Questions relating to the binding of proteins to each other and other molecules.

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What makes DNA sequences most different/recognizable from a biological perspective? [duplicate]

We can pretty easily quantify the amount difference between two different strings/sequences of characters. For example, if we take the words trebuchet and trebucket, we can say they have a Levenshtein ...
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Could bioluminescence be controlled by acetylcholine?

In a more extended question, I was thinking if there would be a way to control the brightness of bioluminescence by muscle stressing. Obviously skin and muscles are different tissues, but still I ...
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Structure of proteins

Regarding the secondary structure of proteins, I know that there are 3 main types. The beta sheet formation is made up of beta strands stabilized by hydrogen bonds to form an anti parallel or a ...
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Minichromosome maintenance protein structure and function

I am having difficulty answering three homework questions which relate directly to Chong et al. (2000). Questions The authors have determined that MtMCM is able to bind both ssDNA and dsDNA (see ...
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What is the P in LogP? [closed]

How does this value actually get calculated? Logarithms are usually written as log(base 10) of x So what is the 'P' equivalent of 'base 10'? I know it stands for octanol/water, but what does that ...
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How to induce a steady increase in cyctoplasmic [Ca2+] in HEK293T cells? And is there any simple marker/method to confirm it?

We are trying to find out whether increase or decrease of cytoplasmic calcium concentration affects the interaction of two proteins, using co-IP in HEK293T cells as a readout. In different forums and ...
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Assays to determine competitive binding versus non-competitive

I'm looking for both simple and complex assays or technologies than can be used to determine if two competing molecules are competitive or noncompetitive. I figure xray crystallography is a clear ...
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How do proteins perform their function [closed]

I have asked a question on physics stackexchange, but was redirected here. I copy the entire question word for word. The original is here. Let's, for example, take a ribosome. It is an enzyme that ...
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A question involving immunoprecipitation to identify interacting proteins?

Using recombinant Flag-tagged Dcr-2 and His-tagged protein X, pull-down assays were performed to determine whether protein X and Dcr-2 interact directly. The recombinant proteins (either alone or in ...
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Does urea at different concentrations (5 or 0.5M) have different effects on proteins?

The problem is to explain why each additive gives rise to the distribution of the protein (RMAS) as shown in the Western blow below: In each case, the homogenates were subjected to high-speed ...
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Which ligands bind to (are sensed by) these Odorant Binding Proteins (OBPs)?

Question I have a list of 69 odorant binding protein (OBP) IDs, belonging to the malarial mosquito Anopheles gambiae, and I would like to know which ligands/molecules they bind to. I would greatly ...
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How much ATP is consumed during protein synthesis?

I'm trying to find out how many molecules of nucleoside triphosphates (ATP, GTP, UTP and/or CTP) it takes to release enough energy to link two amino acid monomers together with a peptide bond, ...
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How important is non-binding site of protein?

Just a curious question: What will happen if i remove most protein sequence that encoded for non-binding site of Restriction Enzyme to make a new enzyme, can the new restriction enzyme still work?
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Will a metalloenzyme bind to its substrate in the absence of its metal ion cofactor?

A metalloenzyme is an enzyme using a specific metal ion as its cofactor. Their activity is dependent on this metal ion. For example, the T4 DNA ligase requires Mg2+ to ligate DNA strands; The ...
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Wash adsorbed protein without destroying Biotin-Avidin-Mechanism

I am looking for reliable protocols to wash protein (e.g. Fibronectin) adsorbed onto glass surfaces. According to Protein immobilization literature, people usually use 1% SDS and some incubation time. ...
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C-myc/anti-myc Ab Interaction with Fusion Proteins

I am going to prepare a c-myc fusion protein with the following configuration: (28-residue signal sequence)-(c-myc)-(GGSGGGSG Linker)-(Protein of Interest (POI)) POI is a transmembrane protein and ...
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What was Protein G named after?

Protein G (the bacterial antibody binding protein) is often used to pulldown antibodies, for example in chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) experiments. However, I was unable to find a site ...
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How to determine suitable Cysteine mutations?

In the lab, I'd like to generate a dimer of a protein via disulfide bonds. The interface between the two looks as follows: Now, in the interface, there isn't any cystein I could use to dimerize the ...
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Western blot extrange band

I performed a WB using plasma rats and monkeys samples with anti ubiquitin K-48 antibody. In every sample the antibody binds something and it appears a specific band that seems to be 71kDa. When I ...
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What is the significance in an alpha-helix being right-handed or left-handed?

Why is that often when alpha-helices are discussed, it is also mentioned their direction - right-handed (clockwise) or left-handed (anti-clockwise)? I have heard that left-handed alpha-helices are ...
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Bioinformatics - DNA binding, sequence-specific protein data

I am a computer scientist and we are working on protein function prediction algorithms. Right now, we would like to examine protein-DNA binding properties computationaly. For this, we would make use ...
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Are multi-chain proteins synthesized as one biological unit?

Are multi-chain proteins (especially homo/hetero-dimers) synthesized together as one overall unit or are they separate monomers which bind together at some point after synthesis, and are there any ...
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Interaction study of oligomeric proteins

I'm dealing with two different protein(say, protein_a and protein_b) which stays in an interacting-oligomeric form in biological system. I have so far successfully been able to purify both the ...
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How are split inteins joined?

