what is oxaloacetate????

Asked by akanksha.abbi | 20th Jul, 2008, 02:19: PM

Expert Answer:

Oxaloacetate is a four-carbon molecule found in the mitochondrion that condenses with acetyl CoA to form citrate in the first reaction of the Krebs cycle. Oxaloacetate is unstable in solution, decomposing to pyruvate by decarboxylation. It is a salt or ester of oxaloacetic acid.

Oxaloacetate must be constantly regenerated in order for the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain to continue.

Answered by  | 20th Jul, 2008, 06:19: PM

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