METHODS: Langendorff-perfused rat hearts were used in this study. Hearts subjected to regional ischemia served as a negative untreated control. The effects of IVIG pre- and post-ischemic treatment on left ventricular function, coronary vascular dynamics and contractility were assessed. IVIG were administered in either a low or high dose. The infarct size was determined using triphenyltetrazolium chloride and through biochemical assays using the measured creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase levels. Apoptosis was evaluated by the TUNEL assay, and the caspase-3 expression level was assessed by immunoblotting. The cytokine levels were measured by ELISA.
RESULTS: Low and high doses of immunoglobulins administered 2 hours before sacrifice, before the ischemic insult or at reperfusion resulted in a significant improvement in cardiac hemodynamics, coronary vascular dynamics and heart contractility. A significant decrease in the infarct size and cardiac enzymes was also evident compared to those in the control. IVIG administered as an infusion at reperfusion or pre-treatment resulted in a marked decrease in myocyte apoptosis, which was associated with decreased levels of caspase-3 expression in the supernatants of homogenized left ventricles. Infusion of IVIG both pre-ischemia and at reperfusion did not show the same protective effects.
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates a novel protection to the heart by low and high doses of IVIG given either pre- or post-ischemia.
OBJECTIVES: We sought to describe the complications and risks associated with BCG vaccination in patients with SCID.
METHODS: An extensive standardized questionnaire evaluating complications, therapeutics, and outcomes regarding BCG vaccination in patients given a diagnosis of SCID was widely distributed. Summary statistics and association analysis was performed.
RESULTS: Data on 349 BCG-vaccinated patients with SCID from 28 centers in 17 countries were analyzed. Fifty-one percent of the patients had BCG-associated complications, 34% disseminated and 17% localized (a 33,000- and 400-fold increase, respectively, over the general population). Patients receiving early vaccination (≤1 month) showed an increased prevalence of complications (P = .006) and death caused by BCG-associated complications (P < .0001). The odds of experiencing complications among patients with T-cell numbers of 250/μL or less at diagnosis was 2.1 times higher (95% CI, 1.4-3.4 times higher; P = .001) than among those with T-cell numbers of greater than 250/μL. BCG-associated complications were reported in 2 of 78 patients who received antimycobacterial therapy while asymptomatic, and no deaths caused by BCG-associated complications occurred in this group. In contrast, 46 BCG-associated deaths were reported among 160 patients treated with antimycobacterial therapy for a symptomatic BCG infection (P < .0001).
CONCLUSIONS: BCG vaccine has a very high rate of complications in patients with SCID, which increase morbidity and mortality rates. Until safer and more efficient antituberculosis vaccines become available, delay in BCG vaccination should be considered to protect highly vulnerable populations from preventable complications.