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De novo pathway

Definition
noun, plural: de novo pathways
(biochemistry) A biochemical pathway where a complex biomolecule is synthesized anew from simple precursor molecules.
Supplement
An example is the synthesis of complex biomolecules from simple units, e.g. of protein from amino acids.
This is in contrast to salvage pathway where simple molecules are being recycled after partial degradation.
Compare: salvage pathway


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