Polyol pathway (Mus musculus)

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glycolysis glycolysis D-Glucose Sorbitol D-Fructose Fructose 1-phosphate Dihydroxyacetone phosphate Glyceraldehyde D-Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate Sord Khk Akr1b3 Aldob Name: Polyol pathway Last Modified: 2/21/2013 Organism: Mus musculus


When glucose is unused, it is metabolized via the polyol pathway. This pathway consists of two main enzymatic steps. First, glucose is reduced to sorbitol by aldose reductase. In this step, NADPH is oxidized to NADP+. The next step is the oxidation of sorbitol to D-fructose by sorbitol dehydrogenase. Fructose can then be phosphorylated by fructokinase and subsequently be metabolized via dihydroxyacetone phosphate or glyceraldehyde to D-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate, which can be used as a substrate in the process of glycolysis. The sorbitol pathway plays a role in diabetic renal complications because aldose reductase metabolizes the excess of glucose to toxic metabolites that induce hyperfiltration and glomerular dysfunction.

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  1. Tolan DR; ''Molecular basis of hereditary fructose intolerance: mutations and polymorphisms in the human aldolase B gene.''; Hum Mutat, 1995 PubMed
  2. Dunlop M; ''Aldose reductase and the role of the polyol pathway in diabetic nephropathy.''; Kidney Int Suppl, 2000 PubMed
  3. Brownlee M; ''Biochemistry and molecular cell biology of diabetic complications.''; Nature, 2001 PubMed


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NameTypeDatabase referenceComment
Akr1b3GeneProduct11677 (Entrez Gene)
AldobGeneProductENSMUSG00000028307 (Ensembl)
D-FructoseMetaboliteHMDB00660 (HMDB)
D-GlucoseMetaboliteHMDB00122 (HMDB)
D-Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphateMetaboliteHMDB01112 (HMDB)
Dihydroxyacetone phosphateMetaboliteHMDB01473 (HMDB)
Fructose 1-phosphateMetaboliteHMDB01076 (HMDB)
GlyceraldehydeMetaboliteHMDB01051 (HMDB)
KhkGeneProductENSMUSG00000029162 (Ensembl)
SorbitolMetaboliteHMDB00247 (HMDB)
SordGeneProductENSMUSG00000027227 (Ensembl)

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