Where Does Respiration Take Place in a Cell?


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Cell respiration takes place in the cytoplasm, the inner surface of a cell or through the mitochondria. The method depends on the type of cell.

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Where Does Respiration Take Place in a Cell?
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Cell respiration occurs in two different ways: aerobic respiration, which is respiration with oxygen, and anaerobic respiration, or respiration without oxygen via an electron transport chain.

Prokayrotic cells, such as bacteria experience cell respiration within the cytoplasm, which is the thick fluid inside the cell membrane, or directly through the surface of the cell. Eukaryotic cells are found in four general biologies: Protista, Fungi, Plants, and Animals.

Eukaryotic cells include a nucleus that is separate from the cytoplasm and typically respirate through the mitochondria.

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