Within years after the start of the epidemic it became clear that many HIV-1-infected patients developed severe progressive cognitive and motor impairment in the final months of their illness. This clinical syndrome was characterized clinically and neuropathologically by Price  and Navia et al.  in 1986 and termed AIDS dementia complex (ADC). ADC causes symptoms in three areas: cognition, motor function and behaviour. Cognitive impairment predominantly consists of mental slowing and attention/memory deficits. Motor symptoms comprise slowness and loss of balance; behavioural changes are characterized by apathy, social withdrawal and mood disturbances.
Many studies confirmed the hypothesis that HIV-1 itself was causing dysfunction and damage in the central nervous system (CNS). Shortly after the primary infection HIV-1 enters the brain in mononuclear cells, and settles in perivascular macrophages and microglial cells. Replication of HIV-1 in these cells leads to immune activation and the production of viral and inflammatory proteins that eventually leads to cognitive decline and motor dysfunction in a subset of patients.
With the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), ADC or HIV-associated dementia (HAD), as it was termed later, largely disappeared in clinical practice. Many clinical, pathological, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) studies showed that antiretroviral drugs inhibit local virus replication in the brain and in doing so limit local damage. Even severely impaired patients could improve after the initiation of treatment. Some drugs likely did better than others, but in general most combinations prevented the development of HAD. HAD became a rare complication, occurring occasionally in late-presenting as yet untreated patients, in patients on treatment but with poor adherence, or in patients in whom systemic and CNS infection had an unparalleled course.
In the past few years, however, patients, long-term infected and treated, including those with systemically well controlled infection, started to complain about milder memory problems and slowness, difficulties in concentration, planning, and multitasking.
In recent years a new terminology has been developed to classify a broadening clinical spectrum of neurocognitive impairment, including milder abnormalities (Table 1) . Neuropsychological studies have confirmed that cognitive impairment occurs in a substantial (15–50%) proportion of patients [4,5]. It has, however, to be noted that there is a current discussion about the prevalence of neurocognitive dysfunction, which might be overestimated because of very sensitive criteria when applying the new terminology. In addition, compared to the first decade of the epidemic, a shift has occurred in certain demographic variables and risk factors, for example increased age and lower transmission among drug users, which might affect the proportion of patients with cognitive impairment.
Among HIV-1-infected patients cognitive impairment was and is one of the most feared complications of HIV-1 infection. In addition, neurocognitive impairment may affect adherence to treatment and ultimately result in increased morbidity for systemic disease . So what may be going on in the CNS after so many years of apparently controlled HIV-1 infection is an urgent and important challenge in the field of HIV medicine.
In this review we summarize the key currently available data. We describe the clinical neurological and neuropsychological findings, the preferred diagnostic approach with new imaging techniques and CSF analysis. We try to integrate data on pathogenesis and finally discuss possible therapeutic interventions. In doing so it will become clear that there remains a broad research agenda in this field for the years ahead.
The neuropsychological profile of post-cART HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and its similarity to the pre-cART subcortical profile is a subject of debate. In recent years abnormalities of greater or lesser extent have been demonstrated in many different cognitive domains, resulting in an expanding phenotype of HAND and a broadening neuropsychological profile [5,7,8]. Despite this heterogeneity the strongest impaired cognitive domains in HAND still fit the subcortical profile with the core deficits being: mental slowness, attention/memory deficits and impaired executive functioning .
The following cognitive domains are recommended to be surveyed if HAND is suspected (as these are most commonly associated with HAND) : speed of information processing, attention/working memory, executive functioning, memory, verbal/language, sensory-perceptual and motor skills (Table 2).
Many different tests are available to evaluate each of these cognitive domains (Table 2) and most of the large HIV cohort studies have developed their own neuropsychological test battery. As these test batteries are usually extensive and time-consuming, there is a need for a rapid screening tool for neurocognitive deficits.
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most well known cognitive bedside test but has a limited usefulness for the detection of HAND as it mainly detects cortical (as in Alzheimer's disease) instead of subcortical dysfunction .
The HIV Dementia Scale (HDS) tests four cognitive domains (verbal memory recall, psychomotor speed, visual construction and response inhibition) and has originally been designed to detect HAD . The usefulness of the HDS for detecting milder cognitive deficits is under investigation [4,11].
The HDS requires a certain amount of literacy and language comprehension, which limits the usefulness of this test. For this reason, the International HIV Dementia Scale has been developed (IHDS), testing three cognitive domains (psychomotor speed, motor speed and verbal memory recall) . The usefulness of the IHDS for detecting milder cognitive deficits is still under investigation.
Standardized and regularly administered symptom questionnaires likely also have a role in clinical screening.
Of note, these screening tests are no substitute for performing a complete neuropsychological evaluation which remains required for the diagnosis of HAND.
Many studies during the course of the HIV epidemic have proven neuroimaging to be both an essential diagnostic tool in clinical HIV neurology and useful in enlarging insight in the pathogenesis of HIV infection of the CNS.
Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging
Cerebral atrophy and white matter abnormalities are the two most common findings in HAD in early imaging studies. Whereas atrophy can be disclosed by both computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the latter is largely superior for the identification and characterization of white matter abnormalities. Atrophy is seen most often in the basal ganglia (especially the caudate nucleus) and frontal white matter although cortical regions have also been reported to be atrophic [1,13]. Atrophy has been associated with advanced disease stage and (to a lesser extent) with cognitive dysfunction in early studies [13,14]. Post-cART studies demonstrate stronger correlations between atrophy and cognitive dysfunction [13,15,16]. Whereas one pre-cART prospective study reports cerebral atrophy to be progressive , no increase of atrophy has been described in a 7-year follow-up study in post-cART years (likely indicating a beneficial effect of cART) .
Magnetic resonance imaging in HAD frequently reveals patchy or diffuse, usually symmetrical, periventricular white matter abnormalities . Small white matter abnormalities, however, have been found in nondemented HIV patients as well and even in HIV-negative nondemented controls. Therefore, earlier MRI studies report a controversial relationship between cognition and white matter abnormalities and consider the latter to be nonspecific [13,19,20]. Later MRI studies though using advanced and more sensitive MRI techniques do demonstrate a relationship between white matter abnormalities and cognition. MRI white matter abnormalities also correspond to a histopathological diagnosis of HIV encephalitis .
Several more advanced MRI techniques are hereby discussed in detail.
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) measures metabolite concentrations in different brain regions. MRS studies (pre and post-cART) in patients with cognitive dysfunction have demonstrated reduced levels of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), a marker for neuronal integrity, and increased levels of the glial activation markers myoinositol (MI) and choline (CHO). Glial activation (MI/CHO increase) indicates an inflammatory process and precedes neuronal loss (NAA decrease). Abnormalities are found mainly in the frontal white matter and basal ganglia [13,22–25]. The abnormal metabolite profile is reported to improve with cART [26–28]. MRS has proven to be more sensitive for early cognitive impairment than single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or MRI [29,30].
Diffusion tensor imaging
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), used in HIV research since 2001 , is an MRI technique that measures water diffusion in tissues and enables to visualize distribution and orientation of white matter tracts. This technique is especially useful in demonstrating subtle white matter abnormalities. DTI studies in HIV patients report white matter abnormalities diffusely in the brain and more specific in the frontal white matter and corpus callosum, despite cART. Abnormalities are correlated strongly with cognitive deficits [13,26,32–34], but the sensitivity for early changes is controversial.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging
Functional MRI (fMRI) measures neuronal activity during specific neuropsychological tasks (which are performed while in the scanner). This technique is used in HIV research since 1998  and most studies demonstrate increased neuronal activation in cognitively impaired patients, which is regarded as a compensatory mechanism resulting from decreased cerebral efficiency [13,26,36]. fMRI abnormalities correlate strongly with increased glial markers (MI/CHO) in frontal white matter and basal ganglia, indicating a subcortical inflammatory process .
Perfusion magnetic resonance imaging
Perfusion MRI (pMRI) measures cerebral blood flow and volume and is used in HIV research since 2000 . Most studies report decreased cerebral blood flow or volume in cognitively unimpaired and especially impaired patients [13,26,39].
Magnetization transfer imaging
Magnetization transfer imaging (MTI) has appeared useful for the detection of damage in normal appearing white matter (on regular MRI), having the potential to visualize subtle abnormalities. It has been proven useful in neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis . MTI is used in HIV research since 1997  and has demonstrated white matter abnormalities diffusely in different brain regions, correlating with cognitive impairment .
Nuclear medicine techniques: single photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography
Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) measures the uptake of radiotracers (usually 99Tc) in the brain, which reflects the cerebral blood flow. Early SPECT studies show cortical and subcortical areas of hypoperfusion. Although the correlation with cognitive function is controversial [13,22,26,42], these changes in perfusion seem to precede abnormalities found with CT or MRI . In later SPECT studies similar findings of reduced blood flow are reported. Remarkable is the report of increased cerebral blood flow among patients with severe cognitive deficits, which is thought to reflect active inflammation [26,43].
Positron emission tomography (PET) measures (glucose) metabolism in different brain regions. Early PET studies showed hypometabolism in the basal ganglia, which was relatively specific for HAD [13,22,26]. Later studies revealed a characteristic time course with hypermetabolism in early neurocognitive disease developing into hypometabolism during advanced disease [13,26,44].
In conclusion, as white matter abnormalities have in many studies been related to cognitive impairment, promising techniques are those visualizing white matter in detail, such as DTI.
