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Nonhuman primate models for the evaluation of HIV-1 preventive vaccine strategies: model parameter considerations and consequences

Del Prete, Gregory Q.; Lifson, Jeffrey D.; Keele, Brandon F.

Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS: November 2016 - Volume 11 - Issue 6 - p 546–554
doi: 10.1097/COH.0000000000000311
HIV VACCINE: Edited by Stephen J. Kent and Jerome H. Kim

Purpose of review Nonhuman primate (NHP) models of AIDS are powerful systems for evaluating HIV vaccine approaches in vivo. Authentic features of HIV-1 transmission, dissemination, target cell tropism, and pathogenesis, and aspects of anti-HIV-1 immune responses, can be recapitulated in NHPs provided the appropriate, specific model parameters are considered. Here, we discuss key model parameter options and their implications for HIV-1 vaccine evaluation.

Recent findings With the availability of several different NHP host species/subspecies, different challenge viruses and challenge stock production methods, and various challenge routes and schemata, multiple NHP models of AIDS exist for HIV vaccine evaluation. The recent development of multiple new challenge viruses, including chimeric simian-human immunodeficiency viruses and simian immunodeficiency virus clones, improved characterization of challenge stocks and production methods, and increased insight into specific challenge parameters have resulted in an increase in the number of available models and a better understanding of the implications of specific study design choices.

Summary Recent progress and technical developments promise new insights into basic disease mechanisms and improved models for better preclinical evaluation of interventions to prevent HIV transmission.

AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, Maryland, USA

Correspondence to Dr Gregory Q. Del Prete, PhD, Senior Scientist, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, P.O. Box B, Frederick, MD 21702, USA. Tel: +1 301 846 6306; fax: +1 301 846 5588; e-mail:

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