Answer to Question #109219 in Biochemistry for kylie

Question #109219
What structural characteristics are common to all the amino acids that are found in mammalian proteins?
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2020-04-21T12:50:55-0400

All amino acids that are incorporated into the protein (i.e. proteinogenic amino acids) are α-amino acids. Such amino acids have an amino group and a carboxylic acid group that are separated by one carbon, called the α-carbon. R-group also known as side chain of amino acid is also attached to α-carbon. Apart from glycine, which is non-chiral, all proteinogenic amino acids have L configuration.


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