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Nucleosides Nucleotides Nucleic Acids 2005;24(5-7):419-21
Alpha-boranophosphates suppress RT-mediated resistance when the catalytic rate of incorporation (kpol) of the analogue 5′-triphosphate is responsable for drug resistance, such as in the case of K65R mutant and ddNTPs, and Q151M toward AZTTP and ddNTPs. This suppression is also observed with BH3-d4T and BH3-3TC toward their clinically relevant mutants Q151M and M184V. Moreover, the presence of the borano (BH3-) group renders the incorporation of the analogue independent from amino-acid substitutions in RT. To our knowledge, this is the first example of rescue of polymerase activity by means of a nucleotide analogue.