Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Trainee Experience, VAPAHCS (2016 - 2022)
  • Chief of the Medical Service, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (2012 - 2016)

Honors & Awards

  • AOA, University of California, San Francisco
  • Gold Headed Cane Society, University of California, San Francisco (1982)
  • Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Scientific Excellence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1999)
  • Outstanding Mentor, University of California, San Francisco, AIDS Research Institute (2008)
  • Chief Resident's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Resident Education, Stanford University Department of Medicine (2018)
  • Visiting Professor, VA Boston Health Care System (March, 2019)
  • Chief Resident's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Resident Education, Stanford University (2021)

Professional Education

  • AB, University of California, Berkeley, American History (1978)
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, Medicine (1982)
  • Intern, Johns Hopkins Hospital--Osler Service, Medicine (1983)
  • Resident, Johns Hopkins Hospital--Osler Service, Medicine (1984)
  • Resident, University of California, San Francisco, Medicine, Primary Care (1985)
  • Fellow, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Oncology (1987)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My initial research activities have focused on three areas: antiretroviral and novel therapeutic treatments of HIV infection, understanding elements of HIV pathogenesis associated with acute HIV infection and post exposure prevention. My most recent scholarly activities concentrate on working as a team to capitalize on the data stored in electronic medical records, HIV disease modeling and using electronic medical records for outcome research and developing a mentorship program for doctoral, post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty dedicated to translational and clinical research. I have experience as the national chair for an NIAID sponsored AIDS Clinical Trials Group study and I have conducted Phase 1 through Phase 3 studies. My scholarship has been supported by funding from the NIH for 24 years through a variety of mechanisms including, as the principal investigator of R01, R18, R24, R35 and K24 grants and co-investigator for R01, R18, R24 and R33 awards. Three foundations have supported my scholarly activities: the California Healthcare Foundation, the Blue Shield Foundation and the Commonwealth Foundation and I have received three career awards, one from the American Cancer Society and two K24 awards from the NIH (NIMH and NCRR).

2023-24 Courses

Graduate and Fellowship Programs

All Publications

  • Modeling UNAIDS treatment targets for China. AIDS (London, England) Blower, S., Okano, J. T., Kahn, J. S. 2023; 37 (7): 1175-1176

    View details for DOI 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003571

    View details for PubMedID 37139655

  • Alone, lonely, and missed. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine Kahn, J. n. 2021

    View details for DOI 10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00038-2

    View details for PubMedID 33684354

  • The changing HIV epidemic: a view from the front line in the United States. AIDS (London, England) Kahn, J. 2020; 34 (10): 1437–38

    View details for DOI 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002560

    View details for PubMedID 32675557

  • I'm Sorry. JAMA Kahn, J. S. 2020; 323 (17): 1692–93

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jama.2020.2882

    View details for PubMedID 32369140

  • Nesting at the End of Life. Journal of palliative medicine Kahn, J. S. 2019; 22 (12): 1617–18

    View details for DOI 10.1089/jpm.2019.0282

    View details for PubMedID 31794372

  • Walking Home JAMA NEUROLOGY Kahn, J. S. 2019; 76 (2): 138–39

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamaneurol.2018.3925

    View details for Web of Science ID 000458357400003

    View details for PubMedID 30535042

  • What Can I Do as a Physician to Prevent Firearm Injury? ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Kahn, J. S. 2018; 169 (10): 725–26

    View details for DOI 10.7326/M18-2756

    View details for Web of Science ID 000450686700025

  • Effect of a Lay Health Worker Intervention on Goals-of-Care Documentation and on Health Care Use, Costs, and Satisfaction Among Patients With Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA oncology Patel, M. I., Sundaram, V., Desai, M., Periyakoil, V. S., Kahn, J. S., Bhattacharya, J., Asch, S. M., Milstein, A., Bundorf, M. K. 2018


    Importance: Although lay health workers (LHWs) improve cancer screening and treatment adherence, evidence on whether they can enhance other aspects of care is limited.Objective: To determine whether an LHW program can increase documentation of patients' care preferences after cancer diagnosis.Design, Setting, and Participants: Randomized clinical trial conducted from August 13, 2013, through February 2, 2015, among 213 patients with stage 3 or 4 or recurrent cancer at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Data analysis was by intention to treat and performed from January 15 to August 18, 2017.Interventions: Six-month program with an LHW trained to assist patients with establishing end-of-life care preferences vs usual care.Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcome was documentation of goals of care. Secondary outcomes were patient satisfaction on the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems "satisfaction with provider" item (on a scale of 0 [worst] to 10 [best possible]), health care use, and costs.Results: Among the 213 participants randomized and included in the intention-to-treat analysis, the mean (SD) age was 69.3 (9.1) years, 211 (99.1%) were male, and 165 (77.5%) were of non-Hispanic white race/ethnicity. Within 6 months of enrollment, patients randomized to the intervention had greater documentation of goals of care than the control group (97 [92.4%] vs 19 [17.5%.]; P<.001) and larger increases in satisfaction with care on the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems "satisfaction with provider" item (difference-in-difference, 1.53; 95% CI, 0.67-2.41; P<.001). The number of patients who died within 15 months of enrollment did not differ between groups (intervention, 60 of 105 [57.1%] vs control, 60 of 108 [55.6%]; P=.68). In the 30 days before death, patients in the intervention group had greater hospice use (46 [76.7%] vs 29 [48.3%]; P=.002), fewer emergency department visits (mean [SD], 0.05 [0.22] vs 0.60 [0.76]; P<.001), fewer hospitalizations (mean [SD], 0.05 [0.22] vs 0.50 [0.62]; P<.001), and lower costs (median [interquartile range], $1048 [$331-$8522] vs $23 482 [$9708-$55 648]; P<.001) than patients in the control group.Conclusions and Relevance: Incorporating an LHW into cancer care increases goals-of-care documentation and patient satisfaction and reduces health care use and costs at the end of life.Trial Registration: Identifier: NCT02966509.

    View details for PubMedID 30054634

  • A Difficult Patient Annals of Internal Medicine Kahn, J. S. 2018; 168 (11): 830-1

    View details for DOI 10.7326/M18-0691

  • Despite My Best Intentions. JAMA Kahn, J. S. 2017; 318 (17): 1653-1654

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jama.2017.6123

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  • Effect of an Intensive Outpatient Program to Augment Primary Care for High-Need Veterans Affairs Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA internal medicine Zulman, D. M., Pal Chee, C., Ezeji-Okoye, S. C., Shaw, J. G., Holmes, T. H., Kahn, J. S., Asch, S. M. 2017; 177 (2): 166-175


    Many organizations are adopting intensive outpatient care programs for high-need patients, yet little is known about their effectiveness in integrated systems with established patient-centered medical homes.To evaluate how augmenting the Veterans Affairs (VA) medical home (Patient Aligned Care Teams [PACT]) with an Intensive Management program (ImPACT) influences high-need patients' costs, health care utilization, and experience.Randomized clinical trial at a single VA facility. Among 583 eligible high-need outpatients whose health care costs or hospitalization risk were in the top 5% for the facility, 150 were randomly selected for ImPACT; the remaining 433 received standard PACT care.The ImPACT multidisciplinary team addressed health care needs and quality of life through comprehensive patient assessments, intensive case management, care coordination, and social and recreational services.Primary difference-in-difference analyses examined changes in health care costs and acute and extended care utilization over a 16-month baseline and 17-month follow-up period. Secondary analyses estimated the intervention's effect on ImPACT participants (using randomization as an instrument) and for patients with key sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. ImPACT participants' satisfaction and activation levels were assessed using responses to quality improvement surveys administered at baseline and 6 months.Of 140 patients assigned to ImPACT, 96 (69%) engaged in the program (mean [SD] age, 68.3 [14.2] years; 89 [93%] male; mean [SD] number of chronic conditions, 10 [4]; 62 [65%] had a mental health diagnosis; 21 [22%] had a history of homelessness). After accounting for program costs, adjusted person-level monthly health care expenditures decreased similarly for ImPACT and PACT patients (difference-in-difference [SE] -$101 [$623]), as did acute and extended care utilization rates. Among respondents to the ImPACT follow-up survey (n = 54 [56% response rate]), 52 (96%) reported that they would recommend the program to others, and pre-post analyses revealed modest increases in satisfaction with VA care (mean [SD] increased from 2.90 [0.72] to 3.16 [0.60]; P = .04) and communication (mean [SD] increased from 2.99 [0.74] to 3.18 [0.60]; P = .03).Intensive outpatient care for high-need patients did not reduce acute care utilization or costs compared with standard VA care, although there were positive effects on experience among patients who participated. Implementing intensive outpatient care programs in integrated settings with well-established medical homes may not prevent hospitalizations or achieve substantial cost Identifier: NCT02932228.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8021

    View details for PubMedID 28027338

  • A 15-year review of the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program: predictors of resident satisfaction and dissatisfaction ADVANCES IN MEDICAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE Kahn, J. S., Witteles, R. M., Mahaffey, K. W., Desai, S. A., Ozdalga, E., Heidenreich, P. A. 2017; 8: 559–66


    Satisfaction with training and with educational experiences represents important internal medicine (IM) programmatic goals. Graduates from IM residency programs are uniquely poised to provide insights into their educational and training experiences and to assess whether these experiences were satisfactory and relevant to their current employment.We surveyed former IM residents from the training program held during the years 2000-2015 at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University. The first part of the survey reviewed the IM residency program and the second part sought identifying data regarding gender, race, ethnicity, work, relationships, and financial matters. The primary outcome was satisfaction with the residency experience.Of the 405 individuals who completed the Stanford IM residency program in the study period, we identified 384 (95%) former residents with a known email address. Two hundred and one (52%) former residents responded to the first part and 185 (48%) answered both the parts of the survey. The mean age of the respondents was 36.9 years; 44% were female and the mean time from IM residency was 6.1 (±4.3) years. Fifty-eight percent reported extreme satisfaction with their IM residency experience. Predictors associated with being less than extremely satisfied included insufficient outpatient experience, insufficient international experience, insufficient clinical research experience, and insufficient time spent with family and peers.The residents expressed an overall high satisfaction rate with their IM training. The survey results provided insights for improving satisfaction with IM residency training that includes diversifying and broadening IM training experiences.

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  • Acceptance of Advance Directives and Palliative Care Referral for Veterans With Advanced Cancer: A Retrospective Analysis. The American journal of hospice & palliative care Patel, M. I., Bhattacharya, J., Asch, S. M., Kahn, J. 2016; 33 (8): 742-747


    To evaluate the documentation of advance directive (ADs) and physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) with acceptance of palliative care (PC) services referral among patients with cancer.We retrospectively reviewed veterans with advanced cancers at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System. Chi-square tests estimated AD and POLST documentation and referral to PC. Logistic regression models estimated the odds of AD and POLST documentation and PC referral.Two hundred and forty-six veterans were diagnosed with cancer. In all, 53% had a documented AD, 5% had a POLST, and 47% accepted referral to PC. The AD documentation was not associated with acceptance of PC.We found no association of AD documentation and PC referral. Future studies should evaluate other factors that influence referral to these services.

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1049909115595216

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  • See One, Do One, Teach One, But Practice First. Journal of palliative medicine Kahn, J. n. 2016; 19 (6): 675–76

    View details for DOI 10.1089/jpm.2015.0520

    View details for PubMedID 27227449

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  • Partnered Research in Healthcare Delivery Redesign for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Development and Feasibility of an Intensive Management Patient-Aligned Care Team (ImPACT) JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE Zulman, D. M., Ezeji-Okoye, S. C., Shaw, J. G., Hummel, D. L., Holloway, K. S., Smither, S. F., Breland, J. Y., Chardos, J. F., Kirsh, S., Kahn, J. S., Asch, S. M. 2014; 29: S861-S869


    We employed a partnered research healthcare delivery redesign process to improve care for high-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients within the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.Health services researchers partnered with VA national and Palo Alto facility leadership and clinicians to: 1) analyze characteristics and utilization patterns of HNHC patients, 2) synthesize evidence about intensive management programs for HNHC patients, 3) conduct needs-assessment interviews with HNHC patients (n = 17) across medical, access, social, and mental health domains, 4) survey providers (n = 8) about care challenges for HNHC patients, and 5) design, implement, and evaluate a pilot Intensive Management Patient-Aligned Care Team (ImPACT) for a random sample of 150 patients.HNHC patients accounted for over half (52 %) of VA facility patient costs. Most (94 %) had three or more chronic conditions, and 60 % had a mental health diagnosis. Formative data analyses and qualitative assessments revealed a need for intensive case management, care coordination, transitions navigation, and social support and services. The ImPACT multidisciplinary team developed care processes to meet these needs, including direct access to team members (including after-hours), chronic disease management protocols, case management, and rapid interventions in response to health changes or acute service use. Two-thirds of invited patients (n = 101) enrolled in ImPACT, 87 % of whom remained actively engaged at 9 months. ImPACT is now serving as a model for a national VA intensive management demonstration project.Partnered research that incorporated population data analysis, evidence synthesis, and stakeholder needs assessments led to the successful redesign and implementation of services for HNHC patients. The rigorous design process and evaluation facilitated dissemination of the intervention within the VA healthcare system.Employing partnered research to redesign care for high-need, high-cost patients may expedite development and dissemination of high-value, cost-saving interventions.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11606-014-3022-7

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  • Development and Implementation of a Workshop to Enhance the Effectiveness of Mentors Working with Diverse Mentees in HIV Research AIDS RESEARCH AND HUMAN RETROVIRUSES Gandhi, M., Fernandez, A., Stoff, D. M., Narahari, S., Blank, M., Fuchs, J., Evans, C. H., Kahn, J. S., Johnson, M. O. 2014; 30 (8): 730-737


    Abstract A growing body of evidence highlights the importance of competent mentoring in academic research in the field of HIV, particularly for early stage investigators from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds. We describe the development and implementation of a 2-day intensive workshop to train mid-level and senior-level investigators conducting HIV-related clinical and translational research across multiple academic institutions on more effective mentoring, with an emphasis on techniques to foster mentees of diversity. The workshop was focused on training mentors in techniques designed to improve the effectiveness of the mentor-mentee relationship, and included didactic presentations, interactive discussions, and small-group problem-based learning activities. Mid-level or senior-level faculty involved or planning to be involved in significant mentorship activities related to HIV research were eligible. Surveys and formal actions plans allowed for workshop evaluation and laid the groundwork for subsequent workshops. Twenty-six faculty from 16 U.S.-based institutions participated, with good representation across discipline, gender, and race/ethnicity. The sessions were highly rated and discussions and evaluations revealed important barriers and facilitators to mentoring, challenges and solutions related to mentoring mentees from diverse backgrounds, and specific tools to enhance mentoring effectiveness. The Mentoring the Mentors training program for HIV researchers focusing on early career investigators of diversity was the first of its kind and was well attended, was rated highly, and provided guidance for improving the program in the future. This training program fills an important gap in the HIV researcher community and offers guidance for training mentors interested in diversity issues in settings outside of HIV.

    View details for DOI 10.1089/aid.2014.0018

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  • Next: Text JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Kahn, J. S. 2012; 307 (17): 1807-1808

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  • Evolutionary dynamics of complex networks of HIV drug-resistant strains: the case of San Francisco. Science Smith RJ, Okano JT, Kahn JS, Bodine EN, Blower S 2010; 327 (5966): 697-701
  • Characteristics of Academic Physicians Associated With Patient Satisfaction AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL QUALITY Heidenreich, P., Shieh, L., Fassiotto, M., Kahn, J., Weinacker, A., Smith, R., Trockel, M., Shanafelt, T., Palaniappan, L. 2019: 1062860619876344

    View details for DOI 10.1177/1062860619876344

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  • Effect of a Lay HealthWorker Intervention on Goals-of-Care Documentation and on Health Care Use, Costs, and Satisfaction Among Patients With Cancer A Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA ONCOLOGY Patel, M. I., Sundaram, V., Desai, M., Periyakoil, V. S., Kahn, J. S., Bhattacharya, J., Asch, S. M., Milstein, A., Bundorf, M. 2018; 4 (10): 1359–66
  • Disrupting end-of-life cancer care delivery: Results from the engagment of patients with advanced cancer trial. Patel, M. I., Sundaram, V., Desai, M., Periyakoil, V. J., Kahn, J., Asch, S. M., Milstein, A., Bundorf, K. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2017
  • Effect of an Intensive Outpatient Program to Augment Primary Care for High-Need Veterans Affairs Patients A Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Zulman, D. M., Chee, C. P., Ezeji-Okoye, S. C., Shaw, J. G., Holmes, T. H., Kahn, J. S., Asch, S. M. 2017; 177 (2): 166-175


    Many organizations are adopting intensive outpatient care programs for high-need patients, yet little is known about their effectiveness in integrated systems with established patient-centered medical homes.To evaluate how augmenting the Veterans Affairs (VA) medical home (Patient Aligned Care Teams [PACT]) with an Intensive Management program (ImPACT) influences high-need patients' costs, health care utilization, and experience.Randomized clinical trial at a single VA facility. Among 583 eligible high-need outpatients whose health care costs or hospitalization risk were in the top 5% for the facility, 150 were randomly selected for ImPACT; the remaining 433 received standard PACT care.The ImPACT multidisciplinary team addressed health care needs and quality of life through comprehensive patient assessments, intensive case management, care coordination, and social and recreational services.Primary difference-in-difference analyses examined changes in health care costs and acute and extended care utilization over a 16-month baseline and 17-month follow-up period. Secondary analyses estimated the intervention's effect on ImPACT participants (using randomization as an instrument) and for patients with key sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. ImPACT participants' satisfaction and activation levels were assessed using responses to quality improvement surveys administered at baseline and 6 months.Of 140 patients assigned to ImPACT, 96 (69%) engaged in the program (mean [SD] age, 68.3 [14.2] years; 89 [93%] male; mean [SD] number of chronic conditions, 10 [4]; 62 [65%] had a mental health diagnosis; 21 [22%] had a history of homelessness). After accounting for program costs, adjusted person-level monthly health care expenditures decreased similarly for ImPACT and PACT patients (difference-in-difference [SE] -$101 [$623]), as did acute and extended care utilization rates. Among respondents to the ImPACT follow-up survey (n = 54 [56% response rate]), 52 (96%) reported that they would recommend the program to others, and pre-post analyses revealed modest increases in satisfaction with VA care (mean [SD] increased from 2.90 [0.72] to 3.16 [0.60]; P = .04) and communication (mean [SD] increased from 2.99 [0.74] to 3.18 [0.60]; P = .03).Intensive outpatient care for high-need patients did not reduce acute care utilization or costs compared with standard VA care, although there were positive effects on experience among patients who participated. Implementing intensive outpatient care programs in integrated settings with well-established medical homes may not prevent hospitalizations or achieve substantial cost Identifier: NCT02932228.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8021

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  • Can lay health workers achieve the triple aim? Results from the Engagement of Patients with Advanced Cancer (EPAC) trial Patel, M. I., Periyakoil, V., Bundorf, K., Thom, D., Milstein, A., Asch, S. M., Kahn, J. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 2016
  • Severity of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Among Patients With HIV Is Related to Markers of Inflammation and Coagulation JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Nordell, A. D., McKenna, M., Borges, A. H., Duprez, D., Neuhaus, J., Neaton, J. D. 2014; 3 (3)


    In the general population, raised levels of inflammatory markers are stronger predictors of fatal than nonfatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. People with HIV have elevated levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and D-dimer; HIV-induced activation of inflammatory and coagulation pathways may be responsible for their greater risk of CVD. Whether the enhanced inflammation and coagulation associated with HIV is associated with more fatal CVD events has not been investigated.Biomarkers were measured at baseline for 9764 patients with HIV and no history of CVD. Of these patients, we focus on the 288 that experienced either a fatal (n=74) or nonfatal (n=214) CVD event over a median of 5 years. Odds ratios (ORs) (fatal versus nonfatal CVD) (95% confidence intervals [CIs]) associated with a doubling of IL-6, D-dimer, hsCRP, and a 1-unit increase in an IL-6 and D-dimer score, measured a median of 2.6 years before the event, were 1.39 (1.07 to 1.79), 1.40 (1.10 to 1.78), 1.09 (0.93 to 1.28), and 1.51 (1.15 to 1.97), respectively. Of the 214 patients with nonfatal CVD, 23 died during follow-up. Hazard ratios (95% CI) for all-cause mortality were 1.72 (1.28 to 2.31), 1.73 (1.27 to 2.36), 1.44 (1.15 to 1.80), and 1.88 (1.39 to 2.55), respectively, for IL-6, D-dimer, hsCRP, and the IL-6 and D-dimer score.Higher IL-6 and D-dimer levels reflecting enhanced inflammation and coagulation associated with HIV are associated with a greater risk of fatal CVD and a greater risk of death after a nonfatal CVD event. Unique identifier: SMART: NCT00027352, ESPRIT: NCT00004978, SILCAAT: NCT00013611.

