Previously Derived Host Gene Expression Classifiers Identify Bacterial and Viral Etiologies of Acute Febrile Respiratory Illness in a South Asian Population.

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BACKGROUND: Pathogen-based diagnostics for acute respiratory infection (ARI) have limited ability to detect etiology of illness. We previously showed that peripheral blood-based host gene expression classifiers accurately identify bacterial and viral ARI in cohorts of European and African descent. We determined classifier performance in a South Asian cohort. METHODS: Patients ≥15 years with fever and respiratory symptoms were enrolled in Sri Lanka. Comprehensive pathogen-based testing was performed. Peripheral blood ribonucleic acid was sequenced and previously developed signatures were applied: a pan-viral classifier (viral vs nonviral) and an ARI classifier (bacterial vs viral vs noninfectious). RESULTS: Ribonucleic acid sequencing was performed in 79 subjects: 58 viral infections (36 influenza, 22 dengue) and 21 bacterial infections (10 leptospirosis, 11 scrub typhus). The pan-viral classifier had an overall classification accuracy of 95%. The ARI classifier had an overall classification accuracy of 94%, with sensitivity and specificity of 91% and 95%, respectively, for bacterial infection. The sensitivity and specificity of C-reactive protein (>10 mg/L) and procalcitonin (>0.25 ng/mL) for bacterial infection were 100% and 34%, and 100% and 41%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Previously derived gene expression classifiers had high predictive accuracy at distinguishing viral and bacterial infection in South Asian patients with ARI caused by typical and atypical pathogens.

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Cited Authors

  • Tillekeratne, LG; Suchindran, S; Ko, ER; Petzold, EA; Bodinayake, CK; Nagahawatte, A; Devasiri, V; Kurukulasooriya, R; Nicholson, BP; McClain, MT; Burke, TW; Tsalik, EL; Henao, R; Ginsburg, GS; Reller, ME; Woods, CW

Published Date

  • June 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 6

Start / End Page

  • ofaa194 -

PubMed ID

  • 32617371

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7314590

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2328-8957

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ofid/ofaa194


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States