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The effect of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) on binding and neutralizing antibody responses to human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) during primary and chronic infection was investigated. Seven patients HAART treated during primary infection, six HAART treated during chronic infection and five patients treated only with ZVD (Zidovudine) were analysed. HAART inhibited the development of anti env antibodies during primary infection. Administering HAART during primary infection usually did not substantially affect the development of weak neutralizing antibody responses against autologous virus. However, we demonstrated that very early treatment, during seroconversion, induce in some cases, a strong neutralizing antibodies against autologous virus. These results may be relevant for understanding how HAART may elicit a strong protective responses and may be useful in developing new strategies designed to achieve a long term control of the HIV infection.
These findings reinforce the usefulness of testing for resistance mutations in some cases to evaluate their prevalence in a given population and in the follow-up of treated patients.
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Preliminary data show very high rates (>65%) of K65R for patients failing TDF-based first-line regimens at McCord Hospital with few additional nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor mutations compared with subtype B. These rates may reflect faster in-vivo selection, longer time on a failing regimen or transmitted drug resistance.
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Sixty three adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 9 groups (A-I) and treated as follows; Group A received HAART cocktail (Lamivudine, Stavudine & Nevirapine), Group B received HAART and Hypoxis hemerocallidea (HH) extract (200mg/kg), Group C received HAART and HH (100mg/kg), Group D received HAART and vitamin C, Group E received HAART and vitamin E, Group F received HAART, vitamin C and vitamin E, Group G received HH extract (100mg/kg), Group H received HH extract (200mg/kg), and Group I received saline as placebo. After 56 days, animals were euthanized, kidneys harvested and prepared for H&E staining and blood samples were collected for BUN and serum creatinine analyses.
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The goal of this systematic study and meta-analysis was to assess the efficacy of lamivudine plus adefovir compared with entecavir for the treatment of patients with lamivudine-resistant CHB.
We performed an observational descriptive study in which we examined the samples provided at the clinical immunology laboratory between April 2004 and April 2009. We analysed both the resistance tests and the sensitivity to different drugs in patients with therapeutic failure using trugene hiv01 genotyping kits(®).
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To evaluate pharmacokinetics of nevirapine, lamivudine and stavudine in HIV-infected Zambian infants receiving fixed dose combination (FDC) antiretroviral tablets (Triomune Baby).
The long intracellular half-life of abacavir (ABC) supports its once-daily use, and this would be expected to simplify treatment if ABC could be given as part of a complete once-daily regimen. A randomized double-blind clinical trial compared the efficacy and safety of 600 mg of ABC administered once daily (n = 384) versus 300 mg of ABC administered twice daily (n = 386) in combination with 300 mg of lamivudine (3TC) and 600 mg of efavirenz (EFV) administered once daily in antiretroviral-naive patients over 48 weeks. The baseline median plasma HIV-1 RNA level was 4.89 log10 copies/mL (44% with viral load >100,000 copies/mL), and the median CD4 cell count was 262 cells/mm. ABC administered once daily was non-inferior to the twice-daily regimen, with 66% and 68% of patients in these respective treatment arms achieving a confirmed plasma HIV-1 RNA level <50 copies/mL (95% confidence interval: -8.4%, 4.9%). The ABC once-daily and twice-daily regimens were similar with respect to infrequency of virologic failure (10% vs. 8%), emergence of resistance mutations, CD4 cell increases from baseline (median, 188 vs. 200 cells/mm), safety profile, and incidence of ABC-related hypersensitivity reactions (9% vs. 7%). ABC administered once daily in combination with 3TC and EFV administered once daily was non-inferior to the ABC twice-daily dosing schedule when combined with 3TC and EFV over 48 weeks.
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The CAESAR (Canada, Australia, Europe, South Africa) trial randomized 1840 patients [inclusion CD4 cell count, 25-250 x 10(6)/l] to add either placebo, lamivudine (3TC) or 3TC plus loviride in a double-blinded fashion to baseline treatments (zidovudine, zidovudine-didanosine or zidovudine-zalcitabine) for 1 year.
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The NOD.c3c4 mouse model develops autoimmune biliary disease characterized by spontaneous granulomatous cholangitis, antimitochondrial antibodies and liver failure. This model for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) has evidence of biliary infection with mouse mammary tumour virus (MMTV), suggesting that the virus may have a role in cholangitis development and progression of liver disease in this mouse model. We tested the hypothesis that MMTV infection is associated with cholangitis in the NOD.c3c4 mouse model by investigating whether antiretroviral therapy impacts on viral levels and liver disease.
This prospective, multicentre study was conducted between September and October 2003 in 38 French departments of internal medicine, infectious disease and hepatogastroenterology and included 406 consecutive HBV-infected patients (positive HBsAg), half of whom were HIV-infected (53%). The aim was to outline the main characteristics of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infected patients in French hospitals. HBV-HIV co-infected patients (85% were receiving HAART; mean CD4 count 447+/-245/microl, HIV RNA load<400 copies/ml, 67% of patients), compared to HIV-negative patients, were more often male, injecting drug users, HBeAg-positive and HCV-HIV co-infected (P<10(-4)). They underwent liver biopsy less often (31% vs. 51%, P<10(-4)), particularly those with severe immunodeficiency. They received anti-HBV treatment more often (75% vs. 45.7%, P<10(-4)), mainly lamivudine and tenofovir. Significant improvements in the management of such patients are awaited mainly in the appraisal of liver disease by either liver biopsy or non-invasive alternatives to liver biopsy.
In 2001, we enrolled and followed up 466 HIV-infected adults and 1481 HIV-uninfected household members in a prospective cohort study. After 5 months, we provided daily co-trimoxazole (160 mg trimethoprim and 800 mg sulfamethoxazole) prophylaxis to HIV-infected participants. Between May, 2003, and December, 2005, we followed up 138 infected adults who were eligible and 907 new HIV-infected participants and their HIV-negative household members in a study of ART (mainly stavudine, lamivudine, and nevirapine). Households were visited every week by lay providers, and no clinic visits were scheduled after enrolment. We compared rates of death, hospitalisation, and orphanhood during different study periods and calculated the number needed to treat to prevent an outcome.
We undertook a 96-week, phase 3, randomised, double-blind, double-dummy, non-inferiority trial in 98 hospitals or medical centres in 21 countries. We enrolled adults (≥18 years) not previously given antiretroviral therapy and with a screening plasma viral load of 5000 copies per mL or more and viral sensitivity to background N(t)RTIs. We randomly allocated patients (1:1) using a computer-generated interactive web-response system to receive oral rilpivirine 25 mg once daily or efavirenz 600 mg once daily; all patients received an investigator-selected regimen of background N(t)RTIs (tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate plus emtricitabine, zidovudine plus lamivudine, or abacavir plus lamivudine). The primary outcome was non-inferiority (12% margin on logistic regression analysis) at 48 weeks in terms of confirmed response (viral load <50 copies per mL, defined by the intent-to-treat time to loss of virologic response [TLOVR] algorithm) in all patients who received at least one dose of study drug. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00543725.
Pre-ART plasmas from ART-naive Kenyans initiating an NNRTI-based fixed-dose combination ART in a randomized adherence trial conducted in 2006 were retrospectively analyzed by OLA for mutations conferring resistance to NNRTI (K103N, Y181C, and G190A) and lamivudine (M184V). Post-ART plasmas were analyzed for virologic failure (≥1000 copies/mL) at 6-month intervals over 18-month follow-up. Pre-ART plasmas of those with virologic failure were evaluated for drug resistance by consensus and 454-pyrosequencing.
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The mean baseline CD4 count was 125 cells/mm3 and the mean HIV RNA level was 4.7 log10 copies/ml. The mean change in log10 HIV RNA was -0.73 copies/ml. The mean percentage of self-reported adherence was 91% (range: 15-100%) and the mean proportion of undetectable PI concentrations was 27% (range: 0-100%, mean 2.5 samples/patient). The correlation between the two measures was -0.23 (P=0.009). In a multivariate model, percentage of visits with undetectable PI concentrations (P=0.02), percentage of medication adherence (P=0.02), baseline HIV RNA level (P=0.005), prior PI use (P=0.0004), prior lamivudine (3TC) use (P=0.0009) and randomization to the frequent HIV RNA measurement group (P<0.0001) were all related to change in HIV RNA. After accounting for adherence, patients who always had detectable PI concentrations had an average of 0.4 log10 additional HIV RNA reduction compared with those who had no detectable concentrations.
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During initial therapy, the median serum K-18 fragment levels were significantly reduced from baseline (280 U/l [149-2,461]) to 6 months (164 U/l [110-454]; P<0.001) and from 6 to 12 months (145 U/l [113-280]; P=0.031). K-18 fragment levels increased at breakthroughs (187 U/l [137-1,063]) compared to last previous visits (145 U/l [118-389]; P=0.015) but remained lower than baseline (P=0.036). Changes of K-18 fragment levels correlated positively with changes of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and HBV DNA from baseline to 6 or 12 months of initial therapy. In patients with breakthroughs, K-18 fragment levels had only a trend towards a decrease from adefovir addition (198 U/l [124-1,219]) to 6 months (170 U/l [122-1,576]; P=0.109) and mainly to 12 months (156 U/l [122-878]; P=0.055).
