Why only L amino acids?
Rafael N Szeinfeld
szeinfel at FOX.CCE.USP.BR
Thu Jul 7 11:41:18 EST 1994
On 6 Jul 1994 6566friedman at vmsa.csd.mu.edu wrote:
> Does anyone have a plausible hypothesis to explain why only L amino
> acids are used in proteins? I am teaching an introductory course in
> biochemistry this summer and this question was raised by a student.
> Please send your answers to:
> 6566FRIEDMAN at VMS.CSD.MU.EDU
> Alan Friedman
> Dept Biology
> Marquette University
> Milwaukee, WI
May be at the time life began the were an unbalance in the
concentration of l and d aminoacids, that is [L-aminoacids] > [D-aminoacids]
and so L-aa's were used at that time, thereof L-aa's were selected and so
they are used up to now.
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