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adenyl (plural adenyls)

  1. (biochemistry) The univalent radical derived from adenine.
    • 1988, Samuel P. Bessman, Chandra Mohan, The Intracellular Mechanism of Insulin Action, Horst Kleinkauf, Hans von Döhren, Lothar Jaenicke (editors), The Roots of Modern Biochemistry: Fritz Lippmann's Squiggle and its Consequences, Walter de Gruyter, page 663,
      I was told that he was a great biochemist but he was lost in a futile search for an active acetyl compound when “everybody knew” it was an adenyl acetyl complex.
    • 2005, Peter Palese (editor), Modulation of Host Gene Expression and Innate Immunity by Viruses, Springer, page 45,
      It is activated by 2'-5' oligoadenylates with at least three adenyl residues and one 5' phosphoryl group.
    Synonyms: adenylate, adenylyl

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