Analysis of near full-length genomic sequences of drug-resistant HIV-1 spreading among therapy-naïve individuals in Nagoya, Japan: amino acid mutations associated with viral replication activity.
ABSTRACT We analyzed a total of 12 near full-length genomes of drug-resistant HIV-1 spreading among therapy-naïve individuals in Nagoya, Japan. Genomes comprised seven protease inhibitor (PI)-resistant viruses possessing an M46I (n = 6) or L90M mutation (n = 1) and five non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor-resistant viruses possessing a K103N mutation. All 12 viruses conserved both an H87Q mutation in the cyclophilin A-binding site of Gag p24 (capsid) and a T23N mutation in the cysteine-rich domain of Tat protein. PI-resistant viruses commonly possessed two cleavage site mutations in the p6(Pol)/protease of Pol polyprotein (F48L in p6(Pol)) and the anchor/core domains of Nef protein (L57V). These amino acid mutations represent candidates for enhancing replication activity of drug-resistant viruses and supporting expansion of such viruses in therapy-naïve individuals.
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ABSTRACT: Abstract To understand the molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 infection in Iran, we conducted the first study to analyze the genome sequence of Iranian HIV-1 isolates. For this cross-sectional study, we enrolled 10 HIV-1-infected individuals associated with injection drug use from Tehran, Shiraz, and Kermanshah. Near full-length genome sequences obtained from their plasma samples were used for phylogenetic tree and similarity plotting analyses. Among 10 isolates, nine were clearly identified as CRF35_AD and the remaining one as CRF01_AE. Interestingly, five of our Iranian CRF35_AD isolates made two clusters with 10 Afghan CRF35_AD isolates in a phylogenetic tree, indicating epidemiological connections among injection drug users in Iran and Afghanistan. In contrast, our CRF01_AE isolate had no genetic relationship with any other CRF01_AE isolates worldwide, even from Afghanistan. This study provides the first genomic evidence of HIV-1 CRF35_AD predominance and CRF01_AE infection among individuals associated with injection drug use in Iran.AIDS research and human retroviruses 08/2012; DOI:10.1089/AID.2012.0186 · 2.18 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Progression towards AIDS can vary from 5 to 10 years from the establishment of the primary infection by HIV-1 to more than 10 years in the complete absence of antiretroviral therapy. Several factors can contribute to the outcome of HIV infection, including host genetic and viral replicating characteristics. Historically, nef-deleted viral genomes have been associated with disease progression. Therefore, the lentiviral Nef protein is regarded as a progression factor. The objective of this work was to characterize the nef gene from a group of treatment naive patients infected with HIV-1 for more than 10 years. These patients were classified as long-term non-progressors, elite controller, and slow-progressors according to clinical and laboratorial data. A premature stop codon within the nef gene leading to the expression of a truncated peptide was observed on samples from the elite controller patient. For the slow-progressor patients, several degrees of deletions at the C-terminal of Nef were observed predicting a loss of function of this protein. The vif gene was characterized for these patients and a rare mutation that predicts a miss localization of the Vif protein to the nucleus of infected cells that could prevent its function as an APOBEC neutralization factor was also observed. These data indicate the importance of the HIV accessory proteins as factors that contribute to the outcome of AIDS. J. Med. Virol. 85:563-574, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Journal of Medical Virology 04/2013; 85(4):563-74. DOI:10.1002/jmv.23512 · 2.22 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Worldwide circulating HIV-1 genomes show extensive variation represented by different subtypes, polymorphisms and drug-resistant strains. Reports on the impact of sequence variation on antiretroviral therapy (ART) outcomes are mixed. In this review, we summarize relevant published data from both resource-rich and resource-limited countries in the last 10 years on the impact of HIV-1 sequence diversity on treatment outcomes. The prevalence of transmission of drug resistant mutations (DRMs) varies considerably, ranging from 0% to 27% worldwide. Factors such as geographic location, access and availability to ART, duration since inception of treatment programs, quality of care, risk-taking behaviors, mode of transmission, and viral subtype all dictate the prevalence in a particular geographical region. Although HIV-1 subtype may not be a good predictor of treatment outcome, review of emerging evidence supports the fact that HIV-1 genome sequence-resulting from natural polymorphisms or drug-associated mutations-matters when it comes to treatment outcomes. Therefore, continued surveillance of drug resistant variants in both treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced populations is needed to reduce the transmission of DRMs and to optimize the efficacy of the current ART armamentarium.Viruses 10/2014; 6(10):3855-3872. DOI:10.3390/v6103855 · 3.28 Impact Factor