    View details for DOI 10.1161/JAHA.114.000844

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  • Factors Associated with D-Dimer Levels in HIV-Infected Individuals PLOS ONE Borges, A. H., O'Connor, J. L., Phillips, A. N., Baker, J. V., Vjecha, M. J., Losso, M. H., Klinker, H., Lopardo, G., Williams, I., Lundgren, J. D. 2014; 9 (3)


    Higher plasma D-dimer levels are strong predictors of mortality in HIV+ individuals. The factors associated with D-dimer levels during HIV infection, however, remain poorly understood.In this cross-sectional study, participants in three randomized controlled trials with measured D-dimer levels were included (N = 9,848). Factors associated with D-dimer were identified by linear regression. Covariates investigated were: age, gender, race, body mass index, nadir and baseline CD4+ count, plasma HIV RNA levels, markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein [CRP], interleukin-6 [IL-6]), antiretroviral therapy (ART) use, ART regimens, co-morbidities (hepatitis B/C, diabetes mellitus, prior cardiovascular disease), smoking, renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] and cystatin C) and cholesterol.Women from all age groups had higher D-dimer levels than men, though a steeper increase of D-dimer with age occurred in men. Hepatitis B/C co-infection was the only co-morbidity associated with higher D-dimer levels. In this subgroup, the degree of hepatic fibrosis, as demonstrated by higher hyaluronic acid levels, but not viral load of hepatitis viruses, was positively correlated with D-dimer. Other factors independently associated with higher D-dimer levels were black race, higher plasma HIV RNA levels, being off ART at baseline, and increased levels of CRP, IL-6 and cystatin C. In contrast, higher baseline CD4+ counts and higher high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were negatively correlated with D-dimer levels.D-dimer levels increase with age in HIV+ men, but are already elevated in women at an early age due to reasons other than a higher burden of concomitant diseases. In hepatitis B/C co-infected individuals, hepatic fibrosis, but not hepatitis viral load, was associated with higher D-dimer levels.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0090978

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  • Comparative Effectiveness of Fish Oil Versus Fenofibrate, Gemfibrozil, and Atorvastatin on Lowering Triglyceride Levels Among HIV-Infected Patients in Routine Clinical Care 27th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management Munoz, M. A., Liu, W., Delaney, J. A., Brown, E., Mugavero, M. J., Mathews, W. C., Napravnik, S., Willig, J. H., Eron, J. J., Hunt, P. W., Kahn, J. O., Saag, M. S., Kitahata, M. M., Crane, H. M. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2013: 254–60


    The goal of this study was to compare the effectiveness of fish oil, fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, and atorvastatin on reducing triglyceride (TG) levels among a large cohort of HIV-infected patients in clinical care.Retrospective observational cohort study.The primary endpoint was absolute change in TG levels measured using the last TG value pretreatment and the first TG value posttreatment. A pre-post quasi-experimental design was used to estimate the change in TG because of initiating fish oil. Linear regression models examined the comparative effectiveness of treatment with fish oil versus gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, or atorvastatin for TG reduction. Models were adjusted for baseline differences in age, sex, race, CD4⁺ cell count, diabetes, body mass index, protease inhibitor use, and time between TG measures.A total of 493 patients (mean age, 46 years; 95% male) were included (46 patients receiving gemfibrozil; 80, fenofibrate; 291, atorvastatin; and 76, fish oil) with a mean baseline TG of 347 mg/dL. New use of fish oil decreased TG [ΔTG, -45 mg/dL; 95% confidence interval (CI): -80 to -11] in the pre-post study. Compared with fish oil (reference), fibrates were more effective (ΔTG, -66; 95% CI: -120 to -12) in reducing TG levels, whereas atorvastatin was not (ΔTG, -39; 95% CI: -86 to 9).In HIV-infected patients in routine clinical care, fish oil is less effective than fibrates (but not atorvastatin) at lowering TG values. Fish oil may still represent an attractive alternative for patients with moderately elevated TGs, particularly among patients who may not want or tolerate fibrates.

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  • Evidence for risk stratification when monitoring for toxicities following initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy AIDS Taiwo, B., Yanik, E. L., Napravnik, S., Ryscavage, P., Koletar, S. L., Moore, R., Mathews, W. C., Crane, H. M., Mayer, K., Zinski, A., Kahn, J. S., Eron, J. J. 2013; 27 (10): 1593-1602


    OBJECTIVE:: Laboratory monitoring is recommended during combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), but the pattern of detected abnormalities and optimal monitoring are unknown. We assessed laboratory abnormalities during initial cART in 2000-2010 across the United States. DESIGN:: Observational study in the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems Cohort METHODS:: Among patients with normal results within a year prior to cART initiation, time to first significant abnormality was assessed by Kaplan-Meier curves stratified by event type, with censoring at first of regimen change, loss to follow-up, or 104 weeks. Incidence rates of first events were estimated using Poisson regression; multivariable analyses identified associated factors. Results were stratified by time (16 weeks) from therapy initiation. RESULTS:: 3,470 individuals contributed 3,639 person-years. Median age, pre-cART CD4 and follow-up duration were 40 years, 206 cells/mm and 51 weeks, respectively. Incidence rates for significant abnormalities (per 100 person-years) in the first 16 weeks post cART initiation were: lipid = 49 (95% Confidence Interval [CI]: 41-58); hematologic = 44 (40-49); hepatic = 24 (20-27); and renal = 9 (7-11), dropping substantially during weeks 17-104 of cART to lipid = 23 (18-29); hematologic = 5 (4-6); hepatic = 6 (5-8); and renal = 2 (1-3) (all p < 0.05). Among patients receiving initial cART with no prior abnormality (N = 1889), strongest associations for hepatic abnormalities after 16 weeks were hepatitis B and C, hazard ratios (HR) = 2.3 (95%CI: 1.2-4.5) and HR = 3.0 (1.9-4.5), respectively. The strongest association for renal abnormalities was hypertension, HR = 2.8 (1.4-5.6). CONCLUSION:: New abnormalities decreased after week 16 of cART. For abnormalities not present by week 16, subsequent monitoring should be guided by co-morbidities.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283601115

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  • Hematologic, Hepatic, Renal, and Lipid Laboratory Monitoring After Initiation of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy in the United States, 2000-2010 JAIDS-JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES Yanik, E. L., Napravnik, S., Ryscavage, P., Eron, J. J., Koletar, S. L., Moore, R. D., Zinski, A., Cole, S. R., Hunt, P., Crane, H. M., Kahn, J., Mathews, W. C., Mayer, K. H., Taiwo, B. O. 2013; 63 (2): 216-220


    We assessed laboratory monitoring after combination antiretroviral therapy initiation among 3678 patients in a large US multisite clinical cohort, censoring participants at last clinic visit, combination antiretroviral therapy change, or 3 years. Median days (interquartile range) to first hematologic, hepatic, renal, and lipid tests were 30 (18-53), 31 (19-56), 33 (20-59), and 350 (96-1106), respectively. At 1 year, approximately 80% received more than 2 hematologic, hepatic, and renal tests consistent with guidelines. However, only 40% received 1 or more lipid tests. Monitoring was more frequent in specific subgroups, likely reflecting better clinic attendance or clinician perception of higher susceptibility to toxicities.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31828d69f1

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  • Biomarkers and Bacterial Pneumonia Risk in Patients with Treated HIV Infection: A Case-Control Study PLOS ONE Bjerk, S. M., Baker, J. V., Emery, S., Neuhaus, J., Angus, B., Gordin, F. M., Pett, S. L., Stephan, C., Kunisaki, K. M. 2013; 8 (2)


    Despite advances in HIV treatment, bacterial pneumonia continues to cause considerable morbidity and mortality in patients with HIV infection. Studies of biomarker associations with bacterial pneumonia risk in treated HIV-infected patients do not currently exist.We performed a nested, matched, case-control study among participants randomized to continuous combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) in the Strategies for Management of Antiretroviral Therapy trial. Patients who developed bacterial pneumonia (cases) and patients without bacterial pneumonia (controls) were matched 1∶1 on clinical center, smoking status, age, and baseline cART use. Baseline levels of Club Cell Secretory Protein 16 (CC16), Surfactant Protein D (SP-D), C-reactive protein (hsCRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and d-dimer were compared between cases and controls.Cases (n = 72) and controls (n = 72) were 25.7% female, 51.4% black, 65.3% current smokers, 9.7% diabetic, 36.1% co-infected with Hepatitis B/C, and 75.0% were on cART at baseline. Median (IQR) age was 45 (41, 51) years with CD4+ count of 553 (436, 690) cells/mm(3). Baseline CC16 and SP-D were similar between cases and controls, but hsCRP was significantly higher in cases than controls (2.94 µg/mL in cases vs. 1.93 µg/mL in controls; p = 0.02). IL-6 and d-dimer levels were also higher in cases compared to controls, though differences were not statistically significant (p-value 0.06 and 0.10, respectively).In patients with cART-treated HIV infection, higher levels of systemic inflammatory markers were associated with increased bacterial pneumonia risk, while two pulmonary-specific inflammatory biomarkers, CC16 and SP-D, were not associated with bacterial pneumonia risk.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0056249

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  • Characterizing HIV Transmission Networks Across the United States CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES Aldous, J. L., Pond, S. K., Poon, A., Jain, S., Qin, H., Kahn, J. S., Kitahata, M., Rodriguez, B., Dennis, A. M., Boswell, S. L., Haubrich, R., Smith, D. M. 2012; 55 (8): 1135-1143


    Clinically, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) pol sequences are used to evaluate for drug resistance. These data can also be used to evaluate transmission networks and help describe factors associated with transmission risk.HIV-1 pol sequences from participants at 5 sites in the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) cohort from 2000-2009 were analyzed for genetic relatedness. Only the first available sequence per participant was included. Inferred transmission networks ("clusters") were defined as ≥2 sequences with ≤1.5% genetic distance. Clusters including ≥3 patients ("networks") were evaluated for clinical and demographic associations.Of 3697 sequences, 24% fell into inferred clusters: 155 clusters of 2 individuals ("dyads"), 54 clusters that included 3-14 individuals ("networks"), and 1 large cluster that included 336 individuals across all study sites. In multivariable analyses, factors associated with being in a cluster included not using antiretroviral (ARV) drugs at time of sampling (P < .001), sequence collected after 2004 (P < .001), CD4 cell count >350 cells/mL (P < .01), and viral load 10,000-100,000 copies/mL (P < .001) or >100,000 copies/mL (P < .001). In networks, women were more likely to cluster with other women (P < .001), and African Americans with other African Americans (P < .001).Molecular epidemiology can be applied to study HIV transmission networks in geographically and demographically diverse cohorts. Clustering was associated with lack of ARV use and higher viral load, implying transmission may be interrupted by earlier diagnosis and treatment. Observed female and African American networks reinforce the importance of diagnosis and prevention efforts targeted by sex and race.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/cid/cis612

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  • A Mentor Development Program for Clinical Translational Science Faculty Leads to Sustained, Improved Confidence in Mentoring Skills CTS-CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE Feldman, M. D., Steinauer, J. E., Khalili, M., Huang, L., Kahn, J. S., Lee, K. A., Creasman, J., Brown, J. S. 2012; 5 (4): 362-367


    Mentorship is crucial for academic productivity and advancement for clinical and translational (CT) science faculty. However, little is known about the long-term effects of mentor training programs. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Clinical and Translational Science Institute launched a Mentor Development Program (MDP) in 2007 for CT faculty. We report on an evaluation of the first three cohorts of graduates from the MDP. In 2010, all Mentors in Training (MITs) who completed the MDP from 2007 to 2009 (n= 38) were asked to complete an evaluation of their mentoring skills and knowledge; all MITs (100%) completed the evaluation. Two-thirds of MDP graduates reported that they often apply knowledge, attitudes, or skills obtained in the MDP to their mentoring. Nearly all graduates (97%) considered being a mentor important to their career satisfaction. Graduates were also asked about the MDP's impact on specific mentoring skills; 95% agreed that the MDP helped them to become a better mentor and to focus their mentoring goals. We also describe a number of new initiatives to support mentoring at UCSF that have evolved from the MDP. To our knowledge, this is the first evaluation of the long-term impact of a mentor training program for CT researchers.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2012.00419.x

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  • A Cross-Sectional Study of Barriers to Personal Health Record Use among Patients Attending a Safety-Net Clinic PLOS ONE Hilton, J. F., Barkoff, L., Chang, O., Halperin, L., Ratanawongsa, N., Sarkar, U., Leykin, Y., Munoz, R. F., Thom, D. H., Kahn, J. S. 2012; 7 (2)


    Personal health records (PHR) may improve patients' health by providing access to and context for health information. Among patients receiving care at a safety-net HIV/AIDS clinic, we examined the hypothesis that a mental health (MH) or substance use (SU) condition represents a barrier to engagement with web-based health information, as measured by consent to participate in a trial that provided access to personal (PHR) or general (non-PHR) health information portals and by completion of baseline study surveys posted there.Participants were individually trained to access and navigate individualized online accounts and to complete study surveys. In response to need, during accrual months 4 to 12 we enhanced participant training to encourage survey completion with the help of staff. Using logistic regression models, we estimated odds ratios for study participation and for survey completion by combined MH/SU status, adjusted for levels of computer competency, on-study training, and demographics.Among 2,871 clinic patients, 70% had MH/SU conditions, with depression (38%) and methamphetamine use (17%) most commonly documented. Middle-aged patients and those with a MH/SU condition were over-represented among study participants (N = 338). Survey completion was statistically independent of MH/SU status (OR, 1.85 [95% CI, 0.93-3.66]) but tended to be higher among those with MH/SU conditions. Completion rates were low among beginner computer users, regardless of training level (<50%), but adequate among advanced users (>70%).Among patients attending a safety-net clinic, MH/SU conditions were not barriers to engagement with web-based health information. Instead, level of computer competency was useful for identifying individuals requiring substantial computer training in order to fully participate in the study. Intensive on-study training was insufficient to enable beginner computer users to complete study surveys.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0031888

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  • Modeling dynamic interactions between pre-exposure prophylaxis interventions & treatment programs: predicting HIV transmission & resistance SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Supervie, V., Barrett, M., Kahn, J. S., Musuka, G., Moeti, T. L., Busang, L., Blower, S. 2011; 1


    Clinical trials have recently demonstrated the effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV infection. Consequently, PrEP may soon be used for epidemic control. We model the dynamic interactions that will occur between treatment programs and potential PrEP interventions in resource-constrained countries. We determine the consequences for HIV transmission and drug resistance. We use response hypersurface modeling to predict the effect of PrEP on decreasing transmission as a function of effectiveness, adherence and coverage. We predict PrEP will increase need for second-line therapies (SLT) for treatment-naïve individuals, but could significantly decrease need for SLT for treatment-experienced individuals. If the rollout of PrEP is carefully planned it could increase the sustainability of treatment programs. If not, need for SLT could increase and the sustainability of treatment programs could be compromised. Our results show the optimal strategy for rolling out PrEP in resource-constrained countries is to begin around the "worst" treatment programs.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/srep00185

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  • A Randomized Noninferiority Trial of Standard Versus Enhanced Risk Reduction and Adherence Counseling for Individuals Receiving Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Following Sexual Exposures to HIV CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES Roland, M. E., Neilands, T. B., Krone, M. R., Coates, T. J., Franses, K., Chesney, M. A., Kahn, J. S., Martin, J. N. 2011; 53 (1): 76-83


    The National HIV/AIDS Strategy proposes to scale-up post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Intensive risk reduction and adherence counseling appear to be effective but are resource intensive. Identifying simpler interventions that maximize the HIV prevention potential of PEP is critical.A randomized noninferiority study comparing 2 (standard) or 5 (enhanced) risk reduction counseling sessions was performed. Adherence counseling was provided in the enhanced arm. We measured changes in unprotected sexual intercourse acts at 12 months, compared with baseline; HIV acquisition; and PEP adherence. Outcomes were stratified by degree of baseline risk.We enrolled 457 individuals reporting unprotected intercourse within 72 h with an HIV-infected or at-risk partner. Participants were 96% male and 71% white. There were 1.8 and 2.3 fewer unprotected sex acts in the standard and enhanced groups. The maximum potential risk difference, reflected by the upper bound of the 95% confidence interval, was 3.9 acts. The difference in the riskier subset may have been as many as 19.6 acts. The incidence of HIV seroconversion was 2.9% and 2.6% among persons randomized to standard and enhanced counseling, respectively, with a maximum potential difference of 3.4%. The absolute and maximal HIV seroconversion incidence was 9.9% and 20.4% greater in the riskier group randomized to standard, compared with enhanced, counseling. Adherence outcomes were similar, with noninferiority in the lower risk group and concerning differences among the higher-risk group.Risk assessment is critical at PEP initiation. Standard counseling is only noninferior for individuals with lower baseline risk; thus, enhanced counseling should be targeted to individuals at higher risk.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/cid/cir333

