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What is another name for the Krebs cycle?

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Another name for the Krebs cycle is the citric acid cycle. The Krebs cycle is also referred to as the tricarboxylic acid cycle.

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The Krebs cycle starts with the pyruvate produced during glycolysis. Part of the pyruvate is used to form acetyl-CoA. This reaction also produces carbon dioxide and a molecule of NADH. The acetyl-CoA combines with oxaloacetic acid to produce citric acid.

The cycle continues as a series of chemical reactions occur. Each reaction is catalyzed by an enzyme. The Krebs cycle produces high-energy molecules of ATP and NADH as well as carbon dioxide and FADH2, giving organisms the energy they need to power other chemical reactions.

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