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Alpha Helices & Beta Sheets

  1. Jan 19, 2016 #1
    Still working on steric clashes of amino acid functional groups. Can anyone explain the properties that either the alpha helix or the beta sheet impart to a polypeptide. Ok, so they are configurations within a complex molecule that provide stability to the structure, but do they impart any specific property to the molecule., Do polypeptides with only helices differ from those that only have sheets?
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  3. Jan 24, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. Jan 25, 2016 #3

    Suraj M

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    http://www.austincc.edu/emeyerth/second.htm [Broken]
    They do impart some specific property, because when denatured these structures are what are dissolved which results in loss of functionality.
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