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

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Why don't amino acids get linked in the functional groups of acidic and basic amino acids?

There are 'acidic' and 'basic' amino acids like aspartate and histidine. When protein is synthesized with those amino acids, what ensures that the to-be-assembled amino acids will not bond to the ...
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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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Can concentration of a protein be determined from a gel quantitatively (rough estimation)?

I've got a His-tagged protein in 6M urea, 500 mM imidazole buffer that needs to be quantified before dialysis to ensure there's enough protein worth dialysing. I ran out of my elution buffer which ...
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What is a catalytic domain of an enzyme?

Is this another name for the active site of an enzyme? What does the structure of the catalytic domain of an enzyme look like?
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Why are transmembrane proteins difficult to crystallise?

I know that in vivo there are a lot fewer transmembranous proteins in general, and that they are produced at a lower rate than their free counterparts. This is mainly because transmembrane proteins ...
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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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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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Influence of temperature on transcription, protein binding and decay rates

I am the kind of biologist who doesn't know much about molecular genetics and about the dynamic of biochemical reactions. Question My question concerns the influence of temperature on the dynamic of ...
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What is immunopanning (vs. immunoprecipitation and FACS)?

I had never heard the term before today. From what I can tell, it's using antibodies to purify a cell population of interest. I would appreciate more details, especially in how it differs from "...
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Ammonium sulphate precipitation assay pH dependence

In general does the pH effect the precipitation, e.g. would a pH of 6 cause less precipitation than pH 7.5. Or are they unrelated?
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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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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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Why digest proteins into peptides for Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry?

Digesting (trypsin or whatever other proteolytic enzyme) proteins generates multiple peptides so the degree of complexity of the sample, at the peptide level, increases a lot. In addition there is ...
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Which of Perutz et al's protein structures other than 3₁₀ helix were correct?

In 1950, Bragg, Kendrew and Perutz published "Polypeptide chain configurations in crystalline proteins" (open access) and were famously 'proved wrong' by Pauling, Corey and Branson the following year, ...
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position of cell penetrating peptide

I'd like to add a cell penetrating peptide to my custom peptide (30aa). Can I just add it to the end of the peptide sequence or does it have to be positioned on an outward facing external chain?
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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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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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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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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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Potential to destroy viruses using prions? [closed]

Could a prion be used to sufficiently deform a viral protein in order to make the virus it is a part of incapable of reproducing? For example, take the common cold's VP1 protein and turn it into a ...
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Statistical Coupling Analysis (SCA) to identify coevolved residues: use of ICA [closed]

We've begun to try out the SCA Matlab toolbox (latest version) downloaded from Dr. Rama Ranganathan's website, and, following the included tutorials, would like to apply it to our protein family. The ...
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More entropy: Atom or Macromolecule? [closed]

A question that appeared on my last exam was : Which of the following has greater entropy A) An atom B) A macromolecule The question doesn't specify anything else(i.e. type/size of atom or ...
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What happens to the precursor protein's signal sequence after it is cleaved?

Where does this signal sequence "go" after it has been cleaved by signal peptidase and what is its next function?
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High sequence similarity but start codon isn't methionine

I have noticed in a particular genome sequence of a prokaryote that various regions in a sequence share similarity which is high(>80%) with known proteins. However, the start is not a methionine. Is ...
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Is there a difference between polarity and hydrophobicity?

From literature the two terms seem to be interchangeable when discussing protein domains and motifs. But biochemically, what are the specific differences between these two terms? For example what is ...
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Is there a difference between any of these terms for proteins: “crystal structure,” “NMR structure,” “solution structure,” and “complex structure”?

My homework wants me to plot all crystal structures determined per year, but when I search on PDB for all structures, many of the articles say "crystal structure," but some say "solution structure" or ...
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How to learn molecular biology through pubmed research articles?

Instead of using a textbook, is there an alternative curriculum, that simply lists a set of pubmed research articles for each topic covered in a typical undergrad molecular biology course? I am ...
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What information can Uniprot give me about phosphorylated forms of proteins?

I have a list of proteins formatted like this: ...
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How does temperature influence the rate of protein degradation?

For computer modeling purposes, I am looking for some referenced quantitative measurements of the effect(s) of temperature on biochemical reactions. Question In particular, my question is: How does ...
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What is a good list of unsolved protein structures?

I'm trying to get a list of unique soluble structured proteins that don't have a solved structure. That is, they aren't the usual membrane proteins or some derivative of another protein. Things that ...
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JMol “calculate HBONDS”: which atom is the donor/acceptor?

JMol can be used to identify Hydrogen bonds in proteins by the script "calculate HBONDS". By outputting the state of the network, we can obtain a lisdt of H-bonds. Here's one line from an example ...
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Two subunits connected by only one disulfide bridge: quaternary structure?

I've always simply assumed quaternary structure to be characterized by non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, van der Waals interactions and whatnot. However, if two distinct polypeptides ...
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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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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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Proteins with alpha helices alone and beta sheets alone?

I would like to see some examples of proteins with PDB ID so that I can download and see them in VMD software. I need some proteins with alpha helix only and proteins with beta sheets alone.
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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 mg/...
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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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What do the Clustal Alignment Symbols Mean?

Occasionally I will run protein alignments on peptide families and I can never remember what the symbols mean to show degrees of identity. What do they mean?
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Have novel interactions or pathways been predicted by GRN or PPI data and later confirmed by experiment?

I've been learning about the gene regulatory network (GRN) and protein-protein interaction network (PPI) recently. I've found a huge amount of extremely interesting papers about how biological network ...
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What is the lower temperature limit for ion channels function?

What is the cold-block temperature of ion channels? (not of nerves or axons)
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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 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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Is there an optimal composition and length for protein linkers in FRET?

I'm designing a protein that I'd like to use in FRET reporting. General idea on the shape is: FRETprotein1--Linker--CleavageSite--Linker--FRETprotein2. I would like to know what AA are best for 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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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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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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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 PARP-...
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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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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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Proteins in Milk, Oat , Eggs and Soy

I have read that there are proteins in oat which are similar to those in soy, milk and eggs. I know nothing about biochemistry, and I'm struggling to decipher the info i find.. the closest Ive got to ...