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Unformatted text preview: CHAPTER 6 AN INTRODUCTION TO METABOLISM _________________———————— OUTLINE I. Metabolism, Energy and Life A. The chemistry of life is organized into metabolic pathways B. Organisms transform energy C. The energy transformations of life are subject to two laws of thermodynamics D. Organisms live at the expense of free energy E. ATP powers cellular work by coupling exergonic to endergonic reactions II. Enzymes A. Enzymes speed up metabolic reactions by lowering energy barriers B. Enzymes are substrate-specific C. The active site is an enzyme’s catalytic center D. A cell’s physical and chemical environment affects enzyme activity 111. The Control of Metabolism A. Metabolic control often demends on allosteric regulation B. The location of enzymes within a cell helps order metabolism OBJECTIVES After reading this chapter and attending lecture, the student should be able to: 1. Explain the role of catabolic and anabolic pathways in the energy exchanges of cellular metabolism. 2. Distinguish between kinetic and potential energy. 3. Distinguish between open and closed systems. 4. Explain, in their own words, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. 5. Explain why highly ordered living organisms do not violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. 6. Distinguish between entropy and enthalpy. 7. Write the Gibbs equation for free energy change. 8. Explain how changes in enthalpy, entropy and temperature influence the maximum amount of usable energy that can be harvested from a reaction. 9. Explain the usefulness of free energy. 10. List two major factors capable of driving spontaneous processes. 1 l. Distinguish between exergonic and endergonic reactions. 12. Describe the relationship between equilibrium and free energy change for a reaction. 56 Unit I The Chemistry of Life 13. Describe the function of ATP in the cell. 14. List the three components of ATP and identify the major class of macromolecules to which it belongs. 15. Explain how ATP performs cellular work. 16. Explain why chemical disequilibrium is essential for life. 17. Describe the energy profile of a chemical reaction including activation energy (EA), free energy change (AG) and transition state. 18. Describe the function of enzymes in biological systems. 19. Explain the relationship between enzyme structure and enzyme specificity. 20. Explain the induced fit model of enzyme function and describe the catalytic cycle of an enzyme. 21. Describe several mechanisms by which enzymes lower activation energy. 22. Explain how substrate concentration affects the rate of an enzyme-controlled reaction. 23. Explain how enzyme activity can be regulated or controlled by environmental conditions, cofactors, enzyme inhibitors and allosteric regulators. 24. Distinguish between allosteric activation and cooperativity. 25. Explain how metabolic pathways are regulated. KEY TERMS metabolism first law of thermodynamics catalyst noncompetitive inhibitors catabolic pathways second law of thermodynam ics anabolic pathways free energy bioenergetics energy kinetic energy potential energy thermodynamics allosteric site feedback inhibition cooperativity activation energy substrate active site induced f1t cofactors exergonic reaction endergonic reaction entropy energy coupling spontaneous reaction ATP phosphorylated intermediate coenzymes competitive inhibitors LECTURE NOTES 1. Metabolism, Energy and Life A. The chemistry of life is organized into metabolic pathways Metabolism = Totality of an organism's chemical processes (see Campbell, Figure 6.1). - Property emerging from specific molecular interactions within the cell. - Concerned with managing cellular resources: material and energy. Metabolic reactions are organized into pathways that are orderly series of enzymatically controlled reactions. Metabolic pathways are generally of two types: Catabolz'c pathways = Metabolic pathways that release energy by breaking down complex molecules to simpler compounds (e.g., cellular respiration which degrades glucose to carbon dioxide and water; provides energy for cellular work). Anabolic pathways = Metabolic pathways that consume energy to build complicated molecules from simpler ones (e.g., photosynthesis which synthesizes glucose from C02 and H20; any synthesis of a macromolecule from its monomers). Metabolic reactions may be coupled,,so that energy released from a catabolic reaction can be used to drive an anabolic one. Chapter 6 An Introduction to Metabolism 57 It may be useful at this point to illustrate energy exchanges in metabolic reactions. When respiration is introduced in Chapters 9 and 10, you can use this concept again as a transition. B. Organisms transform energy Energy = Capacity to do work Kinetic energy = Energy in the process of doing work (energy of motion). For example: 0 Heat (thermal energy) is kinetic energy expressed in random movement of molecules. - Light energy from the sun is kinetic energy which