Butylated hydroxytoluene, lipid-enveloped viruses, and AIDS

Med Hypotheses. 1987 May;23(1):39-42. doi: 10.1016/0306-9877(87)90178-2.


Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a potent inactivator of lipid-enveloped viruses. The viral envelope structure is physically disturbed by BHT, thereby interfering with viral adsorption to host cells. Since the virus responsible for AIDS (HTLV III) contains a lipid envelope, BHT warrants investigation as a potential antiviral agent against the AIDS virus.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Antiviral Agents*
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene / pharmacology*
  • HIV / drug effects*
  • HIV / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Models, Biological


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene