Amino Acids and Proteins

Amino Acids and Proteins

by Kevin Ahern, PhD

Amino acids are the building blocks of life, and they play a critical role in allowing all biological systems to function in nature. Understanding amino acids and proteins is paramount in establishing an understanding of not only the human body but also all biological systems. The twenty amino acids have an endless number of roles they can fill in both simple and complex organismsโ€”being linked together to form proteins, being metabolized as an energy source, serving as a target for medications, and even being used as biomarkers in disease detection, among others. These relatively simple biological molecules serve as the linking step between the DNA code and the resulting proteins.

This course will help students recognize the chemical structures of amino acids, understand relevant nomenclature, identify the general properties that allow them to be grouped, and comprehend the vast number of roles they play when they are linked together into macromolecules called proteins.

Course Details

  • Videos 23
  • Duration 1:47 h
  • Quiz questions 54
  • Concept Pages 9


Your Educators of course Amino Acids and Proteins

 Kevin Ahern, PhD

Kevin Ahern, PhD

Dr. Kevin Ahern is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University (OSU), USA.
He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Oregon State University. Currently, he teaches courses for health sciences students at OSU.
He is co-author of three Open Educational electronic textbooks on Biochemistry and a Guide to Getting Into Medical School.
Due to his achievements, he earned OSUโ€™s highest teaching recognition, the Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award in 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Ahern teaches courses on Biochemistry and on "How to Get into Medical Schoolโ€.

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By Patricia T. on 28. October 2022 for Amino Acids and Proteins

Clear, concise, well explained concepts and processes. Super helpful for those who wish to master this module.

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By Leslie Gabriela S. on 22. January 2022 for Involved Proteins โ€“ Protein Movement and Cell Signaling

The lecture breaks it down so simple that itโ€™s easier to understand. Thereโ€™s still more factors that Iโ€™m sure theyโ€™ll be discussed in other lectures but itโ€™s perfect to help to create a strong foundation in your knowledge

By Robinson P. on 13. December 2021 for Ionization โ€“ Amino Acids

I loved this lecture ยดcause dr ahern was so clear and it really helped me understand this topic.