Biopolymers consisting of amino acids that fold into 3D shapes and perform a large number of functions in living organisms.

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Do the enzymes and compounds in saliva help with stain removal?

Does spitting on stains help with removal? Saliva is high in amylase that should help with the breakdown of protein rich stains like blood and semen. It also contains antimicrobial enzymes and ...
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How are membrane and extracellular proteins delivered to the target membrane?

In bacteria, either folded or unfolded proteins can be trafficked to the membrane or the extracellular space provided that they have the appropriate signal sequences. Once the chaperones or Signal ...
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Why and how does uniprot list ~150,000 proteins in the human genome?

Using organism:"Homo sapiens (Human) [9606]" as a query in uniprot returns ~146,000 proteins. I was under the impression that there were only 20-25,000 proteins in ...
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Phosphorylation capacity of an enzyme [closed]

Let's think ProteinA can phosphorylate proteinB, proteinC and proteinD. Condition1: All proteins are expressed and proteinA phosphorylates proteinB, proteinC and proteinD. Condition2: Only proteinA ...
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How does the MET gene work and what happens when the promoter region gets mutated?

I am doing research on inherited risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD) due to common Copy Number Variants(CNVs) One of the mutations is the 'CC' variant of Rs1858830 in the promoter region of the MET ...
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What are some (bioinformatic) methods to characterize potentially novel gene transcripts?

I am working with a few novel transcripts of genes- before I confirm their existence experimentally, I would like to perform some bioinformatic analysis. I have already considered coding potential, ...
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How reliable is SwissProt topology?

I am using TOPO_DOM annotations from uniprot databases to characterise the orientation of transmembrane features. Is SwissProt topology experimentally validated, ...
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What is the difference between options protein and replication in the NCBI database?

After checking the NCBI help page, I am still unclear about the difference between protein and replication interactions for HIV. ...
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Can Nanodiscs be used to study membrane energetics?

Nanodiscs have changed they way we can study the structures, insertion, and functions of transmembrane proteins. Below is an image of a nanodisc bilayer. The key difference, as far as I can tell, ...
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What is internal symmetry in membrane proteins?

I have come across the term "internal symmetry" in the context of membrane proteins, but have never found a satisfactory definition. I'm struggling to figure out exactly what this term means... What ...
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Need some good resources to learn about Protein function and structure

I'm taking a course on biochemistry at edx. Since I'm a computer science student, I'm having some trouble in understanding many biochemical concepts. While the first module was just fine, I found the ...
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Which hydrophobicity scales are best for detecting transmembrane regions, and why?

There are many hydrophobicity scales for protein analysis. Broadly, I gather the differences between them are from the experimental method to acquire the data and the normalisation (or lack thereof) ...
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What are all of the currently known variations of the G zipper motif?

The G zipper motif is found in transmembrane proteins at an above random frequency and there are models explaining how it might help with multiple transmembrane intra-membrane helix bundle assembly. ...
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How does the structure of the pancreatic acinar cell relates to its function?

So the pancreatic acinar cell synthesizes, stores and secretes digestive enzyme precursors called zymogens e.g. pepsinogen. The structure of the acinar cell shows that there is an apical and basal ...
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Why cooked food considered nutritious if proteins decompose at much lower temperatures?

Food is cooked/baked at temperatures that are significantly higher than what's considered normal for proteins/amino acids (40°C). Then why such food is still considered nutritious after cooking? ...
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What is the transmembrane 'Positive-Inside Rule' nowadays? Has the definition changed over time?

First definition. Two publications by von Heijne in 1989 and 1992 coined the 'Positive-Inside rule' and showed it's practical value in topology prediction of transmembrane helices. It was clearly ...
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LCMS/MS versus Western Blot

I have a general question regarding which method would you recommend me to use if I would like to investigate the difference in the level of several proteins in tissue samples and compare different ...
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Patterns/Motifs Repository [closed]

I am new to this area. I am a researcher working on fast pattern searching in general scenarios (e.g., regex in string matching). I am curious about the "regular expression (regex)" (pattern/motif) ...
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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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Consequence of Plants as Incomplete Protein Source

Some years ago, in a 1000~ level biology course we learned that the DNA essentially encodes formulas for creating proteins from amino acids. While the human body can synthesize many many amino acids, ...
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Why do some protocols require prewarming a liquid medium before inoculating?

For example, in this protocol for E. coli competent cell preparation, it says: Plate 10 uL E. coli BL21(DE3) cells on a LB-agar plate; incubate overnight (12 hours). Prepare 500 mL SOB medium ...
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Will tagging a protease with HlyA for secretion inactivate the protease?

