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Energy of Adenosine Triphosphate


PRESENT knowledge of intermediary metabolism is to a large degree linked to the concept of energy transfer by so-called ‘energy-rich’ compounds1 of which adenosine triphosphate is one of the most important. A wide range of values has been cited for the free-energy change on the hydrolysis of this compound at the terminal pyrophosphate group, and a brief survey of the present position may therefore be welcomed by biochemists and biologists.

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BURTON, K. Energy of Adenosine Triphosphate. Nature 181, 1594–1595 (1958).

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