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Robert Paul, Tanakorn Apornpong, Wasana Prasitsuebsai, Thanyawee Puthanakit, Vonthanak Saphonn, Linda Aurpibul, Pope Kosalaraksa, Suparat Kanjanavanit, Wicharn Luesomboon, Chaiwat Ngampiyaskul, Tulathip Suwanlerk, Kea Chettra, William T Shearer, Victor Valcour, Jintanat Ananworanich, Stephen Kerr
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected children with long-term nonprogressive disease (LTNPs) eventually convert to a progressive disease type, yet the extent to which these children experience the cognitive and emotional symptoms observed in typical progressive HIV (Progressors) is unknown. METHODS: Eighty-eight LTNPs, 53 Progressors, and 323 healthy controls completed annual assessments of cognitive and emotional health as part of a prospective study. The two HIV-infected groups and the healthy controls were matched on age and sex distribution at enrollment...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Jucelia Stadinicki Dos Santos, Sergio Monteiro de Almeida, Guilherme Silveira Ferreira, Juliano Bordignon, Sylvia Lopes Maia Teixeira, Alberto Cardoso Martins Lima, Sonia Mara Raboni
BACKGROUND: HIV-1+ long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs) maintain natural control of viral infection. This study sought to identify and characterize HIV- LTNPs series case, regarding the presence of possible host factors that may be associated with this status. METHODS: We evaluated the plasma levels of IP-10/IL-8 chemokines, HLA-B alleles, and IL28B rs12979860 polymorphism in 24 LTNPs who presented with infection by different clades of HIV-1. RESULTS: IL-8 chemokine was significantly higher in progressors than in LTNPs, but there was no difference between the LTNP subgroups...
2017: Current HIV Research
Assunta Venuti, Claudia Pastori, Lucia Lopalco
The CC chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5) is responsible for immune and inflammatory responses by mediation of chemotactic activity in leukocytes, although it is expressed on different cell types. It has been shown to act as co-receptor for the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses (HIV-1, HIV-2, and SIV). Natural reactive antibodies (Abs) recognizing first loop (ECL1) of CCR5 have been detected in several pools of immunoglobulins from healthy donors and from several cohorts of either HIV-exposed but uninfected subjects (ESN) or HIV-infected individuals who control disease progression (LTNP) as well...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Genevieve Kerkerian, Arshia Alimohammadi, Tyler Raycraft, Brian Conway
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are global pandemics that affect 170 million and 35 million individuals, respectively. Up to 45% of individuals infected with HCV clear their infections spontaneously - correlating to factors like aboriginal descent and some host specific immune factors. HIV, however, establishes true latency in infected cells and cannot be cured. In the setting of longterm non-progressors (LTNPs) of HIV, a state of immune preservation and low circulating viral load is established...
October 2, 2017: Infectious Disease Reports
Sophie Grabar, Hana Selinger-Leneman, Sophie Abgrall, Gilles Pialoux, Laurence Weiss, Dominique Costagliola
OBJECTIVES: We studied the frequency and risk factors for loss of long-term non-progressor (LTNP) and HIV controller (HIC) status among patients identified as such in 2005 in the French Hospital Database on HIV (FHDH-ANRS CO4). METHODS: We selected patients who were treatment-naïve and asymptomatic in 2005 (baseline). Those with ≥8 years of known HIV infection and a CD4 cell nadir ≥500/mm3 were classified as LTNP and those with ≥10 years of known HIV infection and 90% of plasma viral load (VL) values ≤500 copies/ml in the absence of cART as HIC...
2017: PloS One
Luz María Medrano, José Luis Jiménez, María A Jiménez-Sousa, Amanda Fernández-Rodíguez, Mónica Gutiérrez-Rivas, José María Bellón, José Ramón Blanco, Alexy Inciarte, Mª Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Salvador Resino
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to determine whether α-chain of the IL-7 receptor (IL7RA) polymorphisms (rs10491434, rs6897932 and rs987106) are associated with the clinical pattern of AIDS progression in ART-naïve HIV-infected patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study in 673 HIV-infected patients who were classified into three groups according to the clinical pattern of AIDS progression (188 long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs), 334 moderate progressors (MPs) and 151 rapid progressors (RPs))...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Olivier Lucar, Bin Su, Valérie Potard, Assia Samri, Brigitte Autran, Christiane Moog, Patrice Debré, Vincent Vieillard
Antibodies (Abs) play a central role in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) protection due to their multiple functional inhibitory activities. W614A-3S Abs recognize a specific form of a highly conserved motif of the gp41 envelope protein and can elicit viral neutralization to protect CD4(+) T cells. Here, we describe in detail the neutralizing profile of W614A-3S Abs in untreated long-term non-progressor (LTNP) HIV-infected patients. W614A-3S Abs were detected in 23.5% (16/68) of untreated LTNP patients compared with <5% (5/104) of HIV-1 progressor patients...
