Title: AIDS dementia: synthesis and properties of a derivative of 3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine (AZT) that may become 'locked' in the central nervous system
Authors: Torrence, P F ×
Kinjo, J
Lesiak, K
Balzarini, Jan
De Clercq, Erik #
Issue Date: 18-Aug-1988
Series Title: FEBS Letters vol:234 issue:1 pages:135-40
Abstract: In an attempt to provide a derivative of 3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine (AZT) which might be sequestered in the central nervous system and release AZT, the dihydropyridine ester 5'-(1,4-dihydro-1-methyl-3-pyridinylcarbonyl)-3'-deoxythymidine, was synthesized in a three step sequence. This material showed potent anti-HIV-1 activity in MT-4 cells most probably by hydrolysis to the parent nucleoside, AZT. This dihydropyridine derivative of AZT could be easily oxidized to a positively charged pyridinium derivative of AZT in rat brain cytosol. In turn the pyridinium form could be hydrolyzed, non-enzymatically, to AZT.
ISSN: 0014-5793
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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