Life Science, M&E 2: Anabolism/Catabolism (HS), M&E 2: Metabolism (MS), M&E 3: Cellular Respiration (HS), M&E 4: Aerobic/Anaerobic Resp. (HS), Matter & Energy in Organisms/Ecosystems

BCAAs and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?

Branched-chain amino acids and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality? SUMMARY: This study is an article review on whether or not consuming BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) alone was enough to promote muscle growth. Muscle protein is constantly being synthesized and broken down (anabolism, catabolism). Amino acids in blood plasma come from digested… Continue reading BCAAs and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?

Non-NGSS Articles

Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction

Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity SUMMARY: This small study looked at 19 people on either a low-carbohydrate diet or low-fat diet. The aim of the study was to see which diet reduced more body fat. The results showed that low-fat diets… Continue reading Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction

Life Science, S&F 2: Body Systems (HS), S&F 3: Body Systems (MS), Structure and Function

Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s

Gut Microbiota Regulate Motor Deficits and Neuroinflammation in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease SUMMARY: This study looked at whether or not gut bacteria could cause symptoms of Parkinson’s. A protein called α-Syn collects and clumps together in the brain, causing the symptoms and affecting the amount of dopamine that is released. There are 8 sections… Continue reading Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s

Chemical Reactions, CR 1: Predicting Reactions (HS), Life Science, M&E 2: Anabolism/Catabolism (HS), M&E 2: Metabolism (MS), M&E 3: Cellular Respiration (HS), Physical Science, S&F 1: DNA to Proteins (HS), Structure and Function

Metabolizing Acetaldehyde

Acetaldehyde production and metabolism by human indigenous and probiotic Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains. (NOT OPEN ACCESS) SUMMARY: In order to turn ethanol into acetaldehyde, the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase requires both a zinc atom and NAD+. This study looks at the levels of NAD+ in Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria after incubating them in ethanol and acetaldehyde, in… Continue reading Metabolizing Acetaldehyde