antisense definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or concerning a nucleotide sequence which complementary to a sequence of messenger RNA. Whenever antisense DNA or RNA is included with a cell, it binds to a specific messenger RNA molecule and inactivates it.
    • Of or regarding a nucleotide series that is complementary to a sequence of messenger RNA. Whenever antisense DNA or RNA is put into a cell, it binds to a particular messenger RNA molecule and inactivates it.
  • noun:
    • A molecule which interacts with a complementary strand of nucleic acids, so as to suppress its transcription.
    • A molecule which interacts with a complementary strand of nucleic acids, to be able to control its transcription.

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