Polypeptide chains are polymers of amino acids joined together with peptide bonds. These peptide bonds are formed through condensation reactions whilst the amino acids are being coded for during translation.
Whilst in polypeptide chains, amino acids are known as residues. It is conventional to list residues in polypeptide chains starting from the N-terminal: the end with a free amino group as opposed to the C-terminal, which is the end with the free carboxyl group.
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