Impact of HIV-1 subtypes on virologic response and emergence of drug resistance

18 Apr, 2002

Authors: Pillay D, Walker AS, Gibb DM, De Rossi A, Kaye S, Ait-Khaled M, Muñoz-Fernandez M, Babiker A. for the PENTA Steering Committee.

Published in: J Infect Dis 2002; 186: 617-25

Abstract The association between virologic response and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) subtype was investigated in 113 HIV-1-infected children randomly assigned to receive zidovudine plus lamivudine, zidovudine plus abacavir, or lamivudine plus abacavir in the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA) 5 trial. Symptomatic children (n=68) also received nelfinavir; asymptomatic children (n=45) were randomly assigned to receive nelfinavir or placebo. HIV-1 subtypes A, B, C, D, F, G, H, A/E, and A/G were found in 15%, 41%, 16%, 9%, 5%, 2%, 1%, 5%, and 7% of the children, respectively. Resistance assay failure rates were higher for non-B subtypesthan for B subtypes (genotype, P=.01; phenotype, P=.02). HIV-1 subtype was not associated with virologic response at 24 and 48 weeks after initiation of treatment. No differences were observed in the frequency of development of resistance mutations L90M (P=1.00) and D30N (P=.61) in B and non-B viruses. In conclusion, no evidence that subtype determined virologic response to therapy was found.