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Glycogen metabolism- revision

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Glycogen metabolism- Chemistry, Biological significance and Steps of glycogenesis

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Glycogen metabolism- revision

  1. 1. Glycogen Metabolism- Part-1 Glycogenesis Namrata Chhabra, M.D. Biochemistry
  2. 2. Learning Objectives  At the end of this discussions,  the learners will be in a position to understand :  Structure of Glycogen  Steps of synthesis and degradation of glycogen  Regulation of these processes  Clinical significance of Glycogen metabolism
  3. 3. Introduction  Glycogen is a readily mobilized storage form of glucose.  It is stored mainly in liver and muscle  The liver content of glycogen is greater than that of muscle  Since the muscle mass of the body is considerably greater than that of the liver, about three-quarters of total body glycogen is in muscle
  4. 4. Glycogen- Chemistry 4  Glycogen is present in the cytosol in the form of granules ranging in diameter from 10 to 40 nm.  It has a high molecular mass and consists of polysaccharide chains, each containing about 13 glucose residues. Glycogen granules
  5. 5. Glycogen- Chemistry Glycogenin 5 The chains are either branched or unbranched and are arranged in 12 concentric layers. The branched chains (each has two branches) are found in the inner layers and the unbranched chains in the outer layer. (Glycogenin, the primer molecule for glycogen synthesis, lies at the center.)
  6. 6. 6 Most of the glucose residues in glycogen are linked by α-1,4- glycosidic bonds. Branches at about every tenth residue are created by α- 1,6-glycosidic bonds.
  7. 7. Why branching ?  The highly branched structure of glycogen provides a large number of sites (terminal residues- non reducing ends)for synthesis and degradation of glycogen, permitting rapid storage of extra glucose after meals or release of glucose 1-phosphate for muscle activity.  Branching makes glycogen soluble in the cytoplasm.
  8. 8. Reasons for storing Glycogen as a fuel : Glycogen serves as a buffer to maintain blood-glucose levels. Glucose is virtually the only fuel used by the brain, except during prolonged starvation. The glucose from glycogen is readily mobilized and is therefore a good source of energy for sudden, strenuous activity. Unlike fatty acids, the released glucose can provide energy in the absence of oxygen and can thus supply energy for anaerobic activity. 8
  9. 9. Glycogenesis 9 Glycogenesis mainly occurs in muscle and liver.  Muscle glycogen provides a readily available source of glucose for glycolysis within the muscle itself.  Liver glycogen functions to store and export glucose to maintain blood glucose between meals.
  10. 10. Contribution of muscle to maintain blood glucose levels oAlanine and lactate transported from muscle are used for glucose production in liver through gluconeogenesis. oGlucose is poured in blood to maintain blood glucose levels. 10
  11. 11. Glycogen Metabolism Glycogenesis Glycogenolysis
  12. 12. Phases of Glycogenesis 12 Activation Initiation Elongatio Glycogen Branching
  13. 13. Step-1- Phosphorylation of Glucose
  14. 14. Fate of Glucose-6-P14 Glucose-6-p Glycolysis HMP Pathway Glycogen synthesis Degradation to free glucose
  15. 15. Step-2- Conversion of Glucose-6-P to Glucose-1-P
  16. 16. Step-3- Conversion of Glucose-1-P to UDP-Glucose
  17. 17. Summary of Steps of Activation of Glucose  Glucose 1-phosphate reacts with uridine triphosphate (UTP) to form the active nucleotide uridine diphosphate glucose (UDPGlc) and pyrophosphate.  The reaction is catalyzed by UDPGlc pyro phosphorylase.
  18. 18. What is the need for Activation of Glucose ?  UDP-glucose, the glucose donor in the biosynthesis of glycogen, is an activated form of glucose.  Synthesis of glycogen from glucose is carried out by the enzyme glycogen synthase.  This enzyme utilizes UDP-glucose as one substrate and the non-reducing end of glycogen as another.
  19. 19. Incorporation of UDP-Glucose into- glycogen
  20. 20. Flow of reaction Spontaneous hydrolysis of the ~P bond in PPi (P~P) drives the overall reaction. Cleavage of PPi is the only energy cost for glycogen synthesis (one ~P bond per glucose residue). 20
  21. 21. Cost of converting Glucose-6-P to Glycogen  Thus, one ATP is hydrolyzed incorporating glucose 6-phosphate into glycogen.
  22. 22. 2) Initiation of Glycogenesis  Glycogen synthesis requires a primer.  Glycogen synthase can add glucosyl residues only if the polysaccharide chain already contains more than four residues. This priming function is carried out by glycogenin, a protein composed of two identical subunits, each bearing an oligosaccharide of alpha-1,4-glucose units. 22
  23. 23. Initiation OH UDP UDP UDP UDP UDP-GlcUDP-Glc UDP-GlcUDP-Glc Glycogenin Tyrosine UDP +ATP UTP+ADP
  24. 24. Initiation  A glycosidic bond is formed between the anomeric C1 of the glucose moiety derived from UDP-glucose and the hydroxyl oxygen of a tyrosine side-chain of Glycogenin.  UDP is released as a product.  Each subunit of glycogenin catalyzes the addition of eight glucose units to its partner in the glycogenin dimer.  At this point, glycogen synthase takes over to extend the glycogen molecule.
  25. 25. 3) Elongation New glucosyl units are added to the nonreducing terminal residues of glycogen. The activated glucosyl unit of UDP glucose is transferred to the hydroxyl group at a C-4 terminus of glycogen to form an α-1,4-glycosidic linkage. In elongation, UDP is displaced by the terminal hydroxyl group of the growing glycogen molecule. This reaction is catalyzed by glycogen synthase, the key regulatory enzyme in glycogen synthesis. 25
  26. 26. Elongation Glycogenin  New glucosyl units are added to the nonreducing terminal residues of glycogen.  The activated glucosyl unit of UDP glucose is transferred to the hydroxyl group at a C-4 terminus of glycogen to form an α-1,4-glycosidic linkage.  This reaction is catalyzed by glycogen synthase, the key regulatory enzyme in glycogen synthesis.
  27. 27. 4) Glycogen branching  Branching is important because it increases the solubility of glycogen.  Furthermore, branching creates a large number of terminal residues, the sites of action of glycogen phosphorylase and synthase.  Thus, branching increases the rate of glycogen synthesis and degradation. 27
  28. 28. 4) Glycogen branching  Glycogen synthase catalyzes only the synthesis of α-1,4 linkages.  Another enzyme is required to form the α-1,6 linkages that make glycogen a branched polymer.  Branching occurs after a number of glucosyl residues are joined in α-1,4 linkage by glycogen synthase. A block of residues, typically 7 in number, is transferred to a more interior site. A branch is created by the breaking of an α-1,4 link and the formation of an α-1,6 link. 28
  29. 29. Chain elongation and repetition of steps  Chain elongation is carried out by Glycogen synthase  Branching is carried out by branching enzyme.  The steps are repeated till sufficient amount of glycogen has been synthesized, or in other words the process continues, till the time glucose is available.
  30. 30. Important facts  2 enzymes are important for glycogen synthesis- Glycogen synthesis  Glycogen synthase- Which becomes active in the presence of high glucose concentration, therefore glycogenesis occurs after meals when plenty of glucose is available.  Second enzyme- Branching enzyme- Deficiency of this enzyme causes a glycogen storage disease- Amylopectonosis- Andersen's disease, In which abnormal form of glycogen with few branch points is stored, therefore death occurs from heart or liver failure.
  31. 31. Regulation of Glycogenesis- In the next section…. Thank you

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