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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Carotenoid biosynthesis in yeast

Does Budding Yeast Sacchromyces cerevisiae produces significant amount of carotenoids? Have anybody estimated the ratio of flux going in branches 1. Cholesterol synthesis(via squalene) 2. Coenzyme Q6 ...
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Can PCR tubes be made of different materials than plastic?

Does it matter if I replace the PCR tube (usually made of plastic) with another material like aluminum, glass, or something similar?
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Can a dNTP be built into a RNA strand?

DNA consists of deoxyribonucleotides, RNA consists of ribonucleotides. They differ mainly (apart from the uracil / thymine difference) in the sugar part, the deoxyribose and the ribose. Those two ...
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Finding a template/oligo combination for my first PCR experiment

I'm an information technology engineer. I love biology so I research biological topics and have an interest in PCR. That's why I have decided to create a PCR machine. Everything is done now and I ...
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Does osmosis occur when we have two different substances?

Assume that we have a semi-permeable membrane with water on both sides. First, straightforward, case: On the right side, we have a concentration of the substance A, and on the left side, we have pure ...
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Why are enzyme-catalysed reactions slower at lower substrate concentration?

Suppose I'm using 200 nmoles of enzyme and 2 mmoles of substrate. The enzyme should be saturated but if I use 50 mmoles of substrate, the reaction will be faster. Why? I just can't get it! Even at ...
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How do you remove DNA/RNA from plastics?

I want to know how to make plastic containers free of DNA & RNA? this is just for knowledge
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When a Lysosome's bonding sites all get bonded to, what is the most resource and energy efficient way to handle the used Lysosome?

Let's say a Lysosome that bonds to a hazardous material to neutralize it has all bonding sites used up. would it be more safe / efficient to excrete the entire Lysosome / hazardous material molecule ...
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How different are tissue-specific fibroblasts from each other?

I am planning to utilize a new system in our lab, in which I will co-culture cancer cells from different tissues with fibroblasts. I have the option to receive skin-derived primary fibroblasts. I ...
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Why is allolactose the LacI inducer?

For what reason(s) is allolactose, instead of lactose, the "natural" inducer of lac operon repressor?
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What nutritious insects exist to farm that require the least attention?

What nutritious insects exist to farm that require the least attention? I'm looking to automate simply, in a self regulating way. Edit: To add detail, I imagine the insects would live densely in a ...
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Why is funnel web spider venom so lethal to humans and not so much for other mammals?

According to the information from this article, People and other primates are exquisitely sensitive to funnel web venom but, intriguingly, other mammals such as mice, rabbits, guineapigs, dogs ...
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Electron transport in granal stacks

See paper for distribution of PS-I and PS-II within grana As explained in the above paper, the PS-I complex is primarily located within non-appressed thylakoid region and stroma lamella, while PS-II ...
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Photosynthesis regulation

I read about the regulation of Calvin cycle by thioredoxin which activates key enzymes essentially by converting disulphide linkages on inactive enzymes into sulfhydryls. Another regulatory mechanism ...
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Can the excessive consumption of mineral water lead to kidney stones or other health issues?

I heard that drinking too much mineral (bottled) water could lead to problems such as kidney stones because of the high amount of minerals in it. Is it true? If so, what is considered to be excessive? ...
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Breaking of fats

There is a question I encountered. Why is fat harder to digest ? A) It has ester bonds. B) It is not easily soluble in water. Which is the most appropriate answer?
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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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Are CoA and CoAS the same thing in a compound?

Is CoA-S-R the same as CoA-R, and is CH3C(=O)CoA the same as CH3C(=O)SCoA? Eg. Above is the compound on the right just coenzyme A or is it actually another compound and not just notation?
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Excretion of monovalent and divalent ions in sharks

I have heard that sharks excrete $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ by their gill surfaces but divalent ions like magnesium are excreted through feces. What could be the reason behind this?
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Does precipitation influence the UV spec reading?

I have been checking my sample for Hydroxyl radical scavenging activity. I have dissolved Hydrogen peroxide in Phosphate buffer. My sample is clear and reagent is also clear but when I have mixed my ...
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Ovalbumin Detection

Is there a practical way to detect whether or not a baked good has egg in it? I'm thinking of something that can be brushed on to evolve a color change. Any help is appreciated.
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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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What does “rapamycin-sensitive oncogenic transformation” mean?

Can someone explain exactly what "rapamycin-sensitive oncogenic transformation" is? I get that it's a drug that suppresses the immune system but what does it have to do with oncogenic transformation? ...
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Why do neurones use chemical signalling at synaptic junctions?

