[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aim:
To determine the frequency of occult hepatitis B infection (OHBI) in a group of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1+/ hepatitis B surface antigen negative (HBsAg)- patients from Mexico.
We investigated the presence of OHBI in 49 HIV-1+/HBsAg- patients. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA was analyzed using nested PCR to amplify the Core (C) region and by real-time PCR to amplify a region of the S and X genes. The possible associations between the variables and OHBI were investigated using Pearson's χ(2) and/or Fisher's exact test.
We found that the frequency of OHBI was 49% among the group of 49 HIV-1+/HBsAg- patients studied. The presence of OHBI was significantly associated with the HIV-1 RNA viral load [odds ratio (OR) = 8.75; P = 0.001; 95%CI: 2.26-33.79] and with HIV-antiretroviral treatment with drugs that interfere with HBV replication (lamivudine, tenofovir or emtricitabine) (OR = 0.25; P = 0.05; 95%CI: 0.08-1.05).
The OHBI frequency is high among 49 Mexican HIV-1+/HBsAg- patients and it was more frequent in patients with detectable HIV RNA, and less frequent in patients who are undergoing HIV-ARV treatment with drugs active against HBV.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In 2001, the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) carried out a major reorganization to provide comprehensive preventive care to reinforce primary care services through the PREVENIMSS program. This program divides the population into programmatic age groups that receive specific preventive services: children (0-9 years), adolescents (10-19 years), men (20-59 years), women (20-59 years) and older adults (> = 60 years). The objective of this paper is to describe the improvement of the PREVENIMSS program in terms of the increase of coverage of preventive actions and the identification of unmet needs of unsolved and emergent health problems.
From 2003 to 2006, four nation-wide cross-sectional probabilistic population based surveys were conducted using a four stage sampling design. Thirty thousand households were visited in each survey. The number of IMSS members interviewed ranged from 79,797 respondents in 2003 to 117,036 respondents in 2006.
The four surveys showed a substantial increase in coverage indicators for each age group: children, completed schemes of vaccination (> 90%), iron supplementation (17.8% to 65.5%), newborn screening for metabolic disorders (60.3% to 81.6%). Adolescents, measles - rubella vaccine (52.4% to 71.4%), hepatitis vaccine (9.3% to 46.2%), use of condoms (17.9% to 59.9%). Women, measles-rubella vaccine (28.5% to 59-2%), cervical cancer screening (66.7% to 75%), breast cancer screening (> 2.1%). Men, type 2 diabetes screening (38.6% to 57.8%) hypertension screening (48-4% to 64.0%). Older adults, pneumococcal vaccine (13.2% to 24.9%), influenza vaccine (12.6% to 52.9) Regarding the unmet needs, the prevalence of anemia in children was 30% and a growing prevalence of overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension was found in men, women and older adults.
PREVENIMSS showed an important increase in the coverage of preventive services and stressed the magnitude of the old and new challenges that this healthcare system faces. The unsolved problems such as anemia, and the emerging ones such as overweight, obesity, among others, point out the need to strength preventive care through designing and implementing innovative programs aimed to attain effective coverage for those conditions in which prevention obtains substandard results.
BMC Public Health 07/2010; 10(1):417. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-10-417 · 2.26 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In third-world countries, dried blood samples (DBS) are a convenient alternative to plasma for monitoring viral load during HIV-1 therapy. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of using DBS to perform HIV-1 drug resistance genotyping in a ViroSeq assay in which the protease and reverse transcriptase regions of the pol gene are analyzed. Fifty-seven antiretroviral genotypes from plasma samples were tested, and drug resistance genotypes were determined. Only 38.6% paired DBS samples were sequenced. Failure to amplify DNA from DBS samples generally correlated with plasma viral loads below log(10) 5.1. The majority of the mutations identified in plasma pol sequences were also found in their DBS counterpart, with a concordance in genotype interpretation of 96.4%. Several factors were identified that could potentially improve both the sensitivity and the quality of genotype data, such as sample storage conditions and sequence analysis. Therefore, DBS sampling is useful to determine viral load and drug resistance genotypes in HIV patients.
