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Questions tagged [proteins]

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

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What created the first ribosome

If a ribosome is made of protein, yet is used in protein sysnthesis, what created the first ribosome? What created the ribosomal RNA?
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What does ubiquitination between 2 genes mean?

I have come across the Hedgehog signaling pathway. In this pathway, the genes Cul3 and ptc have an interaction of ubiquitination (The information is available from the KGML file). What does this ...
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What does “PDPN+ cells” means?

Are they podoplanin positive cells (cells that tested positive for podoplanin)? "...though it has been shown that podoplanin (PDPN+) cells analogous to mouse FRCs are found in human secondary ...
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Amino acid substitutions near the receptor binding site HA protein in type A H3N2 influenza strains?

I have read the scientific paper, "Substitutions Near the Receptor Binding Site Determine Major Antigenic Change During Influenza Virus Evolution" by Björn F. Koel et al (http://science.sciencemag.org/...
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Will new proteins incorporating new amino acids trigger an immune response?

This article reported that scientists have succeeded in adding two new bases to the quartet of A, C, G and T, resulting in non-canonical amino acid. Additionally, the bacteria in which this was done ...
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How to take precise/low number of cells from cell lysate? [closed]

I would like to know that how can we take low or precise number of cells from a cell lysate? (without using any protein quantification assay). Let say, If I have a cell line having cell density 5x10^...
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does Trichloroacetic acid remove fats from milk

I am trying to detect melamine in milk. As a part of preprocessing, I add 200 ul of TCA to 1 mL milk,and after filtration I get a clear solution. Does the filtrate contain fat. I feel I am having ...
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How does one predict how large of an effect on antigenic drift a substitution in the amino acid sequence of a surface protein of influenza has?

I know that some amino acid substitutions are more effective in causing antigenic drift than other substitutions based on their location in the 3d structure of the HA protein (proximity to the ...
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What is the difference between a signal peptide and a transit peptide?

From what I know, the two names are used interchangeably and I haven't found any resource which says otherwise either. Is there at all any difference, is there a transit peptide that is not a signal ...
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Are all enzymes proteins?

So throughout my education and research career I have been taught that all enzymes are proteins. This makes sense when you consider enzyme denaturing and folding/shape etc. However, I was recently ...
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How is the activation energy lowered in an enzyme by just orientating the reactants closer to one another?

If the activation energy is lowered, bond strength has decreased. How does purely orientating the reactants closer to one another lower the activation energy in a protein? The only thing I can think ...
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Quantify Protein Denaturation with Change in Solubility

I plan to run a lab which compares the impacts of ethanol and methanol, in varying concentrations, on the denaturation of whey protein. Change in water solubility is a good indicator of the degree ...
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How does DNA code for the actual *shape* of individual body parts/areas (NOT segments or Hox genes)?

Just to save the trouble - I am not asking for general information on how DNA codes for proteins and definitely not how Hox genes work. I have a very good understanding of the evolutionary process and ...
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What is the longest-lasting protein in a human body?

Protein life times are, on average, not particularly long, on a human life timescale. I was wondering, how old is the oldest protein in a human body? Just to clarify, I mean in terms of seconds/...
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Centrifuge after sonication

I follow a protocol to get protein from E.coli cells after sonication. I used to grow 6 litres of large cultures and add IPTG to express the protein. I centrifuge for 10 mins at 8,000 rpm and get the ...
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How to convert enrichment/depletion to frequency for comparing deep sequencing to sequence profile?

I have two datasets, from different sources, that I need to compare. The first set is deep sequencing results of a directed evolution experiment, where I have the naive library and selected library ...
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How do people measure how many calories or proteins/fats/сarbohydrates are in some food?

How is the composition (in fats, proteins or carbohydrates) of a certain food estimated and how is the amount of calories provided by the food calculated?
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Are there any enzymes without aromatic amino acids?

I'd like to try a new spectroscopic technique to study enzymatic reactions (which reaction doesn't especially matter, something simple and with fast kinetics like catalase would do fine - I'm just ...
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How can we quantify the effect of pancreatin (biological enzyme) on the clarification of milk powder

Alright so I'm trying to quantify the rate at which casein (protein constituent of milk powder) is converted into a product (I am unaware of) by pancreatin (a biological enzyme that speeds up the ...
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Does every protein encoding gene necessarily have a transcription factor?

For instance, transcription factor gene A is responsible for activating gene B that encodes protein 1. However, it is possible for genes like gene B to encode proteins without having transcription ...
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How does DNA determine all of our hereditary traits?

It's my understanding that DNA codes only for protein synthesis. Does that mean that hereditary traits, like the shape of our nose, are determined only by the proportions in which various proteins are ...
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What does the acronym ‘PIN’ stand for referring to PIN proteins in plants?

There are so called PIN proteins, or PIN-formed proteins, in plants. What does this acronym mean? Wikipedia briefly explains the function of the protein but not the origin of the name. It's not ...
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Why is gel used in electrophoresis?

In analysing amino acids content in a protein through gel electrophoresis, What's the purpose of the gel? Wouldn't putting the amino acid in the gel prohibit the amino acid from dissolving into the ...
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Questions to protein folding

I have some questions regarding the process of Protein folding. These are the following: Are there existing Protein folding processes, where only a few seconds after completed folding a Protein ...
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When does protein folding begin?

