Thermodynamic optimality in some biochemical reactions
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 87.10General, theoretical and mathematical biophysics (including logic of biosystems quantum biology and relevant aspects of thermodynamics, information theory cybernetics and bionics)
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