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 8


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”.

User reviews

4,8 of 5 stars
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1  Star
Easy to follow
By Jea I. on 11. May 2022 for Citric Acid Cycle

I can easily follow the sequence of information. The important details are also emphasized, making it easier for recall.

Awesome Lessons
By Queen M. on 04. May 2022 for Carbohydrate Metabolism

I really like the explanations and detailed structures used. The structures make it easier to understand.

The Krebs Cycle finally makes sense!
By Kyla S. on 29. April 2022 for Citric Acid Cycle

Very clear and easy to understand. I enjoyed the visuals.

Easy to understand and memorize
By Christophe E. on 06. April 2022 for Carbohydrate Metabolism

The explanation about the carbs are very clear and detail. Which make easier for any student and professor to better understand the carbs, their pathway, and the enzymes that work in those pathways.