base pair


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to base pair: DNA, complementary base pairing

base pair

[′bās ‚per]
(cell and molecular biology)
Two nitrogenous bases, one purine and one pyrimidine, that pair in double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid.
References in periodicals archive ?
Adding the base pair to DNA demonstrated that storage was possible, he says, his latest work shows that the information can be retrieved works, and now he must show that cells can actually use the new compounds they make to do something interesting.
Base Pair will use the investment to acquire new lab instruments and other technology that will allow the company to expand its cellular and molecular analysis capabilities, enabling improved methods for finding aptamers that bind targets on and in live cells.
Papua New Guineans inherited a very large duplication of about 225,000 base pairs from Denisovans, an extinct group of hominids related to Neandertals.
To get a sense of the energy and temperature ranges here, a DNA sequence of about equal numbers of A:T and G:C base pairs, about 13 base pairs in total length, has a Tm of around 37[degrees]C, while a similar random sequence of about 20 bases has a Tm of about 51[degrees]C Making sequences longer or more G:C rich raises the Tm.
However, in the early stages, when the difficulties with the isoG-isoC pair were revealed, most researchers were skeptical about the possibility of artificially introducing an unnatural base pair into the present sophisticated biology systems that have evolved over several billion years.
DNA is made up from atoms that join together to make bases, phosphates and sugars, which then combine to make base pairs.
Even with that improvement, gel sequencing still proceeds at a snail's pace - it can read only a few thousand DNA base pairs per day.
The Hoogsteen base pairs typically show up when DNA is acted upon by a protein or damaged by chemical insults, according to Al-Hashimi.
Then, they allow molecules containing both sequences to mix in a test tube in salt water, where they naturally will match up to one another if the base pairs are intact.
Using computational modeling, we further validated that individual bases can roll over inside the double helix to achieve these Hoogsteen base pairs," said Ioan Andricioaei, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.
A 1905 base pair region of the human CYP1A1 promoter/enhancer region was regulated by AhR in zebrafish liver cells after exposure to TCDD (10 nM) in a transient transfection assay.
In addition, Kunkel and colleagues show that the sequence of DNA in question greatly influences whether pol [Iota] forms a correct base pair (namely AT, TA, GC, or CG) or an incorrect base pair (for example, GT).