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  • Updated 17 months ago
    Legume plants such as clover, alfalfa, and soybeans form nodules on the roots where nitrogen fixing bacteria take nitrogen from the air and convert it into ammonia, NH 3 . The ammonia is further converted by other bacteria first into nitrite ions, NO 2- , and then into nitrate ions, NO 3- . Plants utilize the nitrate ions as a nutrient or fertilizer for growth.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Biochemical_Cycles/Nitrogen_Cycle
  • Updated 17 months ago
    The most useful classification scheme divides the carbohydrates into groups according to the number of individual simple sugar units. Monosaccharides contain a single unit; disaccharides contain two sugar units; and polysaccharides contain many sugar units as in polymers - most contain glucose as the monosaccharide unit. Aldoses contain the aldehyde group - Monosaccharides in this group are glucose, galactose, ribose, and glyceraldehyde.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates/Carbohydrates_Fundamentals/Carbohydrate_Classification
  • Updated 17 months ago
    Since our knowledge of different regions of brain function and the neurotransmitters in the brain is limited, the explanations for the mechanisms of drug action may be vague. The misuse and abuse of amphetamines is a significant problem which may include the house wife taking diet pills, athletes desiring an improved performance, the truck driver driving non-stop coast to-coast, or a student cramming all night for an exam.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Drug_Activity/Central_Nervous_System
  • Updated 17 months ago
    As energy passes to a higher tropic level, approximately 90% of the useful energy is lost. At each tropic level in a food chain, energy is used by the organisms at that level to maintain their own life process. Because of the 2nd law of energy, some energy is lost to the surroundings as heat. it is estimated that in going from one tropic level to the next, about 90 % of the energy is lost. In moving to the next tropic level, only 10 % of the original energy is available.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Food_Chemistry/Food_Energy_Pyramids
  • Updated 17 months ago
    The simplified version of this chemical reaction is to utilize carbon dioxide molecules from the air and water molecules and the energy from the sun to produce a simple sugar such as glucose and oxygen molecules as a by product. Some of the dissolved carbon dioxide remains in the water, the warmer the water the less carbon dioxide remains in the water. As the shelled organisms die, bits and pieces of the shells fall to the bottom of the oceans and accumulate as sediments.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Biochemical_Cycles/Carbon_Cycle
  • Updated 17 months ago
    With the aldehyde group in the "up" direction, the the -OH group must project to the right side of the molecule for the D isomer. It is remarkable that the chemistry and enzymes of all living things can tell the difference between the geometry of one optical isomer over the other. Monosaccharides are assigned to the D-family according to the projection of the -OH group to the right on the chiral carbon that is the farthest from the carbonyl (aldehyde) group.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates/Carbohydrates_Fundamentals/Carbohydrate_Isomers
  • Updated 17 months ago
    A competitive inhibition occurs when the drug, as "mimic" of the normal substrate competes with the normal substrate for the active site on the enzyme. The normal substrate can not displace the drug from this site and can not interact with the active either since the shape of the enzyme has been altered.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Drug_Activity/Enzyme_Inhibition
  • Updated 17 months ago
    The free all-trans-retinal is then converted back into the cis form by a series of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, whereupon is reattaches to another opsin ready for the next photon to begin the process again. The nerves reach the optic chasm, where the nerve fibers from the inside half of each retina cross to the other side of the brain, but the nerve fibers from the outside half of the retina stay on the same side of the brain.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Photoreceptors/Chemistry_of_Vision/Photochemical_Changes_in_Opsin
  • Updated 17 months ago
    If the alpha -helices stretch unevenly past each other, the disulfide cross-links return them to the original position when the tension is released. The sheer numbers of water molecules are able to disrupt some of the hydrogen bonds which also help to keep the alpha-helices aligned. The helices are able to slip past each other and will retain a new shape in the hair drying process as new hydrogen bonds are formed. The hair strands are able for a short time to maintain the new curl in the hair.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Proteins/Case_Studies/Permanent_Hair_Wave
  • Updated 17 months ago
    In the case of sucralose, the two chlorine atoms present in the fructose portion of the molecule lead to more hydrophobic properties on the opposite side of the molecule (upper left), which extends over the entire outer region of the fructose portion of the sucralose molecule. Area (X): This area is more or less perpendicular to the other two areas interacts through hydrophobic or non-polar properties to the fructose portion of the molecule as previously noted.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Food_Chemistry/Sweetners/Sucralose
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