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Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)

This is a summary of what we learned in class today about ATP. There is a video below and more detail in the notes I have added.

Adenosine triphosphate or ATP is an energy carrying molecule. It is formed using the energy from processes such as respiration and the breakdown of fat. The formation of ATP requires energy since a bond is being formed. This is called phosphorylation since a phosphate group is being added.

The energy which ATP carries can be used in for processes like protein synthesis, muscle contraction, active transport and cell division. To provide the energy for these processes the bond between one of the phosphates and the rest of the molecule breaks. This releases energy. The breaking of this bond is called dephosphorylation. This leaves Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) and a phosphate group (Pi).

 

One comment on “Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)

  1. I came here looking for something else, but this inspired me regardless. Enlightening stuff!

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