The HIV-1 integrase (IN) and reverse transcriptase (RT) are essential enzymes in the virus cycle. RT is crucial for the retrotranscription of the RNA viral genome, while IN is involved in the insertion in host chromosome of the proviral double strand DNA produced by RT. This enzyme has two associated functions: the RNA- and DNA-dependent DNA polymerase (RDDP and DDDP) and the ribonuclease H (RNase H). The RNase H function catalyzes the selective hydrolysis of the RNA strand of the RNA:DNA heteroduplex replication intermediate. Since the discovery that catalytic cores of both HIV-1 RNase H and IN are folded in a very similar way, have very similar active site geometries, and show the same DDE triad absolutely required for catalytic activity, some researches were devoted to study IN and RNase H dual inhibitor. Our decennial interest in design and synthesis of IN inhibitors led us to study the activity of our compounds also on RNase H activity. The results of the activities showed by pyrrolyl and quinolonyl diketo acids are reported and discussed.
Keywords: HIV-1, integrase, reverse transcriptase, ribonuclease H, RNase H, RNase H inhibitor, IN inhibitor, dual inhibitors, diketo acids, pyrrole derivatives, quinolinone drivatives
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