Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas Pathway

  • Juli Peretó
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_503-2



The Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas (EMP) pathway allows the metabolic use of glucose to generate ATP, NADH, and several biosynthetic precursors such as 3-phosphoglycerate or pyruvate. The EMP pathway can occur both anaerobically (leading to one or several fermentation pathways) and aerobically through the conversion of pyruvate to acetyl CoA and the connection with the tricarboxylic acids (TCA) cycle. The classical version of the EMP pathway is present in bacteria and eukaryotes whereas several modified versions are present in anaerobic archaea. The second half of the pathway is almost universal, and thus, it could represent the oldest part of the pathway, related to a primordial origin of gluconeogenesis.


By 1940, the canonical glycolytic pathway (i.e., the one responsible for alcoholic fermentation in yeasts and anaerobic glycolysisin muscle) was elucidated. Actually, it was the result of a collective task with the contributions of, among others,...


Bioorganic Chemistry Tricarboxylic Acid Modify Version Classical Version Glycolytic Pathway 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia EvolutivaUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain