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Aqueous stability, ocular bioreversion kinetics in various tissues, in vitro antiviral activity, cell proliferation assay and corneal transport characteristics of the dipeptide prodrugs were studied. Results. ACV dipeptide prodrugs were found to be more stable at pH 5.6 in comparison to L-Val-ACV, an amino acid prodrug of ACV. The prodrugs exhibited higher solubility than ACV. Val-Val-ACV and Val-Tyr-ACV were found to have excellent antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). All the dipeptide prodrugs exhibited lower cytotoxicity as compared to currently approved anti-HSV agent, trifluorothymidine (TFT). Transport of [(3)H] Val-ACV was inhibited significantly in the presence of the dipeptide prodrugs of ACV. Corneal permeabilities of all the ACV dipeptide prodrugs were observed to be higher than ACV possibly due to recognition of the prodrugs by the oligopeptide transporter on the cornea.
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Two reviewers independently assessed trial quality and extracted data from each trial. Statistical analyses were performed using the random effects model and results expressed as relative risk (RR) for dichotomous outcomes with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Subgroup analysis and univariate meta-regression were performed using restricted maximum-likelihood to estimate the between study variance. Multivariate meta-regression was performed to investigate whether the results were altered after allowing for differences in drugs used, organ transplanted and recipient CMV serostatus at the time of transplantation.
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Aqueous humor analysis can be performed in severe atypical forms of posterior uveitis unresponsive to conventional treatment to exclude a viral infection.
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In a retrospective analysis of 150 renal transplant recipients in our centre, we compared the efficacy of oral ganciclovir with valacyclovir in preventing CMV infection. Seventy-seven consecutive renal transplant recipients prophylactically treated with oral ganciclovir for 12 weeks after transplant were compared with 73 consecutive recipients treated with oral valacylovir for an equal length of time.
This internet based survey was completed by the medical program directors of the EMBMT centers; 17 centers participated. The survey collected data on various clinical aspects of HSCT practice.
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A single-centre, retrospective study examining the incidence of CMV disease and patient and graft survival in all patients transplanted between October 2000 and November 2004.
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So what is the take-home message from these studies? The first question, about fetal and neonatal safety, appears to be answered positively. With more than 1,812 infants reported to have been exposed to varying amounts and duration of maternal acyclovir suppression, there has not been any apparent, short-term adverse fetal or neonatal effect. Use of acyclovir in infants, even in those that are premature, is very well tolerated, with a wide margin of safety. In addition, the pharmacokinetics studies by Frenkel et al and Kimberlin et al, as well as the animal studies, suggest that maternal use of acyclovir may actually provide a prophylactic and therapeutic benefit to an infant who is exposed to HSV. The second question, as to whether acyclovir suppression would simply change symptomatic outbreaks into asymptomatic ones, also appears to have some answers. The information provided by Wald et al indicated that acyclovir suppression actually decreases asymptomatic shedding, along with decreasing clinical recurrences. Because asymptomatic shedding seems to be similar in pregnant and nonpregnant patients, it would be reasonable to assume that asymptomatic shedding also would be decreased at delivery in pregnant women with HSV infection. This supposition is supported by the data from the randomized trials and cohort studies that demonstrated a lower than expected asymptomatic shedding rate. As yet, however, there has been no randomized trial in pregnant women that has had an adequate sample size to confirm this on a statistically significant basis. The third question, whether acyclovir suppression would lower the frequency of symptomatic recurrences at parturition, reducing the need for cesarean in these patients, has answers as well, although they may not be as clear cut as one would like. Women who experience their first genital herpes outbreak while they are pregnant seem to benefit from acyclovir suppression, with both a decrease in the risk of clinical recurrences at delivery and a decreased need for cesarean delivery. This is well documented by a randomized trial and other cohort studies. Acyclovir's efficacy in patients who have a history of genital herpes infections antedating their pregnancy is less clear. The data appear to indicate a clinically important decrease in the likelihood of symptomatic reactivations at the time of delivery, although the sample sizes in the randomized studies have been too small to draw a statistically significant conclusion one way or the other. Unfortunately, a definitive trial for this group of women may never be done. Assuming a 13% recurrence risk at the time of delivery and a 50% decrease in recurrences with the use of acyclovir, 