By: Austin Taylor

Basic Information About Proteins

Proteins consist of one or more long chains of amino acids. Proteins are essential to living things being how they break up food and deliver nutrients.

Fun Fact: The name "Protein" means "Primary importance"

Protein Function

The main function proteins have is to digest food and create energy. Protein is also responsible for forming things such as your hair and nails. Enabling muscle movement is another function for protein.

Protein Types

Structural proteins give shape and structure to cell or organelles. Enzymes break down food and such to get the nutrients. Receptors bind to other molecules and transmit signal.

Connections To Proteins

I eat stuff like meat and other foods that provide a great amount of protein for me. Proteins allow me to move and be active. Also protein helps me fight off disease by using antibodies to fight bacteria and viruses.

Works Cited

"Protein." UXL Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. Amy Hackney Blackwell and Elizabeth Manar. 3rd ed. Farmington Hills, MI: UXL, 2015. Science in Context. Web. 22 Sept. 2015.

"Proteins and enzymes." World of Genetics. Gale, 2007. Science in Context. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

Thomasson, W. A. "Proteins." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 5th ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. Science in Context. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.