph Garland, a long-term editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, was the first to suggest that zoster reflected activation of a latent varicella virus. a1 In 1954, Thomas Weller confirmed von Bokay's observation that children develop varicella following exposure to patients with herpes zoster by demonstrating, with tissue culture and antibody studies, that the two diseases were caused by the same virus. J The likelihood of developing zoster increases with advancing age, a phenomenon attributed to immune senescence and a decline in the VZV-specific T-lymphocyte population. 1 Varicella, or chickenpox, results from the initial exposure to VZV, and approximately 1 in 1000 to 4000 patients with varicella develop neurological complications of encephalitis...

Clinical Spectrum Of Hivrelated Disease

In general, pathogens may be high-grade or low-grade. High-grade pathogens may be pathogenic in healthy individuals with normal immune status. Low-grade pathogens are usually pathogenic in persons with immunodeficiency. The pathogens that cause disease and the type of clinical disease they cause depend on the degree of progression of HIV infection and the associated extent of immunosuppression. High-grade pathogens (e.g. the pneumococcus, non-typhoid salmonellae and M. tuberculosis) can cause disease at any stage in the course of HIV infection. Low-grade pathogens (e.g. candida, Cryptococcus neoformans, toxoplasma, cytomegalovirus, Pneumocystis carinii and atypical mycobacteria) cause disease in the more advanced stages. Disseminated infections become increasingly common in advanced stages of HIV infection with more severe imunosuppression. The WHO clinical staging system for HIV infection and disease reflects these features. Diseases caused by low-grade pathogens and disseminated...

THE MlPla Receptors Ccr1 And Ccr5

The two main receptors that mediate the biological activities of MlP-la are CCR1 and CCR5, both of which are broadly expressed. CCR4 and CCR9 D6 have also been reported as receptors for MlP-la, but their physiological relevance as MlP-la receptors is questionable. CCR1 was originally cloned following a homology hybridization cloning approach from human leukocytes'5''*. The cloned receptor expressed in human kidney cells binds MlP-la (Kd 5 mn) and RANTES (Kd 468 nivi) with high affinity and physiological concentrations of MlP-la at lOnm and RANTES at loonm trigger a significant calcium flux via the receptor. CCR1 has also been shown to bind MIP-1 (3 and MCP-1, but with much lower affinity and show a poor response indicating an inability to initiate signalling. A gene product of cytomegalovirus, hcmv-us28, encodes a functional protein with homology to the MIP-la receptor'5. In addition CCR1 responds with high affinity to other chemo-kines such as HCC-1, MCP-3, MPIF-1 and leukotactin 1....

Virion and Genome Structure

KSHV, or HHV8, has morphological features typical of herpesviruses (Figure 7), consisting of 100-150 nm particles surrounded by a lipid envelope, with an internal electron-rich central core. Its DNA was assessed by pulsed-field electrophoresis as 160-170 kb, consistent with that of other 7-herpesviruses, but more uniform than that observed with EBV. Both circular and linear forms of KSHV have been identified. Larger genomes reported to exist in some tumour-derived cell lines have been shown to result from DNA duplications, possibly associated with propagation in culture. In the same year, 1996, as the physical studies were reported, the complete sequence of the viral genome was published and an open reading frame map generated. This aptly illustrates the rapidity with which this field was being and has progressed. The sequence study (Russo, 1996) showed that the structure of KSHV was essentially similar to that of herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) (Figure 5). For KSHV, the genome has a single...

How can pregnant women protect themselves against infection

Although a woman may be monogamous during her pregnancy, she can remain at risk of STDs if her partner is not monogamous. For this reason, she may want to consider consistent and correct use of latex condoms for every act of intercourse. Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of risk reduction for different STDs. There is no one definitive study about condom effectiveness for all STDs. Several studies have demonstrated that condoms can reduce the risk of acquiring chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, chancroid and herpes. However, because not all studies have demonstrated protective effects, the body of evidence is considered inconclusive. In addition, definitive data are lacking regarding the degree of risk reduction that latex condoms provide in preventing transmission of genital Humanpapilloma Virus. It is important to note that the lack of data about the level of condom effectiveness indicates that more research is needed - not that latex condoms don't...

