Problem: Oxaloacetic acid (2-ketosuccinic acid) is a very important intermediate in metabolism. The compound is involved in the citric acid cycle for energy production within the cell. However, the compound is unstable and slowly decomposes spontaneously. Draw the decomposition products. 

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Upon inspection, structure appears to be a β-carbonyl carboxylic acid which will undergo decarboxylation in heat:

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Oxaloacetic acid (2-ketosuccinic acid) is a very important intermediate in metabolism. The compound is involved in the citric acid cycle for energy production within the cell. However, the compound is unstable and slowly decomposes spontaneously. Draw the decomposition products. 

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