Do they form a peptide bond? Or is it just some affinity/van der Waals interaction? Is the mechanism enzyme catalized? Are the residues/moieties at the join site known? Could they be introduced to ...
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Help with STRING database

How can I generate a graph on the STRING web server for physical interacting proteins only? I know we could extract the data and use Cytoscape to create a graph, but I would prefer to have a graph ...
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In protein-protein interactions what is the difference between a binding site and an interface?

I see binding site and interface used almost interchangeably in the literature, but I'm not sure if it is exactly the same thing or not - what is the difference?
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What effects would be caused by exposure to common life forms with opposite enantiomer biology? [closed]

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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How is protein cavity centre related to binding?

I am confused and I have the following questions: 1. What are (in the context of article below) protein cavity centres? 2. How are they related to binding? (Automated identification of protein-ligand ...
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Is there a formula for determining the % of ligand bound to a given receptor in a mixture with multiple ligands and receptors?

When a ligand and receptor interact with a given kd, one can easily determine % of ligand bound to the receptor when the kd, total concentration of ligand, and total concentration of receptor are ...
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Edman method to identify peptides with Phenylisothiocyanate (PTH)

We all know that in this method the PTH reacts with the first amino acid (aa) from the N-terminal to the peptide and separates from it giving PTH-aa so that we can know the amino acids sequence in the ...
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Do transcription factors bind to both strands of DNA?

Do transcription factors (or generally proteins) bind to only single strand of DNA or both strands? Since it can have non covalent bonds to both strands in theory. I would like to know the mechanism. ...
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Proteins folding

Some of us are involved in the folding@home project, spending time, money and resources. I would like to know an answer to two main questions: how do we know we fold it right? I mean these models ...
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Proteins: Post translational modification

I am a physicist and trying to understand some protein chemistry for a small project. Basically, amino acids combine to form proteins and after forming the primary structure, some chemical ...
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What does units/mg mean for Streptavidin

I got streptavidin for surface reaction. The label says "biotin binding: 16 units/mg". What does units/mg mean? Does it mean "1 mg biotin can bind to 16 units ...
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Does antibody staining / immunolabeling block or inhibit protein function?

In dissociated live cells, does staining them with an antibody block the protein's function? I am sorting cells based on their expression of a few marker genes, and culturing them post-sort for ...
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Kinetic binding / unbinding constants of protein + mRNA ⇌ mRNP

I wish to find an order of magnitude for the binding/unbinding constants of mRNA and RNA-binding proteins. Suppose molecules A and B reversibly associate to give the complex C. Assuming the diffusion ...
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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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protein-binding sRNAs

I am actually a computational biologist, pardon me if my question description is a bit off-note, my curiosity is driving me on A bit of background and context: In bacteria, a regulatory protein ...
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Function of heparin and dextran sulfate for removing proteins

From this article : The reaction was terminated and the histones, and most nonhistones, were removed by adding the nuclease-treated chromosomes to a solution containing dextran sulfate (2 ...
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What stops telomerase?

The telomerase is an enzyme that adds telomeres. What stops the telomerase from adding too many telomere sequences ? What's the regulating mechanism ?
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2 types of telomerases?

As telomerase works by adding new nucleotides complementary to the RNA it contains, it cannot work for the complementary strand. Say telomerase X has RNA complementary to the 5' to 3' strand it ...
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Telomerase in tetrahymena

In this amazing video, at 26:03 we see this image We now know that the telomerase contains a sequence complementary to the telomere sequence and so is able to do what it is capable of doing in this ...
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How to identify active protein in a complex mixture?

I am trying to figure out how to identify which protein in a complex mixture is producing a certain effect. There is an assay for the effect, so anything (a fraction of the mixture) can be tested ...
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DAT1 dopamine and cocaine binding

I've searched the internet for several minutes and I've looked at DAT but I'm having trouble finding the DAT binding location. Where (and to which aa) does dopamine and cocaine bind to hDAT1?
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Selective Androgen Receptor Agonist

I'm looking for an inducer that strongly activates the androgen receptor, but not the glucocorticoid receptor that is not DEA regulated. I know that SARMS (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) are ...
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What type of distribution should binding affinities fit?

I've been averaging Ki values from the PDSP Ki Database, and I can't help but to wonder: how I can determine p values for the binding affinities, so I can exclude anomalies in the data if need be?
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How to bind antibodies to study their properties?

I want to experimentally look at the behavior of antibodies. To do so, I need to be able to bind these antibodies to a substrate. Does anybody know of a good substrate to use that antibodies bind to? ...
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How is transport of glucose into prokaryotic cells different from transport into eukaryotic cells?

I was reading page 92 of Fundamentals of Microbiology, 4th edition, which states In facilitated diffusion, the substance (glucose, for example) to be transported combines with a plasma membrane ...
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What is background binding?

I'm reading a journal article about mitochondrial protein import and it mentions that one of the mutant proteins tested showed background binding with another protein. What the heck is background ...
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Does GTP-γS (GTP gamma S) bind all GTP-binding proteins?

I've just read an article Rab10 GTPase regulates ER dynamics and morphology - Nature Cell Biology 15, 169–178 (2013) doi:10.1038/ncb2647. In this paper, to identify Rab proteins in ER, first they ...