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1.  Contribution of Genetic Background, Traditional Risk Factors, and HIV-Related Factors to Coronary Artery Disease Events in HIV-Positive Persons 
Rotger, Margalida | Glass, Tracy R. | Junier, Thomas | Lundgren, Jens | Neaton, James D. | Poloni, Estella S. | van 't Wout, Angélique B. | Lubomirov, Rubin | Colombo, Sara | Martinez, Raquel | Rauch, Andri | Günthard, Huldrych F. | Neuhaus, Jacqueline | Wentworth, Deborah | van Manen, Danielle | Gras, Luuk A. | Schuitemaker, Hanneke | Albini, Laura | Torti, Carlo | Jacobson, Lisa P. | Li, Xiuhong | Kingsley, Lawrence A. | Carli, Federica | Guaraldi, Giovanni | Ford, Emily S. | Sereti, Irini | Hadigan, Colleen | Martinez, Esteban | Arnedo, Mireia | Egaña-Gorroño, Lander | Gatell, Jose M. | Law, Matthew | Bendall, Courtney | Petoumenos, Kathy | Rockstroh, Jürgen | Wasmuth, Jan-Christian | Kabamba, Kabeya | Delforge, Marc | De Wit, Stephane | Berger, Florian | Mauss, Stefan | de Paz Sierra, Mariana | Losso, Marcelo | Belloso, Waldo H. | Leyes, Maria | Campins, Antoni | Mondi, Annalisa | De Luca, Andrea | Bernardino, Ignacio | Barriuso-Iglesias, Mónica | Torrecilla-Rodriguez, Ana | Gonzalez-Garcia, Juan | Arribas, José R. | Fanti, Iuri | Gel, Silvia | Puig, Jordi | Negredo, Eugenia | Gutierrez, Mar | Domingo, Pere | Fischer, Julia | Fätkenheuer, Gerd | Alonso-Villaverde, Carlos | Macken, Alan | Woo, James | McGinty, Tara | Mallon, Patrick | Mangili, Alexandra | Skinner, Sally | Wanke, Christine A. | Reiss, Peter | Weber, Rainer | Bucher, Heiner C. | Fellay, Jacques | Telenti, Amalio | Tarr, Philip E.
We show in human immunodeficiency virus–positive persons that the coronary artery disease effect of an unfavorable genetic background is comparable to previous studies in the general population, and comparable in size to traditional risk factors and antiretroviral regimens known to increase cardiovascular risk.
Background Persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have increased rates of coronary artery disease (CAD). The relative contribution of genetic background, HIV-related factors, antiretroviral medications, and traditional risk factors to CAD has not been fully evaluated in the setting of HIV infection.
Methods In the general population, 23 common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were shown to be associated with CAD through genome-wide association analysis. Using the Metabochip, we genotyped 1875 HIV-positive, white individuals enrolled in 24 HIV observational studies, including 571 participants with a first CAD event during the 9-year study period and 1304 controls matched on sex and cohort.
Results A genetic risk score built from 23 CAD-associated SNPs contributed significantly to CAD (P = 2.9×10−4). In the final multivariable model, participants with an unfavorable genetic background (top genetic score quartile) had a CAD odds ratio (OR) of 1.47 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.05–2.04). This effect was similar to hypertension (OR = 1.36; 95% CI, 1.06–1.73), hypercholesterolemia (OR = 1.51; 95% CI, 1.16–1.96), diabetes (OR = 1.66; 95% CI, 1.10–2.49), ≥1 year lopinavir exposure (OR = 1.36; 95% CI, 1.06–1.73), and current abacavir treatment (OR = 1.56; 95% CI, 1.17–2.07). The effect of the genetic risk score was additive to the effect of nongenetic CAD risk factors, and did not change after adjustment for family history of CAD.
