Overview of ATP Production
Next Generation: HS.LS1.7 NGSS

Overview of ATP Production


This lesson will give an overview of process of cellular respiration which produces cellular energy in the form of ATP.

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Terms to Know
  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)

    The primary form of energy used by cells to perform work, a nucleoside that has been phosphorylated by three phosphate groups

  • Cellular respiration

    The process of converting molecules, such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates, into cellular energy and transferring that energy across cell membranes

  • Electron transport system

    A series of reactions that couple electron donors with electron acceptors with the end result of transferring H⁺ ions across cell membranes to generate ATP

  • Glycolysis

    The first step in cellular respiration; process of breaking down glucose into pyruvate that takes place in the cytoplasm of cells; is an anaerobic process

  • The Krebs cycle

    A series of chemical reactions used to generate energy, aerobically, that came from carbohydrates, fats and proteins