Pyrazinamide clearance is impaired among HIV/tuberculosis patients with high levels of systemic immune activation

Christopher Vinnard, Shruthi Ravimohan, Neo Tamuhla, Jotam Pasipanodya, Shashikant Srivastava, Chawangwa Modongo, Nicola M. Zetola, Drew Weissman, Tawanda Gumbo, Gregory P. Bisson

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Pyrazinamide is the main driver of sterilizing effect in the standard regimen in adults and older children, and this effect is concentration-dependent. Tuberculosis patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an increased risk for poor tuberculosis treatment outcomes and adverse drug events. We sought to determine whether measures of systemic immune activation were related to pyrazinamide pharmacokinetics among HIV/ tuberculosis patients. We conducted a prospective cohort study of pyrazinamide pharmacokinetics in HIV/tuberculosis patients in Gaborone, Botswana. Patients underwent intensive pharmacokinetic sampling before and after the initiation of antiretroviral therapy, which can increase immune activation in HIV/tuberculosis. Compartmental pharmacokinetic modeling was performed to determine whether variability in systemic immune activation was related to variability in pyrazinamide pharmacokinetic parameters. Forty HIV/tuberculosis patients completed the first pharmacokinetic sampling visit, and 24 patients returned for a second visit following antiretroviral therapy initiation. The pyrazinamide plasma concentration-versus-time data were best explained by a one-compartment model with first-order elimination, and a combined additive and proportional residual error model. Pyrazinamide clearance was higher in men than women. Expression of CD38 and HLA- DR on CD8+T cells, a measure of HIV-associated immune activation, was inversely related to pyrazinamide clearance, with increasing immune activation associated with decreasing pyrazinamide clearance. Future studies should verify this finding in larger numbers of tuberculosis patients with and without HIV co-infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0187624
JournalPloS one
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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