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Evolution of CCR5 Antagonist Resistance in an HIV-1 Subtype C Clinical Isolate

Henrich, Timothy J MD*†; Tsibris, Athe M N MD†‡; Lewine, Nicolas R P BA§; Konstantinidis, Ioannis BA§; Leopold, Kay E BA§; Sagar, Manish MD*†; Kuritzkes, Daniel R MD*†

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JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: December 1, 2010 - Volume 55 - Issue 4 - p 420-427
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181f25574

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Small molecule CCR5 antagonists, such as vicriviroc (VCV), maraviroc (MVC), and TAK779, are allosteric noncompetitive inhibitors that bind to CCR5 and prevent its interaction with the viral envelope glycoprotein gp1201; MVC is FDA-approved for clinical use, and VCV has been in later stages of development.2-7 Monoclonal antibodies against CCR5 (eg, HGS004 and PRO140) and derivatives of natural CCR5 ligands, such as PSC-RANTES, which down-regulates CCR5 expression on the cell surface, have also been developed but are not approved for clinical use.8-12 Resistance to small molecule CCR5 antagonists has been described both in vitro and in vivo and occurs when the virus adapts to use inhibitor-bound CCR5 for viral entry.13-20 This resistance is phenotypically characterized by a flattening, or plateau, of the dose-response curve that reduces the achievable percent maximal inhibition (PMI), rather than increasing the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50).16,17,21-24

To date, most data on CCR5 antagonist resistance have come from analyses of viruses selected during in vitro passage.15,17,19,20,23,25 There is a paucity of genotypic and phenotypic data from resistant clinical isolates. To date, an analysis of mutations leading to clinical VCV resistance has been reported for 1 subtype C and 1 subtype D isolate.16,26 Although in vitro selection studies of resistance mutations have provided valuable insight into clinical resistance for other antiretroviral drugs, in vivo extrapolation of these data can be limited. For examples, mutations have been identified from the in vitro passage of HIV-1 in the presence of protease inhibitors, nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and fusion inhibitors that are not major contributors to clinical resistance.27-32 CCR5 antagonist resistance-associated mutations are highly variable and context dependent, due in part to extensive sequence heterogeneity of HIV-1 env. The V3 loop of HIV-1 gp120, comprising positions 296-331 (numbered according to HXB2), is the principal determinant of coreceptor usage,33 and genotypic analyses of VCV-resistant viruses have focused primarily on this domain. In vitro studies have shown that mutations in the V3 loop of env seem to develop sequentially, ultimately leading to a complete loss of drug activity. The effect of V3 loop mutations on VCV or MVC susceptibility may depend, however, on mutations or polymorphisms elsewhere in the envelope glycoprotein, including the C4 domain of gp120 and the fusion peptide of gp41.13,15,16,25

We previously reported the emergence of CCR5 antagonist resistance in an HIV-1 subtype C isolate [07J-week 28 (W28)] from a patient with virologic failure on a VCV-containing antiretroviral regimen.16 Amino acid substitutions that included K305R, S306P, T307I, F318I, T320R, G321E, and H330Y accumulated sequentially on both sides of the V3 stem.16 Deep sequencing and clonal analysis demonstrated dramatic shifts in the population structure of the viral quasispecies after initiation of VCV. The V3 loop forms with VCV-associated resistance mutations that existed at baseline increased in frequency early in treatment and were subsequently replaced at later time points by V3 loop forms with greater VCV resistance.16,34 For example, the V3 sequences with K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R, K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y and T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y substitutions were present as minority variants at week 0 at a frequency of less than 1%. These sequences increased in frequency by week 12 to 25%, 2.6%, and 15%, respectively, in the setting of drug pressure but by week 19 were replaced by emergence of a VCV-resistant virus that carried the V3 sequence with mutations K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/G321E/H330Y.34 The resistant viruses, which demonstrated significant reductions in VCV PMIs, incorporated 1 or 2 additional V3 mutations into preexisting, partially VCV-resistant, minority variant backbones.34

