Definition of topoisomerase in English:

topoisomerase

Line breaks: topo|isom¦er¦ase
Pronunciation: /ˌtɒpəʊˈʌɪsəməreɪz
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • An enzyme which alters the supercoiled form of a DNA molecule.
    More example sentences
    • Taken together, these results indicate that the overexpression of the topoisomerase I gene causes DNA damage that is lethal only in the scaA - background.
    • Among the genes affected by supercoiling are the topoisomerase genes.
    • The clastogenicity of topoisomerase inhibitors is believed to result from the transient stabilization of the topoisomerase enzyme with DNA during the catalytic cycle.

Origin

1970s: from Greek topos 'place' + isomer + -ase.

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