Clinical Approach to Infection in the Compromised Host by Fabio Meneghini

By Fabio Meneghini

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IgM is not in itself an opsonin; only when combined with complement factor C3b is this complex opsonic. Because of its pentameric structure, IgM is very efficient as an agglutinin. 1e). 145 Of the two subclasses of IgA on the mucosa, only IgAl is cleaved by the IgA proteases produced by such bacteria as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, N. meningitidis, H. influenzae, S. pneumoniae, and S. 146 The few IgA-bearing B lymphocytes in peripheral blood are probably on their way to the mucosal surfaces. The role of circulating IgA in host defense is unclear.

Antigen–antibody complexes can bind the first component of the complement system (C1) at the exposed Fc portion of the antibody; in this way, DEFECTS IN HOST DEFENSE MECHANISMS classic activation is initiated. The classic route also can be started by the acute-phase reactant mannan-binding protein (MBP) to microorganisms or by activated factor XII. Once activated, C1 activates C4 and C2; the next step is activation of C3, which is converted into C3a and C3b. Bacterial products, especially molecules with repeating chemical structures (lipopolysaccharides, teichoic acid, and endogenous molecules like CRP and fibrillar can activate the alternative route via factors B, P, and D.

Throughout the volume, great reliance has been placed on actual case examples to illustrate important clinical points. There clearly has been a great deal of ferment and progress in this field since the last edition of this volume. The challenges, however, remain: 1. A myriad of infectious agents can cause potentially lethal infection in these patient groups. Although treatment of established disease has improved, prevention should be the first goal of the clinician: we need to develop better epidemiologic protection, as well as additional preemptive and prophylactic strategies against such important pathogens as Epstein–Barr virus, fungi, antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, and the communityacquired respiratory viruses.

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