base analogue

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base analogue

A chemical which resembles a purine or pyrimidine base, which differs slightly in structure from the normal bases found in nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) and, when intercalated in the nucleic acid, may alter one or more of its normal functions or cause point (single-base substitution) mutations.

Examples
Aminopurine (which replaces adenine), bromouracil (which replaces thymine), azaguanine, azauracil, 5-bromodeoxyuridine.

base analogue

Any compound structurally similar to a DNA BASE that can substitute for a base and thus cause a mutation.
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Fig. 62 Base analogue . The action of 5-bromouracil on DNA.

base analogue

any chemical that has a similar structure (i.e. is analogous) to one of the purine or pyrimidine bases in DNA or RNA. Such analogues can become incorporated into the nucleic acid and may act as a MUTAGEN. For example, 5-bromouracil (5Bu) is an analogue of thymine and can be incorporated into DNA in place of thymine. In its normal state 5Bu acts like thymine and pairs with adenine (see COMPLEMENTARY PAIRING but the analogue sometimes undergoes a chemical change called a tautomeric shift and now pairs with guanine. At the next DNA replication an incorrect base will be incorporated into the DNA, causing a TRANSITION SUBSTITUTION mutation (adenine - guanine).
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The RNA molecule is similar to DNA except that there is a substitution of the nucleotide base uracil for thymine, the ribose sugar differs, and it is usually single stranded.
This situation can arise in the event of a tautomeric shift (transient rearrangement of a nucleotide base structure, allowing for non-canonical pairing) right as the polymerase comes by.
Caption: Short chains of adenosine monophosphate (AMP) --a nucleotide base for both DNA and RNA --can form the double helix shown above (the grey spheres represent ammonium ions.
At this particular site in the genome, 60 percent of individuals have the nucleotide base termed adenine (A) and 40 percent have the nucleotide base termed guanine (G).
Characterization in all seven taxa revealed a variable size of CD36 gene [minimum of 29058 nucleotide base pair (bp) in M.
2006 [9], who suggested that introns of more than 1,029 nucleotide base pairs (bp) may be considered as long and less than 1,029 bp as short.
The benchmark test ran a standard Blast-n query to match 25 nucleotide base pairs against 600,000 queries.
In this context MALDI-TOF MS has been shown to permit the detection of paternally inherited single nucleotide base variations from fetal cf-DNA in maternal plasma (2) and donor-derived single-base variations (also known as single-nucleotide polymorphisms) in the urine of kidney transplant recipients (3).
The nucleotide base sequence of each product showed that each shared 100% similarity with sequences of other B.
The laboratory must establish criteria to assign nucleotide base calls to appropriate peaks or bands and to determine whether the results are of sufficient quality for interpretation purposes.
The genetic information is contained in the double helix molecule of DNA, composed of nucleotide base pairs.
The mtDNA shows elevated rate of mutations when compared to the nuclear DNA due to absence of DNA repair and proof reading mechanism that leads to higher nucleotide base changes.