Pharmacological characterization of the spectrum of antiviral activity and genetic barrier to drug resistance of M2-S31N channel blockers

Chunlong Ma, Jiantao Zhang, Jun Wang

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Adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) are one of the two classes of Food and Drug Administration- Approved antiviral drugs used for the prevention and treatment of influenza A virus infections. They inhibit viral replication by blocking the wild- Type (WT) M2 proton channel, thus preventing viral uncoating. However, their use was discontinued due to widespread drug resistance. Among a handful of drug-resistant mutants, M2-S31N is the predominant mutation and persists in more than 95% of currently circulating influenza A strains. We recently designed two classes of M2-S31N inhibitors, S31N-specific inhibitors and S31N/WT dual inhibitors, which are represented by N-[(5- cyclopropyl-1,2-oxazol-3-yl)methyl]adamantan-1- Amine (WJ379) and N-[(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)methyl]adamantan-1- Amine (BC035), respectively. However, their antiviral activities against currently circulating influenza A viruses and their genetic barrier to drug resistance are unknown. In this report, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of these two classes of M2-S31N inhibitors (WJ379 and BC035) by profiling their antiviral efficacy against multidrug-resistant influenza A viruses, in vitro drug resistance barrier, and synergistic effect with oseltamivir. We found that M2- S31N inhibitors were active against several influenza A viruses that are resistant to one or both classes of Food and Drug Administration- Approved anti-influenza drugs. In addition, M2- S31N inhibitors display a higher in vitro genetic barrier to drug resistance than amantadine. The antiviral effect of WJ379 was also synergistic with oseltamivir carboxylate. Overall, these results reaffirm that M2-S31N inhibitors are promising antiviral drug candidates that warrant further development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-198
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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