Activity of the anti-HIV agent 9-(2-phosphonyl-methoxyethyl)-2,6-diaminopurine against cytomegalovirus in vitro and in vivo

  • J. Neyts
  • F. Stals
  • C. Bruggeman
  • E. De Clercq


9-(2-phosphonylmethoxyethyl)-2,6-diaminopurine (PMEDAP), a potent inhibitor of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication, was evaluated for its activity against human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) in vitro, and murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) and rat CMV (RCMV) in vivo. PMEDAP strongly inhibited HCMV-induced cytopathicity in human embryonic lung (HEL) cell cultures (EC50 3.1 µM) and caused a concentration-dependent suppression of viral DNA synthesis (IC50 5.6 µM). PMEDAP had no effect on the expression of HCMV-specific immediate early antigens (IEA) as measured on day 1 post-infection, but inhibited the expression of HCMV late antigens as measured on day 6 post-infection (EC50 5.8 µM). The diphosphate derivative of PMEDAP (PMEDAPpp) selectively inhibited HCMV-induced DNA polymerase (IC50 0.1 µM). PMEDAP proved markedly effective in reducing the mortality rate of NMRI mice that had been infected intraperitoneally or intracerebrally with a lethal dose of MCMV. PMEDAP exhibited greater anti-MCMV activity when administered as a single dose immediately after infection than when this dose was divided over repeated administrations. 9-(2-phosphonylmethoxyethyl)-adenine (PMEA) also prevented MCMV-induced mortality, but only at a dose tenfold higher than that of PMEDAP. PMEDAP also delayed death in severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) mice that had been infected with MCMV. The effect of PMEDAP on RCMV infections in rats was less pronounced.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Diphosphate Lethal Dose Repeated Administration Human Cytomegalovirus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Neyts
    • 1
  • F. Stals
    • 2
  • C. Bruggeman
    • 2
  • E. De Clercq
    • 1
  1. 1.Rega Institute for Medical ResearchKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Afdeling Medische MicrobiologieAcademisch Ziekenhuis MaastrichtMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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