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#116667 - 11/28/03 01:03 PM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
It is well known to students of religion that some religious experiences produce physical sensations which cannot be accounted for otherwise. Sometimes people, like Wesley, feel a strange warmth after a religious epiphany. In other instances, one may smell the odor of roses after such an experience. The origin of 'cysteine aspartase' is one such experience. When one visits the Vatican and sees the ceiling painted by Michelangelo, one often walks away with a vague sense of flavour on one's mouth, which is known as the 'cysteine aspartase'.
#116668 - 11/28/03 02:34 PM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Father Steve! Shame on you!! [vainly trying to muffle giggles e]
#116669 - 11/28/03 10:37 PM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: Spam Factory
Given that cysteine is an amino acid that contains sulfur, that punishing aftertase wouldn't be very pleasant.
#116670 - 11/28/03 11:58 PM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Hmmm. Well, trust the Vatican to come up smelling of roses ...
#116671 - 11/29/03 09:43 AM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: rego park
RE:'caspase' means 'cysteine aspartase'. now, the question is where the 'asparta-' comes from
well isn't asparta one of the amino acids found in equal (the blue stuff artifical sugar?)
the amino acids that are combined to make equal include phenylananine (which is labeled and has a warning) and other amino acids.. (some of them come from milk proteins, and some come from fruits (banana's, as i recall)and Aspartame is a brand name for the new chemical 'soup'-- presumable based on some sort of asparta--(if not 'cysteine aspartase')_________________________
my other obsession
#116672 - 11/29/03 10:38 AM Re: etymology of "caspase"
Loc: Spam Factory
Well having looked into it further since I originally asked, and having been directed by several replies on the subject, it appears that at least one of the myriad caspase enzymes cleaves proteins at certains aspartate and cysteine residues. In fact I found this explanation of the name: CASPASES: Cysteine Aspartate Specific ProteASEs.
Aspartame is a sweetener that goes by the trade name Nutrasweet that contains the amino acid aspartate.
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