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Severity and outcome of HIV-associated Pneumocystis pneumonia containing Pneumocystis jirovecii dihydropteroate synthase gene mutations
Crothers, Kristinaa,b; Beard, Charles Bc; Turner, Joana; Groner, Genad; Fox, Melissad; Morris, Alisona,e; Eiser, Sharya; Huang, Laurencea
From the aPositive Health Program and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, California
bDivision of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
cDivision of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado
dDivision of Parasitic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
eDivision of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Received 23 April, 2004
Revised 18 January, 2005
Accepted 9 February, 2005
Correspondence to Dr K. Crothers, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, 333 Cedar St, TAC 441, PO Box 208057, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520–8057, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background: The impact of Pneumocystis jirovecii (formerly P. carinii) dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) gene mutations on morbidity and mortality of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in HIV-positive patients is unclear.
Objective: To determine whether severity and outcome of HIV-associated PCP differes according to DHPS genotype.
Setting: A prospective, observational study in a university-affiliated county hospital.
Patients: The study included 197 patients with 215 microscopically confirmed PCP episodes and successfully sequenced DHPS genotypes; 175 (81%) episodes displayed mutant genotypes.
Main outcome measure: All-cause mortality within 60 days.
Results: The majority of patients (86%) with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS mutations survived. Although severity of PCP was comparable, there was a trend for more patients with mutant genotypes than patients with wild-type to require mechanical ventilation (14.3% versus 2.5%; P = 0.056) and to die (14.3% versus 7.5%, P = 0.31). Independent predictors of mortality at baseline were low serum albumin levels [odds ratio (OR), 4.62; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.63–13.1; P = 0.004] and requiring intensive care within 72 h of hospitalization (OR, 5.06; 95% CI, 1.43–18.0; P = 0.012).
Conclusion: The majority of HIV-infected patients with PCP containing mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes survived. Mortality was related primarily to the underlying severity of illness. However, a trend towards increased mortality in episodes of PCP containing mutant DHPS genotypes was observed and this warrants further study.
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV-positive patients [1–3]. Widespread trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) use as PCP prophylaxis has raised concerns regarding the development of sulfa-resistant Pneumocystis jirovecii (formerly P. carinii) [4,5]. Sulfa medications (SMX and dapsone, a sulfone) interfere with folate synthesis by competitively inhibiting the enzyme dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS). These medications exert apparent selective pressure on P. jirovecii , as more DHPS gene mutations are observed in patients previously exposed to sulfa medications [7–11].
Although similar DHPS mutations confer resistance to sulfa medications in other organisms, [12,13], the association between DHPS mutations and clinical resistance in P. jirovecii is unclear. Without in vitro culture systems for direct sensitivity testing of P. jirovecii, inferences regarding this putative association are drawn primarily from epidemiological studies, which offer conflicting results. Although one study demonstrated increased mortality and a second found increased treatment failure , a third found neither . In all three studies, the majority of patients with Pneumocystis DHPS mutations responded favorably to TMP-SMX treatment [15,16]. The explanation for these results is unclear. Prior studies included relatively few patients with Pneumocystis DHPS mutations who were treated with TMP-SMX, limiting their ability to control for independent risk factors associated with mortality or treatment failure [14–16]. A 5-year prospective study of PCP in HIV-positive patients admitted to San Francisco General Hospital has been conducted to determine whether severity and outcome of PCP differ according to Pneumocystis DHPS genotype. The study also examined the impact of TMP-SMX dosing on outcome. This report describes the largest number of PCP episodes containing mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes to date, substantially expanding upon our previous report .
Patients were consecutive HIV-infected adults with microscopically confirmed PCP admitted to the San Francisco General Hospital between 1 May 1997 and 31 July 2002. Patients provided written informed consent; the protocol was approved by the institutional review boards of the San Francisco General Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The analysis included 215 episodes of PCP, including 70 episodes previously reported .
PCP infections were microscopically confirmed by sputum induction or bronchoalveolar lavage as part of routine diagnostic procedures. After clinical use, the remainder of the specimen was shipped to the CDC where the DHPS locus was amplified by the polymerase chain reaction and genotyped by direct DNA sequencing, as previously described .
