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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Vol.199(1), pp.45-51
    Description: Coxsackie A16 (CA16) and Enterovirus 71 (EV71) are members of the picornaviridae family and are associated with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), in rare cases also to acute neurological diseases. HFMD outbreaks have been reported from many parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. The objective of the study was to analyze CA16 and EV71 seroepidemiologically in the population of Frankfurt/M., Germany. A total of 696 individuals (349 males and 347 females, divided into seven different age groups, 1–4, 5–9, 10–14, 15–19, 20–39, 40–59 and 〉60 years) were tested for serum antibodies against CA16 and EV71 by the use of a microneutralization test. Sera were collected at the Frankfurt university hospital from patients suffering from other diseases between March and September 2006. CA16 and EV71 infections were observed to be widely present in the population. The age-adjusted seroprevalence for individuals ≥1 year was found to be 62.9% for CA16 and 42.8% for EV71 without a gender-specific significant difference. Only 12.0 and 27.0% of the children aged 1–4 had antibodies to EV71 and CA16, respectively – indicating that 88 and 73% of the children in this age group were susceptible to the infection. A total of 213 individuals (30.6%) was seropositive for both viruses, 303 (43.5%) showed neutralizing antibodies (NtAb) to at least one of the two viruses. A total of 180 individuals (25.9%) revealed no antibodies. High CA16 and EV71 antibody titers were found especially in the age group of the 10- to 14-year-olds, without gender-specific difference. The seroprevalence study demonstrates a common spread of CA16 and EV71 in Germany, but a relatively high susceptibility of the younger population to CA16 and EV71. Obviously, the manifestation rate, i.e., distinct disease of these infections is low.
    Keywords: Hand, foot and mouth disease ; Seroprevalence ; Coxsackie A16 ; Enterovirus 71 ; Neutralization assay
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Vol.199(1), pp.53-60
    Description: Since the dynamics of transmission of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) have not been clarified yet, we assessed a possible change in HCMV seroprevalence in Frankfurt am Main, Germany during the past twenty years and tried to detect variables with an impact on epidemiology. Between 1/1/1988 and 10/15/2008, a total of 54443 serum samples were collected for routine diagnostics and analyzed using Enzygnost Anti HCMV-IgG enzyme immunoassay (Siemens/Dade Behring, Marburg, Germany). Two decades, 1/1/1988–12/31/1997 and 1/1/1998–10/15/2008, and several groups (type of health insurance, gender, age, HIV-status) were evaluated to assess changes in seroprevalence. Regarding both decades, the overall age-adjusted prevalence of HIV-negative patients dropped from 63.70% (confidence interval (CI) 95% 63.15–64.25) to 57.25% (CI 95% 56.57–57.93; P  〈 0.0001). Private health insurance (PHI) patients showed significant lower HCMV seroprevalences than members of obligatory health insurances (OHI) in both decades (1988–1997: PHI = 55.79%, OHI = 64.27%; P  〈 0.0001; 1998–1908: PHI = 47.02%, OHI = 58.74%; P  〈 0.0001). Furthermore, comparing the two decades, there was generally a gender-specific statistically significant decrease in HCMV seroprevalence for males (63.54–55.54%) and females (63.83–58.73%) as well as for members of PHI and OHI (PHI males: 57.59% to 47.19%, PHI females 54.10–46.80%; OHI males: 64.00–57.06%, OHI females 64.50–60.11%). Also, while female HIV-positive patients showed significant difference in HCMV seroprevalence between the two decades (83.17 and 87.80%, P  = 0.023), there was no significant difference in male patients with HIV (88.76 and 87.32% in the first and second decade, respectively ( P  = 0.196). The cumulative HCMV prevalence of all HIV-negative patients tested in the past 20 years demonstrates a biphasic, age-related rise of HCMV seroprevalence throughout all age-groups. The seroprevalence of HCMV has declined between 1988–1997 and 1998–2008 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The decline varied between different age-groups. HCMV prevalence correlates with the type of health insurance, gender, age, and HIV-status.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus ; Seroepidemiology ; HCMV ; Germany ; Prevalence