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The novel method described herein enables individualized selection of anti-HBV agents in clinic and is useful in future studies of antiviral therapy for CHB.
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We have studied a 49-year-old patient with a HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B in whom, after 34 months of treatment with lamivudine and associated with an increase in the serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, the lamivudine resistance mutations M204I and L180V were detected. Lamivudine was substituted for adefovir dipivoxil and after 16 months of treatment, in the course of a study to investigate hepatitis B genotypes, the adefovir resistance mutation N236T was detected. HBV viral load in this sample was 3 yen 10(7) UI/ml. Adefovir is considered as the alternative treatment when lamivudine resistance is detected. Appearance of resistance to adefovir is very unusual and in Spain, no case has been communicated yet. However, we must be aware of the adefovir resistance in patients who do not respond to adefovir and it must be confirmed with a resistance study, if possible.
Although adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) has been used for antiviral treatment of lamivudine (LAM)-resistant chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, the long-term efficacy of this treatment is not well understood. Initial virological response (IVR) has been reported to be an important factor in relation to the development of ADV-resistance.
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We evaluated the mitochondrial toxicity of tenofovir (TFV), emtricitabine (FTC) and abacavir as carbovir (CBV) alone, with each other, and in combination with additional NRTIs. HepG2 human hepatoma cells were incubated with TFV, FTC, CBV, didanosine (ddl), stavudine (d4T), lamivudine (3TC) and zidovudine (AZT) at concentrations equivalent to 1 and 10x clinical steady-state peak plasma levels (C(max)). NRTIs were also used in double and triple combinations. Cell growth, lactate production, intracellular lipids, mtDNA and the mtDNA-encoded respiratory chain subunit II of cytochrome c oxidase (COXII) were monitored for 25 days.
To date, 13 patients with chronic hepatitis B infection treated with TNF-alpha inhibitors have been reported: 11 with infliximab and 2 with etanercept. Some patients received antiviral therapy for hepatitis B (specifically lamivudine) before, during, or after TNF-alpha inhibitors were started. Clinically apparent reactivation of hepatitis B virus typically occurred 1 month after the 3rd dose of infliximab. Etanercept was not associated with a similar reactivation. The difference between infliximab and etanercept in viral reactivation may be linked to the pharmacologic difference of each medication.
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A new study shows that Sustiva (efavirenz) taken in combination with Stavudine (d4T) and Lamivudine (3TC) was effective in reducing viral load to below 400 copies/mL in all patients observed. Sustiva, manufactured by DuPont, was studied in a 48-week trial, and results were reported at the 9th European Conference of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Berlin. In a second study, Sustiva in combination with AZT/3TC or Indinavir showed a reduction in viral load in both vaginal and cerebrospinal fluids in two groups of patients.
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Adefovir dipivoxil is effective in patients with lamivudine-resistant hepatitis B virus (HBV). However, little is known about its role in Korean patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis. We retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of adefovir dipivoxil in patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis with lamivudine resistance, and we compared this to the patients having compensated liver disease.
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The Kirby Institute and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
A 45-years-old patient, infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus had consulted for ongoing febrile pneumonia since two weeks. Clinical examination revealed fever of 38.5°C, dyspnea, pulmonary syndrome condensation and papulo-nodular of "molluscum contagiosum" like lesions located on the face, arms, neck and trunk. Sputum smear was negative for tuberculosis. The chest radiograph showed reticulonodular opacities in the right upper and middle lobes and two caves in the right hilar region. The CD4 count was 6 cells/mm3 after a year of antiretroviral treatment (Zidovudine-Lamivudine-Efavirenz). She was treated as smear negative pulmonary tuberculosis after a lack of gentamicin and amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid response. Culture of skin samples and sputum had revealed the presence of P. marneffei. A treatment with ketoconazole 600 mg per day was initiated. After two weeks of treatment, there was a decrease in the size and number of papules and nodules, without any new lesions. We noted disappearance of cough and fever. The chest X-ray showed a decrease of pulmonary lesions. There was no reactivation of P. marneffei infection but the patient died from AIDS after two years of follow up.
The aim of the study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of alternative therapeutic strategies for the management of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Poland.