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Biochemistry

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 20, 2013
Updated: 7 hours ago

A bounty of biochemicals: July 17-24
Unnatural nitrogenous base pairs work well

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dna-with-man-made-bases-functions-just-fine/?&WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20140721

Short, free note from
Sci. Am.

Giant protein mapped: Anaphase promoting complex

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/07/scientists-map-one-most-important-proteins-life%E2%80%94and-cancer?et_cid=4058248&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Looking at chemicals: July 10-17
Cross-membrane cell proteins dancing to music!

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/07/cell-membrane-proteins-give-their-secrets?et_cid=4052885&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free essay, video from
Biosci. Tech.

Complex proteome

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40516/title/Added-Layers-of-Proteome-Complexity/

Full, free story, reference from The Scientist

Novel protein linked to Alzheimer Disease

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/07/new-brain-protein-tied-alzheimers-disease?et_cid=4050762&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from Biosci. Tech.

Biochemistry and A&P this week: July 3-10
Removing these parts of the protein and blood clotting

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/07/removing-parts-shape-shifting-protein-explains-how-blood-clots?et_cid=4048682&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, image from
R&D Mag.

This cell stress protein at nexus of apoptosis or life

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40418/title/Protein-Helps-Cells-Adapt-or-Die/

Complete, free report, reference from The Scientist

Better biochemical news: June 26-July 3

Thanks this week to 'net detective Brian Salisbury

Nucleic acids

Micro-RNA puts the breaks on osteoclasts


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/mirna-study-offers-hope-for-new-osteoporosis-therapy/81250033/

Full, free report from GEN 

How does DNA protect itself from UV light?

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/06/scientists-use-x-rays-look-how-dna-protects-itself-uv-light?et_cid=4012990&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, image from
Biosci. Tech.

More biochemicals

What is the structure of milk when it is being digested?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623095806.htm

Full, free report from
Sci. Daily

Protein ASC in clumps and the spread of inflammation

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/40313/title/Protein-Clumps-Spread-Inflammation/

Complete, free article, images, references from The Scientist

Biochemical news: June 19-June 26

Cut the methane in the gut, increase insulin sensitivity

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/06/eradication-gut-methane-improves-insulin-sensitivity-lipid-profiles?et_cid=4015144&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from
Drug discov. & develop.

Detecting meth and its relatives


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/molecular-detector-could-find-meth-and-other-illegal-drugs/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140619

Full, free story, link from Sci. Am.


Get clued in on chemistry: June 12-19


Tip-link protein in "hair cells" of cochlea


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/protein-discovery-may-lead-to-cure-for-hearing-loss/81249996/

Full, free essay from
GEN

The dance of the proteins: confirmational changes

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/from-protein-dance-positions-to-protein-drug-pas-de-deux/81249973/

Complete, free report, images from GEN

A bounty of biochemistry: June 5-12


Simpler molecules

Urinating in a swimming pool can damage the lungs? See how:


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/06/10/dont-go-in-the-water-what-happens-when-you-pee-in-a-pool/

Full, free article, links from
Sci. Am.

Macromolecules

Cadherins form catch bonds between cells


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/06/researchers-find-mechanism-forms-cell-cell-catch-bonds?et_cid=3980821&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free essay, image, link to original abstract from
R&D Mag.

Major actor in DNA repair, transcription also

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/06/researchers-discover-enzyme%E2%80%99s-role-dna-repair?et_cid=3985570&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Drug discov. & develop.

Huntington Disease protein spreads to healthy cells


http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/06/huntingtons-mutant-protein-spreads-sick-healthy-cells?et_cid=3979349&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from Drug discov. & develop.

Self-assembling nanomachines from proteins

http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/self-assembling-nanomachines-start-click

Press release from Univ. Washington

Contemporary biochem.: May 29-June 5


How is your biochemistry grammar?

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/Evidence-based-Grammar-Proteins-Genes-and-Things-In-between/biotechniques-351978.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=62c2d5b763-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-62c2d5b763-87291326#.U433DdJdXzg

Full, free column from
BioTechniques

Is this the fountain-of-youth protein?

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-352036.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=f83da6a060-pcr-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-f83da6a060-87291326#.U4zUJdJdXzh

Complete, free report from
BioTechniques

Human proteome draft complete

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v509/n7502/full/nature13302.html

Free abstract from Nature


Chemicals to the rescue: May 22-29


Why does eumelanin absorbs light so well?

http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1873911

Full, free report from R&D Mag.

Prions and Alzheimer disease

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/05/alzheimer%E2%80%99s-other-conditions-linked-prion-proteins?et_cid=3957420&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, image from
Biosci. Tech.

