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An organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids. A carrier of energy, the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP) serves as the major energy source within the cell to drive a number of biological processes such as protein synthesis. The cell breaks down ATP by hydrolysis to yield adenosine diphosphate (ADP), which is then further broken down to yield adenosine monophosphate (AMP).

Research into topically applied adenosine triphosphate is just beginning, but it appears to have strong potential as a cell-communicating ingredient and as an inflammation modulator (Sources: The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 124, Issue 4, April 2005, pages 756-763; Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, Volume 8, Issue 2, March-April 2004, pages 90-96).

Creatine serves as the precursor to adenosine triphosphate, which is essential for cellular energy.

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