I had always assumed that protein folding is an independent activity that occurs after translation is complete. However, recently, I learned that intermolecular forces begin shaping the peptide bonds ...
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Net electrical load of a peptide

I have to determine the electrical charge of the next peptide chain: C - E - H - P I know that this page is not there to raise doubts about this style, but I have looked for resources on the ...
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Fluorescent protein tags and colocalisation

We want study if 2 proteins A and B are co-located, for that we use 2 FTP(Fluorescent tag proteins) for each protein?and after the expirement these 2 FTP are co-located. Does that mean necessarily ...
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How many different chains exist within a specific pdb file?

More specifically, if we want to understand the different chains within a protein, is it enough to look at the fourth column of all the lines that start with "ATOM" in a pdb file, and see how many ...
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Homology modelling of protein with two identical subunits in its quaternary structure

I am using homology modelling to assign the 3D structure of Torpedo acetylcholine receptor (Unwin 2004, 2bg9 in RCSB) to human muscle nAChR. The problem is, both Torpedo receptor, and human receptor ...
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is a-keratin a fully functional protein?

is a-keratin before it coils with another polypeptide, makes chains, and build intermediate fillaments a fully functioal protein? I mean, is the single monomer of a-keratin a protein or it has to ...
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Tensile strength of collagen?

Really specific question, but what is the average tensile strength of human collagen, type I? I've tried looking for it online, and either my google-fu skills are weak, or I'm just unlucky. Also, is ...
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What's a good reference for learning about recombinant proteins?

I'm looking for books and articles that can bring me up to speed on the design, expression, and purification of mammalian proteins in recombinant systems, both in E. coli and in more complex systems ...
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Why analyse transcriptome instead of proteome?

Analysing the transcriptome (RNA-Seq, microarrays, qPCR etc) is probably the most widely used technology to assess gene expression and dynamic cellular processes. The results are then extrapolated (...
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Why do ADULTS need protein in their diet, if they are not growing? [duplicate]

Why do ADULTS need protein in their diet, assuming they are not growing? What happens to the amino acids already present in the body? Why don't our bodies conserve them?
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What does 'half life' of a protein mean?

Why do we use the term 'half life' for proteins? Here is a link to some information regarding this question, but I am unable to infer it.
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Molecular animations of, say, protein synthesis, are simplified, but how exactly?

In several animations of biological processes (eg protein synthesis (go to frame 1.20mins), DNA replication, etc), molecules such as amino acids are shown heading straight to the replicating protein ...
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How did self-replicating molecules distinguish between regular nucleic acid and the first codons?

I've read that the first protein synthesis has likely included translation by readily formed tRNA-like adapters. The other alternative is that primordial 'mRNA's didn't need adapters and instead ...
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Glucose Carrier Proteins in Cell Membranes

I'm using Campbell's Biology textbook, and it states that certain carrier proteins transport glucose across the cell membrane much faster than would occur normally. It states that the "glucose ...
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What is the difference between spidroin-1 and spidroin-2?

So I'm doing a research project for my school and I'm trying to decide on the exact nature of the project. My current plan is to try to genetically engineer E. coli or Yeast to produce spider silk ...
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False positives in TAP - MS experiments

Is anyone aware of a website where they show common false positives often found when doing a TAP-MS experiment to find protein-protein interaction experiments? Particularly the Acs1 protein (Acetyl-...
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When in Ampicillin degraded (gone) in liquid TB-media? Concerns about selectivity

Question: Specifically regarding Ampicillin; When growing cells in TB (terrific broth) for protein expression - when should I expect the ampicillin to be gone due to degradation by b-lactamases? (and ...
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Can the central dogma work in reverse?

Theoretically, is it possible to obtain the original gene from the protein’s amino acid sequence as its “template”, as in, the reverse of how gene’s codons were “templates” for the amino acid sequence ...
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What proportion of proteins require chaperone-assisted folding?

I am new to the field of biochemistry (I am a chemist, actually). I have long known the process of folding as the process that leads to the minimum energy conformation of a protein. Now, I am ...
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What is protein secondary structure?

Could someone please clarify what is protein secondary structure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_secondary_structure I believe I understand the primary structure, I am not sure what's the ...
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Are microtubules in centrioles helical, like they are when in isolation?

Microtubules tend to be of a helical structure, do microtubules in centrioles also have a helical structure? The centriole is composed of nine circularly arranged triplet microtubules, one complete ...
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how long do chaperone proteins take to fold a protein? [closed]

how long do chaperone proteins take to fold a protein?
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Will the interaction of two proteins vary across different tissues? [closed]

Suppose protein A and B is both abundant in tissue X an tissue Y. Will A and B interact in X but not interact in Y? I guess A and B could be biomarkers of a certain disease, and in the pathological ...
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How are animal patterns encoded in the dna?

After seeing the patterns on the feathers of a argusianus argus pheasant (shown below), I am curious where is the information that encodes a pattern for a particular bird, and what form is this ...
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Is tyrosine hydrophobic or hydrophilic?

I’ve seen tyrosine classified as a hydrophobic amino acid due to its aromatic ring in some textbooks and as hydrophilic due to its hydroxyl group in other textbooks. How does tyrosine actually ...
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How do metal ions acting as enzyme cofactors “find” their respective enzymes?

Metalloproteins are metal-dependent proteins, i.e. they require certain metal ions (copper, magnesium, zinc, etc.) for their correct function in the body. Since proteins are manufactured inside cells ...