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Reaction of glucose with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH)

In its open-chain form, glucose possesses an aldehyde group; however, glucose does not test positive with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (which typically forms a yellow/orange/red precipitate with ...
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Does this cycle of reactions appear in nature?

Does anyone know a real-world example of a cycle exactly like this: or in other words, this: $$\begin{array}{ccc} \ce{A + C1 -> C2}\\ \ce{X + C2 -> C3}\\ \ce{C3 -> B + C4}\\ \ce{C4 -> Y +...
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Solve this chemical or biological mystery

I hope this is the best place to pose this unique question. Please forgive me if it's not. I went into a closet to get a prescription medication that was filled about a year ago. The label on the ...
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Why is there no effective alternative to metal salts in antiperspirants?

Metal salts, especially aluminum compounds are used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. I found out aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which is found in most antiperspirants, undergoes an acid-base ...
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Why do nitrogen molecules not act as ligands in haemoglobin?

Nitrogen molecules $(\ce{N2})$ have lone pairs, which, as far as I know, is the property of oxygen molecules $(\ce{O2})$ that allows them to act as ligands bonding to iron in haemoglobin in the blood. ...
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Fatty Acid synthesis - enzymes that vertebrates cannot make

In the fatty acid elongation and desaturation reactions, how are enzymes that insert double bonds after the 9th carbon different from those that insert at the 9th or before? Vertebrates (at least ...
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Why do many organic halogen compounds smell or taste sweet?

Is it just coincidence that many organic halogen compounds (especially chlorinated ones) tend to either taste or smell sweet? Examples include dichloromethane, vinyl chloride, chloroform, and ...
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Selective sorption of toxins by polymethylsiloxane polyhydrate

Polymethylsiloxane polyhydrate (PMSPH) is used as enterosorbent for a couple of decades (nowadays under the trademark "Enterosgel"), intended for binding in the gastrointestinal tract and excretion of ...
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Why does NADH have 2 peaks in its absorption spectrum but NAD+ has only one?

From what I understand, in general aromatic rings absorb UV radiation. Looking at the structures of NAD+ and NADH, I see one aromatic ring that is common in both (the lower one due to adenine), which ...
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Phlorizin content in grapes

I work in a winery and we have some problems about a new process involving phlorizin. We know that phlorizin is the major dihydrochalcone found in apples. I have been reading that this compound is ...
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What methods could be used to preserve scorpion venom?

As extracting scorpion venom goes, how would one most effectively store and preserve the venom for future research? My thoughts are lyophilization, however I am not sure that would be the best of all ...
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Catalyzation in Carbonic Acid

I understand the basics of carbonic acid + 1 kcal breaking down into water and carbon dioxide. However, my professor wants me to draw an energy map showing the catalyst in human blood reducing the ...
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Synthesis of tripeptide using Merrifield peptide synthesis procedure - Inclusion of asparagine

I am supposed to synthesize tripeptide, $\mathrm{Ala-Asn-Phe}$, using Merrifield peptide synthesis procedure. Accordingly, I have done followings: Attached protected $\mathrm{Phe}$ as the first ...
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Thyroid peroxidase - can atomic iodine serve as iodinating agent?

McMurry's Organic Chemistry (7th Ed.) states, that Tyrosine is iodinated by mechanism of electrophilic aromatic substitution and the iodinating agent is $\ce{I+}$ or $\ce{HIO}$ formed by thyroid ...
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Is there a model for (quality of) two-component-polymerization (dependent on e.g. concentration)?

Sadly my chemistry background is only from high school (I'm a roboticist), but I try my best to explain the problem: Situation: Lets say I have two water based solutions/suspensions. One contains ...
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What are the chemical similarities between gallium and barium?

I am analyzing nutrient concentrations in wood, and I have found that in all my samples the distribution of gallium and barium are closely related. As a related phenomenon, the presence of these ...
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Calculating volume ethanol in an fermented aqueous solution of sucrose, water, and ethanol

I've been working on a biology experiment where I calculate the fermentation yield of yeast under various light induced stress responses inhibiting the translation of various fermentation enzymes. My ...
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When the present state of knowledge concerning central noradrenergic transmission was established?

Some time ago I began to search for descriptions of the mechanisms responsible for the regulation of noradrenergic transmission in the central nervous system of man and to my great surprise the most ...
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Calculating amino acid mol/mol ratios

I am trying to understand how the authors calculated the TRP/LNAA (mol/mol) ratios in Table 1 in this paper. For example, when I calculate the TRP/LNAA (mol/mol) ratio for HPROT, I get 0.14 instead ...
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Formating chemical equations for proteins binding in multiple configurations

I am working on problems involving protein-protein binding, particularly ones in which two proteins may bind in two or more configurations, and where some of the resultant structures may also bind ...
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How to measure the amount of lactose in milk/dairy using high school lab equipment?

I am currently a high school student doing their Biology IB IA. For those who don't know, an IA is, in simple terms, an experiment that you design and execute yourself. My topic is "The effect of ...
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What component of the human DNA reacts with 4,5-benzo[a]pyrene oxide and 7,8-benzo[a]pyrene oxide to produce cancerous tumors

I read in an article that we have this enzyme called P450 that converts aromatic compounds into water soluble compounds that can be eliminated. This enzyme converts aromatic compounds into arene ...
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How do thiol groups act as reducing agents?

In my biochemistry practicals, we used reducing agents such as beta mercaptoethanol: and dithiothreitol (DTT) Both of these have S-H groups, and I am sure that these are involved in the reduction ...
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Why does the Michaelis-Menten constant decrease in the presence of non-competitive inhibitor?

Non-competitive inhibitors don't bind to the active sites of enzymes. However, in the presence of non-competitive inhibitors, the Michaelis-Menten constant is found to decrease. Why is this so?
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Questions about Genetic algorithm paper of Gilman and Ross

I want to reproduce an (old) biochemistry paper of Gilman and Ross, i.e. " Genetic algorithm selecetion of a regulatory structure that directs flux in a simple metabolic model." ( The following link ...
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Measuring reaction rates when reactants and products both have (different) molar extinctions at the chosen wavelenghth

In my Biochem labs we would always measure the consumption of NADH, and they always noted that it was useful that NAD+ had essentially no absorbance at 340 nm, which allowed us to directly relate ...
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The Health Effects of Alkaline Ionized Water?

I came across alkaline ionized water as my aunts bought a system called Kangen Water from Enagic Inc. The water produced by this system is claimed to contain smaller water clusters (4-6 molecules) ...
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Can one dichlorotriazine molecule form two bonds with cellulose?

In all the reactions I saw online, dichlorotriazine is shown to form only one bond with cellulose (example 1, example 2; paper). But cellulose has many potential sites for bonding. Can ...
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Which solvent is good for using SU-8 particle in Optical tweezers?

I'm studying Optical tweezers. I've used Polystyrene for samples. Nowadays, I've got SU-8 pillar. I wanna use that for sample, but its density is heavier than water. I can't use that. So I wanna know ...
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Why would ethanol or water give poor yields in a peptide deprotection hydrogenolysis?

A homework question asks: The following reaction was carried out using ethanol or water as solvents, but gave poor yields in both cases. Suggest why this might be the case and how these ...
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What is the formula for migration rate of DNA in agarose gel electrophoresis?

Let's consider a typical agarose gel electrophoresis experiment. An appropriate quantity (not so much that it is overloaded, but not so little that it cannot be visualized) of linear DNA pieces with ...
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Is it possible to calculate the 'overall' redox potential of a system?

For a solution where many redox reactions occur (e.g. cytosol, soil solution), can we consider anything as 'overall' redox potential of a system? Is there a formula to quantify it in relation to the ...
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Why can DAP be used to elute a protein in affinity chromatography?

A little background: as part of my bioinformatics degree I have to take Protein Chemistry course, but I miss chemistry basics (have CS background), so that's why I'm asking the following question. We ...
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why do cone cells have broad responsivity spectra peaks?

My understanding of vision is that, although the cone cells in our eyes can detect three colors, there is enough overlap in the responsivity spectra (as shown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What's causing this dip in the FCS curve?

This is a fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurement of light harvesting complexes. What could be causing the dip at 100 microseconds? Edit: The same thing was observed using fluorescence ...
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What do cannabinioids have in common structurally?

I'm looking at the wikipedia page for cannabinioids, and trying to find structural similarities between them. For plant based ones it's hard enough, the only similarity I could find seemed to be 6 ...
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What's the effect of temperature on buffering capacity?

I did some research online but I still couldn't get any conclusion. Some said that the buffering capacity decreases when temperature increases because of the increase in ionisation of the weak acid ...
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How to determine charge of compounds in solution with many amphoteric functional groups?

I am curating a metabolic model that has compounds such as NADH/NADPH/Etc. that have multiple ionize-able hydrogens. Normally with amino acids there are only a few hydrogen with varying pKas that ...
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Chemistry of Benedict's Reagent

I want to understand what is the exact mechanism by which "enediols" reduce cupric to cuprous of Benedict's reagent. The principle of Benedict's test is that when reducing sugars are heated in ...
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Does melanostatin peptide whiten the skin in a similar manner as to how melanotan darkens it?

I was reading about peptides and came across an interesting peptide that bodybuilders use to darken their skin. How can peptides change the genetic makeup of someone's skin and darken it? I also ...
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Why there are just two Ramachandran angles in protein structure for two peptide bonds?

I really want to understand why there are just two ramachandran angles to understand the structure of the protein and why not three or many ? Can someone suggest some reference and explain this ?
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Calcium concentration in NMDARs e Nitric Oxide Synthase

My question is related to calcium $\ce{Ca^{2+}}$ concentration in NMDA receptors and nitric oxide synthase. I've found a very simple model that describes how the time change of calcium can be related ...
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How can I calculate the percentage of urea in animal feed?

I'am having some doubts in the calculation that concerns the urea percentage in animal feed using the method AOAC $967.07$ How can I calculate the urea percentage using the following data: The ...
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proteolysis - how to determine the partial or completeness of the cleavage reaction?

Though the question is about biomolecules, we agree the underlying functions, formation, degradation etc come down to chemistry, (then physics and maths). I am posting it here to receive an ...
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determination of glucose syrup in sugar product

I work with a sugar product that contains saccharose (approx. 70 %), glucose syrup (approx. 15 %), glycerine (approx. 3 %) and some other ingedrients, e.g. water. Glucose syrup consists of 5 % glucose ...
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Formation of a pH gradient using carrier ampholites

In a technique called isoelectric focusing, the crucial part is the formation of a pH gradient using carrier ampholytes. What is the exact principle by which the gradient is formed? How do the ...
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Difference between “isoaspartyl” and “isoaspartate” in antibody deamidation

I'm translating a text where antibody deamidation is mentioned. One sentence goes like this: We used reversed-phase HPLC to analyze the aspartyl forms of the monoclonal antibody. (Russian original ...
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What chemicals would need to be added to human urea to make it a nutritional substance?

I've been thinking about food supplies, waste management and sustainable living, particularly in highly isolated areas like a Mars colony or a space station, or also in a non-technically advanced ...
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Is it possible to observe ATP energy transport in table experiment?

Is it possible to take AMP or ADP, then phosphorylate it convert to ATP to charge with energy, then transport to other place an then observe energy freeing? In table / home / school experiment?
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Mechanism: explanation of final step in synthesis of the thyroid hormones (T4, T3)

In the following mechanism for the synthesis of T3 (triiodothyronine) on thyroglobulin, what are the factors causing the last step to occur? Does it have something to do with the electron density of ...