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Reactions of Alkenes

Bioenergetics and Cellular Respiration

Hydration of alkenes belongs to the subgroup of organic reactions that are very significant in biochemistry. For example, enzyme catalyzed hydration mechanisms occur twice in the citric acid cycle, as the second step isomerization of citrate into isocitrate and in the conversion of fumarate into malate.

I feel like I need to mention again that this is not the kind of thing the MCAT is going to penalize you for not knowing before-hand. I have to mention it because premedical students always want to memorize everything. The biochemical significance of an organic reaction does influence its prospects for inclusion on the exam, though, and, furthermore, this kind of conceptual link improves the overall integration of your knowledge, which will help you retain the fundamentals, which are required for the exam.

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