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Outline an equation for the link reaction and outline some features of this reaction

pyruvate + NAD+ +Co A--> acetyl CoA + NADH +CO2 (irreversible, rate limiting and tightly regulated allosterically, covalently and hormonally)
Controls entry pyruvate to TCA cycle


What enzyme catalyses this reaction?

Pyruvate dehydrogenase- multienzyme complex (3 enzyme complexes), 5 coenzymes and 4-10 million Daltons (huge)


Outline 3 enzymes within PDH

- E1- pyruvate- decarboxylase- shell surrounding E2
- E2- dihydrolipoyl transacetylase- internal core
- E3- Dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase- shell surrounding E1


5 coenzymes of PDH

- thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP)- B1
- Lipoamide- lipoic acid (10 C Fatty acid)
- CoA- pantothenic acid (B5)
- FAD+- riboflavin (B2) prosthetic group
- NAD+- niacin (B3)


Outline mechanism of PDH

1) decarboxylation of pyruvate- need TPP- bound to E1 subunit- We end up with 2 C hydro ethyl TPP and CO2
2) Then oxidised lipoamide (long 10C fatty acid chain) binds with hydroxyethyl TPP and Hydroxyethyl--> acetyl group hence acetyl lipoamide formed
3) Acetyl group is linked to CoA forming to acetyl CoA and lipoamide reduced
4) Now we need to reform oxidised lipoamide
5) Reduced lipoamide reacts with FAD regenerating oxidised lipoamide and producing FADH2
6) Covalently bound to PDH so can't take electrons to ETC
Therefore donates electrons to NADH


Explain how PDH is regulated

Activated in dephosphorylated from
- insulin, Ca activates phosphatase which dephosphorylates PDH so in active form (REM activates glycogen synthase also as XS glucose so need to store and make ATP)
- ATP, NAD, acetyl CoA activates kinase forming phosphorylated inactive form PDH (if XS ATP pyruvate can be used for many other processes e.g make fa/ aa)
- Pyruvate inhibits kinase keeping PDH in the active dephosphorylated form


Outline a medical problem associated with lack thiamine

Beri- beri: damage to PNS and weakened muscle--> CV disorders
(as not produce active LDH so little ATP)
- problem in far east where rice main component of diet as thiamine (B1) only found in husk- removed
- mercury and arsenite poisoning- binds to lipoamide on E2 subunit- cant make PDH and ATP
- vitamin deficiencies- riboflavin (FAD) and niacin (NAD)
- genetic defect with PDH gene- leading to deficiency- lacticacidemia, less ATP, more alanine


Outine what NAD+ and FAD+ can accept as electron carriers

NAD+ +2H+ +2e--> NADH + H+
FAD+ +2H+ +2e- --> FADH2


Outline steps in TCA where NADPH and CO2 is formed

isocitrate to alpha ketoglutarate via isocitrate dehydrogenase
alpha ketoglutarate to succinyl CoA via alpha ketoglutarate dehydrogenase


Outline steps in TCA cycle where GTP is formed

succinyl CoA to succinate via succinate synthase


Outline steps where FADH2 is formed

succinate to fumarate via fumarase


Explain how the TCA cycle is controlled

isocitrate dehydrogenase inhibited by NADH and ATP activated by ADP
alpha ketoglutarate inhibited by succinyl CoA , NADH and ATP.


What is the overall reaction for each molecule of acetyl CoA that enters the TCA cycle

3X NADH, 1 x FADH2, 2 x CO2, 1 X GTP


Where does the link reaction and TCA cycle take place

Matrix of mitochondria