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Gluconeogenesis is the process of new formation of glucose from non-sugar substrates, e.g. amino acids, glycerol or lactate . They must be three or more carbon molecules (the PDH reaction is irreversible!).  The main importance for the organism is to maintain the level of glucose in the norm (glucose is necessary for the brain and erythrocytes) during starvation, when glycogen reserves are already exhausted. The reactions of gluconeogenesis are mostly the same reactions of glycolysis, just in the opposite order. The irreversible reactions of glycolysis (pyruvate kinase, 6-Phosphofructo-1-kinase and glucokinase) are bypassed by another route. Gluconeogenesis takes place only in the liver, kidneys and enterocytes .

Overcoming the irreversible reactions of glycolysis[edit | edit source]

Pyruvate carboxylase and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase[edit | edit source]

These two enzymes (abbreviated as PK and PEPKK) ultimately ensure the conversion of pyruvate into phosphoenolpyruvate . PK works in the first step – a molecule of carbon dioxide binds to pyruvate (using ATP ) and oxaloacetate is formed ( anaplerotic reaction – oxaloacetate is part of the citrate cycle ). The whole story takes place in the matrix of mitochondria. The second step – the PEPKK reaction – decarboxylation of oxaloacetate with the simultaneous binding of phosphate. The latter comes from GTP . This reaction can take place both in the matrix of the mitochondria, but also in the cytosol. Oxaloacetate can be taken out of the mitochondrion using the malate aspartate shuttle, phosphoenolpyruvate has its own transporter.

Glucose-6-phosphatase[edit | edit source]

Glucose-6-phosphatase converts Glc-6-P to glucose and phosphate (ATP is not formed!). So it is not a reverse reaction (see the first reaction of glycolysis ). Furthermore, the entire process takes place in the endoplasmic reticulum (separate from glycolysis, which takes place in the cytosol), and only in the liver, kidney, and enterocytes of the small intestine. Other organs in the body are therefore not able to create glucose in this way.

Pharmacology Notes[edit | edit source]

Semecarpus anacardium Semecarpus anacardium , originally from India, affects the effectiveness of some enzymes and thus leads to an improvement in the course of diabetes (from research on rats with induced diabetes).

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  1. ŠVÍGLEROVA, Jitka. Gluconeogenesis  [online]. Last revision 2/18/2009, [cit. 2010-12-25]. < >.
  2. ↑ DUŠKA, František. Biochemistry in context, part 1 - basics of energy metabolism. 1st edition. Prague: Karolinum, 2006.  ISBN 80-246-1116-3 .

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  • MATOUŠ, Bohuslav, et al. Basics of medical chemistry and biochemistry. 2010 edition. Prague: Galen, 2010. 0 pp.  ISBN 978-80-7262-702-8 .
  • DUŠKA, František. Biochemistry in context, part 1 - basics of energy metabolism. 1st edition. Prague: Karolinum, 2006.  ISBN 80-246-1116-3 .
  • MURRAY, Robert K..  Harper's Biochemistry. 2nd edition. Jinočany: H&H, 1998.  ISBN 80-7319-013-3 .
  • EZAKI, Junji, Naomi MATSUMOTO, and Mitsue TAKEDA-EZAKI, et al. Liver autophagy contributes to the maintenance of blood glucose and amino acid levels. Autophagy [online] . 2011, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. -, also available from < >. ISSN 1554-8627 (print), 1554-8635. 
  • ASEERVATHAM, Jaya, Shanthi PALANIVELU, and Sachdanandam PANCHANADHAM. Semecarpus anacardium (Bhallataka) Alters the Glucose Metabolism and Energy Production in Diabetic Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternative Med [online] . 2011, vol 2011, pp -, also available from < >. ISSN 1741-427X (print), 1741-4288.