Tenofovir (TDF) has stronger antiviral effect than adefovir (ADV) against lamivudine (LAM)-resistant hepatitis B virus (HBV)

  • Hie-Won HannEmail author
  • Hee Bok Chae
  • Stephen R. Dunn
Original Article



We retrospectively compared the antiviral effect of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) with that of adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) for patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) who developed resistance to lamivudine (LAM).

Materials and methods

One hundred nine patients (86 males), all Asian-American except 1 Caucasian male, with LAM resistance received TDF or ADV. HBV DNA levels were measured every 3 months. The HBeAg loss and ALT normalization were assessed at 12 months on therapy.


Forty-four patients (37 males) received TDF (12 with LAM) and 65 (49 males) received ADV (18 with LAM). Median ages (years) for TDF and ADV were 49 (32–68) and 45 (22–68), respectively. Median duration of therapy was 13 months (6–38) and 17 months (6–34) for the TDF and ADV groups. Baseline HBV DNA levels (log10 copies/ml) were 6.2 ± 1.7 for the TDF and 6.5 ± 1.6 for ADV groups. Baseline ALT (IU/l) levels were 77.0 ± 86.0 and 100 ± 195 for the TDF and ADV (P = 0.46) groups, respectively. At 12 months, mean levels of log10 HBV DNA were 1.5 ± 1.0 and 4.3 ± 2.2 for TDF and ADV (P = 0.01). HBeAg loss and ALT normalization at 12 months showed no differences. Using a single factor, ANOVA (2-tailed P value), 4 groups, TDF (n = 32), TDF + LAM (12), ADV (47), and ADV + LAM (18), were compared. HBV DNA reduction at 12 months was the greatest for TDF + LAM (P < 0.001).


Our results suggest that for LAM-resistant HBV, TDF, alone or combined with LAM exerts greater viral reduction than ADV. However, no difference in HBeAg loss was observed. It appears that stronger HBV DNA reduction may not necessarily accelerate HBeAg loss.


HBV Adefovir Tenofovir Lamivudine Viral resistance 



Adefovir dipovoxil


Alanine aminotransferase


Chronic hepatitis B


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Hepatitis B e-antigen


Hepatitis B surface antigen


Hepatitis B virus


Hepatitis C virus


Hepatitis D virus


International normalized ratio


International units


Lower limit of detection


log10 copies/ml


Polymerase chain reaction


Prothrombin time


Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate


Virologic breakthrough


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hie-Won Hann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hee Bok Chae
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Stephen R. Dunn
    • 4
  1. 1.Liver Disease Prevention Center, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of MedicineThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell BiologyThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineChungbuk National University HospitalCheongjuSouth Korea
  4. 4.Cancer Genomics Facility, Kimmel Cancer CenterThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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