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.
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.