Archives of Virology 05/2010; 155(7):1117-25. DOI:10.1007/s00705-010-0696-y · 2.39 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a problem in several regions of the world with limited resources. Blood samples dried on filter paper (DBS) have been successfully used to diagnose and monitor several infectious diseases. In Mexico there is an urgent need for an affordable and easy sampling method for viral load (VL) testing and monitoring of chronic HBV infection. The purpose of this work was to validate the utility of DBS samples for monitoring HBV infection in patients from Mexico City.
Matched samples of plasma and DBS on filter paper from 47 HBV infected patients from the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), were included. To evaluate the DNA stability and purity from DBS stored at different temperature conditions, samples from ten patients were stored at 4 degree, 25 degree, and 37 degree C for 7 days. After DBS elution and DNA extraction, the purity of these samples was determined measuring the O.D. rate 260/280. The DBS utility for molecular studies was assessed with PCR assays to amplify a 322 bp fragment from the "a" determinant region of the HBV "S" gene. The VL from all samples was determined to evaluate the correlation between plasma and DBS matched samples.
The quality of the DNA from DBS specimen is not adversely affected by storage at 4 degree, 25 degree and 37 degree C for up 7 days. Statistical ANOVA analyses did not show any significant difference. The same amplification efficiency was observed between DNA templates from samples stored at different temperatures. The Pearson correlation between the VL from DBS and plasma matched samples was 0.93 (p = 0.01). The SD was 1.48 for DBS vs.1.32 for Plasma, and an average of log10 copies/mL of 5.32 vs. 5.53. ANOVA analysis did not show any statistically significant difference between the analyzed groups (p = 0.92).
The results provide strong evidence that the isolation and quantification of DNA-HBV from DBS is a viable alternative for patient monitoring, and molecular characterization of the virus variants circulating in Mexico.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Clin Microbiol Infect 2009; 15: 496–498
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infection has been confirmed in clinical cases in the northeast of Mexico; however, the bacterium has not been identified as infecting the tick vector Ixodes, Amblyomma and Dermacentor ticks were collected from mammals and plants in northeastern Mexico and examined for Borrelia. Eighteen of 214 ticks were PCR-positive for the fla and 16S rRNA genes and 15 for the ospA gene. Southern blotting with a fla probe and sequencing of ospA genes confirmed infection with B. burgdorferi sensu stricto. These findings, together with reports of indigenous cases, fulfil the criteria that allow northeastern Mexico to be considered as a zone endemic for Lyme disease.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Prevalence of antibodies against Giardia duodenalis was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in serum samples from a national serologic survey of Mexico that included all geographic areas and socioeconomic and demographic data for each person sampled. The country was divided into four regions on the basis of development (high, medium high, medium low, and low). Of 3,461 serum samples tested, 1,914 (55.3%) were positive for IgG antibodies against Giardia duodenalis. Seropositivity was age-specific; the probability of seropositivity increased 4.9-fold (95% confidence interval [CI] = 3.16-7.64) in adolescents 10-19 years of age, 8.0-fold (95% CI = 5.19-12.53) in young adults 20-39 years of age, and 12.6-fold (95% CI = 7.93-20.28) in adults more than 40 years of age. Giardia duodenalis seropositivity was associated with male sex (odds ratio = 1.40, 95% CI = 1.22-1.61). No association was found between seropositivity and socioeconomic variables or regional development status.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 02/2009; 80(1):6-10. · 2.70 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The diversity in the expression of Lewis antigens (Le) of 226 single colonies of Helicobacter pylori isolated from four regions of the stomach of eight adults is shown. Le(y) was expressed more in strains colonizing antrum than in strains colonizing fundus, whereas Le(x) was more common in fundus strains. cagA(+) strains were more associated with Le-negative strains.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the most common chronic infections in the world, and is acquired mainly during childhood. It is not clear to which extent a primary infection protects the child from reinfection. Our aim was to determine the possible protection conferred by a primary infection against H. pylori reinfection in children.
