AAT Bioquest

Is RNA polymerase used in translation?

Posted October 28, 2021


No, RNA polymerase is not used in translation.

RNA polymerase is used in transcription. This is the first step in gene expression in which a single strand of double-stranded DNA is used as a template to synthesize a complementary single-stranded RNA. RNA polymerase is responsible for synthesizing mRNA, and rRNA, which are used in translation.

The main enzyme used in translation is peptidyl transferase. It is responsible for synthesizing polypeptides using some of all three types of RNA produced during transcription.,

Additional resources

Termination of Transcription by RNA Polymerase II: BOOM!


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