Cerebrospinal fluid markers
Many potential CSF markers have been studied in HIV-1-infected patients for management of CNS HIV-infection – including diagnosis, prediction, assessment of disease activity and response to treatments – and provide insight into underlying pathogenic mechanisms.
Cerebrospinal fluid markers can practically be classified into virological, host response and CNS tissue damage markers (given below).
Potentially useful CSF markers of HIV-1 CNS infection :
- Virological markers:
- HIV-1 RNA.
- Env/pol sequence analysis for compartmentalization.
- Host response markers:
- Markers of inflammation:
- White blood cells.
- Cytokines and chemokines.
- tumour necrosis factor-α.
- monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1)/CCL2.
- interferon-γ inducible protein-10 (IL-10)/CXCL10.
- macrophage inflammatory protein-α (MIP1-α)/CCL3, MIP1-β/CCL4, RANTES/CCL5.
- Beta-2 microglobulin.
- Matrix metalloproteases.
- Urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) and soluble receptor (sUPAr).
- Neurotoxic host factors:
- Quinolinic acid and tryptophan.
- Nitric oxide.
- Markers of apoptosis.
- Fas and Fas-ligand.
- Markers of CNS damage:
- Neuronal markers:
- Neurofilament protein light chain (NFL).
- Tau protein.
- Solubile amyloid protein precursor (sAPP) α/β.
- 14-3-3 Protein.
However, no single marker has so far proved to be reliable for practical purposes. The mechanisms leading from HIV-1 infection of the CNS to tissue dysfunction and neurocognitive impairment are not straightforward and abnormal levels of CSF markers are often also present in patients with asymptomatic HIV-1 infection or other CNS pathological conditions. Nonetheless, the use of several CSF markers in combination could be useful to recognize HIV-related neurocognitive dysfunction, including milder forms [Mild neurocognitive disorder (MND) and Asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment (ANI)], both in untreated and treated patients.
In the absence of treatment, CSF HIV-1 RNA levels usually remain stable in neurologically asymptomatic patients over several years , but tend to increase with clinical disease progression. Levels are highest in patients with HAD or HIV encephalitis [46,47], irrespective of plasma viraemia, supporting the view that, in these conditions, CSF virus is mainly derived from productive infection of macrophages and microglial cells within the CNS. Infection of these cells leads to the release of soluble factors which can be measured in CSF.
Among these factors, the chemokine CCL2 (or monocyte chemotactic protein-1, MCP-1), and neopterin, a product of the guanosine triphosphate metabolism – both produced by activated macrophages and other mononuclear phagocytes – have been well characterized for their potential to serve as disease marker. In HIV-1-positive, neurologically asymptomatic patients, CSF CCL2 levels are similar to or slightly higher than those found in HIV-negative controls , whereas levels of neopterin are already abnormally elevated . Significantly higher CSF levels of both CCL2 and neopterin are found in patients with HAD and HIV encephalitis [47,49]. CSF concentrations of both markers correlate with CSF HIV-1 RNA levels, but less with their respective levels in plasma, strongly arguing for intrathecal origin [47,49,50].
Among markers of tissue damage, NFL, the light chain of neurofilament, a major structural component of axons, appears one of the most promising . The highest levels are found in patients with HAD or opportunistic CNS infections. However, concentrations can also be increased in neurologically asymptomatic patients with advanced systemic disease stage, suggesting subclinical axonal injury already at this stage.
Untreated patients initiating cART show a decrease of all these markers within weeks after starting therapy in both asymptomatic and neurologically impaired patients. Different dynamics of HIV-1 RNA decay is observed between CSF and plasma: either parallel or slower in CSF [52–55], reflecting the principal source of virus replication (systemic vs. intrathecal) . CCL2, neopterin and NFL levels decrease upon treatment – more markedly in HAD patients, with higher baseline concentrations – in parallel with CSF HIV-1 RNA [47,56] (personal observationPC), suggesting that, by reducing viral replication in the brain, treatment interferes locally with the inflammatory process and consequent tissue damage.
In patients on cART with sustained systemic HIV-1 RNA suppression to undetectable levels, the relationship between CSF HIV-1 RNA and neurological status does not seem to be maintained , with low or undetectable CSF HIV-1 RNA levels frequently observed in neurologically impaired patients on cART . Indeed, suppression of CSF replication is observed not only in patients showing full systemic responses, but also in a large proportion of patients failing to respond systemically  and it seems to be maintained for years, also when ultrasensitive methods, that is, with limit of detection of less than 2–2.5 copies/ml, are used [60,61]. The opposite scenario, CSF ‘escape’ in patients with suppressed plasma replication occurs in approximately 10% , and may disclose an active brain process and be associated with neurological symptoms and cognitive impairment . CSF markers of macrophage activation may remain abnormally elevated in treated patients with suppressed replication in both CSF and plasma [64,65].
One of the current challenges is to understand the principal cause of this persistent intrathecal immune activation, whether it is ongoing low-grade viral replication in brain tissue, rather than systemic immune activation, chronically established tissue damage or presence of other CNS conditions.
Historically, CSF markers of HIV-induced neurocognitive impairment were studied to differentiate HAD from opportunistic infections. However, current differential diagnosis involves many novel potential causes of cognitive impairment, such as aging, with its physiological changes and associated pathological conditions, primarily Alzheimer's disease [66–68], HCV co-infection , metabolic complications  and possible toxicity of treatments . In this new scenario it is essential that CSF markers can recognize whether HIV-1 replication and consequent immune activation is the main cause of neurocognitive impairment, in order to optimize management.
Other CSF markers, in addition to those described, appear promising both for patient management and pathogenesis studies (listed above), including the soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), a novel marker of immune activation ; the tau protein and the soluble forms of the amyloid precursor protein (sAPP alpha and beta), all markers of tissue damage . In addition, the use of new, high-throughput technologies, such as proteomics and metabolomics, may enable to search for known or unknown molecules, possibly present at abnormal concentrations in the CSF of patients with HAND [73,74].
Two specific neuropathological conditions that result from HIV-1 infection of the brain were defined in 1991: HIV encephalitis (HIVE) and HIV leukoencephalopathy (HIVL) . The hallmark of HIVE and HIVL is the presence of multinucleated giant cells (MGCs) that are formed by fusion of infected and activated macrophages. Other features of HIVE and HIVL are activated macrophages and microglial cells, the latter sometimes forming microglial noduli (MGN), reactive astrogliosis and white matter pallor [75,76]. HIVE and HIVL are overlapping entities but in HIVL white matter damage is the dominating feature. In most HIV-1-infected brains the virus itself is detected in various regions , though preferentially in the basal ganglia, hippocampus, white matter and frontal cortex [75–77]. Further and probably resultant neuropathologic findings include injury and loss of dendrites, synapses and neurons, resulting macroscopically in brain atrophy [76,78,79].
To define the neuropathological substrate of cognitive impairment, efforts were made to correlate cognitive functioning with these neuropathological abnormalities. In pre-cART studies, the strongest correlations were demonstrated between cognitive dysfunction and increased expression of brain tissue markers of macrophage/microglial activation and between cognitive dysfunction and signs of neurodegeneration. Abnormalities such as HIV viral load, HIVE and HIVL were only loosely correlated with cognitive impairment [78–86]. The pathological correlate of HAND in the cART era has not been defined; however, high-level macrophage/microglial activation, similar to that observed in pre-cART studies, is also observed in cART-treated patients .
Brain tissue viral load is significantly lower among cART-treated patients with HIVE . Otherwise, post-cART autopsy studies (although sparse and probably subjected to post-mortem exam selection bias) still report an HIVE incidence of 11–30% [84,89,90]. Compared with a pre-cART incidence of 10–54% this is only a moderate decrease, if any at all. So called minimal nonspecific abnormalities are even reported more frequently in post-cART studies, but their significance remains to be clarified [84,89,91]. In two large post-cART cohort autopsy studies the CNS remains the second most frequently affected organ [89,92]. These observations are remarkable, considering that other neuropathologic abnormalities such as opportunistic infections and malignancies within the CNS have decreased significantly since the introduction of cART.
The pathogenic mechanisms behind CNS dysfunction in HIV-1 infection remain to a certain extent unclear. There are discrepancies between the distribution and number of HIV-1-infected cells and the severity of the clinical course and brain tissue pathology which support other mechanisms than direct viral cytotoxicity as a cause of CNS damage.
HIV-1 enters the CNS early following infection [93,94], primarily by means of monocytes and lymphocytes infected before trafficking across the blood–brain barrier (BBB). After entry, a chronic productive HIV-1 infection of macrophages and microglial cells is established. Normally, microglial cells express CD4-antigen at low levels, but they are likely to up-regulate the expression during cellular activation . Apart from CD4, macrophages and microglia also express CCR5 on their surface.
The CNS infection leads to a chronic intrathecal immune activation that is present during the entire infectious course  and whereas viral products may have direct toxic effects against neurons or astrocytes, the primary mechanism of neuronal damage is likely a result of the inflammatory process initiated by HIV-1-infected cells . Macrophages and microglia act as both the major targets for HIV-1 replication and a source of neurotoxins . Secreted cellular products such as cytokines, quinolinic and arachidonic acids and nitric oxide can have neurotoxic effects, and chemokines and pro-inflammatory cytokines promote further cell activation and recruitment of additional macrophages and T-cells, thereby amplifying HIV-1-induced neurotoxicity .
