A single-stranded RNA
molecule containing about 70-90 nucleotides
, folded by intrastrand base pairing
into a characteristic secondary ('cloverleaf
') structure that carries a specific amino acid and matches it to its corresponding
on an mRNA
during protein synthesis.
PAC, 1992, 64, 143
(Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992))
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