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  • Updated 11 months ago - 372 words
    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 11 months ago - 172 words
    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 11 months ago - 393 words
    Glycogen is the storage form of glucose in animals and humans which is analogous to the starch in plants. All of the monomer units are alpha-D-glucose, and all the alpha acetal links connect C # 1 of one glucose to C # 4 of the next glucose. The Alpha position is defined as the ether oxygen being on the opposite side of the ring as the C # 6. The glucose that is not used immediately is converted in the liver and muscles into glycogen for storage by the process of glycogenesis.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates/Polysaccharides/Glycogen
  • Updated 11 months ago - 548 words
    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 11 months ago - 250 words
    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 11 months ago - 671 words
    This result because the the formation reaction of the disaccharide is between the hemiacetal of glucose and the hemiketal of the fructose. It is called invert sugar because the angle of the specific rotation of the plain polarized light changes from a positive to a negative value due to the presence of the optical isomers of the mixture of glucose and fructose sugars.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates/Disaccharides/Sucrose
  • Updated 11 months ago - 398 words
    All of the monomer units are alpha -D-glucose, and all the alpha acetal links connect C #1 of one glucose and C #4 of the next glucose. The Alpha position is defined as the ether oxygen being on the opposite side of the ring as the C # 6. Amylose is responsible for the formation of a deep blue color in the presence of iodine, which slips inside of the amylose coil. The acetal linkages are alpha connecting C #1 of one glucose to C #4 of the next glucose.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates/Polysaccharides/Starch
  • Updated 11 months ago - 678 words
    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 11 months ago - 413 words
    The structure shown on the left is for FAD and is similar to NAD + in that it contains a vitamin-riboflavin, adenine, ribose, and phosphates. The FMN has now been converted to the reducing agent and is the starting point for the third step. Although not used in the electron transport chain, Coenzyme A is a major cofactor which is used to transfer a two carbon unit commonly referred to as the acetyl group.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Vitamins%2C_Cofactors_and_Coenzymes/FAD_-_Flavin_Adenine_______Dinucleotide
  • Updated 11 months ago - 372 words
    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
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