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Biology
Course
BIOLOGY 1A03
Professor
Lovaye Kajiura
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 5: An Introduction to Carbohydrates Functions of Carbohydrates  Energy source- glucose is rapidly metabolized  Energy storage- starch and glycogen  Structural support- cellulose, chitin and cartilage  Transport of energy source- sucrose (plants), lactose (milk)  Cell surface signals- cell communication and cell-cell recognition  An organ is identified as belonging to the body by carbohydrates Monosaccharides- are single sugars (simple sugars)  Ribose- present in RNA  Deoxyribose- present in DNA  Glucose- present in starch, cellulose and glycogen  Galactose- present in cartilage (cartilage is found in fish and part of the human body) The carbonyl group that serves as one of the monosaccharide’s distinguishing features can be found either at the end of the molecule, forming an aldehyde sugar (aldose), or within the carbon chain, forming a ketone sugar (ketose). The presence of the carbonyl group along with multiple hydroxyl groups provides an array of functional groups in sugars. Glucose and Galactose are both 6-carbon sugars that only differ by their variation in the spatial orientation of their hydroxyl groups (however, they are not mirror images). Fig. 5.3 Sugars Exist in Linear and Ring Forms Although the linear form of glucose is rare, in solution almost all glucose molecules spontaneously bend into one of two ring structures, called the alpha and beta forms of glucose. The difference between the two forms lies in whether the hydroxyl group on carbon #1 is above or below the plane of the ring. The two forms exist in equilibrium, but the beta form is more common because it is slightly more stable than the alpha form. The ring structure forms when the oxygen from the hydroxyl group bonds with the carbon from the carbonyl group.  Alpha glucose- OH group at carbon number 1 is below the plane of the ring  Beta glucose- OH group at carbon number 1 is above the plane of the ring Fig. 5.4 Monosaccharides Polymerize through Formation of Glycosidic Linkages A Glycosidic linkage occurs when hydroxyl groups on two monosaccharides undergo a condensation reaction to form a bond. The linkage between carbon 1 and carbon 4 (for both maltose and lactose), the formation of different monosaccharides form these new disaccharides, creating alpha- 1,4- Glycosidic linkages. Disaccharides  Are double sugars that consist of two monosaccharides, which are joined through a condensation (dehydration) reaction. GLUCOSE + GLUCOSE=MALTOSE & GLUCOSE + FRUCTOSE=SUCROSE & GLUCOSE + GALACTOSE=LACTOSE  The liquid form of sucrose is now used as a type of sweetner; it is good for the quick production of food and for making candy.  Be sure to know which carbons the Glycosidic linkages form between. Real World Examples Lactose Intolerance and Galactosemia (Box 5.1)  Lactose intolerance is the inability for people to digest lactose, which is common in milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, candy, cake, etc.  It is an autosomal recessive trait  Symptoms: gas, flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, dehydration and cramps in the stomach.  Diagnosis: hydrogen breath test, blood glucose test, small bowel biopsy, etc.  Ways to prevent these symptoms are: to not eat any products with lactose or to take lactase pills 30 minutes prior to eating dairy.  Supplementary information: growth hormones were given to cows for mass milk production but they turned out being responsible for students developing a lot of acne. When humans are born they are able to digest lactose (breast feeding, mammals) because they produce the enzyme lactase which allows them to break down lactose into glucose and galactose and digest them. However, many lose this ability to produce the enzyme as they get older, even if they could digest it as young adults (not preventable). Summary Table 5.1 Polysaccharides Differ in Structure Polysaccharide Function Chemical Structure Three- Dimensional Structure Starch Used for energy Amylose Example: storage in plant cells. (unbranched potatoes helix) Amylopectin (branched helices) Glycogen Used for energy Highly storage in animal cells branched (liver and muscles). helices Cellulose Used for structural Parallel Example: support in cell walls strands joined celery, fiber of plants and many by hydrogen algae. bonds