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What is the largest macromolecule ??

Postby scienceclub » Fri May 14, 2010 1:00 pm

Hello Everyone!!! I'm a new member. Anyway, I want to know what the largest macromolecule is. This question is in my examination TT. Thank you for every answer ^W^ :D :D :D

PS. I want to know how to measure too. thank you very much krub :D
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Postby JackBean » Sat May 15, 2010 7:24 am

I guess, you had some options, right? What about DNA?
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

Postby scienceclub » Sat May 15, 2010 8:12 am

DNA is a nucleic acid that has double helix of polynucleotide. It consists of Nitrogenous base, phosphate group and deoxyribose sugar. I had searched the answer for this question and its answer is Nucleic acid. But I want to know why? I had opened so many books. But I've just graduate grade 9.I don't know much about Biochemistry. I don't know how to compare the size of molecule. Pls suggest me :) :) thank you very much.
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Postby JackBean » Sat May 15, 2010 9:24 am

well, let's say, that amino acid and nucleotide are approx. of the same size. Typical protein can contain about 1000 amino acids. DNA molecule contains at least several millions of base pairs ;)
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

Postby scienceclub » Sun May 16, 2010 1:49 am

wow! I see. So protein has about 1000 amino acid (monomer), DNA has about millions nucleotide(monomer). That's it. Wow thank you very muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :D

PS. I wonder how amino acid size is approx nucleotide size. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
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Postby JackBean » Sun May 16, 2010 7:33 am

well, proteins have usually less than 1000, but some have more, so I wrote 1000...


what did you mean by your PS?
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

Postby scienceclub » Mon May 17, 2010 1:43 am

You said that amino acid size is about nucleotide size. I want to know how to measure their size.
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Postby JackBean » Mon May 17, 2010 8:15 am

meaning the molecular mass, I think, that the average molecular masses of AA and nucleotides are 130 and 140, respectively.
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