A comparison is made of the N- and C-terminal amino acids from 96 published protein sequences, 26 from prokaryotes, 70 from eukaryotes. The observed frequencies of the N-terminal amino acids methionine, alanine and serine in prokaryotes, and alanine and serine in eukaryotes are significantly higher than expected for a random arrangement of amino acids. At the C-terminal end, the observed frequencies of lysine, asparagine and glutamine in prokaryotes and phenylalanine, asparagine and glutamine in eukaryotes exceed random expectation. These results could be explained by specific proteolytic cleavage during protein synthesis.
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