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Metabolism is an _____ _____ of life that arises from orderly interactions between molecules

emergent property


what is a major pathway of catabolism?

cellular respiration...in which the sugar glucose and other organic fuels are broken down in the presence of oxygen to carbon dioxide and water


metabolism as a whole manages the ____ and ____ ____ of the cell

- material
-energy resources


what is an example of anabolism?

the synthesis of an amino acid from simpler molecules


true or false: energy released from downhill reactions of catabolic pathways can be stored and then used to drive the uphill reactions of anabolic pathways



what is energy used for

can be used for doing work..that is, to move matter against opposing forces, such as gravity and friction


how can moving objects perform work?

by imparting motion to other matter


what is an isolated system?

is unable to exchange either energy or matter with its surroundings


what is a open system?

energy and matter can be transferred between the system and its surroundings


are organisms open or isolated systems?

open systems..they absorb energy


during every energy transfer or transformation, some energy becomes ______

unavailable to do work...more usable forms of energy are at least partly converted to heat, which is the energy associated with the random motion of atoms or molecules


when a bear eats a salmon what happens with this energy?

some energy ( a small amount) converts into the motion of the brown bear and most of it is lost as heat, which dissipates rapidly through the surroundings


a system can put heat to work only when....

there is a temp difference that results in the heat flowing from a warmer location to a cooler one...
if temp is uniform (like in a cell) then the only use for heat energy generated during a chemical reaction is to warm a body of matter, such as an organism


a logical consequence of the loss of usable energy during energy transfer or transformation is....

that each such event makes the universe more disordered


how can a process occur on its own without outside help?

it must increase the entropy of the universe


a process that cannot occur on its own is called....



true or false? cells create ordered structures from less organized starting materials



how can the entropy of a particular system decrease?

when the total entropy of the universe increases
---thus organisms are islands of low entropy in an increasingly random universe


what is another name for free energy?

gibbs free energy


what is the equation to find the change in free energy

G= free energy
T=temp in Kelvin (K= C + 273)
S=change in entropy
(delta)G= (delta)H - T* (delta)S


if the result of the free energy equation results in a negative G what does this mean?
What if it results in a positive G?

- means spontaneous
+ means nonspontaneous


every spontaneous process decreases the system's ___ ____, and processes that have a positive or zero (delta)G are never _____

1. free energy
2. spontaneous


we can think of free energy as....

a measure of a system's instability-its tendency to change to a more stable state


a higher S means...
a lower S means...

1. stable systems
1. unstable systems


as a reaction proceeds toward equilibrium...

the free energy decreases


any change from the equilibrium position will have a _____ G and will not be _____

1. positive
2. spontaneous


because a system at equilibrium cannot spontaneously change, it can do no....



a process is ____ and can perform work only when it is moving towards equilibrium



what does the delta G for an exergonic reaction mean?

the max amount of work the reaction can perform


delta G is ____ for exergonic reactions



the greater the decrease in ____, the greater the amount of ___ that can be done

1. free energy
2. work


the phrase "energy stored in bonds" is shorthand for ...

the potential energy that can be released when new bonds are formed after the original bonds break...as long as the products are of lower free energy than the reactants


delta G is ____ for endergonic reactions

positive...this reaction is nonspontaneous and the magnitude of G is the quantity of energy required to drive the reaction


true or false: the fact that metabolism never reaches equilibrium is a defining feature of life



how is the cell never at equilibrium?

constant flow of materials in and out of the cell keeps the metabolic pathways from ever reaching equilibrium


a cell does 3 main kinds of work:

1. chemical work- pushing of endergonic reactions that would not occur spontaneously, such as the synthesis of polymers from monomers
2. transport work- the pumping of substances across membranes against the direction of spontaneous movement
3. mechanical work- such as the beating of cilia, contraction of muscle cells, and the movement of chromosomes during cellular reproduction


what is ATP responsible for?

mediating most energy coupling in cells, and in most cases it acts as immediate source of energy that powers cellular work
-also makes RNA


what is the structure of ATP

contains the sugar ribose, with the nitrogenous base adenine and a chain of 3 phosphate groups bonded to it


how can the bonds between the groups of ATP be broken down

by hydrolysis


the phosphate bonds of ATP are sometimes referred to as high energy phosphate bonds...what does high energy mean

the reactants (ATP and water..when it comes to hydryolysis) themselves have high energy relative to the enrgy of the products (ADP and inorganic phosphate)


why is ATP useful to the cell?

the energy it releases on losing a phosphate group is somewhat greater than the energy most other molecules could deliver


when ATP is hydrolyzed the release of free energy does what

heat up its surroundings


when ATP releases energy what do proteins do with this energy?

