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Guzman-Fulgencio M.,Institute Salud Carlos III | Berenguer J.,Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon | Garcia-Alvarez M.,Institute Salud Carlos III | Micheloud D.,Institute Salud Carlos III | And 8 more authors.
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of clinical and epidemiological characteristics of 183 HIV/HCV coinfected patients and HCV clearance after antiviral treatment on serum sFas and sFasL levels. Thirty out of 183 patients underwent HCV antiviral therapy with IFN-α + RBV for a duration of 48 weeks. HCV genotype 1 and homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) had a significant positive relationship, and CD4+/μL had a significant negative relationship with sFas (R-square = 0.582; p < 0.001) and sFasL (R-square = 0.216; p < 0.001) in multivariate linear regression analysis. HCV genotype 1 was the only significant variable associated with the sFas/sFasL ratio (R-square = 0.201; p < 0.001). sFas and sFasL levels had positive significant correlations with serum sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and HOMA levels (p < 0.05). Among patients on IFN-α + RBV therapy, 15 patients showed a sustained virologic response (SVR), while 15 patients were non-responders (NR). Patients with SVR had significant decreases in sFas (p = 0.008) and sFas/sFasL ratio (p = 0.002), while non-responders had a significant increase in sFasL values (p = 0.013). In conclusion, HCV genotype 1, high HOMA, and low CD4+/μL were associated with high serum levels of sFas and sFasL, which indicate higher levels of inflammation and, possibly, increased cardiovascular risk. Moreover, response to HCV antiviral therapy is known to reduce inflammation. © 2011 Springer-Verlag. Source


Jimenez-Sousa M.A.,Institute Salud Carlos III Campus Majadahonda
BMC medical genetics | Year: 2012

Chronic kidney disease progression has been linked to pro-inflammatory cytokines and markers of inflammation. These markers are also elevated in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which constitutes a serious public health problem. To investigate whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in genes related to immune and inflammatory processes, could be associated with ESRD development. A retrospective case-control study was carried out on 276 patients with ESRD and 288 control subjects. Forty-eight SNPs were genotyped via SNPlex platform. Logistic regression was used to assess the relationship between each sigle polymorphism and the development of ESRD. Four polymorphisms showed association with ESRD: rs1801275 in the interleukin 4 receptor (IL4R) gene (OR: 0.66 (95%CI = 0.46-0.95); p = 0.025; overdominant model), rs4586 in chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) gene (OR: 0.70 (95%CI = 0.54-0.90); p = 0.005; additive model), rs301640 located in an intergenic binding site for signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) (OR: 1.82 (95%CI = 1.17-2.83); p = 0.006; additive model) and rs7830 in the nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) gene (OR: 1.31 (95%CI = 1.01-1.71); p = 0.043; additive model). After adjusting for multiple testing, results lost significance. Our preliminary data suggest that four genetic polymorphisms located in genes related to inflammation and immune processes could help to predict the risk of developing ESRD. Source


Alvaro-Meca A.,Rey Juan Carlos University | Jimenez-Sousa M.A.,Institute Salud Carlos III | Boyer A.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Medrano J.,University of the Basque Country | And 5 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2016

Background: Cirrhosis and severe sepsis are factors associated with increased mortality in intensive care unit (ICU), but chronic hepatitis C (CHC) has been less studied in ICU. The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of CHC on the mortality of cirrhotic patients admitted to ICU according to severe sepsis and decompensated cirrhosis. Methods: We carried out a retrospective study based on CHC-cirrhotic patients (CHC-group) admitted to ICU (n=1138) and recorded in the Spanish Minimum Basic Data Set (2005-2010). A control-group (randomly selected cirrhotic patients without HIV, HBV, or HCV infections) was also included (n=4127). The primary outcome variable was ICU mortality. The cumulative mortality rate on days 7, 30, and 90 in patients admitted to the ICUs was calculated by dividing the number of deaths by the number of patients admitted to the ICU. The adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) for death in the ICU was estimated through a semi-parametric Bayesian model of competing risk. Results: The CHC-group had a higher cumulative incidence of severe sepsis than the control-group in compensated cirrhosis (37.4 vs. 31.1%; p=0.024), but no differences between the CHC-group and the control-group in decompensated cirrhosis were found. Moreover, a higher cumulative incidence of severe sepsis was associated with decompensated cirrhosis compared to compensated cirrhosis in the control-group (40.1 vs. 31.1%; p<0.001) whereas this was not observed in the CHC group (38.1 vs. 37.4%; p=0.872). The CHC-group had higher cumulative mortality than the control-group by days 7 (47 vs. 41.3%; p<0.001), 30 (78.5 vs. 73.5%; p<0.001), and 90 (96.3 vs. 95.9%; p<0.001). In a competitive risk model, the CHC-group had a higher risk of dying if the ICU course was complicated by severe sepsis (adjusted hazard ratio (aHR)=1.19; p=0.003), but no significant values in patients with absence of severe sepsis were found (aHR=1.09; p=0.068). When patients were stratified by cirrhosis stage and severe sepsis, CHC patients with compensated cirrhosis had the higher risk of death if they had severe sepsis (aHR=1.35; p=0.002). Moreover, the survival was low in patients with decompensated cirrhosis and severe sepsis but we did not find significant differences between CHC-group and control-group. Conclusions: CHC was associated with an increased risk of death in cirrhotic patients admitted to ICUs, particularly in patients with compensated cirrhosis and severe sepsis. © 2016 Álvaro-Meca et al. Source


