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1.  Metabolic Effects of Darunavir/Ritonavir Versus Atazanavir/Ritonavir in Treatment-Naive, HIV Type 1-Infected Subjects over 48 Weeks 
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses  2012;28(10):1184-1195.
Abstract
We assessed metabolic changes for darunavir/ritonavir (DRV/r) once daily (qd) versus atazanavir/ritonavir (ATV/r) qd with fixed-dose tenofovir/emtricitabine. This was a phase 4, multicenter, open-label, randomized exploratory study. Treatment-naive, HIV-1-infected adults received DRV/r 800/100 mg qd or ATV/r 300/100 mg qd, both with emtricitabine/tenofovir 200/300 mg qd. Primary end point: change in triglyceride levels from baseline to week 12. Secondary end points: week 12 and week 48 changes in lipid parameters, insulin sensitivity, inflammatory/coagulation/bacterial translocation biomarkers, viral load, CD4+ cell count, and week 48 changes in adipose tissue distribution and subjects' perceptions of body changes. In the DRV/r arm, 32/34 and 29/34 subjects completed weeks 12 and 48, respectively; in the ATV/r arm, 30/31 and 25/31 subjects completed weeks 12 and 48, respectively. Small changes in lipid parameters from baseline to weeks 12 and 48 were observed in both arms. Differences were noted between arms in mean changes in total cholesterol (DRV/r, 20.3 mg/dl; ATV/r, 4.6 mg/dl) and apolipoprotein A1 (DRV/r, 10.7 mg/dl; ATV/r, –0.7 mg/dl) at week 12. At week 48, no clinically relevant differences between arms were noted for changes in any lipid parameter, fasting glucose, or insulin sensitivity. Biomarkers generally decreased and efficacy parameters improved in both arms over 48 weeks. Changes in adipose tissue were small and comparable between arms. Subjects' perceptions of body changes generally improved in both study arms. This first pilot comparison in HIV-1-infected subjects suggests that DRV/r has a metabolic profile similar to ATV/r over 48 weeks of treatment. Further randomized studies are warranted.
doi:10.1089/aid.2011.0327
PMCID: PMC3448095  PMID: 22352336
2.  Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Darunavir and Etravirine in HIV-1–Infected, Treatment-Experienced Patients in the Gender, Race, and Clinical Experience (GRACE) Trial 
AIDS Research and Treatment  2012;2012:186987.
Objectives. Evaluation of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of darunavir and etravirine among HIV-1–infected, treatment-experienced adults from GRACE, by sex and race. Methods. Patients received darunavir/ritonavir 600/100mg twice daily plus other antiretrovirals, which could include etravirine 200mg twice daily. Population pharmacokinetics for darunavir and etravirine were determined over 48 weeks and relationships assessed with virologic response and safety. Rich sampling for darunavir, etravirine, and ritonavir was collected in a substudy at weeks 4, 24, and 48. Results. Pharmacokinetics were estimated in 376 patients for darunavir and 190 patients for etravirine. Median darunavir AUC12h and C0h were 60,642ng·h/mL and 3624ng/mL, respectively; and for etravirine were 4183ng · h/mL and 280ng/mL, respectively. There were no differences in darunavir or etravirine AUC12h or C0h by sex or race. Age, body weight, or use of etravirine did not affect darunavir exposure. No relationships were seen between darunavir pharmacokinetics and efficacy or safety. Patients with etravirine exposure in the lowest quartile generally had lower response rates. Rich sampling showed no time-dependent relationship for darunavir, etravirine, or ritonavir exposure over 48 weeks. Conclusions. Population pharmacokinetics showed no relevant differences in darunavir or etravirine exposure by assessed covariates. Lower etravirine exposures were associated with lower response rates.
doi:10.1155/2012/186987
PMCID: PMC3318205  PMID: 22536495
3.  Darunavir Outcomes Study: Comparative Effectiveness of Virologic Suppression, Regimen Durability, and Discontinuation Reasons for Three-Class Experienced Patients at 48 Weeks 
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses  2010;26(12):1279-1285.
