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Leukapheresis to Obtain Plasma or Lymphocytes for Studies of HIV-infected Patients, Including Long-term Non-progressors

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)

Verified August 31, 2017 by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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First received: January 11, 2002
Last updated: October 18, 2017
Last Verified: August 31, 2017
History of Changes


This study will collect white blood cells and plasma for research on how the immune system controls HIV infection. The immune system of a very small group of HIV-infected patients, called non-progressors, has been able to control HIV for long periods without antiretroviral therapy. Some immune system-related genes important for this control have been identified in these patients. This study will examine the contribution of HLA genes B*57+, B*27+ and A*01+ to HIV disease in progressors and long-term non-progressors. (HLA type is a genetic marker of the immune system.)

HIV-infected patients 18 years of age and older with HLA types B*57+, B*27+ and/or A*01+ may be eligible for this study.

Participants will undergo apheresis-a method for collecting larger quantities of certain blood components than can safely be collected through a simple blood draw-by one of the following two methods:

  • Automated pheresis - Blood is drawn through a needle placed in an arm vein and spun in a machine, separating the blood components. The white cells are extracted and the red cells, with or without plasma (liquid part of the blood), are re-infused into the donor through the same needle or a needle in the other arm. An anticoagulant (medication to prevent blood from clotting) is usually added to the blood while in the machine to prevent it from clotting during processing.
  • Manual pheresis - One unit (1 pint) of blood is drawn through a needle placed in an arm
vein, similar to donating a pint of whole blood. The red blood cells, with or without plasma, are separated from the rest of the blood and re-infused to the donor through the same needle. Manual pheresis will be done only when a person s estimated total blood volume or red cell count is too low to safely permit removal of blood through a pheresis machine. An adult small in size or markedly anemic, for example, may fall into this category.

Some of the blood collected through apheresis may be stored for future studies of HIV disease and immune function and for HLA testing, a genetic test of markers of the immune system. Some of the blood may be used to screen for different types of viral liver infections, such as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F, or G.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of Viral Factors and Immune Parameters to Study HIV-Specific Immunity

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures

  • Studies of HIV-specific immunity [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cohort Natural History Study [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: January 4, 2002

Detailed Description:

In an attempt to elucidate the mechanism(s) of immune-mediated restriction of HIV viral replication, we aim to study four groups of individuals: 1) HIV-infected long-term nonprogressors (LTNP), who appear to control HIV primarily through virus-specific cellular immunity; 2) HIV-infected patients who have broadly cross neutralizing antibody activity against HIV; 3) HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy who will undergo a treatment interruption; and 4) the family members of patients exhibiting immunologic control of HIV infection. Although most of our previous efforts have focused on investigating the virus-specific immune responses in a unique group of patients termed LTNP who control HIV by cellular immune-mediated mechanisms, more recently, another group of rare individuals who naturally develop broadly cross neutralizing antibody activity against HIV isolates have also been identified in our laboratory. Passive transfer studies in nonhuman primates have demonstrated that neutralizing antibodies detectable in a subject at the time of challenge can protect from infection. We aim to recruit more of these patients in an effort to further characterize and compare their virus-specific cellular and humoral immune responses with those in individuals experiencing progressive infection. In addition, it is necessary to define whether putative correlates of immune mediated restriction of viral replication are a cause or an effect of HIV viremia. To this end, we are enrolling patients who will be discontinuing their antiretroviral regimen and examine virologic and immunologic parameters during the treatment interruption. Through this arm of the study, we will attempt to further characterize the mechanisms by which HIV evades and/or suppresses an effective anti-viral immune response and to identify features of the virus or the patients immune responses that are associated with virologic control following treatment interruption. As we attain greater insight into differences between these patient groups, we hope to perform genetic studies that would enable us to more precisely identify susceptibility or protective genes, which could be potentially used to construct a familial pedigree. We anticipate that all of these findings will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the nature of effective HIV-specific humoral and cellular immunity, which will help focus future vaccine design efforts. For our studies, it will be necessary to obtain larger quantities of plasma or mononuclear cells than can be safely obtained by simple phlebotomy. These components can be easily and safely obtained using apheresis procedures in the Clinical Center Apheresis Unit. This protocol is designed to conform to the requirements of the Apheresis Unit for donors to have leukapheresis or plasmapheresis procedures.



Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older  
Sexes Eligible for Study: All  
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No  


    1. Adult (18 years old or older).
    2. Eligibility to undergo apheresis procedures; or for patients who are unable to undergo apheresis, willingness to undergo blood draw for research purposes that remain within safety guidelines established by NIH policy.
    3. Willingness to give informed consent for the storage of blood or

    tissue samples and HLA testing.
  • AND at least one of the following:
  • An HIV-seropositive patient categorized as an LTNP as defined by clinical and laboratory criteria, regardless of HLA class I type.
  • HIV-seropositive HLA B*27+, B*35+, B*44+, B*57+, B*58+ and/or A*02+ progressors.
  • HIV-seropositive patients possessing sera with broadly cross-neutralizing antibody activity to HIV.
  • Persons who are seronegative for HIV but are family members of seropositive patients exhibiting immunologic control of HIV.

  • Pregnant women.
  • Cardiovascular instability, severe anemia, inadequate venous access, severe coagulation disorder or any other condition that the Principal Investigator or Apheresis Unit staff considers a contraindication to the apheresis procedure or research blood draw.

  • Subjects greater than or equal to 18 years of age.
  • HIV infection confirmed by ELISA and Western blot.
  • Ability to sign informed consent and willingness to comply with study requirements and clinic policies.
  • In the judgment of the PI, patient has satisfactory knowledge of the benefits of continuing ART as well as the risks of discontinuing such treatment. The patient has a private physician and the decision to interrupt antiretroviral therapy, the target point (i.e. viral load or CD4+ T cell count) to reinitiate therapy, and the regimen of antiretrovirals used upon re-initiation of therapy will be made with this private physician.
  • History of at least 2 months of ongoing ART, defined as a minimum three drug regimen consisting of at least two nucleoside analogs and one or two protease inhibitors or one non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) or classesone integrase inhibitor OR patients that are currently off therapy who are planning on resuming or initiating a ART regimen within the next 3 months.
  • No baseline CD4+ T cell counts less than or equal to 500 cells/micro liters, with confirmation, within the last 3 months.
  • Asymptomatic for significant HIV-related illnesses, such as opportunistic infections and malignancies other than mucocutaneous Kaposi s sarcoma.
  • For patients on IL-2 therapy, agreement to resume ART while undergoing treatment cycles.
  • Eligibility to undergo apheresis procedures.

  • Psychiatric illness that, in the opinion of the PI, might interfere with study compliance.
  • Active substance abuse or history of prior substance abuse that may interfere with protocol compliance or compromise patient safety.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Creatinine greater than 2 mg/dL.
  • Platelet count less than 100,000/mm(3), hemoglobin less than 9 mg/dL, neutrophils less than 750/mm(3).
  • PT or PTT (in the absence of documented anti-cardiolipin antibody) prolonged by greater than 2 seconds.
  • Known underlying bleeding disorder that would preclude leukapheresis.
  • Significant cardiac, pulmonary, kidney, rheumatologic, gastrointestinal, or CNS disease as detectable on routine history, physical examination, or screening laboratory studies.
  • Documented history of virologic relapse in the past year following interruption of ART therapy.
  • History of significant opportunistic infection or HIV-associated malignancy.
  • Patient must not ever have had a total CD4 count of less than or equal to 150 cells/cubic millimeter during the year prior to enrollment. At least 2 measurements, possibly including the measurement during the screening visit and/or H&P visit, must be available.
  • Due to a possible increased risk of a hypersensitivity reaction, patients on an abacavir-containing regimen will not be eligible for treatment interruption.
  • Patients with chronic hepatitis B infection requiring receiving treatment with 3TC (lamivudine), adefovir or tenofovir for suppression are not eligible for this study.
  • Cardiovascular instability, severe anemia, inadequate venous access, severe coagulation disorder or any other condition that the Principal Investigator or Apheresis Unit staff considers a contraindication to the apheresis procedure or research blood draw.

    contacts and locations

    Contacts and Locations

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    Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00029445


    Contact:   April Poole, R.N. (301) 435-8007
    Contact:   Stephen A Migueles, M.D. (301) 496-7090


    United States, Maryland
    National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
    Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
    Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010

    Sponsors and Collaborators

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


    Principal Investigator: Stephen A Migueles, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
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    NIH Clinical Center Detailed Web Page

    Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier: NCT00029445   History of Changes  
    Other Study ID Numbers: 020086  
    Study First Received: January 11, 2002  
    Last Updated: October 18, 2017  

    Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

    HLA B5701
    Neutralizing Antibodies
    Virus Restriction
    HIV-Infected Long Term Nonprogressors

    Additional relevant MeSH terms:
    Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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