A Chiral centre is an atom that is attached to four different atoms or groups of atoms.
A main example of a chiral centre is the central carbon atom in amino acids. You can arrange the groups around the carbon in two different ways so two differnet molecules are made. These two molecules are enantiomers as they are non-superimposable mirror images of each other. One enantiomer is labelled D the other is labelled L.
- ↑ J.Berg, J.Tymoczko, L.Stryer, 2012, Biochemistry, 7th Edition, England, W.H.Freeman and Company