The inhibition of biochemical processes requiring S-adenosylmethionine as a co-factor have led to many nucleoside-based medicinal agents. Included in this group are 5'-deoxy-5'-(isobutylthio)adenosine (SIBA), a nucleoside with antiparasitic, antiviral and antiproliferative effects, and 5'-noraristeromycin, a carbocyclic-derived nucleoside with potent antiviral properties. This report brings together the structural components of these two compounds by describing both enantiomers of carbocyclic 5-nor SIBA (3 and 4). Owing to the recent interest in 2',3'-dideoxy-2',3'-didehydro nucleosides as antiviral agents, this derivative of 3 (5) is also described. All three compounds were screened against a variety of viruses and were found to be inactive at high concentrations or at limiting concentrations for the screening methods. The viruses subjected to 3-5 were herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, human cytomegalovirus, vaccinia virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, respiratory syncytial virus, varicelIa zoster virus, coxsackie virus, parainfluenza-3 virus, sindbis virus, punta toro virus, reovirus-1, human immunodeficiency virus, influenza virus types A and B, adenovirus type 1 and measles virus. These results suggest that the C-5' methylene of the C-5' thio-based carbocyclic nucleosides is important for their antiviral properties.