Carbohydrates articles from across Nature Portfolio

Carbohydrates (also known as sugars) are molecules consisting of a basic unit, usually a six-membered ring, containing carbon and oxygen, either alone (monosaccharides) or joined together (disaccharides, oligosaccharides, or polysaccharides). They have various biological functions, including energy storage, protein modification and regulation, and act as structural components of cell membranes.

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  • News & Views |

    GAPDH is highly sensitive to oxidation by reactive oxygen species, but how exactly its oxidation alters carbon flux is not known. Talwar et al. demonstrate that oxidative inactivation of GAPDH is required for maximal pentose phosphate pathway flux to support NADPH generation during oxidative stress.

    • Laura Torrente
    •  & Gina M. DeNicola
    Nature Metabolism 5, 538-539
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Pride holds a special place in the hearts of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) individuals as a time to celebrate the progress we have made, and advocate for the advances yet to come. Here, I highlight ways in which the scientific community has had a crucial role in driving this progress, and provide a personal perspective on the importance of being open and proud of my identity as a gay cell biologist.

    • Yee-Hung Mark Chan
    Nature Cell Biology 24, 1010-1011
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Christine M. Le takes a look at 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxyglucose and explains how this radioactive sugar could help to save your life.

    • Christine M. Le