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date: 14 July 2024

7. p. 222Carbohydrateslocked

7. p. 222Carbohydrateslocked

  • Trudy McKee
  •  and James R. McKee


This chapter discusses carbohydrates, which are an important source of rapid energy production for living cells,the structural building blocks of cells, and the components of numerous metabolic pathways. The chapter refers to sugar polymers linked to proteins and lipids which, it states, are now recognized as a high-density coding system. Their vast structural diversity is exploited by living organisms to produce the immense informational capacity required for living processes. The chapter describes the structures and chemistry of typical carbohydrate molecules found in living organisms. Carbohydrates are the most abundant biomolecules in nature and are a direct link between solar energy and the chemical bond energy of living organisms.

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