protease inhibitor
noun Date: 1976 a substance that inhibits the action of a protease; specifically any of various drugs (as indinavir) that inhibit the action of the protease of HIV so that the cleavage of viral proteins into mature functional infectious particles is prevented and that are used especially in combination with other agents in the treatment of HIV infection

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  • Protease-Inhibitor — Protease Inhibitoren (PI) sind Moleküle, die Peptidasen (alter Name: Proteasen) hemmen und damit den Abbau von Proteinen verhindern können. Oft handelt es sich dabei selbst um Proteine. Auch eine Gruppe von Arzneistoffen, die zur Behandlung von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Protease inhibitor — can refer to: * Protease inhibitor (pharmacology): a class of medication that inhibits viral protease * Protease inhibitor (biology): a group of proteins that inhibit proteases …   Wikipedia

  • protease inhibitor — n a substance that inhibits the action of a protease specif any of various drugs (as indinavir or saquinavir) that inhibit the action of HIV protease so that cleavage of viral proteins into mature infectious particles is prevented and that are… …   Medical dictionary

  • protease inhibitor — n. a class of synthetic, antiviral drugs that limit or block the production of protease enzymes, which are essential in the reproductive cycle of the AIDS virus * * * …   Universalium

  • protease inhibitor — n. a class of synthetic, antiviral drugs that limit or block the production of protease enzymes, which are essential in the reproductive cycle of the AIDS virus …   English World dictionary

  • protease inhibitor — any one of a class of drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. Used in combination with other antiretroviral drugs, they act by inhibiting the action of protease, an enzyme produced by HIV that cleaves two precursor proteins into… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • protease inhibitor — A compound that interferes with the ability of certain enzymes to break down proteins. Some protease inhibitors can keep a virus from making copies of itself (for example, AIDS virus protease inhibitors), and some can prevent cancer cells from… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • protease inhibitor — noun an antiviral drug used against HIV; interrupts HIV replication by binding and blocking HIV protease; often used in combination with other drugs • Syn: ↑PI • Hypernyms: ↑antiviral, ↑antiviral agent, ↑antiviral drug • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • protease inhibitor — noun A class of drugs used to treat or prevent infection by viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C. See Also: amprenavir, atazanavir, darunavir, fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir …   Wiktionary

  • Protease inhibitor (biology) — In biology and biochemistry, protease inhibitors are molecules that inhibit the function of peptidases (old name: protease , hence the term protease inhibitor ). Many naturally occurring protease inhibitors are proteins.In medicine, protease… …   Wikipedia

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