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 many RNA-binding proteins can simultaneously bind on a single mRNA?

Typically, how many RNA-binding proteins can simultaneously bind to a single mRNA? Or said differently, how many "binding sites" does an mRNA have? What order of magnitude? I am interested in RNA ...
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Why do I smell chlorine when my sinuses are clogged?

I constantly smell chlorine after blowing my nose. I know it has to do with the sodium-chlorine ion channels but I don't know exactly what role they play. Related: I know in the disease "cystic ...
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What effects would be caused by exposure to common life forms with opposite entianomer biology?

Pretend a human had their body "reflected": heart on the wrong side, etc.; but also at the biochemical level: proteins, sugars, cells, DNA, everything. What would the effects be of that human's ...
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Is using Hidden Markov Models to find homologues sensible in abstract, short sequences?

HMM alignment tools like hhpred excel at finding subtle homologues of folded proteins that simpler scoring techniques (such those used in BLAST algorithms) would miss. I am only looking at a small ...
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What is the difference between electrons and energy? [on hold]

I'm studying microbiology right now and I have come across something confusing to me. I thought electrons provided energy to the cell by being incorporated into reducing powers and eventually driving ...
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Solubility of DNA in water

This would seem to be an easy to answer question, but I was unable to find an answer (in g/L) for generic double-stranded DNA or plasmid neither on Google nor on BioNumbers. I would expect the ...
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With respect to kegg website [on hold]

With respect to related R class in KEGG website: http://www.genome.jp/tools-bin/relclass?RC00064 What is the biological or statistical relevance of the score? How is it computed? And does it ...
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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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What does the Gini index mean in a biochemical context?

What is the meaning of the Gini index, as specificed in this link, which describes the Gini index of beta-glucopyranose bound to hexokinase? Is this true that if Gini index has a very low value that ...
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Questions regarding a particular paper

With respect to the following paper: Automated identification of protein-ligand interaction features using Inductive Logic Programming: a hexose binding case study I have a few questions: in page ...
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How does CO₂ concentration affect photosynthesis?

I have heard the theory that with the increase of CO2 in the air, the speed of the photosynthesis would increase, thereby limiting the increase of CO2 levels. What is currently the rate limiting ...
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How does loss of the electrochemical gradient result in heat production?

As far as I understand, uncoupling of the flow of protons and ATP-synthase provides a bypass for protons between the outer and the inner membrane of mitochondria so that the protons don't have to go ...
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Any good website/book to understand protein folding and enzymes?

I'm looking for a good, understandable and simple explanation about protein folding, mechanisms and function, and their relationship with enzymes. I understand that the protein is a polypeptidic ...
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What is the difference between polar and charged amino acids?

Chemically polar amino acids have an uneven (AKA polar) distribution of electrons over their surface. Charged amino acids have a charged ion in their structure. This is probably where my knowledge ...
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Does blood typing still provide a use for ancient tissue analysis?

Modern techniques. In recent years, DNA sequencing has become extremely cheap. This, compounded by the ability to PCR miniscule samples to viable samples for analysis, means that aDNA can be ...
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Is there a biological environment that we can we assume glutamate exists as glutamic acid?

In the body we almost always assume that glutamate exists as glutamate rather than glutamic acid. It is so commonly glutamate yet glutamic acid and glutamate share the abbreviations of Glu and E. From ...
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What is meant by clonal isolates?

With respect to this website: http://horfdb.dfci.harvard.edu/ what does the term clonal isolates mean?
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The effect on the efficacy and potency of a non-competetive antagonist binding to the active site of the receptor (dose-response curve)

According to the book "Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy" by Golan et al, non-competetive antagonists can bind to both the allosteric site and the active site. I ...
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Amino acid compatibility

The (human) genetic code encodes 20 amino acids. They form a protein using peptide bonds. Each amino acid has a carboxyl group (COOH) and an amino group (NH2) that can potentially form a peptide bond. ...
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Is there a known glucosepane cross-link breaker?

I read the following on wikipedia: There is, however, no agent known that can break down the most common AGE, glucosepane, which appears 10 to 1,000 times more common in human tissue than any ...
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Why 22 amino acids instead of 64?

This question got me thinking about amino acids and the ambiguity in the genetic code. With 4 nucleotides in RNA and 3 per codon, there are 64 codons. However, these 64 codons only code for 22 ...
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Recommend good conversational books to learn about cell and developmental biology or biochemisty?

I'm an engineer by training and teaching myself the basics of cell and developmental biology. I'm using Scott F. Gilbert's Developmental Biology and Alberts' Essential Cell Biology right now, and they ...
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Why is the brain dependent on glucose?

The strict dependence of the (human) brain on glucose has always been puzzling to me. While ketones can substitute for a portion of the brain's energy needs, it cannot substitute completely: blood ...
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DIY storing family DNAs' samples for future uses (eg medical)

I have a question I could not get an understandable reply from Google and I am no expert in the matter, so my plead to you is if you could give me practical and relatively easy to follow advice. With ...
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Does creatine-phosphate (CP) supplementation regenerate NADH?

