Computer graphic of molecule of AZT

Computer graphic of molecule of AZT

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of a molecule of AZT, a drug used to treat AIDS & the only agent to date (1989) that has shown any success in prolonging survival. AZT is also effective in reducing the complications of secondary infections & in treating the dementia that affects a proportion of AIDS victims. AZT (brand name Retrovir, manufactured by Burroughs- Wellcome) inhibits the action of reverse transcriptase, the AIDS viral enzyme that is crucial to the subversion of a victims's immune system. AZT has side effects; its toxicity to bone marrow may result in patients developing anaemia.

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Keywords: aids, azt, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, drug, drug molecule, molecular graphic, molecules, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics, retrovir, zidovudine

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