Abstract
Several new antiretroviral (ARV) agents for treatment experienced HIV-infected patients have been approved since June 2006, including darunavir (DRV) and raltegravir (RAL). While efficacious in clinical trials, the effectiveness, durability, and tolerability of these new ARVs remains understudied in the context of routine clinical care. The Darunavir Outcomes Study is a prospective cohort study of three-class ARV-experienced patients changing regimens at the 1917 Clinic after 1/7/2006. All treatment decisions were at the discretion of primary providers. Multivariate (MV) logistic regression for 48 week VL <400c/ml and Cox models for regimen durability were completed. Propensity score methods controlled for sociodemographics. Among 108 patients, mean age of 46, 48% were white, 80% male, with prior exposure to a mean 10.5 ARVs. Overall, 64% of patients achieved 48-week VL <400 c/ml. In MV modeling DRV/rll (OR = 5.77;95%CI = 1.62–20.58) and RAL (OR = 3.84;95%CI = 1.23–11.95) use increased odds of 48-week suppression. Use of these agents exhibited a trend towards prolonged regimen durability in Cox models. Among those highly ARV-experienced, regimens containing DRV/r and/or RAL were more likely to achieve 48-week VL <400 c/ml and exhibited a trend towards prolonged durability. New agents have transformed the treatment landscape for ARV-experienced patients, with effectiveness in routine clinical care mirroring efficacy in clinical trials.
doi:10.1089/aid.2010.0059
PMCID: PMC3011996  PMID: 20961276
4.  Native Valve Endocarditis Due to Bartonella henselae in a Middle-Aged Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Negative Woman 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2001;39(9):3417-3419.
We report the case of a human immunodeficiency virus-negative woman who developed native valve endocarditis of the aortic valve due to Bartonell henselae infection. The diagnosis was established using serology and PCR analysis of excised aortic valve tissue.
doi:10.1128/JCM.39.9.3417-3419.2001
PMCID: PMC88362  PMID: 11526194
5.  Comparison of Illumina and 454 Deep Sequencing in Participants Failing Raltegravir-Based Antiretroviral Therapy 
PLoS ONE  2014;9(3):e90485.
Background
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.
Methods
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.
Results
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.
Conclusions
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.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090485
PMCID: PMC3946168  PMID: 24603872
6.  Effects of Darunavir/Ritonavir-Based Therapy on Metabolic and Anthropometric Parameters in Women and Men Over 48 Weeks 
AIDS Patient Care and STDs  2011;25(6):333-340.
Abstract
Gender-based differences in lipids have been noted in antiretroviral clinical trials. We present the metabolic and anthropometric data from the GRACE (Gender, Race And Clinical Experience) study by gender. Treatment-experienced adults received darunavir/ritonavir (DRV/r) 600/100 mg twice daily, plus a background regimen, over 48 weeks. Fasting blood samples were obtained for lipid, glucose, and insulin measurements at baseline and at weeks 24 and 48/early discontinuation. Anthropometric measurements were taken at baseline and at weeks 12, 24, and 48/discontinuation. The Assessment of Body Change and Distress questionnaire was administered at baseline and regular intervals. Descriptive statistics as well as comparisons using a Wilcoxon rank-sum test are reported. Four hundred twenty-nine patients (women, n=287; men, n=142) enrolled in GRACE; 94 women (32.8%) and 33 men (23.2%) discontinued the trial. Median changes in triglycerides from baseline to week 48 were higher in men (25 mg/dL versus 8 mg/dL; p=0.006); the mean change in triglycerides was higher in men than in women in all racial subgroups. Other lipid and glucose level changes were similar between genders. Anthropometric parameters increased for both genders, with larger increases in women. Patients' perceptions of body changes concurred with physical measurements. The proportion of women who were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their bodies increased from 45.2% to 57.8% from baseline to week 48 (p=0.005), while the proportion of men who were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their bodies increased from 56.3% to 61.5% from baseline to week 48 (p=0.317). DRV/r-based therapy was associated with small to moderate changes in metabolic parameters, and few between-gender differences were observed. Levels of self-reported, body-related distress improved for women and men over 48 weeks.
doi:10.1089/apc.2010.0386
PMCID: PMC3143406  PMID: 21612545

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