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Diagnostic antigenemia tests for penicilliosis marneffei.
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PMID:  8880509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Disseminated penicilliosis marneffei is an emerging opportunistic mycosis seen in severely immunocompromised human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients and is caused by the dimorphic fungus Penicillium marneffei. Early diagnosis and treatment improve clinical outcome. Proper diagnosis is complicated by nonspecific signs and symptoms and by difficulties in histologic recognition and species identification of the pathogen. Since no established immunodiagnostic methods for penicilliosis marneffei are available, we attempted to develop separate immunodiffusion tests to detect P. marneffei antigens and antibodies in patient serum specimens and a latex agglutination test for antigenemia. Antigens consisted of 2-week-old fission arthroconidial filtrates produced in Pine's broth at 37 degrees C. Rabbit antisera were prepared against the 10 x -concentrated filtrate antigens. Studies were carried out with 17 serum specimens from HIV-seropositive adult Thai patients with penicilliosis marneffei and 15 control serum specimens from Thai persons free of HIV and P. marneffei infection. The immunodiffusion tests detected P.marneffei antigenemia in 10 (58.8%) of 17 patients, whereas the latex agglutination test detected antigenemia in 13 (76.5%) of the 17 patients. Antibody was demonstrated in only 2 of the 17 patient sera. All of the tests appeared to be highly specific, since none were positive with sera from 15 Thai control patients, six serum samples containing cryptococcal antigen, or six urine specimens positive for Histoplasma polysaccharide antigens.
L Kaufman; P G Standard; M Jalbert; P Kantipong; K Limpakarnjanarat; T D Mastro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical microbiology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0095-1137     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-28     Completed Date:  1997-01-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505564     Medline TA:  J Clin Microbiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2503-5     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.
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MeSH Terms
AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis
Mycoses / diagnosis*

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