Inhibitors of HIV-1 Protease Academic Article uri icon


  • The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the etiological agent for the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), is a retrovirus which makes use of a virally-encoded aspartic protease to perform specific proteolytic processing of two of its gene products in order to form active enzymes and structural proteins within the mature virion. Accordingly, specific, exogenous inhibition of the HIV-1 protease is thought to be a viable approach for the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of AIDS. Indeed, this hypothesis has been validated in virally-infected cell culture with synthetic inhibitors of HIV-1 protease. This chapter reviews the current status of the development of inhibitors of this enzyme.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Meek, T. D.

citation count

  • 107

publication date

  • January 1992