Molecules Impede HIV Replication By Design | May 24, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 21 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: May 24, 2010

Molecules Impede HIV Replication By Design

A class of designed compounds inhibits HIV replication by disrupting protein-protein interactions
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: integrase, HIV, cofactor, antiviral

Belgian scientists have designed a class of small molecules that inhibit HIV replication by blocking the virus’s ability to hijack the DNA of host cells (Nat. Chem. Biol., DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.370). The host cellular protein LEDGF/p75 is critical to HIV’s replication. This protein tethers the viral integrase enzyme to a cell’s chromosomes as HIV invades a host cell. Zeger Debyser of Catholic University of Leuven and coworkers developed a series of . . .

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