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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 does “count in gene set” mean?

I am trying to understand the analysis generated by STRING. In analysis for biological processes table, there is a column titled "count in gene set." This gives a value for example "68 of 498". What ...
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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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What is the relationship between Ca- and Na-ions and mucins and why?

According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucin#Secretion mucins (Proteins that form mucus) obtain viscoelastic properties by the Exchange of sodium and Calcium Ions. What is Happening ...
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Why does the ratio type III collagen:type I collagen increase after a tendon injury?

I read on {1}: Type III collagen has accumulated at the rupture site [of human Achilles tendon] probably due to microtraumas and the subsequent healing process. […] The increased content of type ...
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Why are dietary recommendations for methionine consumption combined with cysteine?

I want to understand the amino acids missing in certain vegetables. I looked up the US recommendations for amino acids (source: wikipedia). I don’t understand why they pair Methionine + Cysteine: ...
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How do organophosphates actually work?

The common explanation as to what the primary mechanism of action for organophosphates (and carbamates) is is the inhibition of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase and resulting buildup of acetylcholine ...
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Why is glycine considered a nonpolar amino acid but a polar molecule?

Glycine has a dipole moment, so why is it considered a nonpolar amino acid when discussing its occurrence in proteins? Also, is the backbone of a protein nonpolar?
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How are multiples transmembrane proteins translocated or embedded in the membrane?

This image is in the textbook, Molecular Biology of the Cell. I understand why the start and stop transfer sequences must alternate, but why is there 2 consecutive start transfer sequences at the N ...
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How much nucleoside triphosphate is required to form one peptide bond during protein synthesis?

I'm trying to find out how many molecules of nucleoside triphosphates (ATP, GTP, UTP and/or CTP) it takes to release enough energy to link two amino acid monomers together with a peptide bond, ...
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Genes of the electron transport chain

Where are the genes of proteins that make the electron transport chain of mitochondria?(are they in in the nucleus or they are in the dna of the mitochondria itself?) Thanks for this answering system ...
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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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conversion of distance matrices to pdb/coordinates

I am currently facing two transformational issues. Suppose I am given a protein's residue sequence and calpha distance matrix; is there a way to generate the 3d coordinates of the protein's residues ...
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Why do protein solutions have to be alkalised in biuret test?

I’ve read that CuSO4 solution reacts with peptide bonds that connect amino acids to create a violet colour, but the instructions always tell me to add NaOH solution to the protein solution before I ...
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Immunoprecipitation compared to western blotting

Immunoprecipitation and western blotting are both used to locate a specific protein within a sample and to isolate it. In immunoprecipitation, a specific antibody and agarose beads ( or other ...
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Preparing sample for SDS PAGE

I have more than 10 cell lysate samples (70 µL each) whose concentration varies from 1.9 mg/mL to 4.8 mg/mL. I have 5X and 2X SDS sample buffers. I would like to prepare SDS PAGE samples in such a way ...
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Why are prions in animal diets not destroyed by the digestive system?

According to CBC: Mad cow disease is the common name for a condition known technically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. [...] The only known source of mad cow disease is from animal-...
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Where can I find and download HMMTOP training set?

I would like to perform redundancy reduction for my test set for membrane topology prediction. I checked the 1998 paper and website of the HMMTOP server but haven't found any download links for the ...
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Are SLC52A2 and GPR172A really the same?

The official HUGO gene nomenclature page says that GPR172A (Gamma-hydroxybutyrate receptor) and SLC52A2 (riboflavin transporter, member 2) are the same. The sequence reported by Andriamampandry seems ...
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What are the secondary structure requirements for cell-penetrating peptides AKA protein transduction domains

Cell penetrating peptides. Cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) are a class of short amino acid sequences which are sufficient for crossing cell membranes and delivering themselves along with any ...
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Backbone hydrogen bonds between adjacent amino acids in a protein?

Is it possible for two adjacent amino acids in a peptide to form hydrogen bonds between the backbone NH and CO? Are there any examples of such situations in proteins and how common are they? If ...
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Intein Splicing

Currently I am trying to read and understand this paper on intein splicing. https://sci-hub.tw/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22001202 However, I'm a little confused with Figure 4. Why do the ...
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Does digestion require hydrochloric acid?

Would our digestion function any differently if we secreted something else, like sulfuric or nitric acid, instead? I'd assume an acidic environment may be required, but not sure if chloride is also ...
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If overcooked hard boiled eggs show these green sulfide rings, why do scrambled/fried eggs not show this?

In the image above, the dark green rings are ferrous sulfide rings, caused when the sulfur from the egg white reacts with the iron in the egg yolk when the egg is overcooked. I was wondering, given ...
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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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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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How do you interpret the resulting bands of gel zymography?