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 3
    In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2010, Vol.37(7), pp.454-459
    Description: BACKGROUND:: The objective of this study was to assess the seroprevalence of coinfecting viruses and Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) in a cohort of 205 antiretrovirally treated HIV-infected individuals (152 females and 53 males, aged: 19–71 years) in rural Lesotho. Furthermore agent-specific immune responses were investigated by analyzing antibody titers against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and against T. pallidum. METHODS:: Serum samples were tested by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for antibodies against HSV-2, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis A, B, and C viruses, and T. pallidum. RESULTS:: Seroprevalences (95% confidence intervals) were found to be 100% (98.5%–100%) for anti-cytomegalovirus, 98.5% (95.7%–99.7%) for anti-hepatitis A virus, 35.5% (28.9%–42.6%) for anti-HBc, 5.5% (2.8%–9.6%) for hepatitis B surface antigen, and 0.5% (0.0%–2.8%) for anti-hepatitis C virus. Only 78.5% (72.2%–84.0%) were anti-HSV-2 positive and 29.0% (22.8%–35.8%) had antibodies against T. pallidum. Only anti-HSV-2 titers showed gender- and CD4 cell-count dependent differences: females with 〉500 CD4 cells/μL had an average anti-HSV-2 titer of 446 compared with males of 398 AU/mL (not significant), but in those with 250 to 500 CD4 cells/μL, there was a significant difference with a mean titer of 467 compared to 302 AU/mL in males (P = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS:: A high seroprevalence of CMV, HAV, and HBV was found in both genders. One-third of the patients had been exposed to HBV and T. pallidum. The generally high HSV-2 prevalence showed gender- and CD4 cell count-dependent differences in HSV-2 antibody titer.
    Keywords: Hiv Infections -- Research ; Hiv Infections -- Demographic Aspects ; Immune Response -- Research ; Immune Response -- Demographic Aspects ; Treponema Pallidum -- Drug Therapy ; Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay -- Usage;
    ISSN: 0148-5717
    E-ISSN: 15374521
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  • 4
    In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2002, Vol. 40(4), p.1420
    Description: Combined antigen and antibody screening (fourth-generation) assays reduce the diagnostic window period between the time of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and laboratory diagnosis by 4 days, on average, in comparison to antibody-only (third generation) enzyme immunoassays (EIAs). The aim of the present study was to assess whether the new VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra (Biomerieux, Marcy-l'Etoile, France) showed an improved sensitivity and specificity in comparison to licensed fourth-generation assays. A total of 16 seroconversion panels, 15 cell culture supernatants infected with different HIV type 1 (HIV-1) subtypes, and 257 potentially cross-reactive serum samples were tested with VIDAS DUO HIV Ultra, Genscreen Plus HIV Ag-Ab, Enzygnost HIV Integral, Enzymun-Test HIV Combi, Genscreen HIV 1/2, version 2 (third-generation EIA), and Genetic Systems HIV-1 Ag EIA (p24 antigen assay). VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra showed a comparable sensitivity to the single p24 antigen assay in seroconversion panels and a dilution series of virus lysates. The diagnostic window was reduced with VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra by 3.82 days, on average, in comparison with the fourth- generation assay with the lowest sensitivity of the antigen detection module. HIV-1 infection was detected 5.88 days earlier than with third-generation EIA. The mean time delay between reverse transcription-PCR and VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra was only 2.31 days. The specificity of fourth-generation assays after retesting ranged between 98.1 and 100%. In conclusion, VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra can replace single-antigen screening for laboratory diagnosis and screening of HIV infection in blood donors. There was no evidence for a second diagnostic window due to impaired sensitivity of the antibody detection module of all the fourth- generation EIAs evaluated in the present study. The specificity after initial and/or repeated testing of VIDAS HIV DUO Ultra was equivalent to that of a third-generation assay.
