N-A-D
(To the tune of "Penny Lane")
Copyright © 2004 Kevin Ahern

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In the catabolic pathways that our cells employ
Oxidations help create the ATP
While they lower Gibbs free energy
Thanks to enthalpy

If a substrate is converted from an alcohol
To an aldehyde or ketone it is clear
Those electrons do not disappear
They just rearrange – very strange


N-A-D is in my ears and in my eyes   
Help-ing mol-e-cules get oxidized
Voila! N-A-D-H


And the latter is a problem anaerobically
‘Cause accumulations of it muscles hate
They respond by using pyruvate
To produce lactate

Which the Cori cycle handles trans-hepatically
Synthesizing sugar’s almost effortless
Using glu-co-ne-o-gen-e-sis
Anabolic’ly,  Eagerly


N-A-D is in my ears and in my eyes   
Help-ing mol-e-cules get oxidized
Voila! N-A-D-H

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