Science Explained: Cool Video of ATP Synthase, Which Provides Usable Energy to Us

Posted on September 17, 2012  Comments (3)

This webcast shows animations of ATP synthase structure and the mechanism for synthesizing ATP. Biology is incredibly cool. Too bad they didn’t have stuff like this when I was in school, instead biology was mainly about memorizing boring lists of stuff.

ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) transports chemical energy within cells. When one of the phosphates is released by ATP energy is given off (and ATP becomes ADP (adenosine di-phosphate) + Pi (inorganic phosphate). And then the synthase structure can then turn it back into ATP to be used again.

The human body, which on average contains only 250 grams of ATP, turns over its own body weight equivalent in ATP each day.

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3 Responses to “Science Explained: Cool Video of ATP Synthase, Which Provides Usable Energy to Us”

  1. Jeff Loughlin
    September 17th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Fascinating stuff. It’s amazing how much we still don’t know about biology and the processes that go on inside our bodies. New discoveries every day.

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