the totality of an organism's chemical reactions, consisting of catabollic and anabolic pathways, which manage the material and energy resources of the organism
a series of chemical reactions that either builds a complex molecule (anabolic pathway) or breaks down a complex molecule to simpler molecules (catabolic pathway)
a metabolic pathway that releases energy by breaking down complex molecules to simpler molecules
a metabolic pathway that consumes energy to synthesize a complex molecule from simpler molecules
the overall flow and transformation of energy in an organism; the study of how energy flows through organisms
the capacity to cause change, especially to do work (to move matter against an opposing force).
the energy associated with the relative motion of objects; moving matter can perform work by imparting motion to other matter
heat (thermal) energy
that total amount of kinetic energy due to the random motion of atoms or molecules in a body of matter; also called thermal energy; energy in its most random form
the energy that matter possesses as a result of its location or spatial arrangement (structure)
energy available in molecules for release in a chemical reaction; a forma of potential energy
first law of thermodynamics
the principle of conservation of energy; energy can be transferred and transformed, but it cannot be created or destroyed
second law of thermodynamics
the principle stating that every energy transfer or transformation increases the entropy of the universe. Usable forms of energy are at least partly converted to heat
a process that occurs without an overall input of energy; a process that is energetically favorable
the portion of a biological system's energy that can perform work when temperature and pressure are uniform throughout the system. The change in free energy of a system is calculated by the equation delta G = delta H - T delta S, where delta H is the change in enthaply (in biological systems, equivalent to total energy), T is the absolute temperature, and delta S is the change in entropy.
a non-spontaneous chemical reaction, in which free energy is absorbed from the surroundings
in cellular metabolism, the use of energy released from an exergonic reaction to drive an endergonic reaction
ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
an adenine-containing nucleoside triphosphate that releases free energy when its phosphate bonds are hydrolyzed. This energy is used to drive endergonic reactions in cells.
a molecule (often a reactant) with a phosphate group covalently bound to it, making it more reactive (less stable) than the unphosphorylated molecule
a macromolecule serving as a catalystm a chemical agent that increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed by the reaction; most are proteins
a chemical agent that selectively increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed by the reaction
the amount of energy that reactants must absorb before a chemical reaction will start; also called free energy of activation
a temporary complex formed when an enzyme binds to is substrate molecule(s).
the specific region of an enzyme that binds the substrate and that forms the pocket in which catalysis occurs
caused by entry of the substrate, the change in shape of the active site of an enzyme so that it binds more snuggly to the substrate
any nonprotein molecule or ion that is required for the proper functioning of of an enzyme; can be permanently bound to the active site or may be loosely bound and reversibly, along with the substrate during catalysis.
an organic molecule serving as a cofactor; in metabolic reactions, most vitamins function as this.
a substance that reduces the activity of an enzyme by entering the active site in place of the substrate, whose structure it mimics
a substance that reduces the activity of an enzyme by binding to a location remote from the active site, changing an enzyme's shape so that the active site no longer effectively catalyses the conversion of substrate to product
the binding of a regulatory molecule to a protein at one site that affects the function of the protein at a different site
a kind of allosteric regulation whereby a shape change in one subunit of a protein caused by substrate binding is transmitted to all the other subunits, facilitating binding of additional substrate molecules to those subunits