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  • Updated 6 months ago - 215 words
    Unlike other drugs which act in the region of the synapse, local anesthetics are agents that reversibly block the generation and conduction of nerve impulses along a nerve fiber. In both the official chemical name and the proprietary name, a local anesthetic drug can be recognized by the "-caine" ending. The most recent research indicates that the local anesthetic binds to a phospholipid in the nerve membrane and inhibits the ability of the phospholipid to bind Ca +2 ions.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Drug_Activity/Local_Anesthetics
  • Updated 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago - 1,380 words
    The binding of enkephalin or morphine-like drugs changes the shape of the nerve sending the impulse in such a fashion as to prevent the cell from releasing acetylcholine. And it is difficult to fight a war without analgesics so the Germans went to work and synthesized a number of medications in use today, including demerol and darvon which is structurally simular to methadone.
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Drug_Activity/Narcotic_Analgesic_______Drugs
  • Updated 6 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 6 months ago - 81 words
    Carbohydrates, also known as sugars, are found in all living organisms. They are essential to the very source of life (ex. Ribose sugars in DNA and RNA) or sustaining life itself (ex. Metabolic conversion of carbohydrates into usable biochemical energy, ATP). Another important role of carbohydrates is structural (ex. Cellulose in plants). Carbohydrates Fundamentals Carbohydrate Classification Carbohydrate Isomers Glucose Ribose Cellulose Blood Glucose Test Starch and Iodine Sugar and Teeth
    http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Carbohydrates
  • Updated 6 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 6 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
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