Polydopamine changes RBC antigens--wide range of recipients then?

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/05/universal-blood-immunocamouflage-polydopamine-mussel

Short, free item, images from Chem. World

Biochemistry this week: May 15-22

Thanks to 'net detective Vuvi Ngoyen

General chemistry notes

Anti-sense oligonucleotide reversed Alzheimer in mice

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/05/compound-reverses-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-symptoms-mice?et_cid=3952561&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free essay from
Drug discov. & develop.

The role of carbon monoxide in deep sea mammals


http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/05/scientists-investigate-role-%E2%80%98silent-killer%E2%80%99-inside-deep-diving-animals?et_cid=3942565&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report from
Biosci. Tech.

Chemistry fun with Fallon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OELiqiIHZEI&list=UU8-Th83bH_thdKZDJCrn88g

Free video from You Tube

Protein news

Toxic protein at fault in progeria


http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/05/racing-clock-help-young-patients-old-hearts?et_cid=3951100&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from
Biosci. Tech.

Key protein in embryonic ear development

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/05/researchers-find-key-factor-early-auditory-development?et_cid=3951149&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from
Drug discov. & develop.

This RNA starts translation by binding to repressor proteins


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40015/title/RNA-Puts-Proteins-in-a-Headlock/

Short, free item, links from The Scientist


Marvelous molecules: May 8-15
Thanks to 'net detective Kelly Butzler​
Resveratrol v mortality? Not so much

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1868537

Free abstract from
JAMA Int. Med.

How do those common chemicals damage sperm?

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39959/title/Common-Chemicals-Damage-Sperm/

Full, free report, link to original article from
The Scientist

The scale of the universe

http://scaleofuniverse.com/

Free website

Biochemistry that you can use: May 1-8
Thanks to 'net detective Kelly Butzler

Synthetic nucleotides for DNA working in bacteria

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39913/title/Augmenting-the-Genetic-Alphabet/

Complete, free report, link to original summary, all from
The Scientist

Review of book about Primo Levi

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60777-7/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=E24A35F

Short, free item from
Lancet

Living chemistry this week: April 24-May 1

General chemistry


Women in chemistry quilt


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2014/04/25/women-of-the-periodic-table-quilt/

Full, free blog, images, links from
Sci. Am.

Palcohol is "powdered alcohol"


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-big-deal-about-powdered-alcohol/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140425

Full, free report, image, link from
Sci. Am.

Will that antioxidant make my arteries younger?

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/05/novel-antioxidant-makes-old-arteries-seem-young-again?et_cid=3924271&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free essay from
Drug discov. & develop.

Proteins

Anti-aging factor increases brain and muscle activity

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/anti-aging-protein-pumps-up-muscle-brain-function/81249826/

C
omplete, free item from
GEN

Nucleic acids

Could you have figured out that RNA can act as an enzyme?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/the-curious-wavefunction/2014/05/05/how-a-college-student-can-derive-the-rna-world-hypothesis-from-scratch/

Complete, free blog from
Sci. Am.

The irregular arrangement of DNA


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/resolving-structure-single-biological-molecule?et_cid=3908669&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free item, image from
R&D Mag.

DNA timeline


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/dna-past-to-the-present/81249776/

Free video timeline from
GEN

The impacts of the inorganics

Copper
and the brain

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39517/title/Metals-on-our-Mind/

Complete, free article, images, references from
The Scientist

Beautiful biochemicals: April 17-24


Proteins

This enzyme fixes DNA breaks

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/study-identifies-enzymes-help-fix-cancer-causing-dna-defects?et_cid=3899144&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, image from
R&D Mag.

Chaperones and Alzheimer Disease


http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/04/chaperone-compounds-offer-new-approach-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-treatment?et_cid=3894730&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from
Drug discov. & develop.

Protein identification methods


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39504/title/High-Density-Info/

Full, free article, images, links from The Scientist


Juno and Izumo: egg and sperm fusion proteins


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/sperm-egg-fusion-depends-on-pairing-of-his-her-proteins/81249756/

Complete, free essay, images from
GEN

Other stuff

How does caffeine work in our bodies?


http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/04/science-caffeine-world%E2%80%99s-most-popular-drug?et_cid=3887481&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free video from
R&D Mag.

Niacin found in meteorite

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/vitamin-b3-might-have-been-made-in-space-delivered-to-earth-by-meteorites/#.U1a1m9KwLsZ

Press release from NASA


Arsenic in the hair of Chilean mummies


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mummys-hair-reveals-signs-of-arsenic-poisoning/?&WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20140418

Complete, free article, links, image from
Sci. Am.

