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2',3'-Dideoxycytidine in cells, it is phosphorylated to the active triphosphate form, ddCTP, which acts as a substrate for HIV reverse transcriptase (Ki = 51 nM). It incorporates into viral DNA where it terminates chain elongation when the missing hydroxyl group is encountered. It is also is used as a DNA chain-terminating nucleotide for DNA sequencing methods based on the Sanger chain-termination method.
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Hazard Statements: H351
Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P281-P308+P313-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant