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Synthesis of Biological Polymers

   Copyright 2004 by Alberts, Bray, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts, Walter.
Garland Publishing: Taylor Francis Group.

Synthesis of Biological Polymers

Synthesis of Biological Polymers

Synthesis of Biological Polymers


The synthesis of polysaccharides, proteins and nucleic acids requires an input of energy. Synthesis of each kind of biological polymer involves the loss of water in a condensation reaction. Not shown is the consumption of high-energy nucleoside triphosphates that is required to activate each subunit prior to its addition. In contrast, the reverse reaction--the breakdown of all three types of polymers--occurs by the simple addition of water (hydrolysis).  Fair Use and Copyright info

 
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