Ligases

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Ligases are enzymes that join two molecules together by catalysing the synthesis of a new chemical bond between the molecules.[1] Ligases require energy, generally in the form of nucleoside triphosphates, in order to carry out their function.

Ligase enzymes often have the words 'ligase' or 'synthetase' in their name, for example, 'DNA ligase'. [2]

References

  1. Alberts et al, (2008). Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th ed. New York: Garland Science. Page G:21
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligase [Accessed 25th November 2014]
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