It is now recognized that almost all chemical reactions that take place in a living cell require an enzyme to catalyse the reaction. An enzyme catalyses one (or, in rare cases, more than one closely related) chemical reaction. The complete synthesis or degradation of complex biological substances such as glycogen, nucleic acids, proteins and lipids requires a series of linked sequences of reactions. A chain of such reactions is referred to as a ‘metabolic pathway’.
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Mapping life's reactions: A brief history of metabolic pathways and their regulation
Biochem (Lond) (2009) 31 (3): 4–7.
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Philip Newsholme; Mapping life's reactions: A brief history of metabolic pathways and their regulation. Biochem (Lond) 1 June 2009; 31 (3): 4–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BIO03103004
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