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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Function of heparin and dextran sulfate for removing proteins

From this article : The reaction was terminated and the histones, and most nonhistones, were removed by adding the nuclease-treated chromosomes to a solution containing dextran sulfate (2 ...
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Bilayer synthesis? [closed]

If we want to design a bilayer from Myristic acid (14 carbon fatty acid). The average bond length between C-C is 1.5 A. What will be average thickness of the membrane? Edited to include the OP ...
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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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Functioning of EDTA

I know that EDTA chelates metal ions. It weakens bacterial cell wall and inactivates the DNases. What is the reason why it can do so ? I guess it can inactivate DNases by altering the ...
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Structure of biological membranes?

Integral membrane proteins have functional asymmetry i.e. they have two different domains of proteins performing different functions. these proteins have Tyr and Trp amino acid residues at the ...
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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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What are the physiological roles of Hydrogen sulfide?

I am thinking why hydrogen sulfide has its effects in the body. For instance, it is one Salmonella's virulence factor. I am not sure if such a balance equations holds ...
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Transport of mammalian insulin in vivo

What is the mechanism for transport of insulin in mammalian cells?
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Activity of glucokinase

From Solomon et al, 2013 ACC Synthetic biology and from this video : Here, there are 2 competing reactions for glucose - one with glk as enzyme and other with gdh as enzyme. In the graph, y axis ...
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Converting unit/mg or unit/ml into ng/ml, or vice-versa

I am working with the enzyme Cu/Zn Superoxide (SOD1) and i am quantifying them in ng/ml. However, most past studies has SOD1 quantified in unit/mg or unit/ml, and i need to compare the SOD1 level of ...
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enzymes that stabilize DNA loops

As a follow-up of a previous question, I would like to know what enzymes or protein complexes have been used to manipulate DNA samples into stabilizing DNA loops. I have read that cohesin is one of ...
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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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In biosynthesis of cysteine and methionine, where does the sulfur come from?

Methionine and Cysteine are the two amino acids containing sulfur. According to wikipedia, cysteine is built from methionine. However, the wikipedia also claims that methionine is synthesized from ...
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Quorum Sensing in Vibrio cholerae

This is a figure summarising the quorum sensing mechanism in Vibrio cholerae. In this video by Bonnie Bassler, she explains how quorum sensing can be targeted to control infections. At 15:09 she ...
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The real definition of carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are often defined as compounds with only C, H, and O and the H and usually the O atoms are in a 2:1 ratio. Exceptions like deoxyribose exist, but why is it recognized as a carbohydrate? ...
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Nearly Exhaustive List for Cholesterol Pathways

I have run across an interesting case that is similar to only two others I've encountered. What makes it interesting is the combination of undetectable (under normal testing conditions, can elaborate ...
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Are DNA molecular motors described by cellular automata rules?

While watching this Molecular Visualizations of DNA it struck me how much the motion resembles Conway's Game of Life. And not only visually; each molecule/atom is described by a finite set of ...
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Diffusion of FAD+

Why is NAD+ free to diffuse within the mitochondrion whereas FAD+ is not ? What biochemical properties cause this difference ?
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Ferredoxin synthesis pathways

I have been thinking about some alternative CO2 fixation pathways. As almost all of them include ferredoxin reduction I started to wonder where does the ferredoxin comes from. I could not find any of ...
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PAH gene mutation

Analysis of the DNA of the Phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene in a patient with phenylketonuria revealed a mutation in the protein coding region whose predicted effect would be to replace the amino ...
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Why is succinate dehydrogenase attached to the inner mitochondrial membrane?

Succinate dehydrogenase is attached to the inner mitochondrial membrane.All the other enzymes of the Krebs cycle are located in the matrix of mitochondria. What is the biochemical reason behind ...
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Why do humans circulate monosaccharides instead of disaccharides as in plants?

Plants transport food mostly in the form of disaccharides like sucrose but humans transport them in the form of a monosaccharide - glucose. What is the reason behind this ?
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Clarification on Hatch and slack pathway

The following is a minor clarification that I want to make, since it is rarely addressed directly in most of the texts I have gone through. In $C_4$ pathway, the chloroplasts are dimorphic, that ...
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Why are there no organisms with metal body parts, like weapons, bones, and armour? (Or are there?)

