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What features of glycogen make it useful as a storage molecule in a muscle tissue?
would the answer be how it is very branched so it has a large surface area meaning it can be hydrolysed faster and the glucose produced would mean respiration could occur quicker
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What features of glycogen make it useful as a storage molecule in a muscle tissue?
would the answer be how it is very branched so it has a large surface area meaning it can be hydrolysed faster and the glucose produced would mean respiration could occur quicker
Yeah basically, but it's not the increased surface area - it's the increased number of terminal glycosidic bonds (bonds at the end of a chain). This means more glucose can be released from hydrolysis which can be used for cellular respiration.
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What features of glycogen make it useful as a storage molecule in a muscle tissue?
would the answer be how it is very branched so it has a large surface area meaning it can be hydrolysed faster and the glucose produced would mean respiration could occur quicker
As sambridge replied before: glycogen is able to make many glycosidic bonds what leads to a long-chain polysaccharide with many glucose molecules as monomers which can be hydrolyzed. In other words: glycogen is a great energy supplier for metabolisms (glucose is involved in these processes). That is useful and very important at the same time.
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Also think about its solubility. Glycogen is insoluble so it does not affect the water potential of the cell and therefore doesn't cause osmosis-related damage.
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Also think about its solubility. Glycogen is insoluble so it does not affect the water potential of the cell and therefore doesn't cause osmosis-related damage.
That is really a good consideration: as glycogen is not soluble, it has a good property to be storaged in the muscle tissue.
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