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(Science: molecular biology) An unusual small dinucleotides signal molecule produced by bacteria under stress that induces an alteration of metabolism. Many metabolic responses may be altered by a single alarmone. The moleculaes contain multiple phosphate groups between the two nucleotides.

In bacteria when the environment is unfavorable for growth ppGpp and pppGpp are produced. these Alarmones regulate concordantly a large number of cellular activities.

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