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Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1997 Jul;84(1):36-45.

Relationship of plasma HIV-RNA levels and levels of TNF-alpha and immune activation products in HIV infection.

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Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Immunology and Disease (CIRID), UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA.


The goal of this study was to determine the relationship between plasma human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) load and cytokine expression. HIV-RNA plasma levels were determined in 34 HIV-seropositive (HIV+) asymptomatic subjects [range: 0.5 to 211 kiloequivalents (kEq)/ml HIV-RNAJ, by a modified branched-DNA (bDNA) assay. Plasma HIV-RNA levels were positively correlated with increased plasma levels of TNF-alpha, soluble TNF receptor type II, soluble IL-2 receptor, beta 2-microglobulin, and neopterin, but not with plasma IL-6 levels. In contrast, increased viral load and diminished CD4 counts correlated weakly. TNF-alpha mRNA levels, as determined by bDNA technology, were not significantly increased in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolated from HIV-infected subjects, compared to HIV-seronegative (HIV-) subjects, and were not correlated with plasma levels of HIV-RNA, cytokines, or activation markers. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that a self-reinforcing mechanism exists between TNF-alpha production and generalized immune activation on one hand with HIV replication on the other.

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