Novel antiviral drug discovery strategies to tackle drug-resistant mutants of influenza virus strains

Woo Jin Shin, Baik L. Seong

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Introduction: The emergence of drug-resistant influenza virus strains highlights the need for new antiviral therapeutics to combat future pandemic outbreaks as well as continuing seasonal cycles of influenza. Areas covered: This review summarizes the mechanisms of current FDA-approved anti-influenza drugs and patterns of resistance to those drugs. It also discusses potential novel targets for broad-spectrum antiviral drugs and recent progress in novel drug design to overcome drug resistance in influenza. Expert opinion: Using the available structural information about drug-binding pockets, research is currently underway to identify molecular interactions that can be exploited to generate new antiviral drugs. Despite continued efforts, antivirals targeting viral surface proteins like HA, NA, and M2, are all susceptible to developing resistance. Structural information on the internal viral polymerase complex (PB1, PB2, and PA) provides a new avenue for influenza drug discovery. Host factors, either at the initial step of viral infection or at the later step of nuclear trafficking of viral RNP complex, are being actively pursued to generate novel drugs with new modes of action, without resulting in drug resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-168
Number of pages16
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 1

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Funding Information:
The authors are supported by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF2015R1D1A4A01016640 and 2018M3A9H4079358) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA; 716002-7) of the Korean Government. They are also supported by the Samsung Research Funding Center of Samsung Electronics under project number SRFC-MA1502-05.

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© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Drug Discovery


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