Background: A rare subgroup of HIV infected individuals naturally controls infection withouttreatment. These ?elite controllers? constitute an important model for the natural control ofHIV infection. Indeed, the study of these individuals may provide insights into strategies forthe development of HIV vaccines. Although several HLA and chemokine alleles are knownto be over-represented in elite controllers, only a small portion of HIV phenotypic variation isexplained by known genetic variants. The elite controller phenotype is rare and distinct,representing the extreme of an infectious disease trait. As such, this phenotype may be partlyexplained by variation in host immune control, which may be characterized by differences inrare functional genetic variants. Genomic regions underlying elite control can be potentiallyidentified by comparing the presence or frequency of variants in this group to thatrepresenting the opposite extreme. In this context, ?rapid progressors? is a group defined byits rapid immunological and clinical disease progression.Aim: To extend an existing study, in order to identify DNA sequence variants involved in thecontrol of HIV infection with greater statistical resolution. Specifically, we aim to sequence upto 200 exomes from multiple cohort studies within the EuroCoord CASCADE collaboration (acollaboration of 25 HIV seroconversion cohort studies across Europe).
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- Archiver: EGA European Genome-Phenome Archive