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Reverse Transcriptase

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier Inc.
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-374984-0.01326-7
Keywords
  • Dna
  • Enzymes
  • Genetic Information
  • Nucleotides
  • Retrotranscription
  • Retrotransposons
  • Retroviruses
  • Rna
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Reverse transcriptases are enzymes capable to extract the genetic information contained in an RNA molecule and transfer it to DNA. They are essential for the replication of several RNA viruses. They are monomeric or dimeric proteins and share a common structure and mechanism of catalysis. The reverse trasncriptase of the virus HIV is an important target for the chemotherapy of AIDS.

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