Biological Molecules and Cell Reactions Question

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    • #11859
      banaji727
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      Which types of molecules carry out the cell’s reactions?

      We’re studying the 4 main biological molecules (carbs, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids) and I’m not sure about this one. My guess would be nucleic acids since they send out orders for the creation of proteins and all that.

    • #92968
      biohazard
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      By reactions I assume the question means things that require enzymic activity or other such "outside" help. Whilst nucleic acids work as blueprints for enzymes along other things, the actual cellular reactions are not usually directly performed by them. RNA, though, has certain transport and enzymatic functions.

      But try checking out the structure and function of enzymes, the answer might be found there.

    • #92974
      JackBean
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      the answer is protein, as biohazard writes, but in minor also RNA and DNA too 😉

    • #93002
      Darwin420
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      This is a really odd question. In fact, all of them are needed, they are the 4 macromolecules that all life have. If you don’t have nucleic acids than you don’t have DNA, if you don’t have DNA you don’t have proteins and so on. These are all needed for a cell to carry out a function. This is a weird question, shitty really.

    • #93006
      JackBean
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      to Darwin: But the question is, which molecules carry out the reactions, not which are needed 😉

    • #93018
      Darwin420
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      yea…I realized that after. It is a stupid question.

      but in that case, it is protien and DNA, RNA.

    • #93053
      kolean
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      Do you think carbs in the form of glycosylation is also needed to carry out the cell’s reactions?

      Lipids in the form of phospholipids are needed in the plasma membrane of the cell and all the organelles and the vesicles that transport the cell’s products.

      They all seem to be responsible for carrying out the cell’s reactions.

      Perhaps the question needs to be more specific as oppose to being too general.

    • #93064
      JackBean
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      No, the reactions are catalysed mainly by proteins (polypeptides), in minor by RNA and also by DNA.
      The glycosylations of proteins, to my knowledge, are not neeeded for the catalysis (as I know, they function as stabilizor or antigen or stuff like that). Also, the lipids are not needed for the reactions as that. Yes, they may transport some stuff, they may make some enviroment for the reaction (e.g. electron transport in mitochondria), but they are not involved in the reaction, as they are.

    • #93072
      MrMistery
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      DNA doesn’t catalyze anything

    • #93133
      JackBean
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      quote MrMistery:

      DNA doesn’t catalyze anything

      Try find article by Ronald Breaker in Journal of the American Chemical Society 126, 2004. We have high-day today, and it’s probably not even accesible from our Uni
      (if will you be able to get the pdf, could you send it to me?)

      EDIT
      Here is his link
      http://breaker.research.yale.edu/index_ … ozymes.htm

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