Nucleases

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 A group of enzymes which catalyse the hydrolysis of the phosphodiester bonds between nucleotides and thus the breakdown of nucleic acids[1]. They can be generally classified into endonucleases or exonucleases

References 

 
  1. Alberts B [et al] (2008) Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fifth Edition, New York:Garland Science
 
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