adenine
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈæ.dəˌniːn/, /ˈæ.dɪˌnɪn/
Noun

adenine

  1. (biochemistry, genetics) A base, C5H5N5, found in certain glands and tissues, which pairs with thymine in DNA and uracil in RNA.
    • 2006, David Markie, 1: Markers, Selection, and Media in Yeast Artificial Chromosome Cloning, Alasdair MacKenzie (editor), YAC Protocols, 2nd Edition, page 2 ↗,
      There are two genes in the adenine biosynthetic pathway of yeast (ADE1 and ADE2) that, apart from producing an absolute requirement for adenine when mutant, also produce a change in colony color.
    • 2010, Debjani Roy, Rogué Schleyer, 6: Chemical Origin of Life: How do Five HCN Molecules Combine to form Adenine under Prebiotic and Interstellar Conditions, Chérif F. Matta, Quantum Biochemistry, page 202 ↗,
      The HCN pentamer, adenine (a constituent of DNA, RNA and many coenzymes), is one of the most abundant biochemical molecules.
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