Computer graphics of amino acid alanine

Computer graphics of amino acid alanine

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of the amino acid alanine, displayed in its L- and D- forms (left- and right-handed forms). Amino acids are building- blocks of larger protein molecules. The 20 common amino acids all possess a similar core structure of a carboxyl (COOH) group at one end and an amino (HNH) group at the other, but each is distinguished by having a different side- chain structure. Varying numbers of different amino acids combine to form the variety of proteins. Other smaller molecules (peptides and oligopeptides) are made from amino acids - the hormone insulin, for example. This image was modelled using Chemical Design's Chem-X software.

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Keywords: alanine, amino acid, biochemical, biochemistry, chemical, chemistry, chirality, compound, compounds, d- and l- forms, d-alanine, in d- and l-alanin, isomer, l-alanine, molecule, molecules, optical, optical isomer

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