powers photosynthesis. Potential energy = Energy that matter possesses because of its location or arrangement (energy of position). For example: - In the earth's gravitational field, an object on a hill or water behind a dam have potential energy. - Chemical energy is potential energy stored in molecules because of the arrangement of nuclei and electrons in its atoms. Energy can be transformed from one form to another. For example: - Kinetic energy of sunlight can be transformed into the potential energy of chemical bonds during photosynthesis. - Potential energy in the chemical bonds of gasoline can be transformed into kinetic mechanical energy which pushes the pistons of an engine. . The energy transformations of life are subject to two laws of thermodynamics Thermodynamics = Study of energy transformations First Law of Thermodynamics = Energy can be transferred and transformed, but it cannot be created or destroyed (energy of the universe is constant). Second Law of Thermodynamics = Every energy transfer or transformation makes the universe more disordered (every process increases the entropy of the universe). Entropy = Quantitative measure of disorder that is proportional to randomness (designated by the letter S). Closed system = Collection of matter under study which is isolated from its surroundings. Open system = System in which energy can be transferred between the system and its surroundings. It is important to distinguish between open and closed systems and to spend lecture time on the second law of thermodynamics. Students often ask: "How is the evolution of complex life forms possible if it violates the second law of thermodynamics?" Thoughtful preparation of an answer beforehand will be well worth the effort. The entropy of a system may decrease, but the entropy of the system plus its surroundings must always increase. Highly ordered living organisms do not violate the second law because they are open systems. For example, animals: 0 Maintain highly ordered structure at the expense of increased entropy of their surroundings. - Take in complex high energy molecules as food and extract chemical energy to create and maintain order. - Return to the surroundings simpler low energy molecules (C02 and water) and heat. 58 Unit I The Chemistry of Life Energy can be transformed, but part of it is dissipated as heat which is largely unavailable to do work. Heat energy can perform work if there is a heat gradient resulting in heat flow from warmer to cooler. Combining the first and second laws; the quantity of energy in the universe is constant 7 but its quality is not. D. Organisms live at the expense of free energy 1. Free energy: a criterion for spontaneous change Not all of a system's energy is available to do work. The amount of energy that is available to do work is described by the concept of free energy. Free energy (G) is related to the system's total energy (H) and its entropy (S) in the following way: G = H — TS where: G = Gibbs free energy (energy available to do work) H = enthalpy or total energy T = temperature in °K S = entropy Free energy (G) = Portion of a system’s energy available to do work; is the difference between the total energy (enthalpy) and the energy not available for doing work (TS). The maximum amount of usable energy that can be harvested from a particular reaction is the system’s free energy change from the initial to the final state. This change in free energy (AG) is given by the Gibbs—Helmholtz equation at constant temperature and pressure: AG = AH — TAS where: A G = change in free energy AH = change in total energy (enthalpy) AS = change in entropy T = absolute temperature in °K (which is °C + 273) To put these thermodynamic concepts in the context of chemical reactions, you also may briefly discuss the other component of the Gibbs-Helmholtz equation — AH or change in enthalpy measured as the heat of reaction. Students should understand that during a chemical reaction, reactant molecules must absorb energy for their bonds to break, and that energy is released when bonds form between the rearranged atoms of the products. Consequently, the net energy consumed or released when reactants are converted to products is the net difference between the energy consumed to break chemical bonds of reactants and the energy released from the formation of the products. Significance of free energy: a. Indicates the maximum amount of a system's energy which is available to do work. b. Indicates whether a reaction will occur spontaneously or not. - A spontaneous reaction is one that will occur without additional energy. - In a spontaneous process, AG or free energy of a system decreases (AG<0). Chapter 6 An Introduction to Metabolism 59 - A decrease in enthalpy (—AH) and an increase in entropy (+AS) reduce the free energy of a system and contribute to the spontaneity of a process. - A higher temperature enhances the effect of an entropy change. Greater kinetic energy of molecules tends to disrupt order as the chances for random collisions increase. - When enthalpy and entropy changes in a system have an opposite effect on free energy, temperature may determine whether the reaction will be spontaneous or not (e.g., protein denaturation by increased temperature). 