Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Carbohydrate Metabolism

Process of catabolism of complex carbohydrates into simpler sugars and their metabolites, a process that typically requires pathways with about ten catalytic steps. Among the betterknown conditions resulting from defective enzymes required to complete these processes are galactosemia, Von-Gierke disease, Pompe disease, Forbes Disease, Andersen disease, fructosuria and pentosuria, all X-linked or autosomal recessive diseases. Aka the glycogen storage diseases.

See citric acid cycle.

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