    Keywords: Human Immunodeficiency Virus ; Human Immunodeficiency Virus ; Screening ; Immunoassays ; Antigens ; Antibodies ; Screening ; Immunoassays ; Antigens ; Antibodies ; AIDS: Immunological Aspects ; Viruses ; HIV ; HIV ; HIV;
    ISSN: 0095-1137
    ISSN: 00951137
    E-ISSN: 1098660X
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  • 5
    In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2003, Vol. 41(1), p.135
    Description: In recent years the diagnostic industry has developed new automated immunoassays for the qualitative detection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg) in serum and plasma samples that are performed on analyzers that permit a high-speed throughput, random access, and primary tube sampling. The aim of the present study was the evaluation of two new automated HBsAg screening assays, IMMULITE HBsAg and IMMULITE 2000 HBsAg, from Diagnostic Products Corporation. The new HBsAg assays were compared to well-established tests (Auszyme Monoclonal (overnight incubation, version B), IMx HBsAg, AxSYM HBsAg, and Prism HBsAg (all from Abbott) and Elecsys HBsAg (Roche Diagnostics)). In the evaluation were included seroconversion panels, sera from the acute and chronic phases of infection, dilution series of various HBsAg standards, HBV subtypes and S gene mutants. To challenge the specificity of the new assays, sera from HBsAg-negative blood donors, pregnant women, and dialysis and hospitalized patients and potentially cross-reactive samples were investigated. IMMULITE HBsAg and IMMULITE 2000 HBsAg, although not as sensitive as the Elecsys HBsAg assay, were equivalent to the AxSYM HBsAg assay and showed a higher sensitivity than the Auszyme Monoclonal B and IMx HBsAg systems for detection of acute infection in seroconversion panels. The specificities (100%) of both IMMULITE assays on unselected blood donors and potentially interfering samples were comparable to those of the alternative assays after repeated testing. In conclusion, the new IMMULITE HBsAg and IMMULITE 2000 HBsAg assays show a good sensitivity for HBsAg detection compared to other well-established tests. The specificity on repeatedly tested samples was equivalent to that of the alternative assays. The rapid turnaround time, primary tube sampling, and on- board dilution make it an interesting assay system for clinical laboratory diagnosis.
    Keywords: Immunological Techniques & Reagents ; Immulite 2000 Hbsag ; Immulite Hbsag ; Hospital Patients;
    ISSN: 0095-1137
    ISSN: 00951137
    E-ISSN: 1098660X
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  • 6
    In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2008, Vol. 46(6), p.2122
    Description: Here we describe for the first time the productive in vitro infection of human retinal pigment epithelial cells by varicella-zoster virus (VZV), resulting in a typical cytopathic effect (CPE) that is characterized by enlarged cells with increased granularity. Depending on the CPE dissemination, high titers of up to 1.6 x 10 super(6) PFU of cell-free and cryostable VZV/ml can be recovered.
    Keywords: Retinal Pigment Epithelium ; Retina ; Replication ; Pigments ; Infection ; Varicella-Zoster Virus ; Replication;
    ISSN: 0095-1137
    ISSN: 00951137
    E-ISSN: 1098660X
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Clinical Virology, 2010, Vol.48(3), pp.208-211
    Description: Recently two different herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) clades (A and B) were described on DNA sequence data of the glycoprotein E (gE), G (gG) and I (gI) genes. To type the circulating HSV-2 wild-type strains in Germany by a novel approach and to monitor potential changes in the molecular epidemiology between 1997 and 2008. A total of 64 clinical HSV-2 isolates were analyzed by a novel approach using the DNA sequences of the complete open reading frames of glycoprotein B (gB) and gG. Recombination analysis of the gB and gG gene sequences was performed to reveal intragenic recombinants. Based on the phylogenetic analysis of the gB coding DNA sequence 8 of 64 (12%) isolates were classified as clade A strains and 56 of 64 (88%) isolates were classified as clade B strains. Analysis of the gG coding DNA sequence classified 4 (6%) isolates as clade A strains and 60 (94%) isolates as clade B strains. In comparison, the 8 isolates classified as clade A strains using the gB sequence data were classified as clade B strains when using the gG coding DNA sequence, suggesting intergenic recombination events. Intragenic recombination events were not detected. The first molecular survey of clinical HSV-2 isolates from Germany demonstrated the circulation of clade A and B strains and of intergenic recombinants over a period of 12 years.
