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HELP wtih ATP!!!!

Postby mtonell5 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:10 am

A couple questions here..hopefully someone can help me. Im really stuck. I know that muscle cells in the biceps contain many mitochondria which are responsible for cellular respiration. And that in that process ATP and carbon dioxide are produced. So how is this ATP used by a muscle cell to effect contraction and then how is the carbon dioxide removed from the cell???
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Postby mith » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:53 am


long story short, it causes a shape change
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:32 pm

Myosin changes it's shape when it binds to ATP, making it able to detach from actin and move forward => sarcomeres shorten => contraction
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Postby canan5000 » Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:54 am

The diffusion of small molecules across phospholipid bilayers is possible because CO2 is a small non-polar molecule, and does not need to coupled with any kind of transport protein to leave the cell it can do it on its own accord. This is the mechanism that is used by respiring tissues such as contracting muscle.
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