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[Cytokine therapies in HIV infection].

Authors
  • Lévy, Yves
Type
Published Article
Journal
Médecine sciences : M/S
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
22
Issue
8-9
Pages
751–754
Identifiers
PMID: 16962051
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The theoretical objectives of cytokine therapies in HIV infection are to impact T cell homeostasis and/or to improve immune functions or the mobilization of the HIV reservoir. Among cytokines, IL-2 and IL-7 are promising agents under clinical evaluation. Intermittent administration of IL-2 is by far the furthest studied strategy in HIV infection. This cytokine increases CD4 T lymphocytes in HIV-infected individuals. Recent clinical data showed that this effect is sustained over years. IL-2 therapy induces a peripheral expansion of T cells as a consequence of prolonged survival of T cells and decreased immune activation. These effects suggest that a cytokine therapy may interfere with critical factors of HIV disease. Recent data provide arguments that IL-2 therapy improves immune functions in HIV-infected patients. Whether these effects may be translated into clinical benefits is under evaluation in ongoing phase III studies. The potential interest of IL-7 in the treatment of HIV-infection is based on its crucial role on T cell homeostasis both in thymic output and peripheral T proliferation and survival. Although no data in human are still available, recent studies provide arguments to assess this cytokine in HIV infection. Phase I studies are ongoing or planned.

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