> The system does not know in advance that the fatty
> acid (FA) has odd or even number of C. It degrades it by 2 C (to make
> acetyl CoA) -- except at the last step, where the C3 acid is left if
> the starting FA is odd. So there is only one C3 unit made.
Good Argument (should have figured that out myself), thank you
> I never heard of anything called the methyl citric acid cycle. If that
> is supposed to be some analogy to the citric acid cycle (TCA cycle),
> note that the TCA cycle also works by loss of 2 C. So there is still a
> problem of the extra C somewhere.
>> I wouldn't be too surprised if there are various ways to deal with
> propionyl CoA.
In fact, it seems to be a circle similar to the TCA-Cycle, but not the
same. In this path, Propionyle-CoA is combined with Oxalate
to form Methylcitrate. H2O is split off (what's the correct english word
therefore anyway?) to form Methyl-Cis-Aconitate. One water is added then
to form Methyl-Iso-Citrate (hence the name).
Unfortunatly, my Book doesn't cover that...
Is it possible that Methyl-Iso-citrat could be split into Pyruvate and
Succinate? That would be a nice explanation for what's happening, but I
could not verify that.
But thanks for your help again :o)