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This research study is being carried out to study a new way to possibly treat HIV. T‐cells are one of the white blood cells used by the body to fight HIV. CD8 T‐cells are a type of T‐cell used by the body to detect and kill cells which have been infected by foreign viruses or organisms,including the HIV virus. CD8 T‐cells must identify the HIV virus in order to kill it. Because HIV is constantly changing the way it looks to the CD8 T‐cells, some of the HIV virus escapes detection and is not killed by the CD8 T‐cells.
This research study uses a T cell receptor (TCR) protein specific for HIV (SL9 TCR) and adds it to the CD8 T‐cells in the laboratory in order to help the CD8 T‐cells recognize the constantly changing HIV virus and make it able to fight HIV more efficiently. TCR stands for T cell receptor TCRs are found on the surface of T cells and allow the T cells to recognize other cells. Laboratory studies have shown that when CD8 T‐cells are modified with SL9 TCRs, they kill cells that are infected with HIV better than normal CD8 T‐cells can. On the basis of these laboratory results, there is the potential that SL9 TCRs may work in people infected with HIV and improve their immune system by killing HIV infected cells and thus may help control HIV infection.
Two different SL9 TCRs will be tested in this study, WT‐gag‐TCR and α/6‐gag‐TCR. Two different types of SL9 TCRs are being used in this research study because the laboratory studies suggest that the different SL9 TCRs will function differently depending on the amount of virus in your body. A goal of this clinical study is to test the effects of infusions of either SL9 TCR in the presence or absence of a viral load.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science
WT-gag-TCR modified T cells, α/6-gag-TCR modified T cells, STI or Drug Holiday
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:47-0400
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