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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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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 ...
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Does pepsin digest plant protein?

This may sound trivial, but... Protein is sourced from plants and animals. Pepsin and HCl digest meat (animal protein). Does pepsin also digest plant-based proteins? I took a look at few articles ...
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Since the matter in the brain is recycled every few days how does consciousnesses work?

Since parts of the brain are recycled every few days does that mean that materialistic theories of consciousness don't work?
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Life cycle of proteins

I try to get a picture of the life cycle of a protein (considered as a specific molecule). This is how I can imagine it: After the cell is born a protein molecule is synthesized by gene expression ...
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Can proteins structure change depending of alimentation of an organism? [closed]

In my understanding protein are built using information caring by RNA. So a given protein should always have the same structure in a given organism has the DNA of this organism does not change. I'm ...
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Etymology of vimentin [closed]

What is the etymology of the intermediate filament , Vimentin?
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The difference between the beta-sheets and the quaternary structure of proteins

My biochemistry book says that beta-pleated sheets is a form of secondary structure of proteins, and it is formed between two or more polypeptide chains. I wonder why the sentence in bold doesn't ...
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What do you call mRNAs that translate to the same protein?

For example AUAACC and AUCACG in distinct mRNAs may both be translated to the same dipeptide Ile-Thr.
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How can carnitine enter the mitochondrial matrix without OCTN2?

Some people have defects on the gene SLC22A5, giving them problems with their OCTN2 transport protein (Organic cation transport). OCTN2 transports carnitine into the mitochondial matrix where it can ...
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What are some examples of non-homologous sequences having similar functions?

I am trying to find some proteins that are non-homologous but functionally similar. However, I cannot seem to find concrete examples. Can someone please point out any resources or provide examples?
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Are proteins a different shape in space?

Is the shape of a protein affected by gravity? In space, will the shape of a protein be different to what it is on Earth? If the structure and shape is in fact affected, then would it be enough of a ...
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What attaches plant cells to the cell wall?

In animal cells integrins span the plasma membrane and attach the cell membrane to the extracellular matrix. I was wondering how are plant cells attached to the cell wall? Is it just the middle ...
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The insulin protein of apes & chimpanzees [closed]

How many amino acids do the insulin protein of apes and chimanpzees compose of?!
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Can you say “screening for a” in English?

I know this is not a "Correct Use of English Forum" but I'm afraid that people from outside the field won't be able to properly answer my question. Would it be correct to say "screening for a long ...
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Do GPCRs have 7TMHs?

I've screened a non-redundant set of GPCRs acquired from UniProt. I found a handful of examples of record IDs that contain more than the 7 TMHs. For example Q89609 and P20905, both of which have been ...
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Indicators of Ras binding domain (RBD) activity in Ras effector proteins?

Ras family based small GTPase proteins usually have a Ras binding domain (RBD) in their effector downstream proteins like Raf. Roughly Ras proteins cycle between active(GTP-bound situation) and ...
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How big is the change in proteins due to alternative splicing?

How different can the proteins be that are coded from the same DNA-sequence but undergoe alternative splicing? What I am trying to wrap my head around is why we are so fixated with the DNA-sequences ...
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Visual maps of the neuronal membrane

There are lots of visual maps of the brain as a whole, especially the cortex, that show the distribution of "features" over a two-dimensional map, e.g. the Brodman areas (their morphology and their ...
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Will a sandwich assay work with a GST 26 antibody/protein?

I have a GST 26 kda antibody, and want to use it in a sandwich lateral flow assay. Are there enough epitope regions for both antibodies to bind to the protein?
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Can one refer to pieces of proteins produced by enzymatic digestion as “enzymatic lysates”?

A Russian text I'm translating says this: The location of post-translational modification (PTM) sites was determined using the “bottom-up” approach commonly used in this field. In accordance with ...
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What is the function of cystine, cysteine, and cysteine protease?

I am not a biologist, and I have a probably dumb biological question. For some purpose, I need to understand the function of the CTNS gene, and here is the definition of it: "This gene encodes a ...
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Will a polyclonal antibody attach to proteins of different kDA?

If I have a GST 26kDa polyclonal antibody, will it bind to the GST 28kDa protein as well?
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Multi-protein drug treatments

Apologies if this an obvious question - I am very new to this. I am, as of now, under the impression that multiple SNP variations interact to create multiple mutated proteins, which ultimately results ...
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What are the causes of abortive initiation?

I was reading more about DNA transcription, and it mentioned abortive initiation. The article gave no explanation as to why the phenomenon occurs. The only explanation I can think of is that it is ...
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Why do food items expire?

Why do food items and medicines expire after sometime?
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Effect of mutation on phenotype

Is there a type of mutation that changes the phenotype of an organism, but not the protein sequence?
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Is there a hypernym for enzymes that “cut” other molecules?

I have searched on Google for a hypernym/umbrella term that encompasses all enzymes whose function is to cut other molecules, but I have yet to find such a term. The term I am looking for would ...
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What is the distinction between deoxyribonucleases and restriction enzymes?

Both deoxyribonucleases (DNases) and restriction enzymes are endonucleases (some DNases can be exonucleases). They both break the bonds between nucleotides. Therefore, what is the difference between ...
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Pros and cons of amino acid structure vs DNA sequences for evolutionary comparison [closed]

This is an analysis question for a lab on the amino acid differences in beta globin amongst different primates, and using such differences to construct a cladogram and infer evolutionary relationships ...
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Why do humans cook animal meat

Why do humans "need" to cook animal meat? It seems there's an aspect of safety to it: are other animals (eg, house cats, dogs) not vulnerable to the same diseases we get from modern food processing ...
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Can a protein go outside of nucleus after go inside with nuclear localization signal (NLS)

To make a protein (for example Cas9, GFP...) able to enter the nucleus, we need to add a NLS tag for it. So will it able to go outside the nucleus after get inside ?
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Does cocaine bind competitively or non competitively to DAT?

I was just wondering whether cocaine, once reaching a synapse, binds to a DAT (Dopamine transporter) competitively or non competitively, or neither of them?
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Why do fully grown organisms need protein intake?

If proteins are building blocks of an organism then it makes sense why a growing organism would need an intake of them, but why would a fully grown organism need proteins (aside from those lost by ...