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    Condensation and hydrolysis and their importance in biology

    right heres a synoptic essay im trying to plan but i dont know where to start theres so much!
    Would it be going off the point if I went into detail about the condensation of glucose into starch/cellulose, and the condensation of amino acids into different polyepeptides. Just after talking about that i generally feel i should talk about enzymes; after all they wouldnt exist without a condensation reaction!
    I'll add the hydrolysis of ATP and its uses (muscle contraction/general reactions) and also how digestive enzymes enable the hydrolysis of macromolecules so that absorption can occur.

    its so hard to plan the essay! i understand when condensation and hydrolysis occurs but its so hard for me to structure it!! any advice?
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    Condensation and hydrolysis and their importance in biology

    right heres a synoptic essay im trying to plan but i dont know where to start theres so much!
    Would it be going off the point if I went into detail about the condensation of glucose into starch/cellulose, and the condensation of amino acids into different polyepeptides. Just after talking about that i generally feel i should talk about enzymes; after all they wouldnt exist without a condensation reaction!
    I'll add the hydrolysis of ATP and its uses (muscle contraction/general reactions) and also how digestive enzymes enable the hydrolysis of macromolecules so that absorption can occur.

    its so hard to plan the essay! i understand when condensation and hydrolysis occurs but its so hard for me to structure it!! any advice?
    I think that's very much on the point!
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    well i hope i am i cant afford to be off the point lol, i need that A!!

    Ok heres my actual plan!

    Cell biology starch an effective storage molecule (branched) so can be hydrolysed easily to be broken down into glucose for respiration. Enzymes hydrolyse the larger molecules into smaller ones by adding molecules of water.
    Rhodopsin resynthesised through hydrolysis of ATP - energy released allows trans-retinal and opsin to combine into rhodopsin.
    Biochemistry By using condensation reaction, can build many different macromolecules that have different properties. Different bonds in proteins enable functional shape of protein to be maintained.
    Physiology hydrolysis of ATP provides energy for myosin head to change and therefore allows power stroke - so muscle can contract. Glucose levels can be made constant in the blood through hydrolysis of glycogen or condensation of glucose molecules. Important because glucose levels need to be kept constant so as to avoid cellular disruption by water potential.
    Genes and genetics DNA polymerase joins up nucleotides via condensation so that DNA replication and therefore growth of new cells can occur.
    Ecology in photosynthesis condensation of ADP and Pi allows formation of ATP. So allows the start of the energy transfer between trophic levels.
    Recycling of nutrients can be enabled due to bacteria breaking down molecules into smaller ones via hydrolysis. This allows continuation of life.
 
 
 
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