Journal Article

Cytomegalovirus infection in the era of HAART: fewer reactivations and more immunity

Kathryn L. Springer and Adriana Weinberg

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 54, issue 3, pages 582-586
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Cytomegalovirus infection in the era of HAART: fewer reactivations and more immunity

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The incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease, once the most common and highly feared viral complication of AIDS, has dramatically decreased with the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). HAART-associated changes in the epidemiology of CMV disease resulted from the increase in CMV-specific immune responses coupled with the decrease in CMV reactivation. However, CMV disease continues to afflict HIV-infected patients on HAART when CD4+ cell counts fail to rise above 100 cells/mm3 and when reconstitution of normal CMV-specific immune responses does not occur. The latter scenario may lead to recurrent or de novo CMV end-organ disease, or to the recently described CMV immune recovery vitritis. HAART-associated immune reconstitution offers unique opportunities to investigate the virological and immunological correlates of protection against CMV disease. Although the full extent of CMV-specific immune reconstitution has not been defined thus far, CMV-specific interferon-γ production has been shown to be significantly associated with protection against CMV reactivation and recurrent disease.

Keywords: HIV; immune reconstitution; AIDS; opportunistic infections

Journal Article.  3757 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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