ACTG launches phase 1 HIV cure study evaluating two promising therapies

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Sumary of ACTG launches phase 1 HIV cure study evaluating two promising therapies:

  • The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the largest global HIV research network, today announced the launch of A5386, a phase 1 HIV cure study evaluating two promising therapies..
  • A5386 will study whether N-803 (a clinical-stage biologic also called Anktiva?) can control HIV alone or together with combination broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) after participants stop their antiretroviral therapy (ART) and they are carefully monitored..
  • In pre-clinical and clinical research, N-803 (an IL-15 superagonist) has exhibited three activities that may help the immune system eliminate HIV reservoirs or control virus rebound..
  • Finally, it enables NK cells and CD8+ T-cells to move to lymphoid tissues where they will encounter and hopefully eliminate HIV-infected cells..
  • A5386 will utilize an array of virologic and immunologic tests to evaluate the degree to which each of these expected activities are induced in study participants..
  • Ultimately, the study will test whether this approach results in immune control of HIV when ART is paused with careful monitoring..
  • A5386 is particularly exciting as it marries two of the approaches in the HIV cure research space with the most potential..
  • We believe this study will provide important insights as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of identifying a cure for HIV and making it available to the millions of people living with HIV around the world.”…

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