so I was studying biology today and I went over this weird question that says:
- The presence of 6 molecules of water in this equation:
- C6 H12 O6 + 6O2 --> 6CO2 + 6H20, Indicates that the:
- a) Complete Glycolysis of a glucose molecule (Obviously not correct)
- b) Occurrence of Krebs cycle Twice
- c) Complete occurrence of oxidative phosphorylation process
- d) Storage of energy in NADH and FADH2 molecules
Alright so this is the oxidation of one mole of glucose equation (Without the ATPs) but till now I don't exactly know the correct answer for this question, but to not create any confusion this question is related to the Aerobic respiration (Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle and Electron transport chain).
Here's how I approached this question:
(a) is obviously not correct because the products of glycloysis are 2 pyruvate molecules and 2 ATP molecules so I checked off this choice.
(b) However seems correct because the products of 2 Krebs cycle is 4 CO2 and there is already 2CO2 when the pyruvate acid formed the 2 acetyl CoA molecules so in total that's 6CO2, but still what about the 6 Water molecules?
(c) is a very debating choice because when there is a "Complete occurrence of oxidative phosphorylation process" so that means 2 Krebs cycles had already occurred and formed the 6CO2, and during the oxidative phosphorylation process Water molecules are formed. and ATPs too? I don't exactly know about the ATPs, but aren't they supposed to be in the equation's products in order for this choice to be correct?
(d) This choice indicates to Krebs cycle but the water molecules only are formed during oxidative phosphorylation only.
So basically all the choices seems very debating and confusing and if I were to choose then I'll go with (C) because it's the only choice that makes sense for the water molecules (and the question asks for water), but I want someone to please answer this question with a brief explanation to why he chose this answer,