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Muscle Nerve ; 2020 Dec 21.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33347629

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BACKGROUND: The present study assesses the contributions of axonal degeneration and demyelination in leprosy nerve damage. New clinical strategies can emerge from an in-depth understanding of the pathogenesis of neural leprosy (NL). METHODS: Morphometric analysis of myelinated nerve fibers was performed on 44 nerve biopsy samples collected from leprosy patients. Measures of density, diameter distribution, g-ratios, and the counting of axonal ovoids on the myelinated fibers were taken and compared to those in the control group. RESULTS: The proportion of small myelinated fibers increased in the leprosy group while large fiber frequency decreased. Indicative of axonal atrophy, the g-ratio was lower in the leprosy group. The frequency of axonal ovoids was identical to that found in the non-leprosy neuropathies. CONCLUSIONS: Axonal atrophy, Wallerian degeneration, and demyelination coexist in NL. Axonal degeneration predominates over demyelination in the chronic course of the disease; however, this may change during leprosy reactive episodes. This study regards demyelination and axon degeneration as concurrent mechanisms of damage to nerve fibers in leprosy. It also calls into question the view that demyelination is the primary and predominant mechanism in the complex pathogeny of NL.

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Infect Dis Poverty ; 9(1): 167, 2020 Dec 20.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33341111

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BACKGROUND: Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease classified into two subgroups for therapeutic purposes: paucibacillary (PB) and multibacillary (MB), closely related to the host immune responses. In this context it is noteworthy looking for immunological biomarkers applicable as complementary diagnostic tools as well as a laboratorial strategy to follow-up leprosy household contacts. METHODS: The cross-sectional study enrolled 49 participants, including 19 patients and 30 healthy controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were isolated and incubated in the presence of Mycobacterium leprae bacilli. The cells were prepared for surface (CD4+ and CD8+) and intracytoplasmic cytokine staining (IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-10). Multiple comparisons amongst groups were carried out by ANOVA, Kruskal-Wallis, Student T or Mann-Whitney test. Comparative analysis of categorical variables was performed by Chi-square. Functional biomarker signature analysis was conducted using the global median values for each biomarker index as the cut-off edge to identify the proportion of subjects with high biomarker levels. RESULTS: The cytokine signature analysis demonstrated that leprosy patients presented a polyfunctional profile of T-cells subsets, with increased frequency of IFN-γ+ T-cell subsets along with IL-10+ and IL-4+ from CD4+ T-cells, as compared to health Controls (Venn diagram report). Moreover, statistical analysis was carried out using parametric or non-parametric variance analysis followed by pairwise multiple comparisons, according to the data normality distribution. L(PB) displayed a polyfunctional profile characterized by enhanced percentage of IFN-γ+, IL-10+ and IL-4+ produced by most T-cell subsets, as compared to L(MB) that presented a more restricted cytokine functional profile mediated by IL-10+ and IL-4+ T-cells with minor contribution of IFN-γ produced by CD4+ T-cells. Noteworthy was that HHC(MB) exhibited enhanced frequency of IFN-γ+ T-cells, contrasting with HHC(PB) that presented a cytokine profile limited to IL-10 and IL-4. CONCLUSIONS: Our data demonstrated that L(PB) displayed enhanced percentage of IFN-γ+, IL-10+ and IL-4+ as compared to L(MB) that presented functional profile mediated by IL-10+ and IL-4+ T-cells and HHC(MB) exhibited enhanced frequency of IFN-γ+ T-cells, contrasting with HHC(PB). Together, our findings provide additional immunological features associated with leprosy and household contacts. These data provide evidence that biomarkers of immune response can be useful complementary diagnostic/prognostic tools as well as insights that household contacts should be monitored to access putative subclinical infection.

