Ven Natarajan

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    ABSTRACT: Determining the precise lifespan of human T-cell is challenging due to inability of standard techniques to distinguish between dividing and dying cells. Here, we measured the duration of in vivo persistence by following a pool of T-cells that were "naturally" labeled with a single integrated clone of a replication-incompetent HIV-1 provirus. Utilizing a combination of techniques we were able to sequence/map an integration site of a unique provirus with a stop codon at position 42 of the HIV-1 protease. In-vitro reconstruction of this provirus into an infectious clone confirmed its inability to replicate. By combing cell separation and integration site-specific PCR we were able to follow the fate of this single provirus in multiple T-cell subsets over a 20-year period. As controls, a number of additional integrated proviruses were also sequenced. The replication-incompetent HIV-1 provirus was solely contained in the pool of effector memory (EM) CD4 T-cell for 17 years. The percentage of the total EM CD4 T-cells containing the replication-incompetent provirus peaked at 1% with a functional half-life of 11.1 months. In the process of sequencing multiple proviruses, we also observed high levels of lethal mutations in the peripheral blood pool of proviruses. These data indicate that human EM CD4 T-cells are able to persist in vivo for >17 years without detectably reverting to a central memory phenotype. A secondary observation is that the fraction of the pool of integrated HIV-1 proviruses capable of replicating may be considerably less than the 12% currently noted in the literature.
    AIDS (London, England) 01/2014; · 4.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite antiretroviral therapy (ART), some HIV-infected persons maintain lower than normal CD4(+) T-cell counts in peripheral blood and in the gut mucosa. This incomplete immune restoration is associated with higher levels of immune activation manifested by high systemic levels of biomarkers, including sCD14 and D-dimer, that are independent predictors of morbidity and mortality in HIV infection. In this 12-week, single-arm, open-label study, we tested the efficacy of IL-7 adjunctive therapy on T-cell reconstitution in peripheral blood and gut mucosa in 23 ART suppressed HIV-infected patients with incomplete CD4(+) T-cell recovery, using one cycle (consisting of three subcutaneous injections) of recombinant human IL-7 (r-hIL-7) at 20 µg/kg. IL-7 administration led to increases of both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cells in peripheral blood, and importantly an expansion of T-cells expressing the gut homing integrin α4β7. Participants who underwent rectosigmoid biopsies at study baseline and after treatment had T-cell increases in the gut mucosa measured by both flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. IL-7 therapy also resulted in apparent improvement in gut barrier integrity as measured by decreased neutrophil infiltration in the rectosigmoid lamina propria 12 weeks after IL-7 administration. This was also accompanied by decreased TNF and increased FOXP3 expression in the lamina propria. Plasma levels of sCD14 and D-dimer, indicative of systemic inflammation, decreased after r-hIL-7. Increases of colonic mucosal T-cells correlated strongly with the decreased systemic levels of sCD14, the LPS coreceptor - a marker of monocyte activation. Furthermore, the proportion of inflammatory monocytes expressing CCR2 was decreased, as was the basal IL-1β production of peripheral blood monocytes. These data suggest that administration of r-hIL-7 improves the gut mucosal abnormalities of chronic HIV infection and attenuates the systemic inflammatory and coagulation abnormalities that have been linked to it.
    PLoS Pathogens 01/2014; 10(1):e1003890. · 8.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Immune restoration disease (IRD) can develop in HIV-infected patients following antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation as unmasking or paradoxical worsening of opportunistic infections and, rarely, autoimmune phenomena. Although IRD usually occurs in the first months of ART during memory CD4 T-cell recovery, Graves' disease occurs as a distinctive late-onset IRD and its pathogenesis is unclear. Seven patients who developed Graves' disease following ART initiation from the primary HIV care clinic at the National Institutes of Health were retrospectively identified and each was matched with two HIV-infected controls based on age, sex, and baseline CD4 T-cell count. Laboratory evaluations on stored cryopreserved samples were performed. Immunophenotyping of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), T-cell receptor excision circle (TREC) analysis in PBMCs, measurement of serum cytokines, and luciferase immunoprecipitation systems (LIPS) analysis for autoimmune antibodies were performed on stored samples for cases and controls at baseline and longitudinally following ART initiation. TSH/thyrotropin receptor (TSH-R) antibody testing was performed on serum from cases. Data were analyzed using nonparametric testing. In comparison with controls, the proportion of naive CD4 T cells increased significantly (P = 0.0027) in the Graves' disease-IRD patients. TREC/10 PBMCs also increased significantly following ART in Graves' disease-IRD patients compared with controls (P = 0.0071). Similarly, LIPS analysis demonstrated increases in nonthyroid-related autoantibody titers over time following ART in cases compared with controls. Our data suggest that Graves' disease-IRD, in contrast to early-onset IRD, is associated with naive and primary thymic emigrant CD4 T-cell recovery and inappropriate autoantibody production.
