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An investigation into the anti-HIV activity of 2 ',3 '-didehydro-2 ',3 '-dideoxyuridine (d4U) and 2 ',3 '-dideoxyuridine (ddU) phosphoramidate 'ProTide' derivatives

Mehellou, Youcef, Balzarini, J. and McGuigan, Christopher 2009. An investigation into the anti-HIV activity of 2 ',3 '-didehydro-2 ',3 '-dideoxyuridine (d4U) and 2 ',3 '-dideoxyuridine (ddU) phosphoramidate 'ProTide' derivatives. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 7 (12) , pp. 2548-2553. 10.1039/b904276h

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As part of our studies on the anti-HIV activities of 2′,3′-didehydro-2′,3′-dideoxyuridine (d4U), 2′,3′-dideoxyuridine (ddU) and their ‘ProTides’, we have prepared and evaluated the anti-HIV activity of a range of d4U and ddU aryl triester phosphoramidates. Besides elucidating SAR characteristics, we performed molecular modelling studies on both d4U and ddU in order to probe the first phosphorylation step required for the activation of these two nucleoside analogues. Overall, the application of the phosphoramidate approach turned the inactive ddU to a moderately active anti-HIV agent, while this was not the case with d4U. Enzymatic assays investigating the metabolism of d4U phosphoramidates revealed an efficient cleavage of the phosphoramidate motif to release the d4U monophosphate. Thus, a poor second and/or third phosphorylation step may be the most likely reason for the virtual lack of anti-HIV activity in this case.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Publisher: RSC Publishing
ISSN: 1477-0520
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 13:14

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