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What is PFK-1 and its characteristic?

- Primary control enzyme of glycolysis

- Allosteric enzyme composed of 4 subunits

- ATP is both substrate and allosteric effector

- High activity: Michaelis-Menten Kinetics

- Low activity, Sigmoidal Kinetics


What are the inhibitors and activators of PFK-1 enzyme?

- ATP, citrate, H+



Describe TCA(Tricarboyxlic acid) cycle

1. Oxaloacetate and Acetyl-CoA are condensed

2. Citrate is rearranged to isocitrate by cis-aconitase

3. Isocitrate is oxidised and decarboxylates

4. 2-Oxoglutarate is decarboxylased by 2-OG dehydrogenase complex

5. Succinyl-CoA is converted to succinate

6. Desaturation and formation of FADH2

7. Hydration

8. Oxidation and formation of NADH


How is the TCA cyle regulated?

- Primary control enzyme is pyruvate dehydrogenase complex

- High energy signals and products of TCA cycle are inhibitors

- ADP increases activity of isocitrate dehydrogenase


What is anaplerotic reaction regarding TCA cycle?

- 'Filling up' Process

- TCA cycle is used to provide starting materials for biosynthesis

- This results in depletion of oxaloacetate

- Acetyle-CoA accumulates

- High levels of Acetyl-CoA ↓ pyruvate dehydrogenase complex and ↑ pyruvate carboxylase

- Net effect is to rebalance oxaloacetate and acetyl-CoA levels

- Production of oxaloacetate is also important for gluconeogenesis


What is the Cori cycle?

- Recycling R-lactate to glucose

- Lactate is transported from muscle to liver in blood

- Lactate dehydrogenase in liver converts R-lactate to pyruvate

- Pyruvate is converted to glucose by gluconeogenesis

- Process requires input of 6 x ATP per glucose molecule


What are glycolysis and gluconeogenesis regulated by?

- Both glycolysis and gluconeogenesis take place in the cytosol

Glycolysis and Gluconeogensis reciprocally controlled by 2 processes
- Energy levels in the cell
: Signalled by ATP, ADP, AMP, citrate

- Hormonal control (glucagon)
: Signalled by fructose-2,6-bis-phosphate levels


What is Glucagon and its role?

- Hormone secreted in response to low blood glucose levels

- Binding to a receptor initiates cAMP-mediated signalling

- This activates protein kinase A (PKA)

- PFK-2 is phosphorylated by PKA

- F-6-P kinase activity is reduced

- F-2,6-BP phosphorylase activity is increased

- pyruvate kinase is phosphorylated, reducing activity

- Activity of the glycolysis pathway is reduced


What is insulin and its role?

- Hormone secreted in response to high blood glucose levels by the pancreas

- Has opposite effect to glucagon

- In fed state, it increases the GLUT4 concentration enabling uptake of glucose into muscle and adipose cells

- It counteracts the inhibitory effect of glucagon by reducing phosphorylation PFK-2 / phosphatase and pyruvate kinase


What is the effect of adrenaline on glucose metabolism?

- Adrenaline is a hormone produced in response to stress and exercise

- Stress response requires glucose to be mobilised to produce ATP

- Therefore glycogen breakdown is stimulated and glycogen synthesis is inhibited in a similar manner to glucagon


Describe Electron transport system regarding ATP synthesis

- Under anaerobic conditions, the reduced electron acceptors in the transport system are not re-oxidised

- Terminal acceptor for the system is dioxygen

- This means that entry of pyruvate and flux through TCA cycle is reduced

- Pyruvate is converted to lactate instead to maintain NAD+ level in the cytosol

- Lactate is recycled via the cori cycle


How does glucagon induce increase in glucose?

- Glucagon binds to its receptor, which produces cAMP

- This activates protein kinase A which phosphorylates target enzymes
: 1. Phosphorylase kinase is activated

2. This activates glycogen phosphorylase

3. Glycogen synthase is inhibited

4. More glucose is produced


What is the key process regulating fatty acid β-oxidation and biosynthesis?

- Synthesis of malonyl-CoA

- High level of malonyl-CoA allow fatty acid biosynthesis

- Malonyl-CoA inhibits import of fatty acids into mitochondria for degradation


What is the overall effect of 'Glucagon'? (Summary)

Increases blood glucose level by cAMP-mediated acitvation of PKA which causes

- Phosphorylation of glycogen synthase and glycogen phosphorylase, releasing glucose from glycogen

- Phosphorylation of PFK-2 and pyruvate kinase reducing glycolysis

- Increase in fructose-1,6-biphosphatase and glucose-6-phosphatase in the cell inccreases gluconeogenesis

- Activatio nof triacyl-glycerol lipase, releasing fatty acids for β-oxidation

- Phosphorylation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase which lowers malonyl-CoA level reducing fatty acid biosynthesis

- Increased acetyl-CoA levels activate pyruvate carboxylase in TCA cycle anaplerotic reaction, increasing oxaloacetate for gluconeogenesis


What is the overall effect of 'Insulin'? (Summary)

Secreted from the pancreas in response to high blood glucose levels which causes

- Increased GLUT transporters in muscle and adipose tissue allowing glucose uptake

- reduced phosphorylation of glycogen synthase and glycogen phosphorylase promoting glycogen synthesis

- reduced phosphorylation of PFK-2 and pyruvaate kinase increasing glycolysis

- Increased level of glycolytic enzymes and reduced gluconeogenic enzymes

- Decreased phosphorylation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase, increasing malonyl-CoA. This increases fatty acid biosynthesis


What is the effect of glucocorticoids on glucose and lipid metabolism?

