Each model used in the work referred to by Rutter et al. (1) addressed certain aspects of mitochondrial biology, and together, they fully support the conclusions made. Please note that we describe Ca2+-mediated regulation of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) fluxes (2, 3) and do not question Ca2+-responsiveness of pyruvate dehydrogenase en-zyme activity (4). To address concerns such as those raised by Rutter et al. (1), we studied glutamate/malate-dependent OXPHOS in the absence of exogenous pyruvate in mitochondria, omitted pyruvate from cell experiments, and implemented the working rat heart model perfused by Krebs–Henseleit (glucose) buffer.