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hypoxanthine Line breaks: hypo|xan¦thine
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpəʊˈzanθiːn/

Definition of hypoxanthine in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound which is an intermediate in the metabolism of purines in animals and occurs in plant tissues.
  • Alternative name: 6-hydroxypurine; chemical formula: C5H4N4O
Example sentences
  • The deamination product of adenine is hypoxanthine, and hypoxanthine base pairs with cytosine rather than thymine.
  • Nitrosative deamination of cytosine and adenine results in uracil and hypoxanthine, respectively.
  • Adenine is converted to hypoxanthine at 2-3% of the rate of cytosine deamination.
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