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

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How can I perform a 1:1 sequence-structure alignment for a pdb template dimer and homologous dimer sequence?

I have: 1. A PDB dimer protein structure template of a real solved protein. 2. An unsolved, but highly homologous dimer protein (>90% sequence identity.) How can I use MODELLER to make a theoretical ...
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Amino Acid requirement + intake in relation to diet + meat type

I was arguing with a friend: I said: the Yulin festivals cannot be condemned by western culture, as we also kill animals in equally cruel ways. She said: not only is it cruel, but the dogs (and ...
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How is the acetone method different from QB buffer for extraction of plant protein?

I primarily work on animal tissue but I thought of running an SDS-PAGE for plant tissue just for fun. I searched for some protein extraction protocols online and I don't know which one to choose. One ...
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“Other” peptides in IEDB

I used the immune epitope database (IEDB) to search for epitopes. I found some epitopes derived from antigens called " other" by IEDB. When I asked about it, the answer was "We use the "other" ...
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Why is nitrogen isotopic labelling required for protein NMR?

Why is labelling required for Nitrogen (by 15N) for studying structure of a protein using NMR?
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High intensity background on western blot membrane?

I did western blot and I got the high intensity background only in the upper part of the membrane and there is a horizontal line around 50-70kDa (this line separate the upper part and lower part of ...
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How does 2-mercaptoethanol lead to shift of the band to a higher molecular weight?

I have a project to isolate a protein with biological properties from a plant. The purified protein forms four bands with similar molecular weight on SDS-PAGE (30–35 kDa) in the presence of 5 % 2-...
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Beta Sheets vs Alpha Helix - Strength

Is there a hard and fast rule of which one is stronger than the other, or does it depend on their context in a protein?
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What was the precursor of testosterone? [closed]

Testosterone evolved about 500 million years ago (says 8fact.com). What was the precursor of testosterone (if any)? If possible, what caused the 'precursor' to evolve?
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optimization of density gradient centrifugation

I'm trying to isolate a ~320kD protein (in oligomeric form) using density gradient ultra centrifugation technique. Can any one tell me that what gradient (sucrose or glycerol or trehalose or etc) I ...
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Relationship between DNA strands and mRNA

Does the sense strand or antisense strand of DNA code for the polypeptide product? I'm confused because I know the antisense strand is the template for mRNA but it has anti codons so I do not know how ...
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Can a small polypeptide fold over itself and have a tertiary structure?

What I want to know is if polypeptides (those which are not considered as proteins) can also "exhibit" a tertiary structure.
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Phase Transitions of Purified Proteins

Why do solutions of purified protein condense into droplet phases? I'm trying to understand the protein phase transitions. Here is the article http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(12)00634-4#...
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difference between motifs, domains, patterns, signatures and profiles

I can't get clear the difference between those terms, I see them a lot while browsing on Prosite, Pfam, Expasy e.t.c. However, I can find documentation about them, but It still not clear what the ...
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How would one determine whether a chemical will upregulate a certain class of proteins?

I'm trying to determine whether certain organic chemicals will upregulate classes of proteins that possess deacylase activity.  How would I go about this experiment? I'm assuming I would use some ...
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Can a human being live without any carbohydrates? [duplicate]

Nowadays low-carb is in fashion, but what I recently wondered is whether a human can live without any carbohydrates at all? Of course this would be hard to do in reality, as most food will contain ...
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Why does BLAST reduce word size for short proteins?

I'm using BLAST to identify a short protein (BLASTp). If I check the short query then the word size reduces from 3 to 2. However the search will then be less ...
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Are there any primary structure sequences that strongly suggest b-sheet or alpha helix?

Is there a particular sequence of amino acids that we know will take on a beta-sheet or an alpha helix or is it essentially random?
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Techniques for detecting phosphorylation sites in proteins?

I would like to know how phosphorylated sites in proteins are detected in practice. I read some papers where the authors were talking about mass spectrometry techniques. But my question is that why ...
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How to find PDB id of an amino acid sequence

Suppose I have an amino acid sequence whose PDB id is unknown. Is there in online server that can find the PDB id of the corresponding amino acid sequence? is there any site that will find the pdb ...
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Multiple start and stop codons in mRNA and pre-mRNA [duplicate]

I have a main question that will lead to further questions depending upon the answer. In the process of transcription, will there be multiple start and stop codons in one sequence of pre-mRNA? If ...
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Coordinates of amino acids in a protein sequence [closed]

In PDB format, the coordinates of each of the atoms are available. Are the coordinates for the amino acids available separately? As in say a protein sequence consisting of a chain of amino acids MKL......
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What are the binding sites (or receptors) of cortisol?

