Amino acid help

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I was wondering if anyone on here knew how to go about this question?
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I initially thought that hot NaOH breaks esters into alcohols and COO- molecules, however there are no esters in that protein (or at least none that I could identify)

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will it just hydrolyse the peptide link to produce the 2 amino acids? Since you are using hot NaOH, the amino acids amino group will remain intact (-NH2) but the carboxylic acid group will be neutralised to produce the sodium salt of the carboxylaye anion.

An amino groups on the 2 amino-acids produce will remain intact but all acid groups in the amino acids will be neutralised, I dont think the alcohol hydroxyl group on the amino-acid will be affected by the NaOH.
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