To elucidate the contribution of env mutations, singly and in combination, to clinical resistance and to investigate why certain variants present as minority or intermediate forms eventually emerged as the dominant species under drug pressure, we used a deep sequencing data set to guide the construction of a series of recombinant viruses representing majority, minority, and intermediary V3 sequence forms that developed during VCV therapy. Viruses harboring these diverse loops in addition to a mutation outside V3 were examined for their sensitivity to CCR5 antagonists to determine whether the initial V3 loop sequence changes under drug pressure lead to changes in IC50s or decreased PMI and maximal resistance. Both gain and loss of function were studied by introducing V3 mutations from the resistant 07J-W28 into the VCV sensitive virus (07J-W0), and by reverting key V3 mutations in 07J-W28 env back to the 07J-W0, pretreatment sequence. These site-directed mutant viruses were assessed for their sensitivity to VCV, MVC, TAK-779, and HGS004.

METHODS

Reagents

TAK-779 and MVC were obtained from the AIDS Research and Reference Reagent Program (ARRRP); HGS004 (Human Genome Sciences, Gaithersburg, MD) was provided by M. Subramanian; VCV (Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kennilworth, NJ) was provided by B. M. Baroudy.

Site-Directed Mutagenesis

Full-length envelopes from plasma virus obtained at the pretreatment (week 0) and time of virologic failure (week 28) visits were cloned into a PCR4-TOPO TA vector (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA). Site-directed mutagenesis using the Quickchange IIE protocol (Stratagene, La Jolla, CA) was performed to introduce specific changes within the 07J-W0 and 07J-W28 full-length envelopes. Bi-directional full-length env sequencing of recombinant clones was performed to verify the presence of the desired substitutions and the absence of adventitious mutations. The amino acid numbering used in this study was based on strict alignment with the HXB2 reference env sequence; for consistency, in our discussion of prior studies, amino acid positions have been renumbered to reflect the HXB2 alignment.

Recombinant Virus Production

Full-length env genes carrying V3 loop mutations described above were introduced into an NL4-3 backbone using a yeast-gap repair homologous recombination strategy as previously described with minor modifications.35 Briefly, the full-length HIV-1 clone NL4-3 from pNL4-3 was incorporated into the multiple cloning site (MCS) of pRS315 (New England Biolabs, Beverly, MA). Oligonucleotides 5′-CTATAGGGCGAATTGGAGCTCTACTTACACCAGGAAAGGCGCTACTTCTAGATGTACT-3′ and 5′-GGAACAAAAGCTGGGTACCGTGCAACCTCTACCTCCTGGGCGTACATCTAGAAGTAGC-3′ were used as templates in overlapping PCR reactions with primers 5′-CTATAGGGCGAATTGGAGCT-3′ and 5′-GGAACAAAAGCTGGGTACCG-3′. The resulting PCR product was inserted into XbaI-digested pRS315 using yeast gap-repair homologous recombination. Transformed yeast were selected in leucine dropout media. This newly engineered pRS315 was digested with XbaI and combined with AatII-digested pNL4-3 to transform and select yeast in leucine dropout media. Plasmids with NL4-3 within the MCS of pRS315 (pRS315-NL4-3) were confirmed by restriction digestion. A yeast auxotrophic selection marker (HIS3) was amplified from pRS313 (New England Biolabs) using primers 5′-GACGTCATTGGATGGCCTGCTGTAAGGTCGCGCGTTTCGGTGATGACG-3′ and 5′-TCAGCAGTTCTTGAAGTACTCCGCTTTAAATAATCGGTGTCAC-3′. This HIS3 PCR product was substituted for the NL4-3 nef gene using BspE1 partially digested pRS315-NL4-3 and yeast gap-repair homologous recombination. Yeast with the resulting plasmid (pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS) were selected on leucine and histidine dropout media. The yeast auxotrophic marker URA3 was amplified from pRS316 (New England Biolabs) using primers 5′-AGAAAGAGCAGAAGACAGTGGCAATGAAGATTGTACTGAGAGTGCAC-3′ and 5-TTTTGACCACTTGCCACCCATGGTATTTCACACCGCAGGG-3′. The pNL4-3 full-length envelope in pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS was replaced with the URA3 PCR product using a StuI digested pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS and yeast gap repair. Yeast with the recombined plasmid (pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS-ΔEnv-URA) were selected on leucine, uracil, and histidine drop out media. Subsequently, different HIV-1 envelopes of interest were introduced in the place of URA within pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS-ΔEnv-URA. Briefly, pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS-ΔEnv-URA was digested with StuI and combined with subject-derived env amplicons. Yeast with the recombined plasmid (pRS315-NL4-3-Δnef-HIS+ENV) were selected in leucine, histidine dropout media supplemented with fluoroorotic acid. All yeast transformations were done by a standard lithium acetate procedure. All plasmids rescued from yeast colonies were used to transform STBL4 Escherichia coli (Invitrogen) to generate larger plasmid quantities.

