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2012-10-09 22:25:34

Using a computational model they designed to incorporate detailed information about plants´ interconnected metabolic processes, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key pathways that appear to “favor” the production of either oils or proteins. The research, now published online in Plant Physiology, may point the way to new strategies to tip the balance and increase plant oil production. The study focused on the...

Green Nylon Byproduct Of Cancer Research
2012-09-24 12:30:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1935, a brilliant scientist became the father of a new field of chemistry. Polymers, which occur both naturally in organic compounds like proteins and starches as well as synthetically as plastics, were the focus of Wallace Carothers´ research, an Iowa-born accounting student at Tarkio College who later changed his field of study to science. While still an undergraduate he was appointed head of the chemistry department....

2012-09-17 14:10:44

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a method that for the first time provides scientists the ability to attach chemical probes onto proteins and subsequently remove them in a repeatable cycle. Their achievement, detailed in a paper that appears online this week in the journal Nature Methods, will allow researchers to better understand the biochemistry of naturally formed proteins in order to create better antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, biofuels, food crops and other natural products....

'Promiscuous' Enzymes Still Prevalent In Metabolism Shown By New Study
2012-08-31 13:12:26

Challenges fundamental notion of enzyme specificity and efficiency Open an undergraduate biochemistry textbook and you will learn that enzymes are highly efficient and specific in catalyzing chemical reactions in living organisms, and that they evolved to this state from their “sloppy” and “promiscuous” ancestors to allow cells to grow more efficiently. This fundamental paradigm is being challenged in a new study by bioengineers at the University of California, San...

2012-08-23 23:50:10

Enzymes involved in breaking down fat can now be manipulated to work three times harder by turning on a molecular switch recently observed by chemists at the University of Copenhagen. Being able to control this chemical on/off button could have massive implications for curing diseases related to obesity including diabetes, cardio vascular disease, stroke and even skin problems like acne. But the implications may be wider. Possibly the most important discovery in enzymology The results...


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