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Today, my lecturer said that one of the functions of the SER is the metabolism of carbohydrates. What does that mean ? Synthesizing carbs, breaking them down, or both ?
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Today, my lecturer said that one of the functions of the SER is the metabolism of carbohydrates. What does that mean ? Synthesizing carbs, breaking them down, or both ?
It means 'altering' carbohydrate skeletons by 'combining' other molecules such as proteins to form glycoproteins and other molecules. It is an anabolic (building up) process. It is nothing to do with the (catabolic) breakdown of carbohydrates for energy: that takes place in the cytosol (glycolysis) and the mitochondria (TCA)
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