Cell Division and Phosphate Ions
Country: United States
Date: April 2005
How do phosphate ions help in cell division in plants?
Phosphate ions are combined with ADP, CDP, TDP and GDP to make ATP, CTP, TTP
and GTP, respectively and these are the building blocks of DNA. For example,
ADP + P > ATP where P represents PO4 ionwith 3 negative charges. As you
probably know, DNA synthese is one of the requisites for cell division in
all living organisms.
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
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