Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets

(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Infectious Disorders)

Jean-Marc Sabatier  
Laboratoire ERT 62 'Ingénierie des peptides à visée thérapeutique' 
Université de la Méditerranée
Faculté de Médecine Nord
Boulevard Pierre Dramard
13916 - MARSEILLE, Cedex 20


Mechanisms of Anti-retroviral Drug Resistance: Implications for Novel Drug Discovery and Development

Author(s): Sahra Emamzadeh-Fard, Shooka Esmaeeli, Khalilullah Arefi, Majedeh Moradbeigi, Behnam Heidari, Sahar E. Fard, Koosha Paydary and SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinaghi

Affiliation: Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Keshavarz Blvd, Tehran, Iran.


Anti-retroviral drug resistance evolves as an inevitable consequence of expanded combination Anti-retroviral Therapy (cART). According to each drug class, resistance mutations may occur due to the infidel nature of HIV reverse transcriptase (RT) and inadequate drug pressures. Correspondingly, resistance to Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) occurs due to incorporation impairment of the agent or its removal from the elongating viral DNA chain. With regard to Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs), resistance mutations may alter residues of the RT hydrophobic pocket and demonstrate high level of cross resistance. However, resistance to Protease Inhibitors requires complex accumulation of primary and secondary mutations that substitute amino acids in proximity to the viral protease active site. Resistance to novel entry inhibitors may also evolve as a result of mutations that affect the interactions between viral glycoprotein and CD4 or the chemokine receptors. According to the current studies, future drug initiative programs should consider agents that possess higher genetic barrier toward resistance for ascertaining adequate drug efficacy among patients who have failed first-line regimens.

Keywords: Anti-retroviral, drug resistance, HIV infection, drug discovery, NNRTIS.

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Article Details

Page: [330 - 336]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1871526514666140321104049