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

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Which of the three is true for insulin receptors?

I have seen the following question in a Cell Biology exam: Which of the following is true" Insulin has an hydrophobic Signal Peptide and the insulin receptor does not have an hydrophobic ...
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SDS-Page-Concentration confusion

So I purified some a protein, purified it using two different types of resins (comparing resins for cost efficiency). Ran a Bradford Assay to find concentrations of each. Unsure of SDS-Page protocol ...
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What is the shortest mRNA the ribosome can read to produce a peptide?

This question came as a comment on a previous question regarding non-ribosomal peptide synthesis, and why Glutathione cannot be synthesized by the ribosome. In general, Glutathione has a "gamma" ...
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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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Resolution of X-ray crystallography

A structure determined by X-ray crystallography has a resolution of 1.5 Å. When I look at the coordinates, I find every backbone C-N distance is 1.32 Å.i.e. Accurately predicted. If resolution is not ...
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Which fractions are enriched for siRNA cleavage activity by comparing electrophoresis?

Size exclusion column chromatography was used to separate the proteins in a Drosophila cell lysate to attempt to identify the protein complex responsible for processing long dsRNA into siRNAs. ...
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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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Stabilizing forces between the protein sequences?

we know that Protein structures from secondary to Quaternary are maintained by noncovalent or weak interactions including electrostatic interactions,van der Waals forces & hydrogen bonding. What ...
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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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What is a detailed chemical explanation for describing how an enzyme may lower the activation energy of a reaction?

If you can provide some sound reasoning that touches on tertiary structures of proteins and does not use a lot of advanced chemistry jargon that might be really helpful, especially for an intro ...
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Have proteins been observed to come into existence through mutations and natural selection?

A protein that catalyzes one reaction can theoretically be modified by mutations and natural selection and eventually catalyze another reaction completely unrelated to the original. Has this been ...
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Why do asparagine and glutamine have two different abbreviations? [closed]

I'm looking at amino acid abbreviations and on every site I visit, asparagine and glutamine have two different abbreviations. Is there a reason for this? Do they represent different forms of the amino ...
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Why do bacteria need messenger RNA?

Why do bacteria need mRNA? Isn't the DNA free floating without nuclear membrane so why doesn't the tRNA read the code directly off of the split DNA strands? (ofcourse after helicase splits them). ...
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How to build a trimeric protein structure from monomeric PDB file?

Problem: I have a PDB file, with a monomer, but I would like to show the entire structure - which is trimeric - but I don't understand how to merge/build or combine the monomeric units to its full ...
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Is ATP Synthase a channel or an enzymatic protein?

Today in a biology lecture about plasma membranes and functions of proteins, we learned about channel and enzymatic proteins along other kinds of proteins. ATP synthase is considered an enzyme that ...
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Determination of hyaluronic acid hydrolysis

I have a protein that I am reasonably sure hydrolyzes hyaluronic acid, and I'm trying to design an experiment to test that. I was told that a dye binding plate assay where clear zones will indicate ...
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How do you calculate the charge on a polypeptide chain with changing pH?

I understand the charge placement on the N & C-terminus and also the utilization of the R-side groups in the amino acids. For example, What is the overall charge for a chain Glu-Cys-Arg-Asp with ...
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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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What are the characteristics of a promising drug?

Generally speaking, what makes a good drug for research?
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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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Lac operon: How can lactose enter the cell in the absence of lactose permease?

My textbook states that lactose permease...transports lactose into the cell and When lactose is added to the growth medium, the lactose molecules bind to the other site on the repressor ...
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Is there any way to make protein pass through cell membrane?

Protein cannot pass cell membrane because it's a large molecule. Until now, is there any technique that can make protein pass through the cell membrane in vivo? I want to create a protein-drug that ...
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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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Why does the 'Positive-inside Rule' exist?

Gunnar von Heijne's Positive-inside Rule seems to have been around for a couple of decades and underpins a lot of what we know about transmembrane topology. It is used to predict the topology of a ...
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How can I tell if a protein has been denatured?

So i recently done an experiment using egg albumin, and we had 5 test tubes. the goal was to see if they have been denatured. 1- heat 2-acid (HNO3) 3-base (NaOH) 4- Alchol (ethanol) 5- heavy metal ...
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Can we create custom gene/protein?