Reading this question, Why are there no wheeled animals?, I wondered why no organisms seem to make use of the tensile and other strengths of metal, as we do in metal tools and constructions. I am ...
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Enzymes that can catalyze multiple reactions [closed]

If the lock and key model were true, only one enzyme would be able to catalyze a reaction. However, some enzymes can catalyze multiple reactions. What are some examples of enzymes that can catalyze ...
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Isopropanol precipitation of DNA - duration and magnitude of cold storage

DNA prep protocols often include a final precipitation step with alcohol, often isopropanol, where the DNA must be kept in the alcohol, at a low temperature such as -20C or -70C, often overnight. ...
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Pathway mediates nitroglycerin-induced relief from angina pectoris [closed]

what kind of Pathway mediates nitroglycerin-induced relief from angina pectoris,please provide some idea...
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How do you express and detect GLP-1 receptors?

I am currently working with a peptide which is an analogue for glp-1, but during invitro studies am not able to detect for the presence of GLP1- receptors. The cell line used is Min-6. How do I detect ...
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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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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, calmoduline dependant ferments. They are synthesized from in small conc as response to physiological signals which ...
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To understand Nitric oxide, iNOS and Tumour cells

I have this figure about nitric oxide and tumor which is for schematic for me to understand it The figure should probably say that tumour cell is induced by NO or alone to go apoptosis and it ...
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To understand Second messenger signalling in I/c and E/c

I found this picture in my study materials. I think it is too schematic and ignores the big pictures. I think the thing connected to the hormone is receptor. The second messanger is then connected ...
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Osmosis - occurring in both ways?

So I did a prac to identify the osmotic potential of potato tuber cells. There were 5 test tubes with different concentrations of sucrose (0M,0.25M,0.5M,0.75M,1M); a small slice of potato was placed ...
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why is AUG the initiation codon?

Is there any reason why AUG is the initiation codon ? Why is there a need for an initiation codon ? Can't translation start with different codons?
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Why plants (eg. parsley) can keep vitamin C despite all the sun?

I have read that vitamin C is highly sensitive to light. So, how could parsley, for instance keep its vitamin C as it's flooded with sunlight?
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Classification of glycosidic anomeric bonds (alpha vs. beta)

In the process of studying for my upcoming biochemistry exam, I have stumbled over the classification of glycosidic bonds. I want to be able to distinguish $\alpha$- from $\beta$-glycosidic bonds. ...
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Very high 260/230 absorbance ratio of an RNA sample

After my most recent RNA extraction, the RNA samples had very high 260/230 absorbance ratios, (ranging from 5 to 25). I've never gotten numbers like this and I know the ratio is supposed to be ~2 in ...
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DNA ligase mechanism

I am unable to understand what happens to the phosphates from ATP. What are they used for ?Charging 3' end or 5'end ?
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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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Can siRNA induce DNA methylation in mammalian cells?

Some years ago Hiroaki Kawasaki and Kazunari Taira published an article called "Induction of DNA methylation and gene silencing by short interfering RNAs in human cells" in Nature: In plants, ...
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What is the functional and structural distinction between core (H2A, H2B, H3,H4) and linker(H1/H5) histones?

Many explanations of histone biochemistry isn't quite elucidating for the undergraduate student. How does histone structure (dimers, octomers) relate to their specific functions as core or linker ...
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Why we have no enzyme to digest cellulose?

As we know, cellulose is the most abundant polysaccharide in nature. Why don't we have any enzyme to digest cellulose?
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Lactate and Diabetes

Why are lactate level high in diabetes? For example, Diabetes type II have resistance to insulin, and if they do it, their gluconeogenese should be working at high levels and, because of that, uptake ...
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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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Identifying mutations in a yeast strain

Cells of a triple-mutant yeast strain (leu- his- trp-) were spread either on minimal medium or on minimal medium supplemented with various combinations of histidine, leucine, or tryptophan. The ...
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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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Human perception of time depending on age

From what I can tell and what thus far all people with whom I discussed this subject confirmed is that time appears to "accelerate" as we age. Digging a little, most explanations I found basically ...
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How is it decided that one drug is better than others by X times?

I read in Tortora and Derrickson that : Enkephelins are 200 times powerful than morphine in their analgesic effects. I wonder how exactly researchers arrive at a number (like 200 here). I also ...
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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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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 ...