Amino Acids

  1. How do you remember all the amino acids??

    It is driving me nuts to learn!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   mitchsmom
    I don't! We never had to learn them all, we just learned about them and the primary, secondary (pleated sheet/helix), tertiary, etc. shapes, peptide bonds, enzymes, and stuff like that. Do you have to learn the 20 types?

    Here's an essential amino acid mneumonic I found:
    Essential Amino Acids
    PriVaTe TIM HALL (you can abbreviate PVT.)
    Phe, Val, Thr, Trp, Ile, Met, His, Arg, Leu, Lys
    Also:
    "PVT. TIM HALL always argues, never tires":
    Phe
    Val
    Thr
    Trp
    Ile
    Met
    His
    Arg
    Lue
    Lys
    - Always argues: the A is for Arg, not Asp.
    - 'Never tires': T is not Tyr, but is both Thr and Trp.

    You may find more here:
    http://www.medicalmnemonics.com
  4. by   TLC RN
    Thank you! We have to be able to recognize them and name them...in addition to the other stuff you listed
  5. by   marilynmom
    That is pretty much how I learned them as well, also I just kept writing them down over and over again and even now (1 year later) I remember them all....lol!

    Marilyn
  6. by   grapejuice01
    I always learned the essentials as MATT HILL, VP

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