What is the difference between oxidative phosphorylation and the electron transport chain? Are they synonymous or does one follow the other?

1 Answer
Nov 10, 2017

Subtle difference I think....


I have been pondering on this for a while, and it depends on how you look at it I guess:

In my view ETC's are a Mechanism , Oxidative Phosphorylation is a Process, just like Photosynthesis, which uses a slightly different ETC. (different species, so different complexes).

But I agree, both yield #ATP# as a result, though the ultimate Electron Acceptors are different:
in OP #O2# is transformed into #H_2O#, whereas in PS the result is: #O2#!

But I'll gladly give up this opinion for a better one...