Patent Number: 6,251,868

Title: Method for treating a human immunodeficiency virus infection

Abstract: The present invention provides a method for preventing or treating a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, including a new or an asymptomatic infection as well as AIDS, comprising administering to a mammal in need thereof a HIV infection preventing or treating effective amount of a .gamma.-L-glutamnyl-L-cysteine ester compound of formula (I): ##STR1## wherein R is a straight chain, branched or cyclic hydrocarbon group having 1-10 carbon atoms, or a straight chain or branched hydrocarbon group having 1-5 carbon atoms substituted with an aromatic group; or the oxidized dimer obtained by dehydrogenation between two .gamma.-L-glutamyl-L-cysteine esters having formula (I).

Inventors: Kubota; Satoshi (Philadelphia, PA), Pomerantz; Roger J. (Philadelphia, PA), Kitahara; Shigehisa (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Teijin Limited

International Classification: A61K 38/05 (20060101); C07K 005/072 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018