Stephen Shiboski

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Telomeres are the protective complexes at the end of chromosomes, required for genomic stability. Little is known about predictors of attrition in young children or the relationship between parental and child patterns of telomere change. Telomere length was assessed twice over one year, at 4 and at 5 years of age, in Latino preschool children (n = 77) and their mothers (n = 70) in whole blood leukocytes. Maternal and child rates of attrition during the same time period were compared in 70 mother–child pairs. More children showed lengthened telomeres over one year compared to their mothers and very few children showed attrition (2.6 %). Approximately 31 % of children and 16 % of mothers displayed lengthening over one year while 66 % of children showed maintenance in contrast with 74 % of mothers. The strongest predictor for child telomere length change was child’s baseline telomere length (r = −0.61, p < 0.01). Maternal rate of change was associated with child rate of change (r = 0.33, p < 0.01). After controlling for child baseline telomere length, the relationship between child and maternal rate of change trended towards significance (Coeff = 0.20, 95 % CI −0.03 to 0.43; p = 0.08). We found primarily maintenance and lengthening from 4 to 5 years of age in children, with minimal telomere attrition, indicating that most of the telomere loss happens in the first 4 years, plateauing by age 4. Lastly, we found close to 10 % of the variance in rate of change in children shared by mothers. While some of this shared variance is genetic, there are likely environmental factors that need to be further identified that impact rate of telomere length change.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: To assess whether individual obesity risk factors, present during gestation, and the first 6 months of life, can be combined into a simple prognostic model that has the ability to accurately predict childhood obesity at age 5 years in a high-risk cohort. Study design: A total of 201 Latina women were recruited during pregnancy, and their infants followed longitudinally. Ten risk factors for childhood obesity were included in an initial logistic model; a second reduced model was created via stepwise deletion (confirmed with nonparametric conditional random forest classifier), after which 5 risk factors remained. From each model, an obesity risk equation was derived, and an obesity risk score was generated for each patient. Derived algorithms were assessed using discrimination, calibration, and via predictive statistics. Results: Of the 166 children followed through age 5 years, 56 (32%) met criteria for childhood obesity. Discrimination accuracy for both derivation models was excellent, and after optimism-corrected bootstrapping, both models showed meaningful clinical performance. Both models were adequately calibrated, showed strong sensitivity and negative predictive value at conservatively set obesity risk thresholds, and displayed excellent specificity among those classified as highest risk. Birth weight z-score and change in weight-for-age z-score between birth and 6 months were the risk factors with the strongest contribution to the obesity risk score. Conclusions: Obesity risk algorithms are reliable in their prediction of childhood obesity and have the potential to be integrated into the electronic medical record. These models could provide a filter for directing early prevention resources to children with high obesity risk but should be evaluated in a larger external dataset.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · The Journal of pediatrics
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite advances in treatment of people living with HIV, morbidity and mortality remains unacceptably high in sub-Saharan Africa, largely due to parallel epidemics of poverty and food insecurity. We conducted a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a multisectoral agricultural and microfinance intervention (entitled Shamba Maisha) designed to improve food security, household wealth, HIV clinical outcomes and women's empowerment. The intervention was carried out at two HIV clinics in Kenya, one randomized to the intervention arm and one to the control arm. HIV-infected patients >18 years, on antiretroviral therapy, with moderate/severe food insecurity and/or body mass index (BMI) <18.5, and access to land and surface water were eligible for enrollment. The intervention included: 1) a microfinance loan (~$150) to purchase the farming commodities, 2) a micro-irrigation pump, seeds, and fertilizer, and 3) trainings in sustainable agricultural practices and financial literacy. Enrollment of 140 participants took four months, and the screening-to-enrollment ratio was similar between arms. We followed participants for 12 months and conducted structured questionnaires. We also conducted a process evaluation with participants and stakeholders 3-5 months after study start and at study end. Baseline