652 women would have to complete the study to achieve a power of 80%. Conducting the study at the largest, single institution, prenatal center in the United States, Scott et al were only able to enroll 222 women during a period of 6 years. Likewise, Brocklehurst et al terminated their trial early because of recruitment difficulties. They enrolled only 63 women during a period of 4 years using two different sites in the United Kingdom. Unless a multicenter trial is conducted or a meta-analysis performed on the available data, we will probably have to be content with the data as it now stands. With valacyclovir and famciclovir now available, it is unlikely that any further work will be done with acyclovir. Information from the valacyclovir trials, however, may reach statistical significance because of changes in the study design that will allow smaller sample sizes to reach adequate power. Famciclovir treatment holds promise because of its longer intracellular half-life, but until concerns about potential mutagenicity are resolved and more information on its efficacy for suppressive therapy becomes available, it should not be considered for maternal suppressive therapy. Acyclovir appears to be effective, at least in some cohorts, and is probably safe for the fetus. (AB
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Productive Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) replication characterizes hairy leukoplakia, an oral epithelial lesion typically occurring in individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Serial tongue biopsy specimens were obtained from HIV-infected subjects before, during, and after valacyclovir treatment. EBV replication was detected by Southern hybridization to linear terminal EBV genome fragments, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction amplification of EBV replicative gene transcripts, immunohistochemical detection of EBV replicative protein, and in situ hybridization to EBV DNA. EBV replication was detected in both hairy leukoplakia and normal tongue tissues. Valacyclovir treatment completely abrogated EBV replication in vivo, resulting in resolution of hairy leukoplakia when it was present. EBV replication returned in normal tongue epithelial cells after valacyclovir treatment. These data suggest that normal oral epithelium supports persistent EBV infection in individuals infected with HIV and that productive EBV replication is necessary but not sufficient for the pathogenesis of oral hairy leukoplakia.
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We included four randomised trials (257 participants). The overall risk of bias in the included studies was low. Two trials compared the addition of intravenous acyclovir to a steroid (prednisolone). One included 43 participants, the other 70 patients. Neither demonstrated any hearing improvement with ISSHL. Another (84 patients) did not show any statistically significant difference between groups with the addition of valacyclovir to prednisolone (compared to steroid plus placebo) with respect to change in pure-tone audiogram. Comparing the addition of intravenous acyclovir to hydrocortisone with hydrocortisone alone, the final trial did not show any statistically significant difference between groups (60 patients). No trial documented any serious adverse effects related to the use of antiviral treatment. One study reported slight to moderate nausea equally in the acyclovir and placebo groups (one patient in each). Another reported insomnia, nervousness and weight gain with valacyclovir (number not specified). Even though no meta-analysis was possible, evidence from the four RCTs has demonstrated no statistically significant advantage in the use of antivirals in the treatment of ISSHL.
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EBV and HHV-6B DNAs were detected in 41% and 65% of saliva samples, respectively. In patients treated with valacyclovir, the percentage of saliva samples with EBV was significantly reduced (9%; P = 0.000017), whereas the frequency of HHV-6B positive samples was unchanged (57%; P = 0.38). Longitudinal studies demonstrated a time-dependent reduction in the frequency of saliva samples containing EBV following valacyclovir treatment. In contrast, plasma contained EBV and HHV-6B DNAs in 17% and 25% of the samples, respectively, and these numbers were not significantly reduced following valacylovir treatment (13% and 16%, respectively), nor were they different from those of healthy controls (6% and 39%, respectively). Patients with high disease activity had a significantly higher frequency of EBV (P = 0.018) and HHV-6B (P = 0.023) positive samples than did patients with low disease activity. The presence of EBV and HHV-6B was strongly correlated in plasma (P < 0.00000001), but not in saliva (P = 0.41).
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A review of the randomized, controlled trials in the literature on the treatment of genital herpes infection with aciclovir, famciclovir and valaciclovir. Common clinical questions encountered by physicians, such as the effect of antivirals on symptoms, healing, aborting attacks and subsequent recurrences, are addressed. There is very little comparative data between the three licensed drugs but the little data that there is shows no difference in efficacy, tolerability and toxicity between aciclovir, valaciclovir or famciclovir when taken orally. Choice of therapy would then depend on convenience of dosing and cost.