The effects of the Roche AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR® UltraSensitive Test versions 1.0 and 1.5 viral load assays and plasma collection tube type on determination of response to antiretroviral therapy and the inappropriateness of cross-study comparisons

Michael Giordano, Thomas Kelleher, Richard J. Colonno, Adriano Lazzarin, Kathleen Squires

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Abstract

Background: Because there are limited head-to-head data comparing antiretroviral combinations, physicians are tempted to rely on cross-trial comparisons to evaluate the relative efficacy of HIV drugs. However, a variety of factors can confound these comparisons, resulting in misleading or invalid conclusions. Objectives: To compare and evaluate the use of: (i) versions 1.0 and 1.5 of the Roche AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR ® UltraSensitive assay, and (ii) ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and plasma preparation (PPT) tubes on the proportion of HIV-infected patients who would be classified as virological responders in a multinational clinical trial. Study design: The study utilized was a randomized, double-blind trial comparing the efficacy and safety of atazanavir with efavirenz, each in combination with fixed-dose zidovudine/lamivudine, in antiretroviral-naïve patients. To evaluate the effect of monitor kit version, paired plasma samples from 634 patients at week 48 were analyzed using both versions 1.0 and 1.5 of the monitor kit. To evaluate the effect of collection tube type, paired plasma samples collected from 584 patients at week 52 using both EDTA and PPT tubes were assayed. Patients were classified as responders if HIV-1 RNA levels were below a pre-determined level of quantification (LOQ), both 400 and 50 copies/ml. Results and conclusions: Substantially higher HIV-1 RNA levels were observed with monitor kit version 1.5, resulting in lower response rates. The version 1.0 monitor kit resulted in a 7% increase in patients classified as responders at the LOQ of 400 copies/ml and a 13% increase at the LOQ of 50 copies/ml. Consistently higher response rates (11% higher at the LOQ of 400 copies/ml and 34% higher at the LOQ of 50 copies/ml) were also observed when samples were collected in EDTA tubes compared with PPT tubes. Differences in monitor kit sensitivity and plasma collection procedures are key factors in study results and suggest caution when performing cross-study comparisons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-425
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Virology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Cross-study comparisons
  • HIV sequence variability/subtypes
  • Plasma collection procedures
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Viral load

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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