I have the following facts: It is possible to convert ATP <-> creatine vice-versa. (ref - non scientific) CP supplementation protects against metabolic syndrome. ref1 ref2 Fructose digestion ...
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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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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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How is ATP involved in muscle contraction?

The sliding filament mechanism as explained by my text does not elaborate on how ATP is involved in the cross bridge binding and contraction process. How does muscle contraction utilize ATP? In my ...
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What does the human body use oxygen for besides the final electron acceptor in the electron transport chain?

My biology teachers never explained why animals need to breathe oxygen, just that we organisms die if we don't get oxygen for too long. Maybe one of them happened to mention that its used to make ATP. ...
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Proteins that give color (without fluorescence)

Is there proteins that have strong color, that could be seen without the need of UV and with naked eyes (with white light) - in mammalian cells? Searching for reporter, something like GFP, but that ...
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Why is PEG important for efficient yeast transformation?

One way to do an yeast transformation is by using lithium acetate, a single-stranded carrier DNA, and PEG (1). I was wondering why is the polyethylene glycol important for the efficient ...
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Importance of organic chemistry in biochemistry/molecular biology? [closed]

I'm halfway through my biochemistry and molecular biology degree in Australia and i'm concerned about a lack of organic chemistry. My friends studying biochemistry back home in Canada take units upon ...
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A doctor might give bicarbonate (HCO₃¯) to a patient who is breathing very rapidly. What is the doctor assuming about the patient’s blood chemistry?

The answer is: The doctor is assuming that the rapid breathing is the body’s response to low blood pH. (Source: Campbell Biology) But this answer doesn't make sense. Why would the doctor give the ...
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What is the explanation for the smaller number of tRNA than codons?

Translation, or decoding, of the four-nucleotide language of DNA and mRNA into the 20–amino acid language of proteins requires tRNAs and enzymes called aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. To ...
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What is the importance of urea in mass spectrometry?

What is the importance of urea in mass spectrometry? We use 8M urea to FASP our proteins prior to mass spectrometry. What is the significance of using 8M urea? and how does it affect the proteins?
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Why in acute phorpyria? [closed]

I am having confusing about treatment of phorpyria . I read it somewhere that for treating phopyria hemin and glucose is given IV . Please give me an easy explanation of it
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D/L configuration for amino acids

Why would this be "L-cysteine"? This is taken from the answer key for my biochem final. From what I understand if the -NH3(+) is on the left then the alpha-amino acid is in the L-configuration. ...
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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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Photolysis of Water?

In chemistry, I studied the decomposition of water as being $2H_2O_{(l)} \rightarrow 2H_{2(g)} + O_{2(g)}$. However, when water is split, the equation is $2H_2O_{(l)} \rightarrow 4H^+ + 4e^- ...
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Question regarding an Escherichia coli reaction

With respect to this link http://www.biocyc.org/ECOLI/NEW-IMAGE?type=REACTION&object=RXN-14479 Here the enzyme is mentioned and the two reacting compounds. Now , my question is 1. When these ...
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Is cyanocobalamin toxic?

I see that cyanocobalamin is not naturally occurring, and is synthesized in vivo to methylcobalamin. As part of the synthetic pathway, cyanide is broken off. All opinions I can find are that this ...
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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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Energy transformations in chemiosmosis and ATP synthase

In terms of energy, how does chemiosmosis drive ATP synthase? How does electrical energy turn into mechanical energy and then into chemical energy? Would the movement of $H^+$ be considered passive ...
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What is a new biotechnology issue? [closed]

I'm looking for any new biotechnology issue related to Biochemistry, Metabolic processes, molecular Genetics, or other relevant fields. If anyone knows of an issue that has solid resources around I'd ...
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Are more molecules of ADP than inorganic phosphate returned to the light reaction in photosynthesis?

During the dark reaction, 9 molecules of ATP are consumed for every 3 carbon dioxide molecules, yet only 6 molecules of inorganic phosphate ultimately leave the cycle. Does that mean that there is a ...
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When is Water Produced During Photosynthesis?

The formula for photosynthesis is: $$6CO_2+12H_2O \rightarrow C_6H_{12}O_6+6O_2+6H_2O$$ I can count the carbons, the waters on the reactant side, the oxygens, and the glucose, but I cannot seem to ...
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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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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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Why are 2 electrons transported from photosystem II at the same time?

I only know that electrons are captured by the primary electron acceptor and then go through the electron transport chain, ultimately ending up at photosystem I. But why do 2 leave photosystem II in ...
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Do non-enzyme catalysed reaction pathways exist?

Can their be a kind of chemical reaction pathway in a cell, that is catalyzed or regulated but NOT necessarily by enzymes? I could not find anything on Google. I have almost no background in biology, ...