Aromatic amino acids

A side chain is aromatic when it contains an aromatic ring system. The strict definition has to do with the number of electrons contained within the ring. Generally, aromatic ring systems are planar, and electons are shared over the whole ring structure.

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Please cite: M.J. Betts, R.B. Russell. Amino acid properties and consequences of subsitutions.
In Bioinformatics for Geneticists, M.R. Barnes, I.C. Gray eds, Wiley, 2003.