Understanding Peptides

Peptides may be a new term for many of you but you may be surprised to know about the different uses of Peptides. There are good chances that you might have already used one in form of a drug and it is always a good idea to know about peptides before you buy peptides.

So, as per the information available, peptides are short chains of amino acids which are linked by peptide bonds. A lot of people may confuse peptides with proteins but the fact is that the peptides are not proteins. One of the simple difference between proteins and peptides is that peptide contains 50 or fewer amino acids whereas proteins consist of long chains of complex amino acids.

There are various classes of peptides and some of those have been listed below

Ribosomal peptides – As per the information available, these peptides present in the form of hormones in the multi-cellular organisms. One of the examples of this can be the venom present in platypus.

Milk Peptides – These type of peptides are formed as a result of casein breaking down because of the digestive enzymes.

Peptones – These are artificially derived from the animal products such as meat and milk. The most common use of peptone is in labs for growing fungi and bacteria.

Non-ribosomal Peptides – These types of peptides are usually present in unicellular organisms, fungi, and even plants. These types of peptides are often related to making fatty acids

Peptide Fragments –   These are the basic fragments of the proteins. A common use of peptide fragment is in forensics which can be used to detect the presence of blood and other biological material that has degraded because of time and nature.

This was some basic information about the peptides, stay tuned for more such interesting information about the topic.