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Wirz S.A.,University of Basel | Blum C.A.,University of Basel | Schuetz P.,University of Basel | Noppen C.,Viollier AG | And 3 more authors.
European Respiratory Journal | Year: 2016

In a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of hospitalised patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), we demonstrated shorter time to clinical stability (TTCS) with adjunct corticosteroid therapy compared with placebo. We did a pre-planned, exploratory analysis of any association between microbiological diagnosis, antibiotic treatment and procalcitonin level and effect of prednisone on TTCS, mortality, and CAP complications (n=726 participants, enrolled between December 2009 and May 2014). Multiplex viral real time PCR was systematically performed in nasopharyngeal swabs beginning November 2011 (n=489). Other investigations and treatments were at the discretion of the physician. Effect modification was tested with inclusion of interaction terms in the statistical models. Reduced TTCS with prednisone was seen in all microbiological, antibiotic, procalcitonin and afebrile patient subgroups. We found evidence for a different prednisone response in patients with pneumococcal pneumonia in whom intravenous antibiotic duration was not shorter (interaction p=0.01) with prednisone, as was observed in the remaining study population. In patients without macrolide treatment, rehospitalisations were not lower with prednisone (interaction p=0.04). After adjustment for multiple testing, these subgroup effects were no longer significant. Prednisone was associated with shorter TTCS independent of CAP aetiology. In pneumococcal pneumonia, prednisone effects on secondary endpoints may be less favourable. Copyright ©ERS 2016.


Donzelli M.,University of Basel | Derungs A.,Inselspital Bern | Serratore M.-G.,Viollier AG | Noppen C.,Viollier AG | And 3 more authors.
Clinical Pharmacokinetics | Year: 2014

Background and Objective: Phenotyping cocktails use a combination of cytochrome P450 (CYP)-specific probe drugs to simultaneously assess the activity of different CYP isoforms. To improve the clinical applicability of CYP phenotyping, the main objectives of this study were to develop a new cocktail based on probe drugs that are widely used in clinical practice and to test whether alternative sampling methods such as collection of dried blood spots (DBS) or saliva could be used to simplify the sampling process. Methods: In a randomized crossover study, a new combination of commercially available probe drugs (the Basel cocktail) was tested for simultaneous phenotyping of CYP1A2, CYP2B6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6 and CYP3A4. Sixteen subjects received low doses of caffeine, efavirenz, losartan, omeprazole, metoprolol and midazolam in different combinations. All subjects were genotyped, and full pharmacokinetic profiles of the probe drugs and their main metabolites were determined in plasma, dried blood spots and saliva samples. Results: The Basel cocktail was well tolerated, and bioequivalence tests showed no evidence of mutual interactions between the probe drugs. In plasma, single timepoint metabolic ratios at 2 h (for CYP2C19 and CYP3A4) or at 8 h (for the other isoforms) after dosing showed high correlations with corresponding area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) ratios (AUC0-24h parent/AUC 0-24h metabolite) and are proposed as simple phenotyping metrics. Metabolic ratios in dried blood spots (for CYP1A2 and CYP2C19) or in saliva samples (for CYP1A2) were comparable to plasma ratios and offer the option of minimally invasive or non-invasive phenotyping of these isoforms. Conclusions: This new combination of phenotyping probe drugs can be used without mutual interactions. The proposed sampling timepoints have the potential to facilitate clinical application of phenotyping but require further validation in conditions of altered CYP activity. The use of DBS or saliva samples seems feasible for phenotyping of the selected CYP isoforms. © 2013 Springer International Publishing.


Blum C.A.,University of Basel | Blum C.A.,Medical University Clinic | Nigro N.,University of Basel | Briel M.,University of Basel | And 21 more authors.
The Lancet | Year: 2014