I would like to clear up some things for gel zymography. I understand that bright bands show proteolytic activity. But which molecular weight do these bands correspond to? Is it the weight of the ...
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How does the immune system recognize harmful proteins?

How does the human immune system detect whether a protein happens to be a protein found in the body that is supposed to be there, a bacterial toxin that should be inactivated, an already inactivated ...
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What is a secretion target family protein?

I came across this link: https://www.genome.jp/dbget-bin/www_bget?btw:BF38_3398 What is this protein, is it a secreted effector protein or is it something else? What is the difference between type ...
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Are there only a few alleles or groups of many alleles impacting protein structure and function?

I'm in the first year of Medicine and I'm studying Genetics and Evolution. I have this doubt in the back of my mind and I'm not being able to move forward without someone explaining me what's wrong ...
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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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How do cells relocate transmembrane proteins from one side of the cell to the other? Is it possible?

Is there a process by which cells can relocate proteins residing on the cell membrane in areas of low demand to that of a high demand location somewhere else in on the cell? What's that process called?...
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How does the body detect irreversible binding to receptors?

I have read an article on Wikipedia about irreversible agonists and antagonists. These permanently bind to a target receptor on a cell. However, the receptor protein is then internalized and recycled ...
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What's the difference between physical (direct) and functional (indirect) protein interaction?

I read that the Protein-Protein interactions one can consider are generally of two types, namely physical and functional, but I cannot get the difference between the two. I was just thinking that if ...
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Why do BRAF mutations appear more in skin cutaneous melanoma?

When looking at the tissue expression of the BRAF protein it seems that BRAF is regularly expressed in almost all of the tissues. There is elevated expression in tissues like the Testis and the ...
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What inactivates pepsin in infants?

In infants, rennin helps in digestion of milk. Pepsin is also present in their stomach. Why do infants need rennin for milk digestion, at the first place? Why does pepsin not act on the milk ...
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Plasma Membrane Proteins and Cytoskeletal Attachment

Regarding membrane protein functions, which of the following statements is CORRECT? a. Membrane proteins are responsible for both cell to cell recognition and cell anchoring and are ...
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protein size range for ultrafiltration or nanofiltration

I am hoping to concentrate mixed proteins in homogenized leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach etc (after removing pulp and fibers) as a first step in further investigations (second step using size ...
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Where do the lysines come from during ubiquitination?

I know that Ub forms an isopeptide bond with lysine, but where do the lysine come from? Are they just always available for the Ub to find to during the ubiquitination process? Is there a free lysine ...
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Is it possible for human body to convert carbohydrates to protein? [closed]

Is it possible for human body to convert carbohydrates to protein to build muscle for example? EDIT: I read in many articles that you should eat more than 1.5 gram protein for each 1 kg weight of ...
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What is the fastest way to crystallise lysozyme (for student course)?

High school sudents are going to visit my university and I plan to demonstrate crystallisation of lysozyme. I ordered pure lysozyme from VWR. I can easily crystallise this within 15 min in batch (4% w/...
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How can one create images like those in the PDB ‘Molecule of the month’?

I am impressed by the illustrations for the Protein Data Bank ‘Molecule of the month’, e.g. the gorgeous image of DNA Helicase below. Does anyone know how they were made or how one might create ...
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Do chaperone proteins misfold?

If molecular chaperone proteins assist in the folding process of other proteins and misfolded proteins, can chaperone themselves misfold since they are also proteins? What would happen if chaperones ...
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Can someone help me interpret these charts on fluorescent polarization?

I have to present an article about binding designed proteins to fentanyl for my biochem class; I understand everything except how to interpret these charts on fluorescence at the very top of Figure 2a:...
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Etymology of PAX proteins

What is the reasoning behind naming proteins first found in Drosophila as paired box? All I could find on internet is that it was first found in Drosophila as a protein with paired domain, but I ...
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How do scientists determine the nature of ions passing through a channel/carrier/pump?

The NCE (Sodium Calcium Exchanger) transports 3 Na+ inside the cell for 1 Ca2+ outside. How did we figure this out, and other mechanisms of this sort? If it were a protein, we could tag it with GFP. ...
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Obtaining protein atomic co-ordinates from dihedral angles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihedral_angle#/media/File:Protein_backbone_PhiPsiOmega_drawing.svg I've been reading on Protein Amino Acid Sequences and their 3D structure. It seems that the 3D ...
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What is the importance of alkaline condition in biuret test?

Biuret test aims to quantify the amount of protein in a given unknown sample. Biuret agent contains copper sulphate, sodium potassium tartrate and Sodium hydroxide. Coppper ions form the complex of ...
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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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What are the different types of helices in protein secondary structures and how do they differ?

What are the different types of helices in protein secondary structures and how are they differentiated? In the DSSP docs, types of helices mentioned are: Alpha-Helix, Helix-3, and Helix-5. In the ...
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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 ...