Pronunciation: ri'bo-nu'kle-as pan'kre-at'ik
Definition: An enzyme isolated from the pancreas of ruminants that transfers the 3'-phosphate of a pyrimidine ribonucleotide residue in a polynucleotide from the 5'-position of the adjoining nucleotide to the 2'-position of the pyrimidine nucleotide itself (a transferase, endonuclease action), thus breaking the chain and forming a pyrimidine 2',3'-cyclic phosphate, then (or independently) hydrolyzing this phosphodiester to leave a pyrimidine nucleoside 3'-phosphate residue (phosphodiesterase action); used in cytochemistry to selectively degrade and remove RNA as a control for staining of RNA. End products are nucleoside 3'-phosphates and 3'-phosphooligonucleotides ending Cp or Up.
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