THE ELECTRON TRANSPORT CHAIN:
It is made up of four complexes which is found on the inner membrane of the mitochondria. The goal of this chain is to break down NADH and FADH2 and pump H+ into the outer compartment of the mitochondria. In this reaction the Electron Transport Chain creates a gradient which is used to produce ATP similar to chloroplast. Electrons move down an energy gradient until they meet the ultimate electron acceptor-> oxygen gas (O2).
- Electron Transport Phosphorylation typically produces 32 ATP’s.
- ATP is generated as H+ moves down its concentration gradient through a special enzyme called ATP syntase.