negative pole). If theproteinis run with a buffer pH that is equal to the pI, it willnot migrate at all. This is also true for individual amino acids.
What are the different ways in which amino acids can be classified? Illustratewith examples.
Figure 1. A Venn diagram showing the relationship of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids to aselection of physio-chemical properties thought to be important in the determination of proteinstructure
Classification of Amino Acids
There are twenty amino acids that are used to form proteins in the human body, these are calledthe
amino acids. There appear to be many different classification systems, threeof which are presented here.Timberlake
, classifies the amino acids using the system presented in Table 1. She uses a simplemethod of classification, identifying amino acids as polar or non-polar. A further subclassification