I'm doing the effect of copper sulphate on egg albumen (an example of a protein).
The protein is denatured as its ionic bonds are broken (going from tertiary to secondary structure) but I don't know how exactly it works. Could anyone tell me/direct me to a site that could explain?
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AS Biology Coursework - protein/copper sulphate watch
- 23-02-2003 19:59
- 29-04-2003 23:32
- 30-04-2003 09:26
Copper ions form strong bonds with carboxylate anions on the amino acids that form part of the peptide bond. This forms a new set of ionic bonds, disrupts the peptide links.
Changes the structure from tertiary to secondary.
Hope that helps!!