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  • Hassan, Amin S, et al. (författare)
  • A Stronger Innate Immune Response During Hyperacute HIV-1 Infection is associated with ACUTE retroviral syndrome
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1537-6591 .- 1058-4838. ; 73:5, s. 832-841
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: Acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) is associated with HIV-1 subtype and disease progression, but the underlying immunopathological pathways are poorly understood. We aimed to elucidate associations between innate immune responses during hyperacute HIV-1 infection (hAHI) and ARS.METHODS: Plasma samples obtained from volunteers (≥18.0 years) before and during hAHI, defined as HIV-1 antibody negative and RNA or p24 antigen positive from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Sweden were analysed. Forty soluble innate immune markers were measured using multiplexed assays. Immune responses were differentiated into volunteers with stronger and comparatively weaker responses using principal component analysis. Presence or absence of ARS was defined based on eleven symptoms using latent class analysis. Logistic regression was used to determine associations between immune responses and ARS.RESULTS: Of 55 volunteers, 31 (56%) had ARS. Volunteers with stronger immune responses (n=36 [65%]) had increased odds of ARS which was independent of HIV-1 subtype, age, and risk group (adjusted odds ratio, 7.1 [95% CI: 1.7-28.8], p=0.003). IP-10 was fourteen-fold higher during hAHI, elevated in seven of the eleven symptoms, and independently associated with ARS. IP-10 threshold >466.0 pg/mL differentiated stronger immune responses with a sensitivity of 84.2% (95% CI: 60.4-96.6) and specificity of 100.0% (95% CI: 90.3-100.0).CONCLUSIONS: A stronger innate immune response during hAHI was associated with ARS. Plasma IP-10 may be a candidate biomarker of stronger innate immunity. Our findings provide further insights on innate immune responses in regulating ARS and may inform the design of vaccine candidates harnessing innate immunity.
  • Höper, Linnea, et al. (författare)
  • Vasculitis due to Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis : a cohort study of 40 Swedish patients
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press. - 1058-4838 .- 1537-6591. ; 73:7, s. e2372-e2378
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: Candidatus (Ca.) Neoehrlichia (N.) mikurensis is an emerging tick-borne pathogen of humans that is closely related to Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species. This strict intracellular bacterium escapes detection by routine microbiologic diagnostic methods such as blood culture leading to considerable under-diagnosis of the infectious disease it causes, neoehrlichiosis.METHODS: Here, we describe the vascular and thromboembolic events afflicting a series of 40 patients diagnosed with neoehrlichiosis in Sweden during a 10-year period (2009-2019).RESULTS: The majority of the patients (60%) developed vascular events ranging from repeated thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, transitory ischemic attacks to arteritis. Younger age was a risk factor for vascular complications. In contrast, there was no difference in the incidence of vascular events between immunosuppressed and immunocompetent patients. However, there were qualitative differences such that deep vein thrombosis exclusively afflicted the immunosuppressed patients whereas arteritis was restricted to the immunocompetent ones. We also present the case histories of two patients who developed vasculitis mimicking polyarteritis nodosa and giant cell arteritis. Both were cured by doxycycline treatment.CONCLUSIONS: Ca. N. mikurensis infection should be considered in patients living in tick-endemic areas of Europe and northern Asia who present with atypical vascular and/or thromboembolic events. Early diagnosis and antibiotics targeting this emerging infectious agent can eradicate the infection and prevent the development of new vascular events.
  • Imlay, Hannah, et al. (författare)
  • Consensus Definitions of BK Polyomavirus Nephropathy in Renal Transplant Recipients for Clinical Trials
  • 2022
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1058-4838 .- 1537-6591. ; 75:7, s. 1210-1216
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) infection and BK polyomavirus nephropathy (BKPyVAN) are important causes of allograft dysfunction and premature allograft loss in renal transplant recipients. Results and Discussion Controlled clinical trials to evaluate new agents for prevention and treatment are needed but are hampered by the lack of outcome measures that accurately assess the effect of the intervention, are clinically relevant, and are acceptable from a regulatory perspective. Methods To facilitate consistent end points in clinical trials and to support clinical research and drug development, definitions of BKPyV infection and disease have been developed by the BK Disease Definitions Working Group of the Transplantation Associated Virus Infection Forum with the Forum for Collaborative Research, which consists of scientists, clinicians, regulators, and industry representatives. Conclusions These definitions refine established principles of "proven" BKPyV disease and introduce a "probable" disease category that could be used in clinical trials to prevent or treat BKPyVAN in renal transplant recipients. Standardized BK polyomavirus nephropathy (BKPyVAN) definitions are needed to evaluate therapeutics. We refine established criteria for "proven" BKPyVAN and introduce a "probable disease" category based on allograft dysfunction and plasma DNAemia. Plasma DNAemia thresholds for BKPyVAN are needed.
  • Inghammar, Malin, et al. (författare)
  • Proton-Pump Inhibitor Use and the Risk of Community-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1058-4838 .- 1537-6591. ; 72:12, s. 1084-1089
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been reported to increase the risk of community-associated Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), but the association remains disputed. Methods: A nationwide cohort study among adults in Denmark, 2010-2013, linking register data on C. difficile testing, filled prescriptions, and patient characteristics. All incident episodes of community-associated CDI (ie, positive culture, molecular assay, or toxin test in individuals without previous hospitalization in the prior 12 weeks and without a positive test for C. difficile in the prior 8 weeks) were identified in the Danish National Microbiological Database. Self-controlled case-series analyses were used to estimate incidence rate ratios (IRRs) for community-associated CDI, comparing periods with and without exposure to PPIs. By design, models took fixed confounders such as chronic disease, genetics, and socioeconomic status into account; further, time-varying confounders, including hospital stay and antibiotic and corticosteroid use were adjusted for. Results: 3583 episodes of community-associated CDI were identified, of which 964 occurred during current use of PPIs, 324 occurred 0-6 months after treatment cessation, 123 occurred 6-12 months after treatment cessation, and 2172 occurred during time periods without use of PPIs. The adjusted IRR was 2.03 (95% confidence interval, 1.74-2.36), comparing use of PPI with nonuse. The increased risk remained elevated in later time periods: 1.54 (1.31-1.80) for 0-6 months, 1.24 (1.00-1.53) for 6-12 months after current use. Conclusions: Use of PPIs was associated with moderately increased risk of community-associated CDI. The risk remained elevated up to 1 year after PPI treatment had ended.
