What is phosphate?

  • (noun): Carbonated drink with fruit syrup and a little phosphoric acid.
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A phosphate, an inorganic chemical, is a salt of phosphoric acid. In organic chemistry, a phosphate, or organophosphate, is an ester of phosphoric acid. Organic phosphates are important in biochemistry and biogeochemistry or ecology. Inorganic phosphates are mined to obtain phosphorus for use in agriculture and industry. At elevated temperatures in the solid state, phosphates can condense to form pyrophosphates.

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Mannose-1-phosphate Guanylyltransferase (GDP) - Other Common Names
... GDP mannose phosphorylase Mannose 1-phosphate (guanosine diphosphate) guanylyltransferase GDP mannose phosphorylase GDP-mannose 1-phosphate guanylyltransferase Guanosine diphosphate-manno ...
Triose Phosphate Translocator
... The triose phosphate translocator is an integral membrane protein found in the inner membrane of chloroplasts ... It exports triose phosphate (Dihydroxyacetone phosphate) in exchange for inorganic phosphate and is therefore classified as an antiporter ... The imported phosphate is then used for ATP regeneration via the light-dependent-reaction the ATP may then for example be used for further reactions in the Calvin-cycle.The Translocator protein ...
Transaldolase B - Clinical Significance
... The pentose phosphate pathway has two metabolic functions (1) generation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (reduced NADPH), for reductive biosynthesis, and (2 ... Transaldolase links the pentose phosphate pathway to glycolysis ... with deficiency of transaldolase, there's an accumulation of erythritol (from erythrose 4-phosphate), D-arabitol, and ribitol ...
Phosphate - Ecology
... In ecological terms, because of its important role in biological systems, phosphate is a highly sought after resource ... Addition of high levels of phosphate to environments and to micro-environments in which it is typically rare can have significant ecological consequences ... In the context of pollution, phosphates are one component of total dissolved solids, a major indicator of water quality, but not all phosphorus is in a molecular form which algae can break down and consume ...
Transaldolase B
... the non-oxidative phase of the pentose phosphate pathway ... The following chemical reaction is catalyzed by transaldolase sedoheptulose 7-phosphate + glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate erythrose 4-phosphate + fructose 6-p ...

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