Definition of sticky end in English:

sticky end

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noun

Biochemistry
  • An end of a DNA double helix at which a few unpaired nucleotides of one strand extend beyond the other.
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    • Such linkers could be joined by DNA ligase onto the DNA to be inserted and the resulting molecule cut with a restriction enzyme to generate sticky ends.
    • This works because the enzyme will seek out the corresponding sticky ends on the target DNA, in essence cleaving or cutting out a certain section of the DNA.
    • Here, we have adapted a method we developed previously for the ligation of DNA triangles; we solve the phosphorylation requirement problem by restricting to create phosphorylated sticky ends.

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