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Example Question #3 : Alternative Pathways
Which of the following compounds is regenerated in the citric acid cycle?
Oxaloacetate is the four-carbon molecule that is regenerated by the enzyme malate dehydrogenase in order to continue the cycle to form citrate with acetyl-CoA in the first step of the Krebs cycle. The other answer choices are intermediates of the citric acid cycle, but only oxaloacetate is regenerated, making it a true cycle.