We describe the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of novel HIV-1 protease inhibitors bearing isophthalamide derivatives as the P2-P3 ligands. We have investigated a range of acyclic and heterocyclic amides as the extended P2-P3 ligands. These inhibitors displayed good to excellent HIV-1 protease inhibitory activity. Also, a number of inhibitors showed very good antiviral activity in MT cells. Compound 5n has shown an enzyme Ki of 0.17 nM and antiviral IC50 of 14 nM. An X-ray crystal structure of inhibitor 5o-bound to HIV-1 protease was determined at 1.11Å resolution. This structure revealed important molecular insight into the inhibitor-HIV-1 protease interactions in the active site.
Keywords: Antiviral; Design; HIV-1 protease; Inhibitors; Isophthalamide; Synthesis.
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