How is glycolysis related to the citric acid cycle?

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Jun 21, 2015

Answer:

Glycolysis produces the starting material for the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle.

Explanation:

Each step in glycolysis converts one glucose molecule into two pyruvates.

A huge enzyme complex called pyruvate dehydrogenase links glycolysis to the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle.

It converts pyruvate into acetyl-Coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA).

#underbrace("CH"_3"COCOO"^(-))_color(red)("pyruvate") + "HSCoA" + "NAD"^+ stackrel("pyruvate dehydrogenase")(→) underbrace("CH"_3"CO-SCoA")_color(red)("acetyl-CoA") + "CO"_2 + "NADH"#

Acetyl-Coenzyme A is the starting material for the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle.