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

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

Laboratory Assays For The Diagnosis Of Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Disease

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

Diagnosis And Assays For Human Herpesvirus 8 Infection

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

Herpes Viral Encephalitis And Multiple Sclerosis

Herpes Simplex Encephalitis

Clude acute reversible encephalitis or aseptic meningitis (p. 234), cranial nerve deficits (especially facial nerve palsy), radiculitis, or myelitis. Neurological signs are usually late manifestations of HIV infection. HIV encephalopathy progresses over several months and is characterized by lethargy, headache, increasing social withdrawal, insomnia, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and apathy. Advanced AIDS is accompanied by bradyphrenia, impaired ocular pursuit, dysarthrophonia, incoordination, myo-clonus, rigidity, and postural tremor. Incontinence and central paresis develop in the final stages of the disease. CT of the brain reveals generalized atrophy, and MRI reveals multifocal or diffuse white-matter lesions. The CSF examination may be normal or reveal a low-grade pleocytosis and an elevated protein concentration. EEG reveals increased slow-wave activity. Other neurological manifestations include HIV myelopathy (vacuolar myelopathy), distal symmetrical...

Herpes Zoster Shingles

Etiology Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes chickenpox after primary infection, VZV remains dormant in sensory nerve roots for life, and reactivation results in herpes zoster (shingles). Reactivation may be idiopathic, but may occur with immunosuppression or stress. Increased incidence with increasing age more common in HIV & hematologic malignancy. DDx VZV, herpes simplex, folliculitis.

Herpes and Varicella Zoster

Dermis Multinucleated Cells Neutrophils

INTRODUCTION Herpes zoster (shingles) and varicella zoster (chickenpox) are both systemic infections with manifestations caused by herpes virus varicellae. The virus is an obligate human parasite requiring person-to-person transmission for its survival. Varicella most commonly occurs in children and is almost always a mild, self-limited disease however, when the disease occurs in adults it is often a much more severe process. Zoster, meaning belt or girdle in Greek, is felt to be a reactivation of a previous varicella infection within a single dermatome. Herpes zoster is most prevalent in middle to late adulthood however, it can occur in children and rarely even in infants, in whom it is usually a mild disease. Eyelid symptoms result from involvement of the first or ophthalmic division of the trigeminal (5th cranial) nerve and are seen in up to 10 of cases of zoster infections. Adults with herpes zoster are contagious during the early stages and often transmit the virus to susceptible...

Mouse Model for Cytomegalovirus Infection

Cytomegaloviruses (CMVs) are prototypes of the P subgroup of herpesviruses. They possess large DNA genomes of 230 kb with more than 200 open reading frames (Mocarski, 1996). Thus, they range among the mammalian viruses with the largest coding capacity. Although a high degree of species specificity is characteristic for cytomegaloviruses, viruses with a similar genomic structure and pathobiology are found in virtually all mammalian species analyzed. In vivo, CMVs infect a broad range of cells and tissues including fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, endothelial and epithelial cells, stromal cells, and macrophages. As for herpesviruses in general, these viruses are not eliminated from an organism following primary infection. Instead, the virus persists in its host in a state of latency, where the full genome but no infectious progeny are detectable. Reactivation from latency occurs frequently and results in virus shedding and recurrent disease (Britt and Alford, 1996). Manifestation of...

Conditions That May Simulate Herpes Zoster

Herpes Simplex HSV in a linear distribution may be clinically impossible to distinguish from herpes zoster. Linear lesions are more common in children and with HSV on the extremities. Groups of lesions in different stages of evolution and pain or dysesthesia favor zoster. Culture, RIF, and PCR testing will distinguish the two.

Conditions That May Simulate Herpes Simplex Recidivans

Both diseases are common in the central facial region, and both begin with small clear vesicles on an inflammatory base. Herpetic lesions tend to remain fixed and discrete, and the vesicles are small, 1 to 2 mm across, tightly grouped, and persist for longer periods. Facial HSV occasionally develops secondary impetigo, causing some diagnostic confusion. A smear with a Gram stain will often show bacteria with cases of impetigo. A Tzanck smear of a blister base will show herpes virus cytopathic effect with herpes labialis. RIF test is also positive with herpes. Bacterial and viral cultures are expensive and are seldom justified. Differentiation of herpetic and bacterial lesions in periungual locations requires a high index of suspicion. The thick epidermis in these acral areas disguises the morphology of the herpetic lesion, which usually presents as an acute inflammatory pustule. Viral lymphangitis is common. Clear unilocular or multilocular vesicles should suggest herpes. Recurrent...

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is caused by one of two types of herpes simplex virus HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both viruses can infect the genitals and travel to other parts of the body, including the hands and the eyes. Usually, however, HSV-1 infects the mouth, causing small, painful blisters on the lips, while HSV-2 infects the genitals. If you have had one type of herpes infection, you can still get the other, although it is likely to be a less severe infection. Neither infection can be cured they can only be controlled. The symptoms of genital herpes usually appear within a week of infection in the form of itching, tingling, and soreness of a reddish patch on the skin in the groin area, which is followed shortly by small, red, painful blisters. In men these can occur on the penis, scrotum, buttocks, anus, or thighs. The blisters break, causing circular, open sores that develop a crust in a few days. During this time, walking may be painful and urination difficult. The person may develop a fever and feel...


Acyclovir is an effective antiviral drug that selectively inhibits herpes virus replication. It is phosphorylated by viral thymidine kinase to a triphosphate, which inhibits the DNA polymerase and thus the formation of viral DNA. Host cells are not significantly affected by acyclovir. Herpes simplex viruses are more sensitive to acyclovir than are varicella-zoster viruses. Resistant herpes viruses, that lack the thymidine kinase, have been observed almost exclusively in immunocompromised subjects (Collins et al. 1989). The effect that prenatal exposure of rats to acyclovir has on immune system development was examined by Stahlmann et al. (1992). Pregnant Wistar rats were exposed to 100 mg acyclovir kg body wt either with one or three (i.e., 1x100 and 3x100, respectively) s.c. injections on GD 10. There was considerable mortality during the first week after birth of pups from dams given 3x100 mg acyclovir kg. Body weights of 12-week-old offspring born to dams exposed to 3x100 were...

Herpes Simplex HSV

Herpes Simplex (HSV) (Continued) Recurrent HSV-1 infection (herpes labialis) after primary infection may be reactivated by a number of triggers stress, fever, UV light, trauma, menstruation burning and itching precede appearance of grouped umbilicated vesicles on erythematous base, herpetiform arrangement, commonly on the vermilion border of the lip. face crust over in 7-10 d. Herpetic whitlow herpes of fingertip Herpes gladiatorum herpes among wrestlers & rugby players Eczema herpeticum eczema secondarily infected with herpes. Within 72 hr, oral antiviral therapy may be instituted to reduce pain, viral shedding, and time to healing Acyclovir, famciclovir, valacyclovir can be used with dosage depending on whether 10 vs 20 episode.

Herpes Simplex

Herpes Zoster Lamina Histologica

INTRODUCTION Herpes simplex is caused by a DNA virus that is estimated to infect 60 to 90 of individuals at sometime during their life. Clinically evident infections however are much less common. Involvement of the facial region is predominantly due to type I herpes virus, with the exception of newborns, in whom overwhelming exposure to the type II variety during birth can result in development of typical skin lesions during the first few days of life, often associated with devastating CNS and systemic involvement. Primary herpes occurs in previously uninfected individuals. The chief mode of transmission is by kissing or other forms of intimate contact with an individual who has an active, usually recurrent, herpetic lesion. CLINICAL PRESENTATION Following a 2 to 14 day incubation period there develops a mild fever with moderately painful, usually unilateral, edema and erythema of the eyelid region. This is soon followed by the development of multiple discrete 2 to 3 mm vesicles that...


Herpes simplex virus The reactivation and replication of HSV leads to intype 1 (HSV-1) flammation and extensive necrosis and edema of the medial temporal lobe and orbital surface of the frontal lobe of immunocompetent patients, producing the characteristic clinical picture. Patients develop fever, headache, irritability, lethargy, confusion and focal neurological signs, such as aphasia, motor and sensory deficits, and seizures (major motor, complex partial, focal, and absence attacks). CSF examination, electroencephalography (widespread, periodic, stereotyped complexes of sharp and slow waves at regular intervals of 2-3 seconds), brain imaging, and biopsy make HSV encephalitis easy to distinguish diagnosti-cally from all other forms of viral encephalitis Herpes simplex virus Usually, two types of neurological condition may type 2 (HSV-2) develop Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Direct Microscopic Examination of Clinical Samples

Able, cytomegalic intranuclear inclusion-bearing cells are easily distinguished from normal cells under the light microscope (for additional information about this technique, see refs. 8-10), however, because of the morphological similarities between the herpes viruses, it is necessary to examine specimens in parallel with the other methods described in this chapter.

Initial Evaluation of DNA Sequences

Before amplification, DNA sequences should be analyzed concerning potential sequence homologies. Numerous HCMV proteins show homologies with their counterparts of other herpesviruses, such as human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6). Thus, those portions of putative antigens that show substantial homology with other proteins should not be considered for cloning.

HCMV Envelope Proteins

Analysis of the nucleotide sequence of HCMV showed a total of 54 open reading frames (ORFs) that have characteristics of glycoprotein genes or of exons of glycoprotein genes (1). Some have homology to immunoglobulin superfamily proteins, others are multiple membrane spanning, and a few have recognized homology to glycoproteins of other herpesviruses. Three major glycoprotein complexes present in the envelope of HCMV have been biochemically characterized. It is probable that other glycoproteins are present in the virion envelope, but they remain uncharacterized and undetected. The gC-I complex, the most abundant component of the envelope, contains the HCMV glycoprotein B (gB) homologue glycoprotein (2-4). The UL55 ORF of the HCMV genome encodes gB, a 907-amino acid (aa) protein (1,5). In its native state, gB appears to be a homo-oligomer composed of disulfide-linked gB (gp93 gp55) monomeric subunits (3,6,7). HCMV gB is also one of the major targets of the immune response and elicits...

Challenges and Future Directions

To establish definitively that a cellular molecule serves as an entry facilitator, one needs to express that molecule in a cell that is resistant to HCMV entry and confer the ability to enter when the molecule is present. Similarly, if a receptor is unknown, an entry-deficient cell can be used for expression cloning, as was recently done for the herpes simplex virus (HSV) entry mediator protein (33). The irony of HCMV is that while the virus has exquisite in vitro tropism for productive replication and infection, HCMV entry is quite promiscuous. The virus has the ability to bind, enter, and initiate infection in most laboratory cell lines (23) thus, we have lacked an important technical tool to identify cellular receptors. We recently found murine L cells to be highly resistant to HCMV entry, and this cell line may prove very useful in the future for HCMV receptor biology. Another approach that may prove useful is ligand affinity purification. As individual HCMV envelope glycoproteins...

DNA Polymerase Assay

A particular feature of herpesvirus DNA polymerases is that their activity is markedly stimulated at high salt concentrations (100 mM NH4 2SO4 is well suited for this purpose), whereas the activity of the cellular DNA polymerases is diminished under these conditions. This characteristic allows us to obtain initial information on the kinetics of inhibition of partially purified HCMV DNA polymerase by a certain compound, in a relatively fast way.

Background Information

Unlike most other cells and tissues, acinar glandular epithelial cells of the salivary glands are exempt from immune control by MHC I restricted CD8+ T cells (Jonjic et al., 1989). Acinar glandular epithelial cells of the salivary glands are reservoirs of chronic cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, and virus shedding from these glands

The History Of Aids Psychiatry

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

Diagnosing Infection By Serologic Means

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

Environmental Factors

It has been hypothesized that infectious agents can disproportionately trigger an endogenously dysregulated immune system for the development or exacerbation of SLE. Among the common pathogens, the herpesvirus EBV has received the most attention. Antibodies against EBV have cross-reactivity with the lupus-specific autoantigen Sm. It was recently reported that newly diagnosed young patients with LE have a significantly higher percentage of seropositivity for EBV infection than controls. Other tested herpesviruses did not follow this pattern. EBV DNA was found in the lymphocytes of all 32 young patients with LE tested and two thirds of controls. Whether EBV-infected individuals become more susceptible to the development of LE or patients with LE are become more susceptible to EBV infection or whether a third factor increases susceptibility to both is currently not known.

Other Microbial Contaminants And Potential Biohazards

To their origin in the human reproductive tract (e.g., herpes virus, HIV, hepatitis B), and a careful combination of risk assessment (to avoid use of cells with a significantly raised risk of contamination with serious human pathogens), containment (e.g., use of sealed culture vessels, use of a Class II safety cabinet see Appendix 1 ), treatment of cell culture waste as if infectious), and quarantine of cell cultures newly arrived in the

Evaluation of Eyelid Lesions

Fluid Filled Cyst Eyelid

Examination of the eyelid includes examination of the skin, conjunctiva, eyelid margin, and eyelashes. Lesions localized to any one or several of these structures may offer appreciable diagnostic information. The distribution of lesions on the skin itself is equally important. One should first determine whether the distribution is random or whether certain areas are preferentially involved. Finally, certain distributions that suggest participation of underlying nerves or vessels (dermatomal and segmental distributions) point to specific diagnoses such as Herpes infection or oculodermal melanocytosis. Proper evaluation of an eyelid lesion begins with visual recognition and appropriate description. Mastering appropriate terminology will aid in diagnosis and allow the physician to better document the examination.

Isolation And Identification

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

Eyelid Lesions and Tissues of Origin

Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma

All lesions that involve the eyelids or any other region of the body can be thought of as deriving from two basic sources. Those that arrive in the lids from other more remote sources are exogenous lesions. These include metastatic tumors from sites such as the breast or lung. Also included here are infiltrations in the dermis and epidermis of cellular or other materials that secondarily involve eyelid structures. Included here are diseases such as amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, infectious inflammations such as herpes and cellulitis, xanthelamas, acute atopic dermatitis, erythema multiforme, granuloma annulare, and lymphoid and myeloid infiltrates. All exogenous lesions disturb the normal eyelid architechture to some extent, and may be generalized or confined to specific eyelid tissue types.

Pathogenesis Of Intrauterineacquired Maternal Hematogenous Infection

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

Isolation of Murine Natural Killer Cells

This unit describes the isolation of natural killer (NK) cells from mouse spleen. NK cells represent the third major population of lymphocytes (Herberman, 1982 Trinchieri, 1989). Although NK cells were initially characterized by their tumor-killing capacity, they are now appreciated as performing essential functions in early phases of immune response to pathogens (Bancroft, 1993). Following activation (see unit u.9b), they can kill cells infected with certain intracellular pathogens, such as Cytomegalovirus and Toxoplasma gondii, and produce cytokines that regulate the subsequent development of specific immunity (Denkers et al., 1993 Tripp et al., 1993). Analysis of NK cell function frequently requires the study of isolated, highly purified NK cell populations. Consideration should be given to generation of interleukin 2 (IL-2)-activated NK cells, because larger numbers are readily produced by in vitro expansion. IL-2 exposure, however, results in differences owing to activation, such...

Risk Of Maternal Infection During Pregnancy

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

Patients Informed Consent

I understand that there is a small risk of developing permanent darkening or undesirable pigment loss at the treated site.There is a rare chance that a scar could develop. There is also a small risk that a bacterial infection could develop or there could be a flare of a pre-existing Herpes infection at the treated site,or the condition being treated could worsen after the peeling procedure. The benefits and side effects of the procedure have been explained to me in detail. All of my questions have been answered.

Functional Imaging in Preclinical Models

Positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are powerful technologies that have revolutionized clinical medicine and are now making inroads into the preclinical arena, expanding biomarker methodologies in the process. Cancer treatment and research have perhaps benefited the most from PET and MRI, as some aspects of tumor physiology and anatomy can now be monitored noninvasively and serially, in the same animal.54,55 PET imaging scanners are capable of measuring the presence and concentration of positron emitting isotopes in living tissues, and thus tracer probes can be synthetically generated for monitoring of molecular transport or enzymatic processes dynamically. The most mature tracer that utilizes PET imaging is a glucose derivative, 2- 18F fluoro-2-deoxy -D-glucose (FDG), which is transported into metabolically active cells and tissues where it becomes trapped after phosphorylation by the hexokinase enzyme. Since tumors are usually highly metabolically...

Risk Of Neonatal Infection

Factors that influence transmission from mother to neonate include type of maternal infection (primary vs recurrent), maternal antibody status, duration of rupture of membranes, and integrity of mucocutaneous barriers (e.g., use of fetal scalp electrodes). Several studies have demonstrated that infants born to mothers who have a first episode of genital HSV infection near term are at much greater risk of developing neonatal herpes than are those whose mothers have recurrent genital herpes. In three separate studies, 3 of 6, 2 of 6, and 6 of 18 infants born to mothers with first episode (primary or initial) genital HSV infections at delivery developed neonatal infection, for an overall attack rate of 36.7 (11 of 30 infants) (16,25,30). In contrast, among infants delivered to mothers with recurrent HSV infection and documented viral shedding at the time of delivery, the rate of neonatal infection has been reported to be between 3 (25) and 4.3 (16). Last, the application of fetal scalp...

Clinical Evaluation Of The Infant

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

Safety Precautions For Using Vaccinia

Vaccinia virus is not to be confused either with variola virus, another member of the Orthopoxvirus genus that caused smallpox prior to its eradication, or with varicella virus, a herpes virus that causes chicken pox. Until 1972, vaccinia virus was routinely used in the United States as a live vaccine to prevent smallpox, and a residual scar, commonly on the upper arm, is evidence of that vaccination.

Brown recluse spider bite

Pyoderma gangrenosum ecthyma herpes simplex virus infection insect bite reaction squamous cell carcinoma coumarin necrosis vasculitis vascular insufficiency necrotizing fasciitis factitial ulceration thromboembolic phenomenon skin trauma thromboangiitis obliterans neuropathic ulceration tularemia mucormycosis

Capsules Suspension Tablets

Initial genital herpes. 200 mg q 4 hr, 5 times day for 10 days. Chronic genital herpes. 400 mg b.i.d., 200 mg t.i.d., or 200 mg 5 times day for up to 12 months. Intermittent therapy for genital herpes. Herpes zoster, acute treatment. 800 mg q 4 hr, 5 times day for 7 10 days.

Consultation with Primary Care Provider

Apply acyclovir ointment in the amount directed with a finger cot or rubber glove to prevent transmission of infection to other body sites. 2. Adequately cover all lesions with topical acyclovir as ordered, but do not exceed dosage or the frequency of application or the length of time for treatment. 3. Report any burning, stinging, itching, and rash if evident when applying acyclovir. 4. Dispose of toothbrush and other oral hygiene devices used during the time of active infection in order to prevent reinfection with the herpes virus.

Natural Antibodies To Cytokines

It is unknown why and how Ab are induced to some cytokines and not to others in apparently healthy individuals. However, cytokine-reactive B cells seem to occur frequently. As T-cell help is thought to be essential for the production of high-affinity IgG Ab, termination of T-cell tolerance is likely to be involved in the course of events leading to Ab induction. One possibility is that activation of cross-reactive B and T cells is initiated if a native cytokine as a hapten binds to a carrier encoded by microorganisms (8). For example, poxviruses and herpesviruses encode IFN receptors, as well as TNF-, IL-1, and IL-6 receptors (12). Many of these are truncated and lack the transmembrane domains the receptors are therefore secreted from the infected

Antigen Activation Of T Cells

Antigen activation of T cells represents a more physiologic stimulus than PMA and ionomycin and thus, may be a desired protocol. In the following protocol, T cells are activated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. However, this protocol can be adapted to other antigens of interest (cytomegalovirus, allergens, etc.). This same protocol has been used to examine antigen-specific responses in the draining lymph nodes of immunized mice (Gurunathan, 2000).

Materials and Methods

Because of duplication and paralogous sets of genes, a second level of homology detection was employed. After initial clustering, larger clusters that contained more than one gene per genome were 'pruned' using a second algorithm described in the following section. An e-value cutoff was chosen manually to minimize cluster overlap and generate the greatest number of ideally sized clusters. For Baculovirus cluster iterations, this e-value was 1e-12. This ideal value varies for different datasets, but tests with Poxviridae and Herpesviridae (data unpublished) suggest that this value works well for many large viral genomes.

Viral Expression Systems

The most popular viral systems include the already mentioned monkey tumor virus SV40,175 the baculovirus insect cells system,181 and the Semliki Forest virus (SFV) that is used with a wide range of mammalian host cells.182 Further less prevalent systems use the Epstein-Barr virus,183 the cytomegalovirus (CMV), RSV, or the SFV-related Sindbis virus.184 Besides their application in expression systems viral vectors are widely used for vaccines and gene therapies.185

Atopic Eczema Dermatitis

In most patients there is a family history of eczema or of other atopic diseases, such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. Atopic eczema usually presents during infancy and, often, may resolve during childhood, whereas in others it may persist into adult life. Atopic eczema usually affects the face, wrists, and the flexural aspects of the elbows and knees (Fig. 2). There may be some involvement of the trunk, and the rash may become generalized. The eczema may be complicated by bacterial infection, and there is evidence to suggest that many exacerbations of atopic eczema may be due to occult infection with Staphylococcus aureus. Eczematous skin is also more prone to infections with wart viruses, molluscum contagiosum, and herpesviruses. Patients with atopic dermatitis may develop a widespread and potentially fatal rash, eczema herpeticum, following the development of herpes simplex or following contact with individuals affected with herpes simplex.

Injury and Autoimmunity

Autoantibodies, including antibodies reactive with neural antigens, can be found in normal healthy subjects and although of low titre these can be of high affinity.63 Such antibodies appear to be more frequently seen in patients with a variety of neurological diseases, particularly those of a chronic neurodegenerative type,64 65 and chronic viral encephalopathy.66 Antineurofilament antibodies occur with higher frequency in patients with CJD, familial Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's dementia, but also in viral encephalopathies such as subacute sclerotic panencephalomyelitis (SSPE) and acute herpes simplex encephalitis.67

Reactive Lymphocytosis

Ebv Related Lymphocytosis

> The most extreme lymphocyte transformation is observed in mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus EBV or cytomegalovirus CMV infection) (p.68). Fig. 21 Lymphatic reactive states. a-e Wide variability of the lymphatic cells in a lymphotropic infection (in this case cytomegalovirus infection). Some of the cells may resemble myelocytes, but their chromatin is always denser than myelocyte chromatin. Fig. 21 Lymphatic reactive states. a-e Wide variability of the lymphatic cells in a lymphotropic infection (in this case cytomegalovirus infection). Some of the cells may resemble myelocytes, but their chromatin is always denser than myelocyte chromatin. Where serological tests are negative, the cause of the symptoms is usually cytomegalovirus rather than EBV.

Blood Transfusion in Surgery IV Blood Transfusion in Solid Organ Allografts

In order to prevent transfusion associated graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD), irradiation of blood products is sometimes advised in the period immediately prior, and subsequent, to allografting. The incidence of TA-GVHD (Chapter 37) associated with blood transfusion in solid organ allograft is low, and routine irradiation is not common, and represents, therefore, inappropriate practice. It should be noted that the degree of leukoreduction currently achieved with filtration is not considered adequate to prevent TA-GVHD. Potential allograft recipients who are cytomegalovirus (CMV) seronegative should receive a CMV low risk blood product (Chapter 38). By using leukoreduced blood as above, however, both sensitizations to HLA antigens and CMV risk reduction is achieved.

Clinical Evaluation Of Infant

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

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Cytomegalovirus Infection 271 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes simplex virus group. The virus, transmitted by human contact, results in an infection so mild that it is usually overlooked because no symptoms are present. Approximately 80 of the general population experience a CMV infection by the time they reach middle age. Imunosuppressed patients, however, particularly patients who have received transplanted organs, are highly susceptible to CMV, with estimates as high as 90 of such patients contracting CMV infection. Generally the CMV infection occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the implementation of increased doses of immunosuppressive drugs to treat rejection. CMV infection is also present in at least 80 of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), causing serious problems such as encephalitis, retinitis, pneumonia, and esophagitis in 30 of them.

Diagnostic Assays For Evaluation Of Infant And Mother

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

Molecular Biology

The etiology of LyP is still unknown. A virus as causative factor has been suggested. Various studies have demonstrated absence of HTLV-1 and 2, EBV and human herpesviruses 6, 7, and 8 in LyP (17). Recently, endogenous retroviral elements have been identified in LyP, but their role has still to be defined (18). Interaction of CD30 and CD30L as well as TGF-beta with its receptor are essential for growth regulation (19,20).

Viral Diagnostic Assays And Their Interpretation

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

Collagen Contraction Versus Compaction

Dermal ablation is believed to unroof nerve endings in which inactive herpes type I resides. Together with the warm, bacteria-free, serum-rich environment of the treated skin, this is a setup for an overwhelming herpetic infection. All full-face resurfacing patients as well as those undergoing perioral resurfacing, should have prophylaxis with Zovirax, Femvir, or Valtrex for 2 days preoperatively and 8 days postoperatively. Patients presenting with serious herpetic infection postoperatively should be admitted for IV antiviral agents.

Epidemiology And Routes Of Transmission

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

Guillain Barre syndrome

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

Enumeration of Absolute Cell Counts Using unit 68 Immunophenotypic Techniques

Enumeration of absolute CD4+ T lymphocyte number continues to be the hallmark laboratory test for staging HIV-infected patients. This is a critical surrogate marker for assessing immunodeficiency. The T cell subset value is an independent marker, yet it complements HIV plasma viral load data. As potent anti-HIV therapies are becoming more effective and complex, the CD4+ T cell levels for diagnostic prognostic staging of patients and therapeutic prophylactic intervention will continue to shift (Johnson et al., 1995 Lane, 1994). However, the utility of the CD4+ T cell count remains unchallenged and critical (Nicholson et al., 1994). The absolute and percent CD4+ T cell count is also of clinical relevance in other immunodeficiency conditions. These include solid-organ transplantation, the post-chemotherapy period, the recovery phase following bone marrow (or stem cell) transplants, therapy with purine nucleosides like 2-chlorodeoxyadenosine (cladribine) for hairy-cell leukemia,...

Prenatal Evaluation Of The Mother And Fetus

Although HHV-8 can be vertically transmitted, as documented in both a report (52) and the finding of KS in very young infants, the frequency of vertical transmission is as yet unknown. It probably happens only rarely, with a frequency probably no higher than that of perinatally acquired herpes simplex infection (i.e., 1 2000-1 5000). Unlike perinatally or congenitally acquired herpes simplex infection, however, the natural history of perinatally acquired HHV-8 infection has yet to be determined.

Autologous Stem Cell Transplants

The important transfusion considerations are shown in Table 16.1. First, the use of leukoreduced blood is recommended. The primary purpose is to prevent HLA alloimmunization and, thus, avert problems with refractoriness to platelet transfusions due to HLA alloantibodies. This will also suffice as a means of preventing the primary transmission of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in patients who are CMV seronegative. Second, use of irradiated blood products. It is most important that the patient receive irradiated blood in the period (2 weeks) immediately prior to any stem cell collection, whether by apheresis techniques or from bone marrow aspiration. This is to prevent the transfused allogeneic leukocytes in donor blood being harvested, cryopreserved and subsequently causing transfusion-associated graft versus host disease after transplantation of the stem cell product. Irradiated blood should be routine once conditioning has begun and continues until approximately 3-6 months after engraftment....

Benign Cellular Changes NormalReactive

Most infectious agents are not obvious in voided urine or washings, but occasionally trichomonads, evidence of polyoma virus (decoy cells) (Figs. 2.20, 2.21), Herpes simplex virus (Figs. 2.22, 2.23), cytomegalovirus (CMV) (Fig. 2.24) or human papillomavirus (koilocytes) is seen (Figs. 2.25). Schistoma ova are found rarely in our practice, but should be sought when extensive squamous metaplasia is seen.

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Herpes zoster can occur at any age and in both genders, although it is uncommon in healthy children or young adults. Prevalence doubles in patients over the age of 50, and approximately 80 of all cases occur in people older than 20 years. It is hypothesized that 50 of all people who live to the age of 85 will have an attack and that 10 may suffer from more than one occurrence. Of those people who have been exposed to chickenpox, African Americans are 25 less likely than whites to develop herpes zoster.

Technical Considerations and Limitations

Using an RNA polymerase II promoter instead of an RNA polymerase III could be advantageous when a more regulated expression of siRNA is required, and a variety of inducible promoters are available to control the timing of the expression. A commonly used promoter is for example the human cytomegalovirus early promoter.63

Risk Of Fetal And Neonatal Infection

Neonatal nonpoliovirus EV infections are common. In one study, 13 of infants younger than 1 month were infected by an EV during the summer and fall months 21 of infected newborns were symptomatic. Infection was associated with non-breastfeeding and lower socioeconomic status (35,80). EVs were responsible for 65 of hospital admissions of those younger than 3 months with suspected sepsis in the summer and fall in the same community (81). In another report, asymptomatic or symptomatic neonatal EV infections were detected by culture in 5 of infants and by serology in 7 during EV season (69). In a series of neonates evaluated for possible sepsis over a 13-month period, 4 were found to have EV infection by culture or antigen detection (82). Review of cases of neonatal meningitis at one institution found EVs to be the most frequently identified cause between days 8 and 29 of life, comprising at least one-third of cases (83). Overall, estimates suggest that the incidence of neonatal EV...

Evaluation Of The Neonate

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

Interpretation Of Diagnostic Evaluations

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

Conditions That May Simulate Toxicodendron Dermatitis

Herpes Zoster Peculiar as it may seem, early acute zoster can be very similar to early toxicodendron dermatitis. Both eruptions can show a linear dermatomal pattern. Zoster with minimal acute neuritis may be pruritic rather than painful. Early toxicodendron dermatitis may exhibit only modest itching. Both conditions may have an orange-peel surface and similar-sized vesicles (see Photo 28). History of recreational exposure helps. Dysesthesia rather than itching, unilateral distribution, and umbilication of the vesicles suggest zoster. Intense pruritus, widespread satellites, and extension over the midline favors toxicodendron dermatitis. When in doubt, a Tzanck smear or rapid immunofluorescence (RIF) test for herpesvirus will help distinguish between them.

Sexually Transmissible Infections

Herpes simplex virus First episode Acyclovir (Zovirax) 400 mg PO 5 times a day for 7-10 days, or famciclovir (Famvir) 250 mg PO 3 times a day for 7-10 days, or valacyclovir (Valtrex) 1 g PO 2 times a day for 7-10 days. Recurrent episodes acyclovir 400 mg PO 3 times a day for 5 days, or 800 mg PO 2 times a day for 5 days or famciclovir 125 mg PO 2 times a day for 5 days, or valacyclovir 500 mg PO 2 times a day for 5 days Daily suppressive therapy acyclovir 400 mg PO 2 times a day, or famciclovir 250 mg PO 2 times a day, or valacyclovir 250 mg PO 2 times a day, 500 mg PO 1 time a day, or 1000 mg PO 1 time a day

Specific immune defenses

Interferons (IFN) are glycoproteins that, among other products, are released from virus-infected cells. In neighboring cells, interferon stimulates the production of antiviral proteins. These inhibit the synthesis of viral proteins by (preferential) destruction of viral DNA or by suppressing its translation. Interferons are not directed against a specific virus, but have a broad spectrum of antiviral action that is, however, species-specific. Thus, interferon for use in humans must be obtained from cells of human origin, such as leukocytes (IFN-a), fibroblasts (IFN-P), or lymphocytes (IFN-y). Interferons are also used to treat certain malignancies and autoimmune disorders (e.g., IFN-a for chronic hepatitis C and hairy cell leukemia IFN-p for severe herpes virus infections and multiple sclerosis). Idoxuridine and congeners are incorporated into DNA with deleterious results. This also applies to the synthesis of human DNA. Therefore, idoxuridine and analogues are suitable only for...

Applications of Stability Information in Medicinal Chemistry

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

Chemical structure of virustatic antimetabolites

Because it undergoes bioactivation only in infected cells, where it preferentially inhibits viral DNA synthesis. (1) A virally coded thymidine kinase (specific to H. simplex and varicella-zoster virus) performs the initial phosphorylation step the remaining two phosphate residues are attached by cellular kinases. (2) The polar phosphate residues render acyclo-vir triphosphate membrane impermeable and cause it to accumulate in infected cells. (3) Acyclovir triphosphate is a preferred substrate of viral DNA polymerase it inhibits enzyme activity and, following its incorporation into viral DNA, induces strand breakage because it lacks the 3'-OH group of deoxy-ribose that is required for the attachment of additional nucleotides. The high therapeutic value of acyclovir is evident in severe infections with H. simplex viruses (e.g., encephalitis, generalized infection) and varicella-zoster viruses (e.g., severe herpes zoster). In these cases, it can be given by i.v. infusion. Acy-clovir may...

Case Definition of AIDSDefining Illnesses

Coccidiomycosis, disseminated or extrapulmonary Microscopy (histology or cytology), culture, or detection of antigen in a specimen obtained affected tissues or a fluid from those tissues. Cryptococcosis, extrapulmonary Microscopy (histology or cytology), culture, or detection of antigen in a specimen obtained affected tissues or a fluid from those tissues. Cryptosporidiosis, more than 1 month's duration Microscopy (histology or cytology), culture, or detection of antigen in a specimen obtained affected tissues or a fluid from those tissues. Cytomegalovirus disease, other than liver, spleen, or nodes Microscopy (histology or cytology), culture, or detection of antigen in a specimen obtained affected tissues or a fluid from those tissues. Cytomegalovirus retinitis with loss of vision Definitive diagnosis As for cytomegalovirus disease, other than liver, spleen, or lymph nodes.

Inhibition Of Hiv Infection Through Chemokine Receptor Ligands

Coreceptors for which the ligands have been identified can be rendered nonfunctional in their coreceptor capacity in the presence of their ligands. Thus, the CCR5 ligands, RANTES, MIP-1a, and MIP-10, inhibit infection of R5 strains (5), eotaxin inhibits R3 strains (73), I-309 inhibits R8 using viruses (74), and SDF-1 inhibits infection mediated by CXCR4 (7,8). A number of viruses have been shown to produce their own chemokine proteins, and the implications of this in their propagation in the host is the study of intense research, which is beyond the scope of this chapter. However, one of these needs to be mentioned here in view of its broad spectrum of coreceptor inhibitory properties. Herpesvirus 8 encodes three chemokines which have the closest protein sequence identity to MlP-la, although this is only in the 40 range. One of these, vMIP-II, has even shown to be very promiscuous as a chemokine in that it is able to bind both CC and CXC chemokine receptors (75,76). It was in fact...

Blood Transfusion in Medicine VI Patients Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Most patients with HIV-1 infection are CMV (cytomegalovirus) seropositive and, hence, CMV transmission by blood transfusion is only rarely a consideration. It is important however to avoid primary CMV transmission by blood transfusion in the rare CMV negative patient and CMV low risk products (Chapter 38) should be given to a patient until the CMV status is known. This is most conveniently achieved using red blood cells leukoreduced by filtration.

Atypical Urothelial Cells Indeterminate for Neoplasia

Urinary Cytology Herpes Simpleks Virus

Herpes Simplex Infection voided urine A cell with herpetic viral inclusions is seen in the center field admixed with blood, benign urothelial cells and acute inflammation. The herpetic cell exhibits a mul-tilobated nucleus and a relatively low nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio. The cytoplasm appears homogeneous. (600x) Figure 2.22. Herpes Simplex Infection voided urine A cell with herpetic viral inclusions is seen in the center field admixed with blood, benign urothelial cells and acute inflammation. The herpetic cell exhibits a mul-tilobated nucleus and a relatively low nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio. The cytoplasm appears homogeneous. (600x) Figure 2.23. Herpes Simplex Infection urethral brushing Intranuclear inclusions, multinucleation and nuclear molding typify Herpes infection anywhere in the body. This patient had AIDS, and died of systemic Herpes infection. (400x) Figure 2.23. Herpes Simplex Infection urethral brushing Intranuclear inclusions, multinucleation and nuclear...

Creation Of Receptor Antagonists By Modifying Cytokines

Cytokine receptors often contain more than one kind of subunit, and often one or two of the subunits are shared with other cytokine receptors. The gp130 family of cytokines, which all share gp130 as a signal-transducing subunit, includes IL-6, IL-11, leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), cardiotrophin (CT-1), and oncostatin M (OSM) (reviewed in ref. 9). Recently, a viral homolog of IL-6 has been added to the family viral IL-6, (vIL-6), also referred to as Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus-IL-6 (KSHV-IL-6), is encoded in the genome of human herpesvirus 8 (10).

Physicochemical Descriptors

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

Acute Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis Pregnancy

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

Erythroplasia of Queyrat

Balanitis Plaque

Arises from squamous epithelial cells of the glans penis or inner lining of prepuce multiple contributing factors including chronic irritation (urine, smegma), inflammation (heat, friction, maceration) and infection (herpes simplex virus infection, human papillomavirus infection)

Harvesting Bone Marrow

The GFP transgenic mouse used as the donor strain was obtained from Andras Nagy at Mount Sinai in Toronto, Canada, described in ref. 11. The strain carries a GFP transgene driven by a chicken beta-actin promoter and cytomegalovirus (CMV) intermediate early enhancer. All cell types within this animal express GFP (see Note 1).

Risk Of Fetalneonatal Infection

Maternal Varicella

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

Clinical manifestation

Infection with conjunctival injection and a watery discharge dendritic lesions on fluo-rescein staining of the cornea acute gingi-vostomatitis most frequent clinical presentation of first-episode, primary HSV infection, although most patients have asymptomatic first infection fever (102-i04 F) listlessness or irritability inability to eat and or drink gingivitis with markedly swollen, erythematous, bleeding gums occasional increased drooling noted in infants vesicular lesions develop on the tongue, buccal mucosa, and palate, with extension to lips and face tender submandibular or cervical adenopathy disease lasting from 3-7 days recurrent orolabial herpetic infection (herpes labialis) heralded by a prodrome of pain, tingling, burning, or itching, usually lasts up to 6 hours vesicular rash in crops of 3-5 vesicles, frequently arising near the vermillion border recurrences often associated with febrile illnesses, local trauma, sun exposure, or menstruation primary genital infections...

NOC Knowledge Disease Process

Teach about treatment antibiotics, analgesics, topical agents as ordered (specify) emphasize need to take full course of ordered antibiotic and follow-up exam for syphilis, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammation, chlamydial infection (application of topical chemical agent and removing the drug by washing off in 4-6 hours to remove warts) (topical application of topical antiviral to treat herpes) (specify). Teach about causes of flare-ups of herpes and to avoid changes in environment extremes, tight clothing, colds, exposure to sun.

Induction of Retinal Ischemia

VEGF is administered directly into the vitreous using a 36-gage needle and Hamilton syringe (see Note 8). Either purified (40 g kg) VEGF protein or AAV-VEGF virus (2 x 108 viral particles), where the CMV promotor drives expression of VEGF in an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector, can be used. VEGF is an endothelial cell-specific mito-gen that is transcriptionally regulated by the cytomegalovirus promoter enhancer when packaged in AAV. AAV mediates the long-term expression in nondividing cells, which allows for stable expression and constant amounts of VEGF to reach the area of ischemia to promote neovascularization (Fig. 3 ref. 12).

Infectious Vasculitis

Infections can cause vasculitis both by direct invasion of the vessel walls and by an immune-mediated response to the pathogens. Bacterial, fungal and some viral vasculitis (e.g. herpes virus) cause a direct invasion of the vessel walls, usually resulting in infarction (Fig. 7.8) 2, 24 . Vasculitis with aseptic

Nerve and Muscle Physical Work

Nerve Cell

Vesicles containing materials such as proteins, lipids, sugars, and transmitter substances are conveyed from the Golgi complex of the soma ( p. 13 F) to the terminal buttons and the tips of the dendrites by rapid axonal transport (40 cm day). This type of antero-grade transport along the neurotubules is promoted by kinesin, a myosin-like protein, and the energy required for it is supplied by ATP ( p. 16). Endogenous and exogenous substances such as nerve growth factor (NGF), herpes virus, poliomyelitis virus, and tetanus 42 toxin are conveyed by retrograde transport from the peripheral regions to the soma at a

Induction of Apoptosis as an Antineoplastic Strategy

One targeted apoptosis strategy currently in clinical trial in childhood and adult central nervous system tumors involves the insertion of the gene for herpes virus thymidine kinase into a retroviral vector. The stereotactically introduced viral gene-containing construct confers sensitivity to the cyto-toxic nucleotide analogue ganciclovir upon the cells by facilitating the phos-phorylation of ganciclovir and its consequent incorporation into host DNA. This leads to cessation of DNA synthesis and apoptotic cell death inhibitable by overexpression of bcl-2. In addition, this approach has been shown to lead to a bystander effect on tumor cells that did not incorporate the viral gene, presumably because of the efflux of the toxic ganciclovir phosphate from the cells in which it was produced.38-40 This is of particular interest because it is virtually impossible to get a foreign gene into 100 of the cells of a tumor. It, of course, leads as well to concern about the toxicity of released...

Description Of Organisms

HHV-6 and HHV-7 are closely related to human cytomegalovirus (CMV). Like all herpesviruses, HHV-6 and HHV-7 possess a nucleocapsid containing deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), surrounded by a dense tegument and a lipid envelope (6). Although HHV-6 and HHV-7 DNAs possess a high degree of homology, there are distinct antigenic differences (7). Two subtypes of HHV-6 (A and B) have been described (8). Most cases of roseola are caused by subtype B (9,10), and the few congenital HHV-6 infections evaluated thus far have also been caused by subtype B. No disease has been consistently associated with subtype A, although it may be found more frequently in African children (11). HHV-7 subtypes have not been reported. HHV-6 and HHV-7 infections occur early in life. Almost all newborns possess maternally derived antibodies, but by age 6 months, most have lost maternal antibodies and are susceptible to infection. Acquisition of HHV-6 occurs rapidly, with 50-60 of children becoming HHV-6 seropositive by...

Virus Characteristics

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

Integrin Expression on Osteogenic Cells

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

Steps to Increase Safety of Blood Derived Clotting Factor Products

Screening plasma for HIV, hepatitis (A, B, and C), parvovirus B19, syphillis, and cytomegalovirus is now a routine and standard practice. Traditionally, this was performed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing, an extremely sensitive method for detecting pathogens 42 . More rapid and sensitive nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) has been introduced in most North American and European countries since the late 1990s. NAT offers an increased margin of safety for clotting factor concentrates 41 , in that it enables detection of hepatitis A and parvovirus, both of which are relatively recalcitrant to many viral inactivation technologies (see below).

Safety In The Human Immunology Laboratory

Immunologic study of the human immune system poses special safety problems associated with the risk for infection with human disease agents. Attention in recent years has focused on possible infection with the AIDS (HIV-1) virus. It should be noted, however, that human materials may harbor other dangerous pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), cytomegalovirus, EBV, and a host of bacterial pathogens.

Mouse Embryos or Fetuses

Embryo India Ink Injection Mouse

Plasmids with a combination of highly efficient regulatory sequences that link, for instance, the 3-actin promoter and the cytomegalovirus enhancer (e.g., pCAGGS) (19) or duplicated 3-actin promoters linked with an IRES (Internal Ribosome Entry Site) sequence (e.g., pMIW) (20) yield the highest exogenous DNA expression.

