Edward P Acosta

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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    ABSTRACT: In the combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) era, prevalence of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) remains high: 36.2-44.8% (1) , contributing to morbidity (1) and mortality (2) . Suboptimal control of HIV in the central nervous system (CNS) likely plays a role in this phenomenon, as supported by elevated neopterin and detectable HIV-1 RNA in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients on long term cART (3) . Studies have shown that limited CNS penetration by antiretroviral (ARV) drugs is associated with HAND (4,5) . This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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    ABSTRACT: To assess thepharmacokinetic (PK), safety and efficacy of dolutegravir plus optimized background regimen (OBR) in HIV infected treatment-experienced adolescents. Children ≥12 to < 18 yearsreceived dolutegravir weight-based fixed doses at ~1.0 mg/kg once daily in a Phase I/II multicenter open-label 48 week study. Intensive PK evaluation was done at steady state after dolutegravir was added to a failing regimen or started at the end of a treatment interruption. Safety and HIV RNA and CD4 cell count assessments were performed through Week 48. Twenty three adolescents, were enrolled and 22 (96%) completed the 48 week study visit. Median age and weight were 15 years and 52 kg, respectively. Median (IQR) baseline CD4+ cell count was 466 cells/µL (297, 771). Median (IQR) baseline HIV-1 RNA log10 was 4.3 log10 copies/mL (3.9, 4.6). Dolutegravir geometric mean AUC(0-24) and C24 were 46.0 µg.h/mL and 0.90 µg/mL, respectively, which were within the study targets based on adult PK ranges. Virologic success with an HIV RNA < 400 copies/mL was achieved in 74 % (95% CI: 52% to 90%) at Week 48. Additionally, 61% (95% CI: 39% to 80%) had an HIV RNA < 50 copies/mL at Week 48. Median (IQR) gain in CD4 cell count at Week 48 was 84 cells/µL (-81, 238). Dolutegravir was well tolerated, with no Grade 4 AEs, SAEs or discontinuations due to AEs. Dolutegravir achieved target PK exposures in adolescents. Dolutegravir was safe and well tolerated, providing good virologic efficacy through Week 48.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) causes kidney toxicity in some patients. We carried out genomewide analyses to identify associations with plasma tenofovir clearance and change in creatinine clearance (CrCl) during the first 6 months after initiating therapy among patients randomized to TDF/emtricitabine-containing regimens in AIDS Clinical Trials Group protocol A5202. Pharmacokinetic analyses involved 501 patients randomized to the tenofovir arm. CrCl analyses involved 1096 patients, including 548 controls randomized to abacavir-containing regimens. All had been randomized to also receive atazanavir/ritonavir or efavirenz. Multivariable linear regression and generalized least squares models were used to test for associations between polymorphisms and tenofovir clearance and CrCl change, with Bonferroni correction. Planned subanalyses considered candidate genes and polymorphisms. Median CrCl at baseline was 116 ml/min (interquartile range 99.8-135.5). The median change in CrCl after 6 months was -0.5 ml/min (-10.7 to +10.8) and 2.2 (interquartile range -9.9 to +13.2) in tenofovir and abacavir arms, respectively. In genomewide analyses SLC17A1 rs12662869 was found to be associated with an increase in tenofovir clearance (P=7.1×10). In candidate gene analysis for tenofovir clearance, most polymorphisms evaluated were in ABCC4. In the ABCC4 region, the lowest P-value was for CLDN10 rs12866697 (P=1.4×10). Among African Americans, SLC22A2 rs3127573 was associated with a greater 6-month CrCl increase in the tenofovir arm after correcting for multiple comparisons (P=3.3×10). Among patients randomized to receive TDF/emtricitabine in A5202, there were no significant genomewide associations with change in CrCl. This study did not replicate polymorphisms previously implicated in tenofovir-associated renal injury.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
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    David W Kimberlin · Inmaculada Aban · Edward P Acosta

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    ABSTRACT: Intracellular nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) concentrations are associated with plasma HIV-1 response. Coadministration of protease inhibitors with NRTIs can affect intracellular concentrations due to protease inhibitor inhibition of efflux transporters. Tenofovir-diphosphate (TFV-DP) concentrations within peripheral blood mononuclear cells were compared among individuals receiving either atazanavir or darunavir-based regimens. There was a trend towards higher TFV-DP concentrations among women and among participants receiving atazanavir. TFV-DP intracellular concentrations were positively associated with undetectable plasma HIV-1 RNA.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · AIDS (London, England)
