Macromolecules of Biological Importance

  • Leo Mandelkern
Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)


In this chapter we shall discuss the structure and properties of macromolecules of biological and biochemical importance, primarily proteins and nucleic acids. Proteins can be thought of as naturally occuring copolymers of L-amino acids. In contrast to the usual synthetic copolymers, however, the sequential arraangement of the repeating units is very precisely and exactly defined. The particular arrangement leads in turn to a very definite structure that controls the function of the protein.


Amino Acid Residue Polypeptide Chain Globular Protein Biological Importance Silk Fiber 
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© Spring-Verlag New York Inc. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Mandelkern
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  1. 1.The Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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