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cellular respiration

Post by leeroykincaid » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:46 am

A highschool textbook says that by from one glucose molecule a cell can, first by glycolysis and then cellular respiration, gain:

36 ATP if it's a plant cell
38 if it's an animal cell

I know that these numbers are theoretical maximums, in practice lower because of the protons leaking across the membrane and so on, but what I do not understand is why there's a distinction between animal and plant cells in energy yield.... is it a mistake and if not can you please clarify it for me.


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Post by Taylosr » Wed May 11, 2011 1:38 am

Really? I would think that the 36/38 difference would be for animal cells: 38 for total ATP produced, but 36 accounting for active transport into the mitochondria. But the both organisms use the same processes so there really shouldn't be a difference.
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Post by JackBean » Wed May 11, 2011 6:13 am

I think the difference is due to some transportation

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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