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noun, plural: nucleotides

The basic building block of nucleic acids, such as DNA and RNA. It is an organic compound made up of nitrogenous base, a sugar, and a phosphate group.


DNA molecule consists of nucleotides in which the sugar component is deoxyribose whereas the RNA molecule has nucleotides in which the sugar is a ribose. The most common nucleotides are divided into purines and pyrimidines based on the structure of the nitrogenous base. In DNA, the purine bases include adenine and guanine while the pyrimidine bases are thymine and cytosine. RNA includes adenine, guanine, cytosine, and uracil in stead of thymine (thymine is produced by adding a methyl to uracil).

Aside from serving as precursors of nucleic acids, nucleotides also serve as important cofactors in cellular signaling and metabolism. These cofactors include CoA, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), flavin mononucleotide, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP).

Word origin: nucleo- from nucleus + -ide (chemical suffix).

Related terms: nucleotide pyrophosphate transferase.

Compare: nucleoside.
See also: nucleic acid.

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I have got some BIG issues! forgive the long post

... they are: Indirect DNA testing : I know yo target the genes that are in severe proximity to our targeted gene and that you make use a fluorescent nucleotide or a tagged reporter molecule that will attach themselves to those genes and fluorescent in order to show presence of the bad genes :p. but ...

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by saddy51
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: I have got some BIG issues! forgive the long post
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Re: microsatellite instability

OK, another question: I can see how insertion/deletion can be detected by fragment analysis, but incorporation of a wrong nucleotide wouldn't cause change in the length of amplicon, so can that also be detected by fragment analysis?

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by kk
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: microsatellite instability
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SNV vs point mutation?

... from a point mutation. I seemed to think that an SNV and a point mutation were the same thing. So, what is the difference between a "single nucleotide variant" (SNV) and a point mutation? I can't seem to get it.

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by jomjamson
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:51 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: SNV vs point mutation?
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Re: Reasons why spontaneous human combustion is impossible?

It would be interesting to calculate the energy released if all the body's nucleotide triphosphates (e.g. ATP) were to simultaneously hydrolyze. I see no mechanism for that happening, but that should represent a pretty good stock of potential energy.

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by jonmoulton
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:07 pm
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Topic: Reasons why spontaneous human combustion is impossible?
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Re: Virology - Calculations

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by JackBean
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:58 pm
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Topic: Virology - Calculations
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