My Adopted Child, Glycogen Officially adopted December 11, 2009 by Kim Koob Glycogen 12/11/09 Kimberly A. Koob
development Multiple glucose molecules bonded and formed a chain My baby, glycogen, a polysaccharide, was formed Glycogen is very active and helpful Glycogen helps keep me physically fit
Glycogen’s Necessities Like the two glucose molecules that make up glycogen, it is made of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon Hydrogen Carbon Oxygen
Glycogen’s Biological Parents Glycogen’s parents are the monosaccharide subunit glucose They formed a chain and at about every 8 to 10 glucose units, glycogen branches.
Glycogen’s Clique Glycogen has the hydroxyl functional group (-OH) This group is polar and attracts water molecules
The Family Glycogen is a member of the storage polysaccharide family Some cousins are amylose and amylopectin, forms of starch Portrait Family
Glycogen’s Favorite Activities Baby’s First Shoes!! Like the rest of her family, glycogen stores sugar for fuel for the body when it needs it Because of her makeup, she is very good at breaking up sugars and supplying them when really needed When the body moves and needs fuel, glycogen is always reliable and does her job
Glycogen’s Character Glycogen likes to be in the liver and muscles and sometimes, when I can’t find her, she’s hiding out in white blood cells and kidneys Today (12/16/09) glycogen underwent hydrolysis for the first time! I was running and needed energy so she broke down the glucose to give my body energy We found out sad news today that her cousin, another glycogen, is over-produced and there is not enough insulin to limit it, so he caused the body to have diabetes Baby’s First Hydrolysis!
Why I will be a Good Parent My new baby, Glycogen I will use glycogen very often because I am a runner I will appreciate glycogen’s hard work to keep my blood sugar steady, again because I am active and need the energy Every child wants to be appreciated! I know that glycogen will slowly deplete if I don’t eat more and replenish it, so I will be sure to do my part and take in more sugars daily
Bibliography Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. AP Edition Biology. Seventh ed. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education, Inc., 2005. Print. "Glycogen." Science Daily. Web. 13 Dec. 2009. <http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/g/glycogen.htm>.