they harness it in several ways to perform the three types of cellular work- chemical, transport, and mechanical


if the G of an endergonic reaction is less than the amount of energy released by ATP hydrolysis, then the 2 reactions can be ....

coupled so that overall, the coupled reactions are exergonic...this usually involves the transfer of a phosphate group from ATP to some other molecule, such as the reactant....the recipient of the phosphate group is called the PHOSPHORYLATED INTERMEDIATE


____ and ___ are also nearly always powered by the hydrolysis of ATP

1. transport
2. mechanical work


true or false: an organism at work uses ATP continuously, but ATP is not a renewable resource that can be regenerated by the addition of phosphate to ADP

false; take out the work not


what is the ATP cycle

energy released by breakdown reactions in the cell is used to phosphorylate ADP, regenerating ATP. Chemical potential energy stored in ATP drives most cellular work


is the ATP formation from ADP and an inorganic molecule spontaneous?

no it is not spontaneous


every chemical reaction between molecules involves both ____ and _____

bond breaking and bond forming


changing one molecule into another generally involves...

contorting the starting molecule into a highly unstable state before the reaction can proceed


how do bonds reach the contorted state?

reactant molecules must absorb energy from their surroudings...when the new bonds of the product molecule form, energy is released as heat, and the molecules return to stable shapes with lower energy than the contorted state


activation energy is often supplied in the form of ....

thermal energy...this is what reactant molecules absorb from the surroundings


what does the absorption of thermal energy do?

accelerates the reactant molecules, so they collide more often and more forcefully...also agitates the atoms within the molecules, making the breakage of bonds more likely


what is the transition state?

when the molecules have absorbed enough energy for the bonds to break and the reactants are in an unstable condition


as atoms settle into their new, more stable bonding arrangements...

energy is released to the surroundings


heat speeds a reaction by....

allowing reactants to attain the transitions state more often..BUT THIS SOLUTION WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS...


how is "heat speeding up a reaction" inappropriate for cells?

high temp denatures proteins and kills cells...also heat would speed up ALL reactions, not just those needed


what do organisms use instead of heat to speed up reactions?



an enzyme catalyzes a reaction by...

lowering the Ea (activation energy) barrier, enabling the reactant molecules to absorb enough energy to reach the transition state even at moderate temps


can an enzyme change the G for a reaction?
can it make an endergonic reaction exergonic?

No and NO


Enzymes can only ___ reactions that would eventually occur anyway....

1. hasten
...but this function makes it possible for the cell to have a dynamic metabolism, routing chemicals through the cell's metabolic pathways


while enzyme and substrate are joined, the catalytic action of the enzyme converts the substrate...

to the product of the reaction


the active site is formed by...

only a few of the enzyme's amino acids, with the rest of the protein providing framework that determines the configuration of the active site


only ___ of the enzyme molecule actually binds to the substrate

a restricted region


do enzymes have a fit shape that doesn't change?

no it does not. a subtle change can occur and this is only to fit more snugly around the substrate


what is the process of enzymes working with substrates?

in most enzymatic reactions, the substrate is held in the active site by weak interactions, such as hydrogen bonds and ionic bonds. R groups of a few of the amino acids that make up the active site catalyze the conversion of the substrate to product, and the product departs from the active site. the enzyme is then free to go to another substrate.


true or false: all metabolic reactions are not reversible

false; most are reversible and an enzyme can catalyze either the forward or the reverse reaction, depending on which direction has a negative G


what are the mechanisms enzymes use to lower activation energy and speed up a reaction

1. in reactions involving 2 or more reactants, the active site provides a template on which the substrates can come together in the proper orientation for a reaction to occur between them
2. as the active site of an enzyme clutches the bound substrates, the enzyme may stretch the substrate molecules toward their transition-state form, stressing and bending critical chemical bonds that must be broken during the reaction...because activation energy is proportional to the difficulty of breaking of the bonds, distorting the substrate helps it approach the transition state and thus reduces the amount of free energy that must be absorbed to achieve that state
3. active site may also provide a microenvironment that is more conductive to a particular type of reaction than the solution itself would be without the enzyme
4. the direct participation of the active site in the chemical reaction. sometimes this process even involves brief covalent bonding between the substrate and the side chain of an amino acid of the enzyme. next steps of the reaction restore the side chains to their original states, so that the active site is the same after the reaction as it was before



when the substrate concentration is so high that each enzyme will have their active sites occupied


what is the activity of an enzyme affected by?

the general environment factors such as temp and pH..also by chemicals that specifically influence that enzyme


