Question
Thu June 07, 2012 By: Devansh Verma
 

Name the energy currency in the living organisms. When and where is it produced?

Expert Reply
Fri June 08, 2012
ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) is the energy currency in living organisms.

ATP is generated from ADP and phosphate ions by a complex set of processes occurring in the cell.

ATP is manufactured as a result of several cell processes including fermentation, respiration and photosynthesis. Most commonly the cells use ADP as a precursor molecule and then add a phosphorus to it. In eukaryotes this can occur either in the soluble portion of the cytoplasm (cytosol) or in special energy-producing structures called mitochondria.
Charging ADP to form ATP in the mitochondria is called chemiosmotic phosphorylation. This process occurs in specially constructed chambers located in the mitochondrion’s inner membranes.
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