Reverse Transcriptase: Definition, Function & Structure


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What is reverse transcriptase?

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1. Where are reverse transcriptase enzymes found?

2. What does reverse transcriptase do in viruses?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will help you to improve upon your understanding of reverse transcriptase with several quiz questions. The questions deal with the definition of reverse transcriptase, its role in viruses and in eukaryotic cells, as well as its enzyme's locations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Definition of reverse transcriptase
  • The location of reverse transcriptase enzymes
  • Function of reverse transcriptase in eukaryotic cells and in viruses
  • Proofreading ability of reverse transcriptase

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as reverse transcriptase, virus, and eukaryotic cell.
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the function of reverse transcriptase in viruses versus in eukaryotic cells.
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the location of reverse transcriptase enzymes and their proofreading ability.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of reverse transcriptase to answer questions about it including its connection to drug resistance.

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, you can look over the corresponding lesson called Reverse Transcriptase: Definition, Function, and Structure. This lesson covers the following subject matter:

  • The progression from DNA to RNA and finally to protein
  • The role that reverse transcriptase plays in the DNA protein process
  • The enzyme, telomerase and its function
  • Reverse transcriptase in viruses and how it impacts human immunity in the context of some diseases
  • The role of reverse transcriptase in HIV replication