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    ABSTRACT: The treatment of symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease with intravenous ganciclovir for 6 weeks has been shown to improve audiologic outcomes at 6 months, but the benefits wane over time. We conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of valganciclovir therapy in neonates with symptomatic congenital CMV disease, comparing 6 months of therapy with 6 weeks of therapy. The primary end point was the change in hearing in the better ear ("best-ear" hearing) from baseline to 6 months. Secondary end points included the change in hearing from baseline to follow-up at 12 and 24 months and neurodevelopmental outcomes, with each end point adjusted for central nervous system involvement at baseline. A total of 96 neonates underwent randomization, of whom 86 had follow-up data at 6 months that could be evaluated. Best-ear hearing at 6 months was similar in the 6-month group and the 6-week group (2 and 3 participants, respectively, had improvement; 36 and 37 had no change; and 5 and 3 had worsening; P=0.41). Total-ear hearing (hearing in one or both ears that could be evaluated) was more likely to be improved or to remain normal at 12 months in the 6-month group than in the 6-week group (73% vs. 57%, P=0.01). The benefit in total-ear hearing was maintained at 24 months (77% vs. 64%, P=0.04). At 24 months, the 6-month group, as compared with the 6-week group, had better neurodevelopmental scores on the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, third edition, on the language-composite component (P=0.004) and on the receptive-communication scale (P=0.003). Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia occurred in 19% of the participants during the first 6 weeks. During the next 4.5 months of the study, grade 3 or 4 neutropenia occurred in 21% of the participants in the 6-month group and in 27% of those in the 6-week group (P=0.64). Treating symptomatic congenital CMV disease with valganciclovir for 6 months, as compared with 6 weeks, did not improve hearing in the short term but appeared to improve hearing and developmental outcomes modestly in the longer term. (Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00466817.).
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · New England Journal of Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: P1066 is an open-label study of raltegravir in HIV+ youth, ages 4 weeks-18 years. Here we summarize P1066 pharmacokinetic (PK) data and a population PK model for the pediatric chewable tablet and oral granules. Raltegravir PK parameters were calculated using non-compartmental analysis. A two-compartment model was developed using data from P1066 and an adult study of the pediatric formulations. Inter-individual variability was described by an exponential error model, and residual variability was captured by an additive/proportional error model. Twelve-hour concentrations (C12hr ) were calculated from the model-derived elimination rate constant and 8-hour observed concentration. Simulated steady-state concentrations were analyzed by non-compartmental analysis. Target area-under-the-curve (AUC0-12hr ) and C12hr were achieved in each cohort. For the pediatric formulations, geometric mean AUC0-12hr values were 18.0-22.6 µM*hr across cohorts, and C12hr values were 71-130 nM, with lower coefficients of variation vs the film-coated tablet. A two-compartment model with first-order absorption adequately described raltegravir plasma PK in pediatric and adult patients. Weight was a covariate on clearance and central volume, and incorporated using allometric scaling. Raltegravir chewable tablets and oral granules exhibited PK parameters consistent with those from prior adult studies and older children in P1066, as well as lower variability than the film-coated tablet. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major health issue for HIV-positive individuals, associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Development and implementation of a risk score model for CKD would allow comparison of the risks and benefits of adding potentially nephrotoxic antiretrovirals to a treatment regimen and would identify those at greatest risk of CKD. The aims of this study were to develop a simple, externally validated, and widely applicable long-term risk score model for CKD in HIV-positive individuals that can guide decision making in clinical practice.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · PLoS Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Background: IMPAACT P1066 is a Phase I/II open-label multicenter trial to evaluate safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PK), and efficacy of multiple raltegravir (RAL) formulations in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected youth. Methods: Dose selection of the oral suspension formulation for each cohort (IV: 6 months to <2 years and V: 4 weeks to <6 months) was based on review of short-term safety (4 weeks) and intensive PK evaluation. Safety data through Weeks 24 and 48 and Grade ≥3 or serious adverse events (AEs) were assessed. The primary virologic endpoint was achieving HIV RNA <400 copies/mL or ≥1 log10 reduction from baseline at Week 24 (Success). For Cohort IV, optimized background therapy (OBT) could have been initiated with RAL either at study entry or after intensive PK sampling was completed at Day 5-12. An OBT was started when RAL was initiated for Cohort V subjects because they were not permitted to have received direct antiretroviral therapy before enrollment. Results: Total accrual was 27 subjects in these 2 cohorts, including 1 subject who was enrolled but never started study drug (excluded from the analyses). The targeted PK parameters (area under the curve [AUC]0-12hr and C12hr) were achieved for each cohort allowing for dose selection. Through Week 48, there were 10 subjects with Grade 3+ AEs. Two were judged related to study drug. There was 1 discontinuation due to an AE of skin rash, 1 event of immune reconstitution syndrome, and no drug-related deaths. At Week 48, for Cohorts IV and V, 87.5% of subjects achieved virologic success and 45.5% had HIV RNA <50 copies/mL. At Week 48, gains in CD4 cells of 527.6 cells/mm(3) and 7.3% were observed. Conclusions: A total of 6 mg/kg per dose twice daily of RAL for oral suspension was well tolerated and showed favorable virologic and immunologic responses.