Visualizing Conformational Changes and Switches

Conformational changes control the assembly and activation of many protein complexes. The scale of these structural revisions varies widely. At one extreme, subtle local changes may suffice for a substantial alteration in the affinity of a binding site. At the other extreme, movements of structural elements over distances of 25 A or more (Jontes et al., 1995) and extensive refolding of polypeptide chains (e.g., in bacteriophage T4 capsid maturation Black et al., 1994) accompany some of the more dramatic conformational changes on record. Other examples of this phenomenon include activation of reovirus to a transcriptionally competent state (Dryden et al., 1993), herpesvirus capsid maturation (Trus et al., 1996), and chaperonin switching upon binding nucleo-tides (Roseman et al., 1996). EM provides a powerful tool to study conformational transitions, particularly those in which large-scale structural changes take place (see Fig. 17.2.3).

Epidermal Necrolysis Disease Spectrum

Early Photos Stevens Johnson Syndrome

INTRODUCTION Erythema multiforme is an acute mucocutaneous hypersensitivity reaction. Although once believed to be distinct diseases, many observers currently consider erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS) to represent a mild to severe continuum of the same process. Erythema multiforme minor represents the mildest form. These three entities share certain clinical, histologic, and etiologic characteristics in common. Although ocular involvement in erythema multiforme minor is rare, it is seen frequently in both Stevens-Johnson syndrome and TENS. The majority of cases occur in children and young adults. Most cases follow exposure to a drug or infectious agent. The most frequently implicated organisms have been herpes simplex, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Streptococcus. Drugs include antibiotics and seizure medications. Recurrences can occur and the disease is fatal in 10 of cases. disease, prophylactic oral acyclovir may be effective in...

Trigeminal Function and Pathology

Trigeminal neuralgia is the term given to the occurrence of intense pain, often in patients over 60 years, within one or more of the peripheral territorial divisions of the trigeminal system. The diagnosis involves the localization of the pain using a trigeminal sensory map this is useful in differentiating the pain from that involving, for example, the facial nerve. Infection of sensory nerve roots by herpes zoster causes painful shingles-like symptoms. In winter, inflammatory conditions cause nociceptive activity in afferents from the mucosa of the middle ear, larynx, pharynx, and pharyngotympanic tube. Dental pain is ascribed to nociceptive activity in trigeminal afferents, and frontal headache may be due to activation of trigeminal afferents activated by lesions distorting cerebral arteries.

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy Of Human Skin Fibroblasts Showing Transient Expression Of A Green Fluorescent

(1) CPTIB is normally not expressed in skin fibroblasts, therefore the CPTIB promoter itself would not be suitable for efficient expression of a CPTIB transgene in these cells. A constitutive or skin fibroblast-specific promoter is needed to express CPTIB, for that reason we use the human cytomegalovirus immediate early (CMV-IE) promoter, a broadly used strong promoter for transgene expression in mammalian cells.

Cicatricial Pemphigoid

Pemphigoid Eye

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS The differential diagnosis includes porphyria, bullous pemphigoid, sebaceous gland carcinoma, dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus vulgaris, Sjogren's disease, beta-hemolytic strep-tococcal infections, diphtheria, adenoviral and herpes simplex infections, trachoma, prolonged use of oral practolol, and reactions to epinephrine, pilocarpine, and or phospholidine iodide eye drops.

Evaluation And Treatment

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

Mammalian Expression Systems

Transcriptional and translational control elements, RNA processing, gene copy numbers, stability of mRNA, the site of chromosomal integration, and the impact of recombinant proteins in the host cell are important parameters for efficient gene expression in mammalian cells. A large number of vectors are available and key elements are strong promoters and enhancers of the promoter activity.144,145 Conserved and essential sequences of eukaryotic promoters are the TATA box and the CAAT box that are located approximately 30 and 80 bp upstream of the mRNA initiation site, respectively. Frequently used constitutive promoters are the adenovirus major late promoter, the human cytomegalovirus immediate early promoter or the simian virus 40 (SV40) and Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) promoters. However, similar to bacterial expression systems, an inducible system is desired in most cases as the produced proteins might become toxic to the host cell.146 The well-known bacterial lac promoter-repressor...

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Since HSV is not curable, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms. The drug of choice to treat a primary infection of HSV-1 and -2 is acyclovir. Acyclovir Relief of symptoms, decreases viral shedding (acyclovir is contraindicated during pregnancy) daily dosage for primary episodes is slightly lower than that used for recurrent infections. Some physicians may order chronic suppressive drug therapy, where acyclovir is taken for up to 6 mo. Inform patients that the risk of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is double that for HSV-2-infected persons. Help the patient understand that this is a minor problem with which she or he will be inconvenienced from time to time. Adherence to strict guidelines when active lesions are present allows the patient to have a normal sexual relationship. Healthcare workers with active herpes are prohibited from working with immunosuppressed patients or in a nursery setting because of the complications that result in the neonate if HSV...

Clinical Features

Specific skin lesions of AMoL and AMMoL present as violaceous to red-brown papules, nodules, and plaques (Figs. 1 and 2) (4,5,8). They are most commonly located on the trunk and extremities, but they can occur anywhere in either a grouped or a generalized pattern. Occasionally, a solitary red, sometimes, necrotic or ulcerated, nodule is found. The eruption may also involve the face and scalp. Mucocutaneous leukemic infiltrates were found in 24 of 81 patients with AMMoL (6). Leukemic gingival hyperplasia is a striking feature of AMoL and AMMoL. The infiltrated gingiva appear swollen, glazed, firm in consistency, and bright red to deep purple in color (6,8). The gums may completely cover the teeth. Deep oral ulcerations may occur in areas subjected to trauma such as the hard palate and tongue (Fig. 3). Specific skin lesions tend to localize at sites of trauma, burns, herpes zoster scars, and catheter placement (3,4,9). Unusual manifestations of AMoL and AMMoL include hemorrhagic bulla...

Library screening for structures with molecular connectivity indices

For example, for antiviral activity, a library of over 12000 commercial compounds was screened. Seventeen compounds predicted to be active were selected to be tested. In an in vitro assay (herpes simplex-lvirus on cellular cultures) 12 compounds were found to significantly active, with activity similar to that of phoscarnet. These compounds included nitrofurantoine, 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, 5-methylcytidine, 1,2,3-triazol-4,5-dicarboxylic acid, cordicepine, nebularine, and inosine. Galvez concluded that some of these compounds might be considered as lead candidates for new drugs. Similar results were reported for the antibacterials and analgesia.