Energy and Metabolism

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Is the pyruvate oxidation reaction classified under the Kreb's cycle for MCB 150 or is it a separate process that produces NADH and carbon dioxide?


For the purposes of MCB 150, pyruvate oxidation and Krebs cycle are the "second" phase of full aerobic cellular respiration. Technically, they are separate events, but are almost always discussed together. Even biochemistry texts, which generally have a chapter for glycolysis, a chapter for Krebs cycle and a chapter for oxidative phosphorylation, will generally include pyruvate oxidation in their Krebs cycle chapter.

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