The HIV-1 viral infectivity factor (Vif), one of the six accessory proteins, is essential for viral replication and
pathogenesis. Its main function is to form Vif-Cullin5-ElonginBC complex and then is able to ubiquitinate and degrade
the human anti-viral factor APOBEC3G, which markedly enhances the virus infectivity. Delete Vif leads to the loss of the
infectivity of HIV-1; therefore, Vif is a potentially new attractive target for therapeutic intervention in AIDS. This review
describes the structure, function and especially inhibitors of HIV-1 Vif.
Keywords: HIV-1, accessory proteins, Vif, structure, function, inhibitors.
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Published on: 31 March, 2013
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