alexa Immunological Interactions of Tuberculosis with Drugs and Substance Use: A Systematic Review and Update
ISSN: 2161-105X

Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine
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Immunological Interactions of Tuberculosis with Drugs and Substance Use: A Systematic Review and Update

Nathan G Kiboi1*, Saraphine N Nebere1 and Joseph K Karanja2

1Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

2Department of Zoological Sciences, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

*Corresponding Author:
Nathan G Kiboi
Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
School of Pure and Applied Sciences
Kenyatta University, P. O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254718145100
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 28, 2016; Accepted date: March 01, 2016; Published date: March 06, 2016

Citation: Kiboi NG, Nebere SN, Karanja JK (2016) Immunological Interactions of Tuberculosis with Drugs and Substance Use: A Systematic Review and Update. J Pulm Respir Med 6:326. doi:10.4172/2161-105X.1000326

Copyright: © 2016 Kiboi NG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Illicit drug and substance use exacerbates tuberculosis (TB) pandemic and complicates management of the disease. Cytokines play a crucial role in TB infection, and recreational drugs of abuse present a confounder in the understanding of immunology of TB. Therefore, this review presents an updated summary describing the immunological link between illicit drug use and TB.

Methods: Information was obtained from previous research findings via Medline search (1990-2015) using the headings tuberculosis, drug interactions, cytokine alterations, prevalence of TB and illicit drug use. In addition, Google scholarly articles and PubMed citations were included in our search.

Discussion: Recreational drug induced immunosuppression hastens TB progression among habitual substance users. Additionally, substance consumption in the context of TB infection alters cytokine production and the ensuing immune responses. In this regard, understanding these interactions forms an integral component in improving clinical outcomes among this cohort.

Conclusions: Drug and substance abuse aggravates TB pandemic and remains a hindrance to effective TB diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. As such, poor adherence to TB treatment and interactions with drugs of abuse remain a hallmark for drug resistance that poses a unique setback in the fight against the world epidemic. In addition, substance consumption promotes derangement in inflammatory responses implicated in TB immunopathogenesis. This review necessitates clear identification on contribution of each substance towards TB predisposition and cytokine dysregulation while adjusting for confounders.


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