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  • The effect of AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol 5164 on the time from Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia diagnosis to antiretroviral initiation in routine clinical practice: a case study of diffusion, dissemination, and implementation. Clin Infect Dis Geng EH, Kahn JS, Chang OC, Hare CB, Christopoulos KA, Jones D, Petersen ML, Deeks SG, Havlir DV, Gandhi M 2011; 53 (10): 1008-14
  • A Randomized Noninferiority Trial of Standard Versus Enhanced Risk Reduction and Adherence Counseling for Individuals Receiving Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Following Sexual Exposures to HIV Clin Infect Dis Roland ME, Neilands TB, Krone MR, Coates TJ, Franses K, Chesney MA, Kahn JS, Martin JN. 2011; 53 (1): 76-83
  • Mortality Among Antiretroviral-Eligible Patients in an Urban Public Clinic J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Dowdy DW, Geng EH, Christopoulos KA, Kahn JS, Hare CB, Wlodarczyk D, Havlir DV 2011; 57 (4): 297-300
  • Transmitted Drug Resistance in the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems Cohort: Prevalence and Effects on Pre-Therapy CD4 and Viral Load PLoS Med Poon A, Frost S, Aldous J, Mathews W, Kitahata M, Rodriguez B, Saag M, Boswell S, Kahn J, Haubrich R 2011; 6 (6): e21189
  • Should we try to eliminate HIV epidemics by using a 'Test and Treat' strategy? AIDS Wagner BG, Kahn JS, Blower S 2010; 13 (24): 775-6
  • Personal health records in a public hospital: experience at the HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. J Am Med Inform Assoc Kahn JS, Hilton JF, Van Nunnery T, Leasure S, Bryant KM, Hare CB, Thom DH 2010; 17 (2): 224-8
  • The potential roles of mHealth in developing economies: Can they be realized? Health Affairs Kahn JG, Yang J, Kahn JS 2010; 29 (2): 254-61
  • Quantifying the treatment efficacy of reverse transcriptase inhibitors: new analyses of clinical data based on within-host modeling OptAIDS Workshop 2009 Breban, R., Napravnik, S., Kahn, J., Blower, S. BIOMED CENTRAL LTD. 2009


    Current measures of the clinical efficacy of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the treatment of HIV include the change in HIV RNA in the plasma and the gain in CD4 cells.We propose new measures for evaluating the efficacy of treatment that is based upon combinations of non-nucleoside and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Our efficacy measures are: the CD4 gain per virion eliminated, the potential of CD4 count restoration and the viral reproduction number (R0). These efficacy measures are based upon a theoretical understanding of the impact of treatment on both viral dynamics and the immune reconstitution. Patient data were obtained from longitudinal HIV clinical cohorts.We found that the CD4 cell gain per virion eliminated ranged from 10(-2) to 600 CD4 cells/virion, the potential of CD4 count restoration ranged from 60 to 1520 CD4 cells/microl, and the basic reproduction number was reduced from an average of 5.1 before therapy to an average of 1.2 after one year of therapy. There was substantial heterogeneity in these efficacy measures among patients with detectable viral replication. We found that many patients who achieved viral suppression did not have high CD4 cell recovery profiles. Our efficacy measures also enabled us to identify a subgroup of patients who were not virally suppressed but had the potential to reach a high CD4 count and/or achieve viral suppression if they had been switched to a more potent regimen.We show that our new efficacy measures are useful for analyzing the long-term treatment efficacy of combination reverse transcriptase inhibitors and argue that achieving a low R0 does not imply achieving viral suppression.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-9-S1-S11

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  • Activation and Coagulation Biomarkers Are Independent Predictors of the Development of Opportunistic Disease in Patients with HIV Infection 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Rodger, A. J., Fox, Z., Lundgren, J. D., Kuller, L. H., Boesecke, C., Gey, D., Skoutelis, A., Goetz, M. B., Phillips, A. N. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2009: 973–83


    Activation and coagulation biomarkers were measured within the Strategies for Management of Antiretroviral Therapy (SMART) trial. Their associations with opportunistic disease (OD) in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients were examined.Inflammatory (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP], interleukin-6 [IL-6], amyloid-A, and amyloid-P) and coagulation (D-dimer and prothrombin-fragment 1+2) markers were determined. Conditional logistic regression analyses were used to assess associations between these biomarkers and risk of OD.The 91 patients who developed an OD were matched to 182 control subjects. Patients with an hsCRP level > or =5 microg/mL at baseline had a 3.5 higher odds of OD (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.5-8.1) than did those with an hsCRP level <1 microg/mL (P=.003, by test for trend) and patients with an IL-6 level > or =3 pg/mL at baseline had a 2.4 higher odds of OD (95% CI, 1.0-5.4) than did those with an IL-6 level <1.5 pg/mL (P=.02, by test for trend). No other baseline biomarkers predicted development of an OD. Latest follow-up hsCRP level for those with an hsCRP level > or =5 microg/mL (compared with a level <1 microg/mL; odds ratio [OR], 7.6; 95% CI, 2.0-28.5; [P=.002, by test for trend), latest amyloid-A level for those with an amyloid-A level > or =6 mg/L (compared with a level <2 mg/L; OR, 3.8; 95% CI, 1.1-13.4; P=.03, by test for trend), and latest IL-6 level for those with an IL-6 level > or =3 pg/mL (compared with a level <1.5 pg/mL; OR 2.4; 95% CI, 0.7-8.8; P=.04, by test for trend) were also associated with development of an OD.Higher IL-6 and hsCRP levels independently predicted development of OD. These biomarkers could provide additional prognostic information for predicting the risk of OD.

    View details for DOI 10.1086/605447

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  • What it takes: characteristics of the ideal personal health record Health Affairs Kahn JS, Aulakh V, Bosworth A 2009; 28 (2): 369-76
  • Quantifying the treatment efficacy of reverse transcriptase inhibitors: new analyses of clinical data based on within-host modeling. BMC Public Health Breban R, Napravnik S, Kahn J, Blower S 2009; 9 (Suppl 1): 11
  • Training the next generation of research mentors: the University of California, San Francisco, Clinical & Translational Science Institute Mentor Development Program. Clin Transl Sci Feldman MD, Huang L, Guglielmo BJ, Jordan R, Kahn J, Creasman JM, Wiener-Kronish JP, Lee KA, Tehrani A, Yaffe K, Brown JS 2009; 2 (3): 216-21
  • Mentoring early-career scientists for HIV research careers Am J Public Health Kahn JS, Greenblatt RM 2009; 99 (1 Suppl): S37-42
  • Viral resuppression and detection of drug resistance following interruption of a suppressive non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor-based regimen AIDS Fox, Z., Phillips, A., Cohen, C., Neuhaus, J., Baxter, J., Emery, S., Hirschel, B., Hullsiek, K. H., Stephan, C., Lundgren, J. 2008; 22 (17): 2279-2289


    Interruption of a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI)-regimen is often necessary, but must be performed with caution because NNRTIs have a low genetic barrier to resistance. Limited data exist to guide clinical practice on the best interruption strategy to use.Patients in the drug-conservation arm of the Strategies for Management of Antiretroviral Therapy (SMART) trial who interrupted a fully suppressive NNRTI-regimen were evaluated. From 2003, SMART recommended interruption of an NNRTI by a staggered interruption, in which the NNRTI was stopped before the NRTIs, or by replacing the NNRTI with another drug before interruption. Simultaneous interruption of all antiretrovirals was discouraged. Resuppression rates 4-8 months after reinitiating NNRTI-therapy were assessed, as was the detection of drug-resistance mutations within 2 months of the treatment interruption in a subset (N = 141).Overall, 601/688 (87.4%) patients who restarted an NNRTI achieved viral resuppression. The adjusted odds ratio (95% confidence interval) for achieving resuppression was 1.94 (1.02-3.69) for patients with a staggered interruption and 3.64 (1.37-9.64) for those with a switched interruption compared with patients with a simultaneous interruption. At least one NNRTI-mutation was detected in the virus of 16.4% patients with simultaneous interruption, 12.5% patients with staggered interruption and 4.2% patients with switched interruption. Fewer patients with detectable mutations (i.e. 69.2%) achieved HIV-RNA of 400 copies/ml or less compared with those in whom no mutations were detected (i.e. 86.7%; P = 0.05).In patients who interrupt a suppressive NNRTI-regimen, the choice of interruption strategy may influence resuppression rates when restarting a similar regimen. NNRTI drug-resistance mutations were observed in a relatively high proportion of patients. These data provide additional support for a staggered or switched interruption strategy for NNRTI drugs.

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  • Cohort profile: The Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Kitahata, M. M., Rodriguez, B., Haubrich, R., Boswell, S., Mathews, W. C., Lederman, M. M., Lober, W. B., Van Rompaey, S. E., Crane, H. M., Moore, R. D., Bertram, M., Kahn, J. O., Saag, M. S. 2008; 37 (5): 948-955

    View details for DOI 10.1093/ije/dym231

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  • Signposts along the NIH roadmap for reengineering clinical research - Lessons from the Clinical Research Networks Initiative ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Williams, R. L., Johnson, S. B., Greene, S. M., Larson, E. B., Green, L. A., Morris, A., Confer, D., Reaman, G., Madigan, R., Kahn, J. 2008; 168 (17): 1919-1925


    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical Research aims to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical research. We report results and lessons learned from a key component of the Roadmap, the Clinical Research Networks initiative.Twelve diverse, experienced, large, clinical research networks were funded for 3 years to develop strategies for integrating, expanding, and increasing the interoperability of clinical research networks in support of the Roadmap goals. Network leaders met periodically in person and by teleconference to describe common challenges encountered and solutions used for expansion and increased interoperability.These networks developed innovative solutions to technical challenges, including strategies for interoperability of information systems and management of complex information system technologies (eg, "brokering" to address data system incompatibility, data transfer, and security requirements), and solutions to human factor challenges at the individual, group, intraorganizational, and interorganizational levels (eg, applying collaborative organizing and decision-making processes based on key principles).These solutions can provide guidance to existing and future clinical research networks, particularly those forming as part of the NIH Clinical Translation Science Award program. Remaining technical and human factor challenges, however, as well as the largely unmet need for consistent funding for network infrastructure and maintenance, stand in the way of fulfilling the vision of a robust future role for clinical research networks.

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  • Major clinical outcomes in antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naive participants and in those not receiving ART at baseline in the SMART study JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Emery, S., Neuhaus, J. A., Phillips, A. N., Babiker, A., Cohen, C. J., Gatell, J. M., Girard, P., Grund, B., Law, M., Losso, M. H., Palfreeman, A., Wood, R. 2008; 197 (8): 1133-1144


    The SMART study randomized 5,472 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients with CD4+ cell counts >350 cells/microL to intermittent antiretroviral therapy (ART; the drug conservation [DC] group) versus continuous ART (the viral suppression [VS] group). In the DC group, participants started ART when the CD4+ cell count was <250 cells/microL. Clinical outcomes in participants not receiving ART at entry inform the early use of ART.Patients who were either ART naive (n=249) or who had not been receiving ART for >or= 6 months (n=228) were analyzed. The following clinical outcomes were assessed: (i) opportunistic disease (OD) or death from any cause (OD/death); (ii) OD (fatal or nonfatal); (iii) serious non-AIDS events (cardiovascular, renal, and hepatic disease plus non-AIDS-defining cancers) and non-OD deaths; and (iv) the composite of outcomes (ii) and (iii).A total of 477 participants (228 in the DC group and 249 in the VS group) were followed (mean, 18 months). For outcome (iv), 21 and 6 events occurred in the DC (7 in ART-naive participants and 14 in those who had not received ART for >or= 6 months) and VS (2 in ART-naive participants and 4 in those who had not received ART for 6 months) groups, respectively. Hazard ratios for DC vs. VS by outcome category were as follows: outcome (i), 3.47 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.26-9.56; p=.02); outcome (ii), 3.26 (95% CI, 1.04-10.25; p=.04); outcome (iii), 7.02 (95% CI, 1.57-31.38; p=.01); and outcome (iv), 4.19 (95% CI, 1.69-10.39; p=.002 ).Initiation of ART at CD4+ cell counts >350 cells/microL compared with <250 cells/microL may reduce both OD and serious non-AIDS events. These findings require validation in a large, randomized clinical trial.

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  • Mentoring the next generation of HIV prevention researchers - A model mentoring program at the University of California San Francisco and Gladstone Institute of Immunology and Virology Center for AIDS research 1st National Scientific Meeting of the Social-and-Behavioral-Science-Research-Network Kahn, J., Jarlais, C. D., Dobkin, L., Barrs, S. F., Greenblatt, R. M. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2008: S5–S9


    Mentoring is critical to develop and nurture early career investigators, helping them to succeed in building networks of colleagues, and is especially important for investigators focused on HIV research. We piloted a multidiscipline mentoring program targeting postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty concentrating on HIV/AIDS research.The pilot mentoring program was conducted at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at the University of California San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology. Mentees were self-referred postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty. Mentors were drawn from the senior faculty. Early career mentees were matched with senior investigators for individual meetings, a monthly workshop on topics directed by the mentees, and single-day mentoring seminars.More than 30 mentees and 20 mentors have participated in the pilot project. Most mentees reported that the 1-on-1 mentoring was a satisfying experience. The most highly valued activities were those that facilitated networking among mentees, networking between mentors and mentees, and workshops that focused on grant applications and first academic appointments and promotions.A multidisciplinary mentoring program for postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty focused on HIV/AIDS research is valuable. Umbrella organizations, such as the CFAR, are well suited to create and provide highly valued mentoring experiences.

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  • Signposts along the NIH roadmap for reengineering clinical research: lessons from the Clinical Research Networks initiative Arch Intern Med Williams RL, Johnson SB, Greene SM, Larson EB, Green LA, Morris A, Confer D, Reaman G, Madigan R, Kahn J; Principal Investigators of Clinical Research Networks Initiative 2008; 168 (17): 1919-25
  • Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Vpr induces DNA replication stress in vitro and in vivo JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY Zimmerman, E. S., Sherman, M. P., Blackett, J. L., Neidleman, J. A., Kreis, C., Mundt, P., Williams, S. A., Warmerdam, M., Kahn, J., Hecht, F. M., Grant, R. M., de Noronha, C. M., Weyrich, A. S., Greene, W. C., Planelles, V. 2006; 80 (21): 10407-10418


    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) viral protein R (Vpr) causes cell cycle arrest in G2. Vpr-expressing cells display the hallmarks of certain forms of DNA damage, specifically activation of the ataxia telangiectasia mutated and Rad3-related kinase, ATR. However, evidence that Vpr function is relevant in vivo or in the context of viral infection is still lacking. In the present study, we demonstrate that HIV-1 infection of primary, human CD4+ lymphocytes causes G2 arrest in a Vpr-dependent manner and that this response requires ATR, as shown by RNA interference. The event leading to ATR activation in CD4+ lymphocytes is the accumulation of replication protein A in nuclear foci, an indication that Vpr likely induces stalling of replication forks. Primary macrophages are refractory to ATR activation by Vpr, a finding that is consistent with the lack of detectable ATR, Rad17, and Chk1 protein expression in these nondividing cells. These observations begin to explain the remarkable resilience of macrophages to HIV-1-induced cytopathicity. To study the in vivo consequences of Vpr function, we isolated CD4+ lymphocytes from HIV-1-infected individuals and interrogated the cell cycle status of anti-p24Gag-immunoreactive cells. We report that infected cells in vivo display an aberrant cell cycle profile whereby a majority of cells have a 4N DNA content, consistent with the onset of G2 arrest.

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  • Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Vpr induces DNA replication stress in vitro and in vivo. J Virol Zimmerman ES, Sherman MP, Blackett JL, Neidleman JA, Kreis C, Mundt P, Williams SA, Warmerdam M, Kahn J, Hecht FM, Grant RM, de Noronha CM, Weyrich AS, Greene WC, Planelles V 2006; 80 (21): 10407-18
  • Predicting the epidemiological impact of antiretroviral allocation strategies in KwaZulu-Natal: the effect of the urban-rural divide. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Wilson DP, Kahn J, Blower SM 2006; 103 (38): 14228-33
  • Excellent safety and tolerability of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 pGA2/JS2 plasmid DNA priming vector vaccine in HIV type 1 uninfected adults. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses Mulligan MJ, Russell ND, Celum C, Kahn J, Noonan E, Montefiori DC, Ferrari G, Weinhold KJ, Smith JM, Amara RR, Robinson HL; NIH/NIAID/DAIDS HIV Vaccine Trials Network. 2006; 22 (7): 678-83
  • Seroconversion following nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis against HIV 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Roland, M. E., Neilands, T. B., Krone, M. R., Katz, M. H., Franses, K., Grant, R. M., Busch, M. P., Hecht, F. M., Shacklett, B. L., Kahn, J. O., Bamberger, J. D., Coates, T. J., Chesney, M. A., Martin, J. N. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2005: 1507–13


    The efficacy of antiretroviral postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) against infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following occupational exposures has prompted the use of PEP after nonoccupational exposures. There are, however, important differences between occupational and nonoccupational exposures, and the effectiveness of PEP following nonoccupational exposure is unknown. We sought to describe the occurrence and circumstances of HIV seroconversion following nonoccupational PEP.HIV uninfected individuals reporting potential sexual or injection drug use exposures to HIV in the preceding 72 h received a 28-day regimen of antiretroviral therapy and counseling in a nonrandomized trial. The level of HIV antibody was measured 12 weeks after PEP initiation.Of 877 exposed subjects, 702 were evaluable 12 weeks after exposure. Seroconversion was detected in 7 subjects (1%; 95% confidence interval, 0.4%-2%). Three seroconverters reported having no exposures after PEP initiation and, thus, probably represent evidence of chemoprophylactic failure. In the other 4 subjects, additional exposures to HIV after PEP initiation or detection of HIV RNA in plasma specimens obtained at baseline precluded determination of the source of seroconversion. No exposure source was available to assess genetic concordance with the seroconverter's virus.As for occupational exposure, PEP is not completely effective in preventing HIV infection following nonoccupational exposure. Therefore, primary prevention remains essential. In contrast to the occupational setting, the potential source of exposure is rarely available for testing in the nonoccupational setting, and exposures are often not isolated. Thus, it is often impossible to determine whether seroconversion resulted from failure of PEP or from other exposures, posing difficulties for future comparative studies seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of PEP.