Garcia-Alvarez M.,HIV and Hepatitis Co infection Unit | Berenguer J.,Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon | Alvarez E.,Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon | Guzman-Fulgencio M.,HIV and Hepatitis Co infection Unit | And 11 more authors.
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2013

Torque teno virus (TTV) and torque teno mini virus (TTMV) have been potentially related to liver diseases. The aim of the study was to quantify TTV and TTMV in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected patients to study the relationship between the TTV and TTMV viral loads and the severity of liver disease. We carried out a cross-sectional study in 245 patients coinfected with HIV and HCV (HIV/HCV-group), 114 patients monoinfected with HIV (HIV-group), and 100 healthy blood donors (Control-group). Plasma samples were tested for TTV and TTMV by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The prevalences of TTV and TTMV infections in the HIV/HCV-group and the HIV-group were significantly higher than the Control-group (p < 0.05). Furthermore, TTV and TTMV coinfections were found in 92.2 % (226/245) in the HIV/HCV-group, 84.2 % (96/114) in the HIV-group, and 63 % (63/100 %) in the Control-group (p ≤ 0.05). HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with HIV viral load ≥50 copies/mL and patients with severe activity grade had the highest viral loads of TTV and TTMV (p ≤ 0.05). HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with high TTV load (>2.78 log copies/μL) had increased odds of having advanced fibrosis or severe necroinflammatory activity grade in the liver biopsy. Moreover, HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with high TTMV load (>1.88 log copies/μL) had decreased odds of having no/minimal fibrosis and no/mild activity grade, and increased odds of having a high fibrosis progression rate. In conclusion, TTV and TTMV might play a role in the development of liver disease in immunodeficiency patients, such as the patients coinfected with HIV and HCV. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source


Guzman-Fulgencio M.,Institute Salud Carlos III Campus Majadahonda | Medrano J.,Hospital Carlos III | Rallon N.,Hospital Carlos III | Echeverria-Urabayen A.,Service of Neurology | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Infection | Year: 2011

Objective: To evaluate the association between biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction and Framingham scores (FS) for risk of coronary heart disease (FS-CHD), stroke (FS-Stroke) or any cardiovascular event (FS-CVE) in HIV-infected on suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 73 HIV-infected patients and 23 healthy controls. Inflammatory molecules and endothelial dysfunction markers were measured using a multiplex immunoassay (plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), soluble TNF receptor type 1 (sTNF-R1), soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L), soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin), soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin), soluble intercellular adhesion molecules (sICAM-1) and soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule (sVCAM-1). Outcome variables were FS-CHD ≥10%, FS-Stroke ≥5% and FS-CVE ≥10%. Results: Significant differences (p < 0.05) were found comparing controls and HIV patients for PAI-1 (5.4 vs. 13.5 ng/dL), sTNF-R1 (0.85 vs. 1.09 ng/dL), sICAM-1 (529 vs. 858 ng/dL), sE-selectin (73.7 vs. 120 ng/dL), sP-selectin (676 vs. 1511 ng/dL) sCD40L (76 vs. 307 ng/dL), FS-CHD (4% vs. 7.8% L), FS-Stroke (2% vs. 2.8%) and FS-CVE (5% vs. 11%). In HIV-infected patients, the adjusted logistic regression analysis revealed that sTNF-R1 levels were significantly associated with increased FS-CHD>10% (OR: 11.51 (95% CI: 1.14; 115.84); p = 0.038) and FS-CVE (OR: 12.41 (95% CI: 1.25; 123.23); p = 0.031). Conclusions: HIV-infected patients show higher levels of soluble inflammatory and endothelial dysfunction markers than controls and have a two-fold increased FS of presenting coronary heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular events at 10 years. Furthermore, sTNF-R1 displayed the best association with FS of coronary heart disease and any cardiovascular event in our patients. © 2011 The British Infection Association. Source

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