Faculty Sponsor

George S. Mourad

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Department of Biology

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society) Student Research Competition

First Place


The purines and pyrimidines are nitrogenous cyclic compounds that take part in several metabolic pathways in living cells including DNA and RNA biosynthesis, production of energy molecules e.g. ATP, and carbohydrate metabolism. Such variable metabolic roles of purines and pyrimidines necessitate transport from one cell compartment to another as well as between cells. This transport mechanism requires membrane transporters.

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