results revealed that participants at the two sites were similar in age, gender and marital status. A greater proportion of participants at the intervention site had a low BMI in comparison to participants at the control site (18% vs. 7%, p = 0.054). While median CD4 count was similar between arms, a greater proportion of participants enrolled at the intervention arm had a detectable HIV viral load compared with control participants (49% vs. 28%, respectively, p < 0.010). Process evaluation findings suggested that Shamba Maisha had high acceptability in recruitment, delivered strong agricultural and financial training, and led to labor saving due to use of the water pump. Implementation challenges included participant concerns about repaying loans, agricultural challenges due to weather patterns, and a challenging partnership with the microfinance institution. We expect the results from this pilot study to provide useful data on the impacts of livelihood interventions and will help in the design of a definitive cluster RCT. This trial is registered at, NCT01548599.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · SpringerPlus
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: AimsWe examined whether unhealthy alcohol consumption, which negatively impacts HIV outcomes, changes after HIV care entry overall and by several factors. We also compared using phosphatidylethanol (PEth, an alcohol biomarker) to augment self-report to using self-report alone.DesignProspective one-year observational cohort study with quarterly visits.SettingLarge rural HIV clinic in Mbarara, Uganda.Participants208 adults (89 women and 119 men) entering HIV care, reporting any prior year alcohol consumption.MeasurementsUnhealthy drinking was PEth + (≥50 ng/ml) or Alcohol Use Disorders Test – Consumption + (AUDIT-C+, over 3 months, women ≥3; men ≥4). We calculated adjusted odds ratios (AOR) for unhealthy drinking per month since baseline, and interactions of month since baseline with perceived health, number of HIV symptoms, anti-retroviral therapy (ART), gender, and self-reported prior unhealthy alcohol use.FindingsThe majority of participants (64%) were unhealthy drinkers (PEth + or AUDIT-C+) at baseline. There was no significant trend in unhealthy drinking overall (per-month AOR: 1.01; 95% CI: 0.94-1.07), while the per-month AORs were 0.91 (95% CI: 0.83-0.99) and 1.11 (95% CI: 1.01-1.22) when participants were not yet on ART and on ART, respectively (interaction p-value <0.01). In contrast, 44% were AUDIT-C+; the per-month AORs for being AUDIT-C+ were 0.89 (95% CI: 0.85-0.95) overall, and 0.84 (95% CI: 0.78-0.91) and 0.97 (95% CI: 0.89-1.05) when participants were not on and on ART, respectively.Conclusions Unhealthy alcohol use among Ugandan adults entering HIV care declines prior to the start of anti-retroviral therapy but rebounds with time. Augmenting self-reported alcohol use with biomarkers increases the ability of current alcohol use measurements to detect unhealthy alcohol use. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Addiction
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the intra-observer and inter-observer reliability of a novel ocular staining score among trained ophthalmologists. Reliability analysis within a prospective, observational, multi-center cohort study. Those enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-funded Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) who presented for follow up at the University of California San Francisco, Aravind Eye Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania were included. Study participants were graded using the ocular staining score by at least two masked SICCA-trained ophthalmologists. The primary outcome for this study was the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) for the total ocular staining score. ICC's were also calculated for tear break up time (TBUT), conjunctival and corneal staining. Total ocular staining score had an ICC of 0.91 for the right eye (95% CI 0.85 - 0.96) and 0.90 for the left eye (95% CI 0.83 - 0.97). Corneal staining (right eye 0.86, 95% CI 0.76 - 0.93, left eye 0.90, 95% CI 0.81 - 0.95) and conjunctival staining (right eye 0.87, 95% CI 0.80 -0.93, left eye 0.85, 95% CI 0.75 - 0.93) demonstrated excellent agreement. The ICC for TBUT was slightly lower (right eye 0.77, 95% CI 0.64 - 0.89; left eye 0.81, 95% CI 0.68 - 0.90). Previous studies have shown that the ocular staining score is correlated with other diagnostic components of Sjögren syndrome. In this study, we demonstrate high reliability in grading among trained ophthalmologists, completing the validation of this test. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · American Journal of Ophthalmology
