tertiary structure

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the three-dimensional configuration of a biopolymer.

tertiary structure

n.
The complete three-dimensional structure of all the atoms in a protein or nucleic acid, consisting of the arrangement of the secondary structure into patterns such as folds and supercoils.

tertiary structure

Used mainly of a protein to refer to its three-dimensional folded shape in space. The primary structure is simply the order of the amino acids in the polypeptide chain; the secondary structure may be a coiling, the alpha helix, or a layering known as the beta-pleated sheet. The tertiary structure is determined by chemically active groups spaced along the chain that attract each other to form bonds at specific positions. The tertiary structure of proteins such as enzymes, is crucial to their function.
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Tertiary structures of beta-FSH and beta-HCG are superimposed in the structure window.
Holding down the Shift key, highlight some lysines (k) and arginines (r); find them in the tertiary structure of the proteins.
43-58 in alpha-tubulin) to see a difference in the tertiary structure of the proteins.
The strand then bends into its final three-dimensional shape, or tertiary structure, by simply forming bonds between bases left unpaired after the initial folding.
People thought that the base pairs were so stable that the tertiary structure wouldn't disrupt them," says Tinoco.
The full three-dimensional arrangement of the protein is termed tertiary structure (Figure 1d).
A proteinhs primary sequence can be easily discovered, in contrast to full tertiary structure determination from X-ray crystallography which is difficult and slow (if possible at all).
The predicted tertiary structures indicated that although less sequence identity present between ToLCNDV-CP and TYLCV-CP but both these proteins shared more structural resemblance to eacother.
The predicted tertiary structures of the six pseudogenes (STM3828.
The tertiary structure is that which causes the secondary structure itself to fold around, creating an even more complex structure.
Tertiary structure creating an even more complex structure in three dimensional shapes.