Lack of in vitro anti-gp160 antibody production is a correlate of nonprogression among HIV type 1-infected individuals.

Abstract

The aim of our study was to investigate the possible correlation of in vitro antibody production (IVAP) directed to the gp160 protein of HIV-1 with CD4+ slopes, plasma viremia, and disease progression in long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs). Nineteen subjects with a long-term nonprogressive HIV-1 infection were studied and followed for 2 years. During the follow-up, in vitro anti-gp160 producers showed negative CD4+ slopes in the majority of cases (9 of 12), whereas 5 of 7 nonproducers showed positive CD4+ slopes. Plasma viremia values, which were not significantly different in the two groups at baseline, became significantly higher in anti-gp160 producers when compared with nonproducers during the follow-up (p = 0.012). Finally, a trend toward progression was observed in the group of producers but not in nonproducers. These findings suggest that the in vitro production of anti-gp160 antibodies by peripheral B cells is not a correlate of protection, and may represent an early predictor of progression in LTNPs.

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@article{Rusconi1998LackOI, title={Lack of in vitro anti-gp160 antibody production is a correlate of nonprogression among HIV type 1-infected individuals.}, author={S Rusconi and Sara Santambrogio and Annalia Di Marco and Maria Chiara Colombo and Paola Citterio and Fulvio Adorni and Monica Galli}, journal={AIDS research and human retroviruses}, year={1998}, volume={14 15}, pages={1341-3} }