Astrocytes can be infected (and perhaps even more extensively than previously thought ) by HIV-1, but the infection is generally nonproductive with restricted viral gene expression . However, astrocytes may indirectly contribute to the neuropathogenesis by activation and/or dysfunction leading to increased cytokine production, reduced uptake of neurotoxins and impairment of the BBB . Dysfunction of the BBB may be the priming event in the pathogenesis of HAD ; increased BBB permeability is a consistent finding in HAD  but also commonly found in early HIV disease in which it correlates to the degree of intrathecal immune activation .
Neurons are not infected, but neuronal loss and decreased synaptic and dendritic density are, together with microglial and astrocyte proliferation and activation, commonly found and closely associated with HAD .
HIV-1-related neurodegeneration is also linked to intrathecal immune activation  and signs of axonal disruption forecast the development of HAD . Some reports suggest a similarity between pathogenesis of HIV-1 brain injury and Alzheimer's disease, because of the deposition of amyloid plaques and precursor proteins in both conditions. However, the plaques observed in Alzheimer's disease are typically intraneuronal, whereas these are both intra-neuronal and extra-neuronal in HIV-1 infection . Patients with HAD have abnormal CSF biomarkers of amyloid and tau metabolism  (like in Alzheimer's disease), but the pattern differs from Alzheimer's disease . These differences imply separate underlying pathogenetic pathways of brain injury in HIV-1-associated neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease. Chronic immune activation has an essential part in HIV-1 neuropathogenesis and it is commenced and driven by the CNS viral infection.
Combination antiretroviral therapy often has a dramatic beneficial effect on neurological and neurocognitive dysfunction in patients with HAD supporting that a substantial share of symptoms relates to active, reversible toxic processes . However, symptoms are not always totally reversed and persistent intrathecal immune activation  and detectable CSF viral load [59,62] also after several years of otherwise effective treatment indicate an ongoing active process within the brain as well during successful antiretroviral therapy.
Compelling evidence from several studies demonstrate that HIV-1 infection in the CNS is compartmentalized from the systemic infection, although to varying degrees at different stages of the infection [111–113]. It is important not to overlook the CNS when discussing HIV-1 persistence and eradication strategies, as the brain may act as a sanctuary for latent or slowly replicating virus.
The consequences of the chronic, low-grade, CNS immune activation have not yet been elucidated although concerns have been raised about an increased risk of HAND and/or other neurocognitive complaints, such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, in the aging HIV-1-infected population.
Risk factors and comorbidities
Several risk factors and associated physiological and pathological conditions have been identified in patients with cognitive impairment – listed in Table 3. In particular, the consistent association with low nadir CD4 cell count suggests that previous CNS damage might be relevant in the pathogenesis of HAND . On the contrary, both physiological aging and several current pathological conditions may themselves be associated with cognitive, neurological or psychiatric dysfunction and thus contribute to a various extent to sustain the picture of neurocognitive impairment. Practically, the presence of any of these conditions may confound the diagnosis of HAND.
In addition, individuals may also genetically be more susceptible to develop cognitive problems. For example, the E4 isoform of apolipoprotein E (APOE) has been linked, especially in the elderly, to an increased risk of HAD , and polymorphisms of CCL2 and its receptor CCR2 seem associated with neuropsychological abnormalities . Finally, viral (genetic) factors might also affect neurotoxicity; the influence of viral subtypes on cognitive functioning is under investigation but not yet elucidated [117–119].
Combination antiretroviral therapy
Zidovudine (the first approved antiretroviral drug for HIV) has been proven to have beneficial effects on cognitive functioning [120,121]. After the introduction of cART in 1996 many studies have reported additional improvements on cognitive functioning [122–128]. Some patients, however, only stabilize or show incomplete recovery on cART [124,127] and a small proportion of patients even deteriorate cognitively despite cART .
Combination antiretroviral therapy and the central nervous system
Combination antiretroviral therapy entry into the CNS is hampered by the BBB. Drugs easily passing the BBB and affecting (macrophages in) the CNS are so called neuroactive drugs.
Several studies have shown an association between the use of neuroactive drugs (defined in different ways) and good neurocognitive performance [123,129]. To better define and quantify CNS effectiveness, a CNS penetration effectiveness (CPE) score, based on individual drug ranking, was more recently proposed [130–132]. Each individual antiretroviral drug has been given a score between 1 and 4; summing up the individual scores results in the CPE score, with higher scores indicating more CNS effectiveness. Regimens with higher CPE scores have been correlated with neuropsychological improvement and better neuropsychological performance [128,133,134]. Conversely, a low CPE ranking is associated with an 88% increase in the odds of detectable CSF viral load . One contrasting smaller study reports less neurocognitive improvement in patients with high CPE rankings .
Though efforts have been made to develop this tool to optimize treatment, there are limitations of the CPE score and it is not yet validated for clinical use. The most important limitation is the amount of data available for each drug; inevitably, only some have been classified based on clinical information; others have been classified based only on pharmacokinetic or chemical features. Secondly, other factors may be of importance for the efficacy of cART in the CNS, such as genotypic resistance . Furthermore, since it was first reported, several adjustments have been made to the CPE-scoring system, resulting in renewed versions. The CPE-scoring system will probably evolve further in the coming years, and large prospective studies will be required to establish the full value of this approach for clinical management.
Adverse effects of combination antiretroviral therapy
Direct evidence for cART-related neurotoxicity is sparse . Some nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors are known (as is HIV-1 infection itself) to cause mitochondrial dysfunction in peripheral tissues (liver, heart, muscles) . Whether or not neuronal damage as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction occurs is unknown. One MRS study reports a decrease in NAA (a marker for neuronal integrity) in patients using didanosine and/or stavudine , indicating neuronal damage possibly as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction. In addition, in-vitro research showed protease inhibitors to cause proteasome dysfunction resulting in intracellular accumulation of toxic proteins, possibly causing cell damage .
The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor efavirenz frequently causes neuropsychiatric side effects such as bad dreams, sleep disorders, dizziness, and anxiety. These effects usually subside after the first few weeks of therapy, but may persist in a minority of cases . However, a negative effect of efavirenz on cognitive functioning in both short and long term has not been demonstrated .
Structured treatment interruptions (STIs) lead to viral rebound, deteriorating immune function and worsening CSF markers  and subsequently to increased incidence of opportunistic infections and death. However, the effect of STIs on cognitive function is controversial, which is interesting in the context of cART neurotoxicity. One study investigating treatment interruptions reported cognitive stability for 6 months, despite worsening immunosuppression and viral rebound . Another study investigating patients with high pre-entry and nadir CD4 who discontinued cART reported a modest neuropsychological improvement following interruption . These results could support a degree of cART neurotoxicity.
In the long term, as nadir CD4 has been recognized as a risk factor for developing HAND, STIs (resulting in decreasing CD4 counts) nevertheless might cause cognitive decline. Of note, intermittent ART has clearly been associated with a higher risk of mortality from non-AIDS morbidity and mortality than continuous cART .
Several non-cART agents have been investigated in vitro, in animal models and in humans (Table 4). However, so far the results of these trials are disappointing (as is the case in trials for other neurodegenerative diseases). None of them have offered a substantial solution in treating cognitive disorders in HIV-1 [136,144].
Do we see new cognitive problems in HIV-1-infected individuals?
Yes, studies from different parts of the world, including large cohorts, report abnormal scores on neuropsychological assessments in 15–50% of patients.
Neuropsychological test batteries differ between studies and there is discussion on what is an abnormal test result. Patients with cognitive complaints show worse test results than those without.
What is the character of the abnormalities found?
The abnormalities found on neuropsychological assessments are milder than in full-blown HAD. In essence the core abnormality is slowness; patients do poor on all tests with a time factor in it. The longer-term course of these cognitive impairments, however, is not known yet.
Which diagnostic tests are useful in the clinical setting?
Neuropsychological assessment, CSF examination and MRI of the brain are important tools and accessible in many clinical settings. Neuropsychological examination will more reliably reveal the presence and character of neurocognitive disturbances. Virological, host response and CNS tissue damage CSF markers may be helpful to diagnose CNS immune activation and HIV-RNA load in particular reflects more directly to what extent the process is HIV-driven. DTI, providing detailed information of the integrity of the white matter, may become an important marker in the future.
What is going on in the brain?
Chronic immune activation, HIV-driven or caused by other conditions such as aging (or a combination), might be the mechanism behind the cognitive problems we see today. But many uncertainties remain. The clinical course of the cognitive impairment is unknown; it might be the result of a process that has been going on for years or there could be a subacute deterioration in which viral control in the CNS is suddenly lost. We do not know whether this will in the end happen in all HIV-infected individuals or in a subset of patients at risk. We may have missed an ongoing CNS replication in systemically well controlled patients. We still do not know how to manage patients with low-level detectable HIV-1 RNA in the CSF. CSF, MRI and neuropathological studies have provided information about the localization, the character and the magnitude of the pathology that is present in cognitive impairment though this information is fragmented and so far unable to elucidate and interconnect all aspects related to cognitive impairment.
The HIV-neurology research agenda
In the coming years the clinical course of these impairments should be followed closely in large cohorts of patients. Risk factors and conditions other than HIV that could lead to neurocognitive dysfunction need to be defined more accurately.
More CSF parameters need to be assessed and new MRI techniques will hopefully provide us with more information on the white matter pathology, blood flow and vascular changes. For all antiretroviral drugs, CNS/CSF-penetration studies should be performed, as well as clinical trials comparing different antiretroviral regimens. Promising adjunctive treatments should also selectively be studied. These efforts are essential to understand what is going on in the brain in longstanding HIV-1 infection and to prevent dysfunction and provide optimal management and cure.
