Backbone representations

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Backbone representations are simplified 3D depictions of proteins or nucleic acids that enable the polymer chain structure to be seen. In proteins, a simple  backbone trace  connects alpha carbons (shown as balls in the ) but the  backbone trace line  does not coincide with any of the covalent bonds in the main chain.

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See Also


  1. Residues 23-37 from 1pgb.

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