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Describe the structure of keratin and collagen and show how their structures are suited to their biological functions. Discuss one disease/ metabolic disorder that can arise from a structural defect in either protein.
Describe the structure of keratin and collagen and show how their structures are suited to their biological functions. Discuss one disease/ metabolic disorder that can arise from a structural defect in either protein. Keratin and collagen are very vital within the body's structure; both are very similar in nature, being that they derive from amino acids, which make up their respective proteins. They both fall under a group of particular proteins known as scleroproteins or fibrous in nature. Majority of their structure consist of left-handed helix structures1. Scleroproteins make up one of the two major protein categories, the other being globular. Keratin and collagen each represent one of the three subclasses within scleroproteins. As scleroproteins their jobs are to provide support and protection for the body. They are adapt for this because of their complex structure of repeating polypeptide chains which strengthen as the bind together; this and their insolubility are vital in maintaining the anatomy of the body. Whilst being similar in some ways, collagen and keratin remain different in their specific functions and role. As mentioned above keratin is one of the three scleroproteins. It is an extremely strong, insoluble tertiary protein; it is the main constituent in the structures of various parts in the body. These include the skin, hair, nails, as well as horns and
Investigation into the integrity of cell membranes under different conditions
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Biology Personal Statement
Not anything else but the experiment of cultivating seeds in different soils is the brightest memory of my primary school years. Ever since then, I really enjoyed studying natural sciences. Taking Biology Higher Level course has given me the deeper understanding of the processes of life around me. Nevertheless, lots of new areas of growth have opened to me, too; and I am determined to extent my knowledge further. Since the tenth grade, I have been attending two extramural scientists' schools, 'Pazinimas' and 'National Students Academy'. Education there is organized into sessions, composed of lectures, practice in the laboratory and exams; during which I have found myself the most involved in the molecular biology and genetics fields. Steve Jones 'The Language of Genes' is the book that gave me the insight of how significant and intriguing the processes in the cells' nuclei are. I started to read more about genetic modification, and its applications in medicine. It was very interesting to visit local Cardiology Institute where post doctorates are investigating how stem cells could be applied for patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. During the excursion, I learned how DNA is scanned for inconsistencies, and how TIRF microscope is used to observe the activity of sodium and calcium ions within the cells' membranes. Recently I have participated in one of the most successful
Sexual Dimorphism Displays in Genders of Uca longisignalis, Homo sapiens, and Poecilia latipinna
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Osmosis - diffusion - cemi permeable membrane
All particles are in constant motion. In solid particles (ions, molecules, atoms etc) vibrate. In liquids they move more easily, while in gases they move randomly. Particles have a natural tendency to move from areas of their higher concentrations to areas of their lower concentrations. This is called 'DIFFUSION'; it is a passive process and does not need the use of energy. How quickly it happens depend on the difference between concentrations. OSMOSIS is a special case of diffusion where only water molecules are involved. It is the movement of water molecules from a region of higher water potential to a region of lower water potential across a PARTIALLY PERMEABLE MEMBRANE (1). Partially permeable membranes allow only small particles to flow through them. Living cells' membranes possess the same characteristics to control exchange of materials for their survival. The task is to find out the water potential of potato. This can be obtained by putting potato pieces in different water concentrations. The equipments that I will use are: * 50 cm3 beakers (5) * 2 potatoes * 25 cm3 measuring cylinder (2) * Cork borer (1) * A knife * Electric balance * 2 molar sucrose solution (1): CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED SCIENCES. BIOLOGY 1 PUBLISHED BY THE PRESS SYNDICATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. Page 55-56. The following diagram shows the motion of water particles from
Molecular Properties of Enzymes
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Discuss the roles of the following in protein synthesis in mammalian cells:- the large and small subunits of the ribosome, mRNA, tRNA, release factors, SRP
Discuss the roles of the following in protein synthesis in mammalian cells:- the large and small subunits of the ribosome, mRNA, tRNA, release factors, SRP. Genes drive metabolism, growth and differentiation in living cells. They do this by promoting the synthesis of proteins which in turn catalyse many biological reactions. Therefore the synthesis of proteins is one of the most central and basic events in the life of every cell. The process of proteins synthesis is divided into two different parts; transcription and translation. Transcription is performed by RNA polymerase which uses one strand of the DNA helix as a template to synthesis messenger RNA (mRNA). This mRNA then migrates from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Translation then occurs and according to Lodish et al (1995) this process is when the base sequence of the mRNA is used to order and to join the amino acids in the protein. To explain the roles of ribosomes, mRNA, transfer RNA (tRNA), release factors and signal recognition particles (SRP) the process of translation needs to be explained in more detail. The pathway of translation is divided into three main steps; initiation, elongation and termination. The mRNA has a protein coding region which is composed of a non-overlapping string of codons called an open reading frame. At the beginning of the open reading frame is a start codon and at the end there
Prokaryotes and Viruses
Prokaryotes and Viruses . Eukaryotic cells tend to be complex in nature. They make up the structures of complex organisms such as animals, plants, fungi and protoctista. The name eukaryotes itself means 'true-nucleus',1 this is because of the nature of its DNA being enclosed in a nuclear membrane. This leads to one of the features that make eukaryotic cells distinctive. That is compartalization; this is very distinct in eukaryotic cells this is the separation between different organelles and groups. The organelles maintain their groups to ensure processes such as respiration and protein synthesis don't mix chemicals. Various compartments are nucleus, plasma membrane and cytoplasm. Leading on from compartalization the cell structure it is quite complex, it consists of a various organelles that may differ depending on the organism the cells are in. Normally they contain organelles such as nucleuses, mitochondria, ribosome's and countless others. Eukaryotic cells are also able specialize, this is when cells adapt to their environment and perform specific processes and actions, such as the red blood cell which carries oxygen or the nerve cell which carries impulses.2 2. Gram staining is a method of staining used to indentify and classify different bacteria. The process itself is used to differentiate between two major cell wall types present in bacteria. These are gram negative
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Mabel Akinwumiju Molecular Cell Biology Lab Due: December 4, 2007 TA: Xiaoli Zhang Group #6 Polymerase Chain Reaction Materials and Methods: In order to perform polymerase chain reaction, the following cocktail was made: DNA template, deoxynucleotide triphosphates (dNTP), Taq polymerase, two primers, and a buffer solution. Before starting the PCR, first four samples were collected from the prime suspects and 19 uL "cocktail" was added. 1 uL of DNA from each suspect was placed into separate tubes, then 89 uL dH20, 6 uL dNTP, 3ul of forward primer, 3 uL of reverse primer, 1 uL Taq polymerase, and 12 uL 10X PCR buffer was added into each eppendorf tube. After thoroughly mixing, the samples were placed into the PCR tubes and then placed into the thermocyler. After the PCR cycle was preformed 2 uL of tracking dye was added to each sample and then they each were loaded into 7% acrylamide gel in 1X TBE solution for gel electrophoresis. The gel was run for approximately 1 1/2 hours at 240 volts, and then the gel was placed in an ethidium bromide solution for 10 minutes to help stain the DNA. Then the TA photographed it under a UV light. Results: After the gel electrophoresis procedure was complete, we were able to generate the PCR result The figure on the picture found in the appendix depicts the results that were obtained from the gel electrophoresis done for the