Definition of secondary structure in English:

secondary structure

Syllabification: sec·ond·ar·y struc·ture


  • The local three-dimensional structure of sheets, helices, or other forms adopted by a polynucleotide or polypeptide chain, due to electrostatic attraction between neighboring residues.
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    • This indicates that the secondary structure at helices C and H is preserved upon adsorption to the lipid bilayer.
    • The secondary structure of all three proteins comprises [alpha] helices as well as [beta] sheets.
    • In general, the secondary structure of the individual helices is very well conserved.

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