• Simkania negevensis: clinical and laboratory studies in the population of hemodialized and kidney transplanted patients.
  • Simkania negevensis nel paziente in dialisi e nel trapiantato di rene. Ricerche cliniche e sperimentali
  • Stalteri, Lucia <1978>


  • MED/14 Nefrologia


  • Simkania negevensis is a bacterium belonging to the order Chlamydiales but with certain biological characteristics different from those of chlamydia, according to which it was classified in the family Simkaniaceae. It is widespread in the environment, due to its ability to survive in amoebae also in phase cystic, for which it was hypothesized a possible transmission after contact with water in which they are present amoebae. So far it is known its role in diseases of the lower respiratory tract, such as childhood bronchiolitis and pneumonia in adults of the community, following its transmission through infected aerosols. A recent American study showed, by PCR, a high prevalence of S. negevensis in patients with lung transplant than other transplant recipients, assuming an association between the presence of the bacterium in these patients, and transplant rejection, were more frequent in lung transplant recipients infected compared to uninfected. There are no data so far analyzed in Italy relative to the population of dialysis and kidney transplant recipients relative to simkania negevensis why this study was undertaken in order to start a specific location and evaluate the scientific implications. Because its ability to assume persistent forms of infection, which may lead to a prolonged inflammatory response, Simkania negevensis, similar to other persistent bacteria or viruses, may be ivolved in pathologic complication. Sn may be a factor in graft rejection in mmunesuppressed lung transplant recipients, and further studies are planned to explore the posible association of Sn infections with various in vivo pathologies.


  • 2015-04-17


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Stalteri, Lucia (2015) Simkania negevensis nel paziente in dialisi e nel trapiantato di rene. Ricerche cliniche e sperimentali, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze mediche specialistiche , 26 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/7108.