Molecule of the Week

Pyruvic acid

May 4, 2009

Pyruvic acid, the simplest α-ketoacid, plays a central role in sugar metabolism. It is the product of glycolysis, the anaerobic decomposition of glucose. In muscle, it is reduced to lactic acid during exertion. Pyruvic acid was featured in “Emergence” on PBS’s Nova program in 2007.

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