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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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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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Are all protein tetramers considered to be “dimers of dimers”?

Is every tetramer thought to be a dimer of dimers? Because even if every subunit is unique in structure, it could be a heterodimer of heterodimers? Or is the term "dimer of dimers" reserved ...
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Why are S-thiocarbamates less toxic than carbamates?

According to Haley and Rhodes, neostigmine bromide (alternatively known as Prostigmine) has an LD50 in mice of around 0.165 mg/kg by IV injection. Pubchem claims that this is also the LD50 for ...
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Interaction of trifluoroacetates with acetylcholinesterase

There exists a substance called TMTFA, or 3-(N,N,N-Trimethylammonio)-2,2,2-trifluoroacetophenone. It is known for being able to inhibit acetylcholinesterase at femtomolar concentrations. The TMTFA-...
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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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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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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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Why is the reverse aldol cleavage of fructose 1,6-bisphosphate highly endergonic under standard conditions?

I have another question similar to this one. I just don't have intuition for why reactions are thermodynamically favorable or unfavorable and I'd like to build it. This time I'd like to ask about ...
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Why can't NAD+ undergo single-electron reduction?

$\ce{FAD}$ can undergo single-electron reduction to form a stable radical, which can then be reduced again to $\ce{FADH2}$. This is supposedly possible due to resonance stability, where the unpaired ...
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Can bis-quaternary aromatic compounds act directly on acetylcholine receptors?

The book Cholinesterases and Anticholinesterase Agents gives examples of bis-quaternary aromatic compounds that are capable of inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. Page 400 gives examples of some such ...
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Why does hydrolysis of ADP to AMP yields the same amount of energy as ATP to ADP, if ADP is more stable?

I learned about the resonance stability of ADP and the fact, that ATP is less stable due to intramolecular instability. I was surprised to see that the energy net of conversion of ADP to AMP is the ...
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Metal coordination in enzymes: What type and number of bonds form between amino acid residues and Fe(II)?

My understanding: Transition (d-block) metals, as found in intracellular proteins, are limited to about 10 elements including amongst others Fe, Ni, and Cu. Due to the reductive environments inside ...
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Acidity of thiamine - how comes hydroxide anion with pK about 15 ionizes thiamine with pK about 18?

Textbooks say removing proton from thiamine's C atom will produce a resonance stabilized carbanion which is hence bioactive. That's OK, but how comes that 1) we abstract the acidic proton with the OH ...
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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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Why neglecting Bradford Solution Volume in the assay?

I would like to know why do we not need to take account of Bradford agent solution in dilution calculation? For example, $\pu{2.5 \mu g mL-1}$ BSA will calculate from $\pu{0.4 \mu L}$ of $\pu{1 mg mL-...
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What is the structural formula of a monomer of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose?

I'm studying the properties of the polymer hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) with the static scattering technique. I'm trying to interpret the molar mass obtained with a Zimm plot, that is $\pu{(3....
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What do we know about the structure of the amylopectin iodine complex?

I am studying a method of finding the ratio between amylose and amylopectin using the difference in color of the amylose-iodine complex(blue) and the amylopectin-iodine complex (red/brown). Through ...
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Differences in AChE inhibition kinetics between VX and VR

According to the referenced paper, VR has an AChE inhibition reaction rate constant almost 4 times that of VX. Interestingly, its reaction rate constant for aging of the enzyme is less than that of VX,...
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Does ADP + P => ATP produce water?

ADP + P has one oxygen and two hydrogen more atoms than ATP. Are these atoms released as water in the reaction ADP + P => ATP? To balance the equation, would ADP + P => ATP + H2O be more correct?
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Why dried, closed coconuts go through carbonation?

Some dried, closed coconuts go through carbonation: The white meat of the coconut becomes disintegrated and smeary The liquid becomes carbonated with a bit sour-salty tasted coconut water (which ...
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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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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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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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Enzyme Assay - pectinase

I am working on Enzyme Assay.I assayed the enzyme in different buffers from $pH\ 1-12.5$ However,the enzyme has good activities starting from $pH\ 1-10.5$ Is that possible to have enzyme activity in ...
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Gluconeogenesis

So I've been doing research on the production of lactic acid, however, I found that lactate will first reform into pyruvate and then go through gluconeogenesis reforming D-glucose. From what I ...
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How does the membrane potential change so drastically during an action potential?

I understand that the Nernst potentials $$V = \frac{k_\mathrm{B}T}{e} \ln\left(\frac{c_\mathrm{out}}{c_\mathrm{in}}\right)$$ for all ions inside and outside a cell barely change when an action ...
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How to find the reaction rate in an enzyme reaction?

First time posting questions here, so let me know if I need to edit anything. I need to decide $dC/dt$ and $dP/dt$ when the reaction is like this, where I only know we must have 2 substrates $S$ to ...
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Differences in AChE inhibition kinetics between paraoxon and methyl paraoxon

According to literature, dimethyl paraoxon has a reaction rate constant for the aging (spontaneous dealkylation) of acetylcholinesterase of $\pu{0.186 h-1}$, a spontaneous reactivation rate constant ...
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How can DI water inhibit peroxidase activity?

I'm troubleshooting an IHC staining issue, and according to Thermo-Fischer's website, "Deionized water can sometimes contain peroxidase inhibitors that can significantly impair enzyme activity.&...
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Why is Chlormephos highly toxic despite requiring metabolic activation?

According to the book "The Chemistry of Organophosphorus Pesticides", the insecticide Chlormephos (S-(chloromethyl) O,O-diethyl phosphorodithioate) has an oral LD50 in rats of 7 mg/kg. For ...
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Right conductivity of protein sample for Protein A purification of human IgG?

A sample from a cell culture has some IgG and this is to be purified using protein A chromatography. Based on the chromatography handbook from GE-Healthcare/Cytiva, the protein sample should have &...