alexa Frequency of Antiretroviral Resistance Mutations among Infants Exposed to Single-Dose Nevirapine and Short Course Maternal Antiretroviral Regimens: ACTG A5207 | Abstract
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Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research
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Frequency of Antiretroviral Resistance Mutations among Infants Exposed to Single-Dose Nevirapine and Short Course Maternal Antiretroviral Regimens: ACTG A5207

Jane Hitti1*, Elias K Halvas2, Lu Zheng3, Constantinos G Panousis2, Joseph Kabanda4, Frank Taulo5, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy6, Jean William Pape7, Umesh Lalloo8, Heather Sprenger9, Karin L Klingman10, Ellen S Chan3, Deborah McMahon2 and John W Mellors2

1University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

2University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

3Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

4Joint Clinical Res Center, Kampala, Uganda

5Queen Elizabeth Ctrl Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi

6YRGCARE Medical Centre, Chennai, India

7Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY and Les Centres GHESKIO, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Newyork, USA

8Durban Adult HIV CRS, Durban, South Africa

9Frontier Sci Tech and Research Foundation, Amherst, NY, USA

10TRP, DAIDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Jane Hitti
Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Box 356460
University of Washington Medical Center
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Received date: July 31, 2014; Accepted date: October 29, 2014; Published date: November 09, 2014

Citation: Hitti J, Halvas EK, Zheng L, Panousis CG, Kabanda J, et al. (2014) Frequency of Antiretroviral Resistance Mutations among Infants Exposed to Single-Dose Nevirapine and Short Course Maternal Antiretroviral Regimens: ACTG A5207. J AIDS Clin Res 5: 371. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000371

Copyright: © 2014 Hitti J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Intrapartum single-dose nevirapine (sdNVP) reduces HIV-1 perinatal transmission but selects NVP resistance among mothers and infants. We evaluated the frequency of antiretroviral resistance among infants with intrauterine HIV-1 infection exposed to sdNVP and maternal antenatal or breastfeeding antiretroviral therapy. Methods: This analysis included 429 infants from sub-Saharan Africa, India and Haiti whose 422 mothers received sdNVP plus maternal study treatment. At entry mothers had CD4>250/μL and were ART-naïve except for antenatal ZDV per local standard of care. Maternal study treatment started intrapartum and included ZDV/3TC, TDF/FTC or LPV/r for 7 or 21 days in a randomized factorial design. Infants received sdNVP study treatment and ZDV if local standard of care. Infant HIV RNA or DNA PCR and samples for genotype were obtained at birth and weeks 2, 4 and 12; infants who ever breast-fed were also tested at weeks 16, 24, 48 and 96. Samples from HIV-1- infected infants were tested for drug resistance by population genotype (ViroSeq). NVP or NRTI resistance mutations were assessed using the IAS-USA mutation list. Results: Perinatal HIV-1 transmission occurred in 17 (4.0%) infants including 12 intrauterine infections. Resistance mutations were detected among 5 (42%) intrauterine-infected infants; of these, 3 had mutations conferring resistance to NVP alone, 1 had resistance to NRTI alone, and 1 had dual-class resistance mutations. Among the 2 infants with NRTI mutations, one (K70R) was likely maternally transmitted and one (K65R) occurred in the context of breastfeeding exposure to maternal antiretroviral therapy. Conclusions: Infants with intrauterine HIV infection are at risk of acquiring resistance mutations from exposure to maternal antiretroviral medications intrapartum and/or during breastfeeding. New approaches are needed to lower the risk of antiretroviral resistance in these infants.


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