A follow-up study with 120 children distributed in two cohorts; the first included 80 children without previous H. pylori infection (primo-infection cohort); the second included 40 infected children successfully eradicated (reinfection cohort). Cohorts were monitored during 2 years with urea-breath-test (UBT) at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months for the acquisition of H. pylori infection. We compared the rate of reinfection in eradicated children with the rate of infection in children without previous infection. H. pylori infection during the follow-up was analyzed and compared between cohorts using chi2 and survival curves. A questionnaire was performed for the evaluation of possible risk factors for infection in both cohorts.
No significant differences in rates of primo-infection or reinfection were found; 17 (21.2%) primo-infections and 10 (25%) reinfections were documented. Most of the primo-infections (14/17) occurred in the first year of follow-up. In contrast, reinfection episodes occurred more frequently during the second year (6/10). In both cohorts, most infections were transient. Risk factors were similar for both, primo and reinfection cohorts.
A primary infection does not protect from reinfection in the population of children studied.
Revista de investigacion clinica; organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutricion 01/2008; 60(6):470-7. · 0.48 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori infection occurs mostly during childhood, but few studies on this age group have addressed the innate immune and the proliferative response to this infection. Mexico has a high H. pylori prevalence in children, but a low risk of gastric cancer. The aim of this work was to study the cellular responses of the gastric mucosa to this infection in Mexican children.
Antral and corpus gastric biopsies were obtained from 44 H. pylori-infected children (mean age 12 +/- 3.2 years) and 44 uninfected children (mean age 10 +/- 3 years). Mucosal cellular responses were studied by immunohistochemistry, using anti-Ki67 antibodies for proliferation studies, antihuman tryptase for mast cells, and antihuman CD68 for macrophages. T and B lymphocytes were stained with a commercial integrated system. The intensity of cellular responses was estimated histologically using the software KS300.
Epithelium proliferation and infiltration of macrophages and T and B lymphocytes were significantly higher in H. pylori-infected than in uninfected children. A balanced increase of CD4, CD8, and CD20 lymphocytes was observed in infected children. However, activated mast cells were decreased, and infiltration of neutrophil and mononuclear cells was low. Epithelial proliferation was associated with polymorphonuclear infiltration but not with infiltration of macrophages or lymphocytes. Inflammation and proliferation was higher in CagA (+)-infected children.
Mexican children respond to H. pylori infection with a low inflammatory response, a balanced increase of T and B lymphocytes, and a high regenerative activity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Protease secretion by Giardia duodenalis trophozoites upon interaction with epithelial cells and its association with the parasite adhesion was studied in co-cultures of parasites with IEC6 epithelial cell monolayers in the presence or absence of protease inhibitors. Proteolytic activity in supernatants from trophozoites was enhanced when they were co-cultured with IEC6 cells. This activity was strongly inhibited by pre-incubation of live trophozoites with E-64 and TPCK and a concomitant inhibition of parasite adhesion to IEC6 cells was observed. These data suggest that trophozoites secrete cysteine-type proteases that play a role in the adhesion of G. duodenalis to epithelial cells.
Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 10/2006; 101(6):693-6. DOI:10.1590/S0074-02762006000600020 · 1.59 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To measure HIV-1 RNA concentration requires venous extraction of blood, use of RNAase-free materials, and transport in a cold chain, which makes difficult the management of samples in developing countries. We evaluated the utility of the determination of HIV-1 RNA concentration in blood samples dried on filter paper (DBS) and subjected to different conditions, as contrasted with determination in plasma.
HIV-1 RNA concentration was determined in HIV-infected patients in DBS and in plasma samples. Samples were subjected to the following: DBS were stored at 4, 22, and 37 degrees C for 1, 3, and 7 days; samples from patients from four regions of Mexico were mailed to a reference laboratory; DBS were sent under environmental conditions; and plasma samples were sent frozen. HIV-1 RNA concentrations were determined by NucliSens in DBS and by Amplicor test in plasma.
HIV-1 RNA concentration determined in DBS subjected to different temperatures and times had a significant correlation (r=0.99) with those obtained in plasma. When compared with values in plasma, Kappa agreement coefficients of values in DBS stored for 7 days at 4, 22, and 37 degrees C were 0.98, 0.83, and 0.94, respectively. Quantification of HIV-1 RNA in 108 DBS mailed from remote areas with different climates demonstrated significant correlation with those obtained in plasma (r=0.95; p <0.001).