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    ABSTRACT: Background Limited data are available for once-daily (QD) darunavir (DRV)/ritonavir (r) in the pediatric population. Coadministration of etravirine (ETR) may alter the pharmacokinetics (PK) of DRV. We evaluated the PK interactions between DRV/r (QD) and ETR QD or twice-daily (BID) in children, adolescents, and young adults.
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    ABSTRACT: Postpartum infections are polymicrobial and typically include Ureaplasma, an intracellular microbe treated by macrolides such as azithromycin. The aim of this study was to evaluate the perinatal pharmacokinetics of azithromycin following a single pre-incision dose prior to cesarean delivery. Thirty women undergoing scheduled cesarean delivery were randomized to receive 500 mg of intravenous azithromycin initiated 15, 30, or 60 minutes prior to incision and infused over one hour. Serial maternal plasma samples were drawn from the end of infusion up to 8 hours after the infusion. Samples of amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, placenta, myometrium, and adipose tissue were collected intraoperatively. Breast milk samples were collected 12-48 hours after the infusion in 8 women who were breastfeeding. Azithromycin was quantified using high performance liquid chromatography separation coupled with tandem mass spectrometry detection. Plasma pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated using non-compartmental analysis and compartmental modeling and simulations. The maximum maternal plasma concentration was reached within 1 hour and exceeded the in vitro minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC50) of 250 ng/mL of Ureaplasma spp in all 30 patients. The concentrations were sustained with a half-life of 6.7 hours. The median concentration (Cmed) of azithromycin in adipose was 102 ng/g, which was below the MIC50. The Cmed in myometrium was 402 ng/g, which exceeded the MIC50. Azithromycin was detectable in both the umbilical cord plasma and amniotic fluid following the single pre-operative dose. Azithromycin concentrations in breast milk were high and sustained up to 48 hours following the single dose. Simulations demonstrated accumulation in breast milk following multiple doses. A single dose of azithromycin achieves effective plasma and tissues concentrations and is rapidly transported across the placenta. The tissue concentrations achieved in the myometrium exceed the MIC50 for Ureaplasma spp. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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    Full-text · Dataset · Nov 2014
  • S. H. James · K. B. Larson · E. P. Acosta · M. N. Prichard
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    ABSTRACT: The seminal discovery of acyclovir 40 years ago heralded the modern era of truly selective antiviral therapies and this drug remains the therapy of choice for herpes simplex virus infections. Yet by modern standards, its antiviral activity is modest and new drugs against novel molecular targets such as the helicase-primase have the potential to improve clinical outcome, particularly in high-risk patients. A brief synopsis of current therapies for these infections and clinical need is provided to help provide an initial perspective. The function of the helicase-primase complex is then summarized and the development of new inhibitors of the helicase-primase complex, such as pritelivir and amenamevir, is discussed. We review their mechanism of action, propensity for drug resistance, and pharmacokinetic characteristics and discuss their potential to advance current therapeutic options. Strategies that include combinations of these inhibitors with acyclovir are also considered, as they will likely maximize clinical efficacy.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Clinical Pharmacology &#38 Therapeutics
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Neonatal enterovirus sepsis has high mortality. Antiviral therapy is not available. Methods: Neonates with suspected enterovirus sepsis (hepatitis, coagulopathy, and/or myocarditis) with onset at ≤15 days of life were randomized 2:1 to receive oral pleconaril or placebo for 7 days. Serial virologic (oropharynx, rectum, urine, serum), clinical, pharmacokinetic, and safety evaluations were performed. Results: Sixty-one subjects were enrolled (43 treatment, 18 placebo), of whom 43 were confirmed enterovirus infected (31 treatment, 12 placebo). There was no difference in day 5 oropharyngeal culture positivity (primary endpoint; 0% in both groups). However, enterovirus-infected subjects in the treatment group became culture negative from all anatomic sites combined faster than placebo group subjects (median 4.0 versus 7.0 days, P = .08), and fewer subjects in the treatment group remained polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-positive from the oropharynx when last sampled (23% versus 58%, P = .02; median, 14.0 days). By intent to treat, 10/43 (23%) subjects in the treatment group and 8/18 (44%) in the placebo group died (P = .02 for 2-month survival difference); among enterovirus-confirmed subjects, 7/31 (23%) in the treatment group died versus 5/12 (42%) in the placebo group (P = .26). All pleconaril recipients attained concentrations greater than the IC90 after the first study day, but 38% were less than the IC90 during the first day of treatment. One subject in the treatment group and three in the placebo group had treatment-related adverse events. Conclusions: Shorter times to culture and PCR negativity and greater survival among pleconaril recipients support potential efficacy and warrant further evaluation.
