Integrase Inhibitor (MK-0518) Viral Decay

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 27, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 5, 2012
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Canadian Immunodeficiency Research Collaborative

August 24, 2007
August 27, 2007
June 5, 2012
April 2007
February 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
change of proviral HIV-1 DNA in total CD4+ T cells from baseline to week 48 [ Time Frame: 48 weeks ]
evaluate the change of proviral HIV-1 DNA in total CD4+ T cells from baseline to week 48 in participants randomized to the raltegravir arm (400mg raltegravir) for 48 weeks in addition to their current standard combination antiretroviral regimen versus the control arm, who remained on their current standard combination antiretroviral regimen.
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evaluated the effect of raltegravir intensification on blood CD4+ T cell populations [ Time Frame: 48 & 96 weeks ]
evaluated the effect of raltegravir intensification on blood CD4+ T cell populations. In addition, after treatment-intensification in both groups at week 48, a post-hoc follow-up of all participants was conducted up to week 96 to examine if raltegravir intensification had any long-term effects on proviral HIV DNA and CD4+ T cell populations in the blood and gut.
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Integrase Inhibitor (MK-0518) Viral Decay
Effect of Integrase Inhibitor (MK-0518) on Decay of Low Level Viral Replication in HIV Reservoirs in Infected Individuals Who Initiated Conventional Antiretroviral Therapy During the Chronic Phase of Infection
The eradication of HIV by antiretroviral therapy has thus far been elusive. It has been consistently demonstrated that a pool of latently infected, resting CD4+ T cells persists in the majority of HIV-infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy in whom plasma viremia has been successfully suppressed for prolonged periods of time; this pool has emerged as the major obstacle in achieving the eradication of HIV. We believe that MK-0518 can further the decay and suppression of HIV-1 in patients who have been virologically suppressed for a prolonged period of time on effective cART (≥ 4 years).
The trial is a prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study with two phases: phase I to 48 weeks and phase II to 96 weeks with the primary analysis at 48 weeks. HIV-infected individuals who are taking their first standard cART regimen for at least four years with complete viral suppression. Upon enrollment, he/she will be randomized to one of two arms: the MK-0518 arm or the control arm. As each participant reaches week 48, he/she will be unblinded and those in the MK-0518 arm will continue taking MK-0518. Based on the results of an interim analysis, the control arm will be rolled over to receive MK-0518 for 48 weeks. After the screening, baseline visits and week 4 safety visit, follow-up visits will occur every 8 weeks for both arms.
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
HIV Infections
  • Drug: Raltegravir (MK0518)
    400mg BID; 48 weeks
  • Drug: Placebo
    400mg QD
  • Procedure: Leukopheresis
    pack of cells as per protocol
  • Procedure: Sigmoid Biopsy
    gut samples as per protocol
  • Experimental: MK0518 + cART
    Raltegravir + standard of care combined antiretroviral therapy
    • Drug: Raltegravir (MK0518)
    • Procedure: Leukopheresis
    • Procedure: Sigmoid Biopsy
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo + cART
    Placebo + standard of care combined antiretroviral therapy
    • Drug: Placebo
    • Procedure: Leukopheresis
    • Procedure: Sigmoid Biopsy
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November 2011
February 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Participant must be HIV-1 infected
  2. Participant must be 18 years old
  3. Participant must be taking first standard cART with 2-3 NRTIs and 1-2 PIs or an NNRTI for at least four years (first cART regimen may include changes due to toxicity but not due to virologic failure).
  4. Participant must have a VL < 50 copies/ml (using the standard available methods of detection) during the entire time on standard cART except for initial fall of VL and a maximum of two non-consecutive blips of < 100 copies/ml that the study investigator deems to be not clinically significant
  5. Female participant must agree to use two methods of birth control or abstinence during the period of the study
  6. Participant has to have signed full informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Participant who would have difficulty participating in a trial due to non-adherence or substance abuse
  2. Participant who has taken mono or dual antiretroviral therapy in the past
  3. Participant who has had a VL > 50 copies/ml on any antiretroviral regimen
  4. Participant with any of the following abnormal laboratory test results in screening:

    • Hemoglobin < 100 g/L
    • Neutrophil count < 750 cells/L
    • Platelet count < 50,000 cells/L
    • AST or ALT > 5X the upper limit of normal
    • Creatinine > 250 mol/L
  5. Participant with a malignancy
  6. Participant with other significant underlying disease (non-HIV) that might impinge upon disease progression or death
  7. Participant with an active AIDS-defining illness in the past six months
  8. Participant who is pregnant
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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Canadian Immunodeficiency Research Collaborative
Canadian Immunodeficiency Research Collaborative
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Mona Loutfy, MD Women's College Hospital
Canadian Immunodeficiency Research Collaborative
June 2012

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