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Front Immunol ; 11: 1493, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32849508

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In HIV-infected individuals, a paradoxical clinical deterioration may occur in preexisting leprosy when highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)-associated reversal reaction (RR) develops. Leprosy-HIV co-infected patients during HAART may present a more severe form of the disease (RR/HIV), but the immune mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of leprosy-HIV co-infection remain unknown. Although the adaptive immune responses have been extensively studied in leprosy-HIV co-infected individuals, recent studies have described that innate immune cells may drive the overall immune responses to mycobacterial antigens. Monocytes are critical to the innate immune system and play an important role in several inflammatory conditions associated with chronic infections. In leprosy, different tissue macrophage phenotypes have been associated with the different clinical forms of the disease, but it is not clear how HIV infection modulates the phenotype of innate immune cells (monocytes or macrophages) during leprosy. In the present study, we investigated the phenotype of monocytes and macrophages in leprosy-HIV co-infected individuals, with or without RR. We did not observe differences between the monocyte profiles in the studied groups; however, analysis of gene expression within the skin lesion cells revealed that the RR/HIV group presents a higher expression of macrophage scavenger receptor 1 (MRS1), CD209 molecule (CD209), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), arginase 2 (ARG2), and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG) when compared with the RR group. Our data suggest that different phenotypes of tissue macrophages found in the skin from RR and RR/HIV patients could differentially contribute to the progression of leprosy.

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Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32340990

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A case of Mycobacterium leprae rifampin resistance after irregular antileprosy treatments since 1971 is reported. Whole-genome sequencing from four longitudinal samples indicated relapse due to acquired rifampin resistance and not to reinfection with another strain. A putative compensatory mutation in rpoC was also detected. Clinical improvement was achieved using an alternative therapy.

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Front Immunol ; 11: 23, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32038662

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Pain is a frequent symptom in leprosy patients. It may be predominantly nociceptive, as in neuritis, or neuropathic, due to injury or nerve dysfunction. The differential diagnosis of these two forms of pain is a challenge in clinical practice, especially because it is quite common for a patient to suffer from both types of pain. A better understanding of cytokine profile may serve as a tool in assessing patients and also help to comprehend pathophysiology of leprosy pain. Patients with leprosy and neural pain (n = 22), neuropathic pain (n = 18), neuritis (nociceptive pain) (n = 4), or no pain (n = 17), further to those with diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain (n = 17) were recruited at Souza Araujo Out-Patient Unit (Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil). Serum levels of IL1ß, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17, TNF, CCL-2/MCP-1, IFN-γ, CXCL-10/IP-10, and TGF-ß were evaluated in the different Groups. Impairment in thermal or pain sensitivity was the most frequent clinical finding (95.5%) in leprosy neuropathy patients with and without pain, but less frequent in Diabetic Group (88.2%). Previous reactional episodes have occurred in patients in the leprosy and Pain Group (p = 0.027) more often. Analysis of cytokine levels have demonstrated that the concentrations of IL-1ß, TNF, TGF-ß, and IL-17 in serum samples of patients having leprosy neuropathy in combination with neuropathic or nociceptive pain were higher when compared to the samples of leprosy neuropathy patients without pain. In addition, these cytokine levels were significantly augmented in leprosy patients with neuropathic pain in relation to those with neuropathic pain due to diabetes. IL-1ß levels are an independent variable associated with both types of pain in patients with leprosy neuropathy. IL-6 concentration was increased in both groups with pain. Moreover, CCL-2/MCP-1 and CXCL-10/IP-10 levels were higher in patients with diabetic neuropathy over those with leprosy neuropathy. In brief, IL-1ß is an independent variable related to neuropathic and nociceptive pain in patients with leprosy, and could be an important biomarker for patient follow-up. IL-6 was higher in both groups with pain (leprosy and diabetic patients), and could be a therapeutic target in pain control.

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Immunohorizons ; 4(2): 47-56, 2020 02 07.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32034084

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Erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) is an inflammatory complication in leprosy. Yet, the involvement of ENL neutrophils in the inflammatory response against Mycobacterium leprae remains poorly explored. Our primary aim was to investigate the utility of the surface expression of neutrophil IL-10R1 as an ENL biomarker and, secondarily, to evaluate whether leprosy or healthy M. leprae-stimulated neutrophils produce cytokines and are able to respond to IL-10. We, in this study, describe a subpopulation of circulating neutrophils of ENL patients that exclusively expressed IL-10R1, providing evidence that IL-10R1+ neutrophils are present in ENL lesions. It was also found that ENL neutrophils, but not those of nonreactional leprosy controls, were able to secret detectable levels of TNF ex vivo and the addition of IL-10 blocked TNF release. It was likewise observed that M. leprae-stimulated, healthy neutrophils expressed IL-10R1 in vitro, and ENL-linked cytokines were released by M. leprae-cultured neutrophils in vitro. Moreover, consistent with the presence of a fully functional IL-10R, the addition of IL-10 prevented the release of M. leprae-induced cytokines. Most importantly, dead M. leprae revealed its superior capacity to induce CCL4 and IL-8 in primary neutrophils over live Mycobacterium, suggesting that M. leprae may hamper the inflammatory machinery as an immune escape mechanism.


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Eritema Nudoso/inmunología , Subunidad alfa del Receptor de Interleucina-10/metabolismo , Interleucina-10/farmacología , Lepra Lepromatosa/inmunología , Neutrófilos/metabolismo , Piel/inmunología , Adulto , Células Cultivadas , Citocinas/metabolismo , Eritema Nudoso/tratamiento farmacológico , Femenino , Humanos , Mediadores de Inflamación/metabolismo , Lepra Lepromatosa/tratamiento farmacológico , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Mycobacterium leprae/inmunología , Infiltración Neutrófila/efectos de los fármacos , Neutrófilos/efectos de los fármacos , Neutrófilos/microbiología , Talidomida/uso terapéutico , Adulto Joven
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Cell Microbiol ; 22(1): e13128, 2020 Jan.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31652371

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Leprosy neuropathy is a chronic degenerative infectious disorder of the peripheral nerve caused by the intracellular obligate pathogen Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae). Among all nonneuronal cells that constitute the nerve, Schwann cells are remarkable in supporting M. leprae persistence intracellularly. Notably, the success of leprosy infection has been attributed to its ability in inducing the demyelination phenotype after contacting myelinated fibres. However, the exact role M. leprae plays during the ongoing process of myelin breakdown is entirely unknown. Here, we provided evidence showing an unexpected predilection of leprosy pathogen for degenerating myelin ovoids inside Schwann cells. In addition, M. leprae infection accelerated the rate of myelin breakdown and clearance leading to increased formation of lipid droplets, by modulating a set of regulatory genes involved in myelin maintenance, autophagy, and lipid storage. Remarkably, the blockage of myelin breakdown significantly reduced M. leprae content, demonstrating a new unpredictable role of myelin dismantling favouring M. leprae physiology. Collectively, our study provides novel evidence that may explain the demyelination phenotype as an evolutionarily conserved mechanism used by leprosy pathogen to persist longer in the peripheral nerve.

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s.l; s.n; 2020. 8 p. graf.
No convencional en Inglés | Sec. Est. Saúde SP, HANSEN, SESSP-ILSLPROD, Sec. Est. Saúde SP, SESSP-ILSLACERVO, Sec. Est. Saúde SP | ID: biblio-1102410

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Leprosy neuropathy is a chronic degenerative infectious disorder of the peripheral nerve caused by the intracellular obligate pathogen Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae). Among all nonneuronal cells that constitute the nerve, Schwann cells are remarkable in supporting M. leprae persistence intracellularly. Notably, the success of leprosy infection has been attributed to its ability in inducing the demyelination phenotype after contacting myelinated fibres. However, the exact role M. leprae plays during the ongoing process of myelin breakdown is entirely unknown. Here, we provided evidence showing an unexpected predilection of leprosy pathogen for degenerating myelin ovoids inside Schwann cells. In addition, M. leprae infection accelerated the rate of myelin breakdown and clearance leading to increased formation of lipid droplets, by modulating a set of regulatory genes involved in myelin maintenance, autophagy, and lipid storage. Remarkably, the blockage of myelin breakdown significantly reduced M. leprae content, demonstrating a new unpredictable role of myelin dismantling favouring M. leprae physiology. Collectively, our study provides novel evidence that may explain the demyelination phenotype as an evolutionarily conserved mechanism used by leprosy pathogen to persist longer in the peripheral nerve.


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Células de Schwann/microbiología , Enfermedades del Sistema Nervioso Periférico/metabolismo , Mycobacterium leprae/patogenicidad , Vaina de Mielina/microbiología , Enfermedades Desmielinizantes/microbiología , Lepra/complicaciones
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 13(9): e0007368, 2019 09.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31504035

