Direction of protein synthesis

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mikemd
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Direction of protein synthesis

Post by mikemd » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:49 pm

Why is it that protein synthesis occurs from N to C terminus? If this is true shouldn't it be C to N terminus for a template of mRNA of the DNA on the opposite strand?

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Post by JackBean » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:04 pm

nucleic acids don't have C and N termini, they have 3' and 5' termini ;)

Probably because it evolved so. Maybe because the amino acids are connected to NH2 of Ade on tRNA...
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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