Periportal CD4+ cell infiltration increases in HIV/hepatitis C virus-coinfected patients commencing ART, whereas CD8+ cells clear from the liver

R.A. Gani, E. Yunihastuti, E. Krisnuhoni, H. Saraswati, S. Djauzi, L.A. Lesmana, Silvia Lee, Patricia Price

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    Abstract

    Coinfection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) is common in Asia, but the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) are unclear. Histopathological changes in the liver are described in a prospective study of HCV-seropositive HIV-infected patients at Cipto Mangunkusomo Hospital (Jakarta, Indonesia). Liver biopsy specimens were collected at baseline (n = 48) and 48 weeks (n = 34). Ishak scores showed mild but detectable inflammation and/ or fibrosis. Levels of portal inflammation declined during ART (P = .03), whereas fibrosis remained (P = .11). Portal infiltration of CD4+ cells increased during ART (P <.0001), whereas infiltration of CD8 + cells subsided. Numbers of CD4+ cells in the liver at baseline correlated with circulating CD4+ T-cell counts (P = .03-.05). Numbers of liver-infiltrating CD4+ and CD8+ cells at baseline were not associates with subsequent experience of an immune restoration disease, which is defined by a rise in alanine transaminase levels during ART. © The Author 2014.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)405-409
    JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
    Volume210
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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