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Why don't amino acids get linked in the functional groups of acidic and basic amino acids?

There are 'acidic' and 'basic' amino acids like aspartate and histidine. When protein is synthesized with those amino acids, what ensures that the to-be-assembled amino acids will not bond to the ...
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Lizards are sometimes called cold-blooded because they depend on their surrounding temperatures to keep them warm.

Predict how the composition of the cell membrane of a lizard might change from winter to summer. Justify predictions. Can someone please help me figure this out. Does it have to do with fluidity?
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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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Is there an optimal composition and length for protein linkers in FRET?

I'm designing a protein that I'd like to use in FRET reporting. General idea on the shape is: FRETprotein1--Linker--CleavageSite--Linker--FRETprotein2. I would like to know what AA are best for the ...
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What makes a metal safe to use for an artificial joint?

What determines if a metal is suitable for transplantation such as in the hip? What I am most interested in however is why might some metals be toxic to animals once in the body?
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How do rodenticides with delayed effect work?

Most modern rodenticides are claimed to cause death no earlier than several days after ingestion. That's quite strange - once a chemical was ingested it will be absorbed in the digestive system and ...
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Glycolysis and Non-Glucose Sugars

In my biology book's section on disaccharide metabolism and glycolysis, it states that sugars other than glucose must be acted upon to enter glycolysis. Let's take sucrose as an example. Sucrose is ...
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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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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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What Biology topics are linked to the Nitrogen Cycle? [closed]

What other educational topics are linked to the Nitrogen Cycle? I am a Science teacher, and I need to organise my lessons. Thanks!
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How is Energy Generated in Cats?

I recall reading that much of the energy a cat produces from its food comes from proteins which I assume would produce energy via being catabolised into amino acids which in turn, if glucogenic, would ...
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Calcium for Humans: Supplements vs Fortified Sources

I am intolerant to meat and milk products, but purely natural foods don't contain enough calcium for the Recommended Daily Intake. Links 2 to 4 (but NOT 1) avouch a correlation between calcium ...
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Why does the heart use lipids (and not glucose)?

Fetal hearts use glucose as their primary metabolic substrate. Adult hearts use free fatty acids, which are less efficient (require more $O_2$ to synthesize the same amount of ATP); however, during ...
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Why is a nicotinamide-tryptophan combination used to treat affective episodes in a few older clinical trials?

At least one of the journal articles that reported on such clinical trials allured to the nicotinamide-tryptophan pathway that I assume must be related to the metabolism of tryptophan into serotonin ...
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Why is FADH2 made instead of NADH in one of the reaction of Krebs cycle?

FADH2 is made in conversion of Succinate to Fumarate. Why is this so ? Why not NADH ?
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Other than Acetylcarnitine what other orally-bioavailable Acetyl donors exist to assist in the conversion of CoA to acetyl-CoA?

I asked a question on bio stackexchange a few days from which I was hoping to be able to arrive at an answer for this question myself but I have had no such luck so now I am going to just ask ...
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Can any one reaction in a cell be at equilibrium?

I know that metabolism as a whole can never be at equilibrium (otherwise the cell is dead !) but I wonder whether a few reactions in the cell could be at chemical equilibrium at a given point of ...
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Is there any advantage of having a mitochondria for aerobic respiration?

If we consider the pathway of breakdown of glucose which includes glycolysis, the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain, all these processes takes place in some prokaryotes and ...
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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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Where can I find complete description of the nucleotide biosynthesis?

I'm looking for a good source for learning nucleotide biosynthesis pathway (including enzymes and possibly also structural formulas) - what is the best source I could find such pathway, presented in a ...
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Where can I find an at least Semi-Comprehensive list of what biochemical reactions Acetyl-CoA participates in?

Acetyl-CoA has a number of biochemical roles in the body and I'm curious as to whether anybody knows where I can find at least a semi-comprehensive list (i.e. comprising all the major roles in the ...
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Why to choose a grammar from a lot of grammars that can describe structure of proteins? [closed]

Why do we choose a grammar from a lot of grammars that can describe structure of proteins? Usually, there are a lot of (maybe infinite) grammars that can describe one language. Why do we choose a ...
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Domains in cell membrane

How is movement of proteins and lipids between different domains of cell membrane prevented? Why is the noncytosolic layer not able to do lateral movements between domains but cytosolic layer is able ...
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What exactly happens if during translation, an amino acid is not present?

Lets say that the cell wants to make a particular protein. Transcription of the appropriate gene is done and the mRNA is made. mRNA attaches to the ribosome and the translation is initiated in a ...
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How to calculate or know by experiment the entropy of enzymes or protein?

How do you calculate or experimentally determine the entropy of enzymes or protein? In particular, I am interested in Boltzmann and conformational entropy, and Gibbs free energy. Any references are ...
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Can replication occur if DNA is methylated?

Can a methylated strand of DNA be replicated without removing methylation? Does it make any difference if the strand is methylated or not (during replication)?
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What tests can be performed to test the purity and quality of the raw peptide HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

What tests could be run to test the purity and type of HCG? We are looking to purchase HCG from China but the purity and quality varies between labs, we are able to receive samples of the raw peptide ...
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How are the correct tRNAs transported to the ribosome?

I have been trying to understand how the tRNA transporting the correct amino acid required by the ribosome reaches the ribosome. The only way I can imagine this happening is that all types of ...
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How does GTP help in the step of codon recognition?

The anticodon of an incoming tRNA base pairs with the complementary mRNA codon in the A site.Hydrolysis of GTP increases the efficiency and accuracy of this step. How does GTP do so ?
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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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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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Why restriction enzymes cut (usually) at palindromic sequences?

Restriction enzymes usually cut only at palindromic sequences. Is there any specific reason for that ? Is there any advantage for bacteria if it cuts up virus at this type of sequences ?
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Are similar smells usually based on similar chemicals?

Building off of this question: Why does freshly cut grass smell like a watermelon?, is it usually the case that things that we perceive as having similar smells are, in fact, the same or a similar ...