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  • The antiretroviral rollout & drug resistant HIV in Africa: insights from empirical data & theoretical models. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses Blower S, Bondine E, Kahn J, McFarland W 2005; 19 (1): 1-14
  • Interleukin-2 therapy restores CD8 cell non-cytotoxic anti-HIV responses in primary infection subjects receiving HAART AIDS Martinez-Marino, B., Shiboski, S., Hecht, F. M., Kahn, J. O., Levy, J. A. 2004; 18 (15): 1991-1999


    To determine the effect of interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy on immunologic and virologic responses in subjects with acute or recent HIV infection already receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).The effect of IL-2 therapy on immunologic and virologic responses was studied in 21 acutely infected individuals who had been receiving HAART for 48 weeks following acute or recent HIV infection. Nine subjects receiving no therapy served as controls. Viral loads, as well as CD4 and CD8 cell counts were monitored and the CD8 cell non-cytotoxic anti-HIV response (CNAR) was measured.IL-2 therapy led to significant increases in CD4 cell numbers (P = 0.005) that were maintained for 6 months after discontinuation of the IL-2 treatment. No effect of IL-2 was observed on viral loads or the CD8 cell numbers as compared to subjects receiving HAART alone. CNAR activity was restored among subjects receiving HAART and IL-2 whereas CNAR declined among those receiving HAART alone and in untreated infected subjects. The percentage of HAART subjects with CD8 cells showing at least 50% suppression of HIV replication increased significantly following IL-2 therapy (P = 0.02) and persisted for 6 months.In primary HIV infection administering IL-2 concomitant with HAART following 1 year of treatment with HAART gives a significant increase in CD4 cells and a previously unrecognized beneficial effect on the CD8 cell non-cytotoxic anti-HIV response.

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  • Cost-effectiveness of HIV postexposure prophylaxis following sexual or injection drug exposure in 96 metropolitan areas in the United States AIDS Pinkerton, S. D., Martin, J. N., Roland, M. E., Katz, M. H., Coates, T., Kahn, J. O. 2004; 18 (15): 2065-2073


    To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) following sexual or injection-related exposures in 96 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States (MSA).Empirical, model-based cost-effectiveness analysis.Epidemiological and population size estimates from the literature were combined with information about the distribution of exposure types, PEP completion rate, proportion of source partners known to be HIV infected, and PEP program costs obtained from a feasibility study of PEP in San Francisco to estimate the cost-effectiveness of hypothetical PEP programs in each of the 96 MSA. The effectiveness of combination antiretroviral therapy following sexual or drug use-related exposures, which is presently not known, was assumed equal to the effectiveness of zidovudine monotherapy in the occupational setting. The main outcome measure was the cost-utility ratio, defined as the cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) saved by the PEP intervention.The cost-utility ratios for the 96 MSA ranged from 4137 dollars to 39,101 dollars per QALY saved; only two of the ratios exceeded 30,000 dollars per QALY saved. Combined across the 96 MSA, the hypothetical PEP programs would reach nearly 20,000 clients at a total cost of approximately 22 million dollars. The overall cost-utility ratio across MSA was 12,567 dollars per QALY saved. The majority of the HIV infections prevented by PEP were among men and women who reported receptive anal intercourse exposure.PEP following sexual or drug use-related exposures could be a cost-effective complement to existing HIV-prevention efforts in most MSA across the United States.

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  • Immune activation set point during early FHV infection predicts subsequent CD4(+) T-cell changes independent of viral load BLOOD Deeks, S. G., Kitchen, C. M., Liu, L., Guo, H., Gascon, R., Narvaez, A. B., Hunt, P., Martin, J. N., Kahn, J. O., Levy, J., McGrath, M. S., Hecht, F. M. 2004; 104 (4): 942-947


    Although generalized T-cell activation is an important factor in chronic HIV disease pathogenesis, its role in primary infection remains poorly defined. To investigate the effect of immune activation on T-cell changes in subjects with early HIV infection, and to test the hypothesis that an immunologic activation "set point" is established early in the natural history of HIV disease, a prospective cohort of acutely infected adults was performed. The median density of CD38 molecules on CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was measured longitudinally in 68 antiretroviral-untreated individuals and 83 antiretroviral-treated individuals. At study entry, T-cell activation was positively associated with viremia, with CD8+ T-cell activation levels increasing exponentially at plasma HIV RNA levels more than 10,000 copies/mL. Among untreated patients, the level of CD8+ T-cell activation varied widely among individuals but often remained stable within a given individual. CD8+ T-cell activation and plasma HIV RNA levels over time were independently associated with the rate of CD4+ T-cell loss in untreated individuals. These data indicate that immunologic activation set point is established early in HIV infection, and that this set point determines the rate at which CD4+ T cells are lost over time.

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  • HIV RNA testing in the context of nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Roland, M. E., Elbeik, T. A., Kahn, J. O., Bamberger, J. D., Coates, T. J., Krone, M. R., Katz, M. H., Busch, M. P., Martin, J. N. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2004: 598–604


    The specificity and positive predictive value of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) RNA assays have not been evaluated in the setting of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).Plasma from subjects enrolled in a nonoccupational PEP study was tested with 2 branched-chain DNA (bDNA) assays, 2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, and a transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) assay. Assay specificity and positive predictive value were determined for subjects who remained negative for HIV antibody for >or=3 months.In 329 subjects examined, the lowest specificities (90.1%-93.7%) were seen for bDNA testing performed in real time. The highest specificities were seen with batched bDNA version 3.0 (99.1%), standard PCR (99.4%), ultrasensitive PCR (100%), and TMA (99.6%) testing. Only the 2 assays with the highest specificities had positive predictive values >40%. For the bDNA assays, increasing the cutoff point at which a test is called positive (e.g., from 50 copies/mL to 500 copies/mL for version 3.0) increased both specificity and positive predictive values to 100%.The positive predictive value of HIV RNA assays in individuals presenting for PEP is unacceptably low for bDNA-based testing and possibly acceptable for PCR- and TMA-based testing. Routine use of HIV RNA assays in such individuals is not recommended.

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  • Higher CD4(+) T cell counts associated with low viral pol replication capacity among treatment-naive adults in early HIV-1 infection 11th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Barbour, J. D., Hecht, F. M., Wrin, T., Segal, M. R., Ramstead, C. A., Liegler, T. J., Busch, M. P., Petropoulos, C. J., Hellmann, N. S., Kahn, J. O., Grant, R. M. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2004: 251–56


    Infection with primary drug-resistant human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) has been associated with higher CD4(+) T cell counts in drug-naive patients, suggesting that altered viral pol replication capacity (RC) associated with drug resistance diminishes immune injury in vivo, independent of exposure to drugs.Virus replication over a single cycle was measured by use of a viral test vector containing patient-derived HIV-1 protease and reverse transcriptase gene segments.Among 191 recently infected patients, pol RC ranged widely, with only 6% of the variance explained by drug-resistance mutations. Patients infected with a virus with a low pol RC (

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  • Use of postexposure prophylaxis against HIV infection following sexual exposure does not lead to increases in high-risk behavior 8th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Martin, J. N., Roland, M. E., Neilands, T. B., Krone, M. R., Bamberger, J. D., Kohn, R. P., Chesney, M. A., Franses, K., Kahn, J. O., Chesney, M. A., Franses, K., Kahn, J. O., Coates, T. J., Katz, M. H. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2004: 787–92


    The effectiveness of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) following occupational exposure to HIV has prompted advocacy for PEP following sexual or drug-use exposures.To evaluate the concern that the availability of PEP for sexual or drug-use exposures might result in behavioral disinhibition.Non-randomized trial of 397 adults with high-risk sexual or drug-use exposures within the prior 72 h.Antiretroviral medication for 4 weeks and five counseling sessions.Participants were followed for 12 months for repeat request for PEP and for changes compared with pre-enrollment in overall high-risk behavior and the acquisition of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV.After 12 months following receipt of PEP, the majority of participants (83%) did not request a repeat course of PEP. At 12 months after exposure, 73% of participants reported a decrease compared with baseline in the number of times they had performed high-risk sexual acts; 13% reported no change, and 14% had an increase. Most participants (85%) had no change in the incidence of STD; 8.5% had a decrease and 6.8% an increase. Three homosexual men seroconverted for HIV (none associated with the presenting exposure) for a rate of 1.2/100 person-year, equivalent to rates in San Francisco among all homosexual men.After receipt of PEP consisting of antiretroviral medication and behavioral counseling following a potential sexual exposure to HIV, most individuals do not increase high-risk behavior. Coupled with prior safety and feasibility data, this lack of behavioral disinhibition suggests that use of PEP should be routinely considered following high-risk sexual exposures.

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  • Primary HIV Infection. Current infectious disease reports Hare, C. B., Kahn, J. O. 2004; 6 (1): 65-71


    Primary HIV infection is a critical and highly dynamic time period in the course of HIV infection. The initial pathologic processes are important in determining long-term disease progression. In the absence of our ability to eradicate the virus, identifying individuals during primary HIV infection and performing interventions that optimize outcome are important to provide adequate care to a newly infected patient and, from a public health perspective, to identify sexual networks and provide a platform to reduce HIV exposures during a time of high viremia.

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  • Cost-effectiveness of postexposure prophylaxis after sexual or injection-drug exposure to human immunodeficiency virus ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Pinkerton, S. D., Martin, J. N., Roland, M. E., Katz, M. H., Coates, T. J., Kahn, J. O. 2004; 164 (1): 46-54


    The cost-effectiveness of interventions that provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) to individuals after sexual or injection-drug use exposures depends on the distribution of exposure routes, prevalence of infection among source partners, adherence to PEP regimens, medical care costs, and prevailing epidemiologic contexts, among other factors.To determine the cost-effectiveness of a comprehensive program to prevent HIV infection after sexual or injection-drug use exposure for 401 persons seeking PEP in an urban community.We conducted a retrospective cost analysis to evaluate the cost of the PEP intervention, then combined this information with model-based effectiveness estimates to determine the PEP program's "cost-utility ratio," which is the ratio of net program costs to the total number of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) saved by the program.The average cost of the PEP regimen was $1222, and the total cost of the program was $450 970. The PEP program prevented an estimated 1.26 HIV infections, saved 11.74 QALYs, and averted $281 323 in future HIV-related medical care costs. The overall cost-utility ratio was $14 449 per QALY saved. When analysis was restricted to men reporting receptive anal intercourse, the savings in averted HIV-related medical care costs exceeded the cost of the program. The results were generally robust to changes in key parameter values but were sensitive to assumptions about the HIV transmission probability for receptive anal intercourse.For this study population, HIV PEP was cost-effective by conventional standards and cost-saving for persons seeking PEP after male-male receptive anal intercourse.

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  • Influence of HLA-B57 on clinical presentation and viral control during acute HIV-1 infection AIDS Altfeld, M., Addo, M. A., Rosenberg, E. S., Hecht, F. A., Lee, P. K., Vogel, M., Yu, X. G., Draenert, R., Johnston, M. N., Strick, D., Allen, T. A., Feeney, M. E., Kahn, J. O., Sekaly, R. P., Levy, J. A., Rockstroh, J. K., Goulder, P. J., Walker, B. D. 2003; 17 (18): 2581-2591


    HLA-B57, as well as cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) responses restricted by this allele, have been strongly associated with long-term non-progressive chronic HIV-1 infection. However, their impact on viral replication during acute HIV-1 infection is not known.Clinical and immunological parameters during acute and early HIV-1 infection in individuals expressing HLA-B57 were assessed. HIV-1-specific T-cell responses were determined by peptide-specific interferon-gamma production measured using Elispot assay and flow-based intracellular cytokine quantification.Individuals expressing HLA-B57 presented significantly less frequently with symptomatic acute HIV-1 infection (4/116, 3.4%) than expected from the frequency of chronically infected individuals expressing this allele (43/446, 9.6%; P < 0.05). During acute infection, virus-specific CD8 T-cell responses were dominated by HLA-B57-restricted responses, with significantly broader (P < 0.02) and stronger (P < 0.03) responses restricted by HLA-B57 than restricted by all other co-expressed HLA class I alleles combined. Six out of nine individuals expressing HLA-B57 controlled HIV-1 viremia in the absence of therapy at levels < 5000 copies/ml (median, 515 copies/ml) during up to 29 months following acute infection.These data demonstrate that host genetic factors can influence the clinical manifestations of acute HIV-1 infection and provide a functional link between HLA-B57 and viral immune control.

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  • Greater reversal of CD4(+) cell abnormalities and viral load reduction after initiation of antiretroviral therapy with zidovudine, lamivudine, and nelfinavir before complete HIV type 1 seroconversion AIDS RESEARCH AND HUMAN RETROVIRUSES Smith, D. E., Kaufmann, G. R., Kahn, J. O., Hecht, F. M., Grey, P. A., Zaunders, J. J., Cunningham, P. H., Carr, A., Duncombe, C., Quan, D. C., Petersen, A., Cooper, D. A. 2003; 19 (3): 189-199


    In a prospective open-label study, 41 male subjects received nelfinavir, zidovudine, and lamivudine stratified as either: early stage (ES; negative/indeterminate Western blot; n = 19) or late stage (LS; positive Western blot; n = 22) primary HIV-1 infection. Despite higher median baseline HIV-1 RNA levels and lower CD4(+) cell numbers in the ES subjects, a significantly greater decline in viral load (-3.46 vs. -2.83 log(10) copies/ml; p = 0.023) and increase in CD4(+) cell number (+85 vs. +41 cells/month increase, p = 0.01) were observed over the first 3 months of therapy such that both groups had comparable results at 1 year. The proportion with HIV-1 RNA < 50 copies/mL at 1 year was similar (9 of 19 ES subjects and 11 of 22 LS subjects by intention-to-treat analysis). Memory CD4(+) cell numbers, and activated CD4(+) percentages, were also significantly improved in ES subjects. Despite poorer prognostic markers at baseline ES subjects achieved responses similar to those of LS subjects after 1 year of treatment.

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  • Predicting the transmission of drug-resistant HIV: comparing theory with data LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES Blower, S. M., Aschenbach, A. N., Kahn, J. O. 2003; 3 (1): 10-11

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  • Preventing hepatitis A and hepatitis B virus infections among men who have sex with men CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES Kahn, J. 2002; 35 (11): 1382-1387


    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B are 2 common sexually transmitted diseases that are preventable by vaccination. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A virus and hepatitis B virus through sexual exposure. Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that MSM receive immunizations against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Many health care providers and most MSM are unaware of the risks and the potentially dangerous consequences posed by hepatitis A and B virus infection, and the MSM thus remain unvaccinated and unprotected from exposure to these viruses. It is important for health care providers to educate and vaccinate their at-risk male patients against hepatitis A and hepatitis B virus infections.

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  • Time trends in primary HIV-1 drug resistance among recently infected persons JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Grant, R. M., Hecht, F. M., Warmerdam, M., Liu, L., Liegler, T., Petropoulos, C. J., Hellmann, N. S., Chesney, M., Busch, M. P., Kahn, J. O. 2002; 288 (2): 181-188


    Transmission of multiclass drug-resistant human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) may increase with wider use of antiretroviral therapy.To determine trends in prevalence of HIV-1 drug resistance among recently infected individuals in a geographic area with a high penetration of antiviral treatment.Consecutive case series of 225 patients referred to a San Francisco, Calif, hospital with recent HIV-1 infection from June 1996 through June 2001.Time trends in the prevalence of genotypic and phenotypic primary drug resistance.Mutations associated with resistance to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) steadily increased from 0% in 1996-1997 to 12 (13.2%) in 2000-2001 (P =.01). There was 1 mutation associated with protease inhibitor resistance in 1996-1997 (2.5%) and there were 7 (7.7%) in 2000-2001 (P =.25). Genotypic resistance to nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) initially decreased and then returned to prior levels (P =.007 for test of homogeneity). Genotypic resistance to 2 or more classes of drugs increased from 1 (2.5%) to 12 (13.2%) (P =.004), but only 1 infection (1.2%) in the latter period was resistant to all 3 classes of agents (P =.58). Primary phenotypic resistance decreased for NRTIs from 21% to 6.2% (P =.03) and increased for NNRTIs from 0 to 8 (9.9%) (P =.02). Phenotypic resistance increased for protease inhibitors from 2.6% to 6.2% (P =.32). Median time to virologic suppression (<500 copies/mL) during therapy was 12 weeks for patients with genotypic evidence of resistance compared with 5 weeks for patients with drug-sensitive infections (P =.02).The frequency of primary resistance to NNRTIs is increasing, although resistance to all available classes of antiretroviral therapy remains rare. Genotypic resistance testing in recently infected persons predicts time to viral suppression during therapy.

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  • Increased HLA-DR expression on peripheral blood monocytes in subsets of subjects with primary HIV infection is associated with elevated CD4 T-cell apoptosis and CD4 T-cell depletion JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES Gascon, R. L., Narvaez, A. B., Zhang, R. Z., Kahn, J. O., Hecht, F. M., Herndier, B. G., McGrath, M. S. 2002; 30 (2): 146-153


    Whereas T-cell activation parameters of HIV disease have been extensively studied, the activation status of circulating monocytes has received less attention. Sixty-one subjects with primary HIV infection were evaluated by fluorescent-activated cell sorter (FACS) analysis at baseline (pretreatment) for CD4 T-cell count, CD4 T-cell apoptosis, and immune activation. A subset of 15 subjects with marked elevated (3 standard deviations above normal) monocyte DR expression had significantly reduced CD4 T-cell counts at baseline (p <.01) when compared with 46 subjects without monocyte activation. Ten subjects who presented with elevated levels of both CD14/DR, and CD4/CD38, had higher CD4 T-cell apoptosis (p <.001), and lower CD4 T-cell counts (p <.001) and higher baseline plasma HIV RNA (p <.01) than 21 subjects without elevated CD14/DR and CD4/CD38 coexpression. Fifty subjects were subsequently evaluated for immune cell activation over 24 weeks postinitiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). A subgroup of 5 subjects who had persistent CD14/DR activation showed continuous depression of CD4 T-cell counts persisting for up to 2 years. The CD4 T-cell counts of this subgroup were significantly lower, at all time points, in comparison to 35 subjects who lacked any persistent expression of monocyte or CD4 T-cell activation (at 24 weeks, p <.002). We conclude that monocyte activation as defined by elevation of CD14/DR expression correlates to CD4 T-cell depletion in primary HIV infection, and is predictive of a poor CD4 T-cell response to HAART in a subset of patients.

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  • Use of laboratory tests and clinical symptoms for identification of primary HIV infection AIDS Hecht, F. M., Busch, M. P., Rawal, B., Webb, M., Rosenberg, E., Swanson, M., Chesney, M., Anderson, J., Levy, J., Kahn, J. O. 2002; 16 (8): 1119-1129


    To determine the sensitivity and specificity of symptoms, three HIV-1 RNA assays, a p24 antigen EIA and a third-generation enzyme immunoassay (EIA) antibody test for diagnosis of primary HIV infection (PHI).Prospective cohort in a university research program.Of 258 eligible persons screened for PHI, 40 had primary/early infection (22 preseroconversion, 18 within 6 months of seroconversion) and 218 did not. Seven participants with preseroconversion HIV-1 from a second center were added for evaluating laboratory tests.PHI, defined as a negative or indeterminate antibody test with subsequent conversion. Symptom analysis also included persons with antibody conversion of less than 6 months' duration.The symptoms most strongly associated with PHI in multivariate analysis were fever [odds ratio (OR) 5.2; 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.3-11.7] and rash (OR 4.8; 95% CI 2.4-9.8). The sensitivity and specificity, respectively, for detecting preseroconversion HIV infection were: p24 antigen, 79% and 99%; third-generation EIA, 79% and 97%; HIV-1 RNA by branched chain DNA 100% and 95%; HIV-1 RNA by polymerase chain reaction 100% and 97%; HIV-1 RNA by transcription-mediated amplification testing, 100% and 98%. False-positive HIV-1 RNA tests were not reproducible and had values < 3000 copies/ml, while only one person with confirmed PHI was in this range.Rash and fever indicated the highest risk of PHI. HIV-1 RNA tests are very sensitive for PHI but false-positive results occur. False-positive results can be reduced through duplicate testing and considering tests < 5000 copies/ml as indeterminate results requiring additional testing. p24 antigen was more specific than HIV-1 RNA testing but less sensitive.

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  • Development of WF10, a novel macrophage-regulating agent. Current opinion in investigational drugs McGrath, M. S., Kahn, J. O., Herndier, B. G. 2002; 3 (3): 365-373


    WF10 represents a new class of drug involved in regulating macrophage function both in vitro and in vivo. In the US, WF10 is being evaluated in patients with advanced HIV infection as an adjunct to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). To date, most therapeutic efforts to treat HIV infection have focused on inhibition of viral replication with the goal of decreasing viral load. The introduction of HAART was associated with a dramatic decline in AIDS-related mortality; however, recent indications suggest that the trend maybe changing. WF10, which contains chlorite as the active principle, causes profound changes in macrophage function and activation of gene expression, and appears to downregulate inappropriate immunological activation. The loss of T-cell function observed in HIV-infected patients likely requires the involvement of chronically activated macrophages. Therefore, the persistently activated macrophage represents a therapeutic target that is, unlike HIV, not highly mutable. With this target as a focus, WF10 is being developed for use in advanced HIV disease. WF10 is currently being studied in the US, Europe and Asia for treatment of late-stage HIV disease, as well as recurrent prostate cancer, late post-radiation cystitis, autoimmune disease and chronic active hepatitis C disease.

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  • Postexposure prophylaxis for human immunodeficiency virus infection after sexual or injection drug use exposure: Identification and characterization of the source of exposure 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Roland, M. E., Martin, J. N., Grant, R. M., Hellmann, N. S., Bamberger, J. D., Katz, M. H., Chesney, M., Franses, K., Coates, T. J., Kahn, J. O. UNIV CHICAGO PRESS. 2001: 1608–12


    In a nonrandomized study of nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), a cross-sectional evaluation of subjects who were the source of human immunodeficiency (HIV) exposure was performed to characterize partners of index subjects seeking nonoccupational PEP against HIV. Among 401 index subjects, 64 (16%) recruited a source subject. Those in a steady relationship and those who knew that the source subject was HIV antibody positive were more likely to recruit their source subject. Source subjects reported high rates of past (78%) and current (69%) antiretroviral use; 46% of those using antiretroviral drugs had detectable plasma HIV-1 RNA levels. Antiretroviral resistance was detected in many source subjects who reported any use of antiretrovirals and was rare among source subjects who reported no history of antiretroviral use. Clinicians often make treatment decisions on the basis of incomplete knowledge of the source subject's HIV status or antiretroviral treatment history. The treatment history, particularly nonuse of a class of antiretroviral drugs, can be used to predict drug resistance.

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  • Phase I/II trial of the pharmacokinetics, safety, and antiretroviral activity of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in human immunodeficiency virus-infected adults ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY Barditch-Crovo, P., Deeks, S. G., Collier, A., Safrin, S., Coakley, D. F., Miller, M., Kearney, B. P., Coleman, R. L., Lamy, P. D., Kahn, J. O., McGowan, I., Lietman, P. S. 2001; 45 (10): 2733-2739


    Tenofovir DF is an antiviral nucleotide with activity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). The pharmacokinetics, safety, and activity of oral tenofovir DF in HIV-1-infected adults were evaluated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, escalating-dose study of four doses (75, 150, 300, and 600 mg given once daily). Subjects received a single dose of tenofovir DF or a placebo, followed by a 7-day washout period. Thereafter, subjects received their assigned study drug once daily for 28 days. Pharmacokinetic parameters were dose proportional and demonstrated no change with repeated dosing. Reductions in plasma HIV-1 RNA were dose related at tenofovir DF doses of 75 to 300 mg, but there was no increase in virus suppression between the 300- and 600-mg dose cohorts, despite dose-proportional increases in drug exposure. Grade III or IV adverse events were limited to laboratory abnormalities, including elevated creatine phosphokinase and liver function tests, which resolved with or without drug discontinuation and without sequelae. No patients developed detectable sequence changes in the reverse transcriptase gene.

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  • Prototype trial design for rapid dose selection of antiretroviral drugs: an example using emtricitabine (Coviracil) 5th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Rousseau, F. S., Kahn, J. O., Thompson, M., Mildvan, D., Shepp, D., Sommadossi, J. P., Delehanty, J., Simpson, J. N., Wang, L. H., Quinn, J. B., Wakeford, C., van der Horst, C. OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2001: 507–13


    Antiretroviral monotherapy for initial drug characterization risks the selection of resistant virus, yet monotherapy is the only setting where many fundamental properties of a new drug can be reliably determined. Using data on viral replication kinetics and dynamics, we designed an accelerated (14 day) open-label study of single agent emtricitabine (formerly known as FTC)--a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor--to select a dosing regimen for further therapeutic study. Five regimens (25 mg bd, 100 mg od, 200 mg od, 100 mg bd and 200 mg bd) were evaluated in HIV-1-infected subjects over a 14 day dosing period to determine the optimal dose and pharmacokinetics. Serial blood samples for virological, pharmacokinetic and intracellular FTC-triphosphate measurements were drawn frequently. A dose-response relationship for the antiviral activity of emtricitabine was established, with total daily doses of 200 mg or more producing the greatest median HIV-1 viral load suppression: 1.72-1.92 log10. Based on virological outcomes, dose-response analysis and intracellular triphosphate levels, a once-daily dose of 200 mg was selected for further long-term clinical study. Adverse events possibly related to emtricitabine were unremarkable. The antiviral activity of emtricitabine correlated well with intracellular FTC-triphosphate concentrations. This study design is a safe, useful tool for early dose selection for drugs with potent antiretroviral activity and linear pharmacokinetics.

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  • Predicting the unpredictable: Transmission of drug-resistant HIV NATURE MEDICINE Blower, S. M., Aschenbach, A. N., Gershengorn, H. B., Kahn, J. O. 2001; 7 (9): 1016-1020


    We use a mathematical model to understand (from 1996 to 2001) and to predict (from 2001 to 2005) the evolution of the epidemic of drug-resistant HIV in San Francisco. We predict the evolutionary trajectories for 1,000 different drug-resistant strains with each strain having a different fitness relative to a drug-sensitive strain. We calculate that the current prevalence of resistance is high, and predict it will continue to rise. In contrast, we calculate that transmission of resistance is currently low, and predict it will remain low. We show that the epidemic of resistance is being generated mainly by the conversion of drug-sensitive cases to drug-resistant cases, and not by the transmission of resistant strains. We also show that transmission of resistant strains has not increased the overall number of new HIV infections. Our results indicate that transmission of resistant strains is, and will remain, a relatively minor public health problem.

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  • Feasibility of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) against human immunodeficiency virus infection after sexual or injection drug use exposure: The San Francisco PEP study 6th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Kahn, J. O., Martin, J. N., Roland, M. E., Bamberger, J. D., Chesney, M., Chambers, D., Franses, K., Coates, T. J., Hatz, M. H. UNIV CHICAGO PRESS. 2001: 707–14


    The feasibility of providing postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) after sexual or injection drug use exposures to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was evaluated. PEP was provided within 72 h to individuals with exposures from partners known to have or to be at risk for HIV infection. PEP consisted of 4 weeks of antiretroviral medications and individually tailored risk-reduction and medication-adherence counseling. Among 401 participants seeking PEP, sexual exposures were most common (94%; n=375). Among sexual exposures, receptive (40%) and insertive (27%) anal intercourse were the most common sexual acts. The median time from exposure to treatment was 33 h. Ninety-seven percent of participants were treated exclusively with dual reverse-transcriptase inhibitors, and 78% completed the 4-week treatment. Six months after the exposure, no participant developed HIV antibodies, although a second PEP course for a subsequent exposure was provided to 12%. PEP, after nonoccupational HIV exposure, is feasible for persons at risk for HIV infection.

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  • Reduction in CD8+ cell noncytotoxic anti-HIV activity in individuals receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy during primary infection PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Stranford, S. A., Ong, J. C., Martinez-Marino, B., Busch, M., Hecht, F. M., Kahn, J., Levy, J. A. 2001; 98 (2): 597-602


    Recent advances in the ability to detect people at the early stages of HIV infection now permit the initiation of antiretroviral treatment before the full complement of antiviral immune responses has evolved. However, the influence of early treatment interventions on the developing anti-HIV immune response is unknown. This study investigates the impact of standard highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) during the primary stages of HIV infection on the plasma HIV-1 RNA level, CD4(+) and CD8(+) lymphocyte counts, and the CD8(+) cell anti-HIV response. Individuals treated with HAART within 6 months of infection showed dramatic and rapid reductions in HIV-1 RNA levels along with modest increases in CD4(+) cell number and decreases in CD8(+) cell numbers. A significant reduction in the level of CD8(+) cell noncytotoxic suppression of HIV replication was observed over time in most participants receiving HAART. Importantly, those individuals choosing not to receive therapy maintained low but detectable HIV-1 RNA levels and showed no reduction in their CD8(+) cell antiviral response. These results suggest that either continued antigenic challenge is required to sustain CD8(+) cell-mediated anti-HIV activity, or that HAART has some inhibitory effect on this important immunologic function during the early stages of infection.

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  • Cellular immune responses and viral diversity in individuals treated during acute and early HIV-1 infection JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE Altfeld, M., Rosenberg, E. S., Shankarappa, R., Mukherjee, J. S., Hecht, F. M., Eldridge, R. L., Addo, M. M., Poon, S. H., Phillips, M. N., Robbins, G. K., Sax, P. E., Boswell, S., Kahn, J. O., Brander, C., Goulder, P. J., Levy, J. A., Mullins, J. I., Walker, B. D. 2001; 193 (2): 169-180


    Immune responses induced during the early stages of chronic viral infections are thought to influence disease outcome. Using HIV as a model, we examined virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), T helper cells, and viral genetic diversity in relation to duration of infection and subsequent response to antiviral therapy. Individuals with acute HIV-1 infection treated before seroconversion had weaker CTL responses directed at fewer epitopes than persons who were treated after seroconversion. However, treatment-induced control of viremia was associated with the development of strong T helper cell responses in both groups. After 1 yr of antiviral treatment initiated in acute or early infection, all epitope-specific CTL responses persisted despite undetectable viral loads. The breadth and magnitude of CTL responses remained significantly less in treated acute infection than in treated chronic infection, but viral diversity was also significantly less with immediate therapy. We conclude that early treatment of acute HIV infection leads to a more narrowly directed CTL response, stronger T helper cell responses, and a less diverse virus population. Given the need for T helper cells to maintain effective CTL responses and the ability of virus diversification to accommodate immune escape, we hypothesize that early therapy of primary infection may be beneficial despite induction of less robust CTL responses. These data also provide rationale for therapeutic immunization aimed at broadening CTL responses in treated primary HIV infection.

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  • Longitudinal analysis of T-cell receptor gene use by CD8(+) T cells in early human immunodeficiency virus infection in patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy BLOOD Schito, A. M., Vittinghoff, E., Hecht, F. M., Elkins, M. K., Kahn, J. O., Levy, J. A., Oksenberg, J. R. 2001; 97 (1): 214-220


    The effects of early antiretroviral therapy on the peripheral CD8(+) T-cell population were assessed by sequentially determining the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire complexity in a cohort of 15 individuals recently diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus infection. Analysis was based on quantitative TCR variable B gene (TCRBV) usage and complementary-determining region 3 length assessment. Repertories were assessed at baseline and at weeks 2, 4, 12, 24, and 72 after initiation of therapy. Early administration of highly active antiretroviral therapy has a positive effect on the preservation and homeostasis of the CD8(+) cell repertoire. Nevertheless, differences from average baseline and control TCR profiles and initial development of repertoire perturbations were observed. The findings suggest that additional therapeutic protocols will be required during primary infection to significantly prevent long-term erosion of the T-cell-mediated immune response.

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  • Reduction in CD8+ cell noncytotoxic anti-HIV activity in individuals receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy during primary infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Stranford SA, Ong JC, Martinez-Marino B, Busch M, Hecht FM, Kahn J, Levy JA. 2001; 98 (2): 597-602
  • Evaluation of HIV-1 immunogen, an immunologic modifier, administered to patients infected with HIV having 300 to 549 x 10(6)/L CD4 cell counts - A randomized controlled trial JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Kahn, J. O., Cherng, D. W., Mayer, K., Murray, H., Lagakos, S. 2000; 284 (17): 2193-2202


    Despite enormous improvements achieved through the use of antiretroviral therapies (ARTs), the risk for eventual human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression remains high. Agents that enhance the immunologic mechanism for viral recognition might reduce disease progression.To determine whether the addition of HIV-1 Immunogen would confer added clinical efficacy to that achievable by ARTs.Multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial beginning March 1996 and ending May 1999 conducted at 77 centers in the United States providing primary care or referral care for persons infected with HIV.Adults infected with HIV who have baseline CD4 cell counts between 300 x 10(6)/L and 549 x 10(6)/L without prior acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-defining conditions receiving stable ART (or no therapy) were screened and 2527 were randomized.Ten units of HIV-1 Immunogen, derived from a Zairian HIV isolate, inactivated and formulated with incomplete Freund adjuvant, was administered intramuscularly every 12 weeks. The placebo was incomplete Freund adjuvant. Changes in ARTs were allowed.HIV progression-free survival; secondary end points included overall survival, changes in HIV RNA, CD4 cell counts, CD4 percentage, body weight, and immunogenicity.The overall event rate was 1.8 per 100 person-years of follow-up. Fifty-three subjects developed clinical progression in each treatment group (relative risk [RR], 0.97; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.66-1.42; P =.89). There were 19 and 23 deaths in the placebo and HIV-1 Immunogen groups, respectively (RR, 0.81; 95% CI, 0.44-1. 48; P =.49). There were no statistically significant differences between the groups with respect to changes in HIV RNA (P =.59), CD4 percentage (P =.63), or body weight (P =.89). Subjects in the HIV-1 Immunogen group had an increase in average CD4 cell count of approximately 10 x 10(6)/L greater than the placebo group (P =.02).HIV-1 Immunogen with unrestricted ART failed to demonstrate an increase in HIV progression-free survival. JAMA. 2000;284:2193-2202.

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  • From the cell to the community: AIDS research in California WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Moss, N. E., Lemp, G., Bluthenthal, R., Goldsmith, M. A., Haubrich, R., Kahn, J. O. 2000; 173 (2): 119-121

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  • Current questions in HIV/AIDS research in California - Clinical sciences WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Moss, N. E., Lemp, G., Bluthenthal, R., Goldsmith, M. A., Haubrich, R., Kahn, J. O. 2000; 173 (2): 121-124
  • Immunologic and virologic effects of subcutaneous interleukin 2 in combination with antiretroviral therapy - A randomized controlled trial JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Davey, R. T., Murphy, R. L., Graziano, F. M., Boswell, S. L., Pavia, A. T., Cancio, M., Nadler, J. P., Chaitt, D. G., Dewar, R. L., Sahner, D. K., Duliege, A. M., Capra, W. B., Leong, W. P., Giedlin, M. A., Lane, H. C., Kahn, J. O. 2000; 284 (2): 183-189


    While interleukin 2 (IL-2) is capable of inducing a marked expansion of the CD4 T-lymphocyte pool, limited data exist on whether IL-2 treatment can add significantly to the immunologic and virologic effects of potent antiretroviral therapy (ART).To determine the rate and magnitude of CD4 cell recovery and viral suppression when using a combination therapy of IL-2 and ART compared with ART alone.Randomized, controlled multicenter trial conducted from April 1996 through April 1998 at 8 clinical sites in the United States.Eighty-two adult outpatients who were infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and had baseline CD4 cell counts of 200 x 10(6)/L to 500 x 10(6)/L and baseline RNA levels of fewer than 10,000 copies/mL were randomized; 78 completed the study.Thirty-nine patients were randomly assigned to receive a combination therapy of subcutaneous IL-2 (administered in 5-day courses every 8 weeks at a starting dosage of 7.5 mIU twice per day) and ART; 43 were to receive ART therapy alone.Interleukin 2 safety and differential effects on CD4 cell counts, CD4 cell percentages, and plasma HIV RNA levels.The mean (SD) percentage increase in CD4 cell counts at 1 year for patients who received IL-2 was 112% (113%) compared with 18% (35%) in recipients of ART alone (P<.001). Both groups had mean (SD) increases in CD4 cell percentage: from 20.4% (6.3%) to 32.3% (12.4%) for the combination therapy group compared with 20.4% (5.1%) to 23.0% (7.2%) for recipients of ART alone (P<.001). Using a sensitive viral RNA assay, mean viral load changes were -0.28 and 0.09 log(10) copies for IL-2 recipients and control patients, respectively (P=.03). Twenty (67%) of 30 evaluable patients receiving IL-2 achieved final viral loads of fewer than 50 copies/mL compared with 13 (36%) of 36 control patients (P=.02). Toxic effects were common among patients who received IL-2 and were managed with antipyretics, hydration, rest, and dosage reduction as needed.Intermittent therapy with IL-2 and ART produced a substantially greater increase in CD4 cells and was associated with a larger decrease in viral load than ART alone. Clinical end-point trials will be necessary to determine whether the enhanced viral suppression and CD4 cell increases associated with IL-2 therapy will translate into improved clinical outcomes. JAMA. 2000;284:183-189

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  • Quantitative and cost comparison of ultrasensitive human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA viral load assays: Bayer bDNA Quantiplex versions 3.0 and 2.0 and Roche PCR Amplicor Monitor version 1.5 JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY Elbeik, T., Charlebois, E., Nassos, P., Kahn, J., Hecht, F. M., Yajko, D., Ng, V., Hadley, K. 2000; 38 (3): 1113-1120


    Quantification of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA as a measure of viral load has greatly improved the monitoring of therapies for infected individuals. With the significant reductions in viral load now observed in individuals treated with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART), viral load assays have been adapted to achieve greater sensitivity. Two commercially available ultrasensitive assays, the Bayer Quantiplex HIV-1 bDNA version 3.0 (bDNA 3.0) assay and the Roche Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Ultrasensitive version 1.5 (Amplicor 1.5) assay, are now being used to monitor HIV-1-infected individuals. Both of these ultrasensitive assays have a reported lower limit of 50 HIV-1 RNA copies/ml and were developed from corresponding older generation assays with lower limits of 400 to 500 copies/ml. However, the comparability of viral load data generated by these ultrasensitive assays and the relative costs of labor, disposables, and biohazardous wastes were not determined in most cases. In this study, we used matched clinical plasma samples to compare the quantification of the newer bDNA 3.0 assay with that of the older bDNA 2.0 assay and to compare the quantification and costs of the bDNA 3.0 assay and the Amplicor 1.5 assay. We found that quantification by the bDNA 3.0 assay was approximately twofold higher than that by the bDNA 2.0 assay and was highly correlated to that by the Amplicor 1.5 assay. Moreover, cost analysis based on labor, disposables, and biohazardous wastes showed significant savings with the bDNA 3.0 assay as compared to the costs of the Amplicor 1.5 assay.

