Hydrolysis of Acetyl phosphate

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Hydrolysis of Acetyl phosphate

Postby Jacob Afable 3J » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:50 pm

Winter 2013 Q2B:

Why do we divide the hydrolysis of ATP by the formation of acetyl phosphate to get the amount of moles of ATP?

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Re: Hydrolysis of Acetyl phosphate

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:47 pm

This is done because the hydrolysis of ATP drives the formation of acetyl phosphate. Since the question asks how many moles of ATP need to be hydrolyzed to produce 1 mol acetyl phosphate (but we don't know the stoichiometry, mostly because the reaction pathway is complicated) we use the ratio of for each process.

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