There is life with HIV

Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

Use of the enzyme reverse transcriptase is a unique feature of retroviruses such as HIV. After the virus releases its genetic material into a host cell, reverse transcriptase converts the viral RNA into a complementary piece of DNA, a process known as 'reverse transcription'. Reverse transcriptase works by looking around each of the building blocks of the nucleosides that make up the viral RNA and using them as a template to assemble DNA with a complementary stream of nucleotides using building blocks present in the cell.


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