What are the subunits of keratin??

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Keratin is a type of fibrous protein which is found is our skin that serves as outer layer. It also found as a structural component of our hair and nails. There are two classifications of keratins, the `alpha` -keratins and the `beta` -keratins. Although they differ slightly in structure, composition and properties, they have relatively similar function. 

Since it is a protein, its subunits are amino acids. Keratin is mostly composed of alanine and glycine. They also contain cysteine which is used to add strength due to the formation of disulfide bridges. 


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