Definition of puromycin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpyo͝orōˈmīsin/


An antibiotic used to treat sleeping sickness and amoebic dysentery.
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  • Cells were exposed to the retrovirus for 24 hr, followed by media change and a 24-hr recovery period prior to selection of retroviral linked selection markers (neomycin, puromycin, or hygromycin).
  • This was transfected with a transgene encoding resistance to puromycin, and a predominantly negative, puromycin-resistant colony was isolated.
  • Determination of the puromycin dose: Puromycin was used at 100 g/ml on wild-type starved cultures.


1950s: from purine + -mycin.

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Syllabification: pu·ro·my·cin

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