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leucine zipper

 

Definition: a structural motif found in a number of proteins (some of the DNA-binding regulatory proteins) in which leucyl residues align along one edge of the helix and can interdigitate with a similar structure on another protein molecule.

[Zipper, orig. a trademark for a fastening device with two rows of interlocking teeth]

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