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Aromatic Compounds in Biological Systems

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This solution is provided in 283 words. It discusses redox cofactors and electron movement between molecules, as well as DNA structure, in the discussion of aromatic compounds.

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This is a huge topic!

But, let's just keep it simple, eh?

Consider the 20 main amino acids found in proteins. Four of them have aromatic rings: tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine and histidine. Pretty important stuff, since proteins are the main structural and enzymatic macromolecules in living cells.

Now, let's switch to considering large aromatic compounds, such as the hemes. They are found in proteins such as hemoglobin ...

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