The effect of initiation of antiretroviral therapy on monocyte, endothelial and platelet function in HIV-1 infection

J. A. O'Halloran, E. Dunne, Mmp Gurwith, J. S. Lambert, G. J. Sheehan, E. R. Feeney, A. Pozniak, P. Reiss, D. Kenny, Pwg Mallon

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Monocyte activation, endothelial dysfunction and platelet activation all potentially contribute to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) reported in those with HIV-1 infection. To date, no study has examined how initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) affects markers of all three processes. We aimed to compare markers of monocyte, endothelial and platelet function between untreated HIV-positive subjects and HIV-negative controls and to examine the early effects of ART initiation on these markers. We measured monocyte [soluble CD14 (sCD14) and sCD163], endothelial [von Willebrand factor (vWF), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1)] and platelet [soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin), soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and soluble glycoprotein VI (sGPVI)] biomarkers before and at weeks 4 and 12 post ART initiation in HIV-positive and well-matched HIV-negative controls. We examined 40 subjects, 25 HIV-positive subjects and 15 controls, with a median age of 34 years [interquartile range (IQR) 31, 40 years], of whom 60% were male and 47.5% Caucasian. Pre-ART, all biomarkers (monocyte, endothelial and platelet) were significantly higher in HIV-positive patients versus controls (all P  < 0.05) and decreased with ART initiation, except for sCD14, which remained unchanged [median 1680 (IQR 1489, 1946) ng/mL at week 12 versus 1570 (IQR 1287, 2102) ng/mL at week 0; P = 0.7]. Although platelet activation markers reduced to levels comparable to those in controls, endothelial dysfunction markers remained elevated, as did sCD163 [at week 12, median 1005 (IQR 791, 1577) ng/mL in HIV-positive patients versus 621 (IQR 406, 700) ng/mL in controls; P  < 0.0001]. ART initiation resulted in reductions in levels of CVD-associated biomarkers; however, although they improved, markers of endothelial dysfunction and monocyte activation remained elevated. How these persistent abnormalities affect CVD risk in HIV infection remains to be determined
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-619
JournalHIV medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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