The Molecules of HIV

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diketo acids

An article from "The Molecules of HIV" (c) Dan Stowell
www.mcld.co.uk/hiv

Diketo acids are one type of integrase inhibitor currently under development. "Diketo" means that the chemicals contain two keto groups in their molecular structure.

Remember that a carbon atom normally forms 4 bonds in a molecule. A keto group is a carbon atom double-bonded to an oxygen atom; this double-bond takes 2 of the carbon's 4 bonds, leaving two free to continue the "backbone" of the molecule.

A keto group: Diagram of keto group structure

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