what makes a NEW protein??

Carsten Hohoff hohoff at uni-muenster.de
Tue Jul 22 01:24:39 EST 1997


My question is not that philosophical:

if you have a protein of 130 aa ('x')and you find another one with just
one aa exchange (2 bp exchanged, y) - do you really have a NEW protein 
wich you can publish elsewhere (stating at least: x 99% identical to y...)?

I have observed this twice with the same protein and wondered because I
thought that a minimum of 5% will create a 'new' protein. Are there any
(nomenclature) rules for the scientific community?

Best regards, Carsten Hohoff
Dept. of Biochem, Muenster




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