Title: Synthesis of new covalently bound kappa-carrageenan-AZT conjugates with improved anti-HIV activities
Authors: Vlieghe, Patrick ×
Clerc, Thierry
Pannecouque, Christophe
Witvrouw, Myriam
De Clercq, Erik
Salles, Jean-Pierre
Kraus, Jean-Louis #
Issue Date: Mar-2002
Series Title: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry vol:45 issue:6 pages:1275-83
Abstract: This paper describes the first covalent synthesis of kappa-carrageenan-3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine (AZT) conjugates. A succinate diester spacer was used to covalently couple AZT onto kappa-carrageenan, resulting in a tripartite prodrug. Two methods (UV and radioactive counting) are described and validated to determine the AZT loading onto the kappa-carrageenan carrier. This polymeric carrier, through its own intrinsic anti-HIV activity, is expected to act not only as a drug delivery agent but also as an anti-HIV agent. Synergism between the two drugs (kappa-carrageenan and AZT) was demonstrated when MT-4 cells were preincubated with the kappa-carrageenan-AZT conjugate prior to HIV-1-infection. A threshold of AZT loaded onto the kappa-carrageenan was required to achieve this synergistic effect. Such kappa-carrageenan-AZT conjugates could be of great therapeutic interest because these conjugates, which contain a low AZT concentration, present improved anti-HIV activities relative to free AZT. Moreover, kappa-carrageenan is a well-tolerated biopolymer, already used in the food industry.
ISSN: 0022-2623
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy (Rega Institute)
Molecular Virology and Gene Therapy
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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