Re: Glossary terms: questions.

Achim Treumann (
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 14:39:28 GMT

Just a few comments to Iddo's question no.2:

> 2) Phosphate: phosphoryl group or phosphate (organic) sounds better. After
> all, we biochemists aren't dealing with the atom as such, but with PO4(2-).

We biochemists are dealing with inorganic phosphate, which is PO4 (3-), the
salt of the phosphoric acid H3PO4 (the atom is called phosphorus). As it is
usually ester or acid anhydride linked I would really refer to it as a
phosphoryl radical.

AchimT (1vsg, Asn)

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