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Journal Articles: 14 results
Observation of DNA Molecules Using Fluorescence Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy  Takashi Ito
Describes procedures for an instrumental analysis laboratory to observe individual double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecules using fluorescence and atomic force microscopy; immobilization of dsDNA molecules on a planar substrate in their stretched form permits students to measure the size of the dsDNA molecules using these microscopic techniques.
Ito, Takashi. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 680.
Biophysical Chemistry |
Biotechnology |
Fluorescence Spectroscopy |
Nanotechnology |
Surface Science |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
X-ray Diffraction and the Discovery of the Structure of DNA  David T. Crouse
Describes a step-by-step method of teaching the X-ray diffraction analysis of DNA using the approach employed by Watson, Crick, Wilkins, Franklin, and Gosling. Excerpts of their original articles describe the obstacles encountered by these researchers, the contributions made by each, and the degree to which X-ray diffraction aided their determination of DNA's structure.
Crouse, David T. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 803.
Biophysical Chemistry |
Crystals / Crystallography |
X-ray Crystallography |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Molecular Modeling |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
Using Physical Models of Biomolecular Structures To Teach Concepts of Biochemical Structure and Structure Depiction in the Introductory Chemistry Laboratory  Gordon A. Bain, John Yi, Mithra Beikmohamadi, Timothy M. Herman, and Michael A. Patrick
Custom-made physical models of alpha-helices and beta-sheets, the zinc finger moiety, beta-globin, and green fluorescent protein are used to introduce students in first-year chemistry to the primary, secondary, and tertiary structure of proteins.
Bain, Gordon A.; Yi, John; Beikmohamadi, Mithra; Herman, Timothy M.; Patrick, Michael A. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1322.
Amino Acids |
Proteins / Peptides |
Molecular Modeling |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
DNA Profiling of the D1S80 Locus: A Forensic Analysis for the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory  D. Dewaine Jackson, Chad S. Abbey, and Dylan Nugent
Describes a laboratory exercise in DNA profiling that can be used to demonstrate four fundamental procedures: isolation of genomic DNA from human cells, use of the polymerase chain reaction to amplify DNA, separation of amplified DNAs on agarose and polyacrylamide gels, and quantitative analysis of data (while comparing two different gel separation techniques).
Jackson, D. Dewaine; Abbey, Chad S.; Nugent, Dylan. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 774.
Biological Cells |
Biotechnology |
Electrophoresis |
Forensic Chemistry |
Molecular Biology |
Quantitative Analysis |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
Glycosyltransferases A and B: Four Critical Amino Acids Determine Blood Type  Natisha L. Rose, Monica M. Palcic, and Stephen V. Evans
Human A, B, and O blood type is determined by the presence or absence of distinct carbohydrate structures on red blood cells. In this review the chemistry of the blood group ABO system and the role of glycosyltransferase A, glycosyltransferase B, and the four amino acids critical to determining blood group status are discussed.
Rose, Natisha L.; Palcic, Monica M.; Evans, Stephen V. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1846.
Carbohydrates |
Enzymes |
Kinetics |
Bioorganic Chemistry |
Crystals / Crystallography |
Molecular Biology |
X-ray Crystallography |
Amino Acids
Organic Chemistry of the Cell: An Interdisciplinary Approach To Learning with a Focus on Reading, Analyzing, and Critiquing Primary Literature  Craig A. Almeida and Louis J. Liotta
Describes a sophomore-level learning community entitled Organic Chemistry of the Cell comprised of two linked courses, Organic Chemistry I and Cell Biology, and an Integrative Seminar. The Integrative Seminar is grounded in the reading, critical analysis, and discussion of primary literature that ties together organic chemistry and cell biology.
Almeida, Craig A.; Liotta, Louis J. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1794.
Biological Cells |
Bioorganic Chemistry |
Drugs / Pharmaceuticals |
Enzymes |
Molecular Biology |
Student-Centered Learning
A 3D Model of Double-Helical DNA Showing Variable Chemical Details  Susan G. Cady
A 3D double-helical DNA model, made by placing beads on a wire and stringing beads through holes in plastic canvas, is described. Suggestions are given to enhance the basic helical frame to show the shapes and sizes of the nitrogenous base rings, 3' and 5' chain termini, and base pair hydrogen bonding. Students can incorporate random or real gene sequence data into their models.
Cady, Susan G. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 79.
Biotechnology |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Molecular Modeling |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
Visualizing Atoms, Molecules, and Surfaces by Scanning Probe Microscopy  Kimberly Aumann, Karen J. C. Muyskens, and Kumar Sinniah
Examples of applications of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) in an undergraduate curriculum; includes investigating DNA, analysis of microchip memory arrays and circuitry, and visualizing filamentous actin.
Aumann, Kimberly; Muyskens, Karen J. C.; Sinniah, Kumar. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 187.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Instrumental Methods |
Materials Science |
Nanotechnology |
Surface Science |
Undergraduate Research |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
Liver and Onions: DNA Extraction from Animal and Plant Tissues  Karen J. Nordell, Anne-Marie L. Jackelen, S. Michael Condren, George C. Lisensky, and Arthur B. Ellis*
This activity, which allows students to extract DNA from plant and animal cells, serves as a spectacular example of the complexity of biochemical structure and function and fits well with a discussion of nucleic acids, hydrogen bonding, genetic coding, and heredity. DNA extraction can also be used in conjunction with a discussion of polymers and their properties.
Nordell, Karen J.; Jackelen, Anne-Marie L.; Condren, S. Michael; Lisensky, George C.; Ellis, Arthur B. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 400A.
Hydrogen Bonding |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Nucleic Acids / DNA / RNA
An Attack on the AIDS Virus: Inhibition of the HIV-1 Protease. New Drug Development Based on the Structure and Activity of the Protease and its Role in the Replication and Maturation of the Virus  Volker, Eugene J.
Article shows how research into the biochemistry of HIV may lead to a method for controlling its growth and maturation. This research illustrates some basic enzyme chemistry and holds student appeal due to the tie into current affairs.
Volker, Eugene J. J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 3.
Bioorganic Chemistry |
Proteins / Peptides |
Medicinal Chemistry |
Molecular Biology
Are high school students ready for recombinant DNA?: The UOP experience  Minch, Michael J.
What follows is a description of a three-week summer course on recombinant DNA offered to talented high school students between their junior and senior years.
Minch, Michael J. J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 64.
Molecular Biology
Receptor G protein effector: The design of a biochemical switchboard   Ross, Elliott M.
The author describes in detail how biochemical systems function chemically and how they are physically arrayed in the cell membrane.
Ross, Elliott M. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 937.
Enrichment / Review Materials |
Hormones |
Metabolism |
Molecular Biology |
Enzymes |
Proteins / Peptides |
Toxicology |
Bioenergetics
The biochemistry of brewing   Bering, Charles L.
There are few topics that hold the attention of students as much as the one presented in this paper.
Bering, Charles L. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 519.
Biological Cells |
Carbohydrates |
Applications of Chemistry |
Alcohols |
Metabolism |
Enzymes |
Biotechnology |
Molecular Biology |
Consumer Chemistry
Recombinant DNA technology: A topics course for undergraduates  Parson, Kathleen A.
This article describes the development of a topics course offered jointly through chemistry and biology departments called 'Recombinant DNA, A Short Course' that uses primary literature and explores economic, political, and ethical issues of genetic engineering.
Parson, Kathleen A. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 325.
Molecular Biology |
Applications of Chemistry