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  • Two double-blinded, randomized, comparative trials of 4 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope vaccines in HIV-1-infected individuals across a spectrum of disease severity: AIDS Clinical Trials Groups 209 and 214. J Infect Dis Schooley RT, Spino C, Kuritzkes D, Walker BD, Valentine FA, Hirsch MS, Cooney E, Friedland G, Kundu S, Merigan TC Jr, McElrath MJ, Collier A, Plaeger S, Mitsuyasu R, Kahn J, Haslett P, Uherova P, deGruttola V, Chiu S, Zhang B, Jones G, Bell D, Ketter N, Twadell T, Chernoff D, Rosandich M 2000; 182 (5): 1357-64
  • Efficacy and safety of adefovir dipivoxil with antiretroviral therapy - A randomized controlled trial JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Kahn, J., Lagakos, S., Wulfsohn, M., Cherng, D., Miller, M., Cherrington, J., Hardy, D., Beall, G., Cooper, R., Murphy, R., Basgoz, N., Ng, E., Deeks, S., Winslow, D., Toole, J. J., Coakley, D. 1999; 282 (24): 2305-2312


    Adefovir dipivoxil is a nucleotide analog that has demonstrated effective antiretroviral activity against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with once-daily administration.To determine if adefovir confers antiretroviral or immunologic benefit when added to stable antiretroviral therapy.Multicenter, 24-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Enrollment was conducted from June 3, 1996, through May 6, 1997.Thirty-three US HIV treatment centers.Of 1171 patients screened, 442 patients infected with HIV receiving stable antiretroviral therapy for at least 8 weeks with plasma HIV RNA greater than 2500 copies/mL and CD4+ cell count above 0.20 x 10(9)/L were randomized.Patients were randomized to receive either a single 120-mg/d dose of adefovir dipivoxil (n = 219) or an indistinguishable placebo (n = 223). All patients received L-carnitine, 500 mg/d. Open-label adefovir was offered after 24 weeks and was continued until the end of the study.Changes in HIV RNA from baseline, based on area under the curve and CD4+ cell levels, adverse events, and effect of baseline genotypic resistance on response to adefovir.Patients assigned to adefovir demonstrated a 0.4-log10 decline from baseline in HIV RNA compared with no change in the placebo group (P<.001), which continued through 48 weeks. CD4+ cell counts did not change. During the initial 24 weeks, elevated hepatic enzyme levels (P<.001), gastrointestinal tract complaints (P<.001), and weight loss (P<.001) were associated with use of adefovir. Between 24 weeks and 48 weeks elevations in serum creatinine occurred in 60% of patients, usually returning to baseline after discontinuation of adefovir. Patients with lamivudine or lamivudine and zidovudine resistance mutations demonstrated anti-HIV effects with adefovir (P< or =.01 vs placebo group).This study suggests that once-daily adefovir therapy reduces HIV RNA and is active against isolates resistant to lamivudine or lamivudine and zidovudine. Nephrotoxicity occurred when treatment extended beyond 24 weeks but was reversible.

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  • Antibody and cellular immune responses in breakthrough infection subjects after HIV type 1 glycoprotein 120 vaccination AIDS RESEARCH AND HUMAN RETROVIRUSES Locher, C. P., Grant, R. M., Collisson, E. A., Reyes-Teran, G., Elbeik, T., Kahn, J. O., Levy, J. A. 1999; 15 (18): 1685-1689


    HIV-specific antibodies and CD8+ T cell antiviral responses were evaluated in three human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) gp120 vaccine recipients who later became infected with HIV-1. Titers of neutralizing antibody to the HIV-1(SF2) vaccine isolate were boosted, but titers of antibody to the autologous infecting viruses were never high and required at least 6 months after HIV infection to develop. Similarly, a marginal noncytotoxic CD8+ T cell antiviral response was observed only in one of the three vaccinees 3 months after HIV-1 infection. The infecting virus isolates had several amino acid substitutions in the HIV-1 envelope V3 region but were similar to other regional HIV-1 clade B isolates. Viral loads were similar to those of other HIV-1-infected individuals who had not been vaccinated and transient CD4+ T cell declines were observed in each person, suggesting that the vaccine was not effective at controlling these prognostic markers early in infection.

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  • Building and testing an effective HIV vaccine WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Kahn, J. 1999; 171 (5-6): 363-365

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  • Initial treatment for HIV infection - When, why, and with what? 5th Triennial Symposium on New Directions in Antiviral Chemotherapy Kahn, J. O. KLUWER ACADEMIC/PLENUM PUBL. 1999: 229–237

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  • Booster immunization of HIV-1 negative volunteers with HGP-30 vaccine induces protection against HIV-1 virus challenge in SCID mice VACCINE Sarin, P. S., Talmadge, J. E., Heseltine, P., Murcar, N., Gendelman, H. E., Coleman, R., Kelsey, L., Beckner, S., Winship, D., Kahn, J. 1999; 17 (1): 64-71


    Eleven HIV-1 seronegative subjects previously injected with an HIV-1 p17 synthetic peptide vaccine (HGP-30) were given two booster immunizations to evaluate memory cell responses and the ability to boost cellular and humoral immune responses. Five of 11 subjects showed a significant increase in their antibody titres to HGP-30 or p17 and 6/11 had T-cell proliferation responses to either HGP-30 or p17. HIV-1 virus challenge studies in SCID mice demonstrated that 39 of 50 mice (78%) receiving PBMC from 5 of the HGP-30 immunized subjects were protected from infection with a different strain of HIV-1 compared to 4 of 30 mice (13%) that received PBMC from 3 non-immunized subjects (p < 0.001). These studies show that booster immunizations with HGP-30 vaccine are safe and non-toxic and induce protective cell mediated immune responses.

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  • Booster immunization of HIV-1 negative volunteers with HGP-30 vaccine induces protection against HIV-1 virus challenge in SCID mice. Vaccine Sarin PS, Talmadge JE, Heseltine P, Murcar N, Gendelman HE, Coleman R, Kelsey L, Beckner S, Winship D, Kahn J. 1999; 17 (1): 64-71
  • A randomized, controlled, double-blind study comparing the survival benefit of four different reverse transcriptase inhibitor therapies (three-drug, two-drug, and alternating drug) for the treatment of advanced AIDS JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES Henry, K., ERICE, A., Tierney, C., Balfour, H. H., Fischl, M. A., Kmack, A., Liou, S. H., Kenton, A., Hirsch, M. S., Phair, J., Martinez, A., Kahn, J. O. 1998; 19 (4): 339-349


    The primary objective was to compare the effects of dual or triple combinations of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitors with respect to survival. The time to new HIV disease progression or death, toxicities, the change in CD4 cells, and plasma HIV-1 RNA concentrations in a subset of study subjects were evaluated.This was a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.The study was conducted among 42 adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group sites and 7 National Hemophilia Foundation centers.1313 HIV-infected patients with CD4 counts < or = 50 cells/mm3 participated in this study, which was conducted from June 1993 to June 1996.Patients were randomized to one of four daily regimens containing 600 mg of zidovudine: zidovudine alternating monthly with 400 mg didanosine; zidovudine plus 2.25 mg of zalcitabine; zidovudine plus 400 mg of didanosine; or zidovudine plus 400 mg of didanosine plus 400 mg of nevirapine (triple therapy).The main outcome was survival (i.e., time to death).A significant difference in survival time was found between the four treatment groups, favoring those assigned to triple therapy (p = .02). A significant difference was also found in the delay of disease progression or death among the four treatment arms favoring the group assigned to triple therapy (p = .002). Baseline CD4 cell counts and plasma HIV-1 RNA concentrations as well as changes of CD4 counts at week 8 predicted survival for subjects in the virology substudy.In the pre-protease inhibitor era, a combination of triple reverse transcriptase inhibitors prolonged life and delayed disease progression in AIDS patients with advanced immune suppression.

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  • Safety, pharmacokinetics, and antiretroviral activity of intravenous 9-[2-(R)-(phosphonomethoxy)propyl]adenine a novel anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) therapy, in HIV-infected adults ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY Deeks, S. G., Barditch-Crovo, P., Lietman, P. S., Hwang, F., Cundy, K. C., Rooney, J. F., Hellmann, N. S., Safrin, S., Kahn, J. O. 1998; 42 (9): 2380-2384


    9-[2-(R)-(Phosphonomethoxy)propyl]adenine (PMPA) is a nucleotide analogue with potent antiretroviral activity in vitro and in simian models. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation clinical trial of intravenous PMPA monotherapy was conducted in 20 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults with CD4 cell counts of >/=200 cells/mm3 and plasma HIV RNA levels of >/=10,000 copies/ml. Two dose levels were evaluated (1 and 3 mg/kg of body weight/day). Ten subjects were enrolled at each dose level (eight randomized to receive PMPA and two randomized to receive placebo). On day 1, a single dose of PMPA or placebo was administered by intravenous infusion. Beginning on study day 8, PMPA or placebo was administered once daily for an additional 7 consecutive days. All subjects tolerated dosing without significant adverse events. Mean peak serum PMPA concentrations were 2.7 +/- 0.9 and 9.1 +/- 2.1 microgram/ml in the 1- and 3-mg/kg cohorts, respectively. Serum concentrations declined in a biexponential fashion, with a terminal half-life of 4 to 8 h. At 3 mg/kg/day, a single infusion of PMPA resulted in a 0.4 log10 median decline in plasma HIV RNA by study day 8. Following 7 consecutive days of study drug administration thereafter, the median changes in plasma HIV RNA from baseline were -1.1, -0.6, and 0.1 log10 in the 3-mg/kg/day, 1-mg/kg/day, and placebo dose groups, respectively. Following the final dose in the 3-mg/kg/day cohort, the reduction in HIV RNA was sustained for 7 days before returning toward baseline. Further studies evaluating an oral prodrug of PMPA are under way.

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  • Sexual transmission of an HIV-1 variant resistant to multiple reverse-transcriptase and protease inhibitors NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Hecht, F. M., Grant, R. M., Petropoulos, C. J., Dillon, B., Chesney, M. A., Tian, H., Hellmann, N. S., Bandrapalli, N. I., Digilio, L., Branson, B., Kahn, J. O. 1998; 339 (5): 307-311

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  • Acute human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Kahn, J. O., Walker, B. D. 1998; 339 (1): 33-39

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  • New testing strategy to detect early HIV-1 infection for use in incidence estimates and for clinical and prevention purposes JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Janssen, R. S., Satten, G. A., Stramer, S. L., Rawal, B. D., O'Brien, T. R., Weiblen, B. J., Hecht, F. M., Jack, N., Cleghorn, F. R., Kahn, J. O., Chesney, M. A., Busch, M. P. 1998; 280 (1): 42-48


    Differentiating individuals with early human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) infection from those infected for longer periods is difficult but important for estimating HIV incidence and for purposes of clinical care and prevention.To develop and validate a serologic testing algorithm in which HIV-1-positive persons with reactive test results on a sensitive HIV-1 enzyme immunoassay (EIA) but nonreactive results on a less sensitive (LS) EIA are identified as having early infection.Diagnostic test and testing strategy development, validation, and application. Specimens were tested with both a sensitive HIV-1 EIA (3A11 assay) and a less sensitive modification of the same EIA (3A11-LS assay).For assay development: 104 persons seroconverting to HIV-1 comprising 38 plasma donors, 18 patients of a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Trinidad, and 48 participants in the San Francisco Men's Health Study (SFMHS); 268 men without the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the SFMHS who had been infected for at least 2.5 years; and 207 persons with clinical AIDS; for testing strategy validation: 488 men in the SFMHS from 1985 through 1990 and 1275449 repeat blood donors at 3 American Red Cross blood centers from 1993 through 1995; and for HIV-1 incidence estimates: 2717910 first-time blood donors. We retrospectively identified persons eligible for a study of early infection.Ability to identify early HIV infection.Estimated mean time from being 3A11 reactive/3A11-LS nonreactive to being 3A11 reactive/3A11-LS reactive was 129 days (95% confidence interval [CI], 109-149 days) [corrected]. Our testing strategy accurately diagnosed 95% of persons with early infection; however, 0.4% (1/268) of men with established infection and 2% (5/207) of persons with late-stage AIDS were misdiagnosed as having early HIV-1 infection. Average yearly incidence estimates in SFMHS subjects were 1.5% per year vs observed average incidence of 1.4 per 100 person-years. Incidence in repeat blood donors using the sensitive/less sensitive assay testing strategy was 2.95 per 100000 per year (95% CI, 1.14-6.53/100000) vs observed incidence of 2.60 per 100000 person-years (95% CI, 1.49-4.21/100000). Overall incidence in first-time blood donors was 7.18 per 100000 per year (95% CI, 4.51-11.20/100000) and did not change statistically significantly between 1993 and 1996. Use of the sensitive/less sensitive testing strategy alone would have identified all 17 persons with antibodies to HIV-1 eligible for a study of early HIV-1 infection and would have increased enrollment.The sensitive/less sensitive testing strategy provides accurate diagnosis of early HIV-1 infection, provides accurate estimates of HIV-1 incidence, can facilitate clinical studies of early HIV-1 infection, and provides information on HIV-1 infection duration for care planning.

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  • Post-exposure prevention of HIV-1 infection ANTIVIRAL THERAPY Kahn, J. O. 1998; 3: 45-47


    Post-exposure prevention of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection involves a combined modality approach to subjects exposed to the HIV-1 virus through sexual or occupational contact or intravenous drug use. Identification of those at highest risk of transmission, which involves patient factors as well as the infectivity of the partner and the local prevalence of HIV-1, will help to determine appropriate candidates for post-exposure treatment. Early institution of therapy (within 72 h) should be followed with education and counselling to help maximize therapeutic adherence while reinforcing safer behaviour for the future.

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  • Evolutionary pattern of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication and distribution in lymph nodes following primary infection: implications for antiviral therapy. Nat Med Pantaleo G, Cohen OJ, Schacker T, Vaccarezza M, Graziosi C, Rizzardi GP, Kahn J, Fox CH, Schnittman SM, Schwartz DH, Corey L, Fauci AS. 1998; 4 (3): 341-5
  • Protease inhibitors do not increase the CD4+ cell count in HIV-uninfected individuals AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses Barker E, Kahn J, Fujimura S, Levy JA 1998; 12 (8): 1117-8
  • Success and Sadness JAMA Kahn JO 1998; 280 (1): 89
  • Risk behavior for HIV infection in participants in preventive HIV vaccine trials: A cautionary note JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES Chesney, M. A., Chambers, D. B., Kahn, J. O. 1997; 16 (4): 266-271


    We conducted a longitudinal study of participants in phase I and II HIV vaccine safety and immunogenicity trials to examine changes in sexual risk behavior that are associated with risk of HIV transmission. The participants were 48 HIV-negative men and women enrolled in one of two placebo-controlled HIV vaccine trials conducted at San Francisco General Hospital. There was a significant increase in insertive unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) from 9% at baseline (trial entry), to 13% at the month 6 assessment, to 20% at the month 12 assessment (p = .02). The primary predictor of either insertive or receptive UAI during the vaccine trials was having engaged in this behavior prior to entry (p = .001). Higher-risk behavior was also seen among participants who were younger and had multiple sexual partners (each, p = .06) and who indicated that one of their reasons for participation in the vaccine trial was hope of protection from HIV infection (p = .07). These findings indicate that despite instructions otherwise, participants with a history of high-risk behavior or who express hope of protection from HIV infection by enrolling in vaccine trials may be candidates for more intensive risk-behavior counseling prior to and during their participation.

