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A collection of articles in Biochemistry, the study of the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules, and of their functions and transformations during life processes

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Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Cyanobacteria: Structural and Evolutionary Scenarios Based on Comparative Genomics
The recent access to the overwhelming amount genomic data of cyanobacteria has given birth to a novel approach called comparative genomics.

Date: 30 May 2007, Rating: 1.40, 8 pages

Researchers Identify Enzyme That Turns On RNA
Knowing an organism's genome is good, but knowing what turns on its genes is even better.

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: 4.43

Why Diet Drug Phen/Fen Damaged The Heart
Three years ago, the diet drug phen/fen was pulled from the market for causing heart valve damage.

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: 6.29

Understanding Molecular Self-Assembly Opens Door For New Sources Of Wood-Like Materials
A better understanding of how the cell wall of wood forms will someday help wood scientists assemble wood-like composites without using trees.

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Discovery Of New Molecular Tools For Biosynthesis Could Lead To Advances In Use Of Pectin
Most people know pectin as a common household gelling agent in making jams and jellies, but its uses are vast.

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: 1.00

New Insights Into Contradictory Health Effects Of Bioflavonoids
In an advance toward understanding the contradictory health effects of bioflavonoids,

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Homeostatic restitution of cell membranes. Nuclear membrane lipid biogenesis and transport of protein from cytosol to intranuclear spaces
In this report, the authors present evidence on the restitution of nuclear membranes which proceeds through the synthesis of lipids in the outer nuclear/ER membrane

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: 3.00, 7 pages

Scientists Solve Mystery Of How Largest Cellular Motor Protein Powers Movement
Scientists now understand how an important protein converts chemical energy to mechanical force, thus powering the process of cell division.

Date: 29 May 2007, Rating: 1.00

Molecule Identified That Contributes To Essential Cell Functioning Process
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified a cellular enzyme that helps regulate the synthesis of proteins essential to cell functioning throughout the life of the organism.

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 1.60

New Reagent Delivers A Chemical Breakthrough
"Build a better mousetrap," the saying goes, "and the world will beat a path to your door."

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 1.00

The Gigantic Respiration Of Crystalline Solids
Chemists from CNRS and the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines have discovered a new family of solids capable of a threefold increase in volume when they absorb liquids.

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

A new species of amyloid peptide
Scientists have identified a new, longer species of amyloid β-peptide that has the potential to be a new target for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

Metal-containing Compounds Show Promise As HIV Weapon
A molecule consisting of two "cages" of metallic atoms bound to carbon has shown great promise in preliminary tests of becoming a new weapon in the anti-HIV arsenal

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Squeeze play: Protein's grip like a baseball bunter's
Like all good baseball players, the protein calmodulin appreciates the importance of maintaining a good grip.

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

Cells Keep Bad Guys In A Cage Until They Are Fit To Socialize
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried/Germany found that the cage structure of the chaperonin GroEL is essential for cellular protein folding

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Receptor May Increase Risk Of Urinary Tract Infections
A newly discovered chemical compound on the surface of some women's kidney cells may explain susceptibility to urinary tract infections

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

New Discovery Offers Hope For Controlling Cholesterol, Atherosclerosis
Scientists have found a protein in the small intestine that may force medical science to re-think long-held beliefs about how the human body absorbs cholesterol and fat

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 5.10

A new molecular culprit for type II diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Therapies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and type II diabetes should be directed toward a new molecular culprit — the precursor to the clumps of abnormal proteins that have garnered attention for the last century.

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 4.60

Killing brain tumors from within: A 'Trojan horse' approach
A new method for targeting malignant brain tumors through inducing the cancerous cells to "commit suicide" has been developed by a team of researchers...

Date: 17 May 2007, Rating: 6.60

Together, biological membranes prevail
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a novel method to visualize the fusion of biological membranes at the single-event resolution.

Date: 30 Jan 2007, Rating: 4.00