Proteins perform many functions essential for life. The building blocks of proteins are the twenty naturally occurring amino acids. We study the chemical and physical structure of amino acids and proteins, describe the topology of proteins and discuss an important enzyme, penicillin amidase, in greater detail.


Dihedral Angle Peptide Bond Linear Polymer Alpha Carbon Occur Amino Acid 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl-Heinz Zimmermann
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  1. 1.Technical University Hamburg-HarburgGermany

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