Factors that predict response of patients with hepatitis C virus infection to Boceprevir

Fred Poordad, Jeanpierre Bronowicki, Stuart C. Gordon, Stefan Zeuzem, Ira M. Jacobson, Mark S. Sulkowski, Thierry Poynard, Timothy R. Morgan, Cliona Molony, Lisa D. Pedicone, Heather L. Sings, Margaret H. Burroughs, Vilma Sniukiene, Navdeep Boparai, Venkata S. Goteti, Clifford A. Brass, Janice K. Albrecht, Bruce R. Bacon

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BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about factors associated with a sustained virologic response (SVR) among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to treatment with protease inhibitors. METHODS: Previously untreated patients (from the Serine Protease Inhibitor Therapy 2 [SPRINT-2] trial) and those who did not respond to prior therapy (from the Retreatment with HCV Serine Protease Inhibitor Boceprevir and PegIntron/Rebetol 2 [RESPOND-2] trial) received either a combination of peginterferon and ribavirin for 48 weeks or boceprevir, peginterferon, and ribavirin (triple therapy) after 4 weeks of peginterferon and ribavirin (total treatment duration, 2848 wk). A good response to interferon was defined as a <1 log10 decrease in HCV RNA at week 4; a poor response was defined as a <1 log10 decrease. We used multivariate regression analyses to identify baseline factors of the host (including the polymorphism interleukin [IL]-28B rs12979860) associated with response. The polymorphism IL-28B rs8099917 also was assessed. RESULTS: In the SPRINT-2 trial, factors that predicted a SVR to triple therapy included low viral load (odds ratio [OR], 11.6), IL-28B genotype (rs 12979860 CC vs TT and CT; ORs, 2.6 and 2.1, respectively), absence of cirrhosis (OR, 4.3), HCV subtype 1b (OR, 2.0), and non-black race (OR, 2.0). In the RESPOND-2 trial, the only factor significantly associated with a SVR was previous relapse, compared with previous nonresponse (OR, 2.6). Most patients with rs12979860 CC who received triple therapy had undetectable levels of HCV RNA by week 8 (76%89%), and were eligible for shortened therapy. In both studies, IL-28B rs12979860 CC was associated more strongly with a good response to interferon than other baseline factors; however, a <1 log10 decrease in HCV-RNA level at week 4 was associated more strongly with SVR than IL-28B rs12979860. Combining the rs8099917 and rs12979860 genotypes does not increase the association with SVR. CONCLUSIONS: The CC polymorphism at IL-28B rs12979860 is associated with response to triple therapy and can identify candidates for shorter treatment durations. A <1 log10 decrease in HCV RNA at week 4 of therapy is the strongest predictor of a SVR, regardless of polymorphisms in IL-28B. ClinicalTrials.gov; numbers NCT00705432 and NCT00708500.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-618.e5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical Trial
  • Genetic
  • Prognostic Factors
  • Response to Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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