Biochemistry can be tough. Maybe you took biochem in college, and you’re wondering how many of the tiny details you learned could actually show up on the MCAT. Or maybe you haven’t taken biochem, and you’re worried about where to start. Either way, we’ve got you covered.
Brainscape’s biochem content goes far beyond amino acid abbreviations (although we have those, too!). Our flashcards teach the differences between uncompetitive and mixed inhibition, drill down on analytic techniques (SDS-PAGE, anyone?), and cover metabolism at exactly the level of detail you’ll need. Newly revised to be fully comprehensive and to align with years’ worth of data about what the exam actually tests.
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While we all know that the MCAT involves much more than just memorization, remembering the amino acid abbreviations is crucial. Review them here until you have them down!
Take any practice exam and you'll notice the same trend: amino acid questions appear constantly. (In fact, they make up a huge fraction of BOTH the C/P and B/B sections.) From their structures and chemical behavior to titration curves and isoelectric focusing, these cards will help you thoroughly master amino acids.
Are side chains directly involved in secondary structure? Does complete denaturation of tertiary structure require the reduction or the oxidation of disulfide bonds? Use this deck to cover these topics and so much more.
Having trouble interpreting a Lineweaver-Burk plot, or understanding how uncompetitive and noncompetitive inhibition are different? Use these cards to master these concepts as well as many of biochem's most high-yield topics.
We often focus so heavily on enzymes that we forget that the MCAT tests non-enzymatic proteins, too. This deck covers binding proteins, motors, immune proteins, cytoskeletal fibers, and other proteins and related structures.
Lipid structure and metabolism (and particularly beta-oxidation) are often daunting because it's difficult to know which details are crucial and which would never be tested. Use this deck, created by a long-time MCAT expert, to guide you on that front.
Without exaggeration, you could spend your entire life studying metabolism. We know you'd prefer not to do that, so we've created these 120 cards to dig deep into topics like glycolysis and the Krebs cycle when necessary while not obsessing over irrelevant details.
If you thought organic chemistry lab techniques were tough, wait until you see biochemical analytic techniques (which are also vastly more frequently tested). This deck was carefully designed to make learning those techniques as painless as possible.