Definition of RNase in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɑːrɛnˈeɪz/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • An enzyme which promotes the breakdown of RNA into oligonucleotides and smaller molecules.
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    • We select proteins RNase, SNAse, Barnase, CheY, Im7, and P16, for which, at the experimental conditions studied, the existence of intermediates in the folding process have been observed experimentally.
    • A second possibility to account for false-negative results might be inactivation of the enzyme by RNase.
    • The skin excretes RNase, which cuts up the RNA in RNA-based viruses.


1950s: from RNA + -ase.

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