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Trends Microbiol. 2013 Feb;21(2):56-62. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2012.10.006. Epub 2012 Nov 27.

Back to the future: revisiting HIV-1 lethal mutagenesis.

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  • 1Institute for Molecular Virology, Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.


The concept of eliminating HIV-1 infectivity by elevating the viral mutation rate was first proposed over a decade ago, even though the general concept had been conceived earlier for RNA viruses. Lethal mutagenesis was originally viewed as a novel chemotherapeutic approach for treating HIV-1 infection in which use of a viral mutagen would over multiple rounds of replication lead to the lethal accumulation of mutations, rendering the virus population noninfectious - known as the slow mutation accumulation model. There have been limitations in obtaining good efficacy data with drug leads, leaving some doubt on clinical translation. More recent studies of the apolipoprotein B mRNA editing complex 3 (APOBEC3) proteins as well as new progress in the use of nucleoside analogs for inducing lethal mutagenesis have helped to refocus attention on rapid induction of HIV-1 lethal mutagenesis in a single or limited number of replication cycles leading to a rapid mutation accumulation model.

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