    AIDS (London, England) 08/2013; · 4.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Viral blips, where HIV RNA plasma viral load (pVL) intermittently increases above the lower limit of assay detection, are a cause for concern. We investigated a number of hypotheses for their cause. We assessed HIV RNA, and total and episomal HIV DNA from 16 individuals commencing antiretroviral therapy consisting of raltegravir and tenofovir/emtricitabine for 3 years, using two assays: a single-copy assay (SCA, lower limit of quantification LLOQ, <1 copy/ml), and the Amplicor assay (LLOQ of 50 copies/ml). Two individuals exhibited viral blips. From week 20 onwards, the period where ART had achieved its final suppressive levels, pVL ranged from <1 to ≥50330 copies/ml, except for one individual at the final time. Both assays were 98% consistent (108/110) in assessing pVL <50 copies/ml, but the Amplicor assay registered 56% of samples (19/34) as below the LLOQ which were in the 50 to 1000 copy/ml range as quantified by SCA. pVL changes between successive timepoints did not correlate with changes in cellular infection as measured through either total or episomal HIV DNA. Changes in pVL were correlated (negatively) with changes in: total CD4+ T cell numbers (p=0.003), naïve (CD45RO-CD62L+CD4+), natural regulatory (CD45RO-CD25+CD127-CD4+), activated effector (CD45RO+CD38++CCR5+CD8+), but not activated (CD38+HLA-DR+) CD4+ T cells. Patients receiving stable, seemingly suppressive antiretroviral therapy can have pVL near the 50 copy LLOQ at multiple timepoints. The high Amplicor assay error rate around this level implies that viral blips under-represent pVL being more consistently above the LLOQ. Activation of latently infected cells is less likely to contribute to this phenomenon.
    AIDS research and human retroviruses 07/2013; · 2.18 Impact Factor
  • Yunden Badralmaa, Ven Natarajan
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    ABSTRACT: Detection of episomal 2-LTR DNA circles is used as a marker for the ongoing virus replication in patients infected with HIV-1, and efficient extraction of episomal DNA is critical for accurate estimation of the 2-LTR circles. The impact of different methods of DNA extraction on the recovery of 2-LTR circles was compared using mitochondrial DNA extracted as an internal control. The bacterial plasmid DNA isolation method extracted less than 10% of cellular DNA, 40% of mitochondrial DNA and 12-20% of the input 2-LTR DNA. The total DNA isolation method recovered about 70% of mitochondrial DNA and 45% of the input 2-LTR DNA. The total nucleic acid isolation method recovered 90% of mitochondrial DNA and 60% of the input 2-LTR DNA. Similar results were obtained when the DNA was extracted from HIV-1 infected cells. Plasmid DNA isolation could not distinguish between 12 and 25 copies of 2-LTR DNA per million cells, whereas the total nucleic acid isolation showed a consistent and statistically significant difference between 12 and 25 copies. In conclusion, the total nucleic acid isolation method is more efficient than the plasmid DNA isolation method in recovering mitochondrial DNA and 2-LTR DNA circles from HIV-1 infected cells.
