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Virology. 1998 May 10;244(2):530-41.

The bis-azo compound FP-21399 inhibits HIV-1 replication by preventing viral entry.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


The bis-azo compound FP-21399 inhibits HIV-1 infection. We now show that FP-21399 acts on the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein to prevent viral replication. This compound targets the entry step of the HIV-1 replication cycle as demonstrated by time-of-addition and single cycle viral entry assays. The entry of SIVmac239, which uses the same coreceptors (CD4/CCR5) as HIV-1, was not inhibited by FP-21399, indicating that the antiviral effect of FP-21399 is specific for the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein and is not dependent upon the cellular receptors CD4 and CCR5. FP-21399 inhibits neither the activity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase nor the expression of HIV-1 early mRNA. Finally, this compound inhibits gp120 shedding of the T-tropic virus. Our results suggest that the anti-HIV activity of FP-21399 is due to its interaction with HIV-1 gp120/41 complex during viral entry.

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