nuclease

Definitions of nuclease
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n general term for enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of nucleic acid by cleaving chains of nucleotides into smaller units

Types:
endonuclease
a nuclease that cleaves nucleic acids at interior bonds and so produces fragments of various sizes
exonuclease
a nuclease that releases one nucleotide at a time (serially) beginning at one of a nucleic acid
restriction endonuclease, restriction enzyme, restriction nuclease
any of the enzymes that cut nucleic acid at specific restriction sites and produce restriction fragments; obtained from bacteria (where they cripple viral invaders); used in recombinant DNA technology
Type of:
enzyme
any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions

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