Protein Structure Introduction

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The term “protein” originates from the Greek word proteios, meaning “primary” or “of first rank”. The name was adapted by Jöns Berzelius in 1838 to emphasize the importance of this class of molecules.Indeed, proteins play crucial, life-sustaining biological roles, both as constituent molecules and as triggers of physiological processes for all living things. For example, proteins provide the architectural support in muscle tissues, ligaments, tendons, bones, skin, hair, organs, and glands. Their environment-tailored structures make possible the coordinated function (motion, regulation, etc.) in some of these assemblies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Applied Mathematics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameInterdisciplinary Applied Mathematics
ISSN (Print)0939-6047
ISSN (Electronic)2196-9973


  • Dihedral Angle
  • Fibrous Protein
  • Globular Protein
  • Nonpolar Amino Acid
  • Turn Region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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