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Can the HIV-1 splicing machinery be targeted for drug discovery?

Overview of attention for article published in HIV/AIDS (Auckland, N.Z.), March 2017
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Can the HIV-1 splicing machinery be targeted for drug discovery?
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HIV/AIDS (Auckland, N.Z.), March 2017
DOI 10.2147/hiv.s120576
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Zodwa Dlamini, Rodney Hull


HIV-1 is able to express multiple protein types and isoforms from a single 9 kb mRNA transcript. These proteins are also expressed at particular stages of viral development, and this is achieved through the control of alternative splicing and the export of these transcripts from the nucleus. The nuclear export is controlled by the HIV protein Rev being required to transport incompletely spliced and partially spliced mRNA from the nucleus where they are normally retained. This implies a close relationship between the control of alternate splicing and the nuclear export of mRNA in the control of HIV-1 viral proliferation. This review discusses both the processes. The specificity and regulation of splicing in HIV-1 is controlled by the use of specific splice sites as well as exonic splicing enhancer and exonic splicing silencer sequences. The use of these silencer and enhancer sequences is dependent on the serine arginine family of proteins as well as the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein family of proteins that bind to these sequences and increase or decrease splicing. Since alternative splicing is such a critical factor in viral development, it presents itself as a promising drug target. This review aims to discuss the inhibition of splicing, which would stall viral development, as an anti-HIV therapeutic strategy. In this review, the most recent knowledge of splicing in human immunodeficiency viral development and the latest therapeutic strategies targeting human immunodeficiency viral splicing are discussed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Mexico 1 4%
Unknown 26 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 22%
Student > Bachelor 4 15%
Researcher 4 15%
Student > Master 4 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 11%
Other 5 19%
Unknown 1 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 11 41%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 19%
Chemistry 3 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 7%
Computer Science 1 4%
Other 3 11%
Unknown 2 7%

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