Why can plants and animals break down beta glucose but can break down alpha?

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It's to do with the different conformational structures of hexokinase in animals and plants - due to the inverted nature of the glycosidic bonds in B-glucose chains (when hydrolysed), the mammalian hexokinase cannot phosphorylate the hydroxymethyl group on the sixth carbon in the cycle.
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