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HBV genotypes and response to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in HIV/HBV-coinfected persons.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Bihl Florian, Martinetti Gladys, Wandeler Gilles, Weber Rainer, Ledergeber Bruno, Calmy Alexandra, Battegay Manuel, Cavassini Matthias, Vernazza Pietro, Caminada Anna-Paola, Rickenbach Martin, Bernasconi Enos,
Project Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal BMC gastroenterology
Volume (Issue) 15
Page(s) 79 - 79
Title of proceedings BMC gastroenterology
DOI 10.1186/s12876-015-0308-0

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes can influence treatment outcome in HBV-monoinfected and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/HBV-coinfected patients. Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) plays a pivotal role in antiretroviral therapy (ART) of HIV/HBV-coinfected patients. The influence of HBV genotypes on the response to antiviral drugs, particularly TDF, is poorly understood. HIV/HBV-co-infected participants with detectable HBV DNA prior to TDF therapy were selected from the Swiss HIV Cohort Study. HBV genotypes were identified and resistance testing was performed prior to antiviral therapy, and in patients with delayed treatment response (>6 months). The efficacy of TDF to suppress HBV (HBV DNA <20 IU/mL) and the influence of HBV genotypes were determined. 143 HIV/HBV-coinfected participants with detectable HBV DNA were identified. The predominant HBV genotypes were A (82 patients, 57 %); and D (35 patients, 24 %); 20 patients (14 %) were infected with multiple genotypes (3 % A + D and 11 % A + G); and genotypes B, C and E were each present in two patients (1 %). TDF completely suppressed HBV DNA in 131 patients (92 %) within 6 months; and in 12 patients (8 %), HBV DNA suppression was delayed. No HBV resistance mutations to TDF were found in patients with delayed response, but all were infected with HBV genotype A (among these, 5 patients with genotype A + G), and all had previously been exposed to lamivudine. In HIV/HBV-coinfected patients, infection with multiple HBV genotypes was more frequent than previously reported. The large majority of patients had an undetectable HBV viral load at six months of TDF-containing ART. In patients without viral suppression, no TDF-related resistance mutations were found. The role of specific genotypes and prior lamivudine treatment in the delayed response to TDF warrant further investigation.