Accurate HIV-2 plasma viral load quantification is crucial for adequate HIV-2 patient management and for the proper conduct of clinical trials and international cohort collaborations. This study compared the homogeneity of HIV-2 RNA quantification when using HIV-2 assays from ACHI EV 2E study sites and either in-house PCR calibration standards or common viral load standards supplied to all collaborators. Each of the 12 participating laboratories quantified blinded HIV-2 samples, using its own HIV-2 viral load assay and standard as well as centrally validated and distributed common HIV-2 group A and B standards (http://www.hiv .lanl.gov/content/sequence/ HelpDocs/subtypes-more.html). Aliquots of HIV-2 group A and B strains, each at 2 theoretical concentrations (2.7 and 3.7 log 10 copies/ml), were tested. Intralaboratory, interlaboratory, and overall variances of quantification results obtained with both standards were compared using F tests. For HIV-2 group A quantifications, overall and interlaboratory and/or intralaboratory variances were significantly lower when using the common standard than when using in-house standards at the concentration levels of 2.7 log 10 copies/ml and 3.7 log 10 copies/ml, respectively. For HIV-2 group B, a high heterogeneity was observed and the variances did not differ according to the type of standard used. In this international collaboration, the use of a common standard improved the homogeneity of HIV-2 group A RNA quantification only. The diversity of HIV-2 group B, particularly in PCR primer-binding regions, may explain the heterogeneity in quantification of this strain. Development of a validated HIV-2 viral load assay that accurately quantifies distinct circulating strains is needed. Copyright
An International Collaboration To Standardize HIV-2 Viral Load Assays : Results from the 2009 ACHIEV2E Quality Control Study / F. Damond, A. Benard, C. Balotta, J. Böni, M. Cotten, V. Duque, B. Ferns, J. Garson, P. Gomes, F. Gonçalves, G. Gottlieb, B. Kupfer, J. Ruelle, B. Rodes, V. Soriano, M. Wainberg, A. Taieb, S. Matheron, G. Chene, F. Brun-Vezinet. - In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. - ISSN 0095-1137. - 49:10(2011 Oct), pp. 3491-3497.
|Titolo:||An International Collaboration To Standardize HIV-2 Viral Load Assays : Results from the 2009 ACHIEV2E Quality Control Study|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive|
|Data di pubblicazione:||ott-2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JCM.02389-10|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|