What are Proteins?


Hey guys! Welcome to this Mometrix video over proteins.

Proteins play a huge role in the body! They perform most of the work involved in cells, and they are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. Proteins are large, complex molecules made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids. These amino acids that make up the protein, are attached to one another to make long chains. There are twenty different types of amino acids, and these can be combined differently to make a protein. The way that these amino acids are sequenced actually determines each protein’s unique three dimensional structure, as well as its specific function.

Proteins have a vast variety of functions. They can function as antibodies, enzymes, messengers, structural components, and they can transport and store atoms and molecules.
Proteins that function as antibodies are y-shaped and bind to specific foreign particles, like viruses and bacteria, helping to protect the body.

Proteins that function as enzymes are used to speed up chemical reactions by lowering the activation energy.

Enzymes carry out almost all of the thousands of chemical reactions that take place in cells. Some enzymes can also help in the formation of new molecules by reading the genetic information stored inside of DNA.

Messenger proteins, such as certain types of hormones, transmit signals to facilitate biological processes between different cells, tissues, and organs. The hormone insulin, which regulates glucose metabolism in the body, is a common example of a messenger protein.

Proteins that serve as Structural components are proteins, as their name suggests, that provide structure and support for cells. Actin and myosin in muscle and the proteins in the cytoskeleton, form a system of scaffolding that maintains cell shape.

Transport proteins are involved in the movement of ions, small molecules, or macromolecules (such as another protein), across a biological membrane.

Storage proteins serve as reserves of metal ions, and amino acids, used by organisms. For example, ferritin is a storage protein that stores iron, which is contained in the transport protein hemoglobin.

This is the basic information that you need to know about proteins. I hope this video was helpful.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: June 18, 2020