Why "alanine" scanning?
Ian A. York
iayork at panix.com
Thu Oct 16 13:40:57 EST 1997
My boss just asked me this, and I didn't have a very satisfactory answer:
Why, when doing alanine scanning, does one change to alanine instead of
glycine? I understand that alanine is sort of a generic, unexciting, Joe
Amino Acid; but why isn't glycine just as bland, boring, and unexciting?
I mumbled about maybe having a sidechain made alanine a little more
generic than glycine, but I couldn't come up with a clear justification.
Ian York (iayork at panix.com) <http://www.panix.com/~iayork/>
"-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England
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