Title: Role of the HIV-1 positive elongation factor P-TEFb and inhibitors thereof
Authors: Wang, Yan ×
Liu, Xin-Yong
De Clercq, Erik #
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Series Title: Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry vol:9 issue:3 pages:379-85
Abstract: Transcription is considered to be a crucial step in the replication cycle of HIV-1. Tat regulates an early step of transcription elongation. The positive elongation factor P-TEFb, a heterodimer containing a catalytic subunit (CDK9) and unique regulatory cyclins (CycT1), is required for HIV-1 Tat transcriptional activation. This is a potential target for new HIV-1 transcription inhibitors. Without P-TEFb, transactivation is restrained and only short transcripts are generated. All the P-TEFb inhibitors can suppress the HIV-1 transactivation process by inhibition of CycT1, CDK9 or their interaction. Several low-molecular-weight compounds such as flavopiridol, roscovitine and the human small nuclear RNA 7SK which have been showed to possess potent anti-HIV activity by interfering with P-TEFb functions are reviewed in this article.
ISSN: 1389-5575
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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