Definition of tertiary structure in English:

tertiary structure

Syllabification: ter·ti·ar·y struc·ture

noun

Biochemistry
  • The overall three-dimensional structure resulting from folding and covalent cross-linking of a protein or polynucleotide molecule.
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    • Many proteins contain 2 or more different polypeptide chains that are held in association by the same non-covalent forces that stabilize the tertiary structures of proteins.
    • Recently, Tsai et al. have described the folding complexity of a protein in terms of the arrangement of the building blocks in the protein tertiary structure.
    • It has been noted that the tight backbone-to-backbone packing is important for the stabilization of the tertiary structure of membrane proteins.

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