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

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Why hypothyroidism causes body ache?

In the condition of hypothyroidism the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level is high in individuals. What signalling/metabolic pathway mediates this sensation of pain which is mostly experienced in feet ...
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Are proton and water consumed in glycolysis?

These are the inputs and the outputs of glycolysis (1): $$\ce{C6H12O6 + 2ADP + 2Pi + 2NAD+ → 2C3H4O3 + 2H2O + 2ATP + 2NADH + 2H+}$$ but when ATP converts to ADP in the first step of glycolysis, it ...
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How is the glycemic index computed from a blood sugar curve?

The definition of the glycemic index is often given as the area under curve (AUC) of their two-hour blood sugar response. However, it's essentially meant to be a measure of whether food causes a fast ...
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Why is the Krebs cycle considered a part of aerobic metabolism if molecular oxygen is not involved in any of the reactions in the cycle

Why is the Krebs cycle considered a part of aerobic metabolism if molecular oxygen is not involved in any of the reactions in the cycle? I originally thought that Krebs cycle was aerobic metabolism ...
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Why is transferrin saturation so low?

Transferrin Saturation (TS) is a common laboratory test and its values can be used to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. In healthy humans, and I assume it is the same for other species, TS is ...
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How do cellular conditions change the Gibbs free energy of a reaction?

How do cellular conditions change the Gibbs free energy of a reaction? Taking glycolysis as an example, how exactly would cellular conditions affect the free energy released from this reaction?
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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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Why does NAD+ become reduced if it gains a hydrogen proton?

I've heard that $\ce{NAD^+}$ gains a Hydrogen proton during glycolysis and the Krebs cycle and becomes reduced to $\ce{NADH}$. However, isn't reduction when a molecule receives an electron? Maybe I'...
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Why is the brain dependent on glucose?

The strict dependence of the (human) brain on glucose has always been puzzling to me. While ketones can substitute for a portion of the brain's energy needs, it cannot substitute completely: blood ...
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Why/How do Cyanobacteria Produce Toxins?

I've been doing some research on the versatility of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, particularly of the genus Anabaena, and I often run into safety hazards and have to add extra steps to my procedures ...
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What is the energetic costs in KJ/g NH3 for nitrogenase fixation

What is the energetic costs in KJ/g NH3 for nitrogenase fixation. I want to compare Haber-Bosch vs nitrogenase. How would I force the biological stochiometry of 8e- electrons into an energy quantity. $...
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Do all anabolic reactions involve condensation?

I know that condensation is one example of an anabolic reaction (building macromolecules from monomers), but do all anabolic reactions involve condensation? Or is there an example of an anabolic ...
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In ketogenesis, why is acetacetyl-CoA not directly hydrolized to acetoacetate in ketogenesis?

Ketogenesis pathway maps show acetoacetyl-CoA converted to HMG-CoA and only then to the first ketone body acetoacetate. Why this detour instead of directly hydrolyzing off the CoA to get there in a ...
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Can you change your gut microbiota by changing your diet? Would that affect calorie uptake?

I have seen peer-reviewed papers mentioning the daily changes in gut microbiota composition according to dietary changes. See for example this paper: http://genomebiology.com/2014/15/7/R89 My ...
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What is a metabolite? [closed]

I am a mathematician and work on metabolic networks as networks. But I could not find a proper definition for a metabolite? Are they organic molecules? can a gene or a protein also be a metabolite?
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Relation/difference between metabolism and cellular organisation

In the highlighted paragraph from NCERT textbook, they mention that cellular organisation is the defining property of life forms while metabolism without exception is also the defining property of ...
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How much ATP formed from oxidation of stearic fatty acid

Stearic fatty acid is a C18-molecule, so eventually 9 acetyl-CoA molecules will be formed. One acetyl-CoA molecule enters the citric acid cycle, resulting in 3 NADH & 1 FADH2. Because there are 9 ...
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Apparent paradox in Glucagon action

Glucagon stimulates glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis, thus increasing the plasma glucose concentration — so that tissues get enough glucose in the fasting state. However glucagon also inhibits ...
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Do Termites and Silverfish metabolize cellulose the same way?

I am fascinated with silverfish and would like to understand more about their metabolism. I learned that they can survive on a diet of cotton which is nearly pure cellulose. Do they metabolize ...
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Why are children more active than adults?

I have observed that children are usually more active than adults. For example, in the morning they get up and start playing, they have their lunch and get up and start running, while as adults they ...
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Do identical twins have the same metabolism rate at birth? [closed]

Will monozygotic twins defecate at the same time if fed at the same time during the first weeks of life? They should have the same genetics (and epigenetics) since they are monozygotic and the same ...
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Glycogenolysis & Gluconeogenesis

Is glycogenolysis and Gluconeogenesis is the same in the terms of product formed? This doubt arrived when I was attempting true & false and the question was Glucocorticoids stimulate ...
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How does lactulose cause the removal of ammonia from the colon?

Lactulose is also used to reduce the amount of ammonia in the blood of patients with liver disease. It works by drawing ammonia from the blood into the colon where it is removed from the body. [Source]...
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mitochondria has more activity or the numbers of them are more?

If a cell is needing energy more than the other cells, does it mean that it has more mitochondria or the activity of them is more?
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Can bacteria metabolize fatty acids for fuel?

I'm not a microbiologist, but rather a physiologist curious about microbial metabolism. Much like humans bacteria can utilize glucose, but when it comes to long chain, medium chain, or short chain ...
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Would intravenous insulin + glucose significantly accelerate glycogen synthesis?

