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Sustained virological and biochemical responses to lamivudine and adefovir dipivoxil combination in a chronic hepatitis B infection despite mutations conferring resistance to both drugs.

By Sylvie Larrat, Marie-Noëlle Hilleret, Raphaele Germi, Julien Lupo, Sandrine Nicod, Jean-Pierre Zarski, Jean-Marie Seigneurin and Patrice Morand


International audienceABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Sequential monotherapies of nucleotide analogs used in chronic hepatitis B treatment can lead to the selection of a resistance mutation to each antiviral drug. CASE PRESENTATION: A patient with chronic hepatitis B was successively treated with lamivudine monotherapy, lamivudine-adefovir dual therapy, adefovir monotherapy and again with an adefovir-lamivudine dual therapy. Lamivudine-associated mutations (rtL180M and rtM204V/I) followed by adefovir-associated mutations (rtN236T and rtA181V) emerged during the two monotherapy regimens. Despite the presence of rtM204V/I, rtA181V, and rtN236T mutations at the beginning of the second dual therapy, sustained biochemical and virological responses have been observed thus far after 23 months. CONCLUSION: This case illustrates that rtM204V/I, rtA181V, and rtN236T resistance mutations can coexist in a patient but do not preclude the recycling of lamivudine and adefovir in combination therapy, when no other therapeutic choices are available

Topics: [SDV.BC]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Cellular Biology
Publisher: 'Springer Science and Business Media LLC'
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1476-5926-7-3
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:inserm-00324951v1
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