DBS is a simple and reliable method to measure HIV-1 RNA concentration, especially when samples are mailed from remote areas to a reference center. This collection method is an economic and suitable alternative for use in developing countries.
Archives of Medical Research 07/2005; 36(4):382-6. DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2005.03.010 · 2.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Social and economic development together with demographic changes and health interventions have resulted in an increase in life expectancy and a rapidly ageing population in Mexico. Whether people will live longer active and independent lives is still, however, unknown. We will address this question, providing the first estimates of active life expectancy by age, sex and local regional area in Mexico.
Active life expectancy was calculated using the Sullivan method with abridged life tables. Information on the older Mexican population covered by the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the number of deaths for the same group in the year 2000 was obtained from the Office for Health Statistics and Information at IMSS in Mexico. Information on ability to perform basic activities of daily living was obtained from the National Survey on Ageing carried out in IMSS during 1998-99.
For males and females combined, active life expectancy decreased from 26.9 years at 60 years to 5.7 years at 85 years. Women's life expectancy exceeded that of men but women lived more years dependent. Similarly, older people in geographical areas with longer life expectancy spent a lower proportion of remaining life active.
The success in increasing life expectancy above average in some groups of older people covered by IMSS has been accompanied by increments in the proportion of remaining years dependent upon others for help in basic self-care activities. (full text at: http://www.eurohex.eu/bibliography/pdf/4155422538/Reyes_beaman_2005_DR.pdf
Disability and Rehabilitation 04/2005; 27(5):213-9. DOI:10.1080/09638280400006424 · 1.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine whether natural rotavirus infection or infection by another enteropathogen is associated to intussusception (IS); and to describe the seasonality of IS compared with severe diarrhea (SD) and rotavirus SD in Mexican children.
A prospective, observational, multicenter and case-control study was conducted in Mexico City from December 1999 to February 2001. Cases were children younger than 1 year old hospitalized for IS; diagnosis was made by clinical features, radiologic and/or surgery findings. Controls were children younger than 1 year old hospitalized for another disease than a gastrointestinal illness (NGI). Cases and controls were paired by age and date of admission (+/-3 months; for both), in a 1:2 ratio. A surveillance of IS cases, SD and rotavirus SD episodes was conducted during the study period. Stool samples collected soon after IS resolution or at admission were tested for rotavirus, adenovirus, astrovirus, bacteria and parasites.
Thirty cases of IS and 60 controls with NGI were studied. Rotavirus was not detected in any case of IS. Adenovirus (17%) was the only enteropathogen detected in IS. Rotavirus (8%), adenovirus (2%), astrovirus (2%) and bacteria (2%) were detected in NGI. Rotavirus infection was not associated with IS (odds ratio, 0; 95% confidence interval, 0-2.9), whereas adenovirus infection was strongly associated as risk factor for IS (odds ratio undefined; P = 0.003), compared with NGI. Seasonal variation in admissions for IS was small, whereas admissions for SD and rotavirus SD showed a marked seasonal increase during fall-winter.
In Mexican children, rotavirus infection was not associated to IS; whereas a significant association was observed between adenovirus and IS. Also there was no increase in IS cases during the sharply defined fall-winter rotavirus outbreak. Observations from this controlled study suggest that natural rotavirus infection is not a risk factor for IS. This information may have implications for development of a safer and effective rotavirus vaccine.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To analyze changes in prevalence and seasonality of diarrhea morbidity and mortality and to evaluate the impact of rotavirus disease among Mexican children younger than 5 years old.
Diarrhea surveillance was performed from 1990 to 2002. Rotavirus testing was performed on stool specimens from 1996 to 2002. Data were obtained from different surveillance systems considering a nationwide representation in Mexico. Diarrhea morbidity and mortality rates were analyzed against time to determine trends or seasonal patterns.
