Simkania negevensis in bronchoalveolar lavage of lung transplant recipients: a possible association with acute rejection.
ABSTRACT Simkania negevensis is a novel organism closely related to chlamydiae. The organism has been associated with community acquired pneumonia and acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The prevalence and pathogenic potential of S. negevensis is not known in lung transplant recipients.
In this multicenter study comparative analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in lung transplants (Tx) and kidney Tx, immunocompromised and nasopharyngeal (NP) washes of immunocompetent patients was done. The BAL specimens were tested by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for C. pneumoniae and S. negevensis. Selected S. negevensis positive PCR cases were confirmed by culture.
In the initial 41 BAL samples S. negevensis was detected in 97.5% (40/41) of lung transplant recipients as compared to 14.1% (1/7) in other organ transplant recipients (P<0.0001). In the sequential samples of 19 lung transplant recipients, 59% (24/41) had concomitant positive PCR and rejection as compared to 30% (3/10) who had negative PCR but had rejection (P=0.16). S. negevensis infection had hazard ratio of 3.29 (95% CI: 0.73-14.76; P=0.11) for developing acute rejection.
S. negevensis is highly prevalent in liver Tx recipients and may be associated with acute rejection.
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ABSTRACT: Transplantation of solid organs across histocompatibility barriers in the absence of immunosuppression is invariably followed by acute allograft rejection. Although several immunosuppressive regimens have been developed to prevent allograft rejection, these global immunosuppressive agents effectively inhibit all T cells, leaving the host vulnerable to infections. Thus, a major goal in transplantation immunology is to induce donor-specific tolerance that results in the extended suppression of allograft-specific immune responses, while leaving the remainder of the immune system competent to fight infections and malignancies. Initial successes in identifying approaches that successfully induce transplantation tolerance in experimental models have led to a newer research focus of identifying potential barriers to the induction of such tolerance as well as events that may reverse established allograft tolerance. Both clinical and experimental studies have identified bacterial infections as a possible trigger of allograft rejection. Recently, experimental models of transplantation tolerance have identified that bacterial signals can promote acute allograft rejection either by preventing the induction of transplantation tolerance or by reversing tolerance after it has been stably established. This review summarizes experimental and clinical literature supporting the hypothesis that bacterial infections and innate immunity can qualitatively and quantitatively alter adaptive alloreactivity through effects on innate immune responses.Transplantation reviews (Orlando, Fla.) 01/2011; 25(1):27-35.
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ABSTRACT: The in vitro activity of six cathelicidin peptides against the reference strain Z of Simkania negevensis was investigated. Five peptides-PG-1, Bac7, SMAP-29, BMAP-27, and BMAP-28-proved to be active at very low concentrations (1 to 0.1 μg/mL), while LL-37 cathelicidin was ineffective even at a concentration of 100 μg/mL. In comparison to chlamydiae, S. negevensis proved to be more susceptible to the antimicrobial peptides tested.International Journal of Peptides 01/2011; 2011:708710.
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ABSTRACT: Investigations over the past two decades are revealing complexities in the regulation of the innate immune response, and how this response, in turn, controls adaptive immunity. Microbial exposure, infections and tissue damage that accompany solid-organ transplantation result in the release of pathogen- and damage-associated molecular patterns, as well as pathogen- or allograft-derived antigens. Here, we review these triggers of innate and adaptive immunity, and discuss emerging paradigms of the many ways in which infections and tissue damage might directly or indirectly affect alloreactivity and the outcome of transplanted allografts.Nature Reviews Immunology 01/2012; 12(6):459-71. · 32.25 Impact Factor