How is the Mitochondria in cells adapted for respiration?

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I need to know how the mitochondria in cells is adapted for respiration?
Biology Unit 2. 

What do the following do that adapts it for respiration:

  • inner membrane
  • outer membrane 
  • cristae
  • matrix

please help fast!

Posted Thu 12th April, 2012 @ 12:41 by Elly

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Hey, The inner membrane is highly folded in cristae to increase the surface area so that there's more space for ATP synthase enzymes to generate ATP energy. The Matrix is the fluid inside the cristae and it contains all the necessary enzymes requires for resp. The Outermembrane contains lots of proteins that allow the passage of molecules for resp. Is this for A level biology because there's alot more you need to know otherwise? hope that helps.

Answered Thu 12th April, 2012 @ 13:49 by Jumela Begum