    Journal of virological methods 06/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Retinoic acids regulate the reverse cholesterol transport by inducing the ATP binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) dependent cholesterol efflux in macrophages, neuronal as well as intestine cells. In the present study, we aim to test the effect of all trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on ABCA1 expression in human CD4+ T cells and the involvement of cholesterol in ATRA mediated anti-HIV effect. Treatment with ATRA dramatically up-regulated ABCA1 expression in CD4+ T cells in a time and dose dependent manner. The expression of ABCA1 paralleled with increased ABCA1-dependent cholesterol efflux. This induction was dependent on T cell receptor (TCR) signaling and ATRA failed to induce ABCA1 expression in resting T cells. Moreover, ATRA and liver X receptor (LXR) agonist-TO-901317 together had synergistic effect on ABCA1 expression as well as cholesterol efflux. Increased ABCA1 expression was associated with lower cellular cholesterol staining. Cells treated with either ATRA or TO-901317 were less vulnerable to HIV-1 infection. Combination of retinoic acid and TO-901317 further inhibited HIV-1 entry and their inhibitory effects could be reversed by cholesterol replenishment. ABCA1 RNA and protein were determined by real-time PCR and immuno blot methods in cells treated with ATRA. Cholesterol efflux rate was measured in cells treated with ATRA and TO-901317. ATRA up-regulates ABCA1 expression and cholesterol efflux in CD4+ T cells and combination of ATRA and liver X receptor (LXR) agonist further enhanced these effects. Increased cholesterol efflux contributed to reduced HIV-1 entry, suggesting that anti-HIV effect of ATRA is mediated through ABCA1.
    Lipids in Health and Disease 06/2012; 11:69. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT: Initially Dr Angelica Aguilera-Gutierrez was not included in the authors list of an article published in BMC Molecular Biology (2011, 12:41) by Ishaq et al [1]. All the authors agree that Dr Aguilera-Gutierrez meets the criteria for authorship, and should be considered an author of the article [1].
    BMC Molecular Biology 04/2012; 13(1):14. · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: True long-term nonprogressors (LTNP) / elite controllers (EC) maintain durable control over HIV replication without antiretroviral therapy. Herein we describe four unique individuals who were distinct from conventional LTNP/EC in that they had extraordinarily low HIV burdens and comparatively weak immune responses. As a group, typical LTNP/EC have unequivocally reactive HIV-1 Western blots, viral loads below the lower threshold of clinical assays, low levels of persistent viral reservoirs, an overrepresentation of protective HLA alleles and robust HIV-specific CD8(+) T-cell responses. The four unique cases were distinguished from typical LTNP/EC based on weakly reactive Western blots, undetectable plasma viremia by a single copy assay, extremely low to undetectable HIV DNA levels and difficult to isolate replication-competent virus. All four had at least one protective HLA allele and CD8(+) T-cell responses that were disproportionately high for the low antigen levels, but comparatively lower than those of typical LTNP/EC. These unique individuals exhibit extraordinary suppression over HIV replication and, therefore, higher-level control than has been demonstrated in previous studies of LTNP/EC. Additional insight into the full spectrum of immune-mediated suppression over HIV replication may enhance our understanding of the associated mechanisms, which should inform the design of efficacious HIV vaccines and immunotherapies
    Blood 04/2012; · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    Bor-Ruei Lin, Ven Natarajan
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    ABSTRACT: Recruitment of Oct-1 protein to the octamer sequence of U6 promoter is critical for optimal transcription by RNA polymerase III. Here we report that p38 kinase inhibitors, SB202190 and SB203580, stimulated U6 promoter activity and this stimulation can be observed only in the presence of octamer sequence. SB202190-treated cell nuclear extract had about 50% increase in Oct-1 binding activity suggesting that the increased U6 promoter activity by p38 kinase inhibitor is mediated through Oct-1. Mutation in octamer sequence significantly reduced the SB202190-stimulated U6 promoter transcription and the distance between octamer and proximal sequence element of U6 promoter is also critical for the p38 kinase inhibitor-stimulated activity. Exogenous Oct-1 expression showed a concentration-dependent activation of U6 promoter that was further stimulated by the p38 kinase inhibitors. When cells were treated with p38 kinase inducer, hydrogen peroxide or phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), U6 promoter activity was down regulated and this inhibition was reversed by p38 kinase inhibitors. Over-expression of p38α kinase down-regulated U6 promoter activity and this inhibition was further enhanced by PMA and p38 kinase inhibitors reversed this inhibition. p38 kinase inhibitor-treated cells had 50% more U6 RNA than the control cells. Taken together, our results show a negative correlation between the p38 kinase levels and Oct-1 binding on U6 promoter, suggesting that U6 promoter is negatively regulated by p38 kinase.
    Gene 01/2012; 497(2):200-7. · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Eradication of HIV-1 is prevented by the formation of viral reservoirs in peripheral blood, lymphoid tissues and other sanctuary sites. In most patients, rebound upon treatment cessation is prompt. We assessed whether early treatment with raltegravir can impact on the formation of the viral reservoir. Methods: We conducted an open-label, nonrandomized study, and assessed in detail the decay characteristics of HIV-1 RNA in plasma, HIV DNA in CD4+ T cells and colon tissue biopies (CTBs) in 16 treatment-naive patients during either primary (PHI, n = 8) or chronic (CHI, n = 8) HIV-1 infection after treatment with raltegravir and Truvada for 52 weeks. Results: HIV-1 RNA decreased rapidly with treatment in all patients; first and second phase levels were lower in PHI patients with no appreciable difference in residual viremia between the two groups at 52 weeks. Episomal HIV-1 DNA increased sharply in both groups with peak levels at 3–4 weeks. Total HIV-1 DNA levels were reduced in both groups with similar kinetics, but were markedly lower in PHI patients after 52 weeks. Integrated HIV-1 DNA levels were significantly lower at baseline in PHI patients and this difference widened on treatment. Finally, total HIV-1 DNA decayed substantially in both groups in CTB. Conclusion: Treatment with raltegravir resulted in a large number of abrogated integration events, reflected by the increase of episomal HIV-1 DNA after treatment initiation. Levels of total and integrated HIV-1 DNA were lower in PHI patients at the end of the study period.
    AIDS 11/2011; 25(17):2069–2078. · 6.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is known that retinoid receptor function is attenuated during T cell activation, a phenomenon that involves actin remodeling, suggesting that actin modification may play a role in such inhibition. Here we have investigated the role of actin dynamics and the effect of actin cytoskeleton modifying agents on retinoid receptor-mediated transactivation. Agents that disturb the F-actin assembly or disassembly attenuated receptor-mediated transcription indicating that actin cytoskeletal homeostasis is important for retinoid receptor function. Overexpression or siRNA-induced knockdown of cofilin-1 (CFL1), a key regulator of F-actin assembly, induced the loss of receptor function. In addition, expression of either constitutively active or inactive/dominant-negative mutants of CFL1or CFL1 kinase LIMK1 induced loss of receptor function suggesting a critical role of the LIMK1-mediated CFL1 pathway in receptor-dependent transcription. Further evidence of the role of LMK1/CFL1-mediated actin dynamics, was provided by studying the effect of Nef, an actin modifying HIV-1 protein, on receptor function. Expression of Nef induced phosphorylation of CFL1 at serine 3 and LIMK1 at threonine 508, inhibited retinoid-receptor mediated reporter activity, and the expression of a number of genes that contain retinoid receptor binding sites in their promoters. The results suggest that the Nef-mediated inhibition of receptor function encompasses deregulation of actin filament dynamics by LIMK1 activation and phosphorylation of CFL1. We have identified a critical role of LIMK1-mediated CFL1 pathway and actin dynamics in modulating retinoid receptor mediated function and shown that LIMK1-mediated phosphocycling of CFL1 plays a crucial role in maintaining actin homeostasis and receptor activity. We suggest that T cell activation-induced repression of nuclear receptor-dependent transactivation is in part through the modification of actin dynamics.
    BMC Molecular Biology 09/2011; 12:41. · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HCV replication in extra-hepatic reservoirs has been suggested to occur in many tissues including PBMCs. A recent study showed evidence for compartmentalization and evolution of HCV in PBMCs. However, the cells that support HCV replication in PBMCs have not been identified. In this study we have fractionated the PBMC from HIV/HCV co-infected patients into T, monocytes, B and NK cells, and most of the HCV was located in CD3-cell fractions. Protease treatment of PBMCs to remove cell surface receptors resulted in the loss of HCV RNA suggesting that most of the HCV is present on the cell surface. PBMCs were treated by freeze-thaw nuclease method that would protect the HCV RNA in the virus but not the intracellular viral RNA. Data from this analysis support the conclusion that most of HCV is present on the cell surface. Even though the presence of minus strand RNA in PBMCs suggests that a low level HCV replication takes place within the PBMCs of HIV/HCV co-infected individuals, HCV in PBMC is present mainly on the surface of non-T cells, mostly on NK, monocytes and B cells. These results suggest a unique pathogenic role of NK, monocyte and B cells as carriers of HCV.
    Journal of Medical Virology 12/2010; 82(12):2032-7. · 2.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) contributes significantly to HIV-related morbidity and mortality. Chronic immune activation and inflammation are thought to augment the progression of atherosclerotic disease. In this retrospective, case-control study of HIV-infected individuals, we investigated the association of traditional cardiac risk factors, HIV-related disease, and inflammation with CVD events. HIV-infected individuals who experienced an incident CVD event while enrolled in National Institutes of Health clinical protocols from 1995 to 2009 were matched 2: 1 to HIV-infected individuals without known CVD. Markers of inflammation and cell activation were measured in serum or plasma using ELISA-based assays and peripheral mononuclear cells by four-color flow cytometry. Fifty-two patients experienced an incident CVD event. Events were related to smoking, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, and family history as well as elevated D-dimer, soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1, and soluble tissue factor, but not high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. No significant differences in antiviral therapy, CD4 T-cell count, or CD38 and human leukocyte antigen-DR expression were identified between patients and controls. In multivariable analysis, smoking, family history, D-dimer, and glucose were independently related to CVD risk. In this cohort, CVD risk was related to traditional CVD risk factors and markers of thrombosis and endothelial damage, but not to high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or markers of T-cell activation such as CD38/human leukocyte antigen-DR coexpression. D-dimer may help identify HIV-infected patients at elevated CVD risk.
    AIDS (London, England) 06/2010; 24(10):1509-17. · 4.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To characterize the effect of efavirenz on bupropion hydroxylation as a marker of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2B6 activity in healthy subjects. Thirteen subjects received a single oral dose of bupropion SR 150 mg before and after 2 weeks of efavirenz administration for comparison of bupropion and hydroxybupropion pharmacokinetics. Efavirenz plasma concentrations were also assessed. Subjects were genotyped for CYP2B6 (G516T, C1459T, and A785G), CYP3A4 (A-392G), CYP3A5 (A6986G), and multidrug resistance protein 1 (C3435T). The area under the concentration vs. time curve ratio of hydroxybupropion:bupropion increased 2.3-fold after efavirenz administration (P=0.0001). Bupropion area under the concentration vs. time curve and Cmax decreased by 55% and 34%, respectively (P<0.002). None of the CYP2B6 or CYP3A genotypes evaluated were associated with a difference in bupropion or efavirenz clearance. The 2 individuals homozygous for multidrug resistance protein 1 3435-T/T had 2.5- and 1.8-fold greater bupropion and efavirenz clearance, respectively, relative to C/C and C/T individuals (P<0.05). Our results confirm that efavirenz induces CYP2B6 enzyme activity in vivo, as demonstrated by an increase in bupropion hydroxylation after 2 weeks of efavirenz administration.
    JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 12/2008; 49(5):513-9. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have examined several methods, including heat treatment and treatment with detergents, to inactivate HIV-1 present in plasma to be depleted of abundant proteins utilizing an antibody-based technology. Treatment with Triton X-100 was not compatible with abundant protein depletion with an antibody column and heat treatment alters the composition of the plasma proteome. However, treatment with 1.2% N-octylglucoside for 5 min completely inhibited HIV-1 infectivity. The detergent was easily removed through buffer exchange, and this treatment had no discernable effect on protein depletion.
