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|Title:||HIV-1 proteins join the family of LIM kinase partners. New roads open up for HIV-1 treatment||Authors:||Manetti, Fabrizio||Issue Date:||2012||Project:||None||Journal:||DRUG DISCOVERY TODAY||Abstract:||
LIM kinases (LIMK) exert their functions by recruiting many macromolecular partners that could contribute to modulate LIMK activity in a positive or negative manner. In addition to proteins that interact with LIMK in human or animal cells and tissues, recent data show that LIMK activity is also influenced by HIV-1 viral proteins. These results suggest new strategies for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, based on the inhibition of LIMK-mediated cofilin inactivation and consequent actin depolymerization. Further efforts are however required to unravel the mechanism by which the virus interferes with LIMK activity and with the right balance of actin remodeling.
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