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Up to 50% of patients with the multibacillary form of leprosy are expected to develop acute systemic inflammatory episodes known as type 2 reactions (T2R), thus aggravating their clinical status. Thalidomide rapidly improves T2R symptoms. But, due to its restricted use worldwide, novel alternative therapies are urgently needed. The T2R triggering mechanisms and immune-inflammatory pathways involved in its pathology remain ill defined. In a recent report, we defined the recognition of nucleic acids by TLR9 as a major innate immunity pathway that is activated during T2R. DNA recognition has been described as a major inflammatory pathway in several autoimmune diseases, and neutrophil DNA extracellular traps (NETs) have been shown to be a prime source of endogenous DNA. Considering that neutrophil abundance is a marked characteristic of T2R lesions, the objective of this study was to investigate NETs production in T2R patients based on the hypothesis that the excessive NETs formation would play a major role in T2R pathogenesis. Abundant NETs were found in T2R skin lesions, and increased spontaneous NETs formation was observed in T2R peripheral neutrophils. Both the M. leprae whole-cell sonicate and the CpG-Hlp complex, mimicking a mycobacterial TLR9 ligand, were able to induce NETs production in vitro. Moreover, TLR9 expression was shown to be higher in T2R neutrophils, suggesting that DNA recognition via TLR9 may be one of the pathways triggering this process during T2R. Finally, treatment of T2R patients with thalidomide for 7 consecutive days resulted in a decrease in all of the evaluated in vivo and ex vivo NETosis parameters. Altogether, our findings shed light on the pathogenesis of T2R, which, it is hoped, will contribute to the emergence of novel alternative therapies and the identification of prognostic reactional markers in the near future.


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Trampas Extracelulares/inmunología , Inmunidad Innata , Lepra/inmunología , Adulto , Anciano , Anciano de 80 o más Años , Enfermedades Autoinmunes/inmunología , Enfermedades Autoinmunes/microbiología , Femenino , Humanos , Inflamación/inmunología , Inflamación/patología , Lepra/tratamiento farmacológico , Lepra/patología , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Mycobacterium leprae/inmunología , Mycobacterium leprae/patogenicidad , Neutrófilos/patología , Talidomida/administración & dosificación , Talidomida/uso terapéutico
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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz ; 114: e190056, 2019.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31389520

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BACKGROUND: Fibrosis in the peripheral nerve is the end stage of leprous neuropathy and the cause of the resulting permanent neural function impairments. Preventive measures to avoid this irreversible pathological state are a relief strategy for leprosy sufferers. OBJECTIVES: The present study describes the frequency of fibrosis along with its characterisation and pathogenic development. METHODS: Six-hundred-and-thirteen nerve samples were sorted from 278 neural leprosy (NL) and 335 non-leprosy neuropathy patients (ON). The total number of samples was histologically examined by routine staining methods (haematoxylin-eosin, Wade staining and Gomori's trichrome) and fibrosis was evaluated via semi-quantitative estimation. FINDINGS: Fibrosis was most frequent in the NL group (33% against 0.4% in ON) while fibrosis in association with endoneurial microfasciculation was found in 38 (41.3%) of the NL samples in the examination of semithin sections. Pericytic activation in the perivascular environment was confirmed to be the source of the fibroblasts and perineurial cells delimiting microfascicles. End-stage fibrosis in leprosy displays an arrangement of microfascicles devoid of neural components (i.e., Schwann cells and axons) lined by an intermediate phenotype of fibroblastic-perineurial cells filled with bundles of collagen fibres. MAIN CONCLUSIONS: The present study underscores that fibrosis is frequently the severe end stage of neural leprosy NL pathogeny after analysing the notably distinct development of fibrosis within the neural environment.


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Fibrosis/patología , Lepra Tuberculoide/patología , Nervios Periféricos/patología , Biopsia , Humanos , Inmunohistoquímica , Enfermedades del Sistema Nervioso Periférico/patología , Células de Schwann/patología
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 13(6): e0007400, 2019 06.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31181059

