Fatty Acids in Our Cells
(To the tune of "Halls of Montezuma")
Copyright © 2003 Kevin Ahern

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From the fatty acids in our cells
To the lipids in our brains
We are made of biochemicals
Built in metabolic chains

Using glycolytic ATP
And electron energy
We can synthesize most everything
With the help of Delta G
 
A cell will tend to pump out sodium
But potassium it imports
It accomplishes this magic with
ATPase antiports
 
Our bilayer lipid membranes
Protect the cells' insides
Partly made of sphingolipids
We know as gangliosides
 
When it comes to regulation
The little cell has got it made
It phosphorylates a lot of things
With its own kinase cascade
 
Stimulated at a hormone site
Metabolic yang and yin
That's turned on by epinephrine
And turned off by insulin

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