Amino Acids And Proteins

Describe the composition and general formula for amino acids and explain that proteins are chains of amino acids

Amino Acids

  • are linked together by peptide bond or amide bond to form polypeptides which eventually become protein when properly folded and completely functional
  • generally composed of α-amino group, α-carboxylic group and side chain group wherein the side chain (R) indicates if the amino acid is an alkyl-, sulfur-containing, aromatic, amides, acid or base