Grant number 300020007 from ZonMW the Netherlands organization for health research and development and the Dutch Aids Fonds. Swedish Research Council (K2008-58P-20930-04-1 and K2008-58X-20931-01-1). Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg (ALFGBG-11067).
J.S. received travel grants from Gilead Sciences and Viiv Healthcare.
P.C. has served as medical advisor/consultant for Abbott, Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers Squibb, Gilead, Glaxo Smith Kline, Jannsen Cileag, Merck, Pfizer, Viiv Healthcare and has received Research support from Biogen Idec.
M.G. has received research grants, and/or consultancy fees, and/or honoraria from Abbott, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Tibotec/Janssen-Cilag.
P.R. reports serving as scientific advisor to Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, Inc., Theratechnologies, Inc., Tibotec Therapeutics and Tobira Therapeutics; has served on data and safety monitoring boards and endpoint adjudication committees for Tibotec Therapeutics; has received honoraria for speaking engagements at scientific conferences from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and Theratechnologies, Inc.; and has received research support from Gilead Sciences, ViiV Healthcare and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
P.P. has been an ad hoc advisor to or speaking at various events sponsored by ViiV Healthcare, Gilead Sciences, Abbott.
1. Navia BA, Jordan BD, Price RW. The AIDS dementia complex: I. Clinical features. Ann Neurol 1986; 19:517–524.
2. Navia BA, Cho ES, Petito CK, Price RW. The AIDS dementia complex: II. Neuropathology. Ann Neurol 1986; 19:525–535.
3. Antinori A, Arendt G, Becker JT, Brew BJ, Byrd DA, Cherner M, et al
. Updated research nosology for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Neurology 2007; 69:1789–1799.
4. Simioni S, Cavassini M, Annoni JM, Rimbault Abraham A, Bourquin I, Schiffer V, et al. Cognitive dysfunction in HIV patients despite long-standing suppression of viremia. AIDS
5. Cysique LA, Maruff P, Brew BJ. Prevalence and pattern of neuropsychological impairment in human immunodeficiency virus-infected/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) patients across pre and posthighly active antiretroviral therapy eras: a combined study of two cohorts. J Neurovirol 2004; 10:350–357.
6. Hinkin CH, Castellon SA, Durvasula RS, Hardy DJ, Lam MN, Mason KI, et al
. Medication adherence among HIV+ adults: effects of cognitive dysfunction and regimen complexity. Neurology 2002; 59:1944–1950.
7. Cysique LA, Maruff P, Brew BJ. The neuropsychological profile of symptomatic AIDS and ADC patients in the pre-HAART era: a meta-analysis. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2006; 12:368–382.
8. Woods SP, Moore DJ, Weber E, Grant I. Cognitive neuropsychology of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Neuropsychol Rev 2009; 19:152–168.
9. Skinner S, Adewale AJ, DeBlock L, Gill MJ, Power C. Neurocognitive screening tools in HIV/AIDS: comparative performance among patients exposed to antiretroviral therapy. HIV Med 2009; 10:246–252.
10. Power C, Selnes OA, Grim JA, McArthur JC. HIV Dementia Scale: a rapid screening test. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol 1995; 8:273–278.
11. Bottiggi KA, Chang JJ, Schmitt FA, Avison MJ, Mootoor Y, Nath A, Berger JR. The HIV Dementia Scale: predictive power in mild dementia and HAART. J Neurol Sci 2007; 260:11–15.
12. Sacktor NC, Wong M, Nakasujja N, Skolasky RL, Selnes OA, Musisi S, et al
. The International HIV Dementia Scale: a new rapid screening test for HIV dementia. AIDS 2005; 19:1367–1374.
13. Tate DF. Neuroimaging among HIV-infected patients: current knowledge and future directions.
In: Paul RH, editor. HIV and the brain
. New York: Humana Press; 2009. pp. 75–107.
14. Stout JC, Ellis RJ, Jernigan TL, Archibald SL, Abramson I, Wolfson T, et al
. Progressive cerebral volume loss in human immunodeficiency virus infection: a longitudinal volumetric magnetic resonance imaging study. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center Group. Arch Neurol 1998; 55:161–168.
15. Patel SH, Kolson DL, Glosser G, Matozzo I, Ge Y, Babb JS, et al
. Correlation between percentage of brain parenchymal volume and neurocognitive performance in HIV-infected patients. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2002; 23:543–549.
16. Chiang MC, Dutton RA, Hayashi KM, Lopez OL, Aizenstein HJ, Toga AW, et al
. 3D pattern of brain atrophy in HIV/AIDS visualized using tensor-based morphometry. Neuroimage 2007; 34:44–60.
17. Samuelsson K, Pirskanen-Matell R, Bremmer S, Hindmarsh T, Nilsson BY, Persson HE. The nervous system in early HIV infection: a prospective study through 7 years. Eur J Neurol 2006; 13:283–291.
18. Dal Pan GJ, McArthur JH, Aylward E, Selnes OA, Nance-Sproson TE, Kumar AJ, et al
. Patterns of cerebral atrophy in HIV-1
-infected individuals: results of a quantitative MRI analysis. Neurology 1992; 42:2125–2130.
19. McArthur JC, Kumar AJ, Johnson DW, Selnes OA, Becker JT, Herman C, et al
. Incidental white matter hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging in HIV-1
infection. Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 1990; 3:252–259.
20. Paul R, Cohen R, Navia B, Tashima K. Relationships between cognition and structural neuroimaging findings in adults with human immunodeficiency virus type-1. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2002; 26:353–359.
21. Archibald SL, Masliah E, Fennema-Notestine C, Marcotte TD, Ellis RJ, McCutchan JA, et al
. Correlation of in vivo neuroimaging abnormalities with postmortem human immunodeficiency virus encephalitis and dendritic loss. Arch Neurol 2004; 61:369–376.
22. Brew BJ. AIDS dementia complex.
In: Portegies P, Berger JR editors. HIV/AIDS and the nervous system. Handbook of clinical neurology, no. 85
. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier; 2007. pp. 79–91.
23. Chang L, Ernst T, Leonido-Yee M, Walot I, Singer E. Cerebral metabolite abnormalities correlate with clinical severity of HIV-1
cognitive motor complex. Neurology 1999; 52:100–108.
24. Mohamed MA, Lentz MR, Lee V, Halpern EF, Sacktor N, Selnes O, et al
. Factor analysis of proton MR spectroscopic imaging data in HIV infection: metabolite-derived factors help identify infection and dementia. Radiology 2010; 254:577–586.
25. Sacktor N, Skolasky RL, Ernst T, Mao X, Selnes O, Pomper MG, et al
. A multicenter study of two magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques in individuals with HIV dementia. J Magn Reson Imaging 2005; 21:325–333.
26. Tucker KA, Robertson KR, Lin W, Smith JK, An H, Chen Y, et al
. Neuroimaging in human immunodeficiency virus infection. J Neuroimmunol 2004; 157:153–162.
27. Stankoff B, Tourbah A, Suarez S, Turell E, Stievenart JL, Payan C, et al
. Clinical and spectroscopic improvement in HIV-associated cognitive impairment
. Neurology 2001; 56:112–115.
28. Chang L, Ernst T, Leonido-Yee M, Witt M, Speck O, Walot I, Miller EN. Highly active antiretroviral therapy reverses brain metabolite abnormalities in mild HIV dementia. Neurology 1999; 53:782–789.
29. Ernst T, Itti E, Itti L, Chang L. Changes in cerebral metabolism are detected prior to perfusion changes in early HIV-CMC: a coregistered (1)H MRS and SPECT study. J Magn Reson Imaging 2000; 12:859–865.
30. Paul RH, Ernst T, Brickman AM, Yiannoutsos CT, Tate DF, Cohen RA, Navia BA. Relative sensitivity of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to cognitive function among nondemented individuals infected with HIV. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2008; 14:725–733.
31. Pomara N, Crandall DT, Choi SJ, Johnson G, Lim KO. White matter abnormalities in HIV-1
infection: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Psychiatry Res 2001; 106:15–24.
32. Ragin AB, Wu Y, Storey P, Cohen BA, Edelman RR, Epstein LG. Diffusion tensor imaging of subcortical brain injury in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. J Neurovirol 2005; 11:292–298.
33. Gongvatana A, Schweinsburg BC, Taylor MJ, Theilmann RJ, Letendre SL, Alhassoon OM, et al
. White matter tract injury and cognitive impairment
in human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals. J Neurovirol 2009; 15:187–195.
34. Chen Y, An H, Zhu H, Stone T, Smith JK, Hall C, et al
. White matter abnormalities revealed by diffusion tensor imaging in nondemented and demented HIV+ patients. Neuroimage 2009; 47:1154–1162.
35. Tracey I, Hamberg LM, Guimaraes AR, Hunter G, Chang I, Navia BA, Gonzalez RG. Increased cerebral blood volume in HIV-positive patients detected by functional MRI. Neurology 1998; 50:1821–1826.
36. Ernst T, Yakupov R, Nakama H, Crocket G, Cole M, Watters M, et al
. Declined neural efficiency in cognitively stable human immunodeficiency virus patients. Ann Neurol 2009; 65:316–325.
37. Ernst T, Chang L, Arnold S. Increased glial metabolites predict increased working memory network activation in HIV brain injury. Neuroimage 2003; 19:1686–1693.
38. Chang L, Ernst T, Leonido-Yee M, Speck O. Perfusion MRI detects rCBF abnormalities in early stages of HIV-cognitive motor complex. Neurology 2000; 54:389–396.
39. Ances BM, Sisti D, Vaida F, Liang CL, Leontiev O, Perthen JE, et al
. Resting cerebral blood flow: a potential biomarker of the effects of HIV in the brain. Neurology 2009; 73:702–708.
40. Dousset V, Armand JP, Lacoste D, Mieze S, Letenneur L, Dartigues JF, Caill JM. Magnetization transfer study of HIV encephalitis and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Groupe d'Epidemiologie Clinique du SIDA en Aquitaine. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 1997; 18:895–901.
41. Wu Y, Storey P, Carrillo A, Saglamer C, Cohen BA, Epstein LG, et al
. Whole brain and localized magnetization transfer measurements are associated with cognitive impairment
in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2008; 29:140–145.
42. Sacktor N, Van Heertum RL, Dooneief G, Gorman J, Khandji A, Marder K, et al
. A comparison of cerebral SPECT abnormalities in HIV-positive homosexual men with and without cognitive impairment
. Arch Neurol 1995; 52:1170–1173.
43. Christensson B, Ljungberg B, Ryding E, Svenson G, Rosen I. SPECT with 99mTc-HMPAO in subjects with HIV infection: cognitive dysfunction correlates with high uptake. Scand J Infect Dis 1999; 31:349–354.
44. von Giesen HJ, Antke C, Hefter H, Wenserski F, Seitz RJ, Arendt G. Potential time course of human immunodeficiency virus type 1-associated minor motor deficits: electrophysiologic and positron emission tomography findings. Arch Neurol 2000; 57:1601–1607.
45. Ellis RJ, Childers ME, Zimmerman JD, Frost SD, Deutsch R, McCutchan JA. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 RNA levels in cerebrospinal fluid exhibit a set point in clinically stable patients not receiving antiretroviral therapy. J Infect Dis 2003; 187:1818–1821.
46. Cinque P, Vago L, Ceresa D, Mainini F, Terreni MR, Vagani A, et al
. Cerebrospinal fluid HIV-1
RNA levels: correlation with HIV encephalitis. AIDS 1998; 12:389–394.
47. Hagberg L, Cinque P, Gisslen M, Brew BJ, Spudich S, Bestetti A, et al
. Cerebrospinal fluid neopterin: an informative biomarker of central nervous system immune activation in HIV-1
infection. AIDS Res Ther 2010; 7:15.
48. Enting RH, Foudraine NA, Lange JM, Jurriaans S, van der Poll T, Weverling GJ, Portegies P. Cerebrospinal fluid beta2-microglobulin, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, and soluble tumour necrosis factor alpha receptors before and after treatment with lamivudine plus zidovudine or stavudine. J Neuroimmunol 2000; 102:216–221.
49. Cinque P, Vago L, Mengozzi M, Torri V, Ceresa D, Vicenzi E, et al
. Elevated cerebrospinal fluid levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 correlate with HIV-1
encephalitis and local viral replication. AIDS 1998; 12:1327–1332.
50. Kelder W, McArthur JC, Nance-Sproson T, McClernon D, Griffin DE. Beta-chemokines MCP-1 and RANTES are selectively increased in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with human immunodeficiency virus-associated dementia. Ann Neurol 1998; 44:831–835.
51. Abdulle S, Mellgren A, Brew BJ, Cinque P, Hagberg L, Price RW, et al
. CSF neurofilament protein (NFL): a marker of active HIV-related neurodegeneration. J Neurol 2007; 254:1026–1032.
52. Staprans S, Marlowe N, Glidden D, Novakovic-Agopian T, Grant RM, Heyes M, et al
. Time course of cerebrospinal fluid responses to antiretroviral therapy: evidence for variable compartmentalization of infection. AIDS 1999; 13:1051–1061.
53. Ellis RJ, Gamst AC, Capparelli E, Spector SA, Hsia K, Wolfson T, et al
. Cerebrospinal fluid HIV RNA originates from both local CNS and systemic sources. Neurology 2000; 54:927–936.
54. Cinque P, Presi S, Bestetti A, Pierotti C, Racca S, Boeri E, et al
. Effect of genotypic resistance on the virological response to highly active antiretroviral therapy in cerebrospinal fluid. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2001; 17:377–383.
55. Eggers C, Hertogs K, Sturenburg HJ, van Lunzen J, Stellbrink HJ. Delayed central nervous system virus suppression during highly active antiretroviral therapy is associated with HIV encephalopathy, but not with viral drug resistance or poor central nervous system drug penetration. AIDS 2003; 17:1897–1906.
56. Mellgren A, Price RW, Hagberg L, Rosengren L, Brew BJ, Gisslen M. Antiretroviral treatment reduces increased CSF neurofilament protein (NFL) in HIV-1
infection. Neurology 2007; 69:1536–1541.
57. Sevigny JJ, Albert SM, McDermott MP, McArthur JC, Sacktor N, Conant K, et al
. Evaluation of HIV RNA and markers of immune activation as predictors of HIV-associated dementia. Neurology 2004; 63:2084–2090.
58. Cysique LA, Brew BJ, Halman M, Catalan J, Sacktor N, Price RW, et al
. Undetectable cerebrospinal fluid HIV RNA and beta-2 microglobulin do not indicate inactive AIDS dementia complex in highly active antiretroviral therapy-treated patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2005; 39:426–429.
59. Spudich S, Lollo N, Liegler T, Deeks SG, Price RW. Treatment benefit on cerebrospinal fluid HIV-1
levels in the setting of systemic virological suppression and failure. J Infect Dis 2006; 194:1686–1696.
60. Yilmaz A, Svennerholm B, Hagberg L, Gisslen M. Cerebrospinal fluid viral loads reach less than 2 copies/ml in HIV-1
-infected patients with effective antiretroviral therapy. Antivir Ther 2006; 11:833–837.
61. Probasco JC, Deeks SG, Lee E, Hoh R, Hunt PW, Liegler T, et al
. Cerebrospinal fluid in HIV-1
systemic viral controllers: absence of HIV-1
RNA and intrathecal inflammation. AIDS 2010; 24:1001–1005.
62. Eden A FD, Hagberg L, Nilsson S, Spudich S, Svennerholm B, Price RW, Gisslen M. Ten percentage of HIV-1 infected subjects on suppressive antiretroviral treatment have viral escape in cerebrospinal fluid. J Infect Dis
63. Canestri A, Lescure FX, Jaureguiberry S, Moulignier A, Amiel C, Marcelin AG, et al
. Discordance between cerebral spinal fluid and plasma HIV replication in patients with neurological symptoms who are receiving suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis 2010; 50:773–778.
64. Gisolf EH, van Praag RM, Jurriaans S, Portegies P, Goudsmit J, Danner SA, et al
. Increasing cerebrospinal fluid chemokine concentrations despite undetectable cerebrospinal fluid HIV RNA in HIV-1
-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2000; 25:426–433.
65. Eden A, Price RW, Spudich S, Fuchs D, Hagberg L, Gisslen M. Immune activation of the central nervous system is still present after >4 years of effective highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Infect Dis 2007; 196:1779–1783.
66. Conde JR, Streit WJ. Microglia in the aging brain. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2006; 65:199–203.
67. Gonzalez-Scarano F, Baltuch G. Microglia as mediators of inflammatory and degenerative diseases. Annu Rev Neurosci 1999; 22:219–240.
68. Gisslen M, Krut J, Andreasson U, Blennow K, Cinque P, Brew BJ, et al
. Amyloid and tau cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in HIV infection. BMC Neurol 2009; 9:63.
69. Wilkinson J, Radkowski M, Laskus T. Hepatitis C virus neuroinvasion: identification of infected cells. J Virol 2009; 83:1312–1319.
70. Wright EJ, Grund B, Robertson K, Brew BJ, Roediger M, Bain MP, et al. Cardiovascular risk factors associated with lower baseline cognitive performance in HIV-positive persons. Neurology
71. Robertson KR, Su Z, Margolis DM, Krambrink A, Havlir DV, Evans S, Skiest DJ. Neurocognitive effects of treatment interruption in stable HIV-positive patients in an observational cohort. Neurology 2010; 74:1260–1266.
72. Cinque P, Nebuloni M, Santovito ML, Price RW, Gisslen M, Hagberg L, et al
. The urokinase receptor is overexpressed in the AIDS dementia complex and other neurological manifestations. Ann Neurol 2004; 55:687–694.
73. Laspiur JP, Anderson ER, Ciborowski P, Wojna V, Rozek W, Duan F, et al
. CSF proteomic fingerprints for HIV-associated cognitive impairment
. J Neuroimmunol 2007; 192:157–170.
74. Wikoff WR, Pendyala G, Siuzdak G, Fox HS. Metabolomic analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid reveals changes in phospholipase expression in the CNS of SIV-infected macaques. J Clin Invest 2008; 118:2661–2669.
75. Budka H. Neuropathology of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Brain Pathol 1991; 1:163–175.
76. Bell JE. An update on the neuropathology of HIV in the HAART era. Histopathology 2004; 45:549–559.
77. Wiley CA, Soontornniyomkij V, Radhakrishnan L, Masliah E, Mellors J, Hermann SA, et al
. Distribution of brain HIV load in AIDS. Brain Pathol 1998; 8:277–284.