Would an intravenous injection of insulin + glucose result in significantly quicker replenishment of exhausted glycogen stores than an injection of glucose alone? This is a strictly theoretical ...
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What is the ultimate source of ADP/ATP in humans?

I am teaching myself Cell Biology from the internet. Despite my usually good Googling skills, I'm stuck in a loop with this question. Q: What is the source of ATP? A: ADP Q: What is the source of ...
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Quantification of various amino acids from bacteria?

I would like to characterise how much of various (uncommon) cytosolic amino acids are produced in bacteria, and was wondering if there are good suggestions of how to go about doing this. I know that ...
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Reverse oxidative phosphorylation?

I noticed that all of the cellular energy production methods that I covered have a fixed ratio of ATP to NAD(P)H out. For example, in the combined process of glycolysis, pyruvate oxidization, and the ...
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effect of amino acid limitation in CHO cells

I would like to know the effect of individual amino acid and their role in CHO cell growth and their effects on their metabolic pathway if any. And also if there is an amino acid which has an effect ...
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Should I consider [H+] as substrate in MCT transport equation?

I'm trying to model the transport of lactate in cells (in both direction via Monocarboxylate transporters): [Lactate]intra + [H+] <----> [Lactate]extra + [H+] I found some data on kinetics of ...
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Which hormones, metabolites, or other molecules build up as the day progresses, other than melatonin and adenosine?

Melatonin and adenosine reach peak levels around midnight/bedtime. I was wondering what other molecules also buildup as the day progresses. Particularly molecules that affect the CNS and/or immune ...
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What is the use of futile reaction cycling such as Fruc-P to Fruc-BP?

One rate-limiting step of glycolysis is the conversion of Fructose-6-Phosphate (Fruc-6-P) to Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate (Fruc-1,6-BP), catalysed by Phosphofructokinase 1 (PFK 1). The reaction involves ...
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How does exercising/starved muscle import glucose (released by liver)?

Adrenaline releases glucose from the liver during sport or if starved. This glucose goes to the blood through GLUT2 transporter. But how does it get transported into the muscle cells? GLUT4 is the ...
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Is this statement about caterpillars right?

I've read in lots of sites statements like the following from the Sciencing site "Inside the chrysalis of a butterfly, a caterpillar's body turns to liquid form and it is rebuilt as a butterfly." ...
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Can muscles remake pyruvate from lactic acid, or does it have to go to the liver in the Cori cycle?

When the muscle is exercising, and only anaerobic respiration is done, pyruvate -> lactate to regenerate NAD+. Lactate is then transported out of the muscle and into the liver, to regenerate glucose, ...
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What relation do glycerol-3-P DH and acyl-CoA DH have with Complex II of the ETC?

I am sorry if this may be a purely definitional/nomenclature question. Complex II of the electron transport chain (ETC) would be succinate dehydrogenase, transporting electrons to ubiquinone (and ...
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What makes the cytoplasm a reducing environment?

It is known that the cytoplasm is a "reducing" environment, where disulfide bonds cannot form (will soon be reduced to 2 cysteines) [I'm not putting a link as this is a fact in many biology textbooks]....
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Does an FAD:FADH2 ratio exist in the cytoplasm? (similar to NAD+:NADH ratio?)

I have learned about a lot of enzymes/proteins which are covalently bound to FAD, and use this as an oxidising agent. In vivo, FAD is (almost) always protein bound (very low concentrations of free FMN/...
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Is there any other sources of hydrogen carriers for the Electron Transport Chain other than the 3 main metabolic pathways?

I am learning about the 4 main metabolic pathways for cellular respiration. I learned that NADH and FADH2 hydrogen carriers are essential in the Electron Transport Chain, because they deposit their ...
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Are there any known microbes capable of living in almost pure carbon dioxide?

Some bioengineering is investigated in high carbon dioxide environments. Are there any microbes like bacteria or Archaea capable of living and multiplying in such environments?
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Do plants take in the same amount of CO2 as they release?

There are many claims in the media that trees remove more carbon dioxide form the atmosphere than they release back into the atmosphere. By what chemical pathway can this occur? The law that matter is ...
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How much energy does a small 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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Any phyla in Animalia that does ammonia assimilation?

A key step in nitrogen metabolism is the initial assimilation of inorganic ammonia into amino acids. Are there phyla within Animalia that do assimilation of ammonium (NH4+)? Phyla with symbionts from ...
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Can erythrocytes Function without plasma?

my title is not very specific. So i will proceed to clarify it. I am trying to make sure that the only blood cells in a sample are Erytocytes, since i want to evaluate their metabolism, I am aware ...
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Why do patients with type 2 diabetes not show the body wasting seen in type 1 diabetics?

Type 1 diabetes results from the destruction of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, while type 2 diabetes is characterized by so-called "insulin resistance", presumably a reduced ...
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Can the human body store protein?

I am interested to know if a human body can store protein. Absolutely for the bodybuilders, does it really matter if they divide their protein consumption during the day or eat all of it in one meal ...
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Should we induce fever to assist healing?

I am currently reading "The Fundamentals of Anatomy Physiology" 10th edition, and have found it an incredibly interesting book. I have just been reading about the lymphatic system, and the various ...
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Can heterotrophs use anabolism to obtain energy?

With that question I mean: directly. Please bear with me, as I don't know much about Biology or Chemistry (those are my main difficulties while studying). I know that energy that biological beings ...
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How does temperature affect metabolism of warm blooded animals (homeotherms)?

In cold blooded animals (Poikilotherms) the temperature has a profound effect on metabolism. When the external temperature is raised a corresponding rise in internal temperature followed by a rise in ...

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