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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How is energy converted within the body?

how does the energy in food is transmitted to our cells and we gain energy? what is there in the food which is transmitted as the energy to our cells? As a matter of clarification: for example the ...
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What's the difference between Ki and IC50?

I have just read this post at researchgate: "How to calculate experimental binding free energy from the IC50 value" I am not be very sure about what the difference is between Ki and IC50. Could ...
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Binding of Multivalent Antibody to mutiple epitopes?

A multivalent antibody molecule such as Immunoglobulin M Immunoglobulin A etc bind to more than one antigens or epitopes but I am confused about that wheather these multivalent antibodies bind to ...
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Persistency of biotoxins in environment

I wonder how long it takes for biotoxins to break down when released to environment, I think about - Botulinum toxin, Anthrax toxin etc. I guess process of degradation should be fast, because high ...
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Dissolving or not? [on hold]

You have two beakers. One contains pure water, the other contains pure methanol (wood alcohol). The covalent bonds of methanol molecules are nonpolar, so there are no hydrogen bonds among methanol ...
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5,6-dihydrouracil and 5,6-dihydroxyuracil - how they arise in DNA?

5,6-dihydrouracil can be formed from cytosine after exposure of DNA to ionizing radiation under anoxic conditions [Ref]. What are other ways by which 5,6-dihydrouracil is formed in DNA? What about ...
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Do plants have preference for the form of nitrogen as nutrient?

In the nitrogen cycle (ecology), it is usually described that plants can use nitrogen in the form of ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-). Do plants prefer one form of nitrogen over the other?
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Can plants directly use sulfuric acid?

In the explanation of the sulfur cycle, it is often said that sulfur moves from the atmosphere to the ground by acid rain in the form of sulfuric acid. Can plants directly use sulfuric acid to ...
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Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?

The seminal fluid contains fructose as the main energy source for the sperm and not glucose. Why is fructose and not glucose the primary energy source for these sperm, since glucose is the ...
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What ideas have been proposed about what the first cell would have been like? [on hold]

Have any researchers proposed a potential first cell (what it looks like, how it functions), and what do/would they base it on? Ubiquity of life, available ingredients? Also, in the same way protein ...
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Fatty Acid Synthesis of Fats Longs than 16 C

I understand that the human body when performing Fatty Acid Synthesis can synthesize only until C16 (palmitate). However the ER has desaturases and elongases. I know that desaturases are used to add ...
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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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Why is uracil used in RNA rather than thymine?

What is the advantage gained by the substitution of thymine with uracil? I have read previously that it is due to thymine being "better protected" and therefore more suited to the storage role of ...
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Health Benefits of drinking green tea [closed]

I recently came across the web telling about the many health benefits of consuming green tea. Thus I wanted to know if drinking green tea is really that healthy and what are those benefits or whether ...
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Increasing/decreasing signal intensity in Western blotting

So I was in class and my professor was explaining western blotting. It seems as though there's more than one way to increase or decrease the signal intensity. He presented us the challenge to discover ...
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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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Examples of genes involved in plastic responses

Adaptive plasticity involves sensing the environment and responding adaptively to it. Intuitively, I would think that this process may ask for a more or less complex genetic machinery of regulation of ...
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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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Clonidine's adrenonergic nature?

I am little confused here. I used the term adrenoagonist and sympatholytic to describe the compound. However, my teacher says that the correct term here is adrenomimetic -term. My understanding of ...
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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-calmodulin dependent ferments. They are synthesized in small concentration as a response to physiological signals which ...
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Does amylolysis occur in vegetables if stored below 0⁰ Celsius?

Assume that we have a plant, e.g. kale, which is prone to amylolysis if not harvested during a frost period. If it is harvested and put in a household freezer, such that it is frozen solid slowly ...
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Anesthetics, specifically inhaled anesthetics

I have had a look at previous inhaled anesthetics and many of them appear to be fluorocarbons. What could be the mechanism behind fluorine's anesthetic properties? Is it the specific bonding pattern ...
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PSI-BLAST website algorithm parameters

http://blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Blast.cgi In this website, when I want to apply the psi-blast algorithm on a sequence, under the section of algorithm parameters , what does PSI-BLAST threshold mean? ...
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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 is the charge on oligonucleotide 5' pGpGpApCpT 3' at pH 7.00?

What is the charge on the nucleotide 5'pGpGpApCpT 3' @ pH 7.00? I thought adenine has 1 NH group and Guanine has NH and ...
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To understand side-effects for nebivolol's beta1 selective pathway in PubChem? [closed]

Assume you have a drug nebivolol. When nebivolol is used as beta1 selective drug, beta2 is mostly for side effects, but this is not clear from PubChem. I do not know any cases where nebivolol is used ...
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How to manage fat-gluten oxidation in celiac disease?

