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Textbook Problem

Azidothymidine (AZT), a drug used to fight HIV, is believed to act as an enzyme inhibitor. What type of enzyme inhibition is most likely caused by this drug?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The type of enzyme inhibition caused by the drug, (AZT) is to be stated.

Concept introduction:

AZT is a drug which is used to delay AIDS in patients affected by the HIV. It stands for azidothymidine. It may be used to prevent the transfer of HIV from mother to child during birth or the transfer of HIV from an infected needle or other possible exposures.

Explanation

When HIV infects a cell, an enzyme called reverse transcriptase becomes responsible for copying the single-stranded viral RNA genome into a double-stranded DNA. This viral DNA is then integrated into the DNA of the host chromosomes...

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