August 2017: EBioMedicine
Samantha J Westrop, Alexander T H Cocker, Adriano Boasso, Ann K Sullivan, Mark R Nelson, Nesrina Imami
HIV-1 controllers (HIC) are extremely rare patients with the ability to control viral replication, maintain unchanging CD4 T-cell count, and evade disease progression for extensive periods of time, in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. In order to establish the representation of key genetic correlates of atypical disease progression within a cohort of HIV-1(+) individuals who control viral replication, we examine four-digit resolution HLA type and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) previously identified to be correlated to non-progressive infection, in strictly defined HIC...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Vijaya Madhavi, Bruce D Wines, Janaki Amin, Sean Emery, Ester Lopez, Anthony Kelleher, Rob J Center, P Mark Hogarth, Amy W Chung, Stephen J Kent, Ivan Stratov
Studying HIV-infected individuals who control HIV replication (elite controllers [ECs]) enables exploration of effective anti-HIV immunity. HIV Env-specific and non-Env-specific antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) may contribute to protection from progressive HIV infection, but the evidence is limited. We recruited 22 ECs and matched them with 44 viremic subjects. HIV Env- and Vpu-specific ADCC responses in sera were studied using a novel enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based dimeric recombinant soluble FcγRIIIa (rsFcγRIIIa)-binding assay, surface plasmon resonance, antibody-dependent natural killer (NK) cell activation assays, and ADCC-mediated killing assays...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
Ayan Roy, Rachana Banerjee, Surajit Basak
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Two types of HIV have been characterized: HIV-1 and HIV-2. The present study investigated whether evolutionary selection pressure differs between rapid progressor (RP), slow progressor (SP), and long-term non-progressor (LTNP) of HIV-I infected individuals. An unexpected association between the evolutionary rate of substitution in envelope (env) gene and disease progression is observed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Archana Kulkarni, Swarali Kurle, Ashwini Shete, Manisha Ghate, Sheela Godbole, Vijaya Madhavi, Stephen J Kent, Ramesh Paranjape, Madhuri Thakar
HIV-specific antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC) is likely to be important in governing protection from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and slowing disease progression. Little is known about the ADCC responses to HIV-1 subtype C. We characterized ADCC responses in HIV-1 subtype C-infected Indian subjects with slow disease progression and identified the dominant antigenic regions recognized by these antibodies. ADCC responses were measured in plasma from 34 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs), who were asymptomatic and maintained CD4 count above 500 cells/mm(3) for the last 7 years in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 58 ART naïve progressors with CD4 count <500 cells/mm(3) against overlapping HIV-1 peptides using a flow cytometry-based antibody-dependent natural killer (NK) cell activation assay...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
B Dominguez-Molina, L Tarancon-Diez, S Hua, C Abad-Molina, E Rodriguez-Gallego, K Machmach, F Vidal, C Tural, S Moreno, J M Goñi, E Ramírez de Arellano, M Del Val, M F Gonzalez-Escribano, J Del Romero, C Rodriguez, L Capa, P Viciana, J Alcamí, X G Yu, B D Walker, Manuel Leal, M Lichterfeld, E Ruiz-Mateos
Background: HIV-1-controllers maintain HIV-1 viremia at low levels (normally <2000 HIV-RNA copies/mL) without antiretroviral treatment. However, some HIV-1-controllers have evidence of immunologic progression with marked CD4(+)T-cell decline. We investigated host genetic factors associated with protection against CD4(+)T-cell loss in HIV-1-controllers. Methods: We analysed the association of interferon lambda 4 (IFNL4)-related polymorphisms and HLA-B haplotypes within Long Term Non-Progressor HIV-1-controllers ((LTNP-C), defined by maintaining CD4(+)T-cells counts >500 cells/mm(3) for more than 7 years after HIV-1 diagnosis) versus non-LTNP-C, who developed CD4(+)T-cells counts <500 cells/mm(3) Both a Spanish study cohort (n=140) and an international validation cohort (n=914) were examined...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Yuanyuan Qiao, Lai Man, Zonglin Qiu, Lingli Yang, Youxiang Sun, Yuxian He
Isolation and characterization of novel HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies assists the development of effective AIDS vaccines and immune therapeutics. In this study, we constructed a phage display antibody library by using the PBMC samples of a clade B' HIV-1-infected long-term nonprogressor (LTNP) whose sera exhibited broadly neutralizing activity. A novel human monoclonal antibody (hMAb), termed A16, was identified by panning the library with two clades of HIV-1 Env glycoproteins. We demonstrated that A16 neutralized 32% of 73 tested HIV-1 isolates and it targeted the CD4-binding site (CD4bs) of gp120 with high affinity...
