A class of simple proteins found in leguminous plants and cereal grains. Prolamins have a high amino acid content and contain large amounts of glutamic acid. Examples are zein (corn), gliadin (wheat), hordein (barley), edestin (hempseed), excelsin (Brazil nuts), legumin (lentils) and amandin (almonds). Prolamins are used as pastes and adhesives.
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Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in dilute acids, alkalis, aqueous ethanol. Insoluble in water, absolute alcohol, neutral salt solutions.