Dihydropteroate synthase genotype
Laboratory investigators classified P. jirovecii DHPS genotypes blinded to clinical information. As in previous studies, the wild-type genotype was defined as the DNA sequence observed in Pneumocystis specimens from other mammalian species and humans before 1995. A mutant genotype was defined as any DNA sequence that differed from the wild-type sequence. The observed mutations were all non-synonymous changes that resulted in amino acid substitutions at amino acid positions 55 or 57, identical to mutations reported elsewhere . Specimens containing multiple Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes that included at least one mutant genotype were classified as mutant in the analyses.
Outcomes and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole dosing
Clinical investigators performed chart abstraction using standardized data abstraction forms and classified patient outcomes blinded to genotype information. The primary end-point was all-cause mortality within 60 days after PCP diagnosis. Secondary end-points were death caused by PCP, TMP-SMX treatment failure, and the need for mechanical ventilation. Death was classified as caused by PCP when the physician recorded PCP as the primary cause of death in the medical record and death certificate. A TMP-SMX treatment failure was classified when therapy was changed owing to lack of clinical response documented in the medical record. A therapy change owing to adverse effects was not classified as a TMP-SMX treatment failure.
Dose and frequency of all anti-PCP medications administered during hospitalization were recorded. TMP-SMX was administered in fixed-dose combinations (1 mg TMP/5 mg SMX). Daily dose was calculated (mg/kg) based on the trimethoprim component. Patients were excluded in analyses of dosing if TMP-SMX was reduced because of acute renal failure.
Statistical analysis was performed using Stata version 7.0 (StataCorp, College Station, Texas, USA). Univariate analyses used two-tailed Student's t-test, Wilcoxon's rank sum, chi-square, or Fisher's exact tests. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated to assess univariate risk factors for poor outcome. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to assess independent predictors of death. Clinically relevant variables were included in the model, and those found significant at different P values (0.05, 0.10, and 0.20) were entered into the model in a step-up fashion in order of increasing univariate P values. Statistical significance was defined as P < 0.05.
From May 1997 through July 2002, 244 HIV-infected patients with 267 episodes of PCP were enrolled. The DHPS locus was sequenced in 197 patients with 215 PCP episodes. There were no significant differences in patient characteristics, PCP severity, or outcomes between these 215 episodes and the 47 episodes excluded because genotyping was unsuccessful. Recurrent episodes of PCP were included in the analyses; their exclusion had no significant effect on the multivariate model.
Prevalence and predictors of mutations in the gene for dihydropteroate synthase
During the five-year study, 81% (175 of 215) of the Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes were mutant, without significant change over time (P = 0.25). Of the mutant genotypes, 65% (113) contained amino acid substitutions at both positions 55 and 57. Patients receiving sulfa or sulfone PCP prophylaxis within 3 months preceding admission were more likely to present with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS gene mutations compared with patients without this history (OR, 2.79; 95% CI, 1.17–6.66; P = 0.021). In contrast, patients with newly diagnosed HIV within 30 days preceding PCP were less likely to present with mutant DHPS genotypes (OR, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.23–0.99; P = 0.048).
Severity and outcome of Pneumocystis pneumonia according to dihydropteroate synthase genotype
There were no significant differences in baseline patient characteristics according to Pneumocystis DHPS genotype (Table 1). There were no significant differences in initial PCP severity, hospital course or complications. Despite comparable patient characteristics and severity of PCP, there was a trend for a higher proportion of patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS mutations to have worse outcomes compared with patients with wild-type DHPS. Overall, 14.3% of patients with PCP containing a mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotype died, compared with 7.5% of patients with PCP containing wild-type (P = 0.31), and 14.3% compared with 2.5% required mechanical ventilation (P = 0.056).
Univariate predictors of mortality included a serum albumin < 30 g/l and the requirement for early admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) (within 72 h of hospitalization) (Table 2). This window was chosen because patients who would normally qualify for ICU admission were occasionally denied immediate admission through lack of beds. Serum albumin (OR, 4.62; 95% CI, 1.63–13.1; P = 0.004) and early ICU admission (OR, 5.06; 95% CI, 1.43–18.0; P = 0.012) remained independent predictors of mortality in all multivariate models tested (Table 2). The presence of Pneumocystis DHPS mutations was not associated with mortality (OR, 2.58; 95% CI, 0.70–9.53; P = 0.16).
