Base substitution


noun, plural: base substitutions

A type of mutation involving replacement or substitution of a single nucleotide base with another in DNA or RNA molecule.


This type of mutation occurring in noncoding sequences often does not result in an altered amino acid sequence during translation. If such mutation occurs in the promoter sequence of a gene, the effect may be apparent since the expression of the gene may result in a change in structure and function of the protein product.

Depending on the type of nitrogenous base involved, this type of mutation may be categorized as:

Also called: (single) substitution mutation or (single) base-pair substitution

See also: point mutation

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