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Correlation of HIV Levels With Clinical and Immunologic Outcome in Children Treated With Didanosine

This study has been completed.
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First received: November 14, 2001
Last updated: March 3, 2008
Last verified: April 2003

Recent studies have shown that patients receiving state-of-the-art treatment for HIV infection (highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART) show discordant responses to therapy-that is, they improve both clinically and immunologically (increased CD4 immune cell counts), but their levels of HIV in the blood do not drop. This study will examine blood samples taken from HIV-infected children treated with 2',3'-dideoxyinosine (didanosine, or ddI) in an earlier NCI study to determine if these patients had similar discordant responses to therapy. If so, the study will also examine how these factors may be predictive of disease progression and survival.

Investigators will measure HIV levels in blood specimens from children previously enrolled in NCI protocol 88-C-0129. The measurements will be done in specimens drawn before initiation of treatment with ddI and at various times during the course of treatment. The viral responses to therapy will then be correlated with short- and long-term clinical and immunologic outcomes.

In addition, researchers will examine these patients' blood samples for additional factors recently discovered to potentially influence disease progression. They include selenium levels and certain genetic factors.

A better understanding of discordant responses to therapy will help physicians determine the best treatment option in situations where therapy results do not show uniform benefit.

This protocol involves the scientific examination of laboratory specimens only and is not a clinical study open to patient enrollment.

HIV Infection

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Retrospective Analysis of HIV-1 RNA Levels in Pediatric HIV-Infected Patients Treated With Didanosine

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Estimated Enrollment: 82
Study Start Date: May 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2003
Detailed Description:

This study will examine clinical and immunologic data and HIV-1 RNA levels in banked serum specimens from HIV-infected pediatric patients previously enrolled on NCI protocol 88-C-0219, a phase I/II study of 2', 3'-dideoxyinosine (ddI). In the original study serum p24 antigen was used as the direct measurement of viral quantitation. Advances in understanding of HIV pathophysiology have demonstrated that HIV-1 RNA level as measured by quantitative RNA PCR is a far superior molecular tool for assessing viral replication and burden in vivo. Analysis of clinical, HIV-1 RNA and CD4 responses will be performed to identify patients with discordant surrogate marker responses to therapy, defined as: improvement in immunologic parameters in the setting of virologic non-response or failure. Correlation will then be made with short and long term clinical outcomes.

Following the initial analysis to identify patients with discordant responses, selenium levels, viral genotypic and phenotypic profiles of resistance to ddI, and in vitro viral fitness will be examined. These biologic parameters have recently been determined to potentially play an important role in clinical, immunologic and virologic HIV-related outcomes. Parameters will be examined in subsets of patients with the following surrogate marker response profiles: a.) immunologic and virologic responders; b.) immunologic and virologic non-responders; and c.) discordant immunologic and virologic responders. Specimens from the ddI monotherapy study were chosen for this analysis because a substantial body of clinical and immunologic data is available on patients up to 7 years.


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


Prior enrollment on NCI protocol 88-C-0219, a phase I/II study of 2',3'- dideoxyinosine (ddI) in children with human immunodeficiency virus infection.

Informed consent for participation in 88-C-0219 clinical trial.

Adequate available clinical and immunologic data and banked blood specimen components obtained during implementation of the protocol.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00026676

United States, Maryland
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Publications: Identifier: NCT00026676     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 000130
Study First Received: November 14, 2001
Last Updated: March 3, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Surrogate Markers
Genotypic Resistance
Phenotypic Resistance

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
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Anti-HIV Agents processed this record on April 26, 2017