Higher tenofovir exposure is associated with longitudinal declines in kidney function in women living with HIV

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Abstract

Objective:

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is a commonly used antiretroviral drug, but risk factors for tenofovir (TFV)-associated kidney disease are not fully understood. We used intensive pharmacokinetic studies in a cohort of HIV-infected women on TFV-based therapy to study the relationship between TFV exposure and subsequent kidney function.

Design:

This is a nested study within the Women's Interagency HIV Study, a multicenter, prospective cohort of HIV-infected women. Participants on TFV-based therapy underwent 24-h intensive pharmacokinetic sampling after witnessed dose. Kidney function was measured over the succeeding 7 years by serum creatinine [estimated glomerular filtration rate calculated by serum creatinine (eGFRcr)].

Methods:

Multivariable linear mixed models evaluated the relationship of baseline TFV area under the-time concentration curves (AUCs) with subsequent changes in kidney function. Covariates included age, diabetes, hypertension, race, BMI, ritonavir use, duration of TFV exposure, current CD4+ cell count, and HIV viral load.

Results:

Of the 105 participants, persons within the highest baseline TFV AUC tertile had significantly lower eGFRcr compared with those in the lowest tertile (mean ± standard error: 80 ± 4.3 vs. 104 ± 2.5 ml/min per 1.73 m2, P < 0.0001). By year 7, this difference widened (72 ± 4.9 vs. 105 ± 2.9, P < 0.0001). After multivariable adjustment, TFV AUC in the highest tertile remained associated with lower eGFRcr relative to values in the lowest tertile at both baseline (−15 ml/min per 1.73 m2, P = 0.0047) and year 7 (−23 ml/min per 1.73 m2, P = 0.0002).

Conclusion:

Through intensive TFV pharmacokinetic sampling, we found a strong association between greater TFV exposure and subsequent decline in kidney function. Variations in TFV drug exposure may partially account for subsequent nephrotoxicity in persons infected with HIV.

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