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Johnston VK , Maley D , Gagnon RC , Grassmann CW , Behrens SE , Sarisky RT
Kinetic profile of a heterocyclic HCV replicon RNA synthesis inhibitor
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Nov 21;311(3) :672-7
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Recently, a benzo-1,2,4-thiadiazine was shown to be a potent, specific inhibitor of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA polymerase [J. Biol. Chem. 277 (2002) 32327]. Herein, we present several lines of evidence to demonstrate that thiadiazine compound 4 (C(21)H(21)N(3)O(4)S) is highly synergistic with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) and disrupts HCV replicon RNA synthesis with a distinct kinetic profile. A time course analysis after a single treatment with 5microM compound 4 showed a loss of viral RNA consistent with replicon RNA half-life, suggesting inhibition of 90% of ongoing or newly initiated replicative intermediates. This finding is consistent with the mechanism of action recently reported for compound 4, an RNA synthesis initiation inhibitor [J. Biol. Chem. 278 (2003) 16602]. Further, unlike IFN-alpha, an immediate reduction of HCV replicon RNA synthesis was apparent upon addition of compound 4. Treatment with IFN-alpha showed a delay of approximately 4h prior to inhibition of viral RNA replication, consistent with its signaling kinetics.
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