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March 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 6)

Glycogen Metabolism

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I love teaching glycogen metabolism because there is probably no other area of biochemistry where one can explain so many physiological phenomena, including hormone action, energy metabolism, liver function, and ties to other pathways, such as glycolysis, the Cori cycle, and gluconeogenesis, as well as diseases, such as diabetes. I'm always pleased, then, when I can find a site that helps me teach this material. I'm happy to report such a site in the form of the aptly named Glycogen Metabolism site hosted at an institution I've never heard of, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Yes, the graphics are pretty simple here and the site really could use a bit of modernization, but it does a nice job of covering the basics of the topic in simple-to-understand language. I'll point my Elementary Biochemistry students to it when they can't make sense of my own teaching.
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