5.07SC | Fall 2013 | Undergraduate

Biological Chemistry I

Module III: Using Energy to Make Macromolecules

Session 17: Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis

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Lecture Topics

  • Fatty Acid (FA) and Lipid Biosynthesis
  • Stages of Fatty Acid Biosynthesis
  • Fatty Acid Synthase (FAS) Reactions
  • Introducing NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate)
  • Converting FA to Phospholipid and TAG (triacylgycerol)


  • Chapter 20: Lipid Metabolism
    • Lipid Digestion, Absorption, and Transport
    • Fatty Acid Oxidation
    • Ketone Bodies
    • Fatty Acid Biosynthesis
    • Regulation of Fatty Acid Metabolism

Lecture Video: Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis

This video introduces anabolism, the phase of metabolism in which complex molecules are formed from simpler ones. Professor Essigmann describes in detail stages of fatty acid biosynthesis and lipid biosynthesis.

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