AZT Greeting Cards
It is now firmly established that the deadly Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused in humans by a retrovirus termed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). There is no known cure for this disease, although several agents have been found to be efficacious in treatment of the symptoms. In this respect, 3'-azidothymidine (also known as AZT, Retrovir and Zidovudine) is probably the most effective anti-AIDS medication developed to date. During initial clinical trials using a double-blind placebo, the treated study population displayed a fivefold diminution in mortality rates. It was therefore deemed medically unethical to continue withholding the drug from patients receiving the placebo and the trial was halted. The drug is phosphorylated in vivo to the triphosphate analog which is mistaken for thymidine triphosphate by the viral specific DNA replicating enzyme reverse transcriptase. Subsequently, the azido analog is incorporated into the DNA transcript of viral RNA and causes premature chain termination, thus preventing integration of viral double stranded DNA into the host genome. The above image of AZT crystallites represents a genuine image of hope for a cure from this deadly plague.
To order products, please contact Amber Lotus directly through e-mail or through conventional methods:
P.O. Box 31538
San Francisco, CA 94131
Tel: (415) 695-0311
Fax: (415) 695-0300
Questions or comments? Send us an email.
© 1995-2015 by
Michael W. Davidson
and The Florida State University.
All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last Modification: Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at 02:19 PM
Access Count Since May 25, 1999: 6451
Microscopes provided exclusively by: