Sanjeewa Dharmasena

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The rapid emergence of drug-resistant variants of human immunodeficiency virus, type 1 (HIV-1), has limited the efficacy of anti-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) treatments, and new lead compounds that target novel binding sites are needed. We have determined the 3.15 A resolution crystal structure of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) complexed(More)
The resistance of HIV-1 to 3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine (AZT) involves phosphorolytic excision of chain-terminating AZT-5'-monophosphate (AZTMP). Both pyrophosphate (PPi) and ATP act as excision substrates in vitro, but the intracellular substrate used during replication of AZT-resistant HIV is still unknown. PPi-mediated excision produces AZT-5'-triphosphate(More)
Lemay et al recently reported that the RNA binding protein HuR directly interacts with the ribonuclease H (RNase H) domain of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) and influences the efficiency of viral reverse transcription (Lemay et al., 2008, Retrovirology 5:47). HuR is a member of the embryonic lethal abnormal vision protein family and contains 3 RNA(More)
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