The Metabolism Portal

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Welcome to the Metabolism portal. Metabolism is the modification of biological chemicals by a complex network of enzymatic chemical reactions which occur within the cell. Metabolic processes are vital for life, they provide the raw ingredients for all cell processes, including protein biosynthesis and DNA replication, produce energy for the cell in the form of ATP and breakdown harmful substances such as ethanol. Metabolism is broken down into many separate interconnecting metabolic pathways for ease of study.

Metabolism is a field within biochemistry and molecular biology.

Metro-style map of major metabolic pathways

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Major metabolic pathways in metro-style map. Click any text (name of pathway or metabolites) to link to the corresponding article.
Single lines: pathways common to most lifeforms. Double lines: pathways not in humans (occurs in e.g. plants, fungi, prokaryotes). Metabolic metro orange.svg Orange nodes: carbohydrate metabolism. Metabolic metro purple.svg Violet nodes: photosynthesis. Metabolic metro red.svg Red nodes: cellular respiration. Metabolic metro pink.svg Pink nodes: cell signaling. Metabolic metro blue.svg Blue nodes: amino acid metabolism. Metabolic metro grey.svg Grey nodes: vitamin and cofactor metabolism. Metabolic metro brown.svg Brown nodes: nucleotide and protein metabolism. Metabolic metro green.svg Green nodes: lipid metabolism.

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There is still a lot of work to do on Wikipedia's metabolism articles.

Visit the Metabolic Pathways task force page to see what needs doing to the wide range of metabolism-related articles, images and templates. In particular the roadmap for article development may be of interest.

On the more general front, the Molecular and Cellular Biology Wikiproject may also have projects of interest.


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This page is maintained by the Metabolic Pathways task force which is part of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Wikiproject.

The Metabolic Pathways task force is related to the Cell Signaling Wikiproject.

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