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noun, plural: protomers

Any of the subunits constituting a larger structure, such as any of the polypeptide chains in an oligomeric protein.


For example, a hemoglobin molecule consists of two α-chains and two β-chains. Thus, it is a dimmer of two αβ-protomers.


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... (VP1, VP2, VP3, and VP4). These structural proteins are known to be the major building blocks of the capsid. VP polypeptides originate from one protomer which is known as VP0 and results in different capsid components ( Rogers, pg 65).

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by rabia
Tue May 06, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: virology
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