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I stumbled across this while looking for mnemonics to help study for the MCAT and wanted to share mine. I used the one letter codes.

Amino Acids (by side chains):

Acidic: acED (pronounced "aced")
glutamic acid (E) and aspartic acid (D) are ACIdic

Basic: baHRK ("bark")
histidine (H), arginine (R), and lysine (K) are BAsic

Non-Polar: Non-WIMP FLAV
trp (W), ile (I), met (M), pro (P), phe (F), leu (L), ala (A), and val (V) are NON-polar

Polar: polaCY QSTNG ("policy questioning")
cys (C), tyr (Y), gln (Q), ser (S), thr (T), asn (N), and gly (G) are POLAr

sorry that the last two aren't as clever (IMHO)

also, I remember that gly and ala are SMall by "GAsm"

I hope this helped, it worked for me anyway.


essential amino acids :

I Love Totti Very Much And Perhapes Totti Loves Him

I= Isoleucine
Love = Leucine
Totti = Threonine
Very = Valine
Much = Methionine
And = Arginine
Perhapes = Phenylalanine
Totti = Tryptophan
Loves = Lysine
Him = Histidine


romi wrote:
Any help to memorize glicolysis pleasee

For the substrates:
Good gracious Father Frank did go by picking pumpkins (to) prepare pie.

Glucose 6-Phosphate
Fructose 6-Phosphate
Fructose 1,6 Bis-Phosphate
Dihydroxyacetone Phosphate
Glyceraldehyde 3-Phosphate
1,3- Bisphosphoglycerate
3 Phosphoglycerate
2 Phosphoglycerate

For the Enzymes:
High profile people act too glamerous, posing (for) pictures every place!

Hexokinase (Also glucokinase)
Phosphoglucose Isomerase
Phosphofructokinase 1
Triose Phosphate Isomerase
Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate Dehyrdogenase
Phosphoglycerate Kinase
Pyruvate Kinase

All kinases in glycolysis involve ATP/ADP + Pi, all dehydrogenases involve NAD+/NADH.

Edited by PAGirl on Aug 23, 2010 - 4:07 PM


I found a Web site with visual and narrative mnemonics for the Krebs cycle and urea cycle among others. Here there are the links:



Got all 20 amino acids by non-polar, polar, basic, acidic (by first letter of full name):


Get = (Glycine)
A = (Alanine)
Va**** (Valine)
L I P = (Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine)
To = (Tryptophan)
My = (Methionine)
Pe*** = (Proline)


Some = (Serine)
Times = (Threonine)
They = (Tyrosine)
Are = (Asparagine)
Good = (Glutamine)
C***’s = (Cysteine)


Hot = (Histidine)
Little = (Lysine)
A** = (Arginine)


All = (Aspartic acid)
Good = (Glutamic acid)

Say it all together now!


Citric Acid Cycle

Cindy Is Kinky So She Fornicates More Often

Can I Ask Sharon Stone For My Orgasam?

Can I Keep Selling Sex For Money, Officer?

Citrate, Isocitrate, alpha-Ketoglutamate, Succinyl CoA, Succinate, Fumarate, Oxaloacetate


Cystinuria: COLA transporter out of the urine
C- Cysteine
COLA transporter defective in Proximal convoluted tubule(urine).
Cysteine kidney stone (cysteine staghorn calculi) due to excess cystine in urine.

Hope you all get it



Thanks for all the ideas, made studying Glycolysis, Krebs and the amino-acids a breeze

Not really sure it counts as biochemistry but here's a mnemonic for the different stages of meiotic prophase:
Leptotene, Zygotene, Pachytene, Diplotene, Diakinasis

Look at Zoro Pissing Down the Drain

and I remember that Diakinasis comes after Diplotene because the beginning has a close sound to die, which is what always happens in the end..

Hope it helps someone


You can try At Another Dance Devon spilled down five drinks to remember enzymes in Kreb's cycle.


Essential Amino Acids
The Ten Main Aminoacids are Listed In a Very Hot Public Library.


Edited by drrostami on Dec 22, 2012 - 2:57 PM


triplet repeat expansion (Huntington disease)

Glu repeats --codon for Glu is CAG

C - Children
A - Are
G - Gone

Also follow the anticipation phenomenon


mnemonic for AA charge??


I am joining this forum as a newbie. It is very nice website

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