Hydrogen sulfide necessary for proper marrow stem functioning

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/proper-stem-cell-function-requires-hydrogen-sulfide?et_cid=3890003&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free report, link to original summary, all from R&D Mag.


Biochemical news: April 10-17

Proteins

Why some women are more likely to have Alzheimer Disease:


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39704/title/Sex-Biased-Alzheimer-s-Variant/

Short, free report from
The Scientist

Synthetic collagen to increase clotting post-surgically


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/synthetic-collagen-promotes-natural-clotting?et_cid=3875564&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item, image from
R&D Mag.

More chemicals

Stress, small RNA's, and sperm in older mice

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-rna-carries-marks-of-trauma/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140415

Full, free essay, link to original abstract from
Sci. Am.

Possibly dangerous volatile organics from crib mattresses


http://www.utexas.edu/news/2014/04/02/crib-mattresses-emit-chemicals/

Press release from Univ. Texas


Beautiful biochemicals: April 3-10
Bug killers and parkinsonism

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/parkinsons-disease-and-pesticides-whats-the-connection/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140408

Full, free essay from
Sci. Am.

Copper and the brain


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39517/title/Metals-on-our-Mind/

Full, free article, images, links, references from The Scientist

Today in biochemistry: March 27-April 3

Inability to synthesize cystein behind Huntington Disease

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/03/brain-degeneration-huntington%E2%80%99s-caused-amino-acid-deficiency?et_cid=3848887&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free item from
Biosci. Tech.

Use prion detection technique to predict Alzheimer Disease


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prion-detection-method-shows-promise-as-alzheimere28099s-test/?&WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20140326

Full, free essay, link from Sci. Am.

Modern biochemistry: March 20-27
Thanks to 'net detective Brian Salisbury​

Structure of cholesterol transporter in the mitochondria

http://www.dzne.de/en/about-us/public-relations/meldungen/2014/press-release-no-4.html

Press release, image original citation from DZNE


What are the biochemicals up to: March 13-20

Thanks this week to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Proteins

Protective protein decreases with Alzheimer Disease

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13163.html

Free abstract from Nature

What is the truth about gluten?


http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/debunker/protein-gone-bad-dr-nancy-debunks-gluten-myths-n55056

Free video from NBC News

Other chemicals

Agavins, non-nutritive sugars, might help control diabetes

http://phys.org/news/2014-03-tequila-sweetener-diabeticshelps-blood-sugar.html

Full, free story, links from Phys.org

Phosphatidic acids and glucose release from liver

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/03/potential-new-therapeutic-target-identified-control-high-blood-sugar?et_cid=3835076&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Micro-RNA restores mouse cardiac functions


http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39417/title/Saving-Failing-Hearts/

Complete, free, article, links, reference from The Scientist

This week in biochemistry: March 6-13


Proteins and polypeptides

Silencing proteins

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/gene-editing-free-method-silences-targeted-proteins/81249607/

Full, free essay from GEN

Oxytocin v snacking


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-hormone-lessens-snacking/?&WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20140305

Short, free item, images from Sci. Am.

GABA

GABA, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/03/new-cell-type-implicated-epilepsy-caused-traumatic-brain-injury?et_cid=3816509&et_rid=54713780&type=headline#.Ux9ngdJdXzg

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Could GABA be responsible for age-related memory decline?


http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/03/researchers-find-drug-therapy-could-eventually-reverse-memory-decline-seniors?et_cid=3805341&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

More chemicals

Elements' names explained

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/video-of-the-week/2014/03/11/how-the-elements-got-their-names/

Free video from Sci. Am.

Depleted blood phospholipids  warn of later Alzheimer Disease

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.3466.html

Free abstract, references from Nature Med.


Was chemical evolution inevitable?


http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nerdwatch/physicist-believes-evolution-was-inevitable-n45001

Free video from NBC News
.

Best biochemicals: Feb. 27-March 6

Basically biochemistry

James Watson: Is diabetes due to a lack of oxidants?

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/watson-proposes-offbeat-view-of-diabetes-oxidants-too-scarce-not-too-abundant/81249563/

Full, free story from GEN

Unsaturated fats prevent abdominal weight

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/02/abdominal-fat-accumulation-prevented-unsaturated-fat?et_cid=3787247&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UxDScNJdXzg

Complete, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Proteins

Tau protein: how might it work in Alzheimer disease?

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/02/dangerous-mistaken-identity?et_cid=3796303&et_rid=54713780&location=top#.UxTsW9JdXzg

Full, free item from
Biosci. Tech.

Blood proteins predicting death


http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/biomarked-for-death-four-blood-proteins-can-predict-early-demise/81249552/

Full, free essay from GEN

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