Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Tags:
Alpha-helix Structure, Amino Acid, Beta-pleated Sheet, Biological Macromolecule, Biological Molecules, Carbohydrate, Carbohydrate Classification, Carbohydrates, Cellulose, Chaperones, Chitin, Condensation, Condensation Reaction, Cytochrome c, DNA, Dehydration, Dehydration Reaction, Dehydration Synthesis, Denaturation, Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Disaccharide, Double Helix, Energy From Fat, Enzyme, Fat, Fatty Acid, Glycogen, Glycosidic Bond, Hormone, Hydrolysis, Hydrolysis Reaction, Lipid, Lipids, MRNA, Macromolecule Synthesis, Messenger RNA, MiRNA, MicroRNA, Molecular Structure, Monomer, Monosaccharide, Nucleic Acid, Nucleic Acids, Nucleotide, Oil, Omega Fat, Omega-3, Omega-6, Peptide Bond, Phosphodiester, Phospholipid, Polymer, Polynucleotide, Polypeptide, Polysaccharide, Primary Structure, Protein, Protein Folding, Protein Function, Protein Organization, Protein Shape, Protein Type, Proteins, Purine, Pyramidine, Quaternary Structure, RNA, Ribonucleic Acid, Ribosomal RNA, Rrna, Saturated Fat, Saturated Fatty Acid, Secondary Structure, Steroid, Synthesis of Biological Macromolecules, Tertiary Structure, Trans Fat, Transcription, Transfer RNA, Translation, Triacylglycerol, Triglyceride, Trna, Unsaturated Fat, Unsaturated Fatty Acid, Wax
Language:
English

Introduction

Photo shows a variety of cheeses, fruits, and breads served on a tray.
Foods such as bread, fruit, and cheese are rich sources of biological macromolecules. (credit: modification of work by Bengt Nyman)

Food provides the body with the nutrients it needs to survive. Many of these critical nutrients are biological macromolecules, or large molecules, necessary for life. Different smaller organic molecule (monomer) combinations build these macromolecules (polymers). What specific biological macromolecules do living things require? How do these molecules form? What functions do they serve? We explore these questions in this chapter.