what is pyruvate?

Asked by aharan_4u | 7th Jan, 2010, 12:14: PM

Expert Answer:

Pyruvate is formed when sugar is broken down for energy in the presence of oxygen (aerobic metabolism).
Pyruvic acid (CH3COCOOH) is an organic acid. The carboxylate anion of pyruvic acid (CH3COCOO- ), is known as pyruvate.

Pyruvate is the end product of glycolysis, which is converted into acetyl coA that enters the Krebs cycle when there is sufficient oxygen available. When the oxygen is insufficient, pyruvate is broken down anaerobically, creating lactate in animals (including humans) and ethanol in plants.


Answered by  | 7th Jan, 2010, 04:27: PM

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