Asymmetric Molecule

Asymmetric Molecule

 

a molecule that has no planes or center of symmetry. The asymmetry of molecules may depend on the presence of the asymmetric atom of carbon; in its absence, by the asymmetry of the entire molecule—for example, in the spirans and in some derivatives of diphenyl. Asymmetric molecules exist in the form of optical antipodes.

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Our images show that CETP is a small (53 kilodaltons) banana-shaped asymmetric molecule with a tapered N-terminal domain and a globular C-terminal domain," Gang Ren, a materials physicist and electron microscopy expert with Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry, a DOE nanoscience research center, who led the study.
We're assuming that the original asymmetric molecule is the microtubule and that the dynein takes that asymmetry and converts it into cellular asymmetry.
The active form of the bacterial enzyme consists of four enzyme subunits that twist together into an asymmetric molecule.
This approach constitutes an unconventional way to synthesize asymmetric molecules and has no precedent in the literature.

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