Glutamine

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Glutamine is one of the 20 naturally occuring amino acids. It can be abbreviated to three letters: 'Gln' or one letter: 'Q' and can be encoded for by 2 different codons, CAA and CAG. Glutamine is a polar molecule meaning that it has an enzymatic role and can bind ligands and other DNA. Polar amino acids are found buried in a protein and can be hydrogen-bonded to other polar amino acids or to the polypeptide backbone [1][2].

References

  1. Molecular biology of the cell, Alberts, 5th edition, chapter 3, page 126-129.
  2. Berg, J. M., Tymoczko, J. L., & Stryer, L. (2002). Biochemistry (5th ed.). New York: W.H. Freeman.
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