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Effects of Immunization With HIV-1 Immunogen Plus Anti-HIV Treatment Interruption on the Levels of HIV

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: August 4, 2001
Last updated: May 17, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

The purpose of this study is to see whether or not an HIV vaccination will help the body control the amount of HIV virus in blood (viral load) in patients who are not taking anti-HIV medicines.

Doctors are not sure why the body fails to control HIV viral load in most people infected with HIV. The vaccine Remune has been shown to boost part of the body's immune response to HIV in patients whose viral load has been lowered with anti-HIV drugs. This study will test the ability of Remune to improve the body's immune response and to lower HIV viral load in patients who stop taking anti-HIV drugs for short periods of time.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Biological: HIV-1 Immunogen
Procedure: Structured Treatment Interruption
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Phase II Evaluation of the Effects on HIV Replication of Immunization With a gp120-Depleted, Inactivated Whole Virus Vaccine Combined With Exposures to Replicating Autologous HIV by Scheduled Treatment Interruptions, a Rollover Study of A5057

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Enrollment: 0
Detailed Description:

Investigators of the pathogenesis of HIV infection agree that one of the most critical questions in HIV disease is why immune responses do not control HIV replication in the vast majority of infected individuals. More specifically, the absence of large lymphocyte proliferation response (LPR) to HIV antigens in these individuals, and their presence in long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs) with a low viral load, requires an investigation of whether a causal relationship exists between LPR to HIV and control of HIV replication. Immunization with Remune has been shown to induce large LPR to HIV antigens when administered to patients in whom HIV replication has been suppressed with antiretroviral therapy (ART). A5120 will evaluate the abilities of immunization with HIV-1 Immunogen and of STIs to enhance immune responses that may control HIV replication in the absence of antiretroviral drugs.

Patients remain in the treatment arm (vaccine versus adjuvant placebo) to which they were randomized on entry to protocol A5057, and both the participant and investigator remain blinded as to the assignment. Patients may receive up to 3 injections of vaccine/adjuvant control in 1 of the following 2 groups.

Arm A: HIV-1 immunogen at study entry and at Week 9 in Step 3 and Step 5. Arm B: HIV-1 immunogen placebo at study entry and at Week 9 in Step 3 and Step 5.

ART is required during Steps 1, 3, 5, and 8 but is not provided by this study. The study is organized into the following series of steps.

Step 1 (ART and injection): receive injection of vaccine/adjuvant control. Patients remain on ART for 6 to 8 weeks.

Step 2 (first STI): all ART is stopped for up to 8 weeks with careful monitoring of viral load and CD4 T cells. Patients whose viral load is controlled may remain on Step 2 for an additional 6 weeks.

Step 3 (resumption of ART): restart ART for 14 weeks. Eligible patients receive an immunization with vaccine/adjuvant control at Week 9.

Step 4 (second STI): identical to Step 2. Step 5 (resumption of ART): identical to Step 3. Step 6 (analytical treatment interruption [ATI]): analytical "read-out" discontinuation of ART for up to 14 weeks.

Step 7 (long-term follow-up without ART): open only to patients with control of viral load who agree to participate in continued treatment withdrawal.

Step 8 (final resumption of ART): patients are followed for 8 weeks on ART to document the effect of restarting ART on suppression of viral load. Patients advance through steps as criteria for HIV RNA level, CD4 count, and treatment are met.

Patients have regular clinic visits for medical/medication histories, physical examinations, and laboratory tests for viral load and immunological parameters.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Patients may be eligible for this study if they:

  • Have been enrolled in A5057, which includes the 6-month extension.
  • Have participated in A5057 for at least 44 weeks.
  • Received at least 4 treatments on A5057.
  • Are between 8 and 22 weeks from the last study injection on A5057.
  • Have a viral load (amount of HIV in the blood) of 400 or less copies/ml at screening.
  • Have a stable anti-HIV drug combination (no changes in anti-HIV drugs) for 8 or more weeks prior to entry.
  • Have a CD4 count of 300 or more cells/ml at screening.
  • Agree to use at least 1 approved method of birth control, if women able to have children. Birth control is not required if a male partner is infertile and provides evidence of that fact.
  • Have a negative pregnancy test within 14 days of study entry.

Exclusion Criteria

Patients will not be eligible for this study if they:

  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Are allergic to the study drugs.
  • Have had an acute infection requiring an antibiotic, an outbreak of herpes simplex virus or herpes zoster, or other acute medical illness or surgery within 30 days prior to screening.
  • Have received within 30 days of study entry GM-CSF, G-CSF, M-CSF, IFN, IL-2, or other cytokines; drugs affecting the immune system including cyclosporine, methotrexate, azathioprine, anti-CD25 antibody, or other agents; systemic oral or IV corticosteroids for 21 or more days; and HIV vaccine other than the one provided in this study; hydroxyurea; systemic cytotoxic chemotherapy; or medications that should not be taken with any HIV drugs being received.
  • Have been assigned randomly to A5058s.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00021762

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Study Chair: Fred Valentine
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier: NCT00021762     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A5120
10938 ( Registry Identifier: DAIDS ES Registry Number )
ACTG A5120
Study First Received: August 4, 2001
Last Updated: May 17, 2012

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
Virus Replication
Drug Administration Schedule
AIDS Vaccines
RNA, Viral
Viral Load
HIV-1 immunogen, incomplete Freund's adjuvant
Treatment Interruption
HIV Therapeutic Vaccine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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