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Metabolism is the set of defined biochemical transformations occuring within the cells of living organisms.

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Why our body does not produce polyunsaturated fatty acids?

Our body does not produce two polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA): linoleic acid and alfa-linolenic acid. I am thinking reasons for it. Saturated fatty acids have more energy than unsaturated. ...
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quantification of glucose utilization in different metabolic processes

Glucose is commonly associated with ATP production. However, only a small fraction of glucose is utilized this way. The intermediates of glycolysis, TCA cycle, etc. are precursors to various ...
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How to calculate grams of fat used during hibernation?

In Humphries et al. 2002. Nature, the authors report number of grams of fat bats use during hibernation. However, their equations results in values in mlO2/g. How can one convert the energy ...
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How do anaerobic bacteria produce ATP for their own cellular activities?

Anaerobic bacteria utilise glycolysis: Glucose + 2 P + 2 NAD+ => 2 ATP + 2 H + 2 NADH + 2 H2O + 2 Pyruvate followed by fermentation: Pyruvate + NADH => Lactate + NAD+ The resultant NAD+ formed ...
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What is the relationship between cell size and metabolism?

What effect does a bigger cell have on its metabolic activity? I understand that bigger cells need more energy, but surely smaller cells may have high metabolic rates too due to their efficiency?
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What happens if an enzyme stops working in the body?

For example, if the enzymes in the digestive system stop working will the digestion still occur as enzymes are only catalysts for the reactions. Thank You
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A biological system to measure time

First of all I am a physicist, so I apologise for my non-existent understanding of basic biology. However, I have what I think is an interesting question and this seems like a good place to ask it... ...
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During weight loss, do we inhale more oxygen?

During weight loss, triglycerides which are composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, are broken down. During respiration, the inhaled $O_2$ is bonded to a carbon atom to form $CO_2$ which we exhale. ...
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Why is urea not converted to ammonia in the body?

After the liver processes metabolites to produce urea and other by-products, these travel in the blood to the heart, then they are oxygenated, and some travel through the renal artery to the kidneys. ...
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How important is getting enough glucose for maximal brain performance / cognition?

I know from many studies that have been done, that resting versus active use of the brain has relatively similar overall energy expenditure levels. On the other hand, however, we know that the brain ...
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Does the arrangement of amino acids in a protein matter for nutrition?

Let's say there are two diets, consisting of entirely different proteins. If you split up all of the proteins from one day of each diet, you'll get the same set of amino acids and the same count of ...
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Does Glycolysis produce lactate, or pyruvate?

EDIT- Somebody suggested that this is the same question as this, it isn't. This one is asking about the definition of glycolysis. That one was asking about the definition of fermentation. Does ...
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About the definition of ketogenic amino acid

I am studying biochemistry and have been looking at metabolic network diagrams showing the different intermediates of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle that amino acids can be converted to. I have ...
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Can you predict what the metabolites of pipradrol would be? Are they similar to those of methylphenidate? [closed]

As these drugs are structurally very similar, I am curious about how the body would handle them. Ritalinic acid is a major metabolite of methylphenidate, but that's about all I know. Thanks ...
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How much energy does a spider expend per day just waiting for its web to vibrate?

Roughly speaking, a small, complex electronic circuit or IC might sit in "sleep mode" using a current of roughly 1 µA (e.g. 1, 2), thereby using roughly $3\times 10^{-6}$ Watts, and that ...
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What is a flux control coefficient?

In metabolic control analysis, a number of coefficients are defined, including the flux control coefficients. How is this coefficient defined and what does it measure?
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May two reactions, that share the same reactant, fire at the same moment?

I'm studying metabolic networks from a bioinformatics point of view, but I guess my question is pretty biological so I thought that maybe here I could get the best answers. So, as the title says I ...
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Cause of Obesity

Considering that the sequestering of 'persistent organic pollutants' [POPs] by adipose tissue is now established (see Toxicological Function of Adipose Tissue: Focus on Persistent Organic Pollutants ...
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Does food lose some of its mass in form of energy during metabolism?

I had an argument with someone. I argued that when a cat eats 1 kg of food, the sum of subsequent output (poo + pee + sweat + change of body mass) must be equal to 1 kg. My opponent argued that the ...
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What is the actual storage form of energy in muscles? ATP or Glycogen?

I was asked this question in my latest exam. I think the answer is Glycogen because ATP doesn't store energy for a long time so it isn't the ACTUAL storage of energy. Some classmates argue that in ...
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What enzyme or bacteria could dissolve plastic?

What enzyme or bacteria could dissolve plastic aside from acetone? Preferably, low-cost and environmentally friendly. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm targeting for thin plastic (low-density ...
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Why does entering cryptobiosis make an animal more resilient to extreme conditions?

I recently learned about tardigrades which can withstand extreme conditions by entering a cryptobiotic state. Based on googling and wikipedia, supposedly in this state, their metabolism supposedly ...
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Is the lac operon repressed in the presence of both glucose and lactose?

In the presence of both sugars (glucose and lactose) will there be repression of the lac operon completely? I know that more glucose means less cAMP --> less CAP --> less positive regulation, and ...
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Is cellular biomass synthesis and reactive oxygen species generation coupled with each other in cells?

Assuming that total ROS = ROS generated during biomass synthesis + ROS generated for other metabolic tasks, is it possible to quantify the amount of ROS generated specifically during biomass synthesis?...
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Can radiation exposure cause cancer later in life even if no traces of radioactive material are present in the body anymore?