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Including HIV

There are two primary ways that STDs can be transmitted. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis - the discharge diseases - are transmitted when infected semen or vaginal fluids contact mucosal surfaces (e.g., the male urethra, the vagina or cervix). In contrast, genital ulcer diseases - genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid - and human papillomavirus are primarily transmitted through contact with infected skin or mucosal surfaces.

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CCR8 (also known as TER-1, ChemRl, GPRCY6 or CKRL1) is expressed on T cells and NK cells, and also binds to TARC and MIP-ip '5. CCR8 is also a receptor for viral chemokine antagonists including the Kaposi-associated herpesvirus (HHV-8) proteins viral MIP-1 and viral MIP-Il'6 and the molluscum con-tagiosum poxvirus protein MC148'7. See the TARC entry (page 457).

Preclinical Studies

Fig. 13.3 Genes expressed under control of hTERC or hTERT promoters for preclinical models of cytotoxic gene therapy and their antitumor mechanisms of action. Abbreviations TNFa, tumor necrosis factor a TRAIL, TNFa-related apoptosis-inducing ligand FADD, Fas-associated protein with death domain DN-survivin, dominant negative survivin PUMA, p53 upregulated mediator of apoptosis hsvTK, herpes simplex viral thymidine kinase NIS, sodium iodide symporter NAT, noradrenaline transporter MCP-1, monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 IFNP, interferon P Fig. 13.3 Genes expressed under control of hTERC or hTERT promoters for preclinical models of cytotoxic gene therapy and their antitumor mechanisms of action. Abbreviations TNFa, tumor necrosis factor a TRAIL, TNFa-related apoptosis-inducing ligand FADD, Fas-associated protein with death domain DN-survivin, dominant negative survivin PUMA, p53 upregulated mediator of apoptosis hsvTK, herpes simplex viral thymidine kinase NIS, sodium iodide symporter...

Explicit and Implicit Memory Network

Priming, an implicit learning strategy, facilitates recognition by using a cue, such as the first letters of a word. The cue biases a subsequent response in the correct direction toward recall. For example, a whole word is recalled after a subject is given only the first syllable of the word. Priming is not sensitive to associations with other knowledge. Priming systems handle information about physical form and structure, rather than about the meanings and associative properties of objects and words.312 Priming strategies rely on perceptual representations stored by modality-specific memory subsystems, such as those that process word forms and visual objects. Each hemisphere, in fact, may store different representations. For example, changing the font of letters did not affect word-stem priming when fragments of a word were presented to the left hemisphere, but it did impair recognition when presented only to the right hemisphere.313 Priming is a valuable strategy for working with...

Gene Delivery To The Retina Using Lentiviral Vectors

An obvious concern for the delivery of HIV based vectors to humans is the potential for AIDS or an AIDS-like disease caused by a replication competent vector. This concern has been addressed by completely deleting six (env, tat, vif, vpr, vup, and nef) of the nine viral genes, keeping only those essential for gene delivery (gag, pol, and rev). Furthermore, any potential replication competent recombinant (RCR) vectors can be screened for by sensitive methods.1011 A second safety issue concerns the inadvertent activation of celluar onco-genes from transcriptional read-through of the HIV long terminal repeat promoter (LTR). Deletion of the 3' LTR core promoter and replacement of the wild type U3 region of the 5' HIV LTR with the cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter in the current third generation of self-inactivating (SIN) vectors results is an integrated provirus with transcriptionally silent LTRs and no viral genes.12

Spirulina Antiviral Studies In Vitro

The first report studying the antiviral properties from the blue-green alga Spirulina was published by Hayashi et al. in 1993. In vitro, they demonstrated that a hot water soluble extract prepared from S. platensis inhibited the replication of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in HeLa cells, in a dose-dependent concentration, from 0.08 to 50 mg mL. The extract did not have a virucidal effect, and the viral inhibition was due to an interference with the penetration event.11 After this report, a new antiviral research era started. Hayashi and Hayashi, 1996, by a bioactivity-directed fractionation of the hot water extract from S. platensis, isolated a novel sulfated polysaccharide chelating calcium ion, termed calcium spirulan (Ca-SP) as an antiviral principle. Ca-SP was obtained by gel filtration on Sepharose 6B of the hot water extract of Spirulina treated with 10 trichloroacetic acid, and a further purification step was done by DEAE cellulose chromatography. Ca-SP did not show...

