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7: Metabolism II

In the last chapter, we focused on metabolic pathways that played important oxidative/reductive roles relative to cellular energy. In this chapter, the pathways that we cover have lesser roles from an energy perspective, but important roles, nonetheless, in catabolism and anabolism of building blocks of proteins and nucleic acids, nitrogen balance, and sugar balance. In a sense, these might be thought of as the “kitchen sink" pathways, but it should be noted that all cellular pathways are important. In this second section of metabolism, we cover metabolic pathways that do not have a strong emphasis on oxidation/reduction.