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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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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 ...
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Could the protein dystrophin be artificially synthesised?

Could the protein dystrophin be artificially synthesised and if so could patients with DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) benefit from it? //Now I don't have much scientific background other than a ...
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Filter proteins by domain with InterProScan

I have a bunch of proteins (over 300000) in fasta format, and I want to find the ones that contain a specific domain (using a specific InterPro accession). I can run InterPro on the proteins and get ...
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Do cells store information other than permanent (chromosome) information

The brain stores information in neurons (i.e. neural networks), and cells store information in DNA. But with DNA, this is permanent information. There is a lot of potential temporary information in ...
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Blackgram leaves. SDS page. Phosphate buffer method

I am doing protein analysis in blackgram leaves by using phosphate buffer method. But I cannot get proper bands on my SDS-PAGE. What should I do to get proper bands?
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Proteins folds: relation to splicing and post-translational modification?

Is the secondary structure pattern of protein folds related in any way to alternative splicing and post-translational modification?
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What are the applications of predicting the structure of proteins?

Protein molecules are very important as they are used for catalyzing almost all the chemical reactions in the cell, regulation of gene activity and provide cellular structure. However, in predicting ...
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Laemmli-SDS-PAGE problems [closed]

I did Laemmli-SDS-PAGE for my Ammonium sulphate precipitate but I had very weak band and have very weird part at the end of gel. Please help me to solve that problem. Thanks
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How a biologist attempts to explain the structure of the ribosomal proteins?

I have a Computer Science background and a minimal biology knowledge. This is the question I am asked to answer in one of the biology courses: What would be the structure of ribosomal proteins when ...
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What is the structural difference between beta and gamma globin chains of Hb?

Hemoglobins are tetramers composed of pairs of two different polypeptide subunits. The subunit composition of the principal hemoglobins are α2β2 (HbA; normal adult hemoglobin), α2γ2 (HbF; fetal ...
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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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Can VMD change its cartoon representation for secondary structure according to trajectories?

I am using VMD to visualise the secondary structure of protein. The trajectories are from my Gromacs simulation. Firstly I use ...
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What is the “mucin net”?

From Giulia Enders, Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ Mucins are proteins that form the main constituent of mucus. They help provide hours of fascination and fun for young ...
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Assays for detecting RNA binding with protein

In a project I'm working on, we are designing a system where specific RNAs bind to proteins - an important part of this is to test whether the RNA binds when we modify the proteins in some way. What ...
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Do non-pathogenic organism not have PAMPs? Are there any research paper which proves that a certain microbe is non-pathogenic?

According to this PAMPs are delivered along with additional information that can be used by the host to distinguish pathogenic from nonpathogenic microbes and thereby guide the ensuing innate ...
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Are peanut proteins similar to chicken meat proteins?

I'm studying amino acids content in vegetable food. I was looking at peanut protein and noticed its similarity with chicken meat, as you can see in the table below (quantities are measured in grams). ...
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What is the difference between gene expression and protein synthesis? [closed]

I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. Can someone please help me? What is the difference between gene expression and protein synthesis?
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Is Ellman's reagent specific for low molecular weight proteins and thiols?

Is it still possible to quantify cystein rich low molecular weight proteins such as Metallothionein in a given sample using Ellman's reagent if the sample is contaminated with some high molecular ...
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Are there differences between the activation proteins of Eukaryotes and those of Prokaryotes

I'm in BIO 203 (for reference to my skill level), and I noticed the textbook makes a whole section out of transcriptional activator proteins, their function and applications in eukaryotes, but in ...
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Do non-functional (‘junk’) protein sequences exist?

For DNA one can distinguish between protein-coding DNA sequences, i.e. nucleic acid sequences inside DNA (vs. non-coding sequences) DNA sequences that do not code for proteins but are transcribed ...
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How does radiolabeling work?

Protein turnover can be measured by calculating the "decay" or loss of radio-labeled proteins in the blood, for example, but I am confused at how this calculation works. Wouldn't the radioactive ...
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Is osteoid an uncalcified substance?

I recently learned about Osteoid (the substance secreted by osteoblasts during intramembranous ossification), and I read that it was an "unmineralized organic component of bone." Now, does this mean ...
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How do membrane proteins find their target locations?

The question might be asked for any kind of "bound" proteins, but I'd like to restrict it to membrane proteins. Assuming membrane proteins (or their main parts) don't (or aren't) build in situ but at ...
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Protein molar mass from Uniprot ID?

I have a long list of uniprot IDs. How can I get the mass of the "canonical" isoform for each? Ideally from some Python library.
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Plant vs animal protein digestibility?

The protein scoring methodologies ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_Digestibility_Corrected_Amino_Acid_Score) rate plant proteins of a lower quality than animal proteins. Now I can understand ...