Glycolysis uses coupled reactions in many of its steps to maintain the overall continuity of the metabolic process. The simple goal of coupled reactions is to supply the necessary free energy to make an endergonic reaction spontaneous. This is done through coupling it with a highly exergonic reaction.
The reaction shown below depicts one of the steps in glycolysis. This is a coupled reaction, meaning the 1) hydrolysis of ATP into ADP is coupled to 2) the conversion of glucose into glucose 6-phosphate.
A. What are the reactants?
B. What are the products?
C. Which reaction is the endergonic reaction?
D. Which reaction is the exergonic reaction?
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