Metabolites

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A term of metabolite is usually refer to a small molecule that is the product of reaction catalysed by enzymes. The examples of metabolites are amino acids, nucleotides and sugars.

Metabolites are divided into two categories: primary and secondary metabolites.

For maintaining many processes in human body, such as reproduction, growth and development, primary metabolite (also known as a central metabolite) is particularly important.

Production of the secondary metabolites occurs during synthesis of primary metabolites and play a key role in ecology, for example, they can function as antibodies[1][2].

References:

  1. Medicine Plus, n.d. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002258.htm [online] [Accessed on 21/11/2013]
  2. Primary and Secondary Metabolites, n.d. Available at: https://www.boundless.com/microbiology/industrial-microbiology/industrial-microbiology/primary-and-secondary-metabolites/ [online] [Accessed on 21/11/2013]
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