Characterization of HIV-1 entry inhibitors with broad activity against R5 and X4 viral strains

Francesca Sironi, Mauro Malnati, Nicola Mongelli, Paolo Cozzi, Christina Guzzo, Silvia Ghezzi, Carles Martínez-Romero, Adolfo García-Sastre, Paolo Lusso, Daniela Jabes, Priscilla Biswas

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Background: Combined antiretroviral therapy has drastically reduced mortality and morbidity of HIV-infected individuals. Nevertheless long-term toxicity and appearance of viral resistance hampers the prolonged effectiveness of combination therapy, requiring a continuous input of drugs to replace those utilized in combination regimens. We here investigated the anti-HIV activity of novel derivatives of the suradista chemical class. Methods: Compounds were tested on acute HIV-1 infection of activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells. HIV production was monitored by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay measuring the protein p24 released in culture supernatants. Fusion assays were carried out to study the mechanism of action of these compounds. A modified version of a previously established recombinant vaccinia virus-based assay was used measuring activation of a reporter gene upon fusion of two distinct cell populations. Flow cytometry was performed in competition assays for the binding of several antibodies targeting different sites of the viral envelope glycoprotein gp120, or the receptor CD4, or the coreceptors CXCR4 and CCR5. Results: Four compounds inhibited replication of a prototypic R5 (BaL) and X4 (IIIB) laboratory-adapted HIV-1 strain at low micromolar concentrations, in the absence of cytotoxicity. Approximately a ten fold greater activity was achieved against the X4 as compared to the R5 strain. Conclusions: Given their unique features, these molecules represent promising candidates for further development and exploitation as anti-HIV therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalJournal of Translational Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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