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A three-nucleotide sequence in transfer RNA that complements the codon in messenger RNA.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



part of the transfer ribonucleic acid or tRNA (in Russian, transport RNA or t-RNA), consisting of three unpaired (free bond) nucleotides. This section is specifically paired with the codon of messenger RNA or mRNA (in Russian, information RNA or i-RNA), which assures the proper arrangement of each amino acid during protein synthesis.

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The 22 tRNA genes and their anticodon sequences were identified by their proposed cloverleaf secondary structures drawn by tRNAscan-SE software (Lowe and Eddy, 1997).
The primary features of the sheep mitogenome, including gene structure, gene arrangement, initiation codon, termination codon, and anticodon, were described and compared among the 3 types of sheep.
The traditional approach to producing more tRNAs would have been to change the anticodons of existing ones, giving rise to a new class of amino acids proliferating across the code while systematically reshuffling a large number of codons in the process.
However, Meyer either avoids, or is simply unaware of, a significant amount of research in this area that has demonstrated chemical interactions between amino acids and their cognate anticodons or codons.