, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 87-90

Thermodynamic optimality in some biochemical reactions

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Summary

In this short communication we discuss the possibility that anaerobic glycolisis and (aerobic) respiration, both for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, be chemical reactions that follow different thermodynamic-optimization criteria. The former reaction maximizing power output and the latter maximizing a function that represents an advantageous compromise between high power output and low entropy production. Our approach is by means of finite-time thermodynamics (FTT).