I had a long-lasting debate with a friend of mine about the Fukushima incident. The question that we tried to solve was if radiation or toxin exposure can cause cancer later in life even if no ...
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How would a medication cause a one to maintain a different weight?

This isn’t really a medical question, I’m just really curious about this. I was maintaining weight A and then started taking a medication that brought me to weight B. While on the medication, I ...
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What triggers the switch between aerobic and anaerobic respiration?

I understand that when there is a shortage of oxygen cells convert the pyruvic acid from glycolysis to lactic acid to regenerate NAD+. What I don’t understand is how they switch to anaerobic ...
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Could certain drugs enable one to consistently eat above TDEE or BMR without fat gains?

I heard anabolic steroids and stuff like DNP and ephedrine and etc. can somewhat enable one to eat more and get away with it without much or any fat gain, despite eating more than the body would ...
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Is it possible to stop more/extra fat from being stored in the body?

I don't mean simply by restricting eating or upping the activities, but a way to basically stop the body from adding more fat on itself down on the bio level. For example, I'm not too knowledgeable on ...
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Is lemon water an alkalizing agent in the body?

I was recently having a discussion with someone about whether lemon water actually increases the pH of your body (by which I assume they mean the blood); their claim was that once Citric acid was ...
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What is the difference between Warburg effect and Crabtree effect in metabolism? [closed]

In addition to answering my question, please suggest a good review article that provides comparison of the above effects. Which pathways affect central carbon metabolism to produce these effects? Also,...
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What is the net effect of pancreatic somatostatin and how is it regulated?

I've read the following facts about pancreatic somatostatin released from delta cells of the islets of Langerhans: Blood glucose, fatty acids, and plasma amino acids stimulate somatostatin ...
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What are the differences between carnitine forms?

I've heard of L-carnitine, acetyl L-carnitine and L-carnitine L-tartrate. What form(s) occur in meat? What form does the human body manufacture? Is L-carnitine just a shortened name for L-carnitine L-...
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Is there a relationship between HDL-C and LDL-C?

For a gentle introduction to cholesterol and its functions, see a great answer on SE Biology Whenever I read about how to deal with cholesterol level, the rule is to keep a low LDL fraction, ad a ...
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Is homocysteine converted to glutathione during oxidative stress?

From the paper titled "The basis for folinic acid treatment in neuro-psychiatric disorders" by Ramaekers et al., 2016: On the left side of the figure, the purine metabolite GTP serves as the ...
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Where does an organism store reserves of amino acids?

Where does an organism store reserves of the amino acids it needs to build various proteins it needs: in the liver? in the blood? in every cell?
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Term of the type xxx-troph for a compound not used by an organism

A prototroph for compound X can make it A bradytroph grows faster if X is scavenged An auxotroph needs to scavenge X A hyperauxotroph lacks both the biosynthetic pathway and the transporters for X ...
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What determines the metabolic pathways that a biological cell is able to carry?

For example: human cells (eukaryotes) can utilize the Krebs cycle pathway to generate more ATP after glycolysis, but most bacteria cannot utilise the Krebs cycle plant cells can utilise the Calvin'...
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Why isn't acetyl-coA an entry point for gluconeogenesis?

The process of gluconeogenesis starts from various possible precursors - plausible entry points like, Pyruvate, OAA, Fumarate, Propionate (as succinate) and alpha-KG. It is important to note that, ...
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Do birds emit infra-red radiation?

I'm an electronics engineering student and I am going to use a sensor that detects infra-red emitted by birds that invade rice paddies. Do birds emit infra-red radiation?
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What is the source of the electrons generated in the Krebs cycle?

In the Krebs cycle, where do the hydrogens and electrons that NAD+ and FAD accept come from? It seems that citric acid only loses two hydrogens because it starts out with eight hydrogens and then ...
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How much solar energy required to produce enough food for a herbivore?

Just curious, how much solar energy can power an (herbivore) animal? Specifically, is it enough sunlight on Mercury (4 to 10 times brighter than on Earth) to "feed" a zebra? Will it be sufficient at ...
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Why do mice have a higher metabolic rate than humans?

Mice and other small animals have higher metabolic rate than humans. How does that happen on cellular level, if we look on one cell in the mouse body? What is it in this cell that will be different?...
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What preceded ATP synthase?

ATP Synthase is ubiquitous throughout life on earth and so most probably evolved within the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) before that lineage diversified into the various kingdoms of life. ...
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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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How can I obtain a computer readable model of Dr. Gerhard Michal's biological pathways map?

I want to run simulations of various metabolic pathways – the project could end up becoming quite large, and having a machine readable chart would make thing a lot easier. Does anyone know if there is ...
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Iron metabolism in the brain

I did an expression profiling from publicly available RNAseq data for mouse tissues. While for liver and testes I am getting expected proteins in the top highly expressed mRNAs, for brain I am getting ...
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What is the genetic background for fast metabolism?

I am wondering if it is possible that people with very fast metabolism have some genetic mutation. There are people who can eat a lot while others would definitely get fat with such a diet. In other ...
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Is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) metabolized in the body?

Is LSD broken down into other compounds by enzymes or hormones? If so, at what point and where in the body does this happen? I researched several papers appearing in a google search, but unfortunately ...
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What does differential consumption mean? [closed]

I have not been able to find any definition of differential consumption online. What does it mean in this quotation? Vertebrates can influence natural fire regimes in several ways. First, ...