Nucleic Acid Structure and General Features

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In lecture, I think Prof Mehrtens said that the ATP in DNA and RNA is the same. How is it the same molecule if DNA nucleotides usually have a deoxyribose sugar while the RNA nucleotides have a ribose sugar?


Both DNA and RNA utilize Adenine as a nitrogenous base. However, Adenine in RNA will be attached to ribose and Adenine in DNA will be attached to deoxyribose.

It was also mentioned in lecture that the ATP in RNA and the energy currency called ATP (we'll discuss more about this in cellular respiration and metabolism) are the same thing. He didn't say that the ATP in DNA and RNA are the same.

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