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Bioenergetics and Energy Transduction

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Abstract

Bioenergetics is the study of the energy transactions in living systems. Gibbs free energy change (∆G) is the energy change in a system that is available to do work. A reaction/process is spontaneous and exergonic if the Gibbs free energy change (∆G) is negative, and nonspontaneous and endergonic if positive. In biosynthetic pathways, endergonic reactions like biosynthesis and active transport are driven by coupling to exergonic reactions. ATP is the energy currency coupling endergonic and exergonic reactions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryShivaji CollegeNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryDaulat Ram College, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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