Introduction to Pyruvic Acid:
Depending upon the conditions and the organism under consideration,
a variety of metabolic fates await pyruvic acid.
1) Acetyl CoA: If the conditions are aerobic, pyruvic
acid is converted into acetyl CoA for entry into the citric
acid cycle - see diagram on the left. This will be considered
in detail in a following page.
2) Gluconeogenesis: Pyruvic acid can be converted back
to glucose or glycogen by the process of gluconeogenesis
to be described later.
3) Alanine: Pyruvic acid can be converted into the
amino acid alanine by the process of transamination to
be described in a later chapter.
Glycolysis - with
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Link to: Interactive
Fate of Pyruvic Acid (move cursor over arrows)
Jim Hardy, Professor of Chemistry, The University of Akron.