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Some individuals infected with dengue virus develop dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a viral hemorrhagic disease characterized by a transient period of localized plasma leakage. To determine the importance of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) in this syndrome, we compared plasma levels of VEGF-A and the soluble forms of its receptors in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Although plasma leakage is the major cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a detailed assessment of the natural course of this process is still lacking. We employed serial ultrasound examination to delineate the locations and the timing of plasma leakage and to evaluate the usefulness of ultrasound in(More)
Mice sensitized to the G (attachment) or F (fusion) glycoproteins of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) expressed different patterns of cytokine production and lung pathology when challenged by intranasal infection with RSV. Five days after challenge, mice sensitized to G glycoprotein produced high levels of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-5 in the lungs and(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether dengue serotypes differ in their propensity to cause severe disease. We analyzed differences in serotype-specific disease severity in children presenting for medical attention in Bangkok, Thailand. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Prospective studies were conducted from 1994 to 2006. Univariate and multivariate logistic and(More)
Infection with one of the four serotypes of dengue virus (DENV) causes a wide spectrum of clinical disease ranging from asymptomatic infection, undifferentiated fever, dengue fever (DF) to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). DHF occurs in a minority of patients and is characterized by bleeding and plasma leakage which may lead to shock. There are currently no(More)
T lymphocytes play a pivotal role in the immune response during viral infections. In a murine model of experimental respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, mice sensitized to either of the two major glycoproteins of RSV develop distinct patterns of cytokine secretion and lung inflammation upon subsequent RSV infection. Mice sensitized to RSV-G(More)
Dengue viruses (DENV), a group of four serologically distinct but related flaviviruses, are the cause of one of the most important emerging viral diseases. DENV infections result in a wide spectrum of clinical disease including dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), a viral haemorrhagic disease characterised by bleeding and plasma leakage. The characteristic(More)
Surfactant protein (SP)-D gene targeted (SP-D-/-) and wild-type mice were infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by intratracheal instillation. Decreased clearance of RSV was observed in SP-D-/- mice. Deficiency of SP-D was associated with increased inflammation and inflammatory cell recruitment in the lung after infection. In vitro, SP-D bound(More)
BACKGROUND Dengue virus is endemic in tropical and sub-tropical resource-poor countries. Dengue illness can range from a nonspecific febrile illness to a severe disease, Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), in which patients develop circulatory failure. Earlier diagnosis of severe dengue illnesses would have a substantial impact on the allocation of health(More)
adaptation. Various analyses are ongoing to answer questions about the route of transmission among seals and possible transmissibility to humans. Note added in proof: Zohari et al. also recently reported the involvement of avian influenza A(H10N7) virus in mass deaths of harbor seals in Sweden (Euro Surveill. et al. Human influenza A H5N1 virus related to a(More)