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Aphids that utilize light to generate ATP!

Light- induced electron transfer and ATP synthesis in a carotene sy...

...the capture of light energy in living aphids results in the photo induced electron transfer from excited chromophores to acceptor molecules. The redox potentials of molecules involved in this process would be compatible with the reduction of the NAD+ coenzyme. This appears as an archaic photosynthetic system consisting of photo-emitted electrons that are in fine funnelled into the mitochondrial reducing power in order to synthesize ATP molecules.

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I enjoyed reading about that - very interesting! Thank you Ruth!


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