Does it possible to create any custom gene or protein we want with current technology? I have a protein sequence or a gene sequence about 4000 bp write down on my computer, is there anyway to "print" ...
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Determine secondary structure (per residue pair) from a protein contact map

Given a protein map contact map (which for this particular case is a matrix of all Ca-Ca atoms in protein 1a3a that are less than 8 Angstroms): Question: For ...
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yeast protein secondary structure

i have a fasta file of yeast orfs (from the SGD database) and i need to find out(predicted) secondary structure/classification for all of them (so ~6K queries and doing this by hand on numerous ...
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Non-ribosomal peptide synthesis: why Glutathione cannot be produced by the ribosome?

Case: I am writing a summary for a class in protein structure and function, and was asked to describe some different ways that peptides are synthesized (that does not involve the ribosome). I ...
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Using DTNP to find free thiol groups on a protein

I've been tasked with using DTNB to find the number of thiol groups on a molecule of Bovine Serum albumin (BSA). After measuring the absorbance, finding the concentration of TNB and calculating 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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What equation to compare protein isoforms in a Western Blot?

The protein isoforms I am interested in comparing appear as distinct bands on the gel I have already run. I have an Excel sheet with optical density measurements I obtained using ImageJ; it looks ...
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Relative densitometry from SDS PAGE

I'd like to perform densitometry on a Coomassie stained SDS PAGE gel to compare a recombinant protein's expression levels under two conditions. I'm using BioRad's Image Lab software. My questions are ...
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How can a polar molecule pass through polar channels of proteins in the cell membrane?

To transport a polar molecule through the nonpolar cell membrane, a protein with a polar channel is needed to allow it to diffuse. However, if the molecule is polar and the channel is polar, wouldn't ...
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How do molecular recognition features work?

The occurrence of relatively short (10–70 residues), loosely structured protein regions bind within longer, largely disordered sequences that were characterized as bound to larger proteins. These ...
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Effects of Acids and Bases on protozoa

Why is it that when you pour acid (HCl) on a culture of Euglena gracilis in an aqueous environment the protozoa begins to swell and when you pour a base (NaOH), it maintains its shape? I feel like ...
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Why would the addition of whey protein to oatmeal make the oatmeal more runny?

So, at the suggestion of a friend I added some protein to my morning oatmeal. While I do feel better for it, I noticed a few things it did to the oatmeal I didn't expect, the primary is that the ...
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How protein denaturation affects digestion?

Which one of these is a) easier to digest, b) more nutritious (in whatever sense): 1. scrambled egg, 2. raw egg. Bascially is "denatured protein are worse than not denatured" a myth, or not?
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How is the volume of the dialysis buffer decided?

Is there a specific ratio between the volume of enzyme solution in semipermeable membrane bag and the volume of the buffer outside the membrane bag? I have been looking for a specific formula or ...
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Protein modification and ATP consumption

According to wikipedia there exists a lot of ways to modify a protein (post-translationally). Just to mention few: phosphorylation, dephosphorylation, glycosylation... While phosphorylation requires ...
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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 are the key differences in giant and large unilamellar vesicle preparation processes?

I have to study my peptide's folding on membrane mimetic (model membrane) by circular dichroism spectra. Now I'm looking for suitable methods for preparation of vesicles: LUV, SUV, GUV- large, small ...
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What signals a ribosome to stop production when the cell is out of available amino acids?

In the production of a protein molecule, there have to be a ready supply of free-floating amino acids. When a given codon for adjoining, say, serine comes up, how are the serine molecules found out of ...
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Question about Collagen and Glycosylation

Just curious, I know that collagen typically undergoes O type glycosylation. However, can you say that this type of glycosylation is essentially like putting a mailing address for proteins to be ...
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Why and how does uniprot list around 150,000 proteins in the human genome?

Using organism:"Homo sapiens (Human) [9606]" as a query in uniprot returns about 146,000 proteins. I was under the impression that there were only 20-25,000 protein ...
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Difficulty in finding protein inhibition drugs

I was reading an article on a recent identification of a PARP-14 protein in cancer cells that is responsible for production of additional glucose which keeps cancer cells from dying, and that a ...
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Molecular weight of my 2-D gel

I am a little confuse when I try to figure out the molecular weight of the marker on my gel. I used NuPage Novex 4-12% bis-tris gel and Mark12™ Unstained Standard as a marker. Could please someone ...
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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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How do DNA-binding proteins determine that they're binding to the correct DNA base pairs?

My professor posed this question to the class today - "How do DNA binding proteins specifically bind to base pairs?" He alluded to the different arrangements of hydrogen-bond donor and acceptors in ...