August 2016: Antiviral Research
Rakesh Dey, Kartik Soni, Shanmugam Saravanan, Pachamuthu Balakrishnan, Vikram Kumar, Jayaseelan Boobalan, Sunil Suhas Solomon, Vinod Scaria, Suniti Solomon, Samir K Brahmachari, Beena Pillai
HIV-1 replication inside host cells is known to be regulated by various host factors. Host miRNAs, by virtue of its normal functioning, also regulate HIV-1 RNA expression by either directly targeting virus mRNAs or indirectly by regulating host proteins that HIV-1 uses for own replication. Therefore, it is highly possible that with differential miRNA expression, rate of disease progression will vary in HIV-1 infected individuals. In this study we have compared expression of a panel of 13 reported anti-HIV miRNAs in human PBMCs from long term non progressors (LTNPs), regular progressors and rapid progressors...
2016: Scientific Reports
J Liu, P Y Fan, X J Xue, D Y Sun, G Q Sun, C H Liu, S A Tian, N Li, Q Zhu, Z Wang
OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence and characteristics of long-term non-progressors (LTNPs) and HIV controllers (HCs) among HIV-infections in Henan, China. METHODS: Data in two databases (Information management system of HIV/AIDS prevention and control; HIV/AIDS testing application platform of Henan) were used to identify the LTNPs and HCs, investigation and verification, sample collection and correlation testing were carried out thereafter. RESULTS: A total of 148 LTNPs/HCs were identified...
February 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Surya Shrivastava, Jay Trivedi, Debashis Mitra
Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) encodes a 27 kDa Negative Factor or Nef protein, which is increasingly proving to be a misnomer. Nef seems to be crucial for AIDS progression as individuals infected with nef-deleted strain of HIV were reported to become Long Term Non Progressors (LTNP). These findings necessitate tracing of Nef's footprint on landscape of cellular transcriptome favoring HIV-1 pathogenesis. We have tried to explore effect of Nef on cellular gene expression profile in conjunction with rest of HIV-1 proteins...
March 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
C D Eckstrand, C Hillman, A L Smith, E E Sparger, B G Murphy
BACKGROUND: Examination of a cohort of cats experimentally infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for 5.75 years revealed detectable proviral DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) harvested during the asymptomatic phase, undetectable plasma viral RNA (FIV gag), and rarely detectable cell-associated viral RNA. Despite apparent viral latency in peripheral CD4+ T cells, circulating CD4+ T cell numbers progressively declined in progressor animals. The aim of this study was to explore this dichotomy of peripheral blood viral latency in the face of progressive immunopathology...
2016: PloS One
Uday A Phatak, P V Chitale, Rakhi V Jagdale
Long-term non-progressor HIV infection (LTNP-HIV) is seen in <1 percent of HIV-afflicted population. There are definite criteria for the diagnosis of LTNP-HIV. Malignancies either solid tumors or haematological cancers have not been reported in such population. We report here a rare case of follicular thyroid carcinoma in LTNP-HIV infection. She never had any opportunistic infections. She did not receive anti-retroviral therapy in the entire course of illness and continued to have good quality of life. Treatment of follicular thyroid cancer was similar to other patients without HIV infection...
July 2015: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Xin Sun, Wei Li, Wenzhen Liu, Rui Wang, Qunhui Li, Hao Wu
BACKGROUND: The tripartite interaction motif 5a (Trim5a) plays critical roles in restricting various kinds of retroviruses in different species. It has been shown that Trim5a could inhibit HIV-1 inhibition in vitro. METHODS: In this study, 16 SNPs of Trim5a gene were screened in 236 acutely HIV-infected patients (169 common type (CT) patients and 67 patients with rapid disease progression). In addition, they were screened in 162 chronically HIV-infected patients (147 common type patients and 15 long-term non-progressors (LTNP))...
2015: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Maria Pernas, Victor Sanchez-Merino, Concepcion Casado, Alberto Merino-Mansilla, Isabel Olivares, Eloisa Yuste, Cecilio Lopez-Galindez
This study evaluated the neutralization breadth in dually infected (DI) HIV-1 long-term non-progressor elite controller patients (LTNP-EC) using a representative minipanel of 6 viruses from 5 different subtypes. Our results showed an improved neutralization breadth in DI LTNP-EC patients when compared with matched LTNP single-infected patients. The role of viral diversity in neutralization was estimated with the Shannon Entropy and the p-distance in viral quasispecies. We found a positive correlation between neutralization breadth and diversity within the viral quasispecies...
2015: PloS One
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