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a technique in which a bacterial DNA polymerase is used to degrade a single strand of DNA that has been nicked and then to resynthesize that strand, often with labeled nucleoside triphosphates.

nick translation

a method of labeling DNA in the laboratory by using the enzyme DNA polymerase.

nick translation

a process of repairing a NICK in a DNA MOLECULE using the enzyme DNA POLYMERASE. This method is often used in vitro to introduce labelled NUCLEOTIDES into DNA in order to label a DNA PROBE.


the synthesis of a polypeptide using messenger RNA as a template, a complex process involving ribosomes and transfer RNAs; every three bases (a codon) along the mRNA beginning with the start codon specifies one amino acid in the polypeptide chain. See also deoxyribonucleic acid.

translation-inhibitory protein (TIP)
produced by cells with depression of DNA synthesis caused by the action of interferons. It inhibits viral replication by binding viral RNA on cell ribosomes.
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an in vitro procedure for introducing radiolabeled nucleotides into DNA. A method for preparing highly radioactive probes for use in a wide variety of hydridization techniques both in vitro and in vivo. The DNA fragment to be labeled and used as a probe is mixed with DNA polymerase I and the 4 α NTPs, one of which is labeled; the polymerase nicks the DNA fragment and by strand displacement (exonuclease action) displaces and recopies, incorporating the labeled α NTP.