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Enzymes and other proteins are polymers built of different combinations of the 20 common amino acids. The sequence and length of the amino acids in the polymer differ between enzymes, and this determines the 3-dimensional structure, the activity and specificity of the enzyme. The physico-chemical characteristics of enzymes are mainly dependent on the amino acids building the enzyme. Since all enzymes are built up of a combination of the same 20 common amino acids, the physical and chemical characteristics will be very similar across different enzymes.

The majority of the physico-chemical characteristics are not relevant for enzymes e.g. boiling point, therefore, only relevant parameters have been determined.

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