Virologic and immunologic effects of adding maraviroc to suppressive antiretroviral therapy in individuals with suboptimal CD4+ T-cell recovery.
BACKGROUND: Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) suppresses HIV-1 replication, but does not restore CD4 T-cell counts in all individuals. To investigate the effects of maraviroc on HIV-1 persistence and the relations between virologic and immunologic parameters in individuals with incomplete CD4 T-cell recovery, we performed a prospective, open-label pilot trial in which maraviroc was added to a suppressive ART regimen for 24 weeks. DESIGN: A5256 was a single-arm trial in which individuals on suppressive ART with incomplete CD4 T-cell recovery added maraviroc for 24 weeks. METHODS: We quantified low-level, residual viremia in plasma and total HIV-1 DNA and 2-long terminal repeat (2-LTR) circles in peripheral blood mononuclear cells before and after maraviroc intensification. We also evaluated markers of CD4 and CD8 T-cell immune activation (%CD38HLA-DR) and apoptosis (%caspase3/Bcl-2). RESULTS: No effect of maraviroc was found on the probability of detectable plasma viremia (≥1 copy/ml; n = 31, exact McNemar P = 1.0) or detectable 2-LTR circles (n = 28, P = 0.25) or on total HIV-1 DNA (n = 28, 90% confidence interval -0.1, +0.3 log10 copies/10 CD4 T-cells). Premaraviroc HIV-1 DNA levels were inversely related to premaraviroc %CD38HLA-DR CD4 T-cells (Spearman = -0.52, P = 0.004), and lower premaraviroc HIV-1 DNA levels were associated with larger decreases in %CD38HLA-DR CD4 T-cells during maraviroc intensification (Spearman = 0.44, P = 0.018). CONCLUSION: In individuals on suppressive ART with incomplete CD4 T-cell recovery, maraviroc intensification did not affect measures of HIV-1 persistence but did decrease persistent CD4 T-cell immune activation especially in individuals with low preintensification levels of HIV-1 DNA.