Putative Key Tumour Genes

Y-Herpesviruses -Herpesviruses HHV7' HHV6 HCMV j8 -Herpesviruses Figure 11 Phylogenetic tree of KSHV (HHV8) in relation to other herpesviruses. The comparison shows KSHV to be most closely related to the 7-herpesviruses, EBV, equine herpesvirus 2 (EHV2) and herpesvirus saimiri (HVS), its nearest relative (see Figure 5). (From IARC, 1997, p. 385.) that may play key roles in the oncogenic activity of this virus, have been initiated. Here, as with other herpes-viruses, latent transcripts are defined as constitutively expressed mRNAs which are not susceptible to chemical induction (e.g. with agents such as the promoter-stimulating phorbol ester (TPA) or n-butyrate, which affects chromatin structure) but are susceptible to inhibition by cyclo-heximide, an inhibitor of protein synthesis. Immediate early genes, on the other hand, are those whose transcripts are inducible, but resistant to the action of cycloheximide. Early gene expression is blocked by cycloheximide, but not by...

Evaluation Guidelines Table156

Tests for specific bacterial and fungal antigens are now available for diagnosing the more common bacterial (e.g., influenza, pneumococcal, meningococcal) or fungal (e.g., cryptococcal) meningitides. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for certain viruses are now available. It is no longer necessary to perform a brain biopsy to diagnose herpes simplex encephalitis.

Granulomatous slack skin syndrome see Slack Skin syndrome

Rare vesicular bullous disease associated with pregnancy. Intensely pruritic and may be associated with fetal complications. It is autoimmune in origin with the third component of complement deposited in the basement membrane with the direct immunofluorescent technique.

Vitamin A In Milk Can Potentially Reduce The Replication Of Enveloped Viruses In Infants

In the present study the application of retinoic acid, the acid form of vitaminA, inhibited the production of a number of different enveloped viruses regardless of whether they were DNA (herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1)) or RNA (measles and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)) viruses (Table). Decreases in viral titers ranged from 1,000-foldto as much as 100,000-fold. HSV-1 titers were reduced by similar amounts in both monkey kidney cells and in a differentiated human neuroblastoma cell line (SY5Y) which is similar to the neuronal cells that HSV-1 infects in vivo. Retinoic acid 'Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) VSV (vesicular stomatitis virus). 2Vero (monkey kidney) SY5Y (human neuroblastoma) ME 180 (human

Immune Activation By Spirulina

In humans, rough Spirulina was reported to alleviate oral leukoplakia in pan tobacco chewers.22 Water-soluble Spirulina components also inhibited the replication of human viruses, herpes simplex, cytomegalo, measles, mumps, and influenza A viruses.23 The water extract also inhibited HIV replication in human T cells, T cell lines, and Langerhans cells.24 Again, water-soluble polysaccharides appear to participate in the antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral effects of Spirulina. These reports, together with our finding of modulation of pattern receptor signaling by the water extract in concert with immune modulation,25 imply that the target of Spirulina-mediated immune activation is the innate immune system.

Genital Ulcer Diseases and Human Papillomavirus

Genital ulcer diseases and HPV infections can occur in both male or female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease. Genital ulcer diseases include genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid. These diseases are transmitted primarily through skin-to-skin contact from sores ulcers or infected skin that looks normal. HPV infections are transmitted through contact with infected genital skin or mucosal surfaces fluids. Genital ulcer diseases and HPV infection can occur in male or female genital areas that are, or are not, covered (protected by the condom). Epidemiologic studies...