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Reverse transcriptase inhibitor
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Efavirenz is a highly potent inhibitor of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 reverse transcriptase with Ki value of 2.93nM [1].

Efavirenz is an antiretroviral drug approved by the FDA in 1998. It is usually used in a combination therapy with other antiretroviral drugs. Efavirenz is a potent inhibitor of both wild-type HIV-1 RT and HIV-1 variants which express series of NNRTI resistance-associated amino acid substitutions. The Ki value of efavirenz against the purified wild-type HIV-1 RT is 2.93nM. For the mutants A98G, L100I, K101G and K103N, the Ki values are 3.85nM, 17.13nM, 7.27nM and 17.6nM, respectively. Efavirenz is also a selective inhibitor of HIV-1 RT. It shows no inhibitory activity against a variety of polymerase enzymes including avian myeloblastosis virus RT, Moloney murine leukemia virus RT, human DNA polymerases and Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. In the acute infection assay, efavirenz also exerts potency with both wild-type HIV-1 RT (IC95s ranging from 1.5nM-3nM) and mutant HIV-1 RT [1, 2].

[1] Young S D, Britcher S F, Tran L O, et al. L-743, 726 (DMP-266): a novel, highly potent nonnucleoside inhibitor of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 reverse transcriptase. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 1995, 39(12): 2602-2605.
[2] de Béthune M P. Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), their discovery, development, and use in the treatment of HIV-1 infection: a review of the last 20 years (1989–2009). Antiviral research, 2010, 85(1): 75-90.

Chemical Properties

Physical AppearanceA solid
StorageStore at -20°C
Cas No.154598-52-4
Solubility≥15.55mg/mL in DMSO
Chemical Name(4S)-6-chloro-4-(2-cyclopropylethynyl)-4-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-3,1-benzoxazin-2-one
SDFDownload SDF
Canonical SMILESC1CC1C#CC2(C3=C(C=CC(=C3)Cl)NC(=O)O2)C(F)(F)F
Shipping ConditionEvaluation sample solution : ship with blue ice.All other available size: ship with RT , or blue ice upon request
General tipsFor obtaining a higher solubility , please warm the tube at 37 ℃ and shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while.Stock solution can be stored below -20℃ for several months.


Cell experiment [1]:

Cell lines

human glioma U-251MG (CLS 300385) and neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y (ATCC CRL-2266) cells

Preparation method

The solubility of this compound in DMSO is >15.6mg/mL. General tips for obtaining a higher concentration: Please warm the tube at 37℃ for 10 minutes and/or shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while. Stock solution can be stored below -20℃ for several months.

Reacting condition

10 or 25μM for 1 h


Incubation with efavirenz provoked a significant and concentration-dependent decrease in basal respiration and specifically in ATP production-coupled O2 consumption in both SH-SY5Y and U-251MG cells. In vehicle-treated SH-SY5Y, 66% of the basal respiration was used for ATP synthesis, but this value dropped to 52.7% with 25μM efavirenz, an effect that was even more pronounced in U-251MG cells (with values of 49.6% and 30.3%, respectively). The effect was more pronounced in the glioblastoma cells, where 25μM efavirenz induced a 57.1% reduction compared with the 39.3% seen for differentiated neuroblastoma cells. The U251-MG cells were more susceptible (SH-SY5Y cells displayed reductions of 14.2% and 51.5% whereas the corresponding values in the glioblastoma cells were 65.9% and 73.8% upon exposure to 10 and 25 uM efavirenz, respectively). Both the MRC (maximum respiratory capacity) and the SRC (respiratory control ratio) were diminished in cells treated with efavirenz. In U-251MG cells, 61.9% of the basal OCR was of mitochondrial origin and 10μM efavirenz modified this proportion, diminishing it by 10%. Efavirenz provoked a major decrease in RCR, which was again more prominent in U-251MG cells.

Animal experiment [2]:

Animal models

Male apolipoprotein E-null (ApoE-/-) mice at 6 weeks of age

Dosage form

75 mg/kg/day, oral gavage, for 35 days


Efavirenz played a role in early vascular remodeling contributing to HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy)-induced CVD (cardiovascular disease) but may not independently contribute to late-stage atherosclerosis. 5 weeks of efavirenz treatment leaded to changes in the biomechanical behavior of the abdominal aorta, namely arterial stiffening and reduction in axial loading, but not elevated plaque coverage in ApoE-/- mouse aortas. Efavirenz did not, in fact, accelerate plaque progression. Aortas from efavirenz -treated mice demonstrated decreased compliance (i.e., increased arterial stiffness) and decreased axial force and a trend toward decreased in vivo axial stretch, but efavirenz treatment had no effect on intima-media thickness of the aortic wall or plaque coverage in thoracic aortas and aortic arches. Taken together, efavirenz leaded to arterial stiffening but, for the dose and duration tested, did not lead to elevated plaque progression in ApoE-/- mice.

Other notes

Please test the solubility of all compounds indoor, and the actual solubility may slightly differ with the theoretical value. This is caused by an experimental system error and it is normal.


[1]. Funes HA,Blas-Garcia A,Esplugues JV., et al. Efavirenz alters mitochondrial respiratory function in cultured neuron and glial cell lines. J Antimicrob Chemother.2015 Aug;70(8):2249-54. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkv098. Epub 2015 Apr 29.

[2]. Caulk AW,Soler J,Platt MO., et al. Efavirenz treatment causes arterial stiffening in apolipoprotein E-null mice.

J Biomech.2015 Jul 16;48(10):2176-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.05.010. Epub 2015 May 21.

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