Chitin Used for structural Parallel Example: crab, support in the cell strands joined mushrooms walls of fungi and the by hydrogen external skeletons of bonds insects and crustaceans. Peptidoglycan Used for structural Parallel support in bacteria strands joined cell walls. by peptide bonds Polysaccharides  Are polymers that consist of many sugar monomers  Hand sanitizer kills off the bacteria that make up peptidoglycan Fig. 5.6 Cellulose, Chitin and Peptidoglycan can Form Tough Fibers or Sheets Note the diagrams of what each carbohydrate looks like under a microscope. Fig. 5.7 Carbohydrates are an Identification for Cells Glycoproteins contain sugar groups that project from the surface of the plasma membrane. These sugar groups have distinctive structures that identify the type or species of the cell. Chapter 6: Lipids, Membranes and the First Cells More Classes and Functions of Lipids  Phospholipids, glycolipids and some steroids (cholesterol)- membrane structure and function  Other steroids- hormones and regulators (involved in development)  Triglycerides- food storage  Waxes- bee hives and plant leaf surfaces for the protection against 2 O loss (shedding of water to not way down the plant). Fig. 6.3 Fats are One Type of Lipid found in Cells  Fats- consist of glycerol and 3 fatty acids, linked by ester linkages  When glycerol and a fatty acid react, a water molecule leaves (dehydration reaction)  Lipids are defined by a physical property- their solubility Fig. 6.4 Amphipathic Lipids Contain Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Elements Amphipathic means in terms of membranes, that a molecule has a polar or hydrophilic and a nonpolar or hydrophobic side.  Steroids- a family of lipids distinguished by the four-ring structure; they differ from each other by their functional or side group which are attached to those rings.  Phospholipids- consist of a glycerol that is linked to a phosphate group and to either two chains of isoprene or two fatty acids.  Both steroids and phospholipids contain a polar and nonpolar component All steroids have a distinctive four-ring structure all phospholipids consist of a glycerol that is linked to a phosphate group and to either two chains of isoprene or two fatty acids. Fig. 6.5 Phospholipids Form Bilayers in Solution  Phospholipids spontaneously form bilayers in water  Nonpolar- hydrophobic tails  Polar- hydrophilic heads Why are Membranes Important?  Membranes allow for compartmentalization  Compartments may contain: different enzymes (important for reactions), different products and may increase metabolic capacity. Functions of the Plasma Membrane (outermost membrane of the cell)  Functions as a boundary, which separates a living cell’s internal environment from its external nonliving environment. It separates “life” from “nonlife.”  Acts as a selective barrier allowing only certain molecules to pass through and controls the movement of materials in and out of the cell (nutrients in and waste products out)  The enclosed volume serves to increase reaction efficiently and concentrates reactants Why is Membrane Fluidity Important?  Permits useful nutrients to be transported into the cell  Permits harmful wastes to be transported out of the cell (prevent toxicity). What influences Fluidity?  Unsaturated/ unsaturated fatty acids  Number of carbons in fatty acid tail  Cholesterol  Ambient (surrounding) temperature Fig 6.9 Unsaturated Hydrocarbons Contain Carbon-Carbon Double Bonds A double bond in a hydrocarbon chain produces a “kink,” which only unsaturated hydrocarbons have. This allows them to have better membrane permeability and fluidity since these “kinks” make them more flexible allowing things to go through the membrane. Finally, these kinks are caused by double bonds in the unsaturated hydrocarbon. Membrane Fluidity  There are 3 characteristics: 1. The Presence of Unsaturated or Saturated Fatty Acids FLUID - unsaturated hydrocarbon (fatty acid) tails have one or more double bonds - each double bond forms a kink (bend), which results I the fatty acid tails spaced apart and polar heads loosely packed - this decreases the strength of interactions between adjacent hydrocarbon tails resulting in a “fluid” state VISCOUS -saturated hydrocarbon tails have no double bonds and therefore do not have kinks or bends - hydrocarbon tails are closely packed allowing for inter
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