pentose phosphate pathway


pentose phosphate pathway
(= pentose shunt; hexose monophosphate pathway; phosphogluconate oxidative pathway)
Alternative metabolic route to Embden-Meyerhof pathway for breakdown of glucose. Diverges from this when glucose-6-phosphate is oxidized to ribose 5-phosphate by the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. This step reduces NADPto NADPH, generating a source of reducing power in cells for use in reductive biosyntheses. In plants, part of the pathway functions in the formation of hexoses from CO2 in photosynthesis. Also important as source of pentoses, eg. for nucleic acid biosynthesis. This pathway is the main metabolic pathway in neutrophil leucocytes; congenital deficiency in the pathway produces sensitivity to infection.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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