Version Updates

Version 8.4 update 2017-06-16

The 8.4 drug resistance ASI file is downloadable at here.

This is a minor release version which made several score changes to PI drug atazanavir/r (ATV/r):

  1. For ATV/r, a resistance score of 10 instead of 0 was contributed by protease DRM I47V.
  2. For ATV/r, a resistance score of 5 instead of 0 was contributed by the combination of protease DRMs at positions 32 + 47, 32 + 54 or 47 + 54.

Download the rule comparison between 8.3 and 8.4 (all):

Version 8.3 update 2017-03-02

The 8.3 drug resistance ASI file is downloadable at here.

This is a minor release version which made several changes related with the comments:

  1. The "dosage considerations" were changed to base on drug resistance levels, not mutations. Specifically, dosage comment for high-level DRV/r resistance and intermediate/low-level TPV/r resistance is only displayed when TPV/r is hidden from the report. Due to the limitation of ASI program, we excluded those comments from our ASI XML file. You can find the dosage comments at the Drug Resistance Summary pages.
  2. A new comment for RT68G (NRTI Other) was added.
  3. Other minor changes to existing comments were applied.

Internally, we introduced a new "conditional comments" module for allowing comments not related with mutations (but with drug resistance levels). The Sierra GraphQL interface was changed slightly too, several fields were added, other several fields were deprecated but still accessiable.

Version 8.2 update 2016-12-09

The 8.2 drug resistance ASI file is downloadable at here.

This is a minor release version which adjusted following scores:

  1. For NRTI drug abacavir (ABC), an extra score of 20 was applied to the combination of RT DRMs at positions 67, 70, 184 and 219. This addition was based on an ongoing polling of 16 experts in HIV drug resistance which will be described in more detail later this month.
  2. For NRTI drug abacavir (ABC), the score for the combination of RT DRMs at positions 41 and 215 was increased from 10 to 15. This addition was based on an ongoing polling of 16 experts in HIV drug resistance which will be described in more detail later this month.
  3. For INSTI drugs elvitegravir (EVG) and raltegravir (RAL), the scores of existing rules for G163R/K were increased from 10 to 15 based on user feedback.

This version also introduced a new type of mutation comments called "Dosage Considerations". A PI comment and a INSTI comment, which provide drug dosage recommendations, were added to this type.

Version 8.1.1 update 2016-09-23

The 8.1.1 drug resistance ASI file is downloadable at here.

This is a bugfix version which fixed several issues related with comments. No score rules are touched.

  1. Add back the comments to classic Sierra.
  2. A few comments was slightly changed.
  3. A new faster algorithm implementation was adopted. The score results of both are identical.

Version 8.1 update 2016-09-15

The 8.1 drug resistance ASI file is downloadable at here.

The changes were made to the HIVDB genotypic resistance interpretation system since the last update reflect (i) trends in ARV treatment strategies, (ii) additional knowledge about specific drug-resistance mutations (DRMs), and (ii) the expanded use of genotypic testing outside of upper-income countries:

  1. Mutation classification:
    1. PR and IN DRMs are now classified as “Major”, “Accessory”, and “Other” rather than “Major”, “Minor”, and “Other”. RT DRMs are still classified as “NRTI”, “NNRTI”, and “Other”.
    2. Nearly all mutations classified as Major or Accessory (for PR or IN), NRTI, or NNRTI have mutation penalty scores. Exceptions are made only for highly unusual amino acids at important drug-resistance positions for which no published data are available. These mutations are not classified as “Other” so that they can be displayed more prominently. Such mutations are accompanied by a comment summarizing the effects of the usual DRMs at this position but indicating that there are no data for the particular observed amino acid.
    3. Nearly every mutation with a mutation penalty score, even those that have scores only when they occur in combination with other mutations, are classified as “Major” or “Accessory” (for PR or IN) or NRTI or NNRTI. Currently, there are only two exceptions:
      1. The highly polymorphic IN mutations L74M/I are classified as “Other” even though they do have mutation penalty scores when they occur with Q148H/R/K or Y143C/R/H/S/G/A.
      2. The polymorphic RT mutation K103R is classified as “Other” even though it has a mutation penalty score when it occurs in combination with V179D.
    4. Several polymorphic mutations no longer receive penalty scores and have been reclassified as “Other”:
      1. The somewhat polymorphic NRTI mutations T69N and V118I.
      2. The highly polymorphic PR mutations K20I and T74S which previously had low mutation penalty scores for NFV.
      3. The minimally polymorphic mutation E35G which previously had a low mutation penalty score for TPV.
    5. Several new mutations were added
      1. The extremely rare RT deletions at codons 68 and 70.
      2. The extremely rare IN mutation Q148N
  2. Mutation scoring
    1. Many changes were made to the individual and combination mutation penalty scores. Every score change is indicated in the accompanying drug class RulesComparison.V7_0.vs.V8_0.tsv files.
    2. The impact of these changes on thousands of the most common distinct DRM patterns for each class is indicated in the accompanying drug class PatternsComparison.V7_0.vs.V8_0.tsv files. The DRM patterns in these files are sorted in order of their frequency.
  3. Comments
    1. Each of the Mutation Comments has been updated for brevity, clarity, and to reflect new knowledge as detailed in the Resistance Notes
  4. Resistance Notes
    1. The NRTI, NNRTI, PI, and INSTI notes pages have been updated with 176, 91, 89, and 69 references, respectively.