Glycofullerenes Inhibit Viral Infection
Joanna Luczkowiak, Antonio Muñoz, Macarena Sánchez-Navarro, Renato Ribeiro-Viana, Anthony Ginieis, Beatriz M. Illescas, Nazario Martín, Rafael Delgado, Javier Rojo
Water-soluble glycofullerenes based on a hexakis-adduct of fullerene with an octahedral addition pattern are very attractive compounds providing a spherical presentation of carbohydrates. These tools have been recently described and they have been used to interact with lectins in a multivalent manner. Here, we present the use of these glycofullerenes, including new members with 36 mannoses, as compounds able to inhibit a DC-SIGN-dependent cell infection by pseudotyped viral particles. The results obtained in these experiments demonstrate for the first time that these glycoconjugates are adequate to inhibit efficiently an infection process, and therefore, they can be considered as very promising and interesting tools to interfere in biological events where lectins such as DC-SIGN are involved.