alexa Longitudinal evolution of HIV-1-associated lipodystrophy is correlated to serum cortisol:DHEA ratio and IFN-alpha.


Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

Author(s): Christeff N, De Truchis P, Melchior JC, Perronne C, Gougeon ML

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Abstract BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that lipid alterations in HIV-1-associated lipodystrophy (LD) are correlated with decreased serum dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) and increased cortisol:DHEA ratio and IFN-alpha levels. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in a longitudinal study whether steroid and cytokine modifications are associated with the evolution of physical changes and lipid alterations associated with LD. METHODS: Thirty-four HIV-1-positive men were followed during 32.5 +/- 4.0 months and tested at four time-points. The patients were subdivided into five groups according to physical changes and anthropometric measurements: LD-negative, initially LD-negative becoming LD-positive, LD-positive unchanged, aggravated or improved. Serum lipids, apolipoproteins, adrenal steroids and cytokines were measured and compared with baseline values. RESULTS: (1) LD aggravation is associated with persistent elevated lipids, a decrease in serum DHEA, an increase in cortisol:DHEA ratio and persistent high levels of IFN-alpha. (2) LD improvement is associated with normalization of serum lipids, an increase in serum DHEA leading to normalization in cortisol:DHEA ratio, and normalization of IFN-alpha levels. (3) In LD-positive men evolution of VLDL cholesterol is negatively correlated with DHEA (r = -0.56, P < 0.01) and positively with cortisol:DHEA ratio (r = 0.62, P < 0.004) and with IFN-alpha (r = 0.57, P < 0.01). (4) The switch to LD is associated with a decrease in serum DHEA. (5) Patients who remained LD-negative maintained normal lipids, elevated cortisol and DHEA, and normal cortisol:DHEA ratio and normal levels of IFN-alpha. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates that cortisol:DHEA ratio and serum IFN-alpha levels are closely associated with clinical evolution and atherogenic lipid alterations in LD.
This article was published in Eur J Clin Invest and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

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