Prevelence of HIV-1 CCRS tropism (genotypic assay): Jaipur.
STUDY DESIGN: This was epidemiological, cross-sectional, and non-interventional study between March and April 2014 in HIV positive patients in Jaipur.
METHODS: Co-receptor tropism assay was done in total nine patients who were HIV positive attending Mahatma Gandhi Hospital Dermatology & Venereology of Mahatma Gandhi Hospital OPD in one month duration time.
RESULT: Total nine patients were studied, seven patients were already on ART (anti-retroviral treatment) and two patients were not taking any treatment as their CD4 count were above 500 cells/UL with low viral load. Co-Receptor tropism assay (genetic assay) CCR5 (with the help of Emcure pharmaceuticals) was done in all of them. HIV with a V3 loop sequence FPR<5% (False positive ratio) is considered X4 and with an FPR>=15% it is considered to be R5.
Results were as follows: Sl. FPR CD4 count Viral load No. Age Sex value (cell/[mm.sup.3] (Copies/ml) 1. 55 yrs M 90.9% 640 14090 2. 43 yrs M 0% 250 1700 3. 35 yrs M 31% 430 2500 4. 29 yrs F 90.9% 390 45894 5. 35 yrs M 89.1% 46 1946 6. 50 yrs F 90.7% 427 27796 7. 30 yrs F 87.8% 584 49358 8. 40 yrs M 87.4% 450 34000 9. 35 yrs M 31% 284 30500
Only one patient had FPR below 15 %, rest 8 patients had FPR above 15%. The study showed that the prevalence of CCR5 positivity was 88.8%, whereas CXCR4 prevalence was only 11.1%.
Eight patients showed CD4 count between 200-700 cell/[mm.sup.3] among them one patient was CCR5 negative and showed CD4 count 250 with viral load of 1700. One patient who was CCR5 positive showed 46 CD4 count with viral load of 1946 as the patient developed pulmonary tuberculosis so his ART was stopped, which might be the reason for his low CD4 count.
DISCUSSION: HIV enters cells by a complex process that involves sequential attachment to the CD4 receptor followed by binding to either the CCR5 or CXCR4 molecules and fusion of the viral and cellular membranes. (1) CCR5 co-receptor antagonists prevents HIV entry into target cells by binding to the CCR5 recepors (2). Phenotypic and, to a lesser degree, genotypic assays have been developed that can determine or predict the co-receptor tropism (i.e., CCR5, CXCR4, or both) of the patients dominant virus population. HIV tropism can be assessed by either genotypic or phenotypic methods. Phenotype is most commonly used in current clinical practice and in clinical trials.
Table 1: Shows the comparison of genotype and phenotype tropism.
Tropism predictions based on genotype rely on sequencing the envelope gp120, which can be technically challenging due to a high degree of sequence heterogeneity. Limiting analysis to the V3 loop of gp120 is less difficult but may yield less accurate results since regions outside V3 are also involved in viral tropism.
Viruses in many untreated patients eventually exhibit a shift in co-receptor tropism from CCR5 usage to either CXCR4 or both CCR5 and CXCR4 tropism (i. e, dual-or mixed--tropic, D/M-tropic). This shift is temporally associated with a more rapid decline in CD4 T-cell counts. (3,4) but whether this tropism shift is a cause or a consequence of progressive immunodeficiency remains undetermined (1). Antiretroviral treated patients with extensive drug resistance are more likely to harbor X4 or D/M-tropic variants than untreated patients with comparable CD4 counts. (5)
The prevalence of X4- or D/M-tropic variants increases to more than 50% in treated patients who have CD4 counts<100 cells/mm. (3,5,6) Phenotypic assay characterize the co-receptor usage of plasma--derived virus. In vitro the phenotypic assay can detect CXCR4--utilizing clones with 100% sensitivity when those clones represent 0.3% or more virus population. (7) This assay takes about two weeks to perform and requires a plasma HIV RNA level >1,000 copies/ml. In patients with plasma HIV-1 RNA below the limit of detection, co-receptor usage can be determined from pro viral DNA obtained from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, however, the clinical utility of this assay remains to be determined. (8)
Genotypic determination of HIV-1 co-receptor usage is based on sequencing of the V3--coding region of HIV1 envelop, the principal determinant of co-receptor usage. In our study we have used the genotypic assay method. When compared to the phenotypic assay, genotypic methods show high specificity (90%) but only modest sensitivity (50%-70%) for the presence of a CXCR4--utilizing virus.
