Definition of intein in English:


Line breaks: in¦tein
Pronunciation: /ˈɪntiːn


An internal segment of amino acids that is excised from a protein precursor to generate a new protein.
More example sentences
  • Intein excision depends on the splicing domain of the intein and the first amino acid residue of the C-extein.
  • It encodes a bifunctional protein with two domains, a homing endonuclease and a self-splicing intein.
  • The MSI group takes the molecule of interest - say, a protein ligand - and attaches an intein to it.


1990s: from internal + protein.

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