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Monday, January 22, 2007

Monday's Molecule #10

Name this molecule. You must be specific. We need the correct common name.

This is an easy one for everyone who has ever taken biochemistry. This compound is the substrate for one of the most important reactions in living cells—a reaction that powers every living organism. The enzyme that catalyzes this reaction gets my vote for the most important enzyme in the known universe.

We'll discuss what this molecule does after you've been given a chance to identify it.

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  1. Hey, that's oxidised ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q). I'm just about to go off and teach the electron transport chain to my students. What a coincidence! How amazingly unlikely is that?