    Keywords: Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 ; Clade ; Germany ; Recombination ; Glycoprotein ; Biology
    ISSN: 1386-6532
    E-ISSN: 1873-5967
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  • 8
    In: The Journal of Virology, 2004, Vol. 78(17), p.9007
    Description: The worldwide outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was shown to be associated with a novel coronavirus (CoV) now called SARS CoV. We report here the generation of SARS CoV S protein-pseudotyped murine leukemia virus (MLV) vector particles. The wild-type S protein pseudotyped MLV vectors, although at a low efficiency. Partial deletion of the cytoplasmic tail of S dramatically increased infectivity of pseudotypes, with titers only two- to threefold lower than those of pseudotypes generated in parallel with the vesicular stomatitis virus G protein. S-pseudotyped MLV particles were used to analyze viral tropism. MLV(SARS) pseudotypes and wild-type SARS CoV displayed similar cell types and tissue and host restrictions, indicating that the expression of a functional receptor is the major restraint in permissiveness to SARS CoV infection. Efficient gene transfer could be detected in Vero and CaCo2 cells, whereas the level of gene marking of 293T, HeLa, and HepG2 cells was only slightly above background levels. A cat cell line and a dog cell line were not susceptible. Interestingly, PK-15, a porcine kidney cell line, and primary porcine kidney cells were also highly permissive for SARS S pseudotypes and wild-type SARS CoV. This finding suggests that swine may be susceptible to SARS infection and may be a source for infection of humans. Taken together, these results indicate that MLV(SARS) pseudotypes are highly valuable for functional studies of viral tropism and entry and, in addition, can be a powerful tool for the development of therapeutic entry inhibitors without posing a biohazard to human beings.
    Keywords: Sars Coronavirus ; Murine Leukemia Virus ; Vesicular Stomatitis Virus ; Sars Coronavirus ; Murine Leukemia Virus ; Vesicular Stomatitis Virus ; Expression Vectors ; Infection ; Host Range ; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ; Kidney ; Tropism ; Leukemia ; Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein ; Gene Transfer ; Deletion ; Tails ; Infectivity ; Vesicular Stomatitis ; Background Levels ; Expression Vectors ; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ; Kidney ; Tropism ; Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein ; Gene Transfer ; Deletion ; Infectivity ; Viral Genetics Including Virus Reactivation ; Cloning Vectors ; S Protein ; S Protein;
    ISSN: 0022-538X
    ISSN: 0022538X
    E-ISSN: 10985514
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: The Lancet, 1997, Vol.349(9057), pp.1024-1025
    Keywords: Medicine
    ISSN: 0140-6736
    E-ISSN: 1474-547X
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  • 10
    In: The New England Journal of Medicine, 2003, Vol.348(20), pp.1967-1976
    Description: Background The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has recently been identified as a new clinical entity. SARS is thought to be caused by an unknown infectious agent. Methods Clinical specimens from patients with SARS were searched for unknown viruses with the use of cell cultures and molecular techniques. Results A novel coronavirus was identified in patients with SARS. The virus was isolated in cell culture, and a sequence 300 nucleotides in length was obtained by a polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR)–based random-amplification procedure. Genetic characterization indicated that the virus is only distantly related to known coronaviruses (identical in 50 to 60 percent of the nucleotide sequence). On the basis of the obtained sequence, conventional and real-time PCR assays for specific and sensitive detection of the novel virus were established. Virus was detected in a variety of clinical specimens from patients with SARS but not in controls. High concentrations of viral RNA of up to 100 million molecules per milliliter were found in sputum. Viral RNA was also detected at extremely low concentrations in plasma during the acute phase and in feces during the late convalescent phase. Infected patients showed seroconversion on the Vero cells in which the virus was isolated. Conclusions The novel coronavirus might have a role in causing SARS. This study used cell culture and molecular techniques to identify the infectious agent associated with SARS. A novel coronavirus was found in multiple samples from 18 patients but in no specimens from control subjects. In the patients there were high concentrations of viral RNA in sputum, a finding consistent with a highly infectious agent. Low concentrations of viral RNA were also detected in stool. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was recently identified as a new clinical entity.1,2 Patients present with fever, dry cough, dyspnea, headache, and hypoxemia. Typical laboratory findings are lymphopenia and mildly elevated aminotransferase levels. Death may result from progressive respiratory failure due to alveolar damage.3 SARS appears to be caused by an unknown infectious agent that is transmitted from human to human. The World Health Organization (WHO) had recorded 2353 cases by April 4, 2003. About 4 percent of patients with SARS have died.4 The SARS epidemic started in Asia, with the majority of cases occurring in China and . . .
    Keywords: Medicine;
    ISSN: 0028-4793
    E-ISSN: 1533-4406
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