Molecular strategies to inhibit HIV-1 replication

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The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is the primary cause of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is a slow, progressive and degenerative disease of the human immune system. The pathogenesis of HIV-1 is complex and characterized by the interplay of both viral and host factors. An intense global research effort into understanding the individual steps of the viral replication cycle and the dynamics during an infection has inspired researchers in the development of a wide spectrum of antiviral strategies. Practically every stage in the viral life cycle and every viral gene product is a potential target. In addition, several strategies are targeting host proteins that play an essential role in the viral life cycle. This review summarizes the main genetic approaches taken in such antiviral strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2005

    Research areas

  • Antiviral Agents, HIV-1, Humans, RNA Interference, RNA, Antisense, RNA, Messenger, Viral Proteins, Virus Replication

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