Cell Biology day 21

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  1. Aminoacyl-tRNA
    Aminoacyl-tRNA (also aa-tRNA or charged tRNA) is tRNA to which its cognated amino acid is chemically bonded (charged). The aa-tRNA, along with some elongation factors, deliver the amino acid to the ribosome for incorporation into the polypeptide chain that is being produced.
  2. Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase
    An enzyme that joins each amino acid to the correct tRNA.
  3. Anticodon
    A specialized base triplet at one end of a tRNA molecule that recognizes a particular complementary codon on an mRNA molecule.
  4. Codon
    A three-nucleotide sequence of DNA or mRNA that specifies a particular amino acid or termination signal; the basic unit of the genetic code.
  5. Genetic code
    The dictionary that translates between the language of nucleotide sequence and the language of amino acid sequence.
  6. ribosomal subunits
    • The large subunit contains the active site of the ribosome: the site that creates the new peptide bonds when proteins are synthesized.
    • The small subunit is in charge of information flow during protein synthesis.
  7. Transfer RNA (tRNA)
    An RNA molecule that functions as an interpreter between nucleic acid and protein language by picking up specific amino acids and recognizing the appropriate codons in the mRNA.
  8. Wobble
    A violation of the base-pairing rules in that the third nucleotide (5' end) of a tRNA anticodon can form hydrogen bonds with more than one kind of base in the third position (3' end) of a codon.
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Cell Biology day 21
Day 21 of cell biology glossary
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