what is atp and why is it important to a cell?
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- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is the drive for your body to do work. ATP is yielded from 2 processes. the first is glycolysis which is an anaerobic process (it does not need oxygen to be carried out). this process takes place in every living organism that needs energy and is behind the production of alcohol by means of fermentation and lactic acid in your white muscle cells. through glycolysis 2 - 4 ATP are formed. A substance called pyruvic acid is a by-product of glycolysis and is sent into the mitochondria. within the mitochondria 2 cycles take place: krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. at the end of these, chemiosmosis takes place which produces the bulk of the ATP (34 - 36). ATP is usually stripped from carbohydrates, primarily glucose. OXYGEN is needed to carry out krebs cycle so therefore it is aerobic. water and carbon dioxide are by-products.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ATP is a form of energy used by the body for energy. Food is broken down into ATP because we can not get energy from food as it is. ATP gives cells energy to be able to caryy out respiration.
- 4 years ago