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Name: Collette
Status: Other
Grade:  9-12
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Country: United States
Date: April 2005


Question:
How do phosphate ions help in cell division in plants?



Replies:
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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