Nucleic Acid Structure and General Features

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What is the difference in structure between an RNA with an adenine base and the structure of ATP. If either one of these is drawn on the test how can you tell which molecule it is.


It's exactly the same molecule. An RNA synthesizing enzyme (called RNA polymerase) would see a molecule of ATP as a base to add to an RNA chain, while another enzyme sees the same molecule as an energy source to drive an endergonic reaction.

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