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Why is aconitase classified as a lyase?

Aconitase in the TCA (tricarboxylic acid) cycle isomerizes citric acid to isocitric acid via cis-aconitic acid intermediate. Since overall it functions as an isomerase, why it does not belong to ...
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Does CoA always bind to organic molecules through a thiol bond?

Does CoA always bind to organic molecules through a thiol bond? Sometimes I see it written as SCoA in textbooks but sometimes it's just written as CoA, are those actually chemically different, or just ...
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Do different emotions produce different tears?

Do tears of joy, laugh, grieve, and others contain different things or are they all the same?
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How many rounds of TCA Cycle would a complete oxidation of a triacyl(15-Carbon fatty acid)-glycerol, give?

This was a trickier question on a previous test, and I'm still not sure why, but the answer was "at least four". I answered "more than 22" and got it marked wrong. I assume that each fatty acid chain ...
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Can you replace glucose with glycerol in cell media?

In order to feed an animal cell in process called Respiration, can I replace Glucose with Glycerol? The Equation bellow: Glycerol + Oxygen -> Water + Carbon Oxide
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Is there a difference between “Alpha Helix” and “Alpha subunit”?

In my biochemistry textbook the terms alpha helix and alpha subunit are both used. Are these two terms synonymous? For instance, hemoglobin has an alpha and beta subunit, are these the same thing as ...
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peritoneal dialysis Vs Hemodialysis?

Their are basically two types of dialysis: 1.peritoneal dialysis 2.hemodialysis, My Question is Why the peritoneal dialysis needs to be carried out on everyday BUT hemodialysis is carried out on only ...
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Diabetes Mellitus and renal failure?

I have studied that Diabetes Mellitus leads to kidney failure and that this is because of the damage to the blood vessels (especially the blood vessels in the kidney) due to high levels of blood ...
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Is there nothing such as NADPH2? [duplicate]

I have gone through various sites and some say there is NADPH2 and some say there is no NADPH2 there's only NADP+ ...WHich is the correct view....Please dont mark this answer as duplicates since I ...
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Which mammals cannot synthesize taurine?

It is fairly common knowledge that domesticated cats cannot synthesize the compound taurine. Other mammals seem to be able to synthesize taurine from cysteine [source]. Are there other mammals that ...
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What makes something food?

From my (limited) understanding, animals get energy from food by breaking chemical bonds between molecules. There's a lot of water here [citation needed], so it seems like natural selection would ...
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Link between NaCl and sulfide reducing bacteria

Could there be any link between the consumption of NaCl and sulfide-reducing bacteria? In my study on mice, sulfide-reducing bacteria (SRB) are more abundant, in high-salt-fed group compared to the ...
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Does the use of RNA as a primer affect the accuracy of DNA replication in E.coli?

DNA polymerases have proof-reading ability, but RNA polymerase does not. Does the use of RNA as a primer affect the accuracy of DNA replication in E.coli? Explain
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Enzyme kinetics: recommended literature to grasp the concepts better

I have had a few biochemistry courses, but I still feel confused and a bit scared each time they try to explain and apply enzyme kinetics or even chemometrics in different situation during class. On ...
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Find the concentration of free receptors in a solution of 90% free ligand and 10% receptor-ligand complex, knowing only the value of kD

I could use some guidance on how to utilise the equation for the disassociation constant kD to find the concentration of free receptors [R] in a solution containing 90% free ligand [L], and 10% bound [...
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meaning of arrows in a 3D biomolecule representation

I would like to know what those arrows and also thin wires between them in this cd4 biomolecule's 3d representation mean. Thanks in advance.
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Light and Dark Reaction of photosynthesis?

I'm having a hard time understanding light and dark reactions because all the sites I've gone through provide different equations. Some say photolysis is H20 = H+ + O2 while some present it as H20 = H+...
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Can photosynthesis take place if the plant is kept in ice cold water or not?

Can photosynthesis take place in a plant even if the plant is kept in ice cold water? I have googled this question, but so far have not found a satisfactory answer.
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In flowering plants food is transported in which form? [closed]

In flowering plants food is transported in which form? I searched on google and found that it is sucrose. Why not glucose/fructose/starch?
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Why is chlorophyll green? Isn't there a more energetically favorable color? [duplicate]

Chlorophyll being green means it absorbs light in the red and blue area of the spectrum. Isn't this the high and low energy light? Wouldn't plants get more energy if they absorbed light in the green ...
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Do ion channels block at these temperatures?

I found this paper and it says nerve axons cold block at temperatures near 0C. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.1968.sp008656/pdf Does this mean ion channels also block (due to ...
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Can one talk about deacetylation of a promoter rather than associated histone?

I am confused on a detail in a paper I am reading and am not sure whether I am misunderstanding the wording or misunderstanding the concept. I am including the whole abstract of this paper for ...
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What do sharks not like the smell of?

I was reading about the sharks strong sense of smell ( Shark senses - @EnhancedLearning.com ) and wondered if any research has been done into what they don't like the smell of? Is there any material ...
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How is receptor production (recycling) regulated?

My understanding of receptor downregulation is that when activated, a receptor then gets absorbed into its cell, as shown in this weird video. It then gets either recycled or degraded. Tolerance ...
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Optimizing Gel Electrophoresis: Ampere, Volts and Buffer concentrations

I am a master student in biochemistry, and I have used gel electrophoresis many times before. What I want to know is how one should adjust the mA (mAmpere) compared to the voltage and the buffer one ...
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How much yogurt would one have to consume to have a noticeable effect on neurotransmitters [closed]

I read several recent articles that proposed a link between bacteria in our gut and neurotransmitters in our brain. For instance http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24997036/ I am curious how much ...
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Plant symbiosis, alternative regulation pathways to AON and miRNA399?

I am currently studying systemic repression of both arbuscular mycorrhizae and nitrogen fixing bacteria in legumes. I know of the AON pathway (which works through CLE and NARK). I also know of ...
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Is water vapour a product of fossil fuel oxidation?

In textbooks, while water vapour and carbon dioxide are said to be the greenhouses gases which are most abundant in the atmosphere, when a table is given showing the top greenhouse gases emitted by ...
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RAGE Oligomerization and Signalling Mechanism

I am looking to understand the mechanism of how the advanced glycation end products, s100 proteins and B-amyloids interact through oligomerization with the RAGE molecule (AGE receptor). I would also ...
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Function of the alpha subunit in mitochondrial ATP-synthase?

Within the catalytic core of mitochondrial ATP-synthase there are two different types of subunits; $\alpha$ and $\beta$. From what I have read, the catalytic sites occur only in the $\beta$ subunit so ...
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Use of sunlight in biological processes

Sunlight is used by green plants in photosynthesis, but it is also used by animals in the synthesis of Vitamin D. Are there any similarities between the two processes and how is the light energy ...
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Amount of Na+ needed to be transfered in order to depolarize the membrane?

I found out that the number of $Na^+$ ions that is needed to be transfered across the membrane to make it depolarized is a small number. In what way its proved? (Goldman equation maybe?)
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Where do class 2 preservatives end up after digestion?

Do anybody know what happens to class 2 preservatives in general after they are digested - i.e details like weather they are absorbed into blood as simplest elements or excreted out or assimilated to ...
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Hydrophobic proteins in the body?

I know that we can get hydrophobic amino acids, but are there any proteins in the body whose surface is hydrophobic? If so what is their typical function and where can they typically be found and if ...
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When touch and pain are caused by heat/cold or pressure how are the nerve cells triggered?

I suppose that when your skin is smoothly touched by any cold/heat or pressure we feel that because our AB cells notice this due to a kind of change in the nerve cell. But when you touch something ...
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Cellular demand for antioxidants

Antioxidants such as ascorbate and glutathione serve to inactivate radicals and counteract spontaneous oxidation reactions, such as unwanted disulfide bonds in proteins. These systems are cycles, ...
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Is H antigen considered as an agglutinogen?

A and B antigens which have the potential to cause agglutination in certain cases are called agglutinogens. But, as far as I know, H antigen cannot give rise to agglutination. So can it be said that H ...
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How are ions 'pumped' across a membrane during electron transport?

A number of sites (including this one) that provide descriptions of photosynthesis state that high energy electrons 'pump' ions across a membrane. What is the actual 'pumping' mechanism? I've looked ...
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Does alpha-amylase from different species have different *optimal* conditions?

Do the optimal conditions for the enzyme isoforms differ between species? Specifically, do the optimal pH and temperature for alpha-amylase differ for that enzyme produced by B. lichiniformis and A. ...
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Grouping OMIM disease codes

I have ~100 sets of genes, and each set includes between 2 and 70 genes. I'd like to perform an enrichment analysis on each of these sets to test if they're enriched for OMIM disease labels. However, ...
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Can difference in the expression potential of alleles lead to dominance?

Several hour ago I was in thoughts what allele dominance really means on molecular level. As we know from basic genetics, if the organism had Aa type of some gene ...
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I don't want to know what bacteria is called but if the bacteria from unborn babies have benifits on health? [duplicate]

This question is not the same as the duplicate. I was told that when babies are born they are born with bacteria in their stomach. When a child takes antibiotics are there unique bacteria destroyed ...
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Starch vs Cellulose. What are the differences between Alpha and Beta glucose ring structure in them?

I'm studying "Campbell Biology, 10th Edition" and in chapter 5 page 71 there's a statement I can't understand. according to book: In starch, all the glucose monomers are in the α configuration. ...
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Goodwin oscillator explained

Hello I have been reading papers about the Goodwin oscillator and I found that the equations are kind of tricky. Specially the part of the hill coefficient. In his paper "An entrainment model for ...
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Reason Non linear Lineweaver–Burk plot [closed]

V vs S plot looks like hyperbolic but 1/V vs 1/S plot is not linear at all. Looks like some kind of exponential growth. What can be the reason?
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Why does haemoglobin's affinity to oxygen decrease at high altitudes?

My class 12 NCERT book says, Pg 226 The body compensates low oxygen availability by increasing red blood cell production, decreasing the binding affinity of haemoglobin and by increasing breathing ...
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What happens during the fermentation process of the eco-enzyme?

introduction about the eco-enzyme I have tried to make several ones at home, no matter what I am using, lemon or pineapple peels with brown or white sugar, the final products all show the similar ...
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What is ATP and why is it said to be a source of energy? [closed]

Is ATP a molecule or a kind of energy. When I studied the active transport, it's said the ATP would release energy to change the carrier protein shape. So confused. Thanks for your help.
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What determines whether a substance can diffuse across the blood-brain-barrier?

What determines whether a chemical substance is able to cross the blood-brain-barrier via passive, transmembrane diffusion? What structurally differentiates these chemicals?
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What is the difference between the mitotic spindle and microtubules?

In mitosis, I understand that the centromeres line up on the spindle. I also know that the centrioles form microtubles between the centromeres during mitosis in the metaphase. But, are microtubles ...