Antiviral Compounds Bind to a Specific Site Within Human Rhinovirus

  • Frank J. Dutko
  • Mark A. McKinlay
  • Michael G. Rossmann


The approximately 100 serotypes of human rhinovirus (HRV) [1], the most commonly isolated virus from those suffering from an upper respiratory infection (common cold), represent a formidable therapeutic challenge [2]. A number of structurally unrelated compounds (Figure 39.1) have been shown to inhibit HRV uncoating (i.e., the release of viral RNA into the cytosol) as a result of site-specific binding to virions. Recently, X-ray crystallographic analysis of disoxaril, [5-[7-[4-(4,5-dihydro-2-oxazolyl)phenoxy]heptyl]-3methylisoxazole]=HRV(type 14) complexes has identified the specific binding site in the viral capsid [3,4]. In this chapter the molecular details and biological consequences of the binding of several antiviral compounds to HRV-14 are discussed.


Antimicrob Agent Common Cold Residue Number Antiviral Compound Mengo Virus 
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  • Frank J. Dutko
  • Mark A. McKinlay
  • Michael G. Rossmann

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