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  • Predictors of survival in HIV-infected persons with 50 or fewer CD4 cells/mm(3) JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES AND HUMAN RETROVIROLOGY Spino, C., Kahn, J. O., Dolin, R., Phair, J. P. 1997; 15 (5): 346-355


    The objective of this study was to identify prognostic factors for survival in patients with pretreatment CD4 < or =50 cells/mm3 treated with nucleoside analogs, and to develop and validate a mortality risk model based on these factors. The design of the study consisted of retrospective analysis of AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) protocols 116a, 116b/117, 155, and 118. The setting was the multicenter AIDS Clinical Trials Group. The patients were HIV-infected with pretreatment CD4 < or =50 cells/mm3 and various degrees of prior zidovudine (ZDV) use. Double-blind, three-arm randomized control trials ACTG 116a and ACTG 116b/117 compared ZDV with didanosine (ddI). ACTG 155 compared ZDV with zalcitabine or combination therapy. Our validation study, ACTG 118, compared the effects of three different doses of ddI on survival. The main outcome measures were survival and mortality. The three studies combined enrolled 699 patients with entry CD4 T-lymphocyte counts of < or =50 cells/mm3. Forty percent of patients died during follow-up, with a median survival of 19.7 months. Multivariate analysis showed shorter survival at p < 0.0001 with lower CD4 count (relative hazard [RH] = 0.98) and lower hemoglobin level (RH = 0.81). Other factors included older age (RH = 1.03), male gender (RH = 1.70), Hispanic ethnicity (RH = 1.68), and symptomatic disease stage (RH = 2.06). Our predictive mortality risk model differentiated well patients with differing risks of mortality. When the risk model was applied to ACTG 118, the validation data set, the identified prognostic factors could distinguish patients with varying risks of death (p < 0.001, stratified log-rank test). These results demonstrate that CD4 T-lymphocytes counts < or =50 cells/mm3 should not be considered a precursor of imminent death; considerable variability in survival exists in severely immunocompromised patients. Our identification of prognostic indicators for survival can aid clinicians and patients in management of their disease and researchers in design of future clinical trials.

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  • HIV-1 protease inhibitors - A review for clinicians JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Deeks, S. G., Smith, M., Holodniy, M., Kahn, J. O. 1997; 277 (2): 145-153


    The clinical care of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been substantially affected by the introduction of HIV-specific protease inhibitors (PIs). The 4 PIs available are saquinavir mesylate, ritonavir, indinavir sulfate, and nelfinavir mesylate. Comparison studies have not been reported; therefore, an assessment of the available data to aid clinicians and patients in choosing appropriate treatment will be presented.A systematic review of peer-reviewed publications, abstracts from national and international conferences, and product registration information through September 1996.Criteria used to select studies include their relevance to PIs, having been published in the English language, and pertinence for clinicians. Data quality and validity included the venue of the publication and relevance to clinical care.Oral adminstration of ritonavir, indinavir, or nelfinavir generates sustainable drug serum levels to effectively inhibit the protease enzyme; however, saquinavir may not generate sustained levels necessary to inhibit the protease enzyme. Patients treated with ritonavir, indinavir, or nelfinavir experience similar reductions in viral load and increases in CD4+ lymphocytes; smaller effects occur among those treated with saquinavir. Two randomized placebo-controlled studies conducted among patients with severe immune system suppression and substantial zidovudine treatment experience demonstrated reduced HIV disease progression and reduced mortality with PI treatment. Genotypic resistance to PIs occurs; the clinical relevance of resistance is unclear. The costs of these agents including required monitoring impose new and substantial costs.The PIs have emerged as critical drugs for people with HIV infection. Optimal use involves combination with reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Resistance develops to each agent, and cross-resistance is likely. These agents must be used at full doses with attention to ensuring patient compliance. The expense of these agents may be offset by forestalling disease progression and death and returning people to productive life. Selecting the initial PI must be individualized, and factors to consider include proven activity, possible toxicities, dosing regimens, drug interactions, and costs.

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  • Predictors of survival in HIV-infected persons with 50 or fewer CD4 cells/mm3 J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Spino C, Kahn JO; Dolin R; Phair JP 1997; 15: 346-55
  • Neutralization of a clade B primary isolate by sera from human immunodeficiency virus-uninfected recipients of candidate AIDS vaccines J Infect Dis Zolla-Pazner S, Alving C, Belshe R, Berman P, Burda S, Chigurupati P, Clements ML, Duliege AM, Excler JL, Hioe C, Kahn J, McElrath MJ, Sharpe S, Sinangil F, Steimer K, Walker MC, Wassef N, Xu S 1997; 175 (4): 764-74
  • Prognostic value of plasma human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA levels in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease and with little or no prior zidovudine therapy JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Welles, S. L., Jackson, J. B., YENLIEBERMAN, B., Demeter, L., JAPOUR, A. J., Smeaton, L. M., JOHNSON, V. A., Kuritzkes, D. R., DAQUILA, R. T., Reichelderfer, P. A., Richman, D. D., REICHMAN, R., Fischl, M., Dolin, R., COOMBS, R. W., Kahn, J. O., McLaren, C., Todd, J., Kwok, S. 1996; 174 (4): 696-703


    The association of plasma human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA level at study entry and over time with clinical progression was evaluated in 187 patients from AIDS Clinical Trials Group protocol 116A who had little or no prior zidovudine treatment. Three-fold-higher HIV-1 RNA levels at study entry and 3-fold increases by week 8 were associated with progression (relative hazard [RH], 1.67; 95% confidence limits [CL], 1.20, 2.32; and RH, 1.45; CL, 1.02, 2.05, respectively). Having 3-fold-higher CD4 cell count at entry was independently associated with a 52% reduction in risk for progression (adjusted RH, 0.48; CL, 0.33, 0.70). When stratified by length of prior zidovudine therapy, RNA level was predictive in drug-naive patients (adjusted RH, 1.87; CL, 1.23, 2.85) but not predictive in patients with up to 16 weeks of prior therapy (adjusted RH, 1.11; CL, 0.70, 1.76). Analysis suggests that the acquisition of mutations at HIV-1 reverse transcriptase codons 215 and 74 is associated with subsequent increases in HIV-1 RNA level (relative risk, 7.00; CL, 0.86, 56.90).

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  • Association of plasma human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA level with risk of clinical progression in patients with advanced infection JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES COOMBS, R. W., Welles, S. L., Hooper, C., REICHELDERFER, P. S., DAQUILA, R. T., JAPOUR, A. J., JOHNSON, V. A., Kuritzkes, D. R., Richman, D. D., Kwok, S., Todd, J., Jackson, J. B., DeGruttola, V., CRUMPACKER, C. S., Kahn, J. 1996; 174 (4): 704-712


    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 RNA level in plasma was evaluated as a surrogate marker for disease progression in a clinical trial of advanced HIV-1 infection. Baseline HIV-1 RNA level was an independent predictor of disease progression (relative hazard [RH] for each doubling of HIV-1 RNA level, 1.26; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03-1.54; P = .02), after adjusting for the week 4 change in HIV-1 RNA level, baseline CD4 cell count, syncytium-inducing phenotype, clinical status at study entry, and therapy randomization. A 50% reduction in HIV-1 RNA level was associated with a 27% decrease in the adjusted risk of disease progression during the study (RH, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.52-1.02; P = .07). The partial validation of HIV-1 RNA as a predictor for clinical end points has implications for the use of HIV-1 RNA in clinical trials and practice.

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  • Phase 1 study of combination therapy with L-697,661 and zidovudine JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES AND HUMAN RETROVIROLOGY Schooley, R. T., Campbell, T. B., Kuritzkes, D. R., Blaschke, T., Stein, D. S., Rosandich, M. E., Phair, J., Pottage, J. C., Messari, F., Collier, A., Kahn, J., Ray, G., Curtis, S., Bakhtiari, M., Kessler, H., COOMBS, R., Corey, L., Volberding, P., Calandra, G., Massari, F. 1996; 12 (4): 363-370


    We performed a pilot study that examined the clinical and pharmacokinetic interactions between zidovudine (ZDV) and a pyridinone derivative, L-697-661. The results indicate that the drugs were well tolerated, with no important pharmacokinetic interactions, when administered concomitantly for as long as 8 weeks. Although the number of study participants was small, we noted rapid emergence of resistance to L-697,661 among ZDV-naive study subjects who were administered L-697,661 as monotherapy but did not observe isolates of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) resistant to L-697,661 among those who were administered concomitant ZDV. These results suggest a potential interaction between development of resistance to L-697,661 and ZDV. Although the clinical development of L-697,661 has been halted, our results support the need for further studies to test whether specific interactions among antiretroviral agents administered in combination and the molecular target can delay the emergence of isolates that exhibit resistance to all drugs in the regimen.

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  • The clinical use of didanosine 4th Triennial Symposium on New Directions in Antiviral Chemotherapy Kahn, J. PLENUM PRESS DIV PLENUM PUBLISHING CORP. 1996: 245–256

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  • Pharmacokinetics of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor: the effects of zidovudine J Clinical Pharm Aweeka FT, Kwong M; Mak M; al-Uzri A; Affrime M; Cutler D; Kahn J; Gambertoglio JG 1996; 36 (1): 107-113
  • Phase 1 study of combination therapy with L-697, 661 and zidovudine j Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Schooley RT, Campbell TB; Kuritzkes DR; Blaschke T; Stein DS; Rosandich ME; Phair J; Pottage JC; Messari F; Collier A; Kahn, J for the ACTG 184 Protocol Team 1996; 12: 363-70
  • Patterns of opportunistic infections in patients with HIV infection J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Finkelstein DM, Williams PL, Molenberghs G, Feinberg J, Powderly WG, Kahn J, Dolin R, Cotton D 1996; 12: 38-45


    We conducted a Phase I trial to evaluate the safety, maximally tolerated dose (MTD), antitumor activity, and pharmacology of once-weekly oral etoposide in patients with Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and AIDS. From September 1990 to October 1991, 27 eligible patients with biopsy-confirmed KS were treated at six etoposide dose levels, ranging from 150 to 400 mg weekly. Patients were treated until their tumor progressed or until unacceptable toxicity developed. On the first day of therapy, etoposide plasma concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography. The MTD was defined as the etoposide dose that induced reversible grade 3 toxicity in three of six patients during the first 4 weeks. Although dose-limiting toxicity was uncommon during the first 4 weeks of treatment (three of 27 patients), and the MTD was not reached, with longer treatment > 50% of patients developed dose-limiting toxicities, most commonly neutropenia. Responses were observed at all dosage levels (except 350 mg weekly), with partial tumor regression documented in nine (36%) of 25 evaluable patients. There was marked variability in etoposide area under the plasma concentration versus time curve, elimination half-time (t1/2), and urinary excretion. These pharmacokinetic features were not, however, associated with the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms, the severity of side effects, or tumor response. We conclude that weekly oral etoposide can be safely administered to patients with AIDS and KS. The observed antitumor effects over a wide range of doses support further studies with very low and minimally toxic etoposide doses, alone or in combination with other agents.

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    Zidovudine resistance mutations at reverse transcriptase codons 215 or 41 were found in two-thirds of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) isolates obtained at baseline from patients enrolled in an AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) protocol that compared didanosine with continued zidovudine in patients with > or = 16 weeks of previous zidovudine therapy (ACTG 116B/117). The combined presence of mutations at both codons 215 and 41 conferred an increased risk for progression (relative hazard, 1.82; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-3.26) and an increased risk for death (RH, 5.42; 95% CI, 1.92-15.30) in analyses that controlled for other factors predictive of progression. However, the benefit of switching to didanosine compared with continued zidovudine therapy was independent of the presence of these mutations. Although this information is not helpful in determining when to alter therapy, detection of zidovudine resistance mutations provides prognostic information in patients with advanced HIV disease.

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    A vaccine breakthrough occurred in a phase 1 clinical trial of a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1 candidate subunit vaccine. The vaccine antigen, gp120SF2, is a fully glycosylated protein produced in mammalian cells from the HIVSF2 isolate. After 4 immunizations, the subject developed neutralizing antibodies and lymphoproliferative responses to the gp120 protein. About 18 weeks after the last immunization, the subject became HIV infected. During the acute phase of infection, there was high virus burden, a decline in CD4+ T lymphocytes, increases in rgp120SF2-binding antibodies and HIVSF2- and HIVMN-neutralizing antibodies, and transient lymphoproliferative responses to HIV-1 envelope and core proteins. The nucleotide sequence of the V3 loop from 2 virus isolations displayed close similarity to the V3 sequence of the vaccine antigen. Thus, the immunologic responses induced by the vaccine in this subject did not protect him from HIV-1 infection.

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    To evaluate the association between resistance of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) to zidovudine and clinical progression.Retrospective analysis of specimens from patients in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) protocol 116B/117, a randomized comparison of didanosine with continued zidovudine therapy in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease who had received 16 weeks or more of previous zidovudine therapy.Participating ACTG virology laboratories.187 patients with baseline HIV-1 isolates.Zidovudine susceptibility testing and assays for syncytium-inducing phenotype were done on baseline HIV-1 isolates. Relative hazards for clinical progression or death associated with baseline clinical, virologic, and immunologic factors were determined from Cox proportional hazards regression models.Compared with other patients, 15% (26 of 170) with isolates showing high-level zidovudine resistance (50% inhibitory zidovudine concentration > or = 1.0 microM) had 1.74 times the risk for progressing to a new AIDS-defining event or death (95% CI, 1.00 to 3.03) and 2.78 times the risk for death (CI, 1.21 to 6.39) in analyses that controlled for baseline CD4+ T-lymphocyte count, syncytium-inducing HIV-1 phenotype, disease stage, and randomized treatment assignment. The clinical benefit of didanosine was not limited to patients with highly zidovudine-resistant baseline HIV-1 isolates.High-level resistance of HIV-1 to zidovudine predicted more rapid clinical progression and death when adjusted for other factors. However, patients with advanced HIV-1 disease may benefit from a change in monotherapy from zidovudine to didanosine whether high-level HIV-1 resistance to zidovudine is present or absent, and laboratory assessment of zidovudine resistance is not necessary for deciding when to switch monotherapy from zidovudine to didanosine.

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  • HIV-1 p17 synthetic peptide vaccine HGP-30: induction of immune response in human subjects and preliminary evidence of protection against HIV challenge in SCID mice. Cell Mol Biol Sarin PS, Mora CA, Naylor PH, Markham R, Schwartz D, Kahn J, Heseltine P, Gazzard B, Youle M, Rios A, et al. 1995; 41 (3): 401-7


    A phase 1 study of 42 non-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV)-infected volunteers was initiated to determine the safety and immunogenicity of an HIV subunit vaccine consisting of recombinant envelope gp120 derived from HIVSF2 (rgp120SF2) combined with a novel adjuvant, MF59, with or without the immunomodulator muramyl tripeptide dipalmitoyl phosphatidylethanolamine (MTP-PE). All injections contained adjuvant MF59, and subjects were grouped according to MTP-PE dose. Injections were given on days 0, 30, 180, and 365. The vaccine was well tolerated with limited local and systemic reactions. These immunizations induced rgp120SF2-specific binding antibodies that persisted > or = 24 weeks. After three immunizations, all subjects receiving the antigen developed neutralizing antibodies to HIVSF2, and serum from 67% of these subjects also cross-neutralized HIVMN. ELISA-reactive antibodies to the HIVSF2 V3 region and strong lymphoproliferative responses to HIVSF2 envelope proteins were detected in all rgp120SF2-immunized subjects.

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    GLQ223 is a highly purified single-chain ribosome-inactivating protein with selective effects against a variety of cells, including macrophages infected with human immunodeficiency virus. We evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and immunologic effects of multiple doses of GLQ223 in 22 patients with AIDS or AIDS-related complex; CD4+ T-cell counts were between 100 and 350/mm3. GLQ223 was administered intravenously at doses of 8, 16, 24, 36, and 50 micrograms/kg of body weight; the drug was administered by constant infusion over 3 h to achieve a concentration in serum of 50 ng/ml; this concentration is known to be associated with anti-HIV effects in vitro. All patients reported a flu-like syndrome characterized by muscle and joint aches and an increase in creatinine kinase levels; symptoms were controlled easily. For patients who received 36 and 50 micrograms/kg, target concentrations in serum were achieved and an increase in CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was sustained; this sustained increase persisted for at least 28 days after the last infusion. beta 2-Microglobulin levels increased during the infusions and then declined when the infusions ended. Repeat infusions of GLQ223 were safe and relatively well tolerated. The target concentration of GLQ223 in serum was achieved and sustained. Our results suggest that GLQ223 may have activity in treating patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection.

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    An analysis is presented that promotes the use of uric acid levels as an indicator of patients didanosine (ddI) use. Logistic regression techniques were used on data from two test groups that best represent patients entered on ACTG protocols 116A and 116B/117. Two classification functions resulted that are based on serial uric acid measurements and were used to classify patients to one of two groups: those treated with zidovudine (ZDV) and those treated with ddI. These functions correctly classified well over 70% of the patients in each of these two studies. Implications of these results with respect to the assessment of ddI compliance and limitations in the use of these classification functions are discussed.

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  • NEUROLOGICAL REACTIONS IN HIV-INFECTED PATIENTS TREATED WITH TRICHOSANTHIN NEUROPATHOLOGY AND APPLIED NEUROBIOLOGY Garcia, P. A., Bredesen, D. E., Vinters, H. V., VONEINSIEDEL, R. G., Williams, R. L., Kahn, J. O., Byers, V. S., Levin, A. S., WAITES, L. A., Messing, R. O. 1993; 19 (5): 402-405


    Trichosanthin is a ribosome-inactivating protein that is being studied as a possible treatment for patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). We report the clinical and pathological features in two patients who experienced neurological reactions to trichosanthin. Both patients were neurologically asymptomatic prior to treatment but developed coma and multifocal neurological deficits after treatment. Neuropathological examination revealed regions of severe, multifocal necrosis with histiocytic infiltrates. These reactions to trichosanthin may be mediated by soluble factors released by HIV-infected macrophages.

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  • Vaccines directed against HIV: preventive and therapeutic strategies. AIDS clinical review Kahn, J. O., Birx, D. L. 1993: 213-238


    Vaccine therapy studies in HIV-seropositive volunteers over the next year should provide additional insights into whether different vaccine viral strains (LAI, IIIB, MN, SF2), different protein sources (whole virus particles, recombinant protein, peptides), different expression systems (baculovirus, mammalian), or different adjuvants (incomplete Freund's, MTP-PE, MF59, alum) generate significantly different immune responses at the cellular and humoral level. In addition, differences in the ability of each vaccine to induce humoral immune responses to epitopes in the constant regions vs. variable regions, contiguous or noncontiguous "conformational" epitopes, with high vs. low antibody affinity can be evaluated. The roles of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC), cellular recognition, nonspecific natural killing, and MHC-restricted cytotoxicity can also be explored. To date, the majority of the immunogens have proven to be safe. Many induce new humoral and cellular immune responses against HIV. The final important question remains, whether any of these vaccines used as therapeutic immunogens generate immune responses that induce an altered disease course with a prolonged asymptomatic period without immunodeficiency, whether vaccines can affect increased viral clearance, or decreased transmission/infectivity? There remains no in vitro assay known to correlate with lack of disease progression, no immune profile consistent with a prolonged asymptomatic period. The vaccine therapy trial researchers seek the answers to these important questions. No single research organization can begin to address all the possibilities, so the overall pace of exploration of this therapeutic concept is likely to be dictated by the level of cooperation between the many groups involved in these studies. Open collaboration between researchers and open exchange of reagents, immunogens for in vitro experiments, and sera will allow faster dissection of the many questions and issues raised in this chapter. Whether vaccine therapy proves to have a useful role in the treatment of HIV-1-induced disease, these studies will ultimately lead to the development of useful techniques and provide new insights into the nature of the immunological responses, as the investigation of vaccine therapy did over a century ago.