Assume you have been in non-gluten diet 20 years. You built mass 8 mass with substances containing gluten (endogenous gluten stored in fat). Then, celiac disease is diagnosed. You have been 3 ...
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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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Can the same protein be represented by primary,secondary,tertiary structure? [closed]

As my book says: Protein can be represented by 4 structures. The primary structure represents the main chain and positions of amino acid residues. But actually, protein is not a rod but rather a ...
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Change in synthesis rate of a molecule changes equilibrium concentration

I was reading the topic of 'The concentration of the molecule can be adjusted quickly only if the lifetime of a molecule is short' from Molecular Biology of the Cell by Alberts. At the end of pg-837 ...
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What is the mechanism of action of lithium-induced polyuria?

I was reading in my pharmacology textbook on lithium in treating bipolar disorder, and I was curious to know if there was any specific action lithium takes to produce symptoms such as polyuria and ...
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What initiates primase to add an RNA primer to a DNA strand and what makes it stop?

What initiates primase to add an RNA primer to a DNA strand and what makes it stop adding RNA nucleotides? Is there tags added to the DNA back-bone?
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Why is deficiency of thiamin characterized by brain malfunction [closed]

Why is deficiency of thiamin characterized by brain malfunction.
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Why is the storage ring of a synchrotron vacuum? [migrated]

I know that when the particles accelerated gets to the storage ring they loose energy releasing the synchrotron light but how does the vacuum make it loose energy ? Does it slow it down, increase, ...
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What is the exact chemical composition of human body? [duplicate]

I've just watched Breaking Bad Season 01 Episode 03. In that Walter gives the chemical composition of human body. The conversation is as follows Walter White: Let's break it down. Hydrogen. What ...
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To Study Interactions of two molecules in PubChem

Assume you have two substances Diosminum / Hesperidinum. The former strengthens vascular walls. The latter has role in some glycoside biosynthesis. From Biochemistry, I recall that glycodises have ...
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Can an organism process H₂O into H₂O₂?

In an answer to a recent question on Worldbuilding, I suggested that an organism convert $H_2O$ into $H_2O_2$. I suggested a few processes that yielded the desired final result ($2H_2O \rightarrow ...
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Solid phase use in HIV rapid tests [closed]

I have a question in regards to my HIV test research. The rapid tests like Orasures Oraquick contains a strip of synthetic peptides that are used to represent proteins found in the envelope region of ...
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Statistics on energy consumption breakdown per biological functions across organisms?

Are there any statistics available on how much energy organisms use for each biological functions (i.e. something similar to the line of "Bacteria spend X% of energy on information processing, Y% for ...
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Substrate specificities of GPPS, FPPS and GGPPS (isoprenoid biosynthesis enzymes)

I have some questions related to isoprenoid synthesis enzymes. Does Geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase (GGPPS) contribute in Geranyl-Pyrophosphate (GPP), Farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) and ...
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How does temperature influence the rate of protein degradation?

For computer modeling purposes, I am looking for some referenced quantitative measurements of the effect(s) of temperature on biochemical reactions. Question In particular, my question is: How does ...
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Identify the pink mold infecting refrigerated lemons [closed]

I made lemon juice 6 month ago. I just washed the lemon using brush and then cut them into pieces. Then I put one layer of lemon in the bottle followed by one layer of sugar Again one layer of lemon ...
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Are fatty acids and glycerol lipids?

As far as I know, lipids are defined as biomolecules which are hydrophobic. Triglycerides are composed of fatty acids and glycerol and are considered lipids but, are fatty acids alone or glycerol ...
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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 H2O + H2S ←→ ... Actually, I ...
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Basic question about multiplex PCR

Let's say I have a DNA sequence with the following structure: $$ 5' - N_n - S_1 - N_{1000} - S_2 - N_{1000} - S_3 - N_n - 3' $$ Here, the $N$s represent stretches of arbitrary sequence of the ...
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Why would an Eadie-Hofstee Plot be non-linear?

Besides cooperativity between multiple active sites on an enzyme, what are the other reasons for the Eadie-Hofstee plot to be non-linear?
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Book Recommendations: GRE Subject Test In Biochemistry, Cell And Molecular Biology

There are probably a lot of really good answers that may vary significantly in terms of content. I'm looking for a set of books that I can read in preparation for the GRE Subject Test In ...
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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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Ripening bananas artificially: What is the biological reason

I am a resident of the tropical island of Sri Lanka, and we have a strange traditional method to ripen our bananas quickly. What we do is this: We dig a pit in earth that is enough to put the whole ...
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Is there a difference between polarity and hydrophobicity?

From literature the two terms seem to be interchangeable when discussing protein domains and motifs. But biochemically, what are the specific differences between these two terms? For example what is ...