Appearance of drug resistance mutations among the dominant HIV-1 subtype, CRF01_AE in Maumere, Indonesia

Dwi Wahyu Indriati, Tomohiro Kotaki, Siti Qamariyah Khairunisa, Adiana Mutamsari Witaningrum, Muhammad Qushai Yunifiar Matondang, Shuhei Ueda, Nasronudin, Asep Purnama, Dwi Kurniawan, Masanori Kameoka

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is still a major health issue in Indonesia. In recent years, the appearance of drug resistance-associated mutations has reduced the effectiveness of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). We conducted genotypic studies, including the detection of drug resistance-associated mutations (from first-line regimen drugs), on HIV-1 genes derived from infected individuals in Maumere, West Nusa Tenggara. Maumere, a transit city in West Nusa Tenggara, which has a high HIV-1 transmission rate. Method: We collected 60 peripheral blood samples from 53 ART-experienced and 7 ART-naive individuals at TC Hillers Hospital, Maumere between 2014 and 2015. The amplification and a sequencing analysis of pol genes encoding protease (the PR gene) and reverse transcriptase (the RT gene) as well as the viral env and gag genes were performed. HIV-1 subtyping and the detection of drug resistance-associated mutations were then conducted. Results: Among 60 samples, 46 PR, 31 RT, 30 env, and 20 gag genes were successfully sequenced. The dominant HIV-1 subtype circulating in Maumere was CRF01_AE. Subtype B and recombinant viruses containing gene fragments of CRF01_AE, subtypes A, B, C, and/or G were also identified as minor populations. The major drug resistance-associated mutations, M184V, K103N, Y188L, and M230I, were found in the RT genes. However, no major drug resistance-associated mutations were detected in the PR genes. Conclusion: CRF01_AE was the major HIV-1 subtype prevalent in Maumere. The appearance of drug resistance-associated mutations found in the present study supports the necessity of monitoring the effectiveness of ART in Maumere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent HIV Research
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • CRF01_AE
  • Drug resistance-associated mutations
  • HIV-1
  • Indonesia
  • Maumere

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