Virus stocks were generated and titered as previously described with minor modifications.16,35 Briefly, virus stocks were generated by transfecting 293T human embryonic kidney fibroblasts with full-length recombinant NL4-3 plasmids containing the desired env mutations using the FuGene 6 protocol (Roche Molecular Biochemicals, Indianapolis, IN). Supernatants were collected 48 hours later. Relative viral infectivity was determined by endpoint dilution on TZM-bl cells obtained from the ARRRP.36,37 The Galacto-Light Plus chemiluminescent reporter gene assay system (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) was used to detect β-galactosidase activity in infected TZM-bl cells after 48 hours of incubation in Dulbecco′s Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum and penicillin/streptomycin (DMEM complete). Relative light units (RLU) were measured for serial dilutions of virus, and a linear regression was performed to obtain RLU per unit volume of the viral stock.

Drug Susceptibility Assays

Susceptibilities of recombinant viruses to entry inhibitors were determined using a TZM-bl cell-based assay. Two-fold serial drug dilutions and approximately 1.0 × 104 TZM-bl cells and 20 μM DEAE-dextran in 100 μL of DMEM complete media were added to each well of a 96-well microtiter plate and incubated for 1 hour. The cells were then inoculated with an amount of virus sufficient to produce 1.5 × 105 RLU on a PerkinElmer (Waltham, MA) 1450 Betacounter luminescent reader and incubated for 48 hours before β-galactosidase activity was measured as above. The percent inhibition was calculated as the ratio of RLU in drug-containing wells compared with the drug-free control wells. Each recombinant virus was assayed in triplicate, and each assay was performed at least 2 times. Interassay variability was determined by best-fit values from reproducible dose-response curves.

Statistical Analyses

Graphical analysis of drug susceptibility experiments was performed with GraphPad Prism 5 (Graphpad software, La Jolla, CA). To allow interassay comparison of each recombinant virus, mean IC50 and 95% confidence intervals for each sigmoid dose-response regression curve were calculated from best-fit values from the regression models.

RESULTS

V3 Loop Mutants

We generated a series of V3 loop mutants that either introduced VCV resistance mutations into the VCV-sensitive (07J-W0) env or reverted V3 loop mutations from the VCV-resistant env (07J-W28) back to their original pretreatment amino acids. Mutations were added progressively to each side of the 07J-W0 V3 loop, until the 07J-W28 V3 loop carrying the K305R/S306P/T307I/F318I/T320R/G321E/H330Y mutations was recreated in the 07J-W0 backbone. Individual mutations and combinations of mutations were selected for susceptibility testing based on their detection in samples studied by deep sequencing and/or clonal analysis at weeks 0, 12, 16, and 19 as described.16,34 Two additional mutants were constructed that incorporated an S365V substitution from VCV-resistant virus that lay outside the V3 loop. This mutation, which was absent from pretreatment env clones, was present in 11 of 20 full-length env clones of the week 28 virus and was lost within 20 weeks of VCV discontinuation (Genbank accession numbers EU664612 to EU664675).16

Effect of V3 Loop Mutations on CCR5 Antagonist Susceptibility

Recombinant viruses carrying 1-4 mutations in V3 were completely inhibited by each of the small molecule CCR5 antagonists tested. The inhibition curves for viruses with V3 mutations representing minority variants identified by deep sequencing and clonal analysis of the week 0 sample are shown in Figure 1. Table 1 shows the IC50s of CCR5 antagonists for recombinant viruses carrying V3 mutations in the 07J-W0 env backbone. The T307I and T307I/T318R mutants did not demonstrate a significant change in IC50 for any of the small molecule inhibitors tested (T307I was not tested in presence of VCV), whereas the T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y, K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R, and K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y mutants demonstrated reduced IC50s to VCV and TAK-779). The T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y and K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y mutants demonstrated reduced IC50s to MVC as well.

