2nd October 2019


What is the difference between a purine and pyrimidine?

Do you know the difference between a Purine and a Pyrimidine? Purines and Pyrimidines are the nitrogen-containing "bases" found in the nucleotides that make up DNA and RNA. As shown in Figure 12-5 from the Dragonfly Book (at right), purines have two rings in their structure, while pyrimidines have just one.

What is purine and pyrimidine?

Purines and Pyrimidines are nitrogenous bases that make up the two different kinds of nucleotide bases in DNA and RNA. The two-carbon nitrogen ring bases (adenine and guanine) are purines, while the one-carbon nitrogen ring bases (thymine and cytosine) are pyrimidines.

Is guanine a pyrimidine?

In DNA and RNA, these bases form hydrogen bonds with their complementary purines. Thus, in DNA, the purines adenine (A) and guanine (G) pair up with the pyrimidines thymine (T) and cytosine (C), respectively.
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