Beta Oxidation/Triglyceride ATP production question


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Beta Oxidation/Triglyceride ATP production question

Post by AC24 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:34 am

Hey guys, whats up?

Have a question regarding this topic.
"How many more ATP per gram will you get from the triglyceride shown below than you would from glucose?"

The triglyceride shown "below" looks like the triglyceride-saturated shown above, only with a lot more carbon chains and no double bonds for the 2 lower Carbon. I know this deals with Beta-oxidation, but it is just so confusing, where to get started?

I know that glucose nets you 36 ATP. I researched some and found out that a glycerol taken from this could eventually go through glycolysis. Does this mean that part will get a net of 2 ATP as well?

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Post by JackBean » Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:41 pm

What you mean by where to start? Just calculate, how many times you need to do the beta-oxidation to break your fatty acids and then how many ATPs you will get from these FADH2s, NADPHs and Acetyl-CoAs. Also, do not forget to the glycerol, there is a way, how to get him to glycolysis.

The problem is, you're asked about 1 g of fat and glucose... The question is, whether is it pure glucose or hydrated one as it is in your body.

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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