  • Jansåker, Filip, et al. (författare)
  • All-cause Mortality Due to Bacteremia during a 60-Day Non-Physician Healthcare Worker Strike
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1537-6591. ; 73:7, s. 1758-1761
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • This study explored all-cause mortality of bacteremia diagnosed during a 60-day non-physician healthcare worker strike in 2008. A significant change, with 5.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.2-8.7%, P < .01) absolute risk increase, was seen in 90-day mortality during the strike (n = 598) compared with the rest of the study period 2000-2015 (n = 75 647).
  • Kamerlin, Shina C. L., 1981-, et al. (författare)
  • Managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Spread With Voluntary Public Health Measures : Sweden as a Case Study for Pandemic Control
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1058-4838 .- 1537-6591. ; 71:12, s. 3174-3181
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BackgroundThe coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread globally, causing extensive illness and mortality. In advance of effective antiviral therapies, countries have applied different public health strategies to control spread and manage healthcare need. Sweden has taken a unique approach of not implementing strict closures, instead urging personal responsibility. We analyze the results of this and other potential strategies for pandemic control in Sweden.MethodsWe implemented individual-based modeling of COVID-19 spread in Sweden using population, employment, and household data. Epidemiological parameters for COVID-19 were validated on a limited date range; where substantial uncertainties remained, multiple parameters were tested. The effects of different public health strategies were tested over a 160-day period, analyzed for their effects on intensive care unit (ICU) demand and death rate, and compared with Swedish data for April 2020.ResultsSwedish mortality rates are intermediate between rates for European countries that quickly imposed stringent public health controls and those for countries that acted later. Models most closely reproducing reported mortality data suggest that large portions of the population voluntarily self-isolate. Swedish ICU use rates remained lower than predicted, but a large fraction of deaths occurred in non-ICU patients. This suggests that patient prognosis was considered in ICU admission, reducing healthcare load at a cost of decreased survival in patients not admitted.ConclusionsThe Swedish COVID-19 strategy has thus far yielded a striking result: mild mandates overlaid with voluntary measures can achieve results highly similar to late-onset stringent mandates. However, this policy causes more healthcare demand and more deaths than early stringent control and depends on continued public will.
  • Kuhlin, Johanna, et al. (författare)
  • Genotypic resistance of pyrazinamide but not MIC is associated with longer time to sputum culture conversion in patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
  • 2021
  • Ingår i: Clinical Infectious Diseases. - : Oxford University Press. - 1058-4838 .- 1537-6591. ; 73:9, s. E3511-E3517
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: PZA resistance in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is common and it is not clear how it affects interim and treatment outcomes. Although rarely performed, phenotypic drug susceptibility testing (pDST) is used to define PZA resistance but genotypic DST (gDST) and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) could be beneficial. We aimed to assess the impact of PZA gDST and MIC on time to sputum culture conversion (SCC) and treatment outcome in patients with MDR-TB.METHODS: Clinical, microbiological and treatment data was collected in this cohort study for all patients diagnosed with MDR-TB in Sweden 1992-2014. MIC, pDST and whole genome sequencing of the pncA, rpsA and panD genes were used to define PZA resistance. A Cox regression model was used for statistical analyses.RESULTS: Of 157 patients with MDR-TB, 56.1% (n=88) had PZA resistant strains and 49.7% (n=78) were treated with PZA. In crude and adjusted analyses, PZA gDST resistance was associated with a 29-day longer time to SCC (hazard ratio [HR] 0.57, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.36-0.89, p=0.013 and HR 0.49, 95% CI 0.29-0.82, p=0.007, respectively). A two-fold decrease in dilutions of PZA MIC for PZA susceptible strains showed no association with SCC in crude or adjusted analyses (HR 0.98, 95% CI 0.73-1.31, p=0.89). Genotypic DST and MIC for PZA were not associated with treatment outcome.CONCLUSION: In patients with MDR-TB, gDST PZA resistance was associated with a longer time to SCC. Rapid PZA gDST is important to identify patients who may benefit from PZA treatment.
  • LaCourse, S. M., et al. (författare)
  • Importance of inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in COVID-19 therapeutic trials
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. - : Oxford University Press (OUP). - 1537-6591. ; 71:15, s. 879-881
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Investigators are employing unprecedented innovation in the design of clinical trials to rapidly and rigorously assess potentially promising therapies for COVID-19; this is in stark contrast to the continued near universal regressive practice of exclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women from these trials. The few trials which allow their inclusion focus on post-exposure prophylaxis or outpatient treatment of milder disease, limiting the options available to pregnant women with severe COVID-19 to compassionate use of remdesivir, or off-label drug use of hydroxychloroquine or other therapies. These restrictions were put in place despite experience with these drugs in pregnant women. In this Viewpoint, we call attention to the need and urgency to engage pregnant women in COVID-19 treatment trials now in order to develop data-driven recommendations regarding the risks and benefits of therapies in this unique but not uncommon population. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
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