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A chain of amino acids.

Use in clinical context

Genes code for chains of amino acids called polypeptides. A protein can be a single polypeptide or several polypeptides. Alterations to a polypeptide can affect the structure and function of the protein. Understanding how alterations impact on the final protein can be important in understanding how genomic variants result in a particular disease or condition and can help devise appropriate treatments.

Related terms

Amino acids | Gene | Protein

Last updated on 31st May, 2019