Iris Oz-Gleenberg

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The RT (reverse transcriptase) of HIV-1 interacts with HIV-1 IN (integrase) and inhibits its enzymatic activities. However, the molecular mechanisms underling these interactions are not well understood. In order to study these mechanisms, we have analysed the interactions of HIV-1 IN with HIV-1 RT and with two other related RTs: those of HIV-2 and MLV(More)
Reverse transcriptases (RTs) possess a non-templated addition (NTA) activity while synthesizing DNA with blunt-ended DNA primer/templates. Interestingly, the RT of the long terminal repeat retrotransposon Tf1 has an NTA activity that is substantially higher than that of HIV-1 or murine leukemia virus RTs. By performing steady state kinetics, we found that(More)
We present evidence that the reverse transcriptase (RT) of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 stabilizes in vitro very short (2-nt) duplexes of 3'-overhangs of the primer strand that are annealed to complementary dinucleotides tails of DNA or RNA template strands, provided that these sequences contain at least one C or G. This RT-induced strand 'clamping'(More)
Employing a novel strategy, we have virtually screened a large library of compounds to identify novel inhibitors of the reverse transcriptase (RT) of HIV-1. Fifty-six top scored compounds were tested in vitro, and two of them inhibited efficiently the DNA polymerase activity of RT. The most effective compound,(More)
We have recently shown that reverse transcriptases (RTs) perform template switches when there is a very short (two-nucleotide) complementarity between the 3' ends of the primer (donor) strand and the DNA or RNA template acceptor strands [Oz-Gleenberg et al. (2011) Nucleic Acids Res 39, 1042-1053]. These dinucleotide pairs are stabilized by RTs that are(More)
The reverse transcriptase (RT) of HIV-1 has a non-templated addition (NTA) activity and can perform template switches with a very short (even two nucleotides) complementarity between the 3'-ends of the primer donor strand and the template acceptor strands. We have studied how the combination of several pivotal parameters can all lead to strand switches(More)
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