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    ABSTRACT: HIV-1 protease inhibitors (PIs) exhibit different protein binding affinities and achieve variable plasma and tissue concentrations. Degree of plasma protein binding may impact central nervous system penetration. This cross-sectional study assessed cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) unbound PI concentrations, HIV-1 RNA, and neopterin levels in subjects receiving either ritonavir-boosted darunavir (DRV), 95% plasma protein bound, or atazanavir (ATV), 86% bound. Unbound PI trough concentrations were measured using rapid equilibrium dialysis and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Plasma and CSF HIV-1 RNA and neopterin were measured by Ampliprep/COBAS(®) Taqman(®) 2.0 assay (Roche) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ALPCO), respectively. CSF/plasma unbound drug concentration ratio was higher for ATV, 0.09 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.06-0.12] than DRV, 0.04 (95%CI 0.03-0.06). Unbound CSF concentrations were lower than protein adjusted wild-type inhibitory concentration-50 (IC50 ) in all ATV and 1 DRV-treated subjects (P < 0.001). CSF HIV-1 RNA was detected in 2/15 ATV and 4/15 DRV subjects (P = 0.65). CSF neopterin levels were low and similar between arms. ATV relative to DRV had higher CSF/plasma unbound drug ratio. Low CSF HIV-1 RNA and neopterin suggest that both regimens resulted in CSF virologic suppression and controlled inflammation.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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    Kajal B Larson · Kun Wang · Cecile Delille · Igho Otofokun · Edward P Acosta
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    ABSTRACT: Maximal and durable viral load suppression is one of the most important goals of HIV therapy and is directly related to adequate drug exposure. Protease inhibitors (PIs), an important component of the antiretroviral armada, were historically associated with poor oral bioavailability and high pill burden. However, because the PIs are metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A enzymes, intentional inhibition of these enzymes leads to higher drug exposure, lower pill burden, and therefore simplified dosing schedules with this class of drug. This is the basis of pharmacokinetic enhancement. In HIV therapy, two pharmacokinetic enhancers or boosting agents are used: ritonavir and cobicistat. Both agents inhibit CYP3A4, with cobicistat being a more specific CYP inhibitor than ritonavir. Unlike ritonavir, cobicistat does not have antiretroviral activity. Cobicistat has been evaluated in clinical trials and was recently approved in the USA as a fixed-dose combination with the integrase inhibitor, elvitegravir and two nucleos(t)ide analogs. Additional studies are examining cobicistat in fixed-dose combinations with various PIs. In this review, we summarize current knowledge of these agents and clinically relevant drug regimens and ongoing trials. Studies with elvitegravir and the novel PI TMC319011 are also discussed.
