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J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2003 Jul 1;33(3):336-42.

Patterns of point mutations associated with antiretroviral drug treatment failure in CRF01_AE (subtype E) infection differ from subtype B infection.

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AIDS Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan.


An increasing number of HIV-1-infected patients living in developing countries now have access to antiretroviral drugs. Information regarding the drug-resistant mutations of non-B subtype HIV-1 remains limited, however. The authors cross-sectionally compared patterns of the drug-resistant point mutations in patients infected with either subtype B or CRF01_AE (subtype E) among patients who acquired HIV by sexual transmission in Japan. Protease sequence data were available from 216 patients with a detectable level of RNA copies in plasma. Based on phylogenetic analysis of the protease and the C2V3 regions, 162 subtype B and 45 CRF01_AE cases were identified; 82 subtype B and 24 CRF01_AE patients had a treatment failure with nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors; and 69 subtype B and 19 CRF01_AE patients had a treatment failure with a protease inhibitor. Antiretroviral drug history was similar in subtype B-infected and CRF01_AE-infected patients. The mutations T69N and V75M in reverse transcriptase and L10F, K20I, L33I, and N88S in protease were seen more frequently in patients infected with CRF01_AE than in patients with subtype B. The mutations, D30N, A71V, and N88D were found exclusively in patients with subtype B. Most of the characteristic mutation patterns were associated with a history of receiving nelfinavir. The pattern of drug resistance mutations differs between the subtypes. Data derived from subtype B drug-resistant genotypes may not always be applicable to non-B subtypes.

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