Why is a different enzyme involved in each step of glycolysis?

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asked Oct 21, 2013 in Biology by dahlingfox ~Rookie~ (79 points)

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Each step involves a different chemical reaction.

answered Oct 21, 2013 by dahlingfox ~Rookie~ (79 points)
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Glycolysis is a determined sequence of ten reactions involving ten intermediate compounds (one of the steps involves two intermediates). The intermediates provide entry points to glycolysis. For example, most monosaccharides, such as fructose, glucose, and galactose, can be converted to one of these intermediates. The intermediates may also be directly useful. For example, the intermediate dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) is a source of the glycerol that combines with fatty acids to form fat.

answered Oct 24, 2013 by jacobmahony ~Rookie~ (80 points)