FRANCIS LEROY & SIMON FRANCE-LANORD, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS LEROY & SIMON FRANCE-LANORD, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lactic fermentation. Animation showing the metabolic pathway and reactions involved in the production of lactate and lactic acid in muscles (artwork of striated muscle at top right). The process is known as lactate fermentation. The starting molecule is the simple sugar glucose (top left). The process of glycolysis converts this into pyruvate (pyruvic acid, centre right). Anaerobic fermentation produces lactate (lower left). The process includes interconversion of NADH (reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NAD-plus. Also playing a key role is adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and phosphate groups (Pi). For this animation without labels, see K004/2734.
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