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Shine-Dal·gar·no se·quence(shīn dăl'gahr-nō),
a purine-rich, untranslated region of mRNA upstream from the initiation codon in prokaryotes; assists in aligning the mRNA on the ribosome.
[J. Shine, L. Dalgarno]
Shine-Dalgarno (SD) sequencea PURINE-rich sequence (5′-AGGAGGU-3′) about six to eight bases UPSTREAM of the start CODON for TRANSLATION, on bacterial mRNA. The sequence is complementary to, and base pairs (see BASE PAIRING with, a sequence near the 3′-end of the 16S ribosomal RNA of the RIBOSOME. It acts as a RIBOSOME BINDING SITE and is important in ribosome alignment for efficient translation. The sequence is named after J Shine and 1 Dalgarno, who discovered it in ESCHERICHIA COLI .
part of the leader sequence preceding the start codon of mRNA that is AGGAGGU or a variant thereof that binds the mRNA to a complementary sequence in the 16S component of rRNA so that translation of the mRNA can proceed.