the biochemGazettE: Glycolysis



Reflection: So, Glycolysis the old form six back to haunt me! Well I shall not be defeated, from the form six days i remembered how all the upper sixers said that Cellular respiration was sooooo hard, but when it was my turn I went prepared and wrote all of the steps in Glycolysis and even the structures of the intermediates out…and it did help I remembered it up until now…so my fellow students write it out and you are sure to remember.

Glycolysis is special from Krebs and ETC as it can be done without oxygen, it is a anaerobic process. All right so Glycolysis has 10 steps divided into the “investment” and “pay-off” stages with the first five steps the investment and the remaining five the pay-off. It is called the investment steps because 2ATP is used or invested to phosphorylate the glucose to form Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate. There are two irreversible steps in the investment stages, they are steps 1 and 3 where the ATP’s are utilized, the enzymes at work here are kinases, Hexokinase and phosphofructokinase-1 respectively.

Then the Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate is split into two isomers of each other Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate(G-3-P) and Dihydroxyacetone, by enzyme aldolase. However, Dihydroxyacetone is not usable in Glycolysis and is converted by Triose phosphate isomerase to G-3-P, thus steps 5-10 occur twice, giving us 2NADH from step 6 and 4ATP from steps 7  and 10.  Step 10 is the only irreversible step in the pay-off stage.  The product formed is Pyruvate a 3-carbon molecule.

So there is my little review of the important steps to remember …but make sure and write out the whole thing k, it will help…here is a nice site with Glycolysis again>>>>>

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 References: “10 Steps of Glycolysis”.

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the biochemGazettE: Glycolysis vid review

I love the dudes accent so cool! This was a nice vid going over all the details and he also gave the structures of the molecules formed through glycolysis.  What really made me like this s the handwritten part. So anyways what has been gained from this vid

1. There are  a total of 10 steps in glycolsis.

2. The end products of glycolysis are 2NADH + 4ATP and 2pyruvate.

3.Steps 1-5 are the investment stages, 2Atp are invested here in steps 1 and 3 to form glucose-6-phosphate and fructose-1,6-bisphosphate.

4.Steps 6-10 are repeated due to the conversion of Dihydroxyacetone to Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate by the enzyme Triose Phosphate Isomerase (based on it’s name it belongs to class of isomerases).

5. Two NADH are formed in step 6, due to the the enzyme Glyceraldehyde-3- phosphate dehydrogenase, it removes a hrdride ion and adds in onto the NAD+.

6. Steps 6-10 are the pay off  stages, 4Atp are formed from steps 7 and 10. These ar referred to as substrate-level phosphorylation.

Twas a good vid, only improvements I would have liked to have seen was for the stating of the net gains which is 2ATP+ 2NADH and 2pyruvate. Also which steps are irreversible those are steps 1, 3 and 10. But all in all enjoyable vid!

the biochemGazettE: Enzymes

Refelection party: thinking-face Well, what to say about enzymes their pretty freakin awesome. So this wasn’t my first tango with enzymes knew the basic like what they do and how they bind and stuff, but well we went a little further, I will admit I missed a class an was lost as……….but after catching up on the JM Enzyme 2 and 3 vid I am confident to say I have grasped what i needs to know. Although those Linweaver beark plots were pretty tricky and the new types of inhibition uncompetitve and mixed the latter being more difficult…all in all twas good. So this here post gonna be what’s new to me and what gave me head. So what do we know Enzymes are globular proteins, they are biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions by lower the activation energy, offering a alternate pathway with lower activation energy. The saga of enzyme and substrate….NaruHina forever XD 2081 Enzymes are highly specific, well this was recently learned, there are four types of specificity Absolute specificity– where the enzyme is only catalyzes uno reaction. Group specificity- only works on a molecules with a specific functional group. Linkage specificity– only catalyzes a certain bond, no matter what the molecule. Steriochemical specificity– works only on certain isomers. Well we know there are 2 main hypotheses on how enzymes work and they are as follows 1 (1)

2 (1)

There are various things that affect enzyme catalysed reaction they are [S], [E], temperature, pH and inhibitors. In [S], as the substrate conc. increases rate of reaction increases until, it plateau’s off, this is because there are more substrate molecules present than free active sites, thus they have to wait, this is referred to as enzyme SATURATION. 512px-Michaelis-Menten_saturation_curve_of_an_enzyme_reaction_LARGE.svg In [E],  it is similar to the Michaelius-Menten curve fro [S], as enzyme con increases say in a reaction where there is more substrate the rate of reaction increases. In temperature effect on rate of reaction, it has three effects,

  • it increases the frequency of collisions between enzyme and substrate molecules, thus increasing probability of product formation
  • it increases the amount of substrate molecule with energy greater than the activation energy.
  • it increases the kinetic energy within that causes the bonds holding the enzyme together to vibrate too much and eventually break, this is a cooperartive process, the enzyme active site unfolds due to loss of tertiary structure leading to DENATURATION. This occurs after the optimum temp. has been surpassed.


There a certain optimum pH levels particular enzymes operate most efficiently at based on based on the ionization present either acidic or basic. Therefore if there is a change in the pH that favours the ionization present the rate of reaction increases but if their is one in opposition the rate of reaction decreases, basically denaturation occurs.


Inhibitors…….hmmmm… they be like the Espada’s to the enzymes. They diminsh the velocity of a enzyme catalysed reaction.

espada-SV Alright some things I does forget some small things what is Vmax and Km? Vmax- the maximum initial velocity of the enzyme catalysed reaction under the given conditions. Km-is a measure of enzyme affinity to the substrate large Km- low affinity, small Km-high affinty. It is also 1/2 the Vmax.   Competitive inhibitors, are like their names they compete for the active site, thus their shape must be similar to to substrate. Competitive inhibitors also affect Vmax and Km. The effect on Vmax is reversed by increasing [S]. However in Km it is increased.     Image19     Non-competitive inhibitors, don’t bind to the active site but to some place other than the active site to either the ES-complex or the free enzyme, preventing catalysis. It causes the active site to change, thus substrate can’t bind. 514px-Lineweaver-Burke_plot_non-competitive_inhibition.svg   As seen it has no effect on Km but decreases apparent Vmax.   Uncompetitive inhibitors, only bind to the ES complex at a different site from the active site. It decreases both Km and Vmax by the same amount. REhNAyWfPZ3Wfy2p6w2wIw_m   Mixed inhibitors, is similar to the non-competitive inhibitor as it binds to either the free enzyme or ES complex but not at the active site. But, it has different effects on Vmax and Km. Vmax is always decreased, whereas Km is either decreased or increased. In addition there is Residual activity in the ESI-complex where you still get products formed. mix_inh1350347366893   Allosteric inhibitors, possess more than one active site, and show cooperative binding to the substrate. When one substrate binds to one active site a conformational change is induced in the enzyme that changes the affinity in the other active sites. Effectors-regulate these enzymes, bind to other site, Homotrophic and Heterotrophic Effectors. Homotrophic- substrate is the effector can be positive or negative. eg haemoglobin Hetertrophic- a product inhibits it’s formation eg PFK-1 and citrate.   FINALLY FINISHED! So enzymes Sayanora…ohhh wait don’t I have to remember you for exams…. school_rumble_1_2   References: BiochemJm. “Enzymes 1, 2 and 3”.

Virtualchem book. “Enzymes”


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