Nitrogenous base: A molecule that contains nitrogen and has the chemical properties of a base. The nitrogenous bases in DNA are adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), and cytosine (C). The nitrogenous bases in RNA are the same, with one exception: adenine (A), guanine (G), uracil (U), and cytosine (C).
So, how are nitrogen bases paired?
The nitrogenous bases form hydrogen bonds between opposing DNA strands to form the rungs of the "twisted ladder" or double helix of DNA or a biological catalyst that is found in the nucleotides. Adenine is always paired with thymine, and guanine is always paired with cytosine. These are known as base pairs.
What are the four different types of bases in DNA and how do they pair?
There are four nitrogenous bases found in DNA that are called guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine. They are abbreviated by the first letter in their name, or G, A, T and C. The bases can be divided into two categories: Thymine and cytosine are called pyrimidines, and adenine and guanine are called purines.
What are the 4 base pairs of DNA?
The rules of base pairing (or nucleotide pairing) are: A with T: the purine adenine (A) always pairs with the pyrimidine thymine (T) C with G: the pyrimidine cytosine (C) always pairs with the purine guanine (G)