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Development of Protein- and Peptide-Based HIV Entry Inhibitors Targeting gp120 or gp41

1,†, 1,†, 1, 1,* and 1,2,*
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Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and School of Basic Medical Sciences, Key Laboratory of Medical Molecular Virology (MOE/NHC/CAMS), Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, China
2
Lindsley, F. Kimball Research Institute, New York Blood Center, New York, NY 10065, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Viruses 2019, 11(8), 705; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11080705
Received: 9 July 2019 / Revised: 26 July 2019 / Accepted: 30 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viral Entry Pathways)
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Abstract

Application of highly active antiretroviral drugs (ARDs) effectively reduces morbidity and mortality in HIV-infected individuals. However, the emergence of multiple drug-resistant strains has led to the increased failure of ARDs, thus calling for the development of anti-HIV drugs with targets or mechanisms of action different from those of the current ARDs. The first peptide-based HIV entry inhibitor, enfuvirtide, was approved by the U.S. FDA in 2003 for treatment of HIV/AIDS patients who have failed to respond to the current ARDs, which has stimulated the development of several series of protein- and peptide-based HIV entry inhibitors in preclinical and clinical studies. In this review, we highlighted the properties and mechanisms of action for those promising protein- and peptide-based HIV entry inhibitors targeting the HIV-1 gp120 or gp41 and discussed their advantages and disadvantages, compared with the current ARDs. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV-1; gp120; gp41; entry inhibitor; peptide; antibody; recombinant protein; antiretroviral drugs HIV-1; gp120; gp41; entry inhibitor; peptide; antibody; recombinant protein; antiretroviral drugs
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Pu, J.; Wang, Q.; Xu, W.; Lu, L.; Jiang, S. Development of Protein- and Peptide-Based HIV Entry Inhibitors Targeting gp120 or gp41. Viruses 2019, 11, 705.

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