Given these performance characteristics, these assays may not be sufficiently robust to completely rule out the presence of an X4 or D/M variant. (9) European guidelines currently favor genotypic testing to determine co-receptor usage. (10)
Our study showed the prevalence of CCR5 positivity as 88.8%, whereas CXCR4 prevalence was only 11.1%. Moreno et all showed in their study prevalence of CCR5-tropic HIV-1 among treatment-experienced individuals in Spain and found that (68.9%) patients had CCR5-tropic HIV-1 virus, and (31.1%) had dual-tropic/mixed or CXCR4 virus variants. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), with their compound aplaviroc, Schering-Plough with vicriviroc and Pfizer with maraviroc reached clinical trials in humans but only maraviroc has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Studies in which v3 genotyping was performed on samples from patients screened for clinical trials of MVC suggest that genotyping performed as well as phenotyping in predicting the response to MVC. (11,12) A tropism assay may potentially be used in clinical practice for prognostic purposes or to assess tropism before starting ART if future use of a CCR5 antagonist is anticipated. In our study since 7 patients were already on ART and were clinically stable so we did not shift these patients to maraviroc. Other two patients who were not on ART may be started on maraviroc in future.
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R5 = CCR5 usage X4 = CXCR4 usage DM = Dual/Mixed CCR5 and CXCR4 usage
* Viral population may include:
Dual clones R5 clones + Dual clones X4 clones + Dual clones R5 clones + X4 clones R5 clones + X4 clones + Dual clones
[1.] Shifa Yadav
[2.] Dinesh Mathur
[3.] Manisha Nijhawan
[4.] Savita Agarwal
[5.] Aakanksha Singh
[6.] Vibhor Goel
[7.] Shilpa Soni
[8.] Rakesh Jangra
PARTICULARS OF CONTRIBUTORS:
[1.] 2nd Year Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[2.] HOD, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[3.] Professor, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[4.] Senior Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[5.] 2nd Year Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[6.] 1st Year Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[7.] 1st Year Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
[8.] 1st Year Resident, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
NAME ADDRESS EMAIL ID OF THE CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Dr. Shifa Yadav, Room No. 12, Type IV-A, Building Old P.G. Hostel, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur.
Date of Submission: 08/09/2014.
Date of Peer Review: 09/09/2014.
Date of Acceptance: 10/09/2014.
Date of Publishing: 27/09/2014.
Table 1: Comparison of Tropism Test Methods Cell Based (Phenotype) Genotype Based Advantages: Advantages: * Biologically relevant. * Low cost (roughly $1000). * Assesses entire envelope product. * Less technically difficult. * Validated in clinical trials of CCR5 * Sensitivity of 1%. antagonists. * Sensitivity of 0.3% * Short turn-around time: 3-10 days. Disadvantages: Disadvantages: * Cost (roughly $2000). * Lower sensitivity may miss X4- using strains. * Long turn-around time: 2-3 weeks. * Sequence analysis limited to V3 loop. * High rate of non-reportable results. * Lack of clinical trial data. * Requires growth on cell lines * Poor hybridization to R5 which may differ from in vivo probe scored as X4; may be growth conditions. highly divergent R5. * Sequencing of bulk DNA can miss minority species (<25%).
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|Author:||Yadav, Shifa; Mathur, Dinesh; Nijhawan, Manisha; Agarwal, Savita; Singh, Aakanksha; Goel, Vibhor; So|
|Publication:||Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences|
|Date:||Sep 29, 2014|
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