Carbohydrate Metabolism
Carbohydrate Metabolism

Carbohydrate Metabolism

by Kevin Ahern, PhD

The generation of energy by breaking down carbohydrates is as old as cells themselves. Carbohydrates are the most important substrate for the synthesis of ATP via glycolysis, so much so that hepatocytes have the ability to synthesize glucose de novo to meet metabolic needs. Furthermore, glucose can be stored in the form of long polymers (glycogen) to make glucose available in the long term.

In this course, the student will be led on a detailed walkthrough of the glycolysis pathway, the steps of gluconeogenesis, and the metabolism of glycogen. Metabolic pathways will be a constant topic of discussion, and the pentose phosphate pathway will be among the most prominent to be discussed. Cellular respiration will also be included in the discussion, touching on the citric acid and glyoxylate cycles.

For optimal comprehension, the student will be required to have familiarity with the basic notions of molecular and cellular biology and the biochemistry of carbohydrates.

Course Details

  • Videos 27
  • Duration 2:14 h
  • Quiz questions 68
  • Concept Pages 9


Your Educators of course Carbohydrate Metabolism

 Kevin Ahern, PhD

Kevin Ahern, PhD

Dr. Kevin Ahern is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University (OSU), USA.
He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Oregon State University. Currently, he teaches courses for health sciences students at OSU.
He is co-author of three Open Educational electronic textbooks on Biochemistry and a Guide to Getting Into Medical School.
Due to his achievements, he earned OSU’s highest teaching recognition, the Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award in 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Ahern teaches courses on Biochemistry and on "How to Get into Medical School”.

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Good course!
By Nicolas W. on 17. January 2024 for Carbohydrate Metabolism

To the point. Good organized pathway explanations. Pedagogical presentation skills.

Biochemistry Lectures
By K SIVANGANAM K. on 29. August 2023 for Glycolysis: Glucose –> G6-P –> F6-P – Glycolysis and Pyruvate Metabolism

Great Lecturer..well explained. Every section of lectures are meticulously explained. Clearly understood.

Excellent help for Medical Biochemistryl course
By Anna M. on 27. January 2023 for Carbohydrate Metabolism

Clear and understandable concept with actual molecules shown aswell which is very helpful.

teaching method is boring and not helpful for my mind to understand
By Enarah R. on 04. December 2022 for Pathway Overview and Reactions – Part 1

not explned wel as the topic is difficult and you made it a lot much boring