78. Everall IP, Heaton RK, Marcotte TD, Ellis RJ, McCutchan JA, Atkinson JH, et al
. Cortical synaptic density is reduced in mild to moderate human immunodeficiency virus neurocognitive disorder. HNRC Group. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center. Brain Pathol 1999; 9:209–217.
79. Moore DJ, Masliah E, Rippeth JD, Gonzalez R, Carey CL, Cherner M, et al
. Cortical and subcortical neurodegeneration is associated with HIV neurocognitive impairment. AIDS 2006; 20:879–887.
80. Cherner M, Masliah E, Ellis RJ, Marcotte TD, Moore DJ, Grant I, Heaton RK. Neurocognitive dysfunction predicts postmortem findings of HIV encephalitis. Neurology 2002; 59:1563–1567.
81. Johnson RT, Glass JD, McArthur JC, Chesebro BW. Quantitation of human immunodeficiency virus in brains of demented and nondemented patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Ann Neurol 1996; 39:392–395.
82. Ances BM, Ellis RJ. Dementia and neurocognitive disorders due to HIV-1
infection. Semin Neurol 2007; 27:86–92.
83. Brew BJ, Rosenblum M, Cronin K, Price RW. AIDS dementia complex and HIV-1
brain infection: clinical-virological correlations. Ann Neurol 1995; 38:563–570.
84. Everall I, Vaida F, Khanlou N, Lazzaretto D, Achim C, Letendre S, et al
. Cliniconeuropathologic correlates of human immunodeficiency virus in the era of antiretroviral therapy. J Neurovirol 2009; 15:360–370.
85. Kumar AM, Borodowsky I, Fernandez B, Gonzalez L, Kumar M. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA Levels in different regions of human brain: quantification using real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. J Neurovirol 2007; 13:210–224.
86. Glass JD, Fedor H, Wesselingh SL, McArthur JC. Immunocytochemical quantitation of human immunodeficiency virus in the brain: correlations with dementia. Ann Neurol 1995; 38:755–762.
87. Anthony IC, Ramage SN, Carnie FW, Simmonds P, Bell JE. Influence of HAART on HIV-related CNS disease and neuroinflammation. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2005; 64:529–536.
88. Langford D, Marquie-Beck J, de Almeida S, Lazzaretto D, Letendre S, Grant I, et al
. Relationship of antiretroviral treatment to postmortem brain tissue viral load in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. J Neurovirol 2006; 12:100–107.
89. Jellinger KA, Setinek U, Drlicek M, Bohm G, Steurer A, Lintner F. Neuropathology and general autopsy findings in AIDS during the last 15 years. Acta Neuropathol 2000; 100:213–220.
90. Vago L, Bonetto S, Nebuloni M, Duca P, Carsana L, Zerbi P, D'Arminio-Monforte A. Pathological findings in the central nervous system of AIDS patients on assumed antiretroviral therapeutic regimens: retrospective study of 1597 autopsies. AIDS 2002; 16:1925–1928.
91. Gray F, Chretien F, Vallat-Decouvelaere AV, Scaravilli F. The changing pattern of HIV neuropathology in the HAART era. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2003; 62:429–440.
92. Masliah E, DeTeresa RM, Mallory ME, Hansen LA. Changes in pathological findings at autopsy in AIDS cases for the last 15 years. AIDS 2000; 14:69–74.
93. Davis LE, Hjelle BL, Miller VE, Palmer DL, Llewellyn AL, Merlin TL, et al
. Early viral brain invasion in iatrogenic human immunodeficiency virus infection. Neurology 1992; 42:1736–1739.
94. Schacker T, Collier AC, Hughes J, Shea T, Corey L. Clinical and epidemiologic features of primary HIV infection. Ann Intern Med 1996; 125:257–264.
95. Perry VH, Gordon S. Modulation of CD4 antigen on macrophages and microglia in rat brain. J Exp Med 1987; 166:1138–1143.
96. Gisslen M, Fuchs D, Svennerholm B, Hagberg L. Cerebrospinal fluid viral load, intrathecal immunoactivation, and cerebrospinal fluid monocytic cell count in HIV-1
infection. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 1999; 21:271–276.
97. Price RW, Brew B, Sidtis J, Rosenblum M, Scheck AC, Cleary P. The brain in AIDS: central nervous system HIV-1
infection and AIDS dementia complex. Science 1988; 239:586–592.
98. Kim WK, Avarez X, Williams K. The role of monocytes and perivascular macrophages in HIV and SIV neuropathogenesis: information from nonhuman primate models. Neurotox Res 2005; 8:107–115.
99. Gonzalez-Scarano F, Martin-Garcia J. The neuropathogenesis of AIDS. Nat Rev Immunol 2005; 5:69–81.
100. Churchill MJ, Wesselingh SL, Cowley D, Pardo CA, McArthur JC, Brew BJ, Gorry PR. Extensive astrocyte infection is prominent in human immunodeficiency virus-associated dementia. Ann Neurol 2009; 66:253–258.
101. Gorry PR, Ong C, Thorpe J, Bannwarth S, Thompson KA, Gatignol A, et al
. Astrocyte infection by HIV-1
: mechanisms of restricted virus replication, and role in the pathogenesis of HIV-1
-associated dementia. Curr HIV Res 2003; 1:463–473.
102. Minagar A, Shapshak P, Fujimura R, Ownby R, Heyes M, Eisdorfer C. The role of macrophage/microglia and astrocytes in the pathogenesis of three neurologic disorders: HIV-associated dementia, Alzheimer disease, and multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Sci 2002; 202:13–23.
103. Power C, Kong PA, Crawford TO, Wesselingh S, Glass JD, McArthur JC, Trapp BD. Cerebral white matter changes in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome dementia: alterations of the blood-brain barrier. Ann Neurol 1993; 34:339–350.
104. McArthur JC, Nance-Sproson TE, Griffin DE, Hoover D, Selnes OA, Miller EN, et al
. The diagnostic utility of elevation in cerebrospinal fluid beta 2-microglobulin in HIV-1
dementia. Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Neurology 1992; 42:1707–1712.
105. Andersson LM, Hagberg L, Fuchs D, Svennerholm B, Gisslen M. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability in neuro-asymptomatic HIV-1
-infected individuals: correlation with cerebrospinal fluid HIV-1
RNA and neopterin levels. J Neurovirol 2001; 7:542–547.
106. Kaul M, Lipton SA. Mechanisms of neuroimmunity and neurodegeneration associated with HIV-1
infection and AIDS. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol 2006; 1:138–151.
107. Gisslen M, Hagberg L, Brew BJ, Cinque P, Price RW, Rosengren L. Elevated cerebrospinal fluid neurofilament light protein concentrations predict the development of AIDS dementia complex. J Infect Dis 2007; 195:1774–1778.
108. Green DA, Masliah E, Vinters HV, Beizai P, Moore DJ, Achim CL. Brain deposition of beta-amyloid is a common pathologic feature in HIV positive patients. AIDS 2005; 19:407–411.
109. Clifford DB, Fagan AM, Holtzman DM, Morris JC, Teshome M, Shah AR, Kauwe JS. CSF biomarkers of Alzheimer disease in HIV-associated neurologic disease. Neurology 2009; 73:1982–1987.
110. Price RW, Spudich S. Antiretroviral therapy and central nervous system HIV type 1 infection. J Infect Dis 2008; 197(Suppl 3):S294–S306.
111. Harrington PR, Schnell G, Letendre SL, Ritola K, Robertson K, Hall C, et al
. Cross-sectional characterization of HIV-1
env compartmentalization in cerebrospinal fluid over the full disease course. AIDS 2009; 23:907–915.
112. Schnell G, Spudich S, Harrington P, Price RW, Swanstrom R. Compartmentalized human immunodeficiency virus type 1 originates from long-lived cells in some subjects with HIV-1
-associated dementia. PLoS Pathog 2009; 5:e1000395.
113. Dunfee RL, Thomas ER, Gorry PR, Wang J, Taylor J, Kunstman K, et al
. The HIV Env variant N283 enhances macrophage tropism and is associated with brain infection and dementia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2006; 103:15160–15165.
114. Valcour V, Yee P, Williams AE, Shiramizu B, Watters M, Selnes O, et al
. Lowest ever CD4 lymphocyte count (CD4 nadir) as a predictor of current cognitive and neurological status in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection: The Hawaii Aging with HIV Cohort. J Neurovirol 2006; 12:387–391.
115. Valcour V, Shikuma C, Shiramizu B, Watters M, Poff P, Selnes OA, et al
. Age, apolipoprotein E4, and the risk of HIV dementia: the Hawaii Aging with HIV Cohort. J Neuroimmunol 2004; 157:197–202.
116. Singh KK, Ellis RJ, Marquie-Beck J, Letendre S, Heaton RK, Grant I, Spector SA. CCR2 polymorphisms affect neuropsychological impairment in HIV-1
-infected adults. J Neuroimmunol 2004; 157:185–192.
117. Mishra M, Vetrivel S, Siddappa NB, Ranga U, Seth P. Clade-specific differences in neurotoxicity of human immunodeficiency virus-1 B and C Tat of human neurons: significance of dicysteine C30C31 motif. Ann Neurol 2008; 63:366–376.
118. Sacktor N, Nakasujja N, Skolasky RL, Rezapour M, Robertson K, Musisi S, et al
. HIV subtype D is associated with dementia, compared with subtype A, in immunosuppressed individuals at risk of cognitive impairment
in Kampala, Uganda. Clin Infect Dis 2009; 49:780–786.
