(= N, N\' bis(3-aminopropyl) -1,4-butanediamine) )
Polybasic amine (polyamine). Found in human sperm, in ribosomes and in some viruses. Involved in nucleic acid packaging. Synthesis is regulated by ornithine decarboxylase which plays a key role in control of DNA replication.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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