Journal Article

Immunosuppressive drugs as an adjuvant to HIV treatment

Emilio Fumero, Felipe García and J. M. Gatell

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 53, issue 3, pages 415-417
Published in print March 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online March 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Immunosuppressive drugs as an adjuvant to HIV treatment

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Although highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has dramatically changed the epidemiological impact of HIV infection, many problems with currently used antiretroviral therapy have underscored the urgent need for additional therapeutic approaches. Structured treatment interruption trials, which can be considered an immune-based therapy with an autologous virus, have failed to control viral replication in most chronically HIV-1-infected patients. Alternative approaches could be the use of immunosuppressive drugs to enhance the control of viral replication mediated by their immune and antiviral properties. The use of immunosuppressive drugs may reduce the number of activated CD4 cells that support massive virus production and may prevent sequestration of CD4 T cells into lymphoid tissue, which is the place of antigen presentation and productive HIV infection. The strategy of using drugs that interfere with the HIV life-cycle, acting on the target cells of HIV rather than on viral enzymes, offers the advantage of avoiding the development of antiretroviral drug-resistant HIV mutants. However, it is not known if these approaches will clinically benefit long-term infection, by establishing a new immunological set-point that may affect the rate of disease progression. Caution is required when using HAART in combination with cytostatic drugs in HIV-1 infection until their impact and long-term safety have been investigated further in larger clinical trials.

Keywords: Keywords: hydroxyurea, mycophenolate mofetil, structured treatment interruptions

Journal Article.  2514 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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