MCAT Basics Podcast

The Krebs Cycle

The MCAT Basics Podcast continues its series on Metabolism, and in today’s episode, Alex Starks talks about the Krebs cycle, also known as the TCA cycle and Citric Acid cycle. This episode examines the chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of pyruvate metabolism and details how this high-yield MCAT topic will be tested on the AAMC MCAT Exam.

  • [01:30] Aerobic fate of Pyruvate
  • [03:45] Acetyl-coa in the mitochondrial matrix
  • [04:22] Visualizing the molecules and structure
  • [06:10] The Krebs Cycle
  • [23:56] ATP and The Electron Transport Chain
  • [26:07] Quiz and Important Takeaways

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Sam completed his Bachelors of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following his graduation, he worked at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center studying HIV. Meanwhile, with a microphone in his garage, Sam founded the MCAT Basics podcast. The podcast has grown to become the top rated MCAT podcast on iTunes. In addition to podcasting, Sam enjoys the outdoors, sports, and his friends and family.

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