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Convert propylene glycol into pyruvate anaerobically

  1. Dec 5, 2005 #1
    I have a few questions that are similar to each other that I need some serious assistance with.

    1. Certain bacteria can convert propylene glycol into pyruvate anaerobically, generating ATP. Using structures and any need cofactors/cosubstrates (NAD+, ATP), devise a pathway for this conversion.

    2. Certain anaerobic bacteria are capable of metabolizing propanoic acid as their carbon source. Using structures and cofactors/cosubstrates, devise a pathway to show how it can be converted into ethanol to supply ATP.

    3. Certain anaerobic bacteria are capable of metabolizing butanoic acid as their carbon source. Using structures and any needed cofactors/cosubstrates, devise a pathway to show how this molecule can be converted to ethanol to supply ATP.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2005 #2

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    We're willing to hlep you with these questions, but you're going to have to give us some of your thoughts first. What progress have you made on these questions?

    If you're stuck, and the info isn't in your textbook, try a web search. Something like "propionic acid as bacterial carbon source" typed into google brought up several links to pages that should provide more than enough info to address this question. Use a similar strategy for the others. Good luck and come back if you need help with any unfamiliar terms/concepts you may come across.
     
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