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      leeroykincaid
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      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.

      thanx

    • #104839
      Taylosr
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      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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      JackBean
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      I think the difference is due to some transportation

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