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Molecular Antiretroviral Resistance Markers of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 of CRF01_AE Subtype in Bali, Indonesia

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 5 ]


Nyoman Sri Budayanti, Tuti Parwati Merati, Budiman Bela and Gusti Ngurah Mahardika*   Pages 374 - 382 ( 9 )


Background: Molecular epidemiological study of human immunodeficiency virus drugresistant (HIVDR) markers is challenging in areas where the dominant subtype is non-B.

Objective: Here we provide molecular data for HIVDR in the CRF01_AE subtype in Bali, Indonesia.

Method: Seventy patients were enrolled in this study and grouped into treatment failure and treatment naïve groups. The full-length pol gene was amplified using nested reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and the product was then sequenced. The readable sequence was then subjected to Stanford HIV Drug Resistance Database genotyping.

Results: We found that clinical classification was in accordance with the presence of HIVDR markers in the pol gene. Independent of therapy history, the treatment failure group showed resistance markers against nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI) and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI), ranging from 72%–100% of patients. Only a small proportion of naïve patients harbored HIV with drug resistance markers to NNRTI. No protease inhibitor-resistant marker was found in either patient group. Molecular marker mutations, which were found in more than 50% of treatment failure patients, were M184V (100%), T215A/Y/F (88.2%), D67N/G (76.5%), and M41L (58.8%).

Conclusion: The protocol used in this study to determine genetic markers of HIVDR based on subtype B can be applied for the rapid determination of resistance of the CRF01_AE subtype. All patients with progressive clinical signs and increased viral load should be recommended to undergo second-line treatment of the ARV regimen.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), CRF01_AE, treatment failure, naïve, Bali, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI).


Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Jl. PB Sudirman, Denpasar, Bali, Internal Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Jl. PB Sudirman, Denpasar, Bali, Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Indonesia University, Jakarta, Animal Biomedical and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Udayana University, Jl. Sesetan-Markisa 6, Denpasar 80226, Bali

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