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  • Hans-Georg Elias


Proteins are naturally occurring copolymers of high complexity. They consist predominantly of α-amino acids, and, to a slight extent, of imino acids. The α-amino acids are mostly present in the L configuration, but some proteins also contain up to 15% D-α-amino acids. The a-amino acids commonly occurring in proteins are collected in Table 30–1. Besides these, about 200 “uncommon” α-amino acids are known, that is, those that are not components of proteins and do not take part in the usual metabolic processes.


Molar Mass Peptide Bond Silk Fibroin Peptide Chain Wool Fiber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Georg Elias
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  1. 1.Michigan Molecular InstituteMidlandUSA

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