I am in the process of a OCR GCSE Case Study, and my question is "Do the benefits of anabolic steroids outweigh the risks, which has an obvious conclusion. I need to know the scientific name, or a ...
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Proteins in water vs proteins in crystal

I am not very familiar with the experimental procedure of x-ray crystallography except that it involves the very delicate matter of producing crystal that contain proteins and then diffracting rays ...
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Similarity with protein sequence [closed]

I have chosen a protein sequence and I want to record the sequences having similarity more than 85% of the chosen sequence. How can I find it using FASTA?
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Estimated protein size using CDs data [closed]

The number of amino acids in a protein is important to predict their size. I used coding DNA sequence (CDs) to predict the average of the protein size of E.coli k12 from a sample provided by the ...
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Why can't proteins make copies of themselves? [closed]

Why is it impossible for proteins to make copies of themselves?
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Why don't membrane proteins move?

I understand that based on their tertiary structure, intrinsic proteins have hydrophobic non-polar R-groups on their surface and that they 'interact with the hydrophobic core of the cell membrane to ...
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How do prions transmit their conformation to other proteins?

I was reading about prions and many sources say something to this effect: "Prions may propagate by transmitting their misfolded protein state: When a prion enters a healthy organism, it induces ...
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Which proteins cross the blood brain barrier?

Are there any known globular proteins which naturally cross the blood brain barrier as part of their function, i.e., without modification? I'm thinking not just human proteins, but also viral ...
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What is the most stable globular protein?

What is the most thermodynamically stable globular protein? I am looking for a small (ideally less than 50kDa) soluble globular protein motif which folds easily/reliably and is known to be extremely ...
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Does the order of amino acids matter in making up a protein?

For instance, if a protein is made of 2 amino acids, that is, AB, would the same protein form if the order of combination of amino acids become BA? If yes, would the behavior of interaction of that ...
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What are the secondary structure requirements for cell-penetrating peptides AKA protein transduction domains

Cell penetrating peptides. Cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) are a class of short amino acid sequences which are sufficient for crossing cell membranes and delivering themselves along with any ...
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Relative concentration of enzyme vs reaction product

I was reading a paper in which a recombinant protein (His-6 tagged) is expressed in E Coli (BL21 DE3). The yield of the enzyme isolated from the culture is reported as 10-30 mg per L of bacterial ...
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Best protocol to optimize solubilization of bacterial fusion proteins?

I'm trying to produce an His-tagged protein in E.coli. Before performing the Ni-NTA column I need to figure out how to extract most of the protein from the cell pellet but I'm getting lost with a ...
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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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Hydrophobic proteins in the body?

I know that we can get hydrophobic amino acids, but are there any proteins in the body whose surface is hydrophobic? If so what is their typical function and where can they typically be found and if ...
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If human proteins are synthesized from only 20 different amino acids, then how can there be such variety of proteins in human cells?

I know that human proteins are synthesized using only 20 different amino acids. However, how can there be thousands of different proteins in human cells, if we only use 20 amino acids to make them?
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Do all cells produce the same proteins?

If DNA is more or less the same in all cells, and DNA is used to produce proteins from aminoacids, then do all cells produce the same proteins or are they specialised/controlled by something?
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How accurate are proteomic-based biomarkers of cancer? [closed]

Currently protein expression is one of the widely used biomarker types. For example, any $i^{th}$ protein could be a selected biomarker. How can a minute change in single protein concentration ($m/...
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How to obtain a list of proteins sorted by the ~1400 unique protein folds?

The databases CATH and SCOP both have around 1400 unique protein folds recorded from analysis of the PDB. However, I do not see any method to access this particular data. A list of each of the 1400 ...
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Can aptamers be used to identify the terminal amino acid residue of a peptide?

Suppose there were DNA or RNA aptamers that bind specifically to a certain terminal amino acid residue. Let's name it aaSA (amino acid specific aptamer). For example, the aptamer binding to terminal ...
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How does Ultra-pasteurized milk compare with pasteurized milk?

I am specifically interested in whether all proteins and nutrients lose their structure permanently because of the very high temperature of ultra-pasteurization. What is the case for pasteurized milk?...
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How to get the correct RefSeq Protein transcript for a given RefSeq Nucleotide transcript?

How to get versioned Protein Accession Number for a Refseq Accession Number? I have some versioned RefSeq Accession numbers and I would like to know their corresponding Protein Accession Numbers. ...
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Server for protein structure prediction for multiple sequences

Does anybody have any idea about any online server that takes in multiple amino acid sequences in fasta format and outputs the 3D structure of the input amino acid sequences in the form of helix, ...
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What is an isolated beta bridge?

DSSP gives the letter B for a "residue in isolated β-bridge (single pair β-sheet hydrogen bond formation)", according to Wikipedias page for secondary structure (and various other proper sources). Can ...
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Derivation of Michaelis' Equation from Michaelis' Constants [duplicate]

The enzyme reaction condition, $E + S \leftrightarrow ES \rightarrow E + P$ uses $\kappa_{1}$ (forward reaction), $\kappa_{-1}$ and $\kappa_{2}$ as the rate constants. E: Enzyme S: Substrate P: ...
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What are in common between transcription factors?

In terms of their structures (primary to tertiary) and locations? Why do they have these commonalities? Or are any of these commonalities critical to their functions?