Conclusions In the setting of HIV infection, the effect of an unfavorable genetic background was similar to traditional CAD risk factors and certain adverse antiretroviral exposures. Genetic testing may provide prognostic information complementary to family history of CAD.
doi:10.1093/cid/cit196
PMCID: PMC3669528  PMID: 23532479
HIV infection; coronary artery disease; genetics; traditional risk factors; antiretroviral therapy
2.  Pylephlebitis of a variant mesenteric vein complicating sigmoid diverticulitis 
Pylephlebitis - suppurative thrombophlebitis of the portal and/or mesenteric veins - is a rare complication of abdominal infections, especially diverticulitis. It can lead to severe complications such as hepatic abscess, sepsis, peritonitis, bowel ischemia, etc., which increase the mortality rate. Here we present a case of suppurative thrombophlebitis of the inferior mesenteric vein, as a complication of sigmoid diverticulitis. The epidemiology, clinical and radiological features as well as treatment strategies are discussed. We also review the anatomy of the mesenteric vein given its anatomic variation in the present case and how this anatomic knowledge might influence the operative approach should surgery be necessary.
doi:10.3941/jrcr.v8i2.1698
PMCID: PMC4037252  PMID: 24967018
pylephlebitis; mesenteric thrombosis; mesenteric vein variant; inferior mesenteric vein; sigmoid diverticulitis; CT
3.  No Longitudinal Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Changes in HIV-infected Individuals With and Without Lipoatrophy 
The Journal of Infectious Diseases  2011;203(5):620-624.
The potential for mitochondrial (mt) DNA mutation accumulation during antiretroviral therapy (ART), and preferential accumulation in patients with lipoatrophy compared with control participants, remains controversial. We sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome, both before ART and after ART exposure, in 29 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected Swiss HIV Cohort Study participants initiating a first-line thymidine analogue–containing ART regimen. No accumulation of mtDNA mutations or deletions was detected in 13 participants who developed lipoatrophy or in 16 control participants after significant and comparable ART exposure (median duration, 3.3 and 3.7 years, respectively). In HIV-infected persons, the development of lipoatrophy is unlikely to be associated with accumulation of mtDNA mutations detectable in peripheral blood.
doi:10.1093/infdis/jiq106
PMCID: PMC3072732  PMID: 21227914
4.  Brucellosis Reactivation after 28 Years 
Emerging Infectious Diseases  2010;16(12):2021-2022.
doi:10.3201/eid1612.100678
PMCID: PMC3294561  PMID: 21122256
Brucellosis; reactivation; chronic infection; granulomatous cholecystitis; zoonoses; bacteria; letter
5.  Isolated pancreatic tuberculosis: A case report and radiological comparison with cystic pancreatic lesions 
Pancreatic tuberculosis is rare and can occur in the absence of evidence of tuberculosis elsewhere in the body. Here we review the radiological appearance of pancreatic tuberculosis and compare it with other cystic pancreatic lesions, including common lesions (pseudocysts, serous or mucinous cystadenomas, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm) and rare lesions such as solid pseudopapillary tumors, etc. Their typical localizations within the pancreas and their malignant potential are presented. Knowledge of these can assist radiologists and clinicians in selecting the best approach towards making the correct diagnosis.
doi:10.3941/jrcr.v7i1.1292
PMCID: PMC3557128  PMID: 23372869
Pancreas; pancreatic tuberculosis; cystic pancreatic lesion; ultrasound; CT; MRI; EUS
6.  Streptococcus tigurinus, a Novel Member of the Streptococcus mitis Group, Causes Invasive Infections 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(9):2969-2973.
