How do Mitochondria and Cytoplasm work together?

1 Answer
Jul 9, 2017

A couple of ways I guess!


In the cytoplasm, the reactions occur which generate pyruvate which is necessary for the link reaction to occur. Glucose has 2 phosphate molecules added to each end of the linear molecule to make 1,6 bis-phosphate. This is cleaved in two to make two molecules of pyruvate which will then pass from the cytoplasm into the intermembrane space of the mitochondria.
From there, the link reaction, krebs and oxidative phosphorylation occur producing ATP (as well as some other useful products too).
This ATP can then pass into the cytoplasm for use in cell reactions requiring energy.