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BACKGROUND The hydroxyurea-didanosine combination has been shown to limit immune activation (a major pathogenic component of HIV/AIDS) and suppress viral load by both antiviral and cytostatic ('virostatic') activities. Virostatics action represent a novel approach to attack HIV/AIDS from multiple directions; however, the use of these drugs is limited by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate that, despite a dose-dependent cytostatic effect, hydroxyurea (HU) does not have immunosuppressive effects. METHODS The effects of HU on T lymphocyte proliferation parameters, activation phenotype and cytokine production were examined in vitro after exposure to clinically relevant concentrations of HU (10, 50, and 100 micromol/l).(More)
The goal of this study was to optimize the hydroxyurea dosage in HIV-infected patients, and to minimize the toxicity and maximize the antiviral efficacy of the hydroxyurea-didanosine combination. In a randomized, open-label study (RIGHT 702, a multicenter trial performed in private and institutional practices), three daily doses (600 microg, 800-900 microg,(More)
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