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What determines the order of amino acids in a polypeptide chain?

The order of deoxyribonucleotide bases in a gene determines the amino acid sequence of a particular protein. Since certain amino acids can interact with other amino acids in the same protein, this primary structure ultimately determines the final shape and therefore the chemical and physical properties of the protein.

What determines how protein polypeptides fold?

The primary structure of a protein, its linear amino-acid sequence, determines its native conformation. The specific amino acid residues and their position in the polypeptide chain are the determining factors for which portions of the protein fold closely together and form its three-dimensional conformation.

How does the sequence of amino acids in a polypeptide chain determine the 3D shape of a protein?

The overall structure of the protein includes both alpha helices (green) and beta sheets (red). The primary structure of a protein — its amino acid sequence — drives the folding and intramolecular bonding of the linear amino acid chain, which ultimately determines the protein’s unique three-dimensional shape.

Is DNA a polypeptide?

Summary: DNA is divided up into functional units called genes, which may specify polypeptides (proteins and protein subunits) or functional RNAs (such as tRNAs and rRNAs). Information from a gene is used to build a functional product in a process called gene expression.

What is the main component of DNA?

The Building Blocks of DNA DNA has three types of chemical component: phosphate, a sugar called deoxyribose, and four nitrogenous bases—adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine. Two of the bases, adenine and guanine, have a double-ring structure characteristic of a type of chemical called a purine.

Is DNA a peptide?

Proteins (also called polypeptides) are made up of amino acid monomers joined via peptide bonds. Peptide bonds are formed between the carboxylic acid group of one amino acid and the amino group of a second amino acid. Nucleic acids (i.e., DNA and RNA) are made up of nucleotide monomers linked via phosphodiester bonds.

How similar is human DNA to chimpanzee DNA?

The DNA sequence that can be directly compared between the two genomes is almost 99 percent identical. When DNA insertions and deletions are taken into account, humans and chimps still share 96 percent of their sequence. At the protein level, 29 percent of genes code for the same amino sequences in chimps and humans.