Overview of pyruvate oxidation
Pyruvate oxidation steps
- A carboxyl group is removed from pyruvate and released as carbon dioxide.
- The two-carbon molecule from the first step is oxidized, and NAD+ accepts the electrons to form NADH.
- The oxidized two-carbon molecule, an acetyl group, is attached to Coenzyme A to form acetyl CoA.
- Two molecules of pyruvate are converted into two molecules of acetyl .
- Two carbons are released as carbon dioxide—out of the six originally present in glucose.
- 2 are generated from .