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The functions of proteins

Proteins have a number of functions in living organisms.

  • Structural proteins such as collagen in animal connective tissue and keratin in hair, horns and feather quills, all provide support.
  • Storage proteins such as albumin in egg white provide a source of energy. Plants store proteins in their seeds to provide energy for the new growing plant.
  • Transport proteins transport other substances in the body. Haemoglobin in the blood for example, is a protein that contains iron. Haemoglobin has an affinity (attraction) for oxygen and so this is how oxygen is transported around the body in the blood.
  • Hormonal proteins coordinate the body's activities. Insulin for example, is a hormonal protein that controls the sugar levels in the blood.
  • Enzymes are chemical catalysts and speed up chemical reactions. Digestive enzymes such as amylase in your saliva, help to break down polymers in food. Enzymes play an important role in all cellular reactions such as respiration, photosynthesis and many others.

Research project : macromolecules in our daily diet

  1. In order to keep our bodies healthy, it is important that we eat a balanced diet with the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Fats are an important source of energy, they provide insulation for the body, and they also provide a protective layer around many vital organs. Our bodies also need certain essential vitamins and minerals. Most food packaging has a label that provides this information. Choose a number of different food items that you eat. Look at the food label for each, and then complete the following table:
    Food Carbohydrates (%) Proteins (%) Fats (%)
    1. Which food type contains the largest proportion of protein?
    2. Which food type contains the largest proportion of carbohydrates?
    3. Which of the food types you have listed would you consider to be the 'healthiest'? Give a reason for your answer.
  2. In an effort to lose weight, many people choose to diet . There are many diets on offer, each of which is based on particular theories about how to lose weight most effectively. Look at the list of diets below:
    • Vegetarian diet
    • Low fat diet
    • Atkin's diet
    • Weight Watchers
    For each of these diets, answer the following questions:
    1. What theory of weight loss does each type of diet propose?
    2. What are the benefits of the diet?
    3. What are the potential problems with the diet?

Carbohydrates and proteins

  1. Give the structural formula for each of the following:
    1. A polymer chain, consisting of three glucose molecules.
    2. A polypeptide chain, consisting of two molecules of alanine and one molecule of serine.
  2. Write balanced equations to show the polymerisation reactions that produce the polymers described above.
  3. The following polypeptide is the end product of a polymerisation reaction:
    1. Give the structural formula of the monomers that make up the polypeptide.
    2. On the structural formula of the first monomer, label the amino group and the carboxyl group.
    3. What is the chemical formula for the carbon side chain in the second monomer?
    4. Name the bond that forms between the monomers of the polypeptide.

Questions & Answers

what does the word emitted mean?
Mwinga Reply
to be ejected or released
Ok thanks
what are the hooke laws
Tyriek Reply
what do really asked in exam
Leiyo Reply
hi please help me how to balance redox reactions?
Brian Reply
Which equation do u wanna balance
i tried to write it but my phone just can't write it Cr2 O72-(aq) + H2S (aq) Cr3 (aq) + S(s)
show is the equation
hello. what is the difference between a primary, secondary and tertiary alcohol
Thokozani Reply
primary the C=bonded to 1 Carbon atom.... secondary=bonded to 2 carbon atoms tertiary=bonded to 3 carbon atoms
I hope you're answered
thanks Christina
My pleasure
Thank you Christina. This is very helpful 😀👍👍💯
Anytime Thokozani
How to calculate pH?
thank you guys i didn't know about the primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols
thank you Christina
Hey guys which topic does AC nd DC generator falls
thank you
can somebody help me with functional isomers
Baningi Reply
function isomer has the same molecular formula but different functional group
what's momentum
Luvelo Reply
the product of an objects mass times velocity. it is mainly prevalent in collisions.
in order to produce an interference pattern, the waves used must be what?
Methane contains C and H. This compound is
Juan Reply
ketones's functional group
Moloi Reply
Why does the carboxyl group have acidc properties?
Evi Reply
carboxylic acids
Besides improving appearance what is another reason why medal is electro plated
Elizabeth Reply
it is made of metal
what is different between Dependent variable and independent variables
difference between A.c and D.c
AC has slip rings DC has split rings commutator
to avoid rust and to improve strength and conductivity
the variable whose value doesn't depend on other is known as independent variable ex time
are UV rays dangerous?
Khathutshelo Reply
what's this?
if there is extensive exposure, it can lead to skin cancer
yes depend upon their intensity
i hv a problem with this chapter because i also have problem with Newton's laws of motion
Kearabetswe Reply
I have a problem with calculation in Newton's law of motion
me also VuyokAzi
what's the question
Which area in particular?
just get the hang if free body diagrams,know the directions.
I know how to draw free diagram I have a problem with calculation in second law
what is the wave model of atom ?
Trazy Reply
guys what is momentum
@Luvelo... Momentum is the product of an object's mass and its velocity.
the model based on wave nature of electron
Can you state the Doppler effect in words
Nombuyiselo Reply
State Coulomb's law in words
the magnitude of the electrostatic force exerted point on each other is directly proportional to the product on magnitude of charges and inversely proportional to the square distance between them
the change in frequency of the sound detected by a listener because sound source and listener have different velocity

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