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ACS Med Chem Lett. 2014 Oct 13;5(11):1259-62. doi: 10.1021/ml5003713. eCollection 2014 Nov 13.

Picomolar Inhibitors of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase: Design and Crystallography of Naphthyl Phenyl Ethers.

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Department of Chemistry, Yale University , New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8107, United States.
Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine , New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8066, United States.


Catechol diethers that incorporate a 6-cyano-1-naphthyl substituent have been explored as non-nucleoside inhibitors of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (NNRTIs). Promising compounds are reported that show midpicomolar activity against the wild-type virus and sub-20 nM activity against viral variants bearing Tyr181Cys and Lys103Asn mutations in HIV-RT. An X-ray crystal structure at 2.49 Å resolution is also reported for the key compound 6e with HIV-RT.


Anti-HIV agents; NNRTIs; protein crystallography

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