Overcoming HIV drug resistance through rational drug design based on molecular, biochemical, and structural profiles of HIV resistance


DOI: 10.1007/s00018-006-6009-7

Cite this article as:
Yin, P.D., Das, D. & Mitsuya, H. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. (2006) 63: 1706. doi:10.1007/s00018-006-6009-7


There are 20 available drugs for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. With a single exception, all of these drugs inhibit either HIV reverse transcriptase or protease. Reverse transcriptase inhibitors can be further categorized as nucleoside/nucleotide analogs or non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Resistance that has emerged against all available antiretroviral drugs represents a major challenge in the therapy of HIV infection. Nevertheless, extensive analysis of the molecular and structural mechanisms by which such mutations confer resistance has accumulated over the years. This understanding has driven the development and refinement of novel compounds capable of maintaining antiviral activity against both wild-type and drug-resistant HIV strains. The molecular, biochemical, and structural profiles of reverse transcriptase inhibitor and protease inhibitor resistance are discussed. In addition, how this knowledge has been utilized to generate a new generation of antiviral drugs with activity against drug-resistant HIV is reviewed.


Human immunodeficiency virusdrug resistancereverse transcriptase inhibitorprotease inhibitor

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Experimental Retrovirology Section, HIV and AIDS Malignancy BranchNational Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of HematologyKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Infectious DiseasesKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan