MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: what is the meaning of anaerobic respiration?

Date: Fri Dec 22 04:25:59 2000
Posted By: Andrew D. Brabban, Faculty, Biology, The Evergreen State College
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 976305631.Bc

To answer this question we just need to look at the words and consider 
their meaning. ANAEROBIC, well I'm sure you know the word AEROBIC which 
means involving or in the presence of oxygen. The AN part of ANAEROBIC 
simply means without, therefore ANAEROBIC means without or not involving 
oxygen. Now for RESPIRATION. This is an energy conserving process inside 
cells. It is the way we take the energy in the chemicals bonds of the 
foods we eat. To do this, we convert the energy into a form we can use. 
Inside the body this is principally ATP and NADH. So how do we define 
RESPIRATION? Well technically its where in a series of reactions electrons 
are taken from a molecule that are at high energy. They are passed through 
a system and ultimately are combined with oxygen and 2 hydrogen nuclei 
(protons) to form water (AEROBIC see the oxygen here). So let's put the 2 
words together. ANBAEROBIC RESPIRATION is where electrons are moved from 1 
chemical to another and in the process we make ATP but in the absence of 
oxygen. So where do those electrons end up? Well instead of oxygen getting 
them at the end another chemical such as nitrate receives them and is 
converted to nitrite. This occurs inside your intestines, in the soils and 
many places where oxygen is absent but food is rich.

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