We are looking to secrete the protease proline iminopeptidase by attaching the secretion signal HlyA to the protease in a gene circuit. Since the natural HlyA secretion sequence in Escherichia coli ...
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Proline Iminopeptidase v Proline Aminopeptidase

We're an undergraduate independent research team and we are having trouble purchasing commercial proline iminopeptidase as it is unavailable on Sigma Aldrich and very expensive on other websites. We ...
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aluminum sulfate vs (NH4)2SO4 in Colloidal Coomassie Staining Sol

I have been interested in Colloidal Coomassie Staining to detect proteins in PAGE gel. I found 2 different recipes: one of them uses aluminium sulfate, the other, (NH4)2SO4. I am wondering about ...
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How do I select the sequence identity threshold in cd-hit to cluster proteins for core genome comparative analysis?

Can anyone suggest a method for selecting the sequence identity threshold for protein clustering in cd-hit? If I use too high of a threshold, then the number of protein clusters shared between three ...
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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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T7 Tagging Next to Met

Will a T7 tag still work if it is placed next to a start codon? Meaning, will it still work with a Met attached to it in the amino acid sequence? Thank you!
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Why does the inhibition of translation initiation cause the accumulation of 80S ribosomal monosomes?

As I have read in (1), inhibition of translation initiation will increase the number of 80S ribosomes while decreasing the fraction of polysomes due to the polysome-runoff. The net effect is to ...
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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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What is peptide mapping?

After searching online for peptide mapping to my understanding it can be treated as the fingerprint of the protein. It is obtained at the end of several chemical processes and it helps to understand ...
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How can we verify predictions of protein folding in silico?

Currently, there is a lot of research focused on solving the folding patterns of proteins using computers (Folding@Home, https://fold.it/portal/, etc.). The question that I have is: How do you know ...
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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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Using Jpred to predict secondary structure

I'm trying to use Jpred to predict secondary structure for a protein sequence. When I run J-pred, I get a bunch of hits from PDB. I've also noticed these 'hits' are the same name as the templates i ...
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One Gene and many proteins [closed]

Imagine a gene with $n$ exons and $m$ introns. How many proteins are possible from that gene? Would all the proteins be isoforms?
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Which protein complex is composed of the greatest number of different kinds of proteins, and how many types are involved?

Why are some protein complexes composed of many different types of proteins? How many different types are they composed of? In particular, which protein complex has the greater number of different ...
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Are all protein composed of all the amino acid (in animal) or are there less diverse protein?

I have a question about amino acid composition of proteins: Are there proteins in animals that are made up only from a small subset of amino acids? So instead of all 20 amino acids let's say only 6-14 ...
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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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What has caused life to choose this unfathomably tiny subset of all possible proteins?

I wonder why life uses the particular proteins that it does, about 10^6 different proteins, I think? Evolution cannot explain it because the number of possible proteins is far far too large to ever ...
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What is the purpose of using two layers of gel in SDS- PAGE?

I just made a SDS-PAGE with a top layer of stacking gel and a bottom layer of separating gel with different pH values of 0.5M Tris-HCl. The stacking was 6.8 and the separating gel was 8.8. What about ...
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What is a complex?

In my text book it says that "Troponin" is a complex of Troponin C, I and T. In this sense, what is the relation between Troponin complex and C, I, T?
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About post translational modifications

A secreted monomeric protein of 132 amino acids, lets say protein XY, has two N-linked glycosylated Asparagine residues, at position 10 and 67, and act as a ligand for a XY-Receptor (XYR). I want to ...
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Is there a cellular mechanism that detects Ribosomal damage?

What kinds of options, if any, do cells (Eukary and Prokary) have for detecting, and repairing damage in Ribosomes (of all types)? I am curious as to what happens when a cell sustains damage of some ...
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Best software for protein in electric field modeling?

I'm trying to find a free, or cheap, software program to model the movement of a heterotrimeric protein in an alternating electric field. The dipole and crystal structure of the trimer are known. ...
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How does a cell create/gain its initial ribosomes for protein synthesis?

I did some quick google searches for how a cellular organism generates or acquires its first ribosomes, but I found nothing. For instance, do the organisms initiating replication form extra Ribosomes ...
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How can human infants express chymosin with only a pseudogene at their disposal?

I read on the Wikipedia article about Chymosin http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chymosin It stated that chymosin is produced by gastric chief cell in human infants. But it also stated that human only ...
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Compare Proteins - Structural / Sequence parameters

I have been working on algorithms that extract co evolutionary signatures from protein sequence. As a result of my work I got some evolutionary information which possibly explains cotranslational ...
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Question about cytoskeleton coordination

I am trying to study for a biology and I am having some confusion over the following topic. Can anyone help explain/ shed some light on the concepts of Rho family GTPases. Is it true that we have Rho ...
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Where does the oxygen and water produced from the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by catalase enzyme go?

How are they disposed of by the body, or are they disposed of at all? Since our body needs water and oxygen anyway, I'm speculating that these "waste product" will be reused/recycled by the body in ...
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Where do amino acids get attached to tRNA and where is it synthesized?

Some very basic parts of transcription/translation seem to be left out in various literature. I can't find the answer to this anywhere: How exactly is tRNA synthesized? I realize that mRNA is ...
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How to do Sliding 80mer Window search against a database with fasta

I know how to do a 80-mer window search against a single protein ...