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Lecture 5: Carbohydrates (BIOL2000)

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Lecture on carbohydrate structure and functions (images included)
Molecules and Cells
Danielle Taghian
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Date Created: 02/17/16
Lecture 5: Intro to Carbohydrates Feb 3, 2016 Key Concepts  Sugars and other carbs are variable in structure  Monosaccharides are monomers that polymerize to form polysaccharides through different glycosidic linkages  Carbs perform a variety of functions, from energy storage to formation of structures An Intro to Carbs  Contain a carbonyl and several hydroxyl functional groups o Carbonyl: reacts to make the carb a large molecule o Hydroxyl: makes the carbs soluble in water  Contain many carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds  Difference between aldehydes and ketones is the location of the carbonyl group Monosaccharaides  Vary in structure through: o Placement of carbonyl group o Different # of carbons o Hydroxyl group arrangements o Alternative ring forms (alpha or beta) Carbonyl Group  Aldehyde sugar (aldose0: carbonyl is at the end of the molecule  Ketone sugar (ketose): carbonyl is in the middle of carbon chain Number of Carbon Atoms  Varies between: o Three – triose o Five – pentose o Six – hexose  Directionality: carbon atoms are numbered starting at the end closest to the carbonyl group  “Ose” is the suffix for carbohydrate  “Ase “ is the subject for enzyme Arrangement of Hydroxyl Group Glucose vs. Galactose  Same chemical formula but different structures = different functions  Hydroxyl groups are what cause the condensation reactions when forming linkages between monosaccharides Alternative Ring Forms  Sugars in aqueous solutions form ring structures  Ex: Glucose  When the cyclic structure forms in glucose, the C-1 carbon forms a bond with oxygen in the C-5 hydroxyl, and its carbonyl group becomes a hydroxyl group. Structure of Polysaccharides  Simple sugars polymerize when condensation reactions occur between two hydroxyl groups  Because glycosidic linkages form between hydroxyl groups, and every monosaccharide has at least 2 OH groups, the location and geometry of glycosidic linkages can vary widely among polysaccharides  Multiple hydroxyl groups yield diverse molecules. This differs from protein and nucleic acid polymerization Starch  Used for energy storage in plants (such as potatoes)  Amylose: an alpha helical ring  Amylopectin: has a branch point with another segment of monomer (1-6 linkage)  Branches when an alpha-1,6 glycosidic bond forms between monomers of two strands  About 1 in 30 glucose molecules contain these enzymes  Glycemic Index: ratio of amylose to amylopectin in food o Amylose is good for longer duration because they take longer digest o Amylopectin is good for a short amount of time Glycogen  Used for energy storage in animal cells (such as liver and muscles)  Alpha-1,4 glycosidic linkages  Similar to amylopectin except with more branches Cellulose  Used for structural support in cell walls of plants and algae  Beta-glucose monomers  Linear strands (not helical)  Long parallel strands held together by H bonds Chitin  Used for structural support in fungi cell walls and component of insect and crustacean cytoskeleton  Like cellulose, except monomers = N-acetyl glucosamine o Subunits form H bonds between adjacent strands -> results in tough, stiff sheet for protection  Can be combined with calcium carbonate in exoskeleton of crustacean or with sclerotin in arthropods Peptidoglycan  Used for structural support in bacterial cell walls  Complex—long backbone w/ 2 types alternating monosaccharaides o Beta-1,4 glycosidic linkages  Peptide bonds form between amino acids of adjacent strands *In cellulose, chitin, and peptigoglycan, the beta-1,4 glycosidic linkages resist enzymatic digestions How do penicillin and cephalosporin kill bacteria? ­ Both bind tightly to enzymes that catalyze the formation of cross- link between individual strands within peptidoglycan ­ Causes cell wall to weaken and break down ­ Very few side effects in humans and very specific ­ Bacteria have evolved enzymes to break these antibiotics down!!! Big resistance problems!! What Do Carbs Do?  Important building blocks in the synthesis of other molecules: RNA and DNA act as “carbon skeletons”  Also indicate cell identity, store chemical energy, and form fibrous structural materials that protect cells The Role of Carbohydrates in Cell Identity  Although polysaccharides are unable to store information, the display information on the outer surface of cells form glycoproteins — proteins with covalent bonds to carbohydrates  Many monosaccharaides = many unique oligosaccharides  All of our brain cells pretty much run on carbs. Athletes who do low-carb diets run out of fuel pretty quickly  Glycoprotein: carb attached to a protein. The Role of Carbohydrates in Energy Production and Storage  In chemical evolution, the storage of energy in the chemical bonds of H 2O and HCN was the key step to the creation of complex organic molecules, including sugars  When you break/make bonds, you exchange energy  The electrons in C–H bonds are shared more equally and held less tightly than they are in C–O bonds. o Molecules with a long of C-H bonds store lots of energy  Carbohydrates participate in exergonic reactions to produce ATP. o Exergonic: liberating energy  The free energy in ATP is used to drive endergonic reactions and perform cell work o Endergonic: requiring energy Which is the best energy source?  Glucose is an excellent energy source because there is a great decrease in free energy when it is oxidized by oxygen to yield carbon dioxide and water. How do Carbohydrates Store Energy?  Phosphorylase: catalyzes hydrolysis of alpha-glycosidic linkages in glycogen  Amylase: catalyzes hydrolysis of alpha-glycosidic linkages in starch  Glucose is then converted into energy and the released glucose subunits can then be used in the production of ATP


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