Questions tagged [biochemistry]

The study of chemistry within the scope of biology: the compounds that occur and the reactions involving them in living organisms.

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Can NADP be converted to NADPH using d glucose?

For one of our reaction, we require NADPH enzyme. We have NADP in our stock. Is it possible to convert NADP to NADPH using D-glucose anhydrous and if so please provide me how to go about it?
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What are some good examples of phonotaxis in plants and other inanimate beings?

Reaction to the sound waves by plants is commonly unobserved. A physical movement or chemical release examples due to phonotaxis would be good to know about.
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When can helices form coiled-coils?

The other day, my teacher suggested we find out whether a chain of the following amino acid sequence would be able to form a coiled-coil: N-KIAEVRAQYEDVANKVRLIVE-C ...
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Modulating the level of acetyl CoA

Describe what might happen if there were no mechanisms for modulating the level of acetyl CoA. I am not sure what is meant by "modulating the level of acetyl CoA", or what mechanisms contribute to ...
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Where am I going wrong in a Reactive Oxygen Species Assay done in N9 cells?

I have followed the modified protocol that was given to me by my senior (who was using for his RAW 264.7 cells - Reference article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3308605/ ) for ...
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Why do basil leaves turn black?

I notice that when I buy basil it is fresh and green in the store, but when I take it home it wilts and turns black within 24 hours. Why does it do this?
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How well can proteins discriminate between ATP and GTP? Can ATP act as a GTP mimetic?

GTP and ATP are similar structures with the adenosine and guanosine groups differing. Both are involved in a vast array of biological functions. However it has been shown that in certain cases, GTP ...
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Looking for dataset of proteotypic and non-proteotypic peptide

I doing experimentation for peptide prediction using machine learning. I need some data for testing. My background is Computer Science. Any advice how to find proteotypic and non-proteotypic peptides....
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How do organoarsenics improve digestion efficiency in poultry?

It struck me as very surprising that these organoarsenic compound with structure looking not very compatible with living system is widely used as food additive to increase weight gain and improve food ...
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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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What is the rationale behind reverse cholesterol transport?

Reverse cholesterol transport is transport of cholesterol from the tissues back to liver/VLDL. My question is why do the tissues have this extra cholesterol in the first place? Why would you ...
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Convert flux value in nmol/min/mg protein to nmol/min/cell?

This is a question about unit conversion. I found an experimental measurement of the saturation uptake of glucose in yeast: $$V_\textrm{max} \approx 650 \textrm{nmol}/\textrm{min}/\textrm{mg protein}$...
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PCR that worked previously is now only showing primer dimers and a smear on gel

PCR amplification of a promoter sequence for gel extraction worked beautifully using Phusion HF enzyme with GC (higher error but less picky) buffer. However, DNA concentration from the gel extraction ...
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Nail polish toxicity studies?

Are there any well-founded studies that authoritatively demonstrate negative effects from the use of nail polish, particularly in children? I've been brought into the fray of a couple of folks who ...
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How much energy would it cost to synthesize all cholesterol requirements de novo?

Imagine a scenario in which some person is unable to absorb any dietary cholesterol because of some intestinal mutation (for example). Thus, they have no cholesterol available from their diet for ...
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What is the difference between cell, membrane and animal based assay?

I am reading a review about MRP1, discussing it's ability to extrude different compounds from cell interior. When describing the different experiments conducted to observe the MRP1's reaction to ...
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Proteases in the blood

I’m reading on hormones and the book talks about how peptide or amine hormones are easily broken down by proteases present in the blood plasma. This has led me to question the interactions between ...
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Which Lactobacillales (Lactic acid bacteria — LAB) strains are capable of degrading starch?

I've been researching bacteria strains but am having trouble finding amylolytic LAB strains with amylolytic and lactic acid producing character. The only species I've found, that are capable of ...
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Is there a good easy protocol for extracting proteins (enzymes) from fungal mycelium?

I quantify the enzyme (polygalacturanase) activity by DNSA method. To determine endo-polygalacturonase activity I'm searching for a good easy enzyme extracting method. Any suggestions for a suitable ...
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Birth control hormones in the water? Or not?

This prior question talks about natural estrogen (TL;DR: Months to years): How quickly do estrogens break down in the environment? Ref: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/485441a A lot of media has said, "...
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Textbook for quantitative biochemistry with thermodynamics, as an alternative to Voet, Voet & Pratt (Fundamentals of Biochemistry)?

I'm looking for a great textbook on biochemistry that covers core topics: relevant aspects of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, metabolism (e.g. krebs cycle, respiration, etc.). Ideally it would also ...
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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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Why doesn't the body optimize how many fatty acids it burns?

Ketone bodies are produced due to an excess of fatty acids being burned (accumulation of acetyl-CoA) so my question is: Why doesn't the body simply regulate how many fats it burns so it doesn't have ...
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Which method would more accurately help to identify the unknown concentration of a protein sample between the A280 and the Bradford methods?

I quantified my protein using the standard Bradford method and the A280 methods and obtained values that were far off from the theoretical value of the protein of interest, and therefore was wondering ...
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Zinc and brewer's yeast

I'm hoping for some information relating to yeast nutrition (specifically Saccharomyces cerevisea) in beer fermentation. Zinc is well-known to be necessary for yeast cultures to perform successful ...
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Which biosynthetic pathways take place in the plastid and were are they located?

I know that the isoprenoid, jasmonate, glucosinolate, fatty acids, chlorophyll, starch, and aromatic amino acid syntheses are located in the plastid. But I don't know if they are located in the ...
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Why does the ovum prefers to be arrested at metaphase 2 of meosis before fertilization? What is the possible advantage of this process?

Why does the human ovum prefers to be arrested at metaphase 2 of meosis before fertilization? What is the possible advantage of this process??Please help me with it.
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What are the ingredients of Pheromone Trap using for controlling Fruit flies of cucumber?

Pheromone Traps are used for fruit fly control. But I have no idea which ingredients or chemicals are used for preparing Pheromone trap
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Why is a nicotinamide-tryptophan combination used to treat affective episodes in a few older clinical trials?

At least one of the journal articles that reported on such clinical trials allured to the nicotinamide-tryptophan pathway that I assume must be related to the metabolism of tryptophan into serotonin ...
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What tests can be performed to test the purity and quality of the raw peptide HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

What tests could be run to test the purity and type of HCG? We are looking to purchase HCG from China but the purity and quality varies between labs, we are able to receive samples of the raw peptide ...
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Can Pfx polymerase add only one 3' A overhang?

I am trying to clone a PCR product that was amplified using Pfx polymerase into pGemT vector. I had to A-tail the PCR product using Taq polymerase since Pfx only generates blunt end products. My ...
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Could ions inside lungs produce hydroxyl?

I am not proficient in either biology or chemistry. However, I have a question which I can't find answer to. It seems to belong somewhere between chemistry and biology. I apologize for any errors and ...
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What are the marker enzymes for Nucleus, Ribosomes and cell membrane?

Are there any marker enzymes present for ribosomes, nucleus and cell membrane. For mitochondria there are many, for lysosome it's cathepsin. I read about the marker enzymes of most of the other ...
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Why is sorbitol used in buffers?

Many protocols in my lab use sorbitol in buffers. For instance, in co-immunoprecipitation, we include it at a final concentration of 200 mM in our lysis buffer. I'm not entirely sure why though. I ...
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Meaning of units in ELISA based tests?

For some ELISA based antibody tests (e.g. h-tTg antibody test), labs report units as RU/mL or U/mL. Also different labs have different cut off (normal range) values. I understand that different kit ...
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Cooperative Enzyme Question

I'm currently studying for the MCATs. After doing some biochemistry practice questions, I came upon a question that I believe may be incorrectly posed. I was wondering if I'm correct in saying this or ...
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SDS-PAGE compared to western blotting

SDS-PAGE and western blotting are both used to separate and isolate proteins. My question is, which technique should be used when? Does one of them has advantages over the other one?
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What substances can selectively destroy certain cells?

Recently, I've watched a documentary about how, in the 1980s, people were buying and using drugs from the streets and then becoming paralyzed a few days afterwards. The drugs that they were using were ...
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which enzyme phosphorylates sodium potassium pump?

I know that Na+/k+ pump possess atp-ase function; so the pump will hydrolyze ATP into ADP + Pi. And I see in a figure that the pump is phosphorylated but couldn't really find which protein catalyzes ...
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How is it possible for phosphate to form two ester bonds in DNA replication?

I understand that in phosphodiester bond formation, two hydroxl groups on the phosphate molecule bind to the 3' and 5' OH groups on two independent pentose sugars. This is a condensation reaction, so ...
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Cadmium Poisoning and Toxicity Mechanisms

Is anyone aware of the toxic mechanisms of specific instances in which cadmium ions can interfere with cellular functions resulting in acute cadmium poisoning?
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Toxic Metals and Oxidative Phosphorylation

I was reviewing the toxicity of certain toxic metals, specifically cadmium and their effect on Oxidative Phosphorylation and Cellular Respiration, I have found that metals such as cadmium inhibit ...
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Biological Nitrogen Fixation

I just studied Biological Nitrogen Fixation and saw it's reaction but i do not understand why there is 8 electrons and 8 protons are involved and Hydrogen molecule is formed side by side along with ...
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How is Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown on acetate and ammonium able to produce TCA intermediates?

I am working with a metabolic model of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and I am studying its growth on acetate and ammonia. I am performing Flux Balance Analysis to compute the growth rate and then I am ...
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Why are higher doses of atropine required to produce central effects?

Reason given in my book is restricted entry into the brain..is it something to do with the chemisty?
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Can we spike with a different enzyme to a SYBR Green Master Mix?

I followed the standard SYBR Green Protocol for doing a qPCR. For which I used 10 uL of 1X SYBR Green Master Mix Forward Primer and Reverse Primer (each at a final conc. = 8.5 uM) Template (unknown ...
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How do the chemicals in our skin react with stainless steel?

What acid/chemical in human skin can react with stainless steel to leave a black mark on the skin? Why is it secreted/produced in larger quantities by some people and not by others?
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Does freezer burn affect only the cells on the surface of food?

Suppose i submerge a banana halfway through in a tray with water. Part of the banana is submerged in water, part of it is on the outside. The water and banana in the tray is being put in the freezer ...
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Are unsaturated fats antioxidants?

Unsaturated fats contain double bonds like carotenoids (which is an antioxidant), and from my understanding, what makes carotenoid an antioxidant is that its double bonds allow it to undergo oxidation,...
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Fruiting of trees — environmental stimuli and biochemical cascades

My question concerns fruiting of trees in general. However, I live in a tropical country (Philippines) where mango trees are ubiquitous, so I'll use it in stating my question. The question is about >...