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Arch Pharm Res. 2012 Oct;35(10):1701-11. doi: 10.1007/s12272-012-1001-2. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Roles of phosphoinositides and phosphoinositides kinases in hepatitis C virus RNA replication.

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Dongguk University College of Pharmacy, Goyang, Korea.


Phosphoinositides (PIs) play an essential role in mediating key signaling pathways on biological membranes. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) replicates its RNA genome by establishing a viral replication complex (RC) on host cell membranes. Recently, an increasing body of literature reported that not only PIs themselves but also several PIs-specific kinases are required for efficient replication of HCV RNA genome. Especially, PI 4-kinases type III alpha, beta as well as their enzymatic products including phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI(4)P) and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P(2)) are consistently identified to be host factors essential for HCV replication. In this article, the current state of our knowledge of PIs and PIs-specific kinases together with their roles in modulating HCV replication is reviewed. The effects of various PIs-specific kinases inhibitors on HCV replication are also highlighted, proposing them as promising candidate targets to which a new class of anti-HCV therapeutics can be envisaged.

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