Oral Herpes

DALK in Patients With HSV Related Corneal Scarring

(A) Diagram of chimeric transactivators/transrepressors and responsive promoter elements (B). The effects of the induced immune responses on pathogenesis of acute and latent infection by challenge virus were investigated after corneal inoculation of immunized mice with virulent HSV-1. ICP4 is a sequence-specific DNA-binding protein and has always been purified in a dimeric form. In addition to the original i12 insertion mutation at amino acid 320, the ICP4 molecule expressed from pri12 possesses an alanine to valine substitution at amino acid 342 within the ICP4 gene. Schaffer, J. Physical studies that determined the composition of the heterodimer and its native size and approximate shape support this observation. 62:732-743, 1988) and hence exhibits many of the properties characteristic of intact ICP4.

Here we detected a small amount of CS chains in sog9 cells with a drastic decrease in 4-O-sulfation compared with the parental gro2C cells. There was no evidence of graft failure at the last follow-up in any of the cases who had intraoperative rupture of Descemet’s membrane. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.5M), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. An early specific method of diagnosis is essential for this purpose. Figure 1 compares cumulative preoperative BDVA with the last BDVA for those with greater than 4 years follow-up and of the interim results of the cohort with a mean follow-up of 30 months (range 16–48 months). It is possible that gB interaction with β1 integrins activates its fusogenic activity by some as yet unknown mechanism (21; A. The adamantanes bind to and block the function of the influenza A virus M2 ion channel protein, preventing virus replication within the infected cell (34).


Although the prevalence of viruses resistant to these drugs is lower than that for the aminoadamantanes (7, 8), a higher proportion of oseltamivir-resistant viruses has been detected among treated patients than was expected (9), and person-to-person transmission of oseltamivir-resistant influenza B viruses has occurred (10). Figure 2A,B illustrates the time-to-event after surgery for both recurrence of HSV infection and rejection. Mean survival times, SE and CIs are shown in Table 1. Other postoperative complications included persistently raised intraocular pressure (five eyes) and bacterial keratitis (five eyes). Figure 3 illustrates the distribution of postoperative complications and whether these occurred in the initial interim period following surgery or after long term follow-up. One method to improve vaccine efficacy is through inclusion of vaccine additives or adjuvants. (B) Kaplan–Meier survival curve showing time from DALK to the first episode of rejection.

Corneal graft failure was observed in five eyes (28%). Four of these cases had had a previous episode of graft rejection and the remaining case had developed preceding bacterial keratitis. UL8 binds to the UL5-UL52 dimer and facilitates unwinding of long stretches of DNA in the presence of ICP8 (8). One of the rare but devastating life-threatening diseases caused by HSV is adult and neonatal encephalitis (HSVE). The others responded to a combination of oral and topical acyclovir therapy. Multivariate binary logistic regression did not find a correlation among eventual graft failure and previous rejection, HSV recurrence, postoperative inflammation, raised intraocular pressure and postoperative bacterial keratitis. Twelve eyes were found to have either superficial or deep host corneal vascularisation prior to DALK.

Binary logistic regression did not find an association among superficial or deep vascularisation and graft rejection episodes, HSV recurrence, postoperative inflammation, bacterial keratitis, raised intraocular pressure or graft failure. Two patients underwent subsequent PK and another patient underwent repeat DALK following graft failure. All repeat keratoplasties remained clear at the last follow-up. Of the other two cases of graft failure, one patient elected not to undergo a repeat procedure and one underwent a conjunctival pedicle graft. Figure 4 summarises subsequent procedures performed following DALK. Both cases undergoing a secondary PK had had previous cataract surgery performed following DALK. However, both cases had also experienced graft rejection: one developed glaucoma necessitating trabeculectomy and the other an episode of bacterial keratitis.

Therefore, it was not possible to ascertain if having cataract surgery following DALK was an independent risk for subsequent failure. In total, 50% of patients underwent cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation. Percentage of patients subsequently undergoing a secondary operation after deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty and whether this occurred in initial interim period or after longer term follow-up. Results were confirmed by a nonfluorescent terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) assay.