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The Chemistry of AZT

April 20th, 2008 · No Comments ·

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  • AZT C10H13N5O4 is a nucleoside analog of thymidine C10H14N2O5

  • Without the OH group, the next DNA base has nothing to attach to and makes small bits of DNA rather than a single continuous molecule
  • AZT prohibits reverse transcriptase, which is what allows the virus to replicate by making DNA from RNA

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