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TABLE 1:
Susceptibility of Mutant Viruses to Small-Molecule CCR5 Antagonists*
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FIGURE 1:
Inhibition curves for recombinant viruses carrying V3 loop mutations identified in minority variants present prior to VCV treatment inserted into the 07J-W0 envelope. Data shown are the means and standard errors of duplicate assays. VCV susceptibility of recombinant viruses expressing full-length env from 07J-W0 (week 0) and 07J-W28 (week 28) is shown for reference.

The effect on VCV susceptibility of other V3 loop mutations from 07J-W28, singly and in combination, was also studied (Table 1 and Fig. 2). When present by itself, the K305R mutation produced no significant change in IC50 for the CCR5 antagonists tested. Likewise, the double mutant K305R/T307I had no effect on the IC50 for MVC and TAK-779 (VCV not tested). By contrast, the S306P, F318I, and G321E mutations each sensitized virus to TAK-779 (Table 1) and HGS004. The S306P mutation also sensitized virus to MVC and VCV (Table 1). The T307I/F318I/T320R, T307I/F318I/T320R/G321E and K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y mutants had significantly reduced IC50s for TAK-779 and VCV. Overall, more mutants demonstrated decreased IC50s for VCV and TAK-779 than for MVC (Table 1). None of the combinations of mutations significantly increased the IC50 for any of the drugs tested.

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FIGURE 2:
Inhibition curves for recombinant viruses that demonstrated significant decreases in IC50 compared with 07J-W0 in the presence of VCV. The mutations indicated were inserted into the 07J-W0 envelope. Data shown are the means and standard errors of duplicate assays. VCV susceptibility of recombinant viruses expressing full-length env from 07J-W0 (week 0) and 07J-W28 (week 28) is shown for reference.

The introduction of 6 or more V3 mutations into the 07J-W0 env led to significant reductions in the PMIs for TAK-779, MVC, and VCV. Although the K305R and S306P mutations had no effect on VCV PMI on their own, the addition of S306P to the T307I/F318I/T320R/G321E mutant significantly reduced the PMI of all 3 drugs; further reduction in PMI was observed by the additional incorporation of K305R (Table 2, Fig. 3). Each of these mutants showed evidence of cross resistance to TAK-779 and MVC, but enhanced infection (negative PMI) was observed only with VCV. Addition of the H330Y and S365V mutations did not have a significant effect on drug susceptibility (Table 2).

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TABLE 2:
Susceptibility of Recombinant Viruses Showing Resistance to Small Molecule CCR5 Antagonists
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FIGURE 3:
Inhibition curves for representative recombinant viruses carrying multiple V3 mutations in an 07J-W0 backbone that demonstrate a significantly decreased PMI in the presence of TAK-779 (A), MVC (B) and VCV (C). Data shown are the means and standard errors of duplicate assays.

Effect of V3 Loop Back-Mutations on CCR5 Antagonist Susceptibility

To further explore the contributions of specific amino acid substitutions to VCV resistance, 2 reversion mutants were generated as follows: a 306P→S mutant, which recapitulated the dominant V3 loop present at a time of submaximal VCV resistance (week 19 of VCV treatment, PMI ∼40%) and a 305R→K mutant. Partial restoration of susceptibility to TAK-779, MVC, and VCV was observed with both of these reversion mutants (Table 2 and Fig. 4). Reversion of S306P to wild-type had a greater effect on PMI than did reversion of K305R.

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FIGURE 4:
Susceptibility to TAK-779 (A), MVC (B), VCV (C) and HGS004 (D) of recombinant viruses carrying R305K and P306S reversion mutations in V3 of the 07J-W28 envelope. Data shown are the means and standard errors of duplicate assays (for some data points, error bars are not visible due to very low interassay variation.) The susceptibilities of recombinant viruses expressing full-length env from 07J-W0 (week 0) and 07J-W28 (week 28) are shown for reference.

