Category Biochemistry

Clathrin & Primer Selection with the NCBI Database

Sometimes you need to find a primer. Not just any primer but a specific one. This is a small post concerning the development and acquisition of a specific primer for a portion of the clathrin protein. Clathrin is a protein that plays a key role in the process of endocytosis. It’s main function being to coat the […]

A Study on Photosynthetic Membranes & Energy Production in Plants

{CHM431 Section 002} Analysis of Photosynthetic Membranes & Energy Production in Plants Basis in Organelle Isolation, Photosynthesis Controls, and Membrane Energy Analysis with 2,4-Dinitrophenol Inhibitor   Abstract Photosynthesis is a vital chemical reaction for plants. The Hill reaction plays an important role in the overall scheme, transferring electrons, cleaving water, and consequently freeing oxygen. Effects of […]

A STUDY ON THE ISOLATION & ANALYSIS OF NUCLEIC ACIDS

{CHEM431.002} A Study on the Isolation & Analysis of Nucleic Acids Basis in Isolation, Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, Restriction Endonuclease Digestions, Ligations, Hyperchromic Effect, Florescence Spectroscopy, and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis   Abstract The quantitative analysis of nucleic acid samples can offer up insights into samples with unknown properties. In this brief study multiple techniques are utilized to isolate, quantify, and discern nucleic […]

A STUDY ON ENZYMES AND CATALYTIC ACTIVITY

{CHEM431.002} A Study on Proteins, Enzymes, & Catalytic Activity Basis in Column Chromatography, Enzyme Activity Assay, Protein Assay, Gel Filtration, and Enzyme Assay    Abstract Proteins are the building blocks of our bodies and many fall into the category of enzymes which play critical roles in the biochemical reactions which keep us alive. Understanding enzymes, […]

Too Viral for You

Rhinovirus Below is a 3D rendering of a Human Rhinovirus (C-15) , one of the ~100 rhinovirus types which occur worldwide. These viruses are responsible for what is commonly referred to as the common cold. The symptoms are wide and cover a variety of systems from sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion, to sneezing and coughing. […]

Neurotransmitters: N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG)

Overview of transmitter CHEM218 Seminar Neurotransmitters are chemicals that enable the communication of signals between nerve cells and other cells. They act as “signal bearers”, leaping across the synaptic cleft, exiting the axonic surface of one neuron and attaching to receptor proteins on the dendritic surface of another neuron. Neurotransmitters also enable nerves to communicate […]