We recently described the novel species Streptococcus tigurinus sp. nov. belonging to the Streptococcus mitis group. The type strain AZ_3aT of S. tigurinus was originally isolated from a patient with infective endocarditis. According to its phenotypic and molecular characteristics, S. tigurinus is most closely related to Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pseudopneumoniae, Streptococcus oralis, and Streptococcus infantis. Accurate identification of S. tigurinus is facilitated by 16S rRNA gene analysis. We retrospectively analyzed our 16S rRNA gene molecular database, which contains sequences of all clinical samples obtained in our institute since 2003. We detected 17 16S rRNA gene sequences which were assigned to S. tigurinus, including sequences from the 3 S. tigurinus strains described previously. S. tigurinus originated from normally sterile body sites, such as blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or heart valves, of 14 patients and was initially detected by culture or broad-range 16S rRNA gene PCR, followed by sequencing. The 14 patients had serious invasive infections, i.e., infective endocarditis (n = 6), spondylodiscitis (n = 3), bacteremia (n = 2), meningitis (n = 1), prosthetic joint infection (n = 1), and thoracic empyema (n = 1). To evaluate the presence of Streptococcus tigurinus in the endogenous oral microbial flora, we screened saliva specimens of 31 volunteers. After selective growth, alpha-hemolytic growing colonies were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization–time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and subsequent molecular methods. S. tigurinus was not identified among 608 strains analyzed. These data indicate that S. tigurinus is not widely distributed in the oral cavity. In conclusion, S. tigurinus is a novel agent of invasive infections, particularly infective endocarditis.
doi:10.1128/JCM.00849-12
PMCID: PMC3421813  PMID: 22760039
7.  Genetic screening for metabolic and age-related complications in HIV-infected persons 
Genetic screening for HIV-related complications is emerging as a clinically relevant prediction tool. A number of single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with conditions such as dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes have been identified in both the general population and in HIV-infected individuals. Additionally, genome-wide association studies have looked at hepatitis C susceptibility in HIV-infected people, and genetic studies are ongoing for coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive dysfunction. To date, understanding the contribution of genetic variation to the pathogenesis of lipoatrophy and kidney disease in HIV-infection is limited.
doi:10.3410/M2-83
PMCID: PMC2998858  PMID: 21170375
8.  Reactivation of Bovine Tuberculosis in Patient Treated with Infliximab, Switzerland 
Emerging Infectious Diseases  2009;15(7):1132-1133.
doi:10.3201/eid1507.090024
PMCID: PMC2744244  PMID: 19624941
Mycobacterium bovis; bovine; tuberculosis and other mycobacteria; infliximab; reactivation; dairy products; tumor necrosis factor; Crohn’s disease; letter
9.  Human Alveolar Echinococcosis after Fox Population Increase, Switzerland 
Emerging Infectious Diseases  2007;13(6):878-882.
An increase in fox population has led to an increase in incidence of human alveolar echinococcosis.
We analyzed databases spanning 50 years, which included retrospective alveolar echinococcosis (AE) case-finding studies and databases of the 3 major centers for treatment of AE in Switzerland. A total of 494 cases were recorded. Annual incidence of AE per 100,000 population increased from 0.12– 0.15 during 1956–1992 and a mean of 0.10 during 1993–2000 to a mean of 0.26 during 2001–2005. Because the clinical stage of the disease did not change between observation periods, this increase cannot be explained by improved diagnosis. Swiss hunting statistics suggested that the fox population increased 4-fold from 1980 through 1995 and has persisted at these higher levels. Because the period between infection and development of clinical disease is long, the increase in the fox population and high Echinococcus multilocularis prevalence rates in foxes in rural and urban areas may have resulted in an emerging epidemic of AE 10–15 years later.
doi:10.3201/eid1306.061074
PMCID: PMC2792858  PMID: 17553227
Alveolar echinococcosis; Echinococcus multilocularis; epidemiology; fox (Vulpes vulpes); zoonosis; incidence; Switzerland; research
10.  First Case of Bacteremia and Multifocal Cellulitis Due to Helicobacter canis in an Immunocompetent Patient▿  
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2006;44(12):4598-4600.
Bacteremia due to Helicobacter canis has been reported in a patient with X-linked hypogammaglobulinemia. Here we report on the first human case of H. canis bacteremia in an immunocompetent host. Identification of the organism was made by genetic and phylogenetic analyses of the complete 16S rRNA sequence.
doi:10.1128/JCM.01453-06
PMCID: PMC1698384  PMID: 17005753

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