Small molecule inhibitor of HIV-1 cell fusion blocks chemokine receptor-mediated function

J Leukoc Biol. 1998 Jul;64(1):6-13. doi: 10.1002/jlb.64.1.6.


The intersection of the HIV and the chemokine fields began with the observation that HIV entry into cells could be blocked by certain chemokines. Subsequent work showed that HIV entry is dependent on the presence of specific chemokine receptors. These observations led us to evaluate a series of compounds, ureido analogs of distamycin previously reported to block HIV entry into cells in vitro, for chemokine antagonist activity. One of the distamycin analogs, 2,2'[4,4'-[[aminocarbonyl]amino]bis[N,4'-di[pyrrole-2-carboxamide- 1,1'-dimethyl]]-6,8 napthalenedisulfonic acid] hexasodium salt (NSC 651016), is shown here to inhibit syncytia formation and cell fusion. Mechanistic studies showed that this inhibition was not due to conformational changes in gp120-gp41 induced by target cell CD4 and chemokine co-receptor and was therefore not due to interference with binding of HIV-1. Additional mechanistic studies demonstrated that NSC 651016 inhibited chemokine binding to specific chemokine receptors, induced CXCR4 and CCR5 receptor internalization, and inhibited chemokine-induced chemotaxis by macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1alpha, MIP-1beta, RANTES, and stromal-derived factor-1alpha but not monocyte chemotactic protein-1. Thus, we describe a novel compound that inhibits in vivo replication of HIV-1 by down-regulation of co-receptors. These data lead us to propose that NSC 651016 may have in vivo anti-inflammatory activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-HIV Agents / pharmacology*
  • CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes / virology
  • Cell Line
  • Chemokines / metabolism
  • HIV-1 / drug effects*
  • HIV-1 / physiology*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Membrane Fusion / drug effects*
  • Naphthalenesulfonates / pharmacology*
  • Receptors, Chemokine / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Receptors, Chemokine / physiology
  • Virus Replication / drug effects*


  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Chemokines
  • NSC 651016
  • Naphthalenesulfonates
  • Receptors, Chemokine