Interactive animation of the structure of ATP
The succinate dehydrogenase complex showing several cofactors, including flavin, iron–sulfur centers, and heme.
Summary of aerobic respiration
The cycles of synthesis and degradation of ATP; 2 and 1 represent input and output of energy, respectively.
A simple [Fe2S2] cluster containing two iron atoms and two sulfur atoms, coordinated by four protein cysteine residues.
Summary of the 10 reactions of the glycolysis pathway
This image shows a 360-degree rotation of a single, gas-phase magnesium-ATP chelate with a charge of −2. The anion was optimized at the UB3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) theoretical level and the atomic connectivity modified by the human optimizer to reflect the probable electronic structure.
The redox reactions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.
Glycolysis pathway overview.
An example of the Rossmann fold, a structural domain of a decarboxylase enzyme from the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis with a bound flavin mononucleotide cofactor.
Eduard Buchner. Discovered cell-free fermentation.
Otto Meyerhof. One of the main scientists involved in completing the puzzle of glycolysis
Yeast hexokinase B
Bacillus stearothermophilus phosphofructokinase
Yeast pyruvate kinase

The free energy released in this process is used to form the high-energy molecules adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH).

- Glycolysis

It is also a precursor to DNA and RNA, and is used as a coenzyme.

- Adenosine triphosphate

For example, the multienzyme complex pyruvate dehydrogenase at the junction of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle requires five organic cofactors and one metal ion: loosely bound thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), covalently bound lipoamide and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), cosubstrates nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and coenzyme A (CoA), and a metal ion (Mg2+).

- Cofactor (biochemistry)

Many contain the nucleotide adenosine monophosphate (AMP) as part of their structures, such as ATP, coenzyme A, FAD, and NAD+.

- Cofactor (biochemistry)

ATP can be produced by a number of distinct cellular processes; the three main pathways in eukaryotes are (1) glycolysis, (2) the citric acid cycle/oxidative phosphorylation, and (3) beta-oxidation.

- Adenosine triphosphate

Arthur Harden and William Young along with Nick Sheppard determined, in a second experiment, that a heat-sensitive high-molecular-weight subcellular fraction (the enzymes) and a heat-insensitive low-molecular-weight cytoplasm fraction (ADP, ATP and NAD+ and other cofactors) are required together for fermentation to proceed.

- Glycolysis
Interactive animation of the structure of ATP

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The redox reactions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide

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The redox reactions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.
UV absorption spectra of NAD and NADH.
Some metabolic pathways that synthesize and consume NAD in vertebrates. The abbreviations are defined in the text.
Salvage pathways use three precursors for NAD+.
Rossmann fold in part of the lactate dehydrogenase of Cryptosporidium parvum, showing NAD in red, beta sheets in yellow, and alpha helices in purple.
In this diagram, the hydride acceptor C4 carbon is shown at the top. When the nicotinamide ring lies in the plane of the page with the carboxy-amide to the right, as shown, the hydride donor lies either "above" or "below" the plane of the page. If "above" hydride transfer is class A, if "below" hydride transfer is class B.
A simplified outline of redox metabolism, showing how NAD and NADH link the citric acid cycle and oxidative phosphorylation.
The structure of cyclic ADP-ribose.
Arthur Harden, co-discoverer of NAD

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme central to metabolism.

This energy is transferred to NAD by reduction to NADH, as part of beta oxidation, glycolysis, and the citric acid cycle.

This contrasts with eukaryotic DNA ligases, which use ATP to form the DNA-AMP intermediate.