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What is cellular respiration?

oxidation-driven flow of electrons from reduced coenzymes to an electron acceptor, usually accompanied by the generation of ATP


What is aerobic respiration?

process where the terminal electron receptor is oxygen, the reduced form of this terminal electron acceptor is water


what is anaerobic respiration?

respiratory process that involves electron acceptors such as sulfur, protons and ferric ions that require no molecular oxygen


Where does cellular respiration, aerobic respiration and anaerobic resipiration occur?



compared to fermentation why does aerobic respiration yield more energy?

with oxygen as the terminal electron acceptor,  pyruvate can be oxidized completely as CO2 instead of being used to accet electrons from NADH. 

Generates 38 ATP molecules per 1 glucose molecule


what are the five stages of aerobic respiration?

1. the glycolytic pathway

2. pyruvate is oxidized to generate acetyl CoA

3. acetyl CoA enters the TCA cycls, where it is completely oxidized to CO2

4. electron transport, the transfer of electrons from reduced coenzymes to oxygen coupled to active transport of protons across a membrane

5. the electrochemical proton gradient formed in #4 is used to drive ATP synthesis (oxidative phsophrylation)


Mitochondria structure:

describe the outer membrane

not a significant permeability barrier for ions and small molecues because it contains porins that permit the passage of solutes 


Mitochondria structure:

describe the intermembrane structure

between the inner and outer membranes is continuous with the cytosol with respect to small solutes


Mitochondria structure:

describe the inner membrane

permeability barrier to most solutes, partitions the mitochondria into two portions (intermembrane space & matrix) also has cristae, which are infoldings that greatly increase the surface area


Mitochondria structure:

Describe the matrix

cotains enzymes involved in mitochondrial function as well as DNA molecules and ribosomes