Physical as well as psychological stress increases the number of circulating peripheral blood NK cells. Whereas some studies found a positive correlation between exercise and NK cell counts and cytotoxic activity, others showed that, for example, heavy training leads to a decrease in per cell NK cytotoxicity. Thus, the impact of exercise on NK cell function… (More)
We report 5 cases of disseminated infection caused by Blastoschizomyces capitatus yeast in central Switzerland. The emergence of this yeast in an area in which it is not known to be endemic should alert clinicians caring for immunocompromised patients outside the Mediterranean region to consider infections caused by unfamiliar fungal pathogens.
BACKGROUND Occurring frequently after solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, cytomegalovirus (CMV) replication remains a relevant cause of mortality and morbidity in affected patients. Despite these adverse effects, an increased alloreactivity of natural killer (NK) cells after CMV infection has been assumed, but the underlying… (More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular assist devices (VAD) are valuable options for patients with heart failure awaiting cardiac transplantation. We assessed the impact of pre-transplant VAD implantation on the incidence of post-transplant infections in a nationwide cohort of heart transplant recipients. METHODS Heart transplant recipients included in the Swiss… (More)
BACKGROUND Polygenic obesity in Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) populations is considered a risk factor for the development of metabolic abnormalities and graft survival. Few studies to date have studied the genetics of weight gain in SOT recipients. We aimed to determine whether weighted genetic risk scores (w-GRS) integrating genetic polymorphisms from GWAS… (More)
Contrary to bacterial replicating kinetics, where the doubling time varies considerably but often is measured in minutes or hours, viral rep-lication kinetics is calculated in days. A new study by Isabelle Lodding and colleagues in E-Biomedicine attempts to calculate the doubling time of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in a cohort of solid organ and stem cell… (More)
We have developed a cosmid and plasmid system to generate mutant strains of murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV). The system is based on a series of seven overlapping cosmid clones that regenerate MCMV when cotransfected into mouse cells. The unaltered cosmids produce MCMV that is indistinguishable from wild-type MCMV based on restriction enzyme digest patterns of… (More)