What is Metabolism ?!
it’s a series of different chemical reactions and pathways that occur in all living organisms ,
each step transfers one chemical substance to another by the help of Enzymes
Metabolism is classified into 2 Major pathways :
Anabolism & Catabolism
– Anabolism –
ana = upward . . . . ballein = to throw
i dont know what does this actually mean :blush: … But i guess maybe when we throw things on each other they get bigger and bigger so we have to throw higher ” UP ” to reach the target !
Mmmm … like throwing stones in a certain area to build a mountain or so … maybe !
any ways ^_^ !
Anabolism means the chemical reactions that construct & build different compounds from smaller molecules
– Catabolism –
in Greek , kata = downward . . . . ballein = to throw
Here ….. maybe we are standing on the top that mountain and just throwing some stones to the ground ” Down ” 😉 !
Catabolism means degradation and breakdown on different compounds into simpler smaller molecules
Here is a simple mnemonic to remember what those 2 pathways mean :happy:
” ABCD “
Anabolism = Building
Catabolism = Degradation
as you can see .. Anabolism & Catabolism are the opposite of each other
in all healthy creatures .. there is a Balance between Anabolic & Catabolic pathways
Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry 4th edition