    Proteomics. Clinical applications 06/2008; 2(6):904-7. · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have recently shown that Zap70 is important in retinoid receptor-dependent transactivation in T lymphocytes. We report that Zap70 signaling is also essential in dexamethasone-inducible glucocorticoid receptor (GR)-mediated transactivation in T lymphocytes. Zap70-negative Jurkat T cells and cells reconstituted with inactive Zap70 exhibited attenuated GR-mediated activation as compared with Zap70 reconstituted and wild-type cells. Lck-lacking Jurkat cells were also found to show markedly reduced GR activation, and reconstitution with Lck restored the activation. Gene array and protein analysis showed that the level of annexin 1 (ANXA1), an anti-inflammatory protein known to be induced and released by the glucocorticoid action, was significantly reduced in Zap70-negative and Zap70-inactive Jurkat cells as compared with wild-type cells. Lck-lacking cells were also found to have markedly reduced ANXA1 levels and reconstitution with Lck restored the ANXA1 expression. RNA interference-induced knockdown of Zap70 or Lck in Jurkat cells and peripheral blood T lymphocytes also resulted in the loss of ANXA1 expression. Transcriptional analysis revealed that dexamethasone-inducible GR-mediated activation of ANXA1 promoter was compromised in both Zap70 knocked down peripheral blood T cells and Zap70 or Lck-deficient/Lck-inactive Jurkat cells, indicating an essential role of these kinases in GR-mediated ANXA1 promoter activation in T lymphocytes. To summarize, our data demonstrate an important role for Zap70 signaling in GR-mediated transactivation in T lymphocytes and also point out a crucial role of this kinase in maintaining normal ANXA1 levels in these cells.
    The Journal of Immunology 10/2007; 179(6):3851-8. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intermittent interleukin (IL)-2 administration to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients leads to CD4(+) T cell expansions. The factors potentially affecting these expansions were investigated in the present study. A matched (for baseline CD4(+) T cell count) case-control study was designed. Nonresponders (NRs) were defined as patients with a <or=10% increase in CD4(+) T cell count 2 months after the third IL-2 cycle (week 24), compared with that at baseline (week 0). Control subjects experienced a >or=50% increase in CD4(+) T cell count at week 24. Immunophenotype, Ki67 and forkhead box protein P3 (FoxP3) expression, and T cell receptor excision circle (TREC) measurements in T cells were evaluated at weeks 0 and 24 in both groups. Control subjects and NRs did not differ significantly at baseline in age, viral load, CD4(+) T cell count, nadir CD4(+) T cell count, or CD8(+) T cell count. At week 0, NRs had lower TREC levels per 1x106 T cells and higher levels of T cell proliferation and activation than did control subjects. At week 24, both groups experienced decreases in T cell proliferation and increases in CD25 and FoxP3 expression on CD4(+) T cells, with TREC levels per 1x106 CD4(+) T cells decreasing significantly only in control subjects. Increased immune activation can adversely affect CD4(+) T cell expansions after IL-2 administration. Despite the lack of expansion, other evidence of IL-2-induced biological activity was observed.
    The Journal of Infectious Diseases 09/2007; 196(5):677-83. · 5.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Polymorphisms in the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2B6 gene have been shown to influence nevirapine plasma concentrations in HIV-infected European Caucasians. Although nevirapine is used extensively in Africa, the influence of CYP2B6 genotype on nevirapine exposure has not been assessed in this population. We aimed to determine the influence of CYP2B6 genotype at position 516 on nevirapine trough concentrations in HIV-infected patients in Kampala, Uganda. Additional polymorphisms in the CYP and multidrug resistance protein-1 (MDR-1) genes were also assessed for their impact on nevirapine concentrations. The following genotypes were determined in all subjects using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism: CYP2B6 G516T, MDR-1 C3435T and G2677T, CYP3A4(*)1B and CYP3A5(*)3. Nevirapine plasma concentrations were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography in 23 HIV-infected patients who were generally healthy and had been taking nevirapine 200 mg twice daily for at least 14 days. Analysis of variance with post hoc testing was used to compare nevirapine concentrations among CYP2B6 genotype groups. The median nevirapine trough concentration in individuals homozygous for the variant allele (TT) was 7607 ng/mL vs 4181 and 5559 ng/mL for GG and GT individuals, respectively (GG vs TT median ratio=1.82; P=0.011). The mean ratio for TT vs GG individuals (95% confidence interval) was 1.51 (1.18, 1.84). No associations were observed between the other polymorphisms studied and nevirapine concentrations. CYP2B6 G516T significantly influenced nevirapine trough concentrations in HIV-infected patients in Uganda. Additional studies in larger patient populations are necessary to further define the potential clinical impact of these preliminary findings.
