HP Dr. Drake
Summary Notes
L. Van Warren

Chapter 4
Amino Acids


  1. The Amino Acids of Proteins

A. General Properties

B. Peptide Bonds

C. Classification and Characteristics


D. Acid-Base Properties

pH = pK + log([A-]/[HA])

E. A Few Words on Nomenclature


2. Optical Activity

A. An Operational Classification

B. The Fischer Convention

C. The Cahn - Ingold - Prelog System

D. Chirality and Biochemistry


3. "Nonstandard" Amino Acids

A. Amino Acid Derivatives in Proteins

B. Specialized Roles of Amino Acids