Which of the following statements best predicts the effect of increasing the permeability of the mitochondrial membranes to large molecules?
A) ATP production will increase because of an increase in the rate at which proteins diffuse out of mitochondria.
B) ATP production will increase because of an increase in the mixing of mitochondrial and cytosolic substances.
C) ATP production will decrease because of an increase in the occurrence of uncontrolled chemical reactions.
D) ATP production will decrease because of an increase in the surface area of the mitochondrial membranes.
- JazSincLv 74 months agoFavorite Answer
I picked choice C.
Who knows what kinds of RNA and proteins are going to be gumming up the works if permeability is less controlled.
...and you know what? If large molecules are getting through, maybe H+ will be getting through too without control, which would definitely reduce production of, um, er, ATP.