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Immunogenetics. 2007 Oct;59(10):793-8. Epub 2007 Sep 14.

Copy number variations of CCL3L1 and long-term prognosis of HIV-1 infection in asymptomatic HIV-infected Japanese with hemophilia.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Pathogenesis, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo 101-0062, Japan.


We set up a cohort of HIV-infected, asymptomatic Japanese patients with hemophilia for follow-up study in 1995. All subjects who had been infected with HIV-1 for more than 10 years met the criteria for long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs) at the time of entry; however, some of them later developed lymphopenia and required antiretroviral treatment during five more years of observation. In this study, we investigated the impacts of the CCL3L1 dose on the long-term prognosis in the subjects with chronic HIV-1 infection. We collected genomic DNA from 95 long-term survivors including 48 nonprogressors and 47 subjects receiving antiretroviral treatment. The distributions of CCL3L1 copy number significantly differed between the 95 HIV-1-infected subjects with hemophilia and 205 controls. Average copy number of CCL3L1 in the HIV-1-infected subjects was significantly lower than in control (5.00 +/- 0.22 vs 3.35 +/- 0.24, p < 0.001). Moreover, the subjects possessing two or less copies of CCL3L1 had significantly higher risk of acquiring HIV-1. However, CCL3L1 copy number variations had no significant effect on the disease progression among the LTNP subjects who had been afflicted with chronic HIV-1 infection for more than 15 years, when compared between nonprogressors and patients under treatment (3.68 +/- 0.37 vs 3.02 +/- 0.29, ns). Furthermore, variations in the CCL3L1 copy number had little effect on the levels of HIV-1 load among them. We conclude that variation in the CCL3L1 copy number is apparently not a factor that determines the prognosis of chronic HIV-1 infection, even though it is linked to HIV-1 susceptibility.

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