Definition of intein in English:

intein

noun

Biochemistry
  • An internal segment of amino acids that is excised from a protein precursor to generate a new protein.

    • ‘Trans-splicing is a variation that occurs when the intein is split and exists on two separate protein strands.’
    • ‘Intein excision depends on the splicing domain of the intein and the first amino acid residue of the C-extein.’
    • ‘The MSI group takes the molecule of interest - say, a protein ligand - and attaches an intein to it.’
    • ‘It encodes a bifunctional protein with two domains, a homing endonuclease and a self-splicing intein.’

Origin

1990s: from internal + protein.

Pronunciation:

intein

/ˈɪntiːn/