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Name: Collette
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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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