0 High energy systems, including high energy chemical systems, are unstable and tend to change to a more stable state with a lower free energy. Free energy and equilibrium There is a relationship between chemical equilibrium and the free energy change (AG) of a reaction: - As a reaction approaches equilibrium, the free energy of the system decreases (spontaneous and exergonic reaction). - When a reaction is pushed away from equilibrium, the free energy of system increases (non-spontaneous and endergonic reaction). ~ When a reaction reaches equilibrium, AG = 0, because there is no net change in the system. Free energy and metabolism a. Reactions can be classified based upon their free energy changes: Exergonic reaction = A reaction that proceeds with a net loss of free energy. Endergonic reaction = An energy-requiring reaction that proceeds with a net gain of free energy; a reaction that absorbs free energy from its surroundings. Exergonic Reaction Endergonie Reaction Chemical products have less free Products store more free energy than energy than the reactant molecules. reactants. Reaction is energetically downhill. Reaction is energetically uphill. Non—spontaneous reaction (requires energy input). Spontaneous reaction. AG is negative. AG is positive. —AG is the maximum amount of +AG is the minimum amount of work work the reaction can perform. required to drive the reaction. If a chemical process is exergonic, the reverse process must be endergonic. For example: - For each mole of glucose oxidized in the exergonic process of cellular respiration, 2870 k] are released (AG = —2870 kJ/mol or —686 kcal/mol). - To produce a mole of glucose, the endergonic process of photosynthesis requires an energy input of 2870 U (AG = +2870 kJ/mol or +686 kcal/mol). 60 Unit I The Chemistry of Life From this point on, the text uses joules and kilojoules as energy units and puts the caloric equivalent in parentheses. The joule (J) is the metric unit of energy; some handy conversions follow: 0.239 cal 1000 J or 0.239 kcal 4.184 J joule (J) Kilojoule (kJ) calorie (cal) In cellular metabolism, endergonic reactions are driven by coupling them to reactions with a greater negative free energy (exergonic). ATP plays a critical role in this energy coupling. b. Metabolic disequilibrium Since many metabolic reactions are reversible, they have reach equilibrium. the potential to - At equilibrium, AG = 0, so the system can do no work. 0 Metabolic disequilibrium is a necessity of life; a cell at equilibrium is dead. 0 In the cell, these potentially reversible reactions are pulled forward away from equilibrium, because the products of some reactions become reactants for the next reaction in the metabolic pathway. 0 For example, during cellular respiration a steady supply of high energy reactants such as glucose and removal of low energy products such as C02 and H20, maintain the disequilibrium necessary for respiration to proceed. E. ATP powers cellular work by coupling exergonic to endergonic reactions ATP is the immediate source of energy that drives most cellular work, which includes: ' Mechanical work such as beating of cilia, muscle contraction, cytoplasmic flow, and chromosome movement during mitosis and meiosis. - Transport work such as pumping substances across membranes. - Chemical work such as the endergonic process of polymerization. 1. The structure and hydrolysis of ATP ATP (adenosine triphosphate) = Nucleotide with unstable phosphate bonds that the cell hydrolyzes for energy to drive endergonic reactions. ATP consists of: - Adenine, a nitrogenous l Adenine base. 0 Ribose, a five—carbon sugar. 0 0 Chain of three I I | phosphate groups. H N H O O o Phosphates Chapter 6 An Introduction to Metabolism 61 Unstable bonds between the phosphate groups can be hydrolyzed in an exergonic reaction that releases energy. - When the terminal phosphate bond is hydrolyzed, a phosphate group is removed producing ADP (adenosine gphosphate). ATP + H2o—vADP + ® ' Under standard conditions in the laboratory, this reaction releases —31 kJ/mol (—7.3 kcal/mol). ' In a living cell, this reaction releases —55 kJ/mol (—l3 kcal/mol)—about 77% more than under standard conditions. The terminal phosphate bonds of ATP are unstable, so: - The products of the hydrolysis reaction are more stable than the reactant. ° Hydrolysis of the phosphate bonds is thus exergonic as the system shifts to a more stable state. 2 How ATP performs work Exergonic hydrolysis of ATP is coupled with endergonic processes by transferring a phosphate group to another molecule. - Phosphate transfer is enzymatically controlled. 