Impact of dihydropteroate synthase genotypes and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole dose on outcome
To examine the combined impact of Pneumocystis DHPS genotype and TMP-SMX treatment on outcome, the outcomes of PCP were compared according to DHPS genotype (wild-type or mutant) and PCP treatment (TMP-SMX or non-TMP-SMX). Overall, 85% of patients were treated with TMP-SMX. Of patients with mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes treated with TMP-SMX, 15.1% died compared with only 8.3% of patients with wild-type DHPS genotypes treated with TMP-SMX and 7.7% of those with mutant DHPS treated with non-TMP-SMX (P = 0.49 for the overall comparison). Likewise, more patients with mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes treated with TMP-SMX tended to die from PCP, to fail TMP-SMX treatment, or to require mechanical ventilation (not significant for all comparisons).
To examine the impact of TMP-SMX dosing on outcome, the overall mortality of patients who received ≤ 15.0 mg/kg daily (‘low-dose’) was compared with patients who received > 15.0 mg/kg daily (‘high-dose’) according to DHPS genotype. This cut-off was chosen because it represents the lower TMP-SMX dose of the recommended treatment range for PCP in HIV-infected patients, and we were interested in examining potential low-level sulfa drug resistance. Duration of in-hospital TMP-SMX therapy and the average daily dose of TMP-SMX were similar in patients with PCP containing mutant versus wild-type DHPS. Although not statistically significant, patients treated with low-dose versus high-dose TMP-SMX tended to be more likely to die if they had mutant DHPS (OR, 1.98; 95% CI, 0.76–5.19; P = 0.16) than if they had wild-type DHPS (OR, 1.06; 95% CI, 0.06–18.5; P = 1.0).
This study represents the largest cohort of HIV-infected patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS gene mutations to date. We observed a mutant DHPS genotype in 81% of the 215 episodes of PCP. Overall, we found no significant differences in the patient characteristics or PCP severity according to DHPS genotype. Despite these similarities, there was a trend for a higher proportion of patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS mutations to have worse outcomes compared with patients with wild-type DHPS.
In our analyses, the presence of a mutant DHPS genotype was not an independent predictor of increased mortality. Overall, 86% of patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS gene mutations survived. When we examined only episodes of PCP treated with TMP-SMX, 85% of these patients survived. Independent predictors of mortality at presentation were a low serum albumin and the requirement for early ICU admission. These results are consistent with prior studies [18–20] and suggest that mortality in most HIV-infected patients with PCP is related primarily to the underlying severity of illness and the initial severity of PCP.
Although we were unable to demonstrate that Pneumocystis DHPS mutations were an independent predictor of mortality, as found in another study , several results combine to suggest that there may be an association between DHPS mutations and poor outcomes. First, patients with mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes tended to be more likely to die and to fail therapy with TMP-SMX. These results contrasted with our prior study where patients with mutant DHPS genotypes were less likely to die and to fail TMP-SMX therapy when compared with patients with wild-type DHPS . The explanation for this apparent qualitative reversal remains unclear as the Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes observed and the clinical practice at our institution are unchanged. Next, more patients with mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes required mechanical ventilation. Finally, there was a trend for patients with Pneumocystis DHPS mutations to do less well if they receive low-dose TMP-SMX, raising the possibility that DHPS mutations may confer a low-level of resistance to TMP-SMX that is overcome by daily doses of > 15.0 mg/kg.
Our study had limitations. Although we have seen trends towards worse outcomes in patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS gene mutations and have reported on the largest series with DHPS mutations to date, we had insufficient power to detect differences of these magnitudes with statistical significance. Potentially, these differences may be significant with a larger sample. Since this was an observational study, patients were not randomized to low-dose or high-dose TMP-SMX to allow full investigation of the question of low-level TMP-SMX drug resistance – a study design that cannot be carried out in humans. Also, our analysis was based on the dose of TMP-SMX per kilogram body weight, as is the current clinical practice,  rather than on serum drug levels. Despite similar dosing, drug levels could have varied between patients.
In conclusion, we demonstrated that the majority of HIV-infected patients with PCP containing Pneumocystis DHPS gene mutations survived. However, our data also raised the possibility that mutant Pneumocystis DHPS genotypes may be associated with increased mortality and increased TMP-SMX failure, highlighting the importance of continuing studies on the question of sulfa drug resistance in Pneumocystis spp. The present mutations may be only the first in a series, and highly resistant P. jirovecii may emerge in the future. Therefore, continued work on a reliable culture system for P. jirovecii and on new medications to treat PCP is imperative.
Sponsorship: C. B. Beard was supported in part by funds from the CDC Opportunistic Infections Working Group. L. Huang was supported in part by NIH K23 HL072117, and A. Morris in part by NIH K23 HL072837.
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