SieveSifter: a web-based tool for visualizing the sieve analyses of HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trials

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Abstract

Summary:

Analysis of HIV-1 virions from participants infected in a randomized controlled preventive HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trial can help elucidate mechanisms of partial protection. By comparing the genetic sequence of viruses from vaccine and placebo recipients to the sequence of the vaccine itself, a technique called ‘sieve analysis’, one can identify functional specificities of vaccine-induced immune responses. We have created an interactive web-based visualization and data access tool for exploring the results of sieve analyses performed on four major preventive HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trials: (i) the HIV Vaccine Trial Network (HVTN) 502/Step trial, (ii) the RV144/Thai trial, (iii) the HVTN 503/Phambili trial and (iv) the HVTN 505 trial. The tool acts simultaneously as a platform for rapid reinterpretation of sieve effects and as a portal for organizing and sharing the viral sequence data. Access to these valuable datasets also enables the development of novel methodology for future sieve analyses.

Availability and Implementation:

Visualization: http://sieve.fredhutch.org/viz. Source code: https://github.com/nkullman/SIEVE. Data API: http://sieve.fredhutch.org/data.

Contact:

agartlan@fredhutch.org

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