The critically important large molecules of life; carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids.
Long chain like molecules consisting of many similar or identical building blocks (monomers) linked by covalent bonds.
The repeating units that serve as a building block of polymers.
Specialized proteins that speed up chemical reactions in cells. They may be found floating in the cytoplasm or embedded in the membrane.
macromolecules that serve as our primary source of energy; include simple sugars and polysaccharides
may exist on their own or may serve as monomers that make up polysaccharides; include glucose, fructose, galactose
Macromolecule polymers with a few hundred to a few thousand monomers. Can serve as storage material and building material. Their function is determined by the sugar monomers involved and the way they are covalently bonded to each other.
Heavily branched glucose polymers that allow us and other animals to store glucose in our liver and muscles for an emergency stash of energy that depletes rapidly. (It can not sustain an organism for long and must be replenished in about a day by eating.)
Polysaccharide that is main component of strong plant cell walls. The most abundant organic material on Earth. It is made of glucose, but the bonds differ from starch and we can't break them down. This is why vegetables and fruit provide us with roughage to help us stay regular!
Macromolecules that include fats, phospholipids, waxes, and steroids.
A macromolecule composed of glycerol and fatty acids. A form of stored energy. Many mobile organisms (like us) that have a greater need to store energy, have this.
saturated fatty acid
A fatty acid in which each carbon is attached to the maximum number of hydrogen atoms as possible. They tend to be solids at room temp.
unsaturated fatty acid
has one or more carbon double bonds, effectively reducing the amount of hydrogen in the fatty acid and introducing kinks which make it have more fluid properties.
Essential to cells, as they make up cell membranes. Similar to a fat molecule, but one of the glycerols hydroxyl group attaches to a phosphate, which attaches to another hydrophilic group. The hydrophilic phosphate groups ("heads") face outward, while the hydrophobic fatty acid "tails" face each other.
a class of lipid molecules which includes cholesterol, sex hormones, etc
A common component of animal cell membranes, and also the precursor from which other steroids like sex hormones are synthesized.
moves materials of a certain size, shape, and charge from one side of the membrane to the other
hormones bind to these and bring about changes (a biochemical response) inside the cell
Organic molecules containing both a carboxylic acid group and an amino group. The middle carbon is attached to a variable side chain (designated the R group) that determines the function of the molecule.
When a protein unravels and loses its native shape, because of an change in its environment (like exposure to extreme temperatures, acidic or basic conditions, or harsh chemicals). Unfolded, the protein would not be able to function very well if at all.
polymers of nucleotides; they work together to direct the activities of the cell
The genetic material that organisms inherit from their parents. It contains the information and ultimately directs the activities of cells within an organism. A polymer of nucleotides, this molecule looks like a twisted ladder or double slinky .
a polymer of nucleotides, this macromolecule is single-stranded and not as stable as its partner. It is required to help in carrying out instructions that are housed in the cell's DNA.
Consist of three parts: a phosphate group, a 5 carbon sugar (a pentose), and a nitrogenous base.
adenine(A), guanine(G) and cytosine(C)
3 nitrogenous bases found in both DNA and RNA.
Nitrogenous base found only in DNA.
Nitrogenous base found only in RNA.
The type of structure exhibited by a DNA molecule.
Very large molecules, based on the element carbon, include carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, the building blocks of life
The building blocks, or monomers, of proteins, 20 different types exist, contain a middle carbon, an NH2 group, a COOH group, and a spot where they differ from other amino acids, the "R" group
The smallest sugars, the building blocks of all carbohydrates, usually shaped like a hexagon, taste sweet, also called monosaccharides, includes glucose and fructose
long chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms that do not like water, may be straight or bent, energy-rich bonds, three of these combine with glycerol to form fats and oils
The part of an amino acid that varies, may be big or small, charged or not charged, water-loving, or water-hating
proteins that speed up the reactions in cells, these proteins have very specific shapes, they only attache to one particular molecule, reduce the energy needed for a reaction to occur
The order of amino acids in a protein, the amino acids laid out in a straight chain, before the chain starts to fold and twist, order of amino acids in a protein is determined by an organism's DNA. It determines the protein's structure and function.
Bonds that link building blocks together, such as those between sugars, fatty acids, and amino acids, covalent
Proteins that fight disease, invaders, and predators, such as antibodies and venoms
Proteins that move materials within your body and within your cells, such as hemoglobin or proteins in your cell membranes
Proteins that give organisms their shape, such as collage which forms cartilage and keratin which forms hair and nails
An uncoiled, or unraveled protein, the protein has lost its shape due to high temperatures or strong chemicals, its weak bonds have broken and the protein cannot perform its job, since it no longer "fits" with other molecules
Chains of amino acids that fold into complex three-dimensional shapes
Sugar-based molecules whose main role is to supply energy. Some carbohydrates (cellulose and chitin) provide structure in plants or in fungi and arthropods
Hundreds of sugars linked together to store energy or to provide structure, includes starch, cellulose, glycogen, and chitin
Fats, oils, waxes, and steroids, these molecules do not dissolve in water, function in long-term energy storage, cushioning, insulation, water-proofing, and communication, 9 Calories per gram
Solids at room temperature, contain the maximum number of hydrogen atoms, their tails are straight, the unhealthy fats, often from animals, no double bonds exist between the carbon atoms in the fatty acid tails
Liquids at room temperature, oils, contain fewer hydrogen atoms, their tails are bent, the healthy fats from plants, double bonds exist between some carbon atoms in the fatty acid tails