Pyruvate disintegrates into carbon dioxide and water in the mitochondria. This pyruvate conversion can be classified into three separate constituents of carbon dioxide along with water and energy, which occurs within the mitochondria cristae. Inside the cristae, the cytochromes of the mitochondrion are the sites for this particular conversion. This is the reason why mitochondria are also referred to as a powerhouse of cells.
- The citric acid cycle, or Krebs cycle, takes place in the mitochondria.
- The amount of mitochondria in a cell depends on how much energy that cell needs to produce.
- Mitochondria are analogous to a furnace or a powerhouse in the cell because, like furnaces and powerhouses, mitochondria produce energy from basic components.