β-herpesvirus (Human Cytomegalovirus and Human Herpesvirus 6) reactivation in at-risk lung transplant recipients and in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients

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Abstract

Human herpesvirus (HHV)-6 is a β-herpesvirus-like human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) with the potential to reactivate in immunocompromised persons. HHV-6 and HCMV were assessed in the peripheral blood leukocytes of 26 lung transplant recipients and of 37 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy, to determine the degree of concordance between HHV-6 and HCMV reactivation in different biologic settings. In the lung transplant recipients (145 samples), HHV-6 was not detected, even though 44 (30%) of 145 samples were from 9 HCMV DNA-positive patients (13 episodes of HCMV pneumonitis). Among the HIV-infected patients (172 samples), HCMV DNA was detected in 29 (17%) of 172 samples from 10 patients (4 episodes of HCMV disease). HHV-6 DNA was detected in 2 HIV-infected patients who did not have HCMV detected at that time. These findings suggest that the pathobiologic control mechanisms for these 2 β-herpesviruses may be significantly different.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-180
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume186
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2002

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