Objectives

Lesson 4 - Objectives

From the study design:

  • Amino acids as the monomers of a polypeptide chain and the resultant hierarchical levels of structure that give rise to a functional protein
  • Proteins as a diverse group of molecules that collectively make an organism’s proteome, including enzymes as catalysts in biochemical pathways

By the end of this lesson you should be able to...

  • Understand that proteins have a vast range of functions
  • Define proteome
  • Label a general structure of an amino acid 
  • Identify a condensation polymerisation reaction, including the input (energy) and the output (water)
  • Define the following levels of protein structure
      • Primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary 
  • Understand the connection between tertiary structure, shape and function 
  • Understand the difference between polypeptide chain and protein
      • Polypeptide = chain of amino acids (no function) 
      • Protein = a functional unit (due to tertiary or quaternary structure)
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