Brief Report: Enhanced Normalization of CD4/CD8 Ratio With Earlier Antiretroviral Therapy at Primary HIV Infection.

March 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Sep 1;73(1):69-73.

Thornhill J1, Inshaw J, Kaleebu P, Cooper D, Ramjee G, Schechter M, Tambussi G, Fox J, Samuel M, Miro JM, Weber J, Porter K, Fidler S.

1 *Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom; †Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, University College London, London, United Kingdom; ‡Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS, Entebbe, Uganda; §Kirby Institute University of New South Wales and Centre for Applied Medical Research, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia; ‖HIV Prevention Unit, Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa; ¶Projeto Praça Onze, Hospital Escola Sao Francisco de Assis, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; #Division of Infectious Diseases, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy; **Department of HIV, Faculty of Medicine, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust/Kings College London, United Kingdom; and ††Hospital Clinic – IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Total CD4 T-cell counts predict HIV disease progression but do not necessarily reflect normalization of immune function. CD4/CD8 ratio is a marker of immune dysfunction, a prognostic indicator for non-AIDS mortality, and reflects viral reservoir size. Despite antiretroviral therapy (ART), recovery of CD4/CD8 ratio in chronic HIV infection is incomplete; we hypothesize enhanced CD4/CD8 ratio recovery with earlier treatment initiation in recently infected individuals.

METHODS:

CD4 count and CD4/CD8 ratio were analyzed using data from 2 cohorts: SPARTAC trial and the UK HIV Seroconverters Cohort where primary HIV infection (PHI) was defined as within 6 months from estimated date of infection. Using time-to-event methods and Cox proportional hazard models, we examined the effect of CD4/CD8 ratio at seroconversion on disease progression (CD4 <350 cells per cubic millimeter/ART initiation) and factors associated with time from ART initiation to CD4/CD8 normalization (ratio >1.0).

FINDINGS:

Of 573 seroconverters, 482 (84%) had abnormal CD4/CD8 ratios at HIV seroconversion. Individuals with higher CD4/CD8 ratio at seroconversion were significantly less likely to reach the disease progression endpoint [adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) (95% CI) = 0.52 (0.32 to 0.82), P = 0.005]. The longer the interval between seroconversion and ART initiation [HR (95% CI) = 0.98 per month increase (0.97, 0.99), P < 0.001], the less likely the CD4/CD8 ratio normalization. ART initiation within 6 months from seroconversion was significantly more likely to normalize [HR (95% CI) = 2.47 (1.67 to 3.67), P < 0.001] than those initiating later.

INTERPRETATION:

Most individuals presenting in PHI have abnormal CD4/CD8 ratios. The sooner the ART is initiated in PHI, the greater the probability of achieving normal CD4/CD8 ratio.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4981213/pdf/qai-73-069.pdf

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Entry filed under: Antirretrovirales, Biología Molecular, HIV/SIDA, HIV/SIDA Infeccion Aguda / Reciente, HIV/SIDA Laboratorio.

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