01 September 2014

The Fate of Pyruvate - and the theory of Atkins diet

The fate of Pyruvate are determined by the relative concentration of several downstream products as well as hormonal regulation. Oxaloacetate is an important downstream product of Pyruvate.
This video explores how Pyruvate is controlled via signalling to the enzyme Pyruvate Dehydrogenase. It also explains how the Atkins diet is supposed to work, by keeping insulin levels low, you decrease the amount of fatty acid synthesis.

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