A particular antiviral drug used to combat herpesvirus.
Idoxuridine is an anti-herpesvirus antiviral drug.
It is a nucleoside analogue, a modified form of deoxyuridine, similar enough to be incorporated into viral DNA replication, but the iodine atom added to the uracil component blocks base pairing. It is used only topically due to cardiotoxicity. It was synthesized by William Prusoff in the late 1950s.
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An analog of DEOXYURIDINE that inhibits viral DNA synthesis. The drug is used as an antiviral agent.
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