© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: The objective of this study was to determine the impact of tenofovir or abacavir discontinuation on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) phenotype and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) activity in HIV-infected patients treated with lopinavir/ritonavir plus 2 nucleos(t)ide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI). Methods: Multicenter, open-label study. Patients were randomized to continue with lopinavir/ritonavir plus 2 NRTI (triple therapy) or to switch to lopinavir/ritonavir plus lamivudine (dual therapy). LDL phenotype (by gradient gel electrophoresis) and Lp-PLA2 (by 2-thio-PAF) were determined at baseline and week 48. Results: Forty-four patients included (triple therapy n = 19, dual therapy n = 25): men 63.6%, age 41.5 years (25–61), Framingham score 4.9% (0.2–22). Tenofovir was part of the regimen in 28 (63.6%) patients. Dual therapy patients were younger (p = 0.013) and had lower baseline apolipoprotein A1 (p = 0.029). At week 48, there were no changes in standard lipid measurements, except ApoA1/Apo B, which increased in dual therapy (p = 0.038) with no differences between arms. At week 48, no change in LDL phenotype was found in either arm. No changes in total Lp-PLA2 activity or the relative distribution of LDL and HDL particles were found at week 48 in either arm. Conclusions: Discontinuing the third nucleos(t)ide, mainly tenofovir and abacavir, in a lopinavir/ritonavir-containing regimen was not associated with a deleterious effect on LDL phenotype nor in Lp-PLA2 activity.
- LDL particles
- Lipid profile
- Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2
- Switch strategy