Use of ATP analogs to inhibit HIV-1 transcription
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is the etiological agent of AIDS. Chronic persistent infection is an important reason for the presence of "latent cell populations" even after Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART). We have analyzed the effect of ATP analogs in inhibiting cdk9/T1 complex in infected cells. A third generation drug named CR8#13 is an effective inhibitor of Tat activated transcription. Following drug treatment, we observed a decreased loading of cdk9 onto the HIV-1 DNA. We found multiple novel cdk9/T1 complexes present in infected and uninfected cells with one complex being unique to infected cells. This complex is sensitive to CR8#13 in kinase assays. Treatment of PBMC with CR8#13 does not kill infected cells as compared to Flavopiridol. Interestingly, there is a difference in sensitivity of various clades to these analogs. Collectively, these results point to targeting novel complexes for inhibition of cellular proteins that are unique to infected cells. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
Narayanan, Aarthi; Sampey, Gavin; Van Duyne, Rachel; Guendel, Irene; Kehn-Hall, Kylene; Roman, Jessica; Currer, Robert; Galons, Hervé; Oumata, Nassima; Joseph, Benoît; Meijer, Laurent; Caputi, Massimo; Nekhai, Sergei; and Kashanchi, Fatah, "Use of ATP analogs to inhibit HIV-1 transcription" (2012). The Center For Sickle Cell Disease Faculty Publications. 83.