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Dynamics of total, linear nonintegrated, and integrated HIV-1 DNA in vivo and in vitro


Koelsch, K K; Liu, L; Haubrich, R; May, S; Havlir, D; Günthard, H F; Ignacio, C C; Campos-Soto, P; Little, S J; Shafer, R; Robbins, G K; D'Aquila, R T; Kawano, Y; Young, K; Dao, P; Spina, C A; Richman, D D; Wong, J K (2008). Dynamics of total, linear nonintegrated, and integrated HIV-1 DNA in vivo and in vitro. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 197(3):411-419.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), HIV-1 DNA persists during highly active antiretroviral treatment, reflecting long-lived cellular reservoirs of HIV-1. Recent studies report an association between HIV-1 DNA levels, disease progression, and treatment outcome. However, HIV-1 DNA exists as distinct molecular forms that are not distinguished by conventional assays. METHODS: We analyzed HIV-1 RNA levels in plasma, CD4 cell counts, and levels of integrated and nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with early or chronic infection before and during antiretroviral treatment. We also studied HIV-1 DNA decay in primary CD4 T cells infected in vitro. HIV-1 DNA was analyzed using an assay that is unaffected by the location of HIV-1 integration sites. RESULTS: HIV-1 RNA levels and total HIV-1 DNA levels decayed rapidly in patients during receipt of suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Ratios of total HIV-1 DNA levels to integrated HIV-1 DNA levels were high before initiation of therapy but diminished during therapy. Levels of linear nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA decayed rapidly in vitro (t (1/2) = 1- 4.8 days). CONCLUSION: Total HIV-1 DNA decays rapidly with suppression of virus replication in vivo. Clearance of HIV-1 DNA during the first 6 months of therapy reflects a disproportionate loss of nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA genomes, suggesting that levels of total HIV-1 DNA in PBMCs after prolonged virus suppression largely represent integrated HIV-1 genomes.

BACKGROUND: In patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), HIV-1 DNA persists during highly active antiretroviral treatment, reflecting long-lived cellular reservoirs of HIV-1. Recent studies report an association between HIV-1 DNA levels, disease progression, and treatment outcome. However, HIV-1 DNA exists as distinct molecular forms that are not distinguished by conventional assays. METHODS: We analyzed HIV-1 RNA levels in plasma, CD4 cell counts, and levels of integrated and nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with early or chronic infection before and during antiretroviral treatment. We also studied HIV-1 DNA decay in primary CD4 T cells infected in vitro. HIV-1 DNA was analyzed using an assay that is unaffected by the location of HIV-1 integration sites. RESULTS: HIV-1 RNA levels and total HIV-1 DNA levels decayed rapidly in patients during receipt of suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Ratios of total HIV-1 DNA levels to integrated HIV-1 DNA levels were high before initiation of therapy but diminished during therapy. Levels of linear nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA decayed rapidly in vitro (t (1/2) = 1- 4.8 days). CONCLUSION: Total HIV-1 DNA decays rapidly with suppression of virus replication in vivo. Clearance of HIV-1 DNA during the first 6 months of therapy reflects a disproportionate loss of nonintegrated HIV-1 DNA genomes, suggesting that levels of total HIV-1 DNA in PBMCs after prolonged virus suppression largely represent integrated HIV-1 genomes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 February 2008
Deposited On:27 Nov 2008 11:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:34
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISSN:0022-1899
Additional Information:© 2008 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Publisher DOI:10.1086/525283
PubMed ID:18248304
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-5470

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