Glycogen As A Role Of Quarters

a: Glycogen ~
b: a role of quarters

What: Glycogen, polymeric glucose, is like a roll of quarters and glucose is like an individual quarter. The body binds glucose molecules together to form glycogen. The analogy to coins is kinda like stacking quarters together to they can be put in a role of quarters for storage. There is an off/ on dynamics with glycogen/glucose. If there is excess glucose, some of it is bound to other glucose molecules to form glycogen. If glucose is need, as during exercise, glycogen is broken down to make glucose. This is sorta like taking from individual quarters from a role as you need to do laundry or make change.

Writer: LucretiaGemanica
Date: Oct 30 2011 12:49 PM

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