We will review the pathways that make glucose (gluconeogenesis), glycogen (glycogenesis), other sugars (pentose phosphate pathway) and fats (fatty acid synthesis). We will touch on fatty acid synthesis in our Fat Metabolism webinar but flesh it out completely in this webinar.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Link anabolism and catabolism pathways together

  • Predict which pathways will occur when


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Anabolism pathways include gluconeogenesis, glycogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway, fatty acid synthesis and ketogenesis

  • Inputs and outputs of each pathway, location and fed vs. starved state


On the MCAT

  • Metabolic pathways are high-yield topics and since many of the pathways sound the same, be able to visualize how they nest together.

  • Pentose phosphate pathway is tested quite often so be sure to understand its purpose!


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