Cells make energy by breaking down macromolecules. Cellular respiration is the biochemical process that converts “food energy” (from the chemical bonds of macromolecules) into chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The first step of this tightly regulated and intricate process is glycolysis. The word glycolysis originates from Latin glyco (sugar) and lysis (breakdown). Glycolysis serves two main intracellular functions: generate ATP and intermediate metabolites to feed into other pathways. The glycolytic pathway converts one hexose (six-carbon carbohydrate such as glucose), into two triose molecules (three-carbon carbohydrate) such as pyruvate, and a net of two molecules of ATP (four produced, two consumed) and two molecules of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). Did you know that glycolysis was the first biochemical pathway discovered? In the mid-1800s, Louis Pasteur determined that microorganisms cause the breakdown of glucose in the absence of oxygen (fermentation). In 1897, Eduard Buchner found that fermentation reactions can still be carried out in cell-free yeast extracts, achieved by breaking open the cell and collecting the cytoplasm which contains the soluble molecules and organelles. Shortly thereafter in 1905, Arthur Harden and William Young discovered that the rate of fermentation decreases wit…
While the first phase of glycolysis consumes energy to convert glucose to glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate (G3P), the second phase produces energy. The energy is released over a sequence of reactions that turns G3P into pyruvate. The energy-releasing phase—steps 6-10 of glycolysis—occurs twice, once for each of the two 3-carbon sugars produced during steps 1-5.
The first energy-releasing step—considered the 6th step of glycolysis overall—consists of two concurrent events: oxidation and phosphorylation of G3P. The electron carrier NAD+ removes one hydrogen from G3P, oxidizing the 3-carbon sugar and converting (reducing) NAD+ to form NADH and H+. The released energy is used to phosphorylate G3P, turning it into 1,3-bisphosphoglycerate. In the next step, 1,3-bisphosphoglycerate converts ADP to ATP by donating a phosphate group, thereby becoming 3-phosphoglycerate. The 3-phosphoglycerate is then converted into an isomer, 2-phosphoglycerate. Subsequently, 2-phosphoglycerate loses a water molecule, becoming the unstable molecule 2-phosphoenolpyruvate, or PEP. PEP easily loses its phosphate group to ADP, converting it into a second ATP molecule and becoming pyruvate in the process. The energy-releasing phase releases two molecules of ATP and one molecule of NADH per converted sugar. Because…
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