How Do Mitochonrion Generate Power?

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How Do Mitochonrion Generate Power?

How Do Mitochonrion Generate Power  During the first stage, no oxygen is actually used in the process as glucose is turned into a substance called Pyruvate. As a result of the fact that no oxygen is used during the course of this process, it is called anaerobic metabolism. As you can probably deduce (by breaking down the two parts of this term), the term anaerobic means without oxygen. In order to perform this job, two units of our ATP/energy are required to successfully complete this task. However, because this process produces four to ten units of ATP/energy at the end of the process, a net gain of two to eight units of ATP/energy occurs. While this may sound like a lot, you will see that the outcome of the second stage is even more significant than that of the first.

During the second stage of power being generated, the Pyruvate (which was just recently created during the first stage) is processed. The Pyruvate is processed through the use of oxygen. Although the details of the chemistry involved in the stage get a little complicated to understand, the important concept for you to grasp is that during the process, thirty units of ATP/energy are produced. Unlike the first stage, this is an aerobic metabolism, which means that oxygen is involved.

In summary, during the first stage, Glucose to Pyruvate (which uses two ATP but creates four to ten ATP), while during the second stage, no ATP is used, but thirty ATP is created as a result of the process using oxygen.

How Do Mitochonrion Generate Power?