Soluble Galcer Analogs as Anti-HIV Therapeutic Agents

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Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1 R43 MH53685-01,
Agency Tracking Number: 29587
Amount: $65,700.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Chicago Technology Park, 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive, Chicago, IL, 60612
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Liang Guo
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Abstract
Galactosyl ceramide (GalCer) acts as an alternative receptor for HIV in CD4 negative cells throughto the HIV envelope glycoprotein gp 120. The design and synthesis of GalCer analogs capable of bindiblocking its interaction with GalCer is potentially a powerful therapeutic approach against HIV infesynthesize four GalCer analogs, namely, 1-O-(beta-D-galactopyranosyl)-L-threo-dihydrosphingosine, 1-galactopyranosyl)-L-erythro-dihydrosphingosine, 1-O-(beta-D- galactopyranosyl)-D-threo-dihydrosphing(beta-D- galactopyranosyl)-D-erythro-dihydrosphingosine. These four compounds were selected becausethe structural components essential for the binding to gp 120, and the lack of the fatty acid on theconsiderably their solubility in water. The ability of these analogs to bind to HIV gp 120 will be ausing HPTLC binding assays on 1251-labeled gp 120, and their ability to inhibit HIV infection will bnegative cells (e.g. SK-N-MC). We plan to study an alternative therapeutic approach, conjugating thecytotoxic compounds, and using them as targeting agents to deliver toxins selectively to HIV-infecte

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