119. Boivin MJ, Ruel TD, Boal HE, Bangirana P, Cao H, Eller LA, et al
. HIV-subtype A is associated with poorer neuropsychological performance compared with subtype D in antiretroviral therapy-naive Ugandan children. AIDS 2010; 24:1163–1170.
120. Sidtis JJ, Gatsonis C, Price RW, Singer EJ, Collier AC, Richman DD, et al
. Zidovudine treatment of the AIDS dementia complex: results of a placebo-controlled trial. AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Ann Neurol 1993; 33:343–349.
121. Portegies P, de Gans J, Lange JM, Derix MM, Speelman H, Bakker M, et al
. Declining incidence of AIDS dementia complex after introduction of zidovudine treatment. BMJ 1989; 299:819–821.
122. Tozzi V, Balestra P, Galgani S, Narciso P, Ferri F, Sebastiani G, et al
. Positive and sustained effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy on HIV-1
-associated neurocognitive impairment. AIDS 1999; 13:1889–1897.
123. Cysique LA, Maruff P, Brew BJ. Variable benefit in neuropsychological function in HIV-infected HAART-treated patients. Neurology 2006; 66:1447–1450.
124. Tozzi V, Balestra P, Bellagamba R, Corpolongo A, Salvatori MF, Visco-Comandini U, et al
. Persistence of neuropsychologic deficits despite long-term highly active antiretroviral therapy in patients with HIV-related neurocognitive impairment: prevalence and risk factors. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007; 45:174–182.
125. Robertson KR, Robertson WT, Ford S, Watson D, Fiscus S, Harp AG, Hall CD. Highly active antiretroviral therapy improves neurocognitive functioning. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2004; 36:562–566.
126. Marra CM, Lockhart D, Zunt JR, Perrin M, Coombs RW, Collier AC. Changes in CSF and plasma HIV-1
RNA and cognition after starting potent antiretroviral therapy. Neurology 2003; 60:1388–1390.
127. McCutchan JA, Wu JW, Robertson K, Koletar SL, Ellis RJ, Cohn S, et al
. HIV suppression by HAART preserves cognitive function in advanced, immune-reconstituted AIDS patients. AIDS 2007; 21:1109–1117.
128. Cysique LA, Vaida F, Letendre S, Gibson S, Cherner M, Woods SP, et al
. Dynamics of cognitive change in impaired HIV-positive patients initiating antiretroviral therapy. Neurology 2009; 73:342–348.
129. Letendre SL, McCutchan JA, Childers ME, Woods SP, Lazzaretto D, Heaton RK, et al
. Enhancing antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus cognitive disorders. Ann Neurol 2004; 56:416–423.
130. Letendre S, Marquie-Beck J, Capparelli E, Best B, Clifford D, Collier AC, et al
. Validation of the CNS Penetration-Effectiveness rank for quantifying antiretroviral penetration into the central nervous system. Arch Neurol 2008; 65:65–70.
131. Letendre S, Ellis R, Deutsch R, Clifford D, Marra C, McCutchan A, et al. Correlates of time-to-loss-of-viral-response in CSF and plasma in the CHARTER cohort
. In: CROI, paper #430. San Francisco; 2010.
132. Letendre SL, Ellis RJ, Ances BM, McCutchan JA. Neurologic complications of HIV disease and their treatment. Top HIV Med 2010; 18:45–55.
133. Tozzi V, Balestra P, Salvatori MF, Vlassi C, Liuzzi G, Giancola ML, et al
. Changes in cognition during antiretroviral therapy: comparison of 2 different ranking systems to measure antiretroviral drug efficacy on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2009; 52:56–63.
134. Smurzynski M, Wu K, Letendre S, Robertson K, Bosch RJ, Clifford DB, et al. Effects of central nervous system antiretroviral penetration on cognitive functioning in the ALLRT cohort
2010. [Epub ahead of print]
135. Marra CM, Zhao Y, Clifford DB, Letendre S, Evans S, Henry K, et al
. Impact of combination antiretroviral therapy on cerebrospinal fluid HIV RNA and neurocognitive performance. AIDS 2009; 23:1359–1366.
136. Cysique LA, Brew BJ. Neuropsychological functioning and antiretroviral treatment in HIV/AIDS: a review. Neuropsychol Rev 2009; 19:169–185.
137. Schweinsburg BC, Taylor MJ, Alhassoon OM, Gonzalez R, Brown GG, Ellis RJ, et al
. Brain mitochondrial injury in human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive (HIV+) individuals taking nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. J Neurovirol 2005; 11:356–364.
138. Piccinini M, Rinaudo MT, Anselmino A, Buccinna B, Ramondetti C, Dematteis A, et al
. The HIV protease inhibitors nelfinavir and saquinavir, but not a variety of HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitors, adversely affect human proteasome function. Antivir Ther 2005; 10:215–223.
139. Rihs TA, Begley K, Smith DE, Sarangapany J, Callaghan A, Kelly M, et al
. Efavirenz and chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms: a cross-sectional case control study. HIV Med 2006; 7:544–548.
140. Clifford DB, Evans S, Yang Y, Acosta EP, Ribaudo H, Gulick RM. Long-term impact of efavirenz on neuropsychological performance and symptoms in HIV-infected individuals (ACTG 5097s). HIV Clin Trials 2009; 10:343–355.
141. Gisslen M, Rosengren L, Hagberg L, Deeks SG, Price RW. Cerebrospinal fluid signs of neuronal damage after antiretroviral treatment interruption in HIV-1
infection. AIDS Res Ther 2005; 2:6.
142. Childers ME, Woods SP, Letendre S, McCutchan JA, Rosario D, Grant I, et al. Cognitive functioning during highly active antiretroviral therapy interruption in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection. J Neurovirol
143. El-Sadr WM, Lundgren JD, Neaton JD, Gordin F, Abrams D, Arduino RC, et al
. CD4+ count-guided interruption of antiretroviral treatment. N Engl J Med 2006; 355:2283–2296.
144. McArthur JC, Steiner J, Sacktor N, Nath A. Human immunodeficiency virus-associated neurocognitive disorders: mind the gap. Ann Neurol 2010; 67:699–714.
145. Hardy DJ, Hinkin CH. Reaction time performance in adults with HIV/AIDS. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2002; 24:912–929.
146. Dawes S, Suarez P, Casey CY, Cherner M, Marcotte TD, Letendre S, et al
. Variable patterns of neuropsychological performance in HIV-1
infection. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2008; 30:613–626.
147. Levine AJ, Hardy DJ, Barclay TR, Reinhard MJ, Cole MM, Hinkin CH. Elements of attention in HIV-infected adults: evaluation of an existing model. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2008; 30:53–62.
148. Carey CL, Woods SP, Rippeth JD, Heaton RK, Grant I. Prospective memory in HIV-1
infection. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2006; 28:536–548.
149. Robertson KR, Parsons TD, Sidtis JJ, Hanlon Inman T, Robertson WT, Hall CD, Price RW. Timed Gait test: normative data for the assessment of the AIDS dementia complex. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2006; 28:1053–1064.
150. Gonzalez R, Heaton RK, Moore DJ, Letendre S, Ellis RJ, Wolfson T, et al
. Computerized reaction time battery versus a traditional neuropsychological battery: detecting HIV-related impairments. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2003; 9:64–71.
151. Maruff P, Thomas E, Cysique L, Brew B, Collie A, Snyder P, Pietrzak RH. Validity of the CogState brief battery: relationship to standardized tests and sensitivity to cognitive impairment
in mild traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, and AIDS dementia complex. Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2009; 24:165–178.
152. Cinque P, Brew BJ, Gisslen M, Hagberg L, Price RW. Cerebrospinal fluid markers in central nervous system HIV infection and AIDS dementia complex. Handb Clin Neurol 2007; 85:261–300.
153. Jayadev S, Garden GA. Host and viral factors influencing the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol 2009; 4:175–189.
154. Tozzi V, Balestra P, Lorenzini P, Bellagamba R, Galgani S, Corpolongo A, et al
. Prevalence and risk factors for human immunodeficiency virus-associated neurocognitive impairment, 1996 to 2002: results from an urban observational cohort. J Neurovirol 2005; 11:265–273.
155. Parsons TD, Tucker KA, Hall CD, Robertson WT, Eron JJ, Fried MW, Robertson KR. Neurocognitive functioning and HAART in HIV and hepatitis C virus co-infection. AIDS 2006; 20:1591–1595.
156. Hinkin CH, Castellon SA, Levine AJ, Barclay TR, Singer EJ. Neurocognition in individuals co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C. J Addict Dis 2008; 27:11–17.
157. Kirk JB, Goetz MB. Human immunodeficiency virus in an aging population, a complication of success. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009; 57:2129–2138.
158. Valcour V, Shikuma C, Shiramizu B, Watters M, Poff P, Selnes O, et al
. Higher frequency of dementia in older HIV-1
individuals: the Hawaii aging with HIV-1
cohort. Neurology 2004; 63:822–827.
159. Rippeth JD, Heaton RK, Carey CL, Marcotte TD, Moore DJ, Gonzalez R, et al
. Methamphetamine dependence increases risk of neuropsychological impairment in HIV infected persons. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2004; 10:1–14.
