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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 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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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 α-keratin a fully functional protein?

Is α-keratin before it coils with another polypeptide, makes chains, and build intermediate filaments a fully functional protein? I mean, is the single monomer of α-keratin a protein or does it have ...
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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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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 ...
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Program (on Mac) to show 3D protein structures?

I have an assignment for 6th grade biology. I have to look at a 3D structure of a protein and manipulate it so it only shows the AA I’m interested in currently. what I already did I already looked up ...
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Is there a notion of RMSD for two different molecules?

The (least) Root Mean Square Deviation is used for comparing different conformations of the same molecule. However one may be interested in comparing the conformations of two different molecules e.g. ...
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How does chemical shift assignment from NMR spectroscopy is translated to three dimensional structure of protein?

I am currently involved in determination of protein structure using NMR spectroscopy. As part of structure determination I have finished the chemical shift assignment. The chemical shift information ...
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Why is pepsin able to operate at low pH?

Pepsin is a protease that operates in the acid pH of the stomach. Many proteins are denatured at low pH, and most enzymes — whether or not they denature — require a higher pH for activity. Why is ...
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How to estimate the amount of protein that are going to be synthesized?

I'm studying protein synthesis to understand how the body use the different amino acids to build proteins. In particular I would like to learn how to (roughly) calculate the total amount of protein ...
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How can I differentiate between polysaccharide bands and protein bands on SDS-PAGE? [closed]

I tried to extract bacterial polysaccharide but after running a SDS-PAGE I couldn't differentiate between the polysaccharide band and protein ones. I face a problem of moving up of the samples from ...
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mRNA and Protein relation [closed]

A and B are two different proteins: 1- can they have same mrna 2- is it possible that the gene types which encoding the synthase are same ? my answer is yes to both . because after protein synthased ...
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What prevents a density gradient made of sucrose from mixing through diffusion?

Based on what I've read, density gradients are used to facilitate separation in ultracentrifugation and prevent convective mixing of the molecular species from different locations in the gradient. But ...
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How to characterize stability of a protein from Trp fluorescence vs [denaturant] curves?

A colleague of mine has taken Trp fluorescence measurements from a dimer in combination with various ligands, over a range of denaturant concentrations. The idea is that ligands which bind more ...
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NAG, FUC molecules in PDB files

In some proteins (such as 4ZXB, 6CE9 which are respectively apo and halo forms of insulin receptors), I see ligands such as FUC (ALPHA-L-FUCOSE) and NAG(N-Acetylglucosamine). No matter which paper I ...
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What is the difference between Integrin to Cadherin?

My question is probably very basic but i couldnt get it in lecture and not from looking in the net. What is the difference between Integrin to Cadherin. By difference I am looking for say: ...
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How is the urea cycle regulated with respect to protein deficit?

Proteins cannot be stored in the body. Excess proteins from the diet are deaminated in the urea cycle that takes place in the liver. The liver is the first contact since these amino acids are ...
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What are the types of interactions in biological network (protein networks)?

In the KGML files, the types of relations between genes or proteins are precisely activation, inhibition, expression, repression, indirect effect, state change, binding/association, dissociation, ...
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Can two proteins have equal primary structure but different secondary structure?

I've been reading lately about primary (which I understand completely) and secondary (which I do not understand that well since I'm not very good at chemistry) structure of proteins. My question is: ...
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Is protein folding symmetric with respect to reversing the sequence order?

Suppose that I have two proteins, protein A and protein B, and suppose that the sequence of amino acids of protein B is exactly the reverse of the sequence of protein A. For example (these are made-...
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gel band contrast

Is there any way to increase the contrast of my SDS PAGE gel. I want to increase the coomassie stained gel contrast of my gel bands a little bit as it looks little less for my thesis. Ive heard that ...
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Where different types of proteins can be found in food?

According to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSKPgaSGSYA (created by one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK), different proteins have different roles in human body: (Group 1) They’re like ...
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What is the difference between a protein and a factor?

In terms of nomenclature/semantics, why are some proteins named proteins, and some named factors? I've been revising on eukaryotic DNA, and I've come across some proteins that seem to serve roughly ...
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What is C-terminal tryptic peptide?

A biologist wrote to me: ... C- or N-terminus,... For example, a C-terminal tryptic peptide like AGWRGSDSHSR, would be... I don't have any idea what that is. When ...
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Ribosomes producing proteins, but need proteins to be produced?

So according to my textbook: RNA is used to create ribosomal RNA (known as rRNA) which is then combined with proteins to form the ribomsomes necessary for protein synthesis. I'm a bit confused ...
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Is it possible to induce protein activation via frequency-specific mechanical waves? [closed]

Would it be possible to induce shape changes in specific proteins by providing specific frequencies of mechanical waves in a thermostatically controlled environment such that those proteins may be ...
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Why structures of many proteins are still unknown? [closed]

https://www.learner.org/courses/biology/textbook/proteo/proteo_3.html Despite advances in techniques for determining protein structure, the structures of many proteins are still unknown... My ...
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How exactly is casein digested?

I mean it seems first step is rennin or pepsin digestion in stomach - then what happens with remaining peptides? I am interested in the whole process from casein to amino acids. Is there brush border ...