Proteins and Enzymes

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Does the term "subunits" refer to tertiary structures specifically or any polypeptide. Are secondary structures subunits of tertiary tructures?


If more than one folded polypeptide is incorporated into a quaternary structure, we call each folded polypeptide a subunit. Multiple subunits make up a unit. Similarly, multiple polypeptides with tertiary folding are incorporated into one protein with quaternary structure. 

Typically we wouldn't use the term subunit to describe secondary structures. 

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