Il Nuovo Cimento D

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 87–90 | Cite as

Thermodynamic optimality in some biochemical reactions

  • F. Angulo-Brown
  • M. Santillán
  • E. Calleja-Quevedo
Note Brevi


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).

PACS 87.10

General, theoretical and mathematical biophysics (including logic of biosystems quantum biology and relevant aspects of thermodynamics, information theory cybernetics and bionics) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Angulo-Brown
    • 1
  • M. Santillán
    • 1
  • E. Calleja-Quevedo
    • 2
  1. 1.Departmento de Física Esquela Superior de Física y MatemáticasInstituto Politécnico NacionalMexico D.F.México
  2. 2.Escuela de Medicina, ENEP-IztacalaUNAMMéxico D.F.México

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