HIV-1 Ribonuclease H: Structure, Catalytic Mechanism and Inhibitors.

Abstract:

:Since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered as the etiological agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), it has encouraged much research into antiviral compounds. The reverse transcriptase (RT) of HIV has been a main target for antiviral drugs. However, all drugs developed so far inhibit the polymerase function of the enzyme, while none of the approved antiviral agents inhibit specifically the necessary ribonuclease H (RNase H) function of RT. This review provides a background on structure-function relationships of HIV-1 RNase H, as well as an outline of current attempts to develop novel, potent chemotherapeutics against a difficult drug target.

journal_name

Viruses

journal_title

Viruses

authors

Beilhartz GL,Götte M

doi

10.3390/v2040900

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2010-04-01 00:00:00

pages

900-26

issue

4

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1999-4915

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viruses-02-00900

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2

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