Background Clinical trials yielded conflicting data about the benefit of adding systemic corticosteroids for treatment of community-acquired pneumonia. We assessed whether short-term corticosteroid treatment reduces time to clinical stability in patients admitted to hospital for community-acquired pneumonia. Methods In this double-blind, multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, we recruited patients aged 18 years or older with community-acquired pneumonia from seven tertiary care hospitals in Switzerland within 24 h of presentation. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1 ratio) to receive either prednisone 50 mg daily for 7 days or placebo. The computer-generated randomisation was done with variable block sizes of four to six and stratified by study centre. The primary endpoint was time to clinical stability defined as time (days) until stable vital signs for at least 24 h, and analysed by intention to treat. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00973154. Findings From Dec 1, 2009, to May 21, 2014, of 2911 patients assessed for eligibility, 785 patients were randomly assigned to either the prednisone group (n=392) or the placebo group (n=393). Median time to clinical stability was shorter in the prednisone group (3·0 days, IQR 2·5-3·4) than in the placebo group (4·4 days, 4·0-5·0; hazard ratio [HR] 1·33, 95% CI 1·15-1·50, p<0·0001). Pneumonia-associated complications until day 30 did not differ between groups (11 [3%] in the prednisone group and 22 [6%] in the placebo group; odds ratio [OR] 0·49 [95% CI 0·23-1·02]; p=0·056). The prednisone group had a higher incidence of in-hospital hyperglycaemia needing insulin treatment (76 [19%] vs 43 [11%]; OR 1·96, 95% CI 1·31-2·93, p=0·0010). Other adverse events compatible with corticosteroid use were rare and similar in both groups. Interpretation Prednisone treatment for 7 days in patients with community-acquired pneumonia admitted to hospital shortens time to clinical stability without an increase in complications. This finding is relevant from a patient perspective and an important determinant of hospital costs and efficiency. Funding Swiss National Science Foundation, Viollier AG, Nora van Meeuwen Haefliger Stiftung, Julia und Gottfried Bangerter-Rhyner Stiftung. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Hombach M.,University of Zürich | Von Gunten B.,Viollier AG | Castelberg C.,University of Zürich | Bloemberg G.V.,University of Zürich
Journal of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2015

This study evaluated the performance of the Rapidec Carba NP test, which was introduced recently into the market for the detection of carbapenemase production in a broad spectrum of -lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae clinical isolates. In total, 252 clinical Enterobacteriaceae isolates that had been genetically characterized with respect to carbapenemase, extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL), and AmpC genes were analyzed; 51/252 isolates (20.2%) were genetically confirmed to be carbapenemase producers, whereas 201/252 isolates (79.8%) were genetically negative for the presence of carbapenemase genes. The Rapidec Carba NP test was applied according to the manufacturer's instructions, and results were read after 30 and 120 min of incubation. The overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of the Rapidec Carba NP test were 90.2%, 100%, 100%, and 97.6%, respectively, when the manufacturer's instructions were followed. Four of 5 false-negative results occurred with OXA-48-like enzymes. After an incubation time of 30 min, the sensitivity was 49%. The sensitivity increased to 100% when the recommended bacterial inoculum was doubled and the test was read strictly after 120 min of incubation. The Rapidec Carba NP test is a useful tool for the reliable confirmation of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates. The test should be read strictly after 120 min of incubation and the inoculum should be larger than recommended by the manufacturer. © 2015, American Society for Microbiology.


Schoepfer A.M.,University of Lausanne | Safroneeva E.,University of Bern | Bussmann C.,Viollier AG | Kuchen T.,University of Zürich | And 4 more authors.
Gastroenterology | Year: 2013

Background & Aims Development of strictures is a major concern for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). At diagnosis, EoE can present with an inflammatory phenotype (characterized by whitish exudates, furrows, and edema), a stricturing phenotype (characterized by rings and stenosis), or a combination of these. Little is known about progression of stricture formation; we evaluated stricture development over time in the absence of treatment and investigated risk factors for stricture formation. Methods We performed a retrospective study using the Swiss EoE Database, collecting data on 200 patients with symptomatic EoE (153 men; mean age at diagnosis, 39 ± 15 years old). Stricture severity was graded based on the degree of difficulty associated with passing of the standard adult endoscope. Results The median delay in diagnosis of EoE was 6 years (interquartile range, 2-12 years). With increasing duration of delay in diagnosis, the prevalence of fibrotic features of EoE, based on endoscopy, increased from 46.5% (diagnostic delay, 0-2 years) to 87.5% (diagnostic delay, >20 years; P =.020). Similarly, the prevalence of esophageal strictures increased with duration of diagnostic delay, from 17.2% (diagnostic delay, 0-2 years) to 70.8% (diagnostic delay, >20 years; P <.001). Diagnostic delay was the only risk factor for strictures at the time of EoE diagnosis (odds ratio = 1.08; 95% confidence interval: 1.040-1.122; P <.001). Conclusions The prevalence of esophageal strictures correlates with the duration of untreated disease. These findings indicate the need to minimize delay in diagnosis of EoE. © 2013 by the AGA Institute.


