sam asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 10 months ago

Biology questions? Anyone know the answer please. Cellular respiration.?

How does knowing the amount of pyruvic acid help determine the rate of glycolysis?

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  • 10 months ago

    It doesn't unless you also know the rate of pyruvic acid being converted into something else or exported or used.

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  • 10 months ago

    This is because glycolysis produces pyruvate as the first transitional step between glycolysis and the Citric Acid Cycle (aerobic) or lactic acid (anaerobic) tracks.

    • Ted K
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      10 months agoReport

      But just measuring pyruvate levels does not tell anything about RATE of glycolysis.  Let's say you measure an increase--does that mean more is being produced, or less is being used up by downstream reactions?  You can't tell just by measuring its levels.

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