(1/2958) Foscarnet therapy for ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus retinitis after stem cell transplantation: effective monitoring of CMV infection by quantitative analysis of CMV mRNA.

We report three pediatric patients with ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis who were successfully treated with foscarnet. The patients were recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) from HLA-mismatched donors. Because these patients had developed or experienced progressive CMV retinitis during ganciclovir therapy, they received foscarnet therapy at 60 mg/kg every 8 h. Their retinitis resolved promptly after initiating foscarnet therapy, suggesting foscarnet's effectiveness in treating ganciclovir-resistant CMV infection. The amount of CMV mRNA was quantitatively measured using an NASBA technique, which amplified the beta2.7 transcripts specific for CMV replication. This technique was useful for monitoring disease activity in a more rapid and sensitive manner than the PCR assay for CMV DNA.  (+info)

(2/2958) Cytomegalovirus ventriculoencephalitis in a bone marrow transplant recipient receiving antiviral maintenance: clinical and molecular evidence of drug resistance.

We describe a case of CMV ventriculoencephalitis in a severely immunocompromised bone marrow transplant recipient who was receiving combination therapy with ganciclovir and foscarnet for treatment of viremia and retinitis. Analysis of sequential viral isolates recovered from the patient's cerebrospinal fluid suggested that disease developed because of the presence of viral resistance and, possibly, low tissue penetration of antiviral agents.  (+info)

(3/2958) Antiretroviral resistance mutations among pregnant human immunodeficiency virus type 1-infected women and their newborns in the United States: vertical transmission and clades.

To assess the impact of antiretroviral resistance on perinatal transmission prevention efforts, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) genotypic resistance testing was done for 220 HIV-1-infected, zidovudine (AZT)-exposed pregnant women and 24 of their infected infants. The women were prospectively enrolled in 4 US cities in 1991-1997. Phylogenetic and sequencing analyses revealed 5 women with non-clade B infections traced to western African origins. AZT-associated mutations were detected in 17.3% of pregnant women, whereas genotypic resistance to nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors and protease inhibitors was infrequent. No significant association was detected between perinatal transmission and the presence of either AZT or nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor resistance-associated mutations. AZT resistance mutations were detected in 2 (8.3%) neonatal samples, but the mutation pattern was not identical to the mother's. Although no effect of viral resistance on mother-infant transmission was demonstrated, the advent of more-potent drug classes and the potential for the rapid emergence of resistance warrant prospective surveillance.  (+info)

(4/2958) Characterization of the DNA polymerase gene of varicella-zoster viruses resistant to acyclovir.

The nucleotide changes of the DNA polymerase gene and the susceptibility of acyclovir (ACV)-resistant varicella-zoster virus (VZV) mutants to anti-herpetic drugs were determined and compared to those of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) mutants. The seven ACV-resistant VZV mutants were classified into three groups, N(779)S, G(805)C and V(855)M, according to the sequences of their DNA polymerase genes. The amino acid substitutions N(779)S and G(805)C were identical in position to the N(815)S and G(814)C mutations in the HSV-1 DNA polymerase mutants, respectively, and the V(855)M amino acid substitution was similar to the HSV-1 V(892)M mutation. All three groups of VZV mutants were susceptible to ACV, phosphonoacetic acid, vidarabine and aphidicolin, at levels similar to those seen with the respective HSV-1 mutants, except for subtle differences that were due possibly to the non-conserved regions in their sequences. Although both the HSV-1 and the VZV DNA polymerase genes show 53% sequence similarity, both viruses essentially show a similar biochemical behaviour.  (+info)

(5/2958) Selection of the same mutation in the U69 protein kinase gene of human herpesvirus-6 after prolonged exposure to ganciclovir in vitro and in vivo.

After serial passage in the presence of increasing concentrations of ganciclovir (GCV) in vitro, a human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) mutant exhibiting a decreased sensitivity to the drug was isolated. Analysis of drug susceptibility showed that the IC(50) of this mutant was 24-, 52- and 3-fold higher than that of the wild-type (wt) IC(50) in the case of GCV, cidofovir and foscarnet, respectively. Genotypic analysis showed two single nucleotide changes as compared to the wild-type: an A-->G substitution of the U69 protein kinase (PK) gene resulted in an M(318)V amino acid substitution and the other change, located in the C-terminal part of the U38 gene, resulted in an A(961)V amino acid substitution within the DNA polymerase. The M(318)V change was located within the consensus sequence DISPMN of the putative catalytic domain VI of the PK. This change was homologous to the M(460)V and M(460)I changes that had been reported previously within the consensus sequence DITPMN of the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) UL97 PK and associated with the resistance of HCMV to GCV. The M(318)V change was also detected by PCR in HHV-6-infected PBMCs from an AIDS patient who had been treated with GCV for a long period of time and exhibited a clinically GCV-resistant HCMV infection. These findings provide strong circumstantial evidence that the M(318)V change of the PK gene is associated with resistance to GCV and raise the question of cross resistance to this drug among different betaherpesviruses.  (+info)

(6/2958) The emergence of different resistance mechanisms toward nucleoside inhibitors is explained by the properties of the wild type HIV-1 reverse transcriptase.

Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) represent one of the main drug families used against AIDS. Once incorporated in DNA, they act as chain terminators, due to the lack of a 3'-hydroxyl group. As for the other anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 drugs, their efficiency is limited by the emergence of resistant viral strains. Unexpectedly, previous studies indicated that resistance toward NRTIs is achieved via two distinct and generally exclusive mechanisms. Resistance mutations either decrease the efficiency of NRTIs incorporation or increase their excision from the extended primer. To understand the emergence of different resistance mechanisms toward a single inhibitor class, we compared the incorporation and the pyrophosphorolysis of several NRTIs using wild type reverse transcriptase (WT RT). We found that the efficiency of discrimination or excision by pyrophosphorolysis in the presence of nucleotides of a given NRTI is a key determinant in the emergence of one or the other resistance pathway. Indeed, our results suggest that the pathway by which RT become resistant toward a given NRTI can be predicted by studying the inhibition of WT RT, because the resistance mutations do not confer new properties to the mutant enzyme, but rather exacerbate pre-existing properties of the WT enzyme. They also help to understand the low cross-resistance toward d4T observed with the 3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine (AZT or zidovudine)-resistant RT.  (+info)

(7/2958) Increased ability for selection of zidovudine resistance in a distinct class of wild-type HIV-1 from drug-naive persons.

Transmission of HIV-1 with reduced susceptibility to antiretroviral drugs raises public health concerns. Through surveillance of drug-resistant HIV-1 in 603 treatment-naive, recently diagnosed HIV-1-infected persons, we identified a distinct group of viruses that have mutations at codon 215 of the reverse transcriptase (RT) gene that are different from either the wild-type (WT) T or the zidovudine (AZT)-selected T215Y/F. These mutations included 215D/C/S and were found in 20 patients (3.3%). The 215D, 215C, and 215S mutations differ from 215Y by a 1-nt change compared with 2 nt for the WT T215 and likely represent revertants of 215Y. These viruses all were found to have WT susceptibility to AZT, and all replicated efficiently as WT HIV-1(T215). However, differences in fitness among HIV-1(215D), HIV-1(215C), and HIV-1(215S) were seen when RT backgrounds were changed, demonstrating a role of the RT background in the selection of these revertants. In vitro selection with AZT showed that HIV-1(215D) and HIV-1(215C) acquired 215Y more rapidly than did WT HIV-1(T215), likely reflecting the need for only 1-nt change to evolve to 215Y. Our study demonstrates that HIV-1 with unusual mutations at codon 215 replicate efficiently, have WT susceptibility, and are commonly found in treatment-naive persons. The increased ability for selecting resistance mutations defines this class of WT HIV-1 and highlights the higher potential of these viruses to compromise the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy.  (+info)

(8/2958) Acute liver graft failure due to emergence of lamivudine resistant hepatitis B virus: rapid resolution during treatment with adefovir.

BACKGROUND: Strategies for prevention of liver graft reinfection by hepatitis B virus (HBV) have been developed during recent years. Initially, passive immunoprophylaxis with high titre HBV immunoglobulin (HBIg), followed by lamivudine prophylaxis, and then the combination of lamivudine and HBIg have been employed. However, suboptimal use of the combination may be associated with failure of prophylaxis reflected by the emergence of HBV species with genetic changes that confer resistance to lamivudine and HBIg. Reinfection of the graft by HBV can be associated with rapid development of liver failure. CASE REPORT: A 43 year old HBV infected man received lamivudine before transplantation, and lamivudine and HBIg after transplantation. Despite prophylaxis, graft reinfection and severe hepatitis were observed. The observed serological evolution and genetic sequencing of the emergent HBV species suggested selection of lamivudine resistant and surface antigen escape mutants consecutively. Adefovir treatment began after the development of graft failure. OUTCOME: A rapid exponential decline in serum HBV titre was observed. Liver function tests normalised and signs of liver failure resolved. CONCLUSION: The use of HBIg and lamivudine permits prevention of graft reinfection by HBV for the majority of patients. Adefovir, a potent inhibitor of lamivudine resistant HBV, should be used when failure of prophylaxis is associated with graft hepatitis.  (+info)