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Food insecurity and HIV/AIDS outcomes are inextricably linked in sub-Saharan Africa. We report on health and nutritional outcomes of a multisectoral agricultural intervention trial among HIV-infected adults in rural Kenya. This is a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. The intervention included a human-powered water pump, a microfinance loan to purchase farm commodities, and education in sustainable farming practices and financial management. Two health facilities in Nyanza Region, Kenya were randomly assigned as intervention or control. HIV-infected adults 18 to 49 years' old who were on antiretroviral therapy and had access to surface water and land were enrolled beginning in April 2012 and followed quarterly for 1 year. Data were collected on nutritional parameters, CD4 T-lymphocyte counts, and HIV RNA. Differences in fixed-effects regression models were used to test whether patterns in health outcomes differed over time from baseline between the intervention and control arms. We enrolled 72 and 68 participants in the intervention and control groups, respectively. At 12 months follow-up, we found a statistically significant increase in CD4 cell counts (165 cells/μl, P < 0.001) and proportion virologically suppressed in the intervention arm compared with the control arm (comparative improvement in proportion of 0.33 suppressed, odds ratio 7.6, 95% confidence interval: 2.2-26.8). Intervention participants experienced significant improvements in food security (3.6 scale points higher, P < 0.001) and frequency of food consumption (9.4 times per week greater frequency, P = 0.013) compared to controls. Livelihood interventions may be a promising approach to tackle the intersecting problems of food insecurity, poverty and HIV/AIDS morbidity.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · AIDS (London, England)
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    J M Wojcicki · M B Heyman · D Elwan · S Shiboski · J Lin · E Blackburn · E Epel
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Exposure to psychological stress and depression are associated with shorter white blood cell telomere length (TL) in adults, possibly via associated lifelong oxidative stressors. Exposure to maternal depression increases risk for future depression and behavior problems in children, and Latino youth are at high risk. Few studies have evaluated the role of exposure to maternal depression or child behavior in relation to TL in children. We assessed early-childhood exposures to maternal depression from birth to the age of 5 years and child behavior from ages 3-5 years in a cohort of Latino children in relation to child leukocyte TL at ages 4 and 5 years. Children who had oppositional defiant behavior at 3, 4 or 5 years had shorter TL than those without by ~450 base pairs (P<0.01). In multivariate analyses, independent predictors for shorter TL at 4 and 5 years of age included oppositional defiant disorder at 3, 4 or 5 years (β=-359.25, 95% CI -633.84 to 84.66; P=0.01), exposure to maternal clinical depression at 3 years of age (β=-363.99, 95% CI -651.24 to 764.74; P=0.01), shorter maternal TL (β=502.92, 95% CI 189.21-816.63) and younger paternal age at the child's birth (β=24.63, 95% CI 1.14-48.12). Thus, exposure to maternal clinical depression (versus depressive symptoms) in early childhood was associated with deleterious consequences on child cellular health as indicated by shorter TL at 4 and 5 years of age. Similarly, children with oppositional defiant behavior also had shorter TL, possibly related to early exposures to maternal clinical depression. Our study is the first to link maternal clinical depression and oppositional defiant behavior with shorter TL in the preschool years in a relatively homogenous population of low-income Latino children.
    Preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Translational Psychiatry
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  • C. Shiboski · S. Shiboski
    No preview · Conference Paper · May 2015
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective To determine whether the Sjögren's syndrome B (SSB)-positive/Sjögren's syndrome A (SSA)-negative antibody profile is associated with key phenotypic features of SS. Methods Among registrants in the Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) with possible or established SS, we compared anti-SSA/anti-SSB reactivity profiles against concurrent phenotypic features. We fitted logistic regression models to explore the association between anti-SSA/anti-SSB reactivity profile and each key SS phenotypic feature, controlling for potential confounders. Results Among 3297 participants, 2061 (63%) had negative anti-SSA/anti-SSB, 1162 (35%) had anti-SSA with or without anti-SSB, and 74 (2%) anti-SSB alone. Key SS phenotypic features were more prevalent and had measures indicative of greater disease activity in those participants with anti-SSA, either alone or with anti-SSB, than in those with anti-SSB alone or negative SSA/SSB serology. These between-group differences were highly significant and not explained by confounding by age, race/ethnicity or gender. Participants with anti-SSB alone were comparable to those with negative SSA/SSB serology in their association with these key phenotypic features. Among SICCA participants classified with SS on the basis of the American-European Consensus Group or American College of Rheumatology criteria, only 2% required the anti-SSB-alone test result to meet these criteria. Conclusions The presence of anti-SSB, without anti-SSA antibodies, had no significant association with SS phenotypic features, relative to seronegative participants. The solitary presence of anti-SSB antibodies does not provide any more support than negative serology for the diagnosis of SS. This serological profile should thus be interpreted cautiously in clinical practice and potentially eliminated from future classification criteria.