Digestion Large molecules must be broken down to smaller molecules Then they can pass through the gut and enter the blood stream Then they can enter cells where some molecules can be directly used for macromolecule synthesis others will enter metabolic processes. Some of the individual protein units (amino acids) cannot be made by the body and are said to be essential. Not the case with purines and pyrimidines
Nucleic acids and purines Purines and pyrimidines can be made by our bodies. This de novo synthesis takes a lot of energy so nature tries to re-use the purine and pyrimidine ring structures for ATP, etc and DNA & RNA synthesis.
Nucleic acids and purines Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – our energy metabolite ATP is essential for every breath we take
Partial Metabolic Pathway for ATP degradation ATP AMP IMP Hypoxanthine Xanthine 5NT HPRTase Xanthine Oxidase Urate Adenosine Inosine Xanthine Oxidase DNA
Hypoxanthine Increases in food on storage Related to the taste of meat and meat
Gut Bacteria The average human consists of ca. 10 13 (ten trillion) cells. We have about ten times that number of microorganisms in our gut. There's an estimated 500 different bacterial species in the intestine. The metabolic activity performed by these bacteria equal to that of a virtual organ making the gut bacteria a "forgotten" organ. E. Coli