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The purpose of this assignment is two-fold. First, I want you to see how interconnected the biochemical cycles are with one another – the big picture. Second, as with the class, I want you to be familiar with all of the cycles before you venture on to graduate or professional school.
The project consists of two parts.
Part 1: “Biochemical Cycle Web”
You need to draw out all of the cycles and tie them together however you best see fit. You will be graded on how well you organize your web, which includes but not limited to thoroughness, correct connections, and how easy it is to follow the web. You can create the web electronically or by hand. If you make the web electronically, then it has to be a PowerPoint or Word document. If you would like to utilize another program, you need to gain my approval in order to do so. At a MINIMUM, you need to include the following cycles:
• Glycolysis
• Gluconeogenesis
• The Citric Acid Cycle
• Glycogen Metabolism (Degradation and Synthesis)
• Fatty Acid Metabolism (Degradation and Synthesis)
• Amino Acid Metabolism (Amino Acid Degradation and Synthesis and Urea Cycle)
• Nucleotide Biosynthesis
• Biosynthesis of Lipids and Steroids
Part 2: Response to questions
1. Why did you organize the web the way you did?
2. Which biochemical cycle do you feel is the most central to all of the cycles we have studied? Why?
3. Which biochemical cycle do you feel is the least significant? Why?
4. Which cycle would most easily overcome a disruption somewhere within its cycle? Why?
5. Which cycle would have the greatest amount of physiological effects (i.e. diseases) due to a disruption somewhere within its cycle? Why?

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1. Why did you organize the web the way you did?
I found that organizing the web into parts regarding nucleotide, amino acid, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism is an efficient way to show multiple processes and their interconnection. Looking at different metabolic schemes available online, I realized that the introduction of all metabolic pathways and their intermediates, if not impossible, is completely useless. They are impressive due to their complexity and give a vague idea of how incredible the biochemical processes and their regulation is - how each action we make is the result of tight regulation of various reactions taking place at the same point. Nevertheless, in order...

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