Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration
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  • Oof. I just finished a nice walk and I can just imagine the aerobic cellular respiration that my cells went through. 
  • Let's go back to my place to start from the top.
  • Glucose
  • 2 ATP
  • First, we start with glycolysis which occurs in the membrane. The glucose from food such as a protein shake is broken down into pyruvic acid along with the process of pyruvic oxidation. ATP is also converted to ADP taking a phosphate away. 
  • Now  it's time for a closer look at the Krebs Cycle in my lab.
  • 2 Pyruvic Acid
  • 2 Pyruvic Acid
  • I can't believe chemical energy my body produced in the Krebs Cycle. The pyruvates from glycolysis are used to create CO2, FADH2, NADH, and 2 ATP!!! This all occurs in the mitchrondiral matrix where the coenzyme A converts the pyruvic acid into acetyl CoA to get this process going. The citric acid also gets broken down to release the CO2 created! Oooh
  • FADH2
  • NADH *6
  • 2 ATP
  • CO2
  • NADH 
  • FADH2
  • The NADH and NAFDH move throughout the inner membrane and go onto the electron transport chain to create more ATP.
  • The real lifesaver during my tough walk was the electron transport chain, This process moves excess protons from the outer membrane and matrix into the inter membrane space trhough an ATP synthase. This converts ADP into 34 ATP!! Woah!
  • NADH 
  • ATP synthase
  • H+ ions
  • 34 ATP
  • At the end we get some CO2, H2O, and 38 ATP to power my cells.  
  • C6H12O6 + O2 -> CO2 + O2 + ATP
  • 38 ATP
  • H2O
  • CO2
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