Long-term immunovirologic control following antiretroviral therapy interruption in patients treated at the time of primary HIV-1 infection
ABSTRACT Five out of 32 patients who received very early and prolonged antiretroviral therapy displayed an unusual, sustained immunovirological control after treatment discontinuation (mean duration: 77 months). These 'post-treatment controllers' did not have the genetic characteristics of spontaneous 'elite' controllers, although they shared very low and stable level of viral reservoir. Treatment may have dramatically decreased this reservoir and preserved potent HIV-specific immunologic responses, inducing a new balance between the virus and the host's immune system in these patients.
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ABSTRACT: Novel HIV vaccine vectors and strategies are needed to control HIV/AIDS epidemic in humans and eradicate the infection. DNA vaccines alone failed to induce immune responses robust enough to control HIV-1. Development of lentivirus-based DNA vaccines deficient for integration and with a limited replication capacity is an innovative and promising approach. This type of vaccine mimics the early stages of virus infection/replication like the live-attenuated viruses but lacks the inconvenient integration and persistence associated with disease. We developed a novel lentivector DNA vaccine "CAL-SHIV-IN(-)" that undergoes a single round of replication in the absence of integration resulting in augmented expression of vaccine antigens in vivo. Vaccine gene expression is under control of the LTRs of a naturally attenuated lentivirus, Caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV) the natural goat lentivirus. The safety of this vaccine prototype was increased by the removal of the integrase coding sequences from the pol gene. We examined the functional properties of this lentivector DNA in cell culture and the immunogenicity in mouse models. Viral proteins were expressed in transfected cells, assembled into viral particles that were able to transduce once target permissive cells. Unlike the parental replication-competent SHIV-KU2 that was detected in DNA samples from any of the serial passage infected cells, CAL-SHIV-IN(-) DNA was detected only in target cells of the first round of infection, hence demonstrating the single cycle replication of the vaccine. A single dose DNA immunization of humanized NOD/SCID/β2 mice showed a substantial increase of IFN-γ-ELISPOT in splenocytes compared to the former replication and integration defective Δ4SHIV-KU2 DNA vaccine. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.Vaccine 03/2015; 33(19). DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.03.021 · 3.49 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: High power 1550 nm InGaAsP/InP single-frequency distributed-feedback lasers with record output powers are reported. Ex-facet power levels of 440 mW and single-mode fiber power of 340 mW have been achieved for CW operation at 20°C.Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2001. CLEO '01. Technical Digest. Summaries of papers presented at the Conference on; 06/2001