    HIV Medicine 04/2007; 8(2):86-91. · 3.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the influence of sex on steady-state saquinavir pharmacokinetics in HIV-seronegative volunteers administered saquinavir without a concomitant protease inhibitor. Thirty-eight healthy volunteers (14 female) received saquinavir soft-gel capsules 1200 mg three times daily for 3 days to achieve steady-state conditions. Following administration of the 10th dose, blood was collected serially over 8 h for measurement of saquinavir plasma concentrations. Saquinavir pharmacokinetic parameter values were determined using noncompartmental methods and compared between males and females. CYP3A phenotype (using oral midazolam) and MDR-1 genotypes at positions 3435 and 2677 were determined for all subjects in order to characterize possible mechanisms for any observed sex-related differences. There was no significant difference in saquinavir AUC(0-8) or any other pharmacokinetic parameter value between the sexes. These findings persisted after mathematically correcting for total body weight. The mean weight-normalized AUC(0-8) was 29.9 (95% confidence interval 15.5, 44.3) and 29.8 (18.6, 40.9) ng h(-1) ml(-1) kg(-1) for males and females, respectively. No significant difference in CYP3A phenotype was observed between the groups; likewise, the distribution of MDR-1 genotypes was similar for males and females. In contrast to previous study findings, results from this investigation showed no difference in saquinavir pharmacokinetics between males and females. The discrepancy between our findings and those previously reported may be explained by the fact that we evaluated HIV-seronegative volunteers and administered saquinavir in the absence of concomitant protease inhibitors such as ritonavir. Caution must be exercised when extrapolating pharmacokinetic data from healthy volunteer studies (including sex-based pharmacokinetic differences) to HIV-infected populations or to patients receiving additional concurrent medications.
    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 05/2006; 61(4):379-88. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Both naïve CD4+ and naïve CD8+ T cells are depleted in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection by unknown mechanisms. Analysis of their dynamics prior to and after highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) could reveal possible mechanisms of depletion. Twenty patients were evaluated with immunophenotyping, intracellular Ki67 staining, T-cell receptor excision circle (TREC) quantitation in sorted CD4 and CD8 cells, and thymic computed tomography scans prior to and approximately 6 and approximately 18 months after initiation of HAART. Naïve T-cell proliferation decreased significantly during the first 6 months of therapy (P < 0.01) followed by a slower decline. Thymic indices did not change significantly over time. At baseline, naïve CD4+ T-cell numbers were lower than naive CD8+ T-cell numbers; after HAART, a greater increase in naïve CD4+ T cells than naïve CD8+ T cells was observed. A greater relative change (n-fold) in the number of TREC+ T cells/mul than in naïve T-cell counts was observed at 6 months for both CD4+ (median relative change [n-fold] of 2.2 and 1.7, respectively; P < 0.01) and CD8+ T cell pools (1.4 and 1.2; P < 0.01). A more pronounced decrease in the proliferation than the disappearance rate of naïve T cells after HAART was observed in a second group of six HIV-1-infected patients studied by in vivo pulse labeling with bromodeoxyuridine. These observations are consistent with a mathematical model where the HIV-1-induced increase in proliferation of naïve T cells is mostly explained by a faster recruitment into memory cells.
    Journal of Virology 04/2006; 80(6):2665-74. · 5.08 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1998–2013
    • Leidos Biomedical Research
      Maryland, United States
  • 2002–2012
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      • Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology
      Maryland, United States
  • 1998–2007
    • European Molecular Biology Laboratory
      Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1983–2007
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      • Laboratory of Immunoregulation
      Maryland, United States
  • 2005
    • SAIC
      Maryland, United States
    • National Human Genome Research Institute
      Maryland, United States
  • 2000–2003
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 1989–1994
    • Georgetown University
      • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
      Washington, D. C., DC, United States