Il Nuovo Cimento D

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 87–90

Thermodynamic optimality in some biochemical reactions

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

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).

PACS 87.10

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

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. [1]
    Torres J. L.,Nuovo Cimento D,13 (1991) 177.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    Maddox J.,Nature,350 (1991) 653.CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  3. [3]
    Hellier C.,Nature,351 (1991) 600.CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  4. [4]
    Parker G. A. andSmith J. M.,Nature,348 (1990) 27.CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  5. [5]
    Sieniutycs S. andSalamon P. (Editors)Finite Time Themodynamics and Thermoeconomics (Taylor and Francis, New York, N.Y.) 1990.Google Scholar
  6. [6]
    Angulo Brown F.,J. Appl. Phys.,69 (1991) 7645.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. [7]
    Stucki J. W.,Eur. J. Biochem.,109 (1980) 269.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. [8]
    Prigogine I.,Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes (John Wiley & Sons, New York, N.Y.) 1961.Google Scholar
  9. [9]
    Lehninger A. L.,Principles of Biochemistry (Worth Publisher, New York, N.Y.) 1982.Google Scholar
  10. [10]
    Odum H. T. andPinkerton R. C.,Am. Sci.,43 (1955) 331.Google Scholar
  11. [11]
    Curzon F. L. andAhlborn B.,Am. J. Phys.,43 (1975) 22;De Vos A.,Endorreversible Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion (Oxford University, Oxford) 1992.CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar
  12. [12]
    Gordon J. M. andHuleihil M. J. Appl. Phys.,72 (1992) 892.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Società Italiana di Fisica 1995

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

Personalised recommendations