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  • A CONTROLLED TRIAL COMPARING CONTINUED ZIDOVUDINE WITH DIDANOSINE IN HUMAN-IMMUNODEFICIENCY-VIRUS INFECTION NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Kahn, J. O., Lagakos, S. W., Richman, D. D., Cross, A., Pettinelli, C., Liou, S. H., Brown, M., Volberding, P. A., CRUMPACKER, C. S., Beall, G., Sacks, H. S., Merigan, T. C., BELTANGADY, M., Smaldone, L., Dolin, R. 1992; 327 (9): 581-587


    Although zidovudine is effective in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, its efficacy may decline with prolonged use. Didanosine is another inhibitor of HIV reverse transcriptase. We evaluated the effectiveness of changing anti-HIV treatment from zidovudine to didanosine.This multicenter, double-blind study involved 913 patients who had tolerated zidovudine for at least 16 weeks. The patients had the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-related complex with less than or equal to 300 CD4 cells per cubic milliliter, or asymptomatic HIV infection with less than or equal to 200 CD4 cells per cubic milliliter. They were randomly assigned to receive 600 mg per day of zidovudine, 750 mg per day of didanosine, or 500 mg per day of didanosine.There were significantly fewer new AIDS-defining events and deaths among the 298 subjects assigned to 500 mg per day of didanosine than among the subjects who continued to receive zidovudine (relative risk, 1.39; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.06 to 1.82; P = 0.015). With 750 mg of didanosine, there was no clear benefit over zidovudine (relative risk, 1.10; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.86 to 1.42). The efficacy of didanosine was unrelated to the duration of previous zidovudine treatment. In the two didanosine groups, there were improvements in the number of CD4 cells (P less than 0.001 for both groups) and in p24 antigen levels (P = 0.03 in the 500-mg group; P = 0.005 in the 750-mg group), as compared with the zidovudine group.Changing treatment from zidovudine to 500 mg per day of didanosine appears to slow the progression of HIV disease.

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  • A phase I study of HGP-30, a 30 amino acid subunit of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) p17 synthetic peptide analogue sub-unit vaccine in seronegative subjects. AIDS research and human retroviruses Kahn, J. O., Stites, D. P., Scillian, J., Murcar, N., Stryker, R., Volberding, P. A., Naylor, P. H., Goldstein, A. L., Sarin, P. S., Simmon, V. F. 1992; 8 (8): 1321-1325


    HGP-30-KLH vaccine in alum at doses of 10, 25, 50, and 100 micrograms/kg administered intramuscularly at weeks 0, 4, and 10 appear well-tolerated clinically. Local pain at the injection site, appears to be the main clinical toxicity. Laboratory parameters are not affected by administration of the vaccine candidate except for perhaps mild urinalysis abnormalities at the highest dose. This vaccine candidate has no apparent immunotoxicity and does not appear to affect lymphocyte populations or T-cell functional studies. Low levels and transient antibodies develop in a minority of subjects early after immunization with the vaccine candidate. These responses were observed in the lowest dose range. Higher doses, and longer follow-up will be needed to confirm this observation. T-cell proliferative responses to KLH and KLH-HGP-30 are consistent and may not be dose dependent, but the proliferative responses are variable and more data need to be accumulated. Preliminary, there appears to be an HGP-30-induced CTL response of HGP-30-coated EBV-transformed autologous B cell lines. This study was approved under an IND for the California Department of Health Services' Food and Drug Branch. They have provided excellent support and regulatory guidelines for this project. Future work will extend and confirm these initial observations.

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  • CD4 IMMUNOADHESINS IN ANTI-HIV THERAPY - NEW DEVELOPMENTS CONF ON BISPECIFIC ANTIBODIES AND TARGETED CELLULAR CYTOTOXICITY Chamow, S. M., Duliege, A. M., Ammann, A., Kahn, J. O., Allen, J. D., Eichberg, J. W., Byrn, R. A., Capon, D. J., WARD, R. H., Ashkenazi, A. JOHN WILEY & SONS INC. 1992: 69–72


    CD4, the cell-surface receptor for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) gene superfamily. It contains 4 extracellular sequences homologous to Ig variable domains, the first of which (V1) is sufficient for binding to HIV. To develop CD4 as an anti-HIV therapeutic, we engineered a CD4 immunoadhesin (CD4-IgG)--a fusion protein containing the V1 and V2 domains of CD4 with the hinge and Fc regions of human Ig heavy chain. A chimeric protein of this type has several advantages compared to the soluble receptor, including a greatly extended in vivo half-life and greater avidity for HIV; moreover, like an antibody, it performs effector functions via its Fc domains, such as complement activation and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity. In vivo experiments show that CD4-IgG protects against HIV-I IIIB infection of chimpanzees when administered prior to viral challenge. In addition, CD4-IgG is transferred efficiently across the placenta from mother to fetus in rhesus monkeys. To evaluate its safety in humans, we conducted a phase-I clinical trial in adult patients with AIDS and AIDS-related complex. We found that, in a total of 16 patients, administration of CD4-IgG was well tolerated at doses up to 1000 micrograms/kg of body weight, with no important clinical or immunological toxicities noted. Given its unique properties, particularly the ability of CD4-IgG to cross the placenta, we plan to focus future clinical efforts on preventing infection of newborns via maternal-fetal transfer of HIV.

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  • AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. AIDS clinical review Kahn, J. O., Northfelt, D. W., Miles, S. A. 1992: 261-280


    The underlying degree of immune suppression is an important consideration in the selection of treatment for AIDS-KS. In general, subjects with CD4+ T lymphocytes greater than 500/mm3 require only local therapy unless there is some specific disability caused by the AIDS-KS lesions. Subjects with CD4+ T lymphocytes between 200 and 500/mm3 may respond to recombinant interferon. This therapy is effective in controlling AIDS-KS, can be combined with zidovudine, and has anti-HIV properties. If interferon-alpha with zidovudine is clinically ineffective, systemic chemotherapy may then be required. Subjects with AIDS-KS and CD4+ T lymphocytes less than 200/mm3 should receive PCP prophylaxis, may require systemic chemotherapy, and should be maintained on antiretroviral therapy. Therapy of AIDS-KS is not curative, and a treatment plan of the underlying immune deficiency is essential for planning and implementing rational therapy. AIDS-KS is rarely life threatening but often cosmetically and functionally disabling. Treatment plans remain focused on palliative goals and include reduction of extremity or facial edema, elimination of painful lesions, relief of gastrointestinal disturbances induced by AIDS-KS lesions (including symptoms of outlet obstruction, diarrhea, and rarely blood loss), and reduction of the pulmonary burden of AIDS-KS to improve oxygenation and relieve obstructive pneumonias.

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    The pharmacokinetics of GLQ223 administered as a single short intravenous infusion to rats, monkeys, and patients with AIDS or AIDS-related complex (ARC) are presented. GLQ223 was given at a dose of 3,500 micrograms/kg of body weight to five Sprague-Dawley rats; a dose of 300 micrograms/kg was given to three cynomolgus monkeys; and doses of 1, 8, 16, 24, and 36 micrograms/kg were given to 10 patients with AIDS and 8 patients with ARC in an escalating dose design. Plasma clearance was 0.85 +/- 0.24 liter/h/kg in rats, 0.16 +/- 0.08 liter/h/kg in monkeys, and 0.13 +/- 0.07 liter/h/kg in patients with AIDS or ARC. The volume of distribution at steady state was 0.42 +/- 0.12, 0.21 +/- 0.20, and 0.18 +/- 0.50 liter/kg in rats, monkeys, and patients, respectively. The elimination half-life was 1.3 +/- 0.4, 3.7 +/- 1.5, and 3.2 +/- 1.0 h in rats, monkeys, and patients, respectively. The disposition of GLQ223 was not dose dependent within the dose range tested in patients with AIDS or ARC. Interspecies pharmacokinetic scaling resulted in a good linear correlation for plasma clearance and the volume of distribution at steady state plotted versus species body weight on a log-log scale, indicating the predictability of elimination and distribution of GLQ223 among species. Allometric equations derived may be useful for the prediction of doses and dosage regimens to be used in animal models.

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    The safety and pharmacokinetics of recombinant CD4-immunoglobulin G (rCD4-IgG) were evaluated in a phase 1 study with dose escalation. A total of 16 patients, 6 with AIDS and 10 with AIDS-related complex, were evaluated at two university-affiliated hospital clinics. rCD4-IgG was administered once weekly for 12 weeks to four patients each at doses of 0.03, 0.1, 0.3, and 1.0 mg/kg of body weight. Dosing was intravenous for two patients in the 1.0-mg/kg dose group and intramuscular for the remaining patients. Dosing was intravenous for two patients in the 1.0-mg/kg dose group and intramuscular for the remaining patients. Pharmacokinetic, toxicity, and immunologic variables were monitored with all patients. Administration of rCD4-IgG was well tolerated, with no important clinical or immunologic toxicities noted. No subjects required dose reduction or discontinuation of therapy due to toxicity. No consistent changes were seen in human immunodeficiency virus antigen levels in serum or CD4 lymphocyte populations. The volume of distribution was small, and compared with that of rCD4, the half-life of the hybrid molecule was markedly prolonged following intramuscular or intravenous administration. The rate and extent of absorption following intramuscular dosing were variable. Intramuscular administration of rCD4-IgG appears to be inferior to intravenous dosing from a pharmacokinetic standpoint, with lower peak concentrations and variable absorption. After intravenous administration, peak concentrations of rCD4-IgG in serum (20 to 24 micrograms/ml) that have shown antiviral activity in vitro against more sensitive clinical isolates of human immunodeficiency virus were achieved. The peak concentrations in serum after intramuscular administration were below these levels. Treatment with rCD4-IgG was well tolerated at the doses administered to patients in this study but did not result in significant changes in CD4 lymphocyte counts or p24 antigen levels in serum.

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    View details for PubMedID 1810192

  • Chemotherapy for AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.) Kahn, J., Northfelt, D., Volberding, P. 1991; 5 (10): 57-63


    Clinical staging and response criteria for AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (AIDS-KS) are not well-developed, but classifying patients into limited or extensive disease categories allows a clinician to select appropriate local or systemic therapy. A prospective staging system has been proposed to uniformly evaluate pretreatment patient characteristics and subsequent clinical responses. Combination chemotherapy is effective, but its use is often limited by toxicities. Antiretroviral medications, if clinically tolerated, should be continued during combination chemotherapy. Future therapies will evaluate the utility of ddI or ddC with combination chemotherapy. A second area of research involves combination therapy using chemotherapy and antiretroviral agents along with growth factors to limit myelotoxicity.

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    Thirty patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) receiving chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP) were randomized to receive either subcutaneous recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (rGM-CSF) or no additional therapy. Recombinant rGM-CSF (at a dose of 10-20 micrograms/kg/d) was given on days 1 to 10 (early rGM-CSF) to the first five patients, but was changed to days 4 to 13 (delayed rGM-CSF) of each chemotherapy cycle in subsequent patients. Compared with the control group (N = 10), the delayed rGM-CSF group (N = 11) had higher mean nadirs of the absolute neutrophil count (0.36 v 0.89 x 10(9)/L; P = .009), shorter mean durations of neutropenia (4.9 v 1.3 days; P = .02), fewer chemotherapy cycles complicated by neutropenia and fever (67% v 27%; P = .001), fewer days hospitalized for fever and neutropenia (4.9 v 1.8; P = .004), fewer reductions in chemotherapy dosages, and less frequent delays in chemotherapy administration. No significant differences were observed between patients in the control group and those in the early rGM-CSF group (N = 5). Median levels of serum HIV-1 p24 antigen decreased to 18% and 17% of baseline values in control (N = 4) and rGM-CSF groups (N = 6), respectively, 1 week following administration of the first cycle of chemotherapy. In the third week after chemotherapy, median antigen levels remained below baseline in the control group, but rose to 243% of baseline values in the rGM-CSF group (P = .01), suggesting stimulation of HIV replication. The effect of this change in HIV activity on clinical outcome of treated patients could not be determined, and therefore the clinical significance of this finding remains unclear. Complete response rates of 67%, 70%, and 60% were observed in the control, delayed rGM-CSF, and early rGM-CSF groups, respectively, with corresponding survival times of 9.0, 11.4, and 8.0 months.

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    Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most common malignancy seen in association with AIDS. Important epidemiologic trends in the occurrence of AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (AIDS-KS) have been identified, and the molecular processes associated with the development of KS are being studied intensively. It is hoped that these studies will ultimately lead to an understanding of the etiology of the disease and to a rational approach to therapy. Treatment with conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and various local treatment modalities is effective for palliation of clinical problems associated with AIDS-KS, although the toxicities of these approaches may be problematic. Therapy for AIDS-KS must be individualized, with appropriate consideration given to the patient's overall clinical and immunologic status.

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    To assess the response and toxicity of liquid nitrogen cryotherapy for cutaneous lesions of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) associated with AIDS, we evaluated 20 subjects with biopsy-proven KS in a phase II clinical trial. Subjects had two to four cutaneous KS indicator lesions treated with liquid nitrogen cyrotherapy. Treatment was repeated at 3 week intervals, allowing adequate healing time. On average, subjects received three treatments per lesion with a mean follow-up time of 11 weeks (range of 6-25 weeks). One treatment consisted of two freeze-thaw cycles, with thaw times ranging from 11 to 60 s per cycle. A complete response was observed in 80% of treated KS lesions and lasted a minimum of 6 weeks following the completion of therapy. Greater than 50% cosmetic improvement of KS was observed. Histopathology of treated lesions correlated poorly with cosmetic improvement. Response was not predicted by tolerance to zidovudine therapy, CD4+ cell count, presence of B symptoms, or previous chemotherapy. Subjects without prior history of opportunistic infection (OI) were more likely to have a better response than those with a prior history of OI. Subjects tolerated cryotherapy well. Blistering occurred frequently, but local pain was limited and relieved by acetaminophen. Secondary infection did not occur. Based on this study, we recommend cryotherapy to subjects with cutaneous KS lesions. Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is easily applied as a primary therapy, and may also have a role in the treatment of cutaneous KS lesions that respond slowly or show incomplete cosmetic improvement with systemic therapies.

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    View details for PubMedID 1895204

  • THE SAFETY AND PHARMACOKINETICS OF GLQ223 IN SUBJECTS WITH AIDS AND AIDS-RELATED COMPLEX - A PHASE-I STUDY AIDS Kahn, J. O., Kaplan, L. D., Gambertoglio, J. G., Bredesen, D., ARRI, C. J., Turin, L., KIBORT, T., Williams, R. L., Lifson, J. D., Volberding, P. A. 1990; 4 (12): 1197-1204


    A phase I dose-escalation study was performed to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of a single intravenous infusion of GLQ223 in subjects with AIDS and AIDS-related complex (ARC). The active ingredient in GLQ223 is trichosanthin. Trichosanthin, imported from China, is the active drug in community-initiated treatment programs for patients with HIV infection. Eighteen subjects were enrolled, 10 with AIDS and eight with ARC. All subjects were monitored for tolerance and toxicity. Immunological and virological parameters were also followed. GLQ223 administration was not associated with notable toxicity with the exception of one subject who experienced a severe neurological adverse reaction. No consistent or sustained changes in CD4+ lymphocyte populations or HIV antigen levels were observed. Serum concentrations of GLQ223 that were comparable to concentrations shown to have antiviral activity in vitro were achieved transiently but may not have been maintained for a sufficient duration to exert antiretroviral effects. Further studies are indicated to determine pharmacodynamic properties of GLQ223, its optimal dosing schedule, and whether GLQ223 or related molecules will be useful in the treatment of HIV infection.

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    To evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of recombinant, soluble human CD4 (rCD4) in subjects with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related complex. The protein rCD4 binds to envelope protein, gp120, of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and blocks HIV infection of CD4 lymphocytes in vitro.Phase 1 trial with dose escalation.Two university-affiliated hospital clinics.Of 42 subjects enrolled, 29 had AIDS and 13 had AIDS-related complex.The rCD4 was administered by rapid intravenous infusion on day 1, followed by a 3-day washout, then once a day for 10 days, followed by a 7-day washout, and then three times a week for 8 weeks. Doses of 1, 10, 30, 100, and 300 micrograms/kg body weight per day of rCD4 were administered intravenously to 6 subjects at each dose level. Twelve additional patients received 300 micrograms/kg.d of rCD4: 6 by intramuscular and 6 by subcutaneous injection. All subjects were monitored for toxicity. Immunologic and virologic variables were also monitored. MEASUREMENTS andAdministration of rCD4 was not associated with important toxicity as determined by clinical monitoring or by serum chemistry, hematologic, or immunologic variables. No subjects required dose reduction or discontinuation of therapy due to rCD4-related toxicity. No consistent or sustained changes in CD4 lymphocyte populations or HIV antigen levels were observed. The volume of distribution of rCD4 was small, and clearance remained constant over the dose range studied. The bioavailability of intramuscular injection and subcutaneous injection was 51% and 45%, respectively.At the dose levels used in this study, rCD4 appears safe and well tolerated. Serum concentrations of rCD4 were achieved that were comparable to concentrations shown to have antiviral activity in vitro. Further studies are indicated to determine whether rCD4 or related molecules will be useful in treating HIV infection.

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    View details for PubMedID 2297204

  • AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. AIDS clinical review Kahn, J. O. 1990: 115-128

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    The effect of recombinant tumor necrosis factor-alpha (rTNF), injected directly into the tumor, was evaluated in a Phase I/II study of 27 patients with AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). The maximally tolerated intralesional dose was less than 100 micrograms/m2 and the recommended intralesional dose was 25 micrograms/m2. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, rTNF reduced the cross-sectional area of 15 of 16 (94%) of the injected KS lesions and caused complete disappearance of 3 of 16 (19%) lesions. Only injected lesions showed a response. Rigors and fever were common dose-dependent side effects and were attenuated by meperidine. There were no changes in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) activity as determined by serum p24 antigen levels. While biologically active, the systemic toxicity of rTNF as well as the lack of distant antitumor effects in noninjected lesions limits its clinical usefulness under the conditions employed in this trial.

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    View details for PubMedID 2498507