Valproic acid without intensified antiviral therapy has limited impact on persistent HIV infection of resting CD4+ T cells.
OBJECTIVES: Valproic acid and intensified antiretroviral therapy may deplete resting CD4+ T-cell HIV infection. We tested the ability of valproic acid to deplete resting CD4+ T-cell infection in patients receiving standard antiretroviral therapy. METHODS: Resting CD4+ T-cell infection was measured in 11 stably aviremic volunteers twice prior to, and twice after Depakote ER 1000 mg was added to standard antiretroviral therapy. Resting CD4+ T-cell infection frequency was measured by outgrowth assay. Low-level viremia was quantitated by single copy plasma HIV RNA assay. RESULTS: A decrease in resting CD4+ T-cell infection was observed in only four of the 11 patients. Levels of immune activation and HIV-specific T-cell response were low and stable. Valproic acid levels ranged from 26 to 96 microg/ml when measured near trough. Single copy assay was performed in nine patients. In three patients with depletion of resting CD4+ T-cell infection following valproic acid, single copy assay ranged from less than 1-5 copies/ml. Continuous low-level viremia was observed in three patients with stable resting CD4+ T-cell infection (24-87, 8-87, and 1-7 copies/ml respectively) in whom multiple samples were analyzed. CONCLUSION: The prospective addition of valproic acid to stable antiretroviral therapy reduced the frequency of resting CD4+ T-cell infection in a minority of volunteers. In patients in whom resting CD4+ T-cell infection depletion was observed, viremia was rarely detectable by single copy assay.
Archin, NM; Eron, JJ; Palmer, S; Hartmann-Duff, A; Martinson, JA; Wiegand, A; Bandarenko, N; Schmitz, JL; Bosch, RJ; Landay, AL; Coffin, JM; Margolis, DM
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