Glycogen metabolism (WP160)

Glycogen is a very large, branched polymer of glucose residues. Within skeletal muscle and liver glucose is stored as glycogen. In the liver, glycogen synthesis and degradation are regulated to maintain blood-glucose levels as required to meet the needs of the organism as a whole. In contrast, in muscle, these processes are regulated to meet the energy needs of the muscle itself. '''Glycogen synthesis''' is, unlike its breakdown, endergonic. This means that glycogen synthesis requires the input of energy. Energy for glycogen synthesis comes from UTP, which reacts with glucose-1-phosphate, forming UDP-glucose, in reaction catalyzed by UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase. Glycogen is synthesized from monomers of UDP-glucose by the enzyme glycogen synthase, which progressively lengthens the glycogen chain with (a1->4) bonded glucose. As glycogen synthase can only lengthen an existing chain, the protein glycogenin is needed to initiate the synthesis of glycogen. The glycogen-branching enzyme, amylo (a1->4) to (a1->6) transglycosylase, catalyzes the transfer of a terminal fragment of 6-7 glucose residues from a nonreducing end to the C-6 hydroxyl group of a glucose residue deeper into the interior of the glycogen molecule. The branching enzyme can act upon only a branch having at least 11 residues, and the enzyme may transfer to the same glucose chain or adjacent glucose chains. '''Glycogen degradation''' consists of three steps: (1) the release of glucose 1-phosphate from glycogen, (2) the remodeling of the glycogen substrate to permit further degradation, and (3) the conversion of glucose 1-phosphate into glucose 6-phosphate for further metabolism. Information partly derived from "Biochemistry" by Stryer and [ Wikipedia].
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Kdahlquist, MaintBot, M.Ramirez, AlexanderPico, Christine Chichester, Mkutmon, and Eweitz

Cited In


Rattus norvegicus



Pathway Ontology: glycogen metabolic pathway


Label Type Compact Identifier
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Ppp2cb GeneProduct ncbigene:24673
Phkb GeneProduct ncbigene:361377
Gys2 GeneProduct ncbigene:25623
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Phkg2 GeneProduct ncbigene:140671
Glycogen Metabolite None
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cAMP Metabolite hmdb:HMDB0000058
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Glucose-1-phosphate Metabolite None
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GYG2 GeneProduct None
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Glycogen Metabolite None
Glucose Metabolite None
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Glucose-6-phosphate Metabolite None
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Pygl GeneProduct ncbigene:64035