adenosine triphosphate (ATP)

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Glossary of "The Cell (5th ed.)" by Alberts et al. (2008)

  • Nucleoside triphosphate composed of adenine, ribose, and three phosphate groups. The principal carrier of chemical energy in cells. The terminal phosphate groups are highly reactive in the sense that their hydrolysis, or transfer to another molecule, takes place with the release of a large amount of free energy.

Glossary of "Plant Biology (1st ed.)" by Graham et al. (2003)

  • A nucleotide that consists of the base adenine, ribose sugar, and three phosphate groups and functions as the main energy carrier in cellular metabolism.


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