- High levels of glucocorticoids promote biosynthesis of gluconeogenic enzymes and suppresses production of glycolytic enzymes


How is ketone bodies formed in diabetic patients?

- In diabetes or starvation glucose is scare

- Brain and erythrocytes are particularly dependent on glucose for energy

- Fatty acids are degraded to acetyl-CoA to make up the short-fall

- Three molecules of acetyle-CoA are used to acetoacetate and 3-hydroxybutyrate by the mevalonic acid pathway

- These are distributed by the blood and can be used as fuels instead of glucose

- Acetoacetate is easily converted to acetone hence the solvent smell on the breath


Summary of Overview of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and hormonal control

- The metabolism of glucose, fatty acids is coordinated to maintain the required levels of ATP

- Control enzymes usually exist at the concomitant point (where pathway becomes unique)

- Increasing and decreasing activity changes flux of metabolites through various pathways

- Activity of control enzymes is controlled by cellular signals and hormones

- Glucagon produces its effect by cAMP-mediated activation of Protein kinase. Phosphorylation of control enzymes changes their activity

- Insulin blocks glucagon signaling and reverses its effects (causes dephosphorylation)


What is a Glycation reactions?

- non-enzymatic reaction of sugars(glucose) with nucleophilic groups

- Reaction is at various sites

- Derivatives can further react to produce advanced glycation products (AGP)

- Glycation of haemoglobin often used to measure glucose control in diabetic patients


What is Hexose monosaccharides?

- Monosaccharide with 6 carbons

- Glucose is the most abundant hexose

- Galactose and Mannose are epimers of glucose


How is anomers formed?

- Addition of alcohol group to aldehyde forms a hemiacetal

- Presence of OH group on carbon-5 means a 6 membered ring is formed

- A new chiral centre is formed on hemiacetal formation, which can have one of two configurations (α- or β-)

- These new isomers are called anomers


Glycation can only occur with reducing sugars. True or False?


- Reducing sugars reduce Cu2+ and Ag+ ions in basic solution and are themselves oxidised


What is the Amadori reaction?

- Rearrangement mediated by protonation/deprotonation

- Reversible

- Further oxidative and non-oxidative reactions can occur to give Advanced Glycation Products (AGPs)


What is the consequences of Glycation?

- Recognised as a major cause of Diabetic secondary complications including nephropathy, retinopathy and atherosclertosis

- Glycated proteins are difficult to degrade so there is a build-up of damaged proteins in the cell

- Damage results in production of auto-antibodies, resulting increased level of inflammation


What techniques can be used to measure glycation products?

- Ion-exchane chromatography

- Affinity chromatography or gel electrophoresis

- Isoelectric focussing (detecting changes in isoelectric point of the protein)

- Immunoassays such as ELISA which detect particular antigen

- Inflammation causes production of several inflammatory markers


Summary of Glycation & Monitoring

- Reducing sugars such as glucose contain highly reactive aldehyde groups

- These aldehydes can react with amines to form imines condensatio n products

- Rearrangement of the imine gives the Amadori product

- Further reaction of the Amadori product by oxidative and non-oxidative pathways give rise to Advanced Glycation Products (AGPs)

- The most important protein residues in terms of glycation are internal lysines

- Reaction with other protein residues and other biomolecules occur

- Glycation is thought to be responsible for the majority of diabetic complications and there are a number of analytical methods to measure this

- There is no proven therapy to reduce glycation, but amines such as pyridoxamine, reducing agents and plant extracts and drugs such as penicillamine may be of use


Describe Classical Potential Energy Methods

- Energy of a molecule calculated using a potential energy function which generally only considered how close non-bonded atoms are to each other


What is the aim of Conformational Searching via Classical potential energy methods?

- To locate low energy conformations as it is unlikely that high energy conformers are common enough to be involved in biological processes due to having Boltzman distribution of energies

- Low energy conformations are frequently used as starting points for more sophiscated calculations


What does Potential Energy Map show?

- illustrates the charge distributions of molecules three dimensionally

- These maps allow us to visualize variably charged regions of a molecule


Describe Molecular Mechanics Optimisation

- Optimising the structure of a single conformation of a molecule by altering the geometry of the molecule slight so that a more realistic structure is generated