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Cysteine.enzdes

Cysteine / Cys / C (EnzDes coloring)

Cysteine (CYS or C) is a hydrophobic amino acid. Its shape in Foldit is identical serine. The CPK or EnzDes coloring options (under view options) can be used to distinguish cysteine from serine.

Cysteine can bond with another cysteine, forming a disulfide bridge. Disulfide bridges help to stabilize proteins, especially those secreted from cells. Some puzzles in Foldit include a Disulfide Count Filter that adds a bonus for each disulfide bridge formed.

In the Foldit Lua interface, the functions structure.GetAminoAcid and structure.SetAminoAcid use lowercase "c" for cysteine.

For more, see Cysteine on wikipedia.

DisulfideBridge

Disufide bridge

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