Mochizuki K.,Austrian Academy of Sciences | Kurth H.M.,Austrian Academy of Sciences | Kurth H.M.,Viollier AG
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2013

The various properties of small RNAs, such as length, terminal nucleotide, thermodynamic asymmetry and duplex mismatches, can impact their sorting into different Argonaute proteins in diverse eukaryotes. The developmentally regulated 26- to 32-nt siRNAs (scnRNAs) are loaded to the Argonaute protein Twi1p and display a strong bias for uracil at the 5' end. In this study, we used deep sequencing to analyze loaded and unloaded populations of scnRNAs. We show that the size of the scnRNA is determined during a pre-loading process, whereas their 5' uracil bias is attributed to both pre-loading and loading processes. We also demonstrate that scnRNAs have a strong bias for adenine at the third base from the 3' terminus, suggesting that most scnRNAs are direct Dicer products. Furthermore, we show that the thermodynamic asymmetry of the scnRNA duplex does not affect the guide and passenger strand decision. Finally, we show that scnRNAs frequently have templated uracil at the last base without a strong bias for adenine at the second base indicating non-sequential production of scnRNAs from substrates. These findings provide a biochemical basis for the varying attributes of scnRNAs, which should help improve our understanding of the production and turnover of scnRNAs in vivo. © 2013 The Authors.


Schoeberl U.E.,Austrian Academy of Sciences | Kurth H.M.,Austrian Academy of Sciences | Kurth H.M.,Viollier AG | Noto T.,Austrian Academy of Sciences | Mochizuki K.,Austrian Academy of Sciences
Genes and Development | Year: 2012

The ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena undergoes extensive programmed DNA elimination when the germline micronucleus produces the new macronucleus during sexual reproduction. DNA elimination is epigenetically controlled by DNA sequences of the parental macronuclear genome, and this epigenetic regulation is mediated by small RNAs (scan RNAs [scnRNAs]) of ~28-30 nucleotides that are produced and function by an RNAi-related mechanism. Here, we examine scnRNA production and turnover by deep sequencing. scnRNAs are produced exclusively from the micronucleus and nonhomogeneously from a variety of chromosomal locations. scnRNAs are preferentially derived from the eliminated sequences, and this preference is mainly determined at the level of transcription. Despite this bias, a significant fraction of scnRNAs is also derived from the macronuclear-destined sequences, and these scnRNAs are degraded during the course of sexual reproduction. These results indicate that the pattern of DNA elimination in the new macronucleus is shaped by the biased transcription in the micronucleus and the selective degradation of scnRNAs in the parental macronucleus. © 2012 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.


Ciardo D.E.,University of Zürich | Ciardo D.E.,Viollier AG | Lucke K.,University of Zürich | Imhof A.,University of Zürich | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2010

The implementation of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequencing for routine identification of molds in the diagnostic mycology laboratory was analyzed in a 5-year study. All mold isolates (n = 6,900) recovered in our laboratory from 2005 to 2009 were included in this study. According to a defined work flow, which in addition to troublesome phenotypic identification takes clinical relevance into account, 233 isolates were subjected to ITS sequence analysis. Sequencing resulted in successful identification for 78.6% of the analyzed isolates (57.1% at species level, 21.5% at genus level). In comparison, extended in-depth phenotypic characterization of the isolates subjected to sequencing achieved taxonomic assignment for 47.6% of these, with a mere 13.3% at species level. Optimization of DNA extraction further improved the efficacy of molecular identification. This study is the first of its kind to testify to the systematic implementation of sequence-based identification procedures in the routine workup of mold isolates in the diagnostic mycology laboratory. Copyright © 2010, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.


Somoskovi A.,University of Zürich | Deggim V.,University of Zürich | Ciardo D.,Viollier AG | Bloemberg G.V.,University of Zürich
Journal of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2013

Xpert-MTB/Rif is one of the most frequently used molecular screening tests for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis worldwide. We report false-negative assay results in the presence of rpoB Leu533Pro, which is associated with low-level phenotypic rifampin resistance. Accurate and timely confirmation of rifampin susceptibility results obtained with Xpert-MTB/Rif is imperative. Copyright © 2013, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.


Hinic V.,University of Basel | Lang C.,Viollier AG | Weisser M.,University of Basel | Straub C.,University of Basel | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2012

Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum is a lipophilic corynebacterium validly characterized in 2004. We provide clinical information on 18 patients from whom this organism was isolated. The majority of the patients were hospitalized and had a history of prolonged treatment with broad-spectrum antimicrobials. In 7 (38.9%) of the 18 cases, the isolates were found to be clinically relevant. The present report also includes detailed data on the biochemical and molecular identification of C. tuberculostearicum, as well as its identification by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Our data demonstrate that routine biochemical tests do not provide reliable identification of C. tuberculostearicum. MALDI-TOF MS represents a helpful tool for the identification of this species, since all of the strains matched C. tuberculostearicum as the first choice and 58.3% (7/12) of the strains processed with the full extraction protocol generated scores of >2.000. Nevertheless, partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing still represents the gold standard for the identification of this species. Due to the challenging identification of C. tuberculostearicum, we presume that this organism is often misidentified and its clinical relevance is underestimated. The antimicrobial susceptibility profile of C. tuberculostearicum presented here reveals that 14 (87.5%) of the 16 strains analyzed exhibited multidrug resistance. Copyright © 2012, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

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