Structure and Function of Proteins and Their Constituent Amino Acids

Structure and Function of Proteins and Their Constituent Amino Acids

by Kevin Ahern, PhD

This course covers the material of content category 1A of the official MCAT exam content outline.

Proteins are carbon-based nitrogenated compounds involved in every aspect of cellular function. Their abundance and versatility make life possible. Amino acids (AAs) are smaller carbon-based compounds that make up all proteins. Aside from this, AAs, individually, have biological importance, such as the AA glycine, which also serves as a neurotransmitter. AAs can also be repurposed to be part of new proteins or used as substrates for new compounds.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the basics of protein structure and function. For optimal understanding, the student will be required to have knowledge of college-level biology and biochemistry.

Course Details

  • Videos 44
  • Duration 3:31 h
  • Quiz questions 105
  • Concept Pages 15


Your Educators of course Structure and Function of Proteins and Their Constituent Amino Acids

 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 OSU’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 School”.

User reviews

4,7 of 5 stars
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1  Star
Good signs of a lecture.
By Kausar F. on 17. August 2023 for R-group Categories – Amino Acids

Simple, not over-complicated and understandable, all great signs of an amazing lecture.

By Austin B. on 28. March 2023 for Involved Proteins – Protein Movement and Cell Signaling

I am appreciative that Dr. Ahern took the time to update his lectures. Shows he cares. Thank you!

By Glaci M. on 10. February 2023 for Enzymes: Activation Energy and Mechanisms — Enzyme Catalysis

Recomendo pra todos que querem saber melhor sob Medina das universidades

Prof Kevin Ahern is incredible!
By Alejandro A. on 12. December 2022 for Enzymes and Enzyme Kinetics

Prof Kevin Ahern is incredible! Great summary and really well explained!