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pro·to·mer

(prō'tō-mĕr),
A structural subunit of a larger structure. Protomers may themselves consist of subunits. For example, tubulin, an αβ dimer, is the protomer for microtubules.
[G. protos, first, + -mer 1]
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dagger]) Following the model of the hepatitis A virus protomer of Ming Luo (Figure 1).
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Human CRP consists of five identical protomers and each of these has a binding site for the many intrinsic and extrinsic ligands (9).
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When calcium-binding sites are not occupied, the protomers of CRP undergo structural changes and have a looser conformation (1, 13, 14), allowing for weaker interactions between the subunits.
Human testosterone-binding globulin is a dimer composed of two identical protomers that are differently glycosylated.