List of contributors. Preface. New anti-HIV agents in preclinical or clinical development (E. De Clercq). Inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus integration (D.J. Hazuda, S.D. Young). Non-peptidic protease inhibitors (NPPIs): Tipranavir (D. Mayers et al.). Design of neuraminidase inhibitors as anti-influenza virus agents (H. Jin, C.U. Kim). Six-membered carbocyclic nucleosides (J. Wang, M. Froeyen, P. Herdewijn). cycloSal-pronucleotides - Design of the concept, chemistry and antiviral activity (C. Meier). Index.
The fourth volume of Advances in Antiviral Drug Design is keeping up with the recent progress made in the broad field of antiviral drug research and encompasses six specific directions that have opened new avenues for the treatment of HIV and other virus infections.
First, as the introductory chapter, the different new anti-HIV agents that are now in preclinical or clinical development are reviewed by E. De Clercq. This includes new NRTIs, NNRTIs and PIs, but also HIV entry/fusion inhibitors as well as integrase inhibitors, and some of these agents, such as the NRTI emtricitabine [(-)FTC] and the PI atazanavir, may soon be licensed for clinical use.
Second, high expectations are vested in the potential therapeutic usefulness of inhibitors of HIV integration, a point of no return in the life cycle of HIV, and this approach is highlighted by D.J. Hazuda and S.D. Young.
Third, as all currently available PIs can be described as "peptidomimetic", and, therefore, expected to demonstrate overlapping virus-drug resistance and side effect profiles, it would be interesting to see how a non-peptidic protease inhibitor such as tipranavir behaves, and this is covered by D. Mayers, K. Curry, V. Kohlbrenner and S. McCallister.
Fourth, neuraminidase inhibitors such as zanamivir (that has to be inhaled) and oseltamivir (that can be administered via the oral route) have gained a definitive status as antiviral drugs useful for both therapy and prophylaxis of influenza A and B virus infections; as they target a specific influenza viral enzyme, neuraminidase (or sialidase), they may be expected to block newly emerging influenza viruses as well, and the design of neuraminidase inhibitors has received due attention of H. Jin and C.U. Kim.
Fifth, while the major current efforts in antiviral drug development have shifted from herpesviruses towards H
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"All six chapters in the current volume are up-to-date, interesting reading, and written by experts on each subject...The first chapter on "New Anti-HIV Agents in Preclinical or Clinical Development" is written by the editor, who is a recognized authority in this area. It is an excellent overview of current advances in the clinic and laboratory. Not only does this review thoroughly cover drugs acting by conventional mechamisms, such as reverse transcriptase and protease inhibition, it also details agents operating by novel mechanisms...A highlight of the volume is the chapter by Gilead co-workes Jin and Kim entitled "Design of Neuraminidase Inhibitors as Anti-Influenza Virus Agents". This is an excellent description of the medical chemistry of an important new class of antiviral drugs based on enzyme X-ray structures and structure-activity relationships...it provides very useful information and it is thorough in some areas...it should be an essential acquisition for complete libraries in academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies." --Thomas W. Bell, University of Nevada, Reno for JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 126, 2004
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