0 The molecule acquiring the phosphate (phosphorylated or activated intermediate) becomes more reactive. For example, conversion of glutamic acid to glutamine (see Campbell, Figure 6.7): Glu + NH3 ———b Gln AG = +14.2 kJ/mol (+3.4 kcal/mol) glutamic acid ammonia glutamine (endergonic) Two step process of energy coupling with ATP hydrolysis: 1. Hydrolysis of ATP and phosphorylation of glutamic acid. Glu + ATP ————+ Glu—g)? + ADP a e unst phosphorylated intermediate 2. Replacement of the phosphate with the reactant ammonia. Glu—® + NH3 ———+ G1n + ® Overall AG: Glu + NH3 ———> Gln AG = + 14.2 kJ/mol ATP ———¢ ADP +® AG = — 31.0 kJ/mol Net AG =— 16.8 kJ/mol (Overall process is exergonic) 3. The regeneration of ATP ATP is continually regenerated by the cell. - Process is rapid (lO7 molecules used and regenerated/sec/cell). - Reaction is endergonic. ADP + ® —-—> ATP AG = + 31 kJ/mol (+7.3 kcal/mol) 0 Energy to drive the endergonic regeneration of ATP comes from the exergonic process of cellular respiration. Enzymes A. Enzymes speed up metabolic reactions by lowering energy barriers Free energy change indicates whether a reaction will occur spontaneously, but does not give information about the speed of reaction. 62 Unitl The ChemistryofLife - A chemical reaction will occur spontaneously if it releases free energy (—AG), but it may occur too slowly to be effective in living cells. ° Biochemical reactions require enzymes to speed up and control reaction rates. Catalyst = Chemical agent that accelerates a reaction without being permanently changed in the process, so it can be used over and over. Enzymes = Biological catalysts made of protein. Before a reaction can occur, the reactants must absorb energy to break chemical bonds. This initial energy investment is the activation energy. Free energy of activation (activation energy) = Amount of energy that reactant molecules must absorb to start a reaction (EA). Transition state = Unstable condition of reactant molecules that have absorbed sufficient free energy to react. Energy profile of an exergonic reaction; 1. Reactants must absorb enough energy (EA) to reach the transition state (uphill portion of the curve). Usually the absorption of thermal energy / from the surroundings is enough to break chemical bonds. 2. Reaction occurs and energy is released as new bonds form (downhill portion of the curve). 3. AG for the overall reaction is the difference in free energy between products and reactants. In an exergonic reaction the free energy of the products is less than reactants. Transition stale \ Free Energy ...> Reactants , Products Progress of the reaction —<>— Even though a reaction is energetically favorable, there must be an initial investment of activation energy (EA ). The breakdown of biological macromolecules is exergonic. However, these molecules react very slowly at cellular temperatures because they cannot absorb enough thermal energy to reach transition state. In order to make these molecules reactive when necessary, cells use biological catalysts called enzymes, which: - Are proteins. ' Lower EA, so the transition state can be reached at cellular temperatures. 0 Do not change the nature of a reaction (AG), but only speed up a reaction that would have occurred anyway. ' Are very selective for which reaction they will catalyze. B. Enzymes are substrate—specific Enzymes are specific for a particular substrate, and that specificity depends upon the enzyme's three—dimensional shape. Chapter 6 An Introduction to Metabolism 63 Substrate = The substance an enzyme acts on and makes more reactive. - An enzyme binds to its substrate and catalyzes its conversion to product. The enzyme is released in original form. Substrate + enzyme—P enzyme-substrate complex—D product + enzyme - The substrate binds to the enzyme's active site. Active site = Restricted region of an enzyme molecule which binds to the substrate. ' Is usually a pocket or groove on the protein’s surface. - Formed with only a few of the enzyme's amino acids. - Determines enzyme specificity which is based upon a compatible fit between the shape of an enzyme's active site and the shape of the substrate. - Changes its shape in response to the substrate. ° As substrate binds to the active site, it induces the enzyme to change its shape. - This brings its chemical groups into positions that enhance their ability to interact with the substrate and catalyze the reaction. Induced fit = Change in the shape of an enzyme's active site, which is induced by the substrate (see Campbell, Figure 6.11). C. The active site is an enzyme’s catalytic center The entire enzymatic cycle is quite rapid (see Campbell, Figure 6.12). Steps in the catalytic cycle of enzymes: 1. Substrate binds to the active site forming an enzyme-substrate complex. Substrate is held in the active site by weak interactions (e.g., hydrogen bonds and ionic bonds). 2. Induced fit of the active site around the substrate. Side chains of a few amino acids in the active site catalyze the conversion of substrate to product. 3. Product departs active site and the enzyme emerges in its original form. Since ...
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