The study of chemistry within the scope of biology: the compounds that occur and the reactions involving them in living organisms.

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What is reductive deamination?

This presentation on anaerobic digestion mentions (pg. 19) two major pathways for the digestion of amino acids: Stickland reaction and reductive deamination. While I find some info on the former, what ...
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Why doesn't the avocado turn brown when it is kept with its seed?

Why doesn't the avocado turn brown when its kept with its seed? What does the seed release that slows down the oxidation process?
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Concentration of DNA by isopropanol

I have read that DNA can be concentrated by addition of isopropanol. What does "concentrated" mean? What does isopropanol do on a molecular level to concentrate DNA?
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Why only water in liquid form is essential to live?

My question is:- Only liquid water supports almost every living organism's metabolism, neither the vapour nor the condensed form of water does so. What is the chemical & the biological reason ...
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To understand synthesis of e-NOS and n-NOS with respect to Ca and calmodulin

I found this sentence in my notes interesting E-NOS and n-NOS are Ca-calmodulin dependent ferments. They are synthesized in small concentration as a response to physiological signals which ...
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What's the difference between protein and DNA behaviour during agarose gel electrophoresis?

I'm planning a science project about gel electrophoresis, and I'd like to know if there are any measurable, quantifiable (for example, things I could represent in a graph or chart) differences between ...
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Topology of protein

The domain structure of protein Z, which is composed of 180 amino acids, is shown in the upper part of the figure below. Protein Z is palmitoylated at a cysteine residue (the third amino acid) ...
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Determining limiting nutrients from a graph

The question was Which of the following statements is supported by these data? A. Phosphorus was the first limiting nutrient followed by nitrogen. B. Nitrogen was the first limiting nutrient ...
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Why is the function of lacA (encoding thiogalactoside transacetylase) not clearly understood?

It's almost half a century since the lac operon was discovered but isn't it weird that the precise role of transacetylase isn't clearly understood ? Here a wikipedia article with a link to a journal ...
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Question about production of CFTR protein

How do organelles such as ribosomes, ER, Golgi and vesicles produce CFTR protein and mucus?
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Creative ways to deactivate alpha-amylase taken from fungi

I can deactivate $\alpha$-amylase in ways such as extreme temperature controls, pH controls of the solution it stays in, or adding salt to the solution. However, are there any other unique or ...
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Hydrophilicity and polarity [closed]

If any given molecule is polar, and is capable of hydrogen bonding, I can be sure that it's hydrophilic. However, are those two the only conditions that make a molecule hydrophilic?
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Raphide toxicity in Pothos plant

Recently I found out that the common houseplant Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is toxic to cats and dogs due to the presence of "insoluble raphides." I have a lot of these plants around my house and my ...
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Do Acyl Carrier Proteins and Conenzyme A have similar reactivity?

In terms of the reactions they undergo are they roughly equivalent groups?
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Amino acid characteristics that determine their chemical properties?

What chemical aspect of amino acids results in their having different properties such that the chemical and physical properties of polypeptides vary with both amino acid content and amino acid order? ...
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Does the Urea Cycle exist in invertebrates?

Do invertebrates (like Drosophila and C.elegans) have a urea cycle?
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Given an EC50 value, how do I reproduce the sigmoidal curve from which this was calculated?

All-trans retinoic acid (atRA) is a potent ligand for a nuclear receptor called retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARa). The concentration of atRA at which RARa is half maximal is 19nM. The dose-response ...
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Ways to cause membrane damage to microalgae and yeast?

I am researching a way to monitor the membrane damage of cells. To do that I fist have to have reference points, namely, cells with damaged membranes. I am working with Dunalliela, Hematococcus (both ...
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Why sigmoid curves appear in quantitative analysis of many biological phenomena? [closed]

I know two examples: 1-The binding of hemoglobin to oxygen (binding of oxygen to one site of hemoglobin induces conformational changes which increase the affinity of the other sites for oxygen - the ...
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Are there U-rich transcriptional pause sites?

I've heard a statement in a talk that U-rich sequences cause transcriptional pausing. The intuitive explanation for this was that the UTP concentration is lower in the cell than the ATP concentration. ...
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Conversion of glucose to glycogen

Why is excess glucose, as a glycogen, stored in only a limited amount as compared to the lipid in our body? Why is mature glycogen arranged (polymerized) in 12 tiers polymer?
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What controls Fructose regulation in plants?

Sugars are found ubiquitously in plants and are regulated. For sucrose it's pretty straightforward - it's basically kept at a low ish level, and put into storage or other intermediate compounds. ...
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What are the reactions in the body that triggers dizziness after cigar(nicotine) smoking in non-smokers?

Suppose there is a person that has never used nicotine in any form in his/her life. Why does the person get dizzy after a few "shots" from a cigar(nicotine)? What's the difference between using other ...
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All or nothing phenomena

We know that an action potential is produced by an active cell membrane when the stimulus reaches a certain threshold. When it does, an action potential fires, and when it doesn't, nothing happens. ...
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5,6-dihydrouracil and 5,6-dihydroxyuracil - how they arise in DNA?

5,6-dihydrouracil can be formed from cytosine after exposure of DNA to ionizing radiation under anoxic conditions [Ref]. What are other ways by which 5,6-dihydrouracil is formed in DNA? What about ...
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Mechanism of DNA gyrase inhibitor

Why DNA gyrase inhibitor, such as Nalidixic acid and Norfloxacin, do not stop gyrase from cutting DNA helix but only prevent them from decatenation replicating DNA?
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What is the difference between vegetable and animal fats?

I often hear from many people saying to waiters - "Please, don't put oil to salad". They probably believe the fat from vegetables has the same impact on the weight as an "animal" fat (meat, eggs, ...
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fibrinogens and fibrins - are they the same molecule?

Some proteins are "activated", like fibrinogens; they are turned into fibrins by thrombins, and then the fibrins can aid in blood clotting. Are fibrinogens and fibrins the same molecule, just in ...
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Cells created using differently aligned proteins

I remember reading that scientist were making cells (I assume bacteria), that used differently oriented proteins to create a whole new class of life. Because apparently right and left aligned proteins ...
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Missing 4$H_2O$s (per glucose) in Cellular Respiration… Where can they be?

I having trouble understanding the equation of the cellular respiration. The thing that bothers me is the number of $H_2O$ molecules. Generally, cellular respiration is written thus : $C_6H_{12}O_6 + ...
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In what forms do plants and animals excrete sulfur?

Sulfur is part of the amino acids cystein and methionin, plants take up sulfur in the form of $H_2S$. These organisms will also need a way to get rid of excess sulfur, how? In what compounds? Judging ...
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Correlating Ki values of pesticides to bacterial growth

Four pesticides P1 to P4 are reversible inhibitors of an enzyme E that is essential for the growth of a bacterium B. Their Ki values are given in the table below. Each of these four pesticides ...
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Source of energy of adipocytes

Since adipocytes export fatty acids and don't use them as an energy source, which is the main source of energy for this cells?
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Shine-Dalgarno sequence and expressing proteins

Shine-Dalgarno sequence present in the prokaryotic mRNA plays a role in initiation of translation. In eukaryotes a Shine-Dalgarno like sequence is present but does not play an important role in ...
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(Web)app to search metabolic/signalling pathways

I'm looking for an application where you can find pathways by selecting a chemical occurring in it. So, for example, selecting 6-phosphogluconolactone brings up the pentose phosphate pathway or any ...
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How does ultraviolet light influence the decay process of wood?

Given a piece of wood, how does putting it in the sun or not influence the rate of decay due to rot (assuming that it's in an otherwise humid environment)?
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Is Zymase, A Complex of Enzymes? Which ones?

Some websites state that the enzyme zymase (which I understand to be a complex of several enzymes) is responsible for catalyzing glycolysis in order to produce pyruvate. On the other hand, some ...
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Which is the correct statement on proteins?

I need help with one of the questions on my biochemistry assignment Choose the correct statement on proteins: a) proteins are folded by alpha-helix b) proteins can preserve their function even if ...
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Does animal fat and meat contributes differently to our body?

Is animal fat harmful to our body or is it harmful if the amount eaten exceeds a certain amount? I have heard fat is more concentrated than protein. If I am correct then we can get more energy from ...
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Isoprenoid Diphosphate Concentration in Yeast saccharomyces cerevisiae

Isoprenoid Diphosphate(IPP) is an important metabolites which is precursor in lot of secondary metabolites like Dolichol diphosphate, ubiquinone, prenylated proteins and carotenoid (not synthesized ...
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What is the use of futile reaction cycling such as Fruc-P to Fruc-BP?

One rate-limiting step of glycolysis is the conversion of Fructose-Phosphate (Fruc-P) to Fructose-Bisphosphate (Fruc-BP), catalysed by Phosphofructokinase (PFK). The reaction involves hydrolysing one ...
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Can the sulphur content of biological material be reliably calculated from fat, fibre and protein contents (Weender Analysis)?

An often-used analysis of feedstocks for lifestocks is the Weender analysis, which basically divides the volatile solid content into fats, fibre and protein, as well as N-free matter. I found no ...
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Can we use Acetyl Phosphate instead of Acetyl CoA in TCA?

I am thinking Citric Acid cycle and activation of the end parts of Acetyl and alfa-ketoglutarate. Let's consider only now Acetyl to make things simpler. I have tried to explain the thing by symmetry ...
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What is the biochemical reason for mental fatigue?

Is it known exactly why the brain needs sleep? What's dropping low / going high when we experience mental fatigue? I can see why low glucose could result in mental fatigue, are other reasons known?
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Is eating salt dangerous for the brain?

I read somewhere that eating a lot of salt will raise blood pressure, which will in turn damage brain tissue. This is because water molecules gather around salt ions, thus making it harder for the ...
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How to manufacture different sized micelles in nano -scale?

I am trying to answer q5: "How can you manufacture micelles in A) nanometerer -scale B) and in ten nanometer -scale?" My Thinking Observations and some thinking Oil in ...
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How is ATP involved in muscle contraction?

The sliding filament mechanism as explained by my text does not elaborate on how ATP is involved in the cross bridge binding and contraction process. How does muscle contraction utilize ATP? In my ...
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How to define drug-resistant or -sensitive cell line when knowing the IC50 values?

I have got the IC50 data for a drug on different cell lines. How to define if the cell line is sensitive or resistant towards this drug? Could anyone tell me how to define this?
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Why do contrasts during CT scans make the body feel warm? [closed]

Why do the contrasts used during CT scans make the body feel hot/warm? I think they use iodine, so why would the bodies response to iodine be a warm sensation? In addition, I think they make one's ...
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If you are God, how would you create an efficient priming reaction? [closed]

Imagine that you are “natural selection” (or God if you prefer) and you can reconstitute replication changing the concentrations or the properties (higher/lower activity; reactivity; etc.) of the ...