Susceptibility to HGS004

None of the V3-loop mutants demonstrated significant resistance to the CCR5 monoclonal antibody HGS004. Viruses tested in the presence of HGS004 demonstrated either a decrease or no change in IC50 as compared with 07J-W0 or 07J-W28. In addition to the S306P, F318I, and G321E single mutants, 07J-W28 and the 305R→K/306P→S reversion mutants all demonstrated decreased IC50s for HGS004 as compared with 07J-W0 (see, Fig. 4; and Table, Supplemental Digital Content 1,https://links.lww.com/QAI/A86).

DISCUSSION

We constructed and tested a series of 19 gp120 mutants that incorporated amino acid substitutions from the V3 loop of a VCV-resistant HIV-1 subtype C isolate, and from variants previously identified by deep sequencing and clonal analysis of plasma virus obtained at serial time points during the development of VCV resistance.34 Three patterns of CCR5 antagonist susceptibility were observed: (1) sigmoid inhibition curves with IC50s similar to 07J-W0; (2) significant decreases in IC50 with leftward shifts of the inhibition curves compared with 07J-W0; and (3) flattening of the inhibition curves with decreased or negative PMI. None of the mutants showed an increase in IC50 or rightward shift in the VCV inhibition curve. A majority of the mutants demonstrated sigmoid dose-response curves to MVC, TAK-779, and VCV that were similar to those obtained with recombinant virus that incorporated the full-length 07J-W0 env; all mutants showed a sigmoid dose-response to the CCR5 monoclonal antibody HGS004. Viruses manifesting resistance to the CCR5 antagonists all had reduced PMI (<90%).

A previous report based on the in vitro selection of a VCV-resistant isolate suggested that the first steps in the evolution of resistance involves a competitive mechanism, whereby gp120 develops an increased affinity for the drug-free form of CCR5, resulting in a modest increase in IC50.23 Accumulation of additional mutations subsequently leads to development of a noncompetitive form of resistance, in which the virus utilizes the drug-bound receptor.23 The data presented here, together with our earlier findings, suggest that the evolution of VCV resistance in this subtype C isolate may be characterized by the progressive loss of inhibition through a noncompetitive mechanism due to the selection of preexisting minority variants that already carried VCV resistance-associated mutations in V3.16,34 The IC50s of small molecule CCR5 antagonists increase over the natural course of HIV-1 infection.35,38-40 Whether clinical isolates with higher pretreatment CCR5 antagonist IC50s are more likely to develop clinical resistance to these drugs remains an open question.

In earlier work, we identified V3 sequences present as minority variants at week 0 that contained some but not all of the V3 modifications present in 07J-W28. Several of these variants showed evidence of positive selection during VCV treatment.34 Surprisingly, reconstruction of those sequences by introducing the relevant mutations into the pretreatment (07J-W0) envelope resulted in envelopes that showed no resistance or increased susceptibility to VCV. For example, the T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y mutant, which was present at 0.002% of the population at week 0, increased to 15% of the population by week 12.34 However, a variant carrying these mutations in a week 0 backbone showed a fold-change in VCV IC50 of 0.18 compared with the wild-type. Similarly, the K305R/T307I/F318I/T320R/H330Y mutant, which was present at 0.2% of the starting population and increased to 25% at week 12, showed a fold-change of 0.24 in VCV IC50. These results suggest that sequences outside of V3 in the week 12 envelope may confer a significant selective advantage for the viruses carrying V3 sequences identified by deep sequencing, either by contributing to VCV resistance or by improving overall viral fitness.

The finding that certain V3 loop mutations associated with VCV resistance in the 07J-W28 envelope increased susceptibility to VCV when present individually could help explain the relatively infrequent observation of CCR5 antagonist resistance in clinical trials to date, as sequential accumulation of such mutations would be highly unfavorable in the setting of VCV treatment. Mutations in the V3 loop could increase susceptibility to small molecule CCR5 antagonists if these mutations reduce affinity of gp120 for CCR5, slow viral entry, or both. The in vivo significance of increased VCV susceptibility conferred by these mutations in certain envelope backbones requires further study.

