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Re: Can non-muscle human cells thrive using anaerobic respiration? How long?

Date: Fri Feb 9 21:27:03 2001
Posted By: Shibbi, Undergraduate, medical, FJDC
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 978793744.Cb

hello greg,
yes off course all the cells of the body can survive through anaerobic 
respiration as well. And body have got plenty of energy reserviors and one 
more important thing during anaerobic respiration, the whole body is not getting 
ATP at the previous rate cause ATP production reduces to 2 compared to 8 form 
aerobic respiration. So there will be ATP supply to some particular areas only. 
especially some of the vital organs - so that our body is trying to keep the 
itself alive as long as it can. this is the only purpose of anaerobic 
respiration in the drowning scenario. coming to how long anaerobic respiration 
can sustain brain cells - maybe a day or two, not more than that.
thanking you 

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