Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108
WIWANITKIT, V.. Energy change in the formation of conjugated bilirubin: A possible responsive mechanism for liver cell pathology. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2007, vol.99, n.2, pp.94-95. ISSN 1130-0108.
Bilirubin is formed when red blood cells die and their hemoglobin is broken down within the macrophages into heme and globins. In the liver, bilirubin is conjugated with UDP-glucuronate, making it water-soluble diglucuronide. Concerning this conjugation, a molecule of bilirubin reacts with two molecules of glucoronic acid. However, the nature of this energy-consuming reaction in the formation of conjugated bilirubin has never been reported, and this can be important for its potential implication in hyperbilirubinemia. In this work, the author calculated the energy required by conjugated-bilirubin formation per molecule. The energy required for complex formation is -22 kCal/mol. The nature of this energy-producing reaction can be a good explanation. Increased energy delivery in conjugated hyperbilirubinemia in liver disease might be a responsive mechanism to hepatic damage.
Palabras clave : Energy; Bilirubin; Conjugation.