    Preview · Article · Aug 2014 · Clinical Pharmacokinetics
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    ABSTRACT: IMPAACT P1097 was a multicenter trial to determine washout pharmacokinetics and safety of in utero/intrapartum exposure to raltegravir in infants born to HIV-infected pregnant women receiving raltegravir-based antiretroviral therapy. Twenty-two mother-infant pairs were enrolled; evaluable pharmacokinetic data was available from 19 mother-infant pairs. Raltegravir readily crossed the placenta, with median cord blood/maternal delivery plasma raltegravir concentration ratio 1.48 (range, 0.32-4.33). Raltegravir elimination was highly variable and extremely prolonged in some infants; [median t½ 26.6 hours (range 9.3-184 hours)]. Prolonged raltegravir elimination likely reflects low neonatal UGT1A1 enzyme activity and enterohepatic recirculation. Excessive raltegravir concentrations must be avoided in the neonate, since raltegravir at high plasma concentrations may increase the risk of bilirubin neurotoxicity. Sub-therapeutic concentrations, which could lead to inadequate viral suppression and development of raltegravir resistance, must be avoided as well. Two ongoing IMPAACT studies are investigating further the pharmacology of raltegravir in neonates.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2014 · JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
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    ABSTRACT: Efavirenz is widely prescribed for HIV-1 infection, and CYP2B6 polymorphisms 516G→T and 983T→C define efavirenz slow metabolizer genotypes. To identify genetic predictors of higher plasma efavirenz concentrations beyond these two common functional alleles, we characterized associations with mid-dosing interval efavirenz concentrations in 84 HIV-infected adults, all carrying two copies of these major loss-of-function CYP2B6 alleles. Study participants had been randomized to efavirenz-containing regimens in prospective clinical trials and had available plasma efavirenz assay data. Analyses focused on secondary metabolism pathway polymorphisms CYP2A6 -48T→G (rs28399433), UGT2B7 735A→G (rs28365062) and UGT2B7 802T→C (rs7439366). Exploratory analyses also considered 196 polymorphisms and 8 copy number variants in 41 drug metabolism/transport genes. Mid-dosing interval efavirenz concentrations at steady-state were obtained ≥8 h but <19 h post-dose. Linear regression was used to test for associations between polymorphisms and log-transformed efavirenz concentrations. Increased efavirenz concentrations were associated with CYP2A6 -48T→G in all subjects (P = 3.8 × 10(-4)) and in Black subjects (P = 0.027) and White subjects (P = 0.0011) analysed separately; and with UGT2B7 735 G/G homozygosity in all subjects (P = 0.006) and in Black subjects (P = 0.046) and White subjects (P = 0.062) analysed separately. In a multivariable model, CYP2A6 -48T→G and UGT2B7 735 G/G homozygosity remained significant (P < 0.05 for each). No additional polymorphisms or copy number variants were significantly associated with efavirenz concentrations. Among individuals with a CYP2B6 slow metabolizer genotype, CYP2A6 and possibly UGT2B7 polymorphisms contribute to even higher efavirenz concentrations.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014 · Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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    ABSTRACT: The impact of raltegravir-resistant HIV-1 minority variants (MVs) on raltegravir treatment failure is unknown. Illumina sequencing offers greater throughput than 454, but sequence analysis tools for viral sequencing are needed. We evaluated Illumina and 454 for the detection of HIV-1 raltegravir-resistant MVs. A5262 was a single-arm study of raltegravir and darunavir/ritonavir in treatment-naïve patients. Pre-treatment plasma was obtained from 5 participants with raltegravir resistance at the time of virologic failure. A control library was created by pooling integrase clones at predefined proportions. Multiplexed sequencing was performed with Illumina and 454 platforms at comparable costs. Illumina sequence analysis was performed with the novel snp-assess tool and 454 sequencing was analyzed with V-Phaser. Illumina sequencing resulted in significantly higher sequence coverage and a 0.095% limit of detection. Illumina accurately detected all MVs in the control library at ≥0.5% and 7/10 MVs expected at 0.1%. 454 sequencing failed to detect any MVs at 0.1% with 5 false positive calls. For MVs detected in the patient samples by both 454 and Illumina, the correlation in the detected variant frequencies was high (R2 = 0.92, P<0.001). Illumina sequencing detected 2.4-fold greater nucleotide MVs and 2.9-fold greater amino acid MVs compared to 454. The only raltegravir-resistant MV detected was an E138K mutation in one participant by Illumina sequencing, but not by 454. In participants of A5262 with raltegravir resistance at virologic failure, baseline raltegravir-resistant MVs were rarely detected. At comparable costs to 454 sequencing, Illumina demonstrated greater depth of coverage, increased sensitivity for detecting HIV MVs, and fewer false positive variant calls.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · PLoS ONE

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  • 2-2015
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
      • • Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
      • • Division of Clinical Pharmacology
      Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  • 2004-2012
    • University of Alabama
      Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
    • Columbia University
      New York, New York, United States
  • 2011
    • Children's Memorial Hospital
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2000-2008
    • Cornell University
      Итак, New York, United States
  • 1996-2008
    • University of Minnesota Duluth
      • • College of Pharmacy
      • • Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
      Duluth, Minnesota, United States
  • 2007
    • Harvard Medical School
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2005
    • Duke University
      Durham, North Carolina, United States
    • Harvard University
      • Center for AIDS Research
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2003-2004
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      • Laboratory of Immunoregulation
      Maryland, United States
  • 2002
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • Division of Infectious Diseases
      North Carolina, United States