Indinavir: Chemoinformatics prediction for hepatitis C virus inhibitor property

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Indinavir: Chemoinformatics prediction for hepatitis C virus inhibitor property. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:197-8


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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Indinavir: Chemoinformatics prediction for hepatitis C virus inhibitor property. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 21];9:197-8. Available from:

Dear Sir,

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a public health problem worldwide. The use of antiretroviral therapy is the standard management of HIV infection. There are many new anti-HIV drugs, and indinavir is one of those drugs.[1] An interesting concern in using anti-HIV drugs is the effect on other concurrent infection, especially for hepatitis C virus (HCV). In a recent report, the change of anti-HIV regimen is proposed to cause clearance of HCV.[2] Here, the authors use standard biochemoinformatics technique, namely, “General Unrestricted Structure-Activity Relationships – GUSAR” for assessment of the inhibitor effect of indinavir on HCV. This technique is used in some previous publications.[3] According to the prediction modeling, indinavir can have the inhibiting effect on HCV without genotoxicity inductor property. Indeed, the management of concurrent HIV and HCV infection requires targeting on both viruses. Matthews and Dore noted that “new therapies, including HCV protease and polymerase inhibitors, are in development and may widen therapeutic options for HIV–HCV-coinfected individuals.”[4] Nevertheless, if a single antiviral drug can be helpful for managing both diseases, it will be favorable. Based on the present informatics study, indinavir might be helpful as mentioned. However, this needs further clinical study for verification.

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