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Ways to fight black mold

Is it possible to introduce a microorganism to a colony of black mold that will kill off the black mold entirely and permanently? Is there a common microorganism that likes to eat them and is harmless ...
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Why do some proteins “use” a beta barrel structure instead of alpha helices in transmembrane space?

Most proteins are fixed in the membrane by alpha helices. But some use beta barrels. Wikipedia describes beta barrels as used for porins, preprotein translocases, and lipocalins. To me, a coiled coil ...
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Applying kiwis on gelatin

Kiwis have the enzyme actinidain. This enzyme will break the peptide bonds from the gelatin. Making gelatin with raw kiwis will not work, because the peptide bonds in the gelatin will be broken down. ...
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Proteins in Milk, Oat , Eggs and Soy

I have read that there are proteins in oat which are similar to those in soy, milk and eggs. I know nothing about biochemistry, and I'm struggling to decipher the info i find.. the closest Ive got to ...
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How long does it take to form a peptide bond?

What is the time taken to form a peptide bond in vivo or in vitro? It isn't mentioned in my course on protein structures. I was just curious to find out if any time scale is known? Given that ...
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How do CO₂ and carbonic acid (H₂CO₃) work in buffering the blood?

Been struggling with this for the past few days even after reading half of the acid base tutorial here, if someone could help me that'd be great. What I don't understand is how HCO3- is supposed to ...
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How can I determine the purity of cells isolated from rat brains if I cannot use FACS, Immunohistochemistry or SEM anaysis?

Please help. I know how to isolate the different cells (astrocytes, other glial cells, neurons and synaptosomes) from brain tissue using a Ficoll-based separation but how do I determine the purity of ...
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How does one determine intracellular concentration?

The TL;DR version Is there a fast way to determine what the cell environment of a particular cell (E.g RBC) is? (in terms of solute/ionic concentration) I'm not sure if the question belongs here, ...
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Why is brown fat brown?

I read in Tortora and Derrickson Anatomy and Physiology that : Another type, called brown adipose tissue obtains its darker color from a very rich blood supply , along with numerous pigmented ...
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What is the film that covers the tongue?

What is the film that covers the tongue in the mornings, even after brushing the teeth and tongue the night before and why does it have color variations? Do the different colors mean anything?
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How does blue white screening work in selecting E coli that have taken up a plasmid vector?

The plasmid vector I am referring to is pCR 2.1 - TOPO. I added the vector to the E coli and plated them up onto LB+amp+X-gal plate, then incubated. After incubation the plates had two types of ...
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Can cats use ketone bodies as only source of energy?

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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Glutamine analysis

I use to run a method to analyse all the amino-acids in a food sample. For that I have to hydrololyse the sample and in the last stage of the method I read the amino acids with a ion exchange ...
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How do multiple replication forks function without 'colliding', and what is the benefit of this method?

I'm currently reading a little about DNA replication, and have come accross the following statement; Replication starts from a fixed point and is bi-directional ... In Eukaryotes, there are ...
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How can you improve solubility of colloidally dispersed substances?

If you solve collidally dispersed substances then the particles can form large colloids. This may block narrow passages and diffusion into dense structures may become completely impossible. What can ...
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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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How can dopamine modulate synaptic strength?

Does dopamine act on G protein coupled receptor, leading to more Ca2+ channels on the postsynaptic knob? Also, how is the specificity of the location (of the brain) that dopamine acts on controlled? ...
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Prediction of transmembrane beta barrels?

I studied that prediction of transmembrane alpha helices is more easy and accurate and also good algorithms are available for their prediction. But when we move towards prediction of transmembrane ...
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Why does Citric Acid occur in Citrus fruits?

Why is there so much citric acid in citrus fruits? And how did it evolve i.e. what did it come from? Is it a by-product of the ripening process? Why have citrus fruit evolved a particularly high ...
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How many protons are pumped out per pair of electrons from NADH in oxidative phosphorylation?

I have searched the web and found that 10 protons are suppose to get pumped out during the electron cycle, but i'm a bit confused. I'm trying to count, for every complex(1/3/4), the number of protons ...
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Do we actually know the molecular dynamics of any enzyme?

That is right, is there a limitation, say Heisenberg's uncertainty principle or something that limits our understanding of machinery of enzymes at atomic level? Can we know how do they actually work? ...
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The effects of auto-brewery syndrome

Why are some people affected so differently by auto-brewery syndrome differently if the syndrome seems to be caused by the single organism saccharomyces cerevisiae? It is known that the syndrome has ...
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How does heat generated by metabolism differ compared with heat generated through exercise?

I am from a mathematical background so I don't have much knowledge on biology. I'm building a mathematical model to predict heat generation with parameters of metabolic heat generation and exercise ...
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How do lipid-soluble substances diffuse through the cell membrane?

It’s said that water-soluble substances can diffuse through cell membrane with less ease than lipid-soluble substances because the former encounters impedance in the hydrophobic region of the ...
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Why would growth hormone (somatotropin) cause both lipid AND glucose release?

GH increases lipolysis (lipid breakdown) and the release of fatty acids from adipocytes into the blood. Fatty acids then can be used as energy sources to drive chemical reactions, including ...
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What is the shortest mRNA the ribosome can read to produce a peptide?

This question came as a comment on a previous question regarding non-ribosomal peptide synthesis, and why Glutathione cannot be synthesized by the ribosome. In general, Glutathione has a "gamma" ...
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What biological processes can affect the temperature of the shadow a tree casts?

Assuming two trees have similar shape and leaf coverage, could differences in the biological processes among them lead to differences in the temperature of the shadow they cast? What biological ...
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How is the subunit molecular weight different from the native molecular weight?

I noticed that the native molecular weight for an enzyme is different from its subunit molecular weight. Why are they different? Aren't the genes needed to express the enzyme the same in the native ...
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Question related to L-arginine biosynthesis

With respect to the L-arginine Biosynthesis pathway, the very first reaction converts L-glutamate to N-acetyl L-glutamate. In the linked reaction scheme, why are only L-glutamate and N-acetyl ...
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How Does NADPH Reduce 1,3-BPG?

If NADPH returns to being NADP+, then that means one proton and two electrons have been incorporated into 1,3-BPG. If only one proton and one electron were attached to the carbon in 1,3-BPG (removing ...
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Divalent cation binding to calmodulin

I have carried out a native PAGE with 4 reaction mixtures. To each I had added an equal volume of EDTA (1 µl/1mM) to sequester any divalent ions and an equal volume of calmodulin (5 µl/0.5 mg/ml). I ...
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How does beta branching stop alpha helices from forming?

I am told that beta branching interferes with alpha helix formation. Problem is that I don't see how beta branching has anything to do with alpha-helix formation. Beta-branches are on the outside of ...
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Is the activity of enzymes in the human body affected by the outer temperature?

I have to do a research about the enzymes in the human body and the things that affect them. I know that the body temperature affects the activity of enzyemes but I'd like to know if the outer ...
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Enzyme Assay - pectinase

During assaying an enzyme at high temperature, the substrate (Pectin) is degraded by the high temperature rather than by enzyme, so, how can I minimize degradation of the substrate by the temperature?
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bacterial cell wall degradation in humans

can human degrade the D-amino acid present in bacterial cell wall, I'm confused about it i have read somewhere that human can do so.If yes than why we need antibiotic to kill bacteria???If it is not ...
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How to recognize a conserved motifs of the protein

I would like ensure that my reasoning is correct. Assuming that I know the aminoacids sequence of the protein of interest. I can't say anything about the structure looking only at the aminoacids ...
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Dimerization of Immunoglobulin G

I would like to know the specific determinants for formation of IgG dimers. My understanding is the stem of the antibody is a homodimer of two heavy chains, covalently bonded through two disulfide ...
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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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Common Ancestry of ETCs and ATP Synthase complexes

Rickettsiales are widely regarded as the ancestor of eukaryotic mitochondria through endosymbiosis. Cyanobacteria are widely regarded as the ancestor of eukaryotic chloroplasts through endosymbiosis. ...
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Humidity for wood rotting

If I put a piece of wood in a humid environment (basically humid air), it will start to rot. Does the humidity influence the rotting speed, and if so, what is the relation between the rotting speed ...
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Which hydroxyl from either the phosphate or the glycerol is taken during synthesis of a phospholipid head?

The oxygen anion in the phosphate group is likely to be bonded with a hydrogen cation and thus forming a hydroxyl. When the phosphate group is condensed with glycerol to make a phospholipid, is the ...
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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 outright:...
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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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How to wash the column during protein purification with GST tag?

I have been working with GST tagged proteins for the last 4 years and after loading the cell lysate into the column I was washing it with 20-30 column volumes of PBS and sometimes my proteins were ...
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Why does migration distance depend on log of molecular weight in SDS-PAGE?

I really want to know why in the result of SDS PAGE, log of molecular weight(MW) and migration distance (distance from the loading well) have a linear relationship. Why is it log(MW) instead of MW? ...
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Effect of ethanol and detergent on cell membranes problem

I am currently writing my biology report for an experiment I did on how ethanol and detergent affect the cell membrane. For my ethanol experiment, all went as expected BUT for my detergent experiment, ...
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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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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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Whole gene sequence analysis to determine source infection [closed]

Is it possible to use whole gene sequence analysis to distinguish between a common source infection and a person-person disease transmission?
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What is the advantage of using plant-derived antibacterials rather than bacteria-derived antibacterials?

So obviously we have a big problem with antibiotic resistance. Most of our antibiotics originate from bacteria themselves (or are synthetic variations on scaffolds which originate from bacteria). I ...