In order to feed an animal cell in process called Respiration, can I replace Glucose with Glycerol?
The Equation bellow: Glycerol + Oxygen -> Water + Carbon Oxide
In most cases, it's not a good idea to replace glucose with glycerol in animal cell media. Animals do possess the ability to metabolize glycerol, via a pathway starting with the enzyme glycerol kinase. However, glycerol kinase is only expressed in certain cell types, such as liver cells and kidney cells.