Antisense and sensibilities

Stephen R. Lasky Stephen_Lasky at
Thu Jan 11 08:44:24 EST 1996

In article <4d11p1$41v at>, horton at (Robert
Horton) wrote:

> Stephen R. Lasky (Stephen_Lasky at wrote:
> : Why not define the strands based on the action that is taken on them:  the
> : transcribed strand (T-Strand) (for the anti-parallel complementary strand
> : to the mRNA), and the non-transcirbed stand (N-Strand) for the strand with
> : the same sequence as the mRNA? The name of the gene that is transcribed
> : can be added if it has not already been defined (as suggested by Dr.
> : Moldwin).   mRNA should be mRNA or sense-RNA, and anti-Sense RNA should be
> : the anti-parallel complement to the message.  I don't see any ambiguity in
> : this system.
> (Bob emerges from phone booth wearing Devil's Advocate costume):
> Except that "T" and "N" are both used to denote nucleotides!

Bob:  Hadn't really thought of that, but if you use T-strand and N-strand,
you shouldn't get them confused with  NTP or TTP (or any other
nucleoside).  ???


Stephen R. Lasky Ph.D.   Brown U/Roger Williams Medical Center,  Providence, RI.   
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