Soundings

Purine biosynthesis and other hits

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1646a (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1646
  1. Bernard Dixon

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    All together now, to the tune Cwm Rhondda:

    Transient third phosphorylation At OH on carbon three Causes decarboxylation As the phosphate splits off free Thus you're making no mistaking Species to polymerase (happy sighs!) Reactive and the proper size.

    More seasonally, you could try a biochemical version of Good King Wenceslas (“But beware for ethanol at levels elevated/In liver cells, in cytosol, is dehydrogenated”). And for the singsong after Christmas lunch, there's Clementine (“Fatty acyl, CoA level, makes kinase phosphorylate/Acetyl Co-A carboxy-lase to its inactive state”).

    Nicely timed for Yuletide, the new edition of Harold Baum's The Biochemists' Songbook (Taylor and Francis, …

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