What is an analogy for Mitochondria?
The mitochondria is the organelle of the cell that breaks down food molecules to make ATP.
It basically gives the cell energy.
One analogy I think of is mitochondria are to glucose and oxygen as solar panels are to sunlight. Both utilize the energy in other sources to produce a type of energy we can use.
You can also represents mitochondria with an electrical supply of a company or fuel feeding a boiler.
to be more precise, an analogy, well not really, but for mitochondria, you can think of a wrestler.. wanna know why? well mitochondria sounds like mighty and if you research a mitochondria, youll see it does something important and it mighty sort of.. if you know what i mean. when you think of mitochondria, think of mighty.
The mitochondria is responsible for supplying the cell with all of its energy. It makes the energy storing mollecule ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) along with a few other ones, (NADPH FADH FADH2). Im assuming that the analogy you are looking for is that of compairing a cell to a city, in which case, the mitochondria would be like a powerplant.
Mitochondria supply energy to the cell through their production of ATP, adenosine triphosphate. ATP releases energy when it forms ADP, adenosine diphosphate. There are more mitochondria in muscle cells than in skin cells because the muscle cells need more energy. Mitochondria are like the battery pack or dry cells of the living cells. Mitochondria can also be the electrical supply of a company or fuel feeding a boiler.
It has often been described to me as the "power plant" of the cell. Processes go on within the mitochondria that break down glucose and turn it into energy in the form of ATP that the cell can use to perform different tasks. You can also treat the mitochondria as a fuel feeding a boiler or an electrical supply that powers the whole company.