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HIV Antiretroviral Treatment. By: Richard Britt Dr. Buynak Spring 2006. Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a Retrovirus which means: It contains a single-stranded RNA genome

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hiv antiretroviral treatment

HIV Antiretroviral Treatment

By: Richard Britt

Dr. Buynak

Spring 2006

human immunodeficiency virus
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HIV is a Retrovirus which means:
    • It contains a single-stranded RNA genome
    • The HIV will incorporate it’s own genome into it’s host cell and hijack the normal functions of the cell to replicate itself
    • This process will eventually lead to cell destruction
  • The target for HIV is the CD-4+ Helper T-Cells, which are the backbone of the immune system.
  • The Majority of Symptoms of an HIV infection do not show up until the disease has already begun to damage the immune system
  • The incubation time for an HIV infection can be several weeks to several years
  • General symptoms include:
    • Lack of energy, weight loss, frequent fevers and sweats, persistent or frequent yeast infections, persistent skin rashes or flakey skin, short-term memory loss, and mouth, genital, or anal sores from Herpes infections
opportunistic infections
Opportunistic Infections
  • HIV infection is usually discovered when a patient is diagnosed with an unusually severe or persistent infection
  • Opportunistic infections include:
    • Bacterial, Fungal, Parasitic, and Viral Infections
  • These infections will be more severe because the person’s immune system will be surpressed by the HIV disease.
hiv details
HIV Details
  • RNA Genome is 9 kilobases long and contains 9 genes that encode 15 different protiens
  • Fusion targets of the viral surface envelope glycoprotiens is the CD4+ receptor and its co-receptor CCR5 on the surface of the T-lymphocyte
  • Envelope contains the following viral enzymes:
    • Reverse Transcriptase, Integrase, RNAse-H
basic steps
Basic Steps
  • HIV fuses with host cell and releases its genome and enzymes into the cell
  • RNA genome is transcribed by Reverse Transcriptase into a single stranded viral DNA
  • Reverse Transcriptase acts as DNA Polymerase and transcribes the single stranded DNA into a Double Stranded Viral DNA
  • DNA is then transported into the cell nucleus and is integrated into the host cell DNA by the viral enzyme integrase.
more basic steps
More Basic Steps
  • Normal functions of the cell resume except now instead of transcribing RNA for the regular proteins of the cell it is transcribing viral mRNA
  • Viral Proteins are produced in one large multi-protein chain from the viral mRNA
  • Viral Components move toward the cell membrane and bud off into new immature virions
more basic steps1
More Basic Steps
  • Viral enzyme protease cleaves itself from the viral protein mass
  • The Viral Protease then matures the virion by cutting up the protein mass into the individual viral enzymes
  • The virion is a mature and infectious virus
mature hiv virus
Mature HIV Virus

Life Cycle Animation

nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors nrtis
Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs)
  • Zidovudine first drug in this class approved by the FDA on March 20, 1987
  • This class of drugs works by inhibiting the action of the viral enzyme reverse transcriptase.
  • This is accomplished by taking the place of a DNA peptide and prematurely terminating the transcription process
  • NRTIs are phosphorylated three times after they enter the cell to become successful inhibitors

Zidovudine (AZT or azidothymidine)

nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors ntrtis
Nucleotide Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NtRTIs)
  • In the same class of drugs as NRTIs however these are not required to be phosphorylated after they enter the cell.
  • Same mechanism of action as NTRIs

Tenofovir Disproxil Fumarate (Viread®)

Life Cycle Animation

non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors nnrtis
Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs)
  • Also act as inhibitors of the viral enzyme reverse transcriptase however mechanism of action is different
  • This class of drugs works by non-competitive inhibition
  • The drug binds to the viral enzyme at a place other than the active site and changes the conformation of the active site decreasing the enzyme’s affinity for nucleoside binding.

Nevirapine (Viramune®)

Life Cycle Animation

protease inhibitors
Protease Inhibitors
  • These work by competitive inhibition of the viral enzyme protease
  • These drugs irreversibly bind to the active site of protease preventing it from completing the maturation of the virion
  • Protease inhibitors prevent immature virions from becoming mature, infectious Viruses

Sequinavir (Invirase®)

Low Bioavailability

Ritonvir (Norvir®)

More successful because it inhibits Cytochrome P450 3A4 which breaks down Protease Inhibitors

Life Cycle Animation

mature hiv virus1
Mature HIV Virus

Life Cycle Animation

fusion inhibitors
Fusion Inhibitors
  • Newest Class of Drugs
  • This drug binds to the glycoprotein gp41 in the viral envelope inhibiting its fusion with the CD4+ receptor on the host cell and thus preventing the cell’s infection.
  • Usually used as a last line option for most patient because it is only available as an injection and its high cost
    • More than $25000 per year

Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon®)

Life Cycle Animation

history of drug development
History of Drug Development
  • 1985 – research on anti-viral medication begins
  • 1987 – First drug Zidovudine produced
    • First NRTI
    • Early life extending properties except only temporarily worked as patients became immune
  • Mid-1990s – Protease Inhibitors and NNRTIs Developed
    • 1995 – first protease inhibitor Sequinavir approved by the FDA
    • Low Bioavailability led to the development of a second protease inhibitor Ritonvir
    • 1996 first NNRTI, Nevirapine approved by FDA
  • March 2003 – First Fusion Inhibitor Enfuvirtide approve by FDA
current research hiv vaccine
Current ResearchHIV Vaccine
  • Two methods of vaccine research showing promise
    • Recombinant Subunit Vaccines
    • Live Recombinant Vaccines
  • Recombinant Subunit Vaccine
    • If the recombinant viral envelope proteins that are included in the vaccine aren’t close enough in structure and composition to the actual HIV envelope proteins the antigens that are produced will be ineffective in fighting an actual HIV infection
  • Live Recombinant Vaccine
    • Can actually cause disease when it is trying to prevent it
    • Usually occurs when the person is immunocompromised
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