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Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitor (INSTI)-Resistance Mutations for the Surveillance of Transmitted HIV-1 Drug Resistance

October 16, 2019

Philip L. Tzou, Soo-Yon Rhee, Diane Descamps, Dana S. Clutter, Bradley Hare, Orna Mor, Maxime Grude, Neil Parkin, Michael R. Jordan, Silvia Bertagnolio, Jonathan M. Schapiro, P. Richard Harrigan, Anna Maria Geretti, Anne-Genevie`ve Marcelin, and Robert W. Shafer on behalf of the WHO HIVResNet Working Groups

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2019 Oct 16. pii: dkz417. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31617907 | DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkz417


Background: Integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) are expected to be widely adopted globally, requiring surveillance of resistance emergence and transmission.

Objectives: We therefore sought to develop a standardized list of INSTI-resistance mutations suitable for the surveillance of transmitted INSTI resistance.

Methods: To characterize the suitability of the INSTI-resistancemutations for transmitted HIV-1 drug resistance (TDR) surveillance, we classified them according to their presence on published expert lists, conservation in INSTI-naive persons, frequency in INSTI-treated persons and contribution to reduced in vitro susceptibility. Mutation prevalences were determined using integrase sequences from 17302 INSTI-naive and 2450 INSTItreated persons; 53.3% of the INSTI-naive sequences and 20.0% of INSTI-treated sequences were from non-B subtypes. Approximately 10% of sequences were from persons who received dolutegravir alone or a firstgeneration INSTI followed by dolutegravir.

Results: Fifty-nine previously recognized (or established) INSTI-resistance mutations were present on one or more of four published expert lists. They were classified into three main non-overlapping groups: 29 relatively common non-polymorphic mutations, occurring in five or more individuals and significantly selected by INSTI treatment; 8 polymorphic mutations; and 22 rare mutations. Among the 29 relatively common INSTI-selected mutations, 24 emerged as candidates for inclusion on a list of INSTI surveillance drug-resistance mutations: T66A/I/K, E92G/Q, G118R, F121Y, E138A/K/T, G140A/C/S, Y143C/H/R/S, S147G, Q148H/R/K, N155H, S230R and R263K.

Conclusions: A set of 24 non-polymorphic INSTI-selected mutations is likely to be useful for quantifying INSTIassociated TDR. This list may require updating as more sequences become available from INSTI-experienced persons infected with HIV-1 non-subtype B viruses and/or receiving dolutegravir.

Source: https://academic.oup.com/jac/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jac/dkz417/5588580