Nucleic Acid Structure and General Features

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Apart from dNTP, are there dUTP,dCTP,dTTP,dATP and dGTP? Why? Similarly, apart from NTP, are there TTP,CTP, UTP, ATP and GTP. Why?


Think about what we mean by "dNTP." We are referring to a nucleoside tri-phosphate with deoxyribose as its sugar. So dGTP would refer to a guanine nucleotide with deoxyribose as its sugar, and so on. Likewise, "NTP" means a nucleotide with ribose as its sugar (we don't need to write rNTP like we did dNTP).

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