Pentose Phosphate Pathway

Pentose Phosphate Pathway

The pentose phosphate pathway is a metabolic pathway parallel to glycolysis which generates NADPH and pentoses (5-carbon sugars) as well as ribose 5-phosphate. The pentose phosphate pathway is also called as the phosphogluconate pathway or hexose monophosphate shunt. While it involves oxidation of glucose, its primary role is anabolic rather than catabolic.  It is an important pathway that generates precursors for nucleotide synthesis andis especially important in red blood cells (erythrocytes). Location Cytoplasm of cells of the liver, adrenal cortex, and lactating …

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