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Tehe, A; Maurice, C; Hanson, D L; Borget, M Y; Abiola, N; Maran, M; Yavo, D; Tomasik, Z; Böni, J; Schüpbach, J; Nkengasong, J N (2006). Quantification of HIV-1 p24 by a highly improved ELISA: An alternative to HIV-1 RNA based treatment monitoring in patients from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Journal of Clinical Virology, 37(3):199-205.

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BACKGROUND: Quantification of HIV-1 RNA remains difficult to implement in Africa. Simple and inexpensive tests for antiretroviral treatment (ART) monitoring are needed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an HIV-1 p24 ELISA, which combines efficient virus disruption, heat-denaturation and signal amplification, in a West African setting. STUDY DESIGN: Eighty-six HIV-1 infected patients from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, were tested for p24, HIV-1 RNA, and CD4+ count at baseline, and twice within 8 months after ART initiation. RESULTS: All patients responded to ART with a minimal HIV-1 RNA drop of 0.5log(10) at first follow-up. Forty-one (47.7%) then rebounded >0.5log(10) or persisted above 1000copies/mL by week 24. The predicted baseline concentration of p24 corresponding to 100,000copies/mL of HIV-1 RNA, above which ART is recommended, was 4546fg/mL (95% confidence interval 3148-6566). A prediction model of virologic failure, occurring after an initial response to ART, correctly classified 84% of patients using baseline p24, p24 change on therapy, and achievement of undetectable p24 as explanatory variables. The model and further bootstrap evaluation suggested a good ability to discriminate between sustained or failing virologic response to ART. CONCLUSION: HIV-1 p24 and RNA based-ART monitoring in a low-resource country dominated by HIV-1 CRF02 AG appeared comparable.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Virology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:1 November 2006
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:22
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jcv.2006.08.005
PubMed ID:16973409

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