160. Ancuta P, Kamat A, Kunstman KJ, Kim EY, Autissier P, Wurcel A, et al
. Microbial translocation is associated with increased monocyte activation and dementia in AIDS patients. PLoS One 2008; 3:e2516.
161. Valcour VG, Sacktor NC, Paul RH, Watters MR, Selnes OA, Shiramizu BT, et al
. Insulin resistance is associated with cognition among HIV-1
-infected patients: the Hawaii Aging With HIV cohort. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2006; 43:405–410.
162. Foley J, Ettenhofer M, Wright MJ, Siddiqi I, Choi M, Thames AD, et al
. Neurocognitive functioning in HIV-1
infection: effects of cerebrovascular risk factors and age. Clin Neuropsychol 2010; 24:265–285.
163. McArthur JC, Hoover DR, Bacellar H, Miller EN, Cohen BA, Becker JT, et al
. Dementia in AIDS patients: incidence and risk factors. Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Neurology 1993; 43:2245–2252.
164. Carter SL, Rourke SB, Murji S, Shore D, Rourke BP. Cognitive complaints, depression, medical symptoms, and their association with neuropsychological functioning in HIV infection: a structural equation model analysis. Neuropsychology 2003; 17:410–419.
165. Wachtman LM, Skolasky RL, Tarwater PM, Esposito D, Schifitto G, Marder K, et al
. Platelet decline: an avenue for investigation into the pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus-associated dementia. Arch Neurol 2007; 64:1264–1272.
166. Kumar AM, Fernandez J, Singer EJ, Commins D, Waldrop-Valverde D, Ownby RL, Kumar M. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in the central nervous system leads to decreased dopamine in different regions of postmortem human brains. J Neurovirol
167. Angrist B, d'Hollosy M, Sanfilipo M, Satriano J, Diamond G, Simberkoff M, Weinreb H. Central nervous system stimulants as symptomatic treatments for AIDS-related neuropsychiatric impairment. J Clin Psychopharmacol 1992; 12:268–272.
168. Hinkin CH, Castellon SA, Hardy DJ, Farinpour R, Newton T, Singer E. Methylphenidate improves HIV-1
-associated cognitive slowing. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2001; 13:248–254.
169. Sacktor N, Schifitto G, McDermott MP, Marder K, McArthur JC, Kieburtz K. Transdermal selegiline in HIV-associated cognitive impairment
: pilot, placebo-controlled study. Neurology 2000; 54:233–235.
170. DanaConsortium. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of deprenyl and thioctic acid in human immunodeficiency virus-associated cognitive impairment. Dana Consortium on the Therapy of HIV Dementia and Related Cognitive Disorders. Neurology
171. Schifitto G, Yiannoutsos CT, Ernst T, Navia BA, Nath A, Sacktor N, et al
. Selegiline and oxidative stress in HIV-associated cognitive impairment
. Neurology 2009; 73:1975–1981.
172. Evans SR, Yeh TM, Sacktor N, Clifford DB, Simpson D, Miller EN, et al
. Selegiline transdermal system (STS) for HIV-associated cognitive impairment
: open-label report of ACTG 5090. HIV Clin Trials 2007; 8:437–446.
173. Dou H, Birusingh K, Faraci J, Gorantla S, Poluektova LY, Maggirwar SB, et al
. Neuroprotective activities of sodium valproate in a murine model of human immunodeficiency virus-1 encephalitis. J Neurosci 2003; 23:9162–9170.
174. Dragunow M, Greenwood JM, Cameron RE, Narayan PJ, O'Carroll SJ, Pearson AG, Gibbons HM. Valproic acid induces caspase 3-mediated apoptosis in microglial cells. Neuroscience 2006; 140:1149–1156.
175. Robinson B, Turchan J, Anderson C, Chauhan A, Nath A. Modulation of human immunodeficiency virus infection by anticonvulsant drugs. J Neurovirol 2006; 12:1–4.
176. Schifitto G, Peterson DR, Zhong J, Ni H, Cruttenden K, Gaugh M, et al
. Valproic acid adjunctive therapy for HIV-associated cognitive impairment
: a first report. Neurology 2006; 66:919–921.
177. Cysique LA, Maruff P, Brew BJ. Valproic acid is associated with cognitive decline in HIV-infected individuals: a clinical observational study. BMC Neurol 2006; 6:42.
178. Schifitto G, Sacktor N, Marder K, McDermott MP, McArthur JC, Kieburtz K, et al
. Randomized trial of the platelet-activating factor antagonist lexipafant in HIV-associated cognitive impairment
. Neurological AIDS Research Consortium. Neurology 1999; 53:391–396.
179. Navia BA, Dafni U, Simpson D, Tucker T, Singer E, McArthur JC, et al
. A phase I/II trial of nimodipine for HIV-related neurologic complications. Neurology 1998; 51:221–228.
180. Anderson ER, Gendelman HE, Xiong H. Memantine protects hippocampal neuronal function in murine human immunodeficiency virus type 1 encephalitis. J Neurosci 2004; 24:7194–7198.
181. Nath A, Haughey NJ, Jones M, Anderson C, Bell JE, Geiger JD. Synergistic neurotoxicity by human immunodeficiency virus proteins Tat and gp120: protection by memantine. Ann Neurol 2000; 47:186–194.
182. Zhao Y, Navia BA, Marra CM, Singer EJ, Chang L, Berger J, et al
. Memantine for AIDS dementia complex: open-label report of ACTG 301. HIV Clin Trials 2010; 11:59–67.
183. Schifitto G, Navia BA, Yiannoutsos CT, Marra CM, Chang L, Ernst T, et al
. Memantine and HIV-associated cognitive impairment
: a neuropsychological and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. AIDS 2007; 21:1877–1886.
184. Zink MC, Uhrlaub J, DeWitt J, Voelker T, Bullock B, Mankowski J, et al
. Neuroprotective and antihuman immunodeficiency virus activity of minocycline. JAMA 2005; 293:2003–2011.
185. Si Q, Cosenza M, Kim MO, Zhao ML, Brownlee M, Goldstein H, Lee S. A novel action of minocycline: inhibition of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection in microglia. J Neurovirol 2004; 10:284–292.
186. Kraus RL, Pasieczny R, Lariosa-Willingham K, Turner MS, Jiang A, Trauger JW. Antioxidant properties of minocycline: neuroprotection in an oxidative stress assay and direct radical-scavenging activity. J Neurochem 2005; 94:819–827.
187. Szeto GL, Brice AK, Yang HC, Barber SA, Siliciano RF, Clements JE. Minocycline attenuates HIV infection and reactivation by suppressing cellular activation in human CD4+ T cells. J Infect Dis 2010; 201:1132–1140.
188. Everall IP, Bell C, Mallory M, Langford D, Adame A, Rockestein E, Masliah E. Lithium ameliorates HIV-gp120-mediated neurotoxicity. Mol Cell Neurosci 2002; 21:493–501.
189. Letendre SL, Woods SP, Ellis RJ, Atkinson JH, Masliah E, van den Brande G, et al
. Lithium improves HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment. AIDS 2006; 20:1885–1888.
190. Schifitto G, Zhong J, Gill D, Peterson DR, Gaugh MD, Zhu T, et al
. Lithium therapy for human immunodeficiency virus type 1-associated neurocognitive impairment. J Neurovirol 2009; 15:176–186.
191. Clifford DB, McArthur JC, Schifitto G, Kieburtz K, McDermott MP, Letendre S, et al
. A randomized clinical trial of CPI-1189 for HIV-associated cognitive-motor impairment. Neurology 2002; 59:1568–1573.
192. Allard JP, Aghdassi E, Chau J, Tam C, Kovacs CM, Salit IE, Walmsley SL. Effects of vitamin E and C supplementation on oxidative stress and viral load in HIV-infected subjects. AIDS 1998; 12:1653–1659.
193. Rrapo E, Zhu Y, Tian J, Hou H, Smith A, Fernandez F, et al
. Green Tea-EGCG reduces GFAP associated neuronal loss in HIV-1
Tat transgenic mice. Am J Transl Res 2009; 1:72–79.
194. Nance CL, Siwak EB, Shearer WT. Preclinical development of the green tea catechin, epigallocatechin gallate, as an HIV-1
therapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2009; 123:459–465.
195. Giunta B, Obregon D, Hou H, Zeng J, Sun N, Nikolic V, et al
. EGCG mitigates neurotoxicity mediated by HIV-1
proteins gp120 and Tat in the presence of IFN-gamma: role of JAK/STAT1 signaling and implications for HIV-associated dementia. Brain Res 2006; 1123:216–225.
196. DanaConsortium. Safety and tolerability of the antioxidant OPC-14117 in HIV-associated cognitive impairment. The Dana Consortium on the Therapy of HIV Dementia and Related Cognitive Disorders. Neurology
197. Letendre SL, Marquie-Beck J, Ellis RJ, Woods SP, Best B, Clifford DB, et al
. The role of cohort studies in drug development: clinical evidence of antiviral activity of serotonin reuptake inhibitors and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors in the central nervous system. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol 2007; 2:120–127.
198. Wong HL, Chattopadhyay N, Wu XY, Bendayan R. Nanotechnology applications for improved delivery of antiretroviral drugs to the brain. Adv Drug Deliv Rev 2010; 62:503–517.
199. Mahajan SD, Roy I, Xu G, Yong KT, Ding H, Aalinkeel R, et al
. Enhancing the delivery of anti retroviral drug ‘Saquinavir’ across the blood brain barrier using nanoparticles. Curr HIV Res 2010; 8:396–404.