I have a question and I hope someone could help me answer it

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    • #8147
      cwtsai987
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      I use a book to practice GRE Biology and one of those questions that I am confused of it. I hope somebody could help me. Thanks!

      The denaturing of a protein by heat or radiation is caused by the destruction of which structures?
      A. Secondary and tertiary
      B. Secondary and quarternary
      C. Secondary, tertiary and quarternary
      D. Tertiary and quarternary
      E. Quarternary

      The correct answer is A and C is my choice, but I can’t understand why the answer is A. I think the quarternary structure is changed by the denaturation of the secondary and tertiary structures.

    • #75590
      mith
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      …The correct answer is A, and you picked C…so what is B?

      I think the tricky part here is that not every protein has a quaternery structure, so technically you can’t denature it for some proteins…

    • #75597
      kotoreru
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      Hmm what a bad question. I’d go for C.

    • #75603
      MrMistery
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      Stupid question if the answer is A. I would have also gone with C

    • #75609
      Darby
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      Secondary structure is usually a product of bond angles, which aren’t strongly affected by the radiations mentioned. As other have said, quaternary isn’t always there, but it still seems a better part of a double answer than secondary.

    • #75610
      luay
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      not all proteins go to the last phase which is the Quarternary structure so for that simple fact the answer is A. 😀

    • #75663
      MrMistery
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      Yeah but you cannot deny the fact that heat denatures quatenary structure. Of course, it has to be there to get denatured. I guess we just have to agree to disagree

    • #75669
      blcr11
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      I guess I’m not wild about the possible choices, either. I would argue for A as being correct only because it is possible to disrupt quaternary structure without unfolding or denaturing the subunits. But it is almost certainly true that if you disrupt secondary and tertiary structures, you will per force destroy any quaternary structure as well.

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