robison at lipid.harvard.edu
Mon Jan 16 21:19:53 EST 1995
Bernard Murray (bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov) wrote:
: In article <jimgalt-1501951631580001 at pm035-11.dialip.mich.net>, jimgalt at umich.edu (Jim Galt) writes:
: > I am writing a program to help people remember amino acid structures,
: > codes, etc. and I was wondering if anyone would like to share their tips
: > on how to remember which is which. Thank you in advance for your help.
: > Jim Galt
: As far as the one-letter amino acid codes are concerned, the original
: paper on the nomenclature (which I don't have to hand) gave a logical
: reason for most of the choices;
: I think W was chosen for tryptophan as the letter is suggestive of the
: double-ring indole structure.
It is a little known fact that this amino acid was discovered by
E. Fudd, Ph. D. The correct pronunciation is tWyptophan.
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