Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

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Edited By: Phillip Ortiz

Impact Factor: 0.654

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 26/37 (Education Scientific Disciplines); 275/289 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1539-3429

Associated Title(s): Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, BioFactors, IUBMB Life

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  • Doing that thing that scientists do: A discovery-driven module on protein purification and characterization for the undergraduate biochemistry laboratory classroom

    Doing that thing that scientists do: A discovery‐driven module on protein purification and characterization for the undergraduate biochemistry laboratory classroom

    SDS-polyacrylamide gel and in vitro assay data showing overexpression of CMP Kinase. The left panel: a representative SDS-polyacrylamide gel showing the presence of an overexpressed protein in cell-free extracts from cells containing pCMPK as compared to control cell-free extracts containing only the empty pET15b expression vector. The right panel: in vitro assay data for CMP kinase activity of the two cell-free extracts. The pET cell-free extract was assayed at 1 mg/mL and the pCMPK cell-free extract was assayed at 0.001 mg/mL.

  • Metabolic pathways visualization skills development by undergraduate students

    Metabolic pathways visualization skills development by undergraduate students

    Percentage of answered MPVST, and the number of right answers. The test was given to 530 students from the 1st to 8th course terms. The bell distribution curve showed in this figure is consistent with a learn situation where the students have different levels of intellectual and visual development as they come into contact with more advanced and differentiated visual contents along the graduation course. [Color figure can be viewed in the online issue, which is available at wileyonlinelibrary.com.]

  • Myoglobin structure and function: A multiweek biochemistry laboratory project

    Myoglobin structure and function: A multiweek biochemistry laboratory project

    Mb structure comparison. (A) solved structure of sperm whale Mb, pdb file 1VXA; (B) Swiss model predicted structure of Mb from unicorn icefish (Channichthys rhinoceratus), UniProt file E5G628. Color key for amino acid side chain types at the protein surface: white = hydrophobic; red = negative; blue= positive; pink = polar neutral; yellow = aromatic; green = proline. Note the heme binding cavity in the center of both structures; most of the surface directly above this cavity is identical in both (A) and (B). Besides these and other similarities, six key differences between the two forms of Mb are marked above.

  • Teaching bioprocess engineering to undergraduates: Multidisciplinary hands-on training in a one-week practical course

    Teaching bioprocess engineering to undergraduates: Multidisciplinary hands‐on training in a one‐week practical course

    eGFP-fluorescence at the end of the fermentation. (a) eGFP-producing bacteria can easily be visualized in the glass vessel of the bioreactor by using UV light. (b) The process of eGFP-production during the fermentation becomes apparent by comparing frozen cell-pellets under UV light.

  • Problem-solving Test: Analysis of the mechanism of action of an apoptosis-inducing compound

    Problem‐solving Test: Analysis of the mechanism of action of an apoptosis‐inducing compound

    Treatment of mitochondria of Bak−Bax− cells with Bax and tBid proteins and Compound 106 (for experimental details see the text.)

  • Proteopedia: Rossmann fold: A beta-alpha-beta fold at dinucleotide binding sites

    Proteopedia: Rossmann fold: A beta‐alpha‐beta fold at dinucleotide binding sites

    The orientation of the β-strands in the Rossmann fold of the NADP binding site of methylene-tetrahydromethanopterin dehydrogenase (PDB ID: 1LUA). The structure of only a continuous segment from residue Lys121 to Phe247 is shown. Note that the β-sheet is composed of seven strands. The order of the strands is 3214576 (the strand closest to the N-terminus is numbered 1 and the rest of the strands are numbered consecutively). Strand 6 is in antiparallel orientation to the other six strands. Note that the helix between strand 1 and 2 is in contact with the phosphate group of the NADP. [Color figure can be viewed in the online issue, which is available at wileyonlinelibrary.com.]

  • Not learning how to ride a bike: The lecture approach

    Not learning how to ride a bike: The lecture approach
  • Doing that thing that scientists do: A discovery‐driven module on protein purification and characterization for the undergraduate biochemistry laboratory classroom
  • Metabolic pathways visualization skills development by undergraduate students
  • Myoglobin structure and function: A multiweek biochemistry laboratory project
  • Teaching bioprocess engineering to undergraduates: Multidisciplinary hands‐on training in a one‐week practical course
  • Problem‐solving Test: Analysis of the mechanism of action of an apoptosis‐inducing compound
  • Proteopedia: Rossmann fold: A beta‐alpha‐beta fold at dinucleotide binding sites
  • Not learning how to ride a bike: The lecture approach

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