Category: Metabolism

Metabolic processes generate Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) an energy carrier. There are two types of metabolic process, catabolic and anabolic. Catabolic processes break down molecules and produce energy while anabolic processes create molecules and require energy to do so, involving carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and ketones. Regarding anabolic processes, gene expression helps to determine the specific compounds that can synthesized.

Navdeep S. Chandel (2015). Navigating Metabolism. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, NY. p. 9.  See chapter 1 “What is Metabolism?