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Brain's main energy source is glucose. It uses about 20% of total glucose [1]. Brain hypoglycemia causes depressive-like behaviors in mice through adrenergic pathways [2]. When it comes to humans, here is a study that claims low glucose leads to increased aggression in married couples (see this too): Self-control requires energy, part of which is ...


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This is mostly because of the nature of the amino acids. You need to have a Hydroxy-group in the sidechain of the amino acid which is the point where the phosphogroup is attached. Since this process needs to be reversible, this can only happen here. See the image below (from here) about the chemical structure: In eukaryotes not only these three are ...


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Phosphorylation requires a nucleophile and hydroxyl oxygen acts like one. Serine, theronine and tyrosine get phosphorylated on the free $OH$ group in their side chains. Nitrogen, in some cases also can act as a nucleophile. In case of histidine, the imidazole nitrogen is phosphorylated during bacterial chemotaxis signaling. As far as I know eukaryotes do ...


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Those residues are phosphorylated because they have a free hydroxyl group available to be bonded to a phosphate. Many other resides can be modified, like acetylation of lysines, but only those residues are chemically compatible with reversible phosphorylation.


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For this specific question, let's divide the cells into two categories: Cells that rarely "navigate" are the cells that are connected to give the tissue its mechanical properties. How do these avoid an "adverse stimulus"? Well, they don't avoid it. But if that stimulus "harms" cells they react in some way: if the cell is destructed by the pathogen, it ...



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