Biologically active oligodeoxyribonucleotides. 5. 5'-End-substituted d(TGGGAG) possesses anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 activity by forming a G-quadruplex structure

J Med Chem. 1998 Sep 10;41(19):3655-63. doi: 10.1021/jm970658w.


A series of hexadeoxyribonucleotides (6-mers), d(TGGGAG), substituted with a variety of aromatic groups at the 5'-end were synthesized and tested for anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) activity. While unmodified d(TGGGAG) (31) had no anti-HIV-1 activity, compound 23 with a 3,4-di(benzyloxy)benzyl (DBB) group at the 5'-end potently inhibited the HIV-1IIIB-induced cytopathicity of MT-4 cells in vitro (IC50 = 0.37 microM) without cytotoxicity up to 40 microM. A thermal denaturation study on the 5'-end-substituted 6-mers by means of the circular dichroism (CD) spectra demonstrated that the aromatic substituent attached at the 5'-end of the 6-mer strongly enhanced the formation of a parallel helical structure consisting of four strands (quadruplex). On the contrary, compound 36, in which one of the guanosines of 23 was replaced by a thymidine, did not form a quadruplex, thus exhibiting no anti-HIV-1 activity. Moreover, both compound 15, with a tert-butyldiphenylsilyl group solely at its 3'-end, and compound 21, with a relatively small substituent, a benzyl group, at the 5'-end, formed quadruplexes but had no anti-HIV-1 activity. These findings led us to the conclusion that both the quadruplex structure and the aromatic substituent with adequate size at the 5'-end are crucial for the interaction of the 5'-end-substituted 6-mers with the V3 loop as well as the CD4 binding site on viral gp120, resulting in anti-HIV-1 activity.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-HIV Agents / blood
  • Anti-HIV Agents / chemical synthesis
  • Anti-HIV Agents / chemistry*
  • Anti-HIV Agents / pharmacology
  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Drug Stability
  • HIV-1 / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides / blood
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides / chemical synthesis
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides / chemistry*
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides / pharmacology
  • Solutions
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Anti-HIV Agents
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides
  • Solutions