Mónica Fonseca-Aten

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Respiratory tract infections result in wheezing in a subset of patients. Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common etiologic agent of acute respiratory infection in children and adults that has been associated with wheezing in 20-40% of individuals. The current study was undertaken to elucidate the host-dependent pulmonary and immunologic response to M. pneumoniae(More)
We evaluated the efficacy of azithromycin therapy given as a single high dose or divided over 5 days for the treatment of mild experimental Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia. Although both azithromycin regimens significantly reduced quantitative cultures, lung histopathology, and pulmonary cytokines and chemokines, there were no significant differences(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a leading cause of pneumonia and is associated with asthma. Evidence links M. pneumoniae respiratory disease severity with interleukin-12 (IL-12) concentrations in respiratory secretions. We evaluated the effects of IL-12 therapy on microbiologic, inflammatory, and pulmonary function indices of M. pneumoniae pneumonia in mice.(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a leading cause of pneumonia and is associated with asthma. Evidence links M. pneumoniae respiratory disease severity with interleukin-12 (IL-12) concentration in respiratory secretions. We evaluated the microbiologic, inflammatory, and pulmonary function indices of M. pneumoniae pneumonia in IL-12 (p35) knockout (KO) mice and(More)
BACKGROUND Clarithromycin is postulated to possess immunomodulatory properties in addition to its antimicrobial activity. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of clarithromycin on serum and nasopharyngeal cytokine and chemokine concentrations in children with an acute exacerbation of recurrent wheezing. METHODS Children with a history of recurrent wheezing(More)
Numerous studies have described an association between respiratory sincticial virus (RSV) infection in infancy and the subsequent development of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Besides the exaggerated immune response and the abnormal neurogenic mechanisms induced by RSV, recent studies have correlated the "persistence" of RSV in the lower respiratory(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a major etiologic agent of acute lower respiratory infections. We evaluated the antimicrobial and immunologic effects of cethromycin (ABT-773), a ketolide antibiotic, for the treatment of M. pneumoniae pneumonia in a mouse model. Eight-week-old BALB/c mice were inoculated intranasally once with 10(6) CFU of M. pneumoniae on day 0.(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection has been associated with chronic lung disease. Treatment of chronic pulmonary mycoplasmosis has not been well investigated. BALB/c mice were intranasally inoculated once with M. pneumoniae or with sterile media (uninfected controls). Infected mice were treated with telithromycin or placebo daily for 10 days in the chronic(More)
RSV can cause respiratory illness after SOT, yet preventive recommendations are lacking for this population. To ascertain current preventive practices against RSV disease in pediatric SOT candidates and recipients, a survey was developed. The survey was mailed to 108 SOT programs in the United States (liver, 42; heart, 28; lung, 11; intestinal, 25; and(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia. We evaluated the efficacy of LBM415, a novel peptide deformylase inhibitor antimicrobial agent, for the treatment of M. pneumoniae pneumonia in a mouse model. Eight-week-old BALB/c mice were intranasally inoculated once with 10(7) CFU of M. pneumoniae. Groups of mice were treated with(More)