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BACKGROUND: Early detection of Mycobacterium leprae is a key strategy for disrupting the transmission chain of leprosy and preventing the potential onset of physical disabilities. Clinical diagnosis is essential, but some of the presented symptoms may go unnoticed, even by specialists. In areas of greater endemicity, serological and molecular tests have been performed and analyzed separately for the follow-up of household contacts, who are at high risk of developing the disease. The accuracy of these tests is still debated, and it is necessary to make them more reliable, especially for the identification of cases of leprosy between contacts. We proposed an integrated analysis of molecular and serological methods using artificial intelligence by the random forest (RF) algorithm to better diagnose and predict new cases of leprosy. METHODS: The study was developed in Governador Valadares, Brazil, a hyperendemic region for leprosy. A longitudinal study was performed, including new cases diagnosed in 2011 and their respective household contacts, who were followed in 2011, 2012, and 2016. All contacts were diligently evaluated by clinicians from Reference Center for Endemic Diseases (CREDEN-PES) before being classified as asymptomatic. Samples of slit skin smears (SSS) from the earlobe of the patients and household contacts were collected for quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) of 16S rRNA, and peripheral blood samples were collected for ELISA assays to detect LID-1 and ND-O-LID. RESULTS: The statistical analysis of the tests revealed sensitivity for anti-LID-1 (63.2%), anti-ND-O-LID (57.9%), qPCR SSS (36.8%), and smear microscopy (30.2%). However, the use of RF allowed for an expressive increase in sensitivity in the diagnosis of multibacillary leprosy (90.5%) and especially paucibacillary leprosy (70.6%). It is important to report that the specificity was 92.5%. CONCLUSION: The proposed model using RF allows for the diagnosis of leprosy with high sensitivity and specificity and the early identification of new cases among household contacts.


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Ensayo de Inmunoadsorción Enzimática/métodos , Composición Familiar , Salud de la Familia , Lepra/diagnóstico , Mycobacterium leprae/genética , Mycobacterium leprae/inmunología , Reacción en Cadena en Tiempo Real de la Polimerasa/métodos , Adolescente , Adulto , Anciano , Anciano de 80 o más Años , Anticuerpos Antibacterianos/sangre , Inteligencia Artificial , Brasil , Niño , Preescolar , ADN Bacteriano/química , ADN Bacteriano/genética , ADN Ribosómico/química , ADN Ribosómico/genética , Femenino , Humanos , Estudios Longitudinales , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Técnicas de Diagnóstico Molecular/métodos , ARN Ribosómico 16S/genética , Sensibilidad y Especificidad , Pruebas Serológicas/métodos , Adulto Joven
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Front Immunol ; 10: 495, 2019.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30949168

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Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by the intracellular bacillus Mycobacterium leprae that mainly affects the skin and peripheral nerves. One of the most intriguing aspects of leprosy is the diversity of its clinical forms. Paucibacillary patients are characterized as having less than five skin lesions and rare bacilli while the lesions in multibacillary patients are disseminated with voluminous bacilli. The chronic course of leprosy is often interrupted by acute episodes of an inflammatory immunological response classified as either reversal reaction or erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL). Although ENL is considered a neutrophilic immune-complex mediated condition, little is known about the direct role of neutrophils in ENL and leprosy disease overall. Recent studies have shown a renewed interest in neutrophilic biology. One of the most interesting recent discoveries was that the neutrophilic population is not homogeneous. Neutrophilic polarization leads to divergent phenotypes (e.g., a pro- and antitumor profile) that are dynamic subpopulations with distinct phenotypical and functional abilities. Moreover, there is emerging evidence indicating that neutrophils expressing CD64 favor systemic inflammation during ENL. In the present review, neutrophilic involvement in leprosy is discussed with a particular focus on ENL and the potential of neutrophils as clinical biomarkers and therapeutic targets.

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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 114: e190056, 2019. tab, graf
Artículo en Inglés | LILACS | ID: biblio-1012667

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BACKGROUND Fibrosis in the peripheral nerve is the end stage of leprous neuropathy and the cause of the resulting permanent neural function impairments. Preventive measures to avoid this irreversible pathological state are a relief strategy for leprosy sufferers. OBJECTIVES The present study describes the frequency of fibrosis along with its characterisation and pathogenic development. METHODS Six-hundred-and-thirteen nerve samples were sorted from 278 neural leprosy (NL) and 335 non-leprosy neuropathy patients (ON). The total number of samples was histologically examined by routine staining methods (haematoxylin-eosin, Wade staining and Gomori's trichrome) and fibrosis was evaluated via semi-quantitative estimation. FINDINGS Fibrosis was most frequent in the NL group (33% against 0.4% in ON) while fibrosis in association with endoneurial microfasciculation was found in 38 (41.3%) of the NL samples in the examination of semithin sections. Pericytic activation in the perivascular environment was confirmed to be the source of the fibroblasts and perineurial cells delimiting microfascicles. End-stage fibrosis in leprosy displays an arrangement of microfascicles devoid of neural components (i.e., Schwann cells and axons) lined by an intermediate phenotype of fibroblastic-perineurial cells filled with bundles of collagen fibres. MAIN CONCLUSIONS The present study underscores that fibrosis is frequently the severe end stage of neural leprosy NL pathogeny after analysing the notably distinct development of fibrosis within the neural environment.