UP TO A POINT, the rate of enzymatic reaction increases with ____ temperature

..partly because substrates collide with active sites more frequently when the molecules move rapidly. after that certain point though the speed of the enzymatic reaction drops sharply..the thermal agitation of the enzyme molecule disrupts the hydrogen bonds, ionic bonds, and other weak interactions that stabilize the active shape of the enzyme, and the protein molecule eventually denatures


what is the optimal pH level for most enzymes?

pH level 6-8


the cofactors of some enzymes are....



if the inhibitor attaches to the enzyme by ____ ____, inhibition is usually _____

1. covalent bonding
2. irreversible


many enzyme inhibitors bind to the enzyme by ____ _____, in which case inhibition is _____

1. weak interactions
2. reversible


how can inhibition be overcome?

by increasing the concentration of substrate so that as active sites become available, more substrate molecules than inhibitor molecules are around to gain entry to active sites


the interaction between noncompetitive inhibitors, enzymes, and substrates causes the enzyme molecule to ...

change its shape in such a way that the active site becomes less effective at catalyzing the conversion of substrate to product


true or false; toxins and poisons are often irreversible competitive inhibitors



what do regulatory molecules do?

change an enzyme's shape and the functioning its active site by binding to a site elsewhere on the molecule


most enzymes known to be allosterically regulated are constructed from...

two or more subunits..each composed of a polypeptide chain with its own active site...the entire complex oscillates between two different shapes, one catalytically active and the other inactive


in the simplest kind of allosteric regulation, an activating or inhibiting regulatory molecule binds to..

a regulatory site (sometimes called allosteric site)..often located where subunits join


the binding of an activator to a regulatory site....
the binding of an inhibitor to a regulatory site....

1. stabilizes the shape that has functional active sites
2. the inactive form of an enzyme


a single inhibitor or activator molecule that binds to one regulatory site will...

affect the active sites of all subunits


a substrate molecule binding to one active site in the multisubunit enzyme triggers...

a shape change in all the subunits, thereby increasing catalytic activity at the other active sites


true or false: although allosteric regulation is probably quite widespread, relatively few of the many known metabolic enzymes have been shown to be regulated in this way.



why are allosteric regulatory molecules hard to characterize?

they tend to bind the enzyme at low affinity and are therefore hard to isolate


when ATP allosterically inhibits an enzyme in an ATP generating pathway.. the result is....

feedback inhibition a common mode of metabolic control.. when a metabolic pathway is closed off


Talk about the R groups

the interaction of r groups determines the structure and function of the proteins, they are coded for by DNA which makes RNA which assembles the proteins


enzymes are specific because of the shape, which is determined by

the sequence of amino acids.
The primary structure of the amino acids ultimately determines the tertiary structure of the proteins


quick note

delta G and delta H always have to same sign (+ or -)


What does it mean if G is positive, negative, or zero

G has to be negative for a spontaneous process, G at zero or positive is never spontaneous


what does G, T, S, and H mean in the equation...
delta G= delta H - (T* delta S)

G- Free energy
T- temp
S- Entropy
H- enthalpy


cellular respiration is exergonic or endergonic



what does cellular respiration do?

breaks down glucose to H2O and CO2 and ATP


how do enzymes lower activation energy

-they put stress on the bonds on the substrate so theyre easier to break
-The active site has a different environment than the cytoplasm. Different pH for example will help break the bonds.
-puts stress on the bonds through environmental factors within the active site, that weaken it and makes it easier to break


True or false: when some noncompetitive inhibitors attach to the site, they can permanently alter the shape of the enzyme so it no longer works



for the equation delta G= delta H - (T* delta S)...what does it mean if the free energy (G) of the products is less than the reactants' free energy? exergonic or endergonic?



for the equation delta G= delta H - (T* delta S)...what does it mean if delta G is negative?

it means the reaction doesn't need a lot of or any energy at all to react...or spontaneous


for the equation delta G= delta H - (T* delta S)...what does it mean if the free energy (G) of the products is greater than the reactants' free energy? exergonic or endergonic?



for the equation delta G= delta H - (T* delta S)...what does it mean if delta G is positive?

endergonic...it means the reaction needs energy to react


does ATP use coupling?



what is phosphorylation?

adding a phosphate group to a molecule to make it unstable


what are characteristics of enzymes?

1. made of amino acids
2. lock and key
3. active site and allosteric site (made by tertiary structure)
4. regulated by factors in environment...denatured
5. not used up
6. induced fit
7. lowers activation energy


example of anabolic?

photosynthesis and making polypeptides


is negative feedback the same as feedback inhibition?



coenzymes are (vitamin/minerals)
cofactors are (vitamins/minerals)