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • Danton S Char · Stephen C Shiboski · Frank L Hanley · Jeffrey R Fineman
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background. Anal cancer is more common in women than in men, yet little is known about the natural history of human papillomavirus (HPV) in women. The objective was to examine the natural history of anal HPV in heterosexual women.Methods. Young women participating in an HPV cohort study were seen at 4-month intervals for cervical and anal HPV testing. Time to clearance was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier approach; risks for persistence were assessed using Cox regression models.Results. Seventy-five women (mean age, 23.5 ± 4.1 years) who tested positive for anal HPV were followed for a mean of 84.5 ± 44.9 months. By 3 years, 82.5% of anal non-16 high-risk (HR) HPV, 82.6% of low-risk (LR) HPV, and 76.2% of HPV-16 infections had cleared. By 3 years, only 36.4% of women had become negative for all HPV types. In the multivariable model, concurrent cervical HPV-16 (P <. 001), weekly alcohol use (P =. 015), anal touching during sex (P =. 045), recent anal sex (P =. 04), and no condom use during anal sex (P =. 04) were associated with HPV-16 persistence. Greater number of new sex partners (P =. 024) and condom use during vaginal sex (P =. 003) were associated with clearance. Similar associations were found for clearance in all HR-HPV infections. Only concomitant cervical HPV was associated with non-16 HR-HPV persistence.Conclusions. The majority of anal HPV infections cleared within 3 years. HPV-16 infections were slower to clear than other HR-HPV infections, consistent with its role in anal cancer. Specific sexual behaviors were associated with persistence, suggesting that education and behavioral interventions may decrease persistence. © 2013 The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: [email protected] /* */
    Preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Caroline H Shiboski · Stephen C Shiboski
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Smoking as a risk factor for oral candidiasis in HIV-infected adults. Chattopadhyay A, Patton LL. J Oral Pathol Med 2013;42(4):302-08. Caroline H. Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD, Stephen C. Shiboski, PhD PURPOSE/QUESTION: Is smoking an independent risk factor for OC among adults with HIV/AIDS, and does smoking modify the relationship between OC and other important risk factors like CD4 cell count? This investigation was supported by USPHS Grant 5T32DE07191, P30-HD27360, and R29DE11369 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA TYPE OF STUDY/DESIGN: Cohort study Level 2: Limited-quality, patient-oriented evidence Not applicable.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · The journal of evidence-based dental practice
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Anal cancer is more common in women than in men, yet little is known about the natural history of HPV in women. The objective was to examine the natural history of anal HPV in heterosexual women and to examine risk factors associated with persistence. Methods: Young women participating in a HPV cohort study were seen at 4-month intervals for cervical and anal testing for HPV DNA. The distribution of time to clearance was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier approach, and risks for persistence assessed using Cox regression models. Results: Seventy-five women (mean age 23.5 ± 4.1 years) who tested positive for anal HPV were followed for a mean of 84.5 ± 44.9 months. By 3 years, 82.5% of anal non-16 high risk (HR) HPV, 82.6% of low risk (LR) HPV and 76.2% of HPV16 infections had cleared. By 3 years, only 36.4% of women had become negative for all HPV types. In the multivariable model, concurrent cervical HPV 16 (P=0.009) or any HR HPV (P=0.046) detection, weekly alcohol use (P=0.018), anal touching during sex (P=0.034), and ever having anal sex (P=0.06) were associated with HPV 16 persistence. Having a new sex partner (P<0.001) and condom use during vaginal sex (P=0.06) were associated with clearance. Similar associations were found for clearance all HR HPV infections. Only concomitant cervical HPV infection was associated with non-16 HR HPV persistence. Conclusions: The majority of anal HPV infections cleared within 3 years. HPV 16 infections were slower to clear than other HR HPV, consistent with its role in anal cancer. Sexual behaviour was associated with persistence, suggesting that education and behavioural interventions may decrease persistence and the risk of anal cancer.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2013 · Sexual Health
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background. The purpose of this study was to examine the rate of and risks for cervical HPV16 redetection in women with documented or suspected HPV16 infection.Methods. A convenience sample of women aged 13-21 years were seen at 4-month intervals for HPV DNA testing and cytology. Sera was obtained at baseline and annually.Results. 1,543 women entered the study. Of the 295 women with detection of HPV16 DNA and subsequent clearance, 18.1% had HPV16 redetected by 8.5 years-88% cleared this 2(nd) detection by 3 years. Of the 247 women who had antibodies to HPV16 and were HPV16 DNA negative at baseline, 15.3% had HPV16 redetected by year 5. Risks for redetection included douching, current use of medroxyprogesterone, reporting >1 sex partner or having a new sex partner and having a sexually transmitted infection. Development of CIN 2/3 was rare in women with redetection except for those with a prevalent HPV16.Conclusions. Reappearance of HPV16 DNA was observed in 18% of women. Most are associated with sexual exposure and appear benign. Interpretation of the studies is more complex in women with prevalent infections since it appears that this small subset reflects women with persistence already present at entry.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2013 · The Journal of Infectious Diseases
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Because many human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are transient, rates of transmission may be miscalculated if the interval between testing spans several months. We examined rates of concordance and transmission in heterosexual couples over short intervals. Methods: Twenty-five adult couples were enrolled and sampled for HPV DNA from the genitals, hand, and mouth 5 times over a 6-week period, including 24 hours after sexual intercourse and after 48 hours of abstinence. Concordance and transmission patterns were described. Results: Concordance between the couple's genital sites ranged from 64% to 95% for at least 1 HPV type. The highest rates of concordance were observed 24 hours after sexual intercourse. A similar peak in concordance was not seen between genital and nongenital anatomic sites. Transmission rates for female genital to male genital ranged from 26.8 to 187.5 per 100 person-months and for male genital to female genital from 14.5 to 100 per 100 person-months. Conclusions: High rates of concordance shortly after intercourse suggest that some DNA detections in the genital area are contaminants from a partner and not established HPV infections. Female-to-male transmission appeared more common than male-to-female transmission.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2013 · The Journal of Infectious Diseases
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the United States, the peak hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody prevalence of 4% occurred in persons born in the calendar years 1940-1965. The goal of this study was to examine observed and projected age-specific trends in the demand for liver transplantation (LT) among patients with HCV-associated liver disease stratified by concurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). All new adult LT candidates registered with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network for LT between 1995 and 2010 were identified. Patients who had primary, secondary, or text field diagnoses of HCV with or without HCC were identified. There were 126,862 new primary registrants for LT, and 52,540 (41%) had HCV. The number of new registrants with HCV dramatically differed by the age at calendar year, and this suggested a birth cohort effect. When the candidates were stratified by birth year in 5-year intervals, the birth cohorts with the highest frequency of HCV were as follows (in decreasing order): 1951-1955, 1956-1960, 1946-1950, and 1941-1945. These 4 birth cohorts, spanning from 1941 to 1960, accounted for 81% of all new registrants with HCV. A 4-fold increase in new registrants with HCV and HCC occurred between the calendar years 2000 and 2010 in the 1941-1960 birth cohorts. By 2015, we anticipate that an increasing proportion of new registrants with HCV will have HCC and be ≥60 years old (born in or before 1955). In conclusion, the greatest demand for LT due to HCV-associated liver disease is occurring among individuals born between 1941 and 1960. This demand appears to be driven by the development of HCC in patients with HCV. During the coming decade, the projected increase in the demand for LT from an aging HCV-infected population will challenge the transplant community to reconsider current treatment paradigms. Liver Transpl, 2012. © 2012 AASLD.
    Preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Liver Transplantation
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) has been linked to female HIV acquisition and transmission. We investigated the effect of providing a latex diaphragm with Replens and condoms compared to condom only on BV prevalence among participants enrolled in an HIV prevention trial. Methods: We enrolled HIV-seronegative women and obtained a vaginal swab for diagnosis of BV using Nugent's criteria; women with BV (score 7-10) were compared to those with intermediate (score 4-6) and normal flora (score 0-3). During quarterly follow-up visits over 12-24 months a vaginal Gram stain was obtained. The primary outcome was serial point prevalence of BV during followup. Results: 528 participants were enrolled; 213 (40%) had BV at enrollment. Overall, BV prevalence declined after enrollment in women with BV at baseline (OR = 0.4, 95% CI 0.29-.56) but did not differ by intervention group. In the intention-to-treat analysis BV prevalence did not differ between the intervention and control groups for women who had BV (OR = 1.01, 95% CI 0.52-1.94) or for those who did not have BV (OR = 1.21, 95% CI 0.65-2.27) at enrollment. Only 2.1% of participants were treated for symptomatic BV and few women (5-16%) were reported using anything else but water to cleanse the vagina over the course of the trial. Conclusions: Provision of the diaphragm, Replens, and condoms did not change the risk of BV in comparison to the provision of condoms alone.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2012 · Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated human cytomegalovirus pathogenesis by comparing infection with the low-passage, endotheliotropic strain VR1814 and the attenuated laboratory strain AD169 in human placental villi as explants in vitro and xenografts transplanted into kidney capsules of SCID mice (ie, mice with severe combined immunodeficiency). In this in vivo human placentation model, human cytotrophoblasts invade the renal parenchyma, remodel resident arteries, and induce a robust lymphangiogenic response. VR1814 replicated in villous and cell column cytotrophoblasts and reduced formation of anchoring villi in vitro. In xenografts, infected cytotrophoblasts had a severely diminished capacity to invade and remodel resident arteries. Infiltrating lymphatic endothelial cells proliferated, aggregated, and failed to form lymphatic vessels. In contrast, AD169 grew poorly in cytotrophoblasts in explants, and anchoring villi formed normally in vitro. Likewise, viral replication was impaired in xenografts, and cytotrophoblasts retained invasive capacity, but some partially remodeled blood vessels incorporated lymphatic endothelial cells and were permeable to blood. The expression of both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C and basic fibroblast growth factor increased in VR1814-infected explants, whereas VEGF-A and soluble VEGF receptor-3 increased in those infected with AD169. Our results suggest that viral replication and paracrine factors could undermine vascular remodeling and cytotrophoblast-induced lymphangiogenesis, contributing to bleeding, hypoxia, and edema in pregnancies complicated by congenital human cytomegalovirus infection.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2012 · American Journal Of Pathology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES:: Human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections, may be a cofactor in HIV acquisition. We systematically reviewed the evidence for an association of HPV infection with HIV acquisition in women, heterosexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM). DESIGN:: Systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS:: Studies meeting inclusion criteria in Pubmed, Embase and conference abstracts up to 29/07/2011 were identified. Random effects meta-analyses were performed to calculate summary hazard ratios (HR). Publication bias and statistical heterogeneity were evaluated and population attributable fractions (PAFs) calculated. RESULTS:: Eight papers were included, with previously unpublished data from five authors. Seven studies found an association between prevalent HPV and HIV acquisition. Risk of HIV acquisition in women doubled with prevalent HPV infection with any genotype (HR = 2.06 (95%CI = 1.44-2.94), I = 0%), although adjustment for confounders was often inadequate. The effect was similar for high-risk (HR = 1.99 (95%CI = 1.54-2.56), I = 8.4%) and low-risk (HR = 2.01 (95%CI = 1.27-3.20), I = 0%) HPV genotypes with weak evidence of publication bias (P = 0.06). Two studies in men were identified: both showed an association between HPV infection and HIV acquisition. Unpublished data from one of two studies in women indicated an association between genotypes targeted by HPV vaccines and HIV acquisition. PAFs for HIV attributable to infection with any HPV genotype ranged between 21% and 37%. CONCLUSION:: If further studies validate the association between HPV infection and HIV acquisition, HPV vaccines may reduce HIV incidence in high HPV prevalence populations, in addition to preventing cervical cancer. HIV surveillance studies during implementation of HPV vaccine programmes are warranted.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2012 · AIDS (London, England)