Two mutations that increased susceptibility to VCV (306P and 318I) are rare or previously unreported in env sequences from subtype B and C viruses (Los Alamos HIV Sequence Database).41,42 In contrast, the K305R substitution is found in 16% of subtype B and 11% of subtype C sequences.42 This mutation had no effect on CCR5 antagonist susceptibility and was retained in all the env clones obtained from this subject after cessation of drug.16 Interestingly, another study found that K305R decreased PMI when present by itself, underscoring the concept that the phenotypic effect of V3 mutations in env is context dependent.15

Further evidence of the influence of the envelope backbone on phenotypic expression of V3 mutations is provided by the observation that the 305R/S306P/T307I/F318I/T320R/G321E/H330Y mutant in the context of the 07J-W0 backbone exhibited a more negative PMI with VCV than the same mutations in the context of the week 28 backbone (−106.2 versus −9.9, respectively). This finding is counterintuitive, as one might expect the envelope showing the greatest resistance (most negative PMI) to emerge as the dominant species. One possible explanation is that changes in the env backbone required to allow emergence of the intermediate V3 mutants in which the 306P eventually arose moderated the effect of the V3 mutations on VCV susceptibility. It is also possible that a virus carrying the 07J-W28 backbone has greater overall fitness than the week 0 virus, a question that can be resolved by performing growth competition experiments.

Prior characterization of a VCV-resistant subtype D clinical isolate demonstrated that at least 3 mutations were required to produce detectable reductions in PMI.26 Clonal analysis of V3 sequences from the pre-VCV sample demonstrated the presence of F309L, L317F, and D320N (analogous to position 321 in our V3 alignment) mutations in 2 of 12 clones; the frequency of these mutations in the population increased in response to drug pressure and in association with the development of resistance.26 This finding supports our model that preexisting variants act as a scaffold on which further novel mutations lead to complete VCV resistance. Detailed analysis of individual VCV-resistant HIV-1 isolates obtained in vitro and in vivo suggests that V3 mutations associated with VCV resistance significantly alter interactions of V3 with the second extracellular loop of CCR5 and enhance the interaction of gp120 with the N-terminus of the coreceptor.25,26 Further study is required to determine the generalizability of V3 loop and regional CCR5 interactions to other VCV-resistant clinical isolates across subtypes.

We previously reported that recombinant viruses containing the 07J-W28 envelope are cross resistant to TAK-77916; here we extend those findings to MVC. Cross resistance to multiple small molecule CCR5 antagonists is not surprising, given that these inhibitors are believed to bind in a common pocket formed by the CCR5 transmembrane domains.21,43 However, for any given mutant, the nature and magnitude of resistance to VCV, MVC, and TAK-779 varied, suggesting that these antagonists differ in their interactions with CCR5. In general, alterations in PMI were much greater for VCV than for MVC or TAK-779. Maximal resistance to TAK-779 and MVC was not observed even when the full complement of mutations from the 07J-W28 V3 loop was inserted into the 07J-W0 backbone, suggesting again the likely contribution of additional mutations in other parts of envelope to CCR5 antagonist resistance.

A limitation of our current study is that it focused on a single VCV-resistant subtype C isolate; other VCV-resistant viruses may have different characteristics. Despite this limitation, our findings extend our understanding of VCV resistance, as most information to date comes from the detailed study of a small number of isolates selected in vitro. It remains unclear whether resistance-associated mutations that are derived in vitro will be similar to those that arise during the development of clinical resistance. The availability of deep sequencing data on minority and emerging V3 loop variants allowed us to relate phenotypic data from the mutants we studied to the changing structure of the virus population in response to VCV selection.

In summary, the results presented here provide further evidence of the complexity of resistance to CCR5 antagonists, which remains incompletely understood. The emergence of VCV resistance most likely requires a complex scaffold to which mutations that have a major effect on VCV susceptibility can be added. The variable effect of these mutations on MVC and TAK 779 susceptibilities suggest that these small molecule CCR5 antagonists can have different interactions with CCR5 even though they occupy a similar binding site.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We thank the AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5211 protocol team for providing the 07J-W0 and 07J-W28 viruses; M. Subramanian for providing HGS004; B.M. Baroudy for providing VCV; and the NIH AIDS Research and Reference Reagent Program for providing MVC and TAK779.

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Keywords:

antiviral therapy; CCR5 antagonists; HIV-1; HIV-1 resistance; maraviroc; TAK-779; vicriviroc

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