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    Okay, i missed this lecture in uni due to illness.

    What are Metabolites? For example, what are the metabolites in penicillin?

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    (Original post by Mahay24)
    Okay, i missed this lecture in uni due to illness.

    What are Metabolites? For example, what are the metabolites in penicillin?

    Thanks!?
    Basically, it's just the products formed when your body/cell breaks a substance down.

    So the metabolites of penicillin would be the things it is split into, if that makes sense. I'll try an analogy:

    You have a molecule/drug/protein called ABCDEFG.

    When in the body, it is naturally broken down (eg to dispose of it and clear it out of the body, or for the broken down part to be active in doing something).

    Let us say an enzyme breaks ABCDEFG between C and D.

    The metabolites of ABCDEFG would then be ABC and DEFG. The metabolites are what the molecule is broken into.


    Hope this helps.


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