Problem. When a neurone fires, it sends an electrical signal that jumps down the axon via the nodes of Ranvier very rapidly. At a synaptic junction, chemical brownian diffusion signalling with ...
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Relationship between biomass and net primary productivity

I want to do validation on simulated net primary productivity. But I don't have measured NPP data, Eddy covariance flux measurement data. I have only field measurement biomass data. So can I directly ...
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How do cells slowly degrade 5,5'-dibromo-4,4'-dichloro-indigo?

5,5'-dibromo-4,4'-dichloro-indigo is the product of X-gal cleavage, often used as a reporter with B-galactosidase. I've made the (unreferenced) observation that it seems as though the blue product ...
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Histidine aromaticity

I understand that the imidazole ring in histidine is aromatic. I also realize that it retains it's aromaticity when protonated. I am wondering why it is not mentioned at all in basic text books such ...
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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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PEG-silane treatment: why incubate for 18 hours at 60 degrees Celsius?

I am conducting a biochemistry-related experiment and I have been unable to understand a step which is commonly performed. My aim in this step is to apply a PEG (Polyethylene glycol) silane layer. ...
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Michaelis-Menten Kinetics: Does measuring apparent Km and Vmax take into account competing reactions?

I am learning about why it is important to measure Km and Vmax for each experimental setup because measuring the "apparent" Km and Vmax includes enzyme inhibitions of which one might not be aware. ...
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What molecular processes are involved in pseudopodial extension?

I am curious as to the processes and mechanisms involved in the extension of pseudopodia in amoeba. How does the cell know and control the direction and extent of pseudopodia formation at a molecular ...
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How do omega-3 fatty acids reduce cholesterol at the molecular level?

I have heard that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are a good way to prevent/reduce cholesterol problems. My question is how do omega-3 fatty acids do that: what are they doing on a chemical level ...
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What biochemical molecule viewer allows for changes in amino acids and resulting tertiary structure?

I am familiar with the Jmol, Rasmol and PyMoL softwares, and was recently introduced to BioBlender. However, I am completely unaware if any of these programs (or others) are capable of loading a .pdb ...
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What is the translation termination efficiency in mammalian cells?

When I express proteins in bacteria I put at least two stop codons at the end of the gene to increase the termination efficiency. Is this the case in eukaryotic cells too? If I put a single stop codon ...
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Differences Between Protein Motifs and Protein Domains?

I am in a 300-level molecular biology class and am unclear about this concept and how to delineate motifs versus domains of proteins. Any suggestions would be much obliged.
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How do you store membrane proteins?

We're producing some membrane proteins and they aren't amenable to freeze thaws even when we add glycerol. The proteins are solubilized in detergent above the cmc so they should be in micelle form in ...
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How exactly does marijuana damage brain cells?

I've heard that THC can cause permanent damage to brain cells. I've also heard this reffered to anti drug propaganda. Another theory i've read is that temporary effects reduce intelligence but long ...
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Definition of Dye- Reduction Test?

Can some one give a simple explanation or definition on what a dye-reduction test is.
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What causes adenosine build up in the brain when awake?

Adenosine is an important hormone in sleep regulation. It is postulated that when a person is awake, there is a build up of adenosine in the brain, which inhibits the neurons in the brain, and ...
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What causes humans to be sleepy?

Is there a hormone or group of hormones that regulates when we feel sleepy late at night, or in the morning? Or is sleepiness caused by some other non-hormonal mechanism? (e.g. pure psychological, ...
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Chemical structure prediction

I'd like to do chemical structure prediction using a known molecule formulas. I'm familiar with de novo protein structure prediction, but are there any programs which will go from formula to structure ...
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What exothermic reaction distinguishes warm blooded animals?

I would appreciate an answer specifically in the form of an exothermic chemical reaction. Namely, the one primarily responsible for generating heat in warm blooded animals that does not take place in ...
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What chemicals can be detected from one's sweat?

This question came to mind after reading this article. The article speaks of inducing sweating to determine by a roundabout fashion the amount of salt therein. I'm no medic but I find myself wondering ...
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Formation of ammonia from air and moisture

On extended bicycle trips I sometimes slept under a plastic sheet, which helped with mosquitoes on hot nights. But there was a noticeable build-up of ammonia which made this almost impossible for more ...
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Plants without bacteria? is it theoretically possible?

I know from school, that all live on the Earth need bacteria as low-level "machines" that break down/extract/convert/produce chemical elements and combinations, other high-level organisms needed. But ...
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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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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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Why does Glutamine have the symbol Q?

Spent a half hour googling this and the best I could find was this: Now for some rhymes: Arginine = R. R we having fun yet? Asparagine = N The kNights of Ne say "Ne". Glutamine is a cute ...
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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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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 ...