Improvement of surveillance for all diarrhea episodes denoted an initial morbidity increase from 1995 to 1999, followed by a decrease by 2002, without any seasonal pattern. However, from 1990 to 1995, morbidity for severe diarrhea decreased 63%. From 1996 to 2002, 62-68% of severe diarrhea episodes occurring during the fall-winter season (FWS) were rotavirus-positive compared with 6-12% in the spring-summer season (SSS). From 1990 to 2002, diarrhea mortality decreased 84%. Higher mortality rates for children younger than 1 year old coincided precisely during the FWS, annually. Both severe diarrhea episodes and diarrhea deaths denoted a changing seasonal pattern. In 1990-1991, 2 waves of increased diarrhea activity occurred. The increase in SSS was much more pronounced than that in FWS. From 1992 to 1995 for severe diarrhea and from 1993 to 2002 for diarrhea deaths, the SSS frequencies subsequently reduced, whereas the FWS peaks remained annually.
A significant reduction in morbidity and mortality of severe diarrhea has occurred from 1990 and 2002 in Mexican children younger than 5 years old. This is a consequence of preventive programs initiated for cholera control since 1991, which had greater impact on SSS diarrhea and limited response for FWS diarrhea, when rotavirus is mainly present. Currently rotavirus diarrhea requires new prevention strategies and specific control measures, such as a specific national vaccine program.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The immune response to heat shock protein A (HspA) in Helicobacter pylori-positive adults increases with age in developed countries. This response has not been studied with children or in developing countries (G. I. Pérez-Pérez, J. M. Thiberge, A. Labigne, and M. J. Blaser, J. Infect. Dis. 174:1046-1050, 1996). As determined by using a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, HspA seropositivity among 592 individuals in Mexico was <10% in children and increased to >40% in adults.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The cagA gene is a marker for the presence of the cag pathogenicity island, and the presence of cagA positive strains of Helicobacter pylori can identify individuals with a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases.
To study the interaction between H. pylori cagA(+) and cagA(-) strains and the gastric mucosa.
Patients with H. pylori associated gastritis and peptic ulcers were studied. Biopsies were obtained from the antrum, corpus, fundus, and incisura for H pylori culture, and for in situ hybridisation studies. From each biopsy, multiple single H. pylori colonies were isolated and propagated for DNA isolation, and cagA was detected by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). For in situ detection of H. pylori an oligonucleotide specific for an H. pylori common antigen and an oligonucleotide specific for cagA were used as probes. Biotinylated probes were incubated with biopsy sections, developed with streptavidin-horseradish peroxidase, and amplified with the tyramide system.
PCR results for cagA in isolated colonies confirmed the in situ hydridisation studies. In situ hybridisation identified cagA(+) bacteria in patients with cagA(+) isolates; cagA(-) bacteria in patients with cagA(-) isolates, and cagA(+) and cagA (-) bacteria in patients with both cagA(+) and cagA(-) isolates. CagA(-) bacteria usually colonised the mucous gel or the apical epithelial surface, whereas cagA(+) bacteria colonised the immediate vicinity of epithelial cells or the intercellular spaces.
These results document a different in vivo interaction between H. pylori cagA(+) or cagA(-) strains and the gastric mucosa.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The prevalence and type diversity of human astroviruses (HAstV) in children with symptomatic and asymptomatic infections were
determined in five localities of Mexico. HAstV were detected in 4.6 (24 of 522) and 2.6% (11 of 428) of children with and
without diarrhea, respectively. Genotyping of the detected strains showed that at least seven (types 1 to 4 and 6 to 8) of
the eight known HAstV types circulated in Mexico between October 1994 and March 1995. HAstV types 1 and 3 were the most prevalent
in children with diarrhea, although they were not found in all localities studied. HAstV type 8 was found in Mexico City,
Monterrey, and Mérida; in the last it was as prevalent (40%) as type 1 viruses, indicating that this astrovirus type is more
common than previously recognized. A correlation between the HAstV infecting type and the presence or absence of diarrheic
symptoms was not observed. Enteric adenoviruses were also studied, and they were found to be present in 2.3 (12 of 522) and
1.4% (6 of 428) of symptomatic and asymptomatic children, respectively.