Modulation of cellular function by polyamines.

  title={Modulation of cellular function by polyamines.},
  author={Kazuei Igarashi and Keiko Kashiwagi},
  journal={The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology},
  volume={42 1},
Polyamines (putrescine, spermidine and spermine) are essential for normal cell growth. The polyamine levels in cells are regulated by biosynthesis, degradation, and transport. Polyamines can modulate the functions of DNA, nucleotide triphosphates, proteins, and especially RNA because most polyamines exist in a polyamine-RNA complex in cells. Thus, the major focus on this review is on the role of polyamines in protein synthesis. In addition, effects of polyamines on B to Z conversion of DNA… CONTINUE READING
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