Wednesday 13 January 2010

Single letter amino acid codes

The amino acids have single and three-letter codes, and these are worth learning for your degree.

Remembering the single-letter amino acid codes is a breeze. In most cases, it's just the first letter of the amino acid's name.

AAlaAlanine
CCysCysteine
GGlyGlycine
HHisHistidine
IIleIsoleucine
LLeuLeucine
MMetMethionine
PProProline
SSerSerine
TThrThreonine
VValValine

However, in 9 cases it is not the first letter:

DAspAspartate
EGluGlutamate
FPhePhenylalanine
KLysLysine
NAsnAsparagine
QGlnGlutamine
RArgArginine
WTrpTryptophan
YTyrTyrosine

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