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  • Diagram showing the breakdown of glucose.
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 1 July 2011 Size: 89 KB Referencing Hub media

    In the cell cytoplasm, glucose is broken down to pyruvate. On entry to the mitochondria, pyruvate is converted to carbon dioxide and water. Its chemical potential energy is transferred to ATP.

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