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Humanos , Fibrosis/diagnóstico , Fibrosis/terapia , Lepra Tuberculoide/diagnóstico , Lepra Tuberculoide/prevención & control
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PLoS Pathog ; 14(7): e1007151, 2018 07.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29979790

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Mycobacterium leprae, an obligate intracellular bacillus, infects Schwann cells (SCs), leading to peripheral nerve damage, the most severe leprosy symptom. In the present study, we revisited the involvement of phenolic glycolipid I (PGL I), an abundant, private, surface M. leprae molecule, in M. leprae-SC interaction by using a recombinant strain of M. bovis BCG engineered to express this glycolipid. We demonstrate that PGL I is essential for bacterial adhesion and SC internalization. We also show that live mycobacterium-producing PGL I induces the expression of the endocytic mannose receptor (MR/CD206) in infected cells in a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ)-dependent manner. Of note, blocking mannose recognition decreased bacterial entry and survival, pointing to a role for this alternative recognition pathway in bacterial pathogenesis in the nerve. Moreover, an active crosstalk between CD206 and the nuclear receptor PPARγ was detected that led to the induction of lipid droplets (LDs) formation and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), previously described as fundamental players in bacterial pathogenesis. Finally, this pathway was shown to induce IL-8 secretion. Altogether, our study provides evidence that the entry of live M. leprae through PGL I recognition modulates the SC phenotype, favoring intracellular bacterial persistence with the concomitant secretion of inflammatory mediators that may ultimately be involved in neuroinflammation.


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Antígenos Bacterianos/metabolismo , Glucolípidos/metabolismo , Lectinas Tipo C/metabolismo , Lepra/metabolismo , Lectinas de Unión a Manosa/metabolismo , PPAR gamma/metabolismo , Receptores de Superficie Celular/metabolismo , Células de Schwann/virología , Humanos , Mycobacterium leprae/metabolismo , Receptor Cross-Talk/fisiología
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Cytokine ; 112: 87-94, 2018 12.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30017389

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The disease leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The disease displays a spectrum of clinical manifestations relating to the stage of the infection and the pathogen-specific immune response. The most frequent M. leprae-specific hypersensitivity reactions are erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) and type-1 (reversal) reaction (T1R). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid-derived lipid mediators are involved in the regulation of these M. leprae-specific inflammatory and immune responses. Studies on lipid mediators showed their presence during different manifestations of leprosy-before and after multidrug therapy (MDT) and during T1R. This review aims to compare the lipid mediators at different stages of the disease. This review also presents new data on the significance of lipid mediators (cysteinyl leukotrienes and leukotriene B4, prostaglandin E2 and D2, lipoxin A4 and resolvin D1) on ENL.


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Ácidos Grasos Omega-3/sangre , Ácidos Grasos Omega-6/sangre , Lepra/sangre , Animales , Quimioterapia Combinada , Eritema Nudoso/sangre , Eritema Nudoso/tratamiento farmacológico , Humanos , Leprostáticos/farmacología , Lepra/tratamiento farmacológico , Mycobacterium leprae/efectos de los fármacos
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Front Immunol ; 9: 1223, 2018.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29915584

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Leprosy reactions are responsible for incapacities in leprosy and represent the major cause of permanent neuropathy. The identification of biomarkers able to identify patients more prone to develop reaction could contribute to adequate clinical management and the prevention of disability. Reversal reaction may occur in unstable borderline patients and also in lepromatous patients. To identify biomarker signature profiles related with the reversal reaction onset, multibacillary patients were recruited and classified accordingly the occurrence or not of reversal reaction during or after multidrugtherapy. Analysis of skin lesion cells at diagnosis of multibacillary leprosy demonstrated that in the group that developed reaction (T1R) in the future there was a downregulation of autophagy associated with the overexpression of TLR2 and MLST8. The autophagy impairment in T1R group was associated with increased expression of NLRP3, caspase-1 (p10) and IL-1ß production. In addition, analysis of IL-1ß production in serum from multibacillary patients demonstrated that patients who developed reversal reaction have significantly increased concentrations of IL-1ß at diagnosis, suggesting that the pattern of innate immune responses could predict the reactional episode outcome. In vitro analysis demonstrated that the blockade of autophagy with 3-methyladenine (3-MA) in Mycobacterium leprae-stimulated human primary monocytes increased the assembly of NLRP3 specks assembly, and it was associated with an increase of IL-1ß and IL-6 production. Together, our data suggest an important role for autophagy in multibacillary leprosy patients to avoid exacerbated inflammasome activation and the onset of reversal reaction.


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Autofagia , Inflamasomas/metabolismo , Lepra Multibacilar/etiología , Lepra Multibacilar/metabolismo , Adulto , Anciano , Biomarcadores , Femenino , Perfilación de la Expresión Génica , Regulación de la Expresión Génica , Humanos , Inmunidad Innata , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Lepra Multibacilar/patología , Leucocitos Mononucleares/inmunología , Leucocitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Monocitos/inmunología , Monocitos/metabolismo , Monocitos/microbiología , Mycobacterium leprae/fisiología , Proteína con Dominio Pirina 3 de la Familia NLR/metabolismo , Transducción de Señal , Transcriptoma
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BMC Infect Dis ; 18(1): 153, 2018 04 02.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29609530

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BACKGROUND: Characterization of the Mycobacterium leprae genome has made possible the development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) systems that can amplify different genomic regions. Increased reliability and technical efficiency of quantitative PCR (qPCR) makes it a promising tool for early diagnosis of leprosy. Index cases that are multibacillary spread the bacillus silently, even before they are clinically diagnosed. Early detection and treatment could prevent transmission in endemic areas. METHODS: In this study, the qPCR technique is used to detect DNA of M. leprae in samples of slit skin smears (SSS) of the ear lobe and blood of leprosy patients and their asymptomatic household contacts residing in Governador Valadares, MG, Brazil, a hyperendemic area for leprosy. A total of 164 subjects participated in the study: 43 index cases, 113 household contacts, and, as negative controls, 8 individuals who reported no contact with patients nor history of leprosy in the family. The qPCR was performed to amplify 16S rRNA fragments and was specifically designed for M. leprae. RESULTS: Of asymptomatic household contacts, 23.89% showed bacillary DNA by qPCR in samples of SSS and blood. Also, 48.84% of patients diagnosed with leprosy were positive for qPCR while the bacillary load was positive in only 30.23% of patients. It is important to note that most patients were already receiving treatment when the collection of biological material for qPCR was performed. The level of bacillary DNA from household contacts was similar to the DNA levels detected in the group of paucibacillary patients. CONCLUSION: Considering that household contacts comprise a recognizable group of individuals with a high risk of disease, as they live in close proximity to a source of infection, qPCR can be used to estimate the risk of progress towards leprosy among household contacts and as a routine screening method for a chemoprophylactic protocol.


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Infecciones Asintomáticas/epidemiología , ADN Bacteriano/aislamiento & purificación , Composición Familiar , Lepra/epidemiología , Mycobacterium leprae/genética , Adulto , Brasil/epidemiología , Trazado de Contacto/métodos , Femenino , Humanos , Lepra/diagnóstico , Lepra/transmisión , Masculino , Mycobacterium leprae/aislamiento & purificación , Prevalencia , ARN Ribosómico 16S/análisis , Reacción en Cadena en Tiempo Real de la Polimerasa , Reproducibilidad de los Resultados
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Front Immunol ; 9: 518, 2018.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29643852

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Leprosy is an infectious disease that may present different clinical forms depending on host immune response to Mycobacterium leprae. Several studies have clarified the role of various T cell populations in leprosy; however, recent evidences suggest that local innate immune mechanisms are key determinants in driving the disease to its different clinical manifestations. Leprosy is an ideal model to study the immunoregulatory role of innate immune molecules and its interaction with nervous system, which can affect homeostasis and contribute to the development of inflammatory episodes during the course of the disease. Macrophages, dendritic cells, neutrophils, and keratinocytes are the major cell populations studied and the comprehension of the complex networking created by cytokine release, lipid and iron metabolism, as well as antimicrobial effector pathways might provide data that will help in the development of new strategies for leprosy management.


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Inmunidad Innata , Lepra/inmunología , Animales , Humanos , Lepra/patología , Lepra/transmisión , Mycobacterium leprae/fisiología
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Am J Trop Med Hyg ; 98(6): 1609-1613, 2018 06.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29611495

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Neural pain is a frequent symptom in leprosy disease. There is a paucity of data regarding neural pain diagnostics resulting in common prescriptive errors when neuritis is confused with neuropathic or mixed nociceptive-neuropathic pain. The present study identified important demographic, clinical, and neurophysiological features of 42 leprosy neuropathy patients presenting neuropathic pain (NP). During routine evaluations, patients were selected asking if they had ever experienced neural pain. Data analyses of their pain characteristics, clinical examination results, and both the Douleur Neuropathique 4 Questionnaire and Hamilton Depression Scale scores were used to classify these patients. The most common word they used to describe the sensation of pain for 25 (60%) of these patients was "burning." In the early stages of the disease and before leprosy diagnosis, 19 (45%) had already complained about NP and leprosy treatment was unable to prevent its occurrence in 15 (36%). Leprosy reactions, considered NP risk factors, occurred in 32 (76%) cases. Knowledge of typical NP characteristics could be used to develop more effective therapeutic approaches for a notoriously difficult-to-treat pain condition.


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Lepra/complicaciones , Neuralgia/fisiopatología , Adulto , Anciano , Femenino , Humanos , Lepra/epidemiología , Lepra/fisiopatología , Lepra Multibacilar/complicaciones , Lepra Multibacilar/epidemiología , Lepra Multibacilar/fisiopatología , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Trastornos Motores/epidemiología , Trastornos Motores/etiología , Conducción Nerviosa/fisiología , Neuralgia/epidemiología , Neuralgia/etiología , Dolor , Dimensión del Dolor , Trastornos de la Sensación/epidemiología , Trastornos de la Sensación/etiología , Adulto Joven
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Trials ; 19(1): 244, 2018 Apr 23.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29685164

RESUMEN

BACKGROUND: The annual new-case detection rate for leprosy, while generally stable over the last decade, shows that transmission rates have remained stagnant despite the successful worldwide administration of multidrug therapy since the 1980s. As such, novel control strategies are urgently needed. Focusing on managing leprosy patient contacts, the most susceptible to contracting the disease, has been seen as a potential strategy in limiting the spread of leprosy as shown by a number of recent epidemiological studies. Immunoprophylaxis with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has been seen as an effective preventive measure due to its ability to stimulate the development of cellular immunity which is essential in controlling the disease, especially in its multibacillary (MB) forms. The association of immunoprophylaxis with chemoprophylaxis in a single dose of rifampicin has been shown to be a promising preventive strategy, although a variety of studies have found instances of early case detection just a few months after BCG vaccination. METHODS/DESIGN: The present study is a phase IV chemoprophylactic clinical trial consisting of administration of a single dose of rifampicin in MB leprosy patient contacts under care at the Souza Araújo Outpatient Clinic/FIOCRUZ as part of a randomized (2:1), double-blind, placebo-controlled study. It is comprised of two groups: 1) rifampicin + BCG; and 2) placebo + BCG. DISCUSSION: The aim is to evaluate whether the use of chemoprophylaxis with a single dose of rifampicin in MB leprosy patient contacts prior to the BCG vaccine would be able to prevent the onset of leprosy in those cases that may occur just a few months after vaccination. Contact subclinical infections (polymerase chain reaction) and the immunological parameters (anti-PGL-1, anti-LID-1, and IFN-γ) will be evaluated and the results will be compared after 12 months of follow-up. TRIAL REGISTRATION: The Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials (ReBEC), RBR-69QK5P . Retrospectively registered on 1 June 2017.


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Vacuna BCG/administración & dosificación , Trazado de Contacto , Leprostáticos/administración & dosificación , Lepra Multibacilar/prevención & control , Rifampin/administración & dosificación , Adolescente , Adulto , Anciano , Vacuna BCG/efectos adversos , Brasil , Niño , Preescolar , Ensayos Clínicos Fase IV como Asunto , Método Doble Ciego , Esquema de Medicación , Femenino , Humanos , Lactante , Leprostáticos/efectos adversos , Lepra Multibacilar/inmunología , Lepra Multibacilar/microbiología , Lepra Multibacilar/transmisión , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Ensayos Clínicos Controlados Aleatorios como Asunto , Rifampin/efectos adversos , Factores de Tiempo , Resultado del Tratamiento , Vacunación , Adulto Joven
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