ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Promoter

1. A nucleotide sequence of DNA to which RNA polymerase binds and initiates transcription. It usually lies upstream of (5’ to) a coding sequence. A promoter sequence aligns the RNA polymerase so that transcription will initiate at a specific site.

2. A chemical substance that enhances the transformation of benign cells into cancerous cells.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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