Questions tagged [biochemistry]

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What is meant by the term 'biosynthetic origin'?

I keep seeing the term biosynthetic origin used in medicinal related papers. Does it just refer to the biological precursors to the molecule? So, for example, the biosynthetic origin of Paclitaxel is ...
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Michaelis–Menten kinetics applied to a solution with two enzymes

Two enzymes are added to a solution containing a tow concentration of a substrate that they can both use. Which statement is correct? A. Both enzymes will use equal amounts of the substrate. B. ...
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Haworth structures of sucrose and lactose

The haworth structures of lactose and sucrose is My question is regarding the glyosidic linkage, in lactose it is represented as a zig zag and in sucrose it is a "V". What does that mean. ...
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Structure-Activity Relationship of Chlormephos and Parathion

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/k. ...
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Why is there a mirror image effect in the absorbance and fluorescence spectra?

I've read some answers online but I still can't seem to understand the mirror image effect. Why is the highest energy absorption (v" = 0 to v' = 4) the lowest energy fluorescence (v' = 4 to v&...
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Which electrons are in HOMO in a peptide bond?

We've recently studied the absorption of UV light by polypeptides, and found that the peptide bonds itself absorhs UV light at around 210nm. I'm confused about what feature causes this to happen.
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What is the composition, function, and classification of “6-Thio-2-Deoxyguanosine” and “13-mer thio-phosphoramidate”? How do I learn more about them?

I am assigned the task of explaining a biomedical research paper, it is about telomere and telomerase , and it talks a lot about the molecule Thio-2-Deoxyguanosine , 13-mer thio-phosphoramidate and &...
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Transformed chemical potential of formation: something weird in Alberty 2003

I am trying to wrap my head around transformed chemical potentials, as described in Thermodynamics of biochemical reactions (R. Alberty, 2003), however, two equations seem to be contradictory in this ...
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Function of sodium amalgam and CO2 in formation of aldohexose

There is this following conversion in my book: $$\gamma-\text{Lactone}\ce{->[Na/Hg +CO2]}\text{Aldohexose}$$ I'm not sure how this reaction takes place. I searched for mechanisms and couldn't ...
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Synthesis question: Using reductive amination to form pyrrolidine

What molecule results from treating 4-oxopentanal with $\ce{NH4Cl}$ and $\ce{NaCNBH3}$? Why? Is this a good, high yield reaction? I believe that pyrrolidine is formed because amination will convert ...
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How does the pKa of a neutral molecule inform the protonation state of its positively charged molecule?

Let's say we have some neutral molecule A and its protonated form, A+. The pKa of molecule A is known, but we do not know the pKa of molecule A+. Can the pKa of molecule A+ be determined only knowing ...
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Calculate amount of enzyme needed for in vitro phosphorylation?

I have 100 micrograms of STAT1 and its molecular weight is 90 kDa. I calculated the number of moles to be 1 nmoles. The specific activity of JAK1 (the kinase) is 110 nmoles of phosphate per minute per ...
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A question about potential difference across a membrane

Membrane potential of living cells arising from the difference of concentration of ions on both sides of the membrane, but why didn't someone use selective polymers as AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) ...
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When and how do mineral chelates separate in the body?

If one consumes an amino acid chelate such as iron bisglycinate, it is generally absorbed intact as far as I am aware. At some point, presumably the iron could be used for say hemoglobin synthesis and ...
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Is there a software that can predict the shape of a custom protein, given its amino acid sequence?

I know that the internet is full of enzyme and protein simulators which can show active site and 3D structure (like bioblender), but the problem with these programs is that they use predefined ...
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What is the cause for the difference in pH between NaCl and Ringer Lactate

Reading this article, I came across a passage which got me to think of this question: "Normal saline contains approximately $\pu{154mM}$ of each $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ with average pH of 5.0 and ...
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How can the ocean act as a buffer?

I was reading up on the buffering effect of the ocean and I was quite confused about how the buffer is able to do anything. The buffer I will refer to is below: $$\ce{CO3^{-2} +H2O <=> HCO3 + OH^...
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Enols and enolates in biosynthetic pathways

I'm having a little trouble unterstanding the way organisms carry out aldol and claisen type reactions. I'm familiar with the laboratory procedures to which I understand there is a correlation. ...
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How to determine DDVP quality before appplication

The question is quite straightforward I need to determine the quality of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (commonly abbreviated as DDVP) it is solved in xylene (50%). The purpose is to know if it ...
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How could click reaction take place at low concentration?

I have DBCO-functionalized resin, and the DBCO group is validated with FAM-azide. But I cannot use this resin to react with FAM-Azide-labled primer, which has very low concentration (20 μM, it is ...
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Variation of current with time in gel electrophoresis

During gel electrophoresis, if the voltage of the power supply is kept constant, how would the current in the circuit change over time? I was wondering whether the electrical resistance of the gel ...
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How do I determine citrate amount in a dietary supplement of a citrate salt?

I am following a diet recommended by my doctor and need to keep my dietary citrate consumption within a certain range. To do so, I take a dietary supplement. I am not a chemist, nor has the ...

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