Dolutegravir efficacy at 48 weeks in key subgroups of treatment-naive HIV-infected individuals in three randomized trials

AIDS. 2015 Jan 14;29(2):167-74. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000519.


Objectives: Dolutegravir (DTG) has been studied in three trials in HIV treatment-naive participants, showing noninferiority compared with raltegravir (RAL), and superiority compared with efavirenz and ritonavir-boosted darunavir. We explored factors that predicted treatment success, the consistency of observed treatment differences across subgroups and the impact of NRTI backbone on treatment outcome.

Design: Retrospective exploratory analyses of data from three large, randomized, international comparative trials: SPRING-2, SINGLE, and FLAMINGO.

Methods: We examined the efficacy of DTG in HIV-infected participants with respect to relevant demographic and HIV-1-related baseline characteristics using the primary efficacy endpoint from the studies (FDA snapshot) and secondary endpoints that examine specific elements of treatment response. Regression models were used to analyze pooled data from all three studies.

Results: Snapshot response was affected by age, hepatitis co-infection, HIV risk factor, baseline CD4⁺ cell count, and HIV-1 RNA and by third agent. Differences between DTG and other third agents were generally consistent across these subgroups. There was no evidence of a difference in snapshot response between abacavir/lamivudine (ABC/3TC) and tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) overall [ABC/3TC 86%, TDF/FTC 85%, difference 1.1%, confidence interval (CI) -1.8, 4.0 percentage points, P = 0.61] or at high viral loads (difference -2.5, 95% CI -8.9, 3.8 percentage points, P = 0.42).

Conclusions: DTG is a once-daily, unboosted integrase inhibitor that is effective in combination with either ABC/3TC or TDF/FTC for first-line antiretroviral therapy in HIV-positive individuals with a variety of baseline characteristics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenine / analogs & derivatives
  • Adenine / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Anti-HIV Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active / methods
  • CD4 Lymphocyte Count
  • Clinical Trials, Phase III as Topic
  • Coinfection
  • Deoxycytidine / analogs & derivatives
  • Deoxycytidine / therapeutic use
  • Dideoxynucleosides / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Combinations
  • Emtricitabine
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • HIV Integrase Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • HIV Protease Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • HIV-1
  • Heterocyclic Compounds, 3-Ring / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Lamivudine / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Organophosphonates / therapeutic use
  • Oxazines
  • Piperazines
  • Pyridones
  • Pyrrolidinones / therapeutic use
  • Raltegravir Potassium
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Regression Analysis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Ritonavir / therapeutic use
  • Tenofovir
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Viral Load


  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Dideoxynucleosides
  • Drug Combinations
  • HIV Integrase Inhibitors
  • HIV Protease Inhibitors
  • Heterocyclic Compounds, 3-Ring
  • Organophosphonates
  • Oxazines
  • Piperazines
  • Pyridones
  • Pyrrolidinones
  • abacavir, lamivudine drug combination
  • Deoxycytidine
  • Lamivudine
  • Raltegravir Potassium
  • Tenofovir
  • dolutegravir
  • Emtricitabine
  • Adenine
  • Ritonavir