Our long term-goal is to investigate novel approaches to prevent HIV transmission by the use of topical microbicides. For this purpose we have developed and implemented a small animal model where human stem cells are used to reconstitute the hematopoietic system of immunodeficient mice (47). In these humanized mice (designated BIT to represent the fact they are generated from a bone marrow transplant of mice previously implanted with a piece of autologous human fetal liver and thymic tissue) there is systemic reconstitution with human hematopoietic cells in all hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic tissues tested. Like non-human primates, these humanized mice are susceptible to infection with X4- or R5-tropic HIV-1 administered either intrarectally or intravaginally (13, 65). Infection results in plasma antigenemia, development of anti-HIV specific human antibodies, and progressive depletion of human CD4+ cells from the peripheral blood. Furthermore, infection can be efficiently prevented by pre-exposure prophylaxis with antivirals (13). In this grant we will use this system to test the hypothesis that topical administration of microbicides can effectively prevent rectal HIV-1 transmission.
Specific Aim 1) To determine the potential protective effect of UC781 to prevent rectal HIV-1 infection.
Specific Aim 2) To determine the efficacy of topically administered tenofovir (TFV) to prevent rectal HIV-1 transmission.
Specific Aim 3) To determine the protective effect of a combination of TFV and UC781 to prevent rectal HIV- 1 transmission

Public Health Relevance

With almost 5 million people becoming infected during the past year, the global HIV-1 pandemic continues to spread rapidly. Anal intercourse is practiced by both heterosexuals and homosexuals and HIV-1 transmission has been shown to be more efficient through anal intercourse than through vaginal intercourse. Rectal microbicides have the potential to slow the spread of HIV-1.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
Research Program--Cooperative Agreements (U19)
Project #
5U19AI082637-05
Application #
8722089
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1-BP-A (J1))
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
5
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$306,786
